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Guest rooms are important in family homes, creating extra space for guests and extra family members when they come to visit. If you want your guests to walk away happy and have an enjoyable stay with you, you should ensure that your guest room is inviting, welcoming and comfortable for your guests. However, your guest room should also be convenient for you, and so you should also consider the practical aspects, such as convertibility.
The first thing that you should think about when creating the perfect guest room is how convenient it is for you. Your room should be practical for when you have no guests visiting, ensuring that you do not use unnecessary resources on its creation. Then, you should aim for simplicity when creating a guest room. For instance, simply add a bed to a living room, or create a guest nook in another room for a practical and easy way to create a space for guests to stay. You should also ensure that your guest room has all the basics that your guests will need, such as a wardrobe, mirror and bed.
If practicality is high on your list of must-haves, you should consider your guest room’s convertibility. Guest rooms can make great home offices or even entertainment or theater rooms when you do not have guests staying. By simply including a few different pieces of furniture, you can ensure that your room has multiple uses. For instance, you should consider investing in convertible beds such as pull-out, Murphy or sofa beds, which can then be transformed into a place to relax, or simply stowed away to create a home office. Anima Domus’s Italian wall bed system is comfortable and easy to clear into the wall of a home office, allowing you the extra space to complete all of your work before the guests arrive.
You should also ensure that your guest room is spacious, allowing your guests more space to move around and enjoy their stay. You can make your rooms look more spacious through painting their walls in neutral or white color palettes as this will give the appearance that your room is larger than it really is. You can also create more space through your storage methods. You should consider under-the-bed storage for your guest room. As many guest rooms are converted spare rooms, this will enable you to use the room for both storage and guests, maximizing the space that you have available to you.
4. Welcoming Environment
Most importantly, you want to create a fantastically welcoming environment for your guests. Try adding a tea tray of biscuits and a kettle for the ultimate comforting experience. You may also want to add different textiles to the room such as rugs and cushions to add an extra aspect of personalization and ensure that your room looks wonderful for your guests. This will mean that your guest room is both practical and as welcoming as a hotel for your guests.
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There is no better gift that you can give to a loved one, than the gift of precious memories captured forever on a beautiful canvas. Simple Canvas Prints has the perfect gift ideas for your loved ones. You can turn cherished family photos into beautiful works of art that can be displayed in your home!
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This year, I wanted to give my daughter and her new husband something special for Christmas. My daughter and son-in-law (who is in the Air Force) have moved from Utah to Texas, then to Florida and now back to Utah, all in under two year's time! Now that they are settled in yet another new home, I thought it would be nice to have a beautiful canvas print of the two of them to decorate their wall. Below is the one I chose and ordered from Simple Canvas Prints. Isn't it beautiful?
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It is never too early to be shopping for the holidays! I always try to start in late September/early October! (But even then, sometimes I am not even close to being done in time for Christmas. I am always on the lookout for unique gifts to buy for my loved ones, and I was excited to come across this really cool home decor site called Axent Home Goods.
Axent Home Goods brings you beautiful, affordable home accents from around the world. From the modern to the exotic, from the locally-produced to the globally-sourced, they carry an eclectic array of décor pieces, each with a distinct sense of place.
Their selection is constantly changing, so please visit their website often for the latest décor finds. (And if you see something you really like, you must grab it fast. Many items are rare or one-of-a-kind!) Fill your home with gorgeous creations from Brooklyn artists, Chinese potters, Turkish weavers, Haitian metalworkers, Danish designers, and much more.
You are sure to find that perfect gift for someone special! Take a look at this gorgeous vase (below). Can you imagine the look of pure delight on your loved one's face when they receive this elegant and tasteful piece?
Musical Maidens Handmade Blue and White Ceramic Vase
This traditional Chinese vase, this lightweight classic piece features a happy scene of maidens playing musical instruments at a picnic. Great holiday gift idea! Made in Jingdezhen. Ceramic. 10″ height. You can enter to win it below!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Musical Maidens Handmade Blue and White Ceramic Vase! (ARV: $50)
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Axent Home Goods founder Eva Dilmanian brings you her favorite home decor discoveries from travels around the world. Follow her on Instagram @axenthomegoods.
How many photos do you reckon you take in a year? One rough estimate for 2017 was that 1.2 trillion digital photos were snapped throughout the year - and that was in fact a pretty conservative estimate based on one billion of the five billion smartphone owners across the world using the camera function on their phone to snap an average of three a day.
What exactly can you do with all those photos of your kids, your family, your friends and those fun nights out with the girls? There are only so many photos you can upload to Instagram and Facebook after all.
So why not put some of them up around the house? Photo displays can be cheap and easy ways to show off your memories and brighten up a room with truly personal pieces of art.
Here are five ways to display your photos
Display your photos in coasters
Nobody likes coffee rings on their brand new table. Prevent it from happening with a set of homemade coasters. Simply print out the photos you want to use, fix them to white tiles using decoupage glue and then when that has dried, apply more decoupage glue over the top, adding three layers with two hours between each application. Once they’ve dried overnight, apply three layers of clear acrylic sealant to insure they are completely waterproof and prevent indents from appearing and leave to dry again, after which you’ll have your own homemade coasters.
Create your own calendar
The household calendar is an indispensable way of keeping track with what is going on. Most of us use a calendar at least once a day, so why not dispense with one featuring cute dogs or world landmarks and build a personalized calendar with a raft of family photos? Websites such as Calendarcraze.Com allow you to do just that.
Hang up your photos using clips and string
When you think of developing photos before the advent of digital photography, do you picture a darkroom with photos peg to pieces of string dangling from the ceiling? You can make a nod to the traditional way in which photos use to be transferred from film to picture by displaying your photos pegged to string hung across a wall.
Or use a tree branch for that rustic look
Take the above idea and move it on a step further, by hanging polaroids from a tree branch attached to the wall, creating a rustic looking piece of art.
Pin photos to a map to show off your travel memories
If you are well traveled, then you’ll probably have photos from all around the country or the world. What better way to display them than by purchasing a giant map and pinning them to the city or country they were taken in. You could even go one stop further and cut your photos into the shape of the places you’ve been to display them. Visited Buckingham Palace? Cut it into the shape of Great Britain and display it over the United Kingdom on the map. You’ll be creating your own little window into the world and have a constant reminder of the great times you’ve had on vacation.
My family has recently gone through several precious milestones. Over the last 24 months, we have had our three oldest children get married. This past January, we welcomed our first grand daughter. To help us capture and preserve these treasured times in our lives, we have taken what feels like a million photos. Many of these photographs will be adorning the walls of our home.
One of my favorite ways to preserve my family's memorable occasions is by getting the photos printed onto canvas. I was happy to have discovered
CanvasChamp does much more than just print photos on canvas. They help their customers create their own personalized art in the most innovative, simple and fun way possible.They're passionate about quality - that’s why they guarantee their canvas prints for life, using only the highest quality materials.
I was given the chance to review Canvas Champ, and so I decided to start with a photo that was taken recently of my youngest son, Braxton, and his Daddy (my husband, Jon). It wasn't a wedding photo, or a family vacation photo, but a special moment between father and son.
I love this photo because of how happy my husband and son look. They were hanging out at the lake nearby our home. It was a special father-son day, and my oldest son took the picture. My husband even had dirt on his shirt, but that portrays how hard he plays with his children. He is such a wonderful father, and he gets his clothes dirty when he is having fun.
It was so easy to use the Canvas Champ website. All I had to do was select the size I wanted, and then upload my photo. Within a few days, my canvas portrait was delivered to my home.
I am extremely pleased with Canvas Champ. I have reviewed several different canvas print companies, and Canvas Champ is the best one I have tried. The photo is so clear, the quality is sharp. The prices are very affordable, too. I have not found better prices anywhere! What more could I ask for?
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
There are several ways to add punch and impact to what might otherwise be a bland room: you could give it a fresh coat of paint, add a potted plant, or switch out the décor. An easier way to give any room a splash of color or a point of interest is by adding throw pillows. They can make any surface appear instantly inviting. We show you how to take any room from boring to brilliant with throw pillows below:
Keep to a Tight Color Palette
A cohesive color palette guarantees maximum visual impact. Choose decorative throw pillows that keep to the same color spectrum, or in complimentary shades. Use these to adorn your seating areas.
Mix and Match Your Textures
As above, use a common color to tie your throw pillows together, but don’t be afraid to bring in some interest in the form of different patterns and textures. Having them in all the same color can keep it from looking too busy, while still drawing the eye.
Combine Different Sizes
Using different size pillows is also one way of keeping things interesting. To keep the space looking neat and polished, try arranging them in a symmetrical way in order to lessen the haphazard feeling. A rule of thumb that’s easy to remember is keeping your largest pillows on the outside in the furthest corners, getting steadily smaller going inward.
Patterns vs. Solids
You can combine patterned, printed throw pillows with those in a solid color. However, give your room a once-over first. If you already have a busy backdrop, such as a patterned wallpaper, decorative couch covers or elaborate curtains, you may want to tone it down several notches with the pillows. It’s best if the print throw pillows match with the majority of the print already present in the room for cohesion.
Consider the Number of Pillows
You don’t want to have so many pillows on the couch that there won’t be room for people to have a seat. Modern design calls for throw pillows in an odd number, as opposed to having them in pairs, which feels more traditional. Having a few big pillows is also better than having an overabundance of small ones.
Scale the Pillows to the Furniture
Throw pillows that are too big for your couch are actually not a very attractive option – it takes up all the room, making it look as if a person couldn’t sit. Standard 18-inch squares are a neat option for sofas with typical dimensions. If your couch is bigger than normal, scale them up. For love seats and arm chairs, smaller is better.
Yes, the throw pillows are decorative, but pillows are first and foremost all about adding comfort. When you use a stiff filling, you may as well adorn your seats with bricks. While it isn’t necessary to get the priciest inserts, you may want to invest in some that contain a blend of feather, down, or both. These pillows not only provide welcome cushioning for you and your guests but also stay temperate regardless of the climate. For fuller pillows, size up your inserts to give them an overstuffed look that’s warm and inviting.
Throw pillows soften the visual edges of any room and can make any space seem homier. Use them as an affordable way to keep your décor updated and show off your designing flair. How do you decorate with pillows?
This Valentine's Day, choose something from the heart. Apollo Box makes it easy with their amazing selection of unique gifts. It may be hard to decide because of their vast array of creative and trendy gifts, but you are certain to find something that would be absolutely perfect for your Valentine.
Another really wonderful thing about Apollo Box, is that they are also a subscription service, in which you can sign up to receive a surprise box filled with one-of-kind treasures to share, or to keep for yourself. How fun! You will certainly always have something special on hand for birthdays and other gifting occasions.
The folks at Apollo Box believe shopping should be fun. They celebrate the act of discovery. They work with small vendors from all over the world to share their products and spread their stories. They want you to find things you are so excited about that you want to share them with your friends.
Apollo Box is dedicated to help you spread joy and happiness to your friends and family with creative, heartfelt gifts. With all sorts of great gifts to choose from, they promise you will find something that highlights every important moment in a loved one's life. Their gifts stand out, and will leave a lasting impression with your family, friends and co-workers.
I was having a lot of fun browsing through Apollo Box's website. I wanted to find something special to give to my brand new baby grand daughter who was born January 19th. (An early Valentine's Day gift for her parents as well.)
I wanted something that would have a special meaning, and would be an item that could be used throughout the baby's life. I chose this beautiful Crystal Music Box. I chose the bubbling sea globe.
With a flick of the switch, this rotating music box leaves a comforting illuminated design on the ceiling and a cozy glow in the room as it plays a lovely melody. My son and his wife love it because it gives off just enough light in their room (where the baby sleeps) so that they can see her, yet not so bright that it makes sleeping impossible. My daughter in law is able to feed and change the baby without turning on any additional lights in the night. The unique rotating light pattern that illuminates the ceiling is mesmerizing to gaze at. It comes with a charger and the light will last for 8 to 12 hours. Perfect for saving energy, and if they ever have a power outage due to winter storms, they are set!
I can tell that this Crystal Music Box is made of high quality materials, as seems apparent by the solid globe and its maple wood base. I am certain that it will last for many years and be a useful and treasured family item. I am especially happy to have chosen a gift that has been appreciated and is being enjoyed by my son, my daughter in law, and their precious new baby. I am thankful to have found such a perfect gift thanks to Apollo Box!
I am now in the process of selecting something for my sweet husband for Valentine's Day, and I am very excited because I know he will love it!
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To find your perfect Valentine's gift, go to: https://www.theapollobox.com/
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
It is not too early to be shopping for holiday gifts! I am planning mine now, but there is always someone on my list that I have no clue about what I should buy for them. So then I got to thinking, what would make that person happy? A glowing, soothing lava lamp can be the gift that keeps on giving. I know that I would love to receive one myself, so why not?
Give the gift of colorful illumination with one of Lava's® unique and captivating lamps. From tweens to dad, Lava® Lamp has a variety of lamps to please everybody on your list.
From Stocking Stuffers to Festive Décor,
New Items from Pop-Culture Icon This Halloween & Holiday Season
Always reinventing and staying on-trend, Lava® Lamp introduces new designs in the same iconic shape, plus adds LED lighting to the mix! From an interactive chalkboard and mini volcano to a simulated fireplace, these lamps go beyond Lava® motion and breathe new life into the ever-popular “original shape of cool!” Available starting August 1st and perfect for the holiday season, Lava® Lamp stays fresh with fun twists on an old favorite.
Lava® Lamp, a pop-culture icon since 1965, has added many innovative ideas into their designs including etching on the glass (Frosted), combining glitter and wax (Double Play) and adding sound (Halloween)! “While we celebrate our iconic brand and heritage we are always looking to the future and pushing innovation, says Clay Farnsworth, President and CEO. Our team is constantly refreshing the product offering to stay on top of current trends and introducing new novelty lighting that steps out of our iconic shape so that we have a well-rounded, exciting product line to offer our fans.”
The new lamps include (photo shown from left to right):
- Glitter Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
- Chalkboard Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
- Glittermax™ Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
- Frosted Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
- Halloween Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
- Double Play™ Lava® Lamp – 18.5” ($59.99)
- 17” Lava® Lamps – Rainbow Glitter, Rainbow and Travel Deco ($24.99)
- Fireplace Lamp – 14.5” ($24.99)
- Sandcastle Lamp – 14.5” ($24.99)
- LED Lava® Lamp – 10” ($9.99)
- Mini Volcano Lava® Lamp – 10” ($14.99)
Switching gears from lamps to lights, Lava® Lamp unveils battery-operated LED pull and string lights, perfect for parties, dorm rooms, lockers and more! No wall power sourced needed, light can be added to any space with the pull lights or color changing string lights, which are available in seven fun motifs – stars, hearts, bows, flip flops, popsicles, flamingos and the Lava® Lamp iconic shape.
For more information and/or to purchase, visit www.lavalite.com . Beginning August 1st, all lamps and lights will be available online and at fine retailers across the country.
Lifespan brands is a Chicago based company which sells its unique branded products in several countries around the world. It is a leader in managing and building recognizable and highly valued branded consumer products including: Lava® Lamps, party products, novelty lighting and bathroom scales. Lifespan brands holds the US trademark rights to the iconic Lava® Lamp shape and name Lava® Lamp and their products are sold across various distribution channels in US, Canadian, and European retailers.
For more information, please visit www.lavalite.com or follow at @LavaLamp on Twitter and Facebook or @LavaTheOriginal on Instagram.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
If you are looking for easy and affordable ways to redecorate your living room, bedroom or even your kid's dorm room,
WallPops has everything you would need! (I would love to decorate my entire home with WallPops if I could.) There are so many great ideas!
With bright colors, bold designs, easy-to-use removable nature of the product and affordable prices, WallPops is the perfect choice for anybody looking to freely incorporate eye-catching designs. There are several styles perfect for baby and decorating a nursery. There are fun designs for kid’s rooms, and posh looks for tweens and teens. WallPops also features a wealth of ideas for sophisticated décor. From contemporary to classic, funky to functional, there are styles to complement any palate.
I was given the chance to review some WallPops and I chose the items below. (Not all of these photos are my own.)
I selected the adorable Gold Confetti Dry Erase Calendar and Message Board Set for my 17 year-old daughter's bedroom. I originally was planning to use it in the kitchen, but she fell in love with it and definitely needed a dry-erase calendar, so I let her have it.
She is already putting it to good use (below) but she needs to change it to February! (I'm sorry about the awful photo....my flash was on.)
I wanted to try out some of WallPops decorative room panels for the living room, so I chose the Sanctuary Room Panels. I thought they looked so stylish! I really haven't decided where to hang them yet, however.
For now, I have placed them on my fireplace hearth, and I think they really do look amazing there! I might leave them. They really help to spruce things up! (These panels are not stickers, so I can easily move them if I change my mind where I want them.)
Third, I chose this adorable Dry Erase Map for my nine year-old son's bedroom, but I have not put it up yet because I am waiting until I paint his room. I do love it though, and I think it will look amazing in his room, just like it is shown in this photo below. (Taken from the WallPops website.)
I love the idea of this map because it is a dry-erase map, and my son can circle places he has been or would like to go one day!
I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to review a few of WallPops high quality products! I am thrilled with them and I will continue to order from their website, I can't wait to redecorate some more rooms in my house!
For more information or to place an order go to: http://www.wallpops.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Every home owner knows that tackling spruce up projects, especially those involving painting, can quickly rack up the cost or the stress. It’s very easy to save tons of money by painting your home yourself but most of us don’t know the right tools to use for patching, priming and painting.
Enter 3M Patch Plus Primer; a cost-effective and efficient way to prepare your walls for painting with an all-in-one kit that includes everything you need:
- 3M’s revolutionary Patch plus primer
- Four-inch self-adhesive patch
- Putty knife
- Sanding pad.
After your walls are prepped, painter’s tape is the perfect tool for sharper paint lines. New ScotchBlue Multi-Surface and Delicate Surface tapes now have Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector, making it easy for you to paint your walls without worrying about uneven paint lines!
My son, Braxton's room was in dire need of a fresh paint job. His walls had holes in them that needed patching. He had also marked and scribbled all over his walls with marker and crayon. I did not see how we were going to cover this up!
The above is what one of Braxton's walls looked like before I used Enter 3M Patch Plus Primer. I had never done a project like this before. Usually it is my husband who does any household repairs or painting jobs, but he has been out of town for work so much that I gave it a try myself. I was amazed at how easy it was. This products worked great and dried very quickly. I think I did a really good job patching things up. After my paint job (two coats), you can't even tell that there was a hole there! (See below.)
I used the ScotchBlue Multi-Surface tape around the windows and door frames to keep paint from getting everywhere, and I think that I did a great job, considering this was my first time painting a room all by myself. (I don't think I would have done as well if I did not have the help that I did from 3M.)
To learn more about 3M or for some great DIY tips go to: http://diy.3m.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.