Author: Vicki Payne

Wall-Mounted Fixtures

Before you finalize your bathroom remolding project consider getting your fixtures up off the floor. Most bathrooms are small. The more fixtures you can suspend off the wall instead of mount to the floor the more spacious your bathroom will become. Wall-mounted fixtures are standard in European bathrooms. Perhaps it’s due to the limited amount of space they have always had to work with. As Americans continue to downsize their homes it time to consider incorporating this design technique into our bathrooms. Besides saving space wall-mounted fixtures are just stunning. When a vanity is lifted off the floor and...

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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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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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