Petra Guglielmetti with Better Homes and Gardens coined the brilliant phrase, “An area rug can transform a room in the time it takes to unroll it.”
If that isn’t magic, I simply don’t know what is!
Do you have an awkward spot in your home, perhaps behind the stairs or some other place that just looks empty? You’ve tried to fill it with a big Ficus plant, but it just didn’t look right. You tried sticking a table there, but it just looked like an afterthought. You even tried a little chair, but that just looked pitiful.
The right area rug can magically pull a small chair, table and lamp together to create an exquisite vignette sure to cause a major case of decorator envy.
“Be not afraid” is the most commonly repeated phrase in the entire Bible and those words should be your guide for buying rugs for your home.
The founder of Brianna Scott Interiors suggests using more colored floor coverings, particularly in hues such as muted or deep greens, blues and browns. "They will add a lot of depth to a room" so don’t be afraid of color or pattern.
Especially vibrant colored area rugs successfully break up stark white or beige walls or floors. Adding a colorful rug is also an easy way to bring some color and character into a space without overdoing it."
Why not let the Magic Carpet of your dreams “design” the rest of the room for you!
Once you’ve painted a room and bought all the furniture you imagined for a room in your home, it can become a gargantuan task to find just the perfect area rug to complete your perfect motif.
Let us suggest that you fall in love with the perfect area rug for the space first, then select curtains, sofas, pillows, lampshades and upholstered furniture pulled from the colors that make up your gorgeous new rug.
Luxurious area rugs are the crowning touch to beautiful wooden floors.
However, London rug designer, Luke Irwin says, “Carpeting needs rugs more than a wooden floor does. You have this ocean of beige that’s exhausting to look at.”
The answer? Layering.
Place a magnificent area rug on top of your wall to wall carpeting to transform the sea of beige into a magic carpet.
From Mediterranean to Minimalist style homes, one of the hottest trends in home design right now is the tasteful addition of beautiful, ornamental ironwork.
If you’ve been pursuing the TLK Luxury Custom Homes articles, you’ll already by aware that luxury upgrades and tasteful renovations can vastly increase the value of your existing property. Upgrading your counter tops and light fixtures in baths and kitchens is a game changer, obviously, but have you considered what a game changer replacing those tired wooden staircase balusters with classically designed iron or polished steel or gleaming brass would be?
One designer was recently overheard to tell his clients that “Decorative and ornamental ironwork conveys diverse stylistic aesthetics, from ornate Classical and Baroque styles of balconies evoking European chateaus and cathedrals to the fabulous early 20th Century Art Nouveau ironwork and its flowing, organic design inspirations.”
Stunning contemporary wrought iron art adds not only aesthetic value, but it rightly has perceived strength and stability. Doesn’t an ornate wrought iron gate or fence make a property look more luxurious and more valuable as you drive through a neighborhood?
You may be thinking… Iron!?! That heavy black metal stuff?
Relax, iron accents can be light and lacy or it can be grand and imposing, depending on the unique design elements your decorator suggests to embody your personal style preferences.
Metals are all the rage and TLK Luxury Custom Homes will guide you through the seemingly endless options that would be perfect for your home.
Home ownership is not only the crown atop The American Dream, private property ownership is the very cornerstone of American liberty, upon which our free enterprise system and indeed our republican form of government have stood for almost 250 years.
Protection of private property is essential for the preservation of individual freedom. When individuals do not possess secure property rights, dependency on government for the essentials of life become inevitable.
America’s Founding Fathers believed that private property ownership existed long before government in ancient common law.
“Home ownership has long been accepted as a core component of the American dream, as it confers several economic benefits on homeowners, including the ability to accumulate wealth by accessing credit and building equity,” according to Forbes magazine.
“Home ownership is proving to be a cornerstone of financial security,” says the Mullin Group of Berkshire Hathaway. “Two major personal wealth goals, home ownership and net worth, work hand-in-hand. If you’re looking for financial security, home ownership should be a top priority."
Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American says, “Buying a home is not just a financial decision. It’s also a lifestyle decision.”
In fact, Gregory Schmidt with the New York Times reports that “Nearly three-quarters of Americans say owning a home is a higher measure of achievement than having a successful career, raising a family or earning a college degree,” according to a new Bankrate survey.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes believe in America greatness and they believe in the American Dream. Let the Kneedlers help you take a step into the American Dream by building your Dream Home on a little piece of America.
Once upon a time, there was but one agreed Color of the Year amongst the decorating Kingdoms of the earth. This special color appeared everywhere, on everything and peace reigned throughout the land. The elders still speak of the age of avocado refrigerators and the all-powerful, Great Accent Wall of Punjab.
As time went on, the designers became dissatisfied with the old ways and no longer wished to paint the entire Kingdom burnt orange or baby blue. Powerful factions began to break away and choose their own Color of the Year and that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the color wars began.
These designers enlisted armies of paint manufactures to create the most fabulous color of all, every year thereafter throughout the Kingdom.
That brings us to the year 2023, where a myriad of paint creators juxtaposition for fame and fortune by giving you just the one color of which you have always dreamed to use in your custom luxury home.
Even wood stain manufacturers now have a Color of the Year and for 2023, Minwax has chosen a rich, warm stain called Aged Barrel. Minwax says Aged Barrel's traditional roots provide a grounded feeling in any room.
Let TLK Luxury Custom Homes be your champion in the explosion of wonderful colors coming on the scene this year.
One of the hottest trends in luxury homes right now is incorporating dramatic ceilings into the design. Ceilings that “make a statement” lift your custom home to a whole new level of luxury.
For the first time, designers now consider ceiling to be the fifth wall of your room that can actually add value to your luxury custom home. Mike Woodley of Woodley Architectural Group says, “Good design sells better and quicker, and the ceiling is an important part of good design.
There are so many styles available to dress the ceilings of each room of your home, but the first element to address is height. Eight foot ceilings no longer satisfy the luxury custom home buyer, but just another 12 inches brings you tons of options. By the way, Realtor.com® found that raising ceiling height to 10 or 11 feet from the standard 8-to-9-foot range, resulted in an average 50% jump in listing prices per square foot.
Tall ceilings aren’t really that “new,” you say. Well, we’re talking about a whole lot more than just a spacious entryway or great room with a plain white ceiling. We’re talking glamour, with a generous helping of ouuus and ahhhs..
Once you leave square feet in the past and open your mind to thoughts of cubit feet, your luxury ceiling design options become legion! Think texture. Think color. Think depth. Think shape. Think looking up into the starry night skies!
Even elaborate ceiling tiles have taken on a vastly upmarket look, from intricate metal and wood designs to ornate plaster effects. These are not you grandmother’s ceiling tiles. These tiled ceilings are to die for, as they say.
Imagine styles like tray ceilings, then dare to entertain the idea of coffered ceilings and barrel vaulted ceilings. Coffered ceilings are sunken panels of various shapes and sizes elaborately constructed into a grid pattern that is not only impressive, but helps to absorb sound in the room.
Vaulted Cathedral ceilings have two equal sloping sides that meet in the middle high point of the room, while conversely, vaulted barrel ceilings feature a grand, semi-circular arch resembling a barrel or circle, cut in half.
TLK Luxury Customs Homes could even vary the ceiling designs from room to room to set different moods though out your home.
TLK’s savvy ceiling designers can coordinate each room's “fifth wall” with the room’s other details to create a completely balanced, sophisticated look.
The right “fifth wall” treatment can whisper Country French in your kitchen, while a richly stained coffered ceiling brings a feeling of the British Aristocracy to your library or billiards room. From intimate conversation spaces through a gorgeous barreled ceiling hall, into an elegant dining room, the statement ceiling makes it all happen.
Luxury ceilings help set the stage to the drama that unfolds in your new custom home
Don’t kid yourself, there will always be drama… but with TLK Luxury Custom Homes, it’s drama in a good way!
Landscape lighting is one of the most dramatic improvements you can make to your home’s curb appeal. In fact, professional outdoor lighting design is an investment that will even increase the resale value of your home. We call it, spotlighting your home's value with landscape lighting.
Luxury architectural and landscape lighting should be a dramatic journey that moves guests through one area of your outdoor living space into another. TLK Luxury Custom Homes will use subtle lighting along paths, pool edges, and doorways, creating definition, insuring safety, and tying everything together. In areas where more light is needed, for instance for cooking or dining, the TLK team will increase the number of lighting fixtures to direct the light exactly where it's needed.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes can design landscape lighting systems that really impress! Then, because every element is professionally installed and connected to a central power source, you’ll have control everything from one spot in your home.
Lisa and TK Kneedler will work with you to determine which elements of your home you want to feature and what you might want to hide or disguise with lighting. For instance, you might want to show off exquisite landscape elements like a water feature with a wash of light. On the other hand, you might want to direct attention away from a storage area for pool equipment.
Landscape lighting can also “set the mood” for a moonlight swim or a romantic al fresco dinner. Warm lighting usually looks more elegant and can be more relaxing in comfortable outdoor living spaces.
Low level lighting may be best to direct the eye along the path. while artificial “moon lighting” transforms larger, sweeping areas into an enchanting glen with an almost mystical quality.
On the other hand, cool, bright lighting is best to dramatically accentuate some of the more grand elements of your architecture.
Although one of the most effective design elements of your custom luxury home, architectural lighting sounds a little daunting and therefore, is often ignored completely. Be bold and allow TK Kneedler to show you the perfect balance of utility and elegance.
You don’t need to know the difference between lumen and wattage or be able to calculate how much each light is needed to cover the area you want to accent. Simply, let TLK Luxury Custom Homes do all of that for you.
Finally, custom-designed landscape lighting not only surrounds your home in luminous luxury, but it also protects your property after dark. TLK Luxury Custom Homes believes that their clients are really looking for security and serenity. With Lisa’s keen design sense and TK’s law enforcement experience, their team is uniquely qualified to give you both.
Open concept living has become all the rage over the past few years, but as wonderful as these modern innovations are, did we really think this through?
When the whole family is over and the den is filled with cousins, kids, toys and football, it’s wonderful to remain a part of the fun from inside your busy kitchen. Bravo! Excellent idea.
What happens when more formal entertaining is required? Do you really want your pots and pans shoved in the face of your company’s CEO all during dinner? Will the committee chairman be impressed with your exotic display of dirty dishes?.
What if we created a custom Butler’s Pantry between your fabulous, open-plan kitchen and your elegantly laid, formal dining room. We can’t claim to have invented the Butler’s Pantry, but we do believe it could support your informal daily lifestyle, while preserving the elegance of special occasions.
Butler’s Pantries were popular in the magnificent houses at the turn of the19th century when the likes of “Lord and Lady Grantham” entertained with lavish dinners and soirées. Kitchens back then were steamy, noisy places filled with cooks, cleaners and servers that no guest was ever allowed to see. The Butler was the ring master of this circus and kept things flowing beautifully from oven to table. Everything he needed to make this magic happen was kept in the Butler’s Pantry. The crystal, the silver cutlery, fine china and exquisite table linens were kept there, under the watchful eye of the family’s butler. Some very expensive, opened bottles of wine were also kept in the Butler’s Pantry.
Today’s Butler’s Pantries re-imagine these transitional spaces. Modern homeowners demand designs that have it all. Think functionality meets trendy style, with timeless beauty.
This clutter-free and organized Butler’s Pantry will save you time and alleviate “pre-event” stress because everything you need is in one place and is instantly available at your fingertips. If you’re handing over the cooking to a caterer, the chef may actually kiss you for providing him with a Butler’s Pantry!
Your custom, luxury Butler’s Pantry can serve as a staging area for meal preparation that gobbles up copious amounts of counter space and cabinetry. It can serve as your drinks station with room for wine bottles and tea pitchers.
Did we mention all of the additional storage that a well-designed Butler’s Pantry has to offer? There are some kitchen appliances that are never used except for formal-ish dinners, so just stick them in the Butler’s Pantry cabinets.
Why not add an additional micro-wave oven, or small refrigerator to your Butler’s Pantry? You could even add warming drawers and ice makers to your Butler's Pantry, and the addition of a second sink is practically a “must have” in your luxury custom Butler’s Pantry.
TLK Custom Luxury Homes can help you design a dream Butler’s Pantry. We will help you coordinate cabinetry and counter tops to compliment the style of the rest of your house. We can add elements that echo the character of your home and help you choose lighting and fixtures that make your Butler’s Pantry look stylishly modern or lavishly extravagant, and all points in between.
When your neighbor brags about their recent trip to Europe, just say, “that’s nice dear, but have you seen my Butler’s Pantry!”
Taking their rightful place in the top luxury home trends of 2022 are extravagant covered exterior living spaces.
Since "enjoying the great outdoors" here in Texas demands shading your spaces from the relentless sunshine, luxury home designers have outdone themselves with new shade options for 2022.
After two years of staying inside due to COVID-19, people are craving connection with nature more than ever. Gazing out your window in the morning with that first cup of coffee in the morning, you imagine an outdoor oasis. Julius Caesar felt the same way, so he copied his "front porch" from the Greek portico. Precursor of all porches, the portico originated in ancient Greece as a formal framing device that defined an entryway and created an appearance of authority.
We, much like powerful Middle Kingdom Egyptians, have a longing to domesticate the natural world. Although, gardens were expensive to build and required a high level of maintenance, gardens were very popular in the Pharaonic period and were built within wealthy households and royal palaces.
Typical gardens in ancient Egypt shared these essential components: an enclosure wall, a water pond, ornate water well or canal, trees, flowers, vegetables and large shaded areas.
Aside from the mere beauty of modern porches and covered patio / deck areas, they are designed specifically to provide the shade we need to survive the solar onslaught.
Not only do shaded areas protect you from the sun, they also help insulate you from exorbitant summertime electric bills. Porches and covered patios block the sun from shining directly through your windows and heating up your home’s interior.
Let's face it, while shading your home and your guests is definitely the smart move, what we're really after is THE WOW FACTOR.
The luxury, covered outdoor living space designs that TLK has on offer are not your grandmother's back porch or your dad's plastic sheet over a few metal poles, but gorgeous, modern miracles that will fulfill your wildest dreams.
TK and Lisa Kneedler know how to surround your new custom luxury home with all the "wow" you can handle!
Graduating from “master bedroom” to “master suite” has become one of the most popular home remodeling projects in history. Popular especially with people who have worked hard to build a good life and a great future for themselves.
There are a few unmistakable things that say, "We've arrived." You know like purchasing a Lamborghini, going on a six-month European tour, buying a beach house or adding a luxurious Master Suite to your home.
Think 5-star, mountain top, Aspen retreat or Presidential Suite of a grand hotel instead of simply a big bedroom.
Is adding a drop-dead gorgeous Master Suite to you home or building one into your custom home plan really worth it? When homeowners in a recent study were asked if they were happy with their Master Suite addition project, 100% of the respondents said YES! They all gave the project 10 out of 10 in the "Joy" factor.
What makes luxury Master Suites so popular? Walking into your perfect Master Suite is like driving your carriage into your very own castle and pulling up the draw bridge to make the world go away. The answer really is creating the perfect oasis for you with everything that you want in it just the way you want it. The key is to work with a luxury custom home builder who understands that and will guide you painlessly through the process.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes will help you decide how big your oasis needs to be to give you the Wow Factor you deserve. For instance, owner, TK Kneedler has learned by experience that your new addition should occupy from 350 to 600 square feet to give you a truly luxury custom Master Suite. He knows that you'll be happier if the space is designed to give you divided private spaces than if it is not. There are so many details that TK and his designer wife, Lisa can offer you that you may never even have imagined.
For example, carving out a cozy reading nook away from your magnificent king-sized bed will give you the perfect way to finish the latest David Baldacci novel long after your husband has turned his light off and gone to sleep. You certainly want an enclosed water closet to ensure you the privacy you need when "the need" arises. Little things like that explain why people love their Master Suite additions!
What are your Master Suite options?
Well, to begin with, she's definitely going to want a spa-like Master Bathroom and he's going to want a roomy, kick-ass glass shower. You will probably want to think about His and Hers walk-in closets and perhaps a dressing room. Ask yourself this: should the purpose-built vanity be in her dressing area or in the main bathroom itself?
Do you want to head off to the kitchen to get your midnight snacks or do you want a hidden mini fridge and microwave in your Master Suite? Espresso machine for your morning coffee?
Do you want a vaulted ceiling, a tray or coffered ceiling in the main bedroom area? Do you want a ceiling fan or a chandelier?
Do you want an overall sleek modern look or a more elegant and luxurious look? The beauty and style of the space is just as essential to your comfort as cozy bedding is.
Do you want to add a fireplace to your master suite? Skylight? Heated flooring? Private access to the patio? French doors?
TK and Lisa Kneedler will help you with lighting and fixture options and don't forget the view. What do you want to see when you gaze out of your new Master Suite windows?
TK will also discuss any special needs that you and your family have or that might present themselves in the future. For example, the height of the homeowner plays a big part in design of the shower and tub.
Large, luxurious large master suites on the ground floor check all the boxes for both safety and accessibility now and into the future.
Whatever you want; whatever you need.... TLK Luxury Custom Homes are the go to experts in Master Suites.
Yes, in May of 2020 the housing market was in the lock-down doldrums. Fast-forward to May 2021, and North Texas home sales are off the charts!
Heightened competition for homes on the market and low mortgage rates have placed consistent pressure on home prices for months now. The nationwide market is expected to remain hot and in favor of sellers throughout 2021, but in Texas real estate market’s demands are unrelenting. Multiple realtors are now describing the current residential real estate market as "the Wild Wild West." One realtor compared the real estate aftermath of COVID-19 to "the likes of World War II!"
The post pandemic-era real estate market has emerged as a windfall for sellers and a headache for buyers. A shortage of for-sale homes continues to boost prices across the nation by double-digits and is pushing house hunters to go to extremes to win bids. In cities across the state, agents describe a buying frenzy that has defied models, unleashed record-breaking, all-cash bidding wars, and pulverized middle-class home buyers who are unable to compete.
Agents used to do a market analysis once a week. Now, the life cycle of market data is measured in hours.
The most stressful thing about trying to buy an existing home in the 2021 hot real estate market is the competition. In February 2021, existing homes were on the market for an average of just 20 days! Now it's less than that. With homes flying off the market so quickly, competition to grab an best existing house before someone else puts it under contract can be gut wrenching. Imagine finally finding a house that you both like, them boom... it's gone before your agent can lock it down for you. Now imagine that happening over and over again until you are at your wits end.
Who wants to jump into that wild west "frenzy" when you need a new home? Relax, there's a much better way.
Remember the Rudyard Kippling poem that begins... “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs.... Well, TLK Luxury Custom Homes offers you that kind of calm within the eye of the storm.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes is a “Hands On” builder and communication is key to making it all work smoothly. We are passionate about building a quality home that you will cherish for years to come. Our goal is to build lifelong relationships with our customers that want to refer us or use us again in the future.
We take the stress you're carrying around about your new home off your shoulders and walk you calmly the the entire process from day one. 2021 is the perfect time to build your new custom home.
When you’re ready, TLK Luxury Custom Homes is ready to build it for you, on your lot or ours. See how easy that was.
For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles and socio-economic conditions.
Pantone could never have predicted the Covid-obsession that would overcome America in 2020. However, when they choose Classic Blue for the 2020 color of the year, they were prophetically spot on.
Suddenly, we were living in a world where we didn't feel quite as secure as in years past.
Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the company’s Color Institute, believes that “Blue, from an emotional, psychological standpoint, has always represented a certain amount of calm and dependability. It’s a color that you can rely on.”
"There are many different blues in the Pantone system, but Classic Blue really gave us that feeling of confidence and stability,” Eiseman says.
Once in her yearly speech to the nation, Queen Elizabeth II referred to 1992 as Great Britain's "Annus Horribilis." Without fear of contradiction, 2020 could be called America's Annus Horribilis.
As time dragged on, 2021 was looking pretty darned gray as well, but now we're coming back. We're back at work and we're back at play. Weddings and birthday parties are being booked and our masked days are disappearing.
To recognize this emergence into the light, Pantone chose two colors of the year for 2021...
gray and yellow and called them Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.
Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.
The Laundry Room is one of those areas where luxury custom homes really shine!
Once you've enjoyed all the amenities that a rock-star laundry room has to offer, a mere utility room will just never suffice again.
What's so special about a laundry room, asked no woman ever.
In your fairy-tale laundry area there would be lots of natural light, ample counter and table space upon which you could fold towels and pants, long bars perfect for hanging countless numbers of shirts and dresses, easy to reach cabinets to hide away soap and softener bottles, and tons of floor space around which to maneuver giant rolling clothes baskets!
TLK Luxury Custom Homes can create a magical space for transforming tarnished garments into catwalk-ready masterpieces.
We begin with the basics, of course, like the perfect washer and dryer that suits your taste and personality, then push out all the stops until your laundry room is a thing of beauty.
For example, if you like the front loading option. Your dream front loading washer and dryer set should offer efficient cleaning and drying, plenty of cycle options to meet your laundry needs, and enough capacity to handle large or bulky loads. The LG WM4000HWA and its matching dryer do all that and more.
If you have a few pet peeves about front loading washers, you might considerable a newcomer to the appliance arena. Samsung manufactures some of the best top load washers and dryers on the market. High efficiency, top load Samsung washers have adaptable settings that speak to the brand’s history in high-tech designs with the cutting-edge features like self-cleaning, steam, deep or shallow fill features and even a built in water faucet in the washer.
The WA54M8750 model even comes with built-in WiFi to connect your washer to your mobile device. This allows you to monitor how much time is remaining in a cycle, get alerted when a cycle finishes, and even schedule your cycles to start at designated times. Whether you're downstairs or out of the house, you'll always know the status of your laundry.
Plus these machines have a chic design with glass lids and doors and they even come in the color of champagne.
Speaking of luxury clothes washing, Samsung has re-imagined clothing care with the AirDresser, an innovative new appliance that refreshes and sanitizes your clothes without washing them.
Since over washing your garments can wear them out prematurely, Samsung devised a way to bring your neighborhood dry cleaners right into your luxury laundry room.
So what is the formula for a "happily ever after", Cinderella luxury laundry room? Take the good bones of fine design and solid cabinetry, then add a few of these luxury appliances, a built in ironing facility, at least one stylish utility sink and maybe even a laundry shoot from upstairs.... and all that's missing from your luxury laundry room might be a beautiful wine rack with your favorite selections and a few crystal stems.
TK Kneedler always says, "Free your imagination!" If you can imagine it, TLK Luxury Custom Homes can create it.
The consequences of self-quarantine and social isolation are causing many people to reexamine their housing choices. The Quarantine forced millions of people to work from home, but was their home really conducive for doing business? Did it work for home schooling their kids?
TLK Luxury Custom Homes can build you a house that sets you free from the shackles of quarantined living with custom offices, home schooling space, kitchens designed to cook ahead and store lots of meals, larger areas to entertain your friends and space out back for your visitors to park their cars.
Apartment living and town homes may once have been great for busy young professionals who run out to work everyday, then meet their friends at clubs and restaurants. However, when your world suddenly locks down around you, your social life disappears and you find yourself alone in front of your computer all day. Social distancing turns into nightmare.
Even middle-aged Americans who were planning on downsizing or eventually moving to active retirement communities have decided to hold on to their comfortable, roomy houses. The social benefits of these communities fly out the window when your Governor or Mayor suddenly forbids gatherings and management simply cancels everything and locks you down.
The recent epidemic has made many people want to build a big house closer to their grown children. TLK Custom Homes can build you that home: the house you never dared dream of for less money than buying a tract home; the home customized to give you everything you'll need to enjoy Lockdown Living together with your loved ones!
If you're interested in looking at the Luxury Multi-Generational Home option, click here.
For centuries, powerful leaders built their castles and palaces with impenetrable walls surrounding luxurious interior courtyards. Their living quarters were constructed just inside, and against the palace walls as further protection from the hoards outside. No matter what riot or pillaging was going on outside of the walls, the courtyard afforded the owners privacy, safety, and relative tranquility.
Today, custom home builders are once again recreating an oasis in their luxury homes with inner courtyards. When house plans leave an open space surrounded by four or even three walls of a home, they create a perfectly private retreat far from the maddening crowds.
Joining the indoors and outdoors with massive glass doors is another big trend in luxury homes. When opened, these moving walls of glass allow a seamless transition between inside and outside. After decades of delineating the interior and exterior aspects of your home, now you can enjoy the “transterior” benefits of a timeless luxury courtyard. With a talented architect, designer and builder, the possibilities are endless.
Why magical? Not only is a mudroom like a mote that protects your beautiful castle from muddy shoes, wet coats and stinky socks, it magically puts you in a more philosophical mood about all those things.
Mystical because it’s a mystery to us that every custom home doesn’t have a mudroom built into its design!
Well designed mudrooms make economical use of vertical space, providing plenty of hooks or pegs for hanging up coats, scarves, hats and backpacks. We can also design our mudrooms with actual lockers for children’s school books, backpacks, coats and shoes. Ample shelves and cabinets are a must in the mudroom for additional storage as is at least one bench to sit on while removing messy footwear.
A mudroom provides the perfect place to handle the clutter of shoes, outerwear, book bags, briefcases and is an alternative to the coat closet. The mudroom has user friendly storage for the family, bestowing a sense of livability and tidiness to a home.
Our most popular designs are Combo Mud Rooms. One option combines all the features of a great drop-off zone with an easily accessible laundry room. Another option is combining your Mud room with a pet-friendly zone. Imagine an area where Fido can eat his meals, access his water bowl 24-7 and even has a custom cubby hole with his favorite pillow where he can take a nap. Easy-to-clean floors and stylish utility sinks are standard in all of our Mud room designs, but if you really want the best in pet luxury, we can build in a custom, tiled facility for Fido and Fifi’s baths!
Heaven right here on Earth just might be the sense of peace and calm you get from having a mudroom dedicated entirely to handling the accumulated “stuff” of our daily lives, far away from our public living spaces.
One of the hottest additions to Luxury Custom Homes for 2019 are Luxury Outdoor Kitchens.
In Texas, the days are getting longer and moderate temperatures are just around the corner. Soon the call of the outdoors will have Texans with outdoor kitchens transitioning seamlessly from afternoon sun-fun into evening dining and entertaining without moving the party inside.
Creating gourmet kitchen retreats can be designed to expand a home’s total living space. They be built with the same style and effeciency that you get in all TLK Luxury Custom Kitchens indoors.
We'll begin with a high-performance built-in gas-fired grilling station and cooking range. Then, we'll add an outdoor built-in refrigerators, custom countertops and cabinets, as well as beautiful dining spaces to enjoy for your friends and family to enjoy.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes would like to elevate the art of outdoor living in your mind and in your back yard.
House Beautiful recently carried an article by Emma Bazilian announcing the rise of the "Grandmillennial" style. Grandmillennial is the new favorite of the young, Instagram-posting, décor aficionado with a passion for floral chintzes and antique wallpaper. Some people are affectionately calling this new decorating trend "Grandma Chic!"
The core decades that Millennials are drawing from seem to begin in the 1920s and range all the way through the 1960s.
Designer, Meghan Hopp describes Grandmillennial Style as "stepping away from the sort of Modern, Minimalist, white-wall, clean-line design and hearkening back to more traditional kinds of shapes and styles. A lot of color, a lot of pattern mixing, it's really a much richer aesthetic." Hopp, a Grandmillennial herself, is fond of matching classic floral prints over several pieces, hanging vintage wallpaper everywhere and loves the combination of old and new."
Millennials are becoming more comfortable displaying their own individual style and rejecting the high-pressure move for everyone to be minimalist. Ms. Hopp calls it returning to authenticity, coming back to what they really like without feeling the need to always be "young and fresh and, you know, of the moment." Millennials are saying, "No. This is what I actually, really like and I'm not going to wait until I'm 85 years old to live my truth!"
"I think color and pattern have started to make a comeback," Hopp continues. "We're really in this age of sort of like Maximalist design and I think it's going to go even further in 2020. We started off with Millennial Pink and now we're going the whole hog; we're all in!"
Designer, Lilse McKenna says that Grandmillennial Style is “Classically informed". The look is so vastly different from the social media accounts that are clearly just so trend-based. Those of us who are drawn to this style are trend-averse at our cores."
Pew Research reports that in 2014, a record 60.6 million Americans lived in homes having two or more adult generations or grandparents and grandchildren. That’s a 30% increase from the prior seven years, however multi-generational living is simply returning to the norm.
Back in the early 1900s, more than half of all senior citizens lived with their children or with their children and grandchildren. Between 1950 and 1980, there was actually an abnormal drop in multi-generational living as television promoted the go-it-alone, “John Wayne.” lifestyle.
Down through history, wealthier families always lived together in large, multi-generational dwellings. With Millennials staying or moving home and seniors living decades longer than any other time since Biblical Genesis, we home builders are taking notice. If living with extended family is good enough for Southfork Ranch and Downton Abbey, why now give it some thought.
One builder advertises his multi-generational home plans as “two homes for the price of one.” We like to think of it as a completely autonomous apartment inside of the main house or a home within a home.
Financial savings aren’t the only benefits of multi-generational living. Caregiving becomes easier, child care becomes automatic, and children form tighter bonds with older family members. In fact, recent studies also suggest that children growing up in multi-generational households have higher performance in school than those who do not. Other research reveals that seniors who spend more time with grandchildren live longer.
We’d love to show you the many, many options of multi-generational home design. Call TK Kneedler at 972-345-3368 for the details.
Every year the major paint manufacturers announce their Colors of The Year and every year, those colors are fabulous!
BEHR’s paint color of the year is this beautiful blue called Blueprint. BEHR's Larayne Boaz suggest that you "reimage and dream a new mood or feeling in your home with Peaceful Blue S470-3, Blueprint S470-5, and Deep Breath S460-7." Larayne adds that "These livable blues are soothing and provide a sense of coziness. They are all very versatile and easy to imagine in any room."
This beautiful, neutral gray pictured below, called Metropolitan was Benjamin Moore's Color of The Year for 2019. How could we use this color in your home? Oh, let me count the ways!
Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore's Director of Strategic Design Intelligence says this of the color,“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance. It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”
PPG Paints announced that a delicious green called Night Watch to be their Color of The Year for 2019. Night Watch is a dark, neutral, jade with a malachite undertones.
Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, says,“Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home through color. The dark green hue pulls our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature."
When Pantone announced Living Coral to be it's 2019 Color of The Year 2019, it spawned a frenzy of of coral love all over the globe. This bright and cheerful color, with its warm, playful presence is not only available as interior paint, you can also get it in everything from fabric to nail color!
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains ”Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color."
Like everything you add to your home, what's really important is how it makes you feel when you see it or touch it. Everything about your luxury home should extravagantly express both your unique style and lifestyle. Paint accents are just one of the many ways TLK Custom Homes does that for your luxury home.
Since January is National Get Organized Month, it’s the perfect time for some tough talk about exactly what you’ll be moving to your new house. These words may be a little frightening, but not everything you have stuffed in your garage, attic or closets should go with you to your brand new home.
The best time to begin preparing to move is the moment you finally decide you want to build a new house. Because good change can also be stressful, getting mentally prepared should be at the very top of your to do list.
When you move into your dream home, you’ll actually be starting a whole new life even if you’re just moving from Fort Worth to Rockwall County. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start your new adventure with a clean slate?
Organizing and de-cluttering is a daunting prospect, so just try getting your mind around a 15 to 25% "reduction-of-things" figure. All of us have sentimental attachments to our “stuff” or we wouldn’t still have it. The sooner you can internalize the concept that everything isn’t making the move, the easier it will be for you to begin the sorting prospect.
Here are a few tips that might help ease the pain of separation anxiety:
1. Get the entire family involved. If everyone is tossing a quarter of their possessions, it will be easier on everybody.
2. Divide your stuff into four categories: Trash, Donate, Sell, Take to the New House.
3. Let everyone make their own decisions on what 15% of their stuff has to go. Don’t just throw away their treasures.
4. As soon as you’ve all decided what needs to go, get rid of it quickly, much like ripping off a band aid.
5. If you’re having trouble with the process, don’t be embarrassed to call in a professional organizer. Their services are very reasonable, but the value of their help is priceless.
If you need a recommendation of a great organizer near you, call us. We’re only too happy to make the introductions.
Although mixing your metaphors is a definite no-no, mixing gorgeous metals when decorating your luxury custom home is very much in vogue. This inclination has been growing over the last couple of years and we predict that metal mania will continue trending well into 2018 and beyond.
Mixing metals can add character and an intriguing contrast to a room. For instance, mixing warm metals like rose gold or copper with cool metals like silver create a particularly sophisticated look. Brass and chrome used together with black lacquer is another chic combo popping up right now. Blending different finishes like matte gold and metallic gold is another sleek way to go.
Adding a few mixed metal pieces to your current interior design is a great way to see if this design trend works for you. Try adding a brass lamp, a nickel vase and a copper tray as accents to see how the combination grabs you before you buy large pieces that could become an expensive regret. Metallic fabric is another great way to test the waters on your mixed metals adventure.
You might find that you like brass and chrome together, silver and polished nickel, or antique brass and oil-rubbed bronze. As luxury home builder, TK Kneedler always says, "Free your imagination!"
Like everything you add to your home, what's really important is how it makes you feel when you see it or touch it. Everything about your luxury home should extravagantly express both your unique style and lifestyle.
With the trendy move toward open concept layouts in luxury custom homes, one issue consistently pops up: Where do we hide all our stuff. Creative and decorative storage is the answer to that problem and has the added benefit of impressing your guests!
Luxury custom home builder, TL Kneedler suggests you turn the problem into a feature. One classic example of that is finding creative ways to display your everyday wine bottles as well as your treasured vino collection.
The more edgy the storage idea, the more clever you will seem to your friends. Why not hand your wine on your wall like a rare painting? Better yet, why not utilize the space under a staircase or in a hall to carve out a refrigerated mini-wine room?
Glass showcase cellars are an even more bold and beautiful way to proudly share your wine collection. Combining glass walls with metal racking and LED lighting with clear, frosted or etched glass comes off as the height of sophistication. TLK Luxury Custom Homes can build these features into your new home or re-create them in your existing home.
Painting your luxury home kitchen white, although without a doubt a timeless choice, is no longer your only option for maximum flexibility. Gray is now running nose to nose in the race for most desirable kitchen color palate.
Custom luxury home builder, TK Kneedler says that soft gray paint paired with devastatingly opulent stained wood is a major new go-to popular selection with his luxury home clients. TK also says that combining gray cabinets with rich wood cabinets is also a very trendy look.
Neutral color palates are definitely not old-school or boring when personalized with your own particular style. Your luxury kitchen home should extravagantly express your own unique lifestyle as much as any other room in your home. If you want lavenders, purples and mauves paired with rich red-browns in your kitchen, you are right on trend! Throw in warm metal accents like copper or bronze, and you just struck gold!
Playing with light and shadow will create a dramatic, yet open feel. Dark cabinets matched with sparkling light backsplashes and countertops do just that. Don't, whatever you do, forget to hang gorgeous pendant lights somewhere in your new custom luxury kitchen. That would be like arriving at the charity ball without your earrings! What's the best style for your new kitchen? You're style, of course.
One of the most sizzling hot buttons for luxury home buyers right now are walk-in closets in every bedroom. The big closet in the guest room may be spacious, yet utilitarian, but the master bedroom must be amazing!
Today's luxury home buyer wants more than just hangers, shelves and drawers in their closet. She wants glamour. He wants glass doors, polished metal, polished wood in his luxury closet. You guessed it, his and hers closets are especially on trend in luxury custom homes.
Luxury home buyers want pizazz! They want floor to ceiling mirrors, an elegant vanity, and a giant island in the middle of the room. Islands are as trendy in luxury closets as they are in custom kitchens. It's practically island mania!
Islands filled with drawers and even attached plush seating are particularly popular. Top your luxury closet island off with a slab of polished marble and you've got the perfect surface for folding the clothes you're packing for an unexpected weekend get away. Of course, your new closet's island will also have a built in charging station for all your electronics.
Buyers want their luxury closet to mimic their favorite clothes shopping experience, complete with an elegant dressing area. Today's luxury home buyer wants little mini-condos for their shoes and LED back lighting or maybe a few crystal chandeliers. She may be inspired by a quirky little shop she saw in New York. He may want a gun safe or a refrigerator in his closet.
So will custom builders be building a boutique inside the new home or creating some sort of fantasy-land mega-closet? Yes and yes.
Why build a luxury home anyway if you can't have it customized to make your closet dreams come true and WOW your envious friends who come to visit?
When you hear someone mention luxury homes, you probably think of a custom home with spacious rooms and high-end finishes. Actually, luxury means so much more than that; it's about how something makes you feel when you see it or touch it. In this case, that something is your home. More precisely, a luxury home should extravagantly express your own unique lifestyle.
Lisa Gild, an associate partner with Partners Trust, believes that the term luxury home is completely subjective. "Luxury is the quality of the build, the location of a home, the magnitude of a property, but it is also very personal," she says. "Some define 'luxury' as a smart home fully wired with every high-tech gadget, and others would interpret 'luxury' as an architecturally significant Mid-Century Modern home."
Your idea of a luxury home is all that matters to builder, TK Kneedler of TLK Custom Homes. He believes that every family deserves to have their dream home.
If you're interested in having your custom luxury dream home built, call builder, TK Kneedler direct on 972-345-3368 to learn how easily your dream can become reality.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes is focused on the greater Rockwall County area where the lakeside communities have risen to prominence in the past few years. Heath is one of these premier residential communities that hug the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. The community of Heath is both peaceful and opulent with a population of about 7,400 people. “For all of Heath’s natural beauty, character and recreational amenities, it is the people that make Heath such a special place.” Brian Berry, City of Heath Mayor
One of the main attractions of Heath is the commitment that the city has made to "preserve a special way of life where rolling hills and the sparkling lake provide a serene backdrop for beautiful neighborhoods and distinctive homes". This pastoral setting gives a feeling of peace and relaxation whilst providing easy access to all the cultural, recreational and business areas of the Metroplex. Heath is truly the best of both worlds.
This year, the City of Heath is developing a new Parks Master Plan and is encouraging the growing Monarch butterfly population in Heath by initiating specially designed gardens in open spaces dubbed Monarch Way Stations. In October 2017, the bike segment of the U.S. Open Triathlon traveled through the City of Heath. That's just the kind of place Heath is.
In addition to a strong community feel and great schools, Heath has a cornucopia of shopping and restaurants just blocks away in Rockwall. All this contributed to TLK Custom Homes time and property investment in the City of Heath. The easy access to the rest of the Metroplex via I30 and Highway 80 was the icing on the cake.
Luxury custom home builder, TK Kneedler would love to show you around his current and available projects in the Providence Neighborhood of Heath, off FM 549. Contact him at 972-345-3368.
Rockwall County custom home builder, TK Kneedler is the product of three generations in the building business having grown up in a family of home builders. His father built homes, his uncle puts heating and cooling systems in them and his grandfather owned a framing business.
Consequently, TK Kneedler is very much a hands-on home builder. As TLK Luxury Custom Homes' owner, business manager and project manager, TK invests his own personal commitment and organization to his client’s projects. TK works together with his wife, Lisa, of 26 years to collaborate and design the home of your dreams. Lisa has a passion for getting to know the clients and then taking her keen eye for design to help create their vision. TK has the construction knowledge and skills to make those visions a reality. They're almost like Rockwall County's very own "Chip and Joanna!"
When you choose TLK Luxury Custom Homes as your builder, you work directly with the Kneedler's from start to finish. When you work with TK Kneedler, you'll soon learn three things:
TLK will never make a commitment he cannot keep and he will always honor the commitments he makes.
TLK will never lose sight of his personal responsibility to understand and fulfill your requirements.
TLK will always be respectful of you and transparent with you and he will always tell you the cold, honest truth.
What will the DFW housing market look like in 2018? Well, Realtor.com predicts that only Las Vegas will have a stronger home market than the greater Dallas market will have this year. With its 6 percent expected increase in home sales, there just aren’t enough existing homes on the market to cover that need.
2017 Chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, Vicki Fullerton explains one of the reasons for DFW's blazing hot market housing. She says, “The diverse job opportunities and high quality of life in Texas continue to drive in-state and out-of-state migration.” Fullerton also reports that Dallas-Fort Worth had the most new out-of-state residents and that even southern and central Texans are flocking to the DFW area.
Jennifer Cloud, Rockwall real estate attorney says of the DFW homes market, “I'm here to tell ya, our inventory shortage in the DFW area is the real deal. If you can find a lot and a builder who has time to build, that may just be your best option for now. Either way, stop waiting.”
Now’s the time to build your custom home. If you’re ready, TLK Custom Homes is ready to build it for you, on your lot or ours.