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Summertime Here! Don’t Sweat It; Wood Blinds will Save You!

By Darius J.

Summertime can be fun but also be very hot, yikes! If you’re trying to cool down the indoor patio a great way to do so would be to add wood blinds. Wood blinds help to keep the room cool, as well as complement any décor that you have. Once you find your feng shui, your new wood blinds will fall into its rightful place.

On the same side of this equation adding natural wood blinds will bring nature to your home instantly. With different finishes such as golden oak, walnut and maple, along with other selections will add style and color; while the wood blinds insulation technology helps to keep heat out. Amazing right! Hey don’t worry when it start to get a little breezy out the insulation in the wood blinds work its magic again, and will help to keep the porch cozy and warm.

That’s the beauty of nature, the benefits of wood blinds are great; and the best part is that you will see that regardless of the decor in your home. Wood blinds will bring log cabin inspiration to reality, and all you need is a little imagination to make it happen. 

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Yard Sale Lookouts

Finding and incorporating retro or vintage items can finish off or start a whole new décor scheme for a room in your home. Some things you can find new that are meant to look old or weathered other you can actually find and a lot of the time you will pay less. And when you can’t find that perfect item to finish off a room or be that focal point you can use some tricks to weather and DIY them yourself!

One of the places you can find a lot of great items for that farm house feel or vintage looking pieces is actually Target. I know what you are thinking why would target have it? Well they partnered with HGTVs Joannah Gaines to carry her Hearth and Home Collection. This collection has a ton of great pieces that are both affordable and stylish.

One of my personal favorite places to find these type of items is at estate or garage sales. You can really find anything at these sales and normally pick them up very cheap because people just want more room. You can find a lot of old items at these types of sales, weathered wood that you can repurpose to make into tables or accent signs, and thing to keep an eye open for are cool little knick-knacks that you can use to fill console tables or shelves. These items can very quiet a bit and be personal to your style, for example skeleton keys candle sticks interesting sculptures and even old typewriters and cameras whatever you see and can’t live without! Estate and garage sales are normally limited to the weekends and if you are looking to get a great deal earlier in the week you may want to check out some thrift or antique shops. As they say, one persons’ trash is another persons’ treasure.

And if you can’t find that perfect piece there are some great easy ways to weather metal and wood. A lot of these are explained in some great tutorials online but are as simple as soaking the metal in lemon juice to give it a nice patina and aged look. Whatever the look is its most likely you can spend some time and make it yourself and then you will truly have a one of a kind piece that you can be proud of.

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Updating the Old Wood

A lot of houses were traditionally made with wooden trim and baseboards. While the craftsmanship shows, and the bold colors of the wood certainly make a statement, unfortunately stained trim has become a style that ages your homes appearance. Also, unfortunate, is how difficult it can be to just cover it up with a coat of white paint. Learning from personal experiences, and a lot of trial and error, we have come up with a list of instructions, suggestions, and ideas to help you (and let you learn from our mistakes).

For starters, as previously mentioned, do not just start to paint with white paint and expect high quality results. While it sounds good in theory, the reality is that it just won’t work – there will be streaks, bumps, and a lot of imperfections. Step one must be breaking out the sand paper. Depending on how much trim you have, we suggest the foam sanding cubes, or even a power sander with a light grit paper. At this point, you’ll have to feel out your own situation – how many layers of stain or clear coat were used over the years – and judge how many times you will have to sand. You will probably not get all the color out of the wood, and that’s okay, but try to get down to a surface that will allow the wood to take on new layers of paint.

Once everything is sanded, then it is time for the priming. This is the place you want to invest your money. The higher quality the primer, the better the final project will look – look for primers specifically for hard to cover surfaces. Apply three layers of primer. While it may seem unnecessary, it is important! By the time you get to your final coat of white paint, you want to make sure the surface is covered, clean, and smooth, and the multiple layers of primer will help you to get there.

Finally, time for the white paint. You want to choose a glossy or semi-gloss finish for the trim paint. Not only will it help to hide any imperfections when the paint has a bit of a shine to it, but it is also much easier to maintain trim that has some glossiness – and being that you are going with white – you need easy to clean!

In most cases, if you follow these directions step by step, you will come out with a refreshed, bright, and updated space. This is one case where cutting corners will definitely lead to more work in the long run – but remember it will be worth it when you’re done!!

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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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Modern Wall Trends

#1- Textured decorative wall panels and 3D design ideas

Textured decorative wall panels and tiled design ideas are extravagent and chic wall design trends of 2016. Contemporary decorative wall panels create an unusual 3D effect, bringing drama into modern interior design and creatively transforming living spaces.

#2 – Wall Decorations with Designer Fabrics

Textiles help create stunning walls. Decorative fabrics are one of the most unusual wall design trends of 2016. Upholstery fabrics and silk, cotton fabrics and synthetics create cozy and beautiful rooms.

#3 – Ceramic Tiles and Mosiac Tile Designs

Modern tiles are one of traditional and popular wall designs can entrance interiors by adding wood and stone textures. Mirrored and glossy tile designs make rooms look brighter and bigger, while mosiac tile designs bring fabulous decoration patterns into modern wall designs and create surprising optical illusions.

#4- Leather

Leather wall panels are one of the most brave wall design trends of 2016. Soft and warm, the leather tiles and wall panels add Bohemian chic to modern interior design and create truly unique, cozy and beautiful home interiors.

#5 – Exposed brick wall designs and wooden walls

Exposed brick wall design ideas can emphasize loft living spaces and add unique accents to country home decorating wooden walls are universally appealing, warm and charming, defining the most traditional wall design trends of 2016.

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Cottage Beauty

Cottage Beauty

Do you enjoy going to the cottage but sometimes find that the summer passes by too quickly for you to get to go?  Why not bring the cottage feel to your home summer!  Here are a few tips to make your home feel more nature-driven and a bit like a cottage without the getaway.

First off, choose an area to decorate.  This can be a sunroom, a big porch, or a closed off area in the backyard.  You can even go as far as decorating your kitchen and breakfast nook, or family room.  Basically any casual room that you can just sit and enjoy with family and friends can be decorated to give it that cottage-feel.   

Adding little elements will make all the difference.  Hang a painting showcasing nature, or vintage plates on the walls, install bamboo shades on your windows, and use some wood-inspired furniture, such logs as benches or little side tables.  Another really nice look is to get a wooden table that has all the natural wood grain and knots in it to give the room that cottage-like feel.  You can also put up a few open shelves, displaying tea canisters, mugs, bowls and dishes.  Add fabrics such as burlap or linen, as table runners or pillows.  All these little things will  make a big difference in making your space a summer getaway.

So if you enjoy going to the cottage, but don’t have enough time this summer, try adding all of these decorating elements to the area of your choice, which will give it a cottage feel without having to go the extra mile.

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Going Green Beyond Energy Efficiency

Going Green Beyond Energy Efficiency

by Gina G.

A popular topic in window treatments when concerning the environment is energy efficiency.  Many people want to protect the green they spend in energy costs when heating and cooling the home.  Some folks have drafty windows; others have replacement windows but also want all the help they can get.  However, there are other ways to “go green” in selecting window treatments.  Perhaps the most overlooked, yet easy way to be environmentally friendly when selecting a window treatment is to choose the treatment in a material that is either organic or recyclable.

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Think Spring!

By Sami E.

Winters can be dull, cold, and grey. As the weather starts to warm, nothing can bring the spring vibe into your home like some bright, natural colours. New window treatments can be a great way to ditch those winter blues and get ready for warmer weather. A little green in your room can brighten up your space and give you a vibrant decor. As the trees begin to bloom fully, so too can your living space. Try one of our many woven wood shades to spruce up your place for the spring. Our Palau style roman shade in a Carraway colour can do just that, this natural woven wood shade has heavy green tones with some browns and greys mixed in, this can bring spring time vibrancy and a natural feel to any room. If you prefer the functionality of a tilting blind, our 2″ real wood blinds are light weight, practical and available in a wide variety of colours. An espresso colour in our Laredo or Estates styles can bring a warm, rich feel to your living area while maintaing a natural look. For best results match up the colour of your natural hardwood flooring or furniture with one of our wood blinds, this will make your windowd pop and can help put the final touches on a perfectly decorated room.

For those who favour simplicity, our full line of sunweave roller shades are a great addition to any room. Our Barcelona style in a Toffee or Java colour can provide a nice accent to your decor. The advantage with these styles is that each has a few different colours in it, this means that no matter your colour scheme this fabric will pick up on many different colours in your room. These shades are not just beautiful, they are also practical. As the weather warms they will help insulate your room, blocking anywhere from 90-97% UV, protecting your furniture and flooring from fading while ensuring that your air conditioner won’t be working overtime. This type of insulation will surely help lower your energy output (as will our woven wood and Real wood blinds) and ultimately aid in the preservation of the environment.

 

 

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Making It Work: Wood Paneling!

By Gina G.

Making It Work:  Wood Paneling              

Many of us have had some type of experience with wood paneling.  Whether it is considered a left over relic from previous home owners, a byproduct of the 1950s suburban housing sprawl, or embraced as a unique décor in your home, wood paneling can appear to be dated.  And, although often times those who inherit a room or home with wood paneling are ambivalent about it, there are actually a few different ways to make wood paneling work for a home.

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Reclaiming Wood for your Cottage Space

Reclaiming Wood for your Cottage Space

Getting that cottage décor to exactly what we are looking for, isn’t always an easy hurtle to jump.  A very popular look in decorating today is the weather wood, and country home trend. Not all of us have antiques, or naturally beautiful “weathered with time” furniture pieces, for that one of a kind look that goes hand in hand with the country home feel.

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