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The Best Way to Heat a Family Room

Heating a family room can be challenging depending on its location. Wherever your family room is located, it’s important to be comfortable and warm during all seasons so that your family can enjoy the space it is named for. Select the best way to heat your family room by considering the options available, determining how location effects heating choices, and calculating cost, labor and materials.
Heat this room properly

Instructions

  1. Measure your family room to determine the size room you’ll need to heat. Forced air or central heating is ideal for large spaces, such as a 400 square foot family room. Radiant heating is ideal for smaller spaces, such as a 170 square foot family room, because no duct work or electrical installation is required and they are cost effective when used in moderation.
  2. Base your heating method on the room’s location. The most cost efficient way to heat a room is to keep the heat from leaving the room through windows, doors, baseboards or open areas. If your family room has a sliding glass door, lots of windows or is in a central location where the heat might disperse into other areas, you may want to consider a heating option ideal for larger spaces.
  3. Calculate cost, labor and materials. Gas or oil based heating systems are the cheapest to install and sell for $200 to $1,000 at major home improvement stores. Central systems heat specific rooms or sections of a house at a time and cost around $6,000 installed depending on your location. Space heaters, fireplaces, and propane heaters can be purchased from $20 to $80 and can be easily installed by the homeowner.
  4. Check the house blueprints to discover any features that might prevent you from installing the heating system of your choice. For example, to install a fireplace, the chute and chimney must be built into the original house plans unless you plan to install a stand-alone fireplace. Examining the blueprints will help you ensure there is room for plumbing, electrical duct work and any duct work the heating system of your choice might require.

P. Allen Smith Talks About the Garden Home Challenge

P. Allen Smith Talks About the Garden Home Challenge

From his design and garden empire just outside Little Rock, Arkansas, P. Allen Smith advises his audience on thousands of ways to improve their lives and make their homes more beautiful.

In his latest project, the Garden Home Challenge, the television host and author is hosting a web series on the eHow Home YouTube channel that documents his pledge to build a home for his brother, sister-in-law and their two children with only $150,000 for materials and labor … and in only 150 days.

And if that’s not challenging enough, Smith is also building green, to ensure that the 1,650-square-foot home saves energy and is environmentally friendly.

Where did you get the idea for the Garden Home Challenge?

P. Allen Smith: I love to build things, and I love to show people how to build and transform things. Building a house that many people could afford was very appealing to me. I was also really intrigued with the idea of a challenge. There are so many poorly designed and built houses, and I just thought: Can’t we do something that’s green, energy efficient, stylish and uncomplicated, at a price that people can afford? The national average for home prices is in the $200,000 range, and so many people have these speculative houses that just seem hollow and soul-less. I thought, “What if we came up with a plan for $150,000 that had plenty of space, a good floor plan and some real soul to it?” I wanted to use this as almost a canvas to do something very creative by using existing materials in a different kind of way that cuts costs and raises that charm factor. People think that building a home takes a long time, like a year. But it doesn’t have to take that long if you have everything organized.

Can you describe the Garden Home’s look and layout?

PAS: It’s got a “Southern Farmhouse Chic” look. It’s 1,650 square feet, and has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. There’s a large common area for dining and gathering — a sort of living room-dining room combination. There’s a mud room for laundry, a kitchen, a home office, and the master bedroom has a bathroom and a large master closet, and each of the bedrooms has its own closet. There’s also a front and a back porch.

What were the planning process and initial phases like?

PAS: I’ve always been a doodler. I’m doodling right now, actually. For about a month off and on, I created a set of drawings for the home. First it was 2,000 square feet, and then I cut it down to 1,650 square feet. I thought about things like in the bedroom, is there enough room to get into the closet that’s right near the double bed? Some things I design as we go along. Then I sat down with my builder and asked him: Don’t you think we can get this thing done in five months? (Even though we started building in November and had no idea what the winter would be like.) Luckily, it was a mild winter so that didn’t delay the roofing. When we finally got the floor down and I saw the footprint of the house, I thought, “Wow, this will be huge,” and then the walls went up and I thought, “Oh it’s small.” So I tried to make the house feel larger, using 10-foot-tall ceilings and really light colors on the walls and dark colors for the ceilings — that’s a decorator trick to make a room feel larger. When you are building green, you often have to wait for materials because they aren’t always stocked. We tried to use as many stock materials as we could so that everyone watching could say: “I could go to my local lumber yard or home improvement sore and I could do that!” I will say that it does take a lot of personal time to shop and to save money. People need to realize that. I’ve taken weeks to find good deals on lumber and light fixtures and do craft projects. I’m not advocating putting up finished walls and floors yourselves, but a homeowner should be hands-on and engaged on a daily basis in the building, and that takes time. If you do it all yourself, make sure you allow that time.

What did you learn from others on the project?

 

PAS: I talked a lot to my construction crew. They’re local guys who have done a lot of building. I asked them: “You’ve been building homes your entire lives, show me where people often make mistakes and how I can save money.” They taught me that if you can get a good brick mason who can lay the foundation just right and be really precise, it will look so good you don’t have to veneer it with brick. A member of the crew suggested going to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore that sells new and reused materials. We got our kitchen cabinets there that were brand new, but the wrong size for another house, and we got them for $500. I then showed the cabinets to my carpenter who matched it to wood we found at the salvage yard, using the same trim board. We painted them both white, so it all matched.

What other ways did you use re-purposed materials?

PAS: One of the things we thought would be less expensive and more sustainable was that instead of using drywall for the walls, we would create our own using second-grade lumber. We used pine that is locally produced that wasn’t the top grade lumber, and that cut costs. Second-grade lumber is perfectly safe to build with, it has just little flaws, maybe the board is bowed or there are a lot of knots. To us, more knots mean more character. The price of using second-grade lumber and running the boards horizontally proved to be less expensive than doing drywall. We also created another form of drywall using particle board that we bought for $9 a sheet and covered in burlap for 6 cents a yard, using Elmer’s glue. We painted it over, and that was my drywall. For the ceilings in the master bedroom and kitchen, we used galvanized corrugated barn tin, which is typically used for roofing. We also used scraps to create wainscoting in the entry way and wood blocks that are cut to look like stone for the entry hall. The blocks are beveled so that they look like cut stone, and that was less expensive and stylish. I got the idea from George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon, the exterior looks like stone, but was actually wood. We spent a lot of time at salvage yards. That’s where I found some the cabinet doors that we used for wall paneling to go around the living/dining room. We used 16 doors that were $5 each.

What are the energy saving aspects of the Garden Home?

PAS: There are ways to isolate the heating and air conditioning in a room that can cut your energy use by 75 percent if you only heat or cool the rooms that you are in. The first step in saving money is to make sure that the house has no energy leaks. We used soybean foam insulation, and the house is very tight. We also used energy-efficient windows and doors that have the highest Energy Star rating. Someone from the energy office out here has come by to make sure we’re getting it right, and at the end of the project we’ll have a final test where they’ll actually put a blower in the house and build up pressure in the house to see if there are any leaks. We decided not to do solar panels in the house because it wasn’t in our budget, but I would love to put solar panels on the garage as maybe the next phase of this project.

What’s been your favorite part of the project so far?

PAS: I’m a junk hound. I loved finding things and figuring out fun ways to use them. It was fun to be constrained by the budget because we had to figure out how to do things stylishly without breaking the bank. There are a lot of flea markets and antique malls in Arkansas, and I found an antebellum plantation desk from 1830 with a mahogany exterior that was in really rough shape. I bought it for $300 and painted it a sassy blue. I also love the fact that we used wood on the walls instead of drywall, and that we built the floors with second grade pine instead of drywall floors. I loved decorating the home, some of the art that we have is coming from programs where people who have disabilities sell their paintings, and I’m glad we’re supporting causes like that.

What are some unanticipated challenges that you’ve faced building the Garden Home?

PAS: They were all little challenges. One was getting the plug sockets in the right place with the cabinet doors that we used as paneled walls. I should have done the math and told the electrician to put the plugs between the panels, so some of them had to go into the panels. Another big surprise was the cost of the interior doors. We went to a junk stores and found a recycled front door for $100 that was 100 years old. We thought, “Piece of cake! Easy to install.” But that was just the price of the door. To complete the door, it needs to be mounted in a door frame and when you added it all up, it turned out to be $450 a door. We decided on a simpler door and had the carpenter apply our own moulding to the door and give it a simple trim. So in the end, it cost us $130 a door for eight doors using our own moulding and trimmings. Rather than spend nearly $4,000, we spent $1,000 for eight doors.

The home is for your brother, Chris, and sister-in-law, Joyce, and their children. Can you talk about what he means to you and how your background has shaped your design aesthetic?

PAS: My brother and his wife manage my farm and live on the property in another house. This will be a nice new home for them. Our father died when we were very young — I was 12 and he was 8, and we’ve remained close our whole lives. I’m very much design oriented and he’s very mechanical; he’s a big equipment kind of guy. In addition to managing the farm, he works with the livestock and barn and paddocks, cutting hay and overseeing the garden. We both grew up on a farm and love rural pursuits, and we grew up with not a lot of money and always had to figure out how to do things in an affordable way. My mother was a great decorator and did everything on a budget. They say that the only thing worse than having lived through the Depression was being raised by someone who went through the Depression, and that was us. She had a great eye for shopping, and I learned a lot from her. Rather than reupholster, she slip-covered everything. I used that in the Garden Home Challenge. We slip-covered a couple of old chairs from the 1930s that we found. My mother was also notorious for painting sub-grade furniture, and we painted a lot of furniture in the Garden Home.

What are some easy ways that homeowners can create a green home? Any clever tricks?

PAS: The first thing people can do is make sure they are using fluorescent light bulbs in their homes. Also, try to plug all the energy leaks in your home. There are lots of things you can do, such as adding weather stripping.

Do you think you’ll meet your goal?

PAS: I think so. We are very nervous though. I’m chewing my nails and getting very creative on some things. I might have gotten a little carried away with the landscaping, but I think we’ll meet our goal, and they’ll be moving in by the middle to end of June 2012.

How to Decorate My New House

Decorate your new home to reflect your personal style.

After going through the trials and tribulations of purchasing a new house, the idea of decorating it may be a bit intimidating. Before diving in and decorating the entire house at once, take it one room at a time and you’ll feel less stressed. Make a plan for each room and when one room is completed, move on to the next one and before you know it, the entire house will be decorated.

Planning

  1. Write down a plan for each room. Decide what look you want to create for each room and write down the elements that you think you’ll need to create each look. If necessary, consult home design books and magazines. Think about color palettes, fabrics, furnishings and accessories.
  2. Assign a rank of importance to each room. There are likely some rooms in your home that you likely want to have decorated as soon as you move in and others that can wait a while. For instance, the kitchen and living room may be of utmost importance to you, or the bathrooms and bedrooms. Tackling the rooms that are most important to you first will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your new home.
  3. Determine the necessities. If you’re moving from one home to another, you will likely be able to use several of the items from your old home in your new home. Go through what you already own and decide what you can use. If this is your first home, you will probably need to go shopping for the materials. Even if it isn’t your first home, you may want to add a few new touches to the home. Come up with a specific, or at least a vague list of things you need to serve as a reference point while you shop.

Execution

  1. Jump into decorating after you’ve sorted through and collected all of your goods. Start by painting or wallpapering the walls.
  2. Arrange the furnishings. Start with the largest pieces–a bed and dressers, for example–as they will become the focal pieces of the rooms they are in. Once you’ve established where you want to position the bigger pieces, bringing in the smaller items, such as chairs, bedside tables and bookshelves.
  3. Tie the look of the room together with accessories. Hang the curtains, display pictures, stack books, set out vases and any other accessory that you think will complete the room. Even if you don’t get every accessory that you want in the room, the major decorating will be complete; adding accents and personal touches down the road is easy to do.

How to Spray Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

There are many pests and diseases that can make fruit inedible, so spraying fruit trees is a necessity if you want healthy trees and fruit in most parts of the country, unless you are in a particularly favorable area. Both organic and chemical sprays are available.
Protect your fruit trees from pests and diseases.

Instructions

  1. Choose one of the many products on the market for fruit tree spraying. Many of the most commonly used ingredients are also organic and include mineral oil — which is usually used to suffocate insect pests — and copper and sulfur — which work well against fungus. No sulfur products should be used on apricot trees. You should also wait for 30 days before using sulfur after any oil spray treatments. Kaolin clay — a white powder usually used as a paper whitener — can also be sprayed to repel many pests.
  2. Choose a calm day to spray. Thoroughly cover the tree from branch tips to the base of the trunk. You can also spray under the tree and around the roots. Most sprays are toxic to fish, so make sure there will be no drifting of chemicals near a pond. When using any spray, even an organic one, it is always wise to wear gloves and glasses.
  3. Schedule fruit tree spraying in accordance with your local climate, pests, and type of tree. In general, you will want to do at least one dormant oil spray in the winter when the trees are leafless, a fungicide spray before the flower buds open, and at least one spray after all the flower petals have dropped. Never spray when any flowering is taking place since you do not want to harm the bees.

How to Decorate Waterfront Homes

You more than likely enjoy the beach and water if you live in a waterfront home. Decorate your waterfront home with relaxing, peaceful decor that incorporates the outdoor elements you enjoy most. Keep your decor light and airy so your home feels like an extension of nature. Use the view and immediate surroundings as inspiration, whether you opt for a formal or casual style.

Instructions

  1. Decide on your color schemes, decorating style and whether each room will have its own color scheme or if you’ll weave the same colors throughout the entire house. Decorate one room at a time to achieve the best results, as you’ll be focused rather than overwhelmed with an entire house to decorate.
  2. Paint the room with a neutral or soft color that flows with the scenic nature seen from the window. Cream, tan or beige walls mirror the sandy beach, while light blue echoes the sky. Sea foam green, coral or other coastal colors are also appropriate. Avoid stark white unless you want a contemporary style that contrasts with the outdoors. Or combine a stark white with a darker blue for a lighthouse or nautical look.
  3. Place throw rugs on wood or tile floors for comfort. Go with a bamboo rug if you want a tropical or natural feel or a thick, plush rug for a luxurious feel. Throw rugs are easier to clean than wall-to-wall carpet when you come in from the water.
  4. Furnish the room with comfortable seating areas and practical furniture in cream, beige, turquoise or light blue to complement a natural look. Light or white-washed wood complements a casual or beach-style room. White, red, dark blue or chocolate brown wood furniture can add to a nautical or formal look. Use just a hint of the darker colors as they’ll contrast with the lighter colors and scenic views from the windows. Wicker furniture goes with a casual beach cottage style.
  5. Hang artwork or pictures on the walls that complement the decor. Ocean, lake or beach scenes are fitting, as are black-and-white matted photos that you’ve taken yourself. Hang candle sconces or leave the walls alone if the room has large picture windows with a perfect view of the water. Shadowboxes full of seashells or other items you’ve collected from your yard can add texture and color to your walls without taking away from the view.
  6. Add linens, such as duvets for the bedroom or throws for the family room, that are soft to your touch. Neutral colors will fade into the room without distracting from the views, while simple patterns, such as stripes or seashells, can add visual interest.
  7. Install simple window treatments that don’t distract from your view. Sheer curtains will work in casual or formal rooms without blocking the view. Simple roman shades or roll-up shades will serve as privacy and light control options without getting in the way of the scenery.
  8. Accessorize the room with specific colors, shapes and textures to pull your color scheme or theme together. For example, lamps with blue and green sea glass embellishments would complement a living room or bedroom with that color scheme. Add throw pillows, candles, seashell arrangements, model ships or items with motifs, such as palm trees, lighthouses or anchors.

A DIY Guide to Fixing Bathroom Wall Tiles

Once the walls in your bathroom are properly prepared; clean, dry and free of any loose material such as old grout, adhesive or wallpaper you are almost ready to start fixing your new porcelain tiles. The last part of the pre-preparation is to accurately mark out horizontal and vertical guidelines to ensure a professional finish.

Preparation work can often seem tedious but it is essential that these steps are completed thoroughly and not rushed; you will always regret doing a rush job on the preparation and a poor job can make even the most beautiful designer tiles look unprofessionally installed.

Once you are confident that the preparation is complete and has been done as well as you can then you can make a start on the actual tiling. Whatever type of tiles you are using: porcelain, natural stone or ceramic tiles the procedure for fixing them in place is pretty much the same. But what is different are the sorts of tools you might require (for example, some very hard natural stone or porcelain tiles will require a diamond-tipped electric cutter) and the type of adhesive (some can cause staining on delicate natural stone).

Certain natural stone tiles may require sealing before they are fixed so you should always take the advice of your supplier on this matter.

Start tiling the bottom section of the wall first by spreading adhesive over a small area just below the central, horizontal layout line you have previously marked on the wall and pressing the tile firmly into place. It is a balancing act between being able to fix as many tiles as possible on the glued area before the glue dries and this will take some practise before you get it right. It will, of course, also depend on the size of your tiles. Larger tiles will have to be held into place until they are secure to prevent them slipping down the wall under their own weight, but good quality adhesives should grip even large, heavy tiles quite quickly.

If you find a problem with slipping tiles then check the adhesive you are using is suitable for the types of tiles as it may simply be a case of using the wrong adhesive and this will make your job much harder. But do bear in mind that the type of substrate will also affect how quickly the adhesive grips the tile – very absorbent surfaces may require more than the recommended amount of adhesive and smooth, non-absorbent surfaces (such as paint or old tiles) can also cause problems.

Once the first tile is in place, position the others downwards until you have fixed the last full tile before the floor level. Now continue sideways until you reach a corner of the wall or any other obstacle such as the bath. Use tile spacers between each tile to make sure every gap is even so that the grouting lines will be consistent. And also check the level of the tiles regularly. Taking particular care of these issues will ensure your tiled finish looks professional.

Work your way around the room completing the tiling of the lower half of all the walls with whole tiles (don’t start to tackle cutting tiles just yet). Then you can start to tile above your horizontal marker line in the same way: vertical lines of tiles upwards and then outwards, using tile spacers between every tile and checking levels as you go.

When all the whole tiles have been fixed into place it is then time to finish the job by filling the gaps with cut tiles. Assuming you had a well planned tile layout there will be no very narrow sections of tiles anywhere so the job should not be too difficult but a good, clean cut is necessary for a perfect finish so make sure you have the right tools for the type of tiles you will be cutting.

Carefully measure the size of the gaps taking into account the width of the grout joints. If you have ceramic tiles then these are the easiest to cut and can simply be scored and then cracked along the score line. But natural stone or porcelain tiles will require an electric tile cutter. Finish off the job by fixing the tile sections in the same way as the whole tiles.

Your Urban Garden Options

The urban garden is typically considered to be too small, too shaded, or too inconvenient to be a useful or beneficial area of the home. However, with careful planning and experienced design, it is possible to create a great looking and even a functional garden design that matches your requirements and your daily schedule.

You can create a low maintenance garden that is perfect for relaxing at weekends, or somewhere where you can sit and eat meals during summer evenings. Even if you are extremely limited for space, or have a very unique space, you can still create the perfect outdoor garden area. Designed patios, roof gardens, and even vertical walls, all offer potential opportunities for you to make the most of any space that you do have, even if it might not be considered a conventional garden. You still get to enjoy the benefits of having natural surroundings, could potentially increase the value of your property, and you can increase the potentially cramped space that you have as your existing property.

Small gardens, or yards, are commonplace in London. The majority of space in urban areas is taken up by housing itself, and while some properties may have adequately sized gardens, it is more likely that you will find a few feet of concrete or rubble at the back of your home. As well as the lack of space, your garden has to content with tall buildings that suck up any light, and similarly tall garden walls and fences that are designed to provide greater privacy but often only serve to make you feel penned in.

An urban garden, even in a confined space, can provide you with a feeling of freedom, while plants and greenery are shown to have benefits to both physical and mental health. The trick to designing in a small space is to use every inch that you have, not only horizontally but vertically as well. Consider planting up the walls, using trellises to plant up fences, and even adding taller plants near the walls and fences to help give the illusion of more space. However, do be careful to ensure that you don’t overdo it.

For apartment dwellers, and for those with balconies on upper stories, you can still enjoy green, outdoor space, although you obviously won’t be able to plant directly into the ground. Planters and pots can be used to introduce the plants that you want. You will need to consider the lighting and drainage aspects of balcony planting, but by choosing light plants, you can move them around the balcony in order to ensure that they have the best opportunity to thrive.

A rood garden may not be out of the question, although you do need to ensure that you have the rights to access the roof. You will also need to ensure that it is structurally capable of supporting the weight, and you will need to ensure that any items placed on the roof are secure, and cannot blow off.

Garden Club London are experienced urban garden designers, and they can create a beautiful and natural space from a small yard, a balcony, or a roof. Enjoy green space and even a functional area from your urban garden.

5 Home Furniture Decorating Ideas

Your furniture could give your home a three sixty degree turn. Your furniture greatly determines the theme of your home and how your thoughts. Be it authentic vintage look or subtle modern hues, it all depends on your decor, furnishing and creativity! So if you wish to buy great furniture at the best price, consider using Urban Ladder coupons presented at GrabOn. Here’s a list of five home furniture decorating ideas which are light on pocket and high on style.
1. Go Green
Home decorating ideas
Never underestimate the power green plants have when it comes to adding on to the fresh and natural vibe of the house. Plants simply bring anything to life. Whether it’s a pot of show plants in your bedroom balcony or beautifully set money plant in the lounge area. If you’re out of space, try a simple vase with fresh flowers! Try imbibing plants in the furniture. For example, a well trimmed green-bed under the glass table is quite a unique approach as long as you can maintain it.
2. Smart storage
If things are left out in the open, scattered in an unpleasant manner, it’s not exactly a sight you want to be greeted with after a long day’s work. Try multi-storage tables, bed and racks to put away the mess and deal with the clutter. It’ll give your home a more organized look which in turn will reflect your personality. Check out Pepperfry discounts available on a wide range of storage accessories.

3. Lightning magic
Perfect lightning can change your mood in seconds. Why do you think restaurants invest so much in lightning alone? There has to be a reason behind it. Try dim lights for the relaxation of mind or lights which highlight certain aspects of your home furniture and bring out the vibrant hues.
4. Mix-n-match
All your furniture needn’t be coordinated and be bought as a store from that expensive up-town furniture store. Try thrift stores every now and then, you’ll be surprised by the treasure you find. The old-school charm never goes unappreciated. Mix and match furniture with varying detail work and put them together. The end result will be fusion and if done right, you’ll love it!
5. Basic furniture
Invest in some basic furniture which don’t need changing for a long time. A strong dining table, a classic queen bed or timeless center table. You can change the mattress and cushions and covers but these investments are much recommended even if they cost a little initially.

Mobile Home Decorating Ideas

Decorating a mobile home or manufactured home can be a challenge. Paneled walls, vinyl wallpaper, odd angles and low ceilings are just a few of the problems home decorators must overcome. Here are some great ideas for decorating your mobile home with style and charm.
The most common complaint I hear in decorating a mobile home is what to do about those paneled walls. Mobile homes tend to have strips of vertical “molding” that cover the gap between each panel of wallboard. They scream “mobile home”. There are ways to work around them. First of all, you can remove them and use joint compound and a putty knife to fill the gaps. This works, however, as one of my readers pointed out recently when she tried this method, its difficult to get the gaps as smooth as the wallboard. Her solution was to apply joint compound to the whole wall, then texture and paint. Great idea! A lot of work!
If you don’t want to put the work into the joint compound method, you have options. The first is to simply choose one or two co-coordinating paint colors in a rich hue, then make the color of the walls the star. With a beautiful color as background, especially a rich color, then strips will seem to fade away. How about cranberry and mustard? Or a rich moss green and a golden yellow?
Another option is to make the strips seem deliberate. Get some inexpensive molding the same approximate size as the strips, and glue rectangular panel “frames” onto the walls at regular intervals. Now paint the “frames” the same color as the trim in the room. Hang artwork inside the frames, and the molding becomes a gallery, and the strips look a deliberate part of the style scheme, separating each “frame” from the next.
Another problem with mobile home decorating is the question of architectural details. Mobile homes almost always lack them! So add your own! Frame sunken tubs with wallpaper border, stencil arches over doorways, cut ¼ inch plywood into 4-6 inch wide strips, then add below the ceiling line, use wood putty in the seams, and paint the trim color.
Add charm to a mobile home kitchen by removing the cupboard door below the sink, and add shirred fabric on a rod for a softer look. Cut out the interior of the upper cupboard doors, and replace with glass or fabric. Paint your cabinets. The idea is to create a custom look, and get rid of the cookie cutter mobile home decor.
If your mobile home has paneling, the best thing you can do is to paint it. A good coat of primer and some white semi gloss can take a whole home from blah to fresh and inviting. Removing the paneling is time consuming, and can damage the walls underneath, so consider this option carefully.
Mobile home decorating doesn’t have to be a problem, just keep in mind these tips, and use creativity to decorate your mobile or manufactured home in a warm and stylish way.

Space Is Not a Problem for Growing Garden at Homes

In metropolitan hiring a home for rent is common problem for all new comers. Old homes would have garden, because these people purchased long years back. New person in such city would love to have garden at his home. In many cases, homemaker is used to pick fresh coriander leaves from garden and she makes many wonderful dishes, for all reasons a small garden at home is pleasing home members they are fresh in mind, they think they have in their home something special which others are not having with them. So they want to have a garden in their open terrace or front yard.

Now this is possible, because leading company is offering pot and plants, baby plants to grow at home and many things, even they are arranging a garden, if the owner of the home permits them to do this job. This Garden Kneeler UK is an established biology science company for promoting garden at home, this company is green loving company so the company arranges everything if the person is interested to develop the garden at his home.

The company is providing attractive plastic pot to fill the sand, apart from this, helping people by providing natural fertilizers and chemical fertilizers for big land and garden to form a green forms at a land. In developing agro products, proper attention is required. Every day water should have to be arranged for garden, even auto water feed is available on time, but they are expensive, manually spreading water is cheap and simple, but once the garden is grown beauty of the home goes to two hundred percent and greens at home bringing cheers in mind of the all family members.

A person want to earn from garden is also possible. In that case, he is becoming a former, he is even helped by the government for which one acre land is enough to earn money but accessories are required as, garden trolley suppliers UK helps taking seeds to the all corners of the land. Apart from this, if anything to be harvested this is easy now easy to collect flowers, easy to collect fruit like tomato and other small fruits as lemon and more however, the simple tools are enough to grow big garden, all these tools are inexpensive to buy and all these are onetime investment, later no need to invest again. Even seeds are collected from plants only so nothing is to buy from outside and in land earth warm is available means, this is natural fertilizer these are helping garden to go deep and get all energy from external world. In natural garden all products are usable. In many cases, people are avoiding fruits and vegetables procured from bad sands, or from bad fertilizing because they are damaging health condition.

Leather Sofas, Chesterfield Sofa Hire, Rental

Work with your imagination, while keeping Chesterfield Sofa Hire in your mind. The image usually settles with a gentleman all dressed up, in a dark study, smoking a cigar and sitting on this vintage sofa. These sofas, usually known as Chesterfield Sofas UK, represent not only vintage or luxury for people, but there are part of the lives of a wide range of people from different walks of life. It was all about the UK at one time, but the leather pieces, with tightened buttons and tufted structure, have gained immense popularity all around the world. It’s not about the style particularly in UK, but the sofa is definitely something which speaks to some from every country.

As per the Victorians, having a Chesterfield Sofa Hire in living rooms was a key piece, as they considered it to be a perfectly assembled, comforting item for the gentlemen to relax and smoke cigars, while the women were carrying out their needlepoint crafting. In the 19th century, a change took place when the Chesterfield sofas UK were used by Sigmun Freud for  his patients. Not long ago, with a two century flash forward, the same sofas with their sumptuos red leather were placed in wine bars and coffeehouses, all so well displayed in the dark corner.

Chesterfield Leather Sofa Hire

Leather Sofa Hire

have been known to grace the royal palaces, hotels, business offices, luxurious private homes and other prominent business places. The elegance and style they add to these places have made it essential. To have elegance and class inside their homes some people’s first choice is a Chesterfield sofa which is considered essential for decoration and architectural style. It is not a necessity for you to have a royal taste to select this sofa, you may select this masterpiece due to its being extremely comfortable as well.

Installing Windows and Doors- Give A Refreshing Look to Your Home

In previous era, windows and doors were made with wood or sometimes, manufacturers used iron or steel. However with technological advancements and change in customer needs, these materials have lost their significance- the biggest reason being inefficiency in thermodynamics where, the doors and windows do not work well to conserve energy. It may sound something related to physics, but be sure that it plays a significant role in your daily life. How? Well, if your home works well to control energy bills, it means that your doors and windows are working properly.

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The windows and doors are responsible for maintaining inside temperature- during summer, they do not allow hot air to enter the place while, in winter, they try their level best to keep cool breeze out of the home, thus reducing energy bills and helping homeowners to save a fraction of money. Another thing to mention is the design, style and material of windows and doors because every home has its own requirements due to which, you will have to check what sort of items or services your home needs.

Nowadays, most of the homeowners prefer to have modern architectural designs in order to keep carbon footprint cost as low as possible. For this, replacing windows will be a crucial step where, you will have to pay attention on a number of factors, consisting of the location of your home, availability of windows and doors, their quality, material and most importantly, energy efficiency.

With advanced windows and doors, you can smartly allow warmth or chilliness of outside that ultimately affect the cost of operation of heaters or air conditioners. If your windows are not working properly, they would be the reason of increase in energy bills because heaters will have to consume more energy to keep the room warm while, air conditioners will be using higher amount of electricity to create comfortable environment.

Here, another question arises that how can you find quality services? Or what sort of contractors you should be hiring to keep the place performance-oriented? First of all, you will have to find out the need of replacing windows and doors and land on a decision about which company to go with. Once you are done, it’s time to search for the best company that will ensure quality products with satisfactory services.

The best part about hiring a professional company is that they have experienced teams of installers and consultants who are efficient in solving different types of problems, irrespective of how big or small the project is. You will find a wide range of windows and doors having varied materials, textures, colors and sizes. The items will also have different window frames that add elegance and sophistication to the place. For more information, you can log on to http://directpro.ca/ where, you will be able to find expert consultation after their experts analyze the whole situation. You will never regret the decision to contact them as the company believes in quality, not quantity. So, make your decision now!

Features to Look For in the Front Door Replacement

One of the first things that pop out of the house and attract attention is the front door. And unless you are careful about what you choose, you may end up with a door that neither looks good nor functions well.

If you want to make the right impression, you need to do it right. What features does the front door of your home need to have? Before you make the selection of the entry door for your Toronto home, check out the details.

Offer protection: The primary function of the front door is to safeguard your house from intruders. Without a sturdy entry door, your home becomes susceptible to dangers. Whether you choose wood or metal doors, make sure they are strong and durable.

Provide insulation: Heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer may add to the energy costs of your home. One of the chief reasons for this is poorly insulated doors and windows. Make sure the door you select offers adequate insulation for the interiors.

Allow controlled access: A front door with a tempered glass panel or a peephole ensures that you are aware of whom you open it to and let enter. If you like to opt for a little hi-tech, surveillance system may also be a good feature to add to your home’s entry door.

Block noise: Whether your home is right across the street or a little further off, you need to make sure that the front door can shut out the noise of the traffic and any others that occur outside. Otherwise, it would be difficult to have a peaceful, quiet home life.

Look good: A homeowner also needs to make sure that the entry doors they choose for their Toronto home suits the overall décor and looks pleasant. After all, it is one of the most important elements on the frontal façade of your home.

The next task is to discuss the details of the product and installation with the company specializing in replacement of entry doors Toronto. Make sure they offer strong and durable products made from good quality materials, such as metal leaf of at least 1.5mm-2mm thickness.

If you are confused about which front door to choose, opt for professional help. The experts at Total Home Windows and Doors would be able to help you find the right entry door, make it to perfection, and install it with ease and efficiency.

Venus Fly Trap Terrarium Starter Kit Garden Decorations

One of the most exciting topics of research online is all about home and garden decoration Aside from searching online, you will also find TV shows dedicated to home and garden design. Designing and decorating your home is such a daunting experience if you do not have the right knowledge about it. With the help of different resources online, you can decorate your home without breaking the bank. There are important things for home and garden decorating such as light, paint, fabrics and accessories. Many people do not have the confidence to decorate their own home, because they think that they are not creative enough to do it on their own.

Fresh garden and home decoration

If this is your first time to do home and garden decoration, then there are several tools that can help you like magazines, catalogs, TV program ad books. These tools will help both experts and beginners to gain ideas on how they can decorate their home. Home and garden decorators create a design in such a way that the garden will complement to the design of the entire house. They want their garden and their home to look very attractive. To make your home compliment the freshness of your garden, you can place different kinds of colorful flowers in different parts of your home. If you have a country themed home, then you can also design your garden with a country theme.

Addition to home garden decoration

Are you familiar with live animal kits available online?  Well, if not, then this is the best time to look for them. They can add delight to your home garden project. Venus fly trap terrarium starter kit is the best for home gardens. Isn’t it great for your garden addition? The Leopard frog tadpole is also available in a kit, you will surely love the idea of having Leopard frog tadpole around and seeing it grow from a tadpole to a frog.  You will be amazed seeing this wonderful creature grow.  You will surely love to see them around your home garden, they will add delight into your environment. It is nice to see living creatures around your home, especially if you have seen them seen day 1 of their lives.

Venus fly trap terrarium starter kit in a home garden

Carnivorous plants are known as meat eating plants and they get their nutrients from the growing conditions of the air, soil, water and insects too. Carnivorous plants normally grow in wet places across the globe where they have easy access to water that is just running over and below the ground washing the nutrients away in the soil. To be able to collect all those nutrients, the plants have taken and learned to eat the meat from insects. Venus fly traps, pitcher plants and others are just some of the examples of carnivorous plants.

Leather Sofas and Some Things You Should Know

The leather sofa shopping experience can vary a great deal based on who is doing the shopping. It can be a very invigorating experience for someone who has worked hard to be in a situation to finally purchase their first leather sofa.  For a person who is more established financially and is used to having the finer things in life buying a leather sofa mightmay be a bit of a chore. Wahtever situation describes you, when it comes time to purchase new furniture for your home we hope this article will help you with a few tips about purchasing leather sofas.

There might have never been a better time to buy new furniture and in particular new leather sofas. Leather sofas are always a very popular item but often times shoppers don’t believe that they are within their price range and so this tends to scare shoppers away from making this kind of purchase.  With the recent reduction in prices of luxury leather sofas now may be the perfect time to decide to move forward and get that beautiful leather corner sofa. Regardless of whether your interior is better suited for the black leather sofa or perhaps the old trusty brown leather sofa now may be the best time in years to purchase it.

The price of leather sofas has long been an issue for furniture shoppers. Many furniture buyers would love to own one of these beautiful pieces of furniture but due to the perception that leather covered furniture is out of their price range they often do not even investigate the options available to them in regards to buying a luxury leather sofa. Prices of furniture in general have come down quite a bit due to the economy and obviously the higher-end items have fallen at a greater percentage rate than the everyday fabric covered items. For this reason the average furniture shopper will now find leather sofas well within their price range.

Understand the quality of the leather sofa is far superior to that of a comparable fabric sofa is pretty much a given. Almost any leather covered sofa is going to be more durable and longer lasting than its fabric covered counterpart but there are differences in the quality of the leather that is on the market today. Top grain leather is the highest quality leather that you can find. It has been subjected to the least amount of conditioning possible and that helps to preserve its natural oils and gives it the grain and feel that one would expect from true leather. Split leather is taken from below the top layer of the hide. This type of leather is subjected to high levels of conditionaing in order to give an even smooth feel and appearance to the leather. It is still a good product but it is not as strong or natural as top grain leather.

One of the large bonuses of owning leather sofas is without a doubt the pride of ownership. Having a luxury leather sofa in your home gives a sense of satisfaction. It implies to your guests that you have arrived, that you have achieved a certain level of success in your life, and that you have a sense of sophistication and style. The difference in price between a leather sofa and a comparable fabric covered sofa is often made up for by the fact that the leather sofa will last for years longer than fabric sofa. The carefree maintenance and ease of cleaning is another benefit that makes owning leather sofas such a joy.

Some best Introduction to Accessories

In today’s life style fashion and appearance of a person are considered to a part of a person’s personal and social life which makes the importance of accessories in modern day life. The types that one comes across in daily life comprises of fashion accessories, personal accessories and home accessories. Fashion accessories are the most popular ones with the youth amongst the wide variety available in the market. Anything which augments a person’s style statement can be broadly categorized as fashion accessories. These fashion accessories include things like hair clips, sunglasses, hair extensions, belts, jewelry, shoes, cosmetics and bags. The list is unlimited. They are must have items to enhance your wardrobe.

More and more people are becoming conscious about the importance of fashion accessories which help them in not only enhancing their looks but also add to their personality with the growing consciousness about fashion and lifestyle. These are decorative items that supplement one’s garments such as jewelry, gloves, handbags, belts, scarves, pins, sunglasses, stockings, bow, tights, leggings, necktie, warmers and suspenders. They add color style and class to your outfit and create a certain look. Handbags add a style while you are carrying them. Hats protect your face from sunlight and gloves keep your hands warm in winters. They are not only restricted to style and fashion but is also useful in daily use. Many or these are produced by clothing design companies to accompany them with the clothes. There has been an increase in individuals creating their own brand name by designing and making their own label.The types that one comes across in daily life comprises of fashion accessories, personal accessories and home accessories. Fashion accessories are the most popular ones with the youth amongst the wide variety available in the market. Anything which augments a person’s style statement can be broadly categorized as fashion accessories. These fashion accessories include things like hair clips, sunglasses, hair extensions, belts, jewelry, shoes, cosmetics and bags. The list is unlimited. They are must have items to enhance your wardrobe.

The types that one comes across in daily life comprises of fashion accessories, personal accessories and home accessories. Fashion accessories are the most popular ones with the youth amongst the wide variety available in the market. Anything which augments a person’s style statement can be broadly categorized as fashion accessories. These fashion accessories include things like hair clips, sunglasses, hair extensions, belts, jewelry, shoes, cosmetics and bags. The list is unlimited. They are must have items to enhance your wardrobe.

Many or these are produced by clothing design companies to accompany them with the clothes. There has been an increase in individuals creating their own brand name by designing and making their own label.The types that one comes across in daily life comprises of fashion accessories, personal accessories and home accessories. Fashion accessories are the most popular ones with the youth amongst the wide variety available in the market. Anything which augments a person’s style statement can be broadly categorized as fashion accessories. These fashion accessories include things like hair clips, sunglasses, hair extensions, belts, jewelry, shoes, cosmetics and bags. The list is unlimited. They are must have items to enhance your wardrobe.

Home Decorating Needs

When we talk about luxurious homes, the images that come to our mind are of a fabulous location, exclusive furniture, prestigious modern design and a great view. You will be surprised to know that one can transform a normal looking house into a luxurious dream home with some hand-crafted furniture pieces and unique decorative home accessories. Always choose furniture and flooring that is good enough to create a luxurious interior. Modern furniture is an integral part of decoration and you need to match them with the room color to create an ever lasting impression. People are more cautious while buying Luxury Furniture in these days. It is a onetime investment so they look for durable, environment friendly and original designs. They want their residential spaces and interior décor to be done according to their needs and taste. Whether you want a vintage, modern or simple elegance, you’ll find the style that best suits you.
Seasonal flowers and fresh plants can brighten any room and bring freshness to home interiors. Choose flowers that you like the most and go well with your home interiors such as room wall color, curtains and flooring. When choosing the color for walls and floor tiles. Light colored room walls make the room appear larger, whereas dark colors make large area appear smaller and cozier. The look and color of the floor tiles will have a major impact on room interiors. For decorating room floors, one can use many textured surfaces such as laminates, tile, vinyl, wood and carpets. The touch of luxury carpets can set one home apart from another and can make a real difference in the way the room feels. For many homeowners carpet flooring options are best for living areas and bedrooms for luxurious soft comfort feeling and longevity. Depending on the season one can spread luxurious soft carpets to give a royal look to the entire open space. A soft carpet assures years of beauty and performance.
Stylish and luxurious furniture is now easier to find and buy. Many interior design companies in Dubai offer comprehensive and tailored made design solutions to cater to each individual project from a single room to entire structure and mainly focus on the ambience and precise atmosphere or environment that is the need of that very project. La Sorogeeka is an award winning interior design company that makes Custom Made Furniture as per your choice and takes care of every minute detail that you want to get with. The services start from advice on room layout, color schemes, furniture choices, furnishings and fittings, finishes and fabrics and extended to luxury interior design Dubai solutions.

Holy Week Family Room Packages in Makati at Aruga by Rockwell Serviced Apartments

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Makati City, Philippines — This coming Holy Week, city travelers and Metro Manila dwellers get that much-deserved break at Aruga by Rockwell. Known as the newest and most posh serviced apartments hotel in Makati, Aruga offers 3 packages perfect for the family, inclusive of tickets to Rockwell’s big Easter Egg Hunt event.

Following are the details of Aruga by Rockwell’s Holy Week offer:

Easter Package

Stay period: March 30 to April 5, 2015

Booking period: Now until March 28, 2015

Accommodation options:

– 1 child, 2 adults

– 2 children, 2 adults

– 3 children, 2 adults

Inclusions:

– Set breakfast

– Free Wi-Fi Internet access

– Use of outdoor pool, fitness gym

– Parking slot

Easter treat: Tickets to Blockville Easter Eggs-perience

– April 5, 2015 (2 pm to 5 pm) at The Rockwell Tent

To enjoy this package, guests must book a room on Aruga’s website at http://www.arugabyrockwell.com/. Here, they only have to tap the “Click here to find out more” button to launch the accommodation’s direct-booking engine. Guests will then be asked to input their travel dates, select a guestroom under their desired packages, and settle the required prepayment that amounts to 10% of the total room cost. This online system is powered by DirectWithHotels, and secured by Trustwave, DigiCert, and AsiaPay. Promo details may change without prior notice, but reservations finalized before any adjustments will still be honored.

With the following top-notch accommodation features, guests are pampered with the finest of luxury serviced apartments accommodation at Aruga by Rockwell:

– A collection of 114 spacious guestrooms fitted with a remarkable Asian Contemporary style and a set of amenities crafted to suit the needs and lifestyle of every traveler. Each is replete with a private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer, HDTV, coffee and tea maker, and electronic safe.

– An envied address in the upscale Rockwell Center, connected to the Power Plant Mall through an underground tunnel. With this location, guests enjoy easy access to The Rockwell Tent, One Rockwell & Joya Retail Row, and The Rockwell Club. Meanwhile, the business and commercial districts of Makati City, Bonifacio Global City, and Ortigas are just nearby.

– Hard-to-match facilities that include Aruga Cafe, a business center, swimming pool, fully equipped gym, and function rooms

– Practical services such as airport transfer, housekeeping, massage, 24-hour concierge and reception, laundry services, and Wi-Fi Internet access

To check availability and prices at this prime Makati City accommodation, visit http://www.arugabyrockwell.com/.

Aruga by Rockwell

Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center

Makati City 1200

Philippines

Phone Number: (632) 818-0000

Living Room Color Schemes

Wall Colors impart an attractive effect in your every room if choose perfectly. But may the excessive use of bold paint colors on walls makes your family room disturbing and you can get irritated using the bold paint color. So it’s better to choose paint colors by knowing their effects in your living environment and body.When you’re going to choose paint color, then always think about the amount of sunlight entering into your family room. The paint colors also rely on the style of your room.
Neutral paint colors for family room are always calm and elegant, so a palette of white, cream, taupe, grey and brown is really a classic option for a living room that has got to please everyone. Select any one of paint color themes for example monochromatic, analogous, complementary, triad, split-complementary, warm, cool or neutral colors. You are able to apply paint colors which will highlight your living room color design. Feel the article to know the latest paint color trends for walls to improve your living room.living+room+color+schemes+(9).jpg
Apply Color Magic for your Living Room
Living Room- Green Color Paint
Green color imparts a brand new feel to your living room. You may make your living room relaxing by utilizing green paint colors. It is best to use light hues of green color so you feel comfortable in your living room. If you are using a little amount of white or yellow color with green color paint, it will give a dashing turn to your living room. If you are a true lover of natural splendor, then you can add some fresh plants or flowers to intensify your living room. Add wood furnishings to enhance the look of your family room interior.

Living Room- Yellow Color Paint
Yellow color provides a welcoming look to the living room. Whenever you apply yellow color paint within the living room, then it will give a haunting turn to the interior theme. You can also apply yellow paint color in poorly lit foyers or dark hallways. You can test a medley of yellow and violet color that will give a superb contrast, but play one color as a dominating color and also the other as an accent.

Living Room- Blue Color Paint
For any cool and refreshing look, you are able to choose blue color paint. Should you apply blue, red and yellow triadic color paint, it will create a wonderful atmosphere inside your living room. For a different feeling, use a tint of blue color paint with white color.
Living Room- Brown Color Paint
Brown color paint provides a classy look to your family room. Mostly furniture such as wood furniture etc. is available in deep brown color. You are able to match this scheme with a green wall paper for a different look. The hues of brown and green paint get complement the natural wood accents. The contrast color paint looks pleasing to eyes.
Living Room- Red colorization Paint
If you want to add luxurious feeling for your living room, the red color paint works more effectively. Red color paint gives you energy to complete work throughout the day. But use red colorization paint either on one or two walls of the living room. If you use too much red colorization in your room, then you will definitely get feel restless after sometime. A mix of red and green color paint or green and dark colored paint looks fantastic but play one color as a dominating color and also the other as an accent.
Living Room- Neutral Color Paint

Neutral color paint is extensively utilized in the various living room designs. You are able to better display your artwork, wall paintings and then any type of wall décor on neutral color scheme within an effective way. You can mix any color paint using the neutral color scheme to provide your living room a sophisticated look.

Living Room- Grey Color Paint

For any modern and sober look, you should use grey color paint. Grey color is dull in addition to cold. But for a different look, you are able to combine two or more colors paint out of your living room scheme. Being a neutral color schemes, you are able to combine grey color paint with just about any colors. You can try greyish yellow or red colorization paint to perk up the feel of your living room interior. Should you opt for simple furniture and accessories, then your modest grey color paint provides a graceful and sophisticated look to the lounge.

Living Room- Orange Color Paint

Orange color provides a warm feeling to your family room. But it is more friendly and welcoming color than the red color. Orange color paint will absolutely add interest and zest for your living room design.

Add More Color on walls with Amazing Ideas

  • You are able to paint one wall of the living room with a bold color making this wall the focal point from the room. If you choose any contrast color for that rest walls of the room, it will give a tempting look to your family room.
  • Avoid monotonous atmosphere from the living room by adding a few notes of energetic colors for example green or cobalt blue if you work with white color for decorating whole room.
  • Use energetic colors for furniture if you wish to paint your living room with single soft tone for example off white.
  • Paint one wall with indigo, dragonfly green or scarlet color paint and employ the same shade on a few accessories like flower pots or cushions to produce a sense of continuity.
  • Never apply dark colors of paint for small rooms because they make the rooms look smaller.
  • Use soft color to help make the space look larger.
  • You may create a serene and tranquil atmosphere by making use of soft tones of blue with white, beige and ochre shades.
  • For any new look, you can add fresh flowers and plants for your living room.
  • Paint your ceiling with white color paint to maximise the sense of light and space.
  • Special lighting can change the entire atmosphere of the living room.
  • You can choose a table lamp with stained glass lampshade for providing an impressive look.

Benefits of Living Roofs

Why would you want to combine a roof and a garden? Well, ask any roofing contractorand they’ll tell you that living roofs offer homeowners tons of benefits. In this article, we’re going to discuss just a few of the benefits of putting a garden on your roof.

Energy Benefits

Living roofs save energy in two ways. First, a living roof serves as natural insulation. The purpose of insulation is to reduce a building’s heat conductivity and, therefore, reduce the amount of thermal energy being transferred into and out of a building. Reducing the building’s heat conductivity makes it easier for the HVAC system to maintain your desired temperature, which saves energy. Most of the time, you have to install synthetic insulation to get these energy savings. However, with a living roof, the plants and soil have natural insulating properties that are as good, if not better than, synthetic insulation.

The second way that a living roof can save energy is by reflecting sunlight away from your home or business. Dark colored asphalt shingles and tar roofing absorb sunlight and generate a lot of heat. Eventually this heat is transferred into your building, and then your HVAC system has to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Plants, however, are lighter in color than shingles or tar. So, they actually reflect sunlight away from the building and heat up much less, saving energy that would otherwise be expended by your HVAC system.

Financial Benefits

The energy savings mentioned above have a direct effect on the financial savings you could accrue by installing a living roof. Obviously, if your HVAC system has to work less, then you are purchasing less electricity from the utility company to run your HVAC unit. Therefore, the natural insulating and reflective properties of living roofs have a direct effect on your wallet.

Beyond that, you can actually grow your own fruits and vegetables on your living roof, which will save you money on grocery bills.

Environmental Benefits

For those who care deeply about the effects that their lifestyle has on the environment, living roofs are probably the best kind of green roof on the market. Unlike shingle roofs, living roofs produce no unrecyclable waste. That is, if you want to get rid of your shingle roof, you have to throw thousands of pounds of ruined shingles into a landfill. If you want to get rid of a living room, on the other hand, you just have to put it back in the ground. Moreover, living roofs actually help out the environment by pulling excess carbon dioxide out of the air and converting it into oxygen.

Clearly, the benefits provided above are only a few of the many benefits of living roofs. There are even more benefits to be had when it comes to the resale value and aesthetic appeal of your home. So, if this article got you interested, then do some research or call up a professional and learn more about some of the incredible benefits of putting a garden on your roof.

Where Wallpaper and Furniture Meet

If you are like many of us, after that last day spent with a steamer and scraper, you said, “never again.” But wallpaper is back in big way and the trend shows no signs of waning anytime soon. Whether you want to make a bold statement with large patterns and rich colors or introduce subtle sophistication with tone-on-tone patterns, there are more options available than ever.

  
Brightly colored pieces like these McCartney chairs in
Elmo Soft Strawberry Fields can provide color cues for wallpaper.

Your American Leather furniture can inspire your wallpaper selection. A brightly hued upholstered or leather piece can provide a color cue for your wall-covering; simply choose a pattern that incorporates the color somewhere in the design or let your furniture take center stage with a solid or slightly textured wallpaper as a backdrop. Neutral leather or fabric can be paired with almost any wallpaper motif and can be accessorized with pillows that pick up color, pattern, or themes of your wallpaper. If your sofa or chair has a bold pattern, that doesn’t mean your wallpaper can’t have a design as well just make sure the patterns ‘play well’ together so they don’t create visual noise in your space.

For those who prefer matching wallpaper exactly to upholstery—another trend making a comeback—American Leather can help you accomplish that unified look in which furniture seemingly becomes part of the background rather than standing out. If your wallpaper has a matching fabric available, we can cover your American Leather chairs or sofa in the material you provide. Simply ask your retailer about the Customer Owned Material (or COM) option.

Putting the “New” in Neutrals

The American Leather Inspiration Sectional shown
with a table from the Phillips Collection and Creative Accents rug

Nothing is more soothing than a neutral color palette, especially in today’s technologically-driven world where the senses are continually overloaded with images and information. Make your home a relaxing haven by introducing a calming design scheme centered on furniture and accent pieces in neutral tones.

Neutrals go beyond beige, and with the right accents are anything but boring. Neutrals never go out of fashion and are essentially timeless, but there are several ways you can keep your neutrals on-trend while maintaining the classic calm they impart.

For the most up-to-date neutral décor, think neutral AND natural. Introduce accent items made from or inspired by things found in nature. The Phillips Collection, for example, offers a variety of tables and accent pieces created from petrified wood and other materials. Branches, stones, and dried flowers also make excellent touches. Rugs are another great way to add visual interest and an organic feel, even while maintaining the same tones found in your furniture pieces. Creative Accents offers custom-made rugs with designs that call to mind the ripples found on a beach at low tide or the moon reflecting on still water, among other nature-themed motifs.

 
The American Leather Nash paired with a Creative Accents rug.

Mixing different textures in the same color is another way to create visual depth in a neutral palette. Adding accents, like pillows, in darker and lighter shades of the same hue also add dimension and help your avoid a rigidly monotone or overly stark look. You can also combine complementary neutral shades like brown and beige for a warm look or gray and white for a cooler effect.

 

Not only can you relax in your neutral environment, you can relax about it as well. The best thing about decorating with neutrals? It’s nearly impossible to go wrong.

Leather Furniture Care: The Whole Truth (and Nothing But)

If you’re like most consumers, when it comes to shopping for new home furnishings, there may be some lingering doubts about what furniture is best for you and your home. And if you are like many furniture buyers, you may be unsure if leather furniture is right for your home, or even how to find the leather that best fits your décor and lifestyle.To help consumers in this buying process, American Leather, a leading Dallas-based manufacturer of premium leather and upholstered furniture, has addressed the most common myths and misperceptions about leather furniture – and the real truths that will have consumers making their next purchase in complete confidence:

Myth: Leather furniture just doesn’t last.

Fact: The truth is, leather furniture is something you buy for a lifetime. Since leather is a natural product, aging brings out its natural patina making it even more beautiful over time. And since leather furniture is something you can enjoy for years to come, this is a purchase that makes a sound investment –– and one that gives you excellent returns, time and time again.

Myth: Leather furniture is too expensive.

Fact: You don’t have to be rich to enjoy leather furniture – just smart. Since leather is a product that lasts four times longer than fabric, leather furniture is a great investment for your home that you can enjoy for many years to come. After all, don’t you deserve beautiful comfort that lasts?

Myth: Leather furniture is too hard to care for.

Fact: This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Just use a conditioner every 6-12 months and wipe up spills as they occur with a clean cloth. You should actually avoid using your normal cleaning supplies—like soaps, detergents, solvents, etc. Can it get any easier than that?

Myth: Leather furniture is easily damaged by kids and animals.

Fact: Unless your dog thinks your new leather couch is a chew toy or your cat thinks it’s a scratching post, your leather furniture is as safe as any other furniture in the house. For more peace of mind, buy furniture with a pigmented finish coat. It helps protect the leather so you can let your pets and your kids sit on the couch with no more than the usual worries.

Myth: Leather furniture is limited in where it can go in the house.

Fact: Even though leather furniture is traditionally seen in living rooms, dens and family rooms, don’t let that hold you back. Surprise your friends with the versatility of leather furniture. Use it in unexpected places like your kitchen or bedroom for a look that is super stylish and trendsetting as well.

Myth: Leather furniture is either too cold in winter and/or too hot in summer.

Fact: You must be thinking about those leather seats in your car. Of course they get hot in summer and cold in winter, especially if you park outside. But if you keep your leather furniture indoors like most folks (trendsetters beware!), you’ll find that in the winter, it warms to your body heat, and in the summer since it’s natural and can breathe, it stays pleasantly cool, and even adapts to the temperature set in your home. Just keep it out of the direct sunlight.

For more information on leather furniture and leather furniture care and cleaning tips, visit American Leather’s web site at

Distressing New Leather Furniture {DIY}

There’s nothing like a distressed, old, leather, vintage club chair to add warmth and character to a room. No?

I’ve always wanted one, of course, my pockets aren’t deep enough to afford a real vintage leather club chair. Instead, I bought this leather chair and ottoman (below), and it’s great, in a nice, shiny, brand spankin’ new kind of way. It’s actually several years old, but it looks as new as the day I bought it. My hopes for this chair and ottoman were that they would wear and look distressed over time. This wasn’t happening fast enough, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and speed the aging process.

I found this leather club chair at Overstock. It is a little more affordable (but currently out of stock) and I really didn’t want to have to buy a new chair anyway. It did serve as my inspiration for this project though.

I used a combination of these two tutorials on e-how, found here and here, to take my just-off-the-factory-floor-looking leather chair and ottoman from shiny and new to vintage and distressed.

Here’s how I did it.

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rubbing alcohol
spray bottle
220 grit fine sandpaper
blow dryer
old rags
 
I decided to take advantage of our hot desert sun and moved the chair and ottoman onto the back patio.
 
I sprayed them down with rubbing alcohol that I had put into a spray bottle. (And if you follow my blog and read this post, then you know that I have a ton of rubbing alcohol. I have absolutely no idea why? Aspirations of becoming a school nurse one day?) Sorry, tangents.  I sprayed them about three times, letting them dry completely before spraying it again.

Next, I sanded them down all over with the 220 grit sandpaper. I used the same principles of distressing as I would use when distressing a piece of wood furniture. I sanded more on areas that get worn naturally over time, like the edges of the frame, on the tops of the arms, the top of the seat and on the back of the chair where someone’s head would rub. I did try using a medium grit sandpaper, but it made the leather feel too rough. So, I stuck with the 220 grit and just sanded more in the areas where I wanted more distressing and wear.

I could see a difference pretty quickly and liked how things were going.

After some sanding, I wiped them down with a wet rag to get the grit off so I could see where I needed to sand more.

I brought the chair and ottoman inside, but they weren’t looking as distressed as I wanted them to.

I sprayed them with more of the alcohol.

Then, because I’m impatient, I blow dried them. This lightened up the leather and gave it a more mottled appearance like my inspiration chair.

After more spraying with the alcohol and blow drying, I was finally happy with the outcome.

Now, they look much more interesting to me. They look warm and inviting, like they’ve been around for decades and have stories to tell.

I’m in love with my new old chair.
Here’s what I’ve done in the living room so far:
1.  Added bookcases.
2.  Gave our coffee table a makeover.
3.  Painted the back of the bookcases black and finally accessorized them!
4.  Got a beautiful new new rug.
5. Gave a side table a makeover.
I’m working on a mini-makeover of this little club chair area and I can’t wait to show you the killer floor lamp I scored at Goodwill!
Thanks for stopping by today and taking the time to read my blog.

Leather Couch

Reader Lynda Schnute writes from Richmond, VA: “We purchased a leather couch, loveseat, and two ottomans and paid quite a bit. Within a couple of months, the backs and sides and under the arms became sticky to the touch. You could literally stick to it! We battled with the store for six months before they replaced the pieces. Now, another five months has passed and the replacement pieces are getting sticky — especially on the backs and under the arms. They said it was top quality leather and it is from a good store. We do have a fireplace, but Inever heard that you couldn’t have leather in a room with a fireplace. What do we do?” The Bargain Shopper answers: Tanning processes vary from tradition to tradition, and it truly sounds like the leather used to make your furniture may not have been tanned properly.

Meanwhile — especially if you have the furniture in a room that is heated by a fireplace — I may have some solutions to help alleviate the problem to some degree. But that will also depend on where you live and the availability of “remedies.”First of all, you should go over all sticky areas lightly with a soft cloth that is only DAMPENED with clean, lukewarm water (wring it out well). Wipe the sticky surfaces smoothly and fan-dry, if possible (an electric hair-dryer will work). You may have to do this several times, to remove any sticky residue.

The process involved with tanning leather removes salts from the hide, and adds certain chemicals. The natural pores of the leather may be clogged — or, the may be a waxy residue left over from improper finishing.

Either way, the steps you must take are to (a) clean the surface, to “unclog” the pores, and (b) to treat the surface so it remains supple, yet will not “attract” elements from the air and dust in the room that will contribute to it becoming sticky again. Basically, the fireplace is probably causing some tanning elements to “weep” out of the leather itself, so — although you cannot avoid stickiness in the future — you can certainly prevent it advancing to problem proportions again, but regular “maintenance” of the leather surfaces,.

Once you have sponged it off thoroughly (and I can’t emphasize enough NOT to use an overly wet cloth!), and dried it, you may notice that the surface is not as glossy as it once was. This is good. It shows that you have followed step one correctly. You should also notice that the surface is either not sticky, or far LESS sticky than before.

Next, you will want to clean the surface, to remove any residue of tanning chemicals that may have been drawn out of the leather by heat in the room. Believe it or not, Murphy’s Oil Soap — which depending where you live, you should be able to buy in a hardware store or supermarket (I have found the spray-bottle version at Target), is a very good product for cleaning sticky leather. (Be sure to lightly sponge it off first — don’t skip this step!)

Apply the Murphy’s oil again very lightly, and wipe completely dry. You might even be able to “polish” the leather surface a little as you do this, depending on how tautly the leather is drawn over the furniture.

If you cannot find Murphy’s Oil, a good brand of saddle soap will work well, b ut you have to use it more “wet,” so it does take longer to dry completely.

Lastly — but only when you are certain your furniture is COMPLETE DRY (maybe even let it “rest” overnight), spray all exposed sections of the leather surface with a good quality leather protection spray, such as you would use to waterproof a leather jacket or boots for outdoor wear. A good version is made by Kiwi. All the effective ones contain silicone.

Again, let your furniture dry thoroughly before you sit on it (overnight, at least), and be sure there is adequate ventilation before you spray, as well.

Periodically, you will have to redo this entire three-step treatment to maintain your furniture in non-sticky good health (and beauty).

It doesn’t sound like you will get any joy out of going back to the original store, despite the fact that you paid top dollar and are convinced of the high quality of your furniture, so I would just let it go. Meanwhile, you will probably find that with this regimen of maintenance, your furniture will give you no further problems, and will reward you with many years of happy — non-sticky — service.

~Debating Leather Furniture?~

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I have a friend who is debating selling her furniture and going with brown leather.
So, this post is for her……..
A few inspiration pics of leather furniture to help you take the leap~if you want too!
 
I love this first photo.
 I think it’s because the majority of the room is white, the leather really stands out.
And I know this post is not about light fixtures, but WOW! 
 The combination of dark paint here and the leather makes this room very masculine, even though there is a very feminine chandelier in the room.
 I love this room!
Love the chesterfield sofa and I love the choice of pillows used on it.
I also love it when leather is paired with rustic wood like in this coffee table.
{see the first photo for another example of this}
 This room below from the Painted Hive is one of my all time favorites!
The light walls keep it fresh looking and still very cottagey. 
{is cottagey a word?}
 Again, loving the dark sofa with the light walls……..
 The map on the wall along with the trunk make this space more masculine.
 Very dark, yet super cozy.
 You know I love zebra, so I had to add this picture.
I love everything about this look.
 Add light bright pillows to keep the look from becoming too stuffy.
Again, the walls here are a light color~notice a trend?
 Darker walls and plaid make this space more masculine.
 My all time favorite couch is the chesterfield.
All that tufting is fabulous.
I think with kids though I’d worry about crumbs finding their way in.
 If you are not ready to take the plunge and do ALL leather furniture, you can add just one accent piece like I did. We have a slip covered beige sectional, but I still love the look of leather.
So I added this club chair I bought off of Craigslist for a steal.
You can see the full post of our living room makeover here.
 A few more examples of chairs only…..
 Craigslist is a great place to find leather furniture.
In my opinion, the more worn the better!
 Have you visited Copy Cat Chic?
{it’s on my sidebar}
I love this blog.
She shows you expensive furniture, accessories, etc. and then shows you where you can find it cheaper.
Take this Restoration Hardware sofa for example.
It retails for $3,995.00
 And this one, almost exactly the same for only $799!
 Again, this Restoration Hardware chair retails for $2,745.00
 This one, just $319.00!
I hope this helps Kelly!
All photos not credited I found on Pinterest.
Have a great Saturday!
xoxo

How to Dye a Leather Sofa or Chair

For the past couple of weeks, I have been researching methods for dyeing leather furniture. My husband wants a recliner. {Cue record scratching sound effects.} The thing about recliners is that they are fantastically amazing to sit and recline in — which is why they are so popular. (This post is participating in Blogging a to Z. D is for Dye!)

The other thing about recliners? Most of them are, well, ugly. Annnnnnnd they are often so over-scaled they take up the entire room.
This is a typical recliner — gigantic and  man-cavish:

Furniture Outlet World

I’m not saying it’s wrong to have a recliner like that one — they are, after all fantastically comfy, but everyone’s taste and space requirements are different, and what works for one person might not work for another. I would probably LOVE a hot pink Natuzzi recliner, but my husband would hate it (and I think it’s too big for the space — darn)!

Our living room is very small, so we can’t get something super over-stuffed and over-scaled, and our architecture is pretty traditional, so that dictates what will work in our space.

We’ve been everywhere looking at recliners — he hit La-Z-Boy and Recliner World on his own, then I dragged him around to some higher end stores. He sat, I measured, he reclined, I studied specs, he commented, I took notes. It went on and on. He wants comfort. I want that for him, but our city apartment is small, so scale is important — so is quality, and so is appearance.  We finally found this leather recliner from Ethan Allen, that has all the qualities we were looking for. This was the only recliner in their whole store that had a high enough back to support the head of an average height man when reclined.  The scale is actually pretty compact, which is good for urban living, but the chair is expensive, starting around $2000.  {Cue record scratching sound effects again!}

Ethan Allen

We started searching on Craigslist for a more affordable option, and found this beauty. She’s vintage Ethan Allen, blue, worn, and the mechanism is loose.  For thirty bucks, we decided to take a chance and buy it. Of course, the color is wrong. It’s a great color, but it just doesn’t work with our existing finishes and textiles.

I know we can tighten up the mechanism, but am not sure if we can successfully re-dye the chair a different color.  I once stripped a pair of little pink cowgirl boots, and re-dyed them to little brown cowboy boots, so I’m hopeful.

The local leather restoring company says they may be able to do it — for $800.  Ummmmm, no, I am not spending $800 to dye a $30 chair. Now, I am scouring the blogosphere and the YouTube world looking for inspiration (and tutorials).

Here are some bloggers who have successfully dyed their furniture:

This sofa, from The Crandall Family blog, was FREE, and the transformation is jaw dropping! Check out her tutorial here.

Erin, who blogs at Decorallure, ended up with this result, after applying some TLC to a free leather chair.

Alex, at Laughs Ideas Inspiration dyed an entire set of leather furniture. It was white when it started out, and had been scribbled on with markers! You really need to see this transformation to believe it!

At Weeds, The Flower Pot Blog, they give detailed instructions on how they redyed this sofa.

This armchair makeover from Lindsay and Drew is beautiful!

Kaysi, from Keeping it Simple made over this chair!

This Eames style chair was dyed over at Bungalow Ranch.

The next question is what color to try to dye our “new” recliner. The leather dyeing professional suggested that not all colors can successfully by used, as the old blue color can never be fully stripped away.  I suppose I can order some sample dyes and experiment under the cushion…. One concern was that it may be difficult to get a good brown over a dark blue, but maybe this pretty green would work?  Not sure my husband would like it, but I would LOVE it!

There are lots of YouTube videos and tutorials showing how to use specific (usually expensive products), and showing the process professional restorers use.  I don’t have a special paint gun, so I really need a product I can apply with an old sock.

I think if I keep things in the blue color spectrum, I will be successful — maybe a pretty teal?

How to Take Care Of Your Leather Sofa?

 
Once you have decided on the type of leather sofa for your home, you may feel the task is over. That’s not true; the grandeur of your living room totally relies upon the maintenance of the furnishing that occupies it. Leather sofas are an essential element of any living room. Hence, proper care is crucial to retain the charm and decorum of your drawing area.With the right maintenance, owners will find that their couch looks finer and better each year. Leather sofas are known for their durability, but it should still be handled with a lot of care. Wrinkles can cast a unique look on the furniture, but huge scrape or tatter can look ugly. When maintained rightly, leather sofas will age with elegance. Following some simple steps can help you keep up the rich and supple look of your leather sofa.1. It is very important to take proper care of your leather couch, so always follow the instruction pamphlet provided by the manufacturer.

2. Swab it down: After a few weeks of purchasing the sofa, you may see the dust gathering over the sofa, and it might look like an old set of furniture. To give a fresh look to the couch, gently clean it down with a dry cloth. This will remove all the dust gathered and gives a shining look.

3. Refrain from Using Severe Cleaning Solution: You should always refrain from using harsh chemicals to clean leather sofas as they may ruin the surface of the leather greatly.

4. Safeguard Your Sofa from Direct Sunlight: Direct sunlight and too much heat can harm leather and in turn produce cracks on the surface. Thus, make sure that your leather sofa/furniture is miles away from direct sunlight or protect it with curtains.

5. Wipe out Spills Immediately: It is necessary to clean up spills instantly. Leather is highly penetrable in nature and if you don’t wipe out spills quickly, the fluid will pervade leading to ceaseless stains on your leather couch.

6. Different Treatment for Distinctive Stains: There are different methods to get rid of distinct stains. For example, if you want to remove an ink spot, a cotton swab can be useful. Just dip the swab in Isopropyl alcohol and then softly smear the cotton swab on the ink spot. Now, parch the area with the help of a hair dryer, push the button on the lowest heat setting. To eliminate grease stains, refrain using hot water and rather use a dry fabric.

You should take care of your leather sofa properly, and these tricks will help you maintain and elevate the lastingness of your leather sofa.Sofa Bargains aims at giving you the best deal on sofas and furniture at the best prices without compromising on quality along with various tips on buying different sofas.

When to buy Leather Furniture

One of the best things to come out of the brown trend is that the average consumer (especially men) have switched from buying black leather furniture to brown.I have seen so much leather in my consultations I have come to the conclusion that the reason why most people buy leather sofas is because there are only about 5 colour choices (okay, there are a million colours in leather as well but most people don’t order custom leather furniture-they buy it off the floor). With fabric, the colour choices are, of course endless and then you have to decide if it’s going to be a solid or a pattern? Smooth or textured? Flat or shiny?

 

Most people feel it’s less of a commitment to just buy a leather sofa and be done with the shopping already! And I have to confess, in the early 90’s when I was married, before my designer days, my husband and I bought a forest green leather sofa and loveseat. It’s funny, we didn’t even consider a fabric covered sofa, and looking back, I’m sure it was for the exact reason I’ve just mentioned.

Other than the practical reasons to have a leather sofa (if you have kids and pets) I would keep them in the family room, media room or in a library/den.
In the last year I have helped two bachelors decorate their place and both already had existing brown leather furniture:

 

 

This client was on a tight budget so we took one day, ‘shopped the city’ and came home with an SUV full of stuff. The only thing in this room in the morning was the sofa. The art above the sofa we found from a consignment store for $75, the area rug from Homesense for $200 as well as the chest of drawers $300.

 

 

 

 

Love this ‘Creating Abundance’ piece from Pier 1
This was a Yaletown condo that I decorated with a custom leather sofa. If you’re going to buy leather, I think it should be tufted in some way, it has a more luxurious, expensive (because it is!) feel to it:

 

Maria Killam Colour & Design

 

This classic, tufted, chesterfield sofa from Williams Sonoma Home is my all time favourite. I would have this in a cozy library in this exact colour. It’s totally timeless!

 

 

If you’re still in love with espresso brown, you can have this one from Restoration Hardware;

 

 

If you want a hit of drama and colour, this red one from Neiman Marcus is really fun!

 

You can always just go really high end and buy one from Ralph Lauren Home;

 

How to Convert a Garage Into a Family Room

If your house or apartment doesn’t have a good place for your family to gather, consider converting your garage. Depending on the state of your garage, the project could take only as a few days and relatively few materials. You can even enlist the help of family members to make it a fun bonding activity. Give everyone a separate job to speed through the project, or work together to paint the walls, carpet the floors and add interesting accents to liven up you

Convert a Garage Into a Family Room

Instructions

  1. Clear out the garage. This is the first, and most difficult, step. You’ll need a different storage area to stow everything temporarily. Consider renting a storage unit or putting things into your attic. Donate or sell anything that you no longer need.
  2. If your garage doesn’t have enough electrical outlets, you’ll need to rewire the garage. It is highly recommend that you hire someone to do this as opposed to doing this yourself, as it can be dangerous.
  3. If you live in a cold area, you will need to insulate your walls. The interior-most wall usually gets heat from the house, but the two walls that are exposed to the elements need to be insulated. This will require framing the walls, which involves affixing wood posts to the walls so that insulation can be stuck in between the posts.
  4. If insulation was applied, cut some drywall and apply it to the framing in order to hide the insulation. Cover the gaps in between drywall pieces with drywall tape, then cover the drywall tape with sheet rock compound. Sand it smooth.
  5. Brighten the walls and ceiling with a few fresh coats of paint. Use a bright color to make the enclosed space seem larger.
  6. Measure floors and buy carpet for the space, or buy a large rug. If you want carpet, have it installed professionally as it is a difficult and tedious job that requires expensive machinery.
  7. Furnish the room with a sofa, television, electric fireplace and bookcases as desired.
  8. Set up space heaters and fans to control temperatures throughout the seasons.

How to Arrange a Family Room With a Sectional Sofa

Your family room is a place where your family should be able to comfortably play, entertain, talk, and gather. If you have a large family but limited space, a sectional sofa may be the best choice for seating. By using a sectional sofa, you can set up the family room so that all the seats are in one area, then arrange your other pieces of furniture around that central element.

Instructions

  1. Choose the type of sectional that you want for your family room. Some sectionals contain two couches that sit at a perpendicular angle up against each other, while others have one long sofa with a chaise on one end. The chaise is similar to a bed where you can lay down, or sit with your feet up. Sectionals come in different styles, such as with a curved or straight back. Let’s assume you choose a standard sectional that has a long couch and a chaise. It sits in an “L” shape.
  2. Position the sectional sofa along the wall that is opposite or adjacent to a window in the room. Leave about a foot of space between the wall and the back of the couch.
  3. Purchase a coffee table that is shaped like an “L,” just like your sectional and place it in front of your sofa.
  4. Set a table next to the side of the couch where the chaise sits. Place decorative items such as a vase or framed pictures on this table, or just a lamp and phone. The person relaxing in the chaise can reach over to this table to retrieve a drink instead of from the coffee table. Place a plant on the other side of the sectional (the standard sofa side) if you’d like.
  5. Place the entertainment center up against the wall that is adjacent to the window, preferably parallel with the long sofa part of the sectional.
  6. Set another small table next to the entertainment center to hold more decorative items or pictures in frames.

How to Start Your Own Gardening Business

Turn the ability to grow a beautiful garden into a very marketable trade. Many homeowners are willing to pay a lot of money to a gardening service or landscaping business capable of transforming their home’s lawn into a lush, verdant expanse. Small scale gardening businesses, such as homegrown herbs and spices for sale, can also provide some extra spending cash. Develop a business idea that can work locally to build your gardening business.

Successful gardeners have an intimate knolwedge of what can grow where.

Instructions

  1. Develop your business model by researching what local opportunities exist for gardening businesses. Educate yourself on local gardening conditions, including climate, weather, soil conditions and average rainfall to understand what kind of plants can be grown in your area. Talk to local homeowners and businesses to see what needs exist for gardening supplies or landscaping services in your town.
  2. Analyze your market competition that exists in your local market for the style of business chosen. If you plan on growing plants and flowers for retail sale, you may want to check out the offerings of local greenhouses. Consider any possible options you can offer that aren’t available at these greenhouses or gardening stores, including gardening equipment. Keep in mind all prices and display designs that competitors use that you might be able to utilize or improve upon.
  3. Apply for all proper business licenses and permits required to operate your business legally within your state of residence. Contact your state and local government offices and speak to a representative. Tell the representative about the nature of your business and ask about any necessary business licenses or permits to run your business. Retail businesses will need a seller’s permit and retail license; landscaping businesses will need to apply for contractor business licenses.
  4. Purchase the materials and retail space that you will need in order to operate your gardening business. Lease or purchase a storefront if you need space to display your available retail products, or rent out an office space if you need an office outside of the home to run a landscaping business. Retail stores need to purchase seeds and equipment from bulk wholesalers for individual sale. Gardening and landscaping businesses will need multiple hand tools, such as rakes, lawnmowers or brooms, and a truck or large van for transporting plants and equipment. Interior landscaping is cheapest to fund among gardening services, but it becomes more difficult to maintain plants stay indoors.
  5. Contact a local nursery, and set up a contract to purchase plants that your gardening business will sell and plant. You may need to contact many nurseries if local ones have too many clients. Ask a store representative about any minimum purchase requirements or advanced notice needed to process larger orders.
  6. Find ways to increase your gardening business’ profile in your local community. Hold workshops on gardening techniques with which you have experience or start up a kiosk at a local co-op or farmers market. Contact your local chamber of commerce to find out about any local business events or home and garden shows. You might also design and print a brochure to distribute to customers at your store or other local businesses.

How to Make a Hydroponic Home Garden

Hydroponic gardening can be defined as soil less gardening. Plants are rooted in substrate material and fed a liquid nutrient solution. Growing plants in a home hydroponic garden offers many benefits. Because the growth medium is soil less there are no weeds and few disease or pest problems. According to the Virginia Cooperative Extension, gardeners can grow vegetable plants year-round using hydroponic gardening methods. Home hydroponic gardens are also small enough to use in apartments or small spaces in your home.
Try growing hydroponic vegetables.

Instructions

  1. The first step in making a simple hydroponic home garden is making the container. The container that holds the plants and substrate material is a plastic tote 23 inches long and 16 inches wide. Use the drill with the five-eighths inch bit to drill a hole in the tote. The hole should be about half an inch up from the bottom edge of the tote, in the center.
  2. Place one end of the drain hose through the rubber grommet, so that it sticks out about half an inch past the end of the grommet. The nutrient solution will drain out through this hose.
  3. Insert the grommet into the hole you drilled into the end of the tote. The end of the hose will be just inside the container to let the nutrient liquid drain out easily.
  4. Place the tote on a table or other raised surface and place the bucket to catch the draining nutrient solution on the floor underneath it. Place the end of the hose drain inside the bucket.
  5. Place the brick under the tote, opposite the side with the drain. Fill the tote with vermiculite, leaving about two inches clearance from the top.
  6. Mix the nutrient solution according to the instructions on the bottle. You can use a watering can to pour the solution into your hydroponic garden. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service you will need to feed your plants about three times a day and can reuse the solution that drains into the bucket for 10-14 days.
  7. Plant your garden. DIY Hydroponics recommends that you carefully wash the soil off the roots first, if using nursery plants. Dig a hole in the vermiculite, large enough to support the roots, place the plant inside, and pack the vermiculite gently around the plant up to the same height as if using regular potting soil

How to Paint Sheet Metal for Home Decorating

Painted sheet metal softens the industrial look of unfinished metal. In home decor, painting sheet metal can create a functional yet stylish piece, such as a magnetic board or a back splash or frame. Do-it-yourself decorators can distress and weather the metal for a shabby chic look or keep it gleaming and pristine for a contemporary edge

Instructions

  1. Study the surface of your sheet metal. If it appears and feels relatively smooth to the touch, you should roughen the surface to create more texture before painting it. Otherwise, the paint will not properly adhere to the sheet metal. You can do sand or bead blasting, or just use very gritty sandpaper or thick steel wool and hand-treat the surface. You can also purchase pre-sanded sheet metal. Clean the sheet metal with white vinegar.
  2. Consider different patinas and treatments you can apply to the sheet metal before painting it. You can use a faux rust patina to age and weather the surface, which proves more archival than painting on actual rusted sheet metal. You can also weld metal embellishments or use weld beads to add dimension or create outlines of images. If you use sheet metal for a construction project, you must treat the metal with an anti-rusting agent, typically a coat of zinc.
  3. Apply a primer coat to the surface of the sheet metal. You can purchase a self-etching commercial primer that contains acids for etching the sheet metal. You can also use another coat of white vinegar, this time diluted with water to about half strength, to prepare the surface for sheet metal finishes.
  4. Paint the sheet metal. You can use a variety of products intended for application to metal. High-quality oil paints can adhere well to a properly primed surface and have brilliant effects. Metallic or glitter paints highlight the underlying material, while bold colors seem to pop off the surface of the sheet metal.
  5. Add a top coat. Some people use an epoxy top coat that is thick enough to seal kitchen counte rtops. If you go this route, mix the epoxy well and use it according to the directions so that it dries and hardens rather than remains tacky. You can also use a clear gesso as the top coat or on any parts of the sheet metal that you wish to remain exposed rather than covered with paint. Note that most top coats, while protecting the paint from peeling, chipping or scratching, also add a touch of gloss to the final finish.

How to Open a Home Decor Boutique

The popularity of home improvement and home makeover shows has brought the world of home décor into the living rooms of Americans across the nation. Show followers and individuals who are into decorating their homes are always on the hunt for good home décor boutiques that carry the goods they are looking for. Thus, opening a home décor boutique may be a lucrative business venture for you. With some time for planning and a monetary investment, you can open a home décor boutique to service clients in your area.

Instructions

  1. Apply for and obtain a business license. Contact the county clerk’s office of the county where your boutique is located to see what you need to do to obtain a business license. Since it is a retail location, you may need to obtain a retail license on top of a business license. Application and processing fees vary by location.
  2. Rent a retail space. Choose a location where there are related businesses such as a furniture store, grocery store or home improvement store. This ensures that your boutique is in an area that attracts the types of clients who are interested in your home décor products.
  3. Order inventory. Purchase the various products that fall in line with the type of home décor products you want to sell. You can buy home decor items from wholesale suppliers such as gifts, home furnishing and home decor.
  4. Develop a relationship with referral sources. Get in touch with local interior designers and decorators, real estate agents, professional home stagers, contractors and other types of business involved in home construction and renovations. You can give these referral sources coupons to hand out to their clients or establish a relationship where they buy their supplies from you to decorate their clients’ homes at a discounted rate.
  5. Advertise. You can also promote your store and products directly to consumers in your area. Build a website to showcase the variety of home décor products you offer. Attend home shows at the local convention center, where you can display your store products and speak with consumers who are looking for various products and decorations for their homes. You can also place an ad in local home and real estate magazines your potential clients are reading.

How to Decorate a Home Music Studio

The decor of a music studio can set the right tone and help artists relax.
With advances in personal computer technology and recording software, home music studios have become popular among many musicians. Home music studios offer a flexible recording environment, as well as a way to save money on recording budgets. Decorating a home music studio can help make the space more inviting, as well as reflect the personality of the owner or type of music produced in the studio. Decorating project costs can vary greatly, depending on the desired results or budget.

Instructions

  1. Use old vinyl record albums to decorate a home music studio. Hang vinyl 33 1/3, 45 and even 78 rpm albums with or without the record jackets to create colorful and interesting decorations. Frame old or valuable records for a more formal decoration.
  2. Hang unused musical instruments around the music studio. Instruments such as trumpets, guitars, mandolins, banjos, violins and flutes can be easily hung on the wall for unique decorating elements.
  3. Combine personal pictures, old sheet music, cue sheets, production worksheets, guitar picks or broken drum sticks to create a music-themed collage for a home music studio. Take snapshots of artists recording in the studio to add a more personal touch to the collage.
    Have artists add comments to the collage with a marker.
  4. Reuse old or broken musical equipment as furniture in a home music studio. Lay a bass drum on its side and top with a piece of glass or Plexiglas to create a music-themed table. Attach plywood between two unused guitar amplifiers to create a coffee table or desk.
  5. Hang concert posters, artist pictures or magazine pages to accent a home music studio. Choose posters that reflect the feel of the studio or genre of music produced.
  6. Hire a professional painter to decorate the music studio with scenes of concerts, musicians or other music-related themes. For more limited budgets, images of guitar amplifiers or drums are easy subjects for most novice painters.

How to Start a Fashion Accessories Retail Business

Selling fashion accessories
A fashion accessories retail business sells a wide selection of items, such as hats, scarves, gloves, head bands, wigs, shoes, handbags and fashion jewelery to complement the buyer’s outfits and complete the fashion style. This type of business enterprise would suit a seller who is young, fashionable, competitive, has a good head for business, appreciates the concepts of high fashion, knows the fashion market with its fast changing trends and is able to keep up with the latest fashion crazes.

Instructions

  1. Carry out market research to find out what kind of fashion accessories the public expects to find when shopping and listen to suggestions about what kind of accessories they might purchase if given the choice. Do this by preparing questionnaires and target the questions at your target market.
  2. Decide on the name of your business, which should reflect the type of fashion accessories you are intending to sell. Design your logo for your business ready for your business letterheads.
  3. Write a business plan. This is a detailed document that describes the nature and objectives of the business and demonstrates how best to achieve it. Provide a brief overview of your fashion accessories retail business, followed by information on your retail business, listing details about your fashion accessories and services, details on your market based on your market research, staff, premises and financial forecasts.
  4. Arrange a meeting at the bank to open a business account and arrange a business loan. You will need to discuss your business plan in a professional manner to prove to the bank manager that you have a legitimate and viable business proposal. Take a few samples of fashion accessories that you plan to sell. If the business plan is accepted, you will be able to open a business account, and you will be asked if you require a business loan.
  5. Locate a shop front to sell your fashion accessories. You could set up an Internet retail business to save on rental costs but the best option would be to find a retail premises, near to fashion boutiques, which complements your style of accessories. Customers prefer to be able to touch accessories so as to match them up against an outfit they have just purchased. Renovate the premises, reflecting your tastes and present a fashionable shop front to entice customers.
  6. Buy stock for your retail business. Decide on the nature of the stock, whether it is materials to make original designer accessories or buy fashion accessories from wholesale retailers.
  7. Hire staff and put them on the payroll, abiding by minimum wage laws. Apply for a business license and a tax identification number. Talk to an insurance salesman about your insurance needs.
  8. Start marketing your business by window dressing your shop front to display a selective range of your products in an effective and imaginative way to entice your target customers, off the street, into the shop. Have your staff wearing the accessories you sell. Display promotional sale offers in the window, such as ‘buy one, get one free’ offers or a ‘percentage off’ selected items. Create a business website to advertise your business, and additionally, as a second source to sell your fashion accessories on-line. Take advantage of free advertising Internet sites. Distribute promotional fliers offering sale incentives. Advertise your business in newspaper ads and fashion magazines to best target your promotional offers towards a potentially young, female and fashionable market, as well as using word of mouth to help promote your business.

How to buy wholesale accessories

Buying accessories wholesale is an excellent way to save money on your wardrobe.
Accessories serve many purposes. An elegant hairpin can add a touch of color to an otherwise drab outfit. A hat can help keep you warm and inject a little style into your outfit, even when you’re just running to the store. If you are a retailer selling handbags and sunglasses or even if you just have a large wardrobe, you can buy accessories wholesale and save money. Wholesale accessories are available for purchase from many stores and online.

Instructions

  1. Inventory what you have on hand. A fashionista should review her existing wardrobe in great depth. Note the colors of the clothing in your closet as well as the colors of any jewelry, belts, earrings, necklaces and handbags. Aim to buy items that compliment what you have. If you are a merchandiser, review what you have in your store. If you are just starting out, buying wholesale accessories can help you stock your shelves with basic items.
  2. Make a list of the items you want to buy. Accessories are often seasonal in nature. Many women will not buy white shoes after Labor Day. Wholesale accessory vendors stock both seasonal items and items that can be purchased and used year round. Buy seasonal accessories a month in advance to allow time for shipping. Scarves in fall colors such as red, orange and yellow should be purchased in August or late July.
  3. Research wholesale accessory vendors. Wholesalers can be found in many cities as well as manufacturing centers. Many wholesalers now have websites that accept purchases from out-of-state and international customers. People seeking to purchase accessories wholesale can find stores that sell specific accessories such as handbags and stockings. They can also find sellers that deal in a large variety of accessories. Accessories can include items such as handbags, shoes, stockings, bracelets, hats and scarves. Look up many different vendors, including those selling clothing, outwear and jewelry. You may have to work with more than one vendor.
  4. Investigate the types of accessories offered. A wholesale accessory seller should have items for you to look at directly if you are shopping in their store. If you are shopping online, detailed pictures should be provided. The pictures should include descriptions of the materials used, the sizes and colors available and the cost both per unit and in bulk.
  5. Place an order. If you are buying online, make sure you have a detailed description of how items are shipped. Items of greater value such as semi-precious stones, designer handbags and leather belts should be shipped registered mail to ensure you receive the product. The wholesale accessories seller should tell you in advance approximately how long it will take the item to arrive at your house or store.

How to Choose Southwestern Decor

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Choosing southwestern decor is not difficult. The American southwest is a pleasant place to live. People have often drawn inspiration from the places that mark the southwest such as deserts. Use the colors of this area to help create the perfect evocative living room filled with southwestern style.

Instructions

  1. Choosing southwestern decor is not difficult. The American southwest is a pleasant place to live. People have often drawn inspiration from the places that mark the southwest such as deserts. Use the colors of this area to help create the perfect evocative living room filled with southwestern style.
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  2. Paint the walls of the room white. White walls are a hallmark of southwestern decor. White walls add a warm and pleasant touch to any room. Choose a white with a hint of another color. Navaho white is a good choice to use on walls. Navaho white gives any room a feel of warmth yet at the same time does not make the room feel closed in.
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  3. Pick out rugs. Rugs are an essential part of southwestern decor. A good rug should have a multitude of colors in a pleasing pattern. Southwester rugs are noted for taking the colors of the landscape and using them effectively. Look for rugs that have reds, tuquoises and browns in them to call to mind the surrounding area.
    Navaho rug
  4. Pick out furniture. Look for furniture that brings to mind the southwest. A good piece of southwestern furniture will have clean lines and solid woods. Mission style furniture items are ideal for this purpose. Choose a sofa that is clean and easy to use. Add cushions in bright colors such as oranges and blues that bring to mind this area.
    Southwestern rug
  5. Find the right artwork. The southwestern United States has been a notable inspiration for artists for a very long time. Look for items that call to mind the works of artists such as Georgia O’Keef who brought this area to life with images of scenes from the area on large canvases.
    Use the right accessories. Look for items that call to mind the southwest. Brass artwork that showcases the feel of the west such as pictures of men rounding up horses or cattle are excellent. Use additional accessories to call to mind the southwest such as pottery and sculptures that have the colors of this area in them.

What Is a Family Room in a Hotel?

Staying in an hotel should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience, even if you take your youngsters with you. Going on family trips together will usually require the use of a large suite or family room in a hotel.

Room Facilities

  • Family rooms in hotels usually consist of similar utilities that any hotel room will include. For example, there will be a TV with cable service, full-size bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Family Room Facilities

  • A family room will also have two queen-size beds and a pull-out cot or sofa bed to accommodate young children. Some hotels offer family suites with a separate bedroom. Baby cots are also available at many hotels. Pets are usually accommodated too if families wish to bring the dog on vacation.

Longer-Stay Facilities

  • Some family-oriented hotel rooms will also have kitchenette and dining areas where meals can be prepared for the family. A microwave oven and a regular cooker may also be provided as well as a refrigerator and sink. Some hotels may offer some games for children, such as jigsaw puzzles or coloring books, but this is not common.

How to Decorate a Family Room With Maroon Leather Sofas

Design a living room that shows off the detail and craftsmanship seen on maroon leather sofa sets. Pairing both light and dark colors along with decor accents in the room make the living area more cozy. Add a personal touch by featuring some of your own family photos in the room and look for other pieces of furniture that complement the style of your sofas. The color of the walls, carpeting and rugs can also make the room complete.
Choose decor accents that make your sofas stand out.

Instructions

  1. Paint the walls a light color that makes your maroon sofas stand out. Light colors that work with maroon include lavender, beige and pastel green. Too many dark colors in the room can make the sofas look like they blend into the wall.
  2. Place pillows on the sofas that match coordinate with the couches and other colors in the room. You can feature pillows with a combination of both light and dark colors such as plum, forest green, soft green and lavender. Pillows with a dark background and light flowers scattered on the front can also work for a living room with maroon couches.
  3. Hang up a large piece of framed art on the wall above your largest leather sofa. Choose a dark maroon frame so it stands out against the light walls and blends in with the sofa below. Feature other small pieces of framed art on each side of the larger picture, so that the largest piece is the main focal point.
  4. Place colored candles that match up with the colors seen on your sofa pillows in crystal bowls. Then place the bowls on end tables, coffee tables and other areas within the room.
  5. Place a rug on the floor with both light and dark colors that match your sofa and other accents. You can put the rug directly in front of the sofa or loveseat or place it on other available floor space.
  6. Place a potted palm tree, fern or other type of large plant in the corner of the room for greenery.
  7. Install dark maroon curtains to match your leather sofas. You can have a few dark accents in the room as long as you have other lighter decor to balance everything out.

Home & Garden Shows in Minnesota

Minnesota offers several home and garden shows throughout the state at different times of the year . Home and garden shows focus on home building, remodeling, landscaping and gardening for both homeowners and professionals. Each show is different in terms of vendors, seminars and geographical location.

Home building is one topic covered at home and garden shows.

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis offers two home and garden shows. The first, the Minnesota Home and Landscape Expo, occurs over two weekends in January at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. This expo showcases home building and remodeling products, plus landscaping, flooring, home security, roofing and decking projects. The second show is the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which stretches over five days in early to mid-March at the Minneapolis Convention Center. With more than 1,000 vendors and experts on home building, gardening, remodeling, home décor and landscaping, plus celebrity guests and contests, it is the largest home and garden show in Minnesota.

St. Paul

  • The Home and Patio Show takes place at River Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota’s capitol. This show, which is held over four days in mid-February, gives Minnesotans a chance to get inspired during the cold of winter. The show features how-to seminars for homeowners who want to do projects themselves, plus home improvement, energy conservation, gardening and other types of vendors.

Rochester

  • Rochester, in the southern portion of the state, is home to the Rochester Area Builders Home Show. The show occurs in mid-February at the Mayo Civic Center and features several hundred exhibitors in the home building, remodeling, cabinetry, roofing and landscaping categories.

St. Cloud

  • The St. Cloud Home Show is targeted at homeowners in the central part of the state. Held over a three-day weekend in March, the show includes all types of home and garden vendors, plus home seminars for both adults and kids.

Mankato

  • South-central Minnesotans flock to the Verizon Wireless Center over three days in mid-March for the Southern Minnesota Home and Builders Show. Unlike other shows, which charge a nominal entry fee, this expo is free to the public.

How to Obtain an Interior Decorating Certificate at Home

Interior decorating can be a fun and exciting field. If you are artistic and creative, consider earning an interior decorating certificate from home in your spare time. Distance learning allows you to continue to tend to your current responsibilities while you are earning your certificate. Interior decorators may be hired to decorate homes, restaurants and business offices. While you may already have an eye for detail, earning an interior decorating certificate can greatly enhance your resume. As an interior decorator you can work for yourself or for an agency.

Instructions

  1. Decide if you prefer to earn the interior decorating certificate online or through the mail. Both methods exist. If you have a dependable Internet connection, earning the certificate online might be faster as you can submit assignments and tests immediately. Earning the certificate though the mail would be best for those who do not have Internet access.
  2. Attend a school that will allow you to become a certified interior decorator. Certification will give you more credibility as an interior decorator. To become certified, the program you attend must be either accredited or approved by the Certified Interior Decorators International (CID). You must also become a member of CID. Some accredited programs include Penn Foster Career School and The Decorator Training Institute. Approved programs are available at Limperts Academy of Design and Rhodec International.
  3. Make a list of the schools that appeal to you the most. Compose a list of questions you have about each program. Don’t forget to include tuition and tuition assistance questions on your list. Contact an enrollment adviser at each school and get all your questions answered. Remember that earning an interior decorating certificate is an investment. Make sure you are getting the most of out what you are paying for.
  4. Set aside time each week to complete your studies. Some interior decorating certificate programs are flexible and allow you to submit work on your own schedule. Others provide a specific due date for assignments.
  5. Complete and pass the CID entrance exam to become a certified interior decorator. Now you can begin marketing your services.

How to Start an Interior Decorating Business

An interior decorating company is a business you can start with no college degree and little investment. People want to beautify their homes and offices. Unfortunately, many don’t have the time, nor the talent. Hence, they hire an interior decorating company to completely transform their bland space. If this sounds like a promising career opportunity, read on to learn how to start an interior decorating business.

Instructions

  1. Train your eye. To be a successful interior designer, you need an eye for design. Fortunately, you can train yourself. Read books on design or watch home interior design shows. Even if you already have an eye for design, there’s always room for improvement.
  2. Take a few design classes. Although you don’t need a degree to start an interior decorating business, you may consider taking a few design classes. Thus, you’ll learn about different design styles and how to achieve different looks.
  3. Re-design your home. If you’re starting an interior design business with little experience, start at home. In other words, you can become your first client. Completely re-design rooms in your home. Practice with different styles and technique. Take before and after pictures and build your portfolio.
  4. Practice on your friends and relatives. Potential customers want to see a portfolio. Unfortunately, re-designing your home isn’t enough. Ask friends and relatives for help. Offer to re-decorate a room in their home. It’s ideal to include samples of different rooms in your portfolio.
  5. Work for an interior design firm. Before starting your business, look for entry-level employment or an internship with a design firm. In turn, you’ll gain actual work and business experience.
  6. Get a business license. Once you’ve ready to launch your own business, make a trip to city hall and apply for a business license.
  7. Advertise your service. Growing a business takes time. Be patient. Experiment with various advertising mediums such as direct mail, fliers and classified ads. You may want to approach a few businesses (lawyer offices, doctor offices, boutiques, among others) and offer your services. Keep a stack of business cards with you.

How to Find Home Decorating Ideas

Time to redecorate your home?
Home Decorating Now! When you are ready a home interior ‘face lift’ you may like some home decorating ideas. You have all of these ideas about color, furniture, window treatments, and flooring in your head but how do you know how all of these will actually look. There are also interior design ideas you do not even know exist. It is time to take your ideas and go see what you can discover about new trends in home decorating. Checking out all the new home decorating ideas and combine them with your own ideas may give birth to a new interior decorating plan for your space.

Instructions

  1. Find home decorating ideas in print.

    You can pick up a magazine while in any waiting room and look at the ads. These are staged room design settings for the ad but something there may catch your eye. Ask the receptionist if you could take the ad with you and put it into a file of ‘possible interior decorating ideas’. There are numerous home decorating magazines you can look through while waiting in the check out line. If you see something you like add it to your purchase. If you have a catalog from a major retailer such as JC Penny, Sears, or Ikea you will find a wide array of home design ideas. These provide fully decorated room ideas or maybe one accent piece will fit in with what your are trying to design. See what catches your eye and ‘book mark’ that page for future reference.

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  2. Interior design ideas at furniture stores.

    When you are in the interior decorating mood a trip to your local furniture store or department store is the one stop you want to make. They have mini displays of living room design furniture, bedroom design accent pieces, wall decor along with options of fabrics that compliment each other. Take your time looking at what they are showing together and how that combination may work for your home decorating project. These stores have displays change often to share new and trendy home décor so you can visit often.

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  3. Big chain home improvement stores are a great resource for decorating ideas.

    It is all in one location. Paint, wallpaper, flooring, ceiling options, lights, and everything you need to get your home interior decorating job done. Sit down at the design computer and see what your kitchen room design would look like with a center island, a pantry you’ve always wanted to add, or changing the floor to hard wood planking. Go to the next department to see all the options for installing that free standing fireplace with the elegant mantel you have been dreaming of for your contemporary home decorating. There are small additions to your home decorating you may not have thought of such as decorative switch plate covers or elegant door trim options that will fit in with the theme home decorating style you are trying to achieve.

  4. Shop for all interior decorating needs at home on the Internet

    The most inclusive resource for your home decorating ideas is the Internet. Use the search tool to find exactly what your are looking for. You will not just find ideas but will also learn how to implement them to create the look you want to achieve. Some sites offer step-by-step instructions, with pictures for those who like to see what it is suppose to look like, for do-it-yourself home decorating and renovating projects. Use these home decorating ideas to create the rooms in your home into something you have only dreamt off.

How to Start a Cake Decorating Business From Home

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You’ve wanted to start a home business, but what? How about cake decorating? Everyone raves about your cakes; how beautiful they are and how delicious they taste. But baking a cake for your friend’s birthday party is different from selling a cake to a client. What do you need to do?

How to Start a Cake Decorating Business From Home

  1. Check with the state to see if there are regulations concerning home businesses. Some states require a separate kitchen for home cooking businesses. If the law requires it, get a tax ID number.
  2. Determine how big you want this business to be. It’s a good idea to start small and build the business as you get more proficient at cake decorating.
  3. Stock up on cake decorating equipment and supplies; at the very least, invest in a heavy duty mixer, cake pans, icing bags, couplers, decorating tips as well as boxes to store finished cakes. Also stock up on non-perishable supplies like cake mixes, non-stick sprays, shortening, flavorings and food colorings. Make a list of other items you need or want and purchase them as you need them or begin to see a profit.
  4. Enlarge pictures of the cakes you have decorated and put them in binder. This could be document protectors in a 3-ring binder or a pretty scrapbook.
  5. Build a website. Include pictures of your cakes, ordering information and contact information. If possible, get comments from people about your cakes and put them on the website. Get business cards, either ordered or ones you make on a computer. Be sure to include your name and contact information.
  6. Set up the paperwork side of the business, which would include a calendar and a bookkeeping method. These can be done by paper, but there are several good calendar and bookkeeping computer programs available that are easy to use and include everything you would need for a business. Keep meticulous records and be sure to file required paperwork with the state for tax purposes.
  7. Spread the word about your new cake decorating business. If you are employed, contact the Human Resources Department and offer to bake cakes for corporate events. Contact local wedding and event planners. Go to wedding fairs. Advertise in the paper. Join the Chamber of Commerce.

How to Decorate an Older Single-Wide Mobile Home

A single-wide mobile home is an affordable housing option for many.
When you decorate an older single-wide mobile home, you face a few challenges. Besides an update, you will also want to enhance the natural lighting inside the mobile and expand the visual size of the home both inside and out. Start with a clean slate by ridding the space of dirt and dust, then approach decorating with efforts to lighten and brighten the space throughout. If you are on a tight budget, you can re-purpose items in your home or purchase inexpensive items from garage sales or resale shops to get your project started.

Exterior

  1. Brighten up siding on your mobile home by using a power washer and soapy detergent to clean off dirt and debris from the exterior of your single-wide. Work your way all the way around the home.
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  2. Update your underpinning. Repair, paint or replace your existing mobile home skirting and make your single-wide look more substantial and modern.
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  3. Plant a curved garden in the front of the mobile to make your single-wide look larger. Add a few bushes and flowering plants to both the front and sides of the mobile to visually expand the size.
    Plant colorful flowers of various heights to build your outdoor landscaping.

Interior

  1. Brighten up your walls with paint to make your single-wide mobile look larger. Use bright whites in the kitchen and paint wood-colored paneling a white or whitewash to visually expand the area.
    A fresh coat of paint can refresh the look of paneling .
  2. Invest in one large mirror to place in a living room space or bedroom to add a focal point, reflect light and make the room feel larger.
    A large mirror can add depth and style to any room.
  3. Replace louvered windows with more modern two-pane windows to increase the natural light and modernize an older single-wide.
    Updating to two-pane windows may be necessary in an older mobile home.
  4. Use pleated shades in a light oatmeal color over windows to brighten the interior and give the room a clean appearance.
  5. Add color to your single-wide by using a neutral-colored slipcover over older furniture and add some colorful occasional pillows on the seating areas for an updated look.
    Stylish and colorful pillows can brighten your living room.
  6. Define seating areas and add comfort by placing thick area rugs on the floors to create a cozy feel to the space.
    Area rugs are a good alternative to installing new wall-to-wall carpeting.
  7. Add indirect lighting wherever you can. Install under-cabinet lights in the kitchen and place table lights throughout the living areas to soften the look of the home at night and create a warm glow throughout.
    Indirect lighting can soften the look of an older-styled living space.

How to Attach Accessories to a Dremel

The Dremel is a multi-purpose rotary tool. It has a wide variety of accessories to perform just about any small job in the home. Some accessories require special attachments to help guide the bit while working with the Dremel. Attaching accessories to a Dremel is a straight forward process. If you do have a need for an attachment, always attach the bit accessory first. The attachments cover the collet which is necessary to secure bits and other accessories.

Instructions

  1. Turn off the Dremel and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Locate and hold the collet lock button with your thumb. The collet lock button is the button near the operating end of the Dremel.
  2. Turn the collet nut counterclockwise with the supplied wrench or a small wrench that fits the nut. The collet nut acts as a chuck on a drill to secure the shafts of accessories.
  3. Insert the shaft of the accessory into the center of the collet until it seats fully into the Dremel. Twist the collet nut clockwise until it is hand tight. Turn the nut another 1/4-turn with the wrench.
  4. Remove the nose cap on the front of the Dremel if your accessory requires a special attachment such as the grout removal, chainsaw sharpening and multi-purpose cutting guide. Turn the nose cap counterclockwise to remove it from the Dremel. Thread the attachment onto the Dremel clockwise until it is tight.

The History of Home Decor

Wallpaper was a luxury item until the 19th century,

Home decoration began when artistically inclined cave dwellers painted pictures on their walls but it only really came into its own in the 18th century, when luxury items started to become affordable for ordinary people. Until then, the beautiful house had been the preserve of the nobility and the very rich, for whom elegant hand-made furniture and ornate draperies were a status symbol.

Ancient Rome

  • The Romans enjoyed displaying their wealth through their homes and lifestyles. Houses and place inhabited by the well-to-do, such as banqueting halls, were decorated lavishly with wall morals and mosaic designs on the floor. Romans often had their furniture custom-built to accommodate their exacting needs. Classic Roman furniture, such as tables and chairs, often had clawed feet. The Romans also liked to relax and put their feet up on high quality soft furnishings made from expensive materials.

Renaissance Design

  • Carpets were a luxury only the richest people could afford in the 16th century. Too expensive to put on the floor, they were often hung on walls or over tables. Other rich people hung tapestries or painted cloths on their walls. People covered the floors with rushes or reeds and sprinkled them with sweet smelling herbs, which they strew with sweet smelling herbs. Four-poster beds were popular with the rich in England because the bed-curtains kept out the cold.

Elegance

  • The early modern period in the 18th century, with its increase in international trade and new educational opportunities, marked the beginning of consumerism. Wallpaper, rugs and even pianos became more affordable. Rooms were decorated in light colors; floral schemes were a typical wallpaper choice, patterned carpets were popular and the rich owned comfortable upholstered furniture. Books were displayed ostentatiously, as they were still expensive and indicated that their owner was rich and cultured.

Mass Production

  • The 19th century saw the advent of mass production, which meant that more people could aspire to make the house beautiful. Flock and velvet wallpapers were fashionable in the middle decades. These heavily patterned papers were in shades of green and burgundy. Furniture was solid but comfortable, and usually made from oak or mahogany. Furniture was sometimes upholstered in the same pattern as wallpaper, for unity of theme.

Modernity

  • The post-war years saw another renaissance in interior design but the emphasis was on the modern, rather than traditional. The fashionable American couple hosted cocktail parties and shiny modern appliances such as refrigerators became part of the decoration scheme, along with plastic melamine dinnerware and coffee tables.

Class Distinctions

  • Home decoration was the preserve of the nobility and the very rich, until the emergence of the middle classes in the 18th century. Ordinary people working as laborers or craftsmen lived in shacks with one or two rooms. Furniture consisted of basic stools, benches and tables and they slept on mattresses stuffed with straw or thistledown. Common dwellings focused on function and basic necessities rather than aesthetic considerations.

How to Decorate in Old World Style

A console or buffet table decorated in Old World Style.
One of the most popular trends in home decorating is old world style. It is characterized by dark colors, like deep burgundy red, dark brown and dark hunter green. The accessories included are mostly European antiques and tapestries. An old world home includes a combination of natural materials like limestone and tile, dark stained furniture pieces mostly made of wood, luxurious fabrics of brocade and deep color. The walls are often accented with textures and faux finishes. This timeless style works well for a person who leans toward the traditional as opposed to a modern, contemporary style.

Instructions

  1. Add dark colors and textures on the walls. Use dark earth tones such as browns and greens, or use dark blue and burgundy to color your walls. Use faux painting techniques to add texture on the walls.
  2. Add rugs and window treatments. Add a rug to anchor the room before placing the furniture. Rugs should be rich in texture and have dark colors that match the colors found on the walls, and on the drapes and upholstery. Add window coverings. Use dark colored window blinds and accent with draperies to soften the look of the room. Use a rod and tiebacks made of iron.
  3. Add dark-stained furnishings. Add a sofa with intricate hand carved wood frame. Match it with a center table and side tables of the same material and finish. In the dining room, use dark stained dining table with matching chairs. Pick out upholstery that has textured and a deep color.
  4. Add lighting fixture with iron finish. If you have an existing light fixture with bronze or silver finish, spray paint them in dark brown or black paint. Use lamps with dark colored lamp shades and bases. The style of your lighting should not be too modern. Use of amber glass drop lights for your kitchen island as opposed to contemporary style track lighting.
  5. Add artwork and accessories. Use European antiques and to decorate your home. Use textured vases and create a flower arrangement with dried or silk flowers and with fruits in dark colors. Hang artwork depicting the old Europe, like painting of castles and still life. Add a tapestry with colors picked from the walls, rugs and furnishings.