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Renovating the bathroom: costs, ideas and advices

December 6, 2012

The bathroom renovation is always an exciting job, but not without surprises and high costs, so we decided to organize 15 of the most important points that should be considered in the construction and renovation of the bathroom, to not have any unexpected costs or complications.

1. Preventive

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You will need to work on your idea but starting from the idea of ​​estimated budget, it will be necessary to draw up a budget before making any type of decision. Once estimated the cost you will have a clearer idea of ​​what will be spent between tiles, fixtures, shower and between the various models of heads.

2. Time

The time in the reconstruction and refurbishment of a bathroom will be crucial, but do not think that the time of restructuring will be lower if you renew a smaller bathroom. The time will be estimated on the basis of the parts that must be changed, do not depend on the size of square meters of the bathroom, but depends more on accessories. However, the planning time will be referred also to the duration of the work and intermediate steps which are ordering and purchasing of tiles, fixtures, etc. The time schedule of restructuring, will also be essential for those who have only one bathroom in the house, will need to organize the time of restructuring and try to do the work in way that the bathroom can still be usable.

3. Work sequence

It will be important and essential to organize the bathroom and renovate it according to the right sequence, in this way you will limit the time, dirt and errors. Whether you break down the walls and  re-create them in plasterboard, work begins always at the top of the room and the ceiling.

4. Hidden problems

During the renovation hidden problems can present the pipes, it will be important to check the existing ones in order to avoid losses in the future when the pavement will have been organized and prepared. It’s better that the phase of the pavement and observation or change of the pipes  be a job that you can deal with a professional and a plumber. If your home is not new, the structure of the building or independent house is particularly old, you know that the pipes need to be well controlled in order to avoid unpleasant inconveniences and then water leaks.

5. Design style and functionality

Before thinking about the look that will take your bathroom, there are many factors to consider such as the color of paint for the walls, the tiles for showers, baths and taps. You can start putting together the elements you like,how the elements of design, once the bath is over, in this way you will only finish the work and dedicate yourself to pure decoration.
The aspect of the design should be closely linked to its functionality, but the decor of the bathroom and his style is necessary and is more suitable to be aligned with the whole house style and that it fits perfectly.

6. Measurements

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There are 3 elements in the restructuring of the bath that must be taken into consideration, the first refers to the size and measures of the bath, the second element refers to the position of the existing pipes and electric cables and the third element refers to the measures of bathroom furniture. So make sure you have the correct measurements and specifications when you need to go into the store to make purchases for your bathroom.

7. Hiring a technician

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This work must not be carried out without the help of a technician, architect or designer, then necessarily the plumber. By hiring a technician everything will be much easier, and you will earn more time.

8. Other modifications

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No restructuring will be complete and adequate if you do not provide for other changes, namely the repair of fixtures, taps, door to the shower stall. It will be useful also change the door handles, the doors themselves if you neither need. Even the shower can completely change the look of your bathroom.

9. Cabinets and shelving

In the bathroom, as in other rooms of the house you need shelving and cabinets, in small rooms, especially if then irregularly shaped, as is often the bathroom is even more useful and frequent use. The need and the functionality of the environment must be adequate and in line because, all of your belongings should be stored in places accessible and also be fashionable and well placed.

10. Walls and floors

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There are several materials that are suitable in the bath used for the surfaces, for the floors or the walls of the bathroom. Will be useful material as possible waterproof, but it is also true that any material will fit in. Whether it is marble, tile, ceramic, granite, the choice will also depend on your budget. The floor options include cement (painted or stained), the vinyl sheet, particularly economic. Whatever is
your choice will always be essential that it is a material for floors and tiles that is of long duration and non-slip.

11. Lights

A bathroom can be made unworkable and bad by poor and inadequate lighting. The right light and design creates the right atmosphere. You should have at least 50 watts of incandescent lighting and natural light that filters through the windows.

12. Accessories
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Although apparently does not seem to be of great significance, in the modernized and refurbished bathroom would be better to insert new accessories like towels, curtains, soap dishes, mirrors, towel racks, and carpets that will characterize and make your bathroom beautiful.

13. Ventilation

Ventilation is essential in wet areas such as the bathroom. It’s a delicate job that needs a good design: the choice and placement of the fan will just be putted on the right, on the opposite side of electricity. The poor ventilation can leave the bathroom wet, creating mold that may also harm your health. A bathroom well ventilated, however, is not only a healthy bathroom. The continuous air flow can also prevent both the decay of any wooden decoration or fixtures and saturation of the air.

14. Choosing green

Green is a very fashionable and beautiful color to use for the bathroom, it is adequate and fresh, so you can choose it.

15. Final cleaning

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Final cleaning should include a thorough cleaning of all furniture inside and out, pipes, walls, floors, windows and chandeliers. The major renovation produce a lot of dust that is often very difficult to clean and will be good to organize an efficient cleaning service and add it in the budget.

Hope that this 15 tips will help you to organize your restructurations in better way. Keep reading, more posts will be pressed today! 🙂

Cheers!

 

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Painting our walls

December 5, 2012
Dried green paint

Dried green paint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After 3 days of non-posting we are here again with our useful tips regarding home and home decorations. Hope you’ll like what we will press today, so have a nice time with our fresh posts. Let’s begin! 🙂

Here you have some advices how to paint the walls of the house and get a satisfactory result, begining with the preparation of the walls to the color rendering.

The colors change with the light, both natural and artificial. To decide how to paint the walls of your apartment, first you need to consider the exposure of different environments, the time of day in which you are mostly in the certain room and for how long you will be there

If the room is north-facing, and therefore has little light, will be better warm colors (yellows, reds, etc.), if the exposure is to the south, you can also use less solar colors, even cold ones.

Choose the color to paint the walls

For the rooms which are frequently used are usually suitable lighter colors. Who wants to dare, you should give it a try, perhaps with the help of new technologies: photograph the room with a digital camera and transfer the images to your computer, using special graphics programs you can change the colors on the screen to assess overall effect and try different combinations.

Entire walls or structural elements that can not be modified can be enhanced and putted into relief with a custom use of the color. If you choose very lit or dark colors, better to use them onto details such as cornices, brackets, arches, pillars or columns, fireplace surrounds. Need to be considered, however, that the next painting may require more preparation and more hands to remove all traces of the previous background.

But still, be brave, let your imagination run wild and try to color your walls without being affraid. 🙂

 

How to choose right furniture?

November 28, 2012

We continue to surprise all of you with our exceptional “how to” posts and useful tips. Today we will talk about furniture and how to have well decorated home.

What we have to do is avoid the trendy decor, what is most fashionable is not always right in the complexity of one furnished space. You must look for what is lasting, furniture which is resistant to time and various trends.

So, how can we resist the “decoration” of the moment cultivating authenticity, freshness and originality of our homes?
Here are some ideas:

1) Remain true to yourself.

Choose your furniture according to what you really love – even if the blogs and furnishing magazines say that what you love is not trendy anymore .

2) Need to do a mix

Mix and combine antiques with contemporary pieces, combine expensive items with those from market. Below, the most modern chrome chairs are paired with an old wooden table.

3) Do not buy everything in one place.

If all the furnishings come from the same place, be it Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware or IKEA, then your house much more can slide in the look of the moment, and be devoid of personality. We were particularly impressed with how well is furnished one house in South Carolina. Is a house on the beach, which simplifies and highlights the principles that we are dealing with and that we appreciate. The house as a whole is eclectic and very original, focuses on staff. Is made on the basis of many different styles and different eras together, that gives it a touch of freshness.

4) An ambient that is decorated can be more interesting if you add pieces from different periods.

The furnishings seem more dynamic and modern if you combine it with pieces from other periods.. In the picture above, a shag carpet live comfortably with an antique clock. At the bottom, the transparent chairs by Philippe Starck are above fashion when combined with a rustic table. So we think that this could be a great tip if you want to have well decorated and unique interiors.

5) It’s better to have an own idea

It’s great ig you have an idea that makes sense in its generality and complexity, it is best not to follow fads and fashions or even better to know them and try to sort out their fashion and style, creating an interior design that brings with it the idea of ​​his own trend.

6) The art will mainly be a part of your home

Investing in art will give the interior a personality of those who live in and the most original style. It will increase by far the trend of the moment. Make sure that is your passion for art to dictate the choices of furniture.

During this period, it can be too easy to fall into the trap of the trend. But having time and devoting time to furnishings, will help you to analyze your own choices while remaining faithful to your own personality. Personal style will be able to stand the test of time and fashion.

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10 tips for Christmas decorations

November 25, 2012

Just missing few weeks until Christmas holiday, we are in the season where we need to start thinking about how to decorate our home. Organizing and bringing together the ideas we could plan to start following ten great tips for the holiday season without stress and difficulties. Your home will be so welcoming and festive.

1. Do not limit the colors to red and green

Red and green are synonymous for Christmas, but they are not the only colors available. Fortunately, the decorations from many years ago have changed and the color palette has expanded, also has become the choice between gold, silver, purple, blue and copper. You will need to know how to use and combine them with each other, in case you like to use red and green, just combine it with white or silver for a touch of freshness. You can create a new look just for the party, but it will not be stereotyped.

2. The decoration arranged in advance

The best is to not wait in purchases of decorations, in case you want to make changes and additions, both coloring and new items for decorations. When the stores starts with promotions of christmas decorations is good to think about shopping. Thanks to the organization of the decoration which is planned in advance, it will be easier to dedicate themselves fully to Christmas and the holidays. If the decoration will be at the last minute, the casual look will feel strongly chaotic.

As promised, we are here today with more tips. Let’s start! 🙂

3. Do not spend a lot of money

It’s very important to resist the temptations of the new decorations for the party that arrive every year. And the new is attractive because it may seem more appropriate and in line with the current fashion, but it’s better not to spend if you can resist the urge and recover bowls, glass jars, vintage ornaments, be creative and reuse  the items you’ve collected over the years.

4. Do not add Christmas decorations to your everyday home decor 

It ‘s more practical and more appropriate to replace the usualy decorations with Christmas decor so that you do not have too many pieces of furniture piled up and create disorder. Therefore, the Christmas lights will be placed on the fireplace and will create the new look which will replace the daily. The new furniture will add a touch of novelty, color, joy, and be organized and little chaotic.

5. The Christmas decor is good to be homogeneous

The Christmas decor with the decorations and the new entries which you will choose wisely is good to be homogeneous, if you like you can use Christmashandmade ornaments like needlepoint pillows, bowls or cones, but if you are attracted to a  more glamorous style then you can use glass, Swarovski crystals. And you can also use the collections that you have set aside and the snowmen or collections of Santa Claus. The important thing is that you enjoy your Christmas decor and be satisfied with it.

6. Do not go overboard with glitter

The glitter is the best of colors for handicrafts for this time of year. The glitter is used in silk flowers and candles. But do not go overboard because your home might seem like a disco instead of the house decorated for a perfect Christmas.

7. Do not forget the bathroom

The decor Christmas should not be kept in a single room, will be good to try to keep it in the house, because the only way to really feel the Christmas air and so you will have the opportunity to be creative. For example, in the bathroom you can use perfumed soaps and decorate it with red or green fruits of the season. It will be nice to use the bedding in the rooms that have the Christmas decorations, or the towels in the bathroom or even a small tree in the entrance of the house. In the kitchen you can add the scented red candles.

8. Do not go overboard with the Front Door

The front door does not need to be rich in decorations, your door will be a sort of business card, but to welcome your guests with a simple wreath or colorful and cheerful garland floral, best to avoid the union of the lights, all will appear more sober and beautiful.

 

9. Do not forget to water the tree

The most important part of Christmas is always Christmas tree which I personally prefer fake, but there is nothing more beautiful than the smell of real pine decorated for the Christmas holiday. But mostly decorated pine easily lose their needles and will require a lot of water, because the houses are warm and also because the decorations and lights weight on its branches, but another reason for which I don’t like real pine is the use of lights, which can not be excluded,  so it is necessary that they are equipped with a safety fire device, for all the times that will be in contact with the water used for watering. In the market, however, there are many artificial trees, but large and beautiful, that look real and decrease each type of risk. So, you must choose, but do it wisely 🙂

 

10. Do not overload electrical outlets

The lights that decorate all, Christmas tree, the mantel for the fireplace, outside of the house is good to think that can overload the electricity of the house and create safety problems. It will be better to have no more than three strands of lights, so the load will be manageable.. Unfortunately, the problem of security is often overlooked, leaving some people to suffer the devastation of a fire. It ‘better to prevent than to rebuild your life’.  Think about this.

The decorations during the Christmas season are full of fun, it will be nice to enjoy in it with friends and family who will appreciate our our commitment in decorating all house. I hope these tips will be helpful for this Christmas season and I wish you all the best.

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November 25, 2012

CHRISTMAS TIPS FOR YOU ! 

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10 tips for Christmas decorations

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Aladin lamp? NO, but really awesome! :)

November 21, 2012

A magical and magnetic lamp, a floating lamp made by WRBest. This lamp is truly mobile. It is supported by an aluminum base, and the shade is made ​​of pvc and acrylic. The magnetic tray allows the buoyancy of the upper part of lamp in order to be suspended by a stream of light coming from the distance between the upper and lower sides of the lamp.


Six white LED lights are the source. The upper part not only floats, but rotates.  The magnetic tray inside the shade can be removed to levitate by itself, you can use the stem as a magnet for the gadget or on the base. Pretty cool, no? 🙂