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My Outdoor Sofa: Voice Your Choice

Life is filled with decisions and, after an amazing year of working on this 2014’s Blog Cabin, I’ve realized that polling a group of terrific people can be an excellent way to break a tie. I’m an insane fan of outdoor furniture. So, inspired by the fantastic choices made by viewers during the Winterhaven remodel, I’ve decided to let all of you choose which alfresco sofa I choose for my very own house.

Outdoor Furniture

This time of year can be a wonderful time to shop for outdoor gear, as a lot of pieces are going on sale. I’ve been looking around for a patio couch for quite a while, but I am torn. Should I go with a neutral sofa, like the one above, and then spice things up with some pops of color? Or should I buy a colorful couch, like the one below, and tone things down with earth-toned accents? Read Post…

Cool Closet Conversions

If space is tight and your life is big, you might find yourself craving an additional room – an office, a library or even a napping nook (you know how I love them). Sure you could move, but there might be an easier solution. Why not convert a closet to suit your specific needs?


Photo: GiesenDesign.com

This multifaceted mudroom has been carved out of an old coat closet. While it simply provided storage before, now it greets guests, keeps outerwear organized and gives you a spot to park your seat while you’re putting on shoes. If you’re looking for more of an entryway in your home, this might be a conversion to consider. Read Post…

Bathroom Chandeliers: Yay or Nay?

Shaving, applying make-up, styling hair and brushing your teeth would be really hard to do in the dark, so it’s safe to say that bathroom lighting is fairly important.  But I’ve been thinking about one trend this week that’s a little more fun than functional: the bathroom chandelier.

 Photo: Iroonie.com

A chandelier is often seen as a symbol of luxury and elegance and can often be found in dining rooms. If you love to host dinner parties, you might agree that the clinking of glasses is perfectly complemented by the twinkling of crystal light. But what about installing one of those lavish beauties in the loo? Read Post…

4 Fab Features for Outdoor Kitchens

The weekend is here! Time to fire up the grill, slip off your shoes and enjoy the great wide open. If you spend a lot of time eating and entertaining outside, an outdoor kitchen might be right up your alley.

Photo: ZeoInterior.com

While a simple barbeque works fine for some, adding counter space, appliances, cook tops and dining areas can transform your family’s lifestyle completely. If you’re thinking of making an investment in eating alfresco, here are a few things you might want to consider. Read Post…

4 Ways Above Ground Pools Can Look Cool

Summer officially arrives this week, which means it’s time to grab a suit, towel and some sun! This is the time of year that those lucky folks with pools start to entertain a few more guests every weekend. Do you have a pool or are you considering one?

Above Ground Pool Laurie March Blog
Photo: ClassicPools.com

Although a lot can be said about the great in-ground versus above ground debate, if you’re looking for something more affordable and less permanent, above ground might be the way to go. Here are some ways you might make your pool rise above and beyond everyone’s expectations. Read Post…

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