Friday, March 16, 2012

Fun Ways to Feng Shui My Bedroom

Different aspects of feng shui create a harmonic bedroom space.Feng shui is more than just a decorating style. The term "feng shui" means "wind and water" and involves the arrangement of your space, and placement of decor to achieve harmony with the surroundings in which you dwell. Trying to...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rustic and Horse Decor

Decorate your rustic home with spurs or pictures of spurs.Bring out your inner cowboy by decorating your home with a rustic and horse theme. Western inspired accents will add a little bit of the Wild Wild West in your home that is both welcoming and pastoral. From small touches of the Old West to an all-out...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Decorate Apartments for the Young and Married

You can decorate any plain apartment using a variety of techniques.Selecting a style of home decor can be daunting for any married couple. Being young adds additional pressure to the task because you want to create a youthful and inviting environment for your friends and family to gather. Create your own personalize...

How to Choose Colors for a Front Porch on a Cape Cod House

Choose a color you will enjoy being surrounded by.The traditional Cape Cod-style house has its origin in the early English settlers of Cape Cod, who based their designs on the half-timbered houses of England. The result was a one-and-a-half story cottage with steep roofs, a symmetrical front wall wi...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Decorating With Vintage Theater Seats

Create a vintage-looking theater in your home with authentic vintage theater seats.Vintage theater seats can add drama or style to your home, depending on where and how you use them. The style of your vintage theater seats should complement the style of the room. Consider the era that the seats were originally used in, such as the...

Monday, March 12, 2012

How to Decorate a Victorian Style Nursery

Victorian dolls add authenticity to a Victorian-themed nursery.The Victorian period, approximately 1837 to 1901, featured rapid social change as the Industrial Revolution changed standards of living. Many Victorian children weren't brought up coddled in a nursery but in factories working. Yet many wealthy people...

Decorating a Small Cottage With Bold Colors

Create a sunny space with yellow walls.Make you small cottage big on style by decorating it with bold colors. You can use vibrant hues to enhance just one space or all of the rooms in your cottage. If you're on a tight decorating budget, use a bold color scheme to enhance the cottage's cu...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

How to Transform a Ranch-Style House Into a Craftsman's Bungalow

The craftsman home has simplistic, earthy features inside and out.The ranch house and craftsman’s bungalow have some similarities, including easy access to the yard. Depending on the designer and the decade in which your ranch-style home was built, its simple architecture might consist of a low roofline, mul...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Renovating a Ranch Style House to a Tudor Style

Half-timber exterior on William Shakespeare's house.Revival building styles appeal to romantic perceptions of a faraway, simpler time. The actual style of building during the time of Henry Tudor was medieval Gothic, but the American Tudor Revival of the early 20th century interpreted the era loosely,...

How to Design a Gambrel Pitch for a House

The gambrel roof has been used for decades on barns, sheds and other buildings because it provides more interior space for hay lofts and storage. Often called a "barn" roof, a gambrel roof is distinguished by a center peak with two or more...

Friday, March 9, 2012

How to Decorate a Bookcase in a French Country Den

Lavender is closely associated with a French country feel.Decorating a den with provincial French influences involves careful attention to color and texture combinations. As you add and assemble various pieces in the room, include surfaces such as tables and bookcases for accessorizing. Decorate a bookcase...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Neoclassical Fireplaces

Neoclassicism is a movement of arts, literature, architecture, theater arts and music drawn from the influences of ancient Greek and Roman fashions. Europe and the United States experienced a neoclassical movement during the 18th and 19th centuries t...

How to Decorate With Vintage Doilies

Doilies make creative home decor.You can use vintage doilies, which are small, generally handmade pieces of lacy fabric, to give any room in your home a charming look. If your antique doily collection is hiding away in a closet, pull it out and put the pieces to work as one-of-a-kin...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How to Decorate a Dark Apartment With No Sunlight

Cover dark flooring with a light carpet to brighten a dark apartment.If your apartment is windowless, or if the windows face north or are blocked by trees or large shrubbery, deliberate decorating is necessary to compensate in a home where no direct light reaches the inside. An entire apartment with traditionally good...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How to Decorate a Small Apartment With a Large Brown Couch

Light colors complement brown and make a small room seem bigger.The key to decorating small spaces is to deceive the eye into thinking the room is larger than the square footage would suggest. Light colors usually accomplish this better than dark hues, which can make a room feel smaller and closed in. But a large...

The Name of the Style of Home Built With Mortar Protruding From Brick

Brickmasons may apprentice for up to four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Brick provides homeowners with a number of advantages over some other exterior building material options. Brick homes tend to be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter due to their thermal mass, which gives them the ability to absorb heat and...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Residential Foundation Drainage Design

The amount of rainfall affects the design of your home drainage system.The nuisance of a leaky basement can almost always be traced by to a faulty design or execution in the foundation drainage system. Three parts to the system must work together -- the slope of the yard, the waterproofing of the foundation and the drai...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Light and Bright Decorating for a Cottage

Yellow walls create a bright, airy look.Transform your quaint cottage in a cheerful space by decorating with light, bright touches that bring sunny beaches and gardens to mind. Use nature-inspired colors, such as yellow and sky blue, when infusing a cottage with a warm touch. For a cohesiv...

Scroll Edging

Scroll edging and other small, decorative fences will help protect your garden.Scroll edging creates small, decorative fences that mark garden borders or walkways and that keep small animals, birds and other pests at bay. Choose the kind of scroll edging you want in your garden based on its purpose, location in the lawn and the...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bathroom Wallpaper From the '30s

Artistic patterns and prints made their way into 1930s wallpaper designs.Streamlined art deco styles and industry-inspired designs were in the forefront of the 1930s home decor. Unlike the mainly functional bathrooms of the past decades, 1930s bathrooms made high glamour and exotic elegance key. Wallpapers from this perio...

Friday, March 2, 2012

Difference Between Colonial and Vintage Decorating

Nice hutch, but is it colonial or vintage?Interior decorating styles are as different as the homeowners who enjoy them. Styles are open to interpretation; and while some homeowners adhere to one design style, others borrow from and are influenced by all of them. However, there are distinct d...

French Gothic Decorating

French Gothic style emphasized color, intricacy, naturalism and richness.Gothic architecture began in France as stone masons, glassmakers and other artisans developed skills to fulfill the vision of religious leaders. Originally called The French Style, it featured soaring arches, colored glass, intricately stone-carving...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Decorating California Chic

California's varied natural landscapes inspire streamlined interior designs.Because California is a state outfitted with sprawling mountain ranges, beaches and deserts, and is typically blessed with year-round outdoor living conditions, a California-themed decor often incorporates the great outdoors into its interior design....