With the new year quickly approaching, there's no better time to redecorate your home for a clean slate that marks the beginning of a new season. It will allow you to showcase the most current trends in your home for a modern look that creates a more comfortable and contemporary space.
Wallpaper has returned as one of the top home-decorating trends that creates a vision within either a small bathroom or a spacious living room. Choose a print that is versatile for every season of the year that can even be used on just a single wall to avoid looking overwhelming.
Adding a headboard to any bed will enhance the overall look and increase the quality of the room, while adding a focal point to the space. Choose a tufted headboard that has a shade that complements both the bedding and pillows used.
Wingback headboards are ideal for both king and California king beds for a spacious and dimensional look.
Today, the modern home has both new and vintage pieces for an eclectic look that doesn't need to excessively match. Find unique items that have a bit of history, whether by going through the attic or shopping at a few flea markets.
Curtains can either add or detract from a room, making it important to upgrade the fabric and hang new shades that will set the style of the space. Opt for bold patterns or a bright shade that will pop and not easily blend in with surrounding walls.
Instead of spending thousands of dollars on new flooring options, area rugs add instant aesthetic appeal to any room with a cozy way of adding a new textile to the decor. Area rugs can be used in children's rooms or in the living room, which will also add insulation.
One of the newest trends of the coming year are framed bathroom mirrors that are decorative, yet still functional. They're also affordable and easy to install with plenty of options on the frame's style, whether chic or masculine.
Outdated light fixtures can stand out like a sore thumb and make it difficult for decor to look cozy and appealing. Install new fixtures that appear modern yet neutral in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Table lamps can also continue to be used, but with new light shades that have an abstract or bold print.
Use the furniture you already have to redecorate your home in an affordable and easy way to use fresh colors in each room. Sand the finish and paint from the surface before applying new coats of a contemporary shade. Crackle paint, which will make the surface look naturally vintage and antique, can also be applied.
A certain furniture item can also be painted in a bold shade to pop and stand out among the other home furnishings -- a popular way to add dimension to a room.
New hardware should also be installed onto drawers for an easy upgrade that will personalize the item to your taste and style.
What changes will you make in 2014? Tell us below!
Marking the passage of each year of your marriage with an anniversary celebration is an important way for you and your loved one to press pause on the pressures of day-to-day life and have a little fun together. Traditionally, each anniversary year is represented by a type of gift, usually a material, precious metal or gemstone. If you choose to go the traditional route, you don’t have to wait for your golden anniversary to go luxe with your gift giving. The second anniversary is symbolized by cotton gifts, which can be fun, comfortable and indulgent. Here are some ideas for you and your honey on your “Cotton Anniversary.”
Making your bed a haven is essential for a good night’s rest and has the added benefit of creating a place for you to snuggle longer. When you’re looking for sheets, don’t just gauge your decision on thread count. Consider whether the material is made from single- or double-ply threads. Double-ply material will generally have a thicker, heavier feeling and last longer. Most importantly, feel several types of cotton before you make a purchase. Breathability, weight and fiber will all play a role in your final decision.
When it comes time to venture out of your snug bed or a steaming shower, nothing feels better than curling up in a thick robe. A terry-cloth robe is a traditional bathrobe choice because the fabric is woven to help absorb water. But, they can be just as comfortable for lounging and come in a variety of colors and styles.
There are no lack of quotes indicating that the kitchen, and the food you make in it, are significant when it comes to showing and giving love. Try gifting your loved one with a cotton apron for your second anniversary. If your husband loves to grill, find an apron that will accommodate the many grilling accessories that he’ll be carrying. If your wife loves to spend long days cooking, choose a print that illustrates her passion. Look for something that suits your spouse’s personality and get creative with complementary items to wrap up with the apron.
What did you get for your second anniversary?
A bedroom should be a safe haven, a place where you can relax at the end of a long day. Following these seven simple steps to an organized room can provide you with your own personal retreat where you’ll be happy to unwind.
Clutter is the cause of many a messy room. Before you start organizing, go through everything in your room and sort your things into three piles: one to keep and organize, one to give away and one to trash. Once you’ve done that, you can remove the trash and give away piles from the room. Those things aren’t staying!
Instead of just shoving things under the bed never to be seen again, invest in some storage units specifically made to go under the bed. Many of these roll, making it easy to store things, such as blankets, shoes or seasonal items, under the bed.
Night stands with drawers add storage space to the room. An antique trunk at the end of the bed can be a perfect spot to store linens. An armoire for the television is great because you can close the doors when it’s not in use.
Baskets and containers are an organizer’s best friend. By using baskets for organization, all those things that normally would get thrown on a dresser or bedside table have a container, and you can keep the surfaces of your furniture clutter-free.
Drawer organizers are great for small trinkets like jewelry, hair accessories and lotions. If you don’t want to invest in drawer organizers, repurpose some old egg cartons or even mismatched china dishes to keep your small things separated and tidy.
Many times, the clutter in the bedroom is from clothes spilling out of the closet. Get a clothes hamper to store dirty clothes instead of just tossing them on the bed, and put clean clothes away immediately. Make room for your wardrobe by storing seasonal items in large tubs, either on a shelf, in the floor or even elsewhere in the house. Keeping the closet organized will help keep the rest of the room orderly as well.
Many times, these just add to the clutter. f you have decorative pillows and throws that belong on your bed, but you don’t place them there every day, they will just end up in your floor. Make things simple for you by eliminating the extras.
We all know lots of ways to keeps our bedrooms organized, even if we often fail to utilize them. What is your favorite method of de-cluttering?
Ah, sleep. Whether we get a lot or a little, falling into dreamland is an act few fail to enjoy. Here we share 10 of the most profound and insightful statements made about sleep.
Did we miss anything? What is your favorite statement made about dreams and sleep?
Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun, especially if you have some creative ideas that help your house look more like a home. There is no reason for you to spend hundreds of dollars on decorations when many of them can be made yourself. What's more, some of the decorative items you choose can be used in ways you might not have considered.
You can purchase a basic twig wreath from virtually any crafting supply story. Tie festive ribbon into small knots until the wreath is plush and full. You can also hot glue plastic ornaments to the wreath to give it that festive flair.
You can pick up a package of glass ornaments from any craft store for a reasonable price. Paint the glass on the outside or fill the ornament with a small amount of paint and twirl it around until the interior is covered.
Garland can be used around the tree or around the home in various locations. Just tie together small snippets of ribbon to create a beautiful homey look that you are sure to love displaying for all.
Get a small canning jar and fill it with a very short strand of clear or colored lights. You will love the look this gives to the room at night when you plug in the lights.
You can create your own sayings on your computer or search for some on the Internet. Print out these decorative sayings and add them to your frames to add some holiday elegance to just about any room.
You don't have to spend a lot of money on a brand new centerpiece. Revive the flower vase on your table by putting holiday ribbon around the basket or vase and filling it with ornamental holiday sprigs.
Fill a candy or apothecary jar with red and white mints or candy canes. You will love showing off these knick-knacks in an entrance way because of how truly bright and whimsical they are.
Bows and ribbons are your best friend when it comes to decorating a room without spending a lot of money. Tie bows around couch pillows or add a ribbon to a normal living room lamp to give it that holiday touch.
Kissing balls are very popular during the holiday season, but they can be quite expensive. You can make your own kissing ball by pinning ribbon pieces to a foam ball that can be found in almost every craft store or aisle.
Paint a Mason jar with one coat of festive paint and put a candle into the jar. Light the candle and you will be amazed at how beautifully it glows through the paint. Be sure to choose a fire-retardant paint when doing this project idea.
You can find pine cones either on your property itself or in crafting stores. Spray paint the pine cones a variety of different festive colors and add them to a bowl or jar so that they shine in their own beauty.
Decorative ideas can be a lot of fun when preparing for the holidays. Making things yourself can save you some money, and it can provide you with hours of entertainment. Do some of these projects with your kids to get them involved in the fun, as well.
What is your favorite way to decorate for the holidays?