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If you are the kind of person who is house proud then the prospect of engaging in little make over exercises will always excite you. It’s nice to change things around to keep things looking refreshingly new and interesting. Unfortunately for most of us this exercise almost always takes a back seat because of budget constraints.
Memories, but not on the wall!
Well now there is a new and relatively inexpensive way of bringing excitement into your otherwise plain curtains without bursting your budget. The following are some simple steps to follow to getting this new look.
Easy to do process:
Step one – Take some time to select all your favourite pictures, images or even words.
Step two – transfer you selected items onto some transfer paper. You can get transfer paper at any general store or at your neighbourhood Walmart outlet.
Step three – place the selected images which are now on the transfer paper face down on the spot you want your image to appear on you curtain. Once firmly in place, simply use a heated iron to iron on the surface for a few minutes and your image is transferred.
Step four – once this is done, slowly peel off the transfer paper and you will see your chosen image beautifully displayed on your curtain.
Being innovatively different
You can create almost any design you want. You can change the overall look and colour of your curtains without actually having to spend a lot of money getting new ones. This way you will not only have whole new look for your home but will also be on the receiving end of a whole host of compliments when others view you innovative handy work. Unleash your creative side in an inexpensive way.
Dressing up your Curtains with Memories
Trying to find a way to decorate your home that really shows off you and your family’s personality can be a difficult task. The task becomes even harder when you try to do it on a budget, and in a way that hardly anyone else has done before. Putting memories on your curtains with pictures and images is easy, affordable, and a very unique way to show off who you and your family is.
Pick out the pictures, names, brands, or images you want on your curtains. It can be anything from your children’s pictures to your name, if you don’t have kids. Either way, pick it out and get ready!
Print out the images you selected on transfer paper. You can find transfer paper online or at any general store in your area, such as Walmart.
Heat it up
Next, place the transfer paper facing down onto a spot on the curtains that you want to add an image to. Heat that surface using an iron, in small circular motions, for a few minutes.
See the Results
After you have fully heated the spot where the image belongs, you can peel the transfer paper back, and voila! Your favorite picture or name is now etched onto your curtain for the world to see. You can place as many images onto one drape as you want, creating a collage or just having a few here and there. The possibilities are endless!
Placing images onto your curtains is also a great way to change the color of them. Use blank transfer papers and print whatever colors you want onto them, following the process above to get them onto your curtains. This would allow for a flurry of different colors and intensities all across your drapes, giving them a fancy new design without having to buy new ones!
Jazzing up your Home on a Budget
It’s hard trying to decorate your home with little to no money. That’s why DIY tricks and ways to save while decorating are becoming more and more popular. Here are just a few of the many tricks out there to decorate your home in an elegant, beautiful way – all while on a tight budget.
Thrift the Day Away
Secondhand, resale, and thrift stores all have one very important thing in common – everything in them is ridiculously cheap! Garage and yard sales are also a lovely option. Using these stores and sales you can put together a theme for each room in the house. Finding decorations that have been given away or passed off to someone else is a great option to get like-new merchandise at a very used price.
Paint Away the Old
Painting is the easiest way to make an old room look new again. Being one of the cheapest decoration items to buy, it’s easy to paint a brand new color onto a room to give it a new feeling. It’s a great way to not get tired of the same old thing, and even someone on a very tight budget can afford to do it.
Friends and Family Save the Day
Hire your friends and family to do the same dirty work you would have to pay someone to do. If 10 people put in an hour of work each, then everything is finished easily in 10 hours, and you get to spend a day with the people you love most. You can even put together food and drinks for them after their hour, making it even more worthwhile to help you out.
It’s easy to decorate your home on a budget – you just have to know where to work and who to get to help you. Using the tips above you can save money by decorating your home with less of a price tag than you originally thought.
Post by Stephanie Murn
There are many reasons to decorate a space. Sometimes decorating may be to change things up, at other times freshening things up may make a room more functional. One of the most common reasons to change the look of a space is to make a room seem larger. There are many easy and efficient ways to update the way your room presents itself in terms of space. The next time you’re looking to make your room feel more spacious, keep these simple tips in mind:
Color Changes Everything
When decorating or renovating, color is always crucial as you determine what you want your room to look and feel like. If you’re aiming to make a room feel larger, this component becomes even more important, as the color of a room sets the stage for first impression. While you’re selecting paint colors go for light shades of blue or gray. Even painting a lighter neutral shade on the walls, such as beige, will help open a room up. Though darker colors look nice, they tend to make a small room feel even more enclosed.
Go big or go home
One of the easiest ways to give the illusion of a larger room is to accentuate the height of the space you’re decorating, by drawing attention to the ceiling and making the sources of natural light stand out. A relatively quick and inexpensive way to do this is by changing the way the curtains are hung. Rather than placing a curtain rod at the top of a window, try placing it several inches above the top of the window frame, or even an inch or so below the ceiling help to give the illusion that the room is longer height wise. Another simple way of using this same approach, is to hang a curtain at the top of a wall and place a piece of furniture in front of it. Doing so will not only make the piece stand out, but it can also give your space the illusion of having a taller ceiling.
Two uses are better than one
The next concept will not only make your room feel larger, but it can also give you added seating or make for great living room pieces. Consider the functionality of the furniture in the room you’re working on. If the furniture is oversized, or if the pieces don’t fit well within the space, the things that are supposed to add character may be taking character away. Utilizing furniture that doubles as storage not only helps to maximize the space your room offers, but it can also make the room easier to entertain in. Contemplate adding ottomans that open to allow for a place to stash clutter or bringing in a piece that could house belongings while doubling as a coffee table, such as a trunk or chest. Switching out furniture in favor of elements that work for your whole house will not only help open up a room, but also make it more functional.
Reflect the space you have
The last idea that can help to make a room feel more open is one that you’ve probably heard before. Adding mirrors has long been a tip from designers when it comes to giving a room a larger look. Placing a good sized mirror at any angle in a room tricks the eye into thinking the dimensions of any size space are bigger. If you want to get creative, consider this fun play on the mirror idea: Break a medium sized mirror into several pieces and put it back together in different order on a wall of the space you’re decorating. This will enhance the visual size of the room while giving while giving you the added bonus of a great focal point and conversation piece!
When decorating a space to make it seem larger, any of these ideas will start your design projects off while still being considerate of your time and money. Regardless of the season for decorating, updating a space to maximize its’ full potential will always make it feel fresh and inviting!
The typical notion of an “office space” is something that’s gone through something of a transition over the past few years. Technology has advanced massively over recent times allowing workers to carry out their duties from almost any location on the planet – it’s safe to say, the corporate office is beginning to steadily give way in parts to the office in the home. Flextime, remote working and entrepreneurs running home businesses means that more people than ever are working from their own home rather than a specific place of work, but whilst the idea of not having to get up and head out to work in a morning may sound like bliss, just how practical and easy is it to actually work at home.
Some of the biggest attractions to working at home are obvious, you’re in a comfortable environment, it’s relatively less pressure than an office, and you don’t have to spend an hour of your day sat in traffic trying to get to and from work, and its no wonder that people are attracted to that, it sounds great! The truth is though that whilst the home brings comforts, it also holds some pitfalls which can destroy productivity and actually leave you a lot more stressed than the days of the daily commute.
You see the thing that many people don’t always realise is, yes you may be working in your home, but a typical home “set up” is often just not suitable for working in, and you have to create a suitable work environment from within that home. First things first, you need to have a suitable space to carry out your work, a home office space that is spacious, quiet and inspiring, otherwise you’re going to find yourself struggling to get anything done very quickly. So many people grasp the opportunity to work from home and found themselves sat on the sofa, with an excited child playing one side, a hungry dog barking on the other, and before they know it sales invoices have slipped down the back of the cushions, memos are covered in sticky paw prints, and that important client fax has somehow managed to make itself to the bottom of the garden and half buried itself in the soil – disaster! Therefore it is critical that you have a designated work space, you don’t have to confine yourself to it all day long, but you need somewhere you can be alone and focus when some hard work needs to be done, so designate either a room, if you don’t have that much space, then a corner of a room to be your official “home office space”.
It’s not just about having an office area though, after all, if the office space isn’t set up properly to meet your needs then you’re probably going to be even worse off in there! Make sure it has all of the furnishing and facilities that you would expect in any workplace office, this means having a comfortable and suitable office chair – not just something dragged out of the dining room – and make sure you have a good quality desk and plenty of storage space, if you’re using make shift boxes and sock drawers to keep your filing then things are going to go wrong sooner or later.
Decor is a very important factor too, many people who have a spare room in their home often dedicate it to being a storage facility, a place where you keep everything else that has no all year round purpose, and no specific place of its own – christmas tree’s, suitcases and bad birthday gifts to name just a few things! However, if you choose this spare room to become your home office space, it cannot continue to be an unkempt storage room as well, it has to be adjusted to meet your needs and help you focus – no one is going to be at their most productive in a dark, dingy room, squashed in the corner between boxes of old things. Most importantly it needs to be spacious, you need to be comfortable in your work with plenty of space to move around and arrange your surroundings. Secondly make sure there is some form of natural light in there – it can work wonder simply for morale, and also for timekeeping, and finally, just make it a pleasant place to be in! Paint or wallpaper the walls in a pleasant, bright color which inspires creativity, hang some attractive artwork or pictures, add plant life – do anything which makes you happy, if you’re going to be spending at least a few hours per day in this room it has be a place you enjoy, if you dislike being in there then more often than not you’re going to be disheartened when in there, and use any excuse at all you can to leave, dragging you away from your work and killing productivity.
Now, I’m not tyring to discourage working from home, in fact the complete opposite if anything – it can have a fantastic effect on your family, your social life and your happiness, but only if done correctly, don’t fall into the traps mentioned above and working from home can be a great thing, so go on, get out the paint brush, create a beacon of creativity and happiness to work in, grab your slippers and a coffee, and relax!
Plus, if you’re stuck for ideas, there are some great ideas for home office decoration here – http://decoratingideas1.com/23-wonderful-home-office-decorating-ideas/
Post by Stephanie Murn
One of the things that makes a space unique are pictures. Over the past several years and vacations, I have collected a great number of photos. Photos of family, friends, and things that inspire me. When I went shopping for frames to hang these most important pictures up, I found that it was almost impossible to find something truly unique and almost more impossible to find something that didn’t cost a fortune. On top of that, I wanted the flexibility to hang as many or as few of my photos at one time as I wanted. So, after searching and never finding quite what I wanted, I gave thought to making my own photo frame. This was a project that was easy and fun, plus it was relatively inexpensive. This article will give you the details on how to create your own picture frame from an old window frame.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find your basic necessity for this project, the window frame! Try checking out thrift stores and local flea markets for materials first. The typical weekend yard sales can often stretch your dollar for the most unique items. Usually you can find a bargain, especially if a piece needs a little TLC. I found my window frame at our local antique mall for less than ten dollars. Like I said before, don’t worry if it’s a little beat up or needs work, we’ll get to that later.
Your next step is to decide what colors or patterns you want the outside of your window frame to be. For my frame I used black acrylic paint and patterned duct tape. Once You get all your materials together, prep your workspace and the window fame. Sand down any parts that will be painted or decorated as well as any pieces that seem to be loose or broken. I found it helpful to wash my frame down as well to get any dirt off before I started working on painting. Once everything’s prepped, get to decorating!
After you have painted and covered your picture fame, it’s time to get started on your pictures. I laid all of my photos out on top of the frame, several times, before deciding the best order for them. After the pictures were the way that I wanted them, I flipped my window frame over and, using a straight edge and black paint, I outlined areas for my photos to be displayed. This gave my photo frame a finished and polished look. Another idea for outlining your pictures would be to use heavy card stock or decorative paper. Depending on the size of the frame, it would be possible to use several different patterns or colors for this step.
Before you finish, you’ll want to mount your pictures to the frame. The easiest way I found to do this, was to use small pieces of tape to attach the pictures to the outlined areas. Doing this kept all my pictures straight and ensured that they stayed where I wanted them.
At this point, you can finish the frame by using something for the backing. For the back of my picture frame, I chose a piece of heavy craft paper. This can be found at your local Michael’s Craft store. If you don’t have any of this on hand, a good sized piece of brown packing paper could also be used to finish off your frame. Using a staple gun, pull the paper tight and attach it to the back of the window.
Finally, its time to add your hardware. Be sure to attach the necessary amount of hooks and brackets to the back of your frame to ensure that it will be as sturdy as possible when hung.
Last but not least show off your memories! Regardless of your decor, do it yourself projects can add just the right touch to your space while being affordable and representing your flare and personality. This easy DIY picture
frame is an easy and fun project that can be done on the tightest of budgets!
Post by Stephanie Murn
With Spring just around the Corner and many of us impatient for warmer weather, it is time for a change! Updating the look of any room can help usher in the new season even if the weather hasn’t quite gotten to us yet. Though winter may still be trying to stick around, spring is the perfect time to freshen up the decor of any space. Check out these easy and cost efficient ways to say goodbye to the cold weather and freshen up the whole house.
1. Throw on some color: Changing up the look of your furniture doesn’t have to be expensive. Bringing in decorative pillows or throws in bright colors, can make furniture pop and change the entire look of a space. If you’re feeling adventurous and want a little more change, consider going for a slip cover or comforter in tropical type colors instead. Any of these will bring a new flavor to the room and make things feel much warmer.
2. Move, move, move! One of the easiest ways to make a room feel more alive is to change the layout of the furniture. Consider switching a love seat and sofa around to give the living room an update. In the bedroom, try moving the bed to a different wall. Using the natural light in the room to your advantage will also make things more warm weather friendly. Angling furniture toward windows can help the room feel lighter and more inviting.
3. Display your memories: Taking some of your favorite (yet rarely seen) photos out of storage can revamp a room in no time. Pull photos from your favorite family vacations out or take some candid shots of different outdoor spaces around town. Another alternative? Consider having Your photos redeveloped in different hues. Check to see if your local Walmart or pharmacy can add different effects to your pictures. It’s usually inexpensive and can add new and unique focal points to any room.
4. Declutter: Spring is the perfect time to go through closets and get rid of things we not longer need. Clearing things out can make a room feel larger and helps reclaim some of the space our clutter had been taking up. Many times craft stores and home improvement stores are a great resource for finding storage boxes and organizational ideas without blowing your budget.
5. Spruce thugs up: Finally, an obvious and easy way to get things ready for warmer weather. Give Your spaces a fresh coat of paint and give things a good cleaning. While picking a new wall color would definitely give the room a different feel, adding even a new coat of white paint to trim and baseboards helps to liven things up a bit.
Though it may seem like spring will take forever to come out of hibernation, one of the easiest ways to get in the warm weather mindset is to make the house as light and inviting as possible. Changing things up, even in the slightest ways, often times makes a space feel brand new and inspires you to fall in love with it all over again. By grabbing ideas from these easy and budget friendly tips, all of your spaces will feel as new as a breath of fresh, springtime, air.
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