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Three Ways To Decorate For Free With Household Items – Part 3

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice

In our final installment we share with you one of the most entertaining ways to accomplish the goal of cost-free home improvement. This is just plain fun! 

Leftover paint

It’s common to keep the paint that is leftover after a home décor project. It’s usually for purposes of touch-up when someone dings the wall accidentally. But touch-ups require a miniscule amount of the leftover paint. Rather than waste the rest, use it to create a new color. You’ll feel like you’re back in kindergarten! Gather the paint leftovers from around the house, and grab a few stir sticks and a hammer.

Set up a secure workspace where a paint spill won’t be a problem. Use small plastic cups to mix small amounts of each color in varying proportions. Avoid large cups because they will require you to mix a lot of paint while you’re experimenting and you don’t want to waste it all during your mix experiment. Start small and add or subtract as necessary.

If you love the idea of this project, but feel rather uncertain about the science of color, plan ahead by doing a bit of internet research on color. You can also pick up a color wheel at the local craft store and reference it to see how color combinations typically turn out.

If, after some effort, you create a new color you love, it’s time to mix the big batch. Pour the ingredients into one of the large paints cans and mix vigorously with the stir stick. Determine if you need to make any slight adjustments. If not, hammer the lid down and give the can a massive shake. Voila! A whole new paint color. Use it on walls if you need to cover a small space like a recessed cut out. Better yet, use it for accessories like picture frames or wooden boxes. 

Three Ways To Decorate For Free With Household Items – Part 2

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice

Next we are going to discuss innovative ways to spruce up your home décor using magazines. They are full of commercial artwork and photography, and high quality publications usually have exciting, stunning or impressive imagery. Reach for all those issues you’ve been relegating to a stack on the table and make something unique.

Magazines

One option is to display them on hangers. Opt for the ones you bring home from the drycleaner. The wire is small and subtle so it won’t distract from the magazine cover, and it can be spray painted to match the room. Hang one magazine on each hanger, about half way through the magazine so it hangs evenly. Use a nail or tack in the wall and hang the hanger on it.

You can hang just one as a focal point near a place where you might reach for it, such as a crafting magazine in your craft room. You can also hang several of them (each on their own hanger) in an interesting configuration on a wall. Choose a theme or design guideline when selecting which magazine covers to display. For instances, if you’re fashion lover, group your fashion magazines together. Avoid mixing random, unrelated magazine genres, or your collection will look disparate and the overall effect will be less interesting.

Another great way to display magazines is by hanging them on the horizontal towel racks in the bathroom. Many people now roll up clean towels and store them in a cabinet or basket. Rather than leave the towel racks empty, lay the magazines over them, and center them evenly so they don’t fall down.

Last, but not least, create something beautiful in your home for free by tearing pages out of the magazine. If you have old images in frames that you’re tired of looking at, replace them with one of the pages you tore out. Or, look around the house for extra photo frames that aren’t being used. If you don’t have either of these around and you want to accomplish the goal for free, find excess poster boards or paper bags around the house and lay them behind the torn out pages to give the appearance of a frame.

Next read Part 3 – Three ways to decorate for free with household items – Leftover Paint

Chief Household Officer Report: How Moms Can Build a Practical Autumn Wardrobe For the Kids

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Fall is a busy time of year for clothing stores; back to school means that the kids need new clothes. This can also be a challenging time of year to continue working on home improvement projects because funds get funneled to your child’s needs. To keep the dream of a remodel project alive, try these suggestions for filling their closet without draining the bank.

First, go through everything they have in their closet. Wash the clothes that they are planning on keeping, fold and store away summer clothes, and get rid of run down or ill-fitting ones. You can donate the gently worn stuff, and sell the items that are still in good condition. With the money you make, you can in turn buy new clothes.

 

While going through the closet make a list of all the things they need so when you go to the store it’s quick and easy to find the necessities. Time is money! Be sure to solicit your child’s opinion on the type of new clothes they’d like. If not, money can easily be wasted on garments your child won’t wear. Another benefit of making a list ahead of time is the resulting opportunity to get the best prices by shopping the sales. If you plan ahead you can even wait until certain sales start, and in the end you’ll get the most amount of clothing for your money. Correlate the list you made while cleaning out their closet with stores and split up your shopping days.

 

It’s also smart to think about balancing good judgment with trends. For example, if your teenager wants to buy a shirt because it is in style but it is unflattering on their body or won’t be popular two months later, him or her to buy something else. Don’t forget to consider the value of layering. Garments that can only be worn in sub-zero temperature don’t offer as much value as those that can accomplish the same goal by simply wearing a few of them at a time. A little ingenuity goes a long way when budgeting, and if you play it right, you’ll still have money left over to push forward with your home design project!

Tile: Not Just for Floors Anymore

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Take a classic maple cabinet, combine with a solid-surface countertop and stainless appliances, and you have a nice kitchen with nothing special to recommend it. Imagine this kitchen with a plain painted backsplash. Add this sparkling tile backsplash, and the kitchen becomes something to notice.

There are only four colors in this glass tile backsplash and one size of tile, but the varied pattern-less approach to color takes this kitchen up a notch.

Does your kitchen catch the eye? Unlike other rooms in your home, accessories on the countertops just get in the way in your kitchen’s functioning workspace. It’s often expensive and impractical to replace cabinets. You have three less expensive areas to make your kitchen special: flooring, countertops and backsplashes. Of these three, generally the missing piece is a backsplash.

Tile is a natural choice. It holds up well to splashes from your kitchen adventures, the choices of size, pattern and color is virtually unlimited, and the small space means that you can splurge on a more expensive option without blasting your budget. The photo shows a glass tile, which adds a contemporary touch. Ceramic and porcelain choices also work. No matter what style your kitchen features, you can find a tile that will complement it.

Visit our showroom and plan to get creative. Let us help you add something special to your kitchen that you can enjoy looking at every time you cook.

We Want Happy Customers

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Hardwood, Tile and Natural Stone

Question: My home needs all new flooring. I haven’t shopped for flooring in decades and the whole process seems pretty overwhelming to me. What kind of help will I get from your salespeople? Are there things I can do beforehand to make the process easier and less confusing?

Answer: Selecting new flooring may seem overwhelming, but you can take some steps before even coming to our showroom to help you start the process. To begin, make a list of your flooring needs, including an estimate of room size and any colors. (Don’t worry about getting accurate measurements; we will do that before ordering or installing anything.) You may also want to spend some time determining your budget range. This will be easier to define once you see what’s available at the different prices.

Your next step is a visit to our website. Flooring is much more varied and interesting than it was the last time you looked. Our website provides a great way to update your product knowledge at your own pace. We also have some tools on our site that may help define your goals.

The final step is visiting our showroom. Put yourself into the hands of one of our salespeople. Their primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for your floors and they can provide a wealth of information and exciting ideas for your home. Take advantage of their expertise and before you know it, you will have a beautiful space.

Remember, we have a more important goal than making a sale. We want to make a customer. If you’re happy we’ve done our job right, and we’re happy too.

Sustainable Hardwoods

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Do you think about the environmental impact of your purchasing decisions? Many people today have modified their approach to buying a product by exploring the company’s approach to sustainability.

As consumers pay more attention, suppliers do too. One good example of this is a research project started recently by PE International, a consulting firm specializing in environmental consulting. They are investigating the environmental impact of American hardwoods, from the initial extraction to the final delivery at wood import firms. This analysis will eventually help you make more informed decisions when you purchase wood floors and furniture.

Choosing a hardwood floor involves many choices: style, budget, wood tone, type of wood, manufacturer and installer. Today, many consumers also want to know about a product’s carbon footprint. As a result, many suppliers and distributors are working hard to get that information for you. When you make important purchasing decisions, it’s worth your time to ask about any environmental information available.