New Year is just around the corner and to welcome and celebrate the event; people in Pakistan make special kinds of preparations, the most important of which is buying the cards and New Year related gifts. As the event involves special kinds of get together including lunch, dinner and BBQ invitations; therefore, people are much concerned about the interior of their houses.
This is the reason that decorating a house interior is also considered as one of the most important preparations so that a house could become more welcoming and presentable for guests. Usually, people prefer to refresh their house interior on the eve of New Year so that it maintains a new look.
Starting a house decoration just two-three days before the event arrives, could also become a stress causing task but here are some quick and simple DIY techniques which can help you decorate your house without investing too much of your time and money. If you want a more professional work, then there is no better option than hiring a modern interior designer in Pakistan.
Here are some simple DIY techniques which can
I love attending the annual Harvest of Homes in my city each year. I get a chance to not only hear the docents talk about the history of these homes but also see some inspiring renovations and decor. Truth be told, it also satisfies some deep voyeuristic tendency many of us have to want to see how others live. Not surprisingly, these older homes, either restored to some semblance of their early grandeur or cleverly modernized, elicit many favorable comments.
Occasionally, however, I’ve heard some grumbling. This year someone mentioned that a house they’d just come from viewing had stairs too narrow for two people to pass going up and down. Perhaps it was a deficit for home tour-goers, but most households, I’m willing to bet, don’t require double-wide passage under normal circumstances. It made me curious whether they expected a Gone with the Wind staircase in each of these homes.
Home or art gallery?
Of the six houses on this year’s tour, three truly impressed me. I was caught by surprise when an attendee remarked in one of those homes that there was
The American kitchen has doubled in size over the last three decades, growing to an average of 300 square feet. These days, the kitchen is not only where we cook, but where we entertain, where the kids do homework, the family business happens, and more. New construction homes are designed with the kitchen at the center of the house, as the social hub. The growth in kitchen size, then, seems a natural by-product of this cultural shift. Many homes built before the 1980’s, however — and certainly older, historic homes — have much smaller kitchens than their modern counterparts. That makes using space efficiently of paramount importance. No one, these days, wants to hang out in a cramped kitchen. So, if you areremodeling a small kitchen, use some of these creative ideas to keep it feeling larger and more inviting.
1. Minimize upper cabinets
If you do a good job maximizing space in your base cabinets, you can minimize your upper cabinets, or use open shelving instead. The smaller profile of open shelves will make the space feel lighter and more airy, while at the same time,
My parents grew up in the Depression era. Perhaps to distance themselves from the scarcity of their childhood or simply to take full advantage of their post-WWII prosperity, they always purchased new construction homes and replaced their cars every two or three years with the latest models.
Unlike their own parents, mine had no need to be frugal and reuse or mend things. Their motto was, “If it’s broken, buy a new one.” And if the repairs needed were minimal, or if no repairs were needed at all, they gave stuff away instead of keeping things around that they didn’t want anymore. But they never just threw things away. Their castoff household items always went to people who could make good use of them.
Reviving second-hand furniture
Since my parents always bought things brand new, I didn’t hear about thrift stores or yard sales until I left the nest. But during the early years of my marriage I learned from a young woman who lived in the apartment above us what a great resource second-hand shops and yard sales could be. She had a knack for finding old furniture — literally on its last legs
Owning, remodeling, and maintaining a home can eat up more than a third of your income each month, so when it comes time to furnish your home and replace appliances, your budget might be stretched a little thin.
Of course, you could sit tight until the next big holiday sales for furniture to score a deal on a couch. If you have the patience before replacing your busted stove, you could eat take-out until November when appliances go on clearance.
But sometimes you just can’t wait. The following shopping tips can help you save big on furniture and appliances at any time of the year.
9 tips for buying furniture and appliances on the cheap
- Search online for coupons and promo codes. There are numerous sites devoted to coupon clippers, and they are not all for groceries and personal care items. Websites such as Groupon.com, Coupons.com, and RetailMeNot.com list coupons by retail chain and by categories such as furniture and appliances. Offers include discounts off the purchase price, free shipping deals, and rebates. Some coupons may not expire for weeks or months, giving you ample time to investigate which products you want to buy.
Families that enjoy a cookout tend to spend more time in the kitchen than others. Nevertheless, just about everyone desires to own a dream kitchen that is custom-made to suit their requirements. Investing in a fitted kitchen allows you to integrate your dreams with the space in hand. After all, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms that make a house complete, and properly planning out the delegated space should be done using utmost care.
A fitted kitchen is essentially one that incorporates storage spaces, appliances, and other furniture into the layout of the kitchen. Being custom-made, each piece of furniture blends and merges with not just one another but also with the walls of the room as well, emphasizing a blended look. Given below are the pointers you should bear in mind when opting for a fitted kitchen.
Ensure you measure up the floor space you have in hand before you meet the sales rep for your fitted kitchen. Having a basic idea of the layout will help you with the designing of your kitchen. Make a note of the ceiling to floor distance as well as the actual floor distance.
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The bedroom is considered to be one place where you can escape from the rest of the world, like a personal sanctuary which gives a peaceful and cozy feel. So, it is very important to decorate it with a lot of care. Your budget and preference of design and style are fundamental concepts to be considered for the furniture. If you are looking for a clean, streamlined, and contemporary look for the room, then a modern bedroom is the perfect choice. The furniture for the same would be all about minimalism and simplicity.
When one thinks of this style, the first few things that come to mind are majestic leather-covered beds, curved shelving, geometric-shaped dressers, neutral colors, etc. The key is in keeping it simple and clean with very few knick knacks or unnecessary clutter. Most people shy away from this style, as they feel it is cold and mechanical. While it is true that it does not have the warmth of the English Country style furniture, it is also not like you are walking on the set of the Jetsons. What this style is really about are streamlined designs, so that there is minimum fuss and a simpler
Maybe you’re selling your house, just bought one, or noticed that the once watertight roof and the peace of mind over your head has sprung a leak. For one reason or another it’s time to bite the bullet and hire a roofing contractor.
Things you should know when talking about a new roof
Like any specialized trade, roofing contractors have their own lingo. With a little research you can learn the basics and be better prepared to keep up with the conversation when it comes time to talk about material choices and pricing.
Most likely the first person you will deal with when you are looking to hire a roofing contractor is the company’s estimator. Estimating a roof job is part art and part mathematics. Roofers usually talk about squares. A square, in roofing parlance, is ten feet by ten feet, or one hundred square feet. Once the square footage and the number of squares is determined, the next step is to figure out the complexity of the new roof. Are there hips and gables, steep pitches, tough access issues, layers of old shingles that have to be removed? Does the sheathing need to be
Kids have their own little world, and bridging the gap between their imagination and the real world is a tough challenge. You may face such situation every now and then and selecting children’s bedroom furniture is one of such condition. The parent Focus on safety, health and practical aspect of the kid’s furniture, while little one prefer items that please their eyes and gel well with their fantasy world. Thanks to the modern furniture world, now it has become easier to bridge the gap between kid’s expectation and parent’s approach. There are many furniture stores that exclusively design beds for the tots and teenagers. Designing the interior of kid’s room is exciting as well as challenging. The more you explore the furniture world. Better ideas you will get. There are many online stores that offer full assistance in selecting a right bed set and other products. They even let you get the exact look of the room with its 3-d design facility. The bed is important furniture of the bedroom it has to be comfortable in design and practical, so that it can be used for a few years, durable and safe. The bedroom is a place where
With Valentine’s Day approaching quite fast, your bedroom maybe end up being the place where all the festivities take place. With that said, its current state may not be in its most romantic mode. Fear not, there are many ways that you can turn an ordinary bedroom, into one that is romantic whether it happens in time for this Valentine’s Day or the ones that follow – that’s a different question.
When designing or redesigning your modern bedroom, focus of the contemporary furniture pieces that you put in there, lighting, colors, textures and of course don’t forget to tastefully accessorize. Here are some inspirations to guide you…
With Plaza Modern Poster Bed by Cattelan Italia (Noir Collection) as the focal point, this modern bedroom features a chocolate colored accent wall and a splash of color in the form of wall art.
Informal and inviting, this modern bedroom is focused more on the finishes and less on colors. Using a modern poster bed from Armani Casa collection, this room is full of cozy décor elements.
Interior incorporates rich gold accents with romantic purples and fuschia colors. The William Modern
Bedroom as luxurious as that of the affluent and celebraties people? Now, this is forget about a dream! We bring you some helpful tips to obtain a grand look for your bedroom. You have to look into each and every minute details of your bedroom to obtain a luxury bedroom décor. Almost everything that is a part of the area, right from the wall paint, furniture and lampshades to floor, curtains and carpet, needs to be considered while planning a luxury bedroom décor.
Produce a luxury bedroom design. It can be inspired by a color, an item of art, fabric or a unique architectural feature. Your design may be driven by a specific style, for example feng shui, modern or Moroccan.
Start from the bottom up by using new flooring. A hardwood floor is durable and automatically constitutes a room seem more luxurious. If you like carpet, put in quality carpet from permanent. Make sure the carpet color and style will match the finished room’s colors and theme. If new floors aren’t in the budget, give new life for an old wood floor with it restained, or steam clean your old carpet.
Paint the walls. Choose colors that fit your taste
The winter months can take a costly toll on your home. Rather than spending the time, energy, and money to fix a major problem, you can do your best to avoid them with a little preparation:
Pipes exposed to freezing temperatures run the risk of freezing themselves and then breaking apart. It can be a costly disaster. Make sure your pipes, particularly exposed ones in the basement, attic, or garage, are protected from freezing air drafts. If necessary, your pipes can be fitted with insulation.
Insulate doors and windows
Keeping cold air out and warm air in during the winter isn’t just a recipe for ultimate coziness – it’s also cost-effective. Insulating your doors and windows and sealing any trouble spots will help ensure you stay safe from the cold and keeps your furnace from working overtime.
Mitigate the damage
Familiarize yourself with any disasters-waiting-to-happen in your home. This means doing a careful check of everything from your front door to your chimney (which you’ve had inspected this year, right?). Create an annual list of winter chores as you go around the house – you’ll thank yourself next year when
Taking on home renovations is a big decision. It’s a great investment, but it also requires a lot of money and a lot of work. If DIY is not your style you may hire a contractor to oversee the project, but how do you know who to trust?
Your home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make and it’s where you lay your head at night, so you want to hire a reliable contractor who can get the job done on time and within your budget. However, with the marketplace flooded with so called experts, how can you tell the professionals from the crooks?
Here are six things to keep in mind when hiring a contractor:
Make sure they are licensed
The last thing you want to do is hand over a check to someone who’s not licensed. All professional contractors should be registered. Feel free to ask for copies of a license and certificate of insurance.
Do a background check
Before entering into an agreement with anyone — especially when it involves your home and your money — do a background check to
Design trends come and go, but some have been sticking around for a while. Somebody has to say it, so here goes: some home designs really need to disappear. Here are some of the most overdone home trends that have us rolling our eyes.
All white everything
Sure, it would be nice to live on a fluffy cloud. But here in the real world, those white sofas are blinding, the matching furniture is boring and those pristine floors don’t stand a chance against the dirt and dust of life. Come back down to earth with pops of color — a navy floor rug, a few striped pillows and unique patterned curtains are a great start.
Seeing the word “EAT” spelled out in the kitchen and the word “BATH” spelled out in the bathroom seems like overkill. Large letter signage is only a good idea if you are trying to get attention from a mile away; that’s why we have neon. Replace those big letters with something more personal. Just not with…
Granted, this works very well as a small kitchen accent or a child’s wall. Beyond that, the
Professional organizer Kat Reichmuth founded, owns, and operates The Simplified Life, a complete home organization service in Burlingame, Calif., that solves clients’ clutter problems. In the six years she’s been in business she’s organized bedroom closets large and small, in mansions and in mobile homes. Her philosophy about creating storage is simple:
“The moment you pare down your stuff to what you actually use in an average week or month is the moment you realize you don’t need much in the way of corralling it.”
She puts it this way on her website: “Have you ever had the chance to live in or at least look inside a house built in the 1950s or before? Did you notice the small closets?…In this age of McMansions, walk-in closets, and storage spaces to keep all the stuff you have but don’t use, wouldn’t it be nice to derive joy from every single item you own?”
Use it or lose it: storage problem solved?
Kat’s first line of attack on bedroom clutter is to help clients decide what stays and what goes. Once the bedroom closet has been cleaned out, she works with them to find storage
Painting an open plan, two-story house can pose all sorts of difficulties. Just picking paint colors can be enough to test the patience and sanity of emotionally stronger individuals than myself. I blogged about the challenges I had choosing paint colors two years ago.
As if that wasn’t enough reason to leave the rest of the walls the uninspiring shade of builder’s white the whole house was painted when I bought it, I have been thinking lately about the day when I will put my home on the market – meaning, it’s time to finish the paint job I started and cover some of the personalized colors I chose then as well as the poor-quality paint the builder used. How poor is the original paint? Well, I once tried to wipe a mark off the wall, and the paint came with it – right down to the drywall. In other words, new paint was inevitable.
It’s just a matter of choosing some nice neutrals that go with the colors I’d like to keep on the walls while I still live here. I was once pretty happy with the few colors I’d chosen and painted on the
A few months ago I picked up a cute little mid-century cabinet/end table for $15 at a secondhand furniture store. The cabinet was in such good shape that I was aghast when a friend of mine suggested a coat of gray paint would take it from mid-century modern to uber-contemporary.
Why would I do that? I am wallowing with delight in all of my mid-century Danish modern furniture finds. Who would put paint on those sleek walnut and teak veneers? It would defeat the whole point, wouldn’t it?
The years, however, have not been as kind to the 60-plus-year-old wall unit next to it. In its heyday this iconic piece could have graced Don Draper’s penthouse.
Though incredibly practical with a built in secretary desk slash bar, cabinet, shelves, and room for my smallish, flat screen TV, it’s a bit saggy, and the veneer is all dried out from lack of proper care during the decades before I bought it. Staying beautiful after 60 requires upkeep. Tell me about it.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time nor the energy to lemon-oil this massive piece of furniture daily, and
Painting or staining a deck can be a straight-forward, DIY home improvement project. Before you get to work with your brush and bucket, however, you’ll need to decide which exterior finish is right for your deck. A semi-transparent stain, which can highlight the natural grain pattern in wood, might be the right choice for a slick new redwood deck; on the other hand, a fresh coat of acrylic paint is probably the better choice for breathing new life into an old wood deck that has turned weathered gray. Whether you decide on paint or stain, be sure to apply it during good weather, and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions.
How to paint a deck
- Before applying a new coat of paint to your deck, you should scrape off any old paint that is flaking, peeling, or bubbling. After scraping the old paint, use a medium-grit sandpaper to feather the edges of the scraped area.
- If your deck is new and has never been painted, then you can simply sand the raw wood with some 120-grit paper, after which you should vacuum the deck to remove any saw dust or debris. Although some brands of premium paint
Choosing the right exterior color can make a huge difference when you paint your house for resale. The paint store brochures show different combinations of exterior paint colors. But keep in mind those color combinations actually include three colors, not just two. The additional color will add definition to the architectural details and your house will have a more finished look.
How you paint your home makes a big difference in its saleability. An appropriate color for the area and house will translate into prospective buyers wanting to see the inside. Make a mistake with the outside and you’ll turn off prospects.
In picking exterior colors consider the other homes on your street and in your neighborhood. If the house is on a wooded lot or has extensive landscaping, than earth tones would be appropriate. The color choice should take into consideration the stone or brickwork on the house and the roof color. Additionally, the home style can help dictate a direction. Colonial homes look good with white or beige, while ranch homes could be more appealing using muted shades. A muted shade – generally a color that required two words to describe like “cream yellow” vs. yellow.