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furniture-movingAfter arriving in your new home, it takes some time before you can settle in and adjust to the surroundings. Arranging furniture is perhaps one of the most grueling tasks after the moving company delivers the pieces. Be ready to rearrange, get rid of pieces that don’t fit and perhaps purchase new items that might work a little better.

Some furniture arrangement tips have been outlined for you. Take a look:

• Remove packing boxes or scattered furniture from the room as you will not be able to visualize how you want the space to look like. The room needs to be ascetically pleasing and functional too. Determine how the space will be used – if possible, plot the details on paper.

• For rooms that will serve more than one purpose, furniture, rugs, bookshelves and room dividers can be used to separate areas. The back of a couch along with a sofa table can make a great room divider as it creates a strong separation without blocking the room’s flow.

• Make sure you know about the proper dimensions of the furniture so that you can decide which piece will be placed at what angle. Movers and packers can help you out in this regard as they need to take measurements of all the pieces that are being moved.

• All pieces should be placed against walls because the middle of the space should also be utilized creatively for depth and interest. Remember the traffic flow – most traffic areas need only two feet of space.

• Balance heavy furniture pieces with other large objects or groupings of smaller items. Look at the height of furniture pieces and try to create multi-levels within the space. If you have a shorter piece and need to add height, hang a larger print on the wall above, elongating the space and allowing the eye to travel up; this will make the room feel taller.

• Keep color patterns in mind while arranging furniture. Eye-catching colours are fine because the room seems vibrant but it is important not to use one particular color or pattern too much throughout one space.

• Arrange major pieces of furniture first, then smaller items such as end tables, chairs and plant stands. Leave enough room for doors and drawers to be opened.

• Make sure that the arrangement doesn’t block the lighting in the room and maintain distance-parameters when needed. For instance, while placing a TV cabinet in a room, sofas or beds should be placed at a minimum of 8 feet away from the screen.

• All furniture-related tasks should be completed before you start working on paintings, mirrors, etc.

Jack Watson – Jack is author for US based E-zmover.

Learn how to transform an old fireplace with new paint and molding.

We brought an old fireplace back to life with a little elbow grease, a couple coats of paint and new mantel (materials found at a salvage shop). It was cheap, easy and the results are stunning.

CI-Susan-Teare_Brick-FireplTools and Materials
wire brush
screwdriver
tape measure
chop saw (optional, if extra wood is added to mantel)
studfinder
simple recycled mantel (to slip over the old stone mantel)
(2) salvaged boards (optional for larger mantel)
4 to 8 long screws
paintbrush and painter’s tape
white paint for mantel (eggshell, latex)
paint for brick (eggshell, latex)
black heat resistant paint for firebox
sandpaper
wood glue
wood filler
water/white vinegar spray
rags
shop vacuum

Here’s what the fireplace looked like before:
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Scrub the Brick
Lay down a drop cloth to make clean up easier. Use a wire brush to get all the dust and sot off the brick fireplace. Vacuum the entire area.
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Wash the Brick
Spray the fireplace brick with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar then use a rag to clean off any residue so the paint and adhesives can stick.
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Paint the Inside
Paint the inside the firebox area with special heat-resistance paint. Apply two coats if necessary.
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Paint the Brick
Paint the rest of the brick with your paint color. Brick is porous, so make sure to push the paint into the brick so there are no pinprick holes showing. Apply a second coat if necessary.
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Build a New Mantel
Measure the current mantel top and plan a design. We got lucky and found a simple mantel at a recycle center that will slip over our existing mantel. We added molding to the newly found mantel to give it more interest. We attached the molding with wood screws, covered the holes, then sanded and painted the entire mantel.
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Install the Mantel
Place the mantel over the top of the old mantel. Find the studs in the wall, they should be just at the edge of the fireplace. Toe-nail the screws into the mantel through the wall.

Fill the screw holes with wood filler, let dry, sand and then paint to match the mantel.

Joanne PalmisanoJoanne is the author of Salvage Secrets

20213ZACK CURO capsule holder

Stylish capsule holder for up to 18 Nespresso® capsules.

The elegantly finished holder is made of brushed satin 18/10 stainless steel and a contrasting black plastic inlay. The holder safely stores the Nespresso® capsules on both sides and can be rotated freely on the base, ensuring that you always make the right coffee choice.

The bottom capsule can be removed easily by pulling lightly. The other capsules move down and remained fixed in position until the next capsule is removed.

20214This stylish capsule holder is also available as a wall mounted version. The bottom capsule can be removed easily by pulling lightly. The other capsules move down and remained fixed in position until the next capsule is removed.

Available to order right now at Proleno

Casbah Decor

When it comes to home décor, there is no scarcity of interior design objects in the modern world. However, when it comes to unique interior design objects, they can be rare to find and obviously will be very costly. Thankfully, there is a group of interior design elements which are unique and are very affordably priced. Moroccan styled interior design is fast becoming a great trend worldwide. Moroccan interior design has gained huge popularity since the renovation of the Riad traditional Moroccan house. You can bring the marvels of the Moroccan interior design to your home by wisely choosing the home décor elements.

moroccan-theme-decorThe Moroccan Furniture

According to expert interior designers, home décor without unique furniture will be incomplete. One of the main advantages of using Moroccan furniture in home décor is it offers great functionality combined with unique looks. The problem associated with most modern furniture is that they will have unique style but most of them will have zero usability. This disadvantage is overcome by the use of Moroccan furniture. Moroccan furniture gives great value for money. According to real estate experts, homes decorated with Moroccan furniture will have great face value when compared to others.

The Moroccan Lighting

Lighting is a critical part of home décor because proper lighting will greatly increase the beauty of the room. You will be well aware that ambient soothing lighting will make any home look peaceful and calm. This is where Moroccan lighting comes into play. You’d have noted that Moroccan home décor will enhance peacefulness. This is made possible with the help of the lighting effects cast by Moroccan lighting fixtures.

Decorating The Bedroom

When it comes to Moroccan home décor, the opportunities to decorate the bedrooms are unlimited. You can apply both Moroccan lighting and place some unique Moroccan furniture in your bedroom to make the room look beautiful and unique. To add to the beauty of the bed rooms, you can throw in some Moroccan lamps which are cheap.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for unique interior design objects, the Moroccan ones are made for you. Head out to a Moroccan home décor store and see the vibrancy by yourself.

movingMoving from one place to another; be it a long distance or to the next street, is so stressful and if it is with children it is even more stressful so. You will be having lots of things running through your mind, from finalising the new house, choosing a removal company, things to pack, what to give away, donate or leave. In this situation, children are also going through a lot of stress as they feel scared and excited at the same time. They are frustrated to be leaving their friends in the neighbourhood as well as at school. They are scared about how they will adjust to the new environment and excited to meet and make new friends. Their stress, added to your stress, makes you more stressed.

To make these things easier to deal with think of some ways that will help you with sorting out these things step by step using some sort of a moving checklist. There are a few tips and tricks to make this experience happen in a smoother way. Here is how to do that:

Communication

First thing to do is to sit down and explain to all the family members, especially the kids about the move. Explain why this move is so important, where you are going to move and when. Make them understand that this move is for a good purpose and they will have more advantages in the area where they are going to move than what they have now.

Get the kids engaged

Make sure you engage the kids as well in this moving process. Take them along with you for the new house hunt. Help them pack their own clothes along with things that will make them feel responsible. Have them design their own room, such as where to put their furniture and allow them to choose the colour for their room. When children feel that their opinions are valued in a big life change, it will help them to relax and become even more comfortable and confident with moving to a new environment.

Organise a goodbye party

Along with the children, organise a farewell party and invite their friends and some neighbours. This will help in bonding with the friends and neighbours and also the kids will enjoy sharing their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with others, not least sharing their Facebook & Twitter details. This also helps them view their move in a positive manner.

General advice

1. When you are moving with children who are in school, make sure you move after the academic year is over. Moving in-between the years will stress the child more.
2. Make sure you create an environment that is the same as the previous house for your children. This creates a feeling of security in the family unit.
3. Always have some clothes, toys and food for the kids packed in a separate back-pack and carry it with you on moving day. This will be handy in situations where they get hungry or bored before you reach the destination or before you start unpacking in your destination.

Mattress topper or mattress protectors are detachable bedding that fixes on top of or encloses a mattress to protect it. Some mattress protectors also protect the person sleeping on the mattress from allergens and irritants such as dust mites, bed bugs, mold, and dead skin (like dandruff). This article outlines some popular types of mattress protectors and toppers along with their special features:

mattress-topperPopular Types of Mattress Toppers

Luxury Mattress Topper
Luxury mattress toppers are comfortable, well manufactured and most notably affordable. They are filled with a luxurious polyester hollowfibre filling that retains its shape in order to provide your bed a constant extra layer of down-softness and lightness. Luxury mattress toppers are anti-allergenic treated, quality assured and certified. Their baffle walled cassette construction of ensures that they remains balanced throughout.

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
If you are struggling for a good night sleep due to hip or back pain, you should seriously consider memory foam mattress toppers because they allow your bed to actually mould to your body by eradicating pressure points. Pressure points are basically areas on your body which press hardest into the bed. The extra thick memory foam allows your mattress pad to perfectly suit your body. The support of memory foam may also ease pain, tension, and headaches.

Mattress Revivers
Mattress revivers are hypoallergenic, nontoxic, chemical-free luxurious mattress toppers which provide extra comfort to your bed so that you can get a good night sleep. They are especially filled with an anti-allergen cotton-rich cover that contains sumptuous anti-allergy bi component hollowfibre to protect your body from dust mites and allergens and helping you to sleep well.

Popular Types of Mattress Protectors

Classic Mattress Protector
Classic mattress protectors minimizes the wears and tears and stains to your mattress. What’s more, they are the most popular types of mattress protectors due to their affordable price. The upper surface of classic mattress protectors is a high-quality polyester cotton fabric that contains a polyester hollowfibre filling. The skirt of classic mattress toppers is a non-woven elasticized fabric.

Microfibre Mattress Protector
Microfibre mattress protectors are non allergic mattress protectors which feature a soft peached microfibre cover which contains a plump and supportive hollowfibre filling to ensure breath ability and additional comfort so that you can enjoy a peaceful nap night after night. Microfibre mattress protectors are available in m,any sizes and designed to fit mattresses up to 30cm deep.

Waterproof Mattress Protector
Waterproof mattress protectors are most popular and highly-recommended type of mattress protectors which prolong the life of your mattress by keeping it clean, dry and fresh. They have a soft-touch surface with waterproof and breathable polyurethane backing that not only provides you a good night sleep but also protects your mattress from body sweat, water and other spills. Take Care of Your

Mattress Toppers & Protectors
Most of the mattress toppers and protectors come with a complete care instructions guide. Make sure you wash your mattress protectors by following the manufacturer’s instructions on washing, drying and ironing. You can find these instructions on the packaging or on the labels sewn into the inside seam of each item.

Wall Colours impart an attractive effect in your every room when chosen well. But may the excessive use of bold paint colours on walls makes your family room disturbing and you can get irritated using the bold paint colour. So it’s better to choose paint colours by knowing their effects in your living environment andbody.When you’re going to choose paint colour, then always think about the amount of sunlight entering into your family room. The paint colours also rely on the style of your room.

living-room-color-schemesNeutral paint colours for family room are always calm and elegant, so a palette of white, cream, taupe, grey and brown is really a classic option for a living room that has got to please everyone. Select any one of paint colour themes for example monochromatic, analogous, complementary, triad, split-complementary, warm, cool or neutral colours. You are able to apply paint colours which will highlight your living room colour design. Feel the article to know the latest paint colour trends for walls to improve your living room.

Living Room- Green Colour Paint

Green colour imparts a brand new feel to your living room. You may make your living room relaxing by utilizing green paint colours. It is best to use light hues of green colour so you feel comfortable in your living room. If you are using a little amount of white or yellow colour with green colour paint, it will give a dashing turn to your living room. If you are a true lover of natural splendor, then you can add some fresh plants or flowers to intensify your living room. Add wood furnishings to enhance the look of your family room interior.

Paint-Ideas-For-Modern-LiviLiving Room- Yellow Colour Paint

Yellow colour provides a welcoming look to the living room. Whenever you apply yellow colour paint within the living room, then it will give a haunting turn to the interior theme. You can also apply yellow paint colour in poorly lit foyers or dark hallways. You can test a medley of yellow and violet colour that will give a superb contrast, but play one colour as a dominating colour and also the other as an accent.

Living Room- Blue Colour Paint

For any cool and refreshing look, you are able to choose blue colour paint. Should you apply blue, red and yellow triadic colour paint, it will create a wonderful atmosphere inside your living room. For a different feeling, use a tint of blue colour paint with white colour.

Living Room- Brown Colour Paint

Brown colour paint provides a classy look to your family room. Mostly furniture such as wood furniture etc. is available in deep brown colour. You are able to match this scheme with a green wall paper for a different look. The hues of brown and green paint get complement the natural wood accents. The contrast colour paint looks pleasing to eyes.

Living Room- Red colourization Paint

If you want to add luxurious feeling for your living room, the red colour paint works more effectively. Red colour paint gives you energy to complete work throughout the day. But use red colourization paint either on one or two walls of the living room. If you use too much red colourization in your room, then you will definitely get feel restless after sometime. A mix of red and green colour paint or green and dark coloured paint looks fantastic but play one colour as a dominating colour and also the other as an accent.

Living Room- Neutral Colour Paint

Neutral colour paint is extensively utilized in the various living room designs. You are able to better display your artwork, wall paintings and then any type of wall décor on neutral colour scheme within an effective way. You can mix any colour paint using the neutral colour scheme to provide your living room a sophisticated look.

Living Room- Grey Colour Paint

For any modern and sober look, you should use grey colour paint. Grey colour is dull in addition to cold. But for a different look, you are able to combine two or more colours paint out of your living room scheme. Being a neutral colour schemes, you are able to combine grey colour paint with just about any colours. You can try greyish yellow or red colourization paint to perk up the feel of your living room interior. Should you opt for simple furniture and accessories, then your modest grey colour paint provides a graceful and sophisticated look to the lounge.

Living Room- Orange Colour Paint

Orange colour provides a warm feeling to your family room. But it is more friendly and welcoming colour than the red colour. Orange colour paint will absolutely add interest and zest for your living room design.

Add More Colour on walls with Amazing Ideas

1. You are able to paint one wall of the living room with a bold colour making this wall the focal point from the room. If you choose any contrast colour for that rest walls of the room, it will give a tempting look to your family room.
2. Avoid monotonous atmosphere from the living room by adding a few notes of energetic colours for example green or cobalt blue if you work with white colour for decorating whole room.
3. Use energetic colours for furniture if you wish to paint your living room with single soft tone for example off white.
4. Paint one wall with indigo, dragonfly green or scarlet colour paint and employ the same shade on a few accessories like flower pots or cushions to produce a sense of continuity.
5. Never apply dark colours of paint for small rooms because they make the rooms look smaller.
6. Use soft colour to help make the space look larger.
7. You may create a serene and tranquil atmosphere by making use of soft tones of blue with white, beige and ochre shades.
8. For any new look, you can add fresh flowers and plants for your living room.
9. Paint your ceiling with white colour paint to maximise the sense of light and space.
10. Special lighting can change the entire atmosphere of the living room.
11. You can choose a table lamp with stained glass lampshade for providing an impressive look.

James King – James is a professional writer and editor.

11123428Which Ones are Better?

Well, there is no easy answer to that question, since both of these window coverings have basically the same function, but when it comes to details I think that you will be able to pick one over the other. In order to help you with your choice I decided to confront shutters vs blinds, and based on their comparison I think that you will be able to make the right decision.

Shutters – why Pick them?

Shutters can be found in many different colours and designs bur can be also easily painted in any colour in order to match them with the overall room colours. Being as they are, they can be mounted both inside and outside of the house. When mounted outside, they can be used as a decorative item for your house, but if you mount them on the hinges on the exterior wall, they can protect your windows from breaking during storms, strong wind, etc. These window treatments are typically made of wood, and being made of wood they will bring the natural element to your room décor. They will also bring that traditional look which people tend to search for, when decorating the rooms. However, they are more expensive than the blinds, but they can be cheaper if you are looking at the bigger picture, since wood shutters act as great insulators, which again means that they will save your money when it comes to heating and cooling bills in the long run. Plantation shutters are the best window insulator. Because they consist of slats which are fitted tighter than the blind slats, a smaller amount of light will be able to penetrate through them, which cannot be said for the blinds.

Blinds – what Makes them Special?wooden-window-shutters1

Window blinds are looking good on any type of windows, and they can be manufactured in many types of material, and the most common materials are: aluminium, PVC, MDF, metal, they can be also made in fabric (Roman blinds and Roller blinds), but since we are talking here about some sturdier window treatments we will leave them behind. Sturdier ones are made of wood or aluminium. Venetian blinds can be used on both windows and doors. Being made of thinner slats, you can always customise them and make them fit any size or shape of the window. Because of their material, they can be found in many different colours and shades and patterns, which is not the case with their opponents. They are also very easy to use, since they can be closed or opened by the twist of the wand or raised at the certain level of the window by pulling a cord. Faux wood blinds are made of PVC material and because of that they are very good option for the kitchen or the bathroom, since most of them are moisture resistant, while wooden ones can warp if they get in touch with water.

home_large11Final Choice…

Well that’s really up to you, but you should have in mind all of these factors and based on them make the right decision. Shutters are a bit expensive, but they will offer much more privacy, yet blinds, because of their versatility in materials and colours, can be easily incorporated into any type of room design, so the final decision should entirely be up to you.

Take a look at Shaftesburys for more info on our top end Plantation Shutters. Shaftesbury Shutters offer a full service, (design + fit) for a complete range of high quality Plantation Shutters.

Mark Row – Mark Row is a professional freelance writer and SEO Expert working for a number of websites.

In a world where nobody has the money they once did it is harder to do things that in the past were quite straight forward. Improving your home is one example of how you want to make improvements but it seems like whatever you want to do it just costs a fortune. Well there are a number of ways to do up or improve your home without it costing a fortune. Each one is relatively simple and cost effective. Combine them all to give your home a real boost.1010214

The first and easiest way to make a difference is to go down to your local do it yourself shop and buy some paint. This is both affordable and effective and what is even better is that it is something you can do yourself without the need for getting in a specialist. This can leave your home looking fresh and bright which can boost the overall feel of the whole house.

Moving on from the painting you can then get fresh new carpets. While this will cost a little more than some tins of paints it will help with the changing of the overall look and feel of your home. It is quite amazing what a difference new carpet can be. It can be a cheap make as many are still quite hardwearing and even with underlay and grip strips it is still an affordable way to boost the look of your home.

4729949669_1f7c1ed561_mMoving on from the cheaper options another way is a fresh bathroom. You may think that this is expensive and compared to paint and carpet you would be right however if you buy the suites yourself and simply hire someone to install it you can keep costs down. Also by going for a clean white suite you can have a fresh look without breaking the bank. If you are planning to move then this is a must as the bathroom along with the kitchen is one room people pay close attention to.

As mentioned the kitchen is a room people take notice of. That is why you need to make sure it is improved well. This doesn’t mean you have to replace the lot but maybe getting new handles for the cupboard doors or even new doors completely along with new flooring and again some paint on the walls. You would be amazed at how good it can look without the need to rip the whole thing out and replace it.

Once you have done these then turn your attentions to tidying and making sure you have the right storage for your needs. This is particularly important in the bedroom. By getting the right storage you can maximise the storage and keep your home clean and tidy which in itself can make all the difference to the look. This is also a great way to improve the look.

Do one or two of these can make a difference. There is no need to build an extension or a brand new conservatory. Do them all and you cannot fail to make your home better. A clean tidy and fresh looking home is just what you need and it is more affordable than you think.

Colin Stone – Colin Stone writes many articles about home improvement with a special interest in conservatory prices you’ll love.

Shelves-2Dining room style and design can range from using the most traditional of oak tables, high backed chairs and candelabras, to the contemporary feel of glass and cool metallic touches teamed with a minimalist colour palette. There are countless options for how a dining room can look and feel, so it is important to begin by deciding on the intended use of the room; intimate dining for a couple or large dinner parties?

Deciding on a feel

The feel of the room will be dictated by the chosen style, so getting this right is essential. If the room will be used chiefly for entertaining, the style can be more formal, incorporating modern touches to traditional pieces of furniture or working around a theme or centrepiece. Personal taste will feature largely in these first decisions but once it has been decided what sort of feel the room should have, and what it will chiefly be used for, ideas will start to take shape.dining_table

Taking inspiration from interior design blogs and magazines can throw up ideas for the next stage by suggesting how to fulfil the requirements of the room. If the room is taking on a relaxed, country feel, soft pine furniture and warm wooden display cabinets can look perfect against traditional china and floral vintage touches. A more formal dining room may call for a darker wood, such as mahogany, and more luxurious classic soft furnishings, such as upholstered chairs and floor length tieback curtains.

Ideas for decoration

Finding an appropriate main paint colour is the all-important starting point, and whether this colour is natural or more striking is an important initial decision. Many dining rooms do incorporate feature walls in striking reds or dark blues; however, opting for a darker paint colour calls for simpler plain pieces of furniture, and it can make the room appear smaller. Going for one main focus of the room, whether it is a wall hanging, a table or a centrepiece, means that other decorative touches can complement this feature. This will provide a balanced and tasteful colour scheme.

Furniture requirements

Most importantly, the room needs functional furniture that will allow the room to beXanadu_range_hero_639x348 used to fulfil its main purpose. Investing in a folding dining table could be worthwhile if space is limited, but if the room will need to accommodate large parties of visitors from time to time it will benefit from extending dining tables, as these allow for flexibility when accommodating large or small parties. Storage for tableware is important and furniture with storage space should be incorporated into the design to meet this requirement.

The final touches

Dining room accessories are the finishing touches in making a room individual and unique. The accessories will provide the final flourishes of style and tie the different aspects of the room together, so finding pieces that complement colour and furniture choices is important. Once the accessories are in place, the perfect dining room will be complete and ready to entertain guests and family members alike.

Aimee Claire – Aimee is an enthusiastic, well-educated freelance writer with a passion for Interior Design. She is fascinated at how different patterns, textures and lighting can completely change the look and atmosphere of a room. One day she will run her own Interior Design company, but for now is happy experimenting with new designs in her own house.