Make a striking focal point the foundation of your spa-like bathroom
Jun06

Make a striking focal point the foundation of your spa-like bathroom

American homeowners’ desire for spa-like bathrooms shows no signs of waning, says the latest Design Trends report by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). From freestanding bath tubs and floating vanities to LED lighting and soothing color schemes, some of the most-requested bathroom renovations focus on creating the atmosphere of luxury and calm found in world-class spas. With the average mid- to upscale bathroom remodeling costing in the range of $30,000, homeowners are also looking for the most cost-effective way to create that spa-like feeling. Many are opting to build their bathroom renovations around a focal point, such as a freestanding tub or luxury shower, and round out the effect with more modest accessories and fixtures. Choosing a focal point Homeowners are choosing to install freestanding soaking tubs in their master bathrooms, in particular, to create an exclusive sanctuary of relaxation. In fact, in 2016 half of NKBA members were asked to install freestanding tubs in bathroom remodels, and 60 percent expect to be doing more of them in 2017. Traditionally styled freestanding tubs were often claw-footed fixtures that meshed well with conventional design themes, but struggled to fit into the sleek, contemporary lines associated with a spa-like setting. Strikingly modern freestanding tubs offer expanded design flexibility as a focal point in today’s spa-inspired bathroom settings. Options like the American Standard Coastal-Serin Freestanding Tub in high-gloss cast acrylic enhance the deep soaking space of a luxurious tub with a clean, simple and modern profile that fits well in spa-like bathroom design. Few bathroom fixtures speak of luxury as clearly and loudly as a showpiece bathtub. A deep, sumptuous freestanding tub not only provides a restful spot for a soothing soak after a long day, it also serves as a striking visual focal point for modern baths. Considering Fixture Alternatives Already have a standard alcove tub, but still want to create your spa at home? Try installing a deep soak tub drain, which has a unique overflow feature that allows 2-inch deeper water than a standard bathtub drain. This universal drain works in most standard bathtubs — and that could be yours. Replacing a standard toilet seat with an upscale option like the DXV AT100 SpaLet Electronic Bidet Seat furthers the luxuriousness of the bathroom without the cost commitment and permanency of installing a full bidet. Its heated seat, choice of water temperature and volume for the two cleansing wands, and the oh-so-decadent warm air dryer are the ultimate self-indulgence to bring the spa right into your home. Wood vanities and storage cabinets for bath linens continue to be popular with today’s consumers. Floating vanities and open shelving, which...

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Severing Bonds – The Roommate Survival Guide to Moving Home
Jan19

Severing Bonds – The Roommate Survival Guide to Moving Home

Rental prices can mean that sometimes you will have to live with someone else. Sharing a house or apartment is always an interesting time, not necessarily good and not necessarily bad, but it does test the boundaries of your friendship if you’re living with friends. Some people choose to live with people who they meet online or through friends, and this can often work out better, as there is less history between the two involved parties. For stuff like cleaning the house upon exiting, a cleaning service like Whizz Home Cleaning Service can take all of the work out of your hands, which can help to ease the moving-out tensions often brought on between housemates. Be Clear on Rules This is a very important point. Before moving in with someone, make sure to have a discussion about what they expect from the living situation, and clearly explain what you expect. Communication is key when it comes to interpersonal relationships, and sharing something as important and personal as a home means that everyone needs to have their say about what they need. You are included in this, don’t neglect to mention something on the basis that it is assumed, always assume that unless openly and clearly stated, the other person is unaware. This works to minimise errors in communication. Split Everything Often people will try splitting everything evenly, which can work well, however sometimes people will instead opt to pay prices based on what they have used or the size of their room. This is a different method which might not always work, but if you are going to attempt it, being clear on the parameters that define the costs is very important. Finance is a touchy subject, and friendships have been built and broken on less than a missing fifty dollars on a gas bill. Respect Each Other’s Privacy Always remember that you are living with another adult, and that that person has just as much need for privacy as you do. You don’t open their letters, go into their room, or look through their things without their permission, and you will have a harmonious household. Fail to do so, and you might stand to lose a friend. Keep in mind that you wouldn’t want people going through your things, and that trust needs to be built and maintained between two parties, not bought or sacrificed lightly. If you both treat each other’s privacy with respect, you stand a better chance of  having a mutually respectful and beneficial living arrangement. Make Concessions Everyone wants a perfect home, which includes you and your future roommate. Your tastes might be different,...

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Your Complete Guide To Mattress Shopping This Summer
Jan06

Your Complete Guide To Mattress Shopping This Summer

Summers are approaching, and you must be getting all charged up for it! I know it has been a lazy winter season and now you want to have a lot of fun in the sun. Well you must, but you should also keep some points in mind about how to stay fit and healthy during the season. If you are planning to buy a mattress this season and having sound sleeps, then here’s your complete guide to it. Before deciding for a mattress, you must also keep in mind the climate of Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth or wherever you are in Australia. Your mattress should be able to adapt itself as per the weather conditions. You should know your mattress well before purchasing one. Try a Memory Foam Mattress You got to implement certain methods for a better sleep because you can’t control the weather. By using a heat and pressure-relieving memory foam mattress you can sleep well in almost any weather condition. They are really comfortable and offer good durability. But they are a bit costly, so you will have to check if you can afford them. The Senso Memory Ultima Plus mattress is a good form of memory foam mattress which can easily adjust to the temperature of your sleeping environment. It is just the perfect mattress to survive hot and uncomfortable nights. It easily adjusts your body’s movements and accommodates your pressure points well. Your body must cool down and be relaxed if you want to sleep the right way. This mattress is an excellent combination of comfort and cooling sleep technology. Yes, you can get a mattress online! It’s perfectly fine to buy mattresses online these days like any other commodity. You can find a number of websites these days selling good mattresses along with other bed accessories like, headboards, pillows, bed frames, etc. Just do some proper research on these websites and you may find a very good deal. Make sure your seller includes all the important warranty policies for you. You must also insist your seller to offer you in-house trial feature. It is really important to try a mattress well before you finalize one. Follow a strict bedtime schedule The best way to sleep during any weather condition is by following a strict bedtime schedule. It helps you attaining a healthy body, so that you easily get adapted to abrupt temperature changes. Remember that bedtime routines are not similar for everyone. Exercise a bit Sudden changes in weather often lead to pain in the joints as well as poor blood circulation. You can avoid them by doing some stretches before you sleep...

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Types of home bars you should consider
Dec27

Types of home bars you should consider

Having a larger liquor collection can impose the need for an adequate piece of furniture to be designed, as well as an adequate position in your room. This means that you should have free space, but it doesn’t mean that you should buy some overprice bar. There are many bar designer offered by the stores for an acceptable prices. The only thing you should is to decide on which type of home bar design will bring you most pleasure and enjoyment.  Keep in mind that there are different types of home bars, some of them are: straight bar, corner home bar, folding home bar, hide a home bar, and wrap-around home bar. Straight home bar Straight home bar is the classical type of bar we commonly see. Namely, this type of bar has a space to accommodate the bartender, while the guests are placed (sitting or standing) in front of the bar. This home bar type can demand more space because it is placed away form the wall in order to have enough space for the bartender. Corner home bar Among the different types of home bars, the corner home bar is most popular for saving space and turning the empty doll corner into essential area of the room. Because it is placed in corner it doesn’t take up much of your usable space. In addition, this type of bar can be an elegant yet practical decoration if you have a larger area. Moreover, since it is placed in the corner, it can provide a discretion if you want to move away from the room crowd. Folding home bar This bar design is also referred to as swing open bar. This bar is practical because it can maximize the existing space. As the name implies, the sides of the bar can be opened and it can form a standard home bar size. Because it is foldable, it is also flexible. Namely, if you don’t need it just fold it. Hide a home bar Hide a home bar is a bar offering discretion and flexibility. Because of primary goal, it can comer in variety of designs, there are hide a home bars designs which look nothing like a bar, but a small door will open the door to a liquor pleasure.  It is also useful because it protects your bar content form dirt. It also provides the option for a lockable door, if you want to protect your favorite liquor. Wrap-around home bar Wrap-around home bar has an extendable counter space. The bar can be extended on both side to form a U-shaped outline. It is common for this home...

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Behind the Business | Restructuring Your Office Setup For Style and Creativity
Nov15

Behind the Business | Restructuring Your Office Setup For Style and Creativity

If the face of your business is your office then you have to ask yourself “what does my face say about me?”  A beautiful office environment with clean lines and a contemporary feel speaks volumes about your success, productivity and style.  It is not uncommon however for companies even within the building or design industry to have become so concentrated on creating magnificent showpieces for others that they have allowed their own ‘faces’ to become somewhat unkempt. The office environment you present to the world not only has implications with your clients, it also impacts on things like employee creativity, productivity and mental health. Considering the high stakes involved, let’s take a look at a few initiatives that you can undertake to restructure and revitalise your office and workspaces. Livable Luxury There is nothing like working with a commercial interior designer to really create workspaces that come alive.  Not only can they design perfect spaces for your unique needs, but they can also source exceptional furnishings and finishes to give you that ‘one of a kind’ look.  As an example, check out One Stop Office Interiors executive chairs.  Leather chairs are the ultimate in sleek luxury and provide a happy employee combined with the beauty of natural leather. Interior designers can also supply a range of magnificent furnishings that are ergonomically designed and a delight to behold. It’s not all about the work If there is one thing any commercial interior designer worth their salt would recommend, it is downtime spaces. These are areas where staff can move away from their desks, and may be filled with communal lounges where they can sit and share their experience and ideas.  Don’t underestimate the value of this – it is all about the whole being greater than the parts.  Quiet zones and focus rooms are fast becoming common in the modern workplace. They allow employees a place to concentrate away from the noise and distractions of an open plan office or provide quiet areas away from the main hub to cater for confidential meetings and the like.  Private phone rooms and domed booths are also a great way to maintain open plan work spaces whilst allowing staff areas of privacy. Free Range Offices Just like free range chickens flourish over battery hens, people also flourish when they don’t feel tied to their desk.  Allow employees to go for walks in the sun which will improve their health, mental outlook and gets the creative juices flowing.  As a writer, I often hit a wall and seem to be lost for words so I take off for a long stroll.  100% of the...

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Table Decoration in the Spirit of Autumn
Sep27

Table Decoration in the Spirit of Autumn

Are you interested for fancy table decoration in the spirit of Autumn in beautiful and elegant style? If your answer is yes, then we invite you to discover our selection of 10 original ideas for party table decoration or – just – for everyday table! image via www.kristynalysse.com image via blog.travelshopa.com image via www.blesserhouse.com image via kelleynan.com image via www.housebeautiful.com image via www.deerpearlflowers.com image via www.farmhouseurban.com image via casaydiseno.com image via deavita.com image...

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10 Colorful Kid’s Room Ideas
Sep26

10 Colorful Kid’s Room Ideas

For children to feel comfortable and cozy, it is necessary to create a suitable atmosphere. The children room is best place for that. Most often it’s their own room, which can be the perfect place if it is decorated perfectly, according to the kid’s wishes. There are so many ways of decorating children room. It depends on their wish and imagination. If you’re wondering what colors or furniture you choose, and how to deploy them in the new nursery, check out our proposals and realistic 3D projects. Choose suitable variant. There is a lot of ideas like – colored walls, photo wallpaper or stickers of favorite cartoon characters, toys and colorful pillows … image via www.qisiq.com image via www.design-decoration-ideas.com image via 4-homedecor.com image via sazhaemvsadu.ru image via tehnos24.ru image via palmiramebel.ru image via design-homes.ru image via designbyhand.ru image via remontkvartiri.su image...

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Expert Tips on How to Choose the Best Mattress for Your Needs
Sep03

Expert Tips on How to Choose the Best Mattress for Your Needs

You’ve just walked into a mattress store, but there are multitudes of options before your eyes! How will you ever possibly choose? Fear not, there are a few key guidelines that you can adhere to, to ensure you pick the perfect mattress for your sleep. What are your budget and needs? Are you waking up with aches and pains? Are you having trouble sleeping? If the answers to this are yes, chances are you need a new mattress. From here, you’ll then need to consider how much you want to spend. This will narrow down the options you have to research, making the process of buying a mattress easier. Do your research It is crucial that you research your mattress options before you buy, choosing the size and type that will suit your individual needs. Think back to the times when and where you have felt most comfortable in bed sleeping, and try to pinpoint why. Was it a soft or hard mattress? How much pillows did you sleep with? Start with a store or brand you trust Furniture stores, department stores, sleep specialty shops and online boutiques all sell mattresses. Look for a retailer, such as Koala Mattress, that provides you with the right information and attention. If you don’t know where to shop, ask friends and family for their suggestions. Ask for help Work with knowledgeable salespeople who can guide you through your bedding choices. Ask questions and look for detailed explanations when needed. Whether it is online or in-store, If you don’t feel your salesperson is knowledgeable or helpful, take your business elsewhere. Test-drive your new mattress Once in the store, do the sleep test! Remove your shoes and lie down on several different models in various positions. Don’t be embarrassed! Be sure to spend extra time in the position you usually sleep in. It can take up to 15 minutes to relax enough to feel the true support of a mattress, so don’t rush it. The more time you take in a store, the less likely you’ll have buyer’s remorse later on. If you are making an online purchase, ensure there is a generous guarantee that allows you to return it within a set number of nights if it is not achieving your desired level of comfort. Compare It’s important that you compare and contrast a shortlist of mattresses to end up with the best possible option. A great way to compare mattresses is to see what’s actually inside the material. Ask the salesperson if they can show you illustrated or actual cutaways of the interior of the different mattress. It’s also important that you...

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5 Signs Your Bathroom Needs to be Renovated
Aug25

5 Signs Your Bathroom Needs to be Renovated

The bathroom in your home is one of the most widely used rooms in the house. You and your family are likely in there several times a day, using the toilet, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and doing your make-up. If your bathroom is dated, it may not be as functional as you would like. There are five telling signs that your bathroom needs a remodel that you should know. Dated Vanity If you live in an older home, your bathroom vanity is likely dated. If you live in a very old home, you may not have a vanity at all. This can lead to problems. A new vanity will give you the counter space that you need to hold your soap dish, toothbrush holder, and even store your heated hair appliances. Also, you can get a new vanity with enough drawers and storage space to hold everything that you need when you are getting ready to start the day. One of the most popular and stylish types of vanities available are timber vanity tops. Loose or Missing Tiles If you have any missing or loose tiles on your bathroom floor, on the walls, or in the shower, it can have a very negative effect on the appearance of your bathroom. When this happens, it is a great excuse to update your bathroom with a modern look, such as trendy subway tiles or a custom design from floor to ceiling. You can even play around with colours and patterns, to give your bathroom a beautiful, new look. Outdated Toilet If your bathroom was not built or has not been remodeled in 15 years, your toilet is likely outdated. Even if it is functioning properly, modern models are cleaner, smaller, and are more water efficient. You can also find toilets to match your individual style and the colour pattern that you are striving for in your bathroom. Since you are going to be updating your toilet, you may as well update the rest of the bathroom. Poor Lighting Years ago, the trend was dark bathrooms. Over the years, the style has changed. Some homeowners still decorate with dark colors, but they have upgraded their lighting. The more light you have in the bathroom, the easier it will be to see when you are trying to get ready for the day. Hanging lighting fixtures and recessed lighting are very big today in bathroom remodels. If you are upgrading your lighting during your bathroom remodel, you should also take the opportunity to add additional outlets in the bathroom for added functionality. Worn Out Enamel Over time and with...

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How to do an affordable kitchen renovation in your home
Apr04

How to do an affordable kitchen renovation in your home

Something that has grown in popularity in the past few years has been the renovation for profit. It’s also known as flipping houses. This kind of renovation should be done with great caution, because it requires someone to be a skilled renovator in order to be able to make a profit. We’re not advocating getting into the flipping game – far from it. We’d only like to bring to your attention some of the key tips that expert house flippers have gained over the years so that you can benefit from them! After all, performing a quality renovation cheaply and quickly is a key part of flipping – and being able to renovate the kitchen well without overcapitalising is definitely something good to know. Let’s take a look at how to perform a kitchen renovation. image via esilifestyle.com.au Understand the big power of paint. When you go into a kitchen and notice peeling paint or discoloured walls above the stove you automatically think – old, dirty, or a combination of the two! If the structure and layout of your kitchen is already pretty decent you should look at just popping a few coats of well-chosen paint up. Colour can be updated quickly and easily in this way, and you get a great new kitchen to enjoy without having to dig out the power tools. Paint can be used to conceal a whole host of sins – from dated tiles to discoloured basins. You just need to make sure that you acquire the right kind of paint for the job and that you do a good job of painting. A key rule is to make sure that everything is nice and clean before you start, and take care not to get any drips and runs going on. image via esilifestyle.com.au Get floor fancy If your kitchen is looking a bit dated in the floor department then you should really look into getting something that can cover it up quickly and easily. Today we have a whole range of finishes available – from stick on vinyl flooring to laminate floorboards. Take a look at what you have to work with and then make sure that you do the job well. There’s nothing worse than something looking the part but underperforming grossly. image via esilifestyle.com.au Remodel things if you need to As you know, a kitchen can be a terribly expensive thing to renovate – unless you take some great shortcuts. As an example if you cabinets are in good condition, just change the drawer and cupboard fronts instead of replacing the whole shamozzle. The same goes for your benches. If they’re...

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