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Whozz on Houzz?

So, you Tweet on Twitter, Hangout on Google+ Hangouts, and Pin on Pinterest. I won't even ask about Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, or Blab. But are you on Houzz? If not, why not? For those engaged in the design community, with over 35 million unique views per month, Houzz could become your #1 source of new business!

Houzz

Here's how Houzz describes its business:

Houzz has built a marketplace for home products and professional services. By integrating content, community and commerce, and by bringing all industry players together (service providers, homeowners, manufacturers, brands, etc.), Houzz has created an ecosystem for home renovation and design.

If you're business is related to architecture, home building, home renovation, improvement, or design, then Houzz could easily become your best social media tool. Houzz has a very holistic approach to the industry and to running a social platform. Here are the fundamental elements of the Houzz business model:

  • Photo Database
  • IdeaBooks
  • Editorial Content
  • Professional Directory

Though Houzz started as a mobile app, and still gets extraordinary wide use in the mobile environment, Houzz has become the overall largest website and online community in the home design, decorating, and improvement industry regardless of platform.

If you're already using Houzz, please leave us a note in the comments section describing your Houzz experience. How long have you been on Houzz? How are you using Houzz? Are you making new connections, getting views, engaging with contemporaries in your field? Share your experiences with us. We'd love to hear from you.


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How To make DIY Glitter Light Switch Covers

It’s the details that really bring a room together! If you’re in the process of decorating a super glamorous room or a room for kids, don’t call the project done until you’ve added glittery light switch plates. This project is cheap and easy, but it has a big impact.

Supplies:

  • Flathead screw driver
  • Tacky glue
  • Craft glitter
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Clear acrylic spray coat
  • Paper plates or newspaper

Glitter is messy so lay down something to protect the surface you’re working on. Newspaper is a common favorite, but paper plates work much better. They will catch all of the loose glitter and keep it within the rim of the plate. They also make it easy move the finished project to a different place while it dries, so you can clear your workspace for your next project. They prevent glitter mixing, too, if you are going to create more than one switch plate and use different colors on each.

Remove the switch plate from the wall using a flathead screwdriver and clean it, or buy new plates. Using a foam paint brush, start by coating the switch plate with tacky glue. Do this thoroughly and evenly, not forgetting the sides and edges. Next, sprinkle generously with glitter. One color will be sparkly but also understated. If you want more excitement, get creative and try using more than one color. You can mix them in light layers, or you can create designs by sprinkling them separately in various areas around the switch-plate.

Once the plate is completely covered in glitter lightly pat the glitter to ensure it sticks. Pack it toward the edges and sides as well. Slide the screwdriver gently under the edges of the switch plate to ensure it doesn’t dry stuck to the paper plate. Allow it to dry completely – refer to the back of the glue bottle for times. We recommend at least three hours. Once it’s dry, pick it up and shake vigorously to ensure that any loose glitter falls away. You might want to tap off the bulk of it into the plate, then step outside to wave it around a bit and get rid of the rest. Last, go to a well ventilated area and spray it with an acrylic clear coat to set it permanently and give it a finished, glossy look.

How to Decorate a Large Wall Using Paper Artwork

So you’ve found a place to live, and you’re really excited about the large expanse of empty walls that initially looked so inspiring. But now that you’ve moved in you realize that you have way more wall space than ideas or funds. Fear not! Here is a very creative and hands-on way to express yourself throughout the house. 

  1. Locate and sift through lots and lots of paper artwork possibilities. Look through magazines, prints, newspapers, guidebooks, and so on. You can use photos or the pages of a book. No matter your source of inspiration, just be sure that everything is at least 8.5×11 inches. Anything smaller won’t be easy to see and the effect of the project will be lost.
  2. Purchase the small-gauge wire that is sold for hanging framed artwork. (It is typically strung across the back of a frame between two fasteners. Ask a clerk at your local craft store if you’re unsure what this is.)
  3.  Purchase a box of eyelet screws, as well as a box of binder clips in various sizes. Ideally you should opt for a color that will coordinate with the room, or a neutral such as silver or black.
  4.  Measure the wall as if you were going to create rows of images. Determine how much space you’ll need between each row by measuring the tallest print that will be hung in that row.
  5. Mark the wall on both ends for each row. Then insert the eyelet screws into each marking. You should now be looking at a wall that has eyelet screws aligned down the edge of the left and right side.
  6. String the picture wire between each eyelet, until you have several rows of wire.
  7. Use the binder clips to hang each print from the wire. We recommend two clips so that the print hangs evenly. Do this until the wires are full of prints.
  8. Stand back and admire the beautiful wall that used to seem unconquerable, and is now a vivid, spectacular expression your artistic decorating aesthetic. Last but not least, don’t be afraid to paint the wall too. A well chosen color could make the entire project pop!

Arranging Seating Areas in the Living Room

No matter what size living room you have, if you like to entertain frequently you need to give some consideration to your seating. From conversation areas to quiet reading nooks, proper seating arrangements can help make an entire room flow together beautifully.

Types of Seating Arrangements

There are several different ways you can arrange the seating in the living room of your home. The idea is to create as many different groups as you can within the space, while still leaving plenty of room to navigate the area easily.

Group seating areas are meant for three or more people to gather together. This could be a couch opposite a chair, two loveseats or couches opposite one another, or a loveseat, couch, and chair all arranged around a coffee table. Group seating areas are generally in the center of the room. If you have enough space, you can even set two group seating areas back to back in the middle of a large room.

Intimate seating areas are for two people to talk quietly together. This is usually two arm chairs and an end table. They can be placed near a window or in front of a fireplace or other area that invites conversation.

Quiet seating areas are for a single person to use at a time. This usually consists of a single arm chair, usually with a small table and/or lamp nearby. These seating areas may be tucked into corners or next to bookcases or other large or built in furnishings.

Seating Area Tips

Make your seating areas better and more suited to the room they are in with these tips.

  • Use temporary seating in small spaces such as pillows and ottomans. You can stack them on the sides of the room when not in use.
  • Walk through the room to all the various seating areas and make sure they are easily accessible, and that they are not blocking the path to other parts of the room.
  • Try to make sure that each seating area has a table nearby, as well as plenty of light.
  • Make sure that the main seating area in the room is grouped around a focal point to ensure its use.

How Can I Accent My Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood flooring makes a beautiful addition to any home. For rooms that need a little more style than even the most exotic hardwood can bring, though, there are several ways that you can accent the floor to highlight the space.

Contrasting Wood Tones

One way you can boost the appeal of your flooring and highlight the shape of your room at the same time is to outline your space with a single line of contrasting wood running through the home. Pick a dark-colored or stained hardwood that will stand out against the rest of the wood and install it a few rows in from the edges of the walls, outlining the room or rooms of your home. This subtle accent highlights the shape of the rooms without adding any extra pattern or design.

Use a Hardwood Floor Accent

Did you know that there are accents out there made just for hardwood floors? These decorative border pieces are the same thickness and width as your floor boards and are designed to be installed with a field of plain hardwood for a more prominent accent. They often come in repeating patterns and may be made out of water-jet cut wood or stone that has been pieced together in a unique way.

Change Your Pattern

If you want to emphasize a certain area of a room, such as the space where your dining room table goes, consider just changing the pattern your hardwood is laid in. For example, you can lay the wood straight until it reaches the designated area, then lay a single row as a border and fill in the interior with a herringbone pattern to offset it from the rest of the room.

Install a Medallion

If you really want to make a statement in a room such as a foyer or entryway, consider installing a medallion in your hardwood floor. Floor medallions are large murals made of stone or wood that has been pieced together into patterns. With new water-jet technologies, medallions can now be produced in nearly any pattern or design from a coat-of-arms to silhouettes.

Update Your Floor

With just a little imagination, you can update and transform your hardwood flooring into something amazing. All you may need is a little accent.

International Flair

This room takes advantage of a number of international elements while still providing a comfortable contemporary space. If you’re fortunate enough to have travelled and collected art and other items from a number of countries, take the opportunity to use them to add personality and your own touch to your home.

The wood floor and cream walls provide a good base for the variety of colors and textures featured in this room. Simple architectural elements such as the black molding and the wood surround on the door provide additional charm without distracting from the rich selection of international elements. The straightforward sofa, coffee table and ottoman also work well as a backdrop to the more design-rich pieces.

Let’s start with the light fixture. Most people wouldn’t think of buying a light as a souvenir from another country, but this unique look helps to set the stage for the room’s design.

Give up the idea of having elements match each other. When you purchase international goods, everything will be different, so celebrate that. Take a look at the two candlesticks on the coffee table. On the left an old carved wood carries a red taper that sets off the rich patina of weathered wood. On the right an intricate brass candlestick carries a warm cream candle. Similarities come from the rounded shapes and heights, but the differences work.

The throw pillows are in basic domestic fabrics, but they provide an opportunity to bring in textiles from other countries in the future. A rich area rug could be purchased here in the U.S. or possibly selected from a Turkish bazaar. When you begin with a good basic look of wood floor and earth-tone furniture, you can add those exciting international elements and make your home intriguingly yours.

From Simple to Daring, Try Concrete Staining

The commonly-chosen approach for concrete floors is to find something to cover them with – engineered wood flooring, carpeting with a nice thick pad, or ceramic tile. But with today’s acid-staining options, you may want to take advantage of concrete’s versatility. For less than a cover-up you can create a unique and intriguing floor either inside or outside your home.

Concrete staining allows you to turn your concrete patio from its traditional greyish white to rich terracotta, or maybe you want to take a real design leap with a choice like the one above in your rec room. Acid staining using coloring salts provides an appealing variety of colors and tones with almost no limit to your pattern choices. Skilled artisans can turn your simple floor to something that completely changes the feel of a space.

Cracks and discolorations can be hidden with a layer of thinset concrete, and then the palette is limited only by your imagination. Concrete can be colored to look like stone or tile, or you can create something that is only possible with concrete options. The final finish can shine like this one or stay matte, depending upon your approach and preference.

Check out our website at http://www.arizonawholesalesupply.com/contentpage.aspx?Id=7826 for some more examples of what you can do with concrete, or schedule a visit at one of our design centers and we can show you some more ideas for turning concrete into sophisticated and appealing flooring for anywhere in your home.

Explore our “What I Like” Quiz

Are you ready for a new look for your home but not sure what direction to take? Or maybe you like a lot of different styles but can’t narrow down your choices. You might want to take a few minutes to try out our What I Like Quiz.

Created by our design and decorating experts, this interactive quiz consists of ten questions that ask you to choose your favorites from photos of various rooms and accessories. In a few minutes you will learn more about your home decor preferences. Every style has its own appeal, so there are no wrong answers.

Are you drawn to modern furniture? You may prefer the Urban Chic style. Accessories are minimized and furnishings have clean lines and an almost industrial feel. You may want your home to reflect the style of a city loft or include some Art Deco elements. Check out our style description for more insights.

Maybe you like a more traditional, formal approach. Consider the Stately Elegance style. Classic lines and a focus on refined luxury work together to create a look that is timeless and tasteful. You are drawn to the furnishings and accessories of the past, with rich colors and warm wood tones.

Would you like your home to echo a European heritage? Do you love Mediterranean furniture with distressed wood? If you prefer brocades and tapestries and want your home to reflect a warm casual elegance, then the Italian Impressions style may be for you.

Are you in love with the ocean? If you want your home to feel like you’re living on the beach, you may want to take a look at the Seaside Simplicity style, born in New England, where weathered homes stayed simple and airy. Outdoor and indoor spaces mesh, with porches and patios part of the total home. Whites and sun-washed colors make up the color palette.

If your secret dream is a home in the woods and you are drawn to anything that resembles natural elements, you may be connected to the Rustic Reflections style. Linked to the Arts and Crafts movement, you have a desire to bring the outdoors inside with organic materials. Natural stone, turned wood bowls and pottery join various unique handmade finds to build the accessories for your home.

Take a few minutes and check out the quiz, available on our website at http://www.arizonawholesalesupply.com/designcenter/whatilike.aspx. Let us help you determine which style, or combination of styles, appeals to you the most. And then come in for a visit and let our designers help you make your style dreams come true.

Home Decor – White Kitchens

White kitchens look so clean and crisp. In any style white cabinets look fresh in a kitchen. You can pair them with light counter tops for a very airy space or ground them with darker counter tops and floors.  White cabinets can be paired with a number of counter top materials and flooring for innumerable design options in the kitchen. Think of white kitchens as blank pages waiting for your personal touches.

 

The brightness of white cabinets can be balanced with a darker counter top as seen in this transitional kitchen. The darker stone counter tops stand out against the expanse of white cabinetry, drawing the eye to the island.  Stainless steel appliances work with the darker counter tops to ground the predominately white kitchen.

 

The neutral nature of white cabinets mean you can bring in your own personality in accessories, counter stools, and accents. While the cabinets and island in this kitchen lean more toward transitional style, the stools at the island are contemporary. Adding another personal touch is the collection of chickens that perch atop the cabinets.  Both of these personal design features could easily be switched out and the room would feel very different.

 

Adding a few pops of color can also keep a white kitchen from feeling too sterile. In this kitchen, the chickens add color and pattern. A bowl of citrus or fresh flowers in a vase could also be used to bring in color. Even a colorful striped runner between the island and cabinets would add pattern and interest.

Let Us Help you Make the Right Choices

We want you to have the perfect look for your new or renovated space, and we know there’s more to the decision than what you see on the surface. Issues such as durability, easy maintenance and potential resale value are part of every choice you make for your home.

To make this process easier and to help your designer understand your unique needs, we developed a simple tool: the How I Live Interview.  This series of 15 straightforward questions has a direct impact on the choices you want to make.

One good example is children and pets. No matter how careful you are spills and accidents are going to be part of life. That’s not a problem if you pre-plan for this with your choice of flooring. For example tile can be a good choice, but it is particularly important to seal the grout. If you want carpeting, it costs a bit more to buy a stain-proof option, but it will pay off over the years when your carpet still looks good.

Another important issue is accessibility. If you have a family member who lives with you or visits regularly with limited mobility, bathroom design, door width and carpeting with a texture that can take the constant rolling of a wheelchair without creating lines should be considered.

Finally, issues such as the mood you want to create, your furniture choices and your overall style have an impact on your selections. By taking the time to fill out our How I Live Interview before coming to one of our design centers, you provide a good start to selecting not just what looks right, but what will work well in your home for years to come.