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Make a good first impression this holiday season by adding festive decor to your entryway. Guests will instantly feel welcomed when greeted by such touches as wreaths, garlands, and luminaries. You’ll also boost your home’s curb appeal in the process.

A festive wreath hung on the front door is always a staple for a well-decorated holiday entryway. Whether you make a wreath yourself or buy a pre-decorated or, even better, a fresh evergreen wreath, you should choose a style that matches well with your home’s exterior as well as other holiday decor outside and inside the home. You can even get creative with how you hang your wreath, opting for a ribbon instead of the traditional door hanger.

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There is nothing more comforting than curling up next to a warm fire on a cold winter’s night. During the holiday season, it is especially important that your home feel warm and comfortable.

A wood-burning stove can really help set a festive mood while also warming your home. What’s more, you can incorporate your wood-burning stove into your holiday decor. Here are some ideas to try this year: 

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As the focal point of your holiday decorations, decorating your Christmas tree is an important task for setting the tone of your home this season. From setting the tree up to stringing lights to adding ornaments and wrapping the bottom with a tree skirt, trimming your tree may be time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be hard. By planning ahead, you can create an elegant Christmas tree that is worthy of any store window.

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Your home’s fireplace is sure to be a popular gathering spot for friends and families this holiday season. A creatively decorated mantle will help set a festive mood and spread cheer throughout the home. Whether your tastes are rustic, traditional, or eclectic, you can personalize your mantle decor to suit any holiday style.

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Visit The Music Hall This December for the Holidays

Several years ago we worked on the historic renovation of The Music Hall theater in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The renovations breathed new life into the architectural gem, which remains a fixture of the local arts scene and community. If you haven’t visited since the renovation, the holiday season is a great time to have a look while enjoying a play, concert, or other event at the theater this December.

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Winter is inevitably on its way which means it will also be the season for gathering around the fireplace to keep warm on cold winter days and nights. Why not consider giving your fireplace an upgrade both to improve its visual appearance and maximize its safety features?

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Urban sprawl is making way for micro apartments, and eco-friendly homeowners are happy to invest in smaller spaces that reduce waste and costs. The following five strategies can help you harness the minimalist principles of modern home design.

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The results are in and next year’s color trends have been announced by top designers. From deep, rich colors to whimsical, pastel offerings, there’s sure to be a color scheme that will appeal to your sense of style and taste. Get in on these color trends early and be the first of your friends to embrace the hues of 2015.

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Restoring a Victorian home can be a seemingly endless undertaking, both physically and financially. However, once your project is complete, you’ll not only have a beautiful home, but you’ll also have contributed to a historic preservation project in New England. While it’s best to hire a licensed architect to help plan your restoration, there are some tips you can follow if you prefer to do the work yourself.

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While most homeowners would happily add more storage space to their home design, finding innovative ways to increase this space is a major problem for historic homeowners.

Older homes don’t have the same storage needs we do in modern times since people didn’t own as many things that needed to be tucked away out of sight. Since many older homes have clearly defined rooms rather than open concept designs, insufficient storage can make your rooms seem untidy or overly busy. TMS Architects has found some unexpected and clever home solutions that can improve storage space.

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Historic preservation in New England is tantamount to most owners of the gems of yesteryear. While older construction is generally far superior to the fast-paced construction of today, modern living makes it necessary to increase your living space while maintaining the integrity of your home’s history. Enter the practice of utilizing sensitive additions.

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Although bathrooms provide an excellent return on investment, many people overlook the benefits of designing a space to draw the wandering eye. Whether you’re undergoing a major renovation, uplifting a historic home or building a new home for the family, working with an architect can help inspire great home design ideas for your bathroom while providing a high return.

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Foundation work began in July on a new TMS-designed 212,000 square foot student apartment and commercial complex in Durham, New Hampshire.  This badly-needed student housing will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2015 and will accommodate  up to 524 students in 126 residential apartments.  Consisting of two separate buildings, the commercial units on the ground floor of Building “B” are designed for  a number of different tenants while Building “A” will bring the well-respected UNH Interoperability Lab into downtown Durham and closer to the UNH campus.  We will keep you posted as construction continues.

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After stepping inside the Portsmouth Music Hall, you’re immediately greeted with a burst of color. What’s beautiful about this experience is not only the various tones and shades seen throughout the historical landmark, but the fact that these colors tell the story of the Music Hall’s past and present as an enduring cultural center for the community.

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Cristina Marias, TMS Architect’s interior designer, took these progress photographs recently of a TMS home in the final stages of construction before the homeowners move in for the summer.  Built by CM Ragusa Builders, it is a lovely renovation with gorgeous ocean views from the upper floor and on a beautiful summer day, it was a perfect  spot to visit.  We will be professionally photographing this residence very shortly but wanted to share some “teaser” pictures with you.

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Are you looking to add a splash of fun to your bathroom design? Tile accents are one of this year’s top trends among homeowners and designers for adding subtle, yet visually stimulating interest to bathroom designs. These stylish additions can evolve with the overall style of your home.

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The colors you use throughout your home do more than affect the look and feel of each individual living space. Colors should be thoughtfully chosen and carefully placed because they also interact and work together to create an overall color scheme for your home. Once you have the right combination of colors to achieve a beautiful whole-home palette, the next step is to mindfully combine and order them in a way that will create a nice flow from one space to the next.

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TMS Architects’ project manager, Justin Knowlton, came back from a sit visit recently with new photographs of a TMS-designed home on the New Hampshire Seacoast.  Located on a wooded site with water and march views, the home’s progress can be seen in the following pictures.   Justin explained that because so much mahogany was used on the interior millwork, it was decided to purchase an entire tree and mill it in New Hampshire to insure that the colors and grain of the wood would match!

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As a homeowner, your walls are an invaluable tool of expression.  While excessive detail on walls can easily become overwhelming, accent walls help forge some truly electrifying design elements. If incorporated correctly, an accent wall allows you to expertly spotlight a certain living area, timeless piece of artwork, or unique architectural feature.

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Our homes are often a reflection of our personalities and as such, colors are often incorporated to reflect our unique character. However, kitchens are often left out when it comes to color – especially kitchen cabinets. It’s true that white, off-whites and stained woods are some of the most popular choices for kitchen cabinets because of their timeless appeal, but for some homeowners, kitchen cabinetry is another canvas waiting to be filled with expressive color to help set the mood of their home.

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