Farm Inspired Design

Living in Upstate NY there are many historic farm homes that were built with excellent architecture. Large wooden beams and coffered ceilings make farmhouse design alluring today. With a revival of Rustic design and rich heritage of older homes and estates in upstate New York,  this style is a marriage made in heaven! I’ve put together some steps to follow to create beautiful, functional upscale farm house designs. To start the Journey…
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A Recipe for Success..

Well, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted here on the blog, and what better way to say hello again than to share some before and after photos. The secret to getting a renovation just right is to do your homework!  Research is the key to getting what you want. Study magazines and books to get an idea of the look you want. Visit friends, family members and colleagues who have renovated recently. Consider your lifestyle and the needs of your family, both in the short and long term. Discuss your project with a designer or decorator for contractor recommendations.

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Fall Cliches..

About the only thing that makes bidding summer farewell easier, is the gorgeous fall season that awaits. With the cooler weather upon us you can embrace all those cozy elements of fall. Think changing leaves, pumpkins, corn stalks and a return to cozy fabrics with texture and a little heavier weight.
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Design Within Reach..

Projects are always a journey, sometimes (or most times) they start slowly. Finding contractors and building a team to execute the inspired idea you have can, well… be a journey in itself.  But the outcome is why you enter the adventure.

The Times Union Home Expo is a great venue to find resources that will help you get on the road to building or renovating your home.
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Home and Hearth Curtis Style

 

As time passes our family home matures. Trees Grow and so do the children. The landscape gets worn, and gone are the swing sets.  Our needs and uses for the outdoor space have changed.  Priorities often change, and our children leave the nest. We find ourselves with more free time to relax and enjoy our home. Being cooped up inside during the cold winter months especially here in upstate New York, is not our idea of enjoyment. Maximizing the space in your back yard is one way to enjoy it year round, even when your sitting inside looking out.
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We Are Here!! Home Expo 2016 Starts Today!

The Home Expo brings together vendors offering superior products and services for homeowners looking to renovate, decorate, or simply enhance the appearance of their homes. The 36th Annual Home Expo extravaganza has hundreds of displays of home and garden products; daily “Meet the Experts” happening around the TU with the newest in building products and materials; landscape displays; living green; arts & crafts and home decorating.
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Is it Real Soap?

There is a small boutique located at 271 River Street in the heart of historical Troy, NY. The shop owner is Theresa Hovish Van Duyne a retired Art teacher, opened T & J Hand Crafted Soap in 2012. She makes about 40 different varieties of Cold pressed soaps including soaps made from local beer, wine and tea. Customers will also find a variety of other body products including lotions, fizzies, soaks & handmade 100% Soy Candles.
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Wanted Dead or Alive.. Culligan Man!

This year Culligan is giving $500 towards any old water softener!! Do you want your bathroom towels back to the soft plush state you bought them in? The problem isn’t the Egyptian cotton towels you spent a fortune on.. it’s your hard water. Detergent and Fabric Softeners build up on your towels and clothing, you can avoid purchasing new towels every couple of months by using a water softener! Culligan Water Softeners help clothing last longer and reduces the build up of soap on towels and clothing. So say good by to those Itchy scratchy towels!!

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