Category: Interior Design and Decorating

Choose a Perfect Dressing Table

Choosing a Perfect Piece

Three things that come first while choosing such a table are: condition of your bedroom, your choice of design, and of course, your budget.

The Space

A dressing table generally finds its place in the bedroom of any general household, but some are installed in a separate dressing room. And the equation changes there; the type of furniture for an exclusive dressing room and a bedroom are somewhat different. Next comes space. Queen Victoria’s dressing table, though very elegant, you can’t place it to fit in a small space such as a modern apartment. Availability of space and the location is very important for choosing a dressing table. You have to look for the ones that are not very large in size or very elaborate, yet have good finish and functions.

The Condition

If you are going for a luxurious (and expensive) one, you should expect durability of the same. So, the choice of material is … Read the rest

Marrying Design Styles

start with the basics.

Before beginning to stress over nothing, begin with the basics. Start by readjusting your outlook. Rather than thinking of the merger as a daunting and painful process, regard it as the exciting, fun experience that it should be.

Have an open and honest discussion about how you want your new shared space to look and feel. Review and assess what you both have in terms of functionality, comfort, need, and scale.

Some pieces may be too large or small for the new space. If it won’t fit through the doors, or would look dwarfed or overpowering in the room, why even consider it? Remove it from the list of pieces to move with you.

It may be that your partner will surprise you and say one or more of her furniture pieces are beyond their useful life and should not be included in the move. Or that he wants to start fresh and eliminate the mismatched … Read the rest

Kitchen Storage

The ceilings are tall and the verandas are generous, allowing the doors and windows to be open to the trade winds while the interiors are cool and dry, protected from the frequent rains that keep the island so lush and green.

Many of the necessities of farm life in the mid-1860’s were incorporated into the home, and are still in use today. The kitchen, while modest by today’s standards, is efficient and serviceable. They still use the old wood burning stove, which keeps the kitchen quite warm, even in the summers! The kitchen has a composting bin, which is air-cooled to the outside, which keeps unpleasant odors from accumulating. It is handy to remove the waste to the outside compost pile. While composting is making a comeback today, having outside access might be a good thing, but probably less practical in today’s kitchen.

Dishtowels air dry under the sink while hanging on dowels that slide out for easy access. This … Read the rest

Unique Cubes Solve Clutter

Tackle Clutter with Cubes

One of the trendiest methods of getting organized is through stacking wire storage cubes. Available in several colors, wire cubes are perfect for both residential and commercial needs. Wooden cubes are also popular, but the high visibility that wire cubes offer can make them more desirable. Being able to see the objects stored enables you to quickly find what you are looking for.

Versatile and Convenient Organization

A wire cube storage system is the perfect solution to all of your storage needs. These cubes can literally be used in any setting, from the office to the home, few other products can compare to the versatility and simplicity that these stacking and expandable wire cubes offer. Even retailers find these metal cubes perfect for their needs. Wire cubes are easy to put together, they are lightweight, stackable, and can be used to create a storage system of any size.

Cube Storage Options

Though the wire cubes are … Read the rest

Dollhouse Decorating

Keep this in mind if you want your room box to feel airy and spacious, or as I like to put it, “think about the invisible.” Create as much unused space as possible in your miniature. This doesn’t necessarily mean less furniture, but being more selective in choices available, in whatever time period you are working.

For example instead of having a sofa that has a skirt all the way to the floor, have one that has the legs visible, so that you can see underneath. That’s the “invisible” part. You don’t see the bottom of the sofa. You only see the seat and back, but your mind knows there is probably empty space under there. Sure enough. Hold the box at eye level and you can see all the way to the wall. This gives the illusion of a small block of a space being used rather than a large block.

The same is true of tables, which should … Read the rest

Add Color To Space

There are many ways to combine colors to create a balanced and pleasing design. In general, it is best not to use more than three colors in a space. Plan to use one color primarily in the space, one color for more than half the remaining balance, and use the third just as an accent.

Wall color is an easy and inexpensive way to redecorate a room. Just changing the wall shade can dramatically alter the look of the space. Your choice of hue can make the room appear larger or smaller. For example, a small room can look larger if you use a white on the walls. Likewise, using a dark color such as chocolate brown on your walls can make a room seem smaller and cozier.

Before you jump in with a bold shade on your walls, try it out in smaller doses, such as with pillows or accent pieces, to make sure you like it, before you … Read the rest

Pros and Cons of LED Lights

LED Lights – Pros

  1. LEDs use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and as such are the most efficient. As a result LEDs can sometimes pay for themselves relatively quickly through energy savings.
  2. They last a long long time. Depending on which ones you buy and how frequently you use them, they can even last 25-30 years.
  3. They brighten almost immediately when you flick the light switch.
  4. They are less of a fire hazard because they have lower radiated heat.
  5. The light bulb is durable and more resistant to shock and vibration.
  6. New technologies are giving users an element of creativity – they can be easily programmed to do fun stuff.
  7. No UV rays

LED Lights – Cons

  1. This market is currently self-regulated and as such their quality can be inconsistent.
  2. Brighter LEDs are becoming increasingly available, however it can still be difficult to find those with higher wattages.
  3. They can produce a cooler bluish light which isn’t very attractive.
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Make New Home More Modern

Once that has, you will begin to feel more at home and settled. The aim of this article is to show you how to make your new home more modern without breaking the bank.

If you have moved into an old home, you will probably see old patterned wallpaper on the walls. This will mean that the rooms will look smaller and a bit drab. Therefore, the first thing you should do is strip the walls of the old-fashioned wallpaper, and start again.

At the moment, the most prevalent trend is to have a feature wall. Feature walls make rooms look bigger and it will cost a lot less money to wallpaper one wall and not every wall. Once you have chosen the wallpaper, you should pick a colour from the wallpaper and use that colour on the other walls.

If you can’t find a colour that you like, you can never go wrong with white paint, and this will … Read the rest

Shabby Chic Kitchen Decorators

If you live in a classical and conservatory city like those still found in England and especially in cities like Chelmsford located in the East, as a part of the Essex shire county, then you must know for sure how beautifully kept and gorgeously decorated the houses there are. Whether you want to consider the most lavishing living rooms or bathrooms in Chelmsford, there is only one thing that unites them all, and that is the attention to details and time spent on making the home look its best. However, there is one style in particular which has been attracting the attention of an increasing number of persons lately. As a matter of fact, kitchen decorators in Chelmsford have stated that they never saw so many people going after the same look. The star of the day in the beautiful Chelmsford is none other than the shabby chic interiors, whether they are introduced in delicate and luminous kitchens or vintage, … Read the rest

Decorating Home for Summer

I understand there are parents out there who can not have a stay-at-home mom or dad in the family; and I applaud these families for doing the best that they can, the best way they know how. I don’t want to appear as if I’ve intentionally excluded those who can not work from home, or appear disconnected somehow from you. Having been a working mom myself, I know all too well of the sacrifices one makes to provide for her kids. That being said, let’s continue with the article. Shall we?

When I talk about a “decorating diet”, I’m suggesting getting rid of the items around us that make things complicated. You can either hold a garage sale, and let someone else love your finds as much as you once did; or you can just simply pack things up, and store them away in the attic. The point is that by clearing away every unnecessary item, you are giving yourself … Read the rest