Friday, October 12, 2018

How to Achieve Your Dream Home Decor

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Your dream home is your place of comfort. It should be the space that you feel most comfortable and at peace in, no matter what type of day that you had. When you step through your door, you should be enveloped in a warm and fuzzy feeling. This is a result of the people and the atmosphere that are in it, but also due to the aesthetics.

The visual aspect of any location can influence your mood, and the same applies to your home, which is why it is important to choose your home décor carefully and think long and hard about the type of items you fill it with, from the colours, patterns, textures, and so on.

For a complete understanding of how to achieve your dream home, continue reading.

Choosing the style
You should take some time to think about what theme you want your home to have. In other words, what textures, patterns, colours, and overall style do you want? Leaving your walls white is always boring, and you will not have an environment that inspires your creativity if you leave them like that. More so, different colours will cause you to feel a different mood, and so you should also think about what you want a certain room to feel like.

Cool tones have a more calming effect, whereas the warm colours are more energetic. Keep in mind that you don’t need to fill your entire home with cool colours, but it may be the dominant choice in a particular room or two. It all depends on you.

Reflective of your personality
In order for your place to be comfortable, it will have to be reflective of your personality. This is the exact same way that the clothes you wear often say something about you as a person. Have fun with the décor items that you choose for your home! The quirks are what make it interesting and unique. What is the point of putting something together that looks just like anyone else’s? If it’s your dream space, you should do what you want with it.

Vintage and thrift shopping
In order to further create a unique space, a good idea is always to go vintage and thrift shopping. You simply never know what you will find when you do this! Keep your eyes open to any accent pieces that would look good in your home. You could find something locally or even at a small thrift shop overseas when you are on vacation. Who knows? Whether it’s a sculpture, a vase, a painting of sorts, or any other item, you should purchase it and add it to complete your home décor aesthetic.

Mix old with new
Something else that would be worth doing is to mix old with new design styles. If you choose to go vintage and thrift shopping, that does not mean that your entire space should be filled with only antique items. In fact, modern spaces that have hints of older styles are much more distinctive. Even if a style that you like was popular a hundred years ago, you should embrace it if you want to.

Hiring a professional
While you should do what you feel is best for your dream home, it would also be worth getting the opinion of a professional. They are experts who know exactly how to combine comfort, function and style to create the ideal home. You don’t need to listen to everything that a home design professional tells you to do, but they could very well open your mind to new layout and design possibilities that you would have otherwise never considered. You should read more on why hiring an expert can be the best option to creating the home of your dreams.  

Importance of light
Light can change the entire aspect of a room and can make it appear more open. Thus, it is always important to invest in plenty of light sources, whether it’s lamps, miniature string lights, chandeliers, and so on. Even consider the type of bulb that you should use, whether LED or something else, as it will change the look of the atmosphere. This is important for the sake of a lively space.

Determine a budget
At the end of the day, everything you do requires money. You need to determine what type of budget you can work with when you are putting together your dream home décor. Even if you go vintage and thrift shopping, purchasing a lot of items for your home can get expensive very quickly. Thinking about your monthly bills and various other expenses, determine what amount you can spend each month on this task, without letting yourself go into debt.

Enjoy it
The last factor to keep in mind is that you should have fun and enjoy looking for the various décor items that are part of your home, rather than feel stressed about finding everything in a certain amount of time. It’s important to remember that there shouldn’t be any type of rush to put everything together. Instead, take your time with each room, filling them up with accent pieces and unique décor one-by-one. In any case, when was the last time that something good was achieved overnight?

The definition of a perfect home will differ depending on who is asked. However, there are certain qualities that make up this notion of the ideal home, and they have been outlined here. What home can be complete with its own unique interior design? Everything should be organised and placed strategically somewhere but done so in a way that makes you happy. The very definition of a dream home insinuates that it is something that makes you feel at peace, and the décor you choose plays a major role in this. Think back to the last time you felt content in an empty room filled with four empty and white walls – chances are that you weren’t, and you shouldn’t leave them like that.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Top Tips for Decorating Your Home on a Budget

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Sometimes, the journey to owning your dream home can be a long one. For many people, it takes the right décor to enable their house to feel like a home, even if they have been living in their house for some time. Unfortunately, decorating a house of any size can be expensive. When you can’t afford to create the home space you like, it can begin to feel like it won’t ever happen. Just because you are low on funds, it doesn’t mean you should suffer. In fact, there are many tips you can follow, which will help you decorate your home in exactly the way you wish- without the designer price tag.

Reassess your finances
Before you take the plunge, it’s wise to look at your budget for your decorating project. This will allow you to see whether you need to save any more money, and which areas your current budget can be directed towards. If you are hoping to furnish your home to a high standard, you should cut back on daily expenses, so you have more money for your decorating. However, if it feels like the wait has been too long, considering no credit check furniture financing options is a great way to split the cost of your furnishings into more manageable chunks, which you pay back over the course of future months.

Buy from discount stores
When you are hoping to buy décor from current design seasons, it can be a lot more expensive than turning to past designs to decorate your home with. To avoid your home looking outdated, you should look for more timeless pieces in discounted furniture stores. There are many of these dotted around the country, where stores sell new goods at reasonable prices. In some cases, it’s best to look at online retailers, where better discounts and a wider range of furnishings can be browsed.

Make your own decorations
When you have a knack for arts and crafts, you should capitalize on this by making your own decorations for your home. This could range from knitting your own blankets for living areas and painting your own walls, to crafting handmade candles out of wax and essential oils. This is a great way of adding a personal touch to your home. Some people even choose to display their own artwork or photography to add a colorful statement to a room. If you are worried your craftsmanship skills aren’t up for the task, you can ask family members and friends to pitch in.

Go second-hand
There is a large misconception that second-hand furnishings can lack character and style. However, when you know the right places to look, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In some second-hand stores, you will find vintage gems to add a regal look to your home, such as bedside tables or cabinets. Eager eyes may also use this opportunity to repurpose vintage furniture to give it a new look. For some crafty people, it is easy to use vintage velvets and silks to make unique patchwork quilts and cushion covers with.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How to Maximize the Feeling of Home Space

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It doesn’t matter whether you live in a single room apartment or a three-story house, there will never seem to be enough room for all your belongings. Owning a bigger home will be a dream for many of you. However, unless you’re left a sizeable inheritance or win the lottery, you’ll be forced to make the best of what you’ve already got. Making the most of the space you’ve got is possible. Take note of the following tips, and your home will stop feeling claustrophobic and cluttered. Maximize the space in your home, and you and your family will feel free and comfortable.

Start by Decluttering
The best place to start, before you start looking at the latest interior design trends and spending money, is to offload some of the junk that is cluttering up your rooms. Over the years it’s amazing how much clutter you can gather. Before you know it, you’ll be losing things, have nowhere to sit and struggling to keep your home clean. If you’ve got kids, then the problem is even bigger. Start in the basement, if you’ve got one, and work up to the attic.

Maximizing Space in the Kitchen
A lack of space in the kitchen can be very frustrating. It might seem like a good idea to have everything near and close to hand, but when you’ve got a galley kitchen, it can feel very limiting. All the utensils, pots and pans will be piled on top of one another, and there will be no room for anyone else to get in and help prepare food.

Brightening up the room will make a difference, so consider keeping the window treatments to a minimum. If there are no neighbors overlooking your property you could do away with them all together. A roller blind could be an option if you’re worried about your privacy.

Maximizing Space in the Living Room
Your living room should be somewhere you can retire to when you want to relax. If it’s cluttered and feels small, you’re not going to be keen on holding dinner parties or inviting friends over to watch a movie. In a small living room, you can make a difference by choosing a few larger accessories rather than lots of smaller ones.

Look for a dining table and chairs that can be folded away when not being used. Alternatively, get rid of the giant dining table and choose a small, round dining table instead.

Have you mounted your TV on the wall yet? If not, now’s the time to get that space waster up there and reclaim some of your floor space.

If your living room is also used as an office space keeping it organized can be a full-time job. Look for multi-functional furniture and make good use of any storage space you have.  

Maximizing Space in the Bathroom
The bathroom is often the smallest room in a house and generally dark and dingy. Give the illusion of more space with carefully positioned mirrors. It will also bounce the light around, which will again give the illusion of more space. Using mirrors is the oldest trick in the book. Neutral colors are also very useful if you want to fool the eye into thinking a room is more spacious. You’ll need to add subtle patterns, or the space will feel very flat.

If there are a number of people who use the bathroom, open shelving and baskets can be used to hold combs, jewelry, small accessories, makeup, and appliances. Make use of the space under the sink for storing cleaning supplies, towels and toiletries.  

Maximizing Space in the Bedroom   
Did you realize you spend almost a third of your life in your bedroom? Admittedly, most of that time you’ll have your eyes closed, but nevertheless, you still want it to feel warm and inviting not cramped and uncomfortable. If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, it could be the position of your bed that is the problem. To maximize space push your furniture up against the walls and use shelving and storage units that are off the ground, so you’ve got more floor space. Add storage boxes under the bed where you can hide away all your clutter.

Space Saving Outside
While not as important as having more space inside, the exterior of your home should still be inviting. Keep your lawn cut, your flower beds tidy and free of weeds. An unkempt and overgrown backyard will feel like it’s cramped and be unwelcoming. Increase the curb appeal of your home by painting your front entry a bright and cheerful color.  

Design Tips
  • Use light colors – light and airy colors give a room a feeling of openness. Choosing colors that are very similar will have the same effect.
  • Use stripes – stripes can be used to lengthen a room. Choose a striped design for your walls or add a long striped rug. 
  • Draw the eye upwards – this is a trick that is used by designers and will make your windows look bigger. Position your drapes above and a little wider than the edge of the window.
  • Oversized art – it might seem counterintuitive but hanging oversized art on the walls will make a room feel bigger. You don’t need to go crazy. One or two pieces will do.
  • Widen doorways – if you’ve got narrow doorways you can make them appear bigger by painting around the edges in a contrasting color.
  • Multi-functional furniture – a smart choice will be to pick furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, an ottoman that can be used as a coffee table or a bed that can be folded back and used as a sofa.
  • Add some glass – glass has always been a cool addition to have in your home, but it also helps to free up space.  
Freeing up some of the space in your home and giving the impression that it is bigger than it is will mean you won’t find yourself worrying about renovating or looking for somewhere else to live. If your family is getting larger and you need to maximize space, the tips above will definitely help.

8 Useful Hacks To Declutter Your Home

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No matter how small your interior space is within your property, there are many ways in which you can truly make it feel more like your own home. If you have recently moved into a new house or apartment and are looking to put your own stamp on the place, or perhaps have children and struggling to keep each room chic and clutter-free, there are many simple hacks you can follow to give your interior space a stylish and cozy boost.

Here are a few tips and tricks on how you can make your home feel less cluttered and more inviting:

1.  Clean up your hallway
The hallway is the very first room of the home that guests will see, therefore, it is important to keep the space free of clutter and ultimately, welcoming. To begin with, it would be best to get rid of any muddy shoes, hanging coats and other bits of added clutter that in a simple phrase can make the whole house seem extremely disordered. One of the best ways of keeping your hallway organized is by investing in a storage bench, in which you can store the likes shoes and bags to prevent a build-up of clutter in your living space.

2.  Color Palettes

The choice of color you decide to paint your walls can have a major impact on making a space seem bright, fresh and airy. It goes without saying that neutral color schemes are far more calming in comparison to bold colors, which are far louder and are destined to make a real statement.  It wouldn’t be advised to use such colors in small rooms, as bold color schemes can often give the illusion of a more confined space. If you live in an apartment, for example, you should keep color palettes fairly neutral to give the impression of fluidity. Find out more tips and tricks on how to achieve stylish
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3.  Be clever with your space

If you have an office within your home, you are likely to have a great deal of stationary, files and books lying around. However, as offices are usually in the spare room, knowing where to store such items can a challenge. One of the best space-saving methods would be to purchase a desk with a range of storage options to keep your belongings organized.

A bathroom can also get cluttered extremely easily with the number of toiletries and cosmetics used on a daily basis and knowing where to store them can be difficult if you have extremely limited cupboard space. One good option would be to make or purchase colorful storage bins to place on shelving. A mirrored bathroom cabinet is also a great idea, as many do contain interior shelving to store extra bits and pieces.

Laundry storage bins are also ideal for keeping washing out of view; which is especially important when guests come to use your bathroom. A tired looking laundry basket isn’t the most attractive of sights, therefore a furniture style piece should blend into the décor well and give a much chicer feel. A traditional style bathroom cabinet is also an idea for combining both style and function; in which it compromises a wash basin at the top and ample storage space underneath. These styles were once extremely popular before plumbing was introduced, but many of those now keen on vintage interior styling are known to revamp old dressers and make them the center piece of the bathroom.

4.  Good lighting
One of the best ways to make your home feel much more inviting would be through the use of good lighting. For full lighting, an overhead light is the best option, however this can become intrusive and uncomfortable on the eyes, so wouldn’t be used to create a comforting environment. Placing floor or table lamps around the room gives a much cozier feel, but steer clear from fluorescent lighting which can make the space feel more like a store, rather than a living space.

5. Symmetry
In order for your space to appear less cluttered, it is always an idea to have a good amount of symmetry in each room to ensure there is good balance and flow. When planning out any interior layout; bear in mind that furniture shouldn’t be placed randomly around the room or it will make the space seem somewhat unorganized. Be aware that the furniture you decide on is appropriate for the space rather than being too oversized, or on the other hand; doesn’t look lost against expansive walls.

6. Shelving
Shelving is an extremely effective way of keeping your home clutter. If you happen to have any rooms in the home that are painted with minimal wall décor, shelving can add that bit of depth and visual interest; especially if you choose to display quirky belongings that fit in with your décor.

7.  Make it match
One of the most exciting parts of decorating the home is choosing furniture items for your main living spaces; however, it can be fairly easy to get carried away with choosing items that are simply just to your taste rather than intending to stick to a particular theme. Aim to avoid a mish-mash of colors and instead, take time to consider the individual color themes for each room before you purchase. A clever idea would be to stick to neutral color palettes so you can swap your furniture items around if you wish to change up the space.

8. Plants

Plants are a great way of inviting a touch of outdoor charm into your home and doesn’t necessarily require you to be a keen gardener either. Plants are an ideal way of filling an empty corner for example and would look great when placed in a vibrant-toned pot against a neutral wall to achieve an eye-catching pop of color. Plants give a sense of calm to any room; but would look particularly great in a living room, kitchen or bedroom.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Master Bathroom (Small) Makeover

For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you probably know by now that I am giving my master ensuite bathroom vanity a small makeover. No, I am not ripping out the entire vanity. Rather, I will be replacing everything from above the counter, including the counter itself, sinks, faucets (especially faucets, more on that later), mirrors and wall sconces. As a lot of you DM'd me on Instagram, you are right, the vanity looks perfect as is. It's functional and packs a ton of storage. 

Why, you might ask? Getting tired of the look is definitely not one of the reasons. We've had the two-handle faucets from six years ago when we first renovated the master ensuite, and that was six years too long for me to have to put up with them! Granted, two-handle faucets look luxurious and stylish, but, they are just not practical for daily use, at least not for me! I am not the type of person that would leave my tap running when brushing my teeth or washing my hands/face. I would like to turn it off. But imagine trying to turn them off with your hands full of foamy soap and making a mess around the tap which I would need to go into all the grooves to wipe clean later on, no thank you! Give me all the simplicity from the single-handle ones please. Having years of interior decor experience taught me an important lesson: function should always trump style! 

I threw together a quick design board for this small makeover - small in terms of scope but not $$$. This was an expensive lesson. On the upside, I am super excited about the single-handed operation of the tap, and all the stylish (and functional) accessories I picked along with it. The Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo quartz counter will be installed this Friday. I will post some updates next week. If you live in the GTA and are looking for a natural Carrara Marble counter with two sinks and two 4-month new faucets, please message me. You can have the complete set for a song. The dimensions are 72 inches L x 21.5 inches D.  

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