Posted by admin | Posted in Home Inspirations | Posted on July 24, 2010
Big thanks to Jacq, I’ve got 3 home interior design magazines that I’ve been endlessly perusing these past few days. I’ve known Jacq for five years now and it’s just recently that we met when they went home for vacation a couple of weeks ago. It’s so sweet of her to give me these magazines because as she said, these will be useful in prettifying our new home. The husband has also been excitedly browsing the pages and he can’t help but admire all the lovely designs, setups, the furniture and even a few office furniture accessories in some pages. In fact, he has earmarked most pages that he deems perfect and he wants to incorporate to our Little Mansion’s interiors soon. Again, big thanks to Jacq for these magazines. They truly have impressive ideas and inspirations.
Posted by admin | Posted in Construction / Renovation | Posted on April 18, 2010
You want your home to have beautiful floors, but flooring restoration companies usually charge high prices that make it difficult for many homeowners to purchase the options that they would like. Just because you are trying to save money does not mean that you have to live with ugly floors. These DIY flooring restoration tips will put you on the path to doing the job inexpensively.
Starting a Hardwood Flooring Restoration Project
Flooring restoration projects require a few steps. The first is to remove the old finish. If you know someone who has a drum sander, then now is a good time to call in a favor. You can also rent drum sanders from most major home supply stores. When you start the project, use heavy grit sandpaper. After you have removed the finish, change it to a medium grit paper to create a smooth surface.
Preparing to Stain Your Hardwood Flooring
The drum sander will create a lot of dust. Most of it should collect in the machine’s dust bag, but some of it will end up on the floor. Sweeping the saw dust might seem like an insignificant step in relation to the rest of the project, but it is necessary for good flooring restoration results.
Staining Your Hardwood Floors
Some people choose not to use stains in their flooring restoration projects, but stains provide a protective layer that brings out the beauty of most woods. If you decide to stain your floor, then you should choose a stain that is made for the type of wood in your home. Many home supply stores can help you determine what color your wood floor will have after it has been stained. After you choose a stain, use a paint roller to apply it in uniform strokes to prevent uneven staining.
Posted by admin | Posted in Bedroom, Home Management | Posted on March 24, 2010
Now that the Little Mansion is nearing its “finishing” stage, we’re ready to take into action the interior design plans that we’ve thought of and as recommended by a creative aunt-in-law (she took up Interior Design in college). We’ll be prioritizing the bedroom furniture as it’s included in the package and needs to be finished ahead. What’s great about this is that we’re given the freedom to “design” or layout how the customization of the cabinet will be like having in mind the dimension of the space allotted for the said furniture. I have a copy here of the design draft but I’ll be sharing it next time once I have scanned it.
But just an overview, here’s the model we’ve drawn inspiration from a bit. It’s a cabinet system from Ikea, actually. If only this is not too huge and shipping from abroad isn’t that costly, I would have ordered a similar one.
And here are just some of the details:
I only have a few pairs of shoes and so is the husband so a few plastic shoe boxes with zipper enclosures on the top level would just be perfect. Then the lower shelves could be used for our folded daily home clothes. I do not own that plenty of bags, too, so instead, that portion could be perfect for bed linens or towels. I also love how the rack hanger is designed. The slideable pants hanger is simply brilliant. Certainly, that part is reserved for the husband’s slacks, pants and our jeans. I like how it’s made to just occupy half of the compartment’s width. The other half’s intended for long clothes like dresses and coats. And of course, the storage with compartments are perfect for our accessories like sunglasses, belts and other trinkets that we have.
I tend to become disorganized and messy with things at times so I really need a cabinet system that’s as organized and tailored as this.
Posted by admin | Posted in The Goal | Posted on March 11, 2010
With all the construction and structural terms that I encountered as our Little Mansion is built, I realized that Engineering and Architecture are quite interesting. It never crossed my mind to take up these courses for college simply because Math is my water loo and that I do not possess a pair of artistic hands. Although I fairly did well in my Drafting subjects in High School, I was convinced early on that it’d not gonna be my world.
But now I started to appreciate these two fields every time I see the progress of the house. I’m learning so much, in fact, like the intrinsic looks of a roofing (beyond the ceiling), how the beams and foundation structures are built and so much more. Now that we’re about to prettify the interiors, I know for sure that I’ll get fascinated, too, with the world of Interior Design. I never thought that building your crib can also be educational as this.
Posted by admin | Posted in Bedroom | Posted on January 7, 2010
The “little mansion” is designed to have 3 bedrooms on the second floor. But we’ve requested the developer to just have 2 bedrooms for a start so that we’ll be having a bigger master’s bedroom. My son’s too little anyway to have his own room. It’s very timely that I have read this article about Bedroom trends for 2010. Hubby and I will have a guide and reasonable options in bringing these two bedrooms “updated” and à la mode in terms of styles and designs perfect for this year.
* Bold Bed Linen – the easiest way to bring up the bedroom with bold colors are through bed linens with vintage-y bright florals or sugared pastels.
* Elegant Headboards – go for a super-chic style and elegantly designed headboards ala-boutique hotel style. On colors, a palette of sleek greys and blacks and an accent colour, such as yellow or lime do the trick.
* Statement Beds – remember those Georgian type of beds with poles and ceilings..beds that of royalties. Classic but remember to infuse a modern touch for a twist.
* Feature Walls – Feminine floral wallpapers are perfect for creating a soft, romantic feel.