Here are the notes from my reviews of refrigerators. In the end, the GE Profile Energy Star and Maytag Ice20 were my top choices for refrigerators.
Decor & Accessories
Overall, GE — mostly their Profile line — and Maytag — also sold as Whirlpool — have kitchen appliances, washers and dryers that seem far superior to me than all of the other brands I looked at.
Some tips regarding silk plants, faux trees, fake flower arrangements, and artificial plants. First and foremost… here’s how to clean them!
When it comes to finding good help when building or remodeling your home, there’s a fine line between getting a quality result and being able to afford the type of result you’re after. Here’s the secret to finding good, fast, and cheap help.
What follows are some of the most interesting things I’ve learned about composite decks, along with some of the questions I still have about composite decking materials. Specifically, I’m interested in TimberTech vs MoistureShield composite decks.
If you have a composite deck or patio… over time, scratches are practically inevitable. For the most part, ‘routine’ scratches won’t even be noticeable, but it’s the deeper scratches that you’ll probably want to cover up.
As I see it, here are a few of the things that set TimberTech apart from other composite deck companies…
Thinking about getting a composite deck? We are, too. Here’s what I’ve learned about the similarities and differences between MoistureShield, ChoiceDek, and TimberTech decks. See which one we are leaning toward right now and why.
We are considering using composite decking materials for the decks and porches on our new log home. But we’re torn… between looks and durability. Here are our thoughts…
The following pictures show some of the ways that you can still have a nice log home without necessarily having ‘shades of brown’ as your primary color scheme. Typically, you’ll see one wall painted to serve as a focal spot or an accent wall. I have no interest in painting ALL — or even most — of the log walls inside our house. Just 1, maybe 2 of the smaller walls instead. Like these…
So, which is the MOST likely to be used and appreciated?… A screened in front porch? Or, a screened in back porch? What about a partially-screened in Porch? Here are my thoughts.
Here are some things I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of when it comes to buying a new refrigerator, keeping it running efficiently, and saving money in the process.
While searching for unique items made from twigs, sticks and branches, I found the best selection and most unique items at a store called Uncommon Goods. Things made from sticks will add a touch of ‘rustic’ to an otherwise modern log home.
Pictures of birdhouses made of twigs, sticks and branches. Plus, detailed directions for building a bird house out of recycled materials like this.
Log cabin birdhouses you can buy or make yourself. There are lots of pictures of bird houses that resemble log homes here.
Should you mix things up a bit and use some light brown pieces and some darker brown pieces of furniture and accents? Or should you try to match all your browns with the color of your logs? Here’s my opinion…
Now you can experiment with color on your walls, trim, ceilings and accents before even picking up a paintbrush! Try colors made by Glidden, Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Sherwin Williams.
These online quizzes are fun… and informative! Really. See what your home and your personal space say about you, as a person. And how much of your individual personality goes into your decorating, organizing, and living spaces.
These bird feeders are built to resemble rustic log cabins. They are perfect for anyone who appreciates the fine art of log homes and enjoys living the log home lifestyle — inside and out!
There are very few differences between the Teak furniture that is used indoors and that which is typically used on decks, patios and porches. Typically Teak patio furniture will have a lighter brown — sometimes reddish — hue. Indoor furniture made from Teak is often stained a darker brown color. We love ’em both. And we plan to buy Teak furniture for inside our log home, as well as some outdoor pieces for our wide and spacious porches.
FLOR carpet tiles are DIY carpet squares that you can mix & match to cover the entire floor in a room, or to create the effect of a rug. FLOR carpet tiles are available at Target.
There’s just something nostalgic and picture-perfect to me about rustic wooden things. Who knows, maybe someone out there will think up some fun & interesting ideas for their own log home property after looking at these pictures of wooden covered bridges. Enjoy!
When it comes to bathrooms, have you thought of this one already?… A place to hang your towels, robes, or a change of clothes.
Following are the best books with complete instructions for building a treehouse for your kids — or maybe an escape hideaway for yourself. If you’re still building your new log home, then this might be the perfect thing to do with some of those extra logs, stain and roofing materials!
What is mood lighting? Think of a spotlight… just the right amount of light that calls attention to one particular area or object. Also think: candlelight… light that is soft and warm, not harsh and overpowering. I like to use dimmers to create the effect of spotlights and candle lights, combined.