Are you on a tight budget and looking for some cheap flooring ideas? Wondering what looks great to the eyes, and is yet easy on the pocket?
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Hardwood flooring and carpets can render a great look to your floor, but they come at a hefty price. Though these kinds of flooring look great, they are very expensive, not easy to maintain, and don’t fit everyone’s budget.
But this doesn’t mean that you can’t make your home floor look great. There are a million options of affordable flooring available, and when used rightly, can make your house floor look absolutely great.
Cheapest Flooring Options
Carpets are great, and there are many varieties available from which you can choose. So, visit a carpet store and buy some carpet samples (you might even get some samples for free). You can either buy a carpet if you wish to use it for all the rooms of your house, or use these samples and make a patchwork carpet with the sample pieces, and place them on a damaged area of your existing flooring.
Go for bamboo flooring for your
It is amazing to know that the chair has evolved in the last 150 years to a greater degree than any other piece of furniture.
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“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects, etc., … the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” (J. & M. Neuhart & R. Eames, Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames, Harry N. Abrams, New York 1989, p. 266).
The concept of connections is essential for the art of design, and especially when it comes to the design of chairs. It is because there is no other piece of furniture which may offer so many possibilities to create connections to the same degree or extent as the chair does. And due to this fact, there have been plenty of efforts and resources invested by designers throughout a longer period of time even longer than for other furniture pieces. In our modern times and apart from the auto vehicle, the chair is the most written about, designed, studied and famous art object.
Indeed, it has always been the number of
Kitchen interiors have undergone massive design changes in the past decade. Neutral colors, isometric structures, and minimalism and sophistication are the order of the day. Architects have come up with creative ideas to design open-wall shelves instead of closed cabinets. Modern kitchen interiors may include single shelves mounted on green walls with triangular stands, diagonally opposite to wooden shelves between 2 parts of the same wall.
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Go for an antique kitchen look, but only if you can maintain it. Mount dark wood shelves high up the wall, and place rustic pots and pans to lend an old-fashioned feel.
Open wooden shelving is rather common. Experimentation arises when the wood used is different. In this case, for instance, there is rectangular, dark wood shelving throughout. When you design such shelves, make sure the wood is strong enough for you to place heavy utensils. Another designing strategy is to mount wooden planks opposite each other on the walls and place wooden strips between them for the dishes.
Decorating ideas for open kitchen shelves include light wood to lend a softer look. Mount
I grew up in an area where the woods began at the end of my backyard. When I got a job after college, I ended up in an urban environment that I tolerated but never enjoyed. I wanted to go back to a place where the woods were not too far from home. When a position opened up at our offices in Tennessee, my wife suggested I take it and we just move to Antioch. She has relatives there, and we enjoy it when we visit. We flew down and looked at Antioch apartments for rent. The area used to be a commerce center for farmers in the region, then it grew up in the 1970s when the sewer system was expanded. Now there are businesses and shopping centers, but the rural is not far away. A little farther away than the end of a backyard, but not too far.
I like that middle area between fully urban like a major city and fully rural where it is just farmland. Continue reading “We Moved from a City Up North to a Beautiful Region of Tennessee”
I knew exactly what I wanted when I started looking at apartments for rent in Jacksonville FL. I had a few weeks before I had to make a firm commitment to a company there that wanted me to work for them, but I wanted to get things settled with them much quicker than that. I knew before I accepted the position I was going to have to make sure I had a place to live first. I am a planner, so this was not something I am used to doing so quickly at all.
As it turned out, it did not matter that this was done so quickly, because I found the apartment where I am now living really fast. Continue reading “An Apartment That Has Everything I Want”
Life can take you anywhere. I never thought we would be living in Virginia. It is nice here, but I have only visited a couple of states my whole life. Now I am several states away from the place I called home. It feels weird even though I like my job and the people are nice. We looked around for about a month for a nice place to live. We were living in one of those extended stay motels. That was an adventure for another post. Anyway, we found Forest VA apartments that were very nice.
The first thing I noticed was the curvy swimming pool. I swim in it every day during the summer, and the summer is extended here when compared to where we used to live much farther up north. We also are able to keep our doggy with us. Continue reading “We Are Really Liking Our Forest VA Apartment a Whole Lot”
We bought a used RV and moved out of our apartment at the end of our lease. We sold everything we could not load into our RV. We were going to put some things in storage, but we decided that if we could live without the stuff for months being full time RVers, then we did not need it. We traveled and worked from the road for two years always spending a lot of time in Florida. Then we wanted to stay in one spot, at least for a while, so we looked for apartments for rent in Orlando FL.
We kept coming back to Orlando as the weather changed around the country. When it was too hot in the desert Southwest, we came back to Orlando. After the fall foliage up north lead to snow, we came back down to stay in our RV in Orlando. Continue reading “Finding a Place to Call Home Took Us a Few Years”
If you live in an apartment with a small bedroom, then you might find it difficult to have enough storage for your clothes. This becomes an even bigger problem if you have a large selection of clothes like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City. Unfortunately dumping your clothes is not an option and not everyone has the luxury of having a walk-in-closet for storing their clothes, shoes and accessories. But the good news is that many designers have come up with wardrobes for small bedrooms that are compact, modern and helps you in your storage needs. A small bedroom can be made more beautiful, if you have a proportionate wardrobe to match and no clothes spilling out from boxes and chests. There are many designs and styles of wardrobes for small bedrooms.
Wardrobe Ideas for Small Bedrooms
If you have any antique wardrobe that you might have bought from the flea market or inherited from your grandmother, you might find it difficult to place it in your tiny bedroom. There is no reason to part with it yet, as with some great ideas you can use this antique furniture in your bedroom. The best way to use
For any teenager, his/her bedroom can be considered to be one safe retreat. Therefore, tackling your teenager’s bedroom is no easy task, what seems a mess to you may seem to be really cool for your teen. The designs should therefore be planned with great amount of thought to your teenager’s varying moods and likes and dislikes. The main criteria would also be to keep it neat and tidy at all times.
Pop Star Look
Most teenagers are simply obsessed with pop and rock stars and sometimes aim to be like their icons. Use this as a theme for your teenager’s bedroom. Instead of yelling hoarse about the pin ups, use this creatively and incorporate it in the design as well.
Funky colors and attractive pin ups can be used as part of the interior. These kinds of designs can also incorporate a strategically placed musical instrument and the use of accessories like wall-hangings or posters.
Good Ol’ Denim Look
The versatility of denim is probably what makes it the most popular fabric adorned by people of all ages. The denim fabric can be used in an innovative way as a design.
Furniture can also be created with a touch of denim fabric. Sheets
A trundle bed is a small bed that can be pushed under the master bed. It is lower and usually has a set of wheels for easy movement. Sometimes, it is also known as truckle bed (old English). Trundle bed can be made of wood or on ready-made iron frames available in the market. These frames can be simple or collapsible to provide the desired height for the trundle.
The trundle bed is a space saver bedroom furniture. It is smaller in size than the upper bed and is generally used for the children’s room. It is a must when you have limited space and frequent visitors who stay over.
Making a Trundle Bed
These are a few steps in which a trundle can be built.
Step 1: Decide the size of the mattress. The length, width and height of the mattress should be measured correctly. Ideally, there should be 4-6 inches’ gap between the upper bed and the mattress of the trundle. Also make sure that the size is not too small.
Step 2: Cut a plywood base in the size of the mattress, keeping a slight margin of ½ inches in length and width. Then cut two pieces of a 2×4
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In earlier times, the main function of a bedside table was to contain a chamber pot. It was often referred to as a commode.
A bedside table plays a significant role to complete the bedroom furnishing. It comes in handy to hold the alarm clock, a couple of your favorite bedside books, a night lamp, and a few other essentials. End tables, as they are often referred to as, can be used to either complement or accentuate the look of the room.
Besides, a bedside table can also be used as an additional storage space to store prescribed medicines, tissues, or even linen. It can also be used to house your cosmetics and in your child’s room to store books, toys, and accessories. A multipurpose table is better than a mere artistic piece, don’t you think? A bedside table, for that matter, ought to be one that not just embellishes your bedroom furniture but also serves a useful purpose.
A Book at an Arm’s End
A lot depends on how you plan to use your side table. If you are planning to use it as a stand to place your night lamp, you
Outdoor furniture is generally made of wood, metal and wicker. While these type of outdoor furniture looks good on its own, most homeowners prefer to have some cushions placed over the furniture for comfort and style. But as these cushions are left out in the open, it fades over time and becomes dusty and dirty. While it is possible to wash them out, there are some cushions that are fixed to the furniture and cannot be cleaned out. So the next best thing to do would be to reupholster the furniture to give it a fresh look.
If you are tired of looking at the same chaise lounge and outdoor benches and chairs, then reupholstering the furniture is a great idea. While choosing upholstery fabric, make sure that they are weatherproof. Water resistant and fade resistant fabric like solution-dyed acrylics and canvas are just right for upholstering outdoor or patio furniture. It is always better to stick to a warm and bright color palette with bold prints for outdoor furniture. Once you have figured out which fabric to choose for reupholstering your outdoor furniture, you need to get all the supplies for doing the same.
Reupholstering Outdoor Furniture
Teak is the ideal choice for outdoor furniture due to its natural properties that make it highly resistant to the outside elements. Also, the natural beauty of this wood has made it very popular, or should we say, a status symbol these days! Teak contains natural oils that help it survive in the rainforest where it grows. Hence, it is almost immune to outdoor elements including rain, sun, insects, and decay. Even though teakwood furniture is more expensive when compared to oak, redwood, or cedar, its natural durability and strength makes it well worth the price.
Teak furniture has a rich honey hue when it is new. But, with the exposure to external elements, as it ages, it gets a silver-gray patina. Even though the change in color does not make a difference to the durability and strength of the furniture, it does make a difference to its looks. Therefore, it becomes essential for those who own this furniture to decide whether they want the article to become silver gray as it weathers, or maintain its original honey-brown color. The following are some tips to help take care of the gorgeous teakwood.
Use a Cleaning Solution
A solution of bleach and
The patio is without doubt an extension of your living room. It doubles up as a space where you can catch up with family and friends over lunch or dinner. Having a garden has its benefits, one of which is that you get to entertain guests to sumptuous barbecue dinners and lazy summer afternoons. While having settees and hammocks is what comes to mind when one thinks of extending the living room to the garden, you can very well place a dining table with a couple of chairs to have a truly outdoors experience. Besides, we are all aware of the old adage―a family that eats together stays together.
Dinner tables are indeed the best possible places to catch up with each other’s lives, which is why taking the dinning activity outside is even more beneficial. Besides, sitting out in the open will help you clear your mind and refresh your senses.
Ideas for Outdoor Dining Tables
Set in Wood
Wood is one of the most preferred materials used to make dining tables. Dining tables can be designed as picnic benches, tables for two, or circular tables―you name it, and it can be done. Wicker dining sets or dark wood table tops
Always keep extra pieces of wood around. In case there are mistakes while working on the original planks, one will have ready pieces to complete the park bench with.
Park benches have been hailed as one of the most comfortable outdoor furniture that one can spend leisure time on. This is why it is a dream of many enthusiasts to have one in their backyard or the porch. While hiring help and getting a bench built can become a costly affair, making one by oneself can definitely be taken up. Park benches can be made from wood, metal, and concrete. In the following sections, we will give you information about one of the easy to implement garden bench plans.
How to Build a Wooden Park Bench
Materials Required to Build a Park Bench
• Wooden Planks:
• 4 planks of 366mm length
• 2 planks of 565mm length
• 1 plank of 960mm length
• 2 planks of 485mm length
• 2 planks of 760mm length
• 7 planks of 1400mm length
• Bolts: 10, 12mm
• Nails: 90mm (galvanized and flathead)
Instructions to Build a Park Bench
• Cut all
Fixing a hole in the wall, whether small or large requires effort, the right tools, and a steady hand. Given in this Buzzle article are instructions for completing this task.
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Holes are easily formed on your wall due to various reasons, like, removing the nails used for fixtures, regular wiring, plumbing, etc. If you find that the walls in your house have been damaged due to any of the aforementioned reasons, then simply follow the step-by-step instructions given below.
Putty knife or chisel
Latex bonding agent
Clean out the loose material around the hole using a chisel and then dust off this area with a dusting brush.
Next, take the latex bonding agent and dampen the edges of the hole. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before mixing and applying it.
Now you’ll need the patching plaster. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and prepare the mix accordingly. Using a broad knife you have to apply the plaster to fill up the hole. A single layer is usually enough for small holes.
In case of deep holes, you would need an
When you need repairs, don’t just call the first listing in the phone book. Do a little research before you pick up the phone. It may not be quite as convenient as the blind Hail-Mary call, but it will save you enough headaches overall that it will become your new go to play.
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Whether you own or rent your home, there will come a time when you need to enlist some outside help. Maid service, landscaping, plumber, electrician, car repairs – all are services rather than products, and as such, can be more difficult to shop for.
When you’re shopping for a product, it’s very easy to decide which model you want by way of online reviews, consumer reports and recommendations from friends and family members. Then you can look around to see who has the lowest price, best warranty, and best selection. Once you buy the product, you can return it if something’s not right. If there are any problems, you can dispute the charge with your credit card company, stop payment on the check, and take advantage of several layers of consumer protection.
With services, it can be much more difficult to ensure that
Do you want to give a makeover to your room? Scroll down to know how to decorate a room online, the most fun and easy way to do it!
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Are you planning to decorate your room and do not know which direction to go in? If yes, then now you can design your room online, without hiring an architect or even spending a single dime! But, how to go about it? All you need for this is the Internet and a creative mind! Architects and engineers have been using Computer Aided Design (CAD) for planning homes since ages. Now, there is a wide variety of easy to use non-professional home design programs available, where it is actually fun to plan and visualize your home! All this can be done without shifting any furniture!
Online redecorating allows you to see the finished product in advance so that you don’t make costly errors in choices. They can also be fun for the creative types, who just love to redecorate. If someone has a passion for interior designing, this is a great way to pursue your passion, as well as get some basic experience in interior decoration.
Modern homes are for people who are futuristic. Modern homes are for people who like to keep things simple. If this defines you, read on for some innovative decoration ideas for a modern home.
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If you like things simple, elegant, sleek, clear-cut and innovative, then a modern home decorating style is perfect for you. Modern homes are airy, modern homes are creative and modern homes are just perfect for today’s generation, as they come fitted with all the latest gadgets and technology. And if you thought that you would need to spend a bomb and hire a professional to give your home a modern decor, you are absolutely wrong! With the below suggested ideas, you can easily incorporate elements of this coveted decor in your house, on your own. Have a look…
Innovative Modern Home Decoration Ideas
Contemporary Living Room Decor
When it comes to modern homes, simplicity is their trademark. So, get rid of all the clutter that you have in your house. Throw away all the unnecessary items. If you have heavy pieces of furniture, replace them with sleek, multifunctional furniture. If you have a tight budget, you can give up on sofas all together
Take a look at this guide on choosing the right paint colors for bedrooms to transform your room into your own little paradise!
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The interiors of our bedrooms are extensions of our own personality. Whether we are calm people or people who love some funk and jazz, there is something for everyone. Good paint colors set the right mood for us to relax and unwind in our bedrooms.
You may have come across several ideas for the right color, but instead of going helter-skelter looking for the ‘right’ one, introspect and see what suits your personality and your personal style. The thumb rule in interior decorating is always to choose personal comfort instead of succumbing to trends.
Paint Color Choices and Ideas for Bedrooms
Paint colors for bedrooms have a new meaning nowadays. They are meant to heighten our senses, and evoke the right emotions in us stressed out human beings. Not every color is defined as red, blue and yellow. Each color has its own hues and shades, and as such, the variety in paint colors is immense. To be able to decide, then, how to choose the right color can be a confusing and
Want your living room to look stylish and elegant but are worried about the small space? Relax, there are various trendy living room designs available that will help you fulfill your wish.
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Everyone has a particular spot in the house which is their favorite place―they can play cards, watch television, or just relax there. People living in big houses have many options to choose their favorite from, but this is not possible for people living in smaller houses.
However, you can make your ‘not-so-large’ room look comfortable and stylish by implementing the following tips.
Tips to Design Your Small Living Room
People are always confused about how to design their small living rooms. They want their room to look elegant as well as spacious. This can be achieved through the following tips.
The colors of the interiors of the house play a very important role in room decoration. People often avoid using dark colors in case of small spaces. However, one can go for contrasting colors for a small living room.
You can get one focal wall painted in a darker shade than the others, or play with colors and make a unique design on it while keeping
Teak is a type of hardwood which is classy honey brown or golden in color when new. But after a period of time and getting exposed to various elements in air, its color changes to silver-gray.
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The changed color of teak mainly distinguishes the old outdoor teak furniture. However, it’s just a color transform and does not affect the durability of teak wood. To maintain the elegant honey brown look of teak is not a difficult task. But it definitely needs regular care. Teak oil is widely popular and known to maintain the teak wood finish. Here’s more about the use of teak oil for furniture and the right procedure of using it.
Benefits of Teak Oil
This oil is known to be very effective for indoor and outdoor teak furniture care. Apart from teak wood it can also be used for other oily woods like rosewood, monkeypod, zebrawood, etc.
It perfectly penetrates in the wood, gets absorbed, dries and stays hard. Regular sanding and teak oil finishing will ensure that teak wood has that smooth finish and honey brown color. This oil is available in many brands.
The best thing about this oil is that it works as a waterproofing
Squeaky floors can get really annoying to deal with. Which is why solutions for these have to be found. The following sections will discuss some common problems that lead to squeaky floors and give you instructions on how to repair them.
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Squeaky floors are a mess to deal with. Not only are they annoying, but they can get really distracting as well. Why and how exactly do these squeaky hardwood floors come about and how does one go about fixing these? There are a number of reasons that can cause squeaky floors. The good news is, there are ways on how to fix them as well. The following sections will list out the problems and solutions of the same.
Sometimes the edges of the subfloor keep knocking against each other giving rise to squeaky floors. This happens due to the wood flooring―the nails have become loose, thereby allowing the subfloor layers to become loose.
Taking a hammer and banging the nails, thereby driving them harder into the floor might sometimes be the only thing that you need to do. But at other times, the problem is not as simple. Try banging the nails, if that doesn’t
Facing difficulty choosing the best floor tile design for your house? Well, it’s important to think before you choose, as the flooring is one of the most important aspects of the home interiors. If you are considering a tiled floor, read on. Here is a collection of floor tile design ideas for different rooms.
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While wooden flooring or carpet tiles are a good choice of flooring for a living room, linoleum is one of the most recommended options for the kitchen. Stone and carpet are good choices for the bedroom flooring, while the use of ceramic tiles is well-suited for bathrooms. There are some basic criteria to be considered while choosing floor tiles for any room.
The choice of flooring for bathrooms and the kitchen should be based on factors like resistance to stains, water, and the ease of cleaning. Aesthetics and comfort are of prime importance when choosing floor tiles for the living room or the bedroom. Bright colors can be used in the kids’ bedroom, thus adding vibrancy to the room. Cool and soothing colors are better-suited for the master’s bedroom, where comfort and elegance are of importance.
Floor Tile Design Ideas for