Can you say your home feels yours unless it’s filled with items that best speak of you? I highly doubt it! This is the secret to making a home homely and even if you can’t exactly afford to go for a grand uplift, you could pull it off by filling the gaps with homewares as they’re the accessories that add the finishing touch same way jewellery does with our outfits.
Considering there are many options of contemporary accessories home decor can be whatever you want it to be but you can’t just buy based on an impulse, you have to put some thought into it to decide what it is you need to best reflect your personality.
Of course you’d also have to use your budget to help narrow down your choices but it shouldn’t be the only factor. For instance, think first how certain pieces affect the cosiness of your interior; do they add to it or do they make for a mess?
Cushions are a great way to increase the comfort as are rugs and while it’s okay to match or mix and match try to avoid too much mixing and matching because you could get visual clutter and imbalance instead of harmonious ambiance; in other words, overstyling is a no no and it’s best to stick to carefully choosing the colours and patterns.
When you have bare walls and want to fill them with some liveliness you don’t have to resort to accent walls with wallpapers and go through all the trouble and extra expenses of installing them as there are contemporary accessories home decor could do well with like artworks and the stylish and functional wall clocks that steal the attention with their design and craftsmanship like the Nomon clocks.
One way of making the choosing easier for you is finding out what the current trends are, like biophilia, inviting more of nature at home, the tendency to decorate with dusty pink, and anything handmade from furniture to cloths to show off your skills and further personalise the place, but you don’t have to stick to trends exclusively or at all if they don’t represent you best.
One last aspect: Do you have enough brightness in your home? When you don’t have enough light it’s easy to get a dark gloomy outcome that messes with your mood so even if you don’t have as many windows as you want you could always use bright colours and mirrors placed to reflect the natural light from windows to do the trick.
Who says that tableware is boring?! Nowadays, manufacturers have surpassed themselves when it comes to creating tableware which means that today’s models can be everything but boring. With the huge choice of table ware, now you can make every meal a special occasion. But before making any rash decision, there are some important things you should know in order to make the right choice.
As we all know, tableware or also known as dishware is used for dining purposes and serving food, and it includes a variety of items like all kinds of plates, bowls, glassware, cutlery, etc. Table or place setting is the term used for the dishes, whereas glassware and cutlery used for both formal and informal dining. The setting and arrangement of the table, as well as the table decoration, mainly depend on the occasion, so with this comes the need for the different types of table ware. They are available in a range of materials, out of which tableware made of ceramic materials is the most commonly used form. Read More →
Lifestyles aside, having a place where we can relax in nature is something we all need. Having a chance to get away from the everyday city hustle and chaos is something we all crave from time to time, and the easiest and quickest way to have that is by investing in a prefab cabin. Read More →
If you have a large family, you understand just how easily your entire house can be turned into a never-ending chaos if even for just one day everyone decided to leave their shoes wherever they pleased. Even if that’s not on purpose, chances are your little ones don’t really pay much attention to all your requests to keep their things organized. I know mine don’t. Walk in the door and there are the shoes that your kids took off when they came from school and were ‘too tired’ to properly place; walk into the kitchen and you will probably step on someone’s indoor slippers; head into your bedroom and oops – there are the heels that you wore last night. It is indeed a never-ending shoe-story. Read More →
Families with children and pets in their home should be quite cautious and picky when buying flooring for their house. For these families, choosing a flooring material that is safe, durable, and easy to maintain is essential in order to make daily living and cleaning easier. Fortunately, with the plethora of flooring options available today, you don’t need to sacrifice quality and aesthetics for the sake of convenience. Here are some great options of durable floors you might want to consider. Read More →
Some people have the wonderful talent of being able to create items people would love to look at, often even to the extend of wanting to have them in their home. Other people, on the other hand, have a different type of talent which has to do with being able to arrange some of those items in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Decorative items have a very prominent role, even though they might be the last thing homeowners thinks about, meaning in order to be able to decorate, you first need to have everything else ready. But these items have the power to add a lot of character to a space, without spending too much money. That being said, let’s talk about three specific homewares that when used together can both complement each other and add a lovely oomph to a living room. Read More →
Summertime in Australia and the living is easy…and a little bit busy chasing bugs and so many other flying, crawling and buzzing “delights”. You just want to open a window to let some fresh air in, but that’s not all that gets in, is it? Insects can be a real problem during the warmer months and in order to avoid those annoying little creatures, we avoid opening a window either at night while sleeping or during the day when one desperately needs a bit of fresh breeze. Read More →
It’s no surprise buying online has continued to grow in popularity over the years; it provides you with the chance to take care of shopping in an instant, neither wasting of your time, nor effort.
Of course, this has been the case with shopping for smaller items, as opposed to the bigger still prefering the old-fashioned way. However, the trend with online furniture purchase isn’t an exception either, as it has seen significant increase as well.
You must admit, having the chance to buy home furniture online sure is appealing. Why rush wasting time making trips to local stores, when you can shop 24/7, quickly taking a look at a wide range of products from leading manufacturers, meticulously organised in categories, filled with product information, at the furniture online stores.
Along with getting great value for your money, and the chance to get great deals with quality pieces, when you buy home furniture online you can also count on hassle-free, and secure shopping experience. Here are a few headsup so you can make the most of this kind of purchase, and have the makeover of your dreams done in no time.
If you want to be sure on the quality, it’s always advisable to do a bit of search. Look for reviews of the store, manufacturers, brands, and products of your interest. Also, looking into a stores About Us section so you’d find out more information about them beforehand.
For instance, you’d get to know their warranties, shipping fees, delivering (preferably door-to-door), return policies, whether items are assembled or not, and see if maybe they have a showroom that you can check out when you’ve set your eyes on some items. When they aren’t assembled, you can even count on better deals, saving a few dollars assembling them yourself.
Sure, it’s always better to take a look at items physically, but when buying online, you learn how to be more attentive, paying attention to a product’s description, particularly that with the information about the materials it’s made of. Some stores offer you the possibility to take a closer look at the materials, and fabrics, by zooming in the products.
Most stores note other bits of information such as size (width, height, depth) of furniture pieces, and colour, so you wouldn’t have to wonder based on a picture, whether a certain item is too large or too small for your space, is dark brown, or actually black.
Pay attention to all of this when shopping online, and you can get your peace of mind what you pay for is what you get. Fun shopping!
Though darkness can help out with ambiance when you want to get a somewhat more intimate, romantic look, I still wouldn’t give up brightness for anything; mostly because when I first bought my apartment, all the darkness seemed warm, but the more I spent time in it, the more it felt like I actually bought a cave, despite the large windows that had no coverings.
Even if you think you’re more in favour of the darkness, you can’t deny it’s brightness that can bright up a mood, and darkness can lead to monotony. You may try to accept and embrace the fact you live in sort of a cave, but I’m not going to lie to you, it won’t turn your home into a comfortable place. After getting a few complaints from my parents whenever they were over for a visit, I decided it was high time for some long-awaited alterations.
Though I expected it would be more of a Herculean task, with the help of the internet, I came up with some ingenious solutions that saved me from a grand makeover – thank God for the internet! The items that I first had in mind to amp up the brightness, by creating a sense of openness at the same time, were mirrors because of their reflecting properties placed opposite the well-lit areas, but not wanting to risk my privacy being all too vulnerable and exposed despite the darkness, I brought in the roman blind to play.
Roman blinds have long been among the favourites in Australian homes considering they’re simple, yet at the same time sophisticated, so they are suitable for any interior style without creating visual clutter, and still give you the right amount of control over privacy. As for brightness, you have plenty of fabric options to choose from, depending on the amount of light and privacy you’re after, so there’s the right model for everyone.
What I love about the roman blind window covering are the soft folds, the ingenious back batten system, the easy installation, low maintenance, and the pastel tones. When it comes to pastels, as soon as you incorporate their charm in your interior, you immediately level up the brightness. If you can afford it, consider purchasing some pieces of furniture in pastels as well.
I figured if there’s a style that’s all about bringing brightness in, it’s got to be the Scandinavian – bear in mind Scandinavians have rather dark winters, some as up to 60 days or constant night! And that’s how, piece by piece, I started welcoming this style in my apartment, and so far, so good, my home does appear to be brighter. The finishing touches are of course lighting fixtures, but not just any; it’s brightness you want, not more shadows and darkness around, so go for skylights as they provide a soft glow and light up the whole area.