home decorating tips – HomeownersInsurance.org http://www.homeownersinsurance.org Homeowners Insurance Tips and News Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:01:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 44 Posts with Tips on How to Make Your Family Room More Livable http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/44-posts-with-tips-on-how-to-make-your-family-room-more-livable/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/44-posts-with-tips-on-how-to-make-your-family-room-more-livable/#respond Thu, 07 Oct 2010 01:33:03 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=1010

A family room is the central point of any home. This is where parents gather to drink tea with their spouses, where children complete their homework, and where the dog curls at the feet of game-playing siblings. For this reason, the family room must be decorated for optimal functionality, organized well, have components that all family members use and cherish, and finally it must be comfortable for all family, friends and visitors. The following articles give advice and tips about how to make a family room more livable and comfortable, while still meeting the needs of the entire family.

  1. Make Your Cramped Room More Spacious: Turn your cramped living room into a room of luxury with these tips and tricks.
  2. Using Facades to Create Space: How to use artistic facades to make a living room seem larger and more spacious.
  3. Formal Living Room vs. Family Room: Make sure your personality shines through in the décor of your family room. Also, make sure you have one comfortable living space and one more formal place to entertain guests.
  4. Country Style Family Room: Perfect site for those wanting to use the country style décor in their family room. Country style décor is comforting and inviting to all ages.
  5. Using Sectionals in Your Family Room: Make a family room comfortable with large sectionals. Sectionals create ample seating and cut off less desirable parts of a room.
  6. Casual Elegance: Use pieces in your family room that show off your personality and are both casual and elegant.
  7. Ten Tips For Making an Awesome Family Room: An interior decorator shares ten tips for making a family room awesome for the entire family. Including décor, lighting and furniture that is modern yet functional.
  8. Declutter Your Family Room: Declutter your family room and it will not only make it more comfortable, but inviting as well.
  9. Creating a Media Room: Making your family room a wonderful viewing and media room.
  10. Cozy and Comfortable Family Room: Creating a cozy and comfortable family room that both your family and guests will enjoy.
  11. Making a Family Movie Room: Turning your family room into a home theater will create fun for the entire family. Tips about what to purchase, how to decorate room and what tools you will need.
  12. Decorate on a Budget: Decorate your family room on a budget, while still making the look stylish and functional.
  13. Easy Decorating Tips: One should decorate a living room around their lifestyle, versus their lifestyle around a living room.
  14. Lighting Effects: Using track lighting to make a family room more inviting and warm. Simple techniques with low watt, high watt and colored light placement can change the atmosphere of a whole room.
  15. Tech Family Room : Discusses how to make your family room run on technology, from surround sound to remote control curtains.
  16. Wall Decor: Decorating family rooms can make or break the space. Recommendations for artwork, framing, and color choices.
  17. Recessed Lighting : Recessed lighting creates soft lighting that will benefit the entire family. Great light for reading, watching movies and coloring artwork.
  18. Theme Family Rooms: Choosing a theme with décor and furniture to match will make family room more fun for the family, and more conducive to spending time in the room.
  19. Kid Friendly Family Rooms: Creating a kid friendly family room will make life easier for both children and family. If children can play where they parents are watching TV or reading, less debauchery can occur.
  20. Frugal Decorating: Great family room decorating by using family pictures. Both frugal and tender at the same time.
  21. Declutter the Family Room: Declutter your family room. No one wants to spend quality time in a room full of mess and clutter.
  22. Custom Cabinetry in Your Family Room : Use custom cabinetry to hide clutter, while also displaying custom woodwork.
  23. Couches in Your Family Room: Using couches and sofas, in various colors, patterns and textures to create a unique style in your family room.
  24. Family Game Room: Set up your family room to handle multiple TVs, cords, cables, telephone lines, etc. Families today are gadget users, and this room must contain everyone’s favorite gadgets and gear.
  25. Bring Fall Indoors: Changing your family room décor with the seasons will make your family get in the spirit of the change. Fall is one of the coziest seasons, and candles, throws and leaves can bring autumn indoors.
  26. Play Area in the Family Room: If you have young children you will need to make a play area for them in your family room. Having a small area of toys, puzzles and games will make them feel included as well.
  27. Living Room Lighting: A living rooms’ lighting will bring energy, ambience and the overall character of the space.
  28. Family Viewing Room: Turning your family room personal theater will make movie and TV watching enjoyable for all. Holding screening parties for family and friends will make your home the fun place to be.
  29. Game Room: Creating a game room out of a family room is easy and affordable. Here are tips for bringing the gaming spirit into your home.
  30. Elegance on the Cheap: Interior decorator giving tips on making a luxurious space on the cheap.
  31. Spatial Design: Make your family room and functional. Article presents tips about furniture placement and space.
  32. Feng Shui Tips for Your Living Room: Use feng shui to make your living room more comforting, relaxing and inviting to family, friends and visitors.
  33. Furniture Layout and Energy Flow: Using feng shui to arrange your furniture for optimal energy flow.
  34. Increase Energy in Family Room: Feng Shui principles applied to your family and living room spaces. Feng Shui can make space more livable by increasing the energy flow.
  35. Feng Shui in Your Living Room: Using Feng Shui principles to declutter your living room and create a relaxing, stress free environment for all.
  36. What is the Function of Your Living Room?: Deciding how your living room will function is the number one key to organization and decoration choices. Will this be a room for entertaining guests or a place for family to spend quiet nights watching movies and playing games?
  37. Tips for Organizing: The basics of organization: decluttering, categorizing, and creating a space for everything is discussed here. These tips will help you keep your family room organized and clutter free.
  38. Organization Using Furniture: Buy and use furniture that already has storage place, for example ottomans, storage benches, and baskets.
  39. Organization Advice: Organization and structure help children thrive; design your family room around them and the entire family will be happier.
  40. Plan Your Design on Paper First: Tips for arranging your furniture in your family room to give it more organization and useful space. Remember to always put your designs on paper first.
  41. Add Space to Your Family Room: Organizing your family room can add space and dimension you didn’t know you had before.
  42. Make a Child Room Friendly : A family room can be child-friendly, and still have organization and structure. How to organize a kid friendly room, and make it livable for the entire family.
  43. Pet Space in Family Room: Pets are a part of the family too, and should have a space incorporated for them in the overall family room design. Make the pet space stylish, yet comfortable for your furry friend.
  44. Childproof your Family Room: If you have children, making your family child proofed is the best way to make it a livable space for everyone in the family. Besides safety, you do not want all of your breakables and precious items at risk for being destroyed by little hands.

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50 Posts About Bedroom Decor for Your Home http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-posts-about-bedroom-decor-for-your-home/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-posts-about-bedroom-decor-for-your-home/#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2010 01:39:12 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=988

Your bedroom is your own personal domain. For a teenager it can be where they spend most of their time at home. Your room is something you should feel comfortable in. Picking the bedroom can be a very tough decision. Some may choose a more French country design where others want a more classical look. Take a look at some of the options you can do to decorate your room on any budget. There are tips to update your room without much cost to you. Find all sorts of decorations at antique stores or thrift stores. There are many ways to do this and these articles will help you find them.

  1. Inspirational Ideas: Take a look at these great bedroom ideas and tips to get you started on your new bedroom.
  2. Rental Decorating Ideas: When you are renting you may be limited on your options for decorating. Here are a few ideas to do your room in what you want without damaging your rental.
  3. Romantic Bedroom: Get tips here on how to create the romantic warm bedroom you long for.
  4. Kids Themes: If you are wanting to redecorate your child’s room this is the site for you. Get all sorts of ideas for themes for any child’s room.
  5. Bedroom Decorating Ideas: What do you want your bedroom to say? Get ideas here on how to use your imagination and come up with great ideas.
  6. Romantic Bedrooms on a Budget: Get tips on how you can get that romantic bedroom you want on a tight budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the room you want.
  7. Beautiful Rooms: Take a look at some beautiful rooms you can recreate in your own home. The problem is picking your favorite room to go with.
  8. Your Romantic Bedroom: If you are a romantic at heart and want your room to match, try this design. Learn how to get this picturesque bedroom in your home.
  9. Bedrooms on a Budget: Take a look at these designs that you can have in your own room. You can have a great looking bedroom and still do it on a budget.
  10. Bedroom Makeover: If your bedroom is not the space you want it to be you can do a makeover. No matter what budget you are on you can have a great bedroom.
  11. Create a Romantic Room: Get details on how to create the romantic room you have always wanted. See pictures of ideas that you may want to try.
  12. Bedroom Ideas: Take a look at some of these great ideas to add to your bedroom. If you are looking to update or remodel, try these tips.
  13. 8 Unconventional Looks: If you are wanting to think outside the box try these furniture sets. They are perfect for those who can’t decide what they want or those that just want to be a little different.
  14. Something Different: Whether you are needing to remodel or just want a new look, try some of these pictures to help you decide. You can choose to have a theme or just be completely different.
  15. Small Bedroom Ideas: When dealing with a small space there are things you can do to decorate without over doing it. Try some of these tips when you are decorating your bedroom.
  16. Bedroom Pictures: If you want to see a few ideas of what your room could look like, stop here. Take a little time to go over these pictures and see which look is your favorite.
  17. Modern Bedroom: Take a look at this beautiful modern design for the master bedroom. If you are wanting to leave the conventional styles, then try this great look.
  18. Modern Eclectic Bedrooms: These modern designs are great for those who want to take a step out of the conventional box of designs. Try these in your next bedroom makeover.
  19. Modern Kids: When redoing your child’s room consider these modern designs. This is great for any child if you are looking for a more unconventional type of room.
  20. Brown and Blue: This color combo has become very popular for bedrooms. Take a look at these great ideas for using these two colors together.
  21. A Room that will Last: Here are a few tips on decorating your little girl’s room that will last with her through her time at home. Get ideas on how to pick the right colors and other items that can go for a long time.
  22. Funky Tips: Get help from one blogger on how to fix your teens room with their “funky” ideas.
  23. White Luxury Bedrooms: Take a look at this modern house plan and the ideas they put inside. Check out the bedrooms and other pictures here.
  24. Decorating Colors: Pick out your colors and try them out here. See how they will look in your space and see if you like them as much as you thought.
  25. Choosing the Right Color: Choosing the right color for the master bedroom is not always easy. Get tips on picking the right color here.
  26. Interior Decorating: See pictures, get tips and ideas on how to make your home your own. Learn how to decorate it and love what you do.
  27. Teen Rooms: Take a look at these great ideas for your teens room. Try one of these ideas and see how it is accomplished here.
  28. Kid’s Room Ideas: If you are looking for a new look for you child’s room try these great ideas. Get tips on how easy it is to update your child’s room.
  29. Ideas and Pictures: Get great ideas and suggestions for what you can put in your child’s room to match their personality. See what ideas you can come up with.
  30. Princess Theme: If your little princess wants her room done in that theme try getting ideas here. There are some great photos and tips on getting the perfect princess theme room.
  31. Bedroom décor: If you are looking for ideas on your bedroom décor try some of these. Take a look at these great photos to do to your room.
  32. Black and White: These two colors have always gone together well. Try putting them in your room with a splash of color to contrast.
  33. Purple Bedroom: If purple is your favorite color you will love this bedroom. Take a look at the way purple was used in this room and see if you don’t fall in love.
  34. Bedroom Themes: What theme are you going for in your room? Take a look at these photos on themes you can choose to decorate your bedroom.
  35. Pretty in Pink: If you have a girlie girl then this is perfect for them. Check out some of these great pink rooms.
  36. Theme Ideas: There is no reason an adult can not have a theme in their rooms just like a child does. Get ideas here on what you can put in your room that will fit your personality.
  37. Children’s Themes: Check out these awesome options for the theme in your child’s room. These are great and give them plenty to choose from. See which one fits your child.
  38. Harley Kid: If you are a Harley family, these child sets will fit right in. Check out the great selection of Harley Davidson room themes you can pick for your little rider.
  39. How to Create a Theme: Here you can discover how you can make a theme in your child’s room that will grow with your child. This way you are not constantly changing out their rooms as they get older.
  40. Color Scheme: Try using this tool to help you pick out a color scheme for your next bedroom makeover.
  41. Kids Bedroom Themes: Children typically like to do their room in thing they are excited about. Get a few ideas here on how to bring that theme into their bedroom.
  42. Children’s Murals: See what kind of things you can paint on their walls to bring new life to an old room.
  43. Cool Teens: Here are a few great ideas on how to do your teens room where they feel great about it. There are some great photos and ideas here to help you.
  44. Master Bedroom Themes: What do you want in your master bedroom? If you are thinking of applying a theme get ideas here.
  45. Vintage Country: Get tips on how to bring the country into your bedroom. See pictures and ideas on how to make your bedroom the one you want.
  46. Safari Theme: Learn how to create the perfect safari themed bedroom for your home. If you love the animals and jungle scenes this is great for you.
  47. Your Style: What is your style? Find out here how to zone in on that and pick the best bedroom decorating ideas for you.
  48. Master Bedroom Trends: See the latest trends in master bedroom decorating here. Take a look at these photos and see what you would like to add to your own room.
  49. Tropical Ideas: Discover a few tropical accessories you can add to your home to bring that tropical feel in.
  50. Bedroom Wall décor: Get ideas here on how to fix up your bedroom walls. You can do little things along the way to make the room feel new and fresh.

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Top 52 Home Decorating Blogs http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-52-home-decorating-blogs/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-52-home-decorating-blogs/#respond Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:39:51 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=683
Decorating the home can be a bit of a challenge.  Where do you start?  What will best express you the best?  Looking at different design ideas sometimes can be an effective starting point.

Use these blogs for a place to begin.  Here you will find many design ideas from objects d’art to entire room designs.  Eclectic to traditional, shabby chic to provincial; there are ideas on how to use everything in one room and make it look good.

  1. Chicken wire as décor Using chicken wire as an armature or decoration in of itself.
  2. Author and interior decorator How a published interior decorator uses shabby chic as a theme.
  3. Freshness and color Using color to inject freshness into your already existing furniture.
  4. Your space, your style Taking your home and style and turning it into interior design that you can live with.
  5. Contemporary design with a revival feel Combining a timeless feel using furniture from different design eras.
  6. Scandinavian style and design Following top Scandinavian fashion trends and designers
  7. Decorating with a budget Tips on how to decorate your home without spending a fortune.
  8. Provincial France with a Renaissance twist The light and airy feeling of Provincial French decorating with the rich colors of the Renaissance.
  9. In depth looks at decorating themes Discussing what makes a particular overall look work.
  10. Bohemian in San Francisco Bohemian design done San Francisco style.
  11. Elegance, style, beauty and Grace. Paula Grace takes a look at home fashion trends.
  12. A housewife big on chic How this housewife decorates with shabby chic finds
  13. Primitive home design Using rustic items to decorate the home
  14. Decorating with an edge She’s a home decorator with an agenda.
  15. Flea market fashions A flea market devoted to decorating you and your home with shabby chic.
  16. Sharing, inspiring and guiding you A decorator shares ideas and inspirations with the hope of guiding you in your own design journey.
  17. Color and ethnic design Using ethnic designs with lots of color in your home.
  18. Green design Tips for living a natural and green lifestyle.
  19. Stylish living and easy entertaining Clean and modern design for all aspects of living
  20. Highlighting modern interior design Taking a look at contemporary design ideas.
  21. The love of second hand Buying second hand items through different venues
  22. Beautiful things for inspiration An interior designer shares her love of beautiful things as inspiration for design.
  23. Saving the world through green design How to save our environment via designing green.
  24. Taking a look inside A designer shares her own home’s interior design.
  25. Urban interior design Tips and ideas for making the best of an urban living space.
  26. Taking a peek at an eclectic interior How a friend used art and objects to create a unique interior
  27. Focus on different aspects of design Articles on how to take an object or a room and change it up.
  28. The lifestyles of the glamorous Following how the other half live.
  29. Funky and unique apartment tours Documenting how people have turned their apartment spaces into works of livable art.
  30. Two designers from Canada Beautifying the world one room at a time.
  31. Antiques from Paris Parisian antiques chosen with a designer’s eye.
  32. A Bohemian lifestyle Embodying what it means to live like a Bohemian.
  33. A designer shares her work Taking a look at the work of Marie Antoinette Interiors.
  34. Designing with the Jetsons 50’s retro designer and her ideas
  35. Looking at the little things Items that make your house into a home.
  36. Design inspiration from around the world Interior design ideas from Europe and beyond.
  37. Stamping it up Design ideas using different types of stamps.
  38. Design with shabby chic Items for completing a home’s shabby chic décor.
  39. Living the inspired life Ideas and thoughts for designs.
  40. India design ideas Taking ideas and items from India for design inspiration.
  41. Lettering in vinyl Custom vinyl lettering for application on various items and surfaces.
  42. Living Southern Ideas for a Southern lifestyle.
  43. Clever ideas for living spaces Ferm is Danish for clever, and clever is the idea behind design.
  44. Casual and chic Bright colors, white walls and lots of cuteness.
  45. Organize your life Tips for making organization simple and decorative.
  46. Frugal home design Thoughts on how to be a frugal decorator with great results.
  47. Life on the East coast Musings on a family’s East coast home.
  48. Sweets and interior design Taking a look at making sweets into a design accent.
  49. Shabby chic artist An artist who paints in the style of shabby chic shares her designs.
  50. Inspired by design Designs for daily living inspiration.
  51. Custom vinyl letter design Unique designs with vinyl lettering
  52. Inspired by patina A look at decorative items with a patina of age.
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The 5 Worst Decorating Mistakes You Can Make http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/the-5-worst-decorating-mistakes-you-can-make/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/the-5-worst-decorating-mistakes-you-can-make/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:04:49 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=198 uglychairWhen it comes to your home, there is plenty of room for error. Forget, for a moment, what can happen if you don’t keep up on maintenance. Forget what life would be like if you let your homeowners insurance lapse and found yourself in a disaster. While those are scary enough, there’s something even more frightening about owning a home:

Making decorating mistakes.

Look, the odds of you not being paid up on your homeowners insurance on the day the earth opens up and swallows your house are pretty slim. The odds of you falling for a terribly distasteful decorating trend are much higher.

Here are 5 of the worst decorating mistakes you can make:

  1. Wood Paneling. Look, I know that wood paneling is sometimes a cheaper and easier alternative to covering a wall, especially if that wall is tucked away in your basement. Trust me, though, paneling doesn’t belong in your basement any more than it belongs inside your minivan.
  2. Toilet rugs. Not only are toilet rugs outdated, they’re kinda gross. The get wet, they get yucky, and they just look plain silly when matched with a carpeted toilet seat cover. Don’t even get me started on the mold issue.
  3. Traffic jams. Rooms are supposed to flow. If you put your couch in the middle of the path from the hallway, people are going to bump into it. Oh, and it’s going to look bad. I’m not suggesting you need to feng shui it up, but please give us a way to get from one room to the next.
  4. Fad decorating. Lava lamps will come back around, I promise. However, it’s going to be a while. Don’t blow a bunch of dough making your house look “contemporary,” because in a year it will be old news. If you do add touches of the latest fad, make them inexpensive and disposable.
  5. Matching everything. Your rooms should not look like they came out of a catalog. Catalog photos are decidedly not livable. Your house is not a showroom to be gawked at from a distance, it’s an experience. Be eclectic, and give the eyes something to jump from one item to the next.

Avoid those pitfalls and you’re well on your way to having a nicely furnished and decorated home. For more, check out the 10 worst home decorating trends of all time, and see just how bad it’s been in the past.

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