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Sophie is blogger based in Australia. She is contributor for several health and lifestyle blogs. She’s hooked on yoga and healthy living. Sophie is also interested in architecture and home décor. As DIY enthusiast she is always seeking for new home craft ideas. Besides decorating home Sophie also enjoys preparing and decorating food. You can find Sophie’s advice by following her on Facebook.

Much as we want to keep up with the changing times, it is undeniable that antique furniture still dominates with regard to quality and durability. As the furniture market continues to expand, a lot of counterfeit and substandard fittings have continued to emerge, most of which are only designed to generate profits. Purchasing such furnishings for your home or office is highly detrimental as they will break within a very short period and force you to spend more money on repair and replacements. It is for this reason that many people have now gone back to the traditional English furniture.

Antique furniture for your house

Perhaps you too should consider purchasing this antique furniture for your house. There are countless benefits of using conventional fittings as opposed to the modern ones. For starters, conventional furnishings are created with high-quality materials that have been tested and tried. Therefore, you are assured of quality, which is the most important thing to look for when buying furniture. Most of these fittings are made from hard wood, freshly cut from indigenous trees. This type of wood is hard enough to resist breakage and other kind of damages such as pests. Your traditional furniture will still retain its original value over a long period of time.

There is something unique about the traditional English interior designs. They make a house look expensive and elegant. Top it up with a set of antique furniture and you will have a jaw dropping interior style that will help you make the right statement. Antique fittings are designed in unique styles that represent quality, strength, and resistance. So, if you are looking for unique ideas to give your house a facelift, these furnishings are a nice option. They not only improve your home’s appearance, but also add value to it.

Modern furniture is created using unreliable technologies that are sometimes less effective. Antique furniture on the other hand uses traditional methods coupled with contemporary technologies to bring out the best results. It is joyous to own vintage fittings as the amount of hard work that goes into designing them is clearly visible in every angle. Apart from being manufactured from quality wood such as mahogany, these traditional furnishings also be appreciated by the sight of unique craftsmanship and their almost tactile appearance. These furnishings are also popular because of their practicality and historical significance. A good example of antique bedroom furniture is the one that existed in Regency, Edwardian, and Georgian periods.

Choosing a rug is the “crown” of decorating a room. The right choice of a rug will further embellish your life space and influence the apartment’s decorating in general. Because of that, pay attention to a few details when buying rugs. The rug is one of the things in your apartment you’ll come in contact with very often. You step on it, vacuum it and enjoy in the warmth and the visual effect it gives to the room. Today you have a very large rugs offer everywhere but we are here to help.

The choice of a rug and functionality

This is one of the most important things when it comes to choosing a rug. Think about how much you’ll walk over it, if you want to walk barefoot on it, if you have children that will play on it or perhaps a pet that will leave hair. It is also important to know if some liquids will be spieled on it.

So, for places where something is more likely to get spied on, find a thin rug that absorbs less liquid. Where you need comfort and warmth you can afford to get a thicker rug with soft texture. For carpets in children’s rooms the most important thing is its decoration but also they need to secure warm floor surface for kids to play on.

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Shape, dimensions, quality and colour of a rug

The shape of a rug can be square, rectangular, round or oval. Choosing a rug based on its dimensions depends on the size and the purpose of the room but also on the furniture. It is believed that rugs have energy values depending on their shape. Round carpets are the embodiment of spirituality and peace. That’s why they’re suitable for rooms where you want to relax, the bedroom, the living room or the dining room. Rectangular rugs bring energy and they fit studies, libraries etc..

The basic colour of a rug should fit with the rest of the room’s colours. For smaller spaces you should use lighter colours for the rug, and for the big ones choose a colour of your choice. If you want your room to look casual, you can choose a multicoloured rug, and if you need it to look more formal, then you should use a rug with one or two non-staring colours.

Rug’s maintenance

In order for your rug to keep its neatness and decorative effect, you need to vacuum it regularly, dust it occasionally with a wet rag in the direction of its fibres and sometimes remove the stains from food and drinks. With its regular maintenance you’ll prevent allergic reactions of people with breathing condition.

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Tips for choosing a rug

Expensive rugs should be set on a place that is visible and not that frequent, where there is no that much more furniture that can hide it or damage it.

For frequent places in the apartment you should choose a more quality rug with higher density, and medium or small floor level. By choosing a certain colour or design you can emphasize the neutrality of the space, or its accent. If you want your rug not to be noticed, choose a colour similar to your furniture. The choice of a rug is always interesting, and rugs are waiting just for you.

 

Many people today are facing the challenge of having a small living space. This is one of the most common disadvantages of living in urban areas. Instead of making it a problem, it would be best to accept it as a fact, and take advantage of what you have until you find something better. Small apartments usually have small bedrooms – which are big enough for a bed, and not for anything else. The key to happy living is to use all the tricks you can in order to turn your small-sized bedroom into a nice and functional one, and yet save space for other things.

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Use what you have

If your small bedroom does not have enough space for a nightstand, you should use what you have at hands. For example, if you have a deep window sill, move your bed next to it and it can serve as a nightstand. If you have a wall-mounted shelf beside the bed, you can add another one, which would be deep enough so that you can use it as a computer desk while you are sitting on the bed. If you have a desk next to your bed, it is perfectly fine to give it a double duty – to serve as a nightstand as well. A lamp is simply a must at your bedside, so instead of taking up space on a nightstand, you can simply hang one on the wall – this way, you will get direct light from above your head, which is great for reading. Mind you that it should be high enough so that you do not hit your head while sitting up.

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Additional storage

In a small bedroom, the walls are your best friends. A general rule for small bedrooms is to hang everything you can on the walls. If you have a narrow bedroom, you can put a simple shelf beside or above the bed to make up for a nightstand, and you will get extra space for something else. If you lack space for keeping a bike, you can simply hang it above the bed – the only thing you have to do is to clean its tires every time you mount it on the wall. If you lack storage space, you can find high beds which have enough storage space underneath the mattress – a space which you can use for winter/summer clothes, sheets and blankets, and the like. Do not be afraid to even add cabinets above the bed – they are simply made for small bedrooms.

And finally, the key to a happy home and normal living is not the size of your living space. Rather, it should be the joy of waking up next to the person you really care about and enjoying every moment with them. Even though you cannot magically make the space bigger than it is, you can create optical illusion – by painting the walls white, and using light-coloured sheets (which will additionally make you feel calm and you will be able to take a good rest in it) and hanging mirrors to visually enlarge your small bedroom.

The place you live in usually reflects who you are as a person. If you live alone, that is, lead single’s life, you are bound to decorate it the way you feel it is right, and make it feel warm and welcoming when you come home.

We all know that there are some stereotypes, and when someone shows us a picture of an apartment we would immediately know if there is a girl living in it or a guy. When you were in college, the only difference was that boys’ room was always messier and full of junk and dirty plates, whereas girls always keep their rooms fresh and clean, with the smell of vanilla in the air from one of those scented candles and sticks.

When they grow up and get their own places, both guys and girls spend a little bit more time and imagination when it comes to decorating their home to suit them, their needs, and personality.

 

His Place

In a bachelor’s apartment, you are bound to see more darker tones, from the walls, hardwood floors to furniture, and it is probably because one of the stereotypes that start as early as ‘baby boys wear blue and baby girls wear pink’. That is why a guy will always have black, grey, dark brown or olive things surrounding him, making him feel manlier.

Even though you are a guy, if you are a true bachelor at heart, you will always look neat and polished, and your wardrobe will have to be full of high quality suits. Trust me, a good walk in closet is not just for girls.

The most important thing every guy needs is a corner in his apartment where he will keep his gaming gear, with a comfortable couch where he can lay back, relax, take a joystick in his hands and stare at the screen all day. Here he will spend a lot of time with his other single friends, but also invite the ones who have already tied the not, but are looking for an hour break from the real life.

 

Her Place

On the other hand, girls will have livelier colors in their apartment. They are much bolder with colors, and if it is not on the walls, then there are a lot of red, yellow, orange and pink details that give the space that warm feeling.

In a girls apartment you will always have that one corner with comfortable couch with a coffee table in front of it, where they gather with their gal pals for a regular Sunday gossip session. There will be many cushions, colorful covers on the furniture, and most commonly flowers or scented candles on the table.

In a single girl’s bedroom you will find the most comfortable bed ever, covered with colorful linens, and way too many cushions. Above the bed, if there are not any shelves with books, then she will undoubtedly decorate it with interesting pictures and paintings.

And like in the guy’s apartment, girl will also dream of having a big walk-in closet filled with designer clothes, shoes, and accessories. She will need a big mirror so she could try out different clothes and combinations when preparing for a night out with her single girlfriends.

The Bathroom

Probably one thing that will differ the most when it comes to girl vs. guy’s place is the bathroom. Men tend to have only the most necessary things like shampoo, shaving cream, razor, perfume and maybe, but just maybe, some would have a comb. However, in a girl’s bathroom you are bound to find a lot of different beauty products, and a guy could not identify at least half of them.

 

Things change as we grow up, and stereotypes that say how guys do not worry about their looks, or design of their apartment break. Both girls and guys spend a lot of time thinking about decorating, the only difference is color, the amount of details used for decorations, and how they spend their free time in there with their friends.

You have been coming home to the same old bedroom for some time now, and you clearly do not feel the same as you did when you first decorated it. Sometimes you look at the old posters, and stickers and ask yourself “what was I thinking?” But you feel rather stuck with it, as the room is really small, and you know how hard it is to work with small spaces. However, there are ways to make your tiny corner seem bigger, and most importantly, more functional.

 

Bring it up!

Has it happened to you that you did something at the desk, and when you wanted to get up, you hit your chair on the bed? That is all because of the lack of space, but it is not like you can throw one of those two things out of the room. Designers have come up with the solution how to use the height of the room to your advantage and get more space. Leave your desk right where it is now, and build the bed right over it, just make sure that you install the right lighting fixtures so that it is not too dark when you work on your computer or read a book. Another solution is to put the table under the window, so that you could have enough natural light.

 

A Place for One More

You always wanted to invite a friend for a sleepover, but you had no bed to offer to them. The simplest solution is to hide one mattress under your own bed, and pull it out only when you absolutely need it. And it is not only for sleeping, you can pull it out every time you need an extra sitting space, as it is perfect for playing cards, board games, or just chatting with your friends.

 

Hidden Storage

There is enough space in your room for most basic furniture, but as you are growing up, you realize that you need more and more storage space. You have sorted out all of your clothes and shoes, but what to do with all the books? You can always add more shelves on the wall, but sometimes even that is not enough. So instead of the pull-out mattress, pull out and empty storage space, where you can place all of your valuables and collectibles. It is also very practical for bookworms, who would not need to get out of bed in the evening to grab one for a bedtime story.

 

It is all about the Little Things

When you finish with reorganizing the room so that is fully functional, it is time to think about the details that make it a warm and welcoming place. First think about the linens, as after a hard day all you will want to do is come home and throw yourself on the bed, and dive in the sea of cushions. You can get or make one of those with messages or quotes on them, as they always make and interesting decorating detail.

 

Then, if you feel a little bit of claustrophobic, put a big mirror on one of the walls, as they reflect both picture and light, what will make your room seem bigger.

Chose an interesting wallpaper or a sticker for the wall that you like, but if you are going for the wallpaper that will take up most, or all the walls, go with more neutral one, and then add other colorful details in the room to break the monotony. However, if you have a small place, do not over clutter it, but go with just a few figurines or scented candles.

 

Some of the things you can do yourself, and save some money on redecorating, but most important thing is not to be discouraged with the lack of finances. You do not need to make a big change all at once – start from one thing, and then others will come with time, and soon you will have your little seventh heaven.

It is winter outside, but in a couple of months, when the spring sun brings a little bit of warmth into our gardens, we will want to spend all of our time outside. Comfortable chair, warm coffee in our hands and sun shining down upon us is all we need to truly enjoy beautiful morning before we start with our daily schedule, but having a beautiful scenery around will make that free time you spend there more enjoyable. So if you are not that imaginative and talented when redecorating is in question, we have a couple of landscape design tips from world’s top experts on landscaping design on how to create your own little backyard paradise.

Your Own Oasis

First thing you need to think about when deciding how to change your garden is where you are going to place your garden furniture, and then everything else will come naturally.

Right in the center, among all the flowers, hidden behind tall shrubs and trees, you need peaceful and comfortable sun bed where you can spend your days reading books while escaping the reality.

You can always go shopping for the usual garden furniture, like wooden chairs and decks with pillows that cover them, but think a little harder, and consider building a sturdy construction for  a big comfortable rocking hammock with a lot of cushions, where even two people can sit together if needed.

Another inevitable thing you need to have for this to truly be your personal oasis is Koi pond.

Those are little ecosystems with plants and fish that require special care and treatment, but it is worth it. They create perfect harmony and balance in your garden, and inside of you, while you are resting with the sound of the water trickling in the light breeze.

Koi Pond
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Warm Romantic Nights

There have probably been moments in the evening when you wanted to spend some quality time with your better half, sitting somewhere in the meadow, roasting marshmallows, while stargazing.

But the problem of today is that you are usually too tired to sit in your car and drive off, so you really need a cozy corner in your yard where you can put the firewood and light it to keep you warm while you and your dearest talk about the day you had, or simply enjoy the silence of the night.

A bottle of wine and a soft blanket for you two to roll under and cuddle up next to the flickering fire is all you need to create that romantic movie atmosphere.

Masonry Fire Pit
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Stonehenge

By now you have probably seen many beautiful garden pathways made of stone and little rocks, but you can be a bit more creative with it, especially if you have larger stones you can use to make yourself a unique sitting area.

They might be a bit heavy to move and work with, so you will need an extra set of hands, but once you pile them up, one by one, you will create a couch like no one else has ever seen.

They could be somewhat uncomfortable, so always carry an extra cushion or a blanket with you to sit on, but what it will be perfect for is a hot summer – simply lay on the cold stone and enjoy the beautiful day.

Stone Couch
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Stairway to the Garden of Eden

If your backyard is not a flat surface, and you need a few steps to reach some of its corners, try to be as creative as you can. Make them out of stone, as this natural material will look perfect in combination with the big grass surface that you already take such good care of.

However, if you feel that stone makes your scenery look a bit cold, you can always decorate it with your favorite flowers – leave some space between the blocks, and plant whatever you wish, just do not forget to water it regularly, and be careful not to step on it on your way up.

Garden Stairway
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An Old Teapot

Finally, not one garden should be without a fountain, and if you have an old pot that you do not use anymore, but you are emotionally attached to it, there is a way to create an interesting little stream of water.

So if you have always wanted to live in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, now you can recreate this mystical land with a little DIY project, with an old pot and a water pump, surrounded with colorful flowers.

Old Teapot Fountain
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At The End

So in the end you do not really need a designer. Just think carefully what you truly need in your garden to make you feel comfortable while sitting, and pleasing to the eyes.

A lot of flowers, natural materials, some old furniture, and even things that you thought you will not use anymore can do the trick and help you make the back of your home your own paradise on Earth.

Whether it is for houses or buildings, exterior design is very important. Precisely because it doesn’t have to be in unison with the interior, architects have the freedom to do what they want and create what they want, with the permission of their clients of course.

Whereas most people design and build their houses so as to fit in with the rest of the neighborhood, there are some who just purposefully stand out.

Exterior in modern architecture is trying to break out of the cookie cutter design, and instead strive for something new and unexpected, and inspired by layout, location, function, texture, etc.

Here are some intriguing exterior designs to make you think and wonder if you would ever have the guts to pull those off.

 

Colorful Mykonos

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This house situated in Mykonos, Greece represents a wonderful mixture of traditional architecture characteristic for this region and naïve playful painting.

Even with the design that is very traditional for this region, using blue color to cast away evil spirits, this example is a very bold one, with a bold choice of color.

Clear Cut

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image credit: freundevonfreunden.com

 

Most people hire an architect to build their dream house. The couple from this home did the entire job almost entirely by themselves. This is a classic urban style from northern countries, a bit closed off from the exterior world, but inside sheltering an intimate atmosphere.

It is meant to interpret nature in a way, with its rough edges, stone-like shape, materials used etc.

 

Seashell Seashell By The Sea Shore

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image credit: beautifullife.info

 

In areas close to the sea architects sometimes get all sorts of inspiration. Coming from Mexico, this is a house formally known as the Conch Shell House on the island of Isla Mujeres, the house of the famous artist Octavio Ocampo.

Using pretty traditional materials as well as old recycled and found materials, this house stores a pretty unusual design. It heavily interprets nature in the sense of organic formation of objects.

 

A Bold Design

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This house was designed by a famous Mexican artist Juan O’Gorman, and it is known as the Diego Rivera/Frida Kahlo house.

The style is industrial modernism, and it uses the bright color as an architectural tool for point out the form of the shapes and flat surfaces. The repetitive use of nature with the cactuses and trees in the background is used to sustain the symbiosis with the object.

Old And New

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Geometric is sometimes good and sometimes bad, but it’s never good to carry it out at any cost.

In a broad mixture of styles, cubic forms are combined with broad glass surfaces look very modern and are there to point the vision in the direction of good vistas, but the choice of material is not good for this as it is rustic, and doesn’t complement the contemporary build.

 

Transparency Is Key

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Once again, a design that is not very fitting next to its neighbors. Nonetheless, this house in Japan is very bold and transparent. It seems the architect has decided to completely cut out privacy by bringing in transparency in everyday life with so many glass surfaces.

What is visible in the inside shows a contrast between the dynamic of the interior and the down-to-Earth exterior.

 

There’s Something Fishy Going on Here

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This is Hus. Ett, a Swedish micro designed house.

Even though small, this haring shaped house the elements on the inside of the house, as well as the vast window area create an atmosphere full of light. It is a contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture.

 

Tin Man House

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image credit: inool.com

 

This house sort of reminds us of a metal container. Even besides the good form and the very interesting arrangement of openings such as windows, doors, etc, the selection of finishing materials is not the best.

In this case, concrete and wood would be a much better combination than the present metal and wood.

 

Lego Blocks

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image credit: telegraph.co.uk

 

The use of shipping containers for living purposes is something that greatly sets the Trinity Buoy Wharf house in east London apart from many others. This is actually a home for an entire community which is where these containers come in great use.

Furthermore, the architect did a wonderful job to show off the playfulness of the design by combining different colors and geometrical shapes.

 

The Little Green House

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The first thing that is apparent when seeing this design is that it is trying to go back to nature. The architect is giving us the message that he is trying to give back to nature what was unrightfully taken from her by building this house.

The mixture of geometric wholes is apparent.

 

Christmas is just around the corner, the sheets form the little Advent calendar started falling of one by one, and everywhere you go the atmosphere is jolly with Frank Sinatra’s tunes turning into ear bugs and colorful festive decorations hanging all around.

The time has come to bring out the wrapping papers and start thinking about gifts for our loved ones, but first you have to bring a bit of that festive feeling back to your home.

With so many ideas on the internet, and inspired by your own creativity, there are so many things to choose from, a lot of which you can even make yourself, or turn it into a fun thing to do with your friends and loved ones.

A Welcoming Token

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image credit: deckthehalls-christmas.blogspot.com

 

E beautiful wreath hung on your door will be the first thing people see once they come to your front door. Wreaths are usually made of evergreens, and thus symbolize strength.

However, it is possible to make a wreath any way you like it, and how it best fits the rest of your decorations so let your imagination run wild- get out your pine tree branches, garlands, lights and other decorations and put them into a unique combination to welcome your guests.

 

Stunning Garlands

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Decorate the side of your staircase or the edges of your fireplace with a simple and beautiful garland made out of evergreens. Of course, you can choose whatever material you want, but the evergreens will give it a natural feeling.

Wrap some lights and red berries around it, or even hang a few ornaments, the beauty with this is that you can do it any way you like. It’s a decoration that will bring a lot of the Christmas spirit to your home without being crazy expensive.

 

 

Just a Few Twigs and Branches

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This is one of the most simple and yet effective ways to put up small decorations in your house. Pick up some branches from outside and decorate them. They can be put in a vase like a centerpiece or laid down around some candles and other Christmas decorations.

The key is to make the branches look like they are icy. Sparsely paint your branches with white paint, glue on them and cover them transparent beads, a mixture of silver glitter and white flakes, and you can even put on a few pearls if you feel fancy.

Add a few sparkly snowflakes or a sparkly tree ornament and you have a stunning piece in no time.

 

 

Heartwarming Ornaments

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image credit: etsy.com

 

There are so many easy, inexpensive and creative DIY tutorials for tree ornaments that it’s even hard to choose which one you want to make first. If you’re a crafty person and you want to make some of these beauties for yourself or your friends, just buy a pack of clear transparent ornaments and start decorating.

From glitter to salt and even putting cute messages in them, these will be fun to make and beautiful to look at when they start twirling around on the branches of your tree.

 

 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

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Ever since we were kids, snow globes were one of the cutest and most Christmassy things we could imagine. The constant snow twirling in the liquid inside the globe made it a wonderland for our little eyes. But beautiful decorations should not be reserved just for the young ones.

Make a little DIY project with your kids and play around making some snow globes.

It’s painfully easy and the results are stunning. You could use them as décor or for gifts!

 

 

Hang a Shining Star up on the Highest Bar…

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image credit: sheknows.com

 

… and have yourself a merry little Christmas night…