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Windows Boot Camp: Window Materials

Aristotle once told us that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and that is certainly true when it comes to your house. That being said, choosing the right parts can help significantly to create the best home for you.

All photos courtesy of Pella

Welcome back to Boot Camp, recruits! Your windows are an integral component of your house and it’s important to select the right material when you’re shopping for new ones. Let’s take a peek at some of the options out there.

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Blog Cabin 2014: Big Winner Week!

Blog Cabin 2014

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As some of you may know, this week is a very special week.  It’s the week that someone, somewhere is getting the phone call of a lifetime – and hearing that they’ve won this year’s Blog Cabin 2014! Read Post…

Windows Boot Camp: Window Features

“Energy” and “efficient” are two of the most popular words uttered by window warriors these days, but what do they really mean? There are many individual features to consider when shopping for the best windows for your specific home. Are you ready to be schooled on all of them?

Photo courtesy of Pella

Sure, one window might look the same as any other window to you now, but after you’ve completed my Windows Boot Camp, you’ll be a fully informed window feature creature. Read Post…

Voice Your Choice: Painted Ceilings

It’s time for you to punch in, folks! I’d love to hear your thoughts on a design element a client of mine has been contemplating for a while: the painted ceiling.

Painted Ceiling


Painting your ceiling can be a very dramatic way to change a room’s tone and feel. The deep purple ceiling above provides an unexpected pop of color in an unexpected place. It is labor intensive, however, so it’s not something to be done on a whim. Check out some ceilings and let let me know what you think. Read Post…

Kitchen Finishes: Glossy vs Matte

When it comes to kitchen finishes, you often hear the words “shiny” and “sleek,” but there’s an alternative to a glossy finish you might want to consider: matte.

kitchen countertop

Certain materials, such as this striking slate countertop above, are available in a matte finish – which is also called “honed.” While they may not shimmer in the sunlight, matte finishes tend to contribute some character all their own.

Kitchen Countertops

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