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How to Set Up a Pretty and Modern Living Room


The living room is, as the name implies, the most important room in any home. We spend most of our free time in the living room. We watch the TV, we read books, or we merely spend time talking with our friends and loved ones.

Since we spend so much time in the living room, that means that the room has to be pretty and to have that “comfy” feel to it. Since you’re reading this right now, you’re probably not completely satisfied with your living room, so let’s see how you can change that without spending a fortune, of course.

Colors play a vital role

When it comes to renovating, not just the living room but any other room, picking the right color for the room is probably one of the most challenging decisions. However, it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it’s rather simple if you want your living room to look modern. You have these two color options – soft hues or bold and dramatic hues. Really, that’s it.

These hues will instantly add elegance and that modern feel to any room.

Bonus tip: Pick a color that goes well with the furniture you already have, unless you want to repaint the room or buy new furniture.

Throw your carpets out

It’s true that carpets can give the room that soft and fuzzy feel, but if you really want to set up a modern and pretty living room, you have to throw them out. Wall-to-wall carpeting is not popular anymore.

Solid, gleaming hardwood floors are all the rage now, and for a good reason. They look sleek, and they provide an elegant, classic appearance.

There’s one much more significant advantage of hardwood over carpeting. Hardwood lasts longer, which means it provides an excellent return on investment, which will help you save money in the long run. And of course, it’s much easier to clean hardwood than any other type of flooring.

Bonus tip: You can throw a couple of area rugs here and there to tie the room together if you have a feeling that that will work after you install hardwood flooring.

Lighting can make or break a room

Most contractors like to install standard lighting fixtures. You know, those that they’ve installed over and over again in all the homes they’ve built. But, if you want your living room to look modern, you need to avoid those fixtures.

Designer lighting fixtures are expensive, that’s for sure, but only if you buy new ones. Fortunately, you can use a couple of tricks to get that high-end look without breaking the bank. Visit your local flea markets, yard sales, and secondhand stores.

There’s a big chance that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for right there. And don’t worry about installing these unique and modern fixtures. Just call an experienced local emergency electrician, and your lighting fixtures will be installed in just a couple of minutes.

Don’t be afraid to accessorize your home

You know how people say that it’s the little things in life that make us happy? Well, that’s exactly why you shouldn’t forget to accessorize your home. Paintings, vases and even fancy ashtrays can give any room some personality.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you should just fill your room with any junk. No, not at all. Accessorize the room only with the things that matter to you. Put some family pictures in photo frames, fill a vase with water and put your favorite flowers in it. Heck, put the Mona Lisa in the room if you like it and can afford it.

At the end of the day, your living room is your safe space, and you should feel comfortable in it. Follow these tips but don’t forget to add your personal touch to it in order to make it really unique and pleasant.

Regular Contributor, Diana Smith

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Biggest Interior Design Trends of 2018


With a new year fast approaching, everybody is excited to see what trends the upcoming seasons will bring and what styles will be the most popular. These trends are set by designers and the public alike, and this year is no different, with a mixture of exclusive and homemade, both making the cut into the biggest interior design trends in 2018.

So, what will our living rooms look like, how practical will our kitchens be and what color paints should you be buying for the bathroom walls?

Colours of the year

Leave bright colours in 2017 and make way for a new trend that will focus on elegance rather than fun. Dark, musky undertones and colors that will instantly make you feel glamorous are definitely a great way to elevate the look of your home. But be careful with how you incorporate them because if you go overboard, you risk making your room dark and gloomy. Combine it with some light accents and details to balance out the decor.

Another trend that has been gaining more and more in popularity is pure, Scandinavian white. This shade is usually used on walls with textured accents. It can also be introduced through modern furniture, even though painted pieces will have to take a step back this season. You can combine this two-color trend and paint two walls of your room in a muted color, like a forest dusky green, and the other two in white. This contrast will create an open space feel while at the same time keep the elegance of the muted colors. Combine it with the other big hit of the year:

Brass

A blast from the past, coming back into the spotlight – super shiny brass now can be combined with any interior element you can imagine. From the classic bedside lamps and overhead fixtures, all the way to entire pieces of furniture, brass is making a fantastic comeback. The color goes so well with so many different shades and styles that it can be added to any room, without being overwhelming like silver. And if you want to start brassing up your own home, the first place you should start looking for these items is your local thrift stores, since people massively purged their homes from brass items when they stopped being fashionable. Don’t be afraid to go big and get a full brass bedside table, implement it the room as a theme or just keep it simple with the details.

Recycled materials

The idea of eco-homes, self-sustaining housing options and other eco-friendly options has become quite important lately, but this year recycled materials have taken the spotlight as the main stylistic choices. Decorating a wall with panels of reclaimed wood, or creating furniture from scraps are just some of the ways you can include recycled materials into your home. Think about each thing you bought and then throw it away shortly after getting it. Is there a way to reuse it, could someone else make something new out of it? And if it is completely destroyed, what is the proper way to dispose of it. Thinking green will not only make your home more eco-friendly, but it will also make your furniture more stylish and natural.

Make it cozy

The words of the year are cozy and comfortable, with a lot of people going back to the comfortable days of fine, plush fabrics to cover all of their furniture and make their home warmer. Get on the bandwagon and stock up on decorative pillows, comfortable floor rugs and warm blankets. Small details like those will make you and your guests feel a lot more comfortable and welcome. Be careful: cozy and comfortable is not the same as overcrowded, and having too many comfy things might have an undesired effect.

Remember that trends and styles are not something that you should be strictly sticking to, and they are there to serve as inspiration for you to create something unique. Make your home a reflection of your personal style and let it send a message you want. Get creative and use what you have to remake your home into your favorite style, without having to start over from scratch!

Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to home decor and latest DIY Projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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Organize Your Laundry Room With Laundry Cupboards


In order to add beauty and storage to your laundry room, the best thing is to incorporate laundry cupboards and cabinets. With the time, the need of laundry cupboards are increasing, as to dump the unused laundry there is a need of space. Besides, houses these days are made with tight space.

Therefore, to tackle the space crunch opting for laundry cupboards are the best solution.

In addition to that, with the help of these storing cabinets it is easier to organize the laundry room in a systematic way. This enables you to keep your home neat and clean.

What are The Multiple Utilities of A Laundry Cupboard?

#1 Good Value for Money

Well, in order to keep your laundry and intact the cupboards must be up to the mark. As when your clothes are in its place these will be enough space to perform other household tasks. You can comfortably work in the spacious area. The cupboards facilitate to arrange clothes in an arranged way. Thus, buying and installing a laundry cupboard is a great idea. Nevertheless, depending upon your budget and other requirements decide on which cupboard you want to buy. There are many types of laundry cupboards available in the market for various storage purpose of clothes such as used, unused, dry, wet, etc.

#2 Different Styles, Pattern and Design

Those who need storage space, the laundry cupboards proves handy in solving the storage problem. These cupboards are available in different patterns, styles, and designs that individuals can use the best one, that too with maximum storage capacity requirements. Additionally, with this, the clothes are done perfectly and they are not scattered all over the place. People choose the cabinet that goes well with the décor of their house, as well. Therefore, you can choose the best design or the pattern of the laundry cupboard and cabinets that meets your requirements. The best part is that, you can also get customized designs and patterns for the laundry cupboards depending on the size and preference.

#3 Adjustable and Expandable

Out of many features, people mostly go for the ones that come with the adjustable and expandable feature. This is the biggest advantage and feature of the laundry cupboards. In addition to that, it is of a great use in a big families or families with kids, where there are several dirty clothes or unused clothes. Even when guests are at your home, you can easily change or adjust the shelves as per the storage requirement. Moreover, you can dismantle them when you want to keep them back in its original shape. These are meticulously designed with precision. Besides, these are light in weight also, although, it mostly depends on the material of the cupboard.

#4 Various Types of Laundry Cupboards

In addition to the functionality and meticulous design, they come in various types such as foldable, wall mounted, hanging, under or above washer and dryer, floor to ceiling, floor cabinets, counter cabinets, and different other types. Therefore, according to your need and requirements or whichever suits best to your laundry room area and space, you can buy and install the cupboard.

Apart from that, you can also opt for custom laundry cupboards according to your laundry room, but that all depends on your budget. Overall, to maintain and organize your laundry room in a systematic way, it is important for you to install the best laundry cupboard for the storage and shelving. This enables you to organize your clothes and keep your laundry in a perfect way. Thus, consider these things so as to decide why it is important to have laundry cupboards.

 

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Some Essential Details about the Security and Alarm Systems


One of the most important jobs one needs to do is to make sure the house has proper alarm and security system. The crime is increasing with every passing day. Thus, it is of utmost importance to make sure the home is protected properly from intruders. With the advancement of technology, the commonly used electric alarm have become backdated and can be bypassed easily.

Types of systems

Numerous advanced alarm and security system are available in the market. The common types are explained below.

Monitored Alarm System: They are enhanced and advanced versions of the local electric alarm system. They tend to have connection to the monitoring services along with the alarms. Firstly, if any unusual behavior is identified the agents call to identify whether the alert was a real one or a false alert. Here, the monitoring authorities only send the alert to the concerned persons who would come to the spot within minutes. The other things such as fire or carbon monoxide level are also monitored keeping in mind the safety of the family.

Smoke Alarm System: The smoke alarm system commonly guards against the house from any kind of fire and smoke. They usually contain hardwired or wireless smoke detectors along with strobe lights. A complete fire alarm system can also be installed, which would contain a sprinkler system, a heat detector, as well as a smoke detector.

Burglar alarm system: The most common type of alarm systems is installed in the household. It is fitted along with the doors, windows sensors, and motion detectors. If the sensors are tripped in any manner immediately, an alarm is sent, which starts a loud sound, which in turn alerts the neighborhood. They are controlled by a keypad, which is located centrally.

Medical alarm system: Here, there is an emergency button on the keypad of the home security system. Pressing the button would alert the central security organization, which would in turn inform the concerned doctors. This is absolutely a delight, especially for elderly people who stay alone.

Critical alarm system: This type of alarm system would protect the house against leaks, which usually remain undetected as long as it does not do huge damage. This type of system would protect the house from higher damage. It can monitor the plumbing and heating system when the house is empty. It would inform the concerned personals if a pipe burst or any kind of leakage occurs.

Different processes of installation

Before installation of the alarm and security system for home, it is important to be completely aware of the entire installation process. The process of installation usually depends on what type of system you prefer to install. The common installation processes are explained below.

DIY (Do it yourself) installation process: In this process, the homemaker is in full control. It is completely his decision about the devices and sensors that would be installed. Usually, these processes are simple and do not require complex wirings. It usually takes about an hour to complete the entire process. However, it is important to do a thorough research about the process so that the homemaker is not stuck in between. It is better to get in touch with the professionals if the homemaker messes in between and is not aware of the next step.

Professional installation: Here, the homemaker can relax throughout the entire process, since the experienced professionals take responsibility of the complete process. They would firstly examine the existing wiring and entire layout of the house. They would take the entire responsibility if anything goes wrong and would not be paid until they fix it completely.

Kate Westall

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Homemaking tips to simplify your life!


What makes a happy home and a home happy?

“At the heart of any happy home is some one who is content bearing the fruit of love, joy, warmth and life in rich abundance.”

1. You are the centre of your home.

Married or single, you are the heart of your home! 

Create a sanctuary where it feels homey.

How do I get organised at home you ask? 

The Inspired Room is a great website to help you in organising and cleaning your house. 

2. You are the comfort of your home.

This means you have the accountability of sheltering your cherished family. There are things you can do as a mother to keep, protect and teach your children. 

I’ve always thought a housewife or Mum has the biggest job than anyone because your considered to be multiple things! 

3. You are the adornment of your home! 

Decorate your room with your favourite theme.

For example, I have created a “Royal” theme for my bedroom, because I have grown a fondness for the royal family, and like to keep a theme. My quilt is a Princess ivory quilt from Spotlight and when I move I will put up my three letters from the royals to keep the theme! 

Here is an example of a “Paris” themed room!!!! 

There are numbers of blogs on homemaking tips and advice!

I like the Small Notebook blog for basic tips on simplifying your home and space! 

They say “Life is more simple with less stuff” and I wish I heeded to this because my room is cluttered with books, DVDS, and magazines! Sometimes I just can’t help myself! I like to have a clean room but then again I like my STUFF!!!!! 

I need to heed to Holding onto sentimental things to understand how to simplify my things! This is a great article on choosing the right things to keep in your room. I’m sure you will love it!

I also like:

How to decorate your apartment to feel less temporary and more like home

I love to decorate and put things around the house to make it look pretty!!! 


I love this quote: 

Homemaking isn’t about creating the perfect space, it’s about creating a space that feels like home.

It’s about creating a peaceful haven. I just got back from Queensland, and it was so nice to be back to my OWN bed and familiar surroundings. 

It is good to keep good homemaking and organisational skills to essentially live a better life! I find that once I have vaccummed and added fresh flowers that it leaves such a great feel to the place! 

I love the idea of homemaking and creating a haven where I spend most of my time! You need to create a space where you can breathe, live and love! 

Your family would appreciate what you do in your home, and how you do things will reflect. 

I have always said, your character reflects in your bedroom”….. Or something along those lines! 

What theme you choose says a lot about your character as well! 

I bought my white bed from IKEA which is an excellent website for choosing furniture and designing your room! IKEA home furnishings is great to tour inside the store, and get ideas for designing your bedroom, living room or kitchen! 


Also, Here is 150 beautiful designer bedrooms to inspire you which helps you choose the right wallpaper, curtains, mirrors, etc!

I have vertical blinds currently and do not like them! I don’t think they reflect my character….. I like the idea of Austrian curtains as its more cozier and adds warmth! 


To me, a house is not a home without the people in it, literature, furnishings, and laughter! 

So, create your home with some of these homemaking tips and start simplifying!

You will feel a lot better after you do!

❤️🎀❤️

Exquisite Emmalisa 

Have you had a look around your house and seen that anything needs improving?

Do you love to decorate like I do?