Month: September 2019

Wallpapering Basics

Selecting your wallpaper

This is really a personal preference decision, but I would like to guide you in the right direction as there can be a couple of things that will make the hanging process less stressful.

The texture can be quite important depending on the surface that you are hanging your wallpaper on, a nice thick texture will hide any small defects and will make the preparation job a bit easier with less preparation required. Try to avoid thin wallpaper types unless your prepared surface is perfect or brand new. The other thing to look out for is the wallpaper colour/pattern. Patterned papers can look quite nice but be aware that they can seem a bit outdated rather quickly. You also need to spend more with patterned wallpapers as you can’t get as many drops (each piece you hang) per roll.

Wall preparation

I recommend that you remove all old wallpapers prior to hanging your new one. This removes … Read the rest

Using Votive Candles

  • Accents – Votive candles are a great way to accent your home’s d├ęcor. You can include them in centerpieces or create unique designs for a specific holiday or occasion. Votive candles can be placed in bowls containing water for a dramatic effect. You can also surround them using stones or colored glass to create a unique look.
  • Relaxation – Votive candles are ideal for use in relaxation and meditation. It is common for those who meditate to use a candle as a focal point to help them relax. They should be placed on a flat surface, such as a table, at eye level so that you can easily focus on them. These types of candles are also a great addition to any room where you go to relax. If you enjoy taking baths to relax, why not add a few scented votive candles around the tub or on your counters.
  • Scents – Because these candles can be found in a
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Eco Friendly Pool Design Ideas

We live in a time of an over populated earth, the African continent being the one with the largest growth rate in the world. Earth’s natural resources and habitats are slowly being suffocated and therefore people are trying to live a more holistic or ‘greener’ lifestyle to try to save what we have left as well as improving the quality of their health, naturally. Eco swimming pools have thus become one of the most effective methods that people are using to restore the natural balance and also to decrease their exposure to harmful chemicals, such as chlorine, found in modern-day swimming pools.

As a home owner, when you think ‘swimming pool’, what is the first concern that pops up in your head? The cost to build it? The cost to maintain it? Finding the time to clean it? The fact that you can’t use it during winter? Or maybe it’s health concerns. These factors are some of the reasons why … Read the rest

Add Style to Home

The internet can give you a lot of valuable tips starting with selecting the right sofa set, getting the right bed for your room, and even coloring your home. To start with, selecting the right choice of paint colors gives your home a personalized look. Soft colors such as white, light blue add a rich look to walls.

Not just that, light shades even make rooms look bigger than their actual size. There are a lot of people who love to paint their walls. It sure gives you a sense of pride when people look at it and applaud. But, do people living in metropolitan really have the time to do this now? We all live in an age where sensex fluctuates faster than restarting your computer. So how do we color our lives? Your answer is wall decals.

Wall decals are a new and happening mode of wall decoration. With the right use of design and color, you can … Read the rest

Swimming Pool Inflatables

Under Five

Children under five years old often enjoy the simpler things, like a giant beach ball. Bigger toys are fun, and rafts are a great idea for lounging around while being supervised. When considering what to buy for children of this age, don’t forget about baby seats for really young children or inflatable arm bands. Life jackets are a great idea for parents that are uncomfortable with their children only wearing floaties on their arms.

Five to Eight

Children of this age will may be embarrassed at the mere thought of wearing a life jacket for a backyard barbecue if other children are not, but arm floaties are still perfectly acceptable, particularly for smaller children that do not know how to swim. Regardless of how your child feels, safety should always be a top priority.

Children in this age range will enjoy the same toy selection of swimming toys as younger children, such as a giant beach ball, but … Read the rest

Self-Adhesive Wallpaper

There are several factors to consider when choosing wallpaper. For most of us, first and foremost is cost. Some wallpaper types can be very costly. They can be made of expensive materials, be printed on thick, embossed fabrics, and contain patented, signature designs by famous artists. So if budget is a concern, the more luxurious wallpaper types can be ruled out. Self-adhesive, on the other hand, is one of the more reasonably-priced styles available today. When it comes to budget concerns, it remains a viable option.

The second factor to consider is application. Traditional wallpaper comes in an unpasted form. This means a paste has to be mixed, applied to the paper and allowed to fix or “book,” before being applied. This type of paper is the most difficult to hang and the most difficult to remove, as the glue can be stubborn after several years. Another type of paper comes pre-pasted. This wallpaper requires adding water to activate the … Read the rest

Monochromatic Color Schemes

It is important to note here, that while the definition of monochromatic is literally “one color,” most professionals feel it is permissible to add elements of white, black or gray to a monochromatic scheme. For example, a room done in shades of white may have black doors or a black cabinet. This is a matter of preference as the black will have a strong visual effect in such a room, but an all-white room will appear larger and produce a softer mood without the addition of the black accents.

White is the most common color chosen for this technique because of the mood it can achieve. A space feels lighter, cleaner and more open with white. Of course, it is not as simple as just painting everything in the room white. If you do that you will most likely end up with a sterile, cold-looking room reminiscent of a hospital. To achieve the appropriate results, you must consider various shades … Read the rest

Pick the Perfect Area Rugs

Budget

As with any home project, the number one consideration is your budget. Floor coverings can be affordable, but there are some that come with a hefty price tag. You can do research online to learn more about the cost of area rugs, and then determine what you’re comfortable spending. You should use the other furniture in the room to determine the amount to spend.

Size

Once you’ve determined your budget, you can start thinking about the size you’d like to have. If you get one that is too big, it makes the room feel small and doesn’t look good with the furniture. On the other hand, if you get one that is too small, it makes the entire room feel out of balance. The guiding rule of thumb with size is that it should be two feet shorter than the smallest wall in the room. For example, in a standard 10×12 room, you should look at some that are … Read the rest

Backyard Pools

For many owners, the value of their home provides the single greatest financial asset available. Failing to deal with maintenance issues or to make upkeep a priority may prove to be a very costly and unfortunate misstep. New installations, additions and home upgrades can also play an important part in the effort to protect, maintain and improve upon the market value of a home.

Access to backyard pools can do wonders in terms of improving household comfort and enjoyment, especially during the warmer months of summer. Going for a swim, sunbathing and other outdoor activities that can be enjoyed with greater convenience may be easier to arrange than many homeowners realize. Quality installations can be a worthwhile investment.

Landscaping and exterior home improvement efforts are rarely concerns that should be taken lightly. Failing to properly explore their options, overlooking upgrades and installations that offer superior value or dealing with a lesser service provider are some of the most common and … Read the rest

Achieve Great Interior Lighting

The tool that is often overlooked and neglected is lighting. A good lighting is the tool that transforms a house or an apartment into a home and the very thing that allows the owner’s personality to shine through. All of the meticulously researched and placed interior design details will be lost, and their impact will be diminished. That is why a good lighting is an imperative in every interior design scheme.

Before we start discussing the top tips for achieving a great interior lighting, we should state that there are such things as too much of a good thing, which means that you need to narrow down your lighting options to your ambient lighting needs. Every room in the house needs a different lighting, and you can get a sense of this notion by being irritated by an overly or slightly illuminated room.

  • Bedroom lighting tips: The bedroom is the room in which you start and end the day. A
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