Create your own Jurassic escape

Create your own Jurassic escape

The nephew was just in town and we were tripping over dinosaurs all week. From the T-rex to velociraptors, it was like a little "Jurassic Park" at our place. Oh, and there was also a trip to the Science Museum, which was really just an excuse to see more dinosaurs. The kid is "Jurassic World" crazy. "Jurassic Park" is so over, apparently. It stands to reason our nephew is not the only fan out there whose desire for all things dino has reached a fevered pitch as the summer blockbuster approaches 1 billion dollars in worldwide box-office receipts. We're not…

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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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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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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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Ugly house? Fix it with symmetry

Ugly house? Fix it with symmetry

You might not spend much time thinking about symmetry, but it affects you, me and everyone else. For instance, people with symmetrical faces are often seen as more attractive (although we rarely realize symmetry is the reason). In interior design, symmetry can help you feel safe and comfortable. It can also help make a room feel complete. Try these three ideas for creating symmetrical balance in your home. A little symmetry might be just what your interior needs to turn into a beautiful and welcoming environment. Invest in two nightstands instead of one. Placing a nightstand on both sides of…

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Create a stylish coffee table display with these 5 tips

Create a stylish coffee table display with these 5 tips

Coffee tables aren't just good for setting down your cup of Joe in the morning. With the right decor and household items, coffee tables can be used to enhance the overall appearance of your living room, too. Think carefully before setting items on your table, and keep these five tips in mind to create a look you'll love. 1. Select books and magazines worth showing off If you have a large stack of magazines or books, sort through your collection and choose the titles you wish to feature. It may be a book with an attractive cover or a story…

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Tricky trend: Translucents – when to use and how to use them

Tricky trend: Translucents – when to use and how to use them

A clear decorative figurine displayed in the living room is one thing, but a clear coffee table or chair? That's something different entirely. Furnishing your home with translucent furniture can be tricky – which is why I've compiled some tips to help make it easier. First, before you go out and buy a new clear piece of furniture, determine whether the trend can work in your home and how to best incorporate it into your interior design. Styles that work best with translucent furniture Minimalism is a defining characteristic of modern homes, and sometimes contemporary homes, too. Choosing clear furniture…

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How to fill an open shelving unit with purpose

How to fill an open shelving unit with purpose

Open shelving, to me, is a great concept. It gives people the chance to store household items and add visual appeal to their space as well. Of course, open shelving units don't automatically bring style to a room. It all depends on what items you choose to store and where you place them. Here are some tips that I've found useful when filling an open shelf. The best items to store can be considered decorative, too.  Behind closed doors, it doesn't matter what I choose to store because those objects will only be seen when the doors are open. With…

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First impressions count: How to improve your home’s curb appeal

First impressions count: How to improve your home’s curb appeal

I'm sure you already know the importance of a good first impression – after all, there's a reason why we show up to job interviews in suits instead of sweat pants. It's the same reason why we clean the house before guests come to stay. The interior of your home, however, is not what people will notice first. Curb appeal describes the visual attractiveness of your house when it is seen from the street. Before guests get a peak at the entryway, the living room or the guest room of your home, they will notice your home's front yard and exterior.…

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Turn your bedroom into a luxurious hotel room

Turn your bedroom into a luxurious hotel room

I love staying in hotel rooms. After a busy afternoon of sightseeing or trip activities, a classy hotel room is the perfect way to end the day. It's simple, yet sophisticated decorating scheme creates a luxurious feeling that helps me to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. If relaxing in the hotel room is your favorite way to vacation, too, you might be happy to know that a bedroom can offer the same luxurious feel. Simply incorporate some of these tips into your room's design. 1. Decorate in all white to create that elegant and clean look. If all white isn't your style,…

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