Windows come in various sizes and designs to fit in their environment. Using the perfect window treatment style will enhance windows and add beauty to the abode. Depending on the room and furnishing style window decor can be simple in a minimalist cover style, or elegant with fancier treatments. When choosing a treatment style one should take into consideration the use of the window and the decor to blend the beautiful window adornments to fit perfectly with the inhabitants’ lifestyle.

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Shades and shutters are perfect to decorate a window with a minimal treatment to fit any decor style. Roll-up shades installed inside the window frame are the most commonly used, available in inexpensive, easy cut-to-size vinyl to custom shades made fabric to coordinate with decor finishings. Blinds and pleated shades almost disappear when fully raised and roman shades gather fabric in folds as they are raised for a beautiful window. Purchase shades that lower from the top providing one with both sunlight and privacy. Country style shutters attached to the sides of the windows are ready to be swung out to expose an open window or leave closed using levers raised or lowered for sunshine and privacy.

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Drapery is a formal window treatment style to compliment an elegant decor crafted from a heavier weight fabric and lined. This style can be installed and hung on rods with rod pockets or pinch-pleated at the top to be hung with hooks or decorative rings to create beautiful and fashionable windows. Drapery does not have to be just for a formal decor, built-in grommets at the header of the drapery will complement a contemporary home. Elongate a room’s height by hanging the drapery from the ceiling to the floor.  Drapery will add a wonderful element to the decor wowing visitors as they enter the room.

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Unlined and hung on a rod using a rod pocket header, tabs, grommets or curtain rings, curtains are an informal cousin to drapery. Curtain treatments are the perfect style to dress your bathroom or kitchen window. Create a fun look by using a cafe curtain to only cover the lower half of the window; this will provide a softness and privacy to the decor. Tier curtains work in similar fashion by adding a second rod at the top of the window to match the cafe curtain with a valance.

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Layering window treatments will create a beautiful designer appearance to the decor. Add a lovely sheer underneath for softness when the draperies are opened. A valance or cornice will make the perfect partner for a shade or rods to disappear into. Placing a sheer or lace curtain over a plain vinyl shade creates a lovely flowing window treatment with privacy. Layer shades or drapery with a formal draped festoon matched with jabots for an elegant appearance. A scarf softly draped at the top of the window is perfect for the informal relaxed look over drapery, curtains or shades.

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Just as one completes an outfit with the perfect belt or necklace, a lovely style choice of window treatments gets an additional decor touch with the appropriate accessories. Rods come in different diameters and materials; add beautiful finial ends to show off the window treatments. Holdbacks act as if a piece of sculpture to frame pulled back drapery. For added privacy use a decorative film placed onto the window glass to replicate etched art. The proper accessories place the finishing touch to compliment any style choice of window treatments.

Windows are the eyes to the world; make them up to be flirty and beautiful. Have fun adding new excitement to the abode’s decor by dressing up the windows. Never be afraid to dance.

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The super hero of the home needs his décor as much as the abode’s super heroine. For a woman a posh walk-in closet or a huge master suite and spa bathroom of her own is often an ultimate dream décor, but more times than not, when men are questioned about what their fantasy abode is, they wish for a décor that will emulate a masculine appointed secret haven to escape to.  Whether a single’s pad or a garage, basement, attic, outdoor patio or the corner of a room, any space can be imagined into the décor fitting for a man to get in touch with his super hero identity.real cave, modernmancave

The first step to achieving a perfect man cave is to have a plan in place.

Prepare a floor plan of the room(s) or area that will be set aside for the private cave for the male to call home. With a measuring tape, graph paper, and a pencil one can easily measure and place on paper a scaled layout of the space or spaces that are to be allocated for the man cave. Once the walls are in place the decor can be decided upon and furnishings can be chosen to be positioned perfectly to scale into the drawn space.

Decide on a decor theme that will make up a comfortable dream cave.

Favorite hobbies are an ideal theme for designing the ultimate cave decor in which to call home.  The man cave’s décor should encompass the hero of the home’s hidden secret powers to make the cave a showcase of his dreams.

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  • Artist hideaway.
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  • Master chef de cuisine.
  • Graffiti master.
  • To complete the ideal man abode one should choose the furnishings that will perfectly fit the space.

    Furnishings are meant to add comfort to the abode’s inhabitants. A list of dream decor items should be easy to come by since they have probably been floating in one’s head every time one drifts off into dream land or buys a lottery ticket.

    • A large flat screen TV.
    • The ultimate audio system.
    • A fully stocked bar.
    • Billiard table.
    • Card table.

    In addition to the media surround sound, bar or game tables, other furnishings are necessary to make the space complete for comfort and entertaining the male pals visiting with envy. Furnishings that are easily cleanable should be considered in order to not worry about spillage and instead be able to concentrate on enjoyment.

    Flooring

    • Concrete floors

    Floors in basements and garages can be painted with a fun color or pattern in high gloss enamel and a polyurethane top coat. Consider painting the floor in a design that follows the theme of the decor like a baseball diamond or a race track.

    • Tile floors will work well in any room.

    Tiles come in arrays of sizes, patterns, materials and colors that can fit any decor theme.

    • Laminate floors can look wonderful.

    Make sure laminate flooring is not placed anywhere that moisture may be an issue, such as a basement.

    • Engineered wood.

    The engineered manufactured wood creates a rich look and is hardy to work in most locations.

    • Use an area rug to place in the seating area.

    Rugs can easily be picked up, cleaned, or replaced when needed. For a garage, roll the rug up when you need to move the car in. Rugs made specifically for the outdoor elements can be left outside for the outdoor decorated man escape space.

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    Use imagination to create a wonderful decor with seating and decor centered around a favorite theme. Ultra creative souls may want to build their own furnishings or find unique items that have been crafted specifically for special interests making them not only usable furnishings but also wonderful art statements as well.

    • Skateboarders can design a wall or tabletop crafted from tiles by Art of Board that have been made from recycled skateboards.huntvalley
    • Avid bikers and bicyclists can shop at Bike Furniture Design for amazing chairs and tables built from actual parts of bicycles and motorcycles.loveseat07_52wt
    • Car fanciers can find sofas and chairs that are actually designed and built out of recycled car seats and an automobile’s body. Auto wheels and engines can be used as table bases. Build a table yourself by polishing or painting them first and then use glass for the table top. Vehicles can be used to build an interesting bar as well. Tool cabinets are perfect to be repurposed for storage.blog.ucda.ca car bar, ballerhouse
    • Sports fans will enjoy watching a game sitting in an old rescued stadium seat. Chairs and sofas can be made using baseball bats, hockey sticks, or skis for the surround and adding upholstery for comfortable seating.old theater seats, flickr
    • Studious sorts may enjoy a sofa surround or bar crafted from books with books also repurposed to be used as shelves floating on the wall.book desk, cubeme
    • Hair enthusiasts will find that antique barber chairs can make for comfortable seating and old fashioned male gossip.barber chairs, blog.blinds

    Comfortable seating pieces come together when using the right upholstery fabric choices.

    Leather comes in many colors other than black and also works well when used as a mate with another fabric. Make sure that the leather is not hard and stiff and that you will be able to sink into the seat. Animal skins can be fun for benches or rugs as well. Use an animal hide as a throw on a sofa.

    Crypton fabrics are perfect for super hero abodes being impervious to most spills and will last through almost anything. These fabrics are a great choice and come in many patterns and types of fabric including plush chenille.

    Fashion fabrics make good choices. When deciding on a fabric one can simply choose a fabric that a man commonly wears, such as wools, tweeds and denim.

    Be artistic and think outside of the ordinary by using a Native American woven blanket for upholstery or an interesting rug.

    No room to allocate, then decorate a small corner to call one’s own mini cave.

    Choose a massage chair that will give one soothing personal attention. Add a privacy screen that when in place everyone understands that you are not to be disturbed. Use an end table with built in hidden refrigerator next to the chair and keep a pair of personal earphones close by to plug in and close out the world around to enjoy a moment of man cave peace.

    Whether one lives alone or with a gaggle of family or roommates, most dream of having the perfect decorated space to escape to in their home. Women might tend to opt for the dream shoe closet, but men speak about having their fantasy cave, much like Batman’s cool abode, when questioned about their choice of what their perfectly appointed desired room would be.

    Have fun creating the cave of your dreams and never be afraid to dance!

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    Moving from a house one owns to a rental can be a challenge. There is no longer the stress about paying for upkeep, but living in someone else’s property often comes with new stresses regarding specific decorating rules pertaining to the hanging of art and shelves.

    People want to make their abode a home with their own decorating touches.

    Everyone would like to make their living spaces their own with lovely art and accessories. Landlords are weary of damage that may be made to their properties with nails in walls, and no one can blame them. Command products by 3M has come to the rescue making wonderful products that will help decorate and organize the abode with absolutely no harm to any surfaces.IMG_1710

    Hang artwork and hooks easily for organizing with no tools nor destruction to any surface

    Command products have reusable hooks and caddies that make decorating and organizing a pleasure. They are easy to install and remove without any harm to the walls. Command has beautiful decorative hooks, as well as simple clear hooks and wire management systems, picture hangers and poster clips, and caddies to organize the walls. They can hold works of art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, when it is time to move on.IMG_1786 IMG_1807

    Be inventive using Command;  Command hooks made the issue of attaining shelf space easy.

    The kitchen sink in my new rented abode was longing for a shelf to be placed above it, between the two upper cabinets flanking either side. Problem is, the cabinetry is new and the property owner would probably not appreciate nails being placed in the new and clean decor.

    By using an open metal shelf and Command hooks I easily installed a shelf myself in the niche between the two cabinets with no tools except for a tape measure, level and pencil.

    • Having a 36 inch opening, I purchased an Elfa 36 inch wide by 12 inch deep wire metal shelf form the Container Store. IMG_3913
    • Using the level and measuring tape, lines were made with a pencil to determine where to place the hooks that would hold the shelf up.
    • The metal shelf was easy to snap into place allowing for the hooks to hold it in position until the time comes for its damage free removal. IMG_4044 IMG_4062

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      check out the magnetic led touch lights added to the bottom of the shelf for accent lighting

    • Any pencil marks leftover were easily washed away.

    I now have a beautiful place to store extra items in attractive cubbies. Two round dollar store battery operated tap LED lights with magnets attached to the bottom of the metal shelf add an accent light over the sink to finish off the new decor.

    Command is very easy to apply and remove needing absolutely no tools.

    • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
    • Remove blue or red label liner on the tape to attach to hook so that the tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
    •  Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
    •  Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.

    Ready to move on to a new abode, then simply take the shelf off of the hooks and then remove the Command hooks.

    • For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

    Hanging artwork and anything on the walls can be tricky. everything must be hung level, straight and at the correct height. Traditional picture hangers and hooks place holes in a wall so it is necessary not to make mistakes when using these. With a rental or dorm room one might not have the option of poking holes in the walls. Command is a wonderful discovery for everyone and just about every situation. The kids can now hang the posters on the walls of their rooms without tape, thumbtacks, mess or punishment for damaging the wall’s finish.

    I can attest to these products being a great invention to assist in decorating and organizing the abode. All of the Command products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips. Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that the products should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

    Create a beautiful decor by thinking outside of the box using inventive products. Never be afraid to dance!

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    Although the sofa eyed on view in the store may be a couch of one’s dreams, more times than less, once home it will look awkward and not fit in the room as imagined. Simply by making the proper preparations by having floor plans of the room or rooms shopping for one will know the sizes needed to perfectly decorate a beautiful abode.

    Avoid costly buying mistakes before heading out to the stores by making a floor plan. Untitled

    Purchasing furniture purely based on appearance can be a frustrating blunder. Without a floor plan it is difficult to fully understand exactly what size furnishings will work best to create a beautiful decor, resulting in furniture being delivered that is unusable, cannot be returned due to final sale or could be costly to exchange. This is a very common and upsetting shopping mistake that people make when decorating the abode. It is easy to avoid making this common misstep when buying furniture by making sure to be totally prepared for the shopping excursion with floor plans.

    A floor plan will allow one to see exactly where furniture should be placed in a room for optimal design. With a plan of action no longer will there be a letdown when the delivery of the new furnishings come only to see that they will not fit into a room or even through the door or up a staircase.

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    • With a floor plan one will know that instead of a sofa and loveseat maybe only a sofa and a chair will work in the allotted space.
    • When purchasing a dining room table, by having a plan one will know exactly what size and shape table will fit perfectly in the room.
    • Before buying a king size bed that will not fit, with a floor plan one will know that the bedroom may only fit a queen size bed comfortably with one tall dresser instead of a long triple dresser.

    Floor plans are as easy as following the lines on graph paper.

    A floor plan is a scaled version of a space on paper complete with furniture and accessories. The plan begins with taking proper measurements of a room and any furnishings that are to stay in the given room.

    A few simple supplies are needed to begin the journey of making a basic floor plan.

    • A tape measure
    • Pencil
    • Scrap paper
    • Graph paper

    Begin with measuring.

    Do a very rough drawing, on a piece of scrap paper for measuring purposes only, of your room showing walls and openings for doors, windows and fireplaces. Note where columns and built-in cabinetry are in the room as well. Take out the measuring tape and begin measuring a room writing down each measurement in the applicable space on your rough drawing. For a basic start, measure the length and width of your room.

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    One should work their way around the room and get into a measuring rhythm.

    • Beginning at one corner, measure from one corner to inside the door or window frame.
    • Then measure the door or window width.
    • Now measure from the other side of the door or window along the wall to the next door or window.
    • Measure the width of the door or window.
    • Continue measuring until the measurements on each or the room’s wall have been completely transcribed to the rough drawing.
    • Measure column widths and where they are exactly placed in the room by measuring from perpendicular walls to the column.

    Draw a scaled plan using a pencil and graph paper.

    Now that the measurements have been taken it is time to get to work to create a scaled plan of the room. Drawing a room to scale on plan is simple once one understands that one quarter inch square on the graph paper equals one foot, and that inches can be estimated with half a square equaling 6-inches and a fourth of a square equating to 3-inches.

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    allthosedetails

    • Using the length and width measurements draw the basic room perimeter to scale onto the graph paper with a pencil.
    • Draw in the doors, windows, etc.  to scale on the graph paper in the same way you measured them in the room.

    Now it is time to play with placing furnishings in the floor plan.

    When the basic room plan is completed make a few copies and have fun designing the room for several scenarios as if playing with furniture in a dollhouse. Just as room was scaled to fit the floor plan the furniture must be placed in the room to scale as well.

    Be aware that room is needed to walk around pieces or to pull out chairs; three feet is optimum but thirty-inches will work. Make sure that there is room for a door to open and that windows are not blocked.

    • Shop online for sofas, tables and bedroom set ideas; find the measurements of the pieces desired and draw them to scale on a separate piece of graph paper.
    • Cut out the scaled furnishings from the paper. Take the furniture cutouts and play with them on the floor plan until the perfect room is achieved.

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      londonreidblog

    • Once the furnishings are best placed trace an outline of the furniture on the scaled copy of the floor plan and remove the paper furnishings.
    • Write the sizes of the pieces of furniture in on the plan in order to know what is required before heading to the store.

    Understanding standard basic sizes of furniture can help with planning a room.

    • Sofas can range from 78-inches to 108-inches.
    • A standard sofa size is approximately 36” x 90”.
    • A standard loveseat is approximately 36” x 60”.
    • Upholstered chairs are usually around 36” x 36” give, or take.
    • Barrel and swivel chairs can be found at 30” x 30” and up.
    • Small wood frame chairs can be found as small as 24” x 24”.
    • The standard desk is 30” x 60”.

    Sites like Stanley Furniture are great to find furniture for every room including the living room, dining room and bedroom as well as case goods and accents. It gives their exact dimensions and where the furnishings can be purchased locally.

    Have fun making several plan options if possible. Try the basic sofa and loveseat on one plan and try a sectional or a sofa with chairs on another. Get creative by breaking up larger rooms into a couple of sitting areas. See if the dream of a chaise can become a reality on plan for the bedroom.

    Extra homework is important before heading out to shop for decor.

    Once the floor plans are completes extra pre-shopping preparation for the decor can be taken by perusing through favorite magazines and websites relaxing on a break or before drifting off to sleep. By browsing through magazines and online one will gather great decor inspiration. Rip out pages and print out favorite photos of dream rooms to place in a folder to make a dream file.

    With a fantasy file and floor plans the perfect furnishings to complete a lovely decor can now be easily purchased without stress. Walk into a store with a goal and the tools needed to complete the mission without worry of a hard selling salesperson. Understanding the exact needs of the room puts the buyer in control of their own destiny of a beautiful abode.

    Unveil the beautifully decorated rooms; never be afraid to dance!

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    Now that fall is here, a big part of the seasonal experience is the opportunity to change ones style with the new weather. Just as springtime presents a chance to trade the boots for trendy sandals it is also a wonderful time of year to make a change to the abode’s decor. Redecorating and refreshing a room can be exciting.

    Rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms can be costly to redecorate with new tile being a mere dream. Luckily Smart Tile has come to the rescue with beautiful tile designed for anyone to apply to a wall themselves

    Smart Tiles are real glass and ceramic tiles applied simply by peeling and sticking.mosaik2

    Tiles are no longer the boring four inch square ceramic pieces found in old bathrooms. Beautiful and interesting glass mosaics are the new dream decor to be used as accent tiles and backsplashes. Patterned tile is taking the place of wallpaper on a wall. Smart Tile removes the expense of paying an installer with allowing one to easily create a wall of tile simply by peeling a backing off and sticking the self adhesive tile upon the walls.

    Smart Tiles are very easy to install, just peel & stick!mosaik3

    “The do it yourself peel and stick tile concept of smart tiles is made of an adhesive substrate topped with a clear gel component called Gel-0™ (which gives it its 3-dimensional effect) that makes the product so easy to handle, cut and maintain you will wonder why this was not invented before. They are installed in minutes without any mess or specialized tools over any clean and sleek surface for you to enjoy right there and then. Especially designed for kitchen and bathroom environments (i.e. backsplashes), they are resistant to the heat of stovetops and the humidity of bathrooms. They are removable by simply heating the surface with a hairdryer and peeling them off.”

    • Use the beautiful Mosaic tiles in glass, ceramic and stainless appearances to create a unique designed wall.mosaik5
    • The Motif collection has tiles that create a sleek patterned tiled wall when applied.motif motif2

    Check out Smart Tiles’ other decor applications to dress the rooms outside of the kitchen and bath.

    • Formz are fun shapes that allow one to use their creativity to make an interesting design when applying them to a wall.Formz
    • S’tics Deco creates a wall of art in the living spaces of the home. “S’tics deco are made from a removable self-adhesive film that allows the artwork to be removed without damaging the walls.”s'tics decor3

    Decorating the home does not have to be costly. By using products that you can install yourself one can create an abode that will be the envy of all who visit. Have fun welcoming in the new season with a fresh

    look for the home. Enjoy the spring season by adding newness to your life. Never be afraid to dance!

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    When organizing it is key to think outside of the box. Whether living in a dorm room or at home employing items for alternative uses can be a wonderful chance to get your life’s belonging organized and within easy reach. Over the door and under the bed shoe organizers are perfect for many uses beyond the intended storage of shoes.

    Enjoy watching me in my e-How video discussing ideas for shoe organizers beyond just shoes!

    Shoe organizers can be the perfect tool needed to help keep life organized.

    • Socks need a home and the pocket in the shoe organizer will keep the socks neat and together in pairs.
    • Artists with an array of supplies and medias can use the pockets in a shoe organizer to sort out pens, brushes, paint, etc. for easy finding.

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      dagmarbleasdale

    • Homework and office supplies will be kept neatly and given a place of their own with a pocket for a stapler, tape, hole punch, post-its, pens and pencils, highlighters, scissors, etc to get work done in an orderly fashion.

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      blogher

    • Media storage can be kept in control; adapters, cords, game controllers, cameras, media and devices can be kept neatly arranged within pockets.
    • Turn a shoe organizer into a heading out the door organizer perfect to keep keys, gloves, scarves, hats, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and umbrellas.
    • Use the shoe organizer as a bathroom organizer keeping a hairdryer, combs and brushes, hair fashion, toothpaste and toothbrush, soap, hair products, shampoo and conditioner, lotions and makeup in the different pockets.

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      brit.co

    Now that you have a place for everything and everything is in its place you will have time to enjoy life. Grab the sunglasses from the organizer and enjoy life. Never be afraid to dance!

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    Wine has been traditionally delivered in wooden crates that after the wine bottles are taken out of, they are broken down and tossed into the garbage or used for firewood to be turned into ashes. Instead of sending the crates into oblivion be creative and use the wine boxes to add new excitement for the decor.

    Wine crates can be repurposed into new lovely furnishings to dress the abode with.

    • Wine crates are interesting in themselves printed with the wine companies names and logos, they instantly lend a country touch to the abode’s decor.
    • Attach the wine crates to the wall to float as box shelves to be used for everything from displaying books and knickknacks in a living room to dishes and glasses in the kitchen.

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      actual size projects

    • Stack different size wine crates in an asymmetrical fashion to create a storage bookcase.

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      casa sugar

    • Use the wine boxes as drawers to be built into cubbies.

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    • Add decorative feet to a wine crate with it’s opening facing out. Add a cushion on top for a storage foot stool.

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      diynetwork

    • Wooden or metal legs added on will turn a wine crate into an end table or tea table.

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    • Get the toys cleaned up by adding casters to the bottom of a wine crate and using it as a place to toss the kid’s playthings into.

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      home-dzine.co.za

    • Break the wine crates up to use the sides as wall paneling or an interesting backsplash.

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      mary price

    • Reface cabinet doors with the wood from the crates.

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      winepine

    • A wine crates can be turned into lovely planters to decorate a garden patio.

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      paintbox garden

    • Need bathroom storage for towels. Roll some up to store away for easy guest access out in the open in a lovely wine crate.

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      sandandsisal

    Let the natural beauty of the wine crates add to the new decor. Clean them up with some natural oil or finish the crate off with a coat of clear polyurethane. For added interest leave the outside the existing rustic original wood and paint the inside a fun color or decorate the interior with a delightful wallpaper.

    Stay creative and never be afraid to dance!

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    Having a beautifully furnished home to show off is the goal for mostly everyone. Decorating the abode can get costly so redecorating using items that you already own or acquire can be the perfect solution to obtaining a beautiful decor without breaking the budget.

    Enjoy watching my fab video discussing ideas to decorate your own metal cabinet!

    Metal cabinets are versatile and can be used for many applications beyond the office.

    Traditionally a metal cabinet is thought of the standard filing or storage furnishing found in the office. These sturdy work horses in the furniture world can be wonderful repurposed for decor in other rooms. Decorate a metal cabinet and it will turn into a beautiful piece of furniture to be used in the bedroom, kitchen, dining room or living room.

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    little house in the big D

    • Use a two draw high metal file cabinet as a night table, end table or as a base for a dining room table top.
    • A tall metal file cabinet can be used as a dresser in the bedroom with drawers that are wonderfully deep to fit all of the clothes.
    • Turn a metal storage cabinet into an armoire for the bedroom or kitchen.
    • Create a kitchen island by repurposing a metal cabinet.

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      apartmenttherapy

    The challenge of repurposing a metal cabinet for a more decorative furnishing is how to go about dressing it up for the decor.

    • Paint is the simplest solution. Use a primer so that the paint adheres to the metal, then paint using a high gloss enamel in a color to complement the decor.

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      homejelly

    • Take paint one step further with a faux technique turning the metal into the look of wood or marble.
    • Use stencils to add a special touch to the metal furnishing.
    • Vinyl decals used for wall decor can also be the perfect way to transform a metal cabinet into beautiful decor.
    • Camouflage the cabinet with a collage of favorite pages from books, magazines or music pages using the decoupage method with glue and a top varnish.

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      Re3

    • Cover the cabinet with wallpaper to turn it into a work of art. Finish it with a coat of polyurethane for wear ability.

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      dans-le-townhouse

    • Use a wallpaper or fabric to cover the draws or doors and finish off the balance with a coat of paint.

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      indulgy

    • Duct tape is not just for repair jobs anymore. This wonderful tape comes in an array of colors and designs that can be used to transform and decorate furnishings that are destined for the storage room. Cover a metal cabinet with a snake skin duct tape for a designer piece of furnishing. Color block with a number of bright color stripes to use a metal cabinet as a dresser in the kids room or play room.

    No matter how large of an abode one resides in, there is always a need for furnishings to store belongings. Items that you find or may already own can be magically turned into brand new decor that will work for you and look beautiful.

    Decorating is about using imagination and letting your creative side shine. Never be afraid to dance!

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    Kitchens come in many styles and sizes. Not every home is blessed with a huge room designed to prepare meals, eat in and entertain, but every abode does have a kitchen sized to fit in with the home’s needs.

    Have fun watching my eHow video discussing galley style kitchen designing.

    Many homes have kitchens known as galley style.

    These kitchen are designed for mainly the utilitarian purposes of storing supplies and preparing the meals like the galley on a boat. Designed for a small space, these kitchens are popular in Brown Stones and apartments with enough space to fit counter space and appliances running down on opposite walls facing each other.

    Galley kitchens can be beautiful when designed to cater their style.

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    houzz

    Use space wisely.

    Space is at a premium in a small kitchen so use it to its best ability.

    • Add shelving above a window and doors.
    • If there is a window over a sink then bridge the upper cabinets with a shelf placed in front of the window to hold glass wear.
    • A rack can be hung from the ceiling over a stove to hang pots and pans.

    Brighten up the space.

    Keep the smaller space spacious with good lighting. A galley kitchen is normally long and can appear like a tunnel without the proper lighting.

    • If you do have a window then keep treatments to a minimum with a simple bling to let the light in during the day.

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      augustaluxuryhomes.com

    • Place recessed lighting in the ceiling.
    • Add decorative pendant lights over a sink or open counter area.

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      cococozy.com

    Consider adding an opening in a wall t

    o brighten the space.

    The galley kitchen most likely backs up to the dining room or family room. Review the layout to see if it is possible to add an opening from the kitchen to another space.

    • Adding a pass-thru where the sink faces the wall can open up a galley kitchen and provide a view when working at the sink.
    • Open up a wall to widen the galley counter into the other room to provide counter seating.

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      thissoldhouse.com

    Raise the ceiling to create space.

    You probably don’t have the option to actually raise the ceiling but one can actually design the kitchen to appear tall and lean.

    • It is easy to make the room appear larger easily by just building the upper cabinetry up to the ceiling.
    • Build a floor to ceiling pantry.

    Keep the color light. 

    Dark cabinetry will close a space in so stick to lighter tones. Add dimension with a darker counter or backsplash.

    • Do not be afraid to pick a color for a fun kitchen, such as blue, but make it in a light tone.
    • Choose a natural lighter wood such as maple or birch.

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      davinong.com

    • White kitchens look lean and clean.

    Design the space that surrounds you to add comfort to your life. The abode should be a sanctuary to enjoy. Never be afraid to dance!

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    Shabby Chic is a popular style that promotes comfort and coziness. The problem is one should not want the connotation that their abode is shabby. For that reason I now refer to the Shabby Chic style as “Relaxed Chic”

    Have fun watching my video discussing fun shabby chic decor

    The original Shabby Chic style began in the large homes found on the countryside  in Great Britain.

    The country houses in Europe are inviting, decorated with very comfortable furnishings. Perhaps the furniture was handed down from previous generations from their formal city homes after the pieces aged and were replaced.  These furnishings are comfy with a worn and distressed look that is inviting as if saying “sit, relax, You won’t wear me out anymore than I am already”.

    Europeans evoke elegance even when shabby.

    Maybe it is the accent but the British and French seem to know how to present an elegant appearance even when not attempting to be formal.

    Shabby Chic furnishings present a relaxed elegance.

    The relaxed decor is lovely with distressed and vintage pieces. Sofas and chairs invite you to rest as if on a fluffy bed. Furnishings range from the elegance of carved French to the simplicity of Swedish and American Shaker.

    • Oversized slip covers often cover sofas and chairs creating an inviting look.

      Art Streiber, Shabby Chic

      Art Streiber, Shabby Chic

    • Many of the furnishings embrace their aged appearance wearing their worn layers of paint proudly.
    • Colors are soft, often in white pallets or soft colors.
    • Patterns are of soft chintz fabrics with country checks, stripes and flowers.

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      one kings lane

    • Fabrics are vintage in appearance faded with age or new to be fashioned to appear as if aged.
    • Wooden furnishings whether actually vintage or new appear to show lives of happy living with distressed edges and worn finishes.

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      tripadvisor

    • Vintage wood furnishings are often painted in lovely white or light colors of blues and yellows.
    • Weathered metal furnishing add dimension to a room.

    Decorating a Relaxed Chic abode can be fun and rewarding.

    Imagine yourself in a lovely house on a farm in the country with wide plank wood floors and an old fashioned wood stove. Place yourself inside the dream room that is to be decorated.

    First step is to determine your colors

    • Shabby Chic often brings thoughts of white, but light colors in pastel hues work as well. Think about a linen white instead of a bright white. Soft colors such in rose, mint, yellows, greens and blues blend lovely. Even darker patterns will work when distressed into a faded look. Beautiful French toile fabrics are often used inviting scenes of the countryside in the pattern. Traditional floral patterns printed on a linen baric give the relaxed chic look that you are looking for.

    You decided on the palette now it is time to determine the furniture that you will need

    Obviously different rooms require different furnishings.

    • The living room is the center of the conversation. Make it beautiful with a sofa with an oversized slipcover. Create a conversation area by adding a country French carved frame armchair. Add vintage natural wooden nesting tables to use as an end table. The coffee table can be an aged metal base with a glass or wood top. Prefer the clean look of paint to weathered wood, then create a room using wooden furnishings painted in white, yellow or blue. Use a high gloss enamel for long term wear.

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      designlike

    •  A country kitchen is the ultimate relaxed chic look. Decorate with a wide planked wood farm table as the centerpiece in the heart of the home. Surround the table with painted ladder back chairs and slip covered cushioned seats. For excitement consider using vintage chairs that do not match and paint them in the same finish. Use the same fabric for cushions or upholstery to tie the furnishings together.

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      decorologist

    • The bedroom is in the ultimate of comfort in a relaxed chic decor. Fluffy bedding takes center stage. Shades of whites in cottons, lace and crocheted create a clean and comfortable appearance. Not a fan of white then use a pretty print of roses. Use an antique iron or brass headboard to frame the bed. Add a small chair by the window to sit and read. Vintage finds can be used as bedside tables and dressers. Leave the natural beauty of the aged wood or paint the treasures for a cleaner look.

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      homedesignpics

    Accessories add the finishing touch to the Relaxed Chic abode

    • Bring patterns and textures in with pillows. Tapestries look beautiful on the wall and add a new dimension to the room. Area rugs should have the aged appearance that a needlepoint lends. Add lighting with delicate chandeliers and pretty lampshades.

    Make this a great time to have fun discovering new finds at antique stores, thrift shops and garage sales.

    Think outside of the box.

    • Buy the cheap unappealing artwork for the attractive frame then use the frames to frame mirrors or old family photos.
    • Vintage lighting fixtures can be painted.
    • Stools can double as end tables.
    • Old patchwork quilts make lovely throws for the sofa and bed.
    • Old trunks can be repurposed as tables with the added benefit of extra storage space.
    • Use the drawers from a found dresser as wall shelving and replace the drawers in the dresser with baskets.
    • An old child’s chair can be painted and used as a pedestal for a plant.

    Relaxed Chic not only is an attractive and beautiful decorating style but is also an eco-friendly way to decorate the abode. By renewing vintage items one is creating a sustainable living environment. Have fun creating new decor from the old. Enjoy your relaxed and chic surroundings.

    Never be afraid to dance!

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