Daily Archives: August 30, 2017
Back to school isn’t the most exciting thing happening in August. It pales in comparison to another, much more important event: the release of the new IKEA catalogue. Praise, Sweden, it’s here. And that means it’s time for us scour the book for all the things we’ll need to go buy in the coming weeks.
Here is our Top eight:
1. The utilitarian Pinnig has a coat rack up top and shoe storage down below, and will fit right in with industrial décor. Throw a cushion over that bench and you also have a comfy place to sit with this $89 piece.
2. We love the simple shape of the $75 ODGER chair, and the fact that it “assembles without tools and works for dining room, workspace, and more,” said Curbed, makes it even better. If you’re not a fan of the light brown, it will also come in creamy white and dark blue.
3. IKEA is down with the brass trend that’s going on in interior design, and we’re all about their new TILLAGD Flatware. Priced at $59.99 for a 20-piece set, it also comes in black. Apartment Therapy calls the sets an “on-trend bargain yet timeless enough to purchase for the long haul. Get ready for your glammiest dinner or holiday parties ever with flatware in simple shapes done up in luxe, of-the-moment finishes.”
apartmenttherapy.com4. In a kid’s room, a laundry room, a craft space, a dorm room, a kitchen – there isn’t a space we can’t picture using the MYRHEDEN Frame. At $14.99, it’s so affordable you can buy one for every room. With a clip in every part of the grid and hooks at the bottom, just imagine what you’ll be able to show off.
Ikea5. New hardware is among the easiest and most impactful changes you can make to a piece of furniture, and these OSTERNAS Leather Handles and Pulls ($12.99 for two handles, $9.99 for two pulls) will certainly make an impression.
Ikea7. Personally, we’re fans of anything that has a tray on top. This little $39 YPPERLIG Coffee Table is DEFINITELY going to keep the dog from knocking over the ever-present Diet Coke (again).
decoist.com8. If you’re OVER your quilted headboard, might we suggest the GJÖRA Bed Frame. The natural wood color is right on trend, and, at $279, it’s an inexpensive way to update your lair.
Here’s a fun article we wanted to share that was written by Amalie Drury and shared on Housecall. It’s too good to keep to ourselves!!
There’s something magical about watching a movie outdoors—the fresh air, the novelty of a big screen under the stars, the excitement of a group of people all laughing along to their favorite lines. And you don’t have to wait for your local park district to host a screening, either, when you create your own outdoor movie theater right in your backyard. Here’s what you’ll need.
Create a stadium-style effect by arranging a semi-circle of comfortable outdoor lounge chairs, sofas and chaises for adults. Then spread thick picnic blankets—or even sleeping bags—for kids on the grass closer to the screen. Scatter oversized pillows, poufs and extra light blankets within easy arm’s reach for everyone.
When your guests get up and down for snacks during the show, make sure to light their way with candles (real or battery-operated) in glass hurricanes, a strand of string lights overhead or even rope lighting along the ground similar to the aisle at an actual movie theater.
Snacks and Drinks
In a tucked-away spot away from the screen, set up your “concession stand.” Make it festive with a big popcorn popper complete with a buffet of toppings like melted butter, parmesan cheese, cajun spices and cinnamon sugar. For a fun touch, buy individual popcorn bags—you can find old-fashioned red-and-white bags or customizable brown paper bags online. Other easy food ideas include sophisticated meat-and-cheese boards for adults, homemade pizza cut into small squares, and bowls of miniature candy bars for all to enjoy (just avoid foods that are drippy or difficult to eat in the dark).
Beer and wine are the logical way to go for drinks—they’re easy to pour and can be sipped over the course of a couple of hours as the movie plays. Make them feel special with a bar cart setup complete with pretty ice buckets and attractive melamine glassware rather than disposable plastic.
There are lots of different options when it comes to the key components you’ll need to actually screen your movie: a projector, a screen, a sound system and a media player. If cost is no object and you foresee using these components time and again, there are amazing high-quality inflatable screens and high-pixel projectors on the market. But you’ll have just as much fun with a king-sized white bed sheet hung on the side of your house or garage, a low-cost (or rented) projector, your laptop computer and your best Bluetooth speaker cranked way up.
Just be sure to test your setup before movie night, checking to make sure your connections work and finding out how dark it needs to be outside before your movie shows up nice and bright on the screen.
Fun and Games
An idea we love? As dusk begins to fall, get your guests excited to watch the movie and draw them to their seats with “previews,” like clips from wildlife documentaries and classic cartoons. Consider raffling off a pair of tickets to a movie at a local theater, and plan something participatory for intermission—a trivia game or a toast with a special batched cocktail will help keep the mood festive.
Amalie Drury is an expert on home design and furniture trends, writing on behalf of Crate and Barrel. She has covered related topics as a senior editor for magazine publisher Modern Luxury and as a city editor for women’s lifestyle site PureWow. She has also written for Time Out, the Chicago Tribune and Sophisticated Living.
The average homeowner is spending more money on a greater number of home improvement projects, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey, a study of 14 million service requests received between July 2016–17. However, the projects vary by generation, income, and geography, the study finds. Here are the top five most popular home improvement projects by generation.
- Install outdoor play equipment
- Install childproofing
- Install backyard landscaping
- Update sprinkler system for lawn and garden
- Install front yard landscaping
- Repair outdoor play equipment
- Install outdoor play equipment
- Add or remove holiday lighting
- Build or install vinyl-lined swimming pool
- Build or install an above-ground swimming pool
These homeowners are the biggest spenders on remodeling projects, according to the study. They pay a lot for home maintenance to keep their property values up—particularly if they’re looking to sell and use the proceeds in retirement.
- Install or repair gutters
- Repair shed, barn, or playhouse
- Repair gazebo or freestanding porch
- Asphalt sealing
- Repair exterior trim
“Boomers are indulging in luxury purchases, large discretionary remodels, kitchens, bathrooms, stonework, remodeling swimming pools, hiring designers to do professional landscaping jobs,” says Brad Hunter, HomeAdvisor’s chief economist.
Source: “Home Improvement Is Hot Right Now, But Who’s Doing What?” realtor.com® (Aug. 28, 2017)
Welcome to your new home at 972 Welch Avenue in historic Berthoud, Colorado!
This property is impeccable with it’s sparkling clean interior and ready to move-in condition.
You’ll enjoy it’s recent upgrades to the bathrooms, including a fully finished “daylight” basement, upstairs loft area and private patio.
With designer touches everywhere, you can spread out in your separate dining room and breakfast bar. Kitchen features a wonderful pantry and the property has high ceilings, for a completely airy feel.
Some luxuries that you might not expect is a walk-in closet, central air conditioning and attached car garage.
We think the crown jewel is the extended front porch!
Low maintenance living at it’s best, not to mention the opportunity to live in historic downtown Berthoud!