How to Get the Front Door You’ve Always Wanted

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 8.18.49 AMLearn about material and style choices, how to get a front door installed and how much it will cost

A front door is one of the first things people see on a home. It’s something most homeowners use multiple times every day, coming to know all its intricacies and scuffs and flaws. For something that takes up such a small fraction of a home’s exterior surface, the front door makes a great design impact.

If you’re considering a new front door, there’s a lot more that goes into it than just tossing a new door in the back of a truck and driving it back to your home to hang it up. Here’s everything you’ll want to consider.

13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.47.02 AMKick back on your patio or deck with a grill that focuses on fun as much as function

When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired to make over your grilling zone for luxurious outdoor dining with these 13 ideas.

PLAYBULB: Bluetooth Speaker Smart LED Light Bulb

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MIPOW PLAYBULB™ Bluetooth Speaker Smart LED Light Bulb.

It is a LED light bulb, not only with traditional bulb shape, but also can absolutely replace the traditional one. It is more energy saving and durable, suitable for most standard E27 lamp socket.

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But rather than only a LED light bulb, it is also a Bluetooth speaker.

It uses the newest low energy Bluetooth V4.0 to achieve real time data transmission for smooth music listening.

So it’s can communicate with most Bluetooth devices for music playback. And Bluetooth Smart Ready devices for light control.

Currently we have the iOS App developed for the Apple devices and developing the Android App. Once paired with your iPhone, iPod or iPad, lighting and music are under your control. playbulb-4 playbulb-5 playbulb

More info : http://www.playbulbs.com/ http://www.mipow.com/

20 Creative Kitchen Islands

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 3.06.38 PMNixing ready made for readily imaginative, these homeowners fashioned kitchen islands after their own hearts

For the My Houzz series, we visit and photograph creative, personality-filled homes and the people who live there. Sometimes working with professionals but most of the time going strictly the DIY route, these residents take clever and unexpected approaches to home design.

The heart of many of these homes is the kitchen, of course. And the heart of the kitchen is often the island. Whether using reclaimed materials from their own construction sites, refashioning vintage furniture or discovering clever Ikea hacks, the My Houzz homeowners we’ve featured have built their islands to suit very individual lifestyles and tastes. Here are 20 great examples.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Home Cooling

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Air conditioning facts & history [infographic]

The one thing we can all be thankful for come the summer months is the technological wonder that is air conditioning, yet there were plenty of natural solutions to beating the heat back in the day.

Check out this infographic honoring air conditioning pioneers, and, who knows? You might stumble upon a few ideas on what to do if your unit goes down this summer. Cave, anyone?
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So Over Stainless in the Kitchen? 14 Reasons to Give In to Color

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.10.25 AMColorful kitchen appliances are popular again, and now you’ve got more choices than ever. Which would you choose?

Those who survived the invasion of avocado-green and harvest-gold appliances in the 1970s are still trepidatious about using strong color on kitchen appliances. In the 1980s we clung to white and sometimesblack, and sometime during the 1990s, stainless steel took over as the must-have finish for appliances. Next we started to hide the appliances, camouflaging refrigerators and dishwashers with panel fronts that matched the cabinetry.

In typical fashion, now things are swinging back. Home cooks are proud of their appliances and want to make them stand out. Once only offered by a few companies, a wide range of appliance color options are now being offered by many manufacturers.

Kitchen Counters: Try an Integrated Cutting Board for Easy Food Prep

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 8.38.09 AMKeep knife marks in their place and make dicing and slicing more convenient with an integrated butcher block or cutting board

Last weekend I caught my husband as he was about to slice some cheese. With a butcher knife. On the coffee table. Using only the parchment paper in which it was wrapped to protect the surface. Yeah, I know. I caught him as he was cutting the cheese. Hilarious. Although it certainly wouldn’t have been if he’d left knife marks on the coffee table.

And yet I think there are probably a lot of homes in which a careless or harried cook has inadvertently left knife marks on a table or countertop. Fortunately, adding an integrated cutting surface can be an effective preventative measure, particularly in small or modern kitchens, where leaving the board sitting out creates clutter. Because why use the coffee table to slice up a snack when the kitchen island is one big butcher block?

With that in mind, here are eight integrated cutting surfaces to help keep knife-mark accidents at bay.

Home Offices: 10 Ideas to Make an Open-Plan Office Work Hard

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.00.53 AMDon’t let your desk space be an afterthought – whether it’s hidden away or on display, here are some ways to integrate it seamlessly

Creating an office in an open-plan room is a great idea. Not only does it give your space an extra function, it forms a dedicated area for work projects, paperwork and bills – prone to spread around the house if not restrained! Whether you slot a study into an alcove, house it in a bay, or create a separate zone, make sure you choose colours and furniture that complement the rest of the room for an effortless look.