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Complete Guide To Making Your Home Feel Cozy and Homey — Part 2 April 9, 2015

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Part 2 – Furniture and Room Arrangement

In Part 1, we covered the bedroom and color. Let’s turn focus to how to outfit the room in terms of layout and furnishings. As strange as it may sound, the organization and materials used in a space have a very strong impact how we experience it emotionally. If you’re uncertain how to balance this type of harmony with your desire for your room to look picture perfect, we recommend favoring harmony. A picture perfect room might be nice to look at, but it is somewhat the enemy if you want a space that feels cozy and inviting!

  1. Add more seating. When you send the message “the more the merrier” a room instantly increases in coziness. Rearrange the room or give up a pretty piece of furniture that’s not really serving any purpose, so you can fit in one more chair. Toss in a few floor pillows if you really want to make the statement ‘welcome’.
  2. Add a large display or book shelf. Large shelving units that contain your favorite things and great books go a long way toward making a house feel like home. If you have a lot of wall space to fill, a large display unit or bookshelf helps fill it. You can demonstrate your personality by including all sorts of items but stick with collectables or photos instead of impersonal décor items from the store.
  3. Mix and match furniture. While coordinated furniture sets look fancy and well matched, they don’t exactly scream “home.” Instead, opt to mix and match furniture and create a unique compilation of stuff.
  4. Add a room divider. Works well in spaces that are too large and need to feel more compartmentalized. This also works well in small spaces that lack privacy or need separation.
  5. Choose natural raw materials rather than plastic or metal. This is fairly self-explanatory. Wood always feels much more inviting and cozy that acrylic or metal.

Next read – Part Three – Plant life, Outdoor Spaces, Lighting, Themes

The Complete Guide To Making Your Home Feel Cozy and Homey April 3, 2015

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Part 1 – Bedroom and Color

Have you ever walked into someone’s home and been instantly overcome by a sense of warmth, welcome, and harmony? It’s such a lovely feeling, but it can actually be quite difficult to achieve. That’s because it depends heavily on mastering the smaller details in decoration. To be sure, large scale design schemes have an important role in making a house feel homey. Upon closer inspection, however, you may notice that it’s actually the small things that make a space so cozy.

To get the job done, we give you all the tips you need to transform your home from utilitarian to comfortable sanctuary. Be sure to read all four parts of the series because implementing ALL of the ideas will produce the most spectacular result! Here are the points for bedrooms, and color use.

  1. Don’t skip the headboard. Invest in something more than just the bed frame that holds the mattresses. A bedroom will feel complete and comfortable if you’re getting into an actual bed each night. Buy something with both a headboard and a footboard if you want it to feel like it’s fit for a queen!
  2. Invest in a pillow top mattress. They’re truly dreamy to sleep on and they make going to bed a cozy experience every night
  3. Try linen sheets. They often feel more luxurious than cotton. An especially nice touch in a guest room.
  4. Add a few pops of color. Even if you aren’t a big fan of color, adding a touch of it grounds a room and establishes its personality. Remember, the color doesn’t have to be bold, it just has to stands apart from the rest of the room. Or, if you love color, add several and liven up the room instantly.

Next read Part 2 – Furniture and Room Arrangement

Madness Sale! March 19, 2015

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Color Pallet: True Aux Naturel – Warm Yellow, Butter Yellow, Rust, Taupe, Moss Green March 19, 2015

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Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of an entire room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. For example, take a look at the photo below. It shows the simple beauty found outdoors. The reason this works is it’s a very understated, unassuming look at nature. More often than not you encounter nature photos that are decadent. They are spectacular, to be sure, but if you’re goal is to create a space that is less ostentatious, then this photo might be just the thing you need for inspiration. 

How does one translate this photo into décor? Here it is made it easy with quick-reference, easy to understand bullet points. Just read each one and use what works best for your personal vision. Or, run with the whole concept and make the job a no-brainer!

The color pallet: Warm Yellow, Butter Yellow, Rust, Taupe, Moss Green

 

What themes within the color scheme set the tone?

  • Yellow – joy, optimism
  • Rust (Red/Orange) –  energy, warmth
  • Brown – earth, stability
  • Green – freshness, healing

What makes the colors work well together?

  • These colors are all warm.
  • Yellow, orange, and green are part of an analogous color scheme. This means they are next to each other on the color wheel. It is typically the best color scheme for achieving a feeling of harmony in a room.
  • Natural settings are often inherently analogous color schemes, making them easy reference material.

What makes it feel sensible and calming?

  • The colors aren’t at full saturation (as would be the case at the height of Autumn).
  • A ‘soft focus’ aura, nothing is overly stark. Don’t choose furniture that is stark in shape or design.
  • The mossy green feels especially earthy because it’s a color associated with the ground, rocks, rivers, etc.
  • A body of still water. Consider a water feature in your room.

How could you make this more exciting if that’s your goal?

  • Add a bit of sky blue, to mimic the pop of color in the lake.

Mixing Finishes March 10, 2015

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When choosing the right wood flooring for your kitchen it can seem like the best way to choose is to match your cabinets so that your kitchen maintains a cohesive style and doesn’t come off looking erratic. The truth is, your kitchen will actually come out much more beautifully if you mix your woods in your kitchen. Whether you change stain, color or even wood types, the best way to create a beautiful kitchen is to mix your woods.

 

A great way to try this out is to use our Virtual Room Designer tool on our website. You can find the cabinets that most closely match yours and then experiment with different looks so see what strikes you. However, there are a few rules of thumb that can help to guide you as you experiment with different looks using the tool.

 

First up—keep in mind that color blocking is a great way to use woods that don’t match without the design looking chaotic. So if you have cabinets that are painted white and a dark wooden island, you could go with a lighter more naturally finished wood. Doing this can help give your space the feel that things have developed more organically. This is especially important to keep in mind if you are doing a full kitchen remodel because with a full remodel everything tends to have a brand new feel to it. 

 

Another way to mix up your woods in the kitchen is to make sure that you aren’t matching all of your woods. You do want to keep in mind whether you are working with cool or warm tones. Be sure that they compliment one another. However, when all of the wood in your kitchen matches it can make a room feel one dimensional and what you want to do is create visual interest and complexity to your design. Don’t be afraid to mix up your woods. Keeping this complexity and depth in mind can keep your kitchen from falling flat. 

 

These are two pieces of advice to get you started on your search for the right wood floor in your kitchen. Now you can go to our Virtual Room Designer and get started. Play around with different looks and find a couple you like and then come in to visit us Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet where we can help you find the hardwood that’s right for you.

Leftovers! March 6, 2015

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Leftovers can seem repetitive and when you are cooking with dishes you use often it can sometimes feel like there is no way to spice those leftovers up when the last thing you want to do is eat them again. But there are great ways to make these dishes different and new with just a few additions!

 

Perhaps you made salad the night before and you don’t know quite what to do with what you have left the next morning when you are packing a work lunch. You can take that salad and create a wrap with your favorite tortilla. Or you can add a little flavor with a swipe of hummus in a pita sandwich and stuff it with your leftover salad. Wrap this in tinfoil and voila—a quick and easy work lunch without wasting any of your salad from the night before.

 

Maybe your dinner from last night was something like a quinoa salad. A salad like this is great just reheated but you can take this quinoa salad, a tortilla and add some cheese to it. Throw it in your frying pan and transform it into a quesadilla by frying it on each side until browned and now you have yourself a fresh take on your leftovers.

 

Another great way to spice up your yesterday meal is to add eggs to the mix. If you had a stir fry for dinner, full of vegetables and some meat, a great way to reuse this meal is to create your own omelets for your family. You can use the meal from the night before as a filling and add cheese if desired. It’s a great way to recycle those leftovers in a fresh way.

 

But sometimes the best way to enjoy your leftovers are the simplest. Cold pizza on a Saturday morning is a classic. And nothing beats Chinese leftovers midweek when you get home from a long day at work and don’t want to even think about cooking a meal.

 

There are lots of ways to reinvigorate your leftover meals, it’s all about creativity and little culinary finesse! It’s a great way to make sure nothing goes to waste and could even spark recipe ideas that you can use going forward. Sound off below—what are your favorite ways to recycle your leftovers in creative ways?

Your Kitchen Backsplash February 26, 2015

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Sometimes a little change can go a long way when it comes to designing your dream kitchen. Updating your kitchen’s backsplash is one of those little changes that can really make your kitchen come alive before your eyes, and there are trends that work for every homeowner’s style.

 

For those with a more traditional palette there are classic options such as white tile with white grout. Or perhaps you prefer something a little more Italian in style such as a mosaic of tiles that create an image. What if you prefer something with a more modern touch and were to use glass tiles that vary between glossy and etched. There is a backsplash for everyone out there, and it is a great way to infuse life into your kitchen’s design.

 

The first step in creating your perfect kitchen backsplash is to take inventory of your kitchen’s current style. Once you know where your starting point is, its time to brainstorm. What you decide on will depend on whether or not you are going for a huge change or a subtler update to your kitchen.

 

If you are looking for a subtler update then you are going to want to look for a backsplash that would blend in with how your kitchen is already styled. This might mean that if your kitchen has a French country feel to it that you might stick with more traditional tile and grout. Whatever the backsplash you choose, a subtle backsplash change will still fit in with your kitchen’s current theme, adding an updated look without changing the overall feel to your space.

 

However, if you are looking for something more dramatic and bold there are many of options that can turn up your kitchen’s wow factor. You can add metal accents into your tile design or you could use patterns that create an image or shape. Other ways to add a wow factor are to do something different like adding shine with glass tiles in alternating shades and textures or even a pop of color.

 

Whatever the change you are looking to make there are many different ways to redesign your backsplash in a way that will meet your expectations. It is a great way to update your kitchen in a way that can be as subtle or as attention grabbing as you desire. My Big Bob’s is always available to answer your questions about your kitchen design! 

Area Rugs in Your Decorating February 20, 2015

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Decorating can be a daunting task—between deciding on a paint color and choosing throw pillows and lamps, it can be difficult to figure out exactly how you want to begin. But a good place to start is with the one thing that can inspire the rest of your room’s design aesthetic, a statement area rug. It can set the tone for the room’s color palate and also tie together all of the other little things you add.

The rug above is an example of how you can use something with modern lines and neutral colors to inspire a modern feel to your room. In this living room the area rug ties together the glass and metal geometric coffee table, white couch with muted throw pillows and clean lines throughout the entire room. This is just one example of how an area rug can really showcase a room’s design.

This image shows a dark brown textured area rug that evokes a beach house vibe which pulls together the light wicker furniture and blue throw pillows. Something like this works but if you wanted something lighter a white carpet might also work for this type of look. Imagine how different the room would feel with a more traditional area carpet. It would completely take away the fresh beach house look that the carpet above is able to convey.

Above you can see a more traditional area rug and it is truly the center of attention in this room. It frames the formal dining room table and adds color to the classic light yellow and white paint scheme. But while it adds color notice that it doesn’t overpower the room either, keeping things demure and classic.

 

These are just three examples of how an area rug can add style and purpose to the interior design of the room you are decorating. There are many different ways to use area rugs in this manner so it would be important to have a few ideas before you begin looking for the area rug that will fit your needs. Check out our website at http://www.mybigbobs.com for ideas and more information on pairing you with the area rug that’s right for your home.

Upcycling – How To Use and Repurpose Office Supplies February 12, 2015

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What’s all the excitement around up-cycling? Well, not only does it do wonders for the environment, because the recycling process is unnecessary, it’s also a great claim to fame among the DIY set. The more creative you can get with stuff that’s already laying around, the more impressed people will be. Here are a few simple ideas to kick start your brain for innovation. Try all three and by the time you’re done your mind is likely to be twirling several more ideas.

  • Slanted shelf magazine holders: Use these in your freezer for organization of small items. Just lie on their sides, and stack on top of each other. Burritos, popsicles, and canned juice are just a few of the items that lodge nicely into the space and keep the freezer manageable. Gone are the days of gently tugging one bag of hash browns with the result of a food landslide if you pull too hard! 
  • Old school/work binders: Inevitably the plastic coated cardboard encasement of a binder goes beyond repair before the center mechanism does. No problem! Remove it entirely so all you have left is the center metal piece with three rings. Opt for the ones that have the levers on each side for opening and closing the rings, otherwise this idea won’t work out as a convenience. Screw it into the wall. You now have a nifty little set of wall hooks for keys, lightweight kitchen items, craft supplies, etc.
  •  Twine: We used to use this in the office a lot more than we do now, for tying together stacks of packages or letters to be mailed. These days, we keep twine around just in case, but it often sits unused because it’s sold on such large spools. Use it to cover unsightly electrical cords! Simple wrap snugly around the cord, gluing in place every few inches, and the cords will blend right in with your décor! The idea is for them to blend, not stand out, as a result. So stick with neutral colored twine.

Why Buy the Whole Gift Set When Purchasing a Fragrance? February 6, 2015

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Fine fragrance! What says luxury and love like a gift such as this? Women have coveted and collected masterfully mixed scents as long as history has been recorded. Of course, they didn’t have the advantages we do now. Historically speaking perfumes were often applied closer to the source.

For instance, aromatic oil was applied directly to the skin as opposed to combined with other ingredients. Perfumes in the past also lacked the technology to incorporate more than a few ingredients. Today our favorite fragrances are the result of endless hours of mixology and chemistry. They often include dozens of ingredients that are proportioned to perfection before finally being dispensed into a bottle.

The bottles, oh the bottles! They are a thing of beauty unto themselves. 

So why bother buying other products with your scent? When purchasing other products with perfume, it greatly increases the value of the fragrance itself. Here are the potential options and why they’re worthwhile.

  1. Shower gel. It might seem silly to invest in something that’s “just going to rinse off.” However, your pores are most open when in hot water and steam. By using shower gel you are allowing the scent to be absorbed into the skin in a way that isn’t possible when the skin is cool and dry. You’re also able to apply the scent to your entire body which you would not likely do with a bottle of perfume! It’s also great when you want to smell wonderful but aren’t going in public and don’t want to waste the good stuff.
  2. Lotion or cream. Using lotion or cream also has the effect of allowing the scent to be massaged into the skin rather than just sitting on top of it. Indeed it also allow for an all over application. Layering is the goal with fragrance and creams are the perfect second layer on which to spray perfume.
  3. Roller ball purse size fragrance. These are marvelous for protecting your investment because you won’t feel the need to go crazy with your perfume in the morning in hopes of smelling good all day. Furthermore, bottled fragrance is sensitive to temperature changes so carrying around a big bottle of perfume or leaving it in your car can ruin it.

Use all of these and you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised when months later your primary bottle of fragrance is still half full because you didn’t squander it by trying to accomplish what can be done with shower gel, lotion and a travel size version!