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Inspiring home decor ideas for a cozy pad

I’ve always dreamed of having my own place, a home where I could re-paint partitions without asking the landlord’s permission or where home decorating wouldn’t feel like money wasting. Now when I’ve finally got there, I realize that there’s a purpose to everything.

On the plus side of my journey, I’ve discovered that home improvement doesn’t always call for loads of money; you just have to know where to look and put your creative skills to a test. Vintage shops, thrift stores and even yard sales are great places for finding unique pieces of décor that will add instant vitality to your quarters.

I must admit though, decorating on a budget is no easy thing.

Whenever you feel like trying something new, always find a starting point. Instead of giving your home a floor-to-ceiling remodel, focus on a single nook and make it as comfortable as possible. Foodies for example will love the idea of a welcoming booth and table corner inside their kitchens where they could indulge in homemade delicacies and luscious treats.

Book-lovers on the other hand will appreciate a comfy armchair near a window where they could meet their favorite characters and relish words on paper after a hard day’s work.

The secret to a cozy space is incorporating a few accessories that inspire positive thoughts; artsy elements, your favorite collection of minerals and rocks, hats or any other trinkets that could positively affect your state of mind just by being there.

If you have some nice pictures of your family at hand, select a few and get them up on a wall. They will put a big smile on your face every time you walk by. Additionally, you can get your hands on some nice vintage picture frames that will add even more oomph to the arrangement.

If your bedroom doesn’t provide a healthy respite from the hustle and bustle of the day, then it definitely needs a revamp. Add more comfort and style with relaxing furnishings in earth tones, organic bedding, plush pillows or dreamy window treatments.

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Design ideas


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How to create an inspiring home office

As work seems to follow us everywhere these days, even at home, it’s important to build a nurturing environment so that we can give the best of ourselves. Whether you’re a web designer, a creative writer or a dedicated artist, you’ll love the idea of a cozy working nook within the comfort of your own home.

Unless you’re living in a classy mansion and you have an entire room to transform into a home office, creating a stimulating workstation in a city apartment comes with its challenges. Most renters are constantly faced with the space issue when decorating a rental home, and trying to fit in a massive desk does not make it easier. Multi-functional pieces may turn out to be life-savers in this case. Hit the flea markets or local thrift shops and find a solid armoire which you can easily revamp and turn into a great home office. As they come with many drawers and shelves, they provide lots of storage space; and what’s even better, when you’re done with your work, simply close the doors and you’re back home.

If you want to build a conventional working space, focus on delineating your environment. You can apply a fresh coat of paint onto a wall, a different color than the other walls of the room for an enhanced separation effect, and mount a few wooden shelves for holding documents, books or anything else you might need for your work. Repainting can be done in a day for very cheap, and your eyes will totally thank you. Just don’t forget to ask permission from your landlord first.

If you want to do it right, put your desk near a window as there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying natural lighting as well as a nice view. Fresh air can do wonders on your morale; it helps productivity and makes you feel more at ease while working. For an energy boost, add a couple of oxygen-generating plants to your working space. And a really comfortable chair.

Decorating is key in making the workplace a low-stress environment. Incorporate a few personal elements, a photo of your loved ones, a calendar and your daily to-do list. This will also help you keep things organized. Don’t forget to cross off tasks as you see them done. Seeing all those things completed can give you a great feeling of accomplishment, acting as a sort of confidence booster. At least that’s how it works for me.

Certain colors are inspiring and make people feel more relaxed. Experts say purple is extremely stimulating when used in office design as it fosters creativity and meditation. Bring in a beautiful lavender vase, a lamp or a photo frame in this vibrant hue; just make sure you use it with moderation, so that you keep the mood tranquil and comforting.


Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Design ideas


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Reinvent your apartment home with these easy decorating tips

A home tells a lot about a person. More often, the place we live in can be viewed as an extension of our personalities, of our interests and hobbies. All the more reason to think things through when looking for a theme to govern an interior redesign project. More than complying with some impersonal notions of beauty and glamor, your home’s décor should reflect your own personal style.

The right accessories can really pull a room together and give it a welcoming feel even if you’re not up for a major remodeling project. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Create a romantic ambiance. All of us could use a little more romance in our daily lives so it might be a good idea to add a few quixotic touches to your home. If you’re a dreamy person, go with the image of a garden in bloom and dress up your walls in floral motifs and soothing colors, either by applying lively wallpaper or some easy-to-install joyful decals. If wall redecorating goes against your apartment building’s rules, think of adding a vase of real blossoms, some perky decorations or a couple of colorful throw pillows for a plus of energy and subtle sweetness.

Shabby chic will never go out of fashion. This classic trend always finds its way back into the world of interior decorating as it allows design enthusiasts like us to easily mix a plurality of styles and elements. It offers a great pretext to bring antique treasures into the spotlight and lay emphasis on our heritage and culture. Cottage-style furnishings, antique picture frames or vintage mirrors, cotton bedding complemented by lacy curtains, a striped rug or a pitcher of dried organic lavender can magically remind one of a novel ambiance.

shabby chic living room courtesy of coastalliving

Add a masculine touch. Moving-in with a partner can be a real challenge when it comes to interior decorating. A lot of disputes rise over who gets to dominate the space. Male partners may not enjoy living surrounded by glitzy accessories and rosy décor or sleep in a girly bed covered in flowery linens. Neutrals are a great solution to this eternal gender battle. A combination of cream and plum can covey a powerful masculine vibe, cozy and energizing in the same time. Simple, clear lines and bold colors are key elements in creating a masculine look.

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Apartment living, Design ideas, Urban living


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