Your Home Diary http://www.yourhomediary.com Decoration | DIY | Garden | Cooking Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:47:51 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 10 reasons to consider choosing a wooden bed for your bedroom http://www.yourhomediary.com/10-reasons-to-consider-choosing-a-wooden-bed-for-your-bedroom/ http://www.yourhomediary.com/10-reasons-to-consider-choosing-a-wooden-bed-for-your-bedroom/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:42:11 +0000 admin http://www.yourhomediary.com/?p=112

1-Sturdy
Beds made from wood are very strong and resilient. The most durable types of beds are crafted from wood such as walnut, oak and mahogany. These are known as hardwoods due to their higher densities. Although beds made from hardwoods are typically more expensive than those from softwood, there are used less frequently for furniture.

2-Durable
Whether made from hardwood or softer wood, a wooden bed will last for many years, if not for a lifetime. Bear in mind when investing in a new bed that the quality of the material will be an important element to take into account in your decision making process as the better the quality of the wood the longer your bed will last.

3-Easy to care
There is no easier thing than looking after wooden furniture. Simply keep it clean with a duster and occasionally hoover your bedstead that it looks better for longer. If your bed is made from a lower quality wood, then it will require a bit more care so that it isn’t destroyed by termites that feed on softer wood. Protect your bed with a coat of wooden-furniture primer and you can rest assured it will look great.

4-Natural
As wood is a natural material, not only is it easy to look after but it will also naturally mellow over time offering you more styles to work with. Marks and an aged look on wooden furniture is generally considered to enhance its looks and appearances which is why antique and old furniture is still such a hit in interior decorating.

5-Stylish
Wooden beds are available in a wide array of colours and shades depending on the wood they are made of. Whether lighter or darker, the colours of the wood grain will make or break your bedroom décor. Although beautiful when left unfinished, you can create a bolder look in your bedroom by choosing a finished bed such as with stained wood, colours or patterns.

6-Variety of types
You can choose your bed in your own style so that it matches both your personality and interior décor best. You can find wooden beds which have a canopy style or as a platform bed, a sleigh shape, a bunk bed or a cabin bed for your kid’s room.

7-Customisable
This is one of the best things about wooden furniture: you can easily change its overall look by simply applying a coat of paint or a different finish. For a bolder effect it is also common to sand and stain the wood to make it look darker and distressed for a trendy antique look.

8-Timeless
Your wooden bed will never go out of style. If it doesn’t match your tastes any more remember that there are a lot of possibilities for personalising and changing the look of your wooden furniture in a flash.

9-Flexible
Wood is the most flexible option for interior decorating since it goes well with almost everything. Whether your decor is more modern looking or the metal acts as the dominant material in your bedroom, you can make your wooden furniture stand out with other mismatched materials.

10-Affordable
Wood is the preferred material when it comes to furnishing and this is one of the reasons it is pretty affordable. Although there are different price ranges depending on the quality of the wood used in the production, it is very easy to find good looking and quality wooden furniture for a reasonable price compared to other materials such as leather or metal. As a rule of thumb lighter-coloured wooden furniture will cost a bit more than those which come in a wider array of shades.

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Rustic bedroom decorating ideas http://www.yourhomediary.com/rustic-bedroom-decorating-ideas/ http://www.yourhomediary.com/rustic-bedroom-decorating-ideas/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 14:56:49 +0000 admin http://www.yourhomediary.com/?p=98

Rustic furniture is on the rise in the interior decor world. Whether you are considering it for your little cabin out on the lake, your hunting shed in the woods or for your very own master bedroom at home, rustic decorating is always great addition and is a very good way to bring nature home. If you also feel attracted to the unique character and personality of wooden decors, here are some ideas to help you exploring the many options in rustic style for your bedroom.

Nature theme
If you can see the beauty of rustic style furniture this might mean you are attached to either a hunting family tradition or else you have a passion for fishing and nature. Rustic furniture has its own character and seems to echo a different story for each one of us. Find accessories and patterns for your rustic bedroom that reflect these roots and passions. Antlers, fur rugs, carved wood and mounted fish are just some of the things that can evoke nature and give your bedroom a rustic theme.

Handcrafted and authentic furniture
Rustic furniture is generally handcrafted out of authentic materials such as wood and metal. Sturdy, rugged and heavy, rustic furniture is made of quality materials, however this can sometimes be pricey. If you go for pieces of furniture in hardwood or wrought iron such as imposing wardrobes in solid pine, oversized headboards or handcrafted beds in iron you will have beautiful and very durable pieces of handwork that will last you for life. If you are furnishing your bedroom on a budget a good idea is to choose second hand rustic furniture which will be less expensive and will add more character to your room.

Rustic accessories
Accessories will be the last but not least important addition to finish up your rustic bedroom decor. After having carefully chosen quality materials for your furniture you might want to warm up your interior to make it feel cosier. Rustic accessories can be about anything handmade and natural as described above and you can easily match different fabrics and patterns without fear since this plays a large part of the rustic charm. Fill your rustic bedroom with accessories that evoke nature, traditions and reflect the theme you prefer but don’t clutter the room otherwise it will feel overwhelming and loose its charm.

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Six tips for designing the perfect outdoor space http://www.yourhomediary.com/six-tips-for-designing-the-perfect-outdoor-space/ http://www.yourhomediary.com/six-tips-for-designing-the-perfect-outdoor-space/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:41:10 +0000 admin http://www.yourhomediary.com/?p=180 If you’re lucky enough to have a front or backyard, you may also face the problem of having to figure out what to do with it. These days, many people are increasingly turning to ‘patioscaping’, whereby a simple backyard is transformed into an elegant outdoor oasis like the kind seen in garden renovation programs on television.

With rising costs in holidaying and eating out, many people are opting to stay at home to holiday and dine. Furthermore, a well-designed outdoor space can also be a great retreat after a busy day at work or on the weekends. Here are six tips then as you embark on designing the perfect outdoor space.

Determine your use of space
Although it may be tempting to buy a new outdoor lounge chair that looks absolutely amazing in photos on the brochure, consider whether it will really be put to good use. Are you or someone in your household fond of sitting outside to read a book or magazine? Or would your money be better spent on nicer chairs around the outdoor dining table? Think about the activities you enjoy and design your outdoor space around that, rather than what’s advertised.

Add more plants
While you probably don’t want to have a mini forest in your backyard, adding small flowering plants around the perimeter of your patio is a great way to add more color to your outdoor space. If you want to be extra sustainable, consider buying some native plants that are well suited to your climate. For those with a little bit more time on their hands, consider starting a small vegetable patch – it can be as simple as growing cherry tomatoes and herbs in little pot plants!

Add more light
You might be asking, isn’t it already sunny outside? Even though your outdoor space may be in full view of the sun, there’s a good chance that there will also be neighbouring trees providing a considerable amount of shade. One inexpensive way to add light and atmosphere to your outdoor space is to install accent lighting. This could be in the form of string lights along the trees, lights at ground level, or even candles in sturdy candle holders.

Make it family friendly
Whether you have children or not, it’s likely that at some stage, more frequent for some, children will want to play in your outdoor space. If you have children yourself, consider installing a small playground, swings, or basketball hoops in your backyard to keep your children happy and active. A simple patch of grass large enough to run around works well too. And for an extra step: make sure the floor coverings on your patio are smooth to avoid any nasty scrapes and bruises!

Exercise restraint
Just as you maintain a discerning eye when looking for houses for houses for sale in Epping or house and land packages in Craigieburn, remember to show similar care when designing your outdoor space. Imagination and creativity is important, but there’s nothing economical or aesthetically pleasing about a beautiful outdoor space that’s only used once a year, if at that. Make sure you only buy what is really essential and balance function with appearance as you go about your designing.

Remember the seasons
If you’re keen on outdoor entertaining and willing to splurge on an expensive set of outdoor furniture, by all means go ahead with your proposed purchases. However, you should also consider the seasons. How many months will you be able to fully utilise this space before it’s too cold outside? Should you invest in an outdoor heat lamp as well? Or perhaps your garden looks dull at winter. To remedy this, choose late blooming shrubs such as Heather and Hydrangeas!

Author bio: Amy Hopkins is a university student and freelance writer who is interested in property and real estate.

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Saving for Home Improvements http://www.yourhomediary.com/saving-for-home-improvements/ http://www.yourhomediary.com/saving-for-home-improvements/#comments Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:19:58 +0000 admin http://www.yourhomediary.com/?p=176 If you have a vision for how you want your home to look or feel, but you don’t currently have the financial resources to bring those changes to life, you may become discouraged from even trying to afford the living space of your dreams. But if you learn how to budget properly, you may be able to see your dreams through to fruition, even if it costs more than you can currently afford. It will take hard work and perseverance to accumulate the necessary savings, but if your desired changes have the potential to improve your daily quality of life, then your sacrifices may be well worth it.


To begin, find out how much your desired upgrade will cost. Determine a timeframe in which you might realistically be able to afford the upgrade, and calculate your income over that time period, whether it’s 1 year or 5. Then subtract the cost of the project from your income. That will be the amount of money available to you over that time period. If you divide that amount by the length of your timeframe (in years), you’ll get your yearly income after savings. Now determine whether you could make ends meet with that level of income. If so, then your timeframe is probably realistic for being able to save your desired amount of money. If not, then you may have to lengthen your timeframe.

Assuming you have come up with a realistic number, you then have a responsibility to stick to your commitment to save. In order to persevere, you will benefit from budgeting your income after savings. Subtract all of your necessary expenses from your income after savings, and this will leave you with the amount available to you for any expenditures that are not necessary. Your job is then not to spend more than this amount.

By putting some numbers on the cost of your desired home improvements, you can get more specific about what it will take to achieve your goals. By setting and sticking to a budget, you can then ensure you make good on your commitment to save. Good luck!

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Preparing for spring: gardening ideas http://www.yourhomediary.com/preparing-for-spring-gardening-ideas/ http://www.yourhomediary.com/preparing-for-spring-gardening-ideas/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:11:20 +0000 admin http://www.yourhomediary.com/?p=168

The new year has arrived and spring is just around the corner, which means it’s high time for us green-fingered folk to start preparing the garden for this exciting season. Now is the perfect period to plan which vegetables you want to grow and what summer bulbs you’d like to plant – not to mention review your seeds and equipment, taking stock of what you need to buy.

So, without further ado, here are my top ideas for getting the garden ready for spring.

Decide what you want to plant
I think the most obvious job for the pre-spring period – and one of the most enjoyable – is planning out what you’re going to plant once the season arrives. Personally, I like trying a mix of favourites (which are things I enjoy growing and I’m quite confident cultivating) and experiments, by which I mean things I haven’t grown before. This way, you get a good balance between having a – hopefully! – good crop and avoiding too much disappointment if new things go wrong.

When you’re doing this, make a note of what exactly you intend to grow and the time it should be planted. For example, sweetcorn and French bea

ns should be sown in mid-spring, but lettuce and beetroot can wait till late spring if needed. This should help you be more organised, and will also give you some idea of when you need to purchase which seeds by.

Check your existing seeds
The next thing you should do is take a look at any existing packets/stores of seeds you have and check their condition and expiry date – after all, you don’t want to plant any duds. Throw out any unusable seeds and make a list of which you need to buy before the springtime.

Now’s also a good time to see if there are any issues with storage, since this’ll come to light when you’re reviewing your seeds. If you’ve discovered pests are getting into the shed, for example, or that the environment you’re keeping the seeds in is too damp, you might want to consider ordering a new wooden shed, or buying new containers for your seeds.

Do an equipment check
When you’ve checked your seeds, move on to your equipment – after all, you may as well do it all in one go! As well as testing whether large tools, like lawnmowers, are working, you should also take a peek at things like trowels and oil them if needed.

Don’t forget to consider smaller items, too, such as gardening gloves (you may well need a new pair by the time spring arrives!), labels and canes. Now Christmas is over, most garden centres will have their shelves full of all the coming season’s essentials, so it’s a great time to shop.

Tidy the shed
While you’re waiting for spring to arrive and you’re checking on your seeds, tools and such, it’s a good idea to tidy up your shed. After all, this can become cluttered incredibly quickly, and it can be hard to find what you need after a period away from the garden.

So, take this opportunity to clear out any accumulated junk (there’s always some, no matter how conscientious you are!) and get things organised. Locate all those tools and bits and bobs you’ll need to achieve your spring goals, and make sure they’ll still be easy to find once the time comes for planting.

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Tips for planning your construction schedule http://www.yourhomediary.com/tips-for-planning-your-construction-schedule/ http://www.yourhomediary.com/tips-for-planning-your-construction-schedule/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:24:32 +0000 admin http://www.yourhomediary.com/?p=161

Many self-builders decide to manage the construction of their new home themselves, rather than pay a project manager to do the job for them. This is a perfectly viable way to do things, as long as you’re well prepared.

One of the biggest issues for most self-builders is finding time to deal with the day-to-day running of the site. You may therefore want to consider whether you’ll need to take some time off work at particular stages of the project to ensure everything runs smoothly. Here is an outline of a basic construction schedule, although you should always be prepared to be flexible, as things can often change once you start the work.

Preliminary work
The initial stages of a self-build project will involve quite a lot of legwork on your part. You’ll need to find a suitable plot of land, agree a mortgage in principle with your bank, survey the site, draw up preliminary plans, hire your builder and architect, and apply for planning permission. It’s incredibly difficult to put a timeframe on this part of a self-build scheme, especially when it comes to finding the right site. You may be lucky and come across the perfect plot of land early on, or it could require months of searching to get what you want.

Early building stages
The construction work will begin in earnest once you’ve got all the necessary planning approval and have your contractors hired and ready to go. Typically, you should allow around three weeks to clear the site, excavate trenches and pour the foundations, although this will vary depending on your particular piece of land.

You’ll also need to install drainage and pipework around the fourth and fifth weeks of your build. Make sure you’ve applied for water and electricity before you get started on the construction work. Remember to arrange to hire construction equipment and scaffolding rigs well in advance of beginning your project. You’ll find more information about how to go about this here.

Constructing the frame and walls
The actual construction process for the walls and frame of the house will depend on what materials you’re using for your project. For instance, standard brick-and-block construction will usually take around five weeks from the time the foundations and drainage are installed, whereas a timber frame home will go up much more quickly as it is prefabricated.

You should allow an additional two to three weeks to construct the roof, lay the membrane and install the tiles. It’s important to weatherproof the property at this stage, as this will allow you to get on with work on the interior.

Windows and basic internals
Fitting the windows and guttering is the next logical step and, as your property should now be protected from the elements, you can begin the plumbing and electrical work inside. Once this is completed, you can lay the flooring and install insulation. At the same time, you can render the exterior of your property, construct things like the chimney and add any additional decoration to the outside of your home. This is also when your scaffolding will be removed.

Internal work
This should take you to roughly 20 weeks on your building schedule if all goes to plan and, by this point, you will primarily be concentrating on the interior of your home. Plastering the walls, doing the second round of work on the plumbing, heating and electrical systems, decorating, tiling and carpentry jobs are the kinds of things you’ll be focusing on.

Make sure you allow time towards the end of the project to do the snagging. This refers to going around the home and making a list of anything you need your builder to fix before you are happy with the property, and then rechecking it once this work has been completed.
The final step is connecting all the services and testing them, before you will finally be ready to move into your new home, typically around 28 weeks after the building process started.

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