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  • Choosing the Best Rugs for your Home


    It is that time of the year where we bundle up in our warm clothes to stay cozy inside our homes. During these winter months the home interior gets cold and drafty, making it a little chilly indoors. However, there a few tricks to create a warm space within the home, and even specifically the kitchen-without costing too much. One of the most common ways to warm up a space is to add an area rug. With most of our floors being marble, it is extremely cold on our feet. Therefore, an area rug can definitely warm up the area, both visually and actually. However, the key to choosing the perfect rug- based on the type of room is the challenge. Below are a few tips in choosing the ideal rug, depending in the rooms within the home.

     

    Bedroom: One of the most luxurious feelings in the winter is waking up and stepping onto a plush rug. An area rug in the bedroom instantly adds richness and coziness to a space at the same time. When choosing choosing a rug for the bedroom, neutrals are a great option as the bedroom space has many patterns all over with the wall hangings, sheets, and covers. However, pattern rugs work very well to add some visual interest of the remaining bedroom elements are a bit more subdued. In terms of rug placement, it should be as long as the bed, and placed approximately two feet away from the bed itself. In the bedroom, rugs are also great space dividers, For example if there is a small sitting area within the room, having a an area rug designate two different spaces within the entire room.

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    Kitchen: Many people don't think of placing rugs in the kitchen. However, being one of the most active rooms in the home, it doesn't hurt to make it a little cozy. As mentioned in a previous blog, the best rugs for the kitchen are the flat weave rugs, which can easily be cleaned, yet still be comfortable to stand on while conducting kitchen tasks. During the winter months, kitchen rugs can easily add warmth with a pop of bright colors on the floor!

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    Living Room: In a living room keep in mind that small rugs make the room look even smaller than it is. With larger furniture in a larger room, the smaller rugs make the furniture look awkward and cluttered. Therefore, it is best to go for a larger rug, where the legs of the couch and the chair sit on top of it. The living room is a great place to play with colors and textures to complement the furniture and create a designer appeal.

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    Area rugs are a great way to tie a space together and make the home look more cozy. Through these winter months, consider area rugs to design and define spaces, yet still add warmth at the same time. Keep these tips in mind to give your home that instant designer touch!!

  • Decluttering Flat Surfaces in your Home


    Any flat surface in the home is a major clutter magnet that needs to be cleared. It becomes a habitual practice to just place items on any countertop as it is very convenient and easy to do. However, cluttered surfaces create visual and mental chaos within the home. Clear the flat surfaces and restore some calm and serenity into your home once again. Below are the three most-probable cluttered surfaces within the home space and a guide and where to start clearing them.

    Kitchen Counter: Every home has that one kitchen counter where a dozen of items are simply put because it is convenient. No matter the size or shape, everybody  sees it as an area to place their items. Since the kitchen is the hub of family activity, the kitchen counter in particular attracts extensive clutter including spare tupper ware, dirty dishes, and even the daily mail.  To clear the kitchen countertop, simply set aside 15 minutes per day to place all the items where they need to go. It will create a relaxing atmosphere within the kitchen and allow you to feel in control for the home. With these 15 minutes a day, the kitchen counter will be nice and decluttered.

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    Coffee Table: Another surface that collects extensive clutter is the coffee table. This flat surface in the living room can get covered with books, magazines, and other miscellaneous papers. Whether it is the top of the coffee table or the space underneath the coffee table, it definitely attracts clutter.  With an area like the coffee table, one has to be deliberate and making sure its decluttered. On a regular basis the space should be cleaned up to give that peaceful atmosphere to the living room.

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    Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity can also get extremely cluttered in the morning routine. Many times, items are scattered across the counter while leaving in the morning and are simply left there to collect dust. To avoid the bathroom clutter, assign or designate drawers in which all the items would go and keep the space organized. For more on bathroom organization, click on the previous blog post.

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    Decluttering surfaces in the home brings a calming appearance to the home. It creates the illusion of control and gives a peaceful atmosphere. With the tips above your home surfaces will be decluttered in no time!

  • 3 Tips to Get Your Wardrobe Winter-Ready


    It is that time of the year where we take our winter gear our of storage and place in the accessible areas of our wardrobe. Although the task is tedious, the chill in the air calls for a refreshing change within the wardrobe, which can be completed with a few easy tasks. The tips are given below.

    Store the Summer Clothes: If there is limited space, place the summer-only or off-season items in the loft or an unused shelf in the wardrobe. Typically the top shelf is the least-used shelf within a wardrobe. Therefore, it is best to place the off-season items there so they are out of the way, yet still accessible when it is time to change the season again. If the wardrobe has loft storage above the main wardrobe area, place the off-season items over there so they are out of the way for the winter months.

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    Fold vs. Hanging: Another organizational tactic is to decipher which items should be folded and which should be hung. Large bulky sweaters and sweat shirts can take extensive space if placed on hangers, and usually lose their shape. The best way to store them is by folding them and placing them on shelves or in drawers. When it comes to organizing shelves within a wardrobe, the heavier stacks or piles should be placed on the lower shelves, while the lighter clothing items should be placed on the higher shelves. However, items such as coats are best stored by hanging them. They can be hung in the existing wardrobe or in a different wardrobe, depending on the availability of space.

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    Filtering through Hangers: To maximize space in the closet, consider space-saving hangers to place all of the necessary items. Winter clothing is much heavier and thicker, and therefore takes up more space. Therefore, if space is a constraint, then use the space-saving hangers for your necessary items.

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    Use these tips to work out your winter-friendly closet for the next few months!!

  • 4 Timeless Color Schemes for your Bathroom


    Defining the look or appearance of a bathroom can be extremely challenging. There is often a hesitation on which colors go well within the bathroom, yet still complement the rest of the home, and will work for years to come. Below, are 4 different color schemes that give a timeless look to the bathroom space and work for years to come.

     

    Grey Scale: As boring as it sounds, various shades of grey work very well within the bathroom. The grey tones can be a mixture and paint and textures to give the bathroom space some orientation. The grey colors can be complemented well with bathroom decorative items, such as plants or colorful towels to balance and brighten the space. Grey is an extremely soothing shade and it will create an uplifting and relaxing atmosphere within the bathroom space.

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    Mocha and White: Any combination of brown and white mixes modern and classic within the design. The brown or mocha tones warm up the bathroom space, making it look more inviting, while the white adds depth and highlights various areas of the bathroom, giving the space visual interest. Whether it is a creamy white or a stark white, it is a great shade to highlight various features such as the bathtub or vanity wall.

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    Blue and Yellow: If there is a preference to step away from the neutrals and add some color to the bathroom space, the first place to look is towards the outdoors. Bringing some outdoor colors inside, such as blue and yellow to create an everlasting color scheme within the bathroom. The blue and yellow is a mix of the sun in a clear blue sky. With a color combination like blue and yellow, the bathroom can have a cooler feel, with blue being the dominant color-balanced with pops of yellow; or warmed up with yellow being the dominant color balanced with pops of blue. The pops of color can be added in the form of towels, bathroom mats or even other movable accessories.

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    Black and White: Black and white anything is classic and takes you back to the 1920s and 1930s. However, black and white interiors are definitely timeless within the bathroom. Black and white can be complemented with chrome fixtures and hits of bright colors to give the bathroom space a contemporary design that will stand the test of time!

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    A timeless color scheme in the bathroom is definitely possible. With the ideas above, one can get extremely creative and defining a space that is unique to them and their tastes. Start with your bathroom interiors today!

  • 5 Ways to Make Your Indoors Pollution-Free


    The air pollution in our beloved city has been horrendous this whole week. The toxic air definitely affects our health and we should all have a safe place to come, where the air is clean. The best way to do so is by making the indoor air of your home clean and pollution free. With extensive pollution outside, chances are that the pollution inside is even worse-which can really impact the physical and mental health. To make your home pollution free, check out the tips below:

    Ventilation: Ventilation in homes reduces the moisture levels. The best way to allow for ventilation without opening the windows is to install vents that cycle and purify the air. Another form of ventilation is the exhaust fans which help carry the pollution form inside to the outside. One of the most common areas where ventilation becomes an issue is in the kitchen: due to extensive cooking. The best way to avoid indoor pollution is to ensure the chimney fan is on.

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    Dust Furniture: Dusting furniture is a daily activity in Indian homes. However, it really works in reducing indoor pollution. Keeping furniture clean reduces mildew, mold, and bacteria from developing within the home. Therefore, with dusting furniture ensure the every service and crevice is clean to a pollution-free zone within the home.

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    Keep Dustbins Covered: Dustbins can get disgusting and full of nasty particles. Ensure that all dustbins and trash cans are covered for hygiene purposes and to prevent any exposure of bacteria. To avoid indoor pollution, also ensure the dustbins and trash cans are cleaned on a regular basis.

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    House Plants: In preventing indoor air pollution, houseplants are your best friend. They can purify and rejuvenate all types of indoor spaces and clean the air within the home. It recommended to have at least one plant per 100 square feet within the home for efficient air cleaning. One of the best plants to filter the toxins in the air is the Peace Lily-which requires moderate sunlight or the Lady Palm which prefers bright, but indirect light. Another plant is the English Ivy-which is ideal for rooms with computers-or even the Spider Plant, which is ideal in the kitchen around the gas stove.

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    Essential Oils: Essential oils such as cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, clove, lemon, and tea tree will keep indoor areas bacterial and mold free. When the essence of oils is released into the air the atmosphere automatically becomes easier, fresher, and cleaner to breathe.

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    Indoor air pollution is even more harmful than outdoor air pollution. With a few simple precautions your home can become the pollution-free zone to escape to at the end of the day.

  • Walk-in vs. Reach-in Pantries: What works Best for You?


    Deciding the style of pantry can be a challenge in redesigning a kitchen or building a new home. Both walk-in and reach-in pantries have their own pros and cons , and the final decision comes down to storage requirements, organization style, and the amount of space which is allocated. Below are the variables that determine the best style pantry for your kitchen space.

     

    Storage: Walk-in pantries definitely have more storage capacity. They are ideal for the avid cook who wants ceiling-to-floor shelves to keep their cookbooks, ingredients, snacks, and crockery. The walk-in pantries also have more room to store larger cooking appliances. However, due to the size of the walk-in pantry, the storage will be more spread out, and it may take time to find and gather the necessary items. That way, with a reach-in pantry, the storage space is more centralized and accessible, with all items are in one area. Therefore, less time is spent searching through many shelves for various items. Yet, the storage space is limited. It is challenging to fit the larger cooking appliances, and many items transfer to the countertops.

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    Organization: With walk-in pantries one can get creative with the organization and sort through items as per preference and convenience. However, with more area there is more responsibility. The organization has be me maintained, otherwise it can get extremely untidy and difficult to manage. However, with the limited space in the reach-pantry, it is much easier to keep organized and maintain it without losing track.

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    Space: Walk-in pantries surely have more space inside, yet they also take up a lot of space within the kitchen. One of the major downsides of the walk-in pantry is the amount of space required to accommodate it within a kitchen design. On the contrary, reach-in pantries do not take up significant space, and are simply more cabinetry with extra shelves and drawers within the kitchen. Nevertheless, due to limited space inside the cabinet, some of the kitchen storage may transfer to the surrounding bench space.

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    In choosing the reach-in or the walk-in pantry for the kitchen, it boils down to preference and space. With a walk-in pantry, there is more space, more room for organization, but it requires a regular maintenance and one has to see if it is possible within a kitchen design. The reach-in pantry is a more space-friendly solution, yet it is limited to the cabinetry and the number of items that can be stored inside. In choosing the pantry space for your kitchen, use the tips above to find the perfect pantry solution for your dream kitchen!

  • Vastu Shastra Tips for your Wardrobe


    The wardrobe is one of the largest pieces of furniture within the bedroom. Ensuring its placement can impact the vibes or energy within a room. Applying Vastu Shastra to the home is believed to bring positive and peaceful energy within a space. In a previous blog, we have mentioned the ideal layout for the kitchen in accordance to Vastu Shastra, along with a blog post for the most suitable colors.   For the bedroom, different Vastu Shastra rules apply. Below, are some Vastu Shastra Tips for placing the Wardrobe within the bedroom.

     

    • Wardrobe Location: For starters, the ideal placement of a wardrobe within the bedroom is in the southwest direction of the room. An alternative direction for the wardrobe is the northwest. Ideally, the wardrobe shutters should open towards the east or south to be used as a buffer against the hot evening sun.
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    • Wardrobe Appearance: The colors of the wardrobe should be subtle and soft. Neutral tones such as white, grey, or beige are ideal color options for any wardrobe. They follow the Vastu Shastra rules, and they can be placed with any bedroom color scheme. Vastu Shastra also states that a bedroom wardrobe should be constructed from wood or iron. At ModSpace.in we use wood in making our wardrobes. Using mirrors as a part of the wardrobe shutters is discouraged. It is believed that mirrors in the bedroom or facing the bed lead to arguments within the home.
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    • Wardrobe Storage: Vastu Shastra  states that valuables and cash that are stored inside of the wardrobe should be kept on the west or the south side, in a wardrobe that is standing on a leveled floor. Ideally, a drawer or safety locker should be dedicated to those valuables to ensure safe storage.
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    Adhere to these Vastu Shastra tips within your home to ensure prosperity, wealth, and happiness!

  • 5 Ways to Give the Bathroom a Mini Makeover (without Renovation)


    We all like to upgrade our spaces from time to time, but refuse to do so mostly do to inconvenience. However, whenever we visit a hotel or a model home, we can't help but admire the beautifully styled bathrooms, which we understand can be a challenge to manage in everyday homes. However there are some easy style tricks one can add to their bathroom space to give it a mini makeover, without dealing with the hassles of renovation. The list below starts with the most simple and easiest ways to upgrade the bathroom, and ends making some moderate changes to the space.

    Adding some Greenery: As mentioned in a few previous blogs, plants are a great way to make a space feel more new and lively. A living plant in the bathroom adds great color and can look beautiful as well. Indoor plants such as bamboo shoots go very well humid environments, which makes the bathroom a perfect space for it! Place it at the corner of the vanity countertop to keep it out of the way, yet still adding color to a space.

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    Changing up the Textiles: Another easy way to make a change is to mix up the towels and bathroom mats. In a bathroom, the towels are the most visible items, and typically fade away with time and more use. Upgrade the bathroom space by adding some fresh bath, hand, and face towels. Either have a set or mix and match and create your own color scheme within the bathroom. Even changing up the bathroom rug can immediately make the room look new. All types of these textiles will add instant color and allow for an immediate upgrade.

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    Replacing Countertop Accessories: Even switching out the countertop items can bring an instant change. Changing the soap dispenser or the cosmetic items on display doesn't even require any extra shopping. One can easily use a mason jar or a beautiful vase to place their bathroom essentials, yet still have them on the countertop.

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    Changing Cabinet Hardware: A more moderate makeover idea is to switch the hardware. Just with a simple switch out the entire look of the cabinetry can change, making it look more modern or classic or transitional. Changing something as small at the bathroom handles can dramatically make a difference and possibly give the look of a whole new bathroom! 

    Mixing up the Sink and Shower Fixtures: Just like changing out the hardware, replacing the shower and sink fixtures updates the look and even adds a more comfortable water flow. A brand new shower head brings a fresh feel while using it and creates a more spa-like atmosphere within the bathroom itself.

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    Upgrading the bathroom space can be an extremely simple task. A few simple and small changes can really transform the space and make it look brand-new. In thinking about updating the bathroom space, remember it is the details that make all the difference!

  • 5 Elements to Create a Timeless Look in the Kitchen


    There is no easy way to say it. Kitchen trends come and go, and focusing too much on a particular trend can make a kitchen look outdated after a certain point. However, there are certain elements within a kitchen that stand the test of time and give a kitchen a timeless look, no matter how old the kitchen is. Below are 5 elements that help in creating a timeless look within the kitchen.

     

    Neutral Colors: Sticking to subdued colors can help in creating  timeless kitchen. Neutral colors are usually required to add balance to the home interiors, yet they do not have to be boring. One can even add muted greens and blues and have them work as neutrals within the kitchen space. Pops of color can easily be switched in an out with less permanent pieces such as rugs, hand towels, or wall art. Go for neutral tones in the kitchen to stand the test of time.

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    Knobs and Handles: The most trendy design element right now is the handle-less design, but it is also a true characteristic of the modern design concept. Having handles on the cabinetry gives a more timeless look, as it is a more classic choice and can withstand for years to come. If you are going for a timeless look for your kitchen, consider the knobs and handles in your cabinet design.

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    Granite Countertops: Even the countertops make a big difference in creating a timeless look. As a countertop, granite is available in very pretty, natural tones and can really complement the overall kitchen interior. There are a variety of colors that makeup a granite countertop, yet they all add a neutral element to the kitchen space.

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    Smart Storage: Smart storage started as a trend, but it is one that should definitely stand the test of time. It helps the user take advantage of their space for years to come and allows the user to keep the kitchen organized. An organized kitchen space makes it more enjoyable to use, maintaining its timeless appeal.

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    Stainless Steel Sink: A stainless steel sink is not only hygienic, but it works in all types of kitchens. It gives the kitchen a more sleek look, and can withstand the wears and tear that come with time.

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    A timeless kitchen goes a long way. Add these tidbits to your space to stand the time test!

  • 4 Spots to add Artwork in the Kitchen


    A kitchen is more than just a functional space. It is the most used room in the home, and should even be personalized in that way. Adding decorative items or artwork to a kitchen space is a great way to make it your own, and it adds that little extra something, enhancing the entire room. Placement of any artwork in the kitchen is key to ensure it does not interfere with functionality, yet still adds to the overall design . Even the types and location of the artwork make a big difference. For example, any artwork on the walls, should be hung at eye level, unless the eye-line should be drawn upward. Other items such as colorful pieces should be kept away from direct sun to prevent color fading as well. Nevertheless, the best locations for artwork in the kitchen are given below.

    Above Upper Cabinets: With upper cabinets in the kitchen, there is always some dead space above which looks extremely bare unless something is placed on it. Therefore, add interesting pieces to the upper cabinets to draw the eye-line upward, and create that visual interest. It is a great area to place interesting sculptures or framed art pieces, as they are well out of way, yet still add some character to the kitchen space.

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    Near the Entrance: The kitchen entrance is a great place to add some energy as soon as you walk into the kitchen. The entrance or doorway to the kitchen typically has empty wall space next to it. Therefore, it is a great space to hang some wall art and add a bit of color to that blank space in the kitchen.

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    Open Shelving: As mentioned in many previous blogs, open shelves are great for displaying collections and storing items. They also great for placing artwork in the kitchen, yet still being out of the way of kitchen activities. Open shelves can be used to display beautiful dishes or framed paintings. The way the shelves are still being used, yet there is visual interest at the same time.

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    Above the Sink: Hanging artwork above the sink is quite unique. If there is room, the wall space above the sink will create immediate visual interest, and will give an element of surprise. In hanging items above the sink, ensure they are framed and hung a little bit higher to stay out of the moisture zone.

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    Personalize your kitchen with some amazing artwork to create a fabulous, yet functional space! Bring some energy in and liven up your kitchen!

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