According to the real estate industry, kitchens and bathrooms are considered the most valuable rooms in a home. However, a bedroom should be also be considered one of the best rooms in the house simply due to the fact that it is the one room where your human body regenerates itself each night; so that it can function in life every day. It’s funny how we can value eating and other human functions, and not place our sleep rooms at the same priority level. The truth is, no one would function in life without sleep. Therefore, creating the space where your body rests should automatically be a top area of focus, even if not valued in real estate terms. Here are some special tips when considering master bedroom must-haves.
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Start with the Right Wall Color for YOU:
A bedroom needs to be the most calmly decorated room in the house. Typically, there should be one main, neutral theme color chosen, with a variable of two accent colors and no more. The neutrality of a wall color enables you to change out décor items seasonally, without color conflict issues. But if you absolutely have a favorite color that completely calms you and makes you feel good all the time, and it’s not a neutral color, this is okay too. It would still be a good choice because it is a color you naturally and innately resonate with. Try painting with an eco friendly, non-toxic paint– as it’s much safer for your resting, breathing, and absorbing body.
Add organic blanket and pillow patterns that whisper to your soul, and ‘feel’ good to the touch. Those symbolic characters that influenced and comforted you as a child will work on your adult being as well. Simply change out those icons to a more mature version of them. A stuffed elephant can now be an elegant elephant statue. A love of flowers can be transformed into a beautiful floral accent blanket, lampshade or into a vase of real flowers. If you are a nature king or queen – anything made of organic materials will appeal to you. Those décor items that speak to your own divine essence need to be around you as you sleep.
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It’s important to not only choose a mattress that embraces and supports your body, but to make sure that the bed also fits the room it sits in. Sometimes, a king size bed may seem really grand and appealing, but it will only aggravate you if you are constantly stubbing a toe on a post because the bed size is too big for the room, leaving you no maneuver room in the mornings. Use a smaller size bed to create a larger and more spacious room environment. Feeling constantly cramped or cornered in your own room, can cause a body to automatically experience ‘unconscious ‘stress, which fosters its own odd effects.
Limit Your Clothes to 1 Closet
The absolute truth is that none of us need a huge wardrobe to exist smartly or fashionably in this world. Your entire wardrobe should fit into one closet, and if you can actually store a dresser in your closet – leaving only the bed and an end table or two in the room – this arrangement would be ideal. When you have fewer clothes to wash, there is less to hang and less to ‘put away’ each week. Clear your closets of only what you regularly wear. When you purchase something new, give something away. Most people don’t think of their closets when they think about creating their sanctuary, but keeping a closet clean will also help you feel more in control of your life…and that’s relaxing in and of itself.
Pets Nurture Automatically
Pets who adorn you with love and affection the moment you step through the door should be allowed passage to your dream space. If you can’t share your bed with a beloved feline or canine, the next step is to get them a bed of their own, and train them to use it. That way they can be close to you – in a way that doesn’t disturb your need to commandeer the whole bed!
Lighting Makes or Breaks a Room
Most people don’t think about lighting, but how and where you light a room can make all the difference between creating a cozy retreat or a harsh one. Where will the lighting be placed? Will you use a chandelier? Do you desire wall sconces or table lamps? Do you want dimmable lighting? Do you want cool or warm lighting? Would you like an overhead fan, with a light kit? Do you need a wall switch or do you prefer to use remote controls? These things should be thought out in advance, so that when one does make a fixture purchase, especially if it is an online purchase, one can inquire as to specific features that a chosen product may possess – before making that purchase….to avoid return hassles.
A bedroom should be one’s most coveted sanctuary. Adding a few creature comforts to this room need not be an expensive venture. Sometimes just a few well placed, cherished items can not only bring great comfort on an emotional level, but they can also reflect a life well lived.
Despite the internet movement to all things digital, we understand that it’s hard to part with some of those favorite old books and cd’s that have become an intrinsic part of one’s lifetime memories – especially when some date back to childhood days. Sometimes, outdated items are just that; little reminders of the things that have deeply touched us during the course of our lives. The question then becomes – how do we keep them in environmental sight for emotional comfort’s sake when we are now socially encouraged to dump all unnecessary stuff and – simplify?
A few keepsakes are to be cherished because that’s exactly what they are – little personal treasures! When dealing with small household rooms, one of the MOST important things to keep in mind when desiring to feature them as part of the decor; is to find unique ways to display books. If you have a small bookshelf and a lot of books, it doesn’t mean that you need to jam the shelves, so to speak. In fact, doing just the opposite will help keep you personally organized. Using fewer items on the shelves will also help to keep your smaller room from appearing junk-filled.
1. Select just a small group of just your favorite books. Place small groupings of books on random shelves, either by subject matter or by size. Allow some to stand and some to remain horizontally stacked. If you group the books by their size, have differing sizes stacked on varying shelves. Consider storing the remainder of your books in a ‘concealing cabinet’. Every month or so, switch out the shelf books with a new group of the stored books, and you’ll have an instant change of decor without having to completely redecorate. Occasionally switching out your books enables you to reconnect with those things which are stored away.
2. Randomly, angle a horizontal stack of books in one corner of a shelf, so that the ends of each book touch the back wall and a side wall. Then move them out an inch or so from both walls. This angled effect is unusual and helps to create more exciting visuals, because not all books have been stacked to the standard rectangle area.
3. Place a see through and colorful glass vase or globe next to a set of stacked books to create a bright pop of color. The clear colored glass allows the human eye to see through the ‘space’ of the rectangle shelf area, creating a ‘sense’ of more shelf room than there really is. The glass globe or vase should be of a complimentary accent color. Let’s say your room walls are a light gray and your favorite colors are teal and orange. Complimenting the room with an area rug, pillows or lampshade with these colors in mind, can be enhanced by colored glass on a shelf – in a similar tone or color. This will help to bring the room together.
4. Place the heaviest books you have on a bottom shelf to help balance the room. Only stack a few at a time.
5. Try leaning just a few favorite books in small sections of a bookshelf.
6. Books do not always have to be the predominant item on a shelf! Sometimes, using a stack of books as an accessory to a larger item – such as a side or coffee table, trunk or jewelry box, helps to balance out other display items.
7. Books do not always have to be stacked on a conventional book shelf. Try stacking them in furniture not originally designed to be a bookshelf!
8. Sometimes two rooms coexist with one another where there is not enough room for a full wall. In apartments for instance, often a dining area is combined with a living area. To help create more privacy for each area, try implementing a see-through bookshelf, using the books and items stored on the shelf as a visually beautiful room divider.
All of the images above reflect simplicity in room design, but also allow for memorable keepsakes to be displayed and that is after all – what a home is all about!
No one who hoards lots of things wants to admit that they’re actually hoarding. The term ‘collector’ seems a favored label, as collecting ‘specific types of things’ tends to boost hoarding to an acceptable, almost noble hobby activity. Regardless of what it might be officially termed, when there’s too much stuff in a house – there’s simply too much stuff! Most hoarders and collectors have an emotional attachment to their goods. We all need emotional connections in this world – no matter how we foster those connections. However, too much collecting can ultimately hamper the human experience and cause additional life stress. Here are a few de-clutter tips for those who may in fact, be incognito hoarders….(those who may never admit it, but are… guilty, guilty, guilty)!
Let’s take a common hoarding spot – the bedroom. Here’s one really original way of clearing it!
1. Grab a handful of large black (30 gal.) garbage bags, a fat black marker and one roll of 2″ masking tape. (At least 7 black bags – one for each wall and 3 for the closet).
2. Stand in the center of the room and face one wall. Open one black bag and pull off of the shelves, dressers and window sills on that wall you’re facing – anything and everything you are not using every single day (or at least once a month) and place it in the bag. It matters not if different kinds of things get jumbled up in the bag. Just do it.
3. As you tie up the first bag, secure a masking tape sized label on the bag and write generically, what you tossed in the bag. (This is for later reference if you need to find something fast). You don’t have to label everything that goes in the bag – just certain things that you think you might want to find later.
4. For anything strewn about – if you are still using it, throw it on the bed. You’ll sort that later. Do the black bag collection step for all four walls, and that includes items that are at your feet or strewn about the floor.
5. After you finish each wall, twisty tie the black bag, label each bag, and then set all four bags in one corner of the room, labels facing outward so you can see them.
6. Next, address your closet. Use one black bag for unused shoes, belts and scarves. Use one bag for hanging clothes (Maybe two). Use the third bag for the top closet shelf. Put those three to four labeled bags in a separate corner. Toss into the bags, anything you have not touched in 2 months.
7. Now, for the items on the bed – put them away where they belong.
8. Try to live in your bedroom with just the things you have left over – for one whole month. Mark a calendar on the wall, for each of the 30 days if you must. See how you ‘feel’ living on less. The good news is that you didn’t throw anything away yet, so anything is retrievable and relatively easy to find (via the labels).
One clean bedroom naturally begets an automatic sense of peace and calm…
For those who have real difficulty in letting go of anything – the black bags are a visual reminder that NOTHING was thrown away and that everything they own is still right beside them in the same room. In time, SOME individuals may just find that they personally feel calmer; more centered and actually may even like being more organized. With less clothes to wear and shoes to sift through, there’s less physical labor in maintaining those items; less laundry, less time spent on straightening up, etc. Living in a cleaner room allows one to re-think how they want their personal space to reflect their personality as it exists in the NOW.
After all, one’s own bedroom is often the only personal sanctuary there is against the world sometimes. Shouldn’t it feel safe and cozy and supportive? When people feel safe, they feel calmer and more relaxed, and even more mentally sane. One might become suddenly inspired and consider painting the room in a whole new color. It would be easy to do so, as items are now protected in the black bags, which can easily be moved around the room, while one paints. Maybe it inspires one to purchase a new bedspread in a bold new color. Or it might be fun to purchase or upgrade a piece of ‘cool furniture’, (like a storage chest that will last many years to come).
If after a month, one finds themselves feeling so good that they can actually let their packed things go – they can surprise their favorite friends with a fun and exciting ‘treasure trash bag’. Who knows…maybe a few of them could even start a new give-a-way trend. This technique can be applied to any room in the house. It also works really well for those who are just a little messy-minded too. Though these tips may not address the more extreme hoarders, who actually may need professional intervention – it can certainly help those who recognize that they they may actually be hoarders in the making…incognito or not.
When selecting storage shelves for your office or workspace, open book shelves are plentiful and come in many styles and shapes and therefore, are often quite tempting to buy. However, any kind of open book shelf means that everything stacked upon it or within it will be under close scrutiny by house guests, and in this case, there’s no hiding a messy pile of papers. Here are a few tips for optimizing your workspace:
Choosing a closed door cabinet system, enables you to hide-store your messy ‘to do’ piles for another time. The closed doors will enable the room to appear more organized, and oftentimes, when one feels organized, one tends to actually become more productive, ironic as that sounds.
Choose a Glass Desk Set
A glass desk actually allows the eye to see through to the whole room, which often gives the illusion of more room space. By choosing a 3 piece L shaped desk unit, you have the option of separating the pieces and thus, you have the option to redecorate every few months. Glass desks are relatively lightweight and easy to move around, when separated. Look for ones that allow you to flip the L part to either side. Or choose a glass table that can double as a dining set.
Consider The Importance of the Office Chair
Let’s face it – if you’re not comfortable, you won’t stay seated for very long. Choose a roomy, supportive chair that offers a selection of chair positions and heights. Choose something you won’t sweat in, won’t slip in, and won’t slouch in. Be sure that the chairs wheels move easily and glide into several directions effortlessly.
Add an Easy to Clean Touch of Color, Area Rug
A great way to take the boredom out standard office furniture, especially when you are working with closed cabinets is to enhance the room with a bright and contemporary styled area rug. Not only are area rugs easy to remove and clean, they can be laid out on a variable of diagonals to create an off symmetry look – just for fun. Selecting a busier pattern with many colors will help hide the traffic dirt.
It’s always lovely to have a few accent pieces in the room, but who says they should just be adornments? Choose decorative nested boxes or covered vases that will hold additional items, such as pens, paper clips, etc. There will be plenty of additional places to organize your office goods, if you select wisely and use several sets in a room.
Summer sales are GREAT and everyone loves super summer deals! You can get a lot of new things for the house and great deals can make even the most reluctant drag-his-heels-thru-the-store husband or partner feel the ‘fun’ of shopping. It’s always a thrill to get those items into the house, unpacked and first used – whether it’s a new outfit, a new computer gadget or a simple bathroom throw rug. Unless it’s something hubby has to assemble. But even then, there’s a kind of excited thrill in ‘assembling things’ because almost everyone has experienced the huge sense of relief felt from having ‘completed’ the dreaded task. As soon as the product has been freed from the can’t-for-the-life-of-me-break-this-plastic-package-wrapping issue; one can immediately begin to enjoy the product. Here are a few fun items that require little or no assembly:
SAGE Water Coolers
The SAGE water cooler filters and removes 99.99% of all contaminants and bacteria and comes in 9 super-cool & bright countertop colors: black, silver, blue, green, orange, purple, white, red metallic and red! It has an advanced Programmable LCD interface for programming of hot, cold and room temp water temperature from 41 degrees F – 208 degrees F, Programmable Child Safety, Date, Time, and Energy Saver/Sleep Time Functions. LCD Screen alerts when UV Lamp or Filters need replacing.
Kichler Lighting 65424 Mini Pendant 1Lt Berkley Collection
The fanciful bounty of this 1 light mini pendant from the Berkley collection is a playfully inspired art glass revelation. With bold patterns and warm colors it is sure to delight any home. Size: 8 x 10 x 4.75”/Incandescent 100W.
Yosemite Home Décor ‘Colored Roses’ Original Hand Painted Wall Art
Brighten your living area with a rainbow of roses. Hand painted roses in a variety of vivid colors on a neutral beige painted canvas. This painting is hand stretched on canvas and ready for wall mounting. Overall dimensions: 40”W x 40”H
- Original hand painted
- acrylic painting
- Wall mounted
- Ready to hang out of the box
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. A warm, soothing bath. A bottle of wine shared on a summer eve with a few friends. A kitty cat on one’s lap. Sometimes just one new purchase for the house is enough to make a slow smile last almost forever.
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A long summer season can induce even the laziest couch potato to rise to the occasion of setting a bare foot to grass. There’s just something about nature that draws us to it like moths to light. So it makes sense to look about the yard with a scrutinizing eye as one lazily strolls across it, making note of the small things that could stand a little ‘brushing up’ or possibly even, full replacement. The same holds true for vacation homes. A few ‘smart updates’ can aesthetically carry a summer season, a long way. Here are a few vacation home smart update ideas:
Start Outside In
Warm weather climates can wreak havoc on a home. Water, wind and salt can cause corrosion in wood and metal over time. Spruce up key fixtures that will add instant value to the home. Update all outdoor lighting fixtures, doorknobs and landscape lighting. Replace worn out fixtures with marine grade ones that come with extra powder coating (PI67 Grading) or are made of rust free polyester materials. They are specifically designed to help offset damage done by water, wind and salt. Because they are, they tend to last longer as well.
Address the Lawn Furniture
Relatively small garden adornment purchases can magically transform a small backyard into an outdoor paradise. Consider a new lounge and seating area, upgrading the grill, and adding a few decorative garden ornaments. It doesn’t take a lot of money to replace worn out garden furniture. Be sure to look for weather coated canvas, rattan coated with powder coating and stick to easy-to-clean plastics.
Revamp Kitchen Appliances
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a clean and sterile environment for food preparation is essential. It is also one of the most used rooms in the house, thus, its appliances, and even the kitchen sink can take a beating over time. Upgrade the most used items in the home with high quality products. Stainless steel is popular due to the durability of the material, its easy-to-clean surfaces, and its ability to match and enhance any exiting appliances finishes in white or black. Kitchens are the best investments and usually get somewhere from 80% to 90% of their value back. That means that if you put $30k into your kitchen, it will value out at $23k to $28k worth.
Same Rule Applies to Bathrooms
Update the main bath fixtures for the obvious reasons – usage. Toilet, sink and tub basins and especially faucets should be considered. Make sure everything is sealed properly with caulk, including where the tub meet the floor, since water tends to splash from the shower, regardless if a shower curtain is used. Make sure all faucets are clean and new. Replacing all fixtures and appliances will add instant value and curb appeal in your home. It will also set the ground stage for many maintenance free years to come, and will enable you the option to rent out your vacation home without worry; because you will have taken good care to prepare the fixtures that people will use the most.
Update the Fun, Everyday Activity Things
Lastly, buy a new bedspread for each of your bedrooms along with a few new lamps. Upgrade to a flat screen TV and do away with old CD players, bulky old stereo receivers, and even the outdated toaster or microwave. Put a guitar in a corner stand, just in case guests can play. Load up the firewood bin for cozy fire nights. If the walls look good, just paint the trim and window sills; which will make each room look shiny and brand new. Lots of minor changes can magically transform any room and aren’t all that hard or costly to do!
On June 27, 2016 Ikea decided to recall approximately 29 million of dangerous dressers! They reported that there were at least three deaths of children with one of their dresser series and they strongly urged to “Please take them out of the room”.
While we all know Ikea to be a well-known brand that offers inexpensive furniture, cheap isn’t always the best. Not only for quality, but also for safety.
Prevent furniture tip over injuries and deaths! The safest way is to anchor them into the walls for safety. Anchoring furniture that could tip over is fairly easy and proven to save lives. The fix is relatively inexpensive and well worth every penny if you have little ones that love to climb and don’t realize the dangers. Losing a child is devastating to any parent and family and being able to prevent it at any cost is well worth it! You can purchase Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps here at Babies R Us for $4.99.
When anchoring your furniture, be sure to:
- Use two restraints for each piece of furniture, anchoring them on either side.
- Make sure to install them into solid wood and into the wall studs.
- Ensure the restraints are tight and check them regularly
At EliteFixtures.com, our talented team scans thru products and puts them thru a rigorous screening to see if it meets our standards as we take the safety of each product sold at EliteFixtures.com very serious. Check out our Dining Room Furniture, Living Room Furniture and Bedroom Furniture for brand names and great prices.
Whenever a room is in danger of looking too cold or impersonal, designers know that they can add character, warmth and life with natural materials. Adding elements designed by Earth can bring us back to nature in small, subtle ways; re-introducing us to the life-giving properties that our planet has always provided us. And while humans will always find a way to place a price tag on anything that can be sold, many of the items you see below do not necessarily have to be store bought. DYI projects to re-cycle side-of-the-road give-a-ways, and items found at roadside lawn sales cost little and if arranged well can create an exciting displays of nature – sans the cost.
Reclaimed or salvaged wood: If you want to add instant warmth to a space, wood pieces are ideal room items. Whether you incorporate salvaged wood as an accent furniture piece, or simply strategically place a few pieces about, aged wood can keep a room from looking too slick and new. Natural wood combined with stones or crystals, create a magical element of ‘living nature’. Note the striking porcupine quills in the center image.
Crystal objects: Accessories like geodes, sea glass or glass bottles that serve as votive holders or vases add a touch of earthy beauty to any surface. Try styling these pieces on a tray atop an ottoman, on top of a stack of books on your coffee table, or with a mix of books and art on an étagère. Not only are crystals themselves, one of Earth’s most beautiful treasures, no two crystals are alike – so you can be the true and proud owner of many one-of-a-kinds. Coffee table crystals are great conversation starters and help to reflect candle-light in a room. Some geodes, like ‘septarian nodules’ date back millions of years and have quite a colorful story behind the creation of them.
Crystal clusters: naturally radiate energy into the surrounding room or space and also are used to absorb negative energy. They are often used to cleanse a room or other stones by leaving the stone to be cleansed overnight on the cluster. Crystals have long been used in metaphysical, yoga and meditation circles as they are very appealing to hold, to which some individuals even claim to feel the energy emanating from them.
Plants: One of the best ways to add some natural appeal to your space is with plants. Banana plants, fiddle leaf fig trees, and other large potted varieties make a strong statement, and they literally add life to the room. Try grouping sets of succulents and houseplants in matching or complementary pots and use them as a centerpiece on your dining room table. As noted in the image above, simplicity and just the smallest touch of plant life can create a calm and soothing environment.
We wish to thank Denise Figlar Wilson for providing the above images and decorative suggestions on behalf of DecorAid, an award winning group of interior designers. Find them at Decoraid.com.
In the USA summer has officially arrived, kicking off with a strawberry moon on June 21st! Lawns everywhere are screaming for homeowner attention and if you couldn’t get everything done this spring – there’s still time to spruce up the backyard for July 4th festivities. Let’s take a look at some simple outdoor illumination solutions that you can consider, in order to transform your property into a truly magical evening paradise.
Outdoor Wall Mount Lighting
No one wants to stumble into the house at night, while in the dark. Not only is it difficult to get a key in the door in the dark, it’s not particularly the safest way to enter your home either. A brand new wall mount fixture combined with a sidewalk post lamp can do wonders for curb appeal, and they’re not that hard to install. A good wall mount fixture with certain features such as dusk-to-dawn photocell control can make night time entry a breeze. With growing human awareness of planetary concerns, now many fixtures employ Energy Star and LED features.
Outdoor Landscape & Spot Lighting
Many people love the look of landscape spotlights and yet will shy away from installing them because the process seems too complicated consider. But actually, adding a few well placed spot lights is a fairly simple project that you can easily complete in a weekend. The basics that you will need are: wire cutters, tape measure and your chosen light kit. To make things simple for homeowners many manufacturers will offer spot lights in kits, which include everything you will need to install your lights. Low-voltage lighting systems are easy to install, shock-free and can be moved about. Installation is a simple do-it-yourself weekend project. The challenge for most homeowners is not in figuring out how to assemble the lights, but is in choosing from the wide assortment of styles available.
View Hinkley, Progress and Kichler Step Lights
One might not immediately consider adding step lights, yet if part of your property’s curb appeal features ascending steps, then a few well placed step lights can help to create a magical atmosphere that will illuminate your entire front yard area. Step lights subliminally tell your guests that you not only welcome them, but that you are also concerned for their ultimate safety when they traverse across your property. They’re easy to install and require little more effort than installing a wall switch. In just a few steps, you can add yet another security feature of an LED or incandescent step light to your home.