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How To Bring the Outside, Inside

Have you ever had one of those days where you’re stuck inside and just wanna be outdoors? Me too –  especially as fall approaches us. Luckily, I’ve found some of the best ways to make the indoors, feel like outdoors – just keep reading!

Open up the windows for natural sunlight

One of my favorite morning rituals is to open the windows for natural sunlight, not to mention it’s a great way to wake myself up! I suggest buying curtains and window treatments that are light-weight, and getting rid of anything bulky that blocks sunlight! Call attention to the windows that showcase beautiful scenery too! By doing this, your room will be full of sunlight and display the best views of your yard.

Choose Natural furniture

When choosing home furniture, chose natural! Selecting furniture with natural elements will increase your home’s natural aroma feel. One of my favorite, all-natural and stunning pieces of furniture is Native Trail’s Bourdeaux Wall Mount in Oak. By using previous oak barrels from wine-making, Native Trails reused, furnished, and refinished the Bourdeaux into a beautiful wall mount. Not to mention, this wall mount received the Green GOOD Design award in 2013 for its ecofriendly elements. For more earthy furniture, visit: www.wolffbros.com/designcenter

Stone, stone, stone!

At Wolff Design Center, we love stone – in any kitchen or bathroom! Incorporating stone into your kitchen or bathroom will provide dimension, while serving as a luxury.  For those of you who may not love stone, an alternative is using just a bit of  stone in your bathroom or kitchen backsplash. It’s the perfect amount of stone, while still giving off the natural beauty that stone offers. Here’s some stone sinks that we’ve got in stock on our website:

Key Countertop Brands

Native Trails Cuyama Bathroom Sink in Ash

Native Trails Montecito Bathroom Sink in Pearl

Add greenery with plant life

For those of you who cannot commit to taking care of a high-maintenance plant, like me, no worries! Succulents are the perfect,easy-to-keep plant that adds greenery and natural decor to any spot in your home.  Just water every two weeks! However, if you do have a green thumb, planting or picking up floral and/or plant arrangement weekly is another great idea. Either way, adding plants and flowers to your home is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to bring those outdoor feelings, inside!

How much wood… would you like to add to your house?

Any type of incorporated wood, whether it’s wood furniture, flooring, cabinetry, or sprinkled within your decor will add a minimalist and organic touch. Wood is versatile and can match many color schemes already established in your home. One of my favorite wood-finished pieces is the Uttermost Claudio Wood Mirror in Light Walnut Stain.  I love the details, Light Walnut stain, and finish! Even the little, natural details, can make a huge difference – both in your home and for the environment.

 

Choosing what natural elements you want to incorporate in your home is easy! Head on over to www.wolffbros.com/designcenter to create a wishlist and start shopping today!

5 Items You’re Not Cleaning in Your Bathroom, but Should Be:

1. Shower head

You shower and clean yourself nearly everyday, but when’s the last time you cleaned your shower head? Showerheads need a cleansing too! Depending on how hard your water is, showerheads should be cleaned at least once every three months. However, if you have hard water, your showerhead may need a deep-clean more often in order to remove scale and mineral deposit build-up. One of the best ways I’ve found to thoroughly clean my shower head: fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap the bag around the head with a rubber band, and let it sit for an hour. After an hour, remove the bag and run your shower for a minute – voila! – your shower head will be squeaky clean.

2. Shower Curtain

Moving on to the outside of the shower – the curtain! All you need to do for a clean shower curtain is throw it in the wash with your laundry detergent and a cup of vinegar (if necessary). It’s just as easy as cleaning your shower head, if not easier! However, your shower curtain should be cleaned more often. Rather than once every three months (which is a good goal), it’s advised that shower curtains should be cleaned once a month. By keeping up with once a month, you will reduce the amount of grime, mold, and mildew and increase your cleanliness!

3. Exhaust Fan

Whatever is up, must come down. Next up (if you have one): your exhaust fan! Exhaust fans have the primary responsibility to decrease moisture and odors in your bathroom by releasing air. Though it can be a chore to reach up to your ceiling and clean it, I’ve mastered a method of using reaching my vacuum toward my fan, and allowing the dust to be captured by the vacuum’s suction. However, I realize that takes a lot of effort. When I’m feeling a bitlazier, I just spray a can of air onto my fan and wait for the dust to hit the floor (a shop vac set to exhaust would do the trick as well). Then, I sweep or vacuum the floor. Thankfully, this job only needs done once a year.

4. Grout

Grout isn’t the easiest, or most enjoyable, part of your bathroom to clean. However, it definately should be done. Grout cleaner is offered by a variety of brands, easily found as a common household cleaner. You may already have a favorite! However, if you don’t, an easy DIY I suggest is to mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and apply with a quick scrub. It’s suggested to clean your bathroom’s grout at least once a year. Depending on the grout, it may only need a deep-clean once every other year.

5. Toilet Brush

You clean your toilet, so why not your toilet brush too? Considering the function of this cleaning tool, it only makes sense! Thankfully, this is an easy task. I usually soak mine in bleach for an hour. Then, I rinse it with hot water, andput it back into the holder. Now when you next clean your toilet, you’ll be doing it with a squeaky-clean brush!

If cleaning isn’t cutting it anymore, Wolff Design Centers can help you revive a worn-out bathroom. Schedule an appointment today!