Author Archives: Jesse Wurm

About Jesse Wurm

Jesse is a full time project coordinator for residential custom home builder, Selle Valley Construction (, in Northern Idaho where she manages the construction schedule and dabbles in design work. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in English, Jesse moved to NW Montana where her passion for building and interior design blossomed. She also has an extensive background in marketing, social media management, writing, and non-profit work. When she’s not managing construction projects or writing she can be found curled up with a book or out exploring the mountains.

How to Hide Your TV

TV placement is becoming more and more discrete. Nowadays, many homeowners don’t have the space for (or don’t want) a media room in their home. Rooms need to be more multifunctional, rather than specific to certain needs, so what does a homeowner do when they want a TV in the room but don’t want to see it all the time? Let me introduce you to the TV lift, an ingenious device that allows you to hide your TV in anything from the foot board of your bed, to a dresser, to your floors, your ceiling... the possibilities are endless. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

I recently had a client who wanted a TV in the kitchen but didn’t want to see it all the time (or take up precious counter space) so we tucked it into an upper cabinet. The cabinet can still be utilized, it’s just shallower than the others, and the TV can drop down via remote whenever they are inclined.
Beverly Hills media room

Lake Michigan House

One of the biggest debates I see between clients is whether or not to have a TV in the bedroom. Hiding the TV in the footboard of your bed frame, or in an end cabinet, is one of the best compromises I’ve seen.
Ceiling Drop Down TVs

If you don’t have room for a cabinet, hiding your TV in the ceiling is a great space saver.

The Beach House - Hidden Surprise

Or, if you have a million dollar view and don’t want anything to block it, consider hiding the TV in your floor. This is also the best idea for larger flat screens that won’t fit on furniture.

Outdoor TV Lifts

One of the coolest ideas I’ve seen is the introduction of hiding your TV outdoors. Hot tubs are meant for relaxing and adding a TV to the mix can only make the experience better.

Outdoor TV Lifts

Even better, don’t miss a single play! Watch the game while you’re cooking on the BBQ or entertaining outdoors.

Which idea do you like best?

For more TV decoration ideas: How to Decorate with a Flat Screen TV | 4 Creative Media Console Tables

Unique Metal Features for Your Home

When it comes to outfitting the interior of a home I love to look beyond traditional materials, which is probably why I love using metal features so much. Metal like steel panels, corrugated sheets, and a simple powder coated railing can change the tone of a space as well as break up traditional materials like stone and wood. Whether you’re looking for a funky accent or embracing the industrial theme, here are some great ways to incorporate metal into your home’s interior.

Corrugated metal is budget-friendly, versatile, and can even be colorful. Its flexibility, both aesthetically and physically, means there are a ton of options for inside use: walls, ceilings, backsplash... the list goes on!
Dawna Jones Design

I love the application of corrugated metal on this fireplace and how it adds a contemporary flair to the room.

Miller Beach House

If you don’t love the look of corrugated metal, try steel panels with a patina finish, like this fireplace surround.

Metal features can be functional too, beams for extra structural support, or safety features like gates or railings. We fabricated this catwalk for a client when he asked for a unique and creative way to access to his attic space.

Contemporary Bathroom

One of my absolute favorite trends with metal these days are laser cut panels. You can literally upload any pattern or design and a computer will cut the metal panels to shape. Laser cut paneling is great for exterior features like fencing, window screens, and siding. This technique can also be incorporated to the interior of your home design with features like stair railing, wall paneling, and privacy screens, such as the laser cut design in this bathroom.

Walnut Residence

I love the shape of this laser cut railing - the rounded pattern gives the metal a softer edge and adds a feminine touch to the space.

What metal feature do you like best?

For more ideas: Staircases as a Focal Point | Incorporating Industrial Chic

How to Include a Wine Wall in Your Home

A new growing trend in home design that I’ve noticed is to plan and dedicate a space for your wine collection. Whether that be making room for a 12 bottle holder in your kitchen cabinets, or investing in a fully decked out, temperature controlled, wine cellar. Any wine enthusiast would agree, there’s always space in your home that can be converted to storage, and with so many different ways to store wine these days, the options are limitless. Take a look at some of these drool-worthy ideas:

Salt Interiors - Sleek Concrete & Pure White counters

One version I continue to see a ton of is the dining room wine wall. This can either be a wall mounted feature or surround by glass - typically they're installed in a common area to serve not only as a place to store wine, but as a conversation piece as well. I love how these homeowners tucked theirs under the stairs, taking advantage of an otherwise wasted space.

Selle Valley Construction, Inc.

Here’s another version, tucked next to the kitchen and complete with LED lighting and acrylic shelves!
Apartment - Hadar Yosef ,Tel Aviv

If you don’t have the space to dedicate to your collection, look to your cabinets or kitchen island. This wood toned cubby doesn’t take up much room, but is able to hold a decent amount of wine.


Cellars and temperature controlled rooms are best for those collectors serious about their wine. Enclosed rooms like these enable you to not only control the temperature, but the humidity levels and exposure to light as well, which can be nasty enemies to your wine.

Marc Michaels Interior Design - Lagos Blue counters

One of my personal favorites are the gravity-defying pegs that seem to suspend bottles in the air. I love the versatility - you can either install them so the bottle’s base is closest to the wall, only revealing the seal at the top like on this wall above, or you can install them so the bottle is arranged horizontally, showing off the label, like the display below.

Jae Omar Design

What will you do with your wine collection?

Design Ideas for the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

With the transition from winter to warmer weather, nothing gets me more excited for summer than rolling out the BBQ and moving my cooking from the indoors, out. These days it seems that more and more homeowners are opting for a more permanent solution for their summer fare and entertainment and have installed outdoor kitchens. These can vary from just a BBQ with stone surround and countertop for prepping, to fully outfitted kitchens with refrigerators, bar space, beer taps and more. Here are some of my favorite design ideas for outdoor spaces:
Leawood Outdoor

This playfully colored kitchen looks like it could belong indoors and I love how the homeowners included curtains to play up the beachy resort vibe.

Covering your outdoor kitchen enables your family or guests to stay outdoors in any weather. These homeowners opted for automated roll down screens to keep pesky bugs away during family dinners and game nights.
127th Street Project

When creating an outdoor cooking space, consider including all of the appliances and components you need so you don’t have to make multiple trips in and out of your home. Notice how this kitchen has everything: BBQ, counter space for chopping and prep work, plenty of cabinet space for dedicated outdoor tableware and cutlery, a sink to clean up, and fridge to hold beverages and food.

Also, think beyond just the traditional BBQ, if you have the space, and the budget, consider adding a pizza oven. Who wouldn’t want homemade wood fired pizza on the regular?

Or, opt out of the BBQ all together and go for a gas cooktop instead.
Brighton Home

If you’re looking for something more discrete, install your outdoor cooking space within a unit so that you can hide your BBQ or stove when you’re not using it.
What kind of kitchen would you create in your backyard?

Think 3D Tile for Bold Interior Accents

One of my new favorite trends in tile is the move towards 3D. I saw more than my fair share of examples at this year’s KBIS in Las Vegas with styles ranging from geometric shapes to others that mimicked the movement of water. 3D tile is great way to add depth and texture to an interior room and are guaranteed to capture attention, I know I had a hard time keeping my eyes off them.

Geometric shapes are desirable when you want to add a focal point to a room, you can often create your own multi-colored display or play with the pattern and intentionally leave spaces open.

I love the bold hexagon tile in honeycomb pattern as an accent wall in this dining room; the wall becomes the focus of the room and is a great alternative to hanging a picture or piece of art here.

Harvard Square Renovation(Photo Via Hammond Design)

This black stud-like backsplash is another great example of how geometric tile can add drama and attitude to a space.

St. James(Photo Via Brooke Wagner Design)

For a subtler approach, when you want to add something unique to a room but don’t want to steal the show, try 3D tile that mimics movement. Like this wave tile that homeowners installed vertically in their master shower to play up the theme of water.

Homes of Distiction - Gig Harbor house(Photo Via Chown Hardware)

This fireplace surround is another great example of movement, I love how your eye follows the tile to the ceiling, as well as how similar the waves look to flames.

Ham Lake - Rocky Mountain Contemporary(Photo Via Bob Michels Construction, Inc.)

If subtle is not your thing try using wave tiles horizontally, like they did in this bathroom, wrapping the walls for one dramatic statement. Is your eye following the movement?

Mueller Residence(Photo Via KGA Studio Architects, PC)

Next time you’re looking for that special thing to make your interiors stand out, look no further than 3D tile.


Related Article: Striking Alternatives to Tile Backsplash

Get Innovative with Custom Features

When it comes to outfitting the interior of your home, why not create something that is uniquely yours with completely custom features? These can range from permanent items like cabinets, bathroom vanities, or sinks; or by creating one of a kind decorative pieces like light fixtures, coffee tables, headboards, nightstands, or bookshelves.

Get innovative with your style, here are some ideas that are bound to inspire you.

TaC studios, modern residence in Atlanta, Georgia(Via TaC studios, architects)

If you’re just getting started, get your feet wet by creating a one-of-a-kind light fixture, like these homeowners did with branches from their backyard, wiring and Edison Bulbs.

Castleberry Hill Loft(Via Living2Design)

If you’re a collector like me, reuse something you already have on hand. I like how antique windows were used as a partition in this urban space.

Jane Kim Design(Via Jane Kim Design)

While this breathtaking bathroom is completed with a vintage copper window that has be redone as a vanity mirror.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #quartz #kitchen #bath #customfeatures #custombuilt #customhouse(Via Selle Valley Construction)

Another way to branch out is to get inventive in the bathroom. I love the non-traditional look of this bathroom vanity. Here the owner opted for transforming a metal utility rack instead of wood cabinets, giving a nod to the industrial theme of the space.

Waterfront House(Via from [in] form, LLC)

Or, think outside the box and install typical elements in a non-traditional style, like this sink on top of the counter.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #quartz #kitchen #bath #customfeatures #custombuilt #customhouse(Via Selle Valley Construction)

If you think barn door hardware is just for barn doors think again, these homeowners created sliding bi-pass mirrors in their master bath that slide to either side to reveal recessed medicine cabinets. With so many different ways to get creative, what will your home’s custom feature be?


Related Article: Caesarstone Used In Creative Ways

Staircases as a Focal Point

Stairs and railings can either be just a functional part to your home or they can be a show piece, it all depends on your budget and where they are positioned in the house. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to have some fun with your home’s staircase here are some great ideas on how to make it stand out from the rest of your home.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #interiordesign #quartz #kitchen #bath #modernhome #staircases #railings(Via Selle Valley Construction)

Above is a great example of using different materials and textures in a staircase.  These steps are kiln dried fir beams from the Oregon Coast, with each beam being a free of heart center cut. The wood is complemented by the custom metal railing with glass panels and the steel posts in a grinder finish.

(Via South East Architects & Building DesignersAR Design Studio Ltd)

For a simpler look, try going with all one material, like the homeowner did with these all glass stairs in this modern retreat.

(Via Ottawa Architects & Building DesignersChristopher Simmonds Architect)

Or use matching materials on the stair treads and railing in a minimalist, but eye catching, design.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #interiordesign #quartz #kitchen #bath #modernhome #staircases #railings(Via Selle Valley Construction)

Another way to create wow factor is to use non-traditional material. These stairs are made from 14x12’ Pennsylvania Bluestone slabs that had to be craned into place.

(Via London Staircases & RailingsElite Metalcraft Co. Ltd)

This space saving spiral staircase is hard not to stare at, I love how the glowing hardwood pops against the white walls, LED strips have been installed under each step creating a beautiful contemporary element to this home.

(Via Naples Interior Designers & DecoratorsWeglarz Design)

Going for a more traditional look? Don’t be afraid to add a splash of pattern or color on the risers, like this beach style home did with fun Mediterranean tiles. At the end of the day, just be sure to have fun and not overlook a staircase’s potential.

Related Article: Beautiful Ideas for Your Staircase

Striking Alternatives to Tile Backsplash

While I will always love a white subway tile in the kitchen, nothing will pain you more than having to scrub the grout lines clean from time to time. Which is why it’s no wonder that so many interior designers and home owners are opting for alternatives to tile.

Continuous materials like this backpainted glass, slabs of marble or quartz, and stainless steel are beautiful substitutes, easy to clean, and are ideal if you don’t want the pattern of grout lines in your kitchen.

@CaesarstoneUS #interiordesign #Caesarstone #quartz #kitchen #bath #backsplash #alternativestobacksplash(Via Selle Valley Construction)

The large veining in this Calacatta Marble backsplash is an eye catcher and adds some drama to the kitchen.

Stainless steel backsplashes can add a contemporary or industrial feel, the fact that it’s used in commercial kitchens is a testament to its hygienic qualities and durability.

Full sheet mirrors, or mirror tiles, will help to spread light and open up small spaces, plus mirrors are available in tinted and antique finishes, offering you another unique element for your kitchen.

For a one-of-a-kind look, consider adding windows, not only will they provide you with an ample amount of natural light, but views of the garden as well, seamlessly bringing the outdoors in.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #interiordesign #kitchen #bath #modernhome #backsplash #backsplashalternatives(Via K2 Projects & Big House Little House, featuring Sleek Concrete Countertops)

What alternative to tile do you like best?

Using Reclaimed Wood in Your Interior Design

My favorite thing about using reclaimed wood these days is its versatility; it can be used externally with siding, structurally with reclaimed beams, or as interior elements like paneling, flooring, shelving, furniture, the list goes on. Reclaimed wood also varies in colors and finishes, from weathered smooth gray boards, to naturally hued rough sawn, to whitewashed, to colorful barn woods – you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.

Here’s a great example of a contemporary application, this paneling adds warmth, as well as a focal point, to an otherwise all white space.

(Via Bloomington General ContractorsAMEK Custom Builders)

Using reclaimed wood in your interior design also enables you to be eco-friendly. Reusing old wood is great for the environment, its low moisture content is ideal for stable applications, plus the recycled material offers you a one of a kind look that’s hard to replicate.

The patchwork column in this bathroom, pieced together by Seattle artist Rob Payne out of reclaimed barn wood, adds a natural element to this industrial space.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #interiordesign #kitchen #bath #quartz #durablecountertops #reclaimedwood (Via Selle Valley Construction, Photo Credit: Marie-Dominique Verdier)

Here we have reclaimed wood tiles applied in a herringbone pattern on both kitchen islands, creating a modern and unique feature to this kitchen.

@CaesarstoneUS #Caesarstone #interiordesign #kitchen #bath #quartz #durablecountertops #reclaimedwood(Via Selle Valley Construction, Photo Credit: Marie-Dominique Verdier)

For more subtle accents try floating reclaimed shelves on a wall, like in this cottage kitchen.

(Via Chicago Architects & Building DesignersBurns and Beyerl Architects)

Or, use reclaimed beams structurally in the interior of your home to add that little bit of rustic charm.

(Via Deer Park Building Supplies)

With all of the endless possibilities using reclaimed wood, it begs the question not of when you’ll use it, but how.


Related Article: 7 Clever Ways To Use Reclaimed Wood