For generations, Bostonians have used the dome of the State House to find their way to Beacon Hill, to symbolize their city, and to mark the center of the "Hub of the Solar System." But the shining landmark we love today hasn’t always gleamed with gold. In fact, it started out as a leaky wooden roof.
When up-and-coming Boston architect Charles Bulfinch took on the job of planning the State House, it was his first paid commission. He based his design on neoclassical elements: columns, a pediment, and a vast shingled dome intended to make the structure stand out among its squat, square neighbors. When construction was finished in 1798, the State House was the most architecturally important public building in the young country, the first answer to the question of what an American government building should look like. Boston’s grandest building, perched atop its highest hill, became an instant monument.
Unfortunately, Bulfinch’s grand achievement couldn’t quite stand up to New England weather. The impressive 30-foot-high dome began to leak almost immediately. After just 4 years, enough rain and snow had seeped in that the wooden shingles were beginning to rot here and there. A hero of … Read More
Asian Walnut wood flooring is one of the most unique hardwood species available in the market today. Often referred to as Acacia, this walnut hard wood floor is harvested obviously in Asia. Asian Walnut wood floors have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Although Oak is still the #1 seller in wood flooring, exotic species such as Asian Walnut and Brazilian Cherry have made long strides towards becoming main stream wood flooring choices. If you are looking for a very distinct floor that is considered a center piece for your room or home, Asian Walnut hardwood flooring is certainly worth considering. There are several things you need to know when considering the exotic Asian, Acacia Walnut species of floors.
Most Asian Walnut floors are offered with a factory finish. Factory finished means the factory has applied multiple, protective coats of either polyurethane, aluminum oxide, or a combination of both. These finishes protect the floor from minor scratches and wear. Of course any wood floor can be scratched, but the current factory finishes are much better than 20 years ago. The best option is to find an Acacia wood floor with either an aluminum oxide or combination of aluminum … Read More
Chairs have evolved over thousands of years. There is evidence that the Stone Age people used chairs. The Egyptians were routinely using chairs as early as 650 AD. By the 1600s chairs had become part of interior design. In the 1700s upholstery started to appear on chairs. Upholstered chairs are common today, but you need to do your homework before you buy one.
Figure out what kind of chair you want first. Galen Cranz, author of “The Chair,” groups chairs into five categories: hand-made, mass-produced, craftsman, designer, and artist. Artist chairs are one-of-a-kind chairs and can be pricey. These tips will help you find the right chair for your home.
1. Measure the space. You should measure the maximum width and available height. A chair that is too high will make your room look smaller.
2. Determine the style. Your new chair doesn’t have to match your decor. Many interior designers are mixing modern furniture and antiques these days. Some decorators think every home should have a distinctive chair — one that doesn’t match.
3. Check the frame. According to “Upholstered Furniture,” an article on http://www.homefurnish.com, kiln-dried hardwood is best for hair frames. Some manufacturers are framing chairs and couches … Read More
As basic colors like white and black make a comeback, entire rooms are now being decorated with a complete lack of color. While this may sound like an awesome idea at first, many homeowners are searching for new decorating ideas once they have finished the project and have the sudden realization that the interior of their home is less than appealing. These hot decorating trends are guaranteed to give any room in your house the wow factor while simultaneously adding a pop of color.
Instead of going with a basic white wall, paint some swirl designs here and there through the room. This easy decorating idea will give a living room a burst of color and add more life to it than ever before. For those that are not the best at painting, or are looking for an idea that is less childlike can hire an experienced painting company to paint these on the walls:
Geometrical shapes, like squares and triangles
• A favorite quote
If bright blues and greens sound like a bit much, metallic colors like silver and gold can still help beautify a room without costing more.
We all want our pets to keep us safe but there are times when you may need to make sure that your pets are safe as well. Using a Vimtag camera can help you to keep an eye on your pets while you are away from them. The Vimtag cameras are easy to use and watch the recordings.
Yes, people have dogs in their homes as companions but there are just as many people that have dogs in their homes to help to keep them safe. Your dogs can be valuable to you while you are at home and while you are not at home. If the dogs tend stay in certain areas of your home while you are away, it is probably a good idea to place security cameras in the area to keep an eye on your dogs. It is important that you know what your dog is going to do if an intruder would try to enter into your home. You may also want to keep an eye on your dog just to see what they are doing when you are not at home. Your dog may need some extra training on what he should … Read More