Design

Before and Afters: Color Makes a World of Difference

Before and Afters: Color Makes a World of Difference

This month we’ve had the pleasure of sharing a ton of painting tips from YOLO Colorhouse which produces a premium zero VOC paint. We know the advantages to using zero VOC paint, how to choose a color palette and how to prep and paint a room. Now comes the fun […]

Lennox iComfort Brings WiFi to Your Thermostat

Lennox iComfort Brings WiFi to Your Thermostat

The smart home revolution is taking hold and one area of constant innovation is the thermostat. Having complete control over the heating and cooling is vital to saving energy and money and a new breed of thermostats does more than just maintain a constant temperature. The iComfort from Lennox is […]

How To Choose a Color Palette For Your Room

How To Choose a Color Palette For Your Room

Deciding to paint a room is the easy part, but actually choosing a color can be very difficult. In part II of our summer paint series sponsored by YOLO Colorhouse, we look at what color means and tips for choosing the right color for your room. Architectural color is the […]

Raise the Height of Your Backyard Wall by Adding a Fence

Raise the Height of Your Backyard Wall by Adding a Fence

Our backyard is great but has one drawback. The side wall facing the street is only 4’10” in height so the average person walking can see into our yard and jumping the wall is quite easy. There have been quite a few break-ins in our neighborhood and many of them […]

Mohawk Flooring That’s Good for the Earth and Your Pets

Mohawk Flooring That’s Good for the Earth and Your Pets

Save your floors from your pets

Why You Should White Out Your Room

Why You Should White Out Your Room

One of our most popular articles this year was our laundry room makeover. We are fortunate enough to have a separate laundry room area but it was in bad shape and we needed to give it a fresh look and bring the appliances and furniture up to date. Many people […]

Coverings 2012: The Ultimate Tile Experience

Coverings 2012: The Ultimate Tile Experience

In April I had the overwhelming pleasure of being included on the VIP Press Tour of the Coverings Tile show, an international trade show for all facets of the tile and stone industry, held in Orlando, Florida. For three days I was immersed in the world of tile, and I […]

Lumeria Maui – You’ll Never Want to Leave

Lumeria Maui – You’ll Never Want to Leave

Up from the hippy surf town of Paia on the North Shore of Maui sits the tranquil boutique resort called Lumeria Maui. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting the last two years as the founder, Xorin Balbes, has made the transition from Los Angeles based interior design star to Maui […]

Are Media Rooms Really Necessary?

Are Media Rooms Really Necessary?

We just read a study that said basement media rooms are on the decline. It seems that just a few years ago the media room was all the rage and every new home had to have a “man cave” or at least a room that was dedicated to gaming and/or […]

Lowe’s Designer Challenge for Charity

Lowe’s Designer Challenge for Charity

Last week we were invited back to New York to attend a sneak preview of Lowe’s Designer Challenge. Last year’s Lowe’s event with Nate Berkus was such a huge hit we knew they would hit the mark again and they did. We arrived at the Chelsea Arts Tower on the […]

Our Favorite Finds from ICFF

Our Favorite Finds from ICFF

This was the first time we’ve attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and we found it fascinating. It’s held at the Jacob Javits center in New York which is a huge tradeshow complex on the Westside. The beautiful furniture and products on display made walking the aisle a joy and […]

The CSYS LED Desklamp from Jake Dyson

The CSYS LED Desklamp from Jake Dyson

I’m back in New York this week and have had the pleasure to attend a couple of events and visit with some old friends and colleagues. It’s also the first time we’ve traveled with our 8-month old son and he’s been awesome. We have kept him on West coast time […]

Justin Timberlake – The Next Interior Design Star?

Justin Timberlake – The Next Interior Design Star?

We were invited to preview a collection called HomeMint curated by Estee Stanely and Justin Timberlake. Ms. Stanley is a well-known interior designer but this is new territory for Mr. Timberlake who is better known as an entertainer/musician. It turns out he’s got an eye for this and the HomeMint […]

Kohler Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath

Kohler Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath

Last year Kohler brought us the ultimate toilet with the NUMI and at this years Kitchen and Bath Show they are introducing VibrAcoustic technology on their Underscore bath line. What is “VibrAcoustic”? It is what it sounds like. “Enhanced technology-based baths integrate music, water vibration and lights” Sound divine right? […]

Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Our thirst for coffee knows no bounds. We’ve accumulated all types of coffee makers from Bodum vacuum, French Press, Aero Press, Bosch Tassimo, and Keurig Platinum K-Cup. They all offer distinct pros and cons but lately we’ve been using our Keurig on a daily basis. The variety of coffee and […]

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

Our friend Janis was recently blessed with the birth of a baby boy who is only one month older than our son which means we’ve already got the perfect playmate. She lives down the street from us in a one-bedroom condo and shares her apartment with her dog Sake. Janis […]

Imagine a New Garage Door

Imagine a New Garage Door

We’ve explored the financial advantages for upgrading your garage door as well the abundance of new designs and materials available, so now it’s time to start shopping for a garage door. Your local Home Depot can be an easy place to start your search but we recommend visiting a garage […]

Discovering Portland…All Over Again

Discovering Portland…All Over Again

We lived in Seattle 14 years ago and loved it! It was our first year of marriage and we chose Seattle as a fresh start. We knew no one and wanted to live in a place completely different from the desert climate of the Southwest where we had been raised. […]

What’s New In Garage Door Designs and Materials

What’s New In Garage Door Designs and Materials

Earlier this month we discovered that a garage door replacement can net on average a 71% cost return on resale and is one of the top 5 home exterior improvements that give you the most bang for your buck. If you’ve decided to take the plunge and replace your aging/ugly […]

Door to Door: The Most Bang For Your Buck Is A Garage Door Upgrade

Door to Door: The Most Bang For Your Buck Is A Garage Door Upgrade

We are always looking for ways to bump up the curb appeal of our home and when Clopay approached us about sharing some interesting new products that do just that, we had to take a look. But first we wanted to know what a garage door manufacturer knew about increasing […]

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

We were all puzzled when Domino magazine closed three years ago. They kept the online archives available through Brides.com but that was just awkward and we were stuck with the loss of another beloved shelter title. We just got word from Susan Portnoy, VP of Digital Strategy at Conde Nast, […]