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…

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Kitchens

 

 

 

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Shingle Style Home Design

Shingle Style Home Design

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

 

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Elegant Home Design

Elegant Home Design

 

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Modern Tudor Home Design

Modern Tudor Home Design

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Shingle Style Home Design

Shingle Style Home Design

 

 

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

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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.

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Dream Outdoor Home Design

Dream Outdoor Home Design

 

 

 

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

Rain or Shine - Dinner Here is Always DIVINE

Rain or Shine – Dinner Here is Always DIVINE

Happy Memorial Day!

Work by Hilton VanderHorn Architects

Ready for YOUR Summer Fun?

Ready for YOUR Summer Fun?

 

 

Phillip Watson

Magical Gardens

Magical Gardens

 

 

Phillip Watson

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?
Home Design with Comfort and Style

Home Design with Comfort and Style

 

 

Steven Mueller

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

In Design - Luxury & Compact

In Design – Luxury & Compact

 

 

Steven Mueller

Wine - Stylishly Stored and Displayed

Wine – Stylishly Stored and Displayed

 

 

Steven Mueller

Garden Design with Perfection

Garden Design with Perfection

 

 

Phillip Watson

Home Decor - Bedroom - Tranquility

Home Decor – Bedroom – Tranquility

 

 

Steven Mueller Architect

Photographer: Jim Fiora

About Architecture - Presence & Balance

About Architecture – Presence & Balance

 

 

 

Steven Mueller

Photography by Jim Fiora

Landscaping - Simple and Classic

Landscaping – Simple and Classic

 

 

Phillip Watson

Landscape Design creates Experiences

Landscape Design creates Experiences

 

 

Phillip Watson

Horticulturist

Weekend Sanctuary

Weekend Sanctuary

Austin Patterson Disston

Exterior Rooms

Exterior Rooms

Material furnished by Philip Watson

Powerful Patterns in Landscaping

Powerful Patterns in Landscaping

Materials provided by Philip Watson

 

Colors of Summer Gardens

Colors of Summer Gardens


 Phillip Watson - click to see more

Beauty on the Shore

Beauty on the Shore

Austin Patterson Disston

Power of Simple Pleasures

Power of Simple Pleasures


Phillip Watson

Weekend Cottage

Weekend Cottage

Austin Patterson Disston

Image by Phillip Watson

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