Tuesday, August 23, 2016

End of Summer DIY Projects

As Summer is sadly coming to an end, you may be looking to get in one last fun DIY project. Below we have found some fun, easy DIY decor projects for you to tackle! 

Lost Sock Board

This is a fun DIY project that not only looks cute, but serves an awesome purpose! Lost socks seem to be a problem no matter how organized your household is. This is a fun way to have you and your family work together to help all of those socks find their missing mates! The step by step on how to create this is here:

Hanging Shelves


Less is more when it comes to interiors a lot of the time. Right now, especially clean lines and simple accessories are very on trend. If you are looking for a trendy addition to your home and don't want to break the bank on something that may not be as popular in a few years, this is the project for you! Check out the tutorial here:

Abstract Art


Art plays such a crucial part in making your house feel like a home. Unfortuatley, beautiful art is not always the most inexpensive thing to go out and purchase on a whim. If you are wanting a fun piece to add to your space, look no further than this easy and inexpensive DIY! The great thing about this one is you can choose colors that work best for your space. 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Empty Nest? How to make the Best use of Extra Space you may now have in your Home

Create a Home Office

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If you are suddenly finding yourself with extra space in your home, one thing you can do with it is create a home office. Having a space in your home that is dedicated to getting work done, wether that be for your job or for the home, can be such a fantastic addition. Here are a couple of photos from our personal office space. We wanted to make sure that it was a space that would fit our needs as well as inspire creativity!

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Make it a Guest Room


One great way to utilize extra space in your house is to make it into a guest room. Having a space for your guests to stay when they come in town is such a great thing to be able to offer. It is a fantastic way to make your friends and family feel welcome in your home. A couple of nice things to have in your guest room is a framed copy of the wifi password for their use, as well as a tray with things like freshly folded towels and a water for them.


Turn it into a Craft Space


For all of you crafters out there who do not have the space in your home to keep all of your projects and materials, we feel your pain! If you are lucky enough to have some extra space come available in your home, turning it into a craft space is a wonderful way to make the most of it. These are some photos of how others have made their craft room dreams into a reality!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to Organize your Home for Back-To-School Storage

Backpack / Coat Storage Combo

One way your home can become easily cluttered once back-to-school season hits is by backpacks, shoes, and coats being thrown all over as soon as the kids get home. Creating a designated storage space for these items can easily eliminate this clutter. Giving each child a specific spot for their items makes it easy for them to come in and know exactly where they go without having to take them all the way to their individual rooms, or worse, the floor. 


Command Center

Creating a “command center” in your home is a fabulous way of getting organized, not only for back-to-school, but all year round. This is a place where your calendar, mail, homework, paperwork and any other crucial items can be dropped off in an organized way. Each family has different needs when it comes to what will go in your specific command center, but we have shown some great examples of how others have created them in their homes. 


Designated Work Space


Giving your child/children designated work spaces is a sure fire way of helping them stay organized and on track for back-to-school. This space does not need to be large by any means. By simply giving them an area that they know is theirs will encourage them to stay on task and keep their own space organized. 


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How to Decorate a Dorm Room

With college classes starting again soon we thought it would be a perfect time to share some tips on dorm room decorating. Decorating a dorm wether it be for yourself or for your family member or friend can be such a fun experience. This is a place to really let self expression shine through. It can be a difficult transition time for many, so knowing they have their very own space to come back to that is decorated to fit their personality can be very helpful and comforting. Here at PD&R we got the chance to decorate a model dorm room like space in one of the Greek houses we worked on. Below are some shots from this project that may inspire some dorm room decorating ideas for yourself or your loved one!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Walls: Paint or Paper? How to Decide.


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Wallpaper has most definitely made a come back within the past few years. Most people hear wallpaper and think 70’s florals but that has all changed with the introduction of updated colors and patterns in the world of wallpaper. When deciding if you are wanting to use wallpaper in your space instead of painting there are a few things to consider. Cost can be a major factor in this decision as installing wallpaper is more expensive than painting. Also, instead of putting wallpaper up all over a large space like your living room, it is best used in smaller areas like the foyer, a bathroom, or an accent wall. 
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Painting your space can make a world of difference to the overall impression your room gives off. It is a great way to let your personality shine through. Gone are the days of painting your whole house in the safest tan you can find. Gray and “greige" rule the paint world when it comes to neutrals. Wanting to branch out with some fun color? You can easily do so, just make sure you choose a more muted version of your favorite hue when painting large spaces. For example if you are green lover you don't want to paint you're entire kitchen in electric lime, choose a softer shade like a nice sage to pull your color in without overwhelming the space. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Flooring: Carpet, Tile, Wood or Something Else? How to Decide

When deciding what types of flooring to choose for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. The main thing to think about is how the space will be used. Next you want to decide the look and feel you are going for in the space. 

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Tile is great for use in bathrooms and kitchens due to its great durability and water resistance. These are both high traffic areas in a home where water is present. Kitchens are also a place where spills are most likely to occur so you want to make sure your flooring is easily cleanable. Above is a photo of wood look tile which is a great way to get the best of both worlds!

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Hardwood is a beautiful choice for almost any area in your home. It is a tried and true material that can stand the test of time as well as creating a gorgeous look for your space. Hardwood does require refinishing after years and years of wear and tear which can be a down side for some people.

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Carpet is a great, less expensive material to put in your home. Many homeowners like to have carpet in all of the bedrooms of their house to add to the warmth of the space as well as save money. Too much carpet in a home on the other hand can give a very dated feel to the space. 

Luxury Vinyl Tile

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Luxury vinyl tile is a relatively newer option for flooring in your home. When people hear vinyl they can sometimes think cheap and dated, along with many other negative connotations. LVT is actually a fabulous product that has all of the strength and durability of vinyl with the luxurious look of hardwood or tile. This makes LVT a fantastic choice for those who want the look of hardwood or tile in their space but need a less expensive option. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Countertops: Granite, Marble, or Something else? How to Decide

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Granite is one of the most popular choices for countertops. There are a number of reasons for this, one being its gorgeous pattern and variation. It is also very durable as well as stain and heat resistant. Granite requires occasional sealants to improve its luster as well as its longevity. This is not as tumultuous as some make it out to be however. There are many products such as granite wipes that help with this between sealants. 

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Marble is a very beautiful and luxurious material that is also very on trend right now. Marble also requires a high grade sealant. It is unfortunately the most porous of the countertop varieties. This means that it is more susceptible to staining. This makes marble not the most ideal for households that need to be kid friendly. 




Quartz is very similar to granite except that it is not a completely natural material. This is a great choice if you want as little upkeep as possible because it does not require any sealing and is very durable. The down side to quartz is that it does not have as much natural looking veining and color flecks like both granite and marble do naturally.