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15 Signs You’re in a Southern Neighborhood

Southern neighborhoods have this distinct charm about them.Taking a walk down the street will never cease to amaze you and each time you’ll get a warm-cozy sensation as if you were just leaving your grandmas for Sunday dinner. Take a look at these 15 Signs You’re in a Southern neighborhood and see the many different aspects about the South that will …

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What is the Janka Rating Scale?

When you’re shopping for hardwood floors, you may notice a number describing a Janka rating. If you’re wondering what this number means and what the Janka rating scale is, we have you covered! What Does Janka Rating Mean? The Janka rating scale was created to rank the various degrees of hardness throughout the different species of hardwoods. Similar to a …

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Designer Review: Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design

Move to LA to become an actor and end up a world famous interior decorator? It sounds like the plot to a cheesy made for TV movie, but its actually the real life story of interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. The Impressive Client List Bullard has an extensive celebrity client list that ranges from Christina Aguilera, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, …

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Art & Home: Erik Johansson

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Erik Johansson: Photographer and Digital Manipulator Photograph manipulation has been around since the creation of photography itself. However, the editors of the past didn’t have Photoshop to work with. All editing was done in the darkroom by hand. It’s interesting to think that photography was created to capture the world as we see it, and yet we have been making better techniques …

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Celebrity Homes: Lena Dunham’s Home in LA

Lena Dunham previously told Vogue “L.A. just wasn’t her bag”. However, this March the New York native spent a whopping $2.7 million on a Los Angeles home right off Sunset Boulevard. (She also bought a new condo in Brooklyn, NY in May 2014 for $4.89 million!) Lena is an award winning actress, author, screenwriter, producer, and director. She’s best known …

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What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood floors?

Hardwood flooring is a timeless option that continues to gain popularity when remodeling or building a new home. The most common types of hardwood floors are solid and engineered. You may find yourself asking, what is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood floors? To help answer this question, we discuss the top five differences between the two types of …

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Designer Review: Hutton Wilkinson and Tony Duquette

Bestlaminate Designer Review | The Tony Duquette Studios

The partnership of Hutton Wilkinson and the late Tony Duquette is a special one that goes back almost a lifetime. Wilkinson was in seventh grade when he first discovered the famous Tony Duquette in a LA Times Home magazine article featuring the artist and his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth. Duquette was a famous artist and designer known for his …

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Celebrity Homes: Paula Deen’s Savannah Estate

Celebrity Homes: Paula Deen's Savannah Estate

Celebrity chef Paula Deen owns a gorgeous waterfront home, known as “Riverbend”, just outside of Savannah, Georgia. Paula Deen’s Savannah estate includes the 14,500 square foot main home in a French Carribean style, two cottages, and a 10,000 square foot barn (boasting several guest rooms, an eight car garage, and a chicken coop!). She previously gushed to Oprah that Riverbend was …

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12 Front Doors that use Wreathes as the Perfect Accessory

One great thing about Southern Homes – they know how to decorate the front of their house! We have put together a list of 12 front doors that use wreathes as the perfect accessory to make their home warm and inviting! 1. This forest green door that perfectly uses a nautical wreathe. You could even make this yourself with one …

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Designer Review: Anthony Baratta

Bestlaminate Designer Review | Anthony Baratta

Anthony Baratta is a New York interior designer who claims to get his inspiration for his interior designs from fine artists, such as Matisse. He was born in New Jersey and graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Art History. He and his partner opened the design firm Diamond Baratta Design in 1994. In 2002, they were selected as …

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