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Landscaping design trends

Landscaping has always been called the slowest of the performing arts. After all, you can’t hurry the growth of anything no matter how much fertilizer you apply, and making a garden isn’t like buying a new throw rug but rather stitching a few glimmering threads of your own into nature’s rich tapestry. And yet tastes do change in gardening, as …

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Building a more playful home

Americans work harder now than ever, with many delaying retirement or starting second careers, so they want their homes to be a refuge and a place to unwind.  That’s why the newest trend in home building isn’t so much about children these days it’s all about building a more playful home.   Working hard is great and having a strong …

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Choosing the right energy efficient windows

Gone are the days when a homeowner’s interest in windows was limited to whether they could find stylish window treatments. Today, energy-conscious homeowners want to minimize the costs of heating and cooling their homes, and selecting the right windows is a crucial step. So how far should you go when choosing energy-efficient windows? The key is knowing what window upgrades …

Sonos

Simply put – Sonos is amazing and worth every penny.  However, it’s not that expensive and it’s so easy to set up and control with your phone or iPad on a free app!  Check out this awesome video. When and if you decide to build your new home don’t forget about Sonos.  The video shows desk top speakers but you …

Tips for your new home or remodel

I’m going through a kitchen and living room remodel right now and in doing so I have discovered a few tips that I want to pass along. The beautiful thing about these tips as that they can apply to a remodel or building a new house because if these “tips” were done in the first place I wouldn’t have to …

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 …

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 …

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 …