Materials

Belt Tiles Make Sophisticated Flooring A Cinch

Belt Tiles Make Sophisticated Flooring A Cinch

File this one under “What will they think of next?” You’ve heard about using reclaimed wood for floors, but how about accessories? Ting London, the brainchild of designer Inghua Ting, has launched a line of floor tiles made from vintage leather belts. A group of in-house artisans selects belts that […]

Add Intrigue To Your Home With A Secret Room

Add Intrigue To Your Home With A Secret Room

It’s confession time, C&H readers. When I imagine the house of my dreams, there are several must-have features on that list: a claw-footed bathtub, a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves (and a purple velvet chaise, but that’s another story!) AND, *drumroll please*: a secret room! Turns out my fiance and I […]

Hardwood Floor Installation Tutorial

Hardwood Floor Installation Tutorial

Whether you opt for light or dark, new or reclaimed, installing hardwood floors in all or a portion of your home is a surefire way to introduce a completely new aesthetic–and test your DIY prowess. It may seem daunting, but installing hardwood floors is certainly feasible as a DIY project. […]

Refinish Your Wood Floors on a DIY Budget

Refinish Your Wood Floors on a DIY Budget

Whenever I am visiting my family at home, my mother has the same complaint about her house: the wood floors. She’d love to refinish them but with an elderly dog, other projects to tackle and a limited budget, it’s not in the cards in the near future. I inquired about […]

Preparing For Delivery Of Construction Materials

Preparing For Delivery Of Construction Materials

Earlier this week, I came across a humorous anecdote about homeowners who had a huge pile of gravel delivered to their house for an upcoming project. A miscommunication occurred between the two parties, and the monstrous pile of gravel ended up just a few feet in front of the garage […]

How Durable Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

How Durable Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

I’m a big fan of durability. If you take the time to choose a product, fork out the cash for it and then fall in love using it (or in this case walking on it), that product better be there for the long haul. Maybe that’s the polar opposite of […]

Mosaic Tiles Add Visual Impact to Bathrooms

Mosaic Tiles Add Visual Impact to Bathrooms

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

My inspiration for C&H blog posts knows no bounds–magazines, newspapers, HGTV, friends and family–and now, television commercials. Last night, I found myself intrigued by an ad for The Bagster, a dumpster in a bag that can be purchased at local home improvement stores and, post-project, hauled away by scheduling a […]

How To Photograph A Home For Sale

How To Photograph A Home For Sale

Have you ever perused Craigslist or a realtor’s website and immediately got turned off by a poorly snapped photo? My boyfriend is very guilty of this. I tend to pay more attention to words that images (“But honey, it says cottage charm!”) whereas he’ll be more realistic (“Cottage charm is […]

Add Color with High Pressure Laminate Panels

Add Color with High Pressure Laminate Panels

When someone asks where you spend most of your time, the garage doesn’t typically rise to the top of the list, does it (well maybe it does – I am writing on a DIY blog)? Anyway, if your answer was no, it didn’t for me either … at least until […]

Find Tools and Materials on DiggersList

Find Tools and Materials on DiggersList

In a response to the amount of waste that many job sites create either through demolition of perfectly good materials or ending up with surplus, the founders of DiggersList wanted to create a free marketplace where people could exchange home improvement supplies and tools with ease. Think of DiggersList as […]

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

While in Maui we had the pleasure of visiting designer Xorin Balbes latest project he’s named, Ke-Ao Lanihuli which translates to “The light from the heavens to overturn old conditions bringing enlightenment.” The name is certainly fitting for this place which we will touch on later. You may know Xorin […]

Dwell on Design 2010 Starts Today

Dwell on Design 2010 Starts Today

Starting today we’ll be attending the 2010 Dwell on Design event. This is the West coast’s largest design event and it is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There are numerous exhibitors we plan on visiting that cover kitchen and bath design, green materials, industrial design and innovative outdoor […]

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Yesterday we had an opportunity to visit the Shaw Floors campus in Dalton, GA. We were given a behind the scenes tour of the facilities and shown the process it takes to bring a carpet line from conception to market. Shaw also introduced us to their latest product, Tigressa SoftStyle. […]

Go Big on Your Patio

Go Big on Your Patio

Patios are personal things. You’ll probably spend time out there in your robe and PJ’s. You might have romantic meetings on the patio or entertain important people. There’s bound to be tons of memories played out on the surface of your patio. So you need that patio surface to reflect […]

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

It is the age of calm, clutter-free spaces inside and outside our homes. Contemporary decor is full of simple, clean lines and a roomy feel. Think IKEA furniture and the tidy up job you do when your mom is coming over. This trend totally translates into the backyard as well, […]

Bags are the New Dumpsters

Bags are the New Dumpsters

When it’s time for a renovation, renting dumpsters can be a pain. Plus they take up space in your driveway or lawn and can take far too long to get hauled away. Waste Management’s Bagster system – an 8x4x2.6 bag- is a super easy way to haul away waste from […]

Baby Bedding: An Unconventional Yet Chic Solution

Baby Bedding: An Unconventional Yet Chic Solution

When I was pregnant with my first child in 2004, my husband and I found it difficult to settle on a crib set. Most of the options available to us were gender-specific – soft pink or baby blue – and we didn’t know the baby’s sex. But even if we […]