Wine cellar under stairs

Wine Cellar Under the Stairs

The area under the stairs has always been thought of as a place of storage for placing unwanted boxes, cleaning supplies, seasonal decorations, or kids that have misbehaved (haha!).  Some houses have transformed these areas to be their pantry, kiddie play area, or even a small library.  An even better way to utilize and showcase this area is to turn it into a wine cellar!

Many wine cellars are located in the basement or in out of the way areas, but we believe that the wine cellar should be near the place of entertaining: the kitchen!  It only makes sense to keep the wine cellar close to make it easy to open up another bottle when the wine starts running low.

wine cellar under the stairs
Wine Cellar Underneath the Stairs

One of the great things about having an iron doorway is that it visually connects you to the space underneath the stairs.  Instead of having a solid door to “block” and “hide” your storage area, you are actually making the wine cellar feel like it’s a part of the room it opens up to.  There are so many different patterns of iron work available that you can make a truly customizable door that will be unique and extremely beautiful.

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Iron doors can open up the space and connect the cellar to adjacent rooms

Another feature of this wine cellar is the gorgeous stone wall that they placed inside the cellar.  The textures and colors alone add a wonderful element to the area and recreates a space that you would imagine to find underground.

wine cellar under the stairs
A stone accent wall can add texture to your wine cellar

In addition to your wine racks, you may want to add a wine refrigerator and a small cabinet to hold items such as wine openers, wine toppers, wine charms, etc.  The elegant granite countertops add such a luxurious feel to the wine cellar and is a usable space for pouring wine and holding your decanter.  You can also place your cheese board here when entertaining guests.

wine cellar under the stairs
Customize your wine cellar with a wine refrigerator and granite countertops

We love the idea of placing an undermount stemware holder in your wine cellar.  It is not only convenient and  creates a fantastic way to store your wine glasses, but it makes the wine cellar more usable and draws your guests into this room.   These undermount stemware holders can be easily bought online at Amazon or at your local home stores.

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An undermount stemware holder is a great addition to your wine cellar

Your wine cellar should be a cozy place that you look forward to visiting when entertaining guests or just after a long day at work.  If you currently don’t have a wine cellar in your home, then maybe using that space underneath the stairs would be a great option for you.  You can customize it to fit your tastes, add a different type of wall texture, such as stencils (check out our DIY Wall Stencils post), or you can even have a small seating area or even add a small bistro table for a different feel.  The possibilities are endless!

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Cozy nook under the stairs to enjoy a glass of wine

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We hope you enjoyed this post about adding a wine cellar under the stairs for a fun way to utilize that dark and unwanted space!  You will wow your guests with this new addition, and it will become the focal point of many gatherings!  Please check out our other Home Improvement and Decor posts for more ideas for your home!

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One of the best decisions we have ever made was to sign up for Amazon Prime.  We do tons of our shopping online because it’s quick, convenient, and prices are usually a lot cheaper than at the stores.  You don’t have to find crowds, stand in lines, and worry about your store running out of your item.  Online shopping is definitely the way to go!  We decided to join Amazon Prime to take advantage of their 2-day free shipping.  We love the turnaround time on orders and not having to worry about shipping costs adding up.  For just $99 a year, get ready to enjoy some of these great benefits!

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How to Mount your Flat Screen TV

Flat screen TVs have become the standard nowadays and more people are choosing to have them mounted to their walls rather than have them sitting on a TV stand.  Not only does this create a more modern and clean look, but it also allows you to raise your TV for better viewing.  You can then decorate the area under your TV by adding a small entertainment unit or even floating shelves for a more contemporary look.

There are so many different types and styles of TV mounts, so you should just choose the one that gives you the features that you are looking for.  The TV Wall Mount by VideoSecu  for 22′ to 55′ TVs has a full motion articulating swivel arm that allows for full viewing flexibility and costs less than $30.  If you would rather choose a TV mount without the articulating arm, try the VideoSecu TV Wall Mount.  It has great ratings and is under $25.  If you want to be extra fancy, you could get the Cheetah Mount with Dual Articulating Arm.  It comes with a dual articulating arm that can extend out 14 inches, has tilt, swivel, and rotation features, and comes with an Ethernet HDMI cable and a bubble leveler!  All for under $40!!

Instead of hiring someone to install the TV, which could cost you hundreds of dollars, we chose to mount it ourselves.  We ordered our TV mount online at Amazon by researching consumer reviews.  We narrowed down our choice to the Heavy Duty Wall Mount Bracket by Yes4All.  It had 4 1/2 stars and was under $20!  We found the proper mount by choosing the one that would fit our TV.  In our case, we had a 42 inch TV, so we chose a mount that could accommodate from 22 to 47 inch TVs.  Continue reading to learn how to mount your flat screen TV.

How to Mount your Flat Screen TV

Tools Needed: Philips screwdriver, power drill, 5 mm or 3/16 inch drill bit, studfinder, leveler

Materials Needed: pencil or pen, tape measure

Duration of the Project:  30 minutes

Price Range:  $20-$50

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Labor Level:  Light

DIY Potential Savings:  $100-$150

Step 1:  Pre-assemble the wall mounts/brackets as shown in your mount instructions.  Some mounts require some assembly whereas others come pre-assembled.

Step 2:  Determine the location you would like to mount your TV.  Typically, you would want to choose the center of the wall, width wise, and choose the height according to your preference.  We wanted our TV to be at eye level when standing.  The cable and electrical outlets were already pre-wired at that location so mounting a TV here is a great choice.

 

Step 3:  Use the studfinder to mark the stud nearest to the location you want your TV to be mounted.   Make a mark with your pencil.  Use the tape measure to measure 16 inches from the center of the stud to determine where the 2nd stud will be (normally the distance between two studs are 16 inches, however,  you can use your studfinder to be sure.)  Make another mark with your pencil.

 

Step 4:  Use the leveler to make sure your two marks are on the same level.

 

Step 5:  Use your power drill with the 5 mm (3/16 inch) bit to drill holes at each of your 2 marks.  Please also refer back to your mounting kit to make sure the drill bit is the right size for the project.

 

Step 6:  Use your Philips screwdriver to screw in the TV mount to the wall using the Stud Bolt (should be included with your TV mount) in each of the 2 marks that you made earlier.  Then drill in the remaining two Stud Bolts at the bottom corners and align them with the first two Stud Bolts.  Use the leveler to make sure the mounting bracket is level.

 

Step 7:  Attach the TV hooks to the back of your TV using the screws, nuts, and washers that were supplied with the kit.  The kit gave us a variety of sizes to use so you just have to make sure you find the correct screw that fits to your TV.  Also, make sure the TV is on a soft, flat surface that will not damage the screen.  Do not over tighten the screws.  You can adjust the tilt of the TV by turning the Tension Knob located on the side of the TV hook.  Also, tighten the safety screws on the underside of the TV rails to prevent the TV from becoming dislodged from the mount.

 

Step 8:  Have another person help you place your TV onto the wall mount.  Make sure you tuck all cables behind the TV and step back and enjoy the show!

 

We hope you enjoyed learning how to mount your flat screen TV.  Please check our our DIY page for other easy projects you can do yourself that will end up saving you $$!  Also check our our Home Improvement and Decor page for ideas and ways to make your home fabulous!

 

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The Best Flowers that Do Well During Winter

Fall is in the air and winter is fast approaching.  What better time to think about which are the best flowers that do well during winter in your garden?  There are hundreds and thousands of different types of flowers you can plant, so read on to see what we recommend.

First, think about whether you want to plant annuals or perennials.   Perennials are fantastic because they flower every year.  They usually can last all year round with the top portion of the plant dying off during the colder seasons and then blooming again in the spring and summer.  Annuals, on the other hand, usually only last for 1-2 seasons and need to be planted again the following year.   These are great because they provide vivid colors to your garden and give you variety in the types of flowers that can be planted.  We prefer perennials just because they can be resistant to extreme temperatures and bloom again every year with low maintenance.

Pansies

One of our most favorite perennials to plant during the winter time are pansies!  They come in a wonderful array of colors and are about 2-3 inches in diameter and can grow up to 9 inches in height.  They are quite hardy and can survive light freezes and snow cover.  We were surprised to see how well they did when we had about 4 days of snow and temperatures that dipped into the high 20s.  These flowers are very affordable and can be found at your local Home Depot or Lowes.

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Pansies: Photo courtesy of www.bhg.com

Chrysanthemums or Garden Mums

Another fantastic perennial with great color and variety are chrysanthemums!  They can grow up to 2-3 feet and come in many different colors of autumn.  These are great for your flower beds and can add warm tones to your landscape, just in time for the chilly weather.  Be sure to choose hardy mums vs florist mums, especially if you live in the colder climates.

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Chrysanthemums: Photo courtesy of plant-shed.com

Dianthus

One of our favorite perennials is the Dianthus.  They are extremely winter tolerant and do well in extremely hot temperatures as well.  Their leaves create a full green mound and their flowers can grow up to 18 inches in height.  They are relatively low maintenance and just require the buds to be trimmed when the flowers die off.

Dianthus:  Best flowers to plant in Winter
Dianthus: Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com

Roses

Believe it or not, roses are great flowers to have during the winter time.  The roses that do the best are the shrub roses, and they can be planted anywhere in your garden to add that bold, rich color.

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Shrub Roses: Photo courtesy of ourlivesonabudget.com
Shrub roses best winter flowers
Shrub Roses: Photo courtesy of ourlivesonabudget.com

We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for the best flowers to grow during winter.  Enjoy planting these beautiful perennials and don’t forget to plant them early enough in the autumn before the full winter comes.  Be sure to mix and match colors and varieties, as well as differing heights and sizes of flowers.  Test out different varieties of plants until you find the ones you love!

Read more posts on other ways to add color to your home on our Home Improvement and Decor page!

 

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Seoul, South Korea

Bright lights.  Wonderful aromas from street food vendors.  Ancient palaces amidst a modern city.  Seoul, South Korea took us on a journey of sights, sounds, and smells that left our hearts, minds, and bellies full.

 

 

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