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3 Steps To Choosing Furniture

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

furniture-design-stylesDo you ever feel overwhelmed when you walk into a furniture store or are browsing a furniture store website?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. With all the different colors, styles, fabrics, names brands, prices, and materials, it can feel like you just got hit with a ton of bricks

But maybe choosing furniture isn’t really as hard as we think it is. There are 3 easy steps to take to know beforehand what to look for. That way when you’re surfing the web or visiting your local furniture store, you know exactly what you want and won’t end up walking around for hours trying to decide.

The steps are as follows:
1. Choose a style.
2. Choose the color(s).
3. Choose the shade of wood you want.

These steps seem pretty simple, right? Yet, online you will find (what feels like) too many different styles to choose from. But I will simplify it for you here for the moment.

bedroom-furniture-suiteBasically, many of the styles can be put into four categories: Modern, Contemporary, Rustic, and Chic.

So what are you looking for? Are you needing to add that contemporary twist into your home or maybe that rustic feel? First, we need to understand what these different styles really mean.

The Modern Style is what we would consider being from the 19th century till today. It comes about because of the art style, modernism. The furniture is more of a practical nature and is meant to not be excessive. Especially after World War II, when not many people had an excess of anything. It is usually compact and multifunctional, making it perfect for apartments and smaller homes.

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Autumn Decorating Made Easy

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

halloween-decorationsBeautiful and Easy Autumn Decorating

I admit it. This is my favorite time of year. While friends and family are unabashed lovers of the summer, with its long sunny days, barbecues, and vacations, I wait impatiently each summer for autumn to arrive.

This is decorating season. My season. When the days get shorter, and the nights chillier, our attention is brought back indoors. It is the ideal time for bringing the colors of the harvest season into your home, and onto your porch.

When we think of autumn, a small palette of colors springs to mind. Colors like pumpkin, deep gold, and rust. The colors we associate with this season come straight from the harvest.

fall-decorations-pumpkinsWhy not jazz up your traditional fall displays with something unexpected? A deep pumpkin color looks dramatic with an infusion of eggplant or a fresh apple green. Apple red along with the warm gold adds fun to your tabletop display, centerpiece, or porch vignette.

For the dining room table or sideboard, think outside the box. We tend to create and choose table decorations and vignettes that conform to a square or circle shape. Some of the most dramatic tabletop decorating travels down an imaginary center line of the table, and leads your eye to the other end.

Tabletop candle holders are popular right now in long horizontal shapes. A simple holder in a dark finish of wood or metal would look wonderful with assorted Autumn-hued silk foliage running casually alongside it. If you love the look of hurricane lamps, use three or four, instead of one, then add your autumn foliage at the bases, for a casual “I just carried this in from the outdoors” look.

Don’t stop yourself after simply decorating a dining room table for the season. Look around your house for other opportunities to celebrate the harvest season.

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Hardwood Flooring or Cabinets: Which to Install First?

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

kitchen-cabinetsHardwood Flooring First or Kitchen Cabinets: The Big Kitchen Renovation Dilemma

Are you considering a complete kitchen renovation? Are you thinking of changing the flooring as well as the cabinets and appliances?

If you are interested in a complete kitchen overhaul, one question will put you in dilemma: Should I install hardwood flooring first or kitchen cabinets?

Hardwood Flooring or Kitchen Cabinets: Is there a Solution?

The answer to the question depends on your situation. If you are undertaking a massive makeover in the kitchen, it is best to install hardwood flooring before fitting the kitchen cabinets.

Take a look at the list of compelling reasons that will help you to solve the dilemma of hardwood flooring vs. cabinets:

hardwood-flooring· The Benefit of Flexibility

Usually, hardwood flooring will last longer than the kitchen cabinets. Also, you may be tempted to change the layout of the kitchen and make changes to the cabinet footprint.

If you have such flooring across the kitchen floor, you will be able to change the placement of cabinets as well as appliances easily.

· The Height Issue

When you install kitchen cabinets and appliances on the sub-floor first, you can end up getting the height of cabinets wrong. You will then have to insert plywood risers below the cabinets to get the height right.

Instead of spending time and labor on plywood, why not install the hardwood flooring first?

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Ten Tips For Decorating Your First Home

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

red-front-doorTop 10 Tips For Decorating & Furnishing Your First Home

Choosing a first home is arguably one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make in your life.

It’s not just a case of finding something that you like and going for it; there are many other factors that must be considered first.

You have to find a suitable area, something that is relatively central to your work and family commitments, and of course your home needs to be big enough for your family to grow into as the years go by.

This can be an incredibly stressful process, if you focus on the big picture as opposed to breaking the task down into bitesize chunks and approach it with a holistic and thorough approach.

The main thing of course though, is that you try to enjoy yourself and have fun in the process.

All you need is a little bit of planning! Check out our top 10 tips for decorating and furnishing your first home for a little insight into how you can take much of the stress out of the equation.

wood-flooring-optionsStart Neutral

Neutrality is important when furnishing your home, given that is allows much more flexibility when it comes to decoration. Opting for colours like black, white and timber tones is helpful as they are easily dressed up with a splash of colour which can be drawn from things such as rugs, furniture, cushions and paintings.

Write Everything Down

There are many things in life which you can get away with ‘winging’; decorating and furnishing your home is not one of them. It is important that you are careful to budget and list things down so that you can gain a clearer scope of how much work you have to achieve, and how much money you have to do so.

mattresses_DSC5447A Good Bed is not Good Enough

We spend the large majority of our lives in bed, though not nearly enough is you ask me. You will have many things to buy over the coming months, none so important as your beds and bedding.

Investing a little extra on something as important as this will not only make your life easier, but it can improve your overall health and well-being.

The different between a good ‘standard’ bed and an excellent one is staggering – bridge the gap and treat yourself, as there are other ways for you to save money during a renovation.

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Bathroom Renovation Mistakes

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

bathroom-remodelingMake-Over Mistakes That Downgrade Your Bathroom

Are you renovating your bathroom? Are you thinking of replacing your existing bathroom? Please do not make the awful mistakes some people have. Simple mistakes can lead to disaster.

Bathrooms and kitchens are rooms that are used by many people in the home and should be designed for function first, and style, second. Essentially, you should decorate a bathroom in a classic and neutral way, to keep it from dating, and to preserve the appeal, of your bathroom, for resale purposes.

1. Never Buy Cheap Fittings!

You’ve splurged on tiles, and a good quality bath, and now your budget is depleted, so, you opt for the more budget-friendly taps. Never do this. As a rule of thumb, you should over-budget by as much as 20% for a bathroom. It’s small room, but, highly functional, and in the long run, spending more, will pay you off tenfold.

When you look at reselling your home, you will deeply regret the cheaper fittings. Cheaper fittings will not last as long as more expensive, ones, either – invest in your fittings, and swap out the fancy flooring, for something that is a little less costly. It will pay you off, in the long term, to do this.

old-bathroom2. Is Your Toilet Squashed Into An Unsuitable Space- In between the shower and a wall?

Function. Function. Function. You are going to spend a proverbial penny, quite often, and your bathroom ergonomics are very important. Ease of use, and the placement of your shower, bath, sink, toilet, and bidet, in relation to each other – is extremely significant.

A bathroom is a small room that must function at a high level, and if you do not have enough space – it can be a disaster. Imagine how uncomfortable you are going to be, trying to squeeze yourself into a tiny space, to spend your pennies.

Never compromise space, for style, or extra storage, when it comes to the essential function of a bathroom.

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Interior Design-Creative Window Treatments

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

graber-window-blinds-shadesWindow Treatments – Trendy Homes Demand Trendy Windows

Is the creative artist in you looking for a new home improvement project?

Do you want to take on project that doesn’t demand too much of your time?

If you are unable to decide on the aspect of your home that requires attention, do not worry.

Here’s a window of opportunity for you:

Windows

When it comes to renovating a home or upgrading a room, homeowners neglect windows. Everyone focuses on the wall molding, paint colors and furniture. They forget about windows. Remember that windows can make or break the look of a room. If you are interested in making your home trendy, consider trendy window treatments.

beach-design-window-shuttersStart Small; Think Big

If you want to experiment a new look for your home, you can consider different window treatments. It is better to select a room before making changes to the entire home.

When thinking about window treatments for the living room or the bedroom; you need to consider the following things:

· The renovation budget

· The functionality of windows

· The architectural details of your home

· Your style

· Your color preferences

· The need for privacy and safety

· Energy efficiency

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