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…]

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.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 344

Welcome friends to another fun week of Friday Favorites!  As always we have a fun mix of featured ideas this week.  My pick is a yummy recipe for French Toast Roll Ups.  It looks like it would be a delicious warm comfort food to serve for breakfast, and I bet it would also be great for holiday brunches!  I hope you’ll go over and grab the recipe and also check out our featured ideas and projects linked up for this week!

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 341

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a good week.  This week things have finally cooled down a bit in my area; the weather has been just perfect!  I can’t wait to break out the fall wardrobe in the next week or two!  With fall clearly in the air, I just HAD to feature this super cute fall porch decor from Sew Can Do.  She does something I love, which is to take simple elements and whip them into a a fabulous display!  And the other ladies brought their own taste of fall to the party as well.  Hope you love all of this week’s ideas and will join us in sharing your creations!

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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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Friday Favorites – Week 324 – With Patriotic Decor

Happy Friday Everyone! This week we are celebrating the stars and stripes with some great patriotic decorations!  I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love anything red, white, and blue, especially when you throw in a mix of old-timey, shabby chic elements.  I’d be happy decorating my home with this stuff all year round!  If you feel the same way, then I know you will love this week’s features!  Check them out, and as always I invite you to share your own decor, recipes, and other projects via this week’s linky!

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Friday Favorites – Week 315 – With DIY Projects

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  I’m a little late this evening and normally when I’m late, it’s because I’ve had a busy work week or had a lot going on at home, but tonight, it comes down to one simple reason…I HAD to watch the finale of American Idol! Haha!  It’s one of the only shows I watch on a regular basis, and I’ve been a fan since the beginning.  I’m sad to see it go, but it was an amazing show tonight.  Getting excited about seeing my favorite contestants from the past made me feel like a teenager!  Haha!  Anyway…that’s what I’ve been up to this evening!  Now let’s see what everyone else is up to!

First off, we have some great DIY projects: We have jewelry storage, an upcycle project, and a little bit of carpentry work!  What a great mix!

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Living Room Makeover

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Last year I was happy do a little home improvement.  One project we took on was to do a little makeover in our living room.  Today I’m going to share some of the items we purchased and (hopefully) provide a little insight and inspiration on how you can decorate and do room makeovers on a budget! [Read more…]

When and How to Use Dark Wood in Your Home

Many people shy away from using dark colors in their homes for fear of making a space look smaller, darker, and less appealing. But with some of the most beautiful woods, such as mahogany, walnut, and rosewood, naturally coming in dark tones, leaving them out of your interior design is a shame, especially when adding a noble dark wood cabinet to a lightly painted room can really make the design pop.

Choose the Right Room

Remember that your choice of colors will create a feeling in your home, and using the wrong color scheme from the beginning will dictate how you decorate your space. While dark colors can be more intimate, they can also create the notion of a smaller space, so you should avoid decking out a low-beamed area, small downstairs toilet, or closet with dark wood. An open hallway or high ceilinged living room is a much better choice.

Create Contrast

Use dark wood wisely and you can create beautiful and stylish contrasts; go overboard and you can create a black hole. Don’t add dark wood to dark walls, as the wood and color will overwhelm the space. Dark wood works great when contrasted with light backgrounds and used in moderation. Nice soft neutral tones with dark cabinets on the walls can look amazing.

Too Much Wood’s Not Good

If you live in a wooden cabin, with wooden floors and wooden walls (especially if it’s dark wood), adding wooden furniture to every room can be overwhelming. And dark wood on more dark wood can look like a living nightmare. To add light and space to your home, think about using open glass sliding doors or windows with a dark wooden support in the middle. The dark wood will really stand out in the light space. If you want to mix up your furniture, try a combination of wood and steel, or a dark wood kitchen unit with white marble top. Check out vintage industrial designs if you want to modernize a rustic cottage feel.

Use the Light Wisely

If your home doesn’t get a lot of natural light, then make sure you position your artificial lighting carefully. Highlight what you want people to see and don’t fit powerful overhead lights that make people feel like they’re being interrogated. If you’ve got a lot of dark wood furniture, try painting the ceiling white and using brighter light bulbs.

It’s true that an excess of dark wood in your home can create an almost sinister impression, but if you keep these few key factors in mind when deciding on the distribution of your wooden pieces, you can achieve the right balance and convert your home into an interior designer’s dream (rather than a comic book nightmare).

Game Room Decor: 6 Ideas for a Fun Game Room

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If you have a game room in your home, or you are thinking of creating one, you will have to think carefully about the decor. The way that you decorate the room will have a big impact on it, and it will make it more interesting when you invite people around to play the various games you have got set up.

Here are six decor ideas for making sure your game room is a fun place to spend your time.

  1. Create Your Own Bar

Every game room can benefit from having a bar set up to serve drinks to your friends. However, you don’t actually need a real bar to do this. A simpler option is to attach a selection of bottles of your favorite drinks to the wall, and then just keep some shot glasses handy.

That way, people can help themselves to drinks as they play pool. Just make sure you have a small fridge nearby to keep the other drinks.

  1. Funky Light Switches

It’s obvious that you are going to want to have some cool lighting to create mood in your game room. One of the simplest options is to use dimmable lighting so that you can immediately brighten the room or darken the lights depending on the time of day.

But many people overlook the effect that can be created with light switches as well. For example, this Arcade Light Switch could be the perfect way to add an element of fun to your room.

  1. Create a Board Game Wall

You will probably want at least a few board games in your game room. But the problem with these is that they often get stored away in a box and forgotten about. One idea is to create a section of wall covered in your favorite games so that they are always within reach.

Simply find some board games for sale, then fix them up to the walls by resting them on small shelves or on carefully-positioned nails so the boxes are showing. They will be there to play whenever you want, rather than getting hidden away.

  1. Find Some Cool Clocks

You will need to keep track of the time to avoid spending all day in the game room, so a clock will be a good item to buy. Clocks come in all shapes and sizes, and you should be able to find plenty of designs that will look cool in your game room. For example, take this Domino Clock. It is the perfect theme for your room, and your guests will love it.

  1. Stick Up Some Oversized Playing Cards

You could also add to the overall atmosphere of the room by investing in some oversized playing cards and simply sticking them to the walls instead of posters. Not only will they look stylish, but they will quickly get people in the mood to play.

And if you want some more creative ideas for turning playing cards into art, check out these ideas on Pinterest.

  1. Write with Large Scrabble Pieces

You could also invest in some large Scrabble pieces, and you can stick these on the walls and write out words. Get creative, and maybe write out your name on the wall. Again, these will be perfect for your games room and will help to get your guests ready to play.

Use These Simple Ideas to Bring Your Game Room to Life

These are just a few ideas for how to get more from your game room. Use some or all of them to convert your room into a really fun place to be, and your friends will love coming over to enjoy the games that you have set up.

Abbie Coles is Mom to twin girls, and a teaching support assistant at the local school. She loves spending time with her girls, watching them learn and grow, and writes articles for parenting sites in her spare time.