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Home Help: A budget-friendly entertainment space
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Tip of the Week
Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home - one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occasion.
Just imagine the memories your family will make snuggled on a plush new couch reading stories, or cheering their favorite soccer or football team to victory while watching a new flatscreen TV. Here are easy ways to upgrade your space, and your electronics, without busting your budget.
Freshen furniture: If your current couch and recliners are more shabby than chic, it's time to upgrade. New, plush furniture can be within your budget with lease-to-own alternatives.
Accessorize: Whether you just got a new couch or want to update your current furniture, new pillows, throws and blankets are perfect for keeping guests toasty warm no matter how low the temperatures drop. Pillows are great for lounging and, when you're hosting a large group, can be used on the floor to keep everyone comfy.
Electronic entertainment: Setting the scene for the perfect party is easy when you have the right entertainment prepped beforehand. Start by having some music ready to get everyone in a festive mood from the moment they arrive.
Rethink the arrangement: Cluster seating together to encourage conversation, and face the main pieces of furniture toward a focal point, like the TV. By keeping flow and function in mind as your arrange the area, you'll better define the space and maximize its potential use.
Faucets and cabinet hardware can quickly date a room. Replacing hardware can add beauty to your kitchen without adding a lot of extra cost. Be sure to find knobs and pulls that are the same size as the existing ones so you don't have to re-drill the cabinets.
Did You Know
Todd Imholte, president of Murals Your Way, predicts that wall murals will be even more popular next year as more homeowners and business owners embrace this unique, distinctive way to transform any room. Simple to install and remove, Murals Your Way's more than 750,000 images, along with the ability to create a personal mural from a photograph, make wall murals an attractive and affordable design trend.
Find creative ways to repurpose, recycle and reuse by relocating pieces from other rooms in the house or seeking out older, better-made items from architectural salvage sites. Salvaged or antique tiles can give an authentic patina to a historic home; mix tile and stone so the look isn't so intense.
Tie interior design with outside landscape views to evoke a feeling of openness and flow from the inside out. Adopt the mantra "less is more" to focus on quality, not quantity, when it comes to art, rugs and furnishings.
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