decorate man cave, man cave decorations, man cave tips, baseboard radiator heater covers

The idea of a man cave is to have a space in your home dedicated to whatever hobbies or interest the man of the house loves. But as traditional roles in the family have changed, so has the idea of a man cave. While it is typically still a room dedicated to the man’s hobbies, it is also usually a place the whole family can spend time together. Typically, it is the main family room with the biggest TV and nicest gaming system. With that in mind, it is important your Man Cave is decorated in a way that is comfortable for the whole family.

Choose a location

The nice thing about a Man Cave is it can go pretty much anywhere. You can put it in the garage, a backyard storage shed, the attic, the basement, or even a large closet. Of course, you should definitely try to get the largest space possible, especially if you really want a multi-purpose space that can be used by everyone in the family without stepping on each other’s toes. You can definitely put a family-friendly man cave in any room, even if it isn’t finished yet or doesn’t have plumbing to the area.

Layout the room

The next thing you want to do is take that space and figure out exactly how you want it laid out. Measure the space to figure out how much room you have. Then, decide whether you are going to use furniture you currently have or if you are going to buy new things. If you already have current furniture, you’ll want to figure out how that furniture will fit in the space. New furniture is a little easier because you are able to pick pieces that fit the space a little nicer.

You need to decide what you want in the room. Do you want a TV-watching area with couches? Do you have bean bags you want on the floor? Do you have a poker table or a foosball table you are going to set up? Are you going to put a wet bar in the space so you can easily snack while watching the big game? Then, layout the space according to those items and how they can fit in the area you have picked out.

Designing the wall

One of the ways you can make the space more inviting to the whole family is by having decorations on the wall that make the room feel more inviting. Man caves used to have nothing on the wall or pictures of half naked women. That isn’t going to make everyone feel comfortable, so you want to put things up that feel comfortable for everyone. Make sure you put up a fresh coat of paint and baseboard radiator heater covers to make it look clean and fresh. Then, put up iconic movie posters or art that is themed towards the type of man-cave you have. If your man cave is dedicated to video-gaming, put up decorations related to gaming. If your man cave is dedicated to football, put up stuff from your favorite team. Whatever you do, put things on the wall that remind you of what you love and will make your whole family feel comfortable and invited into the room to play with you.

Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by




baseboard radiator covers, DIY home improvement, home improvement, home remodeling, home renovation

Nearly a third of all professional remodeling projects are the result of a botched DIY remodel. Many homeowners emboldened by television shows that make it look easy undertake remodeling projects that are beyond their abilities. While the goal is to save money, this almost always results in the project costing even more since a pro is most likely going to end up coming in to fix the mistakes or simply start over. If you’re considering a DIY remodeling project, here are four questions you need to ask yourself first.

Am I allowed to do it?

This is a great question to start with and it’s usually a pretty easy one to answer. If the project you’re considering requires a license to do it, then you shouldn’t do it. This rules out plumbing and electrical work, as well as roofing work. It most likely includes any remodeling project that would involve changing the structure of your home. If a job requires a license it’s because it’s potentially dangerous for the untrained and it needs to be completed to a certain standard.

Do I have the tools and experience to do it safely?

Even if you are technically allowed to do a certain job without a license, that doesn’t mean you should. Many remodeling projects will require very specific tools and training to do it right. Trying to cut corners by not purchasing the necessary equipment or educating yourself is sure to result in failure.

How long will it take and am I fully committed to completing it?

Make sure you fully understand the scope of the project before you begin. If you go into the project with unrealistic expectations about how long it will take and how difficult it will be, you’ll grow frustrated quickly and most likely be forced to call in help partway through. If you fully understand the scope then you may decide to call in a pro from the start or you may decide to proceed but at least you’ll know what you’re getting yourself into.

What will be the total cost?

Homeowners have a tendency to estimate the lowest possible cost and go off of that. That’s a recipe for disaster. Remember to include the cost of any tools you might need for the project since many only include the cost of materials. Once you’ve got a realistic number, add another 15% for contingencies. Depending on what tools you need, it may be cheaper to just higher a pro who already has them.

If after answering these four questions, you decide the project isn’t of the DIY variety, you can select something that is. You can upgrade your light fixtures or swap out cabinet hardware. You can install baseboard radiator covers or repaint your bathroom. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s something within your abilities.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by




baseboard radiator covers, home remodeling, home renovation, remodeling tips, remodeling mistakes

One of the most challenging aspects to remodeling your home is making sure that you’re in compliance with all local building codes. Every city has codes to ensure that homes are built and remodeled according to certain safety standards. Simple home improvement projects like installing baseboard radiator covers or a peel-and-stick backsplash in your kitchen obviously won’t require pulling any kind of permit, but many other projects will. In those cases, it’s probably best to hire a professional contractor who will take care of the permits. But if you really want to do the work yourself, then here is a list of common building code violations that DIYers commit. Making these mistakes can mean added costs and added time to your remodel.

Not pulling the necessary permits

This is one of the simpler ones to avoid yet thousands of homeowners make this mistake every year. Many homeowners mistakenly assume that just because they’re doing the work themselves, they don’t need to get a permit from the city. They do. Unless you’re absolutely certain that the kind of work you’re doing doesn’t require a permit, you should familiarize yourself with the local building codes so you know which projects require a permit.

If you’re doing work on the exterior of your home, there’s a good chance you’ll be required to get a zoning permit. This is different from a building permit and they vary from state to state, county to county, and even city to city.

Improper electrical work

Because of the dangerous nature of electrical work, no homeowner should ever attempt this kind of work without bringing in a licensed electrician. Even though no one will know initially, you will have trouble selling your home if an inspection turns up faulty electrical work. That’s a best case scenario. Worst case you could burn down your home or seriously injure or kill yourself. Some of the most common electrical work mistakes homeowners make are using the wrong sized circuit, splicing wires without a junction box, or missing a ground-fault circuit interrupter. If that sounds like a foreign language to you, then hire a licensed electrician.

Venting a bathroom to the attic

In all likelihood, your local building codes require that your bathroom fan is vented directly to the outdoors and not into your attic space. While other rooms can be vented to the attic, and from there, to the outside, bathroom fan ventilation must bypass the attic. That’s because a lot of moisture is going to come through that particular fan and if it ends up in the attic, you’re going to have problems with mold and rot.

Other issues

There are many other common building code violations most having to do with safety concerns. For example, not testing for asbestos in older homes, decks not properly fastened to the home, and basement bedrooms without a window exit.

Again, your safest option is to hire a contractor to oversee the remodel and make sure everything is in accordance with local building codes. If not though, make sure you do your research, pull the necessary permits, and do everything according to code.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by




baseboard radiator covers, interior decorating, interior design, interior design ideas

Having your first child is one of the most exciting moments of your life. One of the things that first-time parents enjoy most is getting the nursery all ready to go. Though it’s easy to get carried away since you’re understandably anxious to get everything ready, it’s a good idea to take some time to really plan it out so you end up with a finished product you’re happy with. Here are some tips for designing a beautiful nursery.

Design a nursery that can grow and change along with your child

Your baby won’t be a baby forever and it would be a shame to spend so much time and money designing a nursery only to have to throw everything out when your little one outgrows it. Rather than just a traditional crib, purchase one that can convert a toddler bed. Rather than buy a changing table that can’t be used for anything else, buy a vintage dresser and fashion a changing table to be attached to the top. When you no longer need the changing table, remove the top part and you have a dresser that will serve your child throughout his/her growing up years. Purchase a gliding recliner rather than a recliner and ottoman combo since you’re more likely to get use out of the former in another room in your home down the road.

Design with yourself in mind

Sure the room is ultimately for your baby but you’ll be spending a lot of time in it too, especially in those early years so don’t forget to design with yourself in mind. Have a design that’s calming for you. It’s a good idea to have a nook where everything you might need is within arm’s reach. Near your glider, where you will feed and calm your baby, have a table with a lamp and any other items you might want there. For instance, you may want a few books to entertain yourself as your child falls asleep.

Add a rug

For a wall-to-wall carpeted nursery, a large area rug is a great addition since it can add some color to the otherwise bland carpeting. It’s also going to keep your carpets in better condition which is especially crucial since children have a knack for making messes.

Get creative

Most nurseries tend to conform to a certain standard. But just because it’s a room for a baby doesn’t mean it has to have muted colors and a simple design scheme. You can have bold colors and design elements to create a wow factor.

Make it gender neutral

A gender neutral nursery is a good idea for a couple of reasons. For one, ultrasounds have been known to deceive parents, technicians, and even doctors. Also, even if you’re set on having one child, you don’t know what the future may bring and it will be nice to have a nursery that doesn’t need to be overhauled if you have another child of the opposite gender later on.

Make it safe

Of course every room in your home will need to be baby-proofed but it starts with the nursery. For example, if you have a baseboard heating system, your child could burn him/herself or can wedge toys into the heating element creating a fire hazard. Baseboard radiator covers can make your heating system safer for your child.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by




home improvement, home remodeling, home renovation, remodeling tips, baseboard radiator covers

One of the best upgrades you can in your home is to complete an unfinished basement. With fewer homes on the market and home value climbing, it’s truly a seller’s market and there’s never been a safer time to invest some money into your property. One of the things that prospective buyers are looking for is a completed basement that’s move-in ready and doesn’t require any additional work. Here are six considerations to make when completing that basement.

Return on investment

When remodeling, you always want to keep ROI in mind regardless of the project unless there’s zero chance you’ll be moving. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost to complete a basement is about $61,000 and the average return on that investment is about 70%. That makes it one of the best home upgrades for ROI. It’s significantly better than the ROI you could expect by adding a bathroom or master suite.

Square footage

Depending on where you live and the local regulations, there’s a good chance that by completing your unfinished basement, you can add the square footage of the basement to your home’s total square footage which automatically to your property’s value considerably.

Be smart about design

You’ll get the most out of your basement remodel if you incorporate design choices that are attractive and appealing to the widest possible number of people. Home theaters, man caves and other highly customized or quirky remodels that are designed just for you are riskier investments.

Water is not your friend

Water is a basement’s worst enemy since water always runs downhill, and that means it ends up in your basement where it can cause a lot of damage. Before anything else, make sure your basement is waterproofed. Have a professional (don’t even think about doing this job yourself) and have all walls and floors sealed. Invest in a good dehumidifier as well.

Pay attention to the ceiling

Ceilings are usually out-of-sight and out-of-mind but since basement ceilings often tend to be cracked or otherwise damaged, they will stand out to you and to prospective buyers so spend a little money now to repair them and make them attractive. You’re already putting a lot into completing your basement so don’t do it halfway.

Think about heating

Since basements are at least partially below ground, they tend to be the coldest rooms in the home. Some basements aren’t connected to the rest of the home’s heating system at all. There are many options when it comes to keeping a basement warm. One option is a baseboard radiator system since they tend to be more energy efficient and work best in rooms that just don’t want to stay warm. If you decide to go with baseboard heaters, make them more attractive by installing snap-on baseboard heater covers.


Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by



DIY remodeling, home improvement, home remodeling, home renovation, DIY home improvement, home improvement projects

Whether you’re planning on putting your home on the market today or a few years from now, it’s a good idea to invest in some home improvements that will add value to your home and make it easier to sell. While you can certainly hire a contractor to do some renovations, the costs for such projects can really add up and many homeowners can’t afford the expense. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple home upgrades that you can do yourself to maximize your home’s value before you sell. Here are six of them.

Upgrade your lighting

Prospective buyers really like a well-lit home so trade in those dark curtains for light, airy window treatments. Clean skylights so more sunlight is able to get through. If you’ve got old, dated light fixtures, swap them out. You can install a nice chandelier or a modern ceiling fan in just a few hours. In addition to ambient lighting, install some task lighting and accent lighting as well.

Low maintenance landscaping

Prospective buyers care a lot about curb appeal so they’ll like a well-landscaped yard. However, they also know a landscaping burden when they see one and many yards require a lot of upkeep. Since prospective buyers don’t want to invest a ton of time and money into maintaining the landscaping, it’s a good idea to go low-maintenance. Consider using beds of mulch instead of grass where possible and choose drought tolerant plants. A water-saving irrigation sprinkler system is a good idea as well.

Wood floors throughout

Home buyers are starting to move away from floor-to-floor carpeting which used to be quite popular. Now most prefer wood flooring throughout the communal areas at least and sometimes even in the bedrooms. This is a DIY project that’s a little more challenging but if you take time to educate yourself, you can remove the carpet and install wood flooring or laminate yourself.

A fresh coat of interior paint

There are few DIY projects as easy as painting your home’s interior. For just a few hundred bucks and a couple of weekends of your time, you can completely change the look of your home’s interior and add considerable value to your home.

Stainless steel appliances

Kitchens tend to see the best return on investment so it’s a good place to spend your remodeling budget. Upgrading to stainless steel appliances is one of the safest investments you can make since everyone loves stainless steel.

New and improved bathroom

After the kitchen, the bathroom is going to be the most important room in the home for prospective buyers so it’s a good idea to spend some time and money remodeling it. The average homeowner can’t do a complete bathroom makeover on his/her own but most are capable enough to swap out hardware and fixtures. Replacing the knobs and pulls on the cabinets and drawers as well us installing a new faucet and shower head are relatively small improvements that can make all the difference. Also consider re-grouting the tub/shower and installing a tile backsplash.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by




home improvement, home remodeling, home renovation, DIY remodeling, home remodeling

Whether you’re looking to do a major renovation project or just do some minor repairs around the house, do-it-yourself projects are a great way to save money. But what starts out as an attempt to save money can result in you actually spending even more than you would have if you had just hired a pro in the first place. If you haven’t done much DIY work in the past and you want to try your hand at it, here are some tips for starting out so you don’t end up costing yourself more than you save.

Start small

If you’re not very experience with DIY home improvement projects, then you should probably start with a smaller-scale project. Think installing a new front door as opposed to building a deck for the backyard or tiling a backsplash in the kitchen. Successfully completing a smaller project will give you the confidence to go on and try your hand at bigger ones but if you undertake a major project first and fail miserably, you may give up on DIY forever.

Plan carefully

You need to start out with a clear idea about what you’re hoping to achieve. Then, start figuring out which materials, tools, and safety equipment you’re going to need. Figure out the step-by-stop process you’ll need to follow to complete the project correctly.

Follow instructions exactly

This might seem like a no-brainer but many homeowners skip steps they don’t understand or feel are unnecessary. This is a recipe for disaster. Find accurate step-by-step instructions for the project and follow those instructions to the letter.

Make a budget

Once you’ve calculated all of the materials and tools you’re going to need, create a budget that keeps track of the costs for all of these things. Figure out if a given project is going to work with your budget. It could be that a job will require many tools that you will never use again and so it makes more financial sense to hire a professional who already has the necessary tools.

Get required permits

Some projects, especially those that involve adding onto your home such as building a front porch or a deck in the backyard will require a permit for the city. Find out if the project you’re undertaking requires a permit in your city and then fill out the necessary paperwork to obtain any required permits.

Get licensed pros for jobs that require it

You should plan on hiring licensed professionals for any plumbing or electrical work and for any project that will require major structural changes to the home. All of these jobs require a license and doing them yourself without a license is not only dangerous but it may be illegal. You can still do the bulk of the project yourself if you want but bring in a licensed pro when it’s needed.

Consult with a contractor

For larger scale projects, you should always consult with a contractor no matter how confident you feel in your abilities. You can do the work yourself but it’s worth paying the contractor for a consultation. This will help the project to go more smoothly.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by




home improvement, home remodeling, home renovation, bathroom remodel

The average bathroom remodel costs nearly $18,000. Despite the high cost, it’s still one of the most popular remodeling projects that homeowners undertake. If you’re wondering how the smallest room in the house is one of the most expensive to remodel, here’s a look at the average costs for some of the more common remodeling projects in the bathroom:

  •     New cabinets: $4,700 to $7,000
  •     New shower: $3,000 to $4,800
  •     New countertops: $2,800 to $4,100
  •     New bathtub: $2,600 to $4,100
  •     New flooring: $2,500 to $3,600
  •     New lighting: $1,100 to $1,700
  •     New toilet: $340 to $480

It’s easy to see how quickly the cost of a bathroom remodel can skyrocket. Throw in custom cabinetry and high-grade materials like marble for the countertops and a bathroom remodel can be quite expensive. So before you undertake a bathroom remodel, here are some things you’ll want to consider.

Where to save

Since cabinets tend to be the most costly project in the bathroom, it’s the first place you should look to try and save some money on the remodel. Rather than gutting existing cabinets and installing new custom cabinetry, you should consider salvaging what you already have. A fresh coat of paint is cheap and it can give your bathroom a whole new look. Another option is to reface the cabinets which is when you leave the existing framework as it is and install new cabinet drawers and cupboard doors and new hardware. The same goes for the shower/tub and sink as well. Instead of installing a new shower/tub or a new sink, update the hardware in those areas.

Where to splurge

Probably the best place to splurge when it comes to a bathroom remodel is a nice countertop. It’s important to have something that not only likes nice but is easy to clean and will last for years and years. Granite and marble are two popular options but they tend to be the most expensive. If you’re trying to stretch your budget, you can go with a surface material that’s very compact and durable and also easy to clean that simulates the look of natural stone materials. Quartz is a bathroom counter material that’s really grown in popularity in recent years.

Getting the most out of your investment

One important thing to keep in mind with a bathroom remodel—and any kind of remodel—is that you’re not flushing the money down the toilet. A remodel is an investment into your home and one that can add considerable value to your home if you do it right. The average return on investment for a bathroom remodel is around 66% which means you’re getting back about two-thirds of what you spend when you eventually sell your home. If you’re very careful about the projects you choose to do, you can recoup even more of your costs for the remodel. Keep in mind that the more luxurious the remodel, the less likely you are to recoup the costs. Stick with simple, practical upgrades that are sure to please prospective buyers and you can be pretty confident that the money you spend on your bathroom remodel is well-spent.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by




home décor, home improvement, interior design, interior decorating, interior design ideas

Everyone needs to get away every once in a while but vacations can also be stressful. Sometimes you just wish you get have a getaway without actually having to go anywhere. Well, perhaps you can. Here are some getaway looks you can achieve with your next interior decorating project. You can deck out your entire home, just your master bedroom, or a guest room or family room, it’s up to you.

The Caribbean

Who wouldn’t love the feel of the Caribbean in their own home? Easy, breezy, and fresh is the name of the game with this look and there are several things you can do to achieve such an atmosphere. Use cream-colored linens for the upholstery and window treatments; this is the primary color for the space. For contrast, have some bright accessories that are azure or coral. Stone flooring is a nice touch if there’s room in the budget. Go with a sea-grass rug, hurricane lanterns, and limed-oak furniture if you want to add to the theme. Avoid clichés like seashells, fish nets, and captain’s wheels.


If you want to go for a Greek aesthetic, you’ve got to have white, and lots of it. Have white walls and polished concrete floors. Choose furniture that contrasts white with walnut and choose accessories that are marble or brass. Accent colors such as turquoise or navy work well if used sparingly such as with throws, rugs, or pillows.

African Safari

This look isn’t for the meek. African décor is all about bold colors and stylistic choices. You’ll want to pair earthy tones with metallic and create contrast with textures by alternating between rough, natural textures and smooth ones. Use drum tables and other African-inspired furnishings and accessories. Avoid animal print as it just looks clichéd. A bold black and white diamond pattern is always a good choice for this look.

English country house

If you want to feel like you’re vacation in the English countryside, you can go with the country house look. To achieve this, mix more traditional materials such as tweeds and linens with unexpected uses of colors. For color, stick with organic colors that match what you’d see in nature such as greens, browns, and grays. Have plenty of flowers (real ones!) incorporated into the space. Natural materials like wool are inherently calm and are always a good choice. You can use some agricultural vintage pieces like a milking can as an accessory but remember less is more and you don’t want the space to come across as a cliché.

Southern France

Southern France is where you go to relax and just enjoy the rustic beauty of the area. If you want to go with this look, the interior will need to reflect that laid-back feel. Use plenty of linens in muted grays and creams. Texture is very important for this look so go with smooth, stone floors and contrast that with a driftwood coffee or end table.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by




home improvement, home remodeling, home renovation

Many jobs around the house can be done yourself. If you’ve got a minor remodeling project or some maintenance that needs doing, you can save yourself some money by doing it alone. But there are also many projects that should be left to the pros. If you’re going to bring in a remodeling contractor, it’s important to treat him/her well. Here are six things every contractor wishes you knew.

You don’t have to be an expert

Contractors can appreciate the fact that homeowners care a lot about their homes. And many homeowners will have done a lot of research about the project they’re having done and will have a lot of input. That’s fine. But don’t forget that the contractor is the expert and you’re the homeowner. Feel free to give a detailed explanation of what you want but don’t tell him/her what to do. Leave the expertise to the expert and get out of the way.

Declutter before the contractor arrives

This is good for you and the contractor. It’s good for you because you’re not paying the contractor for basic cleaning up which you are perfectly capable of doing yourself. It’s also good for the contractor who is probably quite busy and wants to get right to work. If you know that the contractor will need to access a certain area, move furniture or any other items out of the way so he/she can set up a ladder or do whatever it is they need to do.

Don’t involve him/her in spousal disputes

If you’ve got a spouse or significant other, decide as a couple what you both want before you call up a contractor. The worst thing for a contractor is when the husband wants one thing and the wife wants another. So get on the same page and then bring in the contractor. Don’t put him in the middle of a domestic dispute.

Keep pets out of the way

If you have pets, make arrangements for them to be out of the way. If it’s a longer, larger project, that may mean temporarily re-homing them with a close friend or family member. If you can restrict them to a section of the home or yard where they won’t be in the way, that’s fine too. During the course of a project, the contractor may be going in and out to fetch tools or materials and they don’t want to be responsible for a dog that tries to escape every time the door opens.

Add-ons aren’t free

Contractors don’t work for free. If you brought them in for one specific task, don’t expect them to do some minor side project without charging for it. Be up front about what you want from the beginning and if you find another task for the contractor, ask him/her what would be the charge for taking care of it.

Communicate the details

Contractors can’t read minds, unfortunately. Don’t leave it up to the contractor to know what it is you want. It’s a good idea to have a sit-down with the contractor before work begins to outline exactly what it is you want in great detail.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by