Fireplaces: 8 Warm Examples You’ll Want for Your Home

by Alice Faggi | October 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

As fall settles in, start thinking about how you want the focal point of your space (the fireplace) to look. From a stone fireplace to a modern take on an old shiplap mantel, your fireplace represents the home, your style, and your personality. Explore these fireplace surround ideas to find the perfect design for your home this year.
8 Fireplaces to Consider for Your Home
Here are some of our favorite fireplace surround ideas, including all kinds of materials, colors, and accents.

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Accent Walls: 12 Gorgeous Examples That Will Inspire You

by Alice Faggi | October 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

An accent wall can elevate a space without any additional décor or furniture. A pop of color, texture, or a new material will add depth and visual interest to any room from the bathroom to the kitchen. If you want to add a new dimension to your home without undertaking a more in-depth project, consider a stone accent wall, a wooden wall, or an interesting paint design to give your space a different look and feel.

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Differences Between Natural and Manufactured Stone

by Alice Faggi | September 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Stacked stone has seen an incredible bloom in popularity in recent years. In the past, it was restricted to outdoor use in the form of exterior finishes and accents. Now, it can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and even bedrooms all across the nation. Adding this surface into your design plan can be a fantastic way to show texture and character while upping the value of your home.

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3 Pro Tips to Ensure Successful Stone Veneer Projects

by Alice Faggi | August 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

As more architects and designers explore mixed styles, stone veneer has become a sought-after statement material. Aesthetically, stone speaks to permanence, history, and the natural world. It's a dramatic choice in any space, inside or out. More practically, stone veneer is simple to work with and less expensive than true stone while sacrificing none of the beauty. 

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Incredible Before & After Inspiration

by Alice Faggi | July 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Sometimes it can be challenging to visualize what a space will look like after an update but that's precisely why before and after photos are so popular. And so necessary! There are literally hundreds of thousands of ways to enhance already beautiful spaces with stone elements and so the hard part really is finding the right look.

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5 Unique Bedroom Décor Ideas

by Alice Faggi | June 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Our lives are so busy these days that our bedrooms are frequently our last refuge away from social, professional, and familial obligations. While simply achieving sanctuary each night is often enough to refuel us for another day, a truly beautiful bedroom promotes real relaxation and can serve as an escape around the clock.

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Five Reasons to Build an Outdoor Kitchen Using Building Blocks

by Alice Faggi | June 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Whether you’re more likely to host a classic garden party or an informal barbecue, alfresco entertaining is a summertime tradition. And when an outdoor kitchen is part of your landscape design, you can participate fully in every fete because everything you need to refresh your guests is within arms reach.

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Why You Should Hire a Landscape Architect for Your Next Project

by Alice Faggi | May 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM

When your goal is for your outdoor living spaces to be as beautiful as your home's interior, it pays to work with a professional. Landscape architects train for years to learn the art of creating visually interesting and meaningful open-air spaces that enhance the environment and promote well being in people.

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The Pros and Cons of Common Stone Building Materials

by Alice Faggi | April 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Using stone in home beautification projects can make your spaces feel warm and look beautiful, as well as imbue different areas of your home with a unique connection to nature. Natural stone is relatively durable and can be installed using stonework techniques that will give a fireplace, walkway, floor, or wall classic impact or modern flair. The biggest challenge? Choosing from the myriad stone options on the market. 

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Give Your Entryway a Modern Twist

by Alice Faggi | April 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Entryways can be tricky because turning one into something more than another boring pass through is an exercise in coping with contradictions. Your entryway is like the window into your home's soul but it's also a functional space that has to be capable of coping with the elements.

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