Published By: Leon Tuberman
Friday, March 17, 2017
Creating an office for yourself is pretty straightforward. Put in a desk
and an office chair, a place to store your files and you’re done. But what
about when you and your spouse work from home? Here are some great tips to help
you create a beautiful home office for the both of you that will keep you out
of each other’s way, but working well together.
Position Is Key
How you position the furniture in an office for two is essential to making
the space work well for both of you. If you are doing the same type of work
within the space, it will be easy to share furniture and supplies. However, if
you have different jobs, you will each need a separate filing system, bookshelf
and supplies. You will also need your space separate from each other.
Start with positioning each desk facing each other in the center of the
room. This allows you to work together while remaining separate. If this is too
close or doesn't allow enough space, you can opt to have the desks sitting side
by side. Don't position additional furniture too close to the desks. You don't
want the space to feel cramped or cluttered, instead you want to feel like you
can both fit within the space comfortably.
The style of furniture you use will help make the idea of having an
office for two work. Choose a style of desk that allows for enough space for
each of you to work efficiently without overcrowding the room or taking over
the space. Corner desks are wonderful if you want to remain separate while
still sharing the same space. Placing each of you in separate corners allows
you to work independently while still being able to communicate with each other
easily. Wooden desks are strong and beautiful, but can be big and bulky where
metal desks have a more modern appeal and a slimmer shape, making them easier
to move around the room. A desk with a glass top looks good with any style of
furniture and can make the room feel larger.
Having furniture pieces that allow you to remain organized is essential
in making a shared office space work. You will each need your own filing system
to avoid getting paperwork mixed up. Crates, filing cabinets, filing totes,
accordion folders, etc., are all ways you can store and organize files.
Bookcases should also be separate if the space allows. Keeping the room
organized will help make the space look beautiful and function well for the two of you.
It’s nice when you find ways to spend extra time together, especially
when you both lead busy work lives. Creating an office space for two is a great
way to spend time together without sacrificing your work. Just remember to have
some fun time at the end of the day.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
When you think of someone using copper pipes in their home, decorating
is likely the last thing that comes to mind. In fact, copper isn't very common
in homes today, like it was during the Arts and Crafts Movement. Copper is a
beautiful material that has a million uses. Copper piping is easy to work with
and can create many beautiful décor and furniture pieces for your home.
Glass Top End Table
Create some unique and beautiful end tables for your living room or
bedroom with copper pipes. Using assorted lengths and pieces of copper pipes,
join them together and create a cube. Place a piece of glass atop the cube to
create a beautiful copper end table. This would look great in an industrial-themed
living room or bedroom.
Copper Pipe Shelving
Whether you mount it to the wall or build it from the floor up as a free
standing shelf, copper shelving is a quick and easy way to add storage where
you need it most. If you are going for an industrial, or even a modern theme in
your kitchen, this tip will look amazing. Just as you did for the end tables,
use a piece of wood or glass for the surface of the shelves. These shelves can
be built to be as large or as small as necessary. These could also look amazing
in a bathroom or office.
Depending on their height or what material your ceilings are made of,
this project could be a bit tricky, but could look amazing in your kitchen. If
the ceilings are very high, or don't have a lot of support beams, you will have
to consider hiring a professional for help with this project to ensure that it
stays in place, and can hold the weight of the cookware that hangs from it.
There are also preassembled versions of this project found at many of your
hardware and furniture stores.
This is probably the least expensive project you can do with copper
piping. By simply using two pipe flanges (the piece of pipe that secures to the
wall), two elbow pipes and one straight pieces of pipe, you can quickly create
your very own copper pipe towel holder of any size, that will work in any room
of your home.
Built the same way as the shelves above, these shoe shelves would look
great in the entryway, mudroom, or even just inside the front door, as a place
for muddy shoes. The only difference is the height of the shelf. A shoe shelf
is typically only three tiers tall. However, this could be a fun way to
organize that amazing shoe collection in your closet.
There are hundreds more ideas for using copper pipes as décor in your
home, but these are some of the easier and most common
projects. Copper is a beautiful, safe, fun and functional material that can be
used in your home to create any piece of décor for any style you wish.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Monday, March 13, 2017
bungalow style home of the Arts and Crafts movement quickly became popular
across America between the early 1900s and 1930. The look of the kitchens and
bathrooms of these homes is replicated in today's home design because of its
beautiful and timeless appeal to today's homeowners. This style is easy to
maintain and replicate, and even alter to fit one's style and budget.
Yesterday and Today
The kitchens built in these beautiful bungalow homes were designed for
housewives, as opposed to Victorian-era kitchens which were designed to fit a
wealthy household’s servants. The kitchens were often small, but flowed well
with the rest of the main floor plan, making them easily accessible.
The kitchen had many features, such as built-in cabinetry, beadboard and
subway tile as the backsplash. Cabinetry was painted, not just stained, and
large sinks were installed, making this style popular in today's homes because
its design is easy to alter and fits the average family size of today.
The difference between today's kitchens and the kitchens of the bungalow
era is due to its role change. It's no longer a utility space, but instead a
place of gatherings. Kitchens in many of the bungalows of today feature a
miniature office space, a breakfast nook, and even a television in many homes.
There can even be a mudroom or a bathroom off to the side, or one or more pantries.
Modern bungalow kitchens are easier to maintain than the traditional bungalow
kitchens of the Arts and Crafts movement because of the materials used, and the
efficiency of the appliances and the space as a whole.
A Bungalow Bathroom Gets Updated
Just as the kitchens changed in a bungalow home, so did the bathrooms.
Bathrooms of the Arts and Crafts movement featured built-in cabinetry and
storage, beautiful tile for the floors and walls, and even stunning hardware on
the cabinetry, doors, and light fixtures.
Bathrooms in a traditional bungalow are very small in comparison to
today's bathrooms, meaning the biggest change between then and now is the size.
Today, homeowners of a bungalow will opt for a full remodel. Extending the
bathrooms to accommodate more modern efficiencies such as a walk-in shower and
double vanity sinks; the cabinetry and built-ins are kept because of their
functionality, but are often updated in color choices and styles. Large mirrors
are placed over the sinks and stained glass on the light fixtures is less
As time goes on, things must change, and that holds true for the
beautiful bungalows of America. Built during a time of rebellion, the Bungalows
of the Arts and Crafts Movement have evolved away from the craftsmanship they
once represented, and now represent a more modern America. No matter what they
now represent, they are beautiful homes that have stood the test of time, and will be around for many more generations to come.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Friday, March 10, 2017
There are so many ways to design your living room, it can be hard to
pick a design that you love and that fits the style of your home. Knowing your
options makes creating a design so much easier.
Start With Seating
It is impossible not to be able to find a good sofa style for your
living room. There are literally hundreds to choose from, and they are
available in just about any color. You can even find furniture makers who can
custom make a sofa just for you.
Styles include a chaise lounge which is a chair like a sofa that is long enough to extend your legs
out comfortably, or a sectional sofa, which is a large sofa that can fill a
living room with plenty of seating. You can choose to use a smaller sofa, such
as a loveseat, combined with a few living room chairs, like recliners or an
occasional chair. There is also the option of adding an ottoman which is a very
functional seating choice because it can also be used as a footrest and extra storage. Benches are another
great seating choice that comes in many
different styles and colors.
Next, Choose Your Tables
Tables are almost a must in a living room. Either in the form of end
tables or coffee tables. End tables are great on either side of the sofa and
should feature a style that complements the look of the rest of the room. They look even better when a lamp is placed atop the tables. Coffee tables also come in a
wide variety of styles and go great in any living room. Many coffee tables
feature extra storage compartments, which come in handy in small spaces or for
families with children who need an extra place to store toys.
Lastly, Choose Your Décor Accessories
Area rugs are perfect in a living room, especially a large one where you
need to break up and define a space. It's
important to keep in mind when choosing an area rug that size is the key to
making this décor accessory work. If it’s too big, it will take over space, and if it's
too small, it won’t matter if it's there
or not because it won’t get noticed, so be sure to find the right size for your
Your best and cheapest accessory when decorating is paint. The paint color you choose for your living room sets the
tone for the entire room. This is one accessory you should consider first. Use
the color wheel or choose the color scheme on your own, either way, you should use the color of the walls as your
inspiration for the rest of your décor.
Other than the kitchen, the living room is the most popular room in your
home. When it looks good, you feel good. There are a lot
of decisions to make when decorating or even redecorating your living room.
Plan it out on paper or use a design software to help your design come together
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The charm of a log cabin is sought after by so many. Newly built log
cabins may look as beautiful as the traditional log homes, but just don’t give
off that rustic vibe like a traditional cabin does. When building your new log
home keep these tips in mind so your home feels as cozy as a log cabin should.
Stick to the
Many new log cabins look beautiful and rustic on the outside but lose
the cabin feel as you walk through the door. To ensure the cabin vibe stays,
try to avoid hanging sheet rock or painting the interior walls of the home. A
simple stain and sealer are all that is
needed. Same goes for the floors. Natural stone floors and hardwood floors are
best in log homes. Stone countertops such as granite work best in the kitchen and bathrooms. Wooden cabinets, unpainted
and only stained, really bring out the touch of nature in your home.
Natural Light and
Allowing lots of natural light into your log home will open up the space making it feel more inviting. Live plants
are the best décor for your home when trying to create a natural setting. When
choosing décor for your cabin, it’s best to keep it as natural as possible to
maintain the rustic feel, so use items that you can find in nature. Furnish
your home with solid wood furniture and plaid patterns on upholstery and throw
This is also where a lot of do-it-yourself projects can come into play. Picture frames made of twigs, a vase
filled with acorns, and maybe even some taxidermy wildlife hung above the
mantle. All the things that keep that rustic energy flowing in your cabin.
Maintain It All
A vast majority of first-time
cabin owners don’t fully understand the amount of work that goes into owning
and properly maintaining a log cabin. If
you opted for a more modern log cabin that basically has the look of a log home
but without the maintenance of one, then this doesn’t apply to you. If your
cabin is a traditional cabin, proper maintenance is a must.
Protecting the wood by treating for insects and sealing out moisture helps not only
preserve the life of the wood, but also keeps the home looking great. Keep
moisture away from your home and do repairs to the wood as they are needed.
Don’t put off maintenance to your home. By protecting your log home, you are
protecting your investment.
There is nothing wrong with owning a modern log cabin, but to truly keep
that natural feel alive, you have to have some level of rustic décor in place. It's that rustic, natural vibe that drew you to
this style of home in the first place, so keep it alive by keeping your cabin
as traditional as possible and using natural materials for décor. Your cabin
should be cozy and comfortable. Make it your own, make it beautiful.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Reclaimed wood is in, and it looks amazing in your log cabin. There are
many places you can feature reclaimed wood décor in your cabin. The natural imperfections found on the surface of the wood
are what make it beautiful, which is why it belongs in your cabin.
Know Your Wood
Each kind of wood offers a different style of beauty for your cabin. The best reclaimed wood is
chestnut, antique oak, rustic pine or
heart pine. These woods have an aged
appeal that looks great in any room of your home.
When selecting the type of wood you want to use, you should keep in mind that
each kind of wood handles its use differently. Hardwoods
are best for furniture pieces and flat surfaces such as countertops and tables.
Most dealers of reclaimed wood are experts and can answer any questions
you may have and even be able to help you find the right type of wood for
whatever project you may have. Reclaimed wood comes from numerous sources,
which include recycled building materials
from warehouses and barns. Reclaimed wood features marks of history which is why it is so appealing for
designers. One important thing to note is that reclaimed wood is expensive
because of its limited supply, so plan its use accordingly and hire a professional
to cut and treat the pieces as needed.
What Can You Do
With Reclaimed Wood?
The most popular projects made from reclaimed wood are table tops and countertops. However, the possibilities are
endless. You can use reclaimed wood to create sliding barn doors for rooms and
closets in your home. End tables, dining
tables, coffee tables, desks and shelves are all beautiful and functional ways
to put reclaimed wood to use in your home. Wall hangings, such as signs and
paintings, can be framed from reclaimed wood. Even furniture like benches and
other seating can be crafted from reclaimed wood. If you are handy or good at
making furniture, this can be a very fun project no matter what you decide to
How you protect and maintain the reclaimed wood depends a lot on what you used it for. For example, countertops and
table tops are cared for differently than doors and wall hangings because of
the amount of wear and use they are put through. Before installing reclaimed
wood countertops, you should research the
proper way to protect and care for them. Countertops
encounter moisture and abrasions on a
regular basis which is why proper sealing techniques are crucial to protecting your investment.
Reclaimed wood is a timeless piece of material that looks beautiful in any
home, but even more so in a cabin. It may be hard to find
and, in most cases, can be very expensive, but just like your cabin, it's an investment
worth making. Furniture and décor made from reclaimed wood are pieces that you
can pass down through your family for generations to come.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Create a Cozy Home
When fall arrives, so does the cold weather
and nothing is better on a cold, windy day than to be inside your warm and cozy
home. Make your home feel extra cozy and
wonderful in every room with these great
Add Throw Blankets
Curling up under a nice throw blanket as you watch that favorite new
episode on TV is very relaxing. There are thousands
of styles of throw blankets making it impossible not to find one to fit the
décor of any room in your home. The same goes for throw pillows. They don’t
just make your living room look good, they make your sofa and even your bed
Hang a Wall Curtain
Wall curtains aren’t very popular, but are an excellent way to accent a
wall. Purchase enough curtain panels to reach from one end of the wall to the
next for a quick and easy room design upgrade. The bulk of the curtains will create a cozy feel in the room and present a
more interesting design.
Family Gallery Wall
Create a gallery wall in any room using family photos instead of art or
paintings. The wall of family memories will give a warm and welcoming feel to
the room making you and your guests feel more at home.
Place Comfy Chairs
in the Bedroom
Placing a comfortable chair in the bedroom creates a lounge-like feel,
making you more likely to settle down for the night. Curl up in the chair with
your favorite book at the end of the day and unwind before you settle into bed.
Paint Your Walls
Dark walls are an instant way to add warmth to a room. You don’t have to
change anything else but the wall color to warm things up. However, adding pops
of color to the bedding or sofa with
throw blankets keeps the walls from feeling too heavy.
Add or Create a
Building a nook in your home can be expensive depending on where you add
it, but is a beautiful way to add a cozy place in your home. You can create a
nook in any room by pushing an old single bed or sofa against the wall and
covering it with throw pillows. You can create your own designer pillows in no
time to make the look more personal.
Throw in Some
Just as we loved those cozy, fuzzy teddy bears as a kid, as adults that feeling evolved into a love for
fuzzy rugs, throw blankets, and pillows. No matter where and how you display the
fuzz, it makes your home, and you, warm and cozy.
There are hundreds of ways to warm up your home. Dig around your
favorite home design magazines and
websites to find them all. Nothing feels better at the end of a long day than
to come home and curl up in your favorite cozy spot. So get creative and get
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Monday, March 6, 2017
The interior stairs of your home
don’t get a lot of appreciation. They deserve the same care and love as the
rest of your home, considering they take us from one floor to the next. Stairs
are a huge part of your interior; make them the focal point of your home with
these fun decorating tips.
How fun would it be for your kids to be able to write on the front board
of the stairs? Even if you don’t allow the kids to draw on the stairs,
chalkboard paint is a fun and easy paint choice that fits well with any décor style.
Wallpaper can be frustrating to stick to the stairs just as it is
frustrating to stick to the walls but it looks amazing. This is a beautiful way
to add pops of color and style to the stairs and can be done on a budget. No
matter your home's décor, this is one tip
that will work for you because there is sure
to be a style of wallpaper that fits into your décor.
If your home already features
musical décor or a black and white color scheme, then piano stairs are perfect for your home. It's done quickly and easily with just a little paint and can
completely transform your home’s look.
Make Your Stairs
Look Like Books
Turn your stairs into books by painting
each stair a different color and adding the titles of your favorite books to
the front boards of the stairs. The front boards will look like the spine of
the books as they are stacked on the floor. This idea is perfect for the book
lover in your home.
This idea isn’t for every home, but you can make it work. This colorful
idea involves painting every stair a different color from top to bottom,
creating a rainbow effect. This adds tons of color and will certainly brighten
up those stairs making them the star of your home.
Change the Railings
Whether you paint them or replace them, changing the railings of your
stairs can totally change their overall appearance. Even changing the materials
they are made of can drastically improve the look of your stairs.
Add Art to the
Adding art to the walls of your stairway is a classic way to spice
things up in this part of your home. A gallery wall that follows the steps of
the stairs looks beautiful and is a fun way to hang your art and family portraits.
No matter what method you choose, you can make those outdated, plain old
stairs beautiful again. This is a fun place in your home
to decorate and will drastically change the look and feel of the interior, so
get creative and make those stairs pop.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Friday, February 24, 2017
When remodeling the interior of your
home you have to be prepared for a lot of unexpected challenges. Just because
it looks easy on television and in magazines,
doesn’t mean it is really that easy. There are a lot of hidden problems that come to the surface when you
begin remodeling a home.
Unless your home is brand-new and you are the first owner, chances are your home was remodeled by one of its
previous owners in one way or another. Older homes have the most surprises when
it comes to remodeling. Many old homes or
fixer-uppers have issues such as irregular framing, bad wiring jobs, bad
plumbing work and asbestos. These are some of the most common surprises found
in older homes, but definitely not all of them. There is really no way to
predict what issues lay ahead when diving into a remodel of a home you have
never lived in. Knowing what you could possibly find will help you make a
proper budget that will cover those unexpected expenses and keep your
renovation going smoothly.
When remodeling the interior of your home, be ready to make a lot of
decisions. Everything from paint colors, faucet styles, where to put an outlet,
how many cabinets … he number of choices and decisions you will have to make
may seem overwhelming and hard to handle.
That’s where hiring an experienced contractor and designer comes in
handy. They also help when it comes to delays. Even the best contractors run
into delays and usually the delay isn’t preventable. A part that was ordered
but is now out of stock or never arrived, or even arrived broken, can all cause
a delay that is unpreventable. Be prepared to deal with those delays
accordingly, and move forward with your interior remodel.
Noise, Dust, and Lots of Cleaning
During the entire process, there will be tons of noise coming from saws,
sanders, nail guns, hammers and many other power tools. If you plan on living
in your home during the remodel you will
need to plan on contending with the noise
and the mess. There is a lot of dust and mess that comes from all that hard
work. When it's all said and done your home will look great, but
not before you clean up all the messy chaos first. Those home remodeling shows
make it look so easy, but the reality is it will take several hours and maybe
even days to clean up and put everything away after a remodel.
Remodeling your home is important because you want to make that
beautiful investment your own, and make it safe. Be happy and comfortable in
your home with a custom remodel, but before committing to such a task, you need
to be aware of what lies ahead. Knowing what to expect
will make the process easier and much more enjoyable.
Published By: Leon Tuberman
Thursday, February 23, 2017
When buying a home, it can be hard to find the right one to fit your
style and ideas. There are many homes such as foreclosures
that can easily be repaired and remodeled into your dream home. Why not convert
your new house into a beautiful Craftsman style home? If that sounds good to
you, then here is where to start.
Know the Structural
Craftsman homes are typically built of natural materials such as real
wood, stone, and brick. When recreating
this design on a budget, you can opt for imitation materials that look like real wood, stone,
and brick to save money. There are many elements of a craftsman style home that
you can’t recreate on your existing home
unless it was originally a craftsman
home. A low-pitched roof is one of those
elements. It would be silly to tear your roof off just to change its shape or appearance unless, of course, your entire roof needed to be replaced.
Interior Design for
a Craftsman Home
Important aspects of the interior of a craftsman style home include
earthy colors such as green and orange,
and built-ins. Every original craftsman style home features
built-ins in the form of shelving and cabinetry. These are easy, and often very
cheap, to add to your home, and they look amazing. This is a great piece of
functional décor for your home that works in almost
Another prominent feature in this style of home is an open floor plan.
Having an open concept in your home design makes the room feel bigger and allows
family and guests to socialize easily throughout the home. Lastly for the
interior, there should be a fireplace. A fireplace is a symbol of the family during the Arts and Crafts movement and
was the most dominant feature in the living rooms of a craftsman style home.
Although this may be expensive to add in, there is a cheap alternative to a
traditional fireplace. Installing an electric fireplace will give the same
effect, as far as décor goes, when creating this style, and can be budget
Aside from the low roofs and exposed brick, wood, and stone on the
outside of your home, there are other features on the exterior that create a craftsman look. Exposed beams on the porches
of your home are stunning and were a big feature on the homes of this era. They
are easy to add with the help of an experienced contractor. Most importantly,
you can’t add beams to your porch if you don’t have a porch. Porches were
another big part of this style. They featured thick, square or round columns and stone porch supports.
Any home can be a Craftsman style home. Knowing what to add and where is
a big help. If you can take an old home and make it great
again that is so much better than tearing it down and building something new. Old
homes have a story, just like the Craftsman style of the Arts and Crafts