M/I Homes Interviews Kay Green Design, Inc.

M/I Homes takes pride in our models. They are one of the first impressions for a homebuyer touring our new communities. Well- merchandised models give potential homeowners the feeling of being at home, along with great ideas for their own homes.

Kay Green Design, Inc. based in Winter Park, Florida, was the key interior design firm for the Aberdeen and Bradford models in our Bellington community. The company has been working in the model home merchandising industry for nearly 40 years.

Jerry Collin, vice president of Kay Green Design, Inc., was gracious enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about interior design.

M/I: What is trending now and how is that used in each of the models?

JC: We are seeing two particular cabinet choices becoming the most popular – white cabinets paired with white back-splashes, and dark espresso or Kona-colored cabinets. Another trend is a flex room that we’re showing as “fem dens” or spaces for moms.

We also see families wanting multi-use spaces that the entire family can enjoy at the same time. They are using a den as an additional TV location. In the kitchen, buyers want kitchen islands that are all on one level, instead of having a raised bar.

M/I: What was your inspiration for the colors used in the Bellington models?

JC: The latest color trends are moving towards a more neutral color pallet of beiges or warm, soft gray tones, and then adding pops of jewel tones. Jade and gold in the Aberdeen and royal navy and raspberry in the Bradford are good examples of what homebuyers are leaning towards.

 M/I: What did you like about each plan?

JC: The Aberdeen offers a first-floor master bedroom, which is always a hit with homeowners. At Bellington we carried the Mullican Hickory Champagne wood flooring throughout the main level to help add some upscale luxury to the space. The second floor loft, with double doors that open to a shared office, helps keep the family together. There are also a lot of great outdoor spaces, including a side porch off the kitchen area.

The Bradford has a very appealing feature in the optional kitchen extension that can be used as a morning sitting area. The angled entry door is stylish. An oversized fifth bedroom with the extra-large walk-in closet creates another flex space that can be used in many ways. We chose to make this space another multi-use room for the entire family. This plan offers a lot of great natural light as well.

M/I: What was the best room to merchandise?

JC: We always find the master bedroom one of our favorite spaces to merchandise by creating a sanctuary for homeowners, offering them a retreat any time they need a relaxing getaway from the day’s activities.

M/I: Why do you like merchandising new homes and models?

JC: One of best parts of being in new construction is staying on top of the latest trends in floor-plan function, interior lighting, the growing home animation systems, kitchen appliances and new home finishes.

 M/I: What inspired you to be an interior decorator?

JC: I have always had a passion for touring builders’ model homes, which lead me to the business. Katie Trentley, one of our senior designers who was also instrumental in Bellington, has wanted to be a designer since she was 5 years old.

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Roman Shades: The ‘Just Right’ Window Covering

Roman shades are a stylish and practical alternative to standard-issue window treatments, and they come in a wide variety of styles and looks. Made simply of fabric panels that are raised or lowered with the help of a cord system and rings sewn onto the back of the fabric, they warm up windows while providing privacy and protection from the sun.

These classic shades are a designer favorite for many reasons, but the fact that they’ve literally been in use for hundreds of years makes them a perfect illustration of timeless style. Simple and efficient in both operation and look, we love the clean lines and finished feel that Roman shades add to any space. Just pull the cord, and the fabric draws itself up into a tidy series of pleats. Here’s everything you need to know to find the right Romans for you.

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Finding the Right Look
Speaking of pleats, the first thing you want to consider is the volume of the pleat. If you’re going for a clean, contemporary look, you’ll find Roman shades in a flat fold, pressed cleanly with a straight, flat edge. The swag style is also popular and offers a more billowy, traditional look. You can get Roman shades in nearly any kind of material from damask to bamboo, so play around with the pleat and the fabric to find the right mix for your space. That’s the other reason we love Roman shades so much — their versatility. Reed or jute, cotton or canvas, silk or linen, printed or plain, Roman shades can add a pop of personality, or fade into the background.

You can also get Roman shades created in custom fabrics that match or complement furniture or other accessories in the room –and with even a little experience behind a sewing machine, you can make them yourself. BONUS — they even come as blackout shades. The fabric is printed or attached to a flexible vinyl or vinyl-coated fiberglass material that keeps you in the dark when you want to be!


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Installation Options
Another advantage of the Roman shade is that they can be mounted inside or outside the window frame. Hung inside the frame, you really get that custom-fitted and clean look that Romans are known for. But if you’re working with a tiny window or two, and would like to give the illusion of a larger window, you can purchase a shade that’s larger than the frame and mount it accordingly.

If you have children or pets around the house, it’s worth mentioning that Roman shades are also available with safety cords that are either hidden or inaccessible to the smaller residents of the space. Of course, these days, they can also be mounted for automated opening and closing so that they open from the top, or the bottom, and do it all from your smart phone or tablet!

*Guest Blogger and Award-winning designer Kerrie Kelly  writes on all styles of window treatments, including roman shades, for Home Depot. Kerrie is the author of Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. For Home Depot’s selection of roman shades, you can visit the company’s website.

Fall Decorating Inspiration For Your Mantel!

Many of us love decorating our homes for the fall, but sometimes we need a little bit of inspiration to help us get started.

One of the focal points of a family room or living room is often the fireplace and it can be a challenge to decorate!  Don’t let decorating your mantel stress you out and definitely don’t let it break the bank.

One of the best things about fall is you can typically find items to decorate your home right in your backyard!  Items like acorns, logs, pinecones, sticks and leaves make great decorations for fall and don’t cost a dime!  (Make sure to check for critters!)

Other items like burlap, old crates, lanterns, shutters and candle sticks you can typically find at garage sales or even a local thrift store.  These type of items are easy to paint, stain, or leave how they are for a distressed / aged look.

Here are some pictures of mantels we just love to help with your fall decorating inspiration!  You can make your mantel as simple as you want or really go all out like some of these homeowners did!

We would love to see how you have decorated your mantel for fall!


10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New Home

Originally Posted on Freshome Design and Architecture Magazine

You’re going to build your dream home and you’ve thought it all through – or so you’ve thought. You know exactly what you need and want to have in your home, but have you thought about what you don’t want and what you don’t need? Have you really thought the whole thing through? You have given much thought and consideration to what will work for you, but have you taken the time to think about what won’t work

Poor planning and budgets that are too small can lead way to some wayward, inconvenient and disastrous mistakes. When you plan on building a new home, you must look at the home from many angles. You must consider your current and future lifestyles. You need to take family planning into consideration – Will your family be expanding? Or will your children be leaving the nest?  Do you entertain often and host overnight guests regularly? Take your time and do your research both online and in person. Be sure to take the time to meet with professionals in the industry. Poor design choices can make your home not only uncomfortable, but downright unhealthy. Architects, engineers and builders are all trained to help you make effective decisions. They will help guide you as to where you can save a few dollars and where you absolutely should not cut corners.

Read the Full Article on 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New Home Here

M/I Homes is here to help you build the home of your dreams.   Our New Home Consultants, Design Center Managers and Construction Superviors are here to help every step of the way. Why build a new home vs buying a used home?

“Spooktacular” Door Decorations

Are you looking for a way to make your home look “Spooktacular” this Halloween season?

Door decorations are a fun and simple way to spook your guests before they even walk into your home and they can be relatively inexpensive to do! Even our models in Ohio and Virginia are getting into the Halloween spirit and are decorating their doors this season.

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The best part? These “spooktacular” designs are made from simple materials including; crepe paper, brown paper bags, paper plates, construction paper, tissue paper, you name it! Most likely you already have these materials sitting around your home – you just have to find a creative way to use them to decorate your door!

Don’t forget to look for ways to use your front door for all of its great features! If you have a window in the center, think about using that to make a monster with one eye. Or if you have an opening for the mail in your door, use that as a mouth with teeth coming out! Be as creative as you can!


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