Monthly Archives: November 2016

Simple Remodeling With Slip Covers

92Just the mere thought of remodeling your living room area can feel like such a daunting task. With the simple use of slip covers, transformation of your living room area is extremely simple and really affordable. Many people struggle with the idea of purchasing new furniture at the same time they wish to change the look of their living room area. Many individuals are attached to furniture for many different reasons. Some people inherit family heirloom furniture and don’t wish to let that furniture go at the same time do not have any place to safely store their heirloom furniture if they choose to remodel. Budgets may also affect remodeling and the purchasing of new furniture. And some people like to decorate their living room area based on seasonal changes but can’t afford to always purchase new furniture when seasons or trends change.

The use of these covers will induce impressive change to any living room area in your home that has furniture. Slip covers are also known as loose covers or furniture covers. These covers are made and designed to fit all types of furniture pieces. Sometimes these loose covers must be custom made due to the dimensions and the rarity of some special custom or antique furniture pieces. There is also no need to worry about furniture pieces that do not match because the great news is that furniture covers are made for all types of furniture.

Furniture covers are now made from many different types of material. Generally cloth covers and some fabrics such as suede covers may be found at any home store. There is usually a large section dedicated to slip covers since there are now so many different colors and designs. There are furniture covers sold separately but belong to a specific design set so that you are able to cover all types of furniture.

Simple remodeling with the use of slip covers for your furniture is extremely simple and a fun way to keep your living room area up to date and current with the latest design trends. Furniture covers are made for all kinds of furniture such as a sofas, sectional sofas, recliners, love seats, chairs and cushions. Furniture covers are widely available at any store that sells home goods.

Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets

91Are you looking for an economical way to remodel your kitchen? You’ll be delighted to know that you can design your dream kitchen inexpensively by using unfinished kitchen cabinets. Unvarnished, unstained, and ready-to-sand cabinetry is relatively easy to find on the market. With the variety of affordable options available from Home Depot or Lowes stores and other home improvement shops, your kitchen will have a new look and appeal without costing a fortune. Remember, you can also tackle this project on your own to cut labor costs.

Making a Purchase

  1. Take accurate measurements of your kitchen cabinets at home. It would be advantageous if you take down notes and draw detailed diagram that illustrates the placement of appliances, windows, as well as plumbing in your kitchen.
  2. Create a wish list of the look you want to achieve. Checking designs from popular manufacturers like Merillat kitchen cabinets will give you helpful ideas on how you can design or color your cabinets. The great thing is that you can always modify the list. Take your storage requirements into consideration too.
  3. When designing unfinished kitchen cabinets think about your taste and style prior to searching for an inspiration. Ensure that your cabinets complement both your personality and your home decor. Study the different types of cabinets as well as their quality and durability.
  4. Consult home improvement magazines and publications that feature colored photographs of cabinet designs before finalizing your decision.

Shopping for Best Prices and Quality

  1. Browse through yellow pages and look for local retailers that market and sell unfinished cabinetry.
  2. Go online and obtain detailed notes about every product that you find attractive and meet your requirements. Always compare durability, quality, and cost to get the most excellent deals. Inquire about warranties and ratings before making a purchase.

Shopping Tips

  • Bring your sketches with you when you are shopping around.
  • Always assess how the doors of the cabinet will open. Remember that kitchen walkways and doorways should not be obstructed in any way.
  • Assess the hardware that comes with the unfinished cabinets.
  • To ensure that you can open the drawer smoothly and completely, look for drawer glides. Keep in mind that standard hardware permits you to only view about 75% of the drawer’s contents.
  • Rustic kitchen cabinets create a great atmosphere for classic homes.
  • Always take pictures when shopping. This will assist you in remembering what you like and envision how the new cabinets will look when installed in your home. This will assist you well when shopping online.
  • To estimate the total cost of unfinished kitchen cabinets, don’t forget to include the shipping and applicable sales tax to the items.

Lighting In Interior Design And Remodeling

90When it comes to interior design or a remodeling project, one of the most important aspects is the lighting. Unfortunately it is the lighting that is often over-looked by most people when they attempt to complete their own remodel.

Whether it is from crystal lamps, floor lamps, or over even recessed ceiling units, it is the light that is the lifeblood of any design. Ignore this fact and your design will most certainly be found wanting.

As a trained interior decorator knows, if you do not have good lighting to start with your design is destined to fail. While this is common knowledge to professionals, the concept is lost on the novice who attempts to complete their own interior makeovers. It is not hard to see why as they are easily distracted by the allure of the big, new leather couches and love seats. Also the more basic aspects like new carpet, rugs, and paint does not escape their attention. They plan their budget and financing around the purchase of these items and give little to no thought to the lighting. Only after they have exhausted the last of their funds due they realize the need. Needless to say, in the world of lighting you get what you pay for. Here is the problem in that people will just go cheap. They will make do with whatever they have or purchase the cheapest item they can find. When this happens the lighting is all wrong and takes away from the design. On top of that if the actual lamp or lighting unit is out-of-place for the design, it is hard to overcome the flaw.

Lighting of a space, or in this case the newly remodeled design, is the most important aspect. Who cares how fancy a couch is, or how detailed a piece of art is if you cannot see it. In turn, if too much light is applied it washes out the finer aspects of the design and just makes it look out of proportion. It is the lighting that sets the tone of a room. It is this same lighting that communicates the mood as well. For example a crystal lamp on a table might communicate a feeling of elegance in the space, while a spotlight unit might be used to showcase a very specific point within the room. A very bright light might set the tone of high energy, while a light with less brilliance and softer tone might make the space seem quieter and peaceful.

It is these tones that one must decided upon before they start to redesign an area. Once the decision is made, the correct and corresponding types of lights must be sought out. Finding these right lights is not an easy matter either. Finding the best suited unit can take a great deal of time. In the end, a portion of the total budget must be allocated to the purchase of such lights. Only then should the rest of the design be pursued. The lighting should never be an afterthought. If it is then the design will be likely not meet expectations.

Creating The Ultimate Cinema At Home

89Home Theatre – Achieve The Ultimate Cinema Experience

These days, a home theatre is one of the most popular home renovation trends around the globe. Homeowners are opting to save a bundle on the cost of theatre tickets by bringing the fascinating world of cinema into their own homes in a big way. Advances in technology and quality products have made this entirely possible.

Quality is Critical

When it comes to creating a home theatre, the choice is yours when it comes to the level of quality that you want to deliver. A home theatre can include something as basic as a television and DVD system or it can include a projection screen with surround sound and, for the family who really wants the authentic experience, actual theatre-style seating.

Every day more new and exciting products become available in general electrical stores everywhere. Plan a visit to your local specialist and experience all the wonderful gadgets and gizmos on offer to create the ultimate home theatre system. From audio to video. From furniture to screens, options are seemingly endless.

Value of Cost

Building a home theatre isn’t cheap, which is why it’s important to set a realistic budget before getting started. Unless you are an expert at installation, hiring a professional to install your home theatre may be a wise idea. This means that you will not only be considering the cost of the theatre itself, but also the labour necessary to get the job done.

Shop Around

If you decide to hire a professional installation crew, make sure that you shop around and compare rates. In many cases, you will save a bundle of money by purchasing the materials yourself. This includes the television or projection screen, seating and sound systems. This way, all that’s needed is someone to install the items and make sure that the wiring is correct.

You may be wondering why it’s important to consider purchasing the essentials yourself. Unless you have full control over the accessories for your home theatre, you will not know whether or not your contractor is charging you the actual cost for materials. By purchasing everything yourself, you can also shop sales and take advantage of some great deals offered by retailers.


Once you have chosen the company to install your home theatre, make sure that you get everything in writing. This includes the cost of all labour, equipment, wiring and ancillary items, the completion time, payment schedules, deposits, etc. If you have a verbal agreement, have it transferred to paper and ensure it’s signed before proceeding with the project.

Prepare the Popcorn

No theatre or cinema experience would be complete without the popcorn, so why not consider a popcorn machine in your theatre room. These days most appliance stores sell portable units that can create your favourite style of buttery popcorn in minutes. Your ultimate home theatre might even feature a small snack cupboard packed full of goodies, making the overall design even more authentic.

What features would you include in your ultimate home theatre? We would love to know what your vision of the perfect home cinema experience is. Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

The Benefits of an Oak Cabinet Kitchen Remodel

88One of the best investments a home owner can make is in a kitchen renovation. From counter tops to appliances, there are many decisions to be made during a kitchen renovation. One of the most important decisions is what cabinets to install.

The cabinets will set the tone for any kitchen. The grain of the wood, the color, the styling all have a huge impact on the final product. The right cabinets can give your kitchen an expensive, clean and finished look.

One type of wood to consider is oak. There are many reasons why an oak cabinet kitchen remodel is the way to go. When making your decision, keep the following points in mind.

1. Appearance. Oak is a very attractive wood, primarily because of its grain. All woods can be stained to the desired color, but the real advantage of using oak cabinets is that no matter what color of stain, the grain will be clearly visible. Even with a rich, dark stain, oak cabinets will retain the distinctive look for which oak wood is so loved.

2. Durability. Real oak is a very solid wood. It has a greater density than most other woods. For homeowners, this means that oak cabinets will hold up over a longer period of time. This is especially important when it comes to kitchen. Kitchen cabinets are subjected to extreme conditions, steam and water, not to mention continual use. With proper sealing, oak will easily withstand such conditions all while retaining its integrity, making an oak cabinet kitchen remodel a wise choice.

3. Versatility. Oak is naturally a light colored wood with a strong grain. This makes oak cabinets ideal for customization. Oak looks attractive in a wide range of stains, from light to dark, and therefore can be colored to match any home’s decor. Better yet, as kitchen styles come and go, oak cabinets can be sanded down and stained a different color, giving oak cabinets an impressive longevity.

4. Resale. Oak wood has been a common furniture wood for centuries and is still very popular today. Because of this, oak cabinets are more likely to match a wider range of decorating styles, which can be useful when trying to sell a house. Some woods popular today are very trendy and may not retain their appeal in years to come, but oak has stood firm as a popular cabinet choice for quite some time.

5. Price. Any real wood used for cabinets is going to come with a hefty price tag and oak is no exception. However, because of oaks strength and versatility, oak can be a great investment. Quality oak cabinets will stay beautiful for years to come, making them well worth the cost.

These are just some of the reasons to consider an oak cabinet kitchen remodel. So the next time you think about redoing your kitchen, be sure to check out the strength and beauty of oak.