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Curb appeal can be determined from a well-kept yard and your home’s exterior. Establishing a well-kept yard can be done through garden work and the right landscaping. You may have an immense knowledge about how to garden or are a novice to gardening. Either way, we have tips that every homeowner, who wants a thriving garden, should know.
Expert Gardening Tips:
Plan out your garden. Pro-gardeners will agree that it is beneficial to go in with a plan. Decide what plants and flowers you want to include in your garden then draw a layout of where you would like them. Make sure to always consider your area’s climate and growth tendencies before planting.
Work with dry soil. There is a hidden importance to working with dry soil rather than wet soil. When you walk on wet soil, it can press down the soil and make unwanted clumps while gardening.
Transportation at its finest. Before heading to pick up new plants for your garden, lay down a mini ladder on top of a plastic tarp. The spaces in between your ladder are superb for securing your plants while you are driving. Housing the plants in the mini ladder will also help avoid spillage.
Utilize a rain gauge. Do not guess that your plants are getting enough water from rain. Be absolutely certain by using a rain gauge.
Pro Tip: Add some food coloring to your rain gauge to see where the rain lies inside on your gauge.
Always use clean garden tools. Your garden tools should always be clean before using.
Lighten the load. If you have ever tried to move a planted pot from one area to another, you understand how heavy it can be! The solution is to fill the bottom half of the pot with packing peanuts and the top half with your soil. You will need to put in a piece of a landscape fabric between the packing peanuts and the soil.
Do you have any gardening tricks that you cannot live without? We would love to hear your advice and tricks in the comment section below.
Decorating with natural elements by bringing a hint of the outdoors into your home can bring the nature inside. If you are nature-starved what are some easy ways you can implement nature into your home’s decor?
Love looking at a campfire? Well, you can get the same look anytime you desire by purchasing a faux fireplace. Faux indoor fireplaces look so realistic and they even sound similar to the flapping sound of a campfire.
Decorate with “greenery”
Of course, the most obvious way to bring nature indoors is to bring in some plants. Plants can brighten any space. When incorporating greenery into your design scheme look for ways to steer clear of the traditional flower in the vase thing. Mix it up by using a variety of pots in your plant area. You can even opt out of using flower pots and instead of hanging them on the wall using plant hangers.
Natural Wood Furnishing
Decorating with natural wood furnishing is a great way to create a rustic feel. Wood furniture is super durable and with great craftsmanship, it can be formed into all kinds of beautiful design. You can add wood furniture sparingly. Perhaps a wood finished rocking chair in the living room or a wooden coffee table. A sleek, wood finished headboard adds a bit of outdoors to your bedroom.
Buy a grass rug
You can easily purchase an artificial rug that simulates the look of grass from popular furniture companies. It can serve as a focal point for your living room or the man cave. The grass can withstand foot traffic. It’s available in a variety of sizes.
Constellation Projection Lamp
Enjoy staring up at the stars at night? Well, you can do so right from the comfort of your bed. A constellation projector lamp allows you to easily project the beautiful heavens on your walls and ceilings.
Be imaginative when searching for ways you can make your home reflect your love for nature. Use a different colors, textures, and patterns that are inspired by nature to energize a space.
Most people love being near water simply for the calming effect it creates. The stress of the day can melt away when you let go and allow yourself to listen to the natural water sounds around you. While some people are lucky enough to live near a body of water, others need to create a little ambience in able to achieve the same effect.
When envisioning coastal living, think about what you would enjoy the most about it. This is how you get started on creating your dream living space. Life can feel cluttered and heavy from the weight of daily responsibilities. Coastal locations makes you think about how relaxing a getaway would make you feel. So use that for your inspiration when decorating.
Keep colors neutral and relaxing. Soft blues and khakis, clean whites and natural woods. Textures should be kept light and airy. A little thickness provides warmth without becoming too heavy. Natural light will also be a huge factor as you recreate a coastal look. Allowing light to reflect on your interior will give it a refreshing feeling but keep window treatments light and easy to keep open with tie-backs during the day.
Keep furniture style simple to maintain the theme of removing the weight of your day when you arrive home. Let the lake, sea or ocean provide you with inspiration in your decor. Touches of nautical theme or artwork depicting a beautiful pier or traveling sailboat can carry you away. Wicker pieces can give any space that quaint cottage look you may enjoy. If you have souvenirs from a vacation you enjoyed on the water, feel free to sprinkle them in where appropriate.
No matter where you reside, creating a coastal paradise in your home is possible. Take your time and choose pieces thoughtfully. This process is meant to create a relaxing environment, not more stress. In no time, it will all come together and you will be able to relax and turn on an ocean sounds soundtrack to set the mood. Now close your eyes, and it’s like you’re right there on the shore!
So you are finally ready to update the flooring in your home. While new flooring can transform spaces, comparing flooring to determine what is best suited for your home can be a pain. If you’re interested in flooring that’s attractive yet affordable; laminate flooring may be a great option for you. Here are five reasons why.
- Super durable
Perhaps the greatest feature of laminate flooring is its durability. Laminate has a tough exterior, with a resin coating making it resistant to scratches and heavy impact. When compared to vinyl, hardwood and other types of flooring, laminate lasts much longer. The surface makes it ideal for homes that experience a lot of traffic such as households with children and pets.
Also, many manufacturers offer an extended warranty on laminate flooring products that provides protection against water damage, stains and fading.
- Style and Versatility
Laminate flooring can simulate the look of your favorite types of flooring including hardwood, stone and a plethora of other finishes. Laminate tiles are available in many different colors, plank styles and thickness. The variety of hues and patterns allows homeowners to match the room style to they’re floors.
Laminate floor products are extremely easy to install. They can be installed over pre-existing sub floors as well uninstalled when it’s time for an update. In addition, laminate floors don’t require adhesive. The simple installation process saves both time and money.
- Affordable Pricing
Laminate floor products are inexpensive, especially when compared to hardwood and stone flooring products. There is laminate flooring available for every price range. Although, laminate is cheap it doesn’t fall short of quality. When you take into consideration the longevity of laminate floor it is the best economical choice.
- Easy maintenance
Forget about the expensive cleaning products and services. Laminate floors are easy to maintain. They can be cleaned with a simple cleaning solution and standard cleaning products available on the market today.
- Environmentally friendly
Since laminate floors are derived from wood by wood products which means that it doesn’t use harvested or endangered tree species. Unlike other types of flooring, laminate does not trap dust particles and other allergens.
Are you building a new home, a first time or move up buyer, or simply renovating your current home? The bedroom is your personal oasis and should reflect your style and taste. Often, we are guilty of choosing the perfect paint color, bed, bedding and furniture, but overlook flooring. Technically, choosing your flooring should be one of the first choices you should make. Think of the process as building from the ground up.
In your bedroom, the first thing your feet touch in the morning is the floor, and the last thing they touch in the evening. Floor choices will depend on design, taste and individual life style. Think about your daily life, do you only use the bedroom for sleep, or do you spend a lot of time in your bedroom? Do you have small children? Do you have pets? Do you take meals in the bedroom?
• Carpet – Carpet is still very popular for bedroom flooring. Carpet is soft and cozy with many styles, designs and colors. The choice of carpet padding affects the softness under your feet, while insulating and keeping your feet warm. Carpet is also an excellent choice for sound proofing, especially if the bedroom is upstairs. Some drawbacks for carpet are they get dirty quickly, hold dirt/dander and require frequent cleaning. Carpet is also less expensive than hardwoods, but not as durable and must be replaced periodically.
• Hardwood – Hardwood is a popular choice for it’s inherent beauty and style. Hardwood offers many choices based on type, design and color whether traditional, pre-finished or distressed looking hardwood. To soften the look and feel of the bedroom, placing an area rug in the bedroom is always an option. This allows you to add an additional design element of color, texture and defines the space especially for a large bedroom. Some drawbacks of hardwood floors are they scratch, offer very little padding, do not insulate and can be noisy. Something else to keep in mind is that hardwood does increase the value of the home.
Please let us know if you made the right decision for you and your home. We love to hear from you!
It is always a good idea to add plants to any interior space. Indoor plants supply interiors with improved air quality. Indoor air quality is often poor, due to inadequate circulation. The air can become stale if the doors and windows are not opened often. Have no fear, plants can easily solve this problem. This read will give you some ideas about how to place plants in specific rooms.
The kitchen is a great place to have an indoor herb garden. Fresh herbs smell amazing. They make cooking fun. There is no need to spend a fortune on fresh herbs at the grocery store. Herbs are pretty easy to maintain. They thrive in pots and simply need to be watered daily. If there is a window over the kitchen sink, this is the perfect place to add little pots of herbs. Even if you don’t cook, herbs will provide your space with clean air and a fresh smell.
Showcase larger potted plants in the living room. This space is where family gathers and entertains. Where there are higher ceilings, add some height with plants. This could be a potted tree or even bamboo stalks. Put plants in attractive planters and place them on the floor. Just make sure there is a tray under the planter if there is drainage. A tray to catch the runoff water is a necessity. Nice leafy plants look attractive in larger spaces. Smaller succulents, that don’t require lots of water or light, can be tucked into shelving or book cases.
The bedroom is at great place for a nice rosemary plant. This herb gives off an amazing relaxing smell. It also doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. Rosemary is used in linen spray and bath balms because of it’s ability to soothe the senses. Bamboo stalks can also be used in bedrooms they require little water and light. You can place stalks in any kind of planter and enjoy them as they grow!
Deciding where to place a potted plant basically can be determined by how much maintenance it requires and if the space has adequate natural light. Do the research and find a potted plant that fits the need for any room!
When it comes to selecting tile for your home, there are a lot of great choices out there. Two of the best types on the market today are ceramic and natural stone tiles. Here is a little more information on each variety of tile to assist you in choosing the best materials for your lifestyle.
Ceramic tile is pretty popular, and for good reason. Once sealed after installation it becomes water-, scratch- and stain-resistant. This material is divided into two categories: porcelain tile and non-porcelain tile. Both are created using the same method, but porcelain tile contains 50% feldspar, which is a mineral that crystallizes during the heating portion of the tile-making process, giving it a different appearance than it’s non-porcelain counterpart. Traditional ceramic tile, or non-porcelain tile, is made with red, white and/or brown clay, minus the feldspar. Both are available in glazed or unglazed versions. Glazed options include high-gloss, semi-gloss and matte.
Natural stone is also very popular, but each type differs in and water-, stain- and scratch-resistance. Some materials are also more high-maintenance than others. If you are considering a natural stone look in your home, educate yourself on the upkeep of each variety to be sure you are making the right decision. Natural stone options include: Granite, Limestone (Travertine being the popular choice), Marble and Slate. Granite is one of the best choices available since it can stand up to heavy use without causing damage once it has been polished. Its density makes it durable and it comes in a wide range of colors. Travertine with it’s beautiful earth tones is considered a little more delicate tiling option as it is softer and prone to scratches and staining if not properly maintained. Available in textured and polished versions, it is not recommended for use in high traffic areas. Marble is also a more high-maintenance natural stone choice as it is softer than granite as well, but with proper regular sealing can be enjoyed for a long time. Finally, slate is a great option for resistance to wear and tear as it dense like granite and extremely durable. Slate is naturally textured but can be smoothed down if you prefer.
Come down to our showroom today and let us help you pick the proper tiling material for your home today!