Elegant Casual Style for a Gracious Farmhouse

This Georgia couple appreciated their ancestral country vacation house so much that they chose to live there. While the pastoral 1960s prefab cabin was all they wanted for relaxed weekend remains, it was not suitable for full-time living, so they remodeled and enlarged the home, which makes it resemble a simple, rambling farmhouse which had …


A Dramatic Facade Makeover at Maine

Without moving one window or door, architect David Matero gave this coastal Maine house’s exterior a stunning makeover. The proprietor, a British guy intending to rent the home a time, desired the outside of the home to match his modern aesthetic. “He wished to make a new speech for the home,” says Matero. Matero worked …


10 Desks Which Do the Job With Character

A functional desk that permits good workflow is vital for any businessperson, family organizer, pupil or crafter. All the better if that desk’s layout offers as much inspiration as it will usefulness. Here are 10 desks that add extraordinary form to an otherwise ordinary function. Marble. This custom-made Carrara marble endeavor desk includes three beefy …


Coastal Makeover: A Florida Home Sees the Light

When Mike and Leann Rowe’s son and daughter moved from their 4,000-square-foot home in Lutz, Florida, the couple decided to downsize. Keeping with the empty nest ethos, they not only wanted less square footage, but also something fresh, straightforward and plain. The feeling that they got when they crossed the bridge into St. Pete Beach, …


We Love Midcentury Modern Design

What’s it about midcentury modern design that has so a lot people in a decorating tizzy? In this electronic age of innovation and technology, why are we scouring flea markets, antiques shops and the Internet seeking pieces that were designed 50 to 60 decades ago? Eames, Noguchi, Nelson — these designers’ pieces are dominating our …


Short Sale Buying Tips

A brief sale is the sale of a property for less than the balance owed on the loan for that property, generally to prevent foreclosure. These may be great opportunities for buyers looking to buy property at a price below market. There are a few intricacies relating to this type of property sale that you …


See How a Practical Garden Can Be a Visual Treat, Too

Kitchen gardens, or potagers, are wondrous areas where edible gardens are united with flowering plants such as beauty. For centuries those gardens have offered a readily available source of fruit, veggies and fruits in easy reach of the kitchen. Nowadays people are rediscovering the benefits of kitchen gardens — not only as a source of …


Evoke a Tropical Fantasy the Inexpensive, Easy Way

Sometimes the speediest seasonal decor comes in the most unexpected places. Mosquito netting is a good example. This attachment has the capability to transform any bedroom instantly to a tropical summer escape, and it’s more budget friendly than a plane ticket to your favourite island escape. Lori Gentile Interior Design A lovely serene nursery takes …


From the Wild, Home: Components of a Landscape of Experience

The real experience of nature teaches us some strong lessons when developing our home gardens. From the wild, meadows of tawny orange broom sedge at the autumn, boulder-laden streams which meander around gnarly sycamore trees and round tapestries of bluebells, ferns and geraniums have no demand for irrigation systems, fertilizers or tractor-trailer loads of mulch. …


The Way to Pick a Mulch — And Your Soil Wants It

The word “mulch” has fallen to common and nearly exclusive use as the descriptive name for shredded bark or wood merchandise; the reality is that mulch is an umbrella term for any merchandise — inorganic or organic — that functions as a topdressing for soil. A 2- to 4-inch layer of compost during your planting …