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Category Archives: Home Improvement

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.

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.

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.

The Basics Of Feng Shui For Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day, so many of us look forward to enjoying its comforts. But, you may not be making the most of your space if you haven’t adapted the techniques of Feng Shui.

This ancient art of balancing your space is beneficial to your health and happiness in your home. Often, it takes very minimal changes to create the energy you desire. Here’s a few ideas to get you started on how you can incorporate the practice of Feng Shui in your home.

What Is Feng Shui?

The practice of Feng Shui dates back to ancient China. The term “Feng Shui” translates from Chinese to “Wind Water.” As Mind Body Green explains, “Without air and water we parish. When both wind and water are balanced and flowing, nature is in harmony.” It utilizes the elements to create a balanced energy in a space. When used properly, it can improve sleep and create peace in the household.

Including elements in a room allows the person in the room to become more in-tune with nature and become more self-aware. Feng Shui has a few different practices and schools of thought, but they all share similar themes:

  • Traditional Feng Shui: The oldest form of Feng Shui. This takes into account compass directions, and natural elements to determine how to create the best relationship to your environment.
  • Black Hat: A western adaption of the traditional practice. Focuses on engaging the “nine energies” that are within every room.
  • Modern Feng Shui: Also known as Intuitive Feng Shui. This practice is based on utilizing color and your own intuition to create the best space for success.

Whatever practice you choose, you can expect to see health benefits such as sleep and stress relief as you rearrange your space for positive energy.

Costs Of Feng Shui

If you can Feng Shui benefitting your household, now might be the time to rearrange for better energy. However, this is not something you want to do without guidance, as Feng Shui can be complicated if you haven’t studied. A trained Feng Shui pro can help you determine you to arrange your home for the maximum benefits. The average cost to hire a Feng Shui consultant is $874, with most homeowners spending between $632 and $799.

Feng Shui Basics

Regardless of the practice you choose, there are a few themes that cross each school of thought. Keep in mind, Feng Shui can be a very complicated practice. Here are a few Feng Shui basics to keep in mind as you rearrange your home:

Declutter Your Home

One of the first steps in creating better energy throughout your home is to get rid of the clutter. This goes beyond just throwing out trash, but also removing items that block the energy in the room. Stacks of unorganized bills, piles of clothing and other disorganized areas are responsible for creating negative energy and should be properly sorted or removed.

Determine the Primary Purpose

As your decluttering, consider the primary purpose of the room and keep items in the room that only represent that purpose. A clear purpose allows for less stress within the room.

Include the 5 Elements

When you’re incorporating Feng Shui décor, you’ll want to include various styles of the 5 elements. Ideally, each room will incorporate something representative of these elements that work together. These elements are:

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Discover Your Birth Element

Though incorporating all five elements are important, your birth date may indicate what element may influence your energy the most. You can see a helpful chart to discover your birth element at KnowFengShui.com.

Let in Natural Light

The principles of Feng Shui are all about getting in touch with the environment. So, it’s likely no surprise that natural light plays a huge role in creating positive energies throughout the home. Open windows when you have the chance and see what lighting options you have that provide the illumination you need.

Feng Shui Colors

If choosing a new color for a room wasn’t already difficult, you should consider how it impacts the Feng Shui. Choosing the right color for your room can greatly impact your efforts to create positive energies. Once you’ve determined the purpose for a room, you can begin to define its color. Keep in mind colors that are representative of various elements.

  • Wood is represented by shades of green brown.
  • Fire is represented by shades of red and some shades of yellow.
  • Metal is represented by white, gray and metallic colors.
  • Water is represented by shades of blue and black
  • Earth is represented by orange, beige and some shades of yellow.

When choosing a new paint color for your room, consider how it collaborates with the other elements in the room. Remember that all the elements must work together.

Feng Shui Bedroom

One the rooms most commonly in need of Feng Shui techniques is the bedroom. After all, it’s a space where you sleep and relax. If the elements in your room are not working together, this can cause serious problems. One of the best things you can do to change the energy of the room is consider your bed placement. Ideally, your bed should be placed diagonally from the door and away from window. Finally, even though it’s nice to have your smartphone by your side at night, Feng Shui guidelines advise to have your bed away from a wall with outlets.

Feng Shui Living Room

Another popular room that can utilize these guidelines is the living room. As a spot where family gathers together, you want to make sure the energies are right for all. Sunlight is key, so drawback the curtains to let the natural light in. Including a water element, like an aquarium, is said to bring new opportunities and positive energy to the room. Utilizing candles and wood accessories will help to balance out the elements in this room. Finally, if your living room is connected to the front of the house, ensure you can see the front door from the main sitting area.

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.

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.

7 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

 1. Bring On The Charm

You may be more inclined to pay attention to the details and personal touches in your bedroom or living room, but they matter in your kitchen too. There are so many great décor pieces out there and DIY projects for you to get lost in. Large display letters, hanging plants, fresh flowers, homemade storage and chalkboards are a few ideas that’ll add instant charm and style to your kitchen. A perfect example of a charming kitchen is represented in the breakfast nook image above, which mixes stripes, plants, red accents and an antique chandelier.

2. Create A Colorful Cookbook Display

It’s easy to get caught up collecting cookbooks filled with unique and tasty recipes. The more you have, the harder it is to find space to store them. Install vertical open shelving cabinets and paint the shelves a fun color, then strategically place and display your favorite cookbooks for all to see. Doing this will upgrade your cookbooks from dusty cabinet fillers to trendy décor in no time. Another option is to sneak in cookbook shelf space on the exposed end of a cabinet or island.

3. Fasten Tailored Slipcovers

Before you head out and purchase brand new kitchen chairs or stools, ask yourself if a simple slipcover could solve your problem. Interior decorators advise to save your money and skip the fancy upholstery and instead, choose fitted slipcovers for your kitchen chairs. They’re easy to wash, practical and an inexpensive solution in a potentially messy, high-traffic area. Slipcovered kitchen or bar stools will add class and character to a dull space. They come in all sorts of patterns and colors too!

4. Spruce Up Cabinets With Glass Door Inserts Or Adhesive Backing

Cabinet refacing is a brilliant way to transform your kitchen’s look without going to the trouble and considerable expense of a complete renovation. I like the idea of installing glass door inserts to add an element of surprise to your kitchen. There are plenty of possibilities besides plain clear glass including, etched (shown), fluted, crackled and colored or patterned glass. Don’t be afraid to show off your new cabinets with a little interior cabinet lighting.

In addition, peel-and-stick adhesive backing, otherwise known as removable wallpaper, has come a long way. There’s a pattern available for every kitchen style these days, and you can even design your own.

5. Paint Wood Floors

Can you believe the way a fresh coat of blue paint brought this kitchen’s wood floors to life? Get creative and let painted wood floors help you achieve a rustic charm or colorful kitchen. It’s also a practical way to hide old, outdated flooring without having to spend the moneyinstalling new hardwood floors.

Alternatively, give a plain wood floor oodles of rustic charm with a simple design of stained or painted diamonds. For the former, you’ll need to sand down to bare wood and use two contrasting stain colors. Disguise worn wood planks and enliven the look of your kitchen with a coat of enamel in a vibrant color, like this cobalt blue.

6. Replace An Old Sink

Before you go ripping out every item in your kitchen, evaluate the condition of your sink. The right kitchen sink will instantly upgrade the surrounding area and make a statement all on its own. Consider depth, texture, material, color and size. The warm, oil rubbed bronze sink and handcrafted detailing immediately makes the kitchen pictured above more desirable.

7. Mix In Unique Furniture Pieces

Assuming the standard table and chair set up is your only kitchen seating option is a mistake. Creative upgrades mean you have to step outside the norm and explore new and exciting alternatives. A bench, old school stools, colorful cushions, a unique or simple platform table base, decorative wrought iron chairs and wood accents, bring a tasteful funk and energy to your kitchen without looking gaudy.

Tips To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Style Bathroom

 Creating a farmhouse bathroom is an exciting project because it encourages you to mix textures, personal style and special features, without too much trouble. Learn how to construct the perfect farmhouse bathroom by familiarizing yourself with the key interior design elements.

Farmhouse Style

Start by narrowing down the style you prefer for your farmhouse bathroom. You need a foundation and overall theme to jumpstart your project before you start decorating. For example, a contemporary farmhouse bathroom will look different than a country or rustic farmhouse. No matter what way you go, remember that it’s all about the details and individual pieces coming together to tell a story.

Farmhouse chic focuses on keeping the décor elegant and simple, but also includes a punch of farmhouse flair. This bathroom is the perfect example of chic, with a white color scheme, dark flooring, a corner window, custom mirror and bathtub. It proves there’s a way to integrate a farmhouse twist for just about everyone’s taste.

Farmhouse Mirror

One of the most important features of a farmhouse bathroom is installing the right mirror. It’s something that seems like a small detail, but it’s actually very significant to getting the right look down. A long, horizontal mirror with a wood frame is just one example of how to easily incorporate a farmhouse feel.

In addition to a long, framed mirror, a round mirror with a wicker border will do the trick. Not only does it add an element of surprise, but it also serves as texture, and texture is always a good thing. Paired with the right vanity and countertop, you have a winning combination.

Farmhouse Wall Décor

Picking your farmhouse wall décor is one of the best parts of creating a farmhouse bathroom. Floating shelves, ladder shelves, wicker baskets, quirky signs, plants and unique containers will make your bathroom come alive. Although you want to decorate with lots of different kinds of pieces, you don’t want to go overboard and create clutter in your bathroom, so be careful. Make it simple and organized and it’ll be attractive.

Another awesome idea to incorporate in your farmhouse bathroom, in addition to flooring, is replicating the look of siding on your walls. The example above has all the right touches. The walls, wood, mirrors and lighting create a country, cozy bathroom that represents a well-designed farmhouse bathroom.

Farmhouse Paint Colors

As I mentioned earlier, earthy tones and white accents are the type of paint colors you want to choose when decorating your farmhouse bathroom. I love the green pastel paint hue in the bathroom pictured above. It’s warm, inviting, soothing and compliments the white and light brown accents nicely. The bright natural light and gray painted bathroom make this bath simply stunning.

Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity & Sink

You’re probably thinking, that’s great, but what about the vanity and sink? Yes, you’re right. You can’t have a farmhouse bathroom without some country flair below your mirror. Use your vanity and sink to complement your personal style. Are you more vintage or rustic? Do you like a dark sink or eye-catching white?

Don’t forget to match your faucet to the style of sink. You’ll also want to pick a countertop that sets the tone for the overall theme. It doesn’t have to be wood, but it should work opposite the other features in the room and speak for itself.

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.