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Two minds better then one.

Two minds better then one.

Sometimes, I can get ahead of myself. Has that happened to you? Have you been in deep thought about an idea, something you propose and not sure how it will be perceived by others? What you may not understand about Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting is that we are a different type of interior decorating company. We love to explore various levels of decorating with our clients. When they think they’ve got their idea down pat, we challenge them to try something they’ve never tried before. This is a fabulous way to keep learning about oneself. What could be better than to learn something ‘new’ about yourself?

Home decorating and design is  bringing new ideas and processes of change into a house to make it a ‘home’. Our purpose is to meet with people like yourselves (our clients or would-be clients) to determine where their thinking is regarding what they want and anticipate for any space changes in their home. It is a great time to dig deep into your thoughts, use  as many resources as you have and come up with great ideas. There are many ideas out in the marketplace, and it doesn’t mean they all fit your space as you expect.

  • Here’s where we come in. I have a couple of analogies to share with you. How many times have you decided to try something different for a meal at home? You may have even had it before, but you want a different variation. If you don’t go to a cookbook or ask someone who has cooked it before how they prepared it, you will most likely end up preparing it the same way you always have.
  • Here’s another example for you. What if you have a rash on your hand (or other parts of your body)? You may try to put some sort of salve on it, or at the very least, try to find someone else who has experienced this same malady. But instead, you decide to seek professional help from a doctor to tend to your issue. This is best, because you may spend time applying all sorts of remedies to your problem only to waste time and money in the process. This applies also to the decorating process of your space. There is so much out there in the decorating marketplace. If you’re seeking ‘different’, we may even look into wholesale to expand your variety of products for use in your home.

In addition, not only do we care about you, but about some other folks you may personally know or are acquainted with. They may be elderly and/or in poor health, having to leave their home. We need to talk immediately. Contact us today, and we’ll talk.  Also note, we are excited to work with DIY clients. We want to know what your perception is  for your space. We can add to it, and just think what will come out of this collaboration. Come on, let’s get started.

Two minds better then one.

The point I’m trying to make is defining when you are wasting time and money, rather then working with a professional decorating company such as Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting. We’ll help you step outside of your comfort zone and find other ways of styling your home. 

How much did you pay for your home? I don’t really want to know. It’s just a rhetorical question. My point is don’t deny yourself from making your home what you really want it to be  by not examining the fundamentals of the reason for the changes. Searching magazines,  going to furniture stores and getting many opinions can cause confusion. Keep thinking about who lives in this space is the crux of the matter; it’s the determination of everyone having a piece of their personality included in  your plan.  When a friend, neighbor or relative has their home decorated a certain way, it only means it works for them, but not necessarily for you. Personality is a key ingredient and essential in decorating. Give your imagination a chance to be opened up to the possibilities for your space. For as many people that occupy a common space, it’s important to get input from as many occupants as possible. Let’s try it..together. Please fill in contact sheet and return to us.

mkitchen counterDo you recall the house that Jack built? It was a troubled home that wasn’t suppose to suffer with so many negative outcomes about animals and people. What began in this rhyme with Jack building his house, soon turned into a fiasco.

What about the house you’re considering building or are you more of renting kind of person? What I’m trying to say is that is doesn’t matter whether you’re building or renting, you deserve and want a foundation that is strong and secure as possible. How would you know? What are the fundamental steps related to building a house when considering what type of home you end up with? There are many style and types of homes. Let’s inspect this process.

The house you live in or plan to live in begins with a mere thought, an idea or concept. From this point, it becomes a drawing or mock-up of rooms, closets, bathroom(s), kitchen, den, living room, etc. Houses come in all sizes, styles, shapes and built to specific specifications of the buyer or architectural prototypes to fill the imagination of what your home could look like. Big or small; it’s great so many more people will now have an affordable home they will enjoy for years to come. Some homes stay in families for generations.

There are some common terms you may hear about the building of a home, and with this blog, I will attempt to help with this glossary of words so when you hear these words, or someone refers to them, they will sound familiar to you.

My goal for this post is to make you comfortable with words about home and/or home building. You will better understand what questions you may ask as you begin the process of building a home or buying/rent one that already exists.

First of all, the most important question that requires an answer before any building begins or choices made about the type of home desired is ‘exactly what are the needs of the family’? There is nothing worse than to get caught up in buying and not have addressed every need or want (for that matter) before deciding what your home will look like. Will you need a small home, perhaps for just 2 people who do not want nor need a space  that has too many rooms, bathrooms, den, living space, etc. Take in consideration, life style of the 2 parties involved, and that will give you a clearer picture of the home you are looking for. Then, there is a medium size home that may accommodate a family of  three (3) plus or a bigger home for a larger family. Now, I am not at all suggesting if there are 2 people living in the home, it need be small. No, some homes are large enough with several bedrooms, den, family rooms, etc. and there are only 2 people living there. It could be for an individual living along. He or she just desires space to move around in. It’s always a personal decision.

Now, I am going to give you a few home building glossary terms to know when you are looking for a home. It doesn’t matter if you’re building from scratch or the home is already constructed and completed…ready for move-in. This list is not every item which may be used in constructing the house, but a general overall description of some things.

  • A/C = air conditioner/conditioning
  • A/C Condenser = outside fan unit of the air conditioning unit. Removes heat from the freon gas and turns the gas back to liquid and pumps the liquid back to the coil in the furnace.
  • Air Space=the area been insulation facing and interior of exterior wall coverings. Normally a 1″ gap.
  • Anchor bolts=bolts to secure a wooden sill plate to concrete, or masonry floor or wall.
  • Backing=the replacement of excavated earth into a trench around or against a basement crawl space foundation wall.
  • Backout=work the framing contractor does after the mechanical subcontractors (Heating-Plumbing_Electrical) finish their phase at the Rough (before installation) stage to get the home ready for a municipal frame inspection. Most often, framing contractor repairs anything disturbed by others and completes framing necessary to pass Rough frame inspection.
  • Barge=horizontal beam rafter that supports shorter rafters.
  • CO= abbreviation for “Certificate of Occupancy”. This certificate is issued by the local municipality and is required before anyone can occupy and live within the home. It is issued only after the local municipality has made all inspections and all monies and fees have been paid.
  • Cantilever = an overhang where one floor extends beyond and over a foundation wall. (ex: a fireplace location or bay window ) Normally, not extending over 2 ft.
  • Celotex= ™Black fibrous board that is used as exterior sheathing.
  • Circuit=the path of electrical flow from a power source through an outlet and back to ground.
  • Counter flashing= a metal flashing usually used on chimneys at the roofline to cover shingle flashing and used to prevent moisture entry.

This is just a small, small list of all the things that go into building a house. It doesn’t matter whether it’s being built today or built years ago. There are code requirements in building a house that are a ‘must’ from the building side of the business to the buyer securing a safe home.

If you have questions about other terms or things used in building a home you can contact http://www.HomeBuildingManual.com. They have a complete glossary of construction “language” that you can acquaint yourself with. It’s worth knowing, so you will be ready to ask questions of your contractor whether buying brand new or a pre-owned home.

Do you remember the nursery rhymes of the ‘Three Little Pigs? Each one built a house, only to have it blown down by the wolf. Not very sturdy.  This, I figured out as a small child hearing this nursery rhyme. Be certain you are getting a secure home. It takes time and lots of money to secure and/or build a home.  Their house crumbled to the ground with a little huff and puff. Do not make your home the kind the Jack built or the Three Little Pigs. Instead, make certain it’s sturdy, secure and every joint and joist is how it should be, and the home safe and sound for a comfortable life and lifestyle inside and outside of your home. Do the best thing for you and be safe. Making certain to check out the home builder and do not be afraid to ask vital questions about the foundation of the home. Many people just look at the aesthetics of the home and not the nuts of bolts of what will offer a study foundation of the home.

Make certain you ask many questions. Go to the HomeBuildingManual.com website and review the terms used in building a house. You might want to become familiar with some of the terms, so when you hear them, it will be familiar to you as well. Good Living! comes to you from us@accentuatehomestyling.com

And, How Does Your Garden Grow?

A Live radio show speaking about Home and Lifestyle. Today, our show spoke about this time of the year when it’s time to start building a great garden and maintaining it. It also points out the shortcomings of one, who is not such a great gardener. I take the time to describe my shortcomings in this area of green grass and blooming tulips. Enjoy and laugh with me. Share this if you care to.

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I love the idea of change. It presents me with new challenges, and it causes me to think outside of the box and not replace my creative process with that of worry. Worry becomes useless and counter-productive to what is accomplished. It is my belief that change occurs when we are thinking about how to approach or take care of things that do not give all the pieces and the answers. In other words, the answers do not readily show up with full clarity. There is something you should know about me. I believe that everyone should share what is positive for growth in a non-threatening way.

When you see growth in yourself, you begin to notice it in others. It’s the way of life; sharing positive learning for building a better character is pretty simple. If you follow the rules of life and the Bible, it clearly states so in the passage (Matt: 7:8 – “For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened“.  Grow in the way you will be able to communicate with others, the world and yourself. I also feel that we never stop growing; we are always learning. The way I approach my business is through learning, growing and then sharing what I’ve  learned with others. They, in turn, will do the same. This is why working with DIY clients is such a great thing. They share their great ideas, what they wish to do, and together we build a bigger and better picture for their home project.

WORRYING: I must begin by speaking about the act of worry. I have accomplished much while dreading the overwhelming ‘worry syndrome’ in my thoughts and vocabulary.  Speak it, and I may just find myself worrying.  Absolutely no, I had to stop worrying; really worrying about whatever is going to take place or already taking place.  Change is great; it causes me and you to stay on our toes and not become too comfortable within ourselves or with our surroundings. Otherwise, we  may not grow in our thinking and our life. Change is not always easy, and sometimes I don’t appreciate where the change wants to take me.  I get defiant, dig my heels in and make decisions for myself. That was then, this is now, and I have changed.  I see things differently, and I have grown.

My personal change comes through pray these days. How are you changing? How have you changed today? I love to challenge  myself to see if I’ve learned anything this week, or something someone has said to me to ‘spur my growth’ in the way I approach life. Have I noticed or caused someone else to consider changing in someway? It may seem crazy, however, being concerned about such things. What’s new and different in your life? What have you been through and what changes have you made?  How will your changes affect others around you?  These are all questions that I present to you and the challenge of identifying what is different about you in these first 3 months of 2013. It is absolutely fantastic to see how little children absorb information. They soak it in like super sponges that never get too much liquid in it, and if they do, what happens? The sponge gets squeezed out before anything else will be absorbed in it again. This is the mind of a child. It doesn’t get all cluttered with an overwhelming amount of information before some of it comes out through the words and the actions of a child.

In many respects, people don’t think about how change must be part of a new understanding, new start and expectations on our own. We should look at ourselves to see how much we’ve grown in a week, a month or even a year. This is how we learn, this is how we accept those that are different than us or think differently then you and I.  And, this is a necessity for growth as people. What would it be like if we all agreed and thought alike? We would learn nothing at all. That would be a catastrophe.

What needs to change? 02/23 by Deccorqueen | Blog Talk Radio.

ALL ABOUT HOME

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burst of color and lots of space make living in this space ...peaceful.

burst of color and lots of space make living in this space …peaceful.

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“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.  It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”  (Margaret Thatcher)

My day begins with a big thank you to my maker.  I will be the best person I can be,  to meet and greet others with a smile and offer words of encouragement. After all, it’s a great day to be alive; it’s a gift that should not be wasted, and each day presents a new challenge.

My day also involves talking and working with homeowners who wish something different. They are tired of the way the space in their home or home office  is being used or wasted. They have ideas about the use of the space, but may not get around to actually making the changes.  Where Accentuate comes in is to inspire the ideas of our clients and add to them, thereby, giving them a finished picture of what can be done. And then, there are clients who do not know what they want to do. They just want something exciting and inviting for the space. Having  us share in this experience is very rewarding. I love the chance to see the space as a clean canvas to create on.

What’s a day worth to you? Is it being able to spend more time with your family and friends, is it doing something special for yourself,  is it to begin or end a project that requires your full attention, or is it the day that you should contact us to begin your room project?

Now that we are into this beautiful time of the year…Christmas Holiday’s…, we shape up our homes to look their best when we get together with family, friends and co-workers to celebrate this awesome time of celebration.  Also at this time, you decorate and spruce up your space to be beautiful, welcoming and very holiday-ish. If you’re like me, you stand back and admire your creation with a happy smile and a pleasing heart about your design.

What’s a day worth to us? It’s to have the opportunity to write this blog and introduce you to Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting, if you do not already know us. We want to hear from you. As mentioned earlier, we work with you in consulting  and planning your project. The next big Holiday after Christmas will be New Year 2013. We wish you well in the new year, and hope you will continue to think about…. What’s A Day Worth To You?  We are happy to bring you this message and look  forward to visiting with you once the Holiday’s are over. Plan early and get a head start. Have us provide you a personalized plan from Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting to begin your project, or have us help you with it.  You may reach us at http://www.accentuatehomestyling.com .

Part of this season is the creative presentation of your decor that you decorate with. You may even be gearing up for a Holiday party, which again brings you into the decorating mode. One idea for a Christmas centerpiece is to use colorful fruit, green and red peppers along with Christmas colored candle, along with a few special ornaments in a fabulous bowl or special holder.

Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas Centerpiece

It strikes a great harmony within  the space,  and it certainly makes you and others  take notice of  what a special time this is.

Once the Holiday’s are over, keep color in your space and do not overcrowd your room. A day worth spending in your special designated room is worth a million dollars, and we would love to consult and help you plan out your space for comfort, enjoyment and peace. Start 2013 by booking your consultation and planning process with us and keep remembering what the day is worth to you. Make it abundantly bright.

I’m taking a big breath, because Accentuate Home Styling and Consulting is making some changes; changes that will have a positive effect on our prospective clients and current clients. Pretty intriguing, huh?

To put it plainly, we want to say a special hello to everyone who follows us and calls on us to aid them with their interior decorating projects. We want to say hello to those who are meeting us for the first time. We are making a slight change, and a greater part of our focus will be reaching out to homeowner’s and Do-It-Yourself  interior decorating buffs. Our goal is to accentuate how change of thoughts and ideas in the broad term will allow us to meet them right where they are in their decorating decisions. From that point, we come together and reach out into the interior space where our thinking, their thinking and objectives will lend itself to go outside-of-the-box a little. It will encourage something new and different. Sounds exciting? Put on your imaginary cap and picture your space being renewed as you read this blog.

What if you already have furniture and/or decor that would work in the room specified for changes? That would be great. See, you’ve already reduced your budget needs.  As I describe this journey, and you begin to picture it in your mind, I hope you see the promise of collective thinking.  If you don’t have a budget made, we’ll help you put one together for your project. This way, you stay on point and know where you are budget wise all the time.

When you are ready or thinking about it, let’s talk. Talking never hurts in this instance. We will concentrate on your home and small office space. We can speak in person, on the phone, over Skype or in email, or all the above. It’s really about what’s more comfortable for you during this phase.  This will be your personalized plan, and  we will talk about what you want to do to make the change to your home/office space. What is going to make life easier and a joy to come home to? Comfort, relaxation and a sense of peace is what you deserve in a room designed by you, with our help to bring a big smile to your face. Say “bye-bye” to some things you’ve had for quite a while. Sometimes, it nice to offer to others who haven’t had that same experience or have nothing much to fill their wall or their interior space, except a door and a window. You’ll be able to take credit for the final WOW moment as you carry out the plan. You’ll work your plan and plan your work with the help of Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting. Keep up with us, and visit us. Leave us information to contact you. We will be available to help you, if you’re not sure of something in the plan. BULLETIN: There will be something else coming soon. You stay turned to us, and we will be very excited to tell you. Then, we want you to tell everybody else.

Thank you for your time, and we hope to hear from you soon. Our Facebook address is: http://www.facebook.com/accentuate.rla . We are on Twitter, Pinterest,  Houzz and Olioboards.  Peace to you.  Rita

  Today, our blog touches on the topic from a month ago: Is Your Personal Image A Reflection of Your Home?  Many readers sent me their opinions about this topic, and we had some great discussions. Thanks again to all who participated. I was so encouraged that I have decided to do a Part 2.

  Image in the dictionary says it’s an imitation, representation, or similitude of any person, thing, or act, sculptured, drawn, painted, or otherwise made perceptible to the sight, a visible presentation, a copy, a likeness,  an effigy, a picture, a semblance. Image spreads itself across lines into every part of life. Therefore, I feel it is an important issue and make a habit of exhibiting in a positive way. For the purpose of this blog, we are defining image as a personal likeness or reflection of a person’s image to their home image. Is Your Personal Image A Reflection of Your Home Image? – Part 2. This blog speaks to how your personal image and your home image are so closely related to one another. When you first see someone, without speaking a word, your thoughts begin to form and create who you believe that person really is. You may decide you don’t care for that person. What about the person’s age, where they live, how their home looks, what type of job they have, what type of car they drive; this,  all in a matter of a few seconds. What I want to point out is you cannot stop someone from thinking and forming their own opinions without correct information. Your home is a reflection of you.  A person sees you is exactly how they see your home in their mind. Does it matter? Probably not, but possibly so. Why? Because, it is much easier to spend a little time thinking about who you are, and reasons why you control the message you wish delivered. Do not leave that to someone else to do for you. Your home is your haven, your castle and your extension of who you are. Make the message real and true.

Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting is a different type of interior decorating company. We use ‘image’ as a major tool to complete the look of your home to represent the real you. No need for others to speculate, they will know just from your positive image; they will know that your positive attitude about self reflects the same message in your home life. We work with you, whether in person or through our E-Decorating process (online) assisting you in your Do-It-Yourself process of decorating. We believe image is purposeful to how you enjoy your home and lifestyle. It doesn’t matter whether you’re downsizing (a smaller space), up-sizing (a larger space) or right-sizing (staying right where you are), we work hard with you to help you reach this goal. You will feel empowered and reassured about how “we” reach decisions about the space in your home. We are your company of interest and image. We care about what you think, how we meet your needs,  and make it affordable for you as we go through the details of positive living in your home. So, the next time someone meets and greets you, they may be thinking how positive your demeanor represents you, or how negative they think you are. Please do not give anyone any reason for not thinking in a positive way about you. 

I want to express the fact that I have been writing and publicly speaking about the importance of  image in each person’s life for several years. I was a personal  image consultant and presented presentations to organizations and companies. I encouraged others to become aware of the silent message(s) they send to others. My purpose is to think about how you appear to others, so there are no regrets down the road. I am not stating this as the most important issue to you. It means sending a message you want to be remembered by. Then, the image you project will definitely count.

Image

You probably answered with a resounding NO, but I would say yes. One’s image can tell a history or story without words spoken, and one’s home can do the same thing. We often say we really don’t care what people think, but deep down, we do. Someone sees you from across a room or interacting with others and decides they know you based on how you look, act or react. Someone sees your home on the outside and decides they know how it looks on the inside. It may seem like it’s something small, but image can be a big booster or a let-down for any of us.

 Awhile back, I spent a good deal of time talking to businesses and schools making people aware of how important their image was to their success in life. Unfortunately, it’s true. We are not quick to judge ourselves and correct our ways for the better, and we allow others to do it for us. When we leave ourselves or our home open for someone else to judge, we are hurt and sometimes angry. This happens even when you don’t ask anyone’s opinion. Who has the right? No one has the right to ridicule, but people take it upon themselves to judge, and sometimes they are making the decisions.

 Since I have been an interior decorator, I have treated my clients the same way that I did when I was teaching about positive image. I teach them and empower them to recognize that the way they feel and the choices they make for their home will have a reflection on them.  I feel the image of home is a true reflection of how I think and feel about myself (at any given time). I want things to be nice and in a place. When everything is all over, I notice I get stressed and not as productive.

 

  • The more I do interior decorating, the more I know that image is so important. Not for others, but for myself. For myself or anyone else, it’s a reflection of how we may think about things or it’s a point where you can see something is not right for you. You know that if you  like your home decorated and neat,  and suddenly is looks like a storm came through most of the time, there may be other things going on with you.

 

  • You may feel inadequate in decorating your home. Many people do. Ask for help. This is what I do, and so many others like me. We cannot know how to do all things at all times. I even ask other decorators for help when I need to. Never be too proud to ask.

 

Sometimes, your home reflects something that is not true about you. It has its own image, based on what you do with it and to it. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it must bear the image you want to display for others to remember, and you must be aware of that image. Image is here, not going anywhere, and people will continue to judge. Be your own judge, and live with your decisions about who you are. Change yourself when you become aware that you are happier and more content when you take charge of the image of your home and of yourself. Don’t change because everybody else wants you to; change because it’s right for you.

You be the judge and think about your image. Does your home pick up your personal image? Yes or no?

 

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