Using Latticework Indoors for a Garden-Fresh Look

Beautiful latticework
Latticework began in the garden as a structure from which to hang vines.  It accented conservatories and patios.  Designers are now incorporating latticework into home interiors for a fresh garden vibe.  In addition to the wood variety, the lattice pattern is showing up on wallpapers, fabrics and painted murals.  See how latticework indoors can add character and dimension to...

Experience the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set

On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit is the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Matamata, home of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, is a small agricultural town in the heart of the Waikato region, nestled at the base of the beautiful Kaimai ranges. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will...

5 Reasons You Should Use Area Rugs in Your Home

A bright area rug adds color and depth
Area rugs add many things to a room, including style and color.  They come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any space.  The natural and synthetic materials used to produce area rugs makes them a versatile addition to any style of room at any given time of year.  Here are the top five reasons you should...

Designing a Masculine Home Office

A masculine home office
The home office is a necessity in some households and sometimes even requires his and hers to accommodate a two-career partnership.  Designing a masculine home office that is functional and stylish should include elements of organization and personality. When designing a home office that is masculine, start with a theme or style of decorating.  Tie this in with how he...

Raised Beds for Easy, Low-Maintenance Backyard Gardens

Raised beds enhance a back yard
If you are new to gardening, have limited space or if your soil is poor, raised beds are an easy, low-maintenance option for your backyard garden.  You can easily make wood raised beds yourself or purchase them at garden stores.  You can also use stone and other border types to create this garden style. Raised beds along the fence make...

Open Bathroom Concept for Master Bedrooms

Open bathroom concept
There is a trend in home design now for an open bathroom concept in the master bedroom.  This trend has evolved from a modern take on the home interior, where accessibility is key.  That’s not to say you still can’t have a modicum of privacy within this space.  It’s all in how you plan to use the space and...

Coastal Cottage Style for Tranquil Interiors

Coastal Cottage
Whether you live on the coast or in the city, you can still achieve this fluid, relaxing look in your home.  There is something special about the airy, soothing coastal cottage style that appeals to everyone.  Perhaps it is memories of beach vacations or simply a love of nature that inspires us to embrace this iconic style. The colors of...

Staging Your Home for a Successful Sale

Clean and clutter-free home
Selling a home can be a challenging and stressful undertaking.  There are ways that you can make your home stand out more to potential buyers.  Here are a few ideas for staging your home.  It requires just a bit of time and effort, but will be well worth it and place you in the top running with potential buyers. Think...

Reclaimed Wood – Let it Tell a Story in Your Home

Reclaimed wood gives this room character
More and more people are opting for reclaimed wood products in their homes.  From accessories and furniture to beams, walls and flooring, used wood is making its way into homes.  Not only is reclaimed wood a smart choice environmentally, but it makes a strong statement decoratively.  By using reclaimed wood in your home, you are helping the environment while...

Three Ways to Update a Blue and White Interior

Accents of yellow add dimension to this blue and white interior
Blue and white is a classic color combination.  However, if you are looking to update this classic, choose a third color and work it into the scheme.  The three most complementary colors to add to blue and white are yellow, green and red.  See how you can incorporate one of these colors to update a blue and white interior. Yellow...