Bringing the Bed And Breakfast to Your Home

Who doesn’t love a getaway? There’s nothing like escaping to your favorite bed and breakfast in the mountains and getting pampered for the weekend. If you’re really set on the bed and breakfast experience then it’s time to bring the getaway to your home.

Bringing the bed and breakfast feel to your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are simple and affordable ways you can get started.

One of the best parts of a bed and breakfast is getting to relax in a fresh and clean room that’s free of clutter. So the first order of business is to declutter and declutter some more. That means all those old magazines in the corner and the storage bins filled with old clothes taking up space needs to go. There’s nothing that will kill the romance and relaxation faster than junk. You’ll want to make sure the room is cleaned every day and that the bed is made up.

  1. Quality bedding is a must have to simulate the feel of a bed and breakfast. There’s no way you’ll feel totally relaxed on cheap scratchy sheets. Therefore, you’ll want to invest in quality sheets and comforters with a high thread count. Purchase pretty sheets with a nice pattern that you will love to look at, and will bring you joy.

  2. Don’t forget the layers of warmth which will include the fluffy decorator pillows and the duvet. There’s nothing like sinking into a bunch of comfy pillows at the end of the night. Set the mood by setting up candles, investing up to a faux fireplace or purchasing glowing lampshades.

  3. You’ll want the bedroom to smell really good. Try using a linen spray to freshen up the sheets and the air in the room. Also, give some thought to the colors that you use to decorate the space. Because colors can contribute to the mood.

  4. Although you’re at home you can really make it a true getaway experience. That means you’ll want to be surrounded by beauty, peace and quiet. Enjoy!

Kitchen Backsplash Options

Today there are so many types of material to choose from for your kitchen backsplash.

Glass is a great material to use as a backsplash. One of the advantages of a glass backsplash is that it is non-porous making it durable and easy to clean. It comes in sheet form as well as tiles. Another advantage is you can have it made from recycled glass, which is better for the environment. It is also extremely durable.

Metal is also a wonderful option. This might sound simplistic but there is a lot that you can do with metal to create a beautiful backsplash. Metal can be cut into tiles, metal sheets, or small panels. Almost any type of metal that you can have fabricated and installed will work as a backsplash. Metal can be textured which creates different decorating styles. Some examples are pressed tin, or pillowed and pressed sheet metal.

Solid surface is a great option for a backsplash. It is available in many colors and designs. It is also easy to remove stains and scratches from this material because it is renewable.

Stone backsplash offers a natural beauty, but is heavy and porous which means it can stain easier and needs to be sealed periodically. Some options are granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and onyx. An advantage to stone backsplash is that it is very durable if it is cared for properly. There are also many types of finishes such as tumbled or matte which add to the décor of your kitchen.

Cleaning your backsplash is important because your backsplash is one area of your kitchen that is constantly exposed to grease and oil. Some sources recommend cleaning it regularly with a half white vinegar and water solution. This will cut through the oil and grease. You can also scrub it with baking soda, which will also get rid of remaining residue. Cleaning the grout is also key in maintaining your backsplash. It is important to research effective cleaning for different types of backsplash. For example, certain stone backsplashes should not be cleaned with acidic cleaners. Make sure to educate yourself about how to clean the type of material you have chosen for your backsplash.

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Be An Expert In Organization

You are having company over and feel as if your home is one giant, disorganized mess. You do not know where to start, but things must get done! Take a deep breath, organizing does not need to be overwhelming. Start with one room at a time instead of jumping back and forth between rooms. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish then we are ready to begin:


1. Set a schedule. If you want to accomplish a lot before your guests arrive, you will need to make a schedule. The schedule should include your top priorities for each room, the amount of time it should take you, and your list of secondary priorities that you would like to accomplish if you have extra time. You will need to take into consideration how many days you have to organize your home before your guests arrive. If you have more than one day, try to spread the tasks out over the course of two days.

  1. Sort it out. Drawers, closets, and rooms get filled with an assortment of household items. To sort through them, you will need four piles: keep, donate, trash, and put away. First, your keep pile will be the essential items that you use regularly. Second, your donate pile will be things that are in good condition. Third, your trash pile will be things that are of no value. Lastly, your put away pile will be things that you want to keep, but can be stored for later use.

    Examples:
    Keep Pile: The current season’s clothing.
    Donate Pile: Jeans that do not fit you anymore.
    Trash Pile: A shirt you ripped underneath the arm and never wear.
    Put away Pile: Last season’s clothes (winter jackets, boots, etc.)

  2. Stash away. Storage is critical when you are organizing your home. You want to make sure that everything has a proper place to go. If you are low on storage, try purchasing low-budget storage containers or furniture. Bookshelves can be a perfect solution for your decorations.

  3. Stay sane! There is a lot to get done when you are trying to organize and clean your home, we totally get it. The most important step is to remain calm. Take breaks when you need them and do not push yourself past your breaking point. Keep in mind that things will get done because you have a plan. You just need to keep breathing and keep in mind that your company will still love you even if your house is not in perfect condition. Remember that our worst critic is always ourselves.

If you need more inspiration while organizing, turn on your favorite song to get you pumped. Music can boost your mood and help you get into the groove of straightening up. We hope these tips helped you with your organization efforts. If you have any tips of your own, we would love to hear them in the comment section below.

Decorating with Mirrors

When it comes to decorating with mirrors there are never any rules. Yes, mirrors are a great way to quickly add visual interest to a space. Using mirrors as a decorative element has numerous benefits. It can instantly add depth and brings in natural light. In addition, mirrors can create a special effect when they reflect colors and paintings on adjacent walls. Here’s how you use mirrors to add style and increased light to your home.

Place a floor length mirror between two windows

Implementing a floor length mirror between two windows creates the illusion of a third window. This helps bring in more light to the space. By casually propping a large framed mirror against the wall creates a relaxed feel.

Use Mirrors to Enhance The Room Elements

You can use mirrors as an accent to the focal point in a room. For instance, by hanging a mirror over a stacked fireplace mantel that extends to the ceiling you can create a dramatic look. This is a great way to create emphasis in a neutral living room.

Hanging Mirrors On Adjacent Walls

Are you ready to make a powerful statement with your home’s decor? Try lining, two large equally sized mirrors on adjacent walls. This enables light to bounce all around the room. This look will especially complement the dining room area because it expands the area and gives the illusion of a bigger crowd around the dining room table.

Mirrored Backsplash

Forget the traditional paneled or tiled backsplash. Update your kitchen by installing a mirrored backsplash around your counter area. A mirrored backsplash will open up a small kitchen and add glitz without being over the top.

Forget the Medicine Cabinet

Forgo the traditional medicine cabinet hanging over the bathroom sink. Instead, you can use a mirror of any shape to make a statement. A circular shaped mirror can break up all the sharp straight lines and adds character.

When using mirrors as an accent piece in the home try to select mirrors with interesting shapes and unique frames. Check out thrift stores, retailers and flea markets for some pieces with character.

Adding Detail To Your Home’s Finished Design

So you’ve finally finished putting together your home’s layout. Every piece of furniture is in it’s proper place and the flooring material is perfect. Everything is as it should be, so what’s missing? The finishing touches that will give your house that “complete” look. Usually when people think of design, they are only thinking of the bare bones of their home’s look without taking into account all of the little details that need to be attended to after the big decisions have been made.

You’ve searched high and low for those wonderful side tables and that magnificent dining table, so what are you going to place on them to stage them just right? That beautiful mahogany desk in your study isn’t just going to sit bare and look unused is it? Of course not! This is the part of the process where you really give your design that customized look-the one that showcases your personal style and welcomes you home at the end of a long day. Your tabletop decorations tell their own story simply by the way they are arranged. Yes, mostly for convenience, but also for style. The heavy lifting of creating your home’s framework is done, and now it’s time to create ambience.

As you assess what each piece needs, think first and foremost about its main function. The key to creating the perfect look is to make a statement without creating unnecessary clutter. For example, side tables are usually on the smaller side, so stick with the essentials only: a light source, a spot to place a drinking glass and some free space to place a book and reading glasses down next to it. A dresser can afford more surface area being used on decorative items like scented candles and picture frames. Dining rooms tables can be staged with place settings, fabric napkins, tablecloth and tall candlesticks. If your dining room set is accompanied by a buffet, try placing a glass decanter set on top to create a welcoming effect for guests. If you have a study with large desk, placing a beautiful fountain pen on top with small tabletop clock and padded area for writing correspondence would create a beautiful look. A subtle lamp would provide a soft light for late night reading and writing.

Each surface of your home has a story to tell. Create the perfect look using just enough pieces to make each space functional so you will still have plenty of room left to create more memories!

Rug Placement Tips

It can be confusing when trying to figure out what size rug to use for different furniture groupings. This read will give you a better understanding of how to place your rug, and what size to use.

For dining room tables you need to know the dimension around the table with the chairs all the way pulled out. There should be ample room of rug under the dining table and chairs. When the chairs are pulled out, they should remain on the rug. A rug that does not reach the chairs when pulled out, will look wrong for the space. An easy way to get the dimensions needed is by measuring all four sides of the table with the chairs pulled out, enough to be seated. Take the diameter measurement for round dining room table and chairs.

In a formal living room the seating groups should be on the rug, with ample room around the grouping for walking traffic. The only time when this rule can be broken is when a rug is placed in front of a sectional sofa.

Sectionals are typically used in a more casual setting. Place the rug in front of the sectional with the rug slightly under the front legs of the sofa. In this situation a smaller area rug can be simply placed in front of the sectional if necessary.

Runners that are leading down a hallway should have at least 3-6 inches of open floor space on either side of the rug. If the hallway is not wide enough to have space on either side, select a narrow runner. They can be found!

Smaller accent rugs can be placed on either side of a bed. This will allow for under foot comfort when getting out of bed on chilly mornings. This is especially nice if the bedroom flooring is not carpet. Make sure that the rug is not a tripping hazard when using smaller accent rugs.

A general rule of thumb is to place a seating group in the middle of an area rug, and make sure there is enough rug area for foot traffic to walk around on.