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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Relaxing Master Bedroom

1. Warmth Under Foot. As a great lover of hardwood floors I’m usually the last to suggest the contemporary idea of wall-to-wall carpet but in a bedroom, particularly a Master Bedroom, it’s where I start the conversation. Regardless of the climate in which you live (and certainly if you are in snow country) the wall-to-wall installation of a plush, warm and perfectly delicious wool carpet makes absolute sense. If you’re fortunate enough to have a walk-in-closet and dressing area, let alone a sitting room, then let the carpet join these areas together in one lovely underfoot experience.

2. Zen on Every Wall. There are those who will differ with me in their opinion of the best colors to use on the walls of a Master Bedroom. Regardless of the differences I strongly advocate, if a calm retreat is what you desire, that you edit out bold blasts of color from your rooms color pallet. Fine that you want a blue room but don’t complain to me about your sleepless nights when you paint the walls a never shattering electric blue. I would have suggested one of many shades of soft, feather-like aqua or quail-egg blue. Either would be a calm departure that enhances the objective of tranquility rather than mocking it.

3. A Tech-free Zone. Don’t cry to me that you can’t sleep when in your bedroom you surround yourself with every type of electronic gadget on the planet. Is it any wonder that you’re longed for slumber is routinely shattered when from every corner of the room some battery operated gizmo is blinking, beeping or humming your favorite rock-n-roll anthem!? Wishing for a tranquil retreat? Banish all forms of electronics. This includes the television. A single mobile phone, with properly adjusted “Do Not Disturb” notifications is all any Master Bedroom needs to achieve rewarding results.

4. Comfort Is King. If there’s not another stick of furniture in your Master Bedroom than the bed in which you sleep then you’re off to a good start. I’m often asked, when people are buying furniture for a bedroom, “What should we start with, if our budget is limited?” Hands down the most important purchase you’ll make for the room, in which you spend more time than any room in the house, is the bed. If you’ve ever spent a night in a luxury hotel you know the seductive, lush power of a beautifully crafted bed. They are designed to provide the best night’s sleep possible and thus are worth every penny. I encourage you to sleep around a bit. Spend a night in a Hilton, a Four Seasons, a Ritz Carlton… etc. and find a mattress set that works for you. Most of these hotels have in house purchasing options that will allow you to buy that very bed. Don’t hesitate. It is the best money you’ll ever spend.

Stripes In Interior Design

Stripes do not just add interest in a room but they are also effective in hiding a myriad of traffic. It can also conceal wear and tear that you or your family members can inflict.

Using stripes on your décor can help you break loose of predictability. The world of interior design is often about patterns and solids but if you want to surprise everyone, then add some stripes. Just make sure that you keep one color as the unifying element in a room or else you would lose the needed cohesion on your design.

Stripes can also be used on those lovely stairs that you have at home. Just look at that often boring straight staircase and know that you can actually use striped carpets on them. These stripes can render an interesting path to the upper rooms.

Adding that striped carpet will also offer that needed energy boost on your stairway. At the very least, the appearance of wear and tear are kept at a bare minimum. Remember, though, that carpet warranties won’t cover stairs and hallways so those stripes will come in handy in hiding the wears and tears of daily traffic.

Subtle stripes, when used on walls, can add an interesting décor to any room. Have your paint or wallpapers designed with stripes (whether vertical or horizontal) and you get to change the aura of the room. Just make sure that the rest of the design elements are not as lively as your striped walls or you will be left with a room that has too much activity going on.

A Surefire Beauty

Adding stripes is a surefire way to stylize a room. Choose from delicate, thin or bold stripes, no matter, you are sure to add a little pizzazz to a boring design. There are just a few tips that you need to remember, though.

First, when you are out to paint your walls, make sure to use masking tape to outline your stripes. Using a spirit level, measure them so that you are guaranteed of straight lines.

If you prefer a retro look, combine thin lines with thicker bands. This will help you achieve an 80s design. ‘Feeling bold enough? Why not paint diagonal lines for a more modern look? You can do this on a focal or feature wall or you can have it done on all four walls – it’s up to you.

Widen or add some height into a room by using striped wallpapers. A huge bonus of using stripes is that they can conceal any flaw. A room with low ceiling can benefit from a vertical striped wallpaper. This will create an illusion of height.

Employ the same trick using the stripes on a horizontal position and you will get a visually wider room. This is most useful in narrow rooms.

Art of Minimalism

1. Make it Count-

Consider your home to be a beautiful puzzle. Let the decor be such that every product fits within it in a perfectly balanced way. Let there be no extra piece, however pretty it may be. Anything that doesn’t serve a purpose of fulfilling that puzzle is a piece that doesn’t count and so should simply be disregarded.

2. Quality vs. Quantity-

One must rather have key pieces which make a statement rather than multiple baubles that do nothing but create noise. Getting carried away by sweeping trends may sound quite alluring at first but will only prove to be a waste in the longer run. Instead, invest in timeless decor products. For example, of all the options of storage boxes online, it is advisable to buy vintage storage boxes rather than many other boxes for decoration. This will ensure that your accents look classy for years to come. Remember, the principle of quality over quantity to always maintain a cleaner, de cluttered home decor.

3. Left door in, Right door out-

Often we get so caught up in buying all the pretty things that come our way, we forget how we have a lot of similar stuff already. It thus, makes a lot of sense for all of us to follow a basic rule of letting something go for every new thing we bring into our homes. This ensures that there is no ‘junk’ as such lying around our homes. Things that we haven’t used in ages, broken decor accents that we can’t seem to let go, etc should all be shown the door to make way for newer, better things.

4. Small Steps Count-

If the modern home decor with its minimalist values is something that you are sceptic about but still want to have it introduced in your life, it’s best you ease into it slowly. For all new things in life, taking a sudden, complete plunge doesn’t always bode well. Taking small steps towards adopting a new philosophy is a sure shot way of sticking to it for a longer duration. This way, you are able to pay attention to details and slowly but steadily get accustomed to a new lifestyle. A lifestyle that you’ll realise soon enough declutter your life figuratively just as it does literally, giving you a clearer head along with a cleaner space!

Info of Decorating With Window Blinds

With traditional window shades, light is all-or-nothing. They’re either up or they’re down – there’s no in between. With blinds, you can adjust the amount of light you want in your room. You can pull them all the way up for a crystal-clear unobstructed view, you can pull them down but leave the slats open for lots of light, you can close the slats for hardly any light, or choose one of a practically infinite number of variations in between based on your particular desire at that moment.

The adjustable nature of blinds is also an important consideration for privacy, especially if you live in a ground-floor apartment or a neighborhood in which houses are situated close together or near the street. Blinds allow you to see out without allowing everyone else to see in.

Many different looks can be achieved depending on the style of blinds you choose: wood, faux wood, metal, vinyl or another material. A dark, heavy, hardwood blind can bring a warm, outdoorsy feel to a room. White or light-colored vinyl blinds suggest a breezier atmosphere, perfect for a beach house or a kitchen. Colored or patterned blinds offer your room a really distinctive look, and deciding on vertical versus horizontal can also have a major effect on a room’s demeanor.

Even though blinds are often considered a sleek, cosmopolitan addition to a home, it doesn’t mean they have to break the bank. Love the look of real wood but can’t afford the steep price? Try faux wood – many people won’t be able to even tell the difference. Sure, a remote to raise and lower the blinds would be nice, but if you’re trying to cut corners, you can skip that feature. If you have neither children nor pets, you don’t need the added cost of cordless, either. Some blinds can be purchased for as little as $25 each, while higher-end blinds can run more than $100 each. Installation fees can vary as well, depending on where you shop. If you’re handy, install them yourself and save even more. Make sure you feel comfortable tackling the job, however; it won’t save you money if you end up having to call in a professional to re-do the work.

And just because you have blinds doesn’t mean you have to give up fabric! Top your blinds with fun fabric patterns, or drape wide swatches on either side to soften those edges. Either will enhance your look while helping to keep dust to a minimum.