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Dorm Room Decor 101

Jul 29, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Dorm Room Decor 101

Decorating your dorm room can be a challenge due to the restrictions placed by the university. Cinderblock walls and linoleum floors hold up well to multiple residents, but they create a cold, clinical environment. Use these tips and tricks to brighten your space.

Start from the Ground Up

Add warmth and color to your room with a brightly colored rug. You don’t have to splurge to cover your floor. Carpet tiles are an inexpensive option and can be changed out easily if one is damaged or if you want a different look. The creative types can crochet or braid and sew strips made from old t-shirts to make a rug.

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Strategies for Sharing a Small Space

Jul 27, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Strategies for Sharing a Small Space

Sharing a small apartment with another person can be challenging, especially if your personalities are different. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help keep the peace. Use these strategies to make the most of your compact space and establish mutually respectful ground rules.

Use the Power of Illusion

Human perception of space has more to do with color, light and arrangement than with actual dimensions. Creating an open feel in your apartment is less difficult than you think. The following tricks can help you make small spaces seem bigger. 

-Use light colors on the wall to create a brighter space.

-Make the most of natural light with sheer panels placed high and wide over windows.

-Include ambient, task and accent lighting sources to draw the eye.

-Place mirrors at strategic points to widen hallways and small rooms.

-Provide contrast and focal points for rooms to keep your gaze moving.

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How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room

Jul 24, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room

Summer seems designed for friends and family, picnics and barbeques, swimming and fun. Summer is also a season full of frequent overnight guests. Create a welcoming atmosphere in your guest room with these luxury touches.

Clear the Clutter

Instead of shoving the clutter into closets and drawers, consider hiding unused items in plain sight. Decorative boxes can do double duty as both temporary storage and room accessories. Antique suitcases or a steamer trunk also provide handy storage space.

Make Their Belongings Accessible

Install hooks over closet doors and on the back of entryway doors for hanging clothes. A folding luggage stand or two will keep suitcases within easy reach without requiring your guests to stoop or move heavy baggage on and off the bed. A small tray or bowl on top of the nightstand makes a convenient repository for keys and jewelry.

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How to Get a Home Loan with Less than Perfect Credit

Jul 22, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

How to Get a Home Loan with Less than Perfect Credit

A poor credit score can be a major obstacle to receiving approval for a home loan. Fortunately, for those with less than stellar credit, there are alternatives to traditional financing. Consider these options to soften the impact of a poor credit score when applying for a home loan.

Put More Money Down

A higher down payment can offset poor credit scores. Putting up to 20 percent down on the home shows lenders that you’re willing to make a serious commitment towards repaying the debt accrued by the purchase. Gathering the funds to do this isn’t an impossible task, but it does require discipline. Save money from windfalls like bonus pay or tax refunds, and consider making regular savings deposits towards the down payment before you go house hunting.

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Decorating with Handmade Textiles

Jul 20, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Decorating with Handmade Textiles

Handmade textiles are steeped in history. Traditionally made by women, they are a means of displaying artistry and skill. The pieces may also be the result of a collaborative effort between women of a particular family or village. They are a great way to bring a slice of community, tradition and history into any home.

Embroidery

Suzani

The name “suzani” comes from a Persian word that means “needle.” Flowers are stitched in intricate patterns resembling mandalas and then surrounded with vine and leaf motifs. Vibrant colors and bold patterns are used to create textiles that can be used as throws or wall hangings. Build the ambiance and color of your room with one of these Central Asian focal pieces, and the result will be a vibrant and lively room.

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