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Monthly Archives: December 2016

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.

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.

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 Incredible Rooms That Belong In Your Dream Home

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

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

1. Kitchen

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

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

2. Bathroom

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

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

3. Bedroom

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

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

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

4. Walk-In Closet

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

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

5. Living Room

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

6. Dining Room

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

7. Basement

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

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