Cobalt Gets the Red Carpet Treatment

The most surprising and attractive fashion on the 2013 Emmy Awards red carpet for me was dazzling cobalt. Allison Williams and TIna Fey rocked the colour. (Full disclosure: I tend to prefer what my fellow brunettes are looking great in.) This is a fad that homes have already been enjoying, and I wonder if the…read more

Design Detail: Input the Zaguan

I enjoyed a wonderful home excursion to Santa Fe. While I was visiting one of those older homes, a fellow traveler said that this particular home had a wonderful zaguan. I stopped, turned and asked her what she was speaking to. She pointed back into the covered courtyard entry, telling me that the zaguan is…read more

Create Your Own Rustic-Chic Headboard

I hate watching home remodels that lead to destroyed architectural elements that could have been either reused or donated. Old doors are a fantastic example. Here is the way to turn a pair of weather-beaten cast-offs into a handsome headboard. If you are not remodeling, then fantastic places for finding older doors (besides the curbs…read more

Curb Appeal Feeling a Little Away? Some Questions to Consider

After the front porch was trapped, the paint has dried and the blossoms are deadheaded, you may step back to admire your work and feel your house’s curb appeal is still lacking. Sometimes it’s tough to understand just what’s away about your home. Go across the street and take a look from a distance, then…read more

Bamboo Products — Earth Friend or Foe?

Bamboo was first found and used in China about 5,000 decades ago. Technically classified as a bud, it grows faster than any other plant in the world. Since bamboo also requires few fertilizers and pesticides and small irrigation, it has become a popular environmentally friendly construction alternative. Sometimes bamboo can grow up to 3 or…read more

Changes Upgrade a Small Bathroom

A lot of problems were plaguing this bathroom when a mother and her 9-year-old daughter moved in their home. For starters, the cracked Pepto Bismol–pink shower tiles didn’t extend high enough to protect the drywall from water, and the two found that they didn’t even use the bathtub. They also feared that the loud clanking…read more

Attempt DIY Plywood Flooring for High Gloss, Low Price

Plywood is not something most people put on screen. However, Jen Dalley and Thomas Bath, both architects in Lines Studio, felt differently when they watched it on the floor of a Hawaiian shore store. Instantly falling in love with its hot and patinated beauty, they decided to try it in their property. The ideal type…read more

The Way to Keep Your Citrus Healthy and Trees Well Fed

Growing citrus trees is remarkably rewarding, especially when you bite into a delicious piece of sweet, tangy fruit. Maybe oranges are your favorite citrus fruit, or maybe growing lemons is your cup of tea. Whatever kind of citrus tree you prefer to grow, they all need nutrients to grow their best and produce fruit. Noelle…read more

A Creekside Cabin Opens to the Views

Built in 1937 for a family’s summer getaways, this cottage originally had only 1 bedroom, 1 bath and 960 square feet to its title. The recent homeowners loved the rustic ambience but wanted an open space that could take whole advantage of the creek and woods views. The couple hired architect Amy Alper to build…read more

5 Important Winter Tasks to Maintain Container Gardens in Shape

Winter is a time once the garden stinks. This really goes for container gardens as well. However there are a number of things you can achieve this season to guarantee success during and after the long winter’s nap. The Garden Consultants, Inc.. Under a blanket of snow this landscape is at rest. But this does…read more

Cobalt Gets the Red Carpet Treatment

The most surprising and attractive fashion on the 2013 Emmy Awards red carpet for me was dazzling cobalt. Allison Williams and TIna Fey rocked the colour. (Full disclosure: I tend to prefer what my fellow brunettes are looking great in.) This is a fad that homes have already been enjoying, and I wonder if the…read more

Design Detail: Input the Zaguan

I enjoyed a wonderful home excursion to Santa Fe. While I was visiting one of those older homes, a fellow traveler said that this particular home had a wonderful zaguan. I stopped, turned and asked her what she was speaking to. She pointed back into the covered courtyard entry, telling me that the zaguan is…read more

Create Your Own Rustic-Chic Headboard

I hate watching home remodels that lead to destroyed architectural elements that could have been either reused or donated. Old doors are a fantastic example. Here is the way to turn a pair of weather-beaten cast-offs into a handsome headboard. If you are not remodeling, then fantastic places for finding older doors (besides the curbs…read more

Curb Appeal Feeling a Little Away? Some Questions to Consider

After the front porch was trapped, the paint has dried and the blossoms are deadheaded, you may step back to admire your work and feel your house’s curb appeal is still lacking. Sometimes it’s tough to understand just what’s away about your home. Go across the street and take a look from a distance, then…read more

Bamboo Products — Earth Friend or Foe?

Bamboo was first found and used in China about 5,000 decades ago. Technically classified as a bud, it grows faster than any other plant in the world. Since bamboo also requires few fertilizers and pesticides and small irrigation, it has become a popular environmentally friendly construction alternative. Sometimes bamboo can grow up to 3 or…read more

Changes Upgrade a Small Bathroom

A lot of problems were plaguing this bathroom when a mother and her 9-year-old daughter moved in their home. For starters, the cracked Pepto Bismol–pink shower tiles didn’t extend high enough to protect the drywall from water, and the two found that they didn’t even use the bathtub. They also feared that the loud clanking…read more

Attempt DIY Plywood Flooring for High Gloss, Low Price

Plywood is not something most people put on screen. However, Jen Dalley and Thomas Bath, both architects in Lines Studio, felt differently when they watched it on the floor of a Hawaiian shore store. Instantly falling in love with its hot and patinated beauty, they decided to try it in their property. The ideal type…read more

The Way to Keep Your Citrus Healthy and Trees Well Fed

Growing citrus trees is remarkably rewarding, especially when you bite into a delicious piece of sweet, tangy fruit. Maybe oranges are your favorite citrus fruit, or maybe growing lemons is your cup of tea. Whatever kind of citrus tree you prefer to grow, they all need nutrients to grow their best and produce fruit. Noelle…read more

A Creekside Cabin Opens to the Views

Built in 1937 for a family’s summer getaways, this cottage originally had only 1 bedroom, 1 bath and 960 square feet to its title. The recent homeowners loved the rustic ambience but wanted an open space that could take whole advantage of the creek and woods views. The couple hired architect Amy Alper to build…read more

5 Important Winter Tasks to Maintain Container Gardens in Shape

Winter is a time once the garden stinks. This really goes for container gardens as well. However there are a number of things you can achieve this season to guarantee success during and after the long winter’s nap. The Garden Consultants, Inc.. Under a blanket of snow this landscape is at rest. But this does…read more