Furniture 101: When to Splurge or Save on Furniture

 

 

Furniture must have a personality as well to be beautiful. – Rose Tarlow

It is said that a house is merely a shell without its furniture. In fact, nothing can be more drab and dull that a house devoid of its customary fittings and furnishings. This is why people would actually dedicate time and effort to finding the best types of fixtures their home should have. And because of this, furnishing styles have become incredibly diverse.

Styles emerged such as modern, minimalist, traditional, art deco and the like–all to cater every type of homeowner there is. However, as enthusiastic as we may be in committing ourselves to shopping for house furniture, we should never let that very same enthusiasm cloud our judgment when it comes to choosing the best bargain and deals.

Of course, this is not to say that you should always negotiate with the pricing as there is some furniture that you could actually splurge on. The key is to know which of this furniture you should splurge money on or strike a bargain with or perhaps get at a lower price. So that regardless of whether you are finishing up your condo Philippines interior design or your residential homes, you would be conducting your furniture shopping wisely.

WHEN TO SAVE

If a particular furniture is seasonal

Some of us, Filipinos, are known for being festive when it comes to house decorations–Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, you name it. But think about it, these seasonal items only see the light of day about once a year when the holiday occurs. Seeing as this is the case, the wisest course would be to skimp on splurging on those lavish yet pricey decorations. Go for the thriftier options when it comes to these decorations.

If the item is not a necessity

This needs no further elaboration, but to illustrate what need means in this context think of your budget and see how far it would stretch. Suppose it is kind of tight, and yet you saw that beautiful antique vase that would make the perfect decoration for your living room. The thing is, as pretty as it may be, this item is not a necessity, and it is certainly not worth compromising your budget over.

If the item is not an accent piece

Accent pieces are items that are of pivotal use for your everyday living. Non-accent pieces are their designated complementary furniture that serves a secondary purpose which is to enhance how the accent pieces look. These pieces would include side tables, storage bins and the like and more often than not, they rarely become a room’s main feature, so it is best to save on these and splurge on the primary ones such as sofas, dining tables, etc.

WHEN TO SPLURGE

If it affects your productivity

Furniture items that would make you more productive is a sound investment. It is definitely better to have a good night’s sleep on a good mattress after a day’s long work, so you could definitely splurge on a premium mattress. In the same vein, if it is how you earn your living (such as writing freelancer), it would be best if you splurged on furniture that would enhance your capability in doing your work such as a computer with a good processor and air conditioning to help you stay focused.

If the item has more than one purpose

This one is relatively straightforward. When you splurge on items that have a dual purpose, it is essentially getting two or three for the price of one which is necessarily practical as living spaces have no become rather smaller and yet pricier. So, the more functionality the furniture piece has, the better as you may be splurging a lot more when it comes to cash, but you are definitely saving up on space.

When it comes to furniture shopping, come up with a realistic budget before heading out to the home depot. Think of the things that you will truly need and take note how much time you would be spending at home to enjoy these items (a TV set wired to cable is hardly practical when you are never home to enjoy it). From there, use this as a guide to tick some items off the list on which ones you should save on and splurge on.

Renovate or Relocate: Six Questions to Ask Yourself

A house is made of bricks and beams while a home is made of hopes and dreams

While this well-known maxim about homes and houses is true, the same could not be said about a home or a house that has been deteriorating over the years. And this may prompt you to look for an affordable house and lot Laguna, Philippines.

While our homes could withstand ordinary wear and tear, it would not stand erected perpetually as certain factors may contribute to its steady decline, some of these factors include how many years the house has stood and what sort of wear and tear the house has withstood over the years.

As you grow older and spend more years billeted at the same residence, you’ll notice the wear and tear. You would probably see more and more broken tiles, doors detached from their hinges, kitchen cabinets that no longer close properly, floorboards that creak. These are just some of the things you would routinely notice around your homes as it gradually ages with you.

And as the things you have slated for repair start to pile up, you are presented with a rather common dilemma of whether to renovate the old and trusty home you have known for years or buy an entirely new one and save yourself the time and effort of doing it all on your own.

Both options have their own respective advantages and disadvantages. One of them is the financial consideration when it comes to purchasing a new home while fixing up an old home does not always guarantee that you would get the best bang out of your buck.

However, the list of pros and cons are more extensive than the one given above, but before weighing your options, you should first consider asking yourself some critical questions that may potentially affect your decision making. To have a clear picture of what sort of questions you should be asking yourself, take a look at the listed items below.

Location:

Is the location you are staying in really that important to you? The neighborhood you are living in is a crucial factor in deciding whether you would renovate your home or just relocate to a brand new neighborhood. Because whether you are residing in a high-rise condo or billeted in residence in the suburb, it is all about location.

Budget:

Do you have the budget to renovate your home? Consider the type of neighborhood you are moving into, if it in the high-end price range, it might be friendlier to your pockets if you renovate your existing home.

Floor plan:

Deliberate on the renovations you are about to make, would it affect or change the existing structural elements of your home? Do take note that it would cost you, at least, fifty percent less if you left the structural elements as it is. If you are considering a renovation that would involve a significant change in the home’s structural elements, then it may be wiser to just invest in a new home.

Increase in value:

Remodeling your home may cost your exorbitantly depending on the type of accents and overhauls you introduce to your home. Consider the type of remodeling you would want to introduce and assess if it would potentially augment your home’s existing price in the market. A wise advice would be to consult a remodeling expert before you embark on aesthetic or altering projects as you may just be flushing money down the drain.

Long-term plan:

Reflect on your long-term plans before making any costly renovations on your home. Are you planning to expand your family? If you are, then maybe making improvements on your existing two-bedroom flat may not be the most practical route you can take and consider buying a new home instead.

Mortgage:

Depending on the current market conditions at the time of your purchase, buying a new home might mean a lower mortgage for you. There are also some instances where you would end up with approximately the same mortgage as you had before. To weigh your options properly, consider seeking the aid of a real estate pundit and hear their counsel so that you may be able to have the best deal you can have.

Maximizing Space: How to Make your Small Office Space Look Bigger

We all do know that office spaces are important. The office is where we usually do our work efficiently and productively. However, even if you have an office space in your own condo or if you are working in a condo office for rent in Makati, if you feel that your room is not that spacious and welcoming, then the productively of your work will be compromised. Of course, if you are doing business, a compromised work is a no-no.

In times when you don’t feel like working at all, think of the things that might be the cause of it. Perhaps, you just don’t like the ambiance of your office space or the things inside the office are all messy which makes it harder for you to focus and think of a better idea. And mind, you don’t want to experience that kind of thing.

There are a lot of ways you can make your small office space look bigger than you think it is. Well, if you are curious and want to know more about it, then below are some tips on how you can achieve your desired office space.

Multipurpose everything

When it comes to the things that you want to keep, there are a lot of ways you can make a neat and clean arrangement. Of course, if you think that a particular compartment in your office is still empty and is available for other things, then you can use it. You just have to make sure that you arrange the things correctly on the empty spaces.

Moreover, you can use your walls or any other spaces where it can still be of use as storages on your other office stuff. For example, if you are planning to decorate something on your walls, you can place a book or any magazines in it. With that, it saves more spaces than before.

Flexible and moveable

When arranging office things, you have to remember that not every arrangement that you have will be permanent. Your arrangements will depend on every situation that you have. If you want to change your arrangement into a particular arrangement, then you can easily pull that off since your arrangements before are flexible and movable.

This also gives you an advantage whenever you want to decorate or renovate your office. You can decide to whatever theme decorations for your office without any worries about on how you are going to move office things.

Essential elements

One of the many things that you should not forget to consider and do is the key elements that need to be included in your office. Of course, you should not forget the lighting and ventilation of the office. Without such, it is impossible for the employees to work efficiently and productively. Moreover, if you include the essential elements such as the clock, cabinets, and other things that are useful for the office can help the productively of an employee.

Moreover, for you have a good outcome; why not consider the suggestions of your employees. With this kind of method, they might give you a beautiful and exciting idea to include in the office. And of course, when you have proper elements found in the office, you can work efficiently.

Divisions

If you are planning to put some divisions in your office, you have to make sure that the measurements are correct. When you do, there will be no spaces that will not go to waste. You need to think about the measurements of a particular cubicle or division for you to know where and how much space you need to have to have a distinct work area.

Moreover, if you think that putting up a division is not that important, then you better think twice or thrice before deciding to have one. Since divisions can sometimes eat spaces in your office.

Well, the renovation of your office will be depending on how are going to make it look like what you want it to be. If you want to make it bigger, then you have to think of the things that can help in achieving such desires for your office.

Should You Go for a Remodelled or a Brand New Home?

If you think that all homeowners are happy about housing dilemmas, then you better think again! Particularly for extended families, one of their dilemmas is whether or not they are going to have a bigger home through renovations or renting  Better yet, they would contemplate whether to buy a  house and lot in Philipines. Some of you here might wonder and ask if whether of the two are advisable to do. Well, you have to expect that there will be a lot of homeowners who will answer either way.

Of course, there will also be a lot of advantages you can have when you choose either of it. But there are just times that you need to pick one for you to move on to the next process. Well, if you are one of those homeowners who is struggling in making some decision on which of the two, then you might want to know some tips for making an informed decision.

Know what you are getting into

Sometimes, not planning ahead or making an impulsive decision can ruin the things you might want to have. When you decide something, it is your responsibility to know the things that must and must not do for you to achieve your desired outcome for your home.

You also have to remember that doing things without any careful planning is also not a wise thing for you to do. Of course, you have to know if that particular property is suitable for your family or not. Moreover, you have to know how to balance which of the two are more applicable on your end. And before you make the final decision, know first the basic things.

Check your finances

Your budget is one of the most important things for you to consider. Without enough budget, it is going to be hard on your part when it comes to the down payments – that if you are aiming to have a new home. However, if you are planning for some renovations instead, of course, money is also involved. You have to have a budget of the things you should use for you to do the renovations and all.

Also, if you are aiming to invest in a new home, you have to make sure that you are free from other debts, check your credit cards if it’s still applicable to you.

Define your renovation requirements

When it comes to repairs, some of you here are planning to have a full home renovation. That means they will renovate their entire home. If you do, then you better think again first. Unless it’s your property, then it might be reasonable for you to renovate your entire home. But if not, you are just renting the lot or house, and then renovations might not be an ideal thing for you to do.

Investing in a new home might be applicable on your end. If you do, you don’t have to worry about any renovations. All you have to do is seek help from a real estate broker and do the things that need to accomplish; then you can already have your new home.

Don’t over-improve for the neighborhood

If you are planning to go for renovations, you have to know what you are doing. For instance, if you intend to extend your kitchen or any other room for an extra square footage, how sure are you that your neighborhood will approve to fit?

As a homeowner, you also have to be considerate of your neighbors. It is also one way you can get along with your them and live a healthy lifestyle.

Get ready for a different kind of stress if you move

Moving out can also be stressful. It is distinct from the other stressors that we have. Of course, there will be a lot of things for you to think about when you move. Thinking about where to put your stuff, or what kind of vehicle are you going to use to move your belongings and other big furniture.

Expect the expenses

Whether you choose to stay and renovate your home or buy/rent a new home, there will always be costs that you need to have. Either way, there will always be monetarily involved. That is why you have to prepare enough budget when you decide to do such.

Home + Minions = Awesome DIY Home Décor

Shout out to minions!!! Who hasn’t heard yet about minions? Everybody does, right? From kids, teens to adults, minions are popular. They are everywhere, be it in memes, miniatures, and even food chains are promoting the little cute yellow creature who loves bananas.

And if you are one of those minion fans, you’d definitely do whatever you want just to get that lovely little thing – and a collection of those is one step you’d definitely do. However, when you are an avid fan, you just don’t end up collecting, you would want to go to the next level and decorate your home with minions.

Whether you are living in a house and lot at Cavite or any other real estate, you certainly can decorate your home with minions, And I’ll tell you, it’s going to be an impressive home décor you’d going to have. Well, it’s mostly a DIY. That means you have to be creative and imaginative in decorating for you to achieve the desired outcome.

If you are curious about how you can have them at home, below are some examples of how you can decorate your home with minions.

1. Make cool minions with terracotta pots and outdoor paint

If you have a garden at home, you might want to have some changes. Instead of using an ordinary flower pot, why don’t you turn it into a minion pot?

Things you’ll need:
2 big flower pots
12 small flower pots
Paint (yellow, blue, black, gray, white)
String

With these materials, you can form a minion pot. Well, you can have the 2 big flower pots as the body of the minion, the 8 small flower pots would be on the left and right hand of the minion, and the other 4 small containers would be for the feet on both sides. Use the string as the handle for both hands and feet. And for you not to be confused with what you’re going to do, especially when it comes to its color, you better have a picture beside you for you to follow.

2. Paint mason jars into minions

Aside from the miniature that you already have collected, you can also have minions made out from a mason jar or any other small jars. And instead of throwing your jars away, be creative in making your cute minion.

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars or other small jars
Paint  (yellow, blue, black, gray, white)

With the use of the right color, it will be easier for you to paint the jars since it is small. You just have to make sure that before you’re going to put the minion’s eyes and/or mouth, make sure that the color of his body is properly and completely dry, for as not to jeopardize the design.

3. Garden tool tire holder

If you have any used tire in your backyard, you can definitely also used it to make a garden tool tire minion. This is the time when you got to be creative when it comes to the storage of your garden tools such as your rake, shovel, hand pruner, utility bucket and other garden tools that you will need in gardening.

Things you need:

3 tires (or as many as you want)
Paint (yellow, blue, black, gray, white)

In painting the tires, since its color is originally black, you have to make sure that it is properly coated with the right color. If you think that the application of the paint is just light, then you have to paint it again, for the black colored tire not to be seen. Do this step with the other tires. Let the paint dry first under the heat of the sun before filling it on the top of the other tires. And as for its hands, you can use a tube steel metal for it.

Doing these DIY home decorations is simple yet fun to do. Of course, it is not just you who will love the design, I’m sure, your kids and/or visitors will appreciate how you creatively make a minion out of your used things. Well, you just to be imaginative enough for you to make it the way you wanted it to be.