What Is Mid-Century Modern Architecture and Design?

By |2019-11-22T12:21:39-06:00December 11th, 2019|Design|

When it comes to architecture and interior design, what exactly is mid-century modern? The “mid-century” time period is disputed, and somewhat broad. Some consider it to be exclusively set in the mid-1960s—part of the era depicted in TV’s 60s drama Mad Men, when mid-century design, skinny neckties, dirty martinis, and smoking in public buildings ruled [...]

I Can’t Afford a Home Stager. What Should I do?

By |2019-11-22T12:19:21-06:00November 29th, 2019|Design, Staging|

So you’re putting your house on the market and you’ve heard that staged homes sell faster and fetch higher prices than un-staged ones, but you don’t have the cash to hire a stager. What do you do? Here are a few easy and inexpensive ways to do your own staging to get a professional look [...]

Cement Fiber Beadboard Is The Perfect Solution For Porch Ceilings In Midland

By |2019-06-15T12:00:12-05:00June 18th, 2019|Around the House, Buyers, Design, Home Buying, Home Selling, Luxury, Midland Texas, Permian Basin Life, Sellers, Staging, Tips, Life Hacks & How-to|

Midland can get warm and the humidity can fluctuate. Vinyl beadboard might be perfect for consistently dry, temperate regions, but there is a multitude of places where fiber cement beadboard is the single best option for replacing an old, worn porch ceiling. Fiber cement beadboard is a new building material that looks just like gorgeous [...]

Is Bamboo Really A Green Building Material?

By |2019-06-13T19:04:00-05:00June 14th, 2019|Around the House, Buyers, Design, Home Buying, Home Selling, Midland Texas, Sellers, Tips, Life Hacks & How-to|

Bamboo is considered a green building material, but some environmentalists have questioned how green it really is. It seems to fit the definition of a sustainable material. It doesn't even require re-planting. Once matured enough to use as a building material, bamboo can replace itself in just three years. Still, some say it's not nearly [...]

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Promotes Earth-Kind® Landscaping Principles

By |2019-03-17T19:44:20-05:00March 27th, 2019|Design, Home Buying, Landscaping, Midland Texas, Pets, Tips for Spring, Tips, Life Hacks & How-to|

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension promotes the use of Earth-Kind® landscaping principles in order to get low maintenance lawns that are better for conservation. These principles can reduce the amount of fertilizer, pesticides and water that you use on your property for landscaping purposes. The following principles are used in Earth-Kind® landscaping. Mulch Texas A&M Agrilife [...]

Making Whimsical Gardens, Butterfly Gardens On Your Midland, Texas Property

By |2019-03-17T16:39:09-05:00March 21st, 2019|Creative, Design, Landscaping, Midland Texas, Things to Do|

Who wouldn’t love to have a beautiful garden behind or beside their home? Not only is a garden a place of tranquility and peace, it is a place of beauty that appeals to many admirers, including those looking for a new home. A well-established flower garden that requires minimal care would rarely be anything but [...]

Home Staging: Gray Is The Right Neutral

By |2019-03-17T15:01:08-05:00March 19th, 2019|Around the House, Design, Home Selling, Staging|

When repainting a house, to either improve the aesthetic quality to keep or sell the home, it often becomes difficult to know when to draw the line between trendy and time-honored colors. Too little color can make a house feek stark and uninviting, but too much color can be busy and too stimulating, not to [...]

3 Ways to ‘Go Green’ at Home on St. Patrick’s Day

By |2018-02-25T20:39:14-06:00February 28th, 2018|Around the House, Design, Midland 1st Choice|

Any time is a great time to practice "green" principles in your home. Here are a few ways to incorporate some of those concepts. Buy Products with Less Packaging, Create a Compost Bin You might already recycle at home, but you can be even more proactive by purchasing fewer items that you can't recycle or [...]

Can Ceiling Paint Make a Room Appear Bigger or Smaller?

By |2018-02-19T21:26:41-06:00February 21st, 2018|Around the House, Creative, Design, Midland Texas, Uncategorized|

The color of your ceiling can totally affect the appearance of the size of your room. Here's how: Using Dark Colors If you have a room that's large with high ceilings it can sometimes feel cold or disproportionate because furniture and flooring take up less than half of the space in the room, leaving the [...]

Be a Design Star With Horizontal Stripes

By |2018-02-10T16:34:18-06:00February 10th, 2018|Around the House, Creative, Design, Midland 1st Choice, Midland Texas, Uncategorized|

Using horizontal stripes on walls can not only add visual interest to a room, but create optical illusions that can alter the perception of its dimensions, making it appear larger, or smaller. Here are a few ways to do that. Using One Stripe A single horizontal stripe running from side to side on a wall [...]