[Accessories]-Accessories & Decor

When you’re redecorating a room that’s in dire need of a fresh, new look, you don’t need to splurge on all-new furniture — in reality, all you need is a few inexpensive, well-placed accessories. Despite often being small, accessories can pack a mighty punch and can quickly change a blah room into a contemporary or modern trendy space worthy of a magazine cover.

There are a wide variety of products to choose from, and everything from a throw pillow to a wall divider can make a dramatic difference in your room’s overall appearance. So before you head to the furniture store, think about how accessories can help change your decor.

Take advantage of your walls. In a room where floor space is limited, it’s important to make the most of your walls by using every inch. If yours are looking a little barren, spice them up with colorful artwork or picture frames. Creating your own photo collage can add a personal touch to any room, while mirrors can give a small space an added boost. If storage is an issue, use wall shelves and stack them with fun trinkets or flowers. Don’t forget about the wall itself! Add some flavor with a colorful patterned wallpaper or go for a brightly painted accent wall.




Bring new life to tables and countertops. If your living room needs a lift, liven it up by adding a few thoughtful accessories. Pictures always make great additions, but keep them interesting by mixing up your frames — getting too matchy-matchy can make the room look boring. When lit, candles add a romantic, relaxing feel, and coffee table books about travel, home design, fashion or photography make for great conversation starters with guests. You can also show off your green thumb by adding a plant or a vase with some flowers.

Get your whole family involved. Ensure that everyone feels at home by letting each family member pick something out. That way you’ll get a wider variety of products, which leads to a more interesting, unique room. Let the kids pick out a funky clock while you choose a handy magazine rack or an accent rug. And make sure to remember the dog accessories!

Don’t forget the fabric. Since most of us have neutral-colored furniture, one of the easiest ways to punch up a look is through the fabric you display. Swap out throw pillows and blankets to liven up a dull foundation, and don’t be afraid to go bold or try mismatched patterns. Because of their size, floor-length curtains can make a dramatic difference in a room and can transition a room from traditional to contemporary all by themselves.

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[Storage]-Storage – Increase Your Space

Consider the important difference between storage and clutter. Storage is neat, tidy, clean and accessible. Items being stored should be classified as being valuable, useful or treasured.
If you don’t love something, or need it, then it has to be re-defined as clutter. Clutter includes the things which you are not using; the unwanted gifts you feel obliged to display, useful objects which have not got a specific home and are in the wrong place. All your storage places, such as overflowing wardrobes and overstuffed attics, are having an effect on you. Every time you open a door and see the chaos on the shelves behind it, you are being affected. The more you have, the more it begins to drag you down so that it feels as if you are actually carrying around the weight of everything you own.

Storage that’s attractive and inventive is the key to clutter-free living. Choose solutions that complement your belongings and the way you use them. With thoughtful organization, it can also bring efficiency and style to everyday life. Using a variety of furniture, repurposed pieces, boxes, and baskets, you can easily design a system that’s as attractive as it is helpful.

  • Before you decide what to put things in, you must decide what to save.
  • Embrace spring cleaning, storage is first a editing process, so make sure that the things you have are actually being put to use or are personally meaningful to you.
  • Just make sure that you only surround yourself with the things you really love and try to exercise some restraint from time to time by adopting the principle that less is more.
  • Finding the right place for everything becomes much easier when you have less to keep track of.
  • Consider how things will fit, where you’ll want to find them, and how to fashion storage that caters to the items and your decor.
  • Make storage your ally in helping you find things when you need them.
  • Find opportunities throughout the room to integrate storage at every level: up high on shelves, in cabinets or armoires, down low along the floor, under the coffee table, or nested in side tables.
  • Keep your own habits in mind when you choose storage solutions and combine beauty with reality.
  • Smaller spaces demand resourceful storage solutions. A solid wall of shelving does more than function as smart storage; it becomes a graphic backdrop to the entire room.

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Storage boxes & baskets – organization with style

Storage boxes and baskets are a great way to give all sorts of things a home of their own, so they don’t take over yours. Imagine what you could do with some of our stylish paper and media storage boxes. For example, you could bring order to your bills and receipts or find your favorite DVD in less time than it takes to pop the popcorn to eat while watching it. Here you’ll find a great mix of all styles of storage boxes and baskets to use all over your home. From see-through plastic storage boxes for your winter clothes to handwoven baskets to keep your tealights handy, we’ve got them all.

Storage boxes & baskets to get more from your storage

Storage boxes and baskets help you make the most of your storage furniture. A few boxes where you can keep similar things together will soon bring order to any shelf or drawer in your home. Check out our open-top clothes boxes that make hunting for the right pair in your sock drawer a thing of the past. Or straighten up your bookcase with a nice, colorful box to hold that pile of old photos you’re planning to sort out someday. A lot of our baskets and storage boxes are sized to fit perfectly into our different storage furniture series so no space goes to waste. Check the product information for details of which goes with which.

source: http://www.decoration.com/decorating-tips/storage/index.html

Paper Cutting – Introduction

  • Author : Heyenga, Laura (EDT), Ryan, Rob (CON)/ Avella, Natalie (INT)
  • Publish:Chronicle Books Llc
    There’s a renaissance underway in the art form of cut paper, with an explosion of raw talent and an abundance of amazing work produced in the medium in recent years. This gorgeous volume features work from 26 contemporary international artists who are creating images of astonishing intricacy, using little more than paper and blade. Featuring a host of new discoveries and including art by such stars as Nikki McClure, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Allen, as well as a number of emerging practitioners, Paper Cutting is sure to engage art buffs and indie crafters alike. An in-depth introduction by paper art expert Natalie Avella illuminates the rich history of the centuries-old form, and a whimsical preface by beloved artist Rob Ryan rounds out this delightful collection.

  • Author:Shufunotomo (EDT)
  • Publish:Trumpeter

Transform a simple sheet of paper into a delicate snowflake, a sweet flower, or a dainty doily—or create an enchanted forest using a modern twist on the traditional technique for making paper dolls. Paper cutouts get a fresh look in this contemporary approach to the practice of transforming paper into art. It’s full of clever and cute designs and a range of different cutting techniques that you can use to make your own cutouts for display, decoration, or embellishment.

Offering a range of styles, this book presents paper cutting techniques through clear step-by-step instruction, detailed diagrams, and templates. Once you’ve mastered the basics, creative uses for paper cutouts are offered, including as cards, gift wrap, mobiles, collages, stencils, garlands, and more.

Make the paper cuts in this book and add a creative touch to your home, gifts, or projects.

  • Author:Garrido- Ma
  • Publish:Clarkson Potter

Crafters who would create miniature replicas of the world’s great architecture, from the London Eye to the Parthenon and the Golden Gate Bridge, will relish this collection of  fold-it-yourself buildings and structures offering 20 templates for construction. Step-by-step, clear directions accompany easy and fun diagrams, photos and templates perfect for paper crafters and libraries catering to them.

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