Month: November 2019

Innovative Small Space Living

  • Dual-function rooms: No longer do city residents have the luxury of having an entire room devoted to a single purpose. Instead, rooms like the living room, kitchen, spare bedroom and den must pull double and even triple duty, serving multiple purposes. After-market contractors are creating living rooms that also serve as home office space or convert into guest quarters. Spare bedrooms and dens are also being made into home offices that serve as guest rooms when needed. Kitchens/dining room combos are common, as well as kitchens that double as laundry rooms. By making one room serve multiple purposes, home owners can live comfortably in smaller spaces and have the benefits that come with living in the city.
  • Convertible furniture: How about a coffee table that turns into a dining table that seats ten people, a couch that converts to a bunk bed or even a side table console that houses a kitty litter box? These are just a few examples of some of the highly innovative and creative pieces of convertible furniture that are available on the market and targeted toward small living spaces. Convertible furniture allows you to have all of the basic furniture pieces that you need for comfortable day-to-day living as well as pieces that you may only need to use on an occasional basis, such as when entertaining.
  • The customized closet: Closet customization is a growing market in the contracting business. A closet, which is essentially just a cavity in the walls of your home, can be converted into a highly-efficient space that allows a home owner to fit two, three and even four times the amount of clothing, household and personal items into the same amount of space. Some companies which specialize in closet conversions even offer three-dimensional designs via software. This software allows a home owner to view his customized closet in three dimensions, from all angles, during the planning phase.
  • Under-bed storage and other creative storage ideas: Empty space is wasted space in a city home or condo. Instead, home owners are making use of every bit of space, like under the bed and other pieces of furniture, walls and even ceilings, for storage. Under-furniture drawers are popular. They can be built-in, or free-standing versions can be purchased and simply slid underneath your existing furniture. Shelving makes use of otherwise unused wall space, and shelving can even be suspended from the ceiling.

Custom Picture Framing

Decide on a realistic budget for your project

I saw a forum post where a man was asking about framing a 40×60 piece of fabric. He wanted an inexpensive frame and acrylic glazing (plexiglass). He didn’t want to spend more than $100 for it. The problem here is that the glass alone would cost between $150 and $200, not to mention the frame and mounting something that large. Not a very realistic budget.

Take the time to work with your custom framer, weigh the options that you have in the choice of framing mats, mounting, etc. And then make a choice that fits within your budget. If you have time shop the project to a couple of different framers. Compare pricing.

Try to get an understanding of what the project entails.

A professional framer is going to do a little more than just open up a ready-made standard sized frame and stick your picture in it. Talk to your framer and find out how your piece will be prepared and mounted before it goes in the frame. What types of materials will be used in your project? Will you use archival materials or just standard? What’s the difference?

The more educated you are on the project the easier it is to understand what a reasonable price is.

Using an existing frame

If you find a frame that you just can’t live without, or maybe you have a frame from something else that you want to use, be aware that standard size frames may not accommodate a matted picture. You might also end up with a picture whose mats are not even because of your choice of a pre-made frame. Sometimes you might get lucky, the stars align and the frame you already have happens to fit your project.

By definition custom framing will be more expensive that simply purchasing a ready-made frame. But if you find a framer you trust, you can create a unique and beautiful frame design that you will be proud to hang and will fit within your budget.

Glass Candle Holder

  • Sand – Sand is a great and easy way to transform a plain glass candle holder into something special. Simply fill the base of your container with sand, you may choose to use colored sand to create an especially unique piece. Once you have a base, you can then place a smaller votive holder inside the larger container. After you centered the votive holder, you can then continue to pour sand into the holder.
  • Spray Paint – To create a stunning holder, simply use masking tape to create a unique design and then spray paint the exterior of the holder. After the paint dries, simply remove the tape and you are left with a one of a kind glass candle holder. This technique will allow you to create different patterns which will truly catch the eye of anyone who sees them.
  • Dried Flowers – This technique works best with larger sized candle holders. Simply place your candle in the center of the holder and fill the side of the container with dried flowers. You should ensure that the flowers you use only reach approximately halfway up the candle that you are using. This is a great way to create a unique look, while showing off some of your favorite flowers.
  • Lace – Gluing lace on the outside of a clear glass candle holder is a great way to create a romantic look for any room in your home. These designs can also be used as wedding decorations. With the many different types of lace available for you to choose from, the possibilities for this type of design are endless.
  • Sea Shells – Placing sand and seashells in a holder is a great way to enjoy the beach year round. To create this look, simply place a base layer of sand in a larger sized container. Then add seashells that you may have collected on the beach, or that you purchased at your local craft store. The look is beautiful and will create an eye-catching centerpiece on any table.

Candle Burning Safety

  • The first thing that you should always remember is to never leave a candle burning unattended. This may sound like simple advice, but a fire can start in a matter of seconds. I don’t mean that you have to sit in a chair and constantly watch a burning candle, but you should be able to see it from wherever you may be in the house.
  • The next thing to keep in mind is the importance of placing a lit candle on a sturdy and heat-resistant surface. Candles should never be placed on a plastic or flammable surface. These types of surfaces may become unstable from the heat and cause the candle to fall. You should also not place a candle on a low table where your pets or anyone walking by may knock it down.
  • Candles should also be placed so that they are out of reach of children and pets. If you place a candle on a table, you should ensure that it is in an area where a cat cannot jump to. When placing a candle on a dining table or countertop, you should make sure that the candle is far enough away from the edge that it cannot be grabbed by a child.
  • When placing candles on bathroom counters or shelves, you should always make sure that they are at least four inches away from other items. This will help reduce the risk of anything igniting.
  • If you choose to place candles in high-traffic areas, it is extremely important that you place them somewhere safe. The best place for placing candles in these types of areas is on shelves or tables that you are sure will not be bumped into.
  • One of the most common causes of fire related to candle use is when they are placed too close to curtains. If the window is open, a breeze may cause the curtain to blow into the flame causing a fire. If you tend to leave your windows open regularly, you should never place a candle by them.
  • Whenever you burn a candle, it should always be placed in a holder or jar. If the wick should become too short while the candle is burning, the holder will extinguish the flame. However, if you simply place a candle on a surface without a holder, the surface may become burned and possibly spread.

Creating Relaxing Bedroom Atmosphere

Storage is the Answer

Bedroom storage needn’t be unattractive, quite the opposite in fact. Modular bedroom furniture offers a wide range of options to enable you to personalise the way you store your clothing, cosmetics, papers, books and indeed anything else that finds a home in your bedroom.

Solid, great to look at and perfect for helping to create a clutter-free and calm environment, whether you prefer a completely clean and minimalistic look or do enjoy having favourite trinkets and pictures around you, this way of organising a room provides you with a number of flexible options.

Use Scent to Create a Calming Environment

A range of natural fragrances have been used for hundreds of years to promote healing, relaxation and sleep. Lavender and sandalwood are the obvious choices although there are a number of other essential oils which might be used. Steer away from chemical-based air fresheners and sprays, instead choosing fragrant and attractive pot pourri or using a few drops of essential oils.

Create the Perfect Bed for You

If you simply can’t wait to dive into your bed then your bed is set up correctly. Quality linens, a luxurious feel, a colour which works in harmony with your room and plenty of cushions altogether create a sumptuous feeling which helps you to relax and drift off peacefully.

Ensure that you have the correct mattress type and that your sleeping pillows are as firm or as soft as required so that you wake up refreshed and without any aching.

Choose the Right Pillow

Sleep Style

Do you sleep on your side? Look for a firm pillow that focuses on your head and neck. If you sleep on your back, a medium to firm pillow should be a noticeable improvement. Front sleepers should seek a softer pillow to relieve stress on their neck. There is a theory that sleeping on your back fights wrinkles, because it keeps the weight of the head off the face during the night.

Fill

Pillow Fill could be almost anything, the most typical is foam, goose down, latex. The most expensive fill is Eiderdown, a large sea duck native to the northern coasts of Europe and North America. Other less expensive but still exotic fills are green tea, buckwheat, shredded rubber, flaxseed and lavender. There are more to choose from, but we’ll leave finding the even more exotic up to you.

Allergies

Pillows made from latex are allergy resistant, so they would be the best choice for someone with allergies or asthma to avoid night-time attacks. Granulated latex helps eliminate excess humidity and fights bacterial growth. If you don’t have latex pillows, wash your pillow once a month and hang it outside in the fresh air.

Bed Size

Obviously the size of the bed you’re sleeping in will play a factor in how large your pillow is. Each person will end up having a preference between two small pillows or two large pillows, but you should try out one large pillow to match your sleeping style before attempting to replicate a suitable pillow design with two smaller pillows. Your partner and laundry machine will thank you.

Body Pillows

Body Pillows are great for people looking for something to hold on to during those chilly winter nights, and if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. These pillows, also known as dakimakura or a Dutch Wife, are also available with prints on them.

Identify Great Concrete Pool Builder

You have to check if the concrete pool builder you are considering for the job uses 3D design software. You can check if after the first meeting with him where you supply him with all the details that you need including the design and style, he undertakes to create an impression to show you the final and actual look of your swimming area. This will be a sign of a great expert that you ought to consider.

Another aspect that will help you identify a top concrete pool builder is the software suite programs that he uses to make the layout, route piping systems, design and documents. This software suite will enable him to be able to plan and design a large variety of swimming pools and hence they will be able to deliver your preferred style and design. This software is important for a concrete pool builder to have as it allows for conceptual modeling which will result in the delivery of a top quality swimming area.

You should labor hard to investigate whether your preferred contractor is recognized as a premier contractor in your area. This is the type of a contractor who has a clean and successful track record for completing all the projects assigned to them within the specified amount of time, budget and to the specification of the client. These qualities are what you should look out for as you attempt to get the best concrete pool builder for your swimming area building project.

It is important for you to consider the type and depth of experience that the contractor you have in mind possesses. The greater their experience levels will be then the more possible it will be for you to get your project finished in good time and the swimming area will also adhere to the strictest and highest standards of safety and quality. This is for the simple reason that an experienced concrete pool builder is well versed with all the standards to be observed when building pools and keeping deadlines.

The way that the concrete pool builder company you visit treats you will matter a lot in terms of their service delivery. If you notice that the company treats you badly when you are just inquiring from them about the services they offer, then it is highly likely that they will not give you the best services. A good concrete pool builder company takes its time to explain to you all the steps that will be involved in the building process and also help you choose the most suitable type and design of swimming area that will work for the needs of your family.

You should also consider the reputation that the contractor you are eyeing to help you with your project holds in their industry and community. You should conduct a thorough background check to establish this important fact. You can check what your references or past clients to your preferred contractor have to say about them before settling for their services.

You should also ask the prospective expert you have in mind to provide you with their customer references. This will help you look and scrutinize their job record before you settle for their services. If you notice that the prospective building company is not willing to offer you this list then that would be a sign that it is not a great company to contract for this project.

You can also tell a good concrete pool builder from a poor one based on how they structure their costs. You should not go for the contractors who quote the cheapest amount after you inform them about your expectations as it would compromise on the quality. The best contractor will justify the reason for the quoted costs and they will not also overcharge you for the project.

Decorate Guest Bathroom

De-Clutter!

Obviously, the first thing that should be done is a good de-cluttering job. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the room, and store them in their appropriate spot. Don’t wait until the last minute before your guests are expected to arrive – get the room ready by cleaning the room out as part of your typical daily or weekly chore list.

Choose Light and Bright Colours

Using lighter colours can help to open up a space, which is particularly helpful with bathrooms that tend to be on the smaller side. Not only will such lighter hues make the room appear larger than it actually is, they also give the feeling of a clean space. Consider painting the walls white, off-white or pale yellow to help create that open, airy backdrop. Continue adding such light colours with stone-hued glazed tiles in the shower.

Use Mirrors in Abundance

Not only do light colours open up a space, but so do mirrors. You don’t have to limit yourself to a tiny mirror over the vanity – instead, place an oversized mirror over the sink to really brighten up your bathroom. If your bathroom has a double sink, instead of hanging two separate mirrors, consider installing one large one that extends to both ends of the vanity.

Use Light Fixtures Wisely

Forget about just one central light fixture in the middle of the ceiling. Not only is this not enough light, it’s boring too. In addition to your central light, make sure that you have light fixtures above the mirror over the sink. Not only does this provide ample lighting for your guest when they’re getting ready in the morning, but the reflection off the mirror will increase light in the room. Add some sconce lights on opposite walls, and consider installing a pot light or two in the shower stall.

Don’t Forget the Accessories!

It’s the little details that really make a guest feel comfortable and welcome. Make sure to keep extra towels rolled up in a basket near the sink, and even a clean robe and pair of slippers by the door. Keep extra rolls of toilet paper stored decoratively on a shelf, and offer toiletries such as soap bars and shampoo bottles within easy access.

Metal Art Decor

Even if you have decorated your home with the finest furniture pieces, you will soon come to realize that empty walls will ruin the entire effect. Indeed, you need wall art to decorate the walls of your home. Luckily for you, the dedicated market is large in options and you do have where to choose from. For instance, if you appreciate items that are related to the music and entertainment field, know that there are many metal hangings bearing this theme. Designers often create metal art paintings representing jazz saxophone players. Moreover, if you have a home that is decorated in a modern style, you can choose metal art pieces recreating the urban life. This would perfectly complement the atmosphere. Looking at the wide range of items you or any other interested clients have at their disposal, it would seem that making the right choice is a difficult task. This is one of the reasons for which clients in general refuse to handle this issue on their own. The help of interior designers is frequently requested when having to decide upon the metal art paintings. The truth is that there are several rules behind this wall art decision making process. When deciding upon a painting you should consider certain aspect.

Decorators usually take into consideration facts like the size of the walls or the style of the space. If you have tall walls, then an oblong metal painting might just give the space an even taller impression. Furthermore, wall art can often be used as a method of connecting one furniture piece to the other. Taking into consideration the style of a room, you can choose a metal painting that will work like a charm. As mentioned in the beginning, interior design and all that is linked to it currently enjoy a high popularity level. It is through this tool that a home can turn into a space of relaxation and comfort. Thus, if you want to enjoy all that this domain has to offer, try to locate a metal wall art provider. As long as your partner is trustworthy and professional you will have much to gain. Keep in mind that quality matters greatly when decorating the interior of your home.

Concrete Pool Lining Options

Tile Liners

Tile can include numerous colours and can also be used to create simplistic images along the pool floor and walls. They come in various materials, such as fiberglass and ceramic. They take a long time to install, but the beauty they provide is well worth the time and/or effort.

Concrete Liners

Painted concrete surfaces present an opportunity for good creativity. They allow the pool to have fancy, appealing shapes or various forms because the floor and walls can be painted, no matter what shape the pool is. In other words, it is a flexible pool liner so to speak, even though it is just painted concrete. In addition, paint can be used to create works of art on the walls and floor for that extra touch of both luxury and style. The paint that is used on concrete pool linings is usually either a rubberized paint or an epoxy one.

Vinyl Pool Liners

Even though vinyl pool liners are typically used for above-ground pools, they have also evolved into being used as concrete pool liners. They are especially beneficial for concrete walls and floors that have been chipped, cracked, or weathered. They come in many designs, colours, and styles so you can find one that suits your needs.

Pebble and Aggregate Liners

For those that worry about slippery surfaces, pebble pool liners are the perfect solution. They provide a slightly rough surface that does not hurt the feet due to their design. The aggregate materials used in combination with the stones only protrude a little bit from the surface. This type of liner adds natural beauty that is enhanced with sunshine. Depending on the design and materials used, the sun can make the pool surface sparkle.