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Transform Your Living Room in 7 Ways

The living room is the centerpiece and resting area of a home, so it is natural to want it to feel like a haven from the stress and bustle of the outside world. But balancing the area to make it comfortable and beautiful can sometimes be tough. Here are seven tips to help you transform your living room into a relaxing, tranquil space for you and your family.

Invite a Vacation into Your Home

Yes, it is possible to make your living area feel like a vacation. You can create a peaceful setting by incorporating seaside elements into your living room decor, such as using soft shades of blue and white paint or hanging seaside inspired prints on the wall. Coastal Living advises home decorators to use ocean colored mosaic glass to frame the fireplace and colorful plants to brighten the room.

Or consider turning your living space into a jungle! Better Home and Gardens extends this idea with a zebra patterned pillow or a tiger print ottoman as the perfect way to complement the overall room.

Create an Optical Illusion

Not every living room is perfect, but luckily decorators can easily address some of their living room’s flaws. If your room is full of sunlight, maximize its potential while fighting against damaging rays by using window treatments from By incorporating shades into your room, you can easily control natural light while adding style to your space.

If your room looks too cramped, consider creating an open airy feel by choosing lightweight furniture with exposed legs and simple accessories that are in line with the delicate feel of the furnishings. For too-white walls, add color by hanging colorful window treatments.

Redecorate Frequently

If you want to refresh the feeling in your room often, decorate in neutral colors. Then, you can easily redecorate even on a budget. A set of new throw pillows or wall hangings is the perfect way to make your room feel new.

Rub Elbows with Your Family

Make your living space feel more at-home by the way you arrange your furniture. Pull furniture away from the walls and arrange it in a cozy discussion area. An area rug can pull furniture together so it doesn’t feel like it is floating in the room.

Use Color to Your Advantage

Use color to your advantage while decorating your living room. Color adds warmth to the space and can make the area feel bigger or smaller. Bright or light colored paint can add light to a dark room while darker colored paint can make a dull room feel mysterious or romantic.

Understand How Different Colors Feel

Many people consider green to be a relaxing color and blue to be a calming color. There is a bit of truth in each of these axioms, though it doesn’t apply to every person or shade. Before spending a lot of money on a color you might not be happy with long term, bring home several samples and test them in your room.

Emphasize the Room’s Natural Features

If you have a fireplace, accentuate it by arranging furniture around it. The same is true of a big window or brick exposed wall. Highlighting the natural features of a room will bring them to the focal point instead of leaving them behind like an afterthought.

The more you experiment with furniture, window treatments, patterns and colors in your living room, the more potential you’ll find in transforming your space for the better.

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Decorate Your Room With Luxury Bed Linen

Do you want to personalize your wedding gift, but are limited to a pre-arranged list? Unless the specific item has been detailed, you can add your own personal touch with House of Fraser’s luxury bed linen sets. Bed linen is often on the wedding gift list, so if the make, model and color isn’t detailed, you can make your own decision about what suits the bride and groom best. Here are our top picks on luxury bed linen from House of Fraser, perfect for the marital bed.

The Damask Collection from Sheridan is elegant and sophisticated. The soft vanilla color, the delicate pattern and mix of fabrics are perfect for creating a sumptuous retreat on any bed. Matching quilted throws and padded cushions are also available and if you want to complete the look throughout the room, you can get matching curtains too.

The Noho Collection from Kenneth Cole in navy blue is a little more masculine, however, it’s softened by the ombre dotty design in white. It’s neat, slick and understated. Add a quilted throw in a contrasting color to lighten the room and plump it up with lots of color-coordinated cushions.

Christy’s range of bed linen is sensual and romantic. The Marianne Bed Linen range in ivory is evocative of the 1920s, with quilted throws, small cushions in velvet and silk, embroidery detailing and swirling fleur-de-lis pattern. Its relatively high thread count of 200 means these sheets don’t just look good, they feel soft and hardwearing too.

The Belmont Bed Linen range from Boutique in monochrome black and white is modern, minimalist and oozes style. But behind the simple stripes and blocks of white and black are details tailored to perfection and a cotton sateen finish with a thread count of 300, making these some seriously good quality sheets.

Kylie Minogue Bed Linens
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Kylie Minogue now designs her own range of bedding and it is truly luxurious. The Allure Bed Linen set is like something from the bed of Louis XIV. The oyster tones are creamy and warm and the ruched effect in silk is tactile and inviting. Complementary throws with the same opulent ruching and a myriad of cushions with bows and ruffles, make this one of the most stylish and richly decorated bed linen sets available from House of Fraser. It’s very feminine, but it will make everyone, man or woman, want to jump into bed, literally.



If We Owned Our Townhome

Hubby and I are 2 weeks shy of our 1 year anniversary of living together. We spent the first 6 months in a one bedroom apartment 4 minutes away from his job. It was a nice first place. Our bathroom was nice sized, we had a few upgrades like crown moulding, paint, a community pool and exercise room. What we hated was the fact that the laundry room was far, our parking stalls weren’t next to each other, and the downstairs neighbor played video games into the wee hours of the morning. Nonetheless, we were grateful to have 700 square feet of our own space. We broke our 13 month lease to move somewhere larger and less expensive.

In February, we moved into a townhouse we’re leasing from a former coworker’s mom. It’s double the size (over 1,400 square feet), has a 2 car garage with laundry hookups, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. We sacrificed crown moulding, paint, and an exercise room for a smaller community but bigger living space. There are some nice things about the place, including a backyard (not large but big enough), but it’s definitely older and needs some work. We signed a year lease and plan on using the whole year.

We would love to buy this place, but realistically we’re not in financial shape to do so. We have $0 savings for a down payment, as well as debt and only one income. This frightens me a bit because I don’t know where we would move if we didn’t get to stay here. When you upsize, you tend to fill up space, and going back to a one bedroom apartment would not be ideal. We’d definitely have to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. Not the worst thing in the world, but not #1 on my list.

If we owned our townhome, there would be several upgrades I’d like to do. I watch HGTV all the time, especially House Hunters and Property Virgins. I like our location (even though we’re around the corner from a middle school and high school, and there’s an elementary across the street). We’re close to an amusement park, grocery stores, parks, city hall, hospitals/doctor’s offices, police stations, and the freeway. Our neighbors are nice, and we’re the youngest couple in the community. No crazy shouting of World of Warcraft gaming coming from downstairs, just guitar strumming on one side and a odd neighbor on the other).

Back to the upgrades. What would I like to change?

  • Tile: We have some tile in the entryway that’s definitely out dated. I’d change that out to some lighter, larger tile.
  • Paint: We have bare, white walls. I haven’t had those in years! I’d love to add some nice colors like tans, blues, and greens.
  • Linoleum: We have some linoleum in the kitchen that should definitely be replaced. I’ve seen nice linoleum / false tile that we could put in.
  • Lighting: Our kitchen light flickers, the 2 recessed lights downstairs are old, and the bathroom lighting is dated as well. I’d like some newer light fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Bathrooms: We have 2 new toilets, so that’s good. I’d like all new bathroom fixtures for the sinks. I like those glass sinks because they have a more modern feel, but hubby thinks they’re weird. I’d definitely change the shower heads, and if possible, I love the look of small, colored tiles. Put some lights over the showers for ambient lighting too.

Those are just a few things I’d change to start. In my home growing up, we pretty much gutted our house and turned it completely upside down into a beautiful home. I guess I get my taste from that. What would you remodel in your home?

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