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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Tips To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Style Bathroom

Creating a farmhouse bathroom is an exciting project because it encourages you to mix textures, personal style and special features, without too much trouble. Learn how to construct the perfect farmhouse bathroom by familiarizing yourself with the key interior design elements.

Farmhouse Style

Start by narrowing down the style you prefer for your farmhouse bathroom. You need a foundation and overall theme to jumpstart your project before you start decorating. For example, a contemporary farmhouse bathroom will look different than a country or rustic farmhouse. No matter what way you go, remember that it’s all about the details and individual pieces coming together to tell a story.

Farmhouse chic focuses on keeping the décor elegant and simple, but also includes a punch of farmhouse flair. This bathroom is the perfect example of chic, with a white color scheme, dark flooring, a corner window, custom mirror and bathtub. It proves there’s a way to integrate a farmhouse twist for just about everyone’s taste.

Farmhouse Mirror

One of the most important features of a farmhouse bathroom is installing the right mirror. It’s something that seems like a small detail, but it’s actually very significant to getting the right look down. A long, horizontal mirror with a wood frame is just one example of how to easily incorporate a farmhouse feel.

In addition to a long, framed mirror, a round mirror with a wicker border will do the trick. Not only does it add an element of surprise, but it also serves as texture, and texture is always a good thing. Paired with the right vanity and countertop, you have a winning combination.

Farmhouse Wall Décor

Picking your farmhouse wall décor is one of the best parts of creating a farmhouse bathroom. Floating shelves, ladder shelves, wicker baskets, quirky signs, plants and unique containers will make your bathroom come alive. Although you want to decorate with lots of different kinds of pieces, you don’t want to go overboard and create clutter in your bathroom, so be careful. Make it simple and organized and it’ll be attractive.

Another awesome idea to incorporate in your farmhouse bathroom, in addition to flooring, is replicating the look of siding on your walls. The example above has all the right touches. The walls, wood, mirrors and lighting create a country, cozy bathroom that represents a well-designed farmhouse bathroom.

Farmhouse Paint Colors

As I mentioned earlier, earthy tones and white accents are the type of paint colors you want to choose when decorating your farmhouse bathroom. I love the green pastel paint hue in the bathroom pictured above. It’s warm, inviting, soothing and compliments the white and light brown accents nicely. The bright natural light and gray painted bathroom make this bath simply stunning.

Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity & Sink

You’re probably thinking, that’s great, but what about the vanity and sink? Yes, you’re right. You can’t have a farmhouse bathroom without some country flair below your mirror. Use your vanity and sink to complement your personal style. Are you more vintage or rustic? Do you like a dark sink or eye-catching white?

Don’t forget to match your faucet to the style of sink. You’ll also want to pick a countertop that sets the tone for the overall theme. It doesn’t have to be wood, but it should work opposite the other features in the room and speak for itself.

7 Incredible Rooms That Belong In Your Dream Home

At some point in your life, you find yourself imagining what your dream home would look like and brainstorm ideas about how to personalize each room. It’s hard to snap back to reality after you map the details out in your head, but visualizing what could be is fun for many of us.

Your dream home definitely needs to have rooms that are impressive and out of the ordinary. I’m here to let your mind run wild for a few minutes, as I show and describe eight incredible rooms that belong in your dream home. Remember, never stop dreaming!

1. Kitchen

Building your dream home requires a financial investment and professional expertise. Constructing your dream kitchen comes with its pros and cons. You’ll need to set a budget, hire a contractor and pick out your materials.

I selected this kitchen for your dream home because of the gorgeous hardwood floors, lavish pendant light fixtures and numerous windows that draw in natural light. Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? If so, see our kitchen renovation cost estimator to make a plan before you begin your project.

2. Bathroom

It’s not a dream home without an extravagant bathroom to relax in after a long day. According to costs reported by ImproveNet members, the average bathroom remodel costed approximately $8,400 in 2016, with most homeowners spending between $6,000 and $9,000. Given that I’m showing you incredible rooms that belong in your dream home, your budget will need to be expanded in this particular instance.

A dream bathroom requires a thoughtful transformation with personal touches and lavish enhancements. This luxury bath has a round Jacuzzi tub installed under a charming chandelier, which I think is the perfect touch. The gorgeous tub is surrounded by more storage room than most of us have ever seen in our lifetime.

3. Bedroom

Your dream bedroom should be big, bright and beautiful. The more lighting options you have the better, so you can set the right mood. While hardwood floors are becoming more popular to install in the bedroom, carpet is a comfortable and appealing choice too.

A dream bedroom needs to have the right aesthetic appeal. This means applying paint color, hanging curtains, purchasing cozy bedding and using décor that brings the room to life.

Little girl bedroom ideas are also worth considering when envisioning your dream home. The room in the example above is adorable. It incorporates every little girl’s favorite things and colors. There’s plenty of room for your little one to play and store cherished items neatly.

4. Walk-In Closet

A walk-in closet is a must in any dream home. Adding a large and impressive closet to a room or hallway is a great way to increase the amount of usable space. Curious what something like this will cost you? See the average cost to install a closet in your area.

This contemporary, custom his and hers master closet maximizes storage space with a functional center island and several custom shelves. While it’s seldom at the top of your home improvement list,organizing your closet is a simple way to make your daily life less stressful. The look above is finished with crystal knobs, a large mirror and comfortable bench.

5. Living Room

This living room is spectacular and certainly needs to be included in your dream home. Every last detail, down to the patterned carpet and candle chandelier is absolutely perfect. With windows that big, you’ll need to call a professional window cleaning serviceto get the tough to reach spots.

6. Dining Room

The reason I chose this dining room is because it’s stunning, unique and inviting. The large windows, warm paint and oversized light fixtures add style and grace. Unless you have extensive electrical knowledge, it’s best to leave the installation of pendant lights, accent lighting and overhead lights to the professionals. If you look closely, even the furniture matches the interior design scheme.

7. Basement

Every dream home needs a fabulous basement to show off. A finished basement creates extra usable space in the home. A swanky basement not only increases the resale value of your home, but it also makes it more livable and functional.

The basement pictured above is amazing and decorated beautifully. The shiny hardwood floors, dark wood cabinets and seating area create the perfect space to hang out or entertain guests. Does seeing this beautiful room make you want to finish your basement? Get free estimates from local basement contractors and get started on your project today.

Tips To Build A Bookcase

Before you dive into actually building your bookcase, your first step should be to nail down your design inspiration. Remember that the structure itself doesn’t have to be complicated. The plan just needs to be well-thought-out and the design properly constructed.

In addition to seeking out what style of a bookshelf you want to create, you should also consider its size and location. The instructions below will give you a better idea of what you need to build a bookcase and how to go about completing this DIY project successfully.

Overview & Materials

The purpose of your bookcase is important in determining the design of your project. In most cases, homeowners are looking to store books and materials, fill an empty space or add dimension and character to a room.

In this article, I’m going to outline plans for creating a pine bookshelf with open sides, inspired by the Pottery Barn Hendrix Bookcase. I want to make it clear that this is one of many bookcase design options. I’ll be showing you images of additional ideas throughout the article so you get a better feel for what other styles homeowners are building.

The bookcase above is one of many different configurations you can choose to build for your home. This particular example is made of pine and doesn’t have any side walls. It’s a basic structure with four shelves and a backing. It stands just under 6′ tall and is decorated beautifully. Below I outline general DIY steps for getting started on your personalized Pottery Barn inspired bookcase.

General Instructions

Step 1: Determine Dimensions

The first order of business is to determine how wide and tall you’d like your bookcase structure to stand. Consider if you’re trying to fill a vertical or horizontal space, and how much time and effort you’d like to put into the building and finishing process. Documenting your measurements and purchasing the right saw for the job is key to your success. There are plenty of online resources to help you blueprint your plans and determine the right dimensions and tools you’ll need for your specific project.

Step 2: Construct Face Frames & Drill Pocket Holes

A standalone bookcase contains two face frames (front and back) that come together to form the edges of the structure. Make all of your cuts according to your documented measurement guide on a clean and level surface.

Next, drill your pocket holes using a pocket-hole jig. A pocket hole is simply a hole drilled at an angle that forms a “pocket” for the screw to sit into. The purpose of pocket holes is to connect your individual pieces together.

To achieve the Pottery Barn Hendrix Bookcase look, drill two pocket holes on each side of the tops of the legs and one on each end of the shelf trim boards. You’ll also want to drill pocket holes around all sides of all of the shelves–it’s recommended you drill two per end, and four per front and back side of each shelf.

Step 3: Attach Shelves

As I mentioned above, the purpose of your pocket holes is to connect your pieces (shelves to the frame). You’ll want to align the wood boards that are to be joined and drive a pocket screw at an angle into the pocket hole. This will securely attach your pieces together.

When you mount your shelves, leave about a 1″ gap at end of each shelf. This extra space will be used for the end trim pieces. It’s recommended you attach all of the shelves on your front frame before adding and securing the back frame.

Step 4: Measure & Cut End Trim Pieces

It’s now time to measure and cut each of your end trim pieces. As learned in the previous step, your end trim pieces are for filling the gap you left on the edge of each shelf. After cutting your pieces, use your pocket hole screws to attach them through the pocket holes you drilled on the underside of the shelves. Your trim piece should now be attached to the structure. Repeat as necessary.

Step 5: Glue & Nail Back On

The final step will be attaching the back piece of wood to your frame. One recommended material that you can use for the back of the structure is PureBond Plywood. You’ll find it right at The Home Depot and the staff will even cut the piece down to the right size for you.

Once you have your back piece, use finish nails and glue to attach it to the rear of the frame. All of the pieces for your bookcase should now be connected and the configuration should be sturdy.

Finishing Touches

You’ve come this far, now it’s time to apply the finishing touches! Begin by filling all of the holes with wood filler and letting it dry. When the wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Be sure to wipe your project clean with a damp cloth. To get the specific look that I’ve used as an example in this article, it’s suggested you use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

7 Common Decorating Mistakes

Decorating blunders are a common issue for most homeowners. Maybe you’re aware something doesn’t look right, but don’t know how to put your finger on it. Perhaps interior design isn’t your thing and you just can’t figure out how to make your home look more put together.

Small modifications to the interior of your home can make such a big difference that we dedicated an entire article to review some of the most common decorating mistakes. We’ll help you identify these slipups so you’re equipped to fix them in your own home. See nine decorating mistakes homeowners make on a regular basis.

1. Looks Great, Feels Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture

We all know what this means and we’ve heard it before, “But it’s pretty and I love it.” Sure, it looks great, but your family and guests want nothing to do with it. In fact, you’ve even found yourself admitting that it hurts when you sit on it and it’s been known to give you scratches. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a pretty unpleasant tradeoff for an attractive piece of furniture.

Pick out furniture that’s both stylish and comfortable. It’s out there. Try not to get sucked into thinking because something is pretty that it’s the right furniture for your home. It’ll be tempting to go for the fashionable piece, but try to resist.

Let’s compare furniture shopping to shoe shopping for a moment. Think about when you buy a great pair of high heels, only to have your feet hurt when you wear them. Now you’ve purchased shoes you can’t wear and wasted your money. Your other more practical option would have been to purchase flats, which are both cute and comfortable. My advice, go with the comfortable stuff.

2. Too Many Framed Photos

You love your family, your kids are number one and your life wouldn’t be the same without your dog, Samson. But let’s be honest, shrines were meant for museums, not tabletops, and clutter is never a good look in your home.

We’ve all wanted to print and frame every cute thing that happens in our lives, but there just isn’t room for all of it in our homes. Pick a few of your favorite photos, get some chic frames and weave them into your décor, or create a small gallery wall. Another idea is to print a favorite photo or two on a large canvas and hang them on your walls as artwork. These prints usually turn out very nice!

3. Ignoring The Entry/Foyer

It’s interesting how many homeowners don’t give their entry and foyer the same attention as other rooms in their home. The foyer is where you welcome guests, family and friends. It’s a place for first impressions and making statements. Just because you don’t notice it in your daily routine doesn’t mean it should be forgotten.

Get creative and think outside the box. Less is more in this case. Pick an item, area or color to focus in on and map out a plan. Think rugs, light fixtures and accent tables. But don’t stop there, embellish these items with décor, color and style. This can be a fun project with a chance to add those personal touches!

4. Undressed Cables

Wires, cords and plugs are useful but they’re not pretty. Often times this décor blooper remains an issue because homeowners get used to looking at the wires and never give it a second thought. There are Pinterest boards and pins dedicated to hiding cable cords. There are so many clever DIY ideas to choose from! Do some research, purchase some supplies and get it done.

5. Keeping Something You Hate

Do you ever catch yourself looking around your house and spotting stuff you can’t stand looking at anymore? And then, instead of making a change for whatever reason, you spend your time thinking more about how you still don’t like it? I think it’s safe to say we’ve all be there. Old carpet, outdated bedding and mismatched dishes are a few items that come to mind.

The time has come to act. I hope this article gives you inspiration to tackle those pieces in your home that make you cringe. If cost is an issue, take time to research a good bargain or ways to work around the issue. Get motivated by thinking about how good it’ll feel to never have to look at it again.

6. Uncomfortable Dining Chairs

I touched on uncomfortable sofas in a previous section, but don’t forget about your kitchen and dining chairs. If you work a desk job, you’re most likely sitting all day as it is. When you get home to enjoy dinner with your family, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable chair to sit on. Most people look forward to enjoying a delicious meal at home. Enhance the experience even more by purchasing relaxing and comfortable seating.

7. Improper Lighting

It’s common for many homeowners to install lighting that’s more of a spectacle than it is functional. Properly installed, functional lighting is important to your health and safety. It’s not to say that your lighting has to be plain or unimpressive, but make sure it’s serving its main purpose. Do your homework and find lighting that’s both attractive, practical, purposeful and efficient.

5 Home Improvements Make Good Roommates

Renting a room, or a portion of your home, can be a financially fruitful endeavor. But a healthy roommate relationship, like any other, takes work. There are some things you can do, both in setting expectations and in setting up your home, that can help make cohabiting a win-win for everyone. You should absolutely treat it like a business, and use a professional renter’s applications, background check, and lease agreement. This will ensure that you clearly set up expectations with regard to rent payment, shared space, responsibility for utilities, and house rules.

Be sure to also invest in some work to make your home more comfortable to share. These 5 home improvements may help.

1. Hang a door

Your roommate tenant has the right to privacy. If you are renting a portion of your home (such as an entire level, or suite of rooms) it may be worthwhile to install a door between that space and your own, if one does not already exist. Add a lock on that door, or put one on the door of any single room inside your home that you rent. Your roommate can then feel comfortable knowing his or her belongings are secure, and can enjoy privacy.

2. Install a tankless water heater

When you share your home with a roommate, you also usually share utilities. That’s double (or more) the showers, loads of laundry, and dishwasher cycles. Be sure your utility systems can handle the demand. Never run out of hot water by installing a tankless water heater. If the size is right, you can run the dishwasher, washing machine, and have two people taking showers at the same time.

3. Make room in the kitchen

Your roommate agreement should make it clear which spaces and items are shared, and which are not. The kitchen is a high traffic area, and if you both cook, you should make some extra space that can be dedicated to your roommate’s own food and cooking equipment (if they bring any). Clear a cabinet for them to store things, or hang an extra cabinet, if space permits. A little extra counter space can go a long way toward giving everyone extra elbow room for cooking. So, consider installing a kitchen island, or adding a section of base cabinets withcounters, if your footprint allows.

4. Expand the driveway

Depending on where you live, you may or may not have ample off-street parking. You don’t want to have to wake your roommate early in the morning because they’ve blocked you into the drive. Consider expanding yourdriveway to accommodate 2 cars side-by-side. Or, go a step farther, and clear out a space in the garage so you can both pull in when winter weather arrives.

5. Add Storage

A roommate doesn’t come alone. They bring all their stuff with them, and that stuff needs a place to live, too. Do yourself a favor and re-organize what storage space you have, and consider adding more. Building a closet is a fairly inexpensive and basic home project, that can pay big dividends in mutual goodwill.

The time and money you spend upfront on some roommate-friendly home improvements, might pay off big-time in helping you maintain a happy shared home.

7 Hottest Interior Paint Colors For Any Home

Interior paint selections make or break the appearance of your home. Additionally, colors have the power to dramatically influence your feelings, behaviors and moods. For these reasons, it’s important you research your options before altering your walls.

Professional painters can paint your home or you can roll up your sleeves and DIY. Either way, there’ll come a time when you need to choose the right color for each individual room. See the 10 hottest interior paint colors that are guaranteed to bring style and new energy to your home.

1. Hazel by Sherwin-Williams

This paint is a beautiful light blue hue that’s versatile and attractive. This is a color that looks stunning paired with wood, neutral accents and white trim. Hazel paint is perfect for any homeowner looking to add subtle color to their rooms without coming off too loud.

2. Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

White is always a popular paint color amongst homeowners. The trick is finding a shade that’s not too bright or dull. Cloud White is part of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection and a fan favorite. These timeless, elegant, classic colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. It has a softness to it that creates a relaxed and comfortable space.

3. Indigo Streamer by Valspar

This is the paint for you if you’re someone who likes a fun pop of color in their house! Not only is this color gorgeous on its own, but it looks amazing paired with white walls. Usethis paint to spruce up a door or incorporate an accent wall. It’s vibrant and trendy with just the right amount of spunk.

Feeling even bolder? Paint the walls of an entire room this color and use it as the foundation to decorate the rest of the space. Accents, such as furniture or additional colors, will complement the dramatic hue and allow you to create a room full of energy and liveliness.

4. Drizzle by Sherwin-Williams

This is one of my personal favorite looks in a bathroom! Although, the homeowners used a beachy theme in the example above, this color lends itself to limitless possibilities. White accents, trim and textured floors are great ways to showcase this beautiful paint. It’s a calm and soothing color that can easily be presented in the bedroom as well.

5. Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball

Gray continues to be a hot color in the interior design industry. Both light and dark shades will suffice. Despite its name, Parma Gray reads as a light grayish-blue. It pairs well with Farrow and Ball Light Blue and neutrals. Farrow and Ball Modern Emulsion Paint is washable, stain and scuff resistant making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic areas.

6. Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams

Looking to redecorate your bedroom with a more serene and peaceful feeling? Sea Salt by Shermin Williams is the paint for you. This attractive and delicate hue has just enough green to warm up a room, while the influence of blue gives it a refreshing, water-like appearance. It’s been said that Rainwashed and Sea Salt are two of the prettiest, softest colors that never fail to disappoint. They’re a few you don’t have to worry about buying and disliking once you get it home on your walls.

7. Tempest by Benjamin Moore

The name says it all with this one. A moody, soulful marriage of gray and purple, this richly saturated shade has an air of mystery when displayed across your walls. It’s daring, but not a color you need to worry about looking too dramatic. It’s a shade of purple experts likes to call their favorite. Elegance and sophistication will be felt when you walk in the room.