Dining Room Do-Over

April 17, 2014 by  

dining1If your family is like most, the dining room is the hub of your home. Between meals, snacks, entertaining, board games, and homework, your dining room probably sees a lot of traffic. When you spend this much time in a room, it’s important to create an environment that is comfortable and inviting. If you’re ready for a dining room do-over, these trending interior design tips will get you off to a good start.

1. Choosing a table and chairs – There are a lot of things to consider when you choose a dining room set. First of all, you have to think about the space you have available and what will comfortable fit. You should also consider the size of your family and how often you have people over for meals. After years of darker woods being the most popular choice, blonde hues have made a comeback. These lighter woods are more friendly than formal, and they tend to look nice with nearly every style of decor or color scheme.

2. A Place for Everything – Whether you prefer the look of a hutch, a buffet, a side table, or open shelving, having storage space in your dining room is essential. It’s much more convenient to have a place to keep dishes, napkins, and serving ware in the room where you’ll be eating, rather than dragging everything out from the kitchen. If your dining room is large enough to accommodate it, many families also incorporate storage space for board games, art supplies, or anything else that gets used in group activities around the table.

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Family Heirlooms Are Always in Style

April 17, 2014 by  

vinyl1Design trends come and go, but there is one constant in the world of home decorating; family heirlooms never go out of fashion. Nothing personalizes a home like the items that are passed down from generation to generation. The things that are unique to your family will be cherished for as long as they exist.

There are many ways to incorporate the old with the new. In fact, a mix of modern decor and older pieces usually blend beautifully, creating a more interesting look than opting entirely for one or the other. Don’t be afraid to blend furnishings and accessories from different time periods. It creates depth and personality that is lacking in rooms that look like everything in them was ordered from the same catalog.

Common Family Heirlooms That Look Great in Any Room

1. Old Photographs – Your family photographs are one of a kind and irreplaceable. Rather than tucking them away in photo albums where they’ll rarely be seen, display them out in the open and enjoy them on a regular basis. Not only will you and your family members love seeing them, friends and acquaintances will, too. The first time you visit someone’s home, is there anything that captivates and catches your attention quite as much as a wall of black and white pictures?

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Create an Outdoor Living Space

April 17, 2014 by  

out1With the return of warm weather, it’s time to get outside! After a long, cold winter, spending the majority of your time indoors can feel stifling. If you’re tired of being stuck inside, creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space is the perfect solution. Here are some tips to help you turn your backyard into a functional and inviting extension of your home.

1. Your Outdoor Kitchen – From tiny, portable hibachi grills to elaborate gas barbecues that are nicer than your kitchen range, cooking outside is always more fun than holing up in a hot kitchen on a beautiful day. A set of heavy-duty barbecue tools will make both cooking and clean-up easier. Hardcore grilling enthusiasts even install prep areas, complete with storage, sinks, and counter space. Plastic dishes and cups are a safer option than using your normal place settings, because shattered glass is hard to find in grass and gravel. Be sure to get a giant cooler for drinks and condiments, and you’re all set.

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Bathroom On a Budget

April 17, 2014 by  

bath1If you’re dying to indulge in creating a new look for your home, but you’re on a tight budget, giving your bathroom a fresh look can be a cost effective way to satiate the urge. Our bathrooms tend to be the smallest rooms in our houses, so it’s easier to spruce them up on the cheap. Here are the things you’ll want to consider when giving your bathroom a makeover:

1. Shower curtain – The shower curtain tends to be the visual focal point of most bathrooms, so choose one that you’re going to love seeing. Plastic shower curtains are cheaper, and they’re a great option if you have little ones, because you won’t cry when you have to replace them when your little Picasso finds the permanent markers. Fabric curtains tend to cost more, and the high-end ones can run well over a hundred dollars, but they also last much longer. Choose one in a fun print if you’re going to use solid colors for most of the other items in your bathroom, or go for a single shade if you’re going to have patterns or themed items for the smaller details.

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Love Old Records? Don’t Hide Them Away!

April 16, 2014 by  

recordYou’re a music aficionado. You’ll listen to music in whatever form is available, but your deepest affection is reserved solely for records. You love everything about LPs, and your record player is your pride and joy. In fact, it claims a prominent space in your living room. You’d never dream of stuffing it in a closet where you couldn’t see it or play it without a hassle. But how do you store your records? If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve got them tucked away in a cabinet, out of sight behind closed doors. Why is that? Don’t you love looking at album covers almost as much as you love listening to their contents?

Keeping your records hidden away might make dusting easier, but if you’ve been viewing your collection as clutter, you might want to take a closer look! Not only does storing your records out in the open make them more accessible, and thus, more likely to be played, a lot of the cover designs are incredible! Whether they’re showcasing artwork or a photograph of the band, they drum up nostalgia like nothing else.

Here are some great ideas for bringing your records out into the open without feeling like you’re making a mess instead of a decorating statement. It’s also worth noting that along with these ideas, you should skim sites like Etsy, where LP loving artists are constantly coming up with new and ingenious ways to display your tunes.

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