2014 fresh house Designed by Martha O'Hara Interiors

The shared aim for design team on this specification home was to create a space that felt residential, while also encompassing a lakeside living lifestyle. goal, through the planning, building and staging processes, was to make selections that would highlight the home’s incredible lake views, while also focusing on functionality for daily, residential living while appealing to potential home buyers. Interior 

Design by : Martha O'Hara Interiors










Healthy Holidays: 10 New Year's Resolutions That Don't Involve the Gym



It’s that time again…another chance to take a look at the past year and think about what we can do better. There are many ways to improve your health that don’t include going to the gym or changing your diet (although those are great healthy actions to take!).

10 New Year’s resolutions to improve your health:

1. Wash your hands better and more often. Washing hands often and well is one of the healthiest actions you can take. We all know to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating but what about after getting home from work (no matter what your job is) the grocery store, getting gas, touching an ATM receipt? A thorough job involves getting between fingers, under rings, and under nails. Hand washing reduces the spread of illnesses and reduces exposure to toxic chemicals. Dirt and dust contain tiny particles of toxic chemicals, washing your hands often will help reduce the amount that get into your body.

2. Make the switch to non-toxic cleaners. This resolution can save you money if you make your own green cleaners and reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. It’s win-win! 

3. Take off your shoes before entering your home. This simple action can improve indoor air quality and reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. If you already have a “No shoes inside” rule, re-commit to it and enforce it better. 


4. Make your lawn pesticide-free by committing to natural lawn care. Using bug and weed killers can allow for toxic chemicals to be tracked into your home and vehicle(s). This can also harm pets and wildlife and contaminate our water ways, including our drinking water. 

5. Take your unwanted, unused household hazardous products to HazoHouse for free, safe disposal. Do you have an extremely cluttered garage or shed? Perhaps tackle one area at a time and make sure you dispose and store household hazardous products safely. 

6. Recycle your used motor oil. This is a free easy way to keep motor oil out of our environment and to reduce your carbon footprint. You also reduce your carbon footprint when you purchase recycled (re-refined) oil or request it when you get your oil changed.

7. Re-commit to caring for your septic system. Sometimes we forget that our septic systems need special attention just like any other large expensive piece of equipment. Inspect it or if you know it’s time - Get it pumped! 
 
8. Make the switch to safer personal care products. Many personal care products such as shampoo, soap, lotions and cosmetics contain chemicals that are linked to health effects such as cancer, reproductive issues, obesity, and more. As you use up your current products, replace them with safer products. A great resource for researching products is www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. If you would like information on this topic, call (360) 867-2579.   

9. Phase out the use of scented products in your home to improve indoor air quality. Scented products such as air freshener sprays, scented plug-ins, and candles can send toxic chemicals such as phthalates into your indoor air. Instead of using these products, try opening a window for fresh air, find the source of the bad smell and get rid of it or simmer cinnamon sticks and water on the stove for fifteen minutes. 

10. Step up your dust control. Dustcan contain some pretty nasty stuff such as pesticides, toxic flame retardants and even heavy metals like lead and arsenic. Reduce your family’s exposure by vacuuming and dusting with a water-dampened cloth more often.


It's true that regular exercise and eating right are key components to being healthy, but remember we also need a healthy living environment.

Whatever your 2014 New Year’s goals are, best of luck! Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

New 2014 Cozy Fireplaces To Warm Up Your Living Room

A fireplace is the focal point of any living room. Whether you prefer a stone surround or something more modern, these fireplaces prove that a striking design is all it takes to become center stage in these stylish spaces.


Designer Sarah Richardson created a living room that's just as warm as her fireplace by integrating splashes of burnt orange, apricot, garnet and other rich colors among a neutral color palette. The fireplace and surround made of white-washed stone and timeworn materials are meant to stand out among Sarah's rich color scheme, thanks to an extra-large vintage crest mounted above the mantel. The wood-burning fireplace adds to the rustic, at home feel of the farmhouse that makes the living room feel so welcoming.


The Neofocus from Euroflues is a single-unit steel fireplace that comes in a wood-burning version or as a remote-controlled gas unit. Both are set in the wall and make linear rectangular statements. The gas version is fit with ceramic pebbles of various sizes or ceramic logs. It is installed with protective masonry around the firebox and upper and lower air vents. Image courtesy of Euroflues


It is as sleek and slim as a flat screen television with a linear, boldly contemporary presence. It has been described as "a fireplace with a sculptural presence, without a hint of pretension." The fireplace is thermal efficient, and its flame sits behind a heat resistant glass door that allows a complete view of what's inside. Image courtesy of Euroflues


This fireplace from Spark Modern Fires combines a thoroughly utilitarian idea with contemporary artistic grace. The slim, eye level gas fireplace hangs on the wall and is made of brushed stainless steel with a single ceramic glass panel. It is clean, easily maintained and a breeze to install. Image courtesy of Spark Modern Fires


In an cold-weather environment like Stowe, Vt., designer Linda Woodrum knew the fireplace would be used quite often, so she undoubtedly made it the centerpiece of the gathering room in HGTV Dream Home 2011. This energy efficient gas fireplace offers the convenience of a preset thermostat with its sleek stainless steel design. To complement the maple flooring and pull in a taste of the outdoors, Linda added birch panels to the fireplace chase and a three-dimensional, steel wall sculpture with midcentury designs in mind.


Gas-fed hearths are easy, clean and versatile. The three-foot, vent-free fireplace by Spark Modern Fires is creatively built into the living room bookcase. The unit shares a metal front with a television, creating a cozy, multiuse living space. It can be fitted with a stainless steel interior to add reflectiveness.


The beauty of this fireplace is its freedom. It easily mounts on the floor, sitting on a base of masonry or black steel, and it can be installed in almost any room. The gas flame is visible from every direction, set behind a band of glass panels that slide around the fireplace's metal trunk. The designer drew inspiration from the open space and clean lines of Japanese interiors.


Fireplaces provide far more than heat and a cozy place to curl up. They can fulfill architectural roles and become artistic accouterments. This fireplace serves as a sophisticated room divider, and it demands attention. The gas-fed flames rise out of a bed of shiny river rock set on a four foot long firescape. It is mounted below an upside down chimney in this home's living room.


Designer Brian Patrick Flynn certainly knows how to make a natural stone surround stand out in a beautiful way he used patterned fabric against the back wall as a stunning accent to the aubergine mantelpiece. Among a sea of modern furnishings and purple accents, the rustic stone fireplace seems so natural and at ease.

Happy New Year

The files are cleaned out and we are ready for the New Year.
Do you have a list of quilting projects for 2014?
Here are a few things to look forward at Temecula Quilt Co.
 Civil War Miniatures our 2014 Block of the Month.
We have a few spots left if you are interested. You can sign up here.
Fussy Cut Fridays - A star a week for a year, this should 
be doable, right? If you would like to join us get the starter kit here.
Stitching Saturday's will continue in 2014. I am looking
forward to seeing this finished project and will might even
have a little grand child to use it by the end of the year.
New patterns will be available on the website soon
including this one titled Rothermel.
 I am going to be participating in Barbara Brackman's
2014 Block of the Month. I will have more information
on this soon. This one just got added to my list today.
I am thinking about kitting it monthly but need to work 
out the details. Read more about this Block of the Month here.
 This one is just a thought. The English Basket Quilt.
I have been thinking about a new applique project
and this one keeps popping up so I decided to add it to
 the list. I will get the new year rolling and then think about
 how I am going to tackle this one.

New Kitchen Cabinet Knobs, Handles and Pulls 2014 Style

Add instant style to your kitchen cabinets with new 2014 knobs, pulls and handles.


Updating cabinet hardware is an easy way to change the overall appearance of your kitchen without investing a lot of money or time. Plus, there is a wide range of stores and online resources for finding the perfect pulls, knobs and handles to match your style. Kitchen design by Beth Haley


Dark walnut cabinetry, paired with thin bar-style door and drawer pulls, builds a modern foundation for this kitchen. Materials such as stainless steel, custom glass backsplashes and granite further the modern aesthetic while remaining elegant. Butter yellow hand-tipped leather stools add the perfect accent to the restrained color palette. Design by Gregory Augustine


Contemporary hardware in a brushed-nickel finish blends seamlessly with the gray-colored cabinets and counter, as well as the stainless steel appliances, for a soothing, unified look in this galley kitchen. Design by Nicole Sassaman


Simple round black knobs complement the black in the countertops and allow the unusual wainscoting and embossed tin backsplash to grab the spotlight in this country kitchen. Design by Sue Adams


The hammered effect on these traditionally styled Arts and Crafts knobs and pulls adds to the rustic look of the hand-hewn cabinets.


In the HGTV Dream Home 2011 kitchen, small square cabinet door knobs offer a subtle but elegant contrast to the stacked rectangular Carrera marble tile on the backsplash. Design by Linda Woodrum


Similar, subtle accent notes are made with the small button-like knobs and drawer pulls in this transitionally styled kitchen. Instead, the decorative flourishes in the granite countertops and backsplash with stainless steel tile insets add drama to the space. Design by Christopher J. Grubb; photography by Jeromy Robert


Don't be afraid to mix and match hardware styles. The hand-painted archway, the cobalt blue and accent countertop tiles, and the decorative ceramic knobs all come together to give this kitchen an authentic Mexican feel. Stainless steel contemporary-styled handles and drawer pulls make an appearance, picking up the finish on the stove hood, stovetop and light fixtures in the adjacent dining room. Design by Erica Islas


A custom copper sink and faucet are showstopping additions to this formal kitchen. The ornate cabinet hardware and elegant chandeliers further the regal feel of the space. Design by Dave Stimmel


Kitchen cabinet pulls, knobs and handles can be found in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern to down-right funky. The colorful cabinetry paired with contemporary hardware provides visual delight in this artistic-styled kitchen. Design by Lou Ann Bauer

2014 Kids' Storage Ideas from HGTV

By : H. Camille Smith


Let's face it: Kids are natural collectors. So, it only makes sense to give them somewhere to stylishly display their stuff. Designer Susie Fougerousse suggests: "Every child's room should be equipped with a sturdy bookshelf for displaying treasures, books, pictures and more. Selecting a basic style in a neutral color will allow the parents maximum versatility for use over the long term. As the child grows, the uses and consequently the look of the shelf will naturally adapt to the child's changing needs."


"Functional and stylish storage is an essential element to consider when decorating a child's room," says designer Susie Fougerousse. "If the room allows for it and your budget permits, a bookcase with doors or drawers is a classy way to enhance the look of the room while providing valuable storage for odds and ends."


Older kids need storage, too. Designer Sarah Richardson adds a handy feature to this young man's bedroom: a fabric pouch positioned just below the mattress. This pouch is the perfect place for stashing comic books, handheld games or every teen's must-have techie devices.


Corral kids' clutter in colorful boxes. Designer Sherri Blum recommends these because, "small toys, hair accessories, craft supplies and more can be easily tucked away in these neat boxes readily available at craft stores." Bonus: a customizable paper label so you'll always know what the box contains.


This hyper-organized (and downright cute!) little girl's closet can easily be transitioned into a big girl's closet as her storage needs change. Image courtesy of the Container Store.


Designer Susie Fougerousse is a big believer in having a good mix of permanent and transportable storage solutions in a child's room. Her Tip: "Portable storage containers such as painted wooden crates or metal bins that can be personalized are a stylish option for children of all ages. With an endless array of colors, patterns, fonts and shapes to choose from, these storage containers are a cool and decorative addition to any room."


Designer Sarah Richardson turns a sleigh bed into a daybed in her vacation cottage. Perfect for small visitors, this corner is an inviting spot for reading a favorite book or catching an afternoon nap. Slipcovered ottomans with removable lids offer plenty of storage for small guests' toys.


Built-in bookcases add handy storage and display space for boyhood treasures while an aviation theme and queen-size bed will work for many years to come. Design by RMSer thriftydecorchick.


Clear kitchen canisters look (and work!) great as dresser-top storage for kids' favorite small toys. When they're past the crayon-and-army-men stage, the same containers can be used for storing hair accessories, belts or art supplies. Design by Holly Mathis.


Reclaim square footage for baby's playtime with vertical storage. Designer Sherri Blum says, "Built-in wall units are especially helpful in small spaces; a single wall with built-ins can replace toy boxes, bookcases, desks and trunks to create a room that is more open and clutter free."

HGTV Dream Home 2014 : Guest Bathroom Pictures

About the Guest Bathroom : 

Artful accents, like glamorous lighting and an abstract painting, add stylish personality in this clean, neutral guest bathroom. Spa-like touches, like the rainwater showerhead, ensure guests will feel pampered and special. 

Warm grays and browns give this guest bathroom a clean, relaxing vibe, while metallic fixtures and bright artwork connect it with the adjacent guest room.




The traditionally styled shower fixtures offer modern spa-quality features, including a swiveling rainwater showerhead.






The bathroom features two entrances one from the guest bedroom and one from the hallway to accommodate traffic from the nearby family room
.