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It is said that simple talk about love is impossible, for talking already means loving. The very same thing can be said about art. You cannot talk and discuss art, without having at least a spark of this artistic point of view. In this article, we will cover on how to properly introduce art to your home, without falling into pits of looking ridiculous.

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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Pablo Picasso

We can freely agree with this statement of one of the greatest artists in modern time. Art is not simply decorating your house with pretty pictures and furniture. It means reflecting your inner sense on and in space around you. Is there any better way to ease up, than being surrounded with things and scenes which make you fulfilled? With a nice glass of wine, this makes this half an hour irreplaceable and priceless. Thus, this would be your first and most important goal. Find that which fulfills you, and introduce it to your home.
Home art

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

We already made it clear, art is a story. Telling something you cannot describe nor express any other way than this. Someone will say that this painting you just hanged in your living room is “nice”. And that is their point of view. Nice. To you, seeing what is on it means a lot more than words. Open space may symbolize your yearn for freedom, or that deep sorrow that bothers you, represented in the image of a restless sea. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is said, but we may say that it is in his soul. So, second rule would be to find something you see with your soul, rather than eyes.

Home art

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”
Leo Tolstoy

In order to increase and bolster that feeling of art, you can undertake decorating your space with your own items and pieces of art. Many will think that they lack talent for doing this, but the art is not just painting. Spare some time, and go wild. Do whatever makes you happy. Whether that be sculpting, decoupage, knitting or making collage works, it needs only to reflect your thoughts and attitudes. This way you will be more satisfied with your space. And in case that you are shy, and do not want to expose yourself, bedroom or a working room might become your exposure space. Third rule would order you to try yourself in art, for what comes out of it, might surprise you.

Home art

So, we can summarize all of those things, and say that art comes down to several things. Love, feeling and soul. All of those, however cannot be universal for all, and in order to represent it better, we are giving you a clip from Marvel’s TV show Daredevil, so you can see what is the point of art.

 

The environment in which your children grow up, starting from their bedrooms, largely influences their personalities. Creating their own mini-world will make them feel safe and satisfied. Adding a touch of Disneyland to your home is always a good idea and your children will love it. Bringing their favourite superheroes or cartoon characters to life will make them enjoy in every second spent in their own little empire. They should have a possibility of building a pillow fort in the middle of the room, of running and chasing each other, playing and hiding – it makes their childhood memorable. This is exactly why you should give your best and include your children in the process of decorating.

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Urban Tree House

Wasn’t a tree house everybody’s dream in childhood? So, why don’t you take it to the next level and build it indoors? This is a perfect solution if you have high ceilings. Your children could use wooden ladder to climb up to their lofted beds, placed in an improvised tree house in the middle of their room. The thrill of climbing up and down the ladder will make them feel like explorers looking for a new adventure. You can place a bookshelf right under the tree house, so your children could sneak in and read their favourite fairy tales, sitting on the floor surrounded with fluffy pillows. Your wooden floors will definitely contribute to the cosy atmosphere, and your kids will love it. You can paint their walls using motifs from the movies about Indiana Jones, the most famous explorer whose fedora is a symbol of adventure and thrill.
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Fairy Tale Magic

Decorating your children’s room by using some elements of a fairy tale will bring joy to their lives and smile to their faces. There is a wide range of possible solutions, and it will depend on their favourite fairy tale. If it is Cinderella – why don’t you make them a bed placed into an improvised pumpkin coach? If they like Ariel, the little mermaid, consider creating an under-the-sea atmosphere by installing a gigantic aquarium full of colourful fish, together with a red crab representing Sebastian. There is also Pocahontas who lives in harmony with nature. You can use her tent as an inspiration for your children’s room – by building their own tent indoors, where you will hide their beds.

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A Sky Full of Stars

If your children love science and astronomy, you can incorporate those elements into their room, too. You can make a model of the Solar System and place it on ceiling – so that your children can look at it from their beds at night. You can also represent a starry night sky above their heads, by depicting the most important constellations such as the Great Bear and the Little Bear. They will be able to learn something new through play, which definitely secures their further development into intelligent young people.

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Backyard = Playground

If you have a backyard, you can put it to good use by installing a see-saw, a swing and a slide, so that your children can enjoy outside as well as inside. In this way, they will be active and healthy at the same time. You can also have a basket, so that you can shoot hoops with your children. This is a perfect family time when everyone is participating and having fun.

As you can see, possibilities are limitless. All you can do is to include your kids in the process of home decorating and listen to their wishes and ideas. Your skills and craftsmanship, in combination with their creativity and imagination are a guarantee for success.

Yes, the world of books is constantly changing. And, just like it is the case with their content, there will always be various new settings and innovative outlooks, different e-books formats, additions and even multimedia included, probably 3D or even more advanced. However, just as classics are still sought, read and cherished shoulder to shoulder with the most modern genres, printed books will always have their place in our homes. Now, about that place, why not make it more than a bookshelf and have a truly decorative furniture item? Here is how to.

The setting

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
One clear advantage of keeping to printed books is the very setting you will be reading in. Designing a perfect reading nook simply requires having paper books on shelves all around you, the smell, the feel under your fingers all the dimension, the kickstarters to a different world you cannot get elsewhere when it comes to reading experience. It is hard to imagine a warm and cozy place where the central action is happening either on your tablet or Kindle, let alone laptop or desktop, missing those extra sensory dimensions. The effect the screens have on your health should not be overlooked too.

Shelf material

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
Two materials, wood and metal, allow the highest level of customization and are easily obtainable so they should be the top choice. Traditional literature lovers usually opt for wooden and modern theme lovers for metal ones. However, making a brick one is another interesting and unique looking solution that meets both worlds, especially in spacious houses, as you will see in the following paragraphs.

Floor to ceiling bookshelf

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
This type is great for all those keen readers that have a lot of books and very little space to keep them in. They are usually placed on in front of a mirror less wall. Why not try something different. Build it in a way that it can fit in an open window and place it on the wall that has one. This will prove to be a must have feature for any lover of romantic literature. Just imagine picking or folding your favorite titles with your partner next to you during a beautiful sunset or moonlight night being portrayed in the window.

Built in shelf

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
This is where bricked ones have their spot. Unless a load bearing wall is in question, you could turn any room separating wall into a unique looking built in bookshelf. Giving it a rustic appearance by leaving one side unfinished revealing the brick surface will certainly build an adventurous, old days atmosphere. If you are a fan of knight stories this would be a perfect setting for your reading room. Candle holders and parts of armor are something you simply need to add to complete the medieval mood.

A touch of hanging liveliness

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
Even the most classic of the bunch, the wall hanging bookshelves can be decorative. Go beyond the traditional wood grain appearance and color them up. Do not pull any brakes, make them as vivid as possible and fire up the atmosphere in the room. You will not believe the change even a single one bookshelf done in this manner will make. Add some climbing plants to make them intriguing, a kind of futuristic dreamland looking, a perfect home for your SF collection.

Remember, treat your bookshelf in the manner of your favorite read to spread the spirit to your reading spot as well. And hold on to the multidimensional world of printed edition for the best experience.

Regardless of what you do, finances are always the issue. There is nothing unusual in your desire to save some money, but sometimes this is not the most recommendable course of action. When you are buying a home, chances are good that this purchase you will have to do only once in your lifetime. Trying to save money here can cause some serious problems in the future. One of the ways not to spend as much is to go bargain-hunting on your own, without a professional help and this can sometimes be equal to walking into a trap.

Avoid lowballing

First of all, every property has its price. It can be easily assessed how much some property or the building is worth but keep in mind that real-estate agents are also there for a profit. Lowballing the price cuts their profit and that is something they won’t look kindly upon. There are also some common lowballing mistakes that buyers are making and that you should be aware of like not understanding the market or not backing up your price.

Although you should always think of your budget first, try to put yourself in the shoes of people in the real-estate business. Acknowledge the risk they took and their own financial interests. This should help you see just how far you can go in your aspirations to lower the price of the property.

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Keep up with the competition

Even though there are a lot of people out there who go bargain-hunting on their own, a lot of home buyers prefer to get a professional help. Let’s face it, there are many advantages that a good real-estate agent brings at the table. Just keep in mind that someone who trades in homes for living knows all the tricks of the trade and is not a force to be reckoned with. This means that once you find a truly great deal, you need to act fast in order for it not to be snatched in front of you.

Too good to be true?

If some offer sounds too good to be true it usually is. True bargains are a rare commodity and some homes might come at a great price but require a lot of work. Every once in a while it happens that this additional work makes a purchase not worth even at a significantly lower price. The most important thing, not just of bargain-hunting but of property purchase in general, is to recognize a money pit when you see one. Sometimes, you need to pay more in order to save a substantial amount in the future.

On the other hand, sometimes with just a bit of work you can increase the price of your property many times over. Because of this, it is often a great idea to hire a contractor as a consultant or just ask for an advice before you purchase a home. Do you mathematics right and you should be on the right path already.

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Image source: Flickr

Price alone is meaningless

Although price is an important factor in home purchasing, it should never be a determining one. First of all, you need to have a clear vision of what you want in a home. Buying a home that doesn’t suit your needs only because it is affordable is never a good idea. Remember, this is a purchase that takes place once in a lifetime so treat it as such.

One thing is certain, when buying a home on your own you can never be too careful. This journey is a perilous one even with all the help and you have just decided to take it alone. However, this does not mean that you are automatically doomed to failure. Watch your every step, measure your every action and, if the need arises, do not be afraid to ask for help.

There are dozens of ways in which you could use baking soda around the household. It has a natural effect of regulating pH (numeric scale used to specify the acidity or alkalinity) and helps in maintaining its neutral level. Thus, it can be used for housecleaning, but also as a beauty and health remedy. So, here are some non-conventional ways in which you can use baking soda.

Stove problems 

If your stove is dirty, just sprinkle the baking soda over it, sprinkle boiling water. Why boiling? Well, you want the baking soda to dissolve. All you need to do is wait for thirty minutes. Have a cup of coffee. Then scrub the stove and chase way the dirt.

Floor and Furniture Cleaning

Add about a ½ cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water-mop. Rinse clean to remove grime and dirt, and to make your floor sparkle. A bit of baking soda on a damp sponge will rinse off scuff marks off the floor, but also does wonders when it comes to cleaning furniture. Rub lightly with a sponge and then wipe it with a dry cloth. Baking soda is non-toxic, therefore safe to use around children and pregnant women.

Freezer and Refrigerator

Pour 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water. Remove all food particles and wash the appliance with soapy water first. After that, rinse with bicarbonate solution to freshen everything up and remove the soap residue, then wipe with a clean, dry cloth.

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Laundry
If you use liquid detergent, add a half a cup of baking soda to your laundry, in order to give the detergent a boost and regulate the water’s pH value.

Coffeemaker and Dishwasher
Clean these household appliances by adding baking soda and running an empty cycle.

Garage Oil and Grease
You can clean grease spills and light-duty oil by sprinkling baking soda on the spot and scrubbing the stains with a wet brush.

Natural Mattress and Carpet Freshener

After removing bedclothes for laundry, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress, leave it there for a few hours and then vacuum. It will freshen the mattress up and it will smell strikingly fresher.

Clogged Drains
Baking soda can be used for unclogging sinks. You need 1 cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Pour the powder down the drain, then pour the vinegar. The drain should be plugged with a sink stopper and left like that for about half an hour. After that, pour a kettle of hot water after you unplug the sink.

 

There comes a time when you feel like your home could be a bit more organized than it is. So, in order to put your plans into action, you decide to clean up a bit and make some room. Often, you don’t even notice just how much stuff you end up with after so many trips, picnics, holidays, etc. you buy a little something here, get a nice little gift there, save something to be used later, and before you know it, your bedroom, living room, and closets are filled with clothes and small memorabilia you have no use for but still keep.

Make a plan first

Sometimes, you feel like getting rid of everything at once; but no matter how good the idea might seem to you, it is not that easy to make it work. Especially if you have a large house with many rooms and closets, it is going to take a while to go through everything and sort things out. This is why you should make a plan and do your best to stick to it. You might think that you can do it in two days time, but, to be honest, nobody can clean for two days straight.


Sort out

The easiest to sort things once you start cleaning up the room, is to place them in one of the boxes labeled as follows:

1) Keep,

2) Throw away,

3) Donate.

And once you start cleaning the place up, put everything in these boxes. Have a talk with our significant other and your children and make sure they understand that they should get rid of some of their things. Clinging to the items from the past makes it harder for all of you and leaves you with bunch of useless stuff you have no use for.

Small things that make all the difference

There is nothing better than a few tips and tricks which help a lot. One of such small things is this: before you start cleaning up, make your bed. This way, you will not feel the urge to crawl in and give up the entire decluttering idea, and in addition, once you make the bed, the rest of the room will look too messy and you will want to clean it up. Maybe it’s small, but it does make a difference once you try.

Yard sale

If you have second thoughts about things you would like to either throw away or donate, there is solution for that – make a yard sale. This is a great way to get rid of all the things you don’t need but which other people could use. Children’s toys, old books and clothes, porcelain figures and baseball cards – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

In order to avoid the situation where it takes more time to sort and organize all your things than it does to actually clean the room, you should make annual decluttering of your home and get rid of all the things you actually don’t use and don’t need. Make a good plan and invite others to join in, you will be surprised just how easy it is to keep your home clean and well organized.

From the ancient times, colours have been important to human race. Each and every had a meaning, so that trend continued until today. Now we wear different coloured clothes, in order to reflect our mood, but this matter works vice-versa. We can also surround us with different colours, in order to boost different aspects of our personality. This is my guide on how colour of your rooms affects you. Take it into consideration next time you are going to repaint and redecorate.

 

Living room

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According to colour psychology, living rooms, as well as dining ones, should be painted in orange colour, for it is widespread knowledge that this shade inspires and improves digestion. In addition, it keeps you awake, so you surely wish it for the room where you spend most of the time. Also, the sense of warmth is important, for you wish for your guests to feel cozy and jolly at the same time.

 

Bedroom

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This is the room where all the passion is happening. You will definitely want to avoid using cold colours, such as blue, but instead, it is better to go with pink or red. These are connected with passion and to avoid your room to look a bit too muck reddish, break it out with the subtle usage of black, for these two combined are simply giving out the passion. Also, the furniture gives its impact, so it would be wise to go with natural tones, for the warmth of the wood is nice when combined, it will relax you, but not too much.

 

The Kitchen

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Your creativity is best shown among the yellow walls of the kitchen. This colour is considered to be lively, spry and inspiring for people who are exposed to it. Your cooking skills will surely get boosted, for those skills are based upon creativity. In addition, if you can set you kitchen to the north, you will add up a bit of Feng Shui to the mixture, so you will benefit on several fronts.

 

Kidsroom

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Tender and gentle, the temperament of kids and babies should be reflected in the colour of the walls. If you have a boy, take into consideration pale blue colour, and if you have a girl, pale or dirty pink is also great advice. But, if you don’t have kids yet, you can set for clean white, or a combination of those three. In any case, avoid dark, deep or suffocating colours. You can, however, break out the stillness, and to introduce darker tones of blue or green, but keep it limited, and only in few details.

 

Work room

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A place suited for your intellectual efforts should be painted in such manner, that it will increase your mental abilities. The most suitable colours for this, are definitely blue and green. First will often remind you of the stillness of the sea, enabling you to calm and settle down, and to settle your thoughts much faster. The latter will inspire you to feel the grass under your feet, invoking vigor and joy, giving you the boost in energy. But, you must be careful, for overstepping with those colours will backfire, and blue can be too cold and distant. Green, however, can get you too sleepy, or tired.

The key is to be modest and not to exaggerate.

Tired of walking into the same old home every day? Not having time or resources to hire a professional to redecorate your home from basement to the rooftop? Here are some of the tips you may want to try to refresh your home and make it sweet again.

RESHUFFLE

Sometimes, the best solutions are the easiest ones. The first thing that will take you literally 10-15 minutes is to reshuffle the furniture. Don’t think your furniture is pinned to the floor. You can easily move it around and see if the new layout would work. If your TV is, however, fixed to the wall and is at the centre of the entire room, then try to switch places of the couch and the chairs. Or, just move them under a certain angle. Try moving the lamp in a different place, or move the tea table a little to the left. You can also rearrange all your paintings, or drill new holes in different places just to give the space a new dimension. It may take you a day or two to get used to the new layout, but you are sure going to feel better than ever when you enter the room.

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LESS IS MORE

The truth is that the key to simplicity is to have as few things as possible. The space should not be crammed and you will feel a lot better if you didn’t have to pay attention to not breaking that decoration you’ve never even liked in the first place. So –  put all the objects you don’t really like and ditch them into a box. Give them to charity, or recycle – read the following few lines.

EXCHANGE

Ask your friends and family if they have some old furniture back in the garage and offer your old furniture in exchange for theirs. It is recommended to exchange, for instance, book shelves, or tables. To spice things up, organise a neighbourhood exchange – gather all items people are willing to give up, put names into a bowl, and see who gets what! It’s fun and risky – but every new item can revive your headroom. And don’t worry if the things look a bit shabby – rustic look is in, and you can always say that it was an antiquity!

FLYING COLOURS

If you, however, have enough time – such as to wait for the paint to dry – then roll up your sleeves and take the first object in your room into your hands, get some sandpaper, and get cracking! Mind you: white matches everything. So, if your kitchen is blue, nothing will look as fresh as new white chairs. Or, if you are not sure what to paint, try painting all your doors. Let your new green door be the entrance to your new home. If you, however, don’t want to change your designer’s furniture, then the simplest way is to paint only one wall. It will do wonders.

And finally, whatever you did, remember that, sometimes, even a detail – like a new carpet – can restore liveliness of your home.