Making A Statement with A Stylish Ceiling

Making A Statement with A Stylish Ceiling

If like us, you had to borrow from the bank to purchase a house, you know how mortgage repayments take a considerable chunk out of your salary. What with moving in and furnishing, it can be years before you can truly have a home that’s to your taste. After spending a decade only repainting walls and ceiling, we’ve decided that is was high time to invest time and money to revive every room in our house. Well… Easier said than done.

We did want to start right away and get rid of those things we could barely stand but had to keep due to lack of funds. But renovating a house isn’t something that can be done haphazardly, especially not when you are on a budget! So, of course, we started with the living room. It’s the first thing people see when they walk in the door and it’s where we spend most of our time. And it’s not like there were no hiccups along the way! But we learned from our mistakes and we are ready to share a few tips with you. Since we were tired of changing only the wall color, we decided the overhaul the whole room. Keep on reading if you want more details.

The house we bought came with an atrocious popcorn ceiling. Not only is it hard to clean, but it is also difficult to paint over and even more difficult to repair if broken. So, it was the first thing I had gone when we first moved in. The worst part though was that our popcorn ceiling was painted over. I cannot overstate how long it took us to get rid of that and paint it over! And when we finally had the budget to change the ceiling? Well, suffice to say we went to various contractors and spent hours looking at and debating over the many types of ceiling more than was really necessary. From suspended ceilings to tray ceilings and coffered ceilings, we saw everything! And although we initially wanted a tray ceiling, we just had to come to grips with the reality that it just didn’t fit the layout of our living room and would unnecessarily complicate matters for us.

So, we settled for what we considered to be the next best thing: stretch ceiling. We wanted something that would bring a certain flair to the living room, would be durable and that would also be flexible. We could pick from 3D patterned shapes to glossy colors, add in lighting, backlight surfaces and acoustic solutions. What’s not to like! Since we knew that not everything always goes exactly according to plan, we chose not to take another gamble with the ceiling. Hence, we didn’t skimp on quality and chose not to just go for the lowest bid. Ceilings are meant to be a long-term investment after all! After doing some digging around, we chose Melbourne Ceilings to help us out with our project. And my opinion on the finished product? Loved it! It visually enlarged the space and was completed within a few hours with absolutely no mess left for us to clean up!

The other major things left to tackle were flooring and windows. Considering the commitment that windows represent, we believe it deserves a blog post of its own. When it came to flooring though, it was an easy choice. The house came with carpets, and while we managed to keep them clean and as stain-free as possible, we wanted something that doesn’t require constant attention. Carpets are just too hard to maintain – without constant vacuuming they quickly start to look dingy and dirty. We all know that! And despite tiles being easier to clean, we knew the installation process would be above our budget and very time-consuming. Which means we were left with floorboards. Although the hardwood floor we had installed does not absorb noise like carpet did and is more scratch-prone, it is easier to clean and is relatively easy to repair.

Once these were sorted out, we were left with choosing the wall color. Obviously, we couldn’t just go for a color we both liked. We had to pick a color that would not only work in that specific room and but one that wouldn’t clash with our existing furniture and the new items we planned on adding to the living room. Keeping a few old furniture facilitated this stage to some extent as it meant that the first step to picking a color would involve working around those items. Since some of our focal pieces were shades of yellow, we wanted a more neutral color to contrast with the bold color of the accent pieces. We also wanted the room to look larger and brighter while also having a relaxed atmosphere. And there’s one color that can suit just about any room, mood, and setting while also lending a sense of trendiness to a room. Yep, you guessed it! We went grey and we don’t regret it.


The Type of Home That’s Perfect for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Your perfect home can be determined by much more than your preferred location or favorite color palette. Today I have made a research on each and every zodiac sign to be able to determine what kind of house would suit your personality. Whether you are a beach loving Pisces, city-dwelling Capricorn, the houses mentioned below would wonderfully suit your personality and traits.

Let’s get started!

1. Aquarius – Pacific Yurt

Since you are incredible unconventional and unstructured, a pacific yurt would be the perfect house for you. It is also the best choice as we all know that you care a lot about the environment. Pacific yurt is a modern adaptation which was initially used by nomads from Central Asia. These homes are built by using sustainable energy which impacts the Earth as minimally as possible.

2. Pisces – Beach House

Artistic, imaginative and dreamy as you are, your ideal spot will be a beach house as it will rhyme perfectly with your vibe. Beach house is perfect for people who want to be distinct from others, on top of that being it is perfect for an ocean lover as it allows Pisces to be closer to their element.

3. AriesMid-Century Modern Home

Aries are known for being adventurous, open and have an intense need for space that is why they need a mid-century modern home. This house style has a focus on keeping the entire house open as if each room flows into the next one. This space also allows you to be closer to nature and bring it in you. Aries don’t like to live in places which makes them feel closed off. This layout is perfect for the space that you crave for.

4. Taurus- Victorian-style Home

Since you are practical, timeless and are attracted to gorgeous and aesthetic things, a Victorian-style home would be perfectly suitable for you. These home are timeless classics and the attributes which will attract a Taurus would certainly be their regal and elegant vibe. Everything about this house will merge with your personality as it has stained glass windows and intricate staircases.


5. Gemini-Mediterranean-style houses

Electric as you are, your home should be able to reflect your lively personality. That is why Mediterranean-style houses are the perfect type of home for you. These styles have large glass panels which make your home feel larger and connected with the outside world. Since Gemini like to be social and create a fun atmosphere, the structure is perfect for outdoor social events. Plus Mediterranean houses are surely going to make you stand out from the rest of the world.


6. Cancer-English Cottage

Cancers are known to be cozy, compassionate and love to feel at home people. An English cottage will be the perfect abode for Cancerians as they have a big heart and enjoy creating a relaxing atmosphere for their family at home. The cottage’s structure will give you a classic “ feel at home” feeling while it also gives others the chance to feel comfortable and relaxed with you.


7. Leo-Castle

Excitable and charismatic as you are, Leos are destined to be kings as a castle would be the perfect place for them to be. Since Leos are determined and stubborn, they can live their lives on their own terms in their castles. They can host gathering and parties or they can retreat and be alone as well when they need to.

8. Virgo-Modern Style

Practical and efficient, Virgos like to keep their outer life simple. That is why a modern style would be perfect for them. The modern and sleek approach allows you to keep everything how you want it to be and put your ideas on display to represent who you truly are.


9. Libra-French Provincial

Libras are known to be romantic, artistic and love to have people around, that is why they should opt for a French provincial which represents a structure of harmony and balance as these houses are pretty symmetrical. On top of that, they tend to give a lot of indoor and outdoor space.

10. Scorpio-Log Cabin

Since Scorpios are mysterious, private and intriguing, a log cabin would be their perfect hideout as this type of shelter can be built as simple or extravagant as you would like. These types of home are private which is perfect for you.

11. Sagittarius-Tiny House

An optimistic traveler who is forever ready to take on the world which is why a tiny house is the best option for you as you hate anything which tries to hold you back from living the life you want. A tiny house allows you to travel as much as you want and not worry about the ramifications of a fixated structure.


12. Capricorn-City Apartment

Career oriented, stubborn and dedicated, a city apartment would totally fit your lifestyle. Being located in a larger city is more profitable for you as you could network with potential clients also an apartment’s structure is something you can live with and appreciate.


Things to consider before A Kitchen Remodel Project

Undertaking a kitchen remodeling project can be quite stressful that is why it is necessary to sit with a professional and carefully plan your project. If you are considering to renovate your kitchen, it will be good to browse through the internet and get some ideas about what kind of kitchen you need and if you have appropriate space for it. When I had planned my kitchen renovation, I went through a lot of trouble at first and things were not appearing to be as I expected. The whole process was very stressful as things were going completely out of the budget. That’s is why I am listing 3 most important things that anyone should ponder upon before planning a kitchen remodel.

Whether you have already been through ideas and samples or in the beginning stages to have your space measured, I would suggest that you take a step back and consider the bigger picture of a house renovation project. There are a lot of factors that we should consider . Read to learn more about them.



How much your project is going to cost?

Costing is never something interesting to discuss, but unfortunately, it is one of the most important things to discuss. Sometimes people tend to go beyond their budget when they undertake a new project which can later become a problem. That is why it is better to be realists and discuss the cost of a kitchen remodeling project so that you can have an idea of how much you are willing to spend on it. We all want our kitchen to be trendy and classy but do you really have a lot of money to spend on it?

You can call a professional for advice as how much your house costs and how the kitchen will add value to it. You can browse through the internet and magazines to get an idea of the design and cost. If you are tight in terms of budget, you might consider getting a home equity loan. Always explore financing options for your furniture and electrical appliances. You can as well save a lot of money by doing some of the jobs yourself.

Calculating your space


Space is the fundamental need when it comes to remodeling a kitchen area. Before you decide on smashing any wall to add some extra space, it is necessary to sit down and think whether it is necessary to add on or you can renovate without adding on space. Let’s be honest here, creating the extra space costs money. If you have the funding, you can opt for the knocking out of the walls, else you can save the money to get yourself some quality cabinets or trendy appliances. The decision is all yours. First of all, you need to sit down and review the main objective behind your kitchen renovation project. If you still want spaces, you might consider checking out all the rooms from which you might steal some extra square footage such as bathrooms or laundry room. Most importantly, make sure that you discuss your project with a professional kitchen remodeler. A good space planning will save you from future troubles.

Leave your existing layout intact

When you are planning a kitchen remodel, the best way to save money is to keep your kitchen’s current layout intact. That does not mean that you cannot replace your cabinets or change their location. I meant that you leave all your major systems such as plumbing, electric and gas intact. In that way, you will not have to pay for electrician or plumber. Rearranging your major systems will result into extra water lines for refrigerators and sink, moving gas piping, adding wiring and other major expenses.

Appliance size and style

Before buying any cabinets or appliance, it is wise to measure the size of the space available in your kitchen. If you choose a large range of appliances, you will need additional construction to accommodate it. Make a list of all appliances that you need and window shop to get an idea of the size and how much is it going to cost you. You might as well discuss with a professional to get a better overview.

Brighten up your kitchen

A great lighting plan can make a major difference in your kitchen. If you still have that one of two ceiling lights and a tiny window near the sink, well it is time to upgrade! You can replace your windows with larger ones, that way you will be receiving more sunlight. Make use of layers of light like undercabinet lights, chandelier or pendant fixtures. It will create more efficient and you will have more lighting options. Make sure that you place your switches at convenient and easily accessible places such as at each entrance which leads to your space.


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