Would Laminate Flooring Work in My Bedroom?

The popularity of laminate flooring knows no bounds, and many modern homes sport stylish and practical laminate floors throughout. With such a vast range of realistic wood and stone finishes available at a fraction of the price of real wood or stone, this convenient floor choice is a popular option for kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. But does it work in the bedroom?

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Are Laminate Floors Suitable in the Bedroom?

The easy answer is yes. Laminate floors are made up of planks or tiles. They make an ideal bedroom flooring option, as the versatility of tiles or planks allow you to choose your own pattern, finish and colours, quickly transforming your bedroom.

Benefits of Laminate

Laminate in a bedroom is easy to clean, low-maintenance and long-lasting, so you are less likely to need to replace it as frequently as some other flooring types. It is a ‘floating floor’, which means it is not stuck down with adhesive but rather has a locking system that connects each tile or plank to each other, providing one continuous floor that easily contracts and expands along with the ambient room temperature. The individual components mean that it is quick, easy and inexpensive to remove and replace a damaged area of floor, as you only need to remove one plank or tile to fix a problem rather than the entire floor.

Choice of Laminates

With laminate’s great range of colours and effects, your bedroom can quickly be redesigned with a stunning and unique floor pattern. Wood-effect laminate produces a more classic look in the bedroom, giving a cosy warmth that is comfy underfoot. Check out the comprehensive range of laminate flooring on offer via a specialist online flooring company such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/. These alternatives to real hardwood cost much less and don’t require the upkeep that natural wood requires.

Bedroom Design

To incorporate a laminate floor seamlessly into your bedroom, consider the colours and furnishings in the room and the type of furniture to find a suitably stylish floor. If you have an oak bed, perhaps choose an oak-effect laminate to set it off to perfection. A metal bedframe may be more suited to a lighter beech grain or a white-washed wood-effect laminate. Or choose grey and black laminates for a sleek monochrome look.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Styling A Man Cave

A Gentleman’s Guide To Styling A Man CaveEvery guy needs a man cave. A place to unwind, relax and get away from the outside world. Whether it’s built in the basement, the garage or a spare bedroom, the modern “mantuary” should feel comfortable and industrious without sacrificing style. Think refined leather couches, an antique billiard table and a mid-century bar cart for his finest whiskey. But, where to begin?  From the floor to the finishing touches, here are a few tips from Lofty to bring elegance and style to your man cave.


When styling your man cave, it’s important to research and carefully select every detail of the space, including the floors. Whether you prefer the timeless look of wood flooring or the soft feel of a plush carpet, be sure to choose flooring that is easy to clean and fits your needs.

For a polished, sophisticated feel, consider installing hardwood floors. We recommend oak flooring, which is resistant to dents and deep scratches. It’s a perfect option for those who don’t want to invest in an area rug. Mahogany flooring is also a great choice, as it is not only classic and timeless, but highly durable and water resistant.

If you’re man cave is located in the basement of your home, you may want to install carpeting. A carpet will not only add charm and warmth to your space, but help reduce sound echo. If you do decide to install carpeting, it must be properly cared for. We recommend durable carpets, made of burlap or nylon, which will clean up nicely after a rowdy sport’s night. For a touch of class, try placing a large oriental rug on top of your carpet.



How you choose to decorate your walls contributes significantly to the overall look and feel of your man cave. For a bold and masculine vibe, build an accent wall. Cover your wall in stones, or experiment with textured or patterned wallpaper. If you prefer a more classic, timeless look, consider adding burlap-wrapped panels trimmed with bronze or warm wood paneling.

Decorate the walls with artwork, posters or other treasured collectibles. If you prefer a more contemporary feel, try either of these silkscreens by Ken Price. For a more classic look, go for traditional sporting art scenes.

Remember, your walls should display your passions, interests and past experiences. Love to travel? Consider hanging an antique map or a travel poster. Movie buff? Try out a vintage film poster. Use shelves or a display case to exhibit trophies, collectibles, and other memorabilia. After all, a man cave is a better place for your antique toy car collection than a living room.



When choosing furniture for your man cave, buy high quality pieces that are crafted with care. Consider the scale of your room and choose items that not only fit the space, but also multipurpose.

Seating is the most basic and important part of any mantuary. After all, you’ll need a place to sit and relax while watching the big game or playing Xbox with your buddies. Leather seating such as club chairs, sofas or stools will add a touch of elegance to any space. The pieces should be comfortable and if they’re properly cared for, the leather will distress nicely over time.

Prefer function over fashion? Consider adding a futon. This versatile piece of furniture can be converted into a bed, while allowing the seating space of a normal sofa. If your man cave is on the larger side, consider purchasing a sectional sofa. Sectional sofas can be set up in multiple configurations, making them an excellent option for rooms with more square footage. For parties, stackable chairs are easy to keep on hand for extra seating without taking up too much space.

Seating aside, you should also invest in a simple, solid wood dining table that could easily serve as a workspace, as well as a gaming table or impromptu bar. We recommend West Elm’s Industrial Oak and Steel table, because it can be bought with matching benches that can slide underneath when unused. Style the table top with minimal, but useful objects, like a small beer stein doubling as a pen and pencil holder.



Whether you’re a card shark, Bobby Fischer’s protege, or a gamer, cultivate your man cave with conversation-worthy games. Consider installing vintage arcade games, a pinball machine, or an antique billiard table. Stock up on a few of your favorite board games and don’t shy away from the classics, like Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit. An antique chess set or backgammon set are also nice additions.

A well-styled man cave features a large television and a high-quality sound system. Whether you’re watching a playoff game or the newest action movie, home theater systems are the perfect addition. Entertainment systems can be quite expensive, however, you can install a new home theater system for less than $1,000. For a simple solution, try mounting a flat screen television on the wall or over a fireplace.



While we may mourn the end of Mad Men and the antics of Don Draper, let’s not forget the show’s classy culture of personal office bars and cocktail hour. Set up your own bar with a classic bar cabinet and stock it with your favorite liquor, bitters and tonics.

Any self-respecting gentleman will invest in a high-quality decanter, cocktail shaker, ice bucket and glassware, as well as a book or two on traditional cocktail making. The notable PDT Cocktail Book, for example, does a great job of teaching the classic recipes without complicating the steps.



If the man cave is a relatively small space, consider transforming one of the walls into built-in library unit. Leave a section open for a wall mounted TV where the shelves can be used as storage for barware, board games, music equipment, and, of course, books. We’re partial to adding in antique books, but create your library with what interests you most.

You can also use the shelves to display sports trophies and medals as well as small works of art. Small, framed prints and paintings work as well. We love this mixed media piece by A. George Miller from 1970, measuring only 8.5 x 10 inches.

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

You may be in a man cave, but you’re not a caveman. Don’t be afraid to add a few plants into the room to help air circulate naturally. Disguise trash in a fun container. If your space is lucky enough to have an ensuite bathroom, stock it with high quality grooming productions. Molton Brown’s Men’s Collection  is a great option with light, masculine scents of ginger, black pepper, and mint.



No matter what your ideal man cave may look like, this private sanctuary should be distinctively your own, a place where you’re free to “man-ifest” your personality. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles or designs. Try out a sleek, mid-century desk, hardwood floors or textured wallpaper. Mix antique and vintage furniture with more contemporary pieces. Hang some artwork on the walls. Above all, aim to create a living space that is refined, functional and modern.

6 Tips for Picking Your Cabinet Colors

6 Tips for Picking Your Cabinet ColorsThere’s no doubt that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, especially when eating and drinking are the main focal points of gatherings and celebrations.

Luckily, having a beautiful kitchen doesn’t have to mean shelling out thousands of dollars for a full upgrade. Small changes like refreshing the colors of your cabinets can go a long way in giving your kitchen a fresh, modern look at little cost. These six tips will help make your decision easy when choosing the right kitchen cabinet color and turn an outdated kitchen into your favorite room in the house.

1. Decide On A Style for Your Kitchen

The underlying style of your kitchen is one of the most important steps when deciding on a paint color for your cabinets. If you’re going for a cozy country look, light colors like white, gray and pale green or blue will be a perfect complement to complete a rustic theme. Keep the décor simple, with a few muted accent pieces or vintage-inspired cookware items used as decoration. Modern themes will look great with bold, saturated colors like reds and black, and they’ll pair nicely with streamlined accents and bright décor.

2. Pick A Palette that Compliments Wall Colors

If you’re not undergoing a complete kitchen overhaul, it’s important to work with what you have. Determine what undertones are on your current wall color and be sure to pick a color that will be complementary. If your current wall color has warm tones, it’s probably best to stick with cabinet colors that are also on the warm side. Your local paint or hardware store will have color swatches on display that you can bring home to help you find the right palette to match.

Painted Cabinets

3. Consider Your Current Appliance Colors

If you have stainless steel appliances, you’re in luck! Stainless steel goes with almost any color imaginable. But if you have dark appliances, picking a cabinet color to match can be a little trickier. The main thing you want to keep in mind when picking a cabinet color to match black appliances is to incorporate pops of contrasting color throughout the kitchen.

For example, dark cabinets will go well with dark appliances if you have complementary light countertops or a light wall color. Light-colored cabinets can also complement dark appliances if you have dark countertops to coordinate with the dark appliances. As you begin to browse the color options, you’ll find there is a surprising amount of colors that black appliances go with!

Cherry Cabinets

4. Go Bold

The kitchen is the perfect place to embrace bold colors. Retro-inspired colors are back in a big way for cabinet colors. Red, blue, orange, yellow and purple cabinet colors are also popping up in kitchens everywhere, giving your space a cheerful and contemporary look. These bold colors pair well with sleek, simple hardware, so the focus remains on the daring cabinet colors.

Two-tone cabinets make going bold seem less overwhelming by having hints of bright color throughout the kitchen. You can even add barely-there color to an island while keeping your main cabinets neutral, or create a focal point around kitchen windows with bright cabinets framing the outdoor view.

White Neutral Cabinets

5. Neutral Colors Are Always in Style


White, gray and beige are some of the most popular choices for kitchen cabinet color and for good reason! These colors will never go out of style. Choosing neutral cabinet colors allows you to add pops of color with accessories or cabinet hardware. Or you can go basic, by keeping everything monochromatic for a dramatic, rustic-inspired look. When it’s time to update a neutral kitchen, all you’ll need to do is swap out new accessories, making this color choice easy and inexpensive to maintain.

6. Invest in Quality Paint

When purchasing the paint for your cabinets, you want to be sure you pick a quality paint that will endure lots of touching and washing. Food can splatter on cabinets and greasy hands will often come in direct contact with the paint. For this reason, you’ll want to choose oil-based or semi-gloss paints for kitchen cabinets. These paint types will wipe down easily and hold up well against daily wear and tear. You also want to be sure it’s a non-blocking paint, so it won’t stick together when the cabinet doors are closed, causing peeling and chipping.

Lower Cabinet


Refreshing your kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to update your cabinet paint colors, choosing the perfect color is solely up to you. Bold and daring colors add fun and flair to your kitchen, while simplistic and natural colors can create a vintage-inspired country oasis. The kitchen will always remain the heart of your home, so give it an upgrade with beautiful new cabinet colors!

Home Office Decorating Ideas

Home Office Decorating IdeasYour home office should be a spot where you go to be productive and, even though you’re working, feel at peace. This is accomplished by being selective about how you decorate the space.

It’s time to think outside the box and get creative with your design, colors, storage and décor. I’ve got lots of fun, new home office decorating ideas that I’m going to be sharing with you. Brace yourself, because I know this article will leave you inspired and thirsting for change!

Inspiration Boards

One reason you may be struggling to get your work done when you’re at home is lack of inspiration. It’s not always easy to get yourself pumped up when you’re at home alone closed up in your office. The perfect solution for injecting new energy into your workspace and sparking your creativity is an inspiration board.

The board doesn’t have to focus on one topic. You should feel encouraged to make several boards and have them represent different goals and ideas you’ve been brainstorming. This is a great way to visualize your future and feel inspired and motivated to work hard.

Bright Floors

Incorporating bright floors will illuminate your home office from the ground up. While electrical lighting matters, so do the colors that you’re projecting from your floor and walls.

A simple and budget-friendly way to get bright floors is to select area rugs in lively colors and patterns. They’ll not only make the space more cheery, but rugs will make the room feel warm and cozy too.

Picture Wall

Picture Wall

Picture walls can be used to express your love for artwork, your family or your favorite hobbies. Bring life into your home office by showcasing beautiful photographs, activities you enjoy and people who make you feel happy to be alive. A picture wall is a great DIY project that’ll not only personalize your space, but fill a blank wall or two.

Creative Organization

Clutter isn’t a good look in any part of your home, especially your office. Productivity stems from how well your space is organized and how quickly you’re able to find what you’re looking for at any given time.

I love the piece of vintage furniture pictured in the example above because it’s a storage look that’s outside the box, beautiful and gets the job done. Wicker baskets, cute shelving and furniture that acts as storage are all attractive and practical solutions to consider.


Antique Accents

Incorporating accents in your home is one element of a well-executed interior design. In this case, old doesn’t mean worn-out. It means finding décor accents that are historic, deep-rooted in meaning and have character. Shop local vintage stores and select pieces that speak to you.

Painted Strips

Painted Strips

Paint is always a great way to enhance the look of a room. One way to switch it up in your home office is to paint a striped accent wall.


The pattern makes the room look wider than it is and adds a bit of flair that I think every home office should encompass. By painting horizontal stripes, you’re guiding the eye around the room, giving it a larger appearance. Pick a fun color that makes you feel energized, or go with a classic, neutral tone that’ll never go out of style.


Killer Views

Location is a very important aspect of all home design projects. If you’re someone who typically works in a cubical, you may forget to incorporate natural light in your home office, but it’s one decorating idea you shouldn’t skimp on. Windows provide fresh air and are good for gazing out when you’re taking a mental break.

When you’re building an addition or scanning your house for the perfect home office location, don’t forget to consider accessibility to windows and natural light. This is especially important for someone who works at home a lot and doesn’t get outside much throughout the day.


Casual Library

I love the idea of creating a casual and comfortable place within your office to curl up and read a good book. Don’t just stack books on a shelf and watch them collect dust. Purposefully create a space that’s away from your immediate work area where you’re able to sit and escape for a few minutes. Keep the layout simple. Adding a few sitting chairs, a side table and a lamp will do the trick.


You work hard and deserve a space that caters to your productivity and well-being. These decorating tips will create the perfect home office for getting things done in an environment you enjoy. We’d love to hear any other home office decorating ideas or tips you have in the comments section below!

Everything You Need to Know About Tile, Hardwood & Carpet Flooring

Everything You Need to Know About Tile, Hardwood & Carpet FlooringBesides the kitchen and bathroom, a home’s flooring is frequently chosen as the next home remodeling project. Over the years, new options have come to life, like cork or bamboo flooring, but one preference that remains a top choice across America is tile.

Whether it’s the abundance of tile options available, their durable nature or ease in maintenance, tile floors remain the most popular selection on the market. Despite carpet’s prominence or the sudden rise in hardwood flooring, tile flooring offers unique advantages these other flooring options do not.

Based on installation, repairs, cost, durability and design, I will show you why tile floors are better than carpet or hardwood.

Tile Bathoom


Installing Tile Flooring

Tile floors work great for bathrooms, kitchens and hallways because they can withstand the everyday wear and tear that comes with these highly trafficked rooms. Installing tile may be a DIY task for some ambitious homeowners, but there is a lot of labor involved as well as materials, like a wet saw. To professionally install tile floors, expect to pay around $3,724 for 500 square feet.

Installing Hardwood Flooring

Along with it’s popularity, hardwood flooring costs continue to rise as well. The costs of materials and labor for the installation of hardwood floors will depend substantially on what type of wood is used. Solid planks are harder to install than engineered wood with tongues and grooves, so that could affect overall expenses as well. However, expect to pay roughly $4,840 for 500 square feet of materials, labor and delivery.

Installing Carpet Flooring

Carpeting adds a warm feeling to any home, but more and more homeowners are starting to associate it with a dated design. The price of carpet can fluctuate substantially depending on the quality of the material and how much carpet you need, so it can be hard to pin down the exact price. Installation is also tricky because many companies include installation in the cost of the carpet. On average, expect to pay $2,969 for 500 square feet of medium-quality carpet and installation labor.

Installing Tile Floors


Tile Repairs

When it comes to repairs, a homeowner can’t only look at the average costs reported. One must consider the lifetime of each flooring option, the traffic the floors sees and the extent of the damage. Despite the fact that the average cost for tile repairs ($300-$600) is more than hardwood or carpet ($150-$300), tile is more often looked as a cheaper alternative.

When repairing tile floors, you or the pro must ensure that the concrete holding the tile down is level with existing tiles, in addition to maintaining the existing pattern. The more complex this is, the more the repair will cost. Because tiles are laid one by one, a professional should be able to remove just a couple of tiles and replace them. For a simple repair of a few tiles in a floor, expect to pay about $100 in materials, depending on the amount of tiles as they are priced individually. Overall, with labor, this is a $300 to $600 job for an established, reputable business.

Hardwood Repairs

Repairing a hardwood floor usually means having the floor refinished. Expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $4 per square foot for a true professional. The end result is a floor that looks virtually brand new for a fraction of what a new floor would cost. Other types of wood floors offer other options that are more cost efficient. For example, a floating wooden floor involves no glue or adhesive during installation – the pieces simply snap together. Although it can be tedious, repairing a wooden floor of this kind is much less expensive – perhaps the cost of a box of flooring plus labor – and should not cost more than $250.

Carpet Repairs

Whether you’re removing a tough stain, patching up or repairing carpet seams, homeowners can expect to pay between $150-$250 for carpet repairs. However, despite it’s lower cost, bear in mind that cleaning carpet requires much more maintenance than hardwood or tile, driving up their total costs. Additionally, carpet can seem dated quicker than that of tile or hardwood.

Repair Tile Floors


No matter what flooring option you go with, there are numerous types to choose from.

Tile Flooring Types

  • Bullets
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Terra Cotta
  • Glazed
  • Mosaic
  • Quarry
  • Stone
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Slate

To see the full breakdown of each, please see Types of Floor Tile.

Hardwood Flooring Types

  • Oak
  • Mahogany
  • Lyptus
  • Ash
  • Hickory
  • Pine
  • Cherry
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Rosewood
  • Maple

To see the full breakdown of each, please see So You Chose Hardwood Floors.

Carpet Flooring Types

Carpet flooring doesn’t depend as much on type as it does on design. That is why I found 8 Clever and Bizarre Carpet Designs.

Maintain Tile Floors


No matter what floor you go with, each will need a regular cleaning schedule to maintain it’s glossy, warm or inviting touch.

Cleaning Tile Floors

Much like hardwood, a majority of homeowners will choose to clean their tile floors themselves. After all, some good TLC is usually all you need to keep your tile floors looking as good as new. However, there are special machines that pros use to clean those tougher stains caught in the tile or grout.

By using a large steam cleaning machine and a special mix of chemicals, professional cleaners will be able to restore the luster of tiles. Other pros use their hands to get to those tough stains. Either way, if you hire a professional, plan on paying approximately $401 for cleaning tile floors.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Few homeowners choose to have their hardwood floors professionally cleaned. Since basic care of hardwood includes dusting, mopping or vacuuming, many choose to do it themselves. However, if you go with a professional, plan on paying a similar amount to that of tile floors.

Cleaning Carpet

One of the biggest drawbacks of carpet is the challenge of cleaning some carpet materials. Although the specific costs of carpet cleaning will vary depending on the type of cleaning needed, the severity of the stain and the size of the carpeted area, most homeowners paid $167 to have their carpets professionally cleaned.

Keep in mind, carpet demands more cleaning than that of tile or hardwood, so while the average is less, the number of cleans over the carpet’s lifetime is usually more.

Other Tile Advantages

  • Ceramic tile is not that cold. Ceramic tile reflects the room temperature and holds onto that temperature for a long time. At times it can be cold. There are products out there that can be installed prior to tile installation that can warm up a floor.
  • Floor tiles are expected to be the fastest growing ceramic tiles at an estimated CAGR of 9.4% from 2012 to 2018 (Transparency Market Research).
  • U.S. demand for decorative tile is predicted to rise approximately 7% per year through 2017, reaching over 3 billion square feet (Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing for Dal-Tile).
  • Tile is waterproof. However, the grout joints connecting the tile do allow water transmission. This is where an improper installation can result in a structural problem and a costly replacement. The best thing to do for the grout is to seal it and keep any cracks caulked. Simple maintenance will give your tile a long life.
  • Tile floors do not squeak, which can occur with hardwood.


Tile floor has been and remains a prominent flooring option for a reason. Given its durable nature, abundance of options, easy maintenance schedule and glossy finish, I expect it to remain in its prominence for years to come.

Finding a Part-Time House Maid to Clean Up Your Residence

A clean home is a thing each woman loves to have, but keeping the residence neat can be a hard task, especially when an individual is keeping up with many duties. Fortunately, it’s not hard to get a part-time maid in singapore to do the household jobs, with the hardest part typically being choosing the best man or woman for the task. Domestic One makes a specialty of furnishing domestic staff members of this sort and can be of assistance for anyone looking for a singapore part-time maid. The initial step would be to determine which professional services are actually sought after, as this will have a role in which provider is ultimately picked. When this has been established, the process of finding a person to use starts. A particular concern of countless involves letting a person they do not know in the home. While comparing businesses, consequently, it is important to question what types of background checks employees undergo prior to being retained. Furthermore, a person may question his or her relatives and buddies who exactly they use, because they have more knowledge of the provider and might be able to vouch for their integrity as well as reliability. One other thing to think about when making this choice is exactly what sort of insurance plan they’ve got and also in what amount. Catastrophes will come about, as virtually all humans make mistakes at some time or another. For this reason, any person chosen should be covered by a liability insurance plan, at the very least. Following that, question who might be liable for supplying the cleaning products, because some companies bring their own supplies and others ask the purchaser deliver the materials. It is beneficial to include these details when comparing fees. Last but not least, find out exactly how fees are established, because a number of providers price on an hourly basis while others bill a flat fee. In a few instances, the provider will bill by the project. For instance, when a client normally has the house cleaned and wants a special project completed, like window washing or cleaning out the freezer or fridge, there might be an extra fee. Request to see a price report for this stuff. If you wish to hire a part-time maid in singapore, contact our organization right now. We are happy to assist you in finding the appropriate individual to meet your needs.

7 Tips To Make Your House Smell Better

When you own a house, it’s easy to get comfortable in your space and fail to notice when it’s time to make changes. You get busy working, the kids and pets are running around, and before you know it, there are smells coming from places you didn’t know existed.

Odors in the home don’t have to be a common occurrence. There are ways to prevent and maintain a home that not only looks good, but smells good too. See seven easy DIY solutions for freshening up your home so you’ve got pleasant odors roaming your space.

1. Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odors

Your garbage disposal could be wreaking more havoc in your home than you might realize. Food and grime build up over time and start to seep through to your kitchen and beyond. Start by running some lemon, lime or orange peels through your disposal to eliminate any odors. It’s said that the acid in the fruit kills some of the odor causing bacteria.

Also, if you’re an advocate of baking soda, this cleaning tip is for you. Dump your baking soda into the garbage disposal, add a cup of white vinegar and let your disposal run. Voila! The hardest part of eliminating odors is remembering to actually run these items through your garbage disposal and not letting gunk build up in the first place.


2. Fresh Scents

Budget-friendly scents such as lavender or chamomile go a long way in the home. They’ve even been known to help people sleep better when put in and around bed pillows. Lavender is a fresh, floral, clean and calm aroma that’s the perfect for making your home smell great. Mix together a DIY room freshener using lavender or diffuse it in and around the home to banish stale odors.

Chamomile is another scent that is recommended for removing unpleasant smells in the house. The term refers to a range of different daisy-like plants and has long been known for its healing properties. The odor is sweet, apple-like and herbaceous. An easy DIY chamomile room spray can be made by diluting 12 drops of the essential oil per ounce of distilled water.

3. Deodorize Carpets

Carpets are certainly to blame for a lot of the smelly odors lurking in your house. That’s why it’s recommended that you always have a carpet freshener on deck.

Instead of purchasing products with chemicals in them, you can create your own deodorizing carpet powder using a few natural ingredients. I fell in love with Jillee’s natural DIY recipe on her blog and highly recommend you check it out! This freshener is nice for anyone with carpets and a necessity for anyone who owns pets.


4. Vanilla Extract

Sprinkling vanilla extract on light bulbs is one trick to eliminating odors. This is one tip I’ve never heard of, so I wanted to learn more! Apparently, it’s an old real estate agent’s trick. Put a drop or two of vanilla extract on a lightbulb, turn on the light and smell the magic. Your house will soon smell like you’ve been baking all day. You can also opt to burn vanilla extract or any other essential oil to quickly enhance the smell of your house.

Gel Air Fresheners

5. Air Fresheners

Grab a few mason jars and your favorite essential oils or liquid potpourri and follow this DIY tutorial for making your own gel air fresheners. The fresheners will not only make your home smell good, but they’re pretty too.

Your other option is to create a mix of your favorite smelling sprays to distribute throughout the house. I found a great website that outlines several different options for you to try depending on your taste.


6. Potted Plants

This is by far my favorite DIY option for making your home smell fresh and clean. Natural air purifiers include palm trees, orchids and peace lilies. Plants not only bring energy and life to your home but they look beautiful too.

Besides the living room, think about bringing plants into your kitchen and bathrooms to brighten up the space and create a peaceful and calm environment. If you don’t want the hassle of taking care of real plants, then you can purchase fancy fake ones and switch them out as often as you’d like.


7. Stovetop Potpourri

Here’s a suggestion that anyone who owns an oven and a pan can tackle. It’s a quick fix too. Interior designer Rhobin DelaCruz suggests you, “Simmer water in a small saucepan and add citrus (lemon) slices and herbs, like lavender or mint.” In no time, beautiful aromas will be floating throughout your home. No need to buy prepackaged deodorizers when there’s a simple and natural DIY solution that’ll do the trick.


A happy home is one that not only looks put together, but smells like it too. These tips are sure to bring a delightful and revitalizing odor to your house. If you have any other deodorizing solutions that you’ve tried, please include them in the comments section below!

Top 10 Small Bathroom Decor Ideas To Steal In 2016

Top 10 Small Bathroom Decor Ideas To Steal In 2016If you’re the owner of a small bathroom, then you know how hard it is to make it look bigger and function better. Getting to your end goal may be a tough challenge, but it’s one I encourage you to attempt.

A new year means new must-have trends and fresh decorating ideas for your home. Don’t stress out, this is all good news! Instead of focusing on the size of your bath, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of it. See 10 small bathroom décor ideas you have to try right away.

Remove Clutter

1. Remove All Clutter

As a homeowner, clutter should be your number one enemy. It creates mess, stress and disorder in the home. If this is something you struggle with, then it’s time to make a change.

Every single thing in your small bath should have a place to live. Unless an item is in use or made to sit on the sink, it shouldn’t be taking up space on the counter. You have countless options for organizing and decluttering including; cabinets above the toilet, shelves, hooks, mirrors with storage and cute baskets. Decorating a small bath is a tough job. Don’t make it harder on yourself by refusing to get organized.

Natural Light

2. Add Natural Light

Natural light is a decorating tool that’s not only able to transform a room from drab to fab, but it’s also a free resource (once you’ve got the window in place)! Installing new windows is one way to open up your space and it’s a design upgrade worth the investment.

Many homeowners are opting to add a small, foggy window in their showers to draw in more light, or installing windows to fill bare walls. If you have a small budget then this may not be as practical of an option for you. Don’t worry, there are other tricks that’ll give you a similar result, which I’ll touch on in this article.

3. Be Choosy of Colors

Regardless of budget, a new paint job is a project we can all do. Whether you make it a DIY project or you hire a pro, it’s a task you should put at the top of your small bath decorating list.

Bright white, gray and leafy green paint are excellent choices for a tiny space. Your bathroom will appear more cheerful and look bigger with these hues. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of darker colors, then consider approaching your interior design with paint that creates a dramatic effect.

Floral Mural

4. Paint a Floral Mural

Paint not only comes in different colors, but also in various patterns and designs. I love the idea of adding an elegant stencil to your walls. Be daring and see how painting a floral mural brings new life to your bath.

If painting wall stencils isn’t your forte, then reach out and find a professional who can. You’ll not only be adding beauty to your bathroom, but you’ll be incorporating your own personal touch.


5. Use Accents

The use of color or décor accents is a detail that’s often overlooked. Taking the time to carefully consider accent pieces and placement will have a great impact on the look of your bathroom.

For example, the bathroom pictured above is all about the accents. When you look at this bathroom, the first thing you probably think is how beautiful the décor flows, and not the size.

6. Exude Glamour

Glamour is not only a girl’s best friend, but also a small bathroom’s bff. Your goal is to draw the eye to something other than the size of the bathroom, by using attractive décor and colors.

Create an exciting environment that pulls you in and makes you want to soak up and just enjoy the room. You don’t have to spend a fortune either. See our tips for making your home look more expensive on a dime.

7. Install Dramatic Tile

Eye-catching tile is a design feature we can all appreciate. There’s something for everyone given the array of styles, patterns, colors and textures currently offered.

Dramatic Tiles

The best part about tile is that it can pretty much be placed anywhere in the bathroom. Installing a tile backsplash and counters, large tile floors or bold shower tiles are just a couple of ways to work tile into your bathroom design.


8. Include Fancy Woodwork

Wood has a way of bringing a timeless elegance to any room of the house. It’s one of those materials we often only consider installing as flooring. Wood accents, cabinets and borders are simple ways to incorporate wood. Woodwork is admired for its flaws, tones and detailing, so don’t be afraid to pick out pieces that stand out and make a statement.

9. Rethink Your Lighting

Your bathroom is a special place in the home because it’s where you get ready for the day and make yourself beautiful. The one helpful upgrade we often overlook is our lighting.

Light fixtures, lighting styles and blub types are small features that’ll make a big difference in a small bath. We’ve got the perfect guide to assist you in replacing, selecting and installing your new bathroom lighting.

Focal Point

10. Pick a Perfect Focal Point

The one tip you want to make sure you adopt is to pick a focal point to build around. Mirrors, light fixtures, sinks and artwork are all viable options. People will be too busy admiring the gorgeous eye candy to worry about the size of your bathroom.


Small bathrooms are not going away. They’ll always exist and most of us will find ourselves dealing with how to make them look bigger and better at some point in our lives. Don’t let the size of your bathroom stop you from making your space look fabulous. All you have to do is recognize the potential.

My Huge Indian Music Collection

I first started listening to Indian music when I saw an Indian film in one of my classes at college. I didn’t much care for the movie, but I really did like the music. I had never heard anything like it before, but I knew that I wanted to hear more of it. I went online to see if I could find any free music websites, which is how I found songs PK. This site has all kinds of music on it, and I downloaded quite a few songs just on my first visit there.

There was a section on the site that had songs from popular Bollywood films, and that was where I downloaded most of the songs that first trip. Continue reading “My Huge Indian Music Collection”

The Most Important Aspects You should Bear in Mind before Purchasing a Steam Shower

Steam showers come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. You can even choose from different types of steam showers, such as built-in units (often made from scratch and completely customised according to the walls of your bathroom) or modular units which come with everything you need and are loaded with the latest features which you can simply install in your existing bathroom. But whatever type of steam shower you choose, there are some aspects which are the same for all. Following are some of the most important aspects you should bear in mind before you purchase your steam shower.

Why a steam shower is better than other spa products

If you are still undecided on what type of bathroom element or spa product to choose – whether you should go for a steam shower or a bath spa, for example – you should know that a steam shower does not consume as much water gambar3compared to other bathroom additions such as spas and whirlpool baths. For instance, a multiple-head shower spray will consume about 225 gallons of water every 30 minutes, whilst a whirlpool bath can consume as much as 120 gallons of water each time you use it. A steam shower, on the other hand, will only consume about 2 and a half gallons of water every half hour.

How much room does your bathroom have?

It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to choosing a steam shower, especially when you see a modular steam shower unit that has all the bells and whistles you are looking for. But you still have to make sure that the size will fit into your bathroom. You have to have a good understanding of the unit’s footprint size before you purchase it and have it installed, taking note of reasonable allowances.

The importance of a great warranty

Whether you opt for a modular steam shower unit or have one built in, you need to look for a product that can offer you a great warranty. The warranty will, of course, vary from one manufacturer to the next, but it’s in your best interest to look for the best warranty possible. Aside from the length of the warranty, however, make sure to check the coverage. Even a 5-year-long warranty wouldn’t be worth it if not much is covered.

A good supplier and source

Doing your homework when it comes to steam showers also includes choosing the right supplier or source. The supplier should have a good reputation and should be easily reached or contacted as well. Also, look for a supplier which can provide you with extra services, such as free delivery, an exchange guarantee, and a returns policy.

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