Author: Vicki Payne

Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath

European homes don’t typically come with built-ins. Instead their furniture is of the “take with you” variety. Kitchens cabinets are pieces of furniture and open shelving. In the States, we expect our homes to come with a complete kitchen and baths. Meaning storage is attached to walls and floors and becomes an enduring part of a home. Everyone uses their kitchens differently. Some just use their kitchens for cooking while many others’ kitchens are gathering places for homework projects, entertaining friends and home offices. Standard built-in kitchens don’t allow for customization to meet all our various kitchen work styles....

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Gold is Back

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that gold is back. How can you get in style without doing a total remodel and breaking the bank? The same way you update your wardrobe by just adding pieces of gold jewelry. Gold accessories are the jewelry for your décor. A strategically placed gold dish or bowl on the coffee table or side table can speak volumes. Just make sure you remove your silver accessories from the room. You can always recycle them back into your décor during the warmer seasons. Want to get really affordable. A little DIY can do wonders....

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What’s at the Foot of Your Bed?

What’s at the Foot of Your Bed? If you are like most of us it’s probably a pile of clothes, bedding or shoes. There is a better solution than dumping everything on the floor. A bench, settee or pair of stools is a functional and attractive way to keep you organized. They are also a handy place to sit while putting on our shoes. If your space is limiting try to find a bench without arms. If you want to use it for seating make sure it is at least 12” wide. Anything narrower won’t be stable enough for...

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A Space of His Own Part 8: Garage Doors

Almost every home has a garage even if they don’t they want one. Garages don’t just protect your car and you when the weather is messy, they also provide lots of storage space for all our garden tools, sports equipment and junk. Due to lot size restrictions, many houses have what are called “front-load” garages, making the garage door a major feature on the house. Even with the 2 ½ acres that we had to work with for Bill’s house we still designed a layout with a front-loading garage. That wasn’t a problem. In fact, I had been wanting...

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Stylish and Affordable Laminates

Once the darling of kitchen renovations in the 70’s, laminate countertops were all the rage. Ten years later, laminate was being replaced with natural stone, which in turn was replaced by quartz composite. What’s next? Look for surface trends to come full circle with the introduction of Formica’s 2018 Living Impressions TM Collection. Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, introduced their new collection at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orland, Florida. It features 11 beautiful, durable and affordable Formica Brand designs for today’s homes. “The 2018 Living Impressions ™ Collection celebrates a range of on-trend surfacing...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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