Vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, atop a 5,000 foot ridge, in Waynesville, NC, is the Swag Country Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast that is the perfect location to enjoy the fall foliage and everything that the season has to offer.

There are plenty of activities to partake in at the Inn, including direct access to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Along with private trails to hike, guests can enjoy horse shoes, badminton, as well as croquet.

For those guests looking for relaxation, they can unwind in the redwood sauna, enjoy a massage or soak in the hot tub, or relax in the hammock with a book from the impressive library while enjoying the beautiful mountain views.

Zac Efron's Former Hollywood Hills Home

Recently purchased for $2.775 million dollars, was Zac Efron’s former Hollywood Hills home. The gated midcentury modern one-story home includes 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The 2,424 square foot home was built in 1947 as part of the famed Case Study Program by Rodney White. The homes that are part of the Case Study were designed and built by the best architects of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

The home is typical of those built in this program, in which it is a single story home that is made of walls of glass, although Efron’s home had been significantly updated. The interior consists of steel ceilings and heated cement floors, which gives the home an industrial-style feel.

Key attributes of the home include an open kitchen plan with glass front cabinets and bedrooms that are considerably spacious thanks in part to glass walls and clean lines.  

What are your thoughts? Would you want a home with steel ceilings and cement floors?

Bringing Life to Your Space with a Gallery Wall

There are many different design trends and styles that people either love or hate. When it comes to designing and decorating a room, it’s hard to please everyone. One look that is increasingly popular in many homes and apartments is having a gallery wall in your space.

A gallery wall is comprised of an assortment of artwork, pictures, or décor objects that are clustered on one wall. A gallery wall is a simple way to give your home a meaningful and personal touch. When it comes to creating your gallery wall, you can go for either a casual or a formal look.

A casual look will include a mix of different colored and sized frames, and the frames will have an organic shape. A formal look typically has frames of the same color and size, and will be of uniform shape.

The pictures can be symmetrical and far apart, or they can be arranged closer together so they appear to be as one.