Decorating, planning and designing a nursery are wonderful ways in which you can prepare for the arrival of your little princess. There is nothing more delightful than watching those bright little eyes survey their room for the very first time and if they are indeed old enough, then giggle with joy before exploring and often ripping out things in their own cute little way. One of the most important parts of a kid’s bedroom is the crib itself and since they do spend plenty of time sleeping, it would be apt to pay extra attention to their bedding.
Baby bedding sets for girls come in a grand array of options and the modern trend is to create designs in simple geometric shapes that are sleek, stylish and contemporary so as to ensure thatthey blend in with the rest of the house.
But we have gone the classic way to give you 25 truly ‘girl’ designs and not simply unisex bedding set ideas that work well for both boys and girls. Take a dive in to check them out-
Aesthetics mixed with ErgonomicsThe most important thing to remember when you are picking up a bedding set for your little girl is the comfort aspect of it all. While looks, color, themes and patterns are still important it is best to pick high quality fabric that is easy on the kid’s skin, which is particularly sensitive. Make sure there is enough cushioning as jumping around is most likely their favorite part time and by ensuring that there are sufficient number of layers for padding, you make the crib safe for your baby girl.
Themes and PatternsKids do recognize various colors and patterns from a very young age and they can definitely make out the difference between the darker shades from the lighter ones. If your room theme is skewed towards simple and neutral colors, then it is best to pick bedding and décor that is dark and is in solid colors. Whether you are employing vintage designs, modern patterns or bedding inspired by famous Disney characters of animal patterns, it is best to include wide array of colors in a subtle fashion.
If you’ve ever walked past a home goods storefront window and drooled over their layered patterns, or sighed wistfully at the pages of a home décor magazine filled with photos of mixed print textiles, then this post is certainly for you.
Many design novices or reformed minimalists are afraid to mix patterns for fear that their décor attempt will look like nothing more than an explosion of clashing prints, colors and textures. This is a legitimate apprehension, of course, because we’ve all seen the outcome of poor design work.
In order to avoid your home resembling a pile of dirty laundry, heed the following tips:
Make It SparkleNew Year’s Eve imagery is filled with twinkle lights and glitter. And even if your event is on New Year’s Day, you will want to add a little bit of sparkle. The good news for you: there are many tools at your disposal when it comes to making the party shimmer. You can start by having your Christmas lights pull double duty. White lights are particularly glamorous, especially if you hang them strategically… [from Eats and Beats]
A glittering garland can also do the trick. In the image below, we see the power of metallics, as well as white stars. [from by Brea McDonald and Beautiful Days via The Sweetest Occasion]
If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can even make your own garland. The internet is filled with DIY garland projects to choose from. We’re partial to this DIY Triangle Fringe Garland project from Mint Love Social Club:
To make the decor sentimental, try creating your very own memory tree to celebrate the year that has passed. This activity can even be done with children to commemorate the new year. Then have it star as a centerpiece at your party! Check out Fiskars for the full DIY:
One EASY idea… go with store-bought decorations. We’re not kidding. When people hear the phrase “new year,” their minds fill with confetti and streamers. These items are affordable and easily accessible at your local party supply store. Sprinkle them on tabletops and serving trays, and voila–instant festivity! [from Information Vine]
Cook Some Food, Buy Some FoodOne sure-fire way to enjoy your party to the fullest is not to cook everything yourself. If you want to cater the whole thing, you have our blessing. But some hosts prefer the special touch of offering at least some homemade treats. You can always prepare some of your own food, then supplement it with a few store-bought edibles. Or have a trusted friend/guest bring an item to add to your stash. Don’t hesitate to make things easy! For example, you can heat soup from your favorite market, then pour it into shot glasses for no-spill eating. Garnish with grilled cheese sandwiches and you have a foodie masterpiece! [from Quick Dish]
Gourmet cookies are desish! Make a batch, then add some treats from your favorite bakery. Arrange them on a tray, and you have a dessert centerpiece. [from Harps Food Stores]
It also helps to prepare items that offer a lot of bang for the buck. What’s prettier than festive canapes topped with the spread of your choice, plus pomegranate seeds, red onion and herbs? Art on a plate! [from House to Home]
Christmas night is speeding towards you and it’s high time you start decorating for the celebration. Decoration on the doors is the key for any celebrations. We have some creative suggestions for the front door makeover this season.
Different varieties of wreaths come into mind when you think about the Christmas decorations for your front door. Hang unique wreaths like candy-cane wreath, Christmas ball wreath, recycle wreath, cloth wreath and the like on your front door and welcome Christmas. Complement these garlands by pasting bows and holiday stickers. Also, try hanging Christmas stocking adorned with sprigs and cinnamon sticks to the front door.
Another option will be to place a small artificial Christmas tree in a wicker basket outside the front door. Cover it with a burlap garland and add weather resistant plastic ornaments and pine cones. You can bring in a feel of snowflakes by attaching shapes out of white painted twigs.
You can also make unique Christmas door decorations from vintage items like a snow sled or an old-fashioned ice-skates. Make it beautiful by adorning it with evergreen garland, ornaments, pine cones, and a munificent satin red bow.
Hang along the front door lane delicate snowflake decorations with a waterproof paper. You can also personalize your front door decorations with a family monogram with other embellishments.
Having a banner or bubble letters that scream out “Merry Christmas” on the door top is a must. Tap your creativity to bring unique things to the front door decoration that can stir up the Christmas feel to you and your family. Keep it simple, less crowded but elegant, and welcome Christmas with vigor.
Christmas is just round the corner. Are you still stuck on your decoration plans? Let us see whether we can give you some ideas on how to adorn your home. Many tend to confine their decorations to a single room or yard where probably the Christmas tree is placed. That, we think, is very sober as far as the vibrant Christmas season is concerned.
Blend in to the mood of Christmas and acknowledge the festivities by spreading the decoration to the whole of your home. Christmas trees and mangers can be decorated with petty gifts, mini lights and similar small ornaments. Hang various shaped stars outside your main door.
Take your festival celebration beyond your living room and family room. You can also choose the most used room in the home – bathroom – for decoration. Use small, affordable embellishes like pictures and shiny balls to border your bathroom wall. If you want to be more subtle, go for special toiletries like Christmas bath towels. Or change your bathmat or shower curtain into Christmas themed one.
Don’t forget the kitchen. Acknowledge the role the kitchen plays in preparing a Christmas dinner. Add merriment to the preparation using some nontoxic decorations. Go for Christmas theme potholders, over mitts, and kitchen towels. If you are ready to spent more cash, you can buy some Christmas themed kitchenware like bowls, plates, and cups that can be classified to be used for special occasions.
You can go for subtle decorations for your bedroom, but children and teenagers would like some loud adornments and lightings. Hang lights around the perimeters of your child’s room, and fill the room with Christmas pictures and adornments. (Don’t forget to keep the Xmas gifts in their cupboard at the eve as well!)
You can place some Christmas related cardboard cutouts in your room and also in the courtyard. They can be shapes of reindeer, Santa, snowman and angels. Show off your Christmas spirit by scattering your decoration outside the boundary of the building. There are many Christmas lights devoted to outside decorations. A few Christmas signs, large inflatable and nativity displays can come in handy.
These ideas are just a few tips. How well you utilize them will depend on your attitude, creativity and spirit of celebration. The bottom-line is to enjoy your Christmas the way you prefer.
When it comes to choosing décor for your home, it’s often the simplest choices that end up being the most difficult. A coffee table may seem to be nothing more than a standard piece of furniture – an after-thought once the sofas, chairs and other pieces have been selected. However, after taking into account the many other factors you’ll need to consider, it may become a much bigger job than you’ve anticipated.
To choose the right coffee table, as with any other living room furniture piece you’ll need to determine the table’s primary role. In most cases, a coffee table is just that – a place to rest your tea cup as well as trays of biscuits, magazines or even your iPad. In other cases, a coffee table can become an oversized ottoman for tired feet, remote controls and video game paraphernalia. If it’s the latter, you may want to opt for an upholstered, quilt-top style table.
Arranging Living Room FurnitureConsider your ideal coffee table’s size. If the table is to sit in front of the sofa, it should be no longer than two-thirds the length of the sofa. Generally, coffee tables are between 15 to 20 inches tall, so make sure the height of the table matches the height of your sofa as well.
In terms of visual space, if you’re placing the table in a small room then you may want to consider a glass coffee table. Because it’s transparent, it won’t feel as bulky as a solid wood table. If the room is large, then you may prefer a more dominant piece.
Lastly, remember that, whether intentional or not, your coffee table will also act as a display space. Anything seated upon this table will become part of the décor of the room – so, be sure to keep it clean and tidy. If you and your family have a tendency to pile on the clutter, you may want to invest in a coffee table with storage.
There are several ways through which you can make your home a haven from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, a home full of contentment and a reflection of who you truly are without spending more than your budget. One of such ways is through the use of wall decals. Yes, with a wall decal, you can add unique character to the bare interiors of your home.
There are lots of options available for you both in design, color and theme. It does not matter whether it is an apartment, nursery, living room or bedroom that you wish to transform, you will always get the type of wall decals that will suit your needs in terms of style, themes, quotes and colors.
Bold Prints and Designs for Apartments:If yours is an apartment, you can actually transform the bare look of the home by going for designs and shapes that are not only bold but also make it possible for you to bring creativity into your living space. Whether you want a retro look or something more modern, with the use of wall decals, you can always add that perfect finish to your apartment’s interiors. With a bold design on a solid backdrop, you are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests and create a focal point that inspires.
Getting Creative in your Living Room:If there are particular traits or characters that you want imbibed in your home or your family is known for, you can have them etched as quotes. It could also be a poem or something that inspires members of the family on daily basis. Go ahead and get creative with the wall decals. Your living room can be a creative place to put an accent wall of color, or use your wall decals to add drama.
Using Wall Decals in the Nursery:If you have a desire to transform your baby’s room with the use of whimsical murals, you don’t have to be an artist or pay one to do that for you. This is where wall decals come in because with them, you can create animals, trees, butterflies and even fruits and flowers within the interiors of the nursery.
Even when you choose, you can decorate the wall with the baby’s name, either in full or initials, with the use of monogram wall decals. As the baby gets older, you can make changes to the theme of the decal to suit what the child favors.
Transform your Bedroom:This is another place where you can use the monogram wall decals. You can create the sleep symbol or in a situation where there are multiple children sharing a bedroom, create their initials along the wall within their spaces or right above their beds.
This way, you are able to individualize their spaces and give them more private use of their bed spaces. In a case where the kids’ choices vary, especially when it comes to color, you can vary the color used in creating the monogram wall decals but they should be such colors that coordinate the overall theme of the bedroom.
Fireplaces were once the only way to make a home warm, cozy and welcoming during winter, just like they are during summer. They used to be a vital thing to come home to, the place to tell frightening and heroic stories to grandchildren and rejoice with friends and family while the cold forces of nature were fighting one another, outside.
It used to be the image you would pensively stare at for insight and answers, like a mysterious oracle of the same sort as the ocean waves or restless clouds. Nowadays we largely replaced this contemplation with smartphone apps, while we keep ourselves warm through centralized heating with built-in floors and walls applications. But you have to wonder, why do we still keep the fire in its obsolete primal form in our homes?
The answer could be feng shui or perhaps the fact that it is beautiful and special, the one force in the house that cannot be mastered, although it can be contained, a piece of untamed nature. It is interesting to look into, even if most of us don’t know about the healing and decongesting power the infrared temperature has for our eyes grown tired due to modern artificial light sources.
Fireplaces have lost their primary protective function, but their statement and aesthetic function is going stronger than ever. Here’s some examples to prove it.
A living room is a great place to enjoy the warmth and the spectacle of a fireplace, be it in a rather traditional or a highly minimalistic frame. There are many constructive approaches to the fireplace and the majority place it in a centralized location. Rather than a rectangular hole in the wall, there is a sleek long shelf for the fire god to do his magic, stealing the show away from the large flat screen TV that is sometimes even banned on a side wall of lesser hierarchy.
Some fireplaces are their own construction, in a partition wall between the adjacent living and dining area to serve them both. A pedestal for the flames, like a home altar, and a wall or the shaft suspended over it, bringing a structural eye-catcher to that of the fire.
As far as textures are concerned, all nature or man made materials celebrate the fire, from exposed brick over the gorgeous cultured stone to marble and plaster patterns, even minimalist ones like aluminum and glass, from structural to sculptural.
Interesting and rare fireplace design effects can be achieved with eccentric finishes such as the rich and timeless texture of rust cladding for an old industrial accent, or a back-lit glass structure for a very stylish and modern touch.
The ethanol technique has made fireplaces very clean and minimalistic. Back in the days it would be a complete mess of coal and grime. Now it’s just the magic performance of flames on an improbably clean and sleek surface. The housing of these new fireplaces takes the strangest and most cutting-edge shapes, like the recently award-winning HeatGlo Solaris gas Fireplace. This state of the art house application resembles nothing of the classical fireplaces: a thin surface of fire seemingly floating in void and probably the most sci-fi fireplace at the moment.
Surely this suspended fireplace looks familiar. An icon in modern fireplace appliances is this very unconventional looking shape produced by Fireorb and Gyrofocus . Not only does it weightlessly float in the room, denying the traditional, heavy and solid character of fireplaces, but is is as flexible as to face any side of the room by rotation. It is space-saving, clean and sculptural and comes in a variety of colors. A white version looks almost like a spaceship appliance, achieving a cutting-edge futuristic effect without compromising elegance.
Unoubtedly, a fireplace is cozier in its more traditional form, that does not break the constructs of our cultural history, in which this appliance has played a major role. Furthermore, since these are integrated in large constructive elements, you have a greater degree of customization: the shape and size of the opening, wall finish, materiality and texture, to accessories such as works of art and decoration. But whether you want one for the living room or bedroom, the fireplace becomes a presence that can turn the space into a sensation. Modern and minimalistic fireplaces with unconventional shapes require an eye for interior arrangements to go with it, while a custom built wall-fireplace needs imagination and love of detail that can culminate in a really impressing and hot result.
Emerald GreenOne of the most beloved color forecasters is Pantone, and they have officially announced theirColor of the Year for 2013: Emerald! Emerald green evokes the vibrancy of nature while at the same time conjuring a jewel-toned richness that can’t be denied. Whether you picture a faceted gemstone, the ridges in a sample of malachite, or your favorite plant when you gaze upon an emerald space or accent, you’ll love incorporating this vivid shade into your interior.
Below we see a living space that blends yellow- and blue-tinted shades of emerald green. The result: a layered, powerful palette. [from Rikki Snyder Photography]
LilacAnother popular hue for 2013: lilac. In fact, shades of purple are on many a forecast list, shown in spaces that soothe with calming colors, such as the bedroom below. [from Housetohome]
In fact, one popular trend for the next year involves mixing shades of purple, from lavender to violet and eggplant. Note how the purple hues in the next space create a deep, rich look that is both welcoming and glamorous. [from Let me be inspired]
Mustard YellowRadiant yellow will steal the show in many a 2013-designed room. With tones of the sun and a definite golden glow, this friendly shade works well with colors such as tangerine and eggplant. Note the warm vibe of the living room below. [from HGTV.com]
Mustard also blends peacefully with shades such as brown and citron green. In fact, this color combination creates a vintage look that is perfect for modern spaces. Note the earthy hues in the charming room below. [from Little Lovables]
Ocean BlueSoothing shades of blue can be found on many a color forecast list. Not to mention, blue mixes well with lighter and darker shades of the same color. Note the prominent ocean blue shade in the room below, as well as the way it stands out when juxtaposed with royal blue, navy blue and crisp white. [from Ellenor Industries]
The soothing blue wall color in the room below beautifully combines with warm, neutral tones, such as light golden brown. Which makes sense when you picture the sand and sea of the beach in perfect harmony! [from DesignShuffle.com]
Fiery OrangeTangerine was Pantone’s color of the year for 2012. So why would it fade away so quickly in 2013? We’re not surprised it’s still on this year’s list of popular colors! In the space below designed by Brown Davis Interiors, Inc., the hue is strategically used to accentuate a recessed ceiling. [via Houzz]
Don’t forget the joyful blend of orange and pink! And a dash of brown. The living room below features a striking orange and pink combo, as well as earthy wooden tones. [from Centsational Girl]
Cloudy GrayWhile the allure of eye-catching colors can’t be denied, the importance of neutrals is just as significant. Gray has been included in many of this year’s color palettes, for it soothes and calms, keeping the ultra-radiant shades in check. For example, note how well gray mixes with the teal green pillows in the room below. [from Decor Pad]
Don’t be afraid to bring in rich shades–with gray walls, there’s room for deep accents. In the next featured space, royal blue is a stunning contrast to the background hue. [from Atmosphere Interior Design, Inc. via Houzz]
Shelves are stylish and practical ways to store, organize and display items creatively. If you have limited space in your home, especially if you live in a small condominium or apartment, there’s a wide selection of shelving options to utilize small spaces efficiently. Maximize every inch of space in your room by using the following unique shelving tips.
1) Floating Bookshelves
Floating shelves can give your apartment space a refreshing design as you can creatively arrange them in any way you want. They’re fantastic for supporting books, photography works, vase arrangements, photo displays and other items. They’re great for saving space and quite functional as well. With floating shelves, the floor space is free for tables and other furniture. It’s best to select those with strong support when planning to store heavier things.
2) The Opus Bookshelves
These are specially designed in a quasi-hexagonal pattern. They’re made from light but strong material that’s recyclable as well as usable indoor or outdoor. You can use the bookshelves to store some books, records, DVDs and even wine bottles.
3) Floor-to-Ceiling Shelves
This type of shelving best suits small areas which you aim to convert into a nice workplace or study area. By fitting a desk under wall-to-wall shelves, you can maximize the space and have the storage that you need. The desk provides ample surface area so you can move comfortably around while simply reaching out for any necessary book or supply item that’s stored right in front of you.
4) Wraparound Unit
This is a customized design that you can build around a kitchen column. The shelves provide plenty of additional storage for your kitchen, and at the same time they create a catchy, contemporary design element in the room.
5) Folding Bookshelves
These bookshelves help you creatively organize your books and miscellaneous things with a very practical design. You can arrange your items easily in a new and interesting way. The bookshelves are light, and at the same time sturdy and reliable for holding several things. The folding bookshelves stand out in terms of saving space mainly because of their capability to be turned 90 degrees, laid down, stood up, and used horizontally or vertically.
6) Multifunctional Shelving
If your bedroom is small, try to create different functions by using a sliding wall. When you open it, a Murphy bed drops down giving you a comfortable place for slumber or relaxation. On the other hand, when you close it a full array of bookshelves comes into view. It’s a great space saver in any room.
These are some of the latest and most creative shelving examples that will help you make the most out of any limited space. There are usually plenty of unused wall space in bedroom and hall closets, particularly near the floor and ceiling, so consider building shelves in these areas to maximize space.