Archive for May, 2011

May 18, 2011

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Cupolas

by rebecca elisabeth design
What can you do to your home to add another level of architectural interest? When used, cupolas have a dramatic effect both on the exterior architecture and the interior space they occupy. We are used to seeing cupolas in traditional architecture but if you look a little further you will see they are being incorporated into tract home construction.  You can incorporate this architectural feature into your home whether revised into a contemporary version or an ultra traditional cupola. In the interior, a cupola helps create a centralized focal point due to the high ceilings.  To add to the drama created by the ceilings, create a flooring pattern that radiates from the center point on the floor below the cupola.
Main Entry: cu·po·la
Pronunciation: \ˈkyü-pə-lə, ÷-ˌlō\
Function: noun
Definition: A cupola is a dome-shaped ornamental structure placed on the top of a larger roof or dome. In some cases, the entire main roof of a tower or spire can be a cupola. More frequently, however, the cupola is a smaller structure which sets on top of the main roof.
May 3, 2011

Spring Cleaning STEP 7: Windows

by rebecca elisabeth design
A Window cleaner.

Image via Wikipedia

Wow two more tasks and we’ve completed the 8-step process to spring cleaning.  Are you feeling good knowing what is behind closed doors? This week we will cover those dreaded windows that everyone avoids doing.  If you have a 2 story home with windows that can’t be cleaned from the inside, you will definitely have a harder go of it than those of us with single story homes.  However, I promise if you or your housekeeper follows my steps, your window cleaning will go faster than in the past. Start inside one day and then do the outside the next day proceeding as follows:
1.    Remove all the screens and wash with biodegradable soapy water, leaving the screens outside to dry.
2.    In a bucket, mix 1.5 – 2 gallons warm water and ivory dish detergent with 1/2 cup of vinegar. It should be sudsy.
3.    Using a car washing glove, the kind that looks like a large looped terry mitten, wash the windows and tracks (and the trim if it is vinyl) thoroughly.
4.    Next, use a squeegee to squeegee the soapy windows. Be sure to dry the end of the squeegee that overlaps the part you just squeegeed.  This should leave little to no water on the window.
5.    With a car shammy, which you can buy at Costco, dry any streaks first, followed by the window edges and trim. Be sure to always have a dry shammy for the glass. You can use damp ones for the trim and tracks.
6.    Repeat this process for all windows both inside and out. Pick the right time of day to wash your windows. Morning for Western exposure, and afternoon for Eastern exposure. Do not wash windows that are in full sun or you will get streaks.
You should have a clearer view of the world now that your windows are clean.  REDinterior has heard of the newspaper trick and we think our shammys work better, but would love to hear about any other tips or issues you have encountered during this process. Please share your ideas with us on our Facebook page (hyperlink

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