Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Home Maintenance: Improve your Curb Appeal

Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or simply want to improve its exterior appearance, you will need to up your curb appeal game. Curb appeal is how your home looks from the street, which is the first impression visitors have of your home. Thankfully, improving your home’s curb appeal is don’t not a difficult task and the following tips will help you get started. 

Make It Pop

One of the easiest and least expensive way to improve the overall look of your home’s exterior is to paint the front door and shutters or time. Choose a bright and bold color to make the area stand out and draw the eye in. Just make sure to properly prepare the surface before painting.

Add Some Plants

The simple action of adding greenery – such as bushes or trees – and flowering plants is one of the most common ways that homeowners increase their curb appeal. When choosing plants, make sure to pick native species, which makes them easier to grow and care for in your area’s environment, and consider the size and affect it will have on your home.

Think Flower Boxes
To go along with the tip above, consider installing flower boxes as a way to add color to your home. The area below windows and on the railings of your front porch are the best locations for these nifty and inexpensive items. Just remember that, no matter where or what you plant, you must maintain them to keep your curb appeal up. Dead or dying plants only reduce the overall look of your home.

See to that Driveway

An asphalt driveway is a wonderful addition to your home, but it doesn’t come without its requirements. Unfortunately, too many people think that, one the driveway is installed, they can leave it and forget it. This isn’t true and any asphalt driveway will need regularly maintenance. If you find that your driveway is in the need of some TLC, consider hiring driveway pavers Arlington TX to get it looking its best. 

Upgrade the Exterior Lighting

Those old, weather-worn exterior lighting does nothing to help the look of your home. Because of this, you should consider upgrading the exterior lighting. Look for light fixtures that are both functional for your needs, which means they provide adequate amount of light, and compliment the style of your house.


A Sudden Transition Of Our Lanai

My creative mind and the overflowing ideas from my kids when it comes to home decorating resulted to the sudden transition of our lanai.  The time difference between the last one and the new one is just about 2 months I think...too soon, right?

Luckily, the first time, I just decorated it with lots of potted plants so giving up some of those plants does not really cause me a lot of pain.  Well, kidding aside, I just actually relocated most of the potted plants in the garage to give way to a tiny display shelf inspired by what we saw from one of the cafes that we have visited more than a month ago.

Actually, the sudden change was also due to our plan of fabricating open shelves for our pantry area. Since we are hiring someone to do this for us, we've decided to have the all the shelves done together for both the pantry area and the lanai.  I thought that that was a good idea, so without much thinking, we have the shelves done and the result was great.

Here are the photos of the lanai before and after.


Before


After


We'll I''m happy with the final outcome as we get to put some of our unused stuff on display instead of just collecting dusts inside the cabinet. :)




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Benefits Of A Good Ventilation

Good ventilation is crucial to having a comfortable home. With proper ventilation keeping air pollutants at bay, you can protect you and your family's health. Not only this, but the right airflow gets rid of unwanted smells that come from cooking and having pets. If this concerns you, consider looking into ventilation services Newport News VA to ensure the airflow is pure and uninterrupted.

Prevent Moisture from Lingering

One of the primary reasons ventilation is so important for your home is it will control the moisture that lingers. If there is adequate airflow throughout your home, including walls and floors, no moisture collects and everything stays dry.

Wood and drywall are prone to rot when exposed to moisture. When this occurs, you run the risk of destroying the integrity of the structure. Not only can this cause structural problems, but this could also lead to mold build up. A negative impact your family's health is likely after long-term exposure.

Ways to Provide Ventilation to Your Home

There are several ways to have proper ventilation. One is natural ventilation that comes from air entering your home. Open windows and doors as often as possible. Even the cracks and holes in walls can help bring in natural ventilation.

Another way to bring ventilation into your home is through spot airflow. This occurs when exhaust fans are used to push air in or out of your home. In most cases, this happens by turning on the exhaust fan in the bathroom or above your stove.

In addition, you can have air ducts professionally installed to provide airflow. Placing these throughout the home provides several ways of ensuring air flows safely and consistently. One part of the airflow system pushes air outside. Another part brings fresh air into the house. There is also a balance between the two where air moves in and out. Use of this system also requires keeping it maintained to avoid the lurking of pollutants.

Although you might not think too much about how well your home is ventilated, it does not change the fact that this could become a problem. Since most people spend a majority of time indoors, you should stay ahead of the situation.

Being exposed to poor air quality due to molds, allergens or even smells introduces harmful substances into your home. Too much accumulation from not having a good ventilation system presents health problems for you and your family. Avoid this by getting a quality system installed today.


My Favorite Comfort Food

When it comes to home cooking, I am very particular about the preparation and cooking time not to mention the cost of the ingredients.  My objective is to be able to prepare foods that are easy on the budget and could be done in less than  no time.  For a busy Mom who takes care of everything in the house and doing freelance works at the same time, it is rather helpful to have ready cooked meals in the fridge whenever you need it.  I am not a fan of instant noodles and although I used to eat canned foods once in a while, I am not keen to having these on a regular basis.  Aside from the fact that this is not healthy, I also crave for something fresh with all the natural ingredients and do you know what is my answer to all these requirements?  Pasta! 

I find that pasta are easy to cook and prepare and its not very hard to stock up on the ingredients. Best of all, you can have a lot of variation, too.  I used to prepare different kinds of pasta dishes...Spaghetti, Tuna pasta, Italian pasta, Pesto Pasta, Chicken and Garlic, Ham and Cheese, Shrimp Pasta, Carbonara, Alfredo, Pasta salad and even Baked Macaroni. I am good at experimenting and this led me to discover a lot of pasta dishes which would suit my taste, and budget of course. :)

Here are some of the pasta dishes I've made at home:







So whenever I do my grocery shopping, these ingredients are always on top of my list:

cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, parsley, tomato sauces (different kinds), hot sauce, soy sauce, canned Tuna, ground beef, cheese, ham, bacon, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, all purpose cream, milk and all available herbs that are available in the supermarket.

I hope to create more pasta dishes as this is my favorite comfort food, really. :)



5 Tips for a Better Fireplace

If you're anything like most homeowners, you don't even think about your fireplace until something is wrong with it. But why wait until it's damaged or outdated to pay attention? Why not give it a little extra love and transform it into the centerpiece of your den? Here are just a few tips for a cleaner, safer and more stylish fireplace.

1. Replace Your Screen

Did you know that fireplace screens can become less effective over time? They get bent out of shape, resulting in less protection from flying sparks and embers, and they accumulate rust and grime that turns them into a real eyesore. If you're serious about improving the safety and style of your fireplace, replace your screen every now and then.

2. Clean Your Chimney

It may sound like a no-brainer, but this is another thing that homeowners tend to shrug and forget. Experts recommend cleaning your chimney at least 1-2 times a year to remove dirt, dust, cobwebs, bird nests and other animal infestations. Your smoke channel will be much safer without these roadblocks in the way.

3. Replace Your Fender

Fenders are the first things that your guests will see when they look at your fireplace. Make sure that they're attractive enough to merit the attention! An antique fireplace fender will look grand and sophisticated; a minimalist one will look sleek and modern; a crafty one will showcase your DIY skills.

4. Pick Better Wood

You don't have to spend a bundle on high-quality firewood, but you can also do better than the wet, weak branches that you scavenge from your backyard. Aim for a happy medium where your firewood burns bright and hot. You can also buy accelerating agents and special fluids that will give your wood a boost even if it isn't the best.

5. Build Better Fires

Last but certainly not least, a roaring fire will make all of your fireplace decoration worth it. But you'll need the right tricks to build it first! Look into things like andirons that can help you by circulating more air between your logs and improving the intensity of your blaze.

These are just a few tips for a better fireplace. With the right decoration and maintenance, it can become one of the biggest selling points of your home, so stop neglecting it! Take your time, give it a makeover and reap the benefits of a stylish interior design element.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wooden Shelving Inspirations












I am fascinated lately with wooden shelving especially those that come in natural wood color.  I have visited several cafes in our place and most of these cafes have incorporated the use of woods in their storage solutions as well as in their interior designs.  I think this is the trend now when it comes to decors and interior design.  As to the cost, I think if you know how to source for good materials and you will have these custom made with the aid of a skilled carpenter, then you will find that this is not really expensive.  You may even find some nice wood pallets that could be made into such cute shelves and those are even available on a dollar or thrift store

Proper lighting of course, would be another consideration as this will definitely add elegance to your finished design.

Photos above are some of the nice inspirations when you wish to custom built some for your homes.  the best thing about wood shelving is that, it could be very flexible and easy to do. It could be made to fit every corner in your house without wasting much space.