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Category Archives: Home Improvement

Tips To Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy For Fall

Fall is in the air! This means it’s time to indulge in pumpkin spice lattes and meals from the crockpot but, most importantly, transition your home to the new season, in style. Fall is a time of year we can’t seem to get enough of because of all the beautiful colors, coziness and fun it brings.

Your home is the perfect place to embrace fall. Decorating it for the season will make it feel warm and inviting. See tips for making your home cozy for fall, and then kick back, relax and enjoy your hard work!

Replace Summer Bedding

One quick decorating trick that’ll make your bedroom feel more like fall is to swap out your summer bedding for something warmer; warmer colors, as well as, warmer materials. Soft comforters, pillows and blankets are sure to bump summer ambiences right out of the room. Add comfortable rugs, décor and lighting to really cozy up your bedroom this fall.

If you’re worried about making your room look too dark, then use window treatments, lamps, furniture and artwork to liven it up. It may also be the perfect time to throw on afresh coat of paint. Painting is a wonderful DIY project for fall, as the weather cools and you find yourself spending more time indoors.

Dress Up Windows

Sprucing up your windows is a practical way to draw more of the fall vibes into your home. A curtain wall, drapes, embellishments and sheer overlays are easy ways to dress up your windows. Lifestyle media publisher, POPSUGARadvises hanging curtains all the way across a wall to add visual interest and create a cozy effect with the bulk of the material. Ikea has endless curtain options at a low price, so you can buy plenty of panels to reach across a wall.

Be mindful of the colors and materials you’re selecting so you’re sure to create the right look for the season. Consider installing warm hues that mimic nature and fabrics that flow and make the room feel more comfortable.

Cozy Up with Lights & Candles

Fall is the perfect season to go overboard with candles and lighting options. These decorative elements have the ability to instantly cozy up any space. If you’re a DIYer, this is a great opportunity to get the family together and make your own candles and string lights.

A variety of candles and mood lighting improves the ambiance in your home. Candles are also an easy way to add a pop of color or sweet smell to each room.

Display Extra Throws, Pillows & Blankets

Head to your local home goods store and stock up on extra throws, pillows and blankets that are soft and cozy, or hire an expert to help. It’s a good idea to switch out decorative pillows for your couches or chairs according to the season. Choose colors and styles that bring the fall season indoors.

In addition to ramping the accessories around your couches, incorporate warm colors and festive crafts in your main living areas. Mason jars, flowers, kitchen towels, pumpkins, pinecones and wreathes will help you accomplish this goal. If you’re unsure where to start, scour Pinterest for additional fall home décor ideas.

Manifest Sweet Smells

There’s nothing better than walking in the door after a long day of work and taking in the sweet smells of fall. Spices, breads, meals in the crockpot and essential oils will get the job done right. One of the most popular areas of the home to use essential oils is the kitchen. Lavender is a great multi-purpose oil that has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Open your windows and welcome in the fall breeze and enchanting smells. A few additional tips for making your house smell fantastic are to bake vanilla in a mug, boil orange peels and cinnamon and keep your house clean. If you’re interested in learning more, see our seven tips for making your house smell better.

Embrace Area Rugs

Area rugs are the most essential décor additions for immediately cozying up your home. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Invest in a few seasonal area rugs that add comfort and color to any room in need of a coziness boost. Area rugs also warm up cold floors and your feet on cool mornings.

Looking for more warmth than an area rug provides? Installing new carpeting isn’t that crazy of an idea. If it’s something you’ve been wanting to do, the fall season is a great time to do it before the winter hits. They are beautiful, quickly installed, quiet and warm under the feet.

Cozy Up the Patio & Backyard

It’s not time to shut down your patio quite yet, in fact, there’s an entire season to be had out in your yard. Swap out your cushions, add lights, candles and include festive décor in the surrounding landscape. You won’t regret having a cozy spot to take in the fall colors, sights, sounds and smells at the end of the day.

Beautiful flowers and potted plants create a calm and relaxing environment with little effort on your part. Unique shrubbery, pops of color, clay artwork and bright pillows are just a few examples for you to ponder.

Home Design Colors & Trends for 2017

As the saying goes, it’s time for “out with the old, and in with the new.” With a new year, it might be time to change the look of your home. The bright color you loved in the early 2000s now is a bit out of date. Or maybe the flooring design you’ve had for years is finally too out of date.

However, navigating through trends can be difficult, especially when figuring out what’s right for you. To help, we’ve rounded up our predictions of what home design colors and trends will be the most talked about in 2017.

Bold Jewel Tones

Lucky for you, painting your home to match current trends is easy to do and one of the less costly upgrades you can make to your home. One of the biggest changes you might see in color trends this year is a jump from warm pastels to bold and bright jewel colors. Think deep purple, green and blue. The Sherwin-Williams ColorMix prediction describes this year’s bold colors as “soulful and spiritual.”

Of course, some homeowners might be fearful of using darker colors in their home. Utilizing these jewel tones is all about maximizing your lighting. Try using in a living room or bedroom to create a cozy atmosphere without losing natural light. If you’re not ready to paint your entire room in a bold color, try using as an accent throughout your room.

Greige

If you’re not yet familiar with greige, make 2017 the year you get well acquainted. Gray has been the must-have neutral paint color the past few years, appearing in many living rooms across America. And, for good reason! It’s extremely versatile and gives your space a clean look. But, as all trends change, gray has now become a bit warmer, with beige. This creates “Greige!” Depending on the hue you choose, it could be a warmer gray or a cooler beige. It’s a great interior paint color for any room of the home.

One of the best parts about using greige is that it makes a great compliment to the jewel tones we discussed above. It gives a clean look and truly is a perfect backdrop for bold accent colors to pop.

Utilize Yellow

A color that many designers once strayed away from is now back! This time, used only as an accent color throughout a room. Yellow of any shade can be used with other hot colors of 2017 like greige or jewel tones.

Don’t be afraid to incorporate yellow in areas you may otherwise think twice about, like your window treatments or rugs. Yellow accessories make a statement in your room and is what the home design trends of 2017 are all about.

Terracotta

Not just for your potted plants anymore. Terracotta will become a design staple in 2017. We’re already seeing accessories pop up in unexpected places, such as soap dishes and decorative bowls. One of the more popular ways you’ll see terracotta used this year is in tile flooring. They work well as a kitchen flooring option, but don’t limit it to just there. It can easily warm up a bedroom or a living room. They are also an affordable alternative to other flooring materials.

Geometric Patterns

If you’d rather mix it up with patterns, rather than change a paint color, you’re in luck this year. Geometric patterns for your home are hot right now and will continue to be through the year. Think mid-century style, with squares and rectangles.

One thing to be aware of when choosing your patterns is the chevron design. Though geometrical, this pattern has become less trendy within the last year. Though, it will always be a great choice for your baby’s nursery.

Repurposed Décor

Make this year the time where you can truly let your creativity shine in your home. DIY repurposed décor is something that is not only trending, but can be completely unique to your style. Try upholstering a chair or using a trunk for living room storage.

Another décor item that will be trendy this year is reclaimed wood. Tables, chairs and even shelving in reclaimed wood will be a unique look for your room. It also blends well with any color scheme you choose.

Minimalist Style

Organization is in style this year. Minimalist décor will insist that there’s empty shelves, tables and rooms of unnecessary items and show off the design elements that matter. Minimalist design is all about having a clean, sleek look. Focus on items with straight lines and a unique shape. Color and light are also prominent here. Use the trendy jewel of the year as accent colors as you decorate your space.

7 Unique Ways To Decorate A Wall

Decorating your home is a fun and yet, continuous process. Between painting, hanging frames and utilizing accessories, it’s important to make sure that no area is forgotten when it comes to the look of your space.

Everyone has that one wall in their home that they just don’t know what to do with. Maybe it’s partially covered or placed in a strange part of the room. Some homeowners don’t see large, blank walls as a clean slate to work with but rather something intimidating. The good news is that there are plenty of ideas to match your style and create a unique look for your room. Here’s 10 unique ideas you can use to decorate a large wall and turn it into a lovely focal point.

1. Striped Accent Wall

For an easy fix to a large wall, consider creating a striped accent wall. This is a great DIY project that can transform the look of your room in just a weekend. You can choose colors that match your room’s décor and go either horizontally or vertically. To see how you can do this project yourself, read How To Paint Striped Walls.

2. Gallery Wall

Do you have a lot of artwork or photos you’re not sure what to do with? Turn them into the perfect decorative element by hanging them as a gallery wall. There are so many options when it comes to styling your gallery. You can choose photos and frames that match, for a sleek and modern look. Or, mix it up to create a chic look. Remember to always plan out your wall before beginning to hang any frames, so you don’t make any permanent errors on the actual wall.

3. Mirror, Mirror

If you have a blank wall, it’s likely windowless. If you long for a bit lighter in your room, turn your windowless wall into one full of mirrors. One option is to cover the entire wall with flat mirrors or section them off to give the appearance of a window. You could also use the gallery wall technique to hang a variety of different mirrors to change up the look. Any option you choose will not only add to the décor of the room, but also add additional light.

4. Shelving That Pops

There are so many unique shelving options today that they can be their own wall art. Triangle shelves are a unique way to decorate your wall, and for an extra touch, you can back them with fabric to add a pop of color. Floating shelves gives you the look without all the additional bulky hardware and can be arranged in whatever way meets your needs. Move them one after another to create a ladder effect, or square them off to create unique cubby shelves.

5. Chalkboard Wall

For families big or small, nothing beats the fun you can have with a chalkboard wall. A few coats of chalkboard paint will help to make this wall stand out as a place for play. Play a game of tic-tac-toe on the wall or simply write out the day’s to do list. If you’re feeling like you’d like a more artistic solution, stencil your favorite quote or design with the chalk to create a feature you can change as you please. A chalkboard wall is certainly a great talking point for any room.

6. Wall Mural

A wall mural is a great way to display your passion for art, right in your own home. There are two options when it comes to wall murals. One option is getting a custom wall mural decal made to fit. There are many options when it comes to getting a mural printed, both in famous art, patterns and photography. Over time, these may peal or fall from the wall.

Another option is to have a small art project painted in your home. You can choose to DIY your mural, but if there is a design you really love, it’s best to contact a painting pro.The average cost of a small paint job is $585, but these costs depend heavily on the size of the project.

7. Wallpaper Patterns

Wallpaper is making a comeback and in a great way. A trendy option for wall décor right now is creating an accent wall with wallpaper. There are many wallpaper optionsavailable to match your current décor. It’s perfect for trying out bold colors, textures and patterns that you may not be able to replicate with paint.

Vintage Décor Ideas For Every Room

Everyone’s style is unique and we all tend to gravitate towards one we like more than others. While there is many to choose from, vintage home décor can create a warm and charming look for your home.

The good news about vintage décor is it can be an inexpensive style, with many items coming from vintage or secondhand shops. It can also be incorporated into almost every room and with other styles. If you’re looking for some vintage décor inspiration, here are a few ideas.

Decorating With Vintage Items

Because the vintage look can blend with many other styles, it’s important to understand what makes this style unique. This generally can be repurposed or older items that work together to give a rustic, antique look. Items of eras past, such as mid-century or retro, can be considered vintage décor. Vintage items all have their unique style you can blend together. Regardless of your specific style, many of vintage items are affordable and are fun to search for. You can freshen up old items with a little DIY to make them new again.

If you plan on blending multiple vintage styles together in your home, it’s a good idea to speak with a pro who can help. Interior designers have a keen eye for what may go together and what will not. This is important as vintage décor doesn’t typically come as a set. The average cost to hire an interior designer is $4,776, with most homeowners spending between $2,044 and $4,978.

Vintage Kitchen Décor

Many vintage décor items for the kitchen have color in them. A classic kitchen look of black and white will be the perfect backdrop for all cooking accessories. Choose colorful Pyrex dishes that are not only functional but will add to the look of the kitchen. Display them on open shelving so they are part of the room’s décor.

Think about the focal point of your kitchen, the dinner table. If your due for an update,why not repaint it and create something new? This is an easy DIY project that can easily be customized to your style. Milk paint will give your table and chairs that vintage look, without having to shop for an all new set.

For the walls, see if you can find older posters or tin signs. These are reminiscent of classic diners and farmhouse kitchens, creating a charming look for a vintage room.

Vintage Bathroom Décor

A bathroom remodel is the perfect time to change your tile to fit the vintage style. Subway tile will be just what your bathroom needs to set the stage for vintage accessories. A repurposed dresser vanity is a beautiful addition to any vintage bathroom. This however, may take some time and a little DIY expertise! See this great tutorial from Domestic Imperfection for more instructions.

Once you have the perfect vanity set up, it’s time to accessories. Mason jar soap pumps are another easy DIY vintage décor project. You can generally get a kit from any craft supply store and transform an old mason jar into something new. Utilize old crates to store towels, toilet paper and other hygiene necessities. Glass jars are a beautiful way to store and display cotton balls and Q-tips, so they are there when you need them.

Vintage Bedroom Décor

The bedroom is a place for you to experiment with your vintage style. Incorporate vintage accessories on the headstand and shop for a dresser you can fix up and reuse.

One of the most important points of a vintage bedroom is the headboard.  This can act as a focal point of the room and bring all the elements together. A few popular ideas are

  • Metal headboard with spindles
  • Window shutter headboard
  • Barn wood headboard
  • Upholstered headboard

Many of these items can be found at local secondhand shops and repurposed for your bed. Though some, like the window shutter headboard, might take a little more work to put together. However, nothing a little DIY project couldn’t solve! Check out this tutorial from Scavenger Chic.

Vintage Living Room Décor

Your living room is where many decorative styles can come together. The key to creating the perfect vintage living room is by what accessories you use. As the coffee table is host to many of these accessories, you’ll need to make sure it fits into the décor of the room. Stick to wooden coffee tables, with either rustic or mid-century modern features depending on what vintage style you like best. As you decorate your coffee table, utilize a coffee table tray to keep your items together for both style and function.

Mirrors are another key element of vintage design. A large mirror can open up the space and the frame can add to the décor of the room. Sunburst mirrors are also a great addition to vintage room decor. Once popular in the 1930s, new designs are coming back to reflect the era’s style. They are certainly a talking point of any room!

Vintage Laundry Room Décor

Many of us spend a lot of time in our laundry rooms, so why not make it into a room that we love? Utilize vintage style to adorn the walls in old prints. Old wash pans and cans can be beautiful shelf décor and help hide laundry room necessities.

Tips to Remove Plaster Walls

 As you may already know, an older home tends to need a bit more TLC than others. They’re great for those who love to DIY and want to truly make their house unique to them. Some homeowners choose to take on remodels themselves. If this sounds familar, you’ll likely need to take down a wall or two to truly transform a room.

Plaster walls were commonly used in homes built before 1950, before drywall was introduced. These walls were made to last, so it’s no surprise that if you’re looking to remove a plaster wall, it can be a tedious and messy process. To help, here are a few tips.

1. Prep The Area

Before you begin removing plaster walls, you’ll need to do some prep work so your project can be completed successfully. Removing plaster walls can create a lot of dust and a lot of mess, so you’ll want to tarp off any doorways and flooring you want protected. Seal off any air ducts and vents to protect the rest of the home from the dust. Remove any furniture from the room, as you’ll need plenty of space to work as well. You’ll also need to remove any outlet plates and fixtures on the wall. Put these parts aside.

It’s also helpful to have a garbage can available in the room, so you can quickly dispose of any plaster you want removed.

2. Safety First

As mentioned, removing plaster walls is a messy job. A dusk mask will come in handy for this project to protect you from breathing in anything harmful. Don’t forget protective eyewear and gloves as well. We also recommend this as a DIY project for those who have experience with a few home improvement projects. If you are new to DIY, you may want to contact a pro who can help remove plaster walls.

It’s important to make sure the room is safe to work in. Turn off any electricity and water that’s going to the room. Locate any wiring or plumbing lines to prevent them from getting damaged in the process. You’ll also need to be sure that the wall you’re removing does not hurt the structural integrity of the home.

2. Rent A Dumpster

When removing plaster walls, you’ll need a place to properly dispose of the material. This may be difficult to throw out in your local garbage pick-up. A dumpster can make easy work of disposal as you work through this project. The average cost to rent a dumpster is $395, with most homeowners spending between $316 and $395. These costs can vary depending on how long you’ll be renting and the size of the dumpster.

3. Save The Molding

If you intend on replacing your plaster wall with drywall, it’s a good idea to save the wood moldings. This is a process that must be done very carefully so you do not damage or crack them. If you’re working with a pro, they will know the best ways to save your molding for future use.

4. Slow & Steady

When you’re ready to remove your plaster, it’s important not to start striking the wall aimlessly. Strategically begin tapping a top corner of the wall with a hammer until a hole has formed where you can see the lath. Once you have this hole, use a prybar to carefully pull off the plaster, working downward. Do not expect this to be a quick process. The more careful attention you pay to what you’re working on, the easier the work will be.

5. Remove The Lath Strips

After the plaster is removed, you’ll need to remove the lath strips. A prybar works well here. Be aware that these won’t break off into large chunks, so it can be tedious work. Lath strips will also have nails in them that can pose a safety hazard. Plaster and lath is a technique often found in old homes, so some of the nails you find may be rusty. Wear gloves and proper safety gear when removing nails from your wall.

6. Clean The Room Thoroughly When You’re Done

Removing plaster walls is a big job with a big mess. The dust created from this project will be very fine, giving it more opportunity to get into the air. When throwing the wall debris away, be sure to gently place it in a trash bin, as to not allow more dust to get over the room. You’ll likely need to dust, sweep and mop the room multiple times after the project is completed.

7. Contact A Pro

Removing plaster walls is a big job that if not done correctly, can have serious consequences to your remodeling project. If you’re not confident you have the tools or instructions necessary to complete this project safely and successfully, contact a pro who can help.

7 Glorious Holiday Scents For Your Home

It’s that time of year again when the leaves fall, temperatures drop and the birds head south for the winter. The change in seasons triggers more than excitement for the holidays, because it also awakens our senses to the wonders, smells and celebrations around us.

How can the sight of baked goods, taste of hot chocolate and smell of holiday scents not put you in a good mood? Your home is one place that you’ll want cozy during the cold winter months. Learn about seven glorious holiday scents for your home that are natural, festive and sure to tickle your nose.

1. DIY Scented Wreaths

A scented wreath is perfect for your home because it’s versatile. Display it inside or outside of your home and enjoy the dual benefits of both stylish holiday décor and soothing scents. It’s okay if you’re not that crafty of a person, because there are many different approaches to designing your new wreath.

Choose from fresh sage, rosemary, lavender or evergreen as your base. Add a cute bow or ribbon and you’ll have a beautiful holiday decoration to display. Cinnamon leaf oil and citrus are two additional scents to consider incorporating into your wreath.

2. French Vanilla Naturally Scented Candle

Making your own candles is a DIY project perfect for when you’re stuck indoors and feeling the itch to release your creative juices. It’s a deceptively easy craft because all you do is mix and pour. Extra candles are especially nice to embrace around the home if you don’t own a fireplace.

As the night falls, these beautiful candles, made with coffee and vanilla beans, will release a beautiful aroma that’ll make your house feel warm and cozy. Medical experiments have shown that vanilla fragrance reduces stress and anxiety. It’s also been said that vanilla fragrance makes you calmer. If you’re interested in making these candles, follow the instructions outlined on Hello Glow.

3. Stovetop Lemon & Rosemary

According to experts, a lemon scent promotes concentration and has calming properties, which is helpful when you’re feeling angry or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improving circulation.

The combination of sliced lemons and rosemary in a stovetop potpourri is the perfect concoction for a delightful fresh and clean scent. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. If you’re feeling adventurous, add vanilla extract and cloves to give it that holiday kick!

4. Stovetop Orange & Cranberry

The smell of orange and cranberry simmering on your stove will put you in the holiday spirit. In addition to using in your potpourri, orange peels can deodorize garbage cans and refrigerators. For the perfectly spicy-sweet holiday scent, toss together the following ingredients on your stovetop:

  • Sliced oranges
  • A handful of cranberries
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • A little drizzle of vanilla extract

Simmering stovetop potpourris are great because they spread sweet smells to all of your rooms and make your home feel warm and cozy. Feel free to add vanilla, cloves, cinnamon sticks and/or rosemary to the mix if you want to experiment with different aroma combinations.

5. Craft A Cinnamon Stick Candle Holder

Candles are useful for adding light and making your home smell like the holidays, but there’s so much more you can do with them. Crafting a cinnamon stick candle holder is one of the many awesome ways to transform a dull or boring candle. Cinnamon stick candle holders also make nifty table decorations for your holiday meals and parties.

To get started, simply cut cinnamon sticks to size with floral shears. Next, run hot glue along a single cinnamon stick and affix it vertically to side of candle. (Use low-temperature setting to minimize melting.) Construct several in different heights and wrap each in twine for a charming and delightful smelling display.

6. Diffuse Seasonal Essential Oils

Diffuse essential oils in your home to create a seasonal and pleasing aroma. Fill your home with a sweet and spicy blend using nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, ginger or peppermint. Select essential oils that tap into the happiness, joy and coziness associated with the holiday season. All you need to do is gather your favorite scents, simply open a bottle and start diffusing!

Furthermore, use essential oils to sneak favorite seasonal fragrances into your Christmas décor, diffuse or sprinkle on logs in the fireplace and spritz cones and Christmas tress with a cinnamon-scented oil. The best part is that you can use essential oils all year-round to make your house smell good; simply swap out oils with seasonal scents and diffuse.

7. Dried Fruit & Spices Potpourri

While floral potpourri is fragrant, potpourri made from dried fruit delivers a zest that fills your home with a crisp, fresh scent. Slice and dehydrate your favorite fruits and spices such as dried oranges, cinnamon and cloves to create pleasing smells in your home during the holidays. Dried potpourri that sits around in a bowl will not only make your house smell wonderful, but DIY potpourri is also a great hobby to take up.

7 DIY Projects To Refresh Your Bedroom

After a long day, there’s nothing quite like resting in the comfort of your own bedroom. But over time, it may require a few updates to create a place where you can retreat away from it all. The smallest updates may make a difference in your bedroom makeover.

There are many DIY tips and tricks available to spruce up your bedroom. Some projects require expert skill and others may take longer than expected. If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to change the look of your bedroom, we’ve gathered the top 10 DIY projects to update the look of your bedroom.

1. Paint Your Room

If you’re looking to dramatically change the look of your room, without knocking down any walls, then paint is your answer. A simple coat of fresh paint can give you an entirely new room, without making any structural changes. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,655 if you choose not to DIY this project.

When it comes to choosing a new color for your room, consider your current style. Will your new color match your linens and furniture color? What atmosphere are you trying to create with your new look? These are all important questions to consider as we know that the psychology of color has a lot to do with your mood.

2. Dress Up Your Dresser

The furniture condition in your room adds a lot to the overall look and feel. But, you don’t have to go buy a new one. Simply update the one you currently have with a coat of paint. When it comes to painting furniture, the most important part is not what color you choose but rather how you prepare for the project.

You’ll want to clean and sand your dresser before you begin to paint, otherwise the paint will peel off the furniture. It’s not necessary to sand the furniture down completely just to remove the finish and rough up the surface bit. If you can, get a paint with primer included, otherwise, be sure to use primer on your project before you add color. For more inspiration on dressing up your dresser, see these ideas from BuzzFeed.

3. Create A New Headboard

You may rarely consider it, but your headboard can be a unique decorative element in your bedroom. Many people opt for a standard wood headboard, but you can easily make a one-of-a-kind piece for your bedroom by turning this into a DIY project. While there are many ideas out there, one of my favorites is the recycled window shutter idea. It’s a great project for a beginner and you can complete it in an afternoon! See a tutorial from Samantha Elizabeth.

4. Change Your Lighting

The bedroom should be a space you can relax and retreat from the world. If your lighting is too bright or plain, it may impact the mood. Soft lighting is best for bedrooms and installing a new, unique light fixture can change the overall look and feel of the room.  This project may require a bit more DIY skill compared to others, but will look great once completed.

If you don’t have enough DIY experience yet and love the whimsical look, try adorning your room with a few string lights. Globe lights are a great addition that you can dress up with fake flowers or ribbon. String them across your headboard or window frame for subtle room lighting perfect for relaxing.

5. Style Your Shelving

While your shelves are useful for storage, have you thought about the decorative qualities they have? They are a great way to display beloved items and knick knacks. The key is knowing how to do it in a way that will look fabulous. Here’s a few tips:

  • Start by stacking books if space allows
  • Use trays or stands to highlight special items
  • Include a taller vase or two, allowing the eye to move
  • Include smaller items on different levels
  • Pick a color scheme and stick with it

Another way to add style with your shelf is by using the actual shelf itself. Try building shelves in different geometric shapes, such as squares or triangles. Or stagger them on different levels to add variation. This is an easy way to add wall décor to your bedroom.

6. DIY Throw Pillows

It’s amazing how a few small pillows can add a look of luxury to your bed. If your current throw pillows can use an update, there are plenty of DIY options you have. If you know how to sew, you’ll have an advantage here, however there are many of no-sew options available. Of course, my favorite DIY options are the ones that can be completed in a short amount of time, so this tutorial for a 10-minute DIY Pillow Covers is perfect, even for those with little sewing experience. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can update your bedroom!

7. Update Your Rug

We’ve been talking a lot about the décor surrounding the bedroom, but let’s not forget about the floor! Regardless of the flooring you currently have, a small rug can be a great update to add an extra bit of color to any room. However, rugs can be expensive, especially if you need to cover a large area. That’s why I love this DIY tuotorial from DreamBook Design on how you can turn any tablecloth into a rug.

7 Painting Tips To Make Your Small Bathroom Seem Larger

Small bathrooms are a burden to us all. We could always use more space, but physical limitations prevent many from expanding their current bathroom.

A terrific, easy and cheap way to make your bathroom seem larger is with paint. There are plenty of ways to make your small bathroom feel larger, but few tactics give your bath more of a punch than paint.

If you think your bathroom is small, but want that real master feel, be sure to check out our 10 painting tips to make your small bathroom seem larger.

1. Use Light Colors

The best way to make your bathroom or any room seem larger is to use bright paint colors. Some will say that more white makes for a larger appearance, but that debate will go on for years to come.

This entire article is about optical illusion. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective, making any space feel open and airy. Additionally, light colors help augment the effect of natural light (which we all love). As such, paint your bathroom cream, icy blue or other soft variations of green and blue. For other small bathroom paint colors, consider:

  1. White
  2. Pearl Gray
  3. Pink
  4. Yellow
  5. Aqua

Want to give it a try? See what it costs to paint an interior room.

2. Keep All Same Tone

As I will get into later, just because light colors make a small bathroom seem larger, the entire bathroom does not have to be the same color. However, if you really want your small bathroom to feel like the master that you deserve, keep all colors within the same tone.

Light color walls are great, but if you installed dark tile on the floor or in the shower, the light colors will not stand out. These types of large contrast will clog up the space and showcase how small your bathroom really is. We don’t want that.

Looking for DIY bathroom hacks besides paint? See 10 Affordable Ideas That Will Turn Your Small Bathroom Into A Spa.

3. Blend Tile Color & Wall Color

This tip jumps off the previous hack, but many don’t want the same tone all over the bathroom. Fear not, for as long as you blend the shower tile and wall color, you are golden.

Blending your wall color and shower tile makes the entire room feel like one continuous space. As you can see from the picture below, they chose to go with a darker wall color and white tile for the shower. As a result, the bathroom feels like two separate rooms.

By blending the color of the shower tile with the wall, it will show as one larger room. Luckily, if have you ceramic tile, you don’t have to replace it. You could paint your ceramic tile to have it all blend in.

4. Paint Ceiling & Wall Same Colors

As you have probably noticed, a trend of similar, bright colors is emerging. Well, the same holds true for the ceiling and walls.

One problem with small bathrooms is short ceilings. As you might expect, using dark colors for your ceilings will make it seem low. Avoid white (unless your walls are also white), which will stop one’s eyes right at the ceiling line. Using the same color for the wall and ceiling will help the eye travel effortlessly throughout the space, giving once again, the appearance of a larger bathroom.

5. Paint Vertical Stripes to Make It Seem Taller

Some bathrooms are taller and some are wider. Oftentimes, we can’t have both and are left with a wide bathroom feeling cramped or a tall bathroom feeling cluttered.

If you have short ceilings and want to make your small bathroom seem taller, paint vertical stripes on the walls. As we just went over, paint colors help guide the eye throughout the room. With vertical stripes, the human eye is guided up and around the room. This, in turn makes it feel larger than it really is.

When painting vertical stripes, stick to the same color palette as the rest of the bathroom. Simply make one shade slightly lighter than the other. Be careful, as too much contrast won’t go over well.

DIY stripes, whether vertical or horizontal, are easy. See How To Paint Striped Walls.

6. Paint Horizontal Stripes to Make It Seem Wider

There are other bathrooms with really tall ceilings, but not a lot of space around. Never fear, as the same eye principle applies.

By painting horizontal stripes, very common I might add, you are guiding the eye around the bathroom, giving it a larger appearance.

7. Use Light Colors on Doors, Windows & Molding

Light colors do not only apply to the walls and ceilings. There are many fixtures and elements of a bathroom you can paint or augment. Do not forget about the doors, windows and moldings.

Paint your wall trim, window covers and moldings in a lighter color than your walls. When you paint your moldings light, the wall appears farther back, making your small bathroom appear bigger.

Incorporating Mid-Century Modern Décor

When it comes to interior design and décor trends, history tends to repeat itself, by coming back bigger and better. A current design trend points to sleek straight lines and bold shapes. This can be found in the decorative style of mid-century modern.

Starting in the early 1930s and lasting until the mid-1960s, this style has been become hot in recent years with TV shows and magazines featuring these decorative elements. With more retailers getting on board, you too can incorporate mid-century modern décor into your home design.

What Is Mid-Century Modern?

For some, these items might make you reminisce. While most popular between 1933 and 1965, its used to describe architecture and design during the middle of the 20th century. This style hit its peak around the 1950s. It can best be defined by its industrial looking clean and sleek lines with geometric shapes. Black, white and natural colors are used to make bright primary colors pop. This is a design can fit into various rooms of the home.

The revival of this vintage style is hitting its peak in modern day. While many original pieces can still be found today, reproductions have hit décor stores. Of course, these come with a price tag to represent their popularity.

Interior Designer Costs

If there’s a specific design you want in your home, you may need a little help. And for a retro style, you may have trouble fitting older and newer pieces together cohesively. An interior designer will know how to make the mid-century modern room of your dreams happen. The average cost to hire an interior designer is $4,776, with most homeowners spending between $2,044 to $4,978. This price can change depending on the size of the space you’ll be decorating.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture

One of the most important elements of creating a mid-century modern home is the furniture. Its signature trait is sleek lines and geometric shapes. However, the furniture itself may have different purposes. A buffet might fold out to become a longer table. It also utilizes non-traditional materials like plastic, plywood and plexiglass.

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Creating a mid-century modern kitchen is all about utilizing natural materials and bright colors. Stainless steel appliances is a great choice for any appliance without making your kitchen look too retro.

Cabinet shape is one of the details of a mid-century modern kitchen that stands out. Generally L-shaped, they are long and can are tall, often with storage reaching to the ceiling. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, now is the perfect time to introduce new cabinets that will really enhance the look.

Mid-Century Modern Living Room

In your mid-century modern living room, the furniture you choose will take center stage. Items with straight tapered legs and geometric shapes will fit well. Dark, wooden frames are often used here accompanied by fabrics in bright shades or orange, teal or mustard. Another note about mid-century modern design is that it’s simple and clutter free. This means keeping a clear and organized coffee and side tables.

A mid-century modern living room isn’t complete without metallic accents. One of the most popular finds for the living room is the starburst mirror. In many shapes and sizes, the mirror is placed in the center with gold lines emerging in various shapes and lengths. You can find them at your local home décor store ranging between $50 to $170, depending on size. However, if you’re redecorating on a budget, a cost-effective way to get the look is with a little time to DIY. You can custom make your starburst mirror with these instructions from Small Home Love.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

For a lovely bedroom retreat, mid-century modern is a simple and dreamy style to incorporate. Unlike traditional sleigh bed frames, mid-century style is incredibly minimal. Typically, the bed frame is a darker wood platform frame with skinny and pointed legs. White comforters are encouraged with decorative pillows for pops of color. Rugs in geometric patterns will help to warm the floor.

End tables and dressers will follow this similar design, as a square or rectangle and skinny legs. These were built for practicality. Overall, the theme of a mid-century modern bedroom is simple and clutter-free. Not only will this look great, but it will help you sleep better at night!

Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Finally, to bring the look together in any room, be sure to choose appropriate lighting. As we know from this year’s trends, statement lighting is hot right now. The good news is that most mid-century modern lighting features are made to be the talking point of a room. For ceiling lights, choose a fixture with multiple bulbs like “spudnik” lighting. Or, stick with geometric shapes like globe bulbs.

A room can be made cozier with floor lamps. A signature of this style is the tripod lamp, featuring three legs attached to the shade. In addition, the arch floor lamp is a beautiful way to brighten up a room. When looking for lamps, try to find brass or silver finishes, when applicable.

Top 20 Tips To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is something everyone should work on but is of particular importance to those wishing to sell their home. As soon as a new listing comes up, perspective buyers are going to drive by to decide which if they’re interested in seeing more. These handy tips can make your house outshine all the others on the real estate market.
1. Be certain your house can be clearly seen from every direction of the yard. If there are bushes or trees blocking windows trim them back.

2. Have your curtains/blinds all uniform in color from the outside.

3. Wash your windows.

4. Power wash the exterior of your home and all decks and sidewalks.

5. Schedule your driveway to be sealed as soon as weather permits. If you have a stone driveway, put down a new fresh layer of stone.

6. Paint your front door.

7. Add new mulch and edge your yard.

8. Repair all cracked and chipping paint on the exterior of your house. A buyer may look past this defect, but a mortgage appraiser may insist that the deteriorating paint be repaired or they will not give your buyer a mortgage.

9. Clean the gutters.

10 .Rake your yard to remove all dead leaves and debris

11. Cut back all the dead brown remains from last season’s perennials.

12. If you have a front porch highlight it with a pair of chairs to sit on.

13. Display an American flag. All other decorative flags should be avoided.

14. Remove lawn ornaments.

15. Replace your mailbox if it is not in mint condition.

16. Make sure your house number is large and clearly visible.

17. Park in your garage and shut the door. Your home will appear bigger.

18. Buy a simple new front door mat.

19. As long as it is safe, add new light bulbs with a brighter wattage to your porch lights.

20. Keep in mind that your yard is the first thing a potential buyer will see. The care and maintenance you invest here will give a favorable impression for the level of maintenance in the rest of your home. A good rule of thumb: keep your yard as clean as if it was another room in your house.