Author Archives: Jon

A fenced-in yard is high on the priority list for many homeowners. Whether your goal is to keep children and pets safely in your yard, or to keep the neighborhood kids out, a chain link fence is a practical solution. Chain link is sturdy, virtually maintenance-free, and will last for decades. It’s also one of […]

What’s better than the ultimate reclining chair? Answer: the ultimate reclining sofa. How’s that for furniture humor?  Yeah, I know, not funny. Besides my meager attempt at humor is a bit simplistic because chairs definitely serve a purpose.  However, something larger with ultra comfort features such as a recliner is hard to beat for your casual […]

Any wine connoisseur would love a private wine cellar, preferably with a tasting area.  This gallery should inspire you.  Yes, most are on the luxury side, but it actually doesn’t take much to turn unused basement space into a custom cellar. Look closely at some of the wine storage racks and you’ll see they aren’t that […]

Today we bring you our large gallery featuring a bewildering variety of fence designs and ideas for front and backyards. These yard structures can enhance or hurt home aesthetic as much as many other outdoor features. The art of yard fencing has evolved throughout the years, from simple property separators built with any available materials, to complex, artfully […]

Getting dressed is serious business!  Most people run out of space before they run out clothes which isn’t necessarily the worst thing, but still isn’t good.  It’s tiring rotating clothes each season in and out of storage and vacuum-sealed bags, it’s also bad for your clothes. Walk-In closets (or armoires) can come in all shape […]

Welcome to today’s gallery, featuring beautiful living rooms sporting an ottoman coffee table. Why specifically ottoman coffee tables, you may ask? To begin with, these are some of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can have at your disposal. With myriad uses and placements even within a single room, this hybrid furniture can mean […]

One way to liven up any patio is by adding a fireplace.  It can be a fire pit or a fireplace,  wood-fueled or gas.  The styles vary tremendously. The patio fireplace creates a great gathering point for friends and family.    It also helps illuminate and warm your outdoor space during those cool nights! Outdoor […]

The front door is what takes you into a house.  Welcoming, intimidating, bold, meek, or charming, the front door says a lot about the homeowner. What dictates the look of the front door?  Many times it can be the structure of the home.   But details such as color (see blue front doors here), texture, planters […]

Welcome to our definitive guide to the types of gazebos you can erect in your backyard! Gazebos are a great place to retreat to on hot summer days, as the open design allows the breeze to flow through and the roof provides plenty of cooling shade. For this reason they are popular in warm and […]

Home offices have grown in popularity with the rapid growth of home personal computers. Most people and families use a computer which is made more convenient with a dedicated space in the home. I enjoyed researching and putting together this post on home offices because I work at home.  While I currently have a modest […]

A family room is the large space that usually includes a sitting area with sectional sofa and chair facing the fireplace and television (which can conveniently be concealed with sliding wood doors). What’s the difference between a family room and a living room? It depends.  Some homes use the living room as the family and […]

Without fail, decks, patios and balconies conjure up a romantic notion of relaxation and serenity… and for good reason.  There is no finer way to start the day than with a cup of coffee on a deck as the sun rises or ending the day with a cool beverage as the sun lowers. But, there’s […]

Log cabins are absolutely beautiful.  The look of the cabin, the contrast of color between the wood and the lush green surrounding, the serenity…all of this, plus more is what makes log cabins so picturesque.  There is no doubt that a log cabin home catches the attention of anyone nearby; but, most times, the inside […]

Fireplaces are, quite literally, the warmth of the home.  The soft, glowing light creates an ambience that can’t be duplicated. From a design perspective, a fireplace can showcase what a room’s style is all about. The fire symbolizes the warmth of friendship, generosity and comfort.  Because it invites these memorable feelings – a pause, relaxation, warmth, […]

  There are few elements of a home that are as luxurious as an indoor swimming pool.  The indoor pool adds an ambience that not much else can compete with. If you’re financially able, an indoor pool is a must.  Having a pool right inside your own home with unlimited access and privacy is something that some […]

In simplest terms, a staircase bridges two floors of a building. As with any structural component, a stairway can define the style of a home. Spanning various styles and materials, we’ll take a look at staircases that may wow, inspire, or excite you. Others may bore you, irk you, or leave you feeling dissatisfied. Whether you’re […]

One of the most popular rooms to renovate in a home is the kitchen.  For good reason too; beautiful and functional kitchens increase resale value. Plus, the kitchen is often the heart of the home (especially with the popularity of open concept) which means a stunning kitchen design makes for a stunning home. While it’s […]

Living rooms come in all sizes, colors, materials, textures, lighting and styles.  They also serve different purposes.  Some homes have a formal living room in addition to a more casual family room, while other homes have one living room serving as both family room and living room. But, what elements make a modern living room…modern? Modern […]

An exercise space or studio at home can vary tremendously – from opulent gyms with resistance machines, racks of dumbbells and a fleet of cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes, etc.) to a bare space with an exercise mat. Click here for treadmills under $1,000 and click here for elliptical trainers under $1,000. I’ve […]

Bright colors can certainly spruce up the design of any room and the aim of this photo gallery is to give you ideas for incorporating some brightness into your design, especially red which can look good. There are 2 types of red rooms: 1.  Rooms with red accents 2.  Rooms with fully painted red But, […]

The starting point for planning the best “man cave” finished basement (or garage conversion) is to come up with a design theme. For many people, home decor isn’t that important except for rec rooms, finished basements, bars and other rooms that will serve as a “man cave” style room (or suite). What’s the look you […]

An infinity pool takes the luxury of a swimming pool and adds an ineffable mystique that can only be achieved through the unique construction which allows the water to vanish into the horizon.  The edge of the pool terminates at a weir just below the surface, allowing water to flow over and down into a catch […]

How to use corner shelves to make your rooms attractive  Space is at a premium these days and stylish storage is often one of the first things to be abandoned. In a desperate bid to clear clutter, homeowners sacrifice design in favour of pure functionality. However, there is an alternative. Corner shelving can be both […]

Kitchens are usually the staple of the home.  There are so many different styles, colors, patterns, and themes for a kitchen; but, the most classic is a white kitchen.  The white kitchen is appealing because the bright whiteness gives off a “clean” feel.  The choice of white paint also makes the kitchen look large and open, […]

Bathrooms have always been a place for comfort and relaxation. The look of a bathroom can vary, depending on wall decorations, paintings, paints, pieces of furniture or even tiling to make your stay in the bathroom as relaxing as it can be. opens the room up and creates opportunity for more natural light which is more beneficial […]

Welcome to our listings of the top online interior design software options for 2016. When I stumbled on some of the free interior design software options, I couldn’t believe my luck. The software is really good… and free.  I spent days researching and trying out every option I could find (had more fun than I […]

The the Keurig K60 is a higher-end Keurig single serve coffee machine. While it functions very much the same as the lower priced Keurig K40, the K60 has a programmable control panel with LED screen. If you prefer a coffee machine with a programmable control panel that brews coffee with the very popular K-Cups, this […]

Despite all the advances in bathroom vanity designs in recent years, the pedestal sink is still enormously popular as a sink option in bathrooms, especially powder rooms (i.e. smaller bathrooms). While on the face of it pedestal sinks may seem fairly basic, the fact is the variety of options is enormous.  Pedestal sinks vary in […]