Quick Ways to Give your Walls a Fresh Look

If you are anything like me, you sometimes get a bit bored with the way your home looks. Unfortunately, I do not always have the time or cash to be able to redecorate completely.

As a result, over the years, I have come up with some quick and easy ways to give a room a fresh look. These methods allow you to revamp a space in just a few hours, and do so without spending too much money.

Start with the walls

The fastest way to make a difference is to change what is on the walls. Your eye is naturally drawn to the far wall as you enter a room, so it makes sense to focus on that wall, and change that first. Doing so quickly changes the look and feel of a room. It sets the scene.

Wall stickers and artwork

You can easily transform a wall using artwork, or wall stickers. These days you can easily order what you need online. When your parcel arrives, you just need to spend an hour or so hanging your new pictures, or putting your decals up.

Customized wall decor

If you want something truly unique, it is best to go down the custom route. There are more and more firms offering consumers the chance to create their own wall decor items. It is now easy to get your favorite photos turned into a canvas print that looks like an oil painting, but there are also more unusual decorative items available. One such example is custom made signs.

Customised traffic signs do not cost a lot of money and they are a fun and zany way of decorating the walls of a room. Ordering them from www.roadtrafficsigns.com is super easy. All you need to do is to choose a design, and tell them what wording you want. For example, you could order a street sign that includes your family name or a stop sign that says something like – no whining zone.

These signs look great. They last, and are easy to put up or take down and reuse in other areas of the house.

Paint a room fast

Often, this simple approach is enough to give your room a fresh new look. However, if the walls are looking shoddy a better approach is to repaint the room.

If you do it right, painting a room need not take you long. A team of three professional painters can paint a small bedroom in under an hour. If you use the same techniques and equipment, you and your partner could easily re-paint a room in a morning. You can find out exactly how to do it, by watching this video.

Mirrors

Another simple approach is to put up a couple of big mirrors. Doing so brightens up the room, and makes the most of the natural light that is available in the room. If you put them up in the right places there is the added benefit that they make the room look bigger too.

6 Trick Interiors Designers Use to Create a Relaxing Bedroom

In the era of hectic lives that put our brains in overdrive, there’s no substitute for a refreshing night’s sleep. We all intuitively know it, but very few of us actually take the time to reflect on our sleeping habit.

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Making sure you get enough of quality sleep is the single most underappreciated aspect of our health. A breakfast of avocado, egg whites and a green veggie smoothie will not make up for the lack of well-balanced sleep cycles and getting enough of deep sleep -one of the important phases of sleep when the all-important growth hormone is released.

So, healthy sleeping habits go way beyond choosing a good mattress and turning off the lights.

You see all the magazine covers and the pictures of perfect bedrooms and you might think to yourself, “If I only had that bedroom…”

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Well, let’s get a bit naughty and reveal a few tidbits of less known tactics designers use to create that feeling of calming perfection and serenity.

1. The color palette

I know, I know, you expected that to be one of the “tricks”, but read on, you might be surprised by what we reveal here.

You might expect commonplace tips like “use soothing colors” but actually, let’s take it one step further and dig deeper into the psychology of sleep. We’ve definitely been sold on the calming earthly tones and placating grays.

The truth is not that simple.

A hotel chain in the UK conducted research on the room colors and how they relate to the hours of sleep guests were reporting to get.

The results were surprising – it was the guests in the blue rooms – shades of eggshell blue, azure and aqua, to be more precise.

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Reason: The receptors in our eyes that regulate sleep are most sensitive to blue as proven by the Institute of Sleep in Edinburgh.

2. Trying the unconventional

If the concept of full eight hours of restful sleep seems like a fairy-tale, maybe it’s time for an inventory of your sleeping habits.

You might find that the solution to your troubles is not in re-inventing your bedroom and painting it blue. For example, if you have back pains that keep you up, don’t just go with it and wait for the mornings. Try unconventional solutions to your sleep problems (like a good air mattress).

3. Minimal is optimal

When it comes to bedroom design, some of the principles we’re talking about are not intuitive.

You might ask yourself what difference does a color or the stuff I have in my bedroom makes when I’m sleeping eyes closed in total darkness.

All the difference – that’s the answer.

It’s about how you perceive your bedroom. And you should perceive as place free of the clutter of everyday life. If your kid’s toys are all over the bedroom floor, you might not see them but you “feel” them.

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Eliminating the clutter as much as possible will eliminate the feeling of a “busy” room and allow you to smoothly drift off to nourishing sleep.

4. Inviting bed positioning

Another thing we don’t think about because we don’t know how important it is.

If a neatly made bed is the first thing you see when you walk over that doorstep, your brain receives a clear message that it’s time to unwind.

If you are lucky enough to have a bedroom with a view, make sure that your bed faces the view. In this scenario it’s also important to have the right kind of blackout shades – ones that let just enough light in to gently wake you up as the sun rises.

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5. Lighting

When it comes to choosing a bedroom lamp, go with one that allows you to adjust the level of brightness. The dimmer will allow you to have just enough light while getting ready for bed and not enough to stimulate you.

Ideally, you wouldn’t even have a bedside but a sconce lamp, which would further promote the minimal and calming feel of the room.

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 If you still have bright light bulbs in your bedroom, it might be a time for a makeover.

6. Carefully chosen artwork

If you choose it well, select accent piece can work and tie very well into the oasis you’ve created for yourself.

To do that, make sure that the colors are compatible with the one you choose for your bedroom (blue on white or vice versa works really well) and that the pieces don’t seem “engaged” but still and passive.

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Sweet Dreams.

Christmas Party Must-Haves from Oriental Trading

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Christmas is almost here! Many companies, schools, and even families have already celebrated their yearly Christmas party, but there’s still a lot of partying left to go!  Oriental Trading always has a wide of variety of seasonal items to help you create the ultimate party!  I recently received an entire box of Christmas items that could turn any ordinary holiday dinner into something merry and bright! Today I’m going to highlight those items and tell you why I recommend them for your holiday bash!

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Table Decor

I found the cutest plates and napkins (pictured above).  There’s just something about this mix of colors and patterns that make me smile.  They are bright and bold with a touch of the whimsical, and I think they look great for adult or children’s parties.  Also managed to find this polka dot table cloth, featuring pictures of Santa, an elf, rudolph, and a snowman.  I think it goes quite nicely with the plates and napkins.

As you prepare your party today, you need dishes to serve your food.  The Christmas tree, bauble, and snowman trays above come in a set of 12 (4 of each design).  Their cute shapes and colors make them a perfectly festive way of serving up appetizers, snacks, candies, as well as your favorite holiday sides, or even pulled turkey! It’s also an affordable to serve your food in style without spending a lot of fancy serving trays. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 349

Happy December, Friends! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party! This week we have so many fun ideas for the holidays! I’m sure that you will enjoy each and every one of them!  Please take a moment to look around, and as always I invite you to share your ideas with us so that we may feature you here!

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Friday Favorites – Week 348 – with Giveaway from Leroy Lime

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! And welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  I hope you’re having a lovely holiday week, and I appreciate you taking the time away from your holiday festivities to spend a moment with us.  While you’re here I invite you to check out our giveaway from Leroy Lime.  The giveaway is for a sweet piece of Christmas tree garland, and we have a lot of easy entry options for you!

I’d also like to take a second and invite you by my Etsy shop this weekend.  I sell hand stamped Christmas ornaments and jewelry, and for the holiday weekend, I’m offering customers 10% off with coupon code GIVETHANKS.

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 347 + a Christmas Giveaway from LeroyLime

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  This week we have a very special edition.  Not only have our hostesses picked some fantastic holiday ideas for you to take a look at, but we also have a giveaway for you this week! Yay!

The giveaway is for something that’s handmade…it follows under the category of holiday decor…and it comes to you from our friend and Friday Favorites hostess Dawn of LeroyLime.  Dawn has been hosting Friday Favorites with me for nearly a year, and she was a regular visitor to the party long before then.  She is also an avid crafter with her own Etsy shop, and I’m very excited to feature her shop here today!

Please check out the giveaway below; you can get 5 entries just for linking up a post this week!  But if you don’t have a blog, that’s okay too!  There are a lot of other entries that don’t require you to participate in the party (although we’d love to have you!).

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Sun, Moon, & Star Light Review and Giveaway

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I love decorating my home inside and out.  Earlier in the year, I showed some gardening projects my husband and I were work on.  Apart from building our flower beds and planting some lovely flowers and bulbs, I love adding nice ornaments and decorations to yard, especially some that ight up! Oxyled is Amazon’s #1 best seller in LED lights for indoors and out!  I recently received their Sun, Moon, & Star Light set, and it has made a great addition to my azalea bed. [Read more…]

Fall Decorating with Oriental Trading

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This week we’ve had the most perfect weather.  It really feels like fall is here!  Here in the South, we only get a few weeks of what I’d call perfect weather.  (It’s usually hot, hotter, or too cold.)  Needless to say, this is an exciting time.  And it puts me in the mood for all things fall.  A couple of weeks ago I did a little decorating in the house, and included in my decor was a few items from Oriental Trading.  They have some of the cutest decorations and party supplies for all occasions.

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 339 – Fall is Here!

Hello everyone.  Happy Fall!  And Happy Friday!  Thanks so much for coming by for this week’s Friday Favorites.  We have another fun array of fall ideas this week.  I’m featuring a yummy Cinnamon Crumble Maple Cheesecake from Quirky Inspired, and we have other great fall recipes and decor products that are simply inspired!  I hope you enjoy!  And always I invite you to join the fun this week and share your ideas with us!  If we like your post, you could be featured on all of our blogs next week.

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Friday Favorites – Week 331 – With Decor Projects

Hello all. Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites.  This week for my features I’ve chosen some really great decor and decor projects.  As someone who loves making improvements and buying new things for my home, I love seeing everyone else’s projects.  It gives me so much inspiration.  I hope you get inspired by these ideas as well!
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