Thursday, November 30, 2017

12 Exterior Home Projects That Increase Home Safety And Look Great!

This post is provided by Jesse Hughes.

There are many home renovation projects that can easily keep home owners busy for every single weekend of the entire year. When you think about everything you could do or everything you should do, it quickly becomes overwhelming. But, when you combine home safety and aesthetics, the possibilities dwindle. We have compiled a list of the twelve most interesting exterior projects that will increase your home safety and look great.

1. Fence: Installing a new fence on the periphery of your property enhances the look, gives it style and provides privacy; especially if your house is located in an urban area.

2. Front gate: Your estate might be big enough to justify installing a gate at the end of the laneway. Elegant and safe, you can make this item a decorative theme for your curb appeal. This feature also allows you to restrict access to your property to only your guests.

3. Driveway: If your driveway is older, chances are it is cracked or uneven. Both conditions may lead to trips and falls that would be avoided with a new driveway finish. 

4. Lighting: Aside from providing a beautiful look to your sidewalk or soffits, lighting the way to your front door ensures that your guests see where they walk, especially if there have to climb steps to reach your front door.

5. Dog house: even if you do not own a dog, building a dog house on your lawn provides a beautiful ornament that also serves as a deterrent to future thieves. They will think twice before breaking into your house if they believe a large dog lives on the premises. Designing the dog house in the style of your home makes the final product fit in and be a charming addition to the lawn.

6. Front door: A new front door offers a cachet to the façade. It also saves energy in heating and cooling. Did you know that different color front doors mean different things? A red door indicates that the house is paid for. A brown door tells visitors that the owners are welcoming people. 

7. Windows: new windows are magnificent and prevent heat loss during winter. 

8. Gutters: new gutters are charming and help divert water from the roof to the ground safely.

9. Stairs and railings: whether it is at the front steps or on the back deck, ensuring that stairs and railings are up to code and secured properly will ensure your house inhabitants’ safety.

10. New paint: deck and stairs need new paint from time to time. Do not wait until you get splinters before you give a fresh coat of paint to your patio. 

11. BBQ: If you have not changed your BBQ in a decade, you might want to do so. Aside from looking stunning, the new BBQ will also be safer to operate. 

12. Building envelope: when making changes to the façade of your house, whether you are adding an accessibility ramp or solar panels, consult the expert who will help you make the most out of your investment.

Hopefully we found enough activities to keep you busy for a few weeks.     

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cool designer alert- Ashley Darryl!

Introducing super talented New York-based interior designer, Ashley Darryl. A rising design star, she is best known for creating livable, unique spaces by blending styles into a cohesive, one-of-a-kind look. Intrigued? Let's check out her fabulous portfolio, shall we?

The designer: Ashley Darryl

Photo credit: Ashley Darryl

How chic and gorgeous are these rooms? Her flair for mixing classic and contemporary with unexpected textures and materials results in fresh, eclectic spaces which I truly adore. Are you drawn to her decorating approach as much as I do? Any thoughts? 

To learn more about her work, please visit:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Inside an interior designer's festive and beautifully layered holiday home in London!

Check out London-based interior designer, Alidad's gorgeous holiday home below!

Photo credit: Simon Upton

Such a festive and beautiful holiday home! Fresh greens, fruits and flowers lend a seasonal touch to the space. Stunning textiles, old world tapestries, 19th-century English furniture, Islamic art and antique fabrics evoke a warm, layered and lived-in feel in this cozy apartment. A mix of eclectic furnishings and timeless pieces provide style, visual interest and elegance to this abode. The dramatic living room and the red faux suede door with the gold braid trim outside a powder room are particularly my favorites, what about you? Is there any element or room that catches your eye? Your thoughts?

Friday, November 24, 2017

A fresh and inviting holiday home in Connecticut!

This beautiful Federal house in the Connecticut countryside is designed by Jenny Wolf for a young couple. With a mix of playful prints, traditional accents and a blue and white color scheme, this historic holiday home feels classic yet youthful. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Pernille Loof

What a stunning home! I love how fresh and inviting this holiday home feels. A few Christmas accents and touches of holiday greeneries are incorporated throughout the house for a delightful, festive feel. I really like the small, unexpected holiday touches in every room. Sometimes, less really is more. 

The gorgeous formal dining room and the pretty blue and white textiles in the living room are my favorites, which are yours? Do you find this holiday house as inspiring as I do? Any thoughts?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving." -W.T. Purkiser

Photo credit: rooms for rent

Photo credit: Lindsey Grace Photography

Wishing you and your family a warm, joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Right Design For A Bathroom!

Just like the most famous and the best restaurants tend to leave a bad impression with unmaintained bathrooms, you could have a good or bad experience in your home’s bathroom as well. However, you could make those private moments pleasant with the right design and pieces. The best design starts with a goal, and for a bathroom, the first goal for you is to keep it spacious. The second goal is to have enough cabinets and drawers that you can store all the necessary items in them. For a contemporary bathroom, it is better to go to with a spa-like feel which could be created with silvery and aqua-like colors.

Most bathrooms are adorned with natural and soothing colors, but you can always create a contrast with bold colored cabinets. Dark wood cabinets go perfectly with light bathroom tiles. Large mirror over the faucet is in fashion these days. To give a more modern look to the bathroom, try the uniquely designed sink bowls that could be placed on counters like a big bowl. Another new way of making the bathroom modern is by having a flat tub in the ground that looks like a mini-sized swimming pool. Natural or white light is the best for bathrooms.

Another style you should consider is designing your bathroom using a spa theme. The first thing that you need to do is paint the walls with very soothing colors, and no colors could be more soothing than bluish whites, light blues, and greens. Do not spend too much on expensive tiles.

Now you need to create the right effects in the bathroom, and these effects are acquired with the right lighting. Use pillar candles to accentuate the corners or floating ones if you have a bathtub in the bathroom. If you do not like the idea of having candles in the bathroom, go for recessed lighting. Place a rug on the floor and buy one that is thick and soft. Use plush towels and if color choice bothers you, simply go for the white ones. A little greenery would be great and for the best looks, go for a wooden bathtub.

However, you could make your bathroom an outright luxurious and modern one with the new wooden bathroom tubs. Though you can find ones with the old and traditional styles, there are some amazing modern looking wooden bathtubs on the market too. Imagine any style and design and you will find that in the market. 

The great thing about these wooden tubs is their size. You can find them in almost any size and with any desired depth. There are ones with enough depth to let you soak into the water to your chin level. Combining these wooden bathroom bathtubs with the modern faucets is one of the best ways of isolating your bathroom from all that you would have seen anywhere. 

About the Author: Carol James is an EssayLab psychology department writer and senior editor. She has MA degree in social sciences and is an excellent specialist in this field. Carol worked with numerous materials on the subject and is eager to share her knowledge with our readers.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cool architecture firm- Charlie & Co. Design!

Minneapolis-based architecture firm, Charlie & Co. Design is a design studio focusing on residential design. I find their work beautiful, refreshing and truly inspiring. Without further ado, let's take a look at their stunning portfolio, shall we?


Photo credit: Charlie & Co. Design

Aren't their work absolutely beautiful? Their designs feel fresh and chic, thanks to a thoughtful mix of clean lines, natural elements, architectural details, eclectic furnishings and materials. Exuding warmth, sophistication and incredible style, what's not to love about their chic and layered design approach? Your thoughts?

To learn more about the designers and their work, please visit: