DIY Home Decorating Ideas: Free Ways to Brighten Up Your Bedroom

The bedroom is considered as one of the places in our home where we spend a lot of time in. We sleep, dress-up study and relax in this area. Unfortunately, he bedroom is also one of the most neglected parts of our home with stinky socks at the bottom of your bed and mixed clean and dirty clothes in the floor With all the clutter and dirt around, decorating seems to be close to impossible. However, giving up is not an option. You can still improve the look of your bedrooms, even on a budget. Here are some ideas you can follow.

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Opt for a new room layout

Rearrange the furniture inside your room. A fresh arrangement that allows you to move can give your room a new feel. Do not be afraid to try new angles for your furnishings. You can even place your bed right at the very middle of your room and enjoy the possibilities that you can do now that you have four walls, or more to experiment with when it comes to design and storage.

Decorate with items that are already available inside your room

You can even use scarves, pillowcases and other items that are already available in your bedrooms and your home as a whole to decorate and compliment with the color scheme that your home already has. You can add a nightstand or perhaps some shawls over your cabinets to soften the look of your dresser. You can even check for cheap venetian blinds for sale around your area to include as an additional accessory for your bedroom.

Consider adding green plants in your room.

Look around your house to see if one of your existing plants would be happier in your bedroom, then move it there! If you can’t find a plant ready for relocation, make one! Many plants can be grown from cuttings, either your existing houseplants, one a friend may let you cut, or even some outdoor plants. Ivy and many shade groundcovers are very good houseplants. You can even relive your childhood a bit and grow a cut potato, pineapple, or carrot tops in a pinch! For containers, look into your kitchen cupboards. Old teapots and cups, glass bowls, even baking dishes can make unique containers.

Consider creating a memorabilia board or wall

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You can display photos of your kids on your bedroom wall or have a corkboard place in a corner where all your favorite pictures can be creatively pinned for display. Framing old love letters would also be a great idea you can include in redesigning your bedrooms.

Just a few changes in your room, simple ones that can be dome for free or at a low cost can offer a more refreshing and rejuvenating place you can come home to and spend time with your love ones.

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Choosing Hurricane Window Protection

Hurricane window protection helps safeguard the most vulnerable part of your house in the event of a storm. High winds can send projectiles flying through your windows. The high pressure that results from the glass break can either blow out the windows on the other side or take off your roof. Proper protection is essential to prevent this from happening to you.

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Choosing Hurricane Window

Here are some things to consider when choosing window protection for your home:

How easy is the product to install? Can you do it yourself, or will you need to hire a professional? It is not as simple as installing roller blinds on sale.

Consider the cost of the product. If you can DIY, the cost will be less.

How easy will it be to prepare the home for an impending storm? Are the shutters fixed to the home, or will you need to hang them?

Consider the areas you need protected. Take into consideration windows and doors. Don’t forget the garage door, which may need additional support.

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Shutters for Hurricane Window Protection

Accordion Shutters

Accordion shutters come in either one or two pieces. They are permanently attached to the sides of the window, so you won’t need to take them on and off the house. They unfold to cover the window, like an accordion. They are easy to close for one person and lock with a key.

Bahama Shutters

Bahama Shutters attach above the windows and are propped open when not in use. This has an additional benefit of providing shade from the sun. When needed, lower the shutters and secure to the wall. This job is easily done by one person.

Colonial Shutters

Colonial style hurricane shutters come in two pieces and have a louvered design. They are attached to both sides of the window and are easily closed when needed. Most use a storm rod to lock them in place. These are good for decoration as well as protection.

Roll Down Shutters

Roll down shutters are attached to the wall above the windows. The shutters are stored in a closed box. When needed, push a button to lower them and lock them in place. These are more expensive, but offer excellent protection. Look for a system that has a battery back-up. This will allow you to open them in the event of a power failure.

Storm Panels

Storm panels are made of either aluminum or steel. They attach to the window on tracks. Each piece overlaps for increased strength. You will need to install these prior to a storm. The panels slide into the tracks and are bolted. This can be cumbersome and you may need help in putting them up.

Special Glass for Hurricane Windows

Impact resistant glass is a fairly new product. This is becoming very popular in new home construction for homes in hurricane prone areas. They are available for both windows and sliding glass doors. Since the window is always there, you don’t need to do anything to prepare for bad weather.

These can be added to existing homes, but can be very expensive. This is not a do it yourself job. You will need a professional installer to do the job right. If not properly installed, your home will not be protected. The glass in these windows meets current codes in Florida for home protection.

 

Choosing Quality Bedding For Comfort And Fashion

If you are considering redecorating your bedroom, one of the easiest ways to add some extra flair and comfort without too many extra books is to simply invest in a new set of bedding.

Bedding fashions are right in step with other fashion trends, and that means that floral patterns are out and solid color combinations are in. You should pick a color scheme that coordinates with your room color as well as the furniture in your bedroom. Also consider the other accessories in your bedroom such as paintings, rugs, and mirrors before selecting bedding that will compliments the room and achieve the style and effect you are after.

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Nothing beats a good duvet for looks or for style. You can buy duvet covers in many different styles, and a duvet is a very comfortable replacement for the traditional quilt. Remember to buy both an inner and outer cover for your duvet, and if you are allergy prone look into alternatives to the goose feather or down stuffed duvet. Watch out, because testing by the Federal Food and Drug Agency has determined that no material is truly hypoallergenic, as most materials could cause a negative reaction even if it’s a minute portion of the population. Based on these findings, the United States Supreme Court struck down the FDA’s definition of hypoallergenic, and thus there is no real standard for what the term actually means. Companies who manufacture duvets could technically market any product as hypoallergenic.

Microfiber is also a material you may want to consider for your beddings. It is smooth, easy to maintain, comfortable and really relaxing and rejuvenating to use especially during those cold nights. Consider lighter materials like cotton sheets during summer and hot weathered seasons. Getting a color that matches with your cheap plantation shutters might also be a good idea to consider when fashion is on your mind.

You will want to do your research on the company and how they approach their research before purchasing one of their “hypoallergenic” bedding products. Also, keep in mind that materials such as cotton, wool, and silk very rarely causes allergic reactions, so the odds are that you are safe in buying a duvet stuffed with them or other bedding made of these fabrics. The same is true of manufactured sheets and bed liners.

Color scheme is important to consider when choosing your bedding design for practical as well as fashionable reasons. There are bedding color schemes in darker colors, but these tend to stain. Remember as well to buy a liner for your mattress.

Finally, a bed skirt adds a beautiful and classy touch to any bedding fashion scheme.

Top Must Have for your Chic Condo Unit

Living in a condo unit sometimes hampers your capability to design and decorate due to its limited space. This is true, but there is no book in the world that says that you can’t. Achieving that chic style condo is all about knowing what to do and what to have. Here are some tips and must- have that could help you achieve that chic style condo unit you have always dreamed of.

Space saving furniture

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Since you are restricted to work in a small area, it is a good idea to maximize all the space you have. If you are into reading books, why not create a bookshelf that piles up from your floor up to your ceiling. Not only that it can save space, but also serves as good divider and a centerpiece. Also, have those multi-purpose furniture available as this would add that wow factor to your condo. Imagine having a cabinet that converts into your own home office, or a table that seats four that you could extend to eight if needed.

Layered walls

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Add layers to your walls and it would definitely give you that chic vibe. Adding layers gives character to your place may it be as simple as a wallpaper to a more artistic look such as an exposed brick wall or a graffiti art work. You can even add textiles to give that extra sensory experience.

A Mini Bar

A savvy condo unit won’t be complete without a mini bar. After a hard day’s work, you need to relax so it would be nice to have a place to chill without leaving the confines of your home. Stock pile it with your favorite drinks, and a bottle of fine wine. Now, you have everything you need.

Big Opened Windows

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Some condos do not have the luxury of having wide open windows due to safety purposes. However, it would be great to maximize the use of your windows to save energy cost indoors and to simply enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. You can have external roller blinds from Blinds Online’s website to enjoy both privacy and access to your windows inside your condo unit.

With these tips, you will now be ready for some grown-up pajama party with your girlfriends. Yes, you read that right. Nothing makes a condo so chic than having your best buds over for some girly fun!

Are your Window Coverings Safe for your Children?

Prior to aesthetics, safety is the first consideration that we should always take into account in our homes. Sometimes, even the simplest things can cause harm to our family and loved ones, particularly children. Ordinary household fixtures, just like pull cord and window strings, can pose a threat to our kids. The risk of strangulation on even younger children is high as they go around the house exploring these seemingly harmless items.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission urges buyers and consumers of window blinds and coverings to check their window furnishings and fix all possible dangerous cords and loops that may pose a threat to babies and children in their household. Parents and guardians should always keep their children as far as possible from all types of cords at home. Several mandatory standards for internal blinds, curtains, and window fittings have already been established since 2010 and should apply to all brands of blinds and window coverings in Australia. These standards are also mandatory for window installation services and have come to effect early January this 2015.

Even with existing standards already established for window treatments at home, there are several tips a home maker should consider before purchasing and installing blinds in their home.

Pre-purchase Considerations

Brand name and quality are not just the factors that one should consider prior to buying window treatments. Several safety design features should be present in your window blinds purchase to lessen the potential risk it may offer to your children at home once it is installed.

  1. Blinds should have warning labels to remind you of the potential dangers it could bring to your children.
  1. Window treatments should have access on how to secure cords and chains, leaving no loops or strands that children may potentially reach.
  1. It should operate and function in a way that no loose or exposed cords or chains will be present.

Things to Remember when Installing Blinds

Installing your blinds properly, away from possible areas where kids could climb and get hold of your cords and window looped chain, is the next step to keep your kids safe from your window covering cords. Here are some of the main things to keep in mind when doing so.

  1. Do not leave looped cords and loose strands hanging down. Be sure to inform your installer or consider this when installing your blinds. They should also fit snugly onto your windows. You can read guides on how to measure your windows prior to buying vertical blinds from Blinds Online Australia.
  1. Get rid of the looped cords if possible by cutting the cord and installing tassels instead.
  1. Tie-downs or cleats and tension devices can be used to enclose cords and chain loops to secure it away from your children’s reach. You can get these from window furnishing stores and hardware shops.
  1. Keep in mind to fix tie-downs and tension devices firmly on the wall or onto the window frame itself so that children will not be able to remove it. Avoid using materials that could not support weight like double tapes of glue. Nail or screw them tightly in place.

General Window Treatments Safety at Home

Safety against possible hazards from window coverings should be also practiced daily at home. Here are points you should remember.

  1. Check every room in your home daily for blinds and curtains that have long dangling cords that are either looped or loose. Include all cords visible that may be reached by children or ones that are located near furniture where they could climb at.
  1. Do not put cot, beds, high chairs, bookcases, or playpens near the window where kids can potentially reach your blinds and curtains. This can strangle their necks during play or even while sleeping.
  1. Always supervise children while in any room where they could possible reach blinds and curtain rods. Accidental strangulation can still happen anytime even with these precautions taken seriously. It goes without saying that leaving your kids unsupervised is a major mistake you should never do.

Keeping your kids safe and away from the risks that curtain cords and blinds looped chain may bring is possible through keen supervision and awareness of what’s dangerous for your kids and what is not.

 

Get the Look: Artsy 1-Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Picture this, you are browsing a magazine trying to look for something interesting to read about. After a couple of pages, something caught your attention. Not an article but a picture. A picture of an artistic room design. All of a sudden the Picasso within you kicks in and you wanted to convert your room into something similar as to what you have seen, but then comes the big roadblock. How do you push yourself to start the project?

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You don’t need to be an artist to recreate this artsy designs. As long as you have a sense of imagination, then you are ready to go. And you don’t need to dig deep into your pockets to create a masterpiece. Here are some ideas that could serve as an inspiration for you to make your room magazine –  cover worthy.

Contemporary Look

In creating that contemporary look, stick to neutral colors and keep it to a minimum, three or four at the most. Also keep the color’s shade as close to each other as possible.  You could mix and match dark blue, baby blue, white and add some earth colors like brown or tan just to have that accent. Keep your furniture to a minimum. Contemporary look has that simple minimalistic vibe into it. Blinds Sydney at Blinds Online will definitely help you achieve the look.

Country Bedroom Look

The saying ‘less is more’ does not quite work here. If you have ever been into a country home the key feature here is that gigantic and soft bed with matching plush fabrics and pillows. For the room color, stick to white and grey. Stay away from those modern, metallic furniture if you wanted to have this kind of feel and atmosphere.

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Classic Design

If metal speaks modern then you need to go wood when trying to achieve a classical vibe room. Those big wooden cabinets are a good key furniture here. Have this room well-lit with natural light. Those Victorian – inspired furniture and accessories will suit well here. As for colors, better stick with the safest one, white.

Eclectic Look

Here is where your imagination can go wild, you can basically mix and match things from different genre. You can add some abstract paintings on your wall to set the tone which would also serve as a good conversation piece. Add those vintage artifacts placed on top of your modern side table. You can use those wild bright colors if you want to. The only boundary here is your imagination.

Different people have different tastes. These are only guidelines but at the end of the day, how you will design your room would be up to you. Just gather all those ideas, take what you think suits you and then you can create your own.

Practical Home Improvement: Make the Most of What You Already Have at Home

Home improvement projects, when planned right, may not be too expensive as you think. It doesn’t necessarily require you to spend thousands of dollars in renovating your home. The important thing to consider is to keep your home sound, clean, and conducive for a happy and creative family. Creativity is what will help you save in remodeling and planning your renovation budget for your home.

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Here are a few pieces of advice that will help you in making the most out of what you already have at home without having to deal with a financially draining renovation budget.

  1. Choose the improvements that will add value to your home

Whether you are planning to stay in your home for the long run or have future plans to find a nice and bigger place that’s a closer community to your workplace, always consider renovations that will keep or increase the value of your home. Do you have a big nice lawn left untended? Spend time at home during weekends planting flower beds or trees in your property. You are making use of an empty and unclaimed space while adding value to your property at the same time.

  1. Go for home improvement projects that are timely and easy to do

It is better to deal with several minor issues in your home rather than procrastinating and then later on spending more money on big/major renovation and repair projects. Are your fences starting to fade? Repaint as soon as your budget and time permit you to do so. Paint will not only make your fence look great but will protect your fence from rotting or deteriorating further due to wear-and-tear changes and the weather. Managed to save a pail of paint from this project? You can use this to paint pots in your garden or your garage door screaming with dew or grease.

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  1. Decide whether to hire a contractor or to DIY

Not all home improvements will require you to hire a contractor. You do not necessarily have to hire a professional every time you see problems in your home. Having problem with water leaks in your laundry area? Check for a spare PVC tube in your garage before calling for a plumber. Always look for possible solutions and alternatives inside your home before going out and buying stuff you won’t probably need in the long run. This will save you time and money at the same time. As for big projects that may compromise the structural stability of your home, leaving the job for a professional to look after to is a better option than attempting to solve your problem all by yourself. Panel blinds Perth will be a great starter project you could try at home. As you learn new things, starting with installing temporary blackout blinds, you’re most likely to improve as you go further in exploring other small and easy-to-do DIY home improvements.

  1. Practice your home improvement skills

Whether you are dealing with big or small home improvement projects in your home, being involved physically is important. You should take the opportunity to learn something new from a professional who has helped you in a home improvement project. Doing projects at home all by yourself also allows you to practice and improve in a specific skill that you have. Google simple DIY projects you can try at home or attend seminars and classes that will help you in learning new things related to home improvement, DIY crafts, and simple renovation projects.

  1. Find inspiration right at your home

Pinterest is one of the best places you can check out for home improvement ideas. You can practically improve your home with your bare hands, talent, and creativity, so to speak. You just have to go visit the proper channels and explore what’s currently trending out there.

Home improvement projects are fun and can be a time for bonding among family members. Grabbing a pen and paper and laying out your dream home improvement ideas is the first step to creating a better look and cozier atmosphere for your home.

 

Planning A Home Improvement Project? Stay Away from these Top Mistakes

Home improvement projects can be overwhelming. At times, one usually gets excited with the numerous options and ideas that pop in their mind. Remodeling, improving, and completely renovating one’s home is a tedious task, and can be costly at the same time. Thus, keeping everything in check is necessary to be able to avoid the common mistakes that come with home improvement projects.

Here are six of the top common mistakes that one should avoid when doing home improvement projects.

  1. Ignoring safety procedures

Home improvement projects, most especially the DIY ones, bring a sense of achievement to the home owner. However, this does not give you the right to ignore safety concerns inside your home. The safety goggles may look weird and unflattering but they are included in the home improvement package. Stay safe at home while doing your home improvement project by keeping your place neat and tidy and placing your tools out of your children’s reach. Other aspects and items to check when it comes to safety are the electrical wirings, ladders, nails, tools, and chemicals that you use during your home improvement implementation. Staying safe is one of the most important aspect in any home improvement project.

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  1. Avoid using cheap materials

In the end, quality still matters. This definitely applies to renovations and home improvements. Venetian blinds Melbourne would be a great option rather than attempting to buy cheap slats and then later on assemble them into a window covering, DIY style. Staying within your budget does not mean that you should take it literally and buy cheap materials. Your home is one big investment, thus taking good care of your investment is a must.

  1. Blowing your budget

Quality materials for your home remodeling and renovations are important, but this does not necessarily mean that you should blow off your budget. Unless you have an unlimited source of financial resources, sticking to a budget is does necessary. This is why planning ahead of the actual renovation is important. Estimate all costs and add at least a 5% overhead in case prices suddenly hike up. If your budget limits you to the things that you want to achieve in your home project, prioritize the items that need your attention first.

  1. Hitting and missing

Your home is not your science high school project. Redoing your “failed” home renovations project is way more costly than redoing your science projects. Plan ahead. If you need walls removed or areas brought down in your home, you need not necessarily have to go berserk and demolish one wall and then the other. Identify the bearing points in your homes. Be sure that the structural soundness of your home is not compromised by the changes that you are planning to do. These mistakes when not attended to, can lead to costly mistakes and sometimes, big disasters.

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  1. Inaccurate measurements

Remember to measure twice or thrice to avoid mistakes. Imagine having to install an aluminum window to an opening 2inches smaller than expected. You will either have to replace the window with a smaller one or chip your window opening to accommodate the “bigger window” that you have. Both of this will tend to incur cost and time, thus hurting your budget in the process. A margin of error of ¼ inch is acceptable in the construction world. Include this factor in your measurements to be able to minimize mistakes as much as possible.

  1. Declining a Home Inspection

At the end of the day, unless you’re an architect or a civil engineer, allowing professionals to inspect your home is highly recommended. Even the experienced remodeling contractors seek professional help and advice from these construction experts. Asking a professional before doing “big” renovations in your homes is necessary to keep your home aesthetically and structurally sound at the same time.

In the end, your home improvement projects boil down to proper planning. The more carefully thought plans usually bring the best results — most of the time, even beyond your expectations.

What to Consider When Online Shopping for Window Blinds

Window blinds are one of the most common neglected window accessories that can actually bring an instant update to a home. Window blinds comes a plenty and can be purchased in home depots as well as in online shops. The options are really numerous so picking one could not be considered as a hard task to do. Yet, there are several things to consider when getting one for your homes, especially if you intend to buy one through the internet.

Getting window blinds online might be an easy task for some. However, if this is your first time to choose the perfect one for your home or office via the World Wide Web, it can get overwhelming with all the websites that offer the same products. And of course, there are scammers which are sometimes hard to identify. But don’t fret as we will give you some tips on what you have to consider when online shopping for window blinds.

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Your Taste

You have to visualize what you need and what you want. Of course, you have to consider its beauty and functionality. Look for an online store that gives a decent number of choices so you don’t need to limit yourself. The choosing process should as take as long as you want to. Why settle for something enough when you can get something better or even the best? Take time to choose because this will be an important investment for your home.

Your Budget

This is a no – brainer. You need to know how much you are willing to shell out for window blinds and you better stick to it. But make sure you won’t compromise quality. There are some cheap window blinds that wouldn’t last for a year. If you get those, chances are, you will be spending more. You need to be wise in making a purchase. Go for an online store that gives choices, from the budget – friendly ones to those that are more costly. Solar blinds may be wise investment for your home. But if you do not necessarily need or you might have to tighten up your budget due to purchasing one for your home, consider getting something else.

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Sizes of the Window Blinds

The online store that you should choose should be able to provide the accurate sizes of the window blinds. This is to ensure that you are getting the perfect fit for your needs. You have to remember that photos can look different from the actual product. There are some photos which look like it is a big window blinds only to find out that it isn’t. Online websites selling blinds also offers tutorials on how to measure windows when installing blinds. Blinds Online Australia has such videos available on its website.

And lastly, Testimonials

Always look for testimonials or reviews from other sources. It’s one of the ways on how you can see the online store’s credibility. It is always best to do your research before you actually purchase your window blinds online.

Basic DIY Window Shades Tips

Window shades can add extra glamour to your homes. However, some people wouldn’t want to purchase ready-made window shades for practical reasons, and sometimes they want DIYs. If you are one of them, you can have one and for a fraction of the cost. In this post, we’ll share with you a step by step instruction on how to create your own Window Shades at home. The great thing about this DIY project is that it does not require sewing skills. Now how’s that for a weekend project?

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Step 1 – Prepare the following materials : Fabric perfect for your wall, vinyl blackout roller blind, spray adhesive, fabric glue, scissors, saw, mounting brackets and screws. It would be advisable to pick a fabric that complements well with the general look of your home.

Step 2 – Cut the vinyl blackout roller blind after measuring your window. Blinds Online Australia offers an extensive guide on how to properly measure window prior to installing window treatments, in this case, window shades. This would also depend on your preference. If you want to mount the shade outside of your casing, then measure it from there. Otherwise, measure it from the inside. Put back the plastic cap on the new ends of your shade.

Step 3 – Use the Spray Adhesive on the vinyl and put the fabric on it. We suggest you to test this out first on the scrap of vinyl you have. This is so you can already assess how much adhesive you need, and if it will work on the materials you prepared. Also, when you are about to create the whole vinyl, just make sure that you take your time. Work on a ‘portion – by – portion’ method so you can flatten out the fabric as necessary to make it look good. If you work fast, chances are, you’d have a crumpled fabric. You wouldn’t want that. Would you?

Step 4 – Once it is dry, you can now flip the vinyl and spray its edges. This is so you can fix the fabric onto the vinyl’ back side.

Step 5 – You can add additional embellishments like ribbon or buttons depending on your taste. This is of course, optional.

Step 6 – Wait for it to dry and you are all set!

This is a great DIY project especially for beginners. You can even encourage the rest of the family to help you out with this project.