9 Ways To Bring Light Into The Home

The summer season will be coming to an end shortly. Many of us are looking forward to fall color and the change in seasons after a really hot summer. I know I am. Then for many people the skies become dimmer and even sometimes grey. The lack of light when I lived further north is really one of the reasons I moved to Florida decades ago. Winters with cold nights and long evenings and little light make me sad as it does many other people. (See Seasonal Affective Disorder for more information on dealing with SAD.)

It’s time now as you plan and transition into another season to consider how to bring light in your home during the months ahead. Nothing compares to the warm feeling of sunshine across your face especially during a cold, dreary winter. Natural light is important for so much more than aesthetics. Natural light helps to regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Your sleep cycle is regulated by circadian rhythms, where you begin to wake and rise when you are exposed to natural light (sunrise) and where you begin to wind down when natural light reduces (night). According to The Active Times, there are 15 Health Benefits of Sunshine..  It is advised to get at least 10-15 minutes of sunlight daily.  Sunlight has a huge impact on depression, seasonal affective disorder and sleep quality and can help you lose weight. 

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Trendy Dining Room Ideas

Formal dining rooms often don’t have a place in modern homes. Few people want a formal separate dining room. For most homeowners, they want a multifunctional space where cooking, conversing, and eating are not separated. Even if the dining area is separate, we want a comfortable, relaxed place to eat and spend time with others. Contemporary dining areas can use all sorts of style ideas to make them warm and welcoming. If you like to host dinner parties or you just want somewhere for your family to enjoy daily meals, your dining room can become a place that meets your needs. Let’s take a look at trending design ideas.

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Decorating Mistakes to Avoid

Decorating your home is about sprucing up your living space with items you love and creating an ambiance of comfort. Beauty is subjective, as one person’s choice of the perfect home decor elements will vary from another person’s. However, there are some decorating mistakes you should avoid, regardless of your style preferences. So, are you planning a home decor project anytime soon? Here are some mistakes you might want to avoid. 


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How To Make A Stylish Home Entry

Last week we discussed how to create an entryway when your front door opens directly into the living room.  This was really a fun project for me since I literally do not have an entry.  During my exploration of the subject of stylish entryways, I saw many larger beautiful spaces that I want to share.  Today let’s visit stylish larger entry halls and foyers for more design inspiration.

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Create An Inviting & Welcoming Home

Your home is your refuge. It is the environment that allows you to “relax, regroup, and reinforce the best of who you are.”  Today let’s  discuss tricks to create an inviting, cozy, super welcoming home for your family and your guests.  How to create a space that no one wants to leave?  Let’s begin with a few ideas from old posts and around the internet. 

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Easter Bunny Printable

March is such a busy month with St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, and Lent as we prepare for Easter.  April 12th is Easter day in a little over a month.  I am all about spring colors right now.  When I was exploring graphics, I found a very cute bunny with flowers on his head.  I modified and formatted him in 2 sizes. He’s adorable, and I hope you like him. First print is sized 12″ x 12″.

 

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How To Decorate Small Living Spaces

Back in June 2018 I wrote about designing a small living room; today I am updating this article for small living spaces in this new decade. 

For most of my life, I’ve lived in small places: apartments, condos, and even small homes.  If you live in an apartment or a neighborhood of cottages and small houses, you understand how frustrating it can be to try and fit everything in. At the end of the day, you can’t change the size of your room, but you can try and make it feel bigger.  It is a design challenge. The key to living happily and beautifully in small spaces is combining space-saving and multi-functional solutions while expressing your individual style.  Let’s consider some of your choices when dealing with a most important area, our living spaces. Many home owners take down walls to open up multiple rooms. Living spaces can include any of the traditional living room, dining room, family room and even kitchen. Many apartments and condos have a living-dining room area. Even in a smaller house, open spaces seem bigger but can fill up quickly with furniture to meet all your needs.

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7 Tips to Style a Picture Ledge

If you’ve visited with me before, you’re probably aware of my love of wall art. I have several frames that I use for seasonal art throughout the year. I’ve shared my single large painting in the living room and also a small collections of art on a gallery wall before.  Today I’m sharing my research into using a picture ledge in my home to create visual interest. Making a gallery wall  is a great way to display art.  Arranging prints on a wall isn’t always easy, but putting up a ledge and playing with the arrangement of frames is. Besides no more holes in the wall, I can add and subtract as needed!

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