The Best Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Summer

The Best Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Summer

Every year you add another home improvement project to your list. Pretty soon the list will feel almost impossible to complete! Start tackling some of those projects this summer with these five home improvement ideas. With warmer weather and longer days, summer is the perfect season for making your home a more enjoyable place to live.

1. Replace light bulbs and fixtures

Are you still using old-style incandescent light bulbs? Replace them with newer versions that are more energy-efficient.You’ll save money on bills and won’t have to replace them as often in the future. While replacing your bulbs, see if you have any outdated fixtures that don’t really fit in with your home’s style anymore. Now is the time to update those, too.

The Best Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Summer

2. Repair or replace window screens

In the summer, you’re going to want to enjoy fresh air by opening your windows. But, if you’re missing a screen or it is torn, bugs could get into your home. You certainly don’t want to spend your time swatting at flies, so replace or repair your window screens right away and start enjoying the outdoor breeze inside your house.

The Best Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Summer

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3. Remove old wallpaper

Does your home still have that old 70s wallpaper in the living room? Open the windows, turn on some tunes and update that ugly print with contemporary wallpaper or a fresh coat of paint. This simple change will refresh your room and bring it to the present.

The Best Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Summer

4. Set up your patio with outdoor furniture

Outdoor entertaining is the perfect way to enjoy summer, but you can’t host guests without furniture. Determine how you want to use your patio – whether for dinner or drinks and conversation – and choose furniture to match.

The Best Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Summer

5. Add a raised garden bed

Start growing all those plants and herbs you’ve been meaning to plant by installing a raised garden bed in your yard. The sooner you tackle this project, the sooner you can start enjoying fresh produce!

If the idea of tackling projects this summer sounds far from appealing, make each task more fun by enlisting help and working to your favorite songs. All of your hard work will pay off in the end!

By Wendy Weinert

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

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Wallpaper isn’t just for the walls anymore. Check out these unique ways for using wallpaper and see which ideas work in your own home!

Ceilings

Who says your ceiling has to be painted white? Go for an unconventional look by sticking a bold sheet of wallpaper on the ceiling instead. To keep the look from overwhelming your space, use solid colors for the walls.

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

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Furniture

Use wallpaper to dress up your furniture! You can cover a bedside table or bookshelf with your favorite design or use wallpaper to create an interesting tabletop. If you have a plain-looking wooden chair or bar stool, add a little flair with vinyl-coated paper.

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

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Artwork

Instead of covering the entire wall with wallpaper, cut up your paper, frame the pieces and use them as hanging artwork. You can hang up an assortment of different patterns together or display a larger, rectangular piece of wallpaper to bring eye-catching style to your space.

Cabinetry

Line your kitchen cupboards or dining room buffet with a stylish print to create a backdrop for dishware. If your cupboard doors feature glass windows, a wallpaper backdrop will look especially nice and will positively impact on the overall look of your space.

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

Storage boxes

It’s great that you reuse boxes to store household items, but your home shouldn’t have to suffer from the look of drab cardboard. Store your stuff in style by covering boxes and plastic containers with your favorite wallpaper designs. No longer will you have to go to great lengths to hide storage boxes when guests stop by for a visit!

Wallpaper is the perfect solution for adding that touch of style to your space. Look for areas in your home that could benefit from a little wallpaper and don’t
be afraid to get creative!

By Wendy Weinert

 

4 tips for designing a home that you will continue to love for years

4 tips for designing a home that you will continue to love for years

Setting up a living space is no easy feat, so it’s better to create a space that you’ll love for a long time as opposed to redecorating frequently. When decorating your home, keep these four tips in mind to create a space that stands the test of time:

1. Seek out quality furniture

Everyone wants to save money, but buying low-quality, cheap furniture will actually cost you more money in the long run. Higher-quality products last longer, which means you can enjoy their great style and functionality for years.

4 tips for designing a home that you will continue to love for years

2. Don’t overspend on trendy products

The trendy accessories that you love might be in style now, but what about a year from now? It’s okay to keep up with the trends and incorporate what’s “in” at the moment into your home’s design, but be careful of overspending on products that you will only use for a short period of time. Save your money for a beautiful piece of wall art or a stunning light fixture instead.

4 tips for designing a home that you will continue to love for years

3. Tell your story with design

Take a page out of interior designer Diego Rincon’s book and fill your home with meaningful items that share your story and personality. For example, you can display souvenirs or decorative items that you’ve acquired while traveling. Antique items that have been passed down in the family can also make great décor for your home.

4 tips for designing a home that you will continue to love for years

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4. Find ways to make easy, temporary changes

No matter how much you love the look of your space, there may come a time when you feel ready for a change. Instead of redecorating an entire room, however, you can make simple changes that will save you time, money and stress. When you’re craving color, hang up bright wallpaper on one or more of your walls. When the seasons change, switch out your smaller accessories like accent pillows and curtains for items that are more suitable. Small changes can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of a room.

People should feel happy in their home environment. Create space that you can love for years with these four tips in mind.

By Wendy Weinert

“Couture & Décor”: How Fashion & Interior Design Will Change Lifestyles In 2014

In your mind’s eye, imagine a highway winding through the natural countryside. On this highway are two automobiles—both made in Detroit of course—driving in two separate lanes, but in the same direction. Occasionally, one car speeds ahead of the other, but eventually the other vehicle always catches up. And while neither car merges into the others lane completely, sometimes their tires casually cross the dotted line. In the end, however, both cars arrive at the same destination, together and on time.

Similarly, Fashion and Interior Design are much like those two cars on the same highway. They transport how people style themselves from point A to point B in the future. And although they are in the aforementioned  “separate lanes”, there is a very thin line between them since both find creative strength from similar inspirations. Why? Because they share the same goal: helping consumers arrive at a gorgeous destination.fashion-sketches

For example, the same couture fabrics and color themes that are seen on models on the runway during Fashion Week in Paris are also being used by high end interior designers across the world to outfit furniture, window treatments and even wall colors. From texture to fit to color, the parallels of fashion and interiors are simply amazing.

For the next few moments we will explore three different ways that Interior Décor will be influenced by couture fashion in 2014. The three trends we’re going to examine are as follows: 1.) Color Fusion 2.) Patterns & Wall Décor and 3.) Mixing Metals

Color Fusion: What will be the color trends for 2014 in interior design?

Tangerine: We saw tangerine trending in fashion in 2011, but it didn’t quite catch on as strongly with interior design as forecasters anticipated. Since it has been incubating in the public’s consciousness for some time now, expect it to return with a vengeance next year. Tangerine is a very versatile color. While it’s not a neutral, it does “play well” with others. Pair it with citrus, black, crème, chocolate or gray to give your living space the feel of a jet-setting experience.

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Jewel Tones: Inspired by fashion, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green will also continue their dominance in interior design and decoration next year. These cooler colors are stunning as velvets on large furnishings like sofas and chairs or as silks and linens for window treatments.

Patterns & Wall Décor: How will Fashion influence Interior Design regarding patterns and wall décor next year?

Plaid will continue to be a popular go-to pattern in homes. Whether it’s featured on fabrics by Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta, or other masters, rich color combinations in plaids of varying scales will dominate in many interiors in 2014. Because plaids can be both masculine and feminine in their execution expect many different interpretations of their usage.

Another big trend next year will be using wallpaper in versatile ways. For some time, wallpaper wasn’t in vogue, but that attitude has changed drastically with the arrival of amazing selections inspired by couture fashion. Look for ground-breaking choices that feature textures like bling, wood veneers and unusual artwork as found in stunning new collections from Fornasetti for Cole & Son. And don’t forget to consider your ceiling as option for coverage!

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Mixing Metals: A third area Fashion will influence Interior Design in 2014 involves mixing metals.

For many years it was considered a faux pas to mix silver and gold accessories in interior decorating. But that is no longer the case. Just as fashion has broken the rules in terms of jewelry and fabric combinations, so too as Interior Design made it acceptable to mix and match different finishes.

So don’t be afraid to place a gold chandelier over a sofa with silver nail-heads. Or to hang artwork with varying frames in silver, bronze, gold, crystal and black together on one wall salon-style. Remember, that variety is the spice of life—and it’s also the mark of strong interior decorating.

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In conclusion, remember that fashion and interior design have been and forever will be in a symbiotic relationship. When you watch models strutting their stuff down the catwalk, imagine those same fashions, those patterns, those colors as inspiration for how you decorate your home. May we all watch 2014 with keen anticipation as interior design and fashion continue to take us down the high road of style!

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How to Incorporate Bright Colors into your Home

Decorating with bright colors is an easy way to liven up a space and give it some cheer. Unfortunately, it is also an easy way to ruin the look of your favorite room if you’re not careful. Have you ever walked into someone’s home and instantly thought “what were they thinking?!” More often than not, the culprit of their disastrous interior design was the misuse of colors. Maybe they tried using too many different colors. Whatever the case, it certainly did not leave you impressed.

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 Incorporating bright colors into your interior design can be done, and when executed well, will transform your living space and give it personality. Here are some simple ways to get started:

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Accessorize with bright colors

The easiest way to add some life to a room is to decorate with colorful accessories. Whether it’s an abstract painting, a red lamp or a colorful throw pillow, you can be sure that these smaller furnishings will make a big difference. Don’t be afraid to select different colored items. As long as the colors complement each other, they will look great in your room.  Make sure to check out, Jezebel, who handcrafts beautiful pieces of glass and metal lighting, all in the USA.

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Photo credit: Coastal Decors

Add a surprising pop of color with bright furniture

If you want your bright colors to make more of an impact, consider a bold piece of furniture like a sofa or table. Because these items are larger, they will instantly become the center of attention in any room. In most rooms, you will want to have only one or two of these larger, brighter furnishings. Otherwise, each piece will have to fight for attention and will have less of an impact.

Photo Credit: Garimpando Frida

Photo Credit: Garimpando Frida

Go daring and install colorful wallpaper

Just because you ought to be careful with bright colors, doesn’t mean that you can’t still be daring. Install wallpaper with a colorful design on just one of the walls in a room like a mural. Wallpaper on one wall instead of all four will add style to your room without overwhelming it.

If you’re not sure whether two colors work together when decorating, ask for a second or even third opinion. You can even take pictures to get a better idea. After your interior design has been revamped with a brighter look, you’ll never want to go back to an ordinary, neutral color palette again!

 

 

 

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Decorate your bedroom with wallpaper

Wallpaper 1970Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, wallpaper was huge. The trend began to take over, covering the walls of every room in the house and by the late ‘90s, it was overused and everyone was sick of it. People started to paint their walls instead and wallpaper was considered dated. Because paint can only offer so much, however, wallpaper is now making a comeback, allowing you to add even more creativity to your bedroom design.

Wallpaper is not only back, but the variety of paper available today is better than it was in the past. Wallpaper can be made out of numerous materials, yorkwallpaperglasseven recycled automobile glass. Plus, there is an enormous selection of patterns and textures that can transform a room and create instant style.

When friends and family members walk into your bedroom, you want them to be amazed, impressed and maybe even a little bit jealous. Wallpaper is a great way to design a unique look. If you wish to cover all four walls with the same wallpaper, choose a simple pattern that will add just the right amount of visual appeal. One great advantage of using wallpaper instead of paint is that even the smallest pattern or design can add texture to a room that most paint cannot.

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If you’re in love with many of the bolder wallpaper designs, just use it on one wall instead. Creating a feature wall is a trend that’s very in right now and is an easy way to add impact and incorporate bigger, colorful or geometric patterns in the bedroom. Don’t forget – you can also apply wallpaper to furniture and other home decor items that will give your room a look that is 100% custom!

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Pop goes the wall! Using wallpaper to give rooms a style boost

Wallpaper is going through a revolution. There was a time not too long ago when it was considered passé – a relic that reminded us of musty, old-fashioned spaces that were more dull than dynamic. But that perception just doesn’t stand up any more. Now, wallpaper is regaining recognition as one of the quickest ways to give a big pop of style to rooms that are lacking in personality.

Topping the trend list for wallpapers are patterns and prints that give the impression of texture. Lattice or trellis patterns provide unfussy graphic effects, particularly in key color trends like grey and yellow. Textures pulled from the natural world, like birch bark, cork and bamboo, all provide subtle organic touches. And even classical patterns like florals and damasks are having new life breathed into them with up-to-date color schemes.YorkWallpaper-2

So, where – and how – can you use wallpaper to up the style quotient in your home? Here are some ideas:

  • Give a tiny powder room or a guest bathroom some real style power by adding boldly colored and patterned wallpaper. For instance, if you want real drama, you could add a black damask paper that creates an instant “wow” factor. The darker, the bolder the statement.

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  • Bedrooms: For a stunning boudoir backdrop, add wallpaper to the wall behind your bed’s headboard. Make it a real focal point by pulling a single color from the paper and painting the rest of the walls in that shade. You’ll get a stylistically cohesive look while still drawing attention to the papered wall.
  • Dining rooms: Add an air of formality to a dining room with a dignified wallpaper pattern. That doesn’t mean it has to be something your grandmother would choose – there are plenty of modern wallpaper options that blend elegance and personality. Don’t be afraid to use the wallpaper in an unconventional method. Try your ceiling instead of your walls!
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Whether you paper one wall or a whole room, the simple addition of a great wallpaper pattern can turn a boring space into your new favorite room.