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What Can I Do With Children’s Artwork?

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If you’re like most families, you probably have a large stack of artwork that your children have created. Many people choose to display children’s artwork on their refrigerators however, this can get cluttered and messy fast. There are several other ways that you can incorporate your kids’ artwork right into the rest of your home’s décor, creating a much neater and more stylish way to show it off.

Picture Wire

Picture hanging wire is usually strung across the back of a heavy piece of artwork to enable you to hang it on the wall. This doesn’t mean, however, that this is the only think you can use it for. By inserting two eyelet screws into your walls, you can string the wire between them. Now just invest in some mini-clothespins or other clips and you can hang your children’s artwork on the wall anywhere in your home. There’s no tape or additional nail holes, and you can swap things out easily once the line gets full.

Temporary Frames

Purchase several unfinished photo frames. Now have some fun painting them in a variety of different colors. Hang them in a nice grouping on the wall and swap out your kid’s artwork in the frames. This helps show off their current art work and adds to your décor at the same time.

Posters

If your kids are particularly prolific, and you hate to take anything down, try scanning everything that they create into your computer. Now head to a photo printing site and arrange all of their artwork together into a large poster collage. Print the poster and have it framed; now you can show off hundreds of pieces of art work all at once. You can make several of these posters to hang around the house, and they all make excellent pieces of abstract and interesting art. Because you can’t quite tell what they are at first glance, they make great additions to gallery walls and other areas. Once you see them for what they are, they also become excellent conversation pieces as you discuss the many different elements within.

Encapsulating Autumn with Decor

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Seasonal decorating is a tradition many families will integrate into their homes.  When winter comes, the Christmas tree and lights go up, and when spring comes, flowers are planted around your house.  Autumn is a great season filled with holidays, festivities, and seasonal amenities which are fantastic to include in your home design.   

It’s also a great time to spice up your space with new floors and countertops. In fact, flooring and countertops can set the stage for your design. From hand-scraped to wire-brushed trends to marble looks, the design possibilities are endless in 2020. Plus, with innovations in the industry, you do not have to settle for only one type of flooring in your home.

We put together a list of five Autumn décor ideas you will want to include in your home to express your festive-side:

Plaid

Fall has a sense of being cozy when you are indoors and a sense of adventure when out and about.  Adding plaid blankets or a new area rug to your floors will give your house a nice warm and cozy feel.  You can try adding plaid designs outside through welcome mats, outdoor pillows, and blankets. 

Fall Plantation

Including fall harvest inside your home is another excellent way to make a statement.  Outside your home, you can add straw, autumn flowers, or corn stalks. Inside your home you can take these same elements and create an arrangement for your countertop to set the mood for fall.  Add pumpkins as a centerpiece on your table or you can even have a basket filled with fall foods like corn, squash, and baby pumpkins.  Including faux wheat is another excellent decor piece to add to vases or pitchers around your home.  Go a step further and add fall scents. You can incorporate things like cinnamon soaps or cider scented candles to help capture the fall feel.

However, if you notice that your countertops are not as pristine as they once were, you can have your countertops replaced. Currently homeowners love the natural, one-of-a-kind beauty of marble and quartz countertops. Marble countertops feature an authentic, beautiful veining that is unmatched by any other countertop. However, if you are looking for a more durable & low maintenance countertop, quartz is a great option, you can opt for beautiful quartz countertops. Quartz is composed of natural crystals, which makes it an insanely gorgeous countertop option. Plus, quartz countertops are perfect for homeowners who love to cook because they are scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant.

Wood

Adding pictures with wood or incorporating wood into your home design can add to the overall warmth of a room.  You can start using your fireplace more and decorate your mantle with festive fall décor.  Put fallen leaves into picture frames and display the beautiful countryside colors of fall for an added touch.

Think Rustic

Rustic colors will make a substantial impact on your home’s decor and what you are trying to convey.  Adding rustic display items and antiques will help fully encapsulate the fall spirit.  Woven baskets are great to use in your home and can hold your plaid blankets.  Adding warm reds to your home through curtains, throw rugs, area rugs and floral arrangements can give a rural influenced aesthetic in the fall season. Try adding rustic display items as a centerpiece to your kitchen island!

Pillows and Pictures

A simple, cost-effective task you can add is swapping out your current pictures and pillows.  This is an easy tradition you can do for every season.  Plaids and stripes with autumn hues can help bring your room full circle, but you do not have to commit to the look year-round fully.

Autumn can have so many fun decorations to add to your home.  Try including some of these tricks and tips this fall season to your home.

Decorating the Nursery

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Most parents-to-be today find out the sex of their baby before the baby’s arrival.  However, there is a strong minority who wait to know if they are having a boy or a girl until he or she arrives. Whatever camp parents-to-be fall into, decorating the nursery for baby is an exciting process.  And with all exciting projects, it can also be a little daunting.  Do you choose classic pink for a girl? Blue for a boy?  Or do you decorate in a more gender neutral color like yellow or green for future babies who may occupy the nursery? What if you have fraternal boy/girl twins?

While pink for girls and blue for boys continue to be the most popular choices for nurseries, there is a rise in gender neutral decorating in the nursery.  Princess pink can be replaced by yellow with gray and white accents.  Baseball blues might be exchanged for purple and apple green.  There is no limit to the colors you can choose for a baby’s room.  Keep in mind that it is easier to change paint color than replace flooring so you might want to stick to neutral carpet colors or wood floors for the nursery.

If you go neutral on the walls and floor, you can always bring in feminine and masculine touches with the crib bedding, curtains and accessories.  Toys and games as well as art are great ways to personalize a space to fit baby’s personality as well as gender. Neutral will also allow the room to grow as baby grows into a big kid.

Modern Decorating

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Why is it that this room is so successful in its design, with so little in it to impress? Modern styles always seem to pull of that effortless grace that to someone unsure of how to achieve the look might feel intimidated into giving up. But this room has a lot of those modern touches in it and serves as a map to decorating modern.

To begin with, the room itself has almost no color. It lets different shades and textures of neutrals to do the talking instead. There is a gray rug for some softness, light gray wood flooring with wide planks. It also employs white flowing curtains and a rock wall that adds another layer of color and texture. Color is very important when you are trying to achieve a modern look, it’s just a matter of how you are using color in ways you hadn’t before.

Another important aspect of designing in this style is to juxtapose metals and glass with nature. In this picture, there are minimalist chairs with smooth metal legs. The coffee table repurposed as a side table for the bed has a decidedly unique look.  The vases holding plants are clear and clean. All of this in a room dominated by an entire wall of rock that brings us back to nature. The wall is surely the crowning jewel, it is powerful but not overbearing as the owners chose to use a lighter rock to keep things like in a room that could easily be bogged down by too much use of darker materials.

And finally, using minimalist principles will help you achieve a modern look. Notice how there isn’t much frill and instead it lends itself to a more utilitarian approach. This allows all of the small details, such as the vase on the ground next to the chair be appreciated. It keeps clutter out and keeps the modern in.

These are a few tips to help guide you on your road to modernism in your home. Take the time to chose pieces carefully because you won’t have a lot to work with if you want to keep it modern. Good luck!

Design Your Outdoor Space

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As autumn takes over for summer, these days of perfect weather give us one last chance for outdoor entertaining. If you have one of those beautiful outdoor kitchen and patio spaces, enjoying the outdoor space is just a matter of picking up the food. Even if your space is limited along with your budget, you can create a lovely outdoor spot for company, or just for your family.

Here are a few ideas.

  • Think about your space. Before you go shopping, take a look at your patio or yard. Would a picnic table be a good family choice? If your patio and household are small, maybe just a table to seat four would make more sense. For balconies, the bistro tables designed for two are a nice option. Would you like a small seating area beyond your table? Make a plan and do some measuring before you shop.
  • Take advantage of end-of-season sales. As the weather turns colder, patio furniture drops in price dramatically. Now is the time to pick up some outdoor items to enjoy this fall and next year.
  • Don’t limit your options to standard patio furniture. Repurpose an old wooden set painted by painting it a bright color. While this option may mean that you bring it into a shed or cover it when not in use to help it last, it’s an appealing and inexpensive alternative.
  • Have fun with color. Vivid colors such blue combined with the yellow of the lemons creates an inviting dinner spot from an old painted table and some linens. Are there some bright colors you’d like to have in your life that don’t fit in your home? Maybe you can have them in your backyard.
  • Include nature. Decorate the table with lemon branches and add fruit on the table remind you that you are outside. You can do the same with apples or pears in a more temperate climate. Celebrate the outdoors with plants, fruits and flowers.

Creating an outdoor space is a great way to expand your living area and add to your entertaining options. From a large gathering under the trees to a simple breakfast on your patio, take full advantage of the outdoors.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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It seems like everyone is baking more now that we are all spending more time at home. When the craving strikes for homemade chocolate chip cookies, consider this healthier alternative. These muffins make easy items to grab and go! Find out how to make these delicious treats that will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Pan

Olive Oil Non Stick Spray

3 Bananas

1 Egg

1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup Honey

½ Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

¼ Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Coconut Milk

Directions:

First you are going to mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder). Use a fork or whisk to mix these three ingredients together.

In a large mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas up. Then add the honey, vanilla, yogurt, coconut oil and coconut milk. Mix well by hand and then use a hand held or counter top mixer, to thoroughly mix the wet ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and use your hands to mix up the batter. At this time add the chocolate chips and continue to use your hands to distribute the chips into the batter.

Spray the muffin cups with the nonstick spray. Using a spoon, add the batter to each muffin cup. Fill up each cup about ¾ of the way.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After twenty minutes, use a tooth pick to check to see if the muffins are done. If the toothpick comes out a little wet, bake for five more minutes.

Let the muffins cool for ten minutes, then remove from the muffin tray and place them on a serving plate.

Got a favorite healthy baking recipe? Share it with us in the comments!

Decorating with Warm Colors

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Reds, yellows, oranges as well as various combinations of these colors are considered “warm” colors. Yes, the stronger a color is, its intensity increases creating a warming effect. Such a group of colors can influence a range of emotions such as feelings of happiness and excitement. How can you incorporate warm colors into your decorating scheme?

Warm colors can work well together because they are located near each other on the color wheel. When such colors are added to the decor of a room it adds spice or personality to otherwise bland space. Using a warm color in combination with a neutral color can create a balance within a room. While warm colors are stimulating, such colors should be used sparingly. You don’t have to implement such colors in every room in the house. Instead, you can opt to use a warm color as an accent against a neutral colored wall. Using warm color as accessories can add spice to any room without going overboard with the color scheme.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using warm colors is that it can make a room appear cozier as the color advances. When using such colors, it can make a space more intimate and warmer. Colors such as red and orange can make a space appear smaller and more inviting. Warm colors are great for rooms that are sparsely furnished because it can make the room feel intimate even though it’s lacking.

Warm colors can be energizing therefore you should avoid using a bold warm color as a dominant color in specific rooms. In areas where you desire to avoid stimulation such as in the bedroom and dining area; you should opt not to use warm colors as an accent.

Are you ready to begin adding some warm hues to your home? Start by adding the warmth sparingly so you can determine what works for your home’s decor and what doesn’t. If you decide to use red tones offset, it with a black accent. Tan and off white make great accent colors for orange hues. When decorating with warm colors remember that less is more.

Bold Powder Rooms

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The powder room pictured here doesn’t shy away from either strong color or pattern. It creates a strong design that leaves an impression. The combination of the bold patterned wallpaper and the detailed tiles on the floor makes a statement! Powder rooms are the perfect place to be bold because of their small size and infrequent use. A room that you spend the majority of time in, such as a family room or kitchen, might feel overwhelming in such a strong pattern and color scheme.

In a powder room you can be playful with pattern and colors on the walls, counter and even the floor. Because of the small footprint, materials to decorate the room will not break the bank. Marble or expensive tile for the floor or counter will also be reasonable compared to doing a large master bathroom or kitchen. Think of powder rooms as little jewel boxes when you approach decorating them.

In this powder room, the design is very cohesive. The color palette is carried from the wallpaper onto the counter and accented with the framed mirror. Choosing an element like wallpaper as the basis of a room design is a good place to start. Other design inspiration can come from fabric or artwork for the room.

If you have a powder room that you think could use some boldness, allow us to help! Contact us today or start the process online with our virtual shopping experience!

Creating a Functional Closet Space

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When it comes to keeping your home organized, there’s a long list of items to take care of. While you may have a handle on all of the obvious spaces a guest will see when they enter your home, the closet may be a little neglected. It’s easy to understand why this part of your home would be put on the bottom of the priority list: no one is coming over to snoop around your storage space. That’s also why it’s so easy to just throw items in there when you’re cleaning up and just need to get on with your day. It’s time to stop hiding the mess and get it organized!

There are multiple reasons your closet may look the way it does: its size is too small, there is insufficient space for special occasion or seasonal items or you may just not have a good system for the items you currently own. No matter what the case is, take everything out and assess the empty space in front of you. You will be unable to visualize what is best for your closet space if you cannot see what you are working with.

Your first step is to de-clutter your current items. Create different piles for items you need to access often, special occasion items, seasonal items and items you no longer use but haven’t gotten around to removing from the space. You know what to do with your out-of-rotation items: can you say donation bag? Whether it’s clothing, shoes or assorted accessories, there is always someone in need who can benefit from your contribution, so delay no further! If you don’t love it, leave it out! For your remaining items, it’s time to come up with a game plan.

This is where your creativity comes in. Look at your remaining items and think about whether you would like them to be hung up, folded, placed on open shelving or racks. Now make the space work for the items you have. This may mean going to a home improvement store and purchasing closet organization units or removing and adding racks and shelves to customize the space to your specific needs.

Be sure to place your heavily used items in the most easily accessed part of the closet and the rarely used pieces more out of your way. If you find that some things still do not fit the space, relocate some of the lesser used items into a different closet space or purchase storage bags to be used under the bed. Once finished, enjoy your beautifully organized closet and keep the space clean!