October 31, 2014
31 Oct 2014

How to Inject the Autumn Feeling Into Your Home Decor

Renewing your house or apartment decor is essential to active energies at home. The change of seasons is the perfect time to integrate new elements in your place. With these tips, you can make redecoration cheap and easy.

  1. Autumn is represented by the warmth of environments. Use earth tones as an inspiration to bring the cozy autumnal feel into the rooms. Warm yellow, tan and orange are traditionally used, and they are a perfect choice for fall. If you are feeling adventurous, then you can incorporate deep blues and greens, or combine soft shades of rose into decoration.
  2. Bring the outdoors inside. Take some autumnal natural elements such as branches, leaves and pinecones, and place them in a vase to make a nice centerpiece. Not only will look great, but is very cheap. Coconut shells, although very summery, will combine perfectly with the autumn palette. Place them in a bowl in the center of a table.
  3. Textures matters. Nothing says fall like layered curtains, cozy bed linens and thick carpets. Heavy, ribbed or raw fabrics are perfect for this time of year. Place thick terracotta towels in the bathroom for a rich look. Use velvet, satin, wool and leather as your allies.
  4. Just like the leaves cover the ground in layers, you can also combine textile pieces one over another. Use a table runner with a strong contrasting color on top of the tablecloth. Place red, yellow or orange blankets hanging on an armchair. Dare to combine pieces of carpet to create unique patterns.
  5. Soft lighting creates an autumnal atmosphere immediately. If you have a fireplace, make this your focal point. Replace pale lampshades with ones decorated in gold or silver. You can also use candles in tall candlesticks anywhere in the house.
  6. Painted glass or crystal pieces are ideal for this time of year. Use different ornate colored cups and match with decorative plates. Moroccan style tableware is perfect for the autumn theme.
  7. Fill your house with aroma. Use cinnamon fragrances, scented soaps or potpourri, but remember, too many flavors in one room can be irritating. Delimit the range of action for each perfume and let the smells have their own space to shine.
October 17, 2014
17 Oct 2014

How to Hang a Picture in The Proper Way

45Hanging pictures on the wall is an easy task. Measure, hammer and hang. However, even the simplest activities can get complicated if you don’t know the basic tools and instructions. Take a look at these steps and learn how to add some style to your wall in the best way.


Ask a friend to hold the picture against the selected wall and take a few steps back to see how it looks according to the surrounding area. If you are alone, hold the picture against the wall and gently mark its four corners with a pencil. This is the easiest way to analyze whether the location is appropriate or not. Do not forget to erase the pencil marks.


Once you have decided the location, hold the picture against the wall in the selected position. Draw a short line on the wall to mark where the upper side of the picture will go. The line should be aligned with the center of the picture (you can make a cross to mark the exact center point of the frame). Use a measure tape to help you. If the picture is too big, you must use two nails, one for each side, for a better weight distribution. Make sure the marks are at a same height using a bubble level.


Many people ignore the fact that when you hang a picture, there is distance between the edge of the frame and the point where it actually hangs. Because of this, many pictures often end placed higher than expected. In the back of the picture, measure the distance between the upper edge and the hanging point. If the hanging system is a cable, then make sure to tighten the cable. Now, make a new mark on the wall by measuring the hanging distance down from the previously made pencil mark.


A 2 inch nail should be enough to hold a small or medium picture. If you want to add some extra strength, then make sure you drive the nail into the wall at a steep angle (between 30 or 40 degrees should be fine). If the picture is very heavy, you should use a wall plug and a screw. Another option is to use a picture-hanging hook. They come in different sizes and models.


There is a possibility that the picture itself is not balanced. So, no matter how much you try it would never be totally leveled. In this case, you can use some adhesive bumpers (those small plastic buttons) and place them in each corner of the picture frame. The bumpers will increase the friction between the object and the wall, preventing them from slipping.


Make your favorite beverage and admire your new piece of art.


October 10, 2014
10 Oct 2014

The ideal way to paint your new home

44Did you just moved in to a new house? Do you want to get rid of that dull color on your walls? There is nothing like a clean canvas to express yourself. With these practical painting tips you can customize your rooms like a pro. Brushes up!

  1. Cover up or remove everything that might get stained. We want to keep the painting on the wall only. Use paper covers for the floor and cloth covers for the furnitures. If you want to use plastic bags, make sure they are non-slip to avoid accidents.
  2. Protect the edges of all doors and windows frames for a clean finish. Use masking tape and make sure it is well stuck to the surface, so the paint does not seep under it. You’ll save money and effort by not having to repaint stained areas.
  3. Do not paint around objects! You will regret that later. Remove all objects from the wall, such as lamps, paintings or electrical outlets so you can paint freely. If you cannot take them out of the wall, then make sure to cover everything with masking tape.
  4. Clean the working area. Paint won’t adhere to dirty surfaces. Also, if you use the brush on a wall with cobwebs, peeling paint or remaining construction materials, you will drag dirt to the freshly painted areas, or into the paint can.
  5. Choose the best tools for the task. Although traditional bristle brushes do their job, rollers can help you cover larger areas uniformly, while foam brushes are ideal for edges, corners and/or difficult spaces too difficult to reach.
  6. Don’t use too much paint. It won’t make you work faster. Instead, excess paint can drip over the floor and furniture, and can form irregularities on the wall once they have dried. Eliminating paint drops irregularities and repainting the area involves working overtime.
  7. Use a damp cloth to clean fresh paint drops that could fall on the floor or on objects that you don’t want to paint. As long as the paint is immediately removed, it should not leave any stains. If the drops dry out, you can use a spatula to remove the paint.
  8. Thoroughly clean the tools so you can reuse them. Use a hammer to gently tap the lid and close the paint can. Clean brushes with plenty of water (or solvent if using oil paint) and let them dry. Hold the bristles of the brushes with a strip of thick paper to prevent damage and so you can use them back at another painting task.
October 3, 2014
03 Oct 2014

Organizational Ideas for Small Size Objects

Small size objects don’t have to be stowed inside a drawer. Watch these simple organization ideas for storing all those little things you don’t want to misplace, and adding some style to your rooms.

  1. Use recycled materials as cardboard rolls, cans, plastic bottles and fabrics to make practical and economic organizers. Perfect for storing pens, jewelry and crafting materials. You’ll be not only keeping your workspace in order, but also helping to protect the environment.
  2. Classic wall hangers are not only for clothes. You can use them in the bedroom to arrange your favorite necklaces or bracelets, or try placing them near the front door to put keys, sunglasses, and other small items.
  3. A simple decorative bowl is a perfect solution for those who always lose their keys. Place your bowl on a table near the entrance door. This way, you will always have a convenient place to put your keys. Dare to use vibrant colors to keep your keys organized with style.
  4. Using boxes or plastic containers is a great way of adding extra storage space. They are available at any home decor stores. They are clean, spacious and most of them can be stacked one upon another. Perfect for storing linens, cushions, toys, ornaments, and books.
  5. Multifunctional jewelry organizers are essential in a bedroom. Jewelry pieces can be quite messy. Having them scattered everywhere can easily lead to loss. Avoid having many small and unrelated boxes or holders. Instead, get larger units, either to locate on the hairdresser or to hang on the wall. Jewelry stands are both beautiful and functional.
  6. Wall shelves are a convenient way to organize while saving some space. They don’t have to be boring! Use boxes and baskets of different sizes and colors to customize your shelves, or get creative with fun items to make your own original shelves.
September 8, 2014
08 Sep 2014

How to Prepare for a Move

36Moving to a new home means you need to pay attention to dozens of different situations, especially if there is a remodeling job in the view. Having to remember everything at once is quite stressful; stress can lead to confusion; and confusion leads to making bad decisions. To avoid a moving chaos, you need a helper at hand. We are talking about a “Moving Binder”.

What is a Moving Binder?

A Moving Binder is an excellent organization idea. Allows you to group in one space all the elements you need to keep in mind when moving from one place to another. From chore lists to paint samples, you can keep track of what you want to remember and leave your mind trouble-free to focus on other things. Like an event planner, a Moving Binder helps you to know everything that has been done, everything that is being done and everything that needs to be done.

How Can I Make a Moving Binder?

You can use materials that you have at home to create your own organizational system. Choose a folder easy to carry around. Folders with different storage options are better for the task. Use paper sheets for writing down notes, and plastic sleeves with multiple compartment for business cards, photos and material samples. A zippered pouch is not only useful for pencils, but for storing small items like tile or wood samples. Use dividers to easily identify every area of ​​your binder and find information quickly.

What Can I Add to My Moving Binder?

You can add everything that you find useful. Here are some examples:

– Tasks lists by category

– Packed/to-pack items lists

– Floor sketch of the new house/apartment

– Calendars

– Telephone numbers of contractors and agents

– Photos of objects, decorative items, tiles options and more

– Furniture measures

– New house/apartment measures

– Samples of paint, fabrics, laminate, among others.

– Special instructions for contractors

– Budget

– Payments and invoices

August 1, 2014
01 Aug 2014

10 Packing Tips For An Easier Moving

61. Start in Advance

Do not leave everything to the last minute. Start packing things you don’t use on a daily basis and then move gradually toward those that are absolutely necessary. In the last week, leave at hand only a small portion of clothing that you can later pack in a suitcase, and replace your daily use tableware with plastic cups, plates and cutlery that you can easily discard before you move out.

2. Prepare the Moving Boxes

Whether you use new boxes or recycled ones, make sure they are strong enough not to break once they are full. Secure the bottom of the box with resistant packing tape and be sure to cover all the edges to prevent flaps from opening. You can reinforce the bottom with a cardboard cover or a flat, sturdy object with the same box size.

3. Have All Tools At Hand

Before you start packing, make sure you have scissors, markers, labels, packing tape and packing paper. You can buy bubble wrap and especial moving boxes with compartments and accessories. If want to save some money, you can make your own cardboard compartments, and you can use towels, sheets or clothing as wrapping or wedges for fragile items. Don’t try to save on packing tapes. Buy a high quality packing. You don’t want to see the remains of your favorite dishes scattered across the floor.

4. Pay Attention to Size and Weight

Heavy objects should go in small boxes and light objects should go in large boxes. To make the moving easier, boxes shouldn’t weigh more than 50 pounds. Try to use the space efficiently. Smaller items can go into larger hollow objects (shoes, baskets, kitchen pots) while soft objects such as stuffed animals or linens can help fill irregular spaces.

5. Same Type Objects go in Groups

Unpacking objects in the new house will be much easier if everything is arranged according to rooms. Organize the boxes and fill them by category: toys, books, clothes, dishes and more. Avoid having mixed objects in a single box, as this will only increase the possibility to lose them. If you have very small items, you can organize them into bags before storing them inside boxes. Label all cables and keep them in bags or small boxes. You can also take advantage of purses and backpacks to put small objects like jewelry, belts, makeup or school supplies.

6. Prepare Fragile Objects

Everything that can be easily broken or damaged must be previously secured. The dishes should be wrapped with enough paper and positioned vertically on boxes for added strength. Never stack plates inside boxes from bottom to top. Cover the corners of frames and wrap all decorations. Make sure breakable objects are secured with paper, towels or sheets so they do not move inside the box once they are being transported. It is essential that all objects are separated from each other. If they collide with each other, they can get damaged.

7. Leave Clothes on Hangers

Take all your folded clothes and put them neatly in boxes. Group together 5 or 6 pieces of hanged garments, secure the hangers at the top with tape and cover with a plastic bag. If you are using special wardrobe boxes you can use the bottom for shoes, sweaters or purses. Be sure to wrap shoes with a plastic bag to avoid dirt on your clothes. If you keep everything in order will be much easier to unpack in your new home.

8. Label all Boxes

Name all boxes indicating the room to which they belong and the type of objects you packed in it. Boxes with fragile content must be clearly identified. Never place tags at the bottom or top of boxes. Instead, use sides to place labels. Be sure you write the content in at least two opposite sides of the box so you can read the description from any angle.

9. Take Advantage of Drawers

Small drawers can be used to transport its own content. Check that all objects inside the drawer are not fragile or heavy. Secure the content, cover the top with cardboard, and put enough tape on corners. Make sure is a masking tape so it won’t damage the furniture. Once you are unpacking, you only have to remove the tape and put the drawers in their respective places. Consider the weight before deciding which drawers are going to stay full and which will have to be emptied.

10. Secure Kitchen and Laundry Appliances

Each appliance has its own rules for transport. Refrigerators must be disconnected 24 hours before moving. All removable parts of ovens and dishwashers must be disassembled and stored individually. Drums of washing machines and dryers have to be secured to prevent damage. Read the instructions for each item and follow the steps. Cover all corners with polystyrene or cardboard and tape. Always carry the appliances standing up and check that they are well attached to the truck to avoid unwanted moving during transportation.

July 20, 2014
20 Jul 2014

Decorate Your New Home With The Living Summer

17¿Did you just move into your new house and can’t decide how to decorate it? Get inspired in the summer and fill your home with beautiful seasonal colors. We bring you some interesting tips to help you, not only to inject new life into the rooms, but to save you some money and enhance the usefulness of the spaces.

1. Let the Sun Shine Upon You!

With summer comes the bright sun. Take all its natural light and let it fill your spaces. Use light curtains, soft fabrics and light colors. White and pearl are two great options. Your rooms will look more spacious and the fresh style will combined with any new or old furniture.

2. ¿Short budget? You can always buy second-handed

It may not be your ideal plan, but buying second hand furniture (in good conditions), or accepting used pieces from friends or family, can help you fill your new home at a very low cost. Plus, you can always spice up the old with a new coat of paint or new accessories. The antique items can be mixed with modern style to represent the summertime joy.

If you are not yet convinced, take into account that the way you decorate your new place is not going to be the same forever. Over the years, you’ll know exactly what the style you really want is and which furniture will adapt best to your home. Until then, it is not recommended to spend large sums of money on furniture.

3. Vigorize your Home With Color Accents

Everything looks better with color. The color accents are the most practical way to improve a dull space. You don’t need to paint the entire house. Only one wall painted in a vibrant color represents a focus and gives an unique touch to a living room or dining room. Color helps to integrate and combine uneven spaces or mismatched furniture.

Using cushions of different colors on an old couch can add personality to a room, and putting small ornaments of vibrant colors make great focal points. Moreover, these small items can change over time to give a new style to the house. For the summer season, the ideal colors are light blue, apple green, yellow and violet. Fill with freshness any room in the house.

Just remember to use small points of color and not a whole space.

4. Give it your signature

Do not buy everything just as shown in the catalog. Take the opportunity to explore different objects to integrate and combine. Try shopping at different retail stores and allow yourself to mix up styles. Not everything has to be the same!

An old dresser painted in white, and enhanced with modern vases and colorful flowers, is a practical choice for decorating any room. Incorporating items from your old house, like photos or embellishments, is a great option to give your new place all the coziness it needs.

5. Be practical

We know it’s been a long time since you saw all that beautiful furniture to decorate your new home. And you want to buy it all. But you have to resist the urge to do it. Think of your new and clean spaces as a blank canvas. Putting a lot of objects in a room will make it odd and uncomfortable. And most of these objects will eventually accumulate in your closets.

Instead, opt for practical, simple and multipurpose furniture, where you can store items you don’t want to have at sight. When going to buy new decorations, think of what you already have at home and how you can integrate it into the space. If it does not fit, leave it. We promise you that you will gradually get all your ideal objects. Decorating a home is a work in progress that will take a lot of time.

July 11, 2014
11 Jul 2014

Moving In! What do I need for the big day?

4You are finally moving into a new home and there is a lot to be done. Carry the furniture, pick up the boxes ¡And be careful with grandma’s lamp! We don’t want to misplace anything. Whether you are going to your first own house, a larger floor or becoming independent for the first time, a moving day can be quite exhausting. But don’t despair, because we have some advices to make your journey a pleasant experience.

Having extra help is very important. Invite some friends and family members to participate. You can assign them specific tasks. Women can be better organizers and men can help with heavy work. Make your moving day a reunion. Some music, beverages and food can be a good way to enliven the collaborators. They sure are going to be glad to help, and you will be less stressed.

If you can afford it, hire some movers to pack and carry. Having professional help doesn’t mean you don’t need to be there. The movers will have to pack, carry and unpack everything under your indications. You need to be there and become the captain of the ship. If you can’t be there, ask someone to stand in for you.

Being organized is a key to success. You can make a plan of your new home to know which furnishing will go to each room. Gather all the objects that belong to a same area and identify all boxes as clear as possible. For example: Kitchen ­ Silverware, Marta’s Bedroom ­ Bed Clothes, Living Room ­ Decorations, and so. That way, you and your team will know where to unload all the boxes.

Before going to the new place, make sure everything is in the van. A list can be very useful. If you hired professional help, they will make it for you. Read carefully before signing it. Also, make sure there is a proper parking space for the van in the new house. Having a hired van looking for parking will take extra time.

Finally, we suggest that kids and pets remain far from moving areas. Little kids can stay with a family member and pets should stay on an unoccupied room. That way you can concentrate all your efforts on the moving process.

So, good luck and congratulations on your new home.

June 27, 2014
27 Jun 2014

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June 3, 2014
03 Jun 2014

How to plan a move with children

Movers Oscars Moving and StorageMoving from one home to another is never simple, especially for the little ones.  Therefore, it is necessary to prepare them for all the process of settling in a new house.  Oscar’s Moving and Storage offers you some little tips with which you will be able to reassure the success of living in a new place with all your family.

  • Organize a preliminary meeting with all the family in a fun way, such as a pizza or flicks night. The important thing is to find a moment when you can explain everybody the process through which you will go and the details about the new home.
  • Arrange a garage sale where everyone is involved, and where each member of the family can decide which items to sell, and which ones are indispensable for their daily life. With the raised money, you can purchase something all of you like, as a new TV set or implement for the new house.
  • Make plans about the new bedrooms. If each child has their own one, plan colors and decoration that can be incorporated in an individual way and according to the taste of each one of them.
  • Before the big move, take a stroll around the new house so the children get to know it. Besides, take another one around the neighborhood and the close places you think they may like, such a park or a mall.
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