Monday, May 25, 2015

Wintertime Home Decorating

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Most people begin the home decorating process for winter with a bang only to end with a whimper. Far too few people realize that Christmas is only the beginning of the winter season and that while Christmas decorations are a nice addition, they are also a temporary decorative addition in most homes lasting little more than a month if that long. This leaves two more months of winter with a sparsely decorated home in many cases.

There are many things that are associated with winter however far too many of these things have been swept under the category of Christmas décor and their values as simple hallmarks of winter have been forgotten or relegated to the mere distinction of yet another Christmas decoration. Winter months for some are long and cold. Anything that brings a feeling of warmth and cheer into the home is for the most part an excellent idea as a winter home decoration.

Believe it or not, hibernating animals for many brings about a feeling of winter. Try using black bears as a home decorating theme to make your home feel a little more cozy and better prepared for the cold nights of wintertime. Flannel is a great companion to these delightful black bears and can be used in throws, bedding, and curtains in order to complete the look with style and finesse. In fact, you might want to throw in a few flannel pillows so that you can attempt to hibernate right alongside the cuddly black bears. These are quite popular home decorations as of late so you should have no problem finding a bear or two unless you happen to be in my neighborhood because I've probably snapped them all up already.

Fireplaces. There isn't enough that can be said about the ability of a nice roaring fire to add warmth and a wintertime glow to almost any room. It really isn't winter for most people unless there is a nice fire burning in the grate. The warmth is so much more than merely physical it is also soul soothing and comforting to watch a fire burning brightly before your eyes while warming your cold hands and feet. These nifty devices can also add a touch of romance to your winter nights so be sure to keep cozy blankets and candles close by as well.

Speaking of candles. Much like a fireplace candles add a warm cheerfulness to the rooms they touch. There are certain fragrances that are perfect for wintertime candle burning but even less appropriate fragrances are often welcome during winter months as they provide the soft glow that makes the world seem so much smaller and friendlier in the process. Keep this in mind as you are shopping for your winter home decorating ideas as well as the fact that fragrances matter when creating an atmosphere so choose the fragrances appropriately to the season.

Use pillows and blankets in your winter decorating to add layers of warmth and comfort as well as visual appeal. It is amazing the things that the mind can do in the winter but one of the more amazing things it does is convince you that you are warm when you are surrounded by warmth. With blankets and pillows lining your sofas and chairs however, if your mind doesn't convince you there is always the option of just bundling up and letting your body convince your mind. There is also something soothing about the comfort and close softness of the pillows and blankets whether one is in perfect health or really feeling the chill of winter down to their bones. 

Don't let the celebration of winter end when the Christmas tree comes down. Find ways to incorporate warmth into your home decorating style that only winter can accommodate. Embrace the season with affection and laughter and all that enter your home will be warmed by the charming atmosphere inside.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Using a Home Decorating Catalog

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There are thousands of items to choose from when changing or improving your home décor. Some people are certain of what they want while others need help making a decision. Using a home decorating catalog would definitely help deciding what to use to make improvements to your home décor. In fact a home decorating catalog will likely offer so many choices, choosing a theme shouldn’t be a problem.

A home decorating catalog is a great place to view photos of the various decorating themes available such as Mediterranean, Traditional, Primitive, French Country or Contemporary, just to name a few. With bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms featured in the home decorating catalog, you are given the perfect opportunity to see exactly what these themes are all about. Chances are, while browsing a home decorating catalog, something will jump off the page at you. There’ll definitely be a room or space that interests you and provides inspiration for your home decorating project.

Using a home decorating catalog can be quite easy nowadays with access to the Internet. Many home décor stores and businesses use the Internet to advertise their products. This is great news for you since finding the theme and materials you need for your project is as easy as connecting to the Internet. Once connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to view the numerous home decorating catalogs made available for your convenience. You won’t have to suffer through long ling-ups at the department store in town or go looking for an item in a flyer only to find it isn’t in stock. The online home decorating catalog website is equipped to provide information regarding what’s available and what’s not. There’s also no problem finding a sales clerk when using an online home decorating catalog. That can be very frustrating if you are shopping at a home décor store in your area. No line-ups, no waiting and no disappointments; three great reasons to use a home decorating catalog online.

Many online home decorating businesses will mail out copies of their home decorating catalog. This is great too because it gives you a chance to show others the items which interest you and get their opinion. Everyone in the family can have time to mull over your ideas for the home decorating project. Although an online business might send you out their home decorating catalog, you’ll still have the opportunity to buy directly from them. Chances are you’ll be given the option of either ordering over the telephone or ordering online. Using payment methods like credit cards, Paypal and C.O.D., you’ll be able to order any product from the home decorating catalog and have it delivered right to your door. 

You started out being unsure regarding decorating design. By using a home decorating catalog, you not only made your decision, you were capable of choosing flooring, paint colors, furniture and accessories for your space. Using a home decorating catalog, you were able to take those choices and turn them into orders, which eventually became realistic. Using a home decorating catalog, you probably achieved much more than you thought or imagined for your home decorating project.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Unique Home Decorating Ideas for the Christmas Holiday

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Home decorating is great any time of the year but it seems to be exceptionally popular during the Christmas holiday. When November rolls around, people are making plans to decorate and are searching for unique home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday. Since this season only comes once a year, people tend to go all out, filling their homes with festive ornaments and decorations. 

There are many home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday but finding unique ways to jazz up your home may not quite so easy. This might be where your imagination steps in. You may have visions of what you’d like but turning that vision into reality may seem inconceivable. When it comes to unique home decorating, nothing is too difficult to accomplish. With the right materials and help, you can work on your unique home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday.

Fortunately professional home decorators and home décor businesses understand the need for help in home decorating. Because if this need, they publish magazines and set up websites featuring decorating tips, including unique home decorating tips for the Christmas holiday. Actually these home décor specialists usually publish material according to the season. A special publication is often printed for the Christmas holiday. If searching the Internet, you’ll find many sources for unique home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday. It’s easy to run out to a department store and pick up whatever is in style this year but many people would rather have their own unique decorations at Christmas time.

When home decorating for the Christmas holiday, people generally stick to the traditional red and green theme. This is unfortunate since there is a wide range of colors that could be used at Christmas time to enhance your home. Trendy decorating magazines will likely suggest you use any color you like to create those unique decorations. Often you’ll see purple, blue and yellow used in Christmas presentations in store windows. Unique home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday is all about individuality. Using your ideas and your imagination, you can create something totally individual, unlike any other decorations. If your creation is a hit, it may not be unique the next Christmas holiday.

Unique home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday should include traditional things such as pine cones, poinsettias, holly berries and cranberries. These items make great additions to Christmas arrangements, trees, table settings, wreaths and anything to do with home decorating for the Christmas holiday. Unique home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday, no matter what materials are used, will certainly be a reason for conversation when guests come to visit. When on the topic of home decorating for Christmas, perhaps your guests may be able to share a few unique ideas with you. It might be wise to jot down any suggestions and ideas for Christmas decorating. Since you’re unlikely to use these ideas until the next Christmas holiday, these great tips and suggestions just may be forgotten and once again you’ll be searching for unique home decorating ideas for the Christmas holiday.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tuscan – A Great Home Decorating Idea

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If you are having difficulty making a decision about a home decorating theme, tuscan style is a great home decorating idea. Many homeowners are attracted to the tuscan style because it combines subtle elegance with simplicity. Using a palette of earthly tones, tuscan style, which is an Italian country design, is meant to bring the outdoors inside. This great home decorating idea uses distinct materials to help accomplish this goal. Tuscan style is unique as well as beautiful.

When deciding to use a tuscan theme to decorate your home, you’ll be using textures. This home decorating idea implements the use of various textures, such as stone and tile for the flooring. This helps to create a natural atmosphere. Plaster is suggested for the walls to add texture. This would provide an opportunity for you to be creative and even have fun. Tables are often made of stone. Tile mosaics are another recommendation for tables in tuscan home decorating. 

Any home decorating theme that focuses on nature uses wood. Tuscan style makes great used of wood. One example of this is the exposed framework constructed from large wooden beams. This great home decorating idea uses wood in furniture. The goal is to make it look aged in appearance. This can be accomplished using staining techniques. Of course if wanting furniture which looks really old, antique furniture would be the ideal choice.

Tuscan decorating is based on a cultural heritage. By using accessories this tuscan heritage can be brought out. Accessories that are homemade are common for this home decorating idea. Ceramics are a big thing in tuscan decorating. Silver frames, silver candlesticks, copper pots; these are all common in tuscan design. Wine and wine glasses, these are also popular accessories for this great home decorating idea. Large glass jars filled with olives, another great idea for tuscan decorating. Terra cotta is a popular color when using the tuscan theme so it might be nice to use terra cotta pots or vases. 

Tuscan fabric is in a class of its own. When using this home decorating idea, you will be looking for fabrics made of burlap, abaca fiber, fibers from the banana tree, savannah cloth and tobacco cloth. These are all fabrics used to create a natural space. These materials are quite versatile and can be used for just about anything in your decorating project. Curtains, drapes, blinds, dividers, screens, placemats, floor-mats, these can all be created from the various tuscan fabrics because of their weight, density and flexibility. 

This great home decorating idea makes use good use of colors such as yellow and red. These colors are probably used in tassels or painted beads in tie-backs to accent the drapes. Using yellow and red ribbon to decorate accessories like candlesticks or jugs is common in tuscan decorating. Any material or accessory which resembles the sea, the earth or the forest, make great additions to tuscan style home decorating. This great home decorating idea found in tuscan style, is a good choice for your space. The color, texture, fabric and accessories will create a warm and inviting feeling in any space in your home. This theme of simplicity and nature is a great home decorating idea.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Home Decorating

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Thanksgiving is a time of year in which families from all across the nation gather together and enjoy the presence of each other and give thanks for the fact that we live in this great country and have the means with which to celebrate in this manner. It is a great time that is representative of the hand of friendship that was extended to us in the past and the season of harvest.

Thanksgiving takes place during the autumn season, which makes it an ideal time to decorate in the splendid colors of fall. These colors are not the bright colors that represent spring and summer or the sparking colors that epitomize Christmas but the colors of nature once she has seasoned and matured a bit. The colors are nothing short of spectacular and provide an excellent palate upon which you can decorate your home.

The leaves and foliage of fall make excellent arrangements and garlands. If you want to hold onto the look for years to come and incorporate them into your regular fall decorating rather than simply enjoying them for one Thanksgiving holiday there are plenty of excellent and life-like silk leaf garlands that will make excellent additions to your home decorating contributions. The better quality you find in these the more likely they are to stand up to years of service and storage. The same holds true with any imitation items you purchase. Better quality typically indicates a much longer shelf life. 

Fall fruits and vegetables also make excellent decorations when it comes to giving thanks and home decorating. In fact, the food from the harvest and the friendship of the Indians was the very reason for the first Thanksgiving why on earth shouldn't it be included in your celebration of thanks? 

Wreathes in fall colors are another excellent idea for decorating your home for Thanksgiving. It makes all who enter feel welcome and it is appropriate for the season. There is no such thing in this day and age as an all season wreath though there are many that can be adjusted to meet the needs of each season with simple steps. A grapevine wreath is a good start and can easily have seasonal things tied or attached to it in order to experience greater longevity. 

Pilgrims also make an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving decorations. They were after all the original celebrants of this tradition that has become a holiday for this great nation. You can have your children help select or even make the pilgrims that you will be adding to your decorations as well as a handprint turkey or two. Not all home decorations need to be expensive or elegant. Sometimes the simplest decorations drawn by the hands of a child are the ones that make the most memorable impressions on friends and family alike.

Cornucopias are another great centerpiece and decoration for the Thanksgiving holiday. Not everyone has a large enough dinner table to accommodate one of these but they also work well on a buffet, a hall table, and almost any other location your heart can desire and you can manage to fit it in.

If all else fails however, the food for Thanksgiving is all the decorations that some at your table will need. Do not forget the meaning of this season a time to give thanks for all the blessings in your life and enjoy the food and the decorations but more importantly enjoy the friends and the family.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sharing Home Decorating Ideas

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Great home decorating ideas are meant to be shared. When discovering a new home decorating technique, why not share it with a friend or family member? There is always someone in a circle of friends who is making changes to their home décor. There are so many wonderful fabrics, colors and accessories on the market today. It is difficult to resist the opportunity to decorate your home. A stroll through a building supply store or department store automatically produces home decorating ideas. People who like change are likely to take these home decorating ideas and turn them into reality.

When visiting a friend’s home for coffee, it is a common practice to check out their space. If it’s a home you visit often, no doubt you’ll notice changes right away. Those changes will probable turn into a conversation about home decorating. If something in the décor really catches your eye, no doubt you will question the friend regarding where they bought it or what gave them the idea? If you are interested in making similar changes at your home, no doubt the friend will share their home decorating ideas with you.

You’re hosting a dinner party for a group of people from work. Making sure to pull out all the stops you spend hours decorating the house. The changes you make or things you add may not seem out of the ordinary to you but, a guest may think it is magnificent. Dinner conversation will probably turn into sharing home decorating ideas. The men in the group may not be too thrilled but the women - they’ll be in the element.

Sharing home decorating ideas might simply mean suggesting a neutral color for a room instead of a bold color. Offering advice to a friend regarding window treatments might be considered sharing home decorating ideas. There are many ideas and suggestions a person can pass on about home decorating. If you have good home decorating ideas, why not share them with a friend who seems to need help in that area. Your ideas may be just what the friend’s space requires. Who knows, sharing your home decorating ideas may even make your friendship stronger. 

There are many opportunities to share home decorating ideas. Group gatherings are a great chance to talk about home decorating. When shopping at a department store or a paint shop, perhaps an employee who is knowledgeable about home decorating will voluntarily share their ideas with you. Family magazines are a good source for home decorating ideas. Usually these magazines provide a photo with all relative information regarding the home decorating. There are books published which are filled with home decorating ideas. These books can usually be found at a local bookstore or you may want to check with online bookstores as well. The Internet is a great resource when seeking home decorating ideas. There are some sites which are developed by professional home decorators to advertise their skills and promote business. There are also sites, accessible by anyone, which shares home decorating ideas. Finding great ideas for decorating your home is not a problem. However, if you discover techniques and tips which you think would benefit someone else, you really ought to share them.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Paint the Home Decorating Tool of Champions

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We all know intellectually that color can have a significant impact on any room in the home. However, knowing and seeing the truth in action are two entirely different things. The true impact of color on the overall look and feel of a room is nothing short of phenomenal. If you have any doubt, try painting a room in a color you do not like and see how little time you are willing to spend in that room-even if it was a favorite room before it was painted.

For this reason you need to consider carefully the combinations of colors you wish to incorporate into each room of your home and how these colors will affect the rooms they will be 'overflowing' into. It is true that most people are attempting to trend away from the idea of having the same color in every room of the house. Instead more people are opting to have every room as a fresh palate whenever possible. This allows for maximum options when it comes to decorating a home and allows each room to be similar to some degree but maintain its very own unique personality if that is your wish.

Paint is an amazing instrument for home decorating when you think about it. In addition to the ability to change the color of a room, paint can actually do so much more when artfully or craftily applied. You can create beautiful murals on your walls that tell stories about your family or simply that express an emotion or sentiment of the moment. Paint can be used in order to write messages to occupants of the home or visitors on the wall as well, or to stencil borders that are sure to delight all who enter. All of this and so much more can be accomplished with the simple application of paint and a little bit of skill. 

In addition to these things above there are faux finishes and textures that can be created with the use of paint. One that is a current favorite on the market is a faux plaster affect that is achieved with paint, a lot of hard work, and a rock solid set of instructions. The result of this labor can be nothing short of stunning as a design or home decorating affect. Taking the time to learn skills such as this can not only improve your enjoyment of the painting process but putting these skills in action can greatly improve your enjoyment of your home. 

In addition to the faux finishes that can be achieved with paint there are other textured paint affects that many people are learning to their great joy and amazement. The results of many of these efforts is a beautiful and tastefully decorated home at significantly less than half the cost that hiring a professional to do the work would have cost. Many of these things can be achieved with paint and a few special brushes or rags alone further indicating the profound affect that a can or two of paint really can have on almost any room in your home. 

If you are inclined to learn a little more about paint and the impact it can have on your home all together check with your local home improvement store and see if they are offering any painting workshops in the near future. These workshops provide excellent instruction and information that will prove useful many times over while you are making your home decorating decisions and improvements.