Maybe youve had it, and you can no longer stand putting off that remodel. Maybe you have an unexpected week free of work to focus on your home improvements. Or perhaps you have an in-law coming unexpectedly in the near future and you... read full post →
You have a remodeling project in mindperhaps its been nagging at you for months and even yearsbut you’re worried about the cost of bringing in contractors and buying new materials and appliances. You know that a... read full post →
Mistrusting your contractor can be the most stressful element of home remodeling. How do you find a great contractor? How do you know who to trust?
If a home renovation is the design equivalent of surgery, then consider your contractors... read full post →
eclectic living room design by los angeles interior designer Elizabeth Gordon
If your homes heating isnt running as efficiently as you’d like it to this winter, then you might consider window replacement. Inefficient... read full post →
November 28, 2011 in Home Decor
As the yuletide season approaches, we get many requests for Christmas decorating ideas and holiday inspiration. While the tree and exterior lights make for more straightforward decorating, many readers are stumped when it comes to the... read full post →
If you’re considering replacing your windows, you know that you have many factors to consider. What type of windows. Which brand. How to get a window contractor. And you may be wondering if replacing a few at a time is cheaper than... read full post →
When its time to put new windows into your home, you may want more than simple window replacementsyou might want to improve the style and lighting of your home as well. Consider one great option: round-top windows.
We would... read full post →
As CalFinder’s astute and delightful editor recently put it: “I’ve never met a bathroom before-and-after I didn’t like!” There is something about seeing the evolution of a space, isn’t there?
And bathrooms, in particular,... read full post →
Clerestory windows. Have you heard of them? Pronounced “clear-story,” these windows mimic their name, creating an entire level of light. But they are much more than a pretty face.
In a home, clerestory windows create a beautiful... read full post →
If you’ve got windows in your home, I have news for you: now may be your last chance to book a headache-free upgrade.
As fall and winter creep upon us, it becomes increasingly difficult to arrange a stress-free window... read full post →
We’ve all heard horror stories about a remodel gone bad. The pitfalls of home renovation have been popular subjects for books, television and film comedies. For the homeowner caught in the middle of a remodeling... read full post →
Energy-efficient replacement windows have a ton of benefits. Not only do they look better than old, outdated ones, but they insulate against extreme outside temperatures and moisture, save you major cash on utility costs (15-20% annually,... read full post →
A bizarre looking bicycle-powered machine occasionally wheels through the streets of San Francisco. Constructed with a hodgepodge of spinning wheels, barrels and buckets, the word contraption springs to mind, and indeed, the... read full post →
To Washington state’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, there’s a fine line between maintaining the character of the state’s historic homes and adhering to energy efficiency guidelines. Should the owners of... read full post →
July 21, 2011 in
So you’re stuck in the heat dome’s reign of misery.
We feel your pain.
But while it’s hot outside and you’ve got the air conditioning system on your mind, why not get it serviced? Or if necessary, replaced with... read full post →
If you’ve been following the news (or stepped outside lately), you’re well aware that a heat dome is “pressure cooking” much of the country.
From the Southwest to the Northeast, a large “dome” of... read full post →
Wow. The amazing Emily Cassee shared photos of her completed kitchen renovation, and truly, the finished product is out of this world. Check it out.
P.s. It took her just one month!
Before:... read full post →
Want to get Dad something unique this Father’s Day? Something to help him live greener, save big on monthly energy bills, and add true, lasting value to his home?
We have just the thing.
CalFinder offers free home assessments for... read full post →
Country-style homes are laid back, relaxing and simple. They pay homage to times gone by while leaving plenty of open space for the future. Today I’d like to share some photos that highlight the sweet simplicity of country-style... read full post →
June 01, 2011 in Siding
When you’re scoping out the home siding market, it all comes down to two things: toughness and curb appeal. Plain and simple, your siding is there to protect your home and look good doing it.
The type of siding you choose can... read full post →
For part II in our Energy Efficiency Series, we’d like to feature some rather surprising data on cost savings for window replacement. The results should be to your liking (and your wallet’s as well). Read on, and share.How... read full post →
In honor of spring sunshine, longer daylight hours and the official start of remodeling season, I’d like to share a round-up of beautiful window replacement pictures and inspiration. Check them out, and if you’d like more... read full post →
A headboard is an easy way to add drama to a bedroom. Forget buying a bedroom suite. Forget even buying an entire bed frame with headboard and footboard. Think outside the [sleeping] box and consider the options available to you. With... read full post →
If you’ve ever even thought about tackling a DIY project, then Sugru is for you. Noif you live in a home of any kind, then Sugru is for you. Whether you realize it or not, you will at some point need this miracle product. A... read full post →
What do you do with those home improvement supplies collecting dust in your basement? Or where can you find items at reasonable prices from individual sellers in your area? The answer to both of these questions is one in the same:... read full post →
A coat rack is a coat rack is a coat rack. Right? I mean, there are only so many ways to hang up a jacket. Well, if your vision of coat racks is limited to its function, youd be missing the possibilities of merging function with... read full post →
If it’s time to replace the windows in your home, then exhale in relief: you have an array of beautiful style choices. Plus, with this renovation, you have the perfect opportunity to increase your home’s energy efficiency... read full post →
February 16, 2011 in Flooring
When considering materials for a new wood floor or cabinetry, it can seem an obvious choice to look to recently harvested wood. Yet, with all of the sustainable and beautiful competing options, harvested wood may be not as appealing as... read full post →
If you’re looking to remodel, take heart: it’s a buyer’s market. Now is the perfect time to reconsider those past renovating ideas and get in while the market is great. And get in soon. While the demand for remodeling... read full post →
When a couple from Los Gatos, CA found themselves “empty nesters” after their children left home, they knew it was time for a change. With their love of food and entertaining, they decided to solicit Danenberg Design to help... read full post →
It can be easy when creating a space to consider elements like flooring, furniture, accessories. And these are important, no doubt. Yet distinct wallpaper can almost relieve the space of a need for any furniture. At all.
Sometimes... read full post →
A rug isn’t just a rug. If chosen well, a rug creates not only the undercurrent for the whole roomit can be a stark centerpiece. Plus, there’s the whole comfort and warming factor. Here are some of my favorite rugs to... read full post →
Get ready for an amazing remodeling story. Josh Ramsey, young Dallas homeowner and entrepreneur, set out to create a spa-like oasis for his wife, Hannah, an ER nurse, to help her unwind at the end of a long day. But remodeling is hard, and... read full post →
No more keeping up with the Joneses. Renovation trends have started leaning toward individual improvements that fit the specific needs of each home and its inhabitants. And for good reason.
While renovating is for now a better choice... read full post →
Who says that a sophisticated space can’t be full of creative energy? From grown-up work corners to teen hang-out pads to kid spaces, people of all ages can express themselves with panache.
But proportion is key, because too... read full post →
Guess who graced us with his presence via webcam this week? None other than Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy and widely acclaimed design expert.
In the interview below, Maxwell shows CalFinder how to blend... read full post →
Yes, it’s wintertime, and spring is still months away. But if you’re itching to remodel in the coming year, experts recommend starting the planning phase now.
Why get a jumpstart? Because waiting until your taxes are... read full post →
Doug Turshen and Rochelle Udell are informed and inspired. From a quick decision to marry 30 years ago, after working together at Esquire and House & Garden, to their impulsive purchase of an 18th-century home in Ossining, New York,... read full post →
November 23, 2010 in Siding
Many homeowners love the warm and aesthetically pleasing look of wood siding, but don’t have the time or energy to maintain it. Luckily, there are better options that give you the pros without the cons—namely, fiber cement siding.... read full post →
November 16, 2010 in Home Decor
You want to dress your home for unforgettable holiday fare, yet you’d like to be festive without the frills, doilies and lace. We’ve got you covered with these eclectic home displays that will have you shouting with... read full post →
Let us not only show public displays of affection for our homes, but the deeply rooted structural support it needs as well. Yes, although we adore the pretty, shiny upgrades (and let’s face it, they’re most fun), necessary renovations... read full post →
By now it’s common knowledge: Americans today are more likely to make small improvements on their current homes than venture into a floundering housing market. But what about those homeowners that don’t have extra money in the... read full post →
You may have witnessed this before: a modest home across the street suddenly looking amazing and very sell-able when old windows are replaced with new. Window replacement can seem like a huge renovation task, but it’s high on the list of... read full post →
October 26, 2010 in Siding
It can be hard to determine the right time to replace siding on your house—and how to go about it. There’s the choice of which contractor to hire, and what material to replace with.
While it may be tempting to skimp out on... read full post →
September 17, 2010 in Home Decor
The MoMA Store has long since offered unique pieces that help art aficionados carry a bit of history and beauty home with them. Like an haute art happy meal. But these five offerings are even fresher, bolder, and more innovative than... read full post →
September 15, 2010 in Home Decor
As old as all get out, wallpaper finishes off a dwelling beautifully. With so many choices and looks, so many companies, brilliant Graham & Brown is a favorite of ours. From whimsical frames to Indonesian elegance, these three examples... read full post →
A felicitous marriage of Martha Stewart and Jane Austen sensibilities, the UK company Plain English creates kitchens with pared-down sleekness and country charm.
In fact, the company’s creative designer, Katie Fontana, has... read full post →
While consumption and living green have become the center of many a hot topic over the past few years, some of the best energy efficient technology has been around for decades. Case in point: electrochromic windows.
Created to change... read full post →
September 02, 2010 in Home Decor
Hello, CalFinder! Im Erin Loechner, a freelance design blogger with a penchant for art, culture and inspiring finds. You can find all three of those things (and more) at my daily design blog, Design for Mankind, but for now,... read full post →
September 01, 2010 in Flooring
Today’s post is from Rob Jones, chief blogger, social media guy and online marketer with BuildDirect, an online building materials and flooring supplier.
Hardwood flooring is a reliable, great-looking and very long-lasting floor... read full post →
With warmth and personality that other materials just can’t match, wood has found a place in our homes for centuries. So when Seth Meyer and John Wells decided to craft damaged trees into custom furniture, they had quite a few... read full post →
If you’ve ever experienced a bird careening into your window, you know how damaging (and disturbing) that can be. Unfortunately, birds can’t see glass like we can, and as a result, over 100 million of them die every year in... read full post →
The construction industry, necessary as it is, can also be grossly unregulated. If you want to sell your property or simply make improvements on your longtime dwelling, hiring a contractor you can trust is the most important part. Here’s... read full post →
White design schemes can get a bad rap for being too modern or too coastal-cottage. Some say that white is a default for those who cant make a color commitment. And indeed, white can be all three. Yet deliberate white within a... read full post →
When I hear the phrase “celebrity homes,” I think of the tacky over-the-top properties that stretch from Hollywood Hills up the Malibu coastline. I certainly dont expect them to be examples of simple charm, great style or... read full post →
I think I just fell in love…with a discarded dresser drawer. These bad boys are salvaged from the dump, repurposed into functional drawers, and sold by Entwurf-Direkt online. I’m beyond infatuated.
Blending different... read full post →
August 17, 2010 in Roofing
A homeowner recently told me that he and his wife are spending $700 a month on energy bills. It’s summer, and their A/C costs are out of control. If you’re anything like these guys, your bills haven’t been too kind to your... read full post →
If the thought of the BP oil spill doesnt already make your skin crawl, it turns out the damages extend even to the popular “Cash for Caulkers” energy retrofit program.
Home star, aka “Cash for... read full post →
Since the time I was young, when bath time ceased to be something I avoided with all my might, I’ve pined away for a pretty clawfoot tub. They seem far more sophisticated than any shower/bath combo, and would certainly encourage my... read full post →
We all have a unique rug personality. Some rug designs make us positively ecstatic, while others never will. Whether you’re the classic-antique rug aficionado or are looking for something a bit more Parisian modern, area rugs are... read full post →
It’s a common renter’s conundrum: you want to aesthetically own the place you live in, without actually owning it. So how to take a temporary residence and embed yourself as if it were your own? Remember first that even if... read full post →
Hold on there, you overzealous home remodeler, you. Before you add that fancy whirlpool bath or home theater, you may want to consider what type of return you’ll get for such an investment. My guess? Not much. Steer clear of these most... read full post →
It’s time to see time in a whole new light with the QlockTwo, an innovative new product from Biegert & Funk. This beauty does away with hands and digits for a brand-new time-telling experience. Check it out.
Offering six... read full post →
If a shaky market means selling isn’t in the cards yet, maybe it’s time for a revamp of what you already have. Kitchen remodeling is on the rise across the country. Make sure you know the current trends to keep your investment up to... read full post →
Just received your third Oscar? Own a multi-gazillion-dollar house in L.A. thanks to your dozen blockbusters? Remodeling and simply want to feel like a star? Here are 10 elements of the fabulously glamorous Hollywood style to incorporate... read full post →
Sometimes, finding inspiration for your remodel requires hopping over a pond or two. Come with us on a cross-Atlantic journey to France, where the homes are characterized by thoughtful simplicity, modern elegance and country-style... read full post →
Finding a way to extract movement out of a slab of wood is undoubtedly a challenging task, but for John Galvin of Bespoke Furniture, its all in a days work. These pieces will have you looking at trees in a whole new light.... read full post →
No, it may not be the most exciting way to spend a Saturday, but tackling minor home repairs will save you big time down the road. Here are the top 10 inexpensive home fixes that you might consider getting a head-start on this weekend…... read full post →
If you abhor the ordinary and won’t go within a 10-mile radius of stores that mass-produce cookie-cutter style, I suggest you check out Gallivanting Girls. Offering up everything vintage from aprons to fondue sets, I especially... read full post →
Okay. The idea of the feature wall (where one wall of a room is painted boldly to stand out) has been done, done, and done. But feature walls are morphing into something more than a taupe wall at the head of a bedroomsomething that... read full post →
While using thrift and vintage finds in your home can be a cheaper and greener way to personalize your space, too many old things haphazardly accumulated can create a dusty consignment shop vibe rather than stylish individualism.... read full post →
Just the name, Porcelanosa, gives you a sense of the elegance, beauty and sophistication of this company. They are a leader in the production of porcelain tile, terracotta flooring, setting materials, hardwood flooring and kitchen and... read full post →
We’re living in a new economic age. As such, remodeling isn’t what it used to be. There are new features to think about and weird dynamics to grapple with. It’s not easy, especially if you’re an old hand at... read full post →
You gotta love optical illusions. You see something, and yet that something is other than it appears. Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs, Inc. has some amazing creations of optical illusion wonderin furniture. Check out these... read full post →
June 16, 2010 in Flooring
I’m haunted by a photo I saw somewhere in the design world, the source long forgotten, of a couple standing barefoot in the open hallway of their modern home, books lining the walls like insulation, their toddler sitting on the... read full post →
Whether you’re one half of a duo trying to merge into one dwelling, or simply love elements of both traditional and contemporary design, trying to mix the two styles can be a challenge. Yes, undoubtedly expect to create an... read full post →
Sometimes, remodeling dreams just don’t match up with the reality of your budget. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to save while still making the changes youve been dreaming of. Here are 6 tips to get you... read full post →
Move over, tinfoil. Clean-tech company RavenBrick has developed a more stylish solution to blocking out window heat and saving energy year-round.
How does it work, exactly? Using their own unique technology, the company designed a... read full post →
Even if your budget hasn’t budged since the economy went south, your home improvement projects can still go forward as planned. But be smart, and keep these five pointers in mind to get the most bang for your remodeling buck.... read full post →
Rarely is a small space so magnificent that it makes you want to actually downsize. To 185 square feet, no less. But the apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden recently featured on TreeHugger is such a place. Part of a historic 1881 building, the... read full post →
One way to connect to the world and its past while personalizing your interior is to draw on influences of previous design periods. Unless youre going for a strong statement of the past, period design doesnt mean... read full post →
The margin between bliss and chaos in a home with children can be thin. One minute you’re sipping your latte (before it’s had a chance to get cold, thank you very much) and applauding your mastery, and the next you’re... read full post →
While some people might talk hypothetically about decreasing their environmental impact, Cesa Milton was living green before there was a bandwagon to jump on. Now her North London residence is home to an eclectic array of items that were... read full post →
Some of the best and brightest minds in the industry are usually the most outside-the-box thinkers. They are the ones that get talked about at networking hubs, tweeted about, and written about. So, yeah, that’s why we’ve... read full post →
For furniture lovers looking for real flair and a vintage feel, you’re going to love what comes next. Furniture like this is made, forgotten, and then rediscovered in a way that leaves you wanting more. Check out these pieces by... read full post →
Capitalizing on the unique sights of Brazil’s marketplace, Mauricio Arruda designed an interesting line of storage pieces that he calls José. Innovative, yes. Sleek and sophisticated? Maybe not.
The main goal in this... read full post →
While humanity often seems averse to change, everyone likes a beautiful home remodel. It gives a sense of newness, renewed pride, improvement, and progress. But what many don’t know is that so much can go wrong during any phase of... read full post →
Thanks to all of you who entered another fabulous CalFinder . Your support is amazing, and we’re happy to reward your efforts with plenty of free stuff for the home.
And now, without further ado, the winner of a gorgeous 1960s... read full post →
If you remodel your home, you’re probably hoping that you’ll get your investment back someday. Unfortunately, a lot of home renovations today actually decrease the value of a home. Here are 5 tips on how to remodel the right way... read full post →
....And the awesomeness continues from our last post featuring up-and-coming furniture designer Jason Phillips. Check out more goodies below.
Seat Belt Chair
These looking glasses are an expression of Phillips... read full post →
Although he’ll tell you he’s just a normal 26-year old, native New Yorker Jason Phillips is quickly garnering acclaim as the hottest thing to hit the world of design. 2010 has already been a very busy year for Phillips, but... read full post →
Can you smell that? Its the smell of sweet, sweet sawdust and brand-new power tools.
Its true, home improvement sales are in the air. The time of pricey renovations and massive overhauls may be gone (for the time being), but... read full post →
If youre anything like me, your living room is designed to accommodate an obscene amount of lounging time. And this, of course, is only made possible by a sofa worth napping on. But if your seating situation needs some work,... read full post →
Here’s a round-up of some very interesting products from Gessato can you see them in your home?
#1 - Shoelace Rug
Whenever my mother is trying on a top or dress that shes unsure about, she says, Well, maybe with... read full post →
Although I’ve never been a fan of facial hair, I can appreciate the artistic vision it takes to create that perfect handlebar mustache. In fact, I would proudly sip my morning cup of coffee out of these oddly funny mustache mugs.... read full post →
If you’re looking to take advantage of the homeowner’s tax credits but don’t know where to start, we have some help for you. Our friends at the Moonworks Home Improvement Blog have created a precise and oh-so-helpful 11-page... read full post →
I wouldn’t exactly call it art, but the Caroma Caravelle toilet’s attached tank design eliminates the clunky ugliness that mars otherwise composed bathrooms. Its roundness rather than angularity soothes what is almost always... read full post →
Introducing the White Laundry Series by SNURK
Yup, that’s a duvet cover printed with the image of a shirt thrown casually onto it. Are you even more nonchalant about casting your garments aside in the bedroom? Then go for... read full post →
Even if your kiddos havent quite grasped the concept of good design, theyre sure to have their own reasons they think this vintage furniture is rad. And you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there are things in life... read full post →
Contemporary British design company Dare Studio offers some unique furniture and lighting options from local craftsmen that pique my decorating interest. If they intrigue you, too, jump on them, since they’re produced in limited... read full post →