Enter the World of Coziness: Còsagach, Scottish Trend You Will Love

 

Scotland is the land of gorgeous landscapes, rich history, and interesting culture. Although people usually connect it to rainy hills and soccer, there are more amazing things we have coming from Scotland. One of them is certainly the Scottish interior design concept – Còsagach (pronounced “kos-ah-gogh”).

In 2018, VisitScotland presented Còsagach as a rival to hygge, a Danish lifestyle and interior design trend. In Scottish Gaelic, còsagach means cozy and sheltered. As a tourism body, VisitScotland intends to use Còsagach as one of the key points of their strategy to present their country to visitors and the world.

“It’s no secret that Scotland can have, at times, rather harsh and ferocious weather. In the winter when the storms rage and the waves crash against the rocks, there is nothing more satisfying than being curled up in front of the fire, book and hot toddy in hand, listening to the weather outside,” says the Trend 2018 report by the VisitScotland.

If you were a fan of hygge, then you should certainly try Còsagach. They are similar but not the same so you will also bring some novelty and freshness to your home. Here are some features of Còsagach that you can easily include in your interior décor.

 

  • Cosy by the fireplace

A fireplace is something that will warm you up during the cold days and nights. Today, you can install gas fireplaces and still have a beautiful living room area to cozy up. Even a faux fireplace will work if you don’t need the extra heat. Make sure to place some decorative blankets on the floor and arrange old books above on the mantel.

This is an excellent place to sit down and have a glass of wine or cup of tea with your friends while chatting about things. Especially during the rainy and snowy days, but also during the sunny ones. Also, having a fireplace will surely earn you some extra points with admirers of the newest trends.

 

  • Add rustic textures

When we think about Scotland, we rarely imagine houses, but rather castles on top of a hill with waves of a restless sea crashing against the rocks below. So, in order to bring out the castle in your home, you have to use rustic textures. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your 21st century home will turn into an old castle, but only that you will incorporate richness of details.

Wool throws and knit pillows are perfect to add to the decorative details and are also very welcoming to snuggling in. On the other hand, plaid flannel pillows and chunky cable knit blankets are also an excellent choice to include Còsagach in your home. In the end, it’s all the matter of your personal taste and choice what Còsagach items to include in the décor.

 

  • Wood and stone in your home

The last year was all about natural materials, and if you choose Còsagach, then you’ll be adding wood and stone to the décor. You can create a stone wall or use wooden beams for the ceiling. Nicely lacquered floors of dark wood will add character to your home and make it look warmer.

There are many solutions for adding stone elements in your home. It can be just a few details like the home bar made out of differently shaped rocks with the matte wood countertop. This kind of setting would be perfect for having Scottish whiskey with your friends while watching a game.

 

  • Paint it the Còsagach style

Colour will accentuate Còsagach and is the easiest way for you to implement this style into your interior design. If you ask contractors and local painters about the importance of color, they will all agree that it can do not only a lot but sometimes everything to set the mood in the home.

When it comes to Còsagach, the colors you choose will help you create your own Scottish home and make way for other decorative elements to fit in. Warm brown and pastel green will go together perfectly, especially if you decide to have a fireplace. Darker shades of green, grey, and burgundy may seem like a bolder move, but they will actually gorgeously complement lighter furniture and well-lit spaces.  

Whenever we think about redecorating, we tend to go for more safe designs. But Còsagach is one of those that will furnish your home with quality materials and still create a friendly and welcoming environment. With so many different variants of materials on the market, you can even get your own Scottish castle for a reasonable amount of money. And without actually moving to Scotland.     

 

Tips From Pros: Choosing The Right Awning For Your Home

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Providing shade for your backyard or front porch is one of the most important things during summer heats and there are several ways to do so. Planting a tree is the most cost-effective, some would even say the most elegant solution, however, it could take 15 to 20 years for a tree to fully matures and even then, it will cause a no small amount of additional maintenance on your property. As an alternative, some people decide to go with expensive wooden constructions or simple, cheap and inefficient method of using parasols. As a compromise, more and more people are turning towards the idea of awnings. Still, making a choice of the right awning for your home is not an easy one to make.

The location of the awning:

The first thing you need to consider when getting an awning is the location that it is about to take. Two most notable spots for an awning are just above the window or over your patio. The benefits of the awning in the first location are the fact that it protects the room from the direct sunlight, therefore resulting in a significant heat reduction.

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During the summer, this helps reduce the amount of energy spent by your AC unit in order to cool down the room. On the other hand, during the winter, you might want to get as much daylight as possible, which is why the above-window awning should, almost always, be a retractable one.

As for the awning above the patio, in a situation where you have a wooden outdoor furniture, having this protection from direct sun ray exposure may protect it in the long run. In the above-discussed winter scenario, however, it is always advised to move your outdoor furniture somewhere else.

The choice of the material:

The next major choice you will have in front of you is the one of material. Apart from determining the appearance of your awning, this choice also determines the maintenance and durability of the awning in question. When it comes to the appearance, this is not a choice that can be made standalone. You need to take into consideration the layout of your home, the façade on its exterior as well as the patio it hangs above.

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As far as the popular choices go, cotton, canvas, mesh and acrylic are the most popular choices. One last thing that the choice of the material determines is the price of the awning, while those determined can always get an appropriate solution from their local budget awnings Sydney retailers.

The shape and style:

While awnings are getting more and more popular solution for providing shade and covers in households, traditionally, they are most commonly used in front of stores or boutiques. This diversification of use for private households and businesses of various kinds has led to the situation where there are so many different shapes and styles of awnings. Rounded entrance canopy or gabled entrance canopy are most commonly used in hotels, traditional valances and quarter rounds is commonly used in front of stores. As for households, lateral arm or concave are styles that are used in most situations.

To retract or not to retract:

In the first section of this piece, we already went to length to address the advantages of retractable awnings, however, a lot of people prefer to go with fixed designs. Most common reasons for this are the fact that they are easier to install and much less likely to malfunction.

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No matter how quality the installation process was, a retractable awning still functions with a help of a specific mechanism. Now, this mechanism consists of numerous moving parts, each of which might malfunction at one point. In this situation, you probably won’t be able to immediately fix a problem but would have to look for a professional aid. In other words, while retractable awning is clearly superior in many aspects, the ease of maintenance is clearly not one of them.

Situational variables:

Finally, in some situations, it may not be so easy to make the right choice seeing as how there may be a number of situational variables one needs to take into consideration. For instance, you may, or may not, need some side panels or an awning that stands at a certain unorthodox angle. Furthermore, there may be a series of obstacles like tree branches you might need to either prune or work around. In any case, each of these variations will make the price of the installation a tad more expensive.

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At the end of the day, making the choice of the right awning for your home can be incredibly difficult, yet, there is one thing you must always take into consideration – it isn’t something you’re supposed to again for quite a long time. You see, this is one of those choices that will stick with you for years and decades afterward, which is why you need to be extra cautious while making it.

 

Folding Card Table Playhouse

16251775_1852856608290758_4970716293962651417_oWow! My little three year old daughter would just love this. Right now she has a tunnel that collapses that she loves going through. She loves the idea of going under the table so this would make a great place for her to go in and play.

Unfortunately, I do not have the directions to make this – it is more an idea that I just wanted to pass along. If anyone has instructions or where this originally came from to give credit please let me know.

Remodeling Your Home? Here’s How to Avoid Some Common Mistakes By Diana Smith

image-1A thorough home renovating project requires some major planning and even if you know precisely what you wish to accomplish with your remodel, you can expect to run into more than a few obstacles on your way. So, let’s see what are some of the most common mistakes in home remodeling projects and in what ways can you avoid them:

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Avoiding Budget Mistakes

Definitely the most common and, at the same time, biggest mistake in remodeling projects is not setting a realistic budget beforehand. A budget can undermine your project in a variety of ways, spending more than you can afford being the most common. This leaves many people in debts and with unfinished remodels. On the other hand, there’s also the mistake of trying to save money by saving on materials and tools. This can lead to some shoddy work, which can later on end up costing you much more than you originally hoped. The best way to avoid all these things from occurring is to make a detailed budget plan, list all the work you need to do and add another 20% on your original sum. This budget is going to cover all your expenses, but also give you a bit of space to cover some minor accidents (just in case.)

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Avoiding Contractor Mistakes

Many people tend to fall into the trap of hiring the first contractor they find, or even worse – the first that offers them the lowest bid. While paying the lowest fare for a contractor surely is tempting, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best deal you can make. It’s important to find an experienced and qualified contractor, so you can be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth (even if that means paying a bit extra). The other common mistake is not hiring a contractor at all and relying on your own two hands to do all the work. It would be best to realistically evaluate what type of work you’re able to do on your own and where you should seek help from an expert.

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Avoiding Safety Mistakes

While you might think that you can save both money and time by avoiding to meet some basic safety standards, this can greatly sabotage the remodeling. This is exactly why it’s crucial to take all the safety precautions into consideration, including not only safety equipment and gear but also conducting a detailed home inspection before officially starting your remodeling project. A hired professional inspecting your home can uncover a lot of irregularities and failures which need to be taken care of during the renovation. The best solution is to identify all the potential issues beforehand so you’d get an opportunity to add these errors to your to-do list. Hiring an inspector to examine your house after you’ve finished with the remodel is also smart, but it’s much better to fix everything before the end of the project.

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Avoiding Planning Mistakes

Planning is a crucial aspect of every home remodel and it’s critical to plan everything to the smallest detail if you want your remodeling to go smoothly. This includes not only designing a timeline of the repairs, but also considering their factors such as the complete layout of the house. Professionals who design project homes in Sydney advise to carefully plan the location of your electrical and plumbing systems so you’d be able to construct a functional residence suitable for future development.

Big projects such as these are known to be quite overwhelming at certain points, but very rewarding. So, before you dive into this venture, it’s best to be prepared for what awaits you in the following period. It’s best to inquire about all possible outcomes and get a grasp of some of the most common obstacles and mistakes that you should strive to avoid.

 

 

 

 

Buy Or Extend – What’s Your Best Choice?

4It comes a time in a person’s life when the house they currently live in is just not big enough for all their needs. You might need some extra space for the children or a home office, or simply feel that it’s time to invest in a bigger home. Two obvious options are presented here – should you buy a new house or extend the one you live in now? The answer is not an easy one and you definitely have to consider all the pros and cons before you make your final decision that would be best for both you and your family.

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Pros

Buying a new home is always an exciting process and it feels encouraging when you picture your new life there. New houses often have better installations and outlets as well. Fresh paint and sparkly clean floors are always something to look forward to. It also signifies a turn of a new page. By carefully choosing your new home, your desires regarding both interior and exterior can be fully met if you’re patient with your search. You can go for a better neighborhood and a place that’s close to schools, supermarkets and other commercial buildings necessary for your comfort.

Cons

As much as it is fun and exciting, looking for a new house to buy can also be very exhausting and stressful, especially since you have to deal with selling your old house. Selling a home is a lot more difficult than buying one, not to mention all the paperwork that you have to go through. Of course, if you’re looking to buy a bigger house than the one you currently own, you have to be prepared for spending more money on it, both on the purchase of the house and monthly expenses. What’s more, if the house you want to buy is pretty far from your old place, you’ll have to deal with separation from your friends and neighbors, which is especially difficult for children.

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Pros

There are many advantages of extending your home as well. You definitely won’t have to think about any disturbance in your settled family life in the specific neighborhood. Your daily schedules and activities will remain unchanged during the extension progress. In some cases, extending your home can be done a lot quicker than waiting for a buyer and looking for a perfect new house that’s on sale. Of course, the most obvious advantage of extending your home is the fact that it can be a lot cheaper than actually buying a new property. Moreover, house extensions in Sydney are on high demand since the service can provide you with the best possible realization of your own idea.

Cons

When you decide to extend your current house there’s always a possibility of something going wrong and adding to the cost of your extension plans. You can have the misfortune to hire a shady contractor and have a lot of troubles with obtaining all the permits necessary for construction work in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, this is not all there is to it. While in most cases, the cost of extension is lower than the one of buying a new house, sometimes it can happen that the cost is higher, especially when you include cleaning and landscaping services after the extension work.  Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that you and your family won’t be able to use one part of the house during the construction work.

There is no one perfect answer when it comes to the choice between buying a new house or extending the one that you currently own. With all the pros and cons available for your own research, you should carefully analyze what seems like the best investment for your own position and needs. When it comes to the cost calculations, remember to always check the extra money that you’d be spending after selling and buying a new house and compare it with the price of extension as well as added 20% because some additional costs will always be necessary. Of course, you don’t have to make this kind of a decision on your own. Make sure to include all of your family members in the discussion so that you can work out a plan that suits you the best.

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