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Tips On Choosing Purple Area Rugs

When you talk about home decorating and choosing a floor rug, purple is certainly not one of the first colors that come to mind. The exception is of course if your favorite color is purple.  So why should you think about using purple or buying a purple rug in your home?

Purple is a mixture of blue and red, which makes it a great color to have in the home. It signifies royalty, wealth, leadership and luxury. Did you know that light purple can also evoke feelings of nostalgia and romance? Now isn’t that a great color especially for your bedroom?

If you are still apprehensive about using this color, start with something small, like an accent rug in your bathroom, or a medium sized area rug for your living room. Then as you get more confident, you can graduate to large floor rugs for other areas of the home. So how do you go about picking purple area rugs for the home?

First take a look at your room. What shades that are present can be complemented with purple? And remember, purple is not only available in one boring dinosaur shade. You can find frosty plum, plum, eggplant, mauve, violet, hydrangea, dark purple, dark plum, iris, lilac, periwinkle, amethyst, hyacinth, orchid, dahlia, and dewberry. Now can you imagine using such shades in the home? With all these choices you will surely find one that you love and that can complement the rest of your décor.

Once you find the best shade, you can go on to get the best type of material that most suits that area. Pick from natural fibers of synthetic materials, depending on the area you have in mind. And finally get the area rug in the right size to fit your area or room. And that’s all there is to it. Isn’t that easy?

Purple area rugs can be used anywhere in the home. You will be able to add color and character with these rugs and your home will look fantastic.

Always Needed Folding Doors

Folding doors are mostly found on closets, pantries, kitchen cabinets and drawers as well as laundry rooms. These doors are preferred over other doors because they can easily open up widely offering a better access. They are also known as bi-fold doors because they can be opened in two ways. They also come in varying designs, styles and sizes made of different materials. This allows a home owner to choose from a wide variety of doors. Do all the research you want and take your time to evaluate your options before deciding on which door to purchase.

The first thing to do is to target have a target price range. Most of these doors have different prices depending on their materials. If you want a UPVC door then you can easily get cheap UPVC patio doors in the market. All you need to do is visit a home improvement store or a depot to check on the latest doors and their prices. Make a budget on the upper limit because various options and upgrades on the door might increase the price of the door.

Another thing you need before buying a folding door is to measure the opening of the place where you will place the door. This is an essential process because an accurate measurement will help you when it comes to the selection of the door. Remember to be accurate and precise as possible to avoid discrepancies as this may come to haunt you when you are fixing the door as the door may not fit properly.

After the measurements then you can choose the material and construction type for the folding door. There are many options to choose from here and this is mostly dictated with your budget and the function of the door. You can have solid wood folding door one that is made of fiberglass or even steel.

Then decide on the style and design of the door you want. Some of the popular styles of folding doors are the louvered ones, the raised panel types, mirrored folding doors and the flat panel type.

Give an Edge to Your Bedroom with the Shabby Chic Furniture

The concept of shabby chic furniture is relatively new to the world of interiors yet has been accepted and welcomed worldwide. This kind of interior decoration lends a look of ease and comfort to the house, especially the bedroom and the lounge area.

People who have a passion of heritage and worn out furniture can actually make the most of this idea to redefine the decor of their houses and lend a vintage feel to it as well. The most popular items in the shabby chic bedroom furniture set are the worn out oak and mahogany dressers, wooden corner and shelves and even the Victorian mirrors that give an illusion of a heritage look to the bedroom besides making it look bigger.

One can also make use of lace trimmings on the upholstery, chic carpets with tatters and silk thread work to achieve a grunted and worn out look which is the new fashion statement for the famous and stylish today. In fact the concept has gained so much popularity that the manufacturers of new furniture are coating it with copper, blue and even green colored enamel spray to achieve the desired shabby look and make it a hot selling product. The color palette used for such look is quite soft with great usage of checks, stripes, floral patterns in lighter and faded hues to add an antique touch to the decor. Using antique photo frames, worn out dressers made from brass and copper and (which are repainted to achieve a better finish) are a great add on for some trendy interiors.

One can look for the antique furniture stores to grab hold of such items or else you can also pick this kind of furniture from junk shops that sell the items at throw away prices and you can re-do them in a desired manner to achieve your preferred look. Wicker furniture sometimes works well for this type of look.

Advantages of Brick Siding

There are many advantages when it comes to installing brick siding on your home. Brick siding has been the traditional type of siding for homes for centuries, and for good reasons. Some of these reasons include the following:

1. Durability

Brick house siding is very durable. When compared to other types of siding there really is not comparison–brick simply just last longer, and in many cases it lasts a lot longer. For example, if you compare the durability of brick vs T 111 siding, you will find an enormous difference in the longevity of brick vs T111. In addition, brick is also much more durable than vinyl siding options.

2. The Look

This is probably the most common reason why people choose to install brick home siding vs other types of siding–nothing will give you the same look and feel that brick does. Brick not only is strong and durable, but it looks strong and durable and exudes a sense of lasting when installed properly. These are qualities that almost all homeowners care about and thus are reasons to choose brick.

3. Low Maintenance Requirements

There may not be an easier type of siding to maintain. For one, (as we have already talked about) brick siding lasts for a very long time and is very weather resistant. You don’t have to worry about brick peeling away or being dented or scratched like you do with other types of siding. The only thing that you should consider doing in order to protect your brick is to apply a clear coat of water repellent. Because bricks are porous there is a small potential for issues if you live in a very wet climate area.

Overall, choosing brick house siding can be a great choice for you–it will look great, last a long time, and will not require a lot of maintenance. However, it will cost more up front so make sure you take that into consideration before you make your final decision.

Using the MLS to Find Your Dream Home

The MLS or Multiple Listing Service is a database used by real estate agents/brokers in most parts of the county.  Each of these individual systems act as a repository for all the homes for sale in a particular geographic area .  Some MLS systems are more advanced than others and some have more features than others.  Because these systems are built for and the property of the real estate agents, many of the features and more powerful tools are reserved for the agents that pay for the system.

Don’t fret!  In most areas of the country, you as a home buyer can still have access to the MLS to search for properties at your leisure, in the comfort of you own home without some pesky real estate agent bugging you!  Statistics show that currently 85% of real estate buyers will look for homes on the internet before ever calling an agent.   While I primarily use the Minnesota MLS, let me show you some tricks to making the MLS work for you (regardless of where you live).

While each geographic area typically has only one or two MLS systems, it may have 100’s of sites on the internet that allow you to search properties.  Those sites simply take the raw data from the MLS and republish it inside their software.  How the data is displayed and even how MUCH data is displayed can vary from site to site.  Spend time to compare the same property on different sites to see which one gives you the most information and has the most features.

A popular request is for home buyers to see all foreclosed homes in a particular area.  Often the foreclosure status of a property is not available to the public.  Even when it is, the information is often incomplete or inaccurate.  If you are looking for a home in a certain area, simply search for the lowest priced properties.  Typically these will be the foreclosures.  If you find a standard, retail seller that is priced as low or lower than a foreclosure, what is wrong with that!

Instead of trying to remember to log onto the MLS each night to search for a property, save a search.  Our MN MLS allows a user to save the criteria that they are looking for (which may include price, number of bedrooms, area, etc) and the MLS will automatically email the user, whenever a home matches their criteria.  Most public MLS systems allow you to do this today.  You can simply watch your email waiting for any new properties.  This can also help you in a competitive market to get an offer in before everyone else.

Lastly, if you are just not finding what you are looking for, consider contacting a real estate agent.  As I mentioned before, they typically have more powerful tools to search the MLS database.  See if they have access to more information on the MLS that might help you find your dream home.  Let them work for you!