Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tree stumps are coming home and bringing a bit of nature inside by being transformed as tables, a base for a table and stools to just about any room of your home. Some keeping their natural color and others being painted to bring on a chic cottage feel!
Outdoor Living And Landscape Design
Bulgaria is where you can find this piece of heaven. Amazing how the backyard furniture are created from fallen trees.
Alexandar Novoselski via: Nash Dom on 79 Ideas
Designer Jamie Durie framed this outdoor dining room by incorporating a large backyard pine tree into a stone wall. The benches are made of simple fallen tree trunks, an easy, inexpensive way to create gorgeous outdoor seating.
Photo By Tonya McCahon via Natural Home And Garden
Tree Trunk Rounds To Build A Rustic Garden Pathway
Has the tree fallen but not uprooted? Here are a few creative ideas to use those stumps to make them an attractive spotlight in your garden or landscape.
Have a seat... Remove the ruggedness and that stump can be used as a chair to sit next to your garden.
via J. Gordon of Forestry and Arboricultural
A beautiful natural tree stump planter...
Image and How To via This Old House
Decorating with that tree trunk or stump may not be such a bad idea after all. What have you made?
Friday, June 22, 2012
Most of us don't have the pleasure of enjoying the coastal living year round. Enjoy your home by bringing a relaxing beach or cottage design style to your interior. Give your home the laid-back setting that's just right for summer.
Bring It Home With A Few Of These Tips And Decorating Ideas...
It's All About The Colors And Accessorizing, Add natural and sea inspired elements throughout your home to help achieve this look and feel. Nothing screams beach design more than crisp white slipcovers in a stylish relaxed fit.
You’ll rest easy knowing your furnishings are fully washable and get the added benefit of their beautifully relaxed look.
Easily bring a coastal design to your dining room or kitchen by covering your existing chairs with floor length dining chair slipcovers.
Cotton Duck Long Dining Chair Covers
If your color palette is white and airy, Break up a neutral palette by adding unexpected bits of color. Eyes will be drawn around the room with each vibrant and seasonal accessory. Use seashells that you've collected from previous vacations, seaglass colored bottles, coral, weathered oars, starfish, candles, driftwood pieces, rope and picture boxes with sea inspired decor.
Looking for a casual cottage vibe...
Casual faded slipcovers with relaxed skirting, plaid patterns and throws will give any room a cozy and relaxed cottage look.
Soft Suede Collection: The Solid and Plaid Slipcovers Complement Eachother Beautifully!
Bring the outdoors inside to help capture an amazing cottage style... Beautiful wicker, rattan furniture, sisal area rugs and adirondack chairs. More great accessories would be distressed furniture, lacy curtains, burlap, monogrammed pillows and fresh florals to get a calm and sweet cottage style. Shop and refresh fun pieces with paint from a thrift store or flea market.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
When putting your house on the market, you will be wanting to sell as quickly as possible and in hopes of getting your asking price. Staging can help...
via Sure Fit Inc
Exterior, Curb Appeal:
First impressions matter, Keep buyers interested and eager to want to walk through the front door to see what's inside. Keep lawn and landscaping well maintained while your house is on the market. Plant some flowers to add some color. Powerwash any exterior that looks to have ground in dirt and add a fresh coat of paint if needed. Clean windows and front door. Add a new clean welcoming doormat and seating on the front porch if it allows. If there is a showing in the evening hours, be sure to keep porch lights on along with any other outdoor lighting you have.
Buyers love walking into a home that is spotless and feels well kept. You want them to imagine themselves living there and not wanting to rush out because they are disgusted by the dirt. Let your countertops in kitchens and bathrooms sparkle! If carpets are stained or dirty, rent a carpet cleaner from your local hardware store or hire a professional. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way on sprucing up and neutralizing wall colors.
Declutter & Depersonalize:
This is a great opportunity to make your house look as spacious as possible. Help the buyer to notice all the special features of your home without worring that there won't be enough space for their belongings. Rehome these decluttered items until your house is sold. (rent a storage unit or store in a family member's basement) You want buyers to envision themselves in your home, removing family photos and personal items is important.
Make All Repairs:
Don't leave obvious holes or cracks in the walls or ceilings. Anything broken and repairable should be.
Keep it simple and make sure your furniture is the correct size for the space your decorating. Furniture that is too big can make a room appear small and crowded. Pull furniture pieces away from walls if possible and use pairs (sofas, chairs) Keep it cozy and welcoming such as conversational seating around a fireplace. Choose neutrals colors to paint walls and tone down furniture upholstery. Slipcovers are an affordable way to restyle your existing pieces of furniture in neutral colors or refresh pieces that may be stained or worn.
Do you have extra or empty rooms? Don't use these rooms for storage. Show off every inch of your homes usable space. Each room should have a defined purpose. An office or guest bedroom is a wise choice when fulfilling needs of home buyers.
If your home is being shown during the daytime hours, Open those window treatments and let the natural light in. In the evening hours, turn all the lights on throughout the home. Replace all bulbs that have burned out.
Beware of Odors:
Ask a friend or neighbor to help you out with this one. Most homeowners are immune to their own smells. Pet odors are a big reason for concern. Be sure to vacuum well and wipe all surfaces to be free of fur. Keep pet beds or crates in the garage during showings and take animals out of the house if possible. If you are a smoker and you have plans to put your house on the market... Try to take it outdoors. Stale smoke is another hard odor to get rid of. Cleaning, deoderizing and lighting a candle can help remove these smells. ~ Don't forget to take the trash out.
Add a few last minute touches just before a showing or open house. Include some fresh cut flowers,a fresh scent throughout the home and nicely placed plush towels in the bathrooms. If you have a fireplace and it's a cold day, have your fireplace on low for the perfect homey ambience.
Try to allow your staging efforts to appeal to the widest range of buyers so you can get many interests and sell your home at top asking price.
Monday, June 11, 2012
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Friday, June 8, 2012
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Have fun with it, slipcovers can be an exciting solution to an affordable seasonal style makeover. Keep patterns minimal by accenting a single piece of furniture or a pair of throw pillows. Go bold and cover all furniture pieces and accessorise the rest of the room more neutral keeping your decor chic and not overly busy!