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Lana Hawkins

Bio: Lana is a student of Architecture and a food lover from Sydney, Australia. She loves writing about interiors, but her specialty is landscape design. She enjoys playing in kitchen and cooking for her friends and family, spending time in nature and learning about other cultures by travelling.

On a hot summer day, your lawn gets thirsty just like you do. While you can grab an ice cold glass water on your own, your grass needs a little help. This is where watering and irrigation come into play. You need a convenient and efficient way to water it, and automatic sprinklers are a great option. There are many advantages to lawn sprinklers, least not of which is its cost-effective addition to your gardening regime.

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One of the best reasons for installing automatic sprinklers is that they’re more efficient at watering than you are. How often have you set the garden hose out with a sprinkler head on it, and forgotten all about it? Hour after you realize your mistake, you find one spot has a puddle and the rest of the lawn is desert-dry. It’s equally frustrating with a watering can. Not sure of how much each flower needs, you can end up making several time consuming trips from the tap. After a few back and forths, you can forget which section got what, leaving you wondering just how much water each of the flowers had.

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A sprinkler system, on the other hand, knows exactly how much water has been used so it can ensure that your lawn gets just the right amount of water. They are equipped with measuring system that keeps track of how long it’s been on. It also has sensors that can tell if enough rain has fallen to penetrate the intricate system of roots. It’s best to program them to turn on for an hour once a week as this schedule will encourage the roots to grow deeper and limit weed growth. Whenever you set your sprinklers, your lawn will always get the right amount of water for healthy, bright green grass.

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Automatic sprinklers also help to conserve water. You can put them on a timer, and you can set them to water at night, when evaporation is minimized because the air is cooler. In times of droughts and water restrictions, you can adjust them to use less water. Sprinklers can also be targeted to specific areas, so that little or no water is wasted on walks or patios. That’s because the sprinkler from EZ Lawnare fitted with an adjustable rotor head that revolves as it discharges water, giving the lawn maximum coverage for the amount of water used. To learn more about how a sprinkler system can help you save money, you should definitelly check the internet and read online comments and critiques. You can easily find some better deals on the Internet than in your local stores and home centers, so, stoping by www.ezlawnsprinklers.ca is a good start.
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A sprinkler system can be a great time and money saver, and also make the neighbors think you work on your yard all day. That’s a mean feat when you consider how harsh the summer can be for your lawn. Stop watering the old fashioned way – which is to say, the wrong way. Install an irrigation system and see your lawn flourishes.

Well hello there, interior design and décor lovers! Yes, I absolutely understand the craze and excitement whenever there’s a new space to give life to or an old one to inject with new energy and passion, and that’s precisely why I am writing this blog post about Australian interior design blogs – while staying unique in your décor endeavors is understood, everyone needs a little inspiration sometimes and what better way to find it than stalk some of the best décor blogs out there!

The list I am about to give is based solely on my personal tastes and décor choices, so be free to hate it or love it (hopefully, the latter)!

Without much further ado…

Blog #1 – Interiors Addict

Jen Bishop, a former journalist and magazine editor, is the founder of Interiors Addict; a passionate lover of beautiful design and an interior design enthusiast with little design qualifications, the girl is running a blog which is definitely one of my favorite and most gorgeous places to visit. As far as I am concerned, the passion of the team and exuberance are evident in each and every blog post, whether we are talking new products, inspiration or how to guides. If you love their website, you can always check out their sister site Reno Addict

Blog #2 – The Design Files

Back in 2008 a wonderful thing happened for all of us interior design lovers; Lucy Feagins, a Melbourne based design guru started a blog which has quickly evolved into a daily design inspiration and destination of many.

Lucy’s blog has been featured in such great mags like Out Magazine, Design Quarterly and Real Living Magazine. Her blog is definitely a must read for daily home inspiration, as it covers everything from Australian architecture to interiors and art. Intrigued?

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Blog #3 – Absolutely Beautiful Things

I love, love, love this one! Anna Spiro started it way back in 2006, and the blog’s been flourishing since then. Spiro, who is the owner and curator of a unique and exquisite Brisbane shop called Black & Spiro, inspires us with her personal inspirations and talented laid out all through her blog. What’s amazing about her blog is that, it is not only the place to visit when you are lacking ideas, but a hot spot that offers great insight into the world of a buyer for an interiors shop.

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Blog #4 – Get In My Home

Ok, Get In My Home may be the one that takes the cake. Emily is a big supporter of Australian products. She writes about them and combines them achieve worldly, charismatic and minimalist interiors. If there’s anything you need to achieve similar decor, you’ll find the local products here. Emily’s blog has been featured on Kit Home & She Knows so you can be sure that her way is the right way. Her chic style is accompanied with comfort food. Check out her blog for a drooling session.

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Blog #5 – The Happy Home Blog

The name says it all. Belinda has been running the joint with grace and joy since 2007. What’s so special about this one? Well, Belinda has successfully merged good taste with family oriented decor. She loves DIY so if you are a fan too, you’ll enjoy reading her adventures with her beautiful four kids. One thing that I love is her take on her own style over the years. Read it here. She is consistent, her ideas are lovely and bring a dash of fresh air.

What has led to where she is now? She wrote for Fairfax Community Newspapers, then moved to Cosmopolitan magazine and she was one of the people behind the launch of Real Living magazine. She took a break from all that after her firstborn Zak came into the world. Three more rascals (this is how she calls them, so cute!) followed.  That’s why her blog gives out that relaxed vibe you’ll feel comfortable with.

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Belinda’s adorable kids

I hope you enjoyed this lovely, albeit short, list. Let us know if there’s a decor blog that stole your heart.

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There’s something to be said about Oriental décor in a home. It’s inspirational, refreshing, and calming in a space. No wonder why it’s becoming popular in modern-day homes thanks to its Zen feel and soothing effect.

Bring Oriental Décor to Your Home

If oriental décor has somewhat been on your inspiration list but you don’t quite know where to start, begin here for easy to implement tips to bring some asian touches to your space.

Zen-ify your Home

This is much easier than it sounds. Create the perfect harmony and balance by adding natural materials, a neutral colour palette, and simple furniture. Combine the power and beauty of Asian details with modern, sleek lined furniture and décor pieces.

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Let the Energy Flow

Thankfully, many new homes now incorporate open floor plan, which really encourages the flow of energy. Large windows, bright lighting, also gratify the Zen design, in which positive energy flows throughout a space. Create balance of the positive and negative energies and of opposites in your space by incorporating Feng Shui elements. A centuries old practice, this traditional Japanese design embraces modern décor as it preaches minimalism and simplicity. Get rid of clutter, add good lighting, and ensure proper flow of energy into all rooms.

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Bold Colours

Red, purple, yellow and orange are all powerful colours that you can incorporate in doses in your oriental décor. These shades are passionate, and some are symbolism of life, energy, and vitality. Ensure you add them in the right amounts and in the right places.

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Find Buddha a Sacred Spot

Buddha is the face of Oriental décor that represents balanced proportions. It embodies a religious, historical, and cultural significance and harmoniously joins all elements in your home.

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Bamboo

Bamboo is the quickest and easiest way to incorporate Oriental décor in your house. Options of how you can add bamboo are endless, from flooring, to window treatments, cabinetry, furniture, and frame detailing, the list can go on and on. Even adding a few branches in a vase can really start an asian décor vibe in your home.

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Silkscreen Prints

Wall with silkscreen prints bring a room to life. They tell a story with stunning details and vibrant hues, add dimension and become a showpiece in a space.

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Folding/Sliding Screens

Folding screens or sliding screen doors, there’s something to be said about this eccentric piece of décor that can at once be a room divider or three dimensional piece of art. They provide privacy without creating boundaries.

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Incorporate Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie can be found in embroideries, textiles, on furniture, or porcelain objects. Add flavour to your basic neutrals by incorporating Chinoiserie prints to your cushions, or China set. A distressed antique piece of chinoiserie hutch can be whimsical background for any plain wall and simple décor. It’s the luxurious piece that steals the show of your oriental décor at any dinner party you may have.

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Paper Lanterns

Subtle Oriental décor elements such as paper lanterns can improve its design aesthetic. Soft lighting coming from paper lanterns can really bring home some much needed tranquility.

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Come Full Circle

The circular shape is important in Oriental décor as it represents the sun. The most beautiful way I’ve seen circles incorporated into décor is on entrance doors, cabinet doors, as the circle can be displayed largely enough on them and be visible from a distance.

To Summarize…

For the full effect of gorgeous Oriental décor, it’s important to combine the above elements in doses which your space can handle:

  • Add some Zen to your home
  • The flow of energy
  • Bold colours
  • Buddha
  • Bamboo
  • Silkscreen prints
  • Folding/sliding screens
  • Chinoiserie
  • Paper lanterns
  • Circles

What’s your Oriental décor tip to create perfect harmony?

Rania AbdullaAbout the author

Branding herself The Wardrobe Stylist, Rania began styling and blogging nearly a decade ago. She worked with a long list of clients and covered coveted events. Rania loves to give advice to people about the things she’s most passionate and knowledgeable in: fashion, beauty, fitness, and home décor. You can also check out her DIYs and her innovation the Reversible Pocket Square. You can find Rania on Twitter/The_W_Stylist and Instagram/raniastylist.

A complete refreshment in the sphere of contemporary interior design comes in a form of monochromatic influence whose sole objective is to embellish the living space in a sleek and elegant way. For those who prefer the cleanness of the minimalistic approach, but wish to add a certain twist to it, the monochrome design allows you to play with the sleek combination of black, white and grey and create outstanding textures, patterns and shapes which will surely give your home a sophisticated approach. And for those who observe the contemporary design as tedious, this is the chance to learn how even the simplest designs can make a great difference.

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The Dark White Rises

Going for a full modern approach like this one requires a bit of strategic planning as well. While the monochrome design has the ability to transform a space and give it a true sophisticate splendor, it is good to keep in mind that it is a thin line between monochrome and monotone. To avoid a dreadful and tedious ambient, the best way to go is up…or down for that matter. Playing with height and composition of certain objects in the living space allows you to create an illusion of movement in the room. This trick is also useful as it gives you the opportunity to make your living space a bit more interesting without digressing from the primary design idea.

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Shine like A Star

As one of the main characteristics of a monochrome design is creating an ample space with a somewhat dark color palette, it is crucial to learn how to use the art of illumination to build up the ambient in the whole space. This is especially important as the magic of monochrome design tends to leave a bit of a cold and distant vibe in the space. This is where the ambient lighting comes in. The use of natural light in the space is quite often practiced in designs like this, as the warm sunrays give a warmer approach to a somewhat eerie space. Also statement lighting is something that can truly transform a home; especially modern floor lamps. For a more grandiose approach, chandeliers have the ability to add a dash of light as well as elegance to the room.

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Pattern It Up

For some, the extensive use of black and white might seem a bit limiting when it comes to decorating the space. This is where textures and patterns find their way into the monochromatic design. Geometrical shapes and clean lines are still in focus, so naturally the use of horizontal and vertical lines, checker designs and dots are some of the best ways to enhance the beauty of the space.

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Nature Always Finds Its Way

While the minimalistic design is more focused on creating a sterile atmosphere without the use of greenery, it is safe to say that nature always finds a way to infiltrate even in the most arid environments. This is how natural materials and fabrics can greatly embellish the living space, even in the gloomy monochrome interior design. This was popularized by the Scandinavian contemporary trend, where the use of raw wood and pale timber makes a wonderful blend with the industrial finishes of the minimalistic design. For a softer approach, take it from the northerners and overstate your living space with a sheepskin throw.

A strict and bold design with a dash of sophisticated is the simplest way to describe the true wonder of the monochromatic interior design. The wise play of neutrals, the blend of nature and the fine art of illumination create a ravishing setting suitable for every soul.

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If there is one specific designer you need to pay attention to it is Young Huh who was featured in Lonny Magazine in “Next Big Names in Design”. The New York based mastermind behind the creative interior design was not always into design. Rather than that, she used to be interested in becoming a lawyer. The thing that she passed the NY and NJ bar exams did not make her become a lawyer. She realized that her office will not be the courtroom and changed all the courtrooms lying ahead of her for creative surroundings. After having spoken to a friend who decided to ditch his career for starting his own business she realized that she needed just the same. And she entered the world of designers.

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Awards

Since 2007 she has been on her own creating unsurpassed interior design elements which have won numerous awards. In 2011, her home got featured in a local magazine called Westchester Cottages and Gardens and she was given the award for “Innovation in Design Awards Interior Design Winner”. And the awards kept being given to her.

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Why her?

What is it that made the world watch out for Young Huh? It is the simplicity and space-widening colours combined to make everybody speechless. Young Huh loves white and it is often the most important colour in her design.

Travelling back in time

The kitchen she has designed in Mount Kisco, New York is the perfect example of what a creative genius we have in front of us. She managed to recreate the early 1900s look by using all the modern details. Although there are stainless steel appliances, the overall impression is definitely that you have travelled back in time and you woke up in a beautiful cosy 1900s kitchen. The key to her design is humbleness and it is seen the best in this kitchen design. No redundant items, she opted for quality instead of quantity. Even the colours she used epitomise the period she was pointing at – the blue-green cabinets make us reminiscence about the long forgotten times.

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This is not the only example of travelling in time that Young Huh has for us. The marvelous Victorian House she designed will leave you breathless. Old-fashioned wooden table and chairs along with the carpet and wallpapers will make everyone visiting this house feel super cosy and welcome. Her love for candles can clearly be seen here. And this is not so typical for Young Huh – there are so many ornaments seen in the carpet and wallpapers. Yet, she still avoided any kind of kitsch and created a fascinating environment.

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Colours

Her retro vibe can be seen in the project called Beleza, too. The 70s-like chair along with the large amounts of beautiful plants surrounding it are great for unwinding. Still she used white as the most important colour and added lots of plants to make a pleasant, soothing environment with the colour green.

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Young Huh is a designer which is yet to show us her biggest masterpieces. Although her time is yet to come, we already fascinated with the projects she has done, the sheer simplicity of colours and clever choice of accessories and cannot wait to see more from her.

The world of furniture and interiors has never been so rich and colorful thanks to the creativity and inspiration of young and unique designers. One such remarkable designer is Samuel Amoia who manages to join completely different worlds of material and architecture in order to create something new yet familiar, interesting but simple and most importantly both beautiful and comfortable in his breathtaking designs.

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Fascinating material combo

The most distinctive feature characteristic of Amoia’s furniture design is his impeccable sense to combine magical materials like minerals and crystals with industrial materials such as cement and plaster in order to create a piece that can be said to represent a modern world fairy tale. Heavy textures and color combinations in his work embody both the grungy and gentle feeling that appeals to a lot of people nowadays. Most of his designs are nature-inspired which can be seen in his never ending inspiration to mix and match different crystals and colors but the true value of his creativity lies in the fact that he always manages to create something that would prove to be a great addition to minimalist style homes as well as the complete opposite ones.

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Unique minimalism and perfect comfort

Amoia’s work in the field of interior design leans a bit more towards the minimalist and functional style but he never misses the opportunity to add some quirkiness into the décor. Therefore, regular furniture and lighting will be a sufficient accessory on their own with Amoia’s specific approach to the use of materials and incorporation of a bit unconventional details and positions of the furniture without ever sacrificing comfort and basic purpose of the specific piece.

Functional art

No matter how you look at it, this designer’s work is a form of art and the sculptural vibe of his furniture proves this point without fail. It seems that the main priority for Amoia’s creations is to bring art itself closer to people’s daily lives and enrich the homes with warmth and calming properties of crystals and minerals.

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Refreshing and beautiful accessories

Amoia studio does not only provide stylish and timeless interior design and functional and sculptural furniture but also pays attention to details that give the final touch to any home. For example, different lighting solutions will illuminate the room perfectly while at the same time being fun and outstanding. Special attention that is given to the design of mirrors is bound to make people love their reflection more while the incense collection from Cinnamon project effectively unites mystique and sensuality in the smallest and simplest decorative accessories.

Many grand things are expected from Samuel Amoia and his team in the future. Someone who is able to incorporate intriguing sculptural concepts with purposeful functionality will always be an ascending star in the world of design because no matter how much the people’s need for order and unity in homes intensifies, a dash of something special and personal is more than necessary.

With yet another long year behind us, we are softly welcoming 2016 into our hearts and most importantly – into our homes. Forget about sterile and blank surroundings and minimalist trends, 2016 is stepping up the game and bringing you luxury, grandeur and bliss in the design industry. So let us take a sneak peek in what the interior design industry has installed for us this Spring:

Rose Quartz and Serenity

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Is it a boy or a girl? Is it pink or is it blue? How about we blend the two? The color of the year, as it was declared by Pantone, rose quartz and serenity represent the ultimate blend of two gentle tones: soft, gentle and feminine rose and the soothing shade of mesmerizing blue. The never-ending battle between two contrasting colors has finally found its balance by combining them into one glorious entirety. The brilliant spring mix of the two will bring your home the tranquility it deserves and transform it into a perfect relaxing sanctuary.

Design Detox

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Seems like 2015 was too hectic for some, as this year we are solely focused on bringing some peace and quiet into our living spaces. Moving away from the cold and distant shades of the previous design trends, we are carefully approaching the safe place enriched by warm stone hues, designed to put our minds to ease and help us achieve that Zen state of mind we are all so desperately trying to get to. The design detox, as they like to call it is simply a way to create a calm surrounding away from all the noise and racket from the outside world.

Rough Luxe

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With all the talking about serene surroundings it became clear that a rough twist was in order. In an environment which is designed to put you into your comfort zone and dive you in a world of gentle tones and soft breeze, there should always be a place to add some texture and roughness. This is accomplished quite easily without a lot of hassle, as Jon Sherman, the founder and creative director of the wallpaper company called Flavor Paper, claims that the biggest trend of the following year will be papers that mimic industrial finishes. Details like painted bricks or salvaged wood are quite a breath of fresh air, or should we say rough air in a tranquil sanctuary of gentle hues.

Customized Interior

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It looks like not all design trends of 2015 have been completely forgotten, as the idea of customized furniture, which had its peak in the previous year, has found a way to continue its marvelous work in 2016 as well. The customization tools found on several leading interior design websites allow you to modify the furniture according to your own personal preferences allowing you to add a unique touch to your living space. By choosing your favorite colors and fabrics you are bound to create some extraordinary designs on your own. The latest innovations are algorithms that allow you to even choose the shape and form of your desired furniture pieces.

70s-Inspired

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Let us take a stroll down the memory lane and welcome 70s once again into our lifestyles. If you thought that you have seen the last of those bold geometrical patterns, polished metals and rough designs, you have never been so wrong. The era of bright colors, funky embellishments and natural raw materials is a true blast to the past and is here to stay so you better take the most out of it.

If you take a step back and reminisce on the past year you will notice how contemporary and modern design had overruled over our homes. This year has prepared an entirely different set of trends that you will simply have to adore.

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Are you planning to renovate your home?  You want new curtains but you are worried about the maintenance. If your answer is YES, then you are in the right place 🙂 The days of traditional curtains are gone, as homeowners often switch to window blinds. They have become the latest interior trend, as they are not only easy to maintain but accentuate the overall look of the house. In fact, your home will get that modern look you are looking for. Aside from protection from sun rays, frost and biting wind, these blinds also help protecting your privacy.

Advantages of installing window blinds

  • Easy to clean

The advantage you’ll probably like is that they are very easy to clean as compared with the traditional curtains. You can clean the blinds without any complications. All you need is a damp cloth.

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  • Durability

The durability of blinds come into focus especially if you keep pets. They can easily tear apart the curtains. With blinds, this is not such an easy task. Blinds made of wood, steel, aluminum and even PVC are very durable and they cannot be easily destroyed by your companion.

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  • Easy to use

With just one easy hand motion, you can open and close the blinds without any hassles. This is very handy if you have children, as they cannot be confused with the blinds’ simple mechanics. The most fascinating part about these blinds is that they do not retain any smell and are perfect for kitchens. If you want to incorporate blinds into your kitchen, go with plastic ones.. Thus, your kitchen will never smell like rotten fish or french fries.

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  • Protection from sun

Blinds offer complete protection from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Once you have installed them your eyes will not be strained with bright sun rays. Now your afternoon naps (we all know you like having them) will be uninterrupted.

  • Aesthetic appeal

Without any doubt, window blinds add to the entire appearance of the house. Since they look neat, less messy and classy, they are perfect for modern homes. Additionally, you can get these blinds for your home in various colors and designs that can complement the interior style of each room. You can choose to buy different types of blinds for different areas. For instance, you can go for horizontal blinds for your study and vertical blinds for your living room.

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Maintenance 

  1. Regular dusting – Regular dusting helps keeping them look like new. Make sure you use a clean cloth for dusting though.
  2. Vacuuming them – Every couple of months, you can vacuum your blinds gently. Almost all vacuum cleaners come with brushes for curtains and blinds. Vertical strokes should get the job done.
  3. Spot cleaning – If your blinds got stained, use a soft, wet cloth to spot clean them. If need be, you can add some mild detergent soap to lukewarm water for cleaning purposes. However, stay clear of abrasive cleaning agents, as they can damage your blinds.
  4. Blinds cleaning products – If nothing works, your last bet is getting over-the-counter cleaning products especially made for blinds. However, when cleaning wooden blinds, stay clear of water. Instead, use lemon oil or a wood preserving cleaning agent for the job.
  5. You can also reduce static electricity in vinyl blinds by coating them with a thin film of a mild detergent.

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There you go, a short, albeit thorough, blinds review. If you have a trick up your sleeve for keeping the blinds new and clean, let us know in the comments.

The time has come to oust the winter dullness and embrace the spring revival and the upcoming Easter rush. Even the less crafty of people are tempted to join the decoration band waggon and make something exceptional that adds up to the holiday spirit. I’ve looked everywhere for inspiration and ideas and compiled my ultimate selection of easy-peasy Easter decorations you can create on your own. Check it out.
Easter Decorations You Can Make Yourself

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Easter sweets are not only mouth-watering, they come in gorgeous shapes and colours too. If you can’t help yourself but buy every Easter themed candy you come across, why not employ a portion of that large batch for the vase decoration. A transparent wide vase would be perfect for this project. From rainbow-tinted jelly beans, marshmallow bunnies to golden-wrapped chocolate eggs, it all makes it into the vase display. Finish it with a nice ribbon and a few flowers on top.
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Cute chicken place markers

Cheer up your family members with some delightful personalised surprise in the form of cutsie placeholders. This will require tiny earthenware pots for every person. Make the chicken element using thicker plastic spoons, nail polish and markers. Dye the whole sets into a customised shade (the owner’s favourite). Embellish it with polka dots and name plates with special fonts. Your loved ones will be blown away!
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Eye-catching door setup

I’ve never seen this before so I have to share! To enliven your front door for spring arrival with Easter decorations, consider placing some real or satin flower ornaments. What we had in mind is utilising an umbrella or a soft hat in some earthy colour as a socket for the bouquet. Attach the whole construction with an appropriate ribbon in some bold hue. Round up the setup with several faux eggs and grass to give it a veritable homey look.
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Bunny-fied family photos

This one scores big points for both cost-effectiveness and decidedly adorable detailing. If you happen to find them, and I’m certain there’s plenty to choose from since it’s the holiday season, get yourself some bunny stickers. The purpose we had in mind is total bunnyfication of the displayed family photos in your home. Apply the ears, noses and mouths in random fashion on the frame glass. However, if the ratios are off, make your own sticky cutouts. Hop you go, bunnies!
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Blossom flower pieces

I’m just not super keen on loads of flowers on the table near food (insects and such, you know), so I opted for something modest but not less charming. Since the spring has come a knocking, chances are that some branches can be found in your close neighbourhood. Select some nice, thinner pieces. Take some currently blossoming flowers and glue them to the branches. Lastly, secure the arrangement with tiny pebbles in an elegant jar.
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Earthy table feel

I just had to include this table decoration as it was something special and works in a complementary manner with the blossoms. You can have a few mini oasis settings right there at your table. The idea remind me of those tiny sustainable ecosystems people make. You will need: several tall glass transparent cloches, some dirt and moss and several nice fern sprays. Use the dirt and moss to secure the fern and voila!
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Versatile countdown calendar

Are you buzzing constantly about Easter topics a month or two prior to actual day? If you’re like myself, this all age proof calendar will make the countdown more enjoyable and fun. Join in with your children or little cousins and cross out the days before big holiday. Grab some multi-coloured plastic eggs with a cap and fill it with treats and happy messages. Adjoin it on a paper calendar board and it’s on!
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These ornaments are not going to make themselves. Hurry up and get down to decorating.

Hoppy Easter everybody!

When they want to rearrange a residential area and put their ideas into realization with the right measure and good taste, celebrities, and those who are not, invite interior designers. They ‘work in the shadows’, redesign the furniture, visit the shops, fairs, flea markets and are ready to meet even the smallest demands in order to provide their customers with exactly what they want and what reflects their personality the best.

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New star of interior design

One of the up-and-coming interior designers is a thirty-year-old Patrick Mele from Connecticut, who, before founding his own company Patrick Mele Design in New York, dealt with brand design. He studied architecture at Syracuse University and majored in art history and culture. The nature of his education is reflected in the space that he creates, the space in which the architecture and art, and fashion from a historical perspective permeate.

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Bits and pieces of Mele’s unique style

Tricks of light, sculptures, mixed textures such as animal patterns and vertical stripes, baroque chandeliers combined with modern architecture, are some of the elements which he works with. Patrick has an incredible gift to connect seemingly incompatible styles.

It is impossible not to notice how each project has an artistic touch in the form of ceramic and stone busts, heavy metallic pots or Chinese porcelain pots, or wall art that ranges from the Renaissance through graphics to urban abstraction and so on. Collision of old and new and a few historical epochs in one room are perfectly normal when the work of this interior designer is in question.

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Mele works in such a way that in his sophisticated style he injects the personality of his clients, thus creating an amazing living space. In every project he has to make himself independent of the ruling trends because if something is not to his taste and liking it would definitely look fake in his project. Great attention is paid to light and the mirrors, unusual lamps and tall windows that sometimes take up a whole wall.
Even when it comes to furniture, there is a lot of diversity. The range of materials extends from the dark, through the painted or highly polished wood, to stone, brick, plastic, metals, leather and brocade.

Thoughts and projects

A piece of which this designer dreams of having is Fornasetti’s ‘Scaletta pano’ on wheels. Another favorite of his are ‘Cole & Son’ wallpapers. Mele believes that luxurious flowerpot palm opens up every space, while wallpaper adds a dose of fantasy and drama. In collaboration with friend and designer Hayley Sarno, Patrick has created his own line of wallpapers in black and white called ‘Sauvage / Savant’. Last summer, together with a group of New York designers, he responded to the call of Peter Fasano to come to Massachusetts and create a unique line of textile. Mele’s pieces look as if the designer played with a painter’s brush on the canvas.

In addition to residential buildings, Patrick deals with decor, design and organization of private and public events as well as exterior and interior of garden spaces, and in his work biography, he has already cataloged cooperation with major brands such as Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and the others.