A Place to Retreat To: 5 Furnishing Ideas for Your Bedroom

When coming up with ideas to spruce up your bedroom, it can feel like a lesson in futility. Creating unique decor ideas for your bedroom, especially if you want it to stand out from the rest, can be a difficult thing to achieve. Instead, here are some unique ideas to help you get started and on your way to having a beautiful bedroom you’ll love.

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Go For White

If you want your bedroom to be a practical space that looks much bigger than it really is, then stick to white as the basis of your palette. Sheets, walls, pillows, whatever you can think of. But don’t make the entire bedroom white; that will make it look too sterile and not fun. Add a few textures and softer colors to add some personality. Add a lot of lights too for some good ambient lighting at night. And there’s no better place to start than getting a white mattress. Check out this collection to get started.

Put Your Bed in the Corner

You can maximize the space in your bedroom by placing your bed in the corner against two walls. This not only makes getting into bed that much cozier but it gives you more floor space to work with so that you can add more accessories to the room. Add a lamp in the corner behind the bed so that you can still read at night and having the lighting you need without the lamp taking up more space.

Minimalism

Trim down your bedroom essentials down to the basics. By keeping very few things in your bedroom, it will look a lot less cluttered. Go for bold colors and patterns in simple geometric shapes to add some depth to the room. Add as much storage as you can so that you can keep everything in its place so that it’s not in a pile on your floor. There are some great minimalism bedroom tips to get you started if you’re stuck.

Slim Headboard and Bedframes

Maximizing as much space as you can get in your bedroom is key; you can do this by also investing in a small frame and headboard for your bed. Wood or metal, the thinner the better, as long as it can support the weight of your mattress. That will give you more space around your bed to include accessories and decorations to really spruce up the area.

Working Magic With Mirrors

The strategic placement of mirrors around the room can make space feel larger than it really is. Angling a mirror across from some windows will also reflect some light around the room for better ambient lighting. What’s great about the mirror idea is that you can get several sizes and shapes of mirrors to play with until you have the right look you want. There’s really no right or wrong way to do it, as long as the placement actually works to open up space.

While the rest of your home is getting a makeover, don’t leave your bedroom out. It may be a space that none of your guests see, but you want it to be comfortable when you retire to it for the night. You also want it to be a reflection of your personality and provide you with the peace of mind you truly deserve.

Moving to a New Area? Here Are 8 Ways to Get Rid of All the Junk You’ll No Longer Need

More stuff packed onto the moving truck leads to a higher cost to move everything. Once it’s at the new house, any added clutter will need to be dealt with anyhow. Instead of wasting money and packing things that aren’t really needed, it might be a good idea to look into different ways to get rid of junk before the move.

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Rent a Dumpster to Declutter

For a large declutter job, it might be a good idea to rent a dumpster. This makes it easy to go through everything in the home and toss what’s no longer needed. Those who are getting ready to move and want to declutter first can visit dumpsquadusa.com to learn more.

Pack Up Items to Donate

Many different charities will accept donations, so this is a great option for things that aren’t needed anymore but are in great shape. Pick a charity that can ensure those who may need the item will be able to get it easily.

Sell Items Online

If the items are still in good shape, it might be possible to sell them online. There are many different options for this, depending on the type of item, and it can help bring in some extra money before the move. Always be safe when selling online to avoid scams or theft.

Hold a Garage Sale

Garage sales can be an excellent way to get rid of stuff that isn’t needed anymore and make a little extra money. Plan the garage sale for a day with nice weather so there will be more people out looking for a bargain.

Hold a Swap

A community swap allows neighbors to all bring their unwanted items and leave with items they want, without spending any money. Consider holding one to help your neighbors declutter as well.

Look for Free Groups Online

Look for a local group that allows those in the area to post things they are giving away for free. Those who may be able to use the items can then come to pick it up. Don’t want to wait for people to get there? Put the items at the end of the driveway and post a curb alert.

Repurpose Old Items

Some items may not be needed as-is anymore, but they can still be useful if they’re reused. Old clothes, for instance, can be cut up and used as cleaning rags. This is perfect before a move because they can be used to clean the home and get it ready for the next occupant.

Start Composting

Need to get rid of a lot of paper and other biodegradable items? A composter is an excellent choice. Purchase a composting bin so it can be moved to the new home easily and let the items start breaking down. At the new house, the resulting soil can be used in the garden.

When it’s time to clear out a house, there are many different ways to get rid of the junk and make sure as little as possible is moved. Try out a few of the ideas here to get rid of anything you don’t need long before the move. You can save on moving expenses and may be able to make a little bit of money at the same time.

5 Stylish Yet Affordable Home Makeovers

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Part of owning a home is breathing fresh life into it every now and then. Maybe you just bought a new place, and the previous owners or developer has a different aesthetic from yours. Maybe you have had the same wall décor for the past ten years now. Either way, the question remains the same: how can you change the look of your home without shelling out big bucks? Never fear! Here we have 5 ideas for stylish home makeovers that will not break the bank!

1. Add Greenery

A tried and tested way of livening up a home is to introduce some indoor plants. Both flowering and non-flowering plants are great options to brighten up a living room or any other space. For potting options, you need not be stuck with run of the mill terracotta pots; you can just as easily get plants to thrive in hanging baskets, window planters, or even buckets and basins. Want to be practical? Try spicing up your kitchen with a mini herb garden that will supply you with some of your culinary needs.

2. Light It Up…Differently

Lighting can make or break a room, or in this case, an entire home. Banish the flat, glaring illumination from boring fluorescent fixtures and switch to fixtures that give a softer glow. Try LED lights, floor and table lamps, or even colored spotlights. Creativity is the limit when it comes to lighting options: you can go classic vintage with lava lamps or capiz-shell lanterns, or quirky and edgy with neon-colored tubing and black lights. Got a smart home? Program your new settings into the home assistant and you are good to go!

3. Spruce Up the Soft Stuff

Chances are, your sofa is more than just a comfy piece of furniture. It’s probably among the first things your guests notice when they enter your space. Play up the star of your living room by kitting it out in the colors and fabrics of your dreams. It can be as simple as changing the throw pillows to more interesting designs (or even just adding throw pillows to begin with) to as thorough as ordering new seat covers and cushioning. You can do the same with armchairs, chaises, and other soft furnishings. Want a new accent piece? Consider breaking up the living room into small nooks with creative seating arrangements such as a hammock or hanging chair beside a table of easy reading books.

4. Jazz Up the Walls

Who says that you must stare at a blank wall every time you are home? Make the use of this expanse of space by adding shelves that will display your treasured collections of books, records, prints, or whatever other knickknacks you are itching to exhibit. Not into displaying your stuff? Consider covering the walls with fabric (all you need is a staple gun or good adhesive), or with pieces of art. A bonus to picking art is its value as an investment; you never know when that abstract painting from a new artist will shoot up in value!

5. Strip and Refinish

If you have a little more money to spare, one other aesthetic change and investment you should make to your home is to redo the finishing on countertops, cabinets, and even the bathroom. Take the time and money to hire someone to strip away the old varnishing, paints, and tiling, before you install something new. Tired of wood finishing? Redo everything in metal or chrome. Want something more natural? Try marble countertops alongside natural stained and water-sealed wood cabinets. Freshening up the finishing on your surfaces also extends their life and helps protect them from damage due to water, heat, or being subject to heavy falling objects. This is important if you intend to rent out or even sell your home down the road.

Improving and making over your home is more than just a personal project for you and your family’s comfort. It can also help reduce costs due to constant repairs or fixing damage from unfortunate events. Home makeovers also increase your property’s value, making it attractive for renting or selling. With that, we wish you luck and happy doing over!

12 Best Garden Decoration Ideas

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It is said that gardening is the art which uses flowers and plants as the paint, and soil and sky as the canvas. A garden, apparently, is already decorated with the elements of nature; it doesn’t have to limit our imagination. While nature offers us with a gorgeous bounty of greenery and blossoms, how about adding our creative bonus to it as a gift back to the nature. If you’re in, here are some wonderful ideas you can use as inspiration to decorate your garden as well.

1. Tiny Fruit Trees

Dwarf trees are a great idea if you cannot grow a full-fledged fruit tree in your garden or balcony. After all, gorgeous gardens aren’t meant for big bungalows and tall houses, right? Potted and in place, these tiny tots can help you grow a vibrant variety in your open space including lemons, apricots, peaches, plums, oranges, dragon fruits among others.

2. Pocket Metal Planters

Metal pots as well as zinc pockets work well if you want to add plants to a tiny nook or a wall beside your porch, backyard or balcony. Greens and florals bubbling out of these metal pots will allow you to save space while adding the aesthetic feel as well.

3. Troughs & Containers

From metal trays in which you serve wine to your favourite coffee mugs to mason cookie jars; pretty much any container can be used as long as its material is not resistant to water. Another fabulous example is to have fresh flowers springing out of colourful colanders. Beautiful!

4. Succulents Wall

It’s time to bring the walls of your house to life. From flowers to succulent plants, cut-and sew assortments of nature into gorgeous tapestries and display them over one of the walls, or any wall for that matter. Add drama, sprinkle colour, and breathe freshness, and much, much more!

5. Magic Lighting

Turn your garden into a fairy garden space with scintillating setting of light. From basic string lights to contemporary wine bottle tiki torches, there are plenty of options to explore depending on the area of your garden. If you wish to add an element of vintage or rustic look, nothing better than lanterns can be recommended.

6. Hanging Garden

If you can’t maintain a full-fledged garden, a hanging garden offers the perfect solution, both indoors as well as outdoors. Whether you plan to add just one pot or a number of pots, you can suspend them from a point above, in your balcony, kitchen or drawing room. This can be accomplished using anything from ceramic bowls to terracotta earthenware pots.

7. Your Own Mini Garden House

Especially if you have kids in your home, you can create their own itty-bitty garden house which will take but a tiny corner of your living space or backyard. Combined with teeny-weeny accessories like a bird house, colourful rocks & pebbles, mini trees, powdered crayons and soil, you can create a magnificent centrepiece your kids will love, and your guests as well.

8. Pallet Display

Pallet garden is a simple way to introduce greenery in your house while minimizing your time and effort that it takes in building and maintenance. To create a pallet garden, you’d require a wooden pallet, some mini plant pots and plants including flowers of your choice.

9. Backyard Fountain

A water fountain doesn’t just act as the centrepiece of your garden but also as an element of calm and soothing relaxation. Imagine listening to the burbles and the babbles of the water flowing in your backyard, might be your drawing room too in case you plan to install an indoor water fountain.

10. Fullness of Foliage

Foliage to a garden is the ornaments to a person. When dressed properly, your garden can look incredibly gorgeous. Play with colours, contrasts and different kinds of foliage. If you want, you can add pathways of flowers too.

11. Tiny Pond

Just like the water fountain, a tiny pond in the centre of the gardenplace can instill a sense of charm and holistic beauty to your garden. Fill it with colourful pebbles, rocks or stones if you like.

12. Mirror Wall

After all, a mirror wall is not just meant for your powder room. If you have a considerably spaced garden, you can put a mirror or two on one side of the yard while they reflect the plants on the other side!

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Summer

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Feeling the heat? Summer is just around the corner. While you certainly have a lot of plans to go on trips to different places with your family, we hope you have made necessary plans for your home as well. Nothing is hotter than the stress you get from malfunctioning equipment or repairs needed for any parts of your home which could have made your summer lighter and comfortable. Well if you haven’t made arrangements yet, then you certainly need to read these five tips we have especially made for you.

Watch out on the fire

Summer is notorious to make things hot even hotter. With the rising atmospheric temperature, any overheat equipment or plugged appliances and devices can ignite fire anytime. Make sure that your sockets are updated and that your circuit breaker is working to avoid housefire causing you too much grief and financial stress over the summers.

If you are leaving the house, make sure that everything is unplugged. If there are appliances or devices that cannot be powered off, make sure that necessary arrangements are made. Consult the Bureau of Fire and Protection for any tips that might work.

Do spot checking

One major cause of fire is outdated appliances. As much as we want to save in our spending, our family’s safety is way more important. It is a good practice to inspect the condition of your appliances. They have their own wear and tear. It would be a good thing to have their manufacturing information. If it is not available just based your projection on the date you bought it. After which consider disposing appliances which are past their expected using capacity. Anything beyond that is already harmful. It has a higher tendency of not just malfunctioning but encountering short circuits which you wouldn’t want. One last thing, you can opt to sell these equipment and appliances to junk shops so also earn from it.

It is time for maintenance

You wouldn’t wish to encounter AC problems in the middle of the Summer, right? Go and have these checked already. If they are working then look at the filter and other parts which you can clean so once Summer really kicks in, your AC is up and ready to keep everything cool down. You might also want to check on your fans as they can serve as your go-to in case of emergency. Also, though it is a bit advanced, you might have your roof and other parts of the house checked. Summer is usually followed by storms. They aren’t just normal storms in fact! Getting things prepared at an early date will reduce your stress level in the future.

Stockpile on your essentials

Summer is accompanied by many sale bazaars. Each mall has its own summer special for different needs and appliances. You don’t have to binge buy but you might want to consider piling up your drawers with all the essentials you would need. It will serve you well in a lot of ways. One would be unplanned summer trips with the family or friend and two it will be your stock for the rainy season. Nothing beats a prepared one. Aside from you are always on the go, you are actually saving a lot by grabbing on those promos. So be mindful of those promos!

Change those sheets!

Adapt an outdoor feel to your home. Summer is a time for going to places, mimicking that feel to your home creates a feeling of comfortability and lightness. Making your home more inviting and pleasant. Also, the atmospheric condition is extremely hot. Especially here in the Philippines where we usually experience El Nino. You wouldn’t have dark hues as the shade of your throw pillow or curtain. It will only amplify the heat and make your home feel tight. So, stick with lighter tones or even use the colors of Summer.

Summer is all about having fun. Creating a home that exudes that vibes will not only improve the relationship of your family but everyone’s daily mood as well under the scorching summer heat.