GUEST BLOGGER || Tips to Bring a Living Room to Life!

The living room is one of the most important rooms in your house. It is where you can relax, watch TV, and lie down after a long day. Living rooms are used all the time by various members of the family, so it is really important that you spend time making it as pleasant as possible. It is really easy to style your living room according to TLC in order to spruce it up a bit and in this article we are going to give you some great design ideas in order to help you create the perfect living room that you have been dreaming about.

Art

Art does not have to be expensive, however many people are put off buying pieces of art because they don’t think that they can afford it. Whichever way you look at it, art looks brilliant on your walls – so why don’t you start looking for cheaper options if your budget is low? Art is whatever you want it to be – and this could be a painting that has been done by your child, or a blown up family photograph of you all that has been beautifully framed. If there is a painting that you really like but you can’t afford, then ask the artist whether or not it would be possible to buy a print of it instead. This will be significantly cheaper. Some people even use word art or quotations on their walls – get creative as there are many different options when it comes to more decorations.

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Black and white prints are so affordable and truly pull this room together.
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Mixing of photography and prints!

 

The Lighting

The type of lighting that you have in your living room can dramatically alter its feel. Having main lights on dimmer switches is a brilliant idea because it offers you the opportunity to turn the lights down in order to create a softer and calmer ambience. Up lighting is very effective because it doesn’t make you feel like you are in a spotlight – and it also looks very stylish. A standard lamp in a corner can look very elegant indeed, and a smaller lamp on a table can provide a cozy light in which to read a book in your favorite armchair.

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Natural, overhead, and lamps!

Create Comfort

Your keyword for designing any living room should be ‘comfort’. What would make your living room more comfortable? Perhaps it is time that you updated your three-piece suite, or maybe it is about time that you had the carpet replaced? Sometimes, simply updating your curtains is enough to give your living room a fresh new feel. Add some finishing touches by getting some beautiful pot plants and putting them on display. Minimize the amount of clutter in your living room by making sure there is plenty of furniture with inbuilt storage such as a console table and a TV unit.

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Statement rug and plants! All you need to warm up a space!

Breathing new life into your living room is easier than you think – and it needn’t cost too much money either. What could you do to inject a little style into your living room?

Leslie Kramer, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger, who is currently writing for Alliance Fllor Source, one of the leading names in flooring industry. Leslie is a big time movie-buff and uses blogging a platform to share home improvement and green living tips.

 

Crafty Calendar + T R A G E D Y.

Hello, friends. Annie here.

It is with a heavy heart that I post my latest crafty creation…this sweet, little fruits & veggie wall calendar that was destined for my darling best friends in Kansas City has lost its way. Oh, the tragedy of displaced crafts. Hayley and Kyrstin – please enjoy your intended Christmas gift via the interwebs. (yes, I do realize I was a tad behind on sending out my holiday gifts, so what.)

So it is with a snowday and afternoon glass of wine that I am finally able to write about my craft-baby that met its unfortunate demise. Since my gal pals are excellent cooks and avid locavores, I decided making them a hand-drawn/painted seasonal produce wall calendar was a fitting holiday gift.

Even if you have never really drawn or painted in the past, this is actually quite simple and requires much less artistic ability than you may assume (after all, I was able to manage it).

so. here’s how you make a V E G G I E   C A L E N D A R  (or any theme you choose, for that matter) : :

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july’s offerings.

step one : : do your research.

for this I simply googled produce availability by month. I came up with a list for each month (3-4 items each) and searched for simple drawings/images of each to aid in my sketching efforts.

drawing (or attempting). the eraser was my best friend.
step two : : draw out your fruits and veggies. i also labeled them (in case my illustrations didn’t quite spell out the difference between a tangerine and clementine…) –  next simply outline your sketches with fine-point sharpie.

 

step three : : erase your pencil marks. your months are now ready for color!
step three : : erase your pencil marks. your months are now ready for color!

watercolor away! this is very manageable painting medium for beginners. you can start with only primary colors and use those mixing skills you learned in elementary art!
step four : :  watercolor away! this is very manageable painting medium for beginners. you can start with only primary colors and use those mixing skills you learned in elementary art. (tea and wine optional, but recommended for optimal crafting).

step five : : ready for binding!
step five : : ready for binding! (notice that I also made a cover page and letter)

 

step six : : use hole puncher and twine to bind calendar pages - I used a loop around the actual pages so the calendar can be flipped with the changing months.
step six : : use hole puncher and twine to bind calendar pages – I used a loop around just the actual pages so the calendar can be flipped with the changing months.