Care Tips for a Home with an Asthmatic Victim

Care Tips for a Home with an Asthmatic Victim

Considering that, homes are susceptible asthma triggers; it can get a tad tricky if there a household member has an asthmatic victim. Pollens are known to trigger asthma in a home and sometimes, they can be difficult to avoid. 

Note that pollen grains are usually rampant in the early morning, especially on those dry or warm days. You can control pollen counts by keeping the windows and doors closed throughout the pollen seasons and using air conditioner during the pollen season. 

1. Dust mites

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Choosing the Best Cleaning Products for the Home

Choosing the Best Cleaning Products for the Home

Every homeowner wants nothing short of a sparkling clean home. Naturally, you would want to go for cleaning products that not only clean the home thoroughly but also those that make the work easier. Effectiveness should be highly prioritized when shopping for a cleaning product. 

Typically, every surface in a home is susceptible to dust and dirt. When your client wants you to help them select the right cleaning products for their home, the first thing that you should probably consider is the materials and surfaces of that home and the right cleaning products. At the end of the task, all the surfaces should be spotlessly clean. While all-purpose cleaners are effective, an extra cleaner comes in handy, especially if you are dealing with stubborn stains. 

Factors to Consider when Selecting Cleaning Products for the Home

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A Few Ideas for your Home Office Storage

A Few Ideas for your Home Office Storage

If your client wants you to create extra storage for their home office, you will be glad to know that there are hundreds of ways to do that. For starters, extra storage in the home office makes it easier to manage clutter and keep the space looking organized at all times. Nothing spells unprofessional louder than a disorganized and cluttered home office. Those files and office stationery do not look very attractive lying just anywhere in the office. In some instances, this might deny your business opportunities. 

The importance of office storage

Convenience 

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Five Steps for a Big Cleaning Project at Home

Five Steps for a Big Cleaning Project at Home

How would you advise your clients to de-clutter their homes? How would you go about de-cluttering before you embark on an interior design project? A cluttered home is not only an eyesore, but it takes away the joys of spending time at home and considering that home is where you want to rush and relax after a long day at work, cleaning is the only option to creating an ideal haven. That said, a big cleaning project is not exactly everyone’s cup of tea. 

When you are tackling a big cleaning project at home, you are bound to get overwhelmed and the only thing that is going to keep you from procrastination is a deadline. Mark it on your calendar and be determined to beat the deadline. 

Here are five steps that will keep you on your toes throughout the project:

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Top 10 Organizing and De-cluttering Tips for your Home

Top 10 Organizing and De-cluttering Tips for your Home

A cluttered home speaks volumes about your homekeeping skills and can stand in the way of having a serene haven for a home. Obviously, you would not want to give a negative impression as far as your home keeping capabilities are concerned. 

You can follow these simple tips to keep your home free of clutter and looking organized at all times; 

Tip 1: Do not wait for clutter to accumulate

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Ways in Which Two Sofas Can Be Arranged In a Living Room

Ways in Which Two Sofas Can Be Arranged In a Living Room

If your living room is large enough to fit two sofas, you may be wondering how to arrange them to achieve a harmonious look. Having two sofas provides additional space needed for family time and for entertaining guests. The sofas should be arranged such that the available space is utilized to achieve your needs. Both sides of the room should also have visual weight balanced so that one side does not appear heavier. Below are some ways that you can arrange the sofas.

Face to face

For conversational purposes, arrange the sofas facing each other as they accentuate a particular focal point such as a picture window or a fireplace. For instance, the sofas could be facing each other with the open end featuring the fireplace at the center. By arranging the sofa this way, the attention is drawn to the fireplace, and the conversation’s arrangement is symmetrical. The setup can be completed by placing a large and rectangular ottoman between the two sofas, as a footrest or for snacks. In case the two sofas have different lengths, place an end table at the shorter sofa, for balance.

Back facing back

If you want to create two sitting areas that are separate, place the sofas with the backs facing each other. This works best if your living room is large, and you would like to separate it visually. Place the two sofas in the middle of the room with the backs to each other. Slightly pull them apart and place a sofa table in between. Decorate the sofa table by placing potted greenery or flowers in a tall vase at the middle. At each end of the table, place a lamp.

By arranging the sofas this way, you will get two separate sitting areas. It also ensures that there is task lighting for each sofa. To complete the sitting areas, include a coffee table and chairs.

L shape

In this arrangement, the sofas are placed adjacent to each other to create an L. for task lighting, place an end table between the two sofas with a table lamp on top. This will make it easy to access light for those who are reading or taking part in their hobbies while on the sofa. To create a U shape, you can add two armchairs or another sofa at the open end. To get a scenic view, position the open end towards a window.

Other arrangement tips

An area rug placed between two sofas can create a unified arrangement, especially if you are using face to face or LShaped arrangement.

To protect the sofas upholstery from getting damaged by the wall, place the sofa a few inches from the wall. This way, the sofa will not rub on the wall. The wall is on the other hand not damaged by getting dents, marks and scrapes from the friction of the sofa.

Placing the sofas in the middle instead of against a wall can be used to divide spaces in open concepts designs. For instance, you can divide a living room from a dining room.

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How to Help your Client Unlock the Beauty of Landscaping

How to Help your Client Unlock the Beauty of Landscaping

Landscaping cannot be done by just anybody. It calls for creativity and skills. As an exterior designer, it is your responsibility to listen to the clients and advise them accordingly on various issues relating to the garden design. You are in the best position to tell them the best plants to place on the pathways, water features and the like. It is the harmonization of landscape elements that makes all the difference.

A few tips on designing a beautiful landscape for homeowners

1. Consider the size, style and shape of your home

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How to Design a Front Porch That Will Amaze!

How to Design a Front Porch That Will Amaze!

Front porches are not only trendy but also inviting. They provide a nice and a comfortable area to entertain guests and spend time with family. Hence, it is important for a home designer to give a lot of attention to the design of the front porch. There are several design ideas for porches. The design you select must be commensurate with the space available, the needs of the client and their budget.

Tips for creating an outstanding porch

Consider the scale of the porch

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Need Garden Furniture? Here is How to Choose the Best One

Need Garden Furniture? Here is How to Choose the Best One

Garden furniture comes in different materials including, wood, metal and plastic. Each of the materials has its own definitive characteristics that make it suitable to fit in the garden. There are also pieces for all kinds of style and budget. Unlike the indoor furniture, outdoor furniture pieces are exposed to various weather elements. It becomes important to choose an item that will withstand the pressure, accentuate the space and offer the needed comfort.

What to consider when selecting garden furniture

1. Materials 

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Decorating With Wingback Chairs

Decorating With Wingback Chairs

If you are looking for chairs that are timeless, then welcome to wing back chairs. The chairs fit with almost all décor styles. Although the legs that are spindle like and their high backs are for the formal traditional décor, the chairs are able to harmonize with varied design elements. This is using contemporary fabrics, sleek design and their curvy nature.

Use the chair in pairs


Use the wing back chairs in pairs when decorating to get the best. Place the two chairs side by side and include an accent table in between. This will provide a seating area that is warm and welcoming that you can use for watching TV or for reading. To create space for conversations or for playing social games, you can place the chairs across the sofa. This will allow for easy interactions and conversations. The chairs also help to add harmony and balance in the overall design of the room.


Upholstering the wing back chairs

You may want to upholster the chairs to fit your decor or if you the chairs you have are antiques or had another owner and the fabric is weathered or outdated. To bring the wing back chairs to date, you can reupholster using modern fabrics and the latest style combinations. This way, you will end up with chairs that are modern yet traditional, that also fit with your home decor. For instance, you can upholster the chairs with cotton and burlap, for a modern fresh design element. To make the wing chairs the focal point in the room, use floral patterns, smooth leather upholstery, velvet fabrics that are soft and damask prints for upholstery.

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Using plastic stack drawers to decorate

Using plastic stack drawers to decorate

Stack of plastic drawers can be used for decorating as well as for storage purposes. Though they do not seem to be decorating items at first, they can be embellished and displayed creatively to adapt to any room. Their availability in different colors makes it easy to the ones suitable with your décor. Below are some tips to help you use the drawers in your décor.

Paint them for a better effect


If even after you choose bins that have the appropriate color for your décor you still find them dull, you can spruce them up with paint. Give the drawers a fresh paint makeover. Remember to use a plastic primer so that the paint can stick and it does not peel off. You can paint all the bins in the same color. For more than five drawers, you can paint each bin a different color to create a rainbow effect. You may also create a fade effect by choosing one color and adding a little white as you paint each bin.

Plastic drawers as a coffee table

The drawers can also be used as a coffee table. This is by stacking two or three drawers on each end to create a table legs or base. On the stacked drawers, place a tabletop of glass or using kitchen cabinet doors. The cabinet doors can be connected by gluing a thin board on their back with adhesive. A smaller table will need one stack of the drawers made up of two or three bins and a top that is small. You may use one cabinet door. Use drawers of the color that matches the décor and you may also paint them if necessary.

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Arranging pillows on a twin bed to convert it into a day bed

Arranging pillows on a twin bed to convert it into a day bed

You can use pillows to transform a twin bed into a day bed with comfortable sitting area. All you need to do at night is to rearrange or remove the pillows to get an extra bed. You can also do the same transformation to the napping or the nursing area in the baby’s room. Below is a guide on how to do it.

Make two rows

Take rectangular and square cushions and arrange them in two rows along the bed and against the wall to create a sofa back. For the back row, use firm cushions and the front row softer cushions. This provides comfort and back support for the seating area. The rows also fill extra width that is on the bed for better sitting.
The patterns and colors of the prints should depend on the décor. For instance, back row can have solid colored cushions and front row to have print cushions. You may also use an arrangement using different colors for matching various room features.

Include bolsters

 

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Matching sofa pillows with window treatments

Matching sofa pillows with window treatments

Sofa pillows are accessories that are used to enhance and support the design style and therefore, can be referred to as room jewelry. To get a better outcome of the interior décor, you can match the pillows with the window treatments. The guide below will show you how to achieve the best match.

Identify the décor style


Identify the decorating style of the room so that you can know the sofa pillows to use. A room with traditional style décor will have old rugs, antiques and swags that are layered. A room that has leather furniture, with no accessories and with blinds could be a minimalist modern room. Contemporary style room will have overstuffed furniture, grommet-topped drapes and built in bookcases made from oak. When not sure of the decorating style, go through décor magazines and websites to find out.

Determine the color scheme

Determine the color scheme of the room to help you know which colors to use on the pillows. The main color takes up 60 percent, the secondary color takes 30 percent and the accent color takes 10 percent. The main color should be in accessories including the pillows. For easy identification of colors, use paint chips or color palette. This will help you to get the right colors.

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Matching sofa chairs to the room

Matching sofa chairs to the room

You may be having mismatched furniture where the sofa chairs and the sofa do not match. However, matching the sofa chair to the rest of the furniture and to the décor does not mean exact matching. You can match the sofa chairs with the room by coordinating colors of the fabrics with those of other furnishings and of the décor. Below are ways in which you can match the furnishings.

If two sofa chairs are matching

If there are two matching sofa chairs in the room and you want to match them with the rest of the room, start by looking for similarities. This is in terms of colors or patterns on the chairs. For instance, if the chairs are in blue and white striped fabrics and the couch has solid beige color, place blue and white pillows on the couch. The pillows can have different stripes or patterns as long as the colors are similar to the chairs colors. Place a throw in blue and white stripes at the back of the couch. You may also have sofa cushions in blue and white striped fabric to match that of the chairs. For a sofa with removable cushions, cover only the middle cushion with the striped fabric. Improve the matching by placing a throw pillow in beige at the sofa chairs.

Sofa chairs that are not matched

If your room has sofa chairs that do not match, use color to tie them. If the chairs have similar colors but different patterns, you can use solid colored pillows in one of the colors and place them on the chairs. If the sofa chairs do not match completely, place a pillow on the chair that has color from the other chair to tie the chairs using colors. In addition, place pillows matching the sofa chair on the sofa in order to create cohesion.

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Designing a couples bedroom

Designing a couples bedroom

A couple’s bedroom can be challenging to design especially if the partners have extreme decorating preferences that are different. This means that the couple needs to compromise in order to design their bedroom. Both tastes can be incorporated and an intimate space created if color, materials and patterns are mixed creatively.

Choose the bed


The bed is the focal point of a bedroom, and it should be the first one in the room. The couple should therefore choose a bed that fits their both tastes and then base the rest of decorations around it. The bed should inspire you on how to decorate the rest of the room. If your design tastes are different, find a design that works for you. For instance, if one person favors a traditional style and the other likes a modern style, then look for a bed that is between these two styles. You could try a classic bed in sleek black finish. This way, each one partners needs will have been met.

Use neutral furniture and walls


Arguments on whether the room should have a dark masculine color or light feminine color can be settled by using neutral colors on the walls and on furniture. Use neutral shades such as cream, white, taupe and gray on the walls. The furniture should have neutral shades that are darker such as black or chocolate brown. If the two of you prefer a rustic look, use the natural wood finish on the furniture as the neutral color.

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Decorating a kitchen that has an oak counter

Decorating a kitchen that has an oak counter

Oak counter tops add beauty and style to the kitchen with their warm and durable nature. The counter tops can be used in various kitchen designs, ranging from country to contemporary based on the grain and finish of the oak. Below are some tips you can use to decorate a kitchen that has an oak counter.

Decorations for kitchens with dark oak counters

You will find different varieties of oak counters in various finishes and stains such as dark and sleek. If the kitchen has colored and deeply toned counter, use lighter colors for the cabinets, floor and walls to add contrast. Paint the cabinets white in order to brighten the kitchen and leave the counter as the focal point. Paint the walls a pale, jeweled tone so the design can have color. The oak color will be reflected by the jewel tones on the walls. Use a pale color to maintain a light design.

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Choosing the right buffet cabinet

Choosing the right buffet cabinet

A buffet cabinet can serve many roles, but the main one is that of storing and serving food in the dining room. The cabinet also goes by the name sideboard and may be used to serve other purposes in the home. They come in different styles and materials, and you should therefore find the one that meets your needs and complements your décor. The tips below will guide you as you make the choice.

Consider the purpose

How you intend to use the cabinet should determine the type that you should buy. Do you want a cabinet for displaying your crystals and fine china while at the same time storing items such as silverware and linen? The cabinet to use should have glass doors at the top section and with cupboards and drawers at the bottom section.
If the buffet cabinet is for throwing casual parties where the food is laid out, and the guests help themselves, the cabinet should be long and low. A buffet cabinet for storage of items without the need to display them should have solid doors.

Where the cabinet will be located

The use of buffet cabinets should not be limited to the dining room. You can use the cabinet for storage in the hallway or a catchall surface in the foyer. Choose a cabinet with cupboards and drawers so that you can store items that are seasonal such as scarves, boots and hats. Your entrance can do with a long, low cabinet buffet with each season’s decorations. Include a bowl or a basket to hold the mail and keys. Your kitchen should also not be left out because a large low buffet can play the same role as the kitchen island with storage.

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Ideas on How to Use a Desk in the Living Room

Ideas on How to Use a Desk in the Living Room

If you want your living room also to become your home office, you may be faced with a challenge of how to include a desk without disrupting order. You will need to find for it a place in the room where it is less disruptive. Make sure that the desk is placed out of sight on the happenings of the living room. The desk should not be highly noticeable when one is sitting at the couch or watching TV. If there is no other place to put the desk except where it is visible, try to block it using a freestanding wall unit or a bookshelf.


A room divider can give the desk the much-needed privacy from the prying eyes of other people in the living room. The divider separates the desk from the sitting area in the living room and provides privacy when working. Some of the dividers that you may use are a folding screen, curtains or a large piece of furniture. A folding screen can be placed when working and be removed when not needed to open up the room. Curtains can be hanged on the ceiling using a track in order to separate the desk from the other parts of the living room.


Other large furniture such as a cabinet or a bookcase can also act as a room divider. Place the desk behind the furniture so that it is blocked from the seating area. If you do not want guests to see the desk, a room divider is not enough because it only conceals the desk without hiding it. To hide it completely, use a closet, if your living room has one. This will enable you to hide the desk and other items from the guests, especially when you are entertaining. Just make sure that the closet is situated on a corner where it will be of fewer disturbances. You may include shelves in the closet where you will place other items such as office supplies.

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Decorating Ideas on Kids Furnishings

Decorating Ideas on Kids Furnishings

Kids love lively things, and this extends even to their bedrooms. You therefore, need to be creative when making the bedroom furnishings attractive and lively. Due to the choosy mode, make sure you are aware of what the child likes before making any decorations. The tips below will help you to make your kids furnishings lively.

Choose the right furnishings


Being a kid’s room, you need to use furniture whose size is proportional to the kid. Get tables and chairs that are small to ensure that the kid can easily use them. Large furniture will be uncomfortable for the child.


Use a theme for the furnishings

Your child may be into movies and cartoons and would want their room to be designed based on these themes. Decide on the theme to use and do not forget to include your child’s input when making the final decision. This is their room, and they should love its design.
It may be above your budget to use a bed frame with a design of your kid’s favorite cartoon character, but that does not mean foregoing on the theme altogether. Look for ways to portray the theme without overspending. For instance, you can create wooden frame with the kid’s favorite character or theme and place it on the bed’s backrest. Paint the bed frame with the theme’s color. Use wallpapers with the same theme and you can include stickers and posters and place them on doors, walls and mirrors. Ensure that the tables and chairs have the same color combination with the theme. As long as you use a theme that your child loves, they will love the furnishings.

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Unusual Curtain Tiebacks Ideas

Unusual Curtain Tiebacks Ideas

A tieback can give curtains a new lease of life, especially if it is the unusual type and not the usual sash style or tassel tiebacks. The unusual tiebacks can also make your basic curtains to become head turners. You can turn your everyday items into curtain accessories that will look good on your curtains. You need to be style savvy and have a do-it-yourself initiative to make this work. Despite that, provided below are some unusual curtain tieback ideas that can turn your curtains in to head turners.


Using ties


Neckties can form good curtain tiebacks. They come in interesting patterns and endless colors making them suitable for any room. For instance, you can have black and white gingham tie on one curtain and a black and white paisley on the other. Color binds the two different patterns together and helps to maintain visual interest. You can use the ties in an understated bedroom, a den or a home office. If your living room is edgy, you can spice it up by using a black or red leather tie while a black bow tie can be used to include a formal touch. To use the ties on the curtains, tie them as you would on the neck. You may also wrap them around the curtains to form a bow or a knot.

Rope on curtains

If your decorating theme is rustic, country or western, you may use rope tiebacks. Take a used rope of about 2 feet and tie it around the curtains using a Honda knot that is figure 8 like. Dangle about a foot of the excess rope to a horseshoe or a wrought iron hook that is on the wall.
Curtains that do well with the ropes are canvas, hemp or organic cotton curtains. You may also use curtains with colorful prints such as those on saddle blankets or cowboy bandanas. The hooks that are hidden behind the curtains ensure the accessories are in place.

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