Monthly Archives: April 2014

2014 Clever Solutions for Small Bathrooms

Even a small bathroom can make a large impact . Start with clever storage – stash your toiletries inside a wall – hung bathroom cabinet with a mirrored door. Invest in a new vanity counter with a solid – surface top as this hardy material is impervious to stains and knocks .
A cabinet beneath the washbasin will hold all your cleaning gear and ensure that the tight space stays neat and uncluttered .
Ramp up your bathroom’s style quotient with unique wall tiles and strong color scheme. There are amazing new tile collections and even reflective neon – type effects on the market . But if bold treatments are not for you , check out the new mosaics . Muted patterns with textured finishes exude a subtle sense of elegance .
In this narrow bathroom by space . Matter (below) , the rounded profile of the tiny mosaic tile gives the checkered pattern on the walls the feel of an intricate basket weave .
Even though the color scheme is a simple white-on white the ambience is luxurious and chic .

Now with this model for small bathrooms,I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you …… Enjoy it !!

2012 Ideas for Beautiful Living Room Makeover

Boring, boxy rooms with zero personality: Raise your hand if you’ve got one. Better Homes and Gardens decorating editor Amy Panos did. Take a peek at how she and BHG remodeling coach Meredith Ladik turned a 1970s suburban room into something special.

Creating a Peaceful Space 

To dress up the space and create unity between the dining room and living room, Amy and Meredith chose to add instant character with classic-looking wainscot. Amy chose to wrap the room in urethane trim because, compared to wood, it comes in more styles, is lighter in weight, and is easier to install. 

Editor’s Tip: It’s perfectly OK to place furniture in the middle of a room. Just keep the visual footprint light (a pair of chairs works better than a sofa) and pick pieces that look good from all sides.

Window Wise

Vinyl replacement windows with Energy Star-rated glass are more efficient than the 1970s originals, and the trim never has to be painted. Plus they can be ordered to the size of the existing opening, which saves on installation costs.

On the Ledge 

Three styles of molding were stacked to create a chunky ledge atop the wainscot. The result: a built-in spot for displaying art at eye level.

Desk Space 

Amy took the corner of the room and created a little office that is perfect for paying bills. 
Editor’s Tip: Picking paint colors is a challenge, but landing on the right blue proved extra tricky. If you want a gray-blue, like Amy did, you have to go much grayer than you ever imagined. We must have tried a dozen different shades. Thank goodness for $4 sample paint pots.

Pretty Dining

To connect the dining and living room, Amy continued the color scheme and wainscot around the room. Adding more storage in the dining room was a must. Replacing a pair of rickety bookcases with glass-front cabinets gives the dining room structure and storage capacity. The cabinets are semi-custom, meaning you can choose the door style, finish, size, and extra trim for the top and bottom to give them a built-in look.

Handy Hostess Station 

Pairing 12-inch-deep upper cabinets with deeper lower cabinets allowed the units to tuck neatly under the existing soffit while still offering plenty of storage. It also left space for a small countertop — handy for setting dishes or food to serve.

Hidden Storage 

Tucked below the window seat, large drawers are the perfect place to hide extra china and crystal but keep them handy if needed.

2014 Tips for Cheap Bedroom Update

Affordable Bedroom Ideas :

Try a New Direction : To give your bedroom a decorative lift without spending a dime, angle the bed from a corner. If your present headboard looks too bulky for this arrangement, replace it with a salvaged iron gate or a shorter upholstered panel.
Add Pattern to a Select Spot : Try paneling a single wall or one section of a wall with a favorite wallpaper or stencil. It’s a sure fire way to call attention to a seating area or to add pattern without the expense of papering an entire room or taking the time to stencil an entire room.
Switch Out Accent Pillows : Accent pillows let you quickly alter the personality of a room and shift the balance of color. They’re especially powerful used in a bedroom because the bed is a natural focal point. Pillows can update a room instantly by adding volume, pattern, texture, color, and personality.
 Here, a subtle backdrop of cream and blue is brought into intense focus with a collection of lively pillows. Raspberry and sky-blue accent pillows pull the wall color and accent color together perfectly. Bold striped neckroll pillows add variety and interest to the grouping.
Suitcase Side Table : For a dose of quirky charm, create a bedside table from vintage suitcases. Search flea markets and estate sales for three suitcases in graduated sizes. Measure and cut a base from plywood to accommodate your largest case. Screw wooden furniture legs onto the base and paint. When dry, stack the suitcases on top. Use the suitcases to store off-season clothing and accessories.
Easy Upholstered Headboard : A few tricks make this stunning DIY headboard. The simple square shape makes the upholstery job easy. Plus, the backing is formed by two hollow-core doors.
Paper Trail : The popular trend of removable wallpaper has landed this fun product in even the big box stores. Peel the backing and press it to the wall, then peel it off if you tire of the look or if you?re a renter. You can use big graphic colorful prints behind a bed as a headboard, on a hollow-core door to make it dimensional, or over a fireplace without a big commitment.
Neat & Nifty Nightstand : Bedside tables with shelves work best for storage purposes. This simple but hardworking nightstand offers a tabletop surface for a lamp and a collection of decorative elements, a drawer to corral smaller items, and a lower shelf that holds reading materials.
Frame Game : For artwork on a dime, paint an old wooden picture frame, cut mat or foam-core board to fit the opening, and cover the board with a scrap of pretty fabric.
Floating Nightstand : If you don’t have the luxury of a bedside table, create a storage-packed floating shelf by installing a closet shelf upside down beside your bed. The small shelf takes up no floor space yet offers an ample surface for an alarm clock, reading material, and decorative accents.

Headboards You Can Make 2012 ideas

Bearing a pretty silhouette, gorgeous fabric, intricate details, or all three, a headboard adds a certain flourish to your bedroom. Whether you make your own or purchase a piece, introducing a headboard to your bedroom is an instant update guaranteed to wow.

Window of Opportunity
Create an elegant headboard like this one by spraying two shutters with two coats of primer and 2 coats of metallic paint, then finishing with two coats of sealant. Allow the shutters to dry between coats. Measure the inside of each panel and cut fabric to fit each opening, adding 1/2 inch on all sides. Place batting inside the panel to cover the entire area. Cover with a piece of fabric and attach to batting along the edges with hot glue. Secure the corners and along the top with a staple gun. Use ribbon as a trim to finish. Repeat for each panel.
Tall Order

Create a custom headboard that rises to the occasion by covering an inexpensive artist’s canvas with fabric. Just pull the fabric tightly across the frame and secure with a staple gun. Then prop the canvas behind your bed no power tools required. When it’s time to change out your bedding, simply re-cover the canvas with new coordinating fabric for a fresh look .

Frame It

Inexpensive photo frames can be found at garage sales or thrift shops and make a magnificent headboard. Remove the glass from the frames and cut batting the same size as the frame back. Cut fabric to size, adding 3 inches on each side. Lay the batting on the frame back and cover it with the fabric, wrapping excess over the back. Pull taut and fasten with duct tape. Insert the back into the frame. Hang three frames side by side for a picture-perfect headboard

Re-treated & Refreshed

Revamp an old wooden headboard with a new treatment. Try sanding off the existing stain and refinishing the headboard with a glaze or whitewash.

Modern & Fun

Give old closet doors a new purpose as a headboard. Two closet doors mounted on the wall behind the bed create a sleek focal point in this midcentury-modern bedroom. Plus, the tall headboard gives the room a sense of height.

Home Center Headboard
    For less than $100, you can make a headboard out of basics from your local home center. On a piece of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), draw a design that’s as wide as the mattress and about 40 inches tall; cut out. Use wood glue to cover the MDF with a piece of beaded board cut into the same shape. Glue strips of veneer over the rough edges. Glue or screw trim to the top edge and a finial in the cutout. Paint the entire piece. When dry, mount the headboard to the wall with 1 1/2-inch spacers
Wallpapered Headboard

Scout out a large picture frame from a flea market or secondhand shop and repurpose it as a headboard. Paint the frame to match your decor. Cut a wallpaper piece to fit inside the frame. Apply the paper to the frame backing following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Framed Fabric Headboard

Spice up a bedroom by creating a framed headboard from a graphic print. Stretch the fabric over heavy cardboard or foam-core board and secure on the back. Insert the panels into two inexpensive poster frames spray-painted a coordinating color.

Storage Headboard

Create a one-of-a-kind headboard with built-in storage using old dresser drawers. Search salvage shops and secondhand stores for cast-off drawers and old dressers. Plan your layout on the floor, using fillers (such as storage cubes) and leaving spaces where the wall can show through. Once you’ve perfected your design, secure the pieces together with screws. (We also cut plywood doors to fit a few openings and secured them with hinges.) To embellish your headboard, give it a few coats of paint and wallpaper the drawer backs and doors. Hang the headboard on the wall using a few 1×4-inch cleats

Vintage Headboard

Add a vintage country look to your bedroom with a feed-sack-covered headboard. A large feed sack provides enough fabric to cover a twin-size headboard. Staple two layers of batting over the front side of a piece of plywood, and then staple the feed sack on top of the batting. Pull the fabric taut as you add staples to the center of each side and then as you work your way to the corners. For a stunning finish, nail a piece of architectural salvage to the top of the upholstered headboard.

2014 Perfect Kitchen Pantry Design Ideas : Easy to Do

Say goodbye to kitchen confusion. Gather tools for cooking, cleaning , and more, in one streamlined spot. Put the closet door to good use by mounting shallow wire shelves .
Clip takeout menus on the closet sidewall. Dangle hand tools from a series of metal hooks. Store soda cans in wire racks. A plastic wall holder centralizes battery storage .
Slip a wire basket under a shelf to squeeze in extra space for a stack of cleaning towels . Stuff extra plastic bags into a handy dispenser.
A wall mount file sorter can house ribbons and bags for quick gift wrapping. Position a rechargeable hand vacuum near the door for quick cleanups. Add wheels to the bottom of a wood crate to create a rolling cleaning cart. Place frequently used cleaning supplies in a grab and go tote. With a little planning, all your kitchen essentials can co-exist in one small pantry. A kitchen pantry should work for you rather than as a dumping ground for your stock.

Here are the storage essentials you need to keep your kitchen pantry organized. These tools and organizers will bring order to your cooking gear, food, cookbooks, and more. You’ll love these ideas to try in 2014!
I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you … Enjoy it !!!!