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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Tips To Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy For Fall

Fall is in the air! This means it’s time to indulge in pumpkin spice lattes and meals from the crockpot but, most importantly, transition your home to the new season, in style. Fall is a time of year we can’t seem to get enough of because of all the beautiful colors, coziness and fun it brings.

Your home is the perfect place to embrace fall. Decorating it for the season will make it feel warm and inviting. See tips for making your home cozy for fall, and then kick back, relax and enjoy your hard work!

Replace Summer Bedding

One quick decorating trick that’ll make your bedroom feel more like fall is to swap out your summer bedding for something warmer; warmer colors, as well as, warmer materials. Soft comforters, pillows and blankets are sure to bump summer ambiences right out of the room. Add comfortable rugs, décor and lighting to really cozy up your bedroom this fall.

If you’re worried about making your room look too dark, then use window treatments, lamps, furniture and artwork to liven it up. It may also be the perfect time to throw on afresh coat of paint. Painting is a wonderful DIY project for fall, as the weather cools and you find yourself spending more time indoors.

Dress Up Windows

Sprucing up your windows is a practical way to draw more of the fall vibes into your home. A curtain wall, drapes, embellishments and sheer overlays are easy ways to dress up your windows. Lifestyle media publisher, POPSUGARadvises hanging curtains all the way across a wall to add visual interest and create a cozy effect with the bulk of the material. Ikea has endless curtain options at a low price, so you can buy plenty of panels to reach across a wall.

Be mindful of the colors and materials you’re selecting so you’re sure to create the right look for the season. Consider installing warm hues that mimic nature and fabrics that flow and make the room feel more comfortable.

Cozy Up with Lights & Candles

Fall is the perfect season to go overboard with candles and lighting options. These decorative elements have the ability to instantly cozy up any space. If you’re a DIYer, this is a great opportunity to get the family together and make your own candles and string lights.

A variety of candles and mood lighting improves the ambiance in your home. Candles are also an easy way to add a pop of color or sweet smell to each room.

Display Extra Throws, Pillows & Blankets

Head to your local home goods store and stock up on extra throws, pillows and blankets that are soft and cozy, or hire an expert to help. It’s a good idea to switch out decorative pillows for your couches or chairs according to the season. Choose colors and styles that bring the fall season indoors.

In addition to ramping the accessories around your couches, incorporate warm colors and festive crafts in your main living areas. Mason jars, flowers, kitchen towels, pumpkins, pinecones and wreathes will help you accomplish this goal. If you’re unsure where to start, scour Pinterest for additional fall home décor ideas.

Manifest Sweet Smells

There’s nothing better than walking in the door after a long day of work and taking in the sweet smells of fall. Spices, breads, meals in the crockpot and essential oils will get the job done right. One of the most popular areas of the home to use essential oils is the kitchen. Lavender is a great multi-purpose oil that has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Open your windows and welcome in the fall breeze and enchanting smells. A few additional tips for making your house smell fantastic are to bake vanilla in a mug, boil orange peels and cinnamon and keep your house clean. If you’re interested in learning more, see our seven tips for making your house smell better.

Embrace Area Rugs

Area rugs are the most essential décor additions for immediately cozying up your home. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Invest in a few seasonal area rugs that add comfort and color to any room in need of a coziness boost. Area rugs also warm up cold floors and your feet on cool mornings.

Looking for more warmth than an area rug provides? Installing new carpeting isn’t that crazy of an idea. If it’s something you’ve been wanting to do, the fall season is a great time to do it before the winter hits. They are beautiful, quickly installed, quiet and warm under the feet.

Cozy Up the Patio & Backyard

It’s not time to shut down your patio quite yet, in fact, there’s an entire season to be had out in your yard. Swap out your cushions, add lights, candles and include festive décor in the surrounding landscape. You won’t regret having a cozy spot to take in the fall colors, sights, sounds and smells at the end of the day.

Beautiful flowers and potted plants create a calm and relaxing environment with little effort on your part. Unique shrubbery, pops of color, clay artwork and bright pillows are just a few examples for you to ponder.

Top 20 Tips To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is something everyone should work on but is of particular importance to those wishing to sell their home. As soon as a new listing comes up, perspective buyers are going to drive by to decide which if they’re interested in seeing more. These handy tips can make your house outshine all the others on the real estate market.
1. Be certain your house can be clearly seen from every direction of the yard. If there are bushes or trees blocking windows trim them back.

2. Have your curtains/blinds all uniform in color from the outside.

3. Wash your windows.

4. Power wash the exterior of your home and all decks and sidewalks.

5. Schedule your driveway to be sealed as soon as weather permits. If you have a stone driveway, put down a new fresh layer of stone.

6. Paint your front door.

7. Add new mulch and edge your yard.

8. Repair all cracked and chipping paint on the exterior of your house. A buyer may look past this defect, but a mortgage appraiser may insist that the deteriorating paint be repaired or they will not give your buyer a mortgage.

9. Clean the gutters.

10 .Rake your yard to remove all dead leaves and debris

11. Cut back all the dead brown remains from last season’s perennials.

12. If you have a front porch highlight it with a pair of chairs to sit on.

13. Display an American flag. All other decorative flags should be avoided.

14. Remove lawn ornaments.

15. Replace your mailbox if it is not in mint condition.

16. Make sure your house number is large and clearly visible.

17. Park in your garage and shut the door. Your home will appear bigger.

18. Buy a simple new front door mat.

19. As long as it is safe, add new light bulbs with a brighter wattage to your porch lights.

20. Keep in mind that your yard is the first thing a potential buyer will see. The care and maintenance you invest here will give a favorable impression for the level of maintenance in the rest of your home. A good rule of thumb: keep your yard as clean as if it was another room in your house.

The Basics Of Feng Shui For Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day, so many of us look forward to enjoying its comforts. But, you may not be making the most of your space if you haven’t adapted the techniques of Feng Shui.

This ancient art of balancing your space is beneficial to your health and happiness in your home. Often, it takes very minimal changes to create the energy you desire. Here’s a few ideas to get you started on how you can incorporate the practice of Feng Shui in your home.

What Is Feng Shui?

The practice of Feng Shui dates back to ancient China. The term “Feng Shui” translates from Chinese to “Wind Water.” As Mind Body Green explains, “Without air and water we parish. When both wind and water are balanced and flowing, nature is in harmony.” It utilizes the elements to create a balanced energy in a space. When used properly, it can improve sleep and create peace in the household.

Including elements in a room allows the person in the room to become more in-tune with nature and become more self-aware. Feng Shui has a few different practices and schools of thought, but they all share similar themes:

  • Traditional Feng Shui: The oldest form of Feng Shui. This takes into account compass directions, and natural elements to determine how to create the best relationship to your environment.
  • Black Hat: A western adaption of the traditional practice. Focuses on engaging the “nine energies” that are within every room.
  • Modern Feng Shui: Also known as Intuitive Feng Shui. This practice is based on utilizing color and your own intuition to create the best space for success.

Whatever practice you choose, you can expect to see health benefits such as sleep and stress relief as you rearrange your space for positive energy.

Costs Of Feng Shui

If you can Feng Shui benefitting your household, now might be the time to rearrange for better energy. However, this is not something you want to do without guidance, as Feng Shui can be complicated if you haven’t studied. A trained Feng Shui pro can help you determine you to arrange your home for the maximum benefits. The average cost to hire a Feng Shui consultant is $874, with most homeowners spending between $632 and $799.

Feng Shui Basics

Regardless of the practice you choose, there are a few themes that cross each school of thought. Keep in mind, Feng Shui can be a very complicated practice. Here are a few Feng Shui basics to keep in mind as you rearrange your home:

Declutter Your Home

One of the first steps in creating better energy throughout your home is to get rid of the clutter. This goes beyond just throwing out trash, but also removing items that block the energy in the room. Stacks of unorganized bills, piles of clothing and other disorganized areas are responsible for creating negative energy and should be properly sorted or removed.

Determine the Primary Purpose

As your decluttering, consider the primary purpose of the room and keep items in the room that only represent that purpose. A clear purpose allows for less stress within the room.

Include the 5 Elements

When you’re incorporating Feng Shui décor, you’ll want to include various styles of the 5 elements. Ideally, each room will incorporate something representative of these elements that work together. These elements are:

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Discover Your Birth Element

Though incorporating all five elements are important, your birth date may indicate what element may influence your energy the most. You can see a helpful chart to discover your birth element at KnowFengShui.com.

Let in Natural Light

The principles of Feng Shui are all about getting in touch with the environment. So, it’s likely no surprise that natural light plays a huge role in creating positive energies throughout the home. Open windows when you have the chance and see what lighting options you have that provide the illumination you need.

Feng Shui Colors

If choosing a new color for a room wasn’t already difficult, you should consider how it impacts the Feng Shui. Choosing the right color for your room can greatly impact your efforts to create positive energies. Once you’ve determined the purpose for a room, you can begin to define its color. Keep in mind colors that are representative of various elements.

  • Wood is represented by shades of green brown.
  • Fire is represented by shades of red and some shades of yellow.
  • Metal is represented by white, gray and metallic colors.
  • Water is represented by shades of blue and black
  • Earth is represented by orange, beige and some shades of yellow.

When choosing a new paint color for your room, consider how it collaborates with the other elements in the room. Remember that all the elements must work together.

Feng Shui Bedroom

One the rooms most commonly in need of Feng Shui techniques is the bedroom. After all, it’s a space where you sleep and relax. If the elements in your room are not working together, this can cause serious problems. One of the best things you can do to change the energy of the room is consider your bed placement. Ideally, your bed should be placed diagonally from the door and away from window. Finally, even though it’s nice to have your smartphone by your side at night, Feng Shui guidelines advise to have your bed away from a wall with outlets.

Feng Shui Living Room

Another popular room that can utilize these guidelines is the living room. As a spot where family gathers together, you want to make sure the energies are right for all. Sunlight is key, so drawback the curtains to let the natural light in. Including a water element, like an aquarium, is said to bring new opportunities and positive energy to the room. Utilizing candles and wood accessories will help to balance out the elements in this room. Finally, if your living room is connected to the front of the house, ensure you can see the front door from the main sitting area.

Incorporating Mid-Century Modern Décor

When it comes to interior design and décor trends, history tends to repeat itself, by coming back bigger and better. A current design trend points to sleek straight lines and bold shapes. This can be found in the decorative style of mid-century modern.

Starting in the early 1930s and lasting until the mid-1960s, this style has been become hot in recent years with TV shows and magazines featuring these decorative elements. With more retailers getting on board, you too can incorporate mid-century modern décor into your home design.

What Is Mid-Century Modern?

For some, these items might make you reminisce. While most popular between 1933 and 1965, its used to describe architecture and design during the middle of the 20th century. This style hit its peak around the 1950s. It can best be defined by its industrial looking clean and sleek lines with geometric shapes. Black, white and natural colors are used to make bright primary colors pop. This is a design can fit into various rooms of the home.

The revival of this vintage style is hitting its peak in modern day. While many original pieces can still be found today, reproductions have hit décor stores. Of course, these come with a price tag to represent their popularity.

Interior Designer Costs

If there’s a specific design you want in your home, you may need a little help. And for a retro style, you may have trouble fitting older and newer pieces together cohesively. An interior designer will know how to make the mid-century modern room of your dreams happen. The average cost to hire an interior designer is $4,776, with most homeowners spending between $2,044 to $4,978. This price can change depending on the size of the space you’ll be decorating.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture

One of the most important elements of creating a mid-century modern home is the furniture. Its signature trait is sleek lines and geometric shapes. However, the furniture itself may have different purposes. A buffet might fold out to become a longer table. It also utilizes non-traditional materials like plastic, plywood and plexiglass.

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Creating a mid-century modern kitchen is all about utilizing natural materials and bright colors. Stainless steel appliances is a great choice for any appliance without making your kitchen look too retro.

Cabinet shape is one of the details of a mid-century modern kitchen that stands out. Generally L-shaped, they are long and can are tall, often with storage reaching to the ceiling. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, now is the perfect time to introduce new cabinets that will really enhance the look.

Mid-Century Modern Living Room

In your mid-century modern living room, the furniture you choose will take center stage. Items with straight tapered legs and geometric shapes will fit well. Dark, wooden frames are often used here accompanied by fabrics in bright shades or orange, teal or mustard. Another note about mid-century modern design is that it’s simple and clutter free. This means keeping a clear and organized coffee and side tables.

A mid-century modern living room isn’t complete without metallic accents. One of the most popular finds for the living room is the starburst mirror. In many shapes and sizes, the mirror is placed in the center with gold lines emerging in various shapes and lengths. You can find them at your local home décor store ranging between $50 to $170, depending on size. However, if you’re redecorating on a budget, a cost-effective way to get the look is with a little time to DIY. You can custom make your starburst mirror with these instructions from Small Home Love.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

For a lovely bedroom retreat, mid-century modern is a simple and dreamy style to incorporate. Unlike traditional sleigh bed frames, mid-century style is incredibly minimal. Typically, the bed frame is a darker wood platform frame with skinny and pointed legs. White comforters are encouraged with decorative pillows for pops of color. Rugs in geometric patterns will help to warm the floor.

End tables and dressers will follow this similar design, as a square or rectangle and skinny legs. These were built for practicality. Overall, the theme of a mid-century modern bedroom is simple and clutter-free. Not only will this look great, but it will help you sleep better at night!

Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Finally, to bring the look together in any room, be sure to choose appropriate lighting. As we know from this year’s trends, statement lighting is hot right now. The good news is that most mid-century modern lighting features are made to be the talking point of a room. For ceiling lights, choose a fixture with multiple bulbs like “spudnik” lighting. Or, stick with geometric shapes like globe bulbs.

A room can be made cozier with floor lamps. A signature of this style is the tripod lamp, featuring three legs attached to the shade. In addition, the arch floor lamp is a beautiful way to brighten up a room. When looking for lamps, try to find brass or silver finishes, when applicable.

Tips To Build A Bookcase

Before you dive into actually building your bookcase, your first step should be to nail down your design inspiration. Remember that the structure itself doesn’t have to be complicated. The plan just needs to be well-thought-out and the design properly constructed.

In addition to seeking out what style of a bookshelf you want to create, you should also consider its size and location. The instructions below will give you a better idea of what you need to build a bookcase and how to go about completing this DIY project successfully.

Overview & Materials

The purpose of your bookcase is important in determining the design of your project. In most cases, homeowners are looking to store books and materials, fill an empty space or add dimension and character to a room.

In this article, I’m going to outline plans for creating a pine bookshelf with open sides, inspired by the Pottery Barn Hendrix Bookcase. I want to make it clear that this is one of many bookcase design options. I’ll be showing you images of additional ideas throughout the article so you get a better feel for what other styles homeowners are building.

The bookcase above is one of many different configurations you can choose to build for your home. This particular example is made of pine and doesn’t have any side walls. It’s a basic structure with four shelves and a backing. It stands just under 6′ tall and is decorated beautifully. Below I outline general DIY steps for getting started on your personalized Pottery Barn inspired bookcase.

General Instructions

Step 1: Determine Dimensions

The first order of business is to determine how wide and tall you’d like your bookcase structure to stand. Consider if you’re trying to fill a vertical or horizontal space, and how much time and effort you’d like to put into the building and finishing process. Documenting your measurements and purchasing the right saw for the job is key to your success. There are plenty of online resources to help you blueprint your plans and determine the right dimensions and tools you’ll need for your specific project.

Step 2: Construct Face Frames & Drill Pocket Holes

A standalone bookcase contains two face frames (front and back) that come together to form the edges of the structure. Make all of your cuts according to your documented measurement guide on a clean and level surface.

Next, drill your pocket holes using a pocket-hole jig. A pocket hole is simply a hole drilled at an angle that forms a “pocket” for the screw to sit into. The purpose of pocket holes is to connect your individual pieces together.

To achieve the Pottery Barn Hendrix Bookcase look, drill two pocket holes on each side of the tops of the legs and one on each end of the shelf trim boards. You’ll also want to drill pocket holes around all sides of all of the shelves–it’s recommended you drill two per end, and four per front and back side of each shelf.

Step 3: Attach Shelves

As I mentioned above, the purpose of your pocket holes is to connect your pieces (shelves to the frame). You’ll want to align the wood boards that are to be joined and drive a pocket screw at an angle into the pocket hole. This will securely attach your pieces together.

When you mount your shelves, leave about a 1″ gap at end of each shelf. This extra space will be used for the end trim pieces. It’s recommended you attach all of the shelves on your front frame before adding and securing the back frame.

Step 4: Measure & Cut End Trim Pieces

It’s now time to measure and cut each of your end trim pieces. As learned in the previous step, your end trim pieces are for filling the gap you left on the edge of each shelf. After cutting your pieces, use your pocket hole screws to attach them through the pocket holes you drilled on the underside of the shelves. Your trim piece should now be attached to the structure. Repeat as necessary.

Step 5: Glue & Nail Back On

The final step will be attaching the back piece of wood to your frame. One recommended material that you can use for the back of the structure is PureBond Plywood. You’ll find it right at The Home Depot and the staff will even cut the piece down to the right size for you.

Once you have your back piece, use finish nails and glue to attach it to the rear of the frame. All of the pieces for your bookcase should now be connected and the configuration should be sturdy.

Finishing Touches

You’ve come this far, now it’s time to apply the finishing touches! Begin by filling all of the holes with wood filler and letting it dry. When the wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Be sure to wipe your project clean with a damp cloth. To get the specific look that I’ve used as an example in this article, it’s suggested you use primer or wood conditioner as needed.