Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Turning Our Homes into Low Energy Houses

If you were to visit my home at around 7.30 every morning then you would be sure to think that it was one of the most low energy efficient houses that you had ever seen. The children are still trying to sneak out another 5 minutes in bed and my wife is trying to recharge herself in the shower. I’m no better as I am using the morning paper as an excuse to try and doze for a bit on the sofa. Yes our house is incredibly low on energy first thing in the morning. However, unfortunately in reality it is not got to win any low energy houses awards, because the televisions are on in three rooms, the heating is turned high so that the bathroom is cozy and the kids have left their phone chargers plugged into the wall all night. So what can we do to make our homes into future low energy houses (or as the Danes say fremtidens lavenergihuse)?

Well first of all we need to start at the beginning and educate our families into understanding how to lower the amount of energy we use. Leaving an electrical appliance on standby is hardly going to finish off the world, but when we all do it makes a massive difference. Even the longest journey starts with a single step and just getting the kids to turn things off when they are not using them and unplug chargers that are not charging is a step on the right path.




We also need to look at our homes and decide whether we can improve them to make them more energy efficient. Obviously the best low energy houses use green energy to power everything and everything from sunlight to wind is utilized in the process of running a toaster. The problem with green energy is that it generally costs a bit to get started. Solar panels don’t come cheap and, just like wind turbines, they are not easy to place unless you have a large property.

But rather than making the energy we use greener we can make our homes use less energy. To turn our homes into low energy houses we need to make the property more energy efficient and this can be done in many ways.

Roof insulation is a cheap and easy way to reduce the amount of energy that your home uses to stay warm. The more insulation that you have in your loft or roof the less energy your heating will use. So look at improving the insulating quality of your roof and make your home part of the ever growing number of low energy houses.

You can also look at windows and doors in the same way. There are now some wonderfully manufactured energy efficient models that keep the heat in and the cold out and will reduce the amount of energy that is needed to keep you and your family warm in your homes.

So although my family is hard to motivate early in the morning this is exactly what we need to do. Because the sooner we sort out our homes the sooner we make a difference and that is what low energy houses are all about.

This article is written by Mark Neyton. He is a writer curently living in Denmark. He is mostly interested in topics like home improvement, real estate and family. For more of his works you can find him on Twitter.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Necessary Points to Remember in a Window Treatment

Window treatments can create an appealing look in any room. A lot of this look depends on the way we plan a window treatment. Laying stress on a few factors can help in further enhancing the look of your interior decoration. 








Proper Drapery Style

While deciding to have a new look for a window, the most important thing to decide on is the style of décor. Dressing style of the window must complement the appearance of the room.  If your living room has trendy and smart furniture, having a vintage drapery theme will be of little help to the décor. On the contrary it will create an asymmetrical look in the room. Another important thing to consider is the purpose of the drapery. Whether the drapery is going to remain static or it will be opened and closed regularly or will they remain in a semi-opened state? Whether the drapes are needed only for styling or they are to provide privacy? What is the budget available for the treatment? All these aspects are to be taken into consideration before finalizing the style of the drapes.



Ideal Material

Draperies are an integral part of a window dressing. Selecting the correct material for a drapery is vital for any styling. Depending on the room where the decoration is to be hanged and the style of décor to be followed, the fabric for the covering must be chosen. Then again, it must go well with the existing décor of the room. The patterns and style of the covering must be in sync with the furniture present in the room and the color on the walls. The color of the fabric must complement the theme of the décor as well as the setting of the room. Overall, it must justify the theme of decoration present there.



Attach Shades  

Shades are a great way to diffuse incoming light while at the same time offering some level of privacy. Shades can be used in a variety of materials to create distinct look in the décor. Using bamboo shades or a wooden shade adds a sporty and outdoor element to your styling. Moreover, these items being natural elements, they help in keeping the heat under control. Now-a-days shades are available in a variety of styles and materials. These shades can be teamed with the drapes or curtains in an interesting way to play with décor themes, creating an appealing look.



Correct Drapery Hardware

Drapery hardware is another important aspect in a window decoration project that must be given a thorough thought. Selecting the correct mounting hardware and install it in a proper manner requires an amount of detailing. The measurements for the drapes and the hardware must be correct. Whether you opt for a contemporary look or a  custom window treatment, installing the hardware without proper measures will run the risk of having sloppy draperies, which is a very undesirable thing to happen in a window decoration project. This will mar the look totally. So, invest time and patience to take proper measurements for your drapes and installation locations. Only after you are totally satisfied with the location, proceed to install your mounting hardware.



Care For Details

Detailing occupies a major role in any window treatment. It is a nice idea to check the length for the drapes before sewing them for the final look. Make sure that you have decided on the fall of the drapes. Generally the procedure followed is to hang the curtains half an inch above the ground for a floor length drapery. For window-sill length curtains, consider whether you want the fall to touch the sill or end just below it. For puddle look, ensure plenty of fabric is available for the purpose. It is a good idea to have a trim on the border of each drapery panel to as to have a finished look in the dressing.

Author's Bio: Criss Evan, a gaming freak and a blogger. In his spare time he loves to write on various topics. He is a passionate writer.

Monday, 13 May 2013

5 Curb Appeal Ideas to Turn You Into the Neighborhood Rockstar

The outside of your house can say a lot about your home and what type of person you are. First impressions are of great importance whether you're attempting to sell your property or are simply looking to impress your visitors as well as yourself. By keeping your outdoor space looking its very best, it will make others want to see what's on the inside and will show that you care about appearances. Not keeping up with your outdoor space may not give off the best first impression and not show who you truly are. These 5 curb appeal ideas are sure to turn you into the neighborhood rock star all at an affordable rate.



1. The Front Door –
The front door of your home should be warm and inviting for visitors. It should be the focal point and stand out among the rest of your outdoor space while still blending with the rest of your fixtures. First, clean off your door to remove any dirt and then paint it an eye-popping color such as a vibrant red. Hand a wreath on the door for a welcoming look.

2. Outdoor Lighting –
If you currently have lighting around the outside doors of your home, clean them off and check to ensure that the bulbs are working. You'll want your home to look nice at night too. Next, install lovely landscape lighting around your trees or walking path. Opt for solar panel lights that are not required to be plugged in to work.

3. Potted Plants and Flowers –
If you are not good at planting, instead opt for potted plants and flowers that can be placed on your front porch or steps to give it some colorful appeal. Create an arrangement of various plants and flowers for your own little pre-potted garden that is easy to maintain and to move around.

4. Mailbox Makeover –
Your mailbox should express who you are as a family and your personality.There are many different types of mailboxes out there, so be sure to select one that compliments your home. This could be a black mailbox, white mailbox or stainless steel mailbox complete with your homes number and last name. You can even dress up your mailbox by planting flowers around it or by painting the wooden post to match your home’s exterior.

5. Mulching –
Simply re-mulching around your landscaping can change up the entire look of your outdoor space. Mulching should be done around twice a year. Choose a mulch that makes your flowers and plants pop such as red mulch, brown or black mulch.

Author Bio: Hayley is a freelance blogger. She recommends the high quality painters inMorristown NJ for superior house painting.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Applying Stucco on Exterior Walls


Stucco is popular building material used to cover unattractive materials such as clay brick, concrete, adobe, and cinder block. It is applied wet and it hardens into a very dense, rough surface. One of the best things about applying stucco on building or home exterior makes the structure stronger, more durable. Stucco also helps improve any building withstand extreme weather conditions.



Stucco consists of cement, sand, lime, and water which make this material waterproof and fire-resistant. It keeps mold and mildew from building up so the building can last longer than others. And if you decide to use stucco for your house or building, you don’t have to worry about the expenses as they are cost-efficient and requires very little maintenance. Follow these steps so you can apply stucco on your own:

Step 1:  Prep the Wall


Check for any damages on the walls such as cracks or holes and make the necessary repairs. You should also remove anything that can come in between the stucco material and the surface of the wall like dirt. Power-washing is the best way to do this so you can be sure no grime or mold is left. Sandblasting is advised for walls that have been neglected for a long time. For concrete, brick, or cinder block walls, you need to apply a coat of concrete bonding agent before applying the stucco. For wooden walls, you should install roofing felt with a metal netting prior to the application of stucco.

Step 2: Applying the Primary Coat of Stucco


Direct contact with stucco is harmful as it can burn and destroy your skin. This means you need to wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles. It is essential to apply stucco on a moist surface so you need to spray some water on the wall first. Position two strips of thick wood laths on the top and bottom parts of the wall so you can get an equal amount of thickness as you level the surface.



Using a trowel, apply the first coat beginning from the bottom of the wall. Make sure the coat is applied evenly over the entire are maintaining the thickness of 3/8 inches. Use ample pressure on the trowel so you can reach the spaces on the uneven parts of the wall. Once done, let it set for a few minutes and begin the leveling process while the stucco is still wet with the help of either metal or wood straightedge. Place the straightedge on the wood lath then move it up and down to remove any residue. When you're done leveling the stucco, remove the laths carefully.

Step 3: Let the stucco dry completely


Drag a mason's float over the wall in circular motions to minimize any risks of cracking or shrinkage when the stucco dries up. Let it sit to dry completely for two days. As you are waiting for it to dry, you should regularly spray water on it to maintain its moisture. Once it dries up fully, apply the final coat of stucco by following the same instructions in step 2. However, the final coat should be as thin as 1/8 inch. It can take 6-7 weeks for the stucco to be entirely cured. This is the only time when you can paint over it.


Jove Arthur loves to read different articles related to the home improvement and construction industry. He is professionally affiliated with Door Emporium, one of the leading wood entry door manufacturers in the market, as online sales manager. 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Tips for Designing a Small Kitchen

Size isn’t everything, and whilst bigger can occasionally be better, great things also come in small packages. A small kitchen can be a delight to work in whilst maintaining a certain charm that larger spaces often lack. With the following tricks of the trade, you can use your small space to the fullest.

Appliances: Think Small


Many of today’s diminutive appliances work just as well as their much-larger brethren. A European appliance is usually smaller, and therefore takes up much less counter space – perfect for a smaller kitchen! There are even slimmer sinks available so you really can maximize your counter space, Make sure that you choose one that efficiently uses front-to-back space, and a wall mounted faucet will also allow installation of the sink as close to the wall as possible.




Get a Smaller Oven


A smaller oven won’t keep you from cooking delicious meals. A convection oven just two feet wide can accommodate a large Thanksgiving turkey, and many have attachable rotisseries for added value. Above your slimmer oven, use a similarly-sized cooktop (choose induction, electric or gas, but the former two may be a better choice because burners can easily be connected).

Take the Time to Chill


Your refrigerator is the biggest space user in your kitchen, and the most difficult to downsize. In the early 1990s, Sub-Zero released a compact fridge that’s only 27” wide; that company was also first to debut an under-the-counter fridge and freezer combo, which is perfect for your small kitchen. Since that time, other brands have come out with similarly-sized units.

Plan your Space


After you’ve picked out your appliances, it’s time to work on your kitchen’s overall layout. Your kitchen’s most vital part is the space between your sink and food prep area; as long as you have at least 36” of room, you won’t feel crowded. Even if your stove must be within a foot of your wall, you should strive to keep that amount of space open. It’s also a good idea to put your refrigerator against the wall and out of the highest-traffic areas.




Consider your Cabinetry


Opt for floating shelves instead of wall cabinets; glassware and dishes look great out in the open, and it makes access much easier. For food storage, use tall, narrow cabinets (you’ll be surprised at what you can fit inside). Make the cabinets no taller than 6’, to allow for easier access, and leave some open walls if possible.

Smart Shelving


Shallow, adjustable shelves at the back of cabinets are ideal for items like canisters, cans and bottles, and pantry door shelves will nicely hold canned goods and spices. Or, you can use a hutch instead of a tall, wide pantry, and put cabinetry above.


When redesigning your smaller kitchen, keep in mind that you’re probably overestimating the amount of space you’ll need and use. It’s easier to work in a small space if you only keep the essentials in your kitchen; after all, gourmet chefs work in confined spaces and make some of the best food in the world! With an efficient layout and appliances, you’ll have a kitchen that will become the hub of family life in your home.


Friday, 19 April 2013

Tips and Tricks to Consolidate Space in a Small Apartment


Do you somehow always find yourself just a little bit cramped? Is your kitchen just a little too crowded to use properly, your living room dimensioned a bit oddly, and your bathroom too small to hold your stuff? Join the club. Let’s take a look at a few simple, practical ways to help you make the most of the space that you have so that your home will be more aesthetically pleasing, easier to organize, and less stressful to live in.



Expand your Kitchen

Many of us have this irrational idea that kitchen things necessarily belong in the kitchen. What’s actually important is that your stuff is within easy reach when you’re cooking. If you’ve got space near your kitchen it might be time to expand outward. My incredibly tiny kitchen is situated directly next to a small dining area that opens up to the living room. This dining area is about 3 feet wider than it absolutely needs to be, so to take advantage of this I moved my dining table and chairs to one end of the area, and put a hutch in the cleared area to balance it out. That then can play host to my microwave, toaster oven, coffee machine, dishes, cutting boards, and bowls. This clears up enough space in the kitchen to keep the counters entirely clear and ready for use at all times.


Use Your Walls and Ceilings



Don’t forget to make use of all of the surfaces in your apartment, and we’re not just talking about the horizontal ones. Set up shelves, hutches, cabinets, and wardrobes to help you store your stuff vertically. If you can remove all of the clutter from your environment you can turn a previously cramped space into something downright roomy.

Of course, while it’ll look nicer all of that isn’t going to help much if all of your usable space is now covered in nice decorative items instead of the clutter that we just cleared up, so let’s address decor. If you want to indulge your artistic or botanical side but don’t want to fill your floor and counter space (also end tables and coffee tables) with knick knacks, planters, and vases, consider hanging your plants from the ceiling in baskets, setting your small decorative items up on small decorative shelves, or hanging canvas artwork on the walls rather than setting them on end tables.


Partition Your Living Room

Lots of apartments come with unnecessarily long rectangular living rooms that are virtually impossible to set up in a manner that effectively makes use of all of the space. An easy way to solve this problem is to partition off a section of your living room and turn it into a small office workspace. You can use anything from a full blown false wall to a decorative folding panel screen. This will cut your living room down to size so that your furniture, coffee table etc… can fill out the space properly, all while providing a spot for a computer and work related documents.


Edward Stuart is an art and decoration enthusiast as well as an online publisher for Canvas Art. He frequently blogs on the topics of art, art history, design, and home decor.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Tips About Dream Home Furnishing


Buying a home is perhaps the ultimate American dream. Of course, signing on the dotted line isn’t the end of buying your dream home – in fact, it’s only the beginning for many people. After completing the sale, furnishing your home, making it livable and attractive, are the next big projects any new homeowner must tackle. After all, the home must be a comfortable and relaxing place for you and your family. If you want to turn the home of your dreams into a reality, consider these tips for furnishing your home.



The Bedroom

The bedroom, perhaps, will be your most important focus when it comes to furnishing your home. It is, after all, your most intimate space, the place where you go to relax and take your cares away, plus spend time with your partner. That said, you should carefully consider your bed and bedroom furniture. The size is the first thing you should think about. Now, if you have a lot of space, then consider something like a king platform bed, which is very roomy, even for two people and has a modern look. If you don’t have a lot of space, then going down to a queen would perhaps be a good alternative, but even if you’re single, then the smallest size you should go is a full sized bed. Of course, don’t forget additional furniture like bedside tables and dressers to complete your bedroom’s look.



The Living Room

The living room is the next most important room in your new home. After all, this will be the center of activity, the place where you will spend a lot of time with other family members and entertain your guests. You’ll need a good size couch that’s big enough to accommodate the people in your family, plus additional seating to balance out your living room.



The Kitchen and Dining Room

The kitchen and dining room are, of course, important as well because this is where you will prepare your family meals and partake in them. For most people, dinner is the centerpiece of family life, that time we all come together and share our day with everyone.  If you have the space, you may want a small kitchen table for informal meals like breakfast, although most kitchen spaces will already have counters or nooks and all you’ll need are the right chairs. For your dining room, you will have to think about how many people you want to seat, but you should have enough for everyone in your family, plus at least 2 extra places. Many people prefer the traditional wooden dining table, and who wouldn’t? Many kinds of hardwoods look great as dining room tables, and add a warmth and richness to the dining room. However, those who prefer a more modern look should go with materials that suit their tastes and style, like glass and metal.

Furnishing your dream home doesn’t have to be difficult. You should think about the style that best suits your home and your personal tastes, and cover the basics for your bedroom, living room, kitchen, and dining room and the rest will easily fall into place.



Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Five Ways to Create The Ultimate Games Room


Games rooms are a great place to escape, unwind and if you’re a lonely soul, make some friends! Create one in your home and you’ll be the most popular guy or gal in town. Below I've listed some tips to help you create the ultimate games room that puts all others to shame.




Choosing the room – 

The first and most obvious decision you’ll have to make is the one of choosing the right room. You’ll want a room that provides ample space for all the tech and games tables you’re going to be stuffing in there. Aim to have the games room on the bottom floor or in the basement if you can. If you have friends over and your room is on the top floor of the house it’s going to sound like a stampede of elephants to anyone sitting on the floor below you.


Pool table – 

American pool tables are a classic choice for every games room. It’s a fun game that everyone can enjoy and anyone can easily pick it up. Make sure you place the table in the center of the room otherwise there’ll be pool cues going through you plasterboard every other week. The pool tables you can purchase can vary in size and weight. Remember that if you’re on the top floor a ridiculously heavy table probably isn't the best idea.


Pinball & arcade machines – 

These retro machines will add style to the room. There was once a time when they could be found everywhere, but now as technology has advanced these classics have been left behind. This in no way means that they aren't fun though! If you want the ultimate in pinball and arcade machines you should definitely go for a personalized one. You can design them yourself and have them depicting your favorite football team or you and your friends.


TV and a video games console – 

For the ultimate games room a stupidly large TV is a must. Having a home cinema in your house will make you the envy of all your friends. You can sit back, enjoy a beer with friends and settle into a film. For that authentic cinema feel you’ll have to make sure that you add a top surround sound system.


Bar – 

All this fun will leave you thirsty so you’re only option is a bar! No games room is complete without a fully kitted out bar area so if you have the room make sure you stick one in there.  You’ll want the flashiest bar that has a crazy amount of drinks for your guests to choose from but try and not get too drunk. Waking up to sick all over your pinball machine isn't pleasant.


These are just some ideas as to how you can fit your games room out but the only limit is your imagination. Your games room is an opportunity to go crazy and stuff it with over the top items that you don’t really need. From home cinema systems to outlandish pinball machines there really is no limit!

Author's Bio: Nicole Brown, a passionate writer and a blogger as well. She likes to write articles on different topics. She loves gardening and loves to decorate her home.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Plan Your Kitchen and Dining Area Layout


Thinking of revamping your kitchen? Consider an open plan kitchen and dining area - perfect for family life and entertaining friends.

Creating a combined kitchen and dining area is a great way to make the most of the space in your home, and a good design will complement your everyday life - whether that's entertaining friends, juggling family life or having somewhere to unwind after a long day at work.


Planning your layout

Open plan gives you plenty of space for all the family; you can also keep an eye on the kids while you sort out the evening meal. This layout lets you spend more time together as a family.

To create an open plan kitchen and dining area you may need to knock through a wall - if this is the case, always consult a qualified builder first and remember you may need planning permission. If you're lucky you could reuse existing space, or even build an extension. While the original cost of an extension may be expensive, studies show it can add at least 10% value to your property.

The best thing about having an open plan kitchen and dining area is that it can change with your needs. So you can remove that comfy sofa and move in a desk for a home office, or vice versa. With this type of space there are many options.


Kit it out

Free-standing kitchens are perfect for relaxed cooking, giving you more surface space to work with. Free-standing units are seen as being family friendly, since there's enough space for homework, cooking and more. Experts say there is a rise in demand for kitchens with combined living/family space.

If you're more of an entertainer, a contemporary fitted kitchen is sleek and great for showing off to guests. Alternatively, country kitchens are naturally welcoming and a great place for the family's aspiring chef to spend a few hours.


Adding detail
Put the finishing touches to your kitchen and dining space. When painting remember light colours make a room feel bigger, while deep, stronger colours set the perfect tone for dinner parties.

Lighting is important; recessed halogen lighting works well if there is little daylight. Include lamps and spotlights for mood lighting and to transform the space into an area to entertain.

Add character with pattered tiles or a feature wall. Remember large rooms need extra heating, so consider under-floor heating too.

Don't forget to protect your beautiful new kitchen and dining space with the best home insurance you can find.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

The Trendy Kitchen in 2013



The kitchen is arguably becoming the most exciting room in the modern home setting.  In the past, we entertained in our living or sitting rooms, or our dining rooms, but now the kitchen is becoming the centerpiece of all activity in the home.  It is changing from a room where cooking was the only activity to one where family and friends all gather.

Breaking barriers

It used to be sectioned off, separated by barriers from the adjoining rooms, but now the walls are coming down in the kitchen.  The bistro style of kitchen is surging in popularity as people seek to cultivate that comfortable coffee-house style atmosphere.  Home owners want the kitchen to be the place where friends and family can gather and socialize in a wide open space. 


Kitchens are being designed with spacious countertops and walls.  These are ideal for allowing the installation of HDTV’s mounted on the walls and adding Wi-Fi capabilities and electric sockets to the kitchen means laptops, smartphones, and other portable devices can be fully utilized in the new bistro in the home!

An open and spacious kitchen that allows people to do what they love doing in a coffee house means they can do it in your own home.  You might even find that your kitchen is the new place to be for your neighborhood!


That natural feeling

To help in cultivating a comfortable atmosphere the colors and the décor of a kitchen must match.  Designers are seeing a higher demand in natural and warm colors for the kitchen.  The trend is moving away from the shiny polished metal look in appliances for something less sterile and homier in appearance. 

Open shelving is also a popular choice as people are enjoying displaying clean cookware, glasses, and other decorative dishes.  Adding a few small plants on your shelves or windows adds a beautiful natural accent to the design as well as making your kitchen air a little bit cleaner.


Your kitchen, your rules

It’s all about you in your kitchen, make it yours!  You’ll especially want to stay trendy if you find yourself frequently entertaining guests in your home.  But remember, that it is your home, and your design should always be a reflection of your taste and personality.  Because when it’s tailored to you, both you and your guests will love it. 

Have a little bit of fun with your kitchen design and you’ll find yourself loving it when your home suddenly becomes the neighborhood hotspot!

Cassie Corbett is a writer and kitchen design specialist with the dinnerware suppliers of World Kitchen.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Five New Home Designs that Are Becoming the Norm



Home designers are studying the way that people are living and incorporating new designs to address people's lifestyles. Since this is the new norm, home buyers should find designers that understand the way they live. These features are some of the most important to consider. 

Home Automation

Home automation helps to make home life easier. One of the most convenient home automation innovations is a thermostat that adjusts to provide a comfortable temperature. The device requires approximately seven days to learn the optimal temperature the inhabitants prefer the home. If the sensors detect that you are in the home, it automatically adjusts. 



Door Bot is also another form of home automation that is a video doorbell. To view people at your door whether you are at home or away, connect the device to the tablet and view who is ringing the bell from any location. Never miss the delivery man again or talk to unwanted solicitors. 

Solar Panels

Solar panels save home owners as much as 70 percent on energy bills. Even some mansions are using solar panels in addition to traditional electrical systems to make a more eco-friendly home. 

Bigger Garages

Home builders are building new homes with larger garages, but the garages are not being used for cars. Instead, the garages are being used for storage of golf carts and children’s toys. 

Homes within Homes

One-third of American adults are living in the household with another family or their parents. Home builders are compensating for this phenomenon by adding dual master suites. Separate apartments with their own bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and garage have also grown in popularity. 

Homes Plans That Fit the Way People Live

Home designers are putting laundry rooms where they are used the most—in the master bedroom. Instead of knitting rooms, designers are adding technology rooms. Large pantry rooms are being added to support items bought at bulk stores. These additions make it easier to navigate the home in the way people truly live.

New Home Designs Make Life Easier

People who want home plans for the way they live should consider what they want first. These new home designs elements will help make the lives of home buyers easier, more affordable, and more efficient. Find the best home designer to meet your needs for today and in the future. 

Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a blogger promoting Vivint, and usually writes about the home and family. She is also an avid cyclist and mother of one. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Defining Your Home with Antiques in a Modern World

Upon moving in to your new home you might feel like I did when it came to décor, confused and with a little bit of a headache. My wife and I have a mix of eclectic antiques and modern furniture that actually appeared more distracting and chaotic when set up and on the walls than it did dispersed throughout the house in boxes. One day in the mess of redesign, we brought in a newly acquired 17th century dining table. In the rush of moving things around my wife left her iPhone on the table to retrieve her new equestrian-themed dishware from the car. I saw this at first as only more disorganized clutter in our home, but then it struck me; we should be embracing modern design even with our favored antiques. The sleek new cell phone didn’t look terrible in the center of the worn oak surface, in fact, it was refreshing.

 Image Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deidrew/4546895615/sizes/m/in/photostream/


Soon we were off to decorating what would soon be our favorite home thus far. After simply setting up some guidelines, planning, and just few minor purchases from the local antique store, we realized we had designed something truly unique that felt comfortable and even transcendental to our previous interiors.

Style

For us, it was adding modern art strategically to our antique end tables, benches, and walls. Modern classic dining chairs made our rustic dining table feel original and even more functional. Of course, finding the right collections of colors to coordinate the style is important, but first, consider if you are designing with antiques to echo over your modern furniture or using the natural symmetry of modern design and accenting it with vintage art and flavor. Planning will help avoid dead ends and minor headaches.

Balance

While focusing on making a multifaceted design one should attempt tounify the space. Keep it simple and minimal. You wouldn’t want your living room looking like one style moving in and the other out. Harmony is central, and often too many ideas at once can spoil the overall impression of a room. Be deliberate and precise with your choices for art; keep the rooms function in mind.


Image Source : http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z7qrh8knKY8/UIczJ4bsJRI/AAAAAAAAImE/hbYJwHjyPD8/s640/Antiques+in+the+Modern+Home-2.jpg

Hues

While it’s usually great to start out in a neutrally colored space, any will do. This is an important factor when considering what kinds of furniture or fine arts you are considering though. Light blues can create a hue that is relieving but maybe too cold, while dark reds can feel warm, but too many reds feel anxious. Because the hue will determine the overall feeling of the room, make sure to pick colors you’ll love in the long run.

Be Spontaneous

Remember there aren’t really any rules, so keep it exciting and the results will pay off. Try mixing Spanish art with English furniture, or French furniture with an English sculpture. If you have furniture you’re considering getting rid of, try reusing by repainting, reupholstering, or even different placement in your newly defined spaces to keep things stirring.


Nicholas Haywood is an eco-friendly home improvement specialist and DIY enthusiast with an eye for interior design. He is slightly prone to OCD behavior as he often gets lost in thought over ways to maximize efficiency in living spaces both at home and the workplace. When his ideas come together, he writes for Vista, provider of premium window film for homes and commercial buildings.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Some Great Exclusive Home Decor Ideas


Flowers are very useful to decorate your living room. It gives a elegant look.






Bed should be comfortable as you comfort at.







Color is the most valuable factor for decor your interior.





Image Source: http://themaisonette.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Modish-design-classic-royal-art-deco-living-room-interior.jpg


Furniture looks classy in traditional way.







Lights play an important roll in interior decor.








Wall paint makes the room natural.










Most important place in human life.







Make it classy and elegant.







Common Office Requirements for the Work at Home Professional

Have you been searching for a work-at-home opportunity? If you have, there's little doubt that you've run across companies that require independent contractors to have a home office. When reading about these requirements, you may wonder exactly why they’re in place. Here are five common home office conditions that independent contractors may find set forth by work-at-home companies:

Home office view 1

1.Dedicated Office

Work-at-home companies want you to dedicate yourself to their agency. For many companies, this means that their independent contractors are required to have a home office. But why? You are more likely to concentrate on the work at hand if you aren’t sitting with your laptop in front of the television. You may also find that your home office must include a door that you can shut. This is so that, if you are on the phone, your clients and customers aren’t listening to your toddler screaming in your ear.

2.Landline

It’s a fact that cell phones and VOIPs aren’t secure. You also run the risk of dropping calls, unstable connections, and poor signal strength that causes your voice to cut in and out. Because of these reasons, any work-at-home company that provides services over the phone will require that you have a dedicated landline, often with no features. Depending on the company that you work for, you may need to include unlimited long distance calling on your phone line.

3.Secure Cabinets

Even though you are working from the comfort of your own home, you may be dealing with sensitive documents. You will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of this information. In order to do this, you’ll need a locking file cabinet, or set of cabinets, in your home office. You may not consider this to be an important piece of office furniture but think about this: If you’ve ever placed an order for something over the phone, you may have been speaking with someone working from home. Would you want your credit card information lying about in a stranger’s home?

4.Computer

It’s the very rare company that doesn’t require independent contractors to have a reliable computer at home. Your computer must be running on the company’s desired operating system, have a high-speed connection, and have anti-virus software installed. Should you get a virus on your computer, and you are using the company’s software, you very well may infect their entire system. If you’re working at home, make sure that you are running anti-virus and anti-spyware software at least once a week.

5.Fax Machine

Recall: HP Fax Machines
If you don’t have an all-in-one printer, it’s time to get one. The company that you choose to work for will let you know if they require a fax machine and an all-in-one is the most convenient way to add one to your home office. Not every company will require a fax machine; be sure to find out if this is a condition of your contract before you run out and buy new office equipment.

Is it realistic to think that your new employer will stop by your house to inspect your home office? No. It is realistic, however, to assume that you could lose your contract if you have screaming kids and barking dogs in the background, a spotty internet connection, or an unsecure phone. Whether you follow the tips above is up to you; we suggest that you do.

Sara Randall is a writer for furniture blogs, who also has first-hand experience with home office design. If you are remodeling your office and need new furniture ideas, check out bueromoebel-sb.de/bueromoeblierung/stahlmoebel-metallmoebel.html for their European styles.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Various House Decorations

When it comes to decorations in your home of any sort you need to be aware of the various different types and the multiple ways in which those decorations can be used in order to achieve different visual effects and looks. Some looks may be prettier than others and yet some looks might be unique. Which one will you choose and how will you handle it depends entirely on you. Either way, when it comes down to such specific decorations there are three kinds of props, tools and multiple fanciful objects that will do the job.



First of all, consider the items in your possession. By items, you can mean pretty much everything that is purchasable in souvenir stores and the likes of it. You can purchase wooden figures of animals, people, metallic figures of soldiers, small picture frames, glass vases, little glass sculptures like for instance the famous crystal ball with figures inside of it and liquid with little shiny particles inside. Some people choose to simply drown their home in these because they are mad about it. There is nothing wrong if you are too-such little items and a whole collection of these can create a whole new style for you. In fact styles can vary exactly according to the material. You can have wooden items, wooden furniture, wood-decorated devices. The same goes for metal and glass and whichever you find the most pleasurable that is exactly the one that you need to pick.



Then there are the bigger decorations which usually are the of a particular room. Unlike the small items, it is highly possible that you are unable to purchase many of these but still that won’t ruin the proper looks of your room. What you have to do is to select one and to place it at the ultimate right position through which it will cast its splendor and magnificence upon the entire room. Examples of such items are usually large goblets, silver, bronze, golden, wooden statues, metal statues, glass statues or chandeliers for example. All of these will require constant cleaning just like your small items but it is only natural that those bigger possessions will require greater amount of care which you need to provide appropriately.

Then, finally you need to consider the type of decoration that will give a sense of fulfillment to your rooms and these are type of decorations you can put everywhere which are often used for various celebrations but of course there is nothing wrong in using them in general. The problem with these is that they will require additional amount of support and work and some might find it exceptionally tiring to take care of so many items all at once. Flowers, toys, little starts on the ceiling glistening in night time are examples of these.

Written for The removal day