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Amazing Coffee Tables for Barn Style Houses

Interior Design February 25, 2017

Home owners can feel trapped into decorating their barn style homes a certain way. Just because it’s a barn house doesn’t mean that all furnishings must be traditional or southwestern. Your barn style house can be decorated in a way that is uniquely you, whether it be traditional, country, or modern minimalist.

The coffee table is the centerpiece of the living room area and can be a conversation starter if it’s style is unique enough. With a barn home you don’t have to limit yourself, you can compliment the traditional style or design through contrast, where you choose pieces of furniture that are the opposite of what is expected.

Here are some examples of coffee tables that go with the flow and traditional style of a barn style home:

Now here are some examples of more modern coffee table styles that will still compliment a barn style home:

The main difference between these more traditional coffee tables and the 2nd tier of tables, is that the second set of coffee tables are simply a bit more sleek and they play around with materials and angles, and also cultures, as the tables are lower to the ground, more Japanese style coffee tables.

The interior of a barn house can be decorated with furniture from many different cultures that will honor the dwellers, more so than honoring a tradition that the homeowner may not connect with. Everything from Asian to Hispanic can compliment a barn style house, you must simply choose the furniture you love and try it out inside the home. You may find modern minimalist may be your style and that it compliments the wood and moldings inside your home just beautifully.

When in doubt, try a glass coffee table, then you can decorate the coffee table with traditional and/or modern ornaments.

Here are some examples of glass coffee tables that can compliment a barn style house if decorated with the right accessories:

These three coffee tables are glass, which does give them a modern flair but their designs are incredibly versatile. The key is to find glass coffee tables that are more minimal and spare underneath, so that the glass stands out the most. But if you’re not afraid to be modern inside of your barn style home then go for it and choose the most modern table you can find. As long as you and your family enjoy it, that’s all that truly counts.

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Choosing a Counter Top for Your Kitchen

Interior Design February 12, 2017

Your kitchen is the hub and main gathering place of your home. And counter tops are a major factor in deciding on the color palette of that room. So the choice of your counter tops is  a very important way to enhance your personal style. With so many options around, choosing your counter tops can be very confusing. Here is a list of 6 types of counter tops that are the most popular among homeowners.

Soapstone

Image: Premier Surfaces

Soapstone is a wonderful, choice for a busy kitchen. Durable, stain and bacteria resistant, it can withstand a lot of use while keeping your counter tops germ-free. At $80-$100 per square foot it may seem like a bit on the pricey side, but it a real investment in your home’s overall value.

Granite

Image: granitecountertops.net

Granite is a real go-to option because of its versatility, durability, wide variety of grains and colors. If it is well sealed it is more durable than most other surfaces. It can be very cost-efficient running as low as $50 per square foot, but the price can go up depending on how customized the stone is.

Quartz

Image: mikeguss.com

If your home is very customized, quarts may be just for you. It comes in almost every hue imaginable, and is engineered of quartz, resins and color pigments. Non-porous, and great if your home is “green”, quartz counter tops come at a price though. They can run anywhere from $95-$105 per square foot.

Concrete

Image: Abington Concrete

Concrete may not be as cost-effective as other surfaces but it is very easily customized to your specifications. Different, colors, textures and stains, can make this surface your own very easily, and properly sealed this might be worth the investment. It can cost from $100-$150.

Laminate

Image: Classic Cabinets and Interiors

Laminate is a very popular alternative for many who swear by it. It can simulate many more expensive surfaces, and with a price tag of $8-$20 per square foot it seems very cost-effective. But it is not a very durable surface so it would not be recommended for very busy cooks and heavily trafficked kitchens.

Marble

Image: MSI Stone

Not being the most durable counter top surface, marble is still considered the surface to choose. It develops a brilliant patina as it’s used, and comes in a wide variety of designs on its surface. The other down side is that marble can scratch and stain more than other stones. At a cost of $70-$100, it is a classic choice for many.

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No Frame? No Problem. Here’s How to Do a Bed on the Floor

Interior Design October 11, 2016

A bed frame has always been staple furniture for bedrooms. However, a no-frame bed is also a good idea with just a touch of style and creativity. This is a minimalist approach in decorating a bedroom which is modern, simple and relaxed.

With the right concept and placement, a no-frame bed can actually be very comfortable, homey and creative. It does not require additional furniture yet can equally be decorated in a lot of ways. The mattress can be placed in a slightly elevated platform, or beside a window with a picturesque view of the outdoors, or against a wall with a headboard fixture, or even in a closet type compartment for added privacy. The ideas are endless and just as wonderful as having a standard bedroom concept.

For people who want less bulky furniture in their home as well as for those who prefer a minimalistic approach in decorating a bedroom, placing the mattress on the floor directly or with a flat base can be an excellent idea.

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Unique Wall Shelves

Interior Design August 29, 2016

wall shelves

Here are some great shelf ideas. There is actually a very wide range of ideas you can use in the shelves in your house.

Featured is the “fishbone shelf”. I like how the zig-zag pattern contrasts with the horizontal and vertical lines of the wall and the way a house normally is.

You can rotate the shelves however you want, and make the best use of the angles in your house. Is this a nice example of modern Scandinavian interior design?

 

Source: Home Designing

 

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15 Incredible TV Stands That You Will Be Amazed By

Interior Design June 7, 2016

15 Modern TV Stands That You Will Want to Buy

The TV stand has come a long way from the wooden stands we grew up with as kids. Now TV stands have style and are unique in their own way. The TV stand has had to keep up with the modernizing of the television. We’ve got TVs that hang on the wall, ones that can turn and swivel depending on where you are in the room, and so what it sits on has got to be something special.

Below we share 15 unique and amazing TV stands that will suit any home; from modern to traditional. One thing they all have in common is that they have a personality of their own. As the saying goes, “different strokes for different folks”.

Her we offer you 15 unusual and amazing TV stands that your man cave or entertainment room is calling for:

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

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10 Smart Laundry Ideas

Interior Design June 7, 2016

20 Smart Laundry Ideas

Laundry is a task most people dislike, and it’s one of the most important household tasks, especially for those who have families. It can be one of the most boring and tedious chores. However, you can perk up any chore by using your imagination to help make it more organized and less time-consuming. By utilizing some of the tips below, you can involve the entire family into doing laundry and helping out with organizational ideas.

Some of these ideas are very simple to execute, some of them are downright fun and others may take a little time, but it’s worth it in the end. If you get the kids involved, all of it will be so much more fun and teach them that laundry doesn’t happen on its own. It takes willing hands to get it done.

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Creative DIY Firepit Ideas for Your Yard

Interior Design June 5, 2016

27 Creative DIY Firepit Ideas for Your Yard

Firepits, you can make your own or pick one up at the home hardware store, and I always thought that was all there was to it. But it turns out there is a huge variety of firepit ideas out there. Here’s a bunch from all over the internet.

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A Silent Rooftop wind turbine that can generate 1,500 kWh of energy per year

Interior Design June 5, 2016

A Silent Rooftop wind turbine that can generate 1,500 kWh of energy per year

Nowadays, people are always looking for a way to live off the grid and to become eco-friendly. This type of energy has come a long way and now you can get a quiet rooftop wind turbine made with all the modern technologies it takes to run a wind turbine. Though wind turbines can have their issues, it is still a great way to save money and energy in the future. This wind turbine can generate 1,500 kWh of energy a year.

Not only are these wind turbines “green” and eco-friendly but they are also designed in a modern way and very attractive. They come in blue, red, or lavender/purple. These are the wind turbines of the future. You no longer have to have a cumbersome piece of equipment attached to your home, but now you can get your energy from efficient and attractive turbines.

Since sharing this, we’ve heard from our community, and we’re going to share some of the most important info again here with you all again. Assessments of this turbine vary by person, mostly it seems because some people have way higher energy costs than others (which might have something to do with house size, but also whether its built with new energy-saving house tech).

According to one of our members, David, “The article claims that they can provide half of a homes energy needs, but they only produce 1500kWH per year. That means a 125kWH per month produced by theses generators. With the average American home using 901kWH per month, this means that theses generators will only produce 14% of the average American homes electrical power. Well short of the stated 50%.

… “So far in the new house we are well below average. Propane heater, hot water, cook stove, and dryer. Every light is LED. Our electric bill runs about 60.00 a month in a 4000 square foot house. Not bad.”

Even if other people do get lower costs, I want to point out that what David says is important because it shows what many people pay for electricity right now, and in those cases, these turbines aren’t going to go as far as is reported.

However, Shane seemed to think it was a bit better relative to his experience: “Apparently, I’m below average. I’ve only exceeded 901kWH twice in the past 12 months.”

Given this, and that house heating tech and costs are in flux right now, I’m personally holding off on whether these turbines are worth it. Basically, I’m going to base my opinion on what all you guys out there say about it, as is more and more the case now that we have a bigger community.

Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs

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Unique design sofas that will make you dream

Interior Design January 17, 2016

Unique design sofas that will make you dream

The sofa is the centerpiece of the living area, and often a conversation starter. Today, we have more designers than ever creating unique sofas. The sofa is an experience, it tells your guests who you are, artistically. Of course, depending on the design of the sofa, they have different purposes within the home. The soft cozy sofas may be placed in the family room and there for curling up and watching television, while a truly modern sofa may be more of an art piece that helps to complete the look of a certain area of the house.

Below, we have sofas of all kinds, all different, and all of them may serve a certain room in the home better than others:

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How Concrete Homes Can Look Stylish INSIDE

Interior Design January 12, 2016

How Concrete Homes Can Look Stylish INSIDE

When you think of a concrete home, it may not sound warm and cozy, but these sturdy homes can be comfortable and stylish inside. Don’t allow the durability to fool you, the interior can be softened with colors and style. You can make the home warm by using traditional furniture and colors that are neutral and earth-toned or bright colors like brick red and yellows. The minimalist look is displayed in this particular home, which keeps it white and neutral and a great pairing for any style of furniture.  A minimalist look also gives the illusion of a more spacious environment.

You can feel safe and secure in a concrete home knowing that its exterior can stand up to the test of time, and weather, while still enjoying a stylish interior that is stunningly beautiful and cozy. Bedrooms can look as warm and inviting with specific style and color choices in a concrete home as in any home. Take your time to choose the right decor that makes you feel at home.

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