Over the past few months, I’ve been slowly making changes to my home to make it look more modern. I’ve given the home a new coat of paint, gotten rid of the wallpaper and made the walls completely bare for paint, added some new rugs and carpeting to some of the rooms, gotten some new furniture, and even put in a skylight. My latest renovation involved adding some plantation shutters to the windows of my home. I was having a bit of trouble deciding on which ones I should get. I contacted a company and asked for their assistance with picking the right shutters.
The company came to my home and measured the windows. They then showed me some shutter samples that might look good with my windows.…Continue reading
Earth Day was last week, and whether you’re ready to save the planet, or simply practice more eco-friendly habits it’s easier than ever to implement green and sustainable products into your home renovation projects.
Here are just a few material considerations for you to research before you get started on your kitchen or bath renovation. Educate yourself on all the available green and sustainable products available today, as they will provide you with a greener home and a much healthier lifestyle.
Bamboo is considered a very sustainable material since it reaches maturity within five years, and regenerates from its original root system – never needing replanting.
Wood is a wonderful material for butcher-block counter tops and flooring.
When these woods are locally grown, sustainable, or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, they tend to rate quite highly.
Concrete countertops are increasingly popular in contemporary settings, and don’t off-gas. They are considered greenest when locally fabricated and when mixed with cement alternatives and recycled aggregates.
Quartz surfaces are one of my favorite countertop surfaces. They are available in a plethora of gorgeous colors and finishes – are easily maintained and have an endless lifecycle. Certain companies are now manufacturing a stunning recycled quartz collection.
Hardwoods and Bamboos are a favorite flooring choice for the eco- conscious homeowners. If the material is FSC certified or reclaimed then it is considered to be an environmentally responsible product.
Marmoleum or Linoleum tile is constructed of Linseed oil, jute, limestone and other natural components that collectively provide for an incredibly strong and durable flooring product.
Cork is not only sustainable and renewable (like bamboo), but is extremely soft and comfortable under foot.
Wool Carpeting is naturally stain resistant, highly durable and free of any chemical additives – only the natural oils in the …Continue reading
Insulating your home is becoming an essential process with the rising cost of energy. When you are a paying so much to heat your home it is daft to allow this heat to escape. If you take just loft insulation then the potential annual savings from installing the current recommended insulation is around GBP 145 per year. It wont take long to recover the cost of the installation with these kinds of annual savings.
There are number different insulation materials available it can be confusing. What are the best types to go for, and do some the eco insulation material perform as well?
Environmentally friendly materials
This is formed from sheep’s wool. Over the past few years it has become more popular. This has fuelled by the green / organic movement of the late 2000’s. Programmes like Grand Designs have helped to show how this type of product can be used to achieve great results.
With the British wool industry is decline then there is a surplus of fleece that can be easily turned into insulation.
- Fire retardant
- Absorb water
I don’t think I need to explain where this form of insulation comes from! Like the sheep’s wool it is often in surplus and therefore makes sense to use it. If you live in a rural area then the cases are you will be able to source the material form a local farm so the transportation costs and environmental impact are pretty low.
- Low energy to produce
- Good thermal insulation
- Easy to install
- Newspaper fibres (Cellouse)
This is another good way of using a material that would otherwise be going to landfill. Newspaper is shredding and the resulting material is treated to stop it going mouldy and of course adding the essential fire retardant chemicals…Continue reading
If there is one room that all homeowners must prioritize in terms of design and furniture selection, it must be a living space. The living room is the most important room in the house because it is an area where family and friends usually gather together. That is a place that needs to be comfortable and friendly. Therefore, homeowners must place more emphasis on choosing comfortable and stylish furniture for this important part of the house.
More and more people are investing in contemporary furniture because of its sophisticated and functional designs. Furniture designers respond to this strong demand by producing a variety of luxury goods that are comfortable and attractive at the same time. This is one way to ensure that homeowners who are investing in modern living room furniture are doing the right thing.
What you would pick reflects a lot about you and your view of urban living. This is the very reason why you have to make sure that the furniture you select is appealing not only to you but also to your guests.
Before you head out to purchase modern furniture, you must take a good look around your house. Is there a Japanese theme in your living room? Maybe you have adopted flower designs throughout the house? Whatever the overall theme is, be sure to choose furniture items that will gel with your interiors. Flooring and wall color are also big factors to consider when choosing what items to buy.
Modern living room furniture comes in an extensive variety of colors, such as white, black, red or bright orange. Because of the various styles available, you will never have difficulty in choosing the items that will complement your current interior design. They are also available in all shapes and sizes so be …Continue reading
The places you hang your artwork and the methods you use to display it are often determined by the architecture you have in your home. For instance, if you have a narrow winding staircase you might place a tall vertical group of picture frames on the wall that goes from one floor up to the next. A great thing for this space might be about six botanicals framed and hung up in sets of two, or maybe three black and white pictures hung vertically over one another in attractive black picture frames.
An Exquisite Cluster
One of the most striking and lovely ways to display fine pieces of art is to group them together in six matching frames. You do not have to invest a lot of money to obtain nice pictures; even the most simple flower prints or pictures were taken out of garden publications can be really elegant when you frame them correctly. You can even frame pressed flowers or dried leaves. Affordable black or natural wood photo frames can look great when hung in two rows of three for horizontal grouping, or three rows of two to make vertical groupings.
Having Fun with Shapes
Say you have a large wall that you think is just ideal for a large, tall piece of art, but you only seem to have horizontal pieces. If you have three horizontal pieces of the same size or almost the same size, then just hang it on the wall, one above the other with about three inches of space between each frame. Although these frames don’t need to be just the same, it might look better if they were the same finish at the minimum.
Art That is Alive
This could be news to you, but in a designer’s point of …Continue reading
When one hears references to Asian decor this typically is meant to imply the use of Japanese or Chinese themes. These two ways to decorate your home vary. Japanese decorating is usually very calming and minimalist. Chinese decor on the other hand is very drastic and dramatic. If you would like to achieve either of these looks keep reading. Below you will find tips to help you fulfill your dream in an inexpensive and simple way.
Chinese goes to complete the opposite extreme. Their decorating uses many bright colors, especially red. This color is consider to be lucky in the Chinese culture.. Even wood is often painted the color red. Dark woods often used are as well because of the contrast they offer. Other color schemes are possible for Chinese décor. Typically these involve the use of yellow and blue. No matter what color scheme you choose remember to pick colors that are bright.
Add several piece of Chinese Art. Carvings and figurines made of animals are common accent pieces also. Murals painted with dramatic scenes will help your theme seem real. If you need more bangs you can consider placing silk curtains on the windows or silk pillows. Not all of your accessories must be traditionally Chinese as long as they match the color scheme and do not overtake your focal point. Whatever you choose think grand for a Chinese theme. For Japanese decor your choices should come from the opposite end of the spectrum.
Japanese decorating is based on the natural world. This includes natural light so if you have a room that gets a lot of sunlight this style may be for you. Try to draw all of the accents you use from nature as well. Any furniture should be kept to a minimum. Make sure the …Continue reading