[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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[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. 

Textiles
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

hairstyle

hairstyle

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]-Creative Ways to Decorate Bedroom Light Switch Covers

Light Switch Cover

Light Switch Cover

Light switch covers are typically made of plastic, metal or wood. Some are made of cast resin, but they are not usually very unique. It is possible to decorate plain plastic or wooden outlet coverings using creative and colorful options. Do not spend money on ready made decorative electrical plates. Instead, try these creative ways to decorate light switch covers, and use the photos as visual guides. They can be designed to coordinate with any color, subject or style.

Decorate Light Switch Covers with Quilted Paper Cutouts

A variety of paper cutouts can be used to decorate bedroom light switch covers. To create a quilted appearance, cut out one to two-inch squares using decorative edged scissors. Use the first photo as a guide; slightly overlap the pieces until the entire light switch plate is covered. Decoupage works beautifully to hold the pieces in place, and it gives the paper a layer of protection.

Use Scrapbook Stickers for Dimensional Decorations

Stickers that are designed for decorating scrapbooks are good for more than just memory making. They can be used to easily decorate bedroom light switch covers. Search for scrapbook stickers that coordinate with the bedroom theme, and arrange them to create an eye catching design or theme.

Create Beautiful Grouted Plates

Use broken bits of tile and grout to cover ordinary plates. Other small items can be added for texture. For convenience, buy a small container of ready made grout for crafting. Broken tiles or those that can be easily broken with a rubber mallet are available in craft stores. Follow product directions for best results, and use a soft damp sponge to remove the excess grout and clean up the tiles.

Add Glow-in-the-Dark Embellishments

Glow-in-the-dark embellishments are ideal for bedroom light switch covers, especially in children’s rooms. For something really simple but decorative and unique, stick on stars, moons and planets that will glow for several minutes after the lights go out. Ordinary decorations such as stickers or painted designs can be made to glow in the dark with a coat of special acrylic glaze. It is available online and in stores that sell acrylic craft paint. Just about any decoration can be designed to look great during the day and glow in the dark at night.

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