Month: January 2020

Tricks When Buying Antiques

  • Ask questions when purchasing antiques online. Purchasing items online, especially when they are old may present a challenge to some people. However, purchasing items online can save you time and be a wonderful experience if you not to rush through the purchase. Ask the vendor as many questions as you want about the product. If the seller can answer your questions in a satisfactory way, then you can feel better about your purchase.
  • Research the product to find out more about it. It is a wise idea to go into questioning knowing a few of the answers for yourself to know whether the seller is trying to pull a trick on you. Use several credible resources to find out more about the antique that has caught your eye. Print the information out and have it on hand with you to refer to if you need to when questioning the seller.
  • Assess the product or its pictures thoroughly. Looking the item over in detail is important. If something looks odd than you had envisioned, then you should probably pass it by. It is a fake. Look at the way cloth has held up over time. Pay attention to the small details and do not settle for something battered and worn if you think you could find a better counterpart somewhere else.
  • Do not doubt your inner voice when examining items. Sometimes you might notice things that seem off but do not quite register what the problem really is. Listen to yourself. If something does not feel right, then you should not make the buy. You might be able to pinpoint later on what felt wrong about it, but never be pressured into making a purchase that you aren’t sure about.
  • Request more details or photos about the item. If you are shopping online, ask for more detailed photos of the antique you are interested in. An honest seller will have no problem providing you with these pictures. In person, ask the seller to tell you everything he or she knows about the item. The details that the seller provides will possibly tell you whether you really want to own the antique or not.
  • Know what a similar product will sell for. When you are doing your research, compare prices to similar items. You need to have something to compare the price to know whether you will be paying too much, too little, or just the right price.
  • Don’t be afraid to haggle over the price. Ask the seller if he or she can come down in the price a little for you or meet you halfway between the price you wanted to pay and the price being offered. If a seller wants to really get rid of an item, he or she may take you up on your offer.
  • Make sure you understand the return policy. Most importantly, never leave a store or place an order for an antique without knowing the return policy.

Chandeliers

Chandeliers have played an important role in transforming a place from looking drab to looking fab! What was earlier just chosen at random has now become a thing of fashion. A chandelier is given utmost importance while beginning to do the interiors. It has been seen that sometimes people have done up the interiors of the house after choosing the chandelier of their choice.

A variety of chandeliers have come into the market in the last few decades that have transformed the whole idea of lighting in houses. A wide range of chandeliers both contemporary and conventional have come into the markets that have been made with extreme delicacy of craftsmanship. These also include shiny and elaborate crystal chandeliers and delicate and sleek modern lights that are not as out there.
Choosing a chandelier that matches your home will not only make your home look customized to your taste and choice but also make the home look well in sync with each element. Matching the decor with your chandelier becomes important especially when you are choosing a look that is extreme. For instance, if you are choosing a look that is edgy, clean and sharp then going in for something that is very elaborate will make the chandelier look out of place, on the other hand if you choose the same chandelier for a room that is traditional and laden with things that speak of conservative comfortable surroundings the same elaborate perhaps crystal chandelier will fit right in.

Geraniums On Windowsill

Whether I was consciously aware of it or not, I learned early on that being surrounded by things that make you feel good can help you survive in any situation. The older I get and the more life’s challenges are thrown at me, it serves as my motto. Being an interior decorator in my heart and also as a side profession, I find myself always trying to make a nest no matter where I land. My husband and I have moved a number of times and while there have been some really cool settings that we’ve lived in just by virtue of the home itself, there’s been other times when it only became a true home and respite by means of what we did with it.

I think this is a very important quality to develop because with the economy the way it is and especially in certain localities where the cost of housing is almost over the top, we don’t always get to choose our dream house. In fact, most times, not! But, with some creative imagination one can transform their living space into one which makes them just crave to walk through the front door, even if the outside does not have the idyllic setting found in a Universal Studios neighborhood set. Choosing items in colors that fill us with warmth and good memories along with pretty colors of paint can truly take us from ick to ahhhh. After all, isn’t home suppose to be where the heart is? So, put your heart into wherever you live, even if it’s a rented room in someone else’s house. Make it your special space where you can feel safe and recharge your spirit.

In one of my earlier articles entitled, Bohemian Baby, I mentioned that I’ve always thought outside the box… and I have not just been this way when it comes to decorating my own home. When I have done work for a client or even a personal friend, I always step outside the norm when it comes to creating an inviting space. Currently, we live in a rather large space which provides me with endless opportunities to create little vignettes, which in a subtle way invites a person to sit down, read a magazine or have a cup of coffee and just feel ’embraced’. Since we live in a Anaheim, a very old city in Orange County, we are surrounded by some really interesting and historic houses. They are not all buffed out in true decorator style, many have been left rather ramshackle, but they still have a lot of character. So, every time I see one which is in the latter condition, I think to myself, ‘how could I simply but remarkably turn this into a place where the resident just loves coming home?’ People often think you have to put a boatload of money into your house. Not true. So many things can be made attractive by colorful paint, inexpensive flooring and replacing a few fixtures and lighting. Play off what’s there, bring out the best and don’t let size, non-ownership or lack of wealth stop you from making your space special in some way.

I recently was commissioned to re-style a small commercial bathroom in a building which contained a non-working urinal and had been used strictly as a “men’s bathroom”. The unsightly fixture obviously worked at one time, but was not worth repairing as it was just one of a number of bathrooms in the building and was not really needed. The building had been cosmetically enhanced and they wanted to make the little bathroom one that customers could enjoy using. So, after a major cleaning of everything, two colors of paint were chosen and a quick trip to one of my favorite thrift store venues to find some eclectic items for the wow factor. I knew the client was wanting to keep the cost minimal so thrift stores were an excellent option especially here in Southern California. The choices of decorating items I find are endless and frankly there are some real smokin’ deals if you have a good eye.

So, creating an ambient atmosphere does not end with just the homeowner or renter. It includes commercial retail settings also. Remember, if a customer feels comfortable and ‘at home’ in a store, they will linger, perhaps finding more to purchase. Your ‘feel good’ barometer may not include geranium pots on the windowsill, but let it serve as a metaphor. Do not let economics and location stifle your ability to feel good wherever you are, whether it be in your own personal living setting or even a work office. Life as we know, does not always treat us fairly and go the way in which we hope, but we can nurture our spirit and our heart by finding whatever serves as our ‘geraniums on the windowsill’.

About Eco Friendly Wallpaper

A New Day

The reasons for these changes in the industry are obvious. Finite natural resources and growing market demand force manufacturers to work with materials that are sustainable. With a more informed, sophisticated and health-conscious consumer, the days of plastics, vinyls and synthetics are coming to an end. Where once the industrial development of adhesives focused on two dimensions – effectiveness and cost, there now exists two more considerations – safety and sustainability.

A Changing Industry

Some of the largest wallpaper manufacturers in the world are pushing into this new area of development with serious resources and effort. York Wallcoverings, based in York, Pa., is one of these. The oldest wallpaper manufacturer in the world, York has stayed relevant by staying progressive. Its engineers, designers, chemists and marketers are busy finding solutions to the sustainable problem. They have developed wallpapers from materials as diverse as natural grass, sand and even glass. Eco-Decor, one of their newest collections, is the culmination of these efforts. This work is leading the industry into a new realm, one it can take pride in and one in which its customers applaud.

With Earth Day right around the corner, it is a good time to reflect on the positive changes being made in terms of environmental health, consumer safety and sustainable growth. While many industries have been marketing these efforts for decades, the wallpaper industry, one of the worst offenders in the olden days of synthetics, toxins and waste, is putting their money where their mouth is and initiating positive change.

A Sustained Effort For Sustainable Change

This work is possible through some of the sharpest business, engineering and chemical minds in the industry. It is something we are all proud of, and something we at Interior Place are very happy to tell our customers about. Feel good about your decor; feel good about the earth. This is something we tell our customers because today there is no need to sacrifice quality and luxury when making the kinds of decisions that will ensure a happier, healthier life for the world and those we will leave it to in the coming years. Have a great day today and a great Earth Day in the future!

Make a Roman Blind

You will need the following:

  • Cotton
  • Strong string
  • Sewing machine
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • 5 wood batons
  • 2 Screws/nails
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Tape
  • Lining (optional)
  • Velcro
  • Plastic loops

Directions:

  • Measure the window. Depending on the type of window, you can either take the measurements from in between the walls so that the blinds sit right next to the window or take them from in front of the window so that the blind can come down past the sill.
  • You can use any fabric but in order to get the best folds in the blind it is best to use fabric that is at least decorator weight. If you are adding a lining, use a dark colour to block out light. This is especially for blinds that are used in a bedroom.
  • Measure and cut the fabric. Allow an extra inch on each side so that you can hem the edges to make a neat finish.
  • If you are adding a lining, measure and cut the fabric. It should be cut an 1 inch smaller than the best face fabric.
  • Place the best face fabric right side down and pin the lining in place, putting the hem of the best face fabric over the edges of the lining. Once secure turn inside out, sew the hems. Make sure there is small opening left so that you can turn it right side out again.
  • Stitch the velcro across the top edge of the fabric.
  • Place the fabric tape at 4 intervals on the lining. When you are happy with the position (this will be where your blind folds.) You can make the tape more secure by stitching the edges. Remember to leave the short edges open because the batons will be threaded through them. Alternatively you can glue the batons directly on to the fabric.
  • Attach the plastic loops to the fabric tape or the batons. Thread the string through the loops.
  • Attach the other side of the velcro to the last baton. Screw the baton to the window frame or wall.
  • Attach the blind.

Now all you have to do is sit back and admire all your handiwork that completes your interior design project.

 

Buy The Right Bed Sheets

Fabric

Bed sheets are made from different fabrics. For example, there are those made from cotton, polyester, satin and others from silk. Each fabric has its pros and cons. For example, while cotton has a great natural feel, it has the tendency of causing skin irritations with some people. Cotton also tends to shrink and wrinkle.

If you are irritated by cotton you should go for units made from polyester. The cool thing with polyester is that you can fabricate it. It also doesn’t wrinkle much and lacks allergens thus won’t irritate you.

Satin and silk bed sheets are thin and feel excellent against your skin.

Weave Type and Thread Count

There are different weave types that you can go for: sateen, twill, and pinpoint. Sateen is the most common and is extremely soft; however, it’s not durable. Twill is cheaper, folds well and holds up in the wash. Pinpoint is hard at the start, but it softens after a number of washings.

The thread count determines the number of horizontal and vertical threads in each square inch of material. Always remember that the higher the thread count, the softer the material. To determine the thread count you only need to read the label on the bed sheet.

If the count is below 300, the sheet will be scratchy. A count of below 175 will be a waste of your money regardless of the cost of the bed sheet. A sheet with a count of 600 or more tends to be thin unless it’s a two-ply.

Type of Manufacturing

There are different ways in which bed sheets are manufactured: Jersey, compact, and flannel. Jersey sheets are usually knitted and don’t have a thread count. The cool thing with them is that they are very soft, durable and warm. Flannel sheets are soft, thick and durable.

Compact means that the fibers in the sheets have been bound together tightly. Due to this, sheets manufactured using this technique are wrinkle resistant and durable.

Common Issues Found in Older Homes

Electrical Problems

One of the most pressing problems found in older homes is an outdated electrical system which can cause fires or electrocution. Unfortunately, few homeowners are trained to recognize and replace inadequate electrical wires or systems. Issues like frayed insulation, outdated aluminum wiring, or old circuit breakers are a few serious conditions that only trained electricians can recognize or fix.

Lead Paint

It wasn’t until the 1970’s that authorities realized how dangerous lead paint can be for adults and children. If your home was built before or during this time period, it is possible that there is lead paint in your home. If lead paint begins to peel and is ingested, it could poison children and pets. So it is highly advisable to get all painted surfaces tested, before sanding or stripping walls.

Faulty Insulation

Many older homes don’t have proper insulation. This means high utility bills in the winter. In addition, adding insulation can become expensive if contractors have to cut through drywall to lay insulation.

Asbestos

Used as a fire retardant and insulation in the 1970’s, asbestos is now known to cause life threatening illnesses like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos is extremely difficult to detect with the untrained eye. It can also spread all across the home, laying on roof tiles, within the duct work, and in the carpet. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests leaving asbestos undisturbed. Contact a specialist to remove asbestos if found. Contact a professional immediately if asbestos is in the ductwork, as when it becomes airborne, it is extremely hazardous.

Leaks

Older homes often have a lot of cracks and leaks. Sometimes leaks are not apparent until after the winter season or when it rains. Often, homeowners don’t even know that their home has a leak. Common places for leaks to occur are the roof, attic, basement, and in the walls. Cracks in the home can cause a variety of problems like high utility bills, and an entry point for pests. Cracked window frames, gaps around doors, and uninsulated electrical outlets can all lead to long term problems.

Decorate Home With Fresh Perspective

The best little house in the whole town

The complete transformation of your house requires that you pay scrupulous attention to each and every corner of your residential premises.

First step: clean out unwanted things

The primary step in commencing with the makeover is that you clean out your home of everything that is no longer needed. Look for any old tables that do not match your furniture, any lamps that have no purpose to serve and discard all those random pieces of furniture that you have no idea why you bought.

Begin with the bedroom

Your bedroom is the first place that you have to give a makeover to. Since this is the place that should provide you with utmost comfort and relaxation, you need to bring in the right kind of bedroom sets that are a sight to look at while being comfortable.

The complacent living room

Since this is the place where you spend most of your time, make sure that you make it the most comfortable too. Add a lot of seating space to cater to your whole family or to accommodate any guests or friends. You may add comfortable and stylish recliners, or elaborate sofa sets to add luxury to your living room. The addition of an entertainment center will add to the beauty of this room and provide for entertainment aptly.

Set up a home theater system

Having your very own home theater system will make your home the favorite place to hang out with all your friends. Add the finest home theater seats to give comfort a whole new meaning. Enjoy your favorite movies with friends and family within the warm comfort of your home.

The grand dining area

This is where the family discusses its most important agendas. So make sure that you have ample space to accommodate all the family members or any guests that come to visit. Also, make sure that the place is well lit to provide for maximum culinary indulgence.

Benefits of Installing Automatic Pool Covers

Safety

Though it is important not to underestimate or neglect the need to supervise children as they swim or play around the area, having an additional protection between the swimming area and loved ones will give homeowners peace of mind as they go about daily chores at work or at home. Just be sure to check that it meets the stipulated safety standards.

Convenience

This is one of the top reasons why one would consider investing in automatic pool covers. When installed, the water is less likely to be littered, even when the owner is away on a holiday or business trip. Therefore, one will have ample time to enjoy swimming, as there will be no need to maintain and clean it more than the required times.

Savings

Covers save money and energy in the long run. They lessen water evaporation as well as heat loss. Some even have the ability to reduce the loss of heat by up to 70%. Also, they will lower the amount of electricity that the filter and pump uses. This is based on the fact that the water will remain clean for extended periods. Therefore, the filtration equipment and pumps will be used less often.

Evaporation results in a significant loss of chemicals, and this, in turn, compromises chemical balance. Sealing the water will help maintain the balance, preventing chemicals from leaving. More importantly, reduced evaporation will eliminate the need for refilling.

Maintain Water Quality

Contamination of water by insects, debris, and other forms of pollutants can make it unsafe for not only humans but also for pets. For instance, water that is contaminated with chemicals can cause skin irritation and other health complications if ingested. Also, incorrect chemical balance can pose a danger to one’s health. Nonetheless, it is paramount to hire an expert to test the water and monitor the concentration of various chemicals. Some of the factors that clients should consider when looking for an expert include legal accreditation, reputation, credibility, and service packages.

Hot Pink Bedding

As far as bedding, there are lots of choices and styles available, and almost every color can go with hot pink if it’s done well. For example, since this color is so bright, it works well with calmer or less bright colors. Picture a room that is mostly white, or a neutral color like beige, with a bright pink comforter set and shams. Very pale colors, like pastel pink, or other pastels can work too. Bright shades like hot pink can predominate the room, or add a little drama. Teal and light teal look great with hot pink, and black, white, and grey look fabulous. And how about lime green? There are so many colors that will work with this that there’a a lot of room for creativity.

Hot pink is popular for a girls’ room, and there are many bedding sets designed with this color. Common themes these days are geometrics, animal prints, florals, and themes, like hearts or peace signs. Girls traditionally love pink. In today’s market, it’s available in lots of variations in bedding sets, with a myriad of colors and themes. Little girls still love princesses and fairies, but bigger girls tend to like colors that pop, like neon purple, bright yellow and green, and of course, hot pink. Polka dots, zebra stripes, peace signs, flowers, hearts, leopard spots… even owls and monkeys can be found in this color on girls’ comforter sets.

A good way to start decorating a bedroom with this color is to start with the bedding and go from there. Choose a bed set you like, and there are lots available featuring hot pink, and then see what you like with it. What other colors are on the bedding? Do you want to choose one or a few for wall colors? You can do most of the walls in lighter shade of a contrast color (found on the comforter), and have one darker wall, or paint the walls white, neutral, or any shade from the bed set.

You can look online for color inspiration, or even go to Home Depot, Lowe’s, or your local paint store and get (free) paint chips that have different color combinations on them. If it has pinks like your bedding set, and you like the other colors they’ve suggested, you’ve got your colors.