Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

As a writer, a mom, a woman and a natural born researcher. There are a a few places I would put on my list for "best places to live" .  My town is Streetsboro, Ohio.  It has some of my favorite features and must haves for living.

Small Town Feel - This doesn't necessarily mean I wouldn't consider a big city, I just prefer a small town feel. A sense of community and neighborhoods that work to a family centered experience.

Safety- If I was going to move somewhere I would make sure that the area had low crime, easy traffic patterns and a responsive Police and Fire Department. You always have to remain vigil and as a parent this part will never be more important but I would put most of my research into a safer environment.

Easy Access- Preferably if don't work in the city you live, you would have easy access to the highway and toll roads. If you don't work locally, check this out before working. Here in the Northeast we have to consider drive time especially in the winter. Having a quick route to quick travel is a must.

Up and coming neighborhoods- This can be seen from different views but since this is mine. I find this to be important. Higher priced houses equal more money for community improvement and the school systems. If school district is one of your top choices make sure you choose based on the median base income in your city.  Also, remember if they are building, they will come. Meaning more families, more business and more community development.

Restaurants and Activities - This doesn't need much explanation. Having local eateries and places to take your kids for entertainment are pretty important. Great Restaurants, sports and family activities can be key in choosing your community. Ohio has some beautiful cities and neighborhoods.  We have amazing access to some beautiful parks for hiking, fishing and exploring. One of our favorite places to eat locally is Lager and Vine? Have you been? We have never had a bad meal and we love that it is within walking distance to downtown.

What area is your favorite family place to visit? What do you look for when you are choosing "your" place to live?

Disclosure: this is a paid post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, January 26, 2018

New Year - New Look: How to Pull Off Vintage Interior Design

Tracey Clayton is here to share some fun ideas on how to Pull Off a Vintage Design theme. Thanks Tracey for the article!


Vintage-inspired interior design has gained a lot on popularity recently, so it’s perfectly natural that you’ve started thinking about incorporating this style into your home décor as well. You should start with deciding on the amount of vintage details you want and then find the best way to combine them with the rest of your home decoration in such a way that will strike a perfect balance between vintage and modern elements. And, in order to help you, we’ve prepared a few useful ideas on this topic. Let’s start this New Year with fresh new décor!

Start with your living room

Redecorating the whole house is a serious endeavour, so it’s best to do one room at a time. For example, you can start with your living room in which you can add a glimpse of the retro style by opting for beautiful vintage wallpapers. However, if you don’t want to cover all the walls with them, you can choose an accent one and leave the others painted. Once you’ve created a nice vintage background, all you need to do is choose accessories that will add that final touch. For example, handmade photo frames and a wooden vase would be a great choice if you want to make your living room warm and cosy. Finally, nothing will create a rustic atmosphere better than an over-dyed vintage rug. In case you’re not familiar with the term, these are old rugs which were given a makeover so that they can fit your modern home perfectly but also keep their unique spirit.

The bedroom – your next project

After you’ve finished with your living room, redecorating your bedroom will be a piece of cake. When it comes to wallpapers, you can apply the same strategy here as well. Furthermore, if you want to add a truly unique accessory, you should go for the iconic Stendig calendar and hang it above your bed. Thanks to its size and vintage feel, you won’t need any other wall decoration. Additionally, if you have some old wooden cabinets in your home, instead of getting rid of them, you should refresh them with a new colour and place them in your bedroom. For example, you can take a look at Pantone’s latest colour report and choose a fashionable nuance that will strike a perfect balance when combined with that rustic piece of furniture. We guarantee that you’ll simply enjoy sleeping in such a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

It’s time for your kitchen

Have you ever seen anything more beautiful than those vintage coffee cups decorated with colourful floral patterns!? Of course, you haven’t. Additionally, rock flooring will sweep all your friends off their feet and make your kitchen look absolutely unique. And, the best thing is that it is extremely easy to clean and therefore it’s a super practical choice for a kitchen where the floor can’t stay clean very long, especially if you’re a good and devoted cook. Finally, a diner-style dining room has become absolutely popular lately, so, if you like the vintage feel of the 50s, give it a chance. It will certainly be something new and exciting to try out.

And finally – the bathroom!

Finally, you can’t say that you have successfully pulled off the vintage interior design unless you decorate your bathroom in the same fashion. So, let’s see what you can do with it. First of all, you should start by choosing the right tiles, and our favourites are definitely wood-patterned ones. They will help you recreate that vintage atmosphere of old bathrooms with wooden floors which look great but are extremely impractical since most often wood doesn’t go well with all that moisture. Therefore, such tiles are definitely a wise alternative. Lastly, you can take a look at some of the amazing vintage bathtubs and find the inspiration for your own bathroom design.  

As you can see, your home can get that vintage look in no time. You just need to make a good plan and stick to it. After all, it’s most important that you feel comfortable in your own home, so try to find out what vintage elements you love the most and get down to work.
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Explore the Benefits of Metal Roofing for Your Home

Alyssa Moylan is here to talk to us about some ideas for Metal Roofing in your home. If this is the way you intend your replacement roof to be, this is a great article for you.

If you are planning to change the roof in your home or office there are several options available for you out there. There are also many cheap options available but that does not mean you should opt for the only cheap option but it is not worth the investment because, at the end, you will only end up losing money in the repairs. In this regard, if you are looking for a material which needs low or no maintenance then you can go for the metal roofing sheets. Also, they protect your home and you from harsh weather elements without large overhead cost. One of the best parts is that once these are installed in your home; low maintenance in required to ensure the long life of the roof. Here are some other interesting facts that you need to know about metal roofing sheets.

Available in Various Colors

When it comes to choosing metal roofing sheets you will realize that these are available in a wide range of colors to choose from. Earlier, very fewer color options were available, but now the advancement in technology has introduced changes in options. You can easily choose the sheets that are best suited for your home. So once you what is required in your roof, you can easily find out the color that is best suited for your home.

Less Maintenance

As you go for the metal roofing sheets, you will notice low maintenance is required for these sheets, so you can save a lot of money and time in the long run. However, in order to be on the safer side, you can organize a schedule for cleaning them so that there is no dust or dirt accumulation that can cause harm later.

Cost Effective Option

When compared to the other roofing sheets, the metal ones are effective when it comes to saving cost in the long run. Roofs that are made using metal sheets will help you save money because these sheets do not absorb the sunrays and so your home will be less hot and much cooler in the summer months. As a result, you will need to use less energy in the interiors. Overall, it is a cost effective option, and so it is best for you to choose something that is worthy of your home but at the same time saves money for you as well.

Easy to Install

The metal roofing sheets are really easy to install. If you are careful while hiring professional roof installers, chances are that you will find the right person who is capable of undertaking the installation process efficiently. Also, it an easy process to do, this will help them to get the installation done in a short time.

Easily Available for You

There are many suppliers available in the market. As a result, when you look for your metal roofing sheets you will find to find the seller from a wide range of options. So there can be time consuming spend and you may need to spend energy to choose the right option, but you can easily get the ones that you prefer for your home if you carefully do research before making your decision.

These are some of the top benefits of metal roofing sheets. As you carefully compare these options, it will help you identify the several benefits available in the long run and also get the best benefits that are suitable for your home. Just take out time and research on available options well so that you can get the best results in terms of the product and cost as well.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Planning for Country Style Home Construction?

Ashley Kinsela is sharing some of her ideas on Planning for Country Style Home Construction, check out some of her great tips.

Building a home in the countryside is an unparalleled real estate experience for many, whether it is a semi-custom or a custom property. It can be very enjoyable to have a beautiful country home, although the construction process can be quite tough – particularly if you are a first-timer. Moving forward, we are going to assist you step by step in country homes construction with the easy and useful tips.

Select the Land Carefully

The site that your home will stand in, will actually be the foundation for the same. A wrong choice of land would be able to hold your house but then things might be done according to your expectations. Once the land is decided and the construction is started, you cannot change the area where your house is supposed to be built which is why it is very important that you give more attention to the selection of land. Make A Careful Choice Between Semi-Custom and Custom

As we all know that everything has their own advantages as well as disadvantages. When it comes to the semi-custom and the custom property, both of them have their own advantages. The selection of the property simply depends on your personal choice and of course - the budget. It will take slightly longer to build a custom home, but it will exactly reflect your style and taste. A semi-custom home happens to be a combination of a custom home and a builder home. This type of home can be customized more than readymade homes by builders, and are generally finished faster than custom homes and at less cost.

Keep the Budget in Mind

Keep in mind that the cost of country homes construction is not the only expense on your part. Your budget can quickly shoot up due to enhancements such as:

  • Luxurious finishes
  • Upgraded lots
  • Plumbing and fixture
  • Landscaping

It is important to set a proper budget before starting any work. Make sure to take all these enhancements in consideration. You should also keep some money aside for contingencies. If you overshoot your budget, you can get assistance in reducing the same with the help of your builder. This will mean reducing expenses on your home space (in square footage), countertops, flooring or finishes, and possibly opting for a semi-custom home.

Choose Your Builder Wisely

It is important to choose a professional builder who knows the job, and not some rookie. Custom home construction involves good experience and knowledge and needs plenty of investment. With a reputed and expert builder from the local area where you wish to set up in, you can ensure a nice construction with all the regulations covered. In case you do not know a good one, it is a good idea to talk to people in the community and get referrals from them. You need to check out builder’s availability while constructing a semi-custom home.

Design the Floor Plan Carefully

You have to consider your immediate as well as future needs. If you plan to expand your family and have kids or are set to retire in some years and likely to experience mobility issues, you have to make a proper plan keeping all these things in consideration before planning out about the property. When you take all such aspects into account, you can create a home that serves you today and in the years to come.

Consider Personalization

It is important to evaluate how much personalization is possible in your custom or semi-custom home. You would like your house to reflect your needs and lifestyle, but not go to such an extreme with country homes construction that it will lose its resale value in the course of time.

A Good Locality Is Must

Even if you get a nice land and build a beautiful home, a bad locality and unfriendly community will spoil the joy for you. It is important to conduct some research beforehand and ensure that your community is friendly and civilized.

Before getting any property, make sure you have all these things in your mind. You can check out some other knowledgeable posts on our website. Happy reading.  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Things you should know about traditional floor boards

Floors play a very important role in the look, feel and also the functionality of the space. Irrespective of whether it is about your office or your house choosing the best traditional floor boards for your needs will be essential. With too many options available selection becomes really difficult. Making a selection will be overwhelming but make sure you do not end up buying something which is costly but not very functional.  This might not work well but you may just end up spending extra money without even getting the good worth of it. Traditional floor boards and antique wooden boards for flooring are some of the best varieties which add elegance and resale value to any home. It can also enhance the overall resale value of the property. When you are out making selections for such traditional floor boards remember to look in for one which is stylish, elegant and also suits your personality well. One good thing to remember is to look out for floor which is also very easy to maintain. If not you will have to spend a lot of time in looking out for costly cleaners which might end in money wastage as well.

Traditional Floor Boards

Know what to buy:

Floors are available in various styles, types, and sizes. You should know about the basic types and also the ones which can be a little customized. There are too many options under traditional flooring but not all will look good and compliment your surrounding always. Before buying you will have to know the proper measurements as well. This will make a real big difference on how things are installed and the look which they offer. Texture and torsional rigidity are two most important factors that one should consider before the installation of the traditional floor boards. Measurement of the floor and the density of the boards need to be checked before the boards are installed.

Floor finishing:

Irrespective of whether it is timber floors, wood or any other type of traditional floor boards which you may buy, it is important for you to pay attention to the finishing. There might be some which may be polished with water based solvent whereas some would have polyurethane. You need to look into this first before any purchase. This will play a very important role in the way you wash or clean the flooring for lifelong maintenance.

Traditional Floor Boards

Cleaning and maintenance:

Make sure you do not use vinyl or any other tuff chemicals for cleaning of the traditional floor boards which you install on your premises. If you want to prevent debris from entering the house or the bets that you can do is start making use of throwaway rugs. These will be the best and will help prevent the floor from being cracked or scratched in any way. Always remember water and steam can dull the finish of the flooring and therefore it is essential for you to avoid the same.

Things not to do:

Do not over wax the traditional floor boards which you have installed. Another thing you have to remember is not making use of high heels and stilettos on such flooring type. If you have a pet see to it they do not have long nails because it can also affect the flooring material to a greater extent.  

Keeping in mind a few things and maintaining some alertness will help you prevent damaging of your traditional floor boards. Installation patterns, types, textures and color varieties are available online and people can now choose from online catalogues also, to get their flooring options done.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tips For Revitalizing Your Old Mattress

If you are not getting quality sleep, this could be the early signs that your mattress is living past its prime. It is also an indicator that you need a new mattress.
However, this might have caught you by surprise. A time that you’re not ready to commit to a new investment. The good news is that your bad mattress should not compromise the quality of sleep you get.
You can make some changes that will inject a new life into your mattress. In this article, I will address the question; How to revitalize an old mattress?
So if you’ve been looking for answers to this question you have bounced on the right post.
Consider a mattress topper
The truth of the matter is that your body requires restful night rest for proper functioning. Believe me, there is nothing as disappointing than keeping awake all the night because your mattress can no longer make you comfortable.
This is the very reason why a mattress topper is an important consideration. By adding a mattress topper on your bed, it can enhance your overall satisfaction in the following ways;
Pressure point relief: you already know that when a mattress gets old it loses its support and sags. As a result, sleeping on it leaves your body unsupported. Because of this, your spine is misaligned from its natural curve and this causes back pains.
The good thing with a mattress topper is that it is thick enough to offer added support to the sagging areas of your mattress. Consequently, your entire bed provides you adequate support while keeping you in the right posture. This gives your already bad mattress a new lease of life.
Enhancing mattress comfort: when mattresses age up, the usual comfort declines and it becomes overly firm. One special thing with a mattress topper is that it softens to the body shape giving you a good hug. This keeps you buoyant while supporting all your pressure points. As a result, you are able to sleep comfortably as if you’re sleeping on a new mattress.
Extending the life of your mattress: a mattress topper stays atop of the mattress this means it adds a barrier against your body and the underlying mattress. As a result, there will be no direct contact between your body and the mattress.
This is an advantage because it reduces friction, which makes the mattress to wear and tear down. This makes your mattress stay a little longer so that you can prepare to buy a new mattress.
Other possible solutions are;
Rotating the mattress regularly
No matter its type, any mattress will benefit from regular rotation. Although many manufacturers will say it is not necessary, mattress rotation promotes even wear. This can make it last a little longer.
Vacuum it
This is something that is often underestimated. So many people think it is not important but get it from me, vacuuming can affect the hygiene of your mattress. As mattresses ages up, dust mites gather on it and can cause you some allergic reactions. However, vacuuming it regularly can make your mattress serve you a little longer.
Put pillows beneath the sagging areas
Generally, when mattress age up, they make a depression in the middle of it. Therefore, you can pick some fiber-filled pillows and place them in the specific place. This will create an even surface that is comfortable to sleep on. Besides, it improves support to the saggy areas making them more comfortable.
TAKEAWAY TIP: if you want to avoid common mattress problems like sagging, you should care for your mattress right from the time of unboxing.  Cover the mattress with a waterproof protector, avoid jumping or sitting on the edge, flip it regularly and avoid direct sunlight.

Bottom line

Your mattress is an important investment and therefore you should care for it. Above we have given you some tips you need to bring life to your already old mattress.

However, as the saying goes ‘prevention is better than care’ it is important to take care of your mattress right from the start. This way it can give you many years of quality sleep. So it is up to you to choose what to do with your old mattress to make it feel new.

Aluminium Windows: Addressing New Features To It

Joseph Webb is here on the blog today and he has some ideas on Aluminium windows. Check out these great tips. 

So, you have already done your part in designing the perfect house. The constructional companies are
working hard in fulfilling your dream and turning that into a reality. That might take some time from
your side, but it is all worth it in the end. You have your special doors and windows, which can
accentuate the beauty of your place more.
However, right now, whether for residential segments or commercial ones, aluminium windows
are gaining a whole lot of importance these days. There are so many reasons for people to rely on
aluminum frameworks, even when the market comprises so many options. Apart from its beauty and
aesthetically pleasing outlook, these aluminum-framed windows are durable and can resist harsh
weather conditions very well.
Importance of The Frames:
This might be your first time when you are trying to work out on the aluminium windows. So, before
you even make any investment, it is time to check out on the advantages involved with the aluminum
frames for your windows. What makes people so hyped up for this addition in their kitty?
Well, slim profile has to be one of the major reasons for that. Apart from that, the aluminum frames
are durable with narrow side lines and low maintenance features to be added in the list for sure.
The light in weight frames can easily be configured into multiple combinations, as per your choice.
As the frames are rather narrow, therefore, the entire focus will be on the glass along with the views
it offers. These aluminum frames are rather available in baked-on or ionized finishes, which come
handy with long lasting color options. The corners are joined mechanically, which can always stay
glued to one another, without creating any mess later.
Moreover, aluminum is designed to conduct heat and cold well. Therefore, some best window
companies are offering you with thermally improved frame, in some of the selected regions.
These aluminium windows are well equipped with the thermal breaks, which are ready to separate
exterior and interior surfaces and can further reduce your current heat transfer.
Reasons to Go for The Aluminum Option:
Even though, there are so many types of window frames available in the market, still people prefer
to go for aluminum windows and that too for some good reasons. These frames are designed to add
that essential light, sense, and space, which can always highlight the beauty of your place more.
Right from standard security to proper energy efficiency, aluminum frameworks are designed to
cover it all. Through with this aluminum option, you can ask more on the variety of energy efficient 
glazing value, which can suit specified climatic requirements for improving thermal condition and
power of your place.
On the other hand, some of the reliable aluminium windows companies are able to present you
with experience, service, and quality under one package. Choosing the right kind of aluminum
window for your place is rather critical. The reliable companies are well aware of these facts and
always ready to offer you with the right solution over here.
Types of Windows to Choose From:
It is rather hard to mention a particular price for the windows, as there are so many options to choose
from. Depending on the company, you are planning to work with the prices are going to vary a lot.
Among the available options, the sliding aluminum window can prove to be the cheapest option.
The casement aluminium windows are a bit expensive, but worth every penny, you have to spend on
it. Just be sure to pre-set a budget plan first and then you can choose the right windows for your use.
About the Writer

This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen
observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas.
He can be found on Facebook and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tips for Creating an Eclectic Bathroom

Diana Smith is here today to share on creating an eclectic bathroom. These are some really fun ideas. Thanks for guest hosting and I always look forward to having you again.

If you’re considering renovating your bathroom and want to create a unique space that doesn’t
necessarily have to boast a minimalistic design, you should probably take a look at some eclectic ideas.
Such ideas actually mix various styles to provide an original look and allow you to use any old
furniture and create unique combinations with new elements. So, if you feel brave enough, take a
look at some of the suggestions that might help you create a fantastic new bathroom.
Choose a focal point
Each eclectic bathroom design features one focal point, which means you have to design the
rest of the bathroom around it. This can be any item of furniture, but the secret is not to include
elements that don’t match your focal point, since it would create a completely different
impression. The last thing you want is to have a bathroom which looks cluttered.
Selecting tiles
Luckily, you can now choose various tile shapes, colours and sizes, which means you have a
much better chance of creating exactly what you want. Even if you don’t find what you have in
mind, you can find a specialty store nearby, which can customise your tiles or create some
original mosaic tiles. Basically, your budget and your imagination are the only limitations.
Old and new
One of the main features of any eclectic design is a combination of vintage and contemporary
elements. For example, if you have some oriental artwork, you can try hanging it above your
sleek, white tub. You’ll be surprised how well some items go together.

Fixtures add character
If you really want to make a statement, replace your dull fixtures with some more original ones.
You can even go to a thrift shop or a flea market if you’re after some vintage fixtures. Once
renovated, they can really make a big difference to the overall design of your bathroom.
You may think that the bathroom is the last place where you should have wallpaper,
but this is not necessarily true. There are special, durable kinds of wallpaper that can withstand
water and moisture. Many of them are actually made of vinyl and require a very strong adhesive,
which is why you might want to hire a professional to help you.
Ceiling-mount circular shower
If your bathroom is small, you might want to consider installing a circular shower with a
ceiling-mount showerhead. However, this installation requires a help from an expert, such as
this Melbourne-based plumber, to inspect the space and check if your bathroom can
accommodate the necessary pipes. This is particularly true when it comes to attics that
have been converted into bathrooms. Since there’s usually little insulation in such places,
your pipes might freeze, especially if you live in a cold area.

Glass Shower Enclosure
The more glass and mirrors you have, the larger your bathroom will appear.
So, introducing a glass shower enclosure will make any bathroom look bigger and if you
manage to combine it with rich wood cabinets, you’ll definitely create something special.
Vintage design
If you install a freestanding tub with a tub filler that comes up through the floor, you’ll
be able to recreate the vintage feel that many designers are going crazy about these days. For an
even better effect, opt for marble or wooden flooring, with a small rug in front of the tub.

Round tub
If you don’t like the idea of a freestanding tub, you might go for a white, round tub safely
tucked into a windowed bay and wrapped in tiles of some soothing colours. The idea is to create
a relaxing space in the bathroom, where you can enjoy after a difficult day.

Corner shower
Another idea for a small bathroom is to have a corner shower with stone tiles paired with a
state-of-the-art toilet, sleek vanity and modern countertop. This combination of old and new
elements will create a very special and original design.
Concrete countertops
A feature that many designers are pushing nowadays is a concrete countertop, which
complements a freestanding tub for the maximal effect. Concrete is difficult to work with,
which means you have to choose your contractor carefully, but if they do a good job, you’ll be
treated with a fantastic, easy-to-maintain solution.

Bathroom vanity island
You can turn your master bath into a wonderful oasis of serenity by using a relaxing
combination of colours and styles, especially if you introduce a flooring solution with some
natural material. Also, you might want to consider painted wainscoting against a marble tile on
the freestanding vanity and tub for an even more eclectic design.
Creating an eclectic bathroom may seem like combining pretty much anything, but the task is
not that easy and only those who understand the concept of interior design and decoration
can actually achieve a great result. Still, with so many ideas now available online, there’s nothing
stopping you from finding the one you like and trying to recreate it at your home.