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Bright & Beautiful Blue Bathrooms

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I love the color blue. It’s one of the colors that can always brighten my day, even the darker shades like navy. I love the idea of making blue the theme color in the bathroom. The color reminds people of outdoors, since two of the most abundant things in nature are blue: the oceans, rivers and lakes and the sky of course!

There are lots of ways to bring blue into your bathroom. You can go all out and paint the walls blue, or use lots of blue tiling on the floor, the walls or inside the bath or shower. Or, you can be more subtle and introduce bright blue elements into the space. Blue towels, with a blue bathmat can bring a splash of vibrancy to a white bathroom.

You can also find cute things like vintage blue containers to hold things like toothbrushes and cotton swabs. Blue glass jars look great against the white porcelain of sinks. I’ve hunted down some great images of bathrooms that celebrate this gorgeous, fresh color, so take a look and get inspired!

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Faux Fur Home Decor and Accents We Love!

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A couple years ago I bought a faux fur throw blanket from Restoration Hardware, and my love affair with the soft, luxurious material began. Since then I’ve complimented that throw with a bean bag chair, throw pillows, and even a comfy pair of slippers!

So what exactly is fake, or faux, fur made of anyway?

Faux fur is a type of material which has been created to look and feel like genuine animal fur. It is a pile fabric and is usually created from polymeric fibers that are processed, dyed, and cut to match whichever animal’s fur texture and color that the faux fur is trying to replicate. Faux fur has been around for almost 100 years and the technology to create it keeps getting better, improving quality so much that its almost indistinguishable from real fur.

Check out all these amazing faux fur items that you can use to bring a look of rich luxury and warmth to any space!

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25 Amazingly Cool Industrial Pendant Lamps

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Vintage, industrial pendant lamps are one of the most enduring lighting trends of the last decade, for good reason. These classic looking lamps add a very cool look to a variety of different decor styles. For example, in the dining room or kitchen, if you have a modern or a rustic modern aesthetic, the color, texture and shape of this kind of pendant light looks like it was made for these spaces.

Industrial pendant lights can be found in antique stores, as well as at modern furniture stores that sell upcycled and recycled furniture and fixtures. They come in a very wide range of sizes, so you can have one large single pendant above your dining room table that will fill the entire table with light, or you can employ several smaller matching (or slightly unmatched for a very cool look) pendant lights for some variety.

I have seen industrial pendant lamps used very cleverly in kitchens as well, and with the right bulbs (I always recommend Edison bulbs for these kind of lights, since the aesthetic of them is perfectly at home) can provide sufficient kitchen lighting. Most of all, they look super cool and well-worn and will definitely be conversation pieces in whatever room you choose to feature them in. I’ve scoured the internets for some great examples of industrial pendant lamps used very well in different rooms.

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Cool Contemporary Rugs For Your Bedroom

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When you are decorating your contemporary bedroom, there are many options for rugs that are cool and functional. You can search many stores for the ideas you see her, just find the rug that you like and search for the best prices.

The first option should be pretty obvious but its effectiveness really depends on the type of floor you currently have. Adding an area rug can completely change the look and feel of a contemporary bedroom. If you already have carpet in the bedroom, the area rug may not make as big of an impact but it can still be a good addition. The area rug works more effectively on a hardwood or similar floor but most people do not have that type of flooring in their bedroom.

There are so many unique and gorgeous rugs available these days with patterns and colors that will completely change the look and feel of your bedroom, and I’ve searched the web for examples of the coolest bedroom rugs I could find!

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There’s nothing quite like the wonderful smell of back-home food cooking in the kitchen. Whether you grew up in the country or would like to experience what a country-styled kitchen can bring to the table, there are several country kitchen design ideas that are sure to make you feel as though you’re walking into a true country kitchen.

One of the easiest ways to really start off the look correctly is to have a wood-themed kitchen. Although modern designs are simple and elegant, there’s just something about wooden cabinets, beautiful table tops and wicker baskets filled with fruits, jams and jellies that can set the heart right.

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Unique and Cool Ideas for Bathroom Lighting

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Choosing the right bathroom lighting can really make a difference when people want to redo their bathrooms. They can create a very interesting mood in their private room that will be soothing and welcoming for guests. Most people will notice how a bathroom is decorated and if it feels comfortable or not.

People can decorate their bathrooms in various ways. They can make it have a romantic look or a nautical theme. The way that they make up their bathroom will be very personal, and the unique, modern lighting can really make a huge difference in the whole look of the room. They should be careful to install the lighting according to the directions, and they need to make sure that they understand how to care for it after it is installed.

Since using great lighting in a bathroom can make it feel a lot cozier, many people decide to use special lighting in the room. They want it to be a place that they can spend relaxing time in. Creating a special atmosphere in a bathroom is important because both the people that live in the home and guests will spend time in the room.

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Vintage Furniture in Modern Loft Spaces

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When you are furnishing and creating a home in a loft, you will find that of course you want to decorate it in a way that suits your aesthetic. If you are looking for a rather traditional look, these vintage modern loft design tips can help you out.

First, remember to keep the textures rather soft. Choose curtains that will diffuse the light, and consider using reclaimed materials to decorate the walls. The worn texture of old barnwood and the naturally occurring coloring can do a lot to give you the effect that you are after. Many estate sales and antique stores have furniture and decor pieces that will make your loft have a lived-in rustic feel, while still celebrating the stark open beauty of the space.

Choose rustic furniture, like bookshelves made of rough wood and simple, natural material rugs such as jute or bamboo. To add a little bit of texture to your loft, consider things like faux fur throws and textured rugs or pillows. Not only can they keep things cozier if your loft is on the cool side, they also add a visual texture that is engaging and fits the vintage modern aesthetic perfectly.

For furniture, vintage styles from the 50’s and 60’s, particularly Scandinavian designs look perfect in big open spaces and can often be found for reasonable prices.

I’ve rounded up a collection of images of vintage modern lofts that perfectly capture that feeling. Take a look!

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Barbeque Cleaning tips

Cleaning your barbecue while it is still warm is the best time, since any stuck on food is more easily removed before it cools and dries on. This can be done with a grill brush and spray bottle filled with water with a gas grill once the flame is turned off. Simply spritz the grate and scrub with the brush until clean. Wipe down with a cotton cloth and spray with non stick coating before the next use.

When cleaning the grate that the food is cooked on once the grill has cooled, chemical free cleaners are the best route to take. While some people may use harsh oven cleaners, when cleaning your barbecue, you have to keep in mind these chemicals can leach into your food if not removed completely. So what do you use?

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Baking soda to the rescue. Using several layers of dampened newspaper, or thick towels you no longer use for anything else, put the grate on top, and wet the entire surface, soaking the paper also. Sprinkle with a generous amount of baking soda, really cover it well, and put more paper or towels on top. Now wet these down thoroughly with hot water. Allow to soak like this for two to four hours, checking to make sure the paper doesn’t dry out.

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Once the grates have set for a time, remove the top layer of papers, and discard, or put the towels in the wash. Using a grill brush, and a spray bottle filled with water, wet and scrub the grates. The baking soda will cut grease and act as a gentle abrasive. Rinse the grate and replace it in the grill.

Using a non stick spray on the cooking surfaces can help make cleaning your grill easier, and keep food from sticking during your cook out.

Beautifully Designed Minimalist Living Rooms

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A minimalist living room which is well-designed provides its occupants a feeling of spaciousness; no matter what its size. Also, beautifully designed living rooms provide inhabitants a nice sense of comfort. Color hues in the way of blue, green and purple make the room seem airy. The modern minimalist living room is one of the most common trends in design.

Color hues such as red and yellow should be avoided within a very small room environment. The latter colors will make a smaller room feel more cluttered and possibly make a larger room seem more congested.

Naturally, assuring there is not a great deal of clutter within the room’s design; in any particular area is of significant importance. When a room has too much, in the way of knick knacks, its environment begins to feel cramped. It is best to keep any odds and ends out of site if you’re going for a simple, minimalist look. Integrate shelving where objects are minimal, and presented in an orderly fashion.

Lighting is a key element in rooms which are well-designed. Natural and artificial light is important in way of the room’s total look. Proper use of lighting is important when wishing to instill a sense of roominess and coziness within the living room area. Keep heavy drapes away from the window when wishing to instill a feeling of spaciousness within the room’s total design scheme.

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In order to further create the illusion of spaciousness within your living room design, the following tips are suggested:

1) The ceiling color is best a shade lighter than the wall color. Assure the furniture color is a good color match pertinent to the color hues you choose for the walls.

2) Select small-patterns on the room’s wallpaper and on your furniture’s upholstery. Choose accompanying accessories with larger patterned designs.

3) Employ hues of cream as opposed to stark white for the room’s walls. The cream color hue softens the surrounding environment.

4) The best living room designs make use of a select minimal number of furniture pieces as opposed to a good number of items. The preceding suggestion makes a room seem much less cluttered and more open.

5) Naturally, using mirrors will give your room design the nice illusion of extra space. You may try hanging a mirror in front of an entryway where it will look reasonably in place.

6) Combining various textures will give your room a visually attractive appearance as well as adding a great deal of interest within the design scheme. Various textures also make your living room appear as if it has more depth.

The keys to beautiful living room design are:

Assure there is proper lighting in place, in way of natural light and artificial lighting;
The room has a non-cluttered appearance; and
Appropriate color hues are used.
Well-placed furniture and accessories, too, add to the room’s visual appeal.

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With so many people working from home – or taking work home from the office – having a sufficient workspace is necessary. Decorating that workspace should be a priority because you will spend a great deal of time in your home office. The office décor of today is very different from those decades prior. People want the organization of a modern home office, with the familiar comforts of their own space incorporated.

The home workspace design ideas you choose will depend on the type of personality you have. For those with outgoing personalities, a contemporary trend is a plain white desk, with colorful chairs, lamps, wall photos, and other room and computer accessories. You can even purchase a bright-colored wireless mouse for your computer or laptop, instead of the traditional black or white keyboard and mouse.

For those of you who have a bright personality, but do not want to light your space up with anything other than a lamp, there are some contemporary design ideas for you too. For the booklover, surround your desk with bookshelves that are stacked with your favorite classical novels. For the sport’s fanatic, purchase workspace décor that sports your favorite football, basketball, soccer or other professional sporting team’s logo. You can purchase lamps and office accessories in the shape of a football, golf ball, or any other equipment the sport requires for play. If you are an art lover, surround your home office wall with pictures drawn by your favorite artist. Seat cushions with the same print can be purchased as an added accent.

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