Spring Patio Fix-Ups: Install an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit

Spring Patio Fix-Ups: Install an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit

More than any outdoor feature I can think about, a fireplace (or fire pit or bowl) immediately makes the yard the location where everybody wants to be. It readily becomes the focus of a space, drawing friends and family together…

Shape Your Surfaces With New Tile Textures and Forms

Shape Your Surfaces With New Tile Textures and Forms

Technology has taken our movies, TV shows and printing to three dimensions, and now it is taking tile. Tile not merely has taken on textures like damask, stacked fabrics and stone in its new appearances, but has become an integral…

9 Award-Winning Kitchens from KBIS 2013 to Drool Over

9 Award-Winning Kitchens from KBIS 2013 to Drool Over

I am still giddy about all the great design ideas and product improvements I saw in the 2013 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in New Orleans in April. The design awards for kitchens and baths were a highlight. You can…

View 6 Homes That Rise to the Rural Landscape

View 6 Homes That Rise to the Rural Landscape

In the dawn of time, humankind has built various forms of shelter in all kinds of landscapes. Our ancestors’ chief concerns were shelter and protection. Contemporary design concepts as well as the notion of construction sensitively weren’t a part of…

6 Must-Know Lessons From a Serial Renovator

6 Must-Know Lessons From a Serial Renovator

Over almost four decades of marriage, my wife and I’ve revived, in whole or in part, five of our own homes. We’ve just purchased a home in a golf community so will, again, embark on a renovation job, our sixth….