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Five Items Successful People Have In Their Homes

5 Items Successful People Have In Their Homes   Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be successful, but there are some things one can have in their home to always push them towards their own vision of success. These are ideas to increase productivity, promote positive relationships in a home life, and improve your family’s health simultaneously. Here are five things to have in a home to push you towards success:   1 - A Means For Exercise We all try to make time to go to the gym and be active, but it takes a lot of time out of your day. If you have a means to exercise in your own home, this will promote both physical and mental health. This can be anything from a full set of weights, a treadmill, bike machine, to a yoga mat or jump rope. Regardless of your budget or space, there are always means for exercise in your own home.   2 - Isolated Space For Working In 2017, we can work from virtually anywhere as long as we have a smartphone and a wifi connection. There’s busywork for every career path from paperwork to emails and having an isolated space to do this work at home is crucial. Studies have shown that doing your work (or homework for children) in your bedroom hinders productivity. Your brain associate  your bedroom with sleeping and rest which are the opposite of what you need while you are working. Having an isolated space for work in your home will allow you to be more productive and efficient with your time, ultimately giving you more free time to spend with your family. Every major CEO and business executive says that they have isolated spaces in their home to work.   3 - A Visual Reminder of Your Goals Countless studies have shown that having a physical display with your goals written on them drives you towards achieving them. If you put this in your bedroom, the first thing you will see when you wake up is your short term and long term goals of what you want to achieve. This is one of those small things you can do in your home, in under five minutes, that will have a long term impact on your life achievements. On a similar note, many believe that writing down your goals in a notebook everyday forces you to work harder towards achieving them.   4 - A Fully Stocked, Healthy Fridge We all know that eating healthy makes us feel and perform better, but very few do it. It costs a bit more to buy organic fruits, vegetables, and meat, but find it in your personal budget to afford better foods. You will think clearer, stay at a healthy weight, and best of all you’ll teach your children to eat healthy as well. Being “healthy” is much more than just what you eat. Being healthy is a full lifestyle. As human beings we need to exercise to perform on our highest level. We must sleep to allow our bodies to recharge. We must eat natural, healthy foods to refuel. Often overlooked, having a fridge full of healthy food will drive you towards success and achieving all your goals.   5 - A Dining Room With No TV Studies have shown that having a TV in a kitchen promotes overeating. When you’re concentrating on something other than your meal, you’re less aware of how full your stomach feels. By not having a TV in your kitchen or dining room, you’ll naturally spend less time in there as well. This will also promote conversation and interaction between your family members while you eat meals. We all love TV, but save it for after your mealtimes!


Five Kitchen Features For A Busy Household

Five Kitchen Features For A Busy Household

Five Kitchen Designs for a Family-Friendly, Busy Household 1 - Durable Countertops   If you have a busy household that probably means you have some young ones at home! They’re not always the neatest, so in a kitchen space it’s crucial to install durable countertops that are stain resistant, fingerprint-proof, and wipeable. Instead of highly polished stone, try something with a bit more texture, such as quartz surfacing or leathered granite (shown above). Order these surfaces with a satin finish so you can remove the minor scratches without calling in a professional! 2 - Kid-Safe Corners   What kids don’t love running and sliding through the kitchen while you’re preparing a meal for them? Avoid those pointed corners on your countertops so you can finish cooking dinner without any added trouble. It’s a very simple (and inexpensive) detail that can save you many future tears from the younger members of the family. When you sell your home, future buyers will appreciate the foresight for rounded corners in your kitchen. 3 - Double Dishwashers   We’ve all seen how quickly the dishes pile up... For a healthy, hungry family it gets hard to keep up with the demand for clean dishes. For a busy set of parents this is the last thing we want to deal with after a full day of work! If you plan your kitchen design correctly, no one regrets installing double dishwashers. This can help declutter your open kitchen by stashing away your dirty dishes instead of stacking up your sink or countertop. Multiple family members can load and unload dishes while dinner is being made too. 4 - Stay Connected!   Five smartphones, three laptops, two iPads and some handheld video games…How do you charge them all? You don’t want power strips laying all over your kitchen! When remodeling your home, you’ll thank yourself later if you plan a convenient place to charge all these electronics. These have become so important to the younger generation, so convenient charging will make everyone’s lives easier in the family. 5 - Wipeable Wall Paint   Shiny paints are always great for kitchen spaces. Rather than flat options, choose semi-gloss paint so it’s easy to wipe off spaghetti sauce, fingerprints, and the occasional childhood paintings on your beautiful white walls. If your paint is glossed you’ll give yourself an extra layer of protection!


Four Kitchen Trends Going Into 2018

Four Kitchen Trends Going Into 2018 - D&Y Designs

  Just like any other creative industry, there are trends and fads that come and go. We like to stay current so we can make homes as modern possible. 2017 has been packed with new trends in the home renovation market, so here are our thoughts on the four major trends that are here to stay!   1 - Open Layouts More and more people are done with isolated kitchens! Supported by a connected and more casual lifestyle, many homeowners prefer an open layout for their kitchen. This trend has been driven by informal dining arrangements and comfortable cooking setups. While hosting company, open kitchens encourage interaction between you and your guests, which is a trend we believe will continue into 2018.   2 - LED Lighting With recent advantages in its technology, LED lighting has stepped away from its cold, unfriendly look towards a bright and warm tone. Designers have gotten far more creative with the use of LED lights to compliment different components of your kitchen. Light up a toe-kick, illuminate the work space beneath your upper cabinets, or perk up your center island. LED’s use less electricity than traditional bulbs and last longer than fluorescent or halogen bulbs.   3 - Deep Cabinets As people constantly add to their kitchen appliances, they like keeping their old ones too... This requires more storage space in your kitchen, or at least optimizing the space you already have! Deep cabinets are simple to integrate into all types of kitchen designs. Add-ons, like pegboard and drawer organizers keep drawers tidy and prevent clutters!   4 - Wood(like) Floors Hardwood floors have always kept kitchens warm and cozy, and this trend is not going anywhere any time soon. The material is adaptable to any atypical kitchen design and beautifully unites rooms in an open layout (complements our first 2018 prediction!). Porcelain planks that look like wood have slowly become more popular, the look is just as inviting and the surface is far easier to maintain.


The Many Versions of the Kitchen Island

Looking to remodel your kitchen in the near feature? Not sure how you want to go about designing it?  It can be an overwhelming task but kitchens are a big focal point in a home and adding a kitchen island can bring in that entertainment element to a kitchen. Here are some kitchen island ideas to help you get started on your kitchen design planning. Functioning island The kitchen is the entertainment room now a days and having a kitchen island is where your company will flock to. So the decision you need to decide on is what are you using your island for. Is it for prep works, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining. If you want appliances or sinks your kitchen will get bigger.  It is possible to have your island be a functioning one and also allow seating. Appliances for your island So what kind of appliances can you put in your island? Your possibilities are endless depending on your budget. Some islands have a sink and dishwasher, some have a cooktop with vent or hood overhead. Some islands have smaller veggie sinks for prep.  Some people like a nice wine fridge in their islands as well. It depends on where you think you will be working the most and what appliances you need in that space. U-shaped Islands U-shaped Islands are amazingly large and can be the chefs dream. If you want workspace, storage and seating, this is the perfect way of doing it. It’s big enough to have some room to prepare and also have an appliance in there or two! The storage options are endless as well. Display and storage Kitchens with islands are more than likely and open kitchen concept and with that being said, some islands are getting a different treatment. Islands are starting to be designed with open shelves that wrap around the island to display items. Instead of open shelves closed shelves are also a great option to store cookbooks and other items. L-Shaped Islands L Shaped islands are large and can be great for storage its perfect for prepping and for entertaining. This is guaranteed to give you more workspace with less crowding and with bar style seating. This shape is large and perfect for large functions. Island for storage Islands are a great way to increase storage in your kitchen. You can use the empty space below to store large pots or pans or even create a dish drawer where you can store dishes. If you look cookbooks and have many of them, you can make a built in book shelve to hold them. Islands with table seating Another interesting way to create an island is creating an island on one side and sitting on the other. These come in various shapes and sizes, some are long and curved others are square. If you like the idea of bringing a table to the mix of your island, make sure you have the room to do so.    


11 Secrets to a Beautiful Kitchen

Everyone has secrets, even designers! Here's some inside scoop on how to make your kitchen more beautiful AND more functional. Bonus: Spend the most on the best cabinetry you can afford and worry about the appliances later. Don’t choose fancy appliances over the quality of your cabinets when thinking about the budget. Why? Guess what will be standing long after you replace your fridge and dishwasher? Your cabinets will and they are the foundation of your new beautiful kitchen. Countertops 1. Your fridge. Most remodels start with the fridge and add side panels that match the cabinetry for a cohesive look. Your countertop is supposed to be at the base of your cabinet door by half an inch. Therefore, be sure that your refrigerator panel is greater than the depth of the counter. The counter will past the panel instead of converging with it. 2. Tall cabinets. You want to increase your depth in your kitchen as a whole. To do this, you can additionally increase depth by having tall cabinets. However, you want to be consistent, so all counters should have the same look/style and edge configuration. 3. Countertop. Remember everyone has their own opinions and might like a flush countertop. Not all countertops will overhang by a half inch. You can have your counters flush with the doors and drawers for a modern, streamlined appearance.   4. Pantry pullouts. Everyone loves a pullout cabinet. More secret storage space. These pullout cabinets should be only 9, 12 or 15 inches wide. Think about it, every time you will need a can of soup, you will feel the full weight of everything that is stored in there. You can’t go wider or it will just be too heavy to even open. 5. Pantry + rollouts. If you want cabinets that are wider than 15 inches, we suggest using pantry rollouts. This means instead of pulling the entire pantry you are only pulling out the shelf you need. When using rollouts, you might want to consider making a filler between the pantry and the wall so it doesn’t make a mark on the wall. You can do this at least 1½ inches wide) to keep the hardware from hitting the wall and possibly restricting the usability of a cabinet with a rollout. 6. Oils and sauces. Pullouts are perfect for frequently used oils and sauces, for easy access. Designers want to make your kitchen as functional as possible. You want the pullout to be close but still out of heat range as this can change the oils. The thickness of the cabinet help sauces and oils to rarely spoil. 7. Shelf above tray storage. If you don’t use wide trays or store your pantry items on the sides of the cabinets you wont need tall storage space. If this sounds like you, consider adding a self about your trays for extra storage. 8. Lack of trays. If you do not think you need a tray storage space then we suggest to add a partition to the cabinet and adjustable shelves to the other side. 9. Double cutlery. A two-tiered cutlery storage to double amount of storage. Smart Sinks 10. Corner sinks. You do not want to make the mistake of having your dishwasher adjacent to a corner sink. Why? You will not be able to stand and load the dishwasher in that little of space. 11. Island sink with light countertop. Stainless steel always wins for several reasons other then its durability and varied price ranges. However, stainless steel only works with the correct countertop finish, as well as the style/look you are trying to achieve. For example, a lighter countertop and a stainless steel sink may look like a dark hole in the island. A white sink, though, will not.


What decorators want you to know

What are decorators? Where does the money for those fees go? Decorators work with “soft” furnishings like fabric and rugs., pick out accessories and colors to pull together a house or a room. The first step is talking to your decorator. Here you can inform your decorator what type of styles and colors you like. You can even hire a decorator just for a consultation to get ideas that you can do yourself. Communicating is key. Hiring a decorator is not the last step in redecorating your home. This is the first step to facilitate the process, your input is invaluable. Decorators do more than just choosing furniture and fabrics. This should reflect who you are and show off your personality. This includes telling them about your hobbies, passions, and the direction you want your life to be, etc. A good decorator will take these details and show them off into the final version of your home. Your budget is important to discuss in the beginning process so your decorator can get a better understanding of what you want. Here you will also discuss your expectations for the project. You should talk about ways to save and what areas you should spend more money. You always have to keep in mind the labor it will take to fulfill your project (painters, shipping, storage, etc). Decorating is not always so glamourous. You can see your decorator hauling furniture, painting, hammering and tackling other jobs more associated with construction workers. They keep the whole picture in mind. A huge reason you might be wondering on hiring a decorator is that they have the ability to see how each things effect one another. You might wonder how decorators are always getting new ideas for designing. It is because they are getting ideas everywhere. Unlike most professions, they never turn “off”, they are always looking for new ideas, like finding new color scheme and looking out for treasures. The hardest thing to do when working with a decorator is trusting them. You must show them what type of style you want and trust that she will run with it. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. But remember that you did hire the decorator for a reason and must let them have creative freedom to do something amazing with it. Being creative is time consuming. Coming up with original content is an unpredictable process. Decorators must not be afraid to go with their creative ideas and have a mutual trust between client and employer. Do not undermine the work that decorators do. There are many hours that do not make it on the bill. They have to do research and keep up with trends, to keeping up with their social media platforms, and have to go through life itself. Like most entrepreneurs, decorators tend to work way more than 40 hours per week. Lastly, decorators are here to make your dream comes up true in your new brand home. Happy decorating!!


10 tips on making your small bedroom into the dream room

Having a small bedroom can have their perks (honestly), a small room can be a lot of fun designing. When you use the right design tips you can turn your room into your perfect retreat space. There’s secret storage solutions to furniture with multiple functions. This will make your every day life easier and make you feel like a new person!   Use a limited color palette. Don’t go for all white, you can bring in your favorite colors, but in a thoughtful way. For example, bright colors are not limited to reds and oranges which work beautifully with the brick wall and wooden furniture and are teamed with plenty of white for an airy feel. But you can have a white room with your favorite colored wall as an accent color. This will also give you an airy feel and make your room seem bigger. Keep the light in. Do not block light from coming into the room, especially in a small room. Light in a small space can make the most of the natural light and keep the room bright and happy. If you like dim light and more privacy, you can add plain roller blinds or hang flat panels of lace or voile to create a chic look.  Maximize storage space. You want to make the most of every inch of your bedroom, so a a floor-to-ceiling fitted unit is the best possible solution. It cleverly incorporates room to display your valuables, drawers for more personal items, you can even have shelves for books or surfaces that act as bedside tables and reading lights. Talk about multiple functions! Don’t be scared to use windows. No one says you can’t push your furniture up to a window. You can tuck your bed neatly at the bottom end of a window, rather than blocking the center of the room. For privacy, get vertical blinds to block daylight, the window will offer great reading light in the mornings too!  Mirrors are sneak. It is important to create the illusion of space with mirrors is a classic trick that works every time. This is especially perfect for smaller bedrooms; a mirrored wall can visually look like double the space. It does the job in style and fashionable. Pieces made to measure. When you have custom furniture made for your space, it can be a very worthwhile investment. You can create your bed and have it designed perfectly to your needs, leaving plenty of space in the rest of the room. Have a feature wall. Remember about those bright colors that can make great wall accents? Well instead of painting a wall, you could have one have fabulous wallpaper instead if you are on a budget. The room will feel more cohesive and have bags of personality. Make a custom headboard. If you use a headboard for storage it can be a clever way to make the most of your space. This solution can manage to be a bedside table and bookcase as well as a headboard, and could easily be built to hold a rail and shelves on the opposite side for clothes. Pinterest will be your best friend. Be bold. Go big of go home. A bedroom can show off the pride your walls bring to your room and make an energetic space. White space. All white is always a safe approach, but there are so many ways to do it. Soft neutrals can add the right amount of warmth, while wall decorations can draw the eye the room and the view beyond.


Working with a color consultant

Color makes or breaks a room so turn to a color professional to pick the perfect color for your home that suits you best! When remodeling or building a new home you would likely rely on all the architects, contractors, or interior designers to help pick a color for your house. Would you think to hire a color consultant? These pros will help you choose a color scheme that will fit your mood that you want for your home. They are also the person to ask for the new colors that are in fashion and future trends as all. How to find a color consultant? We are here to tell you. First you want to find a reputable source. Not all color consultants have formal training but some do have certifications. However, most of them have a background in graphic design, visual arts, or even paint manufacturing. You may be able to find one in your local home store, most likely at a higher-end store where they have color consultants on staff. Get a handful of names and start contacting them. When contacting them look out for their personality to make sure it would fit your needs and ask for references. Pick your color preferences before meeting with your color consultant. You do not have to know exactly what hues will work in house but form some type of opinions about colors. For example, what colors you are attracted to and ones that completely repel you. This will help the consultant get a good starting point to what you want to achieve and have a general color personality. Create three lists, one containing your favorites, the other your least favorite, and the last one with the ones that fall in middle ground. Next, get some samples. Go to your local store and get some color samples with the same three piles as your list, like, dislike, and neutral. Even if you are absolutely sure about the colors you want and don’t want to live with a consultant will be able to help combine your favorite shades in ways you could have never though of! Take maximum advantage of them. Set up an initial consultation. The consultant will most likely ask for a walk through of your home. They will make notes on your furniture placement, floor plan, architecture and other elements that may influence color choice. Natural sunlight will impact your color a lot so try to schedule with your consultant when the light is at its best. After the meeting the consultant will create a color palate with ideas about placement and other factors. This is where they will suggest specific colors and even some custom mixed. Ask your consultant to give you an estimate of the hours that are needed for your project. Be sure to give yourself a cushion of 10%-15% more just in case of complications. Rates vary based on location and other factors but in general earn $75-$200 per hour. You may find some that work on a flat-fee basis as well. Be open to suggestions. This process will go easier if you put your trust in your consultant you have hired. Convinced that bright tangerine wont work in your bathroom? Guess again. If the consultant encourages you to go a certain hue, follow the advice even if you’re not 100% about it. Odds are you will end up loving it and if you don’t you can change the color at a snap of the fingers. At the same time, if the consultant keeps pushing a color you just cant stand than stand your ground and try to find a compromise with one another. Remember, you are the one that is going to have to live with it.


Kitchen Countertop Options Part 1

Podcast - Kitchen Countertop Choices With so many choices at your fingertips, picking out a kitchen counter is no easy task. What’s more... whatever you pick as your countertop, it ends up influencing the whole kitchen palette. That’s why it is very important to pick something that not only looks good to you… but something that’s also durable, with a price tag that fits your budget. Today’s podcast show will explore four of the most popular countertop materials. You’ll learn all the pros and cons, special considerations, maintenance and sustainability. In short, today you’ll learn everything you need to know to make an informed decision next time you’re looking for a kitchen countertop. Show highlights: - What makes soapstone a great choice for a durable kitchen. (2:07) - How to select your slab and the “green guide” to its hardness. (2:41) - Essential tips when you’re shopping for granite. (5:58) - What type of person must avoid copper countertops at all cost. (And why!) (6:48) - All the “personalities” of copper and what it can do to your home. (8:25) - The biggest downside of engineered quartz. (11:05) But that’s not all! Stay tuned for next week when we explore four additional widely used countertop materials. Plus, to get more inspiration for decorating your personal space… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of 15 Ways To Reinvent Your Home. Start listening now!


Flooring Options for Your Home

Flooring options available to you today are almost limitless and can create more questions than answers! If you are in the market for new floors, then this episode will give you everything you need to help you decide which way to go. We’re going to explore all the benefits, the cost, the pros and cons of each type of flooring… so you’ll have a clear map of everything before you commit to your choice. Show highlights: - What to consider when choosing hardwoods or engineered wood. (1:45) - When and why tile is your best choice. (2:47) - What rooms should NEVER have laminate flooring. (4:47) - How carpets change the look & feel of a room. (5:10) - The biggest shortcomings of vinyl and the quirks of cork. (6:25) - Is bamboo right for you? (7:27) - The hidden benefits of concrete flooring. (8:26) - The correct way to take measurements. (9:38) Plus, to get more inspiration for decorating your personal space… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of Designing for the shape of your space. Start listening now!


Ecofriendly Interior Design Tips

By making and designing an ecofriendly home, you can do so much more than help save the planet.  You can personalize and stylize these houses to be just as comfortable as any other home out there, according to a high profile environmentally friendly designer.   Think about what you’re buying and ask yourself questions. Do you know exactly what is in the product?  Where did it come from?  Am I going to be able to recycle, reuse, or even upcycle it?  Is the energy that I use every day renewable?  Is the manufacturer known to be eco-friendly and make their products cleanly?  And finally, if you have them, be sure to always ask yourself is it harmful to children?   Be on the lookout for green furniture. There are several places that have a vast array of environmentally friendly products at a very modest and reasonable price.  Companies that make these types of furniture remove chlorofluorocarbon gases from their factories, and use many other non-harmful ways to create them, such as water finishes and recycled materials.   Use plenty of window decorations. Not only do they help keep the full brightness of the sun out of the room, they ensure that your furniture doesn’t become worn out by the sun’s rays, maintain your privacy, and adds another element of personality to your home.  Try recycling materials you already have to make your very own, for example towels from the kitchen, sheets, or tablecloths all make stylish window treatment options.   If you already have furniture, try refurbishing them to your taste. There are several ways you can reuse your furniture, like using a different paint or color, using a cover, or discover a whole new purpose for them somewhere around the house.  A fun idea is to use things you don’t need as wallpaper, such as pages from comics, maps, or any other type of unorthodox paper that suits your personality. Decorate with what you already have. You can use kitchen utensils or tools from your garage to hang up onto the walls, or any other things that pop out at you that you can use to express yourself.  When you put your imagination to it, you’d be surprised what you can do with what’s around the home, you can decorate bed sheets to create canopies, use covers to make a lampshade, etc.   Try shopping at antique stores. Find one that sticks out to you and has a lot of things you like, and ask them for products you have in mind to see if they have something similar or even better.  If you befriend the owners, then they can be on the lookout for certain items you want and let you know when they arrive.   Used furniture is great but make sure its worth it. Some furniture mat crack when it is surrounded by a new climate so you want to make sure it wont arrive and it breaks on you. Especially with wood, do not buy it if it has been treated beforehand. A good hint for pillows is to check if they have zippers, if they don’t then there is no way to clean them so do not buy them if they are zipperless. If your furniture is like a puzzle and has a lot of pieces working together than it is a nice piece in your hands but if there is glue involved, run away.   Custom slipcovers instead of generic. Your sofa can look completely different with a cover. You can even save a lot of money by not having to replace your sofa every ten years. A good slipcover will make your sofa look upholstered. You want it to be a nightmare to get off so that the actual sofa wont get dirty. It should be tailored and fitted to every curve of the sofa. You do not want any sagging going on or else it would look mess


Learning About Color

Most of us get paralized when choosing colors for decorating our homes. So many options and combinations to choose from - it can get very confusing quickly! But here’s the thing: Understanding how colors work not only eliminates the overwhelm, it can be a tremendous asset you can use when picking the best color scheme for a room. Today’s episode is packed with everything you need to get a deeper understanding of color and how to combine them to have the greatest effect! Show highlights: - How to “read” the color wheel to avoid boring or chaotic color combinations. (02:10) - The way human brain reacts to color. (3:44) - What is analogous and complementary color harmony and how to use it for best effect. (4:13) - Why “color context” is important when picking out colors for your home. (4:50) - Deep dive into the meaning of Red, Blue, Green and Yellow… and the effect they have on you! (5:50) - The one color that reacts badly to Black, makes babies cry, and can cause diarrhoea! (12:01) And if you want even more inspiration for decorating your personal space… then go to  http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of 7 Decorating Tips To Love The Home You’re In. Are you ready to try and create the color scheme that’s perfect for your home? Put your headphones on and start listening now!


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