Thursday, May 27, 2010

Treasure or Trash....

Garage sale season is here once again. For those that like to frequent them, treasures can be found. But, as many find out, more trash is discoverd than treasure. Sadly we don't realize it is junk until we have spent the money and have gotten it home. To help avoid "garage sale remorse" take a look at the checklist below.

We have compiled a checklist that can be taken to any garage sale, to help identify what is trash and what is treasure. The first four topics are from the Family Circle magazine. The last two are items are ones we added.

* Priceless antique: Unless you are quite knowledgeable about the antique world, don't buy items marked "priceless antique". Most of the time they aren't antiques

*Work in progress: If the item is something that needs to be refinished, fixed, etc. don't buy it unless you already have the skill to fix it. If you don't already have the skill needed, it will most likely sit on a shelf in your garage. Never to be seen again.

*Does it work: Before you buy a lamp or any electronic item ask if there is an outlet you can plug it into. You don't want to get it home and to find out it doesn't work.

*Clean or Dirty: When buying furniture of any sort check for bedbugs. Look along the seams for black specs (this is the bedbugs droppings). If you see evidence of bedbugs don't buy the furniture. After inspection if you don't see evidence of bedbugs, before taking it in your house spray it with bedbug spray. This helps kill them.

*Sturdy: Before buying furniture make sure it isn't about to fall apart. No one wants to spend money on an item that is about to break.

*Gem buried in time: If you see a furniture piece, lamp, or anything else that looks like it has an inkling of hope check it for layers of paint. Sometimes wonderful pieces of furniture or decor have been painted so many times there true beauty is hidden. But, when doing this remember the "Work in Progress" rule.

Remember when looking for those treasures, make sure they are actual treasure before taking them home. There is nothing worse than spending money on an item, getting excited about it, and then taking it home and realizing it isn't what it seemed to be. Avoid "garage sale remorse" by taking this check list with you.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bathroom remodeling-Simple to Complicated

Do you hate moving, but want a change? Here is a solution. Remodeling. Today it is all about bathrooms.

You say the word remodel and your husband (or wife for some) goes running for the hills. Here is some good news, remodeling doesn't have to be a horrible experience. The great thing about it is you get to choose how big or small the project is.

For your bathroom here are ideas that range from small to large projects.

-Changing your mirror from the “normal” bathroom mirror to one that is in a frame and hang it above the vanity. Ikea, Pottery Barn, and Pier 1 are just a few of the stores that have some awesome framed mirrors.

-Replacing your counter top and sink. Sometimes updating your counter top and sink can be that needed change.

-Painting your bathroom. A fresh coat of paint and possibly a new color does wonders for your space.

-On a larger scale replacing the flooring. A great bathroom flooring product is tile. There is a large variety to fit all styles. When putting tile in your bathroom make sure to choose one that is made for bathroom flooring. Otherwise there is a greater risk of people slipping and falling when it is wet.

-Then there is the full bathroom remodel. Changing the shower walls, possibly to cultured marble or tile. Replacing the cabinetry, counter top, sink, and flooring.

For more bathroom remodeling ideas check out this House Beautiful link.

Remember remodeling your bathroom doesn't have to be a horrible experience. It can range from simple to complicated. You choose which works for you.

If you have any remodeling tips please email them to or comment on the post.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Outdoor Porch Face Lift

You might be wondering what a porch has to do with interior design. Well, there are many people that use their porch as dining room during the spring and summer. Why shouldn't it have the same harmonious feel as your indoor dining room, since you are spending a lot of time there.

Here are some great ideas, featured on BHG do it yourself for changing your outdoor patio into an amazing dining space:

-You can hang panels of burlap around the whole area to enclose it and give it a more personal feel. Check out the picture at top from BHG do it yourself.

-If there are columns at regular intervals you can hang wire and put up Chinese paper lanterns or jars with candles it. Gives a wonderful intimate feel.

-An idea from BHG do it yourself is getting a gazebo and putting it up. Offers ease and flexibility in the design.

-If wanting to add a canopy, but want it low key, check out this picture from BHG do it yourself.

These are just a few ideas to make your porch a wonderful, intimate gathering place. When you implement anyone of them you will be pleasantly surprised with how much more you enjoy using your porch. To see more of these great ideas from BHG do it yourself click here.  Another great place to check out is a A Punch of Color blog

Also, if you have any great ideas for morphing your porch into a great gathering space email them to