Specialty Spotlight: Built-In Bookshelves

Posted on February 16, 2021 by Suzanne Carroll

Whether it’s for work, for school or for socializing, the video call is a communication tool that’s here to stay. Over the last year, these calls have given us glimpses into each other’s homes, and one trend that has consequently developed is the presence of a well-curated bookshelf in the background. Celebrities, political leaders, and regular folks alike are using their bookshelves to display meaningful objects and titles. Built-in bookshelves are not only functional and attractive, they can also be a site for self-expression. If your video chats have you thinking about installing a built-in bookshelf, here are some things to consider before you get started. Read more

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Creating a Home Office or Study Space

Posted on September 22, 2020 by Suzanne Carroll

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, more people are working from home than ever before, and some Bay Area companies have asked their employees to telecommute for months to come. At the same time, most of the region’s school districts are holding classes online. Suddenly, the must-have feature of every home is a well-organized home office or classroom. Creating a space that allows for complete concentration takes some planning, but it can be a key factor to success for both employees and students. Read more

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Window Coverings 101

Posted on February 11, 2020 by James Florence

In the market for new window coverings? You might be surprised (and a little overwhelmed) by the sheer variety of options there are to choose from. To help you navigate this intimidating terrain, we’ve provided the following overview of window covering basics. Read more

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Specialty Spotlight: Reupholstering Your Furniture

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Jennifer Chan

Reupholstering old furniture can give your living room a fresh look. Photo: Master's Touch Upholstery ©2018

Whether you want to bring new life to a treasured heirloom or just freshen up your living room, reupholstering your furniture might be the answer.

 

It happens to all of us. The kitten sharpens his claws on your couch. A guest spills wine on your chair. Your once-lovely living room has turned dingy seemingly overnight. Whatever the cause, restoration is in order and it might be time to consider reupholstery. Here’s what you need to know.

When does it make sense to reupholster?

Reupholstering a piece of furniture isn’t about trying to get the cheapest deal; it’s about bringing new life to your favorite pieces. “If a piece of furniture is well-made and isn’t too damaged, Read more

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Concentration Station: How to Create a Home Office

Posted on September 05, 2017 by Suzanne Carroll

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, close to 25 percent of all employed Americans work from home at least some of the time. This is hardly surprising given increasingly longer commutes and the growth of the gig economy. If you’re part of this trend of telecommuters, you probably already know that working from home has its upsides and downsides. The key to staying on task while surrounded by the distractions of home is to create a home office where you can be your most productive. Let’s go through the steps.

Step 1: Establish Your Work Station

If you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated room for a home office, Read more

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Are You Ready to Build a Custom Home?

Posted on February 09, 2017 by Suzanne Carroll

We can usually get the little things in life just the way we want them: our coffee can have the perfect amount of sugar; our pizza, the perfect toppings. Unfortunately, when it comes to the big things, we’re expected to compromise. We’re supposed to ignore the little flaws of our partners, muddle through the less-than-glamourous parts of our jobs and accept the fact that there’s no such thing as the perfect home…or is there?

Rather than deal with the continual maintenance of an older house or attempt to shoehorn remodeling plans on a pre-existing structure, some people choose to build a custom home from scratch. Read more

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Tip Sheet: 5 Considerations for Redesigning a Room

Posted on October 04, 2016 by James Florence

1. Consider the room’s functionality. How do you plan to use the room? Will it be a work space or will you be entertaining? Will it be a quiet, personal space or an area where you’ll spend time with family? Sometimes spaces have to function in multiple ways, so be sure to consider this when making design choices.

2. Make the most of lighting. Many people think that if they install overhead lighting, they can eliminate lamps and other forms of lighting. However, they don’t realize that these various light fixtures play an important role in both the functionality and aesthetics of a room. Remember, you want to have light at all levels. Read more

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