Experts suggest: Best of Interior Design for 2017

Interior design and home décor are not only associated with pure necessity but are considered a form of art and personal expression as well. There’s no limit to what one’s creativity can achieve when the look of one’s home is concerned, but if you want to keep up with trends, check out some of the interior design hits that are going to be all the rage in 2017.

Industrial vibe

Various metal finishes, grungy details and repurposed items are definitely getting more and more popular and they’ll be the key factor of one of the most popular interior design trends for the following year, too. So far, people enjoyed having different accessories that reminded them of the so called industrial look, but the trend is only going to spread on the rest of the furniture as well as the way people organize their home layout to be more reminiscent of the grunge period.

image-6Zen paradise

On the completely different note from the previous one, organizing and decorating your home according to yin yang and zen teachings reminiscent of traditional Japanese homes is also going to find its way to the top of the list among interior design trends of 2017. This involves a lot of natural or natural-looking materials. Bamboo, wood, rice paper and a lot of greenery are main aspects of this style, but those on a budget can also get the look with adequate wallpaper and few effective Feng Shui pieces and general rules.

The new old

Ornamental décor that is part of traditions and customs of certain cultures is another one of rising interior design trends. This means incorporating the ornaments, patterns and accessories of a certain culture into the décor. In order to avoid gaudiness, it would be best to stick with one culture per se. Asian, Indian, Egyptian, Latin and similar cultures that have rich history and ornamental value in modern world are definitely some of the most popular among interior designers as well as people who like a bit of an old-fashioned, traditional and nostalgic theme in their homes.

image-4Retro minimalism

So far, both retro and minimalist styles were treated as completely separate trends in interior design, but experts predict their joint qualities to become one of the main trends next year. This mix of two seemingly different styles involves taking the best of both worlds – decorating and organizing your home in minimalist style with retro bits and pieces. This can be implemented in almost all aspects of one’s home, from décor accessories and furniture choice to lighting solutions.

Indoor nature and the outdoors

Most people think of vertical gardens and living green walls as well as a lot of natural lighting when someone mentions getting the nature into the interior design. While this is true, the year of 2017 also incorporates the general feel and look of the outdoors in the interior design. Apart from greenery, this look can also be achieved with decorative concrete inside one’s home instead of the usual paint and wallpaper, outdoor furniture fabric and other materials that are generally used for exterior décor.

Whatever you decide to do when it comes to the interior décor of your home, make sure to go with something that you truly like and enjoy. Refrain from falling into the certain trend just because it’s popular if it’s not something that you feel perfectly represents your lifestyle and individuality. For some major works and more complex renovations, ask for professional help and services that are knowledgeable in the specific style and construction that you desire. That way, you can positively get the best solution for your own ideas when it comes to the interior design.

 

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How to Prepare Your Garden for Fall

Every season brings a drastic change to the outlook of the garden and preparing it for what comes next is very important. The changes that happen before every next season are significantly different and they all demand individual approach and have certain specifics that need to be covered. Since fall is the season that brings drastic changes to plants and trees, preparing the garden for those changes is a task that needs to be seriously addressed from the first cold breeze announcing it. Here is how to prepare your garden for the upcoming fall season.

beautiful-garden-house-facebookThoroughly clean it

Preparing the garden for the fall takes several steps. The initial one, that prepares the garden for all others that follow, is a thorough clean up. Remove all crop debris and residue and make sure no non organic matter is left scattered around. If you have any annual plants, remove them from the ground and leave the soil as clean as possible. Only a perfectly clean garden is suitable for the actions that follow.

Check the pH of the soil

This is something that the majority of garden owners find to be out of their level of expertise and therefore never do it. It is not rocket science, and it does not take a fortune to complete, especially if you consider the importance of the data that will be revealed. There are a lot of affordable, but precise enough electronic testers or pH kits that can be found in almost every plant nursery, or online. The results you obtain will direct the necessary pH adjustments. The pH levels suitable for different plants may vary significantly, but there is an optimal range that meets the requirements of most of them. If the pH level is below 6 add lime to your soil. On the other hand, if it is above 7.5 add elemental sulfur.  These additions will secure the optimal pH level and the soil will be ready for spring.

garden-houseAdd compost

Fall is the perfect time to add organic matter and prepare the ground and plant roots for the harsh winter conditions that are about to come. Adding up to two inches of compost or manure will guarantee that the soil is resupplied for the next planting season. Practically any manure or compost will do but be careful about one thing. Make sure that they are not full of grass seed or any other weed. There will be a lot of work when spring comes, because getting rid of unwanted weed is very time-consuming.

Turn off the water

It doesn’t matter if you use a watering hose or one of those sophisticated automatic watering systems, early fall is the time to plan disassembling it to avoid frost damage. If you live in a warmer area disconnecting the system from a hose spigot and allowing the water to drain on its own would probably suffice. On the other hand, colder climate areas will require using air compressors to fully drain the water out of the system to prevent it from being damaged by the frost. Or you can simply bring it inside the shed early enough, and let it dry on its own there before really cold days come.

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There are certain types of plants that provide more benefit if left in the ground than if they are taken out. For example, cabbage, broccoli and kale, as well as other members of the brassica family if left in the ground through fall and winter will release cyanide compound that are highly efficient against wireworms. On the other hand, you can use the fairly empty ground and plant garlic since pre-fall period is perfect for it. If you need any kind of advice on the matter, or need help in doing it, by all means contact gardening services and resolve any of the issues that may be puzzling you.

Preparing a garden for winter is a challenging task that requires some time and money investments. On the other hand, if you wish your garden to be in full bloom the next spring, all the effort you made to preserve it during the cold months will pay off.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for a Big Cleanup

Every homeowner knows how daunting big cleanups can be. Still, it’s important to have one of these from time to time if you don’t want your home to turn into a real mess. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make this easier for you. Make sure you take a look at the following 5 tips if you want your next big cleanup to be easy and more effective.

image-1-1Eliminate All the Clutter

One of the most important things you’ll have to do when you engage in a big cleanup is eliminate all the clutter from your home. If your home is full of clutter, there’s much more chance dust and allergens will appear. First of all, you should check all the tables and desks at your home and put away all the things you have no use of. Chances are, there are some things you don’t need any more so make sure you fill at least one trash bag while de-cluttering. If there are some things you don’t want to throw away, you can always give them away or sell them online.

Clean Your Curtains

Another thing you can do that’ll really freshen up your home is clean your curtains. Every time you open and close your windows or you brush against your curtains, the dust and other debris in them will get disturbed and start swirling around your home. This can be a real problem, especially if you have a family member who’s suffering from allergies. The best way to do this is to steam clean your curtains. Make sure you start from the top and work your way down to the bottom. Once you do this during your big cleanup you should try to make a habit of doing it every month.

image-2-1Let Your Creativity Flow

Even though dealing with a big cleanup can be frustrating, there are ways to make it more fun. A great way to do this is to make some small changes around your home while you’re cleaning up. Allow yourself to move items around your home until you find a new look you like. So not only will your home be cleaner but you’ll also freshen it up with some customization. You can even look online and find some brand new decorations for your home. Just make sure you keep the new decorations clean just like the rest of the house.

Make Your Windows Shine

If you want your home to be sparkling clean, you should also never forget to clean your windows. Washing your windows every single week would be too tiring and that’s why you should wash them during your big cleanup and keep dusting them regularly. Getting a quality cleaning product is always a good idea but there are also some other ways. Many people today choose to clean windows by using newspapers as that’s one of the best ways to make them shine.

image-4-1Get Some Assistance

Doing a big cleanup on your own can be quite tiring, especially if you don’t have a lot of free time. Of course, there are some easy things you’ll be able to do on your own but when it comes to something more complex, you can always get some assistance. In case you decide to do this, you should always make sure you turn to the right person. You should always do a thorough research and find the best possible cleaners in your town. If you need house cleaning in Sydney, there are local companies you can turn to.

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Big cleanups are something you’ll have to face from time to time. Make sure you follow all of these tips and you’ll end up with a clean and fresh home in absolutely no time.

Transform your Home in a Cat Haven

If you wish to make sure that your feline friend is satisfied and well taken care off, you’ll have to create an environment which will be suitable for your cat’s lifestyle and its habits. Of course, this isn’t a reason to sacrifice your personal sense of style. You can easily keep your creative side and still provide your cat with a perfect sanctuary, simply by incorporating these few ideas into your home:

image-6Make Your Home a Play Zone

Cats are natural explorers and it’s not uncommon to see them discovering new terrains and investigating their surroundings. They are also quite attracted to higher areas and will spend a lot of time jumping up and down and climbing on top of your furniture. If you wish to avoid a lot of mess and keep your precious item, it’s best to equip your home with tall furniture pieces and high resting places. You can easily improvise by adding a few ramps and walkways, placing tall scratching posts and installing high shelves around the household so your furry friend will have enough room to roam around freely and keep itself entertained.

image-7Keep Them Safe

Security is another important aspect to keep in mind when creating a cat-friendly household. While cats are generally quite independent creatures and can easily care for themselves, the issue of safety is always present, especially with housecats who aren’t used to their new surroundings. This can easily be fixed by installing cat flaps to control your cat’s outdoor activities, as well as by installing safety locks on cabinets and doors to keep your cat away from dangerous chemicals or risky appliances. Also make sure to rid your home from any toxic plants, small figurines or objects that could present a choking hazard.

image-8Freedom Is Essential

Although safety should always be a priority, it’s really important to keep in mind that animals, especially cats, require freedom and it would be unwise to keep them locked in. While it’s quite understandable that owners care about the wellbeing of their pets, if you wish for your cat to be happy, it‘ll be necessary for it to spend a fair amount of time outdoors. Just like humans, in order to function properly, cats need fresh air and sunshine and it would be smart to give your cat the freedom to move around freely without restrictions. If you have the available space, it would be a good idea to create an outdoor zone in your backyard where your cat could spend some time beyond closed doors.

Give Them Privacy

Unlike dogs, cats greatly value their privacy, so it’s very much desirable to give them some alone time. Not only do they enjoy spending time on their own, but they’re also quite shy when it comes to certain things such as bathroom time or eating. This is why it would be a good idea to place their litter box in a secluded area so they wouldn’t be disturbed during their bathroom breaks. Also, food bowls should be strategically placed in accessible and visible places and you might want to consider placing a few water bowls all around the household.

Comfort Is Key

Lastly, if there’s one thing that cats value, then it’s their comfort. Cats can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping, so it’s not surprising that they prefer soft and warm places to rest. It’s a good idea to have multiple cat beds around the house, preferably in some sunny and warm places, near radiators and heaters. Cats also like familiar scents, so it would be a good idea to let them sleep close to you and not wash their linen too often.

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When you decide to share your home with a furry companion, making certain adjustments in the household is necessary. Cats are quite picky creatures and as such require a certain level of comfort. If you learn to satisfy their needs and desires, your home can easily become a perfect cat haven.

How to Make the Most of Small Space

Decorating is something we all like to do. But the trouble may arise when there’s some small space that has to be dealt with. Luckily, today there are many tricks you can use to make a small space seem larger. Not only this, but squeezing in as much usable space as possible can also be a great way to add some life into a small space. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll have to renovate the whole room as sometimes even the smallest changes will be enough. So, if you decide to take on this project, make sure you keep on reading.

image 2Get the Most of Your Furniture

When dealing with a small space, it’s important to get the most of every single feature in the room. This is especially the case with furniture, which takes up a lot of space. The best way to make some extra space is to get multifunctional furniture. For example, you can always get a dining table that can serve as a desk as well. Also, if you’re looking for a sofa, make sure you choose one that can double and serve as a guest bed. You can also get a nice-looking ottoman that can also be used as a chair.

Hang Something on Your Walls

In such a small space, it’s important to use every empty spot. This means that you can’t leave your walls completely empty. First of all, this can be a great opportunity to get some extra storage space. You can easily hang a shelf or a cabinet on your wall and use it to store your books, clothes or CDs. Not just that but, you can also think about getting a coat hanger for your wall. Having one will help you use the free space on your wall and save some in your closet. If there any empty spots left, you can always hang a painting.

image 3Extend Room Visually

If there’s not a lot of free space left, you can always use some tricks to make the whole room look bigger. One of the best ways to do this is to hang a mirror on your wall. There’s nothing better for a small space than mirror, as these are known to extend small spaces visually. Another great way to do this is to get some curtains. Just make sure the ones you choose go all the way from the ceiling to the floor. Also, bear in mind that clutter is always going to make a room feel smaller. Therefore, make sure you keep your small space neat and orderly.

image 4Establish Separate Zones

If you want to get the most out of your small space, it’s always a good idea to try to establish separate zones. These zones should be established according to the different activities you plan to do in that room. First of all, you should find the right spot for every activity. If you plan to put a desk in your small space, you should always put it somewhere close to a window. If you want to add a dining table to the room as well, make sure you choose a spot that can fit at least 2 chairs. It’s also a good idea to choose one color for each zone in order to make them look like separate rooms.

Replace the Doors

Another thing that can take up too much space in a small room are the doors. Standard doors are never a good option for small-sized rooms. It’s a much better idea to get bi fold doors which won’t take too much space while they’re opened. They will let in a lot of natural light which is great for small spaces. You should always aim at using natural light instead of artificial light. Another great thing about these doors is that you can have them custom made. So no matter what size of your room is, you can have these doors installed.

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Make sure you follow all of these tips, keep your room tidy, and your small space is guaranteed to look great. Let your creativity flow and keep searching for new ways to get the most of your small space.

Top 2016 tattoo trends

Tattooing has been practiced for thousands of years. While the first traces of tattoos were found on mummies, millenniums later we have the chance to come across tattooed people every day. Both men and women, teenagers and adults, choose to have their body or a certain part of their body marked with at least one tattoo. Trends vary from year to year, but it is certain that tattoos will not go out of style any time soon.

image 16Upcoming Tattoo Trends

In the previous years, microscopic tattoo designs were the leading trend in the world of body inking. Various celebrities opted for precisely this tattoo design to express their beliefs or emotions. Since this trend is taking over the world, it will definitely be widespread in the years to come, as well as in the 2016. A certain inscription or an image is the choice of many people when it comes to the tattoo design. Therefore, minimalistic tattoos are an excellent choice, especially if they cannot stand the pain of tattooing. Small tattoos don’t take too much time as opposed to larger ones. Dates, initials, a single sentence quote or a small flower can all be considered minimalistic tattoos.

Single line tattoos

Single line tattoo is a tattoo trend that is closely connected to microscopic tattoos. Indeed, we can say it is a subtype of minimalistic tattoos. The tattoos made of one continuous line became widespread. As it has the same charm as the minimalistic trend, single line tattoo aims to be a dominant tattoo trend in 2016.

image 19Hyper-vibrant tattoos

2015 was both the year of vibrant colour designs and black-and-grey tattoos. Hyper-vibrant tattoos often appear as tremendously real, making the image look alive, when the artist creates it accurately. Even though colourful tattoos might look too showy to some people, they actually tend to be highly elegant, just as black-and-grey do, and are still going to be popular in 2016.

Cubism tattoos

It’s quite a surprise to see the painting style created by Pablo Picasso transferring from painting canvas to the human body. Another trend that will rule the 2016 – Cubism – was flawlessly adapted by tattoo artists in order to produce the fascinating artwork on the skin of many cubism fans. Artists usually use the blocks of colour in order to shape the astonishing imageries of flowers and animals.

image 20Mixed style tattoos

Whenever two different styles blend, the magic is produced. The same goes for mixing the classic techniques of traditional tattooing with photo-realistic ones. By creating mixed style, the artist is given the opportunity to entirely express themselves while respecting the wishes of a customer. Considering that the modern times call for extravagant and eccentric designs, this style will, without a question, be trending in the 2016.

Optical illusion tattoos

Tattoos that play tricks on your mind are the most interesting ones. Optical illusion tattoos remarkably trick the eye into thinking that the image on the body is moving, or that it has three-dimensional depth. When you look at a tattoo and you have the feeling as if the image is emerging out of the skin, that is when you know a true professional and a rare artist had the opportunity to turn an image into a magical design.

The use of shapes, patterns, realism, fonts, and movement to create an expressive modern art twist to tattoos is what characterizes trash polka tattoo style. This style only uses red and black ink and is expressed as a collage on the skin.

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Tattoos are definitely taking over the world, and everyone is equally delighted by the trends that the new age is bringing to them. The artists are, by far, more imaginative than ever, and we can only hope for even more incredible designs.

How to Grow a Perfect Green Garden on a Budget

The ‘green’ in ‘green gardening’ isn’t about the plants’ color, it is about designating those which are environmentally conscious. The trend of green gardening has been growing over the course of the past decade and many eco-friendly techniques have been adopted by gardeners throughout the world. Green gardening, much like every other ‘green’ movement, has our planet’s health in mind, so growing a green garden is extremely beneficial to the environment. We have outlined some green gardening ideas for you.

main_pondGo Chemical-Free

Many gardeners consider growing a chemical-free garden a fool’s errand and a backward way of thinking. However, growing strong, healthy plants, without utilizing substances that are poisonous to the environment, is not only possible, but is growing into a trend.

The best way to tackle chemical-free gardening is taking matters into your own hands – literally. A real gardener isn’t squeamish about getting their hands dirty – if this is the case, then consider the whole gardening idea; if you don’t want to use your own hands for gardening, well, then it might not be for you.

Using your own hands, however, isn’t the end of the story. Try as you might, you won’t be able to grow a chemical-free garden without strong plants. Growing strong plants starts in the soil – if you stuff it with organic matter and compost early in your garden’s life, chances are that your plants will grow strong and, therefore, healthy. Strong plants are better than pesticide and, furthermore, with strong plants you are likely to keep the good insects alive!

Seeds

Choosing the right seeds and seedlings is extremely important – going with the expensive ones will provide an easier way of growing your garden. However, many of the expensive seeds and seedlings are treated with neonicotinoids, which kill bees – some of your greatest gardening allies!

Buying seeds and seedlings from a nursery you trust is a much better (and greener) choice. As JNS skip bins experts advise, give pollinated or heirloom seeds a go.

Choose Tools Wisely

Going with energy efficient tools is of utmost importance, when it comes to green gardening. No matter how much you’ve struggled to keep your garden green, this will all be in vein, unless you use eco-friendly tools. Think electric lawn mower, instead of ones powered by gas. Electric tools are, as a rule of thumb, green gardening’s greatest allies.

Hand driven tools, however, are a different story. Even though electric tools are quite green, they still spend energy – using hand-driven tools is the way to go. In addition to paying a tribute to the environment, the whole experience of using hand-driven tools is more rewarding.

Think Compatible Plants

Commonly known as companion planting, finding certain plants that work well with each other is a great way to grow a strong, green garden.

You can find a useful list of companion plants here, to get you going. By growing compatible plants, you reduce the risks of pests and diseases in a completely natural way. To top it off, your vegetables grown in this way will taste sweeter and you’ll get more wiggle room to grow more plants in this way.

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Reuse

Gardening can be done without spending a lot of money, while staying completely green. You can save up a whole bunch if you choose to reuse items from your home and yard.

Use worn out clothes for cleaning and piles of swept leaves for composting. Old newspapers can be used as biodegradable pots.

Growing and maintaining an eco-friendly garden can be quite a rewarding experience. You do not have to set aside huge parts of your budget, but it will require some dedication and effort. In the very beginning, it might take up more of your time, than with a non-eco-friendly garden, but in the long run, your strong plants will borderline learn how to fend for themselves, if you will.