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When it comes to interior and exterior design everything has a role in making it successful, from large surfaces such as walls and floors to the tinniest pieces like knobs and light switches. On the other hand, as the old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. The first thing everyone will  notice when entering your home is the front door and anything you did in making your house not-so-basic will be in vain if the entrance is not representative, as well. These are the front door paint trends that guarantee you the ‘wow’ every time.

Stone gray and a contemporary surrounding

When it comes to contemporary exterior and design in general, the choice of color plays an equally important role as it does with traditional environment. Still, from a somewhat different angle. Since contemporary design tends to be somewhat harsh, a proper choice of color will soften the intensity without taking anything away from the aesthetics. Stone gray with its untimely elegance will do the  job. Adding matte black hardware will further harmonize everything and reinforce the overall effect.
Stone gray door

Eclectic design solution

Mixture of various styles that the eclectic design successfully embodies is often the choice for people who want to own a not-so-basic house. Sporting all of the various design influences without taking away any of them or emphasizing a single one at the expense of the others can be rather tricky. The safest bet when it comes to front door paint would be to opt of a soft yellow paint. Its low-key finish will be perfectly neutral and at the same time contribute with a freshening and welcoming effect.
soft Yellow door

Red brick emphasis

Making a difference when it comes to homeowners fond of red brick facades or living in a row of ones surely is challenging. The usual mistake that is made is trying to do something bold with the front door design and color which ends up in a complete mishmash in the majority of cases. Taking just the opposite direction promises more success. A calming shade of charcoal gray is the perfect color to impart the traditional red brick exterior making it stand from other houses in a row, without ruining the neighborhood compactness.
charcoal gray door

Ivy exterior

If you happen to own a house that is fully covered in ivy, choosing a suitable front door color is another specific task. Narrow your choice to contrasting color palette. Even though ivy changes its color throughout the year, for the majority of time it has one of the shades of green. Having this in mind, the best choice would be either full white or black. The proper choice depends on the rest of your exterior design and the message you wish to send. White is more inviting and warm, while black radiates elegance and distance. Reinforce idea with the hardware in the same color.
Black froont door

Rustic looks

Sometimes the best paint is no paint at all. If you own a traditional design house that has a wooden front door, rustic looks will feel perfectly at home. Peel the paint off the wood all the way down to its natural paint. Then apply a protective layer of transparent wood lacquer. It will protect the door and at the same emphasize the natural grain and bring out the patina, adding a touch of class to the entire house.

Rustic wooden door

The proper choice of the front door paint will have a strong positive impact on the overall outlook of the house and make your not-so-basic house even more extraordinary. Still, the style dictates the choice of color and it is strongly advisable to follow the standards. Being too bold will only take away from the house instead of contributing to it.

During summer we spend most of our days outside, hanging out with people or just chilling by ourselves. This is also the time of summer parties and any way you look at it, patio is the perfect place for such events. To make the experience even more comfortable and enjoyable, we can upgrade our patio in many simple ways. When thinking about what you could do to improve the look of your patio, you should choose something that will look nice, be functional and safe, and preferably affordable and low-maintenance. Here are a few of our favourite ideas.

Plants

Although this one is rather obvious, getting plants for your patio should always be your number one task. If you don’t have space to make patio planter pockets, then the easiest way to bring plants in is in container gardens. These can range from small plants to real young trees, like lemon or orange tree, growing in a big flower pot. The best thing about them is that you can keep them indoors all year round and simply take them out to the patio when the weather is warm enough.
Patio plants

Floor cushions

Since you will spend a lot of time on your deck, you want it to be comfy and accommodate many people. In addition to getting soft cushions for your outdoors furniture, you can go a step further and get some floor cushions or even big floor cushion couches, in the Oriental style. Kids will love it and it is a perfect way to relax and chill out outside. Alternatively, you can get a thick rug and put some standard cushions on it, or get a few lazy bags.
Cusions

Hammocks

There probably isn’t a single person who dislikes hammocks. There is just something so inviting and special about them. You don’t need to go to a tropical beach in Thailand to enjoy all the pleasures of a hammock, you can set them up on your patio. There are many versions to choose from – from standard hammock, chair hammock for one person, to hanging chairs. There are even hanging tents if you plan on sleeping outside.
Hammock

Wreaths

Decorative wreaths are a great way to improve the esthetics of your deck. You can make them out of many different kinds of materials, but those made from flowers and branches will look most natural and fit into the outdoors setting perfectly. Luckily, flowers are abundant in summer, so you can use roses or flowers from shrubs like Dogwood, Hydrangeas, Lilacs, Ninebarks and Spireas. DIY wreaths can also be made from old clothes and rags woven into a nice decorative circle, from burlap, old bandanas and cardboard. They can be colored, wrapped in yarn and decorated with small toys and things like cocktail umbrellas.
Wreath

Stones

Arranging stones in decorative patterns on the ground can really create a beautiful setting. You can make various combinations and floor paintings with stones in different colours and sizes. If you don’t mind putting in some extra effort, you can come up with mosaic pathways that will simply look magical.

Stones

All of these simple ideas will transform your patio deck into the coolest place to be this summer, and all you need to add is some music and soft lighting and you are all set for your summer party season. Use it well!

Summer in Canada has almost come and in Calgary the season can be a short one. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful, elegant and usable outdoor space to make the most of the sunny summer days and nights.

Whether you have a large yard, wood deck, stone patio or balcony, consider what you really want to be doing in that space. Is it for entertaining, playtime with the kids, feet up with book in hand or all of the above.

Outdoor living

Outdoor Furniture

Gone are the days of the simple white plastic lawn chair. Today’s choices for outdoor dining and seating are limitless. From wood to fabric, consider your needs and how much maintenance you are willing to put into your purchase.

Outdoor living

Any type of patio furniture will last longer with routine care. During cold weather seasons, when the patio is no longer in use, store your patio furniture in a garage, basement or garden shed. If you don’t have a place to store your patio furniture over the winter use a cover or tarp. It will make it last longer as the elements will damage it over time. Calgary winters will not be kind to furniture left to the elements.

During warm weather, wash seat cushions once a month with one part bleach to 10 parts warm water. And a few drops of dish detergent to the mix and let sun dry if possible. If you have wrought iron, wash and wax it a few times a year. For wood, use a gentle solution like Murphy’s Wood Soap to keep clean then oil if necessary.

Outdoor living

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If you plan on buying cushions for your outdoor furniture set also make sure that they have a high UV rating and ventilation slits to avoid sun and moisture damage. Mildew-resistant acrylic fabric is long-lasting.

Outdoor Cooking

The backyard barbeque that your Dad used to grill bratwurst and steak has had a major upgrade. Old black charcoal blocks have been replaced with clean lines, sleek looks and superior aesthetics.

Barbeques are no longer just for cooking. Just as kitchen appliances are now more than utilitarian devices, the barbeque can add a great deal to the look and aesthetics of you outdoor space. So, with the seemingly endless options for grills don’t forget to incorporate one early on in your backyard planning.

And go from this:

Outdoor living

To this:

Outdoor living

Outdoor Accents

And just because it’s the great outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t add beautiful accents and art to make your space even more beautiful. Hang some art. Add some decorative touches. There doesn’t need to be a distinction between inside and outside elegance.

Outdoor living

Outdoor living

Author bio:

Ana Cummings, of ANA Interiors is the only IDRC and CDECA multiple award winning show home designer in Calgary. Her work is internationally published and her studio offers full service interior design and decorating that specializes in original unable-to-leave spaces. Ana is a graduate of Mount Royal University, a member of the Calgary Design Group (CDG), Interior Décor Resources Canada (IDRC), and interim President of the Canadian Decorators’ Association Alberta Chapter (CDECA).

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

Easter sweets as Easter decorations?

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

Cute chicken place markers

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

Eye-catching door setup

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

Bunny-fied family photos

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

Blossom flower pieces

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

Earthy table feel

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

Versatile countdown calendar

Are you buzzing constantly about Easter topics a month or two prior to actual day? If you’re like myself, this all age proof calendar will make the countdown more enjoyable and fun. Join in with your children or little cousins and cross out the days before big holiday. Grab some multi-coloured plastic eggs with a cap and fill it with treats and happy messages. Adjoin it on a paper calendar board and it’s on!
Easter Decorations You Can Make Yourself

These ornaments are not going to make themselves. Hurry up and get down to decorating.

Hoppy Easter everybody!

You know that excitement and rush of feelings you get when you spot that perfect shoe in the window or that impeccably tailored dress you simply feel you must have? Yes, fashion designing turned into decorating gives you the same awe-like feeling only, this time around, translated into your favorite pieces of furniture.

Fashion designers turning interior is the latest and ultimate kick

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Imagine having the opportunity to sit on a fabric designed by Diane Von Furstenberg herself and actually have it a part of your interior; Giorgio Armani lines, Dolce & Gabbana vibes, Cavali extravaganza or Salvatore Ferragamo’s romanticism of space…are just some of the names that pop in our head when we think about the latest trends in interior design.

To be honest, none of us is getting really surprised with the news that fashion designers are taking it to a new level now; if anything, it was a logical stream of development, with their creative genius finding all niches that will have their creativity supported while at the same time keeping it recognizable, desired and, well, expensive.

Dolche Gabbana fashion interiors

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Fashion designers turned interior designers have one big advantage over “regular” interior designers; they have already built a brand for themselves, they are already an adored trademark so there is no dispute if the translation of their clothes and style into furniture would work. Even if it happens not to, they’d be allowed a few slips and have a few passes at least until they get it right. In the end – the amazement before what they managed to accomplish and the beauty of their creativity replicated onto the living space is simply stunning.

We are allowed to ask, though – what may be the motive of this transition? Is it the never-fully-satisfied-rich-and-spoiled-clients? The models? The fact they might have got bored with doing one and the same? Or is it just that there is so much creativity in them that keeping it focused to runway only doesn’t seem enough anymore? Well, whatever it is, it’s amazing and we are loving every second of it.

Christian Lacroix fashion designers
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If you ever get the chance to pop over to Milan, make sure you see Hotel Maison Moschino which is nothing but spectacular and Hotel Bulgari featuring such refinement and attention to detail that it’s absolutely breathtaking; when in Edinburgh, see the Missoni Hotel and if you happen to drop by Berlin, go to Schlosshotel im Grunewald, by Karl Lagerfeld. The hotel is a true reflection of its designer – gloomy but chic, stunning and utterly overwhelming. If you are feeling like you could use a bit of exotic in your life, opt for Dubai – Hotel Armani (definitely something you need to experience firsthand) or Palazzo Versace in Australia. Donatella Versace oversaw every single detail of this opulent resort and guess what? There is a Palazzo Versace Dubai, also!

Versace fashion designers trend
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What’s evident is that designers are either using some of their most recognizable collections for the translation to the interior design, or they are sticking to their signature colors and patterns for the added recognition. And, do they find the whole process of “designing for the furniture” hard? If anything, it’s probably challenging.

I only know how to design clothes, so in a way I ‘dressed’ the furniture”, said Gaultier for the Independent. “When I design my couture and prêt-à-porter collections, of course I supervise everything. I can sometimes have ten fittings for a couture dress until I am satisfied with it. The dresses are then made in my atelier so I can follow it beginning to end. For the furniture, which is not my domain, I had a wonderful partner in Roche Bobois who could supervise the production and turn my drawings into a reality.”

Dear interior designers, you better watch your backs because fashion designers are rapidly stepping on to your turf, and they are doing it superbly!

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.

Whether you decide to build a barbecue in the garden or get any of prefabricated models, it is important to consider the part of the backyard where you will accommodate your barbecue. And in order to maintain the functionality of the space, the dimensions of the grill should be adapted to the size of the yard where it is placed. Besides choosing the appropriate size, as well as various supporting elements, you can choose the visual style of backyard barbecue in order to better fit the ambience.

1. Outdoors Kitchen Design

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This is a spectacular outdoor kitchen with character that will turn your garden into a place of art thanks to its modern design. Cast iron grills have an antioxidant treatment for haute cuisine and are designed to the smallest detail. In addition to the barbecue area, this model has an area with granite wash utensils.

2. Design for Large Spaces

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This is pretty much the same model as the one before, but it has a towel handle, which many people may find quite useful. Now, isn’t that a cool idea?

3. Ode to the Torch

Now, this shows an innovative and original design. This barbecue evokes the symbolism of the torch and brings it to your backyard. In form and materials, this design is quite aesthetic. It provides excellent conditions for a quality barbecue while incorporating a convenient place to store firewood.

4. Steel Barbecue

Barbecues can be built with different materials, and depending on the material you choose they will be simpler or more complex. The advantage of steel barbecues is that they can be moved from one place to another quickly and easily. In addition, the maintenance of this type of barbecue is usually very easy.

5. Stone Barbecue

Image source: www.le-barbecue.com
Image source: www.le-barbecue.com

When choosing a barbecue model you must take into account several factors: the available space, materials, and of course the budget. In addition, you can choose from wood or charcoal barbecues, gas or electric barbecues. This is a barbecue made of stone. Its rounded roof and the sundial on the fire area make it a very original piece.

6. Barrel Barbecue

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Images source: www.instructables.com

Would you like a barrel barbecue? Do you know that barrels can be restored as furniture? You can find abundant raw material suitable for installation, and at a bargain price in any junkyard or even your own garage.

7. Barbecue Plate

You do not have the time required for a barbecue, or enough space to place it? No problem, this version works just as well, it is mounted in no time and fits in anywhere: the barbecue plate.

8. Balcony Barbecue

In case you live in an apartment or simply don’t have enough space in your yard, but still want a relaxing afternoon with your friends around a barbecue, this balcony barbecue can come in handy for an urban summer party.

9. Portable Barbecue

Outdoor kitchen, terrace, garden, or anywhere you want to go, now can become a place for barbecue. This portable barbecue has compact design, it’s cheerful with summery colors, and most importantly, it is very practical.

10. Barbecue Hearth

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Sit around a ‘camp’ fire or barbecue yourself some tasty food, it’s all up to you. Every garden needs a lot of work, and you can get the best of both worlds with this barbecue hearth.

The summer may have already started, but it’s never too late to redesign your barbecue space. Choose something that will suit your taste, and enjoy nice weather and good food with your family and friends.

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

The choice of a rug and functionality

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

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

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Shape, dimensions, quality and colour of a rug

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

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

Rug’s maintenance

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

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Tips for choosing a rug

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

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

 

Have you ever had a feeling, while observing a particular home décor piece that it will never go out of fashion? Well, that is completely true.

No matter what their initial purpose was, some elements will always embellish your private space, giving it a sense of elegance and sophistication.

These essentials can be either certain pieces of furniture or even some ornamental details. More importantly, their use can be extended to various purposes.

Comfort In The First Place

While some pieces of furniture could look overly aggressive or require a lot of space, the other ones add style and personality to it. Such things are Bruno chair and Chinese garden stool. Bruno chair is of simple contours and it is a great mixture of modern and classical features.

 

bruno-chair
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As its design is very plain, it could be used on various occasions, from the office to the dinning chair. However, Chinese garden stool is of smaller dimensions, but very elegant and gives the room an exquisite tone. Also, the diapason of its use varies from a garden chair to a stool or even a footrest.

 

Chinese Garden stool
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However, another great option for your room could be a Saarinen-style table, which simply radiates with its beauty and simplicity. Its elegant but at the same time simple looks can be used on various occasions, from a casual place where you can drink your morning coffee to a formal dining table.

Saarinen Style Tulip Table
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It Is The Little Details That Are Vital

The fundamental fact is that there are many other details that would fill your private space in such an exceptional way. Light fixtures have always been a great idea both to brighten and embellish your rooms. One of them is certainly a porter floor lamp, which is a great mixture of modern and traditional design. It offers a lot of diverse purposes, and most importantly, it can fit almost anywhere.

porter floor lamp
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Plug-in sconces could also be a great solution, since they require very little room. They are undoubtedly adequate for places that require moderate lighting, but also serve as an additional source of light beside your bed or at your desk. However, there are also many other ways to brighten and decorate your space at the same time, and the statement mirrors could certainly be a great solution for you.

 

Plug-in sconces
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They are edged with the finest, polished metal in various forms and shapes that are chosen by the customer. Except they look as a real piece of art, they emphasize the beauty of your room giving it a completely new dimension.

Since they can fit anywhere, you can choose to install them wherever you want. If you think that your living room or your bedroom is too plain, Mongolian pillows could undoubtedly serve the purpose. They are fluffy, soft and always bring a taste of sophistication.

 

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Their will associate both you and your guests with the warmth and elegancy, for sure. Also, if you are a well-organized and creative type of person, take into consideration the use of a bar cart in your bathroom or in a bedroom.

This unconventional, but innovative idea would be great for you store your personal stuff and keep them ready for use.

All in all, the sole fact that there are so many home décor pieces that could serve numerous purposes is quite amazing.As it has been said in the aforementioned tips, these details will not only serve a certain purpose in your home, but also, they will give it a sense of luxury and warmth.

It’s that jolliest time of the year again. And, as always, it’s time to decorate your home, but you think you’ve used up all your ideas last year? Luckily, we’ve got quite a few fresh ones straight from the fountain of ideas so that you can bring the true spirit of holidays and set your mood for enjoyment.

EXPERIMENT WITH COLOURS

If, like the rest of us, you can’t resist buying new baubles each Christmas, then, like the rest of us as well, you’ve made quite a significant pile of them in your attic. So, try to organise them by colours. Try something different this year – use only one colour, or combine two – for example, something you’ve never tried before, like green and brown, pink and purple, or white and red. Or, you can decide to use classic colours – green and red.

ALT IS IN

If you feel innovative, then you will agree that a Christmas tree needn’t be a real tree at all. You can make your own tree with the right resources. For example, put the lights on the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. Another easy solution can be to arrange decorations inside your bookshelf in the shape of a tree. Or, pin them to a pinboard. Instead of baubles, you can try with big buttons. An eco-friendly solution can be to find a cardboard or some old shelf and cut it out in the shape of a tree and then decorate it, matching it with the rest of your less-is-more assembly.

WREATH

This year, you can put your Christmas wreath not only on the front door, but onto the tree as well – and let it be the only decoration you’ll have. Or, you can try to sew one from buttons and cloth. It won’t even take time, and it sure will be original!

DECORATIONS

Instead of buying new baubles – go to a park and collect pinecones. If you’re not thrilled with the idea of putting brown pinecones, you can paint them and give them a modern look. See how they will look hanging off a chandelier, curtain or a lamp. Wrap up your couch pillow or coffee table so that it looks like a present, or just put bows and ribbons to give your pillow a designer look.

LIGHTS

This year, you can dress your tree with lights only. But, make sure to use a number of lights, because you don’t want your tree to look like bare bones. Or, dress your wall with hanging lights. Make it shine! You can try dressing the handrail with lights only. But, watch out when you’re going up or down stairs – you don’t want to pull them out!

COMBINE

Another creative thing you can do is to put ornaments into a bowl and give your dining room another touch of Christmas. Or, you can put them into candlesticks and arrange them at the corner of a room. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

We hope that these few tips will indeed add some festive spirit to your home, so that you can relax and dress your finery and celebrate the upcoming holidays in a cosy atmosphere.