Halloween Decor is Not Just for Kids

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Halloween Decor is Not Just for Kids Are you throwing a Halloween party, but want to stray away from decorations that will make your house look like a kindergarten classroom? We gathered the most chicest party decor ideas that will have your guests screaming for more.

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Fall Floral Decor

Flowers are essential to every event, even a Halloween party. Think fall floral, bundles of dark reds and a touch of white or green. Or go for faux flowers and greet your guests with a bouquet of black roses. 

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Experiment with Lighting

A bright overhead light is not so spooky. Tea light candles and candlesticks will do the trick! If you have dimmers, keep the lights low and the candles burning.

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Sophisticated Decadent Desserts

Skip the cupcakes with the orange frosting and serve rich chocolate desserts instead, like a dark chocolate cake or chocolate fondue. Arrange desserts on a black or antique-y cake stand.

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Add Mystery with Black & White

Think beyond the typical Halloween orange. Black and white decor is classic but mysterious. Paint your pumpkins black or white and add metallic accents for a touch of glamour. 

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A Festive Bar Cart

Style your bar cart with Halloween-themed cocktails and don’t forget the candy! A skeleton head or spiderwebs draped over the bar cart will definitely add a bone-chilling effect. 

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Decorating Tips: Refresh Your Dining Area

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Decorating Tips: Refresh Your Dining Area Now that Fall is here, say goodbye to BBQs and alfresco dining. It's that time of the year again where we need to pay a little more attention to our dining room. What better way to welcome in Fall with an updated dining room! Refresh your dining area with a few of these design tips:

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LIGHTING

Update your dining area with a new light fixture. Whether it’s a fabulous chandelier or an industrial-style lighting, a new light fixture updates and upgrades your dining area. Don’t forget to add dimmers so you can set the ambiance during dinner parties. 

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ECLECTIC SEATING

Mix and match your seating. This does not necessarily mean add a purple chair with a couple of blue chairs, but experiment with styles and size. Try a bench seat on one size or maybe a couple of wingback chairs for the host  chairs.

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LINENS

You’d be surprise how linens cozy up the dining area. From table cloths, to cloth napkins, to cloth placemats, and table runners, layering your table with simple designed linens adds a special touch to your dinning space. If you have large windows in the space, drape them with lush window treatments to create a more luxurious feel. 

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NATURAL ELEMENTS

Bring life to your dining room by adding houseplants and flowers. Arrange a charming succulent centerpiece or decorate with fresh flowers and house plants. 

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DON'T FORGET THE WALLS

Even though the dining table is the main attraction, the surrounding walls make a huge impact on the dining set. Paint or wallpaper the walls to make the dining area more cozy and inviting. Have fun with patterned wallpaper or create a romantic, moody environment with deep blues and dark greys. 

Decorating Tips: Refresh Your Dining Area

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Design Tips: Live Large in a Small Space

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Design Tips: Live Large in a Small Space Don't feel like you're stuck with boring design just because you live in a small space. The benefits of living in a small house or apartment is that you don't need knickknacks or many pieces to make a statement. Here are a few design tips on how to successfully design and not clutter your small space:

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Big Statement Pieces 

Don’t shy away from big sofas or sectionals because of your limited square footage. Often several small pieces can make a room appear smaller and more cluttered. A beautiful comfy sofa brings on style and comfort. 

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Wall Mounted Shelves

Bookcases take up too much space. Try wall mounted shelves, they do the same exact thing as a bookcase, without taking up any floor space. Wall mounted shelves are also more versatile in design and can be mounted on top of other furniture, like a desk , sofa, or TV. 

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Say No to Small Rugs

A small space does not mean a small rug. Too small of a rug visually disrupts the floor space, making your room appear smaller than it naturally is. A large rug anchors the furniture and creates a cohesive flow throughout the room.

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Large Scale Wall Art  

Just like how a small rug breaks up the floor space, small artwork can do the same to the wall. Hanging small artwork on the wall can make a room feel more tiny and often groups of small pieces can look messy. Think about proportion and try one large art piece on the wall. It will make a huge impact in your small space. 

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Glass or Acrylic

Stay away from heavy and bulky furniture because they can weigh down a small room and also darken a small space. Consider a glass table top for your dining room table or an acrylic coffee table or chairs. At least one big piece with a glass surface, like a dining table, coffee table, or sofa table can help lighten up the room while showcasing your beautiful floor or statement rug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design & Storage Tips for Small Bathrooms

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Design & Storage Tips for Small Bathrooms Don't give up on your small bathroom. Design does NOT stop there! Embrace the size and go bold with your ideas. Here are a few design and storage tips to get you started:

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Don't Miss a Beat

The more compact the space is, the more design forward it should be. Pay attention to every detail, from light fixtures, to color palette, mirror and hardware because everything is in close quarters. 

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Utilize Wall Space

If you don’t have enough storage, try a series of small open shelves on a bare wall. Use baskets and containers to organize the small things. Typically, the wall behind the toilet is empty. Go as high as you want on the wall and use a step ladder for easy access. 

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Create Counter Space

Place a decorative tray and/or basket on top of the toilet to create extra counter space. Now you can store your display-worthy toiletries, candles, or flowers on your new counter space. 

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Go Bold

Don’t be afraid to ever go bold! Sometimes there is no way of hiding the small space, so embrace its’ size. Create a huge impact by using big, bold patterns or a moody color palette.

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Plants and Flowers

Plants or a small vase of flowers brings life to any space, big or small, so why stop at the bathroom? Plants that requires low light and humidity are perfect for the bathroom. You’ll immediately see what an impact a small vase of flowers can do for your tiny bathroom.

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Empty Nesters : What to do with Your Spare Room

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Empty Nesters: What to do with Your Spare Room Did your kid just move out and you don't know what to do with the empty room? Or did you finally clean out the spare room and don't know what do with it besides using it as storage? We've got a few ideas to help you get started.

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Home Office/ Library

If you often work from home or you’re self-employed, a home office is your best choice. You’ll finally have a quiet place to work away from the rest of the family. 

Add built-in shelves, a comfy chair, and a floor lamp and you also have your own library! 

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Personal Gym

Take your treadmill and/or stationary bike out of the living room and move it into your empty room. Create a work-out space and install a full length mirror on one wall to create a gym-like room. 

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Dressing Room

If you feel that the space is too small to use for other purposes, it may make a wonderful dressing room. All you need is to add a few floating shelves, a garment rack, mirrors, decorative boxes to organize the smaller accessories, lighting, and you have yourself a dressing room. 

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TV/Game Room

You can get very creative with a game room. Include a TV, sports memorabilia, a popcorn maker, a billiards table or a card table set up. Don’t forget to add storage for board games and accessories. 

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Guest Room

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Add a full size Comfort Sleeper sofa to your home office and transform the office into a guest room when you have guests. 

Not enough room in the game room? Try a cot size Comfort Sleeper. Game Room during the day and Guest Room at night. 

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Benefits of a Standing Desk

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Benefits of a Standing Desk Standing Desks have become increasingly popular and we want to share with you why office workers are choosing to take a stand.

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Helps Improve Energy Levels

One study found that standing desks can lower feelings of stress and fatigue. Standing, rather than sitting can even improve mood and energy levels. 

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Appears to Reduce Back Pain

Several studies show that standing desks can dramatically decrease chronic back pain caused by prolonged sitting. 

May Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Studies show that breaking up periods of sitting with standing can lower blood sugar levels, especially after lunch. 

Lowers Your Risk of Weight Gain

Exercise is the most effective way to burn calories, but just simply choosing to stand instead of sitting is also beneficial. Studies show that an equal amount of time spent standing than sitting, burns over 170 additional calories. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Paint Colors for a Small Room

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Top 5 Paint Colors for a Small Room Not sure what to paint your small room? Embrace it's size and turn your small room into the star of the show! Here are the TOP 5 paint colors for small spaces:

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Royal Blue

This bright, beautiful blue will make any room look royal! Dark colors, like Royal Blue, camouflages the actual size because it creates the perception of depth. 

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Pearl Gray

Pearl Gray or Light Gray, are the go-to neutral colors, especially for a small space because the gray shades magically fluctuates with the times of day. In the dark, certain grays can appear almost black, but with sunshine it can also bring life. 

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Sage

Sage has become the new neutral gray. This light mossy green brightens up the room during the day, creating a calming, relaxed environment both during the day and night. 

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Pure White

Pure White walls reflects lots of light, masking the walls, it makes a small space feel larger. If you use Pure White paint on your walls, don’t forget the ceiling too, so you can get the full light and airy experience. 

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Eggshell

If you’re looking for something a little more subtle than Pure White, try Eggshell. It’s bright shade opens up a small room but it’s warm undertones create a more comfortable and inviting vibe.

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Basic Rules for Rug Placement

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Basic Rules for Rug Placement

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Rug placement has always been a tricky one. From living room rugs to hallway rugs, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few simple standard rules in rug placement:

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LIVING ROOM

In small spaces, with furniture against the wall, aim to have the front two legs of all the furniture on the rug.

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In even smaller spaces, small rugs can be used just under the coffee table or to define specific seating areas. 

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For a larger living room, with furniture floating in the middle of the room, the rug must be big enough to fit all the furniture comfortably, without feeling too cramped. 

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DINING AREA

The rule is simple for the dining area, the table and ALL the chairs should rest on the rug, even when the chairs are pulled out and away from the table. You need about 24″ or so extending beyond each side of the table to avoid chairs going off the rug. 

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BEDROOM

The bedroom offers many options for rug sizes and rug placement. The most popular rug placement is to lay the rug perpendicular to the bed and pulling it half way under, stopping before your nightstands. 

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Runners are also a great alternative, especially if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of trying to vacuum underneath your bed. Use a runner on either side, both sides, or just the foot of the bed. 

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KITCHEN

The areas where you find yourself standing the most, like in front of the kitchen sink and in front of the stove, are the best places for a rug. If you have long counters, opt for a runner instead. 

Hallway

Hallways are usually the forgotten space, but the most traveled routes in your home. Bring your hallway back to life with a rug! Allow your runner to be the focal point, it has to at least cover 75% of the length of the hallway, showing same amount of wood or carpet on both ends of the runner. 

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Design Tips for Smaller Bedrooms

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Design Tips for Smaller Bedrooms

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Do you have a small bedroom? Well you’re in luck! Smaller bedrooms have so much more potential than they’re given credit. Here a few design and space saving  tips to help you embrace your small bedroom:

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Think, Jewelry Box

Embrace the small size and paint the walls with bright and bold colors or patterned wallpaper. Go for a charming light fixture, like a chandelier and decorate with fancy mirrors. Use your small bedroom to make a statement.

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Skip the Headboard

The headboard takes up too much space. Add a more personal touch by choosing a bold wallpaper or hang a large painting or photo.

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The Magic Behind Floating Shelves

Floating shelves don’t take up any floor space and can be transformed into many different things. Use them as a nightstand, an entry table by the door, a bookcase, a laptop desk, etc. Wrap them in wall paper for a more decorative look or spray paint them with metallic colors. The possibilities are endless!

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Small, but Tall

Hang window treatments closer to the ceiling to make the room appear taller. Keep the drapes light and airy to bring in the natural light.

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Storage Bed

If you’re in the market for a new bed, consider a bed with builtin drawers underneath for extra storage. Or raise your bed with bed risers, they’ll give your bed an extra lift so you have more room to store things underneath.

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Is There Still Hope for Our Furniture…and Our Cat?

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Is There Still Hope for Our Furniture...and Our Cat?! Have No Fear!

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We all want nice furniture, but does owning a cat or cats hold you back from investing on the pieces you really want? Here are a few tips on how to keep your fur babies from destroying your furniture:

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Creating Distractions

We’re not hinting that you need to make your home look like a cat’s version of Disneyland, but purchasing cat towers and toys are a better alternative than your sofa. Place them in areas where your cat likes marking the most. Scratching posts, cat trees, carpeted shelving units, or hanging toys on door knobs or doorways, anything that will show your cat or cats that there are better things out there than your precious sofa or accent chairs.

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Mark Your Territory

That’s right! If cats do it, you can do it too! Cats mark their territory by clawing, spraying or the classic side cheek swipe. You can mark your territory by rubbing your hands over areas they like to mark. But if your cats are attracted to your smell and don’t respect what’s clearly yours, then take a used shirt and place it on their cat tree or somewhere else that they can’t ruin. Your used shirt will create a distraction and hopefully they’ll forget about the comfy chair.

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Fabric VS. Leather

Leather is easy to clean. Fur, urine, and vomit won’t absorb into leather, but those cat claws can easily puncture through and a scratch is visibly seen. 

If you’re not a big fan of leather, try a Microfiber fabric. They are the best type of fabric if you have pets. Microfiber fabrics are stain and spill-resistant because the tiny polyester and nylon threads are tightly bonded together creating a lightweight, dense, water-resistant material. They are also easy to clean with a lint, pet roller, and vacuum so if you have guests over that are allergic to cat dander, the fabric can be vacuumed away before people arrive.

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Most importantly, love, patience, and catnip goes a long way for your cat buddy!

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