I think that at Christmas, all styles, colours and shapes are allowed. Sure, there are classic colour schemes like red and green, but I want to go off the beaten track and dare to mix it up with other colours. This year, for example, I fancy a Christmas with a pink/purple theme. But of course, with some classic features that keep that Christmas holiday feel. I'm planning to mix red, green, gold and natural materials with this year's favourites. I think it will be a wonderful Christmas.Fold a Stylish Paper Tree Quickly and EasilyDifficulty levelSimpleTime required10–15 minWhat you'll need:- Wallpaper or other thick paper- Barbecue skewer- Scissors/scalpel- Hole puncher or needle
Create a cosy autumn feeling with recycled candle stubsWe'll start with a DIY project that creates the perfect cosy feeling. I'm thinking candles! Is there anything that instantly creates more atmosphere than candles? You can easily make candles yourself if you have some old stubs at home. They're perfect for reusing and making new candles!Melt your old candles down in a bowl of water. Then attach a wick to the bottom of an old glass jar, try looking in the recycling, or grab the jar as soon as the last of the breakfast marmalade is used. Then pour your melted candle wax into the cleaned jar and let it solidify. If you want an extra fancy jar, you can cover it with some leftover wallpaper. Tie a small string around it for an extra stylish detail. Look around to see what you have at home and let your imagination flow. If you have any scented oils at home, you can put in a few drops in the melted candle wax and in a flash you have a scented candle.All kinds of old candles work so save them and mix them. Even if there's just a little wax left in the tray when a tea light is finished, you can save it and recycle it. Have a bag or jar in a cupboard where you put all the pieces, then just make a candle once it's full.
Autumn is approaching and many children are getting excited about starting at a new school. It’s a fresh start, a time for new interests and an expanded repertoire of things to do in the child’s room – everything from homework to playing video games.
The kitchen is a room for everything, from cooking and homework to cosy dinners and long talks. Quite simply, it’s a room to feel comfortable in. And because it’s such a versatile room, a lot of us spend a lot of time here, so cosy furnishing and decoration, with functional seating and equipment, are important factors to consider when remodelling. Here are our best tips for creating a functional kitchen that people want to spend time in.
The end of summer draws near, and autumn and the back-to-school season will soon be upon us. So why not start the new school year with a revamp in the kids’ room? Here are our best tips on how best to decorate a children’s room in a way that inspires fun and play.
Adding a bright and colourful feature wall or wallpapering an entire room can be a great way to transform the look of a space. But you can often be left with excess wallpaper which can feel like a waste. We’ve taken a look at the easiest ways you can take the fun element of wallpaper design and use it elsewhere in your home: Top drawer design Beautifully transform the interiors of drawers – or the back of shelving units – by lining them with your favourite patterned wallpaper. Of course your favourite chest of drawers won’t be rugged enough to snag your delicates, but a pop of colour or a striking pattern can add that extra little bit of interest. In the frame If you’ve chosen a lively, graphic pattern for your statement wall, mirror that burst of personality on an opposing wall. Cut your leftover wallpaper down to photo frame size, and display several pieces on a gallery wall to perfectly complement the bold prints at the other side of the room. An easy interior update with minimal effort. Alternatively, show off your favourite photograph in a frame that’s backed with wallpaper to demonstrate your own personal style.
Let your children’s imaginations leap into their most treasured spaces and transform their room into something truly magical. If you’re planning to redecorate or renovate, starting with your children’s bedroom can help to unlock your interior creativity throughout the rest of your home. Here we explore how to make your children’s space amazing using an island adventure theme that can be easily adapted for your home:Shade raveVibrant shades play an important part of creating a room that looks and feels like a jungle. Add in lush shades of green and colourful animal wallpaper to really give the feeling of wilderness. The bolder the pattern, the bigger the statement, and the introduction of a daring feature wall will add to the excitement.
Maximising a small space with a few visual adjustments can transform the look and feel of your home. Interior design methods such as space-saving techniques and optical illusions are all simple tricks that will make your small space chic.Let’s take a look at some simple tricks that will enhance the design of your small space.Bright and beautifulThe use of light hues can help give the illusion of a larger room – neutral shades such as whites, greys and pastels reflect the most light and will give your room an airy feel. Light-absorbing dark tones create a cosy feeling, but should be used wisely in a small space. Moody shades of blue and brass features are a key interior trend this season – introduce these accents into your room to add some trend-setting colour depth. Flies by Mia Overgaard is the perfect print for a small space and looks stunning paired with blue.
Pay bills, write emails or work from home – a home office is really good to have. Try to decorate it according to the style you have in the rest of your home and remember that most importantly the home office should be well organized and have convenient storage.
There is something appealing with these photos from this gorgeous Danish home. I like the quiet, bright base color and clever, unexpected details. Above all – OSB panels – that is seen as both the bulletin board in the kitchen and as headboard in the bedroom. So neat and quite right. I actually think we’ll see more wood on walls onwards.
It has been known that if one is in close contact with nature, it helps alleviate mental fatigue by relaxing the mind and thus contributes to improved work or school performance. This article will provide you the information you need in having plants in your interior.
The kids bedroom – a haven for our little onesThe kid’s bedroom can be considered as the first property of our child. Even before they were born, we were so eager in planning how it will appear so that the kids will be able to appreciate them by the time they see it. By the time we welcome our new bundle of joy in the family, their new sanctuary has already been designed and decorated with items of our own choosing. We painted the walls of their rooms or set up wallpapers with colors that we believe would help in their growth and development. We also become excited in adding decorative items in their room to make it more lively and more appropriate especially to their gender. Toys that would be included in the room were also hand picked by us. We also want the room to be safe for our kids as much as possible. Most parents would make sure that the kid’s bedroom will be special as our child holds a very special place in our lives.
Small space living, a trend nowadaysLiving in tiny spaces is becoming a trend today, as well as lifestyle associated with it. In the past, it is believed that living in small apartments may not be that convenient and that activities may be limited. The truth is, whatever you do in your parents’ homes, still can be done in your apartment. From regular tidying up to composting, these become part of the daily routines when living in small apartments.Why live in small spaces? There are many different reasons why this is so. For those who just graduated from the university, they go search for a job in the city. Once they were able to get one, the next thing in the list is to search for an apartment near where they are going to work. Once they have chosen one, organizing and decorating it is essential to make it appear and feel more livable. Small space decorating ideas Decorating your very own apartment is a great way to make it look presentable an livable. Here are some interesting and inspiring ideas to make your apartment look amazing:1. It is common for small spaces not to have a garden. We all are aware that having plants provide benefits to the mind and body of the occupants of the space. Having your own garden in the apartment is possible by utilizing an empty wall for a vertical garden, or a nature wall mural for a cozy aura. With this in your small space, it will instantly feel more peaceful and calm.2. Small spaces sometimes would not allow you to have a luxurious vanity. The solution is to use a tabletop plank and some brackets for a beauty station that does not waste any valuable space. 3. Fitting a full dining room table may also be a problem, and a space saving furniture is the answer to your problem. Pick a table that seamlessly swivels under the counter. The table may also be used to prepare food as well as other purposes.4. If you are keeping any fabric scraps around, you can dye them to give mismatched pieces a cohesive appearance.5. Spice up your little home office with a super-simple jumbo notepad with just a dash of beaded panache. You will be surprised to have your own sleek workstation.Living large in small spaces
Redo your kitchen backsplash in a trendy wayMany designers consider the kitchen backsplash as one of the best opportunities to be creative in the kitchen. It is common for homeowners and designers to put up wall murals on kitchen walls and design the cabinets to make it attractive and inviting. Wallpapers and designs for kitchen walls and cabinetry may come in many different colors and patterns to achieve the desired appearance of the kitchen. Fortunately, there is still another part of the kitchen that can be used to further enhance the beauty of the room. Kitchen backsplash in many kitchens is not just treated as a wall protection from splashes, but as a design element as well. Kitchen backsplash can be a chance for you to play with different colors, textures, and patterns that may blend or contrast with the other elements of the room. With regards to functionality, backsplash is an important part of the kitchen because without it, the kitchen may become messy.Kitchen backsplash ideas that you will loveKitchen backsplash is an affordable and great way to add spice into your kitchen. Backsplash is available in various materials, colors, and patterns that you would find suitable in your kitchen. Tile is the most common type of backsplash. The nice thing about this type is that it is durable, and can be easily cleaned by simply wiping off the dirt, blotches or stains. Tiles may also come in various shapes, sizes, and colors and can be customized depending on your specifications. Other available materials for the backsplash include brick and Mexican tile. These materials are also durable and can last longer than any other elements in the kitchen.Here are some backsplash ideas for your kitchen that you will truly love:• Adding a coat of paint – this is probably the simplest approach to design the kitchen backsplash. There is no need to change the backsplash if you are satisfied with the material that you used before. However, if you are not satisfied with the color or shade, then you can apply a coat of paint that can provide your kitchen a new appearance. The advantage of applying a coat of paint is that you can add other design elements if you wanted to. For example, you can use stencil to create a design in contrasting color. • Use wood – many homeowners find it exciting to have rustic design in their home. If that is the case, then one of the best ways to achieve that look is to have wooden backsplash. The only thing needed is a wood of your preference and adhere the new planks over the existing backsplash. The good thing about wood is that different types of wood can provide various appearance. It is wise to consider staining the wood to protect it from being damaged. • Tin will make it attractive – in olden times, only rich people can afford tin to be incorporated into their interior as this was an expensive material. Fortunately nowadays, the presence of faux tin makes it possible for every household to use it as a design element. Remember that use the material in moderation since too much of it can be overwhelming to the eyes.• Beadboard backsplash – this is one of the easiest and affordable ways to design the kitchen. Beadboard is often sold in long strips and the good thing about that is that you can customize it to suit your needs. Use liquid nail and finishing nails to install them. Paint them with colors that would blend well with the other design elements of the kitchen.• Add mirror – there are basically two types to choose from: mirrored tiles can be bought in adhesive sheets, so installing it can be easier. The other type of mirror can be bought in larger slabs and can project a minimalist appearance in the kitchen.
Remodeling contractor for your projectYou can consider your home as one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, it needs to be maintained or upgraded if it is necessary. Remodeling a home project will also mean that you have to select the right contractor to have the desired outcome. Selecting a good contractor is very crucial for your project because if something goes wrong, then that would be added to your cost. Which in fact we do not want to happen. Remodeling contractors are not the same in terms of their knowledge, experience, skills, and work attitude. Sometimes, hiring a contractor can be intimidating or confusing since there are many stories about homeowners having wrongful experiences during their remodeling projects. So, the thing is, what are the things you need to know and consider before hiring a remodeling contractor?A successful remodeling projectEach one of us has our own definition or criteria when it comes to successful outcome. In general, one of the most important things to consider for a successful project is that all of your expectations have been met - from the simplest things like paint color or wallpaper design to the more complex ones like plumbing and structural works. Of course, not only the physical appearance of the house but the totality of the project. From the planning stage, doing the project, until the project has been completed. Include with that the fair price for the value that you have received and the added value to your home and your life.The hired remodeling contractor is the one person who has contributed a lot to the project. This means that if you are truly satisfied with the outcome, then it is more likely that you will use the contractor’s services again. Better yet, you will be able to refer the remodeling contractor to your friends and colleagues, which is what contractors want.Choosing the right remodeling contractorHiring the appropriate contractor actually depends on the scope of the project. There are basically different types of contractor, such as general contractor, specialty contractor, architect, or designer. Each of them has their own set of knowledge and skills about home improvement projects. Therefore, planning is one of the key elements for you to have a successful home improvement project.Here are the things that you need to do first before hiring a remodeling contractor:• Know what you need and want – this goes for the remodeling project and the people who need to be involved with the project such as the contractor, handyman, carpenter, and others. For the project, you need to be clear of what you want to be the outcome that will be realistic to the budget that you have. For the contractor, you need someone who you can work with comfortably and who can provide you good quality project result that is relative to the budget. • Interview different contractors – ask first your friends for referrals for they may have worked with contractors as well. If you were able to find three or four contractors, you may want to interview them to know the extent of their experience in doing your remodeling project. You may want to consider the following traits in a contractor: promptness, trustworthiness, professional memberships, certifications, previous projects and clients, referrals and/or repeat clients. While interviewing them, better be aware of how confident and honest they answer your questions. You need a contractor whom you find comfortable to be working with and someone who is capable of completing the work.• Ask for quotes – the quote should include the cost of materials, number of personnel needed, and labor cost. Remember that the lowest cost does not mean that it will always be the right choice. Research on the range of cost for your project. • Have a contract – once you have chosen the right contractor for your remodeling project, make sure to put everything in a legally binding contract. The contract should include schedule of payment, duration of the project, professional fees, and the process of the entire project. The good thing about contract is that you will have the edge if something bad happens to the project. It is a written document for your protection as well as the contractor’s.• Be flexible – expect that there will be some unforeseen circumstances that may affect the remodeling project. For example, weather, availability of materials, and others. As the homeowner, you should be flexible with these factors as these may cause delays or additional costs. Of course, it would be better if these things would be prevented by being 5 steps ahead.