“Buying the wrong lot is such an easy mistake to avoid,” says Bernie Bloemer, of Bernie Bloemer Custom Homes. “Always take your builder with you when you’re looking for a lot. If you haven’t already chosen your builder, but you’ve narrowed the choice down, ask all of them to look at the lot individually.” If you already have some idea
Want your sheets to last longer? Do these three things. 1. Don’t sleep in polyester. It wears out cotton sheets much faster than if you wore a natural fiber nightgown like cotton or silk - or you can just go naked. 2. Overdrying your sheets taxes the fibers and decreases the life of your investment. In fact, if
The key to soft cotton is the length of the staple or strand. Different species of cotton produce staples of differing length. Shorter staples require more weaving together to form a long thread which results in a rougher fabric. Both Pima and Egyptian cotton have longer staples, but Egyptian is superior. In fact, a 200 thread count Egyptian cotton is
Not all thread counts are created equal. And shoppers who don’t know this are the first ones to be taken advantage of by swindler sheet manufacturers. In higher-end products, thread count is determined by counting only the warp threads; not the weft. So, a sheet with 600 warp threads and 600 weft threads would be considered a 600
For the best bedding advice around, we spoke with Linda Berry, owner of Bella Linea in Green Hills. Linda has been creating bedroom sanctuaries unlile any others for many years and as you’d expect, we learned a lot. The main mistakes people make are the following four. 1. Thinking you can buy fabric and make your own duvet cover.
1. Consider having one or more drawers added to the skirt of the table. 2. If you’re having a hutch, server or sideboard made also, don’t make it the same length as the table – either larger or smaller is best. 3. If you’re purchasing a beautiful old wood or solid wood table, consider this when selecting the chairs; most
Occasionally, you just really need something fresh to look at. Unfortunately, there usually isn’t a big budget to achieve the makeover you’re dreaming about. Here are 5 ideas that will do the trick for less. 1. Paint It’s the fastest, least expensive way to make a BIG change. But you still want to be cautious and test an area, and