Creating a Beautiful Entryway

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The entryway to your home is the first thing visitors will notice once they step forward in your house. Therefore, you want the entryway to have an astounding effect. After all, the first impression is what sets the tone. There a few different ways you can create some visual interest in your homes entryway.

Here are some great ideas for your entryway:

Use organization Items
If you have a small entryway you should make use of organizational items such as stylish bins, shoe ottomans and unique coat hooks. This a great way cut down clutter in the entryway so it doesn’t distract from the design. You can even use a small bench for your guests to sit down on while they are removing their shoes.

Adorn Your Walls
You can add some character to your front entry by adorning the walls. You can hang up a beautiful piece of artwork or make it personal by dedicating an entire wall to pictures of your family. In fact, you can turn the photos of your family into a canvas. You can also put up mirrors and tapestries on the wall space. In addition, you can hang up bulletin or whiteboards to write on.

Pay Attention to the Details
Make plans to add some elegance to your entryway. Start with the ceilings. You can install a lavish chandelier, a stunning painting or some gorgeous artwork. This will draw your visitors eyes up toward the center.

Architectural Details Count
Architectural elements have the power to appeal to your guests. Stunning architectural elements such as an iron door or an arch in the entryway can maximize your design. Just imagine, a iron door along with a lavish chandelier will give a home an Old World Home feel.

The Front Door Means Everything
Visitors will have some type of idea of what your home looks like from your front door. A vibrant red colored door with blue sidings. Use wood from your flooring and other types of natural materials. A quality wood door is durable and requires minimum cleaning.

Four Basic Questions to Ask A Potential Landscape Designer

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If you’re considering working with a landscape designer to craft the perfect landscape for your home then it is essential to find the right fit. Professional landscape designers provide a range of services. To prevent hiccups midway through the project, you’ll need to ask the right questions upfront and be thoroughly informed on the details of the services provided.

We’ve compiled a list of important questions you should ask a landscaping professional before you officially hire them.

Know What You Want
Before reaching out to potential candidates, you should know what you want. Create a wishlist of your landscaping needs. Set aside your priorities, desires, and the budget that you’re working with. Figure out what aspects of your landscaping project you can take care of yourself, and what you’ll need to hire an expert for. Having this written down on paper will give you a sense of direction, and you’ll know exactly what your needs are before you contact a professional.

What Services Do They Provide
The first question you should ask a landscape contractor is what type of services they provide or more importantly: are they experienced with the scope of work you require? Most landscape companies generally fall in the following three service categories:

Design – Some landscaping companies only specialize in the designing phase only. This typically includes analysis of the site, a detailed discussion of what the client needs, a design draft, revision based on the client feedback and finally a master plan. The final landscaping plan is handed over to a landscaping company to carry out the building process.

Design and Build – Other landscaping companies offer both design planning as described above and they’ll also create your “perfect” landscape.

Full Service – Many companies will offer full services. They carry out the design, building phase and they oversee further maintenance of your landscape.

Can I view examples of your work?
What type of garden do you want? You should request to see examples of the landscaping professional work to see if they can execute the style you’re interested in. Be sure to check the professional’s credentials.

Do you offer consultations?
Many landscape designers will offer a initial consultation. During the consultation they’ll walk with you around your garden to discuss with your landscaping needs, desires and bounce around some ideas. This is a good opportunity to determine whether the landscaper is a good fit for you.

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Bathroom Details Your Guests Can’t Ignore

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Believe it or not, bathrooms matter. As the most often neglected room in the house, it’s the little details that can determine whether the space is highly functional as well as chic. Here are some important details that your guests just won’t be able to ignore.

Detailed Cabinetry
It’s time to think beyond your basic white vanity and instead opt for something with a bit more pizazz. Invest in cabinetry that feature hardware with creative designs, a bold eye catching color or architectural overlays. Play it safe by purchasing a vanity that seamlessly blends into your bathroom decor, or go for an eclectic look by selecting something that stands out from your bathroom’s vibe.

Unique Fabric
Unlike other areas of the house, there aren’t many opportunities to incorporate fabric into your bathroom decor. So when the opportunity presents itself, jump on it. You can use fabric in the bathroom through your choice of window treatment. Using window treatments that showcase a unique or vibrant fabric will definitely take this space to the next level. If you’re determined to use more fabrics in your bathroom you can also do it with a ultra chic shower curtain.

Accent Shower Wall
There are numerous colors, designs and materials you can select from when putting together your showers tile. Venture out beyond generic black and white patterns and create a accent wall in your bathroom by putting together a shower tile that features a vibrant hue and material. You can install your accent tiles to either sides of the shower wall or have it wrap around the entire shower in a single border.

Pattern Flooring
Of course, we can’t forget about the bathroom flooring. Instead of a blank slate, invest in flooring that uses an intricate pattern or design. Choose flooring that have a nice mix of tones, colors and shapes.

New Sink
Trade your traditional sink for one that sits above the countertop. Vessel sinks are manufactured in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Top off things by installing an sculptural faucet. By giving your vanity a upgrade you’ll take your bathroom design up several notches.

Enjoy and have fun!

Four Tips for Putting Together a Home Office

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Whether you use the space to run a business, occasionally telecommute, or simply plan your family’s budget and pay bills; your home office should be more than a desk and chair. Your home office should be functional, efficient and comfortable. Aspire to create a space that inspires and encourages productivity. It doesn’t matter if you are working with a small or large space, you can implement stylish solutions so that you can design an office space that’s an extension of you and your home.

Here are some tips for putting together the perfect home office:

  1. Function Over Form

Remember that function is key. Therefore, you’ll want to design with your workflow in mind. Before you invest in furniture, think about what items you will need at your fingertips. Your storage, shelves and desk are supposed to serve you by enabling you to complete tasks, this an another factor you have to remember before purchasing furnishing. In addition, you’ll want your office furniture to be an extension of your home, not some cold cubicle. So be sure to keep in line with the theme of your home. If your home reflects more traditional design style, then you should opt for wood desk and comfy seats. If your office has the space, you can even add a love seat. Artwork and other accessories can add warmth to this space.

  1. What are your favorite colors that inspire and calm you?

Consider painting the walls or making an accent wall of your favorite color. Bright colors can liven up your home office and inspire lots of creativity. Calming hues like mint green or sea blue are refreshing and can create a serene tone for days when business gets busy.

  1. Invest in a quality chair

Since you’ll likely be spending hours planted in a chair, you invest in a chair that is going to be super comfortable. Select a chair that is padded with armrests and a headrest, and can easily move around a room if you need it to.

  1. View

Position your desk and chair so that you can look out the window and enjoy the view. If your office has no windows, you can hang up a beautiful piece of artwork for something nice to look at and to create a beautiful environment for you to be inspired and productive. Clear as much clutter and be as organized as possible as to not clutter and overwhelm your mind!

Good luck with your home office! We hope some of these tips helped!

Four Stylish Accessories Your Bedroom Should Have

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Is your bedroom starting to feel like just four walls and a bed? Wouldn’t you like to relax in a bedroom with a beautiful interior? If your bedroom is beginning to feel a bit soulless it’s time to breathe some life into the space. You can make your bedroom look stylish without breaking the bank. Here are some bedroom decorating ideas that you have to try.

  1. Tufted Headboard
    If you’re looking for a way to bring a hint of sophistication to your bedrooms decor, then consider purchasing a tufted headboard. A tufted headboard is a timeless accessory that will always look great in your bedroom. Be sure to choose one that features a soft hue such as baby blue for a soothing look. On the other hand, if you’re interested in creating a wow factor than opt for one with a bold color or pattern. You can even a tufted headboard custom wrapped for a totally unique look.

  2. Warming With Wood
    While trends come and go, natural beauty never goes out of style. Try warming your bedroom up by adding touches of wood. For instance, you can invest in wood handcrafted statement piece headboard. If you desire to totally revamp the space you can construct an all wood wall behind the bed. When working with wood in the bedroom you can get creative and work with a pattern such as a wood chevron pattern.

  3. Graphic Pillows
    Switch out those old, flat pillows and replace them with comfy and stylish graphic pillows. If you’re down for a DIY project you can take a paint brush to some plain pillows. You’ll end up with a custom look and it’s actually inexpensive.

  4. Add Stripes to the Ceiling
    While many people prefer a neutral palette in their bedroom, that doesn’t mean the space has to be boring. You can add interest to the space by painting high-style stripes on the ceiling. Creating such a design on the surface of the ceiling will draw all the attention upwards. You can make the design pop by adding a unique lighting solution such as a beautiful chandelier.

Have fun redecorating your bedroom! We hope these tips helped!

Adding Light to a Dark Room

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Who doesn’t love waking up to a room beaming in sunlight? Unfortunately, there’s always that one room in the house that looks drab and feels uninviting due to the lack of light. Yes, getting some light into that dark room is necessary so that it looks appealing, and has just the right amount of warmth you need to feel comfortable and cozy.

Not everyone has the option of making structural changes to add bring natural light into a room. Rest assured, that you can achieve the desired effect without having to launch an expensive renovation project by adding in additional windows. You can brighten up a dark room by using a variety of techniques.

Make The Most Out of Natural Light
Start off by making the most out of the natural lighting that the room does get. You can do this by adding mirrors to the room. Yes, we know that mirrors can make a room appear bigger, but it can also reflects light all around the space. Try installing a large mirror or mirrored tiles directly across the windows in the room. The mirror will reflect the light from the window and cast it all about the room.

You can also maximize natural light by opting for sheer curtains as opposed to dark curtains and heavy drapes. Such window treatments can eat up sunlight. Sheer curtains allows the sun to stream right through the room without any barriers.

Layering Artificial Lighting
Of course, adding in artificial lighting seems like the most logical solution to brightening a dark room. While you may already have a central or overhead lighting fixture you should add additional lighting to the space. Use accent lighting such as strip LED lights in the dark corners and towards the back of the room if you’re working with a large space. Don’t forget task lighting!

Switch out dull bulbs and opt for the highest recommended wattage. Steer clear from frosted and dark lamp shades because they can engulf artificial lighting.

Evenly Distribute Visual Weight
It sounds more complicated than it actually is. Dark and heavy furniture can swallow up the lighting in a place. Therefore you want to steer towards light and airy furniture that allows you to see through to the floor. You should clear out any clutter and unnecessary furniture.

Four Subtle Ways to Emphasize a Neutral Palette

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The use of dazzling, vibrant hues in home decor has become increasingly popular, but a neutral palette will always be timeless. Neutral tones don’t have to be bland, in fact this scheme can make a statement on its own. For example, a black and white color scheme is daring, yet easy on the eyes. If you want to add dimension and interest to a neutral color scheme then it is important to incorporate accents and bold lines. What are some ways you can add depth and character to a neutral palette?

Check out the tips below.

  1. Enticing Textures

When accenting neutrals we often use bold colors. However, we can’t forget about an important element of design; texture. Yes, texture is what shapes an interior. You can use this element to create a regal look or add a playful tone. Suede and leather create an air of luxury and sophistication. Bamboo and other types of wood lend to a relaxed tone. When selecting different types of textures to use, consider the kind of mood you want to set for the space.

  1. Dazzling Lighting Scheme

In a neutral palette, lighting is everything. Illuminate your rich, neutrals tones with adequate lighting. Strategic positioning of your lighting sources is essential because you can enhance aspects of the room or worsen it, depending on where you place them. Incorporate layered lighting as well as natural lighting for an open and airy feel.

  1. Anything Glitzy

Use metallic accents to enhance a neutral tone room. Shades of gold, silver, and copper can be used to make the room pop. The options are endless. From a glossy gold vase, an elegant chandelier or timeless chairs layered with your accent accessories. You can contrast with your Metallics. However, make sure you don’t overdo it because metal can be overwhelming.

  1. Geometric Patterns

Besides texture and metallics, you can contrast with a variety of geometric patterns. We often design our interiors without giving much thought to lines, so many tend to stick with straight-lined decorations. When adding depth to a neutral palette you should use different shapes. It can be a curved back chair, an oval shaped coffee table or an oddly shaped accessory; such shapes add tremendous aesthetic value.

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas

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Bathroom remodels can take your out-dated, over-used bathroom to the next level. Updating your bathroom can help increase the value of your home and increase interest in future buyers. Luckily, remodeling your bathroom does not need to be an overly expensive project. To help you during your redesign, we have created budget-friendly design ideas that you can begin using today! We hope you enjoy!

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas:

Create Drama. Who could imagine that creating drama would be a good thing? In your bathroom it is the perfect way to help add character. Look for a dramatic mirror to install above your sink. If you can not find the perfect drama in a mirror, you can incorporate some bold decorations for the walls.

Do Not Be #Basic. How long have you had that same color on your bathroom walls? Updating the paint color on your bathroom walls can take your room from drab to fab. Bathrooms are the perfect room to experiment with unique, bold colors like navy blue or emerald green. The possibilities for your walls are endless; you just need to purchase a paint can!

Add Rustic Charm. Take a trip to your local antique shop to search for antique, rustic accents. You can create a rustic towel holder by finding antique door knobs and placing them on a wooden board. Screw the door knobs into the wooden board then hang the board on your walls. Voila, you have vintage piece that is unique and affordable!

Embrace The Natural Light. Make sure you take advantage of all the natural light your bathroom has to offer. Open up your curtains during the daytime and let the natural light flow through your space. Be sure to update your current light fixtures if they seem out-dated and dim.

Clean out Your Cabinets. A great way to update your bathroom is to clean it! Empty out all of your cabinets and drawers and reorganize them.

Repurpose Old Furniture. Before you get rid of that old dresser, consider adding it to your bathrooms space. With a fresh coat of paint and some new door knobs, your dresser can become a breath-taking piece of furniture.

Spice up Your Vanity. Let your vanity be a clean, representative of you. If you love to do your makeup, buy a stylish holder to store your makeup brushes. The makeup brushes can serve as a unique piece of decor that adds style and function to your space.

Finish your bathroom off with affordable flooring from Century Tile & Carpet. We can help match you with the perfect flooring for your home at a price that meets your budget! We are your flooring experts!

Five Ways to Make a White Color Scheme Pop

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Do you love the look of pure white but hate how bland it makes your home appear? How can you get the most out of a white color scheme without feeling like you’re trapped in a minimalist compound? We’re going to show you how you can inject personality into this design so that you can create a look that’s airy and clean, yet inviting.

Bursts of Color
A great way to add personality to an all-white color scheme is to add some colorful accents to the space. Even the smallest hint of color can instantly add pizazz. Such neutral foundations make for the perfect backdrop for more bolder hues. Use a variety of colors to create a diverse palette so that a single hue doesn’t drown out the current scheme. If you enjoy switching up looks in your decor, consider using slipcovers in a saturated color for your furnishing. This allows you to alter the design according to your mood.

Pattern Materials
Accessorize an all-white palette with patterns. Go bold with uniquely designed rugs or window treatments. Can you imagine how much interest a zebra print area rug would look in your white living room? Using patterned materials in the space will tie in the color palette while adding some drama.

Wood
Although, wood is a neutral material with it’s brown and yellow undertones it breaks up the sterile look of an all-white color scheme. It allows you to keep in line with the fresh and clean theme of the room while keeping the space from feeling sterile. Aged hardwood adds even more softness to the space.

Texture
The texture is important when you’re sticking with a white color palette. Yes, texture makes a big impact on a neutral background. Use a mix of textures including rough, soft, matte and highly glossy materials. Accessories with texture reflect and contrast light differently.

Elements of Nature
Liven up a neutral color scheme with some hints of nature. A fresh vase of flowers or some other types of plants, when combined with other accessories, will add more style to the space.

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!