9
Apr

Ideas For Your Attic: Turning It Into Livable Space

Ideas For Your Attic: Turning It Into Livable Space

By Jaclyn Crawford on Jan 30, 2017

Ideas For Your Attic: Turning It Into Livable Space

Creating extra living space in your home can be the change you need. Depending on what you decide to use a new room for, it can mean less toys in the living room or a place for an unexpected guest to stay. If you’re looking for extra space, consider your attic as an area to remodel.

Depending on its size, converting your attic into livable space can be easier than you may think. However, it’s not as simple as painting and moving furniture in. Here are a few tips on how you can turn your attic into a living space.

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Attic Bedroom and Office

Know Your Codes

Before you begin looking at what you need to do to convert your attic into a living space, research your local codes and requirements. Many ordinances require ceilings to be at least seven feet high and seven feet wide in any direction. A room in your attic must also have a staircase. If your attic does not have the minimum space or access requirements, that can be a major safety concern. You will need include these requirements in your remodel.

Attic Bedroom

Attic Insulation Costs

To make your attic livable, you’ll need to have temperature control. While some newly-built homes have insulated attics, many older homes do not. Attic insulation is key for keeping your new room comfortable and saving money on your energy bills. The average cost of attic insulation is $1,900

Attic Office

Attic Fan Installation

Just because your attic is insulated doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider an attic fan to remove humidity and help keep the temperature comfortable. Attic fans can be helpful in keeping the room and the upper floor of your home cool. The average cost to install an attic fan is $521, with most homeowners pending between $393 and $544.

Attic Bedroom

Attic Living Space Ideas

When it comes to extra space, one of the harder decisions you must make is how you will use it. Depending on the size and shape of your attic, this question might be harder to answer. To help, here’s a few ways you can convert your attic into a functional living space that will help the flow of the whole household.

Attic Bedroom

Having a room away from it all is the ultimate retreat and a trendy way homeowners are transforming their highest floor. You must account for enough space to fit the bed, dresser and other pieces of furniture. If you tend to get many out-of-town guests, an attic guest bedroom could be the upgrade you need from an air mattress.

Don’t forget about attic bedroom décor! As many attic bedrooms don’t have as much natural light, you may want to paint with a lighter color. You’ll also need to find furniture to fit the unique space.

Attic Play Room

Get the kids’ toys out of the living room and give them a space of their own. An attic play room is a great way to utilize a larger space like an attic. Create a soft floor where children can play without getting hurt. Chalkboard paint is a great addition to your attic playroom and will allow kids to decorate with their favorite drawings. Install proper storage cabinets so there’s space for toys, books and other small items can go when playtime is over.

Attic Office

Keep your work away from the rest of the home. An attic office can be your retreat to focus and get work done. Add skylights and natural light to keep yourself inspired and stay productive. Depending on how many windows you have, you may need to install lighting. Bright, overhead lighting works best, but you can also supplement with floor lamps if your space allows.

Attic Craft Room

If you’re like me, craft supplies often end up in odd areas of the home. A skein of yarn in one room and the ribbon I need in the next room over. Many can’t justify giving a room on the main floor to a hobby, but with a little extra space in the attic, this could just be your space to get creative. Be sure to have proper lighting in your attic craft room and plenty of surfaces so you can finish your projects as planned.

No craft room is complete without proper storage. You’ll need to get innovative for all the uniquely shaped items you have. There are many DIY storage ideas you can use to customize your craft space to the storage you need.

Attic Kids Room

Conclusion

An attic can be the perfect space for a new room. Whatever you choose, be sure that your attic remodel is up to safety code and regulations so all can enjoy the space.

9
Apr

Out-Of-The-Box Fireplace Ideas For Your Home

Out-Of-The-Box Fireplace Ideas For Your Home

By Jaclyn Crawford on Nov 10, 2016

Out-Of-The-Box Fireplace Ideas For Your Home

As the host of your home, you want to create a space where all can gather and enjoy. Many older buildings come with a fireplace that may not be in use anymore or maybe you’ve decided you just don’t want to care for your working fireplace anymore. Whatever the case, and unused fireplace can become an eyesore in any living space, but you can change that.

Consider the firebox to be a stage where you can show off your unique decorative style. With a little creativity and the right supplies, you can take your unused fireplace from eyesore to focal point with these out-of-the-box fireplace ideas for the home.

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Mirror In Fireplace

Clean & Repair

Before you begin your décor work, you’ll want to make sure the brickwork around the fireplace is in good condition. If there are any cracks or broken bricks, now is the time to call for a repair. The average cost to repair a fireplace is $380, but will largely depend on the type of damage you need repaired. Also remember to clean any ashes in and around the fireplace. You won’t want this getting on any of your belongings. Even if it’s an old fireplace you’ve never used, it’s a smart idea to give it a good cleaning to get rid of any lasting grime.

Another way to spruce up your brick fireplace is by painting it. This can add to the overall décor of the room. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can change your look with this DIY project. Read How To Paint A Brick Fireplace for more instructions.

Once you have the outside in the condition you want, you can focus on choosing the right décor for your unused fireplace.

Candles In Firepalce

Use Candles

This is a classic way to decorate your unused fireplace. It mimics the look, without the necessity of having an actual working fireplace. Variation works best in this design. Get candles and candle holders of different sizes and shapes and place them in your firebox. You can even include a small shelf or riser to hold them above the ground. This may be particularly nice if the bottom of your fireplace isn’t in the best shape. Always follow proper fire safety protocol when using candles anywhere in the home.

Mirror Image

If you’re looking for creative ways to add more light into your room, using your fireplace unconventionally might be the way to go. Installing a mirror to the empty space can help spread light throughout the room. Measure the opening and find a piece of mirror that can fit behind it. Stabilize it with a crate that fits just right behind it and double sided mounting tape so it sticks to the inside of the firebox. And now you have a chic, modern looking fireplace design.

You can also incorporate a mirror behind your candles in the above unused fireplace décor option to help reflect more light around the room when candles are lit.

Books In Fireplace

Fireplace Library

You can also use your unused fireplace as extra storage space if your bookshelf is getting full. You can either insert shelves to fit the width of the fireplace and fill with books, or simply place books at the bottom of the firebox.

To really add a decorative element, choose books that are full of color and arrange on the shelf. On my bookshelf at home, I have arranged in the colors of the rainbow and it’s a fun detail that really pops in our living room.

Plants In Fireplace

Add Greenery

Utilize a plant in the empty firebox to not only improve the look of the room, but also the quality of the air. You can either try one large plant that really stands out, or an assortment of smaller plants, arranged to your liking.

Remember to choose plants that don’t need much sun and will not harm any pets in the house, since they will be sitting close to the ground. Here are a few ideas of shade-friendly houseplants:

  • Snake Plant
  • Creeping Fig
  • Philodendron
  • Sword Fern
  • Peacock Plant
  • Succulent Varieties

Vases In Fireplace

Vase Gallery

If you love the variety of a candle or plant, but want to take less care of them, consider purchasing multiple decorative vases and displaying them in your firebox. This is a totally custom look to your style. Arrange on the bottom of the fireplace in various orders.

Toy Storage Fireplace

Toy Storage

For a practical solution to your unused fireplace, toy storage may be the answer. Create cubbies that fit within the space and have children store their small toys there. Or stylish small baskets arranged to fit toys and other items for your child. It’s an easy and unique way for parents to keep their children’s toys organized but still stylishly placed in the room.

Seasonal Fireplace

Seasonal Décor

Often, the fireplace is a focal point to allow friends and family to gather during the holiday season. An unused firebox presents an opportunity to celebrate all holidays any time of year. Find your favorite seasonal décor items and rotate seasonally, or maybe a cozy theme for the winter holidays if you’re feeling less ambitious. Either way, get creative and celebrate through your décor. I love the idea of painting a peice of wood to fit with chalkboard paint and changing it for the seasons. It’s a trendy way to rotate your decor without too much extra effort.

Conclusion

If you have an unused fireplace, consider it another place to add flair to your space. One of the great perks to decorating your firebox is the versatility, as oftentimes, you’re able to change it out as you please. You can incorporate any style you’d like  and maybe even experiment with a new one to really wow your guests.

9
Apr

8 Incredible Rooms That Belong In Your Dream Home

8 Incredible Rooms That Belong In Your Dream Home

By Katie Carlson on Nov 13, 2016

8 Incredible Rooms That Belong In Your Dream Home

At some point in your life, you find yourself imagining what your dream home would look like and brainstorm ideas about how to personalize each room. It’s hard to snap back to reality after you map the details out in your head, but visualizing what could be is fun for many of us.

Your dream home definitely needs to have rooms that are impressive and out of the ordinary. I’m here to let your mind run wild for a few minutes, as I show and describe eight incredible rooms that belong in your dream home. Remember, never stop dreaming!

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Kitchen

1. Kitchen

Building your dream home requires a financial investment and professional expertise. Constructing your dream kitchen comes with its pros and cons. You’ll need to set a budget, hire a contractor and pick out your materials.

I selected this kitchen for your dream home because of the gorgeous hardwood floors, lavish pendant light fixtures and numerous windows that draw in natural light. Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? If so, see our kitchen renovation cost estimator to make a plan before you begin your project.

Bathroom

2. Bathroom

It’s not a dream home without an extravagant bathroom to relax in after a long day. According to costs reported by ImproveNet members, the average bathroom remodel costed approximately $8,400 in 2016, with most homeowners spending between $6,000 and $9,000. Given that I’m showing you incredible rooms that belong in your dream home, your budget will need to be expanded in this particular instance.

A dream bathroom requires a thoughtful transformation with personal touches and lavish enhancements. This luxury bath has a round Jacuzzi tub installed under a charming chandelier, which I think is the perfect touch. The gorgeous tub is surrounded by more storage room than most of us have ever seen in our lifetime.

Bedroom

3. Bedroom

Your dream bedroom should be big, bright and beautiful. The more lighting options you have the better, so you can set the right mood. While hardwood floors are becoming more popular to install in the bedroom, carpet is a comfortable and appealing choice too.

A dream bedroom needs to have the right aesthetic appeal. This means applying paint color, hanging curtains, purchasing cozy bedding and using décor that brings the room to life.

Girl's Bedroom

Little girl bedroom ideas are also worth considering when envisioning your dream home. The room in the example above is adorable. It incorporates every little girl’s favorite things and colors. There’s plenty of room for your little one to play and store cherished items neatly.

Closet

4. Walk-In Closet

A walk-in closet is a must in any dream home. Adding a large and impressive closet to a room or hallway is a great way to increase the amount of usable space. Curious what something like this will cost you? See the average cost to install a closet in your area.

This contemporary, custom his and hers master closet maximizes storage space with a functional center island and several custom shelves. While it’s seldom at the top of your home improvement list, organizing your closet is a simple way to make your daily life less stressful. The look above is finished with crystal knobs, a large mirror and comfortable bench.

Living Room

5. Living Room

This living room is spectacular and certainly needs to be included in your dream home. Every last detail, down to the patterned carpet and candle chandelier is absolutely perfect. With windows that big, you’ll need to call a professional window cleaning service to get the tough to reach spots.

Dining Room

6. Dining Room

The reason I chose this dining room is because it’s stunning, unique and inviting. The large windows, warm paint and oversized light fixtures add style and grace. Unless you have extensive electrical knowledge, it’s best to leave the installation of pendant lights, accent lighting and overhead lights to the professionals. If you look closely, even the furniture matches the interior design scheme.

Basement

7. Basement

Every dream home needs a fabulous basement to show off. A finished basement creates extra usable space in the home. A swanky basement not only increases the resale value of your home, but it also makes it more livable and functional.

The basement pictured above is amazing and decorated beautifully. The shiny hardwood floors, dark wood cabinets and seating area create the perfect space to hang out or entertain guests. Does seeing this beautiful room make you want to finish your basement? Get free estimates from local basement contractors and get started on your project today.

Office

8. Office

Your home office should be a spot you go to be productive and feel at peace. The stunning room above will certainly do the trick. The large windows that produce a view like that and smooth wood elements make this room extremely attractive. A personalized space with comfortable seating and plenty of room to move around is more than necessary in your dream office.

Pool

Bonus: Outdoor Escape

Although not inside your home, an outdoor escape needs to be addressed in this article. My take is that you not only need one, but it should be extravagant. Installing a large swimming pool with surrounding greenery and lawn chairs will bring you peace of mind and make for some pretty great summer parties.

Conclusion

You now see why these eight incredible rooms and an exquisite backyard belong in your dream home. While these are larger than life ideas, it doesn’t mean you can’t select features you like to incorporate in your home at a lesser price. Create your dream home in your life with what you have and incorporate your personal touches, and then love and enjoy it because you designed it.

9
Apr

7 DIY Projects To Refresh Your Bedroom

7 DIY Projects To Refresh Your Bedroom

By Jaclyn Crawford on Nov 22, 2016

7 DIY Projects To Refresh Your Bedroom

After a long day, there’s nothing quite like resting in the comfort of your own bedroom. But over time, it may require a few updates to create a place where you can retreat away from it all. The smallest updates may make a difference in your bedroom makeover.

There are many DIY tips and tricks available to spruce up your bedroom. Some projects require expert skill and others may take longer than expected. If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to change the look of your bedroom, we’ve gathered the top 10 DIY projects to update the look of your bedroom.

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Striped Accent Wall

1. Paint Your Room

If you’re looking to dramatically change the look of your room, without knocking down any walls, then paint is your answer. A simple coat of fresh paint can give you an entirely new room, without making any structural changes. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,655 if you choose not to DIY this project.

When it comes to choosing a new color for your room, consider your current style. Will your new color match your linens and furniture color? What atmosphere are you trying to create with your new look? These are all important questions to consider as we know that the psychology of color has a lot to do with your mood.

Painted DIY Dresser

2. Dress Up Your Dresser

The furniture condition in your room adds a lot to the overall look and feel. But, you don’t have to go buy a new one. Simply update the one you currently have with a coat of paint. When it comes to painting furniture, the most important part is not what color you choose but rather how you prepare for the project.

You’ll want to clean and sand your dresser before you begin to paint, otherwise the paint will peel off the furniture. It’s not necessary to sand the furniture down completely just to remove the finish and rough up the surface bit. If you can, get a paint with primer included, otherwise, be sure to use primer on your project before you add color. For more inspiration on dressing up your dresser, see these ideas from BuzzFeed.

DIY Headboard

3. Create A New Headboard

You may rarely consider it, but your headboard can be a unique decorative element in your bedroom. Many people opt for a standard wood headboard, but you can easily make a one-of-a-kind piece for your bedroom by turning this into a DIY project. While there are many ideas out there, one of my favorites is the recycled window shutter idea. It’s a great project for a beginner and you can complete it in an afternoon! See a tutorial from Samantha Elizabeth.

Choose Your Lighting

4. Change Your Lighting

The bedroom should be a space you can relax and retreat from the world. If your lighting is too bright or plain, it may impact the mood. Soft lighting is best for bedrooms and installing a new, unique light fixture can change the overall look and feel of the room.  This project may require a bit more DIY skill compared to others, but will look great once completed.

If you don’t have enough DIY experience yet and love the whimsical look, try adorning your room with a few string lights. Globe lights are a great addition that you can dress up with fake flowers or ribbon. String them across your headboard or window frame for subtle room lighting perfect for relaxing.

Style Your Shelf

5. Style Your Shelving

While your shelves are useful for storage, have you thought about the decorative qualities they have? They are a great way to display beloved items and knick knacks. The key is knowing how to do it in a way that will look fabulous. Here’s a few tips:

  • Start by stacking books if space allows
  • Use trays or stands to highlight special items
  • Include a taller vase or two, allowing the eye to move
  • Include smaller items on different levels
  • Pick a color scheme and stick with it

Another way to add style with your shelf is by using the actual shelf itself. Try building shelves in different geometric shapes, such as squares or triangles. Or stagger them on different levels to add variation. This is an easy way to add wall décor to your bedroom.

DIY Throw Pillow

6. DIY Throw Pillows

It’s amazing how a few small pillows can add a look of luxury to your bed. If your current throw pillows can use an update, there are plenty of DIY options you have. If you know how to sew, you’ll have an advantage here, however there are many of no-sew options available. Of course, my favorite DIY options are the ones that can be completed in a short amount of time, so this tutorial for a 10-minute DIY Pillow Covers is perfect, even for those with little sewing experience. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can update your bedroom!

DIY Rug

7. Update Your Rug

We’ve been talking a lot about the décor surrounding the bedroom, but let’s not forget about the floor! Regardless of the flooring you currently have, a small rug can be a great update to add an extra bit of color to any room. However, rugs can be expensive, especially if you need to cover a large area. That’s why I love this DIY tuotorial from DreamBook Design on how you can turn any tablecloth into a rug.

Decorate Your Bedroom

Conclusion

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It should be a place you love to end your day and reenergize for the day ahead. If you love to DIY, these projects might be the answer to turn your bedroom from drab to fab.

9
Apr

2017 Home Design Colors & Trends

2017 Home Design Colors & Trends

By Jaclyn Crawford on Dec 4, 2016

2017 Home Design Colors & Trends

As the saying goes, it’s time for “out with the old, and in with the new.” With a new year, it might be time to change the look of your home. The bright color you loved in the early 2000s now is a bit out of date. Or maybe the flooring design you’ve had for years is finally too out of date.

However, navigating through trends can be difficult, especially when figuring out what’s right for you. To help, we’ve rounded up our predictions of what home design colors and trends will be the most talked about in 2017.

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Bold Jewel Tones

Bold Jewel Tones

Lucky for you, painting your home to match current trends is easy to do and one of the less costly upgrades you can make to your home. One of the biggest changes you might see in color trends this year is a jump from warm pastels to bold and bright jewel colors. Think deep purple, green and blue. The Sherwin-Williams ColorMix prediction describes this year’s bold colors as “soulful and spiritual.”

Of course, some homeowners might be fearful of using darker colors in their home. Utilizing these jewel tones is all about maximizing your lighting. Try using in a living room or bedroom to create a cozy atmosphere without losing natural light. If you’re not ready to paint your entire room in a bold color, try using as an accent throughout your room.

Greige Walls

Greige

If you’re not yet familiar with greige, make 2017 the year you get well acquainted. Gray has been the must-have neutral paint color the past few years, appearing in many living rooms across America. And, for good reason! It’s extremely versatile and gives your space a clean look. But, as all trends change, gray has now become a bit warmer, with beige. This creates “Greige!” Depending on the hue you choose, it could be a warmer gray or a cooler beige. It’s a great interior paint color for any room of the home.

One of the best parts about using greige is that it makes a great compliment to the jewel tones we discussed above. It gives a clean look and truly is a perfect backdrop for bold accent colors to pop.

Utilize Yellow

A color that many designers once strayed away from is now back! This time, used only as an accent color throughout a room. Yellow of any shade can be used with other hot colors of 2017 like greige or jewel tones.

Don’t be afraid to incorporate yellow in areas you may otherwise think twice about, like your window treatments or rugs. Yellow accessories make a statement in your room and is what the home design trends of 2017 are all about.

Terracotta Tile

Terracotta

Not just for your potted plants anymore. Terracotta will become a design staple in 2017. We’re already seeing accessories pop up in unexpected places, such as soap dishes and decorative bowls. One of the more popular ways you’ll see terracotta used this year is in tile flooring. They work well as a kitchen flooring option, but don’t limit it to just there. It can easily warm up a bedroom or a living room. They are also an affordable alternative to other flooring materials.

Geometric Patterns

Geometric Patterns

If you’d rather mix it up with patterns, rather than change a paint color, you’re in luck this year. Geometric patterns for your home are hot right now and will continue to be through the year. Think mid-century style, with squares and rectangles.

One thing to be aware of when choosing your patterns is the chevron design. Though geometrical, this pattern has become less trendy within the last year. Though, it will always be a great choice for your baby’s nursery.

Repurposed Decor

Repurposed Décor

Make this year the time where you can truly let your creativity shine in your home. DIY repurposed décor is something that is not only trending, but can be completely unique to your style. Try upholstering a chair or using a trunk for living room storage.

Another décor item that will be trendy this year is reclaimed wood. Tables, chairs and even shelving in reclaimed wood will be a unique look for your room. It also blends well with any color scheme you choose.

Minimalist Style

Minimalist Style

Organization is in style this year. Minimalist décor will insist that there’s empty shelves, tables and rooms of unnecessary items and show off the design elements that matter. Minimalist design is all about having a clean, sleek look. Focus on items with straight lines and a unique shape. Color and light are also prominent here. Use the trendy jewel of the year as accent colors as you decorate your space.

Conclusion

As much as keeping up with annual trends is important for homeowners, especially those looking to sell, be sure to incorporate your unique style in when you can. The colors and decorative elements this year are colorful and bold, so have fun with it!

9
Apr

How To Incorporate The Pantone Color Of The Year In Your Home

How To Incorporate The Pantone Color Of The Year In Your Home

By Jaclyn Crawford on Jan 9, 2017

How To Incorporate The Pantone Color Of The Year In Your Home

When it comes to color, it’s important to stay up-to-date on current trends, as they can change quickly and often. A new year is a perfect time to begin updating old colors around the house to popular hues, especially if you plan on selling soon.

Pantone, whose mission is to be the leading experts in color, release their “color of the year” to guide designers, decorators and homeowners in what they believe to be on trend. These choices are made based on popular choices as well as representing current events. Pantone announced that the 2017 color of the year is “Greenery.” It’s a spring green color that’s sure to brighten up any space. Here are a few ideas on how you can utilize the color throughout your home.

If you’re thinking about using this year’s color of the year to freshen up a room with a new coat of paint, contact a painting pro today for up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.

Pantone Color 2017 Greenery

About Greenery

Pantone describes their color of the year selections by “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” After blending two shades in 2016, rose quarts and serenity, Pantone chose a bold and bright color that is in line with color trends we’ve already observed for the year. Greenery is a cheery yellow-green hue that Pantone describes as “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

This color is perfect if you’re changing your home and wanting to start fresh. It blends well with other bright colors like pink and blue, or can be an accent to a black and white color scheme.

Blending Turquoise And Greenery

Painting A Room

What better way to start fresh than with a new coat of paint? Greenery can add a pop of color to any room with an accent wall. I love the idea of incorporating this color with stripes, as it looks great with bright white. Creating an accent wall is an easy DIY project that can be done in an afternoon. It’s also a great way to play with colors without committing to painting the entire room first. To see how you can to this yourself, read How To Paint Striped Walls.

Greenery Tile

Bathroom Backsplash

If you want to add a pop of this trendy color to your bathroom, a backsplash is the way to go. For those with a clean, natural-looking bathroom, this will fit right in. Glass tile backsplash will be a great fit here because of its variety. The average cost per finished square foot of glass tile backsplash is between $9.13 and $17.89.

Greenery Bedroom

Bedroom Décor

Incorporating this color into your bedroom not only will add to the décor itself, but also improve your mood as well. Based on the psychology of color, we know that a green bedroom can bring feelings of tranquility and health. Pantone describes greenery as a “life-affirming shade…emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” With these benefits in mind, it’s the perfect shade of green to surround yourself with in your bedroom sanctuary.

Your bedroom is also an extremely versatile place as well. Consider changing your bedding and window treatments to match this year’s color. Incorporate small accessories like pillows and candles in this shade, throughout the room. If you like the color enough, consider making a more permanent change like painting the walls or trim.

Greenery Kitchen

Kitchen Accessories

If you’re not ready to make any major changes to your home with this color yet, but would like to incorporate it, your kitchen accessories are a great place to start. If your current kitchen style allows, vases, decorative bowls and chair cushions are simple ways to upgrade your kitchen with this color and easy to change.

For those who want this color to make a bold statement, pair it with a neutral-color scheme such as the traditional black and white. This will help the color stand out without having to change the entire style of the kitchen. And as trends change, you can easily change the accent color in the room.

Matching Greenery With Other Styles

This year’s Pantone color is all about bringing the focus back to nature. When working this color into the home, it’s best to accompany it with natural elements such as wood, white and other neutral colors. Rooms that have bamboo or reclaimed wood features will compliment this color well.

If your style is more bold than neutral, you can match this color with metallic or bright blues and pinks. Be careful not to overutilize Greenery in these rooms, as it could end up clashing.

Conclusion

The home is your retreat away from the world and the Pantone color of the year can help create the tranquil space you desire. By utilizing this color in different areas of your home, you’re expressing the desire to relax and rejuvenate in the home.

9
Apr

Tips To Remove Plaster Walls

Tips To Remove Plaster Walls

By Jaclyn Crawford on Jan 25, 2017

Tips To Remove Plaster Walls

As you may already know, an older home tends to need a bit more TLC than others. They’re great for those who love to DIY and want to truly make their house unique to them. Some homeowners choose to take on remodels themselves. If this sounds familar, you’ll likely need to take down a wall or two to truly transform a room.

Plaster walls were commonly used in homes built before 1950, before drywall was introduced. These walls were made to last, so it’s no surprise that if you’re looking to remove a plaster wall, it can be a tedious and messy process. To help, here are a few tips.

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Tools Needed

1. Prep The Area

Before you begin removing plaster walls, you’ll need to do some prep work so your project can be completed successfully. Removing plaster walls can create a lot of dust and a lot of mess, so you’ll want to tarp off any doorways and flooring you want protected. Seal off any air ducts and vents to protect the rest of the home from the dust. Remove any furniture from the room, as you’ll need plenty of space to work as well. You’ll also need to remove any outlet plates and fixtures on the wall. Put these parts aside.

It’s also helpful to have a garbage can available in the room, so you can quickly dispose of any plaster you want removed.

2. Safety First

As mentioned, removing plaster walls is a messy job. A dusk mask will come in handy for this project to protect you from breathing in anything harmful. Don’t forget protective eyewear and gloves as well. We also recommend this as a DIY project for those who have experience with a few home improvement projects. If you are new to DIY, you may want to contact a pro who can help remove plaster walls.

It’s important to make sure the room is safe to work in. Turn off any electricity and water that’s going to the room. Locate any wiring or plumbing lines to prevent them from getting damaged in the process. You’ll also need to be sure that the wall you’re removing does not hurt the structural integrity of the home.

2. Rent A Dumpster

When removing plaster walls, you’ll need a place to properly dispose of the material. This may be difficult to throw out in your local garbage pick-up. A dumpster can make easy work of disposal as you work through this project. The average cost to rent a dumpster is $395, with most homeowners spending between $316 and $395. These costs can vary depending on how long you’ll be renting and the size of the dumpster.

Plaster Wall

3. Save The Molding

If you intend on replacing your plaster wall with drywall, it’s a good idea to save the wood moldings. This is a process that must be done very carefully so you do not damage or crack them. If you’re working with a pro, they will know the best ways to save your molding for future use.

4. Slow & Steady

When you’re ready to remove your plaster, it’s important not to start striking the wall aimlessly. Strategically begin tapping a top corner of the wall with a hammer until a hole has formed where you can see the lath. Once you have this hole, use a prybar to carefully pull off the plaster, working downward. Do not expect this to be a quick process. The more careful attention you pay to what you’re working on, the easier the work will be.

Plaster And Lath

5. Remove The Lath Strips

After the plaster is removed, you’ll need to remove the lath strips. A prybar works well here. Be aware that these won’t break off into large chunks, so it can be tedious work. Lath strips will also have nails in them that can pose a safety hazard. Plaster and lath is a technique often found in old homes, so some of the nails you find may be rusty. Wear gloves and proper safety gear when removing nails from your wall.

6. Clean The Room Thoroughly When You’re Done

Removing plaster walls is a big job with a big mess. The dust created from this project will be very fine, giving it more opportunity to get into the air. When throwing the wall debris away, be sure to gently place it in a trash bin, as to not allow more dust to get over the room. You’ll likely need to dust, sweep and mop the room multiple times after the project is completed.

7. Contact A Pro

Removing plaster walls is a big job that if not done correctly, can have serious consequences to your remodeling project. If you’re not confident you have the tools or instructions necessary to complete this project safely and successfully, contact a pro who can help.

Conclusion

Removing plaster walls is a big and messy job. By doing it yourself, you can cut down costs on your next remodeling projects.

9
Apr

The Basics Of Feng Shui For Your Home

The Basics Of Feng Shui For Your Home

By Jaclyn Crawford on Feb 5, 2017

The Basics Of Feng Shui For Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day, so many of us look forward to enjoying its comforts. But, you may not be making the most of your space if you haven’t adapted the techniques of Feng Shui.

This ancient art of balancing your space is beneficial to your health and happiness in your home. Often, it takes very minimal changes to create the energy you desire. Here’s a few ideas to get you started on how you can incorporate the practice of Feng Shui in your home.

You can easily change the energy in a room with a new coat of paint. Contact a painting pro today for up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.

Feng Shui Bedroom

What Is Feng Shui?

The practice of Feng Shui dates back to ancient China. The term “Feng Shui” translates from Chinese to “Wind Water.” As Mind Body Green explains, “Without air and water we parish. When both wind and water are balanced and flowing, nature is in harmony.” It utilizes the elements to create a balanced energy in a space. When used properly, it can improve sleep and create peace in the household.

Including elements in a room allows the person in the room to become more in-tune with nature and become more self-aware. Feng Shui has a few different practices and schools of thought, but they all share similar themes:

  • Traditional Feng Shui: The oldest form of Feng Shui. This takes into account compass directions, and natural elements to determine how to create the best relationship to your environment.
  • Black Hat: A western adaption of the traditional practice. Focuses on engaging the “nine energies” that are within every room.
  • Modern Feng Shui: Also known as Intuitive Feng Shui. This practice is based on utilizing color and your own intuition to create the best space for success.

Whatever practice you choose, you can expect to see health benefits such as sleep and stress relief as you rearrange your space for positive energy.

Costs Of Feng Shui

If you can Feng Shui benefitting your household, now might be the time to rearrange for better energy. However, this is not something you want to do without guidance, as Feng Shui can be complicated if you haven’t studied. A trained Feng Shui pro can help you determine you to arrange your home for the maximum benefits. The average cost to hire a Feng Shui consultant is $874, with most homeowners spending between $632 and $799.

Feng Shui Water Elements

Feng Shui Basics

Regardless of the practice you choose, there are a few themes that cross each school of thought. Keep in mind, Feng Shui can be a very complicated practice. Here are a few Feng Shui basics to keep in mind as you rearrange your home:

Declutter Your Home

One of the first steps in creating better energy throughout your home is to get rid of the clutter. This goes beyond just throwing out trash, but also removing items that block the energy in the room. Stacks of unorganized bills, piles of clothing and other disorganized areas are responsible for creating negative energy and should be properly sorted or removed.

Determine the Primary Purpose

As your decluttering, consider the primary purpose of the room and keep items in the room that only represent that purpose. A clear purpose allows for less stress within the room.

Include the 5 Elements

When you’re incorporating Feng Shui décor, you’ll want to include various styles of the 5 elements. Ideally, each room will incorporate something representative of these elements that work together. These elements are:

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Discover Your Birth Element

Though incorporating all five elements are important, your birth date may indicate what element may influence your energy the most. You can see a helpful chart to discover your birth element at KnowFengShui.com.

Let in Natural Light

The principles of Feng Shui are all about getting in touch with the environment. So, it’s likely no surprise that natural light plays a huge role in creating positive energies throughout the home. Open windows when you have the chance and see what lighting options you have that provide the illumination you need.

Feng Shui Dining Room

Feng Shui Colors

If choosing a new color for a room wasn’t already difficult, you should consider how it impacts the Feng Shui. Choosing the right color for your room can greatly impact your efforts to create positive energies. Once you’ve determined the purpose for a room, you can begin to define its color. Keep in mind colors that are representative of various elements.

  • Wood is represented by shades of green brown.
  • Fire is represented by shades of red and some shades of yellow.
  • Metal is represented by white, gray and metallic colors.
  • Water is represented by shades of blue and black
  • Earth is represented by orange, beige and some shades of yellow.

When choosing a new paint color for your room, consider how it collaborates with the other elements in the room. Remember that all the elements must work together.

Feng Shui Colors

Feng Shui Bedroom

One the rooms most commonly in need of Feng Shui techniques is the bedroom. After all, it’s a space where you sleep and relax. If the elements in your room are not working together, this can cause serious problems. One of the best things you can do to change the energy of the room is consider your bed placement. Ideally, your bed should be placed diagonally from the door and away from window. Finally, even though it’s nice to have your smartphone by your side at night, Feng Shui guidelines advise to have your bed away from a wall with outlets.

Feng Shui Living Room

Feng Shui Living Room

Another popular room that can utilize these guidelines is the living room. As a spot where family gathers together, you want to make sure the energies are right for all. Sunlight is key, so drawback the curtains to let the natural light in. Including a water element, like an aquarium, is said to bring new opportunities and positive energy to the room. Utilizing candles and wood accessories will help to balance out the elements in this room. Finally, if your living room is connected to the front of the house, ensure you can see the front door from the main sitting area.

Conclusion

We’ve only touched the surface of how to properly incorporate Feng Shui into your home. This ancient practice has many details you can incorporate to bring positivity and health to all.

9
Apr

Vintage Décor Ideas For Every Room

Vintage Décor Ideas For Every Room

By Jaclyn Crawford on Feb 9, 2017

Vintage Décor Ideas For Every Room

Everyone’s style is unique and we all tend to gravitate towards one we like more than others. While there is many to choose from, vintage home décor can create a warm and charming look for your home.

The good news about vintage décor is it can be an inexpensive style, with many items coming from vintage or secondhand shops. It can also be incorporated into almost every room and with other styles. If you’re looking for some vintage décor inspiration, here are a few ideas.

Are you redecorating? A new paint color can easily freshen up your space and enhance the look of vintage décor. Contact a painting pro today for up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.

Cost Of Interior Decorator

Decorating With Vintage Items

Because the vintage look can blend with many other styles, it’s important to understand what makes this style unique. This generally can be repurposed or older items that work together to give a rustic, antique look. Items of eras past, such as mid-century or retro, can be considered vintage décor. Vintage items all have their unique style you can blend together. Regardless of your specific style, many of vintage items are affordable and are fun to search for. You can freshen up old items with a little DIY to make them new again.

If you plan on blending multiple vintage styles together in your home, it’s a good idea to speak with a pro who can help. Interior designers have a keen eye for what may go together and what will not. This is important as vintage décor doesn’t typically come as a set. The average cost to hire an interior designer is $4,776, with most homeowners spending between $2,044 and $4,978.

Vintage Kitchen

Vintage Kitchen Décor

Many vintage décor items for the kitchen have color in them. A classic kitchen look of black and white will be the perfect backdrop for all cooking accessories. Choose colorful Pyrex dishes that are not only functional but will add to the look of the kitchen. Display them on open shelving so they are part of the room’s décor.

Think about the focal point of your kitchen, the dinner table. If your due for an update, why not repaint it and create something new? This is an easy DIY project that can easily be customized to your style. Milk paint will give your table and chairs that vintage look, without having to shop for an all new set.

For the walls, see if you can find older posters or tin signs. These are reminiscent of classic diners and farmhouse kitchens, creating a charming look for a vintage room.

Vintage Bathroom

Vintage Bathroom Décor

A bathroom remodel is the perfect time to change your tile to fit the vintage style. Subway tile will be just what your bathroom needs to set the stage for vintage accessories. A repurposed dresser vanity is a beautiful addition to any vintage bathroom. This however, may take some time and a little DIY expertise! See this great tutorial from Domestic Imperfection for more instructions.

Once you have the perfect vanity set up, it’s time to accessories. Mason jar soap pumps are another easy DIY vintage décor project. You can generally get a kit from any craft supply store and transform an old mason jar into something new. Utilize old crates to store towels, toilet paper and other hygiene necessities. Glass jars are a beautiful way to store and display cotton balls and Q-tips, so they are there when you need them.

Vintage Bedroom

Vintage Bedroom Décor

The bedroom is a place for you to experiment with your vintage style. Incorporate vintage accessories on the headstand and shop for a dresser you can fix up and reuse.

One of the most important points of a vintage bedroom is the headboard.  This can act as a focal point of the room and bring all the elements together. A few popular ideas are

  • Metal headboard with spindles
  • Window shutter headboard
  • Barn wood headboard
  • Upholstered headboard

Many of these items can be found at local secondhand shops and repurposed for your bed. Though some, like the window shutter headboard, might take a little more work to put together. However, nothing a little DIY project couldn’t solve! Check out this tutorial from Scavenger Chic.

Vintage Living Room

Vintage Living Room Décor

Your living room is where many decorative styles can come together. The key to creating the perfect vintage living room is by what accessories you use. As the coffee table is host to many of these accessories, you’ll need to make sure it fits into the décor of the room. Stick to wooden coffee tables, with either rustic or mid-century modern features depending on what vintage style you like best. As you decorate your coffee table, utilize a coffee table tray to keep your items together for both style and function.

Mirrors are another key element of vintage design. A large mirror can open up the space and the frame can add to the décor of the room. Sunburst mirrors are also a great addition to vintage room decor. Once popular in the 1930s, new designs are coming back to reflect the era’s style. They are certainly a talking point of any room!

Vintage Laundry Room

Vintage Laundry Room Décor

Many of us spend a lot of time in our laundry rooms, so why not make it into a room that we love? Utilize vintage style to adorn the walls in old prints. Old wash pans and cans can be beautiful shelf décor and help hide laundry room necessities.

Conclusion

The vintage look is popular in home design and luckily, it’s also an affordable option. If you love to DIY, see what items you can incorporate in your room to get the look.

9
Apr

Incorporating Mid-Century Modern Décor In Your Home

Incorporating Mid-Century Modern Décor In Your Home

By Jaclyn Crawford on Feb 19, 2017

Incorporating Mid-Century Modern Décor In Your Home

When it comes to interior design and décor trends, history tends to repeat itself, by coming back bigger and better. A current design trend points to sleek straight lines and bold shapes. This can be found in the decorative style of mid-century modern.

Starting in the early 1930s and lasting until the mid-1960s, this style has been become hot in recent years with TV shows and magazines featuring these decorative elements. With more retailers getting on board, you too can incorporate mid-century modern décor into your home design.

While some of your décor may be mid-century, you may need to update your space to have modern amenities. Contact a remodeling pro for up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.

What Is MidCentury

What Is Mid-Century Modern?

For some, these items might make you reminisce. While most popular between 1933 and 1965, its used to describe architecture and design during the middle of the 20th century. This style hit its peak around the 1950s. It can best be defined by its industrial looking clean and sleek lines with geometric shapes. Black, white and natural colors are used to make bright primary colors pop. This is a design can fit into various rooms of the home.

The revival of this vintage style is hitting its peak in modern day. While many original pieces can still be found today, reproductions have hit décor stores. Of course, these come with a price tag to represent their popularity.

Interior Designer Costs

If there’s a specific design you want in your home, you may need a little help. And for a retro style, you may have trouble fitting older and newer pieces together cohesively. An interior designer will know how to make the mid-century modern room of your dreams happen. The average cost to hire an interior designer is $4,776, with most homeowners spending between $2,044 to $4,978. This price can change depending on the size of the space you’ll be decorating.

Mid Century Modern Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Furniture

One of the most important elements of creating a mid-century modern home is the furniture. Its signature trait is sleek lines and geometric shapes. However, the furniture itself may have different purposes. A buffet might fold out to become a longer table. It also utilizes non-traditional materials like plastic, plywood and plexiglass.

Mid Century Modern Kitchen

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Creating a mid-century modern kitchen is all about utilizing natural materials and bright colors. Stainless steel appliances is a great choice for any appliance without making your kitchen look too retro.

Cabinet shape is one of the details of a mid-century modern kitchen that stands out. Generally L-shaped, they are long and can are tall, often with storage reaching to the ceiling. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, now is the perfect time to introduce new cabinets that will really enhance the look.

Mid Century Living Room

Mid-Century Modern Living Room

In your mid-century modern living room, the furniture you choose will take center stage. Items with straight tapered legs and geometric shapes will fit well. Dark, wooden frames are often used here accompanied by fabrics in bright shades or orange, teal or mustard. Another note about mid-century modern design is that it’s simple and clutter free. This means keeping a clear and organized coffee and side tables.

A mid-century modern living room isn’t complete without metallic accents. One of the most popular finds for the living room is the starburst mirror. In many shapes and sizes, the mirror is placed in the center with gold lines emerging in various shapes and lengths. You can find them at your local home décor store ranging between $50 to $170, depending on size. However, if you’re redecorating on a budget, a cost-effective way to get the look is with a little time to DIY. You can custom make your starburst mirror with these instructions from Small Home Love.

Mid Century Modern Bedroom

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

For a lovely bedroom retreat, mid-century modern is a simple and dreamy style to incorporate. Unlike traditional sleigh bed frames, mid-century style is incredibly minimal. Typically, the bed frame is a darker wood platform frame with skinny and pointed legs. White comforters are encouraged with decorative pillows for pops of color. Rugs in geometric patterns will help to warm the floor.

End tables and dressers will follow this similar design, as a square or rectangle and skinny legs. These were built for practicality. Overall, the theme of a mid-century modern bedroom is simple and clutter-free. Not only will this look great, but it will help you sleep better at night!

Mid Century Modern Lighting

Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Finally, to bring the look together in any room, be sure to choose appropriate lighting. As we know from this year’s trends, statement lighting is hot right now. The good news is that most mid-century modern lighting features are made to be the talking point of a room. For ceiling lights, choose a fixture with multiple bulbs like “spudnik” lighting. Or, stick with geometric shapes like globe bulbs.

A room can be made cozier with floor lamps. A signature of this style is the tripod lamp, featuring three legs attached to the shade. In addition, the arch floor lamp is a beautiful way to brighten up a room. When looking for lamps, try to find brass or silver finishes, when applicable.

Conclusion

It’s always nice to see an older style make a comeback. For some, it’s nostalgic and for others, they can’t wait to embrace this new retro style. Think of ways you can incorporate a few unique mid-century modern décor ideas into your home.