Et Voila! Bistro Chairs are Back

I love to travel. I love trying new food, seeing new places and learning about all kinds of design elements from around the globe.  One of my more recent international obsessions: The bistro chair.

 
Photo: HouseNumbers123

The original, Bistro Chair No. 14, looked much like the chairs pictured above. They were invented in 1859 by a German-Austrian cabinetmaker, Michael Thonet. Chair No. 14 was sleek, simple and an instant classic. By 1930, over 50 million had sold. These beauties became very popular in homes, schools and, of course, in restaurants and French cafes. Read more…

Window Materials

Aristotle once told us that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and that is certainly true when it comes to your house. That being said, choosing the right parts can help significantly to create the best home for you.

All photos courtesy of Pella

Welcome back to Boot Camp, recruits! Your windows are an integral component of your house and it’s important to select the right material when you’re shopping for new ones. Let’s take a peek at some of the options out there. Read more…

Mustard Yellow Hues in the Home

I’m a huge fan of the cool crisp nights, cozy sweaters of Autumn and, best of all: the foliage. Whether you’re lucky enough to live in a place filled with colorful leaves, or you enjoy fall through pictures like this one, one thing is for sure – those leaves know how to put on a show.

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Photo: Autumn-Pictures.com

I’ve done a little leaf peeping of my own lately and I’m so inspired by the rich, bright hues. I really enjoyed hearing what your thoughts on pumpkin orange, so I thought I’d ask you what you think about another fall favorite: mustard yellow. Read more…

Window Treatment Options

Pella Windows
Photo courtesy of Pella

Welcome to Boot Camp!

Now it’s been said that the clothes make the man. Whether or not that’s true, I’m here to tell you that window treatments can make that man very happy. So fall in, recruits! Take a look at some of the options you might consider when dressing your windows.

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The Writing On The Wall


Photo: Shelterness.com

You know the expression, if these walls could talk? Well it seems to me lately, that a lot of them do. Using words to decorate seems has become a big trend spanning all sorts of design styles. So what do you think about these mouthy murals? Do you like chatting with your interior or do you think your walls should be seen and not heard? Read more…

Pops of Black – Yay or Nay?

Black House Laurie March Blog HGTV
Photo: Remodelista.com

In the fashion world, an all-black outfit has been considered a classic for quite some time. And yet, while style icons like Audrey Hepburn or Karl Lagerfeld embraced the look, legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour despises it. Why do the experts’ opinions range so dramatically? Because black is one of the most theatrical colors you can use in design.  So what about bringing this chic shade into your home? Check out some of these looks and let me know what you think… Read more…

3 Tricks to Lower Your Heating Bill


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In many parts of the country, winter weather is in full force! Time to pull on a sweater, pull out the warm blankets and cozy up your home. Unfortunately, it’s also time for our heating bills to rise. But don’t worry – I’ve got a few tricks up my (long) sleeves. Read more…

Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is the vineyard dwelling marsala – and I can’t wait to hear what you think of this winning, winey hue.

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Photo: Etsy.com

As the handmade pillow above displays, this hearty tone pairs well with neutrals and whites. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”   Read more…

Get Lit! – Outdoor String Lighting Tips

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Photo: DIY Network

I’m making it my mission to enjoy every bit of the outdoors I can… One way to do that? Light up the night!

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Photo: HGTV.com

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Twitter Celebration Giveaway

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I joined Twitter in 2008 – looking for like-minded people; people who love remodeling, poking around in old houses, growing stuff and trying to live a better life at home. Over time, this conversation has grown to be so much more than I had ever dreamed it would be and I am awed to report that this week I have hit the 50,000 follower mark. That’s just incredible!

I feel so privileged to be able to work with you, my clients and friends, on all sorts of ways to improve our homes. In honor of all the new friends on Twitter that joined the discussion in 2014, I’m going to celebrate with a little giveaway! Read more…

Pet Docking Stations: Tidy Fido Tips

As I’ve mentioned before, my best friend is a shelter dog named Newton. He is the heart of our home and we love him very much. That being said – the boy has got toys.

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His chew things, bones, bully sticks and balls used to run rampant in my house. So I got serious about creating a space to keep all of his fun stuff. Check out my video here to see if any of these pet organizational tips might work for you. Read more…

Bistro Chairs are Back

I love to travel. I love trying new food, seeing new places and learning about all kinds of design elements from around the globe.  One of my more recent international obsessions: The bistro chair.

 
Photo: HouseNumbers123

The original, Bistro Chair No. 14, looked much like the chairs pictured above. They were invented in 1859 by a German-Austrian cabinetmaker, Michael Thonet. Chair No. 14 was sleek, simple and an instant classic. By 1930, over 50 million had sold. These beauties became very popular in homes, schools and, of course, in restaurants and French cafes. Read more…

DIY Dip Dye Holiday Cards

The holidays are here! But there’s no need to panic. There is still time to set yourself up for success this season. A great way to do that? DIY holiday and New Year’s cards.

I’ve been creating my own homemade invitations for weddings, parties and birthdays using one of my favorite techniques – the dip dye. So this year I thought, why not make my holiday cards, this way too? Above, you’ll see one of my mini masterpieces. To find out how to create your own dip dye stationary, check out my video hereIn this case I was making wedding invitations, but simply switch up your words and your stamp themes and you’re ready to go. Read more…

4 Ways Above Ground Pools Can Look Cool

Summer officially arrives this week, which means it’s time to grab a suit, towel and some sun! This is the time of year that those lucky folks with pools start to entertain a few more guests every weekend. Do you have a pool or are you considering one?

Above Ground Pool Laurie March Blog
Photo: ClassicPools.com

Although a lot can be said about the great in-ground versus above ground debate, if you’re looking for something more affordable and less permanent, above ground might be the way to go. Here are some ways you might make your pool rise above and beyond everyone’s expectations.

Get Decked Out

 Above Ground Pools Laurie March Blog
Photo: NexPeditor.net

Building a gorgeous looking deck around your above ground pool not only gives you more places to work on your tan, it also makes your pool look like it belongs where it is. Gorgeous wooden decks can cover the plastic vinyl sides of the structure, transforming the bright white or blue eyesore into a serene retreat. Read more…

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