How to Use your Sunroom During Fall & Winter

Fall Winter Decor

In Western Pennsylvania, sunrooms are valuable spaces as the weather starts to cool off. These rooms can provide warmth in the cooler hours of the day while still allowing you to bask in the sunshine of midday, regardless of the temperature outside. The sunroom is perfect for easing you into autumn’s brisk temperatures, especially if you have the right flooring and a climate controlled room.With the right decor and flooring choices, you can use sunrooms 365 days a year, not just in the summer!

Vinyl, sometimes referred to as LVT, and carpeted floors are the best choices to use  for your sunroom if you want to use it year-round. These floorings options are most tolerant to Western PA’s extreme temperature changes and humidity swings. With the right flooring, it is easy to transition your sunroom from fall to winter.

Add an Area Rug
When you want to change things up for the colder seasons, an area rug can be a great complement to your flooring choice. It’s an easy way to incorporate new colors into the room. Not only a good source of color and themes, an area rug can help warm up the room as well. For any parts of the room not covered by the rug, keep your favorite slippers by the room’s doorway and don’t forget to bring a hot cup of your favorite tea in with you!

Decorate with Holiday Pieces
As the holidays get closer and closer, it is a good time to break out the holiday decor and to remember your sunroom while you are decorating! A few holiday decorations can be placed around the room will help to make it seasonal. Your decor choices can be as simple as a pumpkin as a centerpiece, a wreath on a wall, or a vase of fall foliage placed somewhere you can enjoy it.

Bring out the Pillows and Blankets
Consider investing in a few decorative pillows and throw blankets that would make your sunroom cozy for the cooler months. These items could be holiday themed or just colors and patterns that you find pleasing. They will help to make the room more inviting and tempt you from the rest of the house to enjoy the occasional balmy winter day from your sunroom.

These little decor ideas will transition your sunroom to the perfect cozy autumn space that you will keep enjoying into the winter months.

Reach out to us today if you have any questions about what flooring would best suit your needs and don’t forget to check out our collection of floors suitable for sunrooms at any of our 5 locations!

Designing a Bedroom on a Budget

After a long day, there’s nothing more relaxing than coming to your humble abode and being in your own space. While not everyone has a large budget to spend, you can still create the bedroom of your dreams with these tips:

  • Accent wall: If you’re looking to add some color to your space, painting an accent wall will give your bedroom the life it needs to make your room feel homier.
  • DIY: You can create a headboard for your bed, refurbish old door knobs or drawer handles, or even paint over your dresser to give your bedroom the look you’ve always wanted.
  • Plants: Adding some greenery to your space will make it feel more Zen and calming when walking into your room, especially if it’s been a busy day and you’re looking to relax for a few moments.
  • Clear the Clutter: Add shelving units or storage under the bed to get rid of some of the clutter. Your bedroom will feel like the big space you want.
  • Canopy: If you have some extra fabric from your last DIY project, you can make a canopy to make your space look more luxurious. Even if you don’t have fabric around, you can easily find an inexpensive roll.
  • Lighting: Lighting can give your room a chic, simple feel. Lamps, candles and even white Christmas lights can give you that effect.
  • Throw Pillows: Find some inexpensive throw pillows to accent your bed and to give it the comfy, cloud-like feel you want when you put your head down at night.

 

Do you have other tips on how to design a bedroom on a budget? Share them with us in the comment section below!

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How to Throw A Great Labor Day Party

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a Labor Day party? Whether you’re having an outdoor barbecue with friends and family or your shindig is going to be inside, here are some tips to help you throw a memorable get together.

  • Test out recipes: If you’ve been itching to try that appetizer recipe on Pinterest, your Labor Day party would be the perfect time to test it out. Let your guests be food critics for the day and try some awesome recipes.
  •  Play games: Whether you’re partial to a jumbo-sized version of Jenga, Twister, cornhole, or a simple baseball and glove, it doesn’t matter. Get outside and have a blast with friends and family while doing something active. Encourage guests to bring any other games they think would be fun to have at your party, as well. 
  • Decorate with a theme: The typical go-to for a Labor Day party is a patriotic theme. However, if you’re celebrating going back to school or want to throw a beach party to relive the beginning of summer, you’ll want to decorate accordingly.
  •  Invitations: Get creative with fun DIY invitations or send out a simple online invitation. Don’t forget to add an RSVP date so you can keep yourself organized. 
  • Ask for help: Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Let your guests bring different food or games. That way the pressure is off you to do everything and you can relax.

 We hope you have a great Labor Day weekend! Do you have any other tips on how to throw a great Labor Day party? Share with us in the comment section below!

 

Bathroom Refresh on a Budget

Bathroomsmall bathroom renovations can be costly, but there are some projects you can take on that can change the look of your bathroom even if you’re on a budget.

  • The most obvious trick to quickly changing the look of a room is painting it. Invest in high-quality satin paint and mold-resistant primer for the best results.
  • Fixtures are usually a dead giveaway to how old a room is. Replace or re-glaze fixtures to make a bathroom look brand new.
  • Dingy grout can make a bathroom look dirty and old. Use an old toothbrush with a mild bleach solution or other grout cleaner to clean the grout and then seal your hard work with grout sealer.
  • Re-caulk your bathtub to create fresh lines and a clean look. Not only will this help your bathroom look fresher, it can prevent costly water damage problems down the road.
  • If you’ve always wanted a rainfall showerhead, getting one might be more practical than you think! New showerheads add a nice touch to a bathroom and the newer energy-efficient model can end up saving you money long term.
  • Frame your mirror to make it look custom-made – Try this tutorial.
  • Raise your shower curtain rod to make your bathroom feel more spacious and invest in a quality cloth shower curtain.
  • Add a roman shade to the window for a splash of color and texture.
  • Accessories are important in every room. Add art and candles, purchase new towels and bathmats, and anything else that makes your bathroom feel more luxurious. These small details can make all the difference.

What would you do to refresh a bathroom on a budget? Let us know in the comments!

Easy Plants to Grow Outdoors

Spring is finally here,herb garden so it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor garden. If you’re new to gardening, these easy-to-grow plants will help you get on track. You’ll be growing more difficult plants in no time!

  1. Herbs, especially basil – Fresh basil is always good to have on hand. Plant basil in a sunny spot with well-enriched soil.
  2. Tomatoes – Use a starter plant and plant it next to the basil to help repel pests that tend to cause problems with tomatoes. Start with a smaller type of tomato, like cherry tomatoes, planted in full sun with a stake to support the stalks while they grow.
  3. Cucumbers – Give them full sun and regular water, with a cage or other support system for climbing and you’ll have plenty of cucumbers in no time!
  4. Zinnias – A hardy annual plant that can tolerate a variety of conditions, including hot summer temperatures. Plant them in full sun with good drainage.
  5. Carrots – Plant carrots in deep soil that drains well with full sun. Depending on your soil, you may get smaller sized carrots, but they’ll still be tasty!
  6. Sunflowers – This beautiful flower adds some color and personality to your outdoor space. Sunflowers are tough plants that can withstand heat and drought-like conditions in some cases.

There are many other easy-to-grow plants that you might want to try, depending on what you like to eat or what type of flowers prefer.

For more help gardening, revisit our Gardening Tips and Tricks blog post. Good luck and enjoy!

Projects You Should Leave to the Pros

DIY projectsHow To: Maintain Your Hardwood Floors have never been more popular than they are now. You’ll find tutorials for almost every type of project online, but unless you’re a professional, there are some projects you shouldn’t tackle yourself.

  1. Electric – Working with electrical wiring can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. You run the risk of electric shock, changing the wires’ polarity and even making your home susceptible to electrical fires.
  2. Plumbing – Simple drainage problems are easy to fix yourself, but more complicated projects like fixing pipes or replacing a toilet, when done incorrectly, can lead to leaks and moisture damage that will be costly to repair.
  3. Hardwood Flooring – There are a lot of factors to account for when installing hardwoods that DIYers might not consider. For example, allowing space for swelling and shrinkage; knowing the correct type of subfloor to use; taking careful and precise measurements; and proper installation techniques.
  4. Replacing Kitchen Cabinets or Countertops – Working with heavy materials can seriously injure you or damage other aspects of your home. Measurements can be tricky for these projects as well, potentially leading to costly mistakes.

There are many other projects that are best left to the professionals, but the best way to judge is to consider the safety of the project and the possible damage that could occur is something goes wrong. Some DIY projects, liking painting, are worth that risk, but for others, give a professional a call.