Easy and Fun Ways to Add Polka Dots to Any Room

 

Polka dots are a classic design motif that first came about during the late 19th century. (Prior to this, the machinery necessary to create even dots on fabric didn’t exist.) Since their creation, they have gone in and out of fashion for both apparel and interior design, but never really disappeared due to their adaptability and customizability. The overall look when polka dots are employed can be either traditional or modern depending on dot size. They have the unique ability to seem timeless and trendy simultaneously, and can vary in aesthetics greatly due to a variety of factors including dot placement. Here are some fantastic and simple ways to incorporate this design into your home or interior.

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In the Bedroom

Using polka dots in your bedding is a fun way to experiment with this design pattern without committing to something more permanent. Go for something bold with a bright and colorful dotted bedspread, like this from Wayfair. If you’d like something more subdued, try spotted sheets underneath a solid duvet, or polka dots that are subtle in color compared to the background hue. You can also buy a few accent pillows or even make your own by adding fabric paint to a solid pillow.

In the Bathroom

Using bathroom accessories featuring polka dots is an excellent and easy way to add style. Try a shower curtain or sink accessories such as toothbrush holders and soap dispensers. A great update for any bathroom wicker baskets is to add polka dot ribbon that matches your bathroom décor. HairBow Center has a range of white polka dot ribbon in numerous color combinations. You can add ribbon easily by weaving it through the top rim, using a safety pin or a needle to direct the ribbon through. If this doesn’t work well, another option is to affix one end of the ribbon to a section of fishing line or strand of thread, then bring this piece through the wicker as the ribbon follows along. Use the latter method most effectively on wicker with large holes.

Wall Design

Polka dot wallpaper may sound intimidating, but there are actually very understated and sophisticated ways to introduce it into your home. Especially on one accent wall, this addition is a beautiful way to add chicness and glamour to any room. You can also use it to add interest to a wide-open blank wall space, or try it on a bathroom wall for a style update that doesn’t require the cost of new tile. Adding energy and color to a child’s room or nursery is another option.

Try different sized dots, and varying placements in order to change up the design. Use polka dots in this way and you’ll soon be enjoying a cheery and chic look that will energize and create a more pleasing environment for your living or working space.

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Green Toad Paint System Review

Painting a room or house can sometimes be a very daunting task, not only can it take time, but you also have to deal with sore muscles, joints and maybe a headache as well, now you can at least take care of those sore muscles and joints by using the Green Toad Paint System. It’s really a wonderful product and I used it to paint a few rooms in my home recently.

The system is really very unique, you have one handle that interchanges with all of the brushes and roller. The brushes and rollers also pivot so that you can paint every surface of your home easily and without stress on your joints and muscles. After two days of use I still was feeling pretty good about my paint job and didn’t have the painters after effects that you normally get. Oh, by the way you can get rid of that headache if you switch to chemical free paint. What I really love is how easy the system is to use. It’s simple to put together, take apart and use. All you have to do it push and pull. The brushes themselves are wonderfully made and I didn’t find an issue with finding brush bristles in my paint.

What you get in the Green Toad Paint System

  • 2 Deluxe Contour Handles
  • 1.5″ Tapered Brush Head
  • 2.5″ Tapered Brush Head
  • 2″ Straight Brush Head
  • 3″ Straight Brush Head
  • 4″ & 6″ Roller with Cover
  • 9″ Roller with Deluxe Contour Handle

Another thing I love about this paint system is that everything is biodegradable. That means you can throw it away without feeling like you are harming the environment.

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Roman Shades Explained: What Style is For You?

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Does your room need a refresh? Window coverings are a great way to add major visual impact. Bonus: they regulate light and heat, helping you save on energy bills! But sometimes curtains just aren’t the right solution. That’s where roman shades come in. So when and where do you use them? Custom window treatment resource, Loom Decor, tells us:

  • Ideal for small spaces. Roman shades take up less visual space than a curtain, so they are great for smaller spaces like bathrooms & reading nooks
  • Pet & kid friendly. For rooms that gather grime (think playrooms, bathrooms & kitchens), opt for roman shades that don’t drag on the floor
  • Windows with objects below. Roman shades are the best treatment when there are obstructions like counter tops, window seats & radiators below the window
  • More versatile style & color. Unlike blinds, roman shades come in many fabrics (especially at Loom!), allowing you to add color or pattern to the window

The great news is Loom Decor just added new roman shades to their line up of custom decor. They’re available in custom sizes, hundreds of fabrics and with your choice of privacy or blackout lining. Contact a Loom Stylist about roman shades and get 10% off your order now through June 12th.

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Geothermal Energy, What is it and how do you use it?

Geothermal energy is a very earth friendly form of energy that can help the environment and save you money. Geothermal energy can be used for heating and electricity and hot water if installed correctly and for that purpose. Most people use Geothermal for heating and cooling more than for electricity use. The system is a simple system of pipes that lay underground and use the heat of the earth to provide warmth to the water contained in them. The water then goes though pipes that are in your home and heat the home. Using hydraulic or water system in your home instead of a forced air system that relies on warm air to heat your home can make a better indoor environment as the air does not dry out, though you can set up the geothermal to work with an existing forced air system.

Geothermal Pros and Cons

Geothermal Can ruin your yard temporarily

Geothermal has a limitless supply

Geothermal is great for the environment and your wallet

Systems may not work well in all areas of the country

 

Installing a geothermal loop is easy but can take some time and will destroy your yard. If you’re building your home and adding this in it is much easier then adding it to an existing home. The first step in installing a geothermal system is to find out how deep your frost level is as the piping needs to go into the ground where the earth will be warm. This is also important because the depth will affect the cost of the project.

 

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The second step is deciding what type of system you would like to use. There are four types of systems when it comes to geothermal systems.

There is a closed loop system and a open loop system a slinky loop system and a pond loop system. Open loop systems are simple systems that draws ground water from an aquifer though one well, the water then passes though the heat pump’s heat exchanger, then is discharged to the same well though another pipe that is a good distance from the first pipe. This installation is good if you have a source of ground water to draw from.

The closed system has a pipe that is continuous. The length of the loop pipe varies depending on the temperature of the ground, the thermal conductivity, soil moisture and system design. There are two ways to install this type of pipe; horizontal or vertical. Horizontal pipes are better for small installations and are less expensive then vertical pipes. Horizontal pipes are better for commercial use or schools because of the lack of land around these types of buildings.

Slinky loop systems are pipes that overlap each other and are used to help keep more heat in the pipes. This is also helpful to use in small spaces. Pond loop systems are exactly the same as closed loop systems, but they use the heat from the bottom of ponds or streams to heat the water. They are usually installed at the bottom of the river bed or pond.

Codes and other Regulations

When installing a geothermal system you may be subject to different regulations depending on the type of system and the area you live in. Some examples of these regulations are:

  • Well construction code
  • Discharges to ground water
  • Discharges of surface water
  • Water use reporting
  • Underground ejection control.

If you are considering using a closed loop system you will also need to get a permit as boreholes may extend hundreds of feet in depth and could penetrate drinking water aquifers. Sealing the area between the vertical loop piping and borehole from the bottom up to the ground with a low permeability grout, as recommended by the manufacture and is also consistent with the state well code, is advised.

Design

Geothermal systems are usually installed and designed by an HVAC professional who has studied geothermal design. The process of geothermal design differs depending on the building to be constructed, the size shape and heating and cooling needs of the building effect the design of the system. A small system would be designed for a home, while a large system can be designed for a school or office building.

Really Geothermal is a great way to cool or heat your home. It’s very environmentally friendly and great for your wallet too. There have been many advancements in geothermal over the years and it’s really evolved into a great option for any home or business owner.

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Rustic Wedding Wine Bar

Wedding Wine Bar

This year my younger sister will be getting married. She has decided on a rustic theme and is very excited to try some new a different ideas for her wedding. This made me start thinking about fun things you could have at a small wedding that would wow and still be functional, bring on the Rustic Wedding Wine Bar!

For this project I received my rustic wood from Walnut Hallow, an online company that sells amazing wood products for craft projects and more! There products are all made in the USA and they have a great focus on the environment.

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I decided to tap into my inner artist and created this wonderful wine sign myself, though I do need a bit more practice in writing on wood with a burner I am really very happy with how the sign turned out. The bar itself is simple yet elegant and you can really customize the look any way you want. I didn’t want to do anything to extravagant as a wedding is complicated enough. This wine bar set up is simple and can be assembled on any surface.  It’s perfect for a small wedding and cocktail hour. Guest can serve themselves and enjoy a great table scape.

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What you need to create the look I have

Place it together:

What I love about this Rustic Wine Bar is that there really are no tools required unless you make the sign yourself, then you would need a wood burner. For the back pallet you will need to attach wood to keep it up, other then that you don’t have to use anything else.

Arrange the items as shown. It’s simple and easy. Of course make sure you have enough glasses and wine for everyone at the wedding.

This project is so simple, all you have to do is layer it up and if your not artistic you can buy a cute wine sayings sign to create the same effect I have!

Are you planning a wedding? What would you do with a few pieces of rustic wood and some creativity?

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Event Decorating With Tea Lights

I love using candles in my décor and with a lot of events and holidays coming up I will be doing some unique decorating with candles. Currently I am decorating my home for summer and I found a few amazing ideas that you can use as well to get yourself in the summer mood.

American Summer Holiday Decorating With Tea Lights

 

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I really love this look. The red and white ribbons add some style to the blue tea lights. I think I would rather enhance this look and do red, white and blue ribbons and candles. Mixing and matching them.

Go a little more rustic with these jar candles! They are so cute and easy to make, just get some canning jars and paint away. If your really good you could do flags instead of stars!

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Wedding Decorating With Tea Lights

 

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I am not planning a wedding soon, but I had to share these cute tea light holders with you. They are just so perfect for a wedding, you have a more classic look above and the princess theme below. I have a friend who the crowns would have been perfect for, too bad she got married last year!  Here is a great wedding décor tip, use LED tea lights in place of candles if your venue does not allow real candles. It’s a great way to get the same look, without the fire hazard. The best part is that you can also use deco poly mesh without worrying that it will catch fire.

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Summer Decorating With Tea Lights

 

Okay so I also found a few really cute ways to decorate for summer using tea lights these are a few of my favorite ones. They are just so cool and remind me of a relaxing getaway.

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wood tea lights

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Do you have any great ideas for tea light décor? Share them with me in the comments.

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DIY Pallet Planter Box

DIY Pallet Planter

This weekend my sister did this amazing project that I just had to share with you. She got the pallets for free, picked up the plastic container and created this amazing DIY Pallet Planter Box.

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As you can see from above all she did was nail the pallets together to form a box. Make sure it will hold the container you have chosen.

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Then add your choice of siding to the pallets and paint. Her result is the one below. She added some cute butterflies she found at the dollar store.

DIY Garden Planter

 

She painted it purple to match her front door. What color would you make yours?

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Why you should use Bamboo Flooring

Have you ever wondered why you should use bamboo flooring instead of other flooring. This great infographic I designed should help you figure out some of the great points of bamboo flooring.

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Design Your Space with Loom Decor

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Now you can upgrade your home with custom designer decor that won’t break your budget. Up and coming e-tailer Loom Decor enables you to create custom window treatments, pillows, bedding, table linens, and more with the click of a mouse! It’s so easy to create a great new room in the comfort of your own home. Find everything from pillows to fabric and more! Loom Decor makes decorating so easy. I personally have just ordered some free fabric swatches to help a friend with her new living room. She is so excited because she can get on Loom Décor, send me the link and we can do everything we need though the computer!

Shop custom designer window treatments, bedding, accessories and more at Loom Decor!

If you don’t have a designer of your own they also offer design help. So really you can get everything you need in one place. That’s very cool and helpful if your looking to do a small project and don’t have a lot of time.

They have so much to choose from, you can choose from over 400 gorgeous designer fabrics and the latest furnishing styles to create the perfect decor for your home…all at a fraction of designer showroom prices. Your order will be handmade in Nashville, TN with the highest quality craftsmanship and shipped to you in just 2 to 4 weeks.

So what are you waiting for? Get started designing at loomdecor.com.

 

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Furniture Items you Cant Live Without

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Furniture are the staple items within any home. They make the difference between an empty shell of a house to a comfortable, warming environment in a home. The choices of furniture we make are a reflection of our personal taste and style and the type of look and feel we are trying to create within our home is clear with the different forms of furniture we have and the colors, fabrics and accessories we choose. When furnishing homes we often look to the trends, the type of atmosphere we wish to create and incorporate the items that we like.

There are certain Furniture Items you Cant Live Without  live without. They bring so much to the feel of the home and are used for their practical purposes too.

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Bed

This is one of, if not the, most important piece of furniture you will have in your house. We all need somewhere to rest and sleep and the bedroom is the perfect place to do so. There are so many different shapes and sizes of beds and the choices you make depend on your personal preference and the set up within your home including whether you are single, the size of your room and the décor theme you are trying to create.

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Sofa

The perfect addition to the living room, this item of furniture provides the perfect place to sit, rest, relax and enjoy the living room area. Again, the sofa can come in all different styles, colors and shapes depending on your wants and needs. Your family, friends and guests will all be able to make good use of the sofa and it quickly becomes the focal point of the living area.

Coffee Table

The coffee table is another living room accessory that is ideal for practical and style purposes. It can easily fit within any style theme and is the best place for storage and placing items on whilst the living room is in use. The size, shape and color that is chosen will depend heavily on the design of the room and can be placed anywhere within the room and will become one of the most expressive items of furniture in the room.

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Outdoor Table and Chairs

Furniture doesn’t just have to apply to the inside of the house. Having outdoor pieces will enable you to use the outside of your home and have it as an extension of the home. Outdoor furniture allows you a place to sit, eat, rest and relax whilst outdoors and even allow you to entertain and provide the same comfort for guests.

Bedside Table

The bedroom can appear bare if you stick to the usual items such as a bed and wardrobe. The addition of bedside tables, that can perfectly match other items of furniture, will offer the added touches to make the room appear finished in a design sense and will give you somewhere to place additional lighting, alarm clocks and bedroom accessories.

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