Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DIY New Years Decorations

Design your own custom centerpieces, champagne glasses and serving trays for New Years Eve!

Super easy, cheap, yet glamorous ideas!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Swimming Pool Made of Carpet - SHAW LIFEGUARD

Shaw Floors has launched an innovative new carpet collection that promises to be 100% waterproof. One flooring retailer in Texas puts that claim to an unbelievable test when he builds a swimming pool out of SHAW CARPET with LIFEGUARD.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kirk Nix for Robert Allen Contract: The Penthouse Collection

Robert Allen and design superstar Kirk Nix have teamed up to create an invigorating new collection that pays homage to the worlds of fashion, travel and interior design. The collection offers a wholly cosmopolitan perspective. Motifs are architectural, modern and exotic, riffing on everything from tribal African textiles to Art Deco geometry, all offered in durable fabrics and sophisticated colorways.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How to Decorate Your Living Room for Thanksgiving

Decorating a living room for Thanksgiving requires eliminating pastel colors and floral scents and replacing them with deep autumn colors and cinnamon aromas. Create the feeling of fall, using pine cones, gourds and pumpkins to decorate, with tips from an event coordinator in this free video on holiday parties.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


When you walk into your home at the end of that long day, you will be delighted and your spirit will be renewed. With Sanctuary, you can put together a soft and serene backdrop for your life with pieces of timeless design rich in historical reference, but updated and reinterpreted for today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Getting Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving

Television host and designer Chip Wade shares his tips to get your home ready for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Winter Holiday Decorating Ideas

We always get excited for the winter holiday. In fact, we prepare decorations that will reflect the mood of the season. There are several ways to decorate your home. This all depends on how you want it to look.
Draw a plan:
How would you want your house to appear? You can sketch out your thoughts. As you do, think of the materials you will use. You can draw inspirations from online images. You will surely have fun while you browse through the different images. After that, you can start putting your thoughts together and finalize how you want your home to look.
Play with colors:
White is the common color of the winter, but you do not have to limit your decorations to this. You can play with reds, yellows, green, gold and silver. You can use more colors and add a little sparkle to it. Choosing the color to use should be done carefully too. Make sure that you consider the color of your interiors. This will be easier if you have a neutral backdrop.
You can purchase home decors or use the old items you have. With a little DIY project, you can easily turn it to new decors. To make the decorating process easier for you, see to it that you follow a plan. You should have an idea of how your décor will look. You can have flowers, wreaths, leaves and lights. You can also use ribbons to your design.
You can also hang artworks that depict the season. You can purchase several inexpensive artworks. Have it framed and hang it for the season. What is great about it is that you can remove and store it once the holiday is over. You can also reuse it multiple times.
DIY holiday decorations:
You do not have to purchase all your decorations. You can create your own. You can even ask your children to help you with the project and this can be a great bonding moment for you. You can use glass jars and fill it with red Christmas balls or artificial snow. After that, you can arrange them around your house. You can also make your own cranberry holiday beads. Since you will be using needles in this project, it is not a good idea to involve your children.
Creative centerpieces:
You can purchase all sorts of centerpieces suitable for the season. However, you can get creative and personalize your own. You can arrange red flowers with green leaves. You can also fill a large glass with water. Light small candles and let them float. Place Christmas tree leftovers around it.
You can do other decorative projects. You just need to be imaginative. You can draw inspiration from a lot of things. You can go back to your childhood and reflect on your favorite things about the Holidays. Magazines, movies and shows can also be sources of your inspiration. You do not have to create all the details though. There are multiple choices available in the market. You can have a plan, list the things you need to bring your plan to life and start shopping.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Alustra® Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Learn about all of the operating systems available for Alustra Vignette Modern Roman Shades.

Beautifully designed front and back without gathers, cords or grommets, Alustra Vignette Modern Roman Shades combine the elegance of a soft drapery with the function of a shade and feature exclusive fabrics.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Kitchen Throwdown Featuring Mohawk Laminate

Mohawk Flooring laid the foundation to the ultimate kitchen as part of the Pulte Kitchen Throwdown, an event sponsored by Mohawk partner Pulte Group.

Monday, November 2, 2015

LifeGuard from Shaw Floors: Waterproof Carpet or Magic?

Because spills happen, you'll want the waterproof protection that LifeGuard from Shaw Floors provides. With the help of a few brave little volunteers, Shaw demonstrates the amazing flooring protection of Lifeguard.

Friday, October 30, 2015

DIY Halloween Ghost Glow Balloons - Yard Decorations!

How to make the best Halloween Glow in the Dark Ghost Boo Balloons Yard Decorations made scary with cheese cloth, easy! I saw this on Martha Stewart and added the cheese cloth to make them creepier! All you need: white balloons, cheese cloth, glow sticks, black permanent marker and string. Snap one or two green eight-hour light sticks so they glow, and insert them into a white balloon. Inflate balloon, and tie closed. Use a black marker to draw the ghost's ghastly visage. cover with Cheese cloth and tie string to the balloon and hang in a tree, front porch, balcony or from the ceiling!

Monday, October 26, 2015

High Point Showroom Tour Oct 2015

Join President Peter Saloom as he guides you on a tour of new products in the High Point Showroom

Monday, October 19, 2015


A drum, a teddy bear and whole lot of heart. That’s all you need to become a star. Oh, and the perfect stage to rock out on. Make sure yours is as inspired, creative and, well, as awesome as you are. Find your stage at

Friday, October 16, 2015

Carrera by Lexington

Clean lines define today’s contemporary design, underscored by dark finishes, dramatic hardware and rich textural fabrics. The look offers a structured perspective that feels fresh and functional.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mohawk Flooring Cushions the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Mohawk partnered with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day to place SmartCushion under the sleeping bags of over 800 walkers and crew members.

We cushioned the fight for these inspiring survivors, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, friends, coworkers and neighbors and here’s why.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dreaming Of The Perfect Interior?

Whether you have a blank slate or want a complete redo, or just a few perfect pieces, or changes to make your interior just the way you want it, Wirth Furniture has your secret weapon: Kim Wirth, Interior Decorator.

About Kim Wirth

Kim Wirth's title is Interior Decorator (and also, owner. . .), but her expertise is far beyond that. Kim will design interior spaces to meet and even exceed your expectations. From personal residences to multi-unit complexes to commercial buildings and even new environmentally friendly spaces, Kim has done them all with the most important attribute: Happy Customers!

 Kim has had a flair for design since she was 15 years old and has been helping people with their design needs for three generations of customers. Her goal is to give you design help on an individual basis based on what you want and your lifestyle. She works with contractors and architects as easily as individuals--and not just locally, but all over California. She's even designed spaces and supplied furniture and accessories for homes in Guam and Hawaii. Her years of experience allows her to design spaces with just a floor plan and an interview.

 Kim has also done decorating for commercial buildings, a 32 unit Bed & Breakfast complex in Mendocino, and a huge number of homes and businesses throughout Northern California. She can design custom furniture and have them hand-crafted by a local craftsman she has used for years with wonderful success. It doesn't matter if it is one room, a whole home, a kitchen, or a large business, Kim provides her brand of personal service and so many people have become friends as well as customers.

For a nominal fee, Kim will come to your location in the area and consult with you and give you a plan to look over. She has the expertise and the passion for her work to insure you will be pleased with the result from initial consultation to completion of the job.

Give Kim a call today at 530-662-0291. 

About Wirth Furniture 

Wirth Furniture started business in downtown Woodland in 1946 and the store spans three generations with grandson Zach Wirth now the manager of the store with David and Kim as owners. Wirth Furniture and Interiors has grown and thrives because of the high quality products and personal service that Wirth has become famous for all around Northern California. With customers as far away as Guam and Hawaii, Wirth serves their customers locally and at great distances.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Laurel Canyon by Lexington

Demonstrating that a contemporary aesthetic and casual vibe are not mutually exclusive, Laurel Canyon layers unique elements like silver travertine and burnished silver leaf on metal with sophisticated designs and an extraordinary custom finish to create a remarkable designer look.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades - Operating Systems - Hunter Douglas

Learn about all of the operating systems available for Vignette Modern Roman Shades.

Beautifully designed front and back without gathers, cords or grommets, Vignette Modern Roman Shades from Hunter Douglas are distinctively elegant.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

FloorQuest Takes on Tough Mudder Wisconsin

FloorQuest put its team and Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet to the test at Tough Mudder Wisconsin. See how the team--and the carpet--fared.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Oyster Bay by Lexington

Today's casual transitional styling blends lighter wood tones, natural textures and relaxed shades of ivory, taupe and gray, with designs that embody a feeling of laid-back sophistication. Oyster Bay offers a casual, comfortable and understated interpretation of luxe living.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Marazzi USA - Preservation Wood Look Tile

Wood look tile is the hottest trend in hard surface flooring, and with recent advances in tile manufacturing we have been able to recreate the most beautiful, lifelike, warm, and stunning wood like tile in the industry. Preservation is a color body porcelain tile meaning its has extremely high durability and low maintenance and should it be chipped or gouged, the color/pattern will show through the body of the tile. This series also features rectified edges meaning minimum grout joints to create the maximum effect of wood look floors. Excellent as wall tile, floor tile, backsplash, even countertop applications are safe. Additionally, this porcelain tile can be used indoor and outdoor in freezing or wet conditions because of its impervious water absorption rating. Available in 3 colors and 2 large plank sizes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Explore The Art of Window Dressing™ - Hunter Douglas

Every window tells a story. Dress them with Hunter Douglas window fashions and bring your home to life. Explore The Art of Window Dressing™ at

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Traditional Home Hamptons Showhouse 2015

Take a tour of the beautiful spaces from this year's Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse, including a sitting room outfitted by Duralee and designed by Brian Patrick Flynn!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What Type Of Flooring Is Right For My Living Room?

For most people, the living room is the center of activity in their home. When guests come to visit, you do not take them into your kitchen. Instead, you seat them in what is supposed to be the coziest room in the home. Your living room should be where you show your personality. When it comes time to choose a new type of flooring, most people do not know what is right for their living room.
The type of flooring for one living room may be completely different from another. The fact is, the right type of flooring is going to depend on several factors. The first one is the size of your living room. If your room is already small, installing a carpet in it might make it appear a little smaller. While coziness is desired, the ultimate result may leave you and your guests feeling a little claustrophobic. In this instance, a hardwood or laminate floor may be the best choice.
Next, you will need to consider who is living in your home. If you have young children or pets, you may find they can damage a carpet much easier than hardwood flooring. Children can spill drinks that will stain, but the worst is accidents from pets. Pet accidents on the floor can cause major problems, as the urine will not just soak into the carpet, it will soak into the padding underneath, as well. Odors can easily stick in the carpet and anyone in your home will be able to detect them, no matter how hard you try to disguise them.
On the other hand, if you live by yourself and no young children or pets are in your future, a carpet can give a little more warmth in your interior decorating. Different color patterns can be chosen that will help you to highlight certain areas in the room or you may even choose different textures in the carpeting to create the atmosphere you desire. Of course, as you do not have children or pets, your options are wide open. Ceramic tiles are also a great choice, depending on the style you are going for.
Choosing the right type of flooring for your living room can be difficult. There are many different options for anyone who wants to give their room an update. The best way for you to decide is to take all factors into consideration, including care and maintenance, and determine which one is going to go with your décor and meet your needs.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pleated Shades - Operating Systems - Hunter Douglas

Learn about all of the operating systems available for Pleated Shades.

Pleated Shades feature an exclusive fabric collection filled with bold colors, beautiful textures and stunning prints and patterns, all designed to be as functional as they are beautiful.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Choosing The Right Upholstery For Your Dining Chairs

It is commonly agreed that the dining table is the staple of any family home; a chance for hectic lifestyles to take a pause and children and parents to sit down, share a meal and gather their thoughts. In today's modern day, technology obsessed, fast paced lifestyle; meal times are now quite easily the only time for family members to communicate with one another yet having said that it is still common for many to neglect their choice in dining furniture.
With a new year well underway, over spending is the main worry for a lot of us however, finding the ideal furniture that can cater for a growing family and handle the wears and tears of everyday life is not as difficult as it may seem.
Traditional furniture is today considered one of the best options; made from log lasting materials and hand crafted with stunning, classic designs there is no reason why you cannot invest in lasting furniture of real quality. Local antique stores and traditional reproduction furniture specialists are renowned for their collections of classic furniture but did you know that, if you do come across a worthy dining table and dining table chairs; you can upholster your furniture to suite your personal tastes and home interior.
Furniture upholstery is a common hobby undertaken by many and is a fine way to restore classic furniture to modern standards. It may sound like a difficult task however, all it takes is a little know how and fabric knowledge to get a fantastic look.
The main issue facing those upholstering their dining table chairs will of course, be the selection of upholstery fabric but here we have top tips that will ensure you make the right, lasting selection. Once you have taken your design and user needs than it is agreed that the following should be considered:
Durability- You will need a fabric that is resistant to wear, fading and pilling and soiling.
Testing- Has the fabric you have selected, been manufacture tested?
Cleanliness- Keep in mind that your choice in fabric will of course need to reflect your family lifestyle. Not every piece of fabric is easy to clean so take time in your selection.
Although we have managed to gather three main points; choosing the right upholstery for your dining chairs is no easy task so take the time in researching the options available to you; particularly if you are working with quality dining chairs.
If this is the first time you have opted to upholster your furniture than take the time to research the options available to you; can a local furniture specialist assist with your upholstery needs or even undertake the task for you? Upholstery can be a fantastic way to bring life to tired furniture but be careful in your choices as you do not want to risk any lasting damage.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

How To Arrange Your Picture Frames On The Wall

It may take several attempts to arrange your framed artwork and photos into an eye pleasing display that will add to the beauty of your decor. So, before you start hammering nails into your wall arrange and rearrange your pieces until you have a display that pleases you.
If you are redoing a room, artwork should be the finishing touch. Be sure all furniture is in place so you will have a feel for how and where your artwork will go in the room. Lean your artwork against the wall for a few days to see how the light affects the appearance. Colors can look very different at different times of the day so don't be in a hurry to hang your artwork until you are comfortable with how it looks in your room.
Your chosen wall and the décor of your room will determine how your pictures are arranged. Here are some ideas to think about:
Straight Lines
An eye-catching way to hang your picture frames is to put them in a straight line with the images at the same level. This arrangement is great if you have a long wall. To add interest to your wall alternate between tall and short picture frames using the same size frame at each end. This simple arrangement can have a formal look by using classic or vintage frames or a more casual look by using fun colorful photo frames.
Double Lines
For a unique look hang your picture frames in two rows. Arrange the top row so that the tops of the picture frames are at the same level and arrange the bottom row so that the bottoms of the frames are at the same level. Keep about two inches between the rows. Alternating tall and short frames gives this double line display a wonderfully unique look.
Mix it Up
An eclectic display can have great eye appeal if you choose your various picture frames and their placement carefully. First, decide what space you want your display to cover. It is best to confine it to a specific area, like over your sofa or bed or above your mantel. Use your creativity and artistic eye to mix it up by hanging round frames, square frames and rectangular picture frames.
Match Frames and Mats
If you are hanging many picture frames on a single wall, try matching the frames and mats to the color of your wall. This clever approach allows your artwork or photos to be the center of attention as they seem to be floating in the air.
However you decide to hang your artwork or photographs, you need to create your arrangement before you start hanging. One of the best ways to do this is to arrange your frames on the floor beneath the wall where they will be hung, or use a paper representation of your picture frames. This allows you to move the picture frames around until you have a display that you like. You can also use the paper shapes taped to the wall if that works better for your eye. You may want to start with the larger picture frames and fill in around them with the smaller ones.
Artfully arranged artwork can bring great beauty and interest to your home's décor. Selecting artwork and photos that are special to you and arranging them in an eye pleasing display is the perfect finishing touch to your home that you will be proud to share with visitors.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Coventry Hills By Lexington

In the style of country manor living, Coventry Hills blends new traditional design with a gently distressed, hand-burnished artisan finish that evokes a sense of comfort and familiarity, reflecting today's inviting, less complicated, laid back view of casual elegance.

Crafted from Rustic Cherry, with an emphasis on graceful cathedral patterns in the wood, designs offer a fresh updated look with elegant turnings on legs and posts and deep moldings that frame doors and drawers.

Correlated upholstery features plush seating, including a tailored slipcover program, reinforcing the theme of casual comfort. Color palettes include celadon, cream, copper and rich spice tones, offering a sophisticated approach to today's new traditional style.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pairing Flooring Types

There are many ways to pair flooring types to create an elegant, stylish look. Television host and designer Chip Wade shares how.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Design Studio™ Roman Shades - Operating Systems - Hunter Douglas

Learn about all of the operating systems available for Design Studio Roman shades.

Hunter Douglas Design Studio Roman shades feature over 300 timeless fabric and color combinations, coordinating decorative tapes and trims, an edited selection of shade and valance styles, and superior craftsmanship.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Pet-Friendly Flooring Tips

Television host and designer Chip Wade shares tips to keep your flooring looking great and your pets happy.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Contemporary Decor

Television host and designer Chip Wade shares his tips for creating a contemporary design aesthetic in your home.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How To Feng Shui Your Home | Interior Design

So the whole idea of feng shui is very personal, but there are some basics that you can always implement in your home. Remember that dead plants are bad, never good. Anything dead is bad chi, so stay away from dead plants. Make sure that there's clutter off every surface. So you don't want a pile of papers all around you ready to fall on you. Keep it light, keep it airy.

It's pretty basic you would think, but you'd be surprised how many people don't listen to that. So keep it light, keep it airy. Make sure your plants are alive. If you have animals like fish and things like that, again those have to be alive too. Make sure that your space is light filled. Everything seems clean and you just have unobstructed views. Another element to really be aware of, because it's really big in feng shui are poisonous arrows.

What that means is just anything pointy facing at you or even your neighbors. So just be aware when you have little objects around the home or your light fixtures, that you don't have anything really just facing at you and pointing at you. It means bad chi for you, so just remember to be aware of what doesn't feel right in your own space. It's very personal and just stick to who you are, and what's true to yourself and keep it light and airy, and those are pretty much the basics to go on.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Marazzi - Summerville Glazed Porcelain Floor & Wall Tile

The allure of aged French limestone inspires Summerville™ large-format porcelain tile by Marazzi. Achieved with the latest 3d technology, enticing colors and veining emulate a weathered look for enduring appeal, while the softly worn surface and rustic chiseled edges combine to suggest the wear that naturally occurs with centuries of footsteps. Using a single palette or innumerable color blends, Summerville allows you to dial up the contemporary or accentuate classic elegance. Excellent for floor, wall, or backsplash applications in indoor our outdoor settings. Also suitable for wet room applications like kitchens and bathrooms! This collection features 3 beautiful colors to choose from, 3 large format sizes, and multiple decorative accents and trims are available for coordinating any project.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Finding The Right Unique Home Decor Accessories

Interior Designers
If you have no prior experience, simply contact a professional interior designer. With years of extensive industry experience, designers have the tools and expertise you seek. Not only do they stay abreast of all the latest market trends and changes, they can help you secure furniture and accessories at great prices. This is especially true if looking for captivating and compelling home decorating ideas on a budget. Many designers also network with local showroom galleries, along with retail furniture stores and outlets. These professionals also have the skills to effectively match your existing home decor. This includes selecting the right appliances, tables, desks, and even floral arrangements for your new or current home.
Home Decor Magazines
Another option is to check trade publications. This includes magazines, along with pamphlets and other industry related materials. These are great resources to find design and furnishing ideas. Furthermore, they can help you track down certain pieces and sets that may have evaded you in the past. The latter is a common issue that most home and office owners face. They always seem to find that perfect addition while on the go, and simply cannot remember which store it was available at. The best part of these publications is the tips and suggestions they offer. Whether adding new items or simply revamping existing themes, you can find a wealth of home decorating ideas within trade magazines and on the web.
Traditional or Contemporary Decor
Even with home decorating ideas on a budget, it is important to establish consistency throughout the home. According to industry experts, traditional homes fare better with traditional accessories. This is opposed to contemporary accessories, which work well in more modern and futuristic abodes. There are several aspects to consider when enhancing your unique home décor accessories. Consistency is not only essential; it establishes a nice flow between accessories and components. No matter your specific theme or scheme, there are a myriad of products and accessories available at cost-affordable prices. This includes classy scrollwork candleholders, which offer the perfect balance of light that will illuminate your corridors and entrance ways. Divine corner shelves are also heralded for their streamlined and centralized look, which is perfect for formal and even casual dining areas.
With so many unique home decor accessories available, now is the perfect time to beautify and enhance your home. From throw pillows and side tables to rugs and ornaments, outlets also offer below market prices on a variety of products and brands. All it takes is a little legwork and research to find the right styles and trends to achieve your desired results.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Make Your Home Organized With Trendy and Stylish Wall Hooks

Wall hooks are a solution to your needs when you want to put things at the right place. It serves as a dedicated place for hanging keys, home décor items, towels, kitchen essentials and a lot many things which lie all over the house otherwise. Wall hooks are no more the standard boring ones, but have taken on a complete fresh look and are designed in a unique and distinctive manner to add as a decoration to the walls.
Tips to pick the right hooks:
  • Hooks are available in many different designs and styles; pick the one that suits your décor.
  • The hooks should be able to take up the weight of the items that need to be hanged from it. Make sure the holders are weighted according to the requirements.
  • The hooks can be drilled, pasted or nailed to the walls. Check the construction of the wall before buying hooks. If the wall is sturdy enough, get the hooks drilled against the wall.
  • Hooks are crafted with a wide variety of materials ranging from plastic, metal, aluminum and wood, pick the one that will complement your décor.
  • Choose the wall hooks according to the rooms. Plastic hooks would be perfect for use in bath rooms and kitchen area. Metal hooks can be used in living room to place hats, coats and jackets of the guests coming home.
Order hooks online by searching from the vast range of hooks in various shapes, sizes and designs. So whether you want to fit it into your kitchen for hanging kitchen utensils, in the bathroom to hang towels, in the living room for keys or in the dressing room for hanging coats and blazers, it can come to use in any room of your house and also serve as a décor item simply hanged on the wall.
Wall hangers can be designed in a large variety of styles and patterns. The main thing to consider is to fix the wall hangers at places where it is not hard to reach and secondly where there is a need for arranging things. These hooks though very small in size can add so much utility to a space.
Hooks should be chosen according to the rooms too. The hooks perfect for kids room can be floral, cartoon or numerical in shape in bright colors. It will add vibrancy and color to their room. The kids can use it for hanging their school bags, toy bags, clothes etc. For the living room, you can buy wall hooks that match the décor of the house. For eg, you can go for a classy wooden bar hook that match the furniture color and style. For the dressing room, you can go for wall hooks that not only look stylish but also can accommodate enough space for all your stuff. Before fixing hanger on the wall, one should limit the weight so that it does not come out of the wall and makes a patch.
Wall hooks should be such that even if there is nothing hanging on it, the wall with hangers is good to look at. Therefore it is very essential to choose the ones that add beauty to your space all the more. Never ignore what a small addition can do to your house!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hunter Douglas PowerView™ Motorization

PowerView Motorization is a revolutionary new wireless system that automatically moves your shades throughout the day, so you don't have to.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Pro's and Cons of Various Residential Floor Coverings

The type of floor you have can affect how warm or cold you feel, your overall health, and even your ability to think on your feet. What's more, owners can instantly change the mood in certain rooms of their homes with different flooring. Here's a rundown of the most popular residential floor tiles and the best surface protection products to protect them during construction and remodeling.
1. Bamboo: Key feature: Made from the world's fastest-growing tree.
Pro: Durable; ideal for condos. "Green" material. Has antimicrobial properties. Generally good for home owners with allergies to man-made materials. Available in planks, strips, and tiles.
Con: Cannot be re-finished. Everything from tiny dust particles to high-heeled shoes can damage the surface.
Upkeep: Sweep regularly with soft broom. Entryway rugs can keep dust at bay. Protective pads on furniture limit dents. Clean up spills immediately to prevent stains. Install window shades to limit sun damage.
Surface protection: Protection made from breathable, natural textiles such as Surface Pro.
2. Linoleum: Key feature: Most popular is Marmoleum, a marbled pattern.
Pro: Naturally repels dust and dirt, ideal for home owners with respiratory disorders; durable, long-lasting, and low maintenance. Sheet goods, not tiles, are recommended.
Con: Difficult to install. Has to be heat-welded using equipment not readily available. Pricier than vinyl.
Upkeep: Wax once or twice for a superficial surface. Linseed oil in the linoleum oxidizes when installed, and the floor becomes more durable and lustrous. Wash with mildly soapy water.
Surface protection: Various surface protection products will work including floor protection films, textiles and paper based products such as Ram Board.
3. Cork: Key feature: Renewable, eco-friendly choice.
Pro: This durable flooring has become trendy for residences. Glue-down cork tiles are ideal since they maximize this flooring's ability to reduce sound and heat loss and retain softness. Naturally keeps mold and insects away; great for home owners with allergies or arthritis. Cost comparable to bamboo.
Con: Does not conduct heat well, and could expand in radiant heating.
Upkeep: Dust mop regularly.
Surface protection: Avoid floor films and choose textile based products such as Surface Liner Pro that will gently adhere to the cork and not leave a mark.
4. Wood: Key feature: Great dance floor.
Pro: Easier on your back than tile or stone. 3/4" allows for multiple refinishes. How a tree is cut determines the look of the grain.
Con: Not good for radiant heating systems. Maple is hard to stain; white oak is the most versatile. Cherry and walnut are among most popular. Elm, while hardy and long-lasting, is rare. Wider planks, which require fewer nails, are more susceptible to humidity.
Upkeep: Area rugs limit gouges and scratches. Buff before reapplying coats of polyurethane. Dust mop regularly.
Surface protection: Choose padded floor protections if the budget allows. Glue down floors must be breathable so Surface Liner Vapor or Surface Pro are recommended for padded protection or Ram Board for non-padded. Non glue-down wood floors can be protected by leak resistant floor protection such as Clean & Safe.
5. Carpet: Key feature: Classic, comfortable.
Pro: Wool variety is great for homes and feels wonderful underfoot. It also absorbs sounds, is easy to clean, and generally durable, as long as you buy quality good carpet and yarns.
Con: Avoid nylon varieties, which usually have a latex backing, which crumbles easily. Choice may not be environmentally friendly. Natural trap for dander, dirt, and dust particles. Tends to retain moisture, breeding ground for mold.
Upkeep: Steam-clean annually. Vacuum twice a week.
Surface protection: Short term adhesive carpet film is available for up to 45 days.
6. Ceramic Tiles: Key feature: Long-lasting.
Pro: Low-maintenance; ceramic holds up well in high-traffic areas. Great investment, lots of design options available. Most common, effective flooring for radiant heat systems.
Con: Not an ideal surface for home owners with arthritis. Hard to install. Can crack and chip easily. Sometimes feels cool to the touch.
Upkeep: While expensive, professional installation is highly recommended. Use mild cleanser to clean grout to retain mold-resistant sealant.
Surface protection: Various surface protection products will work including floor protection films, textiles and paper based products such as Ram Board.
7. Decorative Concrete: Key feature: Trendy, popular in condos.
Pro: Inexpensive, easy maintenance. Absorbs warmth of the sun in winter, reducing the need for heating, and keeps interiors cool in summer. Doesn't harbor dust mites; ideal for home owners with allergies or asthma. Long-lasting; never needs to be replaced.
Con: Hard on joints. Magnifies sound. Installation requires professional expertise, which can be costly.
Upkeep: Re-seal every two years. Clean with vinegar and water mix or a mild floor cleaner.
Surface protection: New concrete protection products include EZ Cover or Tuf-guard which provide impact protection and allow the concrete to cure.
8. Natural Stone: Key feature: Gorgeous.
Pro: Encompasses granite, marble, travertine, limestone, soapstone, and slate. Lasts for centuries. Great value and eco-friendly too. Stain-resistant. Expensive installation. Options include matte, shiny, and textured finishes.
Con: Tough on your joints. May need substantial subfloor. Marble absorbs dirt; slate and limestone collect it. Feels cool underfoot, which can make it an excellent choice in hot climates, but less so in cold weather.
Upkeep: Needs stain-resistant sealer. Avoid chlorine on marble.
Surface protection: Various surface protection products will work including floor protection films, textiles and paper based products such as Ram Board. Protects grout from stains as well.
9. Leather: Key feature: Luxurious look.
Pro: A home owner can install leather tiles; they go in just like linoleum. Smells wonderful, feels great, gains patina with age and wear. Great for sound insulation; doesn't conduct heat or cold.
Con: Don't install in a high foot traffic spot; they're best in extremely dry rooms such as bedrooms, dens, libraries, and even rec rooms with lots of sunlight. Expensive.
Upkeep: Some leather tiles are treated with wax and a water-resistant solution. However, any mistake is costly, so a professional may be ultimately cheaper.
Surface protection: Choose padded textile floor protection such as Surface Pro or Surface Liner vapor to allow the leather to breathe.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top 5 Stylish Corner Sofa Options For the Modern Home

The corner is an essential element in the interior design of the modern home. For most homes, it provides for a perfect opportunity to achieve the desired design theme and character without having to sacrifice functionality and efficient use of available home space. Corner sofa is an ideal element in your lounge area as it provides ample seating space. It can also double as a sleeping area during those occasions where guests are staying in your home for the night.
The main concern for most homeowners is the proper selection that is perfect for your home. There are different styles that you can consider, and it is essential that you pound the pavement and check out available options. You have to take into account the color, texture, material, size and shape. The following are the top choices when it comes to stylish corner sofa for you modern home.
1. Leather
The leather corner sofa is one of the most popular choices of homeowners. While it is a relatively larger piece of furniture, its configuration allows for efficient utilization of available home space. This type is longer on both sides, although most designs have one side that is longer than the other. Its backend is usually at mid-height level. This provides maximum comfort for guests, regardless of size. The side of leather corner sofa is backless and is specially configured as a full-length lounge seat.
2. Small
This furniture option is ideal for homes with contemporary design. This is the logical alternative to larger corner sofa for homes with limited space. It comes with contemporary design but is scaled down to smaller sizes to match the available space in most mid-sized homes. It is used as a 3-seater furniture, although it does not have a traditional shape.. The color options usually match those of homes with contemporary designs.
3. Alternative Undersized
This is another version of the small corner sofa, with several variations that make it distinct from the traditional. The main distinction of this type is the core material used. A popular material for this type of is wicker, and these are usually intended for homes that adopt a rustic theme in their overall design.
Another distinct characteristic is that it is usually combined with a chair and foot stool to form a complete furniture set. This is also used in homes in order to create a perky and young atmosphere and is perfect for small apartments and homes with limited space.
4. Brusque
This is the type of corner sofa that you have to go for if you are making a clear statement of masculinity in the elements of your interior design. This is the popular pick for homeowners who want to inject youth and vibrancy in their home furnishing style. It normally comes with black core materials and takes on a non-traditional shape. The general design of this type of corner sofa is predominantly sexy and is most appropriate for active and outgoing bachelors. This is the top favorite of homeowners who have the fixation for artsy and chic home design themes.
5. Fainting Lounge
If you are looking for a corner sofa that is really unique, then you best bet is the fainting lounge corner sofa. This is the perfect pick if you want to highlight the feminine character in your home interior design. In fact, it takes the theme of traditional chaise lounge or fainting couch. The design highlights include round and curvy edges. This type of sofa does not feature a lounge area, which is a distinct feature of a conventional sofa.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Why It Makes Sense to Reupholster a Leather Chair

When considering a chair to reupholster there are a few things you should consider to see if the project will make sense for you to tackle and does the chair fit with your planned design.
Chair Frame
-This is the first thing you need to look other words do you like the style and shape of the frame? You should have a a design in mind for the room of your house so make sure the frame style if it's traditional will fit your design.
-Look for quality structure in the frame...if there are loose screws or bolts it is important to see if they can be tightened or replaced before you start the reupholstry process or else you will spend too much time on a chair that will be wobbly or damaged.
-Since most chairs that are candidates to be reupholstered are older or worn chairs you should budget for replacing the foam that will go underneath your leather as this will be the key to a comfortable seat. make sure you look for a firm foam in the seat as it will gradually lose some firmness over time.
Picking Your Leather
-Make sure the leather you pick is easy for you to work with...a softer leather is easier for you to upholster the chair but if you want a harder leather then consider finding a professional to do the work for you.
-When getting quotes for the amount of leather you need you should budget for 25% waste if you are planning to do the job yourself and haven't done much upholstry before. The main piece of leather you look for should be free from blemishes and be used for the part of the chair that you will see the most. A professional will be able to assist you on how the leather would look best on your chair
T-ake the chair with you since a person who does upholstry for a living will want to see the project and will give you a better idea on pricing. they also are likely to have great suggestions on sourcing leather.
Do It Yourself or Hire an Expert
-Many local community colleges and high schools offer continuing education for adults where you can get hands on training on how to reupholster furniture which is a cheap way to test out your skills and patience to handle this type of project.
-When getting quotes for a professional upholstery job it makes sense to ask for a total price, delivery time, and if there are any cash discounts.
-Consider getting a couple different quotes so you can compare what people offer in the upholstry project such as...foam type, staples used, upcharge for seat cushion zipper, warranty on work, delivery time etc

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Quick Guide to Upholstery Fabric

For anyone and everyone looking to decorate or restyle a home, the choice of furniture used plays an important part in setting the tone and feel for a room as well as fulfilling a very functional role. With upholstery fabric being an integral part of many pieces of furniture, it is therefore wise to give you choice of material considerable thought as well.
Upholstery fabric comprises everything from the material covering the item of furniture and the cushions to the stuffing inside. As you can imagine, all of these different types of fabric for upholstery each have their own qualities that make them suited for their individual purpose.
Upholstery fabric is important in several ways; first and foremost, it determines how an item of furniture looks and feels. A certain type of stuffing can provide a softer place to sit, whereas a firmer type of fabric may be more suited to your tastes and your needs. Similarly, the covering of a large piece of furniture can improve the look of the room by either blending in or standing out.
As well as the look and feel of a piece of furniture, your choice of upholstery fabric plays and important role in determining how much use an item can bear before looking worn and tatty. With various types of fabric for upholstery being more durable and resistant than others, it is important to be informed about the different attributes of the materials available on the market.
Plant fibres are often used to manufacture upholstery fabric. A popular choice is cotton, which can be made into a range of fabrics from denim and canvas to chintz and toile. The latter are more delicate in nature, meaning that although they can be attractive in appearance, they are less hard-wearing and damage more easily.
On the other hand, many synthetic fibres are used to manufacture durable and attractive fabric for upholstery when combined with the natural fibres mentioned previously. Examples of these kinds of upholstery fabric include nylon, rayon, acrylics and polyester. Nylon has a tendency to fade in sunlight, making it better suited to shaded positions.
A popular option for both look and feel is animal hide such as tanned leathers. This can be an excellent choice for a distinctive and stylish look as well as for an item of furniture that is destined to undergo heavy use. However, leather does gain a 'worn' look with use, which may be desirable or undesirable depending on the taste of the homeowner.
As an alternative option to leather, vinyl is often used. This choice of upholstery fabric has a similar look to animal hide, although it is often less durable and does not earn the same 'well-used' look of leather with frequent usage. It can be, however, a more budget-friendly option.
Finally, animal fibres such as silk can be used as fabric for upholstery. These are often very delicate in nature, and should be used with caution. However, they can often provide a touch of luxury for an item of furniture that is mostly decorative. Silk can also be used for cushions, which will receive less use but still give an elegant accent to an item of furniture.
When choosing an piece of furniture, or updating an old one, you will need to consider how each fabric for upholstery feels, looks and contributes to the item it is covering and to the room as a whole.
With certain types of upholstery fabric being more resistant than others, it is definitely worth considering how much use each item of furniture will receive during the course of its life, as well as whether you like to change upholstery styles often or infrequently. For the former, feel free to indulge in delicate fabrics, but for the latter, harder-wearing material may be the best choice.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Window Treatment Do's & Don'ts

Learn the do's and don'ts of window treatments from interior designer Blanche Garcia in this Howcast video.

So window treatments are literally the windows to the soul, in your home at least. So when you're thinking about your window treatments some factors are material, and also the type of style that you want to use. Material is, is that, let's say it gets really cold in your house and you want the window treatment to add, as kind of a barrier between the outside elements and inside.

So you want to stick to materials that are like velvet's, maybe cottons, a brocade, nubby materials that really add warmth not only visually, but also insulation-wise. If you're not worried about that, and you have newer windows, and you want it light and airy, then maybe you go for the silks or you go for synthetic silks that aren't real silks.

Because silk is really hard to maintain. If you get it wet, it stains and it's really temperamental. So sometimes the faux silks are really great and they have a really nice hand to them. Texture, pay attention to that. Style is really important, so if you have an elongated window treatment from ceiling to floor it makes the eye look up and it makes your ceilings appear taller.

But if you want something that just keeps it out of the way, like in a kitchen over a table and you don't want a lot of material when there's food around, make sure that you have, like maybe like a Roman shade or blind that kind of goes down just to the base of the window sill. Also be aware of your patterns, so a big bold pattern can make a room feel larger in a sense.

A nice little tight-knit pattern is really pretty, and it just fades away to the back. Windows treatments throughout history have been known to really add, the added touch at the end of the decor of your space. Make sure to pay attention to it, because it can really change the way, not only a room feels, but also the way a room looks.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Top 10 Must Have Home Decor

Home decoration concept is revolutionizing! The beauty of home may be accentuated with pretty add-ons. Your preferences plays vital role in choosing home decorator collection for your house, the practical approach is always to look out for the living space available and how you would like to make use of it. Space in your home should need to be taken into account while selecting décor. Use the available space wisely and creatively...With a modest amount of creative imagination and novelty it is possible to completely change the look and feel of your house. Just a little deviation from common colorings and textured walls bring amazing changes to interiors. This could also allow you to show off your spirits geared up to any special occasion.
As soon as you've selected a design and style, home decorating stores, traditional outlets or local flea markets will be a fantastic starting point for home decoration items. Home decoration stores are flooded with variety of high end house hold goods. With the ease of internet, everything you need to do is to browse through a number of products offered and pick one which suits your needs. In the following paragraphs we will discover the top ten home decor:
1. Photoframes - Everyone wants to keep their most memorable moment's picture clicked and adorned in a beautiful picture frame. Hunt for exclusive photo frames with beveled glass, unconventional patterns, or clay fruity one for kid's room.
2. Flower vase - This can be very important part of your drawing room or living room or even terracotta vase for the garden.
3. Wall clocks - Wall clocks do more than telling time to your décor. Pendulum clock and Cuckoo watches gives antique feel to the room.
4. Wall hangings - Wide range of wall hangings, made of natural fiber- jute; rugs or wall carpets to quilts to tapestry wall hangings and wooden quotation planks.
5. Metal figurines - Brass or white metal idols of gods, statue of Venus too are nice decorative items.
6. Religious symbols - Spiritual symbols owe due reverence. Om and Swastik are the common hangings.
7. Decorative mirrors - Jumbo mughal painting mirror gives traditional Indian touch to your dressing room.
8. Lighting fixtures - Lights are vital in decoration. It may hide flaws or highlight them if not used aesthetically.
9. Carpet and Rugs - Colorful silk wall carpets or a neutral color rug increase the beauty of wall.
10. Furnishings - Furniture need not necessarily be of wood...Against this trend now get a wrought iron, pipe, cane furniture to save space.
Many home decorating stores or home décor boutiques have mushroomed across the country and qualified interior decorator there readily assist you in turning your abode into a godly place. They understand mechanics of designing, thus are of great help.

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