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


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...]

Fun Decorating Ideas For You AND Your Dog In Your New Home


  As you know, I'm a dog person. I have a whole other website that's filled with dog tips and tricks. We currently have one dog (a Black Lab), and we are finding that we've had to rethink a few things in our new log home in order to accommodate our dog. Just small things... like ways to incorporate his food & water station, types of hardwood to use on the flooring, and the easiest way to bathe him. The aim is for the dog to have a place in the house (just like he does now), … [Read more...]

I’ve Finally Found It… Adorable Doggie Yard Art!


I think I've finally found my "porch pig"!... You may recall that I've had my eye out for that perfect one-of-a-kind figurine or statue to grace the front porch of our new log home. Since I don't want anything too "tacky", I honestly didn't think I'd ever be able to find something cute, fun, and classy. But alas, I may have finally found it...   This Dog Changes With The Seasons! Just like the fashionable porch pig mentioned above, these dog statues can be dressed up with dog … [Read more...]

The Best Hardwood Floors If You Have Dogs


This has been one of the hardest decisions for us to make... We have dogs. And we know that we want hardwood floors in our soon-to-be-built log home. But dogs can ruin beautiful hardwood flooring -- in no time. We know... Been there done that!   Our Current Hardwood Flooring When we built the home we're currently living in, we chose hardwood flooring throughout the entire first floor. … [Read more...]

2007 HGTV Dream Home… Check Out The Rustic, Timber Frame Accents!

The 2007 HGTV Dream Home will be featured for the first time on television January 1st, following the Rose Parade. See future air dates & times here. The interesting part to me: While not exactly a "log home"... it's a rustic lodge home, with a number of heavy timber accents and timber frame characteristics. Check it out!... … [Read more...]

Your Dog Wants A Log Home, Too!

If you're thinking that dogs and log homes don't mix, think again. Why do you think they fetch so many sticks? They're trying to tell you... "Build me some log home stuff!" But seriously... One thing I'm noticing after visiting log home after log home in our quest to meet with log home owners and explore log home design & decorating ideas is this: Many log home owners are dog owners, like us. But, one thing that's different is this: Many of log home owners are not including their pets in … [Read more...]