Laid Back Vintage Luxury

Laid Back Vintage Luxury, a stunning beachfront home designed with open living spaces so everyone feel accessible and connected. Big cusped windows accented with old Indian arches showcase the spectacular ocean views. Casually understated laid back interiors perfect for entertaining or just a lazy secluded afternoon reading your favorite book to the music of nature.

A cozy lived in feel brought together by vintage woods and architectural pieces that tell stories of their past owners. Old Haveli doors and arches have soft worn textures and patinas giving a warm elegance to the decor.

An open living room and kitchen area with extra-wide sliding carved barn doors that leads to the patio. The barn doors are created from carved Indian panels of Buddha, Krishna, Ganesha in subtle colors, when closed they are beautiful pieces of art. When opened, the doors almost double the living space. Laid back and slower paced soothing energies fill the room.

Casual waterfront entertaining with close friends is the main thought of laid back vintage interiors. The living room features a long triple arch veranda that showcases the ocean views, a custom old door iron nailed coffee table where the family plays cards and watches movies. Sun-bleached, old reclaimed doors on the wall act as masterpieces of architectural art giving an old world ambiance.

The upstairs features two master suites, each with balconies and incredible ocean views. Each of the five bedrooms is inspired by various cultures such that every guest feels they have their own personal retreat.

Old textured woods that burst with colors and carvings, from the credenza under the TV in the living room to the “manjoosh” in the kitchen. An old beautiful bleached Haveli door textured naturally by blowing sand is the king headboard that grabs your attention as you walk past the arched doorway. The soft breeze rustles the sari curtains bringing in the romance of a bohemian rhapsody.

When designing the laundry space, Indian inspired whitewashed laundry cabinets complete the vintage look. Old reclaimed wood is used everywhere, from the study table to the bookshelves in the library. Made from antique door frames, they even have the house number inscribed on them.

A huge antique door frame wall mirror in the bathroom gives a grand statement. A lush carved rustic sideboard has been converted into a double vanity with copper sinks. Enjoy the warm woods and soft earthy feels of vintage reclaimed woods. Nurturing and earthing woods give beautiful energies to the living space and the house becomes a home.

Best Trees for Indoors

Trees are great things to have in your yard. They clean the air, they give shade and privacy, they are great for climbing and they are beautiful to look at as well. While many trees are just too big to think about growing inside, there are many trees that make wonderful accents to the inside of your home. Here’s just a few:

If you are a fan of the Victorian Era you may have seen pictures or seen movies of the time with parlour palms sprucing up the, well, parlour. The adapt well to low light and humidity and they are on the list of NASA’s 50 Plants That Clean the Air. And face it, they’re breezy and fancy and who wouldn’t want one in their living room in a large ceramic pot?

If you want a touch of Christmas in your home year round, what about a Norfolk Pine? They are essentially baby Christmas trees that love bright light and moist soil. At Christmas time you can decorate them with little bows or fairy lights, but they make a great addition to any room year round.

If you like big bold statements you’ll want a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in your living room. These trees have large sculptured leaves that give the air of the tropics without being weepy or wispy. These trees love light but don’t like drafts so keep them away from windows and doors and you’re good to go.

The Ficus is perhaps the most popular indoor tree there is, heck, they even make a fake version that you just dust once in a while and forget about. The real version is actually a weeping fig tree if you want to get technical, and they come in different textures and heights so they’re perfect for any room, any where.

Love the tropics but live where there seems to be perpetual winter? Then what about adding a Majesty Palm to your home? They are fan shaped and have that tropical feel to them and best of all they are slow growing if they aren’t getting strong sunlight. Throw on the heat, watch the palm tree and pretend you’re on the beach, even if it is January and there is a blizzard waging outside.

If you like more of a desert type tree then the Yucca is for you. They have thick woody stems and pointy leaves that come in a variety of blue to blue green colours and have yellow, cream or white tones to them too.

The Window of Reflection of Your Workplace

IMPORTANCE OF FURNITURE AESTHETICS

It has been very rightly said and justified that the first impression is the last. It holds true for almost any setting and environment in the world; none so more than a professional office and a workplace environment. The appearance and the aesthetics that are put on display by the office furniture plays a pivotal role in shifting the mindset of every client, guest or employee who walks in through the door expecting favorable results in return. The entirety of the beliefs and the values on which your company stands is heavily dependent on the tone and mood that is set in the minds of every person walking through the door and towards you in order to retain your services.

RECEPTION AREA- THE MOST VITAL OF PLACES

Now that we have understood the importance of the style, beauty, and d├ęcor offered by furniture in a professional outlook, let us take it a step further. Question! What is the first place with which every potential customer walking through your doors comes in contact with? The Reception Area- the place representing the face value of the entire beliefs and grounds on which your company stands; which is why it is wise to never take the presentation of your reception area lightly. It is your reception area that will be the source of the first impression that you have to offer, based on which every client and customer makes up their mind within a matter of split seconds.

BUYING THE RIGHT RECEPTION DESK

Furnishing your reception area with desks and chairs is much more than simply choosing one from of a list with limited choices. There are a lot of things and factors to consider before you can finally decide and land upon the best there is in order to represent your beliefs, tradition, and creativity in a classy and catchy manner. And so, let us try and discuss some of these factors as well as possible-

Before buying a desk, you should be aware of the type of people (your clientele basically) that frequent your office premises. Every office/firm/organization has a specific type and group of people who are their target customers. And because every profession makes people look at things in a specific manner, it is imperative that you understand those finer details which your clients can possibly look for before handing over their business to you.

The constituents and build of your reception desk should be eye-catching as well as classy at the same time. The build materials used in it and the fanciness it spreads in the lobby area are major factors affecting the overall ambiance of the area. As such, a reception desk that has curves to flaunt along with a free-flowing design strike an immediate sense of sophistication.

Apart from curvaceous designs, the perfect addition to the reception area is a desk completely/partially constructed out of glass very simply because they resonate and exhibit a sense of the purest feelings of elegance and virtue, and figuratively act as the mirror for the type and quality of the work that you do.

Driveway Gates – The Essential Guide

The driveway gate, the entrance to your property and home – we often think of them as just a necessary fixture of our driveway, a humble continuation of the garden wall or fence and simply a point of access and exit. We forget that they can improve the visual appeal of a property by adding style and charm. The gate is often the first thing visitors see when they visit or pass your property and its appearance can reflect what lies beyond by giving a good or bad first impression.

Which driveway gate should I choose?

Choosing a driveway gate greatly depends on the style and its intended purpose. A simple timber gate that blends in seamlessly with the fence or wall provides a traditional look and feel. Alternatively, a solid timber clad or wrought iron gate can offer a greater level of privacy and security for your home.

Automated or manual

If you want to go that little bit further you may consider an automated gate. No more hassle of getting in and out of the car on a wet day, and the benefit of the gate always being closed when the driveway is not in use. Electric gates can be a great addition to your property by deterring unwanted visitors, but make sure you get them installed by a professional gate engineer. There are many options to choose from depending on your driveway access and slope.

Types of gate

Fundamentally, driveway gates tend to be made from two materials, wood or metal. Metal gates come in a variety of styles and shapes and are manufactured in steel or aluminium. Steel gates traditionally tend to be more ornate in nature where aluminium gates can provide the look and feel of a traditional timber clad gate but at a fraction of the weight and without the hassle of annual timber maintenance.

Gate care and maintenance

Once you’ve invested in the ideal gate for your driveway, you now need to ensure that your gate is given the best protection to keep it looking as good as new, for as long as possible.

Almost all new wooden driveway gates are pre-treated to protect the timber against wood rot and bug attack, but these treatments don’t provide all-round protection against the weather. Weather erosion and the suns UV rays will degrade the effectiveness of these treatments over time.

If you are looking for a natural look, you may want to overcoat any preservative treatment with a clear exterior wood oil or decking oil. These products contain a blend of oils, waxes and resins that penetrate the wood deep down to provide excellent protection against water access. A number of these products contain UV filters which help to retain the natural colour of the timber for longer, delaying the onset of weathering.

Painting your driveway gate

If you plan to paint your gate, it’s important to ensure that any wood preservative used beforehand is free from wax, oil and silicon. Most external paints are water based and any pre-treatment that contains wax or oil will prevent the paint from adhering to the wood. Always invest in a quality paint, it can save you time and money in the long run.

Wood Stains

Using an exterior wood stain on your driveway gate is a terrific way of retaining the natural grain of the timber. A light-coloured softwood gate can be stained and sealed to give the colour appearance of Teak, Mahogany or Walnut.

Why oil timber gates?

As with any other garden wood such as benches, sheds and fencing, it’s always a good idea to oil the wood as part of an annual garden maintenance routine. Wood oils penetrate in to the wood grain to replace the natural oils lost over time. This keeps the wood nourished and flexible, helping to prevent or reduce cracking and splitting. In addition, many exterior wood oils and decking oils contain UV filters that help to protect the timber from the bleaching effect of the sun.

Old Fashioned Vintage Furniture and Interiors

Old fashioned and elegant vintage interiors welcome subtle hues of calming colors like white, blues and pink. Soft patinas, aged furniture and architecture, rustic woods and stone, natural fabrics are classically used in this style.

Romantic and soft, flowing lines of old veranda arches, hand carved by artisans many years ago with tools that were passed on in generations, the elegant warm hues of carved wood armoires, lovingly refinished furniture, vintage interiors inherit the legacy of the old world style, each piece tells a story and carries ancient energies.

Simple and graceful at the same time the worn, cracked, distressed wood sideboard consoles give the ambiance of a comfortable lived-in look, creating interiors that are peaceful relaxed with a hint of nostalgia.

Modern rustic coffee tables made from reclaimed antique doors strike the chord with their character and give the elegant simplicity of classic old world charm. They bring with them a harmony of space and earthing design.

Furniture in Vintage style is loaded with history, worn textures, rough patinas with several colors seeping through, along with the burnished brass and rusted iron rivets that give added strength to the wood give each piece a unique character.

The teak armoire wardrobe in distressed peach, bedside tables with cladded brass elephants and a massive old door dining table are accented by long sari curtains, gracefully draped, bright turquoise or subdued ivory gold depending on your walls.

Complement your Interior with decorative pillows made from recycled tribal tapestries and vintage carpets. Wall decorating with the tree of life carved wood panels in dark tones add a focal point to the design. Black and white photographs in vintage frames and paintings in the elegant wooden jharokha carved frames give the personal touch.

The vintage jewelry boxes studded with brass and a long hope chest trunk at the end of your bed with a lovely crystal chandelier create the special atmosphere in your bedroom. A large floor mirror in a massive antique door carved frame will refresh the room. The essence of vintage style is the appeal of the bygone years, which reflects the culture and diversity of the past. Vintage interior style is simply elegant, beautiful and warm, combining antiques and rustic woods with the imperfect sense of proportion. Luxurious yet understated, the romantic carved bed with a canopy in sheers and a dresser with inlaid shells filled with figurines and perfume bottles is a statement in old fashioned luxury.

I Love Rustic Furniture

I have a reoccurring dream that I have an entire houseful of rustic furniture. I am usually sorry to wake up and find out it was just a dream. I really love the look of rustic furniture, and to own an entire houseful is indeed a dream to be dreaming!

I love the way the wood is crafted on each individual piece. Mixing some woods together such as Fir and Pine can make a piece unique as well as a beautiful sight to see. I love that so many of the legs on tables and chairs are the logs of the wood used. I love the look of just about all of it. I often think about how I would furnish a room if, or hopefully, when I could actually acquire some of those beautiful pieces of furniture.

I have considered which room. The living room, the bedroom, the game or family room, all have given me so many ideas. I cannot truly think of any room that would not be so beautifully enhanced with the decor made of these beautiful rustic pieces.

This type furniture does not dictate the same rules as other wood furniture choices where you need to be careful not to pick dark and light wood for the same room. With rustic creations, you can throw out some of those strict guidelines and make choices that are more pleasing than you might imagine. You can completely free up your imagination and your emotions to create a room you will enjoy just the way you want to enjoy it.

So first look for the items you would favor. Then you can choose the room you want to furnish. If you want your items to be of all the same wood, feel free, but do remember you can always select wood that is complementary and not necessarily matching. So start your search. There are many online retailers and handcrafters as well as neighborhood shops that offer rustic furniture and furnishings.

I would suggest you look around for awhile before you start picking out your items. The fun is choosing and imagining. The excitement is in finding just the right piece.

I have done enough dreaming about this type of decor that I know it is not going to be quick and easy, there are so many wonderful choices, and possibly your limit will be governed more by your budget than your desire.

You also might want to consider your floor while you are considering your furniture. If you have hardwood floors you are all set. These items look so perfect for hardwood floors. In my opinion, you will not want carpet. I just do not think this kind of furniture shows up to its most alluring on a carpet. Of course, all of that will be your choice but if you have hardwood or tile you might want to pick out an oval or a round braided rug to compliment the furniture you choose. Believe me, you might really like the effect this will give your room.

So, you can be giving this some thought while you are looking for just the right rustic pieces of furniture. You don’t want to neglect the other items you will want to add, like throw pillows, curtains, chair cushions on your “Adirondack” chairs for instance. These are the choices that will highlight the furniture.

Choices, delightful choices. It can be daunting, and it can be fun.

Colors, styles, all will matter more than just the particular type wood you favor. Whether your choice is Hickory, Teak, Pine, Cedar or Fir, all are good choices, but please be certain that you do not choose colors and patterns that will clash or take away from the charm you are creating

I believe you will know when you make just the right choices. And along with the wood, the colors and the styles, remember, you will not want to “over-furnish” your room. These beautiful rustic pieces tend to be larger than your average tables, chairs, and sofas, so the right amount, not overdoing, is important.

As long as you keep some of these ideas in mind, I know you will have a wonderful adventure choosing your new decor.

I will be a little envious but I wish you luck for the success you need to truly enjoy your new surroundings.

I keep trying to find some rustic furniture creations for my Home Furnishings site, so you can wish me luck too.

Marvela Smith just loves looking for all types of Home Furnishings. She is not an expert in all phases of Home Decor, but she does have a love of trying to help her customers make the right choices for them so that any room is a pleasant place for them to enjoy. She stays busy trying to find new and exciting pieces to offer in the hope she will be able to offer the right items for their home furnishings You are invited to come see what she has found or ask her and she will look for anything you have in mind. She would love to help you find what you need.

Luxe Bohemian Interiors and Furniture

Laid-back luxe bohemian interiors are the perfect balance to the conundrum of city life. Aesthetically appealing with a touch of history the chic bohemian home is as unpredictable and unique as its owner. Impeccable style and luxurious statement decor the boho vibe carries on from one room to the next.

Designing with vintage architectural arches and antique doors makes you build rooms around them, considering them as functional art and creating design that flows in tandem with historic nuances. Vintage aesthetic wood textures play throughout the home, keep the rest of the home fairly neutral, a warm color palette plays with distressed patina consoles and bold contemporary art.

The house is bright, cozy and welcoming, balancing dark wood doors with a cool, hip vibe. Boho sanctuaries make you want to linger and stay, caressing you with their energies. Your personal style should reflect in the decor keeping it characteristic and appealing instead of being trendy. Hand carved authentic antique doors crafted by artisans in teak wood with elaborately carved headers and studded with metals gives the connection to history and tradition.

Textured cabinets, soft blush hues or bold brass cladded armoires define the corners and hallways. Whitewashed coffee tables with hints of burnished brass on a sisal rug and pillows in vintage fabrics give a touch of bohemian rhapsody.

We are not looking for perfect symmetry rather a kink in furnishings gives the edgy eclectic vibe. The vintage sofa table asks you to look at it with the deep relief carvings and the muted shades dispersed randomly yet in a pattern of design.

The boho home has a beautiful Buddha carved wall relief that touches your inner spirit and calms you with its energy. Surround yourself with the love and beauty of old world design and reclaimed woods, bohemian treasures that capture your heart.

Exotic embellished fabrics, perfectly disheveled pashmina throws, an abundance of green plants in big brass urns the boho interior has a collected and worldly appeal, each piece has a story and a purpose. The earthing cabinets with brass horses or the carved sunrays cabinets bring in energies creating a balance with nature.

Hang a lush patterned tapestry behind the bed as a headboard, using a vintage door mantle as a tapestry rod letting the fabric take its natural folds. The sequins play with the sunlight creating dancing patterns on the white linen bedspread. Create a sense of dramatic boho design with sari curtains that let the sunlight in and are yet boldly colored.

The Important Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

If you are on the market for new home siding, it is no surprise that you are considering vinyl. Vinyl plastic exterior has been a long-time favorite for both residential and commercial properties, and for many reasons. Although there are a few drawbacks you need to think about, this material is almost always a safe investment. Continue reading to review some of the common pros and cons of vinyl siding.

Pros

Vinyl siding is mostly admired for its extreme versatility. It comes in a wide range of colors, styles, textures, and more, which makes customizing the look of your home an easy task. Aside from versatility, vinyl is very low maintenance. Caring for it is simple, and there is very little you need to do to make it last a long time. Furthermore, installation is quick and easy, and the cost comparison to other options on the market is very low. It is one of the most affordable choices for residential siding you can buy.

Here are some more pros to this versatile material:

Very durable;
Lasts between 30 and 40 years with good care;
Endless color options and schemes;
Very low maintenance;
Easy to clean and care for;
Insulated options increase energy efficiency;
Cheapest siding option on the market;

Cons

There are not many drawbacks to vinyl siding, however, there are a few attributes that are important for you to know in order to make an educated decision. For instance, it is not waterproof. Although it is water-resistant, poor installation can let water leak behind the panels and cause rot, mold, and mildew. Also, many homeowners have complained that the color option is too permanent with vinyl siding. Whatever color you choose, it will always be that color. That is because plastic exterior siding cannot be repainted like other siding materials.

Another common con to this material is the potential for the boards to warp, bend, or dent. This can happen from a string impact or extreme summer heat. Homeowners also complain that whole panels must be replaced because there is no patchwork in vinyl siding. Some additional common complaints about vinyl siding include:

90% of homes have vinyl siding, so it’s not always the most unique;
Lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and even high winds can rip panels off;
Faulty installation can lead to water leaks, rot, mold, and decay;
It can crack in extreme cold weather, and warp in hot weather;

Reupholstering Office Chairs and the Benefits

The reupholstery process, itself, can be straightforward when some standard steps are taken. Furniture upholstery comes with various procedures that need to be followed in order to complete the entire process properly and it has many benefits. Reupholstering gives new life to old furniture.

Furniture upholsterers will often use the following procedures when they reupholster office chairs:

Firstly, the chair will be taken apart.
The frame can be spray painted, if required.
The new fabric must be measured, cut and ironed.
The fabric will be stapled.
The chair can be reassembled.
The office chair can, now, be admired.

Furniture upholsterers can create amazing changes to old and outdated office furniture.

If you are considering reupholstering your office furniture, then this might make your decision making process a little bit easier. Here are the many benefits of furniture upholstery.

It is a cost effective solution because furniture upholstery saves money. Often, it is less expensive to restore office furniture as opposed to buying new furniture. This will depend on the overall condition of the piece of furniture itself. It is wise to compare prices prior to making any decisions. The cost of reupholstering an existing piece of furniture versus buying a new one can be quite a difference.
You have more control over the design and colours. Every office has a unique style of its own. Reupholstering the current furniture allows for more control over the entire outcome of the process. The style of the office can be kept consistent when the right design, fabric and colours are weaved in.
Environmental intelligence comes into play. It is reasonable to include the eco-friendliness within the benefits of reupholstering old furniture. Saving old furniture reduces wastage on our planet’s landfills.
It creates a new office ambiance. Office upholstery can create an appealing new office ambiance. Refreshing an entire office can be done with careful colour matching, quality fabrics and the use of a professional reupholstering.

Country Cottage Charm

Country Cottage home decor is filled with appealing traces of the past, the nostalgic country cottage shows as simple, practical and cheerful. Inspired by old bygone days it is easy to create in your home today.

Charming storage needy country cottages are often seen with vintage storage cabinets, rustic cupboards and antique wood armoires that store essentials. Even though your home has built-in storage, vintage furniture pieces carry an aesthetic charm. Store linens in a vintage iron strap wooden trunk that serves as a coffee table as well. Display pretty country artifacts and everyday essentials in open bookcases built from old mid century doors and wrought iron. Hide gadgets and electronic behind the doors of a weathered patina cabinet.

Old woods that have stood the test of time and seen generations go by carry the beauty of age. The comfort from the earthy woods and furniture that shows hints of the past, warm muted colors and repeated washed textures of the carved consoles and old door media chests give a lived in feel.

The color palette for your rooms is warm, muted and gentle, as if fading over time. Creamy whitewashed doors and subtle yellows a brighter version in the distressed ochre coffee table with floral curtains and you are almost there. Hard-used doors show many coats of paint with nicks and chips and worn edges.Intimate comfy spaces for conversation, a daybed with old pashmina wool blankets makes a wonderful addition. Use old room dividers or doors as headboards and keep linen simple with white quilts.

Handloom cotton bedspreads and patchwork pillows add to a casual mood. Sturdy wood floors and a veranda triple arch lining the porch add cottage-style architectural detail. Hand crafted baskets or rusted metal buckets hold supplies. A swing in the porch provides extra seating and potted plants everywhere bursting with flowers give the warm homely touch.

Quiet and simple is a character of country cottage, avoid layering and keep windows bare as well as floors. No fuss and simple sitting on a rugged old door dining table with iron chairs, flowers from your garden are the only accent needed.

Accessorize with faded textiles and graphic displays from local business, old farm stands and oxcart benches. Antique doors and windows have a rustic old elegance displayed near a sculpture or a water fountain. Country living and cottage charm blended with relaxed lived in casual charm.