Being an artist, I am a huge fan of original art and respect the artist as much as one can. Being on a budget, I love being able to reproduce art that most people can have in their homes without spending their life savings on a single piece. Fine art printing (the place I have…Continue
Added by Robyn Sorenson on January 8, 2013 at 11:15pm — No Comments
The right outdoor lighting can set your home apart from the rest of the houses on the block. Lighting is also a rather inexpensive way to to change the look of your home at night and add some flair. The key is to use lighting properly and not to over-indulge. These are a few inexpensive examples of what I…Continue
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On a recent business trip to Cleveland, I had some free time one afternoon to check out the city’s rich history of Arts & Crafts homes. Armed with my GPS and camera, I set out to explore…
Situated on a bluff, the Cleveland Heights neighborhood began to attract Cleveland’s more affluent citizens in the 1870’s. First they built summer homes that…Continue
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It took me quite a while to figure ot "keeping room", but it's a room off the kitchen where family members would gather in the evenings in winter, so they could keep warm from the migrating heat from the kitchen wood range.
I now have my kitchen wood range all installed, with a brick wall behind it -- the bricks coming from the old chimney removed from the house.
cooking with wood now.
Recently I had the good fortune of traveling to Los Angeles for business, and while there I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream - making a pilgrimage to “The Ultimate Bungalow”: The Gamble House in Pasadena...
According to home improvement retailers, June is one of the busiest times to begin DIY projects—and paint is the most effective way to give your home a fresh look without the cost.
Since June kicks off the official start of paint season—ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape has brought on their Pro Prep Patrol team: professional painters and home improvement experts who are on hand to help Americans with their paint dilemmas—for…Continue
Added by ScotchBlue Painter's Tape on June 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
More and more there are a lot of calls for designs for an Arts and Crafts Style Kitchen Garden.
It is so easy to grow vegetables and herbs here in TN and edibles look great among other foundation plantings. Why not grow plants you can eat?
Added by Mary Higgins on May 17, 2011 at 8:47pm — No Comments
Can anyone tell me how much it would cost to restore our original 1925 windows? Just need a ballpark if anyone knows or who had done it.
Added by Laura Mosoriak on April 18, 2011 at 7:31am — No Comments
Go Figure!!!! Since moving into my Arts and Crafts Home, here at Lawrencetown Beach, I've been researching my home and the "movement" to be confident that any changes I make are in keeping with the home's historic qualities.
I will be spending my summer doing something in the kitchen; but over the past 2 days, we finally "broke out" a wall.
Prior to this, in order to get to the pantry, I've had to leave the kitchen, walk through the keeping room, down the…Continue
My 1912 home does not have doors on its closets and I'm wondering if that is typical. the house has been renovated but it doesn't look like there ever were doors on the present closets. Were curtains usually hung over the opening?
I was at Lowe's over the summer looking at tile saws. I have two big tile projects to do in my house - the kitchen and bathroom - and if I add another bathroom later as planned, that will be a third. I wanted to get a tile saw instead of renting one for many reasons, not the least of which is that if I rent one, I will spend as much or more on renting the thing than I would if I just bought a good one.
So, back to my opening sentence. I was at Lowe's over the summer looking at tile…Continue
Added by Karan Andrea on December 17, 2010 at 12:53pm — No Comments
We still have a few things left to finish - installing the ceiling fans, putting on the outlet covers, tiling the bathroom - but it has been quite the haul just to get to the point where the walls are painted, the floors are finished, and most of the baseboard and shoe mold is installed. I'm too happy about getting to this point, so I'm posting photos...
This is the bathroom floor - stained and finished. We had to put a dark stain…
Added by Karan Andrea on December 17, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments
Late in the day on Labor Day, a car drove by my house, slowed, stopped, and the driver leaned out the window. "Thank you! It looks great," he said. Car after car, neighbor after neighbor driving by, walking by - their first words were "thank you."
Much of the work I have done on my house has been inside, so even though I have done a great deal of work that has improved the property, very little has been visible from the outside. And let's face it - my house is, well, in a word, ugly.…Continue
Added by Karan Andrea on December 17, 2010 at 12:51pm — No Comments
Many developments in these last weeks. Sanding, cleaning, priming, plating, excavating, concrete, water diversion. I can't believe how much
we've accomplished in so little time.
We finally finished the sanding, hallelujah! We were all tired, happy, and incredibly sore. So the next weekend, we rounded up wash buckets and rags and after vacuuming the entire upstairs - every blasted surface - walls, ceilings, woodwork, floors, radiators (amazing how much dirt those buggers can…Continue
Added by Karan Andrea on December 17, 2010 at 12:50pm — No Comments
In a previous blog post I described my “2x theory” of renovation, which states simply that it takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you anticipate. Regardless of how carefully you budget. Regardless of how tightly you keep control of your contractors. Regardless of how much of the grunt work you do yourself, or are able to get done by people you’ve rooked for free labor. It just doesn’t matter. At some point in the project, you are going to realize that…Continue
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