19 Jan
2014

Reflecting in Style – Decorating with Glass Elements

glass vaseWith so many choices out there to decorate with for your home today, it can be overwhelming to decide what to work with.  Metals always add interest but too much of anything is never good.  Wood decor pieces are certainly interesting as well, but it is not something to fill a room with either.  The easy way to add dimension in decorating and create interest on your accent tables and shelves is to decorate with glass decor items.  These pieces are usually inexpensive to purchase and will go well with whatever already exists in your home.  You can add instant appeal just by putting a few new pieces in your room.

Glass Vases Can Pull Double Duty on Decorating

Something simple like one of these items can be quite useful in decorating. They are not just used for flowers, although putting freshly cut flowers will work just fine for decorating.  You can use a vase for other kinds of center or accent pieces as well.  For instance, take your vase and fill it with colored marbles.  This can serve as a base for dried willow twigs to be used as a decoration.  The twigs are a great ways to add contemporary charm and the colored marbles can be coordinated to match your existing colors to tie it all in together.  This is a simple way to decorate that is easy on the wallet and pleasing to the eye.

Colored vases can also create interesting accents for maximum impact.  Colored glass has a beautiful reflection to it and can serve a functional purpose along with eye-catching appeal.  The nice thing about a colored glass vase is that it will go well with almost any decor you havel.  You can fill them with water for flowers or even fill them with scented wood chips as a room freshener.glass vase1

Using Glass as a Centerpiece

Glass bowls are fantastic ways to create centerpieces for your tables.  Be it a coffee table or a dining one, these items are a wonderful way to capture the personality of your decorating style.  These decorative pieces can be large or small, depending on their purpose.  Take the bowl and center it on the table.  You can fill it with wooden elements such as balls made of wicker and different colored wood.  You can also use these items to contain favorite finds such as interesting buttons or dried flowers.

18 Jan
2014

Perk Up Furniture with Accessories

cushionthrowAccessorizing.  It is a simple yet highly effective way to boost the impact of your fashion statement, as well as add versatility to your wardrobe.  Small changes, such as changing a patterned tie for a solid one, can make a big impact on the impression you give.  Changing your accessories is also an easy way to keep up with trends, without the commitment of buying major pieces every time the trends or seasons change.  Similarly, homes benefit immensely from accessorizing.  You may have a couch with fabulous lines, or a graphically minimalistic bed, but accessorizing these pieces will add your personal touch to the home, as well as emphasizing the style statement you wish to make.  Much like accessorizing with clothing, changing the pillows, blankets, or bolsters periodically will update and refresh the look of your home.

Cushion for the Couch

A simple diamond earring can make a powerful statement, while brightly colored jewels add fun and whimsy to a look.  Similarly, cushions are like earrings for your couch.  Easily changed about, changing the pillows is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to update the look of a piece of furniture–even a room!  If you favor minimalist decor, use just two pillows to highlight the modernity of your furniture.  Piles of pillows are comfortable and inviting to guests, and mixing colors and patterns makes a room look very of the moment.  There are so many different textures and textiles from which to choose, so everyone’s style is covered.

If you are handy with a sewing machine, you could even customize your pillows with the fabric of your choice and stuff them with batting.  If you are tired of the pillows you have, it is quite easy to repurpose them–some methods are even no-sew!cushionthrow1

Adding a “Scarf”

If pillows are the earrings to your sofa, then a throw is like a chic scarf–endlessly versatile, yet always attractive.  These blankets may range from the plush, such as faux fur and chenille, to the delicate, to the brightly patterned.  Again, this is a great and easy way to express your personal style, or to add flair to a plain piece of furniture.  Coordinate with your pillows if you like, or clash the pillows and the blanket to make an edgy statement.  A neatly folded, geometric blanket gives off a clean, modern vibe, while tossing one over the back of a couch adds a bit of louche flair.

Simple, Easy, and Effective

Using home accessories to perk up your furniture need not be expensive or elaborate, but it will allow you to express your own point of view.

13 Jan
2014

How to Spice Up A Plain Bookshelf

Plain_BookshelfBookshelves are a great piece of practical furniture—but there’s no reason that your bedroom, office or living room should be brought down by a boring or drab looking bookshelves. Even the plainest of bookshelves can be spiced, spruced and improved to turn your boring shelf into one that really adds to the aesthetic look of your home.

There are a lot of ways to spice up your bookshelf. Before you commit to any particular type of redesign, it’s important to consider the overall aesthetic that you are going for. Do you want to take a dark brown bookshelf and lighten it up to make your room appear brighter or bigger? Are you bored of your plain white shelf and wish it had some type of pattern or color to break it up? The more you think about what you are looking for, the easier it will be to decide what you want to do to your bookshelf.

Idea: Use crafting tape for an affordable and non-permanent redesign

Crafting tape, also known as washi tape, has become very popular in the past few years. Crafting tape is decorative tape—it can come in solid colors, stripes, polka dots, and a variety of different patterns. Aside from being great for scrapbooking, craft tape is also great if you want to add new color or patterns to a bookshelf without having to paint, spray or glue anything down! You can apply crafting tape anywhere on your bookshelves—the most popular area is the front of your shelves, because most shelves are a “perfect fit” for crafting tape.

As a bonus, crafting tape is relatively easy to remove and you can peel it right off if you change your mind.

Idea: Add décor to break up a bookshelf and add color

If you want to break up the look of a bookshelf that appears too cluttered or dark, you can add décor to both give it a pop of color and make it more aesthetically appealing. Flower pots or baskets, decorative items like statues or picture frames, etc., all make perfect companions to the books or other media on your shelves.

Remember, however, that less is more—don’t crowd your books with too many decorative items, and don’t overload the area with so much color that your eye becomes “lost” when you look at your shelves.

24 Sep
2013

Vintage Chic Dining Room Style

Are you a retro-loving, memory-lane-strolling, vintage and antique loving person who wants to imbue your dining room with a classic but fun and quirky style? There are so many darling accessories and accouterments you can buy to deck your dining room out with the best retro tchotchkes. Search nearby antique malls, thrift stores, and flea markets for charming addenda to add to your dining room. This style is perfect for sitting down to eat and taking a journey back through time. You can even try to refurbish some old furniture to give it new sheen and pizzazz, while still retaining its classic look. Try a great retro shade like aqua paired with red accents, which can really bring to mind a retro diner filled with kitsch and camp. 

Get Antique with Teak 

Large dining tables are perfect for bringing the whole family (and more!) together for an evening of fun and food. They’re also great for gathering at on a Sunday morning for a rich brunch or a light snack to start the day off right. If you’re sticking to the vintage style, be sure to complement your chairs, countertops, and other dining room furniture with an antique-looking dining table that can fit the whole family. Something that looks unfinished and a little rustic can also evoke vintage flair, and it’d be perfectly paired with whatever goodies you’ve discovered at the local consignment shop or Salvation Army. To spin a rustic-looking, antique-evoking, large table made of teak of oak, you can put a kitschy 70s spin on it with funky, sleek white chairs or vibrant floor files. Have a conversation-starting centerpiece that you picked up at the thrift store, like a bust, statue, or similar item that sends you on a journey to the past. 

If you love strolling down memory lane and soaking up the vintage style, then there are several easy ways to deck out your dining room table to match your passion for antiques. And it doesn’t have to be expensive! Everything you need can come cheap from a flea market or local shop. A dining room is the perfect area to impress guests and enjoy a memorable evening, so you’ll want to style the room perfectly. Have everyone sit around a large dining table and take a look back on times gone by!

23 Aug
2013

Candle Holders 1:30

Candle holders are timeless and classic made in an array of styles, finishes, and colorshaving many uses, features, sizes, and prices ranges.

Candle holders are made of many beautiful materials:  glass, hand-blown glass, clear glass, colored glass and frosted glass, wood, iron, and wrought iron.

Pedestal shaped decorative holders for candles are called candlesticks.  Candelabrum is used for holding many candle tapers.  The chandelier comes from the word candle and is electric for holding glass bulbs resembling candles.  There are hanging fixtures designed to hold a number of tapers that are not electric.

Hollowed out holes called sockets are friction tight to keep candles erect and straight.  Adjustments can be made to candles for positioning.  If too fat, trim the bottom with a knife.  If too small, wrap the end with aluminum foil and put into the socket.

There are small glass holders and wall sconces for votives and tea lights.  The variety of holders for pillar type candles is massive.  Hurricane candle holders are simply a glass bowl with a flat bottom with curved sides.  A pillar candle is set at the bottom in the middle.

Candles with their gorgeousholders present an ambiance, a mood, an occasion; the scented ones can enliven or calm.

Attached to a candle holder is a bobèche to catch the melted wax running down the side of the candle and are used at events where there are audiences or crowds attending festivals, concerts, or Christmas carolers.

The Menorah candelabra are used for the Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah.  There are Yoga candle holders and unity ceremonial candle holders.

To enhance the loveliness of the candle, place it in a stunning candle holder.  Some candle holders create warmth.  When family or friends stop by for the evening, have your candle holder and fragrant candle complement your evening creating an atmosphere of enjoyment and warmness.

All homes must have a few candle holders with candles lit for special meals.  Lit at night without lamps, candles createdistinctive light and shadow effects.  Dinner by candle light makes for a peaceful eating time for those having dinner. This time with a loved one can spark romance in a delightful way.

Use candles on your deck or patio.  There are glass candle holders having candle access available with lanterns.  These will give a soft elegance to your informal entertaining area, or for a special occasion.

19 Aug
2013

Oak Dining Furniture: What You Need to Know Before You Go Shopping

The Upside to Oak 

1. Durability

Oak dining furniture is most often chosen for its durability. If you have a large and/or active family, and your furniture gets a lot of action, oak is probably the best option for you.

If you like to have meals on the back deck, oak would also be the way to go in finding resilient outdoor dining furniture. This hard wood is resistant to moisture and other seasonal elements, and doesn’t shrink or warp.

2. Beauty

Oak is very versatile in the decorative sense. It can be classy, elegant, or rustic, and often times each of these simultaneously.

You also have color choices (as well as degrees of durability), as there are two varieties: white oak and red oak. White oak is, as its name suggests, the lighter of the two, as well as the stronger. Also, if you buy the furniture unfinished, you can stain the wood to the color of your desire, or go natural with a clear urethane.

3. Guilt-free

Going green? You can buy your oak dining furniture without the guilt of harming the environment. Most oak used for furniture is now harvested from sustainability forests. 

The Downside to Oak

1. Cumbersome

Some would say a disadvantage of oak dining furniture is its bulkiness. Without a doubt, moving oak furniture is at the bottom of the fun list. But in reality, how often does the average person rearrange his or her dining room, or move to a new house? When you look at it like that, bulky doesn’t seem to matter quite so much. 

2. Cost

Oak dining furniture is unarguably expensive. But you get what you pay for, right?

If you’re on a budget, you can always get furniture with an oak veneer, as opposed to solid oak. These pieces of furniture are made from less expensive material, with oak paneling glued on for appearance sake. Try mixing solid oak and veneered oak furniture, adding in more and more solid oak pieces over time.

You can also find oak dining furniture in places like second-hand stores, antique shops, and auctions. Because of oak’s durability, this used merchandise oftenneeds only a touchup or a few repairs to look good as new (or good as old, if you prefer vintage) again. Your dining room and bank account will thank you.

12 Jul
2013

Get value for your money with this superbly crafted shadow oak wardrobe

Thinking of adding a new wardrobe to your home? Then look no further than this shadow oak wardrobe which has been created to vastly improve you living space. This piece of oak furniture is a timeless, beautiful piece that has been made from 100% solid wood so you can ensure that it is long lasting. When it comes to adding a new piece to your home its appearance is essential to create an impression in your home and this product looks stunningly crafted.

The wardrobe is made from European oak, which is known for its sturdiness and beauty. The product has been given a white oiled finish, which allows the piece to have a light appearance and shows off the impressive wooden detail. The dimensions for the wardrobe are H20 x W115 x D60 centimetres, meaning that you will have a lot of room to place your clothes and items, you can even place items on the wardrobe at the top to create more space free from clutter in your home. The wardrobe has three doors and two drawers. Two doors are located at the top of the wardrobe and open up to a rail which allows you to hang clothes upon; the third door is located at the bottom of the wardrobe and opens up to reveal two spaces with one shelf dividing them, which is perfect for placing items such as shoes. The three draws are also located at the bottom of the wardrobe and pull out to reveal plenty of room to place multiple items.

Preventing damage to the environment has become an important issue that we all need to consider. The company which sells this magnificent wardrobe tries to ensure that awareness is made of this and that the wardrobes they product are made with as little negative impact to the environment as possible. This wardrobe has been rated by the company five out of a possible ten stars for its environmental score.

The wardrobe does require assembly, however, if you prefer not to deal with the hassle of figuring out what goes into how and where, the men who deliver the product can also assemble the wardrobe for you.

So if you are looking for a wardrobe that comes from an environmentally conscious resource, can store all your clothes and items and is made from high quality material, this shadow oak wardrobe could be the ideal choice for you.

26 Jun
2013

What To Look For In A Mango Wooden Bench

Mango wooden benches are an interesting new development in the household furnishing market. Although many years ago the mere thought of using tropical hardwoods such as Mango was unheard of, today they are considered an extremely elegant and beautiful addition to any modern home. The unusual texture is quite breathtaking to the touch. Newcomers who have never seen any furniture manufactured from mango wood before find it curiously homely and comforting. Not only is this tropical hardwood highly adaptable to various styles, such as both contemporary and antique styles, it also fits in well with other timber furnishings you may have in your home.

Ideal For The Discerning Homeowner

Purchase a mango wooden bench and you’ll discover that it is the first thing most visitors start to notice when stepping into your home. It could be the contemporary yet rustic look it has. Perhaps it is the incredible practicality it offers. As you can see, it is particularly versatile when combined with other items of furniture, not only can it be used as a regular bench, but also a small table for items that need to stored at a low level. Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that it leaves a remarkable first impression.

Dark or Light – Your Choice

This particular mango wooden bench is available in several shades and colours. You’ll notice that the colour of the furniture itself can have a significant impact on the overall brightness and lighting of your home. So take care to choose the most appropriate one for you. A lighter colour should be used if you need as much light reflection as possible, this will ensure you get the result you are looking for. Perhaps for a more traditional environment you may want to look at one of the darker shades.

Superior Quality, Few Drawbacks

In addition to the already well acknowledged quality of the hardwood itself. Modern mango timber goes through several different stages of advanced preparation before it is finally shipped overseas, for use in countries such as ours. This ensures that you will always receive the best possible end product.

Years Of Stress-Free Use

Despite originating from tropical environments, these furnishings are able to withstand a great deal of punishment in terms of changing climates and seasonal variations. This is essential if they are to be used in countries such as the USA and UK. All one needs to do is avoid exposing them to extremities and they should provide years of good service.

22 Jun
2013

Oak Wardrobe

If you are interested in purchasing an oak wardrobe, then you will be greatly pleased by the wide variety of oak wardrobes that are available.  It truly just depends on what will go best with your home décor.

Pacific Oak Single Wardrobe

The Pacific Oak single wardrobe comes equipped with two different handle styles.  You have the choice of oak knobs or ring handles.  As far as this particular oak wardrobe is concerned, assembly is required and it has a clear wax finish that has been completed by hand.  There are two different materials from which this wardrobe is constructed.

With this item, the outside has been constructed from white oak and the inside is made from popular.  Even though assembly is required, this item will be delivered by two men who will bring it to your door.  As far as the eco rating is concerned, it is based on the wood source, workshop practices, furniture miles and a bonus.  Based on a ten-star rating, this oak single wardrobe received 3 stars for its wood source, 2 stars for the workshop practices, 2 stars for furniture miles and an additional 1-star bonus.

Oak Azur Double Wardrobe

The Oak Azur double wardrobe is perfect hanging up clothes and shoes.  This item will suffice as a great closet if you only have a few select things to hang up and put away.  It is also great for additional closet space.  This item has a white oil finish and it has been created from solid European oak wood.  This product does not require any form of assembly.  As far as delivery options are concerned, it will take at least two weeks to arrive at your door and two men will be available to deliver your purchased items.

Shadow Oak Wardrobe

This particular oak wardrobe item is an excellent choice for a room.  It has 3 doors and 2 drawers available for storage usage or some other use that you find beneficial.  In the unfortunate event that the closet of a room does not provide you with enough space or you are using the closet for other purposes, the Shadow Oak wardrobe is able to give you ample space for your needs.  This product is created using European Oak and assembly will be required.  As far as an eco-rating is concerned, the wood source receives 1 star, the workshop practices receive 2 stars, the furniture receives two stars and there is not a bonus associated with this particular item.

Nordic Oak Double Wardrobe

The Nordic Oak double wardrobe is simple and has everything that you need to conserve space.  Assembly is not required for this product and it is constructed from solid, pure
European Oak.  It has a white oiled finish and is available for delivery.  It will take at least two weeks to be delivered.  As far as the eco rating is acknowledged, the wood source receives a total of 1 star, the workshop practices receives 2 stars, the furniture miles receive 2 stars, and there is not a bonus that is available with this particular oak wardrobe.

Pacific Oak Double Wardrobe

The Pacific Oak double wardrobe is ideal for the person who needs to conserve an ample amount of space.  This stand-alone furniture piece requires some assembly, and it has a clear wax, by-hand finish.  For your particular desire for style, you have the option of oak knobs or ring handles.  This particular wardrobe has quite a lot to offer.  The wood source of this particular item received 3 stars for the wood source, 2 stars for workshop practices, 2 stars for furniture miles and one star for a bonus.    This particular product has an outstanding rating compared to some of the other wardrobes that are available.  If you are unsure of what a particular product has to offer, be sure to check the eco ratings.

23 May
2013

Oak Chest Of Drawers: Organization In Style

Home décor goes way beyond hanging pictures on the walls and putting statues in the living room, home décor also covers aspects of cleanliness and organization as well. An oak chest of drawers is a combination of all these décor factors and could make a beautiful addition to any home.

Organization & Storage

An oak chest of drawers can help keep your home organized, they come in different sizes, which makes it convenient when shopping because you can find any size to meet your needs. These oak chests of drawers can be used to store clothing or even toys. The possibilities of what can be stored in them is endless, because they provide a set amount of drawers depending on the size you buy, and each drawer is decent in size to store practically anything.

Home Décor

An oak chest full of drawers is not only a convenient way to organize, but it is also a great piece for home décor. These chests come in a variety of different colors that can match almost any room. You could go with a light oak to keep the feel of a light and vibrant room, or you could go with a dark oak to keep a room feeling warm. They also are very space efficient, giving your room and space for decorative needs.

Cleanliness

The beautiful thing about oak chests of drawers is it is simple to keep clean. These chests can simply be dusted and polished with the right furniture polish to keep them looking their best. Since they are made of oak, if the piece begins to age and look rough, you can easily refinish or paint the chest to make it look like new again. Oak is a solid wood that is very sturdy and made to last for a long time.

If you are looking to remodel or refurnish your home, you could benefit from an oak chest of drawers. These furniture pieces contribute to the three factors of home décor by offering space for organization, looking great in any room, and being simple to keep clean and tidy. One of the best things about the oak material is it is durable and can match with any style of home from traditional to modern. The oak material can also be kept up and redone as the furniture piece begins to age. You can ask for much more than that out of a piece of furniture.