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How to Give a Modern Home More ‘Character’

When building and selling brand new homes, there is a common complaint: lack of ‘character’, that special je ne sais quois that comes with sprawling Victorians or diminutive Craftsman homes. So what special touches can be included in modern homes to give buyers that ‘character’ they crave? Crown Molding It’s the little details, sometimes. Modern crown molding painted a clean white, or vintage molding with classic wood carving designs add a lot of warmth and character to a new home. It’s so popular that many home buyers look for molding pre-installed so they don’t have to do it themselves. In fact, about 62% of people rate crown moldings as the third most … Continue reading

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Corbels: Holding Up Good Design Since Architecture Was Born

Simple question: What is a corbel? You’ve definitely seen traditional corbels before, even if you didn’t know the proper name for these architectural structures at the time. Corbels are decorative architectural accents placed on the exterior of a wall. They are shaped like a right triangle and are used to support windows, doorframes, shelves, and more. You’ll find them anywhere there’s a 90-degree angle that needs some support or ornamentation. Large corbels made of stone and decorated with carved angels, scrolls, and leaves can be seen supporting many Late Gothic style cathedrals. Corbels in the classical style are often featured on towering old stone architecture in cities like Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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Choosing A Prime-Stock Wood Species For Your Home Design

Some woods are more highly prized than others for carving and home design. These ones are not recommended for dramatic stains or coats of paint! Take a look at three options that are popular in America for high-quality, luxury design. Black Walnut While this particular species of walnut tree is, in fact, native to North America, it’s also been prime stock since colonial days. This wood is incredibly sturdy, making it historically a popular option for everything from rifle stocks to family heirloom furniture pieces. While the wood sometimes leans grey, the deep, moody, purple-brown of finer heartwood cuts is highly prized. Imagine that beautiful color on your simple egg … Continue reading

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