Cabinets With Character, Raised in a Barn

The origin of sliding barn doors is surely no puzzle; they have been mounted to actual barns, which often demanded large openings. Whether reclaimed, replicated or generated from scratch, barn doors as an inside element have made quite a splash in recent decades. Similar to pocket doors, indoor sunroom doors offer a decorative yet practical alternative to conventional swing doors, which makes them perfect for small spaces and statement-makers in grand spaces. Barn doors also make great room dividers, providing ample flexibility and multi-function to spaces — a crucial function for keeping precious square footage from smaller rooms.

As they are installed on hardware outside door frames, barn door preparation and construction costs are lower compared to those required to make pocket doors. They can come in any dimension — replacing a traditional door or occupying an whole wall for a stunning effect.

Webber + Studio, Architects

Framed boards used to hide a bedroom add decorative element for this open hallway.

Su Casa Designs

A glass transom with this barn door helps to ensure that light flows from 1 area to another, linking the spaces.

Rodriguez Studio Architecture PC

This immense door might have felt dark and heavy, especially because the distance looks like it could be somewhat underlit, however, the translucent paned glass provides a textural component that brightens the general texture.

Sharon McCormick Design

The Engineered timber paned door is 1 thing, but the designer took it a step further by mounting a full-length mirror to the the same hardware at the background — a wonderful touch.

crown-industrial. com

This flat slat layout looks like it may not quite fill the whole door opening, which is a great idea since when closed it would make a perfect room divider or screen. Light may still pass , but guests don’t need to find out what is happening in the kitchen when sitting at the dining room table.

Carey Dodson

Doors can serve several purposes, also. Why not make them interactive and fun with a flair of chalkboard paint?

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

This giant, white lacquered barn door gives what at one time may have been a fairly traditional home a spacious, airy, loft-like feel.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Perfect for a kitchen, in which distance is nearly always at a premium, this duplex door slides open to reveal a bookcase without obstructing any valuable floor space.

Another repurposed door, this one looking like it had been rescued in the old school, is utilised to good effect.

Loadingdock5 Architecture PLLC

These floor-to-ceiling high-lacquer doors flanking a relatively small opening from 1 room to the next make a stunning statement. The oversize scale and hardware make these contemporary barn doors a gorgeous architectural component.

Scheer & Co..

I had the barn door that came with the loft I redesigned a few years back cleaned up a bit, but not too much — I wanted to retain the beat up industrial texture of the metal-clad door. In cases like this, the opening that the door contributed to’d long-since been closed up, so it was purely a decorative component.

Scheer & Co..

I loved the effect so much that I found another similar door in the construction and reused it as a swing door to the bedroom!

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Bungalows: National Design in the Start of the Automobile Age

Since the Great War came to the end and the Roaring Twenties began, America became ever increasingly an automobile dominated society. Automobiles, cheap gas and the availability of inexpensive land created a housing boom in the suburbs and outlying areas around the cities. A new home style, the bungalow, came about as the result.

Although the details varied from location to location (a Chicago bungalow is very different from the Southern California cousin), the bungalow was generally little, with its living spaces on one floor. The homes typically had five or six rooms, with a few bedrooms and one bath.

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As much as these homes were brought about by the rising popularity of the car, it would take a subsequent generation of domestic design (ranches, split-levels, 1970s Colonials) and larger lots to fully integrate the garage with your home. Back in bungalows, the garage has been typically detached and accessed by way of a back alley or, if the lot was broad enough, a side driveway.

Expanded, renovated and upgraded, bungalows have a lasting quality which make them enviable homes for the family. Many cities across the country have actively encouraged the preservation and renovation of bungalows. Chicago, in reality, has a citywide initiative, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, to promote and strengthen the many bungalow areas in the city.

An interesting side note is that the term”bungalow” originated in India and has Hindi roots. It had been used to describe modest lodgings and later came to imply a one-story, detached home with a veranda.

CG&S Design-Build

Bungalows from the South and Southeastern parts of the United States are typically built of timber and heavily affected by the Craftsmen style. The massive front porch extends the living room out, and spacious, the elephant columns help the low sloping roof.

Groundwork, Ltd..

In the Chicago area and upper Midwest generally, bungalows were built long and narrow to fit long, narrow lots. Second-floor living spaces have been created beneath the roofs, with dormers added for natural light and air. The Chicago bungalow is mostly a brick construction with a solidity that befits the”city of the big shoulders.”

Madson Design

Whether a century old, West Coast bungalows are typically built of timber and determined by the Arts and Crafts and Craftsmen styles. All these bungalows have front porches supplying outdoor living room for the milder climate.

Paul Moon Design

Another West Coast bungalow affected by the Craftsman style is, like the Chicago bungalow we observed before, long and thin to fit a narrow lot. The tiny front porch roof is supported by elephant columns.

Lisa Lucas Design

Bungalows integrated the open floor plan which was becoming popular early in the 20th century. The living and dining rooms, traditionally divided by a complete wall, were beginning to be combined with only a lot of woodwork between the two.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Though initially meant to be modest homes, it wasn’t long until bungalows became quite large. Even at a larger scale, bungalows more frequently than not rely on Arts and Crafts and Craftsman aesthetics.

Harvest Architecture, LLC

Bungalow living rooms are generally anchored by a large fireplace teeming with built-in shelving and cabinetry. These fireplaces could be brick, stone or faced with a decorative tile to add colour and interest to the living room. In the early days, these fireplaces supplied heat, hearth and entertainment center all in one. They were the genuine center of their bungalow home.

Goforth Gill Architects

Original bungalow kitchens were usually plain and small. Subsequent renovation and remodeling has created kitchens which accommodate today’s lifestyles. Craftsman details, stained wood trim and cabinetry with the look and texture of furniture keeps the classic quality of the home.

Maughan Design & Remodel

Bungalows are about using space effectively. So breakfast nooks would be the norm.

Morava Glass Studio

Bungalows frequently have a richness of detail though, for the most part, a bungalow started as a home for people of small means. Art glass windows are a staple in several bungalows.

Goforth Gill Architects

The normal one-bath bungalow has been, like everything else in a bungalow, little and consisted of bathtub, sink and toilet. Today these bathrooms, even when kept to their original footprint, can be made special with built-ins and tasteful finishes.

Kitchen & Bath Design Center

The reduced ceiling, canted walls and chance for built-ins creates the upstairs (attic) rooms in a bungalow quite appealing.

Do you Reside in a bungalow? Tell us about it below!

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Guest Groups: 20 Unique Hostess Gifts

You’re led to a delightful dinner or have recently stayed over at a buddy’s place — what do you get them to thank them for their hospitality? I’ve always liked to give exceptional gifts to my hostesses. Have a look at my 20 favorites, in the easy treats into the major splurges, here. — Maria Fe out of Layers of Meaning

Etsy

The Bloom Collection Vase by Aedriel Originals – $15.99

The unique curve of this vase imitates a flower leaning toward the heat of the sun. This vase is just one of my favorites.

Etsy

Pair of Sphere Vases by RouDesigns – $38

I really like to keep flowers throughout my home all year round, and these vases are ideal for a little flower arrangement. Just be certain you include the flowers when you devote your hostess her gift!

Etsy

Eucalyptus Mint Organic Foaming Soap by Mirasol Farm – $7.75

One of my favorite scents is a combination of fresh eucalyptus and mint. Any hostess will love this soft and slick organic foaming soap. The jar is ideal for a powder room or kitchen sink.

Etsy

La Bamba Dancing Bear mug by Corduroy – $25

Personally, I like to drink chamomile tea every morning. Whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker, this adorable coffee mug is guaranteed to lively up your day!

Etsy

6 Herb Markers by AntoArts – $18

I’ve recently gotten into gardening myself and those cable wrapped markers would be the ideal way to bring some fun into my backyard. Whether your hostess has an indoor or outdoor garden, the mark will help her identify all of the herbs and spices immediately.

Etsy

Kiss and Hug Small Needlepoint Kits by Emily Peacock Tapestry – $160

If your hostess is a bit more crafty, then those needlepoint kits are ideal for her! Easy-to-follow color graphs are included. This is a project I’d really like to try and also the end product is priceless.

Etsy

Porcelain Lace CupHideminy Lace Series by Hideminy – $35

I’d personally use this ceramic lace cup as a jewelry dish. Whether your hostess uses it in the kitchen or in her bedroom, then the delicate lace detail makes this the perfect chic gift.

Etsy

Handmade Leather Journal from Peaseblossom Studio – $33

I am loving the indigo colour of this handmade leather journal. Great for jotting down daily reminders. I’d buy a couple of as a hostess gift. They would look perfect at a bookshelf too.

Etsy

Worlds Away Kit by Augury – $28

Not certain if your hostess has a green thumb? This terrarium kit is ideal for anybody free of gardening abilities. The kit comprises a lovely orb, easy-to-care-for succulents and stone, as well as layout and care directions. I think even I could become a master gardener!

Etsy

Whale Tissue Holder, Yellow by Sparkly Pony – $39.99

How adorable and whimsical is this facial tissue dispenser? This handmade wooden whale will surely add charm to any powder room or children toilet. (Maybe I’ll even order an additional one for my son’s toilet.)

Etsy

Salt and Pepper Shakers by RouDesigns – $22

I love these shakers. Made from white smooth ceramic, they also comprise rubber stoppers at the base. I’d personally keep these in my table constantly; they’re the great little tabletop accessory.

Etsy

Monogramed Caviar Tray by Jill Rosenwald – $200

Destined to be a classic, this elegant monogrammed tray offers beauty and function. I wish I’d discovered this tray last year, as it would have been a perfect gift for the ladies that hosted my baby shower.

Etsy

Magic Egg Yolk Candles by Kittredge Candles – $6

There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting candles as gifts. These true to life”eggs” make for a great conversation piece.

Etsy

“A Macaron a Day” 8 x 10 print by Lucile’s kKitchen – $19

A macaron per day? Do not mind if I do. That is a limited version 8 x 10 print from an original watercolor and ink illustration, and could be excellent for any hostess having a sweet tooth.

Etsy

4pc Superior Servers Set by Ladies & Gentlemen – $140

I really like the retro feel with a modern twist of this 4 piece over-sized server set. Perfect for serving baked sandwiches and dishes. Your hostess will love it!

Etsy

Brand New Porcelain Coyote Skull by Beetle and Flor – $125

I really like skulls and I love gold. This ceramic coyote skull with gold teeth is perfection — Ideal for a coffee table or a little entry table.

Etsy

1890s Antique Soda Bottle Candle by Pollen Arts – $23

Do you love antique bottles as much as I do? Then this antique bottle–shaped candle is the best gift for you.

Etsy

Tree Stump Place Card Holders Set of 4 by Michiko Shimada – $24

This tree stump place is intended to be used as place card holder, but I’d use it like a photograph holder instead. You can even take some pictures of you and hostess and include them on your gift — genius!

Etsy

Russian Doll Matryoshka Lavender Bag – GBP 6.25

This Russian doll lavender sachet is filled with all the best dried French lavender and is small enough to tuck away in a lingerie drawer or hang out of a door cupboard. Your hostess will love the fresh and floral odor of her clothing.

Etsy

Buckley Chevron Mug – $80

Your hostess — or you — can have a piece of the design world. This mug was originally created for interior designer Erin Gates. In my opinion, your dawn has just become immediately chic!

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41 Amazing Gifts for Home Decor

These fantastic gifts will add colour and style to everything from casual play spaces to formal living rooms–from the place where one finds a quiet place to see where families gather for movie nights. Whether you would like to give a lovely object to get a tablescape, a cool storage basket, a gorgeous publication or the trendiest bean bag chair around, there’s a little bit of everything here.

We would love your great present finds, also! Add a link to your best idea for the ideal present for the dwelling room/family room/media room in the remarks section and tell us why you enjoy it. The Houzz member with the majority of creative thought wins a $50 gift card to West Elm. And be sure to come back tomorrow for our next guide to the most stylish gifts of the season!

Home Decor HSN

Nate Berkus Batik Fabric Tray – $39.95

Some of the best home decor deals on the market are in Nate Berkus’s assortment for HSN. This fabric-covered tray is great for holding keys and papers, for serving as a tablescape base, or for placing on a upholstered coffee table when you need a good flat surface.

Fabric covered
Approx. 20″L x 12″W x 2-1/2″H
$39.95

angela adams

Angela Adams Pillow at Pod – $85

This abstract botanical handprinted pillow from Angela Adams is such a breath of fresh air. For those who prefer a warmer palette, in addition, it comes in tangerine and burnt umber. Insert is included.

55% linen, 45% cotton cover with a hypo-allergenic down alternative insert
12″ x 22″ rectangle
18″ x 18″ square
Hand-printed in the USA
Sewn at Maine
$85

Etsy

Monogrammed Burlap Pillow Cover by myadobecottage on Etsy – $32

This pillow combines several of our favorite styles: Parisian, flea market, monogram, texture, and burlap. It is a wonderful way to give a personalized handmade present.

The pay measures 17″ x 17″ and has an envelope closure
Pillow insert not included
$32.00

W Magazine Stand, Oak – $169

If a person does not round up the magazines one hasn’t gotten around to reading yet, it can turn into a mess of mess very quickly. This wavy rack from Offi is a wonderful way to keep tabs on those. When it is full, it is a sign to start moving a few of these to the recycling bin!

Molded plywood construction
Dimensions: 16″H x 15″W x 13″D
Prices varying, as we bill: birch is $129; walnut is $169

Etsy

Little Scallop Bowl in Blue by elementclaystudio around Etsy – $89

Etsy nice artist Heather Knight creates exquisite unique pieces inspired by nature. This bowl can be used as a sculpture and can be food secure.

Handmade from a ceramic clay, this bowl is unglazed on the exterior, and treated with a translucent blue glaze on the inside.
Approx 9″ about by 3″ heavy
$89

Garnet Hill

Rosette Throw – Garnet Hill – $178

Casually tossed throughout the couch or used for warmth, this lambswool throw is a stylish alternative to some tacky Snuggie! Seriously, nothing says “I DON’T Love You” like a Snuggie!

Lambswool
Dry wash only
$178

Design Public

Fatboy Original Marimekko Lounge Bag – at Unikko Black – $299

Houzz buddy, photographer, DIY-er and writer of the site Asiz’s Child, Ali says,”You can never go wrong with a Fatboy Original. Not only can it be a fantastic lounge chair but it comes at a massive box that makes for hours of entertainment for the little ones (think box forts, box rocket ships, also a fantastic hide/seek spot), ha!”

Practical and easy to clean nylon material with a special coating. Scrub with a damp cloth to keep it looking new. The inside filling is made of tiny cylindrical parts of EPS (Expanded Polystyrene Packaging).

Designer Jukka Setala
70″ L x 55″ W x 70″ D
$299

John Derian Company

John Derian Company Inc.. Silver Pouf – $325

Poufs are here to stay, and we get lots of questions here at Houzz about sources. John Derian has every colour in the rainbow and then some, like this glamorous silver.

Hand-dyed and hand-stitched at Morocco
Leather
20″ W x by 14″ H
Stuffed with a Mix of kapok, a natural plant fiber, and Dacron foam
$325

Macy’s

Heart of Haiti Bowl, Green Ceremonial – $10

This bright Haitian paper mache bowl is so adorable you will want to pick this up in the blue and yellow variations as well. It is very good for your social conscience as well; it rewards the people in Haiti who create them.

Paper; amidon glue; acrylic paint
Handcrafted in Haiti
6″
Not food secure
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
Signed by the artisan
$10

L.L. Bean

Moon Beam hitter at L.L.Bean – $39.50

Houzz contributor Lily Gahagan says,”not only is this retro-inspired clock a joy to look at, it is also makes getting up in the morning a pleasure (imagine that); you can select to wake up by a gently pulsing light, bell sound, or both.”

Features on/off backlight switch, snooze functionality and battery backup
5″H x 7″W x 3″D
Requires two AA batteries, not included
$39.50

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Letter Pillow – $98

This needlepoint pillow is a wonderful and personalized present. Order up a monogrammed accent to get a family’s living space or bedroom with hardly any fuss.

Available in a Range of color choices and letters A-Z
16″ x 16″
$98

Crate&Barrel

Ziggy Turquoise Vase – $14.95

What’s so great about those vases is that they price $14.95 but seem a whole lot more expensive. In reality, the giftees may even think you sacrificed major space in your luggage lugging them home from Venice!

Handblown cased glass
Cut and polished rim
Watertight
4″dia. X 5″H
$14.95

Contemporary Picture Frames – $29.95

One can never have too many dashes of glam. Perfect for a vanity, bedroom or living space, this oval frame made of glass cubes is appropriate for photographs of loved ones.

8.5″ x 10.5″; holds 5″ x 7″ photo
$29.95

Wisteria

Happiness Pot – Short – $129

I cannot think of a better name for a present than”Happiness Pot!” Traditionally a wedding present in China, why not spread the happy to all of your favorite people?

Readily available in three sizes
Decorated with all the Chinese ideogram for happiness
This brief pot is $59.00

AphroChic Shop

Silhouette Dove Pillow, Black and White, 14″x20″ – $105

At first glance, this bold and gorgeous pillow looks like some type of exotic Ikat print, but upon a closer look it is a pattern of silhouettes. It is just too smart!

Belgian linen sold with 100% cotton feather down insert
Measures 12″ x 20″
Piped seam in black hidden zipper
$90

Amazon

The Story of Eames Furniture from John Marilyn Neuhart – $125.37

We’ve featured so many ideabooks about Eames furniture that it seems only fitting to throw at a gorgeous book about Charles and Ray and their furniture!

2-volume, 800-page publication with more than 2,500 images
$125.37

Design Within Reach

Tube Top Table Lamp – Design Within Reach – $110

This perfectly contemporary tabletop lamp is going to be appreciated by all fans of contemporary design. The clear acrylic version is visually space-saving and classic. Also available in charcoal.

Clear acrylic base; vinyl-coated plastic cloth color; fabric-covered cord
Tube Top Table Lamp
Small: H 14″ x W 9″ x D 4″ $110
Medium: H 21″ x W 15″ x D 7″
$220
Big: H 27″ x W 18″ x D 9″ $305

Toys R Us

Artisan Deluxe Wooden Backgammon – $59.99

This handsome backgammon board comes in a wood attache case, making it an attractive thing that can be saved in plain view on a bookshelf.

Consists of solid wooden pieces two dice cups a doubling cubes. Opens to reveal a neatly inlaid wooden playing surface. Closed, it looks like a wooden attache case highlighted with chrome clasps.

Inlaid wooden playing surface
14.8 x 8.9 x 1.9
$59.99

Hasbro

HASBRO – MONOPOLY Championship Edition – $19.99

Enough with all the video games and cans. Bring family and friends together for a few fantastic old Monopoly. It is made for ages 8 and up. Odds are you adults have forgotten how much fun it’s, but you have not forgotten that you like to use the automobile gamepiece!

Includes gameboard, 8 movers with transport bag, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, 1 pack of MONOPOLY cash, 32 silver homes, 12 gold resorts, 2 number dice, 1 rate expire, championship scorepad, champion’s trophy, 6 name strips and instructions

$19.99

Macy’s

Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket – Shop for a Better World – $75

This basket, handmade in Rawanda, is a feel-good present that helps girls there earn a living. This functions as a tote, magazine rack, wastepaper basket or basic jumble catch-all.

Naturally dyed sisal coil-sewn over bundled sweetgrass
Hand-woven at Rwanda
10.5″ x 16″
Since each bowl is a unique work of art, variations in size and colour will happen
contains a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
$75.00

Etsy

Hand Embroidered Turkish Antique Kilim Pillow Cover by sukan – $49.99

Do you know someone who dreams of drifting the markets of Istanbul in hot pursuit of fabrics? Until they get that opportunity, they’ll be thrilled with this Kilim cushion on Etsy. There is a huge array of beautiful pillows in Etsy seller sukan’s store.

Pillow covered with a classic kilim (a sort of a rug). It is made of 100%wool. Colored with natural dyes. It’s Anatolian and Middle Eastern patterns.
The cover is zipped on the trunk.
Colours may fade after washing. Dry clean for best results.

Approx. Dimensions:
Width(wide):16″ / 40 cm
Height(large ):12″ / 30 cm
$49.99

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Key Keeper – $70

As soon as I visited one of the very stylish people I know, Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas, she’d this snazzy little Jonathan Adler box on her perfectly arranged coffee table, and it has made me need one ever since.

Brown stoneware with platinum accents
6.5″ x 3.5″ x 2.25″
Along with the bottoms are as adorable as the tops
$70

Contemporary Decorative Accents – $34.95

What’s great about this sport is that it is an gorgeous object you will love to look at, but in addition, it makes you want to pull it out and play a simple game of Tic-Tac-Toe with a pal, spouse or kiddo.

Made from wood finished with a high gloss black and silver lacquer
14″ x 14″ x 1.5″
$34.95

Amazon

Hue (Limited Edition) by Kelly Wearstler – $23

The scrumptious colours and sumptuous images within this publication will be such inspiration to anybody who loves design, they’ll always leave this out limited edition in cerulean blue onscreen display. Wearstler’s design has evolved from the classic Hollywood Regency to bold Bravura Modern; this one is not for the meek. This is a signed and numbered edition of 1,000 copies world-wide.

psst. . .if this variant is too rich for your blood, the original publication is priced about $23 brand new on Amazon right now.

$61.20

Pottery Barn

Bobble-Knit Lumbar Pillow Cover – $39.99

This knit pillow cover is reminiscent of a fisherman’s sweater stitched with love by grandma. It is wonderful for providing that comfy comfy vibe at the family room.

16″ W x 26″ L
Soft acrylic-wool yarn Reverses to sound
Zipper closing; insert sold individually
70% acrylic, 30% wool
$39.99

Saks Fifth Avenue

Michael Wainwright – Amalfi Turquoise Nut Dish – $65

This lovely little bowl from Michael Wainwright is a special splurge. Your giftee will want to leave it out as part of a tablescape whether it has some snacks inside or not. Also available in gold and coral.

Handcrafted in ceramic and awarded a cracked look with a 24k gold glaze.
Dishwasher safe
121/2″ X 81/2″
Made in USA
$65

muranoglassgifts.com

Murano Glass Bottle Vase Medium Violet – $75

This rich jewel-toned purple Murano glass vase is worthy of an official living room. Present the present with a couple of fresh flowers.

10″ H x 6″ W
$75

Branch

Family Pillow: Brown – $134

In the beginning, the price for a cushion may seem steep. Then realize you are able to personalize it to be handstitched by K Studio with all the family characters (pets included) you pick!
Handmade by K Studio, Grand Rapids, MI

Shell of 100% hemp/organic cotton; filling of natural feathers (90%) and down (10%)
Pillows are made to order, in your choice of size:
14″ square $134
18″ square $152
22″ square $160
18″ L x 10″ W (pictured) $134
24″ L x 14″ W $152

Crate&Barrel

Kendal Big Lidded Bags – $27.95

These lidded woven baskets with handles are a very pretty way to stash toys, books, games, DVDs, electronic equipment, and that heap of junk on the coffee table that needs to be hidden quickly when company comes over.

Large Tote. 16.25″ x 12.25″ x 9.25″H
Durable water hyacinth at a tight weave with useful cutout grips
Handwoven
made from green water hyacinth and recycled paper chipboard
$27.95

Lamps Plus

Rustic Fireplace Log Basket – $69.91

This practical log basket looks fine next to the hearth and will keep logs directly where you desires them without messing up the rug. If you are feeling really generous, throw in a package of kindling to decide on this.

Roman bronze powder coated finish
23″ W x 12″ H x 13″ D
$69.91

jaysonhomeandgarden.com

CERAMIC URCHIN BOX – $30

This sweet little sea urchin box is wonderful to get a coastal home or for someone you know is missing the shore.

Glazed Ceramic
5″ diameter x 2.5″H
$30

Anthropologie

Petal-Illuminated Bud Vase  – $16

These modest floral lovelies are still an expensive-looking present at a reasonable price. Available in turquoise, purple or cherry.

Earthenware
5.5″H x 4.5″ W
$16

Urban Outfitters

I felt sort of guilty about making the present guide for anglers a”No-Gnome Zone,” so I am throwing one to the living room category. He’s really a container, and he seems pretty cute with his hat off or on!

6″W x 13″H
Made from white glazed ceramic with a metallic coated gnome hat lid
Handmade
Perfect for everything from cookies to treasures
$68

Design Public

Heather Lins Home Science Project Pillow – Anatomy – $220

Ali of the blogAsiz’s Child states,”The Heather Lins Home pillows are ideal conversation starters for almost any family/media room. My favorite is that the Science Project Anatomy pillow. Who wouldn’t want a little science class refresher class in their couch?”

Wool felt background
Applique Made from Sensuede (made of recycled polyester, based on both post-industrial and post-consumer sources, including PET soda and water bottles)
Hidden zipper at bottom
Pillow insert: 5 percent down/95% feather
Sewn in the USA
17″ H x 17″ W
$220

Urban Outfitters

Mercury Glass Votive Holder – Set of 3 – $16

Living and family rooms require candlelight too! These elaborate little votive holders possess a bit of the exotic. Pick up one of those large bags of tealights at IKEA to go with it so that your friend will be able to use them nightly for at least a year.

Mercury Glass Votive Holder – Set of 3
3″ diameter x 3″ high
$16

www2.jcpenney.com

Fireplace Screen – $49.99

This fireplace screen is practical and decorative. The design includes branches with birds and pine cones–a fantastic pick for anybody with a fireplace that likes country style.

Matte black finish with dark brown highlights
Metal
383/4 W x 111/4 D x 321/2″H
$49.99

DwellStudio

DwellStudio Ovals Gray Quilted Play Blanket – $96

This gentle quilted blanket is great as a lap throw, or even to pay a scratchy rug or hardwoods when little ones are ready to play on the ground.

Quilted on both sides and reversible
36″ x 50″
$96.00

West Elm

Tiled Bone Picture Frames

This framework works well in any type of space; masculine, feminine, industrial attic, Hollywood Regency — you name it. Since most of us are too busy to back up our documents, not as much print and frame our digital pictures, personalize this framework by locating a photograph you know your giftee will enjoy, and place the entire thing together before wrapping this up.

Wood makeup; tiled bone.
5.5″ x 6.5″ Frame holds 4″ x 6″ photo ($19.00)
7.5″ x 7.25″ Frame holds 5″ x 8″ photo ($24.00)

Pottery Barn

Vintage Pewter Single Screen Fireplace Screen – $169

This hand-forged pewter fireplace screen has a contemporary shape created in traditional design. It is freestanding and does not require the typical tri-fold set up. Coordinating fireplace tools offered individually.

Fireplace Screen: 39″ W x 7.5″ D x 34.5″ H
Crafted of hand-forged iron with a distressed pewter finish
$169

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Here’s What You Should Know About Wiring Safe Codes

Electricity codes are put in place to enhance your safety. Although we need power for all our daily activities, if not handled properly, electricity can pose major risks to us and our property. Every homeowner is required to meet several codes and standards when it comes to electricity. Most codes are often local but there are those that cut across states. As a rule thumb, it’s always advisable to check in with your local electrician Scottsdale inspector just to be sure you are doing the right thing.

Here are some codes to keep in mind:

The NEC

The National Electrical Code was created as a national framework to guide homeowners in safe electrical installations. There are specific bathroom codes under the NEC framework. You may have noticed that a lot of electricians and electrical inspectors pay additional attention to the bathroom connections compared to any other room. This is because the bathroom poses the biggest risk to Scottsdale electrician faults. If the wiring and the installations in the bathroom are not up to code, then there can be many dangers.

Here are some of the common bathroom electricity codes:

– The bathroom needs to have a lighting circuit installed. Sometimes this could include a blower-heater-light combination.

– The bathroom must have a 20 amp circuit that’s totally aside from the lighting circuit. The circuit is designed to power an outlet that will be used for appliances such as the curling irons, dryers, and other bathroom appliances.

– All bathroom switches should be grounded. This is because the bathroom is a wet surface and any stray voltage should have a way out. The grounding guarantees this.

– Installation of a GFCI is also considered an important protection measure for the user.

Kitchen

The kitchen will need to have a separate circuit for every appliance that has a motor. We are talking about the refrigerator, the garbage disposal, the microwave, etc. There needs to be at least two receptacle circuits in the kitchen too.

Living Room

A wall switch will be required in the living room right next to the entry door. This allows you to light up the room before you enter. The fixture in the ceiling must also be controlled by a wall switch. A pull chain, in this case, isn’t allowed. The receptacles on the walls need to be at most 12 inches apart. Although not necessary, if you are planning to have a microwave in the dining room you will need an additional 20 amp circuit installed. These regulations apply to bedrooms too.

Making sure your home is up to code when it comes to electrician Scottsdale AZ safety has to be a priority for any homeowner. The simple codes above can help guarantee safe usage of electricity at home. But these are not the only codes.  It’s important to engage with local electricians and see whether there are new codes to comply with in your local area. Try to also have an inspector look at the electricity at home just to be on the safe side.

8 Ways to Create the Great Pantry

When I introduced this ideabook to the editor of Houzz, she told me that the hottest photograph on Houzz is of a pantry. This indicates to me that there’s a huge need for some solid info on the best way to create the perfect pantry — one that is functional and looks good at precisely the same moment. Below you will find tips to creating a pantry that you can take pride in, which makes your life easier every day.

Closets Redefined, Marie Newton

1. Provide easy accessibility. I hear from customers all of the time about how frustrating it’s to lose things in the back of their pantries. Or how when they’re cleaning it out, they find something out of the late ’70s. Create an opening to your pantry that permits you to observe the whole pantry at precisely the same moment.

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Here’s another fantastic example of how to design a cabinet. 2 sets of double doors that match the cabinetry make for a pantry. By using cabinet doors on the outside, this pantry feels at home in this contemporary kitchen.

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2. For a walk-in pantry, start looking for a way to integrate your pantry in the present cabinetry. There is a huge number of pantries on the market (most built in the 1980s and 1990s) that are little rooms inside a space. Recently, I have been carrying these rooms out and integrating the pantry into the cabinetry design.

This photograph shows a completely different spin on that notion, leaving the walk-in part undamaged and disguising the pantry doorway as part of the cabinetry. I really like this idea and will most probably be using it at an upcoming design.

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3. Look for under-utilized space. Often the distance at the conclusion of a cabinetry operate is difficult to fill with storage. In the last several years, we’ve been seeing substantial pull-out pantries used in locations like this. It’s the ideal use of this distance. In this kitchen, the pull-out can be used to store spices and baking supplies next to the cooking place.

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4. Particular hardware accessories are fantastic for complete utilization of a space. Spinning, rotating, moving, slipping, oh my! This seemingly complicated storage method provides one easy purpose: use virtually every square inch of this space for storage.

Racks on the doors are fantastic for spice containers. The other shelves hold larger items. By using this type of system, you can create a deep pantry and get to things in the very back without having to crawl into your cupboards. If you’re merely attempting to redo an present cabinet or pantry, talk with a local cabinet manufacturer about integrating some of the numerous storage choices.

5. Utilize height to your benefit. Some kitchens simply don’t have the space for a large pantry. If yours is among these, think about a “step” solution. This places the food farther back to the shelf on measures, letting you find out what’s on your pantry.

TEA2 Architects

6. Group your storage. Aside from the efficiency of putting groceries away, placing all food storage at exactly the same region of the kitchen makes life easier when cooking. Just make sure you get a counter space in this region as a landing place when putting groceries away or through food prep.

7. If it’s pretty, show it off. My mother always said, “If you can’t fix it, feature it.” This saying is so apropos here. Pantries are not typically thought of as really exquisite spaces. But why don’t you make one that you’re prepared to show off? Straightforward white shelving, pendant lighting and a pair of French doors makes this pantry a showcase.

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8. Take the notion of “Cabinet” to a new level. Less pantry, much more wow! There is something so romantic about a little room completely outfitted with all you’d need to bake a cake or will the year’s yield of cucumbers. Do you have a fresh closet or small room from the kitchen that might serve this kind of purpose? It could change how you view your kitchen completely.

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The Hanging Magic of Kitchen Wall Rail Organization

If you’re searching for a speedy and affordable fix for your kitchen, look at a wall rail organization system that will bring organizational bliss. We often overlook what a well-planned wall rail system can do to help our distance, and not forgetting for our sanity! If you are not on the market for a remodel or possibly a face-lift, company is something that with just a bit of elbow grease and planning, will reap a lot of rewards.

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If you are drawn to the look of an exposed kitchen with spacious shelving, then you will be drawn to this residential kitchen that is similar to a restaurant kitchen. Notice the area about the backsplash — you can view and grab everything with ease!

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If you want to fight countertop clutter, there is nothing like getting things up on wall. Do not limit yourself to utensils and pans, think paper towels, dish drying racks, and whatever else you can think of.

Combination rail systems and shelf systems can fix a variety of issues, particularly when you’re needing wall cabinet storage.

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ClosetMaid 3059 Kitchen Organizer Rail System – $39.99

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Like a suitable restaurant kitchen, everything is within arm’s reach. Knives, pots, salad dressings, etc.. There is something pristine about rows of kitchen supplies when they’re at home on a wall rail system instead of sprawled on a countertop or packed in drawers and on shelves.

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Pots and pans consume quite a little storage in any kitchen. Free up one of those cabinets for something else!

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In case you have loads of wall cabinet storage, but you just need regular things like spices, oil and vinegar in arm’s reach, a simple rail system under the hood and over the range can free a cabinet shelf for something else.

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Classic or modern, there is something classic about keeping pots and utensils over the rangetop. Of course, there is always the concern about things getting a bit, well, oily, but this works if you do not have a fantastic alternative. Use the blank wall on the side to bring some magnetic bars for knives and other items.

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Kitchen Utensil 5 computer. Establish by Alessi – $144

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Not crazy about the idea of having things stored directly over the scope? Then try the sides. Open shelves and rail systems flanking the range and hood feel much more spacious than closed-door cabinets. Retrieving and putting things away will also be much simpler.

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Cucina Mensola Grande Shelf with Pot Rack – $419

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Have more space over the sink compared to over the scope? Try installing a wall rail system in that place instead. Small kitchens with a lack of drawers for utensils will really benefit from this type of organization.

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A minimum and sleek solution, here a built in rail system is designed into the backsplash. Stunning.

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WMF Vario Comfort Organization System Utensil Holder

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Do not limit yourself to only organizing kitchen utensils. Rail systems can be utilized to hold herbs and also be set up on the sides of cupboards for dish towels.

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Bang for Your Buck: Herringbone Tile Floors

It is the age-old dilemma: You need to upgrade your home. You need something that looks unique and pricey. However, you don’t have a huge budget. Here’s a tip for you: Save cash on pre-patterned tiles and mesh-mounted mosaics by laying standard rectangular tiles in a herringbone design. Based upon your builder, it may cost slightly more in setup and labor, however an inexpensive tile can be made instantly eye-catching without costing too much.

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Just take this luxury bathroom for example. A standard 3″x6″ tile placed into a sudden pattern give this bathroom a gorgeous element of design. Imagine this exact same bathroom with a large area of tile laid in a standard grid. It would not seem quite as luxurious or interesting.

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Employing a herringbone tile layout generates more motion on the ground, guides the eye and makes the space feel more airy and open.

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Even a more rustic and warm setting can benefit from a herringbone pattern. This room sets itself apart from setting a tumbled stone tile in a herringbone design with a larger grout line, providing it a paved look.

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Laying the herringbone pattern in a 45-degree angle into the area is a lively appearance that amuses the room and draws your eye toward the back of the space.

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Lay your herringbone pattern in a 90-degree angle into the room to get a more subdued and structured feel. This routine is easier to lay and requires fewer tile cuts because it generally lines up with the edge of the room, as opposed to being laid at an angle.

Brian Watford Interiors

You don’t need to adhere to the expected rectangular sizes to receive this look. Save cash using a standard field tile and just create a bordered inset using distinctively shaped accent tiles.

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Add an accent bit within the routine for a special touch. This flooring joins the room together and grounds that extreme red backsplash using a simple and strategically positioned accent tile. This herringbone floor layout will take some preparation, because a few tiles will need to be shorter than the rest to accommodate the accent pieces.

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Whether you’re hiring a builder or installing tile yourself, carefully organize your flooring pattern to see where your joints lie and where cuts can be made. By planning out ahead of time and weighing the costs of labor and materials, you can think of a plan that elevates your personality and matches your budget and your space. Have fun, be creative with your tile patterns and the result will be stunning!

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