Sunday, March 31, 2019

5 Important Things To Do Before Moving Into Your New Home


     Moving into the home of your dreams is once in a lifetime experience, and you don't want to ruin it by making the wrong choices and taking the wrong steps.

    There are several phases you have to go through when you’re moving to a new home like planning, packing and moving. Even after you move, you’ve to face even greater challenges like unpacking all your stuff and throwing away the useless things. That's why in this article we’ll show the most important steps you should take before moving to your new house.
  


Painting:

    Whether you hire an expert to do the painting job or choose to paint by yourself, this needs to be done when the rooms of your new home are still empty. Empty rooms are a lot easier to paint, and you don’t have to worry about messing up anything.

    Clean up your room first and then finish the painting job well ahead of setting the furniture. This allows the paint to settle down and the scent goes away before you move in. Do the painting yourself or hire a professional crew to speed up the things. Make the color scheme of your house according to your furniture's color.

Upgrade the Electrical:

    If you’re moving into a house that you planned, you might already have all the power ports and electrical outlets that you want. But moving into a new house requires you to double check the wiring and upgrade all the power outlets to customize them according to your needs.

    Before moving in, decide where all of the TVs, ovens and other appliances would go and then upgrade accordingly. Hire an electrician that is licensed and bonded so you know it's going to be up to the local codes. The last thing you want is a bad electrical job causing problems down the road.

Re-Key All Of The Doors:

    You never know how many people have duplicate keys of your old house's locks. That is why we suggest changing every lock of your house especially if you’ve just bought an old house to move in.

    Re-Keying all of the locks would give you peace of mind; you can freely go on a trip without the fear of a neighbor or ex-owner entering your private property without your permission.

Prepare Your Garage/ Store Room:

    Do you use your garage to park your car? Or do you use it as a storeroom for all of the useless stuff? Either way, you should get the garage/storeroom of your new house ready before moving in. Because you’ll probably need to store some of the packed boxes from your old house.
     



    Mark all the boxes containing useless stuff as “Storage,” load them on a separate truck and fill the storage first, before setting up rest of your house. This will help you keep things nice and tidy.

Get The Closets Ready:

    Getting custom closet organizers installed and ready is another great thing when you’re planning to move with all your stuff. Hire a team of experts; they’re really quick in installing the closet organizers and generally takes only a day or less. If you're on a budget you can go to your local home improvement store and easily save some money by installing them yourself.
      


    Custom closets come in handy when you're looking to organize and keep your clothing neet and tidy.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

4 Interior Design Tricks For Your Home



     So, you’ve just moved into a new home, and the designs are still not decided. Whatever it is that you’re thinking right now, always remember that it's the little things that make a huge impact on the overall look of your home. An ideal interior design idea is that which costs less and requires less effort to be executed properly. Whether you're moving into a new home or just redecorating your current one, read these simple and inexpensive ideas below.

         Did you know that the addition of a mirror, a lamp or even a flower pot can impact the look of your home? Well, carry on reading, because in this article we bring you the best interior design tricks for your new home.

Paint With Light:

       Heavy paints can make your rooms look smaller and concentrated by adding unnecessary bulk and contrast. While on the other hand, painting a room with light, softer colors might actually make it look larger.

    Also, the addition of mirrors, large windows, large scale art pieces, and some other items can help your living room look spacious. The more the natural light falls on lighter colors, the more spacious your room appears to be.

Use Different Patterns:

    Customize your room according to your personal taste and personality and avoid following the typical room furnishing designs. Your room must reflect your persona and personal interests. It's okay to use old items that you're emotionally connected to and mix them up with some modern and well-designed furniture pieces to make an excellent contrast.

    Also utilize art pieces, rugs, and textiles of different patterns to make your home interior look unique and customized according to your needs. These things add texture and class to your living space.

Utilize What You Already Have:

    Saving some bucks can be a real hassle especially when you are trying to decorate your home as beautiful as possible without worrying about the budget. Take a look at what you already have in your home or in the garage. Take a good look at everything, run your creativity and make something out of nothing. This can save you A LOT of money.

    Things like sliver utensils, plates, and wooden decorative pieces can help you in the task of saving you money. Hang those beautiful plates and make wall art out of it, clean up that old kid’s art pieces and decorate your child's room. Just take your time and think about what you possess, you’ll be amazed to know what you can actually do with what you already have.

Use Greenery:


        There is nothing more beautiful than some greenery in a home. Buy any plant of your choice and add some to every room of your house. Plants aren’t just decorative, but they can also clean the air inside your home and provide you with fresh oxygen in the morning. If you don't have a green thumb there are some great looking silk plants available that look so real you can't tell the difference.

    When using real plants just make sure that you water them properly and that the pots are free from any leakage. Also, choose those plants with exotically colored flowers. This will make the plant pop and bring out the colors in the room.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Think About These Pros and Cons When Choosing Flooring For Your Home


Whether you’re moving into a new home or retouching the old one, the flooring needs to be proper and long-lasting. There are different types of flooring materials; everyone differs in price and comes with its own pros and cons. Each type of flooring material is only good for a particular type of room or place in your home. So, in this article, we’ve gathered some of the best flooring materials that you can use to finish your new home or just retouch the old one.

Hardwood:

    The cost of hardwood can vary widely depending on the type and quality of hardwood you choose. You’d have to buy the hardwood first and then hire an expert to install it. To save some cost, you can use the engineered wood that costs less but comes with its pros and cons.

    A benefit of using the hardwood for the flooring of your new house is that it looks elegant has a good resale value and is very easy to clean (only requires vacuuming once in a while). However, hardwood is costly, noisier and needs refinishing now and then. It is more prone to damage in busy areas of your house, and it can also be affected by water.


    The best place to install hardwood is in your living room, it looks awesome and unique, and since living rooms are usually less busy areas, it helps retain the quality and gloss of your hardwood for a bit longer.

Tile:

    Tiles are available in a lot of different styles, shapes, and colors in the market nowadays, and price depends on these factors as well. In addition to the initial cost, tiles require a professional installation that might cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on your area.

    Tiles are rock hard, glossy and water resistant. They last much longer than most of the other alternative flooring options. They are made with a variety of materials and are easy to clean. But tiles like hardwoods, tiles are also very noisy to walk on, and tiles cracks are not that easy to repair either.


    Since the main feature of tile is their water resistance, they are ideally installed in areas like your kitchen and bathroom, where a liquid is expected to be spilled on a regular basis.

Carpet:

    Carpet has been making a comback and is a popular home flooring option as of lately. Carpet is usually somewhat affordable and is also relatively easy to install. The price can fluctuate anywhere between $2 and $5 per square foot depending on the quality of the carpet.

    Carpet is very soft and are comfortable to walk on, and unlike hardwoods and tile, carpet is much quieter. A carpet can easily be fitted into the uneven spaces hiding imperfections in your floor. But on the other hand, carpets are easily stained and are very difficult to clean. Even after regular vacuuming, dirt can accumulate in your carpets, and this can cause serious health problems specially if you have allergies.


    Carpets are best installed in low activity areas of your house like a bedroom. This minimizes the chances of it getting dirty and unhealthy for you and your family. with weekly maintenance, carpet can be a great option when choosing flooring for your home.

Monday, March 25, 2019

3 Easy Kitchen Decorating Ideas



The kitchen is one of the first things that a visitor notices and perceives as the indicator of hard work and attention you put into the looks of your home. You may often see these lavish kitchens in luxury magazines but maybe feel you don’t have enough money to plan a remodel? Well, don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best and cheap kitchen decorating ideas that make your kitchen look lavish and expensive.

   
Most of the people focus mainly on the kitchen appliances for decoration and ignore the walls. This is a big mistake because walls are the biggest blank spaces in your kitchen, and using them as a focal point of your kitchen can be a really nice idea. Here are some of the kitchen decorating ideas that you can apply.



Mix Up Different Colors:
    Try adding brighter, softer colors to the walls of your kitchen and make a contrast. You can follow the three color palette method when painting your kitchen. Here are some great tips when using the 3 color palette rule.


    Divide your kitchen into three parts. First part is the fixed color that you can’t change, for example, the color of your cabinet. The second part is the backdrop color. Choose a neutral, lighter color on the biggest blank walls; it supports your fixed color by adding a light background. The third part is a bold color that makes your kitchen unique. Use this color to paint the most noticeable area/ wall of your kitchen.

    To choose a proper three color palette, you can either hire an expert or just get some ideas from the internet.

Make A Focal Point:

    Walk into your kitchen and see what comes to your eye first, do you like it? If no, then change it with something else, if yes, then it’s the time to decorate it further to make this and the closest blank wall the focal point of your kitchen. A focal point should be visually fascinating because this will help you make a good impression on the mind of your visitor. Here are some focal point decorating tips.


    -Use the focal wall to paint the third, bold color of our three color palette method as explained             earlier.
    -Use wallpaper with good quality texture.
    -You can also use a piece of art on the focal wall.
    When decorating your focal wall, keep in mind that this is just one wall, and decorating it heavily won’t in any way, make your kitchen look messy.

Open Shelving:

    Open shelving is one of the most fashionable and easy ways to make your kitchen look amazing and spacy. You can always remove the shelves or even just use a spare wall to install some open shelves.

    Try to showcase the finest culinary pieces that you have on these open shelves. If you can remove the cabinets wholly, then try removing just their doors, painting them with light colors from inside and there you go! Your new display shelves are ready to show your great collection of china, stemware or culinary pieces.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Best Wall Décor Ideas For Your Home


Empty walls are filled with possibilities, and you can use the blank walls of your home sweet home as a canvas to display your interests and hobbies. Moreover, walls are the single largest open spaces in any home, so, if you’re trying hard to decorate your home, try putting more attention to the walls, you won’t be disappointed.

    Here are some tips and tricks you can use to decorate your walls and make your home beautifully put together.

Gallery Wall:

    Gallery walls are a great way to keep your memories together in the shape of pictures, paintings, and other colorful art pieces. For this purpose, select a relatively smaller and lightly painted (preferably white, off white) wall which is easily viewable to anyone entering into your room. Buy simple, cohesive frames of different sizes to represent simplicity and class. But try not to overcrowd things, only hang your key pictures (your wedding, graduation and birthday pics, etc.) on a gallery wall.

                        

    Gallery wall not only enhances the beauty and look of your home but also gives the visitor an idea about your personal interests and important life experiences. This adds character to your beautiful home.

Use Large Art Pieces:

    Hang a large scale art piece on one of your walls; this would draw everyone’s attention by adding more detail and meaning to the wall. Choose a black and white image of beautiful scenery or get a colorful one with the colors matching the wall behind. The art piece should be vibrant and high quality, as this would be the main focus.

    Large scale art is best utilized in living rooms with plenty of natural light entering through the windows. This makes the room look organized and clean.

Fabrics:

    Fabrics are a lot easier to hang on the walls. You can also remove them easily when moving to a new home as compared to the wall paintings. It's up to you to choose between the two, but let's clarify that fabrics and wall paintings are equally good to enhance the beauty of your home or apartment.

    Hanging a piece of well decorated and high-quality fabric to a wall in a room adds class and sense of softness to your space. Vintage scarves or other good textiles are another option for a textile look. Try and choose some exotic, eye-catching colors with unique designs.

Smaller Decorative stuff:

    You don’t need to go into the minor details to make it work, but choosing various smaller art pieces would definitely help. You can buy a clock with different art pieces around it for added detail, hang an oversized mirror or several smaller ones in salon style to make the room look bigger, hang some fine plates with your kitchen wall and so on.

    The choices are literally endless, but you should always invest in the things which give you a good ROI (return on investment). Try and skip the useless, expensive stuff that adds no value to your home and only digs a deep hole in your pocket.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How To Make Your Home Look Luxurious For Less


Even if you’re on a budget decorating your home, you can still use the techniques mentioned below to make your home look like a piece of art from a luxury magazine. Just keep on reading for some cool tips and tricks to decorate your new home for less.

The Door Paints:





    One thing is very common amongst luxury homes; they usually have well-crafted and uniquely painted doors. So, before planning to paint the whole house white, just make a good color scheme for your doors and make them stand out. If the walls of your home are painted with light colors, then go for a darker shade on the doors that would make them pop out and catch everyone’s eyes instantly.

Utilize Your Skills:

    Being resourceful can literally save you thousands of dollars. Painting the walls yourself, creating DIY art pieces and repairing the furniture are all valuable skills one must have. So, step out of your comfort zone and learn some skills that might come in handy while setting up your new home. These skills would allow you to optimize the things according to your personal taste and want.

Improve Your Lighting:



    I can write all day the pros of having a well-lit home. You can easily spend a little money on installing new, bright lights and improving your windows to let more light in. This makes everything in your home shine, highlights the beauty and cleanliness of your home interior and certainly makes it look luxurious for way less.

    The most cost-effective way of improving the lighting is clever window positioning. Place the windows so that they face the sun all day long to let all the bright light in.

Focus On The Entryway:

    The first impression is the last impression; this quote also works in the home décor industry. To make your home look luxe and appealing to the eye of visitors and maybe even some clients, you must make the entry of your home well decorated and colorful. Maybe add some beautiful exotic flowers and other plants to give a fresh look, or decorate the entryway with paintings and other stuff.

    Try to make a centerpiece of art you want your visitors to focus on (like a chandelier or a table), and add other accent pieces around it.

Spend On Curtains:



    Curtains are one of the subconscious things that allow a visitor to access the state of your home. So, spend some bucks on window coverings and good looking curtains to make your home look luxurious for less.

    Want to save some bucks? Here’s a quick tip, you should always buy the cloth of the curtain and either sew it yourself or hire a person who’d work on your budget. This way you’ll be able to pick up the colors by yourself and make a perfect curtain to go with the color of your walls. Also, add blackout curtains to every bedroom.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Best Tips For Setting Up A New Home


Moving to a new home can be pretty exhausting both physically and mentally. When you’re staging your old home for selling, you have to clean it up from all the mess and work to make it look appealing to the potential buyers. And here comes the most difficult part, setting up your new home to quickly settle in it. This can be a tricky process but don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.



    Here are some tips you can follow to set up your new home quickly.

·         Only Keep The Useful Stuff:

    One of the main things, when you’re preparing to move is packing all of your stuff and ship it to your new home. But this is not as simple as it reads. You must decide between the useful and the useless stuff prior to moving. At this time you’ll realize that you have various things you bought but never used. It’ll be a waste of time, effort and money to bring them with you to the new home. So, just leave them behind, throw them away or sell them to make some bucks.

   
You should clean your clutter even if you’re not planning to move any time soon. It’ll free up some useful space that you can utilize to do other stuff.
·         The Furniture Problem:

    Some of you might already have faced this issue. Some of the furniture that fits perfectly in your old home won’t fit into the new one. Sometimes even if it fits, the scale and style of your furniture might not match the design of your new home. In this case, you can sell the old furniture in a garage sale and use the money in buying the new furniture that perfectly fits your new home.

    You should always try to buy neutral and classically styled furniture that can easily be split into smaller pieces. This way, it’ll be easier for you to fit it into your new place. So, spend smartly on the furniture.

·         Decorate/ Paint It Right Away:

    Many people pack everything in the old house and move it to the new one, many boxes that they packed in their old house remain unopened, just because they contain useless things.

    Same is the case with your new house. Before moving into it, make sure all the paint and decorative work are finished, and the home is ready to be furnished. This way you can do even the messiest tasks without any hurdle. So, get the things done before moving in, and unpack all the boxes ASAP!

·         Stage The Home Properly:

    When you’re moving into a new house, hire an expert to help you with the furniture placement, room plan and everything in between. Stage the home so as if you are preparing it for sale.
   
And it is true; some people fall in love with their old homes once again after staging them properly. So, do the decorative work and see if you still need to move or not.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Decorating Ideas For Silk Flower Arrangements and Silk Trees

If you’re looking for an alternative to real greenery, consider decorating with silk flower arrangements and silk trees. You can choose from a variety of silk products, which gives you many options when decorating your home.

Here are some tips for decorating with silk flower arrangements and silk trees.

Match Your Interior

Match your flowers with the walls or cabinetry, or you can simply match your flowers with certain accents. For example, if the area rug or pendant lights in your kitchen are green, you can enhance the look with green silk flowers on the counter.

Create A Centerpiece

There are several ways to create a beautiful centerpiece with silk flower arrangements. One is to surround a wooden or white lantern with silk flowers to create a country centerpiece. Create an elegant centerpiece by placing a candle on top of a cake stand and surrounding it with the silk flowers.



Use Tin Cans

Give your home a vintage look by placing your silk flowers inside tea, coffee or soup cans. You can clean and re-use your own tin cans, or you can purchase tin cans from thrift stores or flea markets. If you can find tin cans in older designs, Even better. The best part is you do not have to worry about drilling holes in the cans for drainage like you would for real flowers.



Using Silk Trees in Your Decor

In addition to decorating with silk flower arrangements, you can also compliment the flowers arrangements with silk trees. It is a safer option for a home with children and pets, and a better option if you cannot maintain a real indoor plant. There are so many different options with silk trees such as ficus, maple, palms and almost every tree imaginable comes in an artificial version. Here are some ideas for decorating your home with silk trees.



Conversational Area

Use your silk trees to enhance the conversational area in your living room. Place a silk tree on either side of your couch and chairs to bring attention to the seating arrangements. If you’re looking to create a conversational area in your kitchen, consider placing a silk tree on one end of your breakfast nook, with just enough room to enter and exit the bench. You can also invest in an outdoor silk tree to enhance the conversational area on your patio or deck.



Hide an Unsightly Area

Silk trees are great for hiding unsightly areas, such as cords and outlets. All you have to do is place the tree in front of the area you wish to hide. You’re sure to notice a beautiful ficus, bonsai or flowering tree instead of your chargers or wall outlets. You can also use silk trees to hide imperfections that can’t be repaired yet, from chipped paint or plaster on your wall to a small stain in your carpet.

The sky is the limit when you’re decorating your home with silk flower arrangements and silk trees. Whether you’re enhancing your interior or hiding an imperfection, you’re sure to come up with something that works for you.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Budget Friendly Decorating Advice for Couples Taking the Cohabitation Leap



Moving in together is a major step in your relationship, and when your personal tastes clash it can be tough deciding on how to blend your lives and styles at the same time. Things can get even more complicated if you’re watching your spending. Thankfully, there are smart ways to pull from both sides of your equation without either of you getting lost in the shuffle, and without doing damage to your wallet or your relationship.

Separate but Equal

How you begin your life living together will set a tone for your future, and chances are there are things you like and don’t like about each other’s sense of style. With that in mind, it’s important to make communication a top priority. Leedy Interiors recommends discussing your decorating opinions together so you can coordinate options and find grounds for compromise. Talk through the musts and maybes, and be ready to negotiate.

Too Much Stuff

If you’re combining two established households and space is limited, figuring out what to keep and what to part with can be particularly difficult. One option is to go through your belongings before the move, purging items you haven’t actually used within the past year. You can also sort out decor items you simply don’t love, and either put them in a “maybe” pile or part with them altogether. Another option is to put in storage any items in question while you contemplate what will work in the new space. This gives you extra space and time to think about what you really want to keep. Plus, it can be an inexpensive solution to a temporary problem. Rentals in Corona, California, over the past six months only averaged $89.95 per month.

Create an idea board

You can facilitate meshing your different tastes more easily by creating idea boards. Create your own separately and then view them together, looking for areas of common ground. Clip photos from magazines, bits of fabric you love, and paint chips that inspire you. You can even create virtual design boards using websites like Pinterest to share your ideas, and with that in mind, there are wonderful decorating apps you can use for things like deciding on color schemes, laying out furniture, and learning how to DIY projects.

Evaluate the New Digs

When deciding what will work best in your new space, it helps to take into account the architectural style. Even though you will each bring your own elements, every house or apartment has a structure that will dictate the look to some extent. Weigh the size of the space and the basic bones, such as the cabinetry, hardware and molding. You can flesh it out with your own furniture and accessories in accordance with what works best. For items you can’t afford to replace now but just don’t work, paint and furniture covers can go a long way in the meantime.

Two-Part Harmony

There are often areas of contention when two people are blending very different tastes, so be prepared for some give and take. You might have to put up with items you dislike, but with a little ingenuity you can both be satisfied. The Chicago Tribune suggests finding a way to coordinate those items you aren’t so crazy about, such as through the colors you use and the accents you incorporate. Keep in mind paint is an inexpensive way to apply color, whether on your walls, cabinetry, or on pieces of furniture, and it can quickly help an item go from standing out as an eyesore to blending comfortably into the scenery.

Breathe in New Life

Accessories can sometimes make or break whether your design styles mesh. One way to pull things together is to incorporate plants into your decor. It’s a way to bring nature inside, refreshing and invigorating your home. No green thumbs between the two of you? Thankfully there are inexpensive, high quality silk plants that look fantastic and require no maintenance.

This is a new chapter in your relationship, and it can set the tone for down the road. Look for areas of similarity and grounds for compromise. You’re taking a big step, and with good planning and an open mind, you can do so gracefully.