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Ways to Instantly Add More Character to Your Home February 10, 2016

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Does your home lack charm? There are some decorating tricks that will instantly add charm to any interior.

Large artwork instantly adds charm to any space. People often decorate by adding small family pictures to their interior. However small framed art can only be viewed up close, so when standing within a space little photo frames simply look like clutter. Larger pieces can dictate the mood you want to achieve. Larger sculptural pieces also have the same effect.

Pattered floors create a personalized look to a home. Lay hardwood or tiles on the diagonal. Pattered floors keep an interior from looking “standard” or “basic”. Create a custom look that will ooze character instantly. Make sure to keep patterns proportionate to the room size. If you are unsure about this aspect, stop by our store or contact us with your questions.  We are always happy to help.

Custom built-ins are a way to personalize your home and add function to the interior. The beauty of built-ins is that you can have them built specifically for your needs. Transform a space by adding built-ins to any room. Cabinetry can be built to your specifications and any particular style. One of the best affects to adding custom cabinetry to a space is the added storage they provide. They are also a great way to add a personalized touch to your home.

Hang interesting wall clocks. It is nice to have a clock in every room, especially if you are a family constantly on the go. Clocks add character and function to a room. With this new digital age of phones and apple watches, clocks are just not being considered. Wall hung clocks add character to a bland or vanilla space. They also provide function, which is a win, win for any room.

Install open shelving. This allows you to add another personal touch and provide instant storage and display space. Any style can be purchased, whether that be rustic, traditional, modern, contemporary or transitional. Open shelving is also relatively easy to install. Just be sure to pay attention to what you put on the shelves. Too many knick- knacks create a cluttered look. Shelving is a great way to store hard back books and add a pop of color to a space. 

Activities to Do With Your Teenager February 5, 2016

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Music Search Party and Car Cruise

This is an impossibly cool way to bond with a teenager. Seriously, you will both love it. It’s an opportunity to share who you are with your loved one by way of your musical tastes. Music is also a transition into stories about your dreams or your life so it is a wellspring when it comes to good conversation. Here’s how it works!

  1. Agree to each spend an hour separately compiling as much music as possible. 50% of it should be stuff you love, and 50% of it should be new music that you discover. With the new music strive to find jams you’d both like but don’t be afraid to include your own favorites as well.
  2.  Merge all of the music files into one folder and download the entire batch. Method depends on your car – CD, MP3, smart phone, etc.)
  3. Together, decide on a cruise route. You’re going to be in the car for quite awhile so think of drives that are more about the experience than the destination. You should plan to be on the road until you’ve listened to all of the music!
  4. Wear comfortable clothes similar to what you’d wear on a road trip.
  5. Stop at the store and pick up a few snacks and drinks.
  6. Get settled, roll down the windows and open the sunroof, push play on the first song, and hit the road!

As your drive and listen, pause the songs and chat. Tell each other stories about the songs, what they mean, why they’re significant, and what you love about them. Listen, then talk, listen, then talk…and in the meantime just drive through the summer wind spending time with your kiddo. You’ll learn loads about each other, be exposed to lots of new music, and have a memory to last a whole lot longer than the short drive it will take to create it!

Interior Trends for 2016 January 29, 2016

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This is the year for the statement “Out with the old, in with the new” to take flight. 2016 is a modern time for modern elements and interiors. Find out what design elements will be trending this year, as Millennials really penetrate the real estate and design markets.

 The hottest colors of the year are bold “citron” and “mustard”, as well as calming “serine blue” and “rose quartz”. The citron and mustard breathe freshness into color palettes this year. The calming serine blue is a grayish blue that is not over powering. It is not a bright blue; but more like a neutral type of blue. The rose quartz is a light and airy shade of rose. It is a light earth tone of rose. It adds a calming yet uplifting effect when used as a paint color or fabric choice.

Velvet is the choice when selecting a solid fabric this year. It adds a layer of texture, even though it comes in the form of a solid. Velvet is a classic and is transforming a modern feel, when paired with unexpected textiles, such as patent leather! Velvet adds a luxurious feel to any application.

A new type of lighting making a debut this year. Exposed wire lighting is showing up in pendant lights as well as wall sconce lighting. The exposed wire adds a rustic/industrial feel to lighting and design. In years past, it has always been the goal to hide wires; now lighting design is encompassing the necessary wiring into the design of the entire fixture. The exposed wire pendants will have a big impact this year, making their way into homes across America and Europe.

Library ladders are being incorporated into the rest of the home. They are showing up in kitchens and storage rooms. Attractive ladders are especially useful in kitchens. In this day in age upper cabinets extend all the way to the ceiling to add more storage to a space. The ladders used in the kitchen are a necessity, as well as an aesthetic piece of furniture.

Keep an eye out for these new trends and have fun incorporating them into your interior!

How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Beauty Routine – and Save Money! January 19, 2016

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The amount of money women spend on beauty is mind boggling. Not all women of course, but those of us who enjoy primping and pampering know that it costs a pretty penny! What if there was a miracle product that could help reduce your spending on everything from teeth whitening to funky feet? Good news… there is! Try these awesome ideas for using H2O2 to increase the $ in your bank account!

Highlight your hair

This is beauty genius! Skip the salon, save tons of money, and go easy on your hair by using H2O2. This won’t work if you go for big time glam by bleaching or lifting your hair several levels to achieve a stark contrast or allover blonde effect. But, if you’re a natural kind of gal who doesn’t like her beauty tricks to be apparent, this will give you a subtle yet effective lift. Huge bonus: It’s awesome if you have allergies, eczemas, psoriasis, or allergic sensitivity and can’t chemically treat your hair. It won’t bother you a bit. Simply mist wet hair with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Comb through. Start modestly to see how quickly your hair highlights, then treat again as needed.

Teeth

Create a 50/50 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide and swish. It kills the bacteria that cause bad breath. Use leftover solution to sanitize your toothbrush – a great trick for germy shared bathrooms. You can also mix H2O2 with baking soda to brush your teeth and whiten them naturally.

Manage pimples

Use a cotton pad or swab and dab hydrogen peroxide on affected areas to help control acne and zap zits!

Soften and sanitize feet

This works wonders on grumpy feet. Soak you feet in a water and H2O2 mixture to soften calluses and corns. It’s also a great way to sanitize feet that regularly spend time on bacteria laden surfaces such as dance floors. Also, if you happen to develop a foot fungus, create a 50/50 mixture with water and use a spray bottle to mist your feet and toes nightly. Use the same mixture to cleanse sweaty feet. Some feet just sweat more than others and they can get stinky fast. If you need a quick fix, rinse or wipe feet, spray mixture (especially around toes), and wipe or rinse again. A super easy way to go from gym shoes to stilettos in a flash!

Can You Choose? January 14, 2016

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Would you choose the simple?  Or the more complex?

Happy New Year! January 1, 2016

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We are wishing you all a very Happy New Year! 

Merry Christmas! December 25, 2015

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From Big Bob’s to your family, may you have a wonderful and cozy Christmas.  

Decorating Tips for Using Color December 16, 2015

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When decorating a room or space, it can be overwhelming to try and decide what colors to use. Find out some useful tips on making selections and putting colors together.

Use the 60-30-10 rule. Decorators and designers use this tool all the time. Basically this means one color is the featured color and should make up about sixty percent of the color within the space. Thirty percent of color should be the supporting color. Ten percent is an accent color, which provides a small pop of a color. The featured and secondary colors should be complimentary or analogous colors. Complimentary colors are located across from one another on the color wheel. Purple and yellow are complimentary colors. They complement one other. Analogous colors are near one another on the color wheel. Analogous means they are related. For example red and purple are related.

Another tool is using a gradient color, which harmonizes the color in the space. The trick to pulling this look off is to start dark. From the floor use a more saturated version of color choice. Then as height increase lighten the saturation of the same color choice. This look works best when using a dramatic color like deep purple or bright turquoise.

Adding black to any space will enhance the style. Use black to outline and highlight furnishings. Black empowers any space it’s used in. Black is so versatile that it can be used for any type of color scheme. Let black be your go to color when you are unsure what color is needed to complete your look. This color supports all surrounding colors, it truly is a great tool to have!

Simple Salt Dough Ornaments December 9, 2015

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A beautiful family tradition is to make salt dough ornaments with impressions of children’s hands and feet each year. This gives a memento each year to cherish the growing up process and the change each year brings. As children get older, they will enjoy the process as much as you do!

What you will need:

1 Cup Salt

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

½ Cup of Water

¼ Inch Thick Holiday Ribbon

Pizza Cutter

A Straw

Steps:

First Mix all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Knead the dough with your hands until dough is soft and malleable.

Next use a rolling pin to roll your dough out. You may need to add a little bit of flour, to keep your dough from sticking to the rolling pin. The dough needs to be at least ¼ of an inch or thicker. If the dough is too thin, the hand and foot impressions will press through the underside of the dough.

Gently lay your child’s hand or foot onto the dough. Once you have the desired impression, use a pizza cutter to cut out any desired shape you like around the impression.

Use a straw to add a simple hole at the top of your ornament. This will allow you to thread a ribbon through, so the ornament can be hung on the tree.

Once the ornament has been made, either let the ornament sit out and dry for two days, or bake it. To bake place in the oven for one hour at 200 degrees.

After the ornament is dry, it can be left as is, for a natural look; or it can be painted with acrylic paint! Happy crafting!

Decorating For Winter December 3, 2015

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Decorating for the winter can help make your space feel cozy and ready for the holiday season! You might not think it, but preparing your home by decorating for this special time of year has an added benefit—while those short days and cold winter storms might feel like they are getting to you, with warm and festive decorations your mood will be lifted and instead you’ll be reminded of all of the good parts of the season as well.

 

Be sure that you are armed with as many metallics as possible! They are far and away the best color to choose for your decorations. Try metal in your decor such as a silver table statue of a deer or ornaments hung around the house. You can add to this with ribbon that is metallic as well and hang them around your home. 

 

Another thing you’ll want to do is to bring in some of that pine scent from outside. Wreaths are a great way to do this and they can warm up a room. Add sprigs of pine around the dinning room table for a center piece addition. That ribbon that you have hung around the house. Perhaps you could get a string of pine imitation threaded with lights and weave it with the ribbon. This is a great way to also add ambient light to your space.

 

Other ways to get your room winter ready is to purchase several flannel blankets to have around the couch for when it gets really cold outside. Keep to richer tones like deep greens and deep reds as well. Go out and try to find a couple of winter themed throw pillows that you love, perhaps something with reindeer or snowmen on them. This will tie your living room together and have it ready for those cold nights watching  movie with a cup of hot chocolate and your family. 

 

Here we have only the most popular ways to winterize your interior design but let these suggestions inspire you and before you know it you will be rocking and rolling your way into a winter wonderland!