Money Saving Home Decorating Ideas By Lubna Ali Khan

1~ You can always go out in your backyard to find beautiful things like cones or flowers and bring them in your home to add a beautiful and natural feel to the room.

 

2~ A room’s floors can add to its beauty because floors are an important element. Redoing hardwood floors can be very expensive so you can place rugs or carpets instead. They create a sense of warmth and coziness in the room. You can look for amazing overdyed rugs for sale and pick the ones that are the best match for your home.

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3~ Decorate with affordable toss pillows. Toss pillows are relatively affordable and the right pattern and color can really add an impact to your space.

 

4~ You can look in magazines or on the web to find a room that speaks to you. You can choose picture of a high end room and then mimic that in your space. Look at all the details of the room that you like and recreate those details in your space by going to inexpensive and budget friendly stores. Look at the placement and execute your design.

 

5~ Make sure that those budget friendly things are not low on quality. The last thing you want for your home is to look like you have designed it with a bunch of second hand items. Plus it won’t come together like you want it to.

 

6~ Calender’s are an excellent budget friendly way to get artwork in your home. Basically they’re printed on quality paper and they look good when framed. You can get inexpensive frames from yard sales, discount stores or thrift shops. If they look old then you can always paint them a nice color to give them a fresh new look.

 

7~ Take your time and don’t feel like you have to rush in and design your home all at once. If you do that you won’t be happy with it because you rushed into it.

 

8~ Take your old furniture pieces that are worn out but are in a great condition and paint them white to make them refresh and new again. Painting anything white totally brightens up the room.

 

9~ If you don’t have the time and money to spend on curtains then you can take some spare bed sheets and make curtains out of them.

 

10~ If you keep your eye out then you can get really good deals on furniture. You can go to auctions, yard sales or garage sales to buy inexpensive furniture or decorating items.

 

11~ You can make your own picture frames by repainting old frames and gluing pearls or beads on them to make them more sparkly and pretty.

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12~ If you’re tired and bored of looking at the same sofas everyday then instead of buying a new sofa set or dining chairs you can simply change the fabric as the trends change over time. This is an inexpensive way to make your home look completely different and better.

Author Bio: This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She is passionate about home improvement, beauty, arts, writing, healthy living and entrepreneurship. She blogs at alrug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofa Cleaning Tips & Hints

Sofas are integral aesthetic elements in our homes. Our living rooms and bedrooms wouldn’t look half as good if it wasn’t for the inclusion of a stunning sofa – nor would they be half as comfortable! However, as sofas are often made of delicate fibres, they are susceptible to blighting from dust, dirt and stains on the surface – and grime and bacteria can become deeply entrenched in them with ease. Alas, it’s often the tarnishes we cannot see which pose the greatest threats – to you and your sofa!

Many respond to this by simply replacing their sofas when they start to show signs of wear and tear. However, with some careful preparation and the right contacts, you can ensure you have a long and prosperous relationship with your sofa, and won’t have to replace it for many years! To assist you in this regard, we have compiled a handy guide to sofa maintenance and sofa cleaning. We hope it is of some use to you!
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There are many different cleaning techniques to clean your sofa. Some will work better depending on what type of sofa you have. There really is no one size fits all solution to a dirty sofa. Remember, practice makes perfect, and there’s a lot of value in trial and error – why not try out a few techniques, and find the one that works for you the best?!

Start by vacuuming your sofa thoroughly – and do this before you even think of applying any efficient cleaning techniques! Work without an attachment – this will allow you to get up close and personal with the nooks and crannies and ensure you’re removing the worst of the dust and grime in its crevices.

Once you’ve done this, it’s time to identify any stains, or spots of filth that your hoover cannot or will not shift. We find that face wipes and baby wipes can work really well as cleaning cloths due to the chemicals contained within them – what’s more, they’ll be kind on your sofa’s fibers and material 9 times out of 10 – this is a great sofa cleaning tip! If you don’t have any of these to hand, you can fashion some makeshift substitutes using kitchen roll, warm water and vinegar.
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Once you’ve done that, treat all surfaces to a once over with a soapy sponge or cloth. Allow the sudsy water to really soak into the sofa fabric – it’ll take on any ground in dirt head on! However, don’t use too much water – if sofas get too wet, damp can set it and they become magnets for mildew.

With any luck, your sofa should be looking fresh when you’re done. However, for major spills and stains (such as those created by ink, or food, or certain liquids, etc.), you may find that no matter how hard you try, these tips do not help! Fret not though, because professional sofa cleaning agencies are there for a reason. They will be able to complete the tasks you cannot, and make your sofa look as good as the day it did when you bought it! The best sofa cleaners will have worked on every type of sofa in their time, and every variety of stain! They will know the best way to remove the blots and blemishes which blight your prized couch. No matter how tempting it might be to take on stains yourself, sometimes you really do have to trust an expert cleaning service. Best of all, many of these companies offer cheap sofa cleaning solutions! Make sure you investigate the companies thoroughly to ensure you’re getting the best price!

Old Bathtub Made Into Sofa

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What a great way to recycle a claw foot bathtub. Would make a great conversational piece. I don’t know how the cut was made except if they used a blow torch to do the cut. A nice paint job and then a good coating of polyurethane with a cushion for comfort would finish it off nicely. The faucet cutouts left open look like a face. There is no reason to cover up the up-cycle – it is what it is. Wouldn’t this be great in a foyer or even a child’s room. Its not destructible practically!

Cake Art

13598_398346273588130_1073208027_nMade entirely of cake, this sofa would not make the perfect seat. I don’t know who the artist is that created such a fine piece of art but it is very beautiful. Look at how smooth the icing is and the lines and puckered leather circles. Very beautiful!