Five Must Have Furnishings To Sprung Up Your Space

When space is limited or there’s not enough cash to redecorate a home, the only option left is to make small but significant changes. Believe it or not, a redesigned coffee table in the living room, or a new rug in the bedroom can instantly change the overall appeal of a space. It’s all about making sensible choices, especially when you’re on a budget. Spice things up in your home and give it a whole new appeal with the following 5 key furniture items.

  1. Coffee table

Living areas without a coffee table look dull and incomplete. In case you have one, but it doesn’t draw any attention, you might want to redesign it. This item of furniture should be the center piece of your living room. However, to make it stand out, you need repurpose it. Rather than use it to stack all kinds of things – usually mugs, remote controls, kids’ toys – why not transform it into a glamorous décor nook? Place an oversized flower vase in the middle, and add seasonal flowers. Choose contrasting colors to make guests immediately look at your table when they walk in. Place a silver tray right next to the vase, and include small, but useful, accessories such as: an ashtray, candles, candy bowl, etc. Last but not least, adorn your table with magazines: fashion, lifestyle, even travel magazines are the best.


  1. Oversized mirror

Nice mirrors are not cheap, so you might want to know that beforehand. However, they are required in all corners of the home including the hallway, bedroom, bathroom and living room. They’re extremely enticing because they welcome in more natural light and they open up small spaces. A huge Victorian-style mirror placed above the sofa in the living room will instantly draw attention. Choose an interesting golden frame to make it stand out, and your room will appear a lot more glamorous and welcoming to guests.

  1. Nightstands

Nightstands are suitable in the bedroom. In fact, they’re fundamental! Make your sleeping nook seem more comfortable with stylish nightstands. Adorn them with matching lamps, books and candles, and transform a boring bedroom into the most relaxing area of the home. Make sure they have drawers so that you can keep things organized. If you can afford to spend a bit more, choose glass nightstands to help reflect more natural light, and open up the sleeping area.


  1. Window treatments

Homes without curtains and blinds look dull. It is important to make sensible choices when replacing old window treatments. First and foremost, you need to settle on top quality fabrics. Egyptian cotton, silk, linen and even organic bamboo are excellent choices. Second, pick a design that compliments with your home décor. Patterns, stripes, dots are all in trend. Last but not least, make sure the curtains are properly fitted. Made to measure roman blinds, and top to bottom curtains are the most recommended. They will make your room look spacious, elegant and luxurious.

  1. Chic armchairs & seating area

A seating area by the window is a great piece of furniture. Make yourself a reading nook in the bedroom or living room, and give your home a functional purpose. Armchairs are equally advised. However, make an impression with matching chairs in a more avant-garde or minimalist style. Decide on a striking color palette. Pure white, striking yellow and even black will transform a simple room into the most elegant room of the house.


Decorating a home on a budget is not that challenging, and providing that you settle on some priorities you can make some huge changes without spending a fortune on expensive furniture. Statement pieces, blinds and rugs are ideal options to consider whenever you want to make a revamp a room with under $500.

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Common Problems In Victorian Homes: House Of Haute Style Or Horrors By Zoe Clark

1Ominous yet romantic, Victorian homes are a living example of timeless elegance and longevity, which is one of the main reasons why houses dating to this era are extremely popular among homeowner hopefuls. Still, every piece of property has its perks and downsides, and the same is true of Victorian homes. Underneath their beauty and complex trims, houses built in the second half of the 19th century can hide serious hardware issues, which is why home buyers need to be extra careful when inspecting their home-to-be with over 100 years under its belt. Here’s a brief list of the most common problems lurking beneath lavish Victorian frills to help you tell a money pit from the real value deal.

1. Weak-legged Victorians

Foundation issues are all too real a problem in old houses. However solid, the base of many a Victorian home can shift due to land subsidence, resulting in further structural hitches such as cracked or bulging walls, door and window defects, and even plumbing and wiring problems.

When inspecting your future love nest, look for floor and wall flaws, door and window latching problems, and foundation chipping or flaking. In case you detect signs of foundation glitches, a structural engineer may need to step in and see whether, where, and how the damage can be repaired.

2. It never rains but it pours

2Roof defects are a chronic problem of old property, and Victorian homes are not an exception. Leaks, faulty flashing, missing shingles or tiles, and poor insulation upstairs are red flags which you shouldn’t ignore when looking for a place to settle down.

During preliminary home viewing, check the walls and ceiling for signs of staining and peeling paint that may point to water intrusion. Broken or damaged roofing material can be replaced, insulation can be upgraded, and flashing flaws can be taken care of, but you’ll need to be aware of the total repair costs before you can call the property a home-sweet-home.

3. Budgeting down the drains

If the basement of your Victorian property find is smelling a bit worse for old age, it may be a good idea to check it for signs of mildew infestations. Mold and musty odor below ground level can point to plumbing faults, perimeter and underfloor drainage issues, or even foundation waterproofing hitches, which you’ll need to tend to and upgrade to contemporary standards before you move in.

In case you smell trouble in the basement, hire a professional to conduct a thorough inspection and estimate the upgrade scope and cost. This will help you get a better image of the post-move repair and upgrade expenses which play an important role in initial capital required to make the place livable.

34. Marrow-chilling prospects

Victorian doors and windows do look spectacular, but unless they’ve been updated in the past decade, you’ll probably need to have them checked, replaced, or repaired before you drop your gear on the floor.

When inspecting your future Victorian-age property, take a quick look at the frames, panes, and surrounding insulation: stains, cracks, mold, and other forms of damage can add a few figures to the post-purchase update bill. Also, be aware that certain features of an old home can’t be remedied due to their historical value – which is a real deal breaker.

5. Looming layout layovers

4Victorian homes usually have narrow hallways, tiny kitchens, tight and steep staircases, and modestly sized bedrooms, which can be problematic if you’re set on buying property for house flipping projects that promise a big bang for your buck. Modernizing a true-blue Victorian home will probably require extensive layout redrawing, and such endeavors are by far the costliest update in the fix-ad-flip lot.

For this reason, be very careful when selecting old houses to flip: Victorian charm is an asset only if the renovation doesn’t involve comprehensive floor plan changes and wall relocations.

Modern Victorian style is in – but the fact that antique houses are currently in high demand on the real estate market doesn’t mean that just about every old place is worth your cash. Double-check the critical property points before you sign the contract: a little extra care and inspection can save you thousands in the post-purchase update process. Good luck!

Author bio:

Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.



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25 Gardening Tips Every Gardener Should Know

These gardening tips are perfect for new gardeners looking to get started.

Check the article out here!: 25 Gardening Tips Every Gardener Should Know

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Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich

201: cut square from piece of bread and place in buttery pan

2:drop en egg from eggshell into whole

3:move egg around until egg fills square

4:add ham

5:add cheese

6:add square that you cut from bread in number one

7:pat down bread square onto melted cheese

8: enjoy your open faced breakfast sandwich

I have done this on more than one occasion – you can substitute bacon or sausage for the meat and the egg could be scrambled before placing in pan.

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Weird Is Just A Side Effect Of Being Awesome

13620976_543783559146194_2542883260934744935_nWeird Is Just A Side Effect Of Being Awesome……

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Tissue Help – When Your Not Feeling Well

13654392_1247126021984875_6846202540006410633_nIf you are like me when you are not feeling well and going through tissue after tissue some might end on the floor (because your sick and just don’t give a crap). This is a handy little idea that might save you or a caretaker some extra work. If you don’t have an extra box keep a shopping bag next to your bed for ease of discarding.

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Quilt Hanging – Lost Piece

13775966_10153868102167875_3291674136041644313_nThought this was such an interesting quilt wall hanging. It is a true conversational piece that everyone will want to talk about.

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If Thought Created It, Thought Can Change It.

13620781_10154397542555559_3190277145265549956_nIf thought created it, thought can change it!

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How To Make Your Living Room More Inviting By Lana Hawkins

There is that one thing that every living space should have in order to feel complete, and that thing is ambience. Creating a comfortable atmosphere in this space is one of the key aspects as it guarantees comfort, serenity and a more welcoming setting. But don’t despair, if you’re looking for simple ways to make your living room more inviting, you can rely on these few tricks.

Living Room Style

A Creative Focal Point

One of the biggest mistakes in living room decoration is putting accent on the wrong things. Having a focal point is a great way to put focus on something that will enhance the beauty of the space and create a more appealing ambience. Unfortunately, instead of putting focus on artistic centerpieces or accent walls, many people will choose to highlight the television set for example. This creates distractions and should be avoided at any cost. Also, try to go beyond a classic fireplace centerpiece and opt for an art piece instead, a sculpture or even a mixture of exotic plants. If you are feeling creative, keep in mind that a nice view can also serve as a great focal point.

Experiment with Colour

A clever colour combination can create a wonderful ambience, put focus on certain objects and even connect different spaces. Choosing a good colour scheme for your living room can be perceived as tricky, but the best solutions is to opt for warm shades that will ensure comfort and ease. If you wish to go a step further and experiment with something bold, you can always choose wallpapers with unusual textures and patterns. Keep in mind that, when choosing colours and patterns, balance is the key, but do not hesitate to add a dramatic twist or a simple splash of colour in order to bring the room back to life.

Home Decor

Mixture of Styles

While many would prefer to stick to just one style during their decoration ventures, sometimes doing something unconventional can truly affect the atmosphere in the space. For instance, if your living room exudes the minimalist fashion of the modern era, it’s a good idea to try and incorporate a dash of that charming Victorian style. At first, this might seem a bit unrealistic and rather tasteless, but those who manage to subtly blend these two styles together can indulge in an exquisite ambience of elegance, luxury and amenity.

Consider The Arrangement

Another important aspect of creating a more inviting atmosphere in the room, is carefully choosing your seating arrangement. There are a few factors that can greatly help you achieve that welcoming setting in your living room. Firstly, you will want to choose furniture that is not just aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable. Consider the arm rests, the height and the depth of the furniture pieces. Also, make sure to create a suitable balance between different pieces like tables, armchairs and sofas in order to achieve a structured setting. Keep in mind that the overall shape of the furniture but also the room itself can greatly influence how your seating arrangement will look like. Lastly, make sure to carefully place your furniture so it would allow good traffic but also make it easier to observe and communicate with your guests.

Living room

Enhance Your Senses

The thing that mostly affects the ambience in a room is creating a way to please all of your senses. Scented candles and incense sticks have the ability to create a relaxing and soothing ambience, while certain sounds and music can have calming effects However, the choice of lighting is one of the most important things, and as such, should be considered carefully. Allowing natural light in the room is always a good choice, while combining accent and decorative illumination will certainly give your room a wonderful look.

Most people have a tendency to spend too much time embellishing their living rooms in order to create a space that will please the eye. Of course, you can spend ages decorating your living area, making it feel more chic, modern and even functional, but in the end you will feel like something is missing. By implementing these few tricks, you will be able to experience the true sensation of your living space.


Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is a student of architecture from Sydney.  She is the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator, and she loves writing about inspiring landscaping and interior designs. Lana finds her inspiration in sustainability and green design.

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5 Home Decorating Mistakes That Lead To Clutter by Molly Dennis


Many people tend to fall prey to the common misconception “clean” necessarily bears a connotation of being “well-organized”. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Often things end up in their wrong places and even though the items on the shelves in your kitchen, for instance, are perfectly aligned with one other, something appears to be lacking. Yes, you’ve guessed correctly – free space is never available and your home seems to be overflowing with various possessions, leaving you with the impression clutter reigns all over the place. We have listed five common mistakes, concerning home decoration as well as suggestions how to steer clear of committing them.

Stacked Books on your Coffee Table

Stacking books on your coffee table is not likely to cause your visitors to think you are a “well-read person”. On the contrary, it will produce a far less desirable effect as your guests will experience severe difficulties in finding space for their tea cups and saucers. That is why, it is important to remember books and bookcases agree with each other, so make sure this is where you place your favorite novels. We recommend you arrange yours according to their covers’ color for a little extra effect.

Floating Shelves

Don’t get us wrong, floating shelves are a great way to save some floor space. However, when all four walls of the room are covered in shelves overflowing with memorabilia, it leaves one with an unpleasant, suffocating impression. It would be best to install a few floating shelves in your kitchen where you can keep your spices, cups and a few colorful plates for decoration. Don’t give in to the urge to hoard useless things as this will create a sense of chaos and lack of organization even in the most exemplary home.

Countless Kitchen Accessories

We can’t help but admit kitchen accessories and decoration have a charm of their own, but  there is (or at least there should be) a limit to everything. If the shelves in your kitchen are stacked with piles of stuff that don’t necessarily belong there, it is time for some drastic measures. Feel free to leave some of your favorite decorations on the shelves, but remove all the rest to free some space for your condiments, spices and other kitchen essentials. As far as recipe books are concerned, keep at hand only the one you use most frequently and place the remaining ones in your bookcase, where books rightfully belong.

Way too many “Decorations”

Sure, everyone likes to put on display all the memorabilia they’ve collected on trips across the world. But is this really the best course of action? The short answer to this question is no as it is precisely these “decorations” that leave your home cluttered, not to mention turning your living room into the Tate Museum of Modern Art is tacky and distasteful. Remove some of the figurines, candle sticks and vases from your mantel piece and you will soon notice the difference it will make. This will greatly simplify your Sunday dusting routine as you will not have to move tons of items from your shelves and furniture. Besides, who needs ten Maneki Nekos when only one will suffice to bring your home a good fortune?

Paintings and Photographs

Hanging artsy paintings on your walls can lend your home a nice feel but Tenancy Cleaning Canary Wharf advises to be careful not to overdo it. In most cases, these end up collecting dust and that’s that. Hang a few paintings that share a common theme, color scheme or motifs and lose the rest. Also, there is no need to put all your framed photographs on display. Keep the ones which remind you of moments passed you cherish the most and preserve the remaining photographs in a classy photo album. You will be surprised at how clean and well-organized your home will look.

If you manage to stick to these five decorating rules we have suggested, soon you will find your home looks much cleaner and organized. Without question, the greatest advantage of keeping decorations to the minimum results from the fact it would be much easier for you to perform your cleaning routine as you will be spared the necessity to remove so many items from your shelves. Thus, you will be able to dust and polish your furniture and shelves with a single swipe instead of spending your entire weekend, armed with a duster in hand.

Submitted and written by: Molly Dennis




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