Month: July 2018

Getting the Room Right: Part I

We see beautifully designed rooms every day here on Houzz, and the rooms beneath aren’t any exception. Each is a shining example of exceptional design.

If you have already been working on your very own interior decor, but simply don’t appear to have the ability to get it directly, then you may have made one — or two, or even seven — of the top 10 decorating mistakes. Read on to see exactly what the first five of those mistakes are — and Houzz designers’ illustrations of decor done right!

More: Obtaining the Room Right: Part II

PHX Architecture

Look how beautifully these drapery panels allow the complete width of glass to reveal. Who’d want to cover one more inch of those beautiful windows and lovely view than they needed to? These draperies are perfectly sized and placed.

This avoids Mistake No. 1: Poorly placed or sized window treatments.

The remainder of this list may be in no particular order, but I admit that this mistake is my own number-one pet peeve and most likely the mistake I really do see most often.

Drapery rods end only at the edge of this window so that when the panels have been pushed all the way open, they nevertheless cover quite a bit of the glass. If you would like to maintain as much light as you can, use a pole that extends beyond the sides of your window from the complete width that the panels take up when pushed all the way open. That width is known as the”stack.”

How many inches wider than the window that your rods will need to be depends upon how wide the panels are, what type of cloth is used, and the type of attachment to the pole — grommets, metal or wooden rings, tab tops and so forth.

These fresh, white drapery panels are perfect. The sliding doors are most likely the normal 80″ height, but the panels are hung all the way up at ceiling height, drawing up your eye and accentuating the height of this space. They’re also the perfect length, only skimming over the floor so that they don’t get worn since they are opened and closed.

When the tops of the panels were hung as I often see them just over the top of the doorways — they’d draw the eye reduced and give the impression of a lower room height. For working drapery panels, they ought to only skim over the floor so that they don’t get worn opened and closed.

If you’re putting up ornamental panels which don’t move, then they can simply touch the floor, or if you like the appearance, you can puddle them liberally on the floor.

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This chamber using this little gal in her pink skirt looks casual, inviting and full of joy. What a cutie! It looks like the sofa is upholstered in a good excellent microfiber, which is nearly indestructible and very simple to wash.

This avoids Mistake No. 2: Choosing materials, finishes or furniture which will not hold up to your lifestyle.

Life really is too short to spend it fretting about each spill or sticky little hand.
Even though it might mean you have to give up the idea of a white couch, or invest more to get better quality and more durability, then it is worth the investment to select materials, finishes and furniture which let you relax and be yourself.

Robert Granoff

Recall your four-legged family members when it comes to deciding on furnishings. Fur can be easily wiped off of leather, although you want to keep claws trimmed. The darkened area rug is a good choice around pets and kids, also.

Dick Clark + Associates

This chamber is an exceptional case of a well-lit space. Look at all the resources of light! There are ceiling lighting for general ambient light. Up-lights mounted on the wall send mild into the ceiling. The stair risers have lighting to make it simple to watch your step. Table lamps provide cushioned accent lighting and are a good height for reading too. There are spotlights on each and every piece of art.

You might also see that in the dining room, you will find spots set to graze the walls, highlighting its feel, plus a chandelier over the dining table and accent lighting within the display cases. And don’t forget the candles on the coffee table! The combination of all these lighting sources gives a richly layered appearance to the room.

This avoids Mistake No. 3: Inadequate lighting.

I often see houses which have all ceiling lighting, but no other light sources. Or completely no ceiling fixtures and only one or two table or floor lamps with dark colors. Neither situation provides all the light that you will need.

A great lighting plan incorporates surrounding light from ceiling or wall fittings as well as natural light from windows, plus job lighting which may be for reading or food prep if it is the kitchen. And lighting doesn’t feel complete without some accent lighting such as pretty chandeliers, decorative table lamps or lighting on art.

Wen-Di Interiors

This furniture arrangement indicates a comfortable conversation area. All the chairs is close enough so that you can sit and speak to each other comfortably. The living area is fairly narrow, yet each piece of furniture has a little breathing room. The couch has a console table supporting it permitting a few accessories to be placed there for interest.

The seats have been pulled forward enough to allow the drapes to maneuver freely. The narrow, oval coffee table allows lots of space between it and the chairs, while still being within easy reach to put beverages.

This avoids Mistake No. 4: Pushing furniture back against the walls and also far apart from each other.

A lot of people could have taken one look at this living area and shoved their couch back against the wall along with the seats all the way back into the drapes with a big coffee table in the center.

Rooms really look larger when the furniture is a little bit away from the wall — even though there is not enough space to walk behind the furniture. If your couch is shoved all the way into the wall, then put down your laptop, go pull your couch about 6″-8″ forward and see whether that doesn’t make the space feel somewhat better.

I’d rather use a rectangular or oval table and have my furniture a little further forward than to have a bigger coffee table together with the furniture tight against the wall.

Conversation can be more comfortable once the furniture is nearer into each other.

Heather Garrett Design

Even once you have a very large room like this where you could have your furniture considerably further back without being against a wall, then pull your bits of furniture forward around the coffee table to permit people to converse comfortably. It will make the room feel much more romantic.

Angelica Henry Design

The dining chairs in this stunningly lovely dining area seem very comfortable! The padded leather seats look soft, and the high, gently curved, fully upholstered backs look like they give lots of support. Fantastic for lingering to talk over dessert. I hope it is creme brulee!

This avoids Mistake No. 5: Uncomfortable dining seats.

Dining seats ought to be so comfortable that you can have a relaxing dinner, dessert and coffee without anybody feeling like they can barely wait to get up from the table since their rear or posterior has had enough of this chair.

The entire point of having a formal dining area is to have wonderfully fun meals with friends and family. If you’re uncomfortable before you have savored the very last bite, then your seats aren’t a deal at any price.

This is simply the first half of my list of most common decorating mistakes. Have a look at Part 2 for assistance on another five stumbling blocks to great design.

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How to Begin a Home Vineyard

If you love wine, the notion of sitting on your backyard, staring out in rows of vines while sipping homemade Cabernet may sound like paradise. And you don’t require a Napa-sized estate to do it. It’s possible to grow a case of wine everywhere you’ve got space for 45 vines — whether it’s in a suburban front yard or a bigger plot of land on a hillside. Individuals with smaller plots are pooling harvests to get enough juice to jar.

While having your own vineyard and creating wine sounds like fun, it’s also work. Pete Richmond, founder of Silverado Farming in Napa, helps vineyards grow and manage their websites to create the best possible wine and grapes. He does everything, from picking the website, creating it, picking grapes, and assessing water and soil requirements. When it’s a large or little website, the best thing you can do first is educate yourself, he says. Here’s what to consider before diving in:

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1. Choose your goal. “The most important thing to consider is your target,” says Richmond. “Are you really going to be landscaping? Doing home wine production? Selling fruit into a winery?” Knowing what your end result should be will help you narrow down the process.

It’s important to keep in mind that creating a successful harvest of grapes takes a while. Most grapes won’t yield fruit until the next year after planting. “They will have fruit before then,” says Richmond,”but it’s normally cut off so that the vines can grow quicker. Most vines will reach full production from the fifth season.” He averages a vine can yield one pound of fruit in the next year, 1.5 pounds in the fourth, and two to three pounds annually afterwards — and it takes about 45 pounds of fruit to make one instance of wine. Consequently, in the event that you planted 45 vines, you’d have enough to make a case of wine after the next year of planting!

In Los Gatos, California, Brad and Dana Krouskup have experienced their Pinot Noir harvest for three seasons, and it’s only starting to produce viable fruit. “I was a bit concerned that it might get too hot for Pinot,” says Brad,”but there are so many varieties, we were able to select one that’s a bit more appropriate for this climate.”

2. Do you want a specialist? The Krouskups opted to have a person come in to install and keep their vineyard. The professional vineyard manager usually comes out about once a month to test on the grapes, although it does are inclined to happen a bit more often at this time of year, since the grapes require more maintenance. While hiring a specialist definitely saves time, stress, and eliminates some of the guesswork, it certainly isn’t a necessity.

“Ask yourself this question,” says Richmond,”Can you choose a kitchen remodel yourself, or hire a builder? If you are a do-it-yourself individual, then you can plant a vineyard. The only basic skills you need to possess are muscle, and an adequate idea of how to put in irrigation.”

Los Gatos resident Rocco Falcomato’s vineyard is located on precisely the same hillside as the Krouskups. But, Falcomato decided to plant the vineyard on his own, putting Cabernet into the left and Chardonnay to the appropriate.

With a little plot of Chardonnay only outside his terrace, Falcomato shows how you don’t necessarily require a lot of space so as to plant a few vines. However, this tends to be geared more towards landscaping purposes, since more grapes need to produce enough for winemaking.

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“If you’re considering it from only a landscaping perspective, then life just got easier,” says Richmond. “You don’t have to be concerned about that which variety to grow in your area.  Disease gets less of an issue since it won’t be forced into wine.  However, I have discovered that most men and women start out saying they’ll only do it for landscaping, and then it becomes something more involved”

3. Understand what you are getting into. This is going to be an investment of time as well as cash. Ensure you recognize that a vineyard requires far more care than many landscaping does. Richmond suggests that you plan on heading out and maintaining each vine at least 15 occasions from January to November. If you multiply that by the number of vines you have (or plan on having), that’ll help you determine just how much of a time commitment that this will be.

Diane Licht Landscape Architect

Which are the most common novice mistakes? “People have a tendency to plant way too much,” says Richmond. “Sometimes people leave fruit on the vines. Leaving fruit on in the first three years will harm the vines long term. Or they’ll under water. That’s important. Vines need approximately four gallons of water per week from May to October.”

A well-planned irrigation process is essential to a successful vine. Ensure that you have enough water on website to water your vines correctly. In case you’ve got 100 vines, then need to provide each vine with four gallons a week, that’s 400 gallons of water that you want to pump onto your website. Making certain vines are insect free is just another necessity. Richmond recommends that vines are sprayed every two months from May 1 to August 1 to eliminate mildew. “They are just like roses because respect,” says Richmond.

4. Do your research. There’s a lot to learn and understand about this wonderful vine. Learn about what it means to shoot cuttings, what makes great soil, and how to graft and prune. Research the different types of grapes, and which ones are best fitted for your website and your climate. There are a lot of hybrids and varieties, therefore there’s room for compromise too. If you are really set on a particular kind of grape, start looking into varieties that might be a bit more appropriate for your website.

Richmond also proposes looking to a college cooperative extension on your county, to see if they have a farm advisor that can help. Most state college systems have wonderful agricultural applications, advisors, and resources to point you in the ideal direction.

5. Pick your grapes. As soon as you’ve done the research, committed to the work, and determined on your plan of actions, it’s time to select a grape. While there’s a lot of back-and-forth concerning the ideal means to do this, Richmond has a fairly simple and practical suggestion:”If you’re aspiring to make wine out of this fruit, I would plant what you like drinking,” he says.  “As a rule of thumb, whites do better in cool weather and reds in warmer climates.  Whites are also easier to grow. Table grapes need lots of warmth, which is why most of them are increased from Fresno to the Mexican border. But other than that, grow what you like.”

Next: Two books to get you started.

Vineyard Simple: How to Build and Maintain Your Own Small Vineyard by Tom Powers – $19.95

If you’ve decided to not hire a professional (or even in the event that you do) Richmond recommends picking up a few beginner guidebooks to get your feet wet. Vineyard Simple couldn’t lay it out considerably clearer. With easy-to-understand diagrams, guidelines, and recommendations, author Tom Powers takes you through the process, step-by-step, until you’ve got a gorgeous harvest.

From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wi – $18.95

You know you’ve discovered a excellent how-to book when it’s being used as a textbook for agricultural schools. Jeff Cox’s From Vines to Wines is regarded as one the most complete guides for beginning winemakers. Cox takes you in the first cutting into the very first jar with illustrated and written directions.

Have you got a home vineyard? Or are you considering planting one? Tell us about it!

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