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More and more interior designers as well as homeowners want to create a cozy lifestyle to diffuse the outside stress. The trends also point towards ‘lived in homes’. What this means is people do not want everything to be spic and span. Instead; they are actually looking for weathered, lived in homes with cracks and crevices each of which tells a story. These color schemes can be inspirational to decorate your home.

Byzantine Blue 

The perfect color for 2017! It is ideal for kitchens, living rooms and even the bedrooms. Although the name says Blue, the color is more of purple. In fact; it can be said to combine the best qualities of blue, purple and gray and this combination makes it ideal for several rooms and even the office.

Mineral Gray

Many homeowners and designers alike are also willing to work with Grays. Mineral gray is especially popular since it is glamorous, elegant and luxurious. It is an ideal choice for the kitchen; you can use it on walls as well as the cabinets to infuse an eclectic look to your home décor.

Olympic—Cloudberry  

Purple and lavender paint colors have emerged as new options for decorating. The new purple shades are light and very versatile thanks to their muted undertones. Olympic—Cloudberry can be used in place of any cool neutral if you’re craving more color than the many gray paint colors that are popular right now. To use Cloudberry right, you’ll want to avoid treating it like lavender or other sweet pastel. Pair this comfortable color with accents like cream, charcoal gray, and even gold. You’ll want to avoid using pastel accent colors in your palette if you’d like to create a more sophisticated space with Cloudberry.

Crushed Oregano 

Crushed Oregano is a warm green with a lot of yellow undertone which makes it an excellent choice for kitchens or any room where you’d like to add energy and light. Keep your accents simple with Crushed Oregano with colors like white, brown, and gold. Cool colors like a soft turquoise or pink can add some softness to tone down Crushed Oregano in a living room or guest room. You’ll want to sample this energetic green paint color before committing to be sure that it’s right for your space.

Denim Drift

This soft color is moody gray with a hint of blue that would be a soothing choice for a bedroom, but could also be wonderful in a contemporary living room. The blue in Denim Drift is so muted that it is nearly neutral and can be treated as a gray paint color in most rooms. Try paring the Denim Drift with off white and muted pastels for a dreamy look in any room.

 

This room-by-room declutter guide will take you through your home and office with very specific instructions on what to declutter in each room or space in your home, and how to do it.  This guide also includes resources for getting rid of clutter and organizing your keeper items. Focus on One Room or One Zone in a Room At a Time Zero in on a room, a space, or even a zone within a room like your kitchen cabinets and . You can wander aimlessly around your decluttering a little bit here and there, but it’s not as effective as focusing on one room or one small part of a room and finishing it. To that end, we’ve broken down all of the spaces in your home and the areas in each that you should plan to decluttering. From there it’s broken down by (potential) zones and a list of items you should declutter within each space. Giving away Give away one item each day to have a space. You suddenly feel that you space for your new items Trash bags Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill. Clearing Out Clear out and hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home Make a list Experts recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list. And it could easily fit into any schedule. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light. Use your imagination. Psychology experts recommends using your creativity and imagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

Your dog is happiest when you’re home. They are social animals, and living in a group is part of their nature.   However, not many of us can spend all day with our dogs, although it would be great if we could. We all need to leave at home especially when going to work and for school.  You don’t need to as long as you follow these tips.

 

  How long can you leave your dog Young puppies should not be left alone for long periods during the day – around two hours a day is the limit. And Adult dogs those over 18 months of age can be left alone four to six hours a day. However, it is now advisable to leave your dog for a long time.

House Training Make him feel that being alone is okay. Your pet should learn that being on his own is normal and safe, so give him a treat when you leave the house but not as a reward when you return.

Make your dog tired Before leaving  give him some good, hard, morning exercise. This will give you the chance to leave the house without troubles.

Keep your dog busy Put away his food bowl and use food-dispensing toys instead. And make sure he has constructive ways to occupy his time when you’re not around.

Encourage your children to come home right away Teach your kids that going home early are for their pet’s needs and jump into a fun game of “fetch” or “cat and mouse” before starting other after school activities.

Gardens have changed a lot in the last few decades, morphing into multifunctional spaces where we eat, cook, work out, bathe, as well as grow plants. Here the garden trends you must know The rise of indoor gardens

Most herbs can be grown indoors as long as they have good light for 6-8 hours a day. Some varieties such as basil and thyme need a sunny north-facing window while shade lovers like mint are alright with lower light levels. Make your own indoor herb planters using recycled tins, jars, wooden pallets or guttering. Drainage holes are essential and you might need a tray beneath your planter to catch excess water. Make sure you plant herbs with similar watering requirements together.

Black and charcoal-painted fences and exterior walls

Painting boundary structures one dark colour is a relatively inexpensive way to disguise a mish-mash of different materials so they read as one, and gives tired fences and walls a contemporary lift. The popularity of dark coloured fences and walls in gardens looks set to continue this year and for very good reason. Black, deep charcoal or dark grey fences and walls make those structures recede visually, focusing attention instead on the plants in front. It’s particularly effective with green foliage, highlighting the different leaf shapes and colours. Industrial-style garden structures

The industrial style is a popular interiors trend for contemporary apartments and houses, and now that look is continuing outside.

Growing micro-greens

 

 

Cultivate your own micro greens on the window sill. Highly nutritious and easy to grow microgreens are seeds harvested a few days after their germination. You can grow an enormous variety of veges as microgreens  from salad greens to herbs and beetroot. Outdoor baths

A growing number of homeowners are now installing outdoor baths or showers in their gardens so they can lie back and watch the stars overhead or listen to the birds in the trees while in the shower. A big advantage of outdoor baths over spa pools or hot tubs is you don’t need chemicals because you refill the bath each time.

Summer is a great time of the year, but, it is also less convenient for people because of too much hotness that it brings. People look for ways to make them feel better- they go to the beach, malls or they install air conditioner in their houses. But if you don’t have the money and have no choice but to stay at home, here are some tips about how you can design your homes that could lessen the hotness of summer. Keep your curtains closed. Aside from it can save up to 7 percent of your electric bill, it can also lower the temperature up to 20 degrees. Innovate the use of your electric fans

Aside from just letting your electric fans work, you can also improve the coolness of the air that it brings by filling a bowl with ice and positioning it in front of the electric fan. It will surely make you feel better. Must try! Change your sheets to cotton

Unlike other textiles that is good for insulation, cotton is a smarter move this summer for it stays cooler. Turn on your kitchen fans Exhaust fans pull the hot air that rises after you cook. Let the night air in

During summer months, the temperature lowers during nighttime. During this time, make sure that your windows and doors are open to give way for the cooler air. Just make sure that you’ll close the curtains in the morning before the hot air enters. Replace your incandescent bulbs Incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent of their energy in emitting heat. Replacing them will make a difference in your home’s temperature and in your electric bill. CFLs are better to use and it save energy as well. Consider grilling

Barbecue grill

Using your ovens or stoves will make your house hotter. During summers and there is so much hotness in your house, the last thing you should do is make use of your oven and stove. Improve your houses, plant trees For improvements, you can insulate your window films and plant trees in front of your house. Less heat will reach your house if there are plants that will block ad absorb it. Those are simple ways to make you feel cooler despite of the sun’s extreme heat outside. Try doing some of these now and have a great summer.
A lot of people prefer simple flat white ceilings.  In case you wonder how to make your ceiling look better we’ve gathered a whole bunch of cool design ideas for you. With the right paint, fabric, or decorative plaster, the ceiling can become a with the right paint, fabric, or decorative plaster, the ceiling can make a striking statement.   22 unique ideas that do everything from bringing high ceilings down to size to making space feel brighter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your roof won’t last forever, but there are ways to make it last longer.  Here are some tips to do:

Make a regular inspection to monitor the condition of your roof. If you can do it on your own, hire roofing experts.

 

 

Keep your gutters clean. Clogged gutters cancause ruined paint, flooded basement and it can destroy your roof structure. Clean out leaves and twigs from the gutters.  If you will not remove those leaves immediately, they will gradually decompose and will cause weeds and molds that will slowly rot your gutters.

 

Remove moss and other debris because it traps water and might destroy the roof.

 

Trimming the branches of nearby trees to your home will keep the leaves off from your roof, and this also, will keep your roof damage free. The branches and leaves that touch the roof can cause damage, especially during high winds.

 

Prevent Ice Dams. It is important to remove all the ice and snow because it can damage the roof.  Use a roof rake to remove them, but don’t force the ice that’s already formed in the roof; this could damage the roof.

Be careful about what goes down your drain to keep you away from calling a plumber.  Here are some ways to treat and prevent these issues using you already have at home.

From time to time pour a little bleach into the sink and let it sit for at least an hour before you run down water in the sink. Use drain screens to keep hair, soap scum, and other solids from making their way into the drain. Clean the sink stoppers regularly. Never dump paint, paint thinners, and other chemicals down the drains. Avoid pouring down the drain cold water. This will keep the grease and oil             in solid state. Never pour grease down the drain, and clean greasy pots and pans as thoroughly as possible with a paper towel before cleaning in hot water in the sink. Pour boiling hot water down your drains once a week. This will help to melt and flush away oils and grease.

Staining wood floor is not difficult as we may think.  We can do it at home by ourselves.

 

Materials:

 

stain paint tray paint stirrer mop floor sander clean rags

 

 

Steps:

 

Sand Floors

Prepare the floors by sanding and remove all sawdust thoroughly.

Mop the Floors

Use a wet mop or wet rag to remove the specks of dust and grains completely, and allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.  This will cause the wood to better accept the stain.

Test the Stain

Test the stain in a unnoticeable area of the floor or on a sample piece of wood before applying it to the entire floor.

Apply The Stain

Apply the stain with a rag, sponge or an applicator. Make sure it is applied evenly and watch for drops and pooling.  Work from one side to the other.   Let dry completely per the stain’s instructions.

Remove Excess Stain

Wait for at least at least 10 minutes to allow the stain to soak into the wood, then wipe out some excess stain.

Add Protective Coating

The stain only adds color or tone to the wood but does not protect the wood. Add a layer of polyurethane or another protection over the finished stain to protect the wood.

Allow To Dry

Let everything to set and dry completely before adding furniture or anything into the space.

 

Paint Fumes?  No worries at all! After painting a room of your house, surely, it’s going to smell overwhelmingly like paint fumes. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to get rid of that smell faster.  Here are some of the easy ways: Ventilation Opening some windows and doors during day and night are ideal.  Putting a fan in the room for this period will also clear up the fumes faster. Bucket of Water You can simply place a few of buckets of water around the room to absorb the solvent vapors.  Using the bucket method is a bit safer if you’re painting a room finished with or made with wood. Onion You just have to cut an onion half.  Then, set them out on plates throughout the room.  This will absorb the odor and your room won’t smell onions either. Vanilla extract Add a drop or two of vanilla extract to each gallon of paint. This will bring a much more pleasant aroma to the room you’re painting.  Or, add drops of vanilla extract to cotton balls or in a small bowls of water and set them out in the room. Light a scented candle Place the candle on top of a bowl of water to.  They burn up some of the vapors and cover the smell. Vinegar Place bowls of vinegar around the room to neutralize odors. Lemon Place lemon slices in bowls all over the newly painted room for a day or two and throw them out later to remove any unpleasant paint smells. Charcoal This  can be used to deodorize any chemical odor.  Place the small pieces of charcoal in containers and leave overnight around the room.