Helpful Hints for Holiday Hosts

Entertaining is one of the main reasons homeowners choose to remodel. While Hatchett Design Remodel is known for creating beautiful, functional spaces ideal for entertaining, we know a thing or two about throwing parties as well. Here are a few helpful hints for all you holiday hosts out there.
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Holiday Decor
First, set the mood with your holiday decor. Trees, garland and twinkling lights are a good place to start, but try to find ways to personalize your decor. For example, if your home decor is the farmhouse style, add holiday cheer with natural and vintage elements.
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These Red Solo Santas would make a jolly addition to any party decor. All you need are the cups, black ribbon, glue dots and tiny buckles designed for wedding invitations that can be found online or at your local craft store.
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Cocktails & Appetizers
Need a little something to put in those festive cups? This Winter Sea Breeze seems pretty fitting for the holidays here in Coastal Virginia. The recipe is easy – vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup, soda water, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves for garnishing. It’s a light, refreshing cocktail that will let your guests fill up on food instead.
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Nothing guarantees a good party as much as good food!  This articlefeatures 50 different party pleasing recipes. From quick fixes like the 5 Minute Millionaire Dip to the delectable Chipotle Lime Bacon Wrapped Shrimp skewers, you’ll find everything you need for a well rounded menu.
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Party Activity
Give your guests something to do – an activity that encourages interaction and laughter. Something as simple as holiday photo props or a life-sized photo frame will get your guests mingling and giggling.
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Now go have a good time… responsibly. We hope you have a very merry and safe holiday season! Happy Holiday from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel.

Vann Bathroom Remodel

‘Tis the season to remodel your bathroom with Hatchett Design Remodel. To get you in the spirit, here’s a peek at a recent project our team completed for the Vann family.

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Raytrace Rendering of Vann Bathroom Remodel

During the initial consultation, Mrs. Vann requested small black and white tile for her bathroom floor. Right away, Tara’s face lit up, because she loves that retro style. It’s a timeless design choice that offers a great deal of visual interest with the contrast between the black and white tiles. Their existing flooring had significant water damage that needed to be addressed, but it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle.

Vann Bathroom BEFORE

In addition to new floors, the Vanns also wanted to replace their toilet, upgrade to a larger vanity with more storage and replace the existing tub/shower unit with a luxurious tiled shower.

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Vann Bathroom AFTER
Vanity

They selected a Mid Continent vanity with the Thomas door style and gray paint called Stone. With 2 sets of 3-drawer stacks and a center door cabinet, we greatly increased their bathroom storage. Like many older vanities, their original one was awkwardly short. Since Mr. Vann is a tall man, Tara recommended a 36″ H vanity.  Such a simple change can make for a huge improvement in your daily routine. For the cabinet hardware, the Vanns chose Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pulls in matte black to complement the floors.

The tops are white polystone to contrast the gray cabinet, and the widespread faucet is a Delta Cassidy in chrome.  They chose their accessories from the same Delta line, because they wanted everything to match.

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Vann Bathroom AFTER
Shower

For their luxury tile shower, they selected a large format gray tile. We used 12×24 Unique Stone tiles in soft gris for the walls and 2×2 Unique Stone tiles in pewter for the floors. We added his and her niches on either side of the bench for additional storage. Then we finished the shower with matte black hardware on the glass shower door to complement the cabinet hardware.

Vann Bathroom AFTER
Customizations

The personal touches that make the Vanns bathroom unique are the frame for the vanity mirror and the light fixture over the vanity.  We ordered the custom matte black frame from Mid Continent. Then we found a retro style black and chrome light fixture that ties everything together beautifully.

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Vann Bathroom AFTER
Paint Color

The Vanns knew they wanted gray on the walls, but let’s just say there are far more than just fifty shades of that color! Tara narrowed the selection down to her favorite Benjamin Moore grays, which helped the Vanns choose Gray Owl for the walls with white trim.

When the project was complete, Tara returned to the Vann home to take our “after” pictures. The Vanns kept saying how pleased they are with their remodeled bathroom, and Mrs. Vann is particularly fond of the wall color.

Seeing their excitement is why we love what we do.  Congratulations to Jake (remodeling consultant), Tara (designer), Tommy (project manager) and our entire crew for another job well done!

If all you want for Christmas is a new bathroom, it’s a good time to add it to your wish list.  Right now, you can save up to $1000 off a full bathroom remodel by Hatchett Design Remodel.  Give us a call about the details or stop by one of our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!

Toys for Tots Shopping Tips

Hatchett Design Remodel’s 2018 Toys for Tots drive is in full swing. We are collecting toys at our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach through December 14th. If you would like to donate a toy but aren’t sure what to buy, here are some tips to help you shop for our tots.

 

Toy Diversity

The toys you donate at Hatchett Design Remodel will stay here in Hampton Roads. Our community is very diverse, so keep that in mind while you shop. If you choose to buy dolls, action figures or books and puzzles that depict people, try to select items that reflect the cultural and racial diversity of our community.

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Price Range

You don’t have to break the bank. A good price range for a toy is between $15 and $30 per toy. Toys in this price range are nice quality toys that a child will be excited to receive. It’s extremely generous of you to want to donate a high price toy, but it makes it difficult to be fair when the gifts are distributed. If you have more money to spend, we’d recommend donating multiple toys rather than spending it all on one big present.

Infants to Age 12

Toys for Tots helps families with children that range in age from infants to 12 years old. The babies and the pre-teen kiddos are often overlooked. While children under 2 don’t yet fully understand our gift giving traditions, educational toys are a fundamental part of their development.

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Around age 12, many children age out of the most popular toys. We know that it can be difficult to find something a pre-teen will like, but please don’t forget about them while you’re shopping. Sports equipment, small electronics like headphones and DIY craft projects are great gifts for pre-teen girls and boys.

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New, Unwrapped Toys

The good news is that you don’t need to wrap your gifts!  All you have to do is bring your new, unwrapped presents to Hatchett Design Remodel, and we’ll take care of the rest. For those of you who’d like to help but hate to shop, you can make a donation to Toys for Tots online through our website.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has already donated. Your generosity is very appreciated!

Thanksgiving Hacks

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays; but let’s face it, it can also be stressful – especially for the host!  To help save your sanity, Hatchett Design Remodel has compiled a list of our favorite holiday hacks.
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Thanksgiving Prep

Set the table Wednesday night. This is a time consuming task that you can knock out early, and it allows you to enjoy your beautiful display all day Thursday.

Why spend hours chopping and dicing vegetables? The salad bar at your local grocery store has already prepped the fresh ingredients you need – onions, carrots, celery, green beans, and even bacon (bacon’s a vegetable, right?).

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Create space in your refrigerator by removing items you won’t need on Thanksgiving. Then store those items in an ice chest in your garage.

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Make Side Dishes Ahead of Time

Do you want freshly baked brown ‘n’ serve rolls with your Thanksgiving feast, but don’t have the time to invest on Thanksgiving day? Then this recipe is what you need. Make the dough, cook the rolls half way, and freeze them for a couple days (or a couple weeks, if you plan that far ahead). Then just thaw the rolls and finish cooking them. Voila! Fresh baked bread in just 15 minutes!

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Another time saver is to bake your pie crust ahead of time. To save even more time, only make open-faced pies on Thanksgiving Day.Save time and space on your stovetop by making the cranberry chutney in the microwave.

Another stovetop space saving solution is to make your mashed potatoes ahead of time. Then a few hours before it’s time to serve the meal, warm them up a crockpot.  Simply butter the insert, pour in a little heavy cream, then spoon in your spuds. Heat on low and stir every hour or so.

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Last Minute Sanity Savers

With the long list of grocery items needed for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s very easy to accidentally miss something. Before you dash back out to the store in a panic, consult this list of substitute ingredients. Let’s say you forget to pick up fresh thyme, for example. A teaspoon of dry herbs is a perfect substitute for a tablespoon of fresh ones. If the recipe calls for a tablespoon of lemon juice that’s not in your house, you can sub a tablespoon of white vinegar instead. This list can be a sanity saver on holidays like Thanksgiving, but it’s also helpful to have on hand year round.

Chilling the wine is another task that can easily be overlooked. Fortunately, the solution is real simple. Just wrap the bottle of wine in a wet hand towel and pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes. For a more permanent solution, consider a wine cooler and/or a wine station when you remodel your kitchen (wink, wink).

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Thanksgiving To Go

Before the big day, stock up on inexpensive storage containers from the grocery store. This makes it easy for your guests to take leftovers home with them, and you don’t have to worry about getting your containers back.

We hope these holiday hacks help you save time in the kitchen, so you can spend more time enjoying your home, family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel!