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Curtains make a room, but only when chosen correctly. When it comes to window treatments, it's a matter of color and fabric, length and lining, and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. With so many decisions, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, so here are some important things to consider when selecting the right curtains for your home.


Fabric is an essential part of choosing curtains, since the material will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time. When it comes to material, linen, silk, faux silk and velvet are the best choices to use for window treatments since they tend to hang the best.


Before you take out the tape measure, decide how high above the window you'd like the curtains to begin. Designers often hang curtains about six inches above the window frame, but for a dramatic look, some go higher.

Measure from the top of the window (plus the added inches of height where the curtains will hang from) to the floor. For a more traditional look, with the curtain slightly puddled on the floor, you'll want to add another two or three inches to your length. For a modern, crisp look, have the panel fall flush with the floor.


Custom window treatments offer many benefits: You can customize the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look, like a perfectly-fitted suit. Custom panels come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options, though, comes a considerable price difference from off-the-shelf curtain panels.


Determine whether you're going to buy dry-clean only or washer machine friendly curtains  it will save you time and money in the long run. Keep in mind that you can ruin high-quality curtains by trying to wash them yourself.


Get your curtains right with a home consultation. Some companies will send a consultant to your home to help you decide on colors, textures and finishes that blend perfectly with your design  saving you a few trips to the store.

Created 01/16/2019

The exterior siding of your house can make or break its curb appeal. Chipped vinyl paint or dirty glass surfaces can give the wrong impression of your home. That’s why it’s important to choose the right siding for your home and also to make sure you can keep up with any maintenance that it may require.

To determine the right exterior siding option, you’ll need to consider the cost, durability, energy efficiency and aesthetics. If you’re looking for a change altogether, we have the pros and cons of each option.

Brick Siding: Brick exterior siding is the most traditional option. It’s a timeless look making it the go-to choice when buying or updating a home.


Brick is a durable low-maintenance material that comes in a variety of color choices, and because of its natural color, it also doesn’t require repainting or refinishing. Standing up to extreme temperatures and weather, the durability of brick is a huge pro when choosing exterior siding for your home.


It’s a more expensive option compared to other siding choices. Additionally, installation is incredibly pricey as well, due to the weight of the bricks.

Engineered Wood: Unlike fiber-cement or wood-imitating vinyl, engineered wood is comprised of mostly wood, with a few added materials to create a more natural-looking final product.


Engineered wood comes in a variety of styles and textures and is a cheaper, more durable material than fiber-cement or vinyl. Engineered wood is fireproof, water resistant and safe from insect damage. It also comes with a long warranty.


If you’re looking for an alternative to wood, engineered wood, while convincing in look and feel, cannot be repainted or re-stained, meaning whatever finish you installed originally is what you’ll have for life.

Fiber-Cement Siding: Fiber-cement siding is a great option for homeowners who want the look of wood siding.


Fiber-cement, while having the look of wood siding, is cheaper and more durable, and it requires less maintenance than wood. In addition to being less expensive, fiber-cement is fireproof, water resistant and safe from insect damage. It comes in various colors and designs and can be made to look like brick, stone or, more commonly, wood.


Fiber-cement is a heavy material. While not as heavy as brick or stone, its weight does tend to increase installation costs.  

Glass: Glass is a sophisticated, modern option for exterior siding. Since glass block walls are non-load-bearing, they’re technically not considered exterior siding. Although they do give the appearance of siding, as you can have them installed from the roof to the floor of your home.


Glass is great for letting in natural light, and if installed correctly, it should still keep out most sunrays. While looking sheen and chic, they’re still durable and protect from outside elements. They’re also energy efficient, as glass is a material that keeps in heat during the winter and air conditioning during the summer.


However, they’re also a pricey option for siding. While there’s no average price, you need to consider a few more factors, including privacy, and the level of upkeep it costs to constantly clean the windows.

Metal Siding: Originally used in factories and industrial buildings, metal exterior siding is becoming a more popular option for homes because of its strength and durability.


Along with being weather-resistant, it’s also resistant to fire, rot and insect damage, like termites. Additionally, while metals like copper often change their appearance after being exposed to the elements, most other metals maintain their finish over the years. Metal is also energy efficient when it comes to keeping a house cool, as it reflects sunlight, it does not retain any warmth and tends to increase heating bills.


On the downside, it’s an expensive option for exterior siding. If you’re going for the look and feel of metal siding, most homeowners opt for aluminum, which is less expensive in material and labor cost.

Stone Siding: Both natural and fabricated stone exterior siding creates an upscale, decorative appearance to a home. Unlike brick, it’s a more natural option for a house and can create a unique exterior pattern.


Stone is a durable material that’s resistant to rain and other elements, and it requires little maintenance and is long lasting. Natural stone, like limestone, granite and slate provide unique colors and textures that can aesthetically add to the look and feel of your home.


Because a professional will need to install the stones properly, both the material and the cost of labor will be higher compared to brick.

Stucco Siding:  Stucco is made from cement, sand, lime, water and oftentimes epoxy.


Stucco is a solid, durable and typically low maintenance material. Because of the materials used to make stucco, it rarely requires painting or chipping maintenance, making it an ideal option for weather-ware.


While it is a cheaper material, installation typically requires a professional, making labor more costly than other exterior sidings. It’s also is a time-consuming material to install, as it requires a few coats before it’s completely dry.

Vinyl Siding: Vinyl is a tough plastic material. Its durability and low-maintenance profile made it a fast fan-favorite for homeowners who wanted to save money on exterior siding.


It varies in both color and texture, allowing a wide range of exterior aesthetic options for homeowners. It also varies in thickness typically the thicker the material, the higher the cost, while still being lightweight and easy to install.


Unfortunately, because the material is so inexpensive, the quality is a bit lower than other exterior siding options. It can be damaged in extreme weather conditions, like wind and high temperatures that can compromise the siding by forming cracks.

Wood Siding: Like vinyl siding, wood siding is versatile and durable. The surface of the wood can be painted or stained in any desired color, requiring maintenance every two – five years depending on the type of finish.


Also like vinyl, wood siding is easy to install, keeping costs down. Not to mention, wood is a timeless and classy material that’s still sought after by some homeowners.


The price will depend on the type of wood you want (cedar, spruce, fir and redwood) and the type of wood siding you want (clapboard, shingles, board and batten, logs).

Created 01/14/2019

A kitchen island is a great addition to many modern kitchens. In addition to providing much needed counter space, it can also serve as a cooktop and a tidy storage space.  For homes with an open floor plan, it can also act as a room divider, increasing visual appeal while adding functionality.

Planning Your Island

Because a kitchen island is accessible from all sides, it is a versatile piece of furniture that can be used in a variety of ways. When planning its design, therefore, you must first consider how you intend to use it.


Typically, homeowners use their kitchen islands in one of four ways. They are:

Food prep area

Additional cooking area

Cleanup area

Informal dining area

Each of these functions comes with its own design considerations. For instance, if it is to function as a food prep area, you might find it useful to include a small sink and a butcher-block countertop. Additionally, you will likely want to position it close to the refrigerator, cooktop, and garbage disposal for the sake of convenience. Some homeowners also choose to add electrical outlets for small kitchen appliances to their islands.

Size Considerations

Because an island is accessible from all sides, it can take up quite a bit of space in your kitchen. At a minimum, it should be about 4 feet long, at least 2 feet wide, and high enough to allow for comfort when you are working at the countertop or sitting under the counter overhang. If your kitchen will not accommodate these dimensions, it is better to forego it in favor of other options.

Proper Placement of Your Island

The placement is dependent upon how you intend to use it. In general, when planning your design, you will want to ensure that it is placed in such a way that any cabinet doors and storage bins can be easily opened or pulled out. Additionally, if you intend to have a dishwasher in your island, be sure that the door of the dishwasher will be unobstructed when completely opened.

Storage Options and Considerations

 Ideally, your kitchen island will provide plenty of additional storage. Depending on how you plan to use it, you may find that your storage options vary. For instance, if it will house a sink, oven, or dishwasher, your storage area will be considerably reduced. On the other hand, if it will be used for dining or clean-up, you can likely use all the cabinet space.

Lighting and Seating Considerations

Your kitchen island will be less useful than it could be if you do not illuminate it correctly. For almost everything that you would do in this area, adequate lighting is necessary. If your ceilings are of average height, recessed lighting is a good option. It provides enough light without being obtrusive.

If your kitchen has high ceilings, however, recessed lighting will likely not provide enough light. In this case, you might want to consider pendant lighting. Pendant lights should be placed directly over it for the best effect. Here is a word of caution, however. If you choose pendant lighting, you must be careful to place the fixtures to hang at the correct height so that they do not interfere with your view or obstruct the work you do at your island in any way.

The type of seating you use depends upon the counter height. Some homeowners find it useful to have a dual-height island so that one side can be used for seating and the other side can be used for working comfortably at standing level.

Cooking and Ventilation

If your kitchen island includes a cooktop, you must take into account providing proper ventilation. This can be an expensive and troublesome aspect for a number of reasons.  A downdraft fan behind the cooktop is often the top choice for homeowners because it eliminates the visual problem of having an overhead vent hood. The downside to this is that downdraft fans may not handle the worst cooking smells completely. To compensate for that shortcoming, you may need to install a second exhaust fan in the ceiling.

The other option is to use an overhead hood that extends up through the ceiling. This option has a tremendous visual impact on your kitchen, which may or may not be something you desire. Some homeowners choose to have custom-designed overhead hoods which make a bold visual statement. Because the hood must be completely finished on all sides, costs can mount for this option, making it less attractive to some homeowners. Additionally, because an overhead hood is so prominent in your overall design, it can negatively affect the final look of your kitchen if not done exceptionally well.


Created 01/03/2019

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax or entertain a few friends, a private garden nook can provide the perfect escape in your own backyard. In small gardens, nooks serve as focal points and inviting destinations and, in large gardens, they function as a second seating area, perfect for enjoying a quiet moment to yourself.

Here’s how to choose a spot for a nook and some design tips.

1. Choose the right spot for a nook.

To create an intimate nook-like seating area, look for sites in the garden that feel secluded and somewhat enclosed. Alcoves created by hedges, walls and fences, or an area under a large shade tree, are good bets for placing a small seating area. In small gardens and narrow rectangular lots, position chairs so they are nestled in a corner or backed by a wall, hedge or large potted plants and oriented to look outward. This arrangement will provide a nook-like feeling of privacy and security.

2. Keep furniture flexible.

Areas of a garden that feel like inviting nooks can change both with the seasons and the time of day. To avoid limiting your options, use easy-to-move furniture, like lightweight chairs, to be able to easily change the position and arrangement of your seating nook.

3. Lay a dreamy walkway.

Make the route to the seating nook feel like a magical journey by laying stepping stones surrounded by soft ground covers and planting lush foliage plants and fragrant blooms close by, so you might catch a hint on your walk. Depending on what time of day you plan on using the space, subtle outdoor lighting can add the final romantic touch to evening destinations.

4. Screen for privacy.

Nothing ruins the feeling of a secret hideaway like being able to see straight into a neighbor’s house from your seating nook. Increase privacy by using fencing, walls or strategic planting to cover at least two sides of a nook.
Bamboo is a great choice for small gardens in need of quick cover. The plant grows faster than almost any other, and its skinny, upright form doesn’t take up too much floor space in a small area.

5. Add a ceiling.

Depending on climate, protection from rain and wind in the winter or sun in the summer can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your outdoor seating nook. Choose among shade sails, pergolas or a waterproof awning, depending on what you need. Even if it’s not necessary from a climate perspective, seating areas can benefit from a ceiling to give them the appealing feeling of being tucked in under a structure, looking out at the garden.

6. Surround with greenery.

Surrounding a garden nook with foliage plants not only helps with privacy and makes the space feel more like a secret garden, it also ups your chances of being right up close to wild birds visiting your garden.

Created 12/28/2018

Probably the two most common and popular choices in floor surface covering, hardwood and carpet, each has a variety of characteristics that make them favorable in specific environments to match specific needs. Understanding the nature of the materials will allow you to make an informed choice about how best to use and apply them in your home.

Hardwood Flooring Benefits.

Easy to keep clean: Hardwood has a smooth, solid surface that can be easily wiped clean. It does not allow dust or dirt to hide making it much, much easier to maintain than carpet.

Low-allergy surface: With hardwood, all you have to do is wipe or sweep the surface clean, and you are instantly free of those potentially harmful particles.

Long-lasting: Properly maintained, hardwood flooring can last for decades, and some of the higher end materials can last for generations. This means that hardwood may even be the more economical flooring.

Can be refinished: When a hardwood floor is damaged, in most instances it can be refinished to look like new. Depending on the thickness of the material, you may be able to do this several times over the life of the floor.

Timeless appeal: Hardwood flooring has been used in homes for hundreds of years, and despite constant shifts in style and trend, it has never stopped being popular. It always matches whatever colors and accessories happen to be in vogue, and can easily handle numerous different decorative choices.

Natural and ecologically friendly: Hardwood is a natural material made from trees that can be replanted and renewed. However, when buying hardwood materials, you do want to do a little research and make sure that they are being harvested by an ecologically sound company in an environmentally friendly way.

Carpeting Benefits

Softness: The biggest appeal to carpeting is that it is soft and feels great. This is particularly soothing in bedrooms, children's rooms, and some family and living room areas, where you want to promote an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation.

Warmth: It acts not only like a blanket for your feet, but it also helps to insulate the room, ensuring that warmth remains indoors and doesn't slip through more porous flooring materials.

Physical comfort: The fact that it is soft and warm makes carpet just about the most comfortable flooring material you can stand on. This can be especially important when standing for long periods of time, where harder wood floors can cause pain in feet, ankles, and knees.

Economical: Most carpet is considerably less expensive than most hardwood materials. And although carpeting does need to be replaced every few years.  

Safety: The fact that it is so soft makes carpet a particularly safe flooring choice. With hardwood, a trip or fall can result in injuries and broken objects. With carpet, though, you have a cushion running across the entire room, making damage from an accident much less likely. This can be a strong consideration in homes with small children or elderly residents.

Sound-deadening: With carpeting the surface of the entire floor is padded and insulated so that noise won’t easily pass up or down.

Friendly to children: Carpeting is great if you have kids because the surface provides a comfortable, safe cushioned surface on which to play. Falls on carpeting are much less traumatic than on hardwood.

Created 12/26/2018

These clever tricks banish dim interiors and dark corners, and usher natural light into the house
To illuminate a poorly lit home use a combination of these bright ideas to enjoy an improved result that’s like the difference between night and day.

Glass-paneled doors.

One of the most effective ways to let natural light flood into your home is to use glass-paneled doors. Whether you like the bold lines of steel-framed doors or prefer the traditional French doors, there is a design to suit every palette and position, both inside and out.

Adopt glass backsplashes.

Try using a window for your backsplash. Natural light will illuminate your countertops and provide important task lighting for cooking. Window backsplashes are possible when your kitchen butts up against an exterior wall. If yours runs along an interior wall, try using a mirrored backsplash instead.

Install clerestory windows.

We can’t always puncture a wall with a window at eye level, but clerestory windows can be equally effective in brightening up interiors. Clerestory windows sit high in your wall, and because they are positioned above your sightline, they rarely compromise your privacy. They are also especially effective in letting light into dim, excavated rooms.

Select white paint.

Paint your walls white and banish dark furnishings. While this is the first trick in the book, the glossier the paint is, the better it will diffuse light throughout your home. So opt for a satin finish on walls and use gloss or semigloss paint for the trim.

Create an atrium.

The sheer elegance of atriums is enough of a reason to try to incorporate one into any design. One of the best features about a large round skylight is the exquisite light play and shadows that transverse your interior over the course of a day.

Consider exterior glass walls.

For sites where privacy is not an issue, using floor-to-ceiling windows instead of walls will flood your interiors with light. Opt for double panes at least for insulation. If you are concerned that this may sacrifice your privacy, there are many inventive screening options that may still make it possible to enjoy exterior glass walls and some seclusion too.

Created 12/21/2018

Nothing beats outdoor string lights for their ability to quickly improve the ambiance in an outdoor space. In the evening, their soft glow overhead can visually transform an ordinary patio into a party-ready spot for hosting friends or cheer up a dim walkway with an inviting luminescence.

Outdoor string lights are a cinch to put up if you have the perfectly positioned trees or fence. If you don’t have trees, a fence or another tall outdoor object, it doesn’t take much — just a little more time and a few additional supplies to set up any outdoor space. Here’s how to hang string lights over your deck, patio, balcony, garden or anywhere else you’d like a little extra glow.

Tools and Materials

Commercial-grade string lights
Outdoor extension cord (if you don’t have an exterior outlet where you need one)
Tape measure
Pencil or painters tape
Metal hooks and eyes

Before You Start

1. Choose where to hang your outdoor lights. Pick a spot outside where you’d like to hang your string lights and identify a power source. If you don’t have an exterior outlet where you need one, be sure to have an outdoor extension cord handy.

2. Measure for length and roughly choose your light configuration. Before purchasing string lights, run a tape measure along the distance you’d like to hang lights, including any zigzags or crisscrosses for the configuration. This can be a fairly rough estimate, such as three times across a 25-foot-wide patio; just get a sense of the length of lights you need.

3. Purchase the cords and lights, and gather all materials. Skip the cheap string lights and invest in commercial-grade patio lights marked for outdoor use, which are more durable and waterproof, and can be used permanently outdoors or year after year.

How to Hang String Lights

1. Identify where mounting support is needed. Lay out your string light cords along the ground in the configuration you’ve chosen. Mark an X with a pencil or place a piece of painters tape where you need support to hold them up.
Trees, fences, porches, pergola roofs or the eaves of your house are perfect existing supports if they’re in the right place. If they are, mark where you’ll need to install mounting hooks.

2. Install mounting hardware or use a string light suspension kit — or both. There are two ways to mount string lights: on their own or attached to a sturdy wire as part of a light suspension kit. Mounting to a wire isn’t necessary, but it can help maintain tension if you’re hanging string lights over a larger expanse, and it can provide more support if your backyard is breezy.

3. Hang patio lights. Once you’ve installed your cup hooks or strung up your wire, you’re ready to put up the lights. Plug the lights directly into an exterior outlet or into an outdoor extension cord and position the first bulb next to the mounting hardware. Once you’ve checked this spacing, unplug the lights to hang the rest of the string. Work your way across the yard to hang the string lights between mounts, following the pattern you envisioned.

Most commercial-grade patio lights come with clips attached to the top of the bulb socket or the wire above the bulb. If you used a mounting wire, clip the lights onto the wire.

Once all lights are up, once again plug the string lights into the exterior outlet or extension cord plugged into an outlet. You can use electrical staples to keep the extension cord tight against the wall of a house or down a post.

Created 12/10/2018

When you work at home, you discover that a makeshift desk area on a kitchen counter or the dining table isn’t the best setup. Having a dedicated home office, makes a big difference in comfort and productivity. Once you’ve chosen a room or area for your home office, here are five must-haves to include in it.

1. Comfortable Chair
Make sure you have the right chair for the job. This is especially important if you work at a computer. Look for an overall fit that supports your back and encourages good seated posture. Features to look for include adjustable seat, arms and back, as well as legs on rollers and a seat that swivels so you can easily get in and out of the chair and reach for things without straining.

2. Work Surface That Fits Your Needs
The size of your desk or work surface will hinge on the size of your office and budget. Consider different desk types and even creative repurposing of other furniture pieces. Think about how you’ll be working and the items you’ll want to have close at hand.

3. A Place for Everything
Keeping paper organized is easier with the right mix of drawers, cabinets and shelves. If you don’t have a lot of papers to file or objects to display, a simple cabinet might offer enough storage.

4. Good Task Lighting
A standard ceiling light providing overall illumination is just a starting point for a home office. You also want to include task lighting for reading and other close work. A row of upper cabinets in the home office provides an opportunity for bright undercabinet lighting over the entire desk surface.

5. Electrical Outlets for Equipment
If you live in an older home, electrical outlets may be limited. Be sure you have enough — and in the right places — for your electrical equipment.
Keeping cords and wiring out of sight is easiest with a built-in desk and storage areas that are flush against the wall. But if you’re planning a floating or freestanding desk, you can use floor outlets and cord covers to keep wiring neat and safe.

Created 12/07/2018

Gleaming hardwood floors can make a room, and amazingly, they are also fuss-free, holding up to household traffic while still being easy to clean. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no maintenance needed whatsoever; as time goes on, the material will start to show its age if it’s not properly cared for.

1. Start by sweeping your hardwood floors.

The best way to keep your floors clean is by sweeping frequently. Regular brooms tend to move dust and small dirt particles around, so use a microfiber mop for a more effective sweep. Wood floors should get a once-over with a dust mop every day or every other day.

2. Use the right vacuum for wood floors.

Vacuuming regularly—about once a week—will pick up dirt and debris that could cause scratches and get particles in hard-to-sweep spots, such as corners. When vacuuming, always use a soft-bristled attachment. Attachments with beater bars can lead to damage, and watch to make sure the wheels of the vacuum don’t cause scratches.

3. Use a hardwood floor cleaner when mopping.

Sweeping and mopping hardwood floors is a no-brainer, but don’t make the common mistake of using whatever floor cleaner you have on hand, which could have chemicals that damage wood. Instead, use a product that’s specially formulated for the surface with a damp—but not soaking—mop. Wipe up any excess water quickly with a clean, dry towel. Floors should be mopped once a week.

4. Prevent dings and scratches with floor pads.

Keep felt pads under furniture legs and be sure to lift furniture off the floor when moving it instead of scuffing it across the floor. Also remove shoes (especially high heels!) at the door and keep pets’ nails trimmed. Placing a doormat by each entrance can help keep debris from getting inside the house.

5. Respond quickly to spills.

Soak up spills as soon as they happen to avoid the liquid sitting on and potentially damaging the floors. Follow up by applying a hardwood cleaner with a soft cloth.

Created 12/04/2018
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