What to Consider When Renovating Your Home

What to Consider When Renovating Your Home

With the housing market and the economy as a whole looking to stabilize, investment is back in the real estate market. While many homeowners believe buying new homes will serve them well in the long term, other homeowners are focusing on renovating their homes to match the latest trends. Home renovation is by no means an easy or quick feat, and depending on your long term needs with the property, it will cost accordingly.  

That said modern home renovation is about blending all the elements and areas of a property to work cohesively as one theme. Here are some things that you must consider before investing in renovations.

The Budget

Budget remains the biggest concern when it comes to home renovation. There are people who get a decent renovation job for a fairly reasonable cost, but then they’re the only lucky ones. Renovations can sometimes cost a fortune, which is why you should consider what your objectives for home improvement are. Generally, there are three motivations behind every home renovation:

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Using the Internet to Plan Your Interior Decorating

Using the Internet to Plan Your Interior Decorating

If you have a computer and access to the Internet, you have the tools you need to start interior decorating. Whether you want to replace your carpet, paint your walls, or install wood flooring, there are places on the Internet you can go that will help you decide what will look best in your home.

 

Why Use the Internet to Do Virtual Decorating?

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Smell: The Overlooked Sense in Interior Decorating

Smell: The Overlooked Sense in Interior Decorating

When designing a room, we tend to focus on what we can see—the walls, the floors, and the ceilings. But humans have four other senses as well, and when thinking about decorating, we often overlook those other senses. One of the most powerful senses a room can appeal to is smell. If you are cooking in a kitchen, you already have the smells of bread, cooking meat, and spices there. There are other ways to incorporate smells throughout the house.

 

Add Pleasant Scents With Air Fresheners

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Create Relaxing Surroundings With Interior Fountains

Create Relaxing Surroundings With Interior Fountains

The sound of running water is one of the most relaxing sounds in nature. With an interior fountain, you can bring that sound into your home.Most interior fountains come in three kinds: wall-mounted fountains, free-standing fountains, or tabletop fountains.

 

Wall-Mounted Fountains

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HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME STYLISHLY WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR LOVED ONES

HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME STYLISHLY WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR LOVED ONES

Photographic Installations in Black and White

Often we have a bunch of photographs of the family on special holidays, graduating or taking those first steps in life. Or there are those poignant photos of your grandparents sitting in boxes gathering dust at the top of a cupboard somewhere. You have always wanted to honor their memories and hang these around your home but never quite knew how to go about it. The first step then would be to haul them out and start sorting these out. 

 

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More than just a chair, or a sofa, or a couch. Three easy ways to update a key element in our living spaces: the seating.

More than just a chair, or a sofa, or a couch. Three easy ways to update a key element in our living spaces: the seating.

Having a beautiful environment no longer has to cost an arm and a leg. By applying a few simple techniques and swopping your furniture around, a simple piece can transform your space. The beauty of furniture is that it’s able to adapt to your style, with a few easy touches.

 

Paint

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Design pitfalls for the modern home owner: Four things you need to consider before signing

Design pitfalls for the modern home owner: Four things you need to consider before signing

Have you ever walked into a place where you just loved the lay-out, the kitchen design, the lounge, the bedrooms, and made allowances for things that you knew potentially might be a problem, but you’re sure you can look beyond them? If you’ve answered yes, you need to keep reading.

 

Will you be able to change the decor style?

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Brighten up or tone it down: how to create a wall treatment that complements every aspect of day to day life

Brighten up or tone it down: how to create a wall treatment that complements every aspect of day to day life

When we think walls, we tend to think paint, canvasses or store bought wallpaper only. What other design aspects are there really?

 

Vinyl

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Your space is personal, so why not personalize it? A few handy hints to adding your personal flavour to your surroundings.

Your space is personal, so why not personalize it? A few handy hints to adding your personal flavour to your surroundings.

Having a space to call your own is precious. Adding your personal flair and touches to it brings it to life. Frames are only for photos, right?

Wrong. A very nice way to add a focal wall with your own personal style is by having a frame collage. There are many ways to achieve a beautiful end result, and this is only limited by your imagination. A nice touch is to have only black and white photos on your feature wall, or only one color frames. Another is to have one style of frames in a variety of colors. How about swopping out the photos for love letters between you and your partner? If this is too personal, a nice add would be pictures drawn or painted by your children. Having them grouped together on a feature wall makes for an interesting eye diversion. Having frame boxes also opens a realm of possibilities. Boxes add that extra dimension, where you can include your child’s first toys, your wedding bouquet, souvenirs from trips or any item that was previously too small to display.

 

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THE LUXURIOUS ROYAL CHRISTMAS THEME PARTY TO END THE YEAR OFF

THE LUXURIOUS ROYAL CHRISTMAS THEME PARTY TO END THE YEAR OFF

Dress for Success

Bring on the pomp and ceremony this year because it will be a royal occasion and you will be the monarch who leads the event to success. Many of us like a bit of dress up and a theme party that allows one to be a king, queen, prince or princess for the night just lends itself to a sense of luxury. The gorgeous robes of red and purple velvet bordered with gold and ermine are enough to make anyone feel special. Add to this a crown, tiara and lavish jewels and you will look and feel like the most important person in the room. Send out your velvet coated invitations and contact your local costume party store to see whether you are an Elizabeth II or Henry VIII, Tsar or Tsarina. Perhaps the title of lord and lady would be more your speed.   I’m sure that somewhere in history you will find royalty that has a touch of your personality in him or her to emulate for a night.

 

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Beginner Tips for Buying Investment Property

Beginner Tips for Buying Investment Property

Obviously, buying investment property is one of the surest and fastest ways of accumulating wealth. This probably explains why the property investment business has become such a boom. However, buying the ideal investment property can pose a challenge, especially to the beginners. 

It would be helpful to note that buying investor property is not very different from buying personal property. There are a few factors to consider and with these tips, you can get a good bargain as far as investment property goes.

Tip 1: Do a thorough homework before committing your money

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6 Tips for Buying To Let Property

6 Tips for Buying To Let Property

Buying-to-let property is a great investment. It gives returns fast and it provides you with a steady flow of income. This business idea is not for everyone but for those who can be able to raise enough capital for the venture. All the same, there are certain things one must do right for the buy-to-let investment to be a success. 

Some tips for potential investors in this line of business

1. Understand the market

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Three Themed Tree Ideas

Three Themed Tree Ideas

Having a Christmas tree that fits a theme can add so much to your holiday décor. Whether you choose to have a main tree with a bevy of ornaments and smaller themed trees, or just one that showcases a larger theme, having a tree that is reflective of what you want to represent during your holiday celebration can make your holiday that much cheerier. Decorating according to your tastes and creating a theme around that can also make Christmas feel more personal to you and your family, rather than the giant corporate holiday focused only on presents that it sometimes feels like.

 

Color Theme

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Hot Desert

Hot Desert

"Hot Desert" is the rather brutal phrase geographers use to describe the climate in Egypt's Red Sea Riviera.

It's brutal because the promise is actually more of a pampered, hedonistic holiday in the sun: beautiful people lounging by the pool, swimmers enjoying the company of dolphins and colorful fish, bikini-clad young women wistfully looking at a sea coloured azure, while dark-skinned locals mostly wear tailored servant uniforms and friendly smiles. The fun could be taking place somewhere like the Caribbean or the Cote d'Azur but this is Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera. And very few people had heard of it until the latter part of last century.Perhaps that’s because most of the shiny, beach-resort hotels aren’t on the Red Sea at all, but rather on the Gulf of Aqaba, a narrow strip of water separating Egypt’s Sinaï Peninsula eastern coast from Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

 

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Gadgets that will make you stand out on holiday

Gadgets that will make you stand out on holiday

Check your emails underwater

Aquapacs protect your devices from water and sand, while allowing you to use touch screens or Blackberry QWERTY keyboards on the beach or even underwater without a worry. There are Aquapacs for phones, GPS devices, digital cameras (even DSLRs), camcorders, tablets and e-readers. The camera cases have proper lens holders, so your photos come out clear and crisp, even when taken underwater. Prices start at £20 store.aquapac.net

 

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Top holiday apps

Top holiday apps

There's an app to solve virtually every problem we ever had and loads we never knew about before. Here's a few that might just ease your globe-trotting.

 

Wi-Fi Finder

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Grasse: the world's capital of perfume

Grasse: the world's capital of perfume

Grasse, a commune on the French Riviera, is considered the world's capital of perfume - producing over two-thirds of France's natural aromas for both perfumes and for flavoring food.It lies inland from the south French coast about 30 minutes drive from Nice. Warm and sufficiently inland to be sheltered from the sea air, the countryside around the city is dominated by fields of flowers, including rose, jasmine, daffodil, carnation, tuberose, orange blossom, and violet.

 

People come here for the flowers with their delicate scents. They are grown in Grass thanks to its micro climate and three perfumeries - Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard - open their doors to the public and offer free tours that explain the processes of producing a perfume. It is possible to create your own perfume, eau de perfume or eau de toilette and participate in all stages of manufacture from picking flowers to bottling.

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Keeping Your Home Cool and Your Energy Bills Low

Keeping Your Home Cool and Your Energy Bills Low

The summertime is officially over in most parts of the world as the autumn breeze has started to kick in. With winter just on the horizon, it’s time we clean up our heating and HVAC systems. That being said, summer is still raging strong in other parts of the world, and even in some parts of the US, including Arizona and Texas to name a few. Humidity in these parts of the country is always a challenge to your home and its energy efficiency. However, there are ways through which you can keep your home cool and your energy bills low.

Internal Heat

Ever had a feeling that your home is just hotter than other homes, despite the fact that it has less furniture? We have internal heating to blame for that, a result of heat emanating lighting fixtures, electronic devices, household appliances, and so on. All these electronics can raise the average temperature within your property. Hence, it is best to turn off any unnecessary lighting fixtures, electronics, and other things to preserve the temperature in your property. On another note, remember to keep any heat emitting devices far from the air conditioning unit. This will help you maintain cool temperatures in your property without incurring hefty energy bills.

Air Conditioning and Fans

Many people fail to realize that the air conditioning system contains a thermostat. When you enter a temperature for the air flow in the AC, let’s say 20° C, it will not deliver chilled air at 20° C. Instead, it will regulate the air in the area to 20° C. That way, the bigger the area is, the more energy your AC will consume. This, as a result, increases your energy bills significantly. If you have air conditioners in different areas of your home, make sure to keep them closed. This way, the AC will be able to regulate the temperature quickly, and will then work on standby as the temperature reaches the selected temperature.

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Crete: more than just another Greek island

Crete: more than just another Greek island

Crete feels like more than just another of the Greek islands. It gives the impression of being a little country in its own right. But it's really the largest of the Greek islands, and arguably its most diverse and fascinating, with a remarkable history and a dynamic capital that is the fifth largest city in the whole of Greece.It is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea.

 

Crete is a favorite Greek Island that hosts nearly a quarter of Greece’s tourists. It's interior has a rural charm and famous archaeological sites, while the coast offers towns with fabulous seafood and, caves of historic significance including the famous one where Zeus, the king of the gods, is said to have been born.There is no best time to visit Crete; it depends on what you seek. In January to March the weather can be cold and rainy, but it is also the time when flowers start to grow, with almond trees blossoming in January, anemones are plentiful and the citrus trees are full of fruit. April is the time of the Greek Easter, the most important feast of the Cretan year. In May and June the good weather is almost guaranteed. July and August is the high season when the weather is very hot. In September and October the sea is still really warm. November and December are quiet but the chances of good weather are high and it's still possible to swim.

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Bringing the Holidays to Work

Bringing the Holidays to Work

The holidays often have a lot of time dedicated to family and home time; however, many people have to keep their regular working schedules for the majority of the time. If your office allows it, decorating your area or cubicle can be a great way to bring the holidays to work with you, and if you’re able, you can even bring some friendly competition to the office and have decorating contests, Secret Santa games, and a White Elephant gift exchange. This way, you still feel like you are celebrating the season even when surrounded by your work family instead of your actual family.

 

Cubicle/Area Decoration Contest

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