Whether you work in an office or from your desk at home, manage a few dozen employees or an Etsy shop, it’s vital to create a productive work space. You want to minimize distractions, but without it feeling like a prison cell. You want to encourage collaboration, but without sacrificing individual performance. There are loads of variables to consider, and it can seem really overwhelming. Don’t worry though, because I have a helpful list to get you started. I even brought science to back it up.
Today I want to talk about a flooring option which you may not have given much consideration. You can use it in any room in your house to give a look of modern elegance or the feel of rustic warmth. If you haven’t looked into wood-look tile as an option for your remodeling projects, then you really ought to; it’s all the sturdiness of tile with the aesthetic appeal of wood.
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Snow is on the ground, the Holidays are coming, and Fireplace Season is officially upon us. Whether you’re prepping for family gatherings or a visit from Santa Claus, you want your fireplace to look its best. So let’s take a couple minutes to discuss what goes into a fireplace (yes, besides wood).
Today, we’re doing math – I’m warning you upfront. Don’t get scared, because it’s simple math and it’s gonna make your house look great.
If you’ve ever been baking and confused a teaspoon with a tablespoon, you know that a small mistake in measurements can ruin an entire recipe. The same is often true in decorating. If you’ve been reading these blogs for any length of time, you’ll know that I have a real hang up for proper lighting. Which is why we’re going to talk about how to measure for the right lights, and give you some handy little tips for making the most of your room.
As I was walking to my office the other day, I saw that one of the houses I routinely pass had turned around its plastic jackolantern lights to be Thanksgiving pumpkins. And while it’s certainly clever in a pinch, I think we can all do a little better when it comes to our holiday decor.
That is to say, we can use real pumpkins.
I get really into the capitalism side of Halloween every year, solely through the volume of both candy and pumpkins I purchase. I have a problem, and I acknowledge it. However, whereas the candy doesn’t tend to last the month, I always have too many pumpkins by the time I start writing holiday cards in mid-November.
So if you’re like me and find yourself with too many pumpkins and too little time to put effort into Thanksgiving decorating, I’m about to solve at least two of your problems. Here’s a few small ways to make your house say “Happy Thanksgiving” instead of simply “I shouldn’t be trusted around pumpkin farms.”
I grew up with two brothers, so as one might expect, there was lot of sibling in-fighting. We’re all three very different people with different ways of viewing and operating in the world. But the one thing that could always unite us (besides like McDonalds) was how much we loved movies. There were few conflicts that couldn’t be resolved by gathering around the 15-inch tv in our basement and watching the same handful of VHS tapes over and over. Even now, though we’re spread across the Midwest and have developed very different tastes, we’ll still group text after seeing the latest blockbuster.
That said, this week I want to talk about how to make the most of your basement with a snazzy home cinema. It’s a room you’ll get year-long enjoyment out of, both as a place to hang out in the long winter months and a cool retreat from the summer heat. This may sound like an excessive luxury room, but it’s a good multipurpose space for a family room, and tends to be a great return on investment.
Not to mention that a media room like this offers an extensive range for your design creativity. There are endless stylistic options, from classic movie theater or art deco cinema, to rustic or even futuristic (think Star Wars – how cool would it be to have the Millenium Falcon in your basement?). You can match the style of your house as it is, or design a portal to another time and place. Most people just use their basements for storage, but you could build something amazing.
So where do we begin?
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