Thursday, 28 March 2013

Five Ways to Create The Ultimate Games Room


Games rooms are a great place to escape, unwind and if you’re a lonely soul, make some friends! Create one in your home and you’ll be the most popular guy or gal in town. Below I've listed some tips to help you create the ultimate games room that puts all others to shame.




Choosing the room – 

The first and most obvious decision you’ll have to make is the one of choosing the right room. You’ll want a room that provides ample space for all the tech and games tables you’re going to be stuffing in there. Aim to have the games room on the bottom floor or in the basement if you can. If you have friends over and your room is on the top floor of the house it’s going to sound like a stampede of elephants to anyone sitting on the floor below you.


Pool table – 

American pool tables are a classic choice for every games room. It’s a fun game that everyone can enjoy and anyone can easily pick it up. Make sure you place the table in the center of the room otherwise there’ll be pool cues going through you plasterboard every other week. The pool tables you can purchase can vary in size and weight. Remember that if you’re on the top floor a ridiculously heavy table probably isn't the best idea.


Pinball & arcade machines – 

These retro machines will add style to the room. There was once a time when they could be found everywhere, but now as technology has advanced these classics have been left behind. This in no way means that they aren't fun though! If you want the ultimate in pinball and arcade machines you should definitely go for a personalized one. You can design them yourself and have them depicting your favorite football team or you and your friends.


TV and a video games console – 

For the ultimate games room a stupidly large TV is a must. Having a home cinema in your house will make you the envy of all your friends. You can sit back, enjoy a beer with friends and settle into a film. For that authentic cinema feel you’ll have to make sure that you add a top surround sound system.


Bar – 

All this fun will leave you thirsty so you’re only option is a bar! No games room is complete without a fully kitted out bar area so if you have the room make sure you stick one in there.  You’ll want the flashiest bar that has a crazy amount of drinks for your guests to choose from but try and not get too drunk. Waking up to sick all over your pinball machine isn't pleasant.


These are just some ideas as to how you can fit your games room out but the only limit is your imagination. Your games room is an opportunity to go crazy and stuff it with over the top items that you don’t really need. From home cinema systems to outlandish pinball machines there really is no limit!

Author's Bio: Nicole Brown, a passionate writer and a blogger as well. She likes to write articles on different topics. She loves gardening and loves to decorate her home.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Plan Your Kitchen and Dining Area Layout


Thinking of revamping your kitchen? Consider an open plan kitchen and dining area - perfect for family life and entertaining friends.

Creating a combined kitchen and dining area is a great way to make the most of the space in your home, and a good design will complement your everyday life - whether that's entertaining friends, juggling family life or having somewhere to unwind after a long day at work.


Planning your layout

Open plan gives you plenty of space for all the family; you can also keep an eye on the kids while you sort out the evening meal. This layout lets you spend more time together as a family.

To create an open plan kitchen and dining area you may need to knock through a wall - if this is the case, always consult a qualified builder first and remember you may need planning permission. If you're lucky you could reuse existing space, or even build an extension. While the original cost of an extension may be expensive, studies show it can add at least 10% value to your property.

The best thing about having an open plan kitchen and dining area is that it can change with your needs. So you can remove that comfy sofa and move in a desk for a home office, or vice versa. With this type of space there are many options.


Kit it out

Free-standing kitchens are perfect for relaxed cooking, giving you more surface space to work with. Free-standing units are seen as being family friendly, since there's enough space for homework, cooking and more. Experts say there is a rise in demand for kitchens with combined living/family space.

If you're more of an entertainer, a contemporary fitted kitchen is sleek and great for showing off to guests. Alternatively, country kitchens are naturally welcoming and a great place for the family's aspiring chef to spend a few hours.


Adding detail
Put the finishing touches to your kitchen and dining space. When painting remember light colours make a room feel bigger, while deep, stronger colours set the perfect tone for dinner parties.

Lighting is important; recessed halogen lighting works well if there is little daylight. Include lamps and spotlights for mood lighting and to transform the space into an area to entertain.

Add character with pattered tiles or a feature wall. Remember large rooms need extra heating, so consider under-floor heating too.

Don't forget to protect your beautiful new kitchen and dining space with the best home insurance you can find.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

The Trendy Kitchen in 2013



The kitchen is arguably becoming the most exciting room in the modern home setting.  In the past, we entertained in our living or sitting rooms, or our dining rooms, but now the kitchen is becoming the centerpiece of all activity in the home.  It is changing from a room where cooking was the only activity to one where family and friends all gather.

Breaking barriers

It used to be sectioned off, separated by barriers from the adjoining rooms, but now the walls are coming down in the kitchen.  The bistro style of kitchen is surging in popularity as people seek to cultivate that comfortable coffee-house style atmosphere.  Home owners want the kitchen to be the place where friends and family can gather and socialize in a wide open space. 


Kitchens are being designed with spacious countertops and walls.  These are ideal for allowing the installation of HDTV’s mounted on the walls and adding Wi-Fi capabilities and electric sockets to the kitchen means laptops, smartphones, and other portable devices can be fully utilized in the new bistro in the home!

An open and spacious kitchen that allows people to do what they love doing in a coffee house means they can do it in your own home.  You might even find that your kitchen is the new place to be for your neighborhood!


That natural feeling

To help in cultivating a comfortable atmosphere the colors and the décor of a kitchen must match.  Designers are seeing a higher demand in natural and warm colors for the kitchen.  The trend is moving away from the shiny polished metal look in appliances for something less sterile and homier in appearance. 

Open shelving is also a popular choice as people are enjoying displaying clean cookware, glasses, and other decorative dishes.  Adding a few small plants on your shelves or windows adds a beautiful natural accent to the design as well as making your kitchen air a little bit cleaner.


Your kitchen, your rules

It’s all about you in your kitchen, make it yours!  You’ll especially want to stay trendy if you find yourself frequently entertaining guests in your home.  But remember, that it is your home, and your design should always be a reflection of your taste and personality.  Because when it’s tailored to you, both you and your guests will love it. 

Have a little bit of fun with your kitchen design and you’ll find yourself loving it when your home suddenly becomes the neighborhood hotspot!

Cassie Corbett is a writer and kitchen design specialist with the dinnerware suppliers of World Kitchen.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Five New Home Designs that Are Becoming the Norm



Home designers are studying the way that people are living and incorporating new designs to address people's lifestyles. Since this is the new norm, home buyers should find designers that understand the way they live. These features are some of the most important to consider. 

Home Automation

Home automation helps to make home life easier. One of the most convenient home automation innovations is a thermostat that adjusts to provide a comfortable temperature. The device requires approximately seven days to learn the optimal temperature the inhabitants prefer the home. If the sensors detect that you are in the home, it automatically adjusts. 



Door Bot is also another form of home automation that is a video doorbell. To view people at your door whether you are at home or away, connect the device to the tablet and view who is ringing the bell from any location. Never miss the delivery man again or talk to unwanted solicitors. 

Solar Panels

Solar panels save home owners as much as 70 percent on energy bills. Even some mansions are using solar panels in addition to traditional electrical systems to make a more eco-friendly home. 

Bigger Garages

Home builders are building new homes with larger garages, but the garages are not being used for cars. Instead, the garages are being used for storage of golf carts and children’s toys. 

Homes within Homes

One-third of American adults are living in the household with another family or their parents. Home builders are compensating for this phenomenon by adding dual master suites. Separate apartments with their own bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and garage have also grown in popularity. 

Homes Plans That Fit the Way People Live

Home designers are putting laundry rooms where they are used the most—in the master bedroom. Instead of knitting rooms, designers are adding technology rooms. Large pantry rooms are being added to support items bought at bulk stores. These additions make it easier to navigate the home in the way people truly live.

New Home Designs Make Life Easier

People who want home plans for the way they live should consider what they want first. These new home designs elements will help make the lives of home buyers easier, more affordable, and more efficient. Find the best home designer to meet your needs for today and in the future. 

Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a blogger promoting Vivint, and usually writes about the home and family. She is also an avid cyclist and mother of one. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Defining Your Home with Antiques in a Modern World

Upon moving in to your new home you might feel like I did when it came to décor, confused and with a little bit of a headache. My wife and I have a mix of eclectic antiques and modern furniture that actually appeared more distracting and chaotic when set up and on the walls than it did dispersed throughout the house in boxes. One day in the mess of redesign, we brought in a newly acquired 17th century dining table. In the rush of moving things around my wife left her iPhone on the table to retrieve her new equestrian-themed dishware from the car. I saw this at first as only more disorganized clutter in our home, but then it struck me; we should be embracing modern design even with our favored antiques. The sleek new cell phone didn’t look terrible in the center of the worn oak surface, in fact, it was refreshing.

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Soon we were off to decorating what would soon be our favorite home thus far. After simply setting up some guidelines, planning, and just few minor purchases from the local antique store, we realized we had designed something truly unique that felt comfortable and even transcendental to our previous interiors.

Style

For us, it was adding modern art strategically to our antique end tables, benches, and walls. Modern classic dining chairs made our rustic dining table feel original and even more functional. Of course, finding the right collections of colors to coordinate the style is important, but first, consider if you are designing with antiques to echo over your modern furniture or using the natural symmetry of modern design and accenting it with vintage art and flavor. Planning will help avoid dead ends and minor headaches.

Balance

While focusing on making a multifaceted design one should attempt tounify the space. Keep it simple and minimal. You wouldn’t want your living room looking like one style moving in and the other out. Harmony is central, and often too many ideas at once can spoil the overall impression of a room. Be deliberate and precise with your choices for art; keep the rooms function in mind.


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Hues

While it’s usually great to start out in a neutrally colored space, any will do. This is an important factor when considering what kinds of furniture or fine arts you are considering though. Light blues can create a hue that is relieving but maybe too cold, while dark reds can feel warm, but too many reds feel anxious. Because the hue will determine the overall feeling of the room, make sure to pick colors you’ll love in the long run.

Be Spontaneous

Remember there aren’t really any rules, so keep it exciting and the results will pay off. Try mixing Spanish art with English furniture, or French furniture with an English sculpture. If you have furniture you’re considering getting rid of, try reusing by repainting, reupholstering, or even different placement in your newly defined spaces to keep things stirring.


Nicholas Haywood is an eco-friendly home improvement specialist and DIY enthusiast with an eye for interior design. He is slightly prone to OCD behavior as he often gets lost in thought over ways to maximize efficiency in living spaces both at home and the workplace. When his ideas come together, he writes for Vista, provider of premium window film for homes and commercial buildings.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Some Great Exclusive Home Decor Ideas


Flowers are very useful to decorate your living room. It gives a elegant look.






Bed should be comfortable as you comfort at.







Color is the most valuable factor for decor your interior.





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Furniture looks classy in traditional way.







Lights play an important roll in interior decor.








Wall paint makes the room natural.










Most important place in human life.







Make it classy and elegant.







Common Office Requirements for the Work at Home Professional

Have you been searching for a work-at-home opportunity? If you have, there's little doubt that you've run across companies that require independent contractors to have a home office. When reading about these requirements, you may wonder exactly why they’re in place. Here are five common home office conditions that independent contractors may find set forth by work-at-home companies:

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1.Dedicated Office

Work-at-home companies want you to dedicate yourself to their agency. For many companies, this means that their independent contractors are required to have a home office. But why? You are more likely to concentrate on the work at hand if you aren’t sitting with your laptop in front of the television. You may also find that your home office must include a door that you can shut. This is so that, if you are on the phone, your clients and customers aren’t listening to your toddler screaming in your ear.

2.Landline

It’s a fact that cell phones and VOIPs aren’t secure. You also run the risk of dropping calls, unstable connections, and poor signal strength that causes your voice to cut in and out. Because of these reasons, any work-at-home company that provides services over the phone will require that you have a dedicated landline, often with no features. Depending on the company that you work for, you may need to include unlimited long distance calling on your phone line.

3.Secure Cabinets

Even though you are working from the comfort of your own home, you may be dealing with sensitive documents. You will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of this information. In order to do this, you’ll need a locking file cabinet, or set of cabinets, in your home office. You may not consider this to be an important piece of office furniture but think about this: If you’ve ever placed an order for something over the phone, you may have been speaking with someone working from home. Would you want your credit card information lying about in a stranger’s home?

4.Computer

It’s the very rare company that doesn’t require independent contractors to have a reliable computer at home. Your computer must be running on the company’s desired operating system, have a high-speed connection, and have anti-virus software installed. Should you get a virus on your computer, and you are using the company’s software, you very well may infect their entire system. If you’re working at home, make sure that you are running anti-virus and anti-spyware software at least once a week.

5.Fax Machine

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If you don’t have an all-in-one printer, it’s time to get one. The company that you choose to work for will let you know if they require a fax machine and an all-in-one is the most convenient way to add one to your home office. Not every company will require a fax machine; be sure to find out if this is a condition of your contract before you run out and buy new office equipment.

Is it realistic to think that your new employer will stop by your house to inspect your home office? No. It is realistic, however, to assume that you could lose your contract if you have screaming kids and barking dogs in the background, a spotty internet connection, or an unsecure phone. Whether you follow the tips above is up to you; we suggest that you do.

Sara Randall is a writer for furniture blogs, who also has first-hand experience with home office design. If you are remodeling your office and need new furniture ideas, check out bueromoebel-sb.de/bueromoeblierung/stahlmoebel-metallmoebel.html for their European styles.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Various House Decorations

When it comes to decorations in your home of any sort you need to be aware of the various different types and the multiple ways in which those decorations can be used in order to achieve different visual effects and looks. Some looks may be prettier than others and yet some looks might be unique. Which one will you choose and how will you handle it depends entirely on you. Either way, when it comes down to such specific decorations there are three kinds of props, tools and multiple fanciful objects that will do the job.



First of all, consider the items in your possession. By items, you can mean pretty much everything that is purchasable in souvenir stores and the likes of it. You can purchase wooden figures of animals, people, metallic figures of soldiers, small picture frames, glass vases, little glass sculptures like for instance the famous crystal ball with figures inside of it and liquid with little shiny particles inside. Some people choose to simply drown their home in these because they are mad about it. There is nothing wrong if you are too-such little items and a whole collection of these can create a whole new style for you. In fact styles can vary exactly according to the material. You can have wooden items, wooden furniture, wood-decorated devices. The same goes for metal and glass and whichever you find the most pleasurable that is exactly the one that you need to pick.



Then there are the bigger decorations which usually are the of a particular room. Unlike the small items, it is highly possible that you are unable to purchase many of these but still that won’t ruin the proper looks of your room. What you have to do is to select one and to place it at the ultimate right position through which it will cast its splendor and magnificence upon the entire room. Examples of such items are usually large goblets, silver, bronze, golden, wooden statues, metal statues, glass statues or chandeliers for example. All of these will require constant cleaning just like your small items but it is only natural that those bigger possessions will require greater amount of care which you need to provide appropriately.

Then, finally you need to consider the type of decoration that will give a sense of fulfillment to your rooms and these are type of decorations you can put everywhere which are often used for various celebrations but of course there is nothing wrong in using them in general. The problem with these is that they will require additional amount of support and work and some might find it exceptionally tiring to take care of so many items all at once. Flowers, toys, little starts on the ceiling glistening in night time are examples of these.

Written for The removal day

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Designing the Perfect Home Theater


The big movie houses are fighting a losing battle.  Every year they talk about losing money at the box office, they complain that people are going out to the movies less often than they used to, and their response to losing money is to raise the prices of their tickets and concessions.  The natural response of course is to make your movie night one you have at home.  The floors aren’t sticky, the snacks are cheaper, and any screaming baby or annoying cell phone noises are yours to deal with as you please.

With HD televisions, Blu-ray players, and surround sound systems widely available and at affordable prices, the tech is certainly there to create an amazing home theater experience.  Our focus here will be to look at the aesthetics of home theater design and offer design ideas that may help you design your ideal environment.


Here we have a wonderfully cluttered home theater.  This person takes a design approach akin to throwing wet pasta at a wall to see what sticks.  The presence of a dog adds a nice lived in touch and the nearby cola fridge can provide quick refreshment in a time of need.  The problems with this layout come from what is in proximity to the screen.  The bright color of the nearby fridge can be distracting to the eye and the media shelf also detracts from the viewing experience.  A high shelf that is occupied draws the eye away.

Consider this: in home design there are basically two approaches to a room, fashion or function.  If the function of your home theater is to comfortable sit and enjoy a movie then your focus should be on the screen and not drawn to other objects in the room.


This is an approach to an ideal home theater design.  The television is centered and is the obvious focus of the room.  There are two major design flaws in this.  The screen sits in an elevated position meaning that anybody seated is raising their head to watch whatever is on. If your goal is to simulate the experience of being forced to sit near the front row of the theater then this is easily accomplished by raising the height of the screen.  The second is the position of the seat on the right side of the image.  It isn’t facing the screen meaning that any person sitting there has to change their position to watch whatever is on.


Consider the dimensions of your room when you are designing a home theater.  You can take one of two approaches, design the room around your television or get a television that matches the room.  Sitting far away from a tiny screen means straining to see what’s going on while being too close can give your eyes screen overload.


Our next example is a stellar one indeed.  The aesthetic design is very pleasing.  This home theater uses the concept of stadium seating with ample spacing to allow for an incredibly comfortable seating arrangement. 

The darkened tones of the color scheme also reduce any reflective wash that occurs when watching a movie.  The seats in the front row even allow for one to take up a more relaxed approach in their movie viewing.  The size of the screen is adequate for the size of the room creating a comfortable viewing experience wherever you sit.


The only complaint to address would be the lights in the room.  Imagine staring at a screen for the two to three hours it takes to watch a movie and staring both at a screen and a bright light placed adjacent to it.  The corner of your eye is going to have flash burn after that long.  Dimmer switches are great for the lights in a home theater  allowing you to adjust and still get that theater feel.


The placement of lighting is important in a home theater much like it is in any other room.  Your movie screen is the focus of your room and ideally you don’t want any other light source overwhelming it.  Recessed ceiling lighting or track lighting is a great choice for lighting a home theater.  The light sources are well above eye-level and line of sight or can be directed to where they need to be.




This is closely approaching an ideal aesthetic design for a home theater.  Recessed ceiling lights, a dark room palette, a sizeable screen, stadium seating, and double seats in the middle of each row for one that enjoys watching movies on their sides.  The position of a lighting rig over the screen may be a bit of a distraction to the viewing experience but a simple dimmer switch can help you adjust the lights to an ideal setting.


The perfect home theater is actually quite subjective.  It really is up to you as a person how you design a room.  Consider the aesthetics of a home theater and remember that it ideally should be a room that accents the function over fashion.  Make it truly yours and you’ll find yourself having trouble remembering why you ever left your house to go to the cinemas.

Ross Donald is a freelance writer and interior design specialist with the light fixtures provider LightingSale.com.  Ross loves working with clients to design their ideal setting and enjoys the smiles on peoples’ faces when they can fully relax in their own homes.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

3 Laundering Techniques for Luxury Linens


Many times luxury linens require special care when it comes time to laundering. You want to preserve the materials that are often more plush or dense and find out which fabrics will shrink if dried. In this article we will discuss 3 laundering techniques for luxury linens and how to leave your laundry smelling fresh and crisp.

1. Dry Cleaning

Most sheets do not have to be dry cleaned. The only time you may consider dry cleaning sheets is when they have specialized stitching such as embroidery or custom designs that you do not want fading in a regular washing machine and dryer. Dry cleaning is the perfect solution for linen items such as a comforter, duvet cover or anything that is filled with down. You will want to make sure that special instructions are given to the dry cleaners when it comes to any heat being applied to your linens. The last thing you need is for your items to come back scorched,changed in color or with a loss of ply due to improper care.

2. Washer and Dryer

Most linen can be washed in the standard washer and dryer but there are specific requirements for each item. Shrinkage is something that happens when items are not washed correctly. While a small amount of shrinkage is normal over time, you can slow or halt the process with small steps when dealing with washing luxury linens.

If you can remember that linens that are washed in hot water and/or dried at a very hot temperature will shrink a great deal, you will be prepared to wash most laundry in warm water only. For most luxury linens though it is best to wash them in cold water and use the delicate or short cycle. If you can hang dry your items that will preserve the fabric. You will also want to avoid using a harsh laundry detergent. Look instead for a mild detergent that is especially made for delicate fabrics. Finally, if you remember to sort your whites and colors and wash them separately, this too will help preserve the life of your luxury linens.

3. Hand Washing

Hand washing your luxury linens is probably the best choice if possible. You should use cold water to extend the life of your fabric and once again, stay clear of the laundry soap that is harsh on this more delicate material. Once you have your items in a clean sink with water, swish the items around in the soapy water to gently clean them through and through without aggravating the fibers. Let the water out and rinse the sink before refilling it will more cool water. Keep rinsing and repeating the process until there is no more soapy water in the tub. When it is time to hang your linens to dry, do not try wringing them out with your hands.

Instead place them inside a towel and roll it up to absorb the moisture. Then place your linen flat on a drying rack. If you do decide to put the linens in the dryer, limit it to only five minutes to help take the wrinkles out and keep it to only a tumble dry with low heat. This may be the best method to use if you would like to preserve your items to be used as Guest House linens for when company stops by.

One other tip to think about when deciding what laundering method would be right for your luxury linens is to protect your pillows. You should get a zipped pillow protector. This is especially useful if you have hair coloring or use gel and other harsh hair products that can get into the fabric and cause damage to the material. If you are unsure of how to properly launder

any of your luxury linens, you should be able to find a manufacturer's tag on the inside of the item with cleaning instructions.

Author Bio:


My name is Lynne, and I love writing about things that can help you live your life better. If you’re ever in need of help with Pillow Protector and Guest House Linen, I recommend GuestHouseLinen.co.uk

Thursday, 14 February 2013

How To Design And Create Your Dream Kitchen


Without doubt the kitchen is your home’s heart. It’s where you cook and eat and spend time with the family. The kitchen can definitely connect the family, but it needs a proper design and arrangement. One of the common problems with modern kitchens is the lack of enough space. Even one person cooking in the kitchen might not feel entirely comfortable with too much furniture around and not much space for movement. 



There are many factors which make a kitchen functional and appealing. It’s a tough task to take into consideration all of them, but it’s worth the try. Here are some of the top tips which you can follow if you want to create the perfect kitchen for your home and your family.

·        Planning: The first step and one of the most important ones is having a solid plan that will actually work. Just thinking about the design and the furniture won’t do much. You need a sketch of how your kitchen should look like, the exact measures of the room and a list of the inventory you need to put there. Consider all the other details and features that you need – low ceiling, special doorway, sliding door, etc. Only with a solid plan can you start planning the budget and hiring the designer and the experts. When you start shopping around in kitchen furniture stores, take your sketches with you.

·        Features: Think about all the appliances and the features which you need in the kitchen. Above all, the kitchen has to be functional, with enough storage space and easy to move in so you can prepare food. Check kitchen retailers’ websites and discuss with your family what you can afford.

·        Style: As an important and focal point in the house, the kitchen deserves a style that complements the rest of the house, yet has something special of its own. Whether it will be more traditional or you want a completely modern kitchen, look for inspiration in kitchen design magazines, blogs and online stores. There you will find plenty of great ideas.

·        The Design Team: If you want the perfect kitchen, you might have to consider hiring a specialist in kitchen design. This is the expert who can tell you what can be done, how fast and for how much. It will save you time and effort figuring everything out on your own. The specialist can make the best out of your design plan and include new features you haven’t thought about.



Purchase the cabinets, the sink and the appliances for the kitchen from a specialist supplier so you get a bigger selection and delivery. Invest in high quality products and they will serve you well for years ahead.

Written for EN6 man and van and Barbican area moving

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Keep Your Living Space Fresh: Seasonal Cues for Home Décor


From crisp, red-leafed fall days, to white-blossomed spring afternoons, nature is in a perpetual and captivating state of change that never fails to affect us. We thrive on sunny afternoons spent in the garden and crunchy walks through morning snow. With so much variety in the world around our dwellings to inspire us, the space within is often left surprisingly unchanged.Instead of allowing our homes to remain forever the same, why not harness the appeal of the shifting seasons to decorate our living spaces and keep them fresh year round?



Applying seasonal themes to home décor doesn't require elaborate or costly measures. By keeping four simple elements in mind, anyone can quickly and easily give a room an appealing seasonal motif that will have friends asking for your decorator’s name.

Color

In the fall and winter, our eye is drawn to darker, earthier tones—the yellows and reds of changing leaves, the dark browns of bare limbs, and the muted orange of a harvest pumpkin. In warmer months, bright greens, sky-blues, and whites are more prevalent. Opportunities to introduce these changing tones into a room are nearly endless, and include throws, blankets, slip covers, pillows, curtains, mantle pieces, and framed art.

Texture

Warmer seasons are best captured by accessories that are thin, smooth, and flat. As a starting point, fabrics like cotton or gauze work well. For fall and winter, thicker alternatives like fleece, canvas, or wool work best. A fleece blanket draped over a sofa, a few fluffy pillows, and a woven wool throw are a few quick and easy ways to bring winter to your living room.

Space

Which rooms you choose to makeover using seasonal cues, and the arrangement of furniture therein does make a difference. Try to begin with rooms that will see frequent use like kitchens, living, or dining rooms in order to showcase your ideas.When rearranging large objects in these areas, think about close-spaced, cozy arrangements for the colder months. Open, airy, and flowing floor plans are better suited to spring and summer.

Ambiance

This is a broad category, and can run the gamut from tiny accent pieces to more obvious things like framed art. If the latter is more your speed, consider heavy-framed oils for fall and winter, emphasizing colors like burgundy, ochre, and tan. Spring and summer are more suited to watercolor pieces that use brighter tones. If you prefer a less-traditional approach, there are several possibilities to keep in mind, including scents, lighting, organic elements, and holiday accents.

Scents-Essential oils, potpourris, and aromatic plants can provide seasonal scents like cinnamon and pine for winter, or citrus and cotton for summer.

  •       Lighting-Warm temperatures are about open, brightly lit spaces. Consider reducing window coverings for more sunlight, and rearranging lamps to achieve this atmosphere. Winter interiors, while well-lit, should possess a different quality of light. Think about clever arrangements using heavier curtains, sideboard lamps, and light from a fireplace or candles.

  •          Organic Elements-When you bring the outdoors into your home the possibilities are endless. Some ideas include vases or jars filled with seasonal plants and flowers, baskets filled with fruits, gourds, acorns or pine cones, and mantle or centerpieces of cut branches, grasses, or cornstalks.  Whatever route you take, remember that odd numbers and non-uniform arrangements are closer to what’s found in nature—cluster things in groups of one, three, or five.

  •          Holiday Accents-As appealing as inflatable snowmen can be, adding holiday accents to home décor doesn't have to be quite so overt.  A few strategically placed strings of lights and a basket of ornaments, or a small wreath and garland combination of seasonal plants—winter or spring—can add a festive holiday flavor to any seasonal interior. 

  •       By keeping these tips in mind, you can bring the best the changing seasons have to offer into your home. Just remember:  there are no definite rules —the approaches and ideas are as varied as the seasons, so have fun.


Edward Stuart is an art and decoration enthusiast as well as an online publisher for framedart.com. He frequently blogs on the topics of art, art history, design, and home decor.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Flowers Are The key Factors For Decorating a Home


A favourite habit of all house-proud people is to regularly decorate their home with flowers. There is something just so charming and uplifting about a bunch of flowers that nobody who comes across them can resist sneaking in a whiff! Flowers bring so much simple joy and beauty with them; it comes as no surprise that they are a universally favoured form of home beautification.



Flower arrangements can play a significant role in setting the mood and complementing the theme of the room they are placed in. It may come as a surprise to you, but decorating your home with flowers doesn’t begin and end at buying a gorgeous bunch; there is actually quite a bit of thought and consideration that goes into the activity. Everything, from what colour of blooms to purchase to how many, from what kind of design to arrange them in to what type of container to use, has to be thought of. Here we discuss some fantastic tips and tricks for doing up your house with flowers!

Let’s begin with colour: how do you pick the right colour and shade of flowers for different rooms? If you want to make a statement and are looking to really jazz up a room, then you should go in for bright, bold and striking colours. Deep hues, like wine-red (roses) or striking combinations, like turquoise and purple (orchids), can create a very powerful statement. On the other hand, if you do not want the flowers to overpower the rest of the room, and would prefer a more subtle and classy approach to decoration, you should go in for softer shades. Pale pinks, peaches and other pastels will work well with almost any kind of décor and will add a sweet, soft touch to any room.


If you want a bit of both, or you really can’t make up your mind, nothing works half as well as a bunch of white blooms. White flowers have a dreamy, ethereal quality to them, yet at the same time they are strikingly stunning. The best part about using white flowers is that whether you get a small bouquet, a large bunch or even a solitary, striking bloom you just know that you’re going to add incomparable beauty to the room.

Picking a container can be tricky, especially if you’re particular about details. A crystal or glass vase is usually a popular choice, and also the most elegant, but if you don’t want the stems and the water to be visible, you can opt for an opaque container. Delicate china vases can look wonderful. For a more casual vibe, you can use odds and ends from around the house- big glasses, small buckets, baskets and so on. If you’re keen on crafts, purchase a simple container and do it up yourself with glitters, rhinestones, shells etc.- the possibilities are endless!



Make the most of the flowers you've got by prettying them up! True, flowers are so gorgeous on their own they don’t need any help in that department, but a little extra effort can really go a long way. Use a piece of lace or a ribbon in a colour that compliments your bouquet and tie a beautiful, big bow around the bunch.

Keep the flowers healthy so that they last and brighten up your home for longer. Change the water daily and add “flower food” or preservatives (easily purchased at any florist!) and clip the leaves regularly to keep the flowers healthy. Cut a bit of the stems at an angle at the bottom to facilitate better water and nutrient absorption.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Using Photographs to Accessorize Your Homes Elegantly



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Photographs remind you of the most wonderful memories in your life. People, places and occasions are some that come to mind immediately when you see a photo or several photos hanging proudly or placed inside cabinets or on shelves in your living room and even bedroom. Also, photographs are very much treasured and represent your personal happy experiences in the past.

Some may feel challenged at the idea of using photos as accessories at home. This is because personal photographs are available in black-and-white and in color versions, and also in various shapes and sizes. Don’t lose hope as you can absolutely overcome these challenges by implementing the following tips:

Use of Consistent Framing Material

Whether it is gold leaf, wood, copper, lacquer, silver or brass, you should choose one type of faming material to lend a consistent appeal across color types, sizes and proportions to your photo collection.
You can’t go wrong when you decide that the frames you are going to use complement your room décor. If contemporary is your home theme, it is best to pick lacquered frames. Silver frames, on the other hand, support your bid for an elegant room, while polished wood is definitely a great addition inside your office or study. 

Follow the Tallest to Smallest Rule

In arranging photos, you must places the smallest images in the front and the largest ones at the back. It does not matter whether you are placing them on a shelf or a table as each image can be powerful enough to convey the memory it represents amidst a photo collection.

Apply One Photo in a Room Concept

Your sole goal is for your photographs to make their impact in a room. Thus, select carefully from your compilation which photos should find their way into each room. This way, you are more organized in supporting a room décor.

Display Photos along with Books

A bookcase is the perfect one to hold photographs and books together. You can achieve a clean look when you place both on a separate shelf. Using a smaller shelf, the photos must be placed between books that occupy the top and bottom portions of the bookcase. A library-like look is possible when you position alternating bays with photos and books.

Separate Black-and-White from Color Photos

Although it is really possible to group the black-and-white and color photos at the same time, it would be wise to place them in two areas. This is done to attain a strong visual appeal as contemporary color photos and the sepia-tone photos have their own respective use in a room.

Photographs are great accessories to have at home. You just need to know the tricks in using them properly so you can give justice to the important events that they represent in your life. In your bid to highlight the photos you want to showcase to others, you need to maximize their use for greater visibility and appeal. Apply the above tips and you can never go wrong about your photographs.

Maria Samuels keeps things organized at home by using bookshelves to highlight the many amazing places and people she had met so far. She continues to be grateful for everything, including being employed as materials specialist at In Style Modern, which produces the best louis ghost chair replica, ghost chairs and other modern furniture replica.

Friday, 1 February 2013

How to Love Your Laundry Room


Which three rooms of the house do you spend the most time in? The kitchen? The bathroom? The bedroom? Whatever your answers, there was probably one room that didn’t make your list: The laundry room. According to Lis Selin Davis of This Old House Magazine, Americans average more time in their laundry rooms each week (approximately eight hours) than in the bathroom. That may be quite a surprise to some people but it’s true. Hmm, so what do you do when your new place has more of a laundry closet or a laundry nook than a laundry room? Well, here are some tips for making a small laundry space both functional and fabulous:





Look Up

Walls are prime real estate when working with a small space. Don’t be afraid to move up. Here are some ideas:

  Install a towel bar and use hanging plant buckets as storage. They’re great for holding clothespins, fabric softener sheets, and bleach pens among other things.

  Install cabinets or shelves. Either cabinets or shelves will give you a space that is out of the way but easily accessible for storing everything from dirty clothes to laundry detergent.

  Install a bar or retractable clothesline. Having a places to hang clothes so they can air dry will help keep the backs of chairs and other surfaces clothes-free. Just make sure to put the bar or retractable clothesline high enough that clothes (whether they be pants or dresses) won’t touch the top of the washer or dryer.

Make Storage Your BFF



When dealing with a small space, it’s important to cozy up to storage and all the resources it has to offer right away. Here are some ideas:

  Purchase pedestals with built in storage for your washer and dryer to sit on. For a couple hundred dollars you can buy pedestals with a built in drawer that lift your washer and dryer up. It’s a win-win. You get additional storage and you no longer have to bend down as far to load the washer or dryer.

  Use a Lazy Susan. If you have cabinets or shelves in your laundry area, use a Lazy Susan so that, with a simply spin, you can see and reach your supplies without having to dig through everything.

  Purchase decorative bins. Use bins to hide laundry supplies out of site or to store dirty clothes until laundry day rolls around. You can find bins in any color, any style, and just about any material on the Internet.

Get Creative




When you don’t have a lot to work with, you have to think outside the box. Here are some ideas:

  Stack machines to save space. A lot of front loading washers and dryers can be stacked on top of one another which is a great way to make a washer and dryer fit in a space where they otherwise wouldn’t work.

  Install a countertop. If your dryer and washing machine are front loading and sit side by side, having a countertop put in over top will give you a flat workspace for prepping laundry or folding clean clothes.

  Get a mobile butchers block or island. If, in addition to a small laundry space, you have a small kitchen or a kitchen with limited work surfaces, then a butchers block or small island may be the answer to your problem. Simply add some casters and make that butchers block or island mobile. That way it can easily be moved out of the way when not in use in the kitchen or rolled to the laundry area to serve as a work surface. Just make sure to wipe the surface down really well between uses.

  Don’t isolate your laundry room. Don’t treat your laundry room like a space you’re ashamed of or like it’s a dirty secret. Add color and other decorative items that reflect the style used throughout the rest of the home. For instance, washers and dryers now come in a variety of colors including gray, red, and blue. You can also get storage bins, shelving, counters, and etc. in just about any color and style desired.




You’re going to be spending around eight hours a week in your laundry room so do what it takes to make that time as easy and enjoyable as possible. Use all the space you have available to you, including the walls. Utilize a variety of storage options. Lastly, be innovative!

Article contributed by Janet Majors on behalf of Caster Specialists - a one stop shop for furniture casters. Janet is a huge fan of HGTV and organization. Her favorite store? The Container Store!