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The man cave is a room or an area designed and specially reserved for a man to be in a solitary condition away from the rest of the household. Every guy dreams of having such a place where he can get away, kick back, put his feet up, relax and just do whatever he wants. If properly designed, the man cave can replace your local sports bar and become a favorite hanging place for you and all your friends to gather around.

For many men, this is the most important area in the entire household as it serves as a place to chill, watch sports, entertain and spend time with friends. This is the room with a bar, cinema armchairs, pool table, sports signs and memorabilia, darts, poker table, arcade games etc. and it is usually located in the basement or attic. More than often, in the man cave you can see exposed bricks, rustic timber and DIY furniture like kegs turned into coffee tables or bar stools. However, being that it is 2018 and modern men are getting more and more sophisticated, it is possible to have a classy and stylish yet still masculine retreat in your home.

Furniture

Masculine spaces get their appeal from large elements, like big comfy sofas, wooden floors or focal-point walls. In effort to declutter and hide all the unnecessary accessories, you should install cabinets, closets and a lot of storage room, which will preserve the clean and simple look that this room needs. When it comes to the furniture, chances are you have already realized this – soft and delicate furniture with curvy silhouettes looks feminine. Therefore, you can never go wrong with a classy comfortable leather sofa in the middle of the room. As this is a place of gathering, make sure you have enough sitting space for everybody, and this is where you go sophisticated, as you can put spacy leather armchairs with a place to put your feet up instead of lazy bags or DIY stools.

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Décor

Yes, nothing will yell manliness more than exposed bricks, but why not going a step further and installing a stone wall that will, in combination with a beautiful leather sofa, be the focal point in your man cave. Straight lines, sturdy materials and a simple look; just keep away from the fussiness which will completely ruin the mood. According to Gentleman Style Zone Magazine, man cave decor is all about emphasizing manhood culture.

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Colors

Slate gray, dark green or chocolate brown colors will give this space the character and vintage vibe that will add to the manliness that you seek. Just stay away from the prints and outdated wallpapers to continue with this classy, simple and stylish theme.

Equipment and entertainment

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For the most of the guys, the man cave is an entertaining hub and the modern man cave means modern entertainment. A pool table, arcade games and pinball machines are, respectably, a piece of history. A nice and big 3D smart TV accompanied with a video setup (blu-ray player, DVD library, etc.) are essential pieces of equipment in this kind of space, since this is the spot in a house to watch sport games or an action movies marathon with your friends. After the screen, you should equip the room with the latest surround system which will definitely complete the feeling and look of the modern man cave that you seek. A smart remote controller with an ability to control everything from TV and stereo system to air conditioner is the obvious choice here and a great way to show off your latest technology. Imagine dimming the lights, turning the TV on and putting the stereo on cinema mode by the click of only a few buttons as you prepare to watch a movie or a sports game with your friends.

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In conclusion, the man cave will always have the same function and serve as a space meant for men to retreat and have the freedom to do whatever is on their minds, and with a few changes, you and your friends can upgrade from chilling dudes to sophisticated and modern men enjoying their leisure time.

Managing to get your own home is always a big step and a great moment in your life. It’s also a given that before you proceed with this significant decision, you have researched the market well and you have taken into consideration the hard work that comes with having your own home.

On top of that, it is no secret that in today’s world people are changing homes at least two to three times in their lives. That being said, you need to try your best in order to ensure that when the time to sell your home comes you have increased its initial value and you have cut a good deal for yourself.

Boosting your home’s value isn’t easy, but it’s possible. Nevertheless, it requires a solid plan, constant investments and a lot of effort.

Here are 10 smart tips that can help you increase the value of your home. From renovating your kitchen to extending your property.

1.  Renovate your kitchen

It goes without saying that the kitchen is one of the most crucial parts of a house. That’s why, maintain it in a good condition should always be a priority. A nice kitchen can truly boost the value of your asset and make a big difference when it comes down to selling your home. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to renovate your kitchen and choose good materials. As a rule, the more money you invest in your kitchen the more you will get back once you decide to sell the house.

2. Bathroom matters also

Once you are done with your kitchen renovation, the next stop is your bathroom. We don’t even have to mention how important a bathroom is for a home. The bigger it is the higher the price of your home. Like in the kitchen case, make sure that you invest in top quality materials and that you protect the bathroom well from humidity, bugs and any other factor which could decrease the value of your home.

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3. Build an additional room

An easy and straightforward way to increase the value of your home is to add an extra room to it. It doesn’t take much to understand that a 2 room asset will be cheaper than a 3 room asset (as long as they are both in a similar condition) due to the fact that it can provide less functionality to its owners. Furthermore, by increasing the number of rooms in your home you can unlock another part of the market to which you couldn’t appeal to until then.

4. Outdoors also matters

Especially if you live in a city this parameter can truly make a difference. Take good care of the garden and make good use of any outdoor space that comes with your home. This factor could instantly increase the value of your house. By having a garden, it is most likely to attract couples and families which means that you attract a segment of the market with a stronger budget.

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5. Painting can make a difference

Most of the people may consider a good painting as the least of their concerns, but it really isn’t. A solid painting job can increase the value of your asset and make your home appealing to more candidates. The reason behind this is simple. You give to the buyer a full illustration of what their house would look like once they decide to proceed with it. In addition, you save them from the trouble of doing the painting themselves. More money for you less work for them. A win-win situation.

6. Decoration is important

As a natural continuation of the previous point, the interior space of the home matters a lot. Try to invest in taking good care of the interior and its decoration. This could be an additional card up your sleeve and increase the price of the home. Especially if you are planning to sell a furnished asset, this parameter is fundamental. But even if you don’t, it’s always a good idea to help the buyers visualize their new home. Thanks to your decoration, they can get some fresh ideas for their home and get excited about the option that you offer to them.

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7. Adjust to the market

The next tip is mainly for those who want to think in long-term or they have the necessary resources to make big changes in a small period of time. Adjusting to the market can take years but it will eventually help you increase your home’s value. For instance, if there is a strong request for family homes in your area, you might want to readjust your home from a 2 room to a 3 or 4 room asset. Immediately, you open a new market which has the financial capacity to buy your home and increase your earnings.

8. Be careful if you rent it

Ideally, the fewer people that have stayed in your place the higher its value in the market. However, this isn’t always possible. For the one reason or the other, you might want to rent the place. In that case, you need to be extra careful with the people that you choose to live in your home. Make sure that you mention to them the importance of taking good care of the asset from day one. If they don’t, start looking for someone new who can respect your terms. Lastly, make sure to renovate the place once they move out. In that way, you can boost your home’s value instantly.

9. Learn to market it better

Sometimes it’s not about what you have but what you show to the market. The real-estate market is no exception to that. Before you submit your ad online or to the papers, you want to be sure that you have taken good photos of the asset and that you have put together an enticing text which clearly describes the benefits of your home and why its value is as high as it is.

10. Find the right agent for the job

Last but certainly not least, finding the right person to handle your home building project is essential. A good agent can actually boost the value of your home and bring you closer to the big deal that you have dreamt of. That being said, you want to make a good market research before you end up working with one of them. Your network is your biggest ally in such cases. Gather as many information as you can and choose the one that fits better to your needs.

Final thoughts

All in all, increasing your home’s value is a long and challenging process. Nonetheless, as we showed above it can be done under the condition that you have a smart plan in place. Follow the steps above and good luck with home-selling effort!

About the author: Anastasios Koutsogiannis is a Content Marketing Manager at GenieBelt.

Do you sometimes feel like you are drowning in garbage? Or that you cannot simply rid your home from all the unnecessary things? I, for once, had an issue with hoarding all kinds of things that were only piling up and making a huge mess in my home. After I have decided that it is truly time to make some changes in my life, I realized that the first step towards a clean mind is a clean house. If you too have an issue with a cluttered and messy house, I recommend taking a peak at these miraculous rules for a clutter free life:

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Do Not Put Off Until Tomorrow…

…what you can do today, right? Train yourself to be a responsible adult and do not procrastinate when it comes to cleaning and putting things away. No matter how tired you are, make sure not to hold off your duties until the next day, as this can quite simply turn in a regular routine.

The Best Memories Are Kept…

…inside your head and not inside your home. I had quite a trouble with grasping this idea, until I realized I cannot hoard every little object someone has given me. As hard as it was, I decided to make a photo shoot of all my precious belongings and memories and I keep those photographs in one photo album, that takes just a small amount of space in my bedroom.

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Categorization Is The Key

If there is one rule you should follow thoroughly then it is this one. The key to a successful organization is categorizing everything. Group things according to relevance, priority, similarities or whatever suits you and do not forget to mark them. See-through containers and labellers saved my life!

Keep It Functional

This rule is based on one simple question: “Do I need this?” Sometimes it becomes quite hard to part with certain items, but in order to live a clutter free life, it is important to think in a practical and functional way. So before you decide whether you should keep it or not, ask yourself does it really serve any purpose to you.

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Use Your Storage Wisely

There should always be a specific space in your house reserved for storage. Of course, make sure to make the most of this space. There is no point of having a storage facility that will not be functional. So keep in mind that even your storage space needs to be organized and tidy.

Minimalism Is In

One thing that helped me a lot when I started organizing my life was all the modern and contemporary designs that were becoming quite popular in the world. So I decided to try this new minimalistic trend, so I asked the local rubbish removal experts for some advice of ridding my house from all the unnecessary trash. And you know what? It works like a charm!

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Go Digital

Another great thing about this internet era is that it can help you a lot when it comes to storing files, documents and all other important paperwork. Before, there were papers scattered all over the place. And now, I simply rely on the good old digital storage to keep my files organized for me.

Be Charitable

In the end, it is important to ask yourself if perhaps there is someone out there who needs those things more than you. Be charitable; do not hesitate to do a good deed and help someone who needs it.

So these are my magical rules of leading a clutter free life. They worked for me, so I surely hope they will help you organize your life as well.

Sometimes we just feel lazy, and at other times we just do not have time to deal interior décor.Results are well-known for most of us, but that is when the BuzzFeed steps in to save the day. The company is renowned for brilliant life hacks and fun, to the point content, which is vigorously shared across the social media landscape.

This time around, we are presenting decoration hacks, or should we say a decor guide, that can be used for tricking your guests into thinking that you invested much time decorating. Go ahead and give your home a makeover using simple steps, and treat yourself with an interior that is infused with some personality and effortless style.

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So fresh, so clean

The first thing to do is to introduce a breath of fresh air with potted plants. Do not worry, some vegetation like Aloe Vera is not only used in alternative medicine and cosmetics, it is quite sturdy. Watering it only once in a while will do the trick, provided that there is sufficient sunlight too. If the air still does not feel clean, do away with unpleasant smells around the apartment by setting scented candles around it.

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Now, it is time to utilize all those jars collecting dust around the home. Just put random stuff like salt, sugar or rice in them and display it somewhere. Next, those expecting a party soon, should get their hands on a bar cart and get the liquor out of the freezer. To fill in the shelves, put some herbs in jars with water besides those bottles. Finally, round up the arrangement with a bowl of citrus fruit. There goes a nice focal point and a demonstration of décor skills.

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Let us get together

A living room is a hub of domestic life, and also the best place for social gatherings. This means that the couch could finally use a facelift. Use some throw pillows to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. It does not matter how cheap they are, as long as the colors match. It is also a good idea to turn off that overhead fluorescent light, and use lamps and LED strips instead to shed some light. A more intimate ambience is often what it takes to grease the wheels of conversation indeed.

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Now, let us turn attention to those blank walls. Even worse, some people tend to keep old movie posters for a lifetime. Pictures from life are always a safe bet, serving as a talking point too, however annoying that can sometimes be. There are many other wall decoration possibilities that will add life to the rooms, so get the creative juices flowing. Feeling better about themselves and impressing the visitors, life hackers can kill two birds with the one stone.

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A warm welcome

We have all been caught off guard by a surprise visit from the parents, or spur-of-the-moment parties. Having no idea how to tackle the mess and disorder often leads to creating an even bigger chaos. Following the tips above, however, one can tidy up and visually enhance the living space in no time.

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So, when life throws all those layers of stress and mess at you, the best response comes in the form of creativity and smart solutions you can borrow from sites like BuzzFeed.

One of the perks of living in a house is that you can have your own retreat just in the back. Now, if your retreat currently looks more like Tarzan’s habitat, it’s about time for a makeover and making it Lord John Clayton worthy. By taking small steps, such as mowing the lawn and adding useful sundries you will achieve the garden décor you’ve wanted. If you are still “in the dark” concerning ways of sprucing up your garden, we will try to shed light on the topic.

Remove the clutter

It’s quite commonplace for people to store some things they don’t currently need in the backyard, so don’t blame yourself. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. All the things you don’t need, sell if you can or throw them away. For the rest of the stuff, you can build a small garden log cabin where you’ll store them. After doing that, you may move on to mowing the lawn. The end results should be a clean blank space, where you’ll be able to let your creativity run loose.

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Set the path

Adding the pathway to your garden will inspire walks and exploration. This venture doesn’t have to be neither expensive nor complicated. With your own two hands and some aged brick, flagstone or pieces of tiles you are halfway done. Aligning them in the direction and shape you want is the second step to take. Let your imagination set the limits. After all, you want an Alice in Wonderland path, not bank driveway. Think about how it will blend with the rest of the garden. If your focus is wood, then why not make a wooden boardwalk?

Planting time 

Adding plants on the bare soil is not just putting them on the ground. Depending on the sorts of flowers, trees and bushes, you’ll need to bring in soil and compost to help them grow easier. After the soil preparation, you’ll need to plant the largest plants first (trees and large shrubs), then featured sections plants (flower gardens) and finally, filler plants to tie it all together. When choosing the plants, make sure the climate for their growth is appropriate.

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Think focal points

Every garden needs some parts which will stand out. Those are called focal points. Depending on the funds you’re willing to invest, focal points can be groups of similar plants, furniture, an attractive courtyard gate or fountains and lakes. For the first option, use hedges, clerodendrum or similar trees. If you have more space, you can design different sitting and resting areas with furniture you can even make by yourself. Last, but not the least, lakes and fountains are the finishing touches which will make your garden a true oasis.

Updating home’s exterior

As everything needs to blend nicely, you’ll have to maximize the garden décor by improving the appearance of house’s walls and windows. A brand new exterior wall cladding will beautify your dreamy courtyard, fit into the picture you are trying to present, from nature loving sandstone to mountain feel grey marble. Painting the window frames white will give you the vintage appeal, while some shade of wood, will enhance the nature moment. Window boxes filled with colourful plants will tie the look together.

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There is nothing left for you to do, than to choose the look you fancy and start sprucing up your garden.

You could argue that a home’s street view is like the first page of a passport – many important details can be read from there and there’s certainly a lot of us who don’t look too pretty on our passport photos. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve a home’s curb appeal, unlike our passport photos. If you think your home could use a simple ‘facelift’ then read on. These simple, effective tricks will get you started with your project in no time. Once applied, they can truly make a difference.

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Give your mailbox a new suit

Even from afar, someone driving down the road will instinctively look at the mailbox first and the house second. This mailbox makeover project is simple because it requires little material, and can be done in a single afternoon. To begin, wrap your 4×4 wooden post with scraps of differently colored natural stone pavers. Once you have an attractive stone pillar, attach a shiny black metal mailbox to one side and complete the magazine look with a vertical house number plaque.

Arboreal spotlights
Give your trees and shrubs a brand new night attire by putting them into spotlight. During the day, solar spotlights are virtually unseen in the undergrowth, while they charge up. But as the night falls they start to shine beautifully at the tree canopies from bellow. You can also point them on a few decorative boulders or a small pond. They won’t amount to your electricity bill and some of them come with solar panels that are attached with long wires, so they can be charged on a sunnier spot.

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Front door makeover

If you are on a tight budget and you want to give your front door a facelift, there is no need to go for a full replacement. A bit of paint and molding can do wonders to your dull entrance. A rich dinner party or wenge color scheme will upgrade your home a class or two, while the polystyrene molding above the doorway will make every entry grand.

Hide slab foundation

The exposed slab foundation is a straight out eyesore. Extending the facade all the way to the ground level so it covers the foundation is manageable, but it will make a hole in your budget the size of an open coal mining pit. Instead, you can choose a solution that will look attractive and still leave you with some cash for further upgrades. Faux panels come in a number of colors and styles, mimicking natural stone, brick or wood. When you finally choose, you will probably want to apply some of it inside, too. Maybe for an accent wall or fireplace sides.

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Repainting

Perhaps a bit more costly upgrade, but surely a worthy one. When looking at the ‘big picture’ from the outside, if a house has deteriorating paint on many spots it will make a bigger and more negative impact than almost all other nice things put together. Consider a complete repainting job if your budget allows. Check out a few great examples of color schemes from the CraftPro blog.

House number on planters

If your house number can barely be seen from the road, you could take a few planters with nice flowers and write the house number on them. Aside from being practical, this project is simple and inexpensive. Buy as many planters as there are digits in your house number, find a suitable spot and prop them on a crude, unprocessed plank that rests on old bricks to get that vintage look. You could also use a stump. Paint the house number with white paint on a dark
background and plant some annuals in each planter.

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Camouflage the eyesores

Every home has eyesores like utility boxes, wires, lines and vents that mar the aesthetics of the house. There are several ways to deal with them. The simplest one is to paint them in the same color as the rest of the house and no one will ever notice them. However, if you want to conceal the trash bins or the air conditioner unit, you can either plant a hedge around it, or camouflage it with a couple of lattice panels painted the same color as the facade.

So there you go, several easy DIY projects which will enhance your curb appeal in no time. With improvements like these, not only will your new neighbors want to take a closer look at what is inside, but they will impress anybody who passes by, including potential homebuyers.

Choosing a rug is the “crown” of decorating a room. The right choice of a rug will further embellish your life space and influence the apartment’s decorating in general. Because of that, pay attention to a few details when buying rugs. The rug is one of the things in your apartment you’ll come in contact with very often. You step on it, vacuum it and enjoy in the warmth and the visual effect it gives to the room. Today you have a very large rugs offer everywhere but we are here to help.

The choice of a rug and functionality

This is one of the most important things when it comes to choosing a rug. Think about how much you’ll walk over it, if you want to walk barefoot on it, if you have children that will play on it or perhaps a pet that will leave hair. It is also important to know if some liquids will be spieled on it.

So, for places where something is more likely to get spied on, find a thin rug that absorbs less liquid. Where you need comfort and warmth you can afford to get a thicker rug with soft texture. For carpets in children’s rooms the most important thing is its decoration but also they need to secure warm floor surface for kids to play on.

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Shape, dimensions, quality and colour of a rug

The shape of a rug can be square, rectangular, round or oval. Choosing a rug based on its dimensions depends on the size and the purpose of the room but also on the furniture. It is believed that rugs have energy values depending on their shape. Round carpets are the embodiment of spirituality and peace. That’s why they’re suitable for rooms where you want to relax, the bedroom, the living room or the dining room. Rectangular rugs bring energy and they fit studies, libraries etc..

The basic colour of a rug should fit with the rest of the room’s colours. For smaller spaces you should use lighter colours for the rug, and for the big ones choose a colour of your choice. If you want your room to look casual, you can choose a multicoloured rug, and if you need it to look more formal, then you should use a rug with one or two non-staring colours.

Rug’s maintenance

In order for your rug to keep its neatness and decorative effect, you need to vacuum it regularly, dust it occasionally with a wet rag in the direction of its fibres and sometimes remove the stains from food and drinks. With its regular maintenance you’ll prevent allergic reactions of people with breathing condition.

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Tips for choosing a rug

Expensive rugs should be set on a place that is visible and not that frequent, where there is no that much more furniture that can hide it or damage it.

For frequent places in the apartment you should choose a more quality rug with higher density, and medium or small floor level. By choosing a certain colour or design you can emphasize the neutrality of the space, or its accent. If you want your rug not to be noticed, choose a colour similar to your furniture. The choice of a rug is always interesting, and rugs are waiting just for you.