Creating a dream home with cypress

Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is a classic and timeless building material,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “And many people are discovering that the inherent beauty of cypress, a species so often chosen for outdoor applications, adds a luxurious look to indoor living spaces, for anything from walls and ceilings, to exposed beams and so much more.” Transforming the ordinary …

5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home

During the coldest months of the year, it’s hard not to think about the warmer months to come — and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling projects that can add enjoyment and value to your humble abode. Home remodeling projects on the rise As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, home improvement project investment by homeowners has increased, according to the latest Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) study. As spring is a popular time for …

Trading Questions for Answers:  Q&A with Trading Spaces Vern Yip

Editor’s Note: Vern Yip will be speaking at the Nashville Home Decorating + Remodeling Expo, scheduled March 9-11 at the Music City Center. One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and led countless home and restaurant makeovers during his four seasons on TLC’s Trading Spaces and his more than a decade as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers. In our interview with the well-known and respected interior designer, we discovered many of Vern’s hidden passions, talents and tricks for keeping your home organized and showcasing personality through design. 1. What’s …

Create a Sleek, Functional Home Office

The regular work-at-home, the non-self-employed population has grown by 115 percent since 2005, according to research from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. That translates to 3.7 million employees working from home at least half the time, while 40 percent more U.S. employers offer flexible workplace options compared to five years ago. The benefits working from home offers are indisputable, but those often come at a cost when you find it difficult to turn off the clock and stop working. Developing an organized work-at-home routine and creating an efficient workspace to facilitate productivity is a must for those who telecommute. Consider applying these tips to …

A Fresh Take on Classic Style

BELFIELD™ BATH SUITE PROVES THAT TRADITIONAL DESIGN IS ANYTHING BUT BORING Remodeling the bathroom is the most common project homeowners will pursue in 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders. One of most cost-effective items to update in the bathroom is the faucet. When shopping for fixtures, consumers are looking for unique styles, and Moen has their needs covered with the launch of the new Belfield™ bath suite. “Belfield is the perfect finishing touch in the bathroom,” said Mike Reffner, senior manager, bath category, Moen. “This collection is influenced by our popular Belfield kitchen suite, so consumers looking …

4 Home DIY projects perfect for winter months

Cooler temperatures have arrived. But does that mean it’s time to shelve your DIY aspirations for the rest of the year? Hardly. Colder outdoor temperatures may have forced you indoors, but they don’t have to mark an end to your DIY pursuits. There is still plenty of work to be done and you can reinvent the rooms inside your home by following through on the simple DIY projects listed below. * Make a hardware replacement. Want to remodel your kitchen or bathroom but lack the money and the skill to tackle it right now? Not a problem. Simple hardware replacements to …

A Guide To Outfit Your Home

Whether you’re just starting out and filling your first home or looking to round out the missing pieces of a household you’ve lived in for years, this handy list can help give you a rundown of some must-have items for every room. Kitchen High-quality knives and a sharpener for even, precise slicing and dicing A collection (although not necessarily a matched set) of pots and pans in varying sizes with lids Wooden spoons and plastic spatulas and scrapers that allow you to prep meals without damaging pots and pans Sturdy mixing bowls that will stand up to heavy blending and …

Blanco new Liven Laundry Sink in 8 trending SILGRANIT Colors

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, launches its innovative dual mount LIVEN Laundry Sink – the perfect sink for a design-inspired laundry room. LIVEN comes in 8 trending SILGRANIT® colors with a deep, functional bowl that resists heat, stains, and chips. The LIVEN Laundry Sink is made of BLANCO’s patented SILGRANIT® material and features a generous radius on each of its corners; making it as easy to clean as it is durable. This innovative laundry sink is 25×22 inches – a perfect fit for compact laundry areas. An extra-deep 12″ bowl, perfect for soaking, and space-saving …

5 steps to a smart home

When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone. So what about a smart home? Smart thermostats and lighting timers represent the first steps toward smart home technology for many homeowners, but in a lot of cases, they were the only steps. Since then, technology has continued to develop, and today there are scores of home goods that can talk to one another while allowing you total control of your home from your smartphone, tablet or another device. It all sounds so simple, so perfect, yet many consumers …

Andalucia by Walker Zanger features layered geometrics and patina reliefs

The intricate and interwoven lines of traditional Moorish architecture and Old Spanish ornamentation are sources of inspiration for Walker Zanger’s all-new Andalucia collection. The hand-finished terra cotta tiles reimagine these motifs and patterns on a larger scale for a fresh and timeless aesthetic. “Andalucia is made of authentic terra cotta and hand-pressed by local artisans at our state-of-the-art facility in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which is historically and culturally rooted in the tradition of tile making,” said Jared Becker, Walker Zanger Vice President of Design and Marketing. “This dimensional new collection celebrates artisan beauty and traditional Moorish architecture with …