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Flooring Options

Flooring Options

When tackling a flooring project, there are a ton of factors to keep in mind. We’ve tried to put together some information to make the options seem a little less overwhelming. Some of the important questions that need to be asked are – what room is it/how it is the room used;

what is the budget you are looking to stay within, who is going to install the flooring, and ultimately, what is the look you are going for. Most of the time people start with the look, and work backwards, which generally leads to a more complicated decision (especially if one of the first questions eliminates some of your options).

  • Carpet generally falls under the “lower cost” category. It is generally a quick and easy solution, and depending on how much space you are covering, a lot of places throw in a free installation. Of course, there are some downsides to consider. In terms of durability, you would not want to use carpet in an extremely high traffic area – think foyer or front door, an area with high levels of moisture, or an area where food is often consumed.
  • Tile ranges significantly in cost depending on style, thickness, and material. One big consideration is it tends to be a bigger installation – which will come with a slightly larger price tag. Great for areas where carpet is usually not good – messy, moist, high traffic areas. One concern is it can get very cold depending on the climate and depending on where it is you may end up using a lot of area rugs.
  • Hard wood. Usually chosen based on décor style, hard wood comes in a variety of different tones and stains. It is good in most areas of the home with the exception of the bathroom (due to moisture) but has become increasingly popular in kitchens as well. They can be refinished over time if they lose their shine or become worn looking. Will also require more of an expert installation.
  • Engineered wood/composite. Has the look of hard wood floor, and generally comes at a lower price point. Holds up better than hard wood in high moisture areas – especially recommended for basements. Downsides are that it cannot be refinished, and generally varies a lot from manufacturer to manufacturer – focus on thickness when shopping.

The thing to keep in mind when choosing the floor options is that it is a decision that will be relatively permanent. You want to pick the option that you see yourself being happy with for years to come – don’t settle for an option now based on price that you anticipate wanting to change in the next five years – better to wait it out until its in the budget and chose the best option!

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Effectively Decorating Your Studio Apartment

You just got that new place; a place to call your own. A nice, little studio apartment with a quaint view of the park across the street; then you walk in and realize you have no idea how to create an effective space which include both a kitchen and a bedroom. Well, that’s why we’re here to help!

Studio apartments are infamous for being “impossible” to make feel like a home. I strongly disagree. There are hundreds of ways to make a small space feel like a few different spaces while still maintaining an open living concept. The first of these being dividers. One of the most effective ways to divide or separate a space now-a-days is the cubed-shelving. These shelves literally just look like hollow squares stacked on top of one another and/or next to each other. This allows for space to be separated (say from a kitchen to where the bed will be) yet still have the voided space which is great for maintaining that open feeling and also great for storage and decor! Another great way to both decorate and “section-off” your studio apartment, is to use area rugs. Something we have found works really well is solid colored area rugs what blend well together but are a different color for different space. It ends up creating a very elegant and modern look in the space.

Greenery and plant life are also a great thing to add to any studio apartment. This creates an organic and calming sensation in a space and almost guarantees a sense of comfort in any space, large or small. There is something about plants that just make people happy. And the best part is, you don’t have to have a real plant! It can be a fake one too, so no excuses with the “i don’t have a green thumb” thing. You can find great fake trees or ferns that look 100% real for a relatively low cost as well.

The last part of decorating a studio apartment that we would like to talk about are the window treatments. In most studio apartments, you typically have 1 or maybe 2 windows TOTAL since it is such a small space. In this case you don’t have a lot of natural light so you need to make sure you have a blinds or shade that will let in natural light even if closed. There are a lot of options now for shades that act as blinds too so they will give you privacy when needed but also allow for the natural like to come in as well.

When decorating small spaces, always remember that less is more. Organization is key as well. Happy decorating!!

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