February 16, 2017

Choosing cabinets for your kitchen is a big decision. Not only can they be ridiculously expensive, but they are also one of the biggest focal pieces of your kitchen. Plus, you’re probably hoping that they last for a long time. So, when making a decision on cabinets, you need to make sure that you get exactly what you want the first time around. That way, you avoid either hating what you look at multiple times every day, or spending thousands of dollars to replace them. In this article, we will break down for you two different types of cabinetry, so you can better make an informed decision.

Wood Cabinets

The first type of cabinets that we will talk about, are wood cabinets. Wood cabinets are probably one of the most popular options on the market, and there are several different types. However, the most common consist of wood veneers that are glued to plywood or furniture grade particleboard. Some of your more expensive wood cabinets may actually be solid wood pieces. This option is great for when you want a semi-custom or custom piece as they offer a wide array of colors, wood grains, stains, etc. However, if you’re going for more of a stock choice, your options with wood cabinets will be somewhat limited.

The upside to wood cabinets is that most scratches/wear and tear can be easily repaired. With wood filler and a little touch-up paint/stain, you’re good to go. They can also be easily restrained or repainted down the road if you decide you want an updated look.

Eco-Friendly Cabinets

These cabinets have become a more popular option in the past few years due to people becoming more environmentally conscience. These types of cabinets are made from reclaimed, renewable, or some sort of recycled material. Most of these types of cabinets will only be found in a semi custom or custom line. This is because eco-friendly cabinets have a tendency to be more costly. But, you are reducing your carbon footprint. So, it may be worth the trade-off for you to choose this option.

These types of cabinets are great for a natural home. Combine them with reclaimed wood, or a fun back splash. If you want to become even more eco-friendly, pair them with an eco-friendly faux brick panel back splash. Faux brick panels act like the real thing, but are a fraction of the cost and will keep your kitchen looking great for years to come.

Laminate Cabinets

Laminate cabinets are made from layers of paper and plastic resin that are bonded together on plywood or furniture grade particleboard. They will come in a wide variety of colors and finishes, as well as textures. Laminate cabinets are by far the most affordable and durable material option on the market. They are resistance to dings, nicks, and stains. However, if they were to get a deep cut or crack, it is pretty tough to repair and would likely need to be replaced.

Metal Cabinets

Metal cabinets are often composed of stainless steel veneers that are fastened onto plywood or furniture grade particleboard. You can also get metal cabinets with glass or acrylic panels that have been placed in a stainless steel or aluminum frame. There are several different types of metal cabinets and they are available in the form of stock, semi-custom, and custom. The great thing about metal cabinets is that they are sturdy, resistant to any form of stains or rust, and are in no way affected by heat or humidity. Unfortunately, these types of cabinets can be scratched and dented easily making them difficult to repair. They also show fingerprints. So, if you have a lot of small children, this may not be the option for you.

These options that we have listed are some of the more popular options of cabinets on the market. The best thing that you can do to decide what’s right for you is have a clear vision of what you want, how much you can spend, and realistically estimate the type of wear and tear they will receive. We wish you luck!

February 14, 2017

Mirrors are amazing inventions. They are magical pieces of glass that allow you to do all sorts of amazing things. Like show you when you’re having an amazing hair day, let you know when you have lipstick on your teeth, they can make a room brighter just by hanging them, they can make a room feel bigger by leaning one up against a wall, and in Snow White’s case it can even tell you if you’re the fairest of them all. Honestly, there really isn’t much a mirror can’t do, however, you can improperly use a mirror. Whether this be hanging it incorrectly, or putting it where it doesn’t belong, there are some things you want to know before hanging your mirror, and in this article, we will give you the “how to’s” of how to properly hang your magical mirror.

The first thing you’ll need to know before hanging a mirror is that not all mirrors were created to hang. In fact, some mirrors were specifically designed to be leaners. Often times, if the mirror is a leaner, it will be noted on the back of the tag.

A couple of things to think about before hanging a heavy mirror is that a cable wire hung across a single hook or nail should be completely taken out of consideration. This will not be enough to support the weight of the mirror and you risk it falling and breaking. Instead, each of the “D hooks” on the back of your mirror needs its very own hook/anchor on the wall. Also, when considering how to hang your mirror, consider hanging it with a slight downward tilt so it will reflect more light.

The first step in the process of hanging your mirror is deciding where it’s actually going to go. If you decide that you want to hang your mirror above the mantel, you’ll want to position it at least 4 to 5 inches above the top of the mantle. Hanging a large mirror in the bathroom will be a little different because most of these bathroom mirrors are frameless. Therefore, you will need to mount that mirror with wall adhesives. If you want to fancy these big common, but bland bathroom mirrors up a bit, consider calling in a professional to install a frame around it. This is actually a great way to get an even fancier mirror without paying outrageous amounts.

If you decide you want to hang your mirror over a rougher surface, such as a faux brick wall, you want to make sure that you have the appropriate drill bits as well as the correct hardware to keep it in place. Thankfully, if you have a faux brick wall, these are not quite as difficult to drill into as real brick, but they are just as sturdy. Just make sure that the wall anchors are the kind you would use for drywall.

If you decide to hang your mirror on a door, opt for a full-length mirror and use mirror clips to attach it to the door. Just make sure that your door is solid, and can withstand the weight of the mirror, especially if it has a thick heavy frame.

Bringing a mirror into your daily decor can change the entire aspect of a room. It can brighten it, make it look bigger, and add sophistication. If you haven’t considered hanging a mirror in your living room, bathroom, or bedroom, maybe now is the time. After all, who doesn’t want to know every day that they are the fairest of them all?

February 12, 2017

When you start to decorate your, home more than likely you focus on the big things, like making sure you get the right furniture, that the walls are the color you want them, that your kitchen is adorned with those amazing custom cabinets, etc. After all, your home is the place you spend a majority of the time, so why wouldn’t you want it decorated and furnished just the way you like? But, have you ever stopped to think about the places in your home that sometimes get ignored? Let’s take your windows for instance. Take a second and look at them. Are they dolled up with the perfect curtains or other accessories? Or, are they curtain-less and a bit drab? Well, if your answer is the latter, then you’re in luck. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to dress up your windows, to help them rise up and be the envy of the rest of your house.

First, let’s talk curtains. Curtains are an easy way to take any bland window and dress it up to where it looks chic and sophisticated. You can choose from an enormous array of different types of curtains, however, we suggest that you try to go with curtains that have elements such as contrasting trim, fun patterns, a beautiful pop of color, or even go more unique with swing-arm curtains. Honestly, any of these choices are good. You just have to decide what will go best with the rest of your decor, as well as your style.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing curtains, is the backdrop they will be on, more specifically the walls. Do you have a more neutral wall? Or, do you have something extremely unique such as a faux stone paneled wall? If you have neutral walls, then curtains that have texture or a brilliant pop of color can add a lot to the room. On the other hand, if you have something like faux stone panels for walls, you’ll want to go more neutral in your color choice and with one that doesn’t have a pattern. Swing-arm curtains can still work in a situation like this so long as they remain a neutral color.

Shades are another option you can consider when trying to dress up your windows. As with curtains, they come in a variety of colors and patterns. We suggest that if you decide to go with a shade, you choose one that will give your room a mature and sophisticated look. This is because shades convey more of a sense of maturity, and therefore should add an ambience of elegance.

If shades aren’t really your cup of tea, you can go with something more unique such as panel screen. If you decide to go with the panel screens, we suggest that you choose a matted metal with a fun pattern. This will help to turn your drab windows into a space that is fun and unique.

Shutters are also a fun way to help make your windows pretty, while at the same time providing you with extra privacy. Shutters are typically wood, or a similar material, and will come in a variety of colors or stains. By using shutters, you can brighten up any of your window spaces, while at the same time keeping a simple, yet cozy, feel to your room.

These are just a few of the many options you can have to help dress up your windows. So, why not steal a few of these ideas and use your creativity to take your own windows from drab to fab. Happy decorating!

February 10, 2017

One of the coziest areas in your home is your living room, especially during the winter months. In fact, it’s hard to think of anything better in wintertime than coming home and curling up on your couch with a blanket, in front of the roaring fire, and having a warm cup of hot chocolate or coffee in your hand. But, what if your living room is still stuck in summer, while the rest of you are stuck in winter? Well, in this article, we will share some ideas with you that can help transform your living room into a cozy wintertime oasis.

One way you can bring in feelings of cozy, are by keeping your living room decorations casual. This means simple, yet elegant touches that will invoke feelings of warmth and comfort, without overwhelming the room. Bold is for summer and fall. Casual is for winter. This is because the more causal a room is, the more relaxed you’ll feel. And the more relaxed you are, the easier it is for you to get comfortable. And as you know, wintertime is all about the comfort.

Family heirlooms are also another great way to invoke feelings of comfort. This is because any time that you add in elements of things of the past, it automatically ignites in you a sense of euphoria. This is because often times, your childhood memories will invoke feelings of happiness and when you add an element that triggers those memories, you subconsciously become instantly more comfortable. Plus, when you add in family heirlooms, you’re adding pieces of your past that you can share with all of those who walk through your doors.

Rustic is also always a good way to add comfort during the winter months. We can’t always explain it, but throughout history, vintage and rustic always seem to bring feelings of coziness and warmth. And you can add rustic vibes in several different ways. One way is by decorating your living room with more rustic decorations such as antique furniture or wood accents. Or, you can add in wool or faux fur rugs. You can even take the rustic feel a step further and add in a textured wall like a faux brick wall. By adding in faux brick panels, you’re bringing a wow factor to your living room that instantly brings in a rustic feel. And a great benefit to adding a faux brick wall is that they are durable, and a fraction of the cost of real brick.

Along with these ideas, you can also incorporate other antique decorations. You can find many different types of antiques at thrift stores, secondhand stores, and of course antique shops. There is still something about antiques that screams comfort, especially in the winter months.

Another space you can add to make your living room more cozy is a reading room. This is especially nice if your living room has plenty of windows that let in natural light. Again, there’s just something about a reading nook that seems to usher in the comfort. Just picture it. You, curled up with a good book and a blanket, nestled in an oversized chair that faces a big bay window that looks outside over the soft snow falling to the ground. It’s enough to give you chills, and not the cold kind.

These are just a few of the many ideas you can take to make your living room a place you’ll never want to leave in the winter months. Just keep things simple, and add in touches of warmth wherever you can, and we’ll guarantee you a space that will help keep you cozy and warm throughout this winter season.

February 8, 2017

While many trends will come and go, every once in a while, we will see some trends that find their way into the hearts of every person and therefore, stay. One of these trends that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon is layered rugs. By layering rugs, whether on carpet or hardwood floors, it’s a simple and elegant way to give the room texture and bring in patterns. Granted, there is an incorrect way to layer rugs. However, if done correctly, it can be a cozy and playful way to tie a room together. In this article, we will give you some ideas of how you can best layer rugs to make your own space complete.

Let’s start by taking a rustic themed room. When designing a more rustic themed room, you tend to have more flexibility with mixing different patterns. In fact, this is probably the one style of room where you can go a little over the top, and still get away with it. However, just make sure that you’re using like colors that complement each other in order to best tie it together. Another great accent to the rustic room and layered rugs is by adding in a textured wall such as a faux brick wall. Faux brick walls are an inexpensive and easy way to add texture to a room, that will perfectly complement your layered rug affect.

If you live in the southeast, and prefer more nautical look, you can add a lush white rug on top of a nautical striped textile to bring the beauty of the coastal shores right into your room. Enhance this rug effect by using whicker accents like a whicker chair or baskets. Keep your walls white and clean and do your best to incorporate live tropical plants in the house wherever you can.

If you live in the northwest or southwest regions and prefer more of a Native American feel to your room, add in Navajo weavings to warm up any room and give it a rustic feel. Plus, the beauty of using Navajo rugs is you can use multiple ones, as most of the patterns are similar, and colors complementary. These rugs are the perfect accent to any room that is filled generously with antiques and wood embellishments and accents.

If you prefer your decorations to be more minimalistic, but you still want a wow factor in your room, add in layered Persian rugs. This will make a grand statement, while giving off a more bohemian and hipster vibe. This look is perfect with neutral cream and soft pink accents, and little touches of texture here or there. Also, you can add in plants such as cactuses, and other greenery to really bring life into your room.

If you are the opposite of the example above and you prefer more extravagant embellishments in your room, then neutral rugs are a perfect option to finish off any already busy bedroom look. Layered neutral rugs bring in elegance, without overwhelming the room. They allow the focus to remain on other areas of the room you’ve already put so much thought into.

These are just a few of the many options when it comes to layering rugs. Truthfully, it’s really up to you to decide what your style is and what you want to do with your rugs. We encourage you to get creative, and to have fun in creating your space with all the different options of beautiful rugs that are available today. Happy decorating!

February 5, 2017

Any time you decide to renovate a part of your house, you can expect it to take time, energy, and some money. However, these renovations can sometimes be the absolute best thing you can ever do. Especially when it comes to areas like your bathroom. Your bathroom, while not the most thought of area in your house, is a place you do end up spending quite a bit of time. Whether you’re a guy or girl, you have your own special use for your bathroom. So, why not create a space that makes you want to hang out there? In this article, we will give you some ideas on how to renovate your old dingy bathroom and make it into a space you’ll actually want to spend time.

First, before you do any form of renovating, you need to have a plan of action. You want to know exactly what you want to do with the space before you get started. This will especially apply if you need to create extra space within your bathroom. For example, let’s say the space you have now is too small and you want to expand it. You’ll have to make the decision of which side you want to expand on. Whether this means that you knock down the wall and convert the closet next to the bathroom into more bathroom space, or if this means knocking out the wall to the outside and adding on to the house itself. Regardless, you’ll want to know what you are going to do, and have a well-thought-out plan so that you can most accurately predict cost.

Once you have your plan of action in place of how you are actually going to convert this space, you’ll want to then design the bathroom. Meaning you’ll want to know exactly where you want to put things. To cut costs in this area, you may want to do your best to keep certain things where they already are. For instance, your shower and toilet will be an expensive thing to move. So, if at all possible, try to design your bathroom around their current location. If you can’t, then maybe just move one of the two.

The next phase in renovating once you have your plan and design in place, is construction. If you happen to be lucky enough to be handy and can do most of the work yourself, you can save a lot of money. However, if you’re like the rest of us mortals and need to hire a contractor, you’ll want to make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to find the best fit for you and your project design. All contractors are different, so you’ll want to find one that can see your vision in order to best implement it. Then, prepare yourself for the actual construction phase. This can often be time-consuming and you want to make sure that you have constant open communication with your contractor at all times.

Once construction is complete, now it’s time for the fun part. Decorating. There are several things that you can do with your bathroom, but just make sure that you get it right the first time. Spend time thinking about what it is you truly want, and how to best bring your ideas to life. One design idea that we love for the bathroom is adding a textured wall. Textured walls in bathrooms can easily turn an otherwise average lieu into what feels like a spa. And, if you use something like a faux stone panel, you will not only be adding in a cool design element, but you’ll help to preserve the life of your walls. This is because faux stone panels are mold, mildew, and water-resistant. Making them extremely durable in a bathroom where moisture is always a constant. Regardless, make sure that you take your time, and figure out exactly what you want before beginning.

Once the decorating is all done, now it’s time to get in your brand new bathroom and enjoy the benefits of all your hard labor!

February 3, 2017

Your dining room is the place where you and your family come together every night to talk about your day and share about life’s many adventures. It’s true that often times some of the best memories are shared and made around a dining room table. So, wouldn’t you want to make the room that helps create all these special memories special too? In this article, we will give you several ideas about how you can help create a dining room that’s worthy of you and your family.

Decorate A Shade

This is perhaps one of the simplest and cheapest tricks to jazzing up any dining room. By simply putting colored ribbon around a boring plain light shade, you can bring in a pop of color to your dining room.

Paint Your Walls

Instead of leaving your walls the boring color it was when you moved in, give your dining room a new look with a fresh coat of pain. You can even get creative and add patterns to your walls by a striped paint treatment.

Update Your Lighting

Give your dining room a modern upgrade by incorporating industrial-style lighting. You can balance this look by combining natural furnishings, like a distressed wood table and whicker chairs. If the industrial look isn’t what you’re after, go for a more lantern lighting effect, and used a table made from reclaimed barn wood for a more country vibe.

Add Slipcovers

Slipcovers won’t just protect your chairs from stains and wear. They can also add an elegant touch to any dining room. Plus, they’re easily interchangeable, making it a perfect solution if you like to decorate according to the time of the year.

Display A Collection

Remember that china set you just had to register for at your wedding, but now just sits in a cupboard or cardboard boxes? Well, now it’s their time to shine. Break it out, without breaking it, and put it on display for all to see. This can add an elegant touch to your dining room, while finally putting that darn china set to good use.

Go All Out With Lighting

Make your dining room your house spectacular. Incorporate a beautiful chandelier to help give your dining room a luxurious feel; making it a place you’re proud to spend your time.

Be Creative

Since the dining room is a place you spend time with your family and create daily memories, don’t be afraid to put yourself into it 100%. Make it your statement room with bold, complementary colors that bring out you and your families style best.

Give Your Walls Texture

Texture is always a fun element to add to any room. So, give your dining room texture by incorporating it into the walls. Use textured paint, or wallpaper to give it a fun and easy going vibe. Or, if you really want to go all out, make one wall your statement piece by putting in a faux brick wall. Faux brick walls look exactly like real brick, which can give you a warm and rustic ambiance, but they cost a fraction of real brick, and are just as durable.

Add Natural Elements

By adding natural elements like plants and greenery, you can breathe life into your dining room. And after all, your dining room is the place where you do life with your family. So, it would only make sense that you would bring in life through your décor.

No matter how you decide to decorate your dining room. Always remember that this is the place where memories are born and shared. It’s the place where you can make even the worst day right. And it’s a place that deserves to be beautiful.

February 1, 2017

There’s no way around it. Remodeling your kitchen can be extremely expensive. Not to mention intrusive, with you potentially being kicked out of your cooking space for weeks and even months on end. On average, a homeowner can spend between $12,000 and $19,000 to renovate the kitchen. And if you want to do a high-end kitchen remodel, it can cost you as much as $80,000 or more. While this number may scare you away from trying to do a kitchen remodel, just know that if you are careful with your planning and smart in your decision-making, you can actually save thousands. In this article, we will show you a few ways that you can help cut your costs and still build the kitchen of your dreams.

Priorities

When it comes to saving money on your kitchen, the most important thing is to know your priorities. Not everything has to be top-of-the-line. So, figure out what’s the most important to you and splurge on those items. Everything else, budget accordingly and do what you can to cut costs.

Don’t Knock Down Walls

Removing a wall can be both complicated and expensive. Plus, you may need to relocate important components within the wall, such as utility lines, and then repair the wall, floor, and other areas that are left open. Instead, if you want to open up your kitchen, consider creating a cutout with extra countertop space and optional seating.

Plan Ahead

As we said, with careful planning, you can save yourself lots of money. So make sure you have a detailed plan before you start. Having a complete design can help you save not only money, but time and also headaches as it can help you identify surprise costs ahead of time and find the solutions before they become problems.

Stick With Your Plan

Once you have your plan do your best not to deviate. Reason being, the minute you decide to start changing things it can become extremely expensive. This is because contractors will tend to up-charge for every change you make after final plans have been set. Not to mention, it can cost you extra money and time if you have to wait on new items to arrive, and send unwanted items back.

Move Your “Kitchen” To Your Garage

One expense most homeowners don’t account for in their planning process is the extra cost of having to eat out while renovating your kitchen. So instead, create a makeshift kitchen in your garage with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and even dishwasher if you’re able. Try grilling outside as much as you can. All of these things can help you save on eating out at restaurants.

Look For Deals

If you prepare ahead of time for your kitchen remodel, you’ll have the time to shop for deals. Don’t just go to the first store you see and buy items. Instead, look around and see who’s offering the best deal and when their sales are. Also, check online and see what you can find.

Consider Faux Wall Panels

If you want to redo walls in your kitchen, or add a unique and textured backsplash, consider using faux wall panels. Faux wall panels look exactly like real brick, stone, and wood, but are a fraction of the price. Plus, they are more durable and are resistant to mold, mildew, moisture, and can withstand even outdoor elements.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For A Deal

When you go into stores to by your items. Don’t be afraid to ask for a deal, especially if you’re going to bundle several high-ticket items. Even places like Lowes or Home Depot will often times give you a good deal if you purchase a majority of your kitchen supplies through their store. They may say no, but if they say yes, you can end up saving yourself hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

All of these options are just but a few of the things you can do to save money on your kitchen remodel. The important thing to remember is to plan ahead, expect the unexpected, and stick with your plan. If you can do these things, you can create the kitchen of your dreams while staying within your means.

 

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