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Archive for August, 2010

Decorating Tips on a Budget

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 11:47 AM
Monday, August 30, 2010

It seems like everyone is on a tight budget right now, and spending money on home improvements is probably the last thing on your mind. But just because you don’t have a basement full of gold bullion doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up your home’s interior. While it may sound cliché, a few small changes can add up to a big difference.

If you’re tired of your old couch, try throwing some new accent pillows on it instead of replacing the whole thing. Re-carpeting a home or even just a room can be expensive; instead of investing in new carpet, add a couple of area rugs to dull rooms. Lighting is one of the key elements to any room’s ambiance. A Tiffany hanging pendant light can instantly change the feel of a room and serves as a decorating accent in itself.

Creating Your Workspace

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 11:47 AM
Monday, August 16, 2010

Having a comfortable, well-organized desk is essential for creating a productive work environment. The desk can make or break your workspace. If you’re cramped and your stuff is crowding in on you, or if you have too much space and nothing is within arm reach, you’ll never experience a successful, happy day at work. Choosing a computer office desk is like choosing a bed; it’s where you will be spending most time of your time and is the focal point of the room.

So, just as much care should go into choosing your desk as would go into choosing a mattress. Make sure that you have enough room to work, but not so much that stuff is going to get lost. Shelves and drawers are always recommended, but not so many that it requires a complex organizing system. Make sure you have enough desk space for your computer and Tiffany desk lamp while still leaving space to write and work on projects.  Whatever you settle on, make sure it is something you can be comfortable spending long hours in.

A Tip To Make Your Room Look More Spacious

posted by Bonnie @ 10:15 AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The uBaroque Style Mirror Set With Candlesse of mirrors in the entry reflects light and space. A mirror strategically placed over a sofa can reflect an outside view, adding another “window” to the room.

These are just two ways a mirror can be used to make your home look more spacious. There are numberable mirror sets and ensembles that can quite inexpensively make your rooms look larger and more spacious. You can match nearly any decor. Some have matching candles and shelves, others may have painted graphics on the mirrors themselves. Every mirror on your wall does not have to be meant to check your make-up and straighten your hair. Mine, however, tend to be a last quick check on the way to answering the door, just to make sure I am somewhat presentable.

Transforming a Bachelor Pad

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 1:10 PM
Monday, August 2, 2010

Admittedly, I’m quite inept when it comes to interior decorating. I would be more than content to leave the walls white and simply tack up some posters or artwork. But as you probably know, a bachelor pad of this sort isn’t too attractive to the opposite sex. My sister recently paid me a visit and actually referred to my decorating endeavors as shoddy, which I thought was a bit excessive.

Luckily, she offered to give me some help in revamping my abode. We began by framing some of my posters and artwork, which definitely gives each room a more mature ambiance. Next was the lighting, which she told me was one of the most important aspects of decorating. It may seem a bit feminine, but I’ve always had an affinity for Tiffany style lighting, so I purchased a couple of lamps for the living room and my bedroom.

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