One of the things that I like about my husband is that he is willing to keep me on my toes. He is really good at coming back at me when I give him an attitude or say something sassy to him. I like that he is willing to go head to head with me about something that I may have an opinion on. For example, my husband and I were looking at plantation shutters to put on the outside of our home and he told me that if we spent the extra money, that we would get back what we invested into them. I did not think that this was possible.… READ MORE
I wanted to do something different for my living room, but I was not sure what would make me the happiest. I knew that I could paint the walls a different color, but they had just been painted not even two years ago. I considered buying some new wall decor, such as paintings, but I knew that was not the right answer either. I took my time and thought of all my options, and I finally decided that looking at a plantation shutters company might just be the answer I was looking for.
I knew that new shutters could really change the appearance of my living room, and it was the first thought that I did not disregard within 24 hours. That alone told me that I was onto something. I looked at different businesses in the area that provide this type of service, but it was really an easy decision to go with Orange County Shutters after looking at quite a few different companies. I took my time on each website, because this is not like going to the department store and buying a 10 dollar set of window blinds.
This is usually a permanent answer to window treatments, and I wanted to make sure I knew all the ins and outs of whatever one I decided to go with. Everything with Orange County Shutters seemed to be perfect for my needs. Not only do they come to my house to help me decide which shutters will look best, but they do all the other work too. They measure the windows so there is no wrong measurements taken, and then they custom make all the shutters at their business. They then come out and install them, and all of this is done at a great price too. This was definitely the change I was hoping to make!… READ MORE
Comfort is not just for Christmas. Comfort is a state of mind. Comfort is the end of the day when everything is peaceful. Comfort is a hug. Comfort is a blanket and a bright night sky. Comfort is a candle.
Of course we all describe comfort in very different ways. A minimalist will surely find one part of their home comfortable. To them. That would not be the same as my daughter’s definition, because it would not be possible to involve 27 teddy bears and Musical High School blankets.
So how do we make our home comfortable? What makes each of us feel ‘at home’?
There are a few common denominators, of course – crackling fire, great surface texture, but also less flattering lighting and intuitive design. This is an intangible factor of the house that is only considered if it is not functioning. Very rarely praise the comfortable flow of one’s home or the correct mood lighting. If they are done well, then these factors just fade smoothly into the fabric of the house.
Unfortunately, finding comfort at home isn’t always a case of investing in dozens of soft pillows. Comfort requires a personal definition, because while some are entertained by a basket of freshly cut logs, others prefer to surround themselves with stunning works of art, designer fabrics and expensive tassels to feel ‘comfort’. What does that mean to you?
Comfort at home is a fundamental part of human existence. Maslow identifies security as one of our most basic needs and I suggest that meeting this need, in the form of a home – shelter, escape – will mean that we are then more free to explore further into our more complex needs such as respect and self-actualization. Understanding home psychology requires more than investing in a pair of A350 curtain curtains.
Understanding what pleases you – what moves you, what lights your fire – is the first part of interior design. Appreciating what makes you happy or excites you – love for statues bought on a romantic weekend in Arles, paintings left by a grandparents, instruments played as a child – can inspire more than beautiful spaces. This will work far beyond coordination and design principles because it will be based on your life, your history and that personal element that will make the room extraordinary – very comfortable.
However, there are still rules to be followed that will help praise the ‘feel good’ factor of the object itself – be it an inherited Tiffany lamp or a simple patchwork pillow that catches your attention.
These rules are there to provide help – to show possible basic shapes, or color palettes. That thing, let’s say the copper cooking pot your grandmother always uses, will give you a scheme for the rest of the room. This will tell you whether to use curved or straight legs, it will suggest a traditional look or a more contemporary style. In short, this will give you a ‘feeling’ of a room. … READ MORE
You might already have cherry dining chairs or stain in your space but you just don’t know what to do with them. These pieces can be quite expensive in fact they can be some of the most expensive pieces in the furniture store. However, they can be quality and really gives you the opportunity to bring in a rich and warm color into your space and airs of traditional and a classic manner. Here are a few tips for decorating with these kind of pieces.
You really are going to want to find a paint color that will compliment this kind of style. For instance, you can decide whether you want your furniture to blend in or stand out. This probably has a lot to do with whether or not you love the furniture. Another thing to take into consideration is the actual floor space in an overall room. If you want it to blend in then go with a warm color on your walls. Of course this would be orange, red and yellow. These colors can also be very appetizing so they are perfect for a dining room. However, you might be scared of using bold colors on your walls so you may just want to go with a taupe or brown that has warm undertones still it. This allows you to keep the room neutral, while still showcasing the beauty of the wood.
Go for cooler colors if you would like to really showcase your furniture because the rich warm color will really pop. You could also just use a neutral color such as a soft gold or even a gray. This allows you to really modernize the overall feeling of your pieces just by changing out the paint color of your walls. This is perfect because you’ll have to prime the actual pieces that you pay so much money for. It also gives you the chance to showcase your work.
You can really change up the entire feeling of the space just by changing one or two pieces of the set. For instance if you have a china cupboard you could consider adding lighting to the inside or you could even put wallpaper on the back so that a subtle pattern and color just peeks through. This will really break up the appearance of a heavy set in your room and also makes sure that your furniture looks unique and different from everyone else who might have shopped at the same store.… READ MORE
To build a house, repair or remodel, you need the right building materials and tools. With the materials and tools available today, you can complete projects in less time and possibly with less money than you think.
You can download packages from the internet. You can even customize it to suit your own taste or to make your dream home.
When you are there, you can start thinking about how you want your outdoor living room to look. You can do multiple virtual landscaping, just for fun.
Of course, right now, you need the basics. So what does it take to build a house?
Wood, nails, hammers and saws, aircraft, partner boxes and levels, measuring tape, rulers and blueprints. Those are some basics. Drills, screws, walls, insulation, roofing materials, doors and windows are some of the others, all of which you can get from a home improvement shop near you. But, the first two things you need are a plan and a list.
Every experienced builder starts with a plan. A list of required items is made. A builder will often have many tools needed. You might have several of them too. So, you look at what you have and then decide what home building materials you need. That’s part of the plan.
Another part of your plan is the budget. You will want to try to get an idea of how much all this will cost. Depending on your experience, your estimates may not be exact. Even the most experienced builders sometimes “over budget.”
You may be tempted to take shortcuts, if you have a tight budget, but you will save money in the long run by buying high-quality, more energy-efficient materials. Skipping luxury items such as more expensive tiles or designer floors isn’t a problem. But, your basic home building materials must be of the quality needed to do the job.
Think about the future. If you buy lower quality wood, you may need to replace it more often. May not be resistant to insects or mold. Something like that can cause you a lot of problems and spend a lot of money in the future.
Functionality is the most important thing here. So when you compare available material and make your budget, focus on the functional aspects. That way, you will get durable home building materials.… READ MORE
Bar rails add the finishing touches to showcase your unique home bar design and can help you achieve the true pub feeling. The range of different styles for the bar rail profile is endless, and the width and depth of the rabbit connection vary to change the rail contour.
When choosing your profile style, one important consideration is whether you will eat at the bar regularly or not. A profile with lips that blends with the top bar is great for preventing drinks from spilling into your guests’ laps, but that can make eating at the bar uncomfortable. If you often eat at the bar, try installing rails that provide a flat surface across the top.
Bull Nose profiles are a good choice if you want the top of the bar to be level.
Match the Rail Bar to the Top Bar
Your rails must match the style and appearance of your top bar. Your choices for your boss are very broad, and include things like: granite, glass, laminate, ceramic tiles, copper, corian, marble, stainless steel, epoxy and resin, and special artwork.
Contrasting colors and materials can make your home’s blades look very sharp, so don’t be afraid to mix and match. For example, you can combine granite tops with wooden rails, copper with stones, wood with brass rail bars, or tiles with vinyl rails (like in the old Eagle’s Clubs). If you use a wooden rail, you can choose to differentiate the color of the Red Mahogany with a lighter Cherry color. If you decide to use a more modern look and use materials such as glass or granite, you might not even need a rail rod.
Most of the fence bar is mostly made of wood. Rails can have a dramatic effect on the overall look and feel of your home bar, so choosing the highest quality wood is important. It is perfectly acceptable to limit high-level wood to the main focal point of your home slats, and use a lower value for the rest of the slats. Brazilian cherries are very popular nowadays, but mahogany, maple, oak, poplar, and ash also make good choices (just to name a few).
If you cannot afford the desired ingredients for the whole stem, consider using it only for the upper stem or stem. This is a display item that will truly make your home bar special.
To learn more about installing rails and selecting profiles, see Rail Bar Basics for your Home Bar.… READ MORE
Even though it comes with a fairly high price tag, Home Designer Professional Edition is definitely a worth investment. Serious designers and professional builders will realize that the $ 495 needed to buy this software will actually prove to be money well spent in the long run. Here are some reasons why Home Designer Pro has been named as one of the best home design software in the entire industry.
At a glance
Designed, developed, and published by a well-known home design software design company, Chief Architect, Home Designer Pro is a program that has been created specifically for home and serious design enthusiasts. The latest edition of this program is version 9.0 and is similar to its predecessor, it also contains the same sophisticated tools used by actual professionals for various purposes including interior design, home renovation, landscaping, deck design, and even cost estimates.
This program basically combines all the main features of the program designed by other Chief Architects such as Landscape and Deck Designers, Interior Designers, and Home Architecture Designers. Plus, it also includes a myriad of the most advanced CAD tools available on the market today. With Home Designer Pro, users are given the power to make blueprints, roofs, manual framing, and many others. It’s almost like an all-in-one program that clearly justifies retail value that seems high.
As mentioned earlier, one of the best features of this particular program is that it is able to produce output from a professional level. This capability is caused by none other than the advanced tools of this program which are leading in every term. Users can create floor plans that are scaled accurately and within minutes, automatically generate 3D models. Home Designer Pro also uses a high-tech 3D camera that really allows many different user views such as Cross-Sections, Elevation, Framing, Doll House, and Glass House. In addition to making a scale representation of one’s dream design before actually building it, users are also given the opportunity to take a virtual tour to ensure that they are more than happy with their plans.
But Still User-Friendly
Even though Home Designer Pro makes use of very sophisticated design tools, it does not fail to maintain the overall friendliness of the program. In fact, this program makes it a point to ensure that users will be able to navigate through the program with as few complications as possible. For example, there is a Quick Startup Option Guide that serves as an excellent resource for “how to” tutorials that serve all types of projects. The pre-installed House Wizard tool is also a great feature that makes designing a home a lot easier for less experienced users.
Many actual landscape and home design templates are also available for users to choose from if they don’t want to start from scratch. This template section is even equipped with decks, cabinets, colors, and more. If users find problems again with this program, they can use the online help system or watch dozens … READ MORE