Come with me to the Casbah!

Written by Debbie Rodgers

A ripe persimmon is a thing of beauty – sweet, succulent and an amazing shade of orange-red. Orange and red continue to be popular colors in decorating this year but 2004’s shades are softer and more vibrant, like ripe persimmons and pomegranates.

Don’t limit these jewel-tones torepparttar inside of your house. They can be incorporated into a beautiful outdoor theme by usingrepparttar 100161 rich and exotic influences of Morocco.

•In countries such as Morocco, which linerepparttar 100162 balmy Mediterranean, curtains are often used in place of doors to allow breezes to circulate freely. Use gauzy fabric such as mosquito netting or scrim, a light, sheer, loosely woven cotton or linen cloth used for upholstery lining. Since it’s inexpensive, you can install luxuriously full draperies without going broke.

•If you’d rather not have curtains, consider usingrepparttar 100163 same fabric as a tent over a table or a chaise. Some nettings come with a center hanging unit, or you can easily make one of a 2’ square piece of plywood and some rope.

•Intricate latticework is another element often seen in Morocco. You can emulaterepparttar 100164 look by edging pieces of plain lattice (the closerrepparttar 100165 weave,repparttar 100166 better) with old carved porch posts. Paint roughly with turquoise or azure and then further distressrepparttar 100167 finish with sandpaper. Alternatively, you can install a carved wooden room screen.

•Wood furniture will give yourepparttar 100168 most authentic Moroccan look. Don’t have wood furnishings? Try constructing a simple low-slung chaise from a used solid core door with six fence post tops screwed intorepparttar 100169 bottom. Paint or stain it to look like rich wood and top with a thick cushion (use an 8” foam mattress cut to measure). Use a heavy-weight fabric forrepparttar 100170 cushion cover and make sure it’s a bright orange or red color!

So You've Decided to Finish Your Basement!

Written by Patrick Condon

When a family decides to finish a basement space, there are so many factors to consider it can seem overwhelming. What does your family want to achieve withinrepparttar new basement? Are you looking for a play area, a family room, a work-out room, home theatre, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, wet bar, etc? Do you haverepparttar 100160 square footage required to accomplish what you want? How do you get started and how long will it take? How much will it cost and is it worthrepparttar 100161 money? What if there is a huge beam inrepparttar 100162 center of you basement? Do you have to have a building permit? Do you have to removerepparttar 100163 items you currently have stored in your basement?

If these questions make your head swim, try this approach: look forrepparttar 100164 right team of design/build consultants to navigate you through these waters.

People often know they want their basement finished, but don't know how to put it all together, whether they haverepparttar 100165 necessary space, or even how to get started. Specialty design/build consultants are able to assess your needs and, after accurate measurements are taken, will design various blueprints to fit your requests. From these drawings you can chooserepparttar 100166 ideas that best suit your requirements and come up with a final blueprint. With this final blueprint in hand, your designer/builders will be able to determine whatrepparttar 100167 cost ofrepparttar 100168 basement finish will be, and provide a start-to-finish timeline on whenrepparttar 100169 project will draw to a close.

When determining whether finishing your basement is going to be a worthwhile investment you should consider several variables. Are there comparable homes in your area with finished basements? How long do you intend to live there? Willrepparttar 100170 homes there increase in value, and if so, how fast? With a little bit of research you will be able to answer these questions, and decide if finishing your basement is right for you.

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