Old-World European Flair in Oregon

This Salem, Oregon, home has been undergoing remodeling for 18 years, transforming into a beautiful refuge. Geri and Sal Ortega have done everything from building cabinetry and furniture to placing rock and tile, to installing windows and built-ins. The yearlong construction has been done in stages over a period of weeks and months at a …


A Family Goes Sweet on a Traditional Texas Home

Craving a cozy getaway where they could increase their girls, Katie and Steve Aldrich chose this magnificent home near Dallas. After they gutted the house and fixed the outside, Katie infused the interior with her signature easy and feminine style, accenting with family antiques. “I just wish to make a happy atmosphere for our family,”she …


Are Butterflies the New Birds?

There was a time not so long ago when you couldn’t turn around without seeing some cute little songbird. There they were as decals perched along the wall. There again on pillows. You will find bluebird coffee mugs and dishtowels and candles. Birds became the totem animal of hip design. Now I am no predictor …


13 Homemade Headboards That Thrill With Creativity

I never needed a headboard before I made my own. A couple of years ago I followed Real Simple‘s step-by-step instructions (reproduced here) and in one afternoon created my very own custom-made, special-to-me piece of furniture (or is it an attachment?) With a staple gun, some cut-to-order plywood, foam, batting, and a fabric scrap I …


Unpretentious Update for Sydney Beach House

Donna and Chris Allen’s house in a beachside pocket of Sydney is a lesson in compromise. “We had architect-designed plans approved to knock down the existing house and rebuild a new, ecofriendly house from scratch, but the market put our plans on the back burner,” Donna says. With Donna’s interior decorating background, they decided to …


Plan Your Patio at the End of Summer? Yes!

As summer winds down, back-to-school sales hit the stores, and there’s never a better time to reevaluate your patio or deck for a small upgrade. Two fabulous reasons to begin planning today:Your outdoor spaces are fresh on your mind. You have been using that deck for three or four weeks now, and you also understand …


Open Workspaces Let You Watch Over Kids' Online Time

My children do not spend much time around the pc. I am certain they’d like to, but I’m a firm believer in limiting media time and do not find the value in producing little digital homes to their stuffed animals. I would rather see them using their palms and a construction paper to create actual …


8 Remodeling Costs That Might Surprise You

Think you know down to the penny what your renovation project will cost? Not so fast. You could have the ability to recite the purchase price of materials and also the budget for labour on your sleeping, but you’re bound to get triggered by odds, ends and extras — known in the trade as gentle …


Zinc

Zinc, a flexible metal, can be used on its own or combined with aluminum, lead, tin or aluminum when used as an alloy. Iron nails dipped in zinc keep rust at bay, and large surface areas could be electroplated with zinc to make them less prone to corrosion. The practice of coating objects in zinc …


Talk: Maynard Studios' Masterful Railings

It’s not simple to be discovered when you’re a craftsperson working in a small town in Kentucky. However, after being in business for over 12 years, Maynard Studios is finally ready for the spotlight. Matthew and Karine Maynard create hand-crafted metalwork, and also their individually designed, hand-forged stair railings are authentic works of art. The …