Category Archives: DECORATING & IDEAS
Do you love the way you feel when you’re at the beach? Close your eyes for a moment and picture the water, sky and sand. Can you feel the breeze coming off the ocean and smell the salt scented air? You don’t have to own your own home by the beach to bring a touch of beach decorating to your home. Our solution to that is creating the same feeling in your home with beach and tropical themed decor.
There are many different ways of using beach decor. Whether you prefer muted, soothing colors or brighter, tropical ones the possibilities are endless. For any beach or tropical decor you want to begin with the correct color on the walls. When choosing interior paint colors you want to imitate the color hues from the water, sky, and sand. This will be your backdrop for everything else you put in the room.
Lampshades are a matter of taste and can be made in virtually any material – fabric, paper, parchment, plastic. The heat from light bulbs attracts dust, which could have a bearing on which shade to choose: fabric, for example, can get grimy very quickly and is very difficult to clean.
When choosing a new lampshade for a table lamp, a rule of thumb is that the width of the shade should be roughly the same as the length of the base. Fit a round base with a round shade and a square base with a square shade. A plain base can take an ornate shade and vice versa.
Kitchen cabinet refacing saves thousands over replacing all the cabinetry. Doing the job yourself saves even more money. Labor is a significant percentage of the total cost of refacing. You could save up to half the price by saving on the labor costs. While it isn’t an easy task, it is possible for a skilled homeowner.
Do it yourself or hire a pro?
This is a big job. You will need some skills and experience in home remodelling to tackle the job. It can be stressful, if you aren’t sure of yourself. Kitchen cabinets refacing isn’t a job that should be rushed. You need to have patience and the time to invest to do the job right.
Nowadays the word ‘vintage’ is bandied about all over the place, especially in relation to style and fashion, but we think it’s just a smart way of saying second-hand. Vintage items have an inherent attractiveness and charm about them. Vintage interiors take time and commitment, but we’re not suggesting that we travel back in time. It’s important to make the point here that vintage style for your home is not about historical re-creation of rooms from the past.
Don’t panic or feel that you need to get everything at once. Decorating and making your house a home is a gradual process, so don’t expect vintage heaven overnight. Setting your own personal style is all about layering your home with things year in, year out, adding to and constantly evolving its appearance.
Feng shui strives for a peaceful, harmonious and balanced co-existence between men, women and their surroundings. But peace and harmony may be hard to come by in the typical work day world. Is your office the least peaceful environment in which you find yourself each day? Because its long history is time-tested and its principles are logical, feng shui is adaptable to any environment and any lifestyle. You can start today to make your home office a more pleasant and profitable place.
Whether at home or in an out-of-home office, large or small, wide-open or more along the lines of a narrow closet, you can arrange your office space to achieve the positive energy flow and harmonious environment for which feng shui designs are known and practiced the world over. Here are a few tips that work to revitalize your home office the feng shui way: