A Mirror Is A Great Home Decor Piece

Who doesn’t love looking at their reflection in the mirror?  Seriously, I mean everyone loves that right? Mirrors are a great tool for vanity and for checking out things on and around us. But lately, mirrors aren’t just mirrors anymore. They became a home interior design staple, you can pretty much see a decorative mirror in almost every home design idea you’ll find on Pinterest and Tumblr. Why? There are a lot of reasons why a mirror can be a great decoration. And here they are.

They’re Elegant – Try searching for home design websites or a blogger’s site, such as Pinterest and even celebrity houses, you’ll see a lot of mirrors and furniture being incorporated together. Having those fancy decorative mirrors as a décor can elevate your home interior’s look and give it an elegant touch. Go for gold framed ones with the most intricate and carefully designed frames.

They Can Make The Space Look Bigger – Another reason why you should incorporate mirrors into your home decors is because it makes the house seem bigger. Mirrors are also known for their ability to form an optical illusion through the use of reflection, they can make a small space seem bigger and wide floor areas seem even wider.

They’re Versatile – Mirrors are very versatile when it comes to partnering it with other themes. Just decorate its frame and you’re good. Plus, it will work great with any backdrop color.

They can make your home look brighter – Mirrors are great when it comes to reflecting light and spreading around. If you have a problem with a lack of natural light in your home, then I suggest you should try having several mirrors all throughout the house. Guaranteed, it will make your place look brighter and livelier.

They Can Still Act As Normal Mirrors – The only thing that differentiates a decorative mirror from a normal one is its frame. It can still be used as a normal mirror on a day to day basis.

Do-It-Yourself Home Decoration Tips

DIY arts and crafts is actually very good for a lot of reasons. Aside from the fact that you’re saving a lot of money, you’re also recycling a lot of things which is good for Mother Earth. But even if it’s a really good option, some people still flinch at the idea of turning an old thing into something new. We all want the easy route, and that is alright. But if you are interested in learning some really good DIY home décor crafts that will surely look great in your humble abode, keep on reading. Tweaking things is never a bad option, especially if you play it at your advantage and I’m going to show you how to do just that.

Make A Small Table Out Of Bricks – This is very easy. Just assemble a couple of bricks and build them up until they reach the height of a small table. Aside from it not being expensive, it all has that grungy feel that is very trendy with young people these days.

Personalized Canister Vase – There’s no need to get rid of those plastic canisters right away. You can breathe new life into them by turning them into a beautifully hand painted flower vase. All you need are a few colors of paint and a tin or a plastic canister. All that’s left to do then is to let your creativity shine.

Egg and Plastic Bottle Cap Mosaic – Another interesting way to show off your creativity and at the same time decorate your home is to make mosaics out of eggs and plastic bottle caps. It’s recycled art folks, and that’s a huge trend these days.

 Blanket Table Mats – Another good way to add your personal touch in your home decors is to utilize the things you already have and give them new purpose so you won’t have to throw them away. Making table mats out of old winter blankets can be a really good way to save money and at the same time recycle stuff that you might not be using anymore.

Door Mats Made Out Of Bottle Caps – Using bottle caps and turning them into a door mat can really be a good practice of recycling and being creative. Just gather as many bottle caps as you can, nail them upside down on a square piece of wood and you already have an effective door mat that barely cost you anything

Stairwell Decor Ideas

A crucial yet all too often overlooked area of your home is easily your stairwell. Most of us neglect it when we thinK of improving home decor (with the exception of the holidays), but the fact of the matter is it can easily be the decorative core to your home. This rings especially true if its centered.  Here are a few ways to enhance your stairwell:

1. Add A Gallery

This one's pretty easy. Make use of all of that space along the wall of your stairwell (unless of course its a winding staircase). Hang some tasteful art, and plenty of family photos in matching frames.

2. Paint It All

A coat of paint can breathe new life into an otherwise neglected old stairwell. Choose your colors carefully, maybe even have a professional give you some ideas here. A one hour consultation shouldn't be to pricey and can be well worth it. You should be able to do the actual painting yourself so you can safe big there,

3. Or Just Paint The Stair Risers

The riser is that small portion in between each step. If you really want a fast and effective way to change the look of your stair well this is it. By painting just this section you actually be a little more bold in your color choosing. For this I would not hire anyone for advice, as it can easily be redone if unhappy with the results.

4. Decorate The Railing

It doesn't have to be Christmas to decorate the railings. There are plenty of things you can do to spruce up the railings all season long.

5. Add A Runner

A nicely decorative carpet running down the center of your stairs can really make it pop. Stay away from burgundy patterns please, this isn't your grandmothers house from decades ago. Use modern artful patterns or one solid color.

How to Fix a Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal that is jammed, clogged up, or leaking, these steps will guide you on how you can be able to repair it without hiring a plumber. To remove a jammed disposal the first thing that you need to do is turn off garbage disposal or unplug the unit that serves it. Secondly find the hex-shaped hole which is located under the sink on the bottom of the disposal. If there is one find a hex-head Allen wrench to fit in the hole and force it forth and back directions a couple of times to destitute the vanes. If you don’t have a hex wrench use short brooms stick to rotate the impeller in all directions. Rotate it until the jaw locks itself inside the disposer. Plug in the disposer after removing the wrench and check how it will perform. Remove any unnecessary materials that may have stuck there like glass, fibrous food, rubber, and metals. If your disposal is not making any humming sounds when turned on then definitely that’s an electrical issue. After confirming that it is plugged in you can go ahead and switch on the unit reset button. You can also try to check if the circuit breaker is turned off or stumbled in the electrical service control board. You should consider replacing a new garbage disposal only if your current disposal doesn’t make any noise or turn on after trying to repair it.

Make sure you're running enough water when your disposal grinds poorly while working on the unit to make sure you are not scrunching unwanted materials. If the blade is running but not grinding then you should know it’s broken and you should replace it which is easier than replacing the whole unit. If there is standing water in the sink that means the disposal drainage is clogged. When this occurs normally it’s the plumbing problem and not the garbage disposal. Disassemble the drainage pipe and clear the clog under the sink. If by any chance you notice some leaks below the garbage disposal find the source of the leak and tighten the loosened connections. You can either replace the unit’s mounting screws or the drain gasket if it’s really necessary. When grinding food always use cold water, do not overfill the disposal, run water before and after before you grind anything, do not pour drain cleaners or bleach. Never place your hand in the funnel-shaped part at your disposal while working on it.

 

A Relaxing, Tranquil Home

At the end of a long, exhausting day, most of us just want to be home. We want to relax and unwind with a good book, maybe a glass of wine, and we want to enjoy the sounds of silence.

If you want a home that will give you this sense of tranquility, here are a few tips.

First and foremost you absolutely need comfortable furniture, you certainly can't relax with a metal bar from a couch sticking into your backside. As for your surroundings, you want it to be almost mediation friendly decor. Simple is your friend here. A few soothing pieces neatly placed will suffice. Clutter and untidiness are your worse enemy, most of us can not relax in a cluttered hectic environment.

Finally, you want to utilize nature as much as you possibly can. Natural light just before sunset can put you entirely at peace. Don't keep your blinds closed and shut yourself out from mother nature, even if its raining, snowing or even cloudy. There is a reason we love the sounds of nature, it's relaxing. Don't be shy to add some nice plant life to your home either, but try to stay clear of the plastic green, real plants warm us best.

Transforming A Messy Bookshelf

We all have them in our homes, or had them in this case, a messy, disorganized, sloppy bookshelf. It's an eyesore and can literally ruin a beautiful room. So do yourself a favor, take 30 minutes and follow these few simple guidelines:

-Rearrange hardcover books from tallest to shortest on most of your shelves.

-Lay a few books that are basically to tall for the shelves flat, this will keep the other books in place. ”

-Decorate the spaces with some pottery or photos, but only on a few shelves as not to add more clutter again.

-Make use of baskets or decorative boxes to hide unattractive DVDs or other items just laying there.

-And don;t forget to save a little space in between, unless of course you now buy all of your books online.

Dining Room Choices

The dining room is a very important room in your home. It's where the family should come together for dinner, to discuss one another's day, enjoy each other's company, and of course enjoy good food. Sadly many families these days seem to huddle around the television instead of a nice centerpiece. So you want your dining room to feel as comfortable as possible.

When it comes to your dining room set, your table and chairs that is, it is crucial that they not only serve a mere decorative purpose to your home but are also inviting to your family more then just dinner guests on special occasions.

There are plenty of different styles to choose from regarding dining rooms, so you want to match the flow, style, and comfort of your home. You need to determine how much space you have to work with, and exactly what layout your looking for. As for sizes the three basics are square, rectangular and of course circular. But your options don't end there by any stretch, if your into modern abstract decor then the sky is the limit. As for material, wood or glass seem to be the more popular choices, but again, the choice is yours. So don't make this choice too lightly, you want your family to want to sit at this table, and guests to enjoy themselves as well.

 

Do It Yourself Bathroom Vanities

When the weekend comes its not time to relax, its time to roll up those sleeves and get to work on home renos. A popular choice is to tackle a new bathroom vanity. If your old one is a little beaten up you can always repair it. It's not that difficult of a job and will certainly give you some much needed bathroom space and storage.

Don't cheap out on the vanity, you want ti to last don't be falling apart inside 6 months. You need durability as well as quality. Make sure the wood you use has been properly especially considering this will be constantly exposed to water. You want a water resistant or proof counter top, ideally of ceramic, granite, glass or marble, this of course depends on your price range. The sink material is also important, and again depends on your price point. Stone is lovely but expensive, you can always go with traditional porcelain or stainless steel. In terms of actual design, the faucet fixtures, and color scheme will pretty much give it its look.

If you fancy yourself handy enough to do it yourself, you will certainly safe some money, but if you're unsure of the plumbing then please hire a pro, as you can cause more damage then good rather quickly. But if you are doing it yourself remember to shut off the main water valve to the bathroom before you even begin, and use a small bucket to drain all the water still in the pipes. From there follow the instructions for your new installation and you should be fine. Its always good to get some help when doing this, we all have a friend or cousin that knows there way around tools, don't be shy to ask for a little help.

 

 

Marble Look Without The Marble Price

Who doesn't like the stylish, lavish look of marble in ones home? Unfortunately, we don't all have the necessary budget to get the look of this gorgeous sought after stone. So we have a couple of quick on the cheap alternatives to get that marvelous marble look:

Contact Paper:

You can use a stylish marble contact paper to cover just about any surface you so wish to. It has an easy apply peel-away backing that can stick to just about any surface. You can cover a coffee table or even counter tops. Just avoid any areas where it can get wet.

Peel and Stick Vinyl Floors:

Installing a marble floor can practically bankrupt you, so if you want the look without breaking the bank we suggest peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles. They are resilient and can be installed over almost any existing flooring. It makes a great DIY project. The average cost of these tiles will tun you anywhere from 0.80 to 1.00/sq. ft.

Counter Height Dining Set

Your furniture can very well give people an insight to who you are. It can act as a representation or even extension of yourself. You want to choose pieces that tell your story. So when it comes to your dining room set, if you feel that you are a little more hip and chic then most, you may want to go with a unorthodox tall dining room set.

The heightened dining table and chairs gives you the feeling of a bistro, a fun loving environment, almost care free. This set is certainly more likely to find its way into the home of a contemporary couple or even a single man or women. It invites more of a party vibe then a traditional family feeling. It's amazing how much a foot or so in extra height can transform one's expectations of a room, or even a person.