Look familiar? You’ve probably seen these strange looking homes in National Geographic or on some travel show. They are called Yurts and they have been used in Central Asia for centuries. Modern day Yurts are self-supporting structures that are heated and cooled with the help of their aerodynamic shape. Modern […]
Articles by: Timothy Dahl
The best way to clean your air? Get some houseplants! Forget the expensive air-filters or ugly ionizers. Select a few house plants that will not only improve the look of your room but also up the oxygen and cut down on pollutants. Fresh Living [Modern Cottage] Caring for Houseplants [Garden […]
Cement patios are commonplace in homes across the country. In the Southwest they are particularly popular since lawns are hard to manage in the heat and cement patios are easy to clean and maintain. Take a look at your patio this Spring and follow these steps for making it more […]
No time, money, or know-how to fix a household problem? In New York city we have Supers who are on call (usually) and hopefully can fix leaking faucets, broken radiators, or sticky doors, but homeowners are on their own and for smaller household fixes a certified or licensed contractor is […]
Shelterrific has touched on kitsch gold. The venerable gnome. They can bring a touch of humor to any home and also a bit of luck. Get your gnome on here.
If you are in the Chicago area you should check out Salvage One. Their website highlights some great finds like this art-deco bar and prairie-style window.
The above examples are extreme but the Spoonlady can show you how to carve your own wooden spoons, safely and quickly. Using utensils that you’ve hand-crafted can be as rewarding as building with your very own tools.
You may think that staining wood is an inexact science but there is a method to the madness. Understanding the type of wood you are working with as well as the technique used to apply the stain can alter the color of the stain dramatically. Here are some tips to […]
Easy ideas for enlarging or just altering the mood of any room in the house. It’s amazing what a little color can do.
This catskill houseblogger faced a problem that many homeowners with older homes must deal with and that is proper bathroom ventilation. His bathroom is located in the middle of the home which makes this problem a bit more complicated but his installation went smoothly and it all started with determining […]
Don’t neglect the finishing detail that a period appropriate switch plate cover can provide. The art deco and arts and crafts switch plates are sharp but the brass options are great in almost any home.
It’s officially Spring and lawns are back. If you use a riding lawn mower you should inspect it similar to any other vehicle that you would have stored for 3-5 months. John Deere has some great tips for inspecting your mower that will keep you riding throughout the season. 1. […]
Decorative Concrete of Virginia There are many countertop materials available to choose from, but we have been really liking concrete lately. We’ve seen some great examples of what the gray stuff can do and now you can build your own concrete countertops with the help of this primer from the […]
Here’s a tree pruning guide from easy2diy.com. Now is the best time to get your trees and shrubs into shape for Spring and Summer. Essentially, proper pruning is essential for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing tree. Pruning is needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to […]
Kohler has introduced an infinity bathtub made for two that will make even the most die-hard shower takers indulge. It’s extra deep and offers “chromatherapy and champagne-like effervescent bubbles” whatever that means it sounds divine.
We just switched some lamps over to IKEA Energy-Saving bulbs. We have always loved the glow of incandescent bulbs over fluorescent so we were skeptical that these lights would have that harsh “too-bright” glow. We have been pleasantly surprised and adjusted easily to new light and plan on replacing more […]
It’s already been a year since our last spring cleaning list and not much has changed (in terms of what and how to clean). But we thought we’d give you some new resources this year that might shed some light on different tips and help you start the summer right. […]
Last night we attended our first “green” party in celebration of Domino’s Green March issue. It was a dreary evening in NYC but the turnout was great. The event was held in a stark open studio space with the focus on two large shelves of earth-friendly products, not to mention […]
If you are staying true to the period and style of your home it can be difficult to select the proper light fixtures that you may find at Home Depot or Pottery Barn. A great resource we’ve found is Rejuvenation which specializes in period-authentic lighting and hardware. They have retail […]
Wikihow has a simple plan for building an outdoor shed. A quick trip to your local big box hardware store or lumber yard should net you the materials you need. They also suggest using corrugated fiberglass for the roof to add more natural light and if you are skilled enough […]
Face it, Americans are big people, so why are we still stuck with wimpy standard sized toilet seats? One-size does not fit all when it comes to a comfortable seat to do your business. Great John toilets offer “~150% more sitting area than a standard elongated toilet seat and ~200% […]
Take advantage of the early daylight savings and adding a sunroom. We like the glass roof sunrooms but ultimately the design you choose will probably be dictated by the style of home you have.