Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dining Room- before and after

 This 1914 bungalow had been updated in the 1960's but was looking mighty tired. Some changes to this dining room add a lot of value to the home. The old wallpaper was removed. Tall wainscoting with a plate rail on top was added. The doors and wood trim were all painted white. Warm paint colors were added to the walls giving the dining room and  hall a sunny feel. The wood floors were refinished. Some art, a piece of furniture, and a table lamp were added. What a transformation!

What may look like wainscoting in the before photo was really just a piece of painted wood trim at chair rail height with two types of wallpaper above and below. The tall wainscoting in the after photo is vertical trim boards approximately 18 inches apart with trim molding on top forming a plate rail. The main part of the wainscoting is not made of wood panels. It is just the existing wall plaster, smoothed, and painted with semigloss white. All fairly inexpensive.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A great looking fence: copper pipe and lumber

 Here is a great looking fence made with lumber and copper tubing. Visually, it has a unique, attractive, open feeling. It keeps pets and kids in and passerbys out without closing off the house from the street and neighborhood.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Farmers Markets- locations

If you’re looking for some of the freshest fruits and vegetables to put on your table this spring and summer, then look no further than your local farmers market. Shopping for your produce and more at these local markets ensure outstanding flavor and freshness while supporting your local family operated farms.

Farmers markets around Portland are known for their vast variety, healthy choices and fun atmosphere. Often, you can find beautiful flowers, artisan crafts, fresh local honey, tasty baked goods and more at the market.

Just click on the link below. 

(Courtesy of First American Title)

Fabulous Light-filled Kitchen!

This is a very cool kitchen. How many times have you seen dark galley kitchens with a tiny window over the sink. Here they opened it up by adding a huge window to bring in the light, installed white cabinets, and a sunny room color and turned the ordinary into the extraordinary! Who wouldn't love to work in this kitchen?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Water features- fountains

 Installing a water feature in your yard can add value to your home and give it a nice outdoor focal point. The bubbling sound is soothing and the water attracts birds.
A fountain in a courtyard paired with potted plants creates a nice ambiance.
Although water features do add value to your property, one this size may be a little aggressive for the novice gardener's first time project.