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Patriotic Decorations for the Home

As the Fourth of July approaches, you may want to create a patriotic atmosphere in your home. From centerpieces to homemade flags, there are a variety of decorations you can add to your house.

Table Décor

If you are inviting guests over to celebrate the holiday, you want to ensure that your dinner table leaves a great impression on your visitors. To start, you can choose red, white, and blue plates and utensils. Using these colors for your tablecloths can also be very useful.

Centerpieces

For your dining or living room tables, you can think about adding a centerpiece to bring out a patriotic feel. These centerpieces can range from bouquets to star and ribbon embellishments.

Wall Décor

Aside from table décor and centerpieces, wall décor is an unique way to prepare your house for the holiday. To do so, you can string Fourth of July garlands and banners around your home.

Room Décor

There are several ways you can prepare your rooms for the Fourth of July. Whereas red, white, and blue pillows and throws are good ideas, you can also consider patriotic picture frames and rugs.

Wreaths

Living in an apartment or house, your doors may seem bare. However, wreaths are a wonderful solution and can add to the patriotic feel. Attaching die-cut stars or using the American flag colors, you can design a wreath that will remind you of the holiday.

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Sources:

http://www.favecrafts.com/Fourth-of-July/24-4th-of-July-Decorating-Ideas http://lilluna.com/fourth-of-july-decor-ideas/

 

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Summer Decorations for the Front Door

Summer is on its way, but the heat is already here! What better way to greet your guests than with a refreshing blast of décor at the front door? Door decorations are not only fun crafts, but they also leave a great first impression on your visitors. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wreaths

Wreaths are perfect for any season and are easy to make! Like in this pinwheel wreath, adding color brings out a summer feel.

Or if you have leftover cloth and have no idea what to do with them, check out this fabric scrap wreath.

Not the only season in its wake, summer is also time for baseball! If you’re a fan, this wreath is an exciting way to cheer on your favorite team.

 

Door Hangers

Aside from wreaths, door hangers are also welcoming decorations. Recreating objects that remind you of summer can be a fantastic addition to your front door, like this sun decoration.

You can even flashback to those memories catching fireflies in the summer with this Mason jar decoration.

Or you can escape the heat with juicy fruit at your front door.

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Sources:

http://www.creativecapitalb.com/2012/03/pinspired-pinwheel-wreath.html

http://howtonestforless.com/2012/05/10/15-fabulous-diy-summer-wreaths/

 

Decorating for an Outdoor Graduation Party

Graduation is a milestone that deserves to be celebrated with friends and family. Whether it is elementary school or college, holding a gathering can create a memory for you or your children. Decorating for a graduation party is simple and fun! If the weather is nice outside, bringing the party outdoors can give you the chance to invite more guests. Here are a few tips on how to decorate outdoors:

  1. Use school letters or colors leading into the party. If your guests enter from the driveway, you can think about attaching school letters or congratulatory messages to sticks and placing them on your lawn to welcome your guests. Guests will not only know exactly where to go to reach the party, but they will also be reminded of the graduate’s future school.
  2. Place pictures of the graduate throughout the party area. On tables, walls, fences, and any other places you can think of, you can print out pictures of the graduate and create a collage. Otherwise, you can also form a timeline by printing out pictures of the graduate from birth to their current age, celebrating how far they have come.
  3. Add tablecloth to the tables. To prevent any damages or stains, adding tablecloth can also remind guests of the party theme. Another idea is to use a colored tablecloth and then place another clear tablecloth on top of it. In between, you can place pictures of the graduate to avoid damaging the photos.
  4. Add centerpieces to your tables. Other than keeping with the theme, centerpieces can also make your tables seem more complete. One idea is incorporate graduation caps into your centerpieces.
  5. Use tableweights. In case the wind blows away the tablecloths, you can use tableweights. Adding a graduation theme to the tableweights can relate everything back to the party theme.
  6. Create a large banner. The banner could include the graduate’s full name or their future school or plans. Also, the banner could include congratulatory messages.
  7. Use balloons. Balloons can add extra color to the party. Tying balloons to different areas of the party, you can also define an area.
  8. Create a gift table. Although optional, guests may be bringing gifts for the graduate to the party. Having a sign-in book on the table, your graduate will know who came to the party and who to send thank-you notes to. You can also leave a basket for any cards to prevent them from being carried away by the wind. 

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Sources:

http://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/themes/graduation-party-ideas/#page=1

http://www.party411.com/PlanYourParty/Occasion/Graduation/AGraduationPartyIdeas.aspx

Decorating Tricks To Brighten Up Your Home

Use scrapbooking paper to make a bird-shaped decal

Use scrapbooking paper to make a bird-shaped decal.

 

Turn your photos into faux polaroids and hang them on a small clothesline

Turn your photos into faux polaroids and hang them on a small clothesline.

Transform your Instas into art.

Transform your Instas into art.

Make a stand alone sign

Make a stand alone sign.

Place oversized word art against a wall

Place overized word art against a wall.

Create an oversized confetti mural

Create an oversized confetti mural.

Use velcro strips to hang framed photos

Use velcro strips to hang framed photos.

Turn paint chips into a beautiful wall installation

Turn paint chips into a beautiful wall installation.

 

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Happy Read Across America Day!

In honor of Dr. Suess’s Birthday, today is Read Across America Day.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children’s books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. There are two main reasons Read Across America Day was created:

1. Dr. Seuss loves children’s books, and what better idea to dedicate a day of reading on his birthday.

2. According to NCES2, only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member.

Maybe if you had a space created for you and your children at home, it would be a reminder how important reading is. Not only will it create fond memories, but it is also stimulating your kids brains and improving their vocabulary.

Here are some ideas and DIY projects to create a special space for you and your kids:

Use Bookends as Floating Bookshelves

Create a book shelf that your child can reach!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have some books available in your house. There are sales at various stores and libraries where books from $0.50 to $5.00. Garage sales and hand-me-downs are another great spot to look.

Create a designated spot with your chid. Either in the child’s room or in the living room. Having a spot will help keep the child’s mind focused and be a reminder to take the time to read with your kids.

 

 

If a rug seems like too much, find a fun light fixture that you can read by. A well lit room goes great with reading.

 

 

 

Lastly, make your kid familiar with the local library. This should be a positive and fun trip for you and your kids.

Resources.

2 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, from http://www.nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id+56.

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32+ Flavors For Your Home

Ever go into a paint store and are in awe when looking at all the choices of colors? I know it can be stressful at times to decide what color goes best with your furniture or what color you are feeling during that particular day.

Well, there are some tips to help you decide:

#1 Start small  

Start experimenting with the colors. Buy your top five in sample colors and paint a section on the sample wall. Over the week, the choice will be come easier. Maybe you want something to pop out! Maybe you want something calm and relaxing! Looking at colors on the actual wall may just be the tip you are looking for.

#2 Think about the mood

Take some time and think about what the room is used for. Is it going to be a kids room and you want the color to be gender specific. Or maybe it is your bathroom so you want the colors to stand out. Some people enjoy a clam beige or tan in there living room allowing their furniture to make the presentation.

#3 Pay attention to lighting

There are paint stores that have lighting booths so you can see how the light will reflect. Depending on if your lights are florescent, incandescent, or mostly natural lighting from the window can make a big enough difference.

#4 Test your color choice 

Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. No matter the color in the beginning, it will most likely grow on you over time. If you’re not ready to have green walls in your living room, then maybe aim for an accent wall. With well placed furniture, you could have the best paint job in your neighborhood.

#5 Follow the color wheel 

A small color wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colors in a room. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colors, are most intense when used together. The color wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a color.

 

#6 Choose Different Paint Finishes

A single color used on walls and trim takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For example, wall and trim colors can remain the same hue, but use an eggshell (matte and less reflective) finish on walls and a satin or semigloss on trim.

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10 Ways To Set the Mood

1.Decide what mood you’re going for.

As always, start with the end in mind and know what you want. This will make decisions easier, as well as allow you to pick exactly what you want.

2.Learn how colors affect your mood.

Colors definitely affect moods. Especially in a house, the colors of the walls can be inviting, uncomfortable, cause aggression, or cause happiness.

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3.Use colors that enhance the mood you’re going for.

If you’re going for a happy feel in the room, choose a yellow or orange color. If you want more of a serious color, choose a purple or red.

4.Compare to your furniture.

Make sure the color matches the furniture but also remember to match to the style of the furniture.

5.Take notes on how the natural lighting of the room effects the color.

Use test colors and test lighting to be sure that the lighting in the room makes the colors stand out the way you want them too.

6.Reduce clutter in the room, make it more spacious.

Along with making the room look bigger, removing clutter will allow colors to stand out more and have more of an effect on those in the room.

7.Look for art and decorations to compliment the color you choose.

Choose decorations and art work to add to the mood you’re going for, as well as choosing ones that make your original color stand out.

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8.Replace the flooring to complete the look.

The flooring will effect lighting, color, and overall mood. Choose  flooring that match your walls. Floors could throw off the whole balance if not chosen wisely.

9.Use color bulbs or dimmers. As well as shades.

Lighting can have a large effect on the dullness or brightness of colors. While it is important to consider how natural light affects your colors, and in turn your mood, lighting can be easily controlled with these devices.

10.Use plants to refresh the room and add fresh air.

Plants add a natural look to any room. They bring along positive and freeing emotions.

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Resources: http://www.wikihow.com/Set-Mood-in-Your-Room

How to Keep Your House Happy In The Winter

As many of us know all too well, the dark, long, cold winter days can bring along sadness, lethargy and depression. With the holiday season behind us, we are left with not much to look forward too. January to March seem to be the hardest months to get through for many of us in the United States, especially in the northern states where harsh weather is more common.

During this time of year, we need to do everything possible to stay positive and be happy. We can start with our homes. When it’s grey outside for most days, you start to feel a little dull. You can tackle this feeling by painting the rooms in your house. The best idea is to paint with happy colors. Spring and summer colors perform the best.


After painting, add some decorations. Use bright colored decorations. Don’t decorate just to decorate, find something you really love. So that when you look at it, you’re instantly happy. While painting your walls happier colors helps, don’t forget you can paint some white. White reflects light, making your house brighter. That is especially important in the dark winter months!


Keeping your house happy includes more than painting and decorations (including furniture). Choose furniture wisely. Choose exciting and unique furniture. Add some colors, patterns and curves to your collection. Although while choosing these colors and patterns, stick with neutral colors and relaxed patterns. You don’t want to make the room too busy or too overwhelming.
Add colors to the room or area where you enter your house. This will brighten your mood right as you walk in. Not only will it change your mood for the better, it can improve the mood of others coming into your house.

         
While choosing decorations, choose some random ones, something that tells a story or makes for a good center piece. You can even switch what room you want it in often. It can be something you change often and easily.

To tie everything together, remember to mix it up! The last thing you want to do is make everything match. That will make the house bland, and boring. Nothing will catch your eye, and nothing will keep you entertained. The goal here is to keep things exciting by adding color to walls and furniture but you must be careful to not overdo it.

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Plants That Purify the Air In Your Home

The home we live in and the atmospheric environment we create for ourselves and family is very important. It daily gives us a sense of freedom and peace of mind. To enjoy that sense of calmness, the plants you have in your home is very important and it can be an added advantage to achieve that goal.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) – The plant survives in a slightly moist soil during the summer and spring seasons. It can also thrive in both low and bright lights and the foliage must be dust free in order to effectively cleanse the air and your surroundings. Experts discovered that, peace lily absorbs benzene, ammonia, xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene in the homes. Therefore, it is a must to have.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seafrizii) – According to experts, palms require bright light to survive but do not place it under direct sunshine. The soil must be moist and fed monthly especially in summer with all-purpose liquid fertilizer. It grows between three to six feet tall and gives out moisture in a room which can be an advantage in the dry winter seasons. The Bamboo Palm should also be place at a location where the air flows freely. It eliminates carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene, chlorform and formaldehyde.

Lavender (Lavandula spica L.) – If you are allergic to Lavender, it is not be advisable to plant it in your home. The plant needs the sunshine to bloom, therefore gather the seeds in Autumn when it withers and re-plant them to enjoy the benefits in summer. Sandy soil is the best. The Lavender plant is a repellent for insects and the aroma is good for the lungs and aids in relaxation if one suffers from anxiety. It also helps put one to sleep at night. Staying and Living a healthy life starts from your home.

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Resources

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/air-purifying-plants#6

http://www.toptipspot.com/tips/health/howto/air-cleaning-plants.php

http://m0rd0r.hubpages.com/hub/8-aromatic-indoor-herbs-which-purify-air

http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/english-ivy-hedera

 

 

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season for decorating and beautiful light shows! This is a video of some beautiful light displays that you can’t pass up watching! Maybe these homes can help inspire you to get creative with your decorations this holiday season.

 

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