How and where to use Onyx in the House

Onyx is a banded stone not unlike agate. It was formed from limestone so it is a soft stone. Color variation comes from dissolving and redepositing of the limestone. Colors of this strikingly luminescent stone vary from white to black and every color in between. The appearance and color of onyx change with the variations … Continue reading How and where to use Onyx in the House

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Architecture: Themes of Spanish-Mediterranean style homes

The Mediterranean style of architecture has influenced some of the most beautiful and iconic homes and neighborhoods in Southern California, directly and indirectly drawing inspiration from homes along the European coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. These styles of homes have flourished in Southern California since the 1920s and 1930s, following the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 … Continue reading Architecture: Themes of Spanish-Mediterranean style homes

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Summer decorating tips for the home pool

If you plan to make pool parties or brunch by the pool part of your entertaining you will want to give some thought to decorating around your pool. Here are some ideas: If you have pool toys and supplies, storing them in an attractive shed is a must for creating a party-friendly poolside. Oversize paper … Continue reading Summer decorating tips for the home pool

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Landscaping to highlight a front yard

One of a prospective buyer’s first impressions of a home or business is the front yard. An attractive front yard can greatly increase the selling price of a property.  Even if you are not selling your home or business you want neighbors and visitors to have a good impression of where you live or work. … Continue reading Landscaping to highlight a front yard

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Decluttering a Kitchen

Are your kitchen cupboards a hodgepodge of items you haven’t used in a year? Are the can goods mixed in with boxes of chocolate pudding? Do you have to search for the items you want? Is the counter littered with small appliances and cooking utensils? If this describes your kitchen then perhaps it is time … Continue reading Decluttering a Kitchen

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A closer look at stone veneer siding

If you want the natural, authentic look of real stone in your next renovation or improvement project without many of the drawbacks, stone veneer siding might be your ticket. Designed to replicate the visceral strength, quality and beauty of real stone, stone veneer sidings are made from natural stone as well as manufactured stone. The … Continue reading A closer look at stone veneer siding

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How to Choose the Best Paint for Your Home

Paint is often touted as a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to update a home and give it a fresh look. However, picking the right paint color can turn into a major pain; who knew there were so many shades of white? Instead of getting overwhelmed in the home improvement store, use these tips to … Continue reading How to Choose the Best Paint for Your Home

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Which is Better: Blinds or Curtains?

Curtains have graced the windows of homes for centuries. Their lush material speaks of wealthy homeowners. Curtains keep out prying eyes and harsh material-fading sunlight. Curtains dress windows and make them look ornate. Curtains are available in a wide range of styles, materials, and costs.  You can curtain a window for ten dollars or spend … Continue reading Which is Better: Blinds or Curtains?

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Using Plants to Decorate the Home

You don’t have to be a master gardener to add a touch of green to your living space. Plants make your home look elegant or cozy depending on which plants you choose, where you put them, and how you display them. Start simply with some supermarket or superstore potted plants. Arrange them in an interesting … Continue reading Using Plants to Decorate the Home

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Redecorating a Guest Room for Summer Visitors

  That guest room may have looked quite presentable last fall. But with the prospect of summer visitors, it now looks tired. Here are some ways to perk up your spare room without paying a fortune to do so. Your first concern should not be the aesthetics of the room. While these are important your … Continue reading Redecorating a Guest Room for Summer Visitors

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