Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 17:24:43 PM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Leave your shoes at the door. Now that your bedroom is clutter‐free and clean, it's time to commit to keeping it that way. Start a no‐shoes policy – in your whole house if you can, but at least in the bedroom. Place a table or basket outside your bedroom door to remind you to drop work materials, cell phones and other gadgets before entering your new zone of calm. Create an organic bed. If you are in need of a new mattress (and can afford to spring for it) by all means go for one of the wonderful organic versions on the market today. But if not, that doesn't mean you can't green up your bed. Try topping your mattress with a natural mattress pad and adding organic pillows and sheets. Organic goods are so mainstream now, they can be found at all price points. Consider the walls and floors. While it does take more effort than any of the previous steps, addressing your walls and floors is an important part of creating a more ecofriendly bedroom. If you are looking to change the wall color, seek out paint containing low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you have old, peeling paint that may contain lead, use caution and seek professional guidance for the best way to cover it. For the floor, I recommend choosing hard flooring over wall‐to‐wall carpeting, which is notoriously difficult to clean and tends to contain VOCs. If you already have wall‐to‐wall carpeting in place, you can choose to have it removed or simply cover much of it with a natural fiber area rug. Choose the right color palette for your needs.
Published at Tuesday, June 06th 2017, 15:37:11 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Bump‐out table and globe light. A waterfall‐edge table attached to the wall takes up little floor space, yet has a big presence. Hanging a simple pendant light directly over the table focuses attention on the area and provides a warmer glow than the regular kitchen lighting.
Published at Tuesday, June 06th 2017, 15:33:07 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Invest in a blue chip: A case for retro. Anything retro should be considered a keepsake piece of furniture that has the potential to be handed down from generation to generation. The dining table that catches your eye at a market or auction may not be particularly fashionable or even fit into your present decor scheme, but don't let that deter you from buying something of quality and style from another era. It may well prove to be the best investment of all, escalating in value in the decades to come.
Published at Thursday, June 01st 2017, 16:10:11 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Settle on a shape that will work in most rooms. Round tables look good in compact rooms and living areas that have square dining zones. They also offer flexible seating. If you buy a six‐seater, eight can usually be accommodated at a pinch – the larger the diameter, the more people can be seated. On the other hand, rectangular tables have limited seating spots due to the position of the table legs and because only one person can be seated at each end. However, if you choose a rectangular table with leaves, the table can be extended to accommodate extra guests whenever an event is planned, such as for a family Christmas or birthday party.
Published at Thursday, June 01st 2017, 16:10:04 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Bench on one side, chairs on the other. Putting a low bench on one side of the dining table in place of chairs is an easy way to break up a set, typically costs less than buying individual chairs and is great for small spaces. Try an upholstered bench for comfort during leisurely meals or a wooden bench for a sleeker look.
Published at Tuesday, May 30th 2017, 06:20:13 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Stick to one material. Choosing a theme for your mantelpiece display is a helpful way to impose some stylistic order. Try picking items made from the same material. Here glass objects of various sizes look fresh and pretty on this mantel, but you could choose to group wooden, ceramic, silver or brightly painted items.
Published at Monday, May 29th 2017, 17:30:30 PM by Edda Braune. Interior. Bring depth to a neutral room. If color isn't your thing, create interest with texture. In this room a range of items with texture, from the natural wood to the touch‐me throw and rug, add plenty of interest.
Published at Monday, May 29th 2017, 15:20:10 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. The Greek‐key‐patterned pillow above combines many of the elements used in the room. It's a classic print that has a modern, graphic look. The pewter beading detail and champagne color bring in the gray‐brown tones used throughout the room.