10 Tips Every New Home Buyer Should Know

10 Tips Every New Home Buyer Should Know

The biggest investment many of us will make is buying a house, and mistakes can be costly. To help weed through the home-buying jungle, we’ve gathered the knowledge and strategies every home buyer should know before beginning the hunt.
 

Know your needs before making a commitment to buy.

By: Stephanie Alexander

Your lifestyle

First, examine your lifestyle. Do you long for bucolic pasturelands? Feel energized by urban cityscapes? Looking forward to a family-friendly suburban lifestyle? It’s important to think of the limitations each locale places on your lifestyle and the perks each has to offer before making the commitment to buy.
Suburban lifestyles are flexible, offering children the opportunity to play outdoors and enjoy a neighborhood environment; urban areas offer greater social, culture, educational and career opportunities; rural environs offer privacy, room to roam and the ability to pursue hobbies — such as gardening — on a larger scale.
In addition to locale, it’s important to think about the type of dwelling you’re considering. Will you quickly outgrow that handsome city brownstone? Is a country cottage the perfect size? Will purchasing a condo allow you to forgo lawn and home maintenance and enjoy more leisure time?

Costs of ownership

Weigh the costs of home ownership.

There’s more to consider than just a monthly mortgage payment. Will you be able to afford the expenses that come with owning a home? Utilities, property taxes, repairs, homeowners association fees, lawn maintenance (unless you will do the work yourself) can all add up.
If you’re moving to a new part of town or a new city, it’s important to consider the cost of living for that area. Transportation, school tuition and everyday living expenses can also make home ownership more expensive than it initially appears.

Build or buy

Research can help you decide whether it will will benefit you more you to build or buy.

Having a home custom-built to your specifications can be expensive. But are you ready to take on remodeling and updating an older home to meet your needs?
A remodel can often be expensive and in the end, is less satisfying — and finishing a project yourself, without experience, can result in the purchase of costly tools and the loss of your valuable time.
Do your research before signing with a contractor or deciding to revamp an older home.

Location, location, location

Location is one of the most important factors when buying a home.

A bargain is never really a bargain when located in a bad neighborhood. Sometimes lightning will strike and gentrification of certain areas will result in skyrocketing property value — but that’s rare. It’s better to take a chance on a smaller home — or one in need of repair — in a great area where the value will only rise.

Loan types

Read all of the fine print before getting a mortgage.

A loan rate can look great in an advertisement, but once bankers have drawn you in to the branch office, what will you really pay? Points, PMI (private mortgage insurance) and closing costs can drive your mortgage cost up.
Some programs allow buyers to have smaller down payments — but how long are you required to stay in the home without penalty — and how much more will you pay each month?
Be sure to read all the clauses and fine print before getting a mortgage. And don’t be afraid to shop around for the best rate.

Buyer’s broker

A buyer’s broker will help you find the property best suited for you.

Most real estate agents represent the seller, but a buyer’s broker represents your needs and desires and helps you locate the property that’s best for you.
While buyer’s brokers are difficult to locate in some markets, locating a professional advocate who is required by law to get you the best price and terms can alleviate home shopping stress.

Home inspection

Demand full disclosure and a professional home inspection.

Most states require that a home seller disclose potential problems with the property — but the homeowner may not always know or reveal existing structural problems (despite the legal requirement). The only way to truly know what’s going on inside (and over and under) a home’s structure is to secure the services of a reputable home inspector. Expect to pay $300 to $600 for the inspection. It seems like a lot of money, but consider the thousands it could save you if the home isn’t up to code or has major issues.

Signed documents

Be sure to get every part of the deal in writing.

Perhaps one of the best ways to protect yourself is to have every part of the sale in writing — and make sure you understand every aspect before making a commitment. Legal jargon and real estate terminology can be confusing and somewhat frustrating, so hone your real estate vocabulary before house hunting, and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions along the way.

After the sale

There’s still work to be done after you purchase a home.

First, purchase homeowners insurance. Next, decide if the purchase of a home warranty (if not included as part of the sale) is in your best interest. Finally, make sure your title has been taken care of during the sales process.

Added taxes

Meet with a tax consultant to lean about your property taxes.

Are your property taxes rolled into your monthly mortgage payment? Or will you be responsible for paying them yearly? Don’t forget to keep paperwork for your annual federal or state income tax return — you can often deduct the property taxes, points and interest paid on a mortgage. Set up a consultation with a tax accountant to learn more about the restrictions on these types of deductions.

20 EASY WALL HANGING IDEAS

20 EASY WALL HANGING IDEAS

20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com      The fastest and (often) least expensive way to add color or personality to your walls? Hang something up! We adore changing up the walls in our homes too, too much. Here’s a few of our very favorite projects.

1. Corner gallery wall20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com2. Tips for installing a gallery wall20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com             3. Three easy 30-minute art projects20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com    4. Song lyric wall art20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com            5. Create your own instax wallpaper20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com                  6. Make your own photo wall clock.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com           7. Add life to your room with gold dipped hanging planters.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com                8. Don’t forget your kitchen walls! Try this easy kitchen wall art.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com                    9. Pretty storage? Yes, please! Try hats in place of art.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com               10. We are still swooning over this copper pipe wall hanging.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com              11. Make this starburst mirror DIY.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com                   12. Create a modern wall art with paint swatches.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 13. Craft these triangle shelves. Too cute!20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com   14. Use a personal photo to make your own canvas portrait.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com     15. Get ready for February with this best friend wall art.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com        16. Add a soft touch above a dining room table with this fabric chandelier.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com       17. Be cool with this skull string art. 🙂20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com  18. Get out your tools and make these honeycomb shelves.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com          19. Make personalized pet art with little more than pens and paper.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com                 20. Create this song lyric denim art in one afternoon! Go on and make something pretty this weekend!

Source: http://abeautifulmess.com/2014/01/20-easy-wall-hanging-ideas.html

10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

Home maintenance isn’t restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks–when performed regularly–may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it’s inevitable that they do), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call for pro. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there’s a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained.

MUST-DO MAINTENANCE:

The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should get to regularly.

1. Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.

2. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.

4. Test all GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.

5. Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.

6. Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping yearly.

9. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so.

GUTTERLY SIMPLE:

Cleaning your gutters is the chore you abhor.

THE QUICK FIX

Make gutter cleaning easier–and safer (no ladder required)–with a long spray wand made from a 1/2-in.-diameter by 10-ft.-long PVC pipe. Cut two 6-in. lengths of pipe. Then use PVC cement to join these short sections and two 90-degree elbows with what is now a 9-ft.-long pipe, forming a J-shaped hook. At the short end of the hook, glue on a solid endcap. Drill three 1/8-in.- diameter holes in the cap. Glue a threaded adapter onto the opposite end of the pipe and attach a garden hose. Place the short end of the J-shaped hook inside the gutter and turn on the hose. As you walk along the house, high-pressure streams of water will rinse the gutter clean.

Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-to/a3705/4290864/

9 Ways to Never Grout Again

9 Ways to Never Grout Again

Grout’s a pain. Here are 9 grout-less looks you’ll love.

These solutions will help you skip all that, plus it doesn’t hurt they’re pretty cool looking, too.

 

#1 An Instant Patio That Snaps Together

Groutless tile patio outside a home

Setting real stone tiles in mortar or sand is mind-crunching work. These outdoor tiles are backed with plastic grids with interlocking tabs that simply snap together. Best of all: no grungy grout to repair or refill. Turn your deck into a patio — they’ll cover any level surface. DIY-friendly, groutless stone tiles are about $12 per square foot.

#2 An Unexpected Shower Wall in Metal

Corrugated, galvanized steel roofing panels make nearly seamless shower walls for this house in New Mexico. They’re held in place with trim pieces so there are no nails. Before the panels were installed, the walls were completely waterproofed with cement tile backer board and an acrylic sealer. The panels are cheap — $12 to $15 for a 2-foot-by-8-foot panel — and recyclable.

#3 Vinyl That Looks Like Real Tile and Grout

Sheet vinyl is getting better and better at reproducing the look of real stone tiles, complete with (fake) grout lines that you’ll never have to seal or repair. Premium sheet vinyl with a cushioned backing and 20-year warranty is about $3 per square foot.

 

#4 Gorgeous Plaster That Eliminates Seams

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Good old plaster over a wood-and-wire-mesh frame creates this seamless bath enclosure. A powdered colorant added prior to mixing the plaster makes a mottled look; a waterproof sealant finishes the job. Plastering is $3 to $5 per square foot.

#5 A High-Tech Look With Aluminum

Diamond plate as a backsplash in a home kitchen

We love imaginative backsplashes but hate cleaning grout. To the rescue: Aluminum diamond plate metal adds modern pizzazz to your kitchen and is virtually seamless. Fix it in place with construction adhesive, then easily wipe off cooking grease and splatters. A 1-foot-by-8-foot panel of 1/16-inch-thick (.063) aluminum diamond plate is about $45.

 

#6 A Veneer of Real Stone With No Grout

Forzastone used in a home's shower

Thin veneers of real stone laminated to layers of metal alloys and plastic make for eye-candy panels that are waterproof and virtually seamless. They’re 85% lighter than stone slabs typically used for shower enclosures, but the beauty is all real.

#7 An Easy DIY Backsplash Using Glass

Fabric backsplash in a home kitchen

Blogger Stevee at JSquared put a piece of fabric behind her stovetop and covered it with a piece of clear, easy-to-clean glass. When she needs to change the vibe, she switches out the fabric. Off-the-shelf 3/32-inch-thick glass is $12 to $15 for a 36-inch-by-24-inch piece.

#9 Handcrafted Beauty From a Moroccan Plaster

Bathroom with tadelakt plaster

A centuries-old Moroccan plastering process called tadelakt is finished with olive oil soap that’s hand rubbed to a soft luster using a special stone. The result is a smooth, seamless surface that’s so waterproof it can be used for shower walls. Cost of the process is about $50 per square foot.

#9 A Magnetic Wall for Fun and Memoroies

A DIY magnet wall in a family's hallway

Tattered Style blogger Dana wanted an easy-to-use memorabilia wall in her hallway. Her low-cost solution was a one-piece steel panel where she can use magnets to hang ever-changing photos and trinkets. The panel was cut to order by a local metal shop, and the sharp edges were folded over (wrapped) for safety. Dana attached the panel to wall studs using sheet metal screws.

Source: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/groutless-tile/?site_ref=mosaic

13 Simple DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Ideas

13 Simple DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Ideas

interior paintingIt’s tempting to disregard the steep price tag and hire a professional contractor for home improvement repairs rather than doing them yourself. Home repairs can seem complex and intimidating to the uninitiated, and fear that your own attempts at fixing that leaky faucet or drafty window will cause further damage may further discourage you from going DIY.

However, having a home maintenance plan can make a huge difference in your bank account. And, fortunately, performing proper home maintenance does not require a lot of specialized know-how or training, nor does it require a lot of time or money.

Simple Home Maintenance Tips

1. Toilets

Water leaking from your toilet tank will not only cost you money when it comes to your utility bill, but it can also cause water damage to your bathroom floor and premature wear of your toilet’s internal workings. To find out whether your toilet tank is leaking, add some red food coloring to the water in the tank. Come back in about an hour and see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, you have a leak.

If you find that your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl, the flapper needs to be replaced. To change your toilet’s flapper, first shut off the water supply to your toilet. To do this, simply turn the water valve located directly behind the toilet. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet in order to empty the tank. Use a towel or sponge to mop out any excess water left in the tank. Remove the flush chain from the lever, and then slide the old flapper up off the overflow tube. Slide the new flapper in place over the overflow tube, reconnect the chain, and turn the water supply back on.

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2. Faucets

The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly. Replace them by turning off the main water supply, unscrewing the leaky handle that controls the flow of water to the spout, removing the old washer, and dropping in the new one.

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3. Washing Machine & Dryer

It is important to regularly inspect your washing machine water supply hoses for leaks. One of the top reasons for insurance claims is for water damage caused by leaky washing machine supply lines. Inspect washing machine water supply lines at least annually and replace them every three years if they are plastic. If you notice that the metal ends of your water supply lines are discolored or rusty, replace them immediately.

Faulty washing machine drain hoses are as important as water supply lines when it comes to keeping water off of your floor and in your drain where it belongs. As with supply lines, regularly inspect the ends of your washing machine drain lines for discoloration or rust, and replace them immediately if you find evidence of leaking.

Additionally, check the snugness of the drain lines by using a crescent wrench or a pair of pliers. You should not be able to tighten the line any further if the line is properly tightened. Plastic lines should be replaced every three years.

When it comes to your dryer, it is important to make sure that you regularly clean your lint screen in order to prevent fires. Not only will a clean lint screen prevent fires, but it will also increase the life of the heating element. Physically remove the lint from the screen between each load of laundry. Also, be sure to remove fabric softener residue by washing the screen with warm water and dish detergent once per week.

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4. Water Heater

There is nothing more frustrating than turning on the hot water in your shower and instead receiving cold water. Water heaters, like other appliances, need maintenance to increase longevity and reduce the possibility of damage.

Water has sediment suspended in it, and as the water sits in your water heater, these particles will often settle to the bottom of the tank, causing damage to the floor of your water heater. At least once per year, drain the water from your water heater and clean the inside surface of its floor.

To drain your water heater, first turn off the water supply and power to the water heater. For electric water heaters, turning off the power means that you simply flip the circuit breaker to the “off” position. For gas water heaters, turn the thermostat setting to the pilot position.

Next, connect a water hose to the drain fitting at the bottom of the tank and put the other end in a place, such as your driveway, where the draining hot water won’t cause any damage. A typical garden hose is a direct fit to the drain fitting. Turn on all the hot water faucets in your home and then open the drain valve on the water heater. Turn the water supply back on with the drain valve still open to remove any built up sediment in the bottom of the tank. Then close the drain valve, refill the tank, and turn the power back on.

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5. Plumbing

In order to keep water flowing freely through your pipes, keep the following things in mind:

  • Accumulating fats and oils are the main cause for clogs, so never pour fats or other oils down your drains. This includes oils that are not solid at room temperature. If you accidentally spill oils or fats down the drain, run hot water down your drain along with a healthy serving of dishwashing liquid. The soap will emulsify the fat or oil and move it on down the pipe, preventing a clog.
  • Get a hair strainer for the bathtub drain. If fats and oils are the main source of clogs in the kitchen, hair is the primary culprit in the bathroom. If you have a strainer, make sure that you remove any accumulated hair from it following each shower. This will reduce the amount of hair that finds its way through the strainer and into your plumbing.
  • Skip the Drano. Though the acids it contains can help unclog a drain, they also cause significant damage to your plumbing, including premature leaking. This can lead to costly repairs later on. If your bathtub or toilet is completely clogged, use a small drain snake – which you can purchase at any hardware outlet – to pull the offending clog to the surface. If your kitchen sink is clogged, try plunging it before trying to snake the drain. If you cannot remove the clog using a drain snake, call a professional.
unclog drain

6. Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are among the most overlooked appliances when it comes to performing regular home maintenance. However, they can be one of the most costly appliances to repair.

Regularly inspect the condensation hose to make sure that water can flow freely from the line. If there is standing water where your condensation line drains, create a drainage path using a small garden trowel and line the path with gravel to keep mold and algae from forming, which can be a serious health hazard when the spores are drawn into the appliance and blown into your home.

Additionally, keep the screen around your air conditioner free from debris to keep air flowing easily. This will prevent your air conditioner from using more power than necessary to keep your house cool and keep the internal parts from wearing out too quickly.

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7. Humidifiers

Some climate control systems have in-duct humidifiers that help keep air moist and healthy during the winter when artificial heat systems are in use. But when these systems aren’t working properly, they become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which can cause serious air quality issues.

At the end of each winter season, it is important to drain the unit and close the water valve to keep water from stagnating in the system. Also, cleaning the reservoir with a mixture of water and white vinegar helps to keep mineral deposits to a minimum.

8. Air Filters

Change the air filter in your central heat and air unit often, especially during peak usage months. Thirty days is the absolute longest you should ever leave an air filter in place; two weeks is maximum for high-usage months.

Using cheap fiberglass filters is actually preferred as opposed to more expensive HEPA filters for two reasons: First, replacing the more expensive filters often isn’t cost-effective. Second, the fiberglass filters actually allow for more air to flow into your climate-controlled unit, reducing the amount of energy needed to effectively heat or cool your home.

replace air filter

9. Paint

You can easily give your house a facelift by repainting the interior. However, repainting the entire interior of your house can be costly and difficult to accomplish. You can save both time and money by strategically touching up your paint job every so often. The first thing you need is a spot-on color match. The only way to get this is to save paint from your current paint job for future touch-ups. If you have leftover paint, simply roll the paint over the dirty spots on your walls. When the paint dries, it will dry perfectly, leaving you with a wall that looks as though you just painted it.

If you don’t have any leftover paint, you can still touch up your walls, though your efforts will be more labor intensive than spot painting. Take a sample of your color to your local hardware outlet and have your paint tinted to match. When you are ready to touch up your walls, paint the dirty wall from corner to corner, being careful to keep the new paint off any surface you aren’t looking to touch up. If there is a shade difference, you won’t notice it, even if the wall you are painting butts up against another wall.

If you are trying to cover up nicotine-stained walls, you will need to apply a stain blocker to the walls before applying paint. Nicotine will prevent your paint from adhering properly to the wall surface and will cause bubbles. Additionally, if stale smoke or other odor is an issue, add a few drops of vanilla to your paint. This will help combat odors that have seeped into your drywall.

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10. Refrigerators

The main component of your refrigerator that should get your attention is the door seals. Keeping your door seals tight will reduce the amount of energy it takes to keep your food cool or frozen, but will also keep your refrigerator working efficiently, preventing premature wear on internal parts.

To test the door seals, close the door on a dollar bill and attempt to pull it out with the door closed. If you cannot easily pull the dollar bill out from the door, your seals are in good shape. However, if the bill slides out without much resistance, it’s time to replace the seals. You can purchase new seals from any home repair outlet store.

Also, if you have a refrigerator that has coils along the back, periodically vacuum these coils to remove dirt and dust build up. These coils contain the coolant the refrigerator uses to keep the internal temperature cold. If they become dirty, they won’t work efficiently and your refrigerator may stop cooling altogether.

As a general tip, keeping your refrigerator full uses less energy than trying to cool when it’s empty. Therefore, keep as many items in your refrigerator as possible to help reduce energy costs.

refrigerator door

11. Drafty Windows

Drafty windows are a major culprit of high energy bills in the summer and winter months. Periodically check the condition of the caulk line that holds your windows in place. If the caulk appears to be dry, cracked, or otherwise weathered, remove the old caulk with a box cutter or other sharp knife and run a new bead of caulk along the seam.

For added utility bill savings, you can further insulate your window by applying an insulating window film over the glass. These methods cost much less than the price of replacing your windows and implementing green energy technologies in your home.

windows caulk

12. Gutters

While gutters may go practically unnoticed when you look at your house, they are the main line of defense between your foundation and siding and the elements. Gutters are designed to capture water and debris runoff from your roof and divert it away from your foundation, and one of the main causes of water accumulation in basements is a lack of gutter maintenance and proper water diversion.

Clean your gutters at least once per year by physically removing debris from the channels and rinsing them thoroughly by using a garden hose. Avoid installing gutter guards – not only do these not adequately prevent debris from entering your gutters, they also make it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to properly clean your gutter system.

Also, be sure to regularly check that your gutters are properly affixed to your fascia boards, and replace any sections that appear to be damaged or leaking.

cleaning gutter

13. Roof

Periodically check your roof for damage. Damaged, discolored, or gravel-less shingles should be quickly replaced to prevent the need to replace your roof, water-damaged trusses, or drywall when you finally discover a leak. During the inspection of your roof, pay special attention to shingles that surround skylights, vents, and chimneys, as these areas are the most leak-prone.

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Final Word

Keeping your home properly maintained will not only save you money by increasing the longevity of your appliances and existing structures, but it will also help you become more energy-efficient and save money on your utility bills. These tips merely scratch the surface of the things you can do around your home to keep everything running in tiptop shape.

Source: http://www.moneycrashers.com/diy-home-maintenance-tips-ideas/

Creative Ideas For Choosing Living Room Paint Colors

Creative Ideas For Choosing Living Room Paint Colors

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There’s no question that paint can completely change the feel of a room. But did you know that the way you apply paint can change the room as well? It absolutely can! Using the Glidden paint Room Visualizer, we’re put together some different living room paint schemes—so you can see what a difference paint can really make.

Let’s start with a grouping of neutral, complementary paint colors. Here we are looking at Pewter Grey, Raindrop White and Forest Black.

The first inclination would be to use Pewter Grey on the walls, Raindrop White on the trim and Forest Black as an accent color. But what if we put Forest Black on the ceiling instead?

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Lovely and classic, right? Let’s see what happens if we flip this around and use Black Forest on the walls and Pewter Grey on the ceiling.

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This living room paint scheme is also lovely and classic, but has a more moody feel than the first room.

What if we wanted more of a modern feel? Let’s flip it again and use Raindrop White on the walls, Pewter Grey on the trim and Black Forest on the ceiling.

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Way more modern, right? And we’ve used the same three colors in each room.

Let’s see how this works in another room with a different set of colors. For the next grouping, let’s try  a set of colors with cool tones: Deepest AquaNova White and Neutral Wheat.

Yourfirst thought might be  to try a room with Deepest Aqua on the walls, Neutral Wheat as an accent color and Nova White on the trim. Here is how that looks:

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This combination of colors makes a room with traditional trim look more contemporary. What if we swapped the wall and accent colors?

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With Deepest Aqua below the chair rail, this room gets a little unique punch. Let’s flip it all again and use Nova White on the walls and Neutral Wheat on the trim.

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Isn’t that unexpected? All three of these living room paint schemes are gorgeous.

Want to try it again? Let’s look at some warmer colors: Honey FrostWhite on White and Greycliffe.

The first application of these colors is a bright and cheery combination, with Honey Frost on the walls, White on White as an accent color and Greycliffe on the ceiling.

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Although the ceiling is a small portion of this picture, the Greycliffe tones down the yellow on the walls.
If we swap the wall color with the ceiling color, we get a much moodier room.

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We can also emphasize the fireplace with color. How about White on White on the ceiling, Honey Frost on the walls and Greycliffe as an accent color?

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It’s a totally different look, isn’t it?

The lesson here is to think creatively when applying colors to your room. Even with living room paint schemes using three colors, there’s a multitude of ways to use them in your space. If you want to visualize colors in your own room, upload an image to the Room Visualizer and play around. You’ll be able to see your room in different paint schemes—before you even open a can of paint.

Source: https://www.glidden.com/inspiration/all-articles/creative-ideas-for-choosing-living-room-paint-colo

Interior and outdoor molding and trim

Interior and outdoor molding and trimThe finishing touches are how normal, ordinary things become wonderful pieces of greatness.

For example, if you were to look on the far side of sequins, a ballerina’s complex tutu is simply an apparent unitard. Removing that secret dash of his one extra special ingredient, the gourmand chef’s chicken tastes rather like one thing you prepare for dinner any normal traditional night. A similar thought can be made via the aforesaid chef analogy for your home style – the limited details like trim and molding will build all the distinction within the overall look and feel of your personal paradise .

Once upon a time, molding was an installation nightmare that engulfed the foremost bold designers. Materials were significant, tough to manage, and still required to be fit, painted, cut, and positioned – by no means a task for the typical house owner to undertake. Today’s materials eliminate a number of those challenges, creating molding and trim installation an exquisite homemade task that’s not very time overwhelming. However before busting out the seal gun and your hammer/nails, there’s some preparation involved and a good book on this subject can help.

molding2Molding and trim are both functional and decorative, and after being installed, the details are eye appealing and add significantly to your decor, while hiding joints from your walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, etc. Molding is available in several different materials that can widely vary based on its finish and price.

Molding and trim work is not limited to the interior of your house, as finishing touches are also needed outside, too. Outdoor molding will enhance your house’s curb appeal, and with a plethora of options, it is quite simple to find what suits your house and personal decor style.

Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/interior-and-outdoor-molding-and-trim/

Floating bathtub is also a hammock; A great way to relax!

Vessel bathtub that doubles as a hammock
bathtub that is actually a hammock? This sounds far-fetched, yet very relaxing if it were to actually exist. Great news! It does exist! “Vessel” is a bath that is developed from strong, yet lightweight carbon fiberand hangs like a hammock. It was developed by Splinter Functions. Later in this article, we tell you what the co-founder of Splinter Functions had to say about this unique and fun mix of hammock and bath.

Made for use in a room that has tiled floor with a drain that has no trouble with things getting moist, Vessel is actually suspended from the walls and does not touch the floor, just like a hammock. It attaches to the walls with stainless steel brackets that can be covered or just left exposed, depending on your decor or designstyle. The bath is filled with water and uses a standing floor tap. The water after bathing is released via the base into a drain on the tiled flhammock-bath-2oor. A down-pipe drain can also be installed, if necessary, if a wet space setting is not possible or available.

The co-founder of the Vessel’s parent company had this to say about their product: “Struck by the synergistic qualities amongst the shapes of 2 quite compelling items that have come known to symbolize rest, (a bathtub and a hammock) we were inspired to create a piece that would offer the best of both worlds that allow for pure and total bliss.”

Peaceful fun of meditating or relaxing in a hammock has been enhanced by combining it with the immense comfort of soaking in warm bathwater. Elevating the experience of bathing into a sculpture suspended above the bathroomfloor has been reinvented as a contemplative sanctuary for artful relaxation, while still maintaining its secondary function as being a bathtub.

Vessel, designed from carbon fiber (utilized for its inherent power and capacity to be formed into complicated curves as well as being very lighammock-bath-0htweight), mimics the weave of the cloth/rope of a common hammock. Below multiple layers of carbon fiber lies a foam based core layer, which is there as insulation for the tub. This means the bath stays at just the right warmth you prefer for a substantially longer period than your old style, run-of-the-mill bathtub!

At eight foot and ten inches in length when fully extended, Vessel is not just a typical bathtub, but much more. There is an abundance of space to share the experience of this fun bath with a significant other, if you so choose. Custom built sizes are also available through the manufacturer, but it is also developed so that it you can trim up to almost a foot of length from the hammock bathtub Vessel, allowing for the most flexible set up arrangements that are possible. Pictured on this page is the Vessel hammock tub in black, but it also offered in red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze and pure silver, just to name a few of the many coloroptions.

Here are a few more pictures below:

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Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/floating-bathtub-that-is-also-a-hammock-is-a-great-way-to-relax/

Cloth Pyramid-Style Book-ends

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We have an insatiable appreciation for fabric. A highly-designed textile is a bit of art that can bring a great deal depth and mood with a room. Sometimes I feel as though there just arent enough uses of fabrics in any given room. Combine by purchasing my husbands (cliche, I would argue) disdain for accent pillows, plus it signifies that Im always looking for creative and non-traditional solutions to put fabric to make use of during my home. Todays project has a great balance. A little fabric, some beginner-level sewing, along with a kitchen staple make for a couple of book-ends which are both unique and sculptural.

Continue through below for that full how-to after the jump!

MATERIALS:

-two 13&Prime x 9&Prime cuts of fabric (We used Anne Kelles Remix Triangles in Black by Robert Kaufman)

-rice or beans

-pillow stuffing

-thread

TOOLS:

-machine

Directions:

1. With right sides facing, fold the rectangle in two lengthwise to align the 2 9&Prime edges, and stitch them together.

2. Turn the material tube right-side out.

3. Fold the edges of one of the openings within 1/2&Prime, and stitch shut.

4. Fill the material pouch about 1/three of the way full with rice or beans or perhaps something to weigh it down. Fill the remaining with pillow stuffing.

5. Fold the sides of the remaining opening inside 1/2&Prime shut, pin in position, and stitch shut, such that the seam is perpendicular to the previous one.

 

Finished product:

Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/cloth-pyramid-style-book-ends/

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s New Home Collections Make Everything Old New Again

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s New Home Collections Make Everything Old New Again

Chat with Jeffrey Bilhuber about interior design and brace yourself for some seriously peppy—and always deeply informed—proselytizing. The dashing Manhattan-based tastemaker to the stars (Iman, Mariska Hargitay) explains that his responsibility to his profession is to “move history forward and forge a new identity out of the old. It’s about revving up what’s classic in the American style canon and making it relevant for right now,” he continues. “Adding horsepower to history: That’s very appealing to me.”

Bilhuber’s four new collections, the first in a meteoric career that was launched in the 1980s, embody that fast-forward philosophy. His furniture and accessories for Henredon, which debuts in April, take inspired liberties with everything from eminent Victoriana (a rescaled slipper chair perches on gilded spiral feet) to a neoclassical commode owned by society swan Lee Radziwill.

“She’s one of my career’s remarkable influencers,” Bilhuber says, also citing, among other idiosyncratic American aesthetes, the oil heiress Millicent Rogers and the style diva Pauline de Rothschild. “They all found their own voice and created themselves in full.”

Bilhuber’s Tibetan and flatweave carpet collections for Elson & Co., another April introduction, riff on the geometry of American quilts (think Gloria Vanderbilt’s funky patchwork bedroom) and the eccentricities of Colonial-era mochaware. The results, chic yet spirited, remind Bilhuber of a conversation he had with couturier Hubert de Givenchy, an early client, who said, “France gave us refinement, and America gave us the sportif.”

Coming next year will be a porcelain dinner service created for de Gournay, the eminent wallpaper studio, on which garden flowers are drizzled with gold graffiti—inspired by what Bilhuber calls artist Nancy Lorenz’s “irreverent vandalization” of the gardenesque de Gournay paper in his Manhattan apartment.

“All these designs are modern-day interpretations of what we’ve always been seduced by but didn’t want to return to,” Bilhuber says. And, he stresses, though the products were conceived for the mass market, their point of view is absolutely custom. “Everything runs on a parallel track with my residential projects,” the AD100 decorator says. “They’re not two separate conversations.”

Source: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/jeffrey-bilhubers-new-home-collections-make-everything-old-new-again