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In Home Décor ‘Olde’ Has Become New Again

 
In Home Décor ‘Olde’ Has Become New Again

by Amy Lignor

 

When it comes to making the house ‘pretty’ again – not to mention, adding to the resale value of the home ten-fold – it is the antique world that has become the new in-thing. Yes, everything from new landscaping to painting to energy saving technology are all good things to bring to the old homestead in order to make it a better investment for you and the family.

But what about those small things that are now being used – and no longer being looked over by prospective buyers – to create a whole different type of décor? Any antique maven or “Flea Market Flip” lover will tell you that if “the bones are good” you can restore anything. Which is true. But because the bones are good and millions are restoring things to a brand new shine, there are certain companies making money by selling old/antique décor that makes all these restoration projects far more pleasing to the eye.

One such company is called House of Antique Hardware. It is there that they believe period homes were “designed and built with a rare integrity.” These minds were compelled to restore that integrity by staying true to the original designs, materials and workmanship that, back then, was incredibly important. Offering one of the largest menus of original and authentic reproduction hardware on the market today, this company also has made a great name for themselves by offering a dedicated sales staff that actually wants nothing more than to find you the products that will create a faithful restoration project.

 

Begun in 1999, House of Antique Hardware established a reputation for quality products and quickly grew into one of the premier online retailers for both authentic antique and vintage reproduction hardware. Featured in hundreds of magazines, as well as being mentioned on various TV shows, their products have been spotlighted across the country.

 

One of the most unique product lines that homeowners are discovering when working on their restorations and renovations comes in the form of Antique-By-Hand®, which is a House of Antique Hardware exclusive. These products from the past are recreations that have been brought to life using no short-cuts whatsoever. In other words, that time-worn patina that genuine antique hardware boasts comes from the Antique-By-Hand (ABH) five-step finishing process. With these products, you receive a living finish that is unlike all those machine-rendered and lacquered products that state they have an “antique brass” finish. ABH is individually applied and left unsealed. The item is hand burnished to create subtle highlights and then treated with a refined mineral oil for added depth and luster. The result is a living finish offering a warm, mellow tone that will age gracefully with use…just like the originals back in the day.

 

Even though technology – like personal assistants in the kitchen – can be a popular trend, some of the biggest and most wanted home décor products for 2017 fall into the categories of door knockers and doorknobs. The antique ‘look’ is what the homeowner has been searching for lately when it comes to adding value and adding a much better look to each and every room. Satin brass finishes have been making a comeback in recent years, moving away from those high-reflective finishes of polished brass fixtures for both kitchen and bath. Looking more antique and more muted, these old finishes complement a great many styles and trends.

 

In addition, more and more homeowners are splurging on the entryway of their dwellings. From the antique doorknobs and knockers decorating the front door, they are also looking into more aged wood when it comes to the door, itself. The older looking, the better. Thinking outside of the box when it comes to the entryway, more halls are being decorated with vanities that are being converted from old file cabinets, vintage consoles and more. What makes the biggest splash is the fact that the hardware and the mirrors hanging above these vanities and hall-trees have antique finishes, as well as antique hardware for the vanity drawers.

 

It is a fair statement that the ‘olde’ is now the ‘new’ in-thing. Homeowners are so excited about it that the market is expanding daily, producing highly successful internet companies that make their money by providing you the best the past has to offer.

 

Source:  Baret News

The Landscape of Your Dreams

The Landscape of Your Dreams

~ ZZ Troutski

 

People are investing more money into maintaining and recreating the back of their house than anything else when it comes to the home improvement realm. This is a great thing. Not only does enhancing the backyard bring a great deal of extra resale value to the property, Golden Dame-Montana-Roadtrekin.combut it also allows you to enjoy the Great Outdoors without actually having to climb, fish, hunt, hike, etc.. In other words, you can live the outdoor life and read a book on your stunning patio surrounded by your amazing flower garden all at the same time.

 

Some home improvements do not necessarily mean more money for the owner in the future. Some are simply decorative that the homeowner wants so they can use it far into their retirement years. But when it comes to the world of landscaping, improvements are extremely desirable and definitely bring in the return on investment that you’re looking for.

 

One improvement has become extremely debatable in this world. There are people who believe that having a smaller lawn with less vegetation and flowers means more money. The upkeep is far easier to do. However, depending on the location of the property, many home seekers are looking, dreaming and focusing on only putting offers down on properties with the big backyard. They want the lawn, they want the huge beds of flowers, with perennials and shrubs used as borders so that the ‘real’ outdoors is just a step away.

 

Trees are also a huge thing on the list for buyers. They want the old, mature trees that have been around for a good, long time. They want the shade, they want the look, they want that piece of nature as part of their property. Not to mention, trees appreciate over time.

 

Another huge selling point for a house, as well as a true beauty spot for the homeowner, is having that ultimate patio in the backyard. Whether the lawn is small or amazingly large, that patio, deck, or porch is something that can not be set aside. Being able to relax in the outdoors takes away stress and tension that comes along with daily life, so if you’re looking to get started on a home improvement project, pick the perfect spot to sit and stare out at that landscape you can not do without.

 

Your backyard is truly a sanctuary. The animals that will love you extra for all the food, shade, and ‘homes’ you provide them are not the only ones that want that sanctuary. There are many ways to make the sanctuary of your dreams, from installing a fountain to extra bushes to creating a small pond that can be filled with fish and call out to the birds that fly by.

 

Making the right choices, depending on location, is also a must when it comes to landscaping needs. When the polar vortex hits, or the storms actually never seem to end, winter white is not exactly the most colorful or relaxing look for the home. Seeing as that you can’t change Mother Nature (although you would really like to), make sure that your yard is colorful at all times. Flowering shrubs can be added that thrive in the cold months, as well as ornamental grasses.

 

But let’s be honest, here. Some outdoor projects will just be a ton of fun for the warm weekends ahead; while others will most definitely need a five-year plan to make sure you get exactly what you’re dreaming of in the long run.

 

And even though there are many professional landscape designers out there, enhancing and beautifying the backyard can most definitely be a DIY project that will bring some fun into the household.

 

It is absolute magic to watch the backyard become a colorful, stunning, relaxing sanctuary – so make sure to enjoy every minute of it. Because after everything is said, done and planted, you will be loving it for a good, long time to come.