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In the Bedroom: TV or Not TV?

 TV in the bedroom debate blog by Laurie March
Photo: FlavaHome.com, courtesy Porter-Abramson-Teiger Architects

While helping couples design their homes, I have heard a conversation or two about whether or not to include televisions in the bedrooms. It’s never a simple debate. The truth is that many of us enjoy the thought of snuggling up in bed and watching our favorite shows as we drift off into dreamland. Unfortunately, the reality is that those soothing TVs might be the very things keeping us from getting the rest we need. So what do you think? Are your zzzzs affected by your TVs? Read Post…

2014 Blog Cabin: Magnolia Madness

Did you know that there are over 80 different species of magnolia trees? That beetles rather than bees pollinate their flowers? That fossilized magnolias have been found dating back 20 million years? Did you know that since a few of our readers suggested researching them, I’ve become kind of obsessed with these trees?

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Photo: HGTV.com

I am happy to report that the 2014 Blog Cabin has gorgeous magnolias in its yard. These blossoming beauties boast some old souls and some stunning flowers. While white is the most common color, many magnolia blossoms are splashed with shades of purple, pink and yellow. But what if you’re not lucky to have a tree in your yard? No worries! Here are some other ways you can include these ancient beauties in your home’s décor. Read Post…

2014 Blog Cabin: Sensational Sunrooms

Blog Cabin 2014 Laurie March Blog
Photo Courtesy: betterlivingsunrooms.com

They say people who live glass houses…are very, very lucky. Since this winter has outstayed its welcome in many parts of the country, I thought I’d spend some time thinking about one of my favorite rooms in the new Blog Cabin: the sunroom. Whether you use it to warm up on a cold day, as haven for your plants and flowers or even as more of a “moonroom,” these coveted spaces provide you with a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors from inside. Read Post…

5 DIY Spring Cinderblock Projects

Laurie March Blog Cinder Block Zen

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’m excited that winter is on it’s way out. I’m can’t wait to garden, play lawn games and I’m very excited to start planning some of my spring outdoor projects. This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the simple cinderblock. This humble, hearty material is often appreciated more for its function than its form – but these affordable workhorses clean up really nicely! Check out some of the many ways the cinderblock might spruce up your spring. Read Post…

2014 Blog Cabin: Backyard Board Games

 2014 Blog Cabin Laurie March Blog
Photo: ABeautifulMess.com

Those of you who have been voting up to ten times daily for your favorite 2014 Blog Cabin features know that one of the more interesting choices involves which outdoor game will be built on site: Giant Jenga or Bocce Ball? Read Post…

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