BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Lisa Michelle

Lisa Michelle is an editor, lifestyle writer, and novelist. She’s also an avid traveler, lover of animals, and admitted Anglophile.

cumaru distressed hardwood flooring
The new methods that today’s leading wood and tile floor producers use to create a worn, rustic appearance and a warm texture for distressed flooring. What makes these effects so appealing? *** When it comes to the floors of...
girls bedroom teddy bear
When you’re looking to avoid cliches when it comes to kids room decor, here are some kids room ideas based on the ancient question “which princess are you”? *** Every girl wants to be a princess these days. The...
sofa of tissue in a modern living room. 3d rendering
With a little thought and a lot of compromise, you can create a balanced and beautiful open-concept living room that the whole family will enjoy. What types of flooring, and other design elements can help you bring balance to...
holiday door decorations wreath
How can Christmas door decorations reflect your personality and represent your own holiday joy? Here are eight ideas that will inspire. *** Door wreaths are a part of many holiday traditions. While Christmas wreaths may represent an unending circle of...
christmas tree lights
Find these how to put lights on a Christmas tree tips for festive effects beyond the norm. Here’s holiday lighting to make Christmas trees come to life. *** Let’s re-think the way we light up our Christmas trees this year....
mulberrywood hardwood flooring living room
It’s a strange and wonderful tree, the mulberry, and not to be overlooked the next time you’re thinking about investing in a new hardwood floor. *** You know I’m going to talk about monkeys and weasels, right? That’s how...
brushed sandalwood flooring
Try sandalwood as a hardwood flooring option the next time you’re looking for a wood that surpasses your expectations for durability and beauty. *** Sandalwood is making a comeback. Just to make it very clear, in this article I’m...
Mazama Hardwood - Kempas Collection
Kempas is an exotic woodHere’s why you should consider kempas as an option for your next hardwood floor, interior design or home improvement project. *** There are a few wood species that really stand out from the crowd, but...
wenge hardwood flooring
Wenge’s unique color and flocked appearance serves as a muse for the designers of today’s most beautiful engineered and laminate floors. *** I’ve spent a great deal of time in sub-Saharan Africa, and it wasn’t anything like I expected....
mongolian teak
In part 2 of What is Teak? you’ll learn about which species labelled teak are the most sustainable and reliable choices in hardwood flooring. *** Traditional Asian teak is a wonderful and sustainable option for hardwood flooring. The challenge...
cumaru hardwood flooring
Cumaru hardwood floors creates a beautiful foundation for any home. Here are the highlights of this unique and supremely decorative wood floor species. *** Cumaru, also known as Brazilian teak, isn’t actually a teak at all. And it’s not originally...
acacia hardwood flooring living room scene
Australian Acacia is a thriving genus of species known to be tough. What are some of the things going for it that make it so reliable? Take a look. *** Australia. A country and continent known for its vast...
acacia hardwood flooring dining room
  African acacia is a wonderfully dense and durable hardwood species that can add not only a historical richness but also a beautiful flooring look to our homes. *** It’s like a scene right out of an Indiana Jones...
Brazilian walnut kitchen floor
In this article, we unravel the mystery of Brazilian Walnut, and get understand why this wood is a fantastic option for home improvement and decor. *** Oh, this is one confusing hardwood. Brazilian Walnut is the name for two...
black walnut hardwood flooring dining room
Black walnut is a beautiful hardwood that will add interest and value to your home; these hardwood floors will add a spectacular look to any room. *** I live near a castle. Some might say Craigdarroch Castle is not...
jatoba brazilian cherry flooring kitchen
Jatoba or Brazilian cherry flooring is a popular choice in exotic hardwood floors. Here are some things you should know about it; hardness, color, and more. *** Let’s start with a little bit of a clarification. It’s an important...
maple hardwood floors contemporary
Maple wood flooring is wonderfully adaptable, and looks fabulous in almost every environment. Here’s the scoop on the wonders of maple wood floors. *** I’ve always felt lucky to live on the west coast of North America, but a...
kitchen oak flooring
There are many different types, colors, and styles of red and white oak flooring from which to choose. Here’s how you can consider the options. *** Oak trees are one of those iconic species. Oak trees have inspired magical...
cherry hardwood flooring kitchen dining room
American cherry is one of the most reliable of hardwood species in the United States. Here’s why you might want to consider cherry wood for your next floor. *** The thought of an American cherry tree is always going...