Published By: Leon Tuberman
Friday, April 21, 2017
Many amazing people played an important part in making the Arts and
Crafts Movement happen, not just in Britain, but worldwide. So many in
fact that it would take a book as thick as a dictionary to name them all. Here
are some of the most popular artists of the movement that changed the way the
entire world purchased, built and designed their homes.
This man was a major contributor to the revival of the traditional
methods of textile art and production. He was best known as a poet, but became
better known for his designs of the Arts and Crafts movement. Much of his work
is still in production, but originals can be found in museums across the globe.
The William Morris Society was founded in 1955 to honor his legacy.
Jones, a British artist and
designer, worked closely with William Morris on a wide range of decorative arts
and was also a founding partner in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, and Company. He worked hard to bring back the traditional
use of stained glass art in Britain.
In 1857 Burne-Jones joined Morris and a few others in a crazy scheme to
decorate the walls of the Oxford Union but the technique they used ultimately
failed, as the paint they used peeled away.
One of eleven children, Stickley was born in Wisconsin
and played a major role in bringing the
movement to America.
His first work for the movement was part of an experimental line of furniture
in 1900 called the New Furniture, which reflected the ideals of simplicity.
Ashbee founded the Guild and School
of Handicraft in London in 1888, but the school closed in 1895
after political issues. However, the following year the Ventral School of Arts
and Crafts opened. He was also the advisor to the British Mandate of Palestine
where he oversaw building work and protected historic sites and monuments.
A lifelong Quaker, Southall was the leading figure in the nineteenth-century revival of painting. He
became president of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1939 and stayed
until his death in 1944. His work as a painter drastically fell apart at the
start of World War I which led him to devote his efforts to the antiwar
An American archeologist, Mercer was an avid collector of artifacts and
the designer of several structures such as the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.
He attended Harvard University
and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He became the University of Pennsylvania’s
curator of American and Prehistoric Archeology in 1890. He was well known for
his ceramic tile creations and his architecture.
Although there are more people who had a strong influence in the Arts
and Crafts Movement, these amazing artists had a hand in starting it all. The
legacy these artists left behind is found throughout art, textiles and even
homes in the Arts and Crafts design today.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Thursday, April 20, 2017
After months, and maybe even years, of planning, you have finally
decided on the log cabin of your dreams. Now comes the most important part of
any cabin build, where to put it. The location
is everything when building a log cabin for several important reasons, which
include sun exposure, the wind, terrain, accessibility,
and of course the best reason, the view!
What good is having this amazing cabin with a stunning view if you can’t
get to it? Accessibility is the most
important thing when choosing a location and not just so the builders and
machines can get to the location, but for safety reasons as well. In the case of an emergency, severe weather or a Bigfoot attack, you are going to want a good
road to your cabin.
Exposure and Good Shade
It seems contradictory to want a location with both sun and shade but it's for good reason. Sun keeps your cabin dry
and warm all year long, and the right amount of shade will protect the wood from overexposure to the sun.
The right balance of shade and sun throughout the day will lower your overall
cost of maintenance and your utility bills. Good sunlight through most of the
day will provide natural light inside your home, meaning you won’t have to use
interior lights until later in the evening.
Good Terrain Can
Save You Thousands
When building a cabin, you need to consider the slope of the land around
it. Try your best to ensure the land slopes away from your cabin to prevent
water from building up around the base of the cabin. If this happens, your logs
will rot and the cabin will attract unwelcome
guests such as insects whose sole purpose in life is to feed off your home.
Although there are ways to seal the wood to prevent insects from moving in,
it will be a waste of time and money if you can’t keep the water away. If there
is no way for your location to have the
land slope away from your cabin, proper drainage devices such as gutters and
land drains will need to be installed to protect your home.
Test the Soil
Just as the slope of the land is important, so is the type of soil you
build on. If the soil is too moist and never dries, it could cause your home to
mold and even rot. Try to find a spot where the soil is hard and dry and
doesn’t hold moisture very well to prevent this from happening.
You can design the best and most beautiful cabin in the world, but if you don’t choose the right location, it will be a
complete waste of money. All these factors must be taken into consideration
when choosing a location. Keeping the home dry is the most important thing of
all. Protect the cabin of your dreams and keep the moisture out.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tired of boring, lifeless walls within your home? Whether it be in your
living room, dining room or even your bedroom, a feature wall can be a striking
addition to your design. The best part is that it is cheap and easy to create
and can be done in a day. Here are some great ideas for feature walls in your
A rustic design brings nature into your home and creates a cozy effect. Enhance that effect with a shiplap
style feature wall, but instead of having all the boards the same color, use
multiple colors. Stain each board a different shade
and alternate the colors along the wall. This will add color and character to the room and give
you a color scheme to play off of for the other items in the room, such as
furniture and linens.
Brick It Up
Bricks are pricey and heavy, but look beautiful on a wall. Faux brick walls are a popular thing today, and
they look amazing. Either in the form of contact paper or wallpaper, or as foam brick pieces that stick
to the wall, it is an inexpensive way to achieve the brick look on the wall,
without all the messy concrete or taking
space away from the room. These items come in many different colors and
textures and take a little time to
install depending on the size of the wall you are adding them to. The only
difference between the contact paper and the foam bricks is that the foam
bricks give a more realistic effect where the contact paper, although it looks
good, has no texture to the look.
Concrete Is Beautiful
Using concrete to create your feature wall is a little more
time-consuming than the other ideas, but just as stunning. The easy part is
applying it, the hard part is waiting for it to dry. Once it's applied to the wall and has had a chance
to dry, simply polish it up or leave it flat to create a gorgeous modern,
industrial look. This concrete feature
wall can be accented with some metal art to create a very beautiful industrial
vibe within that room.
Just a Touch of Paint
Probably the least expensive of all the ideas is paint. Simply paint
your feature wall a different color than the surrounding walls. Be sure to use
a color that coordinates well with the other items in the room. If doing the
wall one solid color isn’t enough, create a pattern with multiple shapes and
colors, such as grey-white and yellow
chevrons on the walls. This would look great with a white or gray sofa, area rug, and throw pillows.
There you have it, four amazing ways to create a feature wall in any
room of your home without spending a fortune. There are hundreds of thousands
of ideas for feature walls out there, so no matter what style you are going
for, there is a wall for you. Happy decorating!
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
With spring just around the corner and the snow and cold almost behind
us, it will soon be time to get some spring cleaning and maintenance done. When
you own a log cabin, however, cleaning
and maintenance go hand in hand. There are some
things you need to get done to your cabin at the start of spring.
Make a List
All good projects start with a list, and let’s face it, when it comes to cleaning and maintaining
your log cabin, it quickly becomes one huge project. Things that should be on
that list include caring for the logs of your home, your gutters, your roof,
and the seals around your doors and windows. Any maintenance should be done
prior to cleaning as it can get a little messy depending on what needs to be
done. A great suggestion by many cabin owners is to create your list in a
schedule format and spread the maintenance and cleaning tasks out over a week’s
time. Set which tasks get done on what days so that it isn’t overwhelming, and
everything gets done.
Know Where to Start
Start outside with the gutters and downspouts. You want to keep as much
moisture as possible away from your home and maintaining these two are your
first steps in doing so.
The next thing you should do is check the seal of the wood. Having the
wood resealed at least once a year
protects it from moisture and insects, plus it extends the life of the logs
that form your home.
Next, check the seal around the doors and windows. Ensuring the seals in
these areas are good is not only essential to keeping cold air out in the
winter, but it also keeps moisture from seeping in between the window sill and
walls which can cause mold, mildew and wood rot, not to mention the hordes of
insects that could find their way into the tiny crevices. Lastly, for the exterior maintenance, you
should check your roof for any small leaks and fix those immediately.
One decision you must make during your cabin ownership is whether you
want to do the maintenance yourself or hire a professional to do the tasks for
you. If you know exactly what you are doing and have the time, you can save
loads of money by doing the maintenance and cleaning yourself. However, if you
aren’t very handy when it comes to fixing things, it might be a lot safer and a
lot cheaper, in the long run, to hire a
professional to do the job for you.
Nothing good in life comes easy. This is true for owning a beautiful log
cabin. Although it is hard work, it is totally worth the effort to maintain a
home of this quality and beauty. Log cabin ownership is a huge investment, but
a great one and certainly one worth protecting. So break out the brushes,
ladders, and cleaning supplies and protect that cabin of
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Monday, April 17, 2017
Anyone just starting out on their own may need a little help when it
comes to decorating their first living space. Whether that space is an apartment or a home, decorating can be
tricky. This isn’t your bedroom with your
parents, so boyband posters and stuffed animals won’t work here.
How to Balance a
We’re not talking weight on a scale. In interior design, balance is how
you distribute the visual weight of a room. There are three types of balance.
First is symmetrical balance, which is
when you divide a room right down the middle and have the same décor and
furniture on each side. For example, placing your bed in the center of the room
and placing the same table with the same items on each side of the bed.
Next is asymmetrical balance. This
is when you add different items, but of the same visual weight on either side
of the room. Lastly, when talking about
balance, is radial balance, which is the
arrangement of objects around a center point in a room. A great example is
arranging living room furniture to face the fireplace
or the focal point of the room.
When designing a room, using the right proportions
is essential to making a room look and feel amazing. Three important points
about proportion to remember involve scaling. First,
if a room is small, the items in the room should also be small. The second
point is the opposite of the first—if a room is large, then large furniture
should be used.
Lastly, use taller furniture in rooms with high ceilings. If you put
large items in a small room, they will only overpower
the space. If you put too small an item in a large room, the room will feel
empty. That’s why proportion is so important in design.
Every Good Design
There are four kinds of rhythm in interior design. First, there is repetition. Repetition is when
you have repeating elements of design such as framed art of the same size, shape, and style on a wall. Next, there is
alternation. This is when you alternate two or more elements in a pattern like
a tall vase, short vase, and a tall vase all lined up atop the mantle.
Then we have progression. This is
when you have a series of objects organized by size. A great example of this is
artwork hung on the wall from largest to smallest. Lastly, there is contrast, or using two elements that are opposite
in some way, such as a round mirror on one wall and a square mirror on the
When it comes to interior design, balance, rhythm, and proportions are the three most important aspects of a good-looking design. Designing your first
space can be an overwhelming task, but having the right knowledge can save you
stress and money—so gather your décor and get decorating.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Friday, March 31, 2017
Have you ever seen pictures of a log cabin and thought, where did I go
wrong? Those cabins look so amazing and yours just feels so dull and dark.
Sure, it's serving its purpose and you
have that country rustic feel, l but where’s the décor? Where is the character? Well, envy no more. You’re about to learn how
you can make your log cabin as dreamy as those in magazines.
Go Beyond the Wood
With log walls, hardwood floors,
and log or paneling for the ceilings, the wood can be the most dominating
feature. All that wood isn’t a style for everyone. There are several easy fixes
to that overabundance.
One is to add some drywall. This will smooth out the walls and can be
painted any color you like. Adding texture to the walls with plaster gives them
some depth. Replace hardwood floors with stone flooring to keep the natural
feel of a cabin without the endless miles of wood.
Learn to Live with
If you don’t necessarily want to get rid of the endless amount of wood,
but hate the earthy tones it brings, then try to find ways to love it. Whitewashing the wood gives a rustic, chic look
and is very beautiful. Especially when pastel-colored furniture and light
carpet or rugs are used. Light stains or even bleached wood also look amazing.
Bleaching gives a driftwood look that,
when blended with log furniture of the same tones, gives the cabin a very
coastal feel. There are many ways to live with the wood in your cabin that keep
it looking amazing. It completely depends on your style.
Built-ins Belong in
It's hard not to love built-ins.
Whether in the form of cabinetry, shelving, or even seating, built ins give a
natural coziness to any home, but even more so to a cabin. Built-ins offer
functional storage and make a room feel complete. They can easily be customized
to fit whatever décor style you’re going for. If your cabin didn’t come with
all the built-ins you were hoping for, it is very affordable to add them in
yourself or hire a professional. Whatever you choose, this is one way to
upgrade the cozy factor in any room of your home.
Just because it’s a cabin doesn’t mean everything has to be nature
themed and rustic. It's your home after
all, so anything can happen. Any style you choose is allowed in your cabin.
There is no rule that says a cabin should be styled a certain way, so if yours
isn’t as dreamy as you would like, then choose a style that makes it dreamy for
you. For many people, comfort and style go hand in hand. A cozy, dreamy cabin
like you see in the magazines is easy to obtain, but isn’t for everyone. Let
your creativity take over and create the cabin of your dreams.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Thursday, March 30, 2017
So your kitchen was a mess, it was cluttered and dirty. You went through
your normal cleaning routine, dusted, wiped down, washed, and put away
everything. You look around at your newly clean kitchen and think, wow … it
looks so dull, bare, empty. This is because once you cleaned your counters of
the mess, there was nothing there at all. Keep reading to learn how to properly
decorate your kitchen counters without taking away prized counter space.
Look at What You
The place to start is with an
observation of what you keep on your counters. Appliances, salt and pepper
shakers, soap, sponges, and maybe even a towel
or two are all things you can find scattered around your counters. All these things
can be consolidated into fewer, larger items. For example, the salt, pepper and
any other spices can be stored in a decorative basket or other container by the
stove. The soap and sponges look better in a basket than sitting solo on the
window sill above the sink.
Roll up a few dish towels and place them in a wicker
basket by the sink. Use a decorative cake stand to store cooking ingredients such
as oils and spices that would usually be kept by the stove. Be sure that the
storage solutions you choose go well with the overall theme of the kitchen. By
adding things to bins, you actually free up some space while adding décor to
Do you love fresh herbs? Why not grow some in
decorative little planters on your counter? This will not only give you fresh
herbs to cook with, but will also bring a touch of nature into your kitchen and
we all know that nature is your best décor piece.
Aren’t Just for Reading
Display your cookbooks in the corner of your countertop
or even atop your microwave, if it sits on the counter, of course. Line them up
on the surface or stack them, either way. Displaying your cookbooks in your
kitchen not only looks great but puts them in range for easy access.
Jars for Storing Foods
Mason Jars are great for decorating. This tip doesn’t
have to be used on the counters. Mounting some floating shelves above the
counters will actually improve the overall look of your counters and the
countertops can serve as the bottom shelves. You can then store your sugars, pasta,
and dry foods in the mason jars on the counter and the shelves. It looks great
and is a very functional way of decorating.
Coffeemakers are a fixture in many kitchens, but by the
time you add the coffee, sugar, cups, and filters, it's like your love for coffee
has taken over your kitchen counters. Create a coffee corner using a decorative
placemat with all your coffee items on it. Add a holder near the coffeemaker
for your cups, either using a stand or placing hooks on the wall. Now that’s
one cool way to conserve space.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Don’t you wish you could be at the beach all year long? Bungalows make
the best beach houses, but what do you do if your beautiful bungalow home is nowhere near the beach? You bring the beach
inside, of course! Here’s how you can make your traditional bungalow style home
a beautiful beach oasis.
Start with the
Walls and Windows
The walls are the best place to start when it comes to designing any
room because they offer the largest amount of surface space. Start with the
paint color. Pastel blues, grays, beige,
and white are the colors you want to use for the coastal theme. The lighter the
color, the larger the space will feel.
Once you decide on the color, move on to your window treatments. Choose a window treatment that will enhance the coastal
vibe of the room. Thin, flowing drapes and curtains of a light color look
amazing with this theme. Choose artwork that is all about the coast and
everything nautical. Beach paintings, nautical rope art, replicas of ships, and
sunset art are all great wall décor for this style.
Furniture for this style can be tricky to find if you don’t know where
to look. This is where second-hand shops,
flea markets, and yard sales become your best friend. Any wooden furniture can
be customized to fit your beachy design. Wicker end tables, shelves, and chairs are beautiful additions to
this style. They can be a natural wood color or the wicker furniture can be
painted, either way, it's just fun and gorgeous. Solid color upholstery
sofas are good too. Wood furniture works best if stained very lightly or
painted white or gray. Furniture with a worn appearance such as chipped paint
is perfect for this décor style too.
Additional Décor to
A material that isn’t used often as a décor piece but is stunning with
this style is burlap. This material can be used in rugs, curtains, placemats,
and even throw pillows, and can make your coastal style look great. As you walk
along the beach, gather rocks, shells, and even coral that has washed ashore.
Sea glass is a beautiful material as well, and many elements of your décor can
be made from sea glass, such as lamps and
vases. Driftwood picture frames and even furniture can be found on the market
or even custom built to further enhance the
coastal vibe you are trying to achieve. Honestly,
the possibilities are endless when it comes to finding décor to fit your coastal home. It all comes down to knowing
your style and knowing where to look.
If standing on the beach brings you joy, why wouldn’t you create the
atmosphere in your home? Your bungalow is
supposed to represent you and the things you love. So get to work and create a
relaxing beach house right in your own living room using these tips for a magnificent coastal getaway.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Original homes from the Arts and Crafts Movement are rare. If you are lucky enough to find a
Craftsman style home from this period, you may be tempted to update it to fit
more of today’s styles. Here are some tips for updating this style of home
without ruining its vision or its value.
Know Its Purpose
The first step to updating your Craftsman home is to know its value and
how to keep it. Do you know what makes a Craftsman home so special? Homes of
this period represent nature and true, quality hand craftsmanship. It is very
possible to have a beautiful modern home, while still maintaining
the appeal of its true form from the Arts and Crafts era. Natural, solid wood
throughout the home doesn’t have the same appeal as it once did, but that
doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it. Let the natural materials and unique
craftsmanship shine through no matter the style you choose.
What to Keep
Likewise, don’t get rid of natural, stained-wood walls, cabinetry and flooring. Paint the walls a
natural color such as gray, white, or
beige. This keeps the open, clean feeling and lightens up the space from its
once-warm color scheme.
Keep the hardwood floors, as they are something that never goes out of
style. You can restain the floors to a darker or even lighter tone to blend
well with the rest of the design for your home. It is okay to paint the walls
and cabinetry as well. Update the countertops to match the rest of the design of the home, but try to stick to a
natural material such as wood or granite.
Keep the molding along the walls, as this can give the illusion of
larger rooms and higher ceilings. Lastly, don’t get rid of the stained glass.
You can change the design of stained glass, but this is a big detail for this
style of home and will throw off the entire vision if you take it away, and it
could even lower the value of your home.
Great Additions for
Traditional Craftsman homes lack today's
modern amenities such as a dishwasher, laundry facilities,
and garbage disposal. This means that you may have to custom install these
items to make life easier for today. This may mean
remodeling your kitchen to accommodate
the appliances that didn’t exist during the time your home was originally built. You may also have to custom
build laundry facilities depending on how old the home is and the amount of
work done by previous owners. Adding these appliances will not only make your
life easier but will also improve the value of your home.
Finding a traditional Craftsman home is amazing, but not everyone
appreciates the style that was once very popular. With these tips, you are well on your way to making this
historic home a modern and comfortable home for you and your family, without losing its value or charm.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Monday, March 27, 2017
Log cabins have a standard layout. You get a living room, kitchen,
dining room, bedrooms and your bathrooms. In some cases you may get a bonus
room, but this is the most common layout of a traditional cabin. If you are
building your own or adding to an existing cabin, you have the choice to add
more space to create the cabin of your
dreams. Here are four unexpected rooms to add to your log cabin today.
Sun Room Oasis
Keep in touch with nature even when the weather is nasty by adding a sunroom to your cabin’s floorplan. Sunrooms can be built as big or as small as you
would like and can be customized to fit any style. Add some comfortable
furniture to give you a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature without all
the insects and harsh weather.
Game Room Addition
Some of the best homes have a game room, but this room isn’t found in
many cabins. This is a fun addition, especially
if your cabin serves as a vacation home or a summer house. This is a room the
entire family can enjoy. Take some time out of your busy schedule to watch a
football game, play some cards with friends, play some games on your favorite
console or a friendly board game for the family
game night. This room gives you the chance to have some quality family time without
ever having to leave home. Talk about budget-friendly!
Cozy Cabin Library
This is another room that is most commonly found in a traditional home
but makes a wonderful addition to your
cozy cabin. What goes better with a warm blanket and hot chocolate than a good
book, and what better place to enjoy them all than a cozy library within your
cabin? Your library doesn’t have to be
huge, just a simple room filled with your favorite books and come cozy
furniture. Maybe even work a large window
into your design to allow tons of natural
light into the room which will make it more relaxing.
Entertaining Bar Room
Whether for sampling fine wines or expensive liqueurs, or even entertaining
a gathering of family and friends, a bar room is a fun, yet an unexpected
addition to your cabin. Add on a TV and
you have a wonderful place to entertain the guys for a Super Bowl party or a
wine tasting. whatever the occasion, this
room offers you the chance to bring everyone together for a few laughs and a couple of drinks.
No matter the location of your cabin, these are certainly some
unexpected room additions for any cabin of any size and style. Many of these
rooms can be created using an existing
room that is not in use or can be created on a tight budget. Add one or add them all, either way, you are sure to enjoy every moment living in the log cabin of