Earlier this year, my family and I had the wonderful experience of visiting Disney World in Florida. We stayed at the lovely Wilderness Lodge for a week, and fell in love with their gorgeously rustic design aesthetic. It got me to thinking about the cottage or cabin that I’d like to own one day, and how I’d like to decorate that space to re-create the feel and look of the Wilderness Lodge.
The interior designers responsible for the vibe of this hotel have paid attention to every detail! Everything from the huge totem poles in the breathtaking lobby, to the little things, like the log beds and the Ranger Chip and Dale characters in the bathroom tiles!
The idea behind the design was to emulate the incredible log cabins found in the American West. Everywhere you look, you’ll see timber pillars, and wonderful collections of Native American art and artifacts. In the lobby of the hotel, a bubbling brook leads out into the hotel grounds where it ends in a waterfall. There’s even a Yosemite style geyser that erupts every hour!
When you enter your room, the rustic look continues, with bedding, fixtures and furniture that all boast an old-fashioned, cabin style and look. I started to look around for items that would help me re-create the look of the Wilderness Lodge, and found some great stuff! It’s pretty simple to find companies that are designing furniture and fixtures that look almost exactly like the ones found at Wilderness Lodge – and I even got some great ideas that I didn’t see there, like this awesome canoe bookshelf! I even located the cut metal sconces featuring bears and moose, which were very much like the ones in our room.
I can’t wait to one day create my own cabin getaway, and use the DWL (as they call it in pro Disney speak) to be my design inspiration!
To get a relaxing and zen feel to any living one needs to add a few classic features. A water feature is key. Adjustable lighting, comfortable furniture, and music are also great ways to bring a relaxed feel to any living room. Using a water fountain or other small water feature as a focal point in the living room is a great way to relax people instantly when they walk into the living room. A good place is to put a small fountain on a mantel or coffee table that is central to the seating spaces in the room.
Using over-sized furniture, recliners, chaise lounges, or padded ottomans is a way to get a relaxed feel as soon as one sits down in the room. Using low lighting relaxes the body and deadens the senses somewhat, it allows meditation and relaxation to take place. Putting on comfortable music, ocean waves, soothing chants, rain, thunder, or even cricket sounds can set the mood and appeal to the senses. Using all of these features combined will give the room the best meditative effect. It brings comfort and relaxation into the home and offers an inviting place when coming home from a long workday.
Coming up with sustainable bedroom decor ideas doesn’t have to be difficult. By being aware of the materials used in construction, one can have a comfortable space that also remains ecologically conscious. When designing a room, consider using items that serve multiple purposes to eliminate the need for extra space.
One of the biggest areas when it comes to furnishing a bedroom that can help reduce the carbon footprint, is through the use of recycled materials; whether one chooses to reuse an old bed frame, or to opt for renewable resources, such as bamboo, for construction. Reclaimed furniture can be given new life through the use of non-toxic stains, as well as being re purposed from other areas of the home.
Consider looking at thrift stores for items, such as lamps, and storage options instead of purchasing new. Use bedding composed of renewable resources such as soy and organic cotton. When it comes to lighting use lamps with energy efficient bulbs and natural lighting from windows. Curtains help keep the temperature in a room stable and cut down on heating usage. Painting a room can be done using low-VOC paints to prevent harmful chemicals from being released into the air.
Furniture design is becoming not only a study in function and sustainability, its becoming more of an art form. Certain kinds of eco-friendly designs can be very expensive, and people are looking for ways to furnish their homes creatively without spending too much money. Eco-Friendly design is becoming very popular for this reason. Homeowner want eco-friendly furniture that is not only good for the environment, but will also allow you to save money.
There are also many retailers, especially on the internet, that are beginning to use reusable, recycled or sustainable materials to build their furniture. Some examples of these materials are bamboo, cork, reclaimed barnwood, recycled plastic and pieces made from FSC certified materials.
Many stray away from using alternative materials because they can not always be found in stores. Instead of just throwing away everything from a room, or rooms, that you are redoing, try to brainstorm ways to reuse some of the pieces that have been used before. It is very easy, and inexpensive, to transform something even just using a new coat of paint and a refinishing.
For a ton of great ideas and images to inspire you on your hunt for eco-friendly furniture for all rooms in your home, just click the green button for more pictures, or check out my Pinterest board For Eco Friendly Furniture Ideas!
When looking for a way to spice up a living room consider going vintage. Vintage living room wall art is a great way to bring history into a more contemporary space without turning your living room into a museum. Wall art is a unique to make a space yours and safeguard your deposit. Your style can easily follow you no matter where you make your home.
When looking for this kind of art, consider a few things. First measure the space where your art will rest. You do not want to fall in love with a piece only to find out that it is too tall to fit over the couch or will be half hidden by the entertainment center. Second consider the colors of furnishings in your home and try to compliment them with your art choice. You may love a vintage movie poster but find that “The Swamp Thing” clashes with everything else you own.
Finally, choose a subject that is meaningful to you. If you like cars for example, a cool old car advertisement makes a great conversation piece and brightens your living room too. If you are going to live with art, you must love it.
When working at your home office or in any work environment, it’s always important to enjoy the are around you and fee comfortable with where you are working. This will help you perform better and give you a trendy or unique style to your area that you will love. Wondering what you can do to spice up your office? Check out these cool work space design tips:
1.Make it spacious:
A home office space that is too cluttered it really tough to work in. Fill the space or room up with things like a desk and all the essentials, and throw in a few chairs or couches. Other than that, leave room in the office so you won’t be distracted and the space will always be kept clean.
More than ever, people are staying in their homes for a longer period of time. As a result, they are taking the time to add that special unique touch that will last a life time. One of the most made over rooms in the house is the kitchen. Typically, when a person makes changes to their kitchen, they change out everything. If a person is making major renovations to their kitchen, and kitchen floors, then they should consider some of the modern kitchen flooring trends and accents that are available.
Some of the most popular kitchen floor trends right now include:
- Terrazzo flooring, which is made through a mix of marble chips and resins. Not only is it super resilient, it also looks amazing.
- Cork Flooring, which is better for your feet, and with cork’s natural wax, it becomes water resistant once laid down as kitchen flooring.
- Stone flooring, using natural stones like granite, travertine and slates.
- Bamboo flooring is becoming more and more popular as well because of it’s eco-friendliness, and lower cost.
Having a stunning country space is quite simple when you follow these living room design tips. The first step is to choose rustic furniture. You might opt for couches that have their bases made out of logs. If that’s not possible, choose colors in the neutral palate or that are on the warmer side as these tend to channel feelings of the country and nature. Try to paint the room in similar tones; it will truly make everyone feel cozy.
Decorating a home in the rustic style is difficult, especially if the rest of your home is more modern. However, it certainly can be done, even when you want something as simple as rustic flooring. The best place to start would be with proper hardwood – the more old and weathered looking, the better. Some homeowners even decide to DIY this kind of look, which can be fairly easily done, although the process might be energy and time consuming. “Rusticifying” your hardwood floors involves using scrapers and other tools to make the wood look distressed.
A carpet or an area rug in a beautiful shade like red, orange or brown really brings those natural vibes into the living space. Of course, you want to match with the rest of the room, so perhaps you’ll wind up changing the color of the walls and the furniture as well to really feel like you’re in nature. You can even go for a faux fur rug, if that’s how rustic you wanna get! Check out the huge selection of rustic style rugs in our store.
Part of the fun of decorating your home is being able to choose the perfect color and design scheme to suit your tastes and the overall look of the home. As the kitchen is the heart of the home it is worth investing considerable time and energy into making it feel comfortable and inviting. If you are a fan of clean lines and a modern look, consider following a few contemporary kitchen decor tips.
Modern kitchen decor typically incorporates clean lines, neutral tons and pops of color. Stick with neutral tones such as gray or taupe walls. Subway tiles add clean lines and texture to the walls. Texture is another key component to modern home design. Judicious use of hanging lamps and backlit cabinets add even more visual interest, as well as being functional and useful.