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Home Trends: Outdoor Kitchen

Decorating Your Outdoor Kitchen

OUtdoor kitchen

It’s cold outside now, but this weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, spring will be here, and then glorious summer—the reason we endure these single-digit days. While you’re snuggling down and stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for your home. Don’t forget the outdoor spaces, too, including outdoor cooking and dining areas.

Summertime is when we want to be outdoors as much as possible. One way to encourage your family to be outdoors more is by spending time now thinking about your outdoor kitchen and how you can make it more comfortable and appealing. Here is some food for thought.

Consistent Style. When you’re decorating your outdoor kitchen, you want it to flow with the style of your home. If you have a traditional home, you may want your outdoor kitchen to feature a stone fireplace, brick oven, wood components or other traditional materials. If your home is contemporary, sleek lines, stainless steel and simplicity may shine.

Relaxing and Comfy. Your outdoor kitchen needs to be comfortable—no hard chairs or stiff seats here. Plush chairs and cushioned settees made of water-resistant materials are great for kicking back after a summer’s day, hopefully with a cool beverage in your hand. Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate guests you may want to invite over as well.

Side tables. Make sure you have places to put those icy cold drinks and plates. If your outdoor kitchen is breezy, make sure the furniture is heavy and solid enough to not be blown around in the wind. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Paint Concrete

Concrete painting tips.

Use stencils to transform an unfinished basement.
Use stencils to transform an unfinished basement.

Prepping and painting concrete takes special steps different than the walls you’re used to painting. Make sure you have the tools and time before delving into this project. The end result of a perfectly painted and transformed concrete surface will be worth it! Here’s how to give concrete a new look with paint.

Tips to Know Before Painting

While you can paint drywall in a day or two, you’ll need a week or more to finish painting concrete. Plan ahead! Read the rest of this entry »

Interior Paint Solutions: Burnishing

Paint burnishing is a common problem with paint, and is caused by a number of circumstances. No matter what the cause, there is an unwanted sheen from constant traffic of some kind.

Paint burnishing is a common problem with paint, and is caused by a number of circumstances. No matter what the cause, there is an unwanted sheen from constant traffic of some kind.

Paint burnishing occurs when the gloss or sheen of paint film increases when subjected to rubbing or brushing. This common problem is a nuisance, but don’t despair, it can be fixed. There are numerous causes of this undesirable effect, but the end result is the same: unwanted sheen from constant traffic.
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How to Make Paint Last

Walls exude a certain freshness when recently painted. It can make any room feel new, but conversely feel dated when not properly cared for. Maintaining your walls doesn’t begin or end when you cover it with paint. To keep the color appealing to the eye, there are certain tips you should keep in mind.
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Get your zig zag on

Osborne & Little

House Beautiful May 2009

Have you noticed the presence of chevron and herringbone designs in home decor and fashion? Rugs, flooring, fabric, wallcovering, handbags; that zig zag is all over. It knows no boundaries, mixing it up with every style.

Things That Inspire

The difference between chevron and herringbone? From Things That Inspire …a chevron style floor, where the planks are set on the diagonal, and meet in a center line. On the right, the herringbone pattern, where the planks are also set on a diagonal, but interlace.

Things That Inspire and Door Sixteen have some gorgeous chevron and herringbone floors.  The wide plank chevron, ooh-la-la. I don’t think I have ever seen a herringbone or chevron hardwood floor in Minnesota. Are they out there?

Lonny April-May Rubie Green fabric

Thibaut Herringbone Weave

Detail of Herringbone Weave wallcovering

Mary McDonald


This floor is stained to create a chevron pattern - Coastal Living

Mother of pearl wallcovering from Maya Romanoff - Hirshfield's Design Resource

Arren Williams

Lonny magazine April/May

Benjamin Moore

Ralph Lauren fabric - Hirshfield's Design Resource

Do you have any herringbone or chevron in your home? Share a photo as we would love to see how you are using this pattern.

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