Derek Lotts's blog

Derek Lotts writes about décor, gardening, recycling and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all these fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.

Pro Tips: Transform Your Home Using the Secrets of Good Lighting     by   Derek Lotts

01 August 2022

Photo by Unsplash Transforming your home doesn’t have to include doing a complete makeover, as there are some smaller changes you can make and get a totally new look. A lot of people forget about these aspects of design, especially lighting...

5 Great Kitchen Trends in 2022 – Take a Peek at the New Look     by   Derek Lotts

30 June 2022

Photo by Unsplash With cool new kitchen brands coming up all the time and plenty of innovative design ideas for the heart of the home, the kitchen finally gets the attention it deserves with a lot of on-trend looks to choose from...

Building a New House: 7 Essentials to Make It Functional and Modern     by   Derek Lotts

06 November 2019

Many people think that building a home is pretty straightforward, but if you want something functional and modern, there are many things to consider. From your roof to your color palette, you need to find a way to make your space practical and cozy yet gorgeous—that’s not an easy task...

Home Construction Project Essentials     by   Derek Lotts

14 May 2019

There’s no doubt building a home can be a rewarding experience. Most of us would prefer to tailor our home according our tastes and that’s exactly what a home construction projects allows you to do...

Lighting Design Tips for Your Small House     by   Derek Lotts

22 March 2019

Everyone who has a small house knows the struggles of lighting the space properly. Light fixtures for small spaces are not easy to choose while natural light is minimal. But, not everything is so bleak. Here are a few lighting design tips that will bring light to your small house...


Adding a Rustic Feel to Your Home Decor      by   Derek Lotts

15 March 2019

For the longest time, technology and modern appliances have been dominating our homes both when it comes to its functionality and its style. There’s an appeal to minimalistic and monochromatic home designs since they are neat and bring out the features of your home architecture...


Roof Restoration Tips     by   Derek Lotts

14 March 2019

At one point, every house comes into a state when the owner has to decide whether to replace the roof altogether or try restoring it. The best answer to this question depends on how much damage has your roof sustained over the years, as well as on the opinion of a professional roofer...


Hot Trends Shaping the Face of Kitchen Design     by   Derek Lotts

03 March 2019

Last year brought a lot of innovations in the world of kitchen design, such as concrete surfaces, glass backdrops, brass everywhere, industrial faucets, as well as modern kitchen islands. However, this year took all of those trends and lifted them up a notch...


Bedroom Lighting: How to Properly Arrange It     by   Derek Lotts

03 March 2019

People spend about a third of their lives sleeping, so it’s essential that their bedrooms are well-designed, comfortable and serene so that they can fully relax and recharge for the challenges each new day brings...


What to Consider When Expanding Your Home     by   Derek Lotts

02 March 2019

Expanding your home is sometimes a necessity and sometimes a luxury. No matter what the reason is, it’s a tremendous undertaking that requires a lot of time and effort. Even if this expansion is small, it usually creates chaos in the household that can stretch weeks on end...

7 Things to Consider Before Building a Family Home     by   Derek Lotts

26 February 2019

Of course, the main things that occupy your mind when planning to build a family home is the budget, contractors and time. However, while these points are certainly at the top of the importance list, they are not your only concern...

5 Luxury Kitchen Remodels on a Budget     by   Derek Lotts

15 February 2019

It goes without saying that that kitchen is one of the first rooms homeowners decide to remodel when updating their home. Not only that this adds style to your home but also increases its value in case you decide to sell it. And who says remodeling your kitchen requires you to spend loads of money?...


Top 6 Household Emergencies and How to Deal with Them     by   Derek Lotts

01 February 2019

Every homeowner needs to develop a way to deal with various household emergencies. Why? Because they put lives and property in danger, as well as cause a lot of stress...

Home Repairs You Should Never Cheap Out On When Renovating Your Home     by   Derek Lotts

27 November 2018

People are always trying to make ends meet, and when it comes to home remodeling, it can become so expensive (the average price is $39.957 ) that you need to do your best to save every dollar you can...

A Legal Guide to Purchasing an Aussie Luxury Home     by   Derek Lotts

12 October 2018

With so much information already circling the Internet, prospective homebuyers often ask themselves why they should even bother finding a real estate agent, when they can easily catch all the tips and tricks online...


Architectural Trends to Watch Out For in 2019     by   Derek Lotts

09 October 2018

With the 2018 coming to an end, the architecture industry is already thinking about what will come in the new year. The prospect of change is looming, and advancing technologies and materials are set to overhaul the way we design and build...

How Much a Home Renovation Can Really Cost     by   Derek Lotts

27 September 2018

Remodeling a home can often become messy, exhausting, and frustrating. Next to all the details you need to keep in mind, the final price is the last thing you want to change, since it is rarely lower than expected but very often much higher. So, how do you avoid such an unpleasant surprise?...

Choosing the Best Garage Option for Your Home     by   Derek Lotts

29 August 2018

When it comes to home design, it’s safe to say that people have a couple of pretty huge blind spots. How else would you explain that we so meticulously plan every detail of our living rooms and pay so little attention to our garages?...


Home Design Ideas That Make Comfort a Priority     by   Derek Lotts

25 August 2018

If we had to define home in one sentence that would probably be: “The place we feel comfortable in”. This comfort is made of various factors, including the people you are living with, the neighborhood you’re in, but especially the interior design...


Australian Leading Home Designs     by   Derek Lotts

27 June 2018

Australia is among the top ten countries with the fastest growing population , and as such, it is always in the process of construction and coming up with innovative design solutions. The architecture trends are driven by environmental practices, society, culture, and new technologies...