Happy Thanksgiving!

Remembering you all on this holiday of thanks. We are wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Fall Date Nights

Fall has arrived and with Halloween just around the corner it is the perfect time of year to start thinking about fun dates that can help to spice things up during the cold months. Besides, after all of the summer months of hot weather, it will be nice to get out into the fresh, crisp fall weather. 

 

Especially with it being so close to Halloween, a little fright night might be just the thing to bring you and your partner closer. A haunted house is just the thing to add some thrills to the holiday season. Grab a bite to eat before and then head to the haunted house for a some fun scares. If your town doesn’t do haunted houses look into haunted hayrides. The haunted hayrides may also be more appropriate for nights you can’t find a babysitter and the kids need to come along as well. 

 

Another great date night for the fall is to find the closest apple orchard and take your partner apple picking. It’s the perfect activity to enjoy sparks between you, as you stroll through the apple orchards in the beautiful fall weather. With nothing to distract you from one another you are sure to enjoy stimulating conversation with one another while getting in a leisurely workout outside. To top the night out, bring the apples back and bake a delicious apple pie you can enjoy together.

 

 

Finally, what else could be better then spending the night carving pumpkins with each other. Perhaps carve them over your favorite scary movies, but be careful for the jump scares when you are using your pumpkin carving knife. Once you have your carvings perfected, roast the seeds for a side snack for the rest of your night. If you have children, you can include them too! Just be sure to chose a scary movie more geared towards their appropriate age. The kids are sure to love the roasted pumpkin seeds.

 

Whether you chose a romantic date night for just you and your partner to enjoy welcoming fall, or you also include the kids in on the fall fun, you are sure to have a great night out enjoying the cool fall weather.

Unusual Shelving Ideas – Part 2

We hope you are enjoying these fun shelving ideas so far. Let’s keep going and delve into some more creative ideas…

Drawers – These look so neat on the wall. Just as with the wine crate, attach the drawer by screwing the bottom of it into the wall. You can use shallow or deep drawers depending on what size items you want to display.

Vintage suitcases – If you’re decorating a space with a retro vibe you will love this shelving solution. Bolt the top half to the wall so it stays open, and support the bottom half with floating L brackets. If you want the bottom half to be a flush display surface, simply insert a cardboard structure and cover it with fabric. This way anything you display can be easily seen. Or you can leave it empty and store stackable things like folded towels. Don’t forget, vintage luggage often had pockets on the top half so you can easily use those to create a display of things peeking out.

Hat boxes – Yes, they’re beautiful stacked in a corner, but they also take up a lot of space. If you indeed store hats in them then leave them to their work. However, if you want adt’l storage options out of them, hang them on the wall. Screw the bottom of the box or the lid, or both, into the wall. Then fill with lightweight item that don’t require a flat, flush surface.

Ladder – We love the look of a vintage wood ladder when it’s attached to a wall. How, you ask? Simply find an old ladder that doesn’t require folding. (In other words, not the modern ones that open to stand.) Paint or stain it to match the room and hang it sideways. You now have lots of space to curate a quirky collection of shelf décor. 

Brackets without shelves – Give the appearance of floating stacks of books by using standard L-shaped wall brackets. Make sure the first book you plan to set atop them is large enough to completely hide the bracket. Then just keep stacking until you reach the weight load of the brackets.

Crown molding – This one is pretty simple. Rather than attaching it at the top of the wall, hang it at eye level and use it as a shelf display for shallow depth items. 

Unusual Shelving Ideas – Part 1

Have you ever noticed how shelving options are kind of boring? It’s true that what is displayed on a shelf is considered more important than the shelf itself, but we believe a design looks best when both the items and the shelf are interesting. Certainly you can find some well designed and beautiful shelving options in the retail world, but if character is what you’re going for it might be best to take matters into your own hands. The most impressive shelving ideas we’ve seen to date are those that rely on something other than a shelf to act as a shelf.

For example, think about spice racks. You know, the old school wooden ones that were typically attached to a cabinet in the kitchen. Create something different by painting them to match a piece of furniture such as a dresser. Then, attach them to either side of the dresser and you now have adt’l shelf space. (This one works especially well in children’s rooms.)

Now that you have the idea, enjoy our list of suggestions for all sorts of items that can be transformed into very creative shelving. If you live in a small home with storage issues, you may want to try several of these!

Benches – Find backless benches intended for sitting. Use 2-3 and stack them on top of each other. They are now shelves! If you want the design to be especially imaginative looking, use benches of different lengths.

Magazine Holders – We’re referring to the ones that usually sit upright on your desk. They are a very cool option for shelving in small corners. Simply turn one sideways and attach it to the wall. Don’t use fewer than three of them, though, because they’re too small for just one to look right.

Wine Crates – Hang on the wall by screwing the bottom of the crate to the wall. The effect will be a 3D shelf that offers a lot of depth. 

Wall Ideas for Childrens’ Rooms

Once children are old enough to care about the décor in their room, it is important to let them have a part in deciding what selections to make. Give them a creative outlet incorporated into their bedroom décor. There are many different ways to offer a creative outlet that inspires them to create things on their own or with friends and siblings. Utilize the walls, more specifically the lower section so they can reach this area easily.

Apply felt to the lower chair rail section of one wall, or several walls. Felt comes in many colors, therefore you can select the color that best fits the color scheme. You may want to let your child select the color they prefer. You can order felt character kits online. It is suggested to order several different packs; such as numbers and letters, animals, characters and animals. This way they can come up with many different story lines. The numbers and letters will help them learn and can be incorporated into the stories they create. This wall application will keep your child busy for hours and offer them creative play anytime they play in their rooms.

Create a chalk board on the lower section of a wall. This application is similar to the one above. The only difference is using a different media. Like felt, chalk paint is available in any imaginable color. You can purchase the desired color, or mix it yourself; making this application easy to fit into the existing color scheme. Painting the lower section of the wall gives your little ones all access to draw and create without actually harming the wall. Attach a small cup or bucket to the wall to corral pieces of chalk.

Make a border at waist height using your child’s handprints. They can even invite friends over to include their handprints into the pattern. This activity teaches kids about patterns and gives them a chance to create their own pattern in their bedroom décor. Let the kids initial their handprints to give each hand print individuality. Plan out the color pattern and practice making hand prints on paper before putting on the wall.

Utilizing the wall space in your child’s bedroom, allows them to personalize their room. Making an interactive wall, like the felt wall or chalkboard wall gives a creative spin to the room and provides hours of fun for your kids to enjoy every day! If they can fabricate story lines on the felt or chalkboard; the other walls within the house are much safer! 

6 of the Best Home & Garden Shows in the Country

If your passions in life include a wander lust that is matched by a love for home improvement it may time to consider an H & G travel vacation. If you’ve lived in the same place for awhile, there’s a good chance that you’ve been to the local shows at least a dozen times. There’s only so much information you can glean from a single resource and traveling is fun. Why not hit the road and see what the rest of the country has to offer?

 Try attending one of the spectacular shows:

  1. SAHBA Fall Home and Garden Show October 23, 24, & 25, 2015. Held at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. Admission $8. Includes emphasis on topics such as home improvement trends, remodeling ideas, and outdoor living. Hosted by the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association.   
  2. Cincinnati Home and Garden Show February 27 – March 6, 2016. Cincinnati, OH.  Includes landscape companies, interior designers, specialty companies, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail stores, and contractors.
  3. The Great Big Home and Garden Show February 5-14, 2016 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, OH. Admission $15. Unique for its impressive list of guest celebrities and experts such as Matt Muenster of the TV show Bath Crashers and BATHtastic on the DIY Network.
  4. MinneapolisHome and Garden Show February 26 – March 6, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Admission $14. Highlights include: Idea Home, Glorious Feature Gardens, Spring Boutique, Upcycle Designer Rooms, Innovation Avenue, Garden Theater, The Warners’ Stellian Kitchen Stage, and The Floral Display and Market.
  5. WBAY-TV Home and Garden Show March 10-13, 2016 at Shopko Hall, Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay, WI. Admission $9. A wide range of exhibitors include expertise in remodeling, home building, landscaping, interior design, pools/spas, bedding, and bath. The area’s top professionals converge in an 80,000 square foot facility for four full days of fun and education.
  6. Pueblo Home and Garden Show March 6-8, 2016 in Pueblo, CO at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, CO. Presented by the Pueblo Association of Home Builders. Running for 27 consecutive years.  A well rounded event that includes a Friday night VIP experience and numerous free seminars throughout the weekend.  The theme for 2016 is “Go Green, Save Green.”

How To Combine Color, Energy, and Nature To Create a Happy Home — Part 3

Part 3 – The Bathroom, Living Room, and Dining Room

The Bathroom

Color: Brown

Feng Shui dictates natures fundamental elements are balance in each room. Because the bathroom is dominated by the water element, a nice way to create energetic balance is to include earth elements. Accomplish this by including a variant of brown by way of paint, flooring, towels, or accessories.

Energy:  Reduce unpleasant energy in a bathroom by keeping the toilet lid shut when it’s not in use.

Nature: Aloe Vera is an ideal plant for a bathroom. It’s well known of its healing and restorative properties, and it requires minimal sunlight.

The Living Room

Color: Green encourages a sense of freshness, serenity, and recuperation which makes an excellent choice for a living room. It will make the space feel free of heavy sensations such as stress and fatigue so you can enjoy the company you’re in.

Energy: If you like the idea of the living room being low key, avoid the use of mirrors because they are associated with creating energy. Instead include soft textures because they help reduce strain on the nerves.

Nature: Reed and Areca Palms work well in living rooms because they are lively and grow well in low-lit rooms.

The Dining Room

Color: Red is a stimulating color that promotes social interaction, appetite, and alertness. These are ideal for a space where food and good company are enjoyed simultaneously.

Energy: This one is a no brainer in a dining room. The table is the center piece and the chairs are situated on the perimeter so that guests are all facing inward. It might also be advisable to keep peripheral furnishing to a minimum so that the focus remains on the center of the room.

Nature: Excessive plant life could make a dining room feel too busy. The best approach for including nature is at the dinner table through the use of a well designed centerpiece. It’s important for it to have a low profile so it doesn’t obstruct the view from across the table and make it difficult for people to converse. 

How To Combine Color, Energy, and Nature To Create a Happy Home — Part 2

Part 2 – The Bedroom and Office

The Bedroom

Color: Blue evokes serenity, reassurance, and calm. It’s been shown to help reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

Energy: Electronics and Bed Placement

Electronics are the most energy zapping things one can have in a bedroom. If possible eliminate them entirely. The light and frequency they emit can disturb sleep no matter how subtle or strong they are. Even the “battery charging” indicator on your phone can cause mental disruption. If you aren’t able to remove them from the room then make sure they are at least two feet away from the bed and turn off any that aren’t in use. For example, if you must have a television in the room, don’t fall asleep with it on. Watch your show, turn it off, and call it a night.

Feng Shui dictates that a bed should be placed diagonally across from the door, as well as allow for a clear view of the room and décor. 

Nature:  Lavender. The lavender plant is fragrant and colorful in a soft way. It is also effective for keeping the bedroom air fresh rather than stuffy.

The Office

Color: Purple is a bold color that stimulates creativity and evokes a sense of financial stability. This makes if perfect for a space that is focus creating the best version of talents and making money in the process.

Energy: Shape and Placement

In general stick to distinct lines and angular shapes in a place of work. They’ve been shown to increase productivity and reduce fatigue.

 Feng Shui dictates that a desk should face away from a wall because when it faces the wall they there is a negative effect on concentration levels and inspired thinking.

Nature: Plants that have simplistic designs and require very little care are ideal for an office. A work space is most comfortable if it feels like a “no fuss” area so plants that are delicate and require special attention would be distracting. Try a simple orchid.

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