How much power do you need …

When homes were built in the 60’s the power usage for the average home was low.  There were no computers, complicated kitchen appliances, (including convection ovens) dual air conditioners, huge stereo equipment and televisions in every room.  The home office with server stations, printers and multiple monitors didn’t exist yet.  What about all the power needed for those heavy duty …

Hallways and lighting

The hallway dilemma made easy.  Every home has a hallway and many homes have 5-6 hallways.  If you think about it, getting from one room of the house to another creates a hallway, unless you live in a warehouse.  The importance of hallways cannot be overstated. After all, they are utilized many times each day. While we may give them …

Room Symmetry

Have you ever felt a strange feeling of calm when you walk into a room but your not sure what it is your feeling?  What you’re feeling is symmetry if you can feel such a thing.  Human faces, snowflakes, violins, the Eiffel Tower — so much of our world is symmetrical, it’s no wonder the eye is drawn to things …

Fall is here …

and back yard sheds take center stage.  As we’re past the end of lawn and summer gardening season you now have to plan on getting ready for winter.  You may also be craving for a better space for your tools and pots than that cluttered corner in the garage. Yuck!  Or, perhaps you are at that point where your existing …

The love of red brick fireplaces

I must be old fashioned because I love red brick and every time I see red brick I think of the old neighborhoods and nostalgic places I used to know as a kid.   If you are not interested in painting the brick, taking the natural hue of the masonry into account when planning your room is a must. Whether you are …

The beauty of red walls

Red walls can be bold, vivacious, classic … but the downside is that a red wall is difficult to decorate around! You have seen many images of red walls and like all of us you fell in love with the idea and you have the perfect room to try this look.  But now what?  Painting a wall red is a …

It’s backyard season. . . Get out there!

People who live in the midwest suffered a long hard winter and it seems as it always does that we went straight from winter to the dog days of summer.  The spring just didn’t catch on this year.  So its backyard season so get your tools and get out there.  If you built a new home and are new to …

Ponds & water features

What’s more soothing to the eye and ear then the sound of trickling water.  Ponds and water features enhance a backyard experience where your backyard actually becomes an extension of your home, only its outdoors. One of the first things many people say when looking out over a few acres is, “I wish I had a pond.” Ponds add scenic …

Landscaping & Gardens

If the warm weather of spring ever returns to Wisconsin all of us will finally be able to enjoy the great outdoors even if its only in your own backyard.  When the weather is warm we talk about landscaping – when the weather is cold we talk about interiors.  It only seems natural living in Wisconsin.  Bed and pathway lines …

For peace & tranquility add a garden Buddha

Gardens are easy on the eyes — and the mind. Just gazing upon a well-designed bed of beautiful flowers can be soothing and restorative. So it’s not surprising that statues of Buddha, who epitomizes, peace, tranquility and serenity, have a place in today’s gardens and landscapes. You’ll find these inspiring figures nestled in lush greenery or surrounded by flowers, resting …