10 Ideas for Decorating a Small Place

Most people will live in a small space at some point in their lives. If you are currently living or moving into a small place, we have ten tips to help you conquer the tiny area with big possibilities. Let us take a look! 

 

10 Ideas for Decorating a Small Place

  1. Vintage Appeal

If you are moving into an older home or apartment, you may be faced with outdated and brightly colored bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and countertops. We encourage you to let the pastels work towards your advantage. Dress up the bathroom with matching pieces that accent the colors and bring the room full circle. 

  1. New Expressions.

Transform your dull, old furniture into a fresh, new piece with a fresh coat of paint. You can even replace the knobs and handles to make it look more modern. 

  1. Staggered Shelving

Wall shelving is a must in a small space. It provides ample storage without taking away from your valuable floor space. To make your wall shelving unique, you can stagger the shelves. This will help make a more intricate design and provide a space for your artwork and decor pieces. 

  1. Take on Open Storage

Some homeowners will veer away at the thought of open storage because it means all of your belongings are out on display. Instead of skipping this idea, we encourage homeowners in small spaces to take advantage of it. It will encourage you to stay organized while providing an interesting decor to the room. 

  1. Make-Shift Entryway

Most small homes and apartments will not have a designated entryway with built-in displays, but you can easily create one! Making an entryway is simple with these few tips: 

    • Add some hooks to hang your coats and bags. 
    • Include a bench or seating for putting on your shoes. 
    • Finish it off with a mirror and simple decor pieces to make it your own. 
  1. Mirror, Mirror on The Wall

Mirrors are one of the best-kept secrets for a home. If placed correctly, you can angle them to reflect the natural light from the outdoors and brighten up your space. 

  1. In The Clear.

Glass furnishings can be one of your saving graces for a small home. The glass helps make the room look larger and it helps create a stylish finish. 

  1. No Shade

To help make your room look bigger, remove the shades off of your lamps. Letting more light flow throughout the room can open up your space.  

  1. The Magic of a Bookcase

Bookcases are an amazing piece of decor because they are stylish and functional. Adding a bookcase to your living room can provide a place for extra storage. Be sure to dress up your bookcase with decor pieces and essential items to make it worthwhile. 

  1. Smart Storage

Our last pro-tip for you is to angle your furniture against walls then store baskets behind it. This is a simple hack to get more storage out of a small space. 

 

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Tips for Creating a Family-Friendly Kitchen

Kitchens can be an important aspect of a home. From family dinners to holiday meals, your kitchen has been through it all. A lot of laughs and smiles have been apart of your kitchen and you may want to emphasize on it being family-friendly. Well, where do you begin? To start, we have created five simple tips to help you make a kitchen that is perfect for you and your family.

 

Five Tips for Making a Family-Friendly Kitchen:

Tip #1: Easy-to-Clean + Easy-to-Maintain

With large or small families, things tend to get messy. To help combat the mess, we recommend buying easy-to-clean/easy-to-maintain features. Your floors and countertops should be the least of your worries during an accidental spill or mess. Be sure to purchase durable features to make sure that your home is more forgiving when accidents occur. 

Tip #2: Extra Storage

If your kitchen does not have plenty of storage, you will find yourself frustrated and overwhelmed. During a remodel, you want to make sure that your kitchen is full of storage space for food, dishes, and other kitchen essentials. 

Tip #3: Open Floor Plan

An open floor plan is an excellent idea for parents trying to keep an eye on their children while they are cooking dinner. Plus, this open arrangement makes for a continual flow between your living room and kitchen. This will help allow you to talk and spend time with one another even if you are in “separate rooms.” 

Tip #4: Plenty of Seating

To make a kitchen family-friendly, you want to invite each other’s company. That means you need to have plenty of seating for everyone. If your family loves to gather around one another, you could install bar seating. This will allow your kids do their homework while you cook. 

Tip #5: Fun Features

While remodeling your kitchen, you have the chance to add new and exciting features. Get creative and explore the different interests you and your family have. Maybe you want to add an ice cream bar, an espresso stand, or a wine cooler. A remodel is a time make it special for you and your family. 

 

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Taking Care of Kid’s Clutter

A child’s bedroom or playroom can be one of the most problematic rooms to organize because the room is constantly in use. Once you organized one area of the room, another mess shows up on the other side. With the constant battle on clutter, we have seven solutions to help you fight back and organize like a pro. Let us get started! 

 

Taking Care of Kid’s Clutter

 

Tip #1: Color Coded

A color-coded organizational system can come in handy for not only you but also your children. You can purchase different bins/baskets in a variety of colors and each color will represent a different category. For example, red would represent your coloring supplies and blue would represent your stickers. The color coded system can also help younger children learn their colors and differentiate between the categories. 

Tip #2: Hidden Treasures

Treasures boxes or toy bins are a solution best left to the past. They lead to chaos and clutter in a kid’s playroom. Instead of having to dig around for each of the toys, you can divide toys into separate bins. Whether you use the color coded system or a different organizational tactic, we always recommend storing your items in a variety of bins. This will lessen the child’s difficulty in finding their toy. 

Tip #3: Fully Cornered

You are able to purchase cabinets that tuck away in the corners of your room. These cabinets are subtle yet extremely functional for busy parents. They provide you with more space in the room and a beautiful storage option.

Tip #4: Roll-Away.

The space underneath your child’s bed is optimal storage space. The items placed in roll-away bins can be out-of-sight and out-of-mind. This is the perfect storage solution for seasonal clothing or items that your child has outgrown.  

Tip #5: Wall to Wall

Your walls are the perfect place to store items that you do not want your child to reach on its own. Just place a wall shelf high enough that your child cannot reach it. 

Tip #6: Double Duty

Take a look at your child’s toys and try to find the more decorative pieces. After you have found your favorites, you can use some of your child’s toys as the room’s decor. This allows the toy to be multi-purpose by giving it a decorative and functional purpose.

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Money-Saving Bathroom Updates

Are you looking for budget-friendly ways to decorate your bathroom without breaking the bank? If so, we have eight genius money-saving tips that will have your bathroom looking brand new for a fraction of the price. Let us take a look! 

 

Money-Saving Bathroom Updates

  1. Add Glitz.

Making your space sparkle and shine does not need to break the bank. You can add glitz and glam with a gorgeous statement mirror above your sink. 

  1. Revamp Your Cabinetry

If your cabinets are looking run-down and worn-out, it may be time to revamp them. With some new paint and hardware, you can make your cabinets look brand new. While painting, be sure to remove all hardware from the door and replace it with a new, updated choice once the paint has dried. 

  1. Get Organized

While you are making some updates and changes to your bathroom, it would not hurt to get some organizing done. Take some time to clean out your medicine cabinet, drawers and linen closet. Afterwards, you can buy some drawer organizers to keep your cabinets clutter-free. 

  1. Brighten It Up.

A beautiful bathroom begins with proper lighting. If you do not allow the right amount of light to flow throughout the space, your bathroom will not live up to its potential. To help you create more light flow, you want to focus on your curtains and light fixtures. 

  • Light Fixtures
  1. Do you have enough lighting?
  2. Are your light fixtures placed in the correct areas of the room?
  3. Do your light fixtures produce a good amount of lighting?
  4. Are your light fixtures visually appealing?
  • Curtains

You want to choose non-bulky, lightweight curtains that are able to be opened and closed at a moment’s notice. 

  • Pro-Tip: Open your curtains during the daytime to let natural light inside of your bathroom. 
  1. Incorporate 5-Star Amenities

You can have all of the feels of being at a five-star resort without necessarily leaving your home. Just place simple amenities around your bathroom like candles, lotion, and body spray. 

  1. Delicate Details.

Antique stores are great places to look for delicate finishing touches for your bathroom walls. If you need a rustic wall shelving or hooks, look at your local antique shop for inspiration. 

  1. Repurpose Unused Furniture

Do you have a piece of furniture that is left unused? Repurpose it into the perfect piece for your bathroom.

  1. Set The Tone

Generally, it is a good idea to stick with neutral tones in your bathroom. The neutral tones help create a relaxing energy and make the room easier for decorating purposes. 

 

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Budget-Friendly Kitchen Storage Ideas

Are you running out of room in your kitchen? Do you need an affordable fix for all of your kitchen storage? We have eight solutions for you! Here are our budget-friendly kitchen storage ideas for the busy homeowner: 

 

Budget-Friendly Kitchen Storage Ideas:

  1. Over-The-Cabinet-Organizers. 

We are sure that by now you have heard of over-the-door organizers because we constantly rave about them. But they are not limited to your doorways, you can now purchase over-the-cabinet organizers. Over-the-cabinet organizers are the perfect solution for your stuffed kitchen cabinets. They can provide more storage opportunities in your kitchen cabinets. 

  1. Floating Shelf

Floating shelves are a great option if you have available wall space. They provide stylish storage without taking away from your valuable floor space. Plus, you can incorporate decor pieces onto the shelves to make them trendy and efficient. 

  1. Hanging Basket

Hanging baskets are not only for plants, but they can actually also hold your kitchen items! They are perfect for storing extra food, utensils, and miscellaneous in a chic basket. 

  1. Open Shelving System

Open shelving is a great option for homeowners who have stunning dish-ware that they want to display. To create an open shelving system, just remove the doors from your cabinetry. 

  1. Bookshelf

Bookshelves are not only for storing books nowadays; you can actually use them for your kitchen items. Cookbooks, kitchen utensils, food, and dish-ware can all be arranged on your stylish bookshelf. 

  1. Magnetic Strip

Are you looking for a place to store your knives? Adding a magnetic strip to your kitchen wall can transform your workspace into a chef’s paradise. 

  1. Wall Hooks.

Put your utensils on display by placing hooks on your kitchen’s wall. This trendy solution can make cooking easier and more efficient for the homeowner. 

  1. Hanging Pot Rack

If you need more storage, look up and you will find the perfect space for pots and pans. Hanging a pot rack can help clear up cabinet space and create a more useful kitchen for you. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these eight budget-friendly kitchen storage ideas. For more tips and tricks, be sure to check back weekly.

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The Coziest Home For Winter

With winter in full force, our home’s coziness can begin to become more important. After a long day of work or activities, there is nothing quite like cozying up to a warm fire. The warm days have passed and our home begins to become a more frequently used place. While you are trying to avoid any cold weather, we have five tips for making your home cozy for the winter. Let us take a look! 

 

How to Make Your Home Cozy For The Winter

  1. Snuggled Up. 

A good blanket can make all the difference on a cold winter night. Spend your time and invest in quality blankets that could potentially last you a lifetime. There is nothing quite as amazing as snuggling up with your favorite blanket while it is chilly outside. 

  1. Drink Up.

Get cozy by the fire with a warm cup of your favorite hot drink. You can even make a hot drink bar in your kitchen for a special winter treat. Just place your favorite drink ingredients in stylish canisters for a beautiful hot drink bar. 

  1. Warm Up

A warmly toned color scheme can be just what you need during the winter months. Warm color schemes tend to make a room feel more cozy and warm for homeowners. You can find the perfect warm finish to your room by choosing one of these warm colors: 

    • Tan
    • Beige
    • Brown
    • Maroon
    • Rusty Red
    • Red
    • Red-Orange
    • Orange
    • Orange-Yellow
    • Yellow 
  1. Layer Up

By adding more layers, you can instantly add coziness to your space. Rugs, blankets, and pillows will fill the space with comfort and provide texture to your room. 

  1. Cozy Up

As flooring experts, we understand how important a quality rug can be. We believe that coziness starts with your floors. We recommend adding a fluffy rug to your space if you have hardwood floors. This can instantly make your space more inviting and comfortable for you and your guests. 

 

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Happy Holidays!

During this joyful time of the year, we want to wish every one of you Happy Holidays!  

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Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner and with the busy season comes crunch time. If your home is the host house for the celebrations, you may be anxiously cleaning your home for your guest’s arrival. With a lot to focus on, your mind may be going all different directions. Before you freak out, we have 5 last-minute tips for preparing your home for the holidays. Enjoy! 

 

Tips for Preparing Your Home for The Holidays

Tip #1: Let Their Be Light. 

  • During the holidays, your home will be filled with a lot more people than usual. That means that your lights are going to have to do extra work to keep the space bright. Before your guests arrive, be sure to wipe down your light fixtures. If you have detachable domes, you will want to run them through a rinse cycle in your dishwasher. Afterwards, carefully dry them off with a clean cloth to reduce the appearance of spots. 
  • While your domes are in the dishwasher, you can take a duster and wipe down your fans. This will allow the dust to fall on the ground rather than your clean light domes. 
  • Next, you will want to take an old, clean sock or rag to wipe down your blinds. Just spray a tiny bit of water onto the sock/rag and wipe in between the blinds. If you have curtains, you can shake them out to remove excess dust and dirt. Afterwards, be sure to run a vacuum to collect all of the dust on the floor. 

Tip #2: The Ultimate Shine.

For a chemical-free cleaning solution on wood furnishings, mix together 1 part lemon oil with 1 part white vinegar. This will give your wood a beautiful shine without the use of harsh chemicals. 

Tip #3: Cleaning The Cleaner. 

Your dishwasher will see a lot of dishes over the holidays. Prepare it by placing one cup of baking soda to the base of your empty dishwasher. Leave the baking soda overnight. The next morning you will want to run it on a hot cycle with vinegar. Afterwards, be sure to clean out your dishwasher’s filter. 

Tip #4: Microfiber Cloth + Water. 

Wipe down your countertops with the simple hack of just using a microfiber cloth and water. This is a quick and easy solution for when you are in a hurry. Simply spray some water onto a microfiber cloth and wipe off your countertops. Afterwards, you will want to dry it off with your designated “drying” microfiber cloth. Voila, you have sparkling, clean counters for your guests. 

Tip #5: Sparkling Faucets

Do you want to add some natural shine to your faucets? Slice a lemon into two halves. Taking one half, you will run the lemon against your kitchen or bathroom faucets. The lemon will help make your faucets sparkle and provide a refreshing citrus scent.  

 

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season.

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Budget-Friendly Decor Ideas

Who does not love saving money while decorating? With our top budget-friendly decor tips, you can decorate your home without breaking the bank! Let us take a look! 

 

Budget-Friendly Decor Ideas:

  1. The Cozier, The Better

By adding pillows and blankets to your couch, you can instantly make your home feel more cozy and welcoming. Plus, if you want an extra design tip, be sure to mix and match patterned pillows. This can add detail and style to the space without breaking the bank! 

  1. Colorful Mindset

The color of your walls can transform your space from drab to fab. Try and choose a wall color that works well with your overall design. You want a color that ties the design together while being fun and exciting. If you need inspiration, pull a specific color from somewhere else in the room. 

  1. Off The Walls

Move your furniture off the walls to create a more inviting space. By moving the furniture off the walls, you instantly invite conversation and comfort into spaces like your living room and family room. 

  1. The Odds Are In Your Favor

Be sure to arrange your decor in odd groupings! The odd groups will help create a more intriguing design and we just adore this off-balanced look. 

  1. Center of Attention.

You always want to have a focal point in whatever room you are decorating. If you do not have a specific focal point, try and make one. A television or piece of artwork can draw attention and become the center point of your room. 

  1. Library. 

Books are an amazing piece of decor! Not only can you read books, but you can display them as decor. Try stacking the books in all different directions for a unique take on this design. 

  1. Framed. 

Frame your favorite memories, maps, posters, and pictures to display as artwork on your walls. 

  1. A Touch of Paint.

Spruce up old, unwanted piece of furniture with some new paint. You can paint old light fixtures, dressers and even doors. You may be pleasantly surprised by what a fresh coat of paint can do for your space. 

 

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Clean Your Laundry Room

Spring is not the only time for a deep-cleaning. Take on your laundry room this winter with our 5-step cleaning guide! 

 

Cleaning Your Laundry Room 101

  1. Deep Clean Your Appliances.

Your washer and dryer take in a lot of dirt over the year. With grim and dirt, it is important to deep-clean your appliances annually to maintain good health and proper hygiene.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine:

  • Remove everything from your washing machine. 
  • Pour two cups of vinegar in place of your detergent. 
  • Let the washing machine run on a hot water cycle. 
  • After the cycle has finished, take 1/4 cup of vinegar mixed with one quart of warm water in a large bucket. Dip a cloth rag or sponge inside of your mixture and begin cleaning the interior and exterior of your machine. 
  • Once your washing machine has been wiped down, you can run one more hot water cycle. This time you will not add detergent or vinegar. Just let the hot water cycle run by itself. 

How to Clean Your Dryer: 

  • Wipe down the exterior of the dryer with your 1/4 vinegar and quart of warm water mixture that you used on the washing machine. 
  • Take a vacuum and get rid of dust behind the dryer.
  • Remove extra lint from the lint trap by cleaning it out with a vacuum brush. 
  1. Scrub Your Counters + Cabinets.

Be sure to give your countertops and cabinets a good scrubbing at least once a month. In a large bucket, mix together equal parts water and vinegar. Add few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil for a refreshing scent. Then take a rag or sponge and white down the inside and outside of each of your cabinets. If your countertops need more than just good wiping, take a scrubbing brush and scrub their tops until the grim is gone. 

  1. Wipe Laundry Baskets/Bin

If you think about all of the dirt your laundry basket accumulates during the year, it is shocking that we do not clean them more often. If you have plastic bins, wipe down the inside of the bins with your vinegar and water mixture. If you have fabric baskets, take the fabric lining out and place it inside of washing machine for a wash cycle. 

  1. Dust, Sweep, Mop

While your countertops, cabinets, and laundry bins are drying, you can dust, sweep and mop the entire space. The vinegar and water mixture is safe for tile flooring. But be sure to check your manufacturer’s website before putting any chemical products on the flooring. 

  1. Replenish Your Laundry Room Essentials

Now is a great time to replenish your detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, etc. Make sure everything is full and ready for use! 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips! Let us know what you think in the comment section. We look forward to hearing from you.

 
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