Unless you live in a custom-designed home that you created, it’s likely you’ve got a few less-than-perfect elements in your space. An oddly placed door, unevenly spaced windows, nooks, crannies, and rooms of too-large or too-small scale are just a few of the challenges you can face. Short of a major renovation, there are a few things you can do to make the most of what you’ve got. When life hands you lemons… Continue reading
What’s your kitchen style? Are you a lover of the wide-open range, or do you prefer a closed off galley? Open or closed, there are fans on both sides. An open floor plan enables the host to stay more involved and no be walled off from guests, it’s also argued that it’s better for families. Advocates of the closed kitchen say it’s nice to be able to close the door on the mess and smells of cooking, keeping them away from guests.
Which side do you fall on? Most of us have a quick, almost automatic answer. If you’re house hunting, or about to tackle a renovation, it’s time to give it some thought. Continue reading
Dining rooms have been going the way of the dodo bird. Many families simply don’t want a large chunk of their square footage eaten up by a room that’s rarely used. More and more homes feature multipurpose spaces where the dining area is part of the kitchen or family room space. However, there’s something to be said for the value of a formal dining room where family can celebrate milestones and holidays or where guests can gather. Rather than retire the dining room, or worse, relegate it to occasional use, repurpose it to serve double duty. Go ahead, grab your favorite table linens, we’re keeping the dining room! Continue reading
Natural light. Real estate listings tout the abundance of natural light in a home. Décor magazines are filled with advice to infuse your space with natural light. There are many reasons why natural light is considered such a good thing. If you have an abundance of sun-filled windows, you’ll see lower utility bills – most of the year.
Lots of sunlight means less need for artificial light, and helps heat your home in winter. The downside is, you might have a harder time cooling it in summer. Sunlight also helps stimulate the production of vitamin D, which is a natural mood elevator, increases skeletal health, and improves your skin and hormonal functions. Plus, you can’t beat the look of a room with sunlight streaming through it. Continue reading