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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.

 

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!

If you’re looking for a suave and durable material for flooring, as a worktop, or for a backsplash upgrade in your kitchen, bathroom, office, or patio, Caesarstone is right up your street. Strong, low-maintenance, and resistant to liquid spills, scratching, heat, and stains, it is extremely versatile and easy to install, which makes it an ideal choice for upgrading a commercial or residential property. With the right slab size and thickness, adequate installation, and due maintenance, Caesarstone surfaces last a lifetime, and as far as application is concerned, the quartz stone can be added to almost any area you can think of. Here are a few ideas on where and how you can add chic quartz to achieve cool effects and optimize space functionality.

A Kitchen Fit for an Haute Cuisine Chef

Designer: Carlisle Homes Caesarstone color: Walnut
Designer: Carlisle Homes,  Caesarstone color: Walnut

It’s no surprise that this type of stone is often used for kitchen islands, worktops, backsplashes, and floors. The material’s easy cleanup and durable nature make it a perfect finishing touch for contemporary residential kitchens where style and functionality are equally important. For an elegant kitchen worktop, choose a Caesarstone slab with a thinner diameter to reduce total weight load and cut the update costs. As far as design is concerned, you can choose from a range of textures and hues based on your personal preferences and existing kitchen backdrop.

Bathrooms Out Of Designers’ Dreams

Designer: Kryptonite Stone Works, Caesarstone color: Alpine Mist
Designer: Kryptonite Stone Works, Caesarstone color: Alpine Mist

Bathrooms are another indoor area where Caesarstone can be installed easily and to a superior effect. Floors, shower rooms, and counters can be updated with a quartz coat to extend the lifespan of existing fittings and dial up the ambiance from sterile to suave. For peak aesthetic value, opt for a buttermilk, concrete-color, or light grey quartz: this will help avoid the sterile all-white look while still keeping your bathroom as sanitary and functional as it’s supposed to be.

Commercial Space of Corporate Bliss

Designer: Stewart Rahr
Designer: Stewart Rahr

Commercial kitchens, restaurants, and office spaces can all utilize Caesarstone in their design. While rendering a clean, modern ambiance to commercial property, quartz flooring will provide a non-porous base for your corporate growth and employee satisfaction. White quartz will work for most businesses, but muted or earthy colors and matte textures are also a clever option, as they add character and depth to space and create an ambiance of professionalism and comfort to go with resilience to heavy foot traffic and everyday use.

Timeless Elegance in the Garden

Though Caesarstone is sensitive to UV rays, it can still be used in covered patios, terraces, and similar areas al fresco which are not constantly exposed to direct sunlight. Compared to marble and other sensitive stone types, Caesarstone will not degrade when exposed to heavy rain and frost, but its color may fade with intense sunshine in the mix. Perfect for outdoor kitchens and BBQ areas, it will help achieving a sense of design unity between indoor and outdoor space and increase your property’s market value.

You can also introduce Caesarstone to your home office, hallways, and living rooms if you feel like it. Whatever design, texture, and slab size and thickness you opt for, make sure to maintain quartz surfaces according to the upkeep guidelines so that your residential or commercial space would stay graceful elegant and functional in the decades to come.

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Who would have thought that some of the brightest stars of the celebrity heaven sometimes need an additional income? It is not like they need a side hustle to pay the bills. As it turns out, these celebrities are quite handy businessmen, earning money not just for need but for having some side savings. Some of the successful celebrity flippers can make more money for one house sale than for a leading role in a major blockbuster, for instance. So, let us see who those wise money makers are and how that second career is working for them.

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox

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Turns out that Monica from “Friends” is very proficient in making her earnings from buying and then reselling houses. We can even call her one of the most successful celebrity real estate flippers. Cox is not only buying plane houses and then selling to the best bitter. She is purchasing serious pieces of architecture and investing in their renovation without destroying the present historic qualities. For instance, back in 2004 she purchased a house in the Trousdale Estates for $5.45 million, added a few features and sold it for almost five times larger sum.

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

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When he is not busy saving the world as Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner is flipping houses. Joining forces with his friend Kristoffer Winters, he is flipping everything from a Nichols Canyon home to a Hollywood located house formerly owned by legendary filmmaker Preston Sturges. Renner himself claims that he has actually earned more money from flipping real estate than from acting.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

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Another member of the “Friends” team finds her extra income in flipping real estate. One could say that as always she is following the footsteps of her more responsible friend, Monica (Courtney Cox). In fact, the actress’s house flipping career is equally as bright as her on-screen one – if we might add. Back in 2011, Jen sold her Beverly Hills mansion for $38 million and a year after she purchased a $21 million Bel Air mansion.

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton

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The Oscar winner and Hollywood royalty has a very lucrative side gig purchasing, fixing up and selling properties. She has undertaken several renovations of historic houses in California and flipped some of them with great gains. Her latest project is listed for listed for $6.995 million was purchased in 2012 for $5.6 million. Therefore, the actress stands to profit $1.395 million. Not bad at all, right?

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

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“Here, hold my Oscar, let me sell this house” – Meryl Streep. No, the famous lady did not actually pronounced these words, but we wonder how does she find time to buy, renovate and sell houses, when she is constantly being busy getting herself showered in Oscars. To be honest, her flipping career is not as bright as her acting, but it works. She and her husband might have hoped for larger profit when they listed their house for $6.75 million, but they did still earned $300, 000. Better luck next time Meryl.

Michael C. Hall

Michael Hall

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The star is surely not as cold hearted as his alter ego Dexter, but he does know how to think straight and use his head to earn some money on the side. And it seems that just as with his movies and TV career, Michael has a killer career on the horizon – no pun intended. The “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under” star has sold a Los Angeles house in 2013 after owning it for just one month. True, the profit was not large, but it is a start. Now, he has listed his California home for $4.85 million, and it is expected to profit almost $700, 000.

These celebrities are a clear proof that everyone needs a side gig sometimes and an extra cash influx has never been a bad thing.

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Whether you enjoy fantasy novels depicting magical beings or perhaps a scientific magazine, it is safe to say that a book worm lies in each and every one of us. And we all know that every book worm deserves a cozy reading nook where he can get lost in his own world. These are a few simple tips on how to assemble your own dreamy getaway space:

Eating ice cream and drinking coffee in a reading nook

Peace & Quiet

Reading is a process that requires concentration and focus, and like that it is quite logical that your reading nook should be in a calm surrounding. This will enable you to relax and unwind after a long day. It should exude with serenity, so the best solution is to choose a distant corner in your house and transform it in a tranquility nook. This does not necessarily have to be a huge space, only enough for you to feel comfortable. It could quite easily be a small closet space, an unused pantry or a transformed storage facility.

Reading a magazine in a reading nook

Warm & Cozy

After you have established an isolated space to create your nook the next step is making it as comfy a possible. There is no better feeling than diving into your seat, snuggling in and parting with the real world for some time. The best way to achieve this cozy ambient is by placing a big armchair or a mattress. Do whatever feels more comfortable and top it off with a set of small cushions and blankets. Another thing that can really contribute to the whole ambient is that you add scented candles or incense sticks that will surely put your mind at ease.

A reading nook with a table and indoor plants.

Illumination

Perhaps one of the most important things when it comes to creating a reading nook is considering the lighting in the space. The best possible option is, of course, enabling as much of natural sunlight into the room. This is why it would be a good idea to create a nook somewhere near a window. If that is not possible, then make sure to invest in some good illumination of the space. Your reading nook should not be dark and gloomy, as this could greatly damage you eyesight.

Reading nook library.

Storage & Organization

Lastly, make sure that all your reading material has its own place. While most of us would gladly create an oversized library, the best idea is to add shelving and some drawers. This way, your books wouldn’t be scattered around. It is also a good idea to make it functional in a way that everything is at the reach of your fingertips.

Many will agree that reading is one of the truest pleasures in life. A good book has an ability to take you to a completely new world. It can alter your mind, your vision of the world, help your grow and develop throughout life. With these simple tips, you will create a portal to another dimension in the comfort of your home.

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right swimming pool. Is it just for fun? How big pool do I need? Can I afford it? To answer all of your questions you need to see the pros and cons of in-ground and above ground pools, because these can differ a lot.

Use

When choosing the right pool, think about its use. If you like hosting big parties in your yard, you have a big family that likes swimming, or you just like exercising in the pool, then the in-ground pool is your choice. Its size is the great advantage for this kind of recreation. However, if you need the pool only for your family to cool off during the summer and have some fun, above ground pool is the best for you.

Swimming Pool for Your Home

Cost

In-ground pools are made of durable materials which can be pricey. Even though they provide more space for swimming and relaxing you have to invest huge amounts of money on contractor, materials and other features like lighting, landscaping etc. Plan on building this type of pools only if you can afford it because the price of an ordinary pool can go above 20,000$. On the other hand, there are less expensive above ground pools. These are more economical to purchase and set up. Some common designs can cost up to 1000$, but if you want more luxury the cost does not go above 10,000$. However, the less money could mean less quality which can cost you even more later on.

Swimming Pool for Your Home

Space and size

The size of the pool is entirely personal. If you want to get rid of the grass, the in-ground pool is you choice, but if you want to preserve the landscape and nature then you can choose the above ground one. In-ground pools need more space for building and for the surrounding landscaping. On the other hand, above ground pools usually take up the space only in their size. Also, for both types of pools you can leave some space for installing shade sail posts which can serve as a protection from the sun on summer days, or they can protect your pool. These posts are easy to set up and you can move them wherever you need them.

Swimming Pool for Your Home

Maintenance

If you decided on an in-ground pool you have to be ready to pay for its maintenance. The advantage is that this can be done by professionals and you have to do nothing. However, in-ground pools demand the use of more chemicals and you need to have certain pumps for cleansing the water. In addition to that, winterizing in-ground pools requires more time and money because they need to be properly drained, dried and sealed so nothing would get into the pipes. Contrary, above ground pools are easier to preserve since they do not require water pumps, you can simply drain it and fill it with water again. As far as winterizing is concerned, you can just pour in the necessary chemicals and cover it properly and you are good to go.

A photo of a patio with a small pool
Finally, after carefully weighing on the pros and cons make your decision. If you can afford it, go big; if you only want to have fun, you can go small, too.

There’s something to be said about Oriental décor in a home. It’s inspirational, refreshing, and calming in a space. No wonder why it’s becoming popular in modern-day homes thanks to its Zen feel and soothing effect.

Bring Oriental Décor to Your Home

If oriental décor has somewhat been on your inspiration list but you don’t quite know where to start, begin here for easy to implement tips to bring some asian touches to your space.

Zen-ify your Home

This is much easier than it sounds. Create the perfect harmony and balance by adding natural materials, a neutral colour palette, and simple furniture. Combine the power and beauty of Asian details with modern, sleek lined furniture and décor pieces.

Oriental Décor

Let the Energy Flow

Thankfully, many new homes now incorporate open floor plan, which really encourages the flow of energy. Large windows, bright lighting, also gratify the Zen design, in which positive energy flows throughout a space. Create balance of the positive and negative energies and of opposites in your space by incorporating Feng Shui elements. A centuries old practice, this traditional Japanese design embraces modern décor as it preaches minimalism and simplicity. Get rid of clutter, add good lighting, and ensure proper flow of energy into all rooms.

Japanese design

Bold Colours

Red, purple, yellow and orange are all powerful colours that you can incorporate in doses in your oriental décor. These shades are passionate, and some are symbolism of life, energy, and vitality. Ensure you add them in the right amounts and in the right places.

Bold Colours

Find Buddha a Sacred Spot

Buddha is the face of Oriental décor that represents balanced proportions. It embodies a religious, historical, and cultural significance and harmoniously joins all elements in your home.

Buddha

Bamboo

Bamboo is the quickest and easiest way to incorporate Oriental décor in your house. Options of how you can add bamboo are endless, from flooring, to window treatments, cabinetry, furniture, and frame detailing, the list can go on and on. Even adding a few branches in a vase can really start an asian décor vibe in your home.

Bamboo

Silkscreen Prints

Wall with silkscreen prints bring a room to life. They tell a story with stunning details and vibrant hues, add dimension and become a showpiece in a space.

Silkscreen Print

Folding/Sliding Screens

Folding screens or sliding screen doors, there’s something to be said about this eccentric piece of décor that can at once be a room divider or three dimensional piece of art. They provide privacy without creating boundaries.

Sliding Screens

Incorporate Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie can be found in embroideries, textiles, on furniture, or porcelain objects. Add flavour to your basic neutrals by incorporating Chinoiserie prints to your cushions, or China set. A distressed antique piece of chinoiserie hutch can be whimsical background for any plain wall and simple décor. It’s the luxurious piece that steals the show of your oriental décor at any dinner party you may have.

Chinoiserie

Paper Lanterns

Subtle Oriental décor elements such as paper lanterns can improve its design aesthetic. Soft lighting coming from paper lanterns can really bring home some much needed tranquility.

Lanterns

Come Full Circle

The circular shape is important in Oriental décor as it represents the sun. The most beautiful way I’ve seen circles incorporated into décor is on entrance doors, cabinet doors, as the circle can be displayed largely enough on them and be visible from a distance.

To Summarize…

For the full effect of gorgeous Oriental décor, it’s important to combine the above elements in doses which your space can handle:

  • Add some Zen to your home
  • The flow of energy
  • Bold colours
  • Buddha
  • Bamboo
  • Silkscreen prints
  • Folding/sliding screens
  • Chinoiserie
  • Paper lanterns
  • Circles

What’s your Oriental décor tip to create perfect harmony?

Rania AbdullaAbout the author

Branding herself The Wardrobe Stylist, Rania began styling and blogging nearly a decade ago. She worked with a long list of clients and covered coveted events. Rania loves to give advice to people about the things she’s most passionate and knowledgeable in: fashion, beauty, fitness, and home décor. You can also check out her DIYs and her innovation the Reversible Pocket Square. You can find Rania on Twitter/The_W_Stylist and Instagram/raniastylist.

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!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it is time to get into the mood. A simple way to get the fire of love started is to decorate our everyday living space so that it reminds us of love and shows our appreciation, affection and feelings for our beloved. Your home décor can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish, but here are a few of our favourite DIY ideas for the love season.

Make L.O.V.E. pieces

Any craft store will probably have big size letters made of wood or cardboard, so you can get your L, O, V, and E and decorate them. You can cover them in glue and immerse them in red glitter to get some sparkly elegance. You can for example paint them red and draw white and pink little hearts on them, or simply paste heart shaped stickers on them. A creative way to decorate the letters is to wrap them in yarn in different colours; they will look great in any combination.

Make a Valentine’s Day shelf

Dedicating a shelf or a central place like the mantel to Valentine’s decorations will make it the focal point of our home and show the importance we give to love. We can decorate this shelf with a vase with red flowers, Valentine’s cards, sweets and candies in red and white colours, a favourite picture of you and your partner together, and anything else that comes to your mind when you think of love. Add a nice little garland with red chord and paper hearts and there you go.

Make a floral centerpiece

Nothing expresses love like flowers and you simply can’t go wrong by sticking to this tradition. Get a of at least the double of the amount you would usually buy. Decorate your vase by wrapping it in nice wrapping paper with heart prints. Then cut out little strips of paper like the ones you find in fortune cookies and write love messages for your loved one to read, roll them up and attach them to the flower stems using some thread or yarn.

Turn your wall art into love art

Most people have at least some wall art hanging on their walls all year round and with time we simply stop paying attention to it. For Valentine’s Day and the time around this holiday, we can change this by simply temporarily pasting something over the original art using tack or transparent duct tape, or removing the art from their picture frames and replacing it with love themed cards or art prints. There are many art prints to be found online or we can draw and paint something ourselves. If nothing else, cut out big red paper hearts and place them over all wall art pieces.

Love bomb your home

You can always get red and pink paper and cut little hearts out, put some thread through them and make little hanging hearts. Only, our idea is to make hundreds of them and hang them all around the house, on your lamps and light fixtures, on your mirrors, door knobs, chairs, along the sides of the dining table, on counters and windows, everywhere. You can make heart garlands and add love notes and balloons to them if you wish. Pretend it’s someone’s birthday and make a big banner made of hearts or even a splendid surprise with a farm-fresh flower arrangement.

Heart themed home

The predominant symbol is of course the heart, and the colours are red, pink and white. Add a scented candle, some chocolates and let love flow in!