Laundry Room Essentials

Laundry Room EssentialsDoing the laundry does not rank high on the list of things we’d like to do with our free time. In fact, I’ve had clients refer to laundry as ‘the world’s most boring chore.’ We let our pile of clothes turn into a mountain of clothes and then grumble about it when laundry takes all day. Or, it sends the lazier among us to buy new clothes, just to avoid the washing machine a little bit longer. (Just between us, I have been guilty of this on more than one occasion.) Laundry day doesn’t have to be something we dread. The trick is to make it feel less like work. This can be done with clever ways to sort, space-saving ways to dry and simpler ways to organize. Making it easier (and prettier) might just mean you can convince someone else to handle that mountain of clothes – maybe.

Cabinetry & Storage

No matter the size (or lack thereof) of your laundry room, your local designers can help you select sophisticated cabinetry to maximize functionality. Cabinetry that will transform your room into a place where everything you need to

8 Tips For Designing An Attractive & Productive Home Office

8 Tips For Designing An Attractive & Productive Home Office

We live in a virtual world where working from home is quite common. Whether you like to work remotely or not, just about everyone finds themselves doing so once in a while. It’s important tocreate an environment where you can get things done. One of the biggest challenges of working from home is cutting out surrounding noise and minimizing distractions.

One key factor for maximized productivity is making sure your office is fully stocked with all of the necessary workplace equipment. You don’t want to be scrambling around last minute trying to find an Internet cord, printer paper or a pen. See our eight tips for designing an attractive and productive home office so you can work in peace.

Location & Design

1. Location & Design

Location and design are two of the most important details to consider as you’re planning out your new home office. Think about where in the home your office is going to be easily accessible and quiet. Make sure there’s ample space for decent furniture, office equipment and room to spread out. Your goal should be to create an

7 Kitchen Cabinet Trends to Watch In 2016

Kitchen Cabinet TrendsAll home remodeling trends come and go, but when you’re talking about the most trafficked room of the house, some say the heart of the home, it’s vital to know what others are doing in case you ever decide to sell.

Kitchen cabinet trends have not changed as much as other areas around the kitchen, such as kitchen countertops, but a few dominant trends have taken shape in 2015. Fortunately enough, many experts agree that most of the kitchen cabinet trends discussed below are not going away in 2016.

Personalized Cabinets

1. Personalized Cabinets

First and foremost, despite any of these trends, many homeowners are adding cabinet styles, colors and functions that fit their needs and desires. As time has evolved, cabinet companies have come up with numerous styles that match any home design or style. As a result, even homeowners who can afford them are passing over custom cabinets for more affordable, yet design-friendly, semi-custom cabinets.

Overall, in today’s world, there is no cookie-cutter kitchen cabinet design. Ask any kitchen expert

How to Choose the Right Persian Rug to Suit Your Home

persian rugs

Everyday people look into Persian rugs for sale. Persian rugs are gorgeous additions to any home, offering stunning visuals that you cannot get with anything else. Regardless of where you want them in the room or the style of your home, you likely want to take advantage of them. Doing so is not always so easy, however. Due to their style, not all design choices fit them. A modern home, as an example, may not suit most Persian rugs too well. The designs may clash, resulting in a rug that looks as if it does not belong. For traditional styles, on the other hand, a good Persian rug can bring everything together neatly. It is all about finding the right fit.

Your home’s style is the first thing you should think about when buying a Persian rug. You want a rug that fits with the design of the home, helping to tie it all together exceptionally well. Look at the colors and overall designs of the room when making this decision. Figure out which colors

Go Green with Landscaping

You might think that saving the environment is a very difficult task. Truly, it is, but you can still do little things that will contribute to its improvement. One way you can do is to make your garden sustainable and eco-friendly. Here are the things you can do to make your landscape sustainable:

  1. Choosing what to plant

Eco-friendly gardens use native plants. The native plants you need to choose must be able to adapt to your regional environment and grow well with the climate and temperature of your location. You can also opt to xeriscape or a landscape that needs little amount of water. This can be done by choosing drought-resistant plants. If your region is too cold, choose native plants that can live with your local climate and rainfall. You can consult your local experts about the native plants you can use in your garden.

  1. Responsible use of water

Preserve water regardless if you have short or good supply of water. Letting your turf grass to go dormant in summer is a more practical way than watering it to keep its color. You can also do organic mulching to avoid weed growth and to preserve soil moisture. You can use rainwater in

How to Tell if a Tree Has Already Died

Dead trees can cause trouble to landowners. It can attract pests, can cause disease to other trees and may result in the falling of the tree itself or most of its branches. This can be very dangerous not only to your property but also to your neighbors as it might injure your family and passersby. Therefore, it is important to know whether your tree is dying or has already died to remove them. Here is a list of the steps you should do.

  1. Look and observe your tree.

First and foremost, you must observe the appearance of your tree. Check if there are any open wounds in your tree. This means that there is decay or rot in it. Any fungus growing on your tree also indicates any tree rot. Any sawdust or carpenter ants going up and down in the base of a tree are also indications that there is wood decay.

  1. Check the twigs.

After the visual test, check the twigs or the small branches of the tree. Break them and check if the wood is green. If it is, the tree is alive. If not and it is dry on the surface, the tree is dead. You should also check

3 Ways to Make Your Wood Siding Last Longer

Adding the right wood siding to your home dramatically boosts its appearance. Wood siding is like the fancy clothes people wear to make them feel confident and appear pleasing. However, unlike clothes, you cannot simply change your wood sidings in a blink of an eye whenever you please. There are lots of things to consider – from expenses to length of time it would take to change the sidings of the entire house. Therefore, it is necessary to prevent or, at the very least, decelerate the ordinary effects of wear and tear on your wood siding. Here are six ways to take care of your wood siding to make it last.

  • Design to protect.

One of the primary reasons why wood siding easily decays is because of moisture. Look at your home. Does your roof overhang to protect your wood siding or is your siding exposed to rain? If you answered yes to the latter, then it is high time that you visit your architect and engineer to redesign your house. The first step to make your wood siding last longer is by protecting it.

You should also check if your siding has adequate drainage. It does not matter whether your roof overhangs

The Benefits of Replacing Doors and Windows Together

As you know, windows and doors are two main parts of your house’s interior design. Exactly the appearance they have and the placements you give them will define the architectural style of your home. Entry door is the first thing people meet when coming to visit you, so it sets the tone for what they will see inside. Windows at the same time are the eyes of your house that either add visual beauty to it or destroy the whole miracle of uniqueness. Both windows and doors can either make an impressive statement or disfigure the house. This is why it is so important to change them together so that you would be able to find the right match for them.

If you have original doors and windows in your house and you want to preserve their authentic look, you have perfect options on contemporary market. For example, you can leave the exterior part of both elements old, but install the new modern windows on the inside part of the house. In this way you get great efficiency in addition to preserving uniqueness of your home. On the other hand, you can renovate the old look of your house