Monthly Archives: December 2016

Yellow for Every Room is Great Ideas

Yellow is undeniably the most cheerful color on the spectrum.  Indeed, as it’s the color of sunshine, yellow is a mood-lifter no matter how–or where–you use it.  Accessorizing with yellow throughout your home is a great way to give it energy, warmth, and an inviting feel.  Read on for how to use yellow in different rooms of your home.


Yellow in a Family or Living Room


Yellow accessories are a great choice for living spaces that don’t get a lot of light, or need a dose of color.  To avoid a juvenile look, pair yellow with neutrals like brown or gray to give it a more sophisticated feel.  Bright citron has a modern edge, while mustard is more traditional.  


Here are some yellow accessories to try in your living space:

  • Mix and match pillows in yellow patterns
  • Add a throw blanket to the arm of a chair
  • Swap a traditional end table for a yellow garden stool
  • Place tall flowering branches like forsythia or yellow fall foliage in a vase

How to Make a Gray Living Room

Not too long ago, gray was considered by many to be a dull and somewhat dreary color. But then one day that all changed. One popular designer started using it, then another, and then another, and over the last decade it’s become one of the most popular colors in home decor. More sophisticated than beige and more adaptable than taupe, grey is a versatile shade that has quickly become the king of neutrals.

Gray is the epitome of elegance when combined with classic details and sophisticated styling. In this room, designed by Cherie Lee Interiors, the soft color palette allows the details, including the carved mantel, architectural mouldings, and tufted sofas, to truly stand out.

Think gray is dark? Think again! Accented with white trim, and in a room flooded with natural light, gray can be soft and refreshing. In rooms like this one that have large windows it’s a great idea to keep the furnishings simple and allow the eye to be drawn to the view.

One of the best ways to add a sophisticated and modern look to a space is to paint the trim black or dark gray. In this room designed by Jensen C. Vasil Architect, the look works particularly well as the charcoal trim adds a modern sensibility to the ornately carved railings and door trim.

The best way to call attention to interesting architectural designs or features is to let them stand out against neutral backdrops. The gray tones and clean-lined furniture in this large, open concept space, take a backseat to the stair railings and windows. Since there are no strong colors or shapes to compete with, the eye is automatically drawn to the interesting architectural features.

Houses That Your Inner Child Will Love

Are you feeling stressed out? Then it may be time for a treetop retreat. A tree house, whether nestled around trunks or perched seemingly midair will allow you to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life according to experts. Even better, building your own little tree house will create additional livable space you can enjoy and even rent. Are you ready to recharge? The following seven tiny tree houses for adults will make your inner child sing.


Shown above is the Raven Loft, a tiny 165 square foot tree house on a 0.5-acre plot on Pender Island in British Columbia.  The owner, Geoff de Ruiter constructed his treetop dwelling mostly out of reclaimed or second-hand materials. His total cost was $8,200. FYI, the plot cost him an additional $35,000.

This tree house is a unique urban retreat in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The owner, Alexandra Meyn, built it out of reclaimed materials. Her total cost was $400 — a bargain basement price when you consider the current value of New York City real estate.

Who wouldn’t want to glamp in their own backyard? The blogger behind Mod Frugalis a mother based in Nashville, Tennessee, who decided to create a little tree house the entire family can enjoy in the woods behind her home.


To minimize building costs, the tree house and its platform were constructed using lumber in standard lengths. The platform measures 8-by-12 feet, and the tree house is 8-by-8 feet.


The roof was constructed out of corrugated steel panels. Clear polycarbonate roof panels were used to create windows and a skylight. If you’re not in the know, these plastic panels are 20 times more durable than fiberglass (and you can buy it at most home improvement stores.)


While this treetop hideaway isn’t equipped with appliances or running water, it was built with comfort in mind. The walls, floor and windows were caulked and screened to keep nipping bugs out of the interior space. The tree house also has a little deck with a stellar view.