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How to Improve Your Outdoor Space on a Budget

Outdoor entertaining is of the utmost importance when inviting friends or family over for a gathering, regardless of the season. The good news is that there are a few strategic decorating changes that you can make to your outdoor space to make it attractive and inviting, rain or shine.

Outdoor Decorating: Where to Begin

Use plants moderately. If you’ve gone overboard as a gardener, guests sitting on your back patio may feel like they’re in the middle of a jungle. When landscaping and planting your back garden, use your editing eye. The best way to create a calming environment is by using a color theme in potted flowers and by choosing plants with a similar texture, such as short, round bushes or long vines and trees.

Mix-and-match. If you’re the type that likes to pick up secondhand items at a thrift store or antique shop, this design trend will work perfectly in an outdoor space. You can revamp and repaint used furniture in different sizes and colors to work beautifully in one patio space. You can also stick with the funky, retro vibe by planting flowers and plants in mismatched, hand-painted flower pots to decorate your back porch.

Focus on a fire pit. Instead of switching on expensive heating lamps to provide guests with warmth in cooler weather, your back deck can center around an inexpensive fire pit or Ventless fireplace. The beauty of a fire pit is that it provides an immediate focal point in an outdoor space that guests can gather around to chat and sip on wine or coffee, without having to spend much time on outdoor decorating.

Use salvaged materials. Instead of using brand-new wood to create an outdoor countertop or bar, go with a reclaimed barn door and recycled cinderblocks instead. These materials cost next to nothing and can create a natural, rustic feel when decorating your outdoor deck.

Light the way. If you plan to have a gathering with several guests, it’s important to create the right atmosphere with mood lighting, especially after the sun goes down. You can decorate your back patio with strings of lights as a cheap lighting solution or consider investing in battery powered lanterns to provide ample light in the evening hours.

Once you have your back patio completely decorated, you have the perfect outdoor space to kick back and relax in after a long day of work. You can also wake up in the morning and start the day right by watching the sunrise with a fresh cup of coffee, savoring a moment of peace before hitting the daily grind.

As a homeowner, it’s comforting to find that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to decorate your outdoor patio. By decorating strategically with reclaimed materials and used items, you can create a unique, eclectic space that friends and family can enjoy for years to come.

As one final tip, consider refinishing indoor furniture that you no longer need to use outdoors instead. … READ MORE ...

Upgrading New Home Closets With Closet Organizers

The importance of effective and efficient closet organization cannot be understated. Closet organizers should be a fundamental part of home design. A great deal of new home construction includes closet organizer upgrades. As with any upgrade in new home construction, the cost of the upgrade through the builder wildly exceeds the cost of the actual upgrade.

Although, the convenience of rolling the cost of the upgrade into your mortgage is tempting it is inadvisable. It is best to put a few hundred dollars aside and commit to buying closet organizers after you take possession of your new home. The cost of buying the closet organization systems yourself will likely save you at least 50% of the cost.

A common question is “what should I look for in a good closet organizer design?” The answer to this question depends on a number of different factors. First you must consider the size of the closet. It is always best to buy a closet organizer that uses the entire space in your closet. You can add smaller organizers but adding a small organizer to a large closet will not make maximum use of the space.

It is also important to consider the types of items that will be stored in the closet. Unless it is a clothes closet you will never need a hanging bar. In fact, hangings bars should be included as part of your closet organizer on an as needed basis only. Hanging bars in closets are actually a very inefficient use of space. That sounds strange as most closets include a hanging bar. If you need a hanging bar then consider using a half width double hanging bar. Bars that are the entire width and most of the height of your closet are a terrible use of space.

Your closet organization system should include shelves of different heights and even different depths, some drawers, and some low level shoe racks. Include a hanging bar if necessary. Try to find an organizer that fits the entire closet. And most importantly, find a closet organizer that matches the items you want to store. Many people make the mistake of buying an organizer and then trying to fit in their belongings. Analyze your belongings first then buy a good quality closet organizer.… READ MORE ...

Unfinished Wood Cabinets

When picking up a type of cabinet to furnish the house’s kitchen, it is best to recognize the finest design, style and properties that may play an important role on the outcome of the proposed kitchen cabinet plan. Unfinished kitchen cabinets are perfect for the construction of your kitchen design. They can be painted, stained, covered, etched or just left undone. Either way, unfinished kitchen cabinets are very flexible.

Choosing the right cabinet wood will also take part in finishing the cabinets. The natural properties of wood can affect design decisions. In addition, some woods are hard, and others are soft, as different wood vary in hardness. Some kitchen cabinet wood differs in color by nature, there are those that are dark and some are light. This offers someone the flexibility of choosing the best stain for the desired cabinet wood color. If light-colored cabinet is preferable the unfinished kitchen cabinet can be finished with varnish or other clear stain. If dark suits the current kitchen decor, then any dark paint available can be used to finish the cabinets. When it comes to stain absorption, not all woods have the same properties, and it’s tougher to lighten wood than to darken it. It is best to choose cleverly what type of unfinished wood cabinet to buy in order to avoid inconvenience.

Any knowledge about wood cabinets is applicable to the project. Choosing the most excellent type of wood will give you the chance to maximize your ideas on how to make your unfinished cabinet look dashing and fashionable.

Unfinished wood cabinet decorations include knobs and pulls; this will give you a chance to pick the perfect decoration that will suit your personal taste. Knobs and pulls can take any cabinet and add color and style. With hundreds of great styles and finishes to choose from, it is easy to add the perfect finishing touch to the kitchen cabinets.

There are also chic add-ons available make the perfect kitchen cabinets. This includes lighting which is more of a necessity than an option. Lighting increases the aesthetic value, sets the right mood and provides necessary task lighting for daily work.

In addition to the artistic way of picking decorations for the unfinished cabinets, you can also save money for it is cheaper than those that completely concluded stained and sealed. This is an alternative way of getting the cheapest but perfect designed kitchen cabinets.… READ MORE ...

Things You Can Do to Keep Your Home Business Green

Things You Can Do to Keep Your Home Business Green

Running a business from home is about as good as it gets when it comes to going green. You don’t have to spend hours every day commuting to work and back, which means you already have a smaller carbon footprint to begin with. Home businesses tend to be more efficient in terms of energy usage too.

However, there are still a lot of things you can do to make your home business friendly to the environment. The simplest of steps can create the biggest impact, which is why we are going to discuss some of the easiest things you can do to become eco-friendly in this article.

Limit Your Use of Paper

At the top of our list of easy things to do to go green, we have limiting the use of paper. As a home business, you really don’t need to use a lot of paper. Critical business information and files are now stored digitally.

Digital files are not only easier to maintain, but friendlier to the environment. For documents that you still need to print, use recycled paper whenever possible.

You can also take more steps in this department, including disposing used ink cartridges properly and only using ink cartridges that you know you can recycle later.

Sustainable Supplies

Whether you are making your own products or reselling items to customers, working with goods that are made in a sustainable way is the way to go. Goods that still use a lot of plastic for packaging, for example, aren’t friendly to the environment. The same can be said for products that leave behind a large carbon footprint as part of their manufacturing processes.

Sustainable supplies are the best. While it is not always possible to switch to better supplies or stick with eco-friendly manufacturing processes, you can always make the decision to source items locally whenever possible.

Give Back

In an interesting discussion with Michael A Peck, MAPA founder and business development guru, we learned that businesses that donate and give back more are more likely to succeed on the market. The same can be said for businesses who are more active in establishing eco-friendly processes.

Rather than throwing away items you no longer use in your home office, donate them to a good cause. Old desks, computers you no longer use, and other office equipment that has been replaced can still be useful for others.

Reward Clients

One last tip we are going to discuss is rewarding customers for supporting your efforts to go green. When a client sends you a digital invoice rather than a paper one, for instance, show appreciation. The same can be said for customers who use their own shopping bag offline or opt for less packaging when ordering online.

The rewards don’t have to be particularly big either. You can, for example, use eco-friendly merchandise or souvenirs to support the cause. The more people you persuade others to join the movement, the bigger the impact your business makes … READ MORE ...

Your One-Stop Shop For Glass Door Repair

Your One-Stop Shop For Glass Door Repair

Do you have a glass door that is broken? When it comes to glass door repair dallas tx has a tremendous amount of options. However, before you pick just any fly-by-night glass repair company ask yourself this: is this outfit right for me? If there is any question regarding it, don’t hesitate to shop around. Glass door repair should only be handled by a competent professional. Here are some factors to consider:

Your One-Stop Shop For Glass Door Repair

Glass door repair is an extremely delicate process

Naturally, it can be extremely tempting to try to fix your cracked door glass yourself. This is unwise because a poorly-done repair job on a glass door can actually make the door look even worse than a door that is not fixed. This delicate job requires an individual who has had a lot of practice and has great attention to detail. This leads us to our next point:

Versatility is what defines County Line Glass and Mirror

In the Irving, Dallas and Fort Worth area one of the top glass companies would be County Line Glass and Mirror. Part of the reason they have developed such a good reputation is because of their versatility. Most laypeople are surprised at just how knowledgeable a technician has to be when it comes to glass door repair but it is true. First of all, they need to be able to cut glass to order effectively, because the glass on your door is probably very unique. Secondly, their technicians need to be well-versed in beveled glass and mirrors simply because there are a lot of doors that come in this design. And what of shower doors? They need to be ready that tackle that project often as well. The technicians at County Line Glass and Mirror are the individuals for the job. With 35 collective years of experience, they are the ones you can trust!… READ MORE ...

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