Archive | Home Improvement RSS feed for this section

Kitchen Essentials

Every room has their needs and wants, and every room has only enough of just that; room! The struggle with needing and wanting things to fill up space in your home is that there just doesn’t seem to be enough square footage for everything you want. We complain and bicker about not enough space and try to find ways to fit our home appliances and toys (and by toys I am speaking of the in house gym you just purchased last month and that new 65” flat screen sitting in the garage just waiting to come hang on your living room wall). So while we’re doing mathematical measurements and brain storming ways to make room, lets take a moment to talk about the area of the house that is built precisely in a way to make sure the essentials fit in perfectly!

Let’s talk about the kitchen! Besides the laundry room, the kitchen is the only space in the house that’s built with its main appliances in mind. You have your dishwasher, fridge and oven. Not to mention the counters that separates those essential appliances. With these every day must have’s nestled perfectly in your kitchen space, you don’t really have to worry about anything else to move in there. Having those larger appliance’s already in place can make it easy to do kitchen renovations if you plan on keeping what you already have in place so that way, matching cabinets, handles, tile flooring and backslashes to go with the color and style of your appliance’s can save time and effort during renovations. The best way to have a kitchen looking spectacular is to have your appliances match the floor and backslash in your kitchen. I’m sure you have friends or family member’s who have a questionable look to their kitchen because it seems outdated or mismatched in one way or another. Some advice for those people? Look into a kitchen renovation project to change things up a little! Check out the local marketplace, it is no doubt home to some great flooring or tile renovation companies, but find one that stands out in particular, is great at their craft and efficient in their service. You want a job well done with fantastic looking tile and backslashes, Tile Winnipeg is the company for you! They are one of many reputable tile contractors Winnipeg has to offer.

Some say that the kitchen remodel is one of the toughest. I tend to think of it as a job half done for you already. That is, if you’re satisfied with the appliances you have in place already. If that’s the case, then your remodeling project can be worked around those appliances to suit their style and color scheme.

When remodeling or renovating your home, think of the essentials for each room. Form a list in your head of the must have appliances or furniture pieces each and every room is going to need (or what you want in each room) and navigate around those items! In the end, designing a space you planned to have big enough for everything to fit in will have worked so much easier as opposed to finishing the renovation and realizing there isn’t enough space. Not the mention your stress levels will a lot lower! And low stress makes everyone’s lives just that much easier to live!

The Old, Classy Look & Feel

If you have always loved the classy, unparalleled appeal of Victorian-style furniture, wall décor, and other home design accessories, why not consider going Victorian the next time you re-decorate? When you choose a home design with a Victorian style, it reflects a very classy taste. Your home will be elegant and alluring when you decorate with Victorian-style home furniture and accessories. There is beautiful Victorian style furniture available for bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, outdoor décor, and much more.

Elegant railings, bed posts, and vanities all inspired by this particular style can make your home more alluring than ever. So if you are having trouble trying to decide on what to do to re-decorate and design the perfect look for your home: look around at the Victorian styles available right now! Victorian furniture and other Victorian-style home décor is very popular in magnificently decorated homes. Everything from wall art, lighting, chairs, beds, lounges, tables and much, much more are available to choose from when you re-decorate your home in the Victorian style.

One of the most simple as well as elegant types of furniture there are is the Victorian lounge-style chair. As classy as it is comfortable, sprawl out on your Victoriana Chaise Lounge and love the look of your new home decor design. Simple drawers and night stands, as well as desks, rolling serving carts, and even fireplace designs are beautiful in an overall Victorian home design. Available in old-fashioned wooden designs, hand-carved Victorian furniture is some of the classiest furniture you can possibly choose to accentuate your home. Practical and beautiful, types of furniture such as Lazy Susans and elegant rolling serving carts are common Victorian décor.

If you have a limited budget, you can find easily reproduction lamps that are elegant and beautiful yet have a very reasonable price attached to them. You can find some that do their part in easily mimicking an original, such as a Tiffany lamp, however others have their own unique looks and styles that make them so attractive for the home and so charming overall.

You can find antique desk lamps in all sorts of styles, including the elegant style, modern and contemporary, rustic and even the very bold ones that transcend time and space. However one thing you can be sure of. Your antique lamp will definitely make a statement in the room where it will be placed in. It will tell anyone who sees it that you like finer art and beautiful pieces and you’re not afraid to show it. From spice-racks for the kitchen to bedroom chests of drawers and more, a simple change in furniture can completely transform the overall ambiance of any room.

A Master Bedroom Makeover

Bedroom design ideas can be inspiration to make you redo your bedroom beautifully. There is a point where one gets tired to have same view of the house from years, and that is when you should start seeing an interior designer who will help you design your home into something with is makeable beauty.

When it comes to master bedroom only the bed, linen and walls are not enough, you will have to focus a bit on the storage place that is a perfectly build in wardrobe for all your essentials. Wardrobes design depend totally on your room space and when it’s the master bedroom we talk about it might be spacious enough to have a straight wardrobe that could cover up your one wall to give a perfect assembles wardrobe for all your storage needs.

There are a lot of pre designed bedroom which you can have a look when you swap over the internet for ideas. This is one of the basic step when one starts thinking to remodelling your house, room or even kitchen. After you get inspired enough to remodel what you have you have two option either use the old thing and design it with little twist by yourself or hire an expert who could do every little thing for you while you stay back and relax. First option is okay! But the former is totally different to remodel your room into something you’ll always admire.

Besides hiring the interior designer the one thing left is to choose what design suits you the best from the collection of design you think are pretty enough. Flow the river of your thoughts and need that you want in your bedroom to your designer so that he can work upon it to give you the best services. Bedroom is a precious place of the house and you need proper focus to make it further more precious.

Also the rug and the décor item speaks a lot about the bedroom atmosphere. If you are an art lover add on beautiful paintings, unique paint colors & designs or you can even add a mirror to reflect the lighting and give an illusion of a large area (for an in depth look into how a professional would paint the master bedroom, visit Sandman Painting). A rug too is an important thing to discuss as nothing is more destroying than keeping feet onto a cold floor every morning. Coming to the storage and lighting. You can all on lamps to the either side of the bed for a midnight dim effect or adopt the fall ceiling and lighting. Beyond this wardrobe design should pretty enough go with the bedroom design to give a classy and modern touch.

How to Choose the Right Style for Your Home

Home styling is a subsector of the home staging industry and is also considered part of the interior decorating business, as well. Residential styling is a fast growing service industry which offers clients tremendous value compared to other types of traditional decorating services. Best of all, qualified professionals can work as both home stagers and home stylists, allowing them to increase their market saturation, build their client bases and branch out into ever more diverse types of service offerings.

Home styling is a low cost alternative to professional decorating. This aesthetic service is typically a low cost way to improve the look, feel and flow of an interior space using simple and purely surface cosmetic enhancements. Unlike decorating, which involves more of a commitment and expenditure, styling can be fun and cheap, allowing clients to rearrange their decor permanently, semi-permanently or even for a onetime special event in the home.

Home stylists will typically confer with their clients about what types of changes they would like to enact in their living spaces and will then set out to bring about these changes using simple methods such as paint, floor plan revision, accessorizing and lighting enhancement. For a permanent change, the client may choose to invest more into the interior design and should really consider their choices carefully in order to get the most use and life from their decor decisions. For semi-permanent styling, also called seasonal styling, the changes usually involve adding the hottest design trends of the season and only need to look perfect for 3 to 6 months. For a onetime event, the stylist will usually be asked to create a theme room in order to suit a particular happening at the home, such as a party, wedding, reunion or meeting.

Home styling is very similar to home staging in its design applications and decorating theory. The actual ways of performing styling and staging are remarkably similar… However, the motivation is the factor which is not alike at all. Home staging is all about creating an atmosphere of universal appeal in order to please the demands of prospective buyers or renters. The client has little, if any, say in the types of changes which will be completed, since suiting their tastes is not the goal of property staging.

Meanwhile, real estate styling is the exact opposite. Clients must be satisfied, since it is their preferences which need to be sated in order for a stylist to be considered a success. Therefore, becoming a stylist is easier than being a stager. Stylists only need to speak to the client to find out what they want and then go about planning and executing the design. Stagers need to understand the target buyer or renter demographic for a particular property and then design the space to fulfill the wish list of these yet unseen and unknown people… Obviously the ability to successfully stage a home requires more knowledge and skill in the actual real estate sector, as well as the ability to market the design, and therefore the property, effectively. Visit elledecor.com for more on home styling ideas.

Creating Beautiful Homes

Everyone deserves to live in a home that adds beauty to their everyday lives. However, many people feel intimidated, confused and overwhelmed when it comes to creating a home that truly reflects who they are and their own unique sense of style. By following these easy steps you will be well on your way to creating a living space that will make you feel comfortable and “at home” because it reflects who you are.

1) Get Inspired…

Who are you? What do you like? Where do you vacation? What colors are you drawn to? These are all questions that need to be answered…by you. For a bit of help, visit a bookstore, grab a latte and dig into the limitless supply of home magazines and books. As you begin to notice rooms, colors, ideas that get your attention, make note, buy those magazines and when you get them home start tearing out pages and marking what it is that grabbed you. You may need to do this a few times before you have a pretty good collection of “visions” to consider. You should begin to see some similarities developing in color and style.

2) Consider Your Senses…

You spend more time in your home than anyone else, therefore, it should be a place that makes you feel good. What is “good” to you? Cozy? Luxurious? Casual? Elegant? Formal? Relaxed? Light & Airy? Think about places you’ve visited that have renewed you, nourished you, excited or relaxed you. Was it a cozy country cottage inn? A light and airy beach bungalow? An elegant French chateau? What kind of place feeds your senses, nourishes your soul? When you define those elements you’ll want to then look for ways to incorporate them into your home.

3) Relax…

Once the pieces begin to come together…relax! Reflect, ponder, dream and envision your home becoming a sanctuary that welcomes you in and hugs you each time you come through the door. A place that makes you smile when you think of it. A haven you just can’t wait to get to get back to.

YES! Your home can be all of that! and more!

4) Get Comfortable…

Now you’re almost ready to make your game plan, but first you need to get comfortable with color!

Many of you are needlessly living with off-white walls simply because you’re afraid of color! Fear not! Color is a wonderful way to express your style. Color affects our moods and can set the tone and mood in a room in a way that off-white just can’t do! In the process of collecting your visions you came across colors that drew your attention, spoke to you. One of the best ways to transition into using color on your walls is to bring those pictures to the paint store, find those colors and buy them in the smallest size you can. Get some foam project boards and put 3 to 4 coats of your color on 2 or 3 boards.

 Then live with them for awhile. Move them around your room, look at them in daylight, candlelight, sunset, sunrise…you get the idea! This will help you become comfortable with the color. If it’s not quite right, go back to the paint store and try a lighter or darker version. Repeat the same process until you come up with just the right color. Then, after steps 5 & 6, go for it! You’ll be glad you did!

5) Make a Plan…

Now is when you’re going to put action into place! Make a list of all you want to accomplish in your home to transform it into your vision. Don’t hold back! Dream…be outrageous, if necessary! Of course you can’t do it all at once, but you need to have it written down so you can make a plan of action.

Once you’ve completed your list begin to prioritize the items. Where do you want to begin? What will be the second project, etc. When you’ve decided on your first project, break it down into smaller, manageable steps. Remember, “you can eat an elephant, one bite at a time.” My suggestion for the first place to begin is your bedroom. I know no one sees it except…you. Isn’t that the very reason why you’re on this journey? Your bedroom is the first place you see every morning and the last place you see every night! Doesn’t it make sense to make it the first place you transform into a sanctuary that reflects who you are?

6) Make Choices…

Now is the time to look at the elements in the space you’ve decided to transform. Look around…what do you see? Are there pieces you love? Keep those! Items you really dislike? Get rid of them! Things you’re not sure about? Remove them for now, perhaps you’ll bring them back at a later date. By removing elements you don’t like and those you’re not sure about you’ll free your mind to consider other options in their place. Now, what do you need to make your space complete? Make your list and begin your adventure of finding just the right pieces that reflect your style. This is a process, be patient, better to live with an empty space than to fill it with something that you don’t absolutely love.

 

When you are on this adventure, look everywhere. Traditional stores, thrift shops, discount stores, auctions, etc. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find once you’ve defined your style and have a focus! If something “speaks to your heart,” don’t walk away from it. Whatever it is, because you love it, it will work in your home. When you consistently bring things home that you love they will eventually all work together.

7) Enjoy!

You are well on your way to creating a home that is uniquely you! Be sure to make time to enjoy it and remember to enjoy the process along the way. Your home should be ever evolving, with little changes and updates every so often. This will keep it a current reflection of who you are as you grow more and more comfortable with expressing your own unique sense of style!