A lot of people do not expect that a male would be very interested in sprucing a house up, which is why they are always surprised to learn that I love doing it. I was not always this way, though. For years, I lived in what most people would view as a bachelor pad. But one day, I bought this fantastic loft that was already outfitted with orange county shutters that I fell in love with. Most lofts are very modern, so throwing a lot of old furniture inside and leaving it that way would look out of place. That is what my place first looked like when I moved in, and it did not look welcoming. I wanted to do something to change that.

On my own, I was having trouble figuring out how exactly to decorate my place. I had never really done something like that before, My mother was responsible for that task in our family home when I was growing up. I just had not paid all that much to what she did, but I know that she always told me that she was no good at it and really never liked to do it. So, I really didn’t have a good foundation in that particular regard. So, I went to the bookstore one Saturday afternoon and sat down at a table with a big pile of books on decorating. I thumbed through several that helped me with more modern places. I bought three books to take home, and I studied them in my free time.

I decided that I wanted to do a mix of modern decor and flea market finds. I had a really good time going to the local flea market on the weekends to find a variety of different things to fill my new place. I also found a furniture store nearby that sell a lot of great, up-to-date items. I would say that I have done a pretty good job so far.

I like the old way of doing things. It is better quality for a lot of things. Do not get me wrong, I understand that modern technology can produce some incredible products. I like the old way in making things that last. You can make a microwave that lasts for decades, but most people only get a couple years out of the ones that sit on a countertop. I bought some bulbs years ago that were made to last a decade and they did. I like old craftsmanship of homes with real hardwood floors, original orange county shutters and big old wraparound porches. There is not much in the way of plastic, laminates or modern textiles, adhesives or other stuff, but the workmanship still stands in the materials built to last. Continue reading “Restoring a Home Using Old Ways of Craftsmanship and a Mix of Modern and Old Materials”

It took a lot of time for me to handle doing a lot of work around my house over the years. I am always busy with other things, so I had to wait to get things done during my free time. But now I am to a point where some of the work that needs to be done needs to be carried out by someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to things like installing double glazed windows. I looked for a company covering the Didsbury area with trusted workers who could get the windows install done for me. I had looked at some videos online about how to do it, but I honestly don’t trust myself handling that all by myself.

My father helped me to learn how to do a lot of different things that involve being a handyman. Continue reading “I Can’t Always Do Everything by Myself at Home”