Posters Add Punch to Bland Walls

April 16, 2014 by  
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poster1Posters have changed a lot since the days when they were relegated to children’s bedroom, dorms, and classrooms. Gone are the days when poster art meant cartoon characters, scantily clad girls leaning on sports cars, and motivational slogans and charts. Of course, those are still readily available, if that’s your thing, but the options have opened up tremendously.

Posters have been steadily gaining in popularity, and why not? They’re inexpensive, and some of them look every bit as good as a much more costly piece of artwork. There are literally hundreds of thousands of options available, so you’re sure to find some that suit your style. Here are some of the hottest trends in poster art:

1. Vintage Posters – Everything old is new again. If you want to keep up with the latest trends, one of the easiest ways to do it is by going retro. Whether you love old advertisements, musicians, or movies, you can’t go wrong. Choose posters that are actually vintage, or find reproductions of old favorites.
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10 Multifunctional Furniture Pieces for People Living in Smaller Spaces

April 16, 2014 by  
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Not all of us can live in a 4,000-square-foot megahome unless we’re able to get one that’s been abandoned due of foreclosure. Having said that, if you reside in a little apartment or perhaps a smaller home, your house shouldn’t be crammed with huge furniture. You need to to find cool, small furniture pieces that utilize space smartly and serve multiple purposes.

From a couch that turns into a bed to a cabinet that transforms into a desk, listed here are ten furniture pieces for people who live in small places – and have no intention to shift to a bigger place.
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Fun and Funky Kitsch and Curiosities

April 16, 2014 by  
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Kitsch gets a bad wrap more often than not. It’s often stigmatized as being cheap, cartoony, and sometimes even in poor taste. However, the great thing about things that are considered kitsch is that they eventually come to be appreciated as art. Kitsch has started to gain a massive number of people who appreciate it as art and are starting to decorate their home with it. If you have a bunch of kitschy looking knick knacks that you are thinking of getting rid of then you may want to reconsider as you could be sitting on a home decorating goldmine. Here are some tips on how you can turn your kitsch into amazing decorating material.

LitchThe first thing you need to keep in mind is just what kind of kitsch you have in your home. Do you have knick knacks, posters, or collectables that nobody really collects? Whichever kind you have you have to build your decorating around the type. This gives you a theme that you can play around with and make work. Even building your theme out from a color featured on the kitsch or the time period it’s centered around can be a great way to play it up without making the kitsch the only interesting thing in the room. Kitsch is known for it’s uniqueness and interesting bits so using that to it’s full potential is only going to serve in making your decor amazingly unique.

The thing to keep in mind about kitsch is that to make it work as a decorating tool you have to make it fun. Lots of kitsch pieces have interesting textures and designs that can be used to add something extra to what is an otherwise boring or drab room. Turning a beige or neutral room into something fun with colorful kitsch pieces is easy to do and invites guests and even family to start conversations. In fact, if you want to take it up to that next level, you can even start to add to your kitsch collection to tie the theme together.
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7 Creative Storage Options

April 16, 2014 by  
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Creative Storage

It doesn’t matter whether you live in a tiny studio apartment or a home with enough square footage to comfortably house a family of seven, everyone faces storage challenges. Enormous plastic storage bins are unwieldy and inconvenient, as well as being less than aesthetically pleasing. You probably won’t want them out in the open, but if you’ve got a lot of them, keeping them out of sight might be an issue. Fortunately, there are a lot of great ways to get creative with storage. Why not ditch the Rubbermaid and try some of these storage solutions instead?

1. Trunks – Ranging in size from a small suitcase to a portable wardrobe, trunks can be used to store out of season clothing or extra bedding. They look great in bedrooms, and can do double duty as a bench or a nightstand. They’re also functional and fun in living rooms. Why not replace your coffee table with a trunk? Vintage junkies rejoice when they find an old steamer in great shape, but due to their popularity, you can also buy brand new reproductions of these old favorites.

2. Storage ottomans – Whether you prefer the footstool style or one that can work as a bench or coffee table, storage ottomans are perfect for guest bedding, books, or all of those family photos you haven’t gotten around to sorting into albums, yet. You can even find them in kid-friendly prints, and they’re a great looking alternative to a clunky toy box.
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The Art of Pattern Mixing

April 14, 2014 by  
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MoreSpicedTones600Growing up, you probably learned that pattern mixing was a fashion faux pas. Whether you were pulling together an outfit or making over a room, the old rules dictated that you should only use one pattern and stick to solids for everything else. Anything else was considered tacky. Happily, that rulebook has been thrown out the window! Pattern mixing is no longer a no-no. Interior design has embraced the art of the mix, and beautiful room decor often incorporates multiple prints into a single space.

Pattern mixing, when done correctly, works much in the same way that using different fabrics and textures in a room, adding a sense of depth through layering. Using multiple prints adds visual interest to a room, which in turn makes it feel more inviting. In the end, it’s all about balance. In a room that is too stark, our brains get bored quickly, prompting us to move on to something more interesting. In a room that is too cluttered, our brains get overwhelmed quickly, prompting us to seek out a more tranquil spot. In the middle is the sweet spot; just enough variety to keep our interest without being overwhelming.
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