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How A Stone Fireplace Adds Elegance to Your Living Space


There is no alternative to own house. Isn’t it? Are you planning to decorate your living space in a highly creative manner? That’s great. It is high time to conduct your research so that you may get in touch with some of the best alternatives. You will come across numerous choices, among which inclusion of a fireplace will serve the desired purpose.

Aesthetic Stone Fireplace – Highly Elegant and Durable

Addition of an aesthetically looking fireplace to your backyard will definitely allure you with elegance and warmth. Though bonfires are among excellent starters, high quality and decent stone fireplace is highly elegant and durable too. It will definitely enhance the overall value of your home.

Along with decorating your home, your house’ final look will also be surprising. Moreover, there is no need to spend a huge amount to install a fireplace as it can be done in limited budget too. In addition, a real fireplace has been recognized to be much safer and long lasting in comparison to fire pits and chimneys.

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By opting for a thin veneer, it is possible to obtain the elegance as well as richness of a fireplace at a reasonable rate. Real stone veneer can be easily placed as facing on fire worthy bricks. As they are made with the help of real stones, your stone fireplace will definitely hold an aesthetic look.

Stone veneers are not at all cultured stones. Instead they are highly resistant to fire, fading and chipping. Even if they get chipped, the colour will constantly remain a solid one as they are real stones. It is a fact that fireplaces can contribute in extending seasons. You may easily spend a good time with your family members especially during cool spring evenings.

Enjoy with Your Dearest Ones in Front of Fireplace

Drinking a hot tea along with delicious marshmallows in front of a fireplace is definitely an amazing experience! Along with feeling the warmth, you can easily enjoy a gorgeous evening with your dearest one in front of a stone fireplace.

Converting cool winter nights into wonderful and memorable dinner nights remain no more a hard nut. A fine looking stone fireplacewill definitely set the right type of tone for the entire evening. Simply turning on a soothing music will let you enjoy with your guests in the midst of the crackling of fire.  Thus, it has made your winter days special and easier.

Stone Fireplaces – Much Safer Than Chimneys and Fire Pits

Do you know that fireplaces made of stone are much safer than chimneys? Fire pits are highly hazardous to small children and chimneys are the ones that can be easily knocked over. However, a fireplace that has been built with the help of an iron screen will definitely protect your children from sparks. Stone walls on the other hand will prevent accidental burning.

Stone veneer is available in a wide variety of styles. Ranging from square cuts to natural looking stones, it is possible to choose the most suitable option. As they are available in a wide variety of colors as well as textures, your stone fireplace can be built in an aesthetic manner! It will be definitely a great choice in terms of decorating the house.

Stone Fireplaces – Easy to Install and Maintain

Fireplaces built using stone veneer are easy to handle as well as maintain. Regular cleaning will definitely serve the purpose. This is the reason that stone fireplace has gained high popularity among house owners. If you are determined to install fireplace at your home, start your search for a professional installer now.

About the Writer

This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas. He can be found on Facebook and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.

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How to Reorganize Your Wardrobe to Store Everything


If you are like most people, you probably have a truckload of clothes and only so much storage space for them. Yes, wardrobes are absolutely amazing for storage, but they are not always used to their maximum potential.

So, before you go and buy a new wardrobe, consider upgrading the capacity of the one you already have. There are many ways to cram your stuff and actually find what you need. To pull it off, you are going to have to think smart, declutter, and reorganize.

Win half the battle right away

In a nutshell, the main goal is to use all of the space at your disposal and to do it in an organized manner. Instead of purging half of what you have, take everything out and store off-season clothes away. It’s best if you are working with a closet that is a blank canvas.

Once that is done, focus on the pile of clothes you need to store. Sort and fold them appropriately (yes, even your underwear) and see how they fit. Pick an organization method (clothing type, occasion, season). Note that in drawers and dressers, you can store pieces horizontally rather than vertically.

Don’t overlook dark corridors of the wardrobe, those back areas of deep shelves and high-up places. Store not-so-frequently used clothes there; you are more likely to wear something if you can see it. In case there is open shelving, try not to stack too high.

Explore all avenues

Next, you need to figure out how to make your wardrobe more efficient. First off, break your clothes into different categories.

You can install a second closet rod above the original one to practically double your hanging capacity. Buy a stool if you have to ensure easy access and include a set of hangers in order to use the space to the max. I would also check out cascading hooks, an ingenious way to make the most of hangers and vertical space in the wardrobe.

Furthermore, see if you can fit over-the-door shoe organizer. It’s usually a better option than the hang-in-closet counterpart that takes valuable hanging space. If all your shoes are already stored somewhere else, use an over-the-door rack for your bags and hats. Alternatively, opt for towel racks to make good use of the space behind the doors and store all those scarves.

Of course, the doors sometimes do more harm than good because you are unable to place the wardrobe where you really think it would fit best (corner of the room, for instance). Well, installing versatile sliding wardrobe doors will solves this issue. So, weigh all your options carefully.

Get it down to fine art

Make an effort to leave no wall or cabinet space unused. Attach or screw in hooks you can find dirt-cheap at the home improvement stores (they also come in handy in bathrooms and kitchens). In addition, repurpose small bookshelves to store shoes at the bottom of a wardrobe.

As for small items and knick-knacks, use jars, boxes, and cups. Buy some of these at a thrift store if you need to.

Of course, there are many other ways to maximize every inch of available space. We have covered a fraction of what is possible, so explore further. And if you are still unable to squeeze everything you want inside, consider some space-saving wardrobe alternatives, such as freestanding racks. They are a great mobile solution for smaller spaces, unlike enormous armoires.

Divide and conquer

If you are not happy with your storage situation, take a step back and rethink wardrobe space. Good chances are that there is a plenty of unused space. So, you must put an end to just shoving your clothes inside, closing the doors, and hoping everything will magically fall together. Rest assured that sooner or later, your closet will overflow.

To prevent this, visit a home improvement store and tool up. Use various smart organizing tools to ramp up the current capacity of the wardrobe. Don’t lose sight of wall and door space as well as those neglected deeper realms. The devil is in the details, that small things that make a big difference.

Written by Diana Smith

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Top Four Maintenance Tips For Polished Concrete Floors


Concrete floors add to the value of residential and commercial establishments alike. If properly taken care of, this flooring can last for years without the need of any repairs or replacement. However, maintaining the glossy texture, particularly seen in polished concrete floors is often considered a tedious process. Even though concrete floors can turn out to be the most durable form of flooring, yet they require proper care and maintenance in order to remain at their best condition.

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Maintain Window Roller Shutters Proficiently for Enhanced Longevity


Unless you are aware of the right ways to maintain your window roller shutters, you might end up replacing your old shutters at a regular interval. Buying a shutter already costs you a lot. So, changing it once in every year is not economically viable. On the other hand, you may not be economically stable all the time to install new window shutters. So, simple maintenance steps can help you a lot and get a cleaned roller shutter every time. You do not have to clean the roller shutters every day. Cleaning once a week or maybe once in a month can work magically for you. Moreover, the steps are rather simple and you do not need an expert cleaner to help you in this regard.

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Easy Ways to Create a Vintage Look in Your Home


If you want to bring in some stylistic changes into your home, the vintage style might just be what you’re looking for. It’s a very popular choice for people who don’t want to invest a ton of money into new designer furniture and extravagant art pieces.

In order to achieve a charming vintage look, you can simply visit your local flea market for some cheap finds and spice up the look with a few real antiques, and voila! If these instructions weren’t too clear, here’s a more detailed guide on how to achieve a vintage style home.

Maximize on wood

To achieve a perfect nostalgic feel in your home, wood is an absolute must. Forget about drywall and opt for wood planks all over your home (the ceiling too!). Wood’s warmth and character can’t be replicated with any other material. Opt for natural, locally sourced wood, and try to leave your beams exposed for a maximum effect. However, if your budget doesn’t allow you to go all-in with wood, you can place it on one wall or ceiling, and still reap the benefits of this timeless material.

Bring in salvaged materials

Salvaged and reclaimed materials carry a bunch of character, so don’t forget to introduce some of them into your home. Salvaged wood is an especially interesting flooring option (and much cheaper than the new thing). Leave all the wear and tear marks, as even old nail holes and stains tell an exciting story.

Go vintage with furniture

Any vintage style home can’t be designed without classic vintage furniture. And don’t worry about those tiny wear and tear marks. These scars add depth to the piece and show it has a rich history. However, if the fabric is too damaged or the color or pattern doesn’t appeal to you, you can always reupholster it and give it new life. It’s still cheaper and much more stylish than buying replicas.

Animal imagery

Animal imagery is another key element of any vintage design. Here we’re not talking about leopard prints of the 80s, but about charming birds, bunnies and foxes that peacefully roam the fields. They are super cute (and also quite hipsterish, if that’s your thing). You can incorporate these animal motifs into throw pillows, lamp shades, mugs or even wallpapers. However, don’t go overboard, otherwise, your home will end up looking like a zoo. You don’t need foxes on your wallpaper if you already have bunnies on your cushions.

Don’t forget your entrance

Your doors are just as important as any part of your home, so make sure to match them with your overall style. For instance, get a bunch of old flower pots and plant some red Geraniums to create a warm welcoming feel for all your house guests. You can also opt for herbs like rosemary or basil that will both look amazing and provide you with fresh cooking ingredients. And, of course, hang a wooden swing on your porch for relaxing and romantic evenings. Also, if you think your doors don’t match your desired style, you can replace them with something more stylish. Just take a look at some of these great options from Simply Doors and Windows and take your pick.

Create a tea lounge

There’s nothing more vintage than an old-fashioned tea party. So, designate one part of your home for tea at 5 and go shopping for some vintage teacups.

They come in any color, design and shape imaginable, but make sure you opt for an old-timey set.

Also, don’t bother with being too matchy-matchy. Mismatched saucers and cups are super charming, and they look very vintage.

Vintage style is all about the character of objects and the feeling and atmosphere they inspire. It’s interesting, nostalgic and charming. So, if you can see yourself living in such an environment, feel free to give it a try.

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How to have proper Etiquette


In the 19th century, wine, entertaining and feasting was widely practised, as tradition in an English home was banqueting and/or hosting such huge events.

In Western European culture attending parties was almost like the law. It was a British regulation, and part of high society. In the late nineteenth century, a wealthy family would always serve their feast on exquisite china followed by silverware.

Although you have the working class to lower and upper middle class, all classes celebrate at some point.

I would love to one day specifically do a blog on “Victorian Englands Social Hierarchy” but I don’t want to get too carried away and off topic, but I just want to give you a bit of a background to the topic we are going to be covering.

The idea of banqueting is actually found in ancient times, but the definition of it is: a large meal or feast, completed with main courses and desserts. It is also known as an elaborate and formal evening meal.

For example, you have ‘state banquets’ held at Buckingham Palace. The English have “Dinner Etiquette” when it comes to formal dining. If you have been invited to a dinner, always make sure to RSVP at least within a week whether it is lavish or not. This is out of general respect. Your response should always be handwritten or printed on a correspondence card.

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Manners and Etiquette in general should still matter these days and proper manners allow us to be comfortable in front of others and society. It is used in todays aspects, in a world of social media. Social Media etiquette is something I really would like to cover and is a whole other topic and should be used when posting on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, etc. I believe that when you use the correct manners you will always be highly regarded and more respected than those who don’t.

Formal Dining

  1. A formal dinner requires a lady to wear evening attire, such as a slim black dress that flatters or accentuates your body. In the eighteenth century the dinner dress code was a corset, bodice, stockings, petticoat, a gown, ruffles and shoes. (With  formal evening attire make sure you dress classically and appropriately. If you are not sure about the appropriate dress, ask the host before attending)
  2. Never serve for yourself, unless stated
  3. Do not pass dishes around, to avoid any trait of clumsiness
  4. When there are butlers, they do all the service and table clearing If there are serving dishes or utensils placed on the table then you may ask the hosts if you can serve yourself, otherwise, I always wit until I am told that i can serve myself. Wait, watch, look and see what other people are doing as well
  5. It is not your local coffee shop where you can just sit down wherever or whenever you like – there is specific seating arrangement, especially in a royal household!

When serving a formal dinner

  1. Forks go on the left
  2. Salad fork first
  3. Dinner fork beside the plate
  4. On the right side of the plate, knife, appetiser, salad knife, spoon or soup spoon.
  5. The dessert fork and spoon are placed on the table above the plate, fork pointing right, spoon pointing left

At a formal dinner, the host/hostess or the guests do not assist with serving meals. Formal dining, you should know, does not allow you to have second helpings as well.

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Menu Courses

A full course dinner can consist of several dishes. Even 16!

  1. Appetisers – These canapés would be served in the drawing room before entering the dining room
  2. Soup – A cream coup to help digestive systems prepare for heavier courses
  3. Fish – Can be served as a platter hot or cold
  4. Entree – can consist of poultry or vegetables
  5. Removes – This is a portion of a meal
  6. Sorbet – This is a palate cleanser
  7. Roast – The final heavy course

You can also include number 8 as a salad which is greens with a light dressing.

If you want to Eat like an Edwardian with a meal plan like the Crawleys of Downton Abbey, this is the way to go! You can also include fruit and cheese! Here is an example from Prince William and Catherine Middletons wedding:

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Traditionally, after the whole course menu there is some form or entertainment, typically in the 19th century it was dancing and playing with cards – like you see in those period costume dramas.

Getting involved in these activities will benefit you socially and people will love you for it!

Lastly, don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ to the host/s for such a wonderful evening, or for holding such a great party! The nicer you are, the more respect you get!

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Make Your Home Look Beautiful With Furniture Style Bathroom Vanities


Making a choice of the right bathroom vanity in accordance with the size of the bathroom tends to give your bathroom a more organized look and feel. Storage gets easier and stepping into the bathroom no longer give a cluttered feel. You can say, these bathroom vanities work miracles and help you enjoy your bath all the more.

There is a wide range of options available in these. You can choose between not only the different sizes but also the different colors, designs, and styles according to your bathroom space. If you find hunting for these vanities a daunting task, you can conduct an online search.

Different Styles in Bathroom Vanities:

With styles like the traditional and the modern available in the bathroom vanities, you can select according to the décor of your home. This is obviously a big advantage, as you are not required to make any compromises on the style of your home. The modern types have concealed drawers, glossy finishes, and offer cleanliness. For an apt modern look, you can think of choosing a vanity unit of a finish of a white gloss. In case, you wish to have a designer look, then black works out to be an ideal choice.

Traditional vanity units are ideal for those homeowners looking for a classy and elegant look to their bathroom. Most of these units are available with doors of wooden panels, design, which is floor standing and handles more on the decorative side. They are available in natural finishes for the timeless feel. You can opt for these units to add a rustic touch to the total look.

Storage Sorted Out:

Opting for a bathroom vanity keeps your bathroom looking tidy and organized, as most of the nitty-gritty of the bathroom is stored in this. This means, cleaning your bathroom gets much easier. Think of using storage trays for the ultra-small items required in a bathroom. A clean bathroom is anytime more inviting than a bathroom, which is messy and cluttered. Organizing and storing things makes them easier to access.

Bathroom Upgrade:

The smallest of changes made in a home can be considered as renovation or upgrade. Opting for the bathroom vanity is definitely an upgrade, as this has helped in many ways. This is not only appealing but also serves the purpose of storage. Take some time and make the required effort to ensure you make the right choice for a bathroom vanity. In case, you intend opting for a DIY, you can save money. You should have the required knowledge for this. If not, it is advisable to spend a wee bit more and get the vanity fixed by professionals so that it serves the purpose of an upgrade to a tee.

Adding Value to Your Home:

Any changes made in a home for the better tends to add value to a home. A clean bathroom, which functions without any clutter will definitely help in increasing the value of your home. Potential buyers always admire facilities, which make the home more comfortable and better looking. Thus, it alludes them to buy it at the deal price offered by you.

Choosing a Supplier:

This is not like shopping randomly in a mall or local market, as it makes a lot of difference to the looks and feels of a home. Before you start searching for stylish bathroom vanity units, make sure of the size, style, and other requirements. Look for a reputed supplier, who can offer you the different choices in a varied range. So that, you can pick or choose whatever you wish that too within your budget. An online search conducted gives you the freedom to compare the different prices and look for the discounts.

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Vintage and Modern: Make Your Bathroom Elegant and Chic


Today, interior design is all about blending modern and vintage and creating a beautiful and eclectic space. However, pulling off that look can be a complicated task, especially in the bathroom. Bathrooms are usually smaller than the rest of our rooms and include a lot of hard materials, sharp edges and features you can’t go without. Luckily, if you’re in love with mixing tradition and modernity, your bathroom can also rock that look with a help of a few well-thought-out design moves.

Classic furniture

If your current bathroom is designed in a contemporary style and you wish to add some vintage charm to it, one of the easiest ways to do so is to use furniture. Mid-century furniture pieces like credenza or vanity cabinets made of full walnut are a perfect addition to every modern bathroom. Another great way to add a touch of vintage is to find a big antique mirror with an elaborate frame. Check out some antique shops or fairs and find a French-style mirror that will break the monotony of your modern bathroom and make a great focal point of the room. You can also rely on materials such as reclaimed wood. It can be used for making everything from shelves to seating while introducing some extra warmth and vintage character to the space.

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Vintage lighting

Ask any interior designer and they will tell you that the proper lighting is one of the easiest ways to introduce vintage elements into your bathroom. Vintage sconces or ceiling fixtures don’t cost much, are easy to install and add some drama and luxury to your space.


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Add a touch of eclecticism

If you want your bathroom to be unique and charming, you might want to aim for an eclectic look. An easy way to nail that interior design style is to mix metals. For the longest time, mixing different metals was a big no-no, but now you can install an antique silver chandelier, nickel fixtures and gilded cabinet hardware and they will look perfect together. You can also use unusual materials such as cowhide, sheepskin or petrified wood to add some character to the space. Another great tip when buying decor is to seek out independent vendors since they often have items and materials that will make your bathroom look unique.


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What about the fixtures?

Many people aren’t sure about mixing different style fixtures and often pair modern baths with modern faucets and vintage baths with traditional fixtures. However, feel free to install a minimalistic faucet if you own a traditional freestanding bath with ornamental feet. If you also introduce other elements from different eras, they will blend in perfectly. Traditional faucets and sinks can also be paired with modern and minimalist baths. Basically, nothing’s off limits, as long as the space doesn’t feel too cluttered and jumbled.


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Install a fireplace

Not many people think bathroom when someone mentions a fireplace. For the longest time, they have been associated with living rooms and an occasional bedroom, but very rarely with a bathroom. However, if you want to add some warmth, classical luxury and natural elements into your bathroom, you can do that with a fireplace. Today, there are many different gas fireplace designs that don’t involve any trouble with wood and smoke, which makes them perfect for small spaces like bathrooms. However, if your room already has a traditional fireplace, don’t get rid of it just yet. You can turn it into an electrical one quite cheap and keep the traditional look.

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So, if you can’t make a decision between tradition and modernity, you don’t have to. You can mix vintage and modern elements and create a bathroom that’s functional, elegant, chic and eclectic.

Contributing Writer, Catherine Collins

Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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Coffee Table To Match Your Dining Setting


A table can be used for various purposes. It can be used to write or read. A table created specifically for office is a desk, which commonly includes attached drawers. Every day you take your meal on the table, which is often called dining table. During the night, you would like to have several foods to be put on that same dining table. In addition to that, when you are trying to entertain your guests, then you will also need a table to place a glass of coffee or tea on it. This is known as coffee table.

If you have a small dining room, or even in a living room, an expandable table is certainly a good solution. Apart from the fact that it helps you save space which can be a perfect feature when it comes to small houses, expandable tables can also help you serve your guests for any occasion. Whenever your guests visit your home, you’ll know in advance how to handle it.

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The coffee table to match your dining setting is a necessary in any living room. However although that might be true, its functions is not exactly perceivable. The coffee table is a piece of furniture that can work in multiple functions in various situations. Having that into aspect to consider, a adjustable coffee table can be an upgrade for the standard type.

A very common solution offers a coffee table with an expandable table that can be transformed into a dining table at any time when you need it. This foldable table comes with a clear-cut design and an expanding mechanism which has also been used on many different models. The table is small in size when applied as a coffee table and also it expands and elevates its top whenever it this work as a dining table. Converting tables from standard Furniture make the most of each square foot in any room whether it is a coffee table to dining table or even an expanding system to dining table.

It can help you save space, multifunctional and can totally transform the way you manage the space. When it works as a coffee table, it is minimalist and also sleek and stylish. When it transforms to be a dining table, it might perfectly accommodate a big dinner party. It is suitable for smaller sized spaces but also for comfortable interiors. It is efficient and chic; the Table can be modified to many different heights which enable you to serve both as a dining table and a coffee table, based on the needs of the owners.

Coffee Tables Rather than two standalone pieces of furniture, you only need a single piece of this innovative, flexible and comfortable coffee table. At daytime you will enjoy a glass of tea or coffee on coffee table, and when the time for evening meal the table can be adjusted and lift up to a larger and higher dining table,

This adjustable table is a very enjoyable piece of furniture as it can also be placed in office, kitchen, dining room or living room. The tables come with various styles and available in various colors and finishes. You can match them to the décor of any room or make a touch by selecting a bold combination for solid contrasts.