[Decoration]-Decorating with House Plants

House plants

House plants

The real value of house plants lies in their use as decorations for the home. House plants automatically create a sense of coziness and put people at ease. Properly used, they can make large spaces look intimate and magnify small spaces to create an impression of depth. It is hard to imagine a decor that doesn’t call for at least a few house plants placed in just the right spots.

Movable House Plants

The spot in the home or office where a plant looks the best is not always the one in which it grows well, usually due to lack of light. Artificial lights could be installed to improve conditions, but it is far easier to consider house plants as movable objects. For every shady spot calling for greenery, buy two plants. While the first plant does duty as a decorative item, place the other in a brightly lit window, then, once a week, switch the plants around. You’ll keep your house plants healthy and attractive for a much longer time.

Flowering house plants need more light than foliage types and can rarely be grown anywhere but directly in front of a window. They can, however, be used as decorative items while in bloom and placed anywhere in the home. When they stop blooming, move them back into the light until they have recuperated enough to bloom again.

Dish Gardens and Terrariums

It is easy to make fascinating miniature gardens in small containers. Just mix small foliage plants and the occasional flowering plant in a decorative dish garden, or create one entirely composed of cacti and succulents.
A mixture of trailing and bushy plants, with the occasional upright one for contrast, will create an especially decorative effect. For delicate plants, use glass terrariums instead of trays. If the container is deep enough, don’t even unpot the plants — just hide their pots in decorative mulch. Any plant that becomes unattractive can then be easily replaced without upsetting the other plants.

source: home.howstuffworks.com

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Learn about Lighting

handmade rattan table lamp

handmade rattan table lamp

Need some help deciding what type of lighting will work best in your home?
An effective way to maximize the appearance and functionality of any space is to light in layers. Multiple light sources help balance a room by minimizing glare and shadows, while adding depth and dimension. A light layering approach also improves a room’s versatility. A well thought out lighting plan better accommodates the many different activities that can take place.

Types of Lighting
Ambient Lighting – Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic of the four types. It provides an area with overall illumination – a comfortable level of brightness without glare. Ambient lighting can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mount fixtures, track or recessed lights, and even table and floor lamps. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan. It’s the base upon which you add all other layers of lighting.
Task Lighting – Task lighting adds brightness to areas of a room where daily activities – like reading, studying, cooking or applying makeup – are performed. To enhance visual clarity and prevent eyestrain, effective task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows. It can be achieved by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting, and under cabinet lighting, as well as vanity lights and floor, table, and desk lamps.
Accent Lighting – Accent, or directional, lighting is typically used to highlight certain objects or architectural features, such houseplants, paintings, sculptures, a decorative range hood or carved cabinet doors. It should always be about three times the general illumination level. Accent lighting should never be the focal point. In fact, it’s meant to work without being seen. Accent lighting can be provided by recessed and track lighting, chandeliers with dimmer switches, over- and under cabinet lighting, and wall sconces.
Decorative Lighting – Lighting itself can be a work of art. With today’s many choices in glass, fabric, finishes and profiles, decorative lighting has a style all its own and can lend that style to your room. In fact, you can change the whole feel of a space – from modern to classic – just by adding this decorative touch. Keep in mind, however, that decorative lighting should be used along with other lighting types for improved functionality.

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[Decoration]-Kids Decor

Playing with the decor in a child’s room can be incredibly fun, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. The best thing you can do is have fun! Since these little accessories are usually much less expensive than furniture, they’re not as much of an investment, and can be playful and take risks. Don’t be afraid to go outside of the box — since this is a child’s room, you can take some risks that you wouldn’t normally be able to take. But be careful not to invest too much into trends. If you do, use them with smaller items rather than big-ticket items. You want to try and decorate with the next few years in mind. And of course, prioritize what is needed over what is wanted. Don’t get trapped into thinking that certain decorative items are necessary to make your child’s room a special place! Stay within your budget.

wall decals

wall decals

Wall decor
Whether you’re painting a mural yourself, or scouring for kids artwork online, there are certain things to keep in mind for children’s wall art (besides which adorable print you want, of course). Make sure that any artwork or lighting you purchase doesn’t come with a frame or any pieces that could break or hurt your child. Also, be careful when hanging things on the wall. You want to make sure that everything is fastened securely, so it won’t drop or hit anyone if it falls — particularly if it’s a heavy item. Make sure that any paint you use is non-toxic.
In terms of style, be bold, but try to choose things that you can use for years to come. Personalized artwork or classic prints are great, since they’re bound to become pieces your child will always cherish. 

When looking at rugs, blankets, curtains, and other textiles for your child’s room, make sure that you’re choosing something that’s easy to wash and easy to keep clean. Choose textiles that will hide stains, so you don’t have to wash them too frequently. Patterns with a mix of bright and dark colors work great for this — try to avoid white and cream!
Above all else, comfort and safety are the most important things. Opt for hypoallergenic textiles that aren’t dyed with harsh chemicals. Consider what the primary purpose of each textile will be, and think about what is necessary in terms of comfort, ease of cleaning, and style. 

Organization Use accessories that will help with organization. Use stylish bins that can hold toys, a fun wall hook that coats can hang on, or playful jewelry racks to avoid tangled charm bracelets.
Keep your child’s interests in mind. What hobbies do they have? What do they love to do? Encouraging these hobbies through the decor is something that will never go out of style. Find a fun rack to hang soccer cleats from, or an industrial bin to store baseball gloves and balls in. Expand on their personality. 
Search for the decor that fits your child’s room best.

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[Decoration]-Decorative Hair Comb Hairstyle How To



Decorative hair combs can be crafted out of a vast number of materials ranging from natural materials such as wood and stone to ivory and real tortoiseshell. As concern for the animals was raised, some materials were outlawed.
When tortoiseshell became prohibited a faux tortoise shell was developed from cellulose and plastic. Ivory is also forbidden to be used in combs or other types of hair adornments.
The best quality combs are hand crafted and polished by hand.
Depending on your hair type, texture, length and desired hairstyle, these European style combs can be worn as a decorative accessory for a classic French twist or a more modern twist with a fanned out top tail or similar. These combs are also functional and can be used to hold hair in place.
Depending on how much hair you have, the combs may or may not work best as an adornment or an anchor. You can wear one or more of these combs with straight, wavy, curly or even kinky hair.
Usually you will need enough hair to be secured by the combs, but if your hair is fine or slippery you can use the bobby pin secret to anchor the combs into your hair .

euro comb

euro comb

The France Luxe European combs are hand crafted in France out of traditional cellulose which is a faux tortoise shell material.
The combs are much higher quality than plastic or other similar materials which are more at risk for fast wear and tear or broken teeth. Since the European combs are hand polished there is less risk of sharp teeth or rough spots on the combs which can snag delicate hair.

Hand Cut Versus Poured Into Molds

One key difference between the hand crafted, hand polished cellulose and the more inexpensive plastic comb versions is the pattern used to create the combs.The France Luxe combs are hand cut by craftsmen from families with generations of experience in cutting hair accessories from the large slabs of cellulose. Similar plastic combs start life as hot liquid plastic which are poured into identical molds.

Shape And Color Differences

Another difference is the shape and color. Hand crafted combs are cut to take advantage of the luxurious color of the cellulose and to highlight the beautiful curve of the design. Plastic combs rarely are multi-hued and are usually lacking in multi-dimensional shapes.
The European combs from France Luxe are truly a work of hair accessory art. With proper care the beautiful combs can last for a very long time.

Hairstyle How To

This comb falls into the side comb family of hair accessories. You can wear this comb stand-a-lone or as part of a set of two combs. There are no rules, right or wrong when using these combs in your hair. Use this comb for a fine hair French Twist or for a side partial twist.

How to Create A Comb Embellished Hair Twist

1.Direct all of the hair back into a low based ponytail. Hold the pony tail base with your prominent hand with palm facing towards nape of the neck
with fingers forming a V shape around the base.

Hair Twist

Hair Twist

2. Close fingers together making sure to keep hand in V position. Do not close into a circle as you would with a traditional ponytail.
3. Use free hand to reach over the head and grab the tail and begin twisting the entire ponytail in a clockwise direction.
4. Continue to loosely twist the tail until you have reached to the very end of the hair.
5. Loop the twisted tail completely around the base of the tail one time. You should have a section of loose tail which you can fan out.
6. Secure the newly looped twist along the edges.
7. Use fingers to fan our tail in a triangular shape at the back of the crown.

french twist

french twist

8. Glide one or more side combs into the sides of the newly formed twist to accent. Or use combs as an anchor to hold hair in place. If you prefer
you can place the comb at the top right below the hair fan.
For an alternative look, once the twist is pinned, use your fingers to gently loosen the shape of the twist. You can play with adding a larger hair fan at the top or you can pin the twist completely down and forego the hair fan. By skipping the hair fan you will be creating a traditional French twist hairstyle. Use your imagination to decorate your finished hairstyle.

The Bobby Pin Comb Anchor Secret

The comb’s thick teeth provide a strong grip for alternative styling. If you hair is slippery, fine or thin and the comb doesn’t anchor as tightly as you might like you can try the crossed bobby pin trick.
Position two bobby pins in one or two X formations in your hair where you wish to wear the beautiful comb or combs.
Gently slide the comb so that is is over the bobby pins and they will help to anchor the comb in your hair.
For some hairstyles the combs will serve to hold the hair in place. Whether you wear a traditional French Twist, a pineapple style twists or just wish to hold one side of your hair back with a comb, the France Luxe comb will do the trick beautifully.

Source: http://www.hairboutique.com/blogs_p/index.php/2011/08/24/decorative-hair-comb-hairstyle

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[Decoration]-The Best Fashion Decoration: Sunglasses



Nowadays, with the popularity of fashion sunglasses, both celebrities and common people pursue cool images with sunglasses. Sunglasses seem more than protective tool for eyes. They become popular because their fashion style and they can decorate people’s face thereby to change people’s images.

In fact, sunglasses have become an important fashion decoration in summer. Now, if you want to change yourself in this summer, just try some fashion sunglasses. In order to choose the best cool sunglasses for yourself, you can start from two main aspects.

First, you must know what the best popular sunglasses in this year are. If you are a careful person, you may find that sunglasses nowadays are more colorful in bold design which have become the highlight in the models.

In detail, the shape of the sunglasses frame still is the main design of the sunglasses. Apart from traditional round and rectangle sunglasses, there are also some personalized cat eyes sunglasses and butterfly sunglasses. Besides, different from traditional design, they are more colorful. Some of them are designed with stripe, leopard line or diamond on their frame which make those sunglasses really a piece of fashion decoration.

Second, choose the best suitable sunglasses for yourself. Although there are many kinds of stylish sunglasses in the market, not anyone of them suits you. As long as you choose the best suitable one, you can get fashion images.

So, how can you choose the best suit one sunglasses? When you choose sunglasses, you should choose the proper color, frame shape and frame size for your sunglasses. In this point, you should choose it according to your face shape, skin color and occasions. Since different people have different face shape, skin color and clothes style, because the same sunglasses will look different on different people. For this reason, you must choose it according to your own face features. For example, if you have a dark skin color, please try to avoid choosing white frame sunglasses. Some sunglasses with brown, grey or black sunglasses may work well on you. If your skin is in light colored tone, you can try some bright colored sunglasses which have similar color with your skin.

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[Decoration]-Nail Art for Beginners

nail art

nail art

Nail designs are fun and fashionable ways to show off your favorite things and style without going crazy with your wardrobe. Although many people find nail art appealing, they often fear they lack the ability to create their own nail art designs.

I’m here to tell you, that isn’t so! Once you have learned the basics of nail design you too can create amazing fun designs that will amaze others.

When it comes to nail design there are just a few things you need to have and know to create beautiful art; nail art tools of the trade, how to create circles, how to create lines, taping methods, stencil methods, and where to look for more inspiration.

Combine all of that with patience and plenty of practice and you are on your way to being a nail design artist!

Nail Strengthening Polish

I strongly recommend using a nail hardening or calcium nail polish as your base coat when painting your nails because it will keep them healthy, strong, and unstained.

Nail Polish

When starting out it really isn’t necessary to buy the big brand nail polishes. Once you have decided that nail design is something you enjoy, you may want to invest in quality polishes once you’re comfortable. In the beginning, just look for deals at beauty supply stores, pharmacies, accessory shops, and your favorite clothing stores. A lot of the time you can find nice polishes. This is how I first built up my collection and really got started on nail design.

I think of it this way. If you wanted to start painting, but had never painted before and weren’t even sure if you would be very good at it, you probably wouldn’t go to a professional art supply store and buy the highest quality paints and supplies you could find. You shouldn’t do this because (1) you might end up wasting your money if it turns out you don’t like painting and (2) you really have no idea what you’re looking for and you can’t trust the sales people, because obviously they want you to spend the most money.

Same thing goes for nail polish. When you first start out you’re not going to be able to tell the difference between a cheap nail polish and a brand name polish–and no one else is going to know what you used, so why waste your money? Wait until you have some experience and can form your own opinions about what you should be looking for before you invest too much.

Getting Started: Preparing Your Hands & Nails



If you have any nail polish from your last design, remove that first.

File Your Nails

If you want to clip your nails first, then do that, but I usually go right into filing. It is best to keep your nails rounded, rather than squared, or at least round the edges of your nails. This will prevent your nails from breaking. That is because points and corners are weak points, but round objects have no corners or points, so therefore have no weak points. Makes you wonder why we don’t have round buildings, doesn’t it?

Push Back You Cuticles

Do not cut your cuticles! Cuticles are necessary to protect your body from bacteria. When you cut them, you risk getting an infection. Cuticles are as necessary as your eyelids and gums.

If you are prone to hang nails, drink more water, keep your hands moisturized, and try taking a multivitamin daily to improve the health of your skin, hair, nails, and teeth.

How you shape your cuticles is really up to you. I like to try and keep the sides thin and straight and push the bottom down to make my nails look longer and thinner.

Buffer Your Nails

This isn’t entirely necessary, but with a soft nail buffer you can rub your nails down and smooth out any nicks or bumps. I really wouldn’t suggest doing this too much or too often though, because it will thin out your nails. Just do it as needed to keep your nails smooth

Decide Your Nail Art Design

You can go into your nail art design blind, but you may not like what you end up with. It has been my experience that the best designs are ones that have been planned out long before any nail polish hits the nail.

If you aren’t sure what you would like your design to be you could go for something abstract or just think about things that you like or make you happy. Your design can reflect your mood, the seasons, a holiday or event that’s coming up, something you’re excited about (like going to the movie or beach), your pet, or anything really.

One thing I do when I’m really stumped is just pick out the colors I really want to use first and then create a design that will incorporate all of them nicely. Typically these designs are wild and abstract, but they usually make me very happy.

Once you’ve done some nail art designs a couple of times you may notice yourself wanting to repeat favorites. In this case of course you don’t have to redesign it every time because you already know what it looks like and how to do it. I only suggest drawing out designs and planning first when it is a new design you are unfamiliar with.

Draw Your Design

On a scrap piece of paper draw little nail shapes then draw what you’d `like your design to look like. Keep things simple as possible. You don’t need a lot of intricate details to have a successful design.

Test Out Your Design

This isn’t entirely necessary, but I find it helpful when I’m not sure how certain colors will work together. Once you’ve decided on your design, redraw it a few times on your scrap piece of paper and apply polish directly to the design to see how it will look. Adjust your design as needed and practice a few times so you will be comfortable enough to apply it to your nail without a drawing to guide you.

If you are concerned that you will only be able to paint your nails on one hand and not the other used this as an opportunity to practice with your non-dominate hand

Nail Stickers & Decorations

nail sticker

nail sticker

There are lots of great ways to add art to your nails that don’t require much art skill. There are so many nail stickers, stamps, pens, tapes, decals, decorations, and gems that you can apply to your nails that if you really can’t get the hang of nail art designs, it’s ok! With all your options you can Still create awesome nail designs!

Since there Is so much, I’m going to do my best to remember everything, but I apologize if I forget! If you know of something that isn’t listed here, please feel free to remind me in the comments below.

Nail Stickers – These are by far the easiest ways to create great nail art. You can find them at beauty supply stores and all over the web. In the past I’ve even used tiny stationary stickers. There are also special stripe tapes for nails that you can use, or any tape you like really. All you do is stick them on and seal them with a clear top coat.

Alternatively, you can create your own by using a bit of clear nail polish to glue cutouts or tiny drawings on to your nails. Again, seal it with a clear top coat and you’re good to go.

Another way to create your own nail stickers is to paint on tape (scotch tape for a more transparent look and painters tape for something more solid). Then you can cut out any shapes you want and apply to your nails.

Nail Art Transfer Sheets – These are kind of like stickers, except they are typically an entire texture or design that you apply to your nail. This way you know all of your nails are going to look exactly the same.

You can make your own transfers by applying temporary tattoos to your nails or pressing printed paper (from comic books, newspapers, books, maps, or whatever you like) on to your nails after dipping it in alcohol. Then go over the design with a clear top coat to protect it.

Nail Decals & 3-D Decorations – These are kind of like stickers, except they aren’t usually sticky and are typically more 3-Dimensional. I’ve seen tiny bows, keys, fruit slices, animals, candy, cupcakes, and more. These are typically applied with some nail glue and may or may not be sealed off with a top coat depending on how big it is. There are also special acrylic paints that let you create your own 3-D art.

You can find these at some beauty supply stores or you could use tiny little decals found at craft stores. Polymer clay canes are also extremely popular for these.

Get creative. If it’s small enough to fit on your nail, you could probably stick it on there. Try decoupage or other art techniques to create unique nail designs. Typically, if you can seal whatever you’ve done with a clear top coat (which you should do anyway to protect your art) you can add almost anything to your nails.

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[Decoration]-Decorating Cell Phones – Charms Covers Crystals


cell phone case

cell phone case

Cell phone decorations are no longer just for looks; some would say that these have become a reflection of who you are. You can buy decor

for your phone from the vast array of ready-made choices or you can use do-it-yourself methods of  for unique personalizing.

Charms in Every Imaginable Theme: One such ready-made choice would be cell phone charms, which are widely available for purchase and, with the array of themes available, can be changed with your every mood, to show your current emotions or to let the world know what your favorite things are.

Peel and Stick: Ready-made peel and stick cell phone decorations are available in a seemingly endless variety of themes, to fit your own interests. You can even get them in words or phrases like “Way to go” or “You are my sunshine”.

Decorative Straps: You can even make a fashion statement with the strap of your cell phone, as beautiful straps are available with themes such as butterflies, jeweled poodles or Cinderella’s magic shoe.

mobile phone straps

mobile phone straps

The strap itself may be woven with a themed design but cell phone straps also often include an attached charm as part of that theme.

Fun Covers: Fabric animal-shaped covers that stretch to fit most bar style cell phones can reflect your love of your pet or show off your favorite animal, insect or amphibian. Sports enthusiasts, you might be happy to know that these come shaped like a football, basketball or other sports equipment too.

Face plates, Skins: Other types of covers are face plate covers and phone skins. These can be found in animal prints, many design themes and bright, muted, shiny or most any other type of finish in solid colors.

cell phone cover

cell phone cover

Do It Yourself

Crystals, kits and other supplies are available for you to create your own design that you glue directly to your phone’s surface.

Source:  sandimarshall.hubpages.com/hub/Cell-Phone-Decorations

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