Home Safety Tips Resource for Every Homeowner



As many of our readers know, improving in the home is near and dear to our hearts at Donco Designs. Over the years, we have shared many articles and links to helpful resources for the homeowner.

We came across a comprehensive resource list on home safety tips, that was brilliantly written by the team at Compliance and Safety. We were so impressed with how extensive this list on home safety that we just had to share our new find, with our readers.

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Design Advice: Creating a Sitting Area in Your Bedroom

How to Create a Sitting Area in Your Bedroom

If your home has a large master bedroom, you should consider using the extra space for a “sitting area”. Bedrooms are more than just for sleeping in today’s hectic world: they can be a great place for reading, writing, watching movies, or spending time with the family (or a retreat from them). Take the plunge — transform that large, unused extra space into a seating area. Here’s what you need to know down below:

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Boston Magazine and Design Home 2012 – a Design for a Worthy Cause

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This year the Boston Magazine pulled out all of the stops this year for style and design of the home located in the Crownings Cove Community, The best part is that proceeds from the tours go to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England. This was a brilliant partnership with several great organizations, such as the World Class Builder, Eugene Mattie.

This 5 plus bedroom home is magnificent. There are a few areas that I am in love with, such as the Pilates Studio, the Kitchen, Mom’s Ultra Retreat, the Reading Room and the Backyard.  Every detail of these areas were carefully planned and fine tuned with finesse. From the Windows, the trim, the flooring and interior furnishings.  I would find it hard to believe that someone would not want to live in such a splendid home. Personally, I think that every home needs a private Pilates or Yoga Studio.

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Bold Kitchen Sinks with Color – Kohler

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I could not resist sharing this brilliantly blue sink from Kohler when I came across this photo on KBBonline.

They say a picture tells a story, so I will let this photo tell the story.

Just in case you are dazzled by this unusual kitchen sink, I will share a few snippets about this Jonathan Adler Kitchen Collection from Kohler:

Kohler partnered with the ever so talented Jonathan Adler and created a limited edition of sinks with colors that literally pop and cause immediate joy and delight. These colors are fresh, original and bold and can add instant design cred to your kitchen remodel. I can’t wait to see one in person to touch and feel. [Read more…]

Behr Paints Portrait of Color Trends 2013

Color Trends for 2013 from Behr Paints does not fail to impress the most discriminating tastes.  The 2013 Color trends collection introduces 20 amazing new original colors. The 2013 color trends also includes four inspiring design styles that will bring a sense of flair and style to any room. The vibrant color palettes help the homeowner put a new spin on an old and dated room.From kitchens, to bathrooms, to living rooms, to bedrooms, to accents and chair rails, every inch of a room’s decor can have a fresh and lively update.

The four decadent color trends and styles that Behr Paints showcases are listed below:

  • Classic Caprice: a formal look with old-world charm and an added spice
  • Color Metric: a combination of cool, modern tones and geometric elements
  • Sweet Jazz: a retro and art deco theme with feminine colors
  • Après Ski: a cozy, woodsy trend complete with lived-in comfort


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How to Use Color as a Pick-Me-Up Inspiration in Your Bedroom

Photo Credit: Better Homes Gardens When it comes time to redecorate your bedroom, do you struggle with the decision of what colors to use? People spend more time in their bedrooms than any other room in the house, so it should be decorated using relaxing, inviting colors. However, sometimes just picking your favorite hue or the latest trend may not give you the desired effect from your bedroom.

Depending on what you are looking for, whether it is a Zen and tranquil or bold, sexy and seductive, paint, bedding and decor play a huge part in the energy and feel of your bedroom.


Decorating in purple is sophisticated, sexy and dramatic. Purple is also a very versatile color. Using different shades can achieve your desired effect by pairing with complimentary design pieces. Dark purple says drama and elegance and can be paired with jewel tones for accents. Lavender, along with other pastels, can look juvenile if you use too many of them in a space. Cutting pastels with neutrals creates a mature and restful look.

Blues and Greens

Utilizing blue and green hues can create a peaceful energy in your bedroom and help you sleep better. Depending on the shade and decor, blue and green virtually go with any style whether it be country cottage, coastal bungalow or city loft. For the ultimate spa-like, relaxing atmosphere, a bedroom in blue or green will help you feel restful and harmonious when you need it most.

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Bathroom: What to Look for When Buying a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Bathroom Exhaust fan

Excess moisture in a bathroom has a potential to cause tremendous damage  to  in a bathroom. The primary reason for this is that humidity levels can rise significantly during a bath or shower, and can create the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew. This can have a serious and negative impact on one's health.

Another important factor is that excess humidity and moisture over extended periods can cause paint and wallpaper to crack and peel. Also, it can ruin wallboard, make doors warp and create rust on cabinets or fixtures.  All of which can be prevented with the addition of a reliable bathroom exhaust fan. 

Good ventilation protects both your health and your home. Bathroom ventillation is especially important in bathrooms which experience high levels of moisture and humidity. A bathroom exhaust fan can remove the stale, impure and humid air and  can greatly improve the indoor air quality of your home.

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Safety First: National Fire Prevention Week 2012 – Home Safety Tips

Fire Prevention Week 2012

National Fire Prevention Week for 2012 is Oct. 7 -13. Unfortunately, sometimes we do not think about safety and fires until it is too late. Since we are coming into the Fall and Winter Seasons it is a great time to think about Home Safety and home fire prevention.

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, tragically killed 250 people and left 100,00 people homeless and destroyed over 17,000 structures. Unfortunately, there is only speculation as to the actual cause of the fire, nevertheless, this tragedy led to National Fire Prevention Week, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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5 Ways to Accessorize Your Home for Organization

For many people, organizing their home simply means an efficient way of storing items so they’re kept out of the way and they can be easily found when needed. However, organizing your home is also a great opportunity to utilize solutions that are unique and attractive, lending an extra-special touch to your home in the process. Whether you need to organize the kitchen, the garage or your home office, there’s no shortage of ways you can achieve this!


A Cord In The Hand…:
As anyone with a computer at home or a handful of other electronic gadgets all plugged into the same power strip can attest, cords are a necessary evil that get tangled up or like to slip behind your desk when they’re unplugged and necessitate a fishing expedition. Fortunately, there are plenty of great options to handle the clutter. Try little cord clips that can be stuck anywhere and keep a misbehaving cord in place so it doesn’t move or cable storage tubes that can be used to bundle a group of cords together neatly and avoid a messy tangle.
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Frank LLoyd Wright Masterwork in A Fight for Its Life

It is hard to believe that a masterwork by one of the greatest architects of all time, Frank LLoyd Wright is in danger of being torn down by a developer in Phoenix. The house in question was built in 1952 for Frank Lloyd Wright's son David. What is more amazing is that the home was not well known among architectural historians. One must wonder how this slipped by, since the house is an authentic Frank Lloyd Wright orginal.

This is so sad that a developer would not see the beauty and benefit of keeping this home and restoring it to its original splendor.  The house alone, brings so much history and lends strength to all that surrounds it. Skimming through the headlines on the internet, you read the outrage by admirers of Frank Lloyd Wright;s work and architecture in general.

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