How to Create a Home Office for Two

    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.

    Furniture Styles
    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.

    Organization Is Important
    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. 

    Beautiful Copper Pipes

    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.

    Cookware Hanger
    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.

    Towel Racks
    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.

    Shoe Shelf
    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.

    Bungalow Kitchen and Baths, Then and Now

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Monday, March 13, 2017

    The 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.

    Bungalow Kitchens 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 common today.

    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.

    Elements of the Best Living Room Design

    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 living room.

    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 beautifully.

    Make a Modern Log Cabin More Rustic

    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 Natural Materials
    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 Décor
    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 pillows.

    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.

    Reclaimed Wood for Your Cabin

    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 make.

    Protect It
    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.

    Create a Cozy Home

    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 tips.

    Add Throw Blankets and Pillows
    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 more comfortable.

    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 Darker
    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 Nook
    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 Fuzziness
    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 comfortable.

    Get Creative with Your Stairs

    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.

    Chalkboard Paint Those Stairs
    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 the Stairs
    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.

    Piano Stairs
    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.

    Rainbow Stairs
    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 Walls
    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.

    What to Expect With Interior Remodeling

    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.

    Expect the Unexpected
    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.

    Decisions and Delays
    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.

    From Fixer-Upper to a Beautiful Craftsman Home

    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 Characteristics
    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 any room.

    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 friendly.

    Exterior Design Options
    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 Movement.

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