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27th Mar2014

Shabby Chic Office Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been a busy girl making some fun things for my friend’s shabby chic office makeover. As a recap, she wanted a colorful shabby chic and Anthropologie inspired office. These ideas and projects are also perfect for a home office or craft room!

I started off by making some pretty Inspirational Wooden Signs from cut outs I bought at the craft stores. Be sure to check out the full tutorial! Here is a picture of the four that I made.

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My friend had a sheet of BOLD laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she tries to review daily. She wanted them displayed, rather than just a piece of paper with all of them written on it. I made her this Bird Cage display with some of the BOLD laws framed.

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I also rewrote them in different colors and fonts for her to display on the wall and put them on some pretty off-white patterned scrapbook paper.

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I added magnets to some clothespins for any notes or reminders she has to put on a metal magnetic board.

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I also got her a chalkboard and some chalkboard jars to help her stay organized. The colors were perfect!

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I also made her a matching lace and fabric scrap bunting for her to hang in her office.

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In case you missed them, here are the links to projects I have done for this makeover!

06th Feb2014

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

by Dinah Wulf

FINALLY! I have a room reveal! This month, will be our two year anniversary in this house and I have yet to do a room reveal.  I’ve shared our cement floors and our mantel makeover and a few painted rooms here and there, but today I’m really excited to share my dining room makeover reveal. 

Here it is when we first moved in. Nice right?

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And drumroll please…

Here it is AFTER!

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It’s a little more modern with the cement floors and six inch trim.  We also went with a dark gray accent wall. Here’s the other side.

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My husband and I went architectural salvage shopping and bought an old metal workbench with wheels for our table and we put glass on top. Please feel free to ignore the child safety bumpers on the corners. To balance the hardness of the metal, we added tufted upholstered chairs with a floral pattern. I was going for an industrial chic type of feel.

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On top of the table as a centerpiece, I have a cake stand that my friend Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box made.  I put some antique books, burlap hydrangeas and a little ceramic quail I bought at Goodwill inside.

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This is the view from out front door. We painted the column a bright white and added molding to the bottom to match the trim.

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I also added a bar area for entertaining.

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On the wall next to the dining room table I added some shelves and a fun folding table I bought at Home Goods. It’s a great area for extras when entertaining. I used it as a salad bar once!

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That’s it! I hope you like it! It’s a very eclectic style that fits both my husband and my personalities. We love it and enjoy using and looking at it every day!

24th Oct2013

Our Home Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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Well, if you’ve been reading this blog, you may know that we have been working on improving our home for the past year.  I recently shared our floors before and our floors cement after.  I also shared our brick mantel makeover and our patio makeover. Today, I wanted to share another home makeover, the exterior paint and balcony.

Note: I’m realizing that as I write this post, the before pictures were taken on a beautiful spring day, while the after pictures were taken a few days ago on a gloomy October day… oooops!

Anyway, this was our balcony before.  It was rotting and I wasn’t too fond of the style.  The three large beams below served a decorative purpose only and were beginning to warp.

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Our friends at Diamond Custom Finishes took it down and remodeled it.

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Here is the after.

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We also decided to paint the garage a darker gray to match the house.  Here is the garage before.

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Here is the garage after.

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With the help of some Facebook Friends, we decided to paint the house gray with black trim.  We also painted the front door black.  It now has a more updated modern feel to it.  We are so happy with the results.

Here is the house before.

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Here is the house after!

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Oh! By the way! You know that mantel we re-did?  We FINALLY got the hearth.  Here is my hubby installing the insulation.

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Here is the before mantel.

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Here is the after!

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Thank you for letting me share our improvements!  I hope you approve!

14th Oct2013

Our Cement Floors After

by Dinah Wulf

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There’s a lot going on around our house lately! We painted the inside and outside of the house, remodeled the balcony, and updated our mantel.  Recently, I posted our floors BEFORE (ok it was over a month ago…where does the time go???)  we re-did them and finally I have gotten around to taking a few photos to show you our cement floors AFTER.

Now, there are some things I just can’t do myself.  Well, I take that back… I think if I tried with some help and guidance I may be able to do this myself.  This time, however, I just chose not to.  Instead, we hired some professional contractors to get the job done. Our trim, mantel, and paint was done by Diamond Custom Finishes.  We are SO pleased by the end result!  It’s such a completely different look… much more updated and modern to suit our taste. Jeff and his team were amazing. 

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For the concrete floors we stuck with a natural gray cement.  We didn’t add any dye or color, but there is an epoxy coating on top for that added shine.  I love the light and dark gray color swirls.

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We went with a thick 6” trim, white (with a hint of gray) walls, and dark gray accent walls.

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I think our pug, Harley likes it!

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We are still decorating and adding furniture but I was anxious to show what we had completed so far.  Hopefully by Thanksgiving and Christmas it’ll all be put together.  Thank you for letting me share! Hopefully I’ll have more to show you soon and hopefully it won’t be another month!

08th Oct2013

Brick Mantel Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

This post may be a little premature but I am so excited to share my brick mantel makeover!  It’s not quite finished. We still need a cover for the front but I was too excited so I had to share it now.  We finished painting the inside of the house got new floors and baseboards…checking off the list one thing at a time. If you want to see more photos of the house when we first moved in here they are. Here are also more photos of our floor before.

Here is what it looked like before.

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I have no idea why, but I cannot for the life of me find a picture of the mantel after we had the cement sprayed on it to match the new floors. Don’t worry… you’re not missing anything because it did not look good! I DO however, have a photo of it being primed, thanks to Jeff from Diamond Custom Finishes who did this amazing makeover. Not too bad in white! White was my original thought however one of my friends suggested black and I pictured it right away so we went for it!

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Here it is! OK, so we need a cover still, and it should arrive soon. Oh… And pretty please ignore the mess inside.

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Here is a close up.  It looks like a brand new mantel.

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Now… to finish the rest of the house…

28th Aug2013

Our Floor Before

by Dinah Wulf

Gah! We did it.  We cleared out all the furniture downstairs to finally re-do our floors.  It was quite the task but thanks to some amazing friends we did it!  Now, our upstairs and garage is filled with furniture, mirrors, pictures, knick knacks, and toys.  It’ll be cramped in those spaces for a while, but it will all be worth it.  I just wanted to share our floor before we took the plunge.

My husband and I took FOREVER to decide what we wanted to do. We purchased this home in February of 2011 and the previous owners definitely took pride in ownership.  Everything was in great condition, both inside and out.  We knew we would eventually do some updates, only because we have a more modern style then what the house has now.

Alas! It took some major searching on houzz for some inspiration, however we finally decided to re-do our floors in cement.  Yes, cement.  Some of my friends gave me a strange look when I told them while others were excited and knew exactly what we were envisioning.

We are also re-doing the mantel! Here it is now.

The floors are actually finished now but I wanted to wait to show you the AFTER photos until we complete the trim and the paint… yes we are doing that too! Yikes! Oh! AND of course I need to redecorate! So, needless to say, it may be some time (by next month for sure) that I will post the AFTER photos.

I can’t wait!

23rd Aug2013

Tackling the Garage

by Dinah Wulf

Tackling the Garage was written by guest author Jen Small and sponsored by California Closets.

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After years of begging my husband to clean out our garage, I finally got sick and tired of hearing those famous words, “I’ll get to it, sweetie.”  I decided it was time for me to take things into my own hands.  Even after all these years living in the suburbs I still never understood why everybody parked their expensive cars in the driveway and kept their junk in the garage.  It was something I never understood.

On one hand, I knew there were some invaluable items that we just couldn’t do away with inside the garage.  On the other hand, I knew very well that by the time I was finished in there I’d be making half our mortgage on the money I would make from the garage sale I planned to throw.  So in I went…

Two days, a scrape on my knee and lots of sneezes later I finally finished and had cleared out more than half of our junk to sell at the yard sale.  And, just as I expected, it was a great success!  The key: if you haven’t used it once in the past year, you probably will not need it again. 

The next step of course was finding garage storage solutions that would work for the remaining items in our garage such as our bicycles, sports equipment, memorabilia and other spare items we had.  I heard that there are simple ways of storing items in your garage, similar to the way that people use closet design to organize their wardrobes.

At the end of the day we were able to store all of those bulky items and more in creative ways, on the walls and in overhead storage bins.  You’re not going to believe this… but even our cars have a spot in our new garage!

 

Thank you to California Closets for sponsoring this article. Monetary compensation was provided in the publication of this post.

 

25th Jul2013

Creating a Spa-like Zen in Your Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf

This article, Creating a Spa-like Zen in Your Bathroom is sponsored by hello. All opinions are 100% my own.

Having a clean, organized, and spa-like bathroom is really important to me.  This is because: 1) there is a peace to my morning routine that I love because my husband and I start our day talking while we get ready, and 2) I’m in there a lot because I LOVE to indulge in bubble baths.  Besides craft time in my craft room, a bubble bath in the tub is my ultimate sanctuary.  There are five things that I do to achieve this Zen-like feel.

Lots of Candles

Nothing says “spa” like several candles.  Surround your tub with different sizes and heights.

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Use White Towels

Every spa I’ve been to uses white towels.  They represent cleanliness and purity.

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Oral Care Products I Like and Support

Hello is the first line of seriously friendly oral care. I personally endorse hello because they are Earth-Friendly Products.  All the products are made in the USA using naturally derived ingredients wherever possible, while delivering the experience people want. Their products are never tested on animals.  Also, the toothbrushes are made with 50% recycled materials.

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Decorate with Shells and Other Natural Elements

Shells and other natural elements remind me of being at a tropical getaway.

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Hang Serene Artwork

Speaking of a tropical getaway, hang serene photos or artwork in your bathroom to help you relax.  I bought these in Hawaii from a local Photographer.

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Hello on Facebook

Take $1.00 off any hello toothpaste, mouthwash or breath spray. To access the coupon, “like” hello on Facebook and then click on the “coupons” box under the “like” button. Coupons are limited to one per person.

I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to hello for sponsoring this post!

25th Jun2013

Your Serene Space: 6 Master Bedroom Redecorating Tips

by Dinah Wulf

After a long, stressful day you need somewhere to go that allows you to forget all of your worries and reset your brain. Naturally, your master bedroom is your own private space away from the kids, but does this space really help you relax? Unfortunately, when you have a decorating budget, the master bedroom is usually the last room to get attention because it’s only seen by your eyes. But now is the time to put yourself first! Here are six simple and affordable ways to turn your master bedroom into the oasis that you deserve.

Master bedroom image by …love Maegan via Flickr.

Rearrange the Furniture

You would be surprised just how big of a difference the arrangement of your furniture can make on the overall feeling of your bedroom. Houzz.com suggests putting the head of your bed against the wall directly across from the door. If possible, the head of your bed should be the only part butted up against the wall. That way, you will have room to move around your bed freely. You also want to make sure you don’t have too much furniture in your room because the visual impact of open space is relaxing on its own.

Get a New Mattress and Bedding

When it comes to relaxation, the most important thing is having somewhere comfortable to rest. If you don’t look forward to sinking onto your mattress, that’s a good sign that you need a new one. Take your time to go shopping and find a high-quality mattress that will envelop you when you rest your head on your pillow. Most stores offer free mattress delivery, so the process will be very easy. To complete your new bed, look for bedding that complements the serene environment you are trying to create. Colors such as sage green and pale blue are the perfect choices for a muted, yet colorful oasis.

Change the Paint

Speaking of colors… Even though repainting your room is very easy and inexpensive, it can still make a huge impact in your bedroom. Buy test-size samples of paint colors you’re interested in before purchasing an entire gallon. Paint swatches of each color — large enough to really get a feel for it — next to one another on the wall. Colors are sneaky and can look very different depending on the room and time of day.

Don’t Worry About Trends

It’s true that there are always certain trends in interior design. However, in your bedroom these trends simply don’t matter. All that matters is that you get peace and tranquility in the surroundings you have created. Choose accessories and colors that make you happy and don’t worry about the rest.

Add an Area Rug

Besides comfort, the most important factor when creating a serene environment is visual appeal. Area rugs are the perfect way to ground your space and make it more inviting. Who wants to place their feet on cold tile or hardwood every morning? Look for an area rug with simple patterns that take a cue from nature for the perfect finishing touch.

Choose Inspirational Artwork

The artwork in your bedroom should take your breath away. If it doesn’t, it needs to go. Even if you are on a budget, there are still plenty of places to find inspirational artwork. Look at local flea or farmer’s markets, or if you’re really feeling crafty, make your own with an idea from Pinterest.

Your master bedroom is for you, the master of the home. It should be a priority to create an oasis for yourself that you can use to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

21st Jun2013

Choosing the Right Paint Color

by Dinah Wulf

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Having the right furniture in a room is a big step in the overall feel of a room.  Is the furniture warm, comfortable and inviting or is it contemporary and rigid and sterile?  Either way, what you put in the room makes up part of the way that you connect emotionally to a room and whether you like spending time in that space or not.  But the furniture and pieces that you fill a room with is only part of the overall experience.  What you put on the walls and ceiling is just as important.  Here are some tips of choosing the right paint color.

Why go with a boring off white or eggshell when you can put some real color on those walls, and what about the ceiling?  The ceiling doesn’t have to be plain white; plain white is well… just plain boring.  So when you decide to use some color, how can you decide which color or colors to use?  Of course it is all up to personal taste and just how adventurous you are, but there are some ways you can narrow down the search.  To pick out the right color, you just have to get into the right state of mind.

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  1.  Pick out a color from a piece in the room.  This can be a pillow or a piece of living room furniture or even a piece of art that will become the focal point of the room.  Once you narrow the color down, find the appropriate pallet to work with for accent and complimentary colors.  Nobody ever said all four walls had to be the same color.  A quick trip to the paint store or the home improvement store will help you with that part.
  1. What is the room going to be used for?  Is it a bedroom or a game room?  Knowing how the space will be used is a great way to narrow down your search.  For a bedroom you are going to want relaxing, muted colors that bring about a sense of calm and relaxation.  Of course calm and relaxing isn’t how everybody wants their bedroom to feel and it is always up to individual tastes as to what they want the room to feel like. 
  1. Ask for some ideas.  I know, doing any project can be stressful and sometimes bringing in the opinions of the significant other is a dangerous game, but they may have some real insight and opinions that should be discussed ahead of time. Ask like I did last week when I needed help deciding what to do with my thrift store finds!
  1. Try it out.  Get a sample can and put it up on the wall.  Live with it for a few days and see how it feels. 

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Picking out the right color is one of the aspects of finishing a room that many people struggle with, but there is one thing to keep in mind…you can always change it.  That’s what is so great about painting a room.  But, most of us want to find that perfect color, that perfect design that can be enjoyed for years to come.  Yes, painting a room is one of the simpler ways to change its look, but it still involves a fair amount of work. 

18th Jun2013

Updated Lighting Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I’m writing this post mostly because I’m excited!  We have lived in our home now for over two years.  From the very beginning we knew we wanted to update all the lighting fixtures in the house. Don’t get me wrong, they are beautiful; they just don’t suit our style.  It was so hard to come up with updated lighting ideas to fit both our (my husband’s and my) taste.

So far we replaced the ceiling fan in my daughter’s room and the light in the kitchen.  We changed the ceiling fan into this hanging pendant light. We also changed all the light bulbs into energy saving light bulbs to help save money.

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We have also replaced the outdoor lights, since we remodeled the back patio.  Here are a couple photos of some of the other lights we’d like to replace.  This is the type of ceiling fan that was in six of the rooms. We still need to pick new ones (it’s SO hard).

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This is the dining room chandelier.  Not my style at all, but we just sold our dining table and need to get a new one, so we have to wait to update this one until we choose our new dining room table (the updates never end)!

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And finally…what I’m SUPER excited about… these are the old chandeliers that are in the entryway and going up the stairs (both are the same).

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We just got the new ones delivered the other day!  We need to hire an electrician for these.  There are some projects you just choose not to DIY.  Here is what we ordered (we got two)…eeeeek!!!

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Ta-dah! Do you like them? I can’t wait to hang them up!

22nd May2013

Master Bedroom Redesign

by Dinah Wulf

Can we please open this master bedroom redesign conversation back up? I wrote a post recently and I have no idea why it’s so hard for me to figure out how to decorate the master bedroom.  So, I decided that I need to share more photos.

Going to ZGallerie helped because there were so many different colors and textures to choose from.  But then I started looking online.  Should I go for a more classic style like the oak beds from Time4Sleep… the sleigh bed in particular? Or should I go more glamorous like this one? And that’s just the bed! But I feel like once I pick the bed, I’m good to go.  Our current frame has some nicks and scratches; it’s time for a new one or perhaps time to refurbish it.  

Here is what I like about our room.

I’d like to keep these curtains.  The blue calms me.

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I also love the high ceilings…

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And the double closet…

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This wall is completely empty!  We could probably fit a seating area here.

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Our TV is large, archaic, and ugly, so we probably need to rework this area too.

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On a side note, here’s one of my pups Pablo, who also shares this space with our other dog Harley the pug. Don’t ask me why his tongue always hangs out like that… :)

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So I’d love any comments or suggestions!  I’m open to different styles (perhaps too many).  I think that’s where my problem starts!  It’s such a large space as well so I have to consider a seating or reading area. Help!

 

09th May2013

Master Bedroom Design Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

OK, this is more of a “thinking out loud” post. My master bedroom needs help!  Our bedroom is probably the most neglected room in the house because, frankly, no one sees it but my husband and me.  I have focused all my attention to the rest of the house and yet it seems your bedroom should be your sanctuary.  So, I decided I needed to do some research and come up with some master bedroom design ideas.

OK, here is a photo of our bedroom now.  I like the blue hues… they are calming.

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My husband and I have two different styles as well, which has also been a problem.  He has more of a modern type of style like the designs of wren bedrooms, while I’m more of a glamorous ZGallerie type of gal. So, I decided to ignore my husband’s style (hee hee) and go out and get some inspiration at ZGallerie.

Not a huge fan of the fur, but I do like the pattern on the bed, and the natural colors.  The nail heads on the headboard are a nice touch as well.  I think there’s a bit of masculinity in it that my husband would like as well.

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I like the colors of this one and I love the tufted headboard; again, the same pattern on the three pillows in the back shows up here which I like even better in blue.

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I love the headboard in this one.  Its height is nice and makes a statement.  With both the tufted and nail heads combined, I think it’s a great balance of masculinity and femininity that we are both looking for.

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Now… I just need to convince my husband to buy it!! OR I need to come up with a plan to make it!

11th Apr2013

Go Green with an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf

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As larger percentages of Americans are placing stress on the importance of eco-friendly fixtures in their homes, and more and more initiatives are aimed at encouraging homes to switch to eco-friendly bathroom products, it’s no wonder eco-friendly bathroom fixtures are growing in popularity. Some very simple adjustments to a bathroom can reduce its impact on the environment and, in some cases, even save homeowners money.

In the bathroom, water conservation is the most important factor in making eco-friendly changes. New low-flow toilets are improved and better than ever: in the past, some low-flow toilets had to be flushed twice. Now, one flush will suffice and you might even notice a slight drop on your water bill over time.

Your water conservation efforts don’t have to end with installing a low-flow toilet. By installing low-flow shower heads and faucets, you can take your water conservation efforts one step further. For maximum water efficiency, select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5gpm.

There are two types of low-flow shower heads: aerating and laminar-flow. Aerating showerheads mix air with water, and laminar-flow showerheads form individual streams of water. Using aerating faucets in both the kitchen and bathroom is one of the most inexpensive ways to improve household water conservation; a new eco-friendly showerhead can be as affordable as $20.

If you’re interested in a complete makeover, a beautiful eco-friendly vanity may be the way to go. Not only are they chic, attractive, and practical, but they will conserve water and may even save you money.

Bathroom fixtures aren’t the only thing homeowners can focus on in their eco-friendly endeavors. Displaying potted plants and flowers in a bathroom is a beautiful way to decorate and cut back on the use of aerosol products. Ceramic tile and natural stone are ideal alternatives to wallpaper, won’t need to be replaced as often, and can give a bathroom a more modern look and feel. Paints with a low volatile organic compounds (VOC) label should be sought out, since they’re less toxic and better for the environment, and fluorescent light bulbs use less energy and last longer than their incandescent alternative.

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