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Home feeling a little dull? You can clean and liven things up in a single day, and make your home into a welcoming, comfortable oasis. Whether you are coping with outdated decor, too much clutter or just need to liven things up, this list can help you pull things together quickly. You'll be guest ready in no time, and able to fully enjoy your home when you take the time to refresh things occasionally. 

Start with a quick cleanup: You don't need to clean everything, but removing items from counters, corralling clutter and vacuuming can go a long way towards making the space look fresh and clean. Give yourself and your helpers an hour to throw away trash, outdated items and to put things away and you'll have a great base to work from. 

Check the season: If you are still rocking 4th of July decor in November, your home will look a little dated. Remove items that are not in season and replace with ones that are -- if possible, decorate for the holiday or season that is on the way and you'll get the most impact from your time. 

Add flowers: Pick up a live plant or fresh flowers to display to instantly brighten and freshen up a room. 

Add scent: Your space impacts all of your senses, and if your home is feeling a little flat or musty, it could be because it has been closed up for too long. Open windows for an instant breeze of fresh air and refresh the indoor air quality. Consider adding scent with a candle, wax melts or diffuser to add more interest and make your space more inviting. 

Replace bulbs and filters: You may not reailze it, but even a single blown bulb makes your home look darker and uncared for. Track down any missing bulbs and replace them for maximum impact. If needed, choose a higher wattage bulb to brighten things up even more. This is also an ideal time to change your air filters -- your home will smell better and you'll have better air quality and heater performance, too. 

You can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your home in just a few hours -- and enjoy the results of your hard work for weeks to come. Set aside some time each season or before each holiday to refresh and restore your home; you'll love living in an attractive and comfortable space year round. 


What room gets some of the most traffic in your home? The bathroom. It’s one of the most used places in any house by both residents and guests. Nowadays baths and showers are as well-decorated as any other room in the house. Many homeowners are making their bathroom stylish, and one common way of doing so is by installing a bathroom vanity.

A bathroom vanity comes in an endless variety of styles - single or double sink, traditional or on-trend, and so much more. Making a choice can be a very daunting task. If you can honestly answer the questions below, then you are on the right path a to installing bathroom vanity you will enjoy for a very long time.

What is your bathroom style?

The first thing to do when looking for a bathroom vanity is sorting out the kind of style you need. Do you want a sleek and minimalistic design or are you the type that is on the trend? You need to be clear on the kind of style or design you want if you want a bathroom vanity that you makes you happy.

How much space do you have?

Get a measuring tape and take note of the amount of space in your bathroom you will be working with. Consider the width and depth of your vanity top especially, it is vital. Your vanity drawers and cupboard should be easy to open, and there should be plenty of space to move around.

What are your needs?

Your bathroom vanity should be stylish as well meet all your needs. Plan your budget and know the cost. If your bathroom is likely to be for the whole family, you should consider an extra bench space and a double sink. Do you need sockets for handheld appliances in the cabinetry? If you have a young family, choose a material that is durable and easy to maintain.

Which material do you like?

The materials you will use for your bathroom vanity depends on your personal preference, your needs, and your budget. Stone top, marble, plastic, laminate, and timber are common materials for bathroom vanities. Stone tops have a long-life span; laminate is excellent for practicality while a timber vanity can offer a classic look.

Where would you place it?

Once you've chosen between a single or double basin, think about where to position your countertop. Your sink can be mounted on the wall, above the cupboard or placed as a stand-alone vessel. Remember to set your vanity where it will be most functional.

If you’re ready to get started on your bathroom renovation, Get in touch with your local interior designer to help you choose a lovely bathroom for your home.


Are you thinking about setting up a fitness center at home? That is a great idea, but you must be aware that many things go into setting up a home gym. Apart from space availability, you must also consider your financial limits. Once you have satisfied these basic requirements, then you can start up the process for constructing your home fitness center. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can build a perfect fitness center in your home without breaking the bank.

Find a suitable place in your home

The first step is to find the right place to set up your fitness center. Choosing the right place for your home gym is quite simple; it requires no hard-and-fast rules. Areas you can consider in the home are an unused bedroom or any other spare room, a patio, basement, garage, or a back porch, and you can also decide to use an additional building such as a large garden shed. In a situation where you do not have a spare room in the home, you can carve out a small space in your living area.

Choose an illuminated and airy place

It is essential to make your fitness center as bright and spacious as possible. There should be enough air in your home gym to keep your workout comfortable, and it is best when illuminated with natural light. These two elements will boost your energy level whenever you are exercising. Therefore, you should not overrule the importance of windows and doors because they give access to natural light. Where there is no window or skylight in the room, you can add one or two light sources. You can also decide to enhance the oxygen level in your home fitness center by placing a green plant in the space. Consider higher oxygen-producing plants like spider plants, bamboo palms, and ferns.

Stock your home gym 

When you have located the right place for your home fitness center, and you have made the space as illuminated and airy as possible, then you should consider getting it stocked with equipment for your workout. It is worth noting that you might not need heavy machines or tons of equipment to make your home fitness center the best place for a workout. You will be excited to learn that much of the best home gym equipment is not massive, and it is affordable.

Organize your home fitness center

Once you have the necessary gym equipment in place, what you need to do next is to get the area organized for a comfortable session. A floor mat, cooling source, and access to water always help to keep the area well organize and reduce interruptions.

If you have no space for a gym in your home, perhaps you need to think about buying a home more suitable to your needs. Reach out to a local real estate agent, they may have just what you are looking for.




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