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Remember when a couple of years back DIY took over the interior design world? Everyone was trying to make their own pallet furniture and other similar items. This year, one of the biggest interior design trends lies in artisan works. Handcrafted products require skills, time and artistry which, when combined, breathe life into pieces enriched by the attention and creativity of the artisan behind those creations. This is the reason why these craftsman designs integrate well into various interior design styles and elevate the entire room once introduced. No matter if you own your place or rent an apartment, here are a few ideal ways to add handmade décor into your home.

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A statement furniture piece

Handcrafted furniture comes at a hefty price, so having an entire set of these pieces is a true luxury. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to equip an entire room with such designer pieces. It is enough to invest in one conspicuous piece to add a touch of glamour to your home and inspire every guest to ask you “Where did you get such a thing?” Wood carving is especially designed with the intention to be in the limelight, but you can also go for woven chairs, stools with tassels, teal carved chairs or metal objects.

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An attention-grabbing rug

Handmade rugs are hardly a new thing. In fact, they have a long and exciting history that dates back to 500 BC. Originally they were intended for making floors warmer, but eventually they began to stand for prestige and class. Introduce a breath of these ancient refinements to your home by getting a handcrafted Persian rug that is an instant showstopper with its numerous colors and patterns you can’t look away from.

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Designer pots

When you want to enrich your home with a fresh new look without spending too much money or changing too many things, you can simply go for foolproof accessories such as hand painted pots. In combination with lively houseplants, these unique pieces bring a sense of originality into your home and can be added to every room ranging from the bathroom to the lounge. The best thing about them is that you can find such designer pots online at affordable prices, when considering the work the artists invested into making them.

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Pillow talking

If you have ever read a magazine article about making your home look comfier and more elegant, you have probably ran into tips saying you should add more throw pillows to sofas, couches and beds. However, if besides coziness and elegancy you also want to add more individuality, you should opt for handmade throw pillows that come in a range of fascinating designs that can fit into every design style. Some are hand painted, some knitted and others sewn with incredible attention to detail – the mass produced throw pillows can’t compete with that.

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The cover up

What goes hand to hand with pillows? Of course blankets and furniture covers. Similarly to the previous item, these products come in various designs and the artisans use different methods for making them. The borders of their imagination are nowhere to be seen. Depending on your overall home design, you can decide for having ethnic patterns on your blankets and covers, or go for a more modern look such as a chunky arm knitted blanket throw in a vibrant shade.

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Lights up

Chandeliers, pendant lamps and table lamps have always contributed to home décor in two ways: by providing ambiance and by being distinct decorative elements. Handcrafted chandeliers can serve as a unique centerpiece, not only in the living room, but also in the bedroom and the bathroom. There are many different styles handcrafted lighting fixtures come in, ranging from industrial metal pieces to chandeliers with crystal beads, such as the ones that used to light up ballrooms around the world.

It takes only one artisan piece to make your home look like a million bucks, because it is impossible not to notice the care and attention invested into making them.

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Your work environment can greatly affect your overall motivation, productivity and creativity, so you need to choose a design that will keep you at the top of your game during the work hours. Whether you’re designing a home office, minute cubicle or a commercial office space, you should aim for a comfortable and stylish design that will make your office one of your favourite places.

Inspire with a view

View

Whether you’re decorating an office space for yourself or for your employees, you need to create an environment that will inspire great ideas and boost office efficiency. It’s needless to say that no one can draw inspiration from looking at their computers all the time. Thus, you should give your office space an inspiring view that will energise and stimulate both you and your employees. Of course, if you’re decorating your home office, arranging the furniture to face the window overlooking a lovely garden will be much more feasible. Decorating a commercial office or a cubicle is restrictive to some extent, so you need to think of some other ideas. For example, creating a living wall in an open, co-working space can provide all of the employees with a lovely, nature-inspired view. In a cubicle, you can surround yourself with your favourite artwork that can provide you with visual stimulation during your work hours.

Energise with colour

Colour

Dull, all-grey design can be quite de-motivating, so you should bring in a pop of colour to your workplace. In your home office, you can repaint a single wall in a vibrant hue, while in a commercial space, you can introduce colourful details every now and then to break the monotony. The key to using colour in the office successfully lies in implementing energising hues, such as red, yellow and orange, or soothing shades of blue and green that promote concentration and relaxation. Regardless of the type of office you work in, you can always introduce a dose of colourfulness that will stimulate your mind. However, make sure to use colours in moderation because using too much of them can be quite distracting.

Cosy up your home office

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Since working from home provides you with numerous opportunities to experiment with the design, you can create your own corner where you’ll truly enjoy working. Apart from the aforementioned ideas, you need to create an atmosphere of cosiness in your stylish home office so that you feel comfortable when working long hours. From cosy area rugs that will keep your feet warm and comfy cushions to support your back to an adjustable desk that will enable you to switch positions, implementing these simple ideas will boost your efficiency significantly.

Introduce boundaries to an open-concept office

Open Concept

While a great number of employees like the airiness of an open-concept office, such a design can be quite distracting at times. However, you can introduce certain boundaries to this type of office space while still preserving its openness. For example, you can group different teams separately in semi-enclosed areas by using stylish privacy screens. You will provide each team with enough privacy yet enable them to easily communicate with each other. Another possible solution is introducing echo-reducing panels that will reduce the noise pollution in the office. In addition, if you design a break room for socialising, employees will be less likely to spend time chatting at their desks.

Style up your cubicle

Cubicle

If the very thought of your boring cubicle makes you want to skip work, you should create a homier, more stylish look that will give it a unique, personalised appeal. Since cubicles are quite limited in space, you should eliminate clutter and keep your workplace organised. You can introduce a lovely shelf for your decorative details and personal items. As mentioned, the artwork is another important component that will keep you inspired throughout the day, so bring your favourite pieces and find a great place to display them.

By choosing design elements that inspire creativity, comfort and inspiration, you’ll be able to create an office that you won’t want to leave.

Getting the right amount of the right lighting for your home is really important for mood and function. But how much is the right amount and what is the ideal mix? Read on for some great suggestions to help you achieve a designer look for your home.

Natural lighting

Natural lighting is important for the way our brains function and can have a huge impact on mood and ability to sleep. It also simply looks fabulous! There’s nothing more lovely than letting in an abundance of natural light and of course, if there are beautiful windows AND a lovely view, then you’re laughing.

Natural lightning

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A couple of things about light streaming into our homes. Firstly, it can also bring the heat. You’ll need window treatments of one sort or another. If you’re after some inspo, check out this board.
Secondly, the sun (especially here in Australia) can be quite harsh. To soften its impact on your eyes – AND for increased privacy – consider adding sheers. They have a lovely way of filtering sunlight and are very effective in maintaining your privacy. They’re also super contemporary and add a softness to space. But, I digress. Back to lighting….

Task lighting

A room’s use will determine how much task lighting you’ll need. For example, you’ll need more strong, clear lighting for a kitchen or an office than a bedroom. And on the flip side, you’ll need more soft dimmable lighting in a bedroom than a kitchen. Although, you’ll need both in both.

Kitchen

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To state the obvious, task lighting needs to go in a work area in an unimpeded way, usually this is above and slightly in front of where a person will sit or stand. Warm white LED downlights are perfect for this, or track lighting that can be pointed to a specific spot.

Mood lighting

This is the fun stuff! Think beautiful pendants and lamps and cleverly placed LED strips. You will have by now seen stunning pendants via Pinterest or Instagram. Place them over dining tables, besides beds or vanities or in foyers or stairwells. Make them a feature and use dimmable or Edison globes to ensure soft lighting when you’re kicking back. Another ongoing trend is to have a series of them (usually three or four) over a kitchen island. Like rugs, they can help ‘zone’ spaces – especially in open plan rooms.

Mood lightning

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There’s an English designer, Abigail Ahearn, who suggest that each room should have at least eight sources of artificial light. Think about that for a moment. Eight! If you have downlights and a pendant, you still need six lamps to hit the quota. Of course, I love the idea and am dedicated to spreading the word, but five or six would probably suffice in most rooms!
Another great option for mood lighting are wall lights or sconces. Again these look fab on either side of a vanity or in hallways. They also look stunning over shelving and artworks.

Strip LED lighting can be used to enhance architectural detail to a great extent. Use it to outline stairs, hallways, cabinetry or to emphasise textured walls or ceilings.

Bathtub

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Once you start exploring the wonderful world of lighting, you’ll start to think about your own home. Will you stick with what you’ve got or start adding more to hit Abigail Ahern’s eight sources per room?

Monique Sartor is a Sydney based interior designer, blogger, and podcaster. You could say she’s somewhat obsessed with all things relating to interiors!! Monique is a guest writer for Houzz and loves providing her award-winning service to fabulous clients! For more visit www.sartorialinteriors.com.au

After a tiring day, we probably just want to relax on our patio or on our deck. Additionally, we spend most of our time there while entertaining our friends and relatives.  Being said that, making our deck comfortable is very crucial. The best way to start doing a patio or deck make over is through your flooring.

Here are some flooring ideas for you.

Traditional Wood Decking

Wood flooring is one of the most adaptable kinds since it looks good on any furniture and fixture. It can also be very versatile in terms of appearance because it can give a rustic ambiance that can be very laid back but with a modern touch. With wood, you will be sure that your choice will not go out of style.

Outdoor Flooring Ideas for Style and Comfort

Tile Flooring

Making tiles as your flooring can have many benefits. First, tiles can be very flexible because there are countless of designs you can choose from. There are tiles that look exactly like a stone to give your patio a natural-looking one, or you can select a contemporary design. Second, it is very affordable, especially when compared to other floorings. Applying tiles can only cost you around $2 – $15 per square foot depending on the design, quality, and size that you want. Lastly, tiles are very easy to maintain as you just have to occasionally sweep or mop the area. Sun and rain don’t damage them, unlike wood floorings.

 

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Artificial Grass

A high-quality artificial grass looks and feels like a real one already. Additionally, using this kind of flooring can also be very convenient for you. Unlike real grass, you do not have to worry about spending a lot of time mowing the lawn just to maintain the grass. You do not also need to water or set up a sprinkler for it. It can be a great alternative if you have allergies to real grass. While it is true that artificial grass is more expensive than that of a real one, just imagine how much you can save from maintaining it all throughout the year.

Concrete

If you are thinking concrete can be very boring for a patio floor, think again. You can use staining or stamping methods to vamp up your concrete and create a stylish design on your patio. Firth an expert in concrete paving says that another reason why you should choose concrete is that you will undoubtedly be able to keep it for the entire time you live there. It can also be very easy to clean and it is a super cheap option.

Outdoor Flooring Ideas for Style and Comfort

Brick

Bricks can give you a lot of flexibility in your flooring because there are so many designs and patterns you can do with it. As a very durable material, it can cost you a lot up front but you will still be able to technically save money from it because it doesn’t break unless you do it intentionally. It is also a slip resistant material. You also just have to do minimal works to maintain your flooring.

Outdoor Flooring Ideas for Style and Comfort

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring can be a very affordable option for you. It will just cost you $2 per square foot but there are still more expensive choices but they are still cheap enough compared to other flooring types. Additionally, rubber floorings are very comfortable for walking. It is highly advisable to use this if you have small children or older people in your house because rubber floorings are slip resistant even if it gets wet. Just do not expect that much longevity to your rubber floors and you might have to replace it after some time.

Foam Tiles

Even though foam tiles are not created the same, there are still a lot of benefits. Just try to be specific if you will put it indoors or outdoors. Foam tiles are best for floorings beside the pool area because they are very slip-resistant and they are anti-mold and mildew. However, the downside is it is the least durable materials on this list.

Outdoor Carpet

Carpets can generally feel you more comfortable as it gives the more homey feel. It can make hanging outside more relaxed compared to other materials like bricks and tiles. When it comes to style, carpets have a lot of styles available in the market. You can mix and match the design to make it look better. It is a very cheap material because it can cost as low as $1 but it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it in good shape.

Stone Steps

While the stone material is very expensive, buying one can ensure that it will last for a very long time and it doesn’t need extensive maintenance. For some cases, you don’t even have to sweep or clean it. It can add a simple but natural feel to your home. Just consider putting in some natural designs for your outdoor flooring needs.

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Patterned Patio

You can use different materials to make a patterned patio. For instance, a checkered flooring design with an oversized green and white color can be best for red handprints on the edges. With this kind of patio, your imagination is the limit. You can do a lot of design whether you want a retro, contemporary, or modern ambiance to your whole deck.

 

Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when planning the design of your kitchen. Not only does it add a touch of magic and personality to the space, but it can complement and even transform the overall feel and energy of your kitchen. Options range from fluorescent lights to modern-day LED ceiling lights and chandeliers. All which you can use in different parts of the kitchen to create visual appeal and increased efficiency.

Hanging Lights

These conversation starters are ideal for an open plan kitchen, especially if you have high ceilings. They attract attention and add a dramatic feel to the whole space. You can even have them colored to suit your décor palette, or keep them simple if you’re going for a clean aesthetic.

There are plenty of options to choose from here, with the most popular being glamorous chandeliers and colorful pendants. Whichever style you go for, just make sure to match the size of the light fitting to the scale of your kitchen so that it looks aligned and attractive.

Task-specific Lights

As I mentioned earlier, you can mix and match lighting options in your kitchen for efficiency and aesthetic appeal. However, the most important thing about task lighting is that it’s meant to make life easier for you in the kitchen. That’s why you’ll find task lights in places like above the hob area, over the sink, below cabinets and over the central island.

These are the areas where you’ll be preparing your food, mixing things, washing up or just eating and hanging out with loved ones. You can even add lights inside your pantry as well, as this will make it easier to find things when cooking at night. Sensor lights work great for the pantry, while fluorescent tube fittings and strip lights are stunning options for the other task areas mentioned.

Accent Lights

Accent lights can be a sensational addition to an entertainer’s kitchen. They’re typically utilised to highlight or bring attention to beautiful objects like artwork and sculptures, but you can also use them to emphasize other areas like the stairs leading to your pantry or wine cellar (if you have one).

Accent lights come in different styles, including wall scones, wired lighting and directional eyeball fittings. All of these create a 3D effect on the object, transforming your kitchen into a completely different space during the evenings.

Ambient Lighting

If you want your kitchen to feel light and cheerful throughout the day and night, then ambient lighting is the way to go. Ambient lighting carries the tone of natural light which comes into your kitchen, often incorporating ethereal looking LED strip lights or cheeky puck fitting under the cabinets, to create a buoyant atmosphere.

Using semi-flush and recessed light fixtures is ideal for achieving ambient lighting in large areas, while LED tape lighting provides non-invasive light to smaller areas like under the sink and cabinets. My personal favourite is to just let nature do her thing, by incorporating natural light from the sun through glass doors and skylights.

Decorative Lights

Decorative lights in my opinion, are great for accentuating particular details that you’re most proud of in your kitchen. Like that marble countertop on the island, or special fixtures on the cabinets. Either way, decorative lights can add some serious whimsical effects to a kitchen when done right. Your options here include striking chandeliers, a mixture of differently shaped and colored pendant lights, as well as flush mounts or beautifully designed lamps.

Layered Lighting

With layered lighting, you can use a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting solutions to create an effortlessly comfortable space. Having a combination of lighting solutions is the way to go if you want to get the most out of your kitchen, and the idea here is to ensure that the fixtures you choose actually complement one another.

Era Specific

You can easily incorporate a light fixture from the roaring 20s to a contemporary kitchen, not only to create an interesting contrast, but also to pay homage to that particular era. This detail also brings an eclectic feel to the kitchen, while the fixture itself can easily become a conversation starter in a space with otherwise clean lines.

Conclusion

As you can see, the devil is in the details when it comes to kitchen lighting. There are plenty of options to choose from to help transform an ordinary kitchen into ‘the heart of the home’, where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.

 

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Being one of the most popular home decorating/reality/celebrity style shows out there, MTV Cribs has done something no other TV format has ever been able to do – it showed us that celebrities are just as messy and bad at decorating as we are! This show was meant to be an insight into the private lives to today’s most popular actors, actresses, musicians, athletes, dancers and everyone else who’s got their 15 minutes of fame, but became so much more. Conceived as a sort of a bridge between celebrities and fans, its creators never counted on the cultural impact it had on the perception of famous people and their taste. The way someone decorates their home shows you what kind of a person they are, and MTV Cribs portrays this excellently. And if you’re decorating your home, this is a great way to see what to do and, more importantly, what not to do, so here are some of the things this show can teach you about interior design.

Big houses are OK

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It’s clear why most people don’t like big houses: they’re hard to maintain, easy to get lost in and challenging to decorate – not to mention extremely expensive. Due to that, big houses were always a decorator’s worst nightmare and something many realtors recommend avoiding. But, MTV Cribs shattered this myth and showed us big houses can be just as comfortable and cozy as smaller ones. As long as you have a good interior decorator that could turn your huge rooms into comfy spaces, you’re good to go. Luckily for all those celebrities featured on the show, they were all able to afford such help – although not all of them managed to achieve coziness, of course – and showed us that big houses are quite all right after all.

Bold color choices

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Unlike most people who prefer simple color choices for their walls, celebrities prefer something flashier, bolder and more colorful. That’s why their homes are always painted in colors that make you dizzy or disoriented. These unusual and interesting shades such as pelt, tangerine, pink or Amazon moss aren’t something your Average Joe would choose for their rooms, but celebrities don’t have a problem with colors with names that are hard to spell. Finally, color combinations their interior designers choose can be transferred into your home as well, so pay attention to this when watching the show.

Comfy furniture

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Celebrities like living cozily and that’s why they always buy the most comfortable furniture available. And if you’re in the process of decorating your own home, this is exactly what you need. Comfy sofas, chairs and beds never go out of style and seeing something on MTV Cribs could easily inspire you to do the same. Additionally, check the arrangement of the furniture and you’ll be able to decorate your own living room in no time.

Kitsch

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This is the best word to describe some celebrities’ homes that are outrageously tasteless. When you take a look at the most famous episodes of this show, you’ll see how many celebrities have zero taste when it comes to home decorating – from their dozens of bedrooms they never use to the oversized indoor pools and exercising facilities that will forever remain intact. Not to mention their shiny decorations, golden furniture and valuable paintings they know nothing about. As soon as you see this, you’ll realize why you need to avoid it at all costs.

Overstuffed rooms

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The decorating philosophy of most celebrities can be explained in four words – the more the better. Being able to afford it, they have a tendency to overstuff their rooms and don’t worry about maneuvering space at all. Their living rooms are packed with too much furniture, their bedrooms stuffed with oversized beds and their bathrooms full of unnecessary decorations. The lesson here is simple – a decluttered home is a happy home and something you should strive for.

Other ideas

Some of the other negative interior decorating ideas shown on MTV Cribs include huge garages, poor color combinations, as well as inadequate use of space – just remember Mariah Carey’s huge walk-in closet or 50 Cent’s entertainment room/nightclub. These are all the elements you should avoid when decorating your home, but definitely take some of the aforementioned positive ideas into consideration.

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What better way to get into the happy summer mood than surrounding yourself with vibrant colors and cozy atmosphere? And what better way to achieve that than decorating your home with Mediterranean style in mind? This lovely and incredibly personal décor trend doesn’t have to take a lot of your time and effort. You can even budget your home redesign effectively. Take a look at the following tips and transform your home into a summery paradise.

Mix of natural and vibrant colors

The first thing you should know when decorating your home Mediterranean style is the strong presence of nature. In that respect, natural wood colors definitely make the dominant part of the color scheme. However, true Mediterranean home always incorporates the mix of these earthy and wooden shades with a burst of vibrant colors. Therefore, don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite color combos in order to bring the Mediterranean spirit into your home as well. There’s no rule that can limit your color selection. Still, try to create a coherent and eye-pleasing color scheme.

Cool patterns

Apart from bold colors, another interesting characteristic of Mediterranean style is the use of patterns. Essentially, you can go for any pattern that you like, but vintage patterns and flowers are definitely the best choice. You can play with self-adhesive wallpaper to make unique accent walls or you can reupholster your furniture and use a patterned fabric that matches your ideal look. If you don’t want to bother yourself with reupholstering, you can get the same effect with patterned cushion covers, curtains, rugs and table cloths.
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Tiles as décor

Mediterranean décor style is famous for the use of colorful and vivid tiles in interior design. Of course, you don’t have to replace the tiles you already have. If you’d like to but don’t want to invest in the project just yet, simply change up a few tiles here and there for others that have interesting patterns and bright colors. On the other hand, you can use the tiles to create wonderful mosaic pieces for your wall décor. Moreover, these can be absolutely amazing when used as mirror/picture frames.

Rustic accessories

When it comes to decorative bits and pieces, rustic is definitely the way to go. In order to accentuate Mediterranean style even more, opt for decorative accessories made of terracotta, wood or ceramic material. Old-fashioned ceramic lamps and bowls, terracotta pots as well as wooden décor with intricately carved details will help you bring the whole look together. The best thing about these kinds of accessories is that you can easily find them at your local thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales.
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Think previous centuries

Little knick-knacks are not the only thing that can have a rustic vibe in your Mediterranean home. There are various ways that you can create that rich and nostalgic feeling of the past centuries. Antique-looking furniture pieces, stone details, candles and lanterns as well as royal-like bed and sofa covers can all bring the essence of Mediterranean style into your personal environment. Draw your inspiration from online pictures depicting authentic Mediterranean villas and let your creativity run wild.

When Mediterranean décor style is concerned, always make sure that your home interior is filled with warmth. Even when you mix and match natural and vivid colors, it’s important to remember that the undertone of even the deepest shade of wood has to be warm. There’s no room for coldness in your Mediterranean-inspired dream house. Of course, don’t forget to bring a touch of greenery as well. Luscious plants are a must-have for a true summery Mediterranean home.

 

As we leave winter behind, we seek to remove its gloomy cloak and replace it with a more colorful and lightweight mantle that will invite invigorating and refreshing feelings into our homes. Spring cleaning is an old ritual we practice at the beginning of this season, but is removing dust and de-cluttering the living room truly enough to fill our homes with much needed optimism? Not really. Fortunately, there are ways for spring to spring into our interiors, without having to spend too much money or invest too much time. Here are some of them.

A Splash of Color

Painting the walls has always been the easiest way to make a change in your interior design. You would be surprised how something simple as changing the color or refreshing the existing shade can breathe new life into a space. White is always a safe way to go, but you can also “spring up” your walls with pastels like pale pink, serene blue, green, lavender, pale yellow, etc.

Say Hello to “Greenery”

Speaking of colors, we can’t help but mention Pantone’s optimistic color of the year – Greenery. It is a zesty yellowish green that is described by Pantone’s think-tank, as nature’s neutral. A color that symbolizes renewal and spring itself should find its place in your decorating efforts. If you consider it too bright to use on the walls, you can introduce it through accent pieces, such as a green sofa, chair or artwork.

Maximizing the Light

This is the season when the sun shines bright, but not too bright; when it keeps us warm, but not too warm. It seems to be the best time to invite it into our homes, right? Ditching heavy drapes and deciding on sheer curtains (or no curtains whatsoever) is one of the ways to do that. You can use a little trick to maximize the amount of light – place mirrors opposite to light sources (fixtures and windows), so they reflect light and make the space look brighter and bigger.

Go Bold or Go Home

If you were holding back on using bold colors and large patterns this winter, now is the time to let all that outside. Treat your home with boldly-colored area rugs, bed covers and throw pillows. Include some interesting patterns, such as flowers, leaves, woodland animals, fruits (pineapple, anyone?), etc.

Floral Details

Floral is a pattern for itself, when it comes to spring decoration. It brings joy and happiness into our homes, and, if we use it right, an extra dose of stylishness. If you’re not afraid of too feminine a décor, you can introduce floral with a shabby-chic wallpaper, but if you want to tone it down, you can try with simple details, such as patterned cushions or bed-sheets. Adding a welcoming floral-wreath to your front door wouldn’t be a mistake either.

Introduce the Original Greenery

Pantone’s Greenery may be cool, but it will never be as cool as the shade of green that has inspired it. That’s right, we’re talking about the green we see outside, in our parks, forests and gardens. Sounds like a perfect excuse to turn your home into a jungle filled with Ferns, Palm Trees, Aloe Veras, Dracaenas, Philodendrons and other potted plants. Arrange plants of various heights, to create a stronger visual impact.

Breathe-in the Spring

Did you know that our sense of smell can largely impact how we feel and how we perceive visual images? So, if you want your house to look spring-ready, maybe you should make it feel spring-ready as well. Kill two birds with one stone, and induce new scents with a vase filled with aromatic lilac, or add decorative scented candles with floral or citrus fragrances.

Winter is over, so don’t you think it’s time to notify your home about it? Remove heavy-duty fabrics, vanquish deep dark shades, and set the tone for the loveliest season of all.

Candles can be used as a sensitive home décor items, and they acquire some care and maintenance if you want them to last longer. But, generally, we don’t bother much about candle decor.  Instead, we usually neglect them, and replace them when it’s needed. This should not be the way to treat your candles. They can help you bring a Zen bliss into your home, so you need to consider them as an important part of home decoration. Here are given few tips worth following if you want to add some life to your decorative candles.

Wick Trimming

At some point debris will collect at the top of the wick. This will cause poor and flickering flame, and in some cases even a bad smell.  To prevent this, trim the top of the wick up to 6 millimeters. That will give you a nice and odour free flame.
Candles in Your Home

Avoid Draught

Scientifically, candle flames appear because of the presence of air. If there is not enough air, the flame will either become uneven or it will convert into smoke.  To avoid such problems, consider to find a location with a proper air flow or ventilation. Candles, when lit correctly, will provide lovely ambiance for your home. Also, avoid placing them in the corners because the air flow there is often inappropriate for burning of the wick.

A candle melting

Consider Temperature & Light

You all know the fact that wax (from which candle was made of) is sensitive to temperature and heat of light. With the increase of temperature or increase of light, the candle starts to melt, causing a bad structure. So, try to keep your candles in a slightly cold and calm place. Select a spot where you think the temperature is low enough so it will not affect the candles. Storing your candles at such places will not only protect them from melting, but will also save the color and fragrance of your candles for a long time.

Candle decor

Use Tapers

A whiff of fresh air diverts the flame and makes it appear wobbly and unstable. To make your candlelight in a vertical position only, use candle tapers. The tappers not only prevent the flames from getting moved by air, but will also help to protect the surrounding from catching on fire. You can buy dusk candle cradles or similar candle holders to support the tappers without compromising the overall beauty and charm.
Decorative candles

Use Candle Snuffer

Most often, candles are placed higher from the ground, so they can provide better lightning. When this is the case it’s not so easy to light them or to put them out. This is where you can use candle snuffer to ease this task, to reach those high places and it’s even good to use them to avoid smoke or wax splatter. Different types of decorative snuffers are available online, so you can check out the offer before you decide what to buy for your re-birthed home.
Candle decor

So, it’s time to go out and search for the candle that will suit your home style. Maybe you like your decor to be inspired by shabby chic trends.  Mix and match and always keep in mind all of the given advice about candle decor.

Enjoy Lightning Your Home!

June 7th 2016 – the launching date of the new Big Brother season in the UK brought a lot of new sensational details. Whether you approve of it or not, the fact is that this attention-grabbing show makes thousands of people sit in front of their screens with their mouth wide open. All that while following the hectic lives of the housemates and – for the first time in BB history – The Other.

Big Brother’s Attention Grabbing Interiors

Conspiracy that the game brings is not the only thing that makes this season breathtaking. Its unique and amazing interior grabbed attention of the public even before the show actually started. This year’s been a real hunt – an action full of thrills for interior designers ready to produce the extravagant pieces of furniture that would suit the Big Brother one-of-a-kind lifestyle. Neon lights, flashes of hot pink and yellow combined with the 70s themed bedrooms – this year’s winner, Zespoke, made an atmosphere that’s without saying funky, retro and glamorous.

Big Brother house

Backyard with a Jacuzzi – Extravagant!

Let’s check out some of the features of the main house. There’s the newly overhauled backyard with a Jacuzzi, a hot tub and stylish lounge areas. It’s, by all means, the most enjoyable area at the moment.

Big Brother Jacuzzi area

Marble-ous Bathroom

You’ve surely noticed the glamorous marble in the bathroom that looks incredibly luxurious.

Big Brother bathroom

Living Room and Dramatic Furniture

The psychedelic living-room contains the furniture that adds dramatic effects to the whole atmosphere. Bright yellow sofas, lots of zig-zags, curved side tables, console tables and hoop coffee tables, bright pink Ottomans and black and pink graphics on the walls – the list of shiny, fun features seems endless. The tables come in different colours, and Zespoke made different custom-made options, such as glass shelves or metal legs.

Big Brother furniture by Zespoke

Colourful Bar

Having the bedroom with 70s décor brings a new vibe into the house. There’s a multicoloured bar in the center of this room and fluorescent light on the ceiling. It all looks simply refreshing, vivacious and rousing.  The colours in the dining-room fit this festive atmosphere, as well.

Big Brother bar

Big Brother house

Extensions!

The second house, built as an extension that measures 700sqm, contains quite a similar décor to the main building. The colours of the lounge area here are green, pink and blue, while the bedroom is green, grey and black and has four beds shared between six housemates.

Big Brother bedroom and living room

Whether it is cozy or crampy inside, it’s up to the inhabitants to decide. So far, they’ve grabbed all the attention of the public, that’s for sure.

 

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