Why Install Hardwood Floor

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In a past post I mentioned why a homeowner and decorator would want to carpet their floors. In today’s post, I want to provide a few reasons why you might consider hardwood floors instead.

In 2018, hardwood floors are the most popular and trendy choice for home flooring. The rich beauty of a hardwood floor is almost irreplaceable. There are several other benefits of hardwood floor as well that I will list below:


You will find that a hardwood floor in your home allows you to be very flexible and versatile when it comes to decorating. You can place chunky furniture, traditional furniture or slim and modern furniture on a hardwood floor and all are fitting depending the complementing décor in the room.

You also don’t have to sacrifice colors and patterns on your floor if you do choose hardwood. You can decorate with area rugs to add bold colors and patterns throughout a room that match with décor items and paint colors in a room.

You will find that caring for the area rugs is very easy too. You will simply need to vacuum them each week and be sure to hire a local Tampa carpet cleaning business that specializes in area rug cleaning for a deeper clean.


If you do decorate with area rugs you will need to vacuum and schedule cleaning, as mentioned above. However, you will not need to do too much in terms of the hardwood floors themselves.

To clean a hardwood floor only requires you to dry mop it once each week. You do not need to perform daily maintenance at all or invest in special tools or solutions to perform this chore.


The main benefit of hardwood floor over all other types of flooring is its durability. A quality hardwood floor installed properly by a professional service can last the entire lifetime of a home.

Hardwood floor withstands wear, tear and traffic better than all other flooring types and you can even buff out and remove minor scratches and dents too.

You will want to refinish the wood every few years but the project only requires a weekend or less to complete and the floors will look brand new.

The durability is the primary reason that hardwood floor tends to cost much more than carpet, laminate or other options. However, when you understand that hardwood is a potential lifetime investment the cost becomes more justifiable.

There really aren’t too many reasons you wouldn’t want hardwood floor in your home. You will find it is not as comfortable as carpet or as soundproof but both can be mitigated with area rugs in a room.

You’ve heard my arguments for both carpet and hardwood floor now. Which type of floor do you have in your home? Are you considering changing to a new type of floor sometime soon. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

How to Decorate with Area Rugs

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If you don’t choose wall-to-wall carpet for your home and feel that your rooms are looking little dull and need some exciting touch then adding a rug would be a great choice. Professionals advise using area rugs for home décor because they lead a compelling look in rooms and can be easily combined with other décor arrangements. It will help you to complete your room décor by simply attaching colorful rugs together. At the same time, a rug can add warmth to your room.

If you are dealing with a home renovation project or are willing to decorate a new home in a unique style then it is good to follow professional tips below.

  • Define Areas:

Colourful rugs can be used to create separation between areas as like foyers, dining and seating areas etc. it helps to add a unique touch to space. Such types of arrangements are more useful for studio apartments as well as for large rooms. You can choose a variety of rugs to decorate your living room to add elegance to this space.

  • Add Variety:

The home décor ideas can be expanded to the real touch with variety and style using rugs. If you are installing rugs to a room then prefer to use two different rugs with complementing color selections. It will add a visual cut to your space with variable size and color of rugs and naturally, your guests will observe variety in your living space.

  • A Touch of Harmony:

Rugs are considered as the best choice to add harmony to space. It is the easiest way to complement your décor style and to get rid of the unpleasing environment. A pattern rich rug collection can add a sense of harmony to your living area.

  • Choose Colors Carefully:

The great news for homeowners is that they can use unique color scheme for adding more beauty to their rooms. Rugs are usually available in a variety of fabric materials with several attractive color ranges. You can easily match them with existing home décor of our home and they will lead a stunning look ahead.

  • Volume in Empty Spaces:

Generally, big rooms need more attention for decoration because you have more space to cover. But if you actually want to add volume to your rooms then rugs can do a great help. When your walls already have some ornate color patterns then you can choose subtle rugs to adjust the volume perfectly into space.

  • Combine with Paintings:

Professionals also advise creating a combination of rugs with other décor pieces in the room. The preferable choice is to use paintings of colors that have accents same as rugs. It will create a special focal point in your space.

  • Shapes Make a Big Difference:

One easiest way to create a unique look at home is to use different shapes of rugs in rooms. You can choose them as per furniture style of your home. Most of the people love to install square, oval and round shapes of rugs into rooms. Rectangular rugs are also suitable for few home arrangements.

Decorate with Marquee Lights

A decorating trend I have always adored is the use of a marquee light in a living room or open space. This is a much more recent trend than the use of vases or candles or other traditional décor pieces. These oversized letters and lights really catch the eye and create a fun focal point for a room.

If you have never used marquee lights as part of the décor in your home, you should try to incorporate one into a room. Perhaps on a fireplace or a wall in your home office? Read below for some ideas below on how to decorate with marquee lights:


  • You can hang a marquee light on a wall in a room as a stand-alone piece for a single focal point. If you choose to display your marquee light in this way, I recommend you purchase a larger-sized light so it does not look small or awkward on its on within the space you choose to hang it.
  • You can hang a marquee light as part of a gallery wall amongst photos and other framed artwork. This adds extra dimension to the gallery wall and a fun touch and will allow you to experiment with a smaller sized marquee light since it won’t have to be the single focal point of the wall.
  • Let the marquee light lean against a wall or set it on a table and then lean it against the wall the table is on. This is a casual use of the piece and something unexpected and different that will catch the eyes of your guests’.
  • Group multiple marquee lights together to spell out a word or a name. This technique is often used for decorating nurseries and children’s rooms but it can be used anywhere in a home. You can switch between larger and smaller sized lights too throughout the word or name for depth.
  • You can simply set the letter in the middle of the room or standing on its on in a corner or off to the side of the room. I have experimented with this in my own home with the letter “L” for my first name and I absolutely adore how it looks!

There are so many ways to decorate with marquee lights in your home and I recommend you try one or two of these out. You can purchase a marquee light as cheap as $20 or find one used at craigslist.com or ebay.com for even cheaper or make your own DIY marquee light from the video above!

Why Carpet Your Floors

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During a home remodel, there comes a time to decide which type of flooring you want in a room or throughout your home.

You’re probably aware that in 2017 the most popular choice is hardwood flooring. Hardwood can offer more versatility in decorating a room and it is more modern or contemporary if that is your aesthetic.

But I feel there is still a place for carpet when it comes to interior decorating and a comfortable and stylish room for your home.

Here are some of the reasons I still recommend carpet:


There is no debate that carpet is much more comfortable than hardwood floor. You will enjoy a cushioned step on carpet in a bedroom or living room in your home. The softness is much more cozy than the cool, sleek hardwood surface.

The carpet fibers also create warmth and will insulate a room much better than hardwood floor will. This offers more than just a comfort benefit too as a home with carpet should have lower heating bills during the winter months of the year.


In terms of style, carpet offers an entire rainbow of colors that hardwood floor does not. You can carpet a room with a bold or bright color to complement traditional furniture or décor or choose a traditional color to complement bright and colorful furniture.

I think carpet is a really easy way to add a bold color statement to a room you won’t be able to do with hardwood floor.


You do need to vacuum carpet often in order to remove dirt from the surface and maintain the colorful appearance. You will also want to schedule deep cleaning one time each year. I recommend Chem-Dry of Snowy Range for carpet cleaning in Laramie, WY.

The good news is with routine vacuuming and regular professional cleaning appointments, the carpet should maintain its color and quality for 10-15 years.

In terms of hardwood floor, you will need to dust and wipe the floor often to remove dust and footprints. Cleaning hardwood is much more laborious than vacuuming is. Another issue with hardwood is if it is damaged it is almost impossible to repair whereas a stain in carpet can be cleaned and removed.


Another benefit of carpet is its cost of installation compared to hardwood floor. The cost of a home remodel or redecorating a room can add up fast depending on the quality of materials and the size of the room.

You will pay much less to install wall-to-wall carpet throughout a room than to install hardwood in a living room or a kitchen in a home.

I hope I did a good job of defending carpet as a great choice for flooring in your home. I love hardwood floor too but not to the point where carpet shouldn’t be considered at all.

A room with carpet will provide color and warmth that hardwood will not and the cost to install carpet and decorate with it is much easier on your remodeling budget.

Decorate with Vases

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One piece of décor that complements modern and classic rooms is a beautiful vase. Vases add elegance to a room as well as color or bold patterns, shapes and sizes too.

You can use vases to display fresh flowers or artificial flowers for additional color in a room. There’s so much to do with vases and there are many types to choose from.

These are just a few of the types of vases to decorate with:


The most common type of flower vase is a narrow-neck vase. This type of vase has a wide base with a narrow stem and opening. You can leave this type of vase empty as a décor piece of its own or fill it with tall flowers that have a narrow stem and a big corolla.


Bud vases are both tall, short and big and small. The size isn’t consistent but the narrow opening at the top is. You can use a bud vase to display one single, small flower with a narrow stem. Bud vases are used for a minor accent or detail to complement more bold décor nearby.


A cylinder vase is the tallest of vases and it has a wide base too. This type of vase is perfect for bountiful bouquets and arrangements and can hold several types of flowers all at once. You can use this type of vase to add height and depth to a room as variations in height among décor is an often unused design element when decorating a room in a home.


A cube vase is cubed-shaped and often times very short. You can fill a cube vase with roses and tulips if the flowers are trimmed correct. This is one of the more modern forms of vases and is common in contemporary décor.


You will notice that a flared neck is the polar opposite of a narrow-neck vase. The base is thinner and the neck flares out and is wider than the base itself. You will find flared vases on dining room tables and kitchen countertops or surfaces with a wider open space to display the flared neck vase and its flowers.

These are the more common types of vases but there are several shapes and sizes available to purchase online or at an antique store. You can decorate with vases in a myriad of ways which is why you will continue to see vases as a popular choice for home décor for many years.

Benefits of Artificial Flowers

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There is almost nothing better than the smell of fresh flowers in your home. The aroma of a new bouquet of flowers in your dining room or kitchen is wonderful, but there are several reasons it isn’t practical either.

The cost of fresh flowers is very expensive. You will need to replace them often and many times the type of flower you want to decorate will be out of season or unavailable from your local florist. You also have to water them to and prune them in order for them to live as long as possible. Let’s face it, real flowers are difficult to have in your home on a regular basis. But there is an alternative …

You can decorate with artificial flowers. Don’t “poo poo” artificial flowers because there are several benefits to consider when it comes to decorating with them in your home:


The only thing you have to do to care for artificial flowers is to dust them on a regular basis. Other than that, they’re very easy to have in your home. You can place them in or out of sunlight and anywhere in your home you want to. You don’t have to water or prune them and you don’t have to wait for them to bloom.

Artificial flowers are just as beautiful as the day you bought them for the entire time you decorate your home with them.


You can buy a few artificial flowers for a few dollars that will last a lifetime. A new bouquet of fresh flowers can cost $10-20 and will only last about 7-10 days before they begin to wither and fade away. If you want flowers in your home every day, the cost of real ones will add up extremely fast, especially if you place them throughout multiple rooms in your home.


You might not know it, but artificial flowers are more eco-friendly than real flowers. This is because real flowers contain pesticides and fertilizers that are not good for the environment. Artificial flowers are made of silk and plastic and don’t need any chemicals to grow or maintain their colors.

These are just a few of the benefits of artificial flowers in your home.

You can treat yourself to real flowers from time to time (or maybe a special someone will treat you) but you should understand that the cost of displaying them in your home is both expensive and time-consuming.

Types of Bathroom Vanities

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You will want to upgrade your bathroom décor and style once every couple of years and one of the best ways to do this is by replacing an old bathroom vanity with a new one. You will need to know which bathroom vanity is right for your bathroom and how to choose the best one.

This post will provide information on each type of bathroom vanity and how to decide which one is right for you!


The wall-mounted sink is one of the most traditional forms of a sink or bathroom vanity you will find in a bathroom. In 2017, you will likely only find a wall-mounted sink in an older home or an older apartment or commercial building as opposed to a newer home or a remodel.


Pedestal sinks are another classic style of bathroom vanity. Unlike wall-mounted sinks, pedestal sinks are still in style depending on whether it will match the décor. If the space in the bathroom is small, a pedestal sink could be a good choice as it is very stylish in a traditional sense.


The vessel sink vanity is a very modern bathroom vanity that was just introduced in recent years. This model features a vessel or bowl rested on the top of a mounted wood vanity with a non-traditional faucet. A cabinet conceals all of the plumbing and pipes and the end result is a contemporary complement to your bathroom décor.


You will find a framed sink mounted directly in the countertop of a vanity with no overhanging lip. This is a very common bathroom vanity and one of the most popular throughout homes in the USA.


A drop-in sink is similar to a framed sink although there is an overhanging lip so it looks as though the sink is just resting on the countertop of the bathroom vanity. This is another extremely popular choice for a bathroom vanity.


The last bathroom vanity on our list is the undermount sink. This sink is fastened to the laminate countertop underneath it so there is no overhanging lip. This is the modern version of a drop-in or framed sink and it is very popular in 2017.

Key Elements of Farmhouse Style

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You might have heard of the farmhouse style when it comes to interior decorating but you might not know what it means. This post will explain the style and provide tips on how you can have the farmhouse look in your home.

Here are some of the key elements of a farmhouse style home:


You will often see painted cabinets in kitchens of homes that have a farmhouse style. The most common color of paint for the cabinets is white or other lighter tone colors that are cool and calming. You won’t see refinished wood cabinets or extremely dark tones for cabinets in a farmhouse home.


The most common type of sink in a farmhouse style home is very large. This is to mimic the types of sinks used in real farmhouses where full produce was cleaned and washed and sometimes even babies too. Even live chickens would be plucked in a farmhouse sink from time to time and hence the need for the larger size.


You will see rooms in farmhouse style homes with wood plank walls or shiplap walls. The modern style is to have a home with brick walls, drywall or even exposed piping for an industrial look but a wood wall is a signature element in the farmhouse style trend.


Dining room tables, end tables and coffee tables in a farmhouse home feature unfinished wood and often large surface areas. You will also often see bench seating for a farmhouse table as opposed to an equal number of matching dining room chairs.


Mason jars are not just for canning. These jars are an extremely popular décor element in a farmhouse home. You will found mason jars used for candles, flowers or drinking glasses and dinnerware. No farmhouse home is complete without incorporating mason jars throughout a handful of rooms.


You will find burlap fabric consistently in a farmhouse style home. This adds a rustic element to the décor of a room and a natural touch too. However, a little burlap goes a long way. It’s not something to fill a room with.


You can’t have farmhouse style without rustic décor. You need to strategically place distressed items and even some chipped and slightly broken items too. This worn look is part of the rustic charm people adore about the farmhouse style.


Ironstone vases, jugs, serving dishes and other containers are found in both the kitchen and as décor items throughout farmhouse homes. You can use ironstone as a vase for a flower or for serving warm banana bread. Ironstone is at home throughout an entire farmhouse home.


Fresh flowers are popular in many types of interior design and are also a staple in farmhouse homes. You should have fresh flowers in every single room of your home as a showpiece and a splash of color,

#10. PORCH

For a true farmhouse home, you need the front porch living space to spend your time relaxing and watching neighbors and passerbys.