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5 Great Garden Uses for Granite Millstones
Give your yard character and history with a salvaged circular stone used as a patio, seat, fountain or focal point
"stone used as a patio, seat, fountain or focal point... is one of my favorite things to do — old windows, porcelain claw-foot bathtubs from... just some of the things that catch my eye. When I browse through antique emporiums or... a one-of-a-kind sculpture that could make an interesting focal point at the end of... of a path, or an iron fragment from an old gate that could decorate an enclosed courtyard... But one of my favorite salvage items is a millstone, because I love designing around..."
Know Your House: Components of Efficient Walls
"because of the unavailability of wood studs of such long lengths. What came about... Two of the biggest developments of the industrial revolution were the mass production... style of architecture. Houses were built of smaller, lighter sticks, rather than... onset of stick-built homes, balloon framing became the norm. With this type of framing... method used to build wood-frame houses today. It relies on each story of a house being..."
How to Use Mosaic Tiles in Home Decor
"afraid of using mosaic tiles in their homes. This is sad because these tiles can be... be used to add color and texture to the decor of almost any room in the house. The... key to using mosaic tiles in your home is to choose the right size and color of tiles... aspects of the tiles as well as to what the overall purpose of the room is intended... find that using mosaic tiles in the design of your home is relatively simple. Mostly..."
Cooking With Color: When to Use Black in the Kitchen
Consider sampling Caviar or Cracked Pepper on your kitchen walls or cabinets for richness and impact
"good deal of light out of a room, making it appear cramped and dreary, but when used... pairs of black shoes in my closet than there are days of the week. Yet when it comes... most of us tend to shy away from using black as more than a mere accent color. Yes... darkest of hues, along with tips on how to work with black in the kitchen.... thinking of doing some type of pantry. Actually, two. Both at the end of a long kitchen..."
10 Ways to Use Pink in a Girl's Room
"are tons of shades of pink, and tons of ways to make it work in a little girl's room... up some of my ribbon storage to make room for tools and cars). But that doesn't mean... inside of her closet is pink. I loved it. It got me thinking, though, that there... Any one of these ten tips would be a good starting place:... monograms, and of course, tons of pink. It's traditional and popular for a reason - it's got... scale of the flowers and the strong colors. 2. Drenched in one shade. This room is..."
Basement of the Week: From Dumping Ground to Family Hangout
"had been using it as a dumping ground for little-used items and junk. They envisioned... great use of all of the space. Wow... This looks amazing...we are planning to do... to long term dampness and one flooding of the basement (while in the hands of the... height of 7 feet, except in the bath room. The basement stair of many basements will... integral part of the house. Beautiful! We are also in the process of finishing our basement..."
Using the Color Grey In Home Design
"little bit of playing around to get the hang of how to use this color properly in your... a lot of people choose to use in their home decor. That's probably because grey tends... place of fun self-expression. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Grey is a... combination of colors and textures to make grey work to create this mood.... Many of the white silk orchids have this color of green on them that are nice...."
Bathed in Color: When to Use Blue in the Bath
"plenty of light in the space to offset this, or use them sparingly as an accent color... remind us of the sea and sky can provide instant relief from life’s many stressors, making... a bit of gray or green in it. For a more dramatic effect, pick a darker royal or... shades of white or gray will give you a cool, contemporary look. For a warmer feel... are some of my favorite blue hues for bathrooms, along with 11 eye-catching blue bathrooms..."
Houzz Call: What Have You Salvaged for Home Use?
If your floors, furniture, exterior materials or other home elements have a past life, we'd like to hear the story
"All-Stars of Sustainability. So tell us more. What kinds of things have you salvaged... noticed some of you sharing your reclaiming and salvaging accomplishments in the Comments... section of Houzz contributor Bud Dietrich's ideabook Salvaged Materials Triumph as... see more of your clever salvaging ideas; please share photos and stories with us in... have been using reclaimed barn wood for a number of projects of our own: remodeling..."
Ten Ways to Use Baskets Around the House
"examples of baskets in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, ages, weaves, materials,... out good uses for them at home. They can hide a multitude of sins. For instance, right... creel full of wires that don't seem to have any purpose. Once I graduate from class, hopefully... other can of worms. For now, let's ogle some lovely baskets and how they are functioning... clutter, I use rectangular baskets for alot of organizing needs: the hold napkins, paper..."
How to Use Texture in Design
"subject of a book. As trends come and go, being able to work with a range of textures... combinations of all kinds of materials with color. I'm going to start with more neutral... is one of the hardest concepts to get (and scale of course) I struggle with it for... sorts of random things on my coffee table - I did not like any of it... then I found... house of hers that I didn't love. She is definitely one of my favourite designers..."
Bathed in Color: When to Use Gray in the Bath
Go for elegance and sophistication without going overboard on coolness, using these gray bathroom paint picks and inspirational photos
"coolness, using these gray bathroom paint picks and inspirational photos... shade of gray on the warmer end of the spectrum. Of course, if you live in a hot... examples of how to use gray in a bath.... neutral to use with more attention-grabbing hues, but I've been seeing gray stand all... about the use of color. This one about grays. Very informative and useful reading tips... white! You used SW Dovetail in your examples of grays. We painted several rooms of our..."
Using White Marble: Hot Debate Over a Classic Beauty
"appropriate to use. As the specifying interior designer, I’ve been in the middle of these... has been used for centuries in homes and public venues. But these days, this natural... wary of wear. So I decided to bring in tile and marble expert Melissa Patterson... manager of Renaissance Tile & Bath, to walk us through the pros, cons, maintenance... debating using marble do two things: 1) get a sample of the actual slab of stone you..."
Color Guide: How to Use Navy Blue
"style of decor. Use it on the walls when you want to go dark but not quite black... uniforms of the British Royal Navy and is associated with uniforms, dress clothing and... black. Use it as a contrast against white trim and interesting architectural details... details. Use it as a way to give a boring box more depth and interest. Its very close... often used interchangeably with navy and is seen in many traditional designs and..."
8 Modern Uses for Classically Beautiful Linen
"is one of the oldest kinds of fabric. In ancient Egypt it was used as a symbol of... initially used to determine a straight line, which led to the English word "line." And... fibers of the flax plant, making it a renewable resource as well. And despite its... modern uses for this age-old fabric.... if any, use of fertilizers or pesticides and uses less water than cotton. (Do not,... a bit of a white lie to suggest that wrinkling is the "only" con -- linen is also..."