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It’s that time of the year when your family starts gathering, looking forward to family time, cosy home atmosphere and delicious feasts. Yes, Thanksgiving is here and you should welcome it in style! Aside from giving your interior space that charming, comfy vibe, you should also style up your exterior. Thanksgiving-inspired outdoor décor will put all of your guests in a great, festive mood the moment they arrive.

Choose the colours of the season

Although Thanksgiving is a fall holiday, its colours are certainly warm and inviting. Nature’s fall palette will help you cosy up your exterior and create a truly welcoming atmosphere. When choosing your decorations for Thanksgiving, you should go with a fiery palette of burnt orange, rich brown, vibrant russet red and golden yellow. You can complement such a warm colour scheme with contrasting hues such as eggplant purple, navy blue, charcoal grey and black. Such a palette will help you combine traditional fall hues with unexpected shades, which will give your outdoor areas authentic appeal.

Bring out the festive lighting

Stunning lighting solutions will help you create a festive ambience of comfort and cosiness. They will also help you accentuate your Thanksgiving décor and your home’s beautiful features. You can place fall-inspired lanterns around your front door that will soon become an enchanting focal point of your home’s exterior. If you have a porch, you can also place lanterns and candles for a whimsical effect. As for your back entrance, you can create a garland using leaves and fall flowers and then pair it with string lights. Placing this arrangement around your door will make your entrance appealing and inviting. You can experiment with other lighting fixtures, as well, and use them to emphasise certain features. You can even find solar-powered pumpkins that you can scatter around your front yard and garden, creating a truly inspiring Thanksgiving setting.  

Turn your front door into a Thanksgiving focal point

As the focal point of your home’s exterior, the front door will be the most conspicuous detail of your Thanksgiving arrangements. There are so many creative ideas that you can try out. Placing a lush wreath made of leaves, flowers, tiny pumpkins and pinecones will make your front door stand out immediately. You can also line it using a mesmerising garland or place an arbour made of grapevines over the door. Of course, don’t forget to welcome your guests with a Thanksgiving-inspired mat that will feature your chosen colour scheme.

Create stunning décor arrangements

Placing decorative Thanksgiving arrangements in your front yard, back garden or on the porch will truly capture the festive spirit of this holiday. Gather pumpkins of all colours and sizes and stack them together. You can also fill wicker baskets with fall flowers, leaves and pumpkins and place them around your yard. Lining your garden path and front-door pathway with tiny pumpkins is also a beautiful option that will create a lovely trail. You can also use hale bales for a porch arrangement, combining them with festive lighting, fall foliage, wicker baskets, etc.

Welcome Thanksgiving into your outdoor haven

If you have an outdoor space where you can gather with your family, make sure to cosy it up and give it a Thanksgiving-inspired look. Introduce your fall colour palette into your outdoor area and use it for soft materials, garden planters and decorations. If you have a seating area with a coffee table, place a Thanksgiving centrepiece made of seasonal fruit and vegetables, leaves, flowers, etc. You can also place tiny pumpkins in glass containers and put them on the outdoor tables. Scattering leaves around your outdoor sanctuary will also create a Thanksgiving vibe. Finally, if possible, create a beautiful fire pit where you can gather around with your family and sip your hot beverages. This will be the perfect way to spend the Thanksgiving evening.

Thanksgiving is the holiday that you should spend with your loved ones. Using these ideas will not only help you set the tone for this occasion, but also make your friends and family feel welcome and cosy.

Right after Halloween, and practically right before Christmas, Thanksgiving is many people’s favorite holiday. It’s the time of the year where people get together with their families to celebrate and appreciate the blessing of the harvest and the year that’s almost behind them.
This time of the year is also well-known for crisp weather, out-of-this-world feasts people prepare for their families and amazing fall decor. That being said, we present you a few Thanksgiving table decor ideas that are sure to wow your guests this Thanksgiving.

Tree bark and moss

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This Thanksgiving create a beautiful centerpiece with a tree bark and some fresh moss. Simply get an interesting-looking piece of tree bark covered in moss, or gently harvest the moss off of another tree. Arrange it in the center of your table by scattering the moss on the piece of tree bark and adding a few branches of so-called Winter King or Cotoneaster, as well as some pretty dry leaves, to give the decoration some dimension and texture. You can even add a couple of Birch bark candles to literally light up the atmosphere. Allow Nature to help you out with this year’s table centerpiece and enjoy it in its full glory.

A new twist on Cornucopia

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For this assembly, you’ll need a big pumpkin, some dry corn on the cob, a big natural wood coaster, chestnuts and walnuts, dry leaves and a small, potted Chrysanthemums. First, carve out the pumpkin and remove the insides. Next, place a potted Mum inside and place the pumpkin on a big, natural wood coaster you’ve previously covered with dry leaves. Finally, arrange corn, walnuts and chestnuts around the pumpkin and enjoy your new stunning, natural centerpiece that will look equally beautiful from all sides.

An element of surprise

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Now, when talking about Thanksgiving decorations, we all automatically envision lots of browns, oranges, reds and yellows. However, you can put a new twist on the color theme by going for a coastal Thanksgiving design. Sounds confusing? Well, instead of the above-mentioned colors, go for blues, grays, whites and beige. Place a burlap table runner at the center of the table, following the longer side. Next, in the middle of the table arrange small white pumpkins, acorns, dry olive tree branches, tiny starfish and various other shells according to your liking. Top it all off by using light blue plates covered with striped, blue and white table napkins and placing a tiny white pumpkin in the middle of every plate.

Simple, yet effective

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Finally, the simplest decor sometimes works best. This year, instead of overcrowding your table with both the decor and various meals, let the meals themselves act as decor and help them out just a bit. First, get a plaid tablecloth in the typical autumn hues. Next, arrange simple white plates and table napkins on top of it. Place a few thick white candles on natural wood coasters throughout the tabletop before you bring the food out. Finally, carefully arrange every meal on a separate – preferably a bit decorative – serving plate and decorate it further with various aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Not only will this setting look amazing, but it will smell amazing as well.

As you can see, this year for Thanksgiving you can let your imagination run wild and surprise your guests by creating an unconventional – but still very beautiful – centerpiece everyone is sure to remember for many years to come.

Besides, there are no rules regarding what you can and can’t do when festive decorations are concerned, and even if there were, remember that some rules are meant to be broken. So, you do you, because, at the end of the day, expressing your own personal taste is the best way to create a breathtaking decor.

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Fall is the time for cozy clothes, soft accessories, and of course, lots of pumpkins in many forms and sizes. Even though fall is usually not considered a very cheerful season, you can liven it up with seasonal decorations, lots of tasty food, and good company – all of which can make a perfect Thanksgiving. So, if you’re preparing for this holiday, here are some home decorations that might inspire you and help you make your home more welcoming, comfortable, and stylish.

Door wreath

A beautiful door wreath is one of those décor pieces that never go out of style. Plus, since it hangs at the entrance to your home, it gives you a great opportunity to leave a good impression. This is why you should pick a door wreath that both matches the season and the message you want to send. So, you can opt for a simple wreath with brightly colored leaves and pumpkins incorporated in it, or you can choose something a bit more complex. For instance, there are many gorgeous wreaths with ribbons, sunflowers, red berries, and wooden welcome signs. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with a stylish door wreath.

Doormat

Just like door wreaths, doormats are also an essential part of your entrance décor. They are simple, they are practical, and with so many different choices on the market, you are bound to find one that would fit your home. If you want to emphasize the beauty of fall, choose a durable doormat with brightly colored seasonal motives. After all, there aren’t many better ways to welcome your Thanksgiving guests than with a gorgeous welcome mat that might even become a great conversation starter.

Scented candles

There’s nothing like a pumpkin-infused scented candle to set the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving. After all, it’s not just about what you can see – you should engage all your senses if you want to truly emphasize the seasonal spirit. Scented candles are perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere, they can last for a while, and you can never have too many of them. As your candles’ scent fills out the room, the Thanksgiving dinner might become the second best-smelling thing that evening.

Artificial foliage table arrangement

If you want to emphasize not just the scent of the candles but their calming appearance as well, consider making your scented candles a part of a beautiful artificial foliage table arrangement. This décor piece is very versatile, which means that you can place it pretty much anywhere. So, you can use it as your dinner table centerpiece, an accent on the coffee table, or you can even turn it into a gift for your guests. Either way, it’s bound to draw attention.

Throws and pillows

Nothing says fall better than soft throws and pillows. Plus, besides being practical, they can also add to the sense of style of your home. They provide you with a great opportunity to spice up your interior with some patterns and textures. Or, you can take the party outside for a change of pace and warm up the atmosphere with faux-fur or wool throws. Moreover, since the colder weather is not going away any time soon, soft blankets and pillows are perfect for both fall and winter – and perhaps the first part of spring as well. In other words, cherish your comfy accessories, as they will surely come in handy more than once.

Dressing up your home for Thanksgiving – and the whole colorful season – does not have to be difficult. Even smaller details like scented candles and a few pillows can make a big difference. Therefore, think about the things you look forward to when it comes to fall, add decorations that would emphasize those things, and your home will be ready for the best Thanksgiving celebration ever.

There used to be a time when the ability to bring fire indoors was the height of luxury and comfortable living. Our expectations are much higher now, but some of that wonder and excitement can still be a part of your day-to-day life if you incorporate a fireplace into your living quarters.

In fact, if it’s chosen with care and incorporated into a home while maintaining a clear vision of style – a fireplace can become a centerpiece of the home and attract the attention of your guests and visitors.

An abundance of styles

Recently, there have been many great developments in the technology needed to install and maintain a fireplace. At the same time, the materials that make its surroundings have also improved greatly. All of this has given a sense of freedom when it comes to designing a fireplace and the room it’s in. The key thing is to set a budget for home renovations and try to stick to it. That will help you to renovate your home and add additions like this one.

For a long time, they have been considered to be something rustic and old-fashioned. That misconception has had its effect on the style that was available to fireplace owners. Now, there are no such limitations and a fireplace could be as slick and modern as the rest of your home.

A natural look

As we said, there’s something natural and even primal in staring into a fire in the comfort of your own home. Many designers feel the need to mimic this look in the design of the fireplace itself. This is best accomplished by using brick and concrete and keeping the fireplace simple and even bare in its design.

Manufactured brick and stone could also be used to this effect and for the most part, no one can tell the difference. Constructing a fireplace in this way is also less costly, since there’s less material to be used.

A floor fireplace

Thanks to the advancement in the exhaustion technology, a fireplace could be placed in a more daring and bold manner. A fireplace inside the floor allows for a more striking design for the whole room. It works well with traditional wood in natural and bright tones, while still working with a modern tone as well.

For instance, patches of all black furniture have the tendency to pop in this surrounding which means you can focus on leather and other more lavish design details without being afraid that it may look over the top.

Squared shapes all around

For a while, it was quite unusual to see a perfect square shape in a fireplace. It seemed kind of strange and all fireplace designers opted for something a bit more traditional and more natural looking. However, squared fireplaces are making a comeback and they are usually placed in modern and vibrant looking rooms.

For the most part, these rooms also embrace squares and other artificial shapes and designs in the furniture and doors and windows as well. Bright colors and vibrant artwork could also add to the central position a fireplace holds in such a room.

Outdoor fireplaces

In the end, a fireplace could also find its place on a well-designed patio. Patios are becoming more extravagant and complex in their design and fire pits are being replaced with something more elegant and more expensive.

One of the most common features of this design is a fireplace that fits in with the outdoor swimming pool, usually reflecting in it and adding to the overall atmosphere. It creates an intimate look even when it comes with lavish details.

A fireplace can be a centerpiece of the room it’s based in. The design of the room overall should take the fireplace into account and work around it.

“Boys and girls of every age,

Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?”

Fall is finally upon us, which means that it’s finally time to, once again, show our creativity and delight of fright and decorate our homes and yards in a way that will send chills down your neighbor’s spines.

It’s finally the time of ghoulish light, wacky witches and smoking cauldrons. The time to get a bit innovative and a bit freaky, without anyone having the right to judge you. And while some people start their Halloween decoration efforts as soon as the last days of September roll around, others wait to get closer to All Hallows’ Eve to showcase their ghostlike charms. So, if you still haven’t decorated your outdoor area, here are some interesting ideas.

“I am the one hiding under your bed, teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red”

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This idea is quite simple, wherever you have a dark corner or a poorly-lit cranny you can make eye-shaped cutouts made of cardboard and place them in the dark spot. Glue some glow stick behind them and have a bunch of ghoulish eyes welcome everyone who approaches your home. This works particularly well in areas under your porch and stairs.

“Ghosts and goblins and witches roaming the streets, in moonlight”

For the next idea, you’ll need some gauze, wire or wire hanger, a ball, some sort of glue or Mod Podge. Now, keep in mind that, depending on the circle of creatures you wish to create, the ingredients may vary. So, for example, for a ghost circle, you should place the ball on a wire construction to give your ghost a person-like shape. Next, cover the construction with a gauze you previously soaked in Mod Podge or another decoupage solution. Once dried, remove your “ghost” from the construction and repeat the process until you’re happy with the amount. Arrange them in a circle and add glow sticks inside, or fairy lights below them t make the scene more dramatic. If you want to create a circle of witches, the process is the same, just replace the gauze with trash bags and make a few witch hats.

“Bowls of candy and goodies delicious and waiting…”

Next, let’s turn to your front door ornaments. Of course, a Halloween-inspired wreath is a must, but you should also consider filling your porch with: a fun witch doormat; carved Jack-o’-lanterns; a sleeping scarecrow guarding the candy bowl – you can make this one by using some old jeans, a checkered flannel shirt, a balloon (for the face), a straw hat and some hay to fill out the suit and give it shape.

“I’m a master of fright, and a demon of light, and I’ll scare you right out of your pants”

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Of course, Halloween decorations are simply not complete without a good jump scare. Therefore, come up with a way to implement an interactive piece of decor in your design. It can be anything from motion-sensored laughing Jack-o’-lantern, witch or scarecrow to the classic pop-up zombie hand in the candy bowl. Some of the more elaborate and more demanding ideas include a drone-powered Grim Reaper, but this idea might be too much for some people. Whichever you opt for, make sure you give your neighbours and visitors a good scare.

“Our man Jack is King of the Pumpkin patch, everyone hail to the Pumpkin King now!”

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Finally, every Halloween decoration simply has to include a pumpkin patch. It doesn’t have to be particularly big, but it should be well-organized. So, get your hands on a dozen or so pumpkins – 13 to make things super spooky – of various sizes, shapes and colour and arrange them according to your liking. Next, add a bale of hay and some faux ravens. Top everything off with a few con stovers, a couple of sunflowers and faux cobwebs to give it that spooky glow. Additionally, you can even make a Pumpkin King – the process is very similar to the scarecrow one, just use a carved pumpkin for the head – to guard the entire patch.

 

So, let your creativity run wild and get down to decorating. And remember, your Halloween decorations are done right if you manage to frighten or jump-scare at least one person.

If you want to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen, consider refinishing your cabinets. Cabinet refinishing, or cabinet painting, is when you keep all the components of your existing cabinets but simply change the finish or colour of them. There are a few different options for a kitchen cabinet upgrade. Here are some tips to help you along the process and bring professional results.

Be patient and schedule the time

This job will take time and might not turn out as good if you rush things. Removing, preparing, cleaning, sanding, painting or refinishing your cabinet doors and drawer fronts will seem like a tedious task, but the results will be worth it. The best way to go about this project is to hire a painting company that offers cabinet painting in Edmonton, but if you’re handy with a brush, you could do this job yourself. Be patient and plan to spend two full weekends on this kitchen renovation project.

Label your cabinet doors and drawer fronts with tape 

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As you take down the doors and drawer fronts, label them with tape so you know which door goes with which opening after the finishing is complete. Although the doors might appear to be the same shape and size, they could have slight variances. Put a piece of painter’s tape on each cabinet opening and door front with corresponding letters or numbers. You’ll have to remove the painter’s tape when spraying or painting the door fronts but be sure to put it back on once they’re dry for reinstallation.

Some varnish can stay

Typically, you want to remove the old finish of your cabinets before you paint them. Check with a local building supply store for a stain blocking primer and it could save you the hassle of sanding off the all varnish. Quality stain blocking primers can stick to almost anything. If the primer you bought isn’t adhering to your cabinets, then you’ll have to give it a light sanding to rough the surface and allow it to bond.

Don’t cheap out on brushes and rollers 

If you’re not going to spray your cabinets, invest in high-quality paint brushes and rollers. Otherwise, you’ll end up with bristles or bits of roller lint in your finished paint job. This will cause frustration and more time to the project as you’ll have to remove the debris or even redo the job. This easy tip will help you to really make a difference and finish this project successfully.

Consider gloss paint 

Many people choose a glossy paint for kitchen or bathroom cabinet painting. This is because it is more resistant to moisture, dirt and random spills compared to paints with a matte finish. This will make your cabinets easier to wipe down and clean.

No matter how much time we invest in decorating our home, if we don’t spice things up every now and then, we’ll end up living in an old-fashioned house and using outdated appliances. Even though some things will never go out of style, it’s always a good idea to spice up your current home décor with a few trendy and elegant pieces. Even though many people believe that it takes a fortune to spice up your home décor, that isn’t the case. For people looking for inspiration, we bring you seven innovative décor solutions for your home:

Mirror, mirror

Mirrors are the best – not only do they make a room look more spacious, but they also reflect light at the same time. Another great thing is that you can work with what you have: if you don’t have enough space for an oversized mirror, you can always take several smaller ones in interesting frames and hang them on the wall so that they form a ‘sculpture’. If, on the other hand, you need to lighten up a room, you can simply hang a mirror on the wall opposite a window and angle it so that it reflects sunlight.

Add color

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Even though white rooms with white walls look clean, they’re also boring. In order to spice up your home, you need to add more color. This doesn’t mean you have to paint the walls or kitchen cabinets, but adding colorful details is a great way to change the appearance of any room. Fresh flowers in colorful vases and colorful pots will look great on both the shelves and dining room tables, glittery throw pillows on the living room sofa look playful, and brightly colored frames will fit in well on your white walls.

Luxurious materials

Sometimes you don’t even have to buy a new piece in order to spice up your home’s look. Instead, you can try doing this by using luxury materials in every room. Start simply: replace old towels in your bathroom with the ones made of Egyptian or organic cotton and bamboo, use faux fur covers for your living room sofa, replace your old chandeliers and lamps with crystal ones, and buy luxurious and expensive bed sheets. Velvet or silk curtains will make the light in your living room look completely different and you won’t have to spend a fortune to get them either.

Statement pieces

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Sometimes it takes only a single thing to change the look of an entire room, and with extravagant and luxurious statement pieces, your home will look great. You can do this with tall statement lamps which you can place in the corner of your living room, a coffee table with hidden storage or space for a potted plant in the middle, or a replica of the original Barcelona set: a Barcelona daybed, ottoman, and a sofa. This will give your home an avant-garde look from the 1920s that many today find elegant.   

DIY heaven

An inexpensive way to brighten up a room is to make something with your own hands and put it up on the wall or on the shelf. You can start by buying a simple white canvas and using thumbtacks to ‘draw’ something on it. You can use silver or gold ones and even combine them to ‘paint’ a picture and give it more depth. Another thing you can do is paint the thumbtacks with nail polish after you finish and even glue glitters with a hot glue gun. You could also try hammering a few nails in the shape of a letter, heart, star, or anything else, and tying a string going from nail to nail to get a little work of art.

When you don’t change things in your home often, you end up with a familiar environment, but it’s also a bit boring. This doesn’t mean that you should redecorate and renovate every couple of months, but when you take time to change little things every now and then, you’ll get a home that always looks modern. The best thing is that you don’t even have to spend a lot of money in order to change the way your rooms look, all you have to do is be ready to get creative.

Our home should be a place where we feel fully relaxed and at peace. Unfortunately, not many of us have managed to achieve this and the main reason for this is the way our home is designed and organized. It’s common knowledge that even the tiniest details like the predominant colour of the interior design and different textures can influence our mood and emotions. With this in mind, we’ve prepared a list of several awesome ideas on how to turn your home into a true Zen paradise. Let’s take a look!

Declutter the space

If you don’t know where to start, decluttering your entire home may be the right way to go. This is crucial since no matter how nicely you decorate your apartment, if it’s messy and overcrowded, all your efforts will be in vain. So, instead of delaying this obligation any further, start by making a list of all the things that you haven’t used in the last couple of years and get rid of them. Once you’ve singled out only the items that you really need, try to come up with as many smart storage solutions as possible. For instance, you can install additional shelving where you can display your book collection, home accessories and family photos without occupying any floor space. Furthermore, there are so many different cool options that are worth exploring and our favourite would definitely be a coffee table with hidden storage space. Not only will this piece of furniture further contribute to the look of your interior design, but it will be extremely practical as well.

Choose an earthy colour palette

It’s common knowledge that colours have a strong impact on our mood and feelings. Therefore, if you are striving to create a peaceful atmosphere that will soothe your senses and help you get in touch with your inner self, earthy tones are definitely what you need. You can choose among numerous soft shades, such as beige, pink beige, white, light grey, etc. Feel free to experiment with different combinations until you achieve perfect harmony. Finally, in case you opt for a monochromatic design, you can always go a step further and introduce an accent colour as well. This may be done either by painting an accent wall in that shade or by incorporating some vivid accessories that will serve as an amazing focal point.

Keep the air clean and fresh

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Apart from ensuring that your home is visually amazing and that it looks super-chic and inviting, you must turn it into a healthy place to live in. In other words, you should do your best to increase the quality of indoor air and get rid of all the allergens that can cause various health issues. Here are several great ways to achieve this in no time. Furthermore, the same way colours influence our brain, different fragrances can also have a significant impact. So, once you’ve managed to keep the air clean, make your home smell great as well. You can either bring in fresh flowers or try out scented candles. All you need to do is discover which fragrance has a calming effect and lets you feel peaceful.

Let the light in

There is nothing worse than spending time in a poorly-lit house. Not only will this make us feel constantly drowsy, but it can provoke negative emotions and even increase the likelihood of depression. Therefore, if you really want to turn your home into a real Zen paradise, it’s high time you opened the curtains and let the sunshine in. You can even hire professionals to install huge glass panels in your living room. Even though this may seem like a large investment, considering the fact that it will reduce the amount of electricity you use and lower your energy bills, it is definitely worth it. On top of that, you’ll get a chance to enjoy a wonderful view while drinking your morning coffee.

Don’t let electronic devices disturb you

Nowadays, a life without Internet, TV and computers is hard to imagine since we have become too dependent on technology due to all the advantages it has to offer. However, we shouldn’t forget that these state-of-the-art gadgets have many downsides. While it’s great that you can reach your friends and colleagues whenever you need them, it’s not really that pleasant to have your phone constantly ringing when you want to have a few hours just for yourself. Therefore, it’s essential to remove all these electronic disturbances from your bathroom, bedroom and any other relaxation zones. This way, you’ll be able to fully focus on your feelings and preserve your inner peace. Lastly, feel free to discover fun ways to entertain yourself without using any electronic devices.

Don’t forget greenery

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Last but not least, nature has always had a healing effect on our mind and soul. It has been shown that even the photos of natural beauties have a similar effect, so there is no reason not to bring the outdoors in as soon as possible. You can start by decorating your living room with potted flowers or even building an indoor vertical garden that will sweep all your friends off their feet. Finally, opting for beautiful floral patterns can be a great way to further highlight the green quality of your design and strike that perfect balance of natural and artificial elements.

As you can see, there are so many ways how you can turn your average-looking home into a true oasis of peace and serenity. You just need to think outside the box, explore as many different options as possible, choose the right colour palette and bring the nature in. Finally, keep in mind that we are all different, so don’t be afraid to show off your individuality and come up with some innovative solutions.

When it comes to property there are a few things that people tend to notice right away.  The first obviously is location, but once they are inside, it’s all about the light, and the view. Some realtors will even time the viewing of a property for when the light looks best in the house. Realtors know that windows and what’s outside the windows can make a significant difference in how a buyer feels about the house.  If a house has great light, people tend to like it, if you can pair that with a great view, you can expect the price and the interest to go up. There are all sorts of windows out there, from small portholes to floor to ceiling varieties.  No matter what kind of windows a residence has, they play a huge role in the design and feel of your interior. Also depending on where you live for some rooms to be considered bedrooms they must contain a window.

Natural light is good for you

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You might not be a plant, but like plants, the sun helps you grow.  Natural light has been shown to have a whole host of benefits from improving mood and regulating sleep cycles, to more practical applications like being able to see without electric lighting.  Also some windows open, allowing you to let in some fresh air, and who doesn’t love that.

Bringing what’s outside your home in

When building a home or planning a reno, the placement of the windows, and to an even larger sense the rooms of the house will be thoughtfully considered in relation to the views available.  If you are lucky enough to have a view of the ocean or are high enough to see a panoramic cityscape chances are good that your windows and living space will be built around highlighting these features.  

Like handbags and shoes, windows should match the room

While not always the case, if you have the opportunity to choose your own windows, take your time and consider the room as well as the windows.  Think of a rustic cabin in the woods vs a converted warehouse apartment, both of these places feel different and look different, and most likely would be designed with different types of windows.  What’s most important is to try and choose a style that compliments the room as opposed to a style that clashes with it.

Things are looking up

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Skylights are a great option to lighten up a room and retain some privacy.  Bathrooms and showers can be dark because depending on the layout usually only one or two walls will have an option for a window.  The size and shape of the windows then have to be considered to bring in the light while not exposing you to the world while you take a shower.  The skylight solves all of these problems, allowing you to bring in lots of light where you want it without having to worry about scaring the neighbours.

When crystal clear is too clear

An often forgotten option when choosing windows is that they do not have to be clear.  In most cases, you want a window that is translucent, but not necessarily transparent. Opaque windows are often associated with renovations where a neighbour’s privacy must be preserved so council insists that your new second story bedroom doesn’t look directly into their bedroom.  However opaque windows can let in some nice light while also hiding some less than desirable features. For instance, a window that may look out into a stark brick wall, sometimes not seeing is better than seeing.

Clerestory, an unusual window

Clerestory windows are becoming a popular choice in modern constructions.  Generally placed high up near the ceiling of the room or the roof, they add an airy openness to rooms while also preserving wall space that could then be used by artworks or flat screen TVs.  Another benefit to these windows is creating the illusion of the ceiling floating on top of the room. Also can be used to maintain privacy while letting in the light.

Be practical about your choices

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Great big floor to ceiling windows sound and look great, but depending on what the room is used for may not be very practical.  The den and TV room are popular places for what are usually the biggest windows of the home. However, when watching TV reflections and light can make viewing difficult.  You may have chosen beautiful windows that look great, but depending on the layout and use of the room it may mean that watching TV or working on a computer is difficult without the use of shutters and blinds.  Or if the room is a bedroom you want to choose windows that both let in the light, but can be blocked when you want the room to be dark.

Mix it up

Windows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  While the quintessential window is usually square or rectangular, they don’t have to be.  Let your style help choose the windows, what do you like, let your creativity run wild. Alternatively, take cues from the property, perhaps your room has a unique shape and a triangular window would fit in just perfect, or maybe a circular one would work better.  Windows can provide a lot of visual interest while still highlighting the available views.

Consider your options

Once you have your windows picked you may want to consider some of the additional options.  Double glazing uses two pieces of glass to create your window and can help regulate the temperature of your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills.  Other options are for glass that can cut down on both the amount of light that gets through the windows (tinted) and the kind of light (UV) that comes through the windows.  UV light can damage fabrics and flooring over time as well as artwork on the wall, a UV blocking window can curtail some of that damage.

Windows as art

We often think of our walls as the place for artwork. But consider a ‘window wall’ as another visual center piece. A picture of a painting is the same all year round, while an expansive view of the garden, will change with the seasons. You can watch the birds flutter about while having your morning cup of coffee, or watch the kids playing out back while preparing dinner.  Reimagine your space with a big window to outside, it adds lots of light and often makes the room feel bigger.

According to a comprehensive study conducted on people around the globe, poor diet is a crucial factor in one in five deaths. While it has never been so precisely formulated in figures, this fact is well-known to most people. So, why do we still continue eating the wrong foods that can harm our health? Well, among other things, modern life pace is forcing us to be in a constant rush to be at several places at the same time, many of the organic foods on the market are expensive, and we often think that healthy and tasty are two opposite notions. If you want to change your diet, there is no better way to start than to optimize your kitchen for streamlined prep and decorate it for culinary motivation. Here are some tips to help you get there.

A healthy splash of paint

Did you know your brain reacts differently to different colors and that some of them can even make you hungry? Blue, for example, is an excellent color option if you need help managing your diet. Since it is a calming color, it can slow down your speed of eating and avert overeating. If blue is not your cup of tea, consider other calming hues like green and warm neutrals.

Create an efficient layout

You don’t have the time to cook? Maybe your kitchen layout and walking from one side to another constantly during the meal prepare preventing you from speeding up the food preparation. The L-shaped layout uses the rule of the kitchen triangle best and provides with a smooth cooking process. The corridor-style is also a good option since it stores everything within your reach. U-shape is similar but more spacious. L + kitchen island is a dream come true.

Invest in the best appliances

The kitchen appliances you have can significantly impact the way you cook, what you eat, and how satisfied you are while you are cooking. Invest in quality energy-saving units. Besides the large appliances, such as a stove, range, and the fridge, you should also consider getting a few gadgets like a food processor, blender, salad spinner, a steam cooker, and other appliances that are meant for preparing healthy meals.

Soften up the lighting

Proper kitchen lighting is important, not only because it will make it possible for you to prepare food even when there is no natural light, but also because it can impact your eating habits. Similarly to colors, the soft mild light will ease your mind, make you feel less stressed and, consequently, motivate you to eat healthier.

Grow your greens

Even if you are living in a skyscraper, you can have access to fresh herbs and even some vegetables. Besides promoting a healthy diet, planting a mini-garden will score you some extra points in the interior design department, because it is a huge hit in the last couple of years. You can plant a vertical green wall of herbs on the unused wall of the kitchen, and decorate your countertop with some potted scallions, peppers, and cherry tomatoes.

Decorate with motivational messages

Unless it is a habit you carry from your childhood, a balanced diet is not something that can be accomplished in a day and without proper motivation. Kitchen remodeling is the perfect opportunity to scatter some healthy lifestyle messages all around. Besides posters with motivational quotes, you can also hang photos of healthy foods (veggies and fruit paintings and photos make great artwork). Keeping healthy recipes within your reach is a must. Have a special display for your favorite cookbook, and display some of your favorite recipes on the fridge.

A healthy diet is a habit that starts in your kitchen. Optimizing the heart of your home to encourage balanced eating might require some effort and investment, but in the end, what is more valuable than your health?