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6 Tips That Will Help You Deal With Stress During Home Renovations

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Undertaking a major home renovation can easily cause havoc in your life as you will inevitably run into problems, experiences setbacks and disappointments, have a bunch of strangers parading through your home and live in a confined part of your home until all is finished. While you can't completely avoid the anxieties that go hand in hand with a re...
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​Backyard renovation: Make it stylish and functional

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It doesn't take a lot to turn your backyard into a perfect getaway, but this piece of your own natural paradise can make a significant difference in the quality of your lifestyle. What's more, constantly upgrading the look of your backyard and making creative tweaks here and there can become a fulfilling and rewarding hobby. If you're not sure wher...
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Effective DIY Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Deck

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Making your front deck look good is often times neglected when it comes to decorating your home. Many people don't pay much attention to the state of their front porch and have other priorities which are mainly revolving around enriching and embellishing other parts of the house. But it really shouldn't be that way, since the ornamented and garnish...
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How to Give Your Living Room That Extra Cosy Feel

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​ The kitchen might be the busiest room in the household, but the living room is the heart and soul of a home. This is the place where families come together to share and bond, a place where friends gather to make lifelong memories, and a place where you can enjoy some well-deserved alone time with a favourite book in one hand, and a refreshing dri...
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Fall 2018 Renovation Trends You Can’t Miss This Season

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After a relaxed summer outdoors, it's time to get back inside. Before the days become too dark and too short, you might want to take up a renovating project to spruce up home a little. If you're not too sure what you want to achieve and if it will work for your home, be inspired by the key renovation trends of the season. Quirky Bathroom Tile Okay,...
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Home Decor Ideas That Will NOT Burn Holes In Your Pocket

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Everyone wishes to live in a wonderful home that has a charismatic appeal, but decorating it with luxurious accessories can make a really big hole in the pocket. But do you know, that there are lots of interesting home decor ideas that will not create any sort of financial burden. Whether you are shifting to a new house, giving a makeover to your e...
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My Antigua Scratchpad | Antigua Guide

My Antigua Scratchpad | Antigua Guide

So a work in progress...this is my interesting and stylish look at the isla of Antigua in the Caribbean.

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Excellent Ideas to Decorate your Kitchen

Excellent Ideas to Decorate your Kitchen
​ The kitchen can be considered as the heart of your home.Starting from your family time, during the Sunday mornings or the much desired space to entertain your guests, the kitchen is a very important part of your home. With simple touches, you can decorate or renovate your kitchen, so that you feel lively staying there. Here are some effective ide...
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Pleated Versus Cellular Blinds – Which Is Better?

If you are in need of new window treatments for your home, we understand your desire to make the right selection. After all, new blinds often represent a considerable investment and we would hate for your hard earned money to be wasted. If you have done your research and it's come down to a choice between pleated and cellular blinds, you've come to...
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Some good reasons why you should hire an interior decorator

Some good reasons why you should hire an interior decorator
​ Hiring an interior decorator is not a preserve of the rich as some may think. Whether it is for residential properties or commercial properties, the benefits of hiring an interior decorator tend to outweigh the costs in the long-run. So do not be afraid to hire one. Here are some of the benefits of hiring an interior decorator: a) Saving money. I...
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Elora Hardy - An amazing father too making things from bamboo

Elora Hardy - An amazing father too making things from bamboo

'We ask the Bamboo what it's good at and what it says is.." Elora HardyI had no idea as to the strength of Bamboo - you can hold 4 tonnes on its end, and its lightweight. It's the creativity of the Balinese groups structures that impress and its ecological too.They have a slat treatment that preserves the stuff for a lifetime so for certain climates these structures are simply useful, longful and beautiful. In the colder climes like the UK perhaps it is a material that can be transported and used in conjunction with others to provide more insulation both noise and heat and reduce the need for more environmentally costly materials.I think you will also be amazed with this TED video. This is why I have chosen to blog it.

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Things You Need To Know About Fluorescent Lights

Good fluorescent lighting is always admired in a home. It can make the ambience more engaging and relaxing or it can make it completely the opposite. But proper lighting can be tricky too, so here are some information to fill you in about fluorescent lighting.

The fluorescent lighting system

l   A fluorescent tube contains electrodes on both of its ends. Inside the tube is a gas that contains argon and mercury vapor.

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Beds I wish were available to buy on the highstreet

I know the bed I want but never see the kind of bed for sale on the high street. I like futons but I might prefer some modern take on the low bed. I have headroom but like sleeping close to the floor. I want a contemporary bed design. Plenty to be found online so I will be sharing them here to give you the idea.

Thanks to naturalbedcompany.co.uk - for the next low style japanese style bed. For the above beds - sorry there was no copyright available please contact us to amend this correctly with proof of rights.

 

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Easy Home Decor Tips - Decorating Your Home With Dimmable LED Lights

 

The best interior designers have gotten better because they have access to dimmable LED bulbs. This type of lighting gives you the opportunity to enjoy a wider range of day-to-day activities. Whether you want to watch a movie, take a nap or host a dinner, make sure the lighting is exactly the way you like it. No one wants lighting that is too bright or intense for any task. Always have the chance to manipulate your lights to change the tone and atmosphere of any room from the patio to the sitting room. Know all of the advantages that come with using dimmable LED lights.

Dimmable Lights Save You Time and Money

The technology of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is becoming more advanced with each decade. LEDs are green lighting products that are extremely energy efficient and long lasting. At first, the lights were criticized for being incompatible with dimming switches. Nowadays, nearly all LED lights are compatible with dimmers. People have more options with the dimmable lights they want.

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How To Save Money & Energy By Using Natural Lighting at Home

 

The old saying that natural light is best has never been more true than it is today. Natural light not only adds to the ambiance inside a home but also energy savings because it is free.

Natural light that flows in from windows, skylights utilizes the free energy that comes from the sun and can reduce energy costs substantially. Of course, having these openings also be energy efficient and tight from drafts is also important. What you gain in light can be eaten up in heating costs if equal attention is not paid to keeping out the cold. Today, thankfully, most new windows being manufactured do have energy savings and efficiency in mind.

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Interior design for men

Men are notoriously oblivious when it comes to interior design. Take a look into a bachelor's pad or a married guy's man cave and you'll likely see a motley assortment of decorations, or none at all. In the Wall Street Journal, contributor Dale Hrabi said, "It's assumed that they're either indifferent . . . or energetically tasteless." Case in point: the 2012 Man Cave of the Year, declared by ManCaveSite.org, showcased such mismatched accessories as a suit of armor, a fire hydrant, and plastic toy cars.

Tariq Dixon, co-founder of Trnk of New York City, hopes to create a new style that a man's man can get behind with interesting themes and masculine patterns. His company "explores broader notions of what the male living space can be," which is another way of saying, guys who care even a little bit can get their space to "match" in a cool way.

Co-founders Tariq and Nick Nemecheck, both 27, started their business as an answer for men who are discouraged from exploring interior design by the feminine nature of design magazines. Men can be bewildered by the feminine look of bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms, and the truth is, women arethe targets of these magazines. Design writers don't expect men to care about such topics. Dixon aims  to change that assumption with his company's designs, in which, he said, "you won't see toile, tuffets, canopy beds, flora and fauna wallpaper, and other cliches of ladylike design."

Instead of flowers and ruffles, expect to see a preponderance of distressed leather, midcentury modern furniture, geometric rugs, and one or two dead animals. To prove to guys that these styles are "cool" or "manly," Trnk has created a "Stories" page which points to celebrities and other role models who incorporate similar color palettes and designs into their interior design. A major portion of the men featured are single, but a third are married, indicating that men can still make design decisions once they share their homes with a female companion.

A few trends users can expect to see include heritage design (with patriotic colors and American flags), cowhide rugs, vintage products, and globes. Dixon said, "We've visited about 30 homes already and half of them had globes" which he said is because "men often gravitate to decorative objects they can rationalize as functional."

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Natural Inspirations Influencing Modern Design

Design and style within the home is something many of us consider important. Your interior design choices help create a home that reflects your personality andtastes, as well as helping to make it feel welcoming to others.

Each room should take on its own characteristics, including the bathroom, which is often a neglected space (just because this room is highly functional doesn’t mean it has to sacrifice style.

Just ask Bella Bathrooms; they understand how important it is to have a stylish, yet functional space. You don’t have to focus on the bog standard white suites, neutral colour palettes and basic furniture. You need to inject your own style. After all, the kitchen is highly functional, but it is no longer a neglected space. Surely the same should also apply to the bathroom?

Nature has always been a key inspiration and there is no better place to include the theme than in the bathroom. The space can easily handle multiple textures and materials and support the need for practicality whilst being effortlessly stylish.

Typically, bathrooms can appear stark and cold. Adding natural elements can add a touch of warmth to the space.

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Lighting: The Essential Interior Design Element

Desktop lamps, free standing light sources, ceiling lights, small spotlights, there are so many different forms of lighting that can be perfectly incorporated into the home to create just the right mood. Whether it is a functional room or a place for relaxation, there are sources of light that fit every possible scenario and lighting makes up one of the most important areas of interior design that is often neglected leaving a space feeling bare and cold, eliminating the intended theme.

The Neglected Element

When designing a room or even an entire home, the biggest priority is usually the end result, the items and colours that will be combined to create a particular look that will hopefully reflect a specific mood. All too often, lighting choices are not taken into consideration and the result ends up looking very different to the original idea. Lighting is not a straightforward element that either brightens a room or doesn’t, it completely transforms the use, the feeling and the style of a space and it all begins with the type of lighting that is not only wanted but needed.

The Three Types of Lighting

Lighting falls into three categories that can fit any room with an intended theme and a specific purpose, whether it is a highly functional area that needs strong lighting or a space that requires relaxation and therefore requires softer light sources. When the theme of a space is decided, the format of the lighting needs to be considered…

General Lighting - A space is illuminated for visibility and safety and does not affect style considerations within a room. The use of up lights and down lights allow for a room to be flooded with illumination for no specific purpose or reason.Task Lighting- The intensity of the light is appropriate within this form, practicality is the overall purpose and a room that needs to be used for specific tasks such as a kitchen or study needs well positioned and brighter light sources to allow different functions to be carried out.Accent Lighting-Features within a room become prominent through the use of well-positioned lighting. Accent lighting needs to be significantly brighter than any other form and the need to reduce shadows and reflections is key to allow focus on certain areas.The Achievable

Lighting, whether it is artificial or natural, can change the appearance of a room in terms of the décor, the shape and the size. It can add to the ambience of a room and secure a desired design whether it is relaxed and restful or luxurious and structured. Spaces become open and inviting and the purpose of a space can be clear with the choices of lighting included. There are so many different types of lighting and accessories, which perfectly showcase the lighting format, that there simply is no excuse to neglect such an important part of interior design.

 

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LED Downlights Lighting Your Home and Office

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For both home and office, people are looking to save money on electricity bills as energy costs continue to rise. Using LED downlights is one of the most efficient ways of lighting homes and offices, due to their low energy consumption and long life span.

The Advantages of LED Downlights

Although they cost more to purchase initially, LED downlights more than pay for themselves in the long run. Also known as LED spotlights, downlights using LED bulbs use far less wattage to power themselves but still manage to produce a far better quality light than halogen or CFL bulbs. Energy efficiency is the most important factor in choosing to install LED downlights in your home or office as they can provide you with energy savings of up to a phenomenal ninety percent over standard halogen bulbs.

In the Home

While many homeowners will spend an awfully long time deciding on just the right colour schemes to show their home off to its fullest potential, surprisingly hardly any time is spent on choosing the correct lighting. However, it is the lighting in a home, such as commercial LED downlights, which can really show everything off to its best advantage.

Good lighting canMake your home look spaciousCut down on headachesCreate various moods and an ambience of your choosing.LED Downlights for the Home

LED downlights provide a far more focused light than other forms of standard lighting. This means that the light emitted is more equally distributed across the room, resulting in there being no dark corners or poorly lit spaces. This is a particular advantage if you have any rooms in your home with low ceilings or where space is at a premium. Focused lighting creates the illusion of extra space and will bring a cleaner, more homely look to the room.

Warm or Bright?

In the more functional rooms of the house, namely the kitchen and bathroom, bright light is important in order to be able to carry out any tasks such as cooking or washing. Bright LED downlights in these rooms are perfect for this and, in the instance of the kitchen, placing some of the downlights directly above any wall-mounted units will reflect light back up onto the white ceiling, creating an extra glow. Warm lighting is better for creating a cosy ambience in either bedrooms or living rooms, where comfort is the priority.

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Creating a Stylish Bedroom Look on a Budget

Decorating on a budget doesn't mean sacrificing style. We've got some great tips to help you put together a bedroom fit for a queen, no matter what your taste or budget.Create an Expensive LookJust because you've got a keen eye for a bargain and have treated yourself to some cheap duvet sets doesn't mean your bedroom needs to look like it was done out on a budget. Learning some designer tricks of the trade to dress up your bed will make every bed linen set you put on it look like a million dollars. So how can you dress up your bed with cheap duvet sets? Here are some ideas: Use Pillows ordinary house cushions, that you'd normally find in the living room, look just as good when they're piled on the bed. For maximum impact, layer them to dress up cheap duvet sets.Use Bed Runners It's such a simple idea and takes but a moment to throw one across the foot of the bed after making it in the morning, but it really gives the bed a sense of style and up-market chic. Make the Bed yes, seriously. Just make the bed. In a busy day it's easy to forget the simple task of straightening the covers each morning. You forget until the next time you walk into the bedroom and then a muddle greets your eye. Plump up the pillows, straighten the duvet, then lay the pillows neatly on top. Coordinate Fabrics matching curtains can make all the difference in a bedroom. Curtains are a large expanse of fabric, just as the bed is. Choosing matching fabrics draws the two together and presents a unified appearance. Getting Stylish With Colour And PatternRegardless of your taste decor, by learning how to coordinate your bedding with your room's style, you'll find that everything looks better. Colour has the most impact when the palette you choose from is small. Using too many colours at the same time creates a chaotic effect, which is the last thing you want in the bedroom, where you're supposed to relax. The same thing goes with patterns. If you have patterned wallpaper in the bedroom, coordinate the colours in the paper with the colours you put on the bed, but instead of going for fussy patterns on the linens, choose block colours or symmetrical patterns that are soothing to the eye. One way to learn about colour use is to look at a colour wheel and figure out how to use it. Choosing colours that are next to each other or opposite each other on the wheel will give you the most pleasing effects.Digging Out The Best DealsSometimes you have to shop around to get the best deals on anything and while there are good deals to be had on the High Street, most people agree that the very best prices are to be found online. Because online retailers often have lower overheads than sellers in physical shops, they can keep their prices down. This often results in a win/win situation for shoppers because buying cheap doesn't mean buying something of an inferior quality. You'll find you can get cheap duvet sets from Value Interiors, along with other online outlets that will surprise you with their quality. AUTHOR BIO:Anthea Long writes on budget interior design. She likes to get cheap duvet sets from Value Interiors in order to compare values and keep up to date with current linen trends.

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