One of the most difficult decisions that I faced when designing my kitchen was deciding what type of microwave that I wanted, and where exactly I wanted to place it. It is such a large and yet important appliance; still many people struggle with this decision. Which is best? Countertop? Drawer? Convection? Over-the-range? And where exactly is the best location? It’s enough to cause a major migraine. Well, the simplest answer is that there is no one correct answer. So instead, let’s just break down the pros and cons for each.
One of my favorite design elements is the use of wrought iron or other metal art to make a decor statement. I love to see it used in unique ways, as accent pieces, and in combination with wood. It can make an otherwise drab area stand out as a focal feature, or it can take an already stately room and turn it into something magnificent.
Iron As An Insert
In my piano room, I felt that this wall was just crying out for something unique. So, I decided to have an insert made from wrought iron. It has an oil rubbed finish that matches the stair railings in the house. I also had a second identical insert placed at the top of the stairs on the knee wall.(Stairs can be seen in the background of the photo). The insert gives a feel of a more open space. FYI – that is one of my girls sitting in the chair. She likes to be involved in everything. 😉
The ceiling is just another wall….
During the course of designing my home, I knew that I wanted to make sure that the ceilings were not ignored. So early on, I had the architect include a combination of vaults, trays, and coffered ceilings in all of the main rooms. Everywhere else, I made sure that the ceilings were raised to around 13 feet. Of course if your home is already built, changing the ceiling height is probably not an option. However, you can still have a designer ceiling. Here are some things that can be done to add some character to your ceilings.
When I started out planning the landscape of my home, I searched everywhere to find suggestions for what would thrive in clay soil. What I found most often were a selection of plants that just didn’t fit in with the neat, maintained look that I wanted. So, I thought that I would share with everyone what I have found to be the easiest (and most likely to survive) plants, and they go together well. So, here are 12 easy to grow plants for clay soil.
If you are like me, then your pets are part of your family. What better way to declutter and stylize your home than to include your pets necessities in your decor? Buying special storage and bedding is one option, or you could just incorporate storage and bedding into what you already have available. Take a look at some of these great dog decor ideas.