Design

Help Wanted: Design Ideas for a Driveway Gate

Help Wanted: Design Ideas for a Driveway Gate

A reader recently contacted us regarding a driveway gate he is planning on installing. His home is of a French Normandy/Storybook style, almost like what you’d find in the Swiss Alps, and he’d like to stay true to this look by designing gates that reflect this unique aesthetic. The issue […]

Do You Recognize the 5 Warning Signs of Bad Home Design?

Do You Recognize the 5 Warning Signs of Bad Home Design?

In your search for the perfect home you’ll undoubtedly come across many that are complete junk, from both an aesthetic and construction point of view. Bad home design comes in many different flavors but here are some warning signs that can help you steer clear from the mayhem. Don’t get […]

Refresh Your Walls With DIY Stencil Art

Refresh Your Walls With DIY Stencil Art

We previously mentioned stencils as a great way to add an innovative appearance to your wood stairs. The DIY tools are also a fun, creative way to add embellishments to your walls and furniture. Thanks to an increasing awareness of street art, stencils are becoming a more popular tool for […]

Try Grasscloth Wallcoverings For A Chic, Eco-Friendly Look

Try Grasscloth Wallcoverings For A Chic, Eco-Friendly Look

What could be more green than applying plant fibers to your wall? If you’re looking for an unconventional and eco-friendly wallcovering, grasscloth might just be the way to go. Now, before we scare you off (you’re thinking of the straw on the walls episode of “Trading Spaces,” aren’t you?), take […]

Channel The Past With A Stenciled Staircase Makeover

Channel The Past With A Stenciled Staircase Makeover

Stairs kinda get a bad rap, don’t they? So much foot traffic, so little love. But depending on the location of your stairs (and if you have them), a staircase can be a focal point of your home–so why not treat it like one? If you have wood stairs (or […]

Try Bamboo Plywood For Trim, Paneling And Wainscoting

Try Bamboo Plywood For Trim, Paneling And Wainscoting

Bamboo has long been praised for its speedy growth time, ability to thrive without pesticides and its long-lasting, sustainable nature. From flooring to fabric, bamboo has become a go-to eco-friendly material whose versatile nature makes it ideal for a variety of projects. We recently read about another inspiring application of […]

Pros And Cons Of Copper Countertops

Pros And Cons Of Copper Countertops

If you’re hopelessly devoted to trend forecasts, then you may have noticed that warm, rustic materials such as bronze and copper are becoming increasingly popular throughout the home. Faucets and fixtures are one thing, but what about copper countertops? The look can certainly be striking, and copper is versatile enough […]

Needing Neutrals? Think Gray, Not Beige

Needing Neutrals? Think Gray, Not Beige

Although bright or deep hues can certainly make a statement in any room, there’s no denying the power of neutrals. Besides adding a timeless appeal, choosing a neutral wall color makes it easier for you to change the look of a room by swapping accessories and other accents, a tactic […]

Design-It-Yourself With Unfinished Wood Furniture

Design-It-Yourself With Unfinished Wood Furniture

Have you ever found yourself spending countless hours online, scouring the usual and unusual sites looking for that perfect piece of furniture? You know, the one that is the right style, size, and color — only to find it doesn’t seem to exist anywhere but in your own imagination? Well, […]

Cheap Kitchen Countertop Design

Cheap Kitchen Countertop Design

Rustoleum has made it easy to transform the look of your kitchen countertops using their Countertop Transformations Kit. It’s easy to apply and cheap to boot!

Cheap Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Cheap Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinets are at the top of the list for any kitchen remodel but there are ways to dramatically change their look without investing in the time and cost of new cabinets. Refacing and resurfacing kitchen cabinets are the next level down but require some know-how and a lot of effort […]

Cork Floors Are A Versatile, Eco-Friendly Choice

Cork Floors Are A Versatile, Eco-Friendly Choice

We’ve already talked briefly about cork floors here at C&H. They’re an especially good option for your kitchen because they provide a softer, more shock absorbent surface that’s ideal if you find yourself standing for long periods of time. While at Surfaces 2011, we toured a cork flooring exhibit created […]

Trim And Decorate Your Walls Without Paint

Trim And Decorate Your Walls Without Paint

Paint is an incredibly versatile medium, but you can also change the look (and functionality) of a wall without it. Common household items can do double-duty, so if you’re looking to update a room, consider these ideas. * Adhesive Velcro circles. These are best used on a wall that doesn’t […]

Would You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Black?

Would You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Black?

The great thing about a kitchen is, like other rooms in the house, you can make a dramatic new impact with just a couple of changes. Painting or refinishing cabinets is one such project. Heck, even swapping out the cabinet hardware can be visually refreshing, especially if you’re lucky enough […]

How To Whitewash Brick

How To Whitewash Brick

Brick, like wood trim and other architectural details, is one of those materials that draws strongly opposed crowds when it comes to painting … or preserving. If your brick isn’t in prime condition or you’re eager for a new look, consider covering it with a layer of whitewash. The advantage […]

Track Current Kitchen Usage To Inspire Future Renovation

Track Current Kitchen Usage To Inspire Future Renovation

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: every successful renovation starts with a healthy dose of planning. Whether you prefer the structured approach of a workbook or something a little more free, making sketches and taking notes are great ways to keep yourself organized, focused, and most importantly, on […]

Go Retro With Vintage Metal Cabinets

Go Retro With Vintage Metal Cabinets

Just as vintage clothes can inject a dose of retro glamour into your wardrobe, vintage home furnishings, appliances and other items add a dose of timeless appeal to your interior. In the kitchen, vintage metal cabinets can be a great way to combine retro form and function. Popular in the […]

Update Your Space with 2011 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Update Your Space with 2011 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

The new year is nearly upon us, and that means trend forecasts are being released on an almost daily basis. If you’re planning to update your kitchen in 2011, you may want to consider some of these current trends that will add style and functionality to your space. + Integrate […]