3 Home Décor Ideas for Gifted Kids

Choosing the right ambiance and décor for your child’s bedroom can encourage him or her to sleep better and study more. Even if your kid is gifted, he or she may need a little assistance to reach their full potential. Here are some helpful home décor ideas for kids with capabilities for high performance.

1. Let Your Child Make Some Decorating Decisions

Along with being unusually intelligent, gifted kids often have a wide range of interests. If yours wants to display their rock collection, paint a mural on one wall, or get furniture in their favorite color, help make that a reality. When they can choose the décor they want and pick out comfortable furniture, they’ll feel less distracted and more at home. Better yet, if they enjoy studying in their room or another part of your home, they’ll do it more often and learn faster.

Some gifted children are sensitive to sounds or the textures of certain fabrics. For example, a creaky chair with rough upholstery could keep some from focusing on their work. There should also be plenty of lighting and enough soundproofing to eliminate distracting noises.

No matter what decorating style your child chooses, make sure there’s plenty of storage space for toys and other items as well. That way, keeping things neat and teaching your child to put away their toys will be easy. Just put storage spaces for younger kids close to the ground where they can reach them. If they use their room to express their personal style, then they will no doubt be more motivated to keep it looking great.

2. Add a Desk to Your Kid’s Bedroom With access to a comfortable desk, computer and good chair, your child will be able to focus on their schoolwork without worrying about back pain, neck pain or aching wrists. Having a dependable place to do homework will make learning to type, doing research and learning about new subjects easier. Gifted kids can take online courses, help their classmates through video chats, email their teachers and more.

Look for desks and chairs with adjustable heights to make sitting more comfortable for the child in your life who still has some growing to do. Some models also come with cupholders, hooks for headphones and more. Make sure the monitor is at your child’s eye level, and look for one with an anti-glare filter or coating to reduce dry eye and fatigue.

3. Make Enjoying Hobbies Easy

Even if your child has a desk they love, they shouldn’t need to spend all their time there. Instead, they should have some multipurpose space where they can relax, try out new hobbies and have fun when they’re done studying. Many gifted kids get bored easily, as they don’t need to spend as much time on homework as most children.

Giving them the opportunity and space to try new activities will keep them from acting out because of boredom. With that in mind, add a bean bag chair for reading, an easel for painting, a telescope to look at the stars, or other useful things to their bedroom or hangout space.

Allow Your Gifted Kid to Shine Brighter

Letting your gifted child make some of their own decorating decisions, getting them a comfortable desk and providing easy access to supplies and resources for hobbies will help them perform even better in school. These ideas can also help them relax and prevent boredom and stress.

8 Tips for Holiday Home Décor

One of the best ways to make Christmas more special is to decorate your home. Whether you are inviting guests over or you are having an intimate dinner with the family, learn from the tips we’ll share below. Let’s explore some ways to make your home holiday-ready with the right décor.

Before we talk about the basics of decorating your home, check out this guide from Shutterfly if you need help with your Christmas list.

1. Go Natural For rustic holiday home décor, it is best to go natural. Stay away from fake Christmas trees. Instead, buy an authentic tree. If you are putting up garlands or wreaths, it is also best to use natural ones. To make them stand-out, add real pinecone, poinsettia, and succulents.

2. Make It Sparkle

Nothing spells Christmas better than things that shines and glitters. Whether it is mercury glass votive, glittered cards, or crystal balls, consider decors that will add sparkle in your home. This is sure to make the mood more festive.

3. Decorate with Candles

Use candles to make the home ready for Christmas. Choose white, red, green, and gold candles. These colors are perfect for the season. Pick candles with scents that will be reminiscent of Christmas, such as pine and cinnamon. If you are looking for holiday candles to display at your place, check out the selections available at Shutterfly.

4. Set the Table An excellent way to decorate your home for Christmas is through holiday table setting. From red ribbons to fir branches, there are plenty of accents that can add a festive mood to the dining table. Scented candles will also make excellent centerpieces. As for the colors, choose those that are associated with Christmas, especially red and green.

5. Hang a Wreath

Welcome your visitors with a wreath hanging at the door. Like the Christmas tree, go for something fresh and natural. The unique scent will surely make the visitors feel the holiday spirit as soon as they step in your home.

6. Display the Gifts

If you have already started shopping for Christmas, use your presents as holiday decors. Wrap them in colorful and shiny wrappers. Stack the gifts under the tree. If there are kids at home, hang stockings and stuff it with small gifts.

7. Add a Glow

Things look better with a little glow, which is possible by adding lights. Wrap your tree, wreath, or garland with a string of lights. Complete your holiday dinner table décor with Christmas-inspired candles for a more elegant set-up.

8. Fake a Fireplace

If your house does not have a fireplace, this Christmas season is the perfect time to build a fake one. You can use candles or string lights in jars. This will make any room look cozy even if it does not generate heat like a real fireplace.

Take your home to the next level this holiday season! Consider our suggestions above to make your house ready for Christmas!

Decocrated Decor Subscription Review

I love being a homemaker and I have so much fun coming up with new ways to make our home look better.  One way I like to keep things fresh is by using seasonal decor. It brightens my day and just gets me in the mood the season. Recently I had the chance to check out Decocrated. They are a subscription that sends out a curated box of seasonal decor four times a year. [Read more…]

Simple Christmas Decor and Traditions

Simple Christmas Decor

Have you decorated for Christmas yet?  If not, don’t worry!  In no time at all you can turn your home in to a winter wonderland without breaking the bank.  Today I’m going to share some simple ideas and tips for decorating your home this Christmas and any season, and I’ll be talking about a few Christmas traditions I like for the family.

Christmas Wreath


I got his wreath a couple of years ago; it was in a set with some garland and trees.  It was pre-lit but very plain looking, so I just spent a few dollars on some Christmas balls and ornament hooks, and attached them to the wreath.  I chose all red to match our door and shutters and also just to keep things simple and clean.

And one thing I love about this is that I can easily remove these and add other balls or ornaments for a totally different look.

Of course, Christmas stockings are a must!  Even before having any kids I always put our stockings for the dog and cats.  Atop this shelf, I also  have a cute little Christmas sign; you’ll notice as I decorate I’ve got some kind of Christmas sign sign or signs on each shelf.  I get a lot of these from the bargain section at Target, and I’ve also gotten some at the dollar store.

I also enjoy getting things like jars, lanterns or other containers and placing Christmas balls inside.  During other seasons, I like to use similar containers and fill them with fall leaves, Easter Eggs, flowers, or anything else that fits the season.  It is an easy and cheap way to decorate, and you can often use items you already own.

Christmas Decor

For this shelf, I just added a few items in front of my already existing decor.  As you can see, we have more signs and a container of Christmas balls.  There’s also a Santa Hat; since taking this photo, I’ve added another Santa hat on top of the lantern on the left side.  Again, the Santa hat is something cheap, and yet it is very festive for this time of year, and quite often you may already have a Santa hat on hand.

We also have a Christmas Countdown.  I think these are so fun for kids.  I’ve had the one pictured above, but I may get another when Thaxton is bigger.  Here is a great collection of Christmas Countdowns.  This one from Melissa & Doug is very cute and inexpensive.

I’m also considering doing a Jesse Tree as part of our Christmas traditions for advent and am currently looking at resources for that.

You’ll also notice that we have an Elf on the Shelf here.  Thaxton got this for his birthday, and I’m looking forward to doing this tradition with him as he gets older.

And of course, we have our Christmas tree. (Here’s a great deal on a Christmas tree if you need one.  And Target has a great selection of shatterproof balls.  I got a box of 50 for just $15.) The Christmas tree is my favorite Christmas tradition.  I’m actually planning a post on ornament traditions.  I have a ton of Christmas ornaments, some of which I’ve had since childhood, and I always have a good time selecting which ornaments will appear on the tree.

I hope you enjoyed checking out some of our Christmas decor!  I’d love to hear your comments and any ideas you’d like to share!


Fall Decor on a Dime

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I absolutely love the fall season! And I love decorating for fall almost as much as I love decorating for Christmas.  As I shop I see so many cute finds at great prices.  There’s so many great deals out there that there’s really no good reason not to decorate for the season.  Today I’m going to show off some of my fall decor and tell you some of my favorite places to find fall decor on a dime!

I’ve had my scarecrows for several years, and I love setting up this porch so these guys can greet our guests.  Just add some faux leaves, pumpkins, and a few other pieces, and you’ve got a great scene for family photos.

My mom bought me this wreath.  It came from Home Depot.  I think if you don’t do any other decorating this fall, you should at least have a nice wreath in place.  (I LOVE wreaths!)

I also love wall signs.  I got this one at Target for a whopping $3.  I also saw a ton of awesome fall signs at Hobby Lobby.  (I only wish I had a place to hang more signs!)

The bird and flower stay on this shelf year round, but I originally bought them during the fall season.  Those, along with the pumpkin, in this photo came from Family Dollar, and the Hello Fall sign was another $3 Target find!  This wall shelf also came from Target.

I had no intention of decorating this bookshelf.  Most of the items shown here are there year round, including the birds which were another fall find at Family Dollar.  I believe the pumpkins on each side came from there as well.  The fall star in the back came from Oriental Trading, and the Happy Fall pumpkin is from the Dollar Tree!

I’m most excited about my new floating shelf.  I used to have a China cabinet and an entertainment center.  Both of these had shelves that I could put my decor on, and I miss that!  Finally I broke down and bought this shelf.

My favorite things on this shelf are the plaid pumpkins.  They came from Target.  The little black and white pumpkins and the subway art came from their as well.

The wooden pumpkins that say things like “grateful” and “give thanks” came from the Dollar Tree.  And most of the other decor came from Family Dollar.

This Thankful & Blessed sign also came from Dollar Tree.  (And it’s actually wooden! No flimsy plastic/poster material here!)

Where do you shop for fall decor?  Do you have a favorite decor item or trend?

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…]