Living Room Paint Ideas

Most of our time spend in our home. It should be simply beautiful decorated. By putting some small efforts we can result a lovely peaceful place. A common latest home maybe have featured dull colored theme but it seems like dull look. Bright colors can change the entire surrounding. It shows the elegant and stylish behavior towards the home decoration.

The most important part of the home is your room, where you get yourself relax at day or night. There are some colors that were used from a decade and most of the room decor starts with blue and white. Different colors of touch represent our moods in most of the ways. Every color has its on meaning like yellow symbolize the energy and it is also represented as attention grabber. On the other hand, grey color signifies the protection and strength.

Now you want to change the tedious bedroom color to some energetic and peaceful color. Below are some of expert’s recommendations about the selection of color for your room.

The strongest color is the Red, which raises the room energy level and mostly used in living room or dinning room.

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To slower down the high blood pressure and heart it is recommend to use the Blue color in bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Green a natural calming color is suitable for any room on the house. Too much use of green color can make people laziness, slow mood and depressed but a combination of red or orange can make these feelings down.

Experience the graceful and modern living style; try to redecorate your home in best possible way according to your family’s taste.

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Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/living-room-paint-ideas/

Relaxing Window Sill Cushioned Seats

Windows are typically thought of as just something that a house has, that goes unnoticed in our everyday lives. However, with a little bit of creativity, you can turn your window sill into a fashionable yet functional piece of furniture via some simple interior decorating!

By constructing a boxed in area (that will serve as the frame) beneath a window sill that has enough space, you can then add molding and paint it to match the color of your decor. Next, you can buy a cushion that fits the top of this frame, or if you are even more creative, you can create the cushion yourself!

Not only can you turn the window sill area into a comfortable sofa-type seat, you can even add additional utility by having a storage space underneath it, or even use it as a toy chest for children!

Here are some photo examples of custom window sill cushioned seats that our readers have submitted to us to give you inspiration:

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Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/relaxing-window-sill-cushioned-seats/

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5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Prep now and enjoy a beautiful outdoor space later.

1

Clean Up

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Throughout the fall and winter, your garden can be exposed to the elements and what’s left behind from storms. “You want to first start by clearing all of your garden beds and lawn of broken branches, leaves, and other debris that have collected,” says Chris Lambton, professional landscaper and host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. “It’s important to start these chores quickly, as your spring bulbs and plants should be popping out of the ground any day now. The sooner you clean out the beds, the less chance you have of stepping on the growing plants and damaging them.”

The same cleanup method applies for your trees and bushes. “To prep for spring, trim off any broken or dead branches,” he says. “Now is also a good time to prune and shape the tree.”

2

Prep Your Garden Tools

Pull out those tools that have been sitting around all winter. “It’s almost time to use your tools again, so you want to make sure they are ready for the job,” says Lambton. “Clean off the tools with soap and water, and use mineral spirits on wood handles. The mineral spirits will help prevent the wood from splintering. I clean my tools every spring and fall, or if they are especially dirty.”

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Give Your Soil Some TLC

Make sure your soil is ready for planting. “To start, turn the soil over with a pitchfork and rake it out, clearing any weeds that may have grown,” he says. “I then add fresh compost from my compost bin—if you don’t have one, use store-bought compost or manure to add nutrients to the soil.” You’ll want to add compost or manure a couple of weeks before planting something, so it has time to mix well with your soil and won’t burn the roots of your new plants.


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Make a Plan

Consult your zone to see which flowers and vegetables are best for your location. You can also head to your local nursery to get planting recommendations from local experts. “Planning your garden is the most important part,” says Lambton. “I like to plant so that you get color blooming throughout the season—so mix perennial flowers with some annuals as this will help keep color in your yard longer. It’s also good to plant according to height, making sure that taller plants don’t block the sun from shorter ones.”

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And Don’t Forget to Maintain It

Upkeep during the whole season is key. “Once your flowers start blooming you will have to deadhead to promote more flowers (depending on the species), and it’s a good time to plant annuals to supplement your perennial flowers,” says Lambton. Deadheading is when you cut off the drooping or fading flowers from the rest of the green, healthy stem. “The late spring is also a good time to put down a nice layer of mulch on the garden,” he says. “This will help hold down weeds while keeping in water for those long hot summer days ahead. It also will break down over the fall and winter and help add nutrients to the soil.”

 

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These Words Could Help Your House Sell Faster—and for More Money

These Words Could Help Your House Sell Faster—and for More Money

Words matter, too, when it comes to real estate listings.

If you’re putting your house on the market, not only will you want to make sure it looks good enough to score the best sale, but you may also want to keep a close eye on its real estate description. A new analysis from Zillow Digs shows that certain keywords in a listing can help houses to sell faster and for a higher price. “When it comes to real estate listing descriptions—words matter,” Dr. Svenja Gdudell, Zillow chief economist, said in a statement. “Your listing description is an opportunity to highlight specific details and finishes that might not be visible in photos.”

Zillow Digs looked at the listings of 2.8 million U.S. home sales between January 2014 and March 2016, while accounting for property age and size, time of year, and market region. Researchers analyzed 60 specific keywords that described certain design features and amenities and whether their inclusion in the home’s listing affected the sale price. From the the analysis, the team at Zillow found that Craftsman-style keywords in listings were both popular and more lucrative—“barn doors” helped to raise a home’s price by 13 percent and sell 57 days faster, “shaker cabinets” upped the price by 9.6 percent and sell 45 days faster, and “farmhouse sink” elevated the value by 7.9 percent and sold 58 days faster. The team also found that “Craftsman-style” homes do better than any other design style.

While it might not be possible to transform your Spanish Colonial Revival-style home into a Craftsman-style one, the other findings can be a guide for any renovation projects you decide to undertake before putting your home on the market. For example, the terms “subway tile,” “pendant light,” “heated floors,” and “granite” were also found to be popular listing terms. The team saw that compared to the term “new carpet,” listings with “hardwood floors” sold for two percent more than the expected value.

To optimize your home’s listing description, the experts at Zillow have a few extra tips in addition to highlighting desirable amenities and design styles. They recommend keeping location in mind when calling out certain terms; for example, in colder climates heated floors are more important, while outdoor kitchens might be more prevalent and sought-after in warmer climates. You can also use flattering adjectives—words like “luxurious” and “captivating” can add 5-8 percent more to your home’s value. They’ve also found that words with longer descriptions sell for more as well. You’ll want to work with your real estate agent, who should be an expert in the local area and know what kind of language will attract buyers.

Below, take a look at the top listing keywords from the analysis and its effects—what percent it can sell above the expected price and how much faster:

  • Barn Door: 13.4%; 57 days
  • Shaker Cabinet: 9.6%; 45 days
  • Farmhouse Sink: 7.9%; 58 days
  • Subway Tile: 6.9%; 63 days
  • Quartz: 6%; 50 days
  • Craftsman: 5.4%; 14 days
  • Exposed Brick: 4.9%; 36 days
  • Pendant Light: 4.6%; 48 days
  • Frameless Shower: 4.6%; 38 days
  • Heated Floors: 4.3%; 28 days
  • Stainless Steel: 4.2%; 42 days
  • Granite: 4.1%; 38 days
  • Backsplash: 4.1%; 46 days
  • Tankless Water Heater: 4%; 43 days
  • Outdoor Kitchen: 3.7%; 19 days

20 NAVY RUGS THAT CELEBRATE CLASSIC DESIGN

20 NAVY RUGS THAT CELEBRATE CLASSIC DESIGN

This timeless color can be chic under your feet.

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From kitchens, to sofas, to yes, even wine- we cant seem to get enough blue in our homes! Although not your typical neutral shades, navy blue decor adds a timleess feel to any room. It can either stand as a statement piece or simply set the stage for a classic, romantic look. These 20 rugs from our shop are the perfect way to add this chic color to any room

10 Ways to Add Colorful Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

10 Ways to Add Colorful Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

Thanks to its vibrant color and vintage finds, Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes-Smith’s Round Top, Texas cook space is chock-full of kick-off-your-boots charm.

Jolie Sikes-Smith knows a thing or two about making flea market finds look fresh. Along with her mom and sister, she runs the Junk Gypsies shop and stars in the Junk Gypsies show (the third season of which airs on HGTV and GAC on June 1). Here’s how she filled her brand-new kitchen (that she shares with husband Todd and son Cash Baker) with Lone Star style:

1. Buttery Walls

The soft creamy hue (Canyon Cloud by Behr), combined with the natural wood stain (Pecan by Minwax) on the windows, trim, and beams, creates a warm backdrop for the room’s bold accents.

2. Red Barstools

Jolie’s barstool mix—a pair of swiveling tractor seats plus a vintage vinyl-covered number—are characteristic of her signature farmhouse-meets-retro look.

3. Salvaged Island

Retrofitted with electrical outlets and reconfigured drawers, this 9-foot-long piece, originally a counter in a New Jersey general store, multitasks as a prep surface, breakfast bar, and homework station.

4. Turquoise Cabinets

To give them a slightly weathered look, Jolie first coated the cabinets with blue interior oil stain (Aquarius by Sherwin-Williams), then used a rag to apply and partially rub off a layer of Provincial Wood Finish stain by Minwax. “Embrace color,” says Jolie. “Just because kitchens are utilitarian rooms doesn’t mean they should be quiet, sterile, or boring.”

5. Handmade Toolbox

This rustic caddy emblazoned with the name Larry Slifer, now stores plates instead of Larry Slifer’s tools, and it’s one of Jolie’s favorite scores from the Round Top antiques fair. “I love that it has a story. Someday I’m going to meet someone who knew Larry Slifer!” she says.

6. Stainless Countertops

Inspired by the industrial kitchens in her parents’ chain of pizza restaurants, Jolie chose the stain-proof surface for its durability and versatility. “It’s not fancy, and it goes with everything,” she says.

7. Open Storage

On the cabinets flanking the vent hood, Jolie left the doors off for a casual look and convenient access to staple ingredients, spices, and dry goods stored in apothecary jars.

8. “Restaurant” Sign

To preserve its red color, Jolie coated the 20-foot-long vintage sign, salvaged from a Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, with clear polyurethane.

9. Pantry Upgrade

To give the functional space a farmhouse look, Jolie’s husband, Todd, built two panels inspired by barn doors then stained them black (Ebony by Minwax). Over the pantry, a salvaged stained-glass window bring in light from the entryway.

10. Mason Jar Cluster Chandelier

Over the sink, Jolie strung up a pendant light using quart-size Mason jars, threaded wire, and Edison bulbs.

11 Foolproof Decorating Tips

11 Foolproof Decorating Tips

Tips for freshening up your home’s interior—without breaking the bank

5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Prep now and enjoy a beautiful outdoor space later.

Clean Up

spring-garden-tips

Throughout the fall and winter, your garden can be exposed to the elements and what’s left behind from storms. “You want to first start by clearing all of your garden beds and lawn of broken branches, leaves, and other debris that have collected,” says Chris Lambton, professional landscaper and host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. “It’s important to start these chores quickly, as your spring bulbs and plants should be popping out of the ground any day now. The sooner you clean out the beds, the less chance you have of stepping on the growing plants and damaging them.”

The same cleanup method applies for your trees and bushes. “To prep for spring, trim off any broken or dead branches,” he says. “Now is also a good time to prune and shape the tree.”

Pull out those tools that have been sitting around all winter. “It’s almost time to use your tools again, so you want to make sure they are ready for the job,” says Lambton. “Clean off the tools with soap and water, and use mineral spirits on wood handles. The mineral spirits will help prevent the wood from splintering. I clean my tools every spring and fall, or if they are especially dirty.”

Give Your Soil Some TLC

Make sure your soil is ready for planting. “To start, turn the soil over with a pitchfork and rake it out, clearing any weeds that may have grown,” he says. “I then add fresh compost from my compost bin—if you don’t have one, use store-bought compost or manure to add nutrients to the soil.” You’ll want to add compost or manure a couple of weeks before planting something, so it has time to mix well with your soil and won’t burn the roots of your new plants.

Consult your zone to see which flowers and vegetables are best for your location. You can also head to your local nursery to get planting recommendations from local experts. “Planning your garden is the most important part,” says Lambton. “I like to plant so that you get color blooming throughout the season—so mix perennial flowers with some annuals as this will help keep color in your yard longer. It’s also good to plant according to height, making sure that taller plants don’t block the sun from shorter ones.”

And Don’t Forget to Maintain It

Upkeep during the whole season is key. “Once your flowers start blooming you will have to deadhead to promote more flowers (depending on the species), and it’s a good time to plant annuals to supplement your perennial flowers,” says Lambton. Deadheading is when you cut off the drooping or fading flowers from the rest of the green, healthy stem. “The late spring is also a good time to put down a nice layer of mulch on the garden,” he says. “This will help hold down weeds while keeping in water for those long hot summer days ahead. It also will break down over the fall and winter and help add nutrients to the soil.”

A Trading Spaces Star Created the Cutest Kids’ Decor

Trading Spaces Star Created the Cutest Kids’ Decor

Genevieve Gorder’s new collection is what magical kids’ rooms are made of.

If you spent most of the 2000s watching TLC’s room makeover show Trading Spaces, then you likely already know designer Genevieve Gorder’s classic-yet-modern style and fun-loving personality. For her recent collaboration with Land of Nod, she brought along both. Timeless investment pieces, such as a sturdy seven-drawer dresser, will survive the transition from kid’s room to grown-up bedroom, while whimsical accessories (think, shiny star-shaped pillows) add a pop of playfulness. Once your child’s room is outfitted with these stylish pieces and adorable details, don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to swap spaces.

Latticework Grey Daybed

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This piece may feel like a splurge for a kid’s room, but the ageless design and the versatility of a daybed made it a worthwhile investment. Little ones will love using it as their personal sleeping nook, while teens will use it as a hangout spot, and it can even follow them to their first apartments, where it will become a TV-watching lounge.

Star Throw Pillow

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A shiny metallic throw pillow adds serious star power to a child’s room. Pop this celestial accessory on the bed or a side chair, or buy a few to create a room full of stars. This pillow also makes a sweet gift for a little one who always picks out the shiniest thing at the store.

Grey and Gold Nightstand

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Gold details add a bit of glitz to this streamlined nightstand. Another piece that will work for years to come, this nightstand has a sleek silhouette that will never go out of style. The top drawer offers some bedside storage, while the open area below is the perfect spot to tuck a basket or small garbage pail.

Lion Furniture Knob

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If you aren’t in the market to buy a brand-new dresser for your child’s bedroom, update the current one with a set of lion drawer pulls. From afar, this hardware will add a touch of metallic to the room, while up close, it infuses an older piece with personality. Equal parts regal and whimsical, these pulls will make you smile every time you open a drawer.

Small Bin

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Coiled rope baskets are showing up everywhere right now—and for good reason. The durable design is ideal for stuffing with toys, blankets, or shoes. This one is adorned with sections of colorful fringe that turn this serious organizer into a not-so-serious accent fit for a kid’s bedroom or play space.

Floral Sham

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You can’t go wrong with a pillow sham that combines two favorite things: flowers and stars. Adorned with illustrated blooms and constellations, this bedding will give your child the impression they’re sleeping under the stars, in a field of flowers. Order the complete set, or purchase just the pillow to perk up the current bedding.
Source: https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/genevieve-gorder-kids-decor

The Designer: Lucie Ayres, Los Angeles, California

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As the founder of 22 Interiors, Ayres’ goal is to create happy spaces with colorful, California-cool designs.

A Tapestry
A large blanket or tapestry will do wonders: Hang it on a wall as art (Ayres prefers to hang it taut, attaching all four corners to a the wall), drape it over a sofa or chair to soften the space, or even use it as a tablecloth.

Temporary Wallpaper
Stripes are a classic, and this removable wall strip is no exception. Bonus: it’s so easy to install and the design options are endless. Consider orienting the stripes diagonally or creating a pattern on the ceiling.

Candles
The flicker of a candle really helps to set the mood in a space. Arrange a few of these flameless versions around a room to create instant ambiance.

Source: https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/decorating-living-room/affordable-living-room-design-picks