Published By: Leon Tuberman
Friday, February 17, 2017
The stereotypical teenager lives in a bedroom littered with piles of
laundry, old pizza boxes and walls of music posters. But that doesn’t have to
be the case for your teen's bedroom. Make
them happy in their space and help them have the room of their dreams. Here are
a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to decorating your teenager's room.
Make It Their Space
First and foremost, you have to remember that it is their space, not
yours. If you want them to keep the room clean, then you should make sure they
are at least happy in it. Even as adults we find that it is much easier to do
something if it brings us joy, and if your teen is happy in their room, chances
are it will be reflected in how they maintain it. Even teens with a messy
personality can keep a room clean. When decorating the room, make sure your
teen is involved 100% and try to refrain
from shooting down all their ideas. They know what they like. You can guide them
without taking away from their chance to
make a decision.
Make a Plan
Use this as a chance to bond and spend quality time together. Grab a
stack of their favorite teen magazines, catalogs, paint samples, and whatever else you
think you may need and start planning together. Talk to them about how you see
it and if they hate your ideas don’t get discouraged, just listen and move on.
Draw the outline of the bedroom as if making a blueprint and glue in pictures
of linens, furniture, paint colors, etc. when you finally have it all planned
out go shopping for all you need. That’s the fun part, right?
Bring It to Life
This is the part where you stand aside, mostly. Help put furniture together and
arrange it according to plan, but let your teen do the decorating. They can
hang the pictures and posters and arrange the décor items how they want. After
all, they have to live in the space. If you don’t like where they put something
it's okay. You are never going to agree
with everything they do, so no point in trying to. Just pick your battles and
Even if you hate every part of the way they design their room, keep in
mind that it's only temporary. It may not
seem like it now, but you are helping them prepare for their first apartment,
for life on their own. Taking the time to make a budget with them before going
shopping and showing them the basics to designing a space are things they will
need to know when they finally get their own place. So what if you hate the
colors they choose or the posters they hang? It won’t be like this for long.
You can guide them to the right choices when it comes to decorating, but it is ultimately their decision for their room. Embrace
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The entryway to your home is a
very important part of your home’s exterior. It leads guests in. Just as your
personal appearance makes the first
impression, so does the appearance of your entryway. If it looks like a hot mess,
imagine what your guests will think about the rest of your home. Here are some
great tips to upgrade the entryway to your home without overspending.
Start at Their Feet
Having a walkway that is well maintained does wonders for the front of your home. The walkway is what leads
guests to your door and sets the tone of the appearance of your home. It should
be at least three feet wide—wide enough
for a couple to walk side by side. It should be free of cracks and edged
properly, making it free of overgrown weeds.
Adding some mulch, flowers and/or plant life
will add color and life to your walkway. Plant life naturally gives an inviting
feel. Use bright and clean colors. Take the style of your home into
consideration when choosing colors so that you can be sure that everything goes
together and the walkway looks as if it belongs to your home.
Doors and Porch
Beautiful front doors create an exciting presence. Having the right
style of door in the right color for your house will add to the beauty and
charm of your home.
Same goes for the porch. If the existing paint is chipping and cracking, a
fresh coat of paint is a major improvement. Bright colored flower pots and
flowers are a great accent. Keep hedges trimmed back and well cared for so they don’t consume the porch. It is also important to
remember not to overcrowd your porch
either. A great rule of thumb when deciding what belongs on your porch is to
ask yourself, “Is it in season? Does it
fit the style? And do I need it?” If the answer to any of these questions is
no, then it needs to go. To keep your porch feeling inviting, keep it clutter-free and clean. This shows guests that
your home is well cared for on the inside as well.
The Little Things
The address number may seem like a little thing, but it makes a big
difference. You must display your address, so do so in a way that adds
character. Hang some plants from the awning, and update the moldings on your porch. Even the hardware on the doors
can change the entire look of your entryway. Keep things symmetrical. What you do on the left, you should do on the
right. Lastly, update the lighting. Even during the day, the light fixtures are
a big part of the outside entry way. Use a decorative light fixture and keep it
clean of dust and bugs.
It doesn’t cost a lot to update the front of your home. Most upgrades
like this don’t cost anything at all. Just spend some time cleaning and
maintaining the yard and outdoor décor and your home will look as good as new
with little effort.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Updating the exterior of your home can not only up the curb appeal of your home,
but also the value. But maybe you don’t have to revamp the entire exterior, it
could just be you need some new garage doors. After all, the garage doors are a
huge part of the outside of your home. If they are in poor condition or don’t
go with the style of your home, then it’s time for an update.
This is one of those projects that can go well with your spring cleaning
routine. But if there is way too much to do, you can just wait till summer to
get it done. Either way, this kind of project should be done when it is warm
and dry outside. Depending on the method you choose, it should only take a few
hours to get the job done and have your home looking beautiful again.
However, keep in mind that if you choose to hire someone to either paint
or install new doors, you will have to plan around their schedule and that
could take longer than something you could do yourself. Don’t plan to install
new garage doors yourself if you have no idea what you are doing, or you could
spend the whole day just making a mess.
Let’s say you choose to install new garage doors, you should know that
there is a variety to choose from when it comes to materials.
1. Wood has the widest
range of design options but is the most
2. Aluminum doesn’t
rust like other metals and is a good choice for a home that is close to the
water or in a coastal region.
3. Steel is less
expensive but has a tendency to rust
4. Tempered glass is
an option with a wood or steel frame and looks great on modern homes.
5. Fiberglass and vinyl are the
more budget-friendly options. They don’t
rust, but can crack in the winter and
have limited design choices.
There are also different styles of doors such as a sectional which is
the more common garage door that rolls up on a rack. There are the sliding barn-style doors and a swing-out door, which
opens outward like French doors on a home.
Making a Decision
In many cases, you wouldn’t need
to install new doors. A simple paint job can give you the look you are going
for. When choosing to paint, be sure you use the paint that works best on the
material of the door. The right paint can dramatically improve the look of your
garage and your home and won’t need to be repainted again for a few years. You
can also just change out the hardware on the door. It seems like a small thing
but can make a big difference.
You will be amazed at how different your home will look with a fresh
garage door. This small upgrade can instantly improve the curb appeal and value
of your home.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Many events happened before the Arts and Crafts Movement that sparked its beginning. To fully understand
the impact of the movement, you need to know where life was before, during and
after the Arts and Crafts Movement.
During the Movement
The movement was a
peaceful protest against the industrial revolution. This peaceful and artistic
protest created the most beautiful styles in history. The main goals of the
Arts and Crafts Movement were to find joy in work, live a simple life, stay
connected to nature, and create objects that were well designed but affordable
to everyone. These ideals were expressed
through handcrafted objects, and homes
built using local materials that fit the landscape. The goal was to separate
people from the world around them. The world that contained the industrial
revolution where people were working in unhealthy factories and mining jobs.
When the Arts and Crafts movement began, there were
many things happening in the world that had corrupted society in the eyes of
many who were in protest of the industrial revolution. Mass production was all
about shooting out as many objects as possible for the growing middle class.
The problem was, these products were poorly designed and poorly built. The best
things were still hand made, but extremely expensive compared to items that
were mass produced.
The Victorian style was still trending. This style was
all about showing how much money you had, and to do so, people would fill their
homes with as much stuff as they could to show their ability to spend their
money on things not essential to survival. In England,
everything was in vogue and the American people still looked to England for
cultural inspiration. Therefore, the architecture in America was designed from English
and French architecture that didn’t fit the landscape here.
The technical revolution that happened in the 1950s was
similar to the industrial revolution 100 years earlier, and the display of
wealth grew increasingly important. However, during this movement, that status symbol
was an automobile. After the owners of the original Arts and Crafts homes lived
their lives in them, the second generation of owners moved in and updated the
homes with modern appliances, and painted the woodwork. Those changes make it
hard to find an original Arts and Crafts home today.
It seems that with the boom of DIY culture in today's society, the movement could be making a comeback, in
a way. There are so many crafters selling
handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces all over
the internet, and so many people craving handcrafted
goods, that it's like being in the Arts
and Crafts movement all over again.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Monday, February 13, 2017
Amish furniture can be expensive, but also very beautiful and worth the
investment. These furniture pieces are beautiful heirloom pieces and can last
through many generations when properly cared for. You can’t treat this kind of
furniture the same as you would a furniture piece in your home. It has to be
properly cared for to make it last. You wouldn’t buy a new car and never wash
it or change the oil. The same goes for wood furniture whether Amish or any kind.
It has to be properly maintained.
Where to Place Your
Placement of furniture is important not just for decorative
purposes. Don’t place your furniture pieces in direct sunlight or in the rays
of the sun through the window for too many hours in the day. Sunlight can
damage the finish of the wood. The same goes for strong artificial lights.
You also want to keep your furniture away from radiators, heating ducts,
fireplaces, and any warm or cold drafts. Heat causes the wood to swell, whereas
cold causes it to shrink, the constant shrinking and swelling of the wood can
cause joints to loosen and compromise the stability of the furniture in damp
places such as a basement, or anywhere the environment varies as this can cause
the item to warp.
How to Clean Amish
Every home has a cleaning routine of some kind. Dusting your furniture regularly is the start to keeping your furniture pieces clean
and beautiful. Never use alcohol-based products on them because it can cause
permanent damage to the wood. You also don’t want to use polishes containing
silicone. Silicone will artificially increase the sheen of the wood, but will
also absorb into the wood and dry it out, making the wood cloudy and difficult
to repair and refinish. The best way to clean your Amish furniture pieces is to
use a dry cloth for dusting weekly, wipe up spills as soon as they happen, and
use a semi-damp cloth to clean up smudges
and other sticky messes.
Preserving the Wood
The best way to preserve Amish furniture is by applying lemon oil once
every couple of months. Lemon oil protects the wood from cracking and drying
out. Put a small amount of oil on a lint-free
cloth and spread it over the entire surface of the wood, then wipe it dry with
a clean cloth until the finish shines. Beware of other furniture polishes as
they may do more harm than good. You can also consult with the Amish furniture
dealer you purchased the furniture piece from.
Just as you need to maintain your home, you have to maintain your furniture. Anything made of wood is subject to scratches, drying, rotting, and
other disasters that can damage wood furniture, but with proper cleaning and
maintenance, you can ensure the furniture stays just as beautiful as the day
you bought it and will last for many years to
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Saturday, February 4, 2017
shopping for Arts and Crafts style furniture, many people don’t care much about
the history in the style. They don’t care about the rebellion against the
industrial revolution or the people who made the Arts and Crafts movement
possible. Instead, they are looking for
the appeal of the easily identified and naturally strong woods such as American
Cherry and White Oak. The high-quality
craftsmanship that is found in the furniture of this period is another aspect
that draws in consumers.
How the Furniture Is Made
furniture pieces of this period were
constructed using mortise and tenon joints. This is a technique where a
projecting tenon fits perfectly into a mortise opening, like where the leg
meets the crossbar. If possible, joints are pinned with dowels as opposed to
nails and gluing, so that pieces don’t shift as the wood shrinks and swells. A
well constructed furniture piece shouldn’t require any glue or nails. In early
pieces, craftsmen used interlocking techniques as decorative elements.
furniture piece is constructed solely out of wood. Many highly prized pieces
use leather upholstery and feature hand carvings and inlays. These decorative
features add both value and cost to a piece.
The Perfect Finish
on wooden furniture is the first thing that anyone notices. A good finish
doesn’t just look good, it also protects the wood and increases the life of the furniture. When searching for true
craftsman style furniture, pay close attention to the finish. Real craftsman
pieces are sanded by hand and pigment stained many times to achieve a certain
step, the finish is hand rubbed to create highlights and expose different
layers in the finish. A final step in creating a beautiful finish is applying a
layer of penetrating wax that should help the wood keep a fine appearance for
many years. These steps are done in this
order to further enhance the handcrafted appearance of any piece of Arts and
Where to Find True Craftsman
it’s made will help you know where to look, and what to look for, when
searching for true craftsman style furniture. There are many online retailers
that sell these furniture pieces. Thrift stores and antique shops are also
great places to look. Keep in mind that
there are many reproductions out there, and just because the price matches
authentic craftsman style furniture pieces, doesn’t mean it’s real. This is why
knowing how it’s made and true details of the build will prevent you from being
time to do your research and pay close attention to the furniture you are
purchasing. If you are looking for real Arts and Crafts furniture pieces you
don’t want to waste your money on reproduction pieces. If you don’t care whether
or not the furniture is authentic, and are just going for the look of the Arts
and crafts movement, then, by all means,
go for it. If you are going for the real thing, be sure to protect your
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Men love their man caves. Even if they don’t have one, they want one.
For most men, their cave is in the shed or the garage, the basement, wherever
they can find peace and quiet. If your man works hard to provide for the
family, why shouldn’t he have a man cave?
Here’s how to create the perfect man cave for any man, in any home.
Choose a Location
The location of the man cave has a lot to do with what your man likes to
do in his free time. If he enjoys working on the cars or making things such as
furniture, the garage will be a great place for his man cave. A shed in the
backyard is also a good place for your handsome crafter. If your man isn’t very
handy, but has other hobbies such as video games, hunting, fishing, or sports,
the basement or another unused room in your home would make the perfect man
cave. It's all in preference. Pay
attention to where he spends most of his
free time, this will help determine where he would want to have his man cave.
Designing the Man
After you have chosen a location, it’s time to plan how you are going to
decorate the cave and the location plays a big part in this. The theme should
involve what your man loves to do most. This is your map to your design.
Hunting-themed rooms should have a rustic and natural design. Mounted animals
from his hunts make great décor for this room. Sports-themed rooms should
feature décor that involves his favorite sports teams and a large television,
If gaming is where he finds peace, how you design his space is based on
the type of console he games on. If his
console is connected to the television, this will be the main area of the room.
Comfortable seating around the TV and modern storage for his gaming accessories
will make this space his favorite. Using his favorite game as inspiration for
color schemes, and décor items such as posters and other fan items that go with the game is a fantastic
way to decorate the space for that special gamer in your life.
Tips to Remember
If your man is a hard worker he
deserves a place to get away, but there are a few things to keep in mind when
designing his man cave. It’s easy to get carried away when designing any space
in your home, but you have to remember that you aren’t designing this area for
yourself. Keep what he wants in mind.
If you are designing the man cave as a surprise, then of course you can’t ask
him what he wants, but you can set up the basics. This gives him room to make the space his own, later
on down the road and you don’t have to worry about getting in the way.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Monday, January 30, 2017
As your family grows and the years go by, you may find that your
once-cozy home is a bit overcrowded. Adding to a traditional home is no big
deal compared to building an addition onto your log home. Maybe your family
size didn’t change but your needs changed. Whatever the reason may be, your log
cabin is too small and needs some added space, so where do you begin?
Where to Add Space?
When it comes to your log home and choosing to add additional space,
your first decision needs to be where to add the space. Do you want the
addition on the main floor or on a second level? This decision has a number of
factors to take into account. Things such as building site, the design of both your existing home and the
prospective addon, and your budget. In many cases,
it may be more expensive to add an additional story to your log cabin because
you will need to account for the roof removal as well as protecting the newly
exposed part of the home from the elements.
You also need to ensure that the
foundation can hold the weight of an additional floor. The less expensive
option is to add the additional space to the main floor.
When adding an addition to your log home, one challenge you may run into
is matching up logs. Depending on how old your log cabin is, the existing logs
may have had several years to shrink and settle. Everything may match up when
you complete the addition, but be uneven several years later because of
shrinkage—and predicting the size of the logs after they shrink is tricky because
no two logs shrink at the same rate. Log additions also have a problem when it
comes to blending the appearance of the existing logs with the new ones. Aged
logs are darker than new logs. The same goes for stained logs. Stained logs are
also hard to match because the stain typically darkens over time.
Call in the
Log homes are very valuable when properly maintained. Call in structural
engineers or a professional builder who specializes in log homes before making
any changes to your cabin. Some walls in your home may be load-bearing walls,
meaning they support the weight of the house. If these walls are removed, or
compromised in any way, it could
compromise the safety of the structure
entirely. If you are trying to add a door or window to a load-bearing wall,
this is where you will want a
professional involved to ensure you don’t lessen the safety of the structure.
Log cabins are a beautiful investment
and should be cared for properly. Always do your research before attempting any
addition to your cabin. You worked hard to make your cabin a beautiful home,
don’t ruin it with a simple building mistake. Just
because it saves you money, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Everyone knows the importance of spending time together as a family.
Having an efficiently designed family room is very helpful to making the most
of your time together. There are so many things to do in a family room.
Watching movies or television, playing video and board games, or just having a good conversation can happen in a good family
Layout Is Important
The way the room is organized and the furniture is positioned is
important to having a good quality family room. Start with the focal point of
the room. In most homes, the focal point of the family room is the television.
Whether you position the TV over the fireplace or on a media center, making the
television the focal point of the room tells you how to position your
furniture. Once you establish your focal point, position the seating facing
towards whatever that is. For this article,
it will be the TV.
Furniture Makes a
Try to have the seating together if possible. Sharing a movie or TV show
together is better if you can actually sit together as a family. This is where
having a large sectional sofa is beneficial because it can serve as a place for
the entire family to gather for cuddles and entertainment, and if you have an
open floor plan, this can be a way to separate the space as well. A large
coffee table with drawers or a large storage ottoman is another perfect piece
of furniture for a family room because you have to have somewhere to store and play all those board games. Who doesn’t love
family game night? If you are more of a video gaming family, then this piece of
furniture isn’t as important as a good media center. There are tons of modern
solutions for storing your gaming accessories that can go with any style.
The Little Details
Since this is a place where everyone, including the little ones, will
gather, it’s a very good idea to go with stain-resistant upholstery on the
furniture. Same goes for area rugs and carpet. Having something that is easy to
clean will ensure that family game night is as stress-free
as possible. If going for stain-resistant upholstery is too expensive, you
could always invest in a slipcover for the sofa. This way, if accidents happen,
and they will, you can just toss the slipcover
in the wash and go on with movie night.
It is never too early, or too late, to ensure your family gets as much
time together as possible. Quality time together is important, and having a
good family room is one little way you can make a big difference in how
efficient your family time is. In the end,
it isn’t about how expensive your furniture is or how fancy the room looks, the
most important feature in your family room is your family.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Living in a studio apartment comes with a lot of drawbacks, one huge
drawback being the lack of space and, of course, the obvious feeling of living
in your bedroom. But living in a studio apartment, especially as your first
place, can be a cozy experience.
Separate Your Bed
Separating your bed can give you a good bit of privacy. There are a few
ways to do this. Some people put their bed in the closet. This is a cute idea
if you’re lucky enough to have a studio apartment with more than one closet.
However, if you only have one closet, then I don’t recommend this because,
after all, you will need that closet space. I recommend hanging drapes around
the bed. This creates an elegant and private bed nook.
Another way to separate the bed from the rest of the apartment is to use
room dividers. These tips work great for a traditional bed. The most common bed
for a studio apartment is a Murphy bed. This option allows you to fold your bed
away when you need extra space for entertainment.
Use Your Walls and
Walls offer a ton of storage space. Use the walls to hang hooks and pegs
for hanging décor. Floating shelves not only offer tons of storage space and
can be hung anywhere, but are very decorative and come in a variety of colors.
Use the ceiling for storage as well. No, it’s not crazy.
Separate your kitchen area from the rest of the apartment with a small
island, and above the island, you can hang a pot rack to store hanging
cookware. It’s decorative and functional and that’s what is best in an
apartment such as this.
Colors and Light
Studio apartments are often very small and can feel dark and dramatic.
Painting the walls white and allowing tons of natural light into the apartment
can really open up the space, making it feel larger. Go with light-colored
linens to reflect the natural light. If you notice that corners are dark,
adding a beautiful floor lamp will brighten where needed. Keep the windows
clean and don’t place furniture in front of the windows. The more sunlight, the
better for your apartment and your mood.
Use Mirrors as Wall
There are thousands of styles of mirrors which means that there is sure
to be a mirror perfect for your little apartment. Mirrors aren’t just for
putting on makeup. They reflect light, adding brightness and space to a room,
thus making your apartment feel so much bigger than it really is.
You have to start out somewhere. If you are starting out in a studio
apartment, don’t feel down, there are so many great ways to make a small and
affordable space work for you. Take your time when planning your space, set a
budget, and pretty soon you will have a beautiful starter
space designed to fit you.