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The Fireplace

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The fireplace can be a center attraction in any room.  There are many fantastic styles of fireplaces that will help heat your room while being stylish.   There are electric and gas fireplaces and wood burning fireplaces, each with their own value.  However, what your fireplace says about your style is specific to only you.  You may like a rustic fireplace with stone or a unique natural wood fireplace.  If you prefer a more traditional look, your mantel might be carved wood or marble. If you prefer the clean modern lines for a more contemporary look, your fireplace may be leveraging flat surfaces like tile.   Some new contemporary designs for fireplaces are also on the market today that focus on gas flames in a style reflective of clean lines and ones that could act as an artwork on a wall.  Woodheat based in Quakertown, PA offers some of these comtempary style fireplaces. http://www.woodheat.com/

Why Work With an Interior Designer?

Have an idea of what you want your interiors to look like but are overwhelmed by where to start?  There are thousands of choices and decisions to be made: carpet or hardwood, paint or wallpaper, bronze or silver.  What furniture or appliance will fit in my space, give me the look I want, and perform like I need?  Working with an interior designer will help you tackle these questions faster and with greater confidence.  Experienced designers bring years of design education, training and exposure to help you make informed decisions, avoid costly mistakes and make your interior all that you want it to be. Read more

Don’t Make These Remodeling Mistakes

Spring time is fast-approaching, and with it comes DIY projects. Just because it is cold and dreary out now doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be thinking about these upcoming projects. Take advantage of the fact that you will be indoors and do some brainstorming and prioritizing of the DIY projects you want to accomplish in 2012.

Zippy Shell recently published a blog highlighting The 4 Biggest Remodeling Mistakes that we thought was pretty insightful. Here’s what they found: Read more

Interior Paint Colors and What They Mean

Whether you are building and designing your own home or whether you are renovating your existing home, choosing the interior paint colors of each room can result in an emotional roller coaster. Sure, it can be a blast picking out your favorite colors and brainstorming what colors to paint each room, but it can get down right stressful too! It’s not exactly  an easy fix if you get done painting a room and decide it’s not quite right.

With that being said, you should know what each color means and what it might portray to your visitors. We found this great list from Warm Interiors to help give you an idea:

Light blue
Lighter shades of blue are associated with cleanness and the natural flow of water. That is why there are many different places that you can put them on. One of the ideal places that you can use this paint color on is the bathroom. Read more

Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

Sprucing up the exterior of your home adds incredible value not only to those driving and walking by, but also to your own standard of living. Stress goes down when you know your home is in the best shape, and looks the best that it can. You have the freedom to relax on your weekends instead of fretting about how to make your home more livable. Better Homes and Gardens, a great resource for all things home related, has a great list of easy-to-do projects. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Create symmetry — Arrange your outdoor lighting fixtures and potted plants symmetrically. This instantly and easily adds some beauty to your home. Read more

Tips for Organizing and Designing Your Home Office

If you are one of the lucky people who are fortunate enough to be able to work from home, setting up and continuing to add to your home office can be a fun and fulfilling project. Don’t be mistaken though, it IS  a project and there is often a lot more that goes into it than people initially think.

Here are a few tips to help you make your home office the best that it can be:

  • Carefully and strategically determine how much space you have and how much office furniture you need. Will you be having clients over? If so, you need to think about how many chairs and how much space to allocate for guests. Read more

The Most Extreme and Elaborate Playhouses for Kids

Building a treehouse or play-place for your kids can be a very fun and extremely rewarding experience. You get to go through the process of designing, building, and the best part… watching them enjoy it after it’s complete. The other fun part about the project is the fact that the possibilities are endless for how you want to design it. You could make it look like a castle, a fort, a real house, etc.

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You could design and create something worthy of a Hollywood movie! Here are some of the most elaborate and extreme playhouses/treehouses to give you some ideas:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Your Everyday Houses

It’s always refreshing to see a house that looks like nothing you have ever seen before. It might not necessarily be a house that you would want to live in, but something about the way it was creatively designed fascinates us, and makes us wonder about the occupants of the home.

To give you a better idea of what we mean, here are a few not-so-ordinary homes:

Don’t Let Your Basement Go to Waste! | Basement Design Ideas

We’ve all seen them (and some of us still live with them). The unfinished basement with the concrete floor, a musty smell, and dark corners that you definitely don’t want to know what’s lurking in them. The only time you go down there is to fix the furnace or flip the switch on the breaker when the power goes out.

Don’t let your basement be the scary place of the home anymore! Basements hold so much potential. They can be turned into a man cave, the g0-to play area for the kids, a bar/lounge area, and more.

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

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Should you Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Professional?

There are some obvious benefits to taking on a home project yourself rather than hiring it done by a professional, the main one being that it is often times a lot less expensive. However, before you tackle a project yourself you should be aware of the potential “hidden costs” of a DIY project. Here is a small list of things to consider when deciding whether to do a project yourself or hire a professional.

  • The Size of the Project – There is a big difference between replacing a toilet and redoing a bathroom. Write down all of the aspects of the project, what tools you will need, the time it is estimated to take, etc. This will help you determine whether it is realistic to do it yourself or not. Read more
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