It seems that there is no consensus in the proper way to deep clean carpets. What we do know is that a vacuum cleaner won’t do the trick. When you need to properly remove mold, allergens, dust mites, and light stains, you should use a steamer. Steamers don’t require the […]
If you are into woodworking or just want to refinish a favorite piece, this article regarding color theory when applied to stains and dyes is a must-read. Color Theory: For the Woodworker & Furniture Finisher and Mixing Stains or Dyes [Wood Finish Supply]
The use of decorative stone can provide your modern home with a more rustic and earthy feel. This look can be created by placing stone on just one exterior wall. Beware of doing too much or your house could resemble a castle. Consider stone for interior walls as well. Stone […]
A reader recently inquired regarding the use of bamboo poles to decorate and frame the entryway between two spaces in his retail store. Bamboo is an excellent choice when it comes to adding warmth to a room and it’s neutral color and smooth finish won’t deter from the surroundings. We […]
Manhattan Users Guide just turned us onto these great custom window grills by Kristina Kozak of MINE. Wrought-iron grills are terrible to look out of and are unsightly on any home. If you need the security of metal window grills why not make them decorative. Custom Window Grills [MINE]
Here’s a DIY video from Expert Village that shows you how to adjust your ceiling fan so it no longer wobbles. An out of tune ceiling fan can loosen from it’s base so it’s important to keep these fans properly maintained.
Straight from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Apartment Therapy has highlighted some modern sink designs from Rapsel who are located in Milan, Italy.
Before you go organic and grow your own tomatoes, herbs, and flowers, follow these steps to ensure your garden has the greatest chance for survival.
In addition to toekick drawers, here’s another way to utilize the space between your kitchen cabinets and the floor. Install a kickspace heater like these from Myson.
For $15k you should get everything you’ve ever wanted or didn’t know you needed in a refrigerator/freezer and sub-zero delivers. Pro 48 refrigerator/freezer by Sub-Zero
When pulling longer nails such as framing nails or spikes, a standard sized hammer won’t have the proper fulcrum length to pull the nail completely out and you may not have access to a cat’s paw. But you can still remove a nail in one motion by inserting a block […]
When remodeling a kitchen or bath one of the primary choices that will effect price and appearance is selecting your countertop material. You should consider a number of factors before making a decision, such as; expected wear-and-tear, do you cook a lot?; maintenance and cleanliness, do you keep your current […]
David from the Irwin House uses Color-charts.org to select every color for his interior. More on colorcharts. Color-charts.org is a “Color Library” for construction materials, and colored manufactured products. This library serves as a design resource for architects, decorators, and consumers who may now easily search, find and cross reference […]
The cache and and exclusivity of living in a historic district doesn’t come without restrictions. The county, city, and local organizations may require homeowners to adhere to the preservation of the neighborhood which may include limits on remodeling the exterior or interior of your home. But you may qualify for […]
When considering a subfloor the best option is usually a tongue-and-groove edged board. These are the easiest to install and don’t require additionally blocking. They can be used under carpet, tile, or wood flooring. Solid subfloors make for happy feet [Inman News] Tongue-and-Groove Flooring [CanPly]
Lam Beams (Glu-Lam Beams) are usually constructed of Cedar or Pine and can provide the strength of steel but the feel and warmth of wood. These are best used to span interiors and assist in supporting pitched roofs and secondary floors. Lam Beams [Howe Lumber]
Cupolas bring an instant old-world charm to your home and enhance the roof line much like a dormer would, but depending on your design, cupolas are less structurally invasive than dormers and decorative cupolas are much easier to install.
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