Eye-Catching Front Porch Ideas

20 Things You Need For Your Front Porch

  1. Utilize the Space
  2. Draperies
  3. Hanging Basket
  4. Bed Swing
  5. Pillows
  6. Pillow Covers
  7. Lantern
  8. Stools
  9. Chairs
  10. Flowers/Door Wreath
  11. Rug
  12. Ceiling Paint
  13. Side Table
  14. Sofa
  15. Speaker
  16. Coffee Table
  17. Tray and Serving Set
  18. Lighting/Chandelier
  19. Fire Pit
  20. Welcome Mat/Door Rug
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Latest Lighting Trends for 2021

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1. Over-sized Light Fixture– Ceilings are getting taller and floor plans more open, so homes can handle larger light fixtures. A few years ago a the average diameter for chandeliers were 24″, but today it is not uncommon to see 28″ or even 30″ or more diameter chandeliers.

2. Smart Bulbs- New smart bulbs allow people to control bulb color, turn off/on and some even play music. These bulbs can adjust to brighter color to stay alert during the day or tone down for a cozy dinner at night or even warm up to mimic a sunset. These bulbs screw in and set up using a phone app.

3. Black and Brass Finishes- This rich darkness with metallic shine creates sophisticated, show-stopping fixtures. The contrasting combo pairs well with the latest farmhouse trend.

4. Statement Bulbs- Lightbulbs have become an extension of the light fixture. For a cool, vintage feel pick a clear globe or Edison bulb. Its a fun way to customize your lights using clear, seeded or milky glass for diffuse or bright light.

5. Dimmable Lights- Dimmer changes the brightness of a bulb, helps save energy, and cuts glare. Any light can become a nightlight and offer a friendly ambience on a dark evening. With color-changing LEDs, the color temperature can automatically warm as the light dims.

6. Antiviral Lighting-The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a new focus on light’s ability to eliminate viruses and bacteria. Germicidal lighting can be safe and effective in the right applications.

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11 Latest Curtain and Window Treatment Trends for 2021

  1. Embrace minimalism
  2. Use color freely
  3. Use what you’ve got
  4. Enhance your home workspace
  5. Double up
  6. Maximize natural light with sheer curtains
  7. Use blinds and shades for privacy
  8. Get comfortable
  9. Use smart home technology
  10. Go retro with floral and botanical prints
  11. Add fun touches
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10 Moderate Ways To Give Your Kitchen A High End Makeover

1. Update hardware.

Hardware can completely change the look of a piece of furniture and it can do the same for your cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet pulls for an new unique look that instantly updates your entire space.

2. Use lighter colors.

A light color on the walls and cabinets instantly brightens a space making it look larger and in turn, more expensive. Light colors reflect light and hide a multitude of sins, including those scratches, dings and dents in your old cabinets.

3. Replace cabinet doors.

Replacing old worn out cabinet doors with new ones or sanding and refinishing your old ones will give your kitchen a sleek new look. Bring in glass or high-gloss doors for a dose of glam or forgo the doors in some areas and create open shelving to show off your nicest pieces.

4. Change lighting.

Chandeliers and pendants are the perfect accessory to not only brighten your kitchen but change the mood of the space. Standard lights that come in most homes and rentals are uniform. Mix it up and give the most used room in your house some personality or an unexpected element.

5. Use artwork.

Artwork is a great way to elevate any room and it will do the same in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go big and bold — it will give the illusion of a bigger space. Art is also a great option for renters who don’t have the freedom to change everything they’d like to.

6. Paint your appliances stainless steel.

Don’t have stainless steel appliances? No problem. Use a paint-on stainless steel finish to update your appliances that still work well but are giving your kitchen a dated feel. Be careful, companies make different types if this liquid stainless steel depending on the appliance and its use.

7. Add window treatments.

Dress up your bare windows to instantly dress up your kitchen.

8. Style your breakfast nook.

Add throw pillows, a centerpiece and fresh flowers to give your breakfast spot some style.

9. Replace an old decorative elements.

Change out your fruit bowl with beautiful ginger jar or a tray for a subtle change that makes a big difference.

10. Hide small appliances.

Nothing brings down a space more than clutter. Keep your counter space clear of small appliances like toasters, blenders and coffee pots. They’re easy enough to take out when you want to use them.

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Fun Decor Ideas For Kids Room

1.To help your kids stay organized, keep things at their height. Closet storage, benches and coat racks will all be used more often if kids can get to them easily. Try adding a few bins to conceal their toys and other items.

2. Most craft and hobby stores sell an additive to paint that allows it to glow in the dark. Try painting stars and a moon on your child’s ceiling or a cityscape around the edge of the room. Stickers are also available if your painting skills aren’t great. This will get them excited about turning out the lights at night.

3. Try creating a continuous art center by painting a wall with chalkboard paint. You can get chalkboard paint in the color of your choice.
4. Removable wall decals are becoming more popular and the range of patterns and styles is immense. Let your kid have fun decorating their room in a way you know you won’t have to fix later.
5. Kids are collectors, so make collecting easy. Pictures and postcards don’t always have to be stuck to a corkboard. Try hanging them from strings in front of a window or clipping them to a string along the wall to create an interactive border in a room.
6. All kids want display space. Galvanized metal is fairly inexpensive and can be purchased in sheets at most home improvement stores. Just mount on the wall and you have an instant magnetic board.
7. Check your local art and crafts store for peel-and-stick cork. You can cut out any shape, simply peel off the backing and attach to any wall for fun pin-up space.
8. Rather than a traditional growth chart put a border around the room. Each month you can use non-toxic, water-based paint to put the child’s handprint in the border. Watch them grow together.
9. Be sure to include multiple kinds of lighting in a kid’s room. Overall lighting is a necessity but so is a reading light. It may even help them find the bathroom in the middle of the night.10. If you are painting a dresser or other furniture you know the child will grow out of be sure to let them help. The child could also put their signature on it with personal handprints or fingerprints for a polka-dot design.
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Feng Shui Basics

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Feng in Chinese meaning “wind” and Shui in Chinese meaning “water” is arranging furniture in order to create balance with the natural world. The goal is to harness energy forces and establish harmony between an individual and their environment.

The commanding position is the spot in a room that is the furthest from the door and not in direct line with it. It puts you diagonal to the door. Ideally, you should have a clear line of sight to the door.

The five elements—earth, metal, water, wood, and fire—come from the Taoist tradition. The elements are five interrelated phases in life that work together to create a complete system. Typically, the practice of feng shui works to balance these five facets in your home and each of your life area.

A bagua is the feng shui energy map superimposed on the floor plan of your home. The Chinese word “bagua” translates to mean “eight areas.” Each of the eight areas relates to a different life circumstance, such as family, wealth, or career. And, each of these areas has corresponding shapes, colors, seasons, number, and earthly elements.

Think about how you have used feng shui in your home without even knowing. Also think about how you can bring in more balance with the natural world using these feng shui principles.

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Staging To Sell For The Spring Market

Tips to Stage Your Home to Sell

Staging your home to sell is not about interior design it is about making your home appealing to as many buyers as possible. It is about capturing them with a great first impression. Here a few tips to get started

  1. Clean, declutter and depersonalize. Anything if view is taking up space and closing in the space. If you wouldn’t see it at a posh hotel, then get it out of sight. Get rid of family photos, paperwork, and boxes.
  2. Evaluate the space. Get rid of large bulky furniture or redo layouts. Turn any empty spaces into a small home office or workout area. Go around the house and touch up any nicks or imperfections.
  3. Evaluate the color or style of the space. Nothing freshens up a space than a new coat of paint. Also use rental company or borrow furniture if your style doesn’t appeal to everyone.
  4. Don’t leave any space untouched. Don’t cram everything into a closet or basement. You are selling the whole house and buyers will be peaking into closets, basement and attic spaces, so make sure everything is clean and organized.
  5. Call in a stager if you don’t know where to begin. They can help with where to start, storage ideas and getting rid of the personal touches.

Good luck!!! 

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Spring Cleaning Series 2- Organization

5 Easy Spring Cleaning organization projects you should tackle every year

1. Bathroom Drawers or Cabinets-

Start by taking everything out of the drawer or cabinet. Wipe everything down outside and inside of drawers or cabinets. Then put back only things you need or want. Make sure to check expiration dates on medicine bottles. Use drawer inserts and containers to categorize things. This will help cleaning next time easier.

2. Closet-

Go through your closet to make decision does it fit and is it in style. Rule of thumb is to ditch clothes you haven’t worn in 12 months. Keep the items that make you feel good and you actually use/wear.

3. Kids Spaces-

Children’s spaces tend to get over crowded and build up very easily, so this area is important to organize at least once a year. As children develop they start to grow out of certain books, toys, games and clothes, the process of decluttering can become very overwhelming if not done often. Depending on the age maybe get kids involved to help determine what to keep or donate. This allows them to take ownership of their space and maybe keep it tidy over time. Kids love to color coordinate, because it is organization they can understand.

4. Makeup Bag and Drawer-

Makeup and skin products need to be organized once a year to make sure they are still safe to use. After taking everything out of your bag or drawer discard anything old, expired or those samples you will likely never use. Its a good check to determine what you like and what you should not buy again. Group like items together using containers or trays to divide things.

5. Pantry-

Pantry is also a good spot to check expiration dates on canned goods and spices. Take everything out wipe down all the shelves, then arrange things such as breakfast items, canned good, snack foods together in baskets or containers.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Cleaning Series- 1

     Checklist

Get the most out of your spring cleaning by using our spring cleaning checklist. Tackle every room in your house – from bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen to the living room.

Every Room

  • Wash Baseboards, door ceilings, window sills, doors, and walls.
  • Vacuum and wash vents.
  • Wash window treatments (drapes, etc.).
  • Dust blinds.
  • Wash Windows – inside and out
  • Dust and shine overhead lights – replace burnt light bulbs.
  • Dust and/or vacuum light fixtures and lamp shades.

Kitchen

  • Clean out pantry.
  • Wash kitchen cabinets.
  • Deep clean oven.
  • Move fridge – vacuum and mop behind it.
  • Vacuum coils on fridge.
  • Deep clean fridge inside – wash outside.

Living Room

  • Dust and wash any and all mirrors, frames, and decorative items.
  • Vacuum all upholstery.
  • Vacuum all lamp shades.
  • Dust furniture and fixtures.
  • Wash all throw pillows and blankets (use steam).
  • Dust and polish furniture.
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpets – mop and wax if necessary.

Bedroom

  • Wash all bedding.
  • Wash all bed and throw pillows.
  • Flip Mattress – if using pillow top, rotate mattress.
  • Purge anything stored under bed you don’t want anymore.

Home

  • Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check all electronics, make sure they are plugged in, cords are untangled and everything is plugged into a surge protector.
  • Check expiration date on fire extinguisher.
  • Sweep front porch and back deck.
  • Store all winter items, clothes, and decorations.
  • Disinfect all computer keyboards and mouse – Use compressed air to remove crumbs, dust and other particulates. Use a dampened microfiber cloth and wipe the keys down. Use dry microfiber to remove any leftover moisture. Disinfectant wipes are okay to use as well.

Bathroom

  • Clean and disinfect tub and shower.
  • Wash bathmats.
  • Dust and replace decorative items.
  • Wash and/or replace shower liners and shower curtains.

Other

  • Discard old and expired makeup. Clean your makeup holders
  • Update all your house first aid kits. Toss expired medication while sorting other medication.
  • Dry clean any necessary winter clothing or items. Store all winter items for next year.
  • Donate any unused clothes items to Goodwill, The Salvation Army, or other local community organizations.

 

 

 

 

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Complete Guide To Rugs Series 3

How To Pick Your Rug Design & Pattern

 

Striped Rugs

Available in a variety of line thickness and colorway, Striped Rugs complement any theme or color combination, from laidback and neutral to bold and whimsical. They can also elongate a room, making it appear larger than it actually is.

Bordered Rugs

Bordered rugs instantly add a luxe and polished feel to any room. They are also a great way to highlight a particular area in a room, define a specific section in an open-space layout, or frame important furniture and home decor elements in your home.

Abstract Rugs

Abstract Rugs feature intricate linework, asymmetrical shapes, unconventional colorways, and seemingly unrelated elements to create a unique and visually entertaining rug design. Inspired by the works of abstract expressionists, these artsy rugs double as a conversation starter.

Solid and Ombre Rugs

Solid Rugs feature monochromatic themes that either add a pop of color to your room or balance out busy patterns. Ombre Rugs, on the other hand, use strategic color shading to add texture, drama, and depth to the design.

Metal and Stone Rugs

Featuring elegant marbling, gold and silver hues, and stone patterns, our Metal & Stone area rugs works well as an accent piece or an anchor element, creating a space that is both timeless and contemporary.

Novelty Rugs

Our Novelty Rugs feature bold and quirky designs that will allow your unique personality to shine. With their wide variety of prints, colors, and patterns, these rugs can easily transform and add a whimsical touch to any space in your home.

Animal Print Rugs

Whether it’s a whimsical addition to your kid’s bedroom, a bold zebra print, or a muted leopard pattern, our animal print rugs are the perfect way to add oomph and liven up your space.

Distressed Rugs

Full of unique vintage charm and character, distressed rugs add a classic, inviting, and a shabby chic feel to your space. Browse our distressed rugs in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns below.

 

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