Sunday, November 22, 2009

Here Comes Christmas - Time To Decorate Your Dining Room for Christmas Dinner


You had better start thinking about Christmas now as it always arrives before you know it and you never get the chance to have everything just right. Start planning now! I can help you out with some ideas for decorating your dining room, complete with table setting. I just wrote an article called A Christmas Decorating Idea for Your Dining Room, this may get your creative juices flowing. If not, don't worry, I have a few more articles in mind to help you out in this busy time of year, and if you have any ideas for things you would like me to write about in regards to Christmas, let me know in the comments box below and in the next few weeks I will add some more.

We also have a few Christmas videos for you to watch, How to make your own Christmas bows, how to make a Christmas wreath, and how to chose a Christmas Tree. Do you go out and choose a "green living" Christmas tree or just pull out the artificial tree from the box in the attic? I think I will make a poll on that. Look right and tell me what you do by answering the poll.

A few quick tips for decorating your dining room for Christmas
  • decide if your center piece will stay on the table while you eat. This is important, as you may need the space to place the food if your guests will be self serving.
  • dream up a color scheme and stick to it.
  • try to find something unique and original as a focus and work around that as your theme, perhaps a hand made angel, a beaded star, Christmas shaped candle, an ivy candelabra, embroidered holly napkins for example.
  • fairy lights can be effective, but don't over do them......they can look cheap and nasty if they are used on their own without bringing them in wisely with your decoration. Use them as a backdrop behind a sheer curtain perhaps, wrap them around a wreath and place it on the door to the dining room, this can be a little dangerous with the power cord, so perhaps the wall may be a better idea!
  • remember the little things, details make all the difference, don't forget napkin rings, napkins, serving spoons, Christmas crackers (co-ordinated of course), name place tags can be effective if adorned in your Christmas theme, this works well if you want to keep certain family members from sitting together as happens in most families, I am sure!
  • candles are great as they come in so many different shapes, sizes, colors and textures, as well as some having a gorgeous Christmas scent, just bear in mind people reaching over them to get their food, so place them strategically.
I hope this gets your creative juices flowing and reminds you to starting thinking in the back of your head what you will do for Christmas this year. Have fun.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Keeping it clean - does a minimalist interior make sense?


After spending hours trying to keep my house clean, I decided to get ruthless and go minimalist!
I have packed away anything that is not 100% necessary for my survival.

What a difference it makes. I feel like the house is twice a big, and like I am breathing fresh air, not air laden with dust that I could never get rid of (living in the country doesn't help with this problem), but it sure means only a few minutes to wipe down surfaces now and the house always looks good. I should have done it years ago.

Unfortunately you just don't realize how your house becomes "full", I think perhaps we should make a rule, that when you buy something new, you have to sacrifice something old to leave the house, recycle it, sell it or give it away. I can't believe what a difference it makes and now I am going to stick to the minimalist look, as I feel I can mentally breathe now without all the clutter.
Yes, now here is my confession..... as we work from home, and because my daughter and I are "clutterbugs" we live in a constant state of disarray, but making these changes have meant that even her room has stayed tidy for an entire week! This is a world record. She now has some pride in how good her room looks and I can finally see the floor in there!

Anyway, for those of you who are clutterbugs or you just have the misfortune of living with one, I have an article on the website that may help you change you life!
Read about how to cure the clutterbug here

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

What a difference a new paint job makes

What a difference a new paint job makes!

For all of you wanting to find a quick fix to refreshing your interior or a client's, then a new paint job comes highly recommended.

We have just had some painting done to our home to tidy up wear and tear and I can't believe the difference it makes. We haven't changed any colors, simply had another coat of paint applied and the house looks good as new!

Another upside is that it is cost effective for major visual results. We tossed up with the idea of repainting ourselves, and after our last attempts, where scraping paints drips of flooring took longer than the actual painting, we decided to leave it to the experts. They are fast efficient and know all the little tricks of the trade. We have come to the conclusion that we are good at designing and terrible at DIY, so we stick to what we are good at!

So my lesson for the day here is two things, painting is a great way to refresh your interior and DIY painting is not always the most cost effective option. Get a few quotes or estimates before you start to see how much it will cost, then you can weight up how much time it would take you compared to paying them to do it for you!

If you want to learn about how to get an estimate or quotation you can find more information here.
If you want to learn more about paint you can find details here.

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