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16 Fabulous Outdoor Christmas Decorations

16 Fabulous Outdoor Christmas Decorations


How to do more with less during a redesign

Less is sometimes more...3 Tips for designing a small space.


Small rooms can present a real challenge for any would-be interior designer, whether it's a studio apartment or a tiny attic bedroom. Here are a few tricks of the trade for creating the feeling of space - without adding square footage.

Try a fresh coat of paint

One of the simplest yet most effective measures one can take is changing up the color scheme. When choosing a new hue for the walls and/or floor, opt for a lighter shade. Light colors (especially white) create a sense of airiness that contrasts sharply with the cozier feel of darkly-colored rooms, which have a tendency to absorb light.

Giving a ceiling a new coat of paint can be helpful, too. Anything that draws the eye upwards will make a room seem bigger. Wallpaper or a painted design on the ceiling will accomplish that task.

Change up the furniture


Although it may seem counterintuitive, decorators actually should not push furniture up against the walls to maximize space. Pulling furniture a little bit away from the walls will make the room appear larger and more open. Similarly, it is a good idea to choose chairs and couches with exposed legs, which also lend the area a sense of openness. The same goes for ottomans, cabinets, dressers and end tables—the leggier the better.

If a standing bookshelf is taking up too much room, ditch it and instead hang shelves near the ceiling, which will both free up space and draw the eye upwards. If the room has hardwood floors, a rug with vertical stripes can elongate the space, in the same way that striped clothing can have a slimming effect on the body. Alternately, using several small rugs to divide the room into sections can also make the space appear larger.

Expansion through decoration


Finally, there are many little (or sometimes big) decorations that can be added to a small room to really help to transform it. For example, using an oversized mirror to make a room feel larger is a well-known trick, but sometimes a large piece of wall art can manage the same feat. Using one large, attention-grabbing art piece is preferable to cluttering up a wall with lots of different pieces.

As for other decorations, they should be well-proportioned and used sparingly. In a small room, anything larger than a bread box is likely to stand out, so smaller plants and knickknacks are preferred—unless there is one big “statement piece” to tie the room together. In general, though, clutter is the enemy of spaciousness, and one should exercise appropriate restraint when picking out decorations for a small room.

Just because you have a small room does not mean anyone else has to know. Follow these tips and tricks for making a tiny space feel bigger, and you can effectively hide a cramped room in plain sight.

Article from Edgewood Properties.



Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice

An Ode To All Things Pumpkin Spice


We look forward to fall for many reasons – football, changing leaves, Halloween and all things pumpkin spice. If you can’t get enough of pumpkin-inspired scents, tastes and colors, we’ve got some suggestions for creative ways to spice up your home all season long.

Indulge in something delicious. You can find pretty much any food or drink in pumpkin flavor from September well into the Holiday season. Coffee, beverages, Oreos, bagels, cookies, chocolate, cheesecake, yogurt and even butter, are just a few items you can buy in the season’s must buzzed about flavor. Choose one of these fall-friendly crock pot recipes to come home to after a long work day or enjoy with a group of friends at a tailgate party.

Fall-worthy scents. Pumpkin scented candles are lining the shelves so it won’t be hard to snag one for the home or office. If you’re looking for a more inventive way to keep your home smelling festive, create your own scent with a simmering stovetop potpourri. Try out this recipe:

Cinnamon sticks
Apple peels
Orange rinds
Whole cloves

Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients and continue to boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. Add water as needed, usually every 30 minutes or so.

Décor. If you’re more into carving or decorating your pumpkins than eating them, purchase a variety of sizes to display on your front porch and around your home. Pair your pumpkins with colorful mums, gourds, wreaths, and lanterns. Pumpkins can also make a great table-scape like this one!

Once your home is decked out and ready for the new season, grab your coziest throw, your favorite fall beverage and pop in your favorite flick. Enjoy!