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Master Bedroom Must-Have’s

According to the real estate industry, kitchens and bathrooms are considered the most valuable rooms in a home. However, a bedroom should be also be considered one of the best rooms in the house simply due to the fact that it is the one room where your human body regenerates itself each night; so that it can function in life every day. It’s funny how we can value eating and other human functions, and not place our sleep rooms at the same priority level. The truth is, no one would function in life without sleep. Therefore, creating the space where your body rests should automatically be a top area of focus, even if not valued in real estate terms. Here are some special tips when considering master bedroom must-haves.

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Start with the Right Wall Color for YOU:

A bedroom needs to be the most calmly decorated room in the house. Typically, there should be one main, neutral theme color chosen, with a variable of two accent colors and no more. The neutrality of a wall color enables you to change out décor items seasonally, without color conflict issues. But if you absolutely have a favorite color that completely calms you and makes you feel good all the time, and it’s not a neutral color, this is okay too.  It would still be a good choice because it is a color you naturally and innately resonate with. Try painting with an eco friendly, non-toxic paint- as it’s much safer for your resting, breathing, and absorbing body.

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What Touches Body Must be Sacred!

Add organic blanket and pillow patterns that whisper to your soul, and ‘feel’ good to the touch.  Those symbolic characters that influenced and comforted you as a child will work on your adult being as well. Simply change out those icons to a more mature version of them. A stuffed elephant can now be an elegant elephant statue. A love of flowers can be transformed into a beautiful floral accent blanket, lampshade or into a vase of real flowers. If you are a nature king or queen – anything made of organic materials will appeal to you. Those décor items that speak to your own divine essence need to be around you as you sleep.

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It’s important to not only choose a mattress that embraces and supports your body, but to make sure that the bed also fits the room it sits in. Sometimes, a king size bed may seem really grand and appealing, but it will only aggravate you if you are constantly stubbing a toe on a post because the bed size is too big for the room, leaving you no maneuver room in the mornings. Use a smaller size bed to create a larger and more spacious room environment. Feeling constantly cramped or cornered in your own room, can cause a body to automatically experience ‘unconscious ‘stress, which fosters its own odd effects.

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Limit Your Clothes to 1 Closet
The absolute truth is that none of us need a huge wardrobe to exist smartly or fashionably in this world. Your entire wardrobe should fit into one closet, and if you can actually store a dresser in your closet – leaving only the bed and an end table or two in the room – this arrangement would be ideal. When you have fewer clothes to wash, there is less to hang and less to ‘put away’ each week. Clear your closets of only what you regularly wear. When you purchase something new, give something away. Most people don’t think of their closets when they think about creating their sanctuary, but keeping a closet clean will also help you feel more in control of your life…and that’s relaxing in and of itself.
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Pets Nurture Automatically

Pets who adorn you with love and affection the moment you step through the door should be allowed passage to your dream space. If you can’t share your bed with a beloved feline or canine, the next step is to get them a bed of their own, and train them to use it. That way they can be close to you – in a way that doesn’t disturb your need to commandeer the whole bed!

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Lighting Makes or Breaks a Room

Most people don’t think about lighting, but how and where you light a room can make all the difference between creating a cozy retreat or a harsh one.  Where will the lighting be placed? Will you use a chandelier? Do you desire wall sconces or table lamps? Do you want dimmable lighting? Do you want cool or warm lighting? Would you like an overhead fan, with a light kit? Do you need a wall switch or do you prefer to use remote controls? These things should be thought out in advance, so that when one does make a fixture purchase, especially if it is an online purchase, one can inquire as to specific features that a chosen product may possess – before making that purchase….to avoid return hassles.

A bedroom should be one’s most coveted sanctuary. Adding a few creature comforts to this room need not be an expensive venture. Sometimes just a few well placed, cherished items can not only bring great comfort on an emotional level, but they can also reflect a life well lived.

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Unique Ways to Display Books

Despite the internet movement to all things digital, we understand that it’s hard to part with some of those favorite old books and cd’s that have become an intrinsic part of one’s lifetime memories – especially when some date back to childhood days. Sometimes, outdated items are just that; little reminders of the things that have deeply touched us during the course of our lives. The question then becomes – how do we keep them in environmental sight for emotional comfort’s sake when we are now socially encouraged to dump all unnecessary stuff and – simplify?

A few keepsakes are to be cherished because that’s exactly what they are – little personal treasures! When dealing with small household rooms, one of the MOST important things to keep in mind when desiring to feature them as part of the decor; is to find unique ways to display books. If you have a small bookshelf and a lot of books, it doesn’t mean that you need to jam the shelves, so to speak. In fact, doing just the opposite will help keep you personally organized. Using fewer items on the shelves will also help to keep your smaller room from appearing junk-filled.

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1.    Select just a small group of just your favorite books. Place small groupings of books on random shelves, either by subject matter or by size. Allow some to stand and some to remain horizontally stacked. If you group the books by their size, have differing sizes stacked on varying shelves. Consider storing the remainder of your books in a ‘concealing cabinet’. Every month or so, switch out the shelf books with a new group of the stored books, and you’ll have an instant change of decor without having to completely redecorate. Occasionally switching out your books enables you to reconnect with those things which are stored away.

2.    Randomly, angle a horizontal stack of books in one corner of a shelf, so that the ends of each book touch the back wall and a side wall. Then move them out an inch or so from both walls. This angled effect is unusual and helps to create more exciting visuals, because not all books have been stacked to the standard rectangle area.

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3.    Place a see through and colorful glass vase or globe next to a set of stacked books to create a bright pop of color. The clear colored glass allows the human eye to see through the ‘space’ of the rectangle shelf area, creating a ‘sense’ of more shelf room than there really is. The glass globe or vase should be of a complimentary accent color. Let’s say your room walls are a light gray and your favorite colors are teal and orange. Complimenting the room with an area rug, pillows or lampshade with these colors in mind, can be enhanced by colored glass on a shelf – in a similar tone or color. This will help to bring the room together.

4.    Place the heaviest books you have on a bottom shelf to help balance the room. Only stack a few at a time.

5.    Try leaning just a few favorite books in small sections of a bookshelf.

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6.    Books do not always have to be the predominant item on a shelf! Sometimes, using a stack of books as an accessory to a larger item – such as a side or coffee table, trunk or jewelry box, helps to balance out other display items.

7.    Books do not always have to be stacked on a conventional book shelf. Try stacking them in furniture not originally designed to be a bookshelf!

8.    Sometimes two rooms coexist with one another where there is not enough room for a full wall. In apartments for instance, often a dining area is combined with a living area. To help create more privacy for each area, try implementing a see-through bookshelf, using the books and items stored on the shelf as a visually beautiful room divider.

All of the images above reflect simplicity in room design, but also allow for memorable keepsakes to be displayed and that is after all – what a home is all about!

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De-Clutter Tips for Incognito Hoarders

No one who hoards lots of things wants to admit that they’re actually hoarding. The term ‘collector’ seems a favored label, as collecting ‘specific types of things’ tends to  boost hoarding to an acceptable, almost noble hobby activity. Regardless of what it might be officially termed, when there’s too much stuff in a house – there’s simply too much stuff! Most hoarders and collectors have an emotional attachment to their goods. We all need emotional connections in this world – no matter how we foster those connections. However, too much collecting can ultimately hamper the human experience and cause additional life stress. Here are a few de-clutter tips for those who may in fact, be incognito hoarders….(those who may never admit it, but are… guilty, guilty, guilty)!

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Let’s take a common hoarding spot – the bedroom. Here’s one really original way of clearing it!

1.    Grab a handful of large black (30 gal.) garbage bags, a fat black marker and one roll of 2″ masking tape. (At least 7 black bags – one for each wall and 3 for the closet).

2.    Stand in the center of the room and face one wall. Open one black bag and pull off of the shelves, dressers and window sills on that wall you’re facing – anything and everything you are not using every single day (or at least once a month) and place it in the bag. It matters not if different kinds of things get jumbled up in the bag. Just do it.

3. As you tie up the first bag, secure a masking tape sized label on the bag and write generically, what you tossed in the bag. (This is for later reference if you need to find something fast). You don’t have to label everything that goes in the bag – just certain things that you think you might want to find later.

4.    For anything strewn about – if you are still using it, throw it on the bed. You’ll sort that later. Do the black bag collection step for all four walls, and that includes items that are at your feet or strewn about the floor.

5.    After you finish each wall, twisty tie the black bag, label each bag, and then set all four bags in one corner of the room, labels facing outward so you can see them.

6.    Next, address your closet. Use one black bag for unused shoes, belts and scarves. Use one bag for hanging clothes (Maybe two). Use the third bag for the top closet shelf. Put those three to four labeled bags in a separate corner. Toss into the bags, anything you have not touched in 2 months.

7.    Now, for the items on the bed – put them away where they belong.

8.    Try to live in your bedroom with just the things you have left over – for one whole month. Mark a calendar on the wall, for each of the 30 days if you must. See how you ‘feel’ living on less. The good news is that you didn’t throw anything away yet, so anything is retrievable and relatively easy to find (via the labels).

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One clean bedroom naturally begets an automatic sense of peace and calm…

For those who have real difficulty in letting go of anything – the black bags are a visual reminder that NOTHING was thrown away and that everything they own is still right beside them in the same room. In time, SOME individuals may just find that they personally feel calmer; more centered and actually may even like being more organized. With less clothes to wear and shoes to sift through, there’s less physical labor in maintaining those items; less laundry, less time spent on straightening up, etc.  Living in a cleaner room allows one to re-think how they want their personal space to reflect their personality as it exists in the NOW.

After all, one’s own bedroom is often the only personal sanctuary there is against the world sometimes. Shouldn’t it feel safe and cozy and supportive? When people feel safe, they feel calmer and more relaxed, and even more mentally sane. One might become suddenly inspired and consider painting the room in a whole new color. It would be easy to do so, as items are now protected in the black bags, which can easily be moved around the room, while one paints. Maybe it inspires one to purchase a new bedspread in a bold new color. Or it might be fun to purchase or upgrade a piece of ‘cool furniture’, (like a storage chest that will last many years to come).

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If after a month, one finds themselves feeling so good that they can actually let their packed things go – they can surprise their favorite friends with a fun and exciting ‘treasure trash bag’. Who knows…maybe a few of them could even start a new give-a-way trend. This technique can be applied to any room in the house. It also works really well for those who are just a little messy-minded too. Though these tips may not address the more extreme hoarders, who actually may need professional intervention – it can certainly help those who recognize that they they may actually be hoarders in the making…incognito or not.

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Vacation Home – Smart Updates

A long summer season can induce even the laziest couch potato to rise to the occasion of setting a bare foot to grass. There’s just something about nature that draws us to it like moths to light. So it makes sense to look about the yard with a scrutinizing eye as one lazily strolls across it, making note of the small things that could stand a little ‘brushing up’ or possibly even, full replacement. The same holds true for vacation homes. A few ‘smart updates’ can aesthetically carry a summer season, a long way. Here are a few vacation home smart update ideas:

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Start Outside In
Warm weather climates can wreak havoc on a home. Water, wind and salt can cause corrosion in wood and metal over time. Spruce up key fixtures that will add instant value to the home. Update all outdoor lighting fixtures, doorknobs and landscape lighting. Replace worn out fixtures with marine grade ones that come with extra powder coating (PI67 Grading) or are made of rust free polyester materials. They are specifically designed to help offset damage done by water, wind and salt. Because they are, they tend to last longer as well.

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Address the Lawn Furniture
Relatively small garden adornment purchases can magically transform a small backyard into an outdoor paradise. Consider a new lounge and seating area, upgrading the grill, and adding a few decorative garden ornaments. It doesn’t take a lot of money to replace worn out garden furniture. Be sure to look for weather coated canvas, rattan coated with powder coating and stick to easy-to-clean plastics.

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Revamp Kitchen Appliances
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a clean and sterile environment for food preparation is essential. It is also one of the most used rooms in the house, thus, its appliances, and even the kitchen sink can take a beating over time. Upgrade the most used items in the home with high quality products. Stainless steel is popular due to the durability of the material, its easy-to-clean surfaces, and its ability to match and enhance any exiting appliances finishes in white or black. Kitchens are the best investments and usually get somewhere from 80% to 90% of their value back. That means that if you put $30k into your kitchen, it will value out at $23k to $28k worth.

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Same Rule Applies to Bathrooms
Update the main bath fixtures for the obvious reasons – usage. Toilet, sink and tub basins and especially faucets should be considered. Make sure everything is sealed properly with caulk, including where the tub meet the floor, since water tends to splash from the shower, regardless if a shower curtain is used. Make sure all faucets are clean and new. Replacing all fixtures and appliances will add instant value and curb appeal in your home. It will also set the ground stage for many maintenance free years to come, and will enable you the option to rent out your vacation home without worry; because you will have taken good care to prepare the fixtures that people will use the most.

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Update the Fun, Everyday Activity Things
Lastly, buy a new bedspread for each of your bedrooms along with a few new lamps. Upgrade to a flat screen TV and do away with old CD players, bulky old stereo receivers, and even the outdated toaster or microwave. Put a guitar in a corner stand, just in case guests can play. Load up the firewood bin for cozy fire nights. If the walls look good, just paint the trim and window sills; which will make each room look shiny and brand new. Lots of minor changes can magically transform any room and aren’t all that hard or costly to do!

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Anchor your home furniture to prevent injuries

On June 27, 2016 Ikea decided to recall approximately 29 million of dangerous dressers!  They reported that there were at least three deaths of children with one of their dresser series and they strongly urged to “Please take them out of the room”.

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While we all know Ikea to be a well-known brand that offers inexpensive furniture, cheap isn’t always the best.  Not only for quality, but also for safety.

Prevent furniture tip over injuries and deaths!  The safest way is to anchor them into the walls for safety.  Anchoring furniture that could tip over is fairly easy and proven to save lives.  The fix is relatively inexpensive and well worth every penny if you have little ones that love to climb and don’t realize the dangers.    Losing a child is devastating to any parent and family and being able to prevent it at any cost is well worth it!  You can purchase Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps here at Babies R Us for $4.99.

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When anchoring your furniture, be sure to:

  1. Use two restraints for each piece of furniture, anchoring them on either side.
  2. Make sure to install them into solid wood and into the wall studs.
  3. Ensure the restraints are tight and check them regularly

 

At EliteFixtures.com, our talented team scans thru products and puts them thru a rigorous screening to see if it meets our standards as we take the safety of each product sold at EliteFixtures.com very serious.  Check out our Dining Room Furniture, Living Room Furniture and Bedroom Furniture for brand names and great prices.

 

 

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Fix Fixture Trip Ups – Part II

In Part I of Fix Fixture Trip Ups, we spoke about how the e-commerce order process works, in general. Here are some  tips on finding the replacement parts you need, when your fixture’s shade has been accidentally broken, or when those special bulbs that came with the fixture have blown out – and they’re not ‘normal’ bulbs. Things occasionally happen to fixtures despite the fact that they might hang high on the wall or way over your head. Maybe that ladder you carted down the staircase just clipped the foyer chandelier, or the kid’s smurf ball knocked the glass shade off the wall fixture. Accident’s happen. In some cases, you can order a replacement part for the item. Having a little bit of education on how to order the parts, goes a long way in terms of reducing the stress of searching the internet endlessly to replace something that’s been broken.

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Here’s when you’ll likely find success in replacing your item:

  • If your fixture is less than three years old.
  • If you know the fixture’s brand name and sku#.
  • If you know the actual part sku# as well.
  • If you contact the exact same store that sold it to you.
  • If the replacement item is a shade, diffuser, post or back plate.

Here’s when it might be more difficult:

  • If the fixture is older than five years.
  • If the fixture is a fan motor or motor part.
  • If the fixture is a crystal piece, hinge piece, finial or remote control.
  • If you got it at a flea market and were hoping to find a part to make it a complete fixture.

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REPLACEMENT TRIP UP #1 – MIX-MATCHING DIFFERENT BRANDS FOR PARTS:

Attempting to mix and match manufacturer brands to fix one singular product is a no-no!

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We know how it goes. You need a piece or part that’s broken off and you can’t remember the brand of the fixture you own. (Because you weren’t organized and didn’t ‘white envelope‘ the invoice details initially when you first received the product!) So you go online looking for a part that ‘looks like’ what you think you need and you order it from some random e-commerce store. Then when it arrives you find out it won’t fit your fixture at all. You’re stuck having to either keep it or pay shipping back, and worse, possibly pay re-stock fees. Even worse than that – you didn’t pay attention to online store policy which told you that accessories or parts are non-refundable.

TIP #1– STICK WITH THE SAME MANUFACTURER and SAME E-STORE:

For every fixture you purchase, dedicate a white envelope to holding all fixture purchase invoices and packing slips in it and then file it in your office or store it in a kitchen drawer. Any time you need a fixture replacement part, not only can you call up exactly where you purchased the item from, you can call that store and tell them exactly what you bought. Their phone number will be listed on the invoice. They can then help you to get exactly the part that you need, because from your invoice, you will be able to provide them the exact sku# number of the product you own. Because you are calling the same e-store you purchased the original fixture from – you will have an ongoing account that both you and the store can refer to, for any future purchases.

It just makes common sense to keep all online purchases for the same product together. Don’t forget to write the bulb socket type and bulb type on the envelope as well. If you’re used to shopping Amazon via your cell phone – simply make an email e-file for every store you purchased from! E-Z!

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REPLACEMENT TRIP UP #2SEARCHING THE NET WILLY NILLY & IN A HURRY:

It’s a Sisyphean task. We’ve all done it. In a panic to fix a problem, we rush to get something done as quickly as possible, by any means possible, so that we can fix the danged thing and be done with it! But THAT approach never works and ordering a wrong part, simply adds even MORE stress to the situation when it arrives, and you find the ‘part’ doesn’t fit the ‘whole’. Patience brings clarity and oftentimes you can get what you need done quicker by working the problem slowly and smartly.

Let’s say you remember your broken fixture’s brand name, but don’t know the sku#; so you go onto every e-store you can find trying to see if their customer reps can figure out what part it is that you need. That’s a little like finding a needle in a haystack. Customer reps are, in reality, dealing with hundreds of calls a day and thousands of online products that they themselves never even see. Most items these days ship direct from the manufacturers. So for most e-commerce stores, there’s no physical warehouse to go to ‘look and see’ what might be on the shelf. If you know the brand name – call the Brand Name by phone and ASK. All brand names have a phone number and customer service dept. ASK what the part number is and if it is in stock. THEN you can go to any e-store and search by the part’s sku#.

Most e-stores are not in the business of selling pieces and parts. Why? Because $5.00 – $8.00 parts are completely unprofitable, period. And since most fixtures come from overseas now-a-days,  most fixtures come over whole. Overseas shipping can take 30 days from port to port, not including customs inspections and unloading and transport to manufacturer warehouse time, etc. Whether landscape lighting, a pendant or chandelier….every product and sell-able part has a model or sku# associated with it.

Though most customer reps might attempt to get you a part that you need, that means that they have to contact the manufacturer themselves, to get a part’s sku#, based on a fixture photo or vague description you have given them. It’s nearly almost impossible to do it that way – and it takes a lot of back and forth between the e-store, you and the manufacturer to figure out what you need – all because you didn’t put your invoices in that little white envelope to begin with…or were too lazy to simply call the manufacturer yourself in the first place. Are we beginning to see how a lack of understanding of e-commerce protocol can complicate things across the board?

Sometimes, using common sense really does work.

Tip #2 – STAY CALM, APPROACH PART CHALLENGE IN LOGICAL SEQUENCE:

Find the original fixture’s sku# and brand name. Call the manufacturer customer service dept. and ask if they sell the part you need. Ask what the part’s sku number is. Ask if it is in stock. Ask them to guide you to an authorized e-store who sells it. And when you’re done finally purchasing your part, place all the information into that little white envelope for future reference! You might make it easier on yourself the next time you need a part or a bulb!

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Bugzey Rates Jeco Gravity Chair – Paws Up!

We receive many happy responses from our customers…but every once in awhile a special one comes along. This one we just had to share. Meet Bugzey Santucci, the luxury Pug.

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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…luv, luv pillows.

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Blankies too…..but gettin’ older now. Sometimes wake up with sore neck….

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Went shoppin’ online. Need somethin’ to go with outfit. NOW…how to get MA to buy it for me?

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Tried bribing Mumsy with cheese. No go…… So I threw my cards on the table & flat out begged.

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Gotta luv her for luvin’ me! Luv, Luv my gravity chair!

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BUGZEY RATES THE JECO GRAVITY CHAIR:

Set Up? EZ! I watched. Ma set it up.
Head shade… yup, good, good.
Superb views. Beatsa open jeep.
Lotsa colors besides Bugzey blue.
Tray can hold a doggie dish!
MA…can you lower my pillow now?
Bugzey ready for another nap…..

About The Jeco Oversized Olefin Zero Gravity Chair with Sunshade and Drink Tray
Relax in this Over-sized Zero Gravity recliner. The chair has a sunshade built into it to protect you from the sun. The removable drink tray is great for keeping a beverage at hand. The locking mechanism allows for an infinite number of recline positions and a headrest is provided for additional comfort or use as a lumbar support. The recliner folds for easy storage and transportation. The Jeco Over-sized Gravity chair can support up to 300 lbs and comes in several colors. View all Jeco products.

Thank you Bugzey Santucci and Bugzey’s Mum for sharing!

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Rug Matters

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Sacred Cow Rugs  ~  Labryinth Rugs   ~  Ancient Egypt Rugs   ~   Earth Motif Rugs

When considering flooring, there are always rug matters to consider. Will the new room have a hardwood, cement, tile floor …or a carpet? For about a decade now, there has been a clean sweep on the carpet industry, as more and more homeowners have chucked the wall to wall rugs and picked up on the hardwood floor trend. There are a lot of advantages to bare wood floors. In terms of maintenance and allergy considerations alone, it’s not surprising that wood floors are here to stay. Wood floors are easy to sweep and clean. Wood floors can open up a room to make it appear larger than it is. Wood floors allow accent décor to become the focus point of a room. Wood floors don’t collect permanent citizens called allergens.

While many hardwoods can be absolutely beautiful in terms of color, layout and border design, there is still the issue of human warmth and comfort that comes into play. Human feet seek soft ground and sometimes, a rug is not just general floor covering; it can also offer an element of genuine human comfort into the décor equation.

Humans are highly visual and often people think according to only what they typically see – which at human eye level, is approximately 5 to 6 feet off the ground. In fact, so much time can be spent choosing the right lighting, the right window treatments, the right furniture and the right wall art that quite often, people tend to forget to look down, to address the floor. Today there are so many styles, shapes, colors and types of rugs that it can be daunting to try to match a rug up with the décor you’ve already chosen and purchased for your newly renovated room. There is no greater way to add pizzazz to a bland or neutral style room than to add a wild pop of color or fabulous printed pattern to the floor. One great area rug can significantly alter a room’s entire atmosphere and is a terrific way to ‘redecorate’ sans having to really do anything more to the room. It’s a wonderful way to keep the budget in check when keeping within budget, matters.

When thinking about re-decorating your next room, it might be a good thing to at least, mentally start from the ground up. Ancient Sanskrit teachings emphasize grounding the mind and soul into the physical body via Yoga. Painters use grounding compounds as an underlying support that will hold and bind their acrylic and oil paints to the canvas. Builders construct their buildings from the ground up. When all is said and done, perhaps after all…rug matters.

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4 Smart Ways to Update Your Home

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Start Outside-In

If you’re in a warm weather area, here are 4 smart ways you can update your home without spending a fortune or an exorbitant amount of time doing so. For those in cold weather regions, spring is just around the corner and a quick walk around your property with a notepad in hand will give you a brief start list of things to address. Starting outside-in gives you a break from your everyday indoor living environment and it can spark fresh ideas; simply because you’re breaking your everyday visual viewpoint and daily routine. Seasonal weather climate changes can wreak havoc on a home. Water, wind and salt can cause corrosion in wood and metal over time. Start by sprucing up key fixtures that will add instant value to the home. Inspect and update outdoor lighting fixtures, doorknobs, planters, mailboxes that are broken or show wear and tear. These items are not particularly expensive to replace or repair and it’s absolutely amazing what a new paint job, fixture or doorknob can do to spruce up curb appeal. Consider replacing worn out fixtures with marine grade ones that come with extra powder coating (PI67 Grading) or are made of rust free polyester materials. They are specifically designed to help offset damage done by water, wind and salt. Because they are, they tend to last longer as well.

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Small garden adornment purchases can magically transform a backyard into a sweet paradise. Consider a new lounge and seating area, upgrading the grill, and adding a few decorative garden ornaments. It doesn’t take a lot of money to replace worn out garden furniture cushions, repaint the wicker or add a bright and few decorative pillows. If shopping for new garden furniture, be sure to look for weather coated canvas, rattan coated with powder coating and stick to easy-to-clean plastics.

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Revamp Kitchen Appliances

If you’re really serious about making some indoor changes, the kitchen is the heart of the home and a clean and sterile environment for food preparation is essential. It is also one of the most used rooms in the house, thus, its appliances and even the kitchen sink can take a beating over time. Upgrade the most used items in the home with high quality products. Stainless steel is popular due to the durability of the material, its easy-to-clean surfaces, and its ability to match and enhance any exiting appliances finishes in white or black. Kitchens are the best investments and usually get somewhere from 80% to 90% of their value back. That means that if you put $30k into your kitchen, it will value out at $23k to $28k worth. If on a budget, you’d be surprised how a new microwave oven, blender or toaster can instantly brighten the look of your counter-top area. So might a newly installed faucet or sink basin. Look to the things you use the most and consider a new purchase of just those few items.

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Same Rule Applies to Bathrooms

Update the main bath fixtures for the obvious reasons – usage. Toilet, sink and tub basins and especially faucets should be considered. Make sure everything is sealed properly with caulk, including where the tub meet the floor, since water tends to splash from the shower, regardless if a shower curtain is used. Make sure all faucets are clean and new. Replacing all fixtures and appliances will add instant value to your home. It will also set the ground stage for many maintenance free years to come.

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Update the Fun, Everyday Activity Things

Lastly, buy a new bedspread for each of your bedrooms. Upgrade to a flat screen TV and do away with old CD players, bulky old stereo units, receivers, and even the outdated DVD’s. Put a guitar in a corner stand, just in case guests can play. Load up the firewood bin for cozy fire nights. If the wall paint still looks good, then just paint the trim and window sills; which will make each room look shiny and brand new. Removing dusty old nick-knacks and purchasing just a few new home décor accent pieces can instantly change the look and feel of a room. Consider bright pops of color in vases, candles, lampshades, statues, accent consoles and even scenic coffee table books.

Sometimes it can seem overwhelming, when faced with the prospect of having to update or repair worn out fixtures or face clearing out non-needed collectables. Reduce the stress and anxiety of your to-do list by staring with very small fixes. Begin replacing the smallest things first; such as a new doorknob, a new back wall fixture or planters. Starting small will spark you to continue on, for the results will perk you up, and inspire you to do more. Small steps at a time always lead to the greater picture ultimately.

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Spruce up your home for under $500

Looking for creative ways to spruce up your home while adding value?  Here are some functional products that will definitely help improve a home, all under $500:

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$449.00
Ariel Bath Lucite Acrylic Shower Panel

Ariel Bath shower panels (there are several styles to choose from), are fully loaded with jets and a steam generator, that greatly increases your therapeutic experience. With easy installation instructions, this inexpensive but very functional item will not only make you feel like a whole new you each morning, it will make you think you’ve renovated your entire bathroom!

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Ariel-Bath-A104-Ariel-A104-Lucite-Acrylic-Shower-Panel-52-2×12-2/p453046

 


 

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 $178.00
 Capital Lighting 3 Light Post Fixture

 You’ll want two of these at least, but at a truly affordable price, you can update your outdoor post lights and drape your home in a beautiful night-time amber ambience, while upgrading your curb appeal instantly.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Capital-Lighting-9785BK-3-Light-Outdoor-Post-Fixture/p205981#id=205981

 


 

 

fan

$468.00
 Kichler Cameron Lighted Fan

 Add a fresh and bright new lighted ceiling fan to any room and update a tired room look instantly. Not only are lighted fans double functional – this Kichler fan comes with a universal hanging system, and allows for mounting on ceiling with up to a 30 degree slope.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Kichler-Lighting-310104WH-52-Inch-Cameron-Fan-Cameron/p275042

 


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$378.00
 Craftmade C3-PW Chime

 Make your guests feel warm and welcome when they ring your doorbell and hear the beautiful Westminster melody instead of a tired old ding-dong. Select a four note or eight note setting for the front door and a single note on a second or third door.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Craftmade-C3-PW-Chime/p485632

 


 

 

Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror
Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror

 

$434.00
 Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror

 Draw into your home a new surge of positive energy via a Feng Shui influence, by mirroring a wall with this beautiful Alisa Round Mirror. With a 45” diameter, this round bevel wall mirror from the Bassett Mirror Company is the quintessential piece for those seeking a sleek and elegant update to their home décor.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Bassett-Mirror-Company-6357-711EC-Alissa-45-Round-Wall-Mirror-Alissa/p443135

 

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