Adding Value to Your Home

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From selling to staying, the value of your home is important to you. We have six simple ways to increase value in your home this summer.

Six Ways to Add Value to Your Home:

Upgraded: It is important to take into consideration all the small features that may need updated and replaced like faucets, door knobs and light switch coverings. These small upgrades can actually add more value to your home in the eyes of a buyer.

One Step at a Time: When remodeling your home, it is important to take it one room at a time. Create a list of the things you would like to accomplish in each room and then start working on it one at a time. This way you can save your time, energy and even money. If you start with your most important projects, you can cover unexpected circumstances/costs without having to worry about finding extra money in the budget.

Establish Curb Appeal: The exterior of your home is extremely important when considering a home’s value. Before you put your house on the market, make sure to do all necessary yard work, clean up the leaves, trim the bushes, touch up exterior paint, etc. You want to make sure that the first thing potential buyers see makes a good impression.

Quality Kitchen: Kitchens are one of the biggest factors considered in home value; therefore, they should be your top priority during a remodel. If you do not have a lot of money to spend, update what you can and do a “mini remodel.” Any updates can help increase a home’s value even if they are small.

Buyers Love Bathrooms: Bathrooms are another selling feature of homes. Make sure your bathroom is in tip-top shape before you put it on the market. Again, we recommend updating as much as you can afford in the bathroom because it is important in increasing your home’s value. If you have extra money in the budget, try adding heated floors!

Inspection: Inspectors can give homeowners a good idea of what needs fixed in their home. If you are planning on selling, schedule an inspection before you put your house on the market. This way you are not blind-sided with house issues that you did not even know existed. Even if you are not selling, scheduling a home inspection can be a good idea to catch issues before they get expensive. If you get something fixed now, you may save money before it got worse.

Finish your remodel off with the best way to add value to your home: new flooring. We have a wide selection of flooring ranging from carpet to hardwood. Stop in and visit our showroom at 915 Rand Road
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 for more information, pricing and design inspiration. We look forward to working with you!

6 Hacks to a Cleaner Home

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Have you ever been to a friend’s house and it seems like they have it all together? Their house is always perfectly organized, clean, and surprisingly spotless. You want in on their secret! They have kids, a hectic schedule, and work full-time, so how do they possibly do it? There is no need to wonder, because we have six hacks to help you keep your home clean and organized.

6 Life Hacks to a Cleaner Home:

Hack #1: Make Your Bed.
Make your mama proud and always make your bed! This is a great life hack to help homeowners start their day off right. Plus, you will be so excited to come home to a made bed each night.

Hack #2: Eat then Clean.
This is one of the most difficult tasks on our list, because we all get tired. We say that the dishes can wait until tomorrow, but you never know when you will have an unexpected guest. Always clean up after dinner and you will thank yourself tomorrow. Try to wipe down your kitchen surfaces and load the dishwasher every night after dinner.

Hack #3: Learn to Love Laundry.
You are probably already rolling your eyes at this one, but laundry can be made easy. All you have to do is wash one load of laundry every night. The worst part about laundry is spending endless hours on your off-days washing, drying and putting away all of your clothes. You can eliminate the piles of clothes left around your house by simple learning to “love” laundry. You will appreciate how much time you will save yourself. After you put the kids to bed, throw in a load of laundry. Added bonus: you can watch your favorite show while the washing machine does its work.

Hack #4: Beautify your Bathroom.
Anytime you or your family uses an item in the bathroom, put it away. Have everyone wipe off the counters each night to remove toothpaste and other stains.

Hack #5: Straighten up.
If you see items laying around, pick them up and stash them away in their proper place. It is that easy! The more that you clean up after yourselves, the less you will have to clean in the future.

Hack #6: Once a week.
We all have a lengthy to-do list that never seems to get done, because our time is consumed by minimal tasks we did not do throughout the week. Now that you have focused your energy throughout the week on these smaller tasks, use your off days to check off one item from your to-do list. Whether you are organizing your master closet or cleaning out the garage, accomplishing one giant task a week will make you proud of your home.

We hope you enjoyed these 6 hacks to a cleaner home!

Ideas for Decorating around a Fireplace

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A fireplace is a wonderful thing to have in a home. It often serves as a focal point in a room, and provides a warm cozy environment. Here are a few decorating tips for decorating around a fireplace.

The style of the fireplace will influence how you decorate the room. Is your fireplace modern, traditional, or floating? Stone fireplaces have a rustic charm and make the environment cozier. If you have a stone fireplace, you might go for a log cabin type décor. Big leather chairs, and plush rugs over hardwood floors. Wooden side tables are a nice addition to this type of room. Also, consider buying vintage skis and snowshoes and outdoor gear to decorate.

Modern fireplace are made with various materials such as glass or marble. To decorate around this type of fireplace, and depending on the size of the room you might consider a modern couch or sectional that has the same color palette as the fireplace. There are many modern chair options to add to a room such as wing chairs, slipper chairs, luna chairs, or effie chairs. You could continue the modern theme with modern coffee table with a glass or marble top. For more storage space, try an industrial storage coffee table. If you have a floating fireplace, they usually hang from the ceiling and can complement many different decorating styles from traditional to modern.

Another influence in decorating a room with a fireplace is the location of the fireplace. If the fireplace is located centrally, you might choose a large sofa or sectional to surround it. If it serves as a room divider, you could create two different types of rooms from a cozy den to a spacious living room. Fireplaces also are located in the corner at times. In the corner, it can serve as an attractive sidepiece.

Some additional decorating tips are to use the colors of fireplace stones as a color palette for the rest of the room when selecting furniture, art and other decorative pieces. Decorating the mantel with art is also a nice touch, but make sure to hang the art no more than a few inches above the fireplace. Hanging bookshelves frame a fireplace nicely, and can be made from recycled wood for the environmentally friendly, or other material to complement the décor of the room.

Let us know if you have some additional tips for decorating around a fireplace!

How To Avoid Your Decorating Becoming Dated

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Steer Clear of Dated Decor

Furnishing a home is expensive. The last thing you want to happen is to spend money on furnishings that become dated after a few years. Find out how to decorate in a timeless fashion with these easy tips.

When shopping for furnishings, choose classic pieces as opposed to trendy. By classic, we mean choose timeless pieces with clean lines. Elaborate and ornate pieces will become dated after a few years. Clean lines are easier to pair with other pieces.

Select a neutral color palette. Add pops of color with accessories. Doing so will allow you to refresh and renew whenever the mood strikes you. These items can be changed out periodically or seasonally.
Avoid using large and elaborate patterns on upholstery. The larger the pattern, the faster it will become tired and dated. Instead opt for medium sized geometrics or stripes. These kinds of fabrics have a timeless look and can easily be paired with other items.

Do not choose one trendy style. Instead use an eclectic mix of a few styles. This method will prohibit the space from looking stale as time goes by.

When considering rugs and carpeting, also select neutrals. When a person spends a small fortune on a rug with bright colors, they end up being stuck with that color palette for years, or even decades. Choose wisely when buying expensive rugs. It is a much safer choice to choose a neutral palette. If selecting a pattern make sure the color palette is subdued.

Draperies are another selection that cost a lot of money. Custom draperies should also be selected in neutral colors and low key patterns.

It is perfectly fine to buy brightly colored patterns and colors, if they are inexpensive and meant to be replaced after a couple of years. Typically drapes and rugs cost quite a bit. Understand that if you invest a good amount of money on these items; you will be limited by the colors and patterns.

Laminate Flooring

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Are you searching for the perfect kitchen floor for your home? Laminate flooring in the kitchen is an excellent choice for many reasons such as versatility, easy maintenance, reasonable pricing, durability, easy installation, and it is excellent for air quality.

First, laminate is quite versatile; it is available in a wide variety of tile choices, faux wood, different colors, thickness, surface treatments, and plank styles. Do you have a flair for decorating, or do you have a picture in your mind of the perfect design for your kitchen. Laminate flooring’s versatility makes it a great choice for decorating because of the vast amount of choices.

Laminate flooring is also easy to maintain. It can be cleaned with a damp cloth or dust mop. It is also moisture and stain resistant.

Next, laminate flooring is a reasonably priced choice compared to other flooring options. It is more affordable than hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, and other common flooring choices.

It is also very durable. Laminate flooring is scratch resistant, and protected by a resin coating and a tough external layer making it highly durable. It is a great choice for home with pets and children because of the high amount of traffic the floor will take.

Another advantage is that laminate flooring is easy to install. Laminate boards are designed to interlock, making it much easier to install than other flooring. The fact that it can be floated over most existing flooring also makes it a time saver when installing. Other flooring options can take longer to install, and some need to be nailed down, stapled, or glued.

Finally, laminate flooring is a great option for people with allergies. There is no place to trap particles and dust on laminate floors. A moisture barrier that protects the floor from damage and prevents mold from forming is provided by the underlayment.

These are just a few of the reasons laminate flooring is an excellent choice for the kitchen. Please contact us with any further questions or concerns.

Designing A Room With A Vaulted Ceiling

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Vaulted ceilings also known as cathedral ceilings are a great architectural feature that instantly makes a space appear spacious and brighter. Designing such spaces can be intimidating because of the extra height and increased wall space. How can you complement your vaulted ceilings in your design?

Select The Best Color

Select a suitable color for your vaulted ceilings. In fact, the color is the first thing people will notice when they enter the room. You want to make sure it blends seamlessly with the rest of the room because you don’t want the ceilings to look like a blank canvas that you forgot all about.

Make Use of Lighting Fixtures

Light fixtures are a must have accessory for your vaulted ceilings. There are all kinds of unique lighting fixtures available on the market. Consider installing a breathtaking chandelier or small wall lighting fixtures all over the ceiling. Lighting accessories will immediately give off that “wow” effect.

Don’t Shy Away From Drapes

Beautiful drapes are always a great addition to any decor. They are especially appreciated in rooms with vaulted ceilings. Most spaces with vaulted spaces have long windows that are bigger than normal. Try finding drapes that can hang close to the high ceilings and accommodate such large windows. This creates a dramatic effect. Long drapes that hang high from the ceilings will bring more attention to the ceilings.

Take Advantage of the Spacious Walls

Dress up the walls with pictures, mirrors and other accessories. There is usually one wall that is higher than the other leaving more real estate for you to decorate. Elegant sconces, wallpaper and unique frames are just a few things you can add to your walls.

Don’t Forget the Fire Place

There is nothing that looks better with vaulted ceilings than a fireplace. If you can’t afford to install a traditional fireplace in the room, you can transform a blank wall with a faux fireplace and a well designed makeshift mantel. A faux fireplace will create ambiance and add warmth.

When designing the interior of a room with a vaulted ceiling, remember that the goal is to highlight this grandeur architectural feature. Be creative and have fun when selecting furnishing and accessories.