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The Ruggedness of Brick

For thousands of years, brick has been used in architecture from ancient Egyptian fortresses to the Industrial Revolution to modern day construction.  It’s a common theme for those of us who live in cities to live with the character and texture that brick buildings bring into the design scheme.  Having that raw, unfinished look and displaying it proudly in the home celebrates this growing industrial interior design trend.  But who’s to say that you can’t incorporate this timeless material in your otherwise brick-less home by adding a thoughtfully selected brick-cladded accent wall or feature.  Here’s a great article on ways to use this vintage, yet ever contemporary trend:

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10 Great Design Moves for a Small Courtyard

Whether you live in a single family home or an urban dwelling, an outdoor courtyard can make all the difference when it comes to bringing a breath of fresh air to your home.  Even the smallest space can be transformed into an inviting sanctuary.  Live greenery, colorful tiles, textured flooring, sparkling glass and rustic brick are just a few of design ideas that can enhance this area.  Read on for some great courtyard ideas regardless of the size…

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10 Top Backsplashes to Pair With Soapstone Countertops

I can’t say enough about soapstone!  This natural stone is literally a rock when it comes to choice finish materials for your kitchen.  It’s durability, natural heat resistance, imperviousness to red wine stains and relative affordability are just a few of the awesome reasons to seriously consider it.  Not to mention that it’s simply beautiful…in an array of gray, blue, green and black tones, soapstone is suitable for use in both modern and traditional design.  Here are some great tips for pairing your backsplash with this gorgeous stone: 

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Getting Your Kitchen Island Lighting Right

Transitional Kitchen by Victoria Kitchen & Bath Remodelers IKAN Installations Inc.

Deciding on light fixtures for the island can be a bit intimidating as they can be such a prominent feature in a kitchen.  Taking into consideration lighting you have in adjacent rooms is crucial along with the number of pendants you desire and the overall size of your space.  Read on for some great tips to get it right the first time…

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4 Great Kitchens With Workhorse Islands

More than ever, our kitchens islands are serving multiple uses whether it be to gather and eat or drink, display trays of food, or as a quiet place to work or study.  While some offer extra storage underneath while others serve as a casual dining area, they work hard to deliver a form and function.  No matter what the size, there’s no doubt that today’s islands are serving as one of the most important features in a home.  Read on for some great island ideas… 

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What You Need to Know When Considering a Cabana or Covered Patio

As we continue to merge the outdoors in, a cabana or covered patio is a sure way to help you enjoy time spent with Mother Nature.  Whether as a respite from the real world, a gathering place for intimate dinners or as an inviting entertainment area for large gatherings, covered structures vary from function to location to overall design.  Read on for some insight into the great outdoors…

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How to Bring the Beauty of Reclaimed Wood to the Bath

With eco-friendly design continuing to trend, reclaimed wood has been a popular finish choice for everything from floors to cabinets to furniture. It’s also versatile enough for a variety of uses in bathrooms to complement smooth surfaces such as glass, stone and porcelain, adding both visual and physical texture. Read on for ways in which this rough-hewn material can add interest to your bath…

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