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Sometimes, turning a stucco-covered SCV house into a warm, ambience-filled home is easier said than done. Designers agree, though, that one of the most important components in your pursuit to beautify your space are window coverings.
Dreaming of a remodel? Ready to take a stairway to heaven? Finally ready to claim custom cabinetry for your very own?

We're with you. These home improvements not only enhance your day-to-day living experiences, they can impressively increase the value of your home.
These days, it's all about "saving," and the world of flooring is no different. Here are three ways that you can save while still cashing in on style.
Thoughtfully and creatively designed, an otherwise "old fashioned" sofa can have an elegant breath of fresh air.
This month, we ring in the new ("green" paint with a super-low carbon footprint!) and celebrate the old (two local companies have made multi-decade investments in green technology).
A quick look at some do-it-yourself Feng Shui fixes.
So, has the housing market finally bottomed out? This is a topic where everyone seems to have a different opinion. The media certainly doesn't help clarify the situation and tends to cause more confusion for home buyers and sellers. Let's take a look at the statistics to get an unbiased, factual point of view about our local Santa Clarita real estate market.
Few places need to incorporate design and function better than your home's kitchen and baths. "Pretty to look at" isn't enough in these high-traffic locales. With that in mind, check out these new trends that combine beauty and quality.
There are usually two kinds of home improvements: the kind you need to make (think: replacing the pipes) and the kind you want to make (like new furniture).

When it comes to getting ready for another long, hot SCV summer, however, you can combine your practical needs with your aesthetic wants.
We greenies love how taking good care of the environment is not only becoming more mainstream, but also darn right fashionable. This month, check out gorgeous new means to use recycled glass and one way to avoid dealing with the dismal housing market.
photography by Ted Dayton

Homes are a lot like people; some of them need to lose weight (clutter!), get in shape (fix that leaky roof!) and focus on self improvement (can you say "media center?").
Whether you are considering buying or selling a home, 2009's unique housing market means that both parties have some resolutions to fulfill. Here are the top five.
True story: A few years back, my father fell off the second story of my childhood home in his attempt to install Christmas lights. The tumble left him with a torn shoulder and a cast on his leg.
photography by Ted Dayton

The "happiest" time of year also seems to be the busiest. But that doesn't mean you can't find time to make those final home improvements that will turn your space into the "wowing" place you want it to be.

Here's your game plan to get it all done - in a month or less.
Going green is no longer a philosophy reserved just for Saint Patrick's Day, and despite Kermit the Frog's claims, it is easy to be green.
photography by Ted Dayton

It seems like only yesterday that we had the a/c cranked and a smattering of Fourth of July flags posted patriotically about. But multiple calendar pages have turned, and the harvest (and indoor entertaining) season is now upon us. Thanksgiving hosts and cool-weather-lovers, this one's for you.
Family is coming. The foot traffic is going to be insane. What are we going to do about the kitchen? Oh, and that awful family room. Then there's the Cheetos-colored carpet. Don't get me started on the carpet. No, the shutters aren't brown. They're white. That's dirt.
Wall Street may be in New York, but most people want to know how the stock market drama will affect local real estate in Santa Clarita.
photography by Ted Dayton
No one likes adding home improvements to the list of items already chipping away at your budget. But with careful consideration, there are finance-friendly ways to live better - and save money in the long run.
Environmental savvy used to seem like a trendy lifestyle choice. Now, it's a necessary characteristic that, thankfully, is becoming more accessible to the rest of us. In our new Inside SCV Magazine feature, "The Green Scene," we'll introduce you to products and services that will help make a real difference - locally and globally - to the health and survival of humanity.
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