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Outdoor Showers

Cool off from this summer heat with these 18 outdoor showers: http://archdg.co/KzAR8cv

Posted by Architectural Digest on Friday, 13 July 2018

This video literally flushed away all our working focus and got us thinking about vacation. 🙂 Doesn’t it relax you? Just seeing water pour from the sky and you enjoying and controlling it?

There are a couple of places where you can go for a holiday and enjoy some of the best outdoor(ish) showers designed.

Architectural Digest did a top 18 of the best exterior showers/ baths in some interesting locations:

Calistoga, California/ Cartagena, Colombia/ Kona coast, Hawaii/ Thailand/ Los Angeles/ Palm Beach, Florida/ Napa Valley, California/ Bali/ Malibu, California/ Miami…

18 Inspiring Outdoor Shower Ideas for Every Style

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Searching for summer project with your kid(s)? We’ve got a tutorial on how to build a bird feeder that can be completed by children over 5 years old.

How to Build a Bird Feeder

Just to convince you, here are the main steps:

Lay out and cut the parts

Make the top

Build the base

Wire the base

Make a hole for the wire in the top

Make the seed holder

Assemble the feeder

Fill the feeder with seed

Make a hook for the feeder

Hang the feeder

And if that still looks too complicated for you, here is a plastic bottle turned into a bird feeder. Perfect for your balcony or your rear garden.

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Nature inspired decorations are a trend and a trick if you consider the fact that most of them are cheap and look great on any interior.

We found a helpful article for those of you looking to add a bit of ‘mother-nature’ in their homes.

HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH NATURAL RESOURCES

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Here are the main ideas anyone can implement:

-> choose a fresh centerpiece to draw attention upon.

-> create an indoor garden. The visitors’ eyes will be pleased and the lungs will benefit from the extra-fresh air.

-> pick a natural wood flooring. Or use the one already installed if your home came with this advantage.

-> small nature corners can be created by using stones, pebbles, seashells or rocks. All brought home from your holidays.

Show us your natural spot inside the house! Maybe you had an even more creative idea to bring nature inside your home!

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Anybody having plans to changing the doors this summer? We found a great idea to make them look brand new by using the old doors and just refinishing them.

The complete DIY project in this step-by-step guide on ThisOldHouse:

  1. Remove the door’s hardware
  2. Sand the flats
  3. Scrape the moldings
  4. Hand-sand profiles and clear away dust

  5. Seal door edges before rehanging

  6. Choose a finish and apply first coat

  7. Apply final coat and reattach hardware

Seems easy enough, but it takes some courage to start! 🙂 Best of luck! Show us the result if you do it! Or maybe you have some other secret way of refreshing the doors…???

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If you’re one of those green-lovers that would easily grow an entire garden inside, you will probably love the concept of this New York apartment…

Photo source: HomeBNC https://bit.ly/2ymOlpw

If you still like gardening, but not to that extent, we recommend a very relaxing way to add some living green plants to your apartment.

8 Apartment Balcony Garden Decorating Ideas you Must Look at

50 Ways to Redeem Your Balcony Space

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We’re always trying to find the best tips for raising the value of a home. And if beauty is in the details, there is more that one thing to consider when talking about the bathroom…

Photo source: Futurist Architecture https://bit.ly/2wZnAXw

Considering you’re a homeowner trying to renovate the home before selling it, would you keep the tub or would you change it with a shower? If you’re thinking of simply answering ‘The next owner will figure out what it wants!’ you might be loosing some money while answering.

Most home-buyers are looking to find the perfect home throughout. It should fit their wishes from the key to the… bathtub or shower! So keep in mind the buyer when redecorating.

Now, to ease a bit the process of making up your mind, here are the principles before choosing between a tub and a walk-in shower:

  • usually families use a tub. Children need a tub if only for their rubber duckies if not anything else. 🙂
  • young and active homeowners prefer a shower ‘on the go’, before going out.

If you know who you are targeting, it should be really simple. Your 3-bedroom home with only one bathroom is, most probably, going to be bought by a family. Your studio apartment close to the station will be preferred by a first time buyer.

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More info about the types of bathrooms preferred by different targets of people in this insightful article on Elle Decor.

And talking about redecorating a bathroom, we gathered some ideas for either or a tub-bathroom, or a walk-in shower:

81 Wonderful Bathtub Ideas with Modern Design

280 Master Bathrooms with Walk-In Showers for 2018

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It’s no secret that tiling is a more practical approach for your bathroom floor than paint or carpet. It is one area that experiences more water exposure than others, and unlike carpet, most tiling is able to withstand it.

But with this said, some types of tiling are able to handle it better than others, and it’s important to be aware of what you’re paying for when going with your chosen material.

Below are some of the most popular tiles used in modern bathrooms, listed to help you select the best bathroom tile for your bathroom.

Porcelain

Porcelain tiles are one of the more popular choices for bathroom floors; they are better suited to those with smaller budgets and who don’t intend on changing the appearance. They come in a wide range of colours and styles, allowing you to achieve a more expensive look at a cheaper price. Their durability also makes it ideal for both floor and wall tiling.

Glazed porcelain tiles are often preferred due them being more hygienic; they are able to withstand more water, scratches and bacteria which make them the most suitable for a bathroom. They are also easier to clean and maintain, and can withstand heat, so you have the option to install under floor heating with it if you want a warmer underfoot.

Slate

Slate tiles can provide your bathroom with a modern, timeless feel. They come in different shades of grey, which gives off an air of sophistication and can also work with many kinds of styles.

They’re also naturally waterproof, non-stick and don’t require any additional sealing, making them ideal for low maintenance bathrooms and shower cubicles. They are a better option for those with higher budgets, but for a stone tile they do have value and will retain their value for a very long time.

Quartz

Quartz tiles are becoming increasingly popular due to how pleasing they are on the eye. They come in every colour and contain a high gloss finish; some even contain small pieces of mirror within the tiles that give off a glittery look. Quartz tiles are therefore ideal for many different styles, particularly for people who want to create a more modern feel in their bathroom. They are also durable and retain their colour well.

Due to Quartz tiles being made from resin, they don’t require sealing for waterproofing and are therefore perfect for any bathroom. They are a suitable choice for those seeking a no quibble, no fuss tile; they are resistant to heat and stains which makes them easier to clean as well.

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7 Feng Shui steps to a harmonious home

Getting started with feng shui for your house and home can be easy when you start with the house basics and gradually move on to the more complex feng shui levels. To help you get started with good feng shui in your home, here are some helpful feng shui house steps for beginners.

Clear your clutter for good Feng Shui

Get rid of everything you do not love in your house. Clutter clearing is a time-and-energy-consuming process that will feel like therapy, but it will help you “lighten up the load,” so to speak. Do not skip this step, as it is an essential one in creating harmonious house feng shui energy.

 

Get good quality air and light

These two elements are essential for good feng shui energy (called Chi) in your home. Open the windows often, introduce feng shui air-purifying plants or use an air purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home and consider using full-spectrum lights.

 

Define your energy map

Define the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your house, by using one of the two main feng shui methods: the classical school Bagua or the BTB grid. Once you define the Bagua, you will know which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example, in traditional feng shui, the Southeast feng shui area of your home is connected to the flow of money energy in your life.

 

Get the basics of 5 Feng Shui elements

Get the basics of five feng shui elements in order to create balance and vibrant energy in all areas of your home. For example, if you are working on attracting more prosperity, you will introduce the feng shui elements of Wood and Water in the Southeast area of your house. If you need to improve your health, you will place lush plants representing the Wood feng shui element or pieces of wood furniture in the East area of your home.

 

Always be mindful of the quality of energy in your home

Always be mindful of the energy in your home and how its energy influences your well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called feng shui “trinity” that is deeply connected to your health: your bedroom, your bathroom, and your kitchen. Nothing is static in the world of energy, so be wise and keep your home healthy and happy.

 

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There’s no point crying over spilt milk, or spilt wine, or anything you have spilt in fact. When you have spent a long time decorating your home, and choosing the perfect materials for curtains, carpets, furniture, and more, the last thing you want is for it to become stained.

If you’re battling a tough stain, then don’t panic. Here are some home remedies that will help get even the most stubborn marks out of soft furnishings and walls:

Baby Powder

If you have any oil based stains, then baby powder can work wonders in getting them out. Sprinkle some powder over the stain as soon as you see it, and wait for the powder to soak up the oil. Once the stain is less oily and has risen to the surface it should be much easier to wash out.

Lemon Juice

With its acidic nature, lemon juice can make a good bleaching agent and can help get stains out of any bright white materials. Simply squeeze lemon juice on the stained white fabric and leave it out in the sun for a couple of hours. Wash the item as usual, and the stain should be gone.

Vinegar

If you need your fabrics to brighten up or have tough stains that need soaking, then vinegar can come in really handy. Either put some white vinegar in with your wash, or soak tough stains caused by perfumes or deodorants before popping in your usual wash. Don’t use vinegar on delicate fabrics though, as it is quite strong.

Ironing

Wax can be quite hard to get out of fabrics, and often your tablecloth becomes the victim of a wax stain when one too many candles melt down the side of their holders. Simply place a couple of paper towels over the stain, then iron across the top of them. This will help the wax to melt and transfer onto the paper towels, leaving your tablecloth looking as good as new.

Body Lotion

Surprisingly, body lotion and moisturiser can be very good at getting stains off walls. If you have a child who loves to draw on every wall of the house with crayons, then try using body lotion to remove their artwork. Put some on a soft cloth and rub gently over the marks until they disappear. Don’t rub too hard though, as you don’t want to remove a layer of paint too.

Baking Soda

The great thing about baking soda is that is has so many uses. It can keep your fridge smelling nice, be used to whiten your grout, help remove crayon marks on the wall, and get rid of those tough tea and coffee stains in mugs. It can be made into a paste with a splash of water, or mixed into vinegar to create a cleaning spray.

WD-40

Most famous for fixing squeaky hinges, WD-40 is also a great grease busting stain remover, and can be good for getting out stains like permanent marker pen. Simply spray a small amount of WD-40 onto a cloth, then wipe over the stain. It’s best used on tiles, laminate and hardwood, and should be wiped straight off afterwards using warm water.

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Spring is a good moment for renewal. Your home might need an entire new look, maybe a bit of modernizing. Before you start to make a seriously out-of-your-budget renovation plan, we advise you to start with the details.

Classy and modern are concepts that start with the little things. For example, windows. You might have not known what are the trends for windows this year.

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We searched for inspiration and we really liked these top 7 window trends for 2018 in this article on Builder Online:

  • Black hues. Because nothing says ‘minimalism’ better that a clean white-black combo.
  • Clean lines.
  • Squares over arches. Unless you’re living in a castle.
  • Expansive glass. More light and outdoor inside your living space improves the quality of the time spent inside.
  • Pass-through windows.
  • Energy efficient windows.
  • High-end woods.

We agree with high-end woods even more since we found this DIY trick to make your windows look high-end. It doesn’t seem too much of a hustle and is guaranteed to make your windows be trendy this year.

How To Fake Expensive Windows

This trick will give your windows a high-end look, without the huge price tag!

Posted by DIY with Hometalk on Monday, 23 April 2018

The basic rule for 2018’s windows is simple: the more light… the lighter! Sorry… the modern-er. 🙂

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