Decor Ideas for Your Living Room

It’s good to change something around the house once in a while, it can make the entire space that surrounds you look completely different and brand new. And when you think about it, it makes sense to start such a transformation with your living room. After all, it’s the center of almost everything that happens in your home. It’s not only where you spend your free time, but it’s also that one room that your guests see most often. But while deciding to redecorate is really easy, it’s way more difficult to find decor ideas that will be ideal for what you want to achieve.

Choose your style

Your first step should be to choose the design style that you want to implement in your interior. It’s an important decision, and you shouldn’t take it lightly. Remember that just because something looks good on the Internet or in a design magazine doesn’t mean it’ll fit in with the rest of your house. Adding luxurious and elegant furniture into a very modern space will not necessarily look good. So it’s best to stay consistent. Unless, of course, you’d like to go with a more eclectic design. But keep in mind that eclecticism isn’t about putting random elements together, and in reality, successfully completing an eclectic design project can be quite a challenge. That’s why planning is so important, it gives you time to consider every aspect of your project, and include the necessary changes.

Highlight the most important elements

But your living room doesn’t need to undergo a complete renovation in order to gain a new appearance. You can achieve incredible results even with a much simpler makeover. Look around the room and try to point out the areas you like the most. Maybe there’s a particularly attractive decorative element or another thing that you’d like to highlight. It can be absolutely anything as long as you find it appealing, for example, if you’re an avid reader, you may want to make your bookcase the centrepiece of the entire design. And if the living room walls are empty, it may also be a good idea to transform at least one of them into an accent wall or adorn it with paintings or photographs of your choosing. Such solutions can help you create a more welcoming atmosphere.

Don’t keep the nature outside

The best way to bring freshness into your home is by using natural materials. But your options are not limited to wooden floors and furniture, you can also add a lot of plants or even create a wall garden to make the results even more unique. If for some reason adding real plants is not an option for you, you can also use floral and plant patterned fabrics and materials. And if you’re a fan of fish, you can combine the visual appeal of a fish tank with a chance to try your hand at keeping fish. All you need to do is find the most suitable aquarium set for your needs, and you can start setting it up. It can easily become the most interesting element of the whole room.

Be creative but practical

Redecorating your living room gives you an opportunity to add more character and personality to the interior design. You can also look for a few interesting DIY projects, it’s a great way to create one-of-a-kind decorations while reducing the costs of the redecoration at the same time. It’s time to use your creativity, don’t simply follow current trends and solutions you can see online or on TV. But you should also remember about the functionality and practicality of such changes. Choose fabrics that are easy to clean, don’t add too many small elements that will do nothing more than collect dust, and finally – make sure that your new interior design only includes things that you really like. Even with a small makeover, your living room can gain a completely new look. And since you can achieve it with a few simple changes and a small budget, there’s no point in waiting for a better moment. Start your preparations and transform the space around you today.

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Top 3 Things to Consider When Choosing an Interior Designer for Your Project

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Redecorating, whether it’s a room or an entire home, can sometimes feel like a long and arduous process. These things are almost never completed in the time frame you originally intend them to be – how many times have you given yourself a set amount of time to complete a seemingly simple task around the house, only to have yourself wondering months later why it’s not finished?

Fortunately, interior designers are here to help – they’ll help you to make decisions about your project and solve problems that arise along the way. If you’re looking to hire an interior designer, it’s best to do a bit of research – the Internet is exceptionally helpful in this regard. Today more than ever, people seem to post reviews on every encounter they have with people providing goods and services, from complaining about missed orders at restaurants to raving about the service Gary the plumber gave. Sifting through search results and design websites may be a little tedious at first, but you’ll get a feel for it pretty quickly. Most designers have portfolios in which they display work they’ve done, allowing you to see the breadth of a person’s experience. Once you’ve picked your interior designer, it’s time to set up a meeting! Following are the top three things you ought to consider before meeting your interior designer.

1: How Many Changes to Your Ideas You’re Willing to Allow

Before redesigning your home, you’ll probably have at least a basic idea of what you want – after all, if you’re at the point where you’re thinking about hiring an interior designer, you’ve probably been mulling over possible plans for quite some time. While this is great, and you should certainly have ideas to put forward, it’s worth keeping in mind that your interior designer has been in the game for a long time, and likely knows exactly what he or she is doing – so it’s worth being open to suggestions. Your interior designer’s job is to design a space that suits you, from color palettes to new designer furniture, so know beforehand what you’re willing to change, and what is essential to your plans. This way, you and your interior designer can work out a compromise on the finer details. If they suggest ideas that you’re not entirely comfortable with, don’t just dismiss them out of hand – give yourself time to think things over, as you may realise that their suggestions suit your plans better than your original ideas.

2: Your Future Together

It’s always important to think about the future! Hiring a skilled interior designer who knows what he or she is doing with different spaces ensures that your home’s décor will remain timeless. Choosing the right home décor, such as lighting, curtains, window blinds and carpets can make a house easier to sell when the time comes. By extensively comparing different designers’ portfolios, you can select a person who has produced work to your taste across different types of rooms and houses. It pays to choose an interior designer whose work you admire across all projects, for you may find yourself decorating again in the future, and want similar guidance to that you received in your first project. Look at the details of their past work, such as their sense of scale and proportion – no weird rooms that look they should belong in a different house entirely!

3: Which Questions You’d Like to Ask

This is an important one! You’re hiring someone for their skill set and experience, so you’re entitled to make sure they can do the job you’re paying them for. Are you interested in reading your designer’s references? They’ll likely be happy to oblige. Do you have specific questions about costs, or how long a project will take? The two of you can discuss these concerns, and they will be able to help you set out a budget and give you an estimate of the project’s length. Your interior designer’s job is to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for what you need! Remember, the initial meeting with your interior designer doesn’t necessarily bind you to them – you are free to consider your options, and if the meeting doesn’t go well, there’s nothing stopping you from choosing another.

Happy redesigning!

Maia Fletcher is a creative writer from the beautiful City of Gisborne, New Zealand. She loves writing pieces about lifestyle and home improvement. She is exploring opportunities and ideas that would help her to achieve her ultimate goal: to run her own online business. Read more of her articles on her blog.

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Doorways and Cramped Spaces: The Best Way to Move Furniture in Your Home

Whether you’re moving into a new home or you’ve just found the perfect couch, moving furniture is undoubtedly on your agenda. This means you have some hard work ahead as is, but this process can be extra time consuming and stressful when you add tight spaces, doorways, and narrow staircases into the equation.

Luckily, a little bit of prep work can make moving furniture in your home a breeze—even through cramped spaces. This 5-step process will not only protect both your home and your furniture from damage, but it can also save you from frustration and injury.

Step 1. Measure

All the fidgeting and pivoting in the world won’t make your furniture fit if it doesn’t have enough room, so measuring is the first step to saving time, energy, and frustration.

To start, you’ll want to measure:

Furniture. Take note of the length, width, and height.

Pathway. Measure the width and height of stairwells and doorways to ensure you have enough space to maneuver the furniture through. Don’t forget to also measure clearance for tight corners, especially if you’re moving a long piece like a dresser, couch, or table.

Step 2. Minimize

Dissembling furniture is always an excellent option for getting through doorways and cramped spaces successfully. Plus, a full disassembly usually isn’t required—even just taking off one key piece that contributes to the bulk or weight can be a gamechanger.

A few reasons to disassemble furniture before you move it:

It’s too heavy. Taking apart furniture to make it lighter means that you are less likely to drop it and damage your home, self, or the piece itself.

It’s awkward. We’ve all went to get a grip on a piece of furniture only to find there is no good place to hold. If the piece has drawers, removing them can provide a place for you to get a grip. Otherwise, taking the furniture apart may be the next best option. 

It won’t fit. If your furniture is too big to make it to its destination, the next step is to see if disassembly is an option that can remedy this issue.

Step 3. Troubleshoot

If your furniture is disassembled and it still won’t fit through the doorway or around the corner, there are a couple of things to try before throwing in the towel:

Flip it. Sometimes a vertical flip is all you need to slip a piece around a corner or through a door. This generally works if the furniture is less than 80 inches in length as building code dictates that interior doorways need to be 80 inches in height.

Enlarge the doorway. If your furniture is slightly too wide to fit through a doorway, removing the door can provide the extra clearance you need (up to 1 ¼ inches). Plus, all it will take is a screwdriver to unscrew the hinges and pop it off. Still need a smidge more space? Removing the door frame—which is usually only held on by a few small nails—can also add another ½ inch of clearance.

Use a large window. If a doorway is your issue, consider a different entry point. Sometimes feeding a piece of furniture through a large first-floor window is a good option. Don’t have a first-floor window? Hoisting through an upper floor balcony or higher window is a last resort option. However, we don’t advise that you tackle this task on your own. This method can be risky to both your furniture and your physical safety, so hiring a professional mover with the equipment and training to do this successfully is 100% recommended.

Take off the railing. If turning in or out of a stairway is your problem and a vertical flip isn’t cutting it, then taking off the railing is also an option. Just keep in mind, this is often labor-intensive, so if it is only one piece of furniture that won’t fit, it may not be worth it.

Step 4. Prep

Damage is always a possibility with any type of furniture move. However, there is always a higher risk of damage when maneuvering through tight or awkward spaces, so here are a few prep steps you should consider:

Clear a path. There should be ample room to maneuver the piece without worrying about hitting other furniture or tripping on odds and ends.

Protect your paint. If you want your paint to remain in tip-top shape, tape the edges of any doorframes you are going through and any corners that are in danger of being bumped.

Safeguard your furniture. You can also tape all the edges of your furniture if you are worried about scratches or scuffs. However, a better method to protect furniture is to wrap it in a moving blanket and then secure the blanket with either tape or stretch wrap from an industrial-sized roll. All of which you can commonly find at hardware stores.

Step 5. Move

Once you’ve been through steps 1-4, you are finally ready to start lifting. To avoid any moving mishaps, we highly recommend that you:

Stretch. A couple minutes of stretching could save you the months, years, or a lifetime of pain from a moving injury.

Work as a team. Two people are ideal for moving most furniture pieces, but another person navigating and ensuring a clear path is also a great idea

Slide. If you are moving furniture across a flat surface, slide the furniture by placing sliders under the corners to save you from lifting. Fabric works fantastically for hard floors, while plastic sliders are ideal for carpet.

Ask for help. If a piece is just too heavy or you can’t find a way to make it fit, consider calling in the experts. Professional movers are accustomed to moving furniture through cramped spaces, plus they are great at both dismantling and assembling pieces. Don’t want to hire movers for just one piece? Call a reputable moving company and ask for advice. Many will be happy to help. The right approach is everything for safely and effectively maneuvering furniture through tight doorways and cramped spaces. By following the 5 steps above and not rushing the process, you will have your new furniture set up in no time!

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Furniture Works response to COVID-19

As always, the health and safety of our customers and our staff is of paramount importance.  We are fully supportive of the social distancing efforts underway to slow the spread of the virus.  For the past several weeks, we have been doing a daily sanitizing of surfaces.

Fortunately, with 6000 square feet of retail space, we currently believe that we can maintain the 6 foot distance between people as recommended by CDC.  Hand sanitizer and a bathroom to wash your hands is available and we encourage you to use them.  Our staff is regularly using both. Beginning today, we will be limiting to no more than 10 customers in the store at any time.  With these measures in place, we hope to remain open.

This is our plan as of Monday morning, 3/16/20. However, we also recognize that it is still early in the pandemic and that things can change quickly.  If necessity causes us to temporarily close our doors, we will post a notice on Facebook, on our website and with sign on the door. If you are planning on visiting Furniture Works, we recommend you call first to ensure that we are open. For those who have consigned with us, we will extend the time limits in our agreements by however long we are closed.

We are immensely grateful to those of you who have bought furniture in the last several weeks.

Like you, we are taking the current situation a day at a time.  We can get past this.  This, too, shall pass.

If you have questions, you may contact the owner at ken@olyfurnitureworks.com.

The Feng Shui Of Cleaning, Minimize Your Clean Time With These Design Tips

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A cluttered space is not easy to clean.

Harmonizing your environment is the philosophy behind feng shui, and whether you’re a cynic or a true believer, there’s something to be said about achieving balance in your life. I’m no feng shui expert, but I do know a thing or two about set-ups, and I bet you’ve never thought about how arranging your furniture can affect your ability to keep your house clean. Intrigued? I hope so, because nothing is more rewarding than finishing your chores and looking over your sparkling environment. If you find you are putting cleaning off because it takes too much time, however, you likely don’t have a balanced environment. Let’s talk about feng shui (when it comes to cleaning, that is) and how you can maximize your space while reducing your cleaning time.

Arranging Your Furniture

Perhaps one of the most important things about making your housecleaning easier is how you arrange your furniture. Sure, it might look cool to have an eclectic set up with a ton of pieces scattered oddly about in your space, but an unorganized space is impossible to clean. Like feng shui, simplicity is crucial when arranging your furniture to create an easy cleaning space, and you should keep a few things in mind.

Placing your furniture up against walls not only maximizes your space and makes smaller rooms look larger, but it also makes keeping the area clean easier. It’s much quicker to vacuum a large, square space than to attempt to vacuum between (and under) numerous pieces of furniture scattered about. Another benefit is not having empty space behind your furniture to collect dust, leaving you with the necessity of squeezing between the sofa and wall to clean the area.

Using larger pieces of furniture also helps. First, it’s much easier to arrange less furniture in a uniform and easy-to-clean manner than a ton of smaller pieces. Second, larger pieces, such as your sofa and bed, look natural pushed up against the wall. Included in this mix is a larger, rather than smaller coffee table. What is easier to dust? A large coffee table placed in front of your couch or several smaller tables scattered throughout your living space. You see where I’m going with this.

Worried about moving larger furniture when it’s time to clean underneath? No need. Furniture casters come in all shapes and sizes and make rolling your items out of the way while cleaning a piece of cake.

Easy-to-Clean Surfaces

The size and arrangement of your furniture is only half the battle. Some surfaces are simply easier to keep clean than others, that’s the bottom line. While that suede couch might look elegant in your new living room, your Labrador’s fur sticking to it is going to quickly become a huge frustration. So, what surfaces are better for quick and easy cleaning than others are? Consider this.

Do you have pets? If you do than you might already know that carpeting just works better with pets than hardwood floors for the simple reason that the fur sticks to carpet rather than floats around. Vacuuming a carpet cleans it quickly and easily, and acrylic and polyester fibers are generally the easiest to keep clean. Having your carpet treated with a stain guard also makes cleaning up unexpected messes a breeze.

You probably don’t want carpeting in your kitchen or bathrooms, however, so let’s talk tile surfaces. Sure, it’s nice to have the old-fashioned tile pieces spaced perfectly and held securely with grout… but what about that grout? When thinking easy-to-clean flooring surfaces (and countertops), think seamless, because nothing gets dirty quicker than tile grout. For your floors, stained and sealed concrete, linoleum, or sheet vinyl is the way to go. These surfaces sweep and mop easily and do not have hard-to-clean seams.

For your countertops, think granite, stainless steel, quartz, or laminate. Again, no seams, easy to clean with the appropriate cleaners, and if you set your sink low into them, you can just sponge spills and messes directly into your sink. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.

Cleaning is a chore, but it doesn’t have to be a huge burden. If you arrange your furniture with a sense that larger empty spaces are easier to keep clean, use casters to easily move the pieces once it’s time to clean underneath them, and select materials that are low-maintenance, you’ll find the perfect harmony between keeping your house clean and enjoying quality downtime. Sounds like the perfect feng shui to me.

Source: Busybee Cleaning Services

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