Now’s a good time to take a prowl around your own home and be a draft detective.  If you can locate the sources of drafts in your home, you can take prompt action to seal them up and save money on your energy bills year-round.  Here’s a super-simple method for locating those pesky drafts:

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Choosing paint colors for historical homes begins with knowing when your home was built.  There are five distinct time periods in American architecture, and if you can place your home into one of them, it’ll be easy for you to choose a historically accurate paint shade. Where does your American...

Removing egg, toilet paper and spray string might sound scary if your home is a target for little devils on Halloween.  Here in the northeast, we have the added pleasure of cleaning up after “Mischief Night” – October 30th, just before Halloween – a night devoted to pranks like toilet-papering...

So we're a few weeks into the new year and it always takes me a bit to become accustomed to the change on the calendar. I have already written 2009 on so many things I cannot even tell you.  It's not that I am living in the past; it's just habit.  Even though we are a few short weeks in I have...

Recently I had the pleasure of designing the bedroom for one hip New York City living two year old. Like most two year olds, this one has a lot of fun toys and books and very little space to store them.  In designing this room that would be cool for the little guy but useful for his parents I...

As new parents, we found ourselves becoming victims of that dreaded syndrome where orderly chaos starts to seem like a design choice.  Do you know what I mean? I found myself taking all of our sons toys and placing them in baskets or containers that worked with the rooms decor until suddenly the...

Okay all of you central air conditioning skeptics out there, listen up! If you own an old home, like I do, and think central air conditioning is not possible, I am about to prove you wrong.  As I had previously blogged we decided to jump in and put air into our 100 year old home.  I spoke with...

Well,  today has been quite a day. The contractors were here installing our central air conditioning. We talked duct placement, register locations, efficiency, etc. Of course I wanted to know everything about everything! We had to run two drop downs of air conditioning duct work from the second...

If you think your Money Pit needs work, imagine if this was your home!  Even Buckingham Palace needs some maintenance. Actually, I should say a lot. The Palace boasts 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. Whew!  Have...

Today was an exceptionally crisp New York day and it truly had me excited that fall was right around the corner. We always say that fall is the perfect home improvement season and today was a great example of why. The weather was crisp and cool with low humidity; perfect weather for indoor and...

Recently while doing interior design work for a client’s home theater the idea of doing upholstered wall panels seemed like a really great fit for the space. From a design stand point the wall panels would be fitted, glamorous, and just plain gorgeous to look at. From a practical point of view...

As another New York humid and sticky summer draws to a close so does a chapter in my personal life. We are getting central air conditioning installed! The summers of sweating it out with a window unit air conditioner are over. Do you know anyone who needs a free window unit? I’ve got 4 up for...

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