How to Layer Tones of Gray for Depth and Harmony

Use texture, pattern, contrast and more to create a subtle, sophisticated look with this popular color! Gray continues to enjoy its moment as the stylish, go-to shade du jour, but a new trend is emerging in the use of this versatile color. Rather than sticking…

10 Coastal-Inspired Holiday Decorating Ideas

Check out these 10 ways to bring a cool, casual and coastal vibe to your home during the holidays with seaside-inspired decor, perfect for your San Diego homes!       Sea Life Garland Make It: Pick up twine and gather sand dollars, small shells…

How to Mix Different Wood Types & Tones

Variation in color, pattern, texture, and style are essential to decorating, especially when mixing different wood types and tones — it keeps things interesting and gives the space that “professionally decorated” appearance.   Wood is a timeless material, but lately it seems to be more popular…

Your Post-Thanksgiving Game Plan

Once you’ve recovered from the big day, take these steps to make welcoming the next round of holiday guests easier!   Ah, Thanksgiving is over. Once the dishes are dry, the last overtime has ended and the guests are gone, what comes next? OK, I…

How to Stick to Your Home Improvement Project Budget

When remodeling or adding on, know thyself, plan well, and beware of ‘scope creep’ in order to stick to your budget!   When shopping for home improvement materials and labor, the inevitable,  “How much will the project cost?” question is bound to come up. However,…

The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Flooring: Finish Options

There have never been more finish options in the hardwood flooring market than there are today, and probably never more confusion about which one to choose. Here’s what you need to know to prevent the wrong finish from ruining your hardwood floor!   When choosing…

How to Create Better Flow in Your Home

Learn how much room to allow for furniture, and tricks you can use to make the most of a tight space!   Someone once said that a well-designed space is like a good pair of shoes: If you’re wearing a good pair of shoes, you…

10 Remodeling Projects to Do Before the Holidays

Tired of all those to-do lists and home improvement projects piling up year after year? Check out these must-try projects to get your home guest-ready just in time for the holidays. Project 1: Update a Contractor-Grade Kitchen The kitchen of this new construction home was…

Guide to Exotic Hardwood Floors

Get the Pros and Cons of Exotic Woods: Hickory, Cherry, Mahogany and More! Previously, we reviewed some of the characteristics of some common wood species used for solid plank floors that are common in North America and Europe. In this second installment, I’ll review the characteristics of some…