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A Different Way to Look at Decorating Your Home and Then Some

One of the joys of interior decoration is the ability to take an ordinary-looking space and transform it into something beautiful. Unlike any other art form, interior design allows you to dwell inside your creation. This activity allows you to combine creativity and utility. Working with interior design in a sense is like service at a restaurant in that the experience is disastrous when it is not good, and almost unnoticeable when excellent. Although those who live in your home may not notice it, the effects of the work you have accomplished include feelings of security, satisfaction, and inspiration. Not everything you decorate has to be completely innovative: sometimes simply rearranging what is already there or replicating something you’ve seen before gives a wonderful touch to the area.

Creating Attractive Wreaths

A simple but beautiful way to decorate your porch is to add a wreath to your door. There are many ways to be creative when you make a wreath: the combinations of colors, shapes, and themes or styles lead to endless possibilities. You just need a foam ring and some silk flowers to get started. Take the flowers and cut off the stems about one inch from the calyx, or bottom of the flower. Then push the stems of each flower into the ring. As you are positioning the flowers, make sure that the foam is thoroughly covered; however, you do not want your flowers to look too crowded! Your wreath will last a very long time if you use a hot glue gun to add small amounts of glue where the base of the flower touches the ring. Adding leaves or vines to your wreath works well for extra decoration or for covering up bare spots. You can choose to create wreaths using one kind of flower in many colors, or one color using many flowers-or a combination. Finally, choose what part of the wreath you want on “top” and tie a string around that area so that you can hang it on the door.

Decorating with Greenery

One of the foundations of a properly decorated home is creating the right mood. This atmosphere is created by using a good blend of colors, styles, textures, and furniture pieces. When you are decorating with more natural tones and textures, greenery is an important element that helps unify and give life to the room. When adding greenery, make sure you know the size and positions of the areas you will utilize so that you choose pieces with complementary shapes and styles. Ensuring that you have one to two feet of space above the tree makes the room feel more spacious and airy. You will also want the branches to be able to fit naturally in the area. Plants come in many shapes and sizes – if you are planning on having a tabletop display, a shorter plant like a bonsai tree would be perfect. One way to spruce up the corners of your rooms is to hang a plant from the ceiling. If it is in a basement or an area without sunlight, there are many varieties of silk or artificial plants to choose from, and it is surprising how lifelike they can appear.

How To Decorate Your Home-Even with Small Children Around

Many families with small children still have a strong desire for a well decorated home. Kids, however, have a knack for interrupting such projects. When decorating in a home with small children, one of the best things you can do is give them the project of their own. These experiences are ones kids (and you) will remember-and you are giving your children an opportunity to take pride in their endeavors. There are thousands and thousands of ideas with home decor that work with small children. Another tip: decorative items such as tall trees and hanging baskets are difficult for small hands to get to or damage.

Decorating Room Ideas For the Budget Home Decorator

Much of decorating a room depends upon what room of your house you want to decorate. For instance, decorating a bathroom is a lot more limiting than decorating a living room. Each room has its own special needs depending on how you use it. Living rooms are usually more formal than family rooms, although many people only have a living room so it serves as both. In this case, the living room is a bit more informal.

Decorating room ideas abound on the Internet and in magazines. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

First, think of each room as a separate project. Even though you may be following a theme for your whole house, you won’t be able to decorate it all at the same time. Be honest with yourself. Are the plans for each room realistic? Have you taken into account the function of each room? Are you going to hire an interior decorator? All of these things must be addressed before you start the project. Now, on to the rooms:

Living Rooms:

The way you decorate the living room is dependent on whether it’s used only for when guests are visiting or if it is used daily by the family. Family use usually rules out white upholstery and carpeting because they do not hold up well to the abuse they would get. Fabric choices are also affected by the kind of usage it will receive. Choose fabrics and furnishings that are appropriate.

Dining Rooms:

Here again, the way you use the dining room will depend on how it is furnished and decorated. Dining rooms, like living rooms are usually thought of as “company” rooms, while the kitchen or dinette are more likely used only for families.

Bedrooms:

The master bedroom should, by definition, cater to the man and woman of the house. It should be designed to meet their needs. The room should be comfortable and serene, although I have seen some bright red bedrooms that have been striking. Personally, I wouldn’t get much rest in such a room. Privacy is also an important component if there are other family members around.

A guest room can be dedicated solely to guests or can be used as a combination guest room/office if space is at a premium. You may want to provide extra amenities for guests such as closet and drawer space, special towels and books or a small television for their use.

Childrens’ Bedrooms:

These rooms, by nature, should be casual. I have never seen a child comfortable among ruffles and formal furnishings in his or her room. Children usually “decorate” much of their space with their toys and “treasures.” Low-to-the-floor storage and bookcases should be used to corral some of their belongings.

Kitchens:

Kitchens can be one of the most difficult rooms to decorate unless you are willing to demolish the cabinets and countertops that are there. You can greatly change the looks of the room by using paint and buying new appliances. If funds are available, go for new flooring and cabinets as well. Many hardware stores have floor planning software that can help you get the best use out of the space available.

Bathrooms:

A bathroom can be updated with paint, new linens and fabric. Add a tall cabinet if there is space for it to use for towels and other bathroom items. Bathrooms can get messy fast when there’s no place to store anything.

Look in magazines and on the Internet for decorating room ideas. Then, use your imagination and ingenuity to replicate the look with less expensive options. Interior decorating doesn’t have to be expensive to look elegant.

How to Choose a Wall Clock

When people go shopping to choose a clock for their home, most people immediately think about functionality, and another additional factor at the time of purchase, which is the price. However, that is mostly a wrong approach regarding wall clocks. Wall clocks are more a piece of decoration than a useful clock, especially antique ones.

If you start looking, you’ll see that there are thousands of wall clocks on the market, which has nothing to do with common plastic watches. Today, people want their home with a modern look since it represents their life-style and they choose according to their own style. This is the right way to go.

That is why there are so many reasons to seek wall clocks that match with your style and home decor. So, the question we should ask ourselves is what kind of decorative clocks can be found in the market?

The first thing to decide when buying a wall clock is the size you wish to have. The larger wall clocks have different sizes, but generally range from as little as 10 and up to 40 inches or more. This obviously requires having space on the walls.

A wall clock will be quite striking and will catch every guest’s attention, however remember that if the room is already overloaded, this is not a good option. If you have plenty of space, a clear and simple wall clock to match the rest of the decoration can be a unique piece.

Another type of clock that can be a bit more discreet is the wooden wall clock. This type of clock is ideal for any room that is decorated around natural materials. Within wooden clocks, there are several types of different kinds of woods, colors, shapes and textures. It all depends on your preferences and budget to go for one or the other. But, please, avoid buying imitation wood. A clock attracts plenty of attention, and you don’t want your visitors looking at a piece of plastic, do you? You are left to choose the one you like, and combine it with the rest of the decoration at home.

If you are more interested or your profile leans more toward the nautical theme, it is possible to go shopping for metal as a material of choice. For a more modern look, you may choose more shiny metals like glass or brass.

 

Wind Chimes, Decorative and Therapeutic

Wind chimes can be a soothing, decorative and enjoyable way to introduce some music and personality into any outdoor location. Although they may seem rather simple, unique wind chimes come in a large variety of musical tunings, decorations and sizes all ensuring that you find the right one for your individual needs. Furthermore, you may choose from natural materials such as wood, Bamboo or something more unique such as Aluminum. Gone are the days of identical chimes which all sound the same, there are so many unique wind chimes on the market today that bringing pleasant, relaxing music to your backyard will be hassle-free.

In this hectic society, time for rest and relaxation is at a premium. There is a download available from iTunes which features the soothing sound of wind chimes for meditation. Explore the Feng Shui aspects of chime placement to maximize harmony in your life. There are special Feng Shui chimes which have been tuned to a scale obtained by throwing coins as directed by the ancient book of I Ching. What an enhancement for the practice of yoga or meditation. Take a moment from your busy day to enjoy the sound clips mentioned below. With all of the styles available, it’s possible to take a musical break to find the ones most suitable to your ear and decor.

When choosing which type of unique wind chime to purchase, there are a variety of materials to consider for outdoor use. Chimes are made of Aluminum tubes, Bamboo, glass and a number of other metals. Speaking of metals, brass is often used to fashion either bells or gongs, a popular category explored by many wind chime manufacturers. Another new category is the creation of small chimes which can be used indoors, placed on a desk stand to catch the air current from circulation ducts. Each offers a distinct musicality and decorative element which makes choosing enjoyable.

Aluminum Wind Chimes

Aluminum wind chimes feature durable tubes which can be precision tuned. In fact, Woodstock Aluminum Wind Chimes offer a life-time tuning guarantee. These wind chimes offer a distinct change from earlier chimes which were visually beautiful but paid little heed to tonal quality. With the precision tuning developed by founder Gary Kvistad, these tubular bells are of symphonic quality. One of my personal favourites is the Gregorian chime, which is available in five sizes. The durability of aluminum makes it an excellent choice for chimes exposed to the elements.

Bamboo Chimes

Bamboo chimes boast an ecologically friendly and sustainable build, as well as beautiful decorative elements. Their sound can be a bit more earthy and natural than that of the crisp aluminum wind chime, but their beauty also rests in the unique decoration. Bamboo chimes are tuned by hand and made of non-endangered, renewable bamboo.

Solar Wind Chimes

A smaller category of chimes combines various materials, such as Capiz shells or bamboo, to provide the music with a solar cell which absorbs the sun’s energy to provide illumination automatically when the sun sets. Not only do you have pleasant music for the ear, the sense of sight is also activated by the display of lights.

Bells & Gongs

Garden ornaments are becoming increasingly popular in landscape design. When considering garden ornaments, a choice of garden bells or one of the gongs will provide a delight to the ear as well as the eye. One of my favourites is the Woodstock Water Bell FountainTM which contains brass bells sounded by the continuous flow of water, the ultimate “Water Music,” with apologies to Handel. This fountain combines the soothing sound of flowing water with the harmonious sounding of the brass bells producing an oasis of calm in a hectic society.

Indoor Chimes

Indoor chimes are unique in that they can be placed as an accessory indoors wherever a slight air current will sound them. Feng Shui products have created a lot of interest of late, and there are specially tuned chimes which are based on these principles. Another popular chime features the Amazing Grace song. Other options include a small Gregorian chime and a Peace chime. No longer are wind chimes relegated to the outdoors.

Music has long been recognized as a potent force in relaxation. Tubular bells are believed to be the first musical instrument. Archaeologists have discovered drawings of them dating back 5000 years. Adding music such as this to your modern living quarters, indoors or out, is an easy way to reduce stress and add pleasure in your surroundings. Music therapy is becoming more common in schools and institutions. Add a simple variety of this therapy to your life, powered by the slightest breeze. With a wide variety of tunings from which to choose, you can experiment with various chimes to determine the ones that resonate with you. Hanging the chimes at different heights or in different places also changes the musical mix as they are activated by changing wind currents. All in all, this is customized music which is easy to enjoy, as wind power does all the work of “playing” the instrument.

Add A Little Color And Pattern To A Room With Throw Pillows!

Throw pillows are one of the most versatile tools in an interior designer’s arsenal. Decorative throw pillows bring cohesiveness to a room’s color palette and design scheme, while making the space more interesting visually and balancing it out beautifully.

Cushions and pillows can soften the intense looks of a leather sofa or enhance a wingback chair with a solid splash of color. Changing the pillows is an economical and straightforward way of alternating the color and design plan of a room. Purchase new accent pillows and then throw them anywhere, from your sofa to your chaise lounge. House decor becomes simpler, easier and faster with the right decorative pillows.

Decorating with Throw Pillows

Arrange Them Right

Decorative pillows should be arranged in odd numbers, with three, five or seven pillows in a set. These can vary in design, size or pattern for a more eclectic and modern look. Just make sure to stay within the same color family when buying your decorative pillows.

Vary the shapes and sizes of your cushions. Adding a contrasting shape or size into a pillow grouping give it an interesting character and draws the eyes. For example, place an oblong pillow in the center of a couch surrounded by squares on either side. Similarly use single round pillows on living room chairs.

Experiment with Fabric and Color

Contrast your throw pillows’ textures and textiles for a delicate mix with some rich vibes. Plush velvets, smooth silks and luxurious premium cowhides and faux furs, can all become a part of the same grouping. Pair stripes and plaids or combine geometrical pillows with floral designs. When it comes to color selection, make sure your choice compliments the other accents in the space. Decide on a color that’s common in the room’s theme. It’s alright if you can’t find an exact match, a slight deviation adds natural contrast to the room.

Storing Throw Pillows: The Right Way!

If you’d like to lounge around in the living room, or only want to bring out the pillows when you are entertaining guests, a decorative wicker basket is a great idea. Just put all your accent pillows in there when you don’t want to use them. The storage keeps pillows fresh and clean for longer, as they don’t have to toil away on the floor.

The Last Word

A vivid splash of color, and a cozy, comfy place to rest – decorative throw pillows serve many purposes! The Thomas Collection gives you so many options to choose from. Select pillows that truly depict your joyous spirit with masterful embroidery and exotic fabrics.