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Turn Your Old Doors into Unique Wall Art

Modern art, especially in the home, is very much anything-goes these days. There is a burgeoning trend towards using vintage finds and old relics to re-work and transform them into unique and eclectic pieces of wall art. One interesting and versatile way to add creative inspiration to your home is to turn old doors into wall art. Here are some tips to show you how.

Why door wall art?

At first consideration, it might appear a pretty unusual exercise to turn an old door into a piece of art, but it’s an excellent way to repurpose a seemingly useless door into something unique and beautiful for your home. There are lots of doors in a home and when one needs replacing, often it’s hard to know what to do with the door you no longer require. And, we’re not just talking interior or exterior doors, but also cupboard doors and cabinet doors, too.

Many doors that need replacing may still hold aesthetic appeal, but perhaps need replacing because they don’t function as well as they used to do. It would seem a shame to throw an old but beautiful door away, and so turning it into artwork can give it a new purpose. One of the great things about using doors as wall art, is that you can either recycle your old doors, find them in skips or salvage yards, or ask friends or family for any of their unwanted pieces.

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Once you’ve found a door that you want to transform, consider whether it is capable of hanging from a wall before you begin decorating. Lay the door flat on the ground and sand it down. Consider adding a primer to the door if you want to paint it lighter or if the door is bare wood or stained wood. Carefully paint the door in your choice of colour or colours, and remember to always go with the grain of wood. When you’ve finished decorating your door, allow it to dry.

Hammer two nails into the wall where you want to hang the door to ensure it can cope with the weight of the door. Use hanging wire to hold the door. Locate two points on the door, on each side and screw clips into the points. Feed the wire through the clips and loop it around the eyes twice. Make sure the wire is left a little bit loose so it can bend to hold the weight of the door.

Carefully lift the door onto the nails. If it’s heavy, then grab another pair of hands to help you do this.

What are your options?

Turn to interiors or homes magazines or the internet for some door-art inspiration. There are lots of ideas out there, so use your creative ability to make something unique for your home.

Think about the type of material you use. Doors can be wooden, plastic, metal or glass – so play around with the different options. Wooden doors hung as wall art look great and add a classic, vintage feel to a room. Don’t just think you need to hang the door vertically, either. Consider hanging the door horizontally. If the door has sections in it, consider adding a mirror for decoration or, if using in a kitchen, a chalkboard could be incorporated into the door as a useful reminder board.

Doors which have lots of segments in them can be used to add photos or other small decorative items. Consider functional uses for door art, such as adding hooks or small shelves to them.

Don’t just think you have to paint your doors, either. Why not add mosaics or stencils?  Or, even a collection of treasured photos montaged together makes an interesting, unique and personal piece of art.

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Article by Amy Elliott

This article was written by A. Elliott for Vibrant Doors, leading UK suppliers of external and internal doors. You can find out more about them at http://www.vibrantdoors.co.uk/.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/04/2013

Decorating a Country Villa

Are you looking for the perfect country retreat? A country villa can be a peaceful haven for you to relax and regroup after the pressures of a long work week in the city. But how do you decorate your new villa so that you achieve this feeling of remoteness and calm? Here are some tips to help.

Embrace the simple life

For many people, country life represents a return to simpler times. Therefore, decorate with a minimalist’s eye. Choose only the furniture you know you will need and use a lot. Choose furniture based on functionality rather than something with a sleek, modern look. Or, when choosing a sofa, choose something with soft lines and a comfortable feel, such as an overstuffed variety. Save the sleek edgy one for your apartment down-town.

A calming colour scheme

If you’re looking for a sanctuary in which to unwind, choose a calming colour scheme that will promote peace and relaxation. Therefore, you want furniture made of darker wood. You’ll also want to look for “earth tones,” such as browns, yellows, greens and reds, which are associated with calm.

A retro look

Harken back to simpler times with a few retro items and antiques displayed around the villa. These can include a record player, a typewriter, an antique phone, or any other kitschy items that will make you think of bygone eras when life was simpler. You can also display retro artwork like old movie posters or album art from old records. To find these items, spend some time browsing thrift shops, consignment shops, antique dealerships, or online.

Appreciate the fresh air

You can also take your time in the countryside as an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and experience nature. Set up a table in the garden to enjoy alfresco dining in the peace and quiet of the countryside. You can also add other places to relax such as a hammock, a comfortable bench, or a few deck chairs for tanning during the summer months. Best of all, you can spend time outdoors without having to hear what’s going on in the neighbours’ garden.

An eye to sustainability

Finally, when you decorate your dream villa, think about sustainability. Since you will be enjoying the natural environment, why not take steps to preserve it? Therefore, look into energy and water-saving alternatives such as a low-flow shower-head, energy-efficient lights and ceiling fans instead of air conditioning.

No matter how you choose to decorate, though, your country villa should be your sanctuary. Show off your personal style and decorate as you wish!

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Article by Sam

Sam is an interior designer with a focus on minimal designs and luxury bathroom trends.

Article publié pour la première fois le 22/05/2013

10 Exclusive Home Décor Tips

Shifting to an empty home is just like starting drawing on a blank paper. You have an open ended question and countless answers to respond. For having a successful result you should be wise and decisive, so that you could opt for suitability yet beauty for your home premises. Presently the trend of interior designing is becoming increasingly popular. This emerging interest is encouraging many designers to write tips and ideas for having an exclusive home décor.

Different articles along with illustrations are making it easier for everyone to approach new styles and designs for decorating home environment.  For sharing more regarding this here I am going to describe 10 exclusive additions to your home décor.

1. Creative candles:

Small candles with creative stands look amazing in your dwelling. The empty shelves over your fireplace can be filled with these little candles. Depending upon your selected theme you can choose them in any style. They are available in different shapes like a wide range of spring flowers candles are visible in different stores.

2. Draped panels:

Sometimes little is more than enough same is the case with draped panels over curtains. By hanging a plain contrasting color fabric over your room curtains you can create a formal yet exciting feel. This is an inexpensive and admirable idea.

3. Beads as separators:

Without spending much on expensive screens you can also create fabulous beads separators. Take colorful beads and fill them in a string, make several strings and then hang them between the door spaces. This will cover the space like a curtain and with give a beautiful glance along with soothing voice on every touch.

4. Textured walls:

Plain walls are becoming outdated; presently the trend of textured walls is prevailing all around. For having variety you can treat with any single wall of each room in a same style but with different colors. This will create harmony in your dwelling. It’s not always necessary that you opt for expensive patterns you can also paste cheap wall papers.

5. Unique lampshades:

Carved lampshades tinted in different contrasting colors are amazing artifacts. You can cover corner spaces by placing creative lamps. This will serve you in a multiple way.

6. Display kids art:

Kid’s room is also an important portion of your house. While decorating other portions you cannot leave this part as it is. For adding interesting feel you can display your kid’s art work through variety of ways. By hanging a colorful bulletin board, you can create a focal point in their sleep corner this will help you in displaying their cute drawings.

7. Framed old memories:

For adding more emotional attachment in you for your dwelling, you can select few of your memorable family pictures. Mount them with an attractive frame and hang them against the wall. Few framed photos will add up life in your space.

8. Striking table tops:

Empty table tops look informal and often untidy. To give them a nice looks, place small braided table clothes over them. This will look more pleasant and tidy.

9. Exclusive cushions:

Cushions covered with amazing styles along with interesting shapes look very attractive. Stitch small eye catching sofa cushions for your sofa beds and even for your bed to rise up its beauty.

10. Rugs:

Small rugs with traditional designs are much more fascinating. Cover your empty spaces with them and enhance the attractiveness of your plain floor.

These were the 10 cheap and exclusive ideas for your home décor. Add them in your house and enjoy the best surrounding. Hope you like it.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 13/06/2013

By: Efi Kalaitzidis

Redesign Your Bathroom With These 5 Easy Tips

When you think of a bathroom design, you probably place design appeal just as highly as functionality on your list. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice one to achieve the other if you master a few decor tips. Even if you don’t have a lot of time or a big budget to work with, these five ways to redesign your bathroom are within your reach. Keep reading to find out how to make your bathroom space beautiful.

Start with light. The lighting in your bathroom can either allow you to better display all your hard work or obscure a super stylish space. Choose light fixtures that amp up your wattage, such as vanity lights around the mirror or sea gull lights that shine directly onto your countertop. Also, it is a good idea to have light fixtures in more than one area; for example, lighting by the sink should be accompanied by lighting above or near the shower.

Grab a paint roller. This is the easiest and most immediate way to change the look of any room. Open up the layout of your bathroom with an accent wall or brighten the entire room with a lighter colour. If you want to add texture, you can also try to install new wallpaper.

Get Organized. If you feel like your bathroom’s too cluttered, there’s a good chance that you just need to rearrange some items. Pick up a chest of drawers made from a material that can withstand humidity so that you can keep most of your personal care items and cleaning materials out of sight. This will free up counter space and allow you to add decorative elements while also making your bathroom more functional.

Install tiling. This is a great tip not just for the floors but also for the walls and the shower. Tile is easier to clean and looks much sleeker when compared to linoleum. It will also give the effect of multiplying light as it bounces off of the tile’s surface.

Make your mirror work. Reflective surfaces can do wonders when it comes to brightening up a bathroom or even reinforcing your chosen design motif. To instantly make your bathroom look bigger, simply install a bigger mirror. If you already have a large mirror, make sure to secure it stylishly with washers (they’re cleaner and sleeker) or to surround the edges of it with adhesive moulding.

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Article by Sam

Sam is known for designing beautiful room makeovers and creating stunning spaces.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/05/2013

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Steampunk Interior Design

Costumes aren’t just great for Halloween, you can use your favorite nerd passions to influence you style at any time of the year, and not just where your clothes are concerned. Steampunk style especially isn’t tied to any particular time of year and is well-defined and diverse enough to work for a wide range of applications. One of the best things about neo-Victorian style is that it’s a mode rather than a recurring theme (like someone obsessed with batman for example), meaning that it’s more about the type of thing rather than the specific object itself. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to take your passion for Steampunk fashion and apply it to interior design.

Extraneous Pipes – example

Pipes are used to conduct liquids and steam, and have a definite industrial-era vibe to them. Use metal piping decoratively by taking it out of its hiding place under your cabinets and your walls and install them to run inside your rooms as desired to achieve a steam-powered type of look. If you use functional pipes be sure to avoid placing hot water pipes anywhere that you’re liable to touch. Steampunk is awesome, but burns are not.

Clockwork

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Perhaps the most recognizable and iconic steampunk staple is clockwork mechanisms. While that does mean hanging up clocks for the purpose of telling time, it often appears even more in the form of clockwork motors. These don’t need to be functional of course, but they can come in a variety of forms. Mechanically driven robot creatures, machines that perform (or look like they perform) household tasks, or even just a series of clockwork mechanisms with no discernible purpose beyond their inherent aesthetic value.

Gears and old Machines

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Continuing along with the clockwork theme, you’ll want to include some gears. The difference here is that they don’t need to be intermeshed with other gears, or arranged in ay functional manner. Besides clockworks any machines that actually did exist in the Victorian era are desirable. As far as things that are actually available to the average consumer are concerned you might try a pedal powered sewing machine, or any old-timey stuff you might find at a local antique shop.

Colors+

Steampunk doesn’t have an official color scheme in the sense that you’re not allowed to use any certain colors, however there is a general theme that you’ll want to include. The browns, grays, golds, and reds or leather, steel, brass, and copper are very much tied to the genre. That doesn’t mean that you can’t include other colors, after all this is all about self-expression, but those previously mentioned colors should be considered requisite for inclusion as well. Luckily they’re largely neutral and won’t limit your choices significantly as far as other, brighter colors are concerned.

Article by Marie Sumner

Marie Sumner is a self-expressionistic, dress-up enthusiast who likes to write about fashion. She’s currently writing for wholesalehalloweencostumes.com which offers a variety of costumes and accessories. Follow her on Twitter

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/05/2013

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5 Useful Tips for Choosing the Right Blinds for Your Conservatory

Your conservatory is designed to let in light. This makes decorating a conservatory quite easy to do. You never have to worry about what goes on the walls or doors.

A conservatory is a great place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s also an ideal place to host a late-night gathering for friends and family. At this point, the windows will be closed with blinds.

Too many homes fail to take into account what the conservatory will look like with blinds. The key to proper interior design is to think about what a room will feel and look like throughout the day and night.

We give you five useful tips for choosing the right blinds for your conservatory.

1. The Practical Side

Blinds that set of this part of your home are only useful if they’re practical. They aren’t there just to look good. They’re there to have a real practical use.

You need to decide what your conservatory is for. Is it for the children to play in, or a place for you to work in peace?

Additionally, you need to decide how your conservatory faces the rest of the house. Do you want to be able to see everyone in the living room from the conservatory?

Believe it or not, different blind types have different uses. Here are the four main ones:

  • Roller blinds. These offer protection from strong sunlight.
  • Vertical blinds give you better control over the amount of light let in.
  • Pleated blinds are safe for very young children to play with. They don’t have any potential choking hazards.
  • Venetian blinds are at the height of style.

2. Coloring In

The color can make or break a room. You have to decide how much you trust your own interior decorating skills.

One choice is to stick with neutral colors. Whites, beiges, and browns will work with practically any style and any home. They’re quite boring, though. They don’t do much to catch the eyes.

Light pastel colors generally make a room seem bigger than it actually is. They rely mainly on natural light from outside to flourish. If you’re looking for calmness and coolness, opt for pastel blues or greens.

Darker colors work to create a more private and intimate space. It’s why old-fashioned studies opt for dark wooden paneling and heavy red drapes. They make a room cozier and more enclosed.

Some ideas for darker colors include navy blue, dark browns, and rich reds.

Stay away from niche colors like purple. If you ever come to sell your home, you’ll need to have a more neutral color scheme to appear to every eye.

Get some inspiration from the Internet. Social networks like Pinterest have plenty of people showing off their own interior design creations.

3. The Rest of the Home

A conservatory’s style should match the style throughout your home. Your conservatory isn’t a separate outbuilding. It’s an extension to your existing home.

It’s all well and good having a modern pair of Venetian blinds. What’s the point of having ultra-modern blinds when your home is decked in original period decorations?

All that will happen is your conservatory will stick out badly. You’ll make your home a confusing and disjointed place to be.

What about if your conservatory is an outbuilding?

Some bigger homes do have a conservatory separated from the home. You can get away with a different style here. It’s easy to pass off this room as some sort of private retreat. Either way, we would still recommend having matching styles.

4. What about the Maintenance?

In the long-term, your wonderful style could take hours to maintain. A lot of people simply don’t have this amount of time. They need something that’s quick and easy to clean.

Just because you spend long hours out of your home doesn’t mean you can’t have stylish blinds. There are lots of options for people who only spend a limited amount of time in their conservatories.

Vertical blinds, for example, are ideal. They don’t retain as much dust because there are no platforms for it to settle on. A light dusting every so often is the extent of any maintenance.

5. Try and Test

Fashion changes all the time. What’s at the height of fashion now might be a faux pas in less than a year. Avoid keeping up with the fashions, unless you’re particularly interested in them.

In the meantime, don’t be afraid to try and test different blinds. Pick up a cheap alternative to a desired pair of blinds and see how they work. It’s difficult to imagine what something will look like until you put it up.

Interior decorating doesn’t always have to result in getting the right blinds straight away. Be willing to mix and match your blind choices and see what happens!

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Article publié pour la première fois le 10/03/2014

Welcoming Attic Apartments and Outdoor Sanctuaries

Bright Apartment Decorating With Cool Roof Terrace Design

In these modern times, one of the most highly desired building modifications is a well designed roof terrace. These outdoor spaces are no longer just places to get a good view; they are highly desirable environments that, with a little creative design and some cash, can be converted into beautiful, relaxing and welcoming outdoor havens.

Welcoming Attic Apartments and Outdoor Sanctuaries

Attic apartments have always been highly desired by tenants and homeowners, as they provide a great vantage point which can be used to create big, bright airy rooms. In the past it was what was on the inside that was important, and any external space was a bonus, not an expectation.

However, times have changed, and luxury tenants are looking for attic apartments that include outdoor environments that are designed and decorated to the same artistic and high standards as the apartment itself.

In this example image we can see how the designer has created a warm, welcoming and well lit room.

There are plenty of elements within the room that suggest outdoor design.

For example, the big table is made from wood with a washed effect. Its chunky oversized design speaks more of the outdoors than interior design.

The two chairs at the forefront of the picture would also look at home outdoors rather than indoors; and yet, the room still has plenty of features that speak of exceptional interior design, such as the unique and quirky lamps dotted around the room and the big comfortable looking neutral settees.

Most importantly, with all it’ seating in an open square arrangement, the room says ‘this is where the action is at’; and that’s what we would expect from this type of apartment.

However, connected to this apartment is a stunningly beautiful roof terrace, and it’s immediately clear that this roof terrace is the private sanctuary for the tenant or owner. The single wicker chair, set amongst a number of potted plants, says that this is a haven for an individual when one needs a little quiet time. It’s a soul soothing, body warming area of privacy, and it enables the occupant to overlook the big wide bustling world without having to interact it with directly.

However, not all roof terraces are designed with just one individual in mind, and many designers have used this limited outdoor space to create fantastic communal areas the encourage the tenants or owners to invite friends and family over to share not just meals but memories.

Outdoor Environments for Multiple People

For some occupants, an outdoor roof terrace is not about creating a private sanctuary where one can escape, it’s about creating a communal area that can be shared with friends and family.

In this example, we can see that the designer has worked with the apartment owner to create a communal outdoor dining area where up to six guests can share food, drink wine and exchange stories as they look out across the landscape.

All of the furniture is designed to withstand the elements, and there is little foliage in the design, helping to keep the focus on the people around you, the city skyline (which would look wonderful during dark hours) and of course the mountainous terrain in the far distance.

This roof terrace would be relatively easy to maintain and it’s the perfect design for those overly sociable occupants who want to create an outdoor environment that everyone can enjoy.

Bright Apartments and Romantic Roof Terraces

In this next example, the designer have strived to deliver a bright and airy apartment and a romantic roof terrace garden that can work for both a couple looking to indulge in a little romance and for entertaining guests.

The big bold red leather sofa inside with the wonderful wicker table work really well together. The white washed walls help to maximize the amount of light coming into the apartment and the roof terrace can be seen through the window next to the sofa.

Outside, there’s bar seating for guests, and a cozy cushion covered bench in the corner that says ‘this is for the couple only!’

Hints of bold color are introduced into the design to help the design and theme transition from indoors to out. This roof terrace would certainly be the envy of onlookers!

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Article by Peter Smith

The article is authored by Peter Smith. He owns a famous site for home decor and latest furniture. If you are looking for the shabby chic furniture then you must visit the site.

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/04/2013

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How to Get the Right Office Chairs

One of the most important factors that you have to consider when putting up your office is getting the right office chairs for your employees. To help you work without risk of injury and help your employees (and yourself) work efficiently, it is vital to select the right type of chair. Since most of your time in your office will be spent sitting, getting the right chair is not a consideration to be made lightly or be taken only based on aesthetics. The chair can be regarded as an important part of your workplace.

Find a chair that can be easily adjusted and is flexible. Usually you will want to purchase a chair that has height adjustment, a pneumatic seat, seat depth adjustment, arm height adjustment, adjustable tilt tension and back seat height adjustment. Ensure that the chair has a good quality material. There are many different materials available in the market or online, but usually the chair’s base must be steel or aluminum. Steel is extremely durable, scratch resistant and strong, while aluminum is both strong and lightweight. Examine the chair to ensure that it is suitable for your body size and weight. It is also advisable to consider the overall physical feel of the chair.

Ensure that the chair suits you ergonomically. Also, it must be both deep and broad enough to enable you to sit comfortably. The pad of the chair must be made of a breathable, durable material that is comfortable and firm, without being excessively spongy. In addition, the chair back must be padded in such a way that it assists the natural curve of your spine. Don’t forget to examine the adjustable arms. They should be firm, but not very firm as to hurt your wrists or arms after an extended period of time working in the chair. Armrests must be adjustable and must not affect with the workspace. You must be able to move closely to your desk without losing support from the backrest. Your shoulders must be relaxed and your forearms must comfortably rest on the armrests. If the armrests are very high, they will tend to elevate your shoulders and give you pain or stiffness in the neck and shoulders, whereas if they are very low, they initiate leaning and slumping to one part. Eliminate armrests if you don’t utilize them, if they affect your work or they cannot be adjusted properly.

There are a wide variety of office chairs found in the market and online. They are designed with various features, sizes, shapes and materials that can suit your needs. Many furniture manufacturers are offering high quality items. However, before you make any purchase, you need to try several different office chairs. Inquire about the return policy when buying your chair, because at times the chair may feel comfortable in the beginning, but after a day it may not. If you cannot get a chair that fits your decorative tastes, it is advisable to buy an ergonomically built chair than a pleasing aesthetical one. You should also avoid chairs with cheap plastic materials as they are prone to accidents that break off, which can lead to severe injury.

Don’t settle for cheap office chairs. Ergonomic chairs are more expensive than standard chairs. But as a business owner who cares for the health of his/her office staff, investing in these chairs could not be better.

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Article by Alice Watson

Alice Watson graduated with a double major in English and Business Management from the University of Ohio. A Columbus native, she went back to her home city after graduation to work in several advertising companies, before striking it out on her own in Shanghai, China, working for an International furniture manufacturing company in East Asia. She helped increase the company’s sales by 30% and began expanding into Europe and North America. After working in China for a number of years, she moved back to Columbus. She worked for her family’s office furniture store (www. OfficeFurnitureSpot.com) (888-920-3375), and worked to expand their markets as well as their offerings into more products like bookcase, file cabinet, office chair and many more. Connect with me on Google Plus : Alice.

Article publié pour la première fois le 05/04/2013

Top 5 Design Tricks for Beautifying Your Home for the Summer

Now that summer is approaching, it is time to rid yourself of the stuffy signs of winter for good. Sprucing up your home for summer is not difficult or expensive, and you don’t have to be a professional decorator to do so. Use these five tips to brighten up your home indoors and out and welcome the summer with open arms.

Brighten interiors with pillows

Did you know that by switching out your pillows you can completely change the feeling of your living areas and bedrooms? You don’t even have to replace the entire pillow, just the pillow case! Look for bright pillow covers at inexpensive stores. If you don’t have a pillow that fits the case, you can stuff it with polyester stuffing for an inexpensive pillow you can easily use anywhere in the house. Choose brighter versions of colors already present in your home. For example, if you have maroon accents in the winter, switch to a bright red or even a magenta shade for summer. Patterns also transform a room into summer.

Switch out stuffy curtains

Heavyweight curtains can really drag the feeling of a room down. Switch out your stuffy winter curtains for gauzy, lightweight curtains for summer. If you still want the light-blocking power of heavier draperies, simply exchange dark colors for brighter colors. Floral patterns and gingham are also perfect patterns for summer draperies.

Add color to your yard

Unless you live in a desert, you can grow plants in your yard during the summer months. Just adding a few bright blooms to flower beds can really perk up an outdoor space and make it feel inviting. A couple of flowers planted in pots by the door creates a welcoming atmosphere. Scattering flowers and greenery around a patio also encourages summer outdoor activities. In a pinch, you can always use fake greenery instead of real flowers.

Bring comfort outdoors

Summer was made for spending time outdoors, but if your outdoor areas are uncomfortable, no one will want to stay out there. Fill your yard or patio with comfortable furniture, side tables, and brightly colored cushions and pillows to encourage outdoor lounging. Provide other comforts as well, such as a cooler full of cold beverages or a fire pit to keep warm on cool summer nights.

Bring outside in

Another easy way to prepare your home for summer is to bring the outdoors into the house. Bring in natural reminders of the outdoors, such as bark or wicker furniture, flowers and other plants, or paintings of bright, summery scenes. You can even switch out a traditional style rug for a modern rug in bright patterns. Floral patterns are big right now, and perfect for summer decorating.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to transform your abode into a summer paradise. You may be surprised how just a few simple changes completely transform your indoor and outdoor areas without spending much of your hard-earned money. Of course, to really reach the full benefit, keep those areas clutter-free.

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Article by Ashley Williamson

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional blogger. Currently working in a curtains salon as an assistant. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga.

Article publié pour la première fois le 14/05/2013

Add Character to These 3 Home Areas – Bedroom, Living Room, Conservatory

What does your home say about you? Whether or not you are aware of it, your interior décor is a reflection of your family’s character. Sentimental accessories and unique designs will truly transform your house into a home.

If you want your home to speak of your personality, you may think out of the box with these clever tips on how to add character to your living area, bedroom, and conservatory.

Living Room

The living room is one of the cosiest areas in your house and it can also be customized according to your taste. An extensive mix of your favourite collections can certainly bring appeal to your living room.

Family photos can help make your living space more personalized. Create a group of photos in black and white, put into similar frames with the same colours. You can combine portraits with the same colour to create a formal look. You can also buy collage frames to display your favourite colours.
You may also decorate your walls with special items. You can place a shelf underneath any wall art with other items that you want to display. To make it visually appealing yet simple, you may have the same item in a set of three.

In addition, you may add a bookshelf into your living room to make it appear more chic. You can also make use of items like throw pillows and candles. All of these decors enhance your space and make it cosier. You can also add a huge area carpet at the centre of your living area with a design you love.
Don’t forget to give each section of your living space a flattering glow to shed the finest light in every family moment.

Bedroom

Your bedroom is your private place where you can be yourself without any rules.Why don’t you let your own territory reflect your personality, tastes and moods, and hobbies?

First, sit and plan out a design that will greatly suit your interests instead of just picking randomly. If you are into music, sports, or books, then you use that as a theme to reflect your hobbies and interests.

Next, limit yourself to a few colours. Colours affect your mood, so you have to pick a colour of your own preference, such as the one that makes you happy or the one that makes you feel inspired and colour your room with that.

Add photographs and posters on one side of your wall. You may also put up photos of outings with your friends and families or posters of the exciting places you have visited, your favourite celebrity, music icon, and whatever else that you can think of.

Conservatory

A conservatory needs careful consideration just like any other parts of your home. There are modular designs available in different configurations, but the customized conservatory enables home-owners to choose a design according to their character.

For instance, if you want to transform your bland conservatory into a music room, then you can start by bringing in all musical instruments that you already have. Then, add some accessories that suit your favourite music genre.

On the other hand, if you are a bookish person and you want to turn it into a library, then you can buy bookshelves and place them at the edges of your conservatory. Then you can just add a modish table and comfy seating furniture at a specific part of the room. Also, make sure that you have good lighting to enable you to fully understand what you are reading or writing.

With these easy suggestions, you can surely add character into your living area, bedroom, and conservatory. Always remember that whatever you do, ease and comfort comes first so you have to ensure that the interior design and furniture you have chosen is comfortable. And before you personalize your home interior; do not forget to check your budget.

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Article by Sophia Hayes

Sophia Hayes is the DIY consultant of Conservatory Info based in the UK. Her number one goal is to give the best conservatory design for every homeowner. She believes that every client deserves a perfect place to relax.

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/04/2013

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When Budget And Discount Doesn’t Mean Used And Poor Quality

An article looking at how discounted rugs can be an affordable option for any home without having to compromise on quality.

Your Home
Your house and its interior design are unique to you. It is the place you can retreat to after a hard day’s work and is a place to feel safe in when life gets tough. You home’s ddcor expresses some of your personality to its visitors and may be full of little items you have collected from your travels and experiences in life.

Rugs
Take rugs as an example. Many people see them as a costly item that is not so much a necessity but more of a luxury. You may want one in your home to protect your wood floor from the ash in the fire or your toddler’s over heavy use of pushing cars, but rugs are often seen as an expensive commodity. True, they can be expensive when you look around in various shops, but this isn’t always the case and they don’t need to be. Looking on the internet for budget rugs that fall into your price range won’t mean the rug will be poor quality and defective. The demand for such products is out there and more and more suppliers are trying to meet the demand whilst tapping into this new revenue stream.

Rugs can tie the colours of a room together or they can be bold and add a splash of colour to neutral tones in the room. Be it a hallway or dining room, a rug will not only enhance the warmth and feel of the room but it will protect the flooring too. With cheaper rugs you can feel secure that if you do spill that bottle of red wine on it then it can be replaced quite easily without breaking the bank. If you get bored of it then you can easily find another use for it without feeling guilty about how much you paid for it.

Budget And Discount

Regardless of how much money you have to spend on something, no-one wants to spend more than they need to. In this day and age very few of us have the luxury of not needing to watch the pennies each month. Cheaper options for decorating our home are being demanded but we want to be sure of the quality too. Do budget and discounted items necessarily mean used and poor quality? Not necessarily. Will it mean the product is defective if you buy the cheapest option? Probably not. Today there is a whole range of products for every level of the market. This means you can find the thing you are looking for in your home without it having to cost the earth and without it falling apart in the first month.

Whether you visit a DIY store, a local carpet shop, or an online shopping merchant for your budget rugs, your perceived lack of budget doesn’t mean that you can’t end up with a beautiful and long lasting new artifact in your home. Get out there and take a look and you will see what we mean.

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Article by Diyana Levi

Article written by Diyana Levi a freelance writer, who will often visit this page to look at different budget and style options and be inspired.

Article publié pour la première fois le 27/04/2013

Choosing Contemporary Art For Your Home

Contemporary art can serve many functions in your home. It can be used to add a focal point to a room, make a space feel more intimate, or even to update a traditional design style. The key to choosing the right pieces is to think about the mood you want to create in the room and how the artwork can help you achieve it. Use these tips to help you get started:

1) Size up the space.

Size is a major consideration when choosing new artwork. You don’t want to overwhelm the wall with a piece that is too large or underutilise your space with pieces that are too small. The best rule of thumb is to mirror the size of the wall when choosing pieces: if you have a narrow vertical space, select a piece that is narrow and vertical as well. If you have a larger space, you may want to think about adding one large piece or a collection of photos to fill up the space. Remember that artwork should be displayed on the most prominent walls of the room, so take that into consideration when you’re sizing up your space. The mantle is an ideal space to hang artwork, as is the blank wall behind your living room couch.

2) Look for complementary colours.

While contemporary artwork won’t necessarily match the overall theme of your room, it should complement it. One easy way to do this is to choose a piece that utilises the same colour scheme as the rest of your interior. In particular, look for a piece that incorporates the room’s principal hue to pull the décor together. Remember that cool tones create a calming effect, while warm tones are more cosy and inviting. If you want to make your artwork the focal point of the room, consider hanging it on an accent wall to naturally guide the eye.

3) Consider the frame.

Canvas paintings can be hung without a frame, while paintings and drawings done on paper will likely require one. When choosing a frame, it’s important to take into account both the artwork itself and the overall architectural style of the room. For contemporary artwork, a simple flat frame is ideal. Gold frames complement artwork and room décor that incorporates a warm colour palette, while silver frames are well-suited for a cool colour palette. Homes with an overall traditional or country décor might utilise natural wood frames, while ones with a more modern feel should stick with traditional black or silver frames. Whichever frame you choose, remember that it should highlight—rather than detract from—the artwork itself.

4) Play with light.

Lighting is an important consideration when displaying artwork. Living room ceiling lights like low-hanging pendant lights can be used to highlight artwork, as can well-positioned track lighting or accent lighting. You may also consider adding a lighting fixture with a dimmer switch so you can control illumination as you please. Pieces that are framed behind glass (e.g. paintings and drawings on paper) should not be hung opposite large windows, as natural light will create glare.

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Article by Mike Wimmer

Mike Wimmer is an interior designer and home stylist with a specialist love for Living room ceiling lights.

Article publié pour la première fois le 09/05/2013

Top Tips for a Creating a Stylish Bathroom

Your bathroom should be a place where you can escape the rest of the world and lie back in a hot bath, leaving your troubles outside the door. There is no better way to chill out and relax after a long day. However, all too often our bathrooms become cluttered and messy, preventing us from getting as much out of them as we should be.

If this is the case with your bathroom, here are some quick tips to make it into the most stylish, relaxing room in the house in no time at all.

Give It A Makeover

One of the best ways to make an instant difference is to make all of those minor repairs and changes that you have been meaning to do for so long. Before you do anything else, fix those cracked tiles, clear up the mould and fix any dripping taps. These minor changes can mean a big difference for you.

Buy a New Bath

A great way to make your bathroom a place where you want to spend as much time as possible is to invest in a new bathtub. If you have been stuck with the same old standard model for years, it’s time to treat yourself and get something really special.

A new bath won’t be cheap if you want something really special, but it will be money well spent. A free-standing bath is one of the most stylish types of bath that you can get. You will need the space for it, but if you have a large bathroom then it can be ideal.

Alternatively, opt for a whirlpool bath complete with a shower. This is the ultimate in luxury and will be like your own mini spa waiting for you after work every day. Throw in some stylish chrome taps and fittings and your new gorgeous bathroom will be well on its way.

Fit Stylish Lighting

Bathrooms can enjoy a huge boost from a few carefully placed lamps. Try to find some lighting solutions that are specially made for bathrooms, and then fit them in the corners and alcoves. You can even fit a light in the shower if you want. Use features like dimmers so that you can get the atmosphere just right, and make sure there is a place to light some candles.

Keep It Minimalistic

One of the simplest ways to make your bathroom into a stylish room where you want to spend more time is to get rid of all of the clutter. This includes all of those bottles that have built up over the months. Buy yourself a simple cabinet if you don’t already have one, and keep everything out of sight to create a more minimalistic style that will help you to relax.

Make It Bigger

If space is lacking in your bathroom, a simple way to make it seem bigger is to add some strategically-placed mirrors. By adding mirrors you can help to make the rest of the room feel bigger so that you don’t feel so confined. It’s quick and simple, and you can make the mirror a feature of the room on its own by adding a stylish metal frame.

Get the Bathroom You Deserve

It’s not hard to get the perfect bathroom, it just takes a bit of work. Start with the tips above and see what changes you can make to your bathroom, and in a short space of time you could easily have the bathroom that you have always dreamed of.

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Article Joshua Lewis

Joshua Lewis is an expert on all things related to the bathroom. He works at Better Bathrooms, where you can find stylish and unique features for your bathroom.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/05/2013

6 Unique Flooring Designs

Are you looking for innovative ways to brighten up your home? If you’re in the mood to decorate, do check out our unique flooring design ideas. The past years, we’ve seen flooring ideas taken to a whole new level. From sandstone paving used indoors to quartz tiles used as creative accents, there’s a lot of things you can do to make your flooring more interesting. All you need to do is let your creative mind wander and draw inspiration from different flooring materials.

Colored Stone Tiles

One of the easiest ways to add colour to your flooring is by making use of colored stone tiles. The great thing about using stone tiles these days is that you can find it in just about any colour imaginable. From fire truck red to azure blue, there’s a wide array of shades that you can choose from. You can even use a number of different colours to create a colourful flooring pattern for your home.

Mosaic Floor

Although mosaic flooring has been around for quite a long time now, the ideas are endless. The mosaic design is considered to be one of the most flexible concepts when it comes to flooring so you can easily make it match the overall theme of any room. The mosaic florals theme is starting to become a big trend among top interior designers so if you want to add a subtle feminine touch to your living room for example, this would be a good way to go.

Coin Floor

Another creative way to spruce up your flooring is to use copper pennies. Copper pennies can add an interesting flair to your flooring, especially when applied side by side. This is a perfect unique flooring idea if it’s always been your dream to literally walk on money. it can be a bit time consuming to apply the copper pennies one after the other to your flooring but once you see the overall effect, you’ll realize that it’s worth the extra effort.

Optical Illusion Carpet

Optical illusion floors can be a cool idea for your home, especially if you’re on the lookout for something that is out of the ordinary. It won’t just give your home a unique feel, but it’s also guaranteed to surprise family and friends who come over. There are already quite a number of optical illusion carpets readily available on the market today so take your pick.

Floor Vinyl Stickers

If you’re one of those people who have been bitten by the wall sticker bug, you might be interested in floor vinyl stickers this time. Floor vinyl stickers can offer you a lot of freedom since there are all sorts of designs that you can use. Just remember that floor vinyl stickers work best on flat clean surfaces so make sure to do the necessary preparations before application.

DIY Drawn Floors

Want to express your unique sense of creativity? You can try drawing your own design on your floors. Just cover it with white plastic material and start doodling away. Once you’re done, you can seal the floor with a couple of layers of polyurethane spray to protect the design and give it a glossy finish.

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Article by Aubrey Madrona

Aubrey Madrona is a Social Media Specialist. She loves Music and spends a lot of her time playing piano and reading. She’s currently building her reputation as an online writer of Marble Mosaic.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 21/05/2013