Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazinehttps://freshome.comFreshome is a website dedicated to show you the latest trends in modern architecture, modern interior design and modern furniture design.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:23:46 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.com4 Ways to Get Holiday Home Cleaning Off Your To-Do Listhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/0CZNyZ0Ddz8/https://freshome.com/4-ways-to-get-holiday-home-cleaning-off-your-to-do-list/#respondThu, 15 Nov 2018 12:00:03 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=301249Few people actually like cleaning their home. But once you start, you get into a type of rhythm. And as your home becomes more and more presentable, that feeling of accomplishment grows until you’re looking at a pleasant, spotless home. The trick is having the motivation to get started with your holiday home cleaning. Having […]

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Few people actually like cleaning their home. But once you start, you get into a type of rhythm. And as your home becomes more and more presentable, that feeling of accomplishment grows until you’re looking at a pleasant, spotless home. The trick is having the motivation to get started with your holiday home cleaning.

Having people over for the holidays is a pretty solid motivator. And by coming to your holiday home cleaning with a plan, you’re more likely to actually get started and stick to that plan. So below are some tips for getting your home clean for that next get-together or holiday event.

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Make sure your carpets are stain-free by planning any professional cleaning they might need. Image: ProCarpet

Plan for Any Large Overhauls

Your first step for holiday home cleaning is to take stock of everything that needs to be done. There are the obvious cleaning duties like vacuuming/sweeping, dusting, cleaning up the clutter and possibly putting out holiday decorations.

However, you may want to take a survey of your home to see if there are any major parts that need updating. For instance, that stain on the carpeting could require scheduling a professional cleaner. The curtains could start looking faded and require replacing. Do you need a bigger table for all the guests you have coming over? By looking at these large chores ahead of time, you can have time to plan for appointments and bigger purchases.

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Get rid of clutter fast with a systematic approach. Image: Habitat by Resene

How to Declutter Fast

For the next step in your holiday home cleaning, you’ll want to declutter. Cleaning out all the accumulated junk will make it easy to actually see the counter in order to clean it. So here are some tips for decluttering fast:

  • Your first step is to identify what is quite obviously garbage and throw it away: flyers for events from months ago, bottles, old newsletters, expired medicines in the cabinets, etc.
  • Next, take a look at what ended up in the wrong room and put it in its right room (for instance, that remote for a TV in the bedroom that’s in the kitchen for some inexplicable reason or books that should go back near a bookshelf). You don’t have to organize everything perfectly in this stage. Things should just be in the right part of the home.
  • Now organize the things you want to keep into neat piles that you can then file away. For instance, that pile of bank statements, the DVDs you left out or those books that should go back to the shelf.

Decluttering just looks intimidating because of how fast things can pile up. Once you have a system in place, decluttering isn’t that hard.

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Don’t forget to clean often-forgotten places like under the counters. Image: Divine Design + Build

Tips for Holiday Home Cleaning

After you’ve got everything put away or thrown out, next comes that part where you actually have to get everything clean. Here are a few handy cleaning tips:

  • When dusting, don’t forget hard-to-reach places. You’d be surprised what your guests notice. Get an extendable duster for cobwebs in the high corners, dust the molding and around the vents, clean the top of the ceiling fans so no one has a dust shower when they go to turn on the fan, dust the top of picture frames, etc. Be thorough.
  • Remember to sweep or vacuum behind doors, under the sofa and other unseen places. Accumulated gunk in these places can be unsightly in the off-chance that someone spots it and cleaning these areas can reduce odors.
  • Don’t forget to give surfaces a once-over with anti-bacterial wipes. The holidays can be a time for colds and the flu, so keep everyone healthy with proper sanitation.
  • Wipe windows and mirrors with a window cleaner for a spotless presentation.
  • Don’t forget to clean the often-forgotten places like inside the microwave, inside the toaster (crumbs can create a fire hazard) and inside garbage cans.

After holiday home cleaning, you’ll feel like you’re in a new home.

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For easy holiday decorating, use the tree as a focal point combined with subtle accents like lights around the mantel. Image: Chris Snook

Easy Ways to Decorate for the Season

Now that your home is clean and decluttered, you can get down to the fun part: decorating for the season. There are many ideas for getting a fun, festive home. If you want something on the low-fuss end after all that extensive cleaning, there are a few tips for getting a festive home the easy way:

  • Decorate around large focal point decorations, like the tree or large seasonal wall hangings. You can place these in the home and use only a few smaller items as accents.
  • Make use of holiday-themed throw pillows or blankets. They add festive cheer with minimal effort.
  • Use seasonal dishes and table runners. These are also easy to place and set the seasonal tone around the dinner table.
  • Take a look at these minimalist Christmas decorating ideas.

As you can see, a festive vibe is possible with just a few simple room additions.

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Landscaping for Fire Safetyhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/qwbcb_skzMo/https://freshome.com/landscaping-fire-safety/#respondWed, 14 Nov 2018 22:00:55 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=306393Certain parts of the country used to have a fairly predictable fire season, but the times are changing. California, for example, now has to be on fire alert throughout the entire year. That means there’s no time like the present to prepare your house for a fire. And that doesn’t just mean buying homeowners or […]

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Certain parts of the country used to have a fairly predictable fire season, but the times are changing. California, for example, now has to be on fire alert throughout the entire year. That means there’s no time like the present to prepare your house for a fire. And that doesn’t just mean buying homeowners or renters insurance. There are some fire safety steps you can take to make your home or apartment less likely to burn in a fire. By implementing these three landscaping fire safety tips, you can better protect yourself, your family, your belongings and your property from a wildfire.

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Move combustible patio furniture at least 30 feet from your house. Image: Thom Filicia

Create defensible spaces

One of the top fire safety steps every homeowner and renter should take is creating defensible space. This is essentially clearing space around the walls of your abode. If you’re a renter, this can be a little trickier; get permission from your landlord first. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends removing vegetation, debris or anything else that could catch fire from the perimeter around your home. Generally, it’s considered best practice to maintain two zones of defensible space.

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Imagine a 30-foot ring around your house. Now remove anything even remotely combustible from that ring. That means clearing out your gutters on a regular basis, removing fallen vegetation from your roof and trimming tree branches as needed. If you keep a wood pile, make sure you move it at least 30 feet from your home. Yes, it means lugging the wood a little further when you want to make a fire. But it also means there won’t be a big pile of kindling just waiting to go up in flames right next to your house.

If you have patio furniture that you store within the first defensible space, make sure it’s non-combustible. You may also want to upgrade your deck to a non-combustible material.

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Keep up with your outdoor maintenance within 100 feet of your home, or up to your property line. This means regularly mowing grass and trimming any other foliage and clearing the ground of dead leaves and pine needles. Generally, any tree branch that’s less than six feet from the ground should be cut. If you have trees, shrubs or other plant life, think through the spacing. Trees, for example, should be at least ten feet apart so fire has a more difficult time jumping between them.

Even beyond 100 feet from your house, keeping your property thinned and pruned makes it less likely that a fire quickly reach your home.

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Use hardscaping to create an area around your home where fire won’t find any fuel. Image: Eric Brandon Gomez

Use hard surfaces

Hardscaping has a number of benefits. It’s easy to maintain, adds architectural appeal to your outdoor spaces and is fire safe. A wide concrete driveway, for example, can protect the front of your house. Gravel, steel and stone are other great hard surface options that resist fire and can help you protect your home.

Whether you’re taking on a small-scale outdoor task like edging your planters or renovating your deck or patio, choose hard surfaces to literally build fire safety into the fabric of your outdoor space. You can also intersperse hard surfaces within your landscaping to break up large swaths of vegetation.

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Succulents store water in their leaves, making them less likely to burn. Image: Debora Carl Landscape Design

Use native vegetation

Fires need fuel. Your landscaping can be just what it needs to travel right up to your home, putting it at immediate risk. Or, it can be a help. When you’re planting the areas around your home, it’s generally a good rule of thumb to choose native species. These plants are adapted to thrive in your area, meaning they’ll root deeply and retain water more easily, making them less likely to burn. On the flip side, non-native species are more likely to get dried out by the conditions to which they aren’t naturally acclimated, making them ideal kindling for a fire.

Most areas will have resources available about which native species are most fire-resistant. In general, look for plants with leaves that have a high water content and do not create much dry wood or leaves. Succulents are an excellent example since they store water in their leaves.

Planting wisely, leveraging hardscaping and creating defensible spaces are the keys to fire safety outside your home or apartment. Use these tips to help defend against this natural disaster so you can rest easier no matter what the seasons bring your way.

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Millennial Pink Christmas Ideas and Decor for a Blush-Worthy Holidayhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/E7wxqoNo-DU/https://freshome.com/millennial-pink-christmas-ideas/#respondWed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:57 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=303903These Millennial Pink Christmas ideas and decor will convince you of why the color is so popular for the holidays. Whether it's a few ornaments and accent pieces or a Millennial Pink tree, this color is a great way to brighten your holiday season.

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Pink is so hot in home design it even got a new name – Millennial Pink. And the MP trend continues into the holidays. It’s an easy pink to work with since the slightly muted tone is softer and earthier than some other pinks, flowing well with neutrals, blacks and whites.

These Millennial Pink Christmas ideas and decor will convince you of why the color is so popular for the holidays. Whether it’s a few ornaments and accent pieces or a Millennial Pink tree, this color is a great way to brighten your holiday season.

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A Millennial Pink Christmas home is a combination of everyday blacks and whites with gold hardware and accents. The pink decor works perfectly with the existing decor. Image: Homegoods

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If you have a grey interior, Millennial Pink Christmas decorations also work well with the modern neutral. Image: The Every Girl

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Pink garland strung with LED lights gives the white banister a candy-like holiday feel. Image: My Christmas

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This pink flocked Christmas tree setting looks wonderfully dreamy and whimsical. Even the gifts are wrapped in color-coordinated paper. Image: Summer Adams

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Faux fur accents like the white throw pillows and lambswool rug add luxury to a Millennial Pink living room holiday setting. Image: Overstock

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For a unique Christmas table, use candy-inspired colors and arrange pink and champagne-color Christmas ornaments down the middle of the table. Image: Birds Party

Check out this Millennial Pink Christmas decor

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What do you think of a Millennial Pink Christmas? Let us know in the comments.

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How to Keep Pets Away from Holiday Decor & Other Hazardshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/FCW5c5KwREY/https://freshome.com/keep-pets-away-from-holiday-decor/#respondWed, 14 Nov 2018 12:00:38 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=300201To ensure that everyone has a holly, jolly, vet-visit free season, it's important to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal safety risks.

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The holidays are a time to gather with your family members, and that includes those with fur and four legs. This is a sweet season to enjoy with everyone you love – including your pets. But it’s also a particularly risky time of year for our animal friends. To ensure that everyone has a holly, jolly, vet-visit free season, it’s important to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal safety risks.

This isn’t rocket science, but it does require a little forethought. Thinking through the potential hazards for your pet now, before the season really picks up, can make it easy to avoid disasters and expensive vet bills (the last thing you need after gift shopping). Here are a few tips and trick to keep pets away from holiday decor and keep your season merry and bright.

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Putting your tree in a basket with weights in the bottom can help keep pets away from holiday decor and prevent a spillover this season. Image: 30s Magazine

Support your tree

You’ve probably seen plenty of cute pics of cats and dogs poking out from between the branches of a toppled tree. While that’s good for a giggle online, it’s definitely not a scenario to which you want to come home. Avoid this by giving your tree some extra support. Putting it in a weighted pot or elevating it on a pedestal can help it stay upright. For extra safety, move your most fragile ornaments to the highest branches.

Also, avoid edible tree decorations. While they might look cute, they can attract your pet to the tree. And don’t add anything to your tree water to preserve it because your pets could lap it up. A tree skirt can help deter a particularly curious pet from drinking the tree’s water.

If you’ve got a cat who loves to climb, you can also consider an alternative to the traditional evergreen tree. We’ve rounded up some unconventional Christmas trees for you.

Tuck away their presents

If you wrapped up a bone for Fido or some catnip for Fiona, don’t put it under the tree with the rest of the presents. Your furry friend can smell those tasty treats inside, and the temptation might become too much to bear. And once your pet has unwrapped one present, it’s harder to protect the rest. Instead, keep pets’ gifts in a secure, inaccessible location until it’s time for them to be opened.

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Battery-operated lights or ones that come built into the tree minimize cord-related risks. Image: Dirt, Stains and Paint

Tie up cords

Stringing up holiday lights can be a lot of fun. Worrying about the electrical safety of those cords is decidedly less so. However, it’s also key, especially if you’ve got a pet who loves to chew. You’ve got a few options. You can mount the cords higher up the wall and out of your pets’ way. You can cover them with a heavy-duty cover. Or you can swap out your plug-in lights for battery operated ones. It’s easy to tuck the battery packs away from pets by stuffing them into tree branches, stockings or other protected areas.

Mind your holiday plants

A lot of the holiday classics are potentially harmful to pets, including poinsettias, holly and mistletoe. Before you bring something living into your home for the holiday season, do a quick Google search to check if it’s safe for your pets.  You might be surprised by the results – but you’ll be glad you learned the potential risks now, rather than via a trip to the vet. It’s easier to skip these toxic items altogether than to have to worry about ways to keep pets away from holiday decor all season long.

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Flameless candles can prevent a Christmastime catastrophe. Image: Falken Reynolds Interiors

Go flameless

Candles are a holiday tradition – and hazard. An open flame is pretty risky if you’ve got pets roaming around, especially when you have guests over, overstimulating your furry friends and distracting you from their activity. Avoid this potential catastrophe by swapping out real candles for battery-operated ones. The newest options look shockingly like real flames and can even be scented. Changing out your candles gives you one less thing to worry about during the hectic holiday season.

Create a drop-off zone

While you’re cognizant of the hazards the holidays pose to your pets, your guests might not be. And during the holiday season, it’s not uncommon to have chocolate in a coat pocket or purse, or tempting tinsel topping a gift. When you’re hosting, designate a room where everyone can put their jackets, bags and gifts. Add a sign to the door (you can decorate it with holiday flair!) that reminds everyone to keep the door shut. That way, you protect your four-legged family members from risks you can’t control.

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Move your trash out of the kitchen to an area your pet can’t access if he or she likes to hunt for food scraps. Image: Bell Cabinetry & Design

Secure your trash

With all the holiday baking and cooking you’ve got ahead of you, your trash is probably going to fill up with some pretty tempting scraps. If you have a pet who loves to paw through the trash, this is a time of year worth taking extra precautions to avoid that. Bones are especially interesting to pets, but when chewed, can break up and pose a serious threat during digestion. Move your trash to an inaccessible area, put something heavy on top of it or invest in a trash can with a secure lid to protect your pets.

What do you do to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal risks? We’d love to learn your tips and tricks so we can all protect our furry family members this season!

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Here Are The Latest Non-Chocolate 2018 Advent Calendars For Home Decorating And Giftinghttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/hZt3gMamB2g/https://freshome.com/2018-advent-calendars/#respondTue, 13 Nov 2018 18:00:59 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=303737Treat yourself (or someone special) in the 24 days before Christmas with a 2018 Advent calendar. Some have become cult favorites that sell out the day they're released. Some are quite the splurge. Here are the best 2018 Advent calendars for home:

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Advent calendars are a traditional European way for parents to help children keep track of how many days are left before Christmas. They often hide a small daily chocolate treat behind a door or drawer. But adults can get in on the fun, too! More and more of the stores and brands we love are creating their own unique, non-chocolate versions of 2018 Advent calendars.

Treat yourself (or someone special) in the 24 days before Christmas with a 2018 Advent calendar. Some have become cult favorites that sell out the day they’re released. Some are quite the splurge. Here are the best 2018 Advent calendars for home:

Decor-Related 2018 Advent Calendars

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This whimsical, Nordic Advent calendar from Cost Plus World Market, $20, reveals a small woodland ornament each day for a Christmas wonderland theme.

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The Avian Holiday Pop-Up Advent Calendar at The Met Store, $20, is based on the 1953 watercolor “Avian Holiday” by Adolf Dehn. Every day reveals a new bird to hang on the included tree.

Chocolate-Alternative Gourmet Advent Calendars

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The DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea 2018 Advent Calendar, $49, features holiday brews like Gingerbread, Candy Cane Crush and Caramel Shortbread.

eco-friendly 2018 advent calendars

Amitea Organics at Etsy features an Advent Tea Calendar, $47, with daily organic teas in eco-friendly packaging, complete with wooden clothesline pins for hanging on your garland.

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French tea company Palais Des Thes created a Countdown to Christmas 2018 Advent calendar, available at Nordstrom for $30. Each door reveals a tea bag so you can sample a new tea every day until Christmas.

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12 Nights of Wine from Vinebox, $129, features wines from around the world. The unique gift idea sold out in less than a month last year.

Create-Your-Own Countdown

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If you’d rather skip the chocolates and daily indulgences, this vintage-inspired Hallmark Days ‘Til Christmas wooden block set, $25, counts down as many as 99 days until Christmas.

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Pottery Barn’s Glitter Houses decorative Advent calendar, $129, lights up and reveals something special behind each daily door.

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Add your own gifts and treats in each tin bucket of this large Advent Calendar Ladder at Wayfair, $145.

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The Embellished Advent Calendar Pillow by Kirklands, $35, comes with a small gingerbread man that can be placed in each numbered pocket to mark how many days ’til Christmas.

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Here’s an updated Nordic version of the traditional Advent calendar at Nordstrom, $70, featuring drawers where small goodies can be placed. The village scene above lights up.

2018 Advent Calendars For Indulging and Gifting

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The Body Shop’s 24 Days of the Enchanted Advent Calendar, $70, has favorites from their body, skincare, makeup, hair care and accessories collections.

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Lush’s Advent calendars have become a cult favorite for bath lovers. This year, they’ve designed their Wonderful Christmas Time gift box, $199, to feature a treat per day and include their best-selling bath bombs, soaps and shower products.

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The Discovery Advent Calendar by Atelier Cologne at Sephora, $59, is a great gift for a man or woman. The pure perfumes and nourishing bath and body treatments feature exotic spice and citrus scents that can be worn or used by anyone.

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What a great way to dress up your small home office. Kikki.K Lovers Advent Calendar, $130, hides notepads, pens, affirmation cards, a key ring and pin, gift tags, page markers and much more behind each navy and gold door.

The Ultimate Holiday Candle Advent Calendars

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For candle fanatics, Diptyque Paris is the ultimate candle. Their 2018 Advent Calendar is $425 and still manages to be nearly impossible to find by Thanksgiving. It’s loaded with candles, fragrance and body care products in a gorgeous gold box.

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Jo Malone’s exclusive perfume and candle scents can now be sampled in this high-end 2018 Advent Calendar, $450.

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