October 2017: Decorating with Fall Colors October 15 2017
Source: Better Homes & Gardens
April 2017: Making collages with Small Travel Prints April 15 2017
Traveling is always something everyone loves to do, but what do you do with your pictures when you're done? Here is a list of creative ideas of ways to display all your fun adventures!
Hang a few Polaroids or smaller images on a string from the ceiling or shelf
Cut up a picture of you in the shape of the area you visited
Or use multiple images
Get a quality print of the location you went to and frame them all nicely side by side.
How to here: blog.snapboxprints.com/diy-state-photo-collage/1115769
Or use multiple smaller images and hang them in their own frames to give your walls a unique look.
Crate fun personalized magnets with your images
Use multiple smaller images matted in one frame
Or hang multiple Image on their own along your wall
Top 5 New Years Resolutions for Your Home January 01 2017
- Minimize and De-clutter
- Save money
- Learn something new (DIY)
- Be less stressed
December 2016: Travel Gifts Ideas December 15 2016
Gift giving is always one of the hardest things to do around this time of the year. Weather it be for a close loved one or a distant friend, you always want to find the perfect gift. Here are some ideas to help you find something for the traveler in your life!
1.Scratchable World Map ($29)
2. Travel Candle (FREE)
Here is a how to page: http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Mint-Tin-Travel-Candle-32299327
3. A poster of their favorite trip from http://www.loosepetals.com/
4.Some Sassy Luggage Tags ($13)
5. Colorful Passport Holder ($27)
6.Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens ($80)
7.Tiny Mail Kit ($28.95)
8.CB2 Cork Globe ($129)
9.Champagne Carry-On Cocktail Kit ($24)
10.Linus Everyday Sac ($72)
11. Travel Stubs Diary ($12)
12.Kammok Camping Hammock ($100)
September 2016: Fall Decorating Tips September 15 2016
As the crisp warm leaves fall from the trees and the kids begin to grow with excitement you start to feel the crisp autumn air set in. Bring the fresh, fun, autumn atmosphere in to your home with the following tips!
1. Dress up your front porch with corn stalks or straw to wrap around anything. Using thick colored ribbon in deep oranges to tie everything together. Carry these same materials into lanyards or garlands around your front door and entry.
2. Use your fireplace to showcase seasonal décor: Your fireplace mantel has been waiting for this season! Whether you look in your yard, or you travel to an arts and crafts store, dried leaves and pinecones make great décor. Small pumpkins, gourds or dried leaf vines, and colorful candles will brighten your mantle and spirits.
3. Include Autumnal Colors Combine autumn red or orange splashes with a neutral or contrasting base such as taupe, olive, or blue. Muted greens are fresh alternatives to bold warm colors. Throw Pillows, table accessories, and accent rugs are high-impact, low-investment places to start.
4. Find woodsy elements at your local farmers' market or your own backyard. Look for moss, grasses, and small branches. Fill interesting pots with any combination of them, or turn a bundle of twigs into a natural photo holder.
5. Depending on if you want to go formal or casual for your table, choose colors that reflect your home decor AND the season. Using red and yellow apples for an informal organic and edible centerpiece is pleasing to the eye. For more formal centerpiece design try adding a tablecloth that has hints of fall colors and themes. Small but unexpected details go a long way at the dinner table.
6. Fall decor can be visual but it also involves your other senses like smell. Pumpkin pies, cinnamon apple cider and fire wood scents are all warm and cozy smells. Try using candles, incensing, or boiling a pot of spices.
Tips for Using Colored Mat Boards May 15 2016
When choosing the mat you use inside your framed artwork there is more to consider then what you may think, it is also more important than you might think. There are two reasons for matting art: It keeps the glass separated from your artwork so it won’t stick to the glass, and it enhances your artwork. And a mat gives needed space so your eye can hone in on the art and it does not get cut off in the frame, especially when you use chunky frames. Here are some more tips:
1. Choose your mat color based on what will best compliment the artwork — not the space you are hanging it.
2. Seek balance between the art and the framing that surrounds it. Avoid using the dominant colors in the art as the dominant colors in the framing. Instead, identify secondary colors in the art that share the prevailing value and temperature of the art as a whole.
Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks April 15 2016
It’s that time again! It’s easy to put off or dread spring-cleaning because it feels like you’re unearthing a year’s worth of grime and clutter, but take it one day at a time, and don’t be afraid to take a whole week to clean! A whole house is WAY too much to take on in one day! Use these helpful tips and tricks to take your cleaning one step at a time!
Lastly don’t let all that cleaning go to waste! Make sure youre getting rid of old junk that you don’t need anymore! Take a look at the list below to help you get started!
- Old magazines - chances are, you wont read them again. Find places where you can donate your magazines to. If there's an article that really speaks to you, scan a digital image or keep a folder of magazine clippings if you like saving magazine articles.
- Receipts, bills, and documents - Throw away receipts for items that you aren't planning on returning, and ones that you won't need to use come tax time. If you're wary of throwing away receipts, you can make a digital copy.
- Clothes - Use the two-year-rule for clothes — get rid of apparel that you haven't worn in two years.
- Books - Go through your bookshelf and gather together books you haven't touched in months and ones that you aren't planning on rereading. Be realistic and make sure you're ruthless.
- Medicine and vitamins - Take a look at your medicine closet and clear out drugs that have expired, medicine that has sat on your shelf for too long, or ones that you no longer use.
- Makeup and perfume - Go through your beauty cabinet and get rid of makeup that's too old or that you don't use.
- Jewelry - Go through your jewelry and dispose of the broken costume jewelry and make plans to sell ones that you don't wear.
- Some memorabilia - Many organizing experts advise to be ruthless and throw away memorabilia like cards and gifts you don't use. But designating a small shoebox for memorabilia is much easier and only throw away anything that can't fit into the box.
- Old or unused electronics - Sell your old electronics to different online relators and toss out the old ones you don’t use anymore. With the growing age of technology if you haven’t used something in 6 months you probably wont use it again.
Decorating a Tricky Corner Space March 18 2016
Everyone's home has those pesky nooks and crannies that are hard to decorate. Often times awkward spaces are just left hanging about distracting the flow from the rest of the room. Here are some tips to make use of those floundering spaces.
- Place some plants there: buying some cute pots and planting some greenery to a corner will help to fill it up and add an interesting nature element to your space.
- Angle your TV: Angling your TV to block a corner will help unify the space by eliminating the corner and instead making the TV the focal point of the room.
- Create a reading nook: Add a cozy chair and small table to create a little corner perfect to curl up to with a book and a cup of coffee.
- Find a corner cabinet or table: This is the perfect solution to a confusing corner. These tables are perfectly angled for a corner that doesn't quite fit with the rest of a room.
- Lean a mirror or reclaimed signage against the corner: This will add a unique flair to the room and can really compliment other design elements as well.
- Freestanding shelves or a display cabinet: Shelves always work well in a corner and they are a great way to store extra containers or items in an alluring way.
- Corner play area: If you have children you can set up a fun play area in the space and make it feel like it is their own little world dedicated to all their toys and fun.
- A tall or over sized lamp: A lamp can be both charming and beneficial to a room by adding a design element and extra light.
- Wall art: Perfect for any lingering corner you can hang a series of photos or art pieces that you enjoy that will bring positive attention to a corner that you would usually ignore.
DIY tips for Hanging Art: Wall Types March 09 2016
Picture Hanging Hooks:
Use picture hanging hooks instead of nails. Although nails may seem sturdier because they are heavier, the hooks go in the wall at an angle and are much more secure for picture hanging.
Picture hangers are specifically made for hollow walls making it easier on any surface that is too weak to hold a nail or a screw.
Buy the right type of hook for your arts weight.
One-nail picture hook: holds 30 pounds or lighter
Two-nail picture hook: holds around 50 pounds
Three-nail picture hook: holds between 75 - 100 pounds
Use two hooks per artwork to provide security and help the art remain level.
Type of Wall:
Plaster & Drywall:
- When dealing with drywall or plaster it is best to have a stud finder. This will help you find the wall studs in your wall and allow you to hang the artwork from the most secure spots to avoid wall damage. Wall studs are the wooden framings behind your wall; knowing where they are will stop you from hanging art in an unsteady section of your wall. You can buy electronic stud finders that beep or flash when identifying a spot containing wall studs. Prices range from $20 to $40 and can be found in most hardware stores.
- When hanging on plaster wall use a piece of scotch tape where you will hammer in the hook to prevent the plaster from crumbling.
Wood & Paneling:
- When dealing with wood or panel use wood screws. Wood screws are easy to install with a screw driver and stay in wood/paneling very strongly.
- If you are hanging something lightweight use adhesive strips and hooks to avoid any wall damage. Part is attached to the wall and the other part is attached to the picture. Line these two parts up and simply press the picture in place. If you want to take down the picture just pull the adhesive strips off the wall. Be careful though, for these strips hold a maximum weight of only eight pounds.
- When dealing with a heavier art piece use anchors that spread out behind the wall after inserting the screw.
- Installing nail or screw holes into the grooves of paneling make it harder to see them when they are removed.
17 Ways to Make Your Bed the Comfiest Place on Earth November 24 2015
Make your bed even harder to get out of in the morning with these little tricks we found:
- Hang string lights above your bed to create a magical look.
- Dress your bed in a giant sweater with a cable-knit blanket.
- Get a real down comforter.
- Skip the top sheet and put a nice, washable duvet cover on your comforter.
- Throw down an extra fuzzy bedside rug to make things easier for your feet in the morning.
- A plushy, faux-fur throw on top of your bed covers will add Hollywood glam to your all-day Netflix sessions.
- Tuck your covers in neatly.
- Make your bed every day.
- Add pillows!
- With basic sewing skills, transform a new bath mat or accent rug into a cuddly throw pillow cover.
- Invest in a bedside lamp so you don't have to get up to turn off the overhead light.
- Save money on a fancy, tufted headboard by creating your own.
- Try linen sheets instead of cotton. They aren't cheap, but they get better and softer the more you sleep in them and last you for years.
- DIY a cozy canopy by hanging fabric from the ceiling. Option 1 for creating this canopy is to buy wooden dowels for just a few cents at a craft store and attach them to the ceilings with hooks or thumbtacks. Option 2 is to rig up two short curtain rods on either side of the bed. Both options are very affordable and add an elegant look to any bedroom.
- Add a foam or feather pillow-top pad to your mattress to make it softer.
- If your bed is in a nook or a particularly small room, turn it into a ship-shape hideaway with some curtains.
- Find someone furry to share a bed with. Puppies and kittens are the solution to almost any problem.
Source: Rachel Sanders, Buzzfeed.
- 1 of 2