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Category Archives: Home Improvement

Kitchen Wall Tile

Wall tiles have been around for centuries but with today’s technology there are so many more options available that were not around just a decade ago. To achieve this you will have to let your imagination run wild. Your only limitations are your own creativity.

Kitchen wall tile is fast becoming the standard rather than a luxury in kitchen remodels or upgrades. Some of the materials that are available are ceramic, porcelain, mosaic glass, stainless steel, metal and natural stone.

Ceramic and porcelain are the most popular. The tile is dense and strong, also easy to clean, long lasting, and does not absorb odor, water, heat or carry allergens. They are man made and more flexible in the tile design. You can find an overwhelming array of colors and arrangements.

Kitchen wall tile can stand up better then paint. It is an easy clean up for splatters and drips. It also holds up well to the necessary cleanup that occurs every day. Some tiles are painted, glazed and fired. This means that the colors and glazes are sealed permanently so it won’t fade or wash away.

You can tile an entire wall or design a mural, backsplash or photo as a focal point of your kitchen. Make sure when you choose your design and colors that it blends nicely with your countertops, counters and other decorations.

A backsplash is small so the expense is insignificant to the visual impact you will achieve. It can turn your modest kitchen into a masterpiece. Tile photo murals are photos that are reproduced on your tiles. Then they are assembled like a puzzle.

The shape and size of the wall tile is another option to consider. For flat areas larger tiles result in an orderly appearance. For small or curved areas mosaic tiles should be a good choice for their flexibility. Before you install the wall tile, the most important job is preparing the wall. If you do not prepare the wall properly your tiles could warp and look uneven.

During my research I found an abundance of designs available. To name a few there were animals, birds, landscapes, sea life, plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables and wine. I chose a lovely ceramic backsplash of vibrant colored wine bottles. I have not regretted the choice for even one minute. It coordinates with my decor, but is the main focal point when you enter my kitchen. Everyone who visits me this immediately captures their attention.


Window Treatments Decor Ideas

Let the (Partial) Sun Shine In

Often we want to enjoy the sun streaming into our home or the view of the trees outside our window but we still want the privacy of a covered window. The solution is installing shades with the top down/bottom up feature.

Simply put, they can be lifted from the bottom to give a view of the outside world but still allowing the lower half of the window to be covered. When privacy is not a concern, they can be used as traditional horizontal blinds.

Top Down / Bottom Up Shades

I recommend these for your office or media room because they will minimize the glare on your computer or television while maintaining a well lit room.

Do not underestimate the damage sun can do to your home and furnishings. Window film can also be used to control the harmful UV rays that will fade your flooring, furniture and artwork.

This coating placed directly on the window panes will block out the heat and deflect glare while allowing sunlight to safely come through the window. You can purchase do it yourself kits or have it professional done.

Clothes For Your Windows

Now it is time to think about the fun layer of window dressing. A room looks complete when you add great treatments. What is the style of your room? What will it look like from the outside? Do you want them stationary or functional?


Panels are as popular now as when your mother was decorating her home. The difference is the variety in headers.

* Grommets create a modern vibe. The panel has metal rings along the top that threads on to your rod. They look best when used in areas they can remain stationary.

* Pinch pleats are strong in the custom treatment business. The most popular look is to hang them from metal or wooden rings. This look works well if you want to open and close your curtains often.

* Tab tops are fun for casual rooms. The tabs can be of different colors, have added buttons or be adorned with tassels. They should be used on windows that you do not need to close the curtains.


Valances are strong in window treatment decor. They add a finished look over your blinds by hiding the mechanical header. Hang them high enough so that they cover the top casing but they do not block the sun streaming into your window. There are so many styles of valances from box pleats to swags. Let your fabric design and the style of your room guide you on choosing the perfect valance.

Enter The Romans

My young clients seem to be drawn to roman shades. They can be easily lower when privacy is needed. When raised, they create a tailored look that works well in so many homes. They look great in a crisp cotton as well as a raw silk.

Window Treatment Crazy? Seek Professional Help

If you have a hard time visualizing the end results, choosing decorative window treatments can be daunting. A designer specializing in windows will take you step by step through the process. They will give you access to resources (fabrics, hardware, specialized blinds) that you would not be able to buy at your local big box store. They will also help protect you from costly mistakes.

Hand Knotted rugs

When you decide to buy a hand knotted rug, you must bear in mind a few things that impact the value of the rug. The quality of wool is critically important as it adds shine to the rugs. Rugs made of wool have become increasingly popular for two reasons – they last longer and are able to withstand relatively rough usage.

The weaving process is central to the quality of the rug. The number of knots per square inch is pertinent in determining the quality of the rug. If the knot count is more, then the weave becomes more closely knit but the cost also accordingly goes up. Some of the superior quality rugs have from 400 to 700 knots per square inch whereas most commonplace rugs have on an average 90 to 250 knots per square inch. From these figures, you might as well visualize hoe time-consuming and tedious it is to handcraft these fabulous looking rugs.

The rug is first subjected to a chemical wash and is then rinsed with water to give the rug a thorough cleaning. The chemical wash helps to soften the yarn and provide the rug with a silky feel. The rug is then exposed to the sun to dry. Hand-Woven rugs are usually made by artisans in rural areas. The handloom process will obviously mean two rugs may not be identical and each rug will have some slight variation. All finished handloom rugs are subject to total quality control to ensure durability. These are heavy weight rugs that spread perfectly flat on the floor and will not curl or bunch up like other rugs. Several handloom rugs are also reversible and they have the same high quality and color on both sides. There are a wide range of yoga rugs available in the market and these rugs have enough padding to provide a soft touch and comfortable feeling. They come in different colors and sizes as per the customer’s requirements. Specifically designed, these yoga rugs have absorbent surface and are easily washable.

If you are really a lover of rugs, you will surely appreciate rugs that have a unique blending of traditional designs and with the contemporary tastes that match the different home decor. When you visit a handloom rug dealer, you will be amazed at the collection of rugs that are colorful, in a variety of designs and so appealing to suit various interiors of homes. These rugs are made from cotton or wool and are a perfect mix of aesthetics and utility.

It is indeed unfortunate that the handloom rug making units are under threat of closure as they are encountering stiff competition globally from power loom units. Especially in developing countries, suicides and starvation deaths of handloom workers are being increasingly reported due to unemployment. As a matter of fact, handloom rugs and carpets is an age-old profession practiced by village artisans. Initially the rugs were made out of animal skin to protect men from weather and provide comfort. In subsequent centuries, the rug became a status symbol in most homes. Having at least one handloom rug in one’s home was deemed an asset and hallmark of one’s standing in society. Extending hospitality to guests was by laying a red rug to walk on and gifting the best-woven rug.


Basics for Creating the Moroccan Touch to Your Home

# Look for the vibrant colors red, green and blue found in the sea of the area and also gold, yellow, and silver from the surrounding desert.

# Create a tropical atmosphere by bringing the outside indoors by using exotic plants, terra cotta tiles, and (if approved by your landlord ) textured walls.

# Moroccan home accents and the world famous Moroccan light fixtures such as Moroccan lanterns, Moroccan wall sconces, Moroccan pendant, Moroccan chandelier, Moorish lantern, Moorish wall sconce, Moorish pendant. These can be either on top of Moroccan tables or free standing to hanging.

Moroccan Lighting

Le Minaret Blue Arabesque The Amber Arch

Moroccan light fixtures are unique from any other country in the world. Handcrafted in the crowded Medina of Marrakesh, Fes, and the magical city of Casablanca, Moroccan light fixtures also know as Moorish lighting are the pride of the artisans that skillfully carve them from quality solid Moroccan brass while surrounded by snake charmers and the smell of market spices.

Whether your ambition is to create a complete Moroccan style, Moorish interior, Mediterranean style interior design, Moorish home decor or just have a Moroccan touch, Moroccan lanterns, Moorish lanterns, Mediterranean lighting, Spanish light fixtures will ad that unique Moroccan element to your home.

Moroccan lanterns can be viewed and purchased through in different styles ranging from wall sconces, lanterns, chandeliers, to pendants great for indoor or outdoor use.


Ways to Modernize your Nursery

Modern Cribs

Stylish crib options abound from popular brands like Oeuf, Stokke and Argington. Clean lines, subtle patterns and bright colors come together to create the perfect modern crib. Coordinate with the rest of your modern nursery furniture, or choose a piece that stands out on its own. Round or rectangular, convertible or canopy-there are so many styles to choose from!

Modern Crib Bedding

Go all matchy-matchy and select your modern crib bedding based on the color scheme of your nursery-or-do the reverse! Design your nursery’s color scheme around a brightly colored crib bedding set from DwellStudio! Choose from brightly colored prints to neutral solids-all with coordinating accessories that are sure to make a style statement.

Modern Changing Tables

Find a modern changing table that complements the rest of your modern nursery furniture! Choose a gorgeous changing table in solid oak from Bratt Decor or a brightly colored two-toned changing table from ducduc. Looking for extra storage space? Choose between shelves and drawers-whatever works best in your space!

Modern Dressers

Fall in love with the fun and funky Tetra dresser from notNeutral and be the envy of every mother on your block! With so many styles to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect match. First, decide how much storage space you need then pick the style that would best work in your nursery. Keep in mind that some dressers can double as a changing table if they are low enough-just throw on a changing pad and you’re all set! Maximize your space if you don’t have much of it.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to fill in the blanks with accessory furniture. Choose from modern kids’ table and chair sets, rocking chairs, funky lamps, wall decorations or fun area rugs to add some color. When it comes to modern nursery furniture, your options are endless!


Tips to Maximizing Your Space

One idea is to choose furniture that also acts as storage space. Bench seats and otomans often feature a hinged lid that opens to reveal a nice amount of storage space. These can hold blankets, toys, books or whatever you need them to.

Choose a bed that has built in drawers underneath it, like a captain’s bed. If that’s not practical, purchase storage totes that fit under your existing bed. These are great for storing out of season clothes or accessories that you only need for special occasions.

If you’re a single person living in a bachelor suite, consider a day-bed. These are designed to masquerade as couches during the day but are big enough for one person to sleep on comfortably. Just be sure to make it neatly and keep your bedding clean.

When it comes to appliances and cookware, think minimalist. Nothing clutters a kitchen counter and cupboards more than fad appliances. However, if there’s a tool out there that truly does five jobs, and does them well, it might be worth investing in. But then you need to get rid of the things it replaced. Otherwise, choose one type of blender that works for what you like, and just say no when gift givers try to give you novelty appliances.

Make space where once there was none

If you are in dire need of a cabinet in your bathroom or bedroom, but having something sticking out from the wall is going to make your already small space feel downright claustrophobic, build one right into the wall. There should be about 6 inches of space inside a wall that can be utilized, especially if it is a wall with plumbing, as these tend to be slightly wider.

If you have stairs in your home, what is under them? Some homes have great storage closets under their staircase, perfect for the vacuum and other cleaning supplies, tools, or even out of season foot-wear. If you are really tight for space, you can even use the staircase itself as a bookshelf. I don’t mean the stairs themselves, but the space between and under each one. This works best on open staircases. The shelf is built in behind them and instead of open space between each step you can see the book’s spines.

Make what you have disappear when you don’t need it

I’m not talking magic, just a simple drop-leaf table could make all the difference in your dining/living area. Open up the leaves when you have dinner, drop them down and move it to the side to do your daily yoga.

A murphy bed is probably a must-have if you live in a bachelor suite. A built-in one folds right up into the wall, but you can buy them for existing rooms, too. They look like a large cabinet with shelves flanking double doors that open to reveal your folded up bed.

However you decide to maximize your space, remember to think outside, or in this case maybe inside, the box. Be creative and have fun!


Tips Decorating a Kid’s Bathroom

When decorating a kid’s bathroom, an important consideration is color. Many children enjoy bright, bold colors such as bright blues, reds, and yellows. Others prefer more subdued colors such as pastels. Some prefer a mix of many colors, while others prefer that one or two colors predominate.

When deciding on a theme and color scheme for a children’s bathroom, you might want to first shop for shower curtains. In many bathrooms, the shower curtain is the most prominent feature. If you find a shower curtain you particularly like, it is usually easy to decorate the entire bathroom to match.

Kid shower curtains are available in most of today’s popular characters, such as Hello Kitty, Barbie, Disney princesses, Sponge Bob Squarepants, and Bob the Builder. If you do not wish to use character decorations, many other kid-friendly themes are available as well. Ocean themes are popular choices for bathrooms. They can be fun and funky or simple and elegant, depending on colors used and the types of prints. Other well-liked styles are jungle prints, sports themes, rainbows, clouds, and nature scenes.

Another consideration is how long you need the decor to last. If you plan to change the bathroom often, it is okay to use your child’s favorite characters and bold, vibrant colors. However, if you want a style that will last, you should probably consider more traditional decor. Floral patterns, polka dots, checks, and stripes in pastels or understated colors are style elements that can grow with your child.

Like their adult counterparts, shower curtains for children are available in many different materials, such as vinyl, fabric, and plastic.

Decor Your Couch with Slipcovers

Let’s take a look at couches. Many of us want to change the color scheme in our home or cover up that old, unattractive looking couch. Reupholstering can be expensive, so as an alternative, find a slipcover that matches the rest of the decor in your home. A good tip is to discover a slipcover that is solid or light-colored with darker accents. This will provide a touch of elegance in any room. Add a few pillows to complement your color palette. Slipcovers are a great solution to couches, but just keep in mind that they must fit properly. Slipcovers that are too large can make a couch look unstylish and shabby.

Since headboards set the tone for your bedroom, slipcovers provide an easy way to create the mood you want. Headboards with fabric are now available in virtually any pattern, at affordable prices. Seeing as many of us have become bed dwellers when we want to relax, we want comfortable beds and headboards that provide softness instead of hard, wood headboards. There are plenty of contemporary and fashionable fabrics that can convert your bedroom into a clean, sleek, and modern environment. Changing the slipcover on your headboard can change this entire look within minutes. It is easy, inexpensive, and looks great!

Adding style and color to chairs can instantly add an attractive look to any dining room or kitchen nook. One tip is to add slipcovers to plain folding chairs to match the rest of the dining room chairs. This will provide extra seating when guests come over. Chair slipcovers can also decorate your dining room for special occasions and parties by covering up everyday wear and tear. This will turn your room into an inviting place to hang out. Chair slipcovers can also be used to protect fragile or newer upholstery from children, pets, or houseguests.

If you are that person who loves change and is looking for a quick and simple way to transform any room, then slipcovers are your best pick. There are a variety of ready made slipcovers that are available at most home decor stores and home catalogs in different styles and sizes. Don’t be afraid to experiment and convert your room to a “new space.” Slipcovers are versatile, hide unattractive upholstery, and change the entire color scheme of a room in minutes.

Performing Interior Designing And Decorating

If you are getting tired with the everyday look of your home or office, you can do changes through applying different decorating interior design works and improvements. You can perform repainting to attain a new shade, incorporate additions and built-ins to be able to utilize those extra spaces you have, set up additional furniture to create variety or merely do repositioning to make a better environment for your home or office.

In fact, you can do interior designing by yourself. All you need to do is be creative and do proper planning to be able to get the look and design that you really want for your home or office. However, there are also other alternatives that you can choose from like hiring the best interior designer within your reach.

In line with this, there are many interior designers nowadays that provide full home improvement services. Availing service from interior designers allows you to have expert suggestions, recommendations, and fresh ideas so that exceptional outcomes will come after the work is completed. Just pick the one that best suites your likings and you do not have to worry anymore.

In addition, some companies servicing interior designing to their clients also offers furniture upholstery fabric, upholstery supplies paintings and bedding, and art works such as decorative trimming and silk floral arrangements and baskets wooden and woven blinds. These services give you the advantage of applying a variety of changes that you can do to make your home or office better looking than before.

Interior designing and decorating are simple tasks that anyone can complete. But if you are working with your private interior designer you must remember that good coordination with him or her is the key to have good outcomes. Plan ahead and be expressive with what you really want to do for a change. Stick to the details to be able to get proper arrangements and everything will be in the right order.

Also, if you are experiencing a tight budget, better ask for estimates first. Never let yourself undergo over-spending. Proper planning and budgeting are the ways you need to do first to avoid over-the-budget expenses. Seek help and assistance at all times from the professionals. They are the people who know all the know-how’s in interior decorating.

Lastly, when conducting upholstery design works, be open to the various materials that you can use as alternatives for those products that really cost a lot. Never stick to what is expensive. Remember, there are many manufacturers who supply materials of good quality at an affordable price. So, do initial checking on the materials that you can use. Every single detail that you want to improve will surely go accordingly on how you like it to be.

Furniture for Decor Home

Furniture plays a vital role in making a house look beautiful and comfortable. Good decorum of furniture makes a house look attractive. The kind of painting determines easily what kind of furniture will be appropriate for the house.

Usually decoration of your home consists of Bedroom furniture, Bookcases, Cabinets, sofas, tables, soft furnishings, trunks and many more. There are different decorating styles that can be used some of which are listed as- antique, casual, contemporary, country, hand carved custom made and much more styles that can be used to make your home the best.

Beds, bunk beds, bedspreads and other bedroom furniture make any home comfortable and relaxing. Whether its bunk beds for the little kids, bedspreads or trundle beds, it is best to choose beds that fit in with the style and decor of the rest of your house. However, comfort in beds is still the most important ingredient when selecting a bed.

Dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house as it is used as traditional place for eating and entertaining. Everybody agrees that great food and a great arrangement make a great dining experience, but dining tables do more than just serving great dinners. Dining room is an essential part of our homes. Keeping a leather dining room table in your home also helps you keep your home organized. Whatever the style or use, the dining table is the foundation of the dining and entertaining experience. They are an asset to the home and the heart of any family gathering.

So make your house beautiful by choosing from wide range of bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, garden furniture and more available at fornisca.