Archives for October 2015

The Art of the Window: 11 Shades That Add Style to a Room

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.53.51 AMExpand your view of the popular window treatment with these ideas for styles, materials and patterns

Not all shades are created equal — there are sheers, woven woods, deco folds and graphic rollers, to name a few. Here we celebrate a window dressing that is often single-handedly responsible for that flutter you feel in your heart when you stumble upon a space so coordinated and customized you want to drop everything and run to the fabric store.

Pop-Up Balcony: Attic Window Transforms into Outdoor Space

balcony-windowAttics and upper-floor spaces with angled roofs can feel stuffy and constricting, often cut off from both daylight and fresh air. Instead of renovating the roof to add attic windows or balconies, you could have both in one. European window manufacturer Velux offers dormer windows that transform into outdoor spaces in seconds, the bottom half featuring pop-up banisters and the top half opening vertically into an overhang.

Found this at Dornob, read the article here.

10 Ways to Add Wow to Your Home

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.16.17 AMTry one of these ideas to punch up a space without breaking the bank

Adding new life to a space doesn’t necessary require a floor-to-ceiling remodel. Sometimes it’s just a coat of paint or sense of playfulness in decor that can transform a room from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Here are 10 ways to add a bit of boldness to your space and take it from mundane to wow!

How to Choose a Fence That Feels Right and Works Hard

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.13.58 AMMaking a thoughtful fencing choice now can create happiness for years to come

When I was growing up, rusty chain link or split rail lined with galvanized wire ruled the neighborhood, and choosing a fence was all about keeping the dog in or keeping other dogs out. The big house on the hill had a fortress feel, surrounded by a brick wall. Functionality aside, I never wanted to surround my garden with something like that.

Today’s fences can be kinder, gentler and much more aesthetically appropriate. You really can choose a fence that meets your functional needs, expresses your personality and makes your house feel at home in your landscape.

3 Ways to Bring the Heat to Outdoor Living Spaces

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.12.19 AMHere’s what to know about surviving winter’s bite with an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or heat lamp

Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and heat lamps can extend the seasonal enjoyment of your deck, porch or patio by providing warmth and an inviting ambience that pulls guests and family members outside well after the mercury drops. But it’s important to understand the benefits and costs. Here’s what to know as winter begins to encroach on your outdoor living space.

10 things to turn your bathroom into a luxury retreat


Existing vs. New Construction: Which Is Better for You?


The Hunt For Lord Stanley’s Cup


As we start the 2015 NHL season, the Blackhawks will defend their championship.

While Chicago are among the NHL’s 13 teams that have won multiple Cups, there are a dozen that still have yet to drink from Lord Stanley’s old punch bowl. Could one of them finally take home their first championship this spring?

Home Improvement Etiquette

Many people are unsure about the common etiquette when working with contractors who are renovating your home. For example, do you tip or don’t tip?

Eighty four percent of 400 consumers surveyed by say they did not think it was necessary to tip a general contractor, painter, electrician, plumber, or interior designer. Of those professions, painters were the most likely to receive a tip – at 12 percent of consumers saying they do.

View the infographic below to learn more about home improvement etiquette.

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