If your house was built in the 70's, you may have those awful popcorn ceilings. They are a huge mess to replace when you go the scraping route. Consider installing Polystyrene tiles that come in various sizes (2'x2', 2'x4', 20"x20", and 18"x24"). They can be glued up or installed as a drop ceiling. Talissa Decor offers tiles in an assortment of materials, styles, and colors. Some of their glue on tiles are as inexpensive as $2.99 a piece.
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Read the following article on the current trends in countertop surfaces provided on the Home Innovation Research Labs Website explaining why quartz is on the rise.
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The number one complaint that homeowners have concerning their kitchens is cluttered kitchen counters. A new kitchen design could remedy some of the clutter if special cabinet areas are planned, such as pull-out waste basket, pull-out recycling basket, cookie sheet/tray organizer, revolving corner cabinet, drawer organizers, pull-out knife block, appliance garage or appliance cabinet, deep drawers for small appliances, pull out smaller baskets. It is so much easier to keep a clean house, a clean kitchen when you have the room to find a proper place for each item.
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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Tidy Cup Laundry Detergent Gadget
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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Useful Drain Gadget
I saw this romantic mantel display for Valentine's Day on the Craftberry Bush site. They even have a tutorial on how to place your pieces just right. This same concept could be arranged on a buffet or dresser. XOXO
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Designer Notes 101
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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Should You Carpet A Staircase?
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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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.