Alternative Uses For Your Living Room

Jul 21 2021 Published by under Uncategorized

Like most colonials, our home has a family room and a living room. And like most homeowners, we spend a lot more time in our family room than our living room. In fact, my 7 year old still gets confused when I use the term “living” room. It’s now just known as the “red” room in our house.

With some minor changes and a lot of inspiration, you can turn your living room into something you’d actually live in! Here are some possible uses and design tips to help you get started:

Home office – Home Office means different things to different people. It could be a place to pay bills and file paperwork, or a place for kids to do homework, or you may run a business out of your home. Whatever your definition, focus your design around the function of the room.

  • Provide a clear surface on which to work. It’s easy for a desk or table to become overrun with “stuff” resulting in no place to actually work. Tight for space? How about a table that drops down from the wall when needed (like a Murphy bed)?
  • Add a comfortable desk chair that is adjustable and doesn’t squeak (trust me on this one!). If your room has carpet, consider a plastic floor protector to help you wheel around easier.
  • Add lots of hidden storage, but be sure to clearly label your storage units so you know where to find things.
  • Lighting is key! You will need overhead as well as good task lighting. If there is no overhead light, add some up-lighting.
  • Select functional accessories that add personality by do not cutter the space. But be careful not to make it too institutional – it’s still your home, after all!
  • Keep the palate light and bright to inspire energy.
  • Minimize and secure cords as much as possible. Go wireless wherever possible.

Library – Love to read? Have a great book collection? Turn your living room into a cozy place to curl up with a good book! It’s like having your own coffee house.

  • Add lots of shelving. Rather than just adding bookcases, consider customized bookshelves built around a window to create a window box seat. Not only will you get additional storage, you’ll add a wonderful focal point to the room.
  • Instead of a traditional sofa or loveseat, opt for two or three comfy club chairs (depending on space). Gather those chairs around a round glass-top coffee table with a wood shelf underneath to show off some of your favorite coffee table books.
  • Provide task lighting for each reading chair. Pharmacy lamps are great for this. Make sure you also have enough lighting to see the books on the shelves.
  • As a library, you can comfortably use darker paint to create warmth.
  • Accessories – add a warm toned rug, soft throw blankets, and pepper the walls with black and white photography to create a coffee house feel.

Toy room – A toy room can be a great compromise between parents and kids in the eternal battle of toy clutter!

  • Opt for shelving with attractive bins that can hide the clutter inside them, and allow for pick-up in less than 5 minutes. Open storage looks messy, even when the room is picked up. Avoid a collection of mis-matched toy organizers – they look tacky!
  • Make sure the room is comfortable for grown ups as well as kids -add a comfortable chair or loveseat.
  • Add a kid-sized table and chairs. Tip: put a machine washable rug underneath to survive craft time!
  • Keep the room bright with cheerful colors, but avoid “cutesy” – save that for their bedrooms.
  • If your kids enjoy movies, add a TV and DVD player.
  • Set clear rules for cleanup, and stick to them!

Media room – Do you enjoy watching movies? Create your own movie theater in the comfort of your own home!

  • Add French or pocket doors and light-blocking shades to create a dark, quiet environment on demand.
  • Add a large screen TV with surround sound.
  • Add a dimmer switch to better control the lighting. Add task lighting to allow for discreet multi-tasking while watching a movie.
  • Depending on how many people will be watching the movies, add enough comfortable seating. Tip: use two loveseats angled at the corners of the room opposite the TV, and toss a couple bean bag chairs behind them for extra seating when necessary.
  • For decor, just frame a few of your favorite movie posters and hang them on the walls.
  • Don’t forget the DVD organizer and a handy remote control holder!

Mud Room -Depending on the layout of your house, you could convert your living room into an oversized “holding cell” to accommodate coats, back packs, shoes, calendars, cleaning supplies, dog bed, pet food and much more. You get the idea!

  • Assign a “locker” to each family member (don’t forget the family pet). Lockers provide vertical storage that makes good use of the space while hiding its cluttered contents. It’s a great storage solution for jackets, purses, backpacks, and more. Lockers can be wood or metal, whichever you prefer.
  • Add wall hooks for guest coats, umbrellas, etc.
  • Add a shoe rack for wet or dirty shoes. Place vinyl placemats underneath to protect your floor.
  • Create a mail box for each member of the family to control mail flow.
  • Add a credenza or file cabinet to file all that mysterious paperwork that wanders into the house.
  • Create a message center by painting a wall (or part of a wall) with magnetic and/or chalkboard paint. Make it “pop” by adding a large empty gold leaf frame!
  • Add a colorful rug. Rather than get one large rug, opt for a couple smaller rugs that are machine washable.
  • How about a small drop-leaf table and a couple chairs for small projects, or for putting boots on?

Stag room – What can I say? If you must have one, here are some ideas:

  • Add a pool table, and a dart board (if room).
  • Include a bar and some bar stools.
  • Opt for a darker paint color that won’t show wear and tear.
  • Display your favorite neon bar sign, deer head, or other prized possession.
  • Add a juke box in the corner if you like.
  • Don’t forget the traditional “dogs playing poker” print!

Overwhelmed? Call an Interior Re-designer in your area. They specialize in making rooms work using what you already have. It’s a very cost-effective way to bring new life to your old room.

It’s time to start actually living in your “living” room!

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Decorating Ideas for Any Room With Wall Art Stickers

May 27 2021 Published by under Uncategorized

Wall art stickers have become a very popular and simple way to decorate a home. No matter what your preference is you can find wall art stickers and decals that will work for you. There are many options available that include everything form simple words and phrases to popular comic book characters. They can be used to brighten a dull room or to express your personality. Use them to create a comfortable and fun place for your kids to play or simply to show off your personal attitude.

One of the most popular ways to use wall art stickers is with simple words. You can create your own personal phrase to welcome friends and guests to your home or to motivate all who see them. Wall art phrases are great for reminding you who you really are or want to be. To keep you uplifted and always striving to be happy and do your best at all you do. If you have a rough day and come home to your favorite quote decoratively placed it can be a subtle reminder of better times and also that everything changes and good can come to your life again. The peace you can feel may be just the pick me up that you need to keep on going.

Kids love decorating their rooms and this simple approach will allow them to have that custom look and feel without the custom mural expense. As the kids grow up into teens, they will have changed their decor in their rooms more than four times. The cost of repainting and decorating can get a bit expensive. With removable wall art stickers they can be re-applied and used again anytime they want.

Another way to decorate your home or office is with Chalkboard and dry erase wall decals. You can write with chalk or a dry erase marker on your wall. A nice way to use these type wall decals is to make notes, grocery lists, to-do lists, or meeting times as a reminder for that day’s activities or to-do’s. Then simply erase what has been accomplished. They can be used many times over as well as removed and repositioned anytime.

There are so many good decorating wall decals that the possibilities to change a room’s design and look are endless. A unique cost effective way to decorate a room any style you choose in many ways as possible.

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What Is Escape the Room?

May 22 2021 Published by under Uncategorized

Do you know what Escape the Room is? It’s a game targeted at both teens and adults. However, parents are supposed to use their direction if they want to bring kids along to play. A player has to be more than 10 years old to quality for the game. For each two kids, there should be at least one adult. Read on to know more.

How does it work?

It’s a real-life game where a team has 60 minutes to solve puzzles with clues in order to reveal mysteries. In one room, there can be up to 12 players.

You will be in one room with other players unless you or your team decide to book all of the spots for the game session. At times, you may get a private room, especially if no one else chose the slot that you booked.

What is the arrival time?

You may want to get there at least 15 minutes ahead of time. As a matter of fact, arriving ahead of time is a must for best experience. If you arrive late, you may disrupt the current session and the next session. The staff will take care of the late arrivals.

What can you take with you in the rooms?

Food or drinks are not allowed in the rooms. Moreover, no intoxicated individual will be let in. However, you can take your phone inside but you are not allowed to take pictures with it.

For rescheduling the game, the management should be contacted two days ahead of the final day. If you don’t contact during this period, you will charged a 50% fee. Since the game is live, the booking system is fair. There are no rescheduling or refunds for those who show up late.

What If I want to quit during the game?

If you don’t enjoy the game, you won’t be able to win. The game is monitored with cameras. If you want to quit, you can hit the exit button on the door to get out. However, you may want to keep in mind that if you quit, your game will be over. The other players will proceed.

The clue masters monitor the game with surveillance cameras and help by providing clues and hints if you get stuck.

Things you must have

  • Credit card and the ID that you used for booking
  • The game has no limit as far as the number of players is concerned

Group reservation

You don’t have to pay for the whole group if you want to reservation slots for a group of players. As a matter of fact, every player is required to use their credit cards and photo ID to make the booking. We suggest that you talk to your group members when making reservations. Don’t forget to take into account the room number, time and date so that all group members book the same room.

So, if you want to play Escape Room, we suggest that you follow the advice given in this article.

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Simple and Efficient Ways to Organize Your Kids’ Room

Mar 08 2021 Published by under Uncategorized

Children are known to be mess-makers, and cleaning their room seems to be a never-ending process. However, there is still hope. All you need to do is structure an effective organizing plan involving the kids. In addition, the integration of functional storage containers can also help you successfully accomplish your goal.

If you are looking for excellent storage solutions for your kids’ rooms, you have to take into account major considerations including functionality, ease of use, safety and overall appeal. It will be helpful if you try scouring for viable options in the internet. The World Wide Web is an excellent place to find good storage options for your kids’ rooms. Check different sites, and try to be more specific on your searches.

It would be better if you bring the kids to the store with you, and let them choose the type of storage boxes they want to place in their room. Doing so will help them realize the importance of keeping their things organized. Buying plain boxes can also be a good option since you can personalize them together with the kids. Allowing your kids to take on responsibility is a perfect way of teaching them the value of organization.

Consider investing on multifunctional storage bins. Today, there are a wide range of storage containers available. They come in various shapes, sizes, types, and designs. Storage boxes with different compartments can be a perfect addition to your kids’ rooms. This will allow them to sort out their items, and place them right all in one place. Choose those with attractive designs, and vibrant colors. Kids love diversity, and you would definitely want to buy something that will reflect their personality. It will be a good idea to let them choose the design, which can help entice them to use the storage units.

Of course, the most important thing that you want to ensure is your children’s safety. Storage containers that have smooth and rounded edges are excellent for your kids’ room since they are more child-friendly. Small storage boxes that can be placed inside their cabinet or under their beds are also good options.

Another major concern is that you should consider is the available space in your kids’ room. Storage containers are available in varying sizes, and dimensions. For those with limited space, the use of storage bins and plastic storage containers will be more ideal. Just make sure that they will perfectly fit inside your children’s closet, above their cabinets or under their beds.

Lastly, teach your children how to properly use them. It may take a while before they get the hang of it, but with proper guidance they will surely learn how to put back things in their proper places in no time!

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Benefits of Having a Kids Room Carpets

Jan 21 2021 Published by under Uncategorized

When creating your kids’ room décor, it’s always better to add a carpet to the mix. Kids room carpet will have a huge influence on the room décor as well as the benefits for your kids.

Having a kid’s room carpet can;

Protect your kids from the floor

If you have kids between 4-10 years old, you know that they love playing and jumping around the room. Now if someone falls on the plain floor, he will get hurt or maybe worse; he might break one of his limbs.

Having a soft carpet in place can protect kids from such accidents; when they fall on a soft carpet, it will not cause them a huge damage on the plain floor.

Benefits of Having a Kids Room Carpets

Benefits of Having a Kids Room Carpets

Warm your kids against the cold

If you don’t have heating in your kids’ room, or you are afraid it can hurt them if they got too close to it, you can use a thick carpet as an alternative.

A thick carpet in your kid’s room will keep them warm, away from the cold floor under it, So that, they can play normally without you having to worry about the cold.

Protect the floor

Kids usually love to draw, paint, and mess with other materials. Sometimes, this may cause the floor to get dirty with paint, colors… etc. This will require regular cleaning to the floor and sometimes it can be difficult to clean. In addition to, that it will decrease the longevity of the flooring.

Having a carpet in place will help prevent the dirt from reaching the floor, and hence if it got dirty, all you have to do is to clean the carpet itself. Which can be less expensive and easier.

Connect the décor elements of the room

If you decided to change the décor of your kid’s room and it didn’t match with the floor, you can easily add a carpet that matches with the new décor colors.

Another possible approach is to change the carpet each period of time, to give a new look to the room, as well as giving it a fresh look and get rid of the old (maybe dirty carpet)

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