Monthly Archives: April 2011

Get Great Curb Apeal with a Plaque

Everyone knows that when it comes to a great looking home curb appeal is a must and one way to add some style to your home is to buy great looking house address plaques.  I love some of the styles I have found online because they are different that the house address plaques that are sold in my area. I have looked online at a few different sites because I thought this would be a great way to add some style to my own home. I have found some really nice address plaques that light up along with some amazing stone plagues.

If you have a larger home and really want to add some drama to your lawn you may want to take a look at address signs, these are usually used in businesses and larger homes as they are usually very big and don’t fit with smaller homes. Of course if you do have that nice small cozy home you can just buy a really nice address plaque address plaque that matches your homes style and yours too.

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You Can Win the HGTV Green Home 2011

Every year I look forward to seeing the new HGTV Green Home. It’s not only a great testament to wonderful architecture, green design and living, but a great way to see whats new in interior design and green trends. The HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2011 Kicks Off this month and I’m entering as I do every year.

This years HGTV Green Home is no exception. It’s an amazing home and something I would love to live in. I think one of my favorite things is the activity room. It’s a new spin on the laundry room as you can do laundry, but it can also serve as an office area and a general hang out room. Check out this video to see the home:

HGTV Green Home

I love it and the interior design is amazing. Though I’m not a fan of yellow it does work in the living room and creates a happier warm look. I also love hiding the TV behind artwork, this is not a new thing but it’s something that is gaining in popularity as more and more people are looking at using rooms for more then just watching TV. Also with the new flat screen TV’s it’s easier and more avoidable to hide your TV from view when you are not watching it.

What do you think of the new HGTV Green Home?

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Take Care Of Your Lawn

Spring has shown up for many around the US and now is the time that your getting ready to get all of your lawn care items ready to go, maybe though your lawn mower stopped working over the winter and you now are looking for a new one. Shopping online for a new lawn mower may seem weird but  when you can shop online and find great deals on brands like an ariens lawn mower then maybe you would be more inclined to try it.

I found a great website called Become.com that has not only great lawn mower deals, but also has a lot of other things for your home and life, not only do they have great lawn care, they have hello kitty car accessories and deals on nikon 300s, but what I want you to really take a look at is the lawn care deals. They feature different stores so you can order from many different brands and companies all in one spot.

I stress this because shopping from one spot online saves you time and allows you to get your home improvement projects done faster. We all know that curb appeal is a huge part of interior design and home improvement and having the right tools to great a great garden, lawn and more is more important then anything. Without the tools you can not have a great design.

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Sweet Dreams of a New Headboard

Headboards can make or break a bedroom, when you say you love someones bed, your not talking about the mattress but the headboard and framing. Cheap Headboards yet quality headboards can be hard to find, but they are out there and available to everyone you just have to look for them. You can find them at discount stores, thrift stores and even online, you just have to take the time to look for them. Great interior design is not just about putting things together, but spending a lot of time finding those things.

I found this really nice and modern headboard and I think this would be the perfect addition to any modern bedroom. It’s different then many metal headboard I have seen and I really like the clean simple lines it creates. Add in some matching curtain rods and lighting fixtures and you have a whole new room at very little cost. Don’t forget to add some plants, artwork and a few candles to create a very relaxing environment for you to fall to sleep in.

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Be Stylish With a New Rug

When warm weather comes the last thing most people think of is a rug.. Rugs are suppose to help keep a room warm and in the summer that is the last thing you want to do. The thing is rugs can help to ground a room and keep it looking fresh and clean. I went looking for some great rugs online and found this one on Very.co.uk. I like it because it’s got the light colors of summer, a leaf print, also a great summer look and the price is not to bad either.

I love to look at online stores like www.very.co.uk because you can find great deals on home products like rugs and other accessories. That means you can actually afford to update your home decor every season without pulling out a small loan. Another reason I love checking out online stores is that I’m not pressured into buying something I don’t want or need, saving me even more, or at least allowing me to buy the cute lamp I found while searching!

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Add Some Style to Your Floor

When it comes to decorating your home so many people think only of paint, pillows and furniture that they forget a floor also can make a statement in any room. When you get custom flooring you usually get what you pay for, something that looks amazing, but you can also get that same custom look for less.  Maybe you like the look of this hand scrapped bamboo flooring or maybe you would rather have a travertine tile floor. Whatever your wish is you can usually find a product that will fit that need.

Of course financing that home improvement project may be more difficult now, but refinance your home is not impossable and it’s a lot easier if you can show what you are doing to your home will actually improve the value in your area. A good way to check this is to see what is going on in your neighboors homes, if they have wood flooring and stainless steel appliances you should too.

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Sleep Better For Less

I have been looking at Cheap Beds for a friend of mine, she is in need of a bed, but can not spend a lot of money. She asked me to look around for her as she knows nothing about bed shopping and can never seem to find deals like I can.

You can get great beds for little money if you know where to look, maybe you always shop at the same places for your bed and other furniture so you don’t always find great deals. When it comes to my home though I always shop online and at brick and mortar stores to find the best prices and deals for what I’m shopping for.

I not only found my friend a great bed at an even better price, but I found amazing comforters, pillows and other accessories to complement her purchase, the best part was that I still came in way under budget and she’s very happy with the results. I think I have made this friend of mine finally realize that sometimes you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great looking room and quality furniture to go in it. Sometimes you just have to do a little research and spend a little more time finding what works for you.

Have you bought furniture online? Share your experience!

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A Clean Home is A Stylish Home

Part of great interior design is keeping your home clean. You want to be able to live in your home along with enjoying the view that you have created for yourself. One thing that many people seem to avoid doing is cleaning their carpet, but do it yourself carpet cleaning is not hard at all and it’s usually less expensive then hiring someone to do it for you.

I have a friend who lives in Austin, she is very particular about who cleans her home, her current home cleaner is retiring and now she’s on the lookout for something else. I suggested she get online and search furniture cleaning services Austin so she could find someone new. She then told me all that she worries about is cleaning her carpet, not her furniture. I then explained to her that you need to also have your furniture cleaned at least a few times a year. You actually leave more dirt on your furniture then on your floor, so when you look for a carpet cleaning company see if they do furniture too. Of course you can also clean your furniture yourself.

I did finally convince my friend that she could also clean her home herself and after doing a search for steam carpet cleaning machine Austin she found a great machine and now does everything herself. Personally I think if your someone who has time to clean doing it yourself is the best way to go.

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Get Organized With Closet Maid

Sometimes you spend a lot of time trying to find something to wear, other times you spend a lot of time trying to fit all of your clothing in your closet and it’s these times that you wish you had a new home with a new closet, but if you don’t have any closet organizing system you are not taking advantage of what your current closet can offer you and I promise they are less expensive then buying a new home and moving.

With ClosetMaid you can get online and figure out what type of organization system you need and Design Your Own ClosetMaid Closet, they offer not only closet organization, but office, laundry and Kitchen organization, I think the best place to get your foot wet when it comes to organization systems is in the closet to I took a look at the online project set up for a closet. I liked that it’s a step by step process and that they have many options for you to choose from. You can build a system for a walk-in closet or reach in, you can can choose between wood or wire and you can decide what your skill level is so you don’t have to do it your self if you don’t think you can.

ClosetMaid Spring Cleaning

Another great thing about this site and company is that they give you everything you need to get the job done, not just the materials, but knowledge and tips to help you complete your system on your own if you like. If your looking to get organized check them out and check out how easy it is to design a organizational system for your home.

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Finding the Right Kids Bed

It seems that every year around tax time my friends are looking for kids beds. My friends run around our local stores and never find anything they want, but settle for something as they just can not find what they really need.

This is why I love the internet. There are so many great furniture websites online that you can find the right child’s bed for a good price. Here are a few things to look for when buying a bed and why you need to look for them:

  • Size, will it fit the child you are buying it for, will it be long enough or wide enough?
  • Height, will it fit in the room you are putting it in?
  • Style, don’t buy a girls bed for a boy, unless he really wants it
  • Make and Quality, You need a good bed for a child, many parents go cheap because their children may destroy it, but this can cause other health issues and is not always the way to go.

If you remember those few points, buying a bed can be a very simple and easy experience. The hard part will be getting it moved in and set up and if that is your biggest problem your doing okay.

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Serta Perfect Sleeper Polyester Pillow Review

Recently I was able to review a few items from CSN stores. One of the products I choose was the Serta Perfect Sleeper Pillow set and I was very excited to try it out.

After a week of sleeping on the pillows my excitement had dimmed. They are great pillows and hold up well, but if you like thick pillows like I do you may want to try a different pillow. Within a week these pillows were flat and thin. I’ve fluffed them and moved them and done everything I could to get them fluffy again. Eventually because of a sore neck I ended up putting my old pillows back on with the new ones just to get some height back.  Once I did that the comfort level was better.

Even though the pillows do go flat, I do like the feel of the pillow. It’s still soft and I believe that if I got another set of the same pillow the height would be fine and I would be very happy with these pillows.

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.

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