Posts Tagged ‘side table’

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!

Light Room Sets Tone for Spring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Spring green – that inviting yellow green of new leaves – brings this room into the feel of that season.

The design starts with the inviting whitewashed wood floor. Unlike the traditional dark tones, this floor creates a sense of light and space that is perfect for a room that speaks of spring.

The light green area rug provides one of the few touches of color in the room. Its texture echoes the grain in the flooring, creating personality and texture to compensate for a minimum of color. The only other permanent color featured in the room is the green of the houseplant on the side table. The natural-toned pot also connects with the soft straw tone of the small coffee table in front of the loveseat.

The rest of the furniture is white, with a touch of neutral silver in the lamp’s base. Even the walls and window coverings are white. Those window coverings keep the room light without a glare – very important when working on a computer.

A small room like this shines with the minimal use of color and an almost reckless addition of light. It has a warm and welcoming feeling, creating just the right environment for working with its sense of spring’s new beginnings – no matter the season outside.