5 easy ways to get your living room ready for entertaining

5 easy ways to get your living room ready for entertaining

When guests are coming over, it’s essential that your living room is prepared for entertaining. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a large party or just having your closest friends over for drinks. The wrong living room set up can turn a promising evening into a disappointing dud. Here’s how to make sure your living room is ready for company so that the evening runs smoothly and everyone has a good time. 1. Create mood lighting – The right mood lighting should be dark enough so that everyone can feel relaxed and comfortable. It should also, however, be bright enough…

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11 Problems with Lighting

11 Problems with Lighting

When it comes to interior design, lighting is an element that often gets overlooked. I have walked into a room many times and felt that something was a little off; the couches look good, the fabric of the curtains hangs nicely against the wall, and the rug is the perfect size, but something is missing. A quick scope of the lights, and there is my answer. Lighting ties a room together. It is the beginning and final touches of a room. When designing a room, problems with lighting can arise. Sometimes you can't get it to electrically work, and often…

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Get the Restaurant Experience in your Home with Lighting

Get the Restaurant Experience in your Home with Lighting

There’s a reason why most people prefer to dine out for a special occasion or when they need a night of fun. Going to a nice restaurant with friends, family members or significant others often creates a sense of intimacy and specialness. It can also, however, get expensive. The good news is that you don’t always have to pay for an expensive meal to enjoy a special evening with loved ones. You can create an intimate dining experience right in your own home! All you have to do is rethink your dining room lighting strategy and follow these three tips.…

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How to Store your Wall Decals

Taking down decorations after the holidays can be a big hassle. There’s the tree to put away, ornaments to repackage, and it may take a while to neatly organize and pack away every decoration that was neatly placed all throughout the house. Like your decorations, stored away and ready to be used next year, holiday wall decals follow the same process, if you purchase ones that are reusable that is! Our wall decals from RoomMates are reusable, which is one of the coolest features about them. They have long-lasting adhesive, which means they can be removed and re-applied over and…

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Party-ready your Home with these 3 Lighting Tips

Party-ready your Home with these 3 Lighting Tips

You’ve rearranged your furniture, cleaned every inch of your home, created a playlist, and picked out your party outfit. All you need to do now is set the mood with a great lighting strategy. Lighting can have a huge impact on a room’s ambience, which means it can also have a pretty big effect on your party. Set just the right mood and make your party a night to remember by following these three lighting tips. 1. Keep lighting low: While you might appreciate having your overhead light turned on during the day, the bright light can feel a little…

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Ready to change your dining room style? Start with a new dining table.

Ready to change your dining room style? Start with a new dining table.

Dining rooms can be designed in a variety of different styles and sizes, but most have at least one important thing in common: they are all defined by a dining table. If you’re ready to change up your dining room style and give it a new look, you’ll want to start with buying the right table. The choices you make regarding a table’s shape, design and color can have a huge impact on the room’s overall style and can help set the tone you were hoping to achieve. Consider these four dining room styles: Traditional – If you prefer a…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…how to choose the right mirror for your wall space

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…how to choose the right mirror for your wall space

Decorating your home with mirrors is a great way to liven up a space and add a touch of visual excitement. With so many styles, shapes and colors, however, it can be hard to choose the right mirror. A great way to narrow down your various options is to determine why you are hanging a mirror in the first place. Just ask yourself – do you want your mirror to: Add more light in a room and make it appear larger? To open up a space and give it more light, try propping a full-length, frameless mirror up against the…

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How to Choose the Right Paint Color

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

If you’ve ever spent any time at your local paint store or even in a hardware store that offers paint to customers you know how many different options and shades of each color are available. Considering that, it’s no surprise that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right paint color. While there’s no definitive answer for every person and every home, there are some basic guidelines that can help you make appropriate choices. Typically, these guidelines can be applied to your home room by room, making sure your whole home ties together and…

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Why pineapples are popular in interior design

Why pineapples are popular in interior design

Have you ever asked yourself why pineapples are so popular in interior design? Sure it’s a delightful and fun design trend, but what makes this fruit so special? Pineapples have been showing up in American interior design for years now and it’s not just because they add a cute design element to one’s home. The reason for this fruit being a popular decorating choice has a lot to do with history and goes way back to the time of Christopher Columbus. Pineapples originated in South America, but once they were “discovered” by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the fruit made its…

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Changes to the lighting industry: How will it affect you?

Changes to the lighting industry: How will it affect you?

The final stage of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, which means traditional 60 watt and 40 watt bulbs are no longer being produced. Instead, manufacturing companies must make bulbs that produce the same amount of lumens for less wattage. But what does all of this mean exactly and how does it affect you? How does this effect the fixtures in your home? Overall, this act means that you will start saving energy and money, which of course is good news for you! The new energy-saving bulbs use up to 80 percent…

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