Finishing the Interior Design of Your Home

Spruce Up Your Decor With a Cowhide Rug: Care and Maintenance Tips

Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spruce Up Your Decor With a Cowhide Rug: Care and Maintenance Tips

If you’d like to add a fun touch to your home’s d├ęcor, you should think about buying a cowhide rug. These rugs have a unique shape, and they’re available in different colors. You can hang one on the wall or drape it over the couch. Cowhide is very durable, so it makes a suitable rug for any room in your home. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of one of these rugs. How To Keep Cowhide Clean Cowhide repels liquids so it doesn’t stain very easily. Even tough stains like wine and food usually wipe right off. When you spill something on the rug, try to clean it up right away. Do this by blotting up with liquid with a sponge or cloth. If a stain is left behind, you can remove it with a soapy cloth. Just remember to use a damp cloth rather than one that is soaking wet. There’s no need to soak the rug to clean it, and you never want to put it in the washer or dryer. You can vacuum a cowhide rug to keep dirt and grit off it. However, since these rugs are easy to handle, the best way to clean your rug is to take it outdoors and give it a vigorous shake. This shakes loose dirt and fluffs the rug. What To Do About Bad Odors A cowhide rug should smell like a leather couch, which is not an unpleasant odor. If your rug smells sour, it might be due to moisture or humidity. Try hanging the rug outdoors so the underside is exposed to the sun. This will dry out accumulated moisture and pull out bad odors. You may need to air out your rug on a regular basis or use a dehumidifier in your home to keep your rug dry and free from odors. If your rug picks up a bad odor from a dog or cat that sleeps on it all the time, you can buy a rug deodorizer from the store. These are powders you sprinkle on and brush or vacuum off the rug. How To Deal With Creases And Curls If you need to store your rug for long periods, it’s best to roll it up rather than fold it, so you can avoid creases. However, if your rug does have a crease in it, you can usually remove it easily. Just place the rug flat on the floor and smooth out the crease. Then place a flat, heavy object over the crease to keep the rug weighed down. It may take a few days, but the crease or wrinkle will eventually go away. Curling is a common problem with cowhide rugs because the tips are thinner than the main part of the rug. You can solve this problem by slightly dampening the curled section, stretching it out, and then holding it in place with heavy books. Leave the books in place for a couple of days. When the tips are dry, they should stay flat. Cowhide rugs are very durable and tolerate sun exposure and high foot traffic. However, they do wear down over time when they get heavy use. For that reason, you should rotate the rug or change its location, so it can wear out evenly. One of...

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3 Home Staging Tips That Can Help Sell Your Home In No Time

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you are looking to sell an investment property for a quick profit or sell your primary home so that you can buy a new one, taking the time to stage your home before placing it on the market can make a huge difference in how quickly the house sells. Thankfully, the three home staging tips below can help you to accomplish this goal without spending a small fortune in the process. Tip #1: Keep The Decor Gender Neutral Many homes are bought by couples who are looking for a place to share their life together. While one spouse may be the primary decision maker in the relationship, they will both likely play a role in determining which house they ultimately choose to purchase. Keeping your decor gender neutral will allow them both to envision themselves living in the home. This is especially important in the master bedroom and bathroom as this is the area the couple is most likely to share. Tip #2: Don’t Neglect The Landscape A large number of potential buyers will form an opinion of your home before they ever get out of their car. This opinion is based on the way your home looks from the outside. All too often, a potential buyer may choose to not even look at the rest of the house if the lawn is not trimmed, the landscape maneuvered, and the yard free from clutter. Therefore, the first step to getting a buyer in the door should always be to spruce up the exterior of your home. Some basic yard work and a few freshly planted flowers is all it takes to get this job done. Tip #3: Create An Updated Look By Painting Tiles If your bathroom is a bit out of date, replacing all the old tiles can cost a small fortune. The problem is, you are unlikely to fetch a high selling price with a bathroom that looks like it hasn’t been remodeled since before the turn of the century. Thankfully, you can fix this problem without investing in all new tiles. Rather than replacing your bathroom tiles, consider applying a fresh coat of paint instead. Just be sure to apply a layer of super adhesive primer before you begin painting. This will help to keep the paint from peeling off when exposed to the high humidity levels in your bathroom. This primer will also prevent any old stains from bleeding through your fresh coat of...

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Tips For Choosing An Area Rug For A Child’s Playroom With A Hard Floor

Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your child’s playroom has a hardwood, linoleum or laminate floor, a good way to make the room feel more cozy and welcoming is to add an area rug. An area rug adds a layer of padding so your child doesn’t suffer as many bumps and bruises when he or she tumbles to the floor during playtime. It also adds a layer of insulation, which is nice when the floors get chilly in the winter months. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best area rug for your playroom: Tip #1: Choose a rug with nylon fibers. Unlike many rug materials, nylon is fire-resistant. It will need to be almost directly in a flame in order to melt, and even then, it won’t quickly go up in flames like a cotton or canvas rug would. This will help protect your child from injuries should a fire start. Nylon rugs are available in a wide array of colors and patterns, and are readily available at many home goods stores. Look for one with rubber backing; this will keep it from sliding around on the floor. Tip #2: Choose a complex pattern over a solid-colored rug. In the playroom, an area rug is almost certain to come into contact with staining liquids, such as paint, grape juice and glue. Stains are a lot less obvious on a patterned rug than on a solid colored one. Younger kids may enjoy patterns that include their favorite television or movie characters, while older children may appreciate patterned rugs featuring their favorite musical artists. Of course, geometric patterns are always a fun choice, too. Tip #3: Look for well-padded, plush rugs. Choosing a well-padded rug is especially important if your child is in the toddler stage. He or she is bound to take a tumble or two on the area rug, and the more padding it has, the smaller your chances of having to deal with bruised knees and bumps on the head.  If your kids are older, it’s still nice to get a rug with plenty of padding, since this will be more comfortable when they sit on the floor to play games or chat with their friends. As your child grows, his or her playroom is bound to be the site of many fun experiences. From board games and puppets to beaded necklaces, these experiences will only be enhanced by a safe, comfortable and attractive area rug. For more information on choosing the perfect rug for your child’s playroom...

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