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60 Creative DIY Bedroom Nightstand Ideas

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Using creative DIY nightstands for your bedroom can add an element of grace and style to its decor and character. DIY nightstand ideas, if you search for these around on the web today, will give you an insight as to what home owners these days are following to improve their living styles.

For me, a bedroom is the most private living chamber that ought to look grand and there isn’t a better way than to decorate it with beautiful DIY nightstands as showcased below. DIY, stands for doing any type of repairs and embellishments oneself, rather than visiting a shop or taking the help of others.

Most often, we can see drastic transformations happening in our living spaces with a mere addition of a unique piece of furniture or accessory that one can make easily at home. Nightstands too can be made with items available in homes and a little bit of creativity. It always pays if one thinks a little differently when designing their bedroom nightstands. Unlike such pieces that are offered in the markets, and lack the necessary charm, a DIY nightstand is a much better alternative as it involves your personal touch.

With a few changes here and there, you can bring a total aesthetic revolution into your bedrooms like in the images that you can see below. All these are DIY and don’t push you to sink your precious penny towards buying that beautiful nightstand that you always wanted. Instead, these nightstands can be made at economical prices if one so desires.

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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Dining Room

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

It's almost time to start planning your holiday dinners to welcome family and friends to your home. I love the holidays because the formal dining room finally gets its due! It's a great place for delicious meals, good conversation, laughter, and making memories. 

So here are my 5 best tips for creating an inviting dining room for your holidays, and any other time you want to entertain:

1. Table it! 

Selecting the perfect table for your dining room is the biggest decision you can make. You want to offer as many seats as you can, while still leaving enough space for people to move around the room. A round table is great for conversations, and works well in a square dining room. Rectangular tables are fabulous for dinner parties because so many people can fit around them, and they're good for rooms that are rectangle too. For the best of both worlds, consider an oval table! Be sure to leave about 3 feet between the edge of the table and the wall or another piece of furniture like a china hutch or buffet so chairs can be pulled out easily.

2. Create conversation space.

Place the chairs far enough apart for elbow room, but close enough for conversation. You want guests to be able to have a great time with those around them without having to shout or to jostle for space. Plus they need planty of room for their plate, silverware, and glassware. Allow at least 2 feet of space per guest along the table for the perfect amount of room for function and comfort. This means a table that is 72” long will accommodate a party of eight—three on each side and one on each end. 

3. Make storage stylish.

No one can be comfortable in a cluttered space, so be sure your dining room is free of extra stuff. In this dining room, I tucked the buffet into a nook so it was out of the way but functional. Be sure to make your storage chic, and let it display your gorgeous china and silver, or even a personal collection like the vintage milk bottles you see above that were from my client’s family dairy farm. 

4. Light it up. 

Lighting can make or break the mood at a dinner party. Use a gorgeous and chic chandelier or pendant to softly light the dinner table, and maybe even some lamps on a nearby console for a brighter evening. If you decide to use recessed can lighting be sure they are on a dimmer switch so you can control the mood even more. 

5. Comfort is king. 

Having the most gorgeous dining room means nothing if your guests don't want to sit in the chairs you've provided. Make them comfortable with an upholstered seat and even more comfy with an upholstered back, and they'll linger longer at your dinner parties!

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HOLIDAY DECORATING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

HOLIDAY DECORATING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

I remember as a little girl my mom would leave no room untouched for the holidays. Even if it was as simple as a festive dish cloth or scented candle, every small detail reminded me that it was the most special time of year. I’ve tried to carry that tradition in our home. My style is a mix of glam and traditional with a range of mostly neutral colors. But from garland and stockings on the mantle to tons of ornaments on the tree, every decoration goes up with our three boys in mind.

OUTDOOR DECORATING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY

While I love decorating the interior of our home, the exterior has not received as much love. And for as long as we’ve lived in Atlanta (four years), the boys have requested lights on our house for the holidays. We live in a very festive neighborhood and are usually the only house on our street without outdoor decorations. Last year, I had grand plans of lighted rooflines, wreaths and outdoor reindeer. I quickly felt overwhelmed when I stepped foot in the store. I ended up leaving with one of those holiday light projectors in hopes of it doing the trick. It didn’t. In fact, the snowflakes it projected were only big enough to light up our front door. We ended up using it as a nightlight in the kids’ room well into the new year!

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8 Things In Your Home That You Need To Throw Away

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

We are all a little guilty of hoarding certain things we don’t necessarily use, either because we trick ourselves into thinking we’ll find some sort of use at a later stage or perhaps because these things have sentimental value, whatever the reason, holding on to too many things can reduce your home’s cleanliness, spaciousness and sophistication. Decluttering can be a means of reorganizing whilst also being therapeutic.  According to popsugar.com, these are the things you can definitely do without.

Old magazines – magazines take up a lot of space and once you start collecting, you kind of can’t stop. But there is definitely a limit to just how many ELLE Decorations you should be keeping as years go by. If it’s older than 6 months and unless you are in the magazine, chances are you won’t read it again.

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BENJAMIN MOORE'S 2018 COLOR OF THE YEAR IS RED HOT

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year — Shadow — was one of the first color predictions to break away from the neutrals that have ruled for years, and now, the company is back with another shocking hue for its 2018 Color of the Year. Introducing: Caliente AF-290.

"Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like 'red carpet treatment,'" said Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. "Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can't help but follow its bold strokes."

Based on design industry professionals' reactions to other bold choices this year, like Sherwin-Williams' Oceanside and Glidden Paint's Deep Onyx, we weren't surprised to find out designers are buzzing over this statement hue. "Hot. Hot. Hot. I love a deep saturated color whenever and wherever I can find on. This shade of red sets my soul on fire!" says interior designer Scot Meacham Wood.

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Clean Slate: Bathroom Storage

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

From wardrobes, drawers and shelving, to cabinets, trolleys and chests, these storage solutions will keep everything in its place in your bathroom.

For your bathroom to be a sanctuary, it must first be clutter-free and tranquil. Even compact spaces can become elegant. Bathroom storage is step one in this process.

‘It is important to select bathroom storage solutions that will enhance the space and complement the style and de´cor of the room for many years to come. For this reason, products that are classic and elegant have proved to be timeless.’ – Joslyn Goodale from Victorian Bathroom

Deco Tips

1.Play with space. Negative space can create a striking aesthetic.

2. Mix and match. Mix different materials like wood, cement, natural stone and perspex for a singular look.

3. Double up. Knock down the wall dividing your bathroom and bedroom and replace it with shelving, or cupboards if you desire more privacy.

4. Final touches. Ladders, baskets and hooks are inexpensive items that add character to your bathroom.

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How To: Use a Fireplace

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

STEP 1: Stay Safe
Before bringing out the lighter, it’s vital to understand safety precautions for using a fireplace. First, always double-check that your fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector are each in working order (check those batteries!). Remove anything flammable within three feet of the fireplace in case stray sparks escape the hearth, and use a fireplace screen as well. Make sure the flue isn’t blocked by obstructions like an animal’s nest, especially if this is your first time using the fireplace. If the system hasn’t been recently inspected, hire a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America(CSIA) to do the job.

STEP 2: Gather the Kindling
Gather kindling in a variety of sizes (small, medium, and large) for the proper fire-building technique that is outlined below. To emit less smoke and soot, make sure the wood is dry, well-seasoned, and split a minimum of six months ago. You can choose either hardwood or softwood for the fire; while hardwoods like oak or maple burn longer and create more sustained heat, softwoods like cedar or pine start fires easier because they ignite quickly. Whatever you don’t use can return to the firewood rack, best stored outdoors in an elevated and covered location.

Note: Never burn trash, plastic, painted materials, or anything with chemical treatment like scraps of pressure-treated wood—these materials can release harmful chemicals into your home.

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STEP 3: Open the Damper
The damper is a movable plate inside the flue. When opened, it allows the smoke and ash to travel safely up the chimney. If you start a fire with a closed damper, however, the smoke will have no escape route and circle back into the house.

Adjust the damper as needed with the handle located inside of the chimney. It will move either front to back, left to right, or in a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. Check to make sure you opened it properly by sticking your head in the flue and looking upwards, using a flashlight if necessary. You should see up the flue without any obstructions if the damper is open; a closed damper will block your view entirely.

STEP 4: Prime the Flue
Now, gauge the temperature. If you feel a rush of cold air (which usually occurs if the chimney is built on the outside of the house), then you need to prime the flue—in order words, you need to preheat it. Otherwise, the cold draft may cause smoke to blow into the room. Light a roll of newspaper and hold it against the open damper to send warm air into the flue. The draft should reverse after a few minutes, making your fireplace ready for action.

STEP 5: Build the Fire 
While there are multiple ways to build a fire, the CSIA recommends the top-down method, which produces less smoke and requires less tending. Start by donning thick fireplace gloves and grabbing a metal poker. Position large pieces of wood in the bottom of the fireplace in one row, perpendicular to the opening of the fireplace. Next, take mid-sized pieces of wood, and stack four or five rows on top of the base layer in alternating directions. Make sure the stack takes up no more than half the height of your fireplace. Now add your smallest pieces of wood, making sure these pieces are very dry. The tiniest bits (which can take the form of wood shavings or bunched-up newspapers) should be at the very top.

Light the top of the stack with a single match. The fire should travel down, igniting the pieces underneath without prompting. Let the fire burn for as long as you’d like. Don’t close the damper until the fire is completely out and all the embers have stopped burning.

STEP 6: Clean the Ashes 
The CSIA says you can leave a bed of ashes between one to two inches in the fireplace as an insulating layer, which helps the next fire to burn. But when you need to dispose of ashes, proceed with caution. Coals may take several hours or several days to completely cool, and ash could still be burning during that time. Using a metal shovel, scoop ashes into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Store the container outdoors away from the house, and not in garages or on decks.

If you don't follow these step your putting yourself in danger of starting a fire. 

How To Pick And Display Glassware Like The Pros

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Glassware is something that every homeowner should have. There are five main types that should be represented in your home bar (six if you count shot glasses, but who doesn’t have a set of souvenir ones?), all explained here. Once you have the right types of glasses, there’s no need to keep them hidden in a cabinet. You can display them on a small shelf behind your bar, or even keep a few in your living room, not far from where you entertain.

1) Cocktail Glasses 

Cocktail classes aren’t just handy for holding everything from a whisky sour to a sidecar, and since there are so many different types of them, you can mix and match the ones that you put on display. As long as you don’t have cats (who like to knock breakable things off of shelves) you can display glasses like these on a designated table in a corner of your living room, or even on an open shelf behind your home bar. If you want to add a whimsical touch, you can even fill one or two of them with decorative plastic toothpicks or other things that you’ll need to garnish your drinks.

2) Champagne Glasses

Yes, champagne glasses exist, and they are quite different than wine glasses. These glasses have a narrower flute, which is perfect for drinking champagne. Even if you don’t drink this beverage regularly, you should have a few of them in your bar collection. The one in the middle here is quite pretty, and several of them would look nice on a bar cart or on a shelf alongside other glassware. There’s no need to keep it hidden!

3) Margarita Glasses

Margarita glasses are a specialized drinking vessel that should be kept in a cabinet until you need them. If you plan on hosting parties in the summertime – the ideal time to make margaritas at home – you’ll have to have some of these glasses on hand.

4) Wine Glasses

Wine glasses are useful for just that – serving wine. A well-rounded home bar has at least two different types of wine glasses, and like their close relatives, champagne glasses, the type that you have depends on how you display it. Simple ones like the ones depicted here can be placed on a shelf or in a cabinet, while the fancier varieties can be put on display in open shelving or on a bar cart or low table.

5) Beer Glasses

Beer glasses are pretty classic, and vary from the traditional stein shape to more modernized versions without handles. These glasses are a must-have in any home and can hold other beverages as well. Just think of how much fun you’ll have serving root beer floats or similar treats in a stein like the one on the right. Since these glasses tend to be a bit heftier than the others, you might want to keep these stored in a cabinet or on a shelf.

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Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors

Thorough commercial carpet cleaning is the single best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires careful planning and extensive training. It’s the kind of training that a professional would receive through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional to integrate quality practices into their own firm.

But how much goes into proper commercial carpet cleaning? It starts with keeping soil and debris from entering the building to begin with. By placing entry mats in entrance and high traffic areas and maintaining the walking surfaces outside of the building, there will be less soil to deal with inside the building. Inside, frequent vacuuming is the first line of defense, and may be needed daily in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Vacuuming ensures deposited soil does not penetrate the deeply into the fibers and cause damage.

Spot and stain control is essential, even if the flooring is colored in a way to make stain detection difficult. Stains will degrade the integrity of the flooring and alter its texture, so professionals will have to respond quickly to any problem areas. Formulated detergents and targeted agitation will normally do the trick. Finally, deep treatment, usually through hot water extraction or encapsulation methods, will need to be done several times a year to remove soils that have become embedded in the carpeting’s fibers.

Again, a customized plan works best for a company, and a certified firm will make sure to include these processes in a plan they create for the client.

http://www.IICRC.org/blog/tag/commercial-carpet-cleaning

The 8 Biggest Home Decor Mistakes You Can Make

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Decorating is a process, and there will undoubtedly be hits and misses — but you don't have to learn every interior design lesson the hard way. Save yourself some heartache and dollars by avoiding these regrettable decorating disasters.

    1. Painting Without Testing the Color First

You see a color you like so you buy it and start painting your walls, right? Wrong! Colors can look completely different on your wall than they do on the paint chip. Painting swatches on your wall and seeing how they look in different light might postpone your paint job by a week or two, but it will save you so much frustration down the road.

    1. Buying a Shag Rug

With their plush pile and cozy-chic demeanor, shag rugs, like on-trend flokatis, are easy to fall for. The problem is they shed more than a Labrador Retriever. A few homeowners get used to living with the snowstorm of wool that no amount of vacuuming can completely eliminate, but most find that it's not worth the effort and get rid of the rug altogether.

    1. Installing Marble Countertops

Like that sexy pair of designer stilettos that no amount of logic will convince you not to buy, marble countertops are too pretty for many homeowners to resist. They purchase them starry-eyed, believing that the beauty of the material will make up for the high-maintenance upkeep; however, they inevitably regret their decision as soon as the first scratches and stains set in, which is right away. For a more durable alternative, consider the new and improved quartz countertops.

    1. Decorating With an Aggressively Colored Sofa

You can always up the "wow" factor of your seating with easily changed accent pillows and blankets, but when you buy the actual sofa in a loud color or over-the-top print, you're stuck. It might seem on-trend and appealing at the time, but a couple years later when your entire living room design is held hostage by the sofa's dominant design, you'll be dreaming of a neutral sofa.

    1. Rushing to Decorate

Trying to complete all your decorating at once is a huge mistake. Sure, having a full furniture set in every room shortly after you move in feels good, for a second. Then you actually live in the space and notice that the curtains you bought don't block enough light in the sun-facing living room, find an antique bed you like more than the sterile matching bedroom set you purchased online in one mouse click, and realize that the office and guest room spaces should be swapped. Unfortunately, you've already blown your budget, and now you're stuck. Great design takes time. Don't rush it.

    1. Putting Off Basic Renovations Until After You Move In

The floors are scuffed up, but is it really worth pushing back your move-in date to resurface them? The answer is a resounding "yes" if you ask any homeowner who had to live through a floor resurfacing project, major paint job, or kitchen reno. Staying put for another month while the work is done is much less painful in the long run than having to live alongside the construction or, worse yet, putting it off inevitably because there's no convenient time to do it after you've moved in.

    1. Purchasing a Cheap Piece of Furniture That Needs Reupholstering

That out-of-this-world deal on the tufted armchairs you found on Craigslist might not be all it seems. If reupholstering is a prerequisite for putting a piece of furniture in your home, make sure you price it out before you buy it. The cost of reupholstering can be shockingly high and is often more expensive than just buying the furniture brand new. If you don't do the math, you could end up stuck with a heinous '70s floral-fabric-covered loveseat or a musty, moth-eaten sofa in your living room.

    1. Covering Floors With White Carpeting

Clean white underfoot seems chic and alluring, and if you're a clean person who doesn't have any pets or children, it might even seem feasible that you can keep white carpeting or a white area rug looking nice. Let us debunk that idea for you right now. You can't. Even if you make your house shoe-free and vacuum every day, a dirt-tinted discoloration is inevitable.

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