Monday, October 8, 2018

Something More about Sofa Tables

We've blogged before about Sofa Tables but thought we'd take another look at this piece of furniture that definitely adds that distinctive touch to our home decor.
Our furniture is the main factor that turns our "house" into our "home" as it makes up the main decor of our homes.  So, it go without saying, choose carefully!
Our living room furniture is the most used furniture in our home.  That's where we gather to watch TV, to entertain family and friends and to just relax.  Usually our drinks and/or snacks end up on the Sofa Table.
The Sofa Table has been in existence since the 17th century.  Later in the 18th and 19th centuries, they became a functional furniture trademark in homes throughout Europe and the United States.  Initially, Sofa Tables were made of wood, but today materials such as metal, glass or less expensive synthetic woods are used for construction.
Sofa Tables are made to rest against the back of our sofa.  They are tall and narrow which makes them fit but saves space at the same time.  You can sometimes find Sofa Tables to coordinate with your existing living room decor.  Plus, you gain extra storage and usage from your Sofa Table.  This helps keep your living room neat and clean looking.
If you only have one sofa, the you'll probably need only one Sofa Table.  If, however, you have the L-shaped sofa, you may need a couple Sofa Tables to accommodate both sections.
Sofa Tables should be close to the length of your sofa - not sticking out beyond the ends and not too short to be accessible for the entire sofa.



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Some More on Living Room Lighting

Many of us enjoy changing/improving the look of our home - especially the Living Room area.  There is so much we can do to add new style, new design and exceptional quality to our home simply by updating or changing our Living Room Lighting.  Since the Living Room is one of the most used rooms in our home, let's talk about some of the easier ways we can redo this room.
Living Room Lighting is a very good way to enhance this space.  Lighting is available in many shapes and sizes that can create a different look, feel and ambiance for our homes.
We need to think about what "mood" or atmosphere we want before we start our lighting search.  We need to always consider our budget before undertaking this project.  Living Room Lighting can become very expensive. We can start looking at lighting online or in the retail lighting stores that have the type or style of lighting we're looking for.  We need to always make note of these prices and compare.  Some online lighting may be just what we need but less expensive than the retailers we have checked. 
One way we can enhance our Living Room Lighting (or anywhere in our home) is to add dimmer switches.  They are fairly simple to install and are not very expensive.  But they make a big difference in our room.
Lamps are always available for our Living Room Lighting whether they be the table lamps or bigger floor lamps. 
Also, depending on the size of our Living Room, we would normally have a main light fixture for overall lighting in this room.  But what about lighting in/on our walls?  We could use the lighting in/on our walls for watching TV or for a more subdued or romantic atmosphere.
So Living Room Lighting can make a difference in our Living Rooms and create a new, more enhanced look to our home.
Have fun!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Bedroom Enhancements

Bedroom Enhancements - how can we enhance the look and feel our bedrooms?  How can we add the  "Zen" to our decorating?

One of the many enhancements in our bedrooms is storage.  First, we need to know what we're looking for - the furniture and the storage.  Storage enhancement sounds a little different but there are some great bedroom storage pieces that can add great beauty and atmosphere to our bedrooms.  

Another way to enhance our bedrooms is in our linens.  Sheets are very important to our comfort.  We need to pay attention to the thread count and the fibers used in our sheets.  High thread counts make for a softer feel.  Fibers are also important and we need to be aware of these.  Some fibers, special the synthetic fibers do not "breathe" well and are not comfortable while we sleep.  Egyptian cottons and bamboo blends are some of the softest cottons used.  Sheets marked "sateen" will have a silky touch on the surface of your sheets.  
Next comes our blanket or quilt we will use.  It is recommended that blankets be lightweight.  The waffle weave or a lightweight merino wool blanket are good choices.
As for our top layer - the traditional quilts or bedspreads are usually neat and tidy but sometimes lack warmth in colder weather.  Comforters are fluffy and  pretty and also a good source for warmth but these usually need to dry cleaned or laundered in a bigger commercial washer.

Some people suggest "Zen" designs and to make our bedrooms our haven we should:
      remove all TV's = distraction
      be relaxed and without distraction or worry when we go to our bedrooms
      clean out the clutter in our bedrooms
Designing with "Zen" emphasizes harmony of all pieces and uses natural materials for decorating as much as possible.

So, let's try some bedroom enhancements and make our bedrooms a really special place to be.



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Modern Furniture for the Bedroom

Our bedrooms sometimes need a major makeover and a new look.  Yes, our bedroom furniture is an investment so we need to be sure it is a good investment.

The trend today lends itself to the modern bedroom decor.  Modern bedroom furniture can make your bedroom warm and cozy as well as elegant and exquisite. It adds a spacious look to your room.  The modern Bedroom furniture offers beauty with their contemporary styles and innovative designs.

Items you may want to consider in your modern bedroom furniture:

1)  Your bed should be an island of restful calm for you.  The rest of your furniture will revolve, coordinate and enhance your bedroom creating that special place for you to end your day - finally!
2)  Bedside tables are utilitarian but beautiful  and a necessary accent to your bedroom because your lamp, your phone and the alarm clock will be close by.  Also, these tables offer limited "extra" storage.
3)  A wardrobe can make a major difference in your bedroom.  These are usually large pieces but can be a very eye catching piece that will add to your bedroom furniture decor.  Wardrobes make a wonderful storage are while adding charm to your room.
4)  You can also add a dressing table.  These can be used for your last minute check before that all important venue.  These are a picture of elegance and can be that touch needed to make your bedroom furniture complete - and stunningly beautiful!

Modern bedroom furniture decor can be bought at local furniture stores as well as online.  Your budget, your space and your style can make this modern bedroom furniture shopping a real treat!

Of course, always remember not to crowd too may of these wonderful modern bedroom decor pieces in a space too small.  Balance is the key.

Have fun and enjoy your new modern bedroom furniture!

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Dining Room Table

Buying a new dining room table set can be a lot of fun.  We know that the typical pieces are the table and the chairs - anywhere from two to twelve chairs depending on how much space you have available.  Also, there are other accent pieces you can consider - the side table, buffet, a china cabinet or a hutch (maybe a corner hutch?).  The amount of space in your dining room or kitchen will determine what pieces to add to your dining room/kitchen set.

There are many dining room tables available for purchase.  Some experts say to buy only the solid wood tables because the medium density fiberboard construction have soft surfaces and can chip easily.  Also, the finish can come off pretty easily on these tables.  Therefore, these don't seem to be the best investment for you in the long run.  The wood sets are preferred for their durability as well as their beauty.

There are glass top tables that are very popular. They are made of tempered glass to assist in their durability.  The metal framing and legs on these dining room/kitchen tables gives your kitchen or dining room a modern look and feel.

Usually a kitchen set is used more that our dining room table sets.  The dining room tends to be a more formal setting than your kitchen set depending on your taste.  The casual or kitchen set is used more in the kitchen area than in your dining room. 

Before you buy, make sure you  go to a store and feel the wood, ask questions about the product construction and quality of materials, then choose the best one for your sense of style and budget.  Many believe it is better to purchase a set already assembled than to order online and have to deal with the assembly - may save you some time and money.

Have fun looking and purchasing your new dining room table set.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Office Lighting

Office Lighting is a great way to get all the light you need for your home office and can be found in many stores and online.  They are not overly expensive, so you can get the light you need by shopping smart and for not a whole lot of money.  At least two sources of light or maybe three are needed to adequately light your home office.  Remember, the type of lighting affects your mood,  reflects your style and personality and affects your productivity.
Your office tasks are different from other areas of your home.  You need to be able to create a comfortable working area and the right illumination needed for the office.  A floor lamp along with other lighting fixtures will make your productivity and accuracy more evident while also reducing the eye strain and fatigue.
There are basically three type of Office Lighting.
1)     General or ambient lighting helps to reduce shadowing in the work area - includes wall mounted sconces, floor lamps, torchiere lamps or pendant lighting.
2)     Task lights are just as the name suggests - lighting for the task at hand and may be a table lamp, an adjustable floor lamp, a wall mounted light, a clip-on light or ceiling mounted.  The bulbs used in these lighting fixtures can be incandescent or fluorescent bulbs which can make a lot of difference.
3)     Accent lighting provides a focal point giving your eye an initial point of interest that creates interest in your working area - floor lamps or the torchiere  lamps are especially useful in this area.
You can find any of these lighting products that will make your office beautiful and productive.  They are available in any number of stores and online.  Specialty lighting stores are usually the best place to start as they are more lighting oriented as opposed to a sales oriented store/person.

Have fun making your Office Lighting the best there is!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Decorating the Living Room

I recently started thinking about redecorating my Living Room.  Not sure of the challenges I would face, I looked on the Internet and found several articles that were a great help.  I found out that I could do this myself and not have to hire a professional decorator.  This will save some money, I'm sure.
First suggestion was to sketch my living room (to scale) and then sketch in the furniture where I want it.  I like this because it will save me from having to move the actual furniture when I get it ready to place.  A good thing about the sketch - I can change the placement of my furniture all I want on that and save my back!
Another suggestion was to figure out my decorating style.  Do I want the more Traditional American style or do I want to go with the more Modern or Contemporary design? 
With the Modern or Contemporary design, I need to choose accents and fabrics that are more light or breezy.  The more satiny fabrics, chintz, silk fabrics and other smooth fabrics carry out the clean modern look in my Living Room. 
The more Traditional American decorating style is usually the solid woods in natural shades. With this style, I would probably go with accents and fabrics more prone to a more rugged nature.  Calico, cotton, leather - even nubby rugs can be used.  This makes for a more natural, maybe even an "outdoorsy" style of decorating for my Living Room.
Of course, there are other things to consider but I thought this was a prelude to doing my own decorating.  So I can decorate my Living Room myself without the professional.  Checking the Internet for solutions was a good way to get me started in the right direction for decorating my Living Room.  I can't wait to see how this looks when I'm finished!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Garden Decor Can Be Exciting and Fun!

Your garden decor improves and enhances the beauty of your home.  It also provides an atmosphere for the exterior of your home.  You first need a theme or "mood" for your garden decor.  Your decorating style for your garden decor is similar to decorating the interior of your home.  Sometimes it's a trial and error concept - you think, you plan, you try different ideas and settle on the best, the most inspiring and complimentary to your style.

Imagination is the main ingredient and the best thing to decorate your garden, patio or backyard.  You can accentuate your garden decor in  numerous ways.  Using outdoor benches, statues, sculptures, water fountains, tables, bird houses, signs, flowers and plants are some of the ways you can make your garden decor your own - beautiful and spectacular!

There are always people you can consult to help you with your garden decorating.  A garden designer, a lighting specialist and a good gardener are people dedicated to helping you make your garden all you've ever wanted it to be.   The lighting specialist can add hidden lighting that will enhance your flowers, your furniture, your theme pieces and your back yard so that you will enjoy time there with family and friends.

So, be creative - let your imagination go wild and whether you elect to have help or decorate your garden on you own, it will be great!  HAVE FUN!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

OUTDOOR LIGHTING FOR BEAUTY AND SECURITY

Outdoor lighting is such a beautiful touch for your home's aesthetics but also a wonderful security for you and your family.

More people are enjoying the beauty of the outdoor with outdoor lighting fixtures designed in such a way that gives all the ambiance that you really enjoy and expresses your personality and charm in your backyard, your garden and/or your patio and deck.  There are many types of outdoor lights - garden lighting, landscape lighting, walkway lighting, patio lighting, backyard lighting and pool lighting.Your outdoor lighting design should enhance and show the beauty of your home and outdoors. 

There are many lights available for this project.  While you may attempt to do this yourself, it is a huge undertaking.  There are many many outdoor lighting professionals who can do this for you and give you complete outdoor lighting that will be everything you dreamed of to enhance your home and give you the beauty and  the security that is so important. 

I do recommend the professionals as the design they give you will be well worth the investment!  Their work is a result of design and installation that when complete, you will see a work of art! During the  winter months, your home will be beautifully lit and will have the security that outdoor lighting offers as a deterrent to robbers or other miscreants.  Many professionals offer service contracts that will keep your outdoor lights in top notch shape year round.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Area Rugs - Some Things to Consider

Buying an area rug is a task that you should certainly enjoy.  But, be aware, there are things to consider when making this purchase as is true with all your home furnishings.

Area Rugs are good natural insulators.  They cut down the noise levels in your home and offer comfort to your tired bare feet.  They add color and style to your room and can be the centerpiece of your room.  They can serve as the focal point and help set the overall look of your room .

Area rugs come in many sizes.  Determine the size of your area where you will put this rug and then you can shop more confidently.

What shape of area rug do you need/want?  There are rectangular rugs, octagon rugs, square rugs, round  rugs and of course, runners.

What color will you use?  This is a very important consideration as you need to coordinate the color of you area rug to your home decor and color scheme.

What rug construction will work best for you?  Rugs are woven in many different styles and fabrics.  Wool rugs are considered the most popular and more durable than others.  You can also look at Cotton, Jute, Bamboo or Nylon rugs for you home. 

Pick the  area rug that works best for your home decor.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Garden Accents and Decor

Believe it or not, Spring is just around the corner.  With thoughts of Spring, our minds turn toward the outside - our gardens, our backyards, our porches, our decks and our patios.  What can we do to make these a place of serenity and beauty.

Let's look at some of the things regarding our outdoor garden accents and decor. 

Your garden should reflect you -  your personality, your charm. your whimsy and your tastes.  Dress your garden with accents as you would a favorite room in your home.  As with your room, be careful not overcrowd your outdoor - whether garden, patio, porch or backyard.  You won't be able to enjoy it if it is full of "busyness".  One good thing about garden accents & decor is that they can be changed or rearranged to give you variety in these areas.  Your garden accents & decor are a fun way to make your garden area your own!

Your garden accents depend on what you like and the size and type of garden you have.  If you find something you really like for your garden, use it!

Such things as: 
  •  Gates - free standing or part of an existing fencing can add detail to your garden.  This can be a wonderful place for a special wreath or for decorating the entire area.
  • Pretty decorative planters made of many materials can add just that touch you are looking for to complete your decor.
  • Furniture - your garden furniture should be inviting to sit and enjoy your garden area.
  • Bird baths and bird feeders - both are an enjoyable addition to any garden.
  • Statues, large or small, give interest to your garden and are easily found since they are very plentiful. 

Water fountains, gazing balls, stepping stones, even sundials and much more are all available to make your garden come alive and give you that restful, comfortable feeling as you enjoy your time outside.  Remember the garden accents & decor make a wonderful addition to your enjoyment this Spring.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Office Chair - Which One?

The home office chair plays a very important part in our productivity, so let's take a quick look at what makes the best chair for our home office.  Certainly, it needs to be comfortable, give support to our backs and adjust to our specific needs, but also lend itself to making our work flow more productive.  You may want a chair that matches your work area, maybe a very stylish chair  to match your home decor or maybe one of the commercial office chairs that should last longer and have more support features to it.

How do we choose what 's best?  There are many styles, types, fabrics, colors and support features that are all part of your selection.

There are low-back, mid-back and high-back.  There are office chairs with adjustable features like the adjustable arms, height and back positions.

What and how much will you use this office chair?  How much this chair will be used is one of the biggest areas of consideration when buying your home office chair.  Do you need the swivel office chair?   How big does it need to be - you need to make sure the size of your office chair does not take up too much of your office space.

Whatever you choose, it is for you to make the determination for which home office chair is the best for your comfort and productivity.