How to Estimate Price for Vinyl Windows

Vinyl-clad windows are usually among the cheapest replacement windows. But even though the normal cost of vinyl windows is less than that of wood-frame windows, higher-end vinyl windows could be pricey. As you are estimating the possible cost of vinyl windows, then it is best to begin with an average cost and identify the aspects […]

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5 Qualities of a Joyful Designer-Client Relationship

There is a rumor going around about designers and decorators — that we’re all bossy people who roll in to your own lives, whip together a design program, slap on a hefty fee and then steamroll through your house executing our vision, client be damned. Truth be told, the majority of us have strong opinions […]

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A Revolutionary Renovation at Connecticut

Annually before the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, a Guy named Joseph Wheadon built a Small, one-room house in New Milford, Connecticut. Wheadon cut the lumber by hand and also scavenged base stones from the surrounding property. Following his premature death, a Greek Revival wing was constructed, followed by other less-distinctive additions. Over […]

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Container Garden Basics: How and When to Water Potted Plants

“How often do I need to water?” Is usually the first question I get from clients after completing their container gardens. It’s an important matter, and the simple, honest answer is that you ought to water as often as the plant requires. But determining when, how much and how often can be more complicated. A […]

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A Warm Washington Barn Rolls Out the Welcome Mat

This 1970s barn on a Whidbey Island farm in Washington state had become dilapidated and had dropped out of usage, but its owner loved its charm. Rather than knock down it, she brought it back to life, equaling lots of its original materials to create a cozy guesthouse for her kids and grandkids, also used […]

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Love Your Living Room: How to Benefit from a Huge Space

If you’re lucky enough to have a living space on the larger side, don’t let it overwhelm you — operate with it! Clever lighting, additional architectural features along with a thoughtful furniture program can make your living room a location that feels cozy instead of cavernous. Follow these methods to make a living room in […]

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Move Cuckoo for Surfaces and Coconut Furniture

When I first came across coconut as a furniture material several decades back, the idea absolutey intrigued me. Coconut shell and palm timber are usually industry by-products, typically either burned or thrown into landfills. However, a number of producers have taken up the challenge to change those waste materials. Nusa, Kirei, Omarno and Plyboo are […]

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Layout Safer Halls and Stairs With Universal Lighting Strategies

On any remodel or new build, special consideration ought to be given to light stairs and halls. Navigating stairs can be challenging for individuals of all ages, for various reasons. Poor or diminishing eyesight afflicts some of us in life, for instance. Note: While not all of these photos include the universal design approach to […]

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Herringbone-Patterned Firebrick Requires Style to Hearth

As my husband and I gear up for our living room renovation, I have had fireplaces within my mind. More specifically I have been dreaming of herringbone-patterned firebrick. Firebrick outlines a firebox and retains the fire’s heat from penetrating the substances in and around the fireplace. In addition, it can withstand temperatures up to 2,200 […]

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Splashy, Colorful Fun for a Family of 5

Interior designer Mindi Freng fell in love for this property at a time when her and her husband weren’t actually looking for a house. But although the home’s size and its midcentury bones were big draws, “we knew that for us to be happy in the house, we needed to work hard at making it […]

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