Smart Stuff For Small Spaces


With a cousin's son headed this way to start college next week, we've got a couple of decorating challenges on hand. First, there's Randy's dorm room - how to make a small space, shared with a roommate, into a comfortable, cheerful and efficient "home away from home" for the coming school year.

Secondly, to give Randy a place to escape the busy campus when he needs some quiet study time (or maybe just a few home-cooked meals), I'm making over the small sewing room at the top of my stairs into a second guestroom.

To fix up the dorm room is the easier of the two decorating challenges. It's largely a matter od a flexible closet organizer system from a local hardware store, a pair of over-the-door hooks for towels and bathrobe, a cosy quilt in a bold graphic pattern (and coordinating pillows, to turn the standard dorm room single bed into a comfy daybed couch for visitors), and a compact fridge - his new roommate will be bringing a small microwave oven. We measured up the room and found enough space for a clever room-divider Shoji screen with its own attached shelving, to create a screened corner where Randy can hide his laundry bag and other detritus of daily life.

To convert a very small sewing room into a bedroom for a night or two every couple of weeks, without making it too crowded to use properly between visits - that's the tricky project!

Fortunately, with more and more of the world living in tight quarters, it wasn't too hard to find ideas online. In particular, Stacks and Stacks has all sorts of clever products for furnishing a small space. I'm pretty keen on the idea of the Fu-Chest (new to me!) that hides a folded futon mattress in a clean-styled contemporary cabinet.

Add a few space-saving nesting tables - I found a great set with a book theme, perfect for student digs, and the table even has a secret drawer! - and a lap desk with attached light, for making notes while reading or studying in bed. The room already contains a cost old tub chair and a small television concealed in an armoire. (Note to self: take my fabric scraps and off-season jackets out of the armoire when Randy comes to stay, so he'll have somewhere to put his own stuff!)

The only other thing I think I'd add is a mirror with attached basket-shelf for the young man's hair goop and blowdryer and other styling essentials. Come to think of it, one of those might be useful in the dorm room, too!

I'm sure we'll make changes to this temporary guest room as we go along, but these smart space-saver furnishings are a great start on giving our favorite college student a bit of space to call his own. As for earning good marks and staying out of trouble? Well, that's going to have to be his responsibility!

How To Choose A Great Area Rug


There are many places in a home that can benefit from the use of an area rug. Typically, area rugs are used for style and design, but they also serve a function as well. Not only can they add a style element to the room, but they can also protect your floors from dust, dirt, and scuffing from high volumes of traffic. What you will want to consider when you purchase and area rug for your home is the size, style, color, texture and function. You will want to look at the area where you want to put it and get a complimentary rug.

It is easy to choose a great area rug if you are prepared before you shop for on. First, you will want to look at your home, particularly the room where the rug will be. Determine the size of the rug that you need. Are you looking to just put It under the furniture in the middle of the room? Or do you want the rug to stand out from the furniture in front of it? If there will be a lot of foot traffic, a wool rug will stand up better than many other styles.

Next, you will want to measure the floor space where you want to lay the rug. This is important so that you do not buy the wrong size of rug and have to return it.

When you go to the store, look for the right style. An oriental rug tends to accent expensive furnishings and antiques best. And if you are looking for a more functional area rug for a playroom or other family area, durability should outweigh the style of the rug, but you can still get a great style even with good functionality.

If you are getting a rug for a room that is already decorated, you will want to get a color that will compliment the d?cor of the room. In order to get the best color, you will want to pick out three of the major colors in the room and then look at a color wheel. This is a chart that will show you what colors compliment others. Choose a complimentary color for one of the three major colors in order to make your room more aesthetically pleasing.

If you will be walking barefoot on the rug, texture is very important. High traffic areas will usually need a texture like Berber, and those rugs that will not see a lot of traffic will benefit from Saxony that is velvety and soft. But remember?Saxony will leave vacuum marks on the rug.

Area rugs are important for the style of the room, but if you are looking to collection area rugs, you will want to be more careful in your purchasing decisions. You will to get rugs that have denser knots, ones that were hand dyed, or hand stitched. This will raise the value of the rug as well as giving your home a little bit of expensive style.

Make Your Kids Bath Time More Fun With Kids Bathroom Decor


There are many different bathroom decor ideas for changing the look and style of any bathroom. Kids' bathroom decor is especially fun because there is usually a theme to the bathroom that makes it fun and exciting for the children to be in. Depending on the age of the child, the child's bathroom decor can range from action figures to Sesame Street characters, favorite animals or favorite colors.
Choices and Styles
One of the first things to look at when deciding on kid's bathroom decor is to observe the size of the bathroom and the current furniture and cabinetry in it. This is always the starting place for any home decor, to look at what an individual has and then build on that. The next thing to think about is the child's tastes and how much the parent wants the bathroom to look like a child's bathroom.
Sometimes the child's bathroom doubles as the guest bathroom and the parents may not want it to have tigers or ducks all over it. In other cases, the bathroom may be tied to the child's room so the decor in the kid's bathroom is not an issue when company is over. If the bathroom is a smaller one, as is usually the case in kid's bathroom decor, the colors that are used should be light and not too bold. This allows the bathroom space to feel larger and also allows cute accents to be used without having much of a problem matching them to the color of the room.
There are many varieties of wallpaper trims that have cute designs on them that can add a fun touch to a child's bathroom decor. Stenciling is another option in child's bathroom decor that can be used on white cabinets or around the top of the wall to give a fun accent to the room. Another fun way to add to a theme in a child's bathroom decor is to buy towels in the colors that the child likes and to find some that have pictures or other designs that fit the child's tastes and the theme of the room.
In addition, there are toothbrush holders, soap dishes, soap dispensers, and other counter items that can be bought with certain patterns or characters on them for kid's bathroom decor. Bath mats and toilet covers are other ways to add small accents to the bathroom for a minimal price. If storage is an issue, over the toilet cabinets, corner shelving, and small floor cabinets are ways to add storage to a small bathroom space to create more options for the child.

Three Dimensional wall Panel


3D wall paper panel collection brings your walls to life with a modern and eco-friendly product made from the fibrous sugarcane fibers. Extraction of sugar cane fibers leave fibrous stalks creating unique material. Procession of fibers to a substrate called biogases is the material used in our wall panels. The advantage of 3D wall panels over other wall decors: Bio-degradable and from recycled material.Paintable to enhance any panels are designed so that when put together they form a pattern. After being installed they can be painted in any color to update your decor. Because this is a natural product, it shouldn't be placed over kitchen sinks, in full bathrooms or extremely humid conditions. Dimensions & Specifications Dimensions: 19.68W x 0.78D x 19.68H in.Weight: 6.6 lbs.Brand: 3D wall panelStyle: Modern and Contemporary 3D panels are environment-friendly and safe decorating material that is unique and elegant. It is manufactured out of pure plant fiber. 3D wall panels can compliment virtually any indoor residential or commercial environment and help you to create colorful life space. It is modern, simple and economical decorating material that can be installed quickly and painted in any color to complement interior. They can be used to create accent walls, background walls for TV, bedrooms, kid's rooms, offices, restaurants and entertainment centers. Our panels come in package of 6 or 10 tiles depending on a model and can be delivered within 6-8 business days to customer address. It is as easy as 1-2-3!!! In addition, Capiz can come in a paper thin veneer, and mounted on either two- or three- dimensional PVC substrate. The veneer can cover walls and furniture, and give the look of solid Mother of Pearl. The PVC substrate boards are light weight and can resist insects and mold. PVC and veneers come in sheets of 4'x8'. Capiz panel: Need a luxe and glamorous look with subtle shimmer? Carved Capiz panels from Global Trends are your answer. Capiz shells are harvested, cleaned, and cut to enhance the delicate colors of mother of pearl. The shells can be made into a paper-thin veneer that can cover any surface, or they can be mounted to a PVC substrate board to make gorgeous wall art, or even large wall coverings. Capiz wrapped PVC substrate can resist insects and mold, making it an ideal choice for any home or business. Capiz panels and veneers come in a standard size of 4'x8', but can be customized for your project.

Home Decor Planning


Before you do anything to change your home decor - whether it's just one room or the entire house, ask yourself (and others in your family, if it's a group decision), what do you want to accomplish. Is it just to get a fresh look with a new color on the walls, or is it to really throw out the old and start all over again?

If it's a new wall color you're considering, make sure the paint you purchase will compliment your existing furnishings. Don't rush out to your nearest home supply store and purchase a can of paint because it's on sale or your think the color will do. Get several paint swatches and bring them home.

In fact, many stores now have sample jars of paint that enable you to actually paint a small portion of you wall to see how that particular color works with your scheme. Get several and paint them on the wall, let them dry and view these colors in different light; i.e., daylight and artificial light to determine which color really does enhance your room's furnishings.

A color that looks really great during the daylight hours can look entirely different in artificial light. So, do your homework and you'll be pleased with the new look. Even if it is just a new paint job!

There's really no one ideal way to start a home decorating project. You can get the bug by looking at a magazine and imagining some home decorating ideas, or seeing a beautiful fabric in a store and suddenly feeling that yours just doesn't match up.

Go online to get some really great home decorating ideas and cost saving tips. Also, the many online merchants allow you the luxury of cost comparisons without leaving your home. You'll be able to find casual and formal furniture as well as creative decorating ideas for any room in your home.There's a wealth of information available to you, including books on decorating, accessories?from lamps to rugs and from throw pillows to wallpaper. You'll find some extraordinary ideas for children's rooms, bathrooms, living rooms and even outdoor rooms.

Homework applies as well to major jobs. Consider what each room is used for and get furniture that's appropriate. Chairs and couches for a family fun room would not necessarily be right for a formal living room.

Make sure you have proper measurements and diagrams of where windows and doors are located and, above all, have a decorating plan so that all items coordinated?from carpets to wall covering.

Whatever your reason is to tackle a decorating job, it is very important that you set your goals first. At the same time, you must establish your budget. It's all well and good to have very lofty home decorating ideas and goals when doing home decorating; however, your goals may have to be tempered by your budget. Develop your budget and establish a plan.

So, before you start pounding the pavement, going from one retail store to another, go online to see what's available, determine pricing and see if your plan is a reasonable one. You may be pleasantly surprised at the cost savings ideas that are presented that will enable you to add just the right touch to make your home decorating dreams come true and to make your home one that is truly unique, functional and beautiful.

Just follow good principles of decorating and use your imagination and good sense to achieve your desired look. The online resources are numerous, so check them out before you do any impulse buying.

Good luck on your decorating.

Dreaming About Warm Sunrooms in The Chilly Winter


Sun porch, solarium, it what you must, but a sunroom is one of the warmest, most welcoming part of a house. Running adjacent to the rest of the house, a sunroom is not entirely outdoors, neither is it quite indoors; giving you flexibility to decorate it whichever way you like. Let's take a look at these beautiful rooms and what you can do with them. What is a Sunroom? The sunroom is a room that is adjacent to the rest of the house. A door connects it to the rest of the house. Windows line the walls of the room letting sunlight flood in. Sometimes people choose to have glass roofs as well or even have skylights built into the ceiling. Sunrooms give you the feeling of being outdoors, with all the comforts of being indoors. What is the function of a Sunroom? You can use a sunroom to whichever way you like. As a guestroom or a playroom. An entertainment room or an indoor office. Your options are endless. Insulate your windows, install a tiny fireplace or get radiant floor heating and you have yourself a cozy little room to enjoy the winter outside while being nice and toasty on the inside. It can also make for a perfect distraction-free reading nook; a place where you can kick back with a nice novel, uninterrupted. If you have kids, you could turn your sunroom into a play area for them. It could be a place for kids to play safely indoors while enjoying the natural rays of the sun. It can also be an extension of the living room. Put together a nice seating arrangement and a flat-screen TV and you're good to go! The next step… Once you've decided on what you'd like the sunroom to be, the next step would be to call in a reputable contractor. A good contractor will help you decide on the best possible design that will well with the overall look of your home. Get started on your sunroom Get started by contacting 3 or 4 reputable contractors in your state. Companies like Champion Window offer free, no obligation in-home consultation and estimates so you can get a rough idea about what a sunroom is going to cost you without having to worry about committing to anything in haste. Aside from being a great place to relax with your family, a sunroom adds value to your home. Well-built sunrooms constructed by experienced professionals, can get you a return of more than 70 percent of what you invested in it initially, should you ever decide to sell your home. Now that you know that, why wouldn't you want to build your very own?!

How Sconces Make A Good Eating Experience For Most Restaurants


Lighting is the most important aspect of every residential and commercial establishment. In fact most restaurants invest more on restaurant lighting because it makes the area more warm and inviting to customers. It helps to improve the aesthetic appeal of the interiors and exteriors of the store. Thus, more and more lighting fixtures have been developed to satisfy the needs of most restaurants. Sconces for example, designed to give an exemplary illumination that promotes certain kind of mood and desires once perfectly match with the restaurant theme and appeal. Aside from illumination, it can easily blend with architecture, cuisine to be served, furniture and flooring. Lighting sconces are commonly used to illuminate corridors, staircases and on walls in dining area. Once installed properly, it makes food look more appetizing. Light intensity should also be considered to regulate the levels of illumination so you can create a dimmer and mystical atmosphere in your restaurant. These will add a good impression and will market your business more than what you expect. Throughout the centuries, various materials have been utilized for wall Sconces, from using wrought iron to gilded wood. It was not until the 2nd half of the 17th Century that manufacturers began developing the basic design with more decorative elements. Sconces since then were also painted and varnished with a special type of lacquer. Today most designers and architects prefer to used glazed earthenware like ceramic light sconces to accentuate restaurants. It outfitted most of the design because these are usually made by hand. Certified skilled ceramic artisan are so dedicated in manufacturing these fixtures to comply their architectural plans. You can customize these fixtures than encompass a range of engaging size and designs. These days, ceramic sconce lighting revolutionized the design of sconces. Because of its versatility and beauty, hundreds of creative styles have been developed to embrace the spirit of casual modern design. Excellent application is not limited to restaurant lighting. In fact you can use these at home in bathroom lights, children lights and others. Moreover, the material is very tough in any harsh conditions so these last for years. More and more designers are now focused in making these fixtures because of the demand.

African Decor: Choosing The Best For Your Kitchen


African kitchen colors, designs and materials has gracefully adapted to today's modern kitchens. From the beautifully colored mosaic tiles of Morocco to the exotic colors of South African and everything else in between. African style kitchen design continues to grow and flourish.

African decor can add a touch of spice and uniqueness to any kitchen. Whether you need to add interest and adventure to a space or to an entire kitchen , an African theme can do wonders if used right. I'll share a few simple but powerful tips anyone can use spice up the look of there kitchen without having to hire a $200 an our interior designer. In addition, I'll warn you of the pitfalls you should avoid to get the most out of your effort, time and money.

First consider your wall colors, the warmth of earth tones will work in your favor to enhance any other decorative accents you may choose for your kitchen. Off white, beige, sandstone or similar colors will give you the perfect canvass to display your African accessories. Earth tone wall colors will also help to add a calm atmosphere to your kitchen. Just make sure you use a semi gloss paint for easy clean up of splatters, spills and grease.

African wall decor can come as your next consideration. This can range from the exotic to the simple. Space is one of the main considerations when using wall decor. It's always best to avoid a crowded or crammed look when using African wall decor, a little can go a long way. Because of the wide variety this exotic decor brings, you have many choices. The choices can include such African accessories as baskets, decorative picture frames, art, textiles, masks and more. You can choose from small accent pieces or if you have enough space a portrait that acts as a vocal point.

Next consider the style of curtains. Here's a hard and fast rule to keep in mind. Make sure any curtains you choose will complement the wall color in your kitchen. This will work to bring your kitchen's look together and produce an appearance of unity and harmony. Consider traditional prints which include African theme figures ,motifs and geometric patterns. You should also consider Mudcloth or even Bogolon Mali prints. By researching a variety of design and print choices you'll make a better design decision.

African Kitchen Decor Tips To Avoid:

  1. Avoid Counter top clutter.
    This will help to allow your African accessories to have the attention they deserve. You don't want to spend the time, effort and money to give your kitchen this exotic them and spoil with counter top clutter.
  2. Avoid wall clutter.
    As mentioned before don't allow your enthusiasm for African wall decor get out of hand. One of the biggest mistakes people make is have too many pieces on the walls. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make. By hanging too many items on the wall you distract from the overall beauty of the individual pieces.
  3. Avoid using curtains that require dry cleaning. Stick with low maintenance curtains. For example machine washable fabrics, min blinds or wood materials that can be wiped clean.

Outdoor Kitchen Designs Add Style To Your Home


A great new way to impress your friends and family is to incorporate into your home one of the latest outdoor kitchen designs for enhanced entertaining.

As its name suggests an outdoor kitchen is a room that is designed to be outdoors all year round resistant to the elements of nature.

It is more than just a BBQ or charcoal stove, it is a fully functional cooking area with accessories such as a fridge, ice making machine and a mini bar.

Naturally this means that you will need to be living in one of the warmer parts of the globe to make the most of outdoor kitchen designs. But nevertheless appliances and other outdoor kitchen accessories are readily available that are designed to withstand the process of weathering.

You have probably already prepared food and taken it outdoors to eat ?al fresco? outdoor kitchen designs take this a step further and you prepare and serve the food outside.

An outdoor kitchen adds so much to a house and the enjoyment of entertaining friends and family. There is nothing quite like relaxing in the sun with the aroma of fresh cooking surrounding you.

In addition, for the culinary host who likes to display her skills, outdoor kitchens provide a relaxed environment to show off to friends. They can relax whilst you toil, but in an informal setting.

Good outdoor kitchen designs allow you to socialize and cook at the same time, it all adds to the relaxed party atmosphere.

Good quality outdoor kitchen designs are usually made from marine grade polymer, strong enough to take the effect of weathering, they are designed to last without peeling or flaking from prolonged exposure to the sun.

If you are considering outdoor kitchen designs then I think you will find them to be one of those things which you will never want to do without, especially if you are an outdoors lover. In addition, it can add value to your house and make friends jealous!

Even the most expensive kind of outdoor party can be made a bit more luxurious with an effective outdoor kitchen design. Maybe to keep it simple, you might just want to prepare a simple desert or serve some wine from behind the counter.

So when you are planning your own room from the many outdoor kitchen designs available, bear in mind that the most important consideration is practicality.

Just like your indoor kitchen the design has to be friendly to your working methods and as such, careful consideration needs to be given to the positioning of ovens, sinks and other appliances with workflow in mind.

Examine the various outdoor kitchen designs from a practicality point of view and you should make a well informed choice.