Tips for buying the best blinds for your wallet and style

Tips for buying the best blinds for your wallet and style

When you hear the words "window blinds," you probably picture the cheap, unattractive window treatments that every apartment or home you've rented in the past has had. Window blinds, however, don't have to be dull or cheap-looking. Here are some tips for decorating with window blinds that are good for both your wallet and your interior design. Save the more expensive and stylish blinds for rooms lacking in visual appeal. There's no need to have elaborate designs covering each one of your windows. In rooms that already have statement decor, use neutral or solid-colored window blinds to improve the overall…

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4 ways to get your mudroom ready for winter

4 ways to get your mudroom ready for winter

You might call it "the mudroom," but that doesn't mean you have to actually let your entryway get muddy. To prevent your mudroom from becoming a mess this winter (due to tracking in snow, water and dirt, and from having to hang bulky outdoor apparel), try these four winter clean-up solutions. 1. Place outdoor mats on both sides of the doors When the temperature is below zero outside, your family will want to get inside as fast as possible. By having another doormat placed inside your home, people are able to clean off their shoes in a more cozy and…

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Great decor gift ideas this holiday season

Great decor gift ideas this holiday season

Every year I think I have plenty of time to buy Christmas gifts, and every year the holidays creep up on me. This leaves me frantically searching for the perfect present at the last minute. If you find yourself in a similar situation year after year, stop the cycle now and take advantage of these holiday gift ideas to get you inspired. Gifts for him Sail Model Defender, 1895: With this classic decor piece set up in his office or room, he can sail away to a more relaxed state any time of the day. Home Stag Bookends: For the…

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Keep the cold out this winter with these energy-efficient curtain ideas

Keep the cold out this winter with these energy-efficient curtain ideas

No one likes their home to feel cold, but having to pay high utility bills just to keep the space warm isn't ideal either. Fortunately, there are cost-effective strategies you can use to keep energy costs down and your home cozy. These four curtain ideas, for example, are easy to implement and can save you money this winter. Replace curtains with thermal and heavy materials Thermal curtains are designed to prevent winter drafts from entering your home. They are typically made from heavier materials and some are tightly woven to keep out the cold air. Plus, thermal curtains come in…

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Easy Thanksgiving decor ideas for your family get-together

Easy Thanksgiving decor ideas for your family get-together

Now that October is over and the spooky Halloween decor has been put away, it's time to start thinking about the next big holiday: Thanksgiving! Every holiday is enjoyable for different reasons, but I particularly love Thanksgiving because it's a day dedicated to giving thanks, spending time with family and eating a lot of food. To get ready for the big day, I've compiled some easy Thanksgiving decor ideas that you and your guests will love. 1. Decide on a theme Are you going to throw a modern Thanksgiving? A rustic one? Deciding on a theme first will help you…

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7 tips for designing an eye-catching fireplace

7 tips for designing an eye-catching fireplace

If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, you should draw attention to it with great decor! I love fireplaces for the warmth they provide in the winter, but I also love their charming looks and how they can enhance a living room's interior design all year long. If your fireplace is looking a little bare, add visual appeal by decorating above the mantel. These seven tips will help get you started. 1. Don't forget about the wall.  The mantel shelf is a great place to add decorative items, but you can also draw attention to your fireplace…

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Start preparing for the holidays now

Start preparing for the holidays now

For me, the holidays are a time to enjoy family and friends, great food and fun entertainment. I love this time of year and even the snow starts to feel magical around the holidays (once January comes, however, my feelings toward snow change drastically). Of course, along with joy and excitement, I have also experienced feelings of stress in the past and I'm sure you have, too. It's hard not to when you have hosting duties to consider and parties to plan! This year, stay ahead of the game by starting the to-do list below now. By preparing for the…

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Give your interior a Scandinavian update

Give your interior a Scandinavian update

If you prefer subtle elegance to dramatic glamour, neutral tones to colorful displays and natural materials to synthetic alternatives, then you, my friend, would love Scandinavian interiors. Simple, functional, stylish and welcoming, Scandinavian design is perfect for those who like modern minimalism, but still want their home to feel cozy and comfortable. Here are some easy ways to give your home a Scandinavian update. Choose neutral tones for your home's walls and larger furniture. Then add brighter hues with a few accent accessories such as lamps, throw blankets or wall art. Invest in high-quality furniture that features amazing craftsmanship. The…

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The ultimate pillow-buying guide

The ultimate pillow-buying guide

Everyone wants a comfortable pillow to sleep on each night, but did you know that what's comfortable to you might depend on your sleeping position? Different sleeping positions require different levels of support. People who sleep on their side need the most support, while those who rest on their stomach require very little. Those who prefer sleeping on their back will feel best with medium support. Read on to learn the various types of pillows you can buy and which one is best for each sleeping preference. Goose down: Real down is very soft, which makes goose down pillows a…

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Interior design: How to live luxuriously without going broke

Interior design: How to live luxuriously without going broke

The look of luxury – you might love it and, of course, your guests would be impressed. The question, however, is whether you can afford to satisfy your expensive taste. If you know the right interior design tricks, then yes! Here are five ways to design a space that only seems expensive (but is really quite affordable). Simplify You would think that to create an expensive-looking home, one would have to buy a lot of decor and furniture. This, however, is far from the truth. Luxurious spaces are often simple and chic, and the pieces that are chosen for each…

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