Why Hire An Interior Designer?

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

dsc5285-home-decorating-centerWhy You Should Hire An Interior Designer

1. It saves Money and Time:

Although it is strange, hiring an interior designer would actually save you money. It saves you from doing costly design mistakes.

Budgeting and Planning: A designer does the budgeting and saves your effort and time for the same. Be crystal clear in your budgeting and trust the designer to make the most of your budget. The designer will save you from paying too much for something which you would have got at half of the price you paid.

Increased Sale or Resale value: Hiring a designer helps you to increase the sale or resale value of your house.

Save time: Even if you think that you can decorate your home yourself, remember that you need to pull this off with the limited spare time that you have. Everything will be done faster and you’ll have less head-ache if you hire a professional.

interior-design-home-center2. Professional Assessment is better:

It is said that, “Incredible designing doesn’t happen by chance.” You need a professional if you want quality work.

Professional designer would have a solid action plan which would help you to spend efficiently too. Trained eyes can help you avoid some common mistakes and they can notice certain details which were overlooked by you.

There are certain details to be verified by an expert. For instance, the living room furniture must be symmetrical, the coffee table must be of the right dimension, the carpet flooring must be suitable, art on the left must fit in with the doors on the right. “Harmony is beauty”, when it comes to interiors and designers know how to make things aesthetically appealing.

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Ten Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

better-sleep10 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Whether you have a physically demanding job, lead a hectic lifestyle or spend all day anchored to a chair at an office desk, we all understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Rest replenishes our minds and our bodies and is necessary for healthy functioning. It helps to regulate our mood, improves our memory and strengthens our learning capabilities.

However, for a lot of us, getting a good night’s sleep is often easier said than done, as our daily lifestyles don’t always allow us the time needed to have an optimal rest. For this reason, we’ve developed a quick and easy guide to help everyone enjoy a more adequate bedtime slumber.

Delving into the science behind sleep reveals that it is largely controlled by biological rhythms, known as circadian rhythms, which play an important role in determining our sleep patterns. These rhythms are in turn governed by our body’s master clock which is responsible for producing melatonin, a hormone that makes us feel drowsy and helps to lower our body temperature.

Understanding the mechanics behind sleep has enabled us to create a list of things we can all do on a daily basis to help encourage a more effective sleep:

Do some exercise at the beginning of your day – this helps to fortify your body’s cortisol rhythm, which is greater during early mornings. Cortisol is an important hormone that activates the body’s anti-stress and anti-inflammatory functions

Expose yourself to some sunlight – our skin contains photoreceptors that help balance the levels of serotonin and melatonin in our bodies

Adjust smartphone brightness levels – engage the night time settings on your smartphone which decrease screen brightness levels at night

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Sofas and Couches: Choosing the Best Color

Monday, February 5th, 2018

furniture-design-stylesHow To Choose The Best Sofa Color

Sofas and couches are a pretty expensive investment. Naturally, you want to be satisfied by the items you choose. One important aspect to consider is the color and how it will harmonize with the rest of the objects in the room where the new furniture will be placed.

Check the following tips on how to choose the best sofa color.

There are two scenarios: you either start a project from scratch or you work around an already decorated and fitted room. In the first case, you should choose the sofa first and the rest on the items should harmonize.

In the second case, it is the opposite. The sofa will either have to play support role, by enhancing the already existing color palette or will have to adopt a neutral tone.

In the first case, if the sofa will be the focal point of the room, a vibrant luxury fabric or a colorful print will surely highlight the furniture.

If you want the room to look larger, you should complement the color of the wall with the one of the couch. It is a simple, but efficient interior design trick.

One of the toughest decisions in color selection is whether the color will be light or dark. Again, this aspect will depend on the surroundings. You must select a shade that matches the floor. A wooden, dark flooring can make the sofa blend in or totally vanish. Keep in mind that sofas are made of fabrics that absorb the light – they are not shiny lamps.

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Improve Your Energy Efficiency with Graber Blinds

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Graber Blinds and WIndow Shades – Energy Efficiency for Your Home

The right window treatments can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your home. Learn how you can beautify your home and lower your energy costs at the same time.

Save Energy with Graber Window Treatments

When you’re considering new window treatments don’t forget to compare the energy efficiency of different styles and materials.

Because the right window treatments can greatly improve your windows energy efficiency and lower your energy costs.

graber-blinds-shadesWhether you’re warming your home in the winter or cooling it in the summer for example, the unique design of Graber cellular shades traps insulating layers of air and reduces heat transfer, whether you’re trying to keep the heat out or in.

When you combine that enhanced energy efficiency with motorized controls that let you program when your window treatments automatically open and close your blinds or shades become an effortless part of your home’s heating and cooling system.

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Laminate Flooring- Six Popular Styles

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

wood-flooring-options6 Attractive Types of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of styles. From the slate effect to stone tiles and classic wood laminate, there is a great flooring option to match the intended look and feel. Here are a few of the most popular laminate flooring types:

Oak

Solid oak flooring is certain to be a very appealing option for the home and easily complements most styles of decor. However, it is an extremely expensive option and also needs a lot of ongoing maintenance. Alternatively, the oak laminate flooring is a practical substitution to give the stunning look of real oak and is much more affordable, especially if laying the laminate in a large area. Plus, this type of flooring is easy to maintain.

Walnut

The walnut laminate is atmospheric and dark to help create the perfect ambiance in the home. The laminate can be made to look much like real wood with its unique grain and knot detail. The natural dark color means a room is given a neutral base for greater freedom to decorate and style the walls and furnishing. Also, it helps to add a touch of warmth to a room which makes it a practical choice for the bedroom.

natural-wood-flooringHickory

The hickory laminate is a great way to introduce a warm tone to the home. This flooring is available in several shades including the grays, beige and warm reds. It is a very stylish and classic option that will look perfect in any home receiving a modern makeover.

Chestnut

The chestnut laminate has a traditional look and gives the classic look to any living space in the home. It has a very distinctive grain detail which helps to enhance its all-round authenticity.

Also, this type of laminate can be finished with a worn look to create a feeling of yesteryear. The classic look makes it an extremely versatile option and easily goes with most color schemes.

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How-to Easily Organize Your Home

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

organize-homeThree Principles of Organizing Your Home

Often we put off organizing because we aren’t really sure where to begin and how to go about it. I have found that the best method to organizing any room, shelf, closet, or living space is to first, PURGE, second, SORT, and third, FIND A HOME.

This approach is effective and thorough, allowing the greatest satisfaction, especially for the most difficult rooms and spaces to organize.

PURGING. Select a space or room in your home that you want to organize. Remove everything from that space. If you are purging a shelf or closet, you can place the items on a table, bed, or couch in the same room. If you are purging a room, use boxes to place things in.

SORTING. If you are organizing an entire room, you should sort as you purge since you will be placing items in boxes and won’t necessarily want to sort every box again. Label each box with category titles of things you will be placing in them.

For instance, if you are organizing your bedroom and you are purging several things that really belong in the kitchen, then label one of the boxes, KITCHEN.

Other labels may include, BOOKS, MEDICINE CABINET, ELECTRONICS, MOVIES, and CHILDREN’S ROOMS.

As you purge the items, you will see what categories exist. If you are organizing a smaller space like a shelf, closet, or night stand, sort the items you purged from that area and place them in categories.

For instance, if you are sorting a night stand, after purging, you may discover extra books, numerous paperclips and pens, plates or cups from mid-night snacks, movies, a lamp, cell phone, lotion, cough medicine and cough drops from the last cold you endured, and other miscellaneous items.

Place each item in categories such as the plates and cups under KITCHEN, cold medicine and cough drops under MEDICINE, paperclips and pens in OFFICE SUPPLY and so forth. You can write the categories on sticky notes and place the labels with the correlating items.

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