Saturday, 30 November 2013

Decorative Art Glass in Your Home

Art glass bowls can act as great accessories for many places within your home, from the bathroom to the living room. Art glass is made almost exclusively with the aim to decorate home, it isn’t always functional per se, but it can be used in a function-like way to decorate.





You don’t need to lock it away and hide it in your glass cabinet either. A fine piece of decorative art glass can make a fine centerpiece or brighten up a large window sill. With young children around it is probably best to keep it on a higher shelf!



Functional glassware is what you eat and drink from and decorative glass is the fine crystal glass that is too good to even put fruit in. This is how one differentiates between decorative glass and utilitarian glassware, and whilst one wouldn’t like a scratch or nick in a glass meant to drink with, such a thing on an art glass bowl will seriously devalue it.

There are however different pieces from different places in the house, so a decorative glass bowl in the bathroom will look different than one meant to be in the living room for instance. The bowl in the bathroom can be used to keep soap or cotton balls, or maybe hold bath oil and the like.



Then there’s the option of using decorative glass vases as candle holders, you can pour some water into it and come tea light candles which will create a very romantic and nice smelling atmosphere. In case the glass bowls are made of clear glass, then you can also add in some rose petals or use it as a home for a small goldfish.

One other method of using clear art glass bowls is to fill them with colorful stones or marbles and by using this method it won’t matter exactly where you place them, because they will work great with your home décor.



One great advantage of art glass bowls is that they are very versatile in that you can play around with them in order to make them unique and blend them into whatever décor design idea you’re going with at any given time. This means that they can act as great decorative accents for all the major holidays just by changing the items that they hold or the way in which they are arranged within a larger decorative setup.


Also let’s not forget that art glass bowls are a great idea for a gift which you can then fill with potpourri or likewise tiny and colored things, maybe someone’s favorite candy.

Friday, 8 November 2013

5 Practical Ideas to Personalize Your Walls

High-impact wall decorating on a budget has never been easier. Visit home improvement stores and flea markets to find décor pieces made from various unique materials, from paper to fabric. Or you can do it in the comfort of your home: browse the Internet and you’ll discover DIY ideas that require either new materials or your existing kitchen items.

Creativity and resourcefulness on your walls can magically transform a regular room to a spectacular space. Go ahead and try your hand in it. Here are 5 unique wall decoration ideas that you can finish in a short span of time and with a limited budget.

Creativity Right Above Your Head



Your bedroom should have the most personal design in your home. For couples, you can hang a series of 3 or 4 photos from your wedding or favorite travel moments above the headboard. For the poet, you can put up verses of your own work in separate frames. Or you can just use cheap but beautiful prints.

If frames aren’t your thing, you can place open shelves or racks where you can put your personal collection of souvenirs from your travels or your favorite toys. If you’ve got a talent for painting or stenciling, you might want to do a mini-mural, instead of a real headboard.

Livelier Living Room

Make the most of the sunlit area in your living room by hanging framed prints of butterflies, birds, or flowers on that plain section of the wall beside the window. The bright hues of the subjects will create a colorful splash on the initially neutral room. Breathe more life to the area in a subtle way by adding lamps, throw pillows, and other accessories that echo the colors of the framed prints.

Buy easy-to-assemble wood frames from a thrift shop and customize them with stain or paint. You can choose a dark wood stain or a bold orange paint, depending on the overall design you wish to show. Or if you got a painted frame, you can make it into something shabby but sophisticate by roughing it up with sand paper.

Big Ideas for Your Small Kitchen



The kitchen, especially a tiny one, is one area often devoid of décor in most homes. Well, it shouldn’t be or doesn’t have to be. You probably don’t even have to buy anything new to brighten it up. Check what you have in your stockroom or cupboard.


  • If you’ve got a collection of miniature cups and saucers, don’t let them accumulate dust in its boxes; display some of them in open shelves above the window or simply on top of the cabinets.
  • You can also make a collage of favorite spices in dry leaf form - basil, bay, laurel, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Arrange them on boards and frame and hang them. .
  • Look at the pots and pans that you use. Place pegs or hooks on an empty wall near your stove; make sure you put spaces in between enough for you to hang all your pots and pans. This arrangement becomes your organizer and décor in one. .


A Love for Literature

Bring out your collection of worn or tattered books with interesting covers. Detach those fanciful front covers and frame them. These will make great wall décor pieces for your reading corner, study room, or bedroom. If, however, you want to keep the book in one piece, scan the cover in full color or in black and white, instead.

Your Kids’ Gallery

Add a touch of childhood fancy to any room in your home by framing your children’s artwork. Show your pride in your kids’ creations and let your kids feel special. You can choose the hallway or the stairway to hang them. You can install a cork board if you want the children themselves to do the pinning of their artwork.

Once you’re finished decorating your wall, don’t forget to take time to appreciate your labor of love. Your wall won’t look blank and boring anymore. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’ll feel even more inspired to add some more furniture and accessories to further improve the look of your new room or home.

About the Author - Raquel Merc is a writer and a homemaker. She has recently contributed a variety of articles on home management and improvement. These include tips and ideas on practical matters like gardening, interior design, and even kit homes.