Fabulous Asian Outdoor Furniture

Fabulous Asian Outdoor Furniture

Fresh from the Philippine furniture show:  Outdoor furniture.  Winter be gone.  Warm, sunny, beautiful outdoor days are soon to arrive -  Let’s get ready with great pieces…  Read More…

Cost of Construction - It's all in the Details

Cost of Construction – It’s all in the Details

Here is a question I get all of the time: Can you build for $xxx?  Yes…but… Read More…

Do you know this Spring Flower?

Do you know this Spring Flower?

Hint…. It is a perennial….the center is harvested…

This is saffron, the spice! Only the few yellow sprigs in the center are harvested. It’s why saffron is so expensive. Why not have it in your garden instead of crocus, for example?!

Which Roof Tile Costs more Money?

Which Roof Tile Costs more Money?

Luduwici tile is a type of clay tile – on the left is a brand new tile – on the right is an old tile. Which costs more? Read More…

Which one costs $125 or $625?

Which one costs $125 or $625?

Can you name the more expensive illuminated planter?  Click to see the answer: Read More…

Art or Home Decor called....

Art or Home Decor called….

a bench…..why not have both in one! This bench can be found at Storm King Art Center, NY

What do you think? Read More…

Color in Kitchens

Color in Kitchens

Close your eyes: do you even remember the cabinetry? Image this kitchen with a granite countertop – it would not be the same….would you like it? Read More…

Kitchens

Kitchens

 

 

 

portfolio of Richard Kotz, Architect

Shingle Style Home Design

Shingle Style Home Design

Stone and shingles make for an interesting mixture of formal and informal…

 

portfolio of  Richard Kotz, Architect

Comfortable Home Decor

Comfortable Home Decor

Portofolio of Agus Interiors

Classic never goes out of style. Change a few pillows and change the look to set different moods and color. Window benches… Read More…

Modern New England Home Design

Modern New England Home Design

Traditional materials of a New England Georgian style such as stone, clapboard and a wood roof are used in a fresh, more modern style in this new home

portfolio of Richard Kotz, Architects

More Home Improvement Magic

More Home Improvement Magic

 

A picture speaks a thousand words

more from the portfolio of

Richard Kotz, Architect

 

 

 

Home Improvement - Before/After

Home Improvement – Before/After

Think about what’s possible with your home

The right home improvement is so powerful – it improves your life not just your home

 

Portfolio of Richard Kotz, Architect

Perfect Setting through right Home Design

Perfect Setting through right Home Design

This picture speaks for itself – SIMPLY STUNNING

 

 

from the portfolio of Hilton VanderHorn Architects

Garden Decor - Which is Right for You?

Garden Decor – Which is Right for You?

Which “trinket” is stylish? Which one is kitchy?

What does your garden say about you? Read More…

Award-Winning German Home Design

Award-Winning German Home Design

Good architecture creates solutions.  This home in Germany… Read More…

Practical and Romantic Home Improvement

Practical and Romantic Home Improvement

 

Multi-task your home improvement dollars. Combine practical and romantic aspects – in this case a garage and fireplace /pool setting.  Good for the wallet AND your lifestyle.

Portfolio of Hilton VanderHorn Architects

Outdoor Home Goods for the Modern Cottage

Outdoor Home Goods for the Modern Cottage

•Which chair is more comfortable? (left / right)

•Which chair stripes your bottom? (left / right)

•Which chair is a conversation piece? (left / right)

Traditional meets Modern.   Traditional design is often associated with… Read More…

Home Design that Greets You

Home Design that Greets You

Does your entrance greet you? Does it make you smile? Does it make you fall in love with your home?

 

Architects: Hilton VanderHorn

Pools & Spas that sing...too

Pools & Spas that sing…too

Take a plunge during the day and make a fire during cool nights.

 

 

Work from portfolio of Hilton VanderHorn

Home Decor at its Best - Who is the Designer?

Home Decor at its Best – Who is the Designer?

Simple and sophisticated tableware…who designed it? Read More…

Lights - Both Glass -one  DIY the other $49K

Lights – Both Glass -one DIY the other $49K

 

Do you know which one costs $49K?
Would you pay it?
Gardens - Walking Experiences

Gardens – Walking Experiences

 

As we all walk our gardens to contemplate what to create this spring and summer start with the most fundamental of elements: the path itself…

Phillip Watson

Exterior Rooms

Exterior Rooms

Material furnished by Philip Watson

Colors of Summer Gardens

Colors of Summer Gardens


 Phillip Watson - click to see more

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Fencing – Healthy & Peace of Mind

July 4th Fireworks without Bug Bites nor Chemical Sprays

July 4th Fireworks without Bug Bites nor Chemical Sprays

Bug bite free backyard fun.  Bug bite free firework watching….without nasty sprays nor chemicals on your skin – living organically and healthfully.  What is it?….. Read More…

Life Changing Father’s Day Gift

Some Home Improvement projects are gender based. Think of the man-cave, wine cellar, wood working shop and… you guessed it a “garage fit for a King”.

It’s simpler than you think.  See for yourself!

 

It’s wonderful when you can acknowledge someone you love by giving him/her something truly meaningful – Improving your home in ways that improve your life is the ticket to success!

The power of Color

The power of Color

Color is such an important element in home design.  It’s the right touch…. Read More…

Organic Gardening - Timing Matters

Organic Gardening – Timing Matters

Shrubs and trees have different times they like to be trimmed or pruned. General rule of thumb: Read More…

Hardware to express Your Personality

Hardware to express Your Personality

Start you spring clean up with sprucing up the room you spend most of your time in:  your kitchen. Most homeowners think of hardware in their kitchens and baths as purely functional pulls and knobs.  There are so many on the market  today across many different price points.  Most are “nice” but generally boring.  But they don’t need to be…. Read More…

"Pex" to the Rescue

“Pex” to the Rescue

Building materials are such an important part of “healthy house” and “healthy living”. We buy bottled water because we know water quality is super important.  Consider the lines that the water you drink, cook with and shower in flow through. Read More…

Gardens are Calling

Gardens are Calling

It’s still too cold to working in the soil but it’s finally time to plan our gardens.  What kind of colors should you give your garden this year? What kind of annuals are you going to select? Are you going to be adventurous? Read More…

The New "Green" Air Filter

The New “Green” Air Filter

Most people would say  plants are nice to have in our homes.  This scientific measured approach will want you buy these three plants right away….. Read More…

Smart Locks - Pros & no Cons only different Features

Smart Locks – Pros & no Cons only different Features

Basic, and even so-called high-security locks are really not that safe! Most of us have been living with a false sense of security.   See also my LinkedIn Influencer article AND check out these smart locks… Read More…

Mix Modern with "Cabin Look"

Mix Modern with “Cabin Look”

Pinterest is filled with these cool wood wall accents.  Here is the product. Here is how you do it… Read More…

Sparkles over Dining Room Tables

Sparkles over Dining Room Tables

Dining room lighting has changed dramatically. Today’s fixtures are long over the length of dining room tables.  See these two examples, one artisan designed, the other from a well- established US manufacturer… Read More…