Decor Tips & Tricks for a Small Home

Older homes have a lot of character and charm but tend to lack any extra space. If you are a tiny homeowner, you may be currently struggling to find extra space in your home. Before you get frustrated with the lack of storage, we have five tips that small homeowners should use. 

 

Decor Tips & Tricks for a Small House:

  1. Do not misuse the wall space. Wall space is extremely valuable in a tiny space. Wherever you do not have extra storage, you should consider using the walls. They can be a vital asset for you to use, but some homeowners will misuse their wall space. They will hang bulky artwork and decorative pieces instead of focusing on storage. Before you hang anything on your walls, you want to make sure that you have enough storage in the room. If you come to realize that there is not enough space, you will want to begin using shelves and cabinets that can attach to your walls. 
  2. Double the room’s purpose. When you are short on space, there are no rules. The living room is not just the living room anymore, but it can also be a combined dining room and office. It may sound crazy at first, but with minor furniture additions, you can double a room’s purpose in the blink of an eye! 
  3. Opt out bulky furniture. Furniture can actually be a giant reason on why you are struggling for space. Instead of buying bulky furniture, try to find slim, small furniture pieces that work well in your room. You may even consider getting rid of your end tables and replacing them with a wall table that is slim and collapsible. The options are truly endless for petite furniture items. 
  4. Elongate the space. Mirrors can be one of the most stylish and versatile decor pieces for homes. We love mirrors because they add depth and style to a room. You will want to add this “depth” into your small space to help open it up. Adding a mirror into each of your rooms will help decorate and open up your entire home. 
  5. Purge where you can. If you followed all of the steps above and you are still struggling, you will need to purge. Purging your belongings can be a difficult concept for homeowners. You clearly cherish everything you own and bought it for a specific purpose. But realistically, how often do you use most of the stuff you are keeping? If you do not use it every day, once a week, even once a month, it is probably not that valuable to you. Now we are not saying to throw away your great grandmother’s china. But try to go through your house and declutter wherever you can. 

 

Do you have any tips that you would like to share with other readers? We would love to hear from you in the comment section! 


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Five Tips for More Closet Space

Many people have dreamed of owning a walk-in closet at some point in their life. Whether you were trying to get that last piece of clothing in your closet or have always wanted one since you were young, a walk-in closet would not be the worst thing to have. Unfortunately, some homes lack enough closet space and that can become frustrating for homeowners. Well, put all your frustrations away and focus on these five tips that can help you deal with your underwhelming closet space. 

 

Five Tips for More Closet Space

  1. Incorporate Furniture. Dressers can be a lifesaver for homeowners who are struggling with closet space. The best part about dressers is that they can be put inside your actual closet. You can use the dresser for smaller, foldable items and use the extra space you saved inside your bedroom for an armoire. Armoires scream elegance and give you the chance to gain all that missing closet space you need. 
  2. Remove The Door. Only remove your closet doors if you are comfortable with this stylistic choice because it can be a bold move. You can hang curtains on the outside to create more privacy. This is a great solution if you are adding a bulky dresser or closet organizing system that will not fit inside your closet without removing the doors. 
  3. Door Organizers. If you choose to keep your closet doors, utilize the space they offer for more storage. From hangable shoe racks to a place to hang your coats, door organizers can change your life! 
  4. Include Hanging Organizers. You can practically buy any kind of organizer that hangs in your closet. From jewelry to shoe storage, you can get it all organized and out of the way. The only problem with too many hanging organizers is that they tend to take up a lot of space; you want to make sure they are benefiting you rather than taking away more valuable space.
  5. Add an Extra Clothing Rod. If you decide that a dresser is too much in your closet, add another clothing rod to your closet. Two rows of clothing can help maximize space and will change the way you think of your closet. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these five tips for more closet space!

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Creative House Numbers

Whether it is your guests or passing neighbors, your house numbers can make an impact on everyone. Think about it, while searching for the correct home, you will certainly be looking out for the home’s numbers. Creating a chic display can make your home stand out and add a tremendous amount of curb appeal. If you are looking for new ways to display your house numbers, you have come to the right place! Here are our top five suggestions for creative house numbers: 

 

1. Flower Pot. This calls for a great do-it-yourself project! Grab a flower pot and get painting! With some fun colors and shapes, you can make a fun statement with your front yard. Make sure to place the flower pot close to the street for guests to observe and see the numbers more closely. 

2. Window Box Planter. Does your home have amazing windows that you want to draw attention to? Adding your house numbers onto of a window box planter will do just the trick! All you need is some iron numbers and a drill to create this timeless look. 

3. Tree. If you have a big tree in your front yard, think about adding house numbers to the front of it for a unique, rustic look. Make sure to buy house numbers that can withstand all temperatures and forecasts to ensure they will look great year-round. 

4. Front Door. If you are looking to update your front door, why not add house numbers into the glass? Your house numbers can be tastefully etched into the glass door to create a charming, delicate look. 

5. Large Numbers. Most homeowners settle for small, delicate house numbers on their home’s exterior, but if you have a small set of numbers we encourage buying “large and in charge” house numbers. This look is perfect for small sets of numbers like 1-20.

 

Take pride in your home’s exterior by updating your home’s numbers. You may even inspire some of your neighbors to add a unique pair of house numbers. For more home advice, check our blogs out weekly and let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Tips for Keeping Indoor Plants Alive

Not everyone is blessed with the ability to keep houseplants alive. In fact, many homeowners struggle with maintaining their plants. If you are not blessed with a green thumb, you came to the right place! Buying plants is the easy part, but trying to keep them in perfect condition can be difficult and time-consuming! 

 

Tip 1: It Starts with Your Purchase

Having a beautiful plant begins with purchasing a beautiful plant. Do not try and buy a browning plant and think that you can bring it back to life. Odds are that the plant will wither away and you will be left with a sad, dead plant. You want to choose a lush, green, bright and beautiful looking plant for your home. 

Tip 2: Location, Location, Location

You may have an idea where you want to put your plant, but it is essential that you think about the plant’s health. Every plant is different; therefore, you will need to do specific research. But generally, you want to make sure your plant does not feel crowded. That means give it some space away from the wall. Also, you want to make sure it is getting the proper amount of sunshine. You will want to learn more about how much daylight your plant needs each day then determine an area for it. 

Tip 3: Drained

Drainage is extremely important for your plant’s health. Make sure you have proper drainage and a saucer to catch all of the extra water! 

Tip 4: Hello Sunshine

Like we stated before, sunlight is a must for plants. Some plants really enjoy the sunlight. Make sure you are giving your plants enough sunlight for it to grow. 

Tip 5: Too Cool to Hang

Plants can actually get cold and that is not good for their health. In order to make sure they are not too cold or too hot, you will want to check their area. Make sure you avoid direct sunlight and vents. 

Tip 6: Agua

There is a thing as “too much” or “too little” of water. Actually, this is the number one reason that houseplants die. Experts recommend using your finger to test the soil. If it is damp, you are good. If it is dry, it is time for more water. 

Tip 7: Good Groomin’

Keep your plants looking good by grooming them and keeping them looking tidy. 

 

We hope these tips help you with maintaining your plants!

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Getting to Know Carpet

For many homeowners, a house is not considered home without carpet. This soft flooring option can provide warmth and comfort to any room. In fact, carpet can provide so much warmth that it serves as an insulator and can reduce your heating bill. Understanding everything carpet has to offer is a dense subject. There is a lot to know about this lush flooring option. To help expand your knowledge, we have created a guide for getting to know carpet.

 

Getting to Know Carpet

  1. The Material. Carpet is made up of fibers. There are different types of fibers that your carpet can be made from: 
    1. Acrylic. You will want to put this carpet in a low-traffic area of your home. It looks and feels like wool carpet, but is a more affordable option. Plus, it fights against static, moisture, and stains. 
    2. Nylon. This is one of the most popular carpet materials. It is very durable and resistant to stains/dirt. The downfall of this fiber is that it is more prone to static. 
    3. Polyester. This is a hypoallergenic option for homeowners with a wide selection of colors. Best in low-traffic areas. 
    4. Polypropylene. This fiber is good against sunlight, bleaching, and stains. But the fibers can be easily crushed; therefore, a low-traffic area may be best.
    5. Wool. This is a high-end option for homeowners looking to splurge. It has hypoallergenic qualities and purifies the room’s air. 
  2. The Padding. The carpet’s padding prolongs the life of your carpet while providing a soft cushioning. It is more important to get a quality pad if a high-quality carpet is not in your budget. 
  3. The Location. Carpet tends to work best in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. It provides a soft cushion in case of any slips and falls. Plus, it can help cancel out noise! 
  4. The Cleaning Process. You should vacuum your carpet regularly. Also, you want to make sure that you use a vacuum with a beater bar to remove all the dirt. If you do not remove the dirt particles, they can act as scissors between your fibers; therefore, damaging the carpet. 

 

We are happy to answer any more questions or reservations you may have about carpet. We understand that there is a lot to know and we are happy to help! 


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Home Maintenance Checklist

With the change in season, a change in your maintenance routine may be just around the corner. The hustle and bustle of life can get in the way of our home’s safety and sanitary. Before you begin your fall activities, it is time to check off some much-needed maintenance chores for your home. Here is our 2017 home maintenance checklist: 

 

  1. Air Filters

Cleaning out your air filter can be beneficial for your allergies as well as your family’s health. It is important to clean them out every 30 days to promote a healthy lifestyle. Especially with summer coming to an end, you will find a lot of built-up pollen and debris attached to your air filters. 

  1. Batteries.

Your home is not protected from danger if the batteries have not been changed. It is important to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detector yearly by running a test and checking their batteries. 

  1. Pillows & Mattresses

We do not really think about replacing our pillows and mattresses as often as we should. Remember the 3:3:3 rule and you will be fine:

    • You should replace your pillows once every three years. 
    • Every three months, you should place your pillows in the washing machine and let them run on a wash cycle with mild detergent. 
    • Pillowcases should be washed every three weeks to help reduce allergens and remove dirt. 

Mattresses last for about five to ten years depending on your personal mattress. Make sure to clean your mattress every once and awhile to remove dirt. You can easily clean your mattress off with a vacuum cleaner and baking soda. 

  1. Refrigerator Filter.

Keep your water fresh and clean by replacing your water filter every six to twelve months. 

  1. Sponges & Dish Brushes.

Do your family a favor and clean your kitchen sponges and dish brushes every week. Simply place them in the dishwasher for a wash cycle. Replace the sponges and brushes every four-eight weeks depending on how much you use them. 

  1. Toothbrushes.

We put them in our mouths every day; therefore, we do not want them to be filled with germs. The American Dental Association encourages families to change their toothbrushes every three to four months. A good way to tell when they need to be replaced is by looking out for frayed brush hairs. 

 

We hope you and your family have a safe and happy fall! 


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Fireplace Safety

Close your eyes and imagine a cool fall night. The kids are In bed and you are curled up by the fireplace with a warm cup of hot cocoa.  You would not be able to enjoy this moment if you did not prepare your fireplace this summer. Luckily, you read this post and you are fully prepared with fire safety tips and fireplace maintenance. Here are our six easy tips for you to thoroughly enjoy your fireplace this autumn. 

 

Fireplace Safety:

Tip No. 1: Never let your fire burn for longer than five hours. Some homeowners like to keep the fire going during the night, but this can be extremely dangerous for you and your loved ones. Keep your family safe by never leaving the fireplace unattended. Make sure that the flames are fully out before you leave your house or even the room. 

Tip No. 2: Crack a window to let some of the fire’s smoke out of the house. 

Tip No. 3: Invest in a chimney cap to prevent animals from creating nests in your chimney and it will help prevent water build up and even potential water damage. 

Tip No. 4: Make sure to clean your fireplace’s glass doors. Wait until the doors are cool to the touch then using a blade, scrape off the build-up on the doors into a bowl. Afterward, mix together a teaspoon of dish detergent with a cup of warm water and wipe down the glass doors. 

Tip No.5: Always get your chimney inspected. Never skip a chimney inspection and make sure to schedule them at least once a year, it can save a life.

Tip No. 6 Clean out your firebox weekly to remove all of the ashes. You will want to leave 1 inch of ash though to provide a natural insulation for your fireplace. After you are done using your fireplace for the season, you will want to clean out the entire firebox. Remove all the ashes and discard them safely. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these quick tips and stay safe while using your fireplace. If you are looking to update your fireplace, we provide a wide selection of tile that would finish off your fireplace perfectly. Stop in today for more information.


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A Quick Clean

Sometimes you do not have enough time to do a deep clean of your home or apartment. If you are looking for a quick yet efficient cleaning routine, we have you covered. You should not have to compromise quality for time. Let us focus on seven items that you can quickly clean in under an hour. 

 

7 Items to Clean:  

1. Clear the Clutter. Before you can begin cleaning, you will need to put away all of the items around your home. Encourage your family members to partake in the cleaning and create a fun game. Assign every member a certain room then set a timer for five minutes. See who can pick up the clutter the fastest in their room and have a reward prepared for them. 

2. Throw away trash. Go through all the rooms with a trash bin and throw away any trash that may be lying around your home. Afterwards, empty out all trash cans. 

3. Wipe down surfaces. After you have cleared the clutter and trash from your rooms, you will want to wipe down all of the surfaces. Use a disinfectant wipe on door knobs, handles, and light switches. 

4. Vacuum, sweep, and mop. Next, you will want to focus on floors by doing a quick sweep before mopping the floors. If you do not have time to mix a solution, try using a portable spray mop. For wood floors, make sure to check the recommendation of the manufacturer before using anything other than a dust mop.  

5. Swap out towels. Run around to all of your bathrooms and place clean hand towels out for drying. Make sure to throw the dirty towels in the washing machine. 

6. Clean the toilet bowls. Squirt some toilet bowl cleaner inside of your toilet and scrub them out with a toilet bowl brush. 

7. Light candles. Finish your cleaning off with some candles. They create a pleasant smell and they will set the tone for a relaxing evening. 

 

Whether you are having company over or want to tidy up your house, this quick clean can come in handy. We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for a quick home cleaning. Let us know what you think in the comment section.

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The Lifestyle Quiz

Need help with the design of the interior of your home? Well, you should consider completing the online free Lifestyle Quiz. The Lifestyle Quiz is a short quiz that can assist you in making decisions and selections when it comes to decorating your home. The interview questions encompass a range of topics about your pets, the size of your household, any individual needs as well as what your set budget is.

 

The Lifestyle Interview is so helpful because it analyzes your home life. For instance, you’ll be asked the ages of your children and the common areas of the home they frequent. Based on your answers, you’ll be given suggestions on the best home products you should utilize. It’s essential to respond to each question in its entirety because the tips are based solely on these responses.

 

You can use the interview process to make design plans for a particular space in your home because it’ll help you give you a starting point. You’ll be able to review possible design selections and ideas on how you can upgrade different features in a room. Such a tool is ideal for individuals who are not savvy when it comes to decorating an interior. Why? The Lifestyle Interview tool decreases most of the guesswork.

 

Use this tool to determine what type of flooring, cabinetry, and even furniture would look great in a particular space so that you can achieve your desired look. Having the ability to plan ahead can make you the best decisions possible so that you’ll get your money’s worth and you’ll be happy with the results.

 

Are you ready to take the Lifestyle Quiz? Just visit our website today to begin.

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What You Need to Know About Carpet

Warm up any area in the home and reduce your energy bill when you install carpet. Many people shy away from carpet because it requires increased maintenance. However, carpet can provide warmth and comfort. Yes, there are several distinct advantages to selecting carpet as your flooring.

 

What are some of the benefits of carpet flooring? Well, did you know that new carpet can improve indoor air quality? Compared to other flooring options carpet emits lowest VOC. It acts as an air filter by pollen, dust and other harmful particles that can affect one’s health. According to recent studies, this can benefit individuals who have asthma and severe allergies. An added advantage of carpet is that it provides warmth. Carpet is thermal resistant, which means that in cold climates heat is retained for a longer period which conserves energy. Also, carpet helps reduce noise. Carpet quickly absorbs noise emitted from the televisions or sound systems.

 

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of carpet flooring is that it’s comfortable. Carpet cushions your feet, soften slips and falls. Such a safety feature is suitable for homes with small children and the elderly.

 

If you’re interested in installing carpet in any room in your house, you should take into consideration the type of carpet of fiber to utilize. There are three major types of carpet fiber which include:

Nylon
A synthetic fiber. Most quality residential carpets today are made of nylon. Nylon is the leader in appearance retention, fade and heat resistance, soil and stain resistance, and color and styling.

– Polyester
A standard synthetic material well accepted for its bulkiness, color clarity, and good stain and fade resistance. While not as resilient as nylon, Polyester fiber carpet constructed with today’s new technologies can be a good performer.

– Polypropylene
Another common synthetic material used in carpet manufacturing that is sometimes referred to as olefin. Most commonly used in commercial carpeting, polypropylene is not as resilient or resistant to abrasion as nylon, and it is naturally stain and fade resistant.

 

There are a wide variety of carpet colors and pattern. Are you ready to incorporate carpet in your interior design? Contact us today for a consultation.

 

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