How to Choose a New Front Door

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

red-front-doorFeatures Of Front Doors To Look Out For While Making A Choice

Wooden exterior doors can be wonderful additions to any home. They have a warm and inviting feel which is lacking in metal doors. They look appealing and are extremely durable.

These are a few reasons why wooden doors have become a preferred choice of most homeowners. However, while buying them, there are certain features to look out for. A few of them include:

Type of wood

It is important to choose high quality wood for timber front doors. There are several types of wood which may be considered for making them. However, each type may differ in terms of its versatility, strength, density and features. All types of wood can be designed and treated to enhance its appearance and durability. However, the unique features of a particular type of wood have a major impact on the overall look and durability of the front door.

arched-doorShape

The shape forms an important consideration while choosing made to measure doors. The shape of doors can transform the look of a doorway. Few of the most popular shapes include square, rounded and arched. However, in order to make the entry doors stand out, they may also be customized in terms of shape. Depending on the style of the door, homeowners may choose a single wide door which fits the shape or can consider two matching pairs instead of a single one.

Size

Front doors are usually available in standard sizes. However, their size can easily be changed to suit individual needs. Homeowners can choose between small and less prominent wooden front doors with glass or large central doors that look grand and appealing. Most manufacturers customize the doors according to the specifications and dimensions provided by homeowners.

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How to Improve Your Home’s Decor

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

entrance-doorwaySimple Ways to Improve Decor in Your Home

People often put a lot of effort in decorating the house because you want to live in a beautiful and comfortable house. If you start to get bored of the decoration, you can always make it fresh and exciting by making little changes. It is essential that you feel happy and refreshed in your house. The decorations do not always have to be expensive because several affordable decoration ideas can make your place look beautiful.

Here are some useful décor ideas that will make your house look gorgeous.

Adding corner shelves:

If you have bare walls in the house and you are finding it annoying, then you can decorate the wall and add smart storage space by adding corner shelves. These are an excellent way of getting the storage space that you need. The corner is mostly considered dead spaces and often end up empty. By adding corner shelves, you will not just cover these dead spaces but get a good storage space. You can put your books and other decorations on these shelves.

dining-buffet-decorDecorating the front:

The front or entry is critical because it is responsible for creating the first image of the house. The front is the representation of your style, so it is important that you pay particular attention to it. Do not clutter the foyer space and try to maximize it. You can add little decorations such as baskets where you can put mail or house keys. You can also get a foyer sized table and put some beautiful flowers on it. The mirror is always an excellent addition to the foyer area.

Updating the furniture:

The best way of making the house look fresh is to upgrade the furniture with each season. You do not always have to spend a lot of money and buy new furniture to refresh the look. The affordable and best way of changing furniture for different seasons is used covers. They are available in an extensive variety of colors, materials, styles and designs. You can experiment with different colors and options before finding the best one and most suitable one.

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How to Safeguard Your Home when Vacationing

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

home-security-floodlightsHow to Keep Your Home Safe While You Are on Vacation

No one wants to worry about their home while on vacation. Here are some tips to help keep your house safe from burglars while you are enjoying your holiday.

Don’t Advertise

It’s only natural to want to share your vacation plans with others. But sharing them on social media is a bad idea. Once it’s out there, you have no control over where the information ends up. Your plans could end up in the hands of thieves. And they’ll know that they have lots of time to do a thorough job of clearing your home of all your valuables. Likewise, sharing photos and updates on social media isn’t a good idea either. I’ll admit, I was guilty of this. It’s hard to not share photos and exciting stories about the fun things you’re experiencing. But wait until you get home to share your vacation online.

computers-electronicsLock it Up

Lock up valuables and documents in an immobile safe, bank safety deposit box or leave them with a trusted friend or family member. For Example:

Tablets and Laptops
Important documents (Social Security Cards, birth certificates, spare credit cards, password lists, etc.)
Keys to your home, office, car, etc.
Expensive jewelry and electronic devices
Firearms and ammunition

A portable, fireproof safe is fine for protecting valuables from fire. But it won’t stop a thief from walking off with it. If you use portable safes, leave them with a friend/family member while you’re away.

patio-decorating-seatingMake Your Home Look Occupied

Put your mail and newspaper on hold or ask someone to pick them up for you. If you’re gone for more than a week, have someone mow your lawn in the summer. (If it’s winter, ask someone to shovel your driveway after a snowfall and leave footprints going to and from your door.) Don’t leave your garbage bins by the road. Ask someone to put them out and bring them in or skip it altogether.

Put a few indoor lights (in various rooms) on timers. Don’t use just one light; it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not home. And don’t have the lights all go on and off at the same time. Try to set them up so they switch on and off at the same times that you would switch them on/off when you are home.

Put outdoor lights on timers, too. Or hook them up with light sensors so they’ll go on at dusk and off at dawn.

Put your radio or TV on a timer so that there is noise in your home now and then. If you have a home phone, turn off the ringer so that thieves won’t hear your phone ring, and ring, and ring…

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Home Office Interior Design

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

office-interior-designInterior Design Ideas for the Home and Office

When you bought a house or leased an office space, the next thing you will think of is designing the space to something you love or suit your style and purpose. It will be a problem if you just do it on your own unless you are a professional interior designer. Apparently, if you need one, there are experts in interior design who can help you achieve the design you want for your haven or office.

However, if you are on a limited budget, then you will need these interior design ideas that will help you to jumpstart the job and have a guide to follow.

You can have a fabulous home or office with some inexpensive interior design ideas below:

home-office-furnitureHome Interior Design

Make it Cozy. Everyone wants to come to a relaxing home after a long day outside. To do this, bring lots of subtle colours and soft lines to help bring a sense of warmth and comfort to any space.

Go Trendy. A trendy style can bring life into your home. Brickwork and beams are good materials to add a trendy look. This style will also bring a sense of maturity as well as a mixture of vintage and modern look that never goes out of style.

Would you like it bohemian? Bohemian are for explorers who prefer to be unique. If you are like this, bright colours and vibrant patterns should be your priorities. For a more daring or messy yet beautiful look, try adding eastern flavour to the theme.

modern-trendy-office-designBring in the natural light. You can incorporate windows and glass doors to give the light a chance to enter your home. It’s actually up to you as long you find a way to get light into the right areas of the house. Also, choose the right blinds as this will also compliment the light.

Add nature in your home. They say there are psychological benefits of adding outdoor or nature vibe in your home. Some pots and plants will make it relaxing to stay indoors.

Include arts within your home. Any artwork can add depth to the look of the interior. The art pieces you choose to display can have direct feel of the space. It’s good to get some outdoor-inspired artwork or family portraits in the great outdoors to bring natural look to your home.

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Upgrade Your Older Home’s Flooring

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

natural-wood-flooringEasy and Economic Flooring Upgrade Options for Old Homes

When thinking of a home upgrade, most people tend to overlook flooring as it is not the most obvious aspect of a home interior.

However, the floor is an easy way to breathe new life into the look and feel of a home. It is also a great way to boost the value of the property without having to spend too much.

Given below are a few simple and cost-effective ways to refresh the old setting of a home through a flooring upgrade:

Installing a Floating Floor

A wooden floor is a great way to create a feeling of warmth and coziness. One of the most convenient ways to get a new wooden underfoot is by installing a floating floor.

This type of flooring differs from the conventional flooring from the aspect that the wooden strips are attached together with glue or snapped together and are not nailed. Floating floors go well with all types of flooring- concrete, sheet vinyl, ceramic tiles as well as plywood.

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French Country Interior Decorating

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

country-kitchenDecorating Your Home With French Country Style

Do you love the curve of a graceful turned leg? Is button upholstery your passion? Is your favorite color “toile”? Just kidding… it’s a pattern! You’ve come to the right place!

French Country is not just a decorating style, it’s a mindset.

On the one hand, it’s a particular look, and always vintage with a hint of nostalgia. On the other hand, anything goes. You can mix materials and textures and just have fun with it.

Some hints: Try to stay with soft yellow, baby blues, and creams. Unless you’re working with a particular French country motif, such as roosters, sunflowers, or lavender.

Use baskets, wire or woven, to get a rustic feel. Keep natural materials in mind while you’re decorating. Natural stone, wool, cotton, wood. And, back to toile. It really defines French country.

country-bedroom-designLet’s start with the most important room, the bedroom. What style bed do you want? You can go from a pared down wrought iron bed… painted a nice cream color. Or, take it all the way to an ornate Sofia bed with button upholstery.

Do you prefer a sleigh bed, or maybe something with a canopy? Any of these will work, as long as you have an armoire. No decent French bedroom would be without an armoire. If it has a crackle paint finish, even better. Do your best to fit some toile into your private oasis.

In the dining room, keep it welcoming, old world, and rustic. Mismatched chairs are okay… just paint them the same color. Pair them with a wooden or metal table. Keep the window treatments light, but indulge yourself with a beautiful chandelier. You may want to use shutters for an old world feel.

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