10 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Any Budget
Jun16

10 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Any Budget

Looking to boost the curb appeal of your home? Updating the exterior of your home is a great way to attract home-buyers to your property or to make something old feel brand new. Updating can come at a steep cost, but you can use the following ideas to freshen up your home without breaking your budget: Repaint your front door. A simple coat of paint can do wonders to refresh the look of your home. It’s an inexpensive way to quickly change the entranceway. Depending on your taste, you can choose a door colour that complements or contrasts with the exterior of your home. You can also add a wreath to the door, or change an outdated door handle to one that is more modern.  Sod your lawn. Does your front lawn need a manicure? A dry and patchy lawn will detract potential buyers. People want to see luscious and green grass, not a brown and scrawny lawn. One way to instantly achieve the perfect lawn is to lay sod. There are many advantages of sod lawns. You won’t have to wait for the grass to grow, and you only need to refrain from walking on it for two weeks. A sodded lawn has dense grass that will require less water than a seeded one. Add garden lights to your front lawn and driveway. There’s no sense in updating your home if no one can see if. Add outdoor lighting so that your house is visible even at night. A dark property looks uninviting. Placing lights outside your house will make it look warm and welcoming. Plant a garden bed. A well-tended garden gives the impression that your property is taken care of. It’s one way to add colour without spending too much green. A few popular and affordable plants that you can add to your garden bed are azaleas, roses, annuals, and daylilies.  Wash the exterior of your home. Over time, dirt and debris build-up on the outside of a home. To allow the colours to shine, use a garden hose to spray the dirt right off the walls – just remember to be careful around the doors and windows.  Clean your driveway. Having an unkempt driveway leaves the wrong impression on passersby. Although it’s convenient to place your garbage and recycling bin there, consider moving them to where they’re out of sight. To improve your driveway, clean up the areas that surround it, and park your car in the garage or where it’s out of sight. That way, nothing impedes the view of your home.  Repaint the exterior of your home. Does the paint job of your...

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5 Interior Design Ideas for Your Bedroom Decor
Mar19

5 Interior Design Ideas for Your Bedroom Decor

You don’t have to be into interior decoration to appreciate a good bedroom décor. There are several benefits that come from upgrading your bedroom and you will learn all about them in this article. Many people overlook the importance of having a visually pleasing bedroom. While many consider this room a place where sleep and rest, it’s also the place where you wake up!   So, any bedroom décor design ideas are welcome to make this room as pleasant as possible and have a good night’s sleep and wake up surrounded by a nice design to boost your day. We won’t tell you if go for ceiling fans or not, however, these tips will definitely help you feel more relaxed in your own bedroom. Go for a Subtle Colour. When talking about wall décor for a bedroom, many people consider that the walls should be white. However, that’s not at all the case and while we agree that you shouldn’t go for powerful colours, white isn’t the only option you have. You can go for any warm and serene colour like gentle blue, green or lavender. It’s recommended to avoid black or grey, especially if you don’t have a lot of natural light coming in. Don’t Forget the Ceiling Let’s put it like this – the ceiling is the first thing you see when you open your eyes, and it’s an integral part of every home design.  So, the need for a nice bedroom ceiling décor is very real. Painting the ceiling isn’t something that crosses your mind, however, do so to help make the room brighter and spacious. You can also use stencil or wallpaper, or add some architectural elements for more complex ceiling decoration.  There’s just one rule in this – don’t let it be plain and boring.  Keep the Bedroom Décor Simple No matter if you want to choose bright colours or go for warm colours, go with new furniture or you prefer a classic touch, always choose a minimalist bedroom décor. Not only that, a minimalist décor will help you feel more comfortable in the bedroom, but it will also give you more space to move around.  Choose the Proper Size for Furniture Even if you go with a minimalist style for the bedroom, you still need to consider the furniture size. Don’t go for a huge bed if the room isn’t spacious enough and don’t go for low furniture if the ceiling is high.  Don’t Forget About Storage Even if it’s preferable to have a separate storage room in your house, some things are better to be easily accessible from the bedroom. So, the bedroom...

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Workspace Design Trends That Will Rule This Year
Feb18

Workspace Design Trends That Will Rule This Year

With a new year come new trends, and as we enter a new decade, we’re seeing some exciting innovations in the interior design industry.  According to trend forecasters, 2020 will be the year when companies will make a shift towards creating more mindful, sustainable, flexible, and wellness-oriented working environments as a way of enhancing their employees’ productivity while also being eco-friendly and more considerate about their impact on the environment. In this article, we’ll be explaining these major trends in detail, so if you’re interested in learning more about what’s currently hot in the office interior design world, scroll on! Flexibility for a more dynamic workspace Creating a flexible and dynamic environment to ensure space maximization is one of the major trends we can expect to blow up in 2020. A modern, dynamic workspace has to be able to meet workers’ needs, and the best way to achieve that is to give the workers the opportunity to transform the workspace whenever there’s a need for that. Increasing workspace flexibility can easily be achieved by incorporating furnishings and elements that are versatile and lightweight enough that they can easily be moved around the office (think furniture with wheels). Other than ensuring these furnishings and elements are ergonomic, they also need to be able to convert into a different office element that workers can use. Desks, tables, and walls can all be multi-functional elements that can help workers transform the office space and accommodate their needs, whether they’re looking to transform a private office into a meeting room or make some space for a production studio. Mindful workspace design Today more than ever, companies are taking into consideration the effects their workspace has on the environment, which is why they’re taking a more sustainable approach when it comes to office design. Promoting sustainability is high up on the list of priorities for many employers, and this largely affects the type of materials and furnishings they incorporate into their work environment. In 2020, we expect to see a shift towards more sustainable, eco-friendly versions of office elements. Employers can make their workspaces green by choosing sustainable office furniture made from materials such as cork, bamboo, recycled metal and plastic, as well as reclaimed lumber. Aside from this, we’re also expecting to see more companies investing in high-quality furnishings. Because they’re long-lasting, these furnishings could eliminate the need to replace furnishings every couple of years. In other words, fewer furnishings are going to end up in the landfill, thus ensuring a sustainable, mindful workspace design. Optimized office lighting design There are a plethora of articles that highlight the benefits of proper lighting on...

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Styling Your Room for Better Sleep
May24

Styling Your Room for Better Sleep

To achieve the right tone, sense and scent of your home can be a challenge. According to the CDC, as many as 35% of adults are not “getting enough sleep on a regular basis.” The recommendation for the average adult is seven to ten hours of sleep each night. In fact, sleep deprivation is such a big deal that economic researchers estimate that a lack of productivity caused by poor cognitive speed, focus and memory, and physical health is costing American companies $411 billion per year in lost productivity. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just affect the job force though. A lack of sleep contributes to a person’s overall health resulting in chronic sleep disorders, long-term effects of memory loss, poor coordination, mood, and mental health disorders. You can see why it’s about time you turn your bedroom—a place you should spend nearly 30% of your life—into a soothing sanctuary for sleep. Here are ten ways to turn the “place you crash” into a place where you rejuvenate your body back to health through sleep. Consider Color Color is known to affect our mood as well as our energy levels. In areas of the home, such as your bedroom, where you are looking for a calming aesthetic it is recommended that you choose a peaceful palette of neutral colors such as whites, grays, or soft blues and greens. If you like a splash of color, you can add unobtrusive items waist-high or lower such as plants or rugs. Noise Control For many people, the sounds of the night are filled with car noises, sirens, and people talking outside. Even the sound of crickets and frogs can keep you up. The suggestion is to counter noise with noise by adding a white-noise machine, soothing music, or a fan that can lull you to sleep with rhythmic sounds. Eliminate Light Light can be your enemy when you are trying to get sleep. After all, darkness is an indicator to your mind that it is time to sleep and therefore begin the release of chemicals to start the sleep process. So, investing in blackout curtains and a sleep mask will help to keep internal and external light distraction away. Reduce Clutter While we want our bedrooms to look attractive, that often comes at a cost of added clutter. For example, consider the number of throw pillows, additional blankets, and trinkets you have laying around even a clean room. Simplifying your space by reducing the clutter will help you feel more relaxed in your room as well as create the impression of a larger space. Keep it Cool Did you know that as you ease into sleep your body’s temperature cools down...

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Your Home Office, Your Sanctuary
Jul28

Your Home Office, Your Sanctuary

Today, many of us work from home to achieve a better work/life balance. What’s important is that if you do work from home, you have a designated space for the purpose. None of this working at the kitchen table business. Then, when it’s time for you to clock off for the day, you can shut that door and you’re ‘home.’ The humble home office space has become a serious focus for many interior designers who are realising the importance of the integration of this room in the house. A home office can be much more than a place for work. It can be an area where you can sit and relax, read and browse the Internet for fun things or even work on personal, creative projects. So how do you transform your office space into your own personal sanctuary? Start off by looking at the current décor in the room and the rest of your home. Think about your personal style and pull together some inspirational artworks, graphics, images or quotes that will help keep you motivated when working remotely. Have your desk facing the window if possible. There’s nothing like good old fashioned day light to get the brain functioning at full capacity. Then get some high quality, ergonomic pieces of furniture in place to ensure you’re comfortable when you work. Of course, like in any other room in the house, the lighting choices you make in your home office are really important. You want lighting that’s bright enough to illuminate your work to avoid eye strain at night, plus some ambient lighting when using the space for relaxing. Every desk needs a high quality lamp. Something that’s adjustable is ideal, so you can focus the light where you need it most. Some designer lamps not only provide adequate lighting for your office space, but they also add to the décor. Polished nickel and brushed chrome desk lamps are popular right now. For the modern, practical person a clip on lamp with an adjustable neck might just do the trick. You can’t go wrong with black, and because this lamp features a clip, you can position it easily on the smallest of desks without taking up valuable space. Great for those with study nooks and sunroom work spaces. Take your office décor seriously and your home office will not only become an asset to your home, but it’ll soon become your favourite room. And if you need someone to take care of the office cleaning for you, you can always reference this list for the most popular office cleaning companies in Melbourne. They also have great suggestions for...

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