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Now this is some amazing interior design!  No one could call this dining room “cookie cutter!”

Concrete Floor

Sealed concrete has become a very popular flooring choice. And there are many different types of concrete to use. Check out K 15 by Ardex it is a self-leveling concrete and is stainable as well!

 

Completing An Interior With The Wow! Factor

A new interesting option awaits you in completion of your home interior!  A more diverse and varied space can be created with elements beyond art work and a fireplace (TVs with pictures don’t count!)  Lighting has become another element in the arsenal of possibilities!  In a contemporary setting a few years ago, I recommended adding a lighting fixture in the two corners on either side of the fireplace wall.  The fixtures would cast shadows creating an even larger presence.  But fixtures have become more stunning so check the Lighting Page at LuxeSpecs.com for the latest options.  There are additional photos on my Pinterest Lighting board that will make Wow! a daily occurrence.

Industrial Look

Love the industrial look?  Now available-manufactured concrete sinks and composite countertop options with cement finish!  See the look!  Pinterest boards Great Sinks and Countertops

Displaying A Collection

Have you been collecting without enjoying your collection?  If so, it may be possible to group your collection together for an interesting visual!  Over many years I collected the string wall hanging (very inexpensive) from MOMA’s gift shop, the African basket, small, woven baskets from cousin Gwen’s travels, a zebra rug knock off, an Indian drum, a beaded wind chime from MIM’s gift shop, various textile garlands-red silk, hand crocheted discs from cousin Gwen and an African girl from Home Goods all on Kuba cloth!  Have fun with your collected treasures!

Best Option for Kitchen Countertops

These are examples of light countertop materials that are available in quartz (man made composite) to quartzite (natural and perhaps the most expensive).  Granite is still the most widely used surface but quartz (composites) gives you the option of a surface that is as hard as granite without additional upkeep.  If you’re going black then quartz or granite can be used but I would opt for natural and go granite! 

Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine

An award winning patio by Sherry Hauser, founder of Hauser Designs and LuxeSpecs.com, is featured in the current issue of Phoenix Home & Garden on page 38 (credits pg 198).  Kudos to Phoenix Home & Garden for upholding our Southwest heritage!​

Honey Baked Ham

Love honey baked ham?  Tips for making the most of it!  Vertically cut the spirals into bun size piece-larger for adults and dinner roll size for children and enjoy great ham sandwiches the first day.  Pick up the bean pack with purchase.  Divide the leftover piece of ham around the bone into two parts.  Use the first for a boiled dinner in your electric pressure cooker or Instapot with a head of cabbabe, onions, carrots.  Soak the beans the next day and use the second half to cook ham and bean soup.  Combine leftovers from boiled dinner and bean soup and create another great soup.  Leftover ham chunks can be ground for ham salad.  This is great for visiting company or a holiday weekend!  Tips from luxespecs.com-an interior design website with great pinterest boards and Houzz visuals!

Large Size Photos Can Personalize Your Space

Your home should be a reflection of you!  So, whether your space is clean and contemporary or you have many collections of interest, photos can personalize your space. There are many options for creating larger sizes than the original photo.  As with art and sculpture, determine the place you want to use it and then determine the size.  After years of collecting your favorites, you can arrange your art and photos first and then add furniture.

If you have been on a great trip AND you’re a decent photographer, enlarge your favorites and group them together or make a row.  Snapfish, Shutterfly, professional photo shops like AdoramaPix and mpix, Walgreens and Costco are all options. 

Family photos?  You can use old and new favorites from the years and instead of the smaller, cluttered look many homes have, create more of a statement with your favorites enlarged.

Other options include printing on burlap, wood boards, acrylic or fabric.  An artist I work with regularly has originals copied on silk and quilts them.  It is interesting to have varied art forms in your home or office.  Sculpture, posters from museums, original art, a canvas painted a single color, framed, museum wrap or some with glass all add to the texture of your home. Engineer prints are lightweight and large.  Parabo Press prints on metal, glass and other options.  SnapBox and PhotoBarn offer additional printing choices including wood.  If time is of the essence inquire about this prior to ordering. 

It is so personal to add to your surroundings with favorites reflecting your life and travels.