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!

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?!

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.