Wall Treatments

Case Study: Wallpaper in Pretty Much Every Space

Wallpaper lovers, rejoice! Your cherished paper wall coverings have reentered mainstream decor with a vengeance. Wall coverings are nearly as versatile as paint now, and your favorite designs can now be seen on accent walls in supersleek lofts or wall to wall at formal dining places. This diversity — as well as near-endless new routines, reasonable prices and easier-than-ever applications — is what is making wallpaper popular again. Kricken Yaker, interior designer and owner of Vanillawood, frequently opts for the feel of paper rather than flat paint. Her love for wallpaper shows in her design for the Portland, Oregon, home below; almost every room incorporates a distinct pattern. Piecing together your very own multicolored, multipatterned home can be tricky, particularly if you’ve got open-concept spaces — but it is possible with carefully selected designs, correct placement and proper application. If you are ready to play with more wallpaper prints throughout…

Eclectic Homes

Helpful Hangers: Small and French Cleats Support Projects Big

Cleats are one of the simplest methods of hanging something on walls, but they’re often overlooked. Attaching them requires slightly more time and effort than attaching cupboard hangers, keyhole hangers or picture hooks, but their capacity to support heavy loads, particularly when the cleats are attached to wall studs, makes the effort worth it. I’ve used a French cleat, which includes two interlocking parts cut most frequently at a 45-degree angle, many occasions over time for various types of projects, including a TV cabinet, a headboard and just a birdhouse. Chris Hill How Cleats Work Cleats in general attribute two parts. One is joined to the job (job cleat), and one is attached to the wall (wall cleat). Here it isn’t hard to observe how the two parts of a French cleat fit together. The base part is attached to the wall socket (notice the screw holes). I advise attaching…

Tropical Style

5 Common-Sense Methods to Get a Greener Home Design

Going green with your home design project is a choice made by levels, with layers of chances to select materials and techniques that will yield improved energy efficiency, sustainability and functionality. It is a devotion with a possibly great outcome that involves diligence, research and often extra funds. But even basic green steps can really make a difference in how many resources your house consumes — at the building of it and at the long run. Here are five points to remember as you plan your job. Portal Design Inc 1. Just build as much distance as you will utilize. Limiting the distance you construct will probably go a long way toward saving money on the immediate and future costs of your job. Besides the cost savings of building a more compact space, you will realize the long-term savings in heating, cooling and cleaning. Think through whether you really need…

Life

Thank U 4 the Gr8 Gift: How to Send Due in the Digital Age

Etiquette has come a long way in the principles learned and passed down by our parents and grandparents. Not only are our interactions a lot more casual now (when was the last time you said “sir”?) , but new technologies have come along that have completely altered the way we live our own lives. Modern life is filled with rules that are unclear, for example: Can you text a thank-you note? What about sending an email or e-card? Are there times when just a handwritten note is going to do? In this new series we will be covering the answers to those questions and a lot more, as we explore the finer points of contemporary manners. Join us now as we delve into what goes into a fantastic thank-you notice, from picking your method of shipping (handwritten or digital) to finding just the ideal thing to say. Let us get…

Eclectic Homes

Roots of Style: Do You Reside in a Minimalist Traditional House?

Minimalist conventional style began in the 1930s as an affordable reply to the depression. It took shape, massing and information out of earlier styles like Tudor and colonial revival and simplified them. The concept translated well in these decades. The need for housing grew quickly following World War II, and getting homes built rapidly became an economic necessity. Building a house with just enough detail to provide individuality satisfied many buyers and represented their need for a sensible and affordable solution. This trend hasn’t stopped since. Originally homes constructed in the style were often one level with a side gable roof and a single or two gables facing the front as secondary elements. This finally translated into two-story versions, often mimicking similar conventional styles but exhibiting restraint from articulation. Post caps and caps, crown moldings, and door and window trim apply the use of classical detailing, even in a much…

Eclectic Homes

Ten Quick Steps to Sell Your Property

A good deal of the home-selling process is challenging: Plenty of legal documents, title searches, negotiating over cost. Additionally, there are lots of simple steps homeowners can choose to make their home more interesting and marketable. A few of these require a good deal of elbow grease, such as a thorough cleanup, but specialists say they increase the chances of a sale, even in a slow market. Inspection Buyers will want an inspector to check for problems before they close, the Bank Rate site states. By paying for an inspection prior to putting the property on the current market, homeowners can learn about problems before prospective buyers spot them. Repairs Homeowners must make any necessary repairs before the home goes on the market, the MSN website recommends. Many buyers want a home that does not have problems; should they spot damage which has not been fixed, they’ll suspect the house…

Tropical Style

Want an Easy Tropical Oasis? Think Container Plants

I fell in love with beach cottages again on a recent visit to the northwestern shore of Florida. What struck me most about these charming homes was the maintenance that each homeowner put to creating a welcoming entry. Just about any front porch had just one — or even several — container gardens. I was in paradise! Tropicals and succulents were plentiful in these containers, on account of the warmth and humidity in this field. Often they have been used in ways or with plants I hadn’t seen before. I usually find one or two container gardens to picture on vacation, but the photographs of plants within this trip might have actually resisted the photographs of my family. If you are interested in developing a lush tropical look for your outdoor surroundings, a tropical container backyard could give it to you with minimal investment. Here’s some inspiration to your own…

Small Spaces

Let's Toast Small Kitchens Everywhere

As kitchens continue to become complete household centers, people with smaller kitchens may create an inferiority complex. It is a good time to refocus on the benefits of a little kitchen, toasting its own efficiencies. And to discuss some designer suggestions for creating a compact kitchen feel expansive. Jeanne Finnerty Interior Design You will find the U-shape, or galley, design in many older subdivided Victorians and row homes as well as in new city apartments. This design allows for an perfect kitchen work triangle, in which the distance between the 3 main factors (refrigerator, sink, cooker) is optimized, reducing the amount of walking between things during meal preparation. Let’s have a toast. Stephanie Sabbe Having less cabinetry to build out, along with less square footage for flooring, countertops and countertops, means you can get the maximum out of your remodel funding. You may specify your top-choice substances and colors that…

Decorating Guides

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

I grew up in a midcentury modern house that boasted a very large pot of mother-in-law’s tongue, and it took me decades to actually appreciate the plant and possess one. Now, I’ve a nostalgic affection for mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria), but I see how this wonderfully dramatic plant works with many layout designs, and how easy it’s to take care of. I’d recommend it to anyone, even those who prefer a houseplant with a softer appearance. It really can take some serious abuse. I am talking falling-over-and-detaching-from-its-roots neglect, which occurred not just on our walk home from the nursery, but at least five times more till I repotted it in deeper soil. Every time one of the larger spikes fell out of the pot and detached from the base, we just stuffed it back as though nothing had occurred. It is still alive also. You really can not beat a houseplant…

Gardening and Landscaping

Timeless Summer Furniture: The Adirondack Chair

Yep, it really was Created from the Adirondack Mountains in New York. In 1903, to be exact. Throughout its next 110 decades of life, the Adirondack chair has become an iconic image of summer. It’s interchangeable with front porches, lake home, fire pits, beach cottages and rear decks. Initially these chairs were made from hemlock and came in one color: natural. And while the fundamental elements of the classic stay, there have been some adjustments, alterations and upgrades. You can get modernist Adirondacks, colorful Adirondacks, Shabby Chic–fashion Adirondacks and vinyl Adirondacks. But no matter the details, they all translate as casual, yard-friendly summer laziness. Escapes – Landscape Architecture + Construction These classic Adirondacks in lovely, neutral beige and beige are fulfilling their goal in life: to gather around a fire pit in a forested holiday location. Siemasko + Verbridge Their beachfront cousins in white prefer an ocean view. You can…