Spruce Up Your Backyard

Even though we are stuck in the middle of winter, there is no better time to start planning your outdoor projects. With spring just a couple of months away, you can begin to get a head-start in your backyard with our top nine tips. Let’s get started! 

 

Ways to Spruce up Your Backyard on a Budget

Hang in There.

Whether you love plants or decorative pieces, hanging decor/plants are the perfect addition to your backyard. They add style and interest to your space without breaking the bank. Plus, you can bring them indoors when it begins to get cold outside. 

Eyes on The Prize.

For a stunning backyard, be sure to create a “focal point.” This point of interest should be a piece that you are proud of and a piece that you want to be recognized. Items like a fireplace, outdoor patio set, pergola, trellises, or arbor can be great additions. 

Nature’s Finest.

With your backyard being in the outdoors, you want to embrace nature’s beauty by adding plants and flowers around your yard. Adding a garden, potted flowers, and hanging plants can make your backyard beautifully finished. 

Pull up a Chair.

Seating is one of the essential parts of backyard living. Be sure to provide cozy seating for all of your guests and family. 

Color me Bold.

Spice up your outdoor space with colorful decor and finishes. Items like blankets, pillows, and decor can embrace bold colors for a stylish twist on backyard decor. 

A Tranquil Retreat.

Create a relaxing retreat with a tranquil fountain and/or cozy hammock. Little touches of zen can transform your backyard into a relaxing paradise. 

Hot in Here.

If you have money in your budget, try and install an outdoor fireplace. If you are looking for a budget-friendly alternative, creating a table fire pit is easy and low-cost. Outdoor fires are great for company and unwinding from a stressful day after the sun has set. 

From The Inside Out. 

Your home’s interior can be great design inspiration for your backyard and patio. Pull pieces that you use throughout your home and incorporate them into your outdoor area. Items like artwork, pillows, and candles can transform your back patio into a dreamy oasis. 

 

With these ideas, your backyard has never looked so good. To take your backyard to the next level, talk to one of our expert sales associates about installing porcelain tile. Porcelain tile is weather-proof which means it is perfect for your outdoors. Contact us today for more information and pricing. 


Understanding Weeds

Tired of those pesky invaders marring your garden? Yes, when your garden springs to life during the spring and summer season so do the weeds. Managing the weeds that pop up in your garden can be super challenging. It often results in an all-out war. The key to effectively managing weeds in your garden is understanding their role in the ecosystem. It may seem like spring is still far off, but now is the time to start planning.

 

What Are Weeds?

What exactly are weeds? Weeds are unwanted plants that grow in a garden. They don’t take on one specific look. In fact, they can belong to a branch of any plant family including; grass, tree perennials or even an annual. A weed can be a native species plant or a plant that has already been introduced to the garden but grew out of hand. Weeds can change based on their geographic location. They even spread by roots, seeds, and runners.

 

While these unsightly plants are often undesirable they can offer many benefits. Some weeds are edible while others serve as a food source for pollinators.

 

Removing and Preventing Weeds

It’s impossible to completely prevent weeds from growing in a garden. However, there are few strategies you can implement to limit them from cultivating in your garden. Here are some important tips:

 

Build Rich Soil

Weed grows in compacted soil and rich soil will greatly reduce weeds. If you have a vegetable garden you should form your soil beds at least twelve inches high and fill it with high-quality soil. Line the bottom of the soil bed with cardboard which will smother intrepid weeds.

 

Regular Maintenance

The smaller the weeds are the easier they are to remove. Therefore, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance to remove them while they are small before they have time to go into seed mode and spread further. Weeds on raised beds can simply be plucked away with your fingers.

 

Remove the Root

When removing weeds, you’ll need to pull them out by the root or the whole plant. Weeds with fibrous roots you will have to dig around the entire plant.

 

Smothering Plants

If you have a big weed problem, you can try smothering or solarizing them which will starve the soil of oxygen over a few weeks. While this is a drastic measure it will definitely be effective at staving off weeds. 

Ways to Brighten up Your Space

Creating bright spaces has become more important to homeowners over the past few years. Design experts believe that bright rooms can impact your mood and create a welcoming environment. With the positives outweighing the negatives, you may be curious about how you can brighten up your current space. Well, there is no need to wonder, because we have eight ways you can brighten up your space. 

 

Ways to Brighten up Your Space

    • No Shade

      Instantly open up your space with sheer window curtains. Having sheer curtains can let the natural sunlight flow into your space and ultimately make your room look more open and welcoming. 

    • Lighten Up.

Choosing a light color scheme can make your room feel bright. Try using colors like white and/or pastels. These colors work well with natural light by bouncing it off of the walls, thus creating a more open space.  

      • Use this light color scheme for your wall color, furniture, and fabrics. 
    • Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors are one of the best decor pieces that you can use in a room. Not only are they decorative and stylish, but they brighten the space up by reflecting your light fixtures. 

      • Place a light fixture in front of the mirror to help encourage light reflection. 
    • Shine On

Try adding more light fixtures to your room to help brighten up your space. Also, you want to make sure that you use light colored lamp shades to help encourage brightness. 

    • Metal Touch.

Metallic pieces reflect the light; therefore, they are the perfect addition to help brighten up your space. 

    • Glass Finish

Try decorating with glass accessories and decor to increase the brightness of your room. The see-thoroughness of glass will create an open, welcoming space. 

    • Minimize.

The less clutter in your room, the less heavy it looks to the eyes. Try to reduce clutter and cut down on items. This will help your room to feel light and bright. 

    • Succulent Paradise. not heavy 

When in doubt, choose a succulent. They are the least “heavy-looking” plant option that you can choose for your room. Plus, they are light in shade to help match your room’s decor. 

 

What was your favorite brightening tip? Let us know in the comment section below. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Tips for Eliminating Clutter in the Bedroom

A master bedroom can be a homeowner’s oasis from the busyness of everyday life. What you bring into the bedroom can reflect on your mood and behavior; therefore, a clean, clutter-free bedroom means a stress-free environment. To help you maximize your bedroom’s stress-free potential, we have created six tips for eliminating clutter in your bedroom. We hope you enjoy. 

 

Tips for Eliminating Clutter in The Bedroom:

Tip No. One: Limited. 

Space can be extremely limited on your nightstands; therefore, you want to only keep a few essential items on there. If you are currently reading a book, you can keep your new read as a piece of decor. Try to limit to your nightstand to three to five items including your light fixture. This will help keep you organized and your room looking clean and pristine.

Tip No. Two: Gathered. 

If you need to store multiple items on your nightstand, you can use a vintage bowl or basket to hold the smaller items. This way you can have easy access to your things without creating a bulky, heavy look. 

Tip No. Three: Hidden. 

Electronics and electrical cords can be quite the eyesore for a master bedroom. To help reduce the clutter caused by electronics, we recommend storing them in an easily accessible basket or bin. For your electrical cords, you can try and work them behind your furniture to reduce their bulky appearance. 

    • Pro-Tip: If you have a lot of excess cords, try using a zip tie to keep all of your cords tidy.  

Tip No. Four: Organized. 

If your nightstand has drawers, you are in for an extra treat. Try buying drawer organizers to get your space in tip-top shape. The organizers will help you stay organized and reduce the clutter you accumulate in your drawers. 

Tip No. Five: Stored.

We recommend that you move your heavy, bulky items underneath your bed. Items like extra pillows and blankets can be stored in an under-bed container for later use. 

Tip No. Six: Personalized.

Even though we recommend having out the essentials, there is still room for fun decorative pieces. Be sure to add things that make you feel good throughout your room. Maybe you love candles or artwork, whatever your personal taste be sure to include it in your design. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these six quick tips for eliminating clutter in your bedroom. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Arrangement Ideas for Your Living Room

The way you arrange your living room is vital. We say this statement boldly because wherever you put your furniture will affect the way people have conversations in your space. To help you decide on your favorite arrangement, we have created a list of the top eight furniture setups for your living room. We hope you enjoy! 

 

Arrangement Ideas for Your Living Room:

Idea #1: Face-to-Face

An intriguing setup that most homeowners take the initiative on following is the “face-to-face” arrangement. This arrangement invites conversation and allows guests to feel welcomed and wanted. Not only do guests appreciate this setup, but your family will also love it. It works perfectly for game night or holidays where everyone needs to be seen and heard. 

Idea #2: Room Divider

Your living room furniture is not only for sitting, but you can actually use it as a room divider in an open floor plan. If you have a large couch or long table, you can position it so that it divides the room into two sections without the need for walls. 

Idea #3: Focal Point

A common arrangement for living rooms is having a focal point. Whether your focal point is the window, fireplace or television, your seating is framed around it. 

Idea #4: Four Chairs

Couches are not the only seating option for living rooms. A lot of homeowners thrive by just using four fabric chairs in their living room. To conquer this arrangement, you will place the chairs in a square all facing one another but equal difference away from each other. 

Idea #5: Rug Placement

Rugs are a blessing because they can pull together an entire room. Just place your rug in the center of the room and work from there with your furniture. Let your rug be the center of attention and your furniture work around it. 

Idea #6: Diagonal.

Another common arrangement is the “diagonal” setup. For this setup, you have your sofa and then diagonally across from it you have a chair. This is a more open look and it can be a great solution for homeowners with extra furniture. 

Idea #7: Symmetry

If you need everything to match, the symmetric arrangement will definitely be your favorite. With the symmetric setup, you will mentally split the room in half. Everything that is placed on one side of the room needs to be copied exactly to the other side of the room. 

Idea #8: L-Shape

L-shape couches are a popular choice for large families, but you do not need the couch to create the design. For this arrangement, you pull together two sofas in an “L-shape.” It is a great solution if you need your couches near one another.

New Year Resolution Decluttering Your Life

It is officially the new year and with the new year comes a lot of change. To start things off on a good note, your resolution may be to declutter your home. After the holidays, your home may be especially messy and overwhelming. To help you fight back against the clutter, we have created five tips for assisting you in your new year resolution. Let us take a look! 

 

New Year Resolution: Decluttering Your Life

Tip #1: Knock, Knock.

One of the most underused, but brilliant storage areas is behind your door. Over-the-door storage containers can be a life-saver when you are in a pinch for extra space. Plus, it leaves extra room on the floor and does not get in the way of your other items. 

Tip #2: Measure Up

A rookie mistake for first-time organizers is buying the container before measuring the space. If you plan to use containers, be sure to measure the area before you buy. This can save you a lot of room and money in the future. 

Tip #3: Inexpensive Finds

Organizing your home does not need to be expensive. For great inexpensive finds, be sure to check your local variety store. They typically have organizational items available at a reasonable price. 

Tip #4: Little Containers for Your Little Ones

Many homeowners struggle with organizing their child’s playroom. To help you get things in order, we recommend buying several different bins for their toys. This will help them find and put away their toys easier than having one large toy bin. To keep things organized and efficient, we recommend labeling the box with what is inside or placing a fun picture on the outside to represent the items. 

Tip #5: January’s Spring Cleaning. 

Cleaning out your closets is not only in the spring! Take advantage of the new year by going through your closets. Plus, with all of your new gifts, it may be a good idea to get rid of some old stuff to make room for the new items. 

 

What resolution have you made for the New Year? We would love to hear from you in the comment section! 


Colors that Pair Well with Brown

From your wood furniture to your home’s walls, brown can be a popular color choice in many homes. The rich, deep color can pair well with most color palettes, but still, homeowners become hesitant to incorporate it into their design. Apart from wood finishes, brown holds the capability to add a lot to a room. With its warm hues, brown provides comfort and coziness to your space. You may be asking: what pairs well with the color brown? Well, we are here to help answer that question for you! Our hope is that you embrace the color brown into your home’s design and take on all of its design potentials. 

 

Colors that Pair Well with The Color Brown

  • White. 

Classically, white is one of the traditional colors to pair with brown. White will always work in a room that has a lot of brown because it offsets the color’s deepness. On the off side, using white does not challenge your creativity. On the plus side, you know white will perfectly finish a room with dark brown tones in it. It pairs well with the harsh contrast provided by the color brown. 

  • Light Blue

Light blue a gorgeous color that can be paired with brown. Its subtly brings the room to the next level. With the gentle appearance of color against the brown, we are ultimately obsessed with this color combination. 

  • Warm Tones

To maximize your home’s comfort and coziness, be sure to pair your browns with warm tones.

    • Warm tones include Beige, Tan, Oranges, Reds, Yellows, Maroons, and Other Shades of Brown. 
  • Pastels

If you love color, pairing pastels with brown is the choice for you! Brown works well with all of the pastel colors by embracing their light hues against brown’s deeper hue. 

  • Plum

Brown and plum are two of the richest and beautiful colors that you can incorporate together in a space. Without being overbearing, the deep colors play off of one another’s boldness and create a stunning color combination. For a setting that is fit for royalty, be sure to use brown and plum. 

  • Bright Green

What better example of a great color pairing other than a tree? Trees are the primary example of a stellar color combination. If you are looking for an earthy vibe, definitely pair together your browns and greens. 

 

Looking for more style inspiration? Be sure to check out our blog pages for more design tips and tricks! 


Ways to Restyle Your Home with Items You Already Own

Decorating, furnishing, designing, and styling a home can get expensive, quick. From the floors to the walls, your home needs it all. With homeowners worried about the expenses of decorating, we have created six ways to help you. With these tips, homeowners can transform their home with items that they already own. We hope you enjoy! 

 

Ways to Restyle Your Home with Items You Already Own

  1. Embody Artistry

A lot of people hold the capability to be an artist and do not even realize it. Whether you are gifted at photography, painting, building, or creating, your home can be personalized with your work. From pictures you posted online to doodles you drew, you have the capability to create something wonderful. Begin decorating your home with your personalized work and build from there. 

  1. Reimagine

Do not let the “intended purpose” of a piece of furniture hold you back from using it differently in your space. Furniture can be used in all different ways rather than its specific purpose. You can use a wooden stool as a end table or a dresser as a bedside table; the possibilities are endless. Just remember, before you get rid of your old furniture, try and reimagine it. 

  1. The Layout. 

If you are getting bored of your current layout, you can reconfigure your room to make it feel fresh. Play around with your furniture and try placing it in different areas throughout the room. 

  1. Nature’s Inspiration. 

When you are running out of decor ideas, pull items from your backyard. Try using plants and flowers throughout your space to add some visual appeal. Plus, this idea is timeless and free! 

  1. Lovely Lights.

Holiday lights are not just seasonal anymore. You can use the string lighting to add a beautiful ambience to your space without spending money. Try hanging the lights in your bedroom or living room to create a relaxing oasis. 

  1. Pull from Other Spaces. 

To help mix things up, you can take decor pieces from your other rooms and mix and match them in different areas. This will help if you are getting bored with your current decor and do not want to spend more money. 

 

For more tips and tricks, be sure to visit our blog page. We post content to help inspire your design dreams.

Clean Your Windows Like A Professional

Have you looked out your window only to realize that the surface was marred with streaks and smears? Or maybe, there is dusting gathering at the bottom of the window sill? Dirty windows can take away from the overall aesthetic of your home. It can be a challenge to get your windows clean and clear. We’re going to show you a few tricks to get your window looking spiffy.

 

Pull Out the Vacuum

Before you begin cleaning the window it’s time to tackle the window sill. Yes, pull out the vacuum. Use the detachable upholstery tool to vacuum the sill and remove dust, spider webs, and grime. If you have window treatments like blinds and shades you should clean the dust off them as well with the vacuum. Drapes and curtains need some attention too.

 

Get to Cleaning

If you have large windows, then you’ll want to thoroughly clean them with a squeegee. You’ll need to tackle this job with a bucket of hot water and just a few drops of dish soap. The dish soap breaks the dirt down and makes it easy to wipe off with the squeegee.

 

Windows With Panes

Cleaning windows with panes can literally be a pain to clean. You can use an eyeglass cloth that is used to clean lenses to attack the window. You can find an eyeglass cloth at almost any store with a pharmacy. Spray a bit of water on the cloth and wipe away the smudges and dirty spots to achieve that crystal clear look.

 

High Windows

Sky high windows are a beauty but cleaning them can be extremely frustrating. When cleaning windows that are out of your reach you’ll need a telescoping microfiber dust. You can spritz water onto the duster portion of the tool and proceed to wipe away any foggy buildup.

 

Attacking the Streaks

To avoid streaks on the window, clean and dry the inside portion in a horizontal motion and the exterior vertically. This will help you to find the streaks more easily.

 

Don’t Forget the Screen

Window screens attract dust and dirt. Avoid washing them. Instead, wipe them clean with a dry microfiber cloth which works to pull off the contaminants from the screen. 

Happy Holidays!

During this festive time of the year, the family and staff at Fulton Homes would like to wish every one of our friends and customers a safe, warm and happy holiday season!