Design Tips & Ideas
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If you are considering selling your property, or will be considering selling your property in a few years’ time; it is always a good idea to keep in mind your potential buyers when it comes to interior design and décor. A simple, well balanced living area will definitely attract more interested buyers than a home which is cluttered and over personalised. The majority of people only consider what they like when it comes to design, and forget about the general public or future potential buyers – but it’s always a good idea to play it safe. With the help of High Price Paid, one of the UK’s leading quick home buying companies, we have come up with a few design tips and ideas that will help you get the best possible price achievable when it comes to selling your home, and listed them below.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 29 October, 2013
….We were so delighted when we were approached by the talented team at Martha Stewart to compete for an opportunity to join the ”12 Months of Martha Stewart Crafts Team”. As part of the program, Bloggers receive a monthly box of Martha’s newest and hottest craft product, create something amazing, and post about it on their sites. These projects are promoted on the @MarthaStewart Pinterest board and MarthaStewart.com. All we needed was a point of inspiration, so I looked around my home for something that would be functional as well as aesthetic and soon found something that was long overdue to be tackled.
My husband and I have both the convenience, and inconvenience, of working from home, in very different careers. We share a light-filled, lofty, space on the 3rd floor of our suburban NJ home. In general, the pros do outweigh the cons when both partners are home-based and working, but we desperately needed something to divide our office areas and provide a sense of privacy and definition of workspace – without losing all of the luminosity we enjoy from opening the space up when we remodeled. So, Michelle and I decided to create a stylish, yet affordable, room divider and build it ourselves from scratch, to serve as a distinct border between the two offices. Sounds ambitious, right? Actually, it was surprisingly easy and affordable – and not to mention a lot of fun. Here’s how we did it…..
1) Wooden Dowel rods (we selected three different sizes, by thickness)
2) Eye screws (the smallest we could find in the local arts and crafts store)
3) Aluminum jump rings (12mm size)
4) Martha Stewart Crafts™ Gloss Spray Paint Kit
5) Martha Stewart Crafts™ Sprayable Gloss Enamel Finish
6) Martha Stewart Crafts™ Multi-Surface Glow-in-the-Dark Acrylic Paint
7) Martha Stewart Crafts® Stains
Here’s a walk-through of the process:
We had an old patio garden table we didn’t mind to work on with paints and materials and stained the dowel rods by wiping on the stain with a cloth and leaving them to dry. If you don’t have an old table, make sure to put down dust sheets or newspaper whenever you use paints and stains.
Masking / Painter’s tape is the best method for covering any areas that you do NOT want to color or stain.
We then created a makeshift ‘dryer’ from an old plastic tub and made a grid from the painter’s tape to prevent the painted rods from sticking together. We then applied the spray paint to the sticks, using the white paint with first and allowed them to dry. Note that you may need to apply a couple of layers of spray paint for a clean,consistent, finish.
Repeat the last two steps for any other color you would like to introduce to your project. We chose colors that are very current, i.e. dark wood with white contrast and a splash of luminous pink.
Once the paint is dry, simply remove all of the masking / painter’s tape and begin fixing the eye screws in 2 at the bottom and 2 at the top (for our project we measured 1.5″ from the edge, which was also at the paint line on one end of each dowel rod). A good tip to help you with fixing the eye screws in place is to use a micro phillips-head screw driver (we improvised and did it this way), or better still a Bradawl (we couldn’t find ours), to make a small hole in which to begin fixing the eye screw. This will save your fingers feeling like you just went 15 shelves deep with Ikea’s finest.
We connected the rods, via the eye screws, with three 12mm jump rings, but you can choose whatever amount you feel is appropriate. As a rough rule of thumb, the thinner the dowel the less rings you would want to place between them so you do not lose the feeling of something physical between the rooms.
We then stained a piece of wood that we had measured to the desired length of the three columns of rods, with some space between each column. Using nylon fishing line, we connected the columns of rods to the top piece of wood and voila! – we had a beautiful room divider. From start to finish, without considering time to gather the materials or for the paint to dry, it took around two hours to prep and complete the project. If you started in the morning, on a warm sunny day, as we did, you can be installed and putting the drill down in a single day!
The bonus for us was when we realized that when we’re bored with the color scheme, or just looking to change, we think this project would make an outstanding statement as a piece of wall art. It was a lot of fun, provides a lot of function and style, but most of all – it was easy and affordable!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 13 October, 2013
If you are having trouble sleeping, your mattress has seen better days or the bedroom is looking a bit outdated, replacing your bed could be the answer to your décor dilemma.
New beds can dramatically improve comfort, sleep patterns and the aesthetics of a room. Experts at the British Sleep Council say beds should be replaced every ten years. So what are you waiting for?
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 6 September, 2013
Did you know the average person can spend an entire year of their life looking for misplaced items? If you feel you spend a lot of time searching for your belongings you might be a victim of clutter. Clutter can become an overwhelming hassle for many. As time goes by it is easy to accumulate a lot of stuff and run out of space to store it all. While it might be difficult to part ways with items of sentimental value, home organization experts encourage everyone to get rid of any items they haven’t used in the past year.
Organizing your home can help reduce the time you spend frantically searching for lost items. SpareFoot, the largest online inventory of storage units, offers up some advice on keeping an organized home. Their infographic on clutter gives fifteen great reasons to keep a tidy house. De-cluttering your home can save you money, relieve stress, improve friendships, and even lead to a better sex life. It’s incredible all the ways you can better your life with a little home organization. Check out the infographic for all the wonderful benefits.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 4 September, 2013
Floor design is often something that is overlooked. Whilst not as obvious as new furniture, a fresh lick of paint, or new lighting fittings, a new floor can breathe a new lease of life into any interior and it would appear there is a new alternative on the market.
In this modern age, interior design takes many forms, from rejuvenating the past to the completely new to combining exciting style. Over the years, vinyl and laminate flooring has been a popular choice due to its durability and stylish finishes. Other people have opted for more natural floors, such as solid wood or natural stone tiles to create a look that is truly authentic. But there’s a new contender on the scene…
Concreate floor may look like a misspelling, but it is the latest in flooring technologies. Acting as an alternative to conventionally poured concrete and floor coverings, Concreate flooring is perfect for a whole host of domestic and commercial uses.
The concrete floor panels used offer a strong, durable and beautiful finish that creates a modern twist for any floor. Make sure you acquire the expert knowledge of a wooden floor specialist for a full product break down. Their experience and expertise will help you discover a new way to enhance your interior design.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 23 August, 2013
When it comes down to a well-organized, clutter-free and relaxing bedroom space, storage is key. Some you want absolutely hidden such as in bins within closets or underneath beds. Yet, there is another strategy which can both fulfill your need to create extra room, while adding an attractive design element–a bedroom wardrobe.
Maximize with Measurements
The initial step is to take detailed measurements of the area where this piece of furniture is going. Armoires come in a plethora of sizes, widths, lengths, and heights so first figure out where in the bedroom it will reside. Don’t forget, these doors typically open outwards, so be sure to leave room for that, too.
Wardrobe for Your Wardrobe
Next you need to decide what it exactly is that you’ll be storing. If it’s dresses and shirts, you’ll need to find a style which offers a hanging bar within it. Or if your winter sweaters and fuzzy blankets need a temporary home between seasons, then plentiful shelving would be your best bet. Drawers are an especially wonderful detail, as they can provide storage for smaller items such as rolled belts, jewelry boxes, scarves and other smaller accessories. Units with a full-length mounted mirror on the inside door are another good idea.
As any parent would attest to, the more storage in a child’s room, the happier the family. Kids’ bedroom armoires can be wonderful for storing everything from clothing and socks, to plush toys and books. Two-door white wardrobes are ideal as they take up less space and coordinate effortlessly with either gender’s color scheme, while styles with a lower bottom drawer are ideal for children to gain access to their play things independently.
Once you figure out the size, placement and function of your wardrobe, now is the fun part–what look are you going for? Armoires are available in a variety of styles like modern and traditional, even vintage-inspired, in natural and painted woods, lacquer and such. This piece of furniture can blend with your present furnishings, while many manufacturers offer the wardrobe as part of their coordinating collections. Or, to take it one step further, let the wardrobe stand out on its own in a punchy hue, adding colorful interest to your bedroom space.
Posted by Suzanne at 17 August, 2013
If you have a separate dining room in your home, it can often be neglected unless there’s a special occasion, as most busy families just tend to sit at the breakfast bar or smaller kitchen table to eat their meals. If you’re guilty of only using your dining room at Christmas and other holidays, it’s time to spruce up the décor and increase its functionality to encourage you and your family to make the most of the space you have.
Create a Reading Nook
If you have the space, creating a reading nook in your unused dining room will provide a quiet haven for the bookworms in your family. Pick a large, comfortable chair that matches the existing décor, and fill a bookcase up with all your family’s favorite reads and ones you’d like them to pick up. A reading nook provides a perfect place to go to de-stress when you get a moment to yourself. The fact that your dining room is barely used means you won’t feel like it’s connected to the daily chores and strains of family life, so it’ll feel like a real retreat. For some inspirational reading nooks that you might be able to adapt to suit your space and requirements, check out this Pinterest board.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 August, 2013