I love coffee in the morning

Written By: admin - Jun• 20•14

best single serve coffee makerAs this blog is about what makes your house a home, I could not write something about coffee. Simply put, I adore a great cup of coffee in the morning. I’m not talking about instant coffee in a mug. I am talking about the real deal. Brewed correctly, from ground beans, giving off that beautiful aroma. Because of this, I think a coffee maker in your kitchen, is an essential part of turning my house into a home.

Today when shopping, you have a massive choice. Not only in the models from different brands of coffee makers, but the types of coffee maker. You have one cup brew makers, espresso makers, drip makers and french press makers just to name a few. It all depends on what your preferences you have, to what machine you choose.

I personally have two machines for different needs. In the mornings, I am normally in a rush, apart from weekends, so I have a single serve coffee maker. When I have more time, in the evenings and at weekends, I have an espresso maker to play with. Both make a fantastic mug of coffee.

My single serve coffee maker, is a Keurig machine. It is the K65 model and I love it to bits. Make sure water is in the reservoir, pop in your  K cup and press the button. The machine takes care of everything. It might not quite have the taste of a freshly ground espresso but it is very good. As good as many coffee shops I have been to. I chose this particular maker because of its programming capabilities. I can load the machine and set a timer the night before. I awake to a freshly brewed coffee. Quite often it is the aroma that forces me out of bed.

When I have time to play and prepare a freshly ground espresso, I have a Gaggia 14101. This is an expensive machine, and for many people, I understand wouldn’t pay this much. But it is awesome, and looks fantastic. Quite often it is the first thing people comment on when visiting. It is made with heavy duty components, I cannot see this every breaking. It is easy to clean, and with its frothing wand, I can make a pretty mean latte.

There are many other choices out there, I recommend taking a look.

I wanted to make my own wooden frames

Written By: admin - May• 31•14
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courtesy of adamr / freedigitalphotos.net

On a mission to give my house the personal touch,I thought it a good idea to make some of my own furnishings. I thought I could make some simple wooden photo frames, and even mirror surround. Armed with a head full of ideas, and not many tools I made a start.

I soon realized I was pretty rubbish a sawing by hand. Finding it virtually impossible to cut the correct angles to make a nice joint. After a quick phone call to Dad, who always has the answer, a quick trip to the Diy store, then home with my new tool. A new miter box and saw. After a few trial runs, I was cutting nice, neat angles that fitted together perfectly.

This is when I encountered my next problem. Holding the joints while fixing them. Here I figured out pretty quickly that I needed some sort of clamping device, to hold everything together. It was while buying these clamps that I made somewhat of an extravagant purchase.

I knew before I even started that I am a little clumsy when it comes to delicate situations. Nailing the frame together is one of these situations. Whilst browsing the clamps, trying to make a decision,I noticed the small air compressor.

I always visualize air compressors as these huge tools in automotive garages, that power extremely expensive equipment. Yet here was this quite light, extremely portable little air compressor, and it was even being advertised with a nailing attachment. Before I knew it the air compressor was accompanying the clamps in the trunk of my car.

Like a kid at Christmas, I couldn’t wait to get home to try my new toy.

After some careful measuring, I had my first photo frame clamped together. All angles were 90 degrees and square, looking very nice, even if I do say so myself. It was now I fired up the compressor. The Porter Cable c2002 wk sprung to life. Not too noisy, and quickly ready to use.

I’m not afraid to admit, that if I was nailing by hand, I probably would have knocked the wood out of the clamps, bent nails or even worse split the wood.  But with this compressor a quick fire and the nails were quickly fired. In a matter of minutes I had the whole photo frame nailed together with out any disasters.

I was well chuffed. While I was at it I even checked the tires on the car, with another attachment










Do Wall Paintings Really Matter All That Much?

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•14

Let’s face it, when you’re decorating a room, the primary of your decoration efforts is probably the main furniture pieces. Also, you probably would pay a lot of attention to the color of the walls, the tiling and maybe accessories that go with the main furniture pieces. While this is all good, if you really want to make your room truly come alive, you need to invest in the right wall decorations. When it comes to wall decorative elements, you can’t go wrong with wall paintings. Wall paintings are some of the oldest wall decoration options on the market. Wall paintings have been around for thousands of years. From ancient Egyptians to ancient Romans to the Renaissance to the current day, all sorts of people from many different cultures look to wall paintings as adding an essential touch to any room decor. With that said, there’s so many different directions you can go. There’s so many different options you can pursue. Some are better than others. Remember, your room must make sense to you. In other words, it has to set the right mood. It has to set the right emotional range and it has to truly work with the rest of the elements within that room. Picking a wall painting is not as simple as it’s going to an art shop and picking something that has the right colors or has the right design. You have to look further than that. You have to look deeper than that. You’re basically looking for something that will help bring certain key element that could make a room work or fail. Keep the following tips in mind to pick wall paintings that truly matter.


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Image courtesy of artur84 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

They set a room’s mood

 It’s very easy to think that wall paintings don’t really add that much to a particular room. It’s really easy to be dismissive about wall paintings and other painted wall decorations. This should be a serious mistake. Why? Wall paintings set-up a room’s mood. If you put up the right painting, it can set a hopeful mood. It can set a joyful mood. If anything, it sets the emotional tone of the particular room. Why? Colors. Most paintings have a range of colors. These colors go a long way in setting the mood of the space that surrounds them.


They trigger memories or emotions


Paintings are never neutral. Even if you’re looking at an abstract painting, the way the paint is arranged, the way the colors are composed, trigger certain emotions. Just as a human heart always responds to music, the human eye always responds to art. That’s why paintings are so powerful throughout history. From cave paintings all the way to paintings on royal courts, paintings are all about emotions. This is why wall paintings really play a major role in the kind of memories or emotions they trigger. Of course, you have to select wall paintings if you want to trigger the right kind of emotional range or right kind of memories.


They bring other furniture and decor to life


No one phase of any room is really neutral, everything fits together. It’s all like a symbiotic relationship. The decor of a room is actually worth more than some of its parts. All you need to do is take out certain elements and the room no longer looks and feels the same way. You have to be very strategic and careful as to different kinds of elements you introduce into a particular space. Wall paintings go a long way in establishing particular mood, emotional range and truly bring together all these different influences brought forward by these different furniture pieces.


Make no mistake about it, wall paintings play a major role in making any room decoration project a success. They don’t have to be your first priority. However, they should play in your room design decisions. Otherwise, you’re leaving something major out and people that visit the room would feel that something is off or missing.

How To Find The Right Table Sculptures

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•14

Usually when people look to decorate a room, the last thing they would think about is the stuff that they would put on tables. Usually people would think about chairs, tables, sofas and other big pieces. Next, they would look at wall furnishings like painting and stuff that you can hang on or mounts on the wall. As important as this different furnishings and decorative elements may be, never underestimate the power of small details to add up to a general impression of the room. If you’ve ever walked into a room and you feel that something is off or something is slightly awkward, it’s because these small factors added up to the whole mood or vibe of the room off. If you want to make sure that all the elements of a particular room are correct, start with a big stuff but don’t end there. Take a look at the small stuff. This is why it’s very important to take a look at table sculptures. Pick the right table ornaments so your room’s complete look will be positive.


There are many different types of table sculptures just as there are many different types of tables, there are many different adornments and decorations that can be put on tables. The best style guidance is to look at the specific design type of the table. If you have a table that is designed in a modern style or has a retro style, make sure you pick table sculptures that either complement the particular table style or design or provides contrast. If you’re looking for particular table sculpture that contrasts with table design, make sure you don’t overdo it. Some people tend to go over board and really ruin the overall look of the table instead of the whole ambiance of the room being positive, it would look disjointed and somewhat off or awkward.

 Picking the right materials


 There are many different types of materials for table sculptures. Many people would off for metal or ceramic, don’t forget wood. Wood is also a great material base for table sculptures. If you think about it, there is a certain level of continuity between wooden table and wooden sculptures. Still, it all boils down to design. If anything, picking the right materials is all about insuring that there is a right fit between style in the design of the table sculptures and overall look of the table that they are going to be put on.


Believe it or not, the size of your table sculptures can play a major role, whether they go well with the table or they look off. The last thing that you want when picking decorative elements is for that extra decorative element to throw off the whole look of the table or any other piece of furniture that you are trying to accessorize. You have to remember that table sculptures are accessories. Accessories are supposed to accentuate. Accessories are supposed to improve. They don’t improve when they throw the whole balance off. They don’t improve when they stick out like a sort ham. This is the key guidance to keep in mind when looking to pick the right size. There are such things as table sculptures that are too big. Also on the other end if you pick table sculptures that are too small, their overall impact on your table will be lost. If anything, the table would look kind of off when it has this very tiny table sculpture on it.


 When looking for right table sculptures, you have to look at three key elements of style, material and size. These are all interconnected. One shouldn’t dominate over the other. When you have the right combination of features, you can be sure that the table sculptures you pick can truly make the table come to life.

You most Important Piece of Furniture: Your Mattress

Written By: admin - Mar• 06•14

 "Image courtesy of John Kasawa / FreeDigitalPhotos.net".

“Image courtesy of John Kasawa / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

If you are ever in doubt as to the most important piece of furniture in your house, you have to look at it this way. Which piece of furniture will give you the most headache if you don’t choose it properly? Here’s a hint. It’s not the chair that you are sitting on right now. It’s not your table that you eat your breakfast or lunch on. It’s not even the couch that you sit on while you watch TV. Give up? The most important piece of furniture in your whole household is none other than your mattress. That’s right. You have to pick the right mattress. Otherwise, you are just not going to have a good nights rest, it’s worst than that. If you want to sit on your bed, if you want to just lie around on your bed and read a few books or if just want to hang out in your bedroom, the whole experience is ruined if you pick the wrong mattress. That’s how important the right mattress is. You use your mattress so much that by sheer usage alone, it is the most important piece of furniture you will ever buy for your home. Keep the following tips in mind if you are still unclear as to the importance of your mattress. Moreover, pay attention to discussions below as to possible suggestions regarding the right kind of mattress to get.


 The bedroom is your most important room


While it is tempting to think that, your living room is an important room, keep in mind that you usually don’t spend eight hours or a third of your day playing video games. Unless you don’t have a job or you’re in between schools or you’re in between jobs, the most important third of your day is spent on your back. That’s right. You spend a large chunk of your day sleeping. It is important then to make sure that you put the right mattress in your bedroom. Otherwise, a large percentage of your daily activity is going to be spent in discomfort. Make no mistakes about it, even though there are lots of nice-looking mattresses on the market, the proof is in the pudding. The best kind of mattress is the mattress that’s going to give you a good nights rest. Keep this in mind. Don’t get taken in by slick sales talk. It’s all about the amount of sleep that you get. That’s how you decide the best kind of mattress.


 Getting proper sleep



There are many different kinds of mattresses out there. There are many different kinds of manufacturers. However, it all boils down to the kind of sleep that you get. There are only a few types of mattresses that are engineered from the ground up to deliver the best sleep. Unfortunately, there are many mattresses that are in the market because they are affordable. No matter how you cut it, there’s no way you can put a price tag on a good nights rest. If you want to get proper sleep, you need to get mattresses that have been specifically designed to maximize sleep. One such mattress is the signature sleep contour 8-inch mattress. This 8-inch mattress has proper matting and padding to ensure that you are well rested. If all else fails, take a look at how much padding you get with a particular mattress that you are considering. You’ll be surprised as to the wide range that you would get. There are certain mattresses that are currently on the market that sells quite well that don’t give you much padding at all. These models might look like great deals now, however, once you start experiencing the big difference, thin padding will make you come to regret your decision in the future.


 Setting the right mood



Unlike other more obvious pieces of furniture, the mood setting capabilities and features of mattresses aren’t apparent. However, you only need to sleep on the mattress or lie on the mattress a few minutes to realize that they do help you set the right mood. They help determine whether you’re going to get proper night sleep. Sleep is one of the most essential activities any person will engage in. It makes all the sense in the world to invest the right kind of money and the right time and effort in researching the best mattress.

Finding the Right Home Library Table

Written By: admin - Mar• 06•14

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“Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

If you are a big reader, or if you love books, you need to set up a room in your home as your personal library. You don’t have to buy a house or rent an apartment that has a designated library. In fact, any room could become your home’s designated library. All it takes is the right dimensions, and of course, the commitment between you and the other people that live with you to treat that specific space as your own personal home library. One of the most important pieces of furniture that would go in this space dedicated to learning, reading and personal contemplation of course is your home library’s table. With that said, picking out the right table is not as simple as you might think. You have to have the right parameters for you to make the right decisions. Just like with any purchase you make for your room, if you go about the decision the wrong way, you might walk away with a decision you would come to regret later on. This is true for appliances, and this is definitely true for pieces of furniture. This is definitely true for your home library table. Keep the following conversations in mind.

Pick the right size

You might think you already have a clear idea as to the right size of table to pick. You might even think that this is a no-brainer. You might want to reconsider. After all, your home library is the place where lots of books will pile up. If you are an avid reader, you can rest assure that the amount of books that you will pile up in your home library will be astronomical. It’s not uncommon for people to set up a room in their homes as their libraries and after a short period of time, runs out of space. It’s very easy to run out of space. If you are in love books, it is crucial that you pick a home library table that is the right size. This isn’t what you think. It is not just picking out a table that can accommodate a certain number of books. No. You have to remember that your home library is a place where all your books will go. Eventually, you will find yourself in a situation where you’re piling books not just on your table but on your chair and on the floor. It can get that crazy. That’s why it’s crucial that you pick the right size for your home library table.

Picking a table that matches your clutter

As described above, people with home libraries and people who love books in general tend to collect books. Books can pile up very quickly. It’s quite common to see home libraries run out of space. This is why it’s important for you to organize your home library correctly. At the very least, you need to pick a table that can accommodate your clutter. This table must be designed in a way that it’s very easy to put away books. It must be big enough to accommodate storage of books.

Selecting the right table that matches your library’s ambiance

Every room in your home has a separate ambiance. Every room has its own separate personality. In fact, for any typical home library, you would want it to have its own specific personality. You want it to set a specific mood. Of course, when you’re reading all those books, you need to be in the right mood. A key part of setting the right mood of course is selecting the right home library table. Its mood setting qualities are influenced by its design, its material and of course, its size.

Picking the right home library table is not as easy as you think. Some people think that this selection is very similar to picking tables in college. In college, any flat surface would do. In fact, a discarded door might make for a great table. When you already have a home or when you already have an apartment, every square inch of your living space matters. This is why it’s important for you to pick the right home library table. It has to have the right size. It has to be able to handle the amount of books that you will be reading in your library, and it also has to set the right mood. Give the selection of your home library table the right time, effort and emotional energy. You won’t be disappointed.



Don’t Treat Breakfast Nook Chairs like Afterthoughts

Written By: admin - Mar• 06•14

 "Image courtesy of Apolonia / FreeDigitalPhotos.net".

“Image courtesy of Apolonia / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

It’s very easy to overlook breakfast nook. After all, many people think that the main attraction in their home is either the loving room or some other centrally located room. Since breakfast nooks, by definition tend to be located in out of the way places in your home, it’s very easy to assume that since people aren’t going to be looking into this area that you can pretty much neglect it. The reality is that every aspect of your room impacts the overall ambiance and mood of your home. It impacts your overall enjoyment. This is why it’s crucial for you to look at each and every part of your home as part of a comprehensive whole. With the right kind of planning, with the right kind of vision, you can make all parts of your home fit together to create a unified experience, an experience of comfort, an experience of peace and an experience of ultimately home. This is your personal space. There’s no excuse to disregard certain rooms as less important as others. This is definitely true when it comes to your breakfast nook. As lightly as many people take breakfast nook decoration, they also almost forget about breakfast nook chairs. The same way as you want to devote the right kind of attention and time and effort in all your rooms, you need to also not ignore your breakfast nook chairs.

 Comfort furniture

 The great thing about breakfast nook is this is the place in your home where you hang out when you are not feeling dressed or feeling ready for the day. It’s that room in your home that you hang out to let your hair down. Because it is a place that is so informal, many homeowners pretty much dispense with putting the right amount of time and effort in picking out breakfast nook chairs. This would be a mistake. Since this is the place where you hang out to relax, you don’t want to disrupt your relaxation by picking out the wrong chairs. Breakfast nook chairs have to look good. Breakfast nook chairs have to provide you with comfort. At the very least, when you sit on them, they must give you a high enough level of comfort that it helps you prepare for the rest of your day.

Impacts your overall enjoyment of your breakfast space

While your breakfast nook tends to be out of the way and tends to be arranged in such a way that it is informal and casual, make no mistake about it, it still impacts your overall breakfast space. In fact, every space in your room impacts your overall enjoyment of your home. There is no such thing as unimportant room. There is no such thing as a throw-away room. This is definitely true when it comes to your breakfast nook. Not only do you have to pay attention to its design and layout and arrangement, you also have to pay attention to the furniture pieces you put in your breakfast nook. This is why it’s important to realize that breakfast nook chairs impact your overall enjoyment of your breakfast space. Don’t take it lightly.

 Sets your mood for the rest of the day

 Since your breakfast nook chair is the furniture you use to sit on while you’re enjoying your breakfast cereal, it has an impact on the rest of your day. Since your breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the place where you spend your breakfast impacts the rest of your day profoundly. You have to pick your breakfast nook chairs in such a way that they give you energy. You need to feel revitalized in your breakfast nook. Make sure it’s painted correctly, and most importantly, make sure that it has the right breakfast nook chairs.

 "Image courtesy of Apolonia / FreeDigitalPhotos.net".

“Image courtesy of Apolonia / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

Don’t dismiss any room in your home. Most of all, don’t dismiss your breakfast nook. Since you spend the most important meal of the day, your breakfast, in this space, make sure that it sets the right mood. At the very least make sure that the lighting, the furniture, the arrangement and the design gives you the right amount of energy to tackle the rest of your day.



Bookshelves Don’t have to Look Boring

Written By: admin - Mar• 05•14

ID-10033970Let’s face it, a lot of people even the most avid book readers sometimes look at books as boring. In fact, many people look at books and get traumatized. Why? It shouldn’t be a surprise. Many people were traumatized by having to write book reviews in high school. They equate books with this unpleasant ordeal of having to sit down, devote a lot of time and focus on something that they don’t really want to do. However, if you are looking to put a bookshelf in your home, and you’re not really big into books, you can’t treat your selection of bookshelf as an afterthought. Like it or not, your bookshelves reveal a lot about your personal taste and also can impact your enjoyment of your room. If your put a bookshelf in your living room or in your bedroom, remember that it can affect the overall look of the room that it’s located in. Keep the following tips in mind. Bookshelves don’t have to look boring. You just need to consider the following so you can make the right choice.

 Must hold books well

While this doesn’t dramatically impact the overall look of a bookshelf, you still have to make sure that whatever bookshelf you choose must do its job. Bookshelves are made to hold books. You don’t want to put up a bookshelf and tend have it fall down if you put enough books on it. It must do its job well. At the very least, it must hold books well. Take a look at the backing. Take a look a look at the screws that are used. Take a look a look at the brackets, make sure that it’s sturdy enough. If you don’t take care of this particular feature, you’ll do a lousy job picking out the wrong bookshelf because form must always follow function. The look of the bookshelf must be secondary to the function of the bookshelf.

 Looks matter

Now that we have the function of the bookshelf squared away, we can now turn our attention to looks. Looks do matter. If you want your bookshelf to create a certain emotional ambiance, it has to be designed right. There are many flimsy ultra-modern designs on the market. Unfortunately, some of them are too flimsy, especially if you are going to store really heavy books. You have to look back as to the kinds of books that you will be storing. If you are only going to be storing thin paper backs, you can get away with very modern and thin designs with thin brackets. However, if you are going to be storing old-school books, we’re talking about leather, bound hard-cover books. You need to make sure that you pick the right design. These designs must accommodate sturdy brackets. These designs must be able to hold the books properly if not every little jolt or every little disturbance might result in your books falling down and possibly hitting you on the head or causing injury. At the very least, if you pick the wrong bookshelves, they will look off. They will look awkward. They would not make your room look good.

Durability and design count

Durability is key. By durability, we’re not just talking about whether the bookshelf can do its job. We’re talking about something more. We’re talking about whether the particular bookshelf design you selected can withstand the test of time. You have to remember, if you are an avid book reader or your roommate or your girlfriend or husband is a big book fan, your bookshelf will get a lot of usage. This is especially true when the book reader in your home goes through lots of books. When there’s a shifting collection of books on the bookshelf, the weight place on the bookshelf will vary with time. This can place a lot of stress on the bookshelf. This is why it’s important to pick bookshelf designs that are durable enough. Durability is also influenced by the type of material used to build the bookshelf. Keep your eyes on these two features, or else you might not be buying a bookshelf at all. You might be buying a health hazard.


Bookshelves don’t have to look boring. However, you shouldn’t just focus on the looks of the design of a bookshelf, you must also make sure that the bookshelf is sturdy enough so that it does its job well. You have to not just look at a bookshelf looking good a few years from now, you have to look at it as its use over the long haul.

How to Pick Out the Right Dining Room Tables

Written By: admin - Mar• 05•14


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Dining room tables don’t come out of nowhere. They don’t just drop from the sky and complete your dining room. If you want your dining room to not just look good but actually provide optimal dining space, you have to mind your existing space. You have to pay attention to the existing design. Just as importantly, you have to pay attention to the actual space you have to work with. While you might have been impressed by your neighbor’s great dining room table, if it’s too big, it’s not going to do you much good. You don’t want your guest to become uncomfortable moving around because your dining room table is too big. In a very real sense, your existing dining space dramatically reduces the options you have for dining room tables.

 Figure out the ambiance you wish to create

Once you have arrived at the right dimensions for your dining room table, you have to decide on the kind of mood you want the room to set. Keep in mind that every room sets a mood. There is no such thing as a neutral room. If you feel crappy or you feel disappointed in a particular room, it’s because the furniture pieces as well as other decorations combined to create that particular mood. Always keep this in mind, you can choose the particular ambiance you wish to create. You just need to make sure that the wall colors are right, and most importantly, the furniture pieces are selected correctly. Ambiance is a key element in picking out the right dining room table.

 It must still do the job right

As awesome as your dining room table may look, it’s still has to do its job right. At the very least, it must sit the right amount of people. Just as importantly, it must be able to hold food dinner ware and the arms of people leaning on the table in the most efficient way possible. You don’t want to pick a dining room table just because it looks good. There are many avant-garde dining room tables that look awesome. They are furniture eye candy. Unfortunately, they are also built in a very flimsy way. Their main job is to look good. They are not really designed to be used. If you buy these types of dining room tables, whatever great impression you create in the minds of your visitors is quickly lost when they break the table or when they tip over.

 Picking out the right dining room table is not as easy as you think. In the same way as picking another table at another room is hard so is picking out the right dining room table. The reality is that every element, every piece of furniture, every wall covering, every window dressing you select alters the overall mood of a room. A room is worth more than the sum of its parts. It takes on a specific personality. This is why it’s crucial to pick the right elements for every room in your home. When given the right amount of time and energy and research, you can go a long way in making sure that all your furniture prices work properly, produce the right mood and work optimally with the existing furniture that you already assembled.