3 Tips to Define Your Interior Design Scheme

When you buy a new home, you are given the opportunity of starting a fresh start. It’s an exciting time, and to help you on your way, here are 3 tips to ensure that you make the right interior design choices.

Your Lifestyle

How you live your life should dictate how you present your home. You need the choices you make to help you to achieve your lifestyle, and not hinder it. An example being if you enjoy watching television; you will want to create a cozy snug to watch it in that has comfortable sofas to lounge on. Or, perhaps you like reading? In which case, you will need a lighting solution that enables you to illuminate the pages of the book clearly. Think about how you want your home to work for you before you make any big decisions.

Your Furniture

Furniture that may have worked well in your previous home, may not quite hit the mark in your new one. You will have several key pieces that you are keen on, or may even have sentimental attachment to, but there will be others that no longer fit the bill. It may be a case of upcycling furniture that you have – paint them, change the handles, or reupholster chairs in a different fabric to suit your new scheme.

Just remember that sometimes less is more; you do not want your home to become filled with too much of one style. Intersperse modern designs with your older pieces to create a homely yet contemporary feel to your home; furniture stores such as YLiving feature contemporary classics that will inspire your style, and help you to develop your interior’s scheme intentions.

Consider the Orientation of Your Home

Depending on where you are buying your property, your preferences for how the property is orientated will change. For example, a location like Michigan is prone to long cold winters, so you would ideally have a south-facing property, while a home in hot Texas would benefit from being north-faced to reduce the effects of the summer heat. You may be wondering how this affects your interior design scheme, but the orientation of your house affects the amount of daylight that will enter each room, and the choices of color that will work best in your space.

Choose paints that will be complemented by the light – a color that looks great in a bright room will not achieve the same results in a dark one. It is best practice to avoid cool colors in notably dark rooms, and choose warm options to bring life into it. Paint the ceiling and the area inside the window white to reflect light into the rest of the room. Light rooms are far easier to choose a color for, so this is your chance to get creative! Finish off your rooms by painting the woodwork a crisp white to set off the colors that you have chosen.

Moving to a new house is an exciting time, and while you will want to make your mark on it straight away, it is always a good idea to live in it for a while to get a real feel for the property before you make any big ticket purchases or modifications.

Decor Ideas That Your Teenage Kids Will Adore

Furniture and decor changes can be appreciated by all ages–not just adults! That’s why we’ve decided to put together a short list of decor improvements and ideas that your teenage kids will absolutely love. Whether they’ve been good kids that recently scored well in an exam or if you just want to treat them to a new and improved bedroom, here are a couple of ideas for teenage decor changes that are both easy to do and can completely transform the way they see their bedroom.


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Adding their own fun and functional furniture


Including a large bean bag from Sack Daddy or a bunk bed can be a fantastic choice for adventurous kids that love fun and functional furniture. Bean bags make trendy alternatives to seats and bunk beds usually come with desks and plenty of storage. If you’re feeling extra generous and want to indulge your kids, then consider designer furniture that is targeted specifically towards children. It might be expensive, but it will certainly wow them when they see it.


Allowing your kids to express their desires and passions


When your kids were toddlers, they probably loved certain comic book heroes or cartoons and wanted wallpapers or bed linen to represent that. However, as we upgrade their rooms, we can often default back to basic patterns and colours that don’t allow our kids to express their desires or passions. If they love art, consider adding some artsy wallpapers and pictures. If they still love games and cartoons, then adding a couple of posters will be a great idea. Whatever they currently enjoy, allow them to customize their room as they see fit so they can personalize it with their own interests.


Creating a multi-functional room for everything they need


It’s important to understand that your kids want a bit more privacy and freedom in how they use their room. That’s why it’s important to give them a desk of their own for their computer, and you might want to consider adding something like extra chairs and a small table for when their friends come over. Allow them to add their own television as well so they can watch things or play video games with their friends when they come around to visit. This also means they won’t be hogging the family television!


Giving them fun and unique storage spaces


To follow the theme of giving your children more independence, consider adding unique storage options for your kids to store everything from books to their toys. Unique storage spaces include fancy-looking wall shelves or small boxes to keep things such as toys and make-up. There are also bags that can be used for things like dirty laundry, and colour-coordinated shelves are a fun idea as well. Most furniture stores will have some sections for children’s storage, and these can often be a great source of ideas for DIY projects or just purchasing ideas.

Home Decorating Tips Worth Reviewing

You spend a lot of time in your home, and so it only makes sense that you want to turn it into a haven with you in mind. The obstacle is that many homeowners don’t know where to start or what to do to make it look right; they also don’t know how to budget for such a project.

However, decorating your home doesn’t have to be such a chore. While home decorating isn’t everyone’s forte, there are many valuable tips on how to create the home of your dreams with minimal headaches. For ways on how to decorate your home, consider the following:

Shop the Sales & Discounts

Hold out for the sales and discounts, especially if you’re on a tight budget for your home decorating project. They’re out there, but you have to be patient and wait for certain times of the year. For instance, Lumens currently have a sale on discount lighting and other home accessories. You can go online for up to 50% off top-brands that’ll transform your home from okay to chic and stylish.

Less is More

Part of the home decorating process is to go around and remove what’s not necessary. Your goal is to reduce the amount of clutter and only display your best items. There’s no reason to overdo it in your house, and a cluttered home can cause stress and anxiety to many homeowners. Less is more, and the items you decide to keep and have on display with only become center stage. Start by going through what you already have before you start adding more to your rooms.

Be Picky

Don’t buy all you see and display all you own; instead, be picky about what you highlight in your house and make sure it’s adding value. If you want your home to look striking, then you have to pay attention to the details and only decorate with what’s going to contribute to your home’s overall atmosphere. Be picky when you’re shopping, and don’t assume that because an item is on sale or looks good in the store, that you need it or it’ll look right in your home. Take your time and think about each decorating move you’re making before following through.

Don’t be Afraid of Color

Black and white looks beautiful in a home, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to add color. Instead, think about ways you can add a splash of color or different hues to your existing palette. Color has the ability to brighten up a room, lift your mood and add character and charm to your home, while black and white can become monotonous after a while. However, work color into your home slowly, and add more as you get more comfortable with the way color looks in your space.


If home decorating were easy, then everyone’s house would look like it was out of a magazine. Take the time to teach yourself particular tips and tricks that will help you succeed. Go slow and give yourself a chance to increase the attractiveness of your home.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 398 – With Table Decor

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s linky party.  And Happy Veteran’s Day to all of our men and women in uniform, past and present.  We appreciate your service!

We’re going to be doing things a little differently for a few weeks. As some of you may know I am currently pregnant. Actually as of this Friday, I am 39 weeks along, so things could happen at any time!  That being said, I wanted to make sure that the party goes on every week without a hitch, so for the next few weeks, each party hostess will be sharing their own party post with JUST their feature pick(s).  Normally we compile all of our feature choices together in to one big post, but I wanted to make things as easy as possible on the hostesses.

When you link up your post it will still be part of a linky party that will be shared on ALL of our blogs, so there’s no change there.  Anyway, I just wanted to make a note of that, so that you guys wouldn’t wonder about the sudden change in format.  Alright, let’s get to it!  This week I’ve selected 3 tables to feature.  Two of these are Thanksgiving tablescapes, and one is a DIY project that I thought looked just awesome!  Hope you enjoy!

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Our Forest Friends Nursery Reveal

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In the past few years, we have done several home makeover and DIY projects.  We’ve done a little painting outside, put up new light fixtures, painted furniture, gotten new appliances, and bought all new furniture in our living room, but I don’t think anything has been quite as exciting or as fun as putting together our new baby nursery!  After deliberating over a few themes and color schemes, I finally decided on the Forest Friends theme from Sweet Jojo Designs.

I LOVE this brand.  I first attracted to the overall look and colors of this set, and when I saw all the different types of accessories that were available, I was SOLD!  I’ve seen plenty of bedding sets with just your basic sheet, comforter, mobile, and diaper stacker.  If I wanted any other pieces, I’d just have to look around for something that sort of matches, but all of the Sweet Jojo Designs collections have EVERYTHING you could possibly need to decorate your nursery, including matching wall art and wall decals.

Apart from the great designs, the collection is also very high quality, and each nursery collection has a matching toddler and child bedding set, so when baby Thaxon gets big enough for his toddler bed, I’ll just have to get a new bedding set, and we can continue using the rest of his decor! [Read more…]

5 Simple Tips to Transform a Room

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “I’d love to make this room look better, but I just can’t afford it,” then today’s post is for you!  As a homemaker, I love improving the look of our home, and as a girl on a budget, I’ve learned to embrace simplicity and find easy and affordable ways to transform the rooms in our house.  Today I will share a few tips to help you get started.

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Bedding – The main focal point in any bedroom is the bed.  A new bedding set can dress up even the oldest set of bedroom furniture and completely change the style of your room.  Consider changing your florals to a modern chic pattern (as shown below).  Or change your plaid bedding set to some trendy chevron stripes or a fun bohemian pattern.

A lot of bedding sets (like the one above) are reversible / two-sided, so if you have a reversible bedding set, you can simply flip over the existing bedding set to get a whole new look.  Adding a decorative throw or extra throw pillows to your bed can also add color, warmth, and coziness of your room. [Read more…]

Our Nursery Furniture – Preview and Products

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As many of you know, I’m getting ready to welcome a new little one into the world.  HE is scheduled to arrive on November 17, and I’m currently in the process of getting the nursery decorated.  Today I’m sharing the nursery furniture that has been purchased.

Chest and Changing Table

First we have the South Shore Fundy Tide Changing Table and 4-Drawer Chest.  I purchased these on Amazon.  The set is available on other websites, but Amazon had the best pricing.

This is a great looking set. The color is espresso, but I think there are other colors available. It was very important to me to find a changing table with drawers, because I like to have things stored so that they are hidden.  The South Shore Fundy Tide Changing table has two drawers, plus a shelf for storing items.  And another great thing about this item is that we can still use it in the baby’s room long after a changing table is no longer needed.  I figure I could use for toys, extra clothes, art supplies, or anything else in his room, and then I just have to remove the changing pad, and there is a place to display items.   [Read more…]

Decorating an Outdoor Area for Summer

Summer weather can be harsh, which means your outdoor area, furnishings and décor need to be able to handle the heat as well as the thunderstorms. This can be a tricky combination as you need to prepare for all weather events, both wet and very, very dry depending on the year. Here are some top tips for decorating your outdoor area this summer.


Make Room for Guests

One of the most important aspects of an outdoor area is its entertaining capabilities. We just love to entertain, especially outdoors. Barbeques are a way of life so you’ll need a good range to cater for a large crowd and the seating and dining to match. If you only have a small space, put your spend into the barbecue and host informal get-togethers, buffet style.

Weather Proof Everything

You’ll need to consider your specific area when decorating your outdoor living space but it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll experience both wet and dry conditions. Pick fabrics that are weather proof whenever possible. Cushions should be able to handle wet weather while their colour needs to stand up to the harsh sun. Don’t spend a fortune on rain-proof fabrics if the colours are going to fade in the sun after only one season or you’ll be buying again next year.

Likewise, choose sun proof fabrics if you can. If they’re not all weather wear then you’ll need somewhere to keep them when it inevitably rains. If you don’t have the space to store your outdoor

supplies in your indoor linen cupboard or similar, invest in an outdoor chest and storage compartment that doubles as extra seating for your guests.

Lisa Green, Editor in Chief of Australian House & Garden had this to say in an interview with hipages: “Choose furniture that will age gracefully – i.e. aged metal finishes which will patina over time. Or look to the hi-tech weatherproof synthetics that now come in many more sculptural forms, with soft cushioning to match.”


Durability Over Design

You shouldn’t have to compromise but if your budget doesn’t make room for your favorite design in a durable material, always, always choose durability over design elements. If your chosen design isn’t durable enough to face numerous summers, simply don’t make the purchase. You’ll enjoy one summer only, before you need to buy again. This is especially important when making big purchase decisions, such as your outdoor table and chairs. Certain woods require a lot of maintenance to hold up under the harsh sun, so forego the wooden dining if you’re not up to the task. Instead, opt for metal and glass tabletops that will last many years to come.



While certain dining suites require regular maintenance, you can help your aging furnishings by shading your outdoor living area well. You’ll need at least enough shade for you and your guests to enjoy on hot summer days. Whether you choose large table top umbrellas to keep you and your guests cool while you entertain, or invest in canopies to cover your entire outdoor living space, your décor and outdoor furniture will hold up much better in the shade than in constant sunshine.

5 Artistic Touches to Enhance Any Contemporary Living Space


How do you want to feel when you return to your home after a long day away? If you want your dwelling to feel like a breath of fresh air, contemporary design might be right up your alley. As Better Homes & Gardens writes, “contemporary style is often defined by clean lines with a casual atmosphere, open spaces, neutral colors, and elements and materials inspired by nature.” Incorporating smart contemporary elements into your home’s design can help create a space that encourages your friends and family to unwind and enjoy their surroundings. You won’t find cramped quarters overstuffed with romantic flourishes or traditional adornments in a contemporary home; you’ll encounter sleek lines, functional pieces and crisp corners everywhere you look!

Here are five artistic touches to enhance your contemporary living space.

Next-Level Wall Art

It’s obvious that contemporary art and home design go hand in hand. But if you’re not headed to the auction anytime soon to acquire originals and you’re tired of hanging prints, what can you do? Try incorporating three-dimensional sculpture into your contemporary living room! Decoist demonstrates how unforgettable wall art can stand out in an otherwise minimalistic room with the sculpture “Seagulls” by Curtis Jere hanging above a desk in a modern townhome. The fluidity of sculpture tends to break up the clean lines of contemporary design.

Natural Look and Feel

Freshome points out that we can learn a lot from Scandinavian design, such as the importance of bringing natural elements indoors. It might not be possible for you to go traipsing through the forest every afternoon, but you can incorporate natural wood into the furniture and finishes around your home. Adding plants is another great way to add a pop of color and life to contemporary living spaces. Many people associate modernity with metal finishes, industrial fixtures and space-age plastics. While these are all vital components of contemporary homes, sleek natural wood provides a timeless element that’s both rugged and new. Consider mid-century modern chairs with wooden arms and bases, as well as sturdy wooden tables with clean-cut corners when you’re choosing furniture.

Creative Lighting

Nothing dampens a fresh, contemporary space like run-of-the-mill light fixtures. Hanging mini pendant lights is a clutter-free way to provide task lighting over important areas. For an industrial look, homeowners can opt for an exposed bulb like the 14.1m Single Pendant Mini from Bocci. Hanging a row of teardrop-shaped pendants, like the Liuku Drop Wood Pendant Light from Mater, over a dining table or a kitchen island for polished linear lighting scheme. An array of materials—including brass, silver, copper, glass, and wood—makes it easy to choose mini pendants that enhance your current home design.

Pendant lights supplement your general overhead lighting by providing highly functional task lighting over a specific area. You’ll see them quite often in dining rooms and kitchens, but don’t

forget about other living spaces! Reading is made much easier with a light dangling above your favorite comfortable chair or above your bedside table.

Simplified Details

Clunky is the opposite of contemporary. As Freshome writes, “Hand railings and banisters that were once large handcrafted pieces of wood in past design decades are replaced with innovative tension cables, glass, or industrial materials. Look to adding contemporary details that get noticed, yet don’t distract your minimal interiors.” Open the spaces in your home by opting for clean lines and unobtrusive materials when possible. Wires, metal finishes and black accents are an excellent way to achieve the desired simplicity.

Calculated Geometry

Line is the most distinctive element of contemporary design, per The Spruce. The same source cites examples like “bold color blocks, high ceilings, bare windows, and geometric shapes in wall art and sculpture.” Contemporary furniture also exudes these neat lines with corners that border on harsh plus large, flat expanses of tabletop that work to create distinct layers in any room. Don’t forget geometry when you’re curating your contemporary home! When you pick patterns, avoid the curves of flowers and fringe. Area rugs should include geometric patterns if they’re not solid. There is a math to contemporary design, and it starts with lines and angles.

The perfect blend of contemporary design elements can make you feel lighter when you immerse yourself in them. The aesthetic looks simple to achieve, but requires daring artistic touches to pull it all together.

5 Ideas to Give Your Bathroom an Instant Facelift

As a homemaker, I take pride in my home, and I love doing things to take care of it and make improvements, whether that’s doing a little tidying up or taking on a DIY project.  One area that I’m currently focusing on improving is my bathroom.  I live in an older home, and the entire house has been renovated except for the main bathroom.  Although we’ve updated certain parts of it, one thing about it still screams “older home” and that is the green tile on the walls!  I’m in the process of taking care of that, and I’ll definitely share the results with you.  Until then, today I’m going to talk about some of the improvements I’ve already made and some other ideas to give your bathroom a nice face lift!


1. Vanities – The vanity is the main focal point in the bathroom.  As such, it should not only be something that’s functional, but it should also look pleasing to the eye and fit your style. (And hopefully it has a lot of storage space too.)  A wall mount vanity or a free standing vanity is easy to install and will immediately brighten up your bathroom and make it look newer.

2.  Shower curtains and doors – When you enter a bathroom, if your eye doesn’t immediately go to the vanity, then it probably does to the tub and/or shower.  Getting a new shower curtain is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the look and feel of your bathroom.  In fact, many people rely on a shower curtain to add color to what would otherwise be a dull white room.  If you currently have a curtain with a pastel floral pattern, consider something a little more bold and dramatic like a black and white damask shower curtain or red and white chevron stripes.  This will change your bathroom in minutes.  And if you have a shower with a glass door, consider taking it down and adding a curtain, or simply add a sparkling new door.

3. Lighting – Bad lighting can turn even the nicest bathrooms into a dreary and uninviting place.  If you have an old light fixture that is dim or dated, try adding something with a modern styling. Ideally you you should have a light bar with multiple lights over your vanity.  And when it comes to bathroom lighting, you should always consider function over style.  A fancy and expensive light fixture may be pretty, but if it has only three lights, and the lights have globes over them, it isn’t going to give you nearly as much light as a basic light bar with five or six lights.  And when you do consider style, try to make sure that your bathroom hardware (handles, drawer pulls, towel racks, etc.) matches your light fixture.

4. New flooring – If you’re bathroom is covered in old vinyl, especially vinyl that is stained or just dated, consider adding new flooring.  Ceramic tile will immediately modernize and give your bathroom a fresh and clean look.  And if you’re looking to save a little money, laminate flooring is a great option.  You can find styles that look like tile or wood.  It is a low maintenance material, and your bathroom will great.

Bathroom Wall

5. Walls – A new coat of paint is another inexpensive way to update your bathroom.  Even if you like the color of your bathroom, just adding a new coat of the same color, especially a shade slightly darker or lighter can really freshen up the place, and a new color can dramatically change the look and feel of your bathroom.  And if you have old tile like I do, that can be fixed too!  Old tile walls can be covered with new tiles or paneling (if you need a cheaper option).  And if the design of your bathroom won’t allow for you to simply cover the tile, it just takes a hammer and a little muscle to take out that old tile.  The paneling or tile can also be added to an otherwise plainly painted bathroom to add modern flair and definition.

A full bathroom renovation can be a headache, but by breaking it down in to single tasks, such as the ones I’ve listed here, you can really simplify the process.  It’s also amazing how much difference just one or two of these updates can make to your room.  And the great news is, you don’t have to do a full bathroom makeover in a weekend.  You have all the time in the world to work at your own pace, following your own schedule and budget.