Posts by Cathy Habas

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Creative Uses for Concrete in Exterior Design
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Home Professionals You Should Never Hesitate to Call
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Decorating Ideas to Give Your Home a Farmhouse Feel
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How to Make the Most of a Tiny Office
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Tactful Tips for First-Time Tenants and Landlords
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Designing a Landscape That Will Increase Your Property Value
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Unique Flooring Options From Around the World

Creative Uses for Concrete in Exterior Design

What kind of images does the word “concrete” bring to mind? If all you can imagine is a drab, grey slab of rock, it’s time to get with the times! Concrete is capable of being molded, colored, stained and textured into an unbelievable array of designs, easily making it one of the most versatile building materials on the market. Add in the fact that concrete is super strong, can last a lifetime and affordable to boot, and it’s no wonder why concrete is a hot commodity in exterior design.

Here are just a few of the ways you can use concrete to achieve the architecture and landscaping of your dreams. Read More

Home Professionals You Should Never Hesitate to Call

There are plenty of home repairs that you can take care of yourself with some simple tools and a little know-how. In fact, it can be fun and empowering to know how to fix minor problems as they arise.

But there are some repairs that are best left to a professional, due to the need for costly, specialized equipment, extensive knowledge or a large work crew. If you try to tackle some of these repairs yourself, you’ll probably end up making things worse or simply putting a band aid on the problem, and it will be more expensive to have a pro come fix it later.

Here are some of the home professionals you should never hesitate to call. Read More

Decorating Ideas to Give Your Home a Farmhouse Feel

Farmhouses carry a certain feeling of nostalgia, even for those of us who didn’t grow up in the village or country-side. If you are fortunate to have had first-hand experience staying or living in a farmhouse, you’ll agree that modern farmhouses are such a beauty to behold and something begging to be experienced again. To bring some of that cozy comfort into your own home, try these design tips:

Sliding Barn Doors

What’s a farm without a barn? You may not have space in your home to put in a loft or ladder, but you can certainly add a sliding barn door to make a bold statement. The door can go on any interior doorway if there is enough space to put runners off to the side. Because visible hardware will look totally natural with a barn door, it doesn’t need to be a “pocket” sliding door. This is good news for you, because it makes it much easier to install. Read More

How to Make the Most of a Tiny Office

The higher you rise in the company ranks, the larger and nicer your office will be. And if you’re just getting your foot in the door and establishing yourself in your chosen industry, you are probably sharing elbow room with a number of other coworkers, renting an office the size of a closet or sitting in a cramped cubicle all day. If you barely have space to put your coffee, you’re not alone. Here’s how to make the most of a tiny office.

Take Stock

To get started, you need to take stock of your office in its current form. Be thorough in evaluating what can stay and what needs to go. If you inherited a desk with the office, maybe that desk is more trouble than it’s worth (too big, namely). Is the chair hard and comfortable, or difficult to scoot back away from the desk? If you have trouble moving around the office in any way, it will seem more cramped. Get a smaller desk and a simple swivel chair for starters. Read More

Tactful Tips for First-Time Tenants and Landlords

Renting your first apartment or house is an exciting turning point in your life. It can also be stressful, since the huge yearly rent (we envy climes where tenants pay on a monthly basis!) often uses up the bulk of your paycheck. And then there’s the fact that you need to adhere to certain rules and policies, as well as seek out your landlord whenever something goes wrong with the property.

You’ve probably heard worrying stories about absentee landlords. However, most aren’t there to scam tenants. Like any business, they’ll only succeed by providing a quality service. You can do your part by being a model tenant. Here are some ways to do just that: Read More

Designing a Landscape That Will Increase Your Property Value

When it comes to increasing property value, landscaping is one of the easiest ways to get the most bang for your buck.

The main advantage of landscaping is curb appeal. When it comes time to sell your home, curb appeal will help catch the attention of buyers. Everyone wants to buy a cute home with an established landscape. Few people are likely to see a drab home as a “diamond in the rough” worth investing in. Read More

Unique Flooring Options From Around the World

Looking for some truly fresh and unique flooring options for your home? Take a look at these thoroughly artistic floors, which all put an attractive twist on common flooring materials or use materials you’ve never seen on a floor before.

Roman Tile Floor

During the golden age of Rome, the most lavish homes boasted floors that were a true work of art. Tiny colored tiles were laid out with painstaking care to create beautiful mosaics. Geometric patterns were common, but so were animal motifs. Some Romans even had the luxury of heated floors! Read More

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