'Summer-ize' your home to look and smell wonderful in warmer weather
(BPT) - The three R’s aren’t just reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic. In the summer, they refer to “reorganizing,” “restyling” and “reviving” your home. It’s the perfect time to bring a summery, comfortable feeling to your home’s interior. Luckily, you don’t need to redo every room or throw out all your furniture to get a wonderful seasonal change. Spend a weekend giving your living spaces a lighter, fresher feel. At the end, you might even think you’re on a summer vacation.
Home and lifestyle expert Evette Rios has some simple suggestions that can make powerful impressions throughout your house.
Boost the excitement and va-va-voom in your rooms by moving just a few things around. You’ll be amazed at the new looks you can create. Something as simple as changing the angle of your couch and voila - new room! Try this scuff-proof method for moving heavy pieces: Fold two clean towels (dirty ones can scratch floors), place one under each end of the furniture piece, and then slide it across the floor. This might also be the time to incorporate a few white wicker pieces, which will add a summery touch.
Take some time to sort through your linen closet and remove unwanted items. Put old or unused linens into a “giveaway” bag. Store bed linen sets inside one of the pillowcases, and you’ll never have to hunt through piles looking for a match. All you’ll have to do is grab and go. Want a closet full of freshness? Place a few Gain dryer sheets in with your folded sheets to keep them smelling great.
Fresh new accessories can help to brighten up each room in your home. Turn plain lampshades into fabulous ones by adding bright or printed linings that come to life when you flip the switch. You might even want to swap out the art on your walls, adding more colorful pieces that are floral or botanical. If you’re feeling really ambitious, consider painting a few walls to add a clean, fresh look to your rooms. Try bold colors you’ve never had before to really change up the look.
Want to get the kids involved? Turn some drab kitchen aprons into fun “cleaning armor.” Give each child his or her own apron to decorate with markers or stickers to wear, and send the kids on their mission to dust, clean windows, organize, etc. They’ll love wearing something they decorated themselves. Don’t forget to ask their opinions on the changes you’re making - you might be surprised at their great suggestions.
If you’re packing away heavy clothes or quilts for the season, ensure they maintain a fresh scent by using new Gain Original Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster in the wash before you store them. It’s safe for use on all colors and fabrics and the freshness lasts up to 12 weeks in storage (just in time to take them out for the fall).
Make your laundry room a place you’re not afraid to enter. De-clutter the room by installing a tension rod to hang spray bottles, cleaning supplies and more. You can also decorate the room with your kids’ artwork to make it a fun space.
Your summer home makeover doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. Ambitious projects might take a little longer, but you’ll be pleased at how simple it is to transform some of your rooms from drab to wonderfully fresh. Just don’t wait too long - summer doesn’t last forever! For more inspiration, visit ILoveGain.com or facebook.com/gain.
1BR/1BA Condo For Sale in Baton Rouge
perfect location for the medical professional or nursing student, tucked away in between OLOL and BR General Bluebonnet. Enjoy the peace and quiet offered in this one bedroom, ground floor unit. Freshly painted with tile flooring, ceiling fans, track lighting, and private courtyard patio. Park just outside your door for added convenience. Also good for investors as it has a great rental history. Grab it! Call or text 225-335-5395 for more info or
5223 Buttercreek K1
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Reclaimed wood flooring: How to design with eclectic affordability
The popularity of this trend has grown from the demand for the unexpected rustic touches, warmth and story that reclaimed wood adds to your home. “It’s easy to change up a room to create a dramatic new style with these unique floors,” says Erinn Valencich, Los Angeles-based interior designer, style expert and design partner for Quick-Step, a laminate flooring leader. “You can add an element of sophistication to a special room with one-of-a-kind visuals and textures.”
Tells a unique story
Reclaimed wood flooring constructed from old barns, factories, warehouses or even coal mines and boxcars has a distinct distressed and time-worn appearance. Each knick, scratch and ding adds a unique story to the living space that is highly desirable among homeowners. However, even though reclaimed wood floors are environmentally friendly, beautiful and eclectic, the roadblock for most consumers is the high price of reclaimed wood. Because there is a limited amount of vintage wood in existence to repurpose, the cost of adding a reclaimed hardwood floor to a home can be quite pricey.
Reclaimed look for less
For the look of distressed and time-worn wood without the high cost, Quick-Step offers the Reclaime Collection of laminate planks that look like real, vintage hardwood floors. There are nine reclaimed wood designs from which to choose, including the newest White Wash, Calico, Sunkissed and Cellar Oak Planks that mirror the wood grain pattern, color and texture of weathered wood boards.
“The time-worn visual of this floor won’t limit your style. In fact, it’s versatile enough to work for most any type of decor,” says Valencich. Whether you’re going for a modern, rustic or eclectic look, reclaimed wood-styled flooring suits almost any design style. Consider these flooring trends from Valencich when choosing your next floor:
Whitewashed floors have a light, weathered appearance. If you have a dark or smaller room, using wide plank whitewash flooring will lighten up the space, giving it a fresh, soft and clean look.
Mainstream vs. high-fashion colors
The floor is the foundation of the room and can help drive the design direction of the space. Whether you select a more neutral, mainstream color or an extremely high-fashion one, choosing the right color floor creates a versatile canvas on which to build your room’s overall design.
The distressed, textured look of reclaimed wood gives your flooring a personality all its own. Quick-Step’s Reclaime Collection provides the same design and textured look of genuine reclaimed wood, giving it a natural, worn appearance.
If you are considering purchasing a new floor, quickstepstyle.com offers the “Imagine It” room designer tool that allows you to choose both wall color and floor styles to see how they work together. On the site you can also view free design videos by Valencich on a myriad of topics.
4BR in Oak Hill, Baton Rouge
Looking for a true Mother-in-law suite (or man cave option)? This is it: Immaculate
Oak Hills home on large corner lot offers 4 bedrooms and 2 baths PLUS attached Mother-in-law apartment that includes living area, kitchen, bedroom, bath with shower, and private covered porch! The options are endless. Freshly painted with an updated kitchen with new tile countertops, stainless appliances (fridge remains!), updated baths, master with stone job built shower, new lighting, mirrors, and vanities. Den is anchored by the brick fireplace and hearth, opening onto the covered patio that overlooks the large fully fenced backyard. French pocket doors lead from den to large kitchen/keeping/dining area. Off the foyer is formal living, dining or study with a classic antique door. For the handyman, there is a Cajun cottage style storage shed in the backyard, plus two additional storage rooms under roof, one which is an excellent workshop with window unit. Surround sound adds to your enjoyment in the living area and outdoor living spaces. Great location in the heart of the Perkins and Highland area. Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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926 Oak Hills Pkwy.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
New siding can increase the value of your home
Tired of that old run down looking house you’ve been living in? Why not upgrade your home to a new look and increase the value of your home in the process. You can have the home of your dreams and it’s not as hard as you think. Your old home may be run down and the paint may be thirty years old and peeling off, but you can have the best looking house in your neighborhood.
How? Just give it a new face lift with colorful and easy to maintain vinyl siding. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors and you can choose the one that’s right for you. Your 100 year old house can look new again and the cost won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Vinyl siding can be applied over brick structures and it can also be applied over wood and concrete structures. Vinyl siding looks great and its insulation qualities wrap the entire home in warmth and comfort. The entire project will be completed in a short amount of time if done by a reputable contractor of your choosing.
You can have your old home looking brand new and bright and shiny with new siding. Your entire home will match with the same bold colors you select and your window and door trim will match also. The value of your old home will sky rocket and if you ever decide to sell your home, you’ll receive higher offers for it.
You may be wondering why you’ll want to put up new vinyl siding as compared to aluminum siding. There are a lot of good reasons to choose vinyl, but the final decision is yours. There are a lot of differences between aluminum siding and vinyl. Vinyl siding is manufactured from a continuous formed plastic material and usually has a thickness between .040 to.046 inches. Aluminum siding is a continuous formed material that is usually around .019 inches thick.
Vinyl siding is manufactured with a solid color, while aluminum siding is manufactured with a baked on enamel paint finish. Since vinyl siding has a manufactured solid color, the color will remain solid even when scratched.
Not so however with aluminum siding. The paint is baked on so if aluminum siding is scratched; the paint peels off and leaves a shiny bare metal finish exposed. The choice is yours; however, your home will look newer and have a higher value when it is finished. You’ll love the added warmth and comfort that your new siding will bring you.
Your neighbors won’t believe the big difference they’ll see in your home and you’ll have a hard time believing that is the same house yourself. Energy efficient, stylish and modern, your new siding will give your home that personal touch and feel it had when you first purchased it. You have everything to gain with new siding and the new look it gives your home and property is amazing.
3BR/3BA LSU Condo for Sale
Walk to campus, Tiger Stadium and The Box from here! And it’s completely clean and crisp! This 3 bedroom condo brings superior quality and finishes, as well as having been completely repainted. It contains handscraped wood floors, new carpet, stainless appliances, washer & dryer, slab granite countertops and large raised bar in kitchen.
Open floorplan provides space for today’s lifestyle. As a corner unit, there are many windows with lots of natural light. Even enjoy the lights of Tiger Stadium from the upstairs screened balcony! Two bedrooms and two baths are on the main level, with an enormous third bedroom and bath upstairs. Completely move in condition, just unpack and go enjoy the LSU life. On the corner of Boyd and Janet, between Highland and Burbank. Perfect for the students or weekend Tiger fans! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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352 E. Boyd #201
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Beautiful Custom Built Home in Central
Rabalais home that will win your heart! Views of lake are found from the dining room, living room, kitchen & keeping, and master! Special features include brick archway that frames entry from living room to keeping room/kitchen. Five burner gas range with pot filler and cypress cabinets are framed by another stunning brick arch. Kitchen includes large island, slab granite countertops, cypress cabinets everywhere; breakfast/keeping area is anchored by a beautiful faux finished fireplace! Off the dining room is a built-in buffet with china cabinet. The backporch is a place to live — outdoor kitchen counter and fridge mount are in place with gas line for the grill, ceiling fans complement the rich stained beaded board ceiling, and the outdoor fireplace keeps you warm in the winter … all while overlooking the lake beyond the iron fenced backyard. A guest room/office is off the kitchen area, while the other two bedrooms are on the opposite wing. With the split floorplan, the master is private — and spacious! Master bath offers garden tub, separate shower, two vanities with framed mirrors, oiled bronze fixtures, and a wrap around walk-in closet with attic access. The home is like new, and offers all window treatments, iron fence, and more. You will love the custom features this homeowner added! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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17701 Villa Lake
Greenwell Springs, LA
Move in Ready in Gonzales, LA
condition with NEW ROOF! Enter into the soaring foyer with 12 foot ceilings and wood flooring. Off the foyer are two bedrooms and bath. Follow the wood floors to the open living/kitchen/dining area that overlooks the fenced backyard with extended patio. The raised bar offers additional seating for informal dining. The cook is always in the middle of the action in this home. On the rear wing is the spacious master bedroom with a master bath that includes linen cabinet and vanity with double sink, including framed mirrors. In such a popular neighborhood just minutes from Airline and LeBlanc’s. Double garage too! Gonna love it! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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14441 Essen Terrace
Gonzales, LA 70737
Couples who design together, stay together
(BPT) - Opposites attract, and for couples who live together, compromising on personal style and design choices can be a difficult bridge to cross. Someone who wants a modern, contemporary vibe might not like the decor choice of someone who prefers a more traditional or rustic feel. What most people don’t realize, however, is that blending two opposing tastes can actually be more visually appealing than sticking with just one design style. And, more importantly, it can be done quickly and affordably.
Paint is prime
Adding a splash of color (or two, or three) is a low-cost way to liven up the blank canvas of your home. While neutral colors are ideal for selling your home, living with them might be a different story. If you want to evoke emotion, establish visual intrigue or set a certain mood, color is the best way to get the job done.
And you don’t have to stick with just one color throughout your home. Highlight an accent wall in your living room with a darker shade or apply a funky wallpaper print. Or, paint your kitchen red with shades like Crisp Crimson or Rocket Red from Dutch Boy, as it increases appetite and elevates passion, perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Purples such as Plumes or Merlot Grape, also from Dutch Boy, have been known to induce passion, ideal choices for a couple’s bedroom.
Art and soul
Bringing artistic elements into the space is an easy way to add personal flair. From wall decor and blown glass accents to picture frames and candles, no decorative piece is too small to make a big impact. Display items in groups of three for a dramatic display. Candleholders or vases in varying heights or complementary color schemes can marry two styles easily, and pairing a gothic frame with a softer, lace-applique can actually bring great dimension to an overlooked nook of the home.
Just because you’re a fan of Monet and your partner prefers Picasso, that doesn’t mean you can’t proudly display your favorite pieces for all to enjoy. While Picasso’s pieces seem more abrupt and geometric, by combining with larger, softer pieces from an impressionist painter like Monet, you can actually blend the two artistic styles seamlessly.
The perfect mix
Don’t be afraid to mix various textures and patterns. This will add dimension to the space, transforming a flat and otherwise boring look into a world of wonderment. First, pick a main color you want to focus on, which will be the anchor color for the space. Let’s say you choose blue for this role. Lay all blue fabrics on the floor - window treatments, rugs, pillows and blankets. You’ll immediately notice some that seem out of place. Remove these from the pile and you’ll begin to notice an interesting cohesion among the remaining fabrics. Next, you’ll want to incorporate a complementary color. If blue is your anchor color, add hints of orange to the mix for a playful pop.
Also, be mindful of the pattern’s scale. If you have too many large scale patterns in one space, they will be competing with each other, adding unnecessary drama. Keeping it to just one large scale print and several mix-and-match small and medium scale prints will create perfect harmony. In terms of texture, pairing coarse fabrics with smooth variants will add yet another level of dimension to the space. While too many coarse items can seem overbearing, by adding some softer, more feminine textures you can actually create an interesting, eye-provoking combination.
Taking the time to blend your and your mate’s style preferences can be a rewarding experience. Throughout the process you’ll learn his or her likes and dislikes while having fun in the process, creating a stronger, more unified couple. And by playing around with colors, textures and patterns, the end result will be a well-designed joint space that stimulates the senses from start to finish.
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