Monthly Archives: January 2008

Get Creative This Valentine’s Day!

Chocolates and flowers are nice, yes. Engagament rings are always a nice V-Day surprise. But, if you’re not quite headed down that road and/or you need a creative way to get your loving point across (without spending $300 on lingerie- for you or your honey), read on.

Got a flame that happens to be a big gamer like my man? Don’t get him a Wii… get him a chocolate Mii! So yes, it is technically chocolate- but it’s so cute and the ways to a man’s heart is still, last time I checked, through his stomach. Of course, the Wii’s are awesome too. Nothing like Wii Bowling to bring a pair together. It’s the only sport at which I can beat my Valentine!

Now this is a gift I can personally vouch for. I bought these for my fiance last year and we’re still trading them a year later. The massage token are like gold to us. If you’re looking for something sweet and inexpensive- these love tokens are a great option. Sure to be the start of some memorable moments.

Silhouettes are hot right now. I’ve seen them all over decorating magazines, wedding magazines, and fashion magazines. They also make a really personal gift. Enter Karl Johnson- silhouette artist extraordinaire. Just send him a profile picture of your sweetie and you will get a perfect, handcut silhouette to frame and hang. You just brought brownie points to a whole new level.

>Modern Coffee Tables: How to Select Them Well


If you’re in the process of redecorating your living room or family room area, you’re surely in need of at least one coffee table. One home décor trend that you may want to consider taking advantage of is the modern style. Contemporary furniture such as
modern coffee tables  is sleek and simple, so it’s sure to stay in-style for many years; however, it can help to liven up any room. Read on for some tips about how best to select your modern coffee table.

First, ask yourself: Is this modern coffee table going to be placed in the living room, or will it go in the family room? It’s important to know this, because furniture will be treated differently in these two rooms, and you want to buy a modern coffee table that will fit the bit. If you’re looking for living room furniture, you can get away with a modern coffee table that’s more fragile, such as one made out of glass. However, if you’re looking for a modern coffee table for your family room, choose one that’s sturdy and can take a beating.

Next, you must consider if you want your modern coffee table to be the centerpiece of your room. If so, you’ll want to take a significant amount of time to consider what kind of atmosphere you want to create with your modern coffee table. Take style, size, and color into consideration at this time. If you’re not planning on using your modern coffee table as the room’s centerpiece, just make sure that it matches the rest of the room’s décor—or that it’s simple enough to match nearly any décor.

Those are just a couple of things to consider when purchasing a modern coffee table for your family or living room. You want to ensure that your furniture lasts as long as possible and stays to your liking, so be sure to take your time about your decision!

>Tips for Buying and Hanging Modern Chandeliers


If you’re in the market for a modern chandelier or more for your home, there are some things that you should keep in mind. Your hope is for your modern chandelier to have a long life, and that means that it should ideally fit the room that you choose to put it in. Check out the following advice that we’ve put together for you to help you buy—and then hang—the perfect modern chandelier.

First, you want to ensure that you pick out the right sized modern chandelier. It’s recommended that in order to find the “ideal” size of a lighting fixture like a modern chandelier, you add together the dimensions of the room (in feet), and the sum is the ideal diameter of your modern chandelier (in inches). For example, if you are looking at installing a modern chandelier in a room that’s fifteen feet by fifteen feet, you would want your modern chandelier to have a diameter of thirty inches.

However, keep in mind that this rule doesn’t necessarily apply to dining rooms. When you’re looking for a modern chandelier for the dining room, you want to take the size of the table into account. Make sure that the chandelier’s diameter is about one-half to two-thirds the width of the table for the most ideal size.

Now, assuming that you’ve found a great modern chandelier using the above tips, it’s time to talk about where to hang it. Be sure to hang your modern chandelier low enough from the ceiling so that it lights up the room—but don’t hang it so low that someone would hit his or her head on it. If you’re hanging your modern chandelier above a dining room table, a good rule of thumb is to hang it between thirty and thirty-six inches above the tabletop.

Now you know the basics about the ideal size of modern chandeliers as well as how best to hang them in your home. Modern chandeliers are great for spicing up any room—go out and find one that will work with your décor today!

>Drapery Panels Are a Great Way to Spice Up Your Windows


Many times, we forget that our windows give us a great opportunity to express our personal styles. By decorating your windows with drapery panels, you can help to dress up a room and add even more pizzazz to your home décor.
Drapery panels come in a wide array of colors, styles, and materials. When you’re looking for the ideal drapery panels for one of your home’s rooms, you want to think carefully about each of these factors. Do you want a bright color for your drapery panels, or would bold colors conflict with other bright hues in the room? Do you want a subtler, neutral color such as tan or cream in order to ensure that your drapery panels will go with any home décor?

Next, think about the material that you want for your drapery panels. There are sheer fabrics as well as thick, solid fabrics, and each type can lend a different feel to your room. If you decide to go with sheer drapery panels, you may want to consider installing blinds for privacy’s sake.

Not only do drapery panels add aesthetic value to a room, but they also provide privacy. In this day and age, having a certain amount of privacy at home is invaluable, and with decorative drapery panels, you can do just that. Furthermore, drapery panels help to keep a room warm or cool. In these eco-conscious times, we’re all looking for ways to be greener and save on home energy costs. We bet that you never figured you could do it with gorgeous drapery panels—but you can!

While there are many options for drapery panels, there are even more options and combinations that can be made with the drapery hardware. The best way to approach purchasing a complete drapery set is to focus on your drapery panels first, and then move on to the accessories like the hardware.

By taking all of this into consideration, you can ensure that the drapery panels you’re purchasing are ideal for your room’s décor and overall feel.

>Tips for Best Hanging Decorative Wall Art


One way that you can really express your style is with decorative wall art. There are so many different kinds of decorative wall art available that you’re sure to be able to find an abundance that will complement your décor. However, one of the biggest issues that homeowners face is: What’s the best way to hang decorative wall art? Following are some tips that will help you to hang your decorative wall art in a way that’s flattering and stylish.

•           In general, you want to hang decorative wall art so that the center point of the artwork or group is at eye level. This is a good guideline to keep in mind, and it can help you to best plan which decorative wall art will look best where.
•           Many people find it helpful to lay out the decorative wall art on the floor before actually hanging it up. When you’re working with a group of photos or pieces, this can be very beneficial, as it will help you to realize what combination works best.
•           Stick to smaller pieces of decorative wall art for narrow hallways, and reserve the larger works for larger walls. This will help to keep your rooms feeling open and airy instead of cramped.
•           If you’re hanging your decorative wall art above a piece of furniture, make sure that the art isn’t longer than the furniture’s width. Otherwise, the decorative wall art will overpower the room and dwarf the furniture it’s above.
•           If you’re hanging decorative wall art in a dark hallway, be sure that there is ample lighting so that guests can enjoy the art.

Or you can skip hanging up your decorative wall art all together and display it on art shelves. The possibilities really are limitless; however, the above tips should be able to give you some solid guidelines to adhere to when hanging your decorative wall art.

>How to Choose the Best Contemporary End Tables for Your Room


Contemporary end tables are great ways to decorate and accessorize in any room. They add storage space as well as a flat surface that can be used to show off collectible items, pieces of art, or framed photographs. In particular, modern and contemporary end tables seem to be trending in the interior decorating industry. They’re simple and go with nearly any home décor, so it makes sense that they’re so popular. But how can you ensure that you’re selecting the right contemporary end table for one particular room? Take the following advice into consideration.

First, you want to figure out where you’d like to place your  contemporary end tables. If you’re looking for tables for your bedroom, you may want to place them on either side of the bed. On the other hand, you may be looking for a contemporary end table specifically for a bare corner in one room or another. By figuring out the placement of your contemporary end table, you can figure out the shape that you need in order for your table to best fit in the room.

Figuring out the contemporary end table placement also helps you figure out how large the furniture needs to be. If you want to place a couple of contemporary end tables on either end of a sofa, for example, you’ll want to choose tables that have heights and depths as close as possible to the sofa’s height and depth. This will help whoever is sitting on the sofa to better be able to reach the items on the contemporary end table. If you can’t find the exact right size, go for something that’s a tad smaller instead of something that’s larger.

Those are just a couple of things to keep in mind while shopping for your ideal contemporary end table. You want to be sure that you get a good, long life out of your furniture, so it’s important to spend a good deal of time researching in order to make sue that you get the most ideal contemporary end table possible.

Wallpaper 2.0

We live in an age of choices. When you stroll down an aisle at Kroger, you don’t find a couple brands of toothpaste. You find about a thousand. Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a tad, but it’s no secret that we Americans like choices. Looking for a shade of yellow paint? Try 50 of ’em! It’s no doubt that with wallpaper making such a strong comeback that our choices would exponentially explode. And, oh! have they. Traditional papers are great, but why not try something you may not have thought of before. Try these options on for size:

Grasscloth: The texture and color variation make solid grasscloths bold, but easy to work with at the same time. It can take on the aesthetic of any room you put it in from the most formal to the easiest casual. One word of warning: keep it minimal. One room is plenty. Any more than that and you run the risk of looking like you live in a tiki hut. Try Philip Jeffries for a beautiful range of colors.

Metallic Wallpaper: There’s nothing like a reflective surface to bring out the vanity in you. Metallic paper is all about high drama. I don’t think I need to tell you to use this sparingly. It makes a great accent wall. If you decide to paper an entire room make sure you break up the business with furniture, drapes, and some strategically placed art. Try Brocade Home for good options.

Chinese Tea Paper: Another dramatic option. It’s more forgiving than most wallpapers as it looks great when the papers overlap each other and make an uneven squares pattern. Place a mirror over it to make it super reflective and add some really colorful art all around it. Interested? Check out this article from Apartment Therapy for assistance.

Collage Walls: This option is one part wallpaper, one part just plain art. Grab some cool vintage posters, tear sheets you’ve collected, random drawings, and photos. Put it all together in a haphazard manner- the more imperfect, the better. Place your sofa beneath it and you have an instant conversation piece for every party. Not to mention you’ve already art-ified a wall and saved money on frames! Cest fantastique!