Blue and white is a classic, never out of style color palatte and for good reason. In western cultures, both colors share some similar attributes, such as stability, dependability, and trustworthiness. Each color can make you feel calm. Still, each color has its shades and hues which can also influence emotions.Read more
Let me inspire you with these 17 examples spring and summer table settings and centerpieces. You can keep yours simple and lovely or "kick it up a notch" with lots of pizzazz.Read more
Floor space in many apartments combines living and dining rooms, and even kitchens. You can also see this layout in homes, particularly small and tiny homes. I've certainly had my share of living in such spaces. The challenge . . .Read more
For me the classic picnic is one of two types of themes:
a simple outing served up with a blanket, pillows and cusions, a picnic basket, and food or
So you love a coastal living decor but you live in a dark apartment somewhere in the northern hemisphere. By dark, I mean you don't have the luxury of natural light flooding into your apartment through tall wide open windows.Read more
Here are 5 great reasons add a divider screen to small space living
1. Create a foyer Read more
2. Alternative to window treatment
3. Add art, color, and dramatic design to your decor . . .
I love a white table setting. In a maddening world of hyper everything, hyper anything filled with information overload, activites overload, hyperboles and multiple exclamation points followed by emojis and more emojis, a simple everyday white table setting grounds the soul.Read more
When there is little space to garden on a balcony, there is always room for vertical gardening, particularly on the wall. To inspire you to try it, many of the examples below utilize the following types of designs:Read more
Every apartment deserves at least one very special piece of furnishing that is unexpected and fun. Having a swing in the apartment gives the edge of thinking outside of the "decorating box." Why not just dump the wing chair, get a swing.Read more
The thought of a small apartment or small house filled with collected objects scattered throughout makes me cringe. Visions of a hoarder quickly come to mind.Read more
You don’t need to wonder or guess what size and how many decorative throw pillows to create a dramatic seating.Read more
OMG! It’s spring and I’m so ready for it. Being outdoors more often and enjoying best weather activities calls to my heart. Spring also prompts me to want to turn my apartment inside out bringing in fresh colors, fresh smells and fresh ideas. Here’s how I start this wonderful annual tradition.Read more
Forgive me, this is not exactly a post about a relationship between two people. It’s a post about our relationships with flowers or just a flower. As some one once said, “flowers are the sunshine to our souls.”Read more
Small space living begs to be dressed in style and sophistication, in short—class. In my opinion, whether the dining area is part of the kitchen, is a breakfast nook or occupies a dedicated space, the dining room area is the perfect space.Read more
Blue: the symbol of trust, wisdom, strength, and loyalty. Blue: the symbol of quiet, calm, sincere and reserved. Blue: the symbol creativity and intelligence. How do you feel when you were blue? How do you feel when you walk into a blue room? Do you see yourself as someone who possesses the qualities symbolized in blue?Read more
This is Part II on ideas to create a wall that has drama, focusing on using wallpaper and decals, both as permanent and removable applications. The first post on how to create a dramatic wall was Dramatize A Focal Wall With Modern Quilt Wall Hangings.
Imagine walking into a room where the focal point is a wall that commands your attention and excites your emotions. Imagine being caressed by colors and the details of familiar and unfamiliar patterns blown up to life size. These new designs are so exciting and easy to achieve. And what’s even more exciting is that applying these new designs can be made temporary, as well as permanent. Removable decals and wallpaper are perfect for renters, and yes even for small spaces. Drawn from nature and the world of abstract, designs are seemingly endless. Here are just some examples and vendors that offer many options to create a dramatic wall via the following:
Wallpaper that requires an adhesive application
Wallpaper that requires an adhesive
The image above shows a beautifully abstract floral pattern in soft colors. It is wallpaper and does require an adhesive application and comes in five panels. Sold by Anthropologie, the design “is the work of two sisters from Vancouver. They design vibrant wallpaper and wall art inspired by their love for the French countryside and all things vintage.”
Sold by Miss Lolo from New Zealand, the larger-than-life-size peony design below comes as a pre-pasted non-toxic wallpaper. It’s also flame resistant and is described as easy to apply, as well as easy to remove. Amazingly, the company can customize the mural to your requirements.
Below are just two examples of the large collections, 50 stock images in six different styles, wallpapers offered by Murals Wallpaper UK. The company offers wonderful options for getting just what you want. You can use your own image or theirs. The wallpaper is produced to fit your measurements. A proof is provided before you buy. And then there is the option to order one of three different weights, light, medium, and heavy.
Removable wallpaper offers an excellent option for renters to jazz of a wall, take it down and reinstall whether on another wall in the same apartment or to the next resident. One such example as shown below was made by Coloray. The company offers custom hand made “peel and stick” wallpaper in several floral and abstract ink-stain designs.
Removable decals is another great option for renters to add drama to their walls. These removable decals are much less expensive than removable wallpaper. Vendors offer a vast collection of designs but it’s important to note if these removable decals are also reusable.
Wall Tat offers a wonderful wide collection of decal designs and particularly for ceilings. I love this design idea because it can disguise those cheap ugly ceiling lights too often found in apartments!
Wordy Bird Studio offers “made to order” decals in 84 designs (including word designs) with matte finish colors. The decals can also be cut out to fit your desired placement, such as shown in the design below.
Wallpaper, removable wallpaper and decals will easily allow you to create that “wow” factor found in wall drama. The designs are vast and some vendors even allow you to create your own design.
Some removable wallpapers are also reusable; however, wallpaper and removable wallpaper can be expensive and require more effort to apply.
The classic non-removable wallpaper requires adding an adhesive element to the wall and may be best accomplished by using a professional.
Removable decals are available in a vast array of designs, letterings, and styles. Many designs can be cut out and altered to fit positioning.
Removable wallpaper and decals are easier to apply because they come as self-adhesive.
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If you haven't already seen translucent furniture, and I can't imagine why not, then I'm here to show you, they are sexy. What makes translucent furniture sexy, you may ask? The design reinterprets the traditional furniture to its basic shapes and structure into a nakid form. You can see through it; yet, see it and touch it and follow its intriguing lines and curves.Read more
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Plan a black and white New Year’s party and just ask guests to wear at least one black item. Then you just reduce some of the other colors in your small living space, store them in a closet, even under the bed. Break out as much black and white you have—or not. Just set up a lovely buffet of drinks, snacks and sweets.
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