It was a beautiful day for and I finally got started on the last phase of the renovation. We did all of the really difficult stuff, but if you drove up to the place you would hardly be impressed by the curb appeal. I went to Orange County Shutters and I was there while the guy was unlocking the door. He seemed a little annoyed when I was ready to follow him in before they opened the doors officially. I looked at him and asked him where he had been before. He told me the usual manager was on vacation and he was on loan from Irvine, so I acted as though I was the best customer they had. At any rate I was walking out of the place before they finished getting ready to open the place because the shipping and receiving guy knew me and he got everything I needed.
Someone actually stole the shutters off this place, along with some of the lighting fixtures and the copper that was close to hand. Of course this place sits off the road on a wooded lot and once it was vacant there was not much way that you could catch anyone stealing stuff. In fact it was obvious that someone had either been squatting there or that the local teens had been having parties there. If you were a teenaged boy looking for beer money all that copper would have seemed like an easy score and it almost certainly was if they knew what they were doing. At any rate that was a much bigger deal that the shutters and the rest of the issues with the exterior of the house. You can live in an ugly house and a lot of people do it, a house with no water is a different matter. …
Whether you have just bought
your first starter home or have been upgraded to your dream home, the overall
design of the house and decoration can be the single biggest way to show your
personal taste and style. Designing a house and choosing decorations can be
expensive and time-consuming; however, for those who have a limited budget, it
is still possible to create the look you want without damaging the bank. Making
some wise decisions early on and sticking to your plan will help ensure you
complete your home makeover on a budget whether the budget is $ 100 per room or
$ 5,000.00 per room.
Making an overall plan is the
first step towards integrated home design. Utilizing your own taste, decorating
magazines and books and some amazing home decor television shows, think about
what you want to show. Determine what your overall decorating theme will be.
Are you contemporary or traditional? Are your tastes leaning towards being
fussy or minimalist? These answers can serve as a starting point when you start
designing your home.
One of the easiest ways to start
working on your overall home design or even a simple redecorating project is to
develop a plan and there is no better way to do it than by using simple
software designed to help you move from layout and color palettes to Seamless
accents and pieces of furniture. HGTV Home Design and Remodeling Suite are full
of features that make renovating even the easiest rooms. This software can help
you utilize the tricks of professionals to create floor plans complete with
style notes, color choices, and even furniture.
The software removes paint chips
with its library of brand name and color paints. Explore the library, choose
your ideal color and ‘paint’ the walls of your three-dimensional room. No
longer choose paint colors based on a 1 inch square chip. This software also
includes a complete library of three-dimensional pieces of furniture, allowing
you to design spaces to suit your existing pieces or help you determine the
size and shape of the furniture you want to buy.
For those who want to repeat
their bathroom or kitchen, this software even has a complete library of
cabinets, equipment, and flooring options. This allows you to complete ‘seeing’
your new room without spending a dime on expensive equipment and cabinets. It’s
easy to make the perfect room and it’s even easier to stick to a budget when
you use floor plans and style guides.
Talented professional designer.
They often offer computerized presentations about your ‘new’ home or decor.
With their tight budget, why spend money on professional designers when you
have the ability to do it all yourself. Take a quick tour through the library
of colors, furniture, doors and windows and design your dream room.…
There are a number of details
involved in designing a new home and it is very easy to overlook certain
aspects of what will make it a home. I have been a home designer for almost
three decades now and have produced a list of things that are often forgotten
in the layout. Maybe that list can help you.
Number one on my list is storage
space! Do you allow this? Chances are if your house is a mess now, you have too
much accumulated stuff or there isn’t enough storage space to store these
items. If you ignore this in your new home design, you might move one problem
from your old residence to a new one.
Lack of storage at home is:
– Pantry for additional food such
as canned goods that will overflow from the kitchen cupboard.
– Wardrobe that is too small to
handle the wardrobe of family members for at least one season. Make sure the
size is big enough.
– Coat of arms at the entrance of
the house. When this is eliminated, the living room, kitchen or dining room
starts to become the catch for winter coats.
– Linen cabinets are often
overlooked too. This space is for sheets, pillowcases, washcloths, and towels.
Too often, if the house does not have a linen closet, additional shelves must
be added to handle this.
– Attic or basement storage that
is easily accessible for storing Christmas lights and family mementos. When
loft storage or basements are not available, the garage fills all these items.
If the house is in an area that is
experiencing more than normal rain or snow, is there room for mud to take off
muddy boots so you don’t track the house? I have seen a mud room equipped with
a sink for washing before coming to the main house. This is also a good aspect
of a well-designed home if someone at home likes to do automatic mechanics in
the garage. They can wash the oil before they reach home.
One more thing to consider is
letting enough natural light into the house. Too often there are too few
windows that point in the right direction to capture natural light in the
morning and at night.…
As the spring and summer months approach, it’s the perfect
time to freshen up rooms. The problem is that nowadays most of us just haven’t
got the cash to spend on our homes that we would like. Here are some ideas for
creating that interior design magazine look without the expense.
* Clean, declutter and clean again! Clutter makes rooms
look…cluttered! Remove all the bits and pieces from tables and the tops of
furniture and put them into clearly labeled boxes to store out of the way
somewhere for two weeks. After the time is up anything still in the boxes is
obviously not necessary. This works very well with kids’ toys and games. Just
remember when the two weeks is up to get rid of anything still in the boxes,
give it away or hold a garage sale.
* It only takes a little bit more effort to paint a wall
than to wash it. Spring cleaning is great for working off the winter blues, but
a coat of paint will change the whole room. White is usually the cheapest paint
to buy, but if you don’t want plain white buy the smallest quantity you can of
a dark or bright color, add it to the white then stir. Keep stirring until the
colored paint is completely mixed in. You can also use tubes of acrylic
artists’ paints that can be bought very cheaply, to add some color to regular
* Visit your local flea market or thrift store. These places
are treasure troves of décor accessories. Buy some cheap frames,
paint them to match and fill them with some exotic pictures clipped from
magazines or travel brochures. Old curtains in cotton or linen materials can be
dyed in the washing machine. Dye two pairs to match, use one pair for window dressing
and the other to make matching pillows.
* If you don’t have a dining table, cover a sturdy wallpaper
pasting table with a fresh cloth, the further it hangs down the better, add a
beautiful vase of fresh flowers in the center of the table. Smarten up old
dining chairs with fresh new seat covers and find some new table linen to
* Buy an old piece of wooden furniture and paint it white.
Find an old wooden dresser for a few dollars from an auction or thrift store;
add a coat of white paint, some that you have left over from painting the walls
is fine. Then rub it down lightly to give it a distressed look and apply a
little furniture wax. Before you know it you have a French armoire.
There are a host of other ideas for affordable home
décor. Just because your budget is tiny it doesn’t mean that you
can’t give a whole new look to your home. Use your imagination and whatever
small amount of cash you have to good effect and you will soon have a home to
be proud of.…
The wall is a part of the house that greatly affects the
overall look and feel. As home enthusiasts, we make sure that our wall reflects
style, uniqueness and individualism. However, since we usually go with the
latest trend of wall decor and home accents, we mostly find our walls quite
similar with other owners which we probably don’t like. To avoid this, we must
try to think of ways to promote radically distinctive modern wall decor or
modern wall artwork to accentuate the walls of our home.
Today’s concept of interior design are is likely inclined to
musical themes. More owners are renovating their houses to include a music or
media room to its design. Since music rooms are now used as a particular areas
to unwind and enjoy music, there are now home accents and wall decor available
to complement it. Popular music wall art and music wall decor includes:
1. Musical Notes
2. Jazz Saxophone Wall Art Decor
3. Trumpet with Notes Wall Decor Art
4. Guitar with Musical Notes
5. Aluminum Musical Note
6. Music Notes Wall Art Decor
Music art sets the mood for any room. This is ideal for the
music room at home, in school or even in the kid’s room. Another great concept
is a hanging decor featuring a clef of music notes. It does not only allow you
to put useful visual aids for music classes (at school) but it is also a unique
way to decorate the media room at home.
You can choose to design and make your own artistic decor or
if you are willing to invest more, you can ask a professional interior designer
to do the work for you. Putting up a music room inside the house adds another
interesting area for your family, friends and guest who loves music. They can
use the room to relax while listening to music, hang out with the band or use
it to release everyday stress.
You can also check out online stores to look for more
varieties of wall decor and home accents. Other accessories you can use are
metal wire music art for general purpose or choose from trumpet wall art, french
horn wall art or saxophone wall art set to put additional substance to the