Summer Hiking With Kids

Do you love getting out and enjoying the natural beauty of the Seattle area? Being outdoors is a wonderful experience for our children too. Hiking with young children can be a different sort of excursion, so it is important to be prepared for hiking with little ones. Below are some helpful tips to consider when hiking with the whole family. Let your children set the pace of the hike. What you think might be a quick and easy 30-minute hike, can actually take a few hours. Even a half-mile walk in Read more [...]

All-Natural Home Cleaners

As a new mom, it is important for me to keep harsh chemicals out of reach of my child and to keep the VOCs to a minimum. There are so many great ways to make your own cleaning products and they actually work! Here are a few I came across on Pinterest and tested in my own home.   Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner Ingredients: 1 cup white vinegar ¼ cup washing soda, not baking soda 3 drops liquid castile soap 4 drops tea tree oil ¼ cup vodka 8 drops essential oil for scent (optional) Instructions: Microwave Read more [...]

Are Rabbits Having Lunch in Your Garden?

Are you bothered by uninvited guests having breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your garden? Me too! Within a few days of planting beautiful flowers in my garden, the rabbits ate all of the petals and my flowers are now nothing but bare stems. Like most people, I enjoy seeing these adorable furry rabbits hopping around my yard, but I am tired of feeding them. If I could negotiate with them, I would! I would be happy to put a small garden in for them – full of leafy greens and carrots - but I still Read more [...]

Designing the Perfect Nursery for a Baby Boy or Baby Girl

There is nothing better than decorating for a little bundle of joy!  Nurseries are meant to be fun, inviting, and calming for the baby.  Caregivers and baby spend a lot of time in the nursery, so it is important that comfort, functionality, and atmosphere are kept in mind during the design process.    There are many cute patterns that are available, but it is important to pick a major focal point and work from there.  If too many patterns are blended, the room may feel chaotic and not calming.  Read more [...]
Shadow Creek Lot 5 Entry

Creating an Effortless Home in Just a Few Easy Steps

By: Leanne Mueller You know the feeling when you walk into a room and it just feels right - not too simple, not overly designed, just perfectly imperfect.  Then you start pondering your own home…Why doesn’t my kitchen look that inviting?  Why doesn’t my entry foyer feel welcoming?  We have all been there and I am here to tell you that effortless design does not require extensive schooling or an inherent creative gene. Successfully styling a space, so that it appears effortlessly designed, Read more [...]
Burnstead Design Tips from Leanne - Lighting

Ask Our Designer: Best Places for Interior Design Inspiration

Looking to make your home chic and stylish? Our in-house designer, Melissa Saliba, shares her favorite websites where she gets her design inspiration from: Sammamish Ridge Estates Lot 1 Dining Room www.pinterest.com Pinterest is an all-around great site. It shoes design ideas in every style, do it yourself projects, interior and exterior ideas. This is the first place I look when I need design inspiration.   www.remodelista.com Gives fantastic before and after photos and DIY projects. Read more [...]
The Timbers at Marymoor - Lot 1 Redmond, WA Custom Home

PNW Modern Home Exterior Trends

By Melissa Saliba | In-House Designer PNW modern exteriors have been trending for a few years now and the momentum just keeps growing. The Northwest contemporary look is a mix of modern and rustic elements - stone, metal and wood on exteriors make the homes fit naturally into the surrounding trees and are modern without feeling cold or commercial. One of the main features of the Northwest contemporary exterior is cedar tongue and groove siding. The wood itself is what makes the home feel rustic Read more [...]
Spring Yard Tips Blog

Beautify Your Yard and Outdoor Space This Spring

By Leanne Mueller | In-House Designer Spring is finally here and it's a great time to begin thinking of how to beautify your yard and outdoor living space! With the arrival of longer days and warmer weather in the PNW, it’s time to head outside and spruce up your yard and outdoor living space. Let me help you get started by offering you some tips so that you can get your outdoor area ready for use and also help enhance your outdoor environment, creating a space where you want to spend time Read more [...]
Portofino Lot 5 - Kirkland Custom Contemporary Home Photos

Vote Today! Portofino | GeekWire Home of the Week

We are pleased to announce that Suver & Burnstead's Portofino lot 5, "The Meydenbauer" plan, is in the running to be GeekWire's Home of the Week! Please support us and submit your vote for GeekWire's Home of the Week by clicking here. This stunning 4,751 SF, 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home located in Kirkland, WA has a dramatic two-story vaulted foyer and custom steel staircase, which sets the tone as you enter this Northwest Modern masterpiece. Exceptional flow connects dining and great room, both Read more [...]
Sammamish Ridge Estates Lot 1 Mud Room

Laundry Room Design Tips You’ll Love

Sammamish Ridge Estates Lot 1 By Melissa Saliba | In-House Designer Let’s face it – Laundry rooms are a very important part of a home but the daunting task of doing laundry is not something that most people look forward to. There are however ways to make it more enjoyable and that is to create a space that is functional and styled to your taste. If you are going to be spending hours on a weekend catching up on laundry, you might as well make it a pleasurable room to be in. Here are some Read more [...]