How To Keep Your Furniture Protected From Damp

Not only can damp damage your furniture and tarnish the stunning patterns and fabrics on them, but it can also pose as a health risk to all who live after your roof, so you’ll want to do all you can to ensure that your furniture is protected. Luckily, we now have the convenience of opting for damp proofing in London to combat damp within the home, but ideally you want to prevent damp from making an appearance full stop. If you’re unsure on how to achieve this, we have all the information you need below.

Reduce Condensation In Your Home

Undeniably the biggest cause of damp within the home is high volumes of condensation, yet many of us are ignorant to its presence simply because you can’t physically see it and its effects until it’s too late. Damp is most prominent during the winter months, and will affect furniture that’s situated in corners or near windows the most.

As a result, you’ll want to reduce the amount of condensation that builds up in your home, with one of the easiest ways being ventilating your rooms in order to remove the moisture. This is easily done by opening your windows slightly, or you could invest in air conditioning or a professional ventilating system to tackle the issue, keeping your furniture safe.

Preparing Them Before Storing

Alternatively, if you’re planning on storing furniture to sell in the future or to prepare for a move, you’ll also want to protect them from damp as it’s easily obtained when left in storage for long periods of time. To ensure that your furniture maintains its shape and functionality, you’ll want to clean all items using the correct method in order to protect them from damp. As you’d expect, this differs for each material, but here’s what you need to know for the most common:

  • Wood-based: wipe down using a clean cloth, followed by polish to give it a protected finish.
  • Metal: polish all metal items before storing them, as this will have to protect the pristine finish. If they’re being stored for long periods of time, use a lacquer to ensure the metal is kept in perfect condition.

Keep All Fabrics Fresh

From sofas to your favourite rug, damp can have a very unattractive lasting effect on fabric-based furniture, so you’ll want to do all you can to keep these fabric items fresh. If your fabrics and upholstery have already been subject to some damp damage, the mildew can be brushed away, but to keep these items protected in the future, ensuring you launder each item in chlorine bleach and hot water to protect them as much as possible. Or, if the material isn’t compatible with bleach, consider soaking items in oxygen bleach and hot water instead, and dry in the sun if possible.

Furthermore, upholstery can be slightly more difficult, as you need to mix a cup of ammonia with a cup of cool water, and sponge the stains with this new solution. Ensure you blot the fabrics a considerable amount, and then remove the ammonia solution with cold water when you’re happy with the level of protection.

Furniture items aren’t cheap, so you’ll want to ensure that you keep them protected from any damp damage as much as possible. While there are ways to restore your furnishings should they experience damp damage, you can prevent mould spores from making an appearance full stop, keeping all of your furniture in excellent condition.

Add a Touch of Metal for and Elegant Living Space

Metallic finishes have gained a lot in popularity recently due to their elegant quality which adds a whole different atmosphere to the living space. No matter whether your home is modern or vintage, you’ll be able to find a perfect metallic tone to give it that final touch. And, in order to help you with that, we’ve prepared a list of some useful and inspirational ideas.

Gold and copper for warm spaces

If you prefer warm vintage spaces, gold and copper are exactly what you’re looking for. For example, you can opt for beautiful gold chandeliers that will make your house look truly glamorous and contribute to that rustic atmosphere which you’re trying to achieve. The same goes for copper which is a great choice for bathrooms, and our favourites are definitely elegant copper faucets that will make your bathroom look exceptionally sophisticated. Finally, other warm-toned materials that we heartily recommend are brass and bronze.

Silver and steel for a cool modern look

On the other hand, if you appreciate the coolness of modern spaces, silver and steel should be your first choice when decorating your place. We particularly like the idea of a silver finish on furniture since it can turn even an old plain piece into a super chic item which will look as good as new. On top of that, this is a great way to combine vintage and modern design and thus strike a perfect balance between them. Just imagine how beautiful your bathroom would look with a Victorian style dresser painted in a modern silver tone! Furthermore, steel has gained quite a lot in popularity recently owing to its affordability and strength. On top of that, when combined with chromium, you get stainless steel that is not susceptible to rust and thus easy to clean. In other words, this material is both super practical and extremely fashionable, so we encourage you to give it a try as soon as possible.

Make your own colour combinations

Another great thing about these metallic shades is that they give you a lot of space to experiment and come up with unique ways of combining them. For example, a brass coffee table can go perfectly with a silver-coloured sofa. Additionally, once you’ve decided on a colour pattern, you can add some other details to your living room to make it look even more stylish. Modern designer mirrors will contribute to making your place look more spacious, and they will serve as a great decoration. On top of that, mirrors will reflect the sunrays thus filling your room with daylight that will additionally accentuate the beauty of metallic tones.

Strike a perfect balance

Although you can’t go wrong with incorporating metallic shades into your house design, you should keep in mind that sticking solely to them can be overwhelming and have the opposite effect. Therefore, we advise you to combine them with some softer textures. For example, if you go for goldish chairs, you can refurbish their seating and back and go for soft velvet that will break the monotony creating an inviting atmosphere in your dining room.

Go minimalistic

Finally, going for metallic shades is a great choice if you want to achieve a minimalistic design. For example, instead of overburdening your place with insufficient accessories, you can go for a beautiful copper flower pot and place it on your coffee table. You’ll be surprised to see how much of a change such a small detail can make. Remember that often, less is more. Basically, all you need to do is find attractive pieces that will catch everybody’s eye, and metallic-coloured ones certainly fall under that category.

As you can see, there are a lot of different ways in which you can incorporate metallic shades into your home design. No matter whether you go for furniture with such finishes or some small accessories, it’s important that you express your own creativity and find your unique way of combining such items. Lastly, it’s most important that you like what you see and thus feel comfortable in your own home.

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.”

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20 Brilliant Home Furnishings Ideas That Will Bring Your Home to The Next Level


Nowadays, decorating rooms, especially living room is becoming the normal thing to do. Be it minimalist or grand design, people do love decorating their homes using various ornaments. In here, I am going to give you several ideas to beautify your living rooms.

Wall Hanging Tapestry or Wall Art

Want to try something unique yet simple and easy to prepare? These ideas might surprise you.

  1. Hand Printed Rug

You have a white wall in your living room, and it feels empty since nothing is there. To create a unique decoration, you can try making hand-printed rug or tapestry. While it is often being associated with a teenager or college students, the tapestry is great choice to give your room an edgy atmosphere.

What You Need:

  • Canvas (your desired choice)
  • Pencil
  • Permanent markers
  • Iron
  • Yardstick
  • Sewing machine

The Steps:

  • First of all, you need to check the edge of your canvas. If it has not finished, you can fold the edge and make stitch across the fold using a sewing machine. Iron the canvas out flat.
  • Draw your preferred design and sketch using the pencil.
  • Color the pattern using the permanent markers.
  • Add a rug pad underneath if you want to put the tapestry on the floor.
  • If you want to hang it on the wall, you need to make hanger or just simply hang it using nails.
  • Notes: although the canvas is washable, the color of the tapestry will fade a little bit.
  1. Feather Wall Hanging

Unleash your inner boho-chic princess with this feather wall hanging. It reminds you of the dream catcher and it can be the alternatives for room decorations.

What You Need:

  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Suede Lace
  • Wood Dowel

The Steps:

  • Spray the tips of feathers with spray paint. Let them dry.
  • Double knot suede lace to each end of the wood dowel.
  • Tie a piece of suede to the stem of the feather. You can tie them in different length. Repeat the process.
  • Make sure to tie the knot facing the back so it does not show on the front
  1. Batik Dye Wall Hanging

Batik Dye lighten up your room, especially if you choose contrast color. For example, black batik dye will catch your attention if you hang it on your white wall.

What You Need:

  • Drop cloth or heavy cotton canvas
  • Paraffin wax or beeswax
  • Crockpot or double boiler
  • Liquid Dye
  • Pencil
  • Scissor
  • Gloves
  • Paintbrushes (old ones will do)

The Steps:

  • Cut the fabric to your preferred size and sketch your intended design.
  • Heat the paraffin or beeswax in a double boiler on the stove. The estimated heat should be around 80ºC (170’F).
  • Using the paintbrush, apply the wax to the design. Trace over the design carefully. Make sure the wax is heated to enough temperature so that it absorbs well into the fabric. Allow the wax to harden.
  • Mix liquid dye with warm water in a plastic bucket. You can experiment with the ratio of the dye and water.
  • Put on gloves, and dip the fabric into the dye. Let it soak to achieve a darker color. Usually, it takes 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with room temperature water and hang to dry.
  • To remove the wax, place paper towel on top and bottom of the fabric. Iron it until the wax lifted from it. Replace the paper towel as you iron the fabric.
  1. Lyric Wall Art

Do you have a particular lyric from your favorite song that sticks on your head 24/7? Why don’t turn it into the beautiful wall art?

What You Need:

  • Vintage painting
  • Letter stickers
  • White paint or spray paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissor

The Steps:

  • Cut out the letter stickers to complete the sentence of your chosen words. It takes time so you have to be patient.
  • Stick those letters in the painting, then coat it with the white paint.
  • Let the paint dry, then peel off the letters carefully.
  • Now you got your special art. You can hang it on the wall or put it in the corner of your living room.

Small Living Room Decoration Ideas

But what if your house has a rather small living room? Then, you might want to apply these decoration ideas to make space looks bigger and spacious.

  1. Decorate with Mirrors

Decorating your living room with mirrors will not only give the vibe of the spacious area but also a bright room as well. That is because when you place mirrors strategically, it will give an illusion of larger space.

You need to put a mirror in central place to create a focal point. It is best to put the mirror across the window. Why is that so? By putting the mirror across the window, it reflects the view, absorb lights, and gives the illusion of another window.

  1. Draws the Eye Upward

For a room with high ceiling, the way to decorate it is using artwork and decorate the floor. This way, the eyes are drawn upward. You can play with drapes, an aesthetic one if I could say. It is better to go with neutral colors like brown.

Another way is to put art ornaments like painting or handcrafted wood. So, if you enter the room, the attention will shift from the ornaments to the ceiling.

  1. Use Neutral Colors

Neutral colored furniture, walls, or floor makes the room appear bigger. If using off-white or beige, the room seems like expanding automatically because it appears to push back the walls. Neutral colors also have calming attributes. When you enter the living room with neutral colors, you will feel homey instantly.

  1. Choose Furniture Wisely

Are you thinking of shopping furniture for the living room? Do keep these in your mind: pick the furniture with lightweight appearance. Choose the ones with pale or bright colors and those with legs. Do avoid the box types since it consumes more space. Another thing to notice is that when buying tables, you can try the glasses one. As it is transparent and sees through, it will make the area more open.

  1. Small Furniture

Tight space can be adjusted by putting small-scale furniture. It won’t take more spaces than necessary. Sofa with thin arms or armless chairs is the best option out there. It is simple but not overpowering the room.

 Photo Wall Ideas

Next on our lists of ideas are the photo wall ideas. Turning a vacant space in your wall into a gallery wall can be so much fun. You can try decorating the wall based on the frame size of the picture, or to combine and mix several different ideas as well.

  1. Pretty Pink

Do you have any paintings with pink colors? Do you have the paintings with various shades of pink? Then, try to create a pinky gallery. You can display the watercolors painting and add modern touch by giving some gold or silver accents.

  1. Modern Touch

Putting your black and white paintings or printed pictures would never go wrong. As a matter of fact, black and white are everlasting colors, which means that you can always play with it. Add some vase of flowers and now you are ready to show off!

  1. Abstract Gallery

Bored of the same size frame when putting together your pictures? What about trying to get them to a different size? Even though it is abstract, it still catches attention. And that is what you need for displaying and decorating your room.

  1. Pyramid Display

If you are using the shelf to display your pictures, make it so that at the bottom of the shelf is the small sizes pictures. Move up to the second shelf, you can put the bigger ones, and on top of the shelf, you can just put one or two big pictures or paintings.

  1. Bulletin Board Photo Wall

If you are the type of person who does not want to put anything directly into the wall, you might want to consider to collect your pictures on a big bulletin board. Although you have to work twice, it will be worth it.

 Other Decoration Ideas

Besides those ideas above, you might also want to try some of this.

  1. Chalkboard Wall Paint

With chalkboard, you can write anything, basically! You can write motivation words for the day or simply draw something to make your day brighter. Although originally it works best in kitchen or kids room, I think putting it in the living room gives playful atmosphere.  

  1. Rack of Wine Corks

If you have wine corks in your home and you do not know what to do with them, why don’t you turn them into the rack? At first, it is intended to become a rack for a necklace, but I think, it fits as jacket holder too.

  1. Floating Bookshelf

A floating bookshelf? Is that a magic? Of course, it is not! But, you can give an illusion of floating books when making this shelf. It is surely fun and fascinating. 

  1. Personalized Handwritten Canvas

Write in a blank canvas something personal. Something you would like the world to understand or know about you. Or, you can pour any artistic ideas, even though people won’t likely understand. But hey, all of us got an artist inside, aren’t we? 

  1. Mosaic CD Mirror

Turn unusable CD into mosaic CD mirror. Break or smash them into pieces, and paste them on the mirror frame using hot glue. It is unique and majestic.

  1. Gold Flower Pot or Vase

A luxurious look can be created by spraying metallic gold color to a vase or flower pots. It brings grand design to your home!


Those are ideas to decorate your living room. Actually, it is not limited only to the living room, but other rooms as well.  May you grasp the ideas and implement them cheerfully to your home! Happy decorating!

My Author Bio

Octavianus Tri Harjanto is an entrepreneur, publisher, and editor who is passionate about wonderful home design ideas. He’s written extensively to help people gather ideas for creating & maintaining marvelous homes. He will support you with inspiring visuals of cool homes, artistic garden, architectural marvels and up to date design trends. Find him here on Militantvibes.


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A Brief History of the Mattress

Mattresses are a key component of bedding.  Because most humans spend over a third of their lives sleeping, finding a quality mattress is important for a high quality of life.  Normally comprised of foam and fibers, with metal springs on a wooden frame, mattresses help ensure a restful sleep.

Serta, Sealy, and Simmons are the three largest, most popular mattress brands in the USA.

Standard USA mattress sizes are Twin/Single (39” X 75”), Double/Full (54” X 75”), Queen (60” X 80”), King (78” X 80”).  Other USA mattress sizes include Olympic Queen (66” X 80”), California Queen (60” X 84”), and California King (72” X 80”).

Mattresses typically require replacement after seven to fifteen years of use, or sooner, if the coils or frame have experienced noticeable wear and tear.

A Brief History of the Mattress

In the Neolithic period (8,000-6,000 B.C.), people migrated from sleeping on the ground to simple man-made beds and mattresses.  These first resting structures were constructed of leaves and grass, held together with animal skin.  Around 3,500 B.C., Persians invented the first “waterbeds,” made of goatskins filled with water.  The more affluent inhabitants of the Roman Empire, circa 200 B.C., slept on mattresses filled with feathers.  Steel coils, which now support the vast majority of mattresses, were not patented for this purpose until 1865.

Mattresses have enjoyed many advances in the past few decades, including the advent of air mattresses, foam mattresses, and “memory foam” mattresses.  Increasingly, mattresses are being constructed from modern materials such as latex foam and polyurethane foam.  In addition, those consumers seeking affordability and convenience have chosen futons and futon mattresses to ensure their good night’s sleep.  And there has long been a core of waterbed enthusiasts who remain committed to waterbed mattresses, at least I think there are.

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8 Tips for Decorating Your Apartment

Here are some easy tips to decorate your home.   Taking a few moments to think about your home will help you fully enjoy it.

Think about your home, and answer these questions:

1.  What do you want it to be?    If you want your home to be a tranquil oasis in a busy world, are your colors soothing or do they shout?   If you want a fun place for friends to gather, do you have plenty of seating?

2.  What are your main hobbies and activities?   What do you need for these activities?  For instance, if you have a collection that you work on often, get storage containers for it that can be easily opened or put away.  If it’s a lot of trouble to get at your collection, you either won’t spend the time on it, or else might be tempted to leave it out and risk losing or breaking certain pieces.

3.  Who will be using the space?   How many people will be living there?  What ages?  It’s important for every person to have a space that’s their own.  Whether it’s a special chair, couch, desk or a section of a room, everyone needs ‘their space’.   If you’re planning to do video aerobics, you’ll need room to move around in front of the TV!

4.  What about your things?   It’s easy to become very messy if things don’t have a place.     A small filing cabinet is a must for many people – it’s a great place to store all the papers that you don’t know what to do with!

5.  How much do you really need?  Too much furniture makes a room seem crowded.  The bare essentials are a couch and chair, a table and chairs for eating, a bed and place for your clothes.   After that, think hard about what you need or don’t need.  Will you really use that computer desk – or would you rather sit on the couch with a laptop?

6.  Think about the traffic flow.   You want to be able to walk anywhere in the room without bumping into furniture.   Try drawing furniture placement on paper as a first step.

7.  Pick a focal point – your Greystone Properties home has unique features.  What do you want to see when your first walk in the room?   If you have nice windows with great lighting, are you emphasizing it?   Everyone feels brighter in sunshine.

8.  Think about order and organization.  Do you bring home work every day, or mail, or sports equipment?    Where will you put it?   A large bowl or box near the front door is a great place to drop mail until you go through it later.

9.  Take advantage of free expert advice.  Every store and every product line employs professional designers to put furniture and accessories together.   If you’re unsure of your decorating skills, pick a design you like.   Study how they did it either by looking through a catalogue or going to a store.   It’s all there assembled and displayed for you.   If you like the look, simply do what they’ve done!

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