The Guide To Living In A Home You Love

Everybody should love their home. It shouldn’t be a place in which you feel you simply “make do” with all the flaws. It’s the one place on earth over which you have control. No matter what kind of day you’ve had or how dreary your office space might be, home is a comfortable and relaxing place to which you can happily retreat. You should feel that warm and fuzzy feeling when you step through your front door. If you don’t feel that way about your home then this guide should help you to live in a place that you love once more.

 

Cozy and Warm

 

Assess the damage

 

The first step towards improving your home is to assess the existing damage. 

 

Tearing Down

 

Go through your house and make a list of all the things you want to change so that you can start to make a plan for the big renovation project. You might find that the changes you want to make aren’t quite as overwhelming and time-consuming as you originally imagined, but the thing about interior design is that those small changes can make a huge difference. The best way to start is to declutter. Clearing out your junk will open up your home and reveal its potential space. You should also aim to get rid of all the old, outdated aspects of your house. Strip back the wallpaper and paint the walls white to create a neutral feel to your home. Replace carpet with natural wooden flooring. A timeless design is your goal; that way, you won’t have to worry about your home’s design becoming old and worn in a hurry.

 

Loving the White

 

Consider alternatives

 

Of course, your home might be beyond repair. Perhaps you live with your family and your kids just keep getting bigger and bigger. No matter how much you declutter and switch around the design, you only have so much potential space available (unless you have acres of land on which you can build). You shouldn’t feel cramped in your own home, so moving might be the best option for you. You might want to look into storage facilities throughout this process so as to alleviate the burden of moving and do it in more manageable chunks. Whatever your method, it might be time to start making a plan to move to a bigger house if you want to live in a home that the whole family can love.

 

Make your home spacious

 

We briefly discussed the importance of a timeless design in the point above. If you want to love your home then you want to make sure the design doesn’t follow trends; it should just look objectively good (or as close to “objectively” good as humanly possible). The best way to achieve this is to make your home as spacious as possible. Decluttering, as was also suggested in the point above, is a good place to start, but you can go further than this. You could put up shelving units on your walls to create additional storage space for your belongings. You could even convert unused spaces, such as your garage or attic, into a brand new family room. Think of creative ways to extend your home, and make it a more pleasant place in which to live.

 

Under the Stairs

 

 

Here we go again…still

January, the month of No Spending; Getting Organized; and new Resolutions!  Yup, pretty much none of which we are doing.  We are in the throes of renovation again.

 

This time we are tackling the kitchen.  Here is what it looked like before.

The Ultimate Realtor Type Picture

Slightly More Cluttered but the same

The Eating Nook? before we ripped out the shelf and eating bar.

Back door Entry

A pantry, kind of sort of

Let the ripping and tearing begin!

 

It starts!

Bop’s hard at work

Maybe an Island?

Three Layers of History

Stay tuned for more wreckage.

Quick Sew Headband – My picture!

In my little post about A Quick Sew Headband it was pointed out that I did not post any pictures of the finished product.  So I had my sweet handyman take one.

This is with my new wrap apron to keep my clothes paint free too and my quick sew headband.  I was doing the whole “inside out” thing with my serger.  I loved my little headband and I’m sure it will be useful with so many projects, like gardening 🙂  What do you think of the final outcome?

Quick Sew Headband

 

Renew a Favourite Shirt

We have heard about recycling, reducing waste and re-purposing items; and one way of helping is to renew your old clothing.  Back in the day it used to be called “mending”.  

My mom taught me this little trick for prolonging wear time out of an older shirt.  Cut off the sleeves and turn the collars.  Mysweet Handy Man loves his old shirts, ones that really have seen better days; but I thought perhaps I can try this out and save his favourite shirts.

Back or Under Collar

 

As you can see, the top of the collar is pretty worn and frayed while the bottom looks new.

The first thing to do is to carefully remove the stitches.  I used a small ripper.  Slip it between the collar and the band and gently start to pick or slice the stitching.   I only opened the seam as much as I had to, to remove the collar.

Once the collar is completely separate, iron it to straighten the seam area.  Fold the band and pin the center to mark it.  Do the same with the collar.

Mark the Middle

Using the pins as markers, pin the collar back into the band making sure you turn it around so the bottom is now the top of the collar.  Stitch closed with a narrow seam.  Give it one more ironing to fold in the right direction.

Now the shirt looks new again, as long as no one peeks underneath 🙂

Do you renew your clothing?  What have you done to reduce clothing waste?

Quick Sew Headband

When I get involved in creating, I don’t worry about where paint is going.  The fact is, I should!  My clothes, my hair, my face, pretty much everywhere.  As an artist, or painter, can you relate?  While this isn’t too bad for watercolor: acrylics and oils are something that you don’t want to get covered in.

Paint on fingers and glasses

Here is a sweet headband that looks amazing and is a practical tool.   It’s perfect for long or short hair.  It holds your hair back or ties it up so it doesn’t get in your face, and it will protect your hair from any stray paint that is flying around.  It looks pretty cute too!

Material and Tools

For a Rosie The Riveter headband you will need 2 long strips of material 7 cms (3″) wide and long enough to wrap around your head with an additional 7 cms (3″) on either side to tie the bow with later.

You can make this two different ways.  One with fibrefill for a chic and lux look or, for something more sleek and lightweight, skip the fill;  This tutorial will include the fibrefill so just leave it out if you don’t want it.

Tools:

Fabric scissors, thread, a knitting needle, an iron, pins and a sewing machine. If you haven’t got a trustworthy sewing machine, then look at something like this review here to help you decide on what to purchase.  A good sewing machine is invaluable.  You can take hours off projects like this if you use a machine rather than hand stitching all your crafts.

Step One:

Place the two long strips back to back with the patterned side facing each other (right sides together). Then sew a 1/4″ seam around the sides and at one end leaving one end open.

Step Two:

Turn the fabric inside out, so the pattern is showing.  Press the fabric.  Cut a piece of batting  a few millimeters (1/4″) smaller than the width of the band.

Step Three:

Using a long knitting needle, push the batting into the headband, making sure it reaches to the bottom seam and lies flat. Iron again to make sure all fabric is flat and straight.

Step Four:

Tuck remaining edges under by 1/4″ and sew shut with your trusty machine.

With your headband on, it should both keep your hair out of your face and protect your hair from any stray paint while you are being creative. Also because of the batting when you tie a knot in the headband, the ends with stick out and look like a decorative bow.

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Updating My Overhead Fan

I was looking at my overhead fan the other day, it was in need of serious dusting.Old fashioned Dust Bunnies

The one in the master bedroom had to be replace last year.  Oh my goodness, what a song and dance that was.  All those wires in a “itty bitty living space” to quote Genie from Aladdin.  I wanted to replace this with a newer modern The Beforeone as well.  This particular fan is located over the stairs leading to the basement so struggling to tuck all those wires, unless absolutely necessary, was just not going to happen.

As I said, I was contemplating the dust and dragged out the ladder to have a closer look.  The fan casing is gold and the paddles are a brown, with a cream woven part in the center.  Very old style.  However the casing and the part that held the paddles were in good shape.  There did not appear to be scratches or flaking on it.  The only thing that looked really dated were the paddles.

Why not paint them?  I have some of our high gloss white left from the trim and thought this would be perfect.  We were a little nervous of upsetting the balance of the whole thing so I did one at a time, which took longer but in the end it looks greatLove the white Brushes I tried

I gave each one two coats, top and bottom.  Even though these were older, the paddles were still smooth and shiny and need to be gently sanded and wiped clean.  I tried using different paint brushes but in the end a small roller was the very best and left a great finish.  I’m loving the new look.Finished

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