2019 Studs, Struts, & Stilettos

Each year, the Rochester Area Builders Association puts on a charity event to benefit Habitat for Humanity. It’s called Studs, Struts, and Stilettos and is a construction fashion show! At least 40% of the runway look needs to be made with raw building materials. All proceeds go to Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity. This year’s theme was ‘works of art’. We had a blast and were blown away by the talent and effort that went into each runway creation!

Our design was based on the painting The Dream by Henri Rousseau. Isn’t it beautiful? So colorful and full of life. There were so many things from the painting that we wanted to incorporate into the look.

Our design was based on the painting The Dream by Henri Rousseau. Isn’t it beautiful? So colorful and full of life. There were so many things from the painting that we wanted to incorporate into the look.

The preliminary sketch! We wanted a gown with a dramatic overskirt. Excited to get to work!

The preliminary sketch! We wanted a gown with a dramatic overskirt. Excited to get to work!

Building Materials Used:

  • Astro turf

  • window screen

  • paint sample sheets

  • laminate countertop

  • upholstery fabric

  • tarp

  • blueprints

  • rope

  • spray paint

Playing around with the basic design and shape of the gown using layers of window screen and tarp to create an overskirt.

Playing around with the basic design and shape of the gown using layers of window screen and tarp to create an overskirt.

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‘kick pleat’ in the back of the overskirt made from upholstery faux fur fabric

‘kick pleat’ in the back of the overskirt made from upholstery faux fur fabric

Paint sample sheets in a variety of greens for details on bodice

Paint sample sheets in a variety of greens for details on bodice

lots of tracing and cutting! :)

lots of tracing and cutting! :)

Astro turf was cut in rhombus shapes using a quilting ruler, then glued and sewn onto the bodice.

Astro turf was cut in rhombus shapes using a quilting ruler, then glued and sewn onto the bodice.

origami lotus flowers made from blueprints! :)

origami lotus flowers made from blueprints! :)

time to add some color!

time to add some color!

great pop of tropical color

great pop of tropical color

Paint sample leaves were sewn in layers along top edge of dress in the front and back.

Paint sample leaves were sewn in layers along top edge of dress in the front and back.

One ruffle sleeve was made from two pieces of accordion-folded green tarp.

One ruffle sleeve was made from two pieces of accordion-folded green tarp.

Bodice completed with finishing touches of blue sequins. We made a snake to go around one arm made from braiding rope, upholstery fabric, sequins and craft jewels.

Bodice completed with finishing touches of blue sequins. We made a snake to go around one arm made from braiding rope, upholstery fabric, sequins and craft jewels.

Back side of overskirt with completed kick pleat! Lion head is made from laminate flooring samples, paint sample sheets, and upholstery fabric.

Back side of overskirt with completed kick pleat! Lion head is made from laminate flooring samples, paint sample sheets, and upholstery fabric.

Adding final touches and embellished shoes.

Adding final touches and embellished shoes.

Completed project on the eve of the show! Ready and excited raise money for a great cause.

Completed project on the eve of the show! Ready and excited raise money for a great cause.

Hair and makeup provided by  Rocco Altobelli Salon and Day Spa . Like our mini origami lotus flower for hair ? :)

Hair and makeup provided by Rocco Altobelli Salon and Day Spa. Like our mini origami lotus flower for hair ? :)

Photo provided by Cheryl Scranton of Rocco Altobelli Salons.

Photo provided by Cheryl Scranton of Rocco Altobelli Salons.

Completed look on day of the show!

Completed look on day of the show!

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Back stage waiting for our turn

Back stage waiting for our turn

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After party

After party

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Jessica’s turn to strut her stuff :)

Jessica’s turn to strut her stuff :)

We are so grateful to be able to help raise money for such an important cause! And it’s always better when you have a blast doing it. :) Have a great week!

all about KBIS !!!

We are well into spring and haven’t posted about KBIS yet! This post has lots of fun photos and videos and we wanted to share all of them with you.

The 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) was amazing!! We were fortunate enough to attend this year. It was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and we learned a ton! Ironically, the weather that week was the coldest it had been in 15 years; it even snowed! :( We blame ourselves for bringing the snow from Minnesota to Nevada, ha ha. But we made the best of it and had a blast! We had the opportunity to listen to a handful of successful interior designers and even meet a couple of them.:) We learned about new trends in kitchens, bathrooms, color, technology, lighting, and more. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Las Vegas Convention Center

Las Vegas Convention Center

Jessica and Design Assistant, Michelle. Let’s do this!

Jessica and Design Assistant, Michelle. Let’s do this!

Incredible Designers

We were able to listen to a few panel discussions with some awesome designers. It was very educational and we look forward to applying what we learned on future projects!

We had the opportunity to meet  Vanessa Deleon , one of Jessica’s favorites! She does amazing work and is based in New York City. Check her out!

We had the opportunity to meet Vanessa Deleon, one of Jessica’s favorites! She does amazing work and is based in New York City. Check her out!

Click photo above to see slideshow!

Technology and Appliances

This was by far the most impressive aspect of KBIS. Smart sinks, toilets, even hoods! Luxury options are endless.

Futuro range hoods with vacuum technology

True Manufacturing wine cooler! Which lighting color would you choose ?

Kohler smart toilet. Customized settings like seat heating, bowl lighting, and bidet custom water settings!

Click photo above to see slideshow! Smeg, Miele, True, oh my!

Tile

There was so much incredible tile; we were in heaven!

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Click on photo above to see more! This gold is insane!

Quartz and Natural Stone

Options are endless and always unique! Below was a display in the Cambria surfaces booth showing an example of back-lit stone. So magical!

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more gorgeous options from cambria

more gorgeous options from cambria

Endless options from Antolini Italy

We wanted to take this home for the office :)

We wanted to take this home for the office :)

Lighting

Large-and-in-charge pendants and mood lighting is what you need for 2019!

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Click on photo above to see more amazing light fixtures!

Hardware and Doors

Mixing metals is the new trend in hardware and we are loving it! A Keyless entry exterior door is also a must-have luxury.

Click on photo above to see more fun hardware!

Jessica elegantly demonstrating how this beautiful door works! :)

Plumbing

More mixing metals and unique lines!

Click photo above to see slideshow

Wallpaper

We saw plenty of gorgeous wallpaper! Wall to wall, accent wall, framed; anything goes!

Dark and moody vibes at the kohler booth. in love!

Dark and moody vibes at the kohler booth. in love!

soft and feminine floral. Jessica makes this framed wallpaper look good. :)

soft and feminine floral. Jessica makes this framed wallpaper look good. :)

absolutely adorable! And with a hooded towel to match :)

absolutely adorable! And with a hooded towel to match :)

whitewashed brick. great for a modern farmhouse look.

whitewashed brick. great for a modern farmhouse look.

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We had a blast at KBIS and hope you are inspired to add some of these new trends to your personal style. Soon we will post in more detail about new trends in cabinetry. Have a great week!

office makeover - after photos!

The office here at Interiors by J.Curry isn’t fully completed yet, but we wanted to start revealing the after photos! Things are looking pretty stylish around here!

Office front! This was shot on a rainy day.

Office front! This was shot on a rainy day.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Photo gallery. Paint is  Oceanside by Sherwin-Williams

Photo gallery. Paint is Oceanside by Sherwin-Williams

Six-light Sputnik light fixture  in Oil Rubbed Bronze from Bright Ideas, Rochester MN.

Six-light Sputnik light fixture in Oil Rubbed Bronze from Bright Ideas, Rochester MN.

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Four-light Semi-flush mount light fixture  in Olde Bronze from Bright Ideas, Rochester MN.

Four-light Semi-flush mount light fixture in Olde Bronze from Bright Ideas, Rochester MN.

LVT flooring is from  Tile Superstore and More , Rochester MN.

LVT flooring is from Tile Superstore and More, Rochester MN.

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Leave us a comment and let us know what you think. Our next step is the cabinet display for the front of the office. Cabinets were just ordered and we can’t wait to see them when they arrive! :)

office makeover - in process

Time to share some of the in-process photos of the office makeover here at Interiors by J.Curry! It is really starting to come together and we are excited! It’s amazing how much impact small cosmetic changes can have on a space.

All cleaned out :)

All cleaned out :)

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New trim and ready for painting!

New trim and ready for painting!

LVP flooring arrived and ready to be installed.

LVP flooring arrived and ready to be installed.

Looking great!

Looking great!

We wanted to divide the space a bit so we had this half wall built to separate the entry space while keeping an open feel.

We wanted to divide the space a bit so we had this half wall built to separate the entry space while keeping an open feel.

Stay tuned for the next post - after photos! Have a great week!

office makeover - before pics!

Interiors by J.Curry has been in its latest location for one year now! We thought it would be fun to post the transformation that has been taking place these last few months. Take a look at these before photos:

Previously part of the dental office next door. Because the two offices are joined, the doorway to the lower level needed to be blocked and the railings removed. A new front door was a must. Definitely needed some TLC. Time to turn it into Interiors by JCurry!

Previously part of the dental office next door. Because the two offices are joined, the doorway to the lower level needed to be blocked and the railings removed. A new front door was a must. Definitely needed some TLC. Time to turn it into Interiors by JCurry!

Lots of work to be done! It definitely needed something to divide the space a bit.

Lots of work to be done! It definitely needed something to divide the space a bit.

Mostly a blank canvas.

Mostly a blank canvas.

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The bathroom. A beast of its own.

The bathroom. A beast of its own.

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Stay tuned for the next posts where we will have some photos during the transformation. We will keep you updated with how things are going! We are very happy with how it’s looking already and can’t wait to share it with you all. :)

get the organization you need out of your remodel.

Ahh, the kitchen. It’s an area of the home that gets used the most. A reason why many of my clients want to remodel their kitchen is so they can be more organized. Life just feels easier when you’re organized, am I right? Reconfiguring or expanding your kitchen layout can help create more space and harmony in your favorite area of the house.

One way to instantly add more space is to use frameless cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling. Having some extra drawers or cubbies in the island is a smart way to store extra utensils or linens.

Hide small appliances with tilt-up doors, pocket doors which slide in, or tambour doors that roll-up. Utilize narrow spaces to accommodate a spice pullout attached to door in a base or upper cabinet.

Dividers for dishes, bakeware, flatware, and other utensils is an instant way to combat a tangled mess or awkwardly stacked pans.

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A place for everything and everything in its place!

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Maximize base cabinet storage with a corner drawer with dividers.

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Under sink slide-outs make finding cleaning supplies simple because they are easier to see.

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Adding organizers to the inside of doors instantly adds shelving space and is great for frequently used items.

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Floating shelves can add extra organization space or be used to display some favorite pieces.

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We hope these tips gets your creativity flowing while planning your remodel! Remember, an organized life is an easier one. ;)

6 Things to Know About Custom Hoods

Building a new home or planning a kitchen remodel and hoping to upgrade your range hood for a more modern look? Check out my comprehensive list of suggestions below on how to choose the right hood design and style for your home!

  1. Space: What amount of space do you have? Make sure if you are planning a wooden hood housing, you have room to make the hood covering wider than the range or cook top underneath. This allows for the venting insert to line up with the stove or cook top which allows for proper amount of capture, but still have extra width to finish and create the decorative piece of the wood unit, which is usually wider than the upper part of the unit.

  2. Ceiling height: How tall are your ceilings? And how will that affect your overall design and look of the hood? For example, with an 8-foot ceiling you may opt for a more simple squared design, cove, or angled shape with or without crown. Nine foot ceilings may allow for a larger mantel-styled hood or wooden housing, which has cabinet or storage legs that come down to the counter to finish it off.

  3. Type of range or cook top: The kind of range you choose will affect the kind of hood required. So make sure to get the range selected first, and maybe not order until you confirm the two work together as needed. Are you selecting a large commercial range with a higher amount of BTU’s ? This may require a higher CFM (cubic feet per minute) hood ventilation system in order to move air more quickly and remove fumes or grease and odors. Some even require a make-up air system required by local building codes, which will need to be designed on the HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioner) end, along with the contractor and designer.

  4. Keep options open: Just because you go stainless or metal does not mean you need to go boring! Vent-A-Hood has some very unique design capabilities where you can alter the color, finish, type of metal, and size! Another great one is Francois & Co. .

  5. Simple approach: If doing a fairly basic 30” free-standing or slide-in range, but don’t have a lot of extra wall space, maybe a simple chimney styled hood is best to keep within a budget and not complicate the installation or venting process. Although even in these options, you can pick a glass versus metal canopy versus maybe black stainless to customize your look.

  6. Its all in the details: On a metal application you can typically pick out whether you want some vertical accent banding, rivets, contrasting bottom trim piece or a pot rail added. On a wooden version, one example to make unique may be doing the main unit painted and adding a contrasting wooden bottom and/or top piece… or wood corbel pieces that sit under the hood for an added detail?

What’s so wonderful about a custom hood is the fact that it is unique to your home! So regardless of what you decide on doing, choose a range hood that fits with your lifestyle, and one that you will love seeing every time you walk into your kitchen.

Remodeler's Tour follow-up.

Happy Tuesday! We had a successful weekend at the Remodeler’s Tour in Rochester. House #3 had a steady flow of visitors and #5 was pretty packed both days! We were very pleased with the turn-out and the opportunity to meet so many nice people and talk to them more about what we do. There are many who have remodeling project plans and want to get the ball rolling!

Here are a few before and after photos of the two homes we had on the tour:

Such a transformation! We are excited to see what the future holds for next year! Have a great week. :)

Prepping for the Rochester Remodeler's Tour!

Hello Everyone! Fall is in the air! Leaves are slowly turning and our sweaters are starting to come out. It’s been a very busy September so far; a busy 2018 in general! We are gearing up to show off some of our work in the Rochester Remodeler’s Tour on September 22-23 - this weekend! There will be an insert with details in this Thursday’s Post Bulletin. We are grateful to have two homes in the tour this year, #3 and #5. Both remodels were in collaboration with Stier Construction. Each house will showcase design work and material selections throughout the home that we were involved with selecting, including a total kitchen renovation, two bathrooms, and all finishes in this 100 year-old charming Kutzky Park home. Check out the photos below!

Kutzky park charmer, #5 on the tour

Kutzky park charmer, #5 on the tour

that wallpaper!!

that wallpaper!!

sleek and stylish remodel, home #3 on the tour

sleek and stylish remodel, home #3 on the tour

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That’s all for now! Stay tuned for our follow-up post!