Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Modern Retro Living Room Ideas and Decor Inspirations

Derek Lotts is here to share some ideas on updating your living room. This is one of the most used rooms in the house so check out some of these great tips! 
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Introducing a bit of a retro vibe into your home doesn’t mean that you have to give up the modern touch. Actually, mixing and matching different elements is very on trend at the moment, and makes for a very unique personal environment. And, when it comes to the look of your living room, there are tons of possibilities for creating a modern retro style that can effectively boost your mood. Just like with every decor project, there are both some big, and some less complicated changes that you can make in order to create the right kind of retro-inspired living area to suit your personality.

Color is always a great option

If you’re thinking retro, then a colorful room is definitely the first thing that comes to mind. This is a very interesting way to approach decor when style is concerned, as you basically combine vibrant shades on walls, furniture and accessories in order to create a warm and pleasant atmosphere. Bright shades of blue, yellow, orange and green, as well as teal and brown, can be mixed and matched to perfection if you pay attention to the overall layout. You’re also free to introduce some colorful patterns which would look great against plain yet vibrant pieces in the room.

Futuristic and sleek

Color will always be welcome when anything retro is concerned. However, you can also add your own special twist to it, and go for the futuristic modern look of your living room. To make it more vintage, go with what was considered to be futuristic 40-50 years ago. For starters, geometry is a good idea. Sleek and geometrical furniture combined with accessories featuring geometrical shapes and a bit of vibrant coloring thrown in can look great. Also, futuristic-looking integrated television is a great way to begin the exploration of this particular modern retro style of decor.

Use accessories wisely

Not everything is about your furniture collection. You can incorporate details even without investing in new furniture pieces or completely reorganizing your living space. This is where accessories can help tremendously, especially if your rooms are currently relatively neutral. For starters, you can use beautiful vintage rugs that will not only add color to the room, but give it a comforting warmth as well. There are also plenty of other possibilities with textures on curtains, sofa covers and decorative cushions. And if you feel like you’re missing something, a nice gallery wall and maybe a fresh and vibrant coat of paint for your living room shelf or coffee table can do the trick quite nicely.

Play with wall art

There’s hardly anything better to recreate the modern retro look in your living room than some striking statement wall art. This works especially well if the rest of your room features soft tones and minimalism. You don’t necessarily have to use Andy Warhol pop art - unless you want to - because you have all the freedom in the world to choose the perfect wall piece for your living room. In general, vibrant colors, and patterns and contrasts work the best for the retro touch, and the larger the scale of the piece, the more effective the whole look will be. You can make your own wall art or even opt for self-adhesive wallpaper if you need an affordable, no-fuss solution.

Embrace the floor lamp trend

In case you think there’s still something missing in your old-but-new living room but don’t want to splurge on new furniture, you might find floor lamps to be great solution to this problem. After all, floor lamps have been an essential part of all retro living rooms, and in this day and age there are plenty of modern designs that you can choose from in order to complete the look of your fashionable living space. Also, proper illumination is very important, so definitely check your living room for areas that could use some effective task lighting.

A modern retro style is a very broad term, and as such offers a lot of creative possibilities for everyone interested in using it for their own living room. And while this may involve some research, prior organization and brainstorming on your part, it will definitely be worth it once you find the ideal approach.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Getting Creative – Effective Ways to Add More Style to Your Old Kitchen

  Diana Smith is one of my very favorite Guest hosts. Today she has some stylish ways to decorate your kitchen. I love these ideas. Enjoy! 
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Even though it might not seem so at first, kitchens are among the most important rooms in a house. This is where you prepare food and share it with your family, where you make the magic happen, and where you spend a lot of time preparing delicious and nutritious meals for your family and friends. It’s no wonder that many people want their kitchens to be comfortable and modern. While it’s not always easy to achieve this effect, especially if you have an old kitchen, there are still some things you can do to make it more stylish.


Paint the cabinets
Cabinets take up a lot of space in a kitchen, so replacing them can cost a lot. Fortunately, you don’t have to replace them completely, just add a fresh coat of paint and see where it takes you. You can paint the front of your cabinets something bright and daring, for example, ruby red or sunflower yellow, or you could replace the fronts of your cabinets if you want. It will add luxury to your kitchen and you can finish the job in a day. If your cabinets have glass fonts, though, you could try painting the interiors instead. This also works if you want to completely remove the cabinet fronts because it will give your kitchen a completely new look.

New cutlery
Aren’t you bored of opening and closing the kitchen drawers when you’re looking for a spatula or a spoon? Keeping some of the cutlery within reach is a convenient idea, but what if you could keep everything within reach and make it look elegant at the same time? When you have a beautiful collection such as Stanley Rogers’ Albany cutlery, it’s a shame to keep it in a drawer all the time. Dip a mason jar in glitter, tie a burlap ribbon around it, and keep at least some of your spoons and forks in there. It will look stylish and everything will be within your reach at all times.
Different hardware
Replacing old knobs in your kitchen can be seen as a fun and exciting task, especially when you see the said hardware as your kitchen's jewelry. Buying hardware stops being boring and becomes shopping for accessories instead. Simply by swapping your outdated knobs for some new ones, you will take 10 years off an old kitchen and it won’t cost you a fortune either. Traditional, ornate handles might be common, but they’re also boring, which is why you should get some sleek, modern ones instead. Chrome cup pulls are also convenient and they will be a nice update. Still, if you’re on a budget, you could just spray-paint your old hardware instead.

Get a new backsplash
The most visible material in your kitchen has to be the backsplash and its role in the overall look of your kitchen is significant. Upgrading your kitchen doesn’t have to be too difficult; all you need is a brand-new backsplash and the place will seem transformed. Not only will it make the kitchen look modern, but it will also look stylish and add a touch of luxury. You can choose simple geometric tiles in light gray tones, a nice sheet of stainless steel, or even a sheet of colored glass. What is more, all of these materials are very easy to maintain and they’ll last for years to come.

You might hesitate to upgrade your kitchen because you feel it will take too much time and cost too much, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Some of the things we suggested here are very convenient to do and affordable, all you need is a pinch of creativity and the will to change the current state of your old kitchen.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

9 Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom



If there's one room that could reflect the beauty of the whole house, it's the bathroom. It also says a lot about the people living in it. You have to agree, it's pretty hard to live in a house with a dirty bathroom.

It's out of your control how guests judge your own bathroom, but you can control how it looks so they can't say anything bad about it. This might be high time your bathroom gets some upgrades.

9 Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Making a bathroom look pretty seems ironic since that's where you do all your dirty business, if you know what we mean. However, that can also be the motivation to make it the most beautiful a bathroom can be. These updates and upgrades are nothing short of a transformation for your bathroom, and it doesn't leave a gaping hole in your wallet too!

1. Install a Rain Shower Head

A shower is a shower and it's pretty as long as it works. If that's how you think, maybe you haven't tried a rain shower head. It's not just for the appearance; a rain shower head actually changes the experience of taking a shower.

No more weird angles from regular shower heads that make it hard to point to where you want. A rain shower head pours down the water from right on top of you. It's also provides a better sight.

2. Upgrade Your Storage Options

We'd like to think wooden crates and woven baskets were all invented for the bathroom. It gives the perfect rustic aesthetic that goes along with the typical tropical theme of bathrooms. If not, decorative boxes that can be bought or DIY-ed can be edited to fit your own theme.

These universal containers can be used to store anything ranging from toilet paper to towels. If your closet is stuffed to the brink, consider bringing some of you clothing into your bathroom storage. For example, storing undergarments in the bathroom makes sense, as it is often when you are putting them on and off.

3. Replace or Reglaze Fixtures

We've started with a rain shower head, but it's not the only fixture in the bathroom that can be upgraded. In the one room that you can't decorate with furniture, fixtures are your next bet. No one likes to touch an old-looking, rusty faucet, so make sure every metal in your bathroom is shiny, either by replacing or having them reglazed over.

4. Put Up a Heated Towel Bar

There's something about hotel bathrooms that make them so much better than your own at home. It's a luxury experience that seems unattainable, but a heated towel bar changes the game.

A heated towel bar is one that warms up your towel when it's hung, so it feels like a soft, cozy hug when you wrap it around your body after a shower. Sometimes it's not about the looks but the feel you get whenever you use the bathroom.

5. Decorate with Art and Plants

It might be impossible and weird to put in furniture inside a bathroom but not the wall and floor décor that graces other rooms in your house. Two of such things are the artworks and plants that you hang and put around the whole house.

A beautiful display on the wall on top of the toilet gives your bathroom some personality and shows your interests too. Meanwhile, indoor plants that can survive the dark and humid air of bathrooms give it life.

6. Get a New Cover for the Window

It's acceptable to leave bathroom windows bare and without a cover, but wouldn't it be so much better to incorporate some pretty blinds or curtains, if only just for decorative purposes? Faux wooden blinds would go well with the baskets and bins you put towels in without deteriorating from the humidity. However if you have a different them, curtains can be used to match your bathroom's color palette better.

7. Mount a Medicine Cabinet

A medicine cabinet is not only useful, it can also be a beautiful addition to a bland and straightforward room like the bathroom. This can be one of the accents that takes the initial attention, especially if it also holds the mirror that people look into first thing.

8. Repurpose a Nightstand for Vanity

A vanity is probably the only kind of furniture that can belong in the bathroom. Some people repurpose vintage ones for the authentic rustic or boho feel. You can also reuse a nightstand or small wardrobe cabinet. Either way, this is another good storage for hair tools, makeup, or clothes to double your bathroom as a walk-in closet or makeup room as well.

9. Install a Frameless Glass Shower Door

If before you'd only see frameless glass shower doors in hotels and nice condominiums, now it's starting to become more common even in home bathrooms. Since it's glass, its appearance can be universally matched with any kind of décor or color theme.

A glass door also doesn't require a ledge to keep the water off the rest of the bathroom floor. For the cleaning junkies and aging members of your household, this is heaven-sent.

It doesn't take much to upgrade your bathroom, as these tips would show. These are things you might already have lying around that can be used to revamp it. Some are new inventions from recent technology trends that updates the whole experience and not just the look of it. For a room that you use everyday and that guests can judge your whole house from, the bathroom is the one room that you might want to keep looking after.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Step 2 Giveaway

It's officially less than 2 months until Christmas - have you started shopping yet? Every year, Step2 adds a number of fresh and exciting toys to their award-winning lineup and this year's new additions do NOT disappoint! Today I'm excited to tell you about 2 of their newest toys & give you the chance to win them too: the All Around Easel and the My First Advent Calendar!

Step2 All Around Easel Details

Unleash the creative genius in your kids with the sturdy, two-sided easel for two! Together, mini Picassos can now draw and write to their heart’s content on a variety of backgrounds, including a chalkboard on one side and a magnetized dry erase board on the other, which also features a clip to hold paper in place. As any true artist will appreciate, all art supplies (not included) can be kept right within a short arm’s reach either in the spacious center tray or in the two outer storage bins that remove for easy clean-up. Art has never been more fun!
  • Recommended age: 3+ years
  • Encourages creativity
  • Helps develop writing skills
  • Assembled Dimensions: 41.5” x 22.2” x 20”
  • Weight: 10.75 lbs
  • Adult assembly required
  • No tools required
  • Art supplies not included
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Made in U.S.A. of some imported parts



 The All Around Easel itself is not necessarily new to the Step2 lineup of toys, but it was just released in an exclusive color combo available only at Costco (both online and in stores). Don't you just love the shades of blue in this easel?! And, as you'd expect at Costco, the value on the All Around Easel cannot be beaten! It is priced at just $29.99 and is available both online and in store. 


This weekend only (October 26-28) the All Around Easel will be on sale at Costco and at Costco.com for just $19.99! It's the perfect time to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping!

Step2 My First Advent Calendar Details

And then there's the brand new Step2 My First Advent Calendar. This calendar is just absolutely darling and perfect to use year after year! 



Counting down the days ’til Christmas with kids is always incredibly fun and exciting. But now you can take it up an even higher notch with the new Step2 My First Advent Calendar! Hide 25 cute little toys, gifts, candies, or treasures (not included) in each bin to surprise and delight your little ones. What a great way to start a family tradition that will last for years to come! Bonus: It’s also a great way to teach your child numbers, the concept of time, and even the art of patience.
The Step2 My First Advent Calendar was just released and is an Amazon exclusive. Get yours now so you'll be ready to start on December 1st!


I've teamed up with a few other great bloggers to give one lucky person a prize package containing the Costco-exclusive Step2 All Around Easel, the Step2 My First Advent Calendar, plus a $50 Costco Cash Card. Don't have a Costco membership, don't worry - you can use the cash card without a membership AND you can shop online with it! If you'd like a chance to win, just enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway will end on November 9th at 11:59pm EST. It is open to the lower 48 US states. Good luck!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Advantages of 2.5 kw Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners

 Jack Louis is here today to talk about Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners. Check out these interesting tips. 
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Reverse cycle air conditioners are the air conditioners that can be used for both winters and summers. Reverse cycle air conditioners cool and heat your homes to make sure you live in comfort irrespective of the seasons. They use a refrigeration cycle or a heat pump to cool the house and a reverse refrigeration cycle is used to heat up the interior of the house. It extracts heat from the air flowing outside, even if the outside is cold.
A refrigerant is passed through the coil and this fluid absorbs the heat from outside. Then, the refrigerant is pumped using a compressor and is pumped through the chambers and it goes into a condenser. Then, the refrigerant is heated up and the air is pushed out into the room using a fan. It is important to know the working before you buy 2.5 kw reverse cycle air conditioners. That way, you would know if you need it or not.
The Different Advantages of 2.5 kw Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners
A lot of people are not aware of the different advantages of reverse cycle air conditioners. Some of the most important benefits have been mentioned below:
  1. They heat: The most important feature of a 2.5 kw reverse cycle air conditioners is that it heats as well. Air conditioners cool during summers but during the winters, you need to purchase a heater to make your house more comfortable. However, that is not the case with reverse cycle air conditioners. It cools during the summer and heats during the winter. Therefore, you get to save up on a lot of money and a lot of space in your house as well.
  2. Efficient: A lesser known advantage of reverse cycle air conditioner is that it is extremely efficient in energy saving, long-time cost and in heating and cooling as well. Compared to normal air conditioners, 2.5 kw reverse cycle air conditioners conserve a lot of energy.
  3. Flexible: A very important benefit of using reverse cycle air conditioner is that it is flexible in terms of heating and cooling. They come with thermostats and inverters that can adapt to the temperature prevailing in the room. That way, you get to save a lot of energy.
  4. Air purification: Air purification is a feature of reverse cycle air conditioner that not a lot of people are aware of. Not only do reverse cycle air conditioners heat and cool your hair, but they purify the air in the room by removing all the dust and impurities in the air. This makes it the obvious choice if you are concerned about your health and the health of your family.
  5. Less noise: You can never enjoy comfort truly unless you are comfortable, and you will never be comfortable if the air conditioner you are using makes too much noise.2.5 kw Reverse cycle air conditioners do not create noise and therefore, allow you to sleep in peace.
  6. Eco-friendly: Reverse cycle air conditioners are very eco-friendly. They do not use refrigerants that air conditioners do and they do not affect the air around your house.
  7. One-time purchase: The maintenance required for reverse cycle air conditioners is considerably less and it is a one-time purchase. All you need to do is clean it once in a couple of weeks and it will be as good as new.


These are the few different advantages of installing 2.5 kw reverse cycle air conditioners. These benefits cannot be provided to you by any other cooling or heating unit. So, why not get your reverse cycle air conditioner without any delay.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Window Roller Shutters: Know About the Advantages of Having Them in Your Home

  Alyssa Moylan is guest hosting today to share some tips about Roller Shutters - Check out these great ideas on different ways to dress up a window.
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A roller door or a roller shutter is the type of the door or the window shutter which consists of several horizontal slats or web systems that are hinged together. The door is used in opening it while it can be lowered in order to close it. On larger doors, the system is generally motorized.

Window roller shutters have a number of advantages which include protection against the rain and the wind. When it is used in the form of shutters it helps in preventing intruders to get in. The roller shutters are versatile in nature which means that they can be easily installed in garages, vans, kitchens, schools, warehouses, prisons, et cetera. Areas which are affected by bitter cold have window roller shutters installed in order to trap the heat inside. They are resistant to weather and gives ultimate protection from heat.

Install Insulated Window Roller Shutters in Your Home for a Great Number of Benefits

If you are living in a place where there are chilly winter months, then you would greatly benefit from installing insulated window roller shutters. Installing these kinds of roller shutters provides you with the best kind of solution which is not only affordable but also quite efficient. They are a great purchase since they are durable and strong, occupying a minimum amount of space and are very easy to maintain and clean making them all the more efficient.


The Benefits Which Are Offered by The Insulated Window Roller Shutters Are:

#1. Filtering Light: The roller shutters not only act as insulators but they also provide protection from heat, light, rain, and sound. they filter light and keep the inside cool and dark. Even when we have curtains on our windows they sometimes are not enough in blocking out the light and the heat, which is why roller shutters are crucial when it comes to blocking out the light that enters your room.

#2. Regulates the Indoor Temperature: If you were to invest in a good quality window roller shutter then you would not regret it. They not only help in regulating the indoor temperatures, but they also help in keeping the heat out and decreasing the flow of the cold air that is entering your room. With the use of these shutters, one can temporarily disable the use of heating or cooling system for a regulation of the temperatures.

#3. Reduction of Noise Level: Install window roller shutters to reduce the level of noise entering the inside. This is the reason why insulated roller shutters are gaining more amount of popularity over non-insulated shutters. The noise disturbances can actually pose a great amount of problem to a number of people especially if you are living in a busy urban area. The shutters are a great way to keep the noise out and you can easily block half of the sound that takes place inside your home too.

#4. Increased Security: These window roller shutters give you an increased amount of security and privacy that all of us crave. They block the view of the passer-by. Even if your home is situated on a busy street you can easily avoid the prying eyes of the people by installing these shutters and giving you the much-needed privacy.

Along with this, they offer features like providing a number of benefits like an increased amount of security, protection from bad weather, protection from burglars and thieves – these window roller shutters are a great investment. They are strong and durable making it the perfect addition for your home.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How to Redecorate Your Old Garden and Create a Fabulous Space for Relaxation?




People living in houses with backyards and gardens, as opposed to those in apartments, often have much more work to do to maintain the area. But in those quiet moments when you get home and unwind in your little oasis, it’s all worth it. If you’re not too happy about how your garden looks at the moment, here’s how you can create an amazing space, whatever its size, to chill out after a long day.




Make It Pop with Color



Yes, green soothes your eyes and there are not many activities more attractive for an afternoon off than sitting in your garden and enjoy the calming view. However, if you want to spice things up and add some variety and contrast, opt for flowers or flowering plants, or even herbs and vegetables with lovely flowers, such as spring onions, dill, thyme, rocket, rosemary. Also, having beautiful flowers in your garden will attract beneficial insects who will pollinate and clean up any pests for you. If you’d like it to be more glamorous-looking, decide on a color theme and offer your eyes a charming combination of green and purple, or green and yellow, or whatever you like best.




Add to the Variety with Colorful Pots



Interesting pots or containers can have an even more charming effect in your garden. A bright yellow plastic pot, or an interestingly shaped one, is much more pleasing to the eye than the dull brown ones. If you’re creative, you can use almost any container to keep your flowers and plants. An old wellington boot with polka dots can be perfect, as well as colorful metal boxes of different sizes. You’d want to contrast sizes of plants and pots in the garden for the loveliest display. If there’s a big pot with a fruit tree or your favorite plant, make it focal and add smaller pots around it.




Choose a Good Looking Furniture



The most beautiful relaxing gardens have outdoor furniture that provides a place for rest, but also family gatherings and having friends over for a glass of wine. Even though plastic furniture is the cheapest, it doesn’t look as lovely as bamboo or wooden pieces. You can even invest in iron chairs – those look particularly fancy. Whatever you opt for, make sure you add just enough cushions to make it comfortable throughout the long hours you will be spending in this area. Bonus points if the cushions match your color theme.


Don’t Let the Weather Get to Your Garden



Garden is an amazing place to spend time in the spring and summer, but you’ll want to keep it safe when the rain hits. If space allows, you can add a small gazebo to keep your furniture, and you can even sit underneath it in not-that-great weather conditions. Or you can opt for a closed veranda that you can open as soon as the weather gets better. If you are crafty enough, you can take up on this project yourself; if, on the other hand, you’d rather have the job done by the professionals, a lot of companies, such as Sphere Constructions, can ensure you’ll get the type of sanctuary in your garden you’d envisioned.





Add Some Garden Art



Sometimes it’s easy to achieve the look of a perfect garden – but the one that looks like a thousand other gardens. By adding something that removes the doubt about who space belongs to, something unique to you, the garden will reflect your personality and add character. A garden with a personal touch will be especially nice both for you and your guests to enjoy. Think adding ornaments, an empty frame in a contrasting color, a big mirror, or even sequin segments on the pots that you can easily add with some glue. (This will make a charming play with the light!)


Enjoy the Sound



Relaxing sounds can transport your mind to a wood or a field in the country, far away from the busy traffic and stressful city environment. Take the murmur of flowing water, for example. Even a small garden can incorporate a water feature such as a little puddle and a fountain. For a harmonious feel, let the whole setup be made out of natural materials, such as stone, wood or shells, to enhance the peacefulness of your little piece of heaven. If you don’t want to install a water feature, try adding wind chimes. They are incredibly relaxing and nice every time they make a sound, and they can even look extra lovely.


By following these tips, your garden will soon be your most favorite piece of your home – and it’s no wonder. Being outdoors, but still at home, with a good book or a glass of lemonade – is there anything better? Enjoy!


Sarah Jessica Smith is a young blogger from Sydney. She is in love with life and all the things that can make your daily routine easier. She loves to write about home improvement, lifestyle, and all the small things that make life such a great adventure.