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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Four Things You Can Do With Slate Tile

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While ceramic and porcelain can add beauty to your home; if you’re searching for a unique tile material then you might want to consider slate. Yes, slate tiles are often overlooked when it comes to designing the interior of a home. Slate tiles are inorganic which means that they aren’t produced from a plant based substance. However, it can be the tile that really makes a space stand out.

Slate is a type of natural stone that derives from a metamorphic rock. This means that it took several years to form through the compression of water and minerals that are found below sea level. This is perhaps the most durable tile option because it’s rough exterior is able to stand up to just about anything. So what exactly can you do with slate tiling?

  1. Floor Tiles
    Of course, you can opt to use slate tiles on your floor as opposed to hardwood, ceramic and other types of flooring options. It’s a unique flooring solution because no two slate tiles will be exactly alike when you install them on your floors. Yes, the color consistency will slightly vary on each tile. Using slate tiles on your floor is great for homeowners who are interested in steering away from non-traditional flooring.

  2. Mudroom or Entryway
    Using slate tiles at the entryway or in the mudroom is ideal. It makes for a gorgeous contrast against hardwood floors when it’s installed in the entryway. It’s durable and it stands up to water damage so you don’t have to worry about ruining the floors with wet boots in the mudroom.

  3. On the Walls
    Slate tiles aren’t limited to the floors. They can be just as attractive when installed on the walls. You can create a slate tiled wall in virtually any room in the house including the bathroom. Exposed slate creates a rustic feel and is super chic.

  4. The Fireplace
    Is it time to update the look of your fireplace? Brick isn’t your only option. You can also install slate tiles around the area. Slate is heat, flame resistant and you won’t have to worry about soot building up on the tiles.

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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!

Four Tips for Enhancing Your Shower with Tiles

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Designing the perfect bathroom requires that you give attention to two of the most important fixtures in this area; bathtub and shower. While you might be tempted to cut corners and stick to the basics, adding spa like features can make a world of difference. Do you know what else can have a huge impact on the design your home bathroom? Yes, the right tiling in the shower stall and bathtub is essential for further maximizing the overall look.

Selecting the right shower tile isn’t as easy as it may seem. A number of factors come into play when shopping for the perfect tiles. The size and style of the tiles are largely dependent on the shape and size of the area. Here are some tips for picking out the right tile for the bathtub and shower.

  1. Opt for smaller tiles for curves
    If your shower features architectural curves, then it is best that you install small sized tiles. If you’re aiming for a really polished look, smaller tiles will be able to handle the arches and curves without deviating from the design.

  2. Use caution when selecting mosaic tile
    Who doesn’t love mosaic tiles? This is a popular option for the bathroom because it adds style to the area. However, if your plans on using it in the shower or bathtub then you should make sure that there is at least ninety five percent contact from the tile to the backboard. This is important because you don’t want to rely on just glue to keep the tiles intact.

  3. Small or Large Glass Tiles
    Even though glass tiles are trendy they can also be challenging to use. With just a few uses glass tiles can begin to look foggy due to the moisture that gets trapped behind them, This can definitely make the shower look unattractive. Therefore, you should stick to small glass tiles rather than large ones.

  4. Adding A Feature Wall
    If you really want to make your shower stand out consider installing a feature wall. A feature wall will utilize a different tile design from the one you selected to install around the area.

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Foods That Help You Clean

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Finding the perfect cleaning solution can become a long and tedious process. There are thousands of cleaners available to homeowners, but only some are effective and safe. Instead of searching through all of the stores, look right in your own home for an impeccable cleaning product. All you have to do is open your pantry doors to discover an array of cleaning products.

Cutting Board Cleaner:
Ingredients: Lemon and Salt
What to do: Wooden cutting boards can become easily stained, but half of a lemon and a pinch of salt will do the trick. Dip a lemon half into a small bowl of salt and begin to scrub the cutting board. Let the combination sit on your cutting board for about 20-25 minutes, then take a wet rag and wipe off. Polish off your cutting board with some mineral oil.
How it works: The salt is tough enough to tackle excess food, and the lemon’s acidic nature will lift any stains. Plus, this amazing combo leaves your cutting board smelling delectably fresh.

A Glass Vase, Bowl or Bottle Cleaner:
Ingredients: White Vinegar and Rice
What to do: Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into your glass container with two tablespoons of uncooked rice. Place your hand on top of the opening, then swish the mixture back and forth.
How it works: Rice acts as a rough brush to remove any leftover, stuck residue and vinegar washes away any remaining filth.

Scratched Wood:
Ingredients: A Walnut
What to do: Take a walnut and rub it over any scratched or scuffed areas on wood. Then take a paper towel and wipe off any leftover pieces of walnut.
How it works: The walnut will fill in the areas that were scratched and the process is truly fascinating.

Sticky Mess:
Ingredients: Olive Oil and Baking Soda
What to do: In a small mixing bowl, combine two tablespoons of olive oil with three tablespoons of baking soda. Mix together until the ingredients combine like a paste. Take a small dish cloth and rub away gooey or sticky spots on your glass jars.
How it works: The olive oil and baking soda work together help to lift any sticky residue and stains left behind by stickers.

Have you discovered that some of your pantry’s products serve a double-function? We would love to hear your food cleaning tricks in the comment section below!

Five Ways Maximize Storage in Your Kitchen

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Are you struggling to keep the clutter in your kitchen under control? If you find that you still need space after tidying up and discarding items that you no longer need, then it’s time to get creative with your storage solutions. Most of us spend a lot of time in our kitchen each day. Therefore, you’ll want to find ways to create storage space that is functional and efficient. Here are some storage ideas you can implement into your kitchen.

Find Ways To Use the Space Available
We all take advantage of our cabinetry, but what about the space below? You can consider installing small shelves into the little space below your lower cabinetry. Flat drawers are an ideal storage location for cooking utensils and baking sheets.

When searching for ways to add more storage options in your kitchen, you should look for ways to maximize the available space, or make what little space that you do have more efficient. The side of the cabinet may be the perfect spot to install shelving units or you can add a pot rail to an empty wall.

What about the storage space under the sink? This area is usually dedicated to dish detergent and other cleaning supplies. You can maximize the space by purchasing an organizer. The right organizer can create additional storage options. Organizers come in different sizes and tiers.

Organize the Kitchen Counter
It’s so easy for the kitchen counter to become swamped with cookbooks, utensils, dishes and small appliances. Organize this area by purchasing an over the sink drying dish rack. You can use the dish racks to store the dishes that you use every day so that you can store your more expensive dishes in the cabinets. Install a solid spice to rack to hold your cookbooks if you don’t want to use your scarce counter space for your cookbooks.

Add More Shelving
Try to squeeze in more shelving wherever you can. Consider the walls near the sink. Yes, a few floating shelves on the side of the cabinet or on the sides of the window above the sink can hold some of the items that your cabinets can’t, like the salt and pepper shakers or the coffee maker.