Posts made in April, 2008


Something different


Posted By on Apr 4, 2008

Where do the glamorous items in home decorating magazines come from? Look at the top picks for high end custom design products as seen in the Custom Home Online e-magazine. You will see that nothing is impossible. If you’re like me, you will love all of these great features and fixtures, but you might not have thought of them without a little help. Who wouldn’t love a custom soaking stone, but who would have looked for the perfect boulder to make it from? Looking at what others have come up with for great ideas, might just inspire your own ideas….check it out: Fine Finishes.

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The lights are on…


Posted By on Apr 4, 2008

and you’re home, but is there enough light, the right kind of light, too much light? Choosing the lighting for your home is just another step in the building process. Did you know there are three types of interior lights? Ambient, task and accent lighting. Then there are the many types of fixtures and bulbs to choose that fit your particular style. It’s more than just walking in, flipping the switch, and then there was light! Check out the DiY Network article on interior lighting basics to get started. It will get you thinking about what you want to illuminate in your new home. Lighting Basics.

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A New Look at Fireplaces


Posted By on Apr 4, 2008

There was a time when a fireplace was the main heating and cooking source for the family. Many an evening could find the family gathered around the fireplace. Now, with new construction technology, fireplaces are not necessary. Yet their aesthetic value is as strong as ever. The task is to incorporate a fireplace without creating an energy loss. It’s hard enough keeping your new home warm without a drafty fireplace. Hearth by Design lets you choose the features that are most important to you, and then presents you with alternative fireplaces that fit your qualifications. Just a few mouse clicks will guide you to the fireplace of your dreams. Create your perfect firepace here.

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What Next?


Posted By on Apr 4, 2008

Your home is complete and you’ve moved in, what next? More and more people are concentrating on their outdoor space and all that it can offer them. How about a wrap around deck or a gazebo? So much is available these days. Special lighting, beautiful walkways, outdoor stereo and designer firepits. Some decorating tips include that your outdoor furniture should be one third larger than your indoor furniture. Who knew? For more ideas read Stylish Outdoor Living.

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The ad was for concrete countertops……that peaked my interest. Of course my concrete thinking had me envisioning a gray slab in a gray kitchen. Not exactly appealing in my mind. Then I saw the amazing ways that concrete can be used creatively and how the use of chemical stains, coloring pigments, various aggregates and apoxy coatings produce beautiful granite like countertops. Additionally, there are concrete fireplace surrounds, concrete furniture, vertical stamped concrete walls and other very creative uses of concrete. I’m so glad there are artisans that look beyond the gray and make all these wonderful things for us to enjoy. See what it’s all about at the Concrete Network.

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