When we think of wall treatments, we often focus on wallpaper, paint or architectural moldings rather than on shelves or bookcases, even if they’re built-in.
Shelves are viewed as having more in common with extraneous wall hangings, such as art and mirrors, than with feature walls.
And yet, there’s that rare shelving unit that houses our books and knickknacks in such a unique way that it manages to completely transform the room it’s in….Via houzz.com
Get on your way to growing your own vegetables with a raised bed or a few containers on the patio
You’ve dreamed of turning your lawn into a lush food-producing oasis. Perhaps you’ve had visions of stepping onto your patio before dinner to snip fresh chives and basil onto your plate. The good news is that almost anyone can grow food, whether you have a tiny apartment balcony or a big yard. And there’s still time to start many summer crops — and to plan for a cool-season garden for fresh harvests this fall….Via houzz.com
Matching your renovation dreams and dollars can sometimes feel like a challenge. But there’s a lot you can do to get the look you want at the right price. In the first story in this series, we laid out the steps in choosing the pros you will work with and setting an initial budget.
Here we’ll focus on how to work with your professionals to sharpen your renovation vision, understand its realistic cost, and refine the plan to match your budget when necessary. You’d follow the same basic process if you’re acting as your own general contractor….Via houzz.com
Picking the perfect color scheme for a home can be a tough choice—and rightly so. Studies have shown that color can have a big impact on our moods, behaviors, and even perceptions of a space. Nowhere is that decision more crucial than in the most-used room in the house: the kitchen. To help you tackle the color challenge, we’ll break down the basics of color psychology, recommend color choices, and sneak a peek at DuPont’s new colors for their Corian® solid surfaces and Zodiaq® quartz countertops designed to help tie a whole room together in one cohesive atmosphere.
People generally choose neutral colors for counter-tops, and to help you examine how your color choices will impact a room, DuPont has recently published a Color Trend Report, looking at the most common colors typically picked in interior design: whites, greys, blues and earth tones like green and brown….inhabitat.com
Imagine having your stand mixer come to you, instead of it taking up all that counter space.
There are some things you want to keep hidden from guests, like your extensive dish collection or over-the-top morning coffee routine. Luckily, these sneaky cabinets will keep them behind closed doors.
How much better would mornings be if you had a dedicated cabinet for your favorite source of caffeine? The pot rolls out, allowing for easy pouring, while the mugs, beans and sweeteners are within reach, too….countryliving.com
After intense research, the Australian government thinks it found the world’s ugliest color. So what horrific shade could possibly be so bad it might turn people off from the dirtiest of lifelong habits? It turns out to be Pantone 448 C, a delightful shade of greenish-brownish bile, tastefully named Opaque Couche.
So what horrific shade could possibly be so bad it might turn people off from the dirtiest of lifelong habits?
Drumroll, please! It turns out to be Pantone 448 C, a delightful shade of greenish-brownish bile, tastefully named Opaque Couche.
But we like brown, usually (hello, chocolate), and we like green, too. So what is it about this particular color that makes us gag? Apparently, it might be how we process it….Read more…
You are right, Sylvia, and I embrace that myself every day. Here is my own current and before, all DIY. But creativity is not what is being celebrated here when the categories are determined not by creativity, but by how much one spends.
Yes being rich isn’t a prerequisite but having the ability to have a vision and plan is the key while being able to do the majority of work yourself also helps.
This was our 1000+ SF covered outdoor living space with kitchen, living and dining area, and fireplace. The outdoor living area was integrated into the back of the house with the foundation and roof when it was constructed. It was also designed with numerous and some large windows including an interior hallway on the exterior wall for full viewing of the outdoor living area and yard from just every vantage point from within the house.
The outdoor living area faces north so the majority of the area is never in the direct hot Central Texas. To provide cooling there are three outdoor fans in each area (living, dining, kitchen). Read more…
Now’s the time to wrap up these home improvement projects before the weather turns.
You’ve still got a few weeks left to tackle those last-minute DIY projects you’ve been meaning to get to all summer.
Make sure your roof gutters are unobstructed, as they may have collected leaves, branches, and other debris over the course of the summer. Clogged gutters can cause water runoff and damage your home.
It’s important to keep your firewood dry and off the ground, and a DIY firewood shed is the best way to achieve this. Here are the plans and instructions from senior home editor Roy Berendsohn for building this simple enclosure.
How to Build a Firewood Shed…… read more at popularmechanics.com