Thursday, January 03, 2019 / by Brian Ness
Which Home Repairs You Should Avoid Doing DIY — and Why
With all the DIY shows on tv these days, people are taking on more home repair projects than ever. While that can sometimes save you a bundle, there are other times it can lead to bigger problems and added expense. Here is important information on common jobs better left to the pros.
While bathrooms typically are not big rooms, the skill and knowledge involved with a proper bathroom remodel is huge. Sure, most people can replace a toilet themselves with some decent step-by-step instructions, but as This Old House points out, the plumbing alone for a full remodel requires specialized expertise. There is building code and residential design concepts involved, and on top of that, the workers need to be able to accomplish their tasks in a finished house without causing damage. To hire professionals for a bathroom remodel in Rochester, MN, expect to pay between $4,875 and $8,466.
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Friday, June 01, 2018 / by Brian Ness
4 Gardening Tips for the Lazy Landscaper
Keeping up with landscaping can take a lot of time and energy. Between weekly mowing, picking weeds, and tending to all of the plants it can be a lot of work for those who are busy. Check out these easy gardening tips for those who simply don’t have a lot of extra time for a jungle inspired garden.
1. Plant a Xeriscape
If you live near a metro area surrounded by a natural flush of trees, or if you simply like the look of plants but don’t want the hassle of watering them, consider planting a xeriscape. This kind of landscaping is composed of plants that require little to no irrigation and are easy to take care of. Plants that do well in a xeriscape include lavender, ornamental grasses, and coneflowers. If you don’t live in a drought prone region, consider planting those native plants that already do well in your area. Native plants will need less attention as they are used to the conditions of your area and gr ...
Friday, April 27, 2018 / by Brian Ness
No matter the time of year, finding methods to refresh your home starts with the five senses. To deliver new ways of satisfying sight and touch, HBF Textiles’ new Spring 2018 collection brings together six new handcrafted fabrics that reflect energy through playful themes and thoughtful composition.
Designed by Mary Jo Miller, vice president of design and creative director, the collection was inspired by an affection for liveliness and dynamic, sensory fabrics.
“I believe the quality of a tactile experience is essential. The materials used throughout the Spring Collection are thoughtful, warm, fuzzy, bold, and rich,” explains Miller. “Each fabric is a one-of-a-kind design with its own unique story and rich color palette.”
With 52 colorways and 6 new fabrics, the Spring Collection seeks to push beyond the expected by remaining unique and versatile.
A simple design that conveys multiple colorations against a continuous b ...
Monday, April 09, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Neutrals no more! The main focus now in interior design is color, and it’s go BOLD or go home.
“People are craving more color,” said Anna Shiwlall, owner and principal designer of 27 Diamonds Design. The colors of the year in interior design represent the demand for more colors that convey deeper messages and ulterior meanings.
The colors of the year were caliente for Benjamin Moore, oceanside for Sherwin-Williams and ultra violet for Pantone. Caliente is a strong, radiant red, while oceanside is a more complex, deep color that balances blues and greens together. The ultra violet shade is an enigmatic purple that shows people’s yearning to understand the unknown.
“We’re really working with a lot of jewel tones,” said Laura Edge, owner of L. Ruth Interior Design.
For the spring, interior designers are looking to couple deeper tones with brighter colors. “In terms of your pops of color, coral is still kind of a fun mix in wi ...
Thursday, November 02, 2017 / by Brian Ness
The holidays are coming – is your home ready for overnight guests? Follow these suggestions to create the perfect guest room for friends and family.
1. Offer reading material
A pile of recent magazines or a shelf of assorted books offers guests a way to wind down before bed.
2. Add flowers
A simple flower arrangement adds class and color to any room.
3. Provide seating
Make sure there's somewhere cozy for guests to sit if they need some alone time during holiday chaos.
4. Make wi-fi connection easy
Leave a piece of paper with your internet server's name and password on the dresser so guests can easily access your wireless connection.
5. Did they forget something?
Fill a basket with sample-sized containers of essentials, like toothpaste, mouthwash and shampoo.
6. Add a luggage stand
Put out a folding luggage stand where guests can prop their suitcases to avoid having to squat all the way down to the floor every time they need something.
7. Make the closet functi ...