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Inventing Your Own Lighting Decor
Although there are thousands of different styles of light fixtures and lighting sources, sometimes it is simply more appealing to consider inventing your own lighting decor. Most of us have limited or no experience with electricity, so this article is focusing on finding unique and creative ways to introduce fun lighting decor to a room that has personality and modern style. The Internet is a great source for finding styles of lighting and the price will vary based on what you find, where you...

Tiny Craft Room Uses RV Storage Ideas
A craft room is a great place to keep hobby items that would otherwise clutter up your family's living space or home office. Craft rooms tend to be very small though, some no more than the size of a walk in closet, so storage becomes a key concern for those hobbies that require lot of accessories and components. The best solution for a tiny craft room is to use RV type of storage. Like a small craft room, an RV (recreational vehicle) tends to house a lot of items in a very small space. These...

Indirect Lighting: The Formula For Drama
Lighting is a powerful weapon for creating dramatic emphasis in a room, whether you are looking for something direct or indirect. Some rooms look great with direct light shining in particular areas of the room, while others benefit much more from indirect one in order to create drama. The formula for drama can be found in indirect lighting in the following rooms and situations: Media Room The media room is a perfect example of a room that benefits from the drama of indirect lighting,...

Add Year-Round Seasonal Color With Portable Window Boxes
Window boxes on the front of a home fill it with undeniable charm. It doesn’t matter whether you fill them with petunias, ivy, coleus or miniature evergreens, window boxes are always pleasing. While you could build custom wooden window boxes for your home, lightweight portable window boxes are a fast and easy way to go. Attaching Portable Window Boxes Local nurseries, as well as hardware stores, home improvement stores and discount stores, all carry a variety of lightweight portable window...

Colors That Create a Serene, Modern Bedroom
A bedroom is a personal sanctuary and it needs to be inviting, serene and conducive to rest and renewal. If you love modern style, then streamlined furniture and clean simple lines throughout the room will support that style. While stark bold colors are a hallmark of modern style, certain colors promote a restful ambiance better than others; for example, a color palette of contrasting black and white can be too severe and cold for a bedroom. Here is a guide on modern color to help you create...

Add Hanging Plants To Your Decor
Hanging plants bring a beautiful splash of live nature to your home, whether used indoors or out. In fact, plants that are hung in windows serve to enhance both your indoor and outdoor view. Indoors, plants have the extra benefit of keeping your air fresh and clean. Hardware and Hanging Methods There are several different ways to hang plants: One of the easiest and most popular is with hooks inserted into the ceiling or window casement. Swiveling hooks are especially convenient because they...

Adding a Kitchen Island by Removing a Wall
Many times a small, cramped kitchen can be made spacious and modern by removing a wall and adding a kitchen island. This is especially true in older homes that have a small dining room adjacent to the kitchen. The wall between the two rooms may make both spaces feel small ,and the path from the kitchen to the dining room may not be efficient or convenient. Opening up the space between the two rooms can be like a breath of fresh air, making the two spaces into one big space that is more useful,...

How to Apply a Wallpaper Border
A wallpaper border is an easy way to add style, design and color to any room. It’s much easier to apply than a full sheet of wallpaper and you can choose to install it at the top of the room’s edge, by the ceiling, with or without a chair rail at chair rail height, or about three-quarters of the way up the wall. This allows you add some design exactly where you want it. Measuring for a Wallpaper Border Measuring a room for a wallpaper border is quite simple – just measure the perimeter of the...

A Museum Room Designed For Art Lovers
If you love art and have a large collection of wall art and statuary, you might enjoy designing a special museum room to display parts of your collection. This is a wonderful way to enjoy and appreciate your favorite artworks, while elevating special pieces to the status they deserve. It’s also a great place to host a party or entertain friends. Having a designated museum room is also conducive to changing the artwork displays as you desire, such as for a special occasion, seasonally or to...

Improving Any Room's Design With Feng Shui
In any room, Feng Shui can improve the feeling and flow of positive energy in the space. Arranging the furnishings within the room in a certain way help to keep good energy flowing throughout, and improving this positive energy flow makes a person simply feel better, whether in a home or even an office. Creating a Flow While practicing the art of Feng Shui can become very complicated, its basic tenets are not. Many of the basic ideas used in Feng Shui are also good design practices. Adding...

From Boring Flat Door to Six-Panel Beauty
Six-panel doors are more expensive than plain doors, but they add a great deal of elegance to a home. Both exterior and interior doors are made in six-panel styles. You can mimic the elegance and beauty of a six-panel door to a flat faced door with molding and paint for just a fraction of the price of a new six-panel door. Plan your Design Look at a six-panel door to get an idea of how the panels are set up: A typical configuration is two vertical columns of panels, with a smaller square at...

A Bachelor Pad With a Four Poster Bed
Four poster beds claim a presence in any bedroom. Because of their sheer size, they present themselves as a natural focal point. The four poster bed can be a very feminine piece of furniture with a sheer canopy hovering cloud like near the ceiling. However, a four poster bed can also create a dramatic and somewhat masculine presence in a bedroom, and when its construction is solid and heavy, this bed looks more like the bed of a king than something fit for a genteel boudoir. With this...

How to Spice up Your Window Treatments
It is often said that the windows of your home are the ‘eyes’ of the home, providing a look at the outside world while giving a stylish appearance to the home’s exterior. The following ideas are useful for adding a certain level of oomph to your existing window treatments, or to give you inspiration for trying something completely new and different. Button Embellishments - a lovely way to add emphasis to the treatment Embellishing your traditional window treatments with unique buttons can be...

Andersen Windows For Quality and Durability
When looking for replacement windows for a home, Andersen windows spring to mind. They are famous for cutting edge products, unsurpassed quality and an extensive warranty coverage. Since they cost more than their competition, it may be helpful to know a little more about how Andersen windows are constructed, when determining if they are worth the higher price tag. Innovation Andersen windows have a high tech design right down to the Low-E glass, which is designed to filter out the sun's...

Create the Illusion of Texture With Paint
Whenever remodeling a room, keeping the texture of the walls interesting is always a challenge. It is possible to add drywall compound to a wall or use textural paint to create an interesting element in a room's design. Another good option for adding texture to a room's walls is faux painting. There are many techniques that look so real that one is drawn to touch them to test the surface and determine if it is really textured or just looks textured. Paint with Texture: There are many different...

How to Use Wall Wine Racks, Candle Sconces, And Metal Art Creatively
If you are seeking out a stylish way to display your wine bottle collection, then think about decorating your dining room, your kitchen, or your home bar area using decorative metal wall wine racks. High-end wine racks are just as decorative as they are practical due to the fact that they cradle your wine bottles at the perfect angle in order to keep the wine inside in continual contact with the wine cork. A wall wine rack can also be used merely for decorative purposes, which means that even...

Frosted Windows Provide Maximum Privacy and Light
If you are like most homeowners, you likely want the windows of your home to provide you with maximum privacy while allowing the light from outside to penetrate the home. The best way to achieve both of these feats simultaneously is with frosted windows that allow light and warmth to come in through your windows while keeping nosy or curious neighbors from peering into the home. And while frosted windows have been the traditional choice for the bathroom because of the high level of privacy they...

Constructing Easy Overhead Garage Storage
No homeowner starts out with the intention of having a messy garage, but somehow, most garages end up a collection of clutter and chaos. While you still need to have room for your car, finding room for all your stuff is equally as important. When wall space is at a premium and there is just no more room for standing shelves, instead of giving up on garage storage, look up and overhead. There are some easy-to-construct overhead garage storage options that can take your garage from cluttered...

Room Divider Shelving Adds Storage and Style
When you need to divide a large room into different sections, the best way to do it is to use dividers that serve multiple purposes. Instead of a room divider that serves only as a visual block, select dividers that also work as shelves. You will find that room divider shelving adds storage and style and helps keep a large open area organized and clean. Divider Size The size of the divider will most often be determined by the size of the room. While many dividers are made to fit a certain...

Youthful Grown Up Designs For Teen Girls
By the time a girl reaches her teens, she is usually ready for a more sophisticated and grown-up look for her bedroom. If her room has a childish theme, she may be anxious to redecorate so that she can enjoy a design that fits her changing design tastes. In many cases, she may have strong preferences or ideas as to how she'd like to decorate her room. Whenever possible, allow your teenage girl to decorate her room to suit her preferences and needs. After all, teenagers often consider their...

Stairway Storage: Drawers You Can Stand On
Making the most of your home's available storage can mean the difference between an organized space and one that looks anything but organized and neat. One of the most underutilized areas for storage is under the stairs. While this may seem like a peculiar spot to store items, under-the-stair storage offers a large amount of space that can be used for storing just about anything. Where It Is Stairway storage is usually found under the treads of the stairs or along the side wall of the...

Portable Window Boxes For Your Home
Window boxes can add a lot of curb appeal to your home's exterior. Regardless of the varieties of flowers and plants you use, you are sure to add a lot of life and color. Window boxes can be used under practically any window of your home. However, for the ultimate in versatility and convenience, portable ones are hard to beat. Quick and Easy Portable Window Boxes If you want to put up plenty of beautiful window boxes in a hurry without spending a lot of money, you can accomplish the job with...

Creating a Masculine Four Poster Bed
A four-poster bed often evokes dreamy, romantic notions, or regal and splendid ones. With its sheer canopy that billows as it catches the breeze, it is easy to see why the canopied four-poster is a favorite with many women when it comes to choosing a bed for their master suite. The four-poster bed is also associated with a sleeping sanctuary for royalty, especially when made of solid wood and dressed up in rich, ornate bedspreads. For the modern bachelor, a four-poster bed can be a masculine,...

Removing the Wall and Adding a Kitchen Island
Opening up the space between the kitchen and an adjoining room by removing the wall and adding a kitchen island can add a lot of space and usefulness to your home. Not only will removing the wall open the space up visually, but it can help to integrate your kitchen into the rest of your home, making entertaining easier and more enjoyable. If you are contemplating this kind of kitchen renovation, there are some things to keep in mind to help the project go smoothly. Planning is...

Making Your Kitchen Look Custom With Molding
With so many different styles and varieties of molding that are available, you can create a custom look in your kitchen with very little effort. There are a number of different methods you can use in the kitchen when using molding, ranging from simple decorative touches to using crown molding around the tops of all of your cabinets. Either way, using molding is an easy and inexpensive way to add some custom style to your kitchen. A Built-In Look If you want to add crown molding to the top...

Create a Hotel Inspired Guest Room
Hotel rooms have a way of making a guest feel welcome and comfortable, primarily because of their overall simplicity and attention to detail. If you think back to your last hotel stay, you can probably remember having everything you needed, and yet the room seemed spacious, well-organized and uncluttered. You can use the same decorating principles that hotels use when creating a guest room in your own home. Keep the Room Uncluttered By keeping the room uncluttered, you will allow your guests...

Verandah Decor - 8 Unique Ideas
Home owners with verandah porches have a unique opportunity to decorate not only the inside of their houses, but also the outside, as well. A verandah is a porch that is usually long, wraps around a home and is covered with a roof. It offers a beautiful spot to sit and sip a cool drink on a hot day, and a place where friends can gather to create memories. The eight unique ideas below will give you a great place to start when thinking about the best decor for your home's verandah. 1. Polka...

Building a Car Bed For a 6 Year Old Boy
Young boys generally love cars, so designing a car in the shape of a bed can be a great way of adding some bedtime fun to the room of your favorite 6 year old boy. Although there are beds that are already designed in a bed shape that you can purchase, part of the fun of making your own bed is that you can personalize it to match the specific interests of the young boy. In fact, most boys would love to help in the construction process, which will add even more fun to the bed. Choosing a Pattern...

Decorating Your Apartment With the Power of Three
When decorating your apartment, it is important to keep in mind that there are certain techniques that can be used to create a more visually appealing end result. One of these tricks is to use decorating accessories in multiples of three. Using groupings instead of singular items can add a decorator look to your apartment, while adding a lot of visual interest. Artwork and Accessories in Multiple of Threes One way of using multiples of three is with wall art. Instead of hanging just one large...

Installing Floor Tile Over Old Linoleum
Ceramic floor tile is a great choice for many rooms throughout the home, and installing tile flooring is a commonly tackled project for the do-it-yourself homeowner. Many people have no trouble installing a full room of ceramic tile without calling in a professional, which can be a big money saver. If your existing floor is covered with linoleum, you can lay your new tile floor directly over the linoleum flooring to save money and time - and to add an extra layer of insulation beneath your...

How to Use a Color Chart For Effective Design
A color chart is your design map for putting a fabulous room together. Basically, it is a white card that contains a preview of each color that is going to be used in a space. By looking at the card, you can how the colors work together and you can spot any potential clashes before you commit to furniture, paint, carpet, etc. Professional designers use such charts when designing a room. Paint companies also provide them: You'll find charts that present various shades of one color as well as...

How To Update A Bathroom With Pink Wall Tile
If you've got an older home with a pink tiled bathroom you may feel like you're living in a '1960 something' time warp. Pink tiled walls were all the rage back then, but it can be very hard to work with pink when you want to bring your bathroom into the current millennium. While your first instinct might be to rip it all out, this solution is the most labor-intensive and the most costly. There are other ways of dealing with your outdated bathroom. Here are some strategies you may want to...

How to Create the Look of Aged Furniture Using Paint
Aged and antique furniture give you many options for creating a unique decor. They look wonderful when mixed with newer pieces in traditional, country and eclectic styles and they can provide an unexpected dash of style when used to accent a contemporary space. Luckily, you don't have to purchase expensive antiques to get the look of aged furniture; less expensive used furniture that you may already own can be treated to look aged. Or pick up some pieces at a garage sale and make them your...

How to Update Your Interiors With Trendy Colors
The colors used throughout your home can make it seem dated and dull or lively and fresh. Doses of today's trendiest colors give your interiors an instant update: Current trends lean toward bold vibrant colors mixed with neutrals, as well metallic paints that add a warm sheen to a space. New exciting colors like lemongrass green, raspberry pink and mimosa yellow can be used on walls or upholstery or as smaller doses in accents and trim. A few decorating principles will help keep your color...

How to Make Better Use of a Den
Many homes have a den space that is smaller than the living room or family room and unfortunately, they are often be treated as an afterthought in the design and decor of the home. However, even a small den can be so much more than a dumping ground for clutter or a dark unwelcoming space. Here are some functional ideas for your den. A Home Office or Library A den that is tucked away out of the main living areas of the house is an ideal spot for a den that works as a calm, efficient home...

Add Depth to Walls With Painting Techniques
Paint of course impacts a room simply through its color, but if you want to add some dimension, texture and depth to the look of your walls you can achieve that by using faux painting techniques such as color washing, rag rolling and sponging. With each of these techniques, a base coat of paint in a solid color is applied and then a glaze or wash it applied over it. Glazes are durable oil-based treatments and washes are made by simply adding water to ordinary latex paint that make the color...

New Color Trends for the Bathroom
It used to be that bathrooms were rather neglected spaces when it came to decorating and choosing colors; unappealing shades of pink or blue were often combined with harsh white, leaving this much used room short on ambiance. But the current trend in bathroom decor is toward brighter colors and updated style; you'll find color trends that are popular elsewhere in the home, such as brown paired with blue or black. Classic black and white, all white, and sea-inspired palettes are ever popular, as...

Revive a Lifeless Family Room With Paint!
Your family room is one of the most used rooms in the house and if it's been a long time since you've decorated, chances are it's looking dated and boring. Your kids grow up, your family and their interests grow, and time moves on, so why not freshen up your family room so that it's more in tune with your life? Before you say "I can't afford to redecorate", take a deep breath, relax and read on. There are many ways to perk up your tired family room with paint; it's affordable, easy and can give...

How to Correct Color Mistakes With Paint
When you go to the paint store to select a new color for your kitchen or family room, your task can prove to be a difficult and frustrating one. Colors on the sample cards in the store can look very different when painted on your walls. That's why paint manufacturers have developed sample jars; so you can test a patch of the color at home in your lighting and against the furniture, flooring and other aspects of your room. But if even if you've made a mistake and painted it all over your walls,...

Fresh Window Treatment Ideas For The Kitchen
Kitchen windows offer a great opportunity to express your personal sense of style and let the sunshine in, making your kitchen more pleasant for cooking, visiting or enjoying a meal. Kitchens don't demand the same level of privacy as say a bedroom, but you still may need to add protection from bright sunlight while you add a little decorative punch. Here are some very affordable ideas that are fun, stylish and perfect for bringing a little attitude to kitchen windows. Add a Decorative...

Building Your Home Maintenance Tool Box
Whether or not you are particularly handy with tools, every home should have a toolbox stocked with the basics. If you have these tools handy, you are much more likely to keep up with maintenance tasks as they pop up. Basics The first thing that everyone seems to think of when it comes to stocking a toolbox is a hammer and a screwdriver. So this is a great place to start. You will want to have straight and Phillips head screwdrivers and an Allen wrench set to go with them. Now add pliers,...

Creating a Unique Style by Mixing Genres
Frequently when people set out to decorate their living room, they think that they need to choose a particular style. Then they think that they have to strictly follow the "rules" of that style. While it is absolutely fine to do this, you run the risk of creating a very two-dimensional room that does not reflect your personality at all. On the other hand, if you mix aesthetics, however, you do need to take care not to create a incoherent mess. Here are some tips to help you determine where...

Flea Markets and Thrift Stores Are a Budget’s Best Friend
Especially with the economy in its current state, there is more interest than ever in decorating on a budget. The good news is that there are many ways to save money when you are updating your home’s design, and when you reuse and recycle, you frequently end up with a one of a kind design. Flea markets and thrift stores are always a great source for great and affordable finds, and discount stores can also offer some wonderful deals. But when you are getting something at a deep discount, make...

Creative Budget Decor: Using Salvage to Remodel
Remodeling on a budget can make the whole process more fun. It challenges your creativity, and it lets you look at items in a way that you may never have considered if you had a blank check for your decorating project. You learn how to re-purpose items, salvage interesting architectural details, and you are helping the environment as well by recycling and reusing. Great Finds •Every area has many different sources of salvaged building materials. Local remodeling companies frequently have...

Organizing Your Kids’ Stuff: The Art of Editing
If every time you ask your child to pick up their room you are frustrated by the mess that remains, then perhaps it is time to get your little one organized. If you take some time to organize you child’s room and make storage easy for them to use, you will have much better luck getting them to pick up their rooms. Along with organizing what they have, you will also need to pare down what they have outgrown. By doing these two things, your life will become instantly easier. The Toy...

A Child’s Playroom Decor – Full of Imagination
Any time that you have a chance to decorate a child’s playroom, it is an opportunity to have fun with your design. If you let your child help you with the design, you may be surprised at the great ideas that they have. So as you are worrying about form and function, let your child help you inject a little fun into the room. Versatile Neutrals In general when you decorate for a child it is a good idea to keep the backdrop to their room neutral, because they grow and their tastes change. By...

Create a Special Nursery With Used Items & Heirlooms
Decorating a nursery does not need to be a project that breaks the bank. Furnishings for a baby’s room are easy to find in “gently used” condition. By not purchasing your furnishings new, you can furnish your nursery for a fraction of the normal price. If you plan ahead, you may even be able to find an heirloom piece or a fantastic buy on high quality, barely used nursery furniture. Bygone Days There is something special about using an heirloom quilt that many generations of babies have...

Not Just Pink For Girls and Blue For Boys
When you are designing a child’s room, there is not a mandate that girls get pink and boys get blue. Children love color, all color. Instead of limiting yourself to a gender defined color, have some fun and decorate a real kid’s room. Bright for Babies When you are assembling a room for babies or toddlers, use bright colors to grab their attention. Simple primary colors are lively and fun, and babies naturally gravitate towards them. If you look at toddler’s toys, they are designed largely in...

Building a Play Area in Your Backyard
If you can get your children outside playing instead of inside watching TV, then good for you. And installing an outdoor play area for your kids is a great way to go about enticing them out of the house. There are many different styles of play equipment available today, and you can be creative as you design a play area for your children to enjoy. Nature All Around Most children love to play outside if they can find something to do, and the more they play outside, the more they will find to do....

Staging Your House For Potential Buyers
When you are getting ready to sell your house, you take great pains to make it as appealing as possible to anyone who may be at all interested in buying your house. Obviously, you start with a deep cleaning, and this will go a long way towards making your house presentable. The less clutter that you have in your house the better it will look, but this can be almost impossible if you are still living in the house. Add kids to the mix, and you really have your work cut out for yourself. To help...

Scrapbooking With Two Left Thumbs
Some people love to scrapbook, and they are very good at it. Other people, while they would love to have a scrapbook, just do not know where to start. If you belong to the second group of people, take heart, because anyone can build a scrapbook, and here are some ideas to get you started. Make It Your Own Sometime starting a scrapbook is intimidating because you know other people will be looking at it, and you do not want them to think that it is ugly. If you remember one simple thing, it will...

Get Ready for the Rain by Stocking Up the Craft Closet
As the winter month’s approach, children spend more and more time indoors. At first watching TV is a novelty, so it is fun, but after a while boredom and cabin fever begin to set in. Before you children are climbing the walls from boredom, get them interested in doing craft projects as a fun way to pass a rainy afternoon. By keeping craft supplies on hand, you will always be ready when the creative bug bites your kids. Stock the Basics By keeping a storage box full of craft supplies, your...

5 Tips For Locating a Tutor For Your Child
If you child is struggling in school, finding them a really good tutor can mean the difference between frustrated failure and bright success. While a tutor will help your child get better grades in school, they will also help the child understand the subject matter more thoroughly, and as a result, they will probably enjoy school even more in the future. There are many ways to go about finding a good tutor for your child, and here are some things that you should consider as you are looking. 1....

Fun Decorating Projects That Kids Can Do
Children are naturally creative, and if you encourage that part of them they may surprise you with some really great designs. One of the easiest ways for you to encourage your child’s creative juices is to let them decorate their bedroom. Even if it looks somewhat questionable to you, letting them create their own space will further feed their creative spirit. Of course, depending on their age, they may need a little help getting the job done. Fun Kids Decor Project #1: Fun with Finger...

How To Foster A Love Of Reading In Children
Developing reading skills in your child is one of the greatest gifts that you can give them. They will have to be able to read to do anything else well, and if they develop a love for reading at an early age, you get them started developing great language skills. Young Children Love to Read The earlier that a child is exposed to reading the better. If you read to your child even before they are ready to read, they will learn to enjoy the process of reading. Reading helps develop language, and...

15 Decorating Projects For $500 or Less
Redecorating your home can be as expensive or affordable as you choose to make it. There are many projects that you can do for less than $500. Makeover Project #1: Paint Your Walls One of the most simple and cost effective things that you can do to update the look of any room is to simply paint it. This is actually a makeover project that generally costs much less than $500. Makeover Project #2: Create a Craft Room If you have always wanted a craft room, then budget does not need to be the...

10 Tips to Potty Train Your Toddler
Sometimes new parents are overwhelmed by the prospect of potty training their child, and so they simply put it off. However, it does not need to be such a source of stress for you or your child, and here are ten simple ideas to help you get the job done. 1. Are they Ready? Before you begin trying to potty train your child, make sure that they are old enough to understand what you want them to do, and that they are physically able to do what you are asking of them. Most children are more than...

Pet Damage Repair in Your Home
Pets, as cute and cuddly as they are, can be really hard on your home. It is amazing how that little ball of fur can literally make such a big mark on your home. Really, no place in your home is safe from the destructive little bundle of love from furniture, to walls, to carpet; even the tiniest of pets can wreck havoc in the most durable of houses. Get It Fast Anyone with a pet has had that moment where you realize what that smell actually is. The trick to not having a lasting reminder of...

Painting Kitchen Cabinets - Getting a Professional Finish
Nothing freshens up a room like a crisp, new coat of paint, and this is most true in the kitchen. Painting your kitchen cabinets is a big job, but it is not a difficult job when it is done correctly. If you properly prepare the surface of the cabinets before you start painting, not only will the whole process be simpler, but you will also have a beautiful, new kitchen space when you have completed the project. The great thing about painting kitchen cabinets is that you can update an old look,...

Changing Your Floor With Paint
Back in the day you would never even consider painting a floor, because it would never wear well. However, paint products have improved so significantly, that you can paint virtually any surface, have it look great and last as well. Floor paint and deck paint is made to withstand the rigors of foot traffic. You will want to select quality paint and properly prepare your surface, and your new floor will be stunning. Getting Prepared To prepare you want to measure the floor so that you know how...

Budget Solutions to Add Curb Appeal
Now that you have decided to look outside and spruce up your yard, there are several different things that you can do to step up your curb appeal while maintaining a sensible home improvement budget. Start by Cleaning Just as you would do inside, before you even think of starting anything new, just clean up. Cleaning up is free, and even if you never do anything else, simply cleaning up your yard will improve its looks dramatically. Just hosing off your windows, windowsills, railings and...

Change a Room Size With Paint
Paint color is one of the simplest ways to change the appearance of the size of a room. Since different colors absorb light in different ways, by using darker and lighter colors you can make a room look bigger or smaller. As a matter of fact, you can actually create the illusion of having a wall move further away from you by using nothing more than paint. Light versus Dark In general, light colors tend to make a wall recede while darker walls tend to bring a wall closer, which closes a room...

How Much TV Should Kids Watch?
While it is tempting to let children sit quietly and watch television, many studies have shown that too much television is not good for a child on many levels. Limiting viewing times is one of the best solutions for this problem. What Does TV Do to your Child? Much research has been done to determine what the effects of too much TV viewing does to a child’s health, and the findings are interesting. Of course one of the most obvious problems is that watching television is sedentary, which is a...

5 Ways to Stop a Tantrum Before it Starts
When your child throws a temper tantrum it can be difficult and frustrating to deal with. Sometimes a temper tantrum is unavoidable, but if possible it is always best to head the tantrum off before it starts; and here are some ideas that may help. 1. Divert the Child’s Attention If you want to see a well-behaved child, just look for an attentive parent. Frequently tantrums occur because a child is hungry, tired or just plain bored. Often the tantrum is just a child’s way of asking for some...

Building a Remodel Budget in 10 Easy Steps
Before you begin painting a room and moving furniture around, you need a plan, or design. Part of that design is considering how much you can spend on your remodel, and how you want to spend it. Here are 10 steps to help you manage your decorating budget. 1 – Cash Flow Start by looking at your cash flow. Before you can have extra money to spend on your remodel, you have to make sure that your bills are paid, like mortgage/rent, utilities, food and gas. If you do not have a monthly budget now,...

The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Cook
Children love to help out by their parent’s side, and they particularly love to do “grown up” things. As you are preparing meals, why not have your children help you? They will be more excited about eating “healthy” food if they had a hand in making it. Be Safe When your child is helping you in the kitchen, it is never too soon to develop healthy food handling habits. Have them wash their hands always before and after handling food. It is a habit that will serve them well in later years. Then,...

Building a Box Fort – Great For a Rainy Afternoon
Entertaining your young children on a rainy afternoon can be a challenge until you remember that a child still has the magic imagination of youth. So you can take the simplest of materials like a cardboard box and turn it into the most magnificent fort, and they will have hours of fun playing in it when it is completed. Locate Some Good Cardboard Boxes But first you will need some boxes. So as you get new television sets, refrigerators and computers, and put the boxes away literally for a...

10 Home Repair Projects for the Beginner
Even if you are not particularly handy, there are some maintenance chores around the house that really anyone can do. Some of them may even help you save a little money. Showerhead Replacement Showerheads usually stop working kind of gradually, so you do not really notice that the spray is less than vibrant. If your showerhead needs replacing, consider doing it yourself. Seal the House Check your house for drafts and air leaks. By holding a piece of tissue up to the crack around a window or...

Dealing With 10 Common Household Pests
Everyone has to deal with unwanted pests at some point in their lives. Here are some ways that you can deal with these unwanted guests when they arrive at your doorstep. Roaches Sometimes you unwittingly invite pests into your house. For example, roaches frequently hitch a ride into your house in a bag or box from the grocery store. Bags and boxes are also the perfect environment for a roach to lay its eggs. So instead of a hitch-hiking roach, you may instead get the entire baby clan....

Paint Illusion: Make a Room Look Larger
One of the quickest and easiest ways to update a room is by painting it. Not only does paint freshen up the look of a room, but it can also make a room appear larger or smaller than it actually is. By using the proper balance of colors, you can make any room appear to be bigger than it actually is. Go Light The first thing that you want to consider is the color of the walls. Light colored paint will reflect light and allow it to bounce around the room giving it the appearance of being...

Paint Changes the Look in One Swipe
Paint is one of the quickest ways to change the look of your house. You can redo your house with a contemporary aesthetic just by changing your paint. Paint works on virtually any surface, and it comes in a myriad of colors and finishes. Color Splash Modern rooms always have an element of bold color. Hues like orange, aqua and lime have evolved from simply being accent colors to being full-fledged room colors. They are energetic backgrounds for the simple lines of contemporary furniture, and...

Use Pillows to Define a Family Room Space
Pillows are not just for the bedroom anymore. You can make any space more comfortable with pillows. They come in all shapes and sizes, and you can use all of them to help complete the look of your family room. Pillows are a great way to add a dramatic accent to any room, because you can easily switch up the color any time that you please. Once you start adding pillows to your space though, do take care not to overdo it. Related Colors: If your furniture is fairly neutral you can use pillows as...

Putty and Paint Transform a Bargain Basement to Upscale
When you find that perfect piece of furniture in the thrift shop, it may look a little rough, but think about what a little putty and paint can do for any piece of furniture that has been kicked to the curb. Sometimes you will find the perfect line, size and shape on a piece of furniture that is in less than pristine condition. With just a little elbow grease and a dab of paint, you can actually end up with a piece of furniture that looks better now than it did originally. Prepare: Always...

5 Easy Ways To Banish Clutter
When you look around your house and just see clutter everywhere, it is time to make getting it under control a priority. Once you have everything cleaned up, it is easy to keep it that way. 1. Paper Madness Paper is probably the biggest problem when it comes to clutter. Try setting aside a day for you or even your entire family to go through any papers and get them out or organized. Once you have thrown out everything that you do not need, you will need a system to keep from getting in this...

Bringing Big Impact to Small Spaces
Just because you are working with a small space does not mean that is has to feel cramped or even small for that matter. By using pattern, color and texture as you select the appropriate furnishings for your space, it can all work together to truly create a great room design. You do not need a large space to make a big impact. Everything Counts: When you are working with a small space you have to be brutal when it comes to editing. Make sure that you place each furnishing in the space...

Getting a Big Decorating Bang For Your Buck
Just because you do not have a lot of extra money does not mean that you cannot have fun decorating your house. By choosing to do the decorating yourself and being creative, you can keep your home's look fresh and up to date all of the time. Something as simple as painting a wall and adding a plant can make a big difference in the look of any room. So here are some other ideas for decorating on a budget. Paint Everything Hands down, one way to get the biggest decorating impact for the smallest...

Dramatic Paint Results in a Budget-Friendly Design
One of the quickest ways to change the look of any room is with paint. The effect can be dramatic, and the price tag is usually pretty cheap. The great thing about painting is that virtually anyone can do it themselves, which helps keep costs down as well. Not only is paint easy to apply, but it also gives your room an instantly fresh look. Affordable and Fun When you are doing a big remodel on your house you may choose to buy some new furniture pieces or add some special accessories to...

Bathroom Redo - How To Make A Pink Tub & Tile 'Disappear'
When you move into an older home and your decorating budget is being largely spent on your main living areas, dealing with a pink tile and tub in the bathroom can be quite a challenge. So until you can replace the tub and tile, here are some decorating tips that can help move the pink away from center stage. Go Neutral: Choose neutral shades for the walls in your bathroom. If the pink tile has warm undertones to it use neutral brown tones, and if the pink tile has cool undertones to it use a...

7 Easy to Do Fireplace Updates
A fireplace can add a lot of charm to any room, but it is also a functional part of your house. Unfortunately, like everything else, a fireplace can get to become outdated in its appearance and it may need a little facelift to get it looking up to date. Tip #1 - Add Some Paint While many people never even consider painting a fireplace, it can be a great way to update its look. You can blend the look of your fireplace in with your current décor, and it is easy to do. While brick and stone...

3 Ways to Create a Vanity Makeup Table
Stylishly beautiful, a vanity table is a very popular piece of furniture in the bedroom. Not only is it stylish, but it is extremely functional as well. While many people go out and purchase a vanity table, you can also create one of your own, and depending on the style of your room you may choose a simple or a more intricate design. Creating a vanity table of your own can also be a lot of fun, and it can be a place for you to let loose your artistic nature. Shabby Chic Style Since vanity...

Teak Furniture Restoration Techniques That Work
Teakwood is a very durable hardwood, and it has been a popular choice for outdoor use for years. It is hardy enough for boat decking, so it is certainly a great choice for your outdoor furniture. When your teakwood furniture is new it has a rich, honey color and it will turn to a silvery gray as it ages in the sun. While some people enjoy the sun bleached look of gray teakwood furniture, you can also bring it back to its honey luster by using a few easy techniques for restoration. Begin By...

Teen Spaces - Building a Loft Bed
All too often the floor space in our homes seems to shrink as our children grow. As your child grows into a teen, they begin to take a little more interest in how their room is designed. Adding a loft bed to your teen's room not only frees up some floor space in the room, but it also adds some interesting nooks and crannies to the room as well. While you can always buy a loft bed to put in your teen's room, you can also build your own for a truly custom look in their room. Choose a...

Finishing a Basement - Ceiling Tips and Tricks
Basement ceilings can be challenging from a design standpoint. They are usually low, and they are usually filled with all of the pipes, wires and ductwork that support life in the rest of the house. So when you are remodeling your basement, it can certainly be a challenge as you decide what to do with the mess on the ceiling. Fortunately there are options available that help to make you ceiling space more attractive while still letting you have access to mechanical fixtures. Suspended...

Reviving Old Furniture For a Second Life
If you have older furniture in your home and you are tired of it, you can revive it by giving it a new look and a new purpose in life. Frequently, these older pieces of furniture get stuck in closets and attics and are all but forgotten, however with just a little imagination, you can put these well built and sturdy pieces of furniture to work for you in other places in your home. If you have a contemporary home, re-purposing a single piece of vintage furniture and adding it to your space can...

Stucco Versus Vinyl Siding For a House Exterior
When you are considering how to finish the outside of your house, you may want to consider the advantages of stucco versus vinyl siding. While the first one certainly is an attractive finish for your home, it does require maintenance and repair, while the second one is virtually carefree. Frequently the choice of whether to maintain an old stucco finish or simply cover it with vinyl siding simply depends on how much maintenance the old stucco finish needs. Understanding Stucco Even though...

Make Dining Room Furniture Do Double Duty
If you have small home, or if you have a dining room/living room combination, then it is always a great thing when you can find furniture that is multifunctional for your space. This way you can free up some much needed floor space in your tight quarters making the room more comfortable and functional. The dining room is one of the best spaces for double duty furniture. Adjustable Table As you are considering table styles for your dining room, consider one that can expand. Having an adjustable...

Finishing the Basement by Installing a Ceiling
After you have your walls constructed in a basement remodel, you may want to consider finishing off the look of the ceiling. Here are a few options that you can use to add that finishing touch, and there should be a solution here to fit any budget. Drop Ceiling Installation By far the most popular basement ceiling solution is the drop ceiling. There are many different styles from which to choose, and they are relatively simple to install. One of the things that makes them so simple to install...

Framing Rooms in a Basement
Some families are lucky enough to have a basement that matches the footprint of their entire house. However, since the space is dark and unfinished, frequently the space is not put to particularly good use. Challenges While finishing a basement to make it habitable is a big project, it is not an impossible one. It will also increase the square footage of your home, making living easier and increasing the value of your home. However, you will run into challenges in the basement that you would...

How Big is a King Size Bed, Really?
While it may seem like a simple task to figure out what size bed you have, it sometimes is not so easy. Some sizes have variations, so it is important to know exactly what size you have before you go off to buy your linen. Take the king size bed for example. You have the standard king size bed and the California one, and then there are variations on each. Standard King Dimensions While dimensions of a regular king may vary, the standard measurement for the standard king one is 76 x 80 inches....

Quick and Easy Plaster Wall Finishes
Updating your room with plaster walls can give any room a custom designed look. While there are many plastering techniques that can make your walls look like a team of artisans remodeled your home, they are quick and easy applications that you can do yourself to get this custom look in your home. Creating Venetian Plaster An extremely traditional finish for your walls, Venetian plaster is rising in popularity in the past few years as a decorating option. Of course if you were to have real...

How to Remove Water Marks From a Ceiling
Water marks on your ceiling are not only unattractive, they are also harbingers of bigger trouble looming on the horizon. Any number of things can cause water stains on your ceiling, from a leaky roof to leaky plumbing. Leaky plumbing can either be a leak in a water pipe, or it may be a leak in a shower stall, around a tub or sink or a toilet. Sometimes you have to simply caulk a crack or replace a fixture, and still other times you may have to find the pipe that is leaking. If you notice water...

Home Repair Grants and How to Qualify
There are times when your home sustains damage that makes it uninhabitable and in need of extensive repairs. While you undoubtedly are covered by homeowner's insurance, there are some things that even your insurance policy does not cover. Or, you have not been able to keep up with maintenance costs, so you skipped doing some repairs; and what was a smaller maintenance repair becomes a major home repair. A repair may be urgent, and you may not have the funds to get it done, and this is where you...

Repairing Cracks in Your Basement Ceiling
If there are cracks in your basement ceiling there are several things that you need to consider as you are pondering how to repair them. Generally cracks in a basement ceiling are simply a result of the building settling. Usually these cracks are easy to repair using a standard drywall patch. Be Safe As you are considering how you want to begin repairing your ceiling, you always want to be aware of safety considerations. If you are looking at making repairs on a textured ceiling, find out when...

Free Fixes For Your Home With Home Improvement Grants
Sometimes it is all that a homeowner can do to keep up with essential home maintenance projects. When you need to make a home improvement and your budget is already stretched to the max, you may want to consider looking for a home improvement grant available through the U.S. government. There are several different sources where you can find out about these grants. You local HUD office, local housing non-profits, or your state and local authorities are all great places to check. While there are...

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