All posts by Ourso Designs

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Trend Alert: Vertical Opening Systems

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Every kitchen designer knows the cabinets make the kitchen. They’re usually the first thing you notice when you walk in, and almost nothing can be done in any kitchen without opening and closing at least a few doors. With the right design, construction, and installation, they can make your kitchen flow either effortless or disastrous. […]

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2020 Color Forecast

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Well we’re halfway through 2019 (already?), and we stand by the color trends we sent earlier this year. On the other hand, some of us are ready to see what 2020 will bring. Sure we may be jumping the gun a bit here, but companies like Sherwin-Williams have already released color forecasts for next year, […]

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History Lesson: I.M. Pei

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Ieoh Ming Pei, more commonly known as I.M. Pei, was a Chinese-American architect who moved to the United States in 1935 to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Once arriving Pei was so discouraged by the teaching style of his professors and intimidated by the skill levels of his peers that he decided to […]

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Trend Alert: Succulents

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We’ve seen this one coming for a while: Succulents. All the beauty of a bonsai tree with almost none of the upkeep. With no pruning or picking, and less frequent watering, sales of these prickly plants have grown steadily since 2012. “Succulent” is an umbrella term for plants with thick, rigid fronds or stems meant […]

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Laundry Rooms: Efficient AND Pretty

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Source The laundry room is easily the most forgettable room in the house, but definitely one of the most important. Readily, the design of your laundry room becomes an afterthought, out of site is out of mind. Anything can be thrown in there and forgotten behind closed doors. But in actuality, it really is a […]

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Trend Alert: Smart Sleep

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“If you’re having problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up in the morning, this article is for you. “ Two months ago we talked about “Smart Lights,” an easy way to “smarten” up your home without taking any drastic steps. One improvement we mentioned but didn’t go into detail on was a light that replicates […]

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Healthy Living Series: Hydration

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A couple of weeks ago we hosted a breakfast event “Self-Defense & Healthy Eating 101,” in the hopes that we could educate community members about two vital components of a healthy lifestyle. I spoke briefly about some basic techniques that might help in volatile situations, and Roy Domangue of Wooden Creations, Inc. was kind enough […]

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Tis the Season: For Outdoor Sittin’

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Source With this weather, it’s hard to stay indoors. It is essential for our physical and mental well being that we stay connected with the outdoors. And these days, the outdoor living space is becoming just as essential as the indoor living space. An out door living space may be limited to just include a […]

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Trend Alert: Going Global

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Color, decoration, and functionality are all essential aspects of good home design. However lighting might be the most important factor when it comes to home interiors. Lighting can powerfully and immediately impact the way we perceive a space. It can draw attention toward one spot and away from another. It can go from dazzling to […]

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Kitchen Hoods: Make it a Venti

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Source Hoods. You gotta’ have it, so you must love it! The kitchen hood does an important job. They should supply the proper ventilation to remove steam, smoke, grease, and more from the air to make your kitchen comfortable and clean. And of course, it has to look good while doing it. According to Vent-A-Hood, […]

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