Check out the Palette Cam app to help you with those difficult color selections.
Palette Cam is an easy to use resource that will help you focus on the core colors to decorate around. Just upload any picture and use the color picker to create as simple or as complex a decor palette as you would like.
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Stepping away from the interior design world for a moment, consider downloading the app "Glose" if you are a reader.
Glose is a site where you can engage with great books and readers. They want to offer you the greatest reading experience. One where reading is made more delightful, efficient, and exciting.
Here is how it works:
Download their award-winning app to read anytime, anywhere.
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We often get the urge to spring clean each year. If you have custom drapery that needs dry cleaned, expect to pay $1-$5 per foot or per pleat. To have your furniture upholstery cleaned, the average cost for a loveseat is $50, $200 for a large couch, $224-$448 for a sectional. Carpet cleaning runs from $.28-$.35 cents per square foot. Prices vary per location. Companies may have minimum charges. Luckily now we can read a company's review before hiring them. If you are ready for a complete make-over, we can help you at Dreamland Interiors with your new window treatments, floor covering, or new furniture selections or even reupholstering.
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I found another useful gadget. This one makes the use of those large laundry detergent bottles easier to handle. This gadget is sold on Amazon for $9.95. The ad reads:
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Do some measuring before you leave the house to go shopping for end tables and a coffee table. End tables should be 1 to 2 inches lower than the chair or sofa arm. The proper height for a coffee table is the same height as the sofa cushions or no more than 1-2 inches lower than the cushion. The coffee table should be 2/3 the length of the sofa measuring from arm edge to arm edge. There should 12-18 inches from the table to the seating around the coffee table.
When purchasing a piece of furniture, measure the opening the piece will be brought through and make sure the piece will fit through the door, elevator, etc. If your piece is too wide for the opening, you may be able to get the piece through at an angle. Measure the diagonal depth of the piece which needs to be smaller than the opening.
When remodeling a room that involves plumbing, try to keep the plumbing in the same spot because it is expensive to move vent stacks or pipes in the wall.
When making your own throw pillows, make your pillow forms from a down and feather mixture.
Can lighting is popular but don't solely rely on it if you are trying to create a pleasing atmosphere. Can lighting is known to throw unattractive shadows across your guests' faces. Also use some large lamps of at least 30" in height for the perfect effect.
For a cozy seating area, move furniture away from the wall.
If a room isn't feeling balanced and comfortable, remove pieces. Add accent pieces one at a time until you see things coming together properly. It is better to have less in a room than too much.
If trying to match up a rug or sofa and do not have a fabric swatch, find a paint sample closest to the fabric color to use when shopping.
Hope you find these tips helpful.
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If you have had squirrels or raccoons around your home, there is a chance that they could find a way into your home. You would be wise to take precautions. Trim tree limbs growing close to the house, secure loose shingles, seal holes in soffits with heavy wire mesh. Have a contractor install a mesh chimney cap and cap soil stacks. Seal all holes. Keep pet food indoors. If squirrels nest in your attic, turn up the volume on an obnoxious radio or tv show. They hate loud noises. Scrub down surfaces with ammonia and scatter mothballs where you see evidence of rodent habitation. To deter raccoons, place ammonia-soaked newspapers at the bottom of garbage cans and cayenne on top of the garbage. Some people even tie down the lid of the can with a rope or bungy cord. Consult your state Department of Natural Resources for rules to trap and release wildlife. A good source to use when dealing with these types of critters is the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management at www.icwdm.org.
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When rearranging furniture in a room, place the most comfortable and best seat in the best location and place the rest of furniture from that point.
If you paint a room white, be sure to decorate the walls with art.
The perfect view height for a piece of art is 63" above the floor.
A mirror should be hung 7" above a mantel.
Do not use colored sheers in your home.
When choosing a paint color for the ceiling, mix the trim color with 50% white for the perfect shade.
When placing a bench at the foot of the bed, it should be no less than 2" shorter than the width of the mattress.
Instead of installing a towel bar, mount 5 hooks for towels and robes 68" distance from the floor.
Do not hang a mirror between two windows. It distracts from the view.
Rooms need art more than mirrors.
Do not hang a scone light above a bathroom mirror. Scones flanking either side of a mirror project more flattering and realistic light.
Light switches should be 36" above the floor and 2" from the door casing so as not to infer with wall art.
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We have heard from our mothers that we should fill a pot with cold tap water for cooking. There's a reason your mother told you to fill the pasta pot with cold water. Hot water can leach lead out of pipes and "there's a possibility that lead is somewhere along the plumbing circuit in any home," says Michael Shannon, M.D., pediatric doctor at Harvard Medical School. According to the EPA, houses built before 1986 are the most likely to have lead pipes, fixtures, fittings, and solder. But even plumbing legally considered lead-free may contain up to 8 percent lead. While copper pipes replaced lead ones decades ago, fusing pipes with lead was legal until 1991. So it is smart and cautious to use cold water in cooking. We would be wise to have our water tested periodically by a certified laboratory. Visit www.realsimple.com/watertesting for information about home test kits.
Source: Real Simple Magazine, April 2007.
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I was emptying the dishwasher and noticed that my silverware, especially my spoons, looked dull and stained. I wet a magic sponge and wiped down my clean silverware and viola they were shiny again. It was a very easy fix. I thought I would share this easy solution with you.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. With more heater use and wood fires in the fireplace, it is especially important during winter to make sure those smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Use the test button on each device, and change batteries as needed.
Protect pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can burst, leading to costly repairs. Insulate any exposed outdoor pipes. And if you’re planning to be away from home, ask a friend or neighbor to turn on your water to a trickle. Locate your home’s water shut-off valve so you can cut off the water quickly if a pipe does burst — and be sure to show your house sitter where it is.
If you do nothing else in fall to get ready for winter, clean your gutters. Take steps to prevent ice dams. Ice dams are areas of built-up ice that can accumulate around your roof line, causing leaks when the backed-up snow behind them begins to melt. Remove snow after each storm.
If your windows and doors are set flush with your home's facade, and there are no large roof overhangs to keep rain away, then you will be depending on proper installation and caulk to keep the water out. Proper installation depends a lot on the type of window and siding, but generally it includes head flashing that directs any water that gets behind the siding around the window, and weep holes at the bottom of the window wherever water could be trapped. The type of caulk you use will depend on whether it will need to be painted and what materials it will need to bond to, but a few tips are universal. Remove old caulk that is not well bonded and make sure the surface is clean and dry before caulking.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.