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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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

How to Make Your Home Healthy and Stress Free in 2017

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The Holidays are packed in boxes and tucked away in the attic. 2017 has arrived and with it comes the hope of change and a fresh start.  As the New Year approaches we tend to focus on making health changes and setting new fitness goals; but have you thought about how your home can be a source of stress and contribute to your poor health?  The New Year is a great time to make your home the beautiful, stress free space you have always wanted it to be.

Here are some steps you can take to make your home healthy and stress free in the New Year:

  1. Fresh paint: Studies show that cool colors, like blues and neutrals, create a spa like feeling in your home resulting in lower stress levels. To reduce stress, stay away from bright, loud colors.
  2. Vintage-IndustrialNew lighting: Bright, harsh lighting can cause headaches, eyestrain, and create a sense of restlessness.  Choose soft lights on tables or floor lamps rather than bright overhead lights.
  3. Create Balance: Lack of symmetry can cause underlying stress as well, especially if you are one who needs everything in its place. Add a few new items to your already existing decor or rearrange your existing furniture to make your room more balanced. Using a designer from a company like the Norfolk Idea Center can make balancing your home affordable and easy.
  4. Add Live Plants: Bring the outdoors inside. Plants and fresh flowers can contribute to a more relaxing room by increasing the fresh oxygen and removing toxins from the air. See this list of 10 best houseplants to de stress your home 10 Best Houseplants to De-stress your home.
  5. Start from Scratch: A bath redesign or a room addition is a sure way to make a space exactly what you have been dreaming of.  Though it is a bigger commitment in both time and expense, using a company that has experienced designers and all the materials you would need in one spot, like Norfolk Idea Center, can make it a seamless and stress free process; giving you the perfect addition to your home.

Designing a new space can be confusing and overwhelming, but an updated area of your home can be just what you need to start off the New Year. From small changes like fresh paint and new fixtures to room renovations or additions, the Norfolk Idea Center will make the process the easiest New Year’s Resolution you have ever kept.