Fall Garden Chores

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As the seasons begin to change, there are some essential items you will need to check off your garden chore list. If your area has already begun getting cold, you may want to consider starting these chores this weekend. The last thing you want to do is wait until the first snow falls. So grab your gardening gloves and let us get started!

Fall Garden Chores:

Clean your gardening tools. Come next spring, you surely do not want to be pulling out dirty gardening tools. Now is the perfect time to clean and store your tools for next spring. Scrub off the dirt then place them inside of a bucket with soapy, warm water. Let them sit for an hour then dry them off to prevent rusting.

Take potted plants indoors. Before you bring your potted plants inside, you want to make sure that no creepy critters come with the plant. Experts recommend flushing out the soil a couple of time with water. The flushing can be done over the course of twenty minutes. Wait a couple of minutes before beginning the next flushing cycle. Also, remember to take out any dead or faded leaves from the potted plant. Lastly, you will want to add fresh mulch to your soil’s surface.

Reorganize your shed. Things may have gotten messy or misplaced during the summer. Take some time to reorganize everything before you lock it up for the winter months.

Remove gas from equipment. You will want to drain the gasoline from your power equipment before you store them. Also, this would be an excellent time to check their filters and see if they need replaced.

Rake your leaves. As the leaves begin to fall, you will want to start raking to avoid extra work at the end of the season. Although, we do recommend waiting until the end of fall to remove the leaves from your drains. This will prevent you for having to do it twice. But definitely make sure that you do not wait until the first snow. Snow will only make things more complicated.

Decorate. While you are working in your garden, it would be a great time to start decorating. You can go to your local farmer’s market and purchase some pumpkins and squash. You can even make a fun family night out of carving pumpkins together.

Stay warm and happy fall!

Creating A Multi Functional Play Area For The Kids

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Want to give your child a fun and imaginative play area? Of course, as parents, we understand the importance of making sure the children have their playtime. In fact, according to experts, imaginative play helps children develop creativity and thinking skills that they will likely employ later on life. How can you create the perfect play area if you’re short on space?

While in a perfect world you would be able to dedicate an entire room to create a play area with all of your children’s favorite toys in the real world it just doesn’t work like that. In most homes, the main areas such as the living room or the family room have to be able to accommodate both the adults, teens and the little ones in the family. Here are some ways you can create multi functional play areas in your home.

Rework What You Have

It’s time to get creative. More than likely you probably already have the bare bones for the perfect play area. Consider using the long bare wall in your living or dining room. Yes, you can use the walls to create a large bulletin chalk board that the kids can draw and write on. If you have older children in the home you can use your handy skills to install a built in desk into the wall where homework or other tasks can be completed.

Turn Unused Space Into A Playroom

What about the attic that’s just collecting dust or the basement that no one really ever goes into? Consider turning spaces that the family doesn’t really use into a play area for the children. Remodeling such spaces don’t have to be expensive. A deep cleaning and fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.

Define Space

If your living room or family will also double as a play area then you want to separate or define the space. Area rugs can work as a divider to separate the play area. It’s important to not let the kid’s toys clutter the living room. Make use of smart storage solution to design a space with clean lines and also functional.

Ten Struggles You Face When Redecorating

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At some point while owning a home, you have went through these ten struggles while redecorating. Redecorating your place seems like a fun, easy task, but in reality, it can be lengthy, overwhelming and down-right frustrating. Before you redecorate, you need to know these ten struggles you most likely will face!

10 Struggles You Face When Redecorating:

  1. Choosing a color scheme. We all have struggled with choosing a color scheme at one point or another in our lifetime. Picking a color scheme is difficult, because there are so many out there! If you are finding it difficult to choose, go online and gain some inspiration. See what other homeowners chose for their space and take their expertise to heart.

  2. Not going over budget. A major struggling while redecorating is sticking to your budget. There will be some tempting decisions you will have to make that will either take you over budget or keep you under your set limit. Learn when to splurge and when to take the cheaper option.

  3. Fitting everything you want into the space. This can be extremely frustrating because we tend to want everything we see, but it is important to stick to your list of essentials. Sadly, the rooms in our home cannot fit everything we may want and a big struggle you will face is saying “no.”

  4. Finding the perfect paint color. A paint color may look amazing in the paint store and sure, the paint chip may actually look pretty nice on your wall, but paint looks different on the actual wall. Before dropping large amounts of money on paint, buy sample cans to test it out on different areas of your walls. Test out the color in different lighting and corners until you are positive that you love it.

  5. Having the time. We all work and have a social life; therefore, sometimes it is hard to set aside time to redecorate your space. Try to set an hour aside each weekend to help you accomplish the project.

  6. Making it a reality. Have you ever had a vision of the perfect room but cannot seem to actually capture it? This is probably the most frustrating struggle of all, because we have this perfect vision for our space but cannot recreate it. If you are facing this struggle, look at store’s catalogs and see how they are setting up the rooms. This can help you decide on how to use the piece of furniture in your own space.

  7. Going with the flow. Things will happen while you are trying to redecorate. Paint colors will look different, furniture may have unwanted scratch marks, decor pieces will break, etc. A hard struggle to deal with is: dealing with it. You have to learn how to go with the flow during your decorating process.

  8. Choosing comfort over style. A super stylish sofa chair may look amazing sitting in the corner of your room, but is it comfortable? There may come a time where you have to decide whether you want comfort or style for your space.

  9. Personalizing the room. Are you a DIY project lover? You may have gained inspiration from a recent video you saw online and want to recreate it, but things may work out differently for you. It is a struggle all DIY-people have faced at one point in their lives. Facing the fact that they cannot do everything themselves and that is when we are thankful for online shopping.

  10. Getting things done. Sometimes, you will need other people’s help. Putting together furniture and painting walls can be exhausting for one person. Do not be afraid to ask your family or friends for help!

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Design Tips and Tricks

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Whether you are a brand new homeowner or you have lived in your current space for years, designing a home is always a fun and exciting process. The design process offers challenging decisions that you have full control over making. This is your chance to let your creativity run wild and set the tone for your space. Now, there is not a rulebook that designers follow to create the perfect space, but there are some general guidelines that you can use to get some amazing results. Here are our top five design tips and tricks for homeowners:

  1. No one likes a crowd. When designing a room, it is easy to get carried away with decor and furniture, but you want to try and make your space feels open rather than over-crowded. Avoid putting too much furniture or decor in your space at least to start off the process. If you feel you need more, you can always add more later.

  2. Center of attention. Every room will need one “wow” factor that will draw attention to it. Whether you choose a beautiful chandelier or an amazing backsplash, try to create a statement piece in every room you design.

  3. Different sizes. Your decor pieces should all vary in sizes. If you choose to do a large mirror over a side table, choose small decor pieces to sit on top of the side table. This will help balance everything.

  4. Rules of rugs. As experts in flooring, we understand the three basic rules of rugs and we are here to share these design rules with you:

    Rule 1. All of the furniture legs on the rug.
    Rule 2. All of the furniture legs off of the rug.
    Rule 3. The front feet of your furniture on the rug.

    These are the three ways of designing your rug in a room that will make it flow well. You will ideally
    choose which design rule to use by the size of the rug. For large rugs, you will want all of the furniture
    legs on the rug. For smaller rugs, you will want to have the back legs off or only the front legs on the
    rug.

  5. Perfect finish. Choose your paint color last! This tip may be confusing at first, but we will explain. We understand that you are so excited to paint your space, but always choose your room’s paint color at the end of the design process. You can pull colors from pieces in your room and you want to choose a color that ties the whole room together. Trust us, you want to finish the design process off with painting.

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Curb Appeal

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Your home’s curb appeal will be the first thing that anyone will notice about your house. The inside of your home could be breath-taking, but some people will only see the outside of your house in their lifetime. Impress your neighborhood this summer with an updated look of your front yard. Engage any driver that may pass by your home. Impress them by making them slow down their cars and say “I love that house” with these simple tips:

  1. Focus goes towards front doors.
    Front doors are one of the first features that people recognize in a house. The front door helps hold together your home’s style. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to update your front door, paint the door a bold color. Then you can incorporate the bold color throughout your plants and flowers to help tie it in with the home.

  2. Decorate for the season.
    Depending on the time of year, your front porch has a lot of decorating potential. Decorations will help add a warmth and “homeyness” to your outdoor area. Around Christmas time, hang some lights and add a dark green wreath to your front door. During fall, incorporate some potted mums, bails of hay, and pumpkins around your front porch. There are endless ideas to keep your house festive during each season.

  3. Add life to your yard.
    There is nothing more sad than driving past a house that has a great size for a front yard, but the owners are not using it to its fullest potential. Whether your yard is big or small, plants can add an exceptional amount of beauty to your outdoor space. Remember that with great plants comes great responsibility. You will have to water them, pull weeds, plant new ones, etc. Let the greenery of your house speak for itself when people look at your curb appeal.

  4. Update the little things.
    Your house numbers draw several eyes when people are looking for a particular address. Buy some numbers that stand out and are different from the standard design. You can even consider revamping your current house numbers with a fresh coat of paint.
    Invest in some solid outdoor lighting. Make sure that you have the necessary lighting around your home. Keep areas well lit for your guests and family members who may be leaving during nighttime. Motion-detecting lights help with the safety and security of your property.

The aftermath: Your front yard has never looked so good! You have impressed all your neighbors and your house is the talk of the town. Your new curb appeal has added value in other’s eyes and you achieved it at an inexpensive price.

Bringing the Indoors Outside

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We always encourage bringing the outdoors inside your home with plants and succulents, but have you ever thought about bringing the indoors outside? When you are designing your backyard and patio, try incorporating designs that translate into the style of your home’s interior. You may think: how do I do that? We have three tips for creating a continual flow from the inside of your house to the outside of your house.

Tips for Bringing The Indoors Outside:

Understand Your Style.

Before you begin designing your backyard, you need a better understanding of your home’s interior style. Take some time to evaluate your home’s design, patterns, flow and stylistic choices. What are your favorite features of the home? After you have a better understanding, you can begin to plan your exterior’s design. You want to create a continual flow from the home’s interior design to the exterior design without being obvious.

Determine Your Color Scheme.

Your exterior color scheme does not need to be the typical colors found outdoors. You can use a color that you have subtly used throughout your home as your primary color outdoors. If you are having trouble choosing a color, pick a decorative piece to put outside and build a design off of it. For example, if you have a beautiful aqua vase that you want in your exterior design, start with it and begin shaping your designs around it.

Add in Interior Pieces.

There are several features in your home’s interior that will work perfectly in your backyard’s design. Focus on adding items like:

Lighting. String lighting can create a romantic outdoor escape for you and your loved one. Try hanging them from trees in your backyard and connecting them to your house to create an intricate design.

Furniture. A lot of your indoor furniture can translate into your outdoor design. Make sure to choose furniture that can handle your area’s weather like glass or iron.

Decor. Your interior decorative pieces can be used to design your outdoors. Try pulling some items from inside your home to decorate your backyard. Always finish off with fresh flowers to add a nice fragrance.

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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.

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.

Interior Trends for Spring 2017

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This spring there are some bold trends on the horizon. Read along to find out what is trending for the upcoming season!

Navy blue is the ‘it” color right now! This color is being used on accent walls and upholstery. Deep navy blue is showing up on velvet upholstery in all of the design magazines for spring.

A modern version of farmhouse style is still popular. This style has been growing momentum over the last few years, and it seems to be getting stronger. This version of farmhouse uses the deep farmhouse sinks, paired with clean lined faucets and hardware. In the past oil rubbed bronze was the finish for hardware and faucets for this style. Now the brushed or polished nickel is gaining popularity. Shaker style cabinets are the cabinets for this particular style.

Lucite and acrylic furniture are now being used on the legs of furniture. Most commonly they are showing up as short tapered legs on upholstered sofas and chairs. Typically these legs are used on a traditional frame to make the piece transitional. Clear legs on upholstery give it a light and airy look. Furniture pieces that are all lucite or acrylic are great for small spaces because they are not visually obstructive.

Copper is really gaining ground right now. It is showing up in accent pieces and as well as accents on furniture pieces. Bowls, vases and other kinds of accessories are being made in copper. This material has become more popular due to the rose gold craze.

Spring this year is bold and exciting! Enjoy the simplicity of farm house style paired with bold navy blue, acrylic and copper. The contrast between light lucite and acrylic mixed with deep navy blue; are further brightened by the use of copper accents.