Design

A guide for knowing and applying light sources You may not be a professional lighting designer, but you understand the importance of layering light. It’s the secret behind turning a standard home into a place of elegance. For years, homes came built with very standard overhead lighting powered by on/off light switches. Now many lighting schemes are being incorporated with the additional feature of dimmers. Whatever a home is lacking light-wise may easily be remedied with additional installations. An artful use of highlights and shadows will create a subtle mood and a pleasing environment. Start with the most obvious factor, the windows....

How kitchen cabinets can be exquisitely unique Crown molding is one of those decorative touches that often get taken for granted. It’s as if it is mistaken for a regular part of the cabinets or walls it adorns. It is not always recognized as the product of an artistic choice, but it is. It looks great, but it is worth noting the stylistic direction that was based on someone’s inspiration. There are plenty of types of crown molding to choose from, and selecting the perfect one to quietly add elegance and even value to a room is an achievement worth acknowledging. If...

The exciting world of entertainment centers You’ve reached a level of success that allows you to indulge yourself a bit. Nothing too tacky, but far removed from those days when you slept on a twin mattress directly on the floor of your shared apartment. Now, you have your own home and you want to get yourself a giant TV. You no longer have to worry about neighbors on the other side of the wall, so you’re going all out. It’s the home theater concept, with quality speakers and a cool entertainment center to house it all. Take your time finding the...

You have options when it comes to Kitchen Cabinets These days, there is no shortage of reasons for preferring to use household materials that are made of substances other than wood. For one thing, there are all those recent concerns of outgassing from formaldehyde-treated woods. Or maybe you just prefer to be ‘Green” and opt for sustainable materials only. Or, perhaps, you simply have no desire to employ any wood for your home or kitchen at all, it’s just not you. Whatever your rationale, you’re not alone. That’s why there are plenty of options available to those who either seek wood...

Exquisite craftsmanship & healing properties - the merging of art and health Growing out of the ancient and mammoth cliffs of the Changbai Mountains, a mountain range that lies on the border between China and North Korea, are Eastern White Cedars - better known as “Trees of Life”. Historically, they are considered to have profound medicinal value, especially for treatments found in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). In this capacity these special trees are known under yet another name. For simplicity’s sake this is the one we will refer to it by for the rest of this text. It is, “Mountain Thuja”...

Ingenious solutions for maximizing kitchen drawer efficiency Is everything a mess in your kitchen - to your sensibilities anyway? Maybe you have lids separated from their plastic ware, appliance manuals mingling with pot holders, and spatulas sharing the same drawer as phone chargers. Sure, it’s a mess, but it’s your mess – and that means it can be resolved as much as you are willing. Sure, you’re aware the philosophy of putting everything back where it belongs is a good one. It’s the basic drawer strategy. Unfortunately it does not establish a complete safeguard from the disarray that follows most of us...

We’ve all been there – that awkward moment when you use a certain bathroom for the first time, only to find a most unfavorable placement correlation between the toilet and window. You’re further distressed to see the window open. What’s this, no curtains or blinds?! You won’t be in a rush to use the facilities here again. And that is exactly what you don’t want for your own home.  You want your guests to be comfortable. Problem is, you have a similarly unfortunate layout where a peek in the window could result in seeing something one shouldn’t. Well, the good news is...

Creative Ideas for Expanding Your Kitchen’s Potential The days of throwing the plastic waste basket in the corner are over. You no longer want to prop your brooms or mops up over there either. You’ve grown. You have style. And it’s time for your kitchen to reflect that. And a perfect way to achieve this goal is to make use of the oft-neglected corners. It’s time for them to earn their keep, to actually be efficient and functional. “Well, how do they do that?” you ask, “They’re JUST CORNERS…” “Just corners”? No. They serve a purpose beyond being mere connectors of walls....

With old homes come many potential surprises. Classic hardware, a prolific history, a wealth of neglected antiques in the attic… these are examples of good surprises. Unfortunately, they’re not as feasible as the more crummy ones. Surprises aren’t fun when they make you aware of problems… Perhaps your home has been in the family for decades, or you’ve been alerted to a steal-of-a-deal on the real estate market, when working with an old home it is necessary to be aware of the common pitfalls that betray its safety and value - and the costs affiliated in alleviating them. Let’s start with the...

I love hot tubs and Jacuzzis.  They are one of the best experiences in life. But owning your own Jacuzzi is so expensive and labor intensive that the only really good option is to live in a complex that has one.  While this solves all the cost and labor issues it then creates the new issue of having to share the space with the rest of the complex.  So a very nice compromise is to have a great shower in your bathroom. The privacy of your bathroom makes the shower a safe haven of relaxation.  So your shower is an area of...