Simple Home & Garden Decorating Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home

Home and garden decorating is a hot topic and growing … as evidenced by current television programming. Not only are there more and more home-related television shows on the air than there were 10 years ago, there are even entire channels dedicated to the home – HGTV and DIY Network, to name just two.

Television shows dedicated to beautifying the home are both interesting and helpful for people who are looking for ideas for their home and garden. These shows take everyday living spaces and transform them into attractive and inviting places. And because many of these programs work with a limited budget, they further help people realize that home and garden decorating can be accomplished without going to great expense. They also demonstrate that even small changes can make an enormous difference.


Home and garden decorating usually involves many different materials – paint, fabric, wood, tile, furniture, accessories – and can often intimidate homeowners who don’t feel as though they are “creative” enough to pull it all together. However, with so many home and gardening programs, magazines, books and catalogs available, homeowners are starting to understand that they don’t need to have a lot of creative skill to pull off a room makeover. In fact, some of the best changes you can make to a room are the simple ones.

Here are a few simple home and garden decorating tips that produce big changes:

  • The home and garden should complement each other. If a beautiful garden exists outside, why not bring that beauty inside by displaying fresh-cut flowers from your garden throughout your home. Flowers provide a lovely, fresh scent and add color to any space.
  • Bring the warmth of your indoor living space outside using luminary candles, or string white lights around a decorative patio tree. The soft glow of light is always welcoming on a warm summer evening while you entertain your friends and family.
  • If you have a collection that you have spent years gathering, dedicate a place to tastefully arrange and display them – for all to enjoy. Conversely, if you have a lot of “clutter” in a room (such as hundreds of DVDs, CDs or magazines), you may want to find new homes for them). Something as simple as removing the unneeded items from a room can greatly improve the look of it.
  • Outside, if you have overgrown bushes or invasive trees, consider relocating them or cutting them down. You can also add window boxes to the front of your home for added charm.
  • Walls looking dingy? Brighten them up with a fresh coat of paint.
  • If you have a wooden deck, replace wooden planks that are warped or splintered. Give your deck a good power-wash to remove all the mold, dirt and mildew, and then finish up the job by giving it a new coat of stainand/or weatherproofing that complements the exterior color of your home.
  • Change out the accessories around your home – light switch plates and electrical socket covers, kitchen knobs, door handles and hinges.

Remember, there are many simple home and garden decorating ideas that you can do – in just a few hours. These simple changes will greatly transform the look of your yard and enhance the curb appeal of your home.


The following is press release that went out to announce the recognition of Gehman Design Remodeling as a local and regional NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) award winner.


“Gehman Design Remodeling Earns NARI CotY Award”

Harleysville, PA – Dennis Gehman, president of Gehman Design Remodeling (GDR) is pleased to announce that they have been recognized by the Bucks Mont chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for doing exceptional work.  GDR was in the running for a CotY (Contractor of the Year) award in the category, Residential Interior under $100,000 at the annual Bucks Mont NARI “Evening of Excellence” dinner.




b2ap3_thumbnail_Bar-left-end-vertical-for-web-199x300GDR was awarded a first place CotY award in the category Residential Interior under $100,000.  The project that won the award was designing and installation of a Bar in a Basement.  The client wanted the bar to feel elegant, warm and inviting, and to not have a commercial bar feel. Details such as the tin ceiling, wood soffit and lighting coordinate to make the bar meet and exceed the client’s expectations. A regional CotY award was also given to this project.  The project is now in the running for a national CotY award. The national award winner will be announced at the “Evening of Excellence” being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Dennis Gehman, president of Gehman Design Remodeling said, “We are honored to be noticed by our peers within the remodeling industry for these projects. Our focus is to provide first class design and craftsmanship for each of our clients whether we win an award or not. Satisfied clients are the future of our business.”

Two other projects by Gehman Design Remodeling were recognized as “Meritorious” award winners this year as well.

Congratulations is in order to our entire design team and our outstanding craftsman.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Bar-sink-feature-final-for-web-236x300You can see this and many other projects that haveproduced awards and satisfied clients by visiting our portfolio page located on our website.

Don’t hesitate to contact Gehman Design Remodeling for your next remodeling project. Who knows? It could be the next award winning project.

Happy Remodeling!


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This Isn’t Your Mother’s Bathroom Anymore

The modern toilet design was patented sometime around the same time as the founding of the United States, well over 200 years ago. While the toilet function has remained relatively unchanged, there have been many design changes and developments in the toilet as well as the other fixtures in the Bathroom.

Individual comfort demands have taken the personal space that is the Bathroom to whole new heights. From in-floor radiant heat, personal shower towers, and spa-quality tubs, to automated personalized water temperature modules, television/computer screens and stereo systems, the sky is actually the limit when it comes to personalizing your Bathroom.

Fancy finishes such as marble and granite are not reserved for the Kitchen anymore either. Designers are not afraid to incorporate these luxury materials into their grand designs for the Bathroom.

Escape was probably the word that your Father used when he thought of retreating to the Bathroom for some quality alone time. But almost guaranteed he never thought of the many options that are available to today’s homeowner who is in the market for a Bathroom makeover. As long a Dad had the Reader’s Digest he was happy. But given the multimedia options available today, the modern day Dad can have a computer access port next to the tub and download an e-copy of his favorite book to read while soaking in the tub. Or even have a H.D. widescreen TV screen mounted conveniently as to not miss a single pitch of the World Series even if he has to get ready for dinner with the in-laws.

Getting back to the new trends in toilets. Dual flush capabilities are saving homeowners water as well as money each time they flush. Design styles have made the toilet a major player now and not just a necessary evil that designers had to stick in a closet to keep out of view.

Just remember you can break free from the concept of utility and enter the realm of escape and pampering when thinking about a new Bathroom. Don’t think that you have to travel to faraway places to experience the exotic environments that you see on the Travel Chanel. Gehman Custom Remodeling has the design resources, the components, as well as the craftsmen to create your getaway right in your own home!

Happy remodeling!

Next Time…Automation and Connectivity in the Bathroom of All Places

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