Give a Gift to Yourself

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If you are the host during the holiday season, you know how stressful it can be opening your home to friends and family, making meals and shopping for presents – especially if your home is still missing a few things, or just doesn’t look the way you want it to. After weeks of taking care of other people, you should have the space you deserve to relax and unwind. This year, it’s time to give a gift to yourself and finally have the home you want.

Take a look at your home wishlist, or if you don’t already have one, think about friend’s houses or look at online inspiration. Have you been dreaming of beautiful hardwood floors to replace the carpet in your home? Or new windows that will save you money on energy costs and let in the cool spring breeze after a long, cold winter? Or maybe your house is older, and you’re just ready to update the fixtures and hardware to bring it into 2019. Whatever it is you’re looking to update will make the perfect holiday gift to give to yourself and your family and create a more relaxing and comfortable environment for the new year.

We know that the holidays are the busiest time of year for most people, and that it can be difficult to start new projects or even begin to think about doing something for yourself. That’s why the designers at Norfolk Idea Center are here to make the process easier. We do the hard work for you by searching for the best products available for all areas of your home and bringing them to one convenient location for you to choose from.

This month, give a gift to yourself and finally have a home you’re happy with. Visit us at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection, or call (757) 351-4550 to schedule a design consultation.

Working With Designers: Why It’s Easier

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People often use the new year as a starting point for change, but the real month of change is September. Suddenly summer is over and daylight hours are shorter, kids are back at school and you’re already making plans for the holiday season. Life becomes busy in the fall, and if you’re planning a home build or remodel, it can become an even more stressful process.

Most homeowners, contractors and remodelers don’t have time for the back-and-forth trips required when choosing features for a house. Hardware and big box stores won’t have everything you’re looking for, and you’ll probably need to visit several different ones to find the item and style you want. You may find a product you love, only to find out there is only one cabinet door handle left, or that the size door you need is on backorder.

If you’ve ever wondered why people choose to work with a design team when they could do the work themselves, this is why. Your time is important, and if you’re on a deadline for a house flip, or trying to get your home remodel done before the holidays, you’re going to experience much more stress than you will by working with someone who will do the searching and organizing for you.

The Norfolk Idea Center searches for the best products available for all areas of your home and has them available for you to choose from. From kitchen cabinets to plumbing fixtures, we’ve got you covered! We do the work for you, so you get more enjoyment out of your space faster and with more time to spend on fun fall activities and family this season. We’ll also make sure the items are delivered on time, when needed for your project! Visit us at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection, or call (757) 351-4550 to schedule a design consultation.

Creating the Perfect Family Home

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Summer is almost over, and next month kids will be heading back to school. While most parents are initially excited at the thought of having the house to themselves again, many will soon realize that the busyness of back-to-school season will mean more and more evenings and weekends with an empty house. However, if you’re building or remodeling your home, you have the perfect opportunity to make your house the place to be for after-school study sessions, weekend sleepovers and family gatherings.

For instance, having a small, cramped kitchen can create a stressful environment for after-school snacking or holiday dinner preparation. If you are planning for a kitchen full of activity, make sure you’ll have plenty of counter space, lots of storage options and easy-to-use hardware. If you’re remodeling, the designers at Norfolk Idea Center can help you find the perfect custom cabinets to work with the shape of your existing space without sacrificing style.

Or, if you’re the host of the holiday season or weekend movie nights, increase your home’s comfort level by providing good seating options, customizable lighting and a cozy fireplace.

And for those who love spending time outdoors, sprucing up your backyard with a new deck and plenty of outdoor seating will create the perfect environment for dinners, parties and bonfires as the weather cools off.

There are endless options when it comes to creating a family-friendly home, but you don’t have to make the decisions on your own. Norfolk Idea Center is equipped with products from trusted brands, the knowledge to help you pick the right design options for your family. Visit us at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection, or call (757) 351-4550 to schedule a design consultation.

Remodeling a Home: What To Do BEFORE You Move In

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So, you’ve found a new home for a great price that you’re ready to remodel. Whether you’ll be moving your family into your new house, renting it out or flipping it, the buying process is undoubtedly tedious and complicated. If you’re moving you or someone else in soon, you’re probably ready to get it over with and start making a return on your investment. However, it you know the house needs updates, why wait?

The best time to start and complete your renovation is while the house is empty. By trying to complete projects over time (even the small ones), you may end up pushing your timeline back even further as life gets in the way – especially as school starts and kids go back to school and the business of fall begins. If you or renters are living in the home, these projects can also cause a huge mess and inconvenience, and even drive energy costs up as builders enter and exit the home or if windows and doors need to be open.

Completing your remodel at one time doesn’t have to be difficult. By working with the Norfolk Idea Center, you already gain access to all of the best products and resources in one place: our showroom. When working with one of our design professionals, homeowners and contractors are able to select flooring, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, lighting, stone and more without the stress of visiting several different stores – saving you so much time in the process!

You won’t have to sacrifice your personal style when choosing from our selection, either. Our designers work with you, listening and learning about your lifestyle and ideas when creating a home design for you. Visit us at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection, or call (757) 351-4550 to schedule a design consultation.

Spring Into Summer Bash!

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Join Norfolk Idea Center for an open house party to support local businesses as well as showcase their products & services!


• Food and drinks presented by local restaurants and breweries – 15% of proceeds from food trucks will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, Inc.

• $1 raffle to win prizes – ALL proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, Inc.

WHERE: Norfolk Idea Center
350 W 22nd St. Suite 101B
Norfolk, VA 23517

WHEN: May 10th, 2018 | 4 PM – 7 PM

WHAT: Enjoy food, drinks, and festivities with the community and local businesses as we give back!

Food & Sweets:

Jessy’s Taco Bistro
Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts

Food Trucks: [15% of proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, Inc.]

Cast Iron Catering Co
Rita’s Ice VA Beach – Fairfield Shopping Center

Alcohol: [Complementary with wristband]

O’Connor Brewing Co.
The Bold Mariner Brewing Company
Smartmouth Beer

Raffle Prizes Provided By:
Decorum Furniture
O’Connor Brewing Co.
The Bold Mariner Brewing Company
Siren Skate Shop
Schneider Custom Builders
BizConnect Hampton Roads
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty – Norfolk
Pinot’s Palette
Mermaid Winery
Medical Aesthetics of Virginia
Just Cupcakes

Contact Danielle for Questions and to RSVP

Interested in helping with this event?

Contact Danielle at for more information on how you can help!

Making Your Home Stand Out

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When living in a suburb, the exterior of your home is often similar to the others in your neighborhood. Whether it’s because of city or state regulations, or the way the building company operates, you may feel like your home blends in just a little too much with your neighbor’s. Thankfully, there are a few small design changes you can make during your build or remodel to make your home stand out.

Although you may be limited with the style and color scheme of your home, you can completely change the look with some exterior tweaks. For instance, a well-lit front porch with a beautiful, inviting door and decorative railings will stand out in a row of standard-looking houses.

Once you enter the interior of your home, the options become endless with design style. Though it may be difficult for you to change the exterior, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. Your flooring, paint, lighting, hardware and countertops can all help create a cohesive look in the style you love. If you love the atmosphere of a beach-home, you can still have that, even if you aren’t near the beach – and it’ll be sure to stand out against the carpeted, white-walled house next door. It’s all about those carefully-planned, small touches that make your home unique.

Designing a new space or remodeling your old space doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you just need a few small changes, or you’re ready for an entire renovation, Norfolk Idea Center can help make the process easy! The Norfolk Idea Center is located in the charming Ghent area of Norfolk at 350 W 22nd Street, Suite 101B. Our showroom hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evenings and Saturdays by appointment. Give us a call at (757) 351-4550 or stop in to talk with our team about your project!

smart home touch screen controller

The Perfect Accessory for a Busy Household

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If you find yourself scrambling out of the front door every morning, rushing the kids to school and getting to work, only to stop and have to think about whether you turned the lights off or locked the door – you might have a pretty busy life.

There are many smart devices that can help make a busy life easier, and Norfolk Idea Center is proud to offer one that brings every aspect of smart device convenience to one home automation product: Control4.

On those mornings where you just don’t have time to do a walk-through of your home checking lights, electronics and entry points, a Control4 home automation system makes life easier by allowing you to control them all from one easy system. This means that after your kids are out the door and you’re ready to go, you can be sure your home is running efficiently and is safe while you’re away for the day with just a few easy touch-screen clicks.

The Control4 device is also compatible with other smart devices, like the Amazon Echo, making it even easier to turn your lights on, lock doors, and play music just by saying one sentence as you enter your home. The Control4 system is the perfect accessory for a busy household where every saved second counts towards relaxation and family time after a long day.

Setting up a home automation system can sound complicated, but the experts at Norfolk Idea Center make it easier than ever, doing the tough parts for you! If you are interested in the Control4 system, or any of our other design services for your new home or home renovation, contact us today at (757) 351-4550, or stop by our showroom at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection.

Buying and Selling: What to Look For

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Home buying season will soon be in full swing, and many homeowners are making lists of what they need to improve in their homes to sell, or what to look for in other homes when making offers. If you’ve owned your home for a while, you probably have a few renovations to take care of before showing it to potential buyers. If you’re purchasing a home, you’ll want to keep these same areas in mind – assessing the quality of the work and materials against the listed price of the house.

So, what should you be looking for? Here is our guide:

  1. Flooring: The floor of a home is one area that can become the most damaged, especially in a home with high activity, children and pets. Is the carpet tearing away from the trim or thinning out? Is the hardwood scratched or discolored? Not addressing damage will cost you later on when a potential buyer catches it, and will cost a buyer more later on when they end up replacing it.
  2. Outdated fixtures and hardware: Even the most beautiful home can feel shabby with outdated lighting, faucets and cabinet door handles. These areas may seem small and insignificant, but a potential buyer should be keeping tabs on areas they will have to spend a lot of extra time fixing up!
  3. Consistency: Are the renovations and design of the home consistent through every room? Modern, minimalistic backsplashes look great in a kitchen, but if the countertops and cabinets don’t match, it can look cluttered and confusing to a potential buyer. Pay attention to consistency in quality as well, and don’t settle for a quick DIY job to rid of a problem.

When buying or selling a home, Norfolk Idea Center is here to turn your ideas into reality, and guide you through your renovation. Let us help you navigate the many design options today, and design an end product that works best for you!

Finding the Floors that Fit Your Style

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Furniture and décor are both important for setting the theme of your home’s interior, but the materials and colors you choose for your flooring and tile can really help you achieve the look you want. This may sound silly, but creating a cohesive design depends on all factors! Imagine trying to brighten a room while still having dark floors, or trying to create a beachy theme with dark stone tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.

So, how do you decide which flooring fits your style?

  1. Determine what theme or style you want to achieve. Do you spend a lot of time at home and just want something comfortable? You may look to rustic interiors for inspiration. Do you love minimalism and clean lines? Look into modern home design to see what might work for you.
  2. Think about color first. If you have a smaller home, using lighter colors can help brighten the space, making it appear larger and more open than it actually is. If you have a large space that seems a little too empty, use darker colors to make it feel more cozy and homely.
  3. Consider different materials. Do you want your home to feel luxurious and extravagant? Do you want to feel closer to nature, or to match the environment around your home? These are questions to consider when choosing between various hardwood and tile options.
  4. Assess your home activity levels. If you have pets and children running around your home, you may choose the stylish, yet durable vinyl options over the more expensive hardwood option.

Norfolk Idea Center is here to turn your ideas into reality, and provide ideas to match your lifestyle. Let us help you navigate the many design options today, and design an end product that works best for you! Visit us at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection, or call (757) 351-4550 to schedule a design consultation.

Simple Items That Can Make a Big Difference In Your Home

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Do you ever find yourself looking around your home and thinking, “I need a design change”? We frequently hear from homeowners that they want a change but they’re limited by lack of ideas or money. Fortunately that’s what we’re here for- to show you amazing ways to make updates to your home, and to do this within your budget.

Here are some simple things that can make a big difference in your home:

The Backsplash
Your kitchen or bathroom may be in need of some TLC, but you may not be ready or able to completely overhaul it. Let’s talk about updating the backsplash instead. We’ll listen to you, gather necessary info, and present you with options that are perfect for your space and style. You’ll be amazed at the difference and updated backsplash can make in a kitchen or bathroom. Get the look of a renovated space without the cost of a full remodel.

The Cabinet and Door Hardware
If replacing your existing cabinets and doors isn’t an option for you just yet, consider replacing the hardware on these items. The addition of designer hardware to existing doors can make a big difference in look at feel while keeping within your budget. We can assist you with choosing the perfect set for your home, and can also help with installation on those trickier replacements.

The Sink and Faucet
Try replacing a sink and/or faucet to give your bathroom or kitchen a whole new look, or simply start with replacing the faucet! We have access to a variety of unique and designer faucets that are sure to bring a luxurious feel without significantly impacting your wallet.

The Fireplace
If you don’t currently have a fireplace, we have several options available. The addition of a fireplace can change the look and feel of an entire room! You might also be interested in updating the look of your existing fireplace. This could be a new surround, changing brick for stone, or adding a new mantle. We can look at the current space and offer ideas to improve it within your budget.

These are just a few ways we can help update your home. Stop in our showroom today, and let’s discuss these and a myriad of other ideas!  We look forward to working with you!