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4 Tips for clearing the clutter out of your home

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4 Tips for clearing the clutter out of your home

If you’re like most homes, you probably have a decent amount of clutter hanging around. Things just accumulate over time, and you never seem to find the time to get rid of any of it. Then, when you do happen to find time, you find a reason to not throw anything anyway. The result is a cluttered home, filled with things you no longer really need or want. If this sounds like you, it’s time to do something about it. Here are 4 tips you can use to help get rid of that clutter and bring some semblance of organization to your home.

Go Room by Room

One mistake a lot of people make when trying to declutter their homes is to try to do it all at once. You bounce around from room to room, moving things around and trying to decide what to get rid of. After spending a few hours doing this, you realize you’ve only made your home messier, and didn’t accomplish much.

A better strategy is to go room by room. Pick the room that is most cluttered, or the room you most want to get organized. Start there, and don’t move onto another room until you finish it. This will help to keep things simple, and hopefully keep you from becoming overwhelmed.

Separate Your Stuff into Piles

As you’re working on a room, separate everything into piles. By doing this you can clearly see what you want to do with each item and change your mind as you go along. Here are the piles that you should make.

First, a pile of the stuff you want to keep. It’s unlikely that you’re going to throw away everything in your home, so set aside the stuff that you want to keep. Try to be prejudicial and remember that the goal of this exercise is to remove clutter, not keep everything.

The next pile is stuff you want to move to storage. This is the stuff that you want to keep, but you don’t necessary have room for. Perhaps you have an old chest from your grandparents that you love, but that you just don’t have a place for. Putting things in storage is a great way to keep important things while still removing the clutter from your every day life.

After you’re done sorting your piles, you can find a good self-storage locker to keep everything in, where it will be kept safe until you need it. After that, make a pile of the things you think you can sell. Just because you no longer want something doesn’t mean someone else won’t. If you have things in good condition, try to get some money for them. Host a garage sale or put it up on eBay. You might not get much in return, but since the item was just taking up space anyway, it’s better than nothing.

Your fourth pile is things you can donate. Plenty of charities take unwanted items, and you can donate them here to help the charity and to get a tax write-off. Charities are typically looking for old clothes and furniture, but some places accept other things. Keep in mind that to donate something, it will typically need to be in good shape. According to Remove My Junk “Most donation companies won’t take furniture that has rips, tears, or stains in them. However, there are some companies that will take “well worn” furniture for refurbishing purposes”. For more on donating noncash items to charity, you can check out this guide.

Finally, the fifth pile is all the rest of the stuff – the stuff you’re going to throw away. Put in this pile anything you don’t want, and that you can’t give away. There’s no point in hanging onto things you don’t need, so cut the cord and get rid of it.

Buy Some Organizers

Once you have everything sorted and heading to the right places, it’s time to keep this problem from happening again. Buy yourself some good organizers and containers to store all the things you’re keeping. Removing clutter is great, but your home will look even better if the remaining stuff has a proper place and is stored in an orderly fashion.

Keep Up Your Habits

Finally, try to make decluttering a habit. Rather than going through this long process every few years, do it a little at a time. Make it a Spring cleaning habit to go through your stuff and see what you no longer need. By doing it each year you’ll make it less of a chore and help to keep your home organized year-round.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to declutter your home. Hopefully this few tips will help you out, and you’ll be well on your way to a less cluttered home.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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How to Determine Your Furniture Style

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How to Determine Your Furniture Style

When it comes to picking furniture for your space, you need to have a basic idea of what your style is. After all, if you don’t know what style you want to go with, you could find that your home will be a mix of different styles, and this could make it clunky or unattractive. While some people know exactly what type of furniture style they have, others need some serious help. If you fall into the latter category, then use these tips to help you determine your furniture style before making your next purchase.

Visit a furniture store

One of the best ways to determine your furniture style is to visit a furniture store. These stores are packed with different styles and you can spend some time perusing the furniture options to determine which one you like more than others. According to a furniture store in the New York City area, “It’s not uncommon for customers to visit a store multiple times before making their final decision. Taking a walk around a local furniture store will help customers find the style that suits their needs and comfort levels.”

Explore different websites

There are plenty of websites out there today dedicated to home furnishing, home style, finding furniture on a budget, and general look and feel. Take some time to explore all these websites and see if there’s a certain furniture style that you like more than others. Be sure to save pictures of the items you really like or bookmark the websites that feature the look you like most. Doing this before you visit a local furniture store can help you have a better idea of what you want to specifically look for.

Take notes while you’re out

Have you ever been at a friend or relatives house and really liked a piece of furniture? If so, talk to them about where they got it or take note of what type of style it is. This will help you hone in on what your specific taste may be, and it can help you find the items that best match this specific style. Plus, you may just find out where exactly they got the piece from, so you can easily snag that piece for yourself.

Think about what you like

In addition to all the tips above, you should also think about what you like in general. For instance, do you like a farmhouse style, or do you prefer something a little more contemporary? Knowing what you like will help you determine what furniture style you like the most. Once you have this figured out, you can hone in more on that style to determine which pieces actually make sense for your space and your style.

Think about the layout

The layout of your room will play a role in the style of the furniture, so be sure to keep this in mind. For instance, if you have a smaller space, you may want to stray away from furniture that is very large and cumbersome. Instead, you’ll want to pick a skinnier style that helps to accentuate the space and give you more room to enjoy.

Choose based on the rest of the home

Your home should follow an overall style, so be sure that you think of your style based on the other areas of the home too. For instance, if you have a farmhouse style in all the areas of your home, you should keep that style in the other room you need to furnish. If you have too many different styles happening throughout your home, it will make it feel clunky and disorganized. By following the same style throughout your home, you’ll create a more consistent look and make it easier to choose an overall style.

Let your goals be the guide

If you’re still struggling to determine your style, you should let your goals be the guide. Think about places you want to visit or things you want to do, and then let that be the inspiration needed to determine your overall furniture style. For instance, if you enjoy traveling to the south, then choosing southern-style furniture could be the best choice.

Choosing furniture can be stressful, but finding your style doesn’t need to be. If you’re trying to figure out what type of style matches you, then use these tips to help you narrow down exactly what makes sense. Once you have a basic understanding of what you like, you’ll find that your furniture style falls into place.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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Getting Started with Home Renovation

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Getting Started with Home Renovation

Taking on your very first home renovation projects? Congratulations! This is going to be an exciting phase in your life as a homeowner. Whether you’re making a small upgrade to the powder room, or diving into a major reno in multiple rooms, here are 5 important things to consider before you get started.


This is going to be the most important part of ensuring that you have a positive renovation experience. We’re not talking about communicating with your contractor (although that is also very important). This is about maintaining open lines of communication with your significant other, business partner, family member, or whomever you might be taking on this project with.

Things like your vision for the space, budgets, details, and frustrations over unforeseen repairs, etc. can all cause disagreements. That’s why it’s essential that you talk things out upfront and throughout the project.

Planning & Research

Beginning your project with thorough research and a good plan is right up there with communication in terms of importance. While not everyone can fully visualize the outcome of their project, you can still prioritize and get a feel for the process of taking on a renovation.

Spend a lot of time visiting home shows and showrooms, browsing magazines and finding inspiration on sites like Pinterest. Look for design elements that delight you and take note of finishes and styles that you think would fit in with the look of your home as well as your lifestyle.


Home renovations always cost more than you initially think they will. Side projects happen unexpectedly, you end up needing more materials than you had estimated, or you just can’t live without that gorgeous tile you saw online the other day.

When planning out your budget (making a project budget really is a must do) add to extra fields: contingencies and splurges. Allot some extra funds to each line item. This will help you be better prepared when the price tag starts to creep upward.

Estimates are exactly that. They vary from project to project and differ depending on where you live within the country, province, or even within the city. That’s one of the reasons why you can see complete gut job renos on those home improvement shows that come in at a fraction of the price you might find locally.

Project Duration and Deadlines

Speaking of timelines … home renovation projects almost always take longer than you’d imagined they would. The best thing you can do is to plan for a flexible timeline. Projects can start later than you’d expected, and they can take longer than your contractor had initially estimated. This is why it’s never a good idea to plan a reno right before a holiday or major event, such as a wedding or the birth of a child. Make sure you have a sizeable chunk of time between your estimated completion date and the event.

DIY or Hire a Contractor

Many renovation projects will require you to hire a professional. Sometimes, even if you are relatively skilled at certain home improvement tasks bringing a professional in to do the job is the best decision. Here’s why. While you might have the ability to do a passable job, home renovation isn’t your fulltime job. That means you won’t have time to dedicate the major portion of your day to the work. Things will take longer, partially due to time constraints and partially due to lack of experience.

Bottom line: Unless you have extensive home renovation experience, the best choice is usually to hire professional.

Ready to find a contractor?

Take the next step and connect with local contractors in your area. You’ll find extensive listings here on eieihome.com for everything from general contractors to plumbers, landscapers, interior designers and much more. Our listing will allow you to read reviews, view galleries of past projects, and read informative articles based on contractor interviews. This really let’s you get to know each contractor to see if they’ll be the right fit for your project.

Once you’ve browsed the reviews, contact at least three contenders. Request quotes and additional information and then choose the best candidate.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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Making peace with your concrete floor by insulating and levelling

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Making peace with your concrete floor by insulating and levelling

Bryan Baeumler offers easy DIY tips on how to install subfloor panels

You’re a do-it-yourselfer in the middle of converting your basement or garage into a comfortable year-round living or work space and plan to do so by installing a new floor over that cold and hard concrete. However, before you install the new floor, the best thing to do is to insulate the concrete with a good subflooring product.

Installing something like DRICORE® Subfloor R+ panels is quite easy. The product as been designed as ready-to-use, followed by simply topping it off with your favorite finished floor. As a matter of fact, the ease of installation means that a typical 500 square foot room can be done in an afternoon and the investment adds additional value to your renovation. Sounds good, right? So, let’s get started!



The concrete floor or basement foundation should be prepped by ensuring that it’s dry and free of large cracks, excessive moisture penetration or flooding problems prior to installing the subfloor panels. While a good subflooring product will do wonders, it’s not meant to replace a proper foundation. Moisture issues caused from leaks or excessive moisture, mould/musty spots, window leaks or exterior drainage or hydrostatic pressure issues, all should be resolved prior to subfloor installation to protect the completed project and surrounding building materials. Foundation cracks should also be taken care of and can easily be repaired with DRICORE PROConcrete Repair. Any sloping or low areas in the concrete surface should also be levelled to ensure the best possible installation.

Once your concrete is ready, you must then determine the number of subfloor panels and leveling kits needed to complete the room. To do this, an easy method that you can follow is calculating the total number of square feet of your floor (length x width). Divide the number by 3.3. This is a fantastic do-it-yourselfer formula that allows for a percentage of additional panels normally used as partial waste, while cutting around pipes and other obstacles. The panel dimensions for DRICORE Subfloor R+ are 7/8″ x 23.5″ x 23.5″. You can make a proper calculation with this handy calculator.


With a minimal arsenal of tools, you can easily install your subfloor. You can start by conquering a corner and laying the first panel with the tongue side flat against the spacers. Then slide the next panel into place by connecting the tongue side into the groove of the first panel and then using your tapping block and hammer to make sure the second panel is snug fitting to the first panel, and to the wall spacer. Repeat the panel placement along the length of the wall. Once you reach the last panel in this first row, the odds are that you’ll have to cut the panel, so that it’s measured to fit against the ¼” spacer. Then cut the panel to size and press it into place with the pull bar while ensuring that it’s at least 3”. The first three rows are the most critical to a well finished job, so please go slowly, and place down one row at a time installing tightly to prevent any seam separation and making sure that all is levelled and adjust any panels that bounce. The last thing you want is something that feels like a trampoline. Where necessary you can use leveling shims. They simply fit over the cleats on the underside of the subfloor panels, raising the panels to the desired level.

When all is said and done and your panels are set in place, you might be able to remove the spacers from around the perimeter of the room, depending on the finished flooring application that you chose.

Complete the job with flooring

A good subfloor product will ensure a warm, dry and comfortable room throughout the entire year. The air gap technology allows for constant air flow and evaporation of surface moisture emitted from a concrete floor. Sound is also dampened for a quieter floor. In terms of a finished floor, you can add anything over top – engineered hardwood, laminate, your favourite carpet, vinyl or ceramic tile. Anything goes. If you’re updating your garage for a great storage place for your toys, you can just apply few coats of polyurethane and call it a day.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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Made in the shade: 4 ways to add backyard sun protection

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Made in the shade: 4 ways to add backyard sun protection

By: Darla Grant-Braid

Come rain or come shine, there’s one thing that every backyard needs and that’s shade. Whether lounging, BBQing, or gardening, a shade element is necessary to ensure your comfort and make it possible for extended enjoyment of your outdoor space. Shade elements come in all shapes, sizes and price points. Here are a few options:


The classic patio umbrella has been a staple in backyards for generations. While the designs may have changed over the years, at its heart, this traditional shade element remains the same.

Whether supported by a center post or an offset design, patio umbrellas are a low-cost way to add colour and shade to your outdoor living space.

Additionally, they can be easily moved from place to place, and also offer excellent protection from the rain. Their relatively small size means that they are easier to store in the off-season than some other options.

Cons: Can be dislodged by wind, minimal coverage.

This option does not require professional installation.

Portable Gazebo

Portable backyard gazebos have been a popular option for the past decade. They provide more coverage than umbrellas, typically enough to shelter an entire dining or lounging area.

Many of these portable gazebos also allow the option of insect protection, via screens. While costlier than umbrellas, the wide range of styles and construction materials make this an affordable option for most homeowners.

At the lower end of the price spectrum, there are gazebos that are either freestanding or meant to be held in place on grass through ground stakes, while at the higher end, there exist gazebos with sturdier frames, intended to be bolted to a hard surface.

Cons: Certain models may be unable to withstand storms without incurring damage. Some models must be stored over winter or may run the risk of rusting.

This option may require professional installation.


A pergola is an architectural feature, traditionally constructed as a garden archway. In recent years, these wooden structures have gone from acting as simple archways to becoming the focal point on decks and patios.

The pergola is typically a frame, consisting of posts and crossbeams. This means that the “ceiling” is primarily open and will not provide complete sun protection. The shade provided by your pergola is determined by the size and spacing of the crossbeams. Although sun protection can be extended by adding canvas or other fabric to the beams.

Cons: Pergolas can be expensive to install, may require a building permit, and does not provide complete sun protection.

This option requires professional installation.


An awning is fabric stretched over a metal frame that is attached to the over, over a window or door. They can be fixed or retractable.

In addition to providing limited sun protection in the outdoor living space, awnings can have an impact within the home as well. Their position above a window of glass door means that they can help reduce a room’s internal temperature and also protect furnishings from the impact of direct sunlight.

If your awning is positioned over your grill or outdoor kitchen, they can allow for more comfortable outdoor cooking in both sun and rain.

Cons: Retractable models can be expensive, may be susceptible to wind damage if not retracted, may be prone to mold and mildew if not cleaned.

This option may require professional installation.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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Fix It Friday: Remove stains from flooring and upholstery

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Fix It Friday: Remove stains from flooring and upholstery

By: Darla Grant-Braid

If you are adamant about maintaining a spotless home … or at least paying a housekeeper to maintain it for you, there’s one thing that you should be aware of. Stains happen. It’s simply a fact of everyday life. Spills, smudges, dirt and even biological accidents can and probably will happen in your home at some point. The trick is figuring out how to remove those stains quickly and effectively.

Here are a few tried and true tactics for removing stains from different surfaces in your home.

Red Wine

Spilled wine is never a good thing, not only does it leave you with a potential stain, but it means there’s less wine to be enjoyed. And no one like that. Here’s how to take care of a fresh red wine spill:

  1. Apply salt – Cover the stain with a ¼ cup of salt (more if the stain is large) to quickly absorb the liquid. Let sit for a few minutes before brushing the salt from the upholstery.
  2. Blot –Blot up as much of the remining wine as possible
  3. Add equal parts Dawn dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide to a spray bottle. Mist the stain and blot (don’t rub) till the stain vanishes.


The muddy season is definitely here. Winter melt, rain and the endless parade of kids, pets, and gardening boots will inevitably lead to splatters and splotches of mud somewhere on your carpet or area rug. Here’s how to get rid of it:

  1. Allow the mud to dry, then vacuum up as much mud as possible.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish detergent with 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto mud and blot with a paper towel or cloth. Repeat as needed.


Accidents happen. Whether from a spontaneous bloody nose, careless fruit slicing, or unforeseen manicure mishap, should you happen to get a blood stain on your upholstery you’ll want to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. Let’s make it go away:

  1. Lightly sponge the spot with cold water, then blot with a dry paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible.
  2. Pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide directly onto the spot (be sure to test in an inconspicuous area first, since peroxide has a slight bleaching effect) blot and remove any remaining peroxide with cold water.

Pet Stains

Did you know that acid contained in a cat or dog’s urine can not only stain carpeting but hardwood as well? Pet urine can leave unsightly black marks and odour, which can be hard to remove with a simple floor washing. Thankfully there are several solutions to remove this type of stain. Although, please keep in mind that some solutions can result in mild discoloration, particularly in dark wood floors.

  1. Soak a washcloth or paper towel in hydrogen peroxide and lay it on top of the stain.
  2. Leave the cloth there, checking periodically for progress. As soon as the stain disappears, remove the cloth and wipe up any residue from the peroxide.
  3. Be aware that applying peroxide to your hardwood can damage the finish and may require to you sand and refinish the area.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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Less really is more: Tips for decorating on a dime

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Less really is more: Tips for decorating on a dime

When it comes to a luxurious-looking home, budget is only part of the picture. The rest is about maximizing those dollars using colour, creativity and these tricks of the trade.

As a designer, colour is my most powerful decorating tool. I use it to make a big impact, for the low cost of a can of paint. To incorporate colour without the commitment, infuse the hottest hues through your artwork, accessories and pillows. This lets you stay on top of the trends without breaking the bank.

Scrimping and saving is one thing, but even the most frugal makeovers benefit from a splurge or two. Flooring and countertops tend to be high-impact, because they occupy big visual areas. In these cases, it’s worth spending a little more on something you love. The same applies to kitchen cabinets and bathroom tile. But buyer beware, there are varying degrees of “splurges” so shop around, wait for sales, and work with a knowledge able designer like myself who knows where to purchase the leading products today.

When choosing your finishes, consider their staying power. Simple, crisp lines and classic details have longevity, and they will remain a great asset to your home for many years to come, regardless of what’s trending that season.

My Design Tip : For kitchens and bathrooms, white is a widespread palette of choice, and for good reason! It boasts wide appeal, which is great for resale value. It’s also versatile, and easy to work with and accessorize as trends evolve over time.

The next step in the decorating process is furnishing your home. Be selective and consider the scale of your selections. The popularity of condo living has given rise to a new problem in the world of interiors: oversized furnishings. Pieces that are too large make a room feel cramped . On the flip side, pieces that are too small will make your home look under-furnished and, not luxurious. Properly scale and sized furniture will give your home that made-to-measure look without breaking the bank.

Last but not least, pay attention to the details. Give your home a carefully curated look with collections of art and accessories that you love. Line your shelves with beautiful books and cherished mementos; show off your mantel with your favourite photos; dress your tabletops with fresh flowers and greens. Remember every detail counts, so don’t leave anything overlooked.

About the Author: Kate Davidson is Designer, Principal of Kate + Co. Design inc. For more then a decade this design firm has focused on being a multi disciplinary interior design firm providing complete residential & commercial design services throughout Toronto, GTA. and North America. Known and respected for envisioning and creating stylish adaptable livable spaces www.kateandcodesign.com Instagram: kateandcodesigninc

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Pro Tips: Finishing Touches for an Unfinished Room

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Pro Tips: Finishing Touches for an Unfinished Room

Without enchanting details and mesmerizing focal points, a space feels rather empty and lifeless. Only when you add those perfectly combined finishing touches does a room gain character, style and a luxurious appeal. So, after the remodeling part comes decoration that will provide you with an opportunity to experiment and express your personality through interior design. And with these pro-inspired tips, you’ll give your home an authentic appeal.

Use a mirror for glamour

A beautiful mirror is always a great addition to a home and you can use it in every room. In the bedroom, you can place a freestanding mirror in the corner of your room, but not directly opposite your bed. If you have a small living room, you can place a vintage mirror on top of your fireplace mantel or above your sofa. Not only will it be a lovely décor statement, but it will also give a sparkle to your living room and make it seem more spacious. Furthermore, you can use a stunning mirror backsplash in the kitchen while an elegant bathtub paired up with a glamorous mirror frame will exude sophistication in the bathroom.

Decorate in odd numbers

If you’re a design newbie, you need to learn about the rule of decorating in odd numbers. Designing with odd numbers will help you create more memorable statements and accent details. It will also provide you with an opportunity to mix different designs, textures and shapes to create a stunning visual appeal. However, you should still aim for a cohesive look, so make sure to link your odd items through one similar feature, such as colour, texture or pattern.

Introduce personal details

Your home should reflect your personality and taste, so you should add a few personal details to your space. From personal photographs to travel memorabilia, personal objects can truly add character to a room. However, in order to avoid creating clutter, you should choose items that you really love and that remind you of cherished memories. Let your personal objects tell a story about you that you would like to be told.

Add texture and depth through vintage design

Not only will different materials create a deep, layered look in your home, but they will also embellish it with enchanting patterns. And with the help of design icon Florence Broadhurst, you can create a lush home with a vintage flair. Transforming your bedroom into a glamorous sanctuary will be easy if you layer soft, lush covers on your comfy bed. In the living room, cosy cushions with lovely patterns will create an ambiance of relaxation and comfort. Of course, you shouldn’t forget to add several soft towels to your bathroom and give it a spa-like vibe.

Create a focal point

Every room needs a focal point, a piece that will stand out and work as an enticing statement. This is particularly important if your home features a monochromatic, subtle colour scheme and design that may come across as slightly monotone. For example, in the bedroom, you can have an accent wall painted in a conspicuous hue while in the bathroom, you can add a lush chandelier above your tub. When it comes to your living room, you can use a beautifully designed sofa or a vintage armchair as the focal point. Having created a focal point, you need to surround it with subtle yet chic decorations that will accentuate it even further.

Don’t forget artwork

Bare walls make a space seem empty and devoid of personality, so you should definitely embellish yours with inspiring artwork. Nowadays, there’s so much inspiration for wall art and all you need to do is tap into your creativity. You can create a mesmerising gallery wall and exhibit your favourite works of art in combination with other lovely details, such as artsy installations and crafts. On the other hand, you can go with a single, statement piece that will stand out as the focal point in a room. For a cohesive, harmonious look, you can use details from a painting, such as colours or motifs, for decorative details throughout your room.

Embrace plants

The moment you introduce houseplants to your space, your home will seem livelier and more open. Not only will plants introduce a splash of vibrant green to your space, but they will also provide you with an opportunity to experiment with different pot designs. From hanging planters and lovely terrariums to stunning vertical gardens, greenery will help you create an atmosphere of freshness, energy and style.

Finishing touches will give your space an authentic charm and help you design a room that truly reflects your style and personality.

Author: Chloe Taylor

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How To Easily Repair a Cracked Wall

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How To Easily Repair a Cracked Wall

While many people see a crack in a wall as a mild inconvenience, it is safe to say that the vast majority of homeowners don’t like seeing a crack in the wall because it’s not aesthetically pleasing, and on top of that, it can be a sign of jeopardized structural integrity. Either way, the most important thing here is the fact that you can fix many wall-related predicaments yourself without having to hire a professional and spend a fortune on renovations.

You’ll need some masonry tools and various other components such as sandpaper, adhesive tape, utility knife, and etc, depending on the material you’re trying to fix or patch up. In this particular guide, we will cover the process of fixing drywall, concrete walls, patching of plaster walls, and repairing deep cracks.

Fixing drywall

You’re lucky if you run into issues with drywall because it’s the easiest thing to repair on our list. The first thing you need to do is cut a V-shaped notch along the crack with a utility knife and vacuum the dust and debris. Once you’ve done that, cover the whole crack with self-adhesive fiberglass tape or mesh tape. Bear in mind, if you decide to use mesh tape, apply some joint compound before because it’s not self-adhesive.

Now that you’ve covered the crack with tape apply a layer of joint compound over the area, and extend it for 2-3 inches on either side. The reason behind this is simple – you have to make sure you’ve covered the whole crack as well as the freshly applied tape.

Allow the area to dry for at least 12 hours before you sand it and prepare it for painting.

Patching a plaster wall

The method of patching a plaster wall is quite similar to the aforementioned process of fixing drywall. However, that only applies to minor cracks. In case the plaster is pulling away from the lath, you’ll need to take additional steps in order to fix it properly. First, you need to drill a couple of holes that are going to go through the plaster but won’t damage the lath. Drill holes at approximately every two inches along the crack. Clean the area of dust and debris and make sure you vacuum the holes so that there is no leftover dust because that will affect the adhesive’s ability to hold.

Once everything is clean, spray the adhesive conditioner into the holes. Subsequently, begin applying the adhesive once the conditioner dries. It’s a good idea to attach plaster rings immediately after using the adhesive so that it pulls the plaster as tight as possible against the wall. After it cures, remove the rings, cover everything with joint compound and let it dry. Once it’s finished, sand it smooth. While this isn’t rocket science, some people simply don’t want to go through all the hassles.

Concrete walls

Messing with concrete walls is probably the most complicated process on this list. The good thing about it is the fact that you don’t need a pallet of different materials in order to fix it. Instead, all you need is an epoxy kit. These kits come in two parts, usually abbreviated as A and B. Before you start mixing the components, use a few 3-inch finish nails and tap them into the crack, keeping a 12-inch distance between the nails. Mix the epoxy and apply a small amount to every port tab. On top of that, fill up the crack with epoxy as well. Use a simple paintbrush to smooth out the rough epoxy edges. Let it dry for at least 8 hours.

Once it dries out, inject liquid concrete by using a caulk gun. Remember to start from the bottom and plug each port before moving to the next one. Let it dry for at least five days and cut the excess with a hacksaw.

Painting the cracks

When it comes to painting the cracks, it’s tricky. You can opt to paint just the crack, and to use tools like paint rollers, brushes, or you can do the next reasonable thing – paint the whole wall. The easiest way to do that is with a good paint sprayer and a little bit of patience. Just choose the perfect color for your wall and paint it. Don’t forget to take your paintings of the wall, though.

As you can tell, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on professionals, especially if you’re dealing with minor interventions. All you have to do is follow the instructions, and you’ll end up fixing the matter by yourself. On the other hand, if you stumble upon particularly large cracks, it’s a good idea to call for inspection and make sure the place is safe for living.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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Return of the Black Bathroom

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Return of the Black Bathroom

Tis the season to begin planning next year’s home renovation projects. If a dream bathroom renovation is on your wish list, you’re probably pouring over photos of gorgeous spaces. That means there’s a good chance you’ve noticed that black bathrooms are quietly making a return.

From walls to accents, faucets, fixtures, and sometime all of the above, black is back. Here is a look at some of the ways that you can incorporate the black bathroom trend into your next renovation.

The Ultimate Attention-Getting Toilet


Nothing makes a statement about your commitment to the black bathroom trend like adding a black commode. However, don’t add just any black toilet, when you can conserve water and enjoy a style upgrade at the same time.

Kohler’s Kathryn Comfort Height one-piece compact elongated 1.28 gpf toilet with AquaPiston® flush technology allows you to save water with every flush, while the finish in Black Black™ is a definite attention-grabber.

Show Stopping Faucet


Going black with your bathroom faucet is always a bold move, since it’s such an atypical look. However, it’s also a great medium commitment way to embrace the black bathroom trend since installing a faucet isn’t as invasive as switching out the fixtures. When you install a black faucet, it creates a striking contrast against an otherwise light-coloured bathroom.

High Profile Lighting


Whether black all over or just the hardware, black lighting fixtures make a stunning first impression in your bathroom. The look is sleek and very different.

Fabulous Flooring


Black patterned bathroom floor tiles are having a pretty big moment right now. Weère seeing them in magazines, on our favourite home design shows, and all across the internet. This is a very graphic, bold look, that shows best against a white wall, and paired with an unexpected pop of colour.

Wow Factor Walls


For the ultimate ode to this inky shade, try swathing your bathroom walls in black. You can successfully use black paint in a room without make the space feel oppressive. Try framing it with white molding, add some gorgeous statement lighting and definitely experiment with accessories.


Some of our favourite powder room looks incorporate a healthy dose of black. Here is a look at some spaces that do this trend well.


The black is very present in this space, but not overpowering.  Painting a vanity black and adding black lighting allows you to embrace this trend without a big-ticket commitment.


Think you can’t go black in a tiny space? Think again. The black hex flooring and exotic black wall paper work together to create a sensual space that feels open and spacious.


Black toilet, black hex tile, black sink …bravo. This is a truly elegant space, especially with the tile feature wall, greenery and gold accents. Very nice.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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