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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Kitchen Make-over – Do you see what’s Changed?

Kitchen Make-over – Do you see what’s Changed?

Check out this kitchen remodel sent in by a reader: From “blah” 80’s builder kitchen to a fresh new look & expanded function with simple and inexpensive but powerful improvements.  WOW… Do you see the three things… Read More…

Spring Cleaning - Three easy-to-do Home Improvements

Spring Cleaning – Three easy-to-do Home Improvements

Spring clean up can be fun:  Take your home from “tumble to tidy”.  It’s a great feeling!  Here are three great simple-to-do projects that are guaranteed to … Read More…

Home Design Lessons from a Hallway

Home Design Lessons from a Hallway

It’s been a few years since I designed and built this hallway – yet I still love it as much as the day I completed it.  What does this tell us? Why is this hallway so powerful? Read More…

Super cool casual Outdoor Furniture for Backyard Fun

Super cool casual Outdoor Furniture for Backyard Fun

Getting together with friends in the backyard is fun.  It’s casual. Casual entertaining is fabulous.  Why not make a part of your furniture casual too?! How…?  Read More…

Increased Home Value through Nature's Goods

Increased Home Value through Nature’s Goods

Can you increase  home value through home improvement? Yes, start with one that gives you the biggest “bang for your bucks”…. Read More…

This Tree Humans love & Deer hate

This Tree Humans love & Deer hate

Do you recognize this beautiful tree?  Hint:  It blooms only for a short time and it gets better with age… Read More…

Home Improvement Projects Military Style

Home Improvement Projects Military Style

It is said that home improvement, or making ones surroundings more beautiful is a deep-seated desire in the human experience.  Read More…

Car Protection from a Tennis Ball

Car Protection from a Tennis Ball

Is your garage tight? Is it filled with items other than your car? Items that you can bang in easily when parking your car? Read More…

Smash It...No Problem for this Wine!

Smash It…No Problem for this Wine!

Want to make a memorable entrance at a friend’s house? Bring an expensive bottle of wine and smash it on the floor upon arrival. OUTCH…!!!! But not… Read More…

The new Language of Lighting

The new Language of Lighting

We all know to buy light bulbs according to watts – 100 watts, 60 watts etc.  But how do you buy LED’s? Picking the right LED, i.e. the right light spectrum makes the difference between you loving and/or hating LED’s !!!

(1) LED’s are rated by… Read More…

Repair & Design Upgrade for your Bath -    4 Steps to a New Shower

Repair & Design Upgrade for your Bath – 4 Steps to a New Shower

This shower pan is overdue for repair: Note the cracks and repeated patching with caulk… The caulk application is so bad, it gives caulk a bad name.

Every time you have a repair, use it not only as a fix but your opportunity to spruce up the style in your home! Read More…

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