Take The Scare Out Of Designing Your Home

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Designing your dream home can be an exciting but daunting task. We have the privilege of meeting clients everyday who run the gamut when it comes to design expertise. We get excited with the DIYers when they come in with great ideas, and need a little guidance to get started. We love jumping in and taking over the process when a Please-Just-Do-This-For-Me-er walks in, and we’re always happy to sit and talk with an In-Between-er. If you’re looking to make a design change, or start from scratch we want to help!

Here are some tips to get you started, and help break the process down before you visit our showroom:

Make a List
Begin by brainstorming what style of design you’re going for. What are the features you know your new look must have? If you’re designing multiple rooms, think about how the design of each will flow into the next. Most of the time when a client is planning their home design, they can easily list a few design ideas they’ve always dreamed of. Start there!

Visualize Your Design
As you search for ideas, be sure to bookmark any ideas you really love. You can create a dream board from magazine clippings, or use Pinterest. Use whatever method works best for you. You may realize your style evolves as you work room by room to create the big picture, which is why visualization is so important. And, of course, bring those ideas when you meet with our design team in person!

Create a Budget
Knowing what you’re able to spend before embarking on design and redesign can save a lot of unnecessary stress. Come up with a budget for your project, and know we’re here to assist you in accomplishing your desired look without breaking the bank.

Check out our 3D Tour
We work with countless design styles, and we know we can take your dream and turn it into a reality. If you don’t see something you like, don’t worry, we’re a phone call away or you can visit our showroom and spend time with our design team to dream up a design that is uniquely yours.

Get Projects Done Now So You Can Enjoy the Holidays Later.

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Before you know it fall will be in full effect in Hampton Roads, and we can’t wait! This is a great time of year to get some of those home design projects completed before the holidays (and family and friends) arrive. What are some areas you’ve been thinking about updating around your home?

Here are some ideas that are a favorite among homeowners:

Update Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures
Something as simple as updating ceiling fans and light fixtures can make a big difference in bringing together your design, and adding that extra touch to your home. You may be surprised though to learn that many modern ceiling fans are Energy Star rated to save you money, and they also use recycled materials and packaging!

Home Automation
You have the smart phone, now you can get the smart home! Your lighting, energy, entertainment and security can now be controlled automatically, giving you peace of mind like never before. Take control, and remain aware of what’s going on in your home, even when you’re not there.

Fall is a great time to think about a gas fireplace. What’s better than a warm place to enjoy with family and friends during the holidays? A warm place to gather, where you control the temperature, and can start it with the push of a button or a remote! We’ll work with you on the design side, and will recommend amazing companies for the installation.

Closet Systems
The space in standard closets is often underutilized. With so many new and innovative products available, you can now take any space and make it work for your own personal style. Do you need an entire room for your shoes alone, or do you need a place for all those cardigans you love? We’ll work to understand your preferences and get you set up with the closet and cabinetry that suits you best.

These are just a few areas we can assist you with. Our design team looks forward to working with you. Stop by our showroom, or give us a call at 757-351-4550. If you need a little inspiration visit our instagram page today!

Let NIC Help You Transition Into Fall

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As you transition out of summer and into Fall, you may be preparing to take on the daunting task of selling your current home and/or moving into a new home. We’re here to help! Our job at the Norfolk Idea Center is to assist you in finding the designs that best suit your personality and needs, and we’re good at our job.

Before You Sell
As you begin the process of selling your home, let us assist with any necessary upgrades. You might be surprised at the improvement a new faucet or light fixture can make to the look and feel of your home. And if it impresses you, it’s sure to make an impact on potential buyers. Or, maybe your flooring needs an upgrade before you can sell – our showroom is full of options to get you started, from floor to ceiling!

Before You Move In
There are a lot of items to think about when the time comes to move into your new home. Love the new house, but not thrilled with some of the design features? We can help with updating your flooring, paint, or fixtures. Best of all, we can go in and get all your desired updates finished before you ever move in the first box!

Bonus – if you get our design team involved early, it may open your eyes to home options you wouldn’t otherwise consider.

We’re here to take the stress off of you as you begin, or seek to finally finish your home projects. Our first suggestion? Come into the showroom. You’ll find we have endless design options available!

If you’re still unsure, we’d like to invite you to take a look at our new 3D tour. Look at what we have to offer from the comfort of your own home! You’ll see that the moving and design process doesn’t have to be scary if you have the professionals on your side. Take a virtual walk through our store, then stop by or give us a call to discuss how we can help!

There’s Still Time To Make Your Home Stress Free In 2017

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At the beginning of 2017 we encouraged you to make this the year of finally making your home healthy and stress free. We suggested ideas like fresh paint, new lighting, and design balance. Now, halfway through 2017, we’re asking, “how that’s going?” Have you come up with ideas to improve your home’s comfort and function, or given us a call to discuss turning your dream into reality?

With the chaos each day can bring, we know the answer to these questions might be “no”, and we understand! With that in mind, you’re invited to take the first step today: visit our showroom in the Ghent area of Norfolk.

We’re called the Idea Center for a reason! So let us put our years of experience to work for you. Even if you’re not ready to start a project, you’re sure to be inspired with our wide range of products. We have relationships with top brands, and some you’ve never heard of that have a unique style, and top quality. When you’re ready, our design team will work with you on your schedule and budget.

Whether it’s light fixtures, or an entire room addition, no project is too small for us. We love what we do, and want to help you love the space you call home! We also love showing off the Idea Center, so come on by!

Call today at 757-351-4550, or simply stop in when you’re ready. Until then, here are some sample projects we’ve enjoyed being part of. Let us help you end the year out well!

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Norfolk Idea Center Portfolio


Norfolk Idea Center Portfolio


Update Your Mudroom This Summer

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As you consider a renovation to your own mudroom or entryway here are some things to ask. First, what purpose does this space serve? Busy individuals with kids still in the home (or grandparents with frequent visits from the grandkids) need space to store shoes, coats, dog leashes and keys. They desire a space that is functional- allowing quick access to those items you may need when leaving the house, while providing a space to sit and put on shoes, coats, etc.

Others may desire an entryway that focuses less on function, and more on design. We’re only a phone call (or visit to our showroom) away from helping you identify the best look and feel for you and your family. As you start to dream up your ideal entry space, here are some ideas we’ve seen and love!

Bench with Storage
This is probably one of the more common solutions we’ve seen. A beautiful bench can offer seating for putting on shoes and coats, while also offering storage. Kids can have their own bin to store their items in, and can access them easily. Add coat hooks above the bench, and you’re covered, while keeping your entryway open for foot traffic. We have a variety of cabinetry options that can suit this purpose beautifully!

Converted Coat Closet
Do you have a closet in your entryway? What about turning this into an alcove. We can install benches in these spaces, and utilize the space above for coat hooks or cubbies. Even better, how about a deep sink for washing up before coming inside? Or even a half bath to keep muddy footprints out of the main living areas. The result is beautiful and incredibly functional, while taking up no extra space in your home.

If you aren’t in need of storage or seating solutions in your entryway, we have endless ideas for beautifying this space. Come in to the Norfolk Idea Center today to discuss your style preferences, and let us help make your entry space welcoming, and memorable.

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!

We Won … Retailer of the Year in the Service Category!

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The Retail Alliance, is a non-profit trade association serving the interests of local retailers in greater Hampton Roads.  Since their founding in 1903, they have been committed to to promote and support the healthy growth of retail businesses and trade through education, advocacy and member benefits.

On Thursday, May 25th, business leaders from across Hampton Roads gathered at the lovely Norfolk Botanical Gardens to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Retailer Of The Year Awards.  This ceremony is conducted annually to honor our local retailers for excellence in Customer Service, Innovation, Community Service and Profitability.

We are proud to announce that the Norfolk Idea Center won the 2017 Retailer of the Year Award for Service Category Winner –Southside!  Our Project Designer, Jaime Simpson was honored to accept the award.

We are proud to be a member of The Retail Alliance and would like to thank the organization and the sponsors for a wonderful year and a fabulous night!

May Is The Perfect Month To Remodel Your Kitchen

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For many years, kitchen remodeling has reigned supreme as one of the most popular home renovation projects. It is also one of the first spaces potential buyers look at when searching for a new place. Here at the Norfolk Idea Center., we know a well-organized, updated kitchen with plenty of storage is a great asset to any home. If you are thinking about sprucing up your kitchen to sell, first take a look at what’s trending in the world of kitchens.

Storage Walls
If you want a more open, spacious kitchen, being smart with your storage is key. One trend that has become popular is the kitchen storage wall. A storage wall takes the place of upper cabinets, which is what opens up the room and gives the kitchen a breezier feel. Another advantage is that it allows you to condense a lot of storage into one spot, which frees up more space for prep work and improves the flow of the kitchen due to the convenience of having the majority of your supplies in one location.

White or Neutral Colors
The demand for white cabinets is still going strong, showing that this kitchen trend has staying power that will probably continue for years to come. White countertops, white backsplashes, and and even white appliances complete the look of a cool white kitchen, with many homeowners preferring white over stainless steel appliances because they are easier to keep clean and smudge-free. If you want a little more color, grey is a neutral option for sunny climates, and it also works well when paired with warm wood and bright colors to bring life to kitchens in cooler climates. Whites and neutrals are preferable if you’re trying to sell your home, as brighter, bolder colors can be a turnoff to buyers who don’t have the same taste in colors.

LED Lights
Another trend that has made its way to kitchens is the use of LED lights. These low-heat, highly energy-efficient lights are extremely versatile. Common places they can be found in kitchens are along crown moldings to give ceilings a soft glow, under upper cabinets to light up countertops, and inside cabinets and hutches to highlight china and other special collections. They also work well to light up the deep recesses of kitchen cabinets, where it can be hard to see into dark corners.

If you are ready to transform your kitchen with a new look, give the Norfolk Idea Center Design Team a call today! Our design specialists will answer your questions, listen to your ideas, and help you design a gorgeous, functional kitchen.

Six Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Home For Spring

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Spring is here and with it comes new growth, fresh scents, and bright colors. Naturally, we want to bring that feeling of fresh and new into our homes. From big design changes to little ones, spring is a great time to spruce up your home!

Try some of these design ideas for your next home spring spruce up.

1. Spring is a great time to brighten your kitchen with new cabinets or countertops! If you want to change it up just a bit, try something as simple as adding new drawer pulls can give a clean and new feel to your cabinets. As the day light sticks around longer, why not bring that light inside with innovative lighting to enhance the beauty of your kitchen? Photo Credit Bryan Sebring

2. Your carpets can get well-worn and dirty over the winter months. Spring is a great time to replace your carpet with a hard surface. From hardwood to the newest vinyl tiles, this flooring choice is easy to clean, update your look, and add value to your home.  Photo Credit Boa-Frank

3. Sometimes sprucing up your home is as simple as adding a pop of color. New pillows, throws, or even a painted accent wall can go a long way to brighten your space. Choosing the perfect bouquet of accent pieces is an easy way to bring spring inside.   Photo Credit Monik Markus

4. Change fabrics for a bright and airy feel. Try a new bedcover with clean, crisp spring colors or new towels to spruce up your bathroom. Photo Credit Lisa Clark

5. Letting natural light in improves your mood and gives your space a sunny feel. Spring is the perfect time to get new windows, or you can choose to add new shades, blinds, shutters or sheers to your existing windows! The right choice can help bring the sun of spring in and dark of winter out. Photo Credit Roger Mommaerts

6. New ceiling fans and updated light fixtures always add a fresh feel to a room. Try lighter colors rather than dark woods. A bright white table lamp ceiling, fan, or white pendulum lighting may be just the thing to freshen up your room. Photo Credit Mary Walker

Sprucing up your home for spring can be as easy or involved as you want it to be.  It may be as simple as helping you to pick new fabrics and paint, or as involved as choosing new flooring or cabinets.

Either way, this Spring The Norfolk Idea Center is ready to help you make those important design choices. Call today and let’s get started!

Five Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer

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Designing a space can be a daunting experience and choosing an interior designer can be just as stressful. Asking a few simple questions before you hire a designer can ensure that you find the right person to help you create your perfect space.  Norfolk Idea Center has answered the following top 5 questions:


1.  What can I expect during the initial consultation?

We love to sit with clients and listen. Come to the consultation with pictures and ideas about what you want your space to be, or how you want it to feel.  We’ll look at your ideas and talk about your style and vision. We will  consider your existing spaces and then develop a plan for your new space. Or, come with a blank slate and our team will help you find your style and vision! Read More