I’ve long been a fan of people adorning themselves with…
With this Sag Harbor home, it’s all about the environment — both enjoying it and protecting it. Situated in a private spot off the road on Sag Harbor Cove, this three-bedroom retreat sits on the waterfront, which you can enjoy from the many vantage points provided by the ample decking, boat dock and lush lawn. We wouldn’t mind admiring the beautiful sunset from that bayside pool, would you? Read more
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Today, design pro Brian Patrick Flynn tours the HGTV Dream Home 2013 garage and points out features that make it feel more like an interior room than a hard-working storage space. Take a look!
Boy, do I have a treat for you today: a double video feature starring HGTVRemodels.com digital stylist Carley Knobloch. She takes you on an exclusive tour of the interior during construction and then steps outside to highlight the home’s most outstanding features, from shingles to water features. Take a look, then post your thoughts!
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My love affair with stately, opulent marble began in college and my first trip to Italy. Semesters spent in art history class poring over photos of classical sculpture and architecture didn’t prepare me for experiencing it firsthand. By the end of Day One, I was hooked and my quest for Carrara marble began.
The first bit of marble awesomeness I bought was a small bedroom lamp. I’ve since graduated to these big beauties (below). You can find them on ebay, 1stdibs and V&M but be prepared to shell out the big bucks. The lamps themselves are pricey but shipping is the real budget-buster. Plus, because these date mainly to the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s (Art Deco and Hollywood Regency periods), the wiring will need to be replaced meaning more $$.
To score a marble lamp within budget, hit local antique or thrift stores and, of course, estate and garage sales. Before purchasing, carefully check the stone for chips, cracks and discoloration. A good cleaning with mild dish soap and a toothbrush will do wonders, but marble is porous so if the lamp has spent decades exposed to cigarette smoke, regaining its original creamy color will require professional help.
Oh, in case you’re wondering: I paid $35 for the lamp below at an antique store which my dad and I then rewired for around $12, $15 for the drum shade and $18 (a total splurge) for the crystal finial.
How amazing is this bowl?! I found it full of stagnant water and rotted plants at an estate sale. It was so grimy that both I and the seller initially thought it was concrete. After wiping off a layer of black slime (eww!) I could tell it was marble and knew I had to have it. The price: just $10 — a real steal. Of course, I tweaked my back man-handling it back to the car…but….it was totally worth it.
Here you can see the planter’s detail. The marble isn’t polished but the lion’s heads and banded detail are well carved.
Baby, it’s cold outside. Which makes you want (or need) to stay inside your cave, like a bear that’s ready to hibernate. While such a scenario seems cozy to most, many people are truly afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).
Symptoms include depression, sleep disorders, and lethargy. A major factor is lower light levels in winter, causing chemical communication errors in the brain and body. We are sensitive to light and if there is not enough, melatonin is released into the blood stream, making us feel blah.
Full spectrum light bulbs help a lot (as do light boxes which mimic the sun’s intensity at noon: 10,000 Lux), but there are also many other things you can do to feel peppy indoors while winter rages on outside.
1. Use paint colors to feel happier
While it may seem to be a no-brainer to surround yourself in the lightest colors possible before your mood darkens too much, there’s actually some psychology to this. Did you know red in the kitchen will make you feel hungrier? Or that blue in the bedroom really will help put you in the mood for love? For those who work at home, green (light green or lime, please) is great because it’s been proven to inspire concentration.
Photo courtesy of Alison Gootee (HGTV)
Got your big bags of candy hearts and cutesy Valentine’s Day décor on display? Good. Now it’s time spread a different kind of love by celebrating another fabulous February event: National Bird-Feeding Month.
According to Martin J. Warbler, the unofficial and completely made-up spokesbird I created for the National Bird-Feeding Society, bird-feeding is — amazingly — the second most popular hobby in the United States, right behind gardening.
More than 55 million Americans over the age of 16 feed birds around their home, according to the National Bird-Feeding Society. “They’re not just people who lug a big bag of millet around, filling up feeders—they’re niche restaurateurs whose establishments my fine feathered friends and I patronize on a daily basis,” says Mr. Warbler.