It’s Monday! The day of the week I usually hate, but not now, with the start of House Fenway’s Maker’s Monday. I have something to look forward to at the start of every week. Each Monday is “Maker’s Monday”. I feature a small business and/or artist, their wares and a little bit about them.
Since starting House Fenway 2 years ago, it has always been a fun experience meeting other makers and enjoying their creations. The time and talent that goes into each products made by a small business or artist far out ways anything you could purchase from a big box retailer. This week’s maker is no exception.
This Week’s Feature:
Hettie is the owner of Gam Gamz Handcrafted and is a master seamstress. Decorative pillow covers to infinity scarves, this girl definitely knows how to sew! Gam Gamz Handcrafted carries a wide range of fabric styles to match just about any decor and is always sourcing new prints to keep up with current trends. Hettie’s speciality, pillow covers, are the perfect inexpensive way to transform a room within minutes. And who doesn’t love that?
I have several of Gam Gamz Handcrafted pillow covers throughout my house, but my new buffalo-check cover is by far my favorite. It’s neutral without just being boring “Plain Jane” and can easily be incorporated with seasonal decor from Halloween to Christmas.
From now until Sunday September 30, 2018 use exclusive promo code MAKER18 and receive 15% off your purchase at Gam Gamz Handcrafted.
Love shopping small? Check out another one of my Maker’s Monday shops; The Vintage Nest
Just because you live far away from the hustle and bustle of the city doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck in the past. The old-fashioned charm of a rural home is a huge part of its appeal for many people, but that charm comes with a few costs, too. Here, we’re going to look at how to keep the charm but do away with the inconvenience. We’ll look at a few upgrades that can make your home both look and feel a little more convenient, offering you all the comforts of modern living.
More than a lick of paint
If you simply don’t like the aged look of your home, then that could be one of the easiest issues of all to tackle. A change of style can really make your home a magical place. For instance, instead of warm, drab colors, you can make it feel much brighter while still highlighting the appeal of country style walls with a light color palette of cream and neutrals. If you don’t have a lot of space, then consider using unfussy furniture with neat lines and space-saving shapes so you don’t feel quite as closed in. Art is a great way to update the walls, too.
Space it out
As mentioned, space can be a concern in country homes. You might not have as much floor on the room as you like, and the walls might be full of awkward angles that create darker spots that you’re not too fond of. Knocking down a wall can really air a room out, so that might be worth considering. Otherwise, however, trying look at ThisOldHouse.com for storage ideas that can help you save a lot of space without having to get rid of anything you need in the home. As for those small, awkwardly angled corners, you could make use of them by installing bespoke storage that takes advantage of the space rather than simply ignoring it.
Light it up
The architecture of older, rural homes tends to also be very closed in, which means that lighting can be an issue. However, one of the benefits of a rural home is that you’re going to get enough natural light to make anyone living in the city jealous. The key factor is finding how to let more of it in your home. You can opt for lighter window treatments and use décor like mirrors to help maximize the amount of light coming through your windows. However, it may be worth considering something like patio doors that can really blur the divide between the outdoors and indoors, bathing your home with a lot more light. Greenery and houseplants can also help the home feel a lot brighter.
Modern convenience isn’t all about how things look, but about how comfortably and easily you can live, too. When it comes to the internet, rural homeowners tend to get the short end of the stick, to put it politely. If you stick with the major providers, you might find that coverage in your area isn’t suitable to the modern needs of the average internet-powered household. Check out other providers like i3Broadband.com for more information on the types of internet packages they offer in your area. You might just be able to find one who can provide better coverage or at least better hardware, such as routers, that can help your home make the best use of your connection. We use the net for much more than visiting websites nowadays. Between online video games and streaming high-quality videos, you need high-speed internet that can handle a heavier load.
Make it smart
If you upgrade the wireless hub of the home, then you might be able to use it to do a lot more than access faster download and upload speeds. The smart home is a revolutionary new trend in home technology that allows you to control a lot more from a single control panel. For instance, you can connect your smart home to your lights, electronic locks, blinds, your HVAC, even your TV, and your sound systems, allowing you to control them all remotely. There’s nothing to stop someone in a country home from taking their house to the future. However, it may require you to do a lot of rewiring and to install new power outlets into the home to keep everything connected.
Speaking of power, if you’re sick of being tied to the grid and paying utility companies for your energy, then you should consider going solar instead. Sites like YellowLite.com show more about different solar installations that can make the best use of the climate in your area. As previously mentioned, country homes tend to get a lot more natural light that homes in suburbs and the cities, because there’s nothing to block the sun. As a result, they could also have the biggest potential savings by making the switch to solar-powered electricity in the home. If you produce more electricity than you use, you can even provide it back into the grid.
Stand up against the weather
If your home is at the mercy of the elements, there are a lot of ways to tackle it. Updating your doors and windows to more energy efficient fixtures is one way, as is replacing and maintaining the health of the roof. However, sometimes it’s the walls that let a little too much of the heat escape. As Hunker.com shows, exterior cladding could be just the solution you need. Besides helping the home better maintain its own climate, cladding can reduce water absorption and is highly resistant to sunlight. What’s more, it can immediately transform the aesthetic appeal of the home, giving it a much more modern façade.
You don’t have to transform the home from top to bottom to enjoy a little modern convenience. It’s a good idea to list your wants and needs, to prioritize so you can see where you can do a little updating without sacrificing what you love about your country home
Our homes get a lot of use. Especially if you’ve got kids and pets. We spend a lot of time in our houses, and now a lot more of us are even working out of them. Your home is where you relax after a hard day. It’s where you are free to be yourself, to relax with your family, and to entertain your friends. It’s your own private space in the big wide world. It makes sense that we’d want our homes to look and function at their best. To keep us safe, to give us what we need to create sumptuous meals, to get a good night’s sleep and to unwind when we are stressed out.
But, with so much use, it’s no surprise that our homes can quickly start to look worn and tired. Things break, our décor becomes dated, and we can easily fall out of love with our homes. Unfortunately, while we’d love to always live in the home of our dreams, refurbishment and decoration can be very expensive, and not many of us can afford to undertake a full home makeover as often as we like.
Luckily, however, there are plenty of ways to refresh your home even on a tight budget. Ways to make small changes that can help you to fall in love with your home again. Easy things that you can do, to refresh your home without spending the world.
Refurbish Your Kitchen Cabinets
A whole new kitchen can cost a fortune. You’ll often find that the cost of installation is at least as much as the kitchen itself, and you can face weeks without a kitchen while the work is being done. But, your kitchen is an important part of your home. For many people, it’s the heart of the house, and many modern families spend most of their quality time together in the kitchen, cooking, eating, doing homework and having fun together.
Fortunately, getting a brand-new kitchen isn’t the only way to refresh the room and give it a new lease of life. Check out https://kitchensacramento.com/kitchen-cabinets/ for remodelling and refurbishment options. Including refacing your cupboards which could only cost a fraction of the price.
Let More Light In
If your home has started to look dull and dark, the easiest way to brighten it up is literally brightening it up. Getting plenty of natural light doesn’t just brighten up your décor. It can also improve your mood, help you to get more vitamin D and help you to sleep better.
There are many great ways to increase the natural light in your home. You can switch to lighter curtains, paint your window frames a lighter color so that they reflect more light inside, add mirrors to the walls in smaller, darker spaces, trim back anything in your garden that might be blocking light and simply clean your windows.
Paint the Walls
Redecorating is very expensive. But, just painting the walls can be significantly cheaper. Even if you paint them the same color, a few shades lighter can brighten things up and make things look cleaner and fresher. Try to stick to neutral colors, so that you can change your accessories when you get bored without having to worry about clashing colors and schemes.
Hang Some Art
Original artwork can be very expensive. So can prints if they are from a known artist or limited editions. But, there are so many other options. Frame wallpaper samples or bits of gift wrap that you love. Frame pieces from magazines or even your children’s artwork. Everything looks cool in a frame and hanging large pieces can add color and life to your home. Check out this cool free printable.
Move Things Around
You don’t need to spend a penny to make your home look completely different. Just move things around. We get used to our furniture being in the same place, so moving it around can make your rooms look entirely different. Change the layout so that the seating faces each other instead of the TV and you’ll suddenly have a more sociable room with a new focus.
Cover Your Furniture
Sofas and chairs are very expensive, but they don’t last forever. They can also be a large feature that draws focus in your rooms. So, if you are bored or your sofas need a new lease of life, instead of replacing them, cover them. You could recover your seat pads and cushions or simply buy big throws to cover them up when you fancy a change. This is a super simple way to refresh your room.
Throw pillows can also add a much needed pop of color, add texture and dramatically change the look of a room within minutes. Check out my favorite throw pillows this season: House Fenway’s Favorite Autumn Pillows
Do you ever wonder what your neighbors think of your home? Believe me, they are looking. They might subtly suggest that the weather’s nice enough to trim the grass. That’s their way of saying that yours is a little too long and it’s making their home look bad. Or, potentially, they could notice a lovely colorful new array of flowers in your garden. They could ask where you bought the seeds or what your secret is for getting them to sprout so beautifully. Sometimes we want to impress our neighbors and other times we want to beat them to see who can have the prettiest home.
This could be simply to make sure that your property is the crown jewel on the street. Or, perhaps it’s because you’re selling and you don’t want attention taken away from your house by other homes in the area.
This is all about curb appeal, and we have some fantastic tips for you.
It’s a big change, but you might want to consider adding solar panels to your roof. Solar panels have been a big deal for companies and businesses for years, helping them save money. You can find more from Big Dog Solar Energy about this and discover the benefits of a feature for companies. Or, you can start to look at the new trend where homeowners are getting in on the action. Yes, homeowners can now invest in solar panels as well, getting the energy saving solution they need and the home redesign they want. With solar panels, your home roof will look fantastic and modern. The energy saving is really just a bonus.
Get A Carport
Don’t worry, all the ideas aren’t quite this grand, but a carport could be a fantastic option. With a carport, you can add an exciting new feature to the front of your property and will have a practical purpose. With a carport, you can protect your vehicle from the worst of the elements. However, it’s also consider a luxurious build. So, if you want to upscale your home, this could definitely be the right choice for you.
Invest In Landscaping
You can think about using a professional landscaper to keep your garden looking lush and lovely. People will often hire a landscaper if they are thinking about selling to make sure that their yard makes a tremendous first impression. However, this can be an expensive service so you will need to think carefully about whether it’s worth the charge. The cost will typically depend on what you want to do. Tidying up the grass and making it green won’t cost a fortune. But altering the levels and layers of your yard definitely will.
Finally, if you want to cheat, you can think about investing in astroturf. Similar to solar panels it’s a concept that started off as a commercial choice but was ultimately embraced by homebuyers, and you can see why. With astroturf, you will have gorgeous lush green grass no matter what the weather is like outside.
With Halloween fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to rerun one of my first blog posts. My recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. It’s one of my family’s favorite recipes and a tradtion that we partake in every year. Enjoy! ~M
Original Run Date: October 30, 2016
It is Halloween weekend! Where did October go? One of our favorite family Halloween traditions is roasting pumpkin seeds. It’s the perfect treat after spending hours gutting, carving and crafting the perfect jack o lantern face.
Here is a quick recipe to roast the perfect pumpkin seeds. My family likes them plainly salted but the seasoning choices are endless! Enjoy and have a safe and spooky Halloween! 🎃👻👹
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Rinse pumpkin seeds off in a colander
It’s okay to leave some strings and pulp on the seeds (it adds flavor) clean off any chunks.
Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the 2 Tbs of melted butter, vegetable oil or olive oil.
Pour and spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle on the seasonings of your choice. Try: Salt, Garlic Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper (for a little heat), Cajun Seasoning, or Seasoning Salt. (We prefer regular salt and oilve oil)
Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
Store leftover seeds in an air tight container.
Welcome! I’m Melissa, creator of House Fenway. A blog to celebrate my life loves: family, food, home décor and the creative spirit. I’m so glad you’re here and thanks for stopping by!