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Modern Ideas for Changing the Designs of the Floors

The trade of floor sanding has undergone drastic changes during the recent times and the changes have been reflected in different properties whether residential or commercial. What exactly is the reason for which increasing number of people have started resorting to this option? The truth is that floor sanding is an essential option for wooden floors. Thus, a floor that has been sanded properly not only makes a room impressive but also compliments all kinds of decor in rooms. The idea is to create an extravagant look with new floor designing ideas, making the floors look luxurious and imparting a whole new look to home renovation.

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Choosing and maintaining the floors:

 You have to take care to choose the right variety of sander as far as floor sanding is concerned. Choosing one that incorporates the latest technology is a good option when compared with the traditional varieties. Moreover, maintenance of wooden floors is necessary and you cannot ignore this aspect if you want to make your room artistic with a perfect balance of different elements. Read the following points.

  • With old sanders, it is impossible to avoid accumulation of dust although the development of new technology has allowed people to avoid the messy appearance to a great extent.
  • The machines that are used in the present day world collect the dust with suction method and make it easy for you to clean up the area after the completion of flooring.
  • To make the job easy and effective, you must hire professional that have worked in this field for hours. The best thing is to gather knowledge about floor sanding and how it can protect the floors will allow you to get into a position where you will enjoy the freedom of asking for professional services.
  • There is a plethora of options that will allow you get the best finished floors at affordable process. Visit the professionals even if you have chosen the agency online. Communicating with the service providers directly will help you understand the procedure that the agency will follow and also help them understand your requirements when it comes to floor sanding and its different aspects.

 

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Taking care wooden floor:

 While a lot of people intend to create revolution when it comes to home renovation and make mistakes in choosing the right materials which not only leads to wastage of money but destroys the appearance of the room to a great extent. For wooden floor sanding, there are measures that must be taken after installation. How to maintain the sanding of wooden floors? Take a look at the following points.

  • It is necessary to apply a protective coating after wooden floor sanding to maintain the original shine.
  • After the application of the coat, care must be taken not to step into the floor or scratching it by chance which can destroy the aesthetic value of the room to a great extent. When you have hired professional for carrying out this task, it is good to pay heed to their advice when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.
  • The only thing that you can do is to walk barefoot on the floor and avoid putting furniture on it directly until it dries up completely.
  • When you take proper care of floor sanding for a week, you will enjoy its beauty for years to come.

 

Things to remember:

 It is good to have your own understanding of floor sanding before appointing professionals for this purpose. Many people prefer a glossy appearance on the floor while others prefer matte shades. In addition to this, you must also try to get an idea of the pricing options that are available with the quality of the work to make the most of floor sanding that can alter the appearance of the room.

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The Open Floor Plan – Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend Well

The Open Floor Plan - Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend WellWith so many homes featuring an open floor plan today, figuring out how to transition your living space becomes an essential part of creating attractive, functional rooms. In particular, blending a kitchen that freely opens into the dining room without any wall barriers can be a tricky process.

delia kitchenChoosing the Breakfast Bar | The style of breakfast bar you choose often determines how it will be used. Ideally, the bar should offer usability for each room. Plus, it will serve as a divider between the two living spaces.

Blending with the Dining Room | Tying the presence of the breakfast bar with the dining room is as simple as asking your interior designer to assist you in selecting tall chairs that go with the furnishings in that room. You’ll want to stick with the same style, such as traditional or modern, and select colors that are complimentary with the décor in the dining room itself.

Coordinating with the Kitchen | Many built-in breakfast bars are designed to offer two individual heights – one for the kitchen side of it and the other height for the dining room side. Typically, the kitchen side is lower and used for work space. As a result, you don’t need to place any chairs here. Your interior designer might have some ideas regarding the color and style of tile for this work surface. The goal is to match it to the kitchen’s décor.

Blending the Kitchen and Dining Room in an Open Floor Plan | Ideally, your cabinetry, bar stools/chairs, and the base of the breakfast bar will match in coloring and type of materials used. This strategy creates a visual transition that ties the two rooms together while also being easy on the eyes. Another strategy that you can use is to choose accessories, countertop appliances, and wall décor that have similar patterns or colors so that you create a flow from one area of the room to another as well as into the adjoining area. Be sure to ask your interior designer for tips on additional ways to tie the two rooms together.

Written by Virginia Liberato | (908) 665-7997 ext.20 | Send Virgina an Email

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Choosing Your Flooring When the Dining Room Connects to the Living Room

Choosing Your Flooring When the Dining Room Connects to the Living RoomAlthough people often have varying viewpoints when it comes to choosing the type of flooring for each of two rooms that are connected, most of these individuals agree that the task can be a daunting one. Fortunately, the training received by interior designers provides a firm basis from which to build upon when choosing flooring for a dining room that connects to a living room. Naturally, the goal is to create a seamless transition despite the fact that you are working with two separate areas of the house.

Identify a Common Aspect | In order to come up with a unified appearance that is so natural you are barely aware of it, you should create at least one aspect that is found in each room. It might be a color, type of wood, crown molding, or some other detail that you can reflect in your flooring choice.

Select Identical Flooring for Both Rooms | One of the most effective ways of creating a seamless transition between two connected rooms is to choose the same type of flooring for both. Doing so avoids the visual interruption created by using two different materials. One of the added benefits of using identical flooring in two connected spaces is that it provides the illusion of making the area appear larger.

Opt for Similar Coloring Rather Than Materials | If you prefer to have soft carpeting in one room and natural wood in the other, you can still maintain a sense of uniformity by choosing similar colors. The darker the colors are that you choose, the greater the sense of warmth that you create will be. Choosing lighter colors adds brightness to smaller spaces or areas that receive little to no sunshine.

Creating a sense of distinction from one room over the other is easily accomplished by adding a few area rugs in complimentary hues. The rugs will blend in with the overall color theme, while providing an attractive focal point. The idea is to maintain a sense of continuity while also infusing unique touches that make the room’s appearance stand out.

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Creating the Perfect Look for Your Home’s Interior Design

Whether you are looking for pops of color or focused on the materials utilized in your home’s interior, the idea is to create a flow of style so that your décor and theme transition easily from one room of the house to the next. The key to doing this successfully is to create a plan that encapsulates every aspect of your goals from the very beginning, leaving nothing to chance.

Creating the perfect look for your home’s interior design isn’t just about selecting a contemporary trend that is currently gaining popularity with the heated enthusiasm sparked by YouTube videos or seasonal catalogs. It’s about the feeling that you get when you look at the room, knowing that its appearance embraces your inner spirit and personality in a way that is going to transcend the next five or even ten years with a distinctively stylish look that brings a twinkle to your eye and a lighthearted bounce to your step.

Finding the Heart and Soul of the Room

In order to capture the heart of the room, you need to first look at it objectively so that you can plan not only the layout of the furniture but also the colors, textures, and patterns. Assess the space that you have. Pinpoint problem areas so that you can find ways to optimize their presence.

Select a focal underpinning from which to build out the remaining elements of the room’s design. Choose something large, eye-catching, and distinctive enough to draw the human eye to it upon entrance into the room. Accent its colors, patterns, and textures through your other choices, pulling the room together in a kind of seamless manner that seems easy on the eyes.

Embrace the Room’s Natural Features

Each room in your home has different characteristics, such as flowing beams of sunlight, narrow doorways, high windows, built-in shelves or fireplace, and varying ceiling heights. Rather than attempting to hide what some people might call imperfections, embrace their presence and find ways to optimize them. Create a cozy appearance for darker rooms or a lively one for those basking in sunlight. An interior designer can assist you with any or all of this.

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Changing Up Your Window Treatments for Summer: Revisiting the Curtain

There is little doubt that since at least the mid 70’s curtains have been receiving a bad rap from the design community. This is understandable considering that architectural fashion swung from the austerity of Modernism to the excesses of Post Modernism in the space of a few years, leaving our windows either starkly unadorned or heavily shrouded and almost always just a cog in the wheel of a larger design. This is not to say that the tradition was not openly carried on by everyday grandmothers and aunts, and no so openly by friends and siblings. After all what is fashion when faced with our feelings about home and the nostalgia of place. Maybe a major 21st century design trend is no trend at all. If so, there is a lot to recommend pulling the curtains out of the closet and installing them back on the window in time to enrich the upcoming summer.

 

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The photographer wrote the word “Perfect” on this picture. I have to agree. These weightless curtains make the perfect frame for a lovely summer green space.

 

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Alas, not all of us are lucky enough to look out onto a beautiful green garden, in which case, what better alternative than natural linen with an organic pattern blowing in a summer breeze. This one is either poly chromatically died to change from a natural color to hues of green, or artfully photographed to appear that way. Either way, it is opaque enough to suggest a summer landscape without actually showing one.

 

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Here the scale of the black and white print moderates between the dark interior and the very bright daylight outside. In any other application the print might be a bit much. Here it is fresh and causal, adding hospitality to a room that might otherwise send a spatially oppressive vibe.

 

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Classic cotton chintz, a timeless option for a summer dress, a summer table, and for sure a summer window. Matching the background of the fabric with the wall color extends the garden, enlarges the window and creates interests by adding complexity to the room. This is a great way to enhance a window with special features like this deep sill, triple pane glass and middle latch.

 

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Yards of pastel silk, piled on the floor and haphazardly tied, takes luxury for granted, telling us it is for all seasons. Heavy, for sure, but never overbearing, it is not for the budget conscious but may be enjoyed by all.

 

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Deeply personal, and whimsical as summer flowers, these color blocked windows express the personality of the resident as surely as a painting installed on a museum wall delivers the artists message. They have been turned into a poster for summer fun.

 

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Nothing says cool as ice like black and white and making it highly graphic defines summer sophistication, conjuring visions of glamor, even in a 4th floor walk up.

 

Bridget Gaddis, is a Licensed Architect and LEED-accredited Professional practicing nationally, and locally in the Washington DC area. She holds professional degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design. With a comprehensive background in both commercial and residential design, planning and construction, Ms. Gaddis has successfully completed projects for such well known brands as Chloe, Zegna, and Bvlgari. Her work in the residential sector has been with major renovations and has focused on responsible building practice. Ms. Gaddis is the author of two blogs dealing architectural subjects. For more information please visit her official website and commercial projects blog: http://gotogaddis.com/,  or her residential projects blog is:“Real people don’t hire architects.

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The 5 Key Elements to a Wildly Successful Housewarming Party

You finally did it: You bought that new house you’ve been dreaming of. After you close escrow and settle in, celebrate this new beginning with your nearest and dearest by hosting a housewarming party. Make it a memorable fête by following some of these tried-and-true tips:

Invite

Set the tone of your party with a unique invitation that clearly lists the party details. Include the formality of the event, as well as what type of food and drink will be served. While emailed invitations through websites like Evite and Paperless Post are popular, a custom-printed invite mailed the old-fashioned way is sure to get guests’ attention.

Theme

Cater to the design of your home and choose a theme that showcases your favorite details. If it’s all about the backyard, choose an afternoon BBQ or garden party for the theme. If the kitchen is to die for, host a more intimate affair like a wine and cheese tasting party held in the kitchen.

Décor

Skip the run-of-the-mill party store decorations and let your interior design shine. The idea is to show off your home in its pure form. Make sure to put the finishing touches on each room well in advance to avoid rushing crucial design decisions. Hang artwork and framed photos and add personal touches with keepsakes and monogrammed accents. Enhance the ambiance of each room by strategically placing flameless LED candles inside. Create your own fresh floral arrangements to match each room for an affordable indulgence.

Hang strings of lights outside to illuminate the backyard and help the party flow outdoors when the sun goes down. Set up a living area in the backyard for guests to relax. Create the ultimate indoor/outdoor living setup by adding an outdoor TV and surround sound speakers. Splurge on a new outdoor couch and plush chairs topped with plenty of pillows.

Music

Create a playlist on iTunes or Spotify that’s appropriate for the theme of your party. If throwing a classy cocktail party, make a classic jazz vocal blend. If planning an afternoon BBQ, feature an all-American playlist complete with Hank Williams Jr. If you run out of time to make a playlist, the genre-specific music channels on cable TV are an effortless option with just enough variety.

Food & Drink

Catering is the ideal option so you can socialize with your guests without stressing about the food. But if catering is out of the question, plan ahead and choose hors d’oeuvres that can be prepared a few hours ahead of time so you have plenty of time to clean up before the guests arrive. Put a family member in charge of keeping the serving platters stocked so you don’t have to be interrupted during your tours and mingling. Spread food on tables throughout the gathering areas — a tray of grilled scallops wrapped in prosciutto on the breakfast room table and taleggio flatbread on the sofa table. This will have guests covering all grounds and happily mingling.

When it comes to drinks, consider the preferences of your guests. Provide wine, beer, tea and water, as well as a specialty cocktail like a mojito or a margarita. If hosting a early affair, like a weekend brunch, a mimosa or Bloody Mary bar are great DIY options.

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Temporary Decals for Permanent Style

Sometimes, adding decor to our homes can be more difficult than we think. Strict apartment guidelines, the constantly changing tastes of children and teens, and the fear of ruining paint or not liking something can often prohibit our longing to add anything decorative to our walls.

Removable wall decals, such as the ones featured on Trendy Wall Designs can add artwork, color, and visual interest to any room, for a space that is both visually appealing and a representation of your own unique style.

kid-tranquility-tree-amb1Nurseries are the first place that you may want to consider adding wall decals. Fun animals, dreamy clouds and anything that will mentally and imaginatively stimulate your newborn can be added with the simplicity of a peel-and-stick decal. Children, of course, grow, and so do their tastes. A 6-year-old little girl may want to move from barnyard animals to princesses, and that can be as simple as peeling off the previous decals and adding some new ones to fit her style. Maybe your teenage boy has thoroughly grown out of the dinosaur theme you created with wall decals in his childhood bedroom, and wants to move on to some cool skating decals. That too, can be just as simple.

These kids growing up will also hopefully one day go on to college. Dorm rooms can often seem like tiny prison cells, and it is obviously against the rules to repaint the walls. Sometimes posters don’t cut it- and you don’t to risk having to pay extreme dorm damage fees because your young adult went a little overboard with their duct tape and posters, and accidentally ripped some paint off in the process. Decals can make any dorm feel a little more like home, even when one may be miles  away. Some wall decals even come with magnetic, dry-erase, or chalk writing capabilities, making it perfect for any student.

square-dot-decalsThe same problem goes for certain apartments. Some landlords refuse to let their residents repaint or hang anything from the walls for fear of damage. Though this may be very frustrating to new renters who would like their space to be a little colorful and fun, there are solutions, and Command hooks are not your only salvation. Wall decals can make any room feel like there is new wallpaper, paintings, and creative murals on your walls,making the space your own. Easy to peel off, the wall decals will also ensure your landlord’s happiness when you finally upgrade to a home where you can exercise more of your creative freedom.

Letting your personality and design taste show  may be difficult, especially with the rapidly changing tastes of children or the strict guidelines of college dorm rooms and apartments.Wall decals may be your saving grace in allowing your personal taste to shine through even in the bleakest of spaces.

 

Photos from designwithaz.com

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The Bold and the Beautiful: Patterns and Prints

Look around you. Most of the surfaces in your home can be resurfaced or revamped to make them seem fresher, newer, and more visually stimulating. The tried and true method of redecorating your space is varying the sizes, colors, and textures of your wallpaper, fabrics, rugs, curtains, or accessories. But most people tend to shy away from switching up patterns or incorporating new prints…. why is that?

Patterns and prints are not to be feared! They can be an exciting and unique touch to incorporate into any part of the home, as long as they are thoughtfully aligned with the existing design.

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Think about your everyday living space- where can you add a little visual pizzazz? Don’t think you have to go big and bold- this actually can be a little intimidating.  Instead, incorporate a simple pattern, with colors that blend well with those already used in the space. Neutral stripes in a subtle variation of your pre-existing wall color, or a muted version of other accent colors in the room can add height and space to a small room. Whether the stripes are chevron, vertical, or horizontal, these will add length or height to your space. Striped fabric in an accent color can also be a great choice for any chairs or rugs in the space, just make sure the pattern complements the larger stripes on the wall!

 

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For those willing to try something with a little more “risk-factor”: explore the possibilities of a pattern such a paisley, polka-dot, or floral, for an eye-catching addition to any aspect of the room. Since these are patterns that can come off as “busy”, they can enhance accent pillows or cushions, small chairs, or rugs, without overwhelming the room. Use colors that will compliment the rest of the design scheme, and the prints will stand out on their own, yet still remain subtle enough to blend in with your overarching aesthetic.

 

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Vacation homes may be the best places to experiment with thematic design.  You are only there for a few weeks every year, and the separation from the constraints of everyday life means you can be bold with your choices! For a vacation home by the sea, an obvious choice would be fabrics, colors, and patterns inspired by the ocean. Navy blues and crisp whites may be your go-to choices, but don’t be afraid to incorporate a few nautical patterns and prints to draw some visual interest . Seaside inspiration can be pulled from prints using anchors, ropes and more. Natural themes include waves or shells- just watch out for “kitschiness”. Or don’t! It’s your vacation home, and it is yours to enjoy.

 

Patterns and prints can be incorporated anywhere in the home, from the bedroom, living room, or kitchen, to furniture, accessories, or even appliances. To perfectly match your existing decor, you can design your own fabric or wallpaper at spoonflower.com. You can also shop for upholstery fabric at calicocorners.com, or even buy some patterned appliances at Target.

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Bring New Life to Old Furniture: Reupholster

thumbHave pets, family, overnight guests, and life in general brought some severe wear and tear to your furniture? The solution doesn’t always have to be to pour thousands of dollars into redecorating a room. Consider reupholstering your furniture.

Reupholstering furniture can be the perfect way to liven up and change a room you’ve grown tired of, all while keeping the shape and lines of the furniture you had originally fallen in love with upon purchasing.

Most companies, such as Dr. Sofa, offer free online estimates to what your costs will look like depending on the piece of furniture. You are also free to look at their online selection of hundreds of fabrics, or look into fabrics that you have taken interest in from other sources, and purchase enough to cover the pieces of furniture you have selected.

Remember, not all furniture has to be the same pattern. Matching in color schemes or choosing complimentary colors is sure to give you a vibrant and chic look, like you had an interior designer come in and design your home. That old furniture will look brand new with new stuffing and new life added to it.

With any extra fabric, you can make accessory throw pillows to go around the room to further make the fabric and pattern of the furniture pop.

It is the perfect solution for any antiques purchased, any hand-me-downs through the family, or any hand-offs to college students or kids setting out for their first time.

Reupholstering furniture may be your first step in revamping your home, and in saving money.

 

Photos Courtesy of mrupholster.com

 

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9 Artful Tips for an Easter Makeover

Easter is a moveable feast. It is an ancient holiday celebrating Spring, fertility, Passover, or all of the above. This year, however you choose to honor Easter, use it is an opportunity to transition your home for spring and prepare for a stylish Easter dinner. Spring colors aren’t limited to just feminine pastels. Bold colors — including black and white — accented with greens and yellows, can easily be incorporated into a sophisticated and modern Easter makeover for your home. Refresh with these springtime design tips a few weeks before guests arrive:

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Framed Fabrics

Add a boost of color to walls by swapping photos or artwork in the hallway for framed fabric swatches in Easter-inspired prints. For a sophisticated look, select understated spring textiles like black and white floral’s or geometric patterns in seasonal colors that pop. Short on picture frames? Better Homes and Gardens suggests clustering the prints together on a gallery wall using different-sized canvases covered with fabric.

Full Bloom

Nothing adds brightness and cheer to a home like a vibrant display of flowers. Take advantage of the seasons floral abundance with beautiful spring flower bouquets that can be used as dinner table centerpieces or to dress up an entryway.

Bouquet of Branches

For a grand dinner table centerpiece, arrange a bouquet of blooming branches in a tall glass vase. Look for branches with small, elegant blooms like pussy willow or forsythia. Finish the look with a slender chartreuse ribbon tied around the vase.

 

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Domed Displays

Use a glass cake stand with a domed cover to display limes, lemons and clementines, or arrange a cluster of restful succulents. Shop at Williams-Sonoma for a cake stand that can also double as a punch bowl.

Spring Mantel

Decorate a fireplace mantel for spring by draping it with a eucalyptus garland. Alternatively, bring the outdoors in by displaying all-natural elements atop the mantle. For example, in addition to greenery, a driftwood candle holder creates a breezy springtime ambiance.

Decorative Hardware

Exchange metal knobs and drawer pulls on dining room furniture for vintage green, pink, yellow or white porcelain hardware. Make the look more organic by varying the textures and colors.

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Sprinkle miniature white ceramic pitchers and vases throughout the house and fill them with spring blooms like hydrangeas or simple sprigs of baby’;s breath. For a grouped display, stack hardcover books in varying heights and place vases on top and in front for added depth. For a more antique look, use teacups or depression glassware.

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For a burst of color in the entryway, fill two or three tall, galvanized buckets with daffodils or display show-stopping red tulips in a pair of sunny yellow rain boots. If you are so fortunate, you could even showcase newly blossomed flowers from your own garden!

Floral Textiles

Infuse your home with ornate floral prints on cushions, throws, tablecloths or tea towels. Use vibrant, nature-inspired colors and designs like lilacs, peonies and wildflowers. Don’t be afraid to mix and match prints, as long as at least one color threads through them all to unite the design. Look to Architectural Digest’s Pinterest board for beautiful floral inspiration.

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