How to Choose the Perfect Furnishings for Your Home

How to choose home furnishings

While purchasing your dream home is an exciting experience, furnishing it can get seriously stressful. Most beautiful spaces are balanced, proportionate, harmonious and are tailored to the people who live in it. When it comes to designing a space that works for you, some simple building blocks are required to make that happen.

Read on for ideas and shopping basics that will help you make the right decisions as you furnish your dream space.
Get Inspired

Make the most out of design blogs, Pinterest or apps to get inspiration for your space. Not only will they allow you to tour beautiful homes around the world, but you can search spaces based on your specific design style. It’s never been easier to piece together the elements you want and need in your home.

Set the Mood

Before you start shopping, think about the atmosphere you want to create in your space. From a specific color palette to a particular vibe, it’s key to hone in on the overall feeling you want in your home before you start shopping. Our advice? Craft up the kind of space that you’ll love to spend time in after a long day. Whether it’s a beachy retreat or a Moroccan-inspired sanctuary, it should do one thing: make you feel at home.

Believe in Balance

Getting out of your comfort zone can be hard, but it’s almost essential when it comes to your living space. Opt for a balance of old and new, classic and modern, dark and light or matte and shiny. Don’t be afraid to pair that old antique rug with a modern sofa, style organic linen sheets with a printed duvet cover or add some striking pops of color to an all-white room. Selecting pieces that are too similar to one another will result in a boring room (and who wants that?). Your home should boast pieces that will not only stand out, but create conversation, too.

Light it Up

Once you’ve selected the foundation pieces of your space, scour your favorite design sites for unique overhead and wall lighting. If you were stuck with apartment lighting before this, now you can choose the lighting you want for an extra dose of personality. An eye-catching fixture will make a serious impact—trust us.

Invest in A Few Great Rugs

Rugs are a surefire way to add personality and texture to a room. Cover hard flooring with a large fiber rug, or layer a classic style under something vibrant and patterned to liven things up. To put it simply, a rug is our favorite way to add charm, elegance, and a personal touch to both large and small spaces.

Wait to Accessorize

Hold off on the accessories until you’ve formed the building blocks of your space. Once you’ve got the basics (i.e., a couch, dining table, chairs, rugs), it’s easier to add the extras to tie it all together. See things you like? Take notes and stay inspired. Just wait to make those final additions till the end.


How to Frame a Basement for Drywall

How to frame a basement

Whether you are planning to add rooms to a basement or just to remodel the space, you will need to frame new walls for your basement drywall. You can do this project by yourself or with the help of one other person. Follow these steps to complete framing your wall in a few hours.

Step 1 – Measure and Mark Plate Lines

In your unfinished basement, mark the ceiling joist where the near end of your top wall plate will be attached. Make another mark where the far end will be attached. Snap a chalk line between the two marks. At one end of this line, hold the end of a plumb bob string. Have your helper mark the place on the floor where the plumb bob touches. Do the same at the far end of the top plate, then snap a chalk line between these two points.
Step 2 – Mark Points for Your Studs

Lay your bottom and top plates side by side on the floor, so that the ends of both plates are even with each other. Use a pencil to mark both plates .75-inches from the end. That will be the center of your first wall stud. From the first stud mark, measure 16-inches and make another mark to be the center of your next stud. Continue this process until you’ve reached the end of your plates, which is where you will place another mark on each plate.

Step 3 – Measure and Cut your Studs

Measure the distance between the floor and the bottom surface of the ceiling joist where your wall will be installed. Subtract 3-inches for the thickness of each plate. For example, if the distance between floor and ceiling joist is exactly 8-feet, after subtracting 3-inches for the bottom and top stud, your stud should be cut exactly 7-feet and 9-inches.

Don’t assume that the distance from floor to ceiling will be 8-feet for each stud, as not all construction is perfect. There may be variations in your ceiling joists. Measure this distance at both ends of your bottom and top plates then cut your studs to the length you have measured.

Step 4 – Attach Your Top and Bottom Plates

Using a framing nailer, attach the top plate to the ceiling joist where you made the chalk line. Using a stud gun with concrete nails or a high speed drill with concrete screws, attach he bottom plate to the floor. Be sure you drive a nail or stud near the end of the plates. Do so no closer to the end than 2-inches to avoid splitting the plates.