Some hot home designs leave buyers cold

Just like fashion, interior design trends go in and out of style. Sometimes what was in style a year ago already seems out-of-date or overdone. For home sellers, the goal is to make their homes universally appealing to buyers, which could mean eliminating home features that were once on-trend.

Design trends that could turn off buyers

Some recent interior design styles, such as white-on-white kitchens, shiplap, and barn doors may appeal to some buyers, but for many they lack appeal.

“Shiplap, by which I mean the manufactured wood you buy at big-box stores, is fading in popularity,’’ said Harry Koffman, an interior designer with Decorist in Andover. “But shiplap or boards that you uncover in an older home you’ve renovated make for a gorgeous period-appropriate statement.’’

Similarly, barn doors should be specific to the period and design of the

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Coventry Homes Debuts New Townhome Designs in Round Rock, Texas

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Coventry Homes, the signature brand of No. 37 builder McGuyer Homebuilders, has introduced a new line of townhome designs in its Sonoma Heights community in Round Rock, Texas.

Sales have begun for the Champagne and Chardonnay floor plans, which are priced from the upper $300,000s. Sonoma Heights is the first place Coventry Homes will offer the two series.

“We wanted to introduce new designs that really fit into the aesthetics of this community,” says Alex Dadidakis, central Texas division president for McGuyer Homebuilders. “The new designs will offer buyers exceptional luxury with many backing up to greenbelts. They are sure to appeal to everyone.”

The three-bedroom townhomes range from 1,589 to 1,806 square feet. The Champagne features an upstairs primary suite, while the Chardonnay plan has a downstairs primary suite. Designs also boast entertainment lofts and private yards with covered patios.

Sonoma Heights is a gated

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Gregory Carmichael Designs a Lakeside Summer Home

For a vacation home situated on a secluded lake, designer Gregory Carmichael of GCID sought to create a “stylish, welcoming, and multi-purpose family compound that would be enjoyed today and for generations to come.” And he did just that, for an empty nester couple who wanted a lake house getaway that doubled as a “gathering place on the site of the simple cabin where they spent summers raising their children.”

The final product is a 12,000-square-foot property that boasts three freestanding structures, which includes a rustic main house, a guest cabin that fits up to four people, and a whimsical beach house (which also sleeps four guests) meant for lakeside entertaining.

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To ensure that the sprawling lakeside oasis still provided a sense of coziness and comfort despite its massive scale, Carmichael selected furnishings and materials that matched the owners’ personal style, while also incorporating “approachable and comfortable” design

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TELLER COUNTY GUIDE: A passion for home design: Karrie Stimits, Woodland Designs | Pikes Peak Courier

At the age of 16, Woodland Designs owner and designer Karrie Stimits was already developing her passion and skill set for home design.

Her first job was working in her dad’s construction business doing whatever needed to be done — from siding installation to job cleanup. All these years later, Stimits continues this inspired focus.

“Interior design is a creative outlet for me being able to transform a space for someone to what they truly want it to be. The process as a whole is very satisfying,” she said.

Stimits started her own business, Woodland Designs (, in 2015, which she recently moved to a new location at 800 Research Drive, Suite 210, in Woodland Park. Her plan is to have a grand re-opening in spring of 2021, once she is settled into her new space.

She has been a resident of Woodland Park for over 20

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