4 Ways To Deck Out Your Rec Room

Rec rooms are the ideal place to gather with friends, have a little fun, and hang out. While the idea of pool tables, foosball, and ping pong tables may turn your stomach, there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to decking out your rec room. You can transform your rec room into the ultimate entertainment space with an elegant touch by with these simple steps.

Make It Your Own

Depending on the activities you have planned for your rec room, you can make it an additional living space that doubles as a bonus room. This is the ideal place to host family get-togethers or game nights with friends if it is done right.

You need to consider exactly how you will use your rec room and make it functional for these activities. Once you have decided on how you will spend your time in the space, you can go about designing a room that fits your lifestyle.

Have A Place To Sit

To make your rec room as livable as possible, you need to start with some quality furniture. Let go of those hand-me-down pieces that are just taking up space and invest in some elegant furniture that will set the mood. Think comfy and plush with a bold color that will create an inviting living space.

You will want plenty of seating for your family member and friends, so don’t skimp on making sure you have a seat for everyone. You can add additional seating with ottomans, pillows, or stools that compliment the couch, loveseat, and comfortable chairs that you have purchased. Try to incorporate some texture to give your room some warmth such as suede or leather with your accompanying seating options.  

Do Up The Lighting

Lighting is an essential part of your lower level, and you need to incorporate more than a few lamps. While this may take some mastery skills the results will be well worth the effort. Be creative with your lighting both in your room décor and accent pieces. Neon lights can provide a tasteful touch to your rec room by lighting up areas that would otherwise be dark.

Add neon strip lights under cabinets or along the flooring. This will add some ambiance and allow you to create a fun space that your guests will enjoy. Neon lighting is also a bold choice when used as a wall hanging or sign. Neon lights can provide a fun focal point to the room in lieu of a fireplace or add some drama to your favorite wall pieces.

It’s All About Accents

Accenting your room with accessories will help pull everything together. You enhance your room theme or go bold with pieces that tell a story of places that you have been. Carefully place your mementos around your rec room and incorporate items that mean something to you. This will make your rec room a place that you will want to spend time in as well as making for great conversation starters.

If you don’t have many trinkets from your travels, not to worry you can pick unique and interesting items at flea markets that are fun and whimsical. Make sure they pair well with each other and provide a nice accoutrement around the room. Think interesting artworks, wall hangings, and shelf pieces that can create that ultimate oasis in your rec room.

With a little ingenuity, you can overhaul your rec room from drab to fab and make it a place where spend the majority of your time with friends and family. You can have the dream rec room you have always wanted without giving in to the traditional storage space the basements tend to end up as. Let your imagination run wild as there are tons of possibilities when it comes to designing the ultimate rec room.

Lara Douglas is a young woman who loves interior designing and home decor. She is passionate about new trends and fashion forward home décor ideas. She regularly posts at Neon Signs Depot.

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How To Make Most Of Your Outdoor Space In The Cold Season

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Do you get to the winter months and notice your outdoor space suddenly doesn’t see anywhere as much action? Does your garden suddenly feel less appealing when the nights draw in and the weather is a little worse?

There is no reason that your outdoor space should only be useful for a few months of the year!

Our tips are designed to help you to make the most out of your outdoor space even in the cold months in Washington State.

Choose The Right Lighting For Your Space

Outdoor lighting can be a tricky thing to get right.

What works best in the summer may not work quite as well in the winter. If you want your outdoors to be appealing even when the weather is not so mild then getting the correct lighting is nothing short of essential.

Solar lighting is the generally accepted to be the best method in terms of looking after the environment. As explained here, eco-friendly furniture and fittings are on trend in 2019, and rightfully so.

There are lots of choices in terms of solar lighting, from wall lights to path lights to post-style lights. You need to find a light which is good quality, provides enough brightness to cut through the winter evenings, and that charges even in the times when there is less sunshine for it to do so. Don’t forget it must also be weather resistant.

Having plenty of light outdoors can make it a good environment for you to spend time in, and has even been shown to improve your mood.

Utilize Sturdy and Reliable Wicker Furniture

Outdoor wicker furniture is a real blessing.

During times when the weather is bad, the elements can take their toll on furniture which is covered or is less hard-wearing. If you have furniture that you can leave out all the time, it may make you much more likely to choose to spend the winter evenings outside. Everything from reliable dining furniture to outdoor recliners can be purchased in wicker designs.

Wicker and rattan furniture are mentioned in this post, which explores the materials for outdoor furniture and the furniture types which are most suitable for you. There is plenty of sturdy furniture which is suitable for all 12 months of the year if you give it a little thought before purchasing.

Consider a Gazebo

Gazebos are great protection from the elements all year round.

In the summer, they can keep you from getting burned by the sun. In the winter, they can keep you sheltered from the conditions.

A hard-wearing and well-built gazebo is a good addition to any outdoor space. It can also provide a focal point for your outdoor space, somewhere to congregate with friends, serve food, and relax in a shelter.

Ensure You Have the Required Warmth

It is all very well having the intention to wrap up warm and spend time outdoors, but it isn’t always going to happen if you don’t have an inviting environment.

In Washington State during the cold season, temperatures can drop significantly. This is especially true in the evenings when a lot of us have time to relax and socialize.

There are a few ways to bring some warmth to your outdoor space.

An economical patio light can be lit up in the cooler evenings to transform the area to be nice and toasty. You can also do the same thing with an outdoor fire pit, which can double up as an excellent design feature and a boost to your lighting. Spending time around a fire is a romantic image which can encourage being sociable, and is a great way of entertaining guests.

Conclusion

Your outdoor space shouldn’t just be for a short period of each year.

Spending time outside is a good way to switch off from technology, relax, and soak up the benefits of fresh air and the great outdoors.

If your outdoor space isn’t appealing, however, the chances are you will stay in your warm home. Turn your outdoors into a cozy haven for the best chance of utilizing it in the cold season.

Have you enjoyed our post? Feel free to leave a comment with your own tips for making the most of your outdoor space.

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The Best Bedroom Furniture Design Trends For 2019

As 2019 rolls around, you may want to update your bedroom with a more modern look. Adding key furniture pieces can be an easy way to create a stylish makeover of your master without having to totally transform the room. Think about pieces that will pull the space together or create a focal point for a total oasis for you to enjoy. Try any of these 2019 furniture trends in your bedroom for a while new appearance.

Bring Back the Four-Poster Bed

The four-poster bed is back in a big way. These elegant bed sets provide that bit of whimsy or drama that give your bedroom a whole new look. Choose a more modern design to keep the room uncluttered and only choose this furniture piece if you have the ceiling room. Sticking a four-poster bed in a small bedroom can reduce its size. As much as you love the idea of a four-poster bed, you need to make sure that it fits the space well.

Cozy It Up with Velvet

Velvet stools, lounges, and accessories are in. This cushy fabric works well in any space to give a more glamorous look. Try finding pieces that mix with your current bed set and adds that spark of color or interest in your bedroom. You’ll love the way that these velvet pieces tie right in and find that you gravitate towards your bedroom each and every night.

Get Rid of That Headboard All Together

The minimalist look is in, and one of the best ways to achieve this look is to get rid of that passé headboard. Gone are the days when a headboard was a necessity. Instead opt to remove yours and enjoy the clean, straight lines you are able to create. You’ll find that you don’t even miss your headboard and your new bedroom style is more contemporary too.

Mark Your Space with Metal

Adding metal to your bedroom space is the perfect way to add some interest. Try adding metal structures around your room or on the walls. You can even mount metal lamps from the ceiling or adorn them on your bedside table. These metal furniture pieces will enhance your master bedroom by adding a little bit of warmth or coolness, depending on the tone that you choose.

Go Kitsch with Your Nightstands

Nightstands are a functional furniture piece that can easily be adapted to your needs and personality. There is no reason that you have to stick to traditional nightstands when you have the option to use stools or chairs that have a bit more life than that old wood stand. Take the plunge and find a new bedside table that compliments your space and adds that unusual twist that is all your own.

These 2019 design trends can help you transform your master bedroom without having to do a major remodel. Adding a furniture piece here and there can give you a new look that brings out the life of the room. Stick to pieces that match your personality and stand out on their own. After all, you want to look forward to your bedroom each and every night, so you can have those ever so sweet dreams.

About the author: Sebastian Morales is Founder and CEO of Good & Bed. Prior to Starting Good & Bed, Sebastian was an investment banker based in New York City.

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PET FRIENDLY FABRICS AND HOUSEHOLD TIPS

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Pet owners are the luckiest people in the world. But they also have a life filled with responsibilities, having to care for their furry little companions.

Not only they have to adjust their lifestyle to their pets, they also end up making massive changes to their homes. And ofcourse, we can’t forget about all the extra cleaning and vacuuming.

If you’re getting a new pet, then welcome to the club! And if you want to know more about all these household changes, look no further.

Keep reading to find out how you can be smart with your furniture choices and make cleaning after your pet a much easier process!

Pet Friendly Fabrics

When you have a pet at home, you’ve got to be very selective about the fabric you use for your furniture. There are certain features that you need to look out for like colour, texture and washability.

Fabric Color

Believe it or not, the color of furniture you chose will make a significant difference when you have pets.

Try to match the color of your furniture material to your pet. For example, if your pet has white fur, don’t go for dark colors because white hair will be more visible.

You could also opt for multicolored or patterned materials such as tweed where the hair won’t show up.  I personally think that gray colored fabric and sometimes even cream, with bits of brown and black are quite good at hiding fur.

Fabric Texture

When you have a pet, there are bound to be bathroom accidents and spills. This is why you need a fabric that is easy to clean and nonabsorbent.

Synthetic fabrics like polyesters and nylons are easier to clean. This means that you don’t have live with stains and smells forever. Also, liquids also can’t get through them either.  So, there’s no chances of your couch being pee infused for a long time.

You also definitely don’t want fabric that gets hair and fur easily stuck to it. Certain materials like velvet are actually hair magnets, so stay away from them. Opt for hair repelling fabrics, where fur can simply be vacuumed away.

Examples of Pet Friendly Fabrics

Some fabrics are a lot more suited for pet than others. Here’s a list of fabric you should choose, if you have a pet at home –

●     Microfiber

Synthetic microfiber is a fabric from the heavens if you own a pet.

This material is hard to tear and even scratch. You can also get rid of hair by a simple wiping or running a lint roll. Even stains are easily removable by brushing away with a  mixture of soap and water.

●     Leather

Leather is amazing because fur doesn’t stick to it. You can simply vacuum your leather couch to keep it clean.

Although leather does scratch, it doesn’t look too bad. Infact, the scratches add patina, which is a well sought after look. Aso leather is much easier to wipe than other fabrics.

Although this material is high in the price range, it’s long lifeline makes it worth buying.

●     Denim

Think of how sturdy denim jackets and jeans are. So why not chose the same fabric for your furniture?

Denim is durable and easily cleanable.  Since the fabric is tightly woven, hair doesn’t get stuck to it. So vacuuming daily will get rid of any pet fur.

As for washing, simply a mixture of soap and water or using a baking soda paste will get rid of stains and dirt.

Denim brings in a rugged, casual look to any room. Using this material will definitely make a statement. What’s more it will make your life with a pet much easier as well.

 ●     Outdoor Fabrics

You know the fabric that is used to make outdoor furniture? They’re specially made to be waterproof and resistant to bacteria. Some of them are even made to be stainless and odor free, which is everything you need if you own a pet.

There’s no rule saying you can’t use those fabrics indoors. So go ahead and opt for one of those. If you think they’re too tacky, don’t worry because there’s a wide range available in the markets.

You’ll have a whole variety of patterns and colours to choose from, and match with the rest of your living room.

 Maintenance Tips For Pet Households

When you own a pet, you’ve got to make wise choices with your furniture and its maintenance. Here are a few tips I’ve learnt through years of experience.

Washable and Removable Decor

You should regularly wash any materials that are in contact with your pet. This is necessary to maintain a hygienic environment.

This is why decor has to be picked wisely in a pet household. Make sure any bedding, blankets and covers are easily removable and machine washable.

Also buy pillow and seat covers with zippers. They’re much easier to remove and throw into the laundry machine.

Cover Your Furniture

Covering your furniture makes it last longer and keeps it clean. This is true especially for households with pets.

If you cover your couch, your pets will sit on the covers instead of the actual couch. And then all you have to do is put them in washing machine.

Of course washing a cloth cover is much easier than separate parts of your furniture. And if you think this will ruin the aesthetics of your house, you could also just make separate matching covers with your furniture.

Throw pillows are also a  great way to cover up your furniture as well. Pets can’t be pretty lazy. So, they won’t really move the throw pillows away.

Your cat or dog will most likely settle on top of the pillow. This way your throw pillow will bear the brunt of all the  fur, and your couch won’t have to suffer.

The Floor Matters

Pet households need flooring that is easily cleaned and not too fancy. Hardwood, stones and tiles are the most suitable for this.

Carpets are also a good way to protect floors. However, make sure the carpet is machine washable and doesn’t absorb liquids easily. To make your life easier, there are also some pretty amazing carpet cleaners  that will do wonders with stains and odors.

Consider placing some extra rugs in  key areas where mess is most likely to occur.  I’m talking about places like the front of the bathroom, your pet’s designated area and the entrance from the backyard.

These rugs will catch the extra mud, water and food particles, and help your carpets last longer. What’s more, smaller rugs are easier to wash more frequently as well.

Strategic Furniture Placement and  Purchases

Observe your pet’s behavior and place your furniture accordingly. For example, opt for higher stools that are difficult to get on. Also make sure to hang up any artwork and pictures high  in the wall so your pet can’t reach.

Sometimes pets can be overly smart and pull at dining table covers to get the food to crash. In that case, don’t use table covers at all. Buy sturdy furniture that is pet proof.

Let’s be real, you can’t really have fancy glass furniture all over your house when you’re a pet owner.

Pointy edged furniture might hurt your pet, so it’s best to opt for rounded edges.  Small furniture like baskets and ottomans can also be used as barriers and blockers for certain no pet areas as well.

Designate a Special Pet Space

Giving your pet a specific place of their own can save your furniture a lot of trouble. Invest in a comfortable and nice looking pet bed to place in the living room. Train your pet to stay away from the sofas and use the pet bed instead.

Adding your pet’s favourite toys and soft blanket and bedding will make all the difference. Pets also like to be near their owners so don’t place them too far away from where you’re sitting.

You could also get a scratching post that fits with your decor. Scratching posts are great distractions which will keep your cat’s claws away from your furniture. To make these posts more appealing, add bits of catnip around it.

Final Thoughts

Pets are an absolute delight to have in our lives. But they can also be a nightmare when it comes to cleanliness and prized furniture.

Honestly, it’s best to just  keep minimum furniture with relatively cheap decor, and a clutterless house. Cleaning is much easier that way, and your pet will be able to roam around more freely as well.

Keep your most prized possessions out of reach or in separate rooms where your pet is restricted. And let’s be real, who needs material goods when you have the lifelong love of a pet?

So go on and pet proof your house with all the tips I have shared. And remember to be picky and wise with your choices!

Author Bio:

Shawn is a content writer at FeedFond. A pet enthusiast, he loves all things animals. To read more of his articles, visit FeedFond.com.

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Transform Your Garage into the Mancave of Your Dreams

A garage has uses beyond just being used to store your shiny commuter car and fancy hardware. It can easily be transformed into an extra living space for you and your buddies to hang out in without disturbing the rest of the house.

The most important part of a man cave, though, is the feeling it provides you. Do you want a mancave that’s for watching sports with your pals, or a mancave that is for video gaming, drinking, lounging around, or all of the above?

Read on to make sure your garage is properly equipped not just for storage, but for parties, weekend games with the boys, or just a place you can get away comfortably.

Find Quality Furniture

Lounge Furniture: Two things every man-cave needs to even be considered a place to relax are good, comfortable furniture and a TV, preferably a larger one.

Having a futon instead of a couch can be utilitarian, as it allows your friends to stay the night, but it still gives you a spot to sit down in. On the other hand, a large, comfy leather or suede couch will be very comfortable for a long period of sitting time, although harder to keep clean and take care of.

Consider buying a few end tables, a shelf for storage, and other things you would use in your living room. You’re going to spend a lot of time out here, so make sure it serves your needs.

Before you begin buying the furniture, map out the area you’ll be using. If your garage is going to need to be multi-use, as in, when your parents come to visit, they park their hybrid four door in your garage, you’re going to want to know ahead of time to buy furniture that can be easily moved around.

The Right TV: The TV is where everything in the man-cave happens. Aside from drinking, talking, and playing darts, the man-cave is centered around the TV both literally and figuratively. The TV should be in a place where anyone in the man-cave can see it clearly, so a high-up location on a shelf or a thin TV that can be hung up on a wall would be optimal.

The Walls and Floors: The way your walls and floors are accessorized can add a lot of character to your man-cave. If you think you’re going to spend a lot of time watching sports with your friends in there, get some memorabilia to hang up on the walls from your favorite teams. If you plan on gaming or doing your hobbies in there, buy some posters or other wall decorations related to your favorite games or inspirations.

For the floor, as long as the bland and cold grey stone of the garage floor is covered, you’ve already done a lot to improve the aesthetic of the man-cave. Think about getting a themed rug for your favorite sports teams or be silly with it and get a shag rug to really set the lounging mood in the garage. Anything that you don’t mind getting a little dusty will work just fine, but ideally pick something that is easy to care for.

Accessories and Extras

The walls, floors, furniture, and TV in your man-cave are all placed down now, but it doesn’t feel quite finished, does it? That’s because you still need to add some flair and some accessories that make it a comfortable and care-free place to be.

Think about buying a beer fridge or, if you want to get advanced with it, build a bar into a corner of the garage for storing cocktail mixers and such. You can pick up dart boards, foosball tables, and ping-pong tables cheap online or from a local story like Furniture Works.

Use dimmer lights in the man-cave – not so dim that you can’t see 5 feet in front of you, but dimmer than the lights in the rest of the house. This will help to set the mood of a place of relaxation and can subtly change the way you feel being in the garage rather than the rest of the house – you may find yourself spending more time there than you do inside!

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