“She Shacks” are the New Man Caves for Women

She shacks are a new trend that are becoming wildly popular. This terminology means turning a storage shed into a space in the yard just for the lady of the house. These rooms can become a getaway for any woman to unwind and a place to use as a creative workspace. Men have their man caves, why can’t women have a “she shack”? Create your own getaway that is separate from the rest of your house, where you can get some quiet time to think, read, paint or anything else you can dream up. Find out more about “she shacks” and get ideas to make your own!

These little spaces can be custom built or made by transforming a storage/garden shed into a little one room space. Because of their small nature it does not cost a lot to make one of these for yourself. Add some drywall and run electricity to the shack for a relaxing space to make your own. With a little TLC these small spaces can be transformed into a sanctuary. Make sure to pay particular attention to the floor used in this space.  High quality floor materials such as tile or natural stone will transform your space into a unique getaway. 

Most store bought sheds have adorable little windows that you can make quaint little window treatments for. Throw a rug down on the floor and add a comfortable, upholstered lounge chair with ottoman. Green houses make for a great painting space. They offer plenty of natural light during the day. Add some string lights to transform the space into a night time oasis, where you can sit and have a glass of wine.

 These spaces make a great reading room, where you can actually read a book without getting interrupted by children or husbands.

Add an easel to the corner and install shelving to house paint supplies. The store bought sheds can be purchased in an array of sizes. Choose a space that can offer 40 to 60 or even 100 square feet to call your own. Tiny houses are typically round 200 square feet. There really is no limit to what you can create in your “She Shack”. The sky is the limit!

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Choosing Color for Your Home

If your are thinking about completely redoing the colors in your home and starting from scratch, or if you are just moving into a new place and looking to make it your own, trying to pin down exactly what you want your entire house to look like can feel like a daunting task. You might have so many ideas you don’t know what to do with them. Or perhaps you draw a blank when you even begin to think of where to start. Luckily there are a few different methods that can help get you started on the path to your new home.

 

If you know exactly what color you want to begin with and you want to go bold, keep in mind that your entire house runs the risk of looking like a caricature if you use too many bold colors in rooms side by side without carefully thinking it through. Oftentimes it works better to choose the room you’d like the boldest color to adorn and then surrounding rooms should have a more subtle color to balance out the bold color.

 

Another great way to start is to find a color that you really love and use varying shades of it around the home. This allows you to play with lighter and darker shades depending on the space. Because of the varying shades, you will be able to differentiate each room from one another with different accent colors and textures.

 

Finally, a great rule of thumb is to find a natural landscape that you find beautiful. Generally, colors found together in nature go naturally together. Perhaps you enjoy hiking and being amongst the trees and mountains. You will find that browns, tans, greens and blues will go blend beautifully together. You can even add to the look with natural materials such as a bamboo accent wall.

 

These are just a few places you can use a jumping off points to help you decide what direction you want your house to go when you are choosing what color palette to use in your home. Don’t forget to experiment with swatches in every room before deciding so you can see how each color reacts to different lighting. 

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Gorgeous Wood Floors

Wood floors in this space work beautifully with the rest of the room. The floors add warmth and comfort to this eclectic minimalist design style. Minimalist design styles are difficult to successfully achieve. These floors make this design work perfectly.

The stairs are also made of wood. The stains are similar for both the floors and the stairs. These two elements working together are very important to the achievement of this room. A warm stain color adds a contrast to the dominant white colors in the color scheme. The stain color adds the right amount of warmth that this space requires. Treads of the stairs and the sides of the stairs are two different stain colors. Those same colors can be seen amongst others in the wood planks. Having various colors in wood floors can be a helpful way to tie together other woods within a space. Other wood furniture fits in perfectly because there is so much variation of color in the floors.

Natural elements in this minimalist space are further enhanced by adding greenery. Making the space feel full of life; despite the fact that there is not a lot going on here, is how to successfully create a minimalist space.

Wood floors are carried throughout here. It makes the space flow seamlessly and gives the floors a chance to be showcased. The entire scene looks warm and inviting; which is exactly what wood floors do best! If warmth and comfort are desired, wood floors help achieve that instantly.

Two area rugs are strategically placed, to further enhance the warm and inviting feel throughout this area. It is nice to add area rugs in various places, when using wood floors, especially if they are carried throughout the space.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May this be a very special Mother’s day for all of the special women in our lives!

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Grow a Salad Garden

Summer time is the season for salads. There is nothing better than eating a cool refreshing salad on a hot day. Why not have fresh ingredients on hand to make a salad whenever you please? With summer right around the corner, spring is the time to start growing your very own salad garden.

Plant all of the veggies needed for yummy salads. Plant the leafy vegetables that you enjoy. Options are a great thing and so we recommend a couple different types of leafy greens. Romaine lettuce and red lettuce are a healthier alternative for iceberg lettuce. Spinach is also a wonderfully healthy green that tastes excellent in salads. Make sure to read the directions when planting each leafy green. Plant the greens with ample room to grow. Look for specific instructions for your seeds on the back of the seed packet.

Tomato plants are a staple for summer salads and they have the benefit of producing ample amounts of fruit and being easy to maintain. Tomato plants need water, sun and a stake to assist the plant in growing upwards. Roma tomatoes are a favorite for refreshing summer salads.

Cucumbers are another plant that is easy to tend and yields ample produce. Start the seedlings inside and then move them outside once there is no risk of frost occurring. Yellow squash is a plant that is great in salad as well as delicious when sautéed. This is a versatile veggie worth planting in your salad garden.

Plant fresh herbs that you favor. The herbs can add a great amount of flavor to any salad. Basil is cool and refreshing. Dill is an herb that can be added to salads or prepared in meals for added flavor.

Berries such as strawberries and raspberries add an excellent flavor to a summer salad with a deliciously simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Having access to berries will add versatility when making different types of salads. It is also nice to plant watermelon in the salad garden. This fruit taste great on a simple salad with a nice goat or blue cheese. It also tastes great with balsamic dressing.

Have you ever planted a salad garden?  Let us know in the comments!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Which Room Would You Prefer?

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Window Coverings: A Quick Guide to Horizontal Blinds

The primary purpose of horizontal blinds, which are slats, is to be tilted to control light and provide protection from ultra violet rays. One of their highlight features is the fact that they can be ordered to fit most window dimensions. They are well suited to tall windows because they can be lowered and raised. You’ll be especially pleased with this window treatment option if you prefer your home to have plenty of light without the associated glare from the sun.

Part of the appeal of horizontal blinds is the variety they offer. They are available in an array of colors, finishes, and materials. For example you can find them made of real hard wood, faux wood, and aluminum. Real wood blinds are especially valuable because in addition to controlling light they also offer warmth and durability. Not unlike wood furniture or floors, they wear well over time and they contribute a high level of quality to a room. It’s also easy to coordinate them with other real wood features in a room because they come in various finishes, paints, and stains.

Speaking of coordination, horizontal blinds work well when accompanied by a top treatment. This creates a nice visual composition because the top treatment acts as a frame for the blinds, and it often enhances the appearance of the blinds so that the total window treatment looks well designed and high-end. They can also function as a very effective under treatment. This means that they provide functional benefits when used in conjunction with draperies. In this case they’d commonly be installed with an inside mount while drapers would be installed with an outside mount. However, the method of installation for either inside or outside mount is dependent on sill construction and window molding. Ask a window treatment consultant about the differences as they apply to your particular windows.

With regard to the interior design of the entire room, horizontal blinds are an excellent choice because it’s quite simple to match them with the rest of the décor. For example, real wood blinds would play well in a barn that’s been remodeled as home residence. Or, aluminum blinds would be perfect for a sleek urban loft. With seemingly endless possibilities it’s hard to go wrong with horizontal blinds!

Leave us a comment and let us know: What’s the most creative way you’ve ever used horizontal blinds as part of your design scheme?

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Make and Display Kid’s Art

 

This craft lets you have fun with your child or baby and dignify their creation by displaying their art in the home. This can be done with older babies as well. First download an art inspired app on a tablet. You can get free versions of all kind of art creating apps. There are kaleidoscope applications or art sets with different kinds of media.

The key to this exercise is to help your child all through the whole experience this. Use it as a learning experience. Teach them how to use the technology. Help them make their art by making suggestions about subject matter and colors. This can get particularly fun when you explain your vision to them. Ask them to help you create something that coordinates with your décor. Use this experience to teach them about using paints, charcoal, oil pastels etc.

Teach your children about the world of color. Topics you may want to touch on are primary colors, mixing primary colors to make secondary colors. Show them what happens when you add white to a color and point out that the color becomes lighter. Do the same exercise with black and point out how the color becomes darker. Let them experiment while you guide and teach. You can decide how in depth you make this craft, or decide to keep it simple.

Once you have your child’s work of art, save the image. A subscription to a photo site is needed. Upload the art and from there the options seem endless. To start out you may want to order a canvas print. You get to decide the size and then you can have it shipped to your home. You can also make photo books, calendrers, mugs, mouse pads and many different types of things. Create a collage with your child’s photo and pair it with a piece of their art.

The most gratifying part of this craft is showing the finished project to your child. Let them help you decide where the piece should be displayed. The act of displaying their art in this fashion really dignifies their creative work. They will be proud to show guest and this will spark their enthusiasm to be creative. They will want to explore making different types of art. Children love to create things!

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A Beautiful Time of the Year

May you be filled with peace and love during this beautiful time of year!

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