Design elements

in no specific order

One lesson that my mother taught me is to study things that are totally out of my price range, and see what I might be able to create or find that mimics the look. Some of the companies listed on this page might not be in the budget, but the design can provide inspiration. (Mother was a master seamstress who could create amazing home accessories and clothing. Plus, she had Dad, who could work wonders with "finds" from junk stores. They made it look easy. I haven't gotten there yet.) 

APPLIANCES

COUNTERTOPS


  • Cambria  *(American - recommend)

EXTERIOR

FLOORING

FLOOR PLANS (see note 1 below)


FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES




HARDWARE 




LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL
MURALS and WALLPAPER 
OFF-PRICE & SALE
PAINT & STAIN

PLUMBING


 RUGS
SHUTTERS

STORAGE



TRIM
WINDOW TREATMENTS




 (*I have purchased products only from the companies noted. The rest may be excellent resources, but I do not have personal experience with the company or product.) 

1. We searched thousands of floor plans. Even though we did not purchase pre-drawn plans, we learned a great deal about the flow of rooms and gained a great deal of ideas from studying plans. I really never consider the time wasted when I am learning.

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