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DIY Cleaning Tips for Carpets

DIY Cleaning Tips for Carpets

After you paint your newly decorated room, you will put down your floor covering. Carpet is a widely chosen floor covering because carpets are warm under your feet, and they help to reduce noise in the home, but they create cleaning challenges, especially if you have children or pets. Hiring professional carpet cleaners can run into a lot of money, and you must be at home when they can come do the job. Luckily cleaning your own carpets has gotten easier than ever before.

You can rent a machine to clean your carpets with at many grocery stores, department stores, and vacuum sales stores. You can also buy a machine for homeowners to use for under two hundred dollars, and then you can clean your carpets as often as you like, at your convenience.

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DIY Window Treatment Ideas for your Home

DIY Window Treatment Ideas for your Home

Most people are in a rut when it comes to their window treatment ideas. For instance, look around your home. Have you placed basically the same design of window treatments in every room in your home? Do you have Roman shades on every window? Do you have curtains hanging on the same style curtain rods throughout the house? Well, it is time you started to think outside of the box and create some new looks over your windows.

Bear in mind that the window treatment you use should complement or match the other décor in the room. Do not use old fashioned antique looking picture frames and hang up plastic blinds over the windows. If you have hung antique picture frames, and have Victorian era furniture in the room you should hang heavy draperies made of plush materials like velvet to complete your look.

Have you ever seen the plastic rings that come around a six pack or 8 pack of soda? Did you know that you can make adorable window treatments using those rings and some yardage of material? You simply measure your window width and buy enough material to be three times the width of the window. Measure the length of each window and on each end of the yard goods place a rubber band holding just enough material to go down the side of the window. Then take the plastic rings you have saved and cut them, so they have three (or four) in a row lay one over the material. Start on either side and have the right side of the material facing out. Pinch together some of the material and pull it through a hoop in the plastic ring causing it to make a poof of fabric. Continue doing this until you have created poofs of fabric down the width of the material and then you can hang these window treatments using thumb tacks to hold the first plastic ring to the wall and then one tack at each ring along the upper section of the window. This is a great project for a college dorm room.

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DIY Window Treatment Tips and Ideas

DIY Window Treatment Tips and Ideas

When you are decorating your home, you have to choose window treatments. Of course, you know that there are many different colors, styles, and designs of window treatments, and you probably already have some preferences when it comes to these items. The expert’s advice that before you choose your window treatments, you take stock of the room they are in and ask the following questions:

     •I the look of the room formal or casual?

     •Does the room need to be filled with light or kept semi-dark?

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Designer Tips you can use for DIY Window Treatment Selections

Designer Tips you can use for DIY Window Treatment Selections

The amount of privacy you need in a room is one of the biggest things for you to consider when you are choosing the design of your window treatments. If the room does not require a lot of privacy, then you might choose to put up a simple valance, or build a decorative cornice over the top of the window. You might decide to hang sheer panels over the window to diffuse the light a little or to add a softer look to the décor of the room. These choices would not be appropriate for a bedroom or bathroom where more privacy is required.

If you are treating windows in a bedroom or bathroom, you want to provide the ultimate amount of privacy and yet you also want to create an attractive look. You can still make the room have a softer look by hanging roller shades that will pull down and completely obliterate the outside view and hang beautiful sheers over the shades. You would attach the curtain rod supporting the sheers to the section of window above the sill so that the sheer hangs in front of the window and softens the look. You can experiment with layering different products when you want to create different looks in the room.

If you work shift work then you know there are times that you need the room to be dark during the middle of the day. You can achieve this dark simulation by using black out shades or really heavy draperies. Blackout shades can be purchased in several different styles so you can get a look you are happy with and the light control that you need.

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DIY Tips to Make Life more Pleasant in your Home

DIY Tips to Make Life more Pleasant in your Home

We all would like to have a house that is completely free of clutter, at least we would like this to be true when we have guests drop by. The truth is that most of us have some clutter in our living rooms, kitchens, and dens, and most of us could benefit from knowing quick ways to disguise the clutter and make our house look beautiful in a short period of time.

One of the easiest ways to declutter a living room in a hurry is to toss everything into the hall closet. Of course after the guest have left you have to dig around in the hall closet hoping to find some of the items, like the remote to the television. Instead of hastily throwing things in the closet provide yourself with places to put these items in a hurry. You can hang a shoe organizer on the back of the hall closet door. Open the door and stash all of the papers, remotes, and other things that are strewn around the room in the organizer. When guests leave you will know exactly where your items are and will be able to get to them easily.

Decorate the room with a couple of ottomans that have storage compartments. You lift the lid and there is an empty space made for placing blankets or pillows. You can quickly straighten up a room and store everything that is out of place in the ottoman until the guests leave.

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