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Preparing Your Home For A Spring Kitchen Remodel

As the Winter comes to an end, the planning that homeowners have been doing surrounding their remodel ideas will start to be put into action. Remodeling in the Spring is a great idea because it gives you the rest of the year indoors and outdoors to enjoy the work that has been done.

Here are some ways that you can get ready for a Spring Kitchen remodel this year:

Have a 3D model built for you:

If you have ever been cabinet shopping before, you will likely remember that a lot of cabinet showrooms have beautiful kitchen display units already built. So it is possible to travel around to different showrooms and view the latest designs by local manufacturers. At the same time at companies like www.instockkitchens.com, they stock all their inventory in their warehouse in Pennsylvania, but they display it all online. In order to help you to make the best possible choice, they have an online 3D Model option that will allow you to create 3D models of what you want with a consultant for free. Once you have your model, you can compare it with what you intended to do so that you can validate that it is the best choice for you.

Consider refacing as an option:

When you reface your cabinets, you continue to use the exact same cabinet configuration in your kitchen. The upgrade is where you pull the wood off the facing and then pull the door and drawer faces off and replace them with a new design, style, and color. An installation like this takes almost no time. Normally the homeowner that requested the upgrade will end up saving quite a bit of money on affordable quality cabinets that end up looking like they are installed custom cabinets when they are done.

Use customer service online to help you design:

You are likely pretty busy. You don’t have time to run around to 100 stores hoping that you will bump into the perfect cabinets for your home. If you decide instead to purchase your cabinets online at a place like instockkitchens.com, feel free to use their customer service to answer any questions that you have about the design process. Stores that are online to help you save money often staff their website with expert employees that can give you pointers that will save you time and money

Technology Is Giving Rug Buyers More Choices Than Ever

It used to be that when you planned to remodel or upgrade a room, you would have a set amount of rug choices that ranged from antique rugs to modern rugs that followed a set pattern that conformed to the manufacturer’s ability to turn a profit on that particular style. Given the fact that if you purchase a rug, you will likely keep it for the life of your home or at least for decades, that tended to be somewhat limiting.

Today, because people probably ought to have the range of choices that technology can allow, the industry has created options that allow homeowners to keep features that they want like 100 percent handmade rugs, while still advancing the number of design options that are available. How are they doing it? Digitized design development and advanced implementation capabilities allow them to be successful with fewer and fewer rugs for each design.

Here are some options that are proving to be popular in the new world of rug buying:

Traditional Designs:

Companies like Rothrugs.com have forged ahead with their design departments, pulling some of the most popular traditional designs from Europe and Asia and applying them to handmade rugs that will enhance any home in your house. One of the differences between traditional rugs and antique rugs is that traditional pieces tend to be purchased for their unique and individualized design characteristics while antique rugs typically follow a set style that matches the geography from whence they came.

Southwestern Designs:

Although Southwestern rugs have been popular since Route 66 opened up in the 20th century, access to the wide variety of unique design options that are available hasn’t been that guaranteed until online merchants started stockpiling a wide range of designs. Consequently, they are proving to be one of the more popular choices for homeowners. Appreciation of Native American art is one type of conversation that will liven up your party in the same way that your rug will create years of enjoyment.

Oriental Designs:

When you look at oriental designs, keep in mind that some carpets in museums are older than 1500 years. So even though there are some design aficionados that will point out that there isn’t that much flexibility from some manufacturers, there is still a strong market for traditional manufacturers that take orders from retailers that demand input into the pattern design process. If you are more of a rug patron, you will probably find it rewarding to know that your range of choices has grown considerably in the last decade.

Design technology continues to have a positive impact on the number of options that homeowners have. Finding the right retail partner online with that in mind can help you have much greater piece of mind when you bring your new rug home.

 

Beautiful Fall Mantle Decoration

The cool breeze in the morning is ushering the coming of autumn. And all the more I am getting very excited to have our dream home constructed. Looking at beautiful pictures of houses with fireplace mantles to accommodate the decorations you can put for every season is just inviting. I found these pictures in the internet and I am saving them for inspiration. These pictures will give me the design ideas I need for my faux fireplace’s mantle.

They are all pretty and I think they will look great in our dream home.

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Ways To Improve Your Garden On A Budget

Many homeowners are stuck living in tight quarters that do not afford them much outdoor living space. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or a backyard to boast of, then you’ve probably experienced at one point, struggling to improve your garden and maintain it without going overboard with the costs.

Improving your garden isn’t a walk in the park. However, it isn’t impossible. Here are some ways to improve your garden on a budget:

Do your own landscape

You don’t have to be a professional to be able to redesign your own backyard. There are countless do-it-yourself ideas online that you can pattern after. Sometimes, enhancing your outdoor area can be as simple as adding some garden lighting, turfing or decking.

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If you’re lucky, you can run into experts who publish basic tips and guidelines in various social accounts and platforms. I got great ideas from these guys here who’ve uploaded some infographics and slide videos about garden landscaping and design.

Go for perennials

Some plants are seasonal and can be very expensive to maintain. How about adding more perennials to your garden if your climate allows? Perennial plants are those that live more than 2 years. They die out from autumn to winter, only to grow back during spring and summer. Classic examples of perennials are Dahlia, Peruvian Lily, Catmint, and Forget-me-Not.

Install walkways or pathways

Aside from improving the aesthetics of your garden, walkways or pathways can also prevent weeds from growing. This should save you money and time in maintenance and weed removal.

You can buy large stone pebbles and some inexpensive pavers to use for your walkway. If you’re saving and have resources to recycle, try repurposing old wood planks as thick blocks to use as walkways.

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Add some outdoor furniture

A garden isn’t just a place for plants. It can also be a great place to add outdoor furniture that you can use to bask in the relaxing atmosphere of your little pocket of nature. You can score great finds from Home Depot, and sometimes, a quick visit to yard sales and flea markets can yield good buys of outdoor furniture.

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Install a trellis

The simplest change can dramatically transform your garden. A trellis can be a good addition if you want to accentuate a garden with crawling plants.

Add some lighting

Outdoor lighting serves the basic purpose of illuminating dark sections of your garden. When placed strategically however, lights can also create visual drama that you might find especially necessary when you’re entertaining guests at night.

If you‘re trying to save on electricity, you can buy solar-charged LED lawn lights and tree lanterns at Home Depot centres or use floating candles.

Add garden ornaments

Sculptures and other garden ornaments can add some appeal to your garden. Of course, it’s best to be meticulous with your choice of embellishments. Take into consideration your overall theme and the size of your space. Adding too many items that are inconsistent with your other design elements can make your outdoor space feel crowded or tacky.

Watch this informative video for more inspiration, ideas, and DIY helpful tips.

Pocket Gardens For Small Yards

Having a garden is one of the dreams of homeowners who loves plants, gardening and have a knack for making plants thrive in any condition. Other homeowners prefer to have gardens because they add beauty to their property and brings nature close to home. However, not every homes have the space to accommodate a garden so other people make do with buying plants in pots and just putting them in one area or wherever is available to bring a semblance of nature to their home.

A pocket garden will be a good solution to those small space woes. Here are some inspirations for you and some may just be suitable to your tight quarters back home and some tips to consider when creating a pocket garden.

 

Use small pots

Collect small pots and put them in one area of the yard or your house to mimic a small garden. Use various plants like flowery, and leafy plants. They will give of a vibes of a small garden that you’ve always loved.

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Repurpose unused drawers

Do you have old cabinets or dressers that you want to throw? Don’t do that just yet. Save the drawers and repurpose them into plant beds.

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photo credit: alwaysintrend.com

Use pipes as hanging planters

You can get used pipes and cut them in half and drill holes for water to drip. Hang them up or prop them against a bare wall in your house and create a small garden out of them.

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photo credit: pinterest.com

Create vertical gardens on vacant walls

Do you have a blank wall that you just don’t know what to do? Spice it up and create a vertical garden instead.

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