Home Decorating – HomeownersInsurance.org http://www.homeownersinsurance.org Homeowners Insurance Tips and News Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:01:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 8 Apps for Decorating Your Stylish Home http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/8-apps-for-decorating-your-stylish-home/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/8-apps-for-decorating-your-stylish-home/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:30:42 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=1695 Decorating your home can be a challenge when you constantly have to measure things, collect paint and fabric swatches, and compare furniture pieces in your head. However, with the right apps aiding your home decor ventures, you can have beautiful design right at your fingertips. Apps make decorating substantially easier, as they can store a great deal of information into a tiny piece of software. With the right apps, not only can you design your ideal room right on your phone, but you can also buy home furnishing products with a single click.

  1. Design Master

    Design Master is specifically formulated for your iPad, as it would be too difficult to navigate on an iPhone, and is extremely helpful if you can’t easily visualize what a piece of furniture might look like in your room. Simply snap a photo of your room using your iPad’s camera or choose a pre-existing photo from your library and then add items on top of the photo, choosing decor and other items from a catalogue within the app. You can resize and change the colors of furniture as you place them in the room as needed. You can also rotate them for different views. After completing your room, you can save it to your library for easy reference or email it to a friend. The app comes in three different versions depending on your designing needs — interior, hospitality, and exterior. The hospitality app works best for designers planning an event, with items like podiums and clothed tables in its inventory. Interior and exterior are self-explanatory, and both can be useful for home furnishing. Each version costs $9.99.

  2. Color Capture

    The Color Capture app by Benjamin Moore allows you to take a photo of anything using your phone or tablet and match it to corresponding paint chips from Benjamin Moore’s extensive library. You can then locate Benjamin Moore retailers in your area from within the app. The app is especially useful if you’re trying to develop a specific color palette in a room. You may get inspiration from a color combination you see in nature, and the app allows you to capture that moment and take it to your walls and furnishings. You can also add notes concerning your findings. The app is free and distributed both for Apple and Android products.

  3. MySurface

    Corian and Zodiaq produce different kinds of surfaces for homes, such as marble, granite, and tile. With the MySurface app, you can browse through the entire catalogue of surfaces from Corian and Zodiaq and save swatches of your favorites for quick reference. This makes it simple when you are discussing surface options with your decorator, or client if you happen to be an interior designer yourself. The photos used for surfaces are high-definition and you can hold them up to a surface to visualize what it might look like with a particular stone or tile. You can also browse through a gallery of furniture with different surface treatments for inspiration. The app is free for the iPhone or iPad.

  4. Remodelista

    If you can’t seem to find that perfect light fixture for your kitchen, browse the Remodelista app for ideas. Remodelista is constantly updated to bring you the newest trends in design products for your home. You can search by the room — kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, you name it — and browse the ever-expanding list of top-of-the-line products. The app also has DIY instructions for projects. Browse through images of furnished rooms and click “steal this look” for broken down pricing and retail information on various items. The app does product roundups on a regular basis. Save your favorite items to customizable folders for individual projects as you see fit. If you fall in love with a product, you can click “Buy Now” to purchase it directly from your phone or tablet. The full Remodelista app costs $2.99, but also comes in a lite version for free.

  5. Photo Measures

    The Photo Measures app by Big Blue Pixel allows you to photograph a room and input different dimensions for furniture, walls, and other objects in your virtual blueprint. You draw straight onto the photo and then add in the numerical values as measured out by hand. Measurements can be saved in imperial or metric units and the app intuitively recognizes angles. A high resolution copy of the photo can be exported to email to print out a hard copy. The app is a must for anyone trying to figure out if a specific piece of furniture will fit in a room before purchasing it. Given that you’ll have your exact measurements at hand on the go, you can claim that IKEA desk without worrying that it’ll be a tight squeeze next to your couch. The app costs $4.99, unless you purchase the free lite version.

  6. iHandy Level

    The iHandy Level from iHandy Inc. is a functioning level that you can use right from your iPhone. Like any level, you place the iPhone on a surface and it determines whether the surface is straight or slanted. However, the app is not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing, with a wood grain background and lighting effects. Plus, it’s absolutely free. The iHandy Level is the perfect solution for aligning artwork on your wall. It calibrates with a variety of surfaces, detecting verticality, angle measurement, incline, and roof pitch calculation.

  7. Pinterest

    You are probably more than acquainted with Pinterest already, but it can be a great website for getting decorating ideas. The Pinterest app is suitable for your iPhone and works almost identically to the website, in which you browse, favorite, and pin your own items to customizable boards. You can also take photos with your iPhone camera and pin them to Pinterest. If you’re looking for a specific decorating item, you can use the keyword search to narrow down the results. Pinterest also offers some of the best DIY ideas on the web.

  8. Mark On Call

    The Mark On Call app comes in two different versions depending on whether you intend to use it on your iPhone or on your iPad, but both are great resources for anyone taking on the challenge of interior design. Created by interior designer Mark Lewison, the app helps you conceive and carry out any design you please. You can map out a design of an existing room or an imaginary room, add dimensions to furniture using a crosshair cursor, and add “skin” surface textures onto things to see what something would like with a particular surface. You can create shopping lists of various items you’ll need to bring your room to life. You can also see how your interior design measures up by applying Mark’s Ten Commandments of Interior Design to a room. Both the iPhone and the iPad version are sold for $1.99 in the iTunes store.

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Feng Shui Rules to Live By http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/feng-shui-rules-to-live-by/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/feng-shui-rules-to-live-by/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:22:26 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=1678 Whenever you are buying a new home, decorating, or even making changes in your current home, do you pay attention to feng shui? It seems that there are people who strictly follow it, and then some that will only occasionally follow it. Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is a ancient art form that is used to bring positive energy into one’s life by balancing the energies in any given space. Whatever your take on it, the principles behind the ancient discipline can benefit almost any home.


Probably one of the most important rooms in your home is the entryway. The entryway will be the room that people see most when they come over to your home, but is also one that you will use on a daily basis and often take for granted. The outside entryway will also set a precedent of what people should expect in your home, so you want to make sure you start here.

  • Make sure it is eye- catching: Everyone wants to believe that their house is the most beautiful house. Since most people won’t see the inside, you need to start with the outside. Make sure that you have bright lighting so that your walk way is visible. Also, use plants that will stay beautiful year round.
  • Get rid of the cluster: Next time you think about droping your mail off inside the door, don’t. You do not want a lot of clutter upon entering the home. It needs to be as inviting as possible. Make sure that there are no broken steps and that the inside is as breathable as possible.


Another important room that is often overlooked in terms of decorating is the kitchen. In our fast paced society, not a lot of people have time to cook and spend hours slaving over the stove. So if you are never in there, why should you care what it looks like? Well first of all, you need to spend time there. Spend time with your family cooking great, nutritious meals. It will benefit your family in the long run. Not only will your health improve but so will your closeness.

  • Color: Color is essential in any feng shui element, but particularly in the kitchen. With the use of water and your stove and appliances, you already have fire and water playing against each other. Therefore, you will want to stay away from fire colors such as red and orange. These colors have been proven to make your brain associate them with hunger so your waistline will appreciate it also. Make sure to use cooling colors. Pale yellow is thought to be one of the best options.
  • Layout: Along with color, you will also want to think about the placement of your appliances. How easy would it be if your sink was across from the stove? Well, do not do it. You will put water and fire in direct contrast. This alignment is said to increase arguments in the household.


For some, their room is their sanctuary. They love to spend time cuddled up in their room, but is it really inviting? There are certain elements of feng shui that will make your bedroom more relaxing and will help aide your sleep habits.

  • Bed: Obviously the most important part of the room should have the most rules associated with it. When it comes to placement of the bed you want to make sure that it is placed opposite the door and usually up against the farthest wall. You will want to have a solid headboard like wood or leather and new sheets. Why new sheets? When you replace the bedding every year, it adds fresh energy to the room.
  • Decoration: As we mentioned, color is key to feng shui, so in the bedroom you will want to make sure that you use warm colors and flesh tones. These colors are said to spice up the room and increase romance. Any decoration elements should usually be displayed in pairs. Also, if you want to keep the room romantic then get rid of all electronics and exercise equipment. There are better places for these things.
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10 Proven Ways to De-Stress Your Home http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/10-proven-ways-to-de-stress-your-home/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/10-proven-ways-to-de-stress-your-home/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:37:39 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=1359 10 Proven Ways to De-Stress Your Home

Your home should be a place to unwind, relax, and feel at peace. Unfortunately, sometimes de-stressing is hard to do, even in your own home, when environmental conditions do not promote harmony and balance. For your mental and physical well-being, consider these 10 proven ways to de-stress your home and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.

  1. Bring the outdoors inside

    Green Plants and elements of nature can instantly improve your mood. You probably spend so much time inside an office or at work that you seldom have time to stop and observe nature, so any connection to nature indoors will create a more soothing atmosphere.

  2. De-clutter each room

    Rid your home of unnecessary clutter room by room. Every once in awhile, piles of accumulated stuff that we no longer need must be thrown away to make room for space. Only leave what is essential, functional, and beautiful.

  3. Observe order

    Along with de-cluttering is the process of organization and tidiness. Your mind will be at greater peace if everything is in its place and there is order in the home. Ever have that feeling where you just can’t find something? It has been proven that mindfulness is all about maintaining an orderly relationship to our environment, and organizing our homes just promotes simplicity, not chaos.

  4. Dare to light your rooms in dramatic ways

    Natural sunlight is always the best source of light, but if your home doesn’t have many windows facing the sun, you can always use mirrors, lamps with shiny crystals, and wall sconces. The lighting of a home has a lot of influence on ambience and your overall mood, so find a lighting scheme that works best for you.

  5. Observe darkness

    Light can really have the power to transform your mood, but so can darkness. In fact, sometimes too much light can prevent you from unwinding and relaxing, especially at nighttime. You want a well-balanced, adaptable home when it comes to lighting. Opt for recessive lighting in common areas and the bedroom. Make sure your electronics (especially those that emit h3 light like TVs, computers, and alarm clocks) are not blazingly lit at night. In the evening, make sure the lighting restores a mind-to-body balance and doesn’t over-stimulate your senses.

  6. Set aside a room for peace and calmness

    Not all rooms in our homes are specifically designed to de-stress (for example, the work or study room, or the kitchen). It helps if you set aside a specific area in your home for spiritual reflection and meditation. Be sure the space is not noisy or distracting.

  7. Decorate using symbolic elements

    Earthy natural elements like water, metal, and wood have often been used in Feng Shui as calming decorating schemes. The point of incorporating earthy elements into your décor is to balance out more pronounced designs with softer, calming energy.

  8. Paint a room to suggest a mood

    Colors like blue, green, and beige help you feel more relaxed and may be good choices for the bedroom. Warmer colors like burgundy, sand, chocolate, and rose may be good options for common areas like the family room. Since color is subjective, decide on a color scheme that is inviting and cozy to you.

  9. Observe ritual

    Meditative rituals like lighting a candle, burning incense, closing the curtains, and soaking in a bath help prepare your mind to enter a state of repose. Having these unwinding rituals are important because they signify the end of the day and prepare you to let loose.

  10. Create an atmosphere of love

    Visibly display meaningful gifts from loved ones, photos of people you care about, and souvenirs of happy times to remind you that your home is a loving environment. This can only promote a more relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

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44 Posts with Tips on How to Make Your Family Room More Livable http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/44-posts-with-tips-on-how-to-make-your-family-room-more-livable/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/44-posts-with-tips-on-how-to-make-your-family-room-more-livable/#respond Thu, 07 Oct 2010 01:33:03 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=1010

A family room is the central point of any home. This is where parents gather to drink tea with their spouses, where children complete their homework, and where the dog curls at the feet of game-playing siblings. For this reason, the family room must be decorated for optimal functionality, organized well, have components that all family members use and cherish, and finally it must be comfortable for all family, friends and visitors. The following articles give advice and tips about how to make a family room more livable and comfortable, while still meeting the needs of the entire family.

  1. Make Your Cramped Room More Spacious: Turn your cramped living room into a room of luxury with these tips and tricks.
  2. Using Facades to Create Space: How to use artistic facades to make a living room seem larger and more spacious.
  3. Formal Living Room vs. Family Room: Make sure your personality shines through in the décor of your family room. Also, make sure you have one comfortable living space and one more formal place to entertain guests.
  4. Country Style Family Room: Perfect site for those wanting to use the country style décor in their family room. Country style décor is comforting and inviting to all ages.
  5. Using Sectionals in Your Family Room: Make a family room comfortable with large sectionals. Sectionals create ample seating and cut off less desirable parts of a room.
  6. Casual Elegance: Use pieces in your family room that show off your personality and are both casual and elegant.
  7. Ten Tips For Making an Awesome Family Room: An interior decorator shares ten tips for making a family room awesome for the entire family. Including décor, lighting and furniture that is modern yet functional.
  8. Declutter Your Family Room: Declutter your family room and it will not only make it more comfortable, but inviting as well.
  9. Creating a Media Room: Making your family room a wonderful viewing and media room.
  10. Cozy and Comfortable Family Room: Creating a cozy and comfortable family room that both your family and guests will enjoy.
  11. Making a Family Movie Room: Turning your family room into a home theater will create fun for the entire family. Tips about what to purchase, how to decorate room and what tools you will need.
  12. Decorate on a Budget: Decorate your family room on a budget, while still making the look stylish and functional.
  13. Easy Decorating Tips: One should decorate a living room around their lifestyle, versus their lifestyle around a living room.
  14. Lighting Effects: Using track lighting to make a family room more inviting and warm. Simple techniques with low watt, high watt and colored light placement can change the atmosphere of a whole room.
  15. Tech Family Room : Discusses how to make your family room run on technology, from surround sound to remote control curtains.
  16. Wall Decor: Decorating family rooms can make or break the space. Recommendations for artwork, framing, and color choices.
  17. Recessed Lighting : Recessed lighting creates soft lighting that will benefit the entire family. Great light for reading, watching movies and coloring artwork.
  18. Theme Family Rooms: Choosing a theme with décor and furniture to match will make family room more fun for the family, and more conducive to spending time in the room.
  19. Kid Friendly Family Rooms: Creating a kid friendly family room will make life easier for both children and family. If children can play where they parents are watching TV or reading, less debauchery can occur.
  20. Frugal Decorating: Great family room decorating by using family pictures. Both frugal and tender at the same time.
  21. Declutter the Family Room: Declutter your family room. No one wants to spend quality time in a room full of mess and clutter.
  22. Custom Cabinetry in Your Family Room : Use custom cabinetry to hide clutter, while also displaying custom woodwork.
  23. Couches in Your Family Room: Using couches and sofas, in various colors, patterns and textures to create a unique style in your family room.
  24. Family Game Room: Set up your family room to handle multiple TVs, cords, cables, telephone lines, etc. Families today are gadget users, and this room must contain everyone’s favorite gadgets and gear.
  25. Bring Fall Indoors: Changing your family room décor with the seasons will make your family get in the spirit of the change. Fall is one of the coziest seasons, and candles, throws and leaves can bring autumn indoors.
  26. Play Area in the Family Room: If you have young children you will need to make a play area for them in your family room. Having a small area of toys, puzzles and games will make them feel included as well.
  27. Living Room Lighting: A living rooms’ lighting will bring energy, ambience and the overall character of the space.
  28. Family Viewing Room: Turning your family room personal theater will make movie and TV watching enjoyable for all. Holding screening parties for family and friends will make your home the fun place to be.
  29. Game Room: Creating a game room out of a family room is easy and affordable. Here are tips for bringing the gaming spirit into your home.
  30. Elegance on the Cheap: Interior decorator giving tips on making a luxurious space on the cheap.
  31. Spatial Design: Make your family room and functional. Article presents tips about furniture placement and space.
  32. Feng Shui Tips for Your Living Room: Use feng shui to make your living room more comforting, relaxing and inviting to family, friends and visitors.
  33. Furniture Layout and Energy Flow: Using feng shui to arrange your furniture for optimal energy flow.
  34. Increase Energy in Family Room: Feng Shui principles applied to your family and living room spaces. Feng Shui can make space more livable by increasing the energy flow.
  35. Feng Shui in Your Living Room: Using Feng Shui principles to declutter your living room and create a relaxing, stress free environment for all.
  36. What is the Function of Your Living Room?: Deciding how your living room will function is the number one key to organization and decoration choices. Will this be a room for entertaining guests or a place for family to spend quiet nights watching movies and playing games?
  37. Tips for Organizing: The basics of organization: decluttering, categorizing, and creating a space for everything is discussed here. These tips will help you keep your family room organized and clutter free.
  38. Organization Using Furniture: Buy and use furniture that already has storage place, for example ottomans, storage benches, and baskets.
  39. Organization Advice: Organization and structure help children thrive; design your family room around them and the entire family will be happier.
  40. Plan Your Design on Paper First: Tips for arranging your furniture in your family room to give it more organization and useful space. Remember to always put your designs on paper first.
  41. Add Space to Your Family Room: Organizing your family room can add space and dimension you didn’t know you had before.
  42. Make a Child Room Friendly : A family room can be child-friendly, and still have organization and structure. How to organize a kid friendly room, and make it livable for the entire family.
  43. Pet Space in Family Room: Pets are a part of the family too, and should have a space incorporated for them in the overall family room design. Make the pet space stylish, yet comfortable for your furry friend.
  44. Childproof your Family Room: If you have children, making your family child proofed is the best way to make it a livable space for everyone in the family. Besides safety, you do not want all of your breakables and precious items at risk for being destroyed by little hands.

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50 Posts About Bedroom Decor for Your Home http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-posts-about-bedroom-decor-for-your-home/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-posts-about-bedroom-decor-for-your-home/#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2010 01:39:12 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=988

Your bedroom is your own personal domain. For a teenager it can be where they spend most of their time at home. Your room is something you should feel comfortable in. Picking the bedroom can be a very tough decision. Some may choose a more French country design where others want a more classical look. Take a look at some of the options you can do to decorate your room on any budget. There are tips to update your room without much cost to you. Find all sorts of decorations at antique stores or thrift stores. There are many ways to do this and these articles will help you find them.

  1. Inspirational Ideas: Take a look at these great bedroom ideas and tips to get you started on your new bedroom.
  2. Rental Decorating Ideas: When you are renting you may be limited on your options for decorating. Here are a few ideas to do your room in what you want without damaging your rental.
  3. Romantic Bedroom: Get tips here on how to create the romantic warm bedroom you long for.
  4. Kids Themes: If you are wanting to redecorate your child’s room this is the site for you. Get all sorts of ideas for themes for any child’s room.
  5. Bedroom Decorating Ideas: What do you want your bedroom to say? Get ideas here on how to use your imagination and come up with great ideas.
  6. Romantic Bedrooms on a Budget: Get tips on how you can get that romantic bedroom you want on a tight budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the room you want.
  7. Beautiful Rooms: Take a look at some beautiful rooms you can recreate in your own home. The problem is picking your favorite room to go with.
  8. Your Romantic Bedroom: If you are a romantic at heart and want your room to match, try this design. Learn how to get this picturesque bedroom in your home.
  9. Bedrooms on a Budget: Take a look at these designs that you can have in your own room. You can have a great looking bedroom and still do it on a budget.
  10. Bedroom Makeover: If your bedroom is not the space you want it to be you can do a makeover. No matter what budget you are on you can have a great bedroom.
  11. Create a Romantic Room: Get details on how to create the romantic room you have always wanted. See pictures of ideas that you may want to try.
  12. Bedroom Ideas: Take a look at some of these great ideas to add to your bedroom. If you are looking to update or remodel, try these tips.
  13. 8 Unconventional Looks: If you are wanting to think outside the box try these furniture sets. They are perfect for those who can’t decide what they want or those that just want to be a little different.
  14. Something Different: Whether you are needing to remodel or just want a new look, try some of these pictures to help you decide. You can choose to have a theme or just be completely different.
  15. Small Bedroom Ideas: When dealing with a small space there are things you can do to decorate without over doing it. Try some of these tips when you are decorating your bedroom.
  16. Bedroom Pictures: If you want to see a few ideas of what your room could look like, stop here. Take a little time to go over these pictures and see which look is your favorite.
  17. Modern Bedroom: Take a look at this beautiful modern design for the master bedroom. If you are wanting to leave the conventional styles, then try this great look.
  18. Modern Eclectic Bedrooms: These modern designs are great for those who want to take a step out of the conventional box of designs. Try these in your next bedroom makeover.
  19. Modern Kids: When redoing your child’s room consider these modern designs. This is great for any child if you are looking for a more unconventional type of room.
  20. Brown and Blue: This color combo has become very popular for bedrooms. Take a look at these great ideas for using these two colors together.
  21. A Room that will Last: Here are a few tips on decorating your little girl’s room that will last with her through her time at home. Get ideas on how to pick the right colors and other items that can go for a long time.
  22. Funky Tips: Get help from one blogger on how to fix your teens room with their “funky” ideas.
  23. White Luxury Bedrooms: Take a look at this modern house plan and the ideas they put inside. Check out the bedrooms and other pictures here.
  24. Decorating Colors: Pick out your colors and try them out here. See how they will look in your space and see if you like them as much as you thought.
  25. Choosing the Right Color: Choosing the right color for the master bedroom is not always easy. Get tips on picking the right color here.
  26. Interior Decorating: See pictures, get tips and ideas on how to make your home your own. Learn how to decorate it and love what you do.
  27. Teen Rooms: Take a look at these great ideas for your teens room. Try one of these ideas and see how it is accomplished here.
  28. Kid’s Room Ideas: If you are looking for a new look for you child’s room try these great ideas. Get tips on how easy it is to update your child’s room.
  29. Ideas and Pictures: Get great ideas and suggestions for what you can put in your child’s room to match their personality. See what ideas you can come up with.
  30. Princess Theme: If your little princess wants her room done in that theme try getting ideas here. There are some great photos and tips on getting the perfect princess theme room.
  31. Bedroom décor: If you are looking for ideas on your bedroom décor try some of these. Take a look at these great photos to do to your room.
  32. Black and White: These two colors have always gone together well. Try putting them in your room with a splash of color to contrast.
  33. Purple Bedroom: If purple is your favorite color you will love this bedroom. Take a look at the way purple was used in this room and see if you don’t fall in love.
  34. Bedroom Themes: What theme are you going for in your room? Take a look at these photos on themes you can choose to decorate your bedroom.
  35. Pretty in Pink: If you have a girlie girl then this is perfect for them. Check out some of these great pink rooms.
  36. Theme Ideas: There is no reason an adult can not have a theme in their rooms just like a child does. Get ideas here on what you can put in your room that will fit your personality.
  37. Children’s Themes: Check out these awesome options for the theme in your child’s room. These are great and give them plenty to choose from. See which one fits your child.
  38. Harley Kid: If you are a Harley family, these child sets will fit right in. Check out the great selection of Harley Davidson room themes you can pick for your little rider.
  39. How to Create a Theme: Here you can discover how you can make a theme in your child’s room that will grow with your child. This way you are not constantly changing out their rooms as they get older.
  40. Color Scheme: Try using this tool to help you pick out a color scheme for your next bedroom makeover.
  41. Kids Bedroom Themes: Children typically like to do their room in thing they are excited about. Get a few ideas here on how to bring that theme into their bedroom.
  42. Children’s Murals: See what kind of things you can paint on their walls to bring new life to an old room.
  43. Cool Teens: Here are a few great ideas on how to do your teens room where they feel great about it. There are some great photos and ideas here to help you.
  44. Master Bedroom Themes: What do you want in your master bedroom? If you are thinking of applying a theme get ideas here.
  45. Vintage Country: Get tips on how to bring the country into your bedroom. See pictures and ideas on how to make your bedroom the one you want.
  46. Safari Theme: Learn how to create the perfect safari themed bedroom for your home. If you love the animals and jungle scenes this is great for you.
  47. Your Style: What is your style? Find out here how to zone in on that and pick the best bedroom decorating ideas for you.
  48. Master Bedroom Trends: See the latest trends in master bedroom decorating here. Take a look at these photos and see what you would like to add to your own room.
  49. Tropical Ideas: Discover a few tropical accessories you can add to your home to bring that tropical feel in.
  50. Bedroom Wall décor: Get ideas here on how to fix up your bedroom walls. You can do little things along the way to make the room feel new and fresh.

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Top 52 Home Decorating Blogs http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-52-home-decorating-blogs/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-52-home-decorating-blogs/#respond Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:39:51 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=683
Decorating the home can be a bit of a challenge.  Where do you start?  What will best express you the best?  Looking at different design ideas sometimes can be an effective starting point.

Use these blogs for a place to begin.  Here you will find many design ideas from objects d’art to entire room designs.  Eclectic to traditional, shabby chic to provincial; there are ideas on how to use everything in one room and make it look good.

  1. Chicken wire as décor Using chicken wire as an armature or decoration in of itself.
  2. Author and interior decorator How a published interior decorator uses shabby chic as a theme.
  3. Freshness and color Using color to inject freshness into your already existing furniture.
  4. Your space, your style Taking your home and style and turning it into interior design that you can live with.
  5. Contemporary design with a revival feel Combining a timeless feel using furniture from different design eras.
  6. Scandinavian style and design Following top Scandinavian fashion trends and designers
  7. Decorating with a budget Tips on how to decorate your home without spending a fortune.
  8. Provincial France with a Renaissance twist The light and airy feeling of Provincial French decorating with the rich colors of the Renaissance.
  9. In depth looks at decorating themes Discussing what makes a particular overall look work.
  10. Bohemian in San Francisco Bohemian design done San Francisco style.
  11. Elegance, style, beauty and Grace. Paula Grace takes a look at home fashion trends.
  12. A housewife big on chic How this housewife decorates with shabby chic finds
  13. Primitive home design Using rustic items to decorate the home
  14. Decorating with an edge She’s a home decorator with an agenda.
  15. Flea market fashions A flea market devoted to decorating you and your home with shabby chic.
  16. Sharing, inspiring and guiding you A decorator shares ideas and inspirations with the hope of guiding you in your own design journey.
  17. Color and ethnic design Using ethnic designs with lots of color in your home.
  18. Green design Tips for living a natural and green lifestyle.
  19. Stylish living and easy entertaining Clean and modern design for all aspects of living
  20. Highlighting modern interior design Taking a look at contemporary design ideas.
  21. The love of second hand Buying second hand items through different venues
  22. Beautiful things for inspiration An interior designer shares her love of beautiful things as inspiration for design.
  23. Saving the world through green design How to save our environment via designing green.
  24. Taking a look inside A designer shares her own home’s interior design.
  25. Urban interior design Tips and ideas for making the best of an urban living space.
  26. Taking a peek at an eclectic interior How a friend used art and objects to create a unique interior
  27. Focus on different aspects of design Articles on how to take an object or a room and change it up.
  28. The lifestyles of the glamorous Following how the other half live.
  29. Funky and unique apartment tours Documenting how people have turned their apartment spaces into works of livable art.
  30. Two designers from Canada Beautifying the world one room at a time.
  31. Antiques from Paris Parisian antiques chosen with a designer’s eye.
  32. A Bohemian lifestyle Embodying what it means to live like a Bohemian.
  33. A designer shares her work Taking a look at the work of Marie Antoinette Interiors.
  34. Designing with the Jetsons 50’s retro designer and her ideas
  35. Looking at the little things Items that make your house into a home.
  36. Design inspiration from around the world Interior design ideas from Europe and beyond.
  37. Stamping it up Design ideas using different types of stamps.
  38. Design with shabby chic Items for completing a home’s shabby chic décor.
  39. Living the inspired life Ideas and thoughts for designs.
  40. India design ideas Taking ideas and items from India for design inspiration.
  41. Lettering in vinyl Custom vinyl lettering for application on various items and surfaces.
  42. Living Southern Ideas for a Southern lifestyle.
  43. Clever ideas for living spaces Ferm is Danish for clever, and clever is the idea behind design.
  44. Casual and chic Bright colors, white walls and lots of cuteness.
  45. Organize your life Tips for making organization simple and decorative.
  46. Frugal home design Thoughts on how to be a frugal decorator with great results.
  47. Life on the East coast Musings on a family’s East coast home.
  48. Sweets and interior design Taking a look at making sweets into a design accent.
  49. Shabby chic artist An artist who paints in the style of shabby chic shares her designs.
  50. Inspired by design Designs for daily living inspiration.
  51. Custom vinyl letter design Unique designs with vinyl lettering
  52. Inspired by patina A look at decorative items with a patina of age.
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Fast and Cheap Home Decor Tactics http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/fast-and-cheap-home-decor-tactics/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/fast-and-cheap-home-decor-tactics/#respond Wed, 26 May 2010 15:03:08 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=489 If your home is starting to look like it could use a face lift, don’t despair. Even if you don’t have a ton of time or money, there are some pretty quick and inexpensive home improvement and decorating activities you can do in order to spruce things up. Some of the simplest techniques can produce truly amazing results. In most cases, you don’t even need to bring in a contractor to do a bunch of construction and run the risk of a homeowners insurance claim.


There are tons of things you can do with furniture to breathe new life into your home. Sometimes, simply rearranging the furniture can really change things around. You might instead think about buying some pre-owned furniture. Used furniture is a relatively inexpensive solution. Try to go with furniture that comes from a non-smoking home. Make sure you thoroughly inspect any used furniture to make sure it’s sturdy, and smell it to make sure it’s not moldy. A couple of furniture accent pieces, such as end tables or plant stands, can go a long way toward brightening up a room and changing its feel.


Plants can help your home out in a number of ways. To begin with, they help to purify the air inside your home. They can also add a certain amount of color and as well as ambiance to a dark and drab room. Putting in some flowering houseplants can really give you a peaceful feeling, especially in those colder, drab, dreary winter months. Just make sure that you know what kinds of plants you’re getting into. Some plants may be poisonous to your hose pets, for example. Know which plants should be situated where your pets or small children won’t be able to get to them.


Paint is one of the least expensive ways to redecorate and improve a room. The process of deciding which colors should go where can be fun, as well, and really lets you express your creativity. Make sure to invest in a good quality paint, as a cheap paint will go on much more thin and require more coats, and in the end it won’t look very good. Don’t be shy about picking your paint colors, either. Consider the fact that a bold color can evoke certain emotions, make a room seem smaller or larger, and even provide a sense of peace.

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Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Home Redecorating Projects http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/quick-easy-and-inexpensive-home-redecorating-projects/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/quick-easy-and-inexpensive-home-redecorating-projects/#respond Mon, 24 May 2010 14:05:12 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=484 Times are tough. It’s not likely that you can shell out thousands of dollars to remodel your bathroom. Right now, many folks are struggling to pay their mortgage and their homeowners insurance, and to make basic repairs. They don’t really even see redecorating as an option. On top of that, many people today don’t consider themselves very handy, and are loathe to take on a major project.

Well, there’s good news. There are plenty of things you can do to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank. Here are some redecorating projects you can start today with a relatively small amount of cash:

  • Give it a paint job. Paint is relatively cheap, and it doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment. If you do paint, make sure you clean the walls very well first. Use good paint, which will let you use less paint overall and won’t show your brush strokes. Make sure to do the actual painting from the top down. A new paint job will make your whole house look new.
  • Dress it up. Adding a little bit of fabric to your walls can have the same effect as painting, but add some real style, as well. You can cover your walls in fabric. You’ll use liquid fabric starch to help the fabric adhere to the wall. Any time you want a new look, you peel off the old fabric and put up new.
  • Light it up. The right lighting will really transform your home. You might add some task lighting, such lighting that comes from behind and is useful for reading. You might add accent lighting that highlights a certain area of your home, such as artwork or some foliage. Ambient lighting will illuminate the room you’re in, as well.
  • Give it a new face. You don’t need to replace your kitchen cabinets if they’re structurally sound. Instead, you can just reface them. You can either sand and repaint, strip them and restain them, or even just change your hinges and knobs. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it makes.

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Add House Plants to Brighten Your Home http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/add-house-plants-to-brighten-your-home/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/add-house-plants-to-brighten-your-home/#respond Fri, 21 May 2010 14:05:52 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=479 If you’re looking for a way to add some life to your home with a relatively minimal amount of effort, you should consider adding some plants. Plants add color to a room in a way that few other decorative items do. They also help maintain an overall feeling of comfort and welcoming for your guests. While they won’t do miraculous things like lower your homeowners insurance, they can really add to the calm and comfort of your home.

Green Plants

Flowers are great, but they need to be repotted. If you want plants with less maintenance, you should consider one of a variety of greenery plants. Here are some of the most common types of plants you might consider adding to your house:

  • Aloe Vera. This is a favorite for many homeowners. It’s prickly and green, and its juice has soothing properties.
  • Spider Plant. This is a spiky green plant. It needs bright light, but avoid direct exposure to the sun.
  • Ficus Plant. This one is a dark green leafy plant. A ficus needs plenty of sunlight.
  • Bamboo. This is a larger plant with shoots and leaves. It needs direct sunlight, and plenty of water to grow.
  • Jade. Jade is actually a shrub that has thick branches and oval leaves. It stores water in its stems, roots and leaves. It needs bright sunlight, and you only need to water it about once a week.

Flowering Plants

If you want to add colors besides green to your home, consider some of these flowering plants:

  • Chrysanthemum. This is a beautiful, common shrub that needs plenty of sunshine.
  • Amaryllis. This plant with star-shaped flowers originated in Africa. You should avoid letting these ones sit in direct sunlight while they’re flowering.
  • Venus Fly Trap. Thse are always an excellent conversation piece.
  • Mauna Loa. The peace Lilly features a single white flower. It needs shade and plenty of water.

Your local greenhouse can give you some ideas about what kinds of flowers and plants might grow best in your climate, as well.

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Top 50 Home Improvement Blogs http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-50-home-improvement-blogs/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-50-home-improvement-blogs/#comments Mon, 17 May 2010 15:50:05 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=469

Your home in a majority of cases is the biggest purchase of your life.  Once you own your home you want to learn to properly maintain it and also start to add improvements.  Did you know that improving the Kitchen and Bathroom in your home will bring you the biggest return on investment?  There are many things you can do to improve your homes value.  Just to name a few you can update your bathrooms, kitchen, add and addition or improve the landscaping on your lot.  All of these things can improve not only the quality of your life but the value of your home.

  1. Apartment therapy Home improvement blog which teaches you how to maximize your apartment one room at a time. This blog has a cool Home tours section which allows you to get ideas for your apartment.
  2. Jetson Green Learn how to improve and make your home green. You will not only increase the value of your house but you will also save cost on energy every month.
  3. Lets blog construction Construction and home improvement blog.
  4. Young house love Follow along with a young married couple as they fix up an older house. Extensive how to videos and a excellent before and after photo section.
  5. I can fix up my house Just as the name implies you can learn how to do your own home improvements.  This blog covers all the major categories and also has some more advanced carpentry lessons.
  6. Cottage Magpie Angela the blogs founder teaches you how to setup a quaint and beautiful house in the Cottage style. A huge benefit is Angela teaches you how to do this all on a small budget.
  7. House blogs Excellent blog of home improvement blogs. There are many different projects to look at and follow progress of.
  8. Happy home and family This blog covers everything from cleaning, to Feng Shui to wall coverings.  Interesting home improvement blog with a ladies touch.
  9. The Home Masons Home build and improvement blog by the company HomeMasons. With active building and remodeling going on you can learn new things from the team.  This blog also provides a form to ask Mason a DIY or remodeling question.
  10. Calfinder Remodeling blog Lets face it sometimes we do need a contractor.  If you feel your home improvement is above your comfort level then Calfinder can find you a local contractor for your project.
  11. Do it yourself  guides and blog A whole series of do it yourself guides. Blog is updated frequently and covers various topics such as recycling, plumbing and whatever else needs to be improved.
  12. Maries home improvement blog One lady showing the world how to take control of and complete home improvement projects.
  13. Learn to remodel your dinning room Learn about different designs and furniture for your dinning room.  Get an idea if you want a plain design or a complex one.
  14. Learn to remodel your attic The attic is one area in most homes that can be improved.  Check out some of these unique concepts, furniture and designs.
  15. Learn to remodel your basement The basement is often a cold drab area why not turn it into a place where family and friend can hang out together.
  16. Chic Tip Blog We all want to add some class and even some flash to our homes check out the newest home improvement and design trends.
  17. Are home improvements tax deductible? Many of your home improvements will not only increase your homes value but are also tax deductible.
  18. What are the benefits of hardwood flooring? Learn why hardwood flooring can add value to your home.
  19. Granite counter tops blog Granite countertops can add value and beauty to your kitchen and home. Learn about pricing, installation and care.
  20. Kitchen cabinets blog.  New kitchen cabinets can add color and freshness to your kitchen.  Find out more about different designs, pricing and installation
  21. Danny Lipford Home Improvement Veteran Danny has assembled a whole team of DIY experts. You can watch videos, TV spots, even listen to there radio shows and learn about home improvement.
  22. Home Décor Blog Follow along as one couple completely update and remodels the whole house.  The blog also has some great technical posts.
  23. 1 800 Anytime Blog. Company blog which offers home improvement tips about Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Air Conditioning
  24. The Build Direct Blog. If you want to learn about wood flooring, tile or decking this is a great blog to check out.
  25. Renovating in Australia Join Bill and his wife as they go through a second house renovation. This blog contains a full list of categories about home improvement.
  26. Luxury Housing Trends If you are going to do home improvements then there should be at least one room you go all out on and pamper yourself with. Learn about all the newest luxury gadgets and trends.
  27. Fixr Blog Unique website and blog not only can you learn about home improvement you can also post a project you want done and get estimates from contractors.
  28. Direct buy blog and articles Blog of the well know home improvement and furnishings club.  There are some good DIY tips and you can also see if you can save some money on your next home upgrade or repair.
  29. The Building Brows Seven children and building a house with no debt. Very heartwarming and informational blog about a family doing all the home improvements themselves.
  30. Construction 411 Blog . Home Improvement blog which educates provides a cost value chart and a free pricing tool. These tools give you a realistic idea of what your project should cost if you have to approach a contactor.
  31. Bathroom remodeling blog Learn to turn your bathroom into a calm relaxing sanctuary.  Look and size of the bathrooms are very important to the overall value of your house.
  32. Learn the right way to build your deck Learn what you should know before you hire a deck contractor.
  33. Charles and Hudson home improvement blog A leading home improvement blog and website. Some of the interesting categories include tools and green building.
  34. Learn how to design a nursery for your new baby. Build a special palce for your new addition to the family.
  35. Do it yourself  woodworking  blog This blog covers most of the home improvement areas but the real gem is different  woodworking sections.
  36. Tips to keep your kitchen remodel cost low. The kitchen is the heart of the home learn how to upgrade on a budget.
  37. How to improve your lawn and add value to your home. Your lawn sets one of the first impressions for visitors and potential buyers. Learn how to properly take care of it.
  38. Moonworks home improvement General home improvement blog, which also has some great information about energy efficiency.
  39. Green Life smart life blog Why not go green with your home improvement.  You can not only help the environment you can also save money.
  40. Reliable remodeler blog Some jobs are just to big to tackle alone, that is when you need some one you can trust to help you remodel.
  41. Energy savings tax benefits.  Did you know you can upgrade your appliances and furnace and get a tax credit?
  42. Solar energy house Should solar energy be part of your home improvements? Many experts say yes, learn more.
  43. Increase your curb appeal. Curb appeal is a factor in the initial impression of friends, family and potential buyers
  44. Winshome Home improvement blog Winshome is an all around home improvement blog. The lessons are simple and straightforward.
  45. Home4family blog With over fifteen years in the home improvement business Home4family is a blog you should check out before you invest in any DIY projects.
  46. Fresh home blog The most up to date and fashionable furniture, interior design and architecture
  47. Addicted2decorating blog Do you find yourself thinking about changing the color of your paint often? How about wanting to revamp the whole house?  If you are into decorating this is a must see blog.
  48. Home construction and improvement Very detailed home improvement blog by a civil and structural engineer. This blog covers the technical aspects of home improvement as well it has some great sections and post about the tools you will need to complete your improvements.
  49. The Woodworkers blog With simple tools you can build sheds, patios, and decks each of these will increase both the value and pleasure of the house.
  50. How to pain the exterior of your home like a pro The Tailored Paint team take us through a three step process to make sure we get it right..
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