Being Thankful Really Hits Home.

It’s days like today that we’re thankful just to be home.

The leaves we rake, the gutters we clean, the windows we wash, the firewood we collect, the bills we pay and the mortgage we meet – all are reasons to be thankful because it means we have a roof over our head and a place to stay warm at night.

Home is everything to us because it remains a symbol of so much we have to be thankful for.  It’s where we first learn how to walk, how to dream, how to work, how to grow and how to love.  It’s where we gather as family and where we celebrate as friends.

As millions of Americans spend this holiday finding new reasons to say thanks and new places to be thankful, we’re thankful for all that we have.  Which, for us, starts at home.

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Thanksgiving Treat Ideas!

It’s that time of the year! The time where we sit down with friends and family to give thanks and fill our stomachs with delicious meals and sweet treats.

This year we went on a hunt for some fun Thanksgiving treats for you to impress friends and family members with! Or if you’re really in the giving mood, make some of these great treats to bring to a homeless shelter, women’s shelter or nursing homes.

We are certain they will put a smile on someone’s face.

Check out these other fun ideas we found on Pinterest!

4 Bathroom Renovations That Add Space

There are plenty of ways to make your home’s interior look and feel bigger. Rearranging your furniture, using large mirrors, and getting creative with storage are all ways to create (or at least give the illusion of) more space. This is a bigger challenge, however, when it comes to the smallest room in your house: the bathroom.

If you share a bathroom with other people, you’re probably very familiar with the frustrations that come with a cramped space. Your bathroom has to not only serve all of its obvious functions, but it also has to store everyone’s toiletries, medicines and linens with easy access.

Most of the time, creating more functional space in a bathroom means remodeling. If knocking down a wall is not an option, the next logical step is to replace those space-hogging fixtures like sinks, tubs and toilets, with newer models that are either physically smaller, appear smaller, or provide more space for usability. Here are some great options that are available now.

Curved Front Bathtubs
It used to be that in order to have a larger bathing space, you’d have to have to install a monstrous bathtub, but not anymore. American Standard’s Ovation Bathtub is an extremely durable, solid acrylic tub that is compact enough to install into a standard 5 ft. x 30 in. bath alcove, but has a curved front apron that gives you extra bathing room. Along with providing extra comfort and elbow room, the Ovation tub also pairs perfectly with curved shower doors and matching wall surrounds for extensive storage.

Ovation tub in bathroom

Diminutive Sinks
One huge space-saving bathroom renovation you can do is replacing your hulking cabinet-and-sink combination with a diminutive sink. These smaller options, which include wall-hung, corner and pedestal sinks, save a ton of space and are visually appealing as well. It may seem like a given, but if you choose one of these diminutive sinks, pay very close attention to the faucet. Make sure that you can actually fit your hands under it to wash them!

One-Piece & Rounded-Front Toilets

Replacing your toilet is another smart way to give your bathroom more space. The main aspects to focus on when planning for a new toilet are the rough-in measurement, seat shape and tank design. The rough-in is the distance between the wall and the center of the toilet drain. In older homes, rough-ins are generally 10 or 14 in., while in newer homes they are 12 in. If you have a 10 in. rough-in, opt for a smaller fixture with a rounded seat because it will take up less space. In terms of tank design, one-piece toilets have lower tanks, which make them appear smaller, but they actually take up the same amount of space as two-piece toilets.

Étagères
The final space-saving bathroom change is not a fixture replacement, but rather a smart addition. If you swap your cabinet and sink out for a diminutive sink, you lose a ton of storage space. The solution here is a bathroom étagère, which is a piece of furniture with small cabinets and shelves that goes over and around your toilet. These are perfect for storing toilet paper, towels and wash cloths, beauty products, and anything else you need easy access to.

What changes will you make to add space to your bathroom?  Check out these beautiful bathrooms for some inspiration!

 

***Sarah Kellner writes about DIY home projects, including bathroom renovations, for The Home Depot. Sarah provides tips to homeowners on saving space and creating storage. A selection of bathroom space savers available at The Home Depot can be found on the company’s website.

Our Top 5 Tips for Home Office Organization!

With all of the technology of today, working from home is becoming more and more popular. We’re able to be connected to everyone around the world with email, texting, gotomeeting.com, etc. that it’s easy to work from anywhere!

With that said, those who work from home take on the challenge of creating their own home office. Some of us may put hours into determining the best way for our home office to be organized and decorated, but for others it may not be something that we put much thought into.  You wouldn’t want your boss making a surprise appearance to find you working on the kitchen table with left over food, kids homework and all of your personal mail all over your work station, would you?

To help those who may need some friendly home office organization advice we have put together our top 5 tips to help get the process started!

  1. Dual Purpose Office?  A lot of people have a home office that is being used for a dual purpose. The most common is a guest room and an office. You may need to have that extra bed for those out of town visitors, but is it taking up too much space? Something to consider is purchasing a murphy bed. This allows you to still have a space for your guests but allows you to pack it up the minute they leave, leaving you with additional space in your office to move around.  Or consider a day bed, looking more like a couch during the workweek!VIRG_EG_Claremont_BEDROOM_2
  1. What makes you smile everyday? Is it a specific picture, your pets sleeping at your feet or hearing your favorite music in the background? Make sure to highlight that specific thing that makes you happy everyday. Post photos of your pets (or even get them a nice bed for right next to your desk), frame your favorite pictures to hang above your desk or make sure that you always have a way of listening to your favorite songs throughout the day. A happy person is a more productive person.Cinci_RegencyPark_Jasmine Model_study
  1. Too many office supplies? A lot of us will stock up on office supplies during back to school time where items are extremely inexpensive. However we don’t think of all of the space that those items take up. If you have a closet in your office make sure to add shelves, cubbies, boxes and labels to help get these items out of the way, but still organized. Don’t have a closet? Is there a space in the garage, attic or basement that you can store bulk items until you need them again? If you don’t own a label maker, it might be time to purchase one!
  1. Get Motivated!  Do your office walls scream “motivation” or do they scream “boredom”? A dreary atmosphere will definitely not motivate you to do your best. Splurge on some new paint, window treatments or lighting to make this space a motivating space for optimal productivity.CHIC_BRC_COMM_Den
  1. Declutter! It’s amazing how much paperwork we tend to hold on to that we realize really isn’t necessary. How much stuff do you have in your office? Here are some suggestions for helping to “purge” these items:
      1. If you can access this information online – Throw it out (or shred if needed)
      2. If you can store it at your main office – Send it to them!
      3. If you can scan this information and file it on your computer – Do it!
      4. If it’s really old, personal information that you don’t need – Shred It!

Tips on Making Small Spaces within Your Home Appear Larger

Even though you might not have a large and spacious home it does not mean that you cannot make small spaces work for you. Moreover, with a few tips and tricks you can make small spaces seem larger than they really are. But, you will need careful and precise planning and design to make small spaces work for you. It can be challenging to arrange everything in your living space to seem visually larger and bigger, but playing with the right color combination or with lighting you can really achieve great results.

Color Design

Opting for bright colors in small spaces will make them look bigger, but you have to be careful which colors and shades you choose because different colors can influence the mood of the room, as well. If you also arrange the room to have lots of light then you will have a winning combination in visually expanding your small room.

Be careful, though, that the bright color choices are not too aggressive as it will seem that your room is cramped. Moreover, too intensive colors and too much contrast will only create chaos and anxiety in a room; it is a good idea to match the colors with your furniture, or to at least make the colors compatible.

Multi-practical Furniture

Perhaps the biggest issue to tackle in a small living area is where to store all your belongings, and that is why it is great to own multipurpose furniture which can be used to store some of your stuff. Installing shelves and drawers on walls is a great way to put away some of your stuff, but be careful not to clog up pathways from room to room.

It is important to look for furniture which will allow you to maximize your space and that will not take up too much space on its own, we learn from renowned Sydney-based project management specialists.  Arrange the furniture and newly installed shelves in a way that will make the room feel less cramped, and most importantly: avoid clutter.

Lights

It is important to have your small rooms well lit and to avoid darkness at all costs. Lights for small rooms will help in making the room seem bigger and more welcoming. You should however focus on letting in as much natural light as possible, in small rooms avoid using heavy draperies and curtains that will choke the light out.

Installing artificial lights should be done in way to stretch the walls and to make them bigger and longer than they really are. You do not have to use lights which are too big nor do you have to use lights which are too big.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to create the illusion of a bigger room is to use large wall mirrors. By reflecting light and the contours of the room, your room will feel a lot bigger and more spacious. It is best to fill in empty walls with big mirrors and by doing so your room will look bigger and it will feel as if everything is utilized.

Keep Everything Organized

Having everything organized, from your furniture to the small details on shelves and desks can really mean the difference. It is vital that you keep small spaces clutter free and they will immediately feel bigger. Moreover, it is also important to decide what is worth having on display and what you can get rid of; by neatly organizing every detail in a room, you will create the illusion of it being more spacious.

Author Bio: Lillian Connors is a blogger and home improvement enthusiast ever so keen on doing various DIY projects around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely collaborating with a number of companies from all over the globe. You can check her out on G+, Facebook and Twitter.

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