How to Design for Dogs at Home

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but pet owners know that the four-legged family members are the real heartbeat. So how do you make your kitchen a warm and welcoming place to every member of your family—without sacrificing style?

Just as great design seamlessly melds fashion and function, the best pet-friendly kitchens create stylish, integrated spaces that allow your pets to be part of the family, without adding clutter or creating safety hazards for paws and tails. Here’s what to consider when creating your pet-friendly kitchen.

Create a feeding space

There’s nothing quite so appealing as great cuisine surrounded by the warmth and comfort of home – and your pet probably feels the same way. So when planning space for family meals, it makes sense to include a spot for dogs and cats, too. But…nothing is less appealing than a stray dog hair in your food.

Read More

Herman Miller and Knoll to combine in deal valued at $1.8 billion, create leader in office and home design

Herman Miller Inc.
MLHR,
+1.21%
and Knoll Inc.
KNL,
+1.77%
said Monday they have agreed to combine in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.8 billion that will create a leader in modern design for the home and office. Under the terms of the deal, Knoll shareholders will receive $11 in cash and 0.32 shares of Hermann Miller for each share owned, equal to a premium of 45% over Knoll’s closing price on Friday. Once the deal closes, Herman Miller shareholders will own about 78% of the combined entity, while Knoll shareholders will hold abut 22%. The deal is expected to close by the end of the third quarter. As part of the deal, Herman Miller will purchase all of Knoll’s outstanding preferred stock from Investindustrial VII L.P. for a fixed cash consideration of $253 million, or $25.06 per each underlying share. “This highly complementary combination will create the preeminent leader

Read More

Homes in Abilene: 349 Marti’s Way

This week’s profile is a beautiful, newly constructed home in South Abilene near the Wylie East campuses.

Masterful design and modern luxury are uniquely embodied in this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home built by Legend Homes. The open floor plan encompasses generous living space and stylish finishes, providing you with the perfect setting for relaxing and entertaining.

Boasting nearly 1,700 square feet of living space, 349 Marti’s Way features a gourmet kitchen that will inspire your inner chef, a primary bedroom suite that ensures the perfect private space, and a large, privacy-fenced backyard that is a virtual blank canvas for outdoor entertaining – or a future pool/spa.

As you arrive at this beautiful home, your eye is drawn to the beautiful landscape, and short walkway to a covered front porch. Step through the custom front door – with glass and wrought iron inlay – and into a welcoming entryway, complete with luxury

Read More

Bring Home Projects to Life With This Discounted 3D Tool

Carpenters have a rule of thumb: “Measure twice, cut once.” That goes for the simple act of sawing a two-by-four, or any home renovation project. Planning is important, and before you lay any physical groundwork you’ve got to have all the details plotted out.

That’s true whether you’re a handyman building a shed or a contractor working on a complete remodel. But how do you do all that planning? If you’re new to home improvement, you should know that paper blueprints don’t really cut it anymore. You need a good piece of design software, and while there are a lot of CAD tools on the market, only one is full-featured enough for professionals, yet intuitive enough for DIY designers: Live Home 3D Pro for Mac.

Software reviewers give high marks to the platform—for its eye-catching rendering abilities and streamlined interface. As you can see from the video above, it’s more

Read More