November marks Native American Heritage Month. In celebrating the people and tribes that helped build this country, we are highlighting design elements that incorporate the Native American heritage and culture.
Native Americans leveraged natural elements to craft a culture and a lifestyle. Using hides from buffalo to create homes and clothing and clay to create serving pieces and art. Using feathers to create ceremonious head dresses. Using wood to create tools, utensils and sculptures. Later embracing the gems and stones found in our lands for jewelry.
Using natural elements like stone, exposed wood beams and leather can help incorporate a feel to your home that might pay tribute to the Native American culture. Adding paintings or weaved art by tribal members to highlight a piece for a personal touch of tribute is another way to incorporate a Native American design style. Leveraging colors that are natural can highlight the plains of Oklahoma or the red colored terrain of New Mexico. Using tribal designs to furniture patterns or paintings on your walls can create a unique look to a room while still showcasing your appreciation for the culture.
Native Americans ate from the land and used the hides, furs, feathers and more to respect the animals that fed them by building useful tools, clothing and home furnishings. Using similar items to create a home design respectful of the culture can add value by incorporating nature to your home.
With all the new technology, from streaming movies to large curved flat screen televisions, a growing trend in home improvements is to build out a separate theater or media room in the home. This room can give you great movie watching similar to the movie theater experience to hosting sports watching parties at your home routing for your favorite team.
To get this home remodel project started, you will need to locate the appropriate space in your home for a room like this one. Adding a theater room will depend on the overall size and existing layout of your home. If you have a basement, many people will complete it or finish it and part of this space may turn into a theater room. Once you have identified the space, identify room layout. The size of your television or screen, your seating arrangement and any other amenities you want to add to the room will help identify how you want this room designed and built. If you are working with a fixed space, then you can determine Read More
Your closets probably grow with more and more clothing and personal items in them as the year goes on. Yet, the physical space of the closet doesn’t change. Additionally, your likes and dislikes over which clothes you like and dislike changes over time. This is a great time of year to take the opportunity to reorganize bedroom closets. And if appropriate, Read More
It is that time of year, when outdoor activities start becoming limited based on colder weather. Patio furniture is typically not used in the late fall and winter depending on the climate where you live. It is a good idea to clean patio furniture and move it into a dry storage area like your garage or a shed for the winter. By covering and storing your furniture, you can dramatically Read More
As winter approaches, it is time to inspect grading around the perimeter of your home. Many ask why is this maintenance task important. Well, natural landscaping erosion and other projects including neighbors projects may have shifted the slope around the perimeter of the home. Having your grading slope away from your home is best Read More