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High Style, Low Budget: 5 Ways Millennials Are Redefining Interior Décor and Design

Known as the creative generation, millennials (Generation Y Born 1981-1996) are known for thinking out of the box with little conforming to what has been done before. In the home décor department, the millennial approach often combines diverse design elements to create cosy, functional spaces with a lot of character and personality, but often ...
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Important Facts You Should Know About Slate Roofing

Important Facts You Should Know About Slate Roofing
Most of us don't have rigorous standards when it comes to choosing the type of our roofing. As long as it doesn't leak and it keeps us warm and well-isolated, we don't mind that much what kind of material is laid overhead. However, you might have noticed that more and more people are installing slate roofing and you have probably wondered what the ...
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Real Estate Trends That Are Shaping the Way We Live

While it may not be apparent to everyone at first glance, everything we do is intertwined. From the clothes we choose to wear to the lifestyle choices we choose to make, everything is closely connected in the great scheme of things. A single decision we make leads to a result that will affect our next decision to a certain extent, and on and on it ...
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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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