Archives for May 2016

How to Replace or Revamp Your Garage Doors

garage door thumbBoost curb appeal and maybe even security with new garage doors. Find out cost ranges and other important details here

A garage that faces the street (especially a large two- or three-car garage) can take up a lot of visual real estate. If your garage doors are in poor shape, clash with the style of your home or are just uninspired, replacing them can greatly increase your home’s curb appeal. Here are the need-to-know facts about updating your garage doors, covering style, cost and more.

5 Interiors That Nail the ‘Perfect Imperfect’ Look

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 9.28.08 AMExplore the beauty of accident, age and patina in these homes

There’s something beautiful about decor that happens by accident. Have you ever thrown something together, planning to arrange it thoughtfully, only to realize that it looks perfect just the way it is? This is the foundation of the wabi-sabi concept: that beauty is found in imperfection, impermanence and the authentic.

Australian author Karen McCartney explores this style in her new book, Perfect Imperfect, with photographs by Sharyn Cairns and styling by Glen Proebstel. The interiors in the book belong to creative people from around the world. Here, McCartney walks us through five of them.

9 Beautiful Blues for Bathrooms

baths thumbFrom soft sky to bold tropical aqua, see why this hue is making waves in bathrooms

I like using white in bathrooms just as much as the next person, but what I really like to see is a splash of color. Blue is a particularly good choice because it evokes the sea and the sky, and the positive associations many us have with them. But there are many fetching blue hues out there to choose from. Soft blues offer a stress-reducing ambience, as they’re purported to calm and soothe the senses. Bolder blues bring a fun and energetic vibe to a room, while the darkest ones lend drama and elegance. Among my favorites below, perhaps there’s a hue for you.

Buying a Home: Down payments

down paymentSo you’ve found your perfect home and you’re ready to move in and make it yours. But there’s one giant hurdle that stands between you and your new sanctuary – the down payment.

10 Tips for Creating a Welcoming Entryway

entry wayWell-chosen lighting, storage and decor can make your home feel inviting right from the start

You have only one chance to make a first impression. So it’s important that the entry to your house is welcoming to guests, reflects your personal style and makes you feel happy and comfortable as soon as you walk through the door. This space sets the tone for the rest of your home.

5 Ways To Makeover An 8-by-5-Foot Bathroom

small bathroomLook to these bathroom makeovers to learn about budgets, special features, splurging, saving and more

The most common bathroom size measures 8 by 5 feet — enough room for a single sink, a toilet and a shower or shower-bathtub combination. You may think there isn’t much you can do with an area of this size. But you’d be wrong. Here, five projects within these dimensions showcase clever ways to create virtual and literal space, and how to make big style statements on budgets small and large.

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How Vinyl Records Get Made [video]

vinylYou may have hear that vinyl is back (My son’s collection grows weekly, he’s 21), and last year it made more money for labels than ads on free streaming service, according to the RIAA. The US music industry group reported that vinyl LP/EP sales increased 32 percent in 2015 to $416 million (this figure is likely higher, as some tiny

indie shops elude RIAA’s radar). That’s heartwarming news for analog-forever types and a dismal development for the major labels, as the New York Times reported.

Regardless of your preferred listening format,  you can enjoy watching how a vinyl record materializes into that thing you put on your turntable. Take a look at the following video.

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