Including stone on your home’s exterior adds texture and interest to your house. And with today’s engineered stone veneer options, the installation is not as expensive or invasive as it used to be. In fact, this particular task placed in the top 3 projects listed in the Cost VS Value report for the Pacific Region, with 106.7% of the project cost recouped!
Houzz Contributor, Bud Dietrich, authored a Story about the potential stone has for improving the appearance of your home. He features a variety of architectural styles where stone has been added to the exterior to enhance its aesthetic. Stone can be used to add color, for emphasis, used as a decorative. Engineered stone veneer is so versatile, it’s even come indoors for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms!
Adding upscale garage doors to your home can definitely give your home an instant facelift, increasing its curb appeal immensely. In fact, upscale garage doors are the second highest project in the Cost VS Value Report for the Pacific Region. The return on investment for adding garage doors tops out at 110.8% recouped!
Houzz Contributor, Laura Gaskill, compiled this helpful Story with the need-to-know facts about replacing your garage doors. Weather should not be too much of a factor, as long as it’s not freezing out and you are not painting. This is a job that can be tackled by a professional installer in the matter of a few hours. Included in this helpful guide is information on door materials, types of doors, project length including order time for custom doors, and projected costs.
Something as simple as rearranging the furniture can give a room a fresh outlook. These 28 decorating suggestions are perfect to add a breezy, spring energy to your abode. Number 19, Mix and Match Your Bedding, looks like a lot of fun! Take a gander at the Houzz slide show and then share in the comment section which decorating moves you might try!
After reading an article from Daily AD covering two companies producing LED bulbs that mimic the warm light and filament look of an incandescent light bulb I started thinking about the advent of LED lighting. I use LED bulbs in my own home whenever possible because I like the color of the light better than compact fluorescents – but don’t ask me what the color, or the lumens, of the bulbs are because I don’t know! And what is a lumen anyway?
If you are curious about LED lighting as well, then the above slideshow is the HOUZZ Story for you. After reading What to Know About Switching to LED Lightbulbs I understand a little better what a lumen is (the short answer: it’s the amount of visible light given off by a bulb) and there’s a handy chart in both the article and slideshow above that compares incandescent watts to LED lumens.
There’s also a lengthy discussion about the color of light. The Correlated Color Temperature, or CCT, is the color of light emitted by a bulb. The Color Rendering Index, or CRI, is a measurement of how accurately a light source shows color rated on a scale from 0 to 100. Click through the slideshow to the chart that demonstrates how the CRI of lighting can change the look of skin tone. The higher the CRI, the more natural skin tone looks. The CRI deals with how authentic the colors appear in bulbs, whereas the CCT reports how blue or yellow light actually is. If you purchase LED bulbs that features the Energy Star logo on their packaging, those bulbs’ CRI will be 80 or above. Energy Star will not certify any LED bulb below 80 CRI. That takes some of the guessing game out of what to purchase since not all bulb manufacturers print this information on their labels.
Check out the What To Use And Where section for suggestions on light colors to use for ambient light sources, for dedicated reading sources and specialty lighting. Also did you know that LED lighting is better for wine storage? The bulbs emit little heat and the UV light emitted by fluorescents can be damaging to wines.
After reading What to Know About Switching to LED Lightbulbs several of my own questions were answered and I have a better understanding why I prefer LED bulbs. I hope this article helps demystify LED lighting for you as well.
Having a splash of color in the garden during the gray winter months is so pretty. Garden writer Charlotte Albers
shares in this Houzz
article 6 plant varieties
to consider planting to set your winter garden ablaze during 2015. Check out the container gardens on the 3rd and 6th slides for ideas you can utilize on your front porch right now. Holly, winterberry, dogwood and evergreen trimmings would beautifully decorate the containers you have at your entry.
Plan some fun downtime creating DIY ornaments
. These ornaments featured on Houzz
can be used on your tree, given as a gift, or dress up a special package. Several of the crafts feature paper and free printable. The baked citrus slices and cinnamon stick trees would be an easy afternoon craft and smell delicious!! Enjoy!