Traditional Kitchen Ideas with a Contemporary Twist

Traditional Kitchen Ideas with a Contemporary Twist

Paying attention to simple details is the difference between a ho-hum kitchen remodel and one that will make you want to just sit and look at it, like art! I found this great looking green and white kitchen while looking at the traditional kitchens by Wren Kitchens page of a UK based site. I'm not sure I agree that there really is any such thing … [Read more...]

5 Space Saving Storage Bed Ideas

5 Space Saving Storage Bed Ideas

Recently, a good friend asked me a funny question. "Have you heard of this Tiny House movement?" I guess he just found the Internet last week because everyone has heard of the major shift to smaller homes. I, for one, love the move to smaller spaces and we can personally vouch for it being a wonderful lifestyle. (to a point...) What really got … [Read more...]

Gorgeous Black Woodgrain Kitchens

Gorgeous Black Woodgrain Kitchens

Are you ready for this? Black kitchen cabs have been the talk for awhile but most of the time it's black painted cabinets, not woodgrain. This kitchen does the whole black thing but dials it back just a tad by letting the wood show through. I love it! polygon homes on flickr This whole thing just works for me. It's not too dark thanks to the … [Read more...]

6 Styles of Beautiful Wood Ceilings

6 Styles of Beautiful Wood Ceilings

Is your ceiling getting boring? Feeling a little, er, flat? Here's an idea that's really not too hard to do and could make a stunning difference. Cover your ceiling with wood planks. Wood Plank Ceilings in Every Style Rustic Rustic is easy and fast. No painting and no tight finish work. This ceiling looks like 1x8 pine that has been naturally … [Read more...]

Have a Breakfast Nook You Can Be Proud Of!

Have a Breakfast Nook You Can Be Proud Of!

Everybody luuurrrvves a great breakfast nook! They have the potential to be one of the most comfortable and cozy spaces in any home. Here are a few inspiring photos and tips to help you transform your nook into your own little slice of heaven! This little nook to the right is a great example of creatively imagining a space that is both … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fireplaces, Oh My!

Outdoor Fireplaces, Oh My!

With the beautiful days of spring approaching now might be a good time to start thinking about outdoor living spaces once more! Thank heavens, the days of a plain and bare porch are gone. The new porch is a living space all its own, complete with comfortable sofas, area lighting, inviting floor coverings, and, if you're lucky, an outdoor … [Read more...]

10 Country Kitchen Inspired Budget Tips

10 Country Kitchen Inspired Budget Tips

We've taken a few great looking country kitchens and pulled out 10 tips to save you money on your kitchen remodel budget. Did we miss anything?   1. Framed DIY Chalkboards - Skipping the whole set of upper cabinets has two key benefits.  First, it opens up the room and creates a feeling of spaciousness many kitchens yearn for.  Second, it saves a … [Read more...]

Modern Outdoor Fire Pits are Hot!

Modern Outdoor Fire Pits are Hot!

What is it about fire? Fire, in many forms, provides an effect on the moods of people that no other form of light or heat can match. Candles, torches (I prefer the "Tiki" style myself), and fireplaces are all on the menu when looking at ways to add a little "spark" to your home.  One particular form of fire has really been seeing an increase in … [Read more...]

Your Very Own Bar & Grill in the Backyard!

Your Very Own Bar & Grill in the Backyard!

I always wanted my own "bar & grill"! Now I know how to do it without having to start a whole restaurant! The most interesting features of this set-up, found at __, are the stone front and the thick countertop. Super Thick Counters This counter has an edge that is at least 4" thick. There are two ways to do that. One possibility is … [Read more...]

No Paint Bathroom Ideas

No Paint Bathroom Ideas

While painting may be the most DIY friendly of all home improvement skills, it's often one of the most dreaded tasks of all. I'm one of those people who will go to great lengths to avoid painting, often choosing alternatives that are technically harder to accomplish, but worth the effort. Take this small bathroom for example. All of the surfaces … [Read more...]