Year: 2018

Best Cleaning Tool For Your Carpet

Cleaning the house is one of the routine practices that we all do regularly. However, there are those cleaning practices that we skip doing very often as well – and we all know what they are. This is because they consume a lot of time and energy, including cleaning the carpet.

Most times, we do not even clean the carpet ourselves, we take it to the carpet cleaners. Still, according to Rochester Carpet Cleaning Pro, it is important to keep your carpets clean so that you stay healthy.

However, it is important to know that there are good carpet cleaners in the market today. In addition to making carpet cleaning easier and less time consuming, they also enable you to save a lot of money. For more information, you check here.

Choosing the best cleaning tool for your carpet

How clean your carpet is determined by the cleaning tool you use.

There are different types of carpets today and how to clean each of them is important. This is because it determines their durability and how clean they become. There are different cleaning tools depending on the type of carpet you have. Below is a list of some of the most common types of carpets and the most effective cleaning tools:

Shag carpets:  These are particularly difficult to clean without damaging them. This is because the fibers of these carpets are not very firmly held, and they are therefore easily pulled. It is for this reason that many vacuum cleaners are not very efficient in cleaning this type of carpets.

The vacuum cleaners to use should have HEPA filters that are powerful in order to get rid of all the dust and allergens that are a common occurrence in shag carpets. The vacuum cleaner should have big wheels and it should also be light in weight to make it easy to push it.

Plush carpets:  These are the very soft kind of carpets that are the most expensive, yet the most difficult to clean. The vacuum to clean these carpets should have rotating brushes, great airflow and setting to adjust the height of the cleaner. The rotating brushes are important because the carpet can get stains very easily.

The good airflow system is to ease the removal of dust and debris that may have been stuck onto the fibers of the carpet. The adjustable height ensures that you are able to get the cleaner closer to the carpet for more effective cleaning. It is also important that the cleaner has a strong motor and good filtration.

Berber carpets:  For this kind of carpets, ensure you avoid the roller brushes. This is because they tend to greatly damage the fiber of the carpet by pulling it and forming loops. In case your cleaner has these brushes, ensure that they are turned off when you are using it.

The cleaner should have a high power to sanction dust and dirt. A canister cleaner that has a vertical stationary brush can also be used to effectively clean Berber carpets. If the carpet is on the staircase, you can use a collapsible for efficient cleaning of the carpet.

One other very expensive kind of carpet is the frieze carpet. It requires a lot of care when vacuuming to avoid damage of the fibers of the carpet. The best cleaning tool for your carpet in this case should be an upright vacuum cleaner with adjustable height. It should be light in weight and have a beater bush to ensure that all dirt is dislodged from the carpet when cleaning. A canister cleaner is also very effective because the nozzle head is gentle.

To make your life easier, hire a carpet company.

Materials needed for Kitchen Remodeling

Are you planning for your kitchen remodeling? Do you want to know more about materials? While remodeling a kitchen, you will have to spend more on materials. You need to choose durable and quality materials to get the maximum benefits.  

Besides, you will have to ensure that these materials can enhance the look of your kitchen interior. If you want to have a proper idea about the materials that you will need for your kitchen remodeling, you can consider the followings.  

 

Countertops  

Different types of the kitchen countertops are available in the current market. You will find many materials including ceramic tile, marble, wood, laminate, and granite. All these materials come with some specific features and benefits. Before choosing any of these, you will have to understand your unique requirement and other designs for your kitchen. With a flexible budget, you can choose any of your preferred material. 

 Cabinet 

You will find cabinets of different materials, designs, and sizes. Wood will be a preferable option. Make sure that the color, material, design, and finishing offer a perfect match to the countertops.  

Wall treatments  

You need to give specific attention to the wall treatments to ensure that it will match well with the cabinet and interior. Paint will be the first consideration. It is affordable and easy to maintain. You can also consider paneling and wallpaper. These are a bit expensive and might need more care.  

Lighting 

Normally people avoid lighting while planning for a kitchen remodeling. They do not think that lighting will cost more. But in reality, it should be on your list. Different types of the light systems are available in the current market. You might need to spend more than your expectation. Moreover, visibility is important for a kitchen where you use different types of dangerous tools and you are preparing food for your entire family. Proper lighting will also enhance the look of your kitchen while offering a warm feeling. 

 Doors and Hardware 

Kitchen doors are more than the normal doors. It does not offer access to the kitchen only; it boosts the appearance of your kitchen. You will find different types of the doors including sliding, swinging, and glazed doors. You will also need to spend on the kitchen hardware such as the window cranks and cabinet knobs. The right selection of the hardware is essential if you want to offer an impressive look to your kitchen.  

Windows 

The perfect window will be the one that will create a bright place for you while cooking. There will be many options including sliders and double-hung. The window treatment is also important. They will boost the curb appeal of your windows and kitchen. You can consider anything like café curtains, bamboo shades, and matchstick. Your personal preferences will be the determining factor. 

Appliances  

You should not ignore the appliances like most of the homeowners. Make sure that the appliances are going well with other decors and fit well into your budget. You will need different types of the appliances. You will have to make a list of them and then you can choose depending on other decors including the cabinet. 

 Electronics  

You will need a lot of electronics for your modern kitchen. A modern kitchen needs to be well-equipped. You might need flat screen televisions, tablets, security system, and audio system. You can fit the television under a cabinet and you can fold up it whenever not required. You will have talk to the contractors about the installation requirements. 

 Floor 

Different types of materials will be available for the flooring of your kitchen. You can consider anything like marble, laminate, vinyl, concrete, bamboo, and granite. You need to choose a material that is easy to maintain and durable. Besides, the look will also play an important role. 

 Sink  

Sinks are one of the prime requirements for any type of kitchen. You will have to choose the sinks carefully. You need to consider the material, utility, depth, and faucet styles. Make sure that the sinks are easy to clean.  

Ventilation 

You will also need ventilation hood for the proper ventilation of your kitchen. The ventilation hoods are available in different materials, shapes, and sizes. You should choose a design and material that can go well with other interiors.  

You will need all these materials for your kitchen remodeling. As you will find both the expensive and affordable options in the materials, you will not have any difficulty to get the best designs within your budget.  

 

 

Rearranging Furniture ~ just for the Kinect

 Yep.. you read that correct – we rearranged the living/dining room – all because this gorgeous 12 year got the Kinect for her birthday and I needed more space to play the games.

Ok so maybe it might have also been an excuse for me to take an opportunity to spruce up the room. It wasn’t been touch in 3 years… that’s FOREVER ago. I usually switch things around with every seasonal change. Three years ago we got the ginormous leather sectional and I never thought to flip the room around. I gotta say I should have done it sooner cause this new layout rocks!
I will be the 1st to admit I am at loss on what to do with these big walls. I really am. Every idea I have had an idea it just seem to get lost on the walls.

Here is the old layout of the room. I was already in the the process of moving things out of the way when I realized :maybe I should “take before pics and blog about it”. Typical me 🙂

The room is a combination room with the back half having the family room. It has a ginormous leather section, a round leather ottoman/coffee table, a large screen TV, my Pottery Barn floor light (circa 1999) and a sofa table (an Ikea bookcase on its side). I didn’t realize how much everything was hidden behind that sofa table until I looked at these pics. And yep I already know beige the room is.

The other half of the room (the one you walked up too) is considered the dining room. Here is view from the far wall looking into the dining/kitchen area. These were taken before the kitchen paint job. Notice the balloons hanging from the chandelier?

Just a sidenote: I also realized how much I SUCK at taking pictures with my smaller digital camera. I am always in awe at how talented the women out in blogland are with their amazing pictures. Not much of that going on here. I really need to get on that. 
And now for the new layout.

Notice all the newly found room for playing games and entertaining? I have a ton of space for my Zumba. The hubby even put wheels on the coffee table/ottoman. We can now roll it out of the way whenever we need the space. How cool is my husband? I made an off hand comment about how I wished the ottoman had wheels on it and he did it ASAP! I love that man.

 
View from the back wall looking into the kitchen. The plan for that room is a new dining set and a new lighting fixture. I already have a ton of inspiration pictures saved for that project but one room at a time.
I put away the orange floral pillows (in the above picture) since those are my warm weather pillows. I now have these beauties on the couch. $15 for 2 at Ross. I also placed the rug that was under the dining set, under the sectional. It’s a temporary fix until we get a new rug. Notice the faux fur brown throw?  I love the look of these colors together but the brown rug made it to dark in this corner. 
There is still so much I want to do with these 2 rooms. First off – a new rug under the couch and I love love me some animal prints. Zebra and leopard are my absolutely favorite! So it would make sense to have the new rug be a brown zebra stripe rug. It’s super stylish and pretty much timeless and it definitely scream “Me” all over it. My only fear is this rug might be too light for the space. There is, and trust me I know, a whole lot of beige in this room. 
So a solution might be to perhaps use the same pattern but in a darker shade? 
I actually do have a vision for the this room. I mean what kind of person would I be to go into this all willy nilly with these rooms? 🙂 It’s based loosely on this inspirational picture from Decorpad. I just love how each color in this picture pops. Notice the browns, oranges and touches of turquoise? That’s my vision.. to incorporate all of these colors into my space and have them POP. I figure right now I have a blank canvas with all the beiges, so on to the colors.   
So let me have it. What do you think about the new layout and the plans for the space?  I would love to hear your feedback! 
Really..
I would….

Great Minds Think the Same Great Paint Color

 I know that’s not how the saying goes, but it’s true. I Googled my finalized paint color (Carolina Inn Aqua Club) so I could show you a better picture of the color that I had chosen for my kitchen walls (my pics sucked) and I came across this GREAT blog “Young House Love”. They used the same paint color for their Master bedroom and does it ever look fantastic. It actually makes me a little nervous that I am using it on my kitchen walls. Maybe it’s not the perfect kitchen wall color, but more of a bedroom wall color? What do you think? Sigh. I think I shouldn’t 2nd guess myself. Oh, and BTW – This blog is AMAZING! Please don’t tell me that I am the last to know about it? I am hooked and even added to my sidebar of blogs I heart.

I did not want to use YHL’s pictures without their permission, so I linked up to their site instead.
Here are my inspirations for the wall color.

 

Comparing Acorns to Acorns

 While I was taking a Pottery Barn decorating class a few weeks ago, I picked up a PB hurricane candle holder with intentions of filling it with faux acorns (just like PB), but Pottery Barn sold their faux acorns for $14 a bag. Um no, thank you. I’ll try and find them cheaper 

and I did. Walmart had them for $3 a bag. Yep, just $3. The bags are smaller than PB’s but 2 bags make up the difference and all for still just for $6. Yes – thank you very much!

My Hurricane candle holder with those $3 acorns. 

A pumpkin filled day

I was browsing the web for different recipe ideas for my oldest daughter’s “last” meal before she is off to college tomorrow. She requested one of her favorite meal of Ravioli’s with a Sage Pumpkin Sauce (I’ll post the recipe later). I found so many interest dishes, for all kinds of courses – all with pumpkin as an ingredient. If you love pumpkins and all things Fall, well this really going to excite yah.
I had fun planning out a day’s worth of meals with all kinds of recipes for my “pumpkin day”. 
I think 1st I would maybe start my day with a cup of coffee and double-decker pumpkin bread, with perhaps a schmear of pumpkin butter.

Then for lunch I could whip up this simple pumpkin bean soup with warm crusty bread. How good does that look?

For dinner, I had a hard time deciding. There was just too many delicious looking meals to choose from – Ravioli’s with Pumpkin Sage Sauce (a fave in this house).

 or maybe this yummy dish Pumpkin Risotto

Now on to the best pumpkin meal of the day – DESSERT! Honestly I could easily link over 50 delicious looking pumpkin dessert recipes, so here is a site, and also here. The dessert I would choose to end my “pumpkin day” would have to be Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake. Mmmm Hershey Heaven

I hope you enjoyed my Pumpkin Day. Do you have any favorite Pumpkin recipes to add to this day? I would love if you shared them with me!

Pottery Barn Fall decorating class

 This past Sunday I finally got to attend a free Decorating Class hosted by my local Pottery Barnstore. This class was all about the Fall. I’ve been trying to get to one of these classes, for ohhh the past year? Have you ever been? It’s pretty cool. The class is only about 45 minutes long and conducted while the store was closed to the public. They also give you time to shop after the class, again all while the store is closed. A very nice touch.

This year I loved how PB is bringing the outdoor elements indoors, yeah they did this last year, but this year it’s even more so. The store was filled with tons of leaves, acorns, pumpkins and all kinds of branches. I came away with lots of ideas and oh yeah, a few new candle holders. The store actually wasn’t completely set-up with all their Fall items. The instructor mentioned by this weekend they should be decorated completely. Exciting. I thought I would share pics of the class and some of the stuff that got me excited!

Love the arrays of lanterns, LED pumpkins and especially the Raven perched on top. Also the words “Autumn Glow” is a great wording idea for the Fall. 

This simple place setting that was really was gorgeous in real life.I loved all the layers and the colors were so “me”.

My favorite – white pumpkins. I love how simple this display is but still had me making a beeline right over to get a closer look.

 

This birdcage was huge, but so stylish done. The inside was filled with candles, candle holders, wrought iron birds and faux vines with leaves. Gorgeous, but I have no idea where one would house it?

The “goods” for the decorating class

Our instructor working on a project.

 

a finished project

oh you also get a 10% discount that can be used that day. So I got 2 of these simple hurricane candle holders. I have visions of filling them with acorns and orange candles. 

I highly recommend checking out the Pottery Barn website for upcoming classes near you. Or you can subscribe to their newsletter and they will let you know whats coming up next!
I’m linking this up to Nifty Tuesdays, It’s so very Cheri and Makes it your day!

Finally got the freaking concrete floor painted!

 This part of the project had to be the MOST annoying home project that I have ever had the displeasure to do. Once the sunroom was cleared of all our “stuff”, we decided to give the floor a good cleaning. We borrowed our neighbor’s very powerful power washer and saw that after years of neglect and a super duper powerful washer.. layers of paint started to come off the floors. ugh – this led to the hubby and I had to scrap the concrete floors.

Yes, scrap – on our hands and knees, with scrapers. It took a few full weekends to complete this project and we eventually learned (the hard way) that the previous owners took the cheap route with the whole construction of this sunroom. There was eventually 3 layers of paint that needed to be scraped off to get to the concrete floor. Like I said, the most annoying project ever!

Now it is done.. not perfect – but done. Please do not look at this post as a “how to paint your concrete floors” post, but more of a “ohmygod, we finally got it freaking done” post.

We chose (after asking a ton of people’s opinions and me going back to the 1st color I picked) Behr’s Epoxy Garage Floor paint in “Brownstone”. It looks like melted chocolate. I am very happy with the color.

hey at least I got to look at this every weekend… yummmmm

Here is the finished floor (and hubby’s shirt) 🙂 I really am happy with the way it all turned out. 
Before

After

Decorating by the Bay

 What do you get a man who has everything for Father’s Day? Well, you paint the interior of his summer house of course! No? What -that’s not the normal Father’s Day gift? Well, that’s exactly what the hubby and I got my FIL and let me tell you it was a huge P.I.T.A.! The ceilings were insanely high and we had a ladder that didn’t quite make it to the top.

Thank god for extension poles and duct tape! The hubby did an awesome job and reaching them and making it look professionally done! I gotta say it looks great! I still have a few craft projects that I am doing for the shore house, and we are also planning on getting my MIL new “beachy” side lamps. We hope that this “gift” goes over well, because my FIL has been wanting this done for a loooooong time. I think major brownies points were scored-BIG time!!

Before – all white walls (excuse the mess
)
After – the color is subtle for sure

 
Just for the record, those fake flowers are not my idea of decorating.
This was after I threw away 3 baskets of them! ugh
We did manage to stop painting just to sit on the deck and enjoy this view

Barnegat Lighthouse