Today’s Eclectic Cottage

Whether your cottage is actually at a lake or it is an urban small home, décor is often a large part of the enjoyment. Comfort and easy living coupled with lots of personality convey the charm. Cottage style is a very loose term and therein lies the fun of it. In our more formal city homes, often one décor style is dominant and more edited. In cottage living, we are able to give greater rein to our eclectic leanings. Old can be mixed with new, as it can in city home décor, but there is often a more rustic look to the furnishings. Continue reading
In Victorian times, mechanization had begun and there was a huge trend to utilizing the affordable and plentiful machine made moldings to enhance décor. Baseboards were generous and high and crown molding was plentiful. Fluted window trim with rosette plinth blocks were a common feature seen in homes of this period. We are able to easily recreate this molding detail in modern homes because the rosette eliminates the need for tricky miter cuts. Picture frame wainscoting or wall frames is less costly to install than raised wood panelling, and this look suits the classic look of traditional décor. These wall frame moldings are not as wide as chair rail or picture rail moldings. Continue reading

Countertop Ideas

Kitchen interior design has come a long way toward a more upscale approach than in previous times. Plastic laminate was once the king of the kitchen. Laminate is made with a thin layer of plastic resin covering plywood or particleboard. It is heat, stain, and scratch resistant. Laminate is now able to mimic stone, metal, or wood countertops without the cost of natural materials, making it still the most affordable choice. Plastic laminate was once the king of the kitchen. Continue reading
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