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Restoring A Family House

Shifting from London to Los Angles was a magnificent adventure. Samantha was living with her husband in London, but when her husband has been transferred to Los Angles, she became nervous. But her husband Adam tried to plan live in a small house in suburb of Los Angles.

When Adam transferred, he found a house and settled his family. The house was like a chocolate box. Everything seems to be Lilliputian. Due to congestion they usually collide with each other. In the meanwhile their third child Martha was born. The couple then decided to find a big house for their family.

Samantha says: “We thing over to buy a comfortable family house, where we could chill out, make a social life and enjoy ourselves. We want an accommodation where kids could grow and have their own space.”

Luckily they found a cottage in reliable price. That was a three story Edwardian house. It was much alike the house they left behind in London. It seems to be that someone has copied it here.

The structure of the house was firm & sound, it had been converted into two flats which was compulsory have to be changed completely and restored.

The couple was working and they have not worried to restore their house. They took a decision to take a rented house for six months and then renovate their house from a project manager. His name was Jack Alabama and he was a close friend of Adam. He came with magnificent ideas, so they didn’t need to take services of a architecture.

It was needed to create a latest design terrace, open-plan feel to the house. The main item was now kitchen-dining room that they created by demolishing two rooms and make only one. Samantha gave him the idea that the French doors should lead into the back garden. When the couple settled in this area, their circle of friends become very large, so they thought to make the house sociable.

Samantha said: “We were not accepting this idea to make a small portion; we want a large table that can seat up to 20. Adam was willing to have a wide peninsular unit, complete with built-in-wine fridge.”

According to their idea the project manager changed the old study into a den, where the kids managed to play easily. The living room made for adults entertainment.

Another kitchen & bathroom is constructed on the upstairs, along with a long corridor. The bathrooms have two portions, one for adults and the other for the kids.

The kid bedrooms were constructed in this way that fitted with storage. There was a wall of cupboards for clothes and toys, while there was a shelving unit for 12 years son Vickie.

The top floor of the house was reshaped to make a guest bedroom. A shower room was attached to it. The fifth room was used as study.

Samantha said: “We might arrange the two girls up stairs and Adam could use the ground floor room as study. You understand the astonishing beauty of the house? There was flexibility in it that we could move things around as our lifestyle changes.”

Our Cottage is Our Arcadia

Our Cottage is Our Arcadia

On 7th anniversary of their marriage Paula Anderson & Herbert Harris found that cottage. The old style cottage of 1930 was at the end of a dirt road, which was built from stones. This cottage was in California which was a place of peace & calm.

Paula says, yes she had a keen interest in old houses and enjoys country side rather than big cities. The house has not anything charming or attractive accept that was old style and dignified. Its layout was like this:
The upper floor was consisting of a master bedroom & bathroom, with a porch that may be used as the second bedroom, while the ground floor consists of two living room, dinner & kitchen. One of the living rooms was outside and the other was inside. Its walls were decorated with fine art. The fabric was colored and was from Central America.

The couple bought it and shifted in it. They saw that the garden has been overlook for a long ago and dead trees and plants were standing everywhere. Paula started her work from extending the living space with different outdoor rooms.

She said that she wished to separate the garden from the orange grove. Her idea was to construct stone walls and planting a mixture of meadow and grass in the front portion to give a ranch house look.

The husband and the wife decided to build a fireplace to keep them warm in cold season. Paula said that the place was not lacking with wood to burn and outdoor fireplace is used more instead of indoor.

Herbert said that on this ranch house only orange trees were not grown, but other than 600 trees like palm, peaches & pomegranates were there. The front area of house made of rocks which fallen down from the nearby mountain and filled the flood channels near the house. We engage an architect to make a marvelous plan and layout for the whole ranch house. He drew the plan immediately and started to work with our advice. Paula was in favor of building a portico in front of the structure and a car porch on the back portion.

Then a cobblestone row was necessary from the entrance up to the living room door. When the work was completed, a room was built on the first floor of the elevation to take the sun light in winter season.

Actually the house was built by an orange farmer, so he cultivated citrus fruits on a large scale, hence adding an extra beauty in the elevation.

Paula said that it is a place for a rest and artistic living, not for showing off. We always live with peace because of the nature. Surely you can’t live in Los Angeles like this. So we call our cottage ‘Our Arcadia’.

Decorate Your Apartment in a Fancy Style

You want to decorate your apartment, but have a narrow & limited budget, and then you have two options:

a) Select cheap and average items for decoration.

b) Decorate your apartment with luxurious and high priced items and don’t worry about the budget. Actually you want to decorate it so you don’t bother about the cost.

The bed sheets play a vital role in your apartment. They are multipurpose, because you may convert them to table cloths or curtains.

The color is not a disputed factor; you may obtain any color from market. There is an option for you that you choose a white sheet and obtain any color or pattern. That comes in low cost.

When you go to market it becomes a difficult task for you to make a choice for furniture, bed or utensils. On these moments you go to such stores which give heavy discount to the customers.

If you don’t find the items according to your choice on discount stores, then you have to see towards the flea markets. They sell the items on amazingly low price. If you buy them you have nothing to do, but to polish them & refinish them. You will find a treasure at your door.

The newspaper may help you in this matter. When you see any advertisement you become exited that the accessories are selling at very low price. Actually the advertised things are unwanted by the seller or he has not enough space to accommodate it.

Surely you have a desire to decorate the apartment in an artistic manner, for this you are no need to go to a museum. Take some artificial flowers and put them on walls or hang them from roof. To enhance the beauty of your living rooms, you may put them in vase.

Decorate Your Apartment in a Fancy Style

The colors count very much, select pink for walls along with white strips, it will give a wondrous look. The accessories which you are selecting for your apartment should give a good combination and if they will be in same color, they will add beauty. Unique items like Chinese lamp, looks attractive and appealing. You may arrange a glass coffee table with metal chairs around it. You will feel that the room became enlighten & sparkling.

If you are holding a family, then you should consider the choice of your family members too. The beauty, art and the classy depends upon your creativity of you mind. If you are creative then you may decorate more your apartment with fewer accessories and lower budget.

Keep in mind that before decorating the apartment, make a plan & layout for it. It will be nice to help with your house decoration friend who is master in this phenomenon.  First think, and then do the experiments.