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Decorating Ideas

14th of May, 2013
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Now that there are finally some new homes being built after The Great Recession, and I have started looking at them whenever I can find some models. I have noticed in these new homes that things have changed quite a bit and not just in the decorating but in the floor plans as well. Anyone over the age of 35 probably remembers that every home over 1700 square feet has a family room, living room, formal dining room and of course a kitchen. Well most of the new homes have eliminated the living room and some have also eliminated the formal dining room. Now the living space usually consists of a very open kitchen and family room combination. This is called a great room and near the kitchen there is a spot for a table and chairs and in the kitchen a large bar with 3 or 4 stools. I really love this concept. It allows the people working in the kitchen to be completely involved with the guests that are hanging out in the great room. I hope we never go back to the days of the formal living room. I also the great room concept with a formal dining room if there is enough space in the home for both.

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14th of May, 2013

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When I’m looking at homes I love a kitchen with a lot of work space  Yesterday I saw a small beach home with a kitchen that had had a makeover and just loved it. The most exciting part of the kitchen was the amount of work space that had been put into the kitchen during the makeover. Also I love a kitchen with low maintenance so that everything either stays clean or is really easy to clean. (A friend recently let me in on the secret of steam cleaning the kitchen floors instead of mopping and it works great.) Anyway I love the new materials used for kitchen counter tops like granite or quartz; quartz is my favorite and personally I think it may replace granite in popularity. It seems to me that dark (color by the name of espresso) kitchen cabinets are becoming really popular and installed with light counter tops  Somehow I got off topic and what I was talking about was how important it is to have a lot of work space or counter top space in the kitchen. You need this for fixing a big meal or just for serving. You know how everyone loves to hang out in the kitchen so you need to spread out the food when friends come over. During a remodel if you have a small house I would eliminate the living room and incorporate that space into the kitchen. Will continue with this soon.

 

14th of May, 2013

Fire Pit

I love a backyard that everyone and anyone can relax in. I get great ideas from pictures like this. Just build in some bench seating that can hold four or five people and then bring in as many chairs as you want for everyone else. I would probably sit on the stone right beside the fire because I am always so cold. Others could sit on the stone or the steps. And don’t forget one or two relaxing in the hammock. I’m from the south and I would really enjoy this setting as the evening cools off after a hot summer day (without a fire of course.) But the spring and fall would be my favorite times of the year and then I would have a fire. Where I live now, on the coast of California, we use fire pits all year because it is always cool in the evening. A backyard like this with beautiful stone work would work in a yard with a very colonial style home, a cape cod home or a very modern home. I have also seen this in many desert style homes such as those often seen in Arizona.  In short the style could go most everywhere and be used during more than one season in most parts of the county. I love a lot of the backyard ideas that can be found at:

 

www.bhg.com/photos

 

14th of May, 2013

Country Kitchen

This is great look for anyone looking for an elegant kitchen. The brown cabinets go beautifully with the gold and brown highlights in the granite. The cream color in the granite is well matched to the paint color on the walls and ceiling. The light from the skylight draw your eye to the wonderful beams in the ceiling. This look would go great in many homes but I think is especially suited to a large county home on an estate or to a desert home such as those often seen in Arizona. The diamond shaped tile on the exhaust fan cover goes well with the diamond shaped backsplash. There is a small sink on the island that can be used while talking to your guests. People often wonder whether a pantry door should match the cabinets or the other doors in the house. I think the design in this kitchen answers the question that it should match the cabinets. It’s always good to bring in a little nature such as the plants above the cabinets (quality silk plants would be better here). I saw more great ideas at this site:

http://www.dmhdesign.com/paradise-valley-arizona-interior-design-project.php

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14th of May, 2013

Accent walls are a great way to make a statement in your home. It is usually best to paint all of the open areas of the home with a neutral color and then decide which walls should be painted with an accent color and how much of a statement you want to make with each color. If the home is large with many sections you could do several accent walls. However if it is a smaller home and all of the community living space can be seen from a central area (such as a great room) it is better to have only one accent wall. In a larger home I would have one accent wall in the formal living room or dining room area and another in the family room area. A great color for the formal dining room is red. This is a very warm stately color and goes very well with tan.  For example you could have a formal dining room with one red wall or a red ceiling and the other walls could be a light neutral tan. In a family room or a less formal area a color that is surprisingly beautiful is a dark brown. You have to play with this to find the right brown but many people say that must be “just plain ugly” then when they see it they love the look. I suggest getting several test colors and painting 3 ft. by 3 ft. sections of the wall until you find the color you like. If you want more ideas, this is a good place to look:

http://www.atticmag.com/2009/09/plummy-dark-rooms/

Good luck and just remember that an accent wall is a great inexpensive decorating idea to bring life to an otherwise neutral décor. And if you want to change that is easy and inexpensive too; it’s just a few walls to paint.

14th of May, 2013

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What a great idea this is for a shed. This is almost like a second patio; you can have some guests on your patio and in your yard while others can have a little more private conversation in the shed. Many times a cabana is used in the yard for a similar purpose but think about the advantages this shed has over a cabana. There is protection from the weather and the bar stock does not have to be brought in and out for every party. Notice that the wood used for the interior construction of the shed is the same shade as the rattan furniture and the bar stools. There is a fully stocked bar and the nice thing about the bar being in the shed, as opposed to on the patio, is that when it is not in use you can lock it up and not have to worry about others having access. All of the construction is of high quality. Also it the furniture in this shed is great because it is protected from the weather and the cushions do not have to be put away to protect them from rain and sun damage. Great feng shui.

 

14th of May, 2013

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What a great and inexpensive way to make a dated room look more modern. First you could sand and stain the floor a lighter color, but that is really not necessary because hardwood floors are never out of style no matter what the color. Then paint the wood paneling (which is very dated) a light neutral color. Notice how there is a lighter color frame painted at the edge of every two boards and the interior part of the two boards is painted a darker shade of the lighter color. Also the molding at the top and bottom of the wood paneling is painted the lighter color. This way the bottom of the paneling also creates the base board and there is no reason to buy new base boards. The window is painted the same color which makes the window look new. The wood strips in the ceiling are simply painted with the same paint and you have a modern coffered ceiling. Now you just move in some modern looking furniture and you have taken a dark 1980’s room and brought it into the year 2013. The only necessary expense was the paint and furniture.

 

Great accent wall…..let’s do one wall in your living area for an accent and then we wouldn’t have to paint the entire room when you move.*Great accent wall…..let’s do one wall in your living area for an accent and then we wouldn’t have to paint the entire room when you move.

 

14th of May, 2013

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This is a great way to group a very large number of family portraits. Every frame in this grouping is the same color but not the same size. Some of the frames are square. Most of the squares are small but two are large which makes the grouping interesting. Both of the large square frames are set three small squares from either end. There are also two small square frames in the same row as the large square frames. For one of the large square portraits the small square pictures are above the large square pictures and for the other large square the small square frames are below it. Also in the middle row on each side there is a rectangular frame and one small square frame. From each end there is another rectangular frame (one on the top row and one on the bottom row. The row with the letter S is the center of the grouping and is most likely the family’s initial. The S frame is the same width as the small square frames and has a small square frame above and below it. On both sides of the S column the size and number of frames is the same. This makes it very pleasing to look at and the grouping has good feng shui. Also there are no color photos in the grouping.

 

Great Backyard

24th of April, 2013

I love a backyard that everyone and anyone can relax in. I get great ideas from pictures like this. Just build in some bench seating that can hold four or five people and then bring in as many chairs as you want for everyone else. I would probably sit on the stone right beside the fire because I am always so cold. Others could sit on the stone or the steps. And don’t forget one or two relaxing in the hammock. I’m from the south and I would really enjoy this setting as the evening cools off after a hot summer day (without a fire of course.) But the spring and fall would be my favorite times of the year and then I would have a fire. Where I live now, on the coast of California, we use fire pits all year because it is always cool in the evening. A backyard like this with beautiful stone work would work in a yard with a very colonial style home, a cape cod home or a very modern home. I have also seen this in many desert style homes such as those often seen in Arizona.  In short the style could go most everywhere and be used during more than one season in most parts of the county. I love a lot of the backyard ideas that can be found at:

www.bhg.com/photos

Backyard with Fire Pit

24th of April, 2013

Great Room

Now that there are finally some new homes being built after The Great Recession, and I have started looking at them whenever I can find some models. I have noticed in these new homes that things have changed quite a bit and not just in the decorating but in the floor plans as well. Anyone over the age of 35 probably remembers that every home over 1700 square feet has a family room, living room, formal dining room and of course a kitchen. Well most of the new homes have eliminated the living room and some have also eliminated the formal dining room. Now the living space usually consists of a very open kitchen and family room combination. This is called a great room and near the kitchen there is a spot for a table and chairs and in the kitchen a large bar with 3 or 4 stools. I really love this concept. It allows the people working in the kitchen to be completely involved with the guests that are hanging out in the great room. I hope we never go back to the days of the formal living room. I also the great room concept with a formal dining room if there is enough space in the home for both.