How to Make the Most of Your Den This Holiday Season

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When you are decorating for the holiday season, do you take the time to decorate all of the rooms in your home, including the den? Many people unfortunately only focus on the exterior of their home, while others may decorate the entranceway or living room. This holiday, make sure that you also decorate your den, which is often the room where you spend so much time relaxing. While you’re at it, you may just find a new look for your den that will work long after the holidays are over!

First, take a look around at what you already have and ask how you can make small changes that will have a dramatic effect. One way you can do this is by adding an extreme or surprising accessory like antler drawer pulls from a company like The Burly Bear. A striking piece of furniture, decoration, or accessory in your room will add a festive touch for the season but will also provide a fun look for the whole year. Of course, you will want to choose items that fit your personal style as well as your lifestyle and the look that you want to see every day in your own home.

Since your den should be a place of comfort, this holiday season you should focus on materials and objects that encourage relaxing. Add pillows and blankets in festive colors like red, green, blue, white, and silver, and patterns that reflect all of the holidays. The winter and fall are obviously colder seasons, so this is a good time to focus on cuddling up and staying warm inside your den. Like a bear hibernating during the cold winter season, your den should be a place where you and your family can feel warm and cozy.

This holiday season, make your den a place you want to be. Add comfort, style, and fun to make it a festive place. Then, relax and enjoy the holidays with all of the wonderful people that you love.

Make the Bedroom a Place that the Kids Want to Spend Time Every Day

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Having a fun bedroom can make all the difference between your kids enjoying their time there and them wanting to spend as little time as possible in the house.

To get your children fully enjoying their bedrooms there are a few simple tips to bear in mind that are relatively easy to carry out.

Let Them Help with the Design

One of the great areas of dispute in many families is when the youngsters aren’t allowed to help with the design of their rooms. Imposing your will without taking their taste and ideas into consideration can be a big mistake.

Of course, you don’t want to go too far the other way and give them complete freedom unless you are sure that they will make a good job of it. In many cases, it works out best to work together in order to get a great look.

By combining your ideas with theirs, you should hopefully find a way of getting the perfect balance and keeping everyone happy. They will then most likely feel that the room is theirs and a big part of their lives.

Give Them Space and Light

The initial reaction of your kids might be that they are happy with a dark and gloomy room. Many teenagers in particular like the idea of a dark bedroom, but it isn’t usually a great look.

In fact, this kind of style can lead to a depressing sort of bedroom that they end up not wanting to spend much time in. A far better idea is to make it a light and spacious room in which they can feel good.

Big windows, good lighting and an un-cluttered feel will give them a better room, even if they need some convincing of this fact before they agree. This is especially important in attic conversions.

Get the Temperature Right

If your child has a bedroom that is either too hot or too cold then they aren’t likely to want to spend a lot of time in there. Even if they don’t appear to mind the temperature there, it could be something that contributes to them getting ill at some point.

As well as adding a thermostat or some other way of controlling the room’s temperature, you should also think of other ways of making it a room with a pleasant temperature. The right curtains, for example, can help them to maintain the temperature the way they want it to be.

Make It Fun

When considering ways of making your kid’s room somewhere good to spend time, it is important to remember that it should be fun as well as practical. This could mean using old colors, adding interesting pieces of furniture, or giving them great things to do when they are there.

You won’t want to go too far the other way, though, and have them spending all day in there playing games or using their computer. As with the other points we have looked at, the key lies in finding a good balance that lets them enjoy their bedroom without having them stay in there all the time.

This is a tough balance to find, but making it a fun, pleasant bedroom can give the youngest members of your family a room that is perfect for them. If you also get some great outdoor furniture then they will also be tempted to spend time out in the garden as well.

If you can find the right balance then you can make your kid’s room a place where they love spending time and where they can feel completely at ease.

4 Ways to Revamp Your Home

For whatever reason, it’s easy for our living spaces to become stuck in a rut. Over time, as interior designs trends change and we accumulate items, our homes can become uninspiring and cluttered. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas for homeowner to revitalise their living quarters and add value to their biggest asset in the process. Read these tips to discover four great ways to revamp your home.

1. Add square footage

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Adding extra floor area is a great way to revamp your home and change the way you live in.

For those wanting to make a significant investment to their homes, adding extra floor area is a great idea. It will change the way you live in and enjoy the space and will also help you command a higher price for your home when it’s time to sell. Adding square footage can be as simple as converting the garage, or it can involve an extension at the side of the home to create a second living area. Other options include adding a purpose-built modular granny flat using an expert service such as Pop Blocks to provide separate, self-contained living spaces for relatives or kids. Whichever option you choose, there is no doubt that adding more space is a drastic and rewarding way to improve your home.

2. Rethink cushions, rugs, and other decor

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Area rug will help to anchor furniture.

Changing up your interior decor is one of the easiest ways to refresh the feel of your space. It’s time to rethink cushion, throws, window furnishings and bedding. Use no more than five colours in your home, choosing three main colours. Remember that neutral colours help lighten a space. Old couches will also benefit from reupholstering, and adding an area rug will help to anchor furniture such as a coffee table and couches to create a distinct sitting zone. Make sure to include at least one tall item in a room, such as a standing feature lamp, bookshelf or even a vase on a standing pedestal. Artwork also draws the eye upwards, helping to provide height, balance and visual interest to the space.

3. New floors

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Timber floors give timeless traditional feel.

As the floors are one of the largest surfaces in any home, replacing them will completely change the feel of any room. Think timber for a timeless traditional feel, new carpets for cosiness and warmth and bamboo to create a modern and minimalist space. For those on a budget, even fresh new vinyl flooring will completely change the look and feel of your home. Even if you don’t have the budget to completely replace flooring, old timber can be sanded and polished for a fresh, new feel, and tired carpet can be professionally steam cleaned to remove stains and lift the pile.

4. Painting

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Repainting tired colour schemes or scuffed and dirty walls can make your home look fresh and new.

Whether you paint the exterior of your home to boost its street appeal or paint the internal walls to lighten them up, never underestimate the impact of a fresh coat of paint. Repainting tired colour schemes or scuffed and dirty walls can make your home look fresh and new almost instantly. Painting can completely change the mood of a property. If you’re willing to do the painting yourself, this process can also be very affordable, while adding value to the property.

These are just a few ways to revamp your home. What other makeovers have you given your home that has transformed its look and feel? Share your homeowner tips with a comment.

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5 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Sparkle

No matter how diligent you are, the kitchen is always one of the first places in the house to become grimy and unappealing. The challenge for every householder is to keep it clean and prevent it turning into a Petri dish for potentially harmful bacteria. A vigorous initial clean and then regular upkeep is required to maintain a sparkling finish. Follow these five steps to get you started.

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1. Get somebody else to do it

Some may consider you are taking the easy way out when hiring a cleaning company to come in and do the job for you. The thing is, if your cleaning ability is what turned your kitchen into a wasteland in the first place, then hiring expert cleaners like Absolute Domestics to go over the entire room from top to bottom becomes an extremely attractive option. You know the job will be done properly, that your family are once again living in a healthy environment and that your kitchen will look better than ever when they’re done.

2. Wipe down the cabinets and benchtops

The kitchen is full of liquids that are often spilled leaving residue on every surface they come into contact with. The coffee machine sloshes its contents everywhere when it froths, and splashed water runs down the cupboard doors and under the sink during washing up. Get yourself some spray on cleaner and a cleaning cloth and wipe all of those surfaces down. Removing stains and debris improves the look of the kitchen and can also disinfect the surfaces.

3. Scour the stovetop

If you’re keen to roll up your sleeves, a good place to start is the stovetop and oven. These paired appliances attract grime and grease like crazy, and simply removing the baked-on remains of the spaghetti sauce you accidentally spilt can make the room look far more clean and orderly. Buy a heavy-duty grease remover and get ready to scrub. Elbow grease will be required, but the results will speak for themselves.

4. Clean out the refrigerator

Don’t just stop at the parts of the kitchen you can see: move on to the areas you can’t see. Open the fridge, remove anything that is out of date (or looks like it may become a science project at any moment) and then wipe down every surface. If the inside of your fridge has an odour to it, take a tray and lay some baking paper on it. Baking soda is a powerful odour absorber. Spread a box of baking soda across the tray, pop it in the fridge and close the door until the odour disappears. You can then discard the paper and baking soda.

5. Vacuum and mop

The last stages of your big clean should be to vacuum the floor, clearing any loose food, dust, pet hair and detritus before doing a second pass with a mop and bucket to remove any stains or harder-to-remove grime. You’ll be shocked how big of a difference mopping the kitchen floor makes to your room’s overall appearance. Complete these final steps and your kitchen will appear to sparkle, good as new.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to kitchen cleaning techniques: you haven’t even touched the sink, the pantry or the rangehood above the oven yet. What’s your kitchen-cleaning strategy? Do you have any home cleaning hacks to share? Let us know in the comments below.

Five Ways to Make Your Kid’s Room More Fun

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When I say mobile, it’s not what you’re thinking. Children should be kept away from mobile phones for as long as possible (preferably until they can afford to pay for it themselves). By mobiles I mean a decorative structure that’s suspended from the ceiling so that it can move freely in the breeze, or be turned by hands. Mobiles for adults were made by artists such as Miro in the 60’s and are fun and beautiful for all ages. You can buy this at some art shops or children’s toy shops, but you can also easily make your own by drawing or cutting out images of animals, machines or story characters that your children like; you can also get your kids to draw their own! Laminate them, and then get to work with some unbent coat hangers, needle and thread.

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Buying your children a bunk bed is an excellent way to give them the feeling that they are in a tree house, the crow’s nest of a pirate ship…. the only limit is their imagination.

Rug Up

The floor of their bedroom is the space where a lot of children spend most of their time; playing with toys, drawing, reading. Adorning the floor with something colourful, beautiful or even interactive gives an extra dimension to their playtime. For young children, you can get rugs that depict two dimensional street scenes that they can run their cars and other vehicles along, giving a tactile dimension to their imaginative world. For what will suit the interests of your child, and the style and dimensions of their room, check out our full rug range at www.rugsamillion.com.au.

Bunk Up

Almost all children like climbing things; while trees may be a little nerve wracking for some parents, buying your children a bunk bed is an excellent way to give them the feeling that they are in a treehouse, the crow’s nest of a pirate ship…. the only limit is their imagination. Even if you only have one child, or only one child sleeping in that room, they will enjoy the added elevation, and you might be able to adapt the bottom level to storage; or perhaps a private suite for all of their stuffed animals?

Brighten Up

Lighting is an essential aspect of any interior, and that includes your children’s rooms! If your child likes to sleep with a nightlight, you can find a range of cute and playful ones shaped like animals, stars and moons, and a huge number of other styles. Overhead lighting can be a bit bleak in any space, so consider trying a standard or wall mounted lamp, or even fairylights. A touch lamp beside your child’s bed will spare them trying to fiddle with switches and knocking it over if they have to get up in the middle of the night.

Put it On Display

Instead of ordinary storage ideas like wardrobes, cupboards and books shelves, try using stacked pigeon holes, either attached to the wall from ground level or mounted at the eye level of your little one. If you kids have ornaments or other precious objects like photos, trophies, stuffed toys or seashells they can put them in the pigeon holes not only to be admired, but it also allows for easier access to toys!

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