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To Shiplap or Not to Shiplap? Three unexpected ways you can use shiplap to personalize your home

Categories: Blog | Posted: July 15, 2018

If you don’t already know about shiplap, let’s get you acquainted. Shiplap is a type of wooden board traditionally used as siding on barns, sheds, and other buildings. Since it’s often used on the outside of buildings, shiplap has grooves for pieces to fit tightly together. Recently, shiplap has become an extremely popular building material, thanks to HGTV’s Fixer Upper and the hosts’ love of it.

There are many benefits to using shiplap both inside and outside your house – it’s inexpensive and easy to install. But there are aesthetic reasons as well: it doesn’t require much (if any) finishing, it adds a design element on its own, and it’s easy to fix or paint. Here are three unexpected ways you can incorporate shiplap into your new home.

For the Kick Wall of the Kitchen Island

As you move into a new space, adding personalized touches really brings rooms together and helps you feel at home. The kitchen is no different; you want to find the perfect backsplash, cabinet hardware, and dish towels. Updating your kitchen island’s kick wall is another way to add character to your kitchen. Consider using shiplap to add style here with minimal effort. As a bonus, shiplap is easy and affordable to replace, just in case someone gets crazy and kicks it a little too hard.

As an Accent Wall in Your Living Room

Adding an accent wall in your home is a fun way to add a splash of color to a room. But have you ever considered replacing the color with a new texture? Shiplap’s horizontal lines and effortless look adds a subtle style to your living room. You may even find it easier to match (and change up) your décor with an accent shiplap wall than you would with a vibrant color.

Surround Your Fireplace

Nothing makes a living room feel warm and cozy like a fireplace. But it can be hard to match a traditional brick or dark wood fireplace with the rest of the room. Why let the fireplace dictate the room’s aesthetic? Shiplap offers an affordable alternative that can easily be painted or decorated to fit your room. With the addition of shiplap, you can add incredible farmhouse style to your entire home.

It’s incredible how quickly shiplap can transform a room. Whether you’re adding a new texture or style, or using it as an affordable building material alternative, the versatility of shiplap is undeniable. You may be a longtime fan of Fixer Upper (and already a shiplap convert) or may be entirely new to the material. There are so many ways to use shiplap in your new home, it’s clear why those hosts love it so much. Look into it – maybe you’ll find an entirely new way of incorporating shiplap into your new home.

Tame the Chaos in Your New Home -Tips for Turning Your Entryway into an Organized Drop Zone

Categories: Blog | Posted: June 29, 2018

You’re in the process of moving into your new home. Boxes of furniture and clothes and plates sit stacked all over the place, hopefully in the right rooms. Each time you walk in or out, running errands or bringing in bags from a Target run, you (or your kids) tend to leave things behind. Shoes, backpacks, jackets, stacks of mail. Pretty soon, you’ve got piles of random stuff cluttering the front room in your home. It’s not a pretty sight that greets you when you’re coming in from the garage. If this is sounding familiar, don’t worry! You can tame this chaos by turning that entryway into an organized drop zone.

Make a Decree: What Should Stay, What Should Go

This is the entryway from your garage into your home, and everything in it should have its own place. Don’t let this room become a repository for all things you can’t fit anywhere else – decide what should stay here, and what needs to go. For example, it makes sense to store coats and boots here, especially in the cold months when you and your family need to bundle up before going outside. But unpacked boxes or library books? It doesn’t make sense to store those things here. Once you’ve decided what should stay here and what should be taken into the house, it’ll be easier to keep this place tidy.

Hang Hooks to Hold Jackets and Scarves

If your entryway includes a closet, that’s great! But if you don’t have a dedicated place to hang coats, consider adding some hooks to the wall. You can find a wide array of attractive, stylized hooks at most hardware stores, making it easy to match them with your home’s décor. Hanging jackets on hooks is undoubtedly better than heaping them in a pile on the ground.

Extra Tip: If you have young kids, be sure to hang some hooks at the right height for them! Encourage them to hang up their own coats and scarves when coming into the house.

Keep Your Keys Handy

How many times have you gotten halfway out the door only to realize you can’t find your keys? Keep these important items in one place and give yourself one less thing to worry about. Find a designated spot for your keys, wallet, sunglasses, and anything else easily misplaced. You can opt for a low table, a key bowl, or smaller hooks. Keeping these items in the entryway to your garage goes a long way in taking the chaos of your home’s “drop zone.”

Add a Bench and Take a Seat

Nobody wants to stand in the entryway while holding groceries trying to kick off a pair of shoes. Adding a bench to this room actually does double duty here. You can use this bench to set down whatever you’re holding (great if you’re trying to snag all those bags in one trip!) and it’s also handy to sit on while taking off or putting on boots in cold or rainy weather. Consider using the space below your bench for extra storage as well. This is perfect if the room off your garage isn’t very spacious.

The most important thing in organizing your entryway, or any room in your new home, is consistency. Prevent this room from descending into chaos by planning ahead, making it easy to put designated items away, and keeping your most important belongings in one place. You can even add potted plants, artwork, or decorative pillows to brighten the room that greets you. Soon you’ll have a highly organized and tidy drop zone, setting the tone for your new home.

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