Some ways to feel at home with feng shui decorating

Some ways to feel at home with feng shui decorating
Feng shui, meaning “wind and water,” is based on traditional Chinese philosophy that links man’s destiny to his immediate environment. You can decorate your home with feng shui by tapping positive “chi” energy from wind and water and creating balance through the art of placement. This involves arranging your living space in such a way ...

Halloween decorating ideas

Halloween decorating ideas
Halloween is a favorite holiday for many. It is one of the few holidays in which the focus is on the fun as opposed to the pressure of gift giving or what some may view as the stress of holiday entertaining. While you are looking for ways to decorate your home in a festive way ...

Flat, satin or semi-gloss? Brush up on paint types

Flat, satin or semi-gloss? Brush up on paint types
Ready to refresh your home’s interior walls with a new coat of paint, but aren’t sure what type to use for each room? Or do you have other items around the house that need to be spruced up? If painting is on your to-do list, whether it’s by hiring a highly rated professional to tackle ...

How to brighten a room with limited light?

How to brighten a room with limited light?
Your home may be naturally dark, but there’s no need to convince yourself it’s more intimate that way. Bright rooms can transform a home and uplift your mood. And when it comes time to sell, light and airy rooms lend an inviting atmosphere for home buyers. Here are some simple and affordable design techniques to ...

Pillow talk: Black-and-white graphic designs make a bold statement

Pillow talk: Black-and-white graphic designs make a bold statement
Scandinavian design prioritizes simplicity, utility and clean lines – all of which are captured in Ikea’s popular Stockholm cushion. Featuring a monochrome pattern in a soft cotton-velvet blend, the throw pillow is not only versatile, but it also sells for just $14.99 (currently available at select Ikea stores), which helps explain its ubiquity. Plus, a ...

12 smart ways to refresh your home office

12 smart ways to refresh your home office
Life in the 21st century has its perks. One of those is to be able to work from virtually anywhere. If you’ve successfully convinced your boss to let you log more hours from home this year, you’ll want a killer workspace to match. Don’t let your home office become the dumping ground for all unwanted ...

Fun new shades for your tired old lamps

Fun new shades for your tired old lamps
If you find yourself wishing your tired lamps and chandeliers could stay a bit more in the shadows, perhaps it’s time to replace them. The shades, that is. Lamps are often described as the jewelry of the room – the accessory that sets your style statement. Modern lamps can put an instant, contemporary spin on ...

The power of gold

The power of gold
For decades, the color gold was discarded as old fashioned and blase. But now, it’s making a bold comeback and has found its way back into fashion, jewelry and home decor. GETTING STARTED You don’t have to just dive in using gold in your decor. One suggestion is to instead add touches of gold throughout ...

Is track lighting the right choice for your home?

Is track lighting the right choice for your home?
When used correctly, track lighting highlights a room’s best features. Track lighting helps homeowners spotlight pieces of art or pieces of furniture. With an electrical current flowing through the track, this popular product allows homeowners to change or reposition individual fixtures after installation. But track lighting, which first received a patent more than 50 years ...

Wallpaper that makes you say “wow”

Wallpaper that makes you say
For years, paint has been touted as the go-to way to freshen walls and ceilings affordably and quickly. Wallpaper was typically typecast as a more expensive treatment because of the cost to produce and purchase rolls. And it came with all sorts of caveats: Patience to hang and match patterns, coping with sometimes nasty adhesives, ...