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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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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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Stylish Living Rooms

Interior Design January 12, 2016

Stylish Living Rooms

 The living room is the space in the home where everything happens. We enjoy our homes, our families, our lives, and entertainment. A stylish living room is a place where everyone who visits your home gathers. You can create a stylish living room in any style of home; from a farmhouse to a modern loft, living rooms can be decorated so that they are warm and cozy no matter the style of the house.

Living room design is so versatile, and it sets the stage for the house. If you decide on a traditional living room, most likely the rest of the home will follow suit. If your living room takes on a minimalist flair, the home will also. You set the design style for a home when you decorate the living room.

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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Flop Armchair that can Turn into a Bed

Interior Design January 12, 2016

Flop Armchair that can Turn into a Bed

Flop armchair is a transformer that turns into a bed

Do you enjoy having overnight guests but just don’t have the space. This amazingly comfortable ‘Flop” chair doubles as a bed in only a few easy and simple moves. Created by Russian designer Elena Sidorova, this chair not only provides extra seating in your living room or den but it is also a cozy bed for sleeping. If you are entertaining and a friend doesn’t want to drive home, here is the perfect solution.

The Flop  chair is made of 100% wool fabric.

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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DIY Doll House

Interior Design January 12, 2016

DIY Doll House

Ever had an old dresser and wasn’t sure what to do with it? For yourself and your love of dolls or for your kids, create a dollhouse. That’s right, you can turn an old dresser into a doll house. There are so many ways you can create a DIY doll house from an old dresser depending on the size and shape of the dresser. A tall dresser with glass an act as a curio that showcases the doll’s clothing and furniture. A shorter dresser can have the drawers removed and/or flipped over to create rooms in the doll house.

The doll house can be exposed like a “touch me”museum or behind doors or glass to preserve special or vintage dolls and doll furniture. You can also clear out the entire dresser and make it one big doll loft. That would be a modern doll house concept since lofts are so popular these days.

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Stunning Interior Design Details – Industrial Close Ups

Interior Design January 11, 2016

Stunning Interior Design Details – Industrial Close Ups

We’ve featured wood furniture interiors, and now we’ll take a look at industrial type furnishings. Industrial is it’s own niche and style, and a lot of people like to use at least some industrial type pieces, whether for their pure functionality or for the aesthetic that appeals to them.

This gallery is an overview of the style and how it can be used in various ways in a house.

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