5 Tips on Making Your Home More Relaxing

It’s one thing to own a house. It’s another thing to turn into a home worth living in. There’s something about home that makes people relax and feel comfortable. The living room is typically the space that most people congregate in. It’s the perfect place to relax, watch television and entertain guests. In order to make it the best it can be, consider trying these decor tips. 5 Tips on Making Your Home More Relaxing

1. Paint
When you add paint, it’s one of the easiest ways to make a major impact in a room. Before deciding which paint color you’ll use, consider the color scheme. Make sure to choose a color is complementary to the theme. When it’s time to pick out a paint type, remember that a good wall primer forgives many structural sins. Matte paint is also a lot easier to apply for a nice, polished look. High-gloss paint tends to pick up any imperfections in the paint strokes. If you’re really committed to the high-gloss look, consider hiring a professional to take care of the actual job.

2. Luxe Fabrics and Colors
Luxurious fabrics and colors add texture and depth to a room. Consider adding these elements in various ways. Decorative pillows are great for adding texture. Purchase a few sequined-pillows. Add a fur-covered blanket in a basket for when it’s time to cuddle and watch a movie. Choose fun colors for vases, lampshades and picture frames. If you’re not in love with the overall look of one of the pieces, they’re small enough that they can be switched out with another option.

3. Statement Pieces
Wall art and large area rugs are the two best items to make a major statement in a room. There are tons of online art curators with beautiful artwork to choose from. You can get your favorite piece, frame it and have it shipped to you. This is an awesome and convenient option. Rugs are major because they can easily fill up the space beneath you. It doesn’t matter if you have hardwood floors, tile or carpet, it’s a good idea to get a nice area rug. It’ll transform the overall feel of the room and make it cozier.

4. Window Treatments
Most people install blinds and leave the windows alone. Instead, it’s a great idea to hang curtains and install Next Day Blinds behind them. Not only does this secure your personal privacy, it’s also a great way to keep the cold air out during the winter. For the cooler months, use a heavier curtain in a fabric like velvet. During the warmer months, a sheer or lighter fabric is always nice. The contrast between the blinds and curtains is a fun element to enhance. Consider various Next Day Blinds shades instead of always choosing the standard white blinds. Wooden finishes and other muted colors are great choices to consider.

5. Living Elements
Sure, green plants are easy on the eyes. They’re also really good for the environment. Indoor plants are excellent for cleansing the air in any room. Whether you choose a potted plant or an indoor tree like a fiddle leaf fig, always remember to take good care of them so that they’ll stay alive. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are a few tricks you can implement so that the plant care goes on autopilot. Also, fresh flowers make a lovely centerpiece and they’re easy to pick up from the store with your groceries.

Decorating a new house is an exciting experience for many. The ability to express your personality through your decor is a lot like getting dressed. Make sure to put your best foot forward with this process. After all, you have to live in it.

How to Achieve the Industrial Home Design Trend 

How to Achieve the Industrial Home Design Trend
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While the industrial look has long been a darling of urban designers, today it is making its way further and further into suburbia as well. Modern industrial design trends range from the vintage to the rustic to the downright futuristic. While the industrial look is a popular look, no one wants to live in a space that genuinely looks like a warehouse. The key is to add in heavy industrial elements while lightening them up with softer touches and features such as warm woods and thick, luxurious fabrics. Here are 5 industrial home design trends that can help you achieve an industrial edge without making your home look like a meatpacking plant.

1. Heavy metals and thick woods
Giant, rusted out steel beams and heavy distressed wood surfaces are another basic staples of industrial home design trends. There are a wide variety of ways to incorporate these elements into your home, ranging from a dining room table made of a giant distressed oak barn door to DIY nightstands. You can also have a kitchen island custom designed and fabricated to utilize these elements. For those DIY wood projects, the jigsaw is a super versatile tool and a great place to start the power tool journey. It is handheld, can be fairly inexpensive and cuts shapes in a variety of materials, with the appropriate blade. a jigsaw is one of my son’s favorite tools he uses when woodworking.

2. Stainless steel
From prep tables in meatpacking plants to warehouse shelves, there is probably nothing that typifies industrial design more than stainless steel. Stainless is also a great addition to busy homes for the same reason it is used so heavily in industries of all types. It is durable, easy to clean and sanitize and relatively indestructible. To keep your house from looking like a warehouse, however, you can pair the cold, industrial look of stainless with warm woods, soft fabrics and even bright colours. The kitchen is not the only place you can use stainless, either. Some bathrooms incorporate a stainless steel backsplash, softened by walls upholstered in padded silk. The pairing of more masculine stainless steel with softer, more feminine accents is a great feature for couple room designs.
3. Distressed floors
Older warehouses and factories are well known for their beaten, battered wood floors that have often been bleached out from years of cleaning. Today, you can achieve this same look with a wide variety of flooring options ranging from vinyl to bamboo to engineered hardwood. Flooring comes in a wide ray of industrial finishes and washes to help you achieve a suburban industrial look. You can soften up the industrial look with throw rugs in rich, luxurious textures or bold patterns.
4. Concrete
From poured concrete countertops to sealed concrete floors, there is a wide range of ways to incorporate concrete into your industrial home design. You can even have a slab of concrete turned into a coffee table. Concrete can be finished in a wide range of colours and textures ranging from traditional grey to finished tinged with warmer reds and yellows. Best of all, concrete works well in a wide variety of temperatures. If you live in a hot and humid area, concrete won’t mildew like carpeting can and it won’t warp and buckle the way wood does. If you live in a hot, dry climate, concrete stays cool underfoot and helps cut down on energy costs. If you live in a cold climate, concrete makes an excellent conductor of radiant heat. Concrete doesn’t have to be cold, and it can even save you money in the long run. Like stainless steel, concrete is also highly durable, easy to care for and low maintenance.
5. Glass
While cool stainless and edgeless glass have long been a favourite of modernists, thick, chunky glass paired with concrete, stainless and heavy metals are de rigueur for fans of the industrial look. Whether it’s French windows edged in black or walls of glass bricks, glass is an important element in industrial design to offset heavier elements like distressed metal and wood.

♦ Whatever elements you incorporate into your industrial home design, the most important thing is to have a plan.
♦ Without an overarching design for your home, you may end up with a mishmash of features, designs, and styles.
♦ Whatever your design aesthetic, make sure you develop a specific plan for incorporating it throughout your home. Do some research on industrial home design trends for every room of your home, to make sure you incorporate a comprehensive design aesthetic that carries on throughout your home from the kitchen to the bathrooms to the backyard.
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Silk Orchids In My Home from Silk Plants Direct

The Beauty Of Silk Plants To Your Home

There are times during the year we need something new to add to our decor and I had the opportunity to work with Silk Plants Direct, a company that offers indoor and outdoor potted plants, topiary, hedges, flowers and trees that can be a beautiful addition to our homes and office.

Silk Plants Direct gave me the opportunity to choose and because I like many kill orchids, never can get them to rebloom and eventually they give up and die, so sad because I really love orchids. Which brings me to my choices, first;

Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant – Green 

You can see more details here Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant – Green
It is an exotic silk orchid, planted in a heavy glass jar, with moss over the root. It is as you can see a green color, which I picked for my small bathroom and ideal on my counter, measures 13″ tall and the leaves are flexible so you can adjust them, very life like.

The second orchid I chose is a Dendrobium Orchid – Purple/Pink 

This silk orchid has great color and adds a pop of color to any room, ( I will move it around for a change). This orchid stands at 22″ x 16″ x 8″ and is a gorgeous purple pink color. And I won’t have to worry about watering or having another orchid die and be able to enjoy the beauty for a very long time. You can see more details here Dendrobium Orchid

These beautiful silk orchids came from Silk Plants Direct and they have a huge variety of potted plants, flowers and flowering trees, shrubs and other larger trees to choose from. Plants in your home can be so uplifting even a few plants when there is not much room you can use plants in macrame hangers, add several and hang them in a tiny corner.

The company has two divisions, home and commercial so if you own a business and need to add plants to offices you might want to take a look at their commercial division.

Thank you to Silk Plants Direct for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Bring the Ocean into Your Home with an Aquarium

Bring the Ocean into Your Home with an Aquarium

Do you love the ocean? The smell and taste of the saltwater and the beautiful colors of the sea life? Why not bring the magic underworld of the ocean into your own home with a custom built saltwater aquarium? Aquariums are an attractive addition to any home, and they can be made to fit in any room of the house.

Bring the Ocean into Your Home with an Aquarium
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The Benefits of an Aquarium in Your Home

#1 Soothe Your Soul and Mind

Aquariums have a relaxing effect on the mind and soul, rough day at the office? Are kids driving you mad? Just got off a bad phone call? Stare at an aquarium for a few minutes, and you will feel the negative energy dissipate from your mind as you watch the air bubbles rise, and the fish swim about the coral.

#2 Bring Color to Your Life

Saltwater fish are colorful and cute. Have you ever seen a pair of clownfish swimming through an anemone? Those cute little fish have spectacular coloring, and it flashes in the light as they defend their territory. Moray eels, seahorses, and coral are all colorful examples of saltwater fish that are beautiful additions to a home aquarium. You can even extend the theme of the aquarium out into the room.

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Make an ocean themed bedroom around your aquarium. Use coral around the room and posters of marine life on the walls. The pleasant light and soft noise of the bubbles will calm your mind and help you drift off to sleep.

#3 Keep the Kids Entertained and Responsible

Are your kids unruly in the morning? Consider placing a custom built aquarium in your dining or living room. Have the kids congregate around it in the morning while they prepare for school. They can eat their Cheerios and check their homework while they watch the fish. You can use your aquarium to teach your kids some responsibility.

Let them feed the fish every day and get them involved with cleaning the tank and the filter system. Let them name their favorite fish and quiz them about the characteristics of their favorites in the tank, you never know, you may have a budding marine biologist in the family.

#4 The Ultimate Conversation Starter

An Aquarium makes for a great conversation starter when you have guests over. You can all gather around the tank while you tell people about the specifics of the fish and coral in the tank. People love to hear others talk about their passions, and when it involves something cool like staring at a saltwater aquarium, they are happy to listen.

#5 Revitalize Your Thoughts

Aquariums stimulate the mind and keep the brain active as it interprets the brilliantly vivid colors and motions of the fish and coral. If you have elderly parents that live with Alzheimer’s disease or other degenerative brain diseases such as dementia, then an aquarium will provide their mind with vital stimulation and help to slow the progress of the disease.

In Closing

Aquariums offer an incredible visual experience for your home. However, you deserve the very best aquarium, so it’s essential that you choose to purchase yours from a professional aquarium design service that will create the ultimate custom saltwater tank for you. Captivate your mind and that of your friends and family with an aquatic centerpiece from Titan Aquatic Exhibits. An aquarium can be built to your exact specifications to fit any room of your home.

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