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Interior Design Ideas For Your New Home

A friend of mine has always dreamed of designing his own home and now that he has acquired a nice piece of land, he is having lots of ideas in his head concerning the designs of his new home and also how the interior designs would be like. Every night after dinner, he will be on the drawing board putting the ideas down on paper. It is easy to just sketch out what you want your house to look like but we will need the architects and the civil engineers to make your house practical and safe for you to stay in.

While designing the layout plan of the house, this friend has more or less visualized how the interior would look like. But the final decision will be reached after consulting his wife. He will leave the children to choose the design for their own rooms.

Now that the house is in the midst of construction and everything is going smoothly and on schedule, it is time for them to look into the interior designs for their house. Looking through magazines, visiting showrooms, and furniture stores are some of their weekend activities as a family.

The man was quite impressed with the some of the ideas he found on one of the Los Angeles interior designer’s website. Since the living room is a common room for the whole family, the design must be well received. He will have the say over his study room, the kids will pick the design for their own bedroom, and the kitchen will be the wife’s choice. The remaining rooms of the house will be the joint decision of husband and wife.

Every idea will be presented to the family. The guideline is to keep it simple and practical for a comfortable home. Views and suggestions were given and taken seriously. Once the work is done, you will be stuck with the design. And also the budget has to be considered.

Consulting one of the Beverly Hills interior design firm for professional tips and quotation will be the next step. These professionals will help you with the right colours for the wall of the different rooms and placing of lightings in each rooms, etc. Some are just hopeless with interior designing, even for their own room. If that is the case, then let the interior designers come up with their ideas depending on your style and requirements.

Unique Party Ideas

Start with the invitations. With the convenience of technology, create one invitation and simply take a picture of it and post it as a private message to all the people you are inviting via Instagram, Facebook via a creation of an event, and then wait for the responses. There are many different kinds of creative designs you can choose from to send.

You can use and old charcoal barbeque and fill it with ice and refreshments like old fashioned root beer and mason jars full of lemonade.

The table itself, (or several tables put together) can be buffet style and covered with long potato sack material table cloths that you can buy at a home goods store or make yourself. Then, place long baskets lined with country-themed handkerchiefs with bread and fresh fruits scattered among wooden boards displaying cut meats and cheeses. As the barbequing gets done, larger boards can be set out and the meat can be served either by pre-cutting it or placing it at the head of the table and having someone serve each guest as they come down the line.

Then, have a dessert table filled with homemade goodies in mason jars decorated with different gingham colored bows. Find simple recipes for bread pudding, banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, apple cake and other bbq and picnic favorites and layer these inside each jar. Then, arrange them in wicker and picnic baskets lined with checkered table cloths and linens. Display everything on old charcoal grill inserts and then set each separate dessert display on a table covered with a checkered table cloth or some other bbq theme to match the lining in the baskets.

You can top the day off by thanking your friends for coming with little party favors of mini potato sack bags embossed with a design of your choice and set in a wire egg basket. The favors could be something personal to each guest or a generic gift for everyone that has to do with barbequing specifically for the season like sunblock lotion and other accessories for the summer months.

Rustic Outdoor Wedding Theme

For someone who wants elegance yet a down-to-earth feeling for their wedding, the rustic theme will get you the best of both worlds. Set outside in a wooded or country setting, or even in a large backyard, the guests are greeted at the entrance to the tent by an old fashioned wooden sign on a stand that gives their name, date of the wedding, and directs them to the hors d’oeuvres table. Or simply put the sign on the table itself and position the table as the guests come to the tent entrance.

The hors d’oeuvres table can be made up of different types of homemade cookies wrapped in individual packages tied with gingham bows, placed in lined baskets and set on upside-down wooden crates that are stacked like steps and accented with large paper flowers displayed on strings and billowing from the ceiling.

The tables for any rustic theme have to be of some weathered wood and could be round or long in design. For long tables, burlap table runners can run along the middle. Unadorned glass vases are then placed down the runner and filled with a flower of your choice that should be delicate, simple, and reflect the bride’s wedding bouquet. By each table setting there will be a small glass votive container holding a white votive candle. The place setting can vary but should be very simple and rustic to reflect the theme.

At the head table, “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Signs can be made out of repurposed wood pieces and thick twine and tied to the back of the bride and groom’s chairs respectively.

A buffet style serving table, which is more keeping in line with a down-to-earth homey feeling of a rustic theme, can be set up as the caterer of our choice normally would set it, but with the added down-home touch of a sandwich board display announcing to the guests the food fare for the evening.

Depending on your location, if you have some kind of cement walls or can make makeshift stands around the tent, place all-white flower arrangements with just a hint of color like lilacs, pansies, or violets in makeshift vintage wooden tool boxes.

Thank your friends for coming and place baskets of customized beer koozies in lined wicker baskets for them to take as they exit the tent at the end of the evening. Each one embossed with the bride and groom’s name, wedding date, and any other personal message you would like to leave your friends and family with to remember the special occasion.

Travel Party

With so many millennials and even retirees embarking on new adventures to distant lands for long periods of time, a travel-themed party seems to be coming more common all the time.

First, the guests can be greeted at a table decorated with vintage world globes on either end and a string of postcards clipped onto several long pieces of thin twine between two poles as a backdrop. A sign, 9actually a simple wooden frame), with the words, “Where in the World Am I Sitting?” placed in the frame alerts the guests to look at the name cards that are designed like passport books placed in the middle of the table that tell them which table they are to sit at.

With the popularity of photo booths nowadays at weddings and other special events, it goes without saying that you would ask each guest to take their “passport” photo before they find their seat. So, have a designated person on hand as everyone arrives to maneuver them to the photo booth that should be just steps away. Then, when they finish, they can take the photo and place it in a scrapbook for the traveling guest of honor as a keepsake.

Each table, labeled as a different country, can have a different centerpiece that reflects the travel theme such as small vanity suitcases filled with flowers, or for a couple, his and her items.

The travel theme can continue with the dessert buffet with more globes centered around jars of candy or trays of cakes and other desserts. When it’s time to go, guests can leave with homemade favor boxes made out of old maps and filled with goodies of your choice.

Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstore, home of the internet’s best flatware.

Vintage accents in minimalist homes

If there’s one thing that many Melburnian property owners understand, it’s the importance of a home versus a house. The latter is a place you merely reside, while the former evokes a sense of belonging, warmth and of identity that reflects its occupants. The following considers new house builds and how to make them your own. As minimalism’s clean lines and open plan living continues to dominate many of the family homes currently being constructed, it can be more challenging to put your own personal stamp on a brand new dwelling. Today’s design focus is on the vintage aesthetic and how to use its features to add character and warmth to a living space.

Wall paper is vintage in a big way. A great way to lift a room can to be to add either colour, pattern or texture, or all of the above, to your space. Options include full wall coverings, either the top or bottom half of the wall, the ceiling or a single feature wall. Full wall coverings can be subtle and muted in a variety of pastels or lighter shades, while feature walls you can afford to be more bold and make a statement. For the truly adventurous different designs on the upper and lower half could be even be incorporated. If you’re not quite ready to commit, consider removable wall stickers. These days they are not only available as decals for kid’s bedrooms, but can be a used as a lattice, edging, tessellation or any repetitive design you desire.

If you want to keep the walls neutral, consider some artwork to lift a space. Even small, functional rooms such as toilets or laundries can be invigorated with some 2D decoration. Ornaments or feature pieces can also add a touch of sparkle to a room. Think vintage perfume bottles, hat racks, retro indoor plants, rugs, mirrors or a restored sideboard. In the kitchen you might invest in some new retro style appliances (mmm Smeg) or invest (or restore) an oven with multiple chambers for the ultimate old school kitchen look. If you are in Melbourne, get home design ideas by attending to some open houses in the arty neighbourhoods to get some décor inspiration. Try Brunswick, Fitzroy and their surrounds. Online, Pinterest will keep you busy for hours!

A note of caution, wherever possible aim to source authentic items to decorate your home. You don’t necessarily have to spend thousands at antique dealers to make an impact, but be wary of mass produced and inferior quality goods that typically do not have longevity. You might also consider new items that are locally made, ideally with sustainably sourced and high quality materials. Although price can be a good indicator of provenance, you can still source fantastic items from second hand shops and markets, car boot sales or even from the sales of deceased estates. If you’re handy yourself, consider restoring some items back to their former glory or converting them into a new piece for your home.

Room to move: when size matters

Planning the type of home that you want to build or purchase can be a balancing act. Finding the funds to allow you to purchase enough living space can be tricky whether you have a growing family, run a business from home or simply want more space to yourself. Read below for some of the features that you should look out for when house buying whether it’s an established home or one that you are designing yourself.

Laundries

Even in tighter living environments, such as apartments, you’ll typically need your own washing machine, rather than the communal set ups common across America. The European laundry which is really a cupboard, is commonly provided. If this is the case, try to select a configuration that also provides a laundry sink. This can be used for soaking, disposal of water unsuitable for the kitchen sink, and can even provide storage when not in use. Some places pop the washing machine in the kitchen, which is commonplace in the UK. If you have a dedicated laundry room, consider adding in additional storage and a small bench along with the usual sinks, washers and dryers. This will convert the space into a mudroom where heavier coats and jackets can reside as well as shoes, especially the muddy ones! Racks and rails for cleaning product storage can free up space on shelves which can be used for linen, sports equipment or quick hideaway spot for miscellaneous items when guests come to visit.

Open plan living

Although the shift away from the kitchen as a smaller separate room is common across most newer builds, the open plan model is also being tweaked now to maximise liveability. Issues such as noise bleed and a high traffic demand in a concentrated area can make a wonderfully larger space a little less suitable for a contemporary lifestyle. Therefore, we are seeing a design shift towards the creation of zones or ‘quiet’ spaces that provide partial or full privacy such as a studies, small lounges or recreational rooms for children just off the main living area.

Bedrooms

A smaller block or square meterage will often result in a reduction of bedroom size to shrink a floor plan. Provided there is ample storage within them and throughout the rest of the residence, this isn’t as much of a problem as many people think. Having natural light, and a location that experiences the least amount of outdoor noise will make for a more comfortable space overall. Furthermore, if the home provides break out areas for studying or even a larger retreat at the top of a stairwell, items such as desks and related furniture and books may not need to be housed in a more petite bedroom.

So whether you’re looking at a house and land package in Geelong, a penthouse in Sydney or a freestanding house in Queensland, take some time to review some floorplans before you visit a residence in person so you can get a feel for room dimensions.

A Familiar Problem: Don’t Make These Classic DIY Errors

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Having a DIY disaster might be something you can laugh about later when you look back at what happened, but it doesn’t seem that funny at the time when water is pouring everywhere or you have inflicted damage on something you intended to repair.

Here is a look at some of the regular rookie DIY errors that you might just be able to avoid once you know what to look out for and accept that your skills have limitations.

Water everywhere

Some of the worst DIY disasters involve water escaping into your property as a result of a plumbing job gone wrong or when you unintentionally damage a water pipe.

If you want to avoid this nightmare scenario always take a step back before you start drilling or banging nails into a wall or floor and consider whether there might be a water pipe lurking behind the surface.

Once you drill into that pipe it is going to be carnage, so invest in a wire and pipe detector so that you can get a clear idea of whether you can drill and make holes safely without damaging any pipework or electrical cables.

You can get tools like that here and for a modest investment in something like a detector you can save a whole lot of aggravation and money.

Fixture fails

Even the simplest of jobs can go wrong if you don’t use the right tools and fixings.

A good example would be when you decide to put up some shelves or hang something on the wall like a mirror. The act of fitting the item to the wall shouldn’t be too challenging in itself but a classic error is not using the right length or style of fitting.

Always consider your options carefully and work out the correct length of screw and fitting that you need to insert in the wall in order to hold your item in place and cope with the weight.

A cabinet or mirror falling off your wall can be frustrating as well as damaging and dangerous, so follow the manufacturer’s guidelines or check with someone who knows if you are not sure what fixtures you need to use to do the job properly and successfully.

A false economy

There are countless DIY jobs you can manage by yourself but it is always advisable to know your limits and accept when it might be time to call upon the services of a professional.

If you bite off more than you chew and end up making a mess of your DIY job it could end up costing you more than if you called for help in the first place. Think carefully and honestly about what your limitations are or you could be putting yourself and your home at risk if something goes wrong or isn’t done right.

Major plumbing and electrical work are definite examples of jobs that you might not be qualified to tackle yourself, but with minor repairs and decorating projects, you should be able to get the job done if you have the right tools and avoid some of the classic and avoidable DIY errors.

DIY: How To Determine Whether To Repair, Restore Or Replace Your Gutter

If you have gutters, sooner or later you will be faced with the tough decision of repairing, restoring or replacing them. In order to determine what the best course of action is, you will need to first assess the overall condition of your gutters. To do this you will need a ladder and a buddy to hold the ladder while you are on it.

Safe Use Of A Ladder

Climb the ladder up to the gutter carefully, ensuring that someone is holding the base of the ladder. One way to determine if your gutters need replacing is if you notice there are structural weaknesses in the gutter where water seeps out. While you could try to apply an epoxy filler to seal the crack, it is just a matter of time before the problem would resurface. The issue with climbing ladders is you could fall off and injure yourself so it may be more prudent to reach out to a firm that specializes in gutter assessment and replacement if you do not feel confident in scaling a ladder.

Importance Of Having Gutters

Something that we should touch on is the importance of having gutters on your roof. When it rains, water will roll off your roof onto the ground. If the ground surrounding your home does not have adequate drainage that water could pool which could damage your foundation leading to some real problems over the long-term. With a properly installed gutter system, all of the rain that hits the roof would roll off into a designated area away from your foundation. Now that you know why having a gutter system installed is so important, you really do need to make sure it is working properly.

Getting The Right Gutter Repair Support

While we touched on DIY when it comes to gutters, generally speaking this type of work should be left with the experts that have been doing this type of work for a considerable number of years. A gutter system may look very simple but there are finer nuances of the installation process that if not properly addressed, could lead to significant headaches for you down the road. The angle of the gutters is of particular importance.If it is not set up just right the water will not drain properly and will seep into the roof leading to a host of problems.

Saving Money On Gutter Repair And Replacement

To save money on gutter repair and replacement services, you have to reach out to firms that have the required experience and have been doing this for quite some time. As we mentioned earlier, installing and repairing gutters takes specialized skills to be performed properly. By having the gutters serviced, you will have peace of mind knowing your foundation is safe from water building up during rain storms. The sooner you deal with this gutter issue, the happier you are going to be over the long-term.

Tips for getting back in your home after unforeseen damage

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Whether you’ve experienced the devastation of a home fire, water damage, storm damage, or you need fast mold remediation to keep your family safe, choosing a company with the expertise to get the job done quickly and professionally is extremely important. In fact, for those times when help just can’t wait, 24 hour emergency services are essential. There are times when waiting can cause additional damage, so having a reputable contractor to call, even if it’s in the middle of the night, is essential.

A Reputable Restoration Company

Water damage can leave your home vulnerable to continued deterioration if not handled quickly and professionally. It’s important to choose a company that has a proven track record of handling this type of home restoration. Whether your home has water damage as the result of faulty plumbing or accidental flooding, extracting as much water as possible is the first step, then a reputable company like DKI will develop a comprehensive plan for drying your property.

It is important to remove as much moisture and humidity as possible. This needs to be done quickly in order to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Your restoration contractor will also evaluate other risks, such as the type of water that caused the damage. Water is classified into 3 different categories; generally sanitary, significantly contaminated, and grossly contaminated. The classification of the water will determine the methods used for cleanup and restoration.

Services Offered

A leading restoration contractor will offer a number of services designed to get your home back into good condition. These services typically range from water damage restoration to mold remediation, and even fire and smoke restoration services. Professional remediation and restoration will help ensure that the job is done right, so you can rest assured that there won’t be any further problems.

Fast Response for Emergency Situations

A leading water damage mitigation contractor will provide fast response in emergency situations. There are times when waiting until normal business hours is simply not possible. Fortunately, 24 hour emergency response by a reputable restoration company can help minimize damage while working to get your home restored as quickly as possible. The faster water is extracted and the drying process is implemented, the less chance there will be for additional problems.

When your home is at stake, it’s imperative that you choose a contractor with experience in handling home restoration problems. With fast action and a knowledgeable contractor, you’ll be able to minimize the amount of damage and get your home back to its original condition as quickly as possible.

Trendy Garden Ideas Predicted for This Year

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With summer season drawing near, people are getting out of their shells to spend more time outdoors. This brings their notice to the garden. Decorative garden experts, Oeco Garden Rooms are here to help you with their trendy garden ideas predicted for this year, so it’s easier for you to beautify your lawn. Let’s discuss some of the ideas we expect to be in vogue this year.

Low-Maintenance Beautiful Landscapes

Mowing your lawn every so often can be tiresome, but in a conventional garden, there is no other way to get rid of the long grass stalks. However, if you opt for low-maintenance landscapes, plant shrubs and grow flowering perennials that require less care, your garden may demand less effort. Switching to low-maintenance gardening can save your time, while your garden gives the same fresh appeal to onlookers.

Potted Berry Bushes

Berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) add a pop of colour in the greenness of a garden. The drawback is the extra space a berry bush requires. But who says a berry bush cannot be grown in pots! Potted berry bushes are much convenient in a sense that they can be moved indoors as well. Even a cherry tree can be grown in pots. You can enhance the look of your plant container for a more presentable garden by using a cachepot.

Home-Grown Herbs

Kitchen gardens are here to stay for a long time, but they take up a lot of space and require constant care. If you can’t handle this much responsibility, a mini kitchen garden with just home-grown herbs could be an excellent choice. Herb pots will look great on a window sill or lawn. The herbs can also be picked to add an extra flavour to your meals. Home-grown herbs give you the satisfaction of eating fresh and pesticide-free herbs.

Sunrooms

Sunrooms or garden rooms are a sophisticated and affordable way to extend the dimensions of your home. If you look to enjoy the surrounding landscape while being sheltered from adverse weather, the garden rooms are meant for you. These structures can be used as hobby rooms, home offices, home workshops, libraries and studios.

Gardening Gadgets

In this modern era where technology has replaced manpower to a great extent, we do not have to do much work in our garden. The latest gardening gadgets such as automatic self-watering plant globes, robotic lawn mower and electric bug zapper can take the burden of garden maintenance off your shoulders. The smartphone apps have reminders to keep you organised with your tasks, so that your garden blossoms in all its glory.

Stylish décor tips for a family-friendly home

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The arrival of children means that changes will inevitably happen in your home, but having a family does not mean that you have to compromise on style in your interior space.

For many parents, having a stylish and welcoming home is a point of pride that allows them to welcome in new family friends without ever feeling embarrassed by their surroundings.

While kids are well known for causing chaos in a home, following a few simple tips can help keep spaces looking current and contemporary while remaining practical for family life.

Choose family friendly floors

When there are 2.4 children and perhaps a pet dog running in and out all day, the floors of your home can really bear the brunt. So, families who want to stay stylish with little effort should consider their floor coverings very carefully. High-traffic areas such as hallways will benefit from the addition of hard flooring such a wood, tile or laminate, as muddy boot stains can be easily washed away at the end of the day. Adding rugs and runners that can be thrown in the wash provides colour as well as improves grip to help prevent toddler tumbles.

Stylish window safety

Windows are a key feature of an interior room, and they are also a factor that parents should consider carefully once the kids come along. Why not replace dangerous corded blinds with a set of stylish window shutters that will offer the family privacy as well as allow for the flow of natural light? Shutters also provide an additional barrier between little ones and glass panes, which not only can be a bonus in terms of safety but also means that there are less greasy fingerprints to wipe away!

Do use the dining room

The dining room is one of the most important areas that parents can create in the home, as family meals have been proven to be beneficial to relationships within a household. Make sure that this room is a space where everyone will want to be by creating a welcoming interior with energising colours and great lighting.

What about a wet room?

If your bathroom looks like a war zone after wash time, then you might want to consider remodelling it with a more family-friendly style. One popular choice of bathroom for parents is the wet room, where there is a single floor covering and drain, meaning that splashes and spills are a lot less of a problem. A wet room simply allows excess water to flow away down the drain at the end of the day.

Use that utility and repurpose the porch

If your home benefits from a utility space at the back door or front porch, then this can easily be repurposed by parents to serve as a stylish and functional cloak room for the family. Adding coat hooks and boot racks will encourage family members to leave wet and muddy outer clothes here before heading on into your home. Labelling pegs and baskets can help children stow away their own accessories at the end of each day, making it much easier to locate all that is needed the next time you are looking to leave.

Space under the stairs

In many homes, the space under the main staircase is not used to its full advantage, so it is up to you how to best design and designate the space to suit your own family’s style. Some parents with older homes opt to turn this area into a second bathroom to prevent children from traipsing up and down stairs when they need to go. For others, it becomes an invaluable area for storing the necessities of all the activities that the offspring engage in, and adding custom storage can help hide away the detritus of daily life so that the hall area is uncluttered when guests arrive. Other parents find that this space is a great place to add a mini office, allowing children access to the Internet for homework tasks while they remain under the watchful eye of the rest of the household.

Think fresh and functional

Whatever changes you are looking to make, the key to creating a stylish and family-friendly home is to focus on function and keep maintenance in mind. Choosing surfaces that will wipe clean, looking at the ways that a space can work and making it easy to disguise any disorder will allow parents to have their home quickly looking its best again when it is time to welcome visitors.

A Home Full of Joy: Decorating Everywhere

In certain things in life there is an accepted way, a common wisdom that most people accept and absorb and follow more or less unconsciously, instinctively if you will. You see this in the way people dress, act, and most importantly for today’s discussion, the way we design and decorate.

To an extent, this is a good thing. Society wouldn’t function if everyone was an iconoclast all the time, inventing new ways to make coffee in the morning. Language in itself would not exist at all, being working example of acceptance of community definitions in entirety. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to choose your own path and make things totally, 100% personal. Decorating your home is one of those times.

The Traditional Way

Decorating your home usually involves a few simple principles, which are all sound:

  • Select a colour palette
  • Choose a basic style
  • Find flooring and furniture that fit your look
  • Paint the walls
  • Add wall art like canvas prints and other items to complement everything.

And that’s fine for specific rooms around your house. But this room-centric approach often leads to different visual experiences in each room, which can make them feel like islands of isolated design work, disconnected from each other and the rest of the house. This feeling can be exacerbated if the rooms are redecorated at different times.

Applying Design Everywhere

A way to conquer this problem is to forget some of the ‘rules’ of traditional home design and start thinking in terms of decorating everywhere. Don’t think of your rooms as isolated spots within the house, think of them as interconnected areas that flow into each other. In other words, consider the journey guests take through your home: From the entryway, they go to the living room for cocktails. Then to the dining room for dinner. They’ll visit the bathroom and the kitchen, and finish the evening in the lounge or family room, possibly even spending the night in the spare bedroom.

Then, look for opportunities to design and add decoration in less-than obvious places. The entryway is a good start – some canvas art or other design elements can turn a perfunctory space for shedding jackets and umbrellas into a pleasing first experience for guests.

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Staircase landings are another spot often forgotten when you design room by room, and an ideal place for a vibrant print or other art.

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Another unusual place where a bit of wall art or other design can have a real moment of impact? Wardrobes, especially walk-in-robes, actually, are places where design usually goes to die, becoming congested with clothes and clutter. Think twice and open them up with something pleasant to look at – on the wall, the door, even the floor!

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Finally, when painting your newly-designed home, consider your rooms as a whole and think about transitions. When stepping out of one room to go to another, the hall should pick up the colour palette of both and serve as a visual link between them – you could even use a gradient plan to slowly go from one shade outside of one area to another outside the next.

Whatever you decide to do to open up your home’s design, never stop thinking of new ways to have some fun with it. Once you start thinking beyond rooms the possibilities – just like the forgotten areas – are endless.