• A Little Design Help From the Pros

    I am a CNN online addict, it’s my morning fix. While I’ll typically read world / politics / business etc here on the “front page” this morning was a nice one about interior design with a pretty great slideshow. Thought I would post a link here for everyone who’s interested – new DIY by Nick […]

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  • Sweet Plaids Great Room Decor

    I’m a perpetual sucker for plaids. I don’t know if it’s because I’m kind of a country bumpkin at heart, or if it’s just that there aren’t all that many ways to express oneself with color – tie-dyes sadly remain out of fashion. Plaids seem to always remain somewhat in fashion – I’m thinking burberry […]

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  • Urban Townhouse Pool

    Great photo. Living in the city, and if you can’t have a quick getaway, a small backyard pool will oddly enough fit just about anywhere, it’s not that hard to find even a small space for one. Here’s a great little lap pool that has been tucked into this urban townhome backyard, it’s not much […]

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  • It’s The Little Things That Add Character

    architectural detail, embellishment, anything really can add quite a bit to an outdoor space. Here’s a wonderful old fence door, rather fancy, that works really well, nice contrast between the wall and the green of the grass. The aged patina gives character. Great sources for anything like this, either indoors or out, checkout flea markets […]

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  • Great Little Pool House

    I’ve seen some crazy pool houses in my time. Structures that are clearly more of guest quarters than simply a pool house. Here’s a nice little one that is manageable, that has good storage (roof is obviously usable) – nice little shaded area underneath all in all a well proportioned addition to the home and […]

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  • Solar PV, The Simple Set up

    We did mention in another post a whole write up of solar on barrel tile – here’s your most basic set up for solar PV – typical flat panels on a typically flat roof. Image provides a pretty good show of the rails that the panels rest on and the basic layout. These are your […]

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  • Fall Is Officially Here

    Okay, so maybe it was actually a few days / weeks ago, but I don’t think it actually hit home until today when I noticed all of the leaves had more or less fallen off of the trees. I have to admit, I’m a little depressed about it. Summer is way too short up north, […]

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