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Simple Decorating Ideas For Your Window Sill

If they say, “The eyes are the windows of your soul,” is it also safe to say, “your windows are the eyes that provide the windows of your home’s soul.” That was just my analogy but let’s admit it, a drab window sill is a bit boring, don’t you think.

For many minimalists, having too much decoration on their window sill defeats the purpose of having a clean and minimal living. However, there are some who prefers to add a little touch of life (aside from life seeping in) to something that is necessary for a house.

Some houses have windows without provision for an extra space to add something decorative and fun to add character to a home. Other houses have wider window sill that can give them the opportunity to decorate as they please depending on their style and preference.

If you prefer to decorate your window as simple as possible just to add character and color to your home, here are some inspiration to get you started.

 

Add various shapes of vases and jars

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I love seeing various sizes and shapes of jars displayed along a window sill. I also like seeing those big apothecary jars with odd shapes and glass caps. They add a certain flair to a seeming bland window set-up. You can go full on color blocking with the color motif or stick to a rather conservative monochromatic tone to complement the design of your room.

Below photo shows a beautiful array of various apothecary jars. You can fill them up with small river rocks, sands of various colors, and even knick and knacks from other holiday decors.

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Add small succulents

A plain window sill can liven up with the addition of small plants like succulents which are low maintenance and does not require frequent watering that will mess up your place.

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Add coffee table books

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Wide window sill provides added storage space for bigger items that you want to display like your coffee table books. The wide dimension can hold thick and heavy books that would normally look odd in a book shelf.

Coffee table books are that normally have beautiful pictures that catches the eyes of the reader. It is not always thick and heavy but big enough to place on your table for either display or added entertainment.

 

Add small pots of plants

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Plants add life to any window sill, whether they are colorful or mono-colored tones.  Putting flowery small plants can add color to your window and home too.

 

Add novelty decors

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Putting your novelty items on display are great conversation pieces, aside from adding flair to your home. Bigger collectibles are perfect items to display on your window sill. And the more eclectic it is, the better.

 

There are certainly many ways to dress up a plain window sill and not overpower it with decors that it make your window sill cluttered. You do not have to spend a fortune to pull any of these styles off. All you need are probably there in your home already. And of course, add some fun and creative juice into it.

Happy decorating!

How To Make Your Garden Workshop More Secure

 

Some people put some serious work into their gardens. For most people, this means that they usually create a workshop near their garden where they can store and organize supplies and tools. Necessary planning can also occur here as well, with usually a white board and dry erase markers providing a necessary means to draw out plans and keep track of important dates. However, there also needs to be some way of securing this safe haven in order to make sure that it not only does its assigned job of acting as storage but also so that the other projects may be completed as well. Here are simple ways to secure the workshop:

From The Floor Up

It helps if the large garden workshop is designed for security from the floor up. It is best to start with a cement floor so that the workshop has a solid foundation. This should enable to keep any supplies reasonably dry, especially if the foundation is at least a few inches above ground level. Upon this should be built the workshop itself, even if it is just essentially a regular garden workshop. The workshop itself should be as weatherproof as possible, and should have some decent ventilation. The door should be lockable from the inside and out, ensuring a secure working environment. Combined with a basic close circuit television or webcam, the workshop can be made reasonably secure.

Additional Security Measures

The workshop can be made additionally secure with just a few extra measures. A decent first aid kit should be in place for at least the most basic of accidents. The workshop should also be within view of the house so that it can be easily checked in order to allay suspicion of break ins, or to easily confirm that it has happened from the security of the house. A simple alarm system can also be set up, as well as extending the house security to the workshop. With a little care, it can be secured against any basic problem.

Some Basic Security Suggestions:

  • Make sure that the lock used is strengthened steel and easily replaceable.
  • You can buy a small camera that can be accessed via the web for better security.
  • Make sure that you have a list of items in the workshop in case of theft.
  • Limit access to the workshop as much as possible.
  • Make sure that the workshop has a cement floor if at all possible.

By following this advice, your workshop should be a secure place to work. You will not only be able to maintain plans for your garden, but also make sure that your tools will be secure and safe as well. The workshop should be a place you can go to be safe in the knowledge that you can work there and enjoy your time. It does not take much to create a safe place, and it can be well worth the time and effort to make the workshop a great place for you to work.

Preparing Your Home For A Spring Kitchen Remodel

As the Winter comes to an end, the planning that homeowners have been doing surrounding their remodel ideas will start to be put into action. Remodeling in the Spring is a great idea because it gives you the rest of the year indoors and outdoors to enjoy the work that has been done.

Here are some ways that you can get ready for a Spring Kitchen remodel this year:

Have a 3D model built for you:

If you have ever been cabinet shopping before, you will likely remember that a lot of cabinet showrooms have beautiful kitchen display units already built. So it is possible to travel around to different showrooms and view the latest designs by local manufacturers. At the same time at companies like www.instockkitchens.com, they stock all their inventory in their warehouse in Pennsylvania, but they display it all online. In order to help you to make the best possible choice, they have an online 3D Model option that will allow you to create 3D models of what you want with a consultant for free. Once you have your model, you can compare it with what you intended to do so that you can validate that it is the best choice for you.

Consider refacing as an option:

When you reface your cabinets, you continue to use the exact same cabinet configuration in your kitchen. The upgrade is where you pull the wood off the facing and then pull the door and drawer faces off and replace them with a new design, style, and color. An installation like this takes almost no time. Normally the homeowner that requested the upgrade will end up saving quite a bit of money on affordable quality cabinets that end up looking like they are installed custom cabinets when they are done.

Use customer service online to help you design:

You are likely pretty busy. You don’t have time to run around to 100 stores hoping that you will bump into the perfect cabinets for your home. If you decide instead to purchase your cabinets online at a place like instockkitchens.com, feel free to use their customer service to answer any questions that you have about the design process. Stores that are online to help you save money often staff their website with expert employees that can give you pointers that will save you time and money

Technology Is Giving Rug Buyers More Choices Than Ever

It used to be that when you planned to remodel or upgrade a room, you would have a set amount of rug choices that ranged from antique rugs to modern rugs that followed a set pattern that conformed to the manufacturer’s ability to turn a profit on that particular style. Given the fact that if you purchase a rug, you will likely keep it for the life of your home or at least for decades, that tended to be somewhat limiting.

Today, because people probably ought to have the range of choices that technology can allow, the industry has created options that allow homeowners to keep features that they want like 100 percent handmade rugs, while still advancing the number of design options that are available. How are they doing it? Digitized design development and advanced implementation capabilities allow them to be successful with fewer and fewer rugs for each design.

Here are some options that are proving to be popular in the new world of rug buying:

Traditional Designs:

Companies like Rothrugs.com have forged ahead with their design departments, pulling some of the most popular traditional designs from Europe and Asia and applying them to handmade rugs that will enhance any home in your house. One of the differences between traditional rugs and antique rugs is that traditional pieces tend to be purchased for their unique and individualized design characteristics while antique rugs typically follow a set style that matches the geography from whence they came.

Southwestern Designs:

Although Southwestern rugs have been popular since Route 66 opened up in the 20th century, access to the wide variety of unique design options that are available hasn’t been that guaranteed until online merchants started stockpiling a wide range of designs. Consequently, they are proving to be one of the more popular choices for homeowners. Appreciation of Native American art is one type of conversation that will liven up your party in the same way that your rug will create years of enjoyment.

Oriental Designs:

When you look at oriental designs, keep in mind that some carpets in museums are older than 1500 years. So even though there are some design aficionados that will point out that there isn’t that much flexibility from some manufacturers, there is still a strong market for traditional manufacturers that take orders from retailers that demand input into the pattern design process. If you are more of a rug patron, you will probably find it rewarding to know that your range of choices has grown considerably in the last decade.

Design technology continues to have a positive impact on the number of options that homeowners have. Finding the right retail partner online with that in mind can help you have much greater piece of mind when you bring your new rug home.

 

Beautiful Fall Mantle Decoration

The cool breeze in the morning is ushering the coming of autumn. And all the more I am getting very excited to have our dream home constructed. Looking at beautiful pictures of houses with fireplace mantles to accommodate the decorations you can put for every season is just inviting. I found these pictures in the internet and I am saving them for inspiration. These pictures will give me the design ideas I need for my faux fireplace’s mantle.

They are all pretty and I think they will look great in our dream home.

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