Everything you know is wrong

I’ve been married for more than 15 years so I’m accustomed to being told I’m wrong.  I used to think that maybe I was occasionally right, but now I know even that was a mistake.  And as a note to my wife, honey, if I really was right, I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to be.  Like most folks, I’ve even been wrong about furniture. In this article, we’ll tackle a few myths about furniture that I used to cherish.

Furniture made long ago was built better than today’s furniture.  Yes, the quality of the wood was probably better because first growth forests were plentiful with tighter grains and there were some cuts of wood (like quarter sawn oak) and kinds of wood (like Cuban mahogany) available that are not available anymore but the tools of today’s trade allow for accuracy in cutting and joinery that were impossible a hundred years ago.  In addition, most furniture is glued and the glues of today are much better than the old hide glues especially the polymer glues like Gorilla Glue.  Finishes of today are also much more resistant to wear and tear than was the shellac of yesteryear.

Wood finish needs to be fed.  As we talked some months ago, there’s nothing you can add to a finish (unless it is more finish) that it can absorb or bond to.  The only thing a finish needs is a good waxing with a paste wax once a year and that’s just to put a protective layer between you and the finish.

Wood is alive and needs to breathe.  Sorry, once the tree was cut down, the wood died.  In fact, there’s some reason not to expose wood to the air since that makes it more likely it will absorb (and give off) moisture, making the wood move and causing cracks and loosening joints.

Wood veneer is bad.  Plywood, with its grain running in alternating direction with each leaf is actually more stable and harder to break than straight lumber.  What we’ve sadly become accustomed to is cheap pressboard furniture where the veneer is just painted paper that can peel off.  Real wood veneer is an opportunity to have visible wood grains that would be impossible to purchase if the entire piece were made of them.  And the choice of veneer can be one of style.  I’ve seen solid oak furniture from the 1940’s with a walnut veneer because oak was not a popular “look”.

All the wood in a set will exactly match.  Even if all the wood came from the same tree, there will significant differences in the grain between areas of the tree.  As the saying goes, wood is a natural product…some variation is to be expected.

The most expensive fabric is the most durable.  Silks and damasks can be gorgeous looking fabrics (and quite expensive) but they won’t hold up like some of the new nylon and olefin materials.  If you really like the look of silk, consider a blend.

You can’t clean leather or keep it looking clean.  Leather does change with time as the oils and dyes in the leather shift but this can be as much an affect of the type of dye as it is the leather.  Pigmented leather will change color less than aniline dyes.  Most of the places you can buy leather furniture will come with recommendations for how to clean it.

Fabric on the bottom of leather cushion is a cheap shortcut.  When you sit on the cushion, air escapes.  The fabric helps the air to get out of the cushion quickly.  Otherwise a leather sofa would feel like sitting on blown up furniture.

Box springs don’t need to be replaced as often as mattresses.  Sometimes the sag can be the box springs and not the mattress.  Most manufactures design box springs and mattresses to work together, when it’s time for one to go, they both should.

That said, I still prefer real wood to veneer, older furniture to newer and organic fabrics to synthetic.  What the heck, I may be wrong but at least I’ve got my opinions.

10 Clever Organizing Tricks and Furniture Storage Ideas

A clean and tidy atmosphere has the charm of softening the hardest of hearts. Whenever you step within the soothing circles of an organized room, there is always a feeling of order and prosperity within you. All this, thanks to creative innovations within humans not leaving out the effective aid from the complex but artsy computer applications.

There are a plethora of ways you can combat clutter with the ordinary stuff around you, for example, household items and the general stuff you would find lying around the compound. Namely;

  1. Functional Furniture

This type of furniture actually performs more than the usual function. Take a functional contemporary bookcase for example; this is more than just a furniture where built-in shelves are installed within the unit. Books, clothes, and toys will be sorted once the furniture becomes fully functional.

  1. Floor compartments

Secret storage can be designed on the floor where compartments are built to store valuable items. These sections can then be accessed by raising the floor boards where the concealed pieces are safely stored. This is one of the common practices found in most homes.

  1. Reclaiming Space

Most spaces within our homes are ignored yet they provide the ideal options of creating more room. The space under the stairway can be used to provide enough space for a home office or storage closet depending on you choose. You can as well have a recessed pantry within a cramped and cluttered kitchen since they provide great storage space.

  1. Professional lockers

Professional lockers play a huge role when you have a sporty family. These lockers can be placed in the garage or any room since they make it easy when organizing your space. You can go for a sixteen-foot storage shelf to make it impossible for the kids to mess up your attire.

  1. Classica

Although most of our homes have closets, we cannot deny the fact that as we keep buying the order of the room continues to worsen. This is why you need to come up with a custom-built closet to sort out your laundry and shoes provided by brands such as Classica. The designers of this closet make sure that varying compartments are included to make it easy when organizing your lights, darks, and other apparels. With a number of finishes to choose from, Classica provides one of the strongest storage systems.

  1. Glass Jars

If you are looking for a timeless beauty that will remain functional as long as it doesn’t break, then glass jars will serve you right. You can use varying shapes to represent the different items placed within the jars like let’s say screws, bolts, and nails in different jars based on their sizes. You can nail or have the lids superglued underneath the table where you store your tools.

  1. Boxes

The little boxes you get after having your product are sometimes so sturdy that it becomes hard to dispose. These boxes are very useful when organizing stationary as well as jewelry. You can have the boxes clipped together to form different sections depending on what you plan to store in the spaces. You can have a pencils and pen section, plastic flatware section, and a cosmetic section.

  1. A Fold-Down Changing table

This is a concealed changing table famous for saving a significant amount of space. All this made possible by the fold-down function that makes the table disappear into the wall. A fold-down table is not only a table but also provides a storage space that can be used for wipes, diapers, and other items that can fit the available space.

  1. Spice Containers

Many times you would find loose bits of sticky notes, paper clips, rubber bands, and much more. To properly organize your desktop, there are clear-topped jars found in supply stores that can be used to put every little thing in order.

  1. Tension Rod

Tension rods are useful mostly in the kitchen. They can be used to organize and keep the pots from rattling within the drawers. You can have it as a divider within the drawers where pots and/or pans can be placed on one side and lid on the other side of the divide.

Mixing Vintage and Modern Home Décor

Equipping your home with modern accessories is great if you like living in a Matrix-inspired space. However, this decorating style is not for everyone, so re-examine your personal taste and take your own preferences into consideration when decorating your home. For those who like the Ye Olde Days more, opting for a vintage home décor style might be the perfect solution, especially if they add some modern taste to it as well. Coming up with a tasteful, elegant and inviting combination might be hard, but the results will be worth your time, effort and money. If you want your home to portray a successful blend of modern and vintage, here are a few tips that might help you.

modern1

Your Private Sanctuary

Even though we don’t spend that much time in our bathrooms, this space still remains special. This is where we take the first morning shower and recuperate after an awful day in the office. In short, out bathroom should be a sanctuary, but also an exciting place that gives us energy. The best way to achieve such a mix is by decorating your bathroom properly.

One of the most popular ideas nowadays are wood-effect porcelain tiles – they’ll give your bathroom an old-school effect it desperately needs, but it can also take it to the 21st century. These tiles combine an irreplaceable look of a traditional bathroom with an unique twist of a contemporary home decoration, so they’re perfect for everyone. Another way to decorate your bathroom is by installing a freestanding bathtub – these have a unique 1930s appeal, but, when put into a modern context, usually look quite innovative.

modern2

The Center of Attention

Every family spends hours and hours in the living room, so you should pay special attention to this part of your home. Luckily, finding vintage furniture has never been easier and you can find lots of options online. If you know what you’re looking for and how much money you’re willing to spend on a particular piece, you’ll surely find dozens of options.

Since most living rooms include a TV or stereo, the best thing to do is to contrast these high-tech items with a classic armchair/sofa combo. If you add an ottoman or a vintage coffee table, your living room will be perfectly balanced, especially if you top it all off with a classic soft shaggy rug, one of the most beloved decorating items of the 1980s. This addition will bring back old memories and instantaneously make you 40 years younger. Finally, make sure you coordinate the colors of your furniture, your walls and your rug adequately – first find the furniture and then pick the color of the walls to match it.

modern3

Focus on the Lights

Setting up the perfect lighting in your home is never easy, especially if you want to include high-quality lamps and energy-efficient LED lights. Most people have a problem combining these two options since modern light bulbs sometimes really look out of place. But, with a proper blend of old and new, you can do whatever you want.

Whichever time period you prefer – the chic 1940s, the radiant 1960s or subtle 1980s – you’ll easily notice the abundance of all sorts of lamps. Floor lamps, writing lamps, industrial-style hanging lamps, huge lampshades and intricately designed fixtures were focal points of every living room of the last century, so why not introduce them to your home as well? Visit your local flea market, search for vintage lamps and then try to fuse them with modern light bulbs.

modern4

Other Ideas

Some of the other ways to combine vintage and modern home décor styles are old-fashioned wallpapers or retro countertops in your kitchen, heavy drapes mixed with fashionable linens in your bedroom and vintage windows that provide your dining room with enough natural light. Eclectic homes have never been more popular than today, so going into this direction when decorating will surely bring great results.

 modern5

About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

For more useful articles, visit our blog at https://olyfurnitureworks.com/blog.

Your Healthy Home Checklist

It’s strange how we often fear the pollution and other harmful influences outside, and never even stop to think of the safety of our homes. You instantly assume that the very fact that you call your house a ‘home’ makes it a healthy and a safe place to live in, but that is far from being true. Nothing good ever comes without effort, and in order to clean your house of toxins and other dangers, you have to invest some time and work. Since there are different health hazards lurking from different areas of your home, you have to devote special attention to each of them. Here is a short checklist, so that you don’t miss out any of them.

healthyhome1

Clean Up Your Cleaning

You think that your house is actually clean after cleaning? Think again. Most of the products contain pesticides and other dangerous chemicals that pollute the indoor air and worsen (and perhaps even cause) various health problems, such as asthma. Get rid of all of them, and use organic products or homemade cleaners. Baking soda, lemon, essential oils and vinegar can replace most of the conventional cleaners.

Is Your Furniture Safe?

healthyhome2

Your furniture may be baby-proofed when it comes to covering the edges, but does it contain any toxins? Plastic chair can add a modern charm to your dining room, but they can emit polybrominated diphenyl ethers and other toxins. Stain-resistant fabrics might be very useful, but they can contain perfluorinated compounds. The best materials for furniture are certified sustainable wood, reclaimed wood, and bamboo. Look for materials that are treated only with natural substances, like naturally tanned leather and natural wood finish. If you own any foam stuffed furniture, make sure you keep it well-covered.

Another View on Healthy Cooking

Healthy cooking includes preparing organic and nutritious produce, but that is only one side of the coin. The pots, saucepans and other cookware will also impact the quality of what ends up on the plate. It doesn’t matter how handy non-stick or Teflon cookware can be, if overheated, it can release dangerous toxins into your meals. Don’t take that chance and replace it with glass, stainless steel or cast-iron whenever possible.

Purify the Air

healthyhome3

Indoor air is burdened with many pollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can be found in wall paint, dust mites, mold and mildew, carbon monoxide and radon. First test your home for radon and carbon monoxide and take steps to reduce them. After, get rid of carpets (since they collect dust mites), and steam clean the furniture and the drapes. Mold is a common problem in households and it can lead to allergies and troubles with respiratory system. To resolve it, find the best air purifier for mold, while keeping in mind the air quality in the room and the price range.

Check Water Quality

Water is another essential resource that can be contaminated with various toxins. City water may contain led if the pipes are older and well water can be exposed to impurities from the soil. Bottled water isn’t always the best solution, as there are no special regulations determining whether it’s healthy enough or not. Your best way to healthy drinking water is installing water filtration systems.

Minimize Sound Pollution

healthyhome4

Noise is annoying, there is no denying, but it can also be very harmful. In fact, it can seriously impact the mood and increase stress levels. Although there are no ways to fully eliminate noise from your surroundings, you can do your best to minimize it. Turn off the electronics when you’re not using it, soundproof your home (sealing window frames, putting furniture against the walls, use rugs to dampen the sound) and mask the noise by running a small water feature or a white noise machine.

Follow these tips and your home will become your safe haven, instead of a source of constant threats for you and your family. A healthy home will show its worth by contributing to sustainability, minimizing waste and optimizing the use of resources.

For more useful articles, visit our blog at https://olyfurnitureworks.com/blog.

 

Guide on External Roller Blinds For Your Home

When you are looking for some quick tips and ideas on home renovations, then you might have come across some articles or people who believe roller blinds is also a good options for renovation and you must consider them. Well, they are not entirely wrong, and here in this article we are going to discuss on the external roller blinds.double-roller-blinds-sydney

Advantages of External Roller Blinds

External roller blinds, like normal window blinds, are a piece of window coverings. The only difference is that they are installed on your windows from outside. Here are some of the benefits of having one of these eternal roller blinds for your home:

  • Protects your glass from immediate damages.
  • Can be used to control the amount of light, wind and sun light entering the room, thus you can use them effectively in maintaining the temperature of your rooms.
  • Keeps your house away from unwanted visitors who looks at your house, and thus offers some privacy.
  • They are stylish looking.
  • Easy to maintain, hassle free installation and easy to use.
  • Many types and sizes of roller blinds are available in the market to meet your needs and demands.
  • You can easily open and close them.
  • Makes your house look more stylish from the outside.

dual-roller-blinds-sydneyThough there is some difficulty, and the main disadvantage of external roller blinds is the cleaning, but the latest and modern designed roller blinds are available in the market that you can clean them easily and there are many other ways in which way there won’t be any need to clean them regularly.

Apart from this, in addition to internal window blinds, when both of these things are installed simultaneously, they make an excellent covering and allows a very smooth and stable temperature inside the room, as they make a perfect temporary layer between the outside temperature and the walls and thus traps the warm or the coldness of the room from inside, as and when required.roller-blinds

How to Choose the Right Roller Blinds

If you have ever visited the shops, maybe online or from the local stores, then you might have noticed many types of roller blinds. Each of them has some different functionality and usages. Apart from this, there are also different types and make of these. So, in this guide we will give you some ways in which you can choose the best roller blinds to meet your needs and demands.

  • Selection of roller blinds should be based on the purpose of usages. For instance if you are looking for blinds which will protect your rooms from the winter chills, they you should consider to buy PVC blinds which are much more effective, or if you are looking to block sun light then go for normal ones which can be used to block sun light partially or completely, depending upon the need.
  • Next on the list is choosing the roller blind based upon the color. There are many different varieties of blinds with many color variants. So choose some contrasting colors that go well with your house colors.
  • Measurement of the area is an important factor. You should carefully measure the length and the amount will be decided on that. Always choose to buy a little bit extra-long from the size of your window, and not short which will be a good idea, and looks well with the surroundings as well.
  • Roam around some shops, or best go online and get some quotations from various prizes they offer, and then choose which one suits you. Depending upon the quality and material, price varies, so choosing the best price is always a good idea.

roller-blinds-home

For more useful articles, visit us at https://olyfurnitureworks.com/blog.