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Color Pallet: Country Library

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

If you long for a sense of warmth and peace you might want to consider turning one of the rooms in your house into a country library. This style is also known as primitive because it relies on simple, old fashioned furnishings inspired by the Americana aesthetic of yesteryear. You’ll frequently find rough textures, and saturated color that’s been artistically treated to look muted.

Items such as braided rugs and quilts will be casually lying around, and table-and-chair sets are usually sparse wood pieces geared more toward function than comfort. Practicality was a big influence on country style inspired by early folk art, so something such as a table would have been viewed as a surface for the handiwork that was a prevalent part of life.

Creative pragmatism makes for a room that is comforting because it is humble yet feels entirely stable and reliable. With all that said, let us not forget that country primitive style is also fabulous and pretty in its own way, and you could certainly glam it up a bit if you so desired!

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a rustic library. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Muted Jade, Rose Brown, Chocolate Brown, Muted Pink Lemonade, Matte Black

 

What makes the room inviting?

  • Shelves full of old books
  • A fireplace that dominates the space
  • The rocking chair
  • Large area rug

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all muted to the same level of saturation as the neutrals and natural materials in the room
  • Red and green are complimentary, and pink and jade are derivatives of these colors
  • Though readily apparent, the pink and jade play second fiddle to the neutral colors, and this is appropriate in primitive style home decor

What makes the design country/primitive?

  • Rocking chair and spindle leg table
  • Old fashioned books and pictures on the wall
  • A hearth
  • Abundant texture
  • Simplicity

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When Preparing for Guests

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining

The holidays can be a joyous time filled with warm and friendly get togethers, love, and laughter. They can also be filled with stress as you attempt to prepare your home for your holiday guests. To help cut down on the amount of stress that seems to come with the territory this time of year, try preparing for your guests using some of these tips and techniques.

Plan Well Ahead

If you’ve been thinking about updating your guest bathroom or having the kitchen floor replaced before the holiday guests arrive this year, be sure to plan this well in advance. The busiest time of year for contractors is in the two or three months heading up to the holidays for just this reason; everyone wants their home to look good for the holidays. Plan and book your home renovation as early as you can to ensure that it gets done in plenty of time.

Anticipate Their Needs

If your guests are staying overnight or for an extended period of time, try to anticipate some of their needs so you can better accommodate their stay. Remember that holidays are stressful times for those that are traveling as well, and your guests may therefore forget things like toiletries or toothbrushes. They may also need a few comforts of home around so that they can relax once they arrive.

Prepare a basket with toiletries for them including things like soap, lotion, extra toothbrushes, tissues, and other items they may need. And stock up on their favorite tea, coffee, and brand of cookies as well. This will ensure that they can relax once they arrive – which means that you can relax as well.

Invest in Good Bedding

A good night’s sleep makes everyone more cheerful. Make sure that your guests are able to sleep well by investing in some good guest bedding. New air mattresses are available that fold away neatly, but blow up high enough to get them off the floor – perfect for extra or unexpected guests.

Have plenty of clean and fresh linens and extra blankets and pillows on hand and easily accessible by your guests as well. Leave them right out on a chair in the room they are staying in, right next to the basket of toiletries so they don’t have to bother you for anything.

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Halloween Party Games For Kids Ages 10 and Under: Spider Web Indoor Maze

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

This game is time consuming to set up, but it is always a huge hit with the kids. It also keeps them busy for awhile, which is of course, a big hit with the parents. But don’t stray too far away while they’re having their fun. Watching this game go from serious to silly is super funny!

Spider Web Indoor Maze

  1. You are going to create an indoor spider web that fills an entire room. Decide which room you are going to use so that you can estimate how much yarn to buy. This will not be a perfect science.
  2. Purchase a package of yarn for each participant. Select a different color for each child and opt for colors appropriate to the holiday.
  3. Begin building the web at any random point in the room. You are going to create a pattern for each child by stringing one color of yarn back and forth across the room. Move up and down in a zigzag pattern around the room. At each touch point, lightly wrap the string to change direction. 
  4. When all of the colors have been strung, you should now be seeing a massive spider web.
  5. Show each child the end of his or her part of the web. Instruct the child on how to find the other end of their yarn by navigating the entire web.
  6. Emphasize that they can’t just pull hard on the yarn or they’ll pull the whole web down. They have to go to each touch point and unwrap the string and then proceed.
  7. Whoever finds the end of their yarn first wins a prize. Or, you can have first, second and third place prizes if it’s a large group.

Enjoy watching the shenanigans unfold. Watching the children try to untangle the yarn while running into each other is priceless! 

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Tips For Renters Part 4

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Let’s keep up the good work and continue leaning how to be a savvy renter. Find here the next four pieces of advice for living happily in the home your rent!

  1. You might want to ask about the size and efficiency of the water heater. For a single person it isn’t likely to be important. But if you have a family and the water heater is small and ineffective, you might end up with a lot of dirty kids, heaped laundry and messy dishes on a daily basis.
  2. Find out if there is a washer and dryer, or hook ups. You will need to provide your own machines if there are only hook ups. (There are always used ones available on Craigslist.) It’s also good to confirm that the laundry facility is in the apartment. Older communities still have shared laundry facilities that are used by all of the residents.
  3. If you want to run any kind of business out of the home you rent, give careful consideration. Some leases don’t allow it. Especially if there’s any potential liability. They might evict you for breaking the lease if you operate a business on the property without permission.  At a minimum,  you might be required to take out a renter’s insurance policy with a broader scope of coverage than is standard.
  4. Remember personal safety. Ask where the fire extinguisher is, check batteries on smoke alarms, and ask if a carbon monoxide detector can be installed if there isn’t one. Check out all of the doors and window to ensure they are properly installed and can be completely secured, to deter intruders. Find the fire exits, and be especially inquisitive about them in a finished basement. Even if a basement if beautifully finished, it doesn’t offer the same ease of exit as the main part of the home. If you’re going to live in a multi-level apartment complex or a home with windows higher than you care to jump out of, buy an escape ladder. They’re specially made to hang out the window and so you can get to the ground safely if you need to evacuate through a window.

Next read guidelines #17-20. Leave us a comment with a funny story about running out of hot water in the house!

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Tips For Renters

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

There are numerous reasons why you might soon be living in a rental property. Changing locations, leaving home for the first time, or fatigue with the hassles of home ownership are all possibilities. No matter your motivation, there are ways to plan well for the transition. We often stop to consider the most basic facts about a potential new place to live. But, there are actually several details that, if overlooked, could eventually make you unhappy. Here are the first four guidelines to help ensure your happiness in a rented home!

 

  1. Gather plenty of resources for finding a new place. Online resources such as Craigslist or Zillow post listings. Save time and energy by learning how to use the ‘favorites’ and ‘alerts’ functions that help you to track your search! Leave plenty of time in your schedule to visit properties.
  2. Find out how utilities are billed, including gas, electric, water, trash, TV an internet. Are they charged straight to you through a provider, or paid to the landlord? Also, if it’s a multi-unit property, determine if your use is individually metered or evenly distributed among the units. The option of paying all utilities to the landlord is excellent because you will not have to set up or transfer an account, go through the provider’s credit check, or deal with a separate bill each month.
  3. If you have to pay for curbside trash pickup, set your account up before you move in because there’s typically a lot of trash and recycling involved in a move.
  4. If you have to pay service providers directly for TV or internet service you can save a lot of money by getting quotes from multiple sources. For instance call, email, go to the website, and do online chat. You’d be surprised how many different prices you get from one company! Also ask about the level of service they’re able to provide in your specific area. Some companies only offer high speed internet in certain places. If a standard internet connection is too slow for your computer use, you want to choose the right company for your needs (gaming, uploading, streaming, etc.)Also ask about bundling these two services to save money and condense two bills into one by going through using the same provider for both.

You’re well on your way to being a savvy renter! Leave us a comment here before you go! Let us know how you find the best deals on internet and TV.

Invasion of the Toys

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

6353050_SAnyone who has ever stepped barefoot on a Lego can tell you that toys can be painful. Keeping toys organized and up off the floor is a daily battle between you, the kids, and the toys. Sometimes it seems like the toys are winning. If you feel like your house has been invaded by toys set on taking over, you are not alone.

Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, stairs and bathrooms all seem to be prime gathering places for toys and small toy parts.  Somehow if you have hardwood or tile floors, the toys seem to scoot across the floors to be found in the most unlikely places like behind the bookcase or wedge in the far corner underneath the sofa, far from the reach of little arms.

Corralling toys can protect feet and make it safe to walk around your house in socks or bare feet again.  Having strategic storage throughout the house is a good idea. Bins, bags and boxes are great for keeping toys off the floor.  Storage ottomans and benches can double as toy bins and still be nice enough for company.

Now the toys just need to find their way into the storage. It would be nice if they could magically put themselves away at the end of the day, but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. Giving points for being tidy and picking up after themselves can be a good way to instill neatness and organization. There is also bribery if all else fails.

Eliminate Clutter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

It’s a never ending problem, isn’t it? You clean out your pantry, your junk drawer, your hall closet and in a few weeks time it looks as though you did nothing. Many of our readers ask us how to eliminate clutter. Today we have some creative and cute ideas about how to repurpose common items and turn them into clever household storage solutions.

Shoe clutter and closet disarray is an all-too-common problem for those of us with shoe addictions. Conquere the dilemma of storing an abundance of shoes by creating a chic shoe bar that puts your favorite pairs on display and offers a vertical space-saving solution. The best part? No hammering or drilling required. To make, use lightweight polyurethane decorative molding cut into 24-inch-long strips. Paint them to match your bedroom’s palette. Attach them to the wall with removable picture-hanging strips. Each bar can hold three or four pairs of heels.

To keep your bracelets and necklaces nice and tidy, look no further than the garage. You would be surprised at how well a vintage rake head keeps necklaces untangled and hanging beautifully on the wall.

As babies transition to toddler beds, the cribs inevitably make their way to the attic or garage to take up space and collect dust.A new use for a child’s crib railing that is functional, space-saving and stylish, too: a clean-looking vertical magazine rack. Not only can you use the rail for magazines, but also for quilts, towels and wet laundry.

We can never have too many ideas when it comes to organizing and displaying jewelry. If you’re not short on storage space, reserve a vanity or dresser drawer just for holding bracelets, necklaces and rings. Use antique china teacups and soup bowls in lined drawers. Each dish serves as a perfect way to separate small pieces like rings, earrings and brooches.

If you’re not sure what to do with those tiny nooks around your house or apartment, then we have a solution to ensure they get used to their full potential. By using a tension rod from an old window treatment and some simple shower curtain rings, you can turn those once “dead” spaces into prime real estate for storing handbags, kitchen utensils, accessories and more.

Cute ideas, right? If you have any other brilliant storage solutions please share them with us on our Facebook page.

Let’s Hang Out Poolside

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

What makes a splash? Are you lucky enough to have a pool at your home, or are you thinking of installing a pool this summer. Should you have this project on your to do list, here are few examples of designer pools to inspire you.

This poolside defines the essence of tranquility. The illusion of concrete slabs floating effortlessly in the still pool mimics characteristics of a Japanese garden. At the rear of the pool, a 14-foot arc of fire highlights a curved stucco wall painted a rich green.

This tranquil space is highlighted by the interplay of light towers and water features, creating the perfect ambiance for entertaining or a serene retreat for solo relaxing. Light emitted from the towers is diffused by horizontal striations on the sides and a cascading waterfall down the front.

A glass-wall system seamlessly merges interior and exterior spaces, allowing the homeowners to enjoy both environments simultaneously.

Built-in stools surround a swim-up bar. Notice the hammock — the ultimate poolside accessory. The use of natural stone adds texture, contrast and a beautiful look to this pool.

Check out this use of refreshing colors and unique materials to accentuate this contemporary poolside. The pool is lined with blue and black iridescent 3M Quartz that pops against the white interior of the pool.

Don’t you suddenly feel like having a margarita and hanging out poolside?