Tuesday, September 18, 2018 / by Brian Ness
How to Make Your New Home Pristine Before You Even Move In
As soon as you have access to your new home, your task of making it move-in ready begins. While there may be plenty of decorative and structural projects you are considering, it’s vital that you don’t forget about cleanliness - true cleanliness. A quick vacuuming and some bathroom scrubbing isn’t enough. Here is what you need to focus on to ensure your new home is perfect before moving day.
Think about what you’re bringing in
You wouldn’t want to get into a recently-detailed car with muddy boots. In the same vein, you don’t want to bring dirty things into a new home. That transition period between moving out and moving in should be the time to consider what old, dirty items are beyond cleaning and need to be replaced. Take your mattress, for instance. If you’ve had it for more than five years, it probably harbors dust mites, bacteria, and other microorganisms. It may ...
Friday, June 1, 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 ...
Monday, May 7, 2018 / by Brian Ness
With summer on its way, we are taking a look at what’s trending in high-end pool design. From large fire pits to unique water features, these innovative pools — designed by California Pools & Landscape — exude true luxury.
Bring the Fire — While fire has always been an important element of a backyard space, fire pits now often merge with pool design. An abundance of fire makes this well-lit pool perfect for night swimming.
Goodbye to Blue — Historically pools have been blue, and while most are continuing this tradition, some homeowners are getting creative. Gray, navy or even black bottom pools bring a more dramatic look to any backyard.
Blending In — Whether it’s using huge rocks or lush greenery, pools are increasingly blending into the natural aesthetic of their location.
Infinity Pools — While infinity pools are not a new addition to luxury pool design, they ...
Monday, April 9, 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 ...
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 / by Brian Ness
5 Home Projects to Tackle this Spring
March means the weather is (hopefully) warming up. It’s the perfect time to get ahead on home maintenance. Here are a few projects to focus on during a spring fling of home repair.
1. Wash away the winter
Power washing your home's exterior not only adds to its sparkle, but also blasts away any potentially damaging mold and mildew. Rent a power washer at your local home improvement store and hit your siding, deck and driveway.
2. Check your AC
Scheduling a tune-up for your cooling system now can save you big bucks in the long run. Change your AC filter and schedule a pro to come check your system before contractors get busy during the summer.
3. Go with the flow
Pull out a ladder and unclog gutters. While you’re up there, check that they're connected securely.
4. Bask in the sun
Catch some rays – and brighten your home – by cleaning your windows, inside and out. Use a squeegee instead of paper towels to ...