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Saving on Home Improvement Projects: Guest Post

I am pleased to have Amber from Fortified Roofing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey do a guest post for me today. This offer came at the perfect time since I will be away on vacation this week enjoying some R and R on the Gulf Coast.  Hope you are having a great summer, what little there is left of it.  Once again, thanks for reading!




Homeowners often embark upon a home improvement projects and very soon into the process costs begin to spiral out of control.  This is usually because of failure to create a budget and do sufficient research and planning.    Each decision made throughout the process can lead to noticeable savings. Depending upon a variety of factors, a homeowner could save anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars on a home improvement project just by taking the time to plan.


For starters, a homeowner needs to jump into this process by exercising caution. Many people make mistakes by choosing the wrong contractor or overspending on materials.  During the planning and budgeting process, homeowners need to weigh each and every decision.  It is important to ensure that a budget is created and the project is kept within that budget.

Next, it is important to hire the right contractor for the project. Hiring the right contractor with experience and references takes a bit of time, but will save you a lot of headaches down the road. Also, be sure the contractor carries liability insurance. To find the right contractor, a homeowner needs to interview several, review their references, gather price quotes, and then make an informed decision. An excellent contractor can complete this work quickly, efficiently, and within budget.  Be sure to review the contract you sign with your contractor to make sure both parties are treated equitably and there is a clause for arbitration in case performance or money issues arise during the process. 

 Next is the issue of the correct materials being purchased, the cost of such materials and who will handle this.  Of course, homeowners can always rely upon the contractor to purchase materials.  Sometimes, it may be more cost effective for the homeowner to purchase materials for the project; depending on the time and resources they have available to them. You may want to do a price check on some of the materials to determine if you can procure the materials at less cost than the contractor is charging. Check out your home improvement store as well as online sources.  This extra bit of research can result in hundreds of dollars worth of savings before construction even begins. 

If you are embarking on a project that involves appliances and heating and air conditioning systems, or insulation, take time to investigate the tax credits available to you for these green improvements. . A homeowner can always invest in energy efficient appliances and renovations. Likewise, tax credits for these green improvements are often available.


To summarize, create a budget, hire a qualified contractor, consider purchasing materials separately, and be aware of savings on energy efficient appliances to have a successful home improvement project.



This post was provided by Fortified Roofing, provider of roofing services in Cherry Hill, Voorhees and Marlton, NJ at 



Trend Alert: Navy Blue in Interior Design


Navy blue is back!  I am very excited  because it is my favorite neutral and it has been a long time since navy has been celebrated in interior design.   You are going to see navy in furnishings, paint, accessories, tile, etc.   Have a look at what is coming.


Beautiful velvet loveseat by Barclay Buttera Home



 A handsome navy blue leather Queen chair upholstered in Siena leather by Natuzzi Italia;

via Elle Decor


Navy walls with white trim and dining room chairs create a crisp clean design for a dining room. 

Would you brave enough to paint you kitchen cabinets navy blue?


Pretty navy sofa in a white room.

via Sensational Color for You blog



I  love this English Chesterfield sofa from Ralph Lauren Home.  Putting this on my wish list. 


via Ralph Lauren Home


A lighter shade of navy wallpaper makes a elegant  background for the Venetian mirror and white fireplace surround.  Of course I love the blue and white porcelain on the mantle!
 via Season for All at Home

For more insight into the color trends for 2013 you will enjoy this video  called The Voice of Color from Porter Paints


Keep you eye out for navy this year in home and fashion design.  


Thanks for checking in!  Your comments are always welcome.  





Transitional Lighting

There are some terrific looks in transitional lighting. As I was researching options for this blog this beautiful drum pendant from Crystorama really caught my eye. The shade has a bit of shimmer, is translucent, plus it has a lot of personality with the bling. 


Barbara Barry represents the epitome of transitional (classic) design.  She chose this clean drum fixture with a linen shade by Paul Marra designs for this Jackson Hole, Wyoming home.



I love this simple, elegant  chandelier by Nierman Weeks.  Neirman Weeks products are handmade in Maryland and available through your interior designer.

The Serena Drum Chandelier by Oly Studio is the focal point of the dining room. 

Tracery Interiors via Decor Pad


Jonathan Adler has a nice collection of transitional lighting.   His Ventana 3 chandelier fits perfectly in this space.

 via Decor Pad


Alexa Hampton chose Visual Comfort for  these pendant lights in this St. Kitts showhouse.

 via Visual Comfort blog


All of these resources are great places to begin researching the options for transitional style lighting.  I hope you find the perfect one!





A Much Loved Accessory: The Throw

Throws are an accessory that can add texture and color to a room as well as being very functional.  I want to share with you several types of throws and the variety of ways designers have used them to add texture and color to their designs. 

This all white room is most certainly warmed up with the red patterned throws on both the sofa and chair.  I love the mixture of a more traditional plaid throw with another throw that is more global in its design.



By draping matching throws down the length of  the white chairs changes the feel of this room is changed entirely.  It adds a  distinct rustic influence to the chairs and unify them to the design.  Can you visualize this room without the throws on the chairs?



I love how how the designer  has draped this turquoise throw across the ottoman/cocktail table.  It is easily accessible for use as well as a beautiful accent color.  




For those of you living in a modern setting, don't you love the shaggy throw on the black sofa? What a stunning design by west coast designer Shelly Riehl David.  Very Hollywood!



Designer Miles Redd always gets it right. Tossing a  sumptuous  fur throw on the settee at the foot of the bed just makes you want to curl up and stay awhile in this lovely room.  I would be tempted to just use this one for napping during the day.


Canadian designer, Sarah Richardson adds a pop of color with a beautiful red throw from Pottery Barn. The throw is the element that pulls the color scheme together and adds a touch of softness to a clean classically designed master bedroom.


A beach-inspred design by  Suzanne Kasler incorporates a sporty orange throw to the platform bed. It is a perfect finishing touch to a primarily neutral space.  

There are so many resources for finding beautiful throws. Listed below are a few of them.  I hope you find the perfect throw for your home. 

West Elm

Pottery Barn

Ralph Lauren Home


If you are looking for a more global look try Pandora's Fine Shop in Santa Fe

For a neutral Scandanavian look try Natural Bed Company

For a rich English/Irish look check out The Cloth Shop located in North West London

Thank you for reading!



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Eye-catching Range Hoods

A beautiful range hood hood is one way to create a focal point for a kitchen design.  Here are a few to consider when creating  your kitchen wish list. 

The mixture of copper  hoodover stainless range illustrates the point that mixing metals can make an interesting kitchen design. 
A french Lacanche Range and custom zinc and stainless hood is a showstopper.



Note here that kitchen designers are still specifing brass.  It is the perfect choide for this  Country French kitchen and don't you love the backsplash design over the range?

La Cornue range and custom hood with antiques & art
Bernard Andre Photography
Linda L. Floyd, Inc. Interior Design

An amazing custom range hood in this kitchen designed by Denton House Design Studio in Salt Lake City. What a Wow kitchen!



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