Let us take a look back at Ourso Designs in 2015. Here are our 5 most popular articles from this past year. Just wait till you see what the year 2016 will bring.
Let us reminisce on all of the best trends from 2015. We can’t wait to share with you what great trends 2016 will have to offer!
“Pavers are created from molded concrete formed into tiles to either resemble stone or brick, or proudly look like what they are: concrete. Concrete pavers generally fall into two types. The first is the thick durable interlocking paver. Resembling bricks in density, interlocking pavers are often used for driveways as they can handle the weight of a vehicle. The other variety is the thinner, and more visually pleasing, architectural paver. Architectural pavers are commonly used for paths or patios where aesthetics are more important.”
In this post we will discuss the NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines, by first stating the guidelines and then pointing out their importance and giving insight on solutions and practices based on my industry experience. Find out more about NKBA here.
- The standard refrigerator size is 36″ wide by 69″ tall.
- They do come in many sizes though, and the scope of the space in which it resides and the needs of your family will determine what size refrigerator is best for you.
- Often times the fridge sits alone with cabinets built around it, to the side and sometimes atop. A new trend seen lately is a completely built-in refrigerator. These refrigerator doors look like the rest of the cabinets and so therefore the fridge looks like it is apart of your cabinets and is hidden a bit.
- Another kind of refrigerator seen lately is the kind that comes in “colums” of 18″, 24″, and 36″ wide. Each column is a part of the fridge that has a specific purpose and you can piece them together to make one refrigerator. You can pick and choose what you need. This is a great way to customize your fridge according to your lifestyle needs.
- Also, when refrigerator shopping, I suggest you get a refrigerator that has a separate compressor for the fridge and the freezer. This makes the cooling of the fridge more efficient and the food lasts longer.
- It is important that you don’t let your fridge become too big for your space. If you need more refrigerator space, consider having a second refrigerator in a butler’s pantry or garage.
- Remember when space planning your kitchen that your fridge must sit off the wall to allow for water hookup. This will vary with each manufacturer.
My husband and I made a drive to see some family in Michigan for Thanksgiving. My mom is from there and much of my family still resides there. My husband and I decided to extend our trip so that we could see both Chicago and Detroit. We chose to visit Detroit specifically for its wonderful historic eye-candy. As a designer, I have always been interested in historic restoration, always daydreaming about abandoned buildings and how they could be revitalized and re-integrated into our future, and so I couldn’t resist a visit to Detroit because of its vast amount of stunning architectural ruins.
A Brief History of Detroit:
“Detroit was founded in 1701 by the French and was settled along what is now known as the Detroit River, which connects Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. The settlement was a fur-trading outpost, and fell to the British in 1760.
- It was after this fire a Father Gabriel Richard said, “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” This has become the cities official motto.
For a more detailed history click here.
The metropolitan area of Detroit and its surrounding neighborhoods are rich in Romanesque, Beaux Arts, Neo-Classical, Neo-Renaissance and Italian Renaissance Architecture, as well as Modern, Postmodern and Contemporary Modern Architectural Styles. The downtown areas consist of high-rise buildings, while the majority of the surrounding city consists of low-rise structures and single-family homes. The city’s neighborhoods constructed prior to World War II feature the architecture of the times, with wood frame and brick houses, larger brick homes in middle-class neighborhoods, and ornate mansions throughout the city’s many historic districts and nearby suburbs.
*** Now I feel I should note that not ALL of Detroit is in ruins. Much of it is still very much alive an thriving and preserved! Check out these homes in some of Detroit’s nicest neighborhoods.
Some Historic Neigborhoods Include:
Bosten-Edison & Arden Park
* The neighborhood where Henry Ford lived.