March 21, 2018

Have you thought about using faux wall paneling for a household (or business) project…but you’re just not sure if it’s the right choice for you?

Well, we get it.

We were there once too.  But now, we can’t get enough of these things.  We are going to tell you all the reasons WHY faux wall paneling is so great.  Then, you will be able to make an educated decision on what material to use for your next renovation project.

Faux..or not!

  • It’s Super Duper Affordable
    It really is necessary to add the ‘duper’ in there.  Because it’s THAT affordable.  Think about it…when you use authentic stone or brick for example, not only do you have to purchase the products themselves, but you also have to purchase the mortar, grout, and most likely hire someone to install it for you.
    With faux wall paneling, on the other hand, all you have to purchase are the panels themselves, an adhesive (such as liquid nails), a simple caulking, and some screws.  That’s it.  You can install them yourself and you don’t need heavy machinery to get it done.  It’s that easy.  You do the math.
  • It’s Uber VersatileThere are SO. MANY. WAYS. you can implement faux wall paneling into your home or office.  Here’s a list:

Indoor Applications

  • Accent wall
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • Bathroom wall/shower interior
  • Man Cave
  • Wine Cellar
  • Basement wall paneling

Outdoor Applications

  • Fence posts
  • Entry gate
  • Monument sign
  • Landscaping
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Pool surround
  • Building/Home exterior

See what we mean?

  • It’s Durable as HECK!
    Faux wall paneling is built to withstand the effects of weather-both hot and cold.  All of our panels are weatherproof, UV resistant, and rot/mold/mildew/termite resistant.  The panels are made from polyurethane, which in itself is a closed-cell material.  No moisture can penetrate the surface!  No moisture barrier is needed when installing, and they are very easy to clean because of how durable they are.

Hmmm let’s see…. affordable, versatile and durable.  The choice is clear to us!  But what do you think?  To go faux? Or not?

March 15, 2018

Renovations? No thanks.  Weekend-long renovations?

Now you’re listening.

No one wants to undertake a renovation project that is going to take weeks and weeks.  I mean…people do it, but not without some serious mental, emotional and physical prepping ahead of time.  In the busyness of life, more people would far rather a project that is simple, short and sweet.

So today, we are going to give you some ideas on how you can upgrade your Master bath in a single weekend.

  • Fresh Linens
    As cute as your towels are from 1997….uh….sorry, but they’re not cute at all.  Swap your old, hole-y, bleach-stained towels for some fresh linens.  While getting nice linens used to be a very expensive feat, there are so many stores that make finding inexpensive ones possible.  And you DON’T have to compromise on quality.  Check out Tuesday Morning, Marshalls & Home Goods.Professional tip: opt for white.  You can always keep white looking fresh with bleach! Install a towel bar to arrange your linens nicely.
  • Lighting
    Lighting is HUGE guys! It makes the world of differences.  Get rid of your weird ‘boob’ lights (you know what we are referring to) and opt for some upgraded, modern lighting.  You can find this at your local home improvement stores: Lowe’s & Home Depot.
  • Faux Wall Paneling
    Guys, this one is revolutionary (not that we’re biased).  Faux wall paneling is ah-maaaazing.  You can literally transform your shower into a spa-like oasis in a matter of hours.Unlike authentic stone, faux stone panels can be installed with a little adhesive and screws.  It is impervious to moisture so you don’t have to worry about having them in a wet environment.  There is no grout to clean, and they can easily be wiped down with a wet cloth.  They are impervious to mold, mildew and rotting as well!  They look so good around a bathtub or shower.  They are light-weight and super easy to install (DIY if you will).
    You can find a full selection of faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood paneling in our ‘Products’ section on our main page:
  • Paint
    Fresh paint can do literal wonders for your bathroom.  Make the room actually feel larger by painting your walls a light, neutral color.  Here’s a link to some of our favorites:
  • Extras
    You can go the extra mile by replacing your bath mat, getting cute hand soaps, and adding fun things like new candles and house plants.  These little touches will go a long way, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

Happy weekend renovating, y’all!!

March 5, 2018

DIY projects are great in theory, right?  Pinterest markets them as cute and easy to do.  The reality is, however, that most of them leave you feeling like a worthless shmuck and all you have to show for it is a mess of various materials that would definitely take First place in a “Fail” competition.
While this may be the case with most DIY projects, it is not the case with the project we are going to tell you about today.

Wait for it….

Faux wall paneling.
Yep, you heard us.  Wall panels that aren’t actually real.  Well, they are real as in they are actual physical products, but they are made to mimic stone, brick and wood without actually being made out of stone, brick or wood.  Pretty cool, huh?

The best part about these bad boys is that they are completely DIY.  We will often get phone calls at Faux Direct of people asking if they need to hire a contractor and if we have any relationships with any.  We are always pleased to tell them that “No! No contractors are necessary!”  In fact, you can save a whole lotta time and cash by installing them all by yourself.  Faux wall paneling truly is a mess free, DIY project that just about anyone can install.

How are they installed?
Faux wall panels are installed using simple screws, adhesive (such as liquid nails), and standard caulking.  That’s it.  No moisture barrier necessary.  No crazy chainsaws or heavy machinery required.  All you need is a screwdriver and an exact-o knife, and you can have a faux wall paneled wall completed in a matter of hours.

What are they used for?
The most common thing people use faux wall paneling for are accent walls.  You can create a wall that looks like authentic brick, stone or wood in no time and it really does wonders to transform a simple space.  You can also use them to create kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms that feel like spa getaways, man caves, and even as exterior paneling!

Are they durable?
You bet your bottom dollar they are.  They are about as durable as it gets!  Faux wall panels are impervious to moisture, weatherproof, UV resistant, and resistant to mold/mildew/rot.  Doesn’t get much better than that folks!

….so what are you waiting for?  Are you looking to transform a current room inside or outside your home, but don’t want to spend tons of time or money?  Head to and check out our ‘Products’ section and take part in the easiest, mess-free DIY project there is.

March 5, 2018

Tiny Homes were introduced several years ago.  So far, this seems like one trend that may be here to stay (unlike shag carpet and plastic-covered furniture).  What is it about these things that are so intriguing to people?

We’ve done a little research to bring you some super interesting information on why Tiny Homes are killin’ it Nationwide.  Heck, you can even buy these suckers on Amazon Prime now!

  • Letting it All Go
    We aren’t referring to Elsa and her icy curse that keeps her locked inside her bedroom for years.  We are talking about simplicity.  Many people are ridding themselves of excess “junk” by transitioning into a tiny home.
    When you own any home of a substantial size, it is easy to acquire so much stuff.  But the thing is… we really need it?  The answer is: NOPE.
  • Environmentally Conscious
    Tiny homes take up less space and run on very little electricity.  They are often made of environmentally conscious materials such as faux wall paneling: faux stone, faux brick and faux wood.  They are essentially: off the grid.
  • Allows for Passions to be Pursued
    Having a home quite literally ties you down to a single place.  A tiny home, on the other hand, allows for a lot more flexibility and freedom.People who own tiny homes love the fact that they are able to travel more and pursue passions they might never have otherwise.  It’s not all about how much money you make, it’s about the joy you possess in your life.
  • Fewer Decisions Have to be Made
    With a tiny home, not much is able to be stored inside.  Therefore, less choices will have to be made.  Gone are the days of sorting through all your clothes trying to find the “best outfit” for the baby shower you are attending.  You’re either wearing this or you’re wearing that.
  • Saving Money
    Last but not least, having a tiny home allows for much more financial freedom.  Just think about the amount of bills that homeowners stack up: utilities, mortgages, contractor fees, repair fees, and so forth.
    Having a tiny home is one way to own a home without having to pay a mortgage too!

So….what do you think?  You ready to hop on the Tiny Home Trend??

February 17, 2018

Have you ever thought about opening your own yoga studio? There are many people out there who are passionate about the practice of yoga as well as possess an entrepreneurial spirit. They are driven, hardworking, and looking for their next step. If you find yourself relating to this, then perhaps this is your calling. We are going to give you all the ins and outs on how to create your own yoga studio that can serve both as your personal sanctuary and a revenue-generating machine.

Step 1: Create a Business Plan

In order for any business to be successful, you have to have a plan on how you are going to get there. This task is far less daunting than it seems. There are many books out there that can get you started, as well as online tutorials. Ultimately, you will want to have a good understanding of your startup costs, expenses and revenues as well as design a working marketing strategy.

Step 2: Create a Relaxing Ambiance

One of the most evoking things of a yoga studio is the ambiance. This, along with the overall instruction of the practice, is what is going to keep bringing people back in. You want to make sure that your studio provides a place for people to come and be free of distraction. Avoid clutter on the walls, choose soft color palettes, and avoid harsh lighting. Consider using faux wood or faux brick panels from Faux Direct to create an accent wall behind where the instructor stands. This addition is not only affordable and easy to install on your own, but will add a unique touch.

Here’s a good example of what a peaceful yoga practicing room looks like:

In addition to this, you’ll want a front “office” space where guests can check-in, put their personal belongings, and use a restroom. This is also a great place to sell merchandise, refreshing drinks and healthy snacks.

Step 3: Design Your Logo and Website

All businesses need an active website and an eye-catching logo. Get creative with your business name, and hire a graphic designer if needed. There are also many companies out there who will happily work with you on website design and implementation.

Step 4: Spread the Word!

Now that you are ready to get going, it’s time to get clients! Spread the word by attending Farmer’s Markets, passing out business cards, advertising in other local businesses, and being active on social media. Social media is an effective and free way to spread the word. Encourage people to share your posts and ‘like’ and follow your pages.

Step 5: Expect to Make Mistakes

Like any startup business, you will make mistakes and learn as you go. It’s okay! Cut yourself some slack and understand that mistakes are going to happen. The best you can do is learn from your mistakes, put new strategies in place, and keep moving forward. You may have low profit margins in the beginning, but consistency is key. As with anything, time will only help improve your newly established yoga business.

February 13, 2018

There are many people passionate about ‘going green’ and helping keep the environment as clean as possible.  With the rise in population and increased use in automobiles, airplanes, and factories, even the smallest changes implemented by human beings can make a difference in maintaining our earth. Today we are going to talk specifically about small changes that can be made at home that require little effort and can go a long way.  In addition to helping the earth, you will also save some money!

Change in Cleaning Products
Many people don’t realize the toxicity of every-day household cleaning products. A study done by the Environmental Working Group revealed that 53% of household cleaning products contained ingredients that are harmful to the lungs.  Don’t be fooled by a cleaning product’s labels, either.  Many are marked with the words ‘green’ or ‘clean’, but they can actually be far from that.  Make sure you read the ingredients and try and avoid toxic chemicals.  Here’s a website that lists out 8 of the most harmful, hidden toxins found in common household cleaners: (

Simple Change
create your own household cleaners!  This will save lots of money in the long run.  Invest in a few glass spray bottles, and create your own cleaners out of water, vinegar, baking soda, lemon and essential oils.

This seems silly, but there are a good amount of people who don’t actually take the time to recycle.  Helping eliminate a bulk of the paper and cardboard that fills our landfills is an easy to make change.

Simple ChangeUtilize your recycling bins, and if you don’t have any- create them!  Make sure your separate your plastics and glass from the paper products.

Faux Wall Paneling
When it comes to home projects, both indoors and out, lots of people opt for authentic wood, brick and stone.  However, you can easily save a tree and opt for faux wood versus authentic wood.  Faux wall paneling is more affordable than their authentic counterparts, can be used inside as well as outside, and are DIY.

Simple Changepurchase faux wall panels from for your next house project instead of using authentic brick, stone or wood.

Purchase Pre-Owned Stuff
Now, we’re not advising you to go out and dumpster dive for ratty old mattresses in order to save a buck or two and make the earth greener.  However, there are many things that you can purchase that are pre-owned and are actually in really great condition.
Simple Change: shop local consignment stores, Craiglist, or Offer Up for furniture, housewares, and even clothing!

By implementing these simple changes into your everyday routine, you can help preserve our environment and simultaneously save money.

February 5, 2018

There are many products on the market to choose from, but few that can provide the versatility of faux wall paneling.  Choosing to spend your money on something that can give you more options is far better than blowing your cash on a product with limitations.  Read on to see how faux wall paneling is the most versatile product on the market.

What is it?
First, let us define what faux wall paneling is.  Chances are, you have actually seen faux paneling in your lifetime quite a bit; you just don’t know it isn’t real.  Faux wall panels are panels made from polyurethane and are design to look exactly like authentic stone, brick or wood.  The panels are cast from their authentic counterparts, and then painted to match them exactly.  Faux wall paneling has the same look and feel as authentic brick, stone and wood, without the associated cost or laborious installation.

Faux wall panels are incredibly durable, as the material they are made out of is impervious to moisture.  This makes each panel resistant to rot, mold and mildew.  They are weatherrpoof, UV resistant, and termite resistant.

How are they Used?
The beauty of faux wall paneling are the amount of projects that can be completed with them! There are so many applications.  First of all, because they are weatherproof, you are not limited to using them either indoors or out.  They work great in all climates and can handle all types of weather like a champ.

  •  Outdoor Applications
    Outdoors, faux wall paneling is most commonly used on the exterior of homes, business properties, and signs.  They are also used to create various things, such as: entry gates, fence posts, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and landscape eye candy such as a rock waterfall in a pool or a rock wall in a back yard.
  • Indoor Applications
    Indoors, faux wall paneling is most used to create accent walls.  Faux brick is also incredibly popular placed around mantles and fireplaces and used in kitchens as a backsplash.  Faux stone is used in bathrooms to create a dreamy, spa-like atmosphere.  Faux wood is used to create wainscoting and line staircase walls.  Faux wall panels can even be used to create man caves or wine cellars!

Easy to Install
One of the greatest feature of faux wall paneling is that they are DIY.  Anyone can instal them, even without formal carpentry training.  They are easy to cut and applied to the wall using standard tools, liquid adhesive and standard caulking.  A typical faux wall paneling project takes a mere several hours to complete.
As you can see, the opportunities with faux wall paneling are endless. They can be used on any existing wall surface, indoors or out to create the look of your dreams.  Head to our Products section now to see which faux wall paneling is awaiting you to transform your home.

January 30, 2018

When updating or building your home, there are many ways to ensure that your home is safe for the environment in which it is built. Faux wall paneling is one of these ways. Incorporating faux wall paneling that is developed in the United States, like those offered by Faux Direct, cuts down on the depletion of natural resources that would be used in traditional paneling. As opposed to shipping internationally, buying products that are made in America can really cut down on the amount of emissions that are created in the process. Looking to take that next step towards a truly sustainable home? Below are a few other tips that can will make you and the Earth healthier over time! 

  1. Organic Fabrics

When you stop and think about it, there are certain fabrics that come in contact with your skin constantly. Bed sheets, towels and furniture covers can be touching our skin for hours at a time. Seek out products that are easier on your skin and that won’t emit toxins into the air you are breathing. Check out Boll and Branch for products that are 100 percent certified organic and certified by Fair Trade.

  1. Let there be Light

One great change you can make that will save you energy and money is to change the lightbulbs in your home or apartment to LED bulbs. LED light bulbs reduce the amount of energy that you are using by more than 80 percent and will end up lasting up to 25 percent longer than regular bulbs.

  1. Refurbish & Reuse

Reclaimed wood and recycled metals have been growing design trends if you are looking for a more natural look in your space. Incorporating furniture made with all natural and reclaimed materials can also improve your air quality and cut down on the amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) being unknowingly put off by your furniture. When considering big furniture purchases, invest in companies that are investing in the health of the environment. Arhaus is one such company that makes their dining and kitchen tables from materials that are certified by the sustainable forest initiative and made from reclaimed resources.

  1. Organic Cleaning

Did you know that you can make your own cleaning products that are cleaner and safer you than the commercialized products that you are used to? In reality, the cleaning solutions that you find at the store may be adding unnecessary toxic chemicals into the air in our homes. For a simple earth-friendly solution, mix together white vinegar and water to create a safer and just as effective cleaner. If buying is simply easier than making, look to purchase products that are green friendly. Greenshield Organic is just one example of a company that creates products with health and sustainability in mind.

January 29, 2018

Do you have an extreme passion for interior design? Do you secretly believe yourself to be the next Joanna Gaines?  Maybe it’s not much of a secret at all, and you want the world to know about it.  Or maybe you just need a creative outlet for all of your ideas.  If so, starting a home interior design blog is the way to go.  Not only can it be a place for you to channel your creativity, but it could be a stepping stone into a possible career.

Step 1: Find Your Niche
Your blog needs to have a theme or a focus.  Although it’s home design, what will your focus be?  Making this point clear to others will be key in gaining followers.  ‘Home Design’ is such a broad topic.  What are you passionate about?  Here are some ideas:

  • Southern Home Design (home design modeled after Southern charm)
  • Beach Home Design (coastal home design)
  • Country Design (home design specifically for country living)
  • Antique Home Design (finding all design items at consignment, thrift and antique shops)
  • DIY Home Design (home design using only DIY projects and inspiration: re-doing furniture, faux wall paneling guides, creating your own curtains/linens, etc.)

 Step 2: Secure a URL
The good news is, you can sign up for blogs on sites such as WordPress for free.  However, there is a lot of control you have in owning your own URL.  By creating your own website, if you do become uber successful, you will already have ownership rights when it comes to your name and content.  This is also great for you if companies want to pay you to run their ads.

Step 3: Generate Good Content
Now that you have your website, it’s time to start writing! Put on your thinking cap and go to town.  Don’t hold back.  Bring out the big guns and give your blog your best stuff. Write stuff you would actually want to read.  Provide helpful, interesting information to your audience and you will gain a big following in no time.

Step 4: Apply SEO
If you have the funds for it, it would be a good idea to hire an SEO to help rank your site in order to increase the odds of it being found in a search engine query.  If not, do as much keyword research as you can and include keywords specific to your niche in each post.

Step 5: Advertise
Don’t keep this good stuff to yourself! Share on your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page the link to your blog in order to promote it.  The more people who know about it, the more can follow it. Ask friends and family members to share the link as well.

Step 6: Post Regularly
The worst thing you can do for your blog is to post irregularly.  If you want to attract an audience, you need to be reliable.  Try to post 3-5 times per week to attract and retain an

interest in your blog.

January 22, 2018

There are many ups and downs when purchasing or renting a home.  Do you find yourself in the position of needing to choose a path?  Perhaps you are currently renting, but are considering buying. There are different variables to consider if you find yourself in this position.   The following article will help you (hopefully) arrive at a decision that is the best for you.

  1. Does it Make Sense Financially to Buy?
    A huge reason people end up purchasing a home is because in the long term, money is actually saved.  When renting a home, the mortgage plus a profit for the homeowner is factored into the total payment.  It is more likely that you could have the same lifestyle, but with a lower price tag associated with it.  However, it has to make sense at the time in your life that you are in.A good question to ask yourself is, how long do I plan on renting?  Many people have to rent because of the position they find themselves in.  It could be because of a short-term job in a location that will change, renting just long enough to save money for a downpayment, renting while building, and so forth.  If you plan on living somewhere short-term, the more logical route to take is to rent.  However, if you are looking to plant routes somewhere, it is best to save money for a downpayment and purchase a home.  You may have to wait until the market is right to avoid paying top dollar for a property.  If the market is right, and you absolutely cannot wait to buy, try to find a home that needs renovating.  In that case, you still have the opportunity to add value to your home and make a profit later down the road.
  2. Are you Emotionally Ready?
    In addition to being financially prepared, it is also wise to make sure you are emotionally prepared.  Many people don’t understand the stress and frustration that not only comes with the process of purchasing, but once the purchase is complete.  When you are the home owner, you have a lot more responsibility to manage.  If the A/C goes out, there is no landlord to  call to fix it.  You are the one responsible financially for things that break and things that the home needs.  There will be grass that needs to be mowed, snow to shovel, and gutters to clean.  When you rent a home these things are generally taken care of.  If you’re at a point in your life where emotionally you cannot take on this additional responsibility of home ownership, it is best to continue renting for the time being.
  3. Are you Handy?
    As previously mentioned, owning a home comes with many tasks that will need to be completed.  Unless you have oodles of money to spend on handymen and contractors, hopefully you are a little bit handy yourself.  Especially if you purchase a home that needs renovations!  Luckily for you, there are many things that are DIY and can be accomplished all by yourself (even without a construction background), such as: painting (both interior and exterior), landscaping, installing faux wall paneling (faux brick, faux stone, or faux wood panels), changing toilet flappers, swapping lightbulbs, and changing furnace filters.
    As you can see, there is a lot to consider when making the decision to rent or buy.  If you find yourself in the position of needing to make a choice, hopefully these tips helped you arrive at a comfortable solution that works best for you!