Get Gorgeous Drapes with Classic Pinch Pleats

“Pinch me, I must be dreaming!” That’s precisely what I said when I had my very first pinch pleated drapery installed. They looked absolutely gorgeous and perfectly tailored. Pinch pleats are a highly popular way to finish off the top of curtains, and with the autumn season approaching you may be thinking about adding curtains to insulate your windows and save energy.

The pinch pleat is a fantastic addition to any traditional or elegant styled area because it delivers a stunning, yet timeless look. This sort of drapery is known as’pinched’ since the top of the curtain is pinched together! The pinched pleats are spaced evenly apart, and weighted in the bottom of the seams. This makes a tailored look at the top, and since the fabric drops down toward the ground, the pleats restrain the fullness allowing the curtain to fall easily and evenly. A pinch pleated drape is hung usually utilizing pin hooks (zinc metal curtain pins ), that are pierced into the fabric at the top of the back of the curtain board near each pleat. The pins are then attached to a traverse rod or rings that hang from a decorative pole. It is a gorgeous appearance. Below are some facts to consider if you’re thinking about getting pinch pleated curtains.

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Three-finger pinch pleats. This is the most popular pinch appearance, and the name says it all: there are 3 pleats. The pleats, also known as palms, are pinched together a couple of inches from the top of the drape, and they open up at a flower-like fashion up toward the bottom of the drape. It creates a fuller appearance in relation to the two-finger pinch pleats.

Two-finger pinch pleats. This pinch pleat uses less material than other pinch pleats so it gives a more contemporary appearance. 2 pleats are pinched together a couple of inches from the top of the drape, like a V shape, that then flow down in a tailored fashion.

FYI: There are also four- plus five-finger pinched pleats that seem like miniature fans at the top of the curtain and is very full looking (you need more fabric for all those fashions ).

The French pleat drapery. Another way to have the appearance is to do exactly the pinching on the top of the fabric so that the’V’ looks upside down, as well as the fabric flows out from that point. This is called a French pleat (a.k.a Parisian), but it is still a pinched appearance. The folds are piled tighter.

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Measuring for pinch-pleated curtains. Pinch-pleated curtains are a investment because in most cases they’re made to fit your window or doorway just. You seethis fashion is not flexible. When measuring to see just how much fabric you need for a pinch-pleated drape, you have to know whether your curtain will be functional (opening and closing) or should it stay stationary (used only for looks). Also think about the period of your pinch-pleated drape:
Right over the ground (positioned 1/2″ off the ground for much more conventional, tailored appearances; finest for traversing draperies)Breaks in the ground; finest for stationary panels (a.k.a.’trouser’ length).Or put in an additional 8″ in length beyond the floor for a more dramatic appearance; finest for stationary panels (a.k.a.’puddle’ length).If you’re getting pinch pleated curtains through your regional customized window treatment shop, the professional should come out and step for you. If you get custom curtains at an internet stores like Smith & Noble, then they usually have calculators that figure out the right size of drape for you. Be very careful with your dimensions.

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How to hang pinch-pleated drapes. The key to good looking pinch-pleated drapery panels is to make sure they are pinned and hung properly. If you have them produced locally, it is well worth every penny to get their specialist install them. The pin hooks should be pushed in right next to each pleat without pushing the pin through the front of your curtains. Frequently the pin hook is inserted in a quarter-inch in the top of the drape. In this manner it hangs well and opens and closes correctly. The pinch pleat on this drape is performed well and has an extremely elegant vibe to it.

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Stationary pinch-pleated curtains. Pinch pleating stationary (non-functional) drapes make soft elegance on a large window. It frames the window without taking away from your view or light coming in. These cost less than functional curtains since you don’t need as much fabric.

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Fully functional pinch-pleated curtains. Taking proper measurements is important when ordering curtains to cover your complete window (see Measuring For Pinch Pleated Drapes) because pinch pleated drapes aren’t flexible and are really based in your window dimensions. When fabric is pinch pleated it gets bulkier, so I put in a couple inches on both sides of the window and make the rod more for stacking up the curtains or employing a hold-back or tassel.

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Pinch-pleated sheers. A absolute gives a pleasant, clean flowing appearance when you use the pinch pleating procedure. It is not merely beautiful, but used on a traverse rod, it is functional. You can draw them in the center, to the right or to the left. Fabulous and so easy to open and close! I suggest using more widths of fabric for sheers since the fabric is so light. The extra widths will create greater fullness and make it seem luxurious.

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The window pole. Remember to use a heavy duty rod or monitor (traverse rod) for dangling these curtains on big doors and windows since the fabric gets heavier as you add more widths of it to your pole. I love using decorative traverse rods since they seem so great and make opening and closing your pinch pleated curtains. Easy!

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Decorative traverse rod. Traverse sticks contain plastic carriers with holes to suspend pleated draperies, and the draperies are connected together with pin hooks. They are sometimes drawn open or closed using cable controllers that pull them together a track. There are a lot of beautiful finishes and styles to choose from.

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Embellish your pinch-pleated drape. For more attention, add a banding down the side using a solid or pattern. Or put in a banding one quarter inch or so along the bottom or top of your own curtain. Have a look at the fact that these elegant curtains are within an office! Yes, pinch pleated are not just for dressy spaces. They look great everywhere.

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Lining. Add lining to the back side of your pleated drape at a white or off-white color so that the windows seem unified on the outside of your property. Use insulated lining or thermal lining to keep the warmth in.

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Black-out lining. Try black-out lining to keep the light out of a space when the curtains fully cover the windows. Blackout curtains are fantastic for bedrooms.


Top remedies. Last, if you’re likely to use a valance or cornice above your curtains, pinch pleat the curtains and they’ll hang very nicely behind the top treatment.

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Guest Picks: A Stylish Little Cottage

Having a tiny lakeside cabin does not mean it can’t have fashion — a bit of paint, new linens and a few brilliant mod accessories may make even the most miniature of cottages a bright and cheerful retreat to be appreciated up until late fall. — Lori from automatism

Linen Tablecloth by Stripe Fog Linen Function – $85

Make an al fresco supper a particular one with a fairly striped tablecloth in easy-care linen. Add a pitcher of wildflowers and unexpectedly hamburgers become an event!


Freestyle Large Print by Samantha French – $75

Freestyle, a lovely print from an original oil painting by artist Samantha French, would be an ideal present for someone who’s just bought a lakeside cabin — a promise of many happy summer days to come spent in and around the water.

Stainless Steel Wood Basket, Bebop – $354.23

Many men and women are extending the enjoyment of their cottages into the warmer months of fall and beyond. This elegant wood stand by Andre Gilli is a tasteful alternative to the usual loose stack of wood by the cabin stove, and turns a storage requirement into a work of art.


Pop Orange Flower Plate – $6.95

Does this melamine plate include colour to the menu, but reassurance as well — no need to stress if it slides off the dock into the lake.

Rosendahl Lantern – $90

When dusk falls, a beautiful lantern will include a warm and cosy glow indoors as you unwind and listen to the loons call upon the lake.


Modern Patio Chair by Fillingham Art Furniture Design – $765

These beautiful handmade patio chairs of solid walnut, northern white cedar and stainless steel not just have an tasteful mid-century contemporary vibe, but they don’t mind being left out in the rain once in a while, either.

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Hands On Salad Bowl – $42

This fantastic looking salad bowl is smart too: the servers are integrated into the bowl, perfect for storage in miniature cottage kitchens.

Unison Larch Medium Charcoal Blanket – $72

The design of this Larch Blanket by Unison is reminiscent of tree shadows on a summer afternoon, but is lovely and cozy on cool nights also.


Flora N1 print by Miles Of Light – $30

This delicate print out of Miles of Light evokes sunny afternoon walks in the forests, collecting interesting leaves and other natural items for little souvenirs of summer at the cabin.


Dr. Yes Chair by Kartell, Set of 2 – $374

The stylish Dr. Yes Chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet not only contains great lines, but fantastic practicality too; made from modified polypropylene, it is just as comfortable outdoors because it’s inside. A wide range of colors means that you can mix and match your look as well.


Ljusa Hand-Powered Flashlight – $4.99

I simply love the retro contemporary design of this flashlight. And thanks to the smart hand-powered design, no batteries are needed, which makes it ideal for cabin use.


Large Vintage Yellow Ice Bucket by Estate Eclectic – $24

This cheerful yellow classic ice bucket (using the fantastic style information of a lucite handle and lid) will make chilled drinks on the dock extra chic.


White Birch Tapper Candle Holders by Urban + Forest – $16

Add just a little atmosphere to a cabin supper with this pair of handmade taper candle holders made from reclaimed Maine white walnut timber. They are fairly and reflective of the surrounding woodland.

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Red Cross Medicine Storage Box – $40

Maintain your inventory of band-aids, sunblock, bug repellent and other cabin necessities stylishly stored within this retro-inspired Red Cross medicine box.


Vintage Pair of Teak Atomic Boomerang Dishes by Wise Apple Vintage – $14

This tiny pair of classic teak atomic boomerang shaped dishes would include hot Scandinavian style to a serving of nuts, olives or sweets at the table or on the dock.


Coleman Jug Cooler by Old Green Canoe – $21

Drink beverages on the dock with cheerful retro style employing this fantastic classic Coleman jug cooler. It is fun and functional too.


Ikea PS Sandskär Tray Table, White – $34.99

With its broad base, this stylish table is a fantastic option for a cabin lot with jagged floor — along with the removable table can be utilized as a serving tray if the party moves indoors. It’s also UV-stabilized and fade-resistant, so in the event that you leave it outside once in a while there is no need to stress.

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Deluxe Bocce Ball Set – $450

When the weather turns a little too cool for swimming, toss on a sweater and break out the bocce ball set! This beautiful version is as decorative as it’s fun — it will look great in the living area, awaiting another game.


Triangle Mug Set – GBP 35

Add some cheerful geometric colour to morning coffee on the dock with one of these Triangle mugs. They are available separately or as a pair of four.

Olympic Firebowl/Grill – $415

Being at the cabin means you never wish to go indoors, and that includes eating. This streamlined and elegant fire bowl lets you barbecue quickly and easily — consistently great when everyone is hungry from a day to the water.

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Bring a Little of Your Garden Inside for Fall

I will be honest. I ditched my lawn halfway through the season and spent my free time with friends and preferred tasks. I think it had something to do with the major garden cleanup I did within the spring. After hundreds of hours spent moving and digging and carting just to re-dig and proceed again, I chose to throw in the trowel (ha) and proceed on to spending my time with things that weren’t going to fade away a couple of months later. It was clear that I had been a bit burnt out and that I needed to escape.

And needless to say, now that the atmosphere is starting to become crisp and my perennials are beginning to whither, I’m ready to go back to my lawn again. Feeling slightly guilty that I made it high and dry and eventually admitting to myself that it is almost time to put everything away, I had the idea I could bring in my preferred planter that I never got around to filling. One thought led to another, and that I realized many of the outside decorations and natural components we like in summertime can come with us in our homes for autumn. Look ahead to find out what I mean.

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Branches. So needless to say a leafy branch will only last you a couple weeks into autumn, but it might still look great when it sheds its leaves. Take a peek at this kid-friendly project that places branches to good use.

Tips: Inspect for bugs before bringing branches indoors. If they still have leaves, then keep them fresh longer by cutting them in an angle in the base just before placing in water.

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This room makes me want to sit down and look at a good coffee table book. Branches on either side of the desk include character to a distance that might have otherwise felt stiff and imperfect. I like branches because of their naturally organic shapes and also because they’re simple to discover.

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Bench. Based on what your bench looks like and if the lines, colour and style fit into your house, you might be able to get away with using it indoors during the warmer months. If you do not have sufficient space in your entryway, look at using it in the kitchen table or close to a window.

Hint: Utilize a soft-bristled brush to remove loose dirt then gently wash with soapy water. If there is mold or mildew, you might choose to use white vinegar diluted with water to eliminate it. If this doesn’t work, resort into a bleach and water mix. Wipe down using a hose, then pat dry with a towel and wait till it dries completely before bringing it indoors.

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You are able to soften the vibe of your new seating by adding a couple big cushions or possibly a thick wool blanket. Pulling a bench indoors will also supply you with extra chairs for those holidays.

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Planters. Whether it is large or small, chances are likely that you have a favorite planter you tuck away year after year. While it is certainly exciting to see it once spring arrives, it might be something you’ll be able to enjoy all year also.

Hint: Remove all of the dirt used with the prior plantings and clean with warm water. Wipe out and then use fresh dirt for the new plants that you intend on incorporating.

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A set of urns or planters that may generally be used outside an entryway can be an intriguing addition to your fireplace or possibly a door in your home. You might also divide them up and use them in separate rooms or choose to place away one and maintain one out.

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Stump dining table. If you’ve got the space in your toilet, a stump table with a pure finish provides warmth and also somewhere to place a few candles. It retains the space feeling serene and spa-like, and it is always nice to escape to after a long evening of autumn cleanup.

Hint: If you are using a stump of your own, make sure that’s dried out and inspect for bugs. If there aren’t any bugs, use a stiff wire brush to remove residue or dirt when your bark is removed then sand the log smooth. Apply linseed oil and let dry. End with urethane if you prefer.

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All right, so this particular stump table is pretty nice, and it is quite clear it was not simply peeled, sanded and varnished. However, the concept remains the same. Small tables like this 1 look fantastic when paired with a reading chair or bookshelf.

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Potting bench. Who is to say that planting wants to stop when the ground freezes? Indoor potting benches are the perfect place to carry on with your green-thumb hobbies throughout the autumn and winter and also duplicates as a great spot to paint. I have a potting bench indoors, and it is my go-to desk for virtually any project that’s cluttered.

Hint: If you’re bringing in your outside bench,examine the potting bench with a wire brush to remove dirt and scrutinize the corners for spider nests. Use white vinegar diluted with water and spray it over the entire surface. Let soak for a bit and then rinse with a hose. Pat dry and bring indoors just when dried entirely.

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Although this isn’t just a reclining seat, it does a nice job of demonstrating what warm rustic style a weathered table can bring into a space. A reclining seat in a living or dining area will add both function and personality. I’m a big fan of adding furniture and decorations throughout the warmer months and taking them away once spring arrives — warm and cozy in the winter, cool and fresh in the summer.

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Statues. Many times, there are garden sculptures that look just as great inside as they do out. I enjoy this one since it is sort of whimsical and adds a little humor to get you through the lengthy spell of snow and ice. If your lawn sculptures seem too small, try resting them on a base very similar to this one to include quantity, or create room for you on a bookshelf.

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This is just another statue, also raised from the floor for much more emphasis and easier viewing.

Pickings could be slim at this time, but summer and early autumn can be a good time to search for a garden sculpture or two, as they can be pricing in the beginning of summer.

What do you bring inside from your yard this autumn?

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Houzz Tour: Shingle Style Meets Soho on the Jersey Shore

This exceptional land on Long Beach Island in New Jersey gives a big nod to coastal hammer design on the exterior while maintaining an unexpected open, mild, and loft-like interior. The association between the architect and the owners began with a magazine clipping of the architect’s own surf storage shed, and resulted a beautiful and unique waterfront home. Let us take a look at the spectacular outcomes.

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The three-bedroom house is approximately 1,800 square feet in size. Site restrictions dictated a drawback from the waterthat along with the homeowners’ needs motivated a somewhat serpentine plan which follows the water’s edge. “Occasionally the challenge and constraints create a more interesting design that wouldn’t occur under normal circumstances,” states Bubnowski.

Amazingly, his plans did not require one variance. The outside is respectful of the circumstance and fits in with its own shingle style facades.

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When architect Richard Bubnowski met the few who owned this property, he inquired how they had found him. “The spouse pulled a 3-year-old journal clipping of my personal surf drop,” he clarifies. Because the father and son were surfers, he had already earned some points with them until they ever met.

That is actually the facet of the home as seen in the entrance court. “The home tiers up and away from you; so from here it looks like a little one-story cabin,” Bubnowski states. The first room you enter has a massive surfboard closet, which sets the tone for your house. The plan moves from public to private; the last tier one would achieve from here is your master suite upstairs.

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After entering through the foyer, the perspective of the public spaces is open. The fireplace divides a family room in the dining area and the kitchen outside. The fireplace facade is covered in local reclaimed oak, which adds warmth to the open space and supplies a texture with a history.

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The owners and their adult son had a vision for the home which incorporated industrial style. The son, a musician who lives in Manhattan, and brought ideas relating to this aesthetic to the design table. “He said he liked old things, he liked new things, and he liked industrial,” Bubnowski states. The result is an eclectic home that fits into its context with a shingle-style exterior along with a SoHo, open-loft aesthetic inside.

Case in point: The dining area is open to the sitting area and the kitchen. These upholstered tubular chrome seats pull up to a workbench-like industrial table. Along with the whole home has a killer audio system.

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The kitchen uses a huge array of materials, including reclaimed wood closets, tiling and stainless steel countertops and a slate floor. “Each wall in this house is painted white,” Bubnowski states. “There are several textures, finish colors and beams which we didn’t have to add colour through paint… we allow the white paint function as a background for all these materials.”

The design connects different spaces through materials. In this image, you are able to see how the diagonal line of teak beneath the railing plays off the door all the way across the space, and how the reclaimed wood at the kitchen relates to the fireplace. The slate floor is continuous throughout the whole space.

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Even though Bubnowski planned out where the appliances goes , he credits the interior designer he collaborated with, Donna Grimes, together with the ingenious composition of these shelves and cabinets. They are made from whitewashed local reclaimed timber.

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Above the sink is a view to the cove. The lower half of the room has a bit of a farmhouse feel, with the whitewashed reclaimed wood cabinets, slate floor, mahogany counters and plantation sink.

The counter functions as a little dividing line within this country/industrial space: Right above you’re more modern opaque glass tiles, white timber and industrial pendant lights. It’s the perfect case of the son’s desire fulfilled: old, new and industrial elements forming a cohesive space.

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Looking upward again, exposed metal beams and a metal and wood railing add to the industrial aesthetic.

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“The homeowner had good flavor,” states Bubnowski. The spouse and interior designer Donna Grimes picked out the light fixtures collectively. Note the way the lines of the industrial sconce on the ideal play the lines of the railing.

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A guest room contains chair-rail-height walnut planking. “Hanging the planks made the room feel bigger,” states Bubnowski. This room and another guest area on the first floor have been tucked under the master suite.

Side note: Sam Oberter is your gifted photographer who shot the pictures of the New Moon Cottage. He’s also a surfer, so he and Bubnowski hit it off right away and have become good friends.

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Like most of the rooms at the home, the master bathroom benefit from the natural light along with the takes in the view of Harvest Cove. The paneling is a nod to traditional cottages, although the remainder of the light-bathed room is spacious and modern.

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This is a plan of both floors. I know it’s a little hard to read at this size, but you can understand that the second floor routine only has rooms on the ideal side; the remainder is that the roof over the entrance, the dining area and the spacious attic landing area at the top of the stairs. Because the plan is spacious and narrow, almost every room in the home gets to enjoy the view of the cove.

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You are able to see how the border of the home follows the waterline; the master wing tier is able to float somewhat further out because the land does.

Thanks so much to Richard Bubnowski for helping us get to know this home better. It is available as a vacation rental, so if you’re lucky enough to manage it, you may opt to experience it in person.

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Idea of the Week: Do Not Overlook the Ceiling

It’s really easy to slap up a coat of white paint and take it a day, but where’s the imagination in that? Instead of fixing the ceiling as an afterthought, we love how a growing number of designers are allowing their creativity run sky-high by addressing what is often known as”the fifth wall” with wallpaper, paint or other finishes to truly finish the plan of an area.

In San Francisco’s Decorator Showcase, designers Stephen Rice and Lynn DeTienne continued their area’s coastal blue-gray style on the ceiling, with an inset covered in a wallpaper of ominous, undulating clouds.


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Look carefully and you will see that the wallpaper — Ciel by Trove — also includes lines of script that compose,”there’s no place like home” over and over again. A detail on your ceiling detail? Well, that is better.

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7 Strategies to Make Your Glass Carpets Shine

Glass presents us with numerous design options in kitchen layout now. I’ve noticed a pair of doorways above a bar area or some kind of display cabinet have become almost commonplace. However, there is so much more we could do with glass which makes its existence in kitchen layout an important option to take into account. If you’re seeking to use some glass on your kitchen, here are some methods to make the glass something special.

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Light the inside of glass cabinet doors to help show off what’s in the cabinet. It is most common to use glass doorways in a bar area or display cabinet. However, don’t simply install some glass doors without even thinking about what’s inside. By putting lights within the cabinetry and using glass shelving, you can definitely highlight your “fancy” eyeglasses. This light is also perfect for producing a nightlight in a kitchen for a moody atmosphere.

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Another great (and easy) bar area. Glass doors show off glasses and some prized champagne. By putting a cabinet panel on the drink fridge, all of the focus is moved up to the display area.

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Use the back of the cabinet to bring some extra texture or color. Within this black and white kitchen, both top cabinets with glass doors and the display cabinet to the right of the fridge are given particular attention with a splash of lemon yellow inside.

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Use glass (or wire in this instance) in a more functional area for a completely different look. Admittedly, his one may be an issue for those people who are a little OCD. However, if you’re fastidious enough, an open pantry can be very art-like. All it requires is a bit arranging to make it actually work.

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Utilize glass to balance out other elements. Within this elegant and traditional kitchen, the glass cabinetry on each side of the big vent hood help balance the weight of the fixture by “extending” out the weight. In a feeling, it lessens the overall effect and produces all components feel cohesive and unified.

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Highlight an intriguing architectural shape. The Gothic-inspired insets from the glass door would get lost if put on top of a door. By putting a light within these display cabinets, we may see the strong patterns of the filigree work.

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In a somewhat different vein, these glass cupboards are all about bringing different feel and shape to the doorways which contrast with the strong grain pattern of the wood. By keeping all the dishes white within the cupboards, it retains the whole look from being too active.

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Glass doors lighten up an whole room by dividing the surface. It’s a well-known actuality that in the event you’ve got a large surface and you throw a different substance from the combination, it will help break up the overall weight of everything. Glass top cabinets were utilized to give everything a mild visual weight in this quaint kitchen. The frosting on the glass helps hide what’s behind the doors so that it does not feel cluttered.

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Use opaque glass for a very different look. Few designers as well as fewer homeowners have taken the risk is using an opaque glass in their own designs. However, it may do something which neither translucent glass nor timber can do — it provides a super durable, high gloss surface. In this dark and white kitchen, the reflective nature of the black glass uppers helps prevent them from becoming too thick. Besides, they’re sexy!

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Guest Groups: 20 Summer-Inspired Vintage Wares

Vintage products have constantly remind me of summer, likely because it’s the time of year once I venture out to do exactly the most yard sale and thrift shopping. Fortunately, there are tons of online stores now that offer a fantastic curated selection of vintage merchandise just a mouse click away, any time of the year. So as an ode to summer, I’ve rounded up a number of my favorite vintage finds for the home, all motivated by the warmest period of living, relaxing and entertaining. –Alli out of Hooray


Classic Candles Candles – $20

Pretty old pitchers have several uses, and look equally as good sitting on the kitchen counter as they do pouring drinks on a hot summer day.


Antique 1856 Lowe Fern Print – $12

I can already envision this summery botanical printing grouped with other foliage-inspired art for a candy, outdoorsy feel.


Vintage Gold & Black Laquer Bowl – $14

This bowl looks like something shiny you would find at Kate Spade — but with a slightly worn, well-loved look. It might be the star of a summertime dining table setting, and could seem equally as great storing odds and ends onto a bookshelf.


Tabletop Processor – $57

A roundup of summer-inspired vintage wares could not omit the timeless retro fan. Whether or not you actually “use” it, this still adds a gorgeous nostalgic and utilitarian sense to a space and it’s a vital summer accessory.

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Framed Vintage Sailboat Print – $349

Even though it’s a reprint of a classic found photograph, this bit of art still has a lot of nautical and vintage charm. I would hang it independently or with other vintage finds like postcards or keys.


Vintage Gooseneck Lamp – $45

This desk/table lamp is so damn cute, and good for small desk tables or areas. The vivid shade gives a nice pop of colour for summertime, and throughout the rest of the seasons.


Simplex Schoolhouse Wall Clock – $85

I’ve never owned one, but I’ve always had a thing for vintage schoolhouse clocks. They’re nostalgic and industrial, and enjoyable to pair with more contemporary, chic bits.


Mid Century Child’s School Chair – $52

I adore these old schoolhouse chairs: they’re industrial and hardy, and equally cute. They are kid-sized but might also be perfect for using as a small side table to get a stack of books or magazines.


Found Decanter Lamp – $498

This lamp makes a significant statement in a subtle way. I really like that every one is made of old found decanters and seems summery all year old.


Wood Basket Carrier – $29.99

This tray has numerous helpful possibilities for entertaining or for everyday usage. Not to mention it’s charming, vintage and amazingly sturdy.


World Globe – $39

I enjoy vintage globes in almost any space because they’re a fun accessory that never goes out of style. Even if you’re entertaining, they act as a conversation piece — you just can’t help but twist them and test your geography skills.


Vintage Ice Bucket – $9.50

An essential for fun, this ice bucket adds a fun retro touch that is perfect for summertime or any time of the year.


Wood Dovetailed Box – $20

Next to vintage lovers and globes, older crates are one of these items I could easily hoard — just think of all of the storage possibilities these could supply. This is the perfect size for sorting paper, email, or to even as a rustic table centerpiece.


Faux Bois and Brown Tensor Lamp – $25

How cool is this vintage desk lamp? It has a nice industrial shape, and I really like the faux bois base. It might have a big effect without taking up a whole lot of space.


Fern and Fungi Art – $18

I really like the sense of history that vintage parts of art add to a space. This one has a lovely old feel to it, and brings a bit of the outdoors in your home.


Aqua Painted Mirror – $16

What is not to love about these teeny resin lighting? They are in the ’70s and upgraded with some fresh paint. I could picture them in the guest bath, or just about any area of the house.


1950 Italian Faux Bamboo Cart – $225

This may be a tiny ornate for a few, but I believe this retro Italian cart is pretty stunning. The faux bamboo legs look modern and, mixed with some glossy glassware, it might be a wonderful piece for fun.


Vintage Golden Ceramic Dishes – $26

Both simple and fancy — I adore how tasteful these are!


Vintage Modern Aqua Ice Bucket – $28

Another ice bucket that is just too cool to pass up. I really like the shape, along with the burst of aqua is a welcome option for summer.


Copper Steel Outdoor Lighting – $39.99

I would really like to use this vintage light in so many distinct spaces — patios, front porches, all-season rooms. It has sweet, subtle details like the scalloped base frame and textured glass.

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The best way to Get a Concrete Flooring Prepared for Linoleum

Linoleum on a concrete ground needs more sweeping up a small grime and that eliminating your old flooring. The area should be free and clear of any items that may affect the glues. Cracks that may allow moisture to seep through the concrete should be repaired, as well as the floor has to be leveled. Failing to get a ground prepared for linoleum correctly could result cracking or lifting of the linoleum over time.

Sweep the concrete to eliminate particles and big grime from the ground. Vacuum the ground to eliminate and particles sweeping using a broom may skip.

Don safety goggles to guard your eyes. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves.

Mix 1/2-cup of tri-sodium phosphate with 2 gallons of water that is hot in a 5-gallon bucket. It’s possible for you to find TSP at home improvement facilities and hardware stores. Working in small places, scrub the floor using the TSP as well as a mop to clear grime, oil, paint and any grease from the ground.

Rinse the area with clear water. Wipe up the excess water before shifting to the area that is next. Allow the floor to dry completely. Drying times will differ depending on humidity and the climate.

A ground patch that was pre-mixed created for use to fill holes and any cracks in the flooring. Use the straight-edge of a trowel or a putty knife to smooth the the top of region that is patched, feathering the edges to mix the patch to the concrete. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for just about any special program factors and drying times.

Pour water into a 5-gallon bucket and include ground leveling compound with water to the consistency of a milk shake. Check the instructions on the leveling compound for the correct water to powder parts for the greatest outcomes.

Fill any depressions in the flooring with all the leveling compound. Feather the compound utilizing a trowel or putty knife along the edges of the depressions to mix the item with all the around floor. Drying times will differ based on the merchandise manufacturer’s suggestions along with the climate problems.

Wrap ablock of wood in a sheet of program-grit sand-paper. Place a dusk mask over nose and your mouth. Sand the complete area of your flooring. This assures the glues you use to your linoleum will bond together with the concrete. Vacuum any dirt from the ground.

Cut 6-mil plastic sheeting in to several 2 foot-by-2 foot items. Place the plastic on various parts of the ground. Tape the plastic to the flooring with duct-tape, sealing all sides.

Let the plastic sit undisturbed for 2-4 to 4-8 hours. In the event the concrete seems darker under the the plastic or condensation seems on the lower of the plastic, you ought to contact before installing the linoleum ground, a contractor who specializes in moisture problems.

Check the humidity le Vel of the room. Don’t install the linoleum before the humidity le Vel reads between 6% and 4-0%. After the appropriate humidity le Vel is reached by the space, continue with installing your linoleum ground.

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Learning How to Weld

It’s possible to start learning welding using simple tips and tricks. Although there are a lot of skills that go into this, it doesn’t take a lot of time for you to learn and get better gradually.

We have a few simple tips for you that will help you become an experienced house repairs.

Getting Ready

Before you decide to start, it’s important to try out a few things. First, hold the gun so you can practice. One hand needs to be at the base of the gun to provide the stability needed for accurate works while the other hand will be on the trigger. Try to move the gun steadily over a metal surface as if you are actually welding. Once the gun feels natural on the hands, pull it close to a weld surface, press the trigger, and touch the surface lightly for your very first welding test. You will always need to test the gun every time you are starting any job.

Prepare the Metal

Because welding involves working with metal, if you are going to become a reliable handyman services then you cannot afford to ignore metal preparation and handling techniques. You need to get all the right tools first. A carbide scribe or a woodworker’s awl is needed to make marks on the metal surface. You will also need a metal cutting chop. As a pro tip to use, when you cut the metal, slightly bevel the edges. This will make them stronger once welding is done. You will also need a clamp to position the cut metal pieces before welding. Once everything is in position, go ahead and begin tacking. Since this will be your first time doing welding, sometimes the metals in position may shift or disassemble when you are tacking. Just reposition them and keep trying until you get it right.

Finish Weld

As soon as you have finished with the tacking process, you need to now smooth out the edges and all the areas you have worked on. Grinding the edges is one of the most enjoyable steps in welding. However, you need to be careful not to overdo it. Grinding off too much might actually affect the structural strength of the item you have just created. Once the edges are smoothed out, you are done.


You can decide to paint the metal or leave it like that. It all depends on what you are creating. However, metal is a multipurpose material and there are many paints that can go with it. A coating of clear acrylic is however highly recommended by many welders. You can use a spray bottle to apply it smoothly on the metal surface.

Welding is simple if you are ready to learn about it. The simple tips above should help you get the basics right. In the end, with regular practice you will soon be among the good handyman capable of handling different kinds of tasks.

The best way to Glue Laminate Flooring Trim

Finishing a ground career with trim that is sloppy function ruins the layout movement of your house. It wants a great glue software as your floor trim functions as a buffer between the baseboards as well as the flooring. Laminate flooring shrinks somewhat according to the temperature and air moisture and swells. Allow for normal by leaving a 16-inch of room between the woodwork as well as the trim.

Allow any laminate items that are new to acclimate to your own home. Open the box and allow the breath for 48 hours.

Where you plan to to put the trim brush particles in the floor location. Remove any glue that is old using a putty knife.

Place the trim in to place to confirm it’s dimensions and the correct cut. Apply just one bead or line of glue from end of the piece to other, stopping short of the finish about 1/2 inch. Stopping quick stops the glue from seeping to another side.

Press the piece easily. Avoid getting glue on the laminate that is around or baseboard. Beginning in the center push on the trim somewhat and working outward. This eliminates any air bubbles in the glue.

Let the glue dry for putting furniture onto it or 1-2 hrs or even more before walking onto it.

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