Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chandelier Bird Feeder

By Homefix Corporation

Earlier this week, we posted about Summer's DIY Dog Leash Hook. Today, we are sharing another of her projects: a DIY bird feeder made from a recycled chandelier.

A twist on the conventional bird seed holder, this chandelier is a glamorous way to decorate your backyard, and feed the local wildlife. A chandelier found at a thrift store is given a fresh coat of color with spray paint, and hung at the corner of the porch. All that you need is a chandelier with the proper containers to hold bird seed, spray paint or any additional decoration, and a place to hang it!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY Dog Leash Hook

By Homefix Corporation

Summer, of our sister company Solar Energy World, recently got a new puppy! In order to welcome her dog into her new home, she created a dog-themed hook to hang on the wall, which would hold his leash.

The leash is created using a store bought hook in the shape of a dog's tail, a wooden plaque, printed scrapbook paper, and recycled scrabble letters. Simply glue everything into place, and hang on the wall!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

How Replacement Windows Can Improve the Look of Your Home

By Homefix Corporation

Replacement windows are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but did you know that they are also a great way to refresh the look of your home, and increase curb appeal?

For many homes, the original windows are builder grade, which means that they are less energy efficient than their professional grade counterparts, and they have fewer features. For example, many replacement windows have tilt-in panes, which means they can be cleaned easily (meaning, more frequently, and more thoroughly) in order to maintain a sparkling appearance.

New windows also give you the opportunity to change the look of your home. You are not limited to simply replacing your current windows with a set of identical ones. Replacement windows offer the perfect opportunity to convert your windows to bay or bow windows, which will transform the look of your home's exterior, as well the interior rooms.

If you are considering replacement windows, or if you want to see how energy efficient windows can work for you, contact Homefix Corporation at 410-760-1777 (Baltimore, MD) or 703-383-0400 (Fairfax, VA).

Monday, April 22, 2013

Outdoor Spaces: Blue & White Retreat

By Homefix Corporation

Alex, from our sister company, Solar Energy World, was happy to share her photos of her beautifully decorated porch. Alex is a big fan of thrift shop finds, and most of her outdoor decor is the result of a DIY project.

Just a few short weeks ago, Alex had recycled an old pallet into a coffee table.

But, the porch was not complete just yet. Using paint for the wicker sofa, fabric for pillows and a tablecloth, and a variety of decorative finds, Alex transformed her front porch into a colorful, coordinated oasis of bue and white.

The pillows are recycled throw pillows that Alex covered in new fabric; the rest of the fabric was hemmed to create the round tablecloth. The key to getting the look is to choose several different fabrics within the color scheme for a look that is "mismatched" but still polished.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Easy Outdoor Lighting Ideas

By Homefix Corporation

As summer weather approaches, we can finally move outdoors and enjoy the longer daylight hours. Last week's temperatures in the upper 80's and low 90's gave Maryland a taste of summertime, which may have you thinking about decorating your outdoor places and spaces.

With that in mind, here are 5 ideas for outdoor lighting that will help extend your summer celebrations after dusk.

1. Use strands of lights to illuminate your patio.
Strands of white lights can be wrapped around the railings of your porch for a glimmering effect that casts a glow over your seating area. Depending on your backyard design, you could wrap a gazebo or drape them along a canopy over your patio. Stock up after the winter holidays during clearance sales to get strands of lights for a bargain!

2. Use solar-powered lights for pathway lighting.
Solar powered lighting offers freedom from extension cords and batteries. Miniature lights that stake into the ground can be usually be found at home and garden retailers, and are a perfect way to surround gardens or walkways with light.

3. Use fire for lighting.
This option is more of a hazard than the previous options for lighting, but a fire pit offers a great focal point for a backyard, and provides enough light for a gathering (plus, it's the only lighting option that allows you to roast marshmallows). Tiki torches also work for this purpose, and are a portable, less permanent option.

4. Glow in the dark products can illuminate your yard.
If you are looking for something colorful, and a bit unique, try glow in the dark products! Similar to the concept of solar-powered lights, these products "charge" during the day, and glow at night. You can use anything from glow-in-the-dark paint, to glowing stepping stones, or glowing pebbles to frame a pathway.

5. Use lanterns.
Lanterns are a versatile lighting option, not only because they are portable, but also because there are several options for light within them. Flameless, battery operated candles can be placed inside, as can traditional candles. A strand of lights can be packed into it, as well, for a "jar of fireflies" effect. Plus, the lanterns themselves can be placed on tables, on ledges, or they can hang from the top of outdoor structures.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Making the Most of a Shared Space

By Homefix Corporation

To follow up on one of our most popular posts, Making the Most of a Small Space, we are going to discuss ideas for a space that is commonly shared in households across America. Many children and teenagers will find that they have to share a bedroom with a sibling, and even as they get older, they may be sharing with a roommate in a college dormitory. This can be tricky, because not only does the room serve multiple purposes, but it must also accommodate more than one person! Here are a few ideas to make the most of a shared space.

Idea #1: Consolidate Sleeping Space
Shared bedrooms mean that at least two people are competing for the same amount of space. Maximize floor space by stacking sleeping space. For two kids around the same age, a bunk bed will work. If an older sibling is sharing a bedroom with a baby, a loft bed could be used for the older child, with the crib beneath it.

Beds that are built into the wall also offer a sense of privacy for everyone, whether the sleeping set up includes bunk beds, or not. Hanging a curtain along the outer edge of the wall adds to it, as well. If you don't have the option to build beds into the wall, you can fake it by placing shelving units appropriately at either end of the bed. While faking a built in bed doesn't exactly maximize floor space, it does offer the opportunity for great storage options using the shelves.

Idea #2: Storage for Two (or More!)
Besides just sleeping, bedrooms usually need to hold other belongings, such shoes, clothes, and toys. If you like the idea for loft beds, and you need more closet space, try creating a "closet" beneath one, using shelving units and a clothing rod to hang clothes on. A dresser could fit neatly underneath the bed as well, and you can use fabric to create a curtain that covers all of it when not in use.

While closet organization is undoubtedly a good thing, it is even more important when the closet space is shared. Bins labelled with names, and separate shelves can help keep clothes and shoes tidy, and avoid fights over what belongs to who.

Idea #3: Color Scheme
The most fun part of planning a bedroom is decorating it, and choosing a color scheme is the place to start!
You can always let your kids choose their own colors, but if they are too young to choose for themselves, or if you are trying to blend their different ideas together, you might need some inspiration.

All the Same Design:
This idea is easy enough to work with, just choose one design or color as if you were designing a room for one person, and make it for two.

Find a color that you like, and pick several shades of the same color. This could be as simple as choosing two or more different colors from the same paint chip, and it breaks up the room into separate halves while keeping everything pulled together.

To differentiate even more from the monochromatic scheme, take a look at the color wheel. Choose colors that are across from each other for a complementary color scheme. You might be able to find a pair of colors that you like in shades that will work well for the room you are designing.

Choose a Theme:
You may be inspired by a painting, a favorite cartoon, or even just a love of bright colors, but pulling ideas from favorite things is a great place to start designing a space that is unique and personal. Two very different colors can be pulled together through the use of a large painting or picture hung on the wall that incorporates all of the colors of the room, or two matching bedspreads with both chosen colors in the pattern can go a long way to pulling an entire look together.

There are endless possibilities when a designing a room shared between two or more people, and we hope that this article helps you get started. To find more inspiration, follow Homefix Corporation's new Shared Spaces board on Pinterest.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

DIY Pallet Coffee Table

By Homefix Corporation

Alex, of Solar Energy World (sister company of Homefix Corporation) shared her weekend DIY project with us! Using a leftover wooden pallet, some paint, and a helping of "sweat, time, and love", Alex turned a pallet into her own DIY pallet coffee table.

To make this, Alex started by sanding the surface of a wooden pallet. She did it by hand, but recommends a sander if you have one, in order to save time and a little work.

The legs were purchased from a home improvement store, and Alex attached each one using screws and drill. Then, she painted the pallet with several coats of an oil-based white paint. She noted that she used a thick coat of paint all over, as the pallet absorbed the paint, using a paint brush, along with a sponge to fill in the crevices. Then, she let it dry, and voila! Now this charming outdoor space is complete with a custom coffee table.

Total Cost: $20 dollars (she had the paint already, and the pallet was found for free and recycled!)
Time: Approximately 4 hours.

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