Archives for the month of: November, 2011

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I am a living testimony to this. For me work is play and play is work.

I love what I do.

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Beacon Hill Fabrics has just come out with their new Rustic Collection and I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of what we get to see.

The video is fabulous.


Introducing The Rustic Collection

Experience The Rustic Collection through video…
Visit the Beacon Hill YouTube pageBeacon Hill’s latest introduction draws from the contrasts and similarities between rustic retreats across the Americas. The timeless and elegant designs feature natural fibers and cool and saturated color palettes complimentary to every design scheme.Visit to view the full collection.

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On this cold, rainy fall day there is only one thing that I can think of to say,

Mr. Fireplace

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nice and simple

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all images Pinterest (i love them, too.)

I’m feeling better already.

Now, if you have a fire in your fireplace could I come visit?? Please????

Have a wonderful, WARM weekend. See ya back here on Monday.

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No pretty pictures today but this information from my architect buddy

Steve Mouzon

was too valuable not to share.

Conditioned Crawl Spaces


   Here’s a great idea Eric Moser introduced me to. Crawl spaces are normally the dark underbellies of houses where the dirt floor is always damp if not downright standing in water in wet times of the year. Mold and mildew often abounds there, and if cancer-causing radon gas gets into your house, it usually gets there by coming through the crawl space.

   The crawl space is as cold as the outdoor air in winter, because you have to ventilate it in order to remove at least some of the moisture so that your floor joists don’t rot… and sometimes, they rot anyway. And so you have to insulate the floor system, almost always with fiberglass batts. Problem is, anytime a plumber or other service person is in your crawl space, it’s really easy to dislodge some of the fiberglass, giving that unconditioned air direct access to your floor.

   Plumbers aren’t the only creatures in your crawl space. Most crawl spaces are teeming with all sorts of vermin, from feral cats and squirrels (sometimes having a fight) to rats, bugs, and other creeping things. And all of those unwanted critters probably do more to dislodge your soggy floor insulation than the plumbers do.

   When Eric introduced me to the idea of a conditioned crawl space, it sounded at first like the latest way to spend more money, which is unusual, because Eric is normally so practical. But the more I listened, the better it sounded. Here’s what you do:

   A. Insulate the foundation walls with rigid closed-cell insulation, rather than insulating the floor system. Unless your house is on a steep slope, there’s probably a lot less surface area of walls to insulate than the area of the floor. So you may actually save money on the insulation.

   B. Skip the foundation vents; you won’t be needing them. Savings are minor here, but every dollar counts, right?

   C. Use a really good vapor barrier (at least 20 mils thick) and seal it tightly to the top of the foundation wall. Cover the rigid insulation on the foundation wall, and extend it all the way across the floor. Make sure all the joints are taped securely. You’ll need to insulate the band joist above the top of the foundation wall with rigid insulation, but don’t cover this with the vapor barrier, as the band joist needs to be inspected from time to time in order to satisfy termite inspectors or property inspectors if you’re selling the house.

   D. If you really want to do the best job, install a 2” thick “rat slab” over the vapor barrier on the floor of the crawl space. This slab doesn’t need to be troweled, nor does it even need to be particularly level… just make sure that it’s not thinner than 2” in spots.

   Building a crawl space this way has benefits beyond the elimination of mold, mildew, vermin, rot, and diseases for your family. Your plumber will thank you profusely whenever he has to service something in the crawl space, but it doesn’t stop there. You won’t have to worry about pipes freezing under the house anymore, because you’ll actually be piping a bit of conditioned air into the crawl space. It might be 10 degrees cooler than your living room, but it’ll be much warmer than the winter air outside. This also means that ductwork running through the crawl space isn’t subjected to summer heat or freezing temperatures in winter, so your equipment will be more efficient. You can also put your airhandling unit in the crawl space, where it can be serviced in a clean and dry environment. Like the attic units I blogged about earlier, this can save a couple thousand dollars or more in finished space, because you won’t be needing that HVAC closet next to the great room anymore.

   Bottom line: you’ll likely spend a bit more money upfront on a conditioned crawl space. Estimates run as low as $1,500 if you do all the work yourself (without the rat slab) up to several thousand if a contractor does everything for you. But you’ll clearly save that money back before long on service and operation costs alone, and that doesn’t even begin to count the health benefits. What’s your family’s health worth?


   ~Steve Mouzon

 Thanks for the great idea Steve and Eric! I will try to use this .

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Yesterday I shared with you my nail-biting about trying to make sure things were balancing with the new project.

To help you understand what I mean I thought I would share examples as I run across them

of  both the good and the bad.

It’s all about training the eye.

This chandelier looks as though it is crushing the table. It is way too big for this space and would make anyone sitting at the table quite uncomfortable.


This one is both physically and visually too small. A darker color would help but the room needs more weight.

This one is perfect.

 Can you sense your body relaxing when you look at this photo? Even if you don’t like the style you have to recognize the thought and care that went into the design.

Every color used has the same undertone so nothing jumps out at you. The light wood of the table echos that of the ceiling.  The symmetrically placed antiqued mirrors bring extra light into an otherwise fairly dark room while at the same time becoming an added layer/texture. The drapery fabric and rug introduce a lighter color balancing the dark and finally the use of two lanterns in a black finish perfectly fill the space above the table and repeat the color and material used to frame the mirrors.

This is a successful room.

Begin to analyze rooms or pictures of rooms in this way and you will soon start to understand why you are drawn to some and not to others.

If you need help finding balance in your rooms contact me at


I have been fretting and stewing and clapping and dancing a jig then fretting and stewing and…..

well, you get the picture,  all over finding the perfect starting point for the new Watercolor house.

You think you have it and then like a wave upon the sand it slips away from you.

Design, it sounds like it’s so simple but it’s really very complex-if it’s good that is.

The balance has to be right.

The proportions have to be right.

The undertones of the different colors must match on the value scale or it’s all wrong.

Ahhhh, but when you finally get it right it is pure bliss.

I’m getting there.

Stay tuned.

Our community has a lot of fun this time of year. In an effort to introduce all of the different neighborhoods to new comers the city delivers a bale of hay to the entrance of each development and the neighbors decorate it. There were some really fun ones this year that I thought you might get a kick out of seeing.


This was my neighborhoods. We are known for our championship  200 acre bass fishing lake.

Isn’t that fun?

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