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7 Creative & Useful Ways to Use Baskets

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Baskets can be one of the most useful and stylish storage pieces that you can use throughout your home. They are versatile and functional items that can work in practically every room of your home. Whether you prefer baskets or bins, we have seven ideas that can transform the way you currently view storage in your home. 

 

Seven Creative + Useful Ways to Use Baskets

  1. Guest Bedroom Necessities.  

Creating the perfect oasis for your guests begins by establishing a stress-free, relaxing environment for them to enjoy. Let your guest’s minds go to ease in the guest bedroom by having a place for everything. Supply baskets and bins for them to put their belongings and store guest room essentials inside of the baskets. To help their stay feel like a vacation, you can place a soap, razor, towel, lotion, toothbrush, and loofa inside of a basket for them to enjoy. 

  1. Living Room Essentials

Living rooms tend to be an open space where everything is out in the open. To help transform the current organization system in your living room, you can use baskets. Decorative baskets are perfect for storing bulky, unattractive electronics. Plus, they give you easy access whenever you need to pull out something. 

  1. Kitchen Possibilities

Reimagine your kitchen by using baskets and bins to organize your counter space, cabinets, and pantry. Home decor stores sell decorative bins and canisters to hold all of your items in a stylish way. This way you can display your condiments on the counter without worrying about them being an eye-sore. Finish off your pantry with baskets and bins to store and organize all of your food goods. Believe us, searching for an item will never be so easy with this solution! Simply print labels to place on the face of the basket for ease-of-use. 

  1. Child’s Bedroom Maximized

Are you constantly stepping on your children’s toys? Save your feet and time by organizing all of their items inside of playful baskets. Whether your child loves princesses or dinosaurs, there is a themed basket for that! You can instantly make clean-up time fun again with these decorative baskets. 

  1. Manageable Craft Room

Crafting can be a great hobby for homeowners who just need a break from their stressful life. Do not let the busyness of everyday life affect your craft room’s potential. Stash your items in organizational bins and baskets for an organized, functional craft room. 

  1. Laundry Solutions

Laundry can be a bit of a sour subject. No one loves dirty laundry and organizing it does not sound very fun. But with baskets and bins to help you sort, you can rethink the way you currently do laundry. Purchase a basket or bin for each load of wash. Then the next time you go to do laundry, you sort the items in the basket based off of their wash requirements. For example, you can have a basket labeled “Colors” or “Whites.” This will help save you time and minimize on extra loads.

  1. Systemized Mudroom

Keep your mudroom clean this winter with baskets to store shoes, coats, and winter gear. You can either make a basket per item or per family member depending on your preference. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips for staying organized with baskets! The organization does not start there. You can use baskets and bins in nearly every room of your home. Let your creativity take over and create a beautiful organization system to match your home’s decor. 


Tricks to Free Up Counter Space

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Whether or not you live in a small home, you may find yourself struggling for extra counter space in your home. From the kitchen to the bathrooms, counter space is limited and you are running out of ideas. But there is no need to worry because we have four simple tricks to help you free up counter space. 

 

Four Tricks to Free up Counter Space

Trick One: Just Look Up. Counter space tends to be limited, but have you ever thought about using your wall space? Installing a shelving system can be just what you need to maximize your home’s storage. Plus, installing a shelf can work in literally any room of your house. From your kitchen’s spices to your bathroom soaps, shelves have you covered from the ceiling to the floors. 

Trick Two: Double-Duty. Doors hold a lot of storage potential and they can help keep your home looking tidy! Install a door organizer to the back of your door to store all different types of items. Your pantry door can hold extra food, your laundry room door can hold detergent, and your garage door can hold cleaning supplies. All you will need to do is group the items into different categories and place them on the appropriate door organizing system. It is a smart idea to keep chemical cleaners outside of the house and in the garage. 

Trick Three: Stack Em’. If you afraid of losing too much counter space, try storing vertically instead of horizontally. Bins and baskets that stack can save homeowners more room than storing them horizontally on top of their countertops. You will want to try and look for stacking systems that can store your household items without sacrificing counter space. 

Trick Four: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Instead of storing items on top of your valuable counter space, consider stashing them away in hidden places. The area underneath your beds is a great place to start! Depending on what room you are working on, you will be able to find a lot of nooks and crannies to hide your items. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these four quick and easy tricks to free up counter space. When your countertops are open, let us know if they also need to be updated!  We are always happy to help.  Check back each week for more posts, updates, and blogs! 


How To Decorate With Split Complimentary Colors

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Looking for ways to transform a blank canvas? A split complementary color scheme will no doubt add great contrast to a room which instantly brings interest and variety to your space. However, the downside is that you can end up with a design that looks busy or messy. If you’re interested in doing something different with your home’s decor, this article will show you how you can pull this off successfully.

 

What Is A Split Complementary Scheme?

In a split complementary color scheme, you’ll be using three different colors. This decor consists of two complementary colors and then the color that sits opposite from the complementary color on the wheel. For instance, yellow and green are complementary colors. Violet is the split complementary color of yellow. Usually, this palette will consist of two warm colors and a cool tone. However, you can adjust the temperature balance as you see fit. If you want to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere then you should use more of the warmer colors in your decor. Paint your walls and use this color in your furniture upholstery. On the other hand, if you prefer to set a cool mood then you would do the opposite.

 

Clashing of the Colors

Yes, using a split complementary scheme can be challenging especially if you’re not particularly skillful at using colors. To avoid a harsh clashing of colors, which can make for an aesthetically unpleasing look, make sure you don’t overdo the contrast. For a sophisticated look, you can tone down the hues of the opposite color. You can even use more of the two complementary colors and the third color sparingly.

 

Example: Blue, Violet, and Orange

Blue and violet are complementary colors. In a split complementary design scheme, blue and violet are the dominant colors. Orange should be used sparingly as an accent color to make your space come alive. For instance, in a bedroom, you could consider painting the walls a pale violet and covering the arches in blue. Perhaps your bedding would also be violet or blue and you can add orange pillows as an accent.

Tiny Bathroom Organization

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You will have a least one in your life, a tiny bathroom that is. With a small bathroom comes great responsibility. You will have to figure out how to manage the tiny space and organize it as if it were a regular-sized bathroom. This may seem tough, but do not worry because we have you covered. Here is our guide on tiny bathroom organization: 

 

Tip No. One: Have A Set Schedule. 

If you live with big family, it may be a good idea to make a schedule for getting ready in the morning. This will help create more space for the one person using it at that time. Discuss what times work best for each family member then post it outside of the small bathroom. Essential things like using the shower or bathroom should only be scheduled and encourage them to use their bedrooms for other stuff like makeup or getting dressed. 

    • Pro-Tip: Add a clock on the wall of your bathroom to ensure that your family sticks to the set schedule 

Tip No. Two: Have All Areas Covered.

In most tiny bathrooms, you will have to take advantage of any free space available. Here are some simple ideas you may want to try:

    • Hang a door organizer on the back of the door
    • Install a shelving system on the wall
    • Have each of your family members use a shower caddy (Store in hall closet)
    • Place a laundry basket in the bathroom for dirty clothes
    • Use the space above your toilet by installing a cabinet 
    • Buy a mirror that can open up to more storage

Tip No. Three: Get Rid of Bulky Containers. 

Bulky bottles and containers can take up a lot of room in your tiny bathroom. You can switch over to using a wall-mounted shampoo dispenser in your shower. Also, you can store your q-tips, cotton swabs, etc. in mason jars to get rid of their bulky packaging. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for your organizing your tiny bathroom! When you start looking to replace your bathroom flooring, please give us a call. We have a great selection available at a reasonable rate!

Your Red Oak Floors

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Red oak is an attractive flooring option available for your home.  Well known for its durability and longevity, this material takes stain well and has a beautiful open grain which gives it a little more character than other hardwood choices.  It is also widely available in the United States and constantly being replenished, making it a “greener” flooring option.

 

When choosing wall and decor color for a room with red oak hardwood consider its size first.  If you are dealing with a smaller space, warm colors can make it feel more closed in while cooler colors can make it appear larger.  Warmer colors are red, orange and yellow and cooler colors are green, violet and blue.  Warm colors are also best used in rooms where more activity takes place as they are more lively.  Cool colors are calming and tend to work best in bedrooms to promote healthy sleep patterns.

 

Another way to approach your color scheme is through what impression you would like the room to give visitors when they enter.  If you want the colors to pop and make a statement, using complementary colors will accomplish that.  If you want the room’s appearance to be more understated, your best bet is to use an analogous color scheme. 

 

The relationship between colors can be seen using a standard 12-part color wheel.  In what is called Color Theory, three colors that sit right next to one another are analogous, while colors that are opposite one another on the wheel are complementary.  Since analogous colors are more subtle in variation they can easily blend with one another while complementary colors stand out when placed side by side. While red oak can take on a different appearance when stained, we will use its unstained light reddish tone to further explain these color schemes.

 

Using an analogous color scheme which includes the color of your red oak flooring would be to combine that reddish color with orange and gold accents.  This would add instant warmth to the room and give it a traditional look. 

 

A complementary color scheme would make the room look more vibrant and provide visual interest.  With red oak being your base, incorporating greens and blues would strike a great balance between warm and cool colors.  Be sure to use neutrals throughout the space to prevent the energy of the room from becoming too overwhelming.  It is always good to give the eye a place to pause when looking at a more dynamic color scheme. 

How Your Home Can Benefit from Laminate Flooring

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There are a lot of great options out there for home flooring. It can become a bit overwhelming thinking about all the material choices you can comb through in search of the right one for your space. A wonderful idea for your floors is laminate and it shouldn’t be overlooked.  Modern laminate is fresh and stylish.  Here are a few reasons to appreciate this choice in flooring material.

 

Cost-Effective: Laminate is an affordable alternative to natural stone or hardwood floors and you can still get the look you want without the price. Choose any color, grain or pattern you like and you won’t be paying extra for a more exotic selection.  Even if you just want to go with a tile look, you’re covered. 

 

Sustainability: When you choose this flooring, there’s no need to re-seal floors every six months. No waxing or other special cleaners needed either.  A broom or a soft mop with warm water is all that’s required to keep your floors shining and dirt-free.  Laminate’s stain-resistant surface is especially helpful in rooms like the kitchen where frequent spills can happen.

 

Stability: This material is scratch-resistant which is great for high traffic areas. Households with children and pets can feel confident that these floors can stand up to the daily wear and tear of life.  With proper care, you can enjoy them for years to come.

 

Attractive: Using a photograph of the material you are trying to imitate on its top layer is how this flooring performs its magic. With all the available looks out there, you are bound to find a pattern that works for your home.  You can also have peace of mind knowing that laminate does not fade over time through exposed sunlight as other materials do. 

 

So, if you are still searching for a flooring option that can give you a great look for an unbeatable price, look no more. Laminate is the material you need for the price you want. 

Decorating with Mirrors

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When it comes to decorating with mirrors there are never any rules. Yes, mirrors are a great way to quickly add visual interest to your space. Using mirrors as a decorative element has numerous benefits. It can instantly add depth and bring in natural light. In addition, mirrors can create a special effect when they reflect colors and paintings on adjacent walls. Here’s how you use mirrors to add style and increased light to your home.

 

  • Place a floor length mirror between two windows

Implementing a floor length mirror between two windows creates the illusion of a third window. This helps bring in more light to your space. By casually propping a large framed mirror against the wall creates a relaxed feel.

 

  • Use mirrors to enhance the room elements

You can use mirrors as an accent to the focal point in a room. For instance, by hanging a mirror over a fireplace mantel that extends to the ceiling, you can create a dramatic look. This is a great way to create emphasis in a neutral living room.

 

  • Hang mirrors on adjacent walls

Are you ready to make a powerful statement with your home’s decor? Try lining, two large equally sized mirrors on adjacent walls. This enables light to bounce all around the room. This look will especially complement the dining room area because it expands the area and gives the illusion of a bigger crowd around the dining room table.

 

  • Mirrored backsplash

Forget the traditional paneled or tiled backsplash. Update your kitchen by installing a mirrored backsplash around your counter area. A mirrored backsplash will open up a small kitchen and add glitz without being over the top.

 

  • Forget the medicine cabinet

Forgo the traditional medicine cabinet hanging over the bathroom sink. Instead, you can use a mirror of any shape to make a statement. A circularly shaped mirror can break up all the sharp straight lines and adds character.

 

When using mirrors as an accent piece in the home try to select mirrors with interesting shapes and unique frames for further customization!

Five Advantages of Laminate Flooring

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You are finally ready to update the flooring in your home. While new flooring can transform spaces, comparing flooring to determine what is best suited for your home can be overwhelming. If you are interested in flooring that is attractive yet affordable, laminate flooring may be a great option for you. Here are five reasons why: 

 

1. Extremely durable

Perhaps the greatest feature of laminate flooring is its durability. Laminate has a tough exterior with a resin coating, making it resistant to scratches and heavy impact. When compared to vinyl, hardwood, and other types of flooring, laminate can last much longer. The surface makes it ideal for homes that experience a lot of traffic such as households with children and pets.

 

2.  Style and Versatility

Laminate flooring can imitate the look of your favorite types of flooring including hardwood, stone, and a variety of other styles. Laminate tiles are available in many different colors, plank styles, and widths. The variety of hues and patterns allow homeowners to match their room’s style with the flooring

Plus, laminate flooring products are extremely easy to install. They can be installed over pre-existing subfloors as well as uninstalled when it is time for an update. The simple installation process can save both time and money for the customer.

 

3. Affordable Pricing

Laminate flooring products are inexpensive, especially when compared to hardwood or stone flooring products. You can find laminate flooring for almost any budget or price range.  Although laminate can be inexpensive, it does not fall short of quality. When you take into consideration the longevity of laminate floor it can be one of the best economical choices.

 

4.  Easy Maintenance

Laminate floors are easy to maintain. They can be cleaned with a simple cleaning solution or standard cleaning products available on the market today. Make sure that the cleaning products you use meet the manufacturer requirements. 

 

5. Environmentally-friendly

Laminate floors are derived from wood by wood products, which means that it does not use harvested or endangered tree species. Laminate does not trap dust particles and other allergens; therefore, it is a great choice for people with allergies. 

 

If you are considering buying laminate flooring for your home, feel free to visit us and ask any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to helping you choose your new flooring!

Mixing Wood Stains for a Unique Design

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In design, variation is great because the contrast keeps things interesting. Variation can occur in colors, textures, pattern and through the use of different flooring. Most of us don’t purchase decor elements at one time. It takes some time to build your ideal home. What about when it comes to different wood finishes? How can you ensure that they blend seamlessly together?

 

  1. Be mindful of the undertones While it’s not necessarily critical for the wood floors to be identical in your home it should complement one another. Regardless, of the finish determine what the undertones of a grain are. For instance, if both the coffee table and the living room utilize different wood grains if they both have warm undertones than they can complement each other.
  2. Look at the grain If all the different grains have a prominent grain homeowners should always try to keep the pattern the same so as not to alter the mood of the room. Remember that larger grains give off a more casual appearance but smaller one gives off an air of elegance.
  3. Use a buffer. If you have a wooden coffee table that’s drastically different from your living room floors to you need to use a buffer to separate the two designs.  You can use a thick area rug that will create some contrast but also unify the two wood mixes.
  4. Try to limit the number of finishes you are using in one area. Going too wild with the finished can cause the design to look too chaotic.  Instead, repeat the finishes just a couple of times in the room.
  5. Using g white wood sparingly throughout a room that has a couple please of different wood finishes can help break the look and unify it.

 

By applying some of these suggestions to your design scheme you will be able to blend wood finishes easily.

Giving Your Home the Shabby Chic Touch

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Have you ever seen a home decorated in shabby chic style but aren’t quite sure how to pull it off successfully in your own space?  Look no further! We’re going to educate you on what pieces and motifs are considered shabby chic and how to incorporate the style into your home without going overboard.

 

Shabby chic is all about creating a natural, inviting environment with soft, feminine colors and designs. Clean whites and calm pastels are welcome and the “distressed” look is the star of the show. Soft cottons and linens as well as a recurring theme of roses give this style its unique look. Pieces that have seen a little wear and tear over time are prized for their aged look and imperfections. Natural elements and colors as well are all part of the flow this romantic style creates throughout a space.

 

What separates this method of decorating from being classified as simply “vintage” is the fact that not just older items are used but newer pieces can be manipulated to mimic styles from time gone by. Modestly constructed furniture can be transformed through performing painting and sanding methods that resemble an old-fashioned finish without the antique price.  Vintage hardware can be added to complete the look.

 

Crystal chandeliers, touches of lace and vintage mirrors are all great ways to add a shabby chic touch to your home. Touches of ballet pink, baby blue and mint green accents throughout the room add a gentle touch of character. Floral patterns, chenille bedspreads and decorative containers placed throughout will add charm to the space while staying on theme.

 

Vintage clocks, wall sconces and candlesticks can be easily added without great expense. A beautiful embroidered tablecloth with vintage china and linen napkins would be a real showstopper in any dining room if you commit to this decorating style.

 

Whether you want to add little touches here and there or go all out with this theme, do what works for you in the space. You want your home to be beautiful as well as functional, so only incorporate pieces that will still allow you to enjoy your living space without having to worry about disturbing its overall look through everyday use.