The winter months can be a challenge for even experts at decorating. The cold and crisp air marked by lack of growth tends to make us all want to stay indoors. By seeking winter decorating ideas and focusing on a refreshing new style for your front porch during this chilly season, it will help lift your spirits as well as create an inviting entryway to your home.
Use year round furniture on your front porch that can withstand the elements. Seat cushions made of materials such as vinyl or plastic are perfect choices for a cooler climate and they are easier to clean. Colors such as blue, sapphire, silver, gray or red work well for making a winter porch stand out.
Winter berries and branches of evergreen are lovely ways to add natural color to your porch. Empty vases, metal buckets or other durable containers can be filled with evergreen and berries mingled with pine cones. Fill the container with water and your creation will last a good while. Add a burlap bow to your finished piece and you have created a simple yet beautiful scene on your porch.
Rustic birdhouse designs sprinkled with fake snow and window panes that have been salvaged and repainted are easy ways to add some country delight to your front porch style. Simply group them together in an area of your porch that you want to become the focal point. Add a chair with a thick winter style throw to complete the unique look.
Door wreaths go a long way in creating a welcoming scene even during the cold months. The best materials that you can use for your winter door wreath are grapevine, evergreen or winterberry. Pinecone wreaths are great choices too. Artificial wreaths featuring snowmen, birds, vintage style bells or neutral colored deco mesh such as tan or brown make beautiful wreaths.
Another simple way to create a cute focal point on your front porch is by staging a table decoration. Set up a small outdoor table on your porch and adorn it with several baskets filled with silver and blue Christmas balls, sprigs of holly and evergreen, and mix some icicle ornaments into the theme. Add some small grapevine wreaths to give it a little rustic charm.
There are so many creative ways to make your front porch demand attention during the winter months. By using your imagination and researching ideas, you are sure to come up with the right porch idea for you.
Decorating your home in a country look is not only appealing to you but it is to your guests as well. Country decor is simple and useful; another words, there is a place for everything. You don’t need to always be neat and tidy to achieve the country home look. Its how you decorate and what you use to achieve the look to have the country home decor.
You can choose to have one room with country decor or you can move the look on into other rooms of the house. If you want to achieve a country look in just one room, you can do this by simply decorating the one room and not allowing it to run out into the halls or into another room.
Colors of Country
The country is full of colors. When you add country color to your room then you want to achieve a clean look and feel. The colors should be as bright as they are outdoors. Use colors like yellow, green, pink, and brown. White is always a good choice too. Use a solid color on the walls and accent them with stencil art. You can choose flowers or simple country designs. In the kitchen, you want to use fruits and vegetables. You can also buy wallpaper to put up.
Natural wood is very important in a country theme. You want to bring out the natural wood through your trim or accessories. Flooring is another way to get the natural wood look. Today you can purchase laminated flooring that looks just like real hardwood flooring. If you already have hardwood flooring in your room then sand it and stain it or you can paint it white.
Complete the hardwood flooring look with accent rugs like braided rugs or hooked rugs. Some rugs are even quilted to give it an authentic look. Remember, the colors should be simple and bright like what you would see in nature.
It’s important to accent the decor to achieve the country look. You can do that by using the color of nature. As the seasons change so should the colors of country. Bring out the beautiful colors of fall by accenting with gold and brown tones. For winter, when everything is white and bare outside, your decor should be warm and cozy inside. Choose bright colors to balance the look of winter. For Spring, everything is in full bloom in the country; flowers, trees, plants, and animals. Choose the color that you like the best and accent it. Yellow daffodils are beautiful, pink dogwood, lilac bushes are in bloom, and the beautiful red-breasted robin displays her colors proudly as she gathers worms for her newly hatched babies. The sky is bright blue and the sunsets are a beautiful color of yellow and gold.
It’s hard to decide on just a few colors of country to put in your home but you need to make sure that you don’t place too much color in your decor or it will not look clean.
When the weather outside is frightful, and in some places temperatures drop down to dangerous lows, the winter months are a great season to spend some extra downtime just hanging out and relaxing around the house. In fact, with so much indoor time to spend, it might even be the perfect time in your life for a few do-it-yourself style home improvement projects.
Sure, improving and designing interior spaces can certainly be a daunting and difficult task… but it doesn’t HAVE to be as bad as you think! We consulted with a few of our interior design school experts and got some fun and fairly simple tips for cozy home improvement projects to spend time on while you’re locked inside your house during this crazy-weather winter…
One great way to achieve a cozy feel inside a room or a house (ESPECIALLY within a DIY interior design effort) is by mixing and matching different design elements. Many interior design school students and professional decorators alike will affirm that mixing and matching often creates a sort of artfully cluttered, cottage-like feel in an interior space. Of course, depending on one’s individual taste, there are many different style elements in a room to mix and match. However we have collected a few popular ideas to get the ball rolling anyway.
Try selecting different prints for any cloth elements in the room and throwing them all together. For instance pick one print for the curtains or blinds, another for an area rug, and perhaps another for a tablecloth or blanket. Don’t shy away from bold, noticeable colors or prints EVEN IF you think they absolutely won’t match. Another great example straight out of interior design schools is to mix and match your kitchen-ware. Instead of all-matching sets of silverware and dishes, get thrifty and collect different stuff from all sorts of different places. Use mason jars as cups, oversized mugs as bowls, and if a fork or spoon in your silverware drawer gets slightly bent out of shape, who cares? It will only add even more character to your cozy kitchen!
For even more coziness inside your home, try tapping into some classic winter design elements and incorporate them as decorative accents. For instance, many people often connect the winter season with dark, knotted wood, probably because the wood reminds them of log cabins and snow. One simple ideas is just to add in some nice wood wherever it can go. Perhaps you are looking to replace an end table or a coffee table? Choose a sturdy, dark wood table and voila! And for the simplest, coziest wood trick in the book, just grab some logs from outside, toss them into your fireplace and spruce up the room with a hot, strong-burning and irresistibly cozy fire!
Another classic winter design element is the simplicity of white. Even if you hadn’t been dreaming of a white Christmas, interior design school experts still encourage you to incorporate white into your winter-inspired interior decorating experiments. White is a great interior design element many different ways. It matches every other color. It attracts light, and makes rooms appear bigger and more open, and its simplicity is clean, simple and super cozy. Whether you re-paint a room with fresh white (off-white works too), or maybe just sew a new, white comforter or duvet cover for your bed, this classic winter color will only up your coziness factor at home.
If you are close to retirement or simply have too much money to throw around and you are looking on a piece of property to invest in, you should consider building a farmhouse. This nation thrives on its’ farmers hard work and devotion to feed millions of people each and every year. Building a farmhouse would somehow be a sort of homage to those farmers of whom we generally take for granted each and every time we visit the grocery store.
It isn’t like we take our time while choosing our produce to give thanks to the farmers that toiled over growing that particular piece of produce. So much work goes into providing our nation with a farmer’s splendor that building a home from country farm style house plans would be a great way of giving your small piece of thanks.
When you think of a farmhouse, your first thought is most likely that of a home that has a sprawling front porch. This spacious porch seems to beckon the passersby to come sit and relax in the shade and sip on a nice cool cup of iced tea. There is nothing more welcoming that a wide front porch with rocking chairs that have comfortable cushions upon each seat. This is where the farmer will spend his weekends while he is relaxing with his family. When you are designing your country house plans keep this amazing feature of a country farmhouse in mind. Without this roomy and cozy front porch, it just wouldn’t be a farmhouse.
Most farmhouses that you see in the country are a basic rectangle shape. Also, these farmhouses are always two stories with the bedrooms lying on the second story. However, if you do have a problem with stairs for whatever reason, you should check out house plans for ranch with a walkout basement instead.
Now even though you are designing a farmhouse, this doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the luxury items that you put on the inside of your home. You could add in a whirlpool bathtub in the master bath. Or you could even add in walk in closets for all of the bedrooms rather than just for the master. If you wanted to really go against the grain you could install a media room in the upstairs for the enjoyment of your family.
No matter how you decide to design your dream country farmhouse, you will come to enjoy the beauty of such a unique piece of architecture for many years to come. Your country farmhouse will come to be known as your family’s little piece of escape that is usually much needed. When you come to your farmhouse the only thing on all of your minds’ will be relaxation.
Your living room should be decorated in your own personal style, not that of a decorator. The living room is usually the first room that your guests see so it is usually a little more formal than the rest of your home. It should also reflect the style preferences of your family members.
There are many decorating styles that you can choose from. The most popular are traditional, country, contemporary, and transitional. You probably prefer one style over another. If you don’t think that you have a style preference, look through some magazines and catalogs to see which ones you like. While you are looking, also look to see which color schemes you like best.
When I decorate a room, I try to mix and match furniture. I do not like to purchase furniture as a suite. I believe that this makes the room look boring and unwelcoming.
For instance, if you like the traditional style, choose pieces of furniture that can build that look for you. By choosing furniture a piece at a time, you will come up with a unique look that is all your own. Use your ingenuity and imagination to create a rare look that reflects your own style. This can be easily done on a limited budget.
Let’s talk about some of the different styles:
Traditional decorating covers many periods and can include furniture designs from the very elegant to those of the more simple American tradition. You can find good reproductions that look as beautiful as the hard-to-find antiques.
Accessories are more elaborate. Portraits and paintings have double matting with carved or gilded frames. Tables are made of dark wood and have a good number of accessories and floral arrangements. Lighting in the room emphasizes the warmth and richness of the furnishings.
Country decorating is informal and cozy. It can be more romantic, like an English cottage, or spare like a Shaker farmhouse.
Antique furniture is usually handcrafted and fabrics are plaid, tweeds and prints. Accents include quilts, old toys and dried flowers.
A contemporary style is more dramatic. The furniture is usually low profile and sleek. Simplicity is key in a contemporary living room. Low furniture arrangements are used to give the room and open and uncrowded feeling.
Room accessories usually include one-of-a-kind art pieces that are dramatic and colorful. Indirect lighting is deflected from the ceiling and walls and can add to the drama of the contemporary living room.
Transitional decorating brings furnishings from different eras together. This creates a room with a unique flair and is usually not limited to just one style. Window treatments are more simple, and often, window treatments are not used at all. Furniture is larger and has simple, straight lines to compliment smaller pieces that have soft, curved lines.
Room accessories are limited to just a few outstanding pieces. Use recessed lighting to keep it low key and to feature architectural fixtures for drama.
Whether you are decorating the entire living room, or simply just sprucing it up, you need to start with a plan. Get your inspiration from books and magazines and by visiting different high-end furniture stores. Decide on your basic style and color scheme and go for it!
Does this sound familiar? You have been dreaming of being a home owner and have just moved into your house. You look outside at your backyard and suddenly realize there are no trees, there is no lawn and there is nothing but a lot of dirt. It’s not the wonderful backyard you grew up with and you feel pressured to have the same or better than what your parents or grandparents had accomplished. For many this is the first hint that something called work is involved. If it isn’t handled properly, this can lead to some serious long term relationship issues in your household. Here are some valuable tips to make your dirt pile into your personal retreat.
1. Survey your turf – Walk around your lot as a family. Look at how the road looks or the rest of the houses look from different vantage points. This also means that if you can see these things, you also can be seen from those places back into your yard. Note which way the wind usually blows around your house and yard. You will get a sense of what is a sheltered or exposed part of your yard. Note where the sun rises and sets in your yard. This gives you a sense of where you have a lot of sun and where you have a lot of shade. Repeat this procedure several times, even over several weeks if you need to.
2. Visualize your activities
Once you have made these notes (mental or written) you now have a sense of what you can do with your space. Start to think where you intend to have the garden party, where the swing set will be, where you want to put your flower bed, vegetable garden, compost bin, pond, patio and or hot tub. Since you have already a sense of the effect of the elements in your yard you now know where these activities can be located. Take time to experiment and discuss as a family, the possible options of how these objects and activities interact.
3. Do some research and compare notes
Understand the growing conditions in your community. Do you have lots of rain? Are the temperatures variable? How long is the growing season? What is the ground soil really like? See what people are doing in established neighborhoods. Go to the library, the garden center, or on a horticultural tour. Ask owners about their yards, what they think turned out and if they had to do it again what would they change.
4. Create a long term plan
Think of this as a two to three year plan. Generally, people build a house with the idea that they are going to stay there until their nestlings have left. The happy fantasy ends because many times the homeowners get overwhelmed and panic because the yard isn’t all done within a planned long weekend or two week vacation. So many beautiful sunny days of spring and summer rapidly become war zones as artificial deadlines and expectations are not met, the financial stress and of course physical stress of moving materials and digging dirt further frays the nerves of what was once a happy family unit. By creating a long term plan, divided into smaller tasks the gardening and landscaping experience becomes less stressful and much more satisfying.
5. Divide the plan into smaller projects
Smaller projects mean smaller cash outlays and more doable projects. Since you have a long term plan, you already know where things are going to go. Now you can divide the plan into smaller projects. You can say as an example; a) plant the trees, b) put in the grass on the front yard only, c) get the back patio done, and then d) build a fire pit. I suggested planting the trees first because they benefit from a longer growing season and once you have fences up, it’s harder to get a larger tree into your back yard. Grass installation was suggested next since it helps to keeps the weeds away, the dust level around your house down and when children or pets are running in the mud, grass makes a good cleaning barrier. Putting in grass is a rather big project so do it in smaller portions, especially when installing sod by yourself. It is better to purchase smaller quantities since rolled up sod doesn’t store well after 24 hours. When you do things as smaller projects, it gives you the satisfaction that you accomplished what you set out to do and you still have some time and energy to be a family.
6. There are no mistakes
The greatest fear of many homeowners and gardening newcomers is that they might do things wrong. Gardening and landscaping is never about perfection. It is about trying new things, creativity, experimentation, optimism and evolution. You are dealing with Nature. Your task is to make an area your special place. You can learn to work with plants, soil, drainage, watering and fertilizing basics but many things are simply out of your control. You can’t help it if there is a hail storm or early winter frost. Sometimes the stone path you made shifts. You simply use it as a reason to be outside and in your yard. The first season can be the most daunting, but as the years go by, the garden will take on a wonderful lived in quality. Stay focused and remember why you wanted a yard in the first place. Be gentle with yourself and your family and you all will be able to enjoy that yard before you know it.
For those who live out in the country in a ranch house, farm house, log cabin or any country style home for that matter and are looking for a dining table to match the setting should strongly consider a farmhouse dining table. This dining table is perfect for people who need extra room in their house for gatherings or for those who appreciate spacious dining arrangements.
In addition to the ample space, the farmhouse table also helps you capture the rustic essence that makes a house vintage. A major selling point is the lasting endurance, plain and simple. The durability of these tables allows them to be passed down again and again as well as their ability to weather the wear and tear they endure. Their incredible durability is due in part to the material that’s used to construct them such as maple and oak, which also happens to have a beautiful finish and appeal.
If you are feeling creative and have some extra time on your hands, then constructing your own table is an idea worth considering. Old barn wood makes a great material to construct the table with, which will certainly give the table a unique appearance that isn’t seen in stores too often.
Once you’ve acquired a rustic farmhouse dining table to your liking, you should possibly consider other furniture to fill out the rest of the room like a solid oak coffee table. Coffee tables are great accent pieces for a living room because they take up little space and have amazing versatility where you can store books, magazines, and place coffee mugs on top of.
Now that you’ve made your mind up on buying a farmhouse dining table, deciding on the quality of table and subsequent price is the next step. Prices can range from next to nothing, if you shop at yard sales, or in the hundreds, if you buy in furniture stores. To find great deals, it’s always smart to search the internet where numerous deals and discounts are offered every day. Additionally, what might be the last place you expect to find a deal is at a yard sale. People hold onto furniture for years, often stored indoors and are kept in excellent condition, which means when they are ready to sell they will practically give the furniture away for a decent offer. Ideally, you will find a table that matches the vibe of your home at a reasonable price if you take advantage of the internet and local furniture sales.
The master bedroom is indeed one of the most eye-catching areas of the house and a room that every visitor wishes to look at. Why not make this room one of the most fascinating corners of your house then? Here are some design and decorative tips that will help you get the most out of your most spacious bedrooms in the house.
When choosing the colors for the walls of your master bedroom, go for subdued shades for walls, window panes and ceiling. Choose colors that mark passions, love, peace, tranquility and comfort. Colors such as rose, beige, gold, baby pink, royal blue, etc. work wonders for this room in the house. These colors help to add luxury and drama to your room, making it full of life and joyful during the complete day.
When deciding on designs and patterns for your bed room, go for toned-down qualities, quiet patterns, and cool artwork to flatter your walls and give a beautiful finish to the wall colors. Try making use of patterns that favor the mood of your master bed room: relaxation of body and refreshment of mind. With a fine blend of such patterns, designs and artwork in the room, your room will create an atmosphere of warmth, elegance and peace at the same time.
When it comes to deciding furniture and accessories for this room in your house, go for furniture and decorative pieces that are unique and one of their kinds in the market. Anything common is not meant for this corner of the house. After all, it’s the room where you and your spouse stay connected and remain in solitude.
If you don’t get your favorite masterpieces from the market, get them crafted and tailor-made from a local carpenter, giving him specific guidelines on your preferences. Adding elegant, unique masterpieces in your room will help in creating a different aura in your room making it your most preferred place in the house. To add an extra touch, you can also get paintings of quaint provincial life and get small artifacts of rustic and modern pieces here and there.
Halloween time is just a few short weeks away and it is time to start planning for your fabulous party. Remember, the earlier you plan, the better the chances of saving and being able to stick to your party budget. There are a lot of things involved in planning a party especially for Halloween and it never hurts if you would start early.
The most important things to consider about your party are the food and drinks. Next would be the decorations and the entertainment for the party. Appetizers and desserts can be converted into decorative pieces as well especially during Halloween. Your Halloween party invitation should scream of fun and entertainment as well.
Here are some tips you should consider to have a fun and memorable Halloween party on a budget.
Have a theme and color pattern for your party
The theme is where it all starts. Have a fixed theme for your party where your guests can relate to. From here, you can start planning and creating a list on the things that you will need for the party especially for the props, decorations and entertainment for the party.
Check your home for readily available items
With the aim to save but still have fun for you party, you should start looking for items that are already available inside your home that can be used for your Halloween party. These include décor, tablecloths, dishes and several items that can be repainted and redecorated to be transformed into your Halloween party decorations.
Invite a few friends and relatives
Keeping the number of guests low does not mean that you will make your party less fun. This will just make the party more affordable and more intimate making it more fun and easy to handle compared to having a party with a big crowd.
Match your food servings and accessories with the theme
To make the party really Halloween like, be sure that your food and decorations are in line with your theme. If you have a Zombie theme for your party, include a lot of chocolate and brownies on your menu list. DIY graveyards made from old cartons and Styrofoam would complete the look of your Halloween party as well. You wouldn’t have to worry about dirt coming inside your home for the mean time with all the kids running around your yard and home with a party theme like this as well.
Go with DIY décor ideas
Since you started planning your Halloween party early, you can still have time to do things and decorations by yourself. With a few old items at home, paint and some creativity, you can save a lot of money from décor and accessories when you create them by yourself. You can involve the whole family as well to make an experience out of it.
You can also consider borrowing old decorations and accessories from families and friends to keep your budget in check. Extra chairs and tables can also be asked from your friends too. Do not be shy to ask.
The front porch is the focal point for Halloween decorating. Don’t you think? Your porch can have just a touch of Halloween – jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin banner. Or your porch can be full-out haunted. Even I would not want to put foot on some of these creepy porches. Would you?
How do you decorate your porch to wow your trick-or-treaters?
I have some fun and easy porch decorating ideas that both big and small kids will enjoy. Try these…
- Ghosts never go out of style. Ghosts are not hard to make. Create ghosts that are “standing” on your porch or driveway by criss crossing two broom sticks or dowels. Then hang an old white sheet or white garbage bag from them. Draw ghost faces with black markers. Also create a few smaller ghosts (without the broom sticks) that are simply hung from the ceiling to sway in the breeze. Ewwwww!
- Use natural elements. Encircle your porch’s columns with broom corn. Tie it snugly with dried willow sticks. Choose kale, gourds, squash and pumpkins that are unusual, bumpy, even ugly! Make spider webs from hemp fibers. Dye bamboo black and use it to create perches for store-bought ravens. Carve pumpkins and light up with tea lights placed inside. More ewwww! Be sure that lit candles are out of the way from excited trick-or-treaters.
- Light your walkway with skull or pumpkin lights. Draw in the goblins with a safely lit-up pathway. Pile up pumpkins and gourds along the way. How about a few gigantic furry spiders to add some scare factor? Play some creepy music, too. That always kicks in the ominous feelings on Halloween night. Bushels of colorful mums add a splash of vibrance, too.
- Create gourd or squash candle holders to create a dimly lit Halloween mood. Create a spooky candleholder by cutting a hole in a gourd or squash that is large enough to accommodate a candle. A battery operated candle is the safest bet. Cutting the gourd or squash (or even a small pumpkin) should be done by an adult. You might need to start by scooping out a little and keep working at it until the hole is large enough for the candle. Always keep children and their costumes away from candles. That’s why a battery-operated candle is a much safer bet. Safety warning: If using a regular candle with a flame, put the candle holder on a metal tray with foil. Keep it away from trick-or-treaters or pets.
It’s pretty easy to decorate for Halloween with things you already have around the house – like old sheets, broom sticks, and harvest from your garden. The most important thing is to have fun and be very safe. I hope you enjoyed these Halloween decorating ideas.