November 2017: Canada's Top Interior Designers November 15 2017

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October 2017: Decorating with Fall Colors October 15 2017

 
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, fall atmosphere in to your home with the following tips on how to use pumpkins in your home design!
 
Showcase miniature pumpkins in an elegant fashion with a bell jar or cloche. The pumpkins create the homey, fall look, but a sleek glass dome adds a touch of class and formality. Add colorful details around the dome, such as leaves, flowers, or other fall favorites, to complete the arrangement.
Jack-o-lanterns add a spark to your autumn-inspired decor but this time, the faces and fancy carvings aren't necessary. Simply cut a hole in the top of a pumpkin, scoop out the insides, and place a candle inside the cavity to create a warm fall light. Try different sizes of pumpkins and surround them with gourds and other pumpkins to complete the arrangement.
Don't put your empty planers away just because it’s fall. Turn a planter into a pedestal for a pumpkin to create a simple fall display outside.
Transition pumpkins into late fall by adding pinecones to your displays. For a late-fall centerpiece, place a large pumpkin in a shallow basket and surround the base with pinecones.
Add petite pumpkins to an existing display to dress it up for fall. Plain pumpkins work well, but if you want to add some extra flair, paint designs on the pumpkins in colors that match your décor.

 

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

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September 2017: Australia's Top Designers September 15 2017

  1. MIM Design
  2. GREG NATALE DESIGN-  http://gregnatale.com/
  3. Derlot - http://derlot.com/ 

3.     COCO REPUBLIC

5.     Jodie Cooper Design

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July 2017: Tips for Decorating for Family Get Togethers July 15 2017

The idea of throwing party at your house one with lots of great family and friends, amazing food, and interesting conversation always seems like a good idea until you’re in the thick of it. Recent studies show that you should begin planning your event 6 to 12 months in advance to make sure that you have enough time and resources. Follow some easy tips and tricks you will find that hosting a gathering can be simple for you and a fun time for your guests.

There are a few important things to remember while planning any event– big or small – formal or casual:

  1. Give yourself enough time. Some people may have to use vacation time to come and without enough warning they cant make it, or other issues may arise so be sure to have a flexible date that works for the majority of people.
  2. The company matters the most. You do not need to have the perfect party. Make sure your guests will be comfortable. The kids will have something to play, and the adults have plenty of distractions to not worry about their kids.
  3. Delegate to everyone. When someone asks, can I help, say “yes.” Even if you don’t think they really can. Everyone can help and the more someone helps you out the easier your work load is.
  4. Remember to make or buy enough ice. Buy more than you need.
  5. Empty your entry closet so you have room for coats. If you need to, put the coats from the closet on a bed. Make sure you also have hangers.
  6. Don’t even think about doing the dishes while the party is going on. There is always time later that night or the next morning.
  7. Don’t be afraid to serve pre-made, store bought items or even take-out food.
  8. Pick up some disposable plastic containers to let people take home leftovers.
  9. Let someone else (besides you) bartend. Just means you have more time to enjoy the event. Your local bartender may even be willing to come out for a few hours if you ask nicely.
  10. You can never have too many garbage cans and bags out in all of the rooms.

 

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

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June 2016: Where to hang your Travel Prints June 15 2017

Looking for a good place to hang your new art from Loose Petals? Well here are a few Ideas on where to hang your new art that you will love!

Morning Inspiration

Use your newfound artwork to inspire you every morning. Hang your print somewhere in your bedroom so it is something that you see as you wake up or are getting ready for your day. You can hang it on the wall adjacent to the end of your bed or even in your personal bathroom to give you the reminder of your past travels.

 

Work

Have an escape to paradise and put your travel prints in your office. If you have a home office, even better, then you can enjoy your memories at home as well! Or if you are just looking for a daydream getaway and are allowed to hang up personal belongings in your work place put your print somewhere at eye level to your desk so pure bliss is just a glance away.

 

Foyer

Putting your artwork in the entry of your home can create an interesting topic for your guests even before they take off their shoes! Share your stories and experiences by hanging your travels along the   entryway stairs or along side your front door. But be sure that they done sit in the sun for too much of the day, you don’t want your piece to get faded

 

Kitchen

Hanging your prints in your kitchen can give you that global inspiration to cook more ethnic and diverse foods. Using your prints to inspire your everyday life will give you a new look on something old.

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May 2017: Decorating With Dark Colors May 15 2017

When choosing your paint colors be sure to keep in mind that dark colors can make a room automatically make a room feel more cozy and intimate. Be sure that you have the general idea of what you would want your room to look like before choosing your paint colors. Here are some simple tips to using a dark colors in your space.
 
Don’t go too dark
Add pops of bright colors to offset the closed in feel that dark colors often give out. Simply add light curtains to brighten up a wall or accessories like a light piece of artwork or groupings of light objects on shelves or tables
 
Natural and Artificial Light
By adding light to dark walls the color becomes more intense and livelier. Weather its using natural light or small spotlights or a big chandelier the room will have a bigger impact with some fresh lighting.
 
Highlight Design Elements
Use the dark color to your advantage. If you have a Design element that you want to emphasize think about placing a rich and dark wall color around the object. For example If you have beautiful white marble counter tops Think about creating a dark rich backsplash to offset the countertops making them pop.
 

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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 

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March 2017: Adding More Luck to your Home March 15 2017

With the luck of the Irish on your side here are a few more tips to give you just a little bit of extra luck.
 
 
Decorate with White Lights
You can outline your front door with a string of lights or twine them around your entryway's columns or railing. If your interior entryway or foyer is dark, you may want to use the lights inside instead. According to feng shui principles, decorating with white lights attracts opportunity to your home and helps you recognize it when it arrives.
 
 Paintings:
Hang Soft landscape paintings featuring sunrises, blossoming flowers and shining lakes and green hills to give some extra prosperity to your home.
 
 Wooden Floor:
According to Feng Shui, it can protect the house from disasters and bring health and good luck to dwellers.
 
 
 Furniture Arrangement
Arrange your living furniture in a circular formation will help the flow of energy. There's also the belief that good energy will come if you place your bed diagonally from the bedroom door.
 
 Pot Plants:
They should be luxuriant, placed at least two in living room or study room.  Colors specific, the eastern side of a room should be in red: flowers like roses and peonies, especially for knowledge workers such as student the western side in yellow: plants like kumquat.

 

 

 

 

Source:

www.goodhousekeeping.com

 

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February 2017: Tips for Designing a More Romantic Bedroom February 15 2017

  1. Replace dirty laundry, stacks of bills, coupons with and all those pictures, candlesticks, decorations, and children's painting that don’t already have a place. Or if you dot have much stuff in your room just by simply straightening up the room you can feel more collected and relaxed.
 
 
 
  1. Draperies or curtains are a great way to add depth and a soft feel to a room. Think of unexpected places to use them like adding a canopy to your bed frame. Soft linen sheets catch the wind and flow can give the space an added romantic appeal
 
  1. Pick bedding that will give you a relaxed comfortable bed, making it cozy. Color is a great way to give the room the feel you are looking for. Gold or bronze as they are known to create an environment of romance into your bed. Red, black, white, blue and green are also some of the few popular colors that can be used. Also try adding more pillows, yea you might not use them every night but even just making your bed and having a nice clean slate can change the look of a whole room. .
 
 
  1. The color scheme you choose for your bedroom is as important as the decorations. You want to choose colors that complement your goals and what you would like to do in the space. "Decorate your home with the colors you and your family love. It doesn't matter what the latest trends are or what the fashion gurus think. What doesmatter is that you love your home and that your choices make sense for you and your family." 
 
 
 
  1. Lastly, Take out the television.Spending time in front of the television keeps the attention off of your lives and onto shadows of life. Before you know it, your time together before bed slips away through the world of media. Just by the simple act of removing the TV, you open up free time to reconnect with your spouse in a special way without distractions.  

 

Source:

 freshome.com

www.familylife.com

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Top 5 New Years Resolutions for Your Home January 01 2017

Here are some helpful tips and ideas for your new years resolution plans that aren’t just only for your home, but for your life style as well!
 
 
  1. Minimize and De-clutter
Probably the best and most profitable way to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Either that means selling, donating, or throwing out unwanted and unused items. See our previous articles for better advise and more detailed tips. But think of this a purging all the bad and making room for the new and fun things in your life to come! Go room-by-room and think twice about what you bring in.
 
 
 
  1. Save money
 
Shrink your bills, that is, by reducing your carbon footprint you not only help the environment but your wallet as well. It can be as simple as remembering your mom's advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room. Or turning off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night. Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them. Also, as much of a pain that it is, but you can turn off your power strips and unplug any unused appliance that don’t need to be running 24/7. You will be surprised at how quickly all these little things add up and end up saving you a TON of cash!
 
 
  1. Learn something new (DIY)
 
Learning even just one new thing is great for your health and to help get those projects done around the house. We recommend starting off simple for the first year, and only tackling 2-4 projects. Be sure you don’t start something new until you have finished the last project. I promise it is much more rewarding to finish something than it is to have a long list of to-do’s.
 
 
 
  1. Be less stressed
 
Install Low-maintenance materials in your home everywhere you can. At first the cost might be over bearing, but once you realize the time and effort you will save just by spending a few extra bucks you will wonder why you didn’t do this before Fiber-cement siding lasts for 50 years or more. It’s weather-proof, and resists dents, fire, insects, and rot. But something on the easier side is LED bulbs which last a phenomenal 20,000 to 50,000 hours between changes, or about 18 to 46 years when used for 3 hours each day. Although the initial cost is high (about $40 per bulb), LED bulbs pay for themselves in energy savings in about 10 years. Or you can skip the fake hardwood floors and use a classic ceramic tile. It’s incredibly tough, stain-resistant, and impervious to moisture. You can count on ceramic tile’s good looks to last for decades on floors and walls without needing repair or replacement. Plus as an added perk you (usually) get a much better quality product and service from these items.

Sources:

 

www.houselogic.com

www.housebeautiful.com

www.designingyourperfecthouse.com

www.vecteezy.com

www.sustainablebusinesstoolkit.com

tinyliving.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

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