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Garages: Conversion Excursions

When you’re searching for square footage, the options within your home might be limited. If you don’t have the space or the budget to add on to your home and moving isn’t something you’d consider, converting your garage might solve some serious problems. Here are a few ideas to consider:

Converted Garage
Photo: Freshome.com

 

If you don’t drive, live in a warm climate or have covered parking available to you somewhere else, your garage might be an untapped resource. An extra living room like the one above might make your entire home feel more spacious. Replacing a traditional garage door with French doors is sure to transform the space instantly. Check your local building and safety codes before you kick off any projects that change your garage to make sure you’re doing things right – and you can recoup your investment. Read Post…

Hanging Out in the Bedroom

Welcome to February! 2015’s Blog Cabin is progressing at full steam ahead and, I have to tell you, this house is going to blow you away. You voters did an excellent job choosing the big picture items, like the home’s exterior color, in the first round. And now we’re nearing the end of round two: The Master Suite.

Romantic Bedroom
Photo: HGTVDecor.net

There are many important decisions to be made regarding this relaxing retreat, but the one that’s captured my imagination lately? The hanging pendant lights over each bedside table. I’m excited to see whether you favor the rustic metal shades or the glowing glass option – but I’m also intrigued by the general concept in general. Read Post…

Voice Your Choice: Open Showers

Hello from the amazing KBIS 2015! I’m here in Las Vegas having a great time learning about great new kitchen and bath design. I can’t wait to tell you all about it next week. But even as I check out these amazing innovations, I’m still keeping my eye on this year’s Blog Cabin voting.

Laurie March 2015 KBIS Las Vegas

Right now you can vote up to ten times a day on the Blog Cabin master suite’s features. One fascinating option? An open shower. People tend to either love them or hate them – so it will be so exciting to see what the voters choose for this stunning master bath. Will the winner be showering behind closed glass or will they be enjoying more of an exposed shower every morning? The choice is yours. Read Post…

Windowsill Wonderlands: Indoor Plants

I hope everyone is staying warm and healthy! This time of year can be a struggle for sun worshippers and beach babies alike. One way to avoid midwinter melancholy is to bring a little life to your windowsills.

Laurie March Blog Houseplants
Photo: EmilysGoldStandard.com

The tiny tree and cute little cactuses above would bring a smile to even the frostiest face. Click here to learn more about how to care for cacti and other succulent plants. Read Post…

Happy New Year! Happy New Blog Cabin!

 

Photo: DIYNetwork.com

Hello and welcome to 2015! I hope you all had happy and healthy holiday seasons. I also hope you’re getting back into the swing of things, because I’m ready to put you to work! Voting has begun on this year’s gorgeous mountainside Blog Cabin in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho! The sooner you start voting, the louder your opinion will be! Read Post…

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