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Wednesday
August 13, 2014

The most luxurious showers on the planet

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Possibly the only good thing about crawling out of bed in the morning is immersing yourself under the invigorating and revitalising stream of a cool shower. Sometimes it’s difficult to leave the comforting warmth and steaming sensations -so just imagine how much harder it will be to step out of incredibly luxurious showers.

Here are just some of the best examples of sensational shower designs:

Attainable luxury

While some luxury showers might be the stuff of dreams, much like the one in the final section of our article, there are some that can be easier to create at home.

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The Huffington Post has released this impressive compilation of stunning showers that might be able to spark some inspiration.

 

Some feature waterfalls, some feature multiple streams, while perhaps the most luxurious feature of these bathrooms is the decoration used in the room itself.

Whether it’s a traditional style or the feeling of being in a tropical rainforest that you are after, these feelings can be achieved much more simply through decoration and little design details than shelling out huge amounts of money on an extravagant luxury item.

In fact, a truly luxurious shower could be achieved with the simple use of a shower pump.

 Luxury is but a shower pump away

This little bit of genius can help you to simultaneously boost the hot and cold supplies of your shower, while also giving the stream a little extra kick.

An intense, fast-flowing water stream can help create the sensation of a massage, with the power shower helping to work out those knots in your shoulders and back.

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If you need some more information, search for Mira shower pumps to find one that would be perfect for your bathroom.

The Sensory Sky shower

While the above examples would be perfect for those seeking luxury on a budget, this example is for anyone that has a spare £20,000 lying around.

German design, innovation and technology experts Dornbracht have created this incredible shower.

It takes the conventional shower and twists it into something that is, quite frankly, magical. It has several pre-programmed settings that can imitate the feeling of mists and rains, and spreads different coloured lights and fragrances into the shower as you are taking it. Incredible.

The “Readjust” setting is supposed to “sharpen the senses”, using a fine mist and a warm rain effect, as well as pumping in the smell of the forest floor, to create a truly transformative feeling.

“Release” is intended to evoke feelings of a refreshing summer rain, enhanced with smells of a tropical rainforest.

Finally, “Rejoice” is intended to comfort and relax, rebalancing your entire body and offering complete immersion.  Water droplets cover your body and are coloured in every shade you’d see in a rainbow, while a pleasant fragrance fills the air.

Different streams of water can be set to different temperatures to offer a truly unique feeling on your body, and you can adjust the cascading style of the water based on your mood.

Of course, all of this immense luxury doesn’t come cheap, with the average cost of Sensory Sky hovering around the $32,000 (£18,708) mark.

 

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Friday
July 5, 2013

Decorating Around Your Red Sofa

The idea of decorating around your sofa is a new notion to many, but it’s quick and easy to do, and the finishing look can be very impressive.

If you have already got (or have recently bought) a red sofa, you may be finding it difficult to fit into your living space. Bright colours such as this can often present home owners with the problem of how to accessorise it with the existing décor.

One way to really create something striking is with a feature wall. This can either be a whole wall painted the same red colour as your sofa, or if you want a less obvious look, incorporate the red into the wall using a contemporary-looking wallpaper. You can also do a similar thing with ornaments and other furniture; use a mirror or a clock with a red frame, or choose some red vases or some vibrant red flowers.

Coffee tables and end tables are always a great addition to a living space, and a nest of tables adds to the practicality of them even more. Consider dark wood or glass to go with your sofa, or perhaps a contrasting colour that is already used elsewhere in the room.

Picking out the same shade and using it as a highlight in the walls and accessories in the room can really help to tie the room together

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Wednesday
June 19, 2013

Summer time bathroom makeover

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As the hot weather approaches those indoor home improvement projects become more and more appealing. Here are some ideas for updating your bathroom that you can do yourself. No matter what type of remodeler you are these ideas will defiantly keep you busy during the hot summer months ahead.

If you pride yourself as fashionable modern home owner consider something sleek and modern, as your bathroom sink shouldn’t be the entire focus of your bathroom. If you find that your high end fashion sense isn’t satisfied by a traditional looking sink try a wall mounted sink. This will open up a huge amount of space in your bathroom allowing you to splurge on that pricey handmade shower curtain you’ve had your eye on.

If you are looking to makeover a child’s bathroom get creative, install a above counter sink that sits 6 inches in height above the countertop. You could easily let your children paint this sink to give it a little personality and it would serve as a great indoor activity.

When choosing a summer project remember to keep it simple, make sure that you have all the materials you need before getting started and most importantly make it fun!

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Tuesday
May 21, 2013

Minimal versus ‘cosy’ home interior design

With many of us facing an ongoing struggle for space, going minimalist can have its advantages in terms of keeping our homes clean, fresh and manageable. But for some, this rather brutal take on interior design can be too cold, too faceless, leaving many to stick to their more ‘cosy’ style of home décor. So is there a way to be minimalist without leaving homes devoid of all personality?
What is minimalist?
Minimalism is all about space, clean lines and removing all the clutter from sight. Creating a minimalist home gives a peaceful, more purposeful environment where each piece of furniture and décor is there for a reason. A minimalist home has the benefit of being easier to clean, to keep tidy and gives us the space we crave so much.
What is ‘cosy’?
A cosy space in the home is at the other end of the spectrum. Creating a cosy room is all about generating warmth and homely comfort with our layout, objects and furnishings, often including lots of unusual or quirky items in the design. The cosy home has lots of ‘clutter’, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but in a home where space is at a premium it can start to feel a little claustrophobic. Not to mention all the dusting there is to do!
A happy medium?
Most people will fall somewhere in between the two extremes. A desire to maximise the available space and create a home with less clutter and more purpose lends itself to some minimalist touches, but a fear of creating a space that is too cold incites us to bring in more decorations and quirky items to freshen up the face of the room.
So is there a way to create a perfectly minimal room that is still warm and comforting? Here are some ideas for doing just that:
· Colour: Minimalist homes are traditionally very white or grey with very little colour injection. But why? Add in a splash of colour with a bright rug or some statement pieces of furniture and instantly the room feels more homely.

· Materials: Use as many natural materials as you can to create a sense of warmth in an otherwise minimal environment. Think about reclaimed wood, wool rugs, linen napkins etc.

· Texture: Add visual interest to an otherwise monochromatic colour scheme by being inventive with the textures in the room. Go for things like hammered metal table tops, chunky hand knitted throws and smooth, polished metal embellishments as a funky alternative to frills.

· Decorations: Rather than trawling the home interiors shops for expensive designer pieces, try using things that have more meaning and purpose to them. Sticks you have gathered on a walk, unusual rocks found at the beach and simple plants or vases of flowers will create a lovely, organic look for your home.

· Light: Make the most of natural light by keeping window dressing to a minimum. You don’t want to have to redesign your window locations around your interior wishes, so design your room to maximise the window light. Use mirrors or polished, reflective surfaces to bounce the natural light around the space and create warm, comforting glows in every corner.

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Thursday
May 2, 2013

Playroom Seating for Kids

Kids love to be adventurous, and they particularly like to have a playroom that is comfortable and fitted to their needs. The playroom is the area of your home where you can let your imagination run wild and transform the area into a fun, colorful and outrageous safe haven where kids can let loose and have fun. Kids love soft things to sit on; sofas are okay, but most playrooms aren’t big enough to accommodate them. Many parents opt for the kiddie table found in almost every playroom in America. You know the one; the tiny table with a set of wooden chairs that you would dread to sit on if they were big enough to seat you. There are many comfortable seating options for kids, so don’t be afraid to explore them. Here are a few fun alternatives kids will love:

Everyone Loves Bean Bag Chairs

Think back to your childhood and try to remember your absolute favourite thing you loved sitting on. Was it a bean bag chair? Bean bag chairs aren’t just a kid’s favorite; adults love them too. From bright colors, to denim, to leather, to camo and zebra print, bean bag chairs come in various shapes, styles and patterns for everyone to love. Bean bags can be pulled around with ease, and you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged when thrown, hit, or jumped on.

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Plastic Chairs: More Comfortable than their Wooden Counterparts

Of course not every parent is a fan of using bean bags in their child’s playroom, and that’s okay. Those that really hate the idea can opt to purchase plastic chairs. More comfortable than their wooden counterparts, these chairs are used in many play areas, schools and daycares. They are easy to clean, great to move around without breaking your back, and of course it doesn’t matter how many happy accidents your kids have with their pens. In fact, a little felt-tip pen and crayon can help to add to the authenticity of your child’s den, helping to add a personal touch to the room.

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Pillow-top Benches

Wooden benches are not necessarily for the garden, in fact, by adding benches inside a child’s play den you can help to create an outdoor vibe in the heart of your home. Kids love adventurous ideas and the more creative you can get, the better. In fact, you can even spray paint the plain wood and create a more personalised effect on the bench.

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Whatever you decide, the key ingredient to furnishing your playroom is thinking like a child. Be bright, be bold and most of all choose seating arrangements that will allow the kids to be able to play in comfort.

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Tuesday
April 30, 2013

Affordable Ways to Kit out a Guest Room

If you have a spare bedroom in your home, it can be a great idea to set it up as a guest room, which can be used if you have friends or family coming to stay. By using your spare room as a guest bedroom, you will not only benefit from a very practical and useful space in your home but also eliminate the risk of the space inadvertently becoming a junk depository.

Setting up a guest bedroom in your home doesn’t have to be a difficult or costly. All you need is a pretty basic space that can comfortably house a guest at your home. Remember though, that this room will only be used on occasion, so simple, basic, yet comfortable are the qualities you should be aiming for in order to avoid spending more than you need to.

Tips to create a comfortable guest room without spending a fortune

There are a number of steps you can take in order to create a practical, comfortable guest room within a pretty low budget.

Freshen up the room with a lick of paint: simply giving the room a repaint will help freshen it up. Once you’ve done this, you can start looking at other areas of the room such as furniture, curtains and lighting. Opting for a warm neutral colour such as biscuit or cappuccino is an excellent idea for your guest room. If you want to liven the walls up a little, buy one or two framed prints for the walls, which you can pick up really cheaply from a range of homeware retailers.

Buy a basic bed: bear in mind that your guest room will only be used on occasion, so you don’t need to buy the most expensive bed on the market. Choose something basic but not low quality. Also, buy a good foam mattress for the bed, as this will be affordable for you and comfortable for your guests. You can then dress the bed up to make it look inviting, using things such as throws and cushions.

Look at curtain and fabrics: when it comes to curtains and fabrics such as pillowcases and duvet covers, you can keep things simple. Again, choose warm, inviting colours but don’t spend a fortune on exquisite designs and manufacturers. Consider the colour that you have used on the walls in order to make a decision with regards to the fabric colours you should use.

Lighting: the lighting requirements for your guest bedroom also only need to be simple. A basic lightshade for the ceiling will be fine – you can colour co-ordinate this in line with your walls and fabrics or go for something like glass in order to add a touch of class to the guest room. Also, make sure you invest in a lamp for your guest to use. Whether or not you will need two lamps will depend on whether your guest room is a double/twin or single room.

Other furniture: there are some other items of furniture you will need to look at. One or two bedside tables are important so that you have somewhere to put the lamps and so your guests have somewhere convenient to place their belongings. You might want to add a small dresser with a mirror if the room doesn’t have en suite. Your guests will also need somewhere to put their clothes, but rather than paying a fortune for a solid wardrobe, you can consider one of the very practical and pretty sturdy canvas ones available these days.

By following these steps, you can help ensure your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your spare room, without breaking the bank.

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Sunday
January 20, 2013

Modern Touch

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If you’re in the mood or have the hunkering to introduce some modern flair to your décor, Inmod.com is a great design resource to take a look at. Specializing in modern furniture, lighting and home décor, Inmod offers a huge selection of products for a variety of rooms, styles and price ranges.

Inmod also offers several Design Your Own options, in which you can customize pillows, bedding, sofas and more to suit your personality. Bedroom sets, sofa sets and dining sets are available to complete your décor in one fell swoop or you can mix and match and create your own look with high quality items from designers such as Eurostyle and Nuevo Living.

Whether you want to add unique contemporary flair or just a modern touch to your décor, check out Inmod.com for all of your décor needs!

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Monday
October 22, 2012

Cheeky Bingo

Do you like to play games online? Check out Cheekybingo.com. It launched in 2008 and is now the largest Bingo Site in the UK. To join it only takes a few minutes to register. Cheeky Bingo is a non-download bingo game, so you’re ready to get straight into the action as soon as you have registered. Just click the Play Now link at the top of any page on the site to enter the game.

There are over 40 game rooms to play in at Cheeky Bingo. In addition to Bingo games, Cheeky Bingo has slots and casino games, progressive jackpots, as well as chat games. Sign up now and you can enjoy one of Cheeky’s six free bingo rooms without spending a penny!  Get ready for Cocktail Hour Wednesday evenings. The bar opens at 8pm, and during this time if you bingo on the Mojito, Cosmopolitan or Long Island Ice Tea patterns you will be entered into a drawing to win a bag full of goodies! Sound fun?  What are you doing this Saturday night? Saturdays nights at Cheeky Bingo are Party Nights!  You will get double cheeky chat points from 10 pm on in the  Cheeky Minx or Naughty but Nice rooms.

Be sure to follow Cheeky Bingo on both Twitter & Facebook.  You will stay up to date on big competitions, amazing prize offers, shopping vouchers, and community events.   In addition are offers and exclusive deals ONLY for Facebook fans!

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Tuesday
October 16, 2012

Spice up your bedroom with an upholstered bed

Upholstered furniture does a great job of setting the tone in a room and it has become particularly popular in bedroom decorating. Upholstery was introduced into the bedroom thanks to patterned and striking headboards that magnificently complement any beds. They add elegance to a bedroom and you can choose them either clean-lined, to bring modernity to your bed, or else patterned and very detailed to evoke a sense of luxury and sophistication.


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Add some upholstery to your bedroom by adding a stylish headboard to your bed, or you could also go for the entire bed that will include an upholstered frame with a headboard and generally also a footboard. Upholstered beds are commonly made from faux leather or other soft fabrics. Contrary to what one might think, upholstered beds made in faux leather can also be colourful as faux leather is a material that work in a wide array of colours. These beds can be shaped like a sleigh or are delicately curved which adds real authority to the bedroom space.

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Upholstered beds are a great way to start redecorating a bedroom. As the most imposing piece of furniture in your room the bed will always act as a focal point and make a great statement when complemented by either a headboard or a footboard.

The option of getting an entire upholstered bed rather than just a headboard might be a bit pricier but the final result is really worth the investment. Would you go for an entirely upholstered bed or only a padded headboard to bring upholstery to your bedroom?

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Thursday
September 27, 2012

Top 5 Home Decor Trends for 2013

You set a high value on your home and want it to look at its very best at all times. So once you have made sure your contents are adequately covered with home insurance from Privilege it’s time to check out the latest design trends for the coming year. Whether you choose to incorporate one or all of them, there are some exciting new ideas to inspire you.

Five Top Trends

1. 3D wallpaper

With 3D gaming and televisions taking the world by storm, it was only a matter of time before 3D wallpaper made an appearance. There are two different types of wallpaper available; the actual textured effect and the ‘trompe l’
oeil’ effect which merely gives the impression of being three-dimensional. Textured wallpapers are ideal for walls that are not perfectly straight as they hide a multitude of flaws and can improve sound-proofing into the bargain. The advances in digital printing allow some startlingly striking designs to be manufactured to create a real focal point for any room in the house.

2. Animal prints

Never off the fashion radar for long, animal prints are set to be big in interior design trends in the coming year. Leopard, tiger and zebra prints can add a strikingly contemporary feel to a room, but this very much depends on using them sparingly. Choose one type of print, and keep to accent cushions, curtains or accessories. Be sure to keep the rest of the room understated to avoid a cluttered feel.

3. Gold

Traditionally used to add opulence to a room, gold is set to be very big in 2013. Accessories in gold add a luxurious feel but, once again, be careful not to overdo it or the effect is lost. Gold leaf highlights architectural features on furniture to replicate the antique French-furniture look and adds a polished gleam to a room.

4. Wood

Wood will never go out of fashion and is set to be big news in the coming year. With the emphasis on ecological soundness, wood is a renewable resource and adds a natural and earthy aspect to home interiors. Whether new or recycled, wooden accents are useful in giving character to a home.

5. Bring the outside in

Botanical art is set to make a major comeback in 2013, with many people already scouring second-hand shops and car boot sales in the hope of picking up an original piece of art. Reproductions are set to be printed on crockery, textiles and utensils as the trend enters the mainstream this year. As with most other trends, it is important to keep the motif to just a few select pieces to avoid the effect from looking too cluttered.

Cee Whitman is a freelancing stay-at-home blogger with a love for interior designs & a Pinterest addiction. She has written this post in conjunction with Privilege home insurance.

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Thursday
September 20, 2012

Nativity Sets for Holiday Decoration

When preparing for the holiday season, it’s easy to get carried away by festivities, gifts and delicious cuisine. With seasonal commercials running constantly, holiday party invitations stacking up and bustling town centers, Christmas time may even seem overwhelming for some. During this busy season, it is certainly easy to forget the true origins of the Christmas holiday.

Despite the hectic side of the holiday season, thinking of Christmas brings feelings of warmth and happiness to most. It is a time for traditions and for families to gather together. Christmas is also a sacred holiday with a story that holds great religious significance. Remembering this side of the holiday can be just as fun and fulfilling as gift giving and decorating.

One traditional way to honor the origins of Christmas is the display of the Nativity scene. A standard Nativity set includes the Holy Family with the infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Other nativity pieces such as shepherds, the Magi, angels and animals are also commonly included in Nativity sets. The Nativity scene, also called a Nativity crèche , dates back to the time of St. Francis of Assisi.

Today you can find a great variety of Nativity sets appropriate for family homes, churches, institutions and commercial enterprises. Varying sizes accommodate both indoor and outdoor Christmas displays ranging from tabletop sets to life-size Nativity scenes. Giant nativity sets require more set-up time and effort; however these options are great for outdoor displays or for large indoor spaces such as cathedrals or other institutions.

Setting up the manger scene each year is a great way to teach children the story behind Christmas. Kids nativity sets made of felt can be played with at home or used as an interactive teaching device at Sunday school. Making the story come to life in a visual manner will add excitement and enthusiasm to the lesson. Nativity sets that come with many separate pieces can also be a family’s collecting tradition with the addition of a new piece every Christmas season. Some smaller nativity sets have many figurines that will keep this tradition alive for years.

Collections such as the renowned Fontanini Masterpiece Nativity are also veritable pieces of art with their incomparable detail and coloring. For nighttime displays, you may want to consider illuminated nativity sets. You can also add to your Christmas light display with lighted silhouettes of the religious figurines found in sets such as Holiday Lighting’s Estate Collection. Both of these unique choices will surely add to the holiday spirit in any neighborhood.

For the containment and protection of your nativity set, you may also consider adding a stable. Typically crafted of wood, nativity stables add authenticity to a nativity crèche and can either be an esthetic addition or a functional shelter. Most outdoor sets are built with enough durability to endure cold temperatures and weather conditions; however nativity sets for holiday decorations should be handled and stored with care.

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Wednesday
September 19, 2012

Maximising the Potential of Your Guest Room

No one likes a bad host, so don’t fall into the trap of giving your guests a horrible night’s sleep. Below are four simple tips to make you room feel less like a hotel, and more like it should be: an extension of your house to people you care deeply about.

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1) Choose the right bed

When furnishing your guest room, the first thing to consider is what kind of guest bed to provide for your visitors. In an ideal world a sumptuous four-poster bed would be perfect as it would add a layer of grandeur to your room. However, we don’t all have the space for this, so you have two far more practical options:

  • A sofa bed: It doubles up as a seating area for your guests (something you of course have to account for) and if you are limited on space, it can fold away neatly so it won’t dominate the room.
  • Twin beds: Although you may think a double bed is more welcoming, twin beds are far more versatile. They can be pushed together to mimic a double bed, or separated when required.
  • A day bed: generally designed with patterns, a day bed does a great job of adding a stylish look and can turn your small guest room into a living room in a flash.

2) Choose sensible furniture

You will inevitably need to provide storage options for your guests, but with a limited space you may find yourself up against a brick wall, unsure where to turn.  Below are some furniture necessities:

  • A Narrow Chest of Drawers: This will allow your guests to store their clothes in an organised way, and it will also work wonders for your décor. Their slim design looks elegant and it will draw focus away from the floor: creating the illusion of a larger space.
  • A Wardrobe with a mirror: Your guest shouldn’t be forced to live out of a suitcase, so it is important to provide a wardrobe. By choosing a wardrobe with a full length mirror you can kill two birds with one stone and also cater to their vanity needs.
  • A Bedside Table: A bedside table will create a more homely feel for your guests. My top tip is to buy a bedside table with a glass top: any nasty drink stains can be easily cleaned, and it will also give a classy look to your bedroom.

3) Curtains should never be forgotten

You wouldn’t want to sleep in a room without curtains, and you equally wouldn’t want to sleep in a room with poor curtains. So the easiest solution is:

  • Blackout curtains: They will prevent your guests being awoken at the crack of dawn and, on a hot summer’s afternoon, they will act as a heat barrier and transform your guest room from a sauna into a cool living space.

4) Add a personal touch

Whatever anyone tells you, the little things in life make a huge difference. Your guestroom is not a hotel room, so don’t treat it like one. Be sure to add the following to create a comfortable, relaxed stay for your guests:

  • Pillows, Pillows, and more Pillows: By including an abundance of pillows you will make your room look warm and welcoming, and you won’t make your guests have an uncomfortable night’s sleep.
  • A good stack of books and DVDs: By having a selection of good books and DVDs for your guests to enjoy it will make them feel right at home.

About our Guest Blogger:
Paul is part of the interior design team for Wedo Beds, an online retailer specialising in comfortable beds and bedroom furniture, and he is happy to share his design tips with you. For more information visit the Wedo Beds online shop.

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Friday
July 27, 2012

Putting Kid Decor to Bed!

They never want to go there when it’s time, but they certainly have opinions on what it should look like; it’s your children’s bedroom! Decorating a child’s bedroom can be frustrating when differences of opinion pop up, but there are some ways to make it enjoyable and cost effective. Here are ten ideas for tackling the bedding in your child’s bedroom!

For a cost effective option, consider basic bedding in a solid colour. Then, customize with stuffed animals or vinyl wall decals around the perimeter of the bed. This allows the flexibility of updating the style of the bedding by interchanging the accessories rather than buying new, costly bedspreads when your child’s tastes change.

Another idea takes the basic bedding idea and expands on it by using netting for the head of the bed or the entire bed. For girls, netting creates a princess feel and for boys, you can use camouflage netting instead. This creates a bed that feels like a hideout for your little one.

Some children adore a particular character or theme. Luckily for mom, there are many ways to cater to a child’s whim and have bedding from mattress, sheets, pillow cases and comforters in the character or theme of their choice and they can buy them online from harrycorry.com for bedding and sheets and for mattresses and pillows visit website

Memories can last a lifetime and there are ways to include memories into your child’s bedding. Use your child’s old t-shirts and sew together a bed spread that will remind them and you of when they were little.

Another way to include memories into a child’s bedding is by utilizing photographs. Photos can be scanned in high quality onto bedspreads or pillowcases and make a unique place for your child to sleep!

A classic theme for a little girl’s bedding is flowers. They can be bright and funky or sweet and sophisticated. Let your little one help pick out the kind of flowers. Then, stop at a flower shop and pick out a small bouquet of the real kind for the night stand!

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Thursday
June 28, 2012

We Should Make our Own Dream Homes

We all have pictures in our mind of our dream home large or small, inner-city or in a wilderness far away from all signs of humanity. Yet we’re stuck here and it comes to a point where we need to stop dreaming and make our current homes into dreams for others.

The goal is simple: be proud of your home and love it!

There are so many techniques to dress-up your home to make it sumptuous for you and anyone else you may drag home. Make your entrance way pop! It’s the first impression everyone gets of your home and why not make it stand-out like no other? This is the beginning of the WOW effect! You can still do this in small areas by accenting a wall or adding an oddly unique piece of furniture.

Take something out of the ordinary and put it into the classically ordinary! One of my favorite examples tends to be nightstands. They’re full of utility yet they’re rarely talked about for accenting the room. A clever reinvention is using an old kick drum on its side. They’re big yes but if you have the space use it.

Wallpaper is on the rise again. Don’t stick with pastel colors on your walls, go after texture. Wallpapers add so much depth to rooms big and small and are accented pleasantly by solid curtains and matching rugs. The choices are infinite now with computer graphic software changing home decor like never before.

So remember, we can dream for an eternity or we can try and make our dreams blossom into our own little paradises tucked away in a small corner of the earth.

By Sophie

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Wednesday
May 23, 2012

Kitchen Improvement

Looking to make some quick improvements in your kitchen? The two easiest things to change are the kitchen sink and faucet. Both are available in every shape, size, style and budget possible.

The two most popular choices in kitchen sinks are apron sinks and stainless steel sinks. An apron sink, also known as a farm sink, has a front panel which is exposed (pictured above). Originally used for country style kitchens, apron sinks have broadened to complement every design style. From extreme modern to ultra traditional there is an apron sink to match your kitchen decor.

Stainless steel sinks are all the rage because of their versatility. Like apron sinks, stainless steel is suitable for every kitchen style. It wears well and practical to work with.

Kitchen faucets are a whole different world then sinks. If you thought your sink choices were overwhelming just wait till you see the faucets. From bar faucets to bridge, culinary to pot-fillers and everything in between shopping for a faucet can get confusing.

The two most special faucets that will make the maximum impact on your kitchen are a bridge or culinary faucet.

A bridge faucet (pictured above) is an elegant design used mostly in traditional, elaborate kitchens. Beautiful and delicate they enhance the kitchen décor like a great piece of jewelry. A culinary faucet (pictured below) is a true statement piece that will give your kitchen a really gourmet touch and help you feel like a true chef.

Enjoy creating your fabulous kitchen!

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Thursday
April 19, 2012

Lampwork Beads: Popular Designs For Your Jewelry

Lampwork beads are very popular today but several years ago, finding them in large quantities
is rare the fact that these types of beads are rather difficult to make. However, thanks to
technology, lampwork beads are now easy to make. The best thing about these beads is that
they can be used to make elegant pieces of jewelry. These beads are made from glass that are
melted and formed by blowing cool air through melt rods and tubes. The glass beads are also
formed with consequently rotating the rod to create the beads. These beads look very exquisite
and the entire process of making lampwork beads can take a lot of time. Having said this, they
cost lots of money but even if this is the case, a lot of people prefer these beads because they
look so dainty. Now since they are made from glass, you should be careful while wearing these
beads as they do easily break when high amount of pressure is subjected on them. Thus, these
beads are great when you wear them on formal function but you can also wear them with your
casual clothes as there are lots of lampwork beads that are tempered to tolerate high pressure.
You can use these beads to make different elegant accessories such as necklaces, earrings
and bracelets. Moreover, you can also use them to add details on your fringe trimmings and
other accessories. These beads also work well with ceramic and metal beads thus allowing you
to create different designs for your jewelry.

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Monday
January 3, 2011

online shopping at CSN Stores

now that the holidays are over i am busy taking down all of the Christmas decor. i’ve been browsing CSN Stores (they have over 200 online stores) for a few modern decor items for the house. they sell everything from corner tv stands, to modern bar stools, dinnerware, and rugs!

i’m LOVING Paul Thomas dinnerware

and Knoll Bertoia Stools (i hope to have these in my dream kitchen some day!!)

both items are available at my fave CSN store, are ALLMODERN.com!

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