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DIY Smart Measuring for Window Treatments

Window treatments can be a crowning touch to any room, especially a window wrapped space like a sun room. All it takes is some smart measuring and a well thought out plan. I’m Lacey Howard, editor of Decorating Magazine , and today I’m going to show you how to make your window treatments sparkle. The first step of dressing your windows is choosing a style of blinds or shades.
Natural shades like these offer a wonderful texture, and a beautiful look when the light comes through. If privacy is a must, line your natural shades.
No matter the style of blind or shade you choose, the next step is measuring for either inside or outside mount. A good rule of thumb is to use outside mount to make small windows appear larger, or to cover unattractive woodwork.
For outside mount, measure the window’s width from just outside the casings. Because outside mount shades hang above the molding, you can determine at what height on the wall to mount the shades. If you’re lucky enough to have gorgeous moldings like these, you’ll want to let their historic character shine, so go for inside mount. Measure the width of the window from the inside edges of the trim . You’ll butt the top of the shade to the top of the window frame so that the shade fits just inside the window’s moldings. Be certain to measure each window individually. You’ll be surprised how much they differ. Next, frame your views with draperies. Here, we chose dramatic panels to frame each bank of glass .
When hanging drapery panels, there is no hard and fast rule about high on the wall to hang them. For most spaces, drapery panels should skim the floor. Save puddling for formal rooms and sumptuous lightweight fabrics such as silk. No matter the formality of your room, hang drapery hardware at any level between the top of the window molding and the ceiling.
The higher on the wall you hang the panels, the more visual impact they’ll have, and the taller your ceiling will seem. Rod pocket fashion such as these have a shorter finished length than tab top or fabrics that require drapery clips like these. Both tabs and clips add length to the hanging panels.
Like any type of home accessory , hardware can range from off the rack at a big buck store to custom made. One designer tip, be certain your hardware has telescoping rods. With this feature, hardware can easily change rooms or configurations when needed. Another hint is when you’re faced with corner windows in a room like this one. Avoid a traffic jam of finials and brackets in the corners. Use an elbow connector piece to join the links of drapery rod and ensure a smooth transition. With smart measuring and thoughtful placement, your drapes and shades become the crown jewel of every room of your home.

By :  Lacey Howard.

What You Need to Know When Using Color In Your Home

These are the three things you have got to know about color . First step, take your temperature. Colors are either warm or cool, depending on their undertones. So first step, figure out where you land. Do gravity towards warm and cozy or cool and modern ?
If you love color , you have to let it breath. The best way to embrace color in your space is to embrace negative space as well. The room doesn’t have to be filled with all kinds of saturated color .
The eye needs a place to rest. There has to be a balance and a push and pull. Make all your important color decisions in your space.
That’s where you’re living with the color . It’s going to look completely different at home than it looks in the showroom. So get it home, live with it a little bit and see if it feels right.

You’ll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you …. Enjoy it !!!!

2014 Stylish Stone Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Stone countertops are durable and versatile. Browse this collection of our favorite materials from high end granite to vintage style soapstone to find the right one to install in your kitchen.

You’ll love these ideas to try in 2014! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you …. Enjoy it !!!!

Granite Options : Granite countertops add a rich, natural look to your kitchen. Granite is popular because it provides a virtually maintenance free and scratch , stain , and heat resistant option after it’s been sealed. Plus, it comes in a great variety of color and veining options.
Stone Shopping Tips : Stone naturally varies in color and pattern, so make sure you pick one to coordinate with your kitchen. Try taking a large sample back to your house to see how it fits your space, instead of relying on a small piece. Then double check the exact slab you’re buying to guarantee you like the look before you make the purchase.
Simple and Subtle Style : Quartz surfacing makes an ideal countertop for this modern kitchen. The matte, uniform look is simple yet sophisticated, and it’s a low maintenance alternative to natural stone. The gray green tint adds subtle color to the room as well.
Muted Texture : This seagrass limestone countertop brings texture and visual interest to the muted color palette of this kitchen. The subtle speckles and veining tie in the light color with the green backsplash.
Soapstone Sophistication : This soapstone countertop beautifully contrasts the crisp white cabinetry and marble backsplash. The combination of dark matte countertops with the sleek white color palette gives the kitchen a sophisticated look.
Popular Quartz : Quartz is probably the most common type of engineered stone countertop. This island is topped with quartz surfacing, which bridges the gap between the light features of the room and the dark stained wood.
Add Color with Stone : Caramel color limestone warms up this white kitchen. This colorful addition to the room is both practical and stylish, and it adds a casual look to the traditional limestone countertop.
Color-Scheme Countertop : The color scheme for this kitchen is based off the granite countertops throughout the room. Dusty lavender and organic brown undertones are speckled in the granite, producing a neutral color scheme with timeless style.
Customizable Concrete : Concrete countertops can be customized to the ideal color and thickness for any kitchen. These countertops were slightly tinted to complement the pine-paneled walls and dark maple floors, giving the room a cohesive look.
Faux Stone : Want to get the stone-countertop look but on a tight budget? Solid surfacing comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it can give your kitchen the look of more expensive materials like stone for a much lower price.
Glossy Finish : A 3-inch thick black granite countertop is the perfect stone to contrast the back painted glass backsplash. The smooth, glossy finish of the granite transitions almost seamlessly to the backsplash, giving the kitchen a sleek and modern look.
Dark Marble : Marble takes on a darker look in this kitchen. An elegant Pietra del Cardosa marble countertop on the island provides a handsome work space, perfect for quick cleanup after meal preparation. The 2-1/2-inch thick marble matches the profile of the stainless-steel countertops around the perimeter of the room.
Aged Character : Flamed granite countertops have a distinct texture that gives them a timeworn look. This aged character adds to a rugged, country style in the kitchen. The speckles in the stone add texture and variety to a space.
Functional Surface : Black granite countertops provide a simple, solid surface in this kitchen. More colorful, elaborate details are found in the kitchen’s slate tile backsplash, so the granite countertops are the perfect subdued countertpoint.

2014 Romantic Valentine’s Day Bedroom Decorations Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a holiday of love and those who are in love. It is a day to spend with your love and get more intimate moments with her/him. So. let’s prepare the home for unforgettable romantic moments with your love. Except you will surprise her/him with a Valentine’s present and Valentine’s card, let’s decorate your bedroom in a valentine’s spirit. It will make the atmosphere more romantic and intimate. Romantic Valentine’s Day bedroom decorations are easy to make. There are some stuffs which are symbols of Valentine’s day, such as flowers, rose’s leafs, heart balloons or any other decoration in a shape of heart. And of course, you can make the night more romantic with a bottle of champagne just for two of you. Woow, it sounds so romantic to me!!

Well, begin to think about Valentine organization and surprising your love. Get some idea of romantic Valentine’s Day bedroom decorations below. Make your Valentine perfect and unforgettable and get the most intimate moments with your partner. So, enjoy your Valentine with your love and stay in love forever.

2014 Sexy Bedrooms Decorating Ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Find some inspiration here and create your own romantic bedroom, whether you dream of a lavish suite or prefer beautiful on a budget. You’ll love these ideas to try in Valentine’s Day.! I hope you find these ideas useful and inspiring to you

Come-Hither Drapes : The draped entryway for this bedroom refreshes while adding an element of mystery.
High Hopes : Tucked away in a loft, this bedroom is as fun as a treehouse, but with the style of a penthouse suite.
Sexy Script : Handcrafted artwork above the headboard and the plush sleigh bed create an enticing look.
Rustic Meets Romantic : With salvaged barn doors and fabric borrowed from menswear, this Master Bedroom  mixes rough and tumble with luxurious.
Rich Animal Print Suite : Tap into your animal instincts in this richly textured master suite.
Preppy Pad : This abode leans towards feminine, but keeps it sexy with a lushly padded headboard, lovely linens, and moody lighting.
Eclectic Meets Luxe : The contrast of vaulted pine ceilings and richly textured wallpaper perfectly compliments a bed piled high with pillows and comforters.
Spa Contemporary Bedroom : David Bromstad created this crisp contemporary bedroom with a relaxing spa as his inspiration.
Art Gallery Inspiration : This Novogratz designed room uses graphic window treatments, statement-making art, and a bold rug to leave a lasting impression.
Masculine Hotel Chic : Everything from the nailhead trimmed headboard to the pure white bed linens begs for you to curl up in bed and order room service.
Caribbean Contrast Bedroom : Dark, tropical wood tones and airy white sheers evoke your own private island retreat.
Cozy Fireplace Master Bedroom : No matter how frightful the weather, an en suite fireplace sets the scene for romance.
Cabana Style Bedroom : Shuttered doors and a private patio turns this bedroom into your own private island.
Lush Texture Master : Rich silk, fuzzy faux fur, and patterned velvet more is more in this decadently sexy room.
Moody Bedroom with a View : Contemporary touches and dramatic dark walls create a space perfect for snuggling up and watching the sun set over the swaying palm trees.
Cool Comfort Master Bedroom : From Sara Richardson, these icy tones of cream and grey provide a perfect setting for steamy nights.
Feminine Wallpaper : The floral pattern on the bed wall disguises the awkward placement of the windows, giving the space an attractive look.
Go Big : The oversized patterns mixed with trendy colors make this space a much desired space for rest and relaxation.
Repurposed Beauty : You wouldn’t know this was an old table at first glance, but Designer Brian Patrick Flynn cut it in half and updated with the a hot pink hue.
Cozy Sitting Area : Everything about this bedroom sitting area is eye-appealing, from the white enamel paint on the mantel to the elegant Venetian mirror. The chaise by the fire is a great place for cuddling.