There are many factors when it comes to lighting a bedroom. Of course many of us would love floor to ceiling windows in our home, for natural light is scientifically the best light for your health, and it looks wonderful. However, for those of us in small spaces or in cramped condos we have to adapt with generic lightbulbs. But don't think about trying to replicate the suns glow in your room. Create an atmosphere, a place where one can admire the art and furniture in your space. If you need more help with understanding lighting try this BBC clip on for size. While I don't love his choice of color in his Interior Designing, he involves scientific research and good examples to help you understand on getting better light into your space. For more inspiration check out the photos below!
This week amongst my daily Interior Design search I wanted to share my favorite finds for each type of room and why it works:
Light creamy whites in warm hues accent the simple stainless steel hood and barstools. The nature decor adds a soft touch to the room helping the area to become less harsh with the greens. To try this in your home try adding a complimentary hue or color into your kitchen space.
Wallpaper is coming back in a huge way. With easy set up and plenty of designs and colors to choose from, small spaces look more intriguing and big spaces are designed with a focal point in mind. Try adding a wallpaper accent wall into your bathroom to get this wow factor. Found at Houzz.com for more information on the design.
Rustic Living rooms can be taken too far sometimes, but with this complex Living Room we can see Asian influences in the rug, and decor; along with Spanish influences in the fireplace and much more. This room has three main colors: Beige (a neutral or base) blue (a rich color for pop) and orange (a complimentary color and also one of warmth and thus comfort).
When Holidays and Dinner Parties arrive at your humble abode it's always a great feeling to know you have enough standing room as well as enough room for everyone to sit. This room focuses on beautiful creamy white dinning chairs in two separate tables. A smaller table for youth and a larger more eloquent table for adults. Separate lighting and adequate spacing are used.
A trend that has been occurring for quite sometime now is the Eclectic style. A style that involves taking vintage, rustic and hobbies and mushing it all into your favorite display of art. In this Eclectic Bedroom we can see they used creativity in differing bedding textiles and a wooden art piece as their headboard.
Sometime it's hard to trust your little ones with nice things for fear of them destroying every last bit of its' beauty. Have no fear with hard colored plastic. This portion of a children's room is not only a great design due to the focus of reading and playing without using technology, but if has room for siblings and parents to join in at the table.
The Place all of your hard work gets accomplished...and hopefully in piece. For some of us we prefer big open work places and others, like myself prefer a nice view, just enough storage and a functional design. This room accomplishes it all. A design savvy chair in a funky chevron print, built in file cabinets for maximum storage and a beautiful rug and wallpaper to match. Want to try this look in your home and DIY. Buy a rug in your favorite accent color and then purchase a matching designed fabric and wrap your favorite lamp shade. Display both in the same room and you have your new focal point!
Finally, An Outdoor Patio
Whether it's a warm summer night or a chilly autumn evening, a beautiful outdoor patio has a wonderful way of enchanting guests and stirring up great conversations with the family or guests! This patio is successful with subtle but beautiful overhead stringed lighting and whicker sofas. Focal point is the home, specifically the beautiful black glass doors, but when the patio is decorated with a black coffee table the conversation is brought back to the center. Main color theme being: Black (focal point and bold color), grey ( a warm grey to accent the harsh black) and green (the life of the design).
There's a reason why some of the worlds greatest meals are experimented and perfected in November. Why members of your family may travel from high and far to come visit your humble abode during this Fall season. Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday for all to test their creativity for table centerpieces, choice of plates, and the rest of your homes colors and decor. Now is the time to take action in your homes festivity. Listed below are some simple and creative ways of redoing your home for this fall season.
Decorate with Autumn Colors
Wicker pieces, accented with burnt-orange accessories, offer seating on this glassed-in porch (seen below). The off-white urn is a TJ Maxx score. Don;t like orange? Try a faux phur blanket. The rich colors resembling a wolves hid is just as enchanting as a home full of deep hues for Fall.
Masterpiece Made From Pumpkins
Carved pumpkins don't hold a candle to this naturally brilliant idea of adding decorative leaves on top of your pumpkins (shown below) from shopterrain.com. Just use ModPodge to découpage a white gourd with pressed leaves. You can harvest the foliage from your own backyard—or online at naturespressed.com. Or get crafty with some tacks (shown below) or glue and glitter (shown above) to have a decoration more unique than the rest.
Wrap It Up
When cooler weather sets in, keep blankets, throws, and quilts in easy reach. "I store stacks of them all around the house," says New York designer Tricia Foley, who admits to living in an older home with drafty fireplaces. Find throws with different textures and colors for a bit of visual variety. "Toss a blanket in a room to warm a home—and you—in less than a minute," Foley says.
One of the easiest ways to decorate for the Fall season. For a two-tone, dipped look, bisect a pumpkin with a strip of tape (angle the tape for a diagonal effect). Use a foam brush to cover one section of your pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat. Remove the tape and discard. Stop there, or repeat the steps to add another color to your pumpkin.
To form chevron stripes—whether two or tons—link short strips of tape to make the zigzag patterns, using our photo as a guide. Use a foam brush to cover your pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat. Remove the tape and discard. Clean up the edges with a cotton swab if necessary. If you'd like the second color to be different than natural pumpkin orange, fill in using a small paintbrush and contrasting acrylic paint, as we did for the black-and-white pumpkin.
Want to make something that will last and everyone can enjoy, even when just passing by? Try a simple corn wreath, http://www.stonegableblog.com/indian-corn-wreath-diy/, by combining all of autumns colors and a common Thanksgiving vegetable
Fall Fruit Centerpiece
Ripe fruit is as lush as any flower, Cut each branch to a height that allows its heavy fruits to rest on the rim of your vase. Then fill in with inexpensive foliage, such as the purple shiso leaves here. Also try: apples or persimmons. See photos below for examples. Try adding simple orange or brown ribbon to your families past-down silverware. Wrap it up and suddenly your centerpiece now has a partner in crime. The only crime being awesome interior design decoration skills!
Though having warm colors in your home is nice for your guests. Nothing says home like a wood burning fire in your living room. It has been a conversational piece for centuries. Want to spice up your mantel more than just some orange flames? Try accenting your walls with a fresh coat of paint, staining your mantel, or simply lining the mantle with family photos in colorful fall colored frames. Remember that painting for fall doesn't always have to be in reds and oranges.
This holiday season the most important thing is to remember to give thanks for all that you have in your life. Dont stress about the little things, do your best to make your home comfortable for your guests, and dont forget to express the love that you feel for those that are close to your heart.
You may have not noticed it before, due to its splendid and almost natural pairing; nut believe me when I say Concrete and Wood in exterior and interior finishes is becoming a great trend. While most Artists stray away from trends, due to their inevitability to disappear with everything else in trend land, this pairing may not fade. Modern as we know it is overtaking almost all commercial projects and potentially may be overruling traditional residential spaces. Modern simplifies our lives, helps us to connect with what's truly important inside and outside our spaces and homes. Modern helps us to connect with nature. Concrete and Wood work as a trend due to their ability to help us see nature in a different light, and a beautiful one at that. Posted are a few photos on how you can use Concrete and Wood in your spaces.
Whether it's concrete floors with wood walls or wooden floors with concrete walls, you are bound to find new and creative ways to make your home a showcase.
Make use of a boring space with a wooden or concrete wall. As a accent wall such as the fireplace concrete wall shown below or an exterior section of wood, you need not ever fret again on what to paint or hang on that wall for it will forever remain classic by itself.
As shown below wooden or concrete furniture can easily be displayed in your home, even if it's not surrounded by similar materials.
Most of us at one point have lived in a small space. Whether it be your tiny bedroom at home, a studio apartment or you and your spouses first home. No matter how small or cramped there may have been a time when you wondered if there was a way to get the most out of your space. How do I make my apartment bigger, without paying for a larger space? Listed below are some inexpensive tricks and tips you can use to help organize and make the most out of your tiny space.
Bold color and Neutrals.
Whether it be neutral walls and bold furniture or neutral furniture and a bold wallpaper, having a spotlight in the room helps the eye settle. While the you eyes settle on that popping point in your space, you will slowly recognize the rest of the details in the room. Helping your space to feel much larger and fun.
Believe it or not, there is no rule no lawsuit waiting to happen if you leave kitchen stuff in the living room or combine your bedroom in the family room. A living room/ family room is ment to be lived in! It is ment to express yourself beautifully. And sometimes the best way to do that is by showing your taste in daybeds, or kitchen accessories. By combining rooms you not only add interest and spark conversations with your guests but you are allowing the other room to be less cluttered.
Baskets & Storage Ottomans/Benches.
A simple go to design tool is to store any towels, blankets, sheets, shoes and more in well made baskets. Use a lid or not, you are able to create an organizational feel by allowing your stuff to be gathered in an attractive piece of decor.
Correct Proportioned Lights and Headboards.
When paired with style, color, and size in mind a bedroom decorated with a nice headboard and lamps can be enough to make your room feel like a master suite. A light should be placed or hung enough to display a wide span of light on your surface or room and be easy enough to turn on and off from a standing posture or sitting/laying down. While a headboard should be based on the architecture of the room, a small room should typically call for a shorter headboard, whereas a tall room gives you more leeway. If you are unsure try testing out what looks best on a piece of paper, or measure the desired height for your headboard and stick to your goal.
You may think there is nothing more to do than pack your bags and head to the airport when it comes to travel, if you are one of these folks listen up there is a better way to organize your travel! Instead of spreading out your large luggage on the floor or kids bed, and sprawling out multiples of outfits on the dresser, take time to invest in two simple furniture pieces that will simplify your life and your time when it comes to taking a much needed vacation.
Find A Place To Squat.
When you travel it can become a hectic first day getting to the airport, checking the weather in your destination, making sure the flight is on time and ensuring you didn't forget anything. Make it easier on yourself by placing a luggage rack, or sturdy and wide bench by your office desk. Here's why: when you leave the door there are typically papers on your desk that you have researched up on previously, whether or not these papers have to do about your destination it will remind you if you have all your paperwork. Did you check in? Did you print that business memo? Did you forget to email your boss back?
Now by having your luggage in a work atmosphere you tend to think about your luggage as a list. Did you forget anything? Open it up, away from your bed (which should remain nice and neat) and see what's inside. What's great about having your luggage away from the room and on a bench is not only does that allow your brain to send any last signals of "I am actually leaving my home now" but you tend to feel more confident walking out of your home by stepping out of your work area last.
Coats and Keys.
Hangers are such a blessing in my life, and they can be in yours too! By using hangers on your front door or on the wall next to your light switch, not only will you see your coats, hats and keys before you leave the home, but you will look more organized as an individual to your guests.
Now that you're all packed and ready for your next trip don't forget to express your love to your loved ones and eat a healthy meal! Nothing is worse than traveling when you feel sick. Most importantly, remind yourself to have fun and enjoy all the moments of your trip!
Everyone wants that great first impression, and what better first impression than your home. Whether or not we'd like to admit it, when you walk into a another home the first thing you do is make judgments. How they live, what their style is like, what their favorite colors and hobbies are...etc. If you want to make an amazing first impression, create an amazing Entryway Room. Make it pop, show off you and your family, and all of the great features of your home; to do it simply and create yet another weekend of DIY project. Here are some new tips on what you can do to get that "Wow" factor.
Dressers, Benches & Doors. Oh My!
With new trends flying around the Internet everyday it's quite difficult on what to purchase when you feel your heart loves it all! Make it simple. Take a photo with your phone in the furniture store of all your furniture that you want for your entryway. Don’t compare them till you have all the photos in, and don't bother separating the furniture apart to get a clean photo. Once you've done this only judge your photos on what stands out. What pops? Is it that neon pink dresser or maybe the bright white console table, whatever it is it caught your eye and that should be the type of furniture piece you great your guests with every single day. If it's obnoxious don't worry, you can always tone down a radical piece of furniture with mellow mirrors, fabrics and vases. It's a give and take in Interior Design world, always remember that!
It can be confusing at times to select one color per room, when so many family members prefer different styles and thus colors. Tone it down with the help of designseeds.com, which takes any color and pairs it with multiple others. A theme makes it easier when picking out furniture, art and other accessories.
Coats And Racks.
A classic pair, find your favorite rack art and pair it with a matching bench and wha-lah you have made a traditional entry space for your lovely home. Want to spice it up? Add in potted plants or if you need something more simple (like the example photo shown below) succulents require little water and just need to be placed near light to survive your hectic lifestyle.
Wallpaper and Mirrors.
Wallpaper is still my favorite way to spice up a small space. Usually with little space to fill a bold wallpaper print makes your small space feel larger and it adds style! Mirrors accompanied with bold wallpaper or even a plane wall adds space with its light and unique style.
Family Pictures In White.
When frames are done in unison and accompanied with a long and beautifully polished wooden bench (or any beautiful bench for that matter) it creates a simple entryway that can be flawless even when shoes are shoved underneath it.
Take your Farmers Market stroll with purpose. Pick up some local flowers every weekend, and make that your treat. A beautiful home helps you feel like inviting others, and having over good company is what a home should be used for. Check out the example photo below for a creative example on using fresh flowers.
Furniture In Color.
Big furniture in either bright or soft pastels, whatever your style fancies, makes a statement of comfort and a clean household. Purchasing a sofa with a high back and that entryway may become your new favorite reading room.
Stairs And No Room.
Stairs the first thing you see and no room for any other accessories? No problem. Sand your wood; strip your paint or carpet. It's time to get simply creative. With a durable fabric, a new stain (for wood stairs) or fresh bright paint your stairs will welcome guests and create a fun experience when traveling upstairs.
Remember when you finish your new entryway to invite over your favorite people. Because a good design is always made complete when viewed and admired by others you care about.
So you want your kid to be an artist, or perhaps they were born with the creative gene. Whatever the situation may be, one thing is for certain, you are proud of what your little one has accomplished. But, now the task is hanging this unique piece of art in your home without your lovely home looking like kindergarten classroom walls. Here are some tips on what you can do to ensure your little ones art piece looks more stellar than usual.
First of forget on giving your child computer paper to doodle on. If you think that your child produces good art then give them a different canvas. You could even ask, or take your kid with you to the store, to figure out what type of canvas to use. Most Importantly, the more you focus on your children's art the more special and unique they are bound to feel with your increased participation.
1. Linen paper is sturdier, creates a textured look (especially when they use crayons or water colors) and is easier to frame than computer paper. Also, Try using a different utensil to paint (in the example picture below a flower is used instead of a typical brush).
2. Scan. Use whatever doodles, paintings, watercolors or sketches your little one has created and scan them into a file. Then, create miniature images with those works of art. Finally with your miniature scans, find a large frame and matte those scans.
3. Chalkboards. Hang sets of Chalkboard on your walls about 2 to 3 inches apart. There is no need to use different paper here. The collection of their art will speak for itself.
4. Tile. Painting on tile was always one of my favorite childhood memories. You can by tile at any local home improvement store, and space out the days you paint or make a creative day out of it. Once you finish be sure to put a thin layer of clear paint (or clear nail polish works too) and use the tile in a frame, in freshly poured cement, as the bathroom backsplash or whatever your child thinks would be stellar.
5. Wood. Painting on a wood canvas is always interesting. Any size, shape, or type works. Make sure that before you hand over that piece of wood that it was sanded, washed and re-sanded. Splinters are no fun.
6. Water Colors and Scissors. If you are a creative parent, or even just a parent that understands symmetry this is a project that is fun for everyone Have your child or children use water colors to make a tie-dye sheet of paper. After they dry, cut the water colored paper into shapes and paste them on card stock. Frame the art modestly, and whah-la you made art as a family!
Remember to have fun, and if you are the creative parent yourself - join in!
To me a wonderful evening can be spent many ways. An utter and surely peaceful way is listening to the rain. Understand that if you are building a new home, opening your windows to listen to your outdoors is a fantastic way of connecting with nature, improving your guests appreciation for your home, and always finding the perfect room and position under blankets. Take a look at the photos below to find inspiration on your favorite types of windows and how you can find better uses for your windows in your home!
Each and every day you wake up, what do you do to contribute to the world that day? I'm not talking about your career necessarily, but how do you make a difference in the world? We all have hero's who inspire and drive us to be better individuals; whether it be a soldier fighting for his country, a beloved actor, or even our Heavenly Father. Inside each of us is a need to be better; to make a difference. How do we ensure that we are consistently reminded of our divine potential? A great way is to find a spot in your home to honor your hero. Listed below are a few ways to do this with style in mind.
Black & White Music. Have you ever stopped to smell the roses? Or listen to beautiful music? Music is something that our spirits love. For whatever reason, good music changes our moods, our personalities and the overall atmosphere in a room. In a room that may contain your childhood piano, violin or maybe just your stereo set this is a room that is perfect to display your hero in. But, wait, not just any photo. Make it black and white. A photograph taken in black and white instantly turns into a classic photo. Even the silliest of photography can be made timeless when made black & white. Matt the photo or poster, and choose a honorable frame. This room now means more to whoever chooses to play music within its walls.
Statue. There was a time when honorable men, no matter of what class or how expensive it may have been, were made into statues when they past away. Still a great way to honor men or your hero is through a reasonably sized statue, safely placed in your home. In our home we have a Christus sitting in our living room, reminding us that as we leave to house to live a Christ-like example. Another great place to put a statue is in the center of a garden, where it can shine in the bright daylight and put a different texture in your luxurious greenery.
Flags. Put them everywhere. If you have a soldier away from home, or one that has past away, my heart goes out to you. A great way to remember the dedication and courage it took to be on the battlefield is by placing flags around your home, inside or out. Many gardeners will place them in a pattern in their back yard, or in their front patio. A consistent reminder of who you love, that is truly a remarkable choice for your hero.
Remember whatever you choose, keep it clean, make sure to share the reason why you chose that picture, statue or other object in your home. Share your favorite memories, and be joyous in all that you do to remember your hero.
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