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Decorate with A Message

By Tia Cristy

Decorate with A Message

Home décor is all about personal touch. Bare walls can feel cold and drab. Dressing up any colored wall with a splash of your own creative side can transcend your room into your masterpiece. When deciding what to place on the walls take your time to figure out what you can live with, what will make you happy to look at and what will inspire you day in and day out.

You Don’t Need to be a Business to Have a Sign

Adding a business sign to a feature wall in your home can become a great conversational piece. Place a sign that says simply ‘coffee’ in the kitchen can achieve a good mental vibe for morning. If letters are more your style, you can get individual letters to spell out your message. For the kids room, why not try large, chunky, metallic initials over the beds or dressers.

Go Neon

Neon isn’t just for the local pubs or salons. Picking up a neon sign for the man cave or placing one above the wet bar can attract just the right amount of attention.

Stay Inspired  

Placing an inspiring quote on the wall can fill a blank wall and give it a whole new life. If your not ready for the commitment on a wall, why not place a decal on a piece of old wood, and then hang the sign. Think about it, there are quotes for every room and every occasion. It’s a simple peel n’ stick method for art that will last for many years to come. If you have a wall design in your mind, but haven’t found it in the store, check out Americansignsletters.com where you can upload a picture for them to create your custom art. They even offer free shipping on every purchase, which is great for business owners too who are looking to revamp their signage.

So remember, when it comes to home décor, remember to make it your own space.

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The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

A house and a home are two very different things. A house describes the physical property itself – nothing more than a collection of carefully arranged bricks – but a home is much more than that, it represents your past, present and future.

Your home should embody safety, treasured memories and future happiness, but sometimes it can be a struggle to achieve the right feeling in your house, particularly when you’ve just moved in. However, there are a few things you can do to make your house feel more warm, personal and, of course, homely.

Put those precious moments on display

If a stranger was to walk into your home now, would your house look like it has been lived in or could they be walking into a hotel room? Your home should serve as a place to store all your proudest and more cherished moments and that means not having them tucked away in a dusty box in the attic.

Placing pictures of family and friends around the house is a great way of making your home feel more personal to you and they can also add to the appearance of your property. Photographs also make great conversation pieces when you have guests over and can be a great way of lifting your spirits if you’re feeling stressed or upset.

If you know anyone that’s just moved house, then a frame makes for a wonderful housewarming present as it encourages them to display the photo moments that mean the most to them.

Buy good quality furniture

Furnishing your home can be an expensive process. It seems like there are so many rooms to fill, there’s decorating to be finished and you’ve just had to pay all those administrative fees that accompany the house buying process. With all this going on, it can be tempting to cut corners here and there and buy cheaper, lower quality furniture.

The problem with this is that it often represents a false economy. Cheaper goods will usually need replacing sooner, which will leave you shelling out once more and having to deal with the hassle of moving sofas and beds in and out of the house. There’s nothing wrong with finding a bargain of course, but be wary of anything that seems too good to be true – it usually is.

Another problem with buying cheap furniture is that it can mean you have to compromise on your vision for your home’s interior. If you want your home to look a certain way, the furniture is a big part of that and so it’s worth spending a little more to create the look you’ve been dreaming of. There’s also the comfort factor to consider. If your sofa is stiff and unpleasant to sit on, then your house is never going to feel like a home no matter how long you live there.

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Iron-out the flaws

Another way of making a house feel like a home is to make sure that any unwanted quirks and problems are ironed out as soon as possible. If you have a door that has a mind of its own and keeps closing when it should stay open, then buy a few door stops. If you have a leaky tap that’s driving you mad, then tighten the fitting or give the plumber a call.

There always seems to be something that needs fixing in your home, but it’s important that you don’t let the little things niggle away at you. A draughty room here or a creaking floorboard there may not be much to worry about in the grand scheme of things, but collectively these issues can prevent you from enjoying your home to its fullest.

Make it open and inclusive

The exact setup of your home is entirely your decision, but if your property is a bit claustrophobic it won’t feel quite right, particularly if you have a family. Opting for an open and inclusive environment is the perfect way of making your home a child-friendly place. With the right lighting and room design, your home can provide the environment for work and play in equal measure.

An open-plan design is a great way for everyone in the home to spend time together whether it’s watching television, playing board games, or any other fun activity. You may also find that a more open layout simply creates more space, which is always appreciated.

In order to embrace your open-plan home, speak to a builder or structural engineer about which walls can be taken down to create larger living spaces. If you’re worried about an open-plan design taking something away from the coziness of your property, there are approaches you can take that aim to create the best of both worlds. Breakfast bars and mezzanine areas can be used to partition areas of rooms, for example, without cutting them off completely.

Light the way

The lighting in your home can play a very important role in creating the right atmosphere, so there’s a lot more to think about than what lampshade to purchase.

Having many different lights throughout a single room, for example, lets you manage the overall lighting more effectively and means that certain areas can be lit more brightly than others. Dimmer switches are also a great investment and work particularly well if you have young children and want to get them following a bedtime routine.

Also, don’t forget the importance of natural light. Try not to block windows that let in sunlight and if you have mirrors in your home, try to locate them so that they reflect the natural light around the living area. You may not realize it, but good lighting can have a significant impact on your mood and contribute to your appreciation of your home.

Create new memories

Although putting up photos of times gone by is a great way of decorating your house, it will only begin to truly feel like home when you’ve started creating new memories there. Open your home out to family and friends by having a barbecue, dinner party or hosting a birthday celebration and you’ll start to feel like you belong there.

Some people may feel as though there home is not “ready” in terms of its interior to have guests over, or maybe they think that their house is their own personal space and would rather meet friends at an external venue. That’s fine, but often the most happiness comes from sharing something that you’re passionate about with others – and this includes your home. Fill your house with chat and laughter and you’ll quickly learn to love having others over.

Get creative when it comes to storage

The amount of clutter that people accumulate over the years can be truly astounding. Whether it’s personal mementos or junk that you can’t bear to throw away, these items can get in the way if not dealt with properly. If you’ve got boxes or piles in the corners of your rooms then your house is not going to feel complete.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can get creative when it comes to home storage. Finding space where there seemingly is none can be challenge but it is definitely a rewarding one. Make the most of wall, floor, or even ceiling space to maximize your home’s storage capabilities. When everything is in its right place, you’ll start to feel more settled in your home.

Let everyone have their own space

Although you want your home to feel inclusive, it is important that everyone that you live with has a little section to call their own. This could be something small, like an armchair by the fire, or a larger area like an office or “man cave.” Whether you want to relax, or work on your own personal project, having your own space is an important part of sharing your home.

Don’t take your home too seriously

Despite all the tips mentioned above, the most important thing to remember about your home is to not take it too seriously. If you’re getting worked up about whether the carpet matches the wallpaper or whether your friends are going to like your décor then you’re never going to be able to relax. Your home is all about you and so if you want to have a traditional antique next to a 70s retro dining table then go for it! Don’t worry about whether it “works” or not. Make your house in your own image and you’ll quickly feel at home there.

Whether you’ve just moved into a new property or have been living somewhere for a while, turning a house into a home requires some work. The most important thing to remember is that loving your property is not about spending the most money or having impeccable style, it’s all about making your home feel right for you. When you achieve this, it’s a wonderful feeling and all your external stresses melt away as you come through the door. Displaying a personal touch in your house is definitely worth it, because there really is no place like home.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
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Get That Winter Cozy Time Feeling At Home

Get That Winter Cozy Time Feeling At Home

As the weather is getting colder, we often start to think of ways that we can make our indoor space more comfortable and pleasing. We want to stay indoors more and drink hot cocoa and snuggle up in front of our favorite movies. But what are some easy ways of getting that warm snuggly feeling at home? Read on to find out.

In the den

If you have a room or man cave where you hang out, you’ll want to make some small adjustments to make it snug and warm for the colder weather.

Lined curtains can help keep the heat in a room, without using up extra fuel. Choose a thick fabric like tweed available for stores such as http://www.homedepot.com. It is not only energy efficient but will also look stylish too.

If you are going for tweed fabric, then why not decorate the rest of the room in keeping with that?  A man cave feel can be achieved by adding leather chairs and fun oversized beans bags in dark colors. Try one like this crazy 8 footers, available at http://www.sackdaddy.com/products/8-ft-sack-daddy-bean-bag.

Accessorize with old books and taxidermy for a gentlemen’s club look. If a real taxidermy is a bit much for you, then there fake options available like the ones here. They can be made from anything from plastic and paper to fabric, that you can display in the room instead of the real thing.

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In the bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most important places to get ready for the colder seasons. If you are not comfortable getting to sleep, or when you are asleep then, you are not going to feel you at your best.

Brushed cotton sheets are perfect for keeping you toasty warm in the cold weather. The long fibers of the bedding help to hold in an extra layer of warmth that can make your hot water bottle all but redundant.

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Extra blankets never go a miss during the colder snaps either. Of course, you don’t have to stop at that, you can even get some gorgeous electric heated blankets now in fabrics like fake fur. Which are much more stylish than they use to be in the old days.

Remember to provide a soft rug too. So your feet are warm as soon as you step out of bed in the morning.

In the lounge

We spend a fair bit of time in our lounges and front rooms, especially when it gets colder. They are the place we relax in the evenings and on weekends. They also tend to be where we entertain guests when they come over.

There are plenty of alterations you can make in the front room to make it the perfect of the winter. Provide blankets and cushions in soft, warm fabrics, and scented candles relevant to the season.

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It is also worth looking at the heat source you have. Many people find an open fire, a warm and relaxing addition to a room come winter time. However, they do take a lot to put in if you haven’t already got a working chimney. Then you have to feed them with logs and get the chimney regularly cleaned, which can be a bit of a pain.

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A good alternative to a real fire is a fake gas fire. It looks like the real thing but doesn’t need all the maintenance. Of course, they are safer too as there is no chance of any sparks catching on the carpet or furniture. Some even offer a stay cool screen, which is perfect if you have kids or pets that you want to protect.

Another option is an electric fire, which doesn’t have a real flame, but a flame effect. This works particularly well in a fake log burner style, which is very fashionable right now. They look just like the real thing, they even have a fake flue pipe so you can’t tell the difference. You can also get a faux fire surround for them. So you will have a mantle piece to hang stockings and wreaths on come Christmas time.

In the hall

The other area of the home that needs to be got ready for the cold weather is the hallway.

When the weather is bad, the hall is the place that you put on your outdoor clothes. Also, it’s the place that you need to take it all off again, before going into the rest of the house.

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Make sure you have high pegs on the wheel that will be long enough to hang your winter coats so they can dry overnight. Provide mats for shoes and boots, so they don’t dirty the floor.

You can also keep a box for every member of the household where they can store their scarves, gloves, and hat. Then they will always know where they are. Which should make that morning rush easier, if nothing else.

A stand for umbrella is a good idea too. Pick one that catches the water as it drips off, else it can soak into your floor or carpet and produce mold.

In the kitchen

Making your kitchen winter ready, depends on the space you have available. If you live in an older building with wooden doors and windows, it can be a good idea to get some draft excluders to keep as much heat in as possible.

Winter is also the perfect time to get a range cooker, as the heat they produce goes a long way to heating to the whole house. It will certainly make the room above the kitchen warm and toasty, that’s for sure.

Of course, there are little touches that you can do in the kitchen to make it perfect for autumn and winter too. A swag of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling always looks very festive. Or you can match your tablecloths and tea towels in with the theme of the season.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.