Category Archives: Decor

The worst things to DIY

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There are many do it yourself projects on Pinterest that may interest you. Some of which may look like it has been crafted by a fairy with magical dust. Not everyone is born with the DIY gene; some of us struggle with super glue and hammers, while others glue the hammer to the hand. Taking on a project is a fulfilling feeling, it provides us with a sense of responsibility and the feeling accomplishment compares to none other. However, there are a few tasks that can end up being a nightmare if not done by a professional.

 

The plumbing plump

 

Doing your own plumbing can end up being the biggest mistake cost-wise. Not only is taking on a plumbing project dangerous, it is also a nerve wracking business when sweat starts dropping from your forehead. You may end up doing more damage than initially thinking you are going to  solve the problem. Many homeowners believe that they can get crafty in the bathroom because it’s the place that is least visible.

 

The panting painter

 

Contrary to popular belief, this is not the easiest job of all. There is no doubt that it’s easy to splash paint to the walls, but you need to know a thing or two for the brush strokes not to be visible or avoiding crossing over barrier lines. Beginner painters will be up on the ladder, stroking the brush with magnificent grace and when the job is done they will get back down only to realise there are two toned colours instead of one. They start out with good intentions, but that is not to say the Elba gas stove will look good against the wall.

 

The brawler installer

 

Avoid trying to install your own kitchen cabinetry or you might end up with a skew cabinet or doors hanging from the wrong places not enabling them to open and close correctly. You could end up damaging the exterior of the walls that will at a later stage cause extensive damage. Built-in kitchen appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and built-in microwaves can be quite costly and getting it wrong can end up leaving a bigger dent in your pocket. Leave this one for the professionals instead.

 

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Hosting a Christmas party

Hosting your first Christmas party can be a stressful; leaving out something or forgetting to switch the oven on hours before guests arrive can happen. Nothing can go wrong if you have created a list of things that need to get done. But first decide what kind of dinner you’re going for – will it be something casual or more cocktail party-like? Or perhaps you’re choosing the easy buffet style as it makes the Christmas parties simple and effective.

Decide on your guest list

After careful consideration, determine the important factors such as the  date, time, guest list, and menu. When you have these out of the way, you can start with the heavy lifting – cooking (or buying dishes from your local deli). Call up your guests or send them an invite via social media, but no matter how you go about it. Get it done. Book in your guests before they get invited elsewhere.

The menu

The menu is the one part of the lunch that everyone will remember. People love good food, but what they love even more is the presentation of the food. Food presentation is like a bond repayment calculator – it looks good in theory, but getting down to the nitty gritty can get tricky.  If you’re having a dinner party, use one of these easy menus, or pick and choose which recipes you want to use and create your special holiday menu. You know your friends and family, so it can’t be hard on deciding what everyone will like. Choose appetizers that are quick to serve and go well together. To get it all over and done with, use recipes that can be prepared in advance.

Decorations galore

Now for the fun part. Put up the decorations and let them suit the theme you are going for. Bring in a variety of greens, reds, golds and whites into you theme to set the tone of the Christmas spirit. Don’t over do your table as the food still need to be plated on the table. Consider using small accent pieces that spaciously fit on your table. No matter what you decide to do, it will be a success.If the food is good, the rest will follow. Also keep in mind that it’s the time of the year where friends and family get to spend time together. The decor and food come after friends and family.

 

Safely removing stains from your lounge suites

lounge suitesWe have all thought about bright, white lounge suites that could become a new addition to the home, but then changed our mind because owning a white lounge suit is asking for trouble. A white lounge suit, or any light colour for that matter, is a risky move especially if you have little ones around. Spending thousands on a lounge suite, only to end up spending more on cleaning it, is not an ideal thought that crosses the mind of a homeowner.

However, if something tragic were to happen, like spilt red wine or chocolate stains on your sofa, you need to know how to get it out without breaking the bank first.

Identify the material of your lounge suite

Not all lounge suites are made from the same material. Check the tag to insure you are going about the right way of cleaning. The universal code for cleaning tag would be “S” for Solvent, “W” for Water, while some may indicate “SW” for Solvent and/or Water, and there are fabric sofa that can only be vacuumed. This way you will know if you can use any type of chemical or not.

Identify the type of stain

Next, you will need to identify the type of stain that caused this horrendous crime against your lounge suite. Different type of stain generally requires different stain removal solution. If you require professional help, they will have to to diagnose your sofa condition when you require their professional sofa cleaning service. If you can salvage your sofa then do so. As soon as the stain occurs, remove excess liquid or stain as quickly as you can to increase the chance of removing them. The sad part about any stain is that the longer the stain sits the more difficult, or impossible, to remove them.

When it’s up to DIY

Create your own solvent by doing the following: Mix 1 teaspoon of mild soap detergent like laundry or dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water. Then mix the solution until it has formed foam. Once it has become foamy enough, use some of the suds using a clean damp cloth and start blotting the stain from the outer stain towards the centre. Once the stain is removed, rinse the stained area with clear water blot with new white cloth. For excellent results place piles of paper towel over the damp area and then put a heavy object on top of it.

Tech to help you rearrange the home

We all want our homes to be better, but accomplishing that can be difficult. This is especially the case when we don’t use all the resources available to us – with modern technology and apps, it is perfectly possible to be able to have a proper handle on how to make our homes better. This can be done through merely re-arranging where current items are or finding out if we new items are required.

For example, consider something as complicated as a closet. We normally think these are just necessary items and can be put, basically, anywhere. Yet, when you use an app like Sketch Arm, you can figure out just how much proper planning can benefit.

Available on the iTunes store, the app is a tool for conceptual 3D design letting users create fully customized and personalised closet in a few minutes. As the site itself says: “Make a whole amazing design in just four simple steps and share it with your friends.”

As it states, you can:

“Place the closet in the room

Distribute the interior easily

Create and customize the doors

Check out the result in 3D”

The app has tutorial videos on its website and allows you to figure out precisely what to do with and to your closet spaces.

At the other end of the spectrum is Home Design 3D (Freemium). This is a lot more complicated, despite its functionality and free availability, on the Google Store. As the page says: “With Home Design 3D, designing and changing your home has never been so intuitive and quick […] Whether you want to redecorate, redesign or create…”

This gives users great versatility, but, as indicated, it obviously requires more time and effort and knowledge. Of course, no project on the home or office is easy – and being able to figure out how such a tool works could put the power in your hands, since you are best placed to know and keep your budget low. Relying too much on others could mean you end up paying more – either unnecessarily or for aspects that, if you did it yourself, you would find unnecessary.

When we were remodelling or renovating, we have to keep a close eye on how to arrange rooms. For example, if you’re working on  lounge suites, you don’t want to end up creating a space where your design falls flat.

This is why something like Virtual Plan 3D can give you, literally, a new dimension to work in to test out your home’s space. As the app pages indicates:

“run the application Virtual Plan 3D, point your smartphone to the plan present on the screen. The virtual plan and its interior design will appear on your smartphone.

“Alternatively, you can also print the available plans and point your smartphone on the printed plan.”

This provides you with more detail and info to work from.

And, in the end, that’s the point of all these and other apps. To give you more tools to do the things you want more efficiently.

Summer time décor

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Summer time décor is filled with bright colours, flowers and an arrangement of smiles everywhere. There is something about summer that puts a spring in your step. Though the weather is hot, there is a feeling of pure bliss when the sun radiating in your surroundings. Stow away heavy accessories, throws, and unnecessary small decor items until it’s time to cosy up for the autumn season.

Don’t see your home as just another house. Think of it as a summer rental, a space where you’d love to be when you go on holiday. Open doors raise the blinds and let in natural sunlight. Get rid of pieces that are dark and gloomy. Put up a portrait of a beautiful, bright sunflower.

Greenery is natural living

Plants signify life. Consider going organic, not in your choice of eating habits, but in your home living. Put big pot plants on your patio or your windowsill. They will add definition and character, with added texture to your surroundings. If you are the type that forgets to water plants then choose cacti to surround your home. It will be awful if after a few months your plants start to wilt.

Fun, flirty linen

Whether you change your bed linen or any other fabrics in your home, it needs to be a colour that instantly lifts the mood of the room. Floral is one way to enhance the summer buzz, but if you are going to paint, then keep the colour neutral and other accessories to a minimum.

A colourful dinner party table

When summer time comes it opens the doors for dinner parties, festivities and all other kind of brilliant family and friend-time. To ramp up the summertime look, clear a small counter to create an impromptu bar, and arrange bottles and glassware on a pretty serving tray. Add splashes of colour to your trays by putting bright flowers or small fruit on the side. Yum! Mix bright floral, tropical, or nautical-theme dishes with your daily plates and bowls. Fun features like as stir sticks and paper umbrellas create a look that is perfectly seasonal.

Refocus the attention

Draw attention away from the fire place this time of the year. They might be a great focal point but it’s not winter so what is the point? Shift the focus of the room toward a beautiful window or French doors. Put away those heavy drapes and hang up gossamer sheers that flow with the breezes.

Nailing the retro look in your home

Who doesn’t have a bit of nostalgia for times past? The retro look has funnily enough become something of a classic. Despite referencing the past it can somehow be modern and trendy.

Going retro in your décor is not fool proof though. If you aren’t careful you could strike the wrong tone of kitsch.

Don’t you worry though because we have laid out the main points to keep in mind.

Know what retro is

Retro is bold and fun, brash and quirky.

Retro in terms of home décor is basically a modern interpretation of 50s style. Whereas today we are largely characterisied by a disillusionment of human progress and society and tend to want to move “back to nature”, the retro look harks back to a time when people were optimistic about what it meant to be living in “modern” times.

People were interested in synthetic materials like nylon and plastic and they liked “futuristic” or space-age shapes and designs.

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Use bold colours and patterns

The retro look is all about big, juicy, vibrant colours and fun patterns. This goes for wall paint, decal, furniture and art work. Don’t go too overboard though because you don’t want your home to end up looking like the inside of a circus tent.

It’s best to stick to one colour palette.

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Go vintage

Scour vintage shops and thrift stores. Raid your parent’s storage space. Have a few vintage items will give you that authentic retro look.

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Find stylish retro appliances

If you look in the right places you can find old-school appliances that in the wrong setting might look outdated, but in your retro-inspired home will look vintage chic. If acquiring old appliances you’re your mother’s basement or second hand shops doesn’t sound appealing, remember that some appliances are actually purposefully styled to look retro. Probably the most well-known example of the latter is the Smeg range. Smeg fridges, toasters, washing machines and more have a wonderful retro design that almost does your entire makeover for you.

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Use circular lines

Classic characteristics of retro furniture and pieces are curved lines and circular forms. You can use curved furniture with leather or wood finishes to help reinforce the look.

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Have fun

Finally, just remember that this look is about fun. It is a far happier look than minimalism and more light-hearted than industrial. As long as you remember this crucial point you can’t go too wrong.

Give your lounge a new look for spring

loungeThe days are slowly becoming longer and warmer. The birds are tweeting and the flowers are blossoming. Spring, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, is here. With each new season comes the opportunity to renew and refresh our homes, to bring the decor in line with our light and sunny moods.

Springtime can encourage us to decorate our homes with a light, bright, sunny and fresh perspective. It is the best time to think about how we use our homes and spaces, considering more intentional ways in which we can spend our days. For some people that might mean decluttering and evaluating what is really important. For others it may mean cleaning and repairing. Others still may choose to switch out older items for new, seasonal pieces of furniture and decor items.

Simply changing the cushions scattered on your lounge suites, adding a fresh coat of paint and hanging curtains can make all the difference in changing the look of your home. These are some simple tricks to make your home look brand new.

 

Paint. Changing the colours on your walls can do so much to give your home a whole new look. It is also one of the most affordable changes you can make. Choosing a paint colour can seem daunting at first. But when it really comes down to it, you know if you like soft, light colours or big, bold colours. You’ll also need to know whether your furniture will look good in the room. If you don’t have the money to paint the whole room, consider painting one wall. Accent walls have been a big trend for many years and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

 

Flooring. You may like the comfort and warmth which comes with carpeting but it just don’t look as stylish as a hardwood floor. It may be expensive but will be worth it in the long run as it will increase the value of your home.

 

Declutter. The single most important thing you can do to refresh your home. Take all the random rubbish which tends to gather in the corner of your rooms and do one of three things. Throw it away, donate it to a better home or file it neatly. Your lounge will instantly look cleaner and bigger.

 

These are quick and easy changes which can make a big difference to the look of your room. They also won’t do too much damage to your wallet. Make these changes now and enjoy the warmer days of Spring in your new, fresh home.