The Eyes of the Home: 4 Essential Window Treatment Tips for 2018

Window treatments are a way to make your house homey and to make it comfortable on the eyes.

Depending on the room and on your neighborhood, you may be using your window treatments to keep out the sunlight, filter the light, draw the eye to the outdoors or match your other decor.

 

 

Check out these top window treatment ideas for 2018 and create a modern masterpiece using beautiful materials in any room of your home.

Curtains to the Ceiling


Hanging curtain rods very high on your walls is a classic way of making your ceilings appear taller and your room appear more formal.

There is no need to hang rods one or two inches above your window trim. Instead, install them a few inches from your ceiling and choose very long or customized curtains that nearly skim the floor for a rich look.

Use Natural Materials

Natural materials are in for 2018 because of the continued focus on environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices as well as because wood and similar materials have an innate beauty that the human eye craves. If you feel that wood-slat blinds are too dark for your needs, you may want to consider bamboo shades, which filter light for a semi-private room.

Simplicity

Simple lines remain in for many spaces, including those seeking a modern, refined look. Simple, straight lines are seen as being preferable to heavy or excessive materials as well as flounces, ruffles and lace. Pair plain Roman shades, woven panels or straight curtains with plain metal hardware. Panel-track systems made of fabric or wood are also great for very modern spaces.

Energy Star-Rated Windows

No matter how fabulous your window treatment is, it cannot make up for ugly windows that are dated, wavy or rotting. New windows from a contractor like Unique Home Solutions or someone similar can spruce up the entire look of your home while also saving you incredibly on your monthly heating and cooling bills. When paired with energy saving blackout curtains, you can save exponentially and keep your home cozy and temperature-controlled.

If you are wanting to change your decor, window treatments are a great place to start because they are one of the key components of any room yet are cheaper to replace than many other furnishings are. They will set the tone for your room and will help you relax and enjoy your private space. Whether you crave simplicity or luxe hardware and accents, keep your window treatments true to who you are, and they will be sure to match with the rest of your home’s decor.

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Hutch History: 5 Interesting Facts about Cabinets

You might think automatically of your kitchen cabinets. But the earliest cabinets were smaller pieces designed for locking away important pieces of paper and valuables, and might also serve as “desks” for officials. Later, cabinets were developed as larger but stand-alone pieces for certain professions, such as an apothecary or printer. Here are five interesting facts about cabinets.

Aristocratic

The modern word “cabinet” is French in origin, and originally meant “room.” This referred to rooms where certain collections were kept, such as books or artwork, so a cabinet was actually a small “room” for such items. Until around 1650, cabinets weren’t common in most homes. The majority of people just didn’t have many possessions. For poor and working class people, there just wasn’t enough storage need to justify the expense of a hand-made cabinet. The wealthy, in the social contrast typical of the age, might have many cabinets, some of fine woods like mahogany and lavish, baroque designs.

Industrial Revolution

As the Industrial Revolution took shape in the 1700s and into the 1800s, all manner of objects became more common and more affordable, including cabinets themselves. Many forms of cabinet, such as cupboards for kitchenware, and wardrobes and armoires for the bedchambers, became mainstays in many homes once they became mass-produced items. By the mid-1700s, the average home had at least a cupboard for dishes and a wardrobe for clothes, though they were quite basic in design and materials. One advantage of the new era was the printing press. Famous craftsmen like Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale were able to publish and print books and designs on furniture concepts.


Cabinet Making

After World War II, cabinet making became a popular pursuit, as both a hobby and a respectable career, for returning soldiers on both sides of the Atlantic. A love of wood-working combined with some inspiring furniture styles they’d seen in their campaigns across Europe. Until the era of the modern factory, skilled cabinet makers who could produce fine furniture at reasonable rates were in high demand in most communities. They were gradually phased out by modern factories with electric power tools. Many of their pieces were one-of-a-kind collectibles that still fetch high prices as vintage furniture. Today, however, “cabinet maker” more aptly applies to a business than to an individual vocation.

Most Expensive

Remarkably, the most expensive cabinet ever sold went for $36 million at auction in 2004. This same piece broke its own record, set in an earlier sale in 1990. It was made in 1726 in Florence, Italy, and took six years to complete. Known as the Badminton Cabinet for the ancestral seat of the British duke who commissioned it, it’s made from ebony hardwood and lavishly decorated with semi-precious stones and gold leaf. It consisted of three highly ornate tiers resting on eight pilaster legs and topped by an exquisite clock flanked by carved stallions. Purchased by the Prince of Lichtenstein, the Badminton Cabinet now sits in a museum in Vienna.

Asian Kitchens

A growing trend in home design is Asian-inspired kitchens. Asian styling utilizes geometric patterns, heavy proportions, and gentle curves. The most popular colors include red, black, white, gold, and silver. Materials tend to be metallic or bamboo, although maple is a common cross-over. Bamboo plants, screens, and baskets help round out the Asian-style décor, however. You might like Shaker-style cabinets with Oriental motifs and hardware. When you plan on custom kitchen cabinets, don’t neglect overseas influences for that special ambiance.

While not everyone has the budget for extravagance, put together some creative ideas for your next remodel. You can still have a custom kitchen to be proud of.

The Spooky Season: 5 Great Halloween Decoration Ideas

By Dixie Somers — Halloween is a time for tasty treats, costume parties, and frighteningly fun home decorating! This is a time to pull out all the stops when it comes to creepy creativity.

Whether you’re getting the house prepped for all the neighborhood trick-or-treaters or you’re planning a monster-mash bash, these eerie and exciting decorating tips could be just what you need for haunting Halloween ambiance!

Luminous Milk Jug Ghosts

By simply saving your empty gallon milk jugs you could be on your way to creating a glowing pathway of frightful delight. Make sure to thoroughly rinse out and dry the milk jugs. Then take a black permanent marker and draw some spooky ghost faces on one side of each of your milk jugs. Large, teardrop-shaped eyes and round mouths work great, though you could give a few ghosts a wicked grin just for fun! Make the faces large enough to be seen from the street. Then pop a lit artificial candle inside of each one to make them glow. You can use these boo-tiful luminaries to light up your walkway or porch.

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Spooktacular Lollipop Spiders

If you’re planning a kids Halloween party, these lollipop and pipe cleaner spiders may be just the right decoration. They can double as a tasty treat! Take a lollipop of any color or size. Then take three black pipe cleaners. Wind the pipe cleaners around the lollipop at the top of the stick right below the candy. Then bend the legs on each side to look like spider legs. You tie these spooky spiders around the top of treat bags or hang them from the ceiling with string.

Awesome Autumn Appliques


If you’re looking for some cute and classy designs to spruce up your home every Halloween, you could consider adding some of these adorable Autumn-inspired appliques fall-themed throws or pillows. You can store these items away and bring them out each fall to get your home looking especially festive before Halloween. There’s a variety of choices available, such as pumpkins, fall leaves, black cats, and ghosts.

Cute or Creepy Window Clings

Depending on your taste, you can purchase window clings that celebrate the fun or the frightening sides of Halloween, or perhaps a little of both.

You can purchase a wide variety of inexpensive Halloween-themed window clings. These would include everything from smiling bats and grinning jack-o-lanterns to dripping, bloody handprints. If you’d rather make your own bloody handprint window decorations, you can use red paint and school glue.

Mummy Door Décor

Take some white streamers and wrap them carefully around your door from top to bottom. Then draw a couple of spooky eyes onto white paper plates. Fasten the plates onto the door so that it looks like they’re peeking out from between the layers of white streamers. If you want a more durable mummy door, you could use white tulle fabric instead of streamers. You can even add a patch of black construction paper in the shape of a mouth if you want to get more elaborate with your mummy door decoration.

Hopefully, these ideas give you a head start on making your house look hauntingly-horrific for Halloween!

Wishing Everyone an Awesome Halloween!

Grandma’s Cleaning Tips: Every Kitchen’s Beautiful in its Own Way- OR Not?!

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I love a nice, clean kitchen! Well, it’s not always clean or (clutter-free), for the most part. 😉

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m a gal (Grandma) who likes to see change and updates every once in awhile. That definitely includes the kitchen! 🙂 A kitchen needs to be clean, sanitary and of course, full of warmth, charm and hospitality. If you don’t think your kitchen fits well in that category, do something about it! You’ve got your own imagination, use it! However, it does help if you are crafty by nature, and you have an eye for design.

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Let’s say your kitchen hasn’t been updated since the 90’s or even the 80’s. Yeah, you have your work cut out for you!

 

So let’s get this “virtual, kitchen-spruce-up” party started!

 

Walls

 

Say, you just bought or moved into an old house and the kitchen hasn’t been updated since the (early) 80’s, it most certainly requires lots of fun and colorful updating. Most likely, your kitchen has been generously graced with that awful yellow and green wallpaper! You KNOW the kind I’m referring to. 😉

 

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Time to get out the scrapers and get to work. I know, bummer! Although your hard work will be well worth it with a couple splashes of warm-colored paint. For me, I tend to like darker colors for (both) a dining room and kitchen!

Borders

 

Now borders are somewhat of a controversial nature; you either love them or hate them! For me, it all depends on the size of the room and colors involved. Sometimes a simple border makes a perfect statement and also encompasses the final touch. They also sometimes make a room look larger. You decide!

Cabinets

 

I remember some funky looking, white, metal cabinets WAY-BACK when I was a little girl. Thank goodness kitchen decor, appliances and styles have come a long way, seriously! Now you have various kinds of wood and colors to choose from. You can even get by with a couple coats of paint if you currently have some old, wooden cabinets. However, it will depend on just how old they are. Cabinets are a tad more expensive than paint and borders…choose wisely, depending on the look and style you are looking for. Most cabinets today, are good for fix ups.

You will find tips for cleaning kitchen cabinets Here

 

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You could also remove a couple of the cabinet doors and just have shelves. Or, you could install glass in place of the doors. That in itself would spruce up a kitchen considerably.

 

Foliage, Flowers and Plants

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If you haven’t experimented with flowers or foliage before, you’d be pleasantly surprised at how much they can brighten up a room. Although for a kitchen, just some simple greenery will do the job nicely for on top of cabinets, (if there’s room). Small, colorful plants will always brighten up any window sill.

Flooring

 

Most people (today), have some kind of ceramic tile or wood flooring in their kitchens. Carpet and linoleum was more in style for a kitchen back in the days. However, a lot of old houses of course, had the wooden floors. You can dress up wooden flooring by polishing and with some stylish throw rugs.

 

Going way back in time, people had dirt floors

 

Also, if you have a large dining room or kitchen with a bay window, a nice chair or bench with some throw pillows (to match the rugs) would nicely compliment the rooms.

 

There is always room for improvement when updating decor and furnishings in your home. Most of the time, just the smallest things can make the most difference. 🙂

 

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Organizing Your Decoration for Celebrations

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In order to have a really proper celebration with an appropriately celebrative mood you have to certainly make sure that you are going to use plenty of toys, decorations and beautiful breath-taking imagery in order to create this one celebration into a memorable experience of beauty and charm that will be remembered by your guests for a long time and that will become the reason most likely for their return next year. What you have to do when we are talking about celebrations and decorations is first hit the proper style of the individual celebration. If for instance we are talking about Easter you will need one type of decoration but if we happen to talk about Christmas then the type of decoration becomes something entirely different.


First of all, you need to know the right type of decoration for the specific celebration and the specific season. For example there are numerous styles of decorations that are typical for the four different seasons. Spring usually means brighter colors, summer is all about fresh flowers and plants, autumn is about darker colors and winter is naturally about every possible toy, star, shining decoration imaginable. Then there are some typical decorations for different individual celebrations. If we are talking about Christmas it is the Christmas tree decorations-blue, red, golden, green sparkly balls, golden stars, Father Christmas figures, etc. If we are talking about Halloween we will have to consider pumpkins and scary masks or any other sort of scary decorations that put you in the mood of the day. You have to take into account both the season and the day and the specific occasion of the celebration and dress your living place with the appropriate decorations.

When you are handling the specific decorations you need to remember that more importantly than everything else you have to make sure that comfort is no greater than beauty and vice versa. The one is not more important than the other during celebrations. Comfort is all about your guests feeling well and beauty is about enhancing and spellbinding the guests. So in a way instead of facing each other off comfort and beauty need to work together and to make each other better and stronger. If for instance you are placing a gigantic flower composition you should simply place it through the ground to make the floor look more fanciful or different because for instance the guests will trip. Better put it on the floor but in a straight line so that both the composition to be more distinctive and the feeling of order to be well preserved as a whole as well. Finally, don’t forget to keep your decorations perfectly clean and in good shape all the time.

Nicole works on a behalf of Catford moving firm. that specialize in the field of domestic and corporate relocation. She is also keen on sharing various ideas on home decoration and organizing.