9.25.2017

Make Your Home More Than Middling with Midcentury Modern Style

Everyone loves to feel nostalgic sometimes, and look back to the past. Many of us even love elements of bygone eras that we never experienced. When it comes to things like fashion or architecture and interior design, we'll always see old trends become popular again. If you love interiors or have a fondness for architecture, you may have noticed a particular love for midcentury modern style at the moment. It appeals to people in a variety of ways, from its open-plan spaces to the use of wood in different shades. If you like the style, you might be wondering if you can apply it in your own home. After all, owning a genuine midcentury modern home could cost you a pretty penny. If you want to try it out, here are some of the ways you might be able to use the design style in your home.

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Get a Feel for Wood

If you browse examples of midcentury modern homes, it's hard not to notice one thing. There's a lot of wood used for various things and in a range of shades. You'll see a lot of dark wood, but also plenty of lighter colors too. This love for wood featured not just in well-made furniture but around the home too, from cabinets to walls and ceilings. So you might want to consider some remodeling to add some permanent features, like solid shelving or storage units. Or you might want to go on the hunt for some midcentury-style furniture, or even some original pieces. If you're looking for one feature item to stand out, try a sideboard.

Make Your Home Open-plan

Midcentury modern architects and interior designers were big fans of the open-plan look. It allows you to make your home open and airy and was pretty modern back in the 1950s and '60s. If your home isn't already open-plan, perhaps you could think about whether you want to remodel. Removing some walls to create larger and more open spaces can transform your home completely. If you're not sure about the entirely open-plan look, you might want to separate some different zones by using dividers like bookcases or other furniture. You can keep it open plan, but make sure you don't have too much wide open space.


Let in the Light

Take a look at some of the best-loved examples of midcentury modern architecture, and you'll see that many of them have pretty impressive windows. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of natural light and were often used across the whole of one side of a house. As well as making sure the home was light, which is especially important when using lots of dark wood, it also meant that many homes were built with fantastic views. If you're already thinking that it's time for replacement windows, you might want to consider how to incorporate some midcentury style. Instead of your windows being purely functional, allow them to be a design feature too. You might not have a glorious view to look at or even want to have floor-to-ceiling windows, but you can still have your windows help to form the character of your home.

Add an Eye-catching Fireplace

One of the popular features within the open-plan spaces of midcentury modern homes was the fireplace. It's a great way to introduce something eye-catching and to break up the space a little. Plus, it's excellent for heating that airy space when it's cold. Floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, often in natural stone, were favored at the time. If you're willing to invest some money in a fireplace, you could do something similar. With a two-sided fireplace, you can enjoy it from two different spaces - perhaps a living area or snug and a dining area or bar.

Combine New Furniture with Flea Market Finds

You don't have to make permanent changes to your home if you want to use a midcentury modern style. Finding the right furniture works just as well, and it makes things easier if you want to change your mind. With the growing popularity of midcentury modern as a design style, you have the option of seeking out original pieces and choosing from modern replicas. Many furniture companies are responding to the demand, even those that are at the more affordable end of the price scale. If you want to try to grab some bargains on original furniture from the mid-19th century, try exploring flea markets and perhaps auctions too. But if that's too much hassle or too expensive, try searching online for modern alternatives.

Have a Bar Area

A home bar is a great idea if you want to replicate the midcentury modern style in your home. It's an easy way to add a '50s touch to your living room or another area of the house. You don't have to have a full bar, especially if you don't have much space. A bar cart can help you create a vintage-style feature, and it's the perfect place to put your fancy glasses, cocktail shaker, and favorite drinks for mixing. Treat your mixing station like an interior feature and make sure it looks good, even if that just means arranging your glasses in an artful way.

Modern Kitchens

Midcentury modern design was all about looking to the future, so kitchens often had a forward-thinking modern look and feel. Of course, now those kitchens don't look particularly modern to us. However, you can still take inspiration from them and make your kitchen look modern by today's standards, while still having the charm of midcentury modernism. Try clean lines and flat, wooden kitchen cabinets. You can have up-to-date kitchen gadgets while keeping things more midcentury with dark wood or even some pops of color. Avoid doing anything too fancy and ornate, even if you decide to have some clever gadgets. You should try to keep everything clean and as simple as you can.

You don't need a huge amount of money to buy an original midcentury modern home. Instead, focus on transforming your current home to reflect the style.

9.24.2017

Celebrate The Season: Fun Ways You Can Get Festive For Fall

The change of season is always exciting, and with autumn just around the corner we can expect to see nature’s spectacular show of changing leaves within a few short weeks. If you’re a fall fanatic, chances are you’ll be keen to see in the new season and there are a few ways you can go about this. Here are a few to consider!

Make Your Home Cozy
When the colder weather hits, most of us will be wanting to spend our time in the comfort of our homes! So making sure they’re extra cozy is essential. From a home maintenance point of view, ensuring that the roof and windows are in good condition and that your house is properly insulated is a smart move. According to http://www.charlotteroofing.com/charlotte-insulation-services/ this could save you up to date on your energy bills too. From more of a home decor perspective, introducing an accent colour that’s suitable for fall could really switch up the look of your rooms. For example, if your decor is quite neutral you could switch up cushion covers, throws, lamps and other accessories to an autumn inspired shade. Fragrance is another nice way to get your home feeling fall-festive, warm vanilla, seasonal fruits and spices all work well for the time of year. Use candles, reed diffusers and potpourri to give a gorgeous scent around the home.

Refresh Your Wardrobe and Makeup Bag
As well as updating your home you will also want to update your look for the colder months. Out goes the summer dresses and flip flops, in come the chunky knits and boots. Scarves, hats and boots will soon be a staple whenever you go outside, and you will probably need to dig your umbrella out too. Switch out your wardrobe, putting summer clothes you want to keep into storage next year. And go on a shopping spree to pick up any pieces you’re missing. Your makeup bag is another area to update for the season, some darker lipsticks are ideal for a vampy fall look- and some heavier foundation will cover those rosy cheeks from the cold. http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup/g8668/fall-2017-makeup-trends/ has more information about this year’s fall beauty trends, plus you can check out Youtube for endless tutorials and guides for perfecting your look.


Invest in Some Cold Weather Essentials
There are a few things that really help you stay cozy and warm when it’s cold outside. A fluffy dressing gown, pyjamas and slippers. A hot water bottle or electric blanket. A coffee machine that makes tasty drinks like flavoured tea, coffee and hot chocolate- http://bestreviews.com/best-coffee-makers has a rundown of some of the best models. Some good box sets are another good addition, the perfect thing for keeping you entertained on those cold autumnal nights. These are all things that are worth investing in when the weather cools down and you’re spending more of your free time in the house.







9.21.2017

Upgrade Your Kitchen For Less Than $1,000


Fall is here, and it’s finally time for households to embrace the new season and get ready to welcome the colder months of the year. But before you get your Christmas decorations out, there’s still plenty of time to give your home sweet home a new look for winter. You do need to change the feel of your home interior regularly to keep it attractive, elegant and functional! So why not start today with the most important room in your home: The kitchen, the place where all the sweet pies and family dinners start? It’s by far the room in a house that is used the most often, and that shows signs of tear and wear the soonest. So it’s probably time for a revamp that should give it a good spruce up! But, you’re in for a treat: You can renovate your kitchen’s look for less than $1,000. Does that sound like a good project idea? Let’s get started!



Space saving practicality
It doesn’t matter how big or small your kitchen is. The truth is: All kitchens get crammed with stuff that you probably don’t even need. From too many mugs – mugs are a favorite last-minute present for birthdays and Christmas, so if you’ve got 5 different best mum mugs, you know that your kids were running out of ideas – to extra large kitchen bins, it can be difficult to keep the room tidy. It’s time for a clear out; the kitchen will feel spacious once you’re done. Start by installing a space saver garbage disposal in your sink as these are great to deal with food leftovers and organic waste in a few seconds. Then declutter your kitchenware cupboards – yes, that means getting rid of most items in your mug collection. You’ll notice the difference immediately: A tidy kitchen feels big and roomy.



Upgrade your cooking gadgets
A kitchen stove and a new fridge don’t come for free. But smart kitchen gadgets – while they are not free either – are a lot more affordable in comparison. You know how it is: The blender is so old it barely blends, the toaster burns the bread and your cookware has seen better days. Changing little things for brand new gadgets can give a modern vibe to your kitchen. From a colorful stand mixer to a new set of cookware, you don’t need to spend much to upgrade your kitchen’s look easily and durably.


Give your kitchen a new feel
Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint to revive the spirit of the kitchen. You can find kitchen-friendly paints that are non-stainable and washable in all good DIY shops, and you can finally leave the Magnolia color scheme behind you for something exciting and full of energy! Red kitchens stimulate the appetite and make you feel warm. If red is a little too vibrant, try a Mediterranean orange shade instead. For a ray of sunshine, paint it yellow as it makes people feel calm and happy. It’s also a good choice to vitalize a small room.


With a little attention to details, you can give your kitchen a second life without breaking the bank. All it takes is smart space saving solutions, new kitchen gadgets and a fresh coat of paint.

Knowing Your Other Half

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When you choose to spend your life with someone, it’s important that you don’t take the decision lightly. A lot of people hate to live without a partner, often choosing a bad relationship over none at all. Others, for whatever reason, simply don’t have the time to put into their other half. In a lot of cases, this can leave people who are practically strangers dating each other. This is a shame, though, as it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, you just need to do some learning. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the different attributes of your partner which you should be considering.

If you don’t understand someone’s emotions, you’re missing out on a huge part of their personality. To be able to do this, though, you first need to stock up on some empathy. When you interact with your other half, you should be thinking about the way your words may make them feel. Along with this, when you do things, you should also think about how your actions might impact your partnership. Without this sort of connection, it will be very hard to understand each other.

When you first meet someone, it can be easy to ignore their life before they time they met you. In most cases, though, people have had incredibly rich and interesting lives, and they love to share this kind of information with others. As their boyfriend or girlfriend, you should be eager to know everything there is to know about them; and this includes the past. You should know where they grew up, their family, and a rough idea of their life experiences. As you’re with someone longer, you will be able to get a better picture of their life, understanding them more and more.

Now, it’s time to start thinking a little more materially. Things like fashion, design, and even taste are all subjective. This means that your loved one will almost certainly like different things to you, making it important to consider this area. If you were planning to propose, for example, you would need a ring to seal the deal. A girl interested in high-fashion would be drawn to a Tacori ring over a lot of others. But, for those on the more discrete side, something a little tamer might be better. Only those that understand their loved ones properly will be able to get things like gifts right.

Knowing your loved on inside and out could take a lot of work. Over the years, you will learn more and more about them, slowly building an understanding of them which no one else has. Towards the start, though, you will have to work hard to show that you’re learning. Most people will be upset if you don’t make efforts to learn about them. When you start a relationship, you should be excited to learn about a new person. If you’re not, though, it might not be a good relationship to start.

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