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Seven DIY Bedroom Updates For A Chic Sleeping Space

Seven DIY Bedroom Updates For A Chic Sleeping Space

Even though it's the place we spend hours in, relaxing and regenerating every night, the bedroom is often the last place that gets design attention. That's because we tend to focus on the spaces that guests see first (or most), and we may never get around to making the bedroom as chic as it can and should be.

You don't have to be afraid of tackling this important space; little changes can make a big difference, and many can be made this weekend without outside help. Shake out those muscles and get ready to make that bedroom beautiful!

Use wallpaper in new ways

Create an urban chic look with a feature wall of exposed brick or go romantic with this look. They're both of the peel-and-stick variety, which means they'll go up (and come down) easy. The no-commitment aspect of these wallpaper options makes them the perfect choice for those who haven't done much in the bedroom because they thought they needed tostrike the ultimate inspiration.


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You can also revitalize an old dresser or pretty up a boring nightstand with a roll of the stuff. It sticks to almost anything and is removable and repositionable in case you make a booboo. 

Make your own headboard

You could spend several hundreds of dollars (or more!) on an upholstered headboard, but with a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and a couple of hours of your time, you can make you own for much less. A couple of sheets of MDF, some batting, some buttons, and your fabric of choice is just about all you need. This is one of our favorite tutorials for creating a DIY headboard that looks like it came right out of a catalogue.

Snazz up your bedding

You don't have to get new bedding to create a fresh new feel in the place where you lay your head. Plush pillows can give the bed some oomph. "If you only make one tweak to upgrade your bedroom, it should be the way you style pillows," said My Domaine. "According to Andrew Suvalsky, principal interior designer at ASD, a considered bed is always topped with a handful of precisely layered accent pillows. Practical pillows, the ones you sleep on a night, should sit propped against the bedhead, overlaid with decorative pillows in height order. Suvalsky said he likes to "pull the accent color from the overall color scheme of the space [to create] the focal point of your room."

Create a standout mirror

Peel-and-stick tiles aren't just for kitchen backsplashes. Turn a regular old bedroom mirror into a standout. The whole project can be done in mere minutes. Tip: Measure first so you know exactly how many tiles you need and so you don't end up with awkward spacing. And, be sure about the placement before you add pressure because once the tiles adhere, they're not easy to remove.

Customize a rug

A patterned rug large enough to bring a cushy feel to your bedroom floor can be pricey. With stencils and chalk paint, you can transform a simple, inexpensive rug into something that looks like it came from an expensive decor store. 

Paint your furniture

Stencils are a great choice for bedroom furniture, too. "A little sanding and some paint can give new life to any piece of furniture, but if you really want to transform an old piece, this is a DIYer's best-kept secret: stencils," said Country Living. "Using stencils to give a piece of furniture a makeover is an easy way to create a completely custom and one-of-a-kind piece. It's also a brilliant way to refresh wood furniture that has seen better days." Add some new knobs, and, voila!

Create some dazzling doors

Inexpensive molding can make your plain, flat, bedroom or closet doors infinitely more interesting. Check out how many different ways you can realize this easy update on Decorating Your Small Space.

Want To Buy And Renovate A Property Overseas? 9 Things To Consider

Want To Buy And Renovate A Property Overseas? 9 Things To Consider

If you've ever seen a movie like under the Tuscan sun, you've undoubtedly had your own Italian farmhouse renovation fantasy. But how real is it to think about buying property in a place that requires changing currency and a long plane ride?

"Buying and restoring a fixer-upper in another country...It can be an appealing idea," said Huffington Post. "Houses in need of some tender loving care can be bought below market value and, when renovated, can resell for a nice profit. This is especially true in countries where labor costs are low. Using local labor and local materials (hardwoods, stone, etc.), you can add a lot of perceived value for not a lot of money."

But, that doesn't mean the process is easy. Think: Permit issues, trying to manage a delicate process from halfway around the world, and all the typical issues associated with renovating an older property - magnified by all that international intrigue. Still interested? We're breaking down the particulars. 

Carefully consider the location

The image above is of a multi-use building next to the Trevi Fountain in Rome. The first floor comprises several shops, a café, and a Gelateria. On the second floor: Apartments. The two remaining floors are empty and in need of major restoration and renovation. Imagine the potential of these apartments, simply for the views alone. And, imagine the undertaking! But mostly, imagine the demand for modern, renovated apartments here, right in the center of town, mere footsteps from one of the city's most spectacular sights.

"Location, Location, Location. The old adage about location is true," said Expat Focus. "Picking the right location is as important as the property. Picking the wrong one can be a nightmare. Think carefully about your requirements and if an abandoned property in the middle of nowhere seems remote on viewing, it will be even more so when living there."

Work with professionals who specialize in renovating older properties

Yes, moving to England for a year to renovate your old farmhouse sounds dreamy. But, let's be practical. There are few among us who can uproot our lives that way (But, if you do it, please take us with you!). Bucket list aside, there are far more reasons to consider purchasing an overseas property to renovate than because you're having an Eat Pray Love moment. And whether you're looking to move into the property some day or renovate it sell for profit, you want to do it right, which is why working with the right people is so important.

"London is filled with period homes, and owning one of these homes has become a hot commodity in the London property market," said The Resident. "The issue, however, is that while the outside of these homes are timeless and grand, the interiors don't always match up." Property management company Huntsmore focuses on renovating these period homes. "Very often we will assess a property and the walls and floors aren't straight, or the original plaster work is out of shape," they said. "Many of these period properties have been converted, sometimes very badly, into flats, with no regard for practicality or aesthetics. We see odd pipework boxed in, poor space configuration and many of the original cornicing and fireplaces removed. One of the main issues is that many of the problems associated with renovating a period home are not identified until the works have started and the property has been gutted. We try to identify as many of these possible hurdles as possible in the design phase to avoid delays and keep the project on track."

Make sure it's legal

Buying an international property may not be as easy as hopping on a plane, and, in some cases, it might not even be legal. Different places have different requirements, so be sure to check before you go off and purchase an old Victorian on a whim while on vacation halfway around the world. "Non-Bahamians must register any purchase with the Foreign Investments Board, and special permits are required," said International Living. "Non-Croatians can purchase real estate in this country if they have approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs." You can check International Living for a country-by-country guide.

Get your finances in order

"One of the biggest hurdles to buying real estate in another country can be coming up with the capital required to close on the purchase," said U.S. News & World Report. "In much of the world, financing isn't easy to organize. In some places financing is not possible at all for foreign buyers." Cash is king around the world, and, in some places, it's not just king, but also emperor.

Know your buyer

You'll likely have a more limited buyer base in an international market, and knowing precisely who might bite on your home will drive your renovation. Are you in an area that attracts families, or are you mainly looking at retirees seeking retirement far from their current reality?

"Unless you plan to live in the home forever yourself, do your best to imagine who your resale buyer might be from the start, before beginning the restoration work," said Huffington Post. "If you plan to rent the property, identify your target renter. If your resale buyer will likely be a retiree, you'll make different choices than if you think you might be reselling to a family with children, for example. The differences have implications for both the work you do and the location you pick."

Make a friend

Finding a potential goldmine when it comes to any renovation project is often about who you know. Keep your eyes open when traveling, and talk to the people you meet. Sure, there are real estate companies who can help you locate properties for sale, in addition to helping you renovate, but they may not know that the great aunt of the neighbor of the shopkeeper where you bought souvenirs is thinking about selling her incredible old place with the impossible view of the Aegean.

Think about power

Buying an international property can come with a number of particulars you may not previously have thought about, and electricity is a big one. "Unless you want to get embroiled in a lengthy and costly planning application, avoid properties not connected to main electricity," said Expat Focus. "Despite some estate agents' claims connection is just a telephone call away, this is not the case most of the time."

Recycle

If you're buying abroad, you're almost certainly buying an older property. That can mean charming period details, but it can also mean outdated function and features. Remember when you're renovating that you don't need to ditch all the old to bring in the new. Save what you can and put it back, or use it in a whole new way. Working with tradespeople who are committing to reusing and recycling materials will save you money, aid the environment, and help you create a standout property.

Pay attention to local zoning laws

You can be the most experienced renovator in your state, or country, for that matter, and still feel completely out of your element when you go international. That could mean rules and laws you're not aware of.

"Check to see if it is a listed (historic or heritage) building," said Plaza Estates. "If it is, there may be some restrictions on what you can do when renovating.

"Beware of the local planning laws. Depending on the type of renovation you are undertaking, it would be wise to check with the local planning authority. Not all renovations will require planning permission, but it's prudent to check if you are planning a major renovation."

The Inside Workings of Credit Scores

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Consumers are encouraged to check their credit reports once per year. The primary reason for doing so is to make sure there aren't any mistakes. Unfortunately, credit reports are prone to contain mistakes. It's not really the fault of the three main credit repositories, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion because all three are just a database. Whatever is reported to them is what you see. Further, someone with a similar name can show up on someone else's report. If you're not the only Bob Smith in town, this is certainly possible.

Someone else's poor credit might very well be showing up on your report which can directly damage your credit scores. When you find an error work with your loan officer to get it fixed. Your loan officer has working relationships with credit agencies and can help get mistakes fixed and provide a method to get your scores back to where they should be.

But have you ever wondered how these scores are calculated in the first place? They follow an algorithm first developed by The FICO Company years ago. For a while, credit scores weren't the primary force behind a credit decision but over time the impact of a credit score became more and more important. Most every loan program available today has a minimum credit score and if a score falls below the minimum, there's some additional work that needs to be done to get those scores back on track.

There are five characteristics of your credit history that make up your three-digit score:  your payment history, account balances, how long you've had credit, the types of credit used and how often you've applied for new credit over the past couple of years.

Credit scores range from 300 to 850. Let's say a borrower has a credit score of 600 but needs a 620 to qualify for a particular loan program. Credit scores will improve much more quickly by paying attention to the two categories that have the greatest immediate impact on a score- payment history and account balances.

Payment history accounts for 35 percent of the total score and account balances 30 percent. When someone makes a payment more than 30 days past the due date, scores will fall. An occasional "late pay" won't really do much damage to a score but continued payments made more than 30, 60 or 90 days past the due date definitely will. By stopping the late payments scores will begin to recover.

Account balances compares outstanding loan balances with credit lines. If a credit card has a $10,000 credit line and there is a $3,300 balance, scores will actually improve. The ideal balance-to-limit is about one-third of the credit line. As the balance grows and approaches the limit, scores will begin to fall and fall even more should the account balance exceed the limit. This category contributes 30 percent to the total score.

The remaining three have relatively little impact. How long someone has used credit accounts for 15 percent of the score but there's really nothing anyone can do to improve this area other than to wait. Types of credit and credit inquiries both make up 10 percent of the score. By concentrating on payment history and account balances, scores will improve significantly over the next few months.

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