These 4 super-useful remodelling apps will make your renovation process faster and easier!
Kitchens have become much more than an area for food preparation and storage. With styles and trends always changing, we like to stay up-to-date on the hottest “must-haves” so that we can deliver them to you. Read on to discover the top five trends you can expect to see in kitchens in 2018 (maybe even your own!)
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Of all the rooms in your home, your bathroom is the one that can give the best return on investment when you renovate it. Whether you’re thinking of selling, or designing the dream bathroom you’ll enjoy for years to come, a bathroom renovation is a great way to increase the value of your home, and the value you get from your home. JOSTAR offers a variety of packages to meet any budget to achieve the wow factor for your next renovation or room redesign. Have a look today at www.jostar.com
Improving the functionality and comfort of your home can reduce stress and greatly improve the enjoyment of the house.
House renovation projects allow you to customize your home to your unique tastes and needs. This is your opportunity to create your dream home or at least make the space you have more enjoyable and useful.
During your renovations, you can create your own home theater, finish your basement, tear down a wall to open a space, or complete one of many other exciting projects. You can update a bathroom to make it more like a visit to the spa or you can finally create a custom office for yourself where you will be productive. Other benefits of a home renovation include: lowering energy costs (ie. During your house renovation, you can upgrade the insulation, install new windows, and eliminate drafts and other leaks) and Boosting your property value (ie. You can increase the value of your home by making it more aesthetically appealing, upgrading fixtures, adding a new coat of paint, replacing any old or worn flooring, and making other design changes).
Even homeowners who really want to renovate often avoid doing so because they do not want to deal with the headache of such a large project and they are afraid of the cost. Many of the hassles and risks associated with renovated can be reduced or eliminated with the help of a renovation expert.
Experienced and licensed professionals can make valuable recommendations and can then streamline and complete the entire home renovation for you. JOSTAR Interiors complete large and small home renovation projects in Edmonton area and around the world providing valuable solutions to homeowners from the initial design phase all the way through to a beautifully finished project. Contact JOSTAR today and for only $100 you can see what you have always been dreaming!
With Valentines day coming up why not show some love for your house by giving it a new fresh design. A good design can make you feel happier for a number of various reasons. Some include: 1. Sight Is Our Most Potent Sense, 2. Well-Designed Spaces Bring Us Peace, 3. Humans Appreciate Beauty, Even in Small Doses, 4 Color Can Affect Your Mood, 5. Good Design Gives You Ownership Over Your Space and Your Life.
Beautify your home today! You deserve it! JOSTAR can help.
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We get it.
You want your bathroom to feel bigger.
While there’s no such thing as a magic wand that will boost your square footage (although this would make our jobs really, really easy), there are lots of hacks you can employ to “trick” the eye and make even the tiniest powder room feel like part of a spa getaway.
Check out some of our favourite space-boosting tips:
Light the way
From natural to artificial light sources, brighter is always better. You don’t always have to remodel to see results - this could be something as simple as keeping the curtains open if you have a big window in your space.
If you are renovating, think about making your windows bigger or upgrading your lighting for something brighter and more efficient, such as recessed lighting. While the goal is to welcome as much light as you can, try to avoid the common mistake of going overboard with fixtures that can get cluttered and wasteful.
Say hello to a new friend: glass
If bringing more light into your space makes it feel bigger, it stands to reason that all the new light needs to be guided somewhere.
Adding more glass lets light into all the areas of your space, creating more visual depth.
Something easy like swapping out the opaque doors on a linen closet or cabinet for glass ones will help make use of every ounce of space your powder room has to offer. Alternatively, if you’re planning a new bathroom design, opt for glass as much as you can – like glass surfaces that reflect light on your vanity.
This is another trick that seems suspiciously simple – but trust us! It works.
Clear as much as you can off your floor. It can be as straightforward as getting rid of an overloaded towel rack or moving an unused side table out of the room.
If you’re renovating, consider a wall-mounted vanity to clear your floor space up even more. The idea is that more floor space gives your eyes more freedom to look around, and more open space to see, creating the illusion of a bigger room (not quite magic, but we’ll take it).
Up up and away
Another clever Jostar trick is to draw the eye upward if you can’t draw it horizontally.
Let’s break it down: adding intriguing and elegant details in a vertical manner in your bathroom distracts the eye from looking side to side. One of our favourite tricks is using crown molding.
As long as the scale isn’t too dramatic, the detailing is enough to draw the eye somewhere new and create an elegant vibe. If you have a very high ceiling, you could also try adding a chandelier (if it suits your home decor) to the same effect.
Choose colours wisely
Our next tip is perfect for space boosting without renovating: lighten up your wall tones. You’ve probably already been cautioned at least once in your life about painting your walls too dark, but it really is true.
Lighter colours will make your space feel bright and airy. However, sticking to pale tones doesn’t mean your bathroom has to be boring or drab. There are plenty of easy ways to bring all your interior design ideas to life.
Maybe that deep red you love is too heavy for the walls, but it could easily be the colour of your accents and towels. Overall, the secret to more space is being strategic with how you balance colour – so lighten your walls, but don’t lose your creativity or be afraid to use bold colours wisely.
While there may not be one quick way to instantly boost bathroom space, there are tons of little secrets that can improve the serenity and spaciousness of your bathroom.
For more insight, check out the Jostar Interiors Bathroom Renovation Quiz and discover helpful tips and industry tricks from Edmonton interior designers.
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5 Window Coverings That Will Change Your Life
Big, beautiful windows are one of the best parts of a room, and a feature you definitely want to show off. As your windows create such a focal point, it’s easy to forget about the importance of how you cover them. The window treatment you choose will bring your room together and add a meaningful finishing touch.
There are a many number of products and textiles available to help you cover your windows, but what you select depends entirely on how you use your windows.
Here’s everything you need to know to determine what’s right for you:
Blinds are great for rooms in which you may want to partially block natural light or go into full private mode. They can be constructed from a range of materials: from plastic to wood, and also come in any range of colours. Blinds feature slats that can be tilted to let some, a little, or no light in, and they cast lovely mood-setting shadows when the light strikes just right.
Shades are some of the most versatile window coverings available. They’re made by attaching a length of fabric to a sturdy mechanism, such as a frame or rod, and fitting directly over your windows. Shades are lowered and raised with a pulley system that doesn’t leave any loose strings.
Unlike blinds that have slats, shades are continuous with no gaps in the material. Ideal for any size of window, they can offer partial light to full darkness, depending on the material used in construction. Although they have less “settings,” you can control the light you let into your space during the design phase by carefully choosing the opacity of the fabric of your new window coverings.
Roller shades are true to their name: they roll up!
These are a great window treatment option when you’re looking for something that will look inconspicuous when open. Like standard shades, rollers are constructed with a continuous piece of fabric (so take care in choosing the right opacity for your needs).
The difference is that rollers spin into a neat roll at the top of your window frames when not in use. Best for minimalist designs, roller shades are especially popular in sitting rooms because of their sleek and unobtrusive look.
Drapes are where things can take more of a turn for the creative. They can be made from almost any type of fabric and in any colour, pattern, or texture you desire. Drapes are hung on a rod above the window, making them easy to open (or play hide and seek behind).
They give you the option to make a bold statement and are especially popular in main living rooms and master bedrooms. Again, opacity determines how much light will peek through your window coverings, so choose something heavier if you plan to sleep in, and lighter if you like to rise with the sun.
Sheers are ideal for adding a little privacy without blocking a lot of light. They are frequently layered over shades or blinds to give you more window coverage options and kick up your style.
Sheer curtains can make your space feel bright and airy, without the unfinished look that comes with completely naked windows. We love to use them in soft, dreamy bedroom designs for an added touch of whimsy and gentle movement.
If you’re wondering what window covering ideas are right for your space, we’re here to help. Get in touch with one of our designers to book a consultation today!
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The Biggest Expense of Your
Bathroom Renovation Revealed –
And How To Budget For It
Planning a bathroom renovation and wondering how to budget? The cost of a renovation can be a big stress, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting an accurate estimate and setting a realistic budget at the start can take immense pressure off of your renovation (and save you unnecessary worry and headache).
Still skeptical? Here’s our best advice for how to budget for the biggest expense of your upcoming bathroom renovation:
Big ticket item
Here it is: the biggest expense of most bathroom renovation projects is - drumroll please… the cabinets!
Cabinets account for about 34% of the overall cost of a bathroom renovation. Of course, if you can salvage your existing cabinets by refinishing or repainting them, it will make a huge difference in the overall cost of your project. Even adding a small touch of paint to your existing cabinets can really liven them up and eliminate the need for a full replacement.
However, if you are going to replace your cabinets, paying attention to the type and quality will also make a world of difference to your budget. High-end cabinets (such as ones that are glazed instead of stained) can inflate costs, so try to avoid anything top-of-the-line or overly intricate if you’re on a strict budget. If you can’t swing the most luxurious cabinets out there, try splurging on cabinet hardware instead. Some glam handles and hinges can make average cabinets look extraordinary.
Know what you can afford
Like any home remodel, a bathroom project requires saving. Take some time to get your bathroom renovation ideas together, figure how much you can save each month, how long you want to save for, and finally how much you’ll be able to spend. Having a number in mind makes planning your renovation much easier, and it helps you set a realistic timeline for when you’ll start your project too.
Trust your designer
Myth: designers make your bathroom renovation more expensive.
Interior designers have made a career out of studying what works, what doesn’t, and what it takes to bring it all together. They respect your bathroom renovation budget and share years of wisdom and money saving tips. Designers can tell you where to splurge and where to save (on cabinets and more), and they have plenty of advice to make your ideas more cost effective.
Find a designer that suits your style, and understands your ideas. You’ll be surprised how much easier it feels to have your own personal design sidekick to swoop in and help you find renovation savings.
Although cabinets are usually the biggest expense, every feature you choose and every plan you make affects your bottom line. Sinks, floors, showers, cabinets, faucets – everything adds up. Choosing the right elements for your needs and budget is the best way to stay on track.
To put everything in perspective, we’ve created the Jostar Interiors Bathroom Renovation Quiz, which will help you figure out (about) how much the bathroom of your dreams will cost to come true. Check it out to kick off your renovation plans.
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Edmonton Design Week: Design Through Time
1970s Bedroom Design Influence
Edmonton Design Week is almost here! Our upcoming installation, Design Through Time by Jostar Interiors, will debut at Enterprise Square on September 21. This is the last stop on our journey to the design world of today, and we’ve saved some of the best for last.
Groovy, baby. Welcome to the 1970s.
About the Era
It’s time to think back to funky music, giant bell-bottom jeans, and middle-part hairstyles. This is a time where, if you walk into an office, you won’t see any laptops, and disco music isn’t accompanied by #ThrowbackThursday.
Here are some major events to set the stage for the era we’re travelling to today:
- Floppy discs hit the market in 1971
- The first cell phone is invented in 1973
- People fall in love for the first time with Post-Its and the Rubik’s cube in 1974
- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor comes out in 1978
Style and Trends
As you can see, we’ve come a long way since our journey through time started in the 1860s, but we’re still a ways away from the interior design trends of 2017. Some of the biggest styles from today originated in the 70s, and we want to take a moment to pay our respects to shag carpet, among other design influences. We’re taking a look into bedroom design specifically, exploring the colours, prints, and textures that brought this decade to life.
These were some of the biggest trends of the 70s:
1. Walls become canvas
Have you ever seen a painted stripe run all the way across a room? How about a kaleidoscope statement wall? Bedrooms of the 70s were defined by the psychedelic playfulness of wall décor. Geometric and colourful shapes popped up in large proportions and were often matched to textiles and linens, creating a funky design experience that was anything but boring.
2. Say yes to texture
On the walls, on the carpet, on the furniture! The 1970s are defined by texture experimentation, so adding shag carpet, wallpaper, and fabric to as many surfaces as possible was a must. Stripes, polka dots, and colourful patterns were everywhere and colour clashing was often employed for dramatic effect.
3. Bedroom sets, oh yes
The 70s were also a time in which a bedroom set made entirely of teak or pine was all the rage. There was so much going on all over the walls and floors that bedroom furniture often matched perfectly and looked like an identifiable set. Wicker furniture was a definable characteristic of the time, which added another layer of texture to an already textured space. Furniture layout also categorized the era, with bedroom furniture often placed along the same wall, in one big line up.
Design Week Inspiration
As the reveal of Design Through Time approaches, we’ve been inspired by the hippie movement that defined the decade of the 70s, and the groovy-flower-power-peace signs that we still channel whenever we consider using a funky print or a faux-fur accent.
Whether you’ve been following our journey through time over the past several weeks, or you’re just tuning in now, we hope you’ll join us for Edmonton Design Week on September 21! If you want some interior design inspiration right this minute, check out our Bathroom Renovation Quiz to start gathering a few ideas and channel your inspiration in the meantime.
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Edmonton Design Week: Design Through Time
2017s Contemporary Bathroom Influence
We’ve been counting down the days, and Edmonton Design Week has finally arrived! The big reveal of our installation, Design Through Time by Jostar Interiors, is tonight, and we’re so thrilled to have you join us. We’ve made it through the 1860s, the 1920s, the 1950s, and the 1970s, and have now landed at our final destination decade: the one we’re in right now.
Let’s dive deeper into 2017.
About the Era
Today, we have access to a wealth of knowledge that influences how we share and understand interior design ideas and innovation. In the 1860s, we saw the materials used were readily available, but in 2017, it’s more about function than ease of access. We’ve taken elements of the past and trends from around the world, allowing us to develop personal taste, style, and home décor.
Here are some standout tidbits from the landscape today:
- Flying cars actually exist
- We can travel around the world just for a vacation
- It’s commonplace for bathroom faucets to turn on automatically when we need them to
- We have access to all the world’s knowledge on a tiny device in our pockets
Style and Trends
Style in our decade is defined by elegant pieces made from refined materials, and adding personality and individual taste along the way.
These are some of today’s biggest trends:
Natural wood is timeless and soothing. We bring it into bathroom spaces to add a natural vibe and offset shiny tile finishes and metallic fixtures. Wood can be used as an accent, but don’t be afraid to go for a full vanity or cabinet in natural wood grain to bring more earthy vibes into your home.
The minimalist trend of our decade has taken the interior design world by storm, and has us all falling in love with simplicity. Introducing white walls, tile, and counters into your bathroom renovation will contribute to a spa-like feeling in your home. White looks great with any type of wood or accent colour, and is an easy way to make your bathroom feel crisp and clean.
Open and airy
Finally, let’s talk about modern layouts. Bathrooms of today are all about making spaces that are functional and beautiful for the people who use them. One of the biggest trends we’re seeing is a move to more open spaces that let in lots of light and provide ample room to move around and relax.
To start catching your bathroom up to the times, head over to Bathroom Renovation Quiz to get going on planning and getting excited about your next renovation project.
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Edmonton Design Week: Design Through Time
1950s Living Room Design Influence
In just a few weeks, during Edmonton Design Week, we will debut the Design Through Time by Jostar Interiors installation at the Enterprise Square Gallery. On September 21, join us on a trip to the past and discover the eras that shaped the interior design styles of today.
In our last post, we explored kitchens of the 1920s, which leads us into the third week of our journey through time. Now, turn your attention to the 1950s! This was a time of soda pop, the rise of the suburbs, and some stellar interior design trends.
About the Era
Let’s think back to a time before the internet, microwaves, and cell phones. This is what was going on at the time:
- Credit Cards are invented in 1950
- The first Teflon pan is produced in 1954
- Planet earth meets hula hoops (1958) and Barbie (1959)
- Televisions become commonplace in living rooms across the country
Style and Trends
We’ve settled that life was very different in the 1950s, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest living room design trends that may not make this era feel so far away after all.
The entire decade is defined by something we now refer to as Mid-Century Modern design. This movement is influenced by a Scandinavian aesthetic, but also infused with a culture of embracing the new, the modern and the advanced. Even if a tulip chair doesn’t raise too many eyebrows these days, the 1950s marked a time in Canada in which homes became canvases. These were some of the biggest trends of the 50s:
1. Colour everywhere
Ever seen a robin egg blue sink? How about pink flooring? This all-over colour trend was huge in the 50s – from bold couches to intense patterns on textiles, bright and beautiful colours were all over the living room. Pastel colours were also building popularity, way before millennial pink was in centre stage.
2. More than a place to sit
One of the key areas in which 1950s living room design came to life is furniture. Categorized by experimentation with new shapes, clean lines, and potentially questionable fabric choices, no one can deny that furniture in the 50s had style. Vinyl covered chairs were all the rage, and living rooms began to see home bars change house parties forever.
3. Décor galore
This was also a time when televisions and record players became standard in most living rooms, but beyond that, we started to see the rise of decorating as we know it today. It was no longer enough for a lamp to just light the room; the shades and shapes of the bases became stylized and eye catching. Formica tables were a must-have, and even clocks took on a quirky, playful motif.
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 1920s.
About the Era
Let’s think back almost 100 years. The hairstyles are short, and the gloves are long. Here’s some trivia of important events in the 1920s to help set the stage and let you visualize the period we’re talking about:
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published in 1925
- Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic
- A refrigerator in the kitchen is a luxury item
- Kool-Aid is invented in 1927 under the name Fruit Smack
Style and Trends
Once you’re done imagining what daily life must have looked like back then, turn your attention to the beautiful kitchen developments of the 1920s. Here are a few stand outs:
Geometric tile is making a huge statement. From kitchen floors and backsplashes, to countertops, people are embracing easy to clean surfaces that infuse both practicality and style in the home.
Under the influence of Art Deco architecture, chevrons, sunbursts, and symmetrical designs were popular in the 1920s, and they’re back in a big way today.
Kitchens of the 1920s were also categorized by a streamlined aesthetic, not too different from the minimalist trends of today. Clean white lines and layouts focused on functionality defined the spaces then, and paved the way for the crisp porcelain sinks you might spot in your neighbour’s kitchen now.
This is one of the first iterations of a modern storage unit. Kitchens in the 1920s were the hub of the home, and innovations of the time (such as an early waffle iron) meant that families needed more storage and organization options. The resulting Hoosier cabinets had slide out shelves, many drawers, and multi sized compartments with doors, paving the way for the cabinets and islands of present day kitchens.