Look Up: Amazing Ceiling Ideas

When it comes time to customize your brand new Miller & Smith home, one of the last places you will think to focus on is the ceiling! Adding different design elements to the ceilings in your home can create a whole new perspective in a room. Check out some of our favorite ceiling ideas as seen in our model homes!

The Tray Ceiling

Tray ceilings are a beautiful design element that is offered in many of our brand new homes, specifically in owner’s suites. This type of ceiling creates depth and dimension in a room, and can also make a statement. 

Hartwood Model at Embrey Mills for Miller & Smith

This owner’s suite in the Hartwood model home at Embrey Mill shows how a tray ceiling can provide a dramatic element in a room. Painting the center of the tray will create the illusion of higher ceilings and create a nice contrast with the wall colors.

Two Model Homes at Aspen North for Miller & Smith

In the Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, the tray ceiling in the owner’s suite takes on a more simple and crisper look by staying true to the color of a standard white ceiling. 

High Ceiling Builds

Just like a tray ceiling, there are other built-in ceiling options to accentuate height and dimension in a room. Below are two examples of how ceiling design can work wonderfully in a single-level home. This type of ceiling is offered exclusively at our Millville by the Sea community.

In the Waverunner at Millville by the Sea, the ceiling displays another type of tray style, called a “coffered” ceiling. This element creates a beautiful focal point in this single-level home with recessed lighting for an elegant feel. 

The Beachcomber at Millville by the Sea is another example of how to show off high ceilings in a single-level home. This beamed arch ceiling differentiates the Beachcomber from many new homes on the market today and opens the room up for an airy ambience. 

Painted Designs

Painting the ceiling of your home anything other than white may not be at the top of your list, but it is a great idea to experiment with colors and patterns that can make your ceiling an interesting focal point.

One reason to create a painted ceiling design would be if your home features an open floor plan. In the photo above of our Verde model townhome at Victory Lakes (now for sale!), placing a rectangular design directly above the kitchen helps define the space without closing off any of the open floor plan. 

Two Model Homes at Aspen North for Miller & Smith

In this loft of the Silverton model home at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, the ceiling design creates a fun element for a room that is designed to be a kid-friendly hangout.

Whether or not you decide to incorporate any of these ceiling ideas into your new home, it is always nice to have the option, which you do in many new Miller & Smith homes! For more information and photos of all of our model homes, visit millerandsmith.com.

Sources: http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/tray-ceilings-in-bedrooms

Our Dream Kitchen Must-Haves

When you think of your dream kitchen, what do you envision? In every Miller & Smith home you will find beautiful kitchens with design features that will make all of your dreams come true! Take a look at many of the must-have kitchen features in brand new Miller & Smith homes! 

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

Granite Countertops

Today, granite countertops are on the top of everyone’s list! Not only is the look and feel of granite amazing, but also it comes in many different colors, and is heat-resistant! These are just a few reasons why granite countertops are available in Miller & Smith homes! 

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

Large Island

One of the home features that many Miller & Smith homeowners love is our Signature Infinity Island. The infinity island or other generously sized kitchen islands allow for plenty of counter space to cook, entertain or be a kid’s homework spot.

The Verde at Victory Lakes

The Verde at Victory Lakes

Open Plan

When you are carrying a hot pan or sharp utensil, the kitchen is the last place you want to be cramped for space. Open kitchen layouts allow for more room in the kitchen so while you are prepping the salad, someone else can be making dessert and you won’t get in each other’s way! 

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea

Seating

We think that many others will agree when we say that the kitchen is a central part of a home! It is where families come together to spend quality time, whether it is for dinner, game night, or just to catch up after school and work. Therefore, we think that plenty of seating is important. All of our home designs allow ample seating around the island, where you can fit 4 or more stools.  

The Silverton at Aspen North

The Silverton at Aspen North

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is a stylish way to bring softer light into your kitchen, without sacrificing brightness or style. Pendant lighting is usually placed above kitchen islands and comes in a variety of options! 

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

Stainless Appliances

The luxury of stainless steel appliances is on many people’s must haves list and for good reason! We offer many Stainless appliances options, including many that are EnergyStar rated ones. Create a luxurious feel, while saving on your energy costs with these high quality products.

The Calahan at Aspen North

The Calahan at Aspen North

Hardwood Flooring

Kitchen flooring has seen a large transition over the years. While tile used to be the most popular kitchen flooring option, hardwood is a more coveted style in today’s new homes. 

Visit https://www.millerandsmith.com for more information on the homes featured! 

Home Features Trending Now: Kitchen and Bath Trends

Welcome to the second part of our home trends blog series! In this part of the series, we are going to share with you the top trending kitchen and bathroom features for the year. We are seeing an introduction to some brand new trends, and a revival of others – which makes the combination between the two an interesting mix. Check out the most unique kitchen and bath trends that we are seeing today:

Cabinetry

  • Gray or black: Traditionally, we see a lot of stained wood or white cabinets in these spaces, but this year, gray and black cabinets are making a big impact.
  • Matte finish: The idea of a matte finish has trickled down through many categories such as art, makeup, and now home design! Matte is used to describe something that lacks shine, so it looks more dull and flat. (see picture below)
  • Flat front: While many cabinets still have some variation of a raised panel in the center, flat front cabinets are creating a super-modern look in today’s kitchens.

Sundancer Model at Millville By The Sea

 Tile/backsplash

  • Geometric: Patterned tiles are a great way to create a large statement in a central room of a home, such as the kitchen. Not only are geometrically shaped tiles being used, but we are also seeing tiles that have a 3D effect.
  • Colored glass: In years past, we saw a lot of ceramic tiles on backsplashes and showers, but now, colored glass tiles are becoming more popular due to their translucence.
  • Marble: Marble is another trend that has been seen throughout all types of creative industries, from fashion to home design. Most popular, is white marble or marble-like materials, such as the tiled shower pictured below.
  • Mineral & gemstone: Along with marble, mineral and gemstone tiles are a simple way to bring a little bit of luxury to any space. According to one of our favorite bloggers, Centsational Girl, minerals and gemstones are also being added to other features likes faucets, knobs and drawer pulls.

The Silverton at Aspen North

Appliances

With the popularity of stainless steel, appliance companies began creating the option of a black stainless finish. This appliance finish is similar to stainless – only black instead of silver as the name suggests. The black stainless or graphite appliances also have less of a shine to them, but are not quite matte.

Sources: centsationalgirl.com, buildersshow.com

How To Throw an Amazing Fall Housewarming Party

Congratulations! You just bought a new Miller and Smith home in a great location with features that have exceeded your expectations. Now what? It is time to throw a housewarming party to show off your new digs and meet the neighbors! Miller and Smith wants to bring you all of the tools that you need in order to celebrate and get acquainted with your new home, so here is a step-by-step guide on how to throw a housewarming party this fall!

Step 1: Choose when the party will be

After just moving into your new home, planning a party won’t be the first thing on your mind. The truth is, your home does not have to be perfectly decorated and photo-ready before you host a housewarming party. The whole point of the party is for your guests to get a good look at the house and socialize with you and your family! If you can’t help but incorporate fall decor for a little something extra, check out our Pinterest for some great ideas!

Step 2: Choose whom to invite

When you are creating a guest list for these parties, there really is no rule of thumb. Housewarmings are usually very casual and a “come-and-go as you please” type of ordeal. Invite friends, family, new neighbors, your realtor, or anyone else who comes to mind! Since the holiday season is quickly approaching, your guests are going to appreciate a nice break from their own party planning!

Step 3: Pick out food and drinks

Again, housewarming parties are supposed to be casual, so pick easy to make and easy to eat foods. Focus on finger foods and small refreshments that people can easily pick up and carry around the house while they mingle with other guests. Food can be a great conversation starter, and it always brings people together! To incorporate some classic tastes and smells of fall, you can prepare a warm drink, create mini cups of soup, or light some candles for a relaxing atmosphere.

Step 4: Prepare for tours

It may get repetitive, but everyone is going to want a tour of the house when they arrive. Since most likely people will arrive at different times, be prepared to give a few separate tours. There is no need to rehearse anything for the tours, just be yourself and highlight your favorite aspects of your new home. A great way to bond with new neighbors is to tell them funny stories about a piece of furniture or how you let the kids pick their atrocious bedroom paint colors.

Step 5: Remember to socialize

It is easy to fall into the habit of talking to people that you already know at a party, so make sure you take the time to talk to everyone. The relationships you will start to build with your neighbors during the party could possibly last a lifetime, so put yourself out there! Of course, make sure to thank everyone for coming and for any housewarming gifts they brought!

Source: thenest.com