Come with me to the Casbah!

Written by Debbie Rodgers

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•You can improvise a table from a hollow core or solid core door set on cement blocks or stacks of bricks. Cover it with layers of rich cloths in your chosen colors. You’ll find this table sits low torepparttar ground and you’ll be able to eat inrepparttar 100161 traditional Moroccan way: sitting on pillows and rugs. Coverrepparttar 100162 cushions with co-ordinating or contrasting fabrics in rich finishes. Use azure, persimmon and lots and lots of gold fabric.

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•Moroccan-style lanterns usually have some sort of filigree work, whether wicker, metal or some other material. They are often pointed at both ends, necessitating hanging. Most often, they will enclose a flame, either of candles or small oil torches. You can also use white or ivory pillar candles instead of, or in addition to, hanging lanterns.

•Use accent pieces of dark wood or brass. Pile a brass tray high with exotic fruit such as persimmons, tangerines and glossy pomegranates.

•For greenery, use succulents such as banana trees and mother-in-law’s tongue, and tropicals like palms and ficus. You can also add more color to your space with lush pots of bright geraniums.

Userepparttar 100165 rich color and sensual textures of Morocco in your outdoor space and this summer you’ll be escaping torepparttar 100166 casbah!

Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Visit her on the web at and get a free report on “Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor space”. Mail to

So You've Decided to Finish Your Basement!

Written by Patrick Condon

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Sometimes a basement has restrictions that need to be considered duringrepparttar design process. Such limitations can include steel columns or I-beams, HVAC trunks, underground plumbing, water meters, sump pumps, window wells, furnaces, water heaters,repparttar 100160 height of your ceiling, andrepparttar 100161 existing floor conditions. Your design/build consultants should be focused on making these restrictions disappear intorepparttar 100162 architectural design of your basement while accomplishing your goal forrepparttar 100163 space.

Safety is an important factor to consider when construction of any kind takes place. Ensure all necessary building permits, applications for variances, and building code inspections are complete. All building and fire safety codes should be strictly followed, without exception.

In order for construction to begin all items inrepparttar 100164 basement must be moved to another location such asrepparttar 100165 garage or a temporary storage facility. This allows construction to be completed without damage to your valuables or disturbance torepparttar 100166 construction team.

After thoughtful consideration of these questions, you'll be closer to determining your family's basement needs and how to fulfill them. Gathering allrepparttar 100167 information upfront will help you achieve those goals.

Patrick Condon is the President and founder of Finished Basement Company Inc. Headquartered in Denver, CO, Finished Basement Company is a design/build firm specializing in basement finish. While designing/building over 2000 basements, Mr. Condon has handled every conceivable aspect of basement finish. He can be reached at his web site:

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