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I really appreciate the old world estate style

I wrote an article not so long ago talking about how my favorite genre of residence is the old-world estate style.

Since I’m an interior designer, I easily shouldn’t have put it out there that my “ideal” genre is the old-world estate residence style, however it is true. I absolutely enjoy the wonderful earthy tones, archways, clay tiles as well as custom leather furniture that the old-world estate genre offers (as I mentioned in my previous article). For me, as a woman from a massive Italian family, the old-world estate is the glamorous homestyle of “the aged country”. If you just so happen to be somebody who is hoping to flip your residence or redecorate in the old-world estate aesthetic, be warned. This genre does not actually work in a contemporary residence. The old-world estate genre is a single one of the few residential styles that easily requires the residence’s architecture to match. There’s nothing worse than seeing a modern, cape cod genre residence with an old-world estate interior. You do not want to do that at all. But, if your residence has the bones for an old-world estate style, by all means make sure to have at least 2 key factors. The first thing you need is a clay roof. If you’re not willing to shell out the extra currency for the crucial clay tiles, then just stick with the rustic meets transitional genre (this will accomplish the Tuscan beauty aesthetic separate from that clay roof tile requirement). If you are willing to go for the clay tile, be sure that your custom furniture matches the residence. You will want custom leather sofas, custom leather chairs as well as you’ll want the leather to be a matching custom furniture set. I truly hope this has helped you!
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The old world estate style is what I prefer the most

I wrote an article fairly recently talking about how my ideal style of property is the old-world estate style.

Since I happen to be an interior designer, I legitimately shouldn’t have put it out there that my “favorite” style is the old-world estate home style, however it’s sincerely the truth.

I totally appreciate the earthy tones, archways, clay tiles and custom leather furniture that the old-world estate style offers (as I mentioned in my previous article). For me, as a lady from a large Italian family, the old-world estate is the glamorous homestyle of “the aged country”. If you’re the type of person who is hoping to flip your property or redecorate in the old-world estate aesthetic, I’m giving you fair warning. This style does not work in a contemporary property. The old-world estate style is a single one of the few property styles that requires the property’s architecture to match. There’s nothing worse than seeing a modern, cape cod style property with an old-world estate interior. You sincerely do not want to do that. But, if your property has the bones for an old-world estate style, by all means make sure to have at least 2 key factors. The first thing you actually must have is a clay roof. If you’re not willing to shell out the cash for some clay tiles, then just stay with the rustic meets transitional style (this will accomplish the Tuscan beauty aesthetic without that clay tile requirement). If you are willing to go for the clay tile, make sure that your custom furniture matches the property. You will want custom leather sofas, custom leather chairs and you’ll want the leather to be a matching custom furniture set. I definitely hope this has helped you!
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I absolutely love the old world style estate

I wrote an article not so long ago talking about how my preferred type of dwelling is the old-world estate style. Since I’m an interior designer, I probably shouldn’t have put it out there that my “preferred” type is the old-world estate dwelling style, however it’s certainly the truth. I care about the beautiful earthy tones, archways, clay tiles and custom leather furniture that the old-world estate type offers (as I mentioned in my previous article). For me, as a guy who happens to be from an Italian family, the old-world estate is the charming homestyle of “the old country”. If you’re a person who is hoping to flip your dwelling or redecorate in the old-world estate aesthetic, be warned. This actual style does not really work with a modern style home. The old-world estate type is one of the few dwelling styles that really must have the dwelling’s architecture to match. There’s nothing more terrible than seeing a modern, cape cod type dwelling with an old-world estate interior. You do not want to do something like that. But, if your dwelling has the bones for an old-world estate style, by all means make sure to have at least 2 key factors. The first thing you really need is a clay tile roof. If you’re not willing to shell out the extra cash for the clay tiles, then you really just need to stick with the rustic meets transitional type (this will accomplish the Tuscan beauty aesthetic without that clay tile requirement). If you are willing to go for the clay tile, make sure that your custom furniture matches the dwelling. You will want custom leather sofas, custom leather chairs and you’ll want the leather to be a matching custom furniture set. I hope this has helped you!

 

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The old world estate style happens to be my favorite

I wrote an article not too long ago talking about how my favorite category of household is the old-world estate style.

  • Since I’m an interior designer, I easily shouldn’t have put it out there that my “favorite” category is the old-world estate household style, but it’s definitely the truth.

I absolutely adore the earthy tones, archways, clay tiles and custom leather furniture that the old-world estate category brings (as I mentioned in my previous article). For me, as a lady from an Italian family, the old-world estate is the glamorous homestyle of “the seasoned country”. If you’re somebody who is hoping to flip your household or redecorate in the old-world estate aesthetic, be warned. This category does not work in a modern household. The old-world estate category is one of the few home styles that requires the household’s architecture to match. There’s nothing worse than seeing a modern, cape cod category household with an old-world estate interior. Trust me, you do not want to do that. But, if your household has the bones for an old-world estate style, by all means make sure to have at least 2 key factors. The first thing you need is a clay stone roof. If you’re not willing to shell out the additional money for the clay tiles, then just stick with the rustic meets transitional category (this will accomplish the Tuscan beauty aesthetic without that clay stone need). If you are willing to go for the clay tile, make sure that your custom furniture matches the household. You will want custom leather sofas, custom leather chairs and you’ll want the leather to be a matching custom furniture set as well. I hope this article was able to help you!
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Old world estate style

If you are willing to go for the clay tile, make sure that your custom furniture matches the home

I wrote an article recently talking about how my favorite style of home is the old-world estate style. Since I’m an interior designer, I probably shouldn’t have put it out there that my “favorite” style is the old-world estate home style, but it’s the truth. I love the earthy tones, archways, clay tiles and custom leather furniture that the old-world estate style offers (as I mentioned in my previous article). For me, as a woman from an Italian family, the old-world estate is the glamorous homestyle of “the old country”. If you’re someone who is hoping to flip your house or redecorate in the old-world estate aesthetic, be warned. This style does not work in a contemporary home. The old-world estate style is one of the few home styles that requires the home’s architecture to match. There’s nothing worse than seeing a modern, cape cod style home with an old-world estate interior. You do not want to do that. But, if your home has the bones for an old-world estate style, by all means make sure to have at least 2 key factors. The first thing you need is a clay tile roof. If you’re not willing to shell out the extra cash for the clay tiles, then just stick with the rustic meets transitional style (this will accomplish the Tuscan beauty aesthetic without that clay tile requirement). If you are willing to go for the clay tile, make sure that your custom furniture matches the home. You will want custom leather sofas, custom leather chairs and you’ll want the leather to be a matching custom furniture set. I hope this has helped you!

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My house is becoming a zoo!

I have recently picked up a new hobby, which is taking care of animals.

I take care of pretty much any animal, including birds, horses, reptiles and cats.

I always wanted to have a house full of pets, as I love animals a lot. What I didn’t realize is how much work so many animals actually take up. Before I had all of my pets, I could spend ¾ the day to myself, and only get only to work my part time job. Life was easy and without responsibility. Now it’s like most of my day is spent taking care of my pets, and I have little time to myself. I love taking care of all of my pets so I don’t really mind, but I miss my freedom. I also have to deal with unexpected issues that come with owning animals, like some of my pets overheating in the summer. I had to upgrade my current HVAC unit to accommodate my pets, because while I could withstand the summer heat, my pets with fur or feathers could not. This also means I have my air conditioning running most of the day, which drastically increases my energy bill. I also now have to get the HVAC system checked all of the time, to ensure that it keeps working efficiently. I even need to keep my heating unit working well in the winter, so it’s like my HVAC machine never gets a break, which I’m sure will break it and then a HVAC tech will have to come out and fix it. I also now go through so many a/c filters, it’s unbelievable. My house has become a zoo, and I am the caretaker.
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Crows are too intelligent

I really dislike crows, they are way too intelligent in my opinion.

One morning, I heard a lot of them calling really loudly, and it sounded like it was coming from right outside my home.

I followed the noise, and at least 10 or so crows were in my yard, 8 of which were on my air conditioner. They were eating leftover food scraps. I just had my heating and cooling system updated a month ago, and I did not want it to become messed up from excess bird poo, so I ran at the birds and scared them all off. After I left, they landed right back on my air conditioning, so I threw stones at them to get them to fly off, and that seemed to work, until the next day. Well I guess I made the crows angry, as now whenever I leave my house their calling increases drastically. I guess they also recognized my car, as at one point it was absolutely covered in bird crap. My car was parked right next to 3 other cars, and were they touched? Nope. Some of the birds even had the nerve to divebomb me, and all because I just wanted them off of my air conditioning machine, the number of crows only seemed to increase by the day, and it got to the point where I just started wearing a mask until I was out of the bird’s sight. This seemed to work, and eventually the crows left me and my cooling machine alone.

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Getting through brutal winters with HVAC cozy comfort

That may have to happen as I won’t always be up for the physical demands that winter requires

I feel like with every passing winter, I am getting broken down just a little bit more. We live in a place that gets a whole lot of cold, snow, ice and wind. That is a combination for severe discomfort. The snow alone is such a hassle. Contemplating how many hours I have spent shoveling snow just makes my head hurt. Then there is the ice. It’s a wonder I haven’t broken my neck with all the slips and falls over a winter. However, there is one saving grace and that is the HVAC in our home. We are really lucky to have such a great heating method. It’s a combination of geothermal and a furnace. The geothermal HVAC extracts heat energy from the earth’s near constant temperature. When it gets really cold, the furnace jumps in to supplement the heating effort. But that’s not the best part. Our HVAC uses radiant heat transfer to warm the air in the house. This is done by water flowing through copper coils in the floor. It’s like the best radiator type heat without the radiators. It just feels so good inside the house. And let me tell you, I need it during the winter. There is a part of me, now that I am getting toward retirement age, that wants to pack it up and be done with winters once and for all. That may have to happen as I won’t always be up for the physical demands that winter requires. But until then, at least I have the best, most cozy HVAC there is to keep me warm and comfortable all winter.

 

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A few tweaks yields lots of HVAC savings

I have always been up for trying something new and different.

Having an open heart and mind is key for the way I choose to live my life.

Finding a balance between structure and spontaneity is so important to me. Keeping a schedule and a bit of a routine helps me with the responsibilities that go along with being a part of this society. My home is made in an area that has a yearly period where the heat is a big, big concern. I do my best to keep the house cool without getting stupid about it. Again, yet another balancing act in my life. I simply can’t afford to have the HVAC running all the time to meet some sort of unreasonable temperature demand. For months at a time, the temperatures here hover around triple digits. That means it’s vitally important to be proactive when it comes to HVAC use. I take a weekend in early spring and go around the entire house with a caulk gun. I do this in order to be sure that all the HVAC treated air stays inside. My wife got solar drapes for all the windows. They work by mitigating the direct sun heating the ambient air in our house. This keeps helps greatly. We also mostly cook outside in the summer in order to limit the use of the range or the oven which heats up the house. But, the big thing is the HVAC setting. That thing has to be set proportional to the outside temperature. During the heat of the day, I like to have no more than 15 degrees difference between the HVAC setting and outside temps.

 

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Waiting too long to replace the furnace

When my wife and I purchased our home, the heating system was already outdated and in poor condition.

At that time, we couldn’t afford to replace the furnace.

We had too many other home improvements that took precedence. We’d gotten the house quite cheap because the windows all needed to be replaced, the roof leaked and all of the appliances were positively ancient. My wife and I hoped to have the budget for a new furnace within five years. However, during the following years, other jobs once again took priority. The water heater ruptured and flooded the basement, causing a great deal of damage. We had problems with the septic system, safety issues with the electrical system and concerns with the water well. We were forced to live with the old heating unit for nearly six more years. Every year, we complained about the cost of our winter utility bills. We were unhappy with our chilly house and the dust and musty smell that poured from the vents. We kept the thermostat at the lowest tolerable setting, attempting to trim expenses, and dressed in layers of warm clothes. We slept under heated blankets and getting out of bed in the mornings was pure torture. I was diligent about replacing the air filter every month and calling for professional maintenance every fall. The HVAC contractor who completed the cleaning and tuning of the furnace always warned us that the system was on the verge of failure. I thought we were saving money by keeping the old furnace running. It eventually quit entirely during a January blizzard, when the outside temperature had dropped into the negative digits. Since we couldn’t go without heat, we were forced to get financing for a new furnace.

 

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