Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tips for Successful Interior Decorating

Whether you need to decorate a new home or want to revamp the look of your current house, you can do it without giving up all you already have.

Your home should remain comfortable, but retain an updated look. You can achieve this with a few updates or by contracting with one of the many interior design companies Denver offers. Even when creating a new look for your home, you need not throw out all of your existing furniture. Pick out your favorite pieces to keep and have the designer create the new look with them included.

A few exceptions exist. Interior designers agree that some looks should not resurface. Their design personalities simply clash with today’s way of life. This list lets you avoid huge mistakes, like the room full of flowered furniture ala Laura Ashley in the 1980s.

Carpets and Rugs
Too much or too little reflects badly on design. The 1960s and early 70s obsession with a wall-to-wall carpet should not come back, reports Insider. Actress Jayne Mansfield once had her bathroom carpeted wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor in pink no less. Conversely, the popular notion from just a decade ago that your accent rug should fit the size of the table on top of it died. Today’s designers have learned that moderation rules. You can use a room-sized rug without it touching the corners. The pattern works better than monochrome. Super plush and flokati rugs only work in very specific settings.

Ah, the 1940s innovation of linoleum meant you could have a new floor in an instant or at least an afternoon. It rolled out in sheets and covered many bathrooms and kitchens. Today, you should choose from tiles or laminate flooring, marble, or stone. Hardwood floors with accent rugs make a cozy look, too.

The Overly-Designed Look
Some interior designs of the past turned out a bit too much like a staged shoot for House Beautiful. Your home should look lived in and comfortable. Some designers chose matching furniture sets and attempted austere monochromatic designs. Today’s interior designers understand how to make a house feel like home much better. Include a variety of pieces with similar looks in the same color family or hue, but refrain from purchasing furniture sets such as you would buy in most chain furniture stores. Purchase a couch from one collection, a chair from another, end tables from a different furnishing designer, etc.

Hiring an interior designer does not mean handing them your house keys and letting them do all the work. You still need to understand why they make the suggestions they do and vocally contribute which pieces of furniture and art you currently own that you just cannot give up. This helps you obtain a cozy result that makes you love walking in the front door each night.

A Bedroom in the Attic

My first born's bedroom in the attic is just about the largest sleeping room in the house. Technically, we are finished with the renovations. New wallpaper, white paint, carpet flooring and baseboards are finished and she already moved in, along with the furniture that she decided to keep. 

All that is left is how to decorate it to make the room more relaxing and a place to retreat to after a busy day. I wanted it to be a room fitting for a girl her age but designed in such a way that it will be easy to update once her taste and color or design preference changes. Basically, her room has the sloping roof on the long side and it has two skylights for windows. We placed one bed on one of the shorter side, while her book shelves and study table are positioned on the opposite side. This is to separate her study and sleeping area. Now she has plenty of space in the middle of the room. 

I read from interior design magazines and online articles that low furniture for storage are my best options when choosing furniture. I could place a lowboard below one of the skylight windows and then perhaps a lounge chair beneath the other skylight window for when she wants to take a break from all the studying.

I am also thinking of placing a round low table in the middle of the room. Like this table we found at Ikea last Saturday:

We plan to illuminate the room with lamps, a standing lamp beside the lounge chair and table lamps for her bedside table and the lowboard. There is this simple but modern design that I particularly like:

I also plan to place some framed photos on the wall where her bed is. And maybe add this printed deer to give the room a touch of color:

We can't wait to finish decorating her room so we can move on to the next room in the house. But because my hands are full with our 2nd baby, I can only do so little at one time. Well, we have all the time in the world. Slowly but surely, we will be able to renovate and redecorate each room to our liking. 

Most Common Reasons to Contact a Locksmith

Whether it’s your vehicle, your home, or your business, getting locked out can be extremely frustrating and inconvenient. The good news is there is generally a Locksmith Denver residents can count on to get them into their property or vehicle. A locksmith is someone who is trained to duplicate keys, replace locks, install security cameras, and unlock your vehicle without damage to the car. Here are some of the most common reasons why you might need to get help from a locksmith.

Moving into a New House or Apartment
Moving is stressful enough, so the last thing you want to worry about is how many other people may have a key to your new home. Even if it is a brand new home, there is still a chance that there are people out there that may have a key to gain access to your home. Once you have moved in, the best way to ensure the safety of your family is to contact a locksmith to install new locks or rekey the existing locks.

Emergency Locksmith
One of the most common reasons why people contact an emergency locksmith is when they’ve been locked out of the home or vehicle. The first thought many people have is to break a window so they can gain access, but this will be a costly way to enter your home or vehicle. Whether you went outside to get the mail and the door shut and locked behind you or you locked your keys in the car at the mall, a locksmith has the tools and knowledge to safely get you back inside your home or vehicle.

Forgotten Passcodes or Combinations
Forgetting the passcode for a home security system or the combination for a safe happens more often than many people realize. Electronic systems are great for eliminating the need to carry several physical keys, but they are also prone to people forgetting the code or combination necessary to gain access. It’s completely normal for people to write down passcodes and hide them in a safe place, such as a safe or in a desk drawer, but what happens when you forget the combination or the passcode for the security system on your home? A local locksmith can reset and recode the electronic keypad for you.

The best time to search for a local Denver locksmith is before you need them. There are hundreds of locksmiths in the area, so it’s important to choose the one you can trust and that is reliable. It’s also recommended that you keep the contact information of a local locksmith in all areas where you may need their services, including the house and your vehicle. It is best to hire a local locksmith because they will be easy to contact and you most likely won’t need to wait long for them to get to where you are. It’s also safer and less costly to hire a locksmith that is local to the area. Make sure the locksmith you choose is certified and experienced in the types of services that you may need, such as getting into a locked car or recoding your alarm system.

Gänsebesen with Friends

The first advent is in four days and for us who love traditions, it means a visit at Bauerles Besen in Fellbach with our family friends. Dining at this seasonal family run restaurant is one of the highlights of Christmas... Because winter / Christmas time means goose time and eating good food with good friends. 

We especially love the crispy goose served with Apfelmus (apple puree) and Bratensauce, and served optional with Semmelknödel, Rotkraut or potato salad. The goose dish is best enjoyed with a glass of wine from the restaurant's own winery. 

I only have wonderful memories of eating goose, with family and friends. The restaurant has also a very homey, warm ambience with hardwood furniture. This year, I will miss the ambiance and the cheery atmosphere due to the pandemic but luckily, we can still order and just pick the food up so we can enjoy it at the comfort of our own home. 

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