Enjoying the winter magic in your home

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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With summer long gone and winter here to stay for couple more months, everything seems so gray and gloomy. Let's throw in some home d├ęcor details that will help us survive the winter blues.
Curtains, decorative pillows and a carpet of bright colors and marine design are acceptable in summer, but in winter months they could look sad and depressive..

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Colors are the best defense against winter pallor and sadness. Bring some colors to your home and you will instantly see how your mood changes. Color should be everywhere, pull off the summer neutral scheme and add a dark, warm tones.

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Flower gives a new dimension to the living space. Be generous to yourself and find a huge and cheerful bouquet. It will drive away the bad mood, and the effect on your living room will be...do I even have to say?

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Use candles. Fragrant, with lovely colors and shapes, glittering and cheap. Group them and decorate...
And have a happy holidays! Kiss....


Children's room decorating: Useful tips, design ideas & points

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Decorating a child's room can be as much fun for the adults as it is for the children. There are hundreds of different styles, designs, techniques and themes you can choose to employ. The most important place to start is obviously with your child. Make sure you take the time to really listen to what is they like and want before you embark on any drastic changes to their personal space. That's not to say you have to agree to paint their room neon pink with lime stripes, just that it's important to incorporate what they want in keeping with your financial means and general standards and ideals.

Start with the basic elements - bed, wardrobe, shelves and desk if the child already goes to school.
Good quality bed and mattress are very important. Although children do not have large mass and thus do not generate a lot of pressure on the mattress, allow them to have healthy and comfortable sleep.

If this is a room of larger dimensions, it is desirable to divide it into 'zones' for different activities- sleeping, eating, playing and / or socializing with friends, learning.

Favorite cartoons characters or film heroes which often symbolize strength and power, and carry positive messages about relationships and justice could also be a good starting point when looking for a room decorating theme. Subject may be dominant in the area through the colors and motifs of the elements of furniture, wallpaper on the walls, the figures on the shelves, etc.

Children are often fascinated animals, but do not have the chance to play with them. Therefore, you can transform their room into a little "animal kingdom" - buy plastic and rubber animals of different species and provide enough free space on the floor to ensure all the "animals" are able to attend the game.
Children's imagination is immense. They often identify themselves with characters they see on TV, and assign themselves roles of knights, pirates, warriors, fairies, princesses, etc. Make their environment imaginary world in which their roles are becoming real.

If your child has a special talent, like music, art, etc., try to decorate his or her room in a way that reflects those talents. The presence of appropriate tools or equipment at any time will help to manifest and further develop this ability through a game or a serious exercise and learning.

What I'm trying to tell is that only the sky is the limit when it comes to creating fun and innovative ideas for decorating children's rooms. There are beautiful furniture and wonderful textiles available to give your children a room that is more than just a place for rest, but one that is used for fun and recreation too. Cheerful colors and playful elements of furniture and walls, complete with favorite toys and other items for fun, will turn it into an oasis which promotes the game and but also learning activities.
The ideas and options are endles, if your child is old enogh consult them on what they like and want to see then work with that to create something spectacular!


Arrange all those pictures

Friday, July 31, 2009

You have collected a beautiful collection of artwork, posters or photos and you have a free wall in the room. Now what? How to arrange your collection to look harmonious and beautiful? Except choosing the appropriate frames, there are certain rules that the images must concur on the wall, and to be in accordance with the furniture and the rest of the space.
Follow these few examples - here are some golden rules for putting up picture frames on the wall as a collection.

How to create a certain rhythm on your wall? Simply arrange picture frames in one line, which can be straight or curved. It is important to create virtual motion and liveliness. Alternate the size of the frames - bigger frame, then smaller one and so on. This will produce rhythmic impression and a sense of movement. Large images are inappropriate for these kind of arrangement, unless the room is really big. Extra sparkle or extra touch of rhythm can be achieved also by putting images of photos with a motion theme.

By grouping pictures of different shapes and sizes, you have to make sure that they maintain a mutual balance in order not to get the impression that one side is "heavier" than the other. In our example, the round frame on the left side is balanced with two rectangular frames closer to the right.

Importance (hierarchy)
With this way of arranging pictures, it is important to create a kind of symmetrical form where one picture is drawing the most attention. It is not necessarily the largest one, but its emphasis in the space will acquire the feel of importance. This is the most practical way to match images of different sizes and shapes.

With this technique you can create a very dramatic and dynamic look on your wall. When you catch around the first image that imposes itself, your eyes will just continue to search for more. This is ideal if you have a big poster or photo cut into several smaller pieces.
This technique is popular with designers especially when putting various three-dimensional objects on the wall.

This arranging style is often used for exhibitions in galleries, but you can freely use it for your personal home exhibition, especially if you want to set a photos as a beautiful panoramic view. You have to pay attention to the geometry in order to obtain an impression of coherence and harmony of the exhibited pictures.

You like modern style decoration? Then use this technique of matching the pictures. It is an ideal setting for large-format pictures or posters that are presented in a very dynamic way.

Other useful tips:

  • Hanging a picture or photo too high above a piece of furniture can leave both of them feeling disconnected. Best height is 5-9 inches above the furniture.
  • "Eye level" is often defined as art center aligned at 58" from the floor. While this is a good guideline for larger pieces, it can leave smaller pieces stranded on a wall.

    It's recommended to hang a print at seated eye level, so that the seated person can enjoy the view! This includes powder rooms, home offices,breakfast bars etc.
  • Oversized furniture calls for robust art prints to strike a balance. For visual weight, consider a grouping of 2 or 3 prints that carry strong visual weight through color or a wider molding and mat combination.


Six ideas how to re-decorate your bathroom

Thursday, July 30, 2009

You don't know how to decorate your bathroom...?
Well, here are some cheap and practical tips how
to arrange your bathroom.
Bathroom is a room where we spend a lot of our time..
(You have teenagers at home? Then you know how much THEY spend time in bathroom.) Here are some ideas for the renovation of your bathroom, without spending a fortune.

1. You should paint your walls in some deep color. Deep color on the wall can make an illusion of a spacious room.

2. Get rid of excess stuff! If you can't put all the make- up and shaving creams under the sink (but who can?) buy some baskets and put it there.

3. In the bathroom, there should be a big basket for laundries. If you don't have big basket, then buy one of those that you can hang on the wall.

4. Re-decorate your bathroom mirror...you can do it on several ways: by gluing tinsels on the edges, or something similar to that...let your imagination works.

5. You have chosen white cabinets for your bathroom? Probably, because, they are in the most of bathrooms. Try something new, try to paint your cabinets in black to get sophisticated look.

6. Add a few details..Hang up some interesting pictures or something, add plants, two or three candles...and that's it..enjoy!!!


Roses are red...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Well, I have to admit, red was never my favorite color when it comes to decorating. I've always preferred pastel tones, and if there was any stronger color to discuss, it would always be purple or pink, but almost never red.

I simply never payed enough attention to study it more deeply and implement it in the interior. Although, now I admit that this is my personal failure because red also has much to offer. Red color is recommended in residential areas, especially those who care for minimalism.

Psychologists say that red is a color of energy, high blood pressure and power. It promotes feelings of intimacy and passion. Red increases appetite, which explains why it is often found in restaurants, and why it may be a good choice for a formal dining room.

However, I also found a romantic side of red. The secret is to "destroy" the aggressiveness. For this purpose, use dots or stripes motifs in combination with white. This way, when you calm it down, red will show you it's softer and milder face.


Beautiful lamp shade

Sunday, July 26, 2009

You can make this beautiful lamp shade with almost no effort at all, in variety of sizes and colors. Yo can decorate it with pearls, sea shells ... it's up to your imagination!

Materials and accessories:

• rope
• balloon
• wood glue
• scissors
• felt pen, needle


Inflate the balloon and tie the it. On its size depends how big the shade will be.
Mark a circle with felt pen. You'll avoid that circle when wrapping the rope, because this is where you'll put the electrical wiring and a bulb.

Apply the glue all over balloon. It's a bit messy, but use your fingers for best results. Wrap the rope in all directions around the balloon, and put on more glue with every new layer.

When you are satisfied with the density, leave it to dry overnight. In the end that all should look something like this ...

Use a needle to prick the balloon and pull it out. Now is only left to pull through the installation of your new blinds and enjoy the light which will reward you for your efforts.

Tips & Tricks

• If you decide to use thinner rope, you can use a needle to apply glass pearls or shells
• Dry rope can be acrylic paint and spray paint in any color