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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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How to Squeeze More Home Improvements into a Tight Budget

July 24, 2015 1:21 am

With all the attention we tend to want to lavish around the outside of our homes, it's hard to withhold any funds to freshen up the inside. But Doug Chapman at homedaddys.com recently posted a handy punch list of decorating ideas you can accomplish while keeping within a tight budget:

Chapman says one of the simplest ways to add flavor to your new home while being on a budget is to look at the flooring. You don’t have automatically put new flooring in – whether it is carpet or hardwood floors – you could also add a special little touch with an area rug.

Another thing, Chapman says—don’t use all of your financial resources in just one room. Since the kitchen and living room are most popular for gathering—make sure to spread finances out and focus more on those spaces.

At the same time, Chapman says not put all your marbles in those two baskets—save money for the bathrooms, master bedroom and also the common foyer area. You want to make sure to add a little personal touch in each area.

Chapman says when you are looking for furniture on a budget, make sure you don't pass up the clearance/consignment stores. Just because someone used that furniture before doesn’t mean it isn’t ok for you to buy and re-use—just give it a good cleaning.

And, while bedroom furniture is not cheap, Chapman says the mattress is key. Just expect to sink a decent amount into a good mattress you can sink into comfortably.

And the simplest tip for decorating your master bedroom? Chapman says a simple paint job can accents walls and give your place a new and refreshed feel.

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Furniture Arrangement 101: Making the Most of Your Space

July 24, 2015 1:21 am

Filling your home with comfortable furniture that reflects your sense of style can be a joy for the new homeowner. But it can be a major headache unless you consider the basics for good furniture arrangement.

Home designers at Ethan Allen offer five tips to help get your started:
  • Plan before you buy – Measure one room at a time and give yourself a little quiz. What do want to do in this room? How many would you like to seat? Less is more, so don’t feel you need to buy every piece available in a suite. Pick three pieces you really want and build the rest slowly, leaving easy-to-manage foot paths.
  • Zero in on a focal point – This will be the heart of the room. If there’s a fireplace, you will want your seating space to face it and build the rest of the room around it. Perhaps the focal point is a TV screen – or a lovely mirror, a piece of artwork, or a sweeping view of the outdoors.
  • Encourage conversation – It’s tough when the sofa is against one wall and chairs are placed against the others. Arrange the couch, coffee table and chairs in an inviting cluster away from the walls to create a cozy, more inviting social space.
  • Be practical about space – You don’t want to hit a lamp when you open a drawer or have your guests hit their knees on the coffee table when they get up. Leave space between pieces – and leaving three feet of walking space around the room will keep guests from knocking into furniture or bumping into the walls.
  • A room is about first impressions – If you walk into the room and see the back of the couch, mask it with a pretty console table and accessories – or hang a lovely throw over the back of it. You want guests entering the room to see something interesting first. Lamps and other accessories should be eye catching enough to suggest the room is welcoming and inviting.

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