01.Types of Residential Heating Systems There are several types of systems used to provide heat in a home, and within each broad type, there are many variations. Some heating systems share components with the home’s cooling equipment, and the term HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) is used to describe the overall climate control system in […]

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Luxury hotels are competing with each other over finding the best beds and providing the most comfortable sleep for their guests. You won’t have a budget like they do, but you should really make an effort to give your guests a bed that you’d be willing to sleep in. A too-short sofa bed or foam […]

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  If you’re one of those people who spends most of your time daydreaming about the ‘50s and ’60s, browsing flea markets for retro furniture, and comparing your friends to Mad Men characters, it’s probably time for you to visit the Midwest. There, you’ll find amazing off-the-beaten-path examples of midcentury design and architecture. Plan a […]

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Still decorating with incandescent Christmas lights, and wondering if it’s finally time to switch to LED lights? Here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision. How Do LED Christmas Lights Work? LED Christmas lights use light-emitting diodes, rather than filament to produce light. This new technology makes LED lights more efficient, durable […]

Christmas

Interior designers lend their advice for this luxurious, cozy trend. Faux fur: It’s so cozy. It’s so welcoming. And right now, it’s on its way to becoming a toasty hot interior design trend. As the luscious material trends on the runway this fall, interior designers say it’s also appearing more and more in homes. Why? […]

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01.A Solid Trend Up until a couple years ago, concrete was traditionally relegated to basements, garages and sidewalks. It wasn’t typically thought of as a material to brought into residential homes, but recently, that all has changed. The concrete trend, also referred to as the cement trend, is now a common fixture of Instagram feeds. […]

Decoration

01.Bring the Outside In According to this year’s Pinterest trends, greenery is everywhere–searches for greenery decor are up over 100% from last year. While flower arrangements are always lovely, adding real or faux greenery is a fresh and stunning way to bring the outside in, no matter what season. From delicious eucalyptus to winding ivy, […]

Decoration

How designer Joan Enger transformed a custom home with a subdued palette and a perfectly restrained aesthetic. In order to create a custom house that appealed to a variety of styles, designer Joan Enger of J. PATRYCE DESIGN put together a stylish abode rooted in a subtle palette and restrained aesthetic. When Enger first approached […]

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