Thursday, January 18, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

This gorgeous white kitchen is a collaboration between interior designer Courtney Giles Decker and architect Brandon Ingram. Blue accents such as bold blue cabinetry and accessories are used to give this classic kitchen a new twist. The geometric pattern marble backsplash not only create visual interest but also acts as the focal point in the space. A pair of brass open lanterns are an unexpected touch, breaking up the silver metals in the room while exuding warmth and elegance. The blue accents are thoughtfully incorporated in the adjoining breakfast room for a sense of flow and cohesiveness. Decorative textiles are added to the back of the blue dining chairs for a surprise delight! Fresh, beautiful and timeless, this fabulous kitchen is beyond inspirational, don't you think? Any thoughts? 

Photo credit: Emily Followill and Patrick Heagney

Making Your Log Cabin More Energy Efficient!

This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

You have finally purchased the log cabin of your dreams! You get to kick back and enjoy quiet evenings next to the fire among the relative isolation of the woods. You can imagine yourself in a world before technology and before all the pressures of our fast-paced society.

But you do not want to get carried away and live life without all technology! You will still want things like electricity and heat. But since you live in a log cabin, you might have problems keeping your energy bills low. Here are a few things you can do to make your log cabin more energy-efficient:

Get New Windows

One of the most effective things you can do to improve energy savings in your log cabin is to invest in new windows. Oregon, Washington, the mountains in Tennessee, Colorado- these are all great places to own a log cabin since they offer picturesque views, but they also have very cold climates. The windows are like huge holes in the side of your log cabin if they are not designed properly. That means you could be losing a lot of heat, which will drive your energy bills sky high. Invest in the type of window replacements Portland and other cold-climate residents use, and you will see a significant reduction in your energy bills. 

Invest in double-hung windows that fit your personal style with superior construction, and you will get extra insulation for your log cabin that will help you maintain steadier temperatures. You can also add window tints to improve the energy efficiency of the windows.

Replace The Doors

The doors of your log cabin are also like big holes in your home. Some doors are just hollow inside, offering no insulation whatsoever. You need to replace the doors with insulated options. Not only will you improve your home’s energy bills, but you will also get a sturdier door that will hold up to damage a bit better.

For maximum energy efficiency, replace both the exterior and interior doors with insulated options. You will get more stable temperatures in each room of your log home.

Get New Appliances

Log cabins tend to be on the older side. It is part of what gives them their charm. The appliances that came with the log cabin may be equally on the older side. The refrigerator, stove, washer, and dryer could all be soaking up more electricity than they should, which can send your bills sky high.

Invest in new appliances that are Energy Star rated. These appliances come with information about how much energy they use and how much they can potentially save you on energy bills.

Update The Roof

The roof plays one of the most important roles in maintaining energy efficiency. If the roof on your log cabin is old, in disrepair, or simply not appropriate for the property, it could be letting out cool air and heat, causing your energy bills to skyrocket.

Hire an experienced roofer to check out your home. The roofer may be able to improve energy efficiency by just making repairs, or the roofer may recommend that you replace the roof. Metal roofs are known for their energy efficiency, but your roofer can make recommendations to get the look you want while still maintaining energy efficiency.

Upgrade The Insulation

Different types of insulation will offer different levels of protection. Spray foam insulation will offer the highest level of protection, but it is also the most expensive. Work with a contractor to have the insulation in your log home inspected and to make a decision for what type of insulation would give you the best energy efficiency for your budget. You may not be able to get the very best product on the market, but you should be able to get something on your budget that will bring down your log home’s energy consumption.

Plant Some Trees

The winter months are not the only thing you have to worry about wreaking havoc on your home’s energy consumption. The summer months can get pretty hot, too, even in colder climates like Oregon. Planting some trees will help provide some shade to the house during the hot days so your air conditioner does not have to work as hard to cool the house. You will improve the look of your property and bring down your energy bills during the summer.

Do not let your dream of owning a log cabin put a strain on your finances. Make these upgrades to your cabin to bring down your energy costs and save big in the long run.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cool designer alert- Leslie Jenkins!

Introducing talented Dallas-based designer, Leslie Jenkins. Known for creating stylish-but-livable spaces with a fresh approach, her work always looks effortlessly chic. Without further ado, let's take a look at her beautiful portfolio, shall we? 

The designer: Leslie Jenkins

Isn't her designs gorgeous? Her work exudes luxury, sophistication and an understated elegance, thanks to the use of timeless furnishings, brass elements and a soft color palette. I truly adore her fabulous style, how about you, my lovelies? Any thoughts?

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Inside a charming and idyllic retreat in Connecticut!

GrayBarns inn is an idyllic retreat located in Norwalk, Connecticut. The inn was formerly a millhouse and textiles factory and was later converted to a Colonial-style inn in the '30s. Fast forward to 2015, the property was listed and caught the eye of developer Andy Glazer. A longtime resident nearby, he wanted to restore the property to its former glory. Andy's wife, Marsha, and their daughter shared his vision and helped him transform the inn into something beautiful and relevant. Let's take a look at the finished results, shall we?

Photo credit: Marili Forastieri

Such a charming and inviting retreat, don't you think? By masterfully incorporating shiplap walls, plantation shutters, reclaimed wood and natural elements with luxurious touches such as velvet and expensive linens, this gorgeous inn exudes warmth, comfort and a sense of rustic chic. The lovely lobby with the cozy sitting area and glass partition is especially my favorite. Are you draw to this inspiring retreat as well? I would love to know your thoughts!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Inside a new San Francisco home with a whimsically classic decor!

This San Francisco home is designed by  Miles Redd for an energetic young couple with lively children. Instead of opting for modern interiors, the homeowners desired something more timeless and classic for their new abode. The designer happily agreed and delivered what his clients wanted. Let's check out the results of this transformation, shall we?

Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

A combination of trompe l’oeil-tented walls and ceilings, classic chinoiserie scenic wallpapers, Persian rugs, antiques and bold color palettes transformed this house from new to regal! Beautifully layered, elegant and visually interesting, this home is beyond delightful and inspirational! I am especially drawn to the entry's whimsical ceiling and the gorgeous wallcovering in the formal dining room, what about you, my lovelies? Are you a fan of this lovely home tour as well? What are your thoughts?  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Favorite room of the week!

Such a beautiful entryway! Bold and bright painterly prints and abstract floral artwork are grouped together in the form of a gallery wall to create a huge design impact. To achieve a visual balance, striking black and white floor tiles are used. The addition of a lovely pink bench with pretty pillows not only provide comfortable seating but they also add another layer of visual interest. The big fresh flowers complement the floral art, inviting you to pause a while. Layered, collected and thoughtfully designed, what's not to love about this gorgeous passageway? Your thoughts?

Photo credit: Design Files

Redecorating Your Aging Parents’ Home For Safety And Comfort!

This post is provided by Katherine Smith.

As our parents age, they may find it difficult to get around the house like they once were able. Bodies stop working like they once did, forcing people to move things around and make their living arrangements more closely tailored to what is comfortable and safe. The goal is to prevent unnecessary slips and falls that can do significant damage to an aging body. If you will be in charge of redecorating your aging parents’ home, make sure to include safety and comfort features they can utilize on their own without assistance.

Add An Elevator

Elevators are not just for buildings and stores. Home elevators can be implemented as well, adding an easy way for residents to get from one level to the next. This is especially important for older adults who have a difficult time making it up staircases. Home Elevators & Residential Elevator Systems make the home safer for people who struggle to get from upstairs to downstairs and vice versa. Have a  professional install the system so it gets done quickly and efficiently.

Make A Home Office

Your parents may be getting older, but that does not mean they are ready to stop working and getting things accomplished. Many older adults continue working but might try working from home instead of having to make a commute each day. Create a stylish home office for them that includes everything they need to get their work done. Ensure there is good lighting so weakened eyesight does not hinder the experience. You should also add a conversation area with a couple of comfortable chairs or a couch where they can sit and relax during a break time, or converse with a client or partner if needed.

Purchase Comfortable Furniture

While you may prefer a soft couch you can sink into, it may be difficult for your older mom or dad to make their way out of it once they have sat down. It is best to purchase comfortable furniture that would not be hard on their aching backs, yet still allows them to get up or down on their own. A soft yet somehow firm couch would be a better option. Their bed may need replacing as well, along with the dining room chairs and anything else that gets sat or laid on for rest or relaxation.

Install Grab Bars

Grab bars are often seen in hospital restrooms in the shower and near the toilet. It allows people to hold onto something if they need to lower themselves down carefully or get up from a seated position. Many older adults start struggling to get up or down on their own, so bars like this in their home bathrooms would be ideal. Make sure you watch the weight limit of the bars you install to ensure they can hold up your mom or dad safely.

Tape Down Rugs

Despite their low-risk appearance, rugs can be hazardous to those who have a hard time getting around. The best option is to get rid of the rugs altogether, but if your parents do not want to do that, then taping them down is the next best choice. It will ensure they are stuck to the ground well so the edges will not come up and cause someone to trip when they are trying to walk over the area.

Our aging parents need our help more than ever. Before they have started to struggle, help them out with some home redecorating that will get the place in ideal condition as they start to get older. With grab bars installed, rugs taped down, comfortable furniture, and a home elevator, your parents will have a safe and comfortable home they can continue to live in on their own for some time. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cool designer alert- Christine Markatos Lowe!

Introducing talented California-based designer, Christine Markatos Lowe. With an imaginative union of modern and classical influences where elegant rooms are enlivened with a fresh mixture of pattern, color and texture, her designs are beautiful as well as inspiring! Without further ado, let's check out her stunning portfolio, shall we?

The designer: Christine Markatos Lowe

I can't take my eyes off her gorgeous work! With a keen sense of style and design versatility, she is able to transform any room in any style with great panache, don't you think? I am a fan of her delightful and effortlessly chic designs, what about you? Are you drawn to her fabulous aesthetic as well?

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