All About Houzz

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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Ways To Update Your Space

Is your interior tired looking? If so there are some easy ways you can spruce it up! You do not necessarily need to redecorate the entire space.

Rearrange shelves, china cabinets and book cases. Simply rearrange the items. If you like you can add or remove items to give your space a more updated look. Play around with various mixtures of items while rearranging.  This will ensure that the end result is your favorite.

Re-evaluate your color palette. You may need to streamline your colors by using white or another monochromatic color with only one or two pops of color. Use patterns with care. If you are using a bold pattern, keep other patterns and textures more subdued.

Emphasize vertical lines. This will elongate your ceiling height and make your space feel larger. One way to achieve this is to hang mirrors vertically. Install drapery that hangs down to the floor. This will give the appearance of a higher ceiling and a polished look. Once hung, you can let the drapery hang naturally or use interesting tiebacks. This method can also be used for shower curtains to produce a new look in the bathroom.

Organize your stuff. If you have items sitting out, find a particular place for them. For example, keep smaller items in decorative baskets or boxes or use a tray to keep television remotes together. Once you have organized clutter, your space will look updated and clean.

Switch around your accents. For example move smaller tables from one room to another and see how they look. Swap out accent pillows and throws from one room to another. Move rugs around within the room. Play around with your furniture layout. This is a great way to achieve a fresh look!

Hang new artwork or switch out artwork from one room to another. The end result of these exercises is to breathe new life into a tired space. It is much easier to do than one would imagine. Have fun and think outside the box, then enjoy your new interior!

Rooms That Benefit From Renovation

If you are thinking of renovating a part of your home, how do you decide which rooms to make over? It can benefit your family now and later for re-sale value, if you renovate certain spaces and keep them up to date!

Start in the kitchen if you can. Having an up to date kitchen benefits all members of the family because typically kitchens are the headquarters of the home. This is where we cook, eat meals, do homework and DIY projects. Other families feel the same benefits you do when the kitchen is up to date and accommodating. The kitchen is the first thing perspective buyers look at, even if they don’t cook. They want to have a modern up to date kitchen no matter the circumstances.  New appliances and fixtures are the quickest way to give a boost to your kitchen!

The master suite is the next amenity that all perspective buyers analyze.  Whether the buyer is single or married, the potential new owners of the house will want a generous space to claim as their own. The bedroom should be large and spacious. His and hers closets are a hit in any master suite.

The master bathroom should also be spacious with a double vanity, where two individuals can prepare for their day. A separate room for the toilet is ideal. A spa tub with an accompanying shower is always a hit with perspective buyers.

The remaining bathrooms should be updated if possible. Other members of the family and guests appreciate a nice modern bathroom. Out of date bathrooms turn off possible buyers who don’t want to buy a property that needs immediate work.

The living area is also important to buyers. This space makes a big impression on guests and is also the location where the family relaxes and spends much of their time together. This room should have ample space for the television – an item that will likely be upgraded over time.

By keeping your home updated, not only will you get more enjoyment out of your home, so will the next family!  If you have any questions about where to start, Arizona Wholesale can help with plenty of ideas.  

The Importance of Scale and Proportion

This picture illustrates the importance of scale in decorating. Choosing the right size can be as important as form and color.  Using something that is too small for a space can make the object feel even smaller. Choosing something too large can diminish the other elements in the room.

 

In this living room, the mirror is too small for above the fireplace. Hanging a very small mirror or art work above the fireplace diminishes the importance of the area above the mantel, and the overall feeling over the fireplace.  Selecting a mirror that is closer in size to the width of the mantel would better fit the space above the fireplace and create balanced proportions.

 

In classic architecture there are rules for proportions that involve percentages and fractions that create a perfect whole. In decorating there are similar rules about scale and proportion for maximizing space.  Keeping scale in balance throughout the room and home will give your décor a more polished look.

 

Scale and proportion can be something like the size of a mirror above the fireplace or the size of an area rug or runner. Using a too small rug can make it seem like it is floating in a seating area instead of grounding the space.

 

Scale can help different objects create harmony in a space. If one object, like a sectional, dominates the space, a large pattern on the curtains or rugs can create balance. Keeping scale and proportion in mind can help you create a beautifully balanced room.