Remodeling and Using Decorative Molding

decorative molding enhances walls & ceilings

Molding isn’t a word that everyone is familiar with. When I talk to homeowners about their remodeling projects, we focus on the flow of the new space we’re creating along with the finishes they want.They’ve often picked out lighting fixtures, have a good idea about the flooring they want and maybe they know paint colors. As the room design takes shape, I explain how decorative molding can give a room more personality. 

What my clients like is they don’t have to pick the type of decorative molding they want up front. They have the opportunity to wait until we’re pretty... 

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Versatile Guest Bed With Fun Options

People love people, which means we find ourselves hosting friends and family who will stay overnight at our house. The challenge is where will your guests sleep, in order to have more guests and extended visits. We’re all familiar with trundle beds, folding beds, sofa beds, inflatable mattresses and sometimes we ask our guests to sleep on a sofa. So today’s Friday Find is an incredible guest bed, like none you’ve seen before. 

An Incredible Guest Bed You Could Not Imagine

Nicknamed the snail bed because of how it looks when open, this guest bed is so easy to open and close,... 

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Should You Keep What You Have, or Buy New Appliances?

household appliances keep getting more efficient

If you’re worried about whether your range can handle all of the holiday cooking and whether your refrigerator will have room for the leftovers, you might be thinking about new appliances. It’s not as much of a splurge as it might seem, making major purchases just before the holidays arrive. They’ll help you get through them better, and you can find some great deals this time of year. 

Here are some signals for knowing whether it’s time to replace your appliances and getting the best deal that you can.

New Appliances Signal #1: Ranges that Aren’t So Hot

Your range is the heart... 

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Bathroom Remodeling Ideas Floor to Ceiling

bathroom ideas for showers include rain shower heads

Bathrooms didn’t change much for many years. You picked out the basics – vanity with a countertop, sink and faucet. Then there was the toilet, bathtub and probably the bathroom feature that changed most was the standalone shower versus the combination bathtub – shower. For years remodeling a bathroom meant changing the vanity, flooring and shower (or bathtub) surround. But with Houzz, Pinterest and so many people sharing bathroom remodeling ideas online, the choices for bathrooms today are … endless.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas Start with Why?

Maybe you’re wondering why you need to update your bathroom? Alright, no... 

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Home Ideas for Extra Seating at the Dinner Table

slipcovers is one of those great home ideas, to coordinate mismatched chairs when company arrives

The holidays bring a lot of preparation, and you’ll need some clever home ideas to get you through this hectic time of year. You’ll decorate, plan for meals, and serve feasts to family and perhaps friends. But one problem with special dinners is the need for extra seating. 

If you have guests visiting for Thanksgiving dinner, but don’t have enough dining table chairs for everyone, take heart. You don’t have to resort to unattractive folding chairs or a mismatched group that looks less than planned. 

Here are some ideas for additional seating that will complement your table instead of detracting from it:

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Tablescapes Bring Nature Indoor

Design by V (Valerie) Jorgensen Design, Wells ME

Tablescapes are one of my favorite activities during the holidays. There are so many wonderful opportunities to get new ideas for how to decorate your table, and the best part is you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Now before you start saying you’re not hosting any dinner parties this year, the tablescapes you’ll see here and everywhere, aren’t just for the holidays or your dining table.

You can use ideas from tablescapes to decorate your fireplace mantel, coffee table and even your bathroom vanities. It’s fun adding a... 

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Creative Hanging Shoe Storage You’ll Love

more secure hanging shoe storage but it's deeper than just crown molding on the wall

You love your shoes but you only get to wear one pair at a time. If you’ve got a great shoe collection, you’ve probably have most of your shoes in boxes all over your bedroom, even multiple rooms. It’s hard to find just the shoes you want, and you don’t get to enjoy them as much as you’d like. That’s why this inexpensive, hanging shoe storage might be perfect for your closet, or even a wall in your bedroom so you can enjoy your favorite shoes every single day!

So we’re going to walk you... 

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Home Tips for Buying Molding

how to buy molding starts with picking what fits your home's style

Do you notice the way interior trim on the walls and ceiling can make the difference between a room that’s extraordinary versus one that’s ordinary? You can dress a room up the way you dress to go to a fancy party, and you know how great it feels with the perfect dress and accessories. Even better is that once you’ve added crown molding, ceiling trim or wainscoting, your room remains dressed up forever. 

Some molding is necessary when a house is built. Doors and windows are wrapped with molding to cover the gaps between the rough opening (framing) and the actual... 

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Housing Costs vs Cost of Living

housing costs represent the biggest expense in a homeowner's budget

When you buy a house, most people focus on how much house they can afford. This number is generally based on what the banks look at, what’s called your front-end ratio which is the sum of your mortgage (principal + interest), property taxes and house insurance. But there are many more costs involved in home ownership, which I outlined in an article titled The True Cost of Home Ownership.

Everyone, homeowners and renters, have monthly utility costs like phone, cable and electric bills to pay each month. Where the big difference lies is in home repair costs as landlords are responsible... 

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Window Insulation Reduces Drafts & Lowers Utility Bills

insulation let's you enjoy window views

Homes lose much of their heated air up, through the attic space and roof. But windows are another area where heat is lost. Cold drafts can also be a problem when windows don’t have enough insulation around the edges, where the window sits inside the rough framing (see diagram). 

With the weather turning a bit cooler every day, now is the right time to think about buttoning up your home and guarding against heat loss. Layering a few protective measures over and around your windows will help keep your home more comfortable, and reduce your heating bills. 

Here are a few ways... 

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