Outdoor living spaces are a great way to enjoy nature and the scenery while still remaining comfortable and relaxed. They're great for entertaining, and can be used for a huge variety of pastimes, from eating to gaming to keeping an eye on the kids. Here are some tips to help you create an awesome outdoor area that you'll enjoy for years to come.View full article →
While the exterior of your house might be appealing, the interior design might needsome updating. Change the look of your home by using a few summer interior design tips. These inspirational ideas will make your home attractive and comfortable for everyone.View full article →
It's spring, and that makes it the perfect time to give your Lake Winnipesaukee home a makeover. Isn't it time for at least a fresh coat of paint in the rooms to welcome the new season? Benjamin Moore, the premier paint sellers, have a new color of the year for 2016. What is it? ...View full article →
It’s that time again, after the chilly winter season our homes are in need of a deep cleaning to remove excess clutter and create a fresher environment. It can be easy to forget about dusting or staying organized during the holidays, which makes the spring season the perfect time to brighten up the home. To transform your interior setting once you begin cleaning, there are a few important tips to follow to perform a thorough job...View full article →
Sending the kids off to college this year? Here are some great uses for your new found extra space.
You may be dreaming of that home office or craft room, but don’t make any major changes until your empty nest syndrome sets in. You will, of course, have kids coming home to visit, and they may be bringing friends, significant others, and one day, their own kids. And since Grandma’s sewing room probably won’t be child friendly, you’ll need a comfortable place for family members to sleep, play, and relax.
Both for form and function, we love the idea of a guest suite.
The guest suite is like a combined family room and hotel room right inside your home. At its most basic level, it’s a bedroom with a sitting area for guests to relax in . It provides your kids and grandkids their own space to retreat to, and leaves you with more of your own personal space when guests are in town. When small children are around, the guest suite can provide a quite place for naps and a safe place to play, without needing to childproof your entire home.
When creating your in-home guest suite, its always a good idea to start fresh. Simply adding a love seat to your college kid’s old bedroom won’t do. Your guests will feel like they’re intruding when they stay, and your now “adult” children will want to control what happens with the space. Re-claim the space by emptying it out completely. Pick a neutral theme, or one that matches the common areas of your home, and match the wall color, window treatments, bedding, and seating to the theme. Wow your guests with extra touches like accent pillows, matching linen and towels, and other hotel-inspired accents like regionally significant wall decor.
A multi-function home office is a great use of extra space.
Another great use for a former bedroom is a home office with a seating area. There are many options out there for incorporating a day bed or futon while keeping a sophisticated look. If you go this route, it’s important to keep this room a clutter free space, for when you do host guests. A home office with seating area is a great option for those who aren’t yet ready to retire, and will likely have guests, or perhaps their own children staying at home.
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Garden ornaments can guide how you shape and use your outdoor space, and affect how it feels when you're in it. A wrought-iron gate can mark the entrance to an earthy space, a tree-hung lantern raise your perspective off the ground, a curved bench inspire a nap. When carefully placed, these elements offer subtle but effective clues: Turn here. Look up. Slow down. They also give a garden space a finished look late fall through early spring, when garden spaces look much more empty. The trick is to not clutter your garden with junk. Try a vintage light like our Casey Jones Chandelier
Creating Outdoor Rooms
Outdoor spaces feel more cozy and comfortable when they're surrounded by elements that define the space. Strategically place a bench between large flowering bushes for a cute reading corner. Be careful not to overdo it though, perfectly sculpted gardens look far less natural and also less cozy.
Connect Your Garden To Your Home
Whatever the style of your home, try to carry it out in to the landscape. If you love the look of your post-and-beam timber-frame home, you'll be sure to love a timber-frame terrace on your patio. No patio? Place a Douglas-fir arbor at the entry point of your garden. It will tie the comfortable garden space to the solid lines of your wooden home. This idea can hold true for other styles of homes also.
Independence day is right around the corner, and you've invited guests! Home Comfort has plenty of great ideas to make your home look fabulous when your guests arrive. Stop by our store in Center Harbor, NH to see all the cute summertime accessories, and to chat with a designer. For those of you who can't make it in, here are some quick tips to make your home welcoming and inviting this 4th of July!
This year, try using red, white and blue in new, unexpected ways to create an American summer soiree. Instead of buying cheesy disposable supplies from your party store, take a look around your home for unexpected party decor! For example, use red, white, and blue handkerchiefs as a table runner. Or, cover your table with a solid red tablecloth (perhaps you have one for Christmas) and use accents of blue and white flowers, glassware, or dishes to add patriotic charm.
Offer sparklers or snap poppers for your guests to celebrate with, by wrapping the small boxes with twine (no paper, unless it's their birthday). For a barbecue, set the favors in a wicker basket near the buffet. For dinners, add a name tag and use as a placeholder!
Sun Supplies Station
With the harsh summer heat and intense rays of the sun in full effect, it's important your Fourth of July guests remain protected from the sun. Keep outdoor essentials nearby with a supply station stylishly stocked with rolled towels, sunblock and ice-cold water. Use an old wash tub for a classic country look!
Use your favorite red, white, and blue flowers with a classic miniature American flag as centerpieces. We like Red Roses, White Alstroemeria, and Blue Lobelia. Use mini-flags in exterior plantings to add some festive color to your garden or hanging plants also!
For cute summertime additions to your home, shop our Home Accents selection online.
This year, say goodbye to the traditional lightbulb.
On Jan. 1, the last of the federal government’s new lighting standards took effect. That means the sort of general-service light bulb we’ve used for more than a century can no longer be made in or imported into the United States.
What does that mean for you and your home?
On the plus side, it means more choices and smaller electric bills. On the minus side, it means an end to dirt-cheap light bulbs and grab-and-go bulb shopping. Now you need to read labels in order to create the right look. You’re used to buying that 60-watt bulb and knowing what it looks like and everything else. Now customers who buy bulbs in haste often bring them back when they find the bulbs don’t meet their expectations.
Buying the right bulb requires more attention than it used to, but with a little education and guidance, you can find what you need.
Now consumers have essentially three choices:
Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, are long-lasting and stingy on energy use and relatively inexpensive. But they have features some people don’t like, including the inclusion of a tiny amount of mercury.
LED bulbs are illuminated by light-emitting diodes. They last for decades and use even less energy than CFLs, but they’re still fairly expensive.
Halogen bulbs are the most like the old familiar incandescent bulbs. They don’t save nearly as much electricity or last as long as the others, but they’re probably the best choice for people who really don’t want to change, said Terry McGowan, director of engineering for the American Lighting Association.
How do you choose one that’s right for you?
Here’s some guidance:
• Read the Lighting Facts label. It appears on every package of light bulbs and looks much like the Nutrition Facts label on food. It provides basic information, including how bright the bulb is, how much power it uses, how much you can expect to pay for that electricity and how warm or cool the light appears. That information makes it easier to compare bulbs.
• Know the lingo. Understanding the label is easier if you know a couple of key terms.
One of those terms is lumens, which measure a bulb’s brightness. You should buy a bulb of about 450 lumens to replace an old-style 40-watt bulb, 800 lumens to replace a 60-watt bulb, 1,100 lumens to replace a 75-watt bulb and 1,600 lumens to replace a 100-watt bulb.
The other is Kelvin, the scale used to measure color temperature — in other words, how warm or cool the light appears. If you like the warm light from an old-style incandescent bulb, look for a color temperature of 2,700 Kelvin, Lehrman said. The higher the Kelvin number, the cooler and whiter the light.
• Look for the Energy Star logo if you’re shopping for a CFL or LED bulb. For those types of bulbs, the label indicates more than just energy savings. It also indicates the bulb meets certain quality standards, such as coming on instantly or nearly so, staying bright over its lifetime and producing an excellent color of light. What’s more, all Energy Star bulbs must be backed by warranties.
• Look elsewhere on the package. Light bulb packages can tell you a lot about how a bulb is best used. While halogen bulbs can be used in the same ways as old-style incandescent bulbs, LEDs and CFLs behave differently in some applications. The package will tell you such information as whether the bulb is dimmable, whether it’s made for outdoor use and whether it can be used in an enclosed fixture.
• Check rebates. Sometimes governments or utilities offer rebates on energy-efficient lighting. You can check for rebates at www.dsireusa.org or www.energystar.gov (type “rebates” into the search box to find the page labeled “Special Offers and Rebates From Energy Star Partners”).
Home Comfort Creates New Virtual Showroom
New Hampshire, March 24, 2014: Home Comfort is a home décor and interior design business located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We offer classic and stylish furnishings for the residential home. Our interior designer experts and complete collection of products transforms homes into a warm and welcoming atmosphere for casual living. Home Comfort currently primarily serves the towns and communities around Lake Winnipesaukee in Central New Hampshire. Our team is pleased to introduce our expansion online by offering our full portfolio of products available for purchase. Our website (ShopHomeComfort.com) enables households to purchase our products nationally.
Products available on the website include a relaxed, inviting and warm collection from hand-crafted furniture to comfy linens to original artwork. Visitors can browse the entire product selection in a household setting with multiple views and high resolution photos. The new website truly recreates visiting our showroom and recreates the feel and atmosphere that we extend from our family of stylish designers to the households of our customers. We anticipate that the website will better meet the needs of our customers by enabling them to view our products from the comfort of their own home and learn more about our business. It also enables national expansion opportunities so that visitors may have products shipped to them rather than commuting to our showroom.
About Home Comfort:
Opening the first store at Center Harbor, New Hampshire over 15 years ago, Home Comfort has delivered stylish and classic furnishings to residents of the New Hampshire area. We offer a relaxed, inviting and warm feel to transform new homes or classic ones into a welcoming atmosphere. Our company is famous within the New Hampshire area for our hand-crafted furniture and ability to provide interior design services to perfectly blend our products into the home environment of our customers. We have a team of two interior designers and flooring specialists in transforming households with their expertise.