Closet

Getting The Most Out Of Your Closet Space

For many of us, storage space within the home seems to be at a premium most of the time. Although the majority of homes include a large number of closets, they always seem to be full. The truth is, most homeowners only use about one-third to two-thirds of their closet space. Because closets are designed vertically, there remains a lot of room even in closets that seem the most crowded as there is a lot of the area that contains only air. Depending on the location of the closet, there are many ways that you can maximize the storage capacities of your household closets.

Bedroom Closet

Bedroom closets are the first type of closet that comes to mind. Bedroom closets usually contain most of our clothes. Clothes are a major space taker in a closet, but they can be reduced so that your closet has more capacity. One way to add to the space for storage within your closet is to use or add additional shelves. Most bedroom closets will include a shelf at the top that can be useful for storing boxes and other smaller items such as underwear and socks. There are many accessories available that can add to your storage capacity as well. Closet organizer hangs vertically but contain several vertical compartments that are used for storing clothing items that can be folded such as pants and T-shirts. You can also buy apparatus that hangs from the main bar in your closet and is essentially a second bar. This is used to hang more clothing on. The idea of both of these pieces of equipment is to fully utilize the vertical space in your closet.

Other closets in your house are probably used for a variety of storage purposes, for games, books, food, and seasonal clothing. All of these shelves are useful in that they are ready for additional shelving to be incorporated, giving them some extra capacity. There are several different types of shelves for this purpose. One is the bracket shelving style. This type of shelf is easily adjustable due to the many slots on the mount into which the metal bracket is placed. The flexibility offered by these shelves is great, but they tend to be unreliable in terms of stability, and you may find yourself knocking the shelves themselves over again and again. A more complex process in terms of installation, but a much more reliable model when it comes to stability, are installed wooden shelves with ledges. These shelves have to be measured carefully on installation, or they will be useless to you. The mounts are merely ledges nailed into the wall, the shelves sized planks that fit on top of the ledges. The whole project requires some attention to detail, and you lose the flexibility offered by bracket shelves, but they are a much more stable model.

Closet Space

There are a few ways to maximize the closet space in your home, depending on the use of the closet and the degree of stability and effort you want to put into it. Wooden shelves on mounts are the best way to go for a closet that needs stability, such as a pantry or game shelf, while mount and bracket styles are best for a closet with goods of variable sizes that are prone to reorganization.

Closet

Carolina Preserves, Sea Breeze Collection features an antiqued white painted finish with a glazing technique and moderate distressing to include worm holes, rasped edges and randomly chiseled planks which all come together seamlessly to add to the inviting feel of the collection to give you a look that will last throughout the ages. The delightful combination of the shape and substance is infused throughout the entire bedroom collection. And the complimenting chest, dresser and nightstand carry this same artistic influence while retaining their own individual character. They are the perfect canvas on which to create your own oasis. Hand selected Birch veneers and Rubberwood solids are used for the Sea Breeze Collection. The headboard on the sleigh bed is a classic sleigh headboard with planking effect broken up by heavy decorative moldings. The low profile footboard comes in your choice of storage or non-storage. And for an added accent the sleigh bed also includes decorative turned Bun feet.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper – Some Useful Tips

Wallpaper varies greatly in its material content, which helps determine how a paper looks and how it handles. Vinyl wallpaper is popular because they are durable, fairly easy to install, and easy to maintain. There are fabric-backed vinyl, paper-backed vinyl, and ones designed to look like a three-dimensional surface, such as plaster, granite, or grass cloth, which are suitable for walls that aren’t perfectly smooth.

Fabric Wallpaper

Fabric wallpaper is usually made of cotton, linen, or other natural plant fibers, such as grass-cloth, hemp, or burlap. Most textiles fray easily and are not washable. Solid paper wall coverings include hand-screened papers, foils, flocked papers with textured patterns, and murals. Both textile and paper wallpapers should be installed by professionals. Thinking beyond wallpaper covering, the possibility of stone, ceramic tile, wood, and metal is different materials that can cover walls too.

Wallpaper – How To Measure

To determine how much wallpaper to buy, measure the height and width of each wall using a steel tape measure. Round up to the nearest foot. Multiply the height and width of each wall, and then add the figures together to get the rough square footage. How a room is used will help you determine what wall coverings are most suitable. Get a sample or one rolls and looks at it in the room with your other furnishings and samples to compare there different pattern and texture.

When it comes to wall-coverings choices, you may want to think outside the box, as they say, and consider new materials as well as traditional materials used in new and different ways. Think about new places to use them, such as decorative tile in the dining room or wood in the bathroom. You might choose an elegant linen or flocked paper for the living room. Either kind of paper texture will add richness to a room.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

This classic dining set has oversized, solid wood turned trestle bases that enhance the beauty with a thick “plank” top profile. The collection has beautiful and comfortable chairs with oversized nailhead accents. The availability of a bench adds to the seating possibilities. Also available is a great Server with wine storage, shelf storage, and drawer storage.

Hallway Tables Make an Elegant First Impression

The foyer or entryway is often the last part of your house you think about decorating, but it’s the first part of your house a guest sees. This is the place to make a statement about your home and your hospitality. Hallway tables provide the perfect finishing touch that says you’ve thought your decor through all the way to the front door. There’s a wide variety of options available for every decor theme, taste and budget.

Choose a simple walnut table with slender legs for a touch of elegance. Or a bombe chest to show your exotic taste (and give you some extra storage drawers!). Try a rustic table for more of a log cabin feel. For a more contemporary look, try glass, metal, or painted wood.

Hallway Tables – Benefits

One of the benefits of a hallway table is that it makes your foyer seem larger, as long as you don’t get one that cramps the walkway. The very fact that there’s room for the table fools the brain into thinking the foyer is bigger than it really is. When ordering online, measure the space to make sure the table will fit. If you have trouble visualizing, pile some boxes or other objects into the space the table will occupy. Can you walk around it easily? Does either end jut past a doorway? Is it the wrong height for a chair rail or existing wall decor you can’t move? Answering these questions will prevent you from choosing the wrong table.

When looking for a hallway table, remember to check for “sofa tables”, “hallway chests” and “chests”, too. Sofa tables are often indistinguishable from hallway tables, and it’s just a matter of how the company has chosen to market the product. Chests look just as good as tables and may work better for you in terms of the look you want and/or the extra storage space in the drawers.

Hallway Tables

Hallway Tables

Sliding pine barn board doors in the Harper Farm collection create a unique rustic wall system which would easily be as at home in an industrial setting as down on the farm. Executed in a Warm Pine finish on pine veneers and solids, this entertainment unit boasts open and closed storage as well as adjustable shelves and pullout bin-style drawers to meet every media need. Complete with Magnussen’s attention to every detail, pier units feature LED lights and felt lined drawers while wire management and levelers are also included. All these details plus board and batten design showcase an ingenious metal rail sliding door system which add up to the perfectly designed media wall

Fabric Care

Home Decor Fabric Care

You’ve put a lot of thought into selecting the perfect fabric for your custom-made draperies or your newly upholstered furniture. Now, do you know how to take care of the fabric to make it last longer?

Fabric Care – Fabrics Must Be Protected From The Sun

Draperies should be lined, and also interlined when fragile fabrics are used such as silk. Shades should be drawn during the day and awnings should be used whenever possible. Window glass magnifies the destructive elements in the rays of the sun. The winter sun and reflection from the snow are even more harmful than the summer sun. Trees and shrubbery help protect windows.

Colors can fade by oxidation if fabrics are kept in storage for too long a period without airing. Impurities in the air may cause as much fading as the direct rays of the sun.

Fabric Care – Use A Dry Cleaner Specializing In Home Furnishings

Dust has impurities, which affect fabrics. Vacuum fabrics often. Dry cleaning should be done at regular intervals before excessive soil has accumulated. Very few fabrics are washable.

Fabric Care – Fabrics Wear Out They Are Not Indestructible

Wear will vary with the amount of use. Some weaves are stronger than others are. A favorite chair will not last as long as a seldom-used showpiece.

Fabric Care – Finishes May Help Fabrics Resist Soil And Stains

Applied finishes help fabrics resist spotting, but they are not necessarily the end-all to every problem. Light colors are likely to benefit most. Dining room chairs will soil no matter what is used. A finish does not eliminate the necessity of properly caring for fabrics. Spots should still be given immediate attention by a professional dry cleaner.

Fabric Care – Synthetic Fibers

Synthetic yarns have made impressive strides in advancing the technology of weaving, but they cannot perform miracles. Performance will vary with the construction of the fabric and its application.

Fabric Care

You can almost hear exotic birds in the background when looking at this room! Or is that a sheep? With live-edge wood and an eclectic style, this nature-inspired room will have the traveler in you dreaming of adventure. Having trouble sleeping? Just count the sheep! One…