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Find the Fun in Your Home

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

This photo shows a beautiful skyline, but it’s the Ferris wheel and carousel in the foreground that capture your eye. Just like this photo, your home needs a few fun elements to add excitement to your décor. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Art can add excitement and even whimsy. Do you have a favorite cartoon or literary character? An illustration of that, even in a small print, can add a touch of personality and create an interesting and fun conversation. Look also for artists whose style appeals to your sense of humor.
  2. Do you enjoy puzzles? A few used as accessories can offer your guests something to play with while they visit. Look for nice wood versions of three-dimensional puzzles or anything that appeals to you personally. If you have a side table, you could leave a jigsaw puzzle available for anyone to work on while chatting.
  3. Any favorite toys from your childhood? Maybe one or two could sit on your fireplace hearth. Chances are your friends may remember playing with the same toys and you can take a nostalgic look at yesterday together.
  4. Add a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to the pillows on your guest room bed. It provides a sense of coziness and tells your friends they are welcome.

Don’t get carried away – you don’t want your home to look like a toy store. By placing one or two simple items in several rooms in your home, you can create a sense of whimsy and let your guests know that you don’t take yourself too seriously. So have some fun and make your home more entertaining at the same time!

Ideas from a Classic Hawaii Hotel

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The Fairmont Orchid hotel in Hawaii has an amazing balance of traditional and exotic décor. This room is one of the most strongly traditional spaces at the hotel, but it still demonstrates a tropical undercurrent.

The mood starts with the area rug. Unlike most rugs today, this was commissioned for the space. The style and colors indicate that it may date to the 1920’s, but the furniture and other elements are much newer. Not surprising, this rug was an investment designed to last past the other pieces in the room. The molding and floral oil painting to the right are also investment choices. This molding style is echoed in other rooms of this hotel.

The Fairmont line of hotels specialized in understated luxury. The furnishings are standard but well upholstered and coordinated to the rug. Another mildly exotic feel comes from the grass cloth wallpaper on the right wall. Floral curtains frame the window but don’t hide the view.

Do want your living area to focus on a classic style while still retaining some elements of your region? Look for area rugs, art, accessories and fabrics that bring your location into the room while staying traditional with your main furniture pieces the way The Fairmont Orchid hotel did with this room and you will reach your goal.