New Home Design & Must-Have “Necessities”… If Money Were No Object

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If money were no object, which posh amenities would be on your wish list?These are some of the things that Jim and I have always talked about including in our dream home. They would definitely be on our list:Radiant heat flooring - Jim scoffs at the idea and says, "Who needs it? It's too expensive." (In the winter, he'll thank me for it!) Dog-friendly bath space - I've always longed for a dog tub & shower system for large dogs. Ideally, it would have low steps or a ramp for the … [Read more...]

How To Feng Shui Your Home… Room By Room

Feng shui is a 3000 year old discipline that suggests ways to arrange various spaces so that the people living inside those spaces will prosper -- both healthwise and financially. The great thing about feng shui is that it really works! How? It teaches you how to arrange everything in your home in such a way as to have a lovely energy flow that is positive rather than negative. The effects of that are priceless. I've been using the principles of feng shui for years in my own home, and have seen … [Read more...]

Looking For Green Log Home Products & Building Supplies?

Finalists for the "Green Log Awards" were recently announced. The GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle Awards were created in response to the growing demand for green building solutions. The goal of the awards is to locate and shine a spotlight on those companies and individuals who are enabling healthier homes and lifestyles. -- GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle AwardsWhat this means for people like you and me is... a great list of environmentally-friendly log home products and suppliers!So, … [Read more...]

Cleaning Tips For Artificial Plants & Silk Flower Arrangements

I'll be the first to admit... I have far too many artificial trees and silk flower arrangements inside our current home.I'm planning to cherry-pick the best ones and only place a few of them in more strategic locations when we move into our new log home. But unfortunately, it seems the only "real" plants I can keep alive (inside the home) are this Oriental Totem Pole and an old aloe plant (great for nicks, cuts & burns!) that now dominates an oversized side table in our living room. Some … [Read more...]

Painting Full Log Walls Inside…The Effect Painted Logs Might Have on the Resale of Your Log Home

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We are actually toying with a couple of "non-traditional" ideas when it comes to color choices for both the outside and inside of our log home.I'll talk more about our exterior color choices later...For now, let's focus on some of the color ideas that we are considering for one or two of our full-log walls inside.What follows are some of the interior color choices we're thinking about... and why we've kind of had a change of heart after considering resale values. … [Read more...]

How We Found A Log Home Designer… Eventually

Despite the fact that we worked nearly a year fine-tuning the details of our custom log home, there actually came a time when we thought we were going to have to start all over from scratch and redesign a whole new house.That meant we'd need a log home designer to compile a set of custom plans for us. So the search was on...Here's how we found a log home designer (...with some recommendations of architects and designers here in the Williamson County, Tennessee area). … [Read more...]

I Found Some Uncommon Goods For Log Home Owners!

My newest hobby is finding cool things made of twigs, sticks & logs... to use inside our new log home!While searching for fun "twiggy" looking things that will bring a touch of rustic to an otherwise modern log home, I found the best selection and most unique items were all coming from a store called Uncommon Goods.Here's a sampler of some of their most unique items made from twigs... … [Read more...]