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Using lighting to showcase your custom built home

Custom home lighting options
Great lighting is essential when it comes to setting the mood and elevating the look of every room in your house. Below we’ve broken down the different types of residential lighting — from ambient to accent to landscape lighting — and how each type can bring out the beauty and craftsmanship found in your custom built home.  Natural light -  When you’re designing your custom built home, make sure to take a close look at how you’re using sources of natural light like skylights, windows, and doors. If you’re already in your custom home, you can accentuate or soften its natural light with window treatments, for example.  Today’s custom home design trends incorporate plenty of natural light — from glass paneled doors that separate the main living space from the outdoor patio or garden for seamless indoor/outdoor living, windows that soar from the ground floor to the top of a va...
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Seven great design trends for 2020 that can elevate the look of your home

7 design ideas for 2020
The new year is almost here! To get you in the spirit and ready for 2020, we’ve created a list of some of the upcoming year’s top home interior design trends that can bring comfort and a flair to your custom built home with minimal effort.  From adding a touch of Pantone’s color of the year, classic blue, to creating a vacation-worthy backyard, there’s definitely something on the list below for everyone – and every custom built home.       Take advantage of the latest kitchen design trends. From eye-catching slab backsplashes made from marble, to colorful kitchen tile and double islands, 2020 is looking to be a stellar year for kitchen design.  Even the most classic kitchens can benefit from unexpected pops of color, while more modern kitchens can take advantage of open or sleek, minimalist cabinets. Warm finishes, natural woodwork and stone flooring are big this...
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Five ways to make your holidays bright 

5 ways to have a Happier Holiday
Now that the holidays are here, it’s time to hit the town with family and friends. To help get you into the spirit, we’ve put together a list of festive things to do with your loved ones – and one just for you, too! From the traditional to the new   - we’ve got you covered.  Holiday idea #1: Go with tradition If you’re from Cincinnati, there’s a good chance you remember watching the Cincinnati Ballet perform The Nutcracker at Music Hall, or seeing the train exhibit downtown. We’re happy to report that these two traditions are still going strong.  This year, look no further than Cincinnati’s cultural gems for a wonderful holiday outing (or three). From the Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center to A Zinzinnati Holiday at the Cincinnati Krohn Conservatory (not to mention the great live nativity at the conservatory), to The N...
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Buying outdoor furniture to fit your home and lifestyle

Choosing the best outdoor furniture
Although we’re in the final months of the year and thinking about indoor entertaining and cozy nights in front of the fireplace, it’s actually a good time of the year to talk about outdoor furniture. Specifically, how to choose outdoor furniture that will stand the test of time and weather, and how to properly store and protect it from the elements.  The winter months are ideal for outdoor furniture shopping because you can often find great deals since it’s off-season. And new outdoor furniture can give you something to look forward to come spring when you’re ready to spend time outside on your patio or in your yard.  Before you go outdoor furniture shopping, it’s a good idea to know what to look for when it comes to materials that will hold up year after year, through the hot Cincinnati summers and cold winters. You’ll want to choose furniture that is able to withstand both. B...
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