Stuck on what to do with your bonus room? Check out this article!

Not sure what to do with that unused space in your basement or attic? Check this out!


How to Create the Bonus Room You Actually Want

Flex your imagination to create the room you’ve always wanted.

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The bonus room at a Jayman show home adds valueable extra square footage to the plan and provides the prospective buyers with an area dedicated to watching TV and socializing.

The bonus room at a Jayman show home adds valuable extra square footage to the plan and provides the prospective buyers with an area dedicated to watching TV and socializing.

Photograph courtesy of Jayman

 

A bonus is a good thing. Usually. Unless the bonus is a 400-square-foot room above your garage that you have no idea how to use.

Chances are that same room was part of the reason you bought the house in the first place. When presented with an expansive bonus room — or flex room (there are a few names for them) — you viewed it as a blank canvas and a world of possibilities opened up. Maybe you’d set up that art studio you’ve always wanted, or, “Perhaps,” you thought, “I can finally move the TV out of the living room.”

You’re not alone. According to Bruce Harvey, director of show home design and merchandising at Jayman, bonus rooms have become a selling feature. But they didn’t start out that way, he says. What once were rooms with awkward configurations and sloped ceilings have evolved considerably and are now expected in new homes.

“Now architect and draftspeople are drawing them into plans because people like them,” says Harvey. “This is like the new contemporary family room. I think a bonus room on a second level makes the house breathe easier.”

The added space and clean slate is a tantalizing proposition to potential homeowners, especially families. The separation between main-floor living spaces such as the living room and the great room and a space upstairs dedicated to playing, gaming or watching TV can help keep the more public rooms tidy and put-together.

 

What should and shouldn’t go in a bonus room

But that doesn’t mean the bonus room should be a dumping ground for old furniture, says Calgary-based interior decorator Cat Hackman, owner of Room4Refinement.

“One of the things I find people tend to do with offices and bonus rooms is they always use the leftovers there,” she says. “So, they want this great-looking room, but they really want to keep their old filing cabinets and their old sofa.”

Hackman says that, if it’s a room you really want to enjoy and hang out it in, then start over and get exactly what you need. “I think people get so stuck on the sofa they had forever because, ‘It’s so comfy and I really want to keep it.’ It ruins everything,” she says with a laugh. “They have a vision, but they’re stuck on keeping something for some reason and then you don’t get the look you’re after.”

Hackman’s own bonus room serves as her sewing room, a home gym, TV room and a games room for the family. “It’s definitely a multi-purpose room,” she says. And the most multi-functional piece of furniture in the room, Hackman says, is surprisingly the Ping-Pong table. When it’s not being used as it was originally intended, she uses it as a crafting table for wrapping Christmas presents and for cutting fabric. And her photographer husband uses it as a stand for shooting small objects.

 

Making the most of a small bonus room

But not all bonus rooms are large, cavernous spaces like the ones that pop up above a double-car garage. Sometimes, this category of room appears in smaller homes and condos in the form of flex space. It could be a nook just off the entryway or a small room that can’t be considered a bedroom for lack of windows and closets — still a bonus, just a smaller one.

It’s this type of space Mark Adolf, co-owner at Resource Furniture, encounters most often. “A lot of times, customers have a hard time understanding what to do with it,” he says. Adolf says the majority of his customers are empty nesters looking to downsize, or young families who have a small footprint and need to maximize every square foot in their home.

“When we look at a flex space like that, our philosophy is we just take the time to understand our customer,” he says. “We ask, ‘How are you going to use this space the majority of the time?’”

Once he gets that understanding, he builds multi-function around it to create a space his customers will actually use. Part of the process is helping the homeowner visualize how it could all work together. “I think the reality is that people have wanted to do this,” Adolf says. “They have ideas, but there hasn’t been the furniture to back it up yet.”

One of Resource Furniture’s most popular pieces is the LGM Tavolo, a shelving unit with a collapsible desk that pivots to reveal a pull-down bed. “No one ever thinks it’s a bed,” says Adolf. A piece like this lets the space function in several ways — as an office, as a bedroom or guest bedroom and as a storage unit.

Regardless of the size and placement of the room you’re working on, the tenets remain the same: treat the room like a bonus, but don’t squander it.


Two products to add to your bonus room

The LGM Tavolo

The LGM Tavolo from Resource Furniture converts from a shelving unit with a collapsible desk into a bed with surprising ease.

photographs courtesy of resource furniture

The LGM Tavolo closed (left). The LGM Tavolo open (right).

Resource Furniture Calgary, 510 12 Ave. S.W., 403-457-5711, resourcefurniture.com

 

A Ping-Pong table

Get a Ping-Pong table for maximum versatility. The You and Me Ping-Pong table by APO, available by special order at Dade Art & Design Lab, isn’t just good looking, it’s very versatile in a bonus room.

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Play Ping-Pong on it (left), use it as a desk with lots of room to spread out (centre) or use it as a dining table with enough space to seat 10 people (right).

Dade Art & Design Lab, 1327 9 Ave. S.E., 403-454-0243, dadeartanddesignlab.com

Startup Digest interviews iHomeRegistry!

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Patrick, our CEO, was interviewed by Startup Digest Charleston! Check out the interview below!


One sentence explanation of iHomeRegistry?

One stop shop for homeowners to create a registry of desired home goods, connect with Interior Designers and Builders, design a floor plan, & create a 3D rendering of the home!

Problem it addresses?

Buying a new home is complex and time consuming. Home owners, builders, designers, etc. struggle to manage the designing, building, and furnishing newly built/renovated homes. Current project collaboration tools are not effective at managing cost and performance on these jobs.

Solution to problem?

– Connects all involved to manage the home building process via concierge service (designers, home buyers, builders and retailers)
– Homebuyers can view latest design trends, connect with a designer, visualize their fully furnished new home, and buy furniture online.
– 3D viewing option to provide a better buying/selling experience to new home buyers, sellers, and e-retailers

Biggest advantage over your competitors?

-The well rounded functionality of the site covers more aspects than any other competitor
-State of the Art 3D Home Designer tool
to:
– store/organize furniture
– connect with Interior Designers
– design your home

6 month goal?

-To be ahead of the digital design world as it grows.
-Already working on several different projects to that goal- super excited!

Most fun thing about this journey?

-Being able to create a culture within my company! (Which is so important in any business, but especially a startup.)
      -I created a positive/ free thinking culture. It creates a trust between all of us. Our offices are modeled after Google/Facebook offices, just on a much smaller scale (haha) but the same fun creative environment. Keeping the energy going/developers happy is all that matters, I’m sure any tech start up would agree with that! 

Ways Charleston’s community can help?

– Connections in the area- bigger market then Hilton Head Island (where we are currently based).   

Team members?

– Patrick Daniels – CEO and Founder
– Charlie Daniels – CFO
– Ariana Lovato – Director of Design
– Thad Cox – Creative Director
– Chad Rose- data & web designer- Treehouse Technology Group

Final thoughts?

 Looking forward to becoming a Household name! 😉

website? e-mail? FB page?

www.ihomeregistry.com
[email protected]
@ihomeregistry

Designer Spotlight Series: LAGRUTTA DESIGNS!

She has her MBA in Marketing, has designed events all over the country, launched her Interior Design business and balances all of this while being a new mom – so who is she?!

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Kerri LaGrutta-Otto

Her name is Kerri LaGrutta-Otto. She’s built a name for herself in the event planning industry as the most successful account manager for CORT events over the past 8 years and she’s here to share her top tricks on maximizing your budget, balancing work/home life, and how she got her start in the industry!

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CORT Events/ LAGRUTTA DESIGNS

How did you get your start in event planning and interior decorating?

I launched my career in events eight years ago.  A fellow alumni of  Iona College recruited me after he saw that I had my MBA in marketing and had worked in the fashion industry.  He thought that pairing would be a good fit and he was right!   It truly was such a wonderful position for me and I’m the most successful account manager  at CORT events to date.  I’m still there today and absolutely love designing events and meetings all over the country and locally in the  New York metro area. Interior designing  is something I’ve always done in conjunction with CORT.  It’s always been such a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl.  This year I have taken it to the next level and launched my own brand, LAGRUTTA DESIGNS in the interior decorating world and I couldn’t be more excited!

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CORT Events/ LAGRUTTA DESIGNS

What is your favorite venue that you have ever decorated?

There are so many venues in New York that are absolutely stunning but my favorite kind of venue are those that are a total blank canvas.  I love to start from scratch and create an event experience from the ground up.  It’s a fun creative challenge. Since my specialty is event furnishings, the larger the space the better!

I also have to say designing my own wedding two years ago was one of my favorites as well, for obvious reasons! It was featured in about five different wedding publications too.

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CORT Events / LAGRUTTA DESIGNS

What are the best ways to maximize your budget while planning an event?

I work in the luxury events market in Manhattan so budgets can be tricky! For both corporate and private social events you need to first make a list of what’s most important to you.  You have to figure out your guest list first and foremost because that will dictate the rest of your budget planning.  Then you’ll have to weigh in what’s most important. Is it rental furnishings, food and beverage, entertainment or floral design?  Allocate your spend in each department and sort through what you can do and stay on target. I personally want the best experience for my guests so if that means shortening the guest list, so be it!  I have to have great food, CORT furnishings and beautiful flowers! I’d rather have less people and treat them amazing verses having too many people and not doing it right.

How do you achieve the work/life balance, especially with a newborn (and adorable) son?

work- life balance is key to a successful career and happy family life.  If you don’t integrate the two, both will fail.  I’m the type of woman that works when you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night.  It’s blending the two that will give you that balance and make you happy.  When you have a career that is essentially 24/7, it’s imperative that the two are integrated.  I’m proud to have an accomplished career and being a great mommy to my perfect little baby boy!

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LAGRUTTA DESIGNS

 

Check out Kerri’s website >> HERE << and her profile on iHomeRegistry >> HERE <<

Exciting things happening at iHomeRegistry!

iHomeRegistry headquarters are bustling with new updates and news…check it out!

We have just launched our “Applause” Button! This is specifically for our designers to “applaud” their fellow designers on their work! We are ALL about building a strong design community – one applause at a time!

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Applause Button

We’ve been officially live for 4 months and already making waves in the Design Industry!  Don’t let us convince you…see for yourself!  Check out our latest press releases and testimonials from clients & designers:

Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc:

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iHomeRegistry + Donald A. Gardner

Charleston Style and Design:

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Charleston Style & Design

Decor Gold Designs:

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Decor Gold Designs

Studio 7 Interiors Blog:

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Studio 7 Interiors using 3D Home Designer

LA Home Beautiful article:

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Testimonials:

3D Design Client – Felicia Black:

It was such a pleasure working with Ariana and Patrick. They are both very professional and very personable. I would recommend their service to anyone. There 3D program is helping me a lot to visualize different things I want in my home as well as giving me new ideas for changes. The program is very easy to use once you take the time to explore the many options.

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Interior Designer – Cynthia Ryan of Circa Studio 8 Interiors:

The iHomeRegistry site for me as a designer is a great way to be part of a broad design community, to see other talented designers’ work, to relate to the public, and have more exposure for my business. I am very impressed with the ease and speed of which I could upload and develop my profile, it is definitely the fastest and most efficient site I have used so far. As software grows and changes it is exciting to see the many ways in which these sites take shape. I think iHomeRegistry is the most ‘proactive’ for the homeowner, giving them the ability to visualize changes, and work towards their dream home or renovation. I appreciate the exposure that iHomeRegistry has given me as a Designer and look forward to a continued relationship with them. Plus they are truly nice people to communicate and work with! I am so very pleased on all fronts when using and working with the friendly people of iHomeRegistry!

 

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Circa Studio 8 Interiors

 

Interior Designer – Justin Andrews Interiors:

I love everything about your site and the tools to design one of a kind spaces. I have recently started to really push myself to finally pursue my passion for design and your website has helped me out tremendously!

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Want to be featured in our Designer Spotlight Series? Contact us: [email protected] today!

Designer Spotlight Series: CD Interiors

From working in finance on Wall Street to starting her own design firm, Cindy Dzurita, owner of CD Interiors, has made an amazing name for herself. With 15 years of experience, CD Interiors brings modern-meets-vintage vibes to the East Coast!

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Read about her career change to Interior Design, her favorite DIY project, and much more!


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What drew you to become an Interior Designer? 

I started my career in Finance on Wall Street.  I left to raise a family and knew I wouldn’t go back. Interior Design is something that I have always loved to do, so I went back to school for it, and the rest is history!

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Where do you find your inspiration?

When you have a designer’s eye, you get inspired every day. Whether it is at a restaurant, hotel, or walking around in NYC. Inspiration sometimes comes from the most unexpected places.

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 What is your favorite piece that you have “DIY’d”?

My son’s old dresser. He wanted a more industrial look, so we sanded down his light colored wood dresser and stained it gray. This piece did not have handles. We drilled holes and added heavy rope pulls. Totally transformed the piece and we both love it!

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CD Interiors

 

What is your favorite Paint Color?

I use Benjamin Moore and Farrow and Ball. For a white, I like Decorator White from Benjamin Moore; another great go-to shade is Smokey Taupe also from Benjamin Moore.

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Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore
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Smokey Taupe by Benjamin Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When designing a cost-effective space, what are some key things to keep in mind?

The key here is to know where to put the money. By that I mean knowing which key pieces to purchase to anchor the room and then you can fill in with less expensive items. It’s tricky to get a great look while on a tight budget. That’s where the expert eye is so beneficial.

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CD Interiors

For more of CD Interiors, check out her profile on our site, and also ask her any of your design questions on this week’s Designer Fridays on our Instagram!

The First 5 Designers of iHomeRegistry

Our designers mean the world to us…every one of them! However, we have to take a moment and give the first 5 designers of our site a little praise! They were the first to sign up, create a profile and really understand what we are all about! Check out their bios below and if you like what you see, visit their portfolio on iHomeRegistry.com!


Construction 2 Style:

Jamie and Morgan Molitor of Minneapolis, MN, really know the concept of a “tag-team”. They are a husband and wife duo with a penchant for DIY and construction! Morgan comes from a background of marketing and fashion merchandising and Jamie has always had his hands full with sawdust and a drill. They knew once they met that they had to put their heads together and create something beautiful.  Together they make some pretty stylin’ interiors…but don’t let us persuade you, see for yourself!

Check out their iHomeRegistry Profile here >> http://www.ihomeregistry.com/designerprofile/XmTDKuBu5PHL4p8u3

Check out their website here >> www.construction2style.com

 

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BMAC Interiors:

Based out of Louisiana, BMAC Interiors serves clients all over the U.S. Celebrating 17 years of business, BMAC Interiors can accommodate any style, anywhere! They offer design services, staging services, and architectural design services.

Check out their iHomeRegistry Profile here >> http://www.ihomeregistry.com/designerprofile/nvoqdiFPqEzKrkXxL

Check out their website here >>http://www.bmacinteriors.com/home.html

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BMAC Interiors

Honeycomb Home Design

Our resident Director of Design, Ariana Lovato, also runs an Interior Design studio called Honeycomb Home Design. Based out of San Luis Obispo, CA, Honeycomb Home Design provides local Interior Design services as well as E-Design Packages, making design possible anywhere!

Check out their iHomeRegistry Profile here >> http://www.ihomeregistry.com/designerprofile/GHDv5rgspiWicNCHC

Check out their website here >>www.honeycombhomedesign.com

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Honeycomb Home Design

Studio 7 Interior Design

Kristen Rockwood started Studio 7 Interior Design because she is truly passionate about Interior Design and helping others create their perfect space! She loves transforming a space while working within your budget.  She offers design services to her local Salt Lake City, UT clients along with E-Design options!

Check out their iHomeRegistry Profile here >> http://www.ihomeregistry.com/designerprofile/yS5iTJ9CFq2xXdmXK

Check out their website here >>www.studio7interiordesign.com

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Studio 7 Interiors

Tracy Lynn Studio

Tracy Lynn Studio is a residential and commercial design firm based out of San Diego, CA and has some amazing style to boot! With an insane attention to detail, Tracy Lynn Studio creates beautiful spaces for new builds and remodels. They focus on the quality of their design as much as their quality of service. If you are a local, check them out!

Check out their iHomeRegistry Profile here >> http://www.ihomeregistry.com/designerprofile/ksDqQn6wBDmKcgPQx

Check out their website here >> http://tracylynnstudio.com/

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Tracy Lynn Studio

You can now bring Joanna Gaines’s style right to your home with Magnolia Home Furniture!

The Queen of the Farmhouse-Vintage style has impacted the Design Industry once again with her amazing new furniture line, Magnolia Home Furniture.  We are sharing our favorite pieces of Joanna Gaines’s new  line…check them out below!


Industrial Style:  Bold style with delicate details!

How beautiful is this dining table? We love the “X” Base!

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Truss & Strap Dining Table, Magnolia Home Furniture
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Image via Magnolia Home Furniture

Primitive Style: Taking it back to basics.

We love this File Cabinet Armoire! The color is a beautiful dusty grey green…we would love to see this finish in person!

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File Cabinet Armoire Hutch and Base
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Image via Magnolia Home Furniture

French Inspired Style: Delicate features with a subtle color palette.

The detail on this Breakfast table is simply stunning!

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Breakfast Table

French styling is all about the feminine details. Check out the carved wood details on the Flora Dining Chair!

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Flora Dining Chair shown in “Midnight”

Traditional Style: Timeless finishes and classic patterns. 

Upgrade any bedroom with this beautiful Iron Canopy Bed.

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Manor Straight Back Iron Canopy Bed

Window Mirrors are the best mantle accessory! We love layering on top of them with wreaths during the holidays. Joanna’s Belgian Window Mirror is our fav!

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Belgian Window Mirror
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Whimsy Girl Design

Boho Style: A mix between French Bistro, Mid-Century Modern, and Eclectic Design!

We love this slick dining chair – clean, modern design!

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Z Side Chair

Check out this coffee table made of reclaimed Pine with storage options to boot!

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Canton Coffee Table

Farmhouse Style: It wouldn’t be Joanna’s furniture line without a Farmhouse style section! These are pieces with vintage elements and rustic finishes.

This headboard features Church Pews and shiplap paneling – perfect for any farmhouse!

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Church Pew Headboard

We love this Kitchen Island with it’s zinc top and distressed pine finish!

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Kitchen Island

 

Love what you see? Check out Joanna’s entire collection HERE!

 

 

Your Guide to Creating the Perfect Space

Listen up, homeowners, interior designers and builders! It’s time to get excited. Why? Because if you’re a homeowner trying to design, build or furnish your home; an interior designer looking to reach more clients; or a builder trying to grow your business, iHomeRegistry can help you do just that…and more.

How? See the section below that best fits you.

iHomeRegistry for Homeowners

interior design websitesWhether you’re looking to design a floor plan, furnish your home, or enlist the expertise of talented interior designers, iHomeRegistry is your “one stop shop” to do it all.

Not only can you create a registry to organize all your desired home goods and bookmark your favorite interior design photos, you can also peruse our Inspiration Board to view the work of professional designers, learn about their design philosophy, and contact them directly for a consultation.

Maybe you just want someone to turn your floor plan into a 3D rendering. We’re on it! See our three different rendering options and prices here.

Or maybe you want it all: 3D renderings, furnishings, mood boards and the finishing touches of an interior designer. We’ve got you covered! Our “Interior Finishes” and “Design for You” packages have it all. See here for details and pricing.

Lastly, we’re also offering a design pairing service that connects you with a certified designer to complete the home of your dreams. See here for more information.

Call 1-800-214-2776 or email [email protected] to get started!


iHomeRegistry for Interior Designers

As the “social network” for interior designers, iHomeRegistry is committed to helping you gain exposure, attract more clients and engage with other industry professionals.

Creating a profile on iHomeRegistry enables you to upload your portfolio of work, explain your design philosophy, link to your social media accounts and interact directly with potential clients (and other designers!). Your work is automatically uploaded onto our Inspiration Board, a collection of signature design styles and trends from all iHome designers for homeowners to peruse.

By joining the iHomeRegistry design community, you’re also putting yourself in the running to be featured in our “Designer Spotlight” series once a month, which we broadcast across all social media channels.

3D interior design platformsYou’ll also have access to our 3D home design program, which is fun and easy to use, saving you time and keeping your clients happy with the ability to walk them through their home in a virtual 3D experience.

As for finding the “right” type of clients, let us do the work for you! Our “Design for You” service pairs you with a client based on your preferences and styles, eliminating the possibility of failed collaboration. Learn more here.

Call 1-800-214-2776 or email [email protected] to get started!


iHomeRegistry for Builders

home builder concierge servicesIf you’re a homebuilder, then you know the frustration that comes from having to deal with change orders – and the time and money that goes to waste.

iHomeRegistry’s state of the art 3D floor plan tool helps eliminate the need for design change orders by allowing homeowners to see their home in 3D before any work gets done. A virtual tour of their home helps homeowners understand their floor plan, keeping both them and you happy.

See our three different rendering options and prices here.

Oh, and if your client is looking for an interior designer…we’ve got a whole network! Let us help you and your clients create the perfect space by bringing your vision to life.

Call 1-800-214-2776 or email [email protected] to get started!

Designer Spotlight Series: CG Home Interiors

Our Designer Spotlight this week is on the fabulous Christina Goldsmith from CG Home Interiors! With a loyal Instagram following of over 21k, a beautiful portfolio of fresh interiors, and a love of DIY, it is easy to see why Christina has built such a name for herself. She is a sweetheart to boot! Read her tips on hostess gifts, her favorite paint colors, and tips on choosing the perfect paint for your next DIY project!

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1. What drew you to Interior Design?

I’ve had a passion for making things pretty since I was a little girl; from decor to fashion, it’s what I love!  It wasn’t until our most recent home purchase that we went into with the intention to fix it up that I realized how much I truly enjoy doing this, and helping others achieve the same!  It’s second nature to me so I just assumed it was to everyone else as well (naive, I know!), but the more people that asked for my help the more my passion for decorating blossomed and all those years of people telling me I should pursue this path came to fruition.

  1. Where do you find your inspiration?

Oh goodness… everywhere!  Tradeshows, markets, stores, nature, social media, TV, it’s endless.  The gift of sight is such a beautiful thing and I think of my eyes like a camera lens, constantly capturing the beauty that exists in everything we see.

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3. When designing a cost-effective space, what are some key things to keep in mind?

Don’t get hung up on brands (most people can’t tell anyway), and don’t always pass up a piece of decor you love because it’s the wrong color.

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Almost anything can be painted now!  Paint is the most cost effective transformation you can do for any space.  Whether it’s walls, that vase you’ve had your eye on but just isn’t the right color, or furniture that needs an update. Don’t be afraid to paint!  Spray paint is great for smaller items like frames, vases and jars, candle pillars, and so on.  Rustoleum and Valspar make fabulous furniture paint that doesn’t always require laborious hours of prep. You can even paint your outdated counter tops! Giani granite counter paint is a cost effective solution if a full renovation isn’t in the budget at the moment.

4. What is your favorite piece that you have “DIY’d”?

The coffee table for my living room I found on Craig’s List.  I never have much luck on Craig’s List but knew if I found the base I was envisioning I could always tear off the top and build a new one.  It was my lucky day because I found exactly that and it was priced to perfection for a DIY project.  When I went to pick it up the woman apologized to me because the table top was loose.  I responded nonchalantly with “no problem”, while I was doing cartwheels in my head because my work was already cut out for me.  I knew I wanted to build a plank top, so we got it home and took our measurements, then purchased a piece of plywood, and planks to adhere to the plywood.  I stained it with my favorite stain (Jacobean by Minwax), sealed it, attached it and could not be happier with the outcome!

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5. You have last minute guest coming for dinner – how would you decorate for them?

I love to have a spread ready for guests to snack on and socialize before the meal.  I’ll fill our island with white ceramic trays and dishes with finger foods and dips, set out mason jar glasses for drinks with fun paper straws, and a bottle of wine or Sangria and wine glasses.

6. Who is your favorite Celebrity Designer?

Joanna Gaines!  I only recently started watching Fixer Upper and was drawn to her from the get-go for so many reasons.  She has her signature style but can also deviate from that to tailor to her clients’ goals while still staying true to that signature style.  I love that she’s a rock star designer and went to school for something completely different.  She was truly born to do what she does.  Then, of course, just watching her and Chip as the cutest couple in America work together so well!

7. If you weren’t doing Interior Design, what would you be doing?

I’d love to say something cool like saving the world, but the truth is that the mortgage industry is all I’ve known other than this so that’s where I’d be!  My time doing that ended up being a great segue into home staging because of the relationships already formed with Loan Officers and their Real Estate Agents designing their marketing material.

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8. What is the best hostess gift?

Well I’m pretty sure wine is the best gift for any occasion! Haha. But if your hostess isn’t a fan of it, fresh blooms in a bottle or mason jar that they can keep and reuse work just as well.

9. What is the best paint color?

Well this depends what we’re using it on!  Sherwin Williams Windfresh White for the walls, Rustoleum spray paint in Heirloom White for decor, and Valspar Chalky Finish in Her Dainties for furniture.

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5 Ways to Make Your House Look Like a Luxury Hotel

There is no better feeling than arriving at a beautiful hotel after a long day of travel. Imagine recreating that feeling every time you walk into your home! Check out these 5 tips from our resident Interior Designer, Ariana Lovato of Honeycomb Home Design, for making your house look like a luxury hotel!


  1. Upgrade your bedroom linen game – Invest in high thread count sheets, down comforters and a comfortable mattress…you’ll thank us later! Just like your mother always said, “Make your bed”! Take a few extra minutes every morning before you rush out the door to make sure your bed is staged back to normal. It makes a big difference to walk into your room and see an inviting and comfortable bed!
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2. Add a little bit of Mother Nature – Greenery and floral accents are a small investment but pack a big punch. Baby’s Breath, Sunflowers, Gladiolus, and Chrysanthemum are inexpensive yet beautiful flowers to accentuate your home with!

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“Think of your home as your own mini sanctuary… it is the place that you should feel most at ease. Create a surrounding that reflects who you are!”


3.  Luxury towels are a MUST – Pottery Barn has the nicest and most durable bath towels. You can even get them monogrammed, if you are feelin’ extra fancy.

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4. Go bold with color – Hotels often use accent walls to add drama and interest in a small space. Apply this in your own home by painting three walls the same color, and the fourth wall a few shades darker or wallpaper it! This will instantly add a designer touch!

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5.  Let there be light – Install “His and Hers” wall sconces in the Master Bedroom for an ultra luxe look! There are plug-in and battery operated options if you cannot wire for them!

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