If you have young children, messy teenagers, or pets in the house, chances are your furniture fabric could use some love. Some homeowners prefer to clean their microfiber furniture fabric using a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and a clean sponge. Doing this rids the fabric of unsightly stains or strange smells. Check out the DIY Tutorial here.
Here's an oldie but goodie. I recorded this with the former Executive Director of the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce a few years ago. What do you think?
Most of us would love to change our decor more often than we do. What stops us is the time, the hassle, and the expense. But what if you could redesign your living room quickly, and without spending a fortune? You can! Here are 5 simple things you can do that will give new life to your room.
1. Choose a new focal point. Choose an interesting part of the room around which everything else will relate. Some good choices for focal points are: a fireplace, a picture window, a television wall unit, or a gorgeous painting. Once you've chosen your new focal point, arrange your furniture in a way that "worships" it. In other words, when you are in the room, your eyes should naturally go to this centerpiece because everything else in the room revolves around it.
2. Create conversation areas. To establish the most cozy atmosphere in your living room, arrange your seating in an L- or U-shape. This encourages conversation and creates a comfortable look. Place the coffee table 14- 16" in front of the seating, and make sure there are side tables close to all the seat arms.
3. Pull Furniture away from the walls. Update your room simply by moving the furniture to the center. This establishes a central area for gathering, and creates a more spacious feel.
4. Cluster your accessories. A big mistake homeowners make is spreading small accessories around the room. To create a more modern look, group accessories together on shelves or tables, or hang several of your smaller artwork together on one wall. This will make a more powerful statement in the room.
5. Switch rugs or pillows. An easy way to get a whole new look in your living room is to "borrow" accessories from other rooms. Try the area rug from the bedroom, or pillows from the den. You may be surprised at how many great things you have around the house that will give your living room the fabulous design you've been looking for.
Your new, gorgeous living room may be hiding right under your nose. And the best part is that you don't have to buy a thing. With just a few, easy tweaks, you can have a new room by this weekend!
Would you like to dress your windows, but you don't know how to get started? Many homeowners leave their windows bare because they don't know the simple steps to begin. Once you see how easy it is, you can start the process and have some fun with it. Before you choose a window covering, think about your ultimate goal.
Most blinds and shades give you privacy. A horizontal or vertical blind will allow you to louver the slats and allow sunlight, while still giving privacy. If you choose a shade, make sure the opacity is high enough that people can't see in at night.
If you want to completely block out the sun, choose an opaque or blackout shade. Blackout cellular shades are a great option for blocking light. Roller shades can also be a great option.
Windows contribute to high energy bills if not treated correctly. If you feel a draft in the winter or your room gets intolerably hot in the summer, it's time to use energy-efficient window treatments. Triple honeycomb shades offer a very high R-value (good insulation), making your rooms more comfortable and saving you money on energy bills!
Of course, you want your window treatments to be beautiful, as well as functional. To choose the right look for your room, think about the mood you want to evoke. If you want a comfortable, casual atmosphere, choose textured fabrics, and go with a tailored shape. For a romantic feel, use an abundance of soft sheer or silky fabrics. To complete a dramatic, contemporary space, opt for sleek lines and bold colors.
The best treatments are those that fit your décor, style, function, and environment. And if you know your reason for dressing the window, it's easy!