January 28, 2012
How to maximize small space
Invest on furniture with multiple use. There are many pieces out there which are does not only function as you might obviously perceive but they also make great storage solutions.
Choose light hues in painting your rooms. Lighter shades have a tendency to make your room look more spacious and open. Opt for creams, pale blues, grays and others.
Use mirrors to reflect light and open up an area. If you have limited funds, find good deals at flea markets and garage sales.
Give your furniture some breathing space by angling your furniture instead of shoving them against the wall. There are pieces that look better at an angle or surrounded by space compared to being placed against the wall.
Choose monochromatic colors. Paint the walls and details using different shades of a color. You can also go for a light color tinted with a darker one for trims and detailing.
Give your ceiling texture with bright colors and fun fixtures. These can draw the eye upward to create an illusion of height in the area.
Ditch the curtains and leave your window uncovered. This will trick the eyes into thinking that your space is wide. Provided of course, that you have natural beauty of landscape at your yard.
Find a prominent furniture to highlight in a room. One big furniture provides the room an airier atmosphere compared to displaying a lot of small pieces everywhere.
For a more organized look, arranged pieces according to color. Arranged decorative items, books or flower vases by color makes the room more streamlined and in order.
January 15, 2012
Most of my time is spent in our bedroom and it is important for me that it is neat and our things, organized. It is the place where I rest and relax, it is imperative that the place is not a source of stress.
Here are some tips for you and me to keep our rooms a place of rest and relaxation.
Keep your room clutter-free. Our room also serves as my work place and I can’t really concentrate on writing if there are toys, books and clothes scattered around me. Invest on effective organizational items like racks, shelves, cabinets, etc to keep things in place.
Try putting some fresh flowers in your room. It will not only add color and life into your bedroom but it will also make you feel relaxed.
Use essential oils to or use potpourri which greatly help in reducing stress and freshening up your room.
Go for blue when choosing bedroom colors. Experts believe that color blue affects our autonomic nervous system or that part of our body that operates without our conscious control. This color helps lower the heart rate and blood pressure and it slows the breathing. Color therapy experts claim that blue has a calming and relaxing effect and it lulls you to sleep. Also try adding blue blankets, pillows and rugs if your room is not due for a fresh coat of paint.
January 4, 2012
Tips on how to clean your house like a pro:
Work from top to bottom. It means start from the ceiling down to your floor. You do not want to sweep first and then remove the cobwebs afterward. It calls for another sweeping, as we all know.
Dispose things that you have not used for a year. Give away clothing, shoes, toys, books and what-have-yous to people and charity who can still find them useful.
Do not forget to clean your drawers and cabinets. Get rid of moths and other bugs that might be residing inside them.
Clean your light bulbs.Clean your lamps’ removable parts and wipe the fixed parts with cloth.
Change and wash or dry clean your curtains regularly. Do the same with your upholstery covers.
Remove and wash your linens, quilts, duvets and pillows. Those made of natural and synthetic fibers can be washed.
Share the load. Though I prefer working alone, sometimes I also enlist the help of my daughter to teach her the right way of cleaning the house/ our room. It is a good way to bond with her too!