Indoor Decorating Tips

Advantages of Adding Ottomans to Your Home

Ottomans are like berries; you cannot just have one! Well, you can start with one, but once you realize what you have been missing and people start fighting over it, you will quickly add a few more. Ottomans are nothing new. They first appeared in 1729, and although the styles have changed, the concept remains the same.

Ottomans are also commonly referred to as a footstools, pouffes, hassocks, and tuffets. It used to be common to find them hollowed out and used for storage. Today, the most popular varieties are in the bean bag department, and some even feature pockets to hold remote controls, magazines, MP3 players, and more. The Sit-E-Block Bean Bag we have here at the Soothing Company is a great example. This versatile piece comes in an array of colors and patterns, and surprisingly, it weighs only 3 pounds!

Not Just a Footstool 

Some people hear the word “ottoman” and immediately picture someone sitting on a chair or sofa, with their legs extended and feet on the ottoman. Today, these fun pieces of furniture are just as commonly used as seats. They are ideal for a media, game, or dorm room, or they can be scattered around a living room, waiting for the overflow of guests. You might be surprised at how many people pass up the opportunity to sit on a chair or sofa and choose the ottoman instead. They even make great pet beds.

Styles

The first thing you will discover when you browse our selection is that they are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials. Some still follow the traditional cylindrical styling, but there are also square and wedge-shaped ones, too. You will also find that bean bag ottomans are extremely popular; primarily because they are unbelievable comfortable to sit on, and they last for a really long time.

Choosing a style 

The great thing about ottomans is they do not all have to match. Not only do they not have to match one another, they do not necessarily need to match the room either. In most cases, you will find they get moved from one room to the next anyway since they are so lightweight. If you have a room decorated in all earth tones or a contemporary space made up of black and white, an ottoman is the perfect piece to buy in a bright or contrasting color to add a dynamic focal point to the space.

If you have a lot of straight lines in the room caused by the entertainment center, coffee and end tables, electronics, etc., then stick with a round ottoman to create balance. However, if you already have a lot of round elements thanks to a giant bean bag chair, round coffee table, and area rug then you might want to consider a square option. Our Mod Square is a popular pick, as it is available in two gorgeous fabrics, and a variety of colors

Bean Bagimals | Fun and Cozy Seating Option for Kids

Made from soft, huggable and colorful fabrics, a Bean Bagimal is  perfect for any child. Available in lovable, friendly animals including Elliott the Elephant, Lisa the Ladybug, Dash the Dog,  Ferguson the Fish and Barry the Bird.  All bean bagimals are filled with UltimaX Polystyrene Beans for superior comfort and double-stitched and have double-locking zippers for safety. These kids’ bean bags feature tough, durable outer fabric that resist staining and spills. Just wipe these bean bagimals clean with a damp cloth and he is ready to go! The strong filler cushions ergonomically so your child can enjoy hours of comfortable lounging.
 
Elliot the Elephant Bean Bagimal 
Elliot the Elephant packs a “trunkfull” of fun. Portable and lightweight, Elliot The Elephant can travel with your child anywhere he or she wants to go for instant seating options. This fun bean bag  features a tough, durable outer fabric that resists staining and spills. Just wipe Elliot clean with a damp cloth and he is ready to go! The strong filler cushions ergonomically so your child can enjoy hours of comfortable lounging.
 
Lisa the Ladybug Bean Bagimal
This Lisa the Ladybug Bean Bagimal is the softest friend a child will ever love! With a cute face and fun antennas, this red bean bag features incredible detailing to win your child’s heart and make this his or her favorite seat. It features a plush fabric exterior and loftier polystyrene beads called UltimaX. Your child will love the Lisa the Ladybug styling.
 
Dash the Dog Bean Bagimal 
Ferguson the Fish Bean Bagimal 
This Ferguson the Fish Bean Bagimal is sure to become your best junior furniture purchase ever. This puffy friend is made from plush fabric. Ferguson the Fish is destined to become your child’s go-to seating option when watching television, reading or just relaxing anywhere. The durable outer fabric is soft and luxurious, cradling your child in comfort.

Barry the Bird Bean Bagimal 

This Barry the Bird Bean Bagimal is comfortable and designed to brighten up your child’s room in a fun way. Between flights, Barry the Bird Bean Bagimal takes a break in the playroom and makes others comfortable when he does it. The cute bird styling will make this a favorite of kids everywhere and build on imaginative skills. Conveniently, this chair is lightweight and portable so you can take it to family gatherings or sleepovers easily.

Types of Aquariums

Aquariums have a way of bringing unparalleled beauty to any room or setting and are also very beneficial in relieving stress. This is why you find aquariums in so many medical and dental offices today. There are several types of aquariums and  every aquarium is unique and the life it brings will add vibrancy to whichever room you choose to place it in.
 
Wall Aquariums
You don’t need to find space inside the room for an aquarium if you decide to opt for a Wall Aquarium. 
Table Aquariums
They can be used as a great corner piece or can be a substitute for your coffee tables! 
Small / Medium Aquariums
A small or medium sized tank, for rooms where you have space, but not a big space available
 
Clock Aquariums
 Guests tend to not look at the clock so often, unless you have this timepiece that is also a decorative home for fish
 
Large Aquariums / Free Standing Aquariums
They can be the focal point for any room, or a room divider and can also be used as a great corner piece.

 

Massage Chairs

Almost everyone is all wound up so tight these days and most of us barely have enough time to finish our daily tasks that it feels we been walking around on edge- muscles knotted and tense.

Massage therapy is a common method of relaxation of the body and mind however, making an appointment to go to the massage therapist is almost all the time, out of the question. One more hindrance to the massage therapist, aside from the lack of time, is the cost. Every time you go, it costs you a small fortune. You feel great for a day and then are back to normal, tired, sore and stressed out. Investing in a massage chair is an excellent idea. Compared to the costs of having a massage from a professional masseuse on a regular basis, the chair can pay for itself in under a year. Besides, massage chairs are possibly the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in.
 
Omega M-2 Negative Ion Massage Chair 
The Omega M-2 Negative Ion Massage Chair features negative ion that is designed to raise the oxygen density in the air. Increased oxygen density has been shown to increase energy levels, reduce fatigue and promote natural enjoyment.
 
Omega Montage Elite Massage Chair
The Omega Montage Elite Massage Chair features an infrared body scan which scans your shoulder position and the curvature of your back to detect the exact acupoints unique to you.
 
Omega Serenity Zero Gravity Massage Chair
The Omega Serenity Zero Gravity Massage Chair has the most features offered in a zero gravity recliner. It is also full of therapeutic features to address your relaxation needs. This is a hybrid of a beautiful recliner with therapeutic features which is a first in the massage chair industry.
 
It is a unique looking massage chair that can bring elegance to any room in your house. The fine craftsmanship and beautiful wood chair back cover and 360 degree swivel base make this recliner a real show piece.
 
Omega Skyline Zero Gravity Massage Chair 
The Omega Skyline Zero Gravity Massage Chair is a sleek massage chair that brings sophistication and elegance to any room. It has a beautiful wood chair back cover that is perfect for your decorating and styling needs. This recliner is excellent for both relaxation and for providing relief for your body.
 
Omega Montage Premier Massage Chair
The Omega Montage Premier Massage Chair starts with an infrared scan of your back. The infrared scan detects your shoulder height and the curvature of your back. The software then adjusts the massage to your body readings for a great massage.

 Indoor Bonsai Trees | Because Green is in

Bring the lush green into your own home with an indoor bonsai tree. This amazing and natural piece is perfect for that tranquil look. Plus, enjoy the benefits of growing them and their upkeep- centuries long practice that have instilled discipline and bring a sense of peace to their owners.

Here are some indoor bonsai trees to choose from:

Hawaiian Umbrella Indoor Bonsai Tree with Pool

Interested in bonsai but not sure where to start? Begin here. This attractive, fuss-free tree sports shiny compact leaves. The Hawaiian Umbrella Indoor Bonsai Tree with Pool is one of the easiest bonsai to maintain and does extremely well in low light environments, making it perfect for the office or home.

Sago Palm Indoor Bonsai Tree

The Sago Palm Indoor Bonsai Tree is a fun way to add a palm to your home!  This low maintenance bonsai tree is easy to grow as it does not need direct sunlight.  This tropical plant is great as a gift or even as an office plant!  Add the Sago Palm Indoor Bonsai Tree to your home today!
 
Gensing Grafted Ficus Bonsai Tree
 
This sturdy bonsai tree clearly embodies strength with it’s thick, sturdy roots that are exposed.  It can adapt to different amounts of light making it on the easier side to grow.  Give the Gensing Grafted Ficus Bonsai Tree as a gift – ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the sight of an indoor Bonsai Tree!

Eastern Leaf Lucky Bamboo Simple Square Favor

Eastern Leafoffers you a new and exciting way for a memorable event! This Lucky Bamboo Bonsai Souvenir items could also double as a centerpiece. Add an elegant touch to your next event with this favor. The base price reflects the price of the glass vase with one 4″ stick bamboo. You may add options to design your own custom arrangement including the desired number of sticks, river rocks, or colored marbles.

5 Year Pomegranate Indoor Bonsai Tree

The 5 Year Pomegranate Indoor Bonsai Tree is one of the most interesting  bonsai trees to grow!  This beautiful Pomegranate tree blooms with orange leaves spring through summer, and then produces pomegranate in October.  This dwarf pomegranate bonsai will thrive indoors.  You will love the fruits of your labor with the Pomegranate Indoor Bonsai Tree!

 

Things to Put In an Awkward Corner

Do you have an empty corner in your room that you do not know what to do with? Most people do. You do not want to throw just anything there because then it will actually “look” like you are trying to fix an awkward space. This can especially be a problem in a large room. Well, below are a few things you can nestle in there nicely to make the most of this valuable real estate.

Floor Water Fountains

Why not turn that dreadful corner into the focal point of your room? This is exactly what floor water fountains are capable of doing. These beneficial pieces of art are available in a variety of sizes and materials, so there is one to complement any space. Just position it on an angle and suddenly your corner becomes the most beautiful spot in the room. If you have a small space, consider mirror, as it will make the room appear larger.

 Corner Fireplaces

Most people have no idea these even exist, so if this the first you are hearing of them you are not alone. Corner fireplaces are available in gel and electric options. Some are even designed to hold a flatscreen and others are convertible, so they can be positioned against a wall, as well. If you have a super contemporary environment, you might want to consider a bio ethanol freestanding fireplace, and just place it on an angle like you would the floor fountain.

 Bean Bag Chairs

Many try to squeeze a chair here, but it never seems to look quite right. This is not a problem you will have with a bean bag chair. These fun and ultra-comfortable pieces of furniture will sit in that corner perfectly. If you do a lot of entertaining and never seem to have enough seating you could buy several small bean bags and stack or cluster them in the corner for guests to grab and move, as needed.

Plants

If you are going to decorate your corner with foliage, let it be spectacular. Choose a large palm that clean the air, or create a display of bonsai trees that make the space calming. These are living pieces of art that can offer a display as eye-catching as a painting or sculpture.

Medley

If you have a large room, you could create an amazing focal point with a medley of elements. Position the floor water feature on an angle and cluster bonsai or bamboo around it. Perhaps set a freestanding fireplace nearby to complement the water flows, as they are both feng shui elements.

 

Alternative Heat Sources for Your Home

Other than the fact that a furnace provides heat there is absolutely nothing exciting about running one. Some older models are incredibly loud and distracting, forcing you to increase the volume on the TV every time it kicks on, and all will increase your utility bill. Unfortunately, going without heat is not something you can do unless you live somewhere really hot, like the southernmost tip of Texas. There are other heat sources though that you can use, and some will cost less than your furnace to run. You may not be able to turn your furnace off completely, but you can certainly turn it down while using alternative options.

 Electric Wall Fireplaces

Many people assume electric wall fireplaces increase a utility bill a substantial amount. This is actually not true. Quality electric fireplaces use about as much electricity as your coffeemaker, and that is it. They literally cost pennies per hour to operate. Plus, they create ambiance, which is something your furnace certainly is not capable of doing. There are even some that let you turn the heat off completely, if you want to continue to enjoy the ambiance through the warm summer months.

Gel Fireplace

Gel for gel fireplaces is made of gelled isopropyl alcohol. The flame is toasty warm yet it creates no smoke, so you can use it indoors without a chimney. You simply peel the label off a can, add it to your gel fireplace, and ignite. It provides a realistic flame. Some people even keep a stock of these cans of gel to use without a fireplace in case the power goes out.

Bio Ethanol Fireplaces

Like gel varieties, bio ethanol fireplaces are also environmentally-friendly. Bio ethanol is a liquid fuel that you add to a bio fuel fireplace. It is made from fermented sugars of sustainable crops, such as beets and potatoes. It does not create smoke either. Unlike electric fireplaces though, there is no way to enjoy the ambiance of a flame without the heat.

Portable Heaters

You have to be really careful with portable heaters because some will draw a lot of energy. The idea is to buy one that provides a nice amount of heat without hogging a lot of electricity. This is also a nice heat source if the power goes out, if you have an inverter or generator. Some people even choose to use kerosene heaters as a supplemental heat source, as well.

 

6 Recessed Design Ideas for Your Wall

Do you have stunning pieces of wall art, but you look around the room and feel like there is just something missing? Maybe none of the art is creating the focal point you had hoped for. Perhaps you are just ready for a change or want to take your decorating to the next level to make everyone you know green with envy. Whatever the case is, these recessed design ideas may help you achieve the look you are hoping for.

1. Recessed Bio Fuel Wall Fireplaces – Nothing can create a visual display that compares to recessed bio fuel wall fireplaces. A fire display inside a wall is just not something you see every day, which is why it is so special. Recessed bio fuel wall fireplaces burn a clean fuel source, so you get a brilliant flame without the smoke, smell, or toxins of a wood-burning fire.

2. Recessed Shelves – Building shelves in your wall is a much bigger project than installing a recessed bio fuel wall fireplace, but they can serve a lot of purposes. They can be used for books, movies, photos, collections, and small knickknacks. In the kitchen, they are ideal for spices and cook books, and in the bathroom they can hold all the beauty products that would otherwise clutter your counter.

3.Recessed Light Boxes – If you have sculptures or trophies you want highlighted, a few illuminated boxes will do the trick. You can either have the boxes light up or you can install track lighting on the ceiling and point each light at a box.

4. Recessed Herb Garden – There never seems to be enough room for your herbs and other indoor plants, right? A recessed herb garden will allow you to grow everything you want without trying to find space for all the planters. You can even add grow lights to grow veggies.

5. Recessed Storage – It does not matter how much storage space you have, it never seems to be enough. Build a storage unit right in the wall. You can even use the shelving idea, but expand upon it by making them deep and tall enough to accommodate fabric bins and decorative baskets.

6. Recessed Flat Screen – Installing your flat screen in the wall eliminates the need for an entertainment center. Plus, it puts the television in a position where it is easily seen from anywhere in the room.

     Make The Basement Your Home’s Best Feature

    Basements are often the most underused space of our homes. It is usually cold, dark and uninviting. Tucked away from the main traffic areas of the house, a basement can be the perfect play spaces for children because they can cut loose without disturbing anyone. It would also make a perfect workspace, a family gathering spot or media room.

    You can transform that dreary and dull basement into a space everyone can enjoy with these 5 cool products.

    TV and Media Consoles
    Over the past few years, the warm hypnotic glow of a fireplace have been replaced with that of a television. Our wide selection of  TV and media console allows you to have both. Each of these pieces is designed not only to enhance your décor but  includes plenty of shelving for your DVD’s and media center components. TV and media consoles are the perfect way to enjoy a warm room while relaxing watching your favorite movie or TV shows.

    Aquariums
    Having an aquarium gives the basement or any room for that matter, a calm and relaxing ambiance. It brings unparalleled beauty vibrancy to whichever room you choose to place it in. A stunning décor, it creates a soothing place to relax and connect with nature as well.

    Bean Bag Chairs
    Bean Bag chairs are the most comfortable seating option possible.  Bean bags are comfy and ultra-stylish that you’ll love to come home after a long day and lounge in one of these. These bean bag chairs are durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear with easy to clean exteriors. Available in a number of fabrics and variety of prints and solid colors, it is easy to choose a bean bag chair that speaks to your own sense of style and matches or complements your existing décor.

    Indoor Fountains
    Indoor fountains are dynamic pieces of art that creates an oasis of peace, calm, and tranquility. Water fountains are wonderful visual art display of water in motion that can change from one moment to the next, making delightful sounds of trickling water that soothes and relaxes the mind and body. Available in nearly any size, material, or price range, you are sure to find the perfect one to complement your décor and suit your budget.

    Modern Fireplaces
    Modern fireplaces are functional pieces of art available in electric, bio fuel and gel options so they don’t create smoke and do not require venting. The ambiance a  modern fireplace provides is tremendous and can add a lot of warmth to your basement.

     

    Furniture Ideas for a Boy’s Room

    Everyone thinks that decorating a little girl’s room is so much easier than a boy’s room. Although girls will typically be more precise expressing their wants, boys generally gravitate towards some very fun themes. If you have a boy who absolutely loves sports, race cars, bugs, fire trucks, etc., you can find really exciting furniture pieces to create a unique space that they will love.
    • Sporty Bean Bags – Sporty bean bags are an absolute must, and they are so comfortable that you will likely want to lounge in the one you buy with a good book while he is at school. You can buy these super comfy chairs designed to look like footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and baseballs.
    • Race Car Bed – What kid doesn’t want to go to sleep every night tucked in a race car bed? These beds often have somewhat high sides, too, so they are perfect for those years when they are too big for a crib, but not old enough for a bigger bed.
    • Dinosaur Table and Chairs – Believe it or not, you can find a dinosaur-themed table and chairs set by Teamson Kids. The chairs look like you’re sitting on a dinosaur. The manufacturer even has a matching storage bench and other accessories, but be warned; this product line is really expensive. It is definitely cool though.
    • Spiderman Folding Saucer Chair – There are all sorts of small furniture pieces available with a Spiderman theme, but the folding saucer chair is great because he will be able to easily fold it and carry it to different room all by himself. So, your child will be able to sit in his favorite chair during family movie night.
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flip Sofa – This themed sofa by Marshmallow is perfect for toddlers. It flips open to turn into a small bed for sleepovers. When he outgrows it, it can always become the dog’s bed.
    • Fire Truck Toddler Bed – Kidkraft makes a cute toddler bed in the shape of a fire truck. The ladders on either side act like rails. Of course, you will need the fire pole coat rack and hydrant-shaped spinning bookcase to match.
    • Batmobile Bed – If you are creating a Batcave, you will want to start with a Batmobile bed. You could easily take an old dresser, paint it black, and use a Batman stencil to paint yellow symbols on it. You can also find ceiling fans that have bat wings as blades
     

     Essential Pieces of Furniture for Small Spaces

    Whether you live in a small studio apartment or you have built a micro house on a large piece of land to reduce your carbon footprint, furnishing your home may prove to be a challenge. You want seating for guests, but you also want to be able to walk through your home when no one is there.  It would be nice if some floor space is empty! You would like to have side tables, but don’t need them taking space all the time. If you have a small home, you simply need smart furniture that lets you make the most of the room that you have to work with.

    • Ottomans – The great thing about ottomans is they can serve a few purposes. Obviously, they give you a place to put your feet up. They also double as seating when people come over. Ottomans with a firmer surface can be used as end tables, too.
    • Futon – The classic futon has been loved by small space dwellers for many years. It gives you a sofa and a bed all in one. If you have a bedroom with a real bed, then a futon in the living room can be a guest bed.
    • Nesting Tables – When folks come over, you want everyone to have a table to place their drink and appetizer plate on, but a bunch of tables will take up unnecessary floor space the rest of the time. Nesting tables are the practical solution.
    • Benches – Place a bench that opens by the front door and it will hold your hats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, etc. In your main living space it can rest against a wall like a table, and store games, movies, and blankets inside. Put plants or art on top, and when you need extra seating, remove whatever is on top.
    • Floating Desk – You probably only use your desk a minimal amount, but still, you need somewhere to keep your laptop, bills, etc. A floating desk is perfect. It mounts to the wall and has shelves for storage. The table part flips down, so its footprint is very small. It could double as a kitchen table for a single person, as well.
    • Drop-leaf Kitchen Island – The right kitchen island will put some floor space to really good use. Obviously, you can use it for food preparation. If it has shelves, cupboards, and/or drawers, you will have storage space. Place two barstools against it, and you have a breakfast bar.

     Benefits of Modern Fireplaces

    Most people shopping for modern fireplaces are doing so simply because of the way they look. You hardly need any other art or significant décor pieces in a room when you have one of these stylish and beneficial pieces on display. However, just because they are beautiful does not mean there are no other reasons to purchase them, too. If you are browsing our selection at Soothing Company, but still not sure if you are ready to buy one, you might be interested to know about the great benefits that they offer.

    Focal Point
    You may know that you are shopping for a focal point, but are you aware of how important it is for a room to have one? Without a focal point you walk in a room and your eyes scan the area until something captures their attention, so they can come to rest. You may not know it but the longer this takes, the more your stress level can increase. A modern fireplace will instantly grab your attention, so you can relax.

    Environmentally-friendly
    Every day, an increasing number of people are becoming aware and disturbed by the negative effects associated with burning wood. Here at Soothing Company, we have electric, gel, and bio fuel fireplaces. These are all considered environmentally-friendly options. This is a fire you can feel good about enjoying.

    No Smoke
    Obviously, the fact that these ventless fireplaces create no smoke is good for the environment. However, this also makes them a safer option for your health. Wood-burning fires emit cancer-causing agents in the air, and they are responsible for allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, and other health concerns. Modern fireplaces do not release toxins into the air, nor do they leach oxygen from the space. This makes them safe to use in any home without concern for immediate and long-term health effects.

    No Mess
    One of the biggest advantages to modern fireplaces is that they are virtually maintenance-free. Why would anyone want to maintain a woodpile and scoop soot all the time when there is an easier option? If you think you will miss curling up in front of the fire in your favorite chair with a good book, check out one of our modern floor fireplaces. Our Buschbeck Boston Bio Ethanol Fireplace should keep your feet nice and warm.

    Place Anywhere
    Modern fireplaces have a “goes anywhere” attitude. They are available in floor, tabletop, and wall varieties, so there is one perfect for every room in your home. Some are ideal for indoor and outdoor use, so you can easily carry it to the patio to enjoy on a cool evening. Our Sparro Indoor/Outdoor Tabletop Ethanol Fireplace is a great example, and it is priced so low that it is perfect to give as a gift, too!

    Stress Management With Water Features

    If your goal is to find balance, manage stress, breathe deeply or to simply become peaceful and healthier, consider placing water features in every room of your home. They do not all have to be extraordinary pieces. Choose larger ones for your living room and bedroom, and then perhaps choose a few smaller ones for other rooms. A water fountain is one of the most important and beneficial elements you can add to your indoor living space. According to feng shui principles, water is associated with wealth enhancement and good fortune.

    Named after the beautiful 164 foot tall Nojoqui Falls, 6 miles SW of Solvang, California, the Small Nojoqui Falls Wall Water Fountainis designed to capture the majesty of cascading water flow in a small version. It combines genuine multi-color Indian Rajah Slate with water flowing into the polished river rocks creating  soothing rippling sounds and powerful display of water in motion. The Small Nojoqui Falls Wall Water Fountain is one of the most important and beneficial elements you can add to your indoor living space.
    The Midwest Tropical Fountain Aqua Fall Wave Floor Fountainis made of excellent quality materials to ensure it’s elegance and beauty. This creates quite the statement as a waterfall. The tranquil rhythm of flowing water soothes the spirit while providing the perfect balance of humidity for your home or office. This fountain features as adjustable current of water rippling over a ridged black or metallic acrylic face to a bed of polished rocks below.


    Tips for Decorating Your Cabin

    Whether you have a log cabin nestled in the woods off the grid or if you have a gorgeous chalet perched on the side of a mountain, you probably want the inside to be as cozy as possible. After all, either this is your vacation home or you live here full time to get away from the noise of the city, so you are likely hoping to create a peaceful, inviting, and comfortable environment. These decorating tips will help.

    Wall Fireplaces
    You absolutely cannot have a cabin of any size or style without a cozy fire. The two go hand-in-hand. However, this does not mean that you have to compromise the environment or your health by burning wood. Wall fireplaces are the perfect solution. Both gel and bio ethanol varieties offer a realistic flame that provides warmth and ambiance. They do not create smoke and there is no mess. These are ideal for cabins without electricity!

    Overdose on Rugs
    Okay, so if your cabin is somewhere that traditionally sees hot temperatures then cold floors are probably not an issue. Otherwise, you should have plenty of rugs to walk on. No one wants to walk on a cold hardwood floor in the winter, unless you plan on keeping on shoes all day.

    Sustainable and Reclaimed
    Rather than buy a newly manufactured wood table or sleigh bed for your cabin, choose furniture made from bamboo or reclaimed wood. After all, you are getting close to Mother Nature, so you might as well actually do your part to protect her. If you are decorating an outdoor area, sustainable eucalyptus is popular right now. If you have not already stocked your summer kitchen, consider products made of recycled glass and plastic. You may be quite surprised at what you can find made of recycled materials these days.

    Cozy Throws
    You cannot have too many cozy, soft throw blankets laying around. This is especially true if you typically have a lot of friends and family come to visit. Fold and stack them in a pile on an ottoman or use them to add color to the room by draping them over furniture.

    Layer Patterns
    Layering patterns is a hot trend right now. You have probably always been told you can have conflicting patterns in a room. You likely wouldn’t even think about mixing a gingham print with floral or polka dots, but designers are saying that it is okay to be different. You can use conflicting patterns in a room as long as you do not go overboard. This helps create a tremendous amount of depth. If this is your second home, this is the place to experiment with colors you would not usually put in your primary home.

    6 Tips to Make Your Small Bedroom Feel Larger

    You don’t need a huge bedroom to create an environment you love lounging in. If your room feels cramped or you have never bothered to decorate it then it is not likely going to be the place you retreat to after a long day. Maybe you are downsizing and a little stumped on what to do with your smaller space. These tips will help even a tiny room feel a lot more spacious.

    • Remove the Clutter – Even having a few things out-of-place in a small room can make the space feel cramped. For example, 10 bottles of lotion, body spray, and perfume adds 10 additional elements to the space. Put all those containers in a decorative box with a lid and suddenly you have only added one element to the space. It is very important that a small room not be permitted to get cluttered.
    • Scale Furniture – There is absolutely nothing you can do to make a small bedroom feel larger, if you just squeezed a California King bed in it. Don’t buy a bed bigger than you need. This theory applies to dressers, too. Don’t buy a bedroom set because it is on sale, when you may not need the extra dresser that is responsible for making the room feel cramped. Platform beds with drawers in the base are smart and floating nightstands let you maximize floor space beneath them.
    • Reflective Décor – Mirror is a great material to decorate with in a small space because its reflective nature makes the room appear larger. Indoor waterfalls made of mirrorare ideal. Not only will the mirror brighten up the space; the sound of cascading water made by indoor waterfalls is very soothing, so it will help you fall asleep faster.
    • Thoughtful Color Palette – As a rule, bright and light colors tend to make a room appear bigger. However, this does not mean that you have to avoid dark colors. You can even get away with a black or deep plum accent wall, if there are also lighter elements in the room to provide balance.
    • Rethink the TV – If you actually use the TV in the bedroom then by all means keep it there. If not, this should be the first thing to go. Electronics add a ton of energy to a space. If you must have one, opt for a flat screen and store the remote in the nightstand drawer, so it is not adding to clutter.
    • Create a Focal Point – Even a small room demands a focal point. If the element is special enough, you really will not need other art. For example, if you go with an indoor waterfall, you probably will not need anything else in the room.

    Are Bean Bag Chairs Right for You?

    If you love the idea of adding a bean bag chair to your home, but are not sure if it is right for you, then you might be overthinking it. Sure, if you were a hardcore gamer, then there would not be a doubt that this piece of furniture should be a staple in your home. Alternately, if you are a college student then you likely know that these are the best chairs to get comfortable in for a long night of studying. However, what if you are neither of these? Can you really pull off this type of furniture in your home? Absolutely!

    Beanbags Are for Everyone

    Beanbag furniture is perfect for everyone, from toddlers to seniors. One of the reasons why these balls of beans have been associated with gamers and students is because these groups of individuals sit for long periods of time. This is the only type of furniture that is as soothing as it is supportive. When you melt into one, the beans disperse to cradle every inch of your body, from behind your knees to your lower back to the nape of your neck.

    If they can keep someone comfortable and pain-free sitting in them for hours, just imagine how great you will feel after just watching a movie or sitting down to talk on the phone in one.

    Diverse Styles  

    Another reason why these chairs are appropriate for every age is because of the diverse styles they are available in. There are kid size bean bags that your child will love. He will need no help getting up or down, nor will he have to sit with feet dangling, like on a traditional couch. Medium-sized ones are ideal for teenagers, game and media rooms, or dorms. They can even be used to fill in that awkward empty corner in your living room.

    If you are considering saying goodbye to that uncomfortable living room furniture and replacing it with a bean bag sofa and chair it will probably be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Plenty of people are saying goodbye to those overpriced, uncomfortable, boring pieces of furniture these days.

    Long-lasting  

    Unlike traditional furniture that breaks down and becomes extremely uncomfortable in overused areas, this is not something you will experience with bean bags. The beans flow freely and spring back to shape. Some will never need refilling while others that are heavily used may need an occasional bag of beans added from time-to-time. This is a whole lot less expensive than buying all new furniture. Plus, if you choose a chair with a removable cover, you can take it off and wash it whenever you need to.

    Beneficial Plants to Decorate Your Home With

    If you are going to have plants around your home that require your attention it only makes sense to choose that are beneficial. Of course, it is wonderful to have species that serve no other purpose than to look good, too. However, at least a few of the following varieties should be included in your personal collection.

    Bonsai Trees – Fair enough, these are trees; not plants. However, they still basically fall into this category, and they are so beneficial to have around they should be considered a necessity in the home. Not only is caring for bonsai trees incredibly rewarding, they help to create a very soothing environment. They naturally offer a very calming presence. With today’s busy lifestyles and hectic schedules. This is something everyone can appreciate.
    • Aloe Vera – Here is another plant that everyone should have. The sap from this plant can be used to soothe burns, scrapes, cuts, and dry skin. Many people take it orally to treat asthma and diabetes.
    Bamboo – Aside from the fact that bamboo plants are charming to look at, they introduce and circulate positive energy. It is said to promote health, happiness, and prosperity in the environment it shares.   
                                    
    Mint – The delicious smell of the mint plant is reason enough to grow it indoors. Plus, it can be used to relieve nearly any type of stomach ailment. Soak the leaves in water and create a compress for bug bites or rashes, or add leaves to your bathwater to soothe your muscles.
      Areca Palm – If you are looking for a plant that will be extremely effective at cleaning the air, the areca palm will not disappoint. It is lovely and graceful, and is consistently rated as one of the top houseplants for removing indoor toxins.

      Ginseng – Skip your morning cup of Joe and turn to your ginseng plant instead. It makes a great alternative to caffeine, providing energy and mental sharpening. It can also help relieve anxiety.

      Arrowhead Vine – This easy-to-care for water plant adds a tropical feel to an environment. Plus, like the areca palm, it is one of the best species for improving air quality.

        Additional plants that clean the air include dwarf date palms, English ivy, golden pothos, lady palm, peace lily, and rubber plant. Additional species that offer medicinal benefits to grow indoors include lemon balm, dandelion, cayenne pepper, garlic, basil, sage, thyme, and chamomile.

         

        Fireplace Accessories

        Transform your ordinary fireplace into a home furnishing of a style uniquely your own with fireplace accessories. Create a warm and inviting hearth and optimize the ambiance of your space with modern styled accessories which provide a cozy and yet minimalistic aesthetic. Create a consistent and controlled heat with Eco -Feu ceramic logs. These burn efficiently and are quite hassle free. Easily integrate a contemporary look with pebble sets and enjoy  tantalizing and calming effects of individual flames dancing through them.
         
        Give your fireplace a contemporary look with a White Ceramic Pebble Set. Each pebble approximately 2 by 3 inches round, up to 1000 Degree Celsius. They can be laid in the bottom of your fireplace or fire pit to give it a decorative look even when it’s not in use.

        Creates a consistent, controlled heat – without the dangerous flare-ups or chilling die – downs. They’re made from ceramic fibers and show realistic attention detail. They burn efficiently while protecting natural resources and reducing pollution.
        The Bird and Branch French Vanilla Fireplace Screen by Southern Enterprises is a unique fireplace screen that’s perfect for any nature lover or elegant designer. This fireplace screen features a beautiful nature inspired design in an antique white finish that can be used with any interior decor with ease.

        Tabletop Fireplaces – Portable Stylish Heaters

        Spring is on its way but baby it is still cold outside for many of us.  What better way to weather this transitional time than with one of our stylish Tabletop Fireplaces.  These models are freestanding and many can be used both indoors and out. This versatility allows you to take them virtually anywhere.  They are clean burning utilizing eco-friendly fuel so very little if any maintenance is required.  The perfect space heater that also provides the ambiance of real fire.

        The Nu-Flame Ardore Tabletop Fireplace is named after the Italian word for “fiery passion” so you better look out!  This elegant fireplace with its quality stainless steel burner artfully suspended between two thick tempered glass panels stands 16” tall and 18.5” wide. Ships complete with an adjustable damper so you can alter the flame to your preference.  The Ardore is just the right size to perch on your coffee or end table.

        The Doppio Rouge Tabletop Fireplace adds both ambient light and eye-popping color.  Small at 14 lbs but mighty in stature standing at 24” high, its glass cylinder guards your flames from wind gusts. The Doppio makes an illuminating centerpiece for any dining table so you can use this stylish model for your garden or patio events. It has a burn time of up to 1.5 hours. 

        The Oasis Tabletop Gel Fireplace is a bowl of exuberant light that emits from a stainless steel base surrounded by white river stones, but the great part is you can personalize this piece by adding your own non-flammable accessories like sea shells or colored fireglass.   This ventless, no assembly required dynamic statement piece is reminiscent of the flame of Olympus.  It uses clean burning safe gel fuel which provide hours of burn time per can. The Oasis stands 7.75” high and with a top diameter of 13.4” and a bottom one of 7.75”, it is truly the perfect go-anywhere size!

        The Mecca Freestanding Ventless Ethanol Fireplace is one of kind modern geometric fireplace that meets both US and Canadian product standards for safety and our neighbors to the North know cold weather! The Mecca is show stopper addition to any decor encased in black powder coated steel which offsets the brushed stainless in the interior.  The Mecca is for both indoor and outdoor use, anywhere you need some sophistication.  Standing at 30” high and 26” wide this unit can put out 5,000 BTUs for up 5 hours before more ethanol fuel is required. 

        The Tab Bio Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace is one of our most popular sellers!  It has a contemporary sleek freestanding design with stainless steel and glass walls.  This indoor/outdoor model stands 11” high and 13.9” wide with a .7 liter burner, which will give you about 2 hours of burn time per refill.  The Tab fireplace uses bio-ethanol fuel which is a renewable energy source.  So going green keeps you toasty warm!

        Don’t forget to stock up on your Bio-Ethanol and Gel Fuel with us too so you will ready to light a fire anytime!

         Medium Bean Bags: Perfect for Any Room in Your Home

        Medium bean bags truly are the most versatile seating options that you will find. Usually, when you purchase pieces of furniture, you need to have a specific room in mind. You might even know exactly where you want it to go in the room. Medium-sized bean bag chairs are very different you can buy a chair you love and literally use it in nearly every room in your home.

        • Living Room – Considering these comfy balls of beans are available in a huge selection of styles, colors, prints, and fabrics you should have no problem finding one to complement your other furniture and décor. It does not matter if you have a contemporary, rustic, safari, etc. theme; these seats will fit right in. What other piece of furniture can you think of that you can say that about? Probably none! Plus, they can double as ottomans or pet beds when they are not in use. Then, when you have extra guests arrive, you have spare seats available.

        • Kids Rooms – Finally, here is a piece of furniture that kids and adults can actually agree on. Kids love that they look cool and that they are comfy enough to study or play video games in all night, but parent’s love that they are affordable and super durable. It very well may end up being a chair they take to college for their dorm room. After all, bean bags never go out of style, and the medium size ones are the perfect size for most people.
        • Media Room – A medium beanbag is the chair you should be sitting in for movie marathons or old reruns when you are stuck inside all day. Since they cradle every inch of your body and they move when you move, they provide unparalleled support, so you won’t get aches and pains after a while.
        • Other Uses – Put them around a coffee table in your game room for playing cards with friends or board games with the kids on family night. They are perfect for your finished bar area and are the ideal chair to create a reading nook in a quiet place. Some even have a waterproof liner a cover that is removable and machine washable, so they can go on your deck or patio, covered porch, or summer kitchen.

         Home Designs: Electric Fireplaces

        With an increasing awareness and sense of environmental responsibility, more people are opting to use an Electric Fireplaceto warm their homes. If you love the visual appeal of the traditional fireplace but can’t stand the smell of burning wood, you have the option of choosing an electric fireplace that has the traditional style. Electric fireplaces also come in another styles; such as corner or wall fireplaces. If you’re looking to create focal points in your space or to bring the ambiance to a whole new level, or simply to add warmth to your home on cold seasons, there is an electric fireplace to meet your needs. Plus, they are very easy to use.

        Real Flame Brighton Electric Wall Fireplace complements virtually any decor, while its realistic flame technology enhances the ambiance. It warms your room with 4,700 BTUs per hour and features a programmable thermostat as well as adjustable flame settings. And its handy remote control means you’ll never have to get up from your long winter’s nap.

        The Mini Portable Comfort Furnace in Oak is great for any room. The high-velocity fan draws cool air through the washable air filter. Cool are is passed through the resistance type preheater then warmed air is forced around quartz heating elements. Hot air passes over the copper deflector and into the room. This heater will add warmth to any space it is used in.

        The Chateau Corner Electric Fireplace features the clean lines and classic styling familiar to stone mantels, realized in wood. In three great finishes, this design is sure to compliment a variety of décor, from classic to contemporary. The Vivid Flame Electric Firebox plugs into any standard outlet for convenient set up. The features include remote control, programmable thermostat, timer function, brightness settings and ultra bright Vivid Flame LED technology. Available in White, Dark Walnut, or Espresso finishes.

        This fireplace will never fail to combine the time timeless pleasure of a warm hearth with a high tech home theater. The Langley is an impressive cabinet for entertainment use, featuring a transitional design with simple scrolls and fluted pilasters. Clean lines and an espresso finish create a seamless blend between home electronics and home décor. The Langley Electric Fireplace Media Console supports flat screen TV’s up to 55″ in width, and provides sturdy shelving for your media components. The 26″ firebox may be operated with or without heat, allowing you to enjoy the flame effects all year long.

        This Electric Fireplace Insert will look great in any fireplace. It creates the warmth you need without the mess of a real fire. This electric insert gives off heat that will fill the room instantly. Add this great electric heater to your home today!

        This electric stove creates a perfect warmth and glow for any room. It emits no smoke, and is very environmentally friendly. The Keystone Electric Stove creates enjoyment for every season as it can be operated with or without heat, so summer nights can be enjoyed with a warm glow from the fire without the extra heat. Enjoy this great electric stove in your home today!

        Curl up by the comforting glow and warmth of a fire anywhere in your home. Ideal for living rooms, dens, or bedrooms, the Real Flame Silverton Electric Fireplace is crafted with a solid wood mantel making it a hassle-free way to add instant ambiance to your living space.

         8 Creative Coffee Table Ideas

        Your coffee table is one of the most popular elements in the house. Any time you do any entertaining, you probably end up in the living room most of the time. Even if you have a dinner party and stay in the dining room there is a good chance the living room is at least included in the tour for new guests. Why not make the coffee table the centerpiece of the room? Your living room’s focal point does not have to be a canvas or sculpture. The right coffee table will be the topic of conservation. Below are a few unique ideas.

        • Table Aquariums – It may be hard to believe, but table aquariums really do exist, and they are spectacular! Just imagine the look on the face of your guests when they see fish swimming beneath their wine glass. If you have a stressful job or lifestyle, you will also appreciate the calming effect swimming fish have on the brain.

        • Craft Crates – Those wood crates you find at the craft store can be painted or stained and turned into a stylish table. Create a box shape with four on their side and you will have four cubby holes to store books, games, etc.

         

        • Old Trunk – Is there a beat up trunk in the attic that has probably been there since the first owners moved out many decades ago? Put it to good use. A weathered paint effect looks great on these.
        • Driftwood – You can buy coffee tables that literally look like you took your power saw to a forest and shaved a chunk out of a large tree to use as a table. Driftwood can complement nearly any look, from rustic to contemporary.
        • Expandable Table – If you really only need a compact table most of the time, but always wish you had one a little larger when guests are over then you may want to consider a table that expands from within itself. Jigsaw- and origami-type pieces can be fun, too.
        • Video Game – You can actually buy an old school video game that used to be played in table form, and use it for your coffee table. Pac Man and Space Invaders are good examples. You can also have an artist just design you one to look like Pac Man, or whatever your favorite video gamecharacter is.
        • Bench – There is no rule that says your coffee table has to be wide. It can be long and narrow. Put a seat from that old picnic table outback to good use.
        • Double it Up – Rather than have one coffee table, try placing two small ones in the space. Make sure you leave enough walking room around and/or between the tables.

        Bean Bag Chairs: A Trendy Seating Alternative

        Do you find that you never seem to have enough seats for everyone when family and friends arrive? Maybe you just need some extra chairs to pull out for guests. Alternately, perhaps it is time to start shopping for new furniture, but you are not quite sure what to get. The last thing you want is to be sprawled out on the sofa you bought and full of regret because you just cannot get comfortable. Whatever the case is, bean bag chairs are ideal for any environment and any age group.

        Primary Seating

        If you need a sofa, loveseat, and chair, but want something completely different than what you are used to, beanbags are perfect. These stylish pieces of fun and comfortable furniture can easily find their place in any room, from rustic to contemporary.

        You may not realize it, but there are bean bag sofas as long as 7.5 feet, which is more than large enough to accommodate three people. Need something a little smaller for a studio apartment, or do you want one that can act as a loveseat to the sofa?  Our Jaxx 6′ Bean Bag Sofa Lounger will be perfect. Of course, we have a wide variety of chairs, as well.

        Floor Seating

        If your house seems to be the gathering place where everyone ends up at some point on the weekends then there are probably a few who just pull up a seat on the floor. Wouldn’t it be nice to offer them something to sit on, regardless if it is a mat, ottoman, or even an oversized pillow, such as our Jaxx 24″ Bean Bag Rest Pillow available in a variety of colors and two different fabrics. You could even create a tall pile of these pillows in the corner that people can grab to sit on as they arrive.

        Sleepovers

        Whether you have children who constantly have their friends stay the night or if you need a “bed” for family or friends to sleep on when they come in town to visit, we have a few solutions for you. Our Inserts/Liners Bed Only is extremely popular. They are available in footstool, full size, queen size, and king size dimensions. These beds can be stuffed under the bed when not being used, but you may find that if you leave one out, it will become your seating of choice for moving night.

        Bean bags have become some of the most popular pieces of furniture used in decorating today. They complement nearly any environment, last extremely long, and are incomparable, when it comes to comfort. Plus, with the colors, styles, and materials they are available in, it will not be hard to find something to meet your needs and complement your space.

        Gaming Chairs | Designing Rooms to Match the Gamer

        With the evolution of technology, gaming has never been this fun. With the incorporation of gaming in creating home space for entertainment, Gaming Chairs come swooping into the picture. They provide body support and maximum convenience for playing games or even watching TV. A different breed from normal chairs, it is designed to bring comfort long into the hours and are designed to fit your body form as you sit. Some gaming chairs have built in consoles and even have built-in surround sound and control systems. They also come in a variety of materials and looks that they can not only match your comfort needs but also your aesthetic preferences.

        The Tron Gaming Rocker Chair features a unique design in the ultimate gaming chair.  Plug the Tron Gaming Rocker Chair into any gaming system and you will transform into serious gaming time.  The Tron features great sound effects and features multi-player daisy chain capability.  Add the Tron Gaming Rocker Chair to your home today!

        Kids can comfortably sit and enjoy playing video games, reading or watching their favorite tv shows in this Jaxx Gamer Bean Bag Chair. It is filled with 100% recycled shredded furniture grade urethane foam and covered in lush micro-suede covers with color trim that zip off easily for machine washing. Each Jaxx Gamer Bean Bag Chair comes with protective liner that has a childproof zipper to keep the foam contents out of reach of curious little hands.

        The Big Joe Video Lounger is made of SmartMax™ fabric. It comes with side pocket and beverage holder keeps whatever you need close at hand. Would definitely match any modern family home, perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, dormitory or even bachelor pads – comfortable and enjoyable for reading, studying, watching TV, movies or gaming. A perfect size for children and teenagers!

        If you are going to play for hours, you better be comfortable. The Zerk LX Game Chair is just perfect for hours of video game play, TV, movies or homework.

        The Hero PC Gaming Chair features an incredible sound system with great base.  The Hero PC Gaming Chair is ideal for PC gaming, but it also plugs into any dvd player, tv, or mp3 player.  The Hero PC is functional as it doubles as a comfortable office chair.  Add the Hero PC Gaming Chair to your home today!

         Sleepers | Portable Comfort With Style

        Sleepers or  folded foam beds are very convenient to use, easy to store  and versatile in function. It can be used as a personal sofa or a coffee table, converted into a sleeper during sleepovers and slumber parties, or during a sudden visit of a guest. It can even be used as an exercise mat or a soft mattress perfect for camping.  With so many uses, you will quickly discover just how convenient it really is!  These sleepers are lightweight, making it easy to transport and store when not in use.

         Jaxx Contour Convertible Twin 

        A tastefully sculpted piece, the Jaxx Contour Convertible serves endless functions and makes a striking coffee table or ottoman. When you have an overnight guest, it unfolds into a firm, comfortable sleeper for one adult.

        Twin Tri-Fold Hide-A-Mat 

        The American Furniture Twin Tri-Fold Hide-A-Mat is portable comfort with style.  Our Tri-Fold Mats are easy to transport and easy to use.  Open the American Furniture Twin Tri-Fold Hide-A-Mat as it instantly turns into a soft mattress perfect for camping or guests!  With so many uses, you will quickly discover just how convenient it really is!  The Poly Cotton Twin Tri-Fold Hide-A-Mat is the ideal space saving furniture!

         Full Quad Fold Hide-A-Mat

        Specially designed to be used as a sleeping pad for the floor, the Full Quad Fold Hide-A-Mat offers easy storage and convenient portability. Cushioned with a medium density Poly foam material for incredible comfort and long lasting durability. Available in a variety of beautiful fabric colors to choose from.

        Queen Quad-Fold Hide-A-Mat

        The Queen Quad-Fold Hide-A-Mat is the ideal space saving furniture!

        Why Choose Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper 

        If you feel more tired when you got up than when you went to bed, that is probably because you been tossing and turning all night.  Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper  may be the best solution to that problem.

        Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper  will give you a more supportive night sleep with it’s revolutionary combination of memory foam and gel. Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is  so comfortable,  it feels like sleeping on a waterbed.  It is always cool because it is designed for well ventilation.  Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper conforms to your body shape and offers therapeutic support, helping relieve tension for those with muscle or joint pain. This hypoallergenic mattress topper is specifically designed to be resistant to dust mites and bed bugs.  Simply set the Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper on top of your mattress and change the way you sleep and the way you wake up.

         Decorating with Ottomans

        An ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture, often used as a coordinating furniture with armchairs or gliders. It is a great alternate solution to a love seat or small sofa and creates a dramatic accent when used as a coffee table or as an end table. An ottoman can double as a foot rest or as an extra seating while entertaining, a great option if one doesn’t have enough space. Some models even comes with storage properties, making it very convenient in small rooms.  No matter what shape or color you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the perfect ottoman for your home!

         

        Sit-E-Block Bean Bag 

         

        Moz 44′ X 17″ Round

         

        Moz 44′ X 17″ Square

         

        Junior Mod Pod FX Bean Bag Lounger- 3 ft

         

        Lifestyle Bean Bag Footstool 


        Fuf Wedge and Ottoman Foam Bean Bag

         

         Are Bean Bag Chairs Right for You?

        If you love the idea of adding a bean bag chair to your home, but are not sure if it is right for you, then you might be overthinking it. Sure, if you were a hardcore gamer, then there would not be a doubt that this piece of furniture should be a staple in your home. Alternately, if you are a college student then you likely know that these are the best chairs to get comfortable in for a long night of studying. However, what if you are neither of these? Can you really pull off this type of furniture in your home? Absolutely!

        Beanbags Are for Everyone

        Beanbag furniture is perfect for everyone, from toddlers to seniors. One of the reasons why these balls of beans have been associated with gamers and students is because these groups of individuals sit for long periods of time. This is the only type of furniture that is as soothing as it is supportive. When you melt into one, the beans disperse to cradle every inch of your body, from behind your knees to your lower back to the nape of your neck.

        If they can keep someone comfortable and pain-free sitting in them for hours, just imagine how great you will feel after just watching a movie or sitting down to talk on the phone in one.

        Diverse Styles  

        Another reason why these chairs are appropriate for every age is because of the diverse styles they are available in. There are kid size bean bags that your child will love. He will need no help getting up or down, nor will he have to sit with feet dangling, like on a traditional couch. Medium-sized ones are ideal for teenagers, game and media rooms, or dorms. They can even be used to fill in that awkward empty corner in your living room.

        If you are considering saying goodbye to that uncomfortable living room furniture and replacing it with a bean bag sofa and chair it will probably be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Plenty of people are saying goodbye to those overpriced, uncomfortable, boring pieces of furniture these days.

        Long-lasting  

        Unlike traditional furniture that breaks down and becomes extremely uncomfortable in overused areas, this is not something you will experience with bean bags. The beans flow freely and spring back to shape. Some will never need refilling while others that are heavily used may need an occasional bag of beans added from time-to-time. This is a whole lot less expensive than buying all new furniture. Plus, if you choose a chair with a removable cover, you can take it off and wash it whenever you need to.\

         A Guide to Cleaning Indoor Fountains

         

        Some people assume that indoor fountains are a huge headache to clean, so they avoid buying them altogether. This is unfortunate because these are essentially some of the most beautiful and beneficial pieces of art that you can buy. If you are on the fence about buying one then you will be happy to learn that cleaning them is not the monumental process you are probably imagining. If you have already purchased one, but have no idea how to clean it, you should find this guide helpful as well.

        Prepare the Area

        Although indoor fountains can be cleaned quite easily without making a mess, it does not hurt to prepare for the worst by moving or covering expensive nearby décor pieces. You may want to put some towels on the ground underneath as well to catch any spills.

        Dealing with the Pump

        Unplugging the fountain and removing the pump and any rocks or stones will be the first steps. You can set the motor aside and clean it after, or you can go ahead and deal with it now, since it is already in your hands. Your pump is essentially the heart-and-soul of your water feature, so you cannot cut corners when it comes to cleaning it.

        You may notice that there is slime built up on it that will need to be scrubbed away. If there is a removable cover, you want to take this off and use an old toothbrush to scrub the surfaces. As long as there is not a ton of algae, you may be able to skip the scrubbing and just run it under hot water. Remove the tubing and run hot water to clean this out too, if you can access it.

        Empty the Fountain

        Small indoor fountains can simply be carried to the sink or tub to empty; if you have a large floor or wall water fountain then you will need to empty it from where it sits. A pail or plastic pitcher will help get most of the water out, or you can siphon the water into a budget below. If you happen to have a shop vac, this will make your job even easier.

        Clean the Fountain

        Indoor fountains don’t typically need to be cleaned out that often. You will find that if you use a water treatment product it will keep the water cleaner for a longer time period.

        You will want to use a mild cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge to scrub all surfaces that are touched by the water. You may even need to use a calcium lime remover, if you didn’t use a water treatment product.

        Final Rinse

        Once again, small indoor fountains are easy to rinse because you can clean them right there in the sink. A stationary fountain will need to be rinsed in place with fresh water, and this water will need to be continuously emptied out until all traces of soap are gone.

         Wall Fireplaces: Perfect for Small Homes

        Bellezza Bio Ethanol Recessed Fireplace
        Dimensions: 47.25″ x 23.75″ x 7.62″

        Just because you live in a small starter home or a studio apartment does not mean that you shouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy a dancing flame whenever you want to. Sure, space is tight and maybe you already kick yourself every day for buying that oversized sofa, but the beauty of a wall fireplace is that it is not going to make your floor feel crowded.

        Pick a Wall

        Since these modern fireplaces are mounted up on the wall, you do not have to spend half a day trying to rearrange furniture to create available floor space that simply is not there. Plus, you will not have to worry about someone tripping over it.

        All you need to do is pick a wall and determine how large of a fireplace you want. Since it will create such a dynamic focal point it will be best on a wall by itself. Small spaces can look cluttered with too many objects. So, if you try to place one of these pieces on a wall next to a canvas, sculpture, or something similar it will look too busy.

        Choose a Fuel Source

        You may be interested to learn that wall fireplaces are available in a few fuel sources, and they are all safe to use in a small home.

        • Electric – As the name implies this variety will simply get plugged into a standard outlet. Make sure one is available on the wall you are shopping for, it this is the type you want.
        • Gel – What could possibly be easier than placing a can of gel fuel in the appropriate spot on the fireplace and igniting? One can burns for a few hours and offers warmth and ambiance.
        • Biofuel – Created from fermented sugars of sustainable crops, biofuel is about the most environmentally-friendly fire you enjoy. These fireplaces are generally very modern, and the flame is brilliant.

        Choosing the Right One

        With the huge selection we have available here at Soothing Company, finding one to complement your small space will not be a problem. Although a larger one could look fantastic, you have to keep in mind that these pieces are not just for show. Adding our Maximum Bio Ethanol Recessed Fireplace may seem like a good idea, but it will generate some serious heat, so a small room may feel a bit too toasty. Keep this in mind when deciding on one.

         

        Benefits of Sofa Bean Bags

        Have you recently been introduced to sofa bean bags, but you are not quite sure if your home is the right environment for one? Perhaps you wonder if they are only for kids or assume that you need a contemporary space to welcome one. Some question if this is really appropriate furniture to use for a living room or if it should be reserved for a game or media room or finished basement. If you have never sat in one you might wonder if they are even comfortable. Becoming aware of some of these benefits may help you understand why more and more people every day are adding one of these stylish and beneficial pieces of furniture to their home.

         

        Comfortable

        You cannot appreciate just how comfortable sofa bean bags are until you melt into one for the first time and never want to get up. The beans more freely to cradle every inch of your body, so no matter how you lay you are completely supported. There will never be an awkward spot that gets worn away and you will not have to fidget for 20 minutes just to try to get comfortable. They are so comfortable you may not even want to sleep in your bed anymore. In fact, our Jaxx Cocoon Bean Bag Lounger is the perfect alternative to putting a bed in the guestroom, and it is ideal for the kids to sleep on when they have sleepovers.

         

        Easy to Clean

        Do you cringe at the thought of anyone eating popcorn on the sofa? Are you constantly getting out the carpet and upholstery cleaner to deal with the muddy paw prints? There is an easier way to keep your furniture clean. Some of the giant bean bags we have here at Soothing Company have covers that are removal and machine-washable, so it is easy to keep your furniture looking fantastic.

         

        Long-lasting

        How long do you typically enjoy a sofa before it starts getting uncomfortable? Traditional furniture breaks down just a little more every time you use it. So, if you always sit in your favorite spot like most do, that spot will eventually become less comfortable. You will never have this concern with a bean bag sofa. Since the beans move freely, it is never the same ones under pressure over-and-over. This allows these sofas to retain their comfort level significantly longer than regular furniture. Worst case scenario, a high traffic sofa may need a bag of beans added in time, and then it will be as good as new again. A traditional sofa would need to be completely replaced, if you hope to ever find comfort again.

        For people living in a not-so-spacious living space, sofas and couches are not so ideal. Other than consuming too much space, sofas and couches are difficult to move unless you have someone to assist you every time cleaning is at the top of your to-do list, which is why Bean Bag Chairs are easily your best option.

          

        Jaxx Indoor/Outdoor Twist Chair
        Dimensions: 46″L x 62″W x 46″H

         

        Bean Bag Chairs are space-friendly because of what’s inside it, from dried beans, PVC pellets, Styrofoam beans, to expanded polystyrene.  Apart from being a valuable piece of furniture at home, Bean Bag Chairs offer a variety of other functions such as sofas, recliners, or simply as a decorative pop of color in any living space.

          

        6 Ft XL Fuf Chair
        Dimensions: 72″ x 48″ x 36″
        Weight: 70 lbs

         

        For anyone interested in adding a Bean Bag Chair to his or her collection, it is best to take into the consideration the ample number of sizes and shapes one can choose from. The best way to do it is to know what the overall theme of the room is and the amount of space available for the Bean Bag Chair to occupy.

          

        Sports Vinyl Basketball Bean Bag
        Overall dimensions: 23″ H x 32″ W x 30″ D
        Weight: 6 lbs

         

        Another tip is to make sure the Bean Bag Chair is made of good quality and lasting materials. Bean Bag Chairs today are usually made of washable fabric covers instead of the leather ones and biodegradable Styrofoam pellets. Urethane filler is commonly used as replacement for Styrofoam since it provides more support.
        There are a lot of varieties when it comes to Bean Bag Chairs in terms of materials and despite today’s new trends, the 70s feel to Bean Bag Chairs are still considered timeless and space-friendly.
        So when picking for the one that suits you best, you can always go for what you feel is best for your space and what you think serves its purpose. Customizable Bean Bag Chairs are available in the market ranging from the old regular Bean Bag Chairs to loungers and even gamer Bean Bag Chairs.

        If you spend ample time and effort ensuring your house feels like home, chances are, you have a fireplace somewhere which you purposely have to maximize comfort or perhaps enhance living space aesthetics.

         

        One can easily pick the best architectural piece of fireplace to fit his or her needs and preferences but when it comes down to the upkeep, there’s always the issue of getting down and dirty involving manual and a complicated process – if hiring a professional is not a budget-friendly option

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        While others choose the real thing, others opt to enjoy the company of modern fireplaces. Being the space-saver that it is, modern fireplaces also saves you time and money. Regardless of how you intend to showcase your top-of-the-line modern fireplaces, one thing is for sure: it’s the closest to the real deal.

         

        Modern fireplaces get as real as you want making this contemporary innovation a must-have anywhere in your haven. Should you decide to get one soon, expect to be blown away.

         

        First things first, do not rush into buying simply because you feel like it. A smart shopper understands that he or she has to consider factors such as suitability and convenience granting money is not an issue but even if it is, you can still have one and seek refuge in some of the best pieces of modern fireplaces whenever and wherever.

         

        The best modern fireplace can range from tabletops, wall, and floor fireplaces. Here’s how they differ from each other.

         

         

        SoHo Black Biofuel Wall Fireplace
        Dimensions: 27.5″ W x 19″ H x 6″ D
        Weight: 17.4 lbs.

         

        Wall Fireplaces are good alternatives if a large Picasso painting is not in your possession. If you’re looking to showcase your modern fireplace in an area where it can easily attract attention, a wall fireplace is your best pick.

         

         

        Anywhere Fireplace Broadway Floor Standing Fireplace
        Dimension: 23.5″W x 17.75″H x 14″D
        Weight: 27 lbs.

        Floor Fireplaces are the ones you display in a corner somewhere like how you would with a tall lamp. Unlike the wall fireplace, the floor fireplace accentuates the space that surrounds you giving it a boost.

         

         

        Veniz Bio Fuel Fireplace
        Dimensions: 23.6″L x 5.1″H x 16.1″D
        Weight: 33 lbs

         

        Lastly, Tabletop Fireplaces are almost like a vase only you have flames instead of flowers. Primarily decorative in nature, tabletop fireplaces make a good accessory to table surfaces. But if you’re the kind who goes out of the box, bending the usual rules is no problem. Tabletop fireplaces can be as flexible as you want it to be in terms of where you put it.

         

        Eco-Feu Sunset Biofuel Fireplace
        Dimension: 10.83″L x 9.61″D x 6.3″H
        Weight: 11 lbs

        For best results, customize your space by adding some indoor fountain or bonsai trees to match the ambiance you’re looking to achieve.

        Having a water fountain is a statement of style and magnificence and oftentimes associated with the very upscale lifestyles. This statement can be recreated with the utilization of a tabletop fountain. Tabletop fountains offer a convenient way to dress up an otherwise boring table or desktop.  Instead of having candles and vases. a tabletop fountain brings out elegance and timeless charm in any environment at an affordable price. These tabletop fountains are easy to install and operate, runs on standard electric current and requires no plumbing. Tabletop fountains offers the same calming effect as those one would see in someone’s front yard, garden area, pool or walls. It brings hours of viewing and listening pleasure and convenient enough to match into any room of the house or at the office.

         

        Bliss Bronze Indoor Water Table Top Fountain
        Dimensions: 8.75″H x 16″W x 16″D

         

        This Bliss Indoor Table Fountain is a serene addition to any space. The gentle flowing water and rock garden will add a sense of peace and calmness right away! The Bliss fountain is two toned bronze and features a center stacked fountain. Order yours today! Kenroy’s products provide easy installation and custom designs. Their creations are designed to provide many years of satisfaction.

         

        Campania Ridge Mini Series Fountain
        Dimensions: 8.5″D x 12″H x 8.5″L

         

        This Campania fountain is very ancient looking with its mayan style. The Campania Ridge Mini Series Fountain is not only a tabletop fountain but can also be used outside. This fountain is small but is sure to provide you with all the benefits of a water fountain, and at a lower price! The Campania Ridge Mini Series Fountain is just what your living space has been missing.

         

         


        Mini Moonshadow Tabletop Water Fountain
        Dimensions: 13″H x 12.5″W x 12.5″D
        Weight: 6 lbs

        Mini Moonshadow Tabletop Water Fountain gives you the best relaxing experience like any large water feature without eating space in your home.

          

        Stone Tabletop Fountain
        Dimensions: 10″H x 10.5″W x 10.5″D

        This tranquil Stone Tabletop Fountain will make a wonderful accent to a patio table, or a placed on a shelf inside your home to create that soothing and harmonious environment. The flowing water brings a peaceful and serene touch to your landscape.  The fountain features a lovely and elegant design that will fit into any motif.

          

        Buddha on Shell Tabletop Fountain
        Dimensions: 9.6″H x 10.2″W x 10.2″D

        Complete the look of your outdoor or indoor setting with the 10″ Buddha on Shell Tabletop Fountain with Light. This Buddha on Shell Tabletop Fountain will surely add elegance and a relaxing ambiance in your home. Let the sound of water lift your mood and makes you drift off from your current worries and clear your mind. The “Sitting Buddha on Shell” features an illuminated water flow and antique finish. Made of a durable and lightweight poly-resin and includes an underwater LED light and pump.

        If you are fortunate enough to have a finished basement then it is probably used as a bar area for entertaining guests, or as a play area for children. It may even be used by children during the day and the teenagers or adults in the home at night. This means that you need furniture that is appropriate for people of all ages, and if it is durable enough to take a lot of abuse, this would be an added bonus! This is where sofa bean bag chairs come into play!

         

        Perfect for All Ages

        Versatility is one of the greatest qualities provided by bean bag sofas chairs. These are pieces of furniture that are just as perfect for a toddler or young child as they are for a teenager or adult. Bean bag furniture never goes out of style, so if you do have teenagers in the house, you don’t have to worry about them being embarrassed to bring friends over. In fact, bean bags are considered to be pretty cool, so you might find all their friends hanging at your house more often, which is perfect if you want to keep your eyes on them!

         

        Of course, you don’t need to have children in the home to buy sofa bean bag chairs. This is ideal furniture for adults and all your guests will love your furniture whether you are watching movies or just sitting around catching up with a bottle of wine.

         

        Durable

        If you had a bean bag as a child then you know they are pretty hard to destroy, especially new ones that are high quality. Traditional furniture breaks down with use. The more you use it the less comfortable it becomes. This is not a problem you will ever have with a bean bag sofa. Since the beans flow freely, one section will never get broken down with use. Some sofas may need stuffing added from time-to-time, but there are other ones that never need refilling, like the Jaxx 7.5’ Bean Bag Lounger. This is furniture that will last significantly longer than other more traditional pieces.

         

        Easy to Clean

        Quite often, people replace furniture simply because it no longer looks good. You can only spot clean a sofa so many times before you just want to throw a blanket over the whole thing. Well, you will find many sofa bean bag chairs have removable and machine-washable covers, so whether the kids spill juice, an adult spills their cocktail or the dog leaves muddy paw prints, you will be able to easily clean the mess away.

        Wall aquariums are quickly becoming the hottest pieces of art in the interior decorating world. It is not very often that a piece of art comes along that offers real natural beauty and healthy benefits all in one spectacular package, but that is exactly what you get with wall hanging aquariums.

         

        Where Should You Put One?

         

        You don’t really need a special environment to welcome a wall aquarium. It doesn’t matter what theme or color palette you have either; they look stunning in any environment. You may assume that you need an extremely large room or that they only belong in the living room, but this is not the case. As long as you pick an aquarium that is size appropriate for your space, it doesn’t matter how small the room is. In fact, there are plenty of small ones available, like the Small Bubble Wall Mounted Aquarium that adds a bit of depth to a room due the design.

         

        Wall aquariums can be placed in any room of your home where you would enjoy it the most. Of course, the living room is popular, but they are nice in the bedroom, home office or dining room as well. Do you have a baby? Why not put one in the nursery where your baby can be stimulated by the vibrant colors and movement from the swimming fish?

         

        Choosing the Right One

         

        Thanks to supply and demand, today there are plenty of wall aquariums to choose from. You can find them in circles, squares and rectangles in a variety of finishes form copper to silver to even bamboo. Therefore, finding one to complement your space will not be a problem.

         

        The first thing you should do is evaluate the room and decide which wall it is going on. Although you can get away with putting a larger aquarium on a small wall, you really don’t want to put a small aquarium on a large wall, or it will dwarf the room. You also don’t necessarily want any other art on the wall or the display can become very busy.

         

        Next, evaluate how your room is decorated. Do you have a lot of sharp edges from shelving, tables and area rugs? If so, then a round wall aquarium will create balance. Alternatively, if you have bean bag furniture, round rugs and cylindrical pillows, then a square or rectangular aquarium would look fantastic.

         

        Lastly, you should look at the colors in the room. Silver and black are safe in an array of environments, but bamboo is also versatile, and can find its place in a rustic, country cottage or even Asian-themed room.

        Fireplace inserts is an easy and attractive way to spark new life to an old fireplace and instantly transform it into a warm and entertaining centerpiece. It is the perfect combination of refined style, the latest in gas heating technology, and undeniable convenience.  With an electric or gas insert, all you have to do to start the flames is push a button and enjoy the warmth and comfort of a blazing fireplace without polluting your personal environment.

         

        Biofuel Inserts

         

         

        Electric Fireplace Inserts 

         

        Ever had those nights of tossing and turning, never able to find a comfortable position? Sleep is a crucial aspect of humanity because without it, the body cannot find peace within. So if you’re deciding to put a mattress topper, make sure it has these requirements to experience maximum satisfaction:

        1. Go for memory foam mattress topper. The dense and supportive material conform to your body shape providing you a deeper and comfortable sleep.

        2. Look for a mattress topper that has polyurethane foam and gel. This helps reduce tension on your joints and other muscle paints you’ve constantly been suffering from.

        3. Demand for hypoallergenic. This requirement can’t be emphasized enough as it is always recommended to prevent dust mites that may cause asthma and other allergies.

        Cafés are all over the world making this business niche rapidly growing and evolving. But in any business, looking after your customers’ welfare is top priority. Whether you’re serving coffee, pastry or lite bites, your café has to have that welcoming aura and what better way to do that than to pledge loyalty to laidback comfort. An Ottoman is a one of a kind and pleasurable seating furniture that allows someone to shake any tension in the body and this also has a hint of luxury to it. Any customer that would walk inside your café would be thrilled to know that the environment encourages free flowing spirits and not one soul is spared from getting the best service and accommodation that you have to offer.

        Lifestyle Bean Bag Footstool

        Bring in comfort and style with our Lifestyle Bean Bag  Footstool! Available in wide array of colors, there would be no doubt that you’ll find the one that suits your taste! Give your feet some rest with this footstool that could also double as a seat.

        Moz 44′ X 17″ Round 

        Turn an empty wall space into a piece of art. Explore new ground and bring a three-dimensional wall surface as well as a topographical design to any large space environment. Mix and match 14 and 17-inch high units to provide a recessed design and seating for people of all sizes.

         

        If you are shopping for water features for your home you may be feeling both excited and overwhelmed. Most begin the shopping process with a general idea of what they want, but that idea is soon forgotten when they discover how extensive the selection is. Since these beneficial pieces of art have become so incredibly popular, manufacturers make them in a huge array of styles.

         

        Wall – Some of the most dramatic fountains you will find for your home are in this category. Most wall-mounted varieties are of significant size. They are typically mounted about eye level and instantly become a focal point of the room. When shopping for these, you will need to determine if you prefer a horizontal or vertical one for the wall it will be displayed on. The great thing about buying these fountains for the home is that they are out of reach of curious fingers and paws.

           

          Floor – These are pieces that truly have the ability to take your breath away. As the name suggests, they sit on the floor. Some are back-mounted, so they can rest flat against a wall. Others are center-mounted and ideal to use to create interest in a vacant space in a larger room. Center-mounted varieties look fantastic from any angle.

             

            Tabletop – Every room in your home can easily welcome a tabletop fountain. They can perch on your end table, coffee table, dining room table, dresser, desk, counter, etc. These fountains are small enough to conveniently be placed just about anywhere, but large enough to get noticed. Some prefer to use them as floor fountains in small spaces. They look lovely on the floor, surrounded by potted plants.

               

              Outdoor – If you are shopping for fountains for outside your home then you have even more decisions to make. You will find them in a huge selection of sizes, styles, and themes, including wall, floor, tabletop, garden, tiered, water fall, Asian, angels, animals, urns, people, corner, and more.

               

              Material Selection

               As if choosing a style and size is not hard enough, you need to consider the material too. Slate and marble are both popular picks. These two natural materials boast unique patterns, so no two fountains are ever identical. However, the depth of the slate is a little more subtle, luring you in for a closer look while the pattern on marble pieces is more in your face.

               

              Glass is always a popular pick because it complements nearly any indoor and outdoor space. Like glass, mirror is quite safe in terms of matching, and it has the unparalleled ability to make a room appear larger due to its reflective nature.

               

              If you are shopping for outdoor pieces, you will also notice that cast stone is an incredibly popular material. It is durable, easy to work with, and the finished product can be given a number of finishes. It can be made to look like nearly any material from rock to bamboo.

              Create a high-end modern feel with Modern Floor Fireplaces. Nothing can transform a room like a modern floor fireplace can. Place it against a wall or in corner and enjoy instant heat and watch it create a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Whatever your personal need, style and budget is, you are sure to find a safe, environmentally-friendly modern floor fireplace that suits you here  at Soothing Company.

              This Buschbeck Boston Bio Fuel Fireplace combines the technology of Bio Fuel with stunning design. This fireplace will not only add warmth to your home it will add a touch of style.

              Convenience and ease of assembly are just two of the reasons why the Kanto Portable Indoor/Outdoor Gel Fuel Fireplace is perfect for your home. The simple, Asian-inspired style of this portable fireplace works well in transitional and contemporary homes. It’s great for the living room and bedroom, and even adds a warm, romantic touch to the dining room or home office. Move it to your patio to enjoy the warmth and beauty outdoors too!

              The Magnus Bio Ethanol Freestanding Fireplace is ideal for residences or commercial premises where space is at a premium. It’s long, stainless steel firebox enhances the flame. The Magnus is one of the largest Ventless fireplaces made. There is no need for additional ventilation, chimney or flue because the fuel does not smoke or soot. Use this fireplace in any home, office or commercial space. The Magnus Bio Ethanol Freestanding Fireplace is sure to impress your guests!

              Anywhere Fireplace Broadway Floor Standing Fireplace will be a sight to behold in whatever room you display it. The neutral beige finish and tempered glass panels work with the linear burner to create a hypnotic experience. The gracefully curved body of the fireplace will add a distinctive focal point to any room in which you choose to place it and will work with any decor.

              Sheer modern elegance wrapped up in a unique and portable Holly and Martin™ Hudson Portable Indoor or Outdoor Gel Fireplace. Floating glass panels are held in place by a brushed nickel base that houses up to 3 cans of FireGlo gel fuel that output up to 3000 BTU each. The glass panels provide an unobstructed view of the magnificent flame while adding a modern loft appearance. The gel fuel can be replaced with decorative pillar candles when you don’t want so much heat by using the included snuffer cover. All of your guests are sure to compliment you on such an eye catching piece.

              Enliven any space with this portable Holly and Martin™ Walton Portable Indoor/Outdoor Gel Fireplace. This unique design sits conveniently on a patio, floor, or table for instant relaxation. Finished with a painted black finish with copper edges, this fireplace will hold up to 2 cans of gel fuel providing a rich fiery glow perfect for relaxation. Each can lasts up to 3 hours on a single burn and puts off up to 6,000 BTU’s. Gel fuel must be purchased separately. This portable fireplace also makes a convenient and unique space for burning and displaying candles simply by placing the included snuffer cover on top of the gel fuel can openings.

              The Bio Flame Sek XL Bio-Ethanol Fireplace is built with stainless steel construction with brushed stainless steel internal frame and 8 mm tempered glass. Feel the refreshing warmth from the produced flames of this excellent fireplace. Rest assured that this fireplace is built with excellent quality materials to stand for long.

              The Vitrum H Bio Ethanol Freestanding Fireplace is sturdily constructed from weather-resistant materials including stainless steel and toughened glass. This fireplace lets the flame stand out, the glass walls on either side of the flame provide a safe barrier as well as a designer’s touch. The see-through, reflective glass panels enhance the captivating flame and  adds ambiance and warmth to your living area.

              Bring more elegance to your home with the Bio Flame Static Bio-Ethanol Fireplace. An ultra-modern design with clear lines and simple colors to easily match with the existing settings.

              The Vitrum L Bio Ethanol Freestanding Fireplace is constructed from weather-resistant materials, is fully portable and designed to make a dramatic statement in any setting. The two clear glass walls hold the black power coated L shaped frame giving you the appearance that it is just floating. A stainless steel bench is suspended between the glass surround, and this unique form allows the flame to dance in many directions off the reflective glass panels, generating ambiance and warmth and ensuring a stunning centerpiece. Add this beautiful fireplace to your home today!

              Foam Sleepers are a unique and sophisticated bean bag chairs that provide premium comfort and relaxing pleasure.  Multi-functional and stylish,  it can be used as a striking coffee table or an ottoman.  A foam sleeper is perfect for small space living, just flip it out and it becomes a full body lounger or even an emergency bed for unexpected overnight guest. It folds away neatly, making it easy to store and transport.  Made of  high density urethane foam and comes with a premium microfiber exterior cover that can be zipped off, a foam sleeper is ultra comfortable and easy to wash.  Casual, fun and convenient, a foam sleeper can transform any space into a relaxing place to hang out.

              A heartwarming tradition of hanging Christmas stockings over a fireplace started near the end of the 19th century. While there is no written records of the origin of this custom, there are popular legends that explains this tradition and the story below is a very good example.

              Once, there was a kindly nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the nobleman and his three daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions the family had to move into a peasant’s cottage, where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing and cleaning.

              When it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband’s family.

              One night after the daughters had washed out their clothing they hung their Christmas stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman’s house. Looking in the window Saint Nicholas saw that the family had gone to bed. He also noticed the daughters stockings. Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them one by one down the chimney and they landed in the stockings. 

              The next morning when the daughters awoke they found their stockings contained enough gold for them to get married. The nobleman was able to see his three daughters marry and he lived a long and happy life.

              If you would like to begin the tradition of hanging a Christmas socking over a fireplace but don’t have one,  you don’t need to have a contractor tear up your living room to install one. Modern fireplaces can be literally installed in about an hour and it can be done by you, saving you money on labor cost. Or if you have an existing fireplace  but want to go green, using a fireplace insert is the perfect option. Ventless fireplace emits  no soot, it’s real fire without the wood.

              Have you noticed lately that wall aquariums are being seen in more and more professional environments? From medical and dental practices to casinos to offices of lawyers and accountants, these contained aquatic environments are more popular than ever before. There is a very good reason for all this; aquariums are relaxing. It is nearly impossible to feel stressed or anxious when you are watching fish gracefully playing around plants and ornaments. If they are deemed so beneficial in professional environments, just image the positive effect one will have in your home.

               

              Save space with a Small Concave Wall Mount Fish Tank.  This easily managed, piece of living art is perfect for any living space that needs a little uniqueness.  Only 4.5″ deep from the wall to face of the frame. Hidden compartment for electrical outlet. These Wall Aquariums come with filters, light, item grabber, scrubber, fish net, siphon hose, Australian reef background, mounting kit, easy instructions, removable glass lid and our outstanding customer service.

               

              Introducing the wide, flat screen television version of an aquarium.  This modern, low maintenance, self-sustaining aquarium is perfect for fresh water tropical fish.  For an exquisite wall aquarium, you cannot get any better than the new Aquavista Panoramic 20 Gallon Wall Aquarium.

               

              This small wall aquarium will bring your room to life!  Add one or a few for an innovative design!  This low maintenance aquarium comes with everything you need to get your tank started.  The  Small Porthole Wall Aquarium gives you the illusion you are looking directly out into the ocean!

              Do you ever wonder why everyone you know wants to gather at your friend’s house down the road when the weather is nice? You live right around the corner, so why doesn’t anyone want to kick back with a glass of lemonade on your patio? Well, maybe your outdoor living space is not warm and inviting. Even if you have nice patio furniture, this does not necessarily mean that folks are comfortable just hanging out there all day. If you want your home to become the hotspot, there are a few things you should add the space to make your guests feel right at home. Keep in mind that you do not have to do any entertaining to enjoy these pieces. Even if you are the only person who sees them, you will certainly appreciate each and every one.

               

              Water Fountains – Nothing turns an outdoor space into an inviting oasis quite like outdoor water fountains. As if the visual beauty is not enough. The sound the cascading water makes has a calming effect and will drown out neighborhood noise. We have an extensive selection of outdoor water features here at the Soothing Company. You do not have to limit the selection to one either. Put them on your deck, in your garden, around the house, and anywhere else you like.

               

              Outdoor Fireplaces – You absolutely need to have some type of fire element to create ambiance and provide warmth. Fire pits, fire bowls, chimineas, and tabletop fireplaces are all fantastic choices. However, if you want something all your guests will be talking about, consider a fireplace table. Our Real Flame Mezzo Round Propane Fire Table is perfect for those with a contemporary outdoor living space.

               

              Solar Lights – If you still stumble over that uneven sidewalk even though you know it is there you can expect your guests to do so, as well. Solar lights are easy to install, require no electricity, and will make the environment around your home safer.

               

              Outdoor Rugs – If you are forced to keep your shoes on so you do not burn your toes on the hot deck or get a splinter then you will definitely need to look at our selection of outdoor rugs.

              Many people assume that an earthy environment has to be decorated with earth tones. This is absolutely not true. Although you can choose earth tones for your color palette, you don’t have to. You can bring an organic feel to your space by adding the right décor pieces. This will add texture and make the room appear much more interesting and pulled together.

               

              Slate Wall Fountains – Folks these days cannot get enough of this gorgeous material. Most people associate it with expensive kitchen counters, but the easiest way to complement your space with this natural material is with slate wall fountains. They are available in a variety of sizes and trim options and the cascading water creates a soothing environment. Slate wall fountains are about the closest you will get to have a real waterfall in your home.

                 

                Canvas Art – Whether you buy a canvas with one giant mushroom or dragonfly painted on it or if you choose a landscape print, there is endless wall art to choose from that offers a natural element.

                   

                  Bamboo – This is also a very easy material to incorporate into any room because it is so widely used by manufacturers of home décor today. Just a few of the many items available include painted beaded curtains, coasters, wind chimes, vases, shelving, cutting boards, serving trays, decorative bowls, and floor mats.

                     

                    Tree Stump Furniture – Although pretty pricy, if you really want to become one with Mother Nature simply bring the outdoors inside. Tree stumps are being used to create tables, beds, and other items. They are left in their most natural state possible and have a dramatic effect on the room they occupy.

                       

                      Wreath – It does not have to be the holidays to hang a wreath. In fact, if you are crafty, you can create different ones based on the season. You do not even have to stick with evergreens. Straw wreaths can be purchased cheap from the craft store and decorated as you wish.

                         

                        Sculptures and Knickknacks – This is where you can really find a huge selection of earthy items. Think outside the box. A statue of an elephant or a copper dragonfly ornament may not seem like they would be considered earthy, but they are animals of the earth after all. Also, wood carved into anything is still wood, and therefore perfect for a natural environment.

                           

                          Plants – Obviously,  the most popular way to welcome the outdoors is with the addition of plants. If you really want to maximize this effect, choose bonsai trees. Nothing can compete with a miniature tree, when it comes to creating a natural environment. Just make sure you are prepared and committed to caring for your trees.

                             

                            If you are finally opening the small café you have been dreaming of, you are probably overwhelmed with excitement. No one can make a cappuccino like you, and now you get to make a name for yourself. Of course most cafes are quite small, especially those with prime downtown real estate. This means you need to make the most of every inch of space you have. These tips will help.

                             

                            Determine Your Preparation Needs

                            Do not cut your workspace short just to squeeze in one more table. A little extra counter space and room to move around while you prepare orders is important. If you try to work in a space that is too small and have to stop to wash containers after every customer just so you have room to prepare your next masterpiece you will end up slowing yourself down.

                               

                              Create a Thoughtful Seating Arrangement

                              You may have your heart set on rows of quaint café tables, but will this vision allow to welcome as many guests as possible? Keep in mind that many people frequent cafes alone, and therefore many of your tables would be filled with single patrons. Create a bar area and get to know your regulars so the single customers will automatically sit at the bar area to chat with you, thereby leaving the other tables empty for larger parties. Adding benches along an entire wall with a series of short tables and chairs on the opposite side of the table will make the most of your space. Singles or groups of customers can get comfortable in there. Then, add a few of those charming tables in the rest of the space.

                                 

                                Logo Fountains

                                It is not too early to start thinking about marketing tactics. Not only are you competing with current cafes in the area; you may also be competing with future ones that move into the area. Logo fountains are gorgeous art pieces that give you the unique capability of permanently etching your business name in the brain of every person who looks at them. Mount one on a main wall that customers will see the minute they arrive, or mount it somewhere near where they stand in line to place their order or pay.

                                   

                                  Keep it Simple

                                  Many people visit a café to clear their head and escape their busy day. Some will bring their laptop with them to work while they enjoy their latte; others will bring their electronic reader to squeeze in a few chapters. You do not have to go over the top with décor. In fact, too much of a good thing can make the space appear busy or distracting. Keep your art to a minimum and provide good lighting. You may also want to consider adding a few ventless fireplaces to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

                                   

                                  Design Solutions for a Small Wall

                                  Do you have one awkward wall in your living room that you do not know what to do with? Maybe it’s not wide enough to place a side table or bench against or perhaps it extends forward so putting a chair there would place it too close to the room’s center. Whatever the case is, just leaving it blank is not helping either. Below are design solutions that will allow you to turn that eyesore into a focal point.

                                   

                                  Gel Wall Fireplaces – Gel wall fireplaces can turn a sad wall into one that is simply fabulous. Silver and copper are very popular finishes right now. Gel fuel does not produce smoke or fill the air with dangerous toxins, so you do not even need a chimney. Plus, gel is surprisingly affordable and completely maintenance free. You add a can of fuel, ignite and enjoy. Simply extinguish the fire when you are done with it, or allow it to burn out naturally.

                                     

                                    Wall Water Features – Some are under the impression that all wall fountains are huge, but this is not true. There are vertical and fairly compact water features available that would mount on a narrow wall beautifully.

                                       

                                      Decals – When all else fails stick a precut decal of something there. There is a large variety available, so finding one to complement your space will not be difficult. Depending on your personal style you could add anything from a tree to a colorful sugar skull to an inspiring quote.

                                         

                                        Shelves – If you have knickknacks, collectibles, or family photos you have run out of room to display, or if you would love to buy a few new things, if you can find a place to put them, then mounting a series of shelves on the wall would be ideal.

                                           

                                          Tall Plant – If you have been meaning to add more living art to your space then maybe this is the perfect wall for a tall plant. Don’t have a green thumb? You could always place a large decorative empty planter on the floor under where your gel fireplace is mounted. A planter does not actually need to be filled to look fabulous.

                                             

                                            Grandfather Clock – As long as your home offers the right environment for a grandfather clock this could be a welcomed element. This would look best in a classic, rustic, or country cottage space.

                                               

                                              Must Have Dorm Room Essentials

                                              One of the most exciting things about staying on campus is decorating your dorm room. However, many people stress about this process because they just don’t know where to begin. Not only do you not want to forget anything important, you have to make your decisions thoughtfully because space is limited. This list of essentials will get you started.

                                              Bean Bag Lounger – You may think you don’t need anything to sit on because you have a bed and desk, but you do. Desks can be used for more important purposes, such as storing cosmetics, hair products, snacks, paper plates, etc. If you sit on your bed long hours to study and do homework your back will ache. A bean bag lounger can be squished in a corner and is comfortable enough to sit in for hours. Plus, you will need seating for friends anyway.
                                              Lap Desk – Since your actual desk is holding essentials, you will need a lap desk. You can pick these up anywhere for under $10. They have a cushion on one side and a flat desk surface on the other.
                                                Heating Source – Dorms never seem to be warm enough. However, most don’t allow large space heaters. There are small ceramic heaters that use under 400 watts of energy that will warm you up, especially if you’re sitting right in front of it. A heating blanket is essential to have, too.
                                                  Hamper – Fabric hampers or bags are ideal. When one gets full, it is easy to toss over your shoulder like Santa Claus and hit the laundry room.
                                                    Storage boxes – These will become your best friends. Fill them with clothes, school supplies, personal hygiene products, food, jewelry, etc., and stack them as tall as you. It is a good idea to label them, so you know which box to grab when you need something.
                                                      Hand Vac – You don’t need a full-size vacuum. A hand vacuum will be adequate for a small room. If your dorm is close to home, you can skip this item and just borrow one, as needed.
                                                      Command Hooks – Command makes hooks in every size and style imaginable, and they don’t ruin the walls. These can hold jackets, hoodies, keys, and cloth bags filled with plastic ware, hair accessories, scarves, and mittens.
                                                      Bed Risers – You can pick up dorm room bed risers at places like University Housewares and Target. They raise your bed over 5 inches so you can make the most of that storage space underneath.

                                                      Must Haves for a Guest Bedroom

                                                      For years, you have been saying that you were going to create a guestroom out of that extra bedroom that is just sitting there empty. Every time guests come in from out of town, or one of the kids has a few extra friends over you have to drag out the air mattress. Of course, the kids don’t mind, but it sure would be nice to have an actual guestroom for the adults, wouldn’t it? Here are a few essentials to keep in mind when decorating and furnishing the space.

                                                      Thoughtful Color Palette

                                                      You don’t have to stick with a neutral color palette, but you should choose colors and patterns that appeal to males and females. You may love the idea of lilac walls and floral fabrics, but when your significant other’s brother has to stay with you while having his home exterminated he may be cringing at his surroundings. Alternately, black walls and a bright lime green comforter may be just a little too modern for your grandma when she visits.

                                                      Daybeds

                                                      If your guestroom is like most it is probably the smallest room in the house. So, a larger bed is out of the question, especially if you want to fit anything else in there. Daybeds are perfect for guestrooms. If you have more than one guest at a time, you can always pull out the dependable air mattress. Bean bag sofas can make a nice bed, too.

                                                       

                                                      Dresser

                                                      You definitely do not need a full-size dresser, unless you want to use a couple drawers for extra t-shirts, sweatshirts, or other articles of clothing you want your guests to feel welcome to use. Unless they are staying with you for a long time, they probably don’t need much more than two drawers.

                                                       

                                                      Nightstand with Books

                                                      Even when you are exhausted it can be difficult to fall asleep in a strange house. The furnace makes a strange noise, and you can hear their dog’s nails on the hardwood floors as he makes his rounds every 30 minutes. Place a small nightstand with a lamp next to the bed, and consider stocking it with a few great books or magazines. So, if your guests can’t sleep they can read.

                                                      Mirror

                                                      Must Haves for a Guest Bedroom

                                                      For years, you have been saying that you were going to create a guestroom out of that extra bedroom that is just sitting there empty. Every time guests come in from out of town, or one of the kids has a few extra friends over you have to drag out the air mattress. Of course, the kids don’t mind, but it sure would be nice to have an actual guestroom for the adults, wouldn’t it? Here are a few essentials to keep in mind when decorating and furnishing the space.

                                                      Thoughtful Color Palette

                                                      You don’t have to stick with a neutral color palette, but you should choose colors and patterns that appeal to males and females. You may love the idea of lilac walls and floral fabrics, but when your significant other’s brother has to stay with you while having his home exterminated he may be cringing at his surroundings. Alternately, black walls and a bright lime green comforter may be just a little too modern for your grandma when she visits.

                                                      Daybeds

                                                      If your guestroom is like most it is probably the smallest room in the house. So, a larger bed is out of the question, especially if you want to fit anything else in there. Daybeds are perfect for guestrooms. If you have more than one guest at a time, you can always pull out the dependable air mattress. Bean bag sofas can make a nice bed, too.

                                                       

                                                      Dresser

                                                      You definitely do not need a full-size dresser, unless you want to use a couple drawers for extra t-shirts, sweatshirts, or other articles of clothing you want your guests to feel welcome to use. Unless they are staying with you for a long time, they probably don’t need much more than two drawers.

                                                       

                                                      Nightstand with Books

                                                      Even when you are exhausted it can be difficult to fall asleep in a strange house. The furnace makes a strange noise, and you can hear their dog’s nails on the hardwood floors as he makes his rounds every 30 minutes. Place a small nightstand with a lamp next to the bed, and consider stocking it with a few great books or magazines. So, if your guests can’t sleep they can read.

                                                      Mirror

                                                      A lot of people don’t think to put a mirror in a guestroom, but this is definitely an important element. Your guests would probably like to take a quick glance in the mirror before joining everyone at the kitchen table for breakfast.

                                                      4 Ways to Create a Cozier Auto Repair Waiting Room

                                                      You will have a hard time finding even one person to say they actually enjoy sitting in a waiting room while their car is being repaired. First, it is an inconvenience. Second, the waiting area at most repair shops is small and dreadful. Third, you have to sit there thinking about how much money you are spending by the minute. If you own and manage a repair shop, you may be interested to know that a waiting room is a huge determining factor for many people when trying to decide where to go.

                                                       

                                                      Competition is stiff in this market. So, it is in your best interest to create a waiting room that gives you an edge over your competition. These tips will help.

                                                         

                                                        1. Electric Fireplace – Why is it that waiting rooms in auto repair shops are always so cold? It’s bad enough that you have to sit there and wait, but to not be able to take off your coat makes it worse. Fair enough, the doors do open and close a lot, so it is probably hard to keep the area cozy. An electric fireplace will help. Customers will love feeling the warmth radiating from it, and you will appreciate that it only costs pennies to operate. You may want to consider an electric fireplace that allows you to turn the heat off, but still create an inviting ambiance with the dancing flame in the summer.

                                                           

                                                          2. Beverage Station – A simple beverage station will go a long way in keeping customers happy. Set up a table with a coffee maker, cups, sweetener, and nondairy creamer. Make sure you can make hot water and have some tea bags for the tea drinkers. Whoever is working the desk simply needs to keep an eye on the pot to keep it full.

                                                           

                                                          3. Magazine Selection – Why are 90 percent of the magazines about cars? Few of your customers really care to learn about engines and new advances in airbags. Have a nice assortment of magazines. Maybe your mechanics can bring in the magazines of their wives, girlfriends, and sisters when they are done with them every month.

                                                             

                                                            4. Water Fountain – The last thing your customers expect to see in your waiting room is a water fountain, which is why it is such a spectacular idea. It makes a strong and lasting first impression and creates a more tranquil environment. Mount one on the wall, so it is out-of-the-way. You may even want to get a logo added.

                                                               

                                                              5 Essentials for a Safer Home

                                                              Many people don’t realize just how unsafe their home is until they face an unfortunate event. Some assume if they don’t have infants or toddlers in the home that they don’t really have to put a large focus on safety, and others hear of tragedy and think it will never happen to them. Whatever your case is, if you are ready to finally take steps to create a safer living space, these essentials should be on your shopping list.

                                                              1.Gun Safes – Whether you have one handgun or a large collection of shotguns, gun safes are necessities. Obviously, if you have children in the home it is imperative that you have one. However, it only takes a split second for it to fall into the hands of a niece, nephew, a friend’s child, or an intoxicated guest who suddenly thinks a loaded gun is a toy. Not to mention, a large percentage of guns used in violent crime are stolen property. Your gun could be missing for a week before you realize it’s not in your hiding place. Gun safes save lives; plain and simple.

                                                              2. Fire Extinguisher – You can pick up a fire extinguisher fairly cheap at Home Depot, Staples, or a number of other places. Even an aerosol can fire extinguisher can mean the difference between a small grease fire ruining dinner or burning your home down. Some even boast a biodegradable formula. Put at least one on every floor of your home.
                                                              3.Carbon Monoxide Detector – The vast majority of homes have smoke alarms so it is hard to understand why so few homes have carbon monoxide detectors. After all, if there is a fire there is a good chance you will see or smell the smoke and flames. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer that gives no warning signs.
                                                              4. Carbon Monoxide Detector – The vast majority of homes have smoke alarms so it is hard to understand why so few homes have carbon monoxide detectors. After all, if there is a fire there is a good chance you will see or smell the smoke and flames. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer that gives no warning signs.

                                                                5. Emergency Kit – Having an emergency kit is vital, no matter where you live. As Mother Nature has proved time and time again, she is completely unpredictable and can unleash her fury anywhere. You probably know you need water, nonperishables, waterproof matches, candles, and other basics, but there are a ton of things you can include in your kit. Commit to buying one thing every other week, or so. A few ideas include manual can opener, pet supplies, bleach, whistle, hand-crank radio, emergency blanket, and personal hygiene and sanitation items.

                                                                Ultimate “Wow” Factors for Your Living Room

                                                                The nicer your home is the more people expect from your decorating. If you have gorgeous furniture and décor you probably rarely receive any compliments because people expect nothing less than perfect from you. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a surprised or impressed look on the face of your guests just once? If you want to take your décor to the next level, these elements should help.

                                                                 

                                                                Table Aquariums – If you just picture a small aquarium sitting on a table when you read that title, you are not alone. This is what commonly comes to mind, but table aquariums are actually aquariums in table form. Few people know they exist and even fewer have seen one firsthand. So, when guests enter your living room and see one of these statement pieces they may think they are seeing things at first. Expect them to immediately get right up close to see if they are really witnessing live fish swimming around in a beautiful table. Table aquariums come in a variety of styles, and truly offer a magical display.

                                                                   

                                                                  Water Walls – There is something about walking into a room with a 10-foot tall wall of water that has the ability to take your breath away. Whether you choose slate, glass, or mirror, these magnificent pieces have a fabulous impact on a room, in more ways than you can imagine. Not only are water walls beautiful to look at; they create a calming environment.

                                                                     

                                                                    Mural – If you have the time to welcome an artist into your home for however many hours, days, or weeks it takes to paint a full wall mural in your living room, it will definitely be the topic of conversation with guests.

                                                                       

                                                                      Metal Art – Metal is really popular right now in interior decorating. However, if you are going to use metal as art it needs to be a real in-your-face kind of piece to create the focal point you are after. A wall clock that literally takes up an entire wall or a collection of medieval swords and weapons will certainly grab the attention of all your guests.

                                                                         

                                                                        Ventless Fireplaces – Again, if people expect your décor to be magnificent then a fireplace that would make a bold statement in a different home may not get a second glance in your home. You are going to need an extra-large wall one or a shockingly large freestanding one to get the reaction you are after.

                                                                           

                                                                          6 Essentials for Working at Home

                                                                          Years ago, you rarely heard about people working from home. Today, folks from all walks of life are saying goodbye to punching a time clock to work from home instead. There are a lot of obvious benefits; however, you have to treat it like an actual job to be successful. This starts with the working environment and having the right supplies. Whether you are struggling to be productive or just starting with your work at home adventure, this list of essentials will help you reach your full potential.

                                                                          • Desk – It is really important to have a desk. A lot of freelancers think they don’t need one because they can just work at the kitchen table or living room coffee table. This is fine, but you will still need a place to keep supplies and important documents. Even a basic desk is better than nothing.
                                                                          • Office Chair – If you do plan on sitting at a desk to work, you will need a quality, comfortable office chair. Quite honestly, a lot more thought needs to go into selecting a chair because your productivity will be dictated by your comfort. Choose an office chair that won’t leave you achy within an hour, and you will be more productive with your valuable work time.
                                                                          • Filing System – If your desk has large drawers, you can use one for folders. Otherwise you can buy a filing cabinet or simply create a system in Rubbermaid bins. If you are on a tight budget, pick up empty boxes from your closest office supply store and create a filing system in them. You can always paint the boxes or cover them in wall paper or fabric for a personal touch.
                                                                          • Multi-function Printer – Rather than buy a separate printer, copier, and scanner, purchase a multifunction printer that will handle the workload of three electronics and computer. This is probably stating the obvious, buy you are going to need a computer and up to date software and antivirus.
                                                                          • Surge Protector – You might think it needs to be storming out to have a need for a surge protector, but it doesn’t. With time, an unprotected system sustains countless small surges that reduce its lifespan.
                                                                          • Lamp – A simple desk light is important to have. Overhead lighting is okay, but if you are looking at small print, you will want a lamp a little closer to what you’re reading. Natural light is great, too, but there may be times it is too bright. Plus, it can make the room hot. So, you will want to draw the shades and rely on your lamp. You could consider an eco-friendly solar lantern, as well.

                                                                          Elements for Rooms with an Asian Theme

                                                                          Depending on if you are trying to create a simplistic, meditation space or a dramatic geisha-inspired bedroom, there are endless décor pieces available to make it easy to realize your vision. It is a good idea to decide what type of Asian theme and color palette you are after before shopping for your décor pieces. However, there are some items on this list that look fantastic in any Asian environment.

                                                                          • Bonsai Trees – Regardless what your Asian-themed room looks like bonsai trees will complement it beautifully. These miniature trees are rewarding to care for and allow you to add living art to your space. Some are under the impression that this is actually a plant species, but it’s not. Bonsai trees can be nearly any type of tree grown in a shallow dish from a seedling, and manipulated to stay small.
                                                                          • Umbrellas and Fans – Parasols, umbrellas, and wall fans are available in more colors, prints, and sizes than you can imagine. It is common to find them displaying dragons, bamboo plants, cherry blossoms, and landscape scenes.
                                                                          • Statues – You may want to add Buddhist or Hindu statues to your room for an authentic Asian look. If you prefer to not include religious items then display resin statues of other Asian symbols are ideal, such as foo dogs, Kwan Kun, dragons, and Chinese warlords.
                                                                          • Shoji Screen – You do not actually need to divide a room to make use of a shoji screen. Many people put them in the corner behind a large vase, plants, chair, etc.
                                                                          • Tatami Mat – More than 500 years ago, tatami mats were used exclusively by nobility. This mat can be used for decoration or you can actually put it to use by enjoying your tea or meditating on it.
                                                                          • Boxes and Trunks – For a realistic Asian room, buy an Oriental box or trunk with wood carvings and Chinese lacquerware.
                                                                          • Lighting – The right ceiling and table lamps can be the finishing touch your room needs. They often feature Chinese characters, dragons, sakura blossoms, bamboo stalks, and other iconic symbols. Silk lanterns and hanging lanterns should be considered, as well.
                                                                          • Martial Arts Décor – Samurai swords, katanas, and Asian wall stickers are perfect to use for bringing that blank wall to life.
                                                                          • Silk and Scroll Paintings – Asian-themed, hand-painted silk and scroll paintings are a must. For a classic look choose a silk painting representing 10th century China. Scrolls are available in a variety of styles, with Oriental landscaping, Chinese calligraphy, dragons, maidens, bamboo, koi fish,tigers, and much more.

                                                                          “Wow” Your Clients with These Décor Pieces

                                                                          Whether you are a lawyer, accountant, or simply a small business owner who actually uses their office to conduct meetings it might be time to give that professional space a more inviting look. People expect to walk into an office and see a desk, chair, filing cabinet, and electronics. Rarely is something exciting to focus on. An office does not have to be boring. It really shouldn’t be! After all, you probably spend the majority of your life there. If anyone deserves the atmosphere to be a little more exciting it is you. Below are a few things that will create that “wow” factor you are looking for.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Wall-mounted Aquariums – You can expect a lot of your clients to practically put their nose to the glass just to see if the fish are real. Wall-mounted aquariums are fantastic conversation starters and they give the clients something to look at while you are typing or taking that urgent phone call you couldn’t avoid. Fish are very soothing and they instantly make people feel comfortable, which can be beneficial in meetings.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Fireplace – You are probably thinking there is no way you can have a fireplace in an office. Even if you own the building and don’t pay rent, are you really supposed to remodel just to add a chimney? Where are you going to keep a wood pile? Well, you do not need to have a chimney or real wood to have a fire. You could add a gel or bio ethanol fireplace to your office without any remodeling needed at all. These functional pieces of art burn clean fuel that is smoke-free, odor-free, and maintenance-free. Clients will feel like they are visiting an old friend when they are greeted by a dancing flame.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Bean Bag Chairs – Is it absolutely necessary that you have standard office chairs on the other side of your desk? Wait until you see the look on the face of your clients when they melt into a bean bag chair. Suddenly, they will not be in such a hurry to get the meeting over with. Make sure you have an extra chair that you can relax on, too, as long as you do not have to be glued to the computer.

                                                                           

                                                                          • World Clock – People are traditionally intrigued by world clocks because they are not seen very often. Most people program the various locations according to the countries where they have friends or loved ones. You might have an aunt in Australia, so you have one clock set to Aussie time, only to find out your client has a friend there. Suddenly you are chatting like old friends rather than formal business acquaintances.

                                                                          7 Showiest Plants for the Home

                                                                          Unlike manmade art, you can never have too many plants in a home. If you fill tables and shelves with trinkets, the space looks cluttered, but if you fill them with plants the space comes alive. There is no replacement for living art in the home. The only problem is if you go to a nursery to buy young plants, you may be disappointed by their appearance at maturity, if you’re not familiar with them. For example, if you want a lot of whimsical greenery, you probably will not love that rubber tree when it gets big, despite the fact that it is a great air purifier. If your mission is to decorate with plants sure to attract a lot of attention, consider a few on this list.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. Bonsai Trees – you may have already guessed that bonsai trees would be right at the top of the list. After all, they are often referred to as artistic masterpieces. You do have to be committed to caring for bonsai trees, but you are also rewarded with a display you had a hand in creating.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. Venus Flytrap – If you are looking for an entertaining conversation starter, you can’t go wrong with the Venus flytrap. Not only does it look like it came out of some bizarre horror flick; it is a carnivorous species that will feed on spiders and bugs.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. Fire Pencil Cactus – Also known as firesticks, this cactus really creates a dramatic display. It is an African native plant and demands full sun, but grows really fast.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. Lucky Bamboo – Although quite simple in design, bamboo is a stunning plant that looks great in any environment. Plus, it is easy to grow as long as you don’t put it in direct sunlight.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. String of Pearls – Put one of these plants in a hanging basket to suspend from a ceiling hook, and it will complement even the most elegant space. Long strings of “pearls” hang over the sides of the basket.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. Air Plants – The cool thing about air plants is they can be added virtually anywhere you need a unique piece of décor. However, they create the showiest display in clear terrarium-like environment. They don’t need planters or soil, so you can even create a living wreath out of them.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. Donkey’s Tail Plant – These succulents are charming when young, but it is the mature plants that really attract a lot of attention. They can grow branches up to 2 feet long, covered in dozens of droplet-shaped plump leaves. They also bloom in the summer with white, red, or yellow blossoms.

                                                                          Essentials for a New Dog Parent

                                                                          If you are getting ready to adopt your first dog, then you probably already know the basic items you need. You likely have a shopping list prepared that includes food, bowls, toys, etc., but you may be wondering what else you should buy. Well, although you only need the essentials, there are a few things on this list that you will be very glad you have. Do not feel as though you have to buy them all right away though. You can buy something new here-and-there, as your budget allows.

                                                                          Pet Rear Seat Protector

                                                                          If you are only going to buy one thing on this list to start, make it a pet rear seat protector. The first time you have muddy paw prints on your seat after a day at the park you will wish you had one of these. The ideal pet rear seat protector also creates a barricade between the front and rear seat, so your four-legged friend does not have the urge to jump back and forth between the opening of your front bucket seats.

                                                                          Grooming Brush

                                                                          Do not buy a grooming brush based on what looks cool or what is on sale. The reason why there are so many different types of brushes is because they are designed for specific types of coats. Short-haired dogs need a bristle brush, while medium and long curly coats demand a wire one. Dogs with an undercoat like Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies are easiest groomed with a rake-type brush.

                                                                          Puzzle Toys

                                                                          It is great to buy balls, stuffed animals, and other toys found in most pet stores, but do yourself a favor and order a couple puzzle toys, too. You can buy the Kong Genius in stores, which is an essential, but there are plenty of other options that most pet owners are not even aware of. The idea is that they hide small training treats and your dog has to work to get them out, which will keep them busy for a long time. A few recommended options include The Dog Casino, Buster Food Cube, Tug-A-Jug, Paw Flapper, and Orka Jack.

                                                                          Furniture Protectors

                                                                          Just as you are protecting your car with a rear seat protector, you should also buy covers for your furniture, especially for spring when the ground is wet. This way, when guests stop over you simply have to remove the covers, and you have clean furniture for them to sit on.

                                                                          5 Essentials for Your Child’s Room

                                                                          Aside from probably struggling to choose a theme, furnishing your nursery was likely relatively easy. You already knew you needed a crib, changing table, dresser, etc., and no one was going to complain over your choices anyway. Furnishing a child’s room is not quite as easy. They often already know what theme or colors they want and some even have their heart set on bunk beds, a canopy bed, or even a bed shaped like a racecar. However, beyond that you might be feeling a little confused. What other pieces of furniture should be added that you won’t have to turn around and replace in another year?

                                                                          Kiddie Bean Bag Chairs

                                                                          If you buy only one thing on this list, let it be kid bean bag chairs. Kids love these balls of beans because they are comfortable and just the right size. You will love that some have machine-washable covers and they last pretty much forever. When your child finally does grow out of their chair, it can be used as a foot stool or a pet bed, but if you buy a small to medium-sized one, they could ultimately end up taking it with them to their dorm room in college.

                                                                          Desk

                                                                          Children should have their own workspace where they can do homework, other than the kitchen table, of course. When they are old enough to have a laptop, they will already have a desk for it. Plus, this way they can keep their supplies out, and it can even double as a craft station.

                                                                          Picnic Table

                                                                          If the room is large enough for a play area, a small plastic picnic table will be perfect for tea parties, playing games with friends, etc. A regular table and chairs is fine but then you have to worry about chairs tipping over. Plus, they can look sloppy when they are all scattered around. A kid-sized picnic table is the solution.

                                                                           

                                                                          Chalkboard

                                                                          So, this is obviously not furniture, but a definite essential you will be glad you added. You can buy a chalkboard, but it is a whole lot easier just to buy chalkboard paint and paint a section of the wall. Some do the length of an entire wall while others choose a small area in a corner.

                                                                          Storage Solutions

                                                                          A child’s room can look like a tornado stormed through five minutes after you cleaned it. Make sure everything has a home. Benches that double as storage are ideal, but plastic bins are perfect for all those small toys and game pieces that often end up in a pile. Putting labels on everything will help your child know where everything belongs.

                                                                          5 Perfect Housewarming Gifts

                                                                          Unless you want to be like everyone else, skip the bottle of wine and buy a housewarming gift that will really be put to good use. This is the time to buy something for the receiver that they may not typically think to buy themselves. This also gives you the opportunity to get them something they may not be able to pencil into their budget for a long time.

                                                                          Birdbath

                                                                          Nothing makes an outdoor living space appear warm and inviting like a birdbath. They should essentially be considered necessities, and your gift receiver’s garden will thank you for welcoming all the pollinators. Birdbaths come in every size, design, and finish imaginable, so finding one to complement their home will not be too hard. 

                                                                          Fireplace

                                                                          You do not have to know much about their décor to buy a small gel or bio ethanol fireplace. You may want to choose one suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Most importantly do not forget to buy a little fuel, so they can put it to use right away.

                                                                          Garden Statuary

                                                                          This is really ideal if you are stuck for ideas because garden statuary does not have to match their indoor or outdoor furniture or décor. These are the unexpected elements in a garden or flower bed that put the finishing detail on the entire landscaping.

                                                                          Emergency Kit

                                                                          This is a perfect gift for the person just moving on their own for the first time, and it is especially crucial if it is winter or winter is quickly approaching. If they just spent their savings on paying for a down payment and moving expenses then money for emergency items is probably on the backburner. Get them the basics, such as candles, LED lanterns, batteries, hand warmers, Sterno gel fuel and pop-up stove, crank flashlight with AM radio, solar phone charger, and a first aid kit. This will inspire them to continue to add to the kit, as well.

                                                                          Wine Rack

                                                                          Well, if everyone else is going to buy them a bottle of wine, you might as well provide a nice rack. If they have one and they do drink a lot of wine, consider a cheese board, fondue set, or other items they may put to good use with a bottle of wine.

                                                                          Welcome Mat

                                                                          Chances are pretty good that they have several doors they will need both indoor and outdoor mats for. You might as well buy a unique one that they may not normally splurge on.

                                                                          Furnishings and Décor that Make You More Interesting

                                                                          Have you ever been to someone’s home where a certain piece of décor was so unexpected that it changed the way you viewed them? You know it is a little superficial to judge someone based on their home furnishings, but nearly everyone does it. It’s natural. So, when you look around do you see anything in your home that will make guests see you in a different way?

                                                                           

                                                                          Sofa Bean Bags

                                                                           

                                                                          One of the most unexpected pieces of furniture you can add to your home is a giant bean bag. Sofa bean bags can be 7 feet or longer, so there is more than enough room for three adults to sit comfortably. Most people walk into a living room expecting to see a traditional sofa, so when they are immediately presented with one of these huge balls of beans they cannot help but dive or sink into it. Sofa bean bag chairs will never wear out in one spot and some even have a removable and machine-washable cover, so they are easy to keep clean.

                                                                           

                                                                          Outdoor Canvas Art

                                                                           

                                                                          When you have friends, coworkers, etc., over to enjoy the deck or patio, one of the first things they will notice is the outdoor canvas art mounted on your wall. These pieces are just as lovely as paintings you would put up in your home except they are covered with a weather-resistant coating.

                                                                           

                                                                           Wall Fountain in the Restroom

                                                                           

                                                                          Nearly every one of your guests will use your restroom at least once. They may not see other rooms in your home, but the bathroom likely sees a constant flow of traffic when people are over. So, it only makes sense to add a show stopping and memorable piece to this room. A wall fountain will be something guests will be talking about for a very long time. Plus when you want to soak in the tub after a long, hard day, you will appreciate the tranquil environment it will create.

                                                                           

                                                                          Fire Table

                                                                           

                                                                          Any type of fireplace is going to get noticed out on the patio, but a fire table will become a conversation starter. Most people never quite know where to set their drink down outside when they are mingling. Fire tables are unique, useful, and absolutely stunning.

                                                                           

                                                                           Table Aquariums

                                                                           

                                                                          When was the last time you saw a coffee table double as a fish aquarium? It is certainly not something you see every day, but it is definitely an element that will create a strong first impression and a dynamic focal point. Octagon varieties create a truly unique display.

                                                                          Things Every Gamer Needs

                                                                          Whether you typically play video games in the living room, your bedroom, basement, finished garage, or a spare room solely dedicated to this activity, there are some essentials that you should have. Sure, the average person may not understand why you need gaming essentials, but a fellow gamer will truly understand the need for everything on this list.

                                                                           

                                                                          Gaming Chairs

                                                                           

                                                                          Until someone has played a game for 12 straight hours, unwilling to rest until the final level was conquered they will not truly appreciate the need for a quality gaming chair. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair will draw your attention away from the game and onto your aching back and legs. You may even start to develop tension in your neck, which can lead to a headache. Having to pause to stand up and stretch is not something you want to be forced to do. Quality gaming chairs are designed to meet the specific needs of a hardcore gamer. The ergonomic design allows your body to be comfortable yet supportive. There are even gaming chairs that have removable, washable covers.

                                                                           

                                                                          Quality Remote

                                                                          Everyone knows that the remotes that come with a gaming station are mediocre at best. Do yourself a favor and buy a quality remote that is responsive, precise, and comfortable to hold. Quality is especially important with wireless controllers. If you buy a modded controller, read reviews and make sure you buy one with a proven reputation. Some may claim to have the most efficient rapid fire, but when the zombies come and it fails, you may be throwing that high-priced controller through the window.

                                                                           

                                                                          Gaming Headset

                                                                          If you live with family or friends they probably do not want to listen to your game all night unless they are playing right along beside you. However, even if you live alone you may find you like playing better with a headset. Choose one with acoustically angled speakers for more realistic directional audio perception.

                                                                           

                                                                          Small Fridge

                                                                          It is important to stay hydrated while you play, but it is not always convenient to walk in the kitchen to get a drink from the fridge. This is definitely the case if you are playing in the basement while everyone is asleep upstairs. Every serious gamer needs a small fridge stocked with beverages and snacks. You may even want to make a few sandwiches to put in there, so you have them handy when your stomach starts to growl. You have to keep your energy up for the long night ahead

                                                                           

                                                                          Creating a Dramatic Focal Point in a Large Space

                                                                          Every room needs a focal point. However, this is not all that easy to achieve in a large space. A beautiful painting in a smaller room will often become the center of attention. Mount that same piece of art in a larger space and it becomes invisible. Many people with smaller homes dream for the day that they will finally have a larger space to decorate, but they do not realize just how challenging the task can be. To create a dramatic focal point in a more expansive environment, you need something that will have guests stop and literally say the word “wow!” Below is a list of a few ideas that will achieve the reaction you are looking for.

                                                                          Wall Mounted Aquariums

                                                                          Displaying living art in actual art form is sheer genius. Most people have no idea that wall mounted aquariums even exist, so when they come face-to-face with one in your home it will take their breath away. You may even catch yourself staring at it for long periods of time, and this is okay; fish are very therapeutic and good for relieving stress. If you add one of them to your home it is important that you choose a species that is small enough to still have plenty of room to move around freely. It is also crucial that you keep the water clean, both for the health of the fish and the visual display it provides the room with.

                                                                          Customized Fountain

                                                                          If you are not going to add a wall aquarium to your space, you might as well go with a different eye-catching water element. A customized fountain is created based on your vision. So, you get to choose the size, material, trim, etc., for a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

                                                                          Artistic Lighting

                                                                          A light is always going to attract some attention because it draws the eye in. However, if you are going to use lighting as a focal point it will need to be pretty spectacular. Elaborate chandeliers or contemporary pendants are ideal. A multi pendant light might be even better. Do not be afraid to use lighting as your opportunity to incorporate a bold color into the space. A room with all neutrals, black, or white can quickly be transformed by a red glass chandelier or aqua glass pendant light. If you have lamps in the room, lampshades give you an excuse to play with colors and patterns, as well.

                                                                          Creative Ways to Reduce Clutter in the Bedroom

                                                                          Do you ever flip through interior decorating magazines and just laugh when you see bedroom examples? These rooms do not even look lived in. Where is the TV on the dresser or alarm clock on the nightstand? How could anyone have a bedroom that perfect with nothing out of place? Well, below are creative ways to hide everything that is making your room look like a cluttered mess.

                                                                          TV Lifts

                                                                          According to feng shui, everything creates energy, but electronics create the most! Too many things in a room generate so much energy that the space comes off busy and overwhelming. This is especially true in a small room. So, what is the answer? Are you supposed to live without your television in the bedroom? Absolutely not! TV lifts are your solution.

                                                                          These unique pieces of furniture actually hide the flat screen when not in use. Then, when you are ready to get in bed to watch your favorite program, you use a remote control to lift your TV out of the unit. Some are designed as cabinets or dressers, so they provide additional storage space where needed. Others have a ventless fireplace, so you can enjoy a little ambiance in the room while you relax.

                                                                          Under-the-bed Storage

                                                                          There is a lot of space under the bed to put to good use. You can actually buy plastic containers made specifically for this purpose that you can fill it with just about anything. You could always buy bed lifts for even more space. Your other solution would be to buy a platform bed with built in drawers.

                                                                          Decorative Boxes

                                                                          You can buy decorative boxes in every size, color, and pattern imaginable. You can also find blank ones at the craft store that can be painted or covered with fabric. These are perfect for remote controls, books, socks, anything else you need a home for.

                                                                          Behind the Door

                                                                          The back of the door to your room is prime real estate. There are so many things you can buy to hang back there it will make your head spin. This is a perfect place for a shoe rack, or you can get over-the-door hooks and hang cloth bags to hold hair accessories, hats, mittens, belts, etc.

                                                                          Baskets

                                                                          You can often find decorative boxes at the craft store for well under $1. These can be left as is or spray painted. They are perfect to place on top of your dresser to hold your jewelry, hair brushes, and anything else cluttering up the space. Larger ones can be placed on the floor for dog toys and leashes.

                                                                          Fun Décor Tips for Kids Rooms

                                                                          Your child’s bedroom is more than just a place they go to sleep at night. This is where they start a new exciting day. They daydream of becoming a princess or firefighter in this room, and they learn to read their first words during their bedtime story. This room should be bursting with personality, but that does not mean you have to plaster Elsa, Sponge Bob, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all over. Below are some fun and youthful décor tips that will help make your child’s room worthy of the day and night dreams they will have there.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Stripes – Think bigger than striped comforters. All you need is a measuring stick and painting tape to create big bold horizontal stripes on the wall. Use two colors or several. Horizontal stripes will also make a small room feel quite large.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Small Bean Bags – Get your child one of these comfy balls of beans, and they will be hooked for life. Small bean bags are available in a huge variety of colors and styles, and they are perfect to bring out to the living room for watching cartoons or family movie night. When they grow out of them and need larger ones these small ones become ottomans and pet beds.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Floating Shelves – When you mount floating shelves up high enough, you don’t have to worry about them getting walked into, which can cut down on the number of times their head gets bumped throughout their childhood. Decorative baskets and fabric bins can hold clothes, toys, and other odds-and-ends on these shelves, or you can put their books, stuffed animals, and collections on display.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Custom Headboards – You don’t need to have an actual headboard to look like you do. Use heavy particle board cut in a fun shape and cover it with a patterned fabric. It is light enough to Velcro to the wall. Every once in a while, you can just switch the material for a fun new look.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Homemade Art – Let your child create an art piece for their room. Buy a canvas at the craft store and a couple bottles of acrylic paint, and they can make a masterpiece they will be proud of every time they look at it.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Polka Dots – You may not be crazy about polka dots, but kids tend to love them. They are fun and look like bubbles. Go overboard with them. Polka dots pair perfectly with your striped wall.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Wall Decals – The selection of wall decals available today is mind-blowing. Whether you want to spell their name or put butterflies or birds all over the walls these decals make it easy and affordable.

                                                                           

                                                                          Decorate Like Royalty with These Design Tips

                                                                          You do not need an official royal title in front of your name to create a living space that is fit for a king or queen. You don’t need to be worth millions either. These tips will help you create a rich-looking space that will have friends and family wondering if you got a raise, won the lottery, or robbed a bank.

                                                                          •  Faux Fur Throws – Real fur throws are expensive, cruel, and so last decade. Even celebrities who can afford the real thing are opting for faux ones. Toss one at the foot of your bed and another over the back of the sofa.
                                                                          • Slate Wall Fountains – All you really need is one strong focal point to totally change the look and feel of a room. Slate wall fountains do this effortlessly. The unique patterns in slate create layers of texture in a room and the soothing sound turns the space into a spa-like oasis. Every person who enters the space will immediately be drawn to the water element. They’ll feel invited and relaxed while their mind is quieted and soothed.
                                                                          • Stylish Rug – An authentic Persian rug can easily cost over $50K, which is more than what some pay for their home. One large quality rug will make a world of difference. Avoid the one on sale you see at the home improvement store. Everyone you know has seen that sale, so you won’t be fooling anyone with your high-end makeover. Spending a little more on that rug you are really drawn to will prove to be a good investment.
                                                                          • Bio Ethanol Fireplace – With how popular (and affordable) bio ethanol fireplaces have become in recent years it is really quite surprising that they are still associated with the wealthier population. They are available today in a variety of styles and price ranges, so nearly anyone can afford one, and they are a must-have for a royalty-inspired room.
                                                                          • Smart Patterns – You are probably wondering which patterns are most associated with royalty, right? Herringbone and hounds tooth, of course! A muted herringbone pattern on your curtains may be the small detail that pulls the look of the entire room together.
                                                                          • Stylish Pet Bed – You can’t have an elegantly decorated space with a $20 pet bed tossed in the corner. It will ruin the entire look of the room. Fido needs a bed that is fit for Lupo, Will and Kate’s spoiled Cocker Spaniel.

                                                                          Elements for a Maximalist Theme

                                                                          For the past several years the minimalist approach to decorating has been a popular trend. Folks all over the country traded in their oversized sectionals for a streamline sofa, and four post and sleigh beds were replaced with platform beds. Of course, not everyone loves the simplistic look. If you this sounds like you, then you will be thrilled to learn that the maximalist approach is quickly gaining popularity. If you are going to tackle this more-is-more approach to decorating, you can’t be fearful. You are the person wearing stilettos when everyone else has on flats. You rock the bowtie when everyone else sports a Windsor knot. Own it! Below are a few elements that will help you reach that over-the-top look you are after.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Wall Mural – If you have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket, you can pay an artist to paint a mural. If you are pretty talented with a paint brush or just feel like experimenting, you can tackle it yourself. Otherwise, an oversized wallpaper print might be exactly what you need.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Modern Fish Tanks – You have wanted an aquarium anyway, so you might as well go all out. Instead of an ordinary rectangular one, check out the available selection of modern fish tanks instead. A large one mounted on a wall or a table aquarium will definitely become the focal point of the room it occupies.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Pendant Lighting – You can’t possibly be prepared for how expansive the selection of pendant lighting is, if you have not shopped for it lately. You can find some serious in-your-face pendants that will be the finishing touch on a maximalist space. Place one above your dining room table, and it becomes a suspended centerpiece.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Gold Finish – Spray painting a nightstand or shelving unit gold may have been considered tacky in the past, but gold-finished items can bring glamour to a maximalist space. If you are not crazy about gold, go with a different metallic finish. Krylon make spray paint that creates rich finishes, too, such as the Caramel Latte and Sparkling Canyon colors from the Brushed Metallic line.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Texture – A maximalist room cannot be two-dimensional. Or, it’s probably more appropriate to say that a two-dimensional room can’t have a maximalist vibe. You need layers of texture to create the right look, which means including a variety of fabrics. Patterned materials, such as slate and marble offer brilliant texture, as well

                                                                          Survival Guide for Your Small Bedroom

                                                                          Not everyone can have a king-sized bedroom, but that does not mean you have to hate your small space. You can do a lot more with a small bedroom than you probably realize. You just need the right furnishings, thoughtful storage, and helpful decorating tips.

                                                                           Daybeds – A large percentage of the popularity insists on buying a queen or king-sized bed when they don’t even need one. Think of all that valuable floor space you will free up, if you opt for a daybed against a wall instead. Daybeds are perfect for kids’ rooms and studio apartments, too.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Light and Bright – Dark color palettes dwarf a space. You may love the look of a dark plum wall and black curtains, but your small space will shrink before your very eyes. You definitely do not want to feel like the walls are closing in every time you are in your room. Stick with light colors and welcome natural light.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Multipurpose Nightstand – Rather than buy an actual nightstand, use a three-drawer dresser instead. It will be the perfect height to use as a nightstand next to the bed, but the drawers can hold clothes, books, spare sheets, or anything else you don’t have room for.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Decorating with Mirrors – You really can’t have too many mirrors in a small space. Their reflective nature makes a room feel bigger. You can always buy an old one at a flea market and paint a cute frame around it on the wall.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Shadow Boxes – You don’t have to avoid art just because you have a small space. Shadow boxes give you places to showcase a few items. Plus, they add a three-dimensional element to the space.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Floating Bedside Table – If you don’t use a small dresser for your nightstand, consider using a floating table. You can even mount on cube to a wall, so you have a table, plus a space for a fabric bin. However, since the floor is open underneath, you can put your trash can or pile of books down there.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Creative Storage – Absolutely everything in a small room needs a home. Even a stack of magazines or a few hoodies on the dresser will create clutter. Get creative with your storage and make the most of every inch of space. Fabric bags hung from a towel holder on the back of the door can hold a lot of odds-and-ends. Put all jewelry in a jewelry box, and if you have lotions, body sprays, perfume, cologne, etc., on your dresser then put them all in a decorative box or bin. Now, you have one element on your dresser instead of several.

                                                                           

                                                                          Home Décor for Tween Rooms

                                                                          Tweens can often be harder to satisfy than teenagers. So, if everyone has been warning you about the teenage years, be prepared for the drama to start long before you are ready. Tweens are at an age where they want cool and trendy things, but they still want to be kids and have fun. This is why decorating a bedroom at this age can be a nightmare. Where do you find the balance between juvenile and adult? Quite often, they don’t even know what they want, but they do know they want their friends to think they have a cool room. These tips will help!

                                                                          Getting Started

                                                                          If you are doing a total makeover it is good to at least get an idea of what they like before you are standing in the middle of the store with a child rolling their eyes at you every time you point out a different comforter. Settle on a color palette or theme to eliminate a lot of options. Going through some design books and sites will help.

                                                                          If they pick out a dreadful paint color try not to panic and make a big deal out of it. Remember, paint can always be covered. If you make a fuss, they won’t admit they hate it once it is on the walls, and then you are all stuck staring at it every day until it is time to redecorate again.

                                                                          Essentials

                                                                          Workstation – Homework is important, but no one wants to sit at an uncomfortable desk that does not provide enough space for books and supplies. This desk should last them through high school, so make sure it has storage and enough space to be comfortable. They will need a comfortable chair and a work lamp, too.
                                                                          Bean Bag Chairs – You can either go with large children bean bag chairs, or get a small adult one, depending on the style, color, and material they like. Some bean bag chairs for kids are larger than those made for adults, but they have more youthful colors and styles. These are ideal for studying in for long hours, or for playing video games, of course.

                                                                          Posters – The great thing about posters is they are cheap and can be recycled. An actor or band they are into right now may be old news in another six months. You won’t have to cringe when it gets torn off the wall, and they beg for a replacement.

                                                                          Dry Erase Board or Chalkboard – Whether you are leaving them a list of things to do or their friends are leaving them notes, a dry erase board or chalkboard will see a lot of action. Chalkboard paint is cheap!

                                                                          Wardrobe Storage – Their wardrobe is bound to expand greatly over the next few years, especially when they stop growing because nothing will be getting rotated out. Drawers, shelves, cubbies, hooks, baskets, etc., can all be considered. Cloth bags hung from hooks on the back of the door are perfect for socks, hair accessories, gloves, and tights.

                                                                          Ways to Romanticize the Bedroom

                                                                          Whether you are starting a new relationship, moving in with your significant other, or just looking for ways to rekindle a spark with your spouse, the right bedroom environment is essential. You do not have to go out and buy new furniture or spend a fortune either. These tips will help you romanticize the bedroom without breaking the bank.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Red – It may seem cliché to just add red elements to the room, but red is associated with love because it is an emotionally intense color. Add a red decorative pillow or candles to the room. Toss a red throw at the end of the bed, or if you really want to go wild, paint a red accent wall.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Personal Fireplace – A personal fireplace is even better than candles. Nothing creates a romantic ambiance quite like a dancing flame. Of course, a personal fireplace can also be a nice complement to your collection of sweet smelling candles, too.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Sweet Scents – Speaking of scents, there are certain fragrances often associated with romance. There are also some less popular ones that may become your favorites once you try them. A few recommendations include vanilla, cinnamon, lavender, black licorice, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, patchouli, neroli, ylang ylang, and clary sage.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Love Decals – Wall decals have become quite popular in recent years. Once you start shopping for them, you will find a tremendous amount of love-related quotes. Of course,  you could just go with a decal of bright red lips, too.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Soft Textiles – There is nothing romantic about scratchy sheets or a rough comforter. Splurge on your textiles. Lavish fabrics will instantly create a sensuous feel.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Chandelier – Do you really need that boring ceiling fan above the bed? Lighting plays a huge role in the tone of a room. Nothing can compare to a romantic vintage chandelier.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Sheer Curtains – These curtains are not for your windows. These are to hang above the bed. You can create a canopy or four posts, or use a circular fame to hang them from the center point above the bed, so they fall around the sides.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Homemade Headboard – Making a headboard can be done using a variety of materials. There is no right or wrong way. Cover it in red velvet or a heart-patterned material. You can get creative and thread crystal or glue rhinestones to it, as well.

                                                                           

                                                                          New Decorating Trends to Try for 2015

                                                                          Does your home need a little facelift? Although doing a complete remodel can be fun, sometimes all you really need is to make a few tweaks to fall in love with your space again. Below are a few hot trends for 2015 worth trying.

                                                                          • Ethanol Insert – If you are still dealing with a dirty, toxic wood-burning fire to create ambiance, it is time to start enjoying a clean, safe, and odorless fire. You can place an ethanol insert right inside your fireplace. Just be sure to clean it out first because you won’t want to burn wood again after enjoying one of these inserts.

                                                                          • Paint Cupboards – You can change the look of your entire kitchen by painting the cupboards a color you love.
                                                                          • “Greige” Color Scheme – Gray and beige are neutral colors that really never get paired. Well, until now! The “greige” color palette mixes gray with shades of beige or beige with shades of gray, depending on which you want to be the more dominant color. This looks great in a kitchen complimented by a wood table and stainless steel appliances.
                                                                          • Double Coffee Tables – A new look that is quickly gaining popularity is using two small tables instead of one large coffee table. You can choose whether to line them up perfectly or leave them a little out of place.
                                                                          • Raw Wood – The look of raw wood is really trendy right now. You can buy tables that look like tree stumps or have your kitchen island made to look like raw wood. A jagged edge will take it to the next level.
                                                                          • Colorful Rugs – Big, bold rugs are definitely in style right now. If you don’t have any patterns in your room this is a great way to add one.
                                                                          • Honeycomb – Move over chevron; there’s a new favorite print taking over the world of interior design! Honeycomb is just starting to gain momentum, and is expected to be even more popular than chevron was. A decorative pillow will do, or if you are daring, cover a wall in honeycomb print wallpaper.
                                                                          • Black Trim – If you love the colors of your walls, and don’t really want to change them quite yet, think about what your crown molding and window and door trims will look like, if you paint it all black. Even white walls become a lot more sophisticated when they are given a black trim.

                                                                          7 Ideas for a Soothing Master Suite

                                                                          Your master suite should feel as amazing to be in as a room at a vacation resort. In all fairness, it is your safe place to escape the chaos of the world. When you create a soothing environment, your mind relaxes, so the cares of the day don’t weight so heavily on your shoulders. You can fall asleep faster, and wake up feeling more rested. This affects your physical health and emotional well-being. If your bedroom does not have the calming environment you desire, these tips will help you create it.

                                                                          • Velvet Headboard – Velvet has a calming effect, just by looking at it. You already know how soft it will feel against your skin, before you even touch it. If you don’t have a headboard, you can easily make one with a piece of foam and a few yards of material. If you have a headboard, consider covering it in velvet material. Alternately, you could add a velvet blanket to your bed, if you prefer.
                                                                          • TV Lift Fireplaces Once you have a warm, glowing flame in the bedroom, you will never want to be without one again. What’s great about TV lift fireplaces is that you get a fireplace and entertainment center in one, so they are perfect, if you don’t have a lot of floor space. Plus, these have a lift mechanism that hides your TV, when it is not being used. Electronics produce a lot of negative, busy energy. Hiding your TV when you are ready to go to sleep just makes sense.
                                                                          • Living Art – Fresh flowers or plants are essential for your bedroom. Be sure to choose plants that don’t require a lot of sunlight, if a sunny window is not available. If you go with flowers, choose soft colors, and move them out of your room when they start wilting.
                                                                          • Quilted Closet Doors – Quilted fabric tacked to your closet doors creates the look of a luxurious dressing room. Plus, it complements the velvet headboard, and helps create more depth in the space.
                                                                          • Metal Chandelier – Brass is a popular metal that is pleasing to the eye. Copper and brushed nickel are two additional materials to look for when shopping for a chandelier. Don’t be afraid to get something a little quirky. You want to have one fun element in the room.
                                                                          • Sconces – Wall sconces create bit of a romantic vibe. One mounted on either side of the bed can replace the need for a lamp on the nightstand. Alternately, you can add candle scones to the room. Even if you never light them, they are awfully nice to look at.
                                                                          • Water Element – If you want a calming atmosphere, you absolutely need the sound of cascading water. Fire and water balance one another, so a fountain would be the perfect complement to your TV lift fireplace.

                                                                          5 Tips for Decorating a Room Without a Window

                                                                          You have searched for your dream home for what seems like forever, and now that you have finally found it, you discover it has no windows in a main room. Now, no window in a bathroom or nursery is probably fine with you. However, if the home does not have a window in the living room or master bedroom this can quickly put a stop to any warm fuzzy feeling over the marble bathroom and chef-inspired kitchen. Can you live without a window in a primary room? Absolutely! It will not be nearly as dark as you might imagine either. These tips will help.

                                                                           

                                                                          • False Windows – Create the illusion of windows being in the room with false windows. Whether you buy a print or paint your own, you can have the weather and view you dream of to look at daily. There are even large murals that span a nice size wall.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Slate Wall Fountains – This material is about the closest you are going to get to displaying a real waterfall in your home. Slate wall fountains are available in a variety of sizes and styles. If you give your space a dramatic yet natural focal point, you will forget all about not having a window. Guests might not even notice either.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Lighting – Since there will be no natural light pouring through the windows, you will have to be happy with artificial lighting. With the right lighting options, you won’t miss natural light. Forget about a boring ceiling light. Recessed lighting is a great idea in a basement with fairly low ceilings. Pendants and chandeliers are very much in style, and lamps are available today in more designs than you can probably imagine. Have a few options in a room, so you can make it brighter, when needed. A dimmer switch is always a nice feature to have.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Shiny Pieces – Adding reflective elements to a space without windows is definitely a great idea. Brass, stainless steel, and mirror are all ideal. If possible, place pieces across from one another, so light can bounce back-and-forth. This will brighten up the room, so you don’t risk feeling like you are in a dungeon.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Light Color Scheme – A room without windows needs a lighter color scheme. If you want to incorporate dark colors into the space, you can do so in some of the décor pieces.

                                                                           

                                                                          Tips for Decorating an Attic

                                                                          Whether your family is growing and you need to create a study space for the kids or a reading nook for you, or if you are building an entire apartment up there to rent out, you will likely need a little help, when it comes to decorating. Attics can pose some design challenges, so you definitely want to think your plans through ahead of time.

                                                                          • Embrace the Structure – If your attic has exposed rafters, vintage details, beams, or anything else, embrace these elements. There is no point trying to camouflage them. Allow them to be a focus in your décor.
                                                                          • Measure Everything – You definitely do not want to start shopping for furniture until you have measured, measured, and measured again. Take into consideration the ceiling height too, especially if it is slanted, which most are. Don’t stop with measuring the attic though. Something may easily fit inside your attic, but getting it up awkward stairs or through a tiny door could have you forced to deal with a return.
                                                                          • Choose Furniture Thoughtfully – The slanted walls commonly found in attics are what cause the most challenges. You may assume a dresser will be fine, but because of its height it has to be quite far from the wall. Lower pieces are always deal. For a bed, opt for a platform variety with storage underneath. Ottomans are ideal, too, no matter what type of space you are creating. They can be used as a foot stool or seat and some can even be used as a side table. Plus, you will have no problem getting ottomans up the stairs and through the door.
                                                                          • Lighting and Air Flow – Ideally, the windows of your attic will be large enough to welcome natural light. Of course, windows can make the attic feel like an oven, if they are in line of the hot afternoon sun. If this is the case, you will need some type of quality shades or curtains to block the light. If the windows open, you will be able to get some airflow in there. Even if they don’t, you can help keep the air circulated by using fans. Small lamps or sconces are probably all you will need for lighting.
                                                                          • Avoid a Dark Color Scheme – In most cases, attics are quite small. So, you want to avoid a color palette that is all dark. A lighter one will help brighten the space up. If you want to decorate with both try to strike a balance between light and dark.

                                                                          7 Bathroom Trends for 2015

                                                                          Most people start their day in the bathroom, getting ready for work or helping the kids brush their teeth before school. Maybe you also end your day in this same place, soaking in a bath and drinking a glass of wine or cup of herbal tea. The environment in your bathroom can affect your emotional and physical condition, so it is no surprise that the latest trends are encouraging a bathroom space designed for relaxation.

                                                                          • Living Walls – You have probably heard of living roofs and even living bath mats to step on when you get out of the tub. Well, living walls are the newest trend, and of course, the humid climate of a bathroom is the perfect place for them. These vertical gardens are packed with flora that offers great health benefits through improved air quality.
                                                                          • Modern Looking Fireplace – The bathroom is the perfect place for a modern-looking fireplace, especially if you rely on your calming soaks in the tub before bed to fall asleep at night. An electric variety can be just plugged into an outlet. You can also mount a modern-looking fireplace on a wall that burns bio ethanol. Although it uses clean-burning fuel source, you will need adequate airflow for a real flame.
                                                                          • Mosaic – Patterned mosaic was extremely popular in the kitchen the past couple years, while subway-like white tiles were being heavily used in bathrooms. The two have sort of just changed places now. Patterned mosaic tiles on a wall will give your bathroom quite a facelift.
                                                                          • Beach Theme – Bathrooms were commonly decorated with a beach theme for many years, only it was more of a tropical vibe, often incorporating cartoon-like fish into the space, too. The new beach theme is relaxed and subtle. Imagine what a seaside bungalow in Maine might be decorated like. Muted blue shades are popular, finished with lots of natural details, such as driftwood, shells, and stones. Keep the shower curtain fairly neutral and simple, too.
                                                                          • Multi-head Showers – Being misted from all angles will leave you feeling like you just had a full body massage.
                                                                          • Gray Shades – For 2015, gray is the new white. It does not have to be dark gray either. A very light gray in replace of white walls or trim will make a bigger impact than you might expect.
                                                                          • Radiant Heat Floors – If you are doing a remodel consider having radiant heat installed. You will love it on cold mornings, but be warned, once you have it, you will be eager to put it throughout the entire house.

                                                                          Refreshing Table Centerpieces for Spring

                                                                          Whether you are planning a dinner party or simply have a tradition of Sunday morning brunch with the family every week, it is fun to dress the table with a new centerpiece. If you are looking for some fresh and exciting ideas for spring, this list will come in handy.

                                                                          •  Bonsai Tree – Put one of these artistic masterpieces on your table, and it is sure to be the topic of conversation for a long time. Although absolutely stunning, it is important to note that you will need to become familiar with bonsai tree care, if you have never had one. They do require a little effort to keep them looking their best, but the art of keeping them is very rewarding.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Nestled Vases – Anyone can toss a bouquet in a vase. If you are going to use flowers, dare to be different. Create a box with nine very thin vases. Tie colorful ribbon around them to hold them in place, and place one flower in each vase. This look is ideal for tulips.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Repurposed Birdbath – Don’t throw away that cracked shallow birdbath! Scrub it really good, and you can create an intriguing display with flowering bulbs, petite pussy willow branches, and lots of moss. You could also turn this repurposed birdbath into a fairy garden for your table.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Floral Nests – Place three shallow glass bowls on a bright-colored napkin. Float white open roses or peonies on a little water in the dish. Place a few speckled candy eggs in the center, and you have bird nests made out of flowers and candy.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Wheatgrass – Do you have any idea how cool wheatgrass looks when it is sprouted? Sprout some in a glass beaker, or even a wide-mouthed glass jar, and tie ribbon, hemp, or twine around it.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Candle Holder Egg Tree – Use stencils to get a little extra fancy decorating your Easter eggs, and then put each one where candles would normally go. You may want to use a little tacky wax or something similar to give them more stability. This will stop them from rolling off their little platform every time someone bumps the table.

                                                                           

                                                                          • Tiered Bouquet – Fill egg cups with a variety of colorful blossoms. Stack a small cake stand on top of a large one. Fill each tier with the flower-filled egg cups, just as you would, if you were filling the trays with bite-sized desserts.

                                                                          Ideas for an Environmentally Friendly Renovation

                                                                          If your home is in need of a little renovating, but you are trying to keep your carbon footprint low then you are probably feeling a little torn right now. You love the idea of your home having a fresh look, but you are well aware of the negative impact renovating can have on the environment. Well, these ideas for eco-friendly remodeling will allow you to create a space you love without be burdened by a lot of guilt over the environment.

                                                                          Hire the Right Professionals

                                                                          There are contractors who specialize in green-friendly building and renovating. Choose a company that knows what materials and practices they should be using to have the smallest impact on the planet.

                                                                          Getting Rid of Demolished Material

                                                                          One of the questions you should be asking builders you interview is about their demolished materials. Where does everything go? Do they recycle everything they can? Don’t let them just tell you they do; ask for specifics. If you handle the renovation yourself, this is something you are going to want to do a little research about.

                                                                          Material Options

                                                                          Ideally, you will look for products that are certified by Forest Stewardship Council, Greenguard Environmental Institute or Cradle-to-Cradle. A Few things to keep in mind include:

                                                                          • Vinyl is one of the most environmentally damaging materials on the planet, so avoid it, if you can.

                                                                          • Linoleum is made from linseed oil, and is a much better option than vinyl.

                                                                          • Choose no- or low-VOC caulks, sealers, and paints. Regular products release volatile organic compounds that are extremely toxic to you and the environment.

                                                                          • Although there are some certified carpets that don’t emit VOCs, most do. Cork and bamboo are ideal flooring alternatives, because they are both made from sustainable sources. If you must go with hardwood, choose a reclaimed product.

                                                                          Special Considerations

                                                                          • Skip the wood-burning fire, and shop for modern floor fireplaces instead. If you already have a fireplace, you may want to build a wall in front of it. Alternately, you could turn it into a den for your four-legged friend. Modern floor fireplaces create no smoke or toxic fumes.
                                                                          • Make sure the Forest Stewardship Council has certified any wood used on your cabinets. Commercial products often contain formaldehyde, which can release harmful toxins into the air.
                                                                          • Choose a recycled glass counter instead of granite.
                                                                          • Install faucets with flow reducers to minimize water usage.
                                                                          • Add extra insulation to your attic and walls to prevent heat transfer.
                                                                          • Buy a water filtration system, so you can stop using plastic bottles.
                                                                          • Choose energy efficient appliances and lighting options.

                                                                          7 Secrets to Creating a Trendy Kitchen

                                                                          If the first hint of spring has given you the itch to do a little remodeling in the kitchen, you are definitely not alone. This time of year inspires a lot of people to make drastic changes. If you are in the planning process of your project, you probably want to know what the hottest trends are, and how to achieve them. These are some of the most sought-after looks for 2015.

                                                                          • Farmhouse Chic – Many people are trading in their contemporary space for a warm and inviting farmhouse chic look. A large wood table with a mix of benches and seats will create a table folks naturally want to gather around, and brushed nickel hardware and lighting offers an easy way to strike a balance between a contemporary and farmhouse look.
                                                                          • Oversized Lighting Fixtures – Lighting continues to play a key role in decorating. An extra-large vintage chandelier will bring a bit of elegance to the simple look. Lamp shade pendants above a breakfast bar or island will help set the tone, as well.
                                                                          • Large Water Walls – An increasing number of designers are including large water walls in the kitchen. Considering this is probably the most popular room in the house, it makes sense to feature a water element in there. Most people probably come through a door in, or close to, the kitchen, so seeing and hearing cascading water is certainly calming and inviting to new guests.
                                                                          • Painted Cupboards – Forget about paying all that money to have your cabinets refinished or refaced. You can change the look of your kitchen simply by taking a paint brush to the cupboards. Removing cabinet doors continues to be a popular look, especially if you are trying to achieve the farmhouse chic theme.
                                                                          • Black Appliances – If you just finally splurged on stainless steel appliances, don’t panic! They are still very much in style. However, black appliances are the new coveted choice in modern themes.
                                                                          • Copper – There is no such thing as too much copper. You may even want to create an Edwardian-style kitchen with copper cookware displayed on shelves and an eye-catching copper La Cornue oven as a focal point.
                                                                          • Black – You may think black is reserved for the living room and bedroom, but this isn’t so anymore. Designers are drenching kitchens in black, from black appliances to black slate counters to black walls. Then, they brighten with lots of greenery, exciting silver lighting, and a splash of color.

                                                                          5 Things You Need to Know Before You Decorate Your Living Room

                                                                          Whether you are moving into your very first place or you simply feel like your living room needs a fresh look these tips will help you create a space so spectacular, guests will assume you paid a designer to handle the project for you.

                                                                          • Have a Plan – If you head to the mall and start shopping without a plan, you will end up buying random things for your living room that create a disconnected look. This will likely leave you feeling full of regret. Have an idea of what look you are trying to achieve. This does not have to be carved in stone, but it will at least help get you started. Looking through magazines will give you a little inspiration or at least spark an idea, too.

                                                                          • Lighting is Important – One of the most overlooked elements in the room is also one of the most important. At least half the time you are home, you likely have a light on. If you do any entertaining in the evening, the light illuminates your space, so naturally it gets noticed. Therefore, your lighting should make an impact. Lamps are always a great option in the living room.
                                                                          • Don’t Get Stuck in a Furniture Rut – First things first; your seating options do not need to be against a wall. Floating furniture adds a stylish vibe, as long as you have the floor space to pull it off. Also, your furniture does not have to match. In fact, it shouldn’t! Your room will have a lot more depth and personality, if you mix-and-match styles, materials, etc.
                                                                          • Clear Walking Path – It is important that there be a walking path in your living room that is free of obstruction. You do not want to stub your toe on the coffee table every night in the dark or have guests tripping over cords.
                                                                          • Add a Focal Point – If you have ever been in a beautifully decorated room that felt perfectly pulled together there is a good chance you can remember the main element in the space that captured your attention. Your living room needs a strong focal point. A fireplace on the wall is a great option. You can mount a fireplace on the wall that burns bio ethanol or gel for a realistic fire, or you can opt for an electric variety providing you have an electrical outlet on that wall.

                                                                          Uses for Your Converted Basement

                                                                          If you have a basement just sitting there collecting spider webs, you are wasting some seriously valuable real estate. That space can be converted into a living space you can put to good use. Even if you have low ceilings you can find something practical to use the space for. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

                                                                          Gym

                                                                          Why take the time to drive to the gym? Transit time there and back can be put to use elsewhere. Plus, if you have your own home gym, you won’t be in contact with germs of people just starting to come down with the cold or flu. Besides, there is always someone who never wipes their sweat off the machine! A home gym would definitely be convenient. If the ceiling is low, skip the treadmill, elliptical, and stair master, and opt for a stationary bike, rowing machine, and maybe even a Pilates machine.

                                                                          Bedroom

                                                                          Whether your family is expanding, you are taking in an exchange student for a semester, or you need a guestroom for friends and family visiting from out-of-town, the basement can be turned into a spacious bedroom.

                                                                          Activity Room

                                                                          The types of entertaining you do, and if you have a family, will determine what type of activity room you build down there. If you were blessed with two sets of twins back-to-back, a giant play room will give them a place to burn their endless energy.

                                                                          A game room is another fun idea. If you have a family then board games will be essential, but if you are single, maybe you want to put a couple poker tables and old-school video games and Ping-Pong tables down there. Your friends will never want to leave.

                                                                          You could also turn the basement into a media room. Many people incorporate a media and game room in one. In this case, extra-large bean bag chairs are the furniture pieces of choice. They are perfect for all ages, and they are the most comfortable thing you will find to sink into for a movie marathon. Plus, some extra-large bean bag chairs have removable, machine-washable covers, so you will not have to stress over eating and drinking on the furniture.

                                                                          Office

                                                                          This space could be your home office. Alternately, if you have older children in the home this would also be a great place for a quiet study room that is free of distractions.

                                                                          Bar

                                                                          Having a bar in the basement could end up saving you a little money. Your house can be the place your friends hang out, which will save you from spending $10 on a decent drink at the bar. Put a flat screen down there and it will be the perfect place to watch the big game, too.

                                                                           

                                                                          7 Steps to a Dramatic Gender-Neutral Master Suite

                                                                          Creating a dramatic master suite is easy, if you are catering specifically to a male or female. However, when you are trying to design a gender-neutral look the drama tends to fizzle. These looks generally play it safe. The word “neutral” is taken literally with a neutral color palette, or they stick with simple décor. It does not have to be like this. You can have a room that is both masculine and feminine, and also incredibly dramatic.

                                                                          •  Don’t Rule Out Neutrals – If you are comfortable with neutral colors, don’t feel as though you have to rule them out completely. Neutral can still be exciting with the right accent color and décor.
                                                                          •  Consider Black Paint – You may shutter at the thought of black paint on your walls, but it is not as gothic or dark as you are imagining. Black paint can set the perfect backdrop to a sophisticated space.
                                                                          •  Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace – You need a focal point anyway, so it might as well be one that will naturally attract a lot of attention. A wall-mounted electric fireplace will be perfect. It will provide heat and create ambiance, too. Plus, there are some that offer the option to turn the heat off. This allows you to create ambiance year-round, even when summer temperatures soar.
                                                                          •  Bedding Basics – You want to stay away from florals. Wide stripes feel too masculine while polka dots can come across as too girly. You don’t have to avoid patterns completely though. Vines, scrolls, and animal prints can be neutral.

                                                                           

                                                                          •  Hide the Clutter – If a dresser is covered in hairspray, perfume bottles, hair accessories, and jewelry the room will naturally look feminine. If there are ties, cufflinks, bottles of cologne out, etc. it will look manly. Decorative boxes with lids can be very helpful in hiding elements that don’t need to be out.
                                                                          •  Make Lighting a Priority – The right chandelier will glam up the space without choosing a gender side. If you have a super modern space don’t be afraid to ground it a little with a vintage chandelier.

                                                                           

                                                                          •  Reclaimed Wood – From reclaimed wood floors to refinished nightstands, you can’t go wrong with this ecofriendly material. It will complement any theme or color palette, and it won’t come across as feminine or masculine. Don’t be afraid to grab that old nightstand or dresser from a yard sale to bring home to refinish yourself.

                                                                           

                                                                          Smart Organization Items that Make Great Gifts

                                                                          Nearly everyone can use a little more organization in their life. If you are looking to buy a gift for someone, but you are stumped on what to get them, consider giving some type of smart organizational item that they are sure to appreciate and put to good use. Of course, the items on this list aren’t only good for gifts; they are perfect for you, too!

                                                                          Golf Organizers – If you (or the person you are shopping for), has bags of golf clubs, boxes of balls, etc. in the garage, basement, or mudroom, a golf organizer is essential. You can find some for under $100 that hold two bags and have shelves for shoes, boxes of balls, gloves, and other accessories.

                                                                          Motorcycle Organizers – Every person who drives a motorcycle needs some type of organizer. These are handy to hold an extra top/jacket, purse, snacks (for a long road trip), etc. Motorcycle organizers are available in a variety of styles. Look at those made with weather-resistant material, reflective trim, and foam panels. Heat shield panels are essential in some styles to protect the contents from the hot exhaust.

                                                                          Garage Organizers – Here is a perfect housewarming gift for anyone. Garage organizers range significantly in size and features, and they are quite inexpensive. In fact, even an industrial-style 8-foot one can be purchased for under $50. Some styles mount on the wall, but there are also freestanding ones that will hold rakes, shovels, brooms, maps, etc. without falling over.

                                                                          Toy Organizers – If you have a child then you know that one can’t possibly have enough toy storage. Fortunately, there is a huge variety of fun storage units available for kids’ rooms and playrooms. If you have a child with so many stuffed animals you can barely see the bed, mount a small hammock in the corner to hold all those animals.

                                                                          Pantry Organizers – Shopping for pantry storage for someone else is pretty much impossible because you will want to get everything you see for yourself. There are racks to hold and organization pretty much everything, from cans to pans to spices.

                                                                          Under the Sink Organizers – Few people are eager to show off what is lurking under their sink. This is the cupboard that nobody is supposed to look in any way! This is awkward space that rarely gets used to its full potential. You can buy shelves, sliding baskets, and even pan lid organizers that slide out on a track for this space. You can even mount file boxes on the inside of the cupboard doors to hold pan lids, trash bags, and containers of aluminum foil, plastic wrap, etc.

                                                                          8 Décor Pieces that Won’t Increase Your Carbon Footprint

                                                                          If you are passionate about saving the environment then you know that some furniture and décor really has quite a negative impact on the planet, whether in production or operation. This does not mean you have to go without decorating your home though. There are plenty of eco-friendly options that will improve the look and feel of your home while having minimal impact on the environment.

                                                                           

                                                                          Fireplace with Clean Flames – Who doesn’t love sitting in front of a warm fire? Unfortunately, as you know, wood-burning fireplaces are bad for the planet and your health. You shouldn’t have to go without one though. Bio ethanol fireplaces produce clean flames that are warm and inviting, but they don’t emit toxins or affect air quality.

                                                                           

                                                                          Bamboo Ladder – Okay, you are not actually going to use this ladder to stand on. In the bathroom it can hold towels. In a living room it is perfect for blankets. Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials because the plants grow at lightning speed without the need for pesticides.

                                                                           

                                                                          Sisal Rug – Sisal is a durable fiber that brings a soft, natural look to a space. The rugs are surprisingly affordable, and they are ideal for high traffic areas.

                                                                           

                                                                          Plants – Who needs art when you can have plants? Not only are they beautiful; many varieties actually improve air quality by cleaning it. If you want one that is really artistic consider a bonsai, but make sure you are prepared for the effort it takes to maintain its beauty. Looking for something a little more low maintenance? Buy a fern, aloe vera, snake, jade, or Devil’s ivy plant.

                                                                           

                                                                          Himalayan Salt Lamp – These unique lamps are made of Himalayan salt crystals from the Himalayan Mountains. When lit, they offer a calming amber glow. Plus, heating the salt releases negative ions to purify the air.

                                                                           

                                                                          Recycled Metal Art – Wall décor made from recycled steel, iron, and tin has become very popular. Le Primitif Galleries has a line of Haitian art that will bring a unique look to your space.

                                                                           

                                                                          Soy Candles – Even swapping out your wax candles for soy varieties with lead-free wicks makes a huge difference.

                                                                           

                                                                          Recycled Décor – When it comes to finding one-of-a-kind and totally cool décor, Etsy is the site to shop at. There are some really talented folks that take a wide variety of materials and items and recycle them into new art pieces.

                                                                          5 Things Every Spa Waiting Room Needs

                                                                          Not too long ago ago, you had to travel to a major city or an international country to be pampered at a spa. Today, they are popping up everywhere. Even small cities often have at least one. The demand is high for professionals who can work out kinks through massage or recapture a youthful glow with skin treatments. So, if you are opening one you have an exciting adventure in front of you. To ensure the experience begins right, you need to set the tone in the waiting area. You want clients to instantly feel soothed like they left all their stress at the door when they enter. Achieving this spa-inspired, casual yet classy look, you are going to need a few essentials.

                                                                          • Soft Color Palette – Lighter and grayish shades of blue are very soothing, as are various shades of green. You want to avoid bold colors like red or bright purple that can create a different type of energy in the space. Shades of blue and/or green with neutrals can also create the perfect look.
                                                                          • Glass Floor Fountains – Water features are an absolute must in a spa, as the cascading water affects you mentally and physically. It calms your mind to help you relax. This will ensure clients are already in a relaxed state, so they will get more out of the service you are providing. Glass floor fountains are really ideal because they match any color palette, and create a look of elegance. These are perfect to place in empty, awkward corners you have. If you want to add a logo to this, you can.
                                                                          • Comfortable Seating – This is not the place for simple office chairs that are unattractive and uncomfortable. How many people are usually in your waiting room at one time? Do you need a lot of seating or would a couple sofas be more appropriate?
                                                                          • Coat Hooks – Those having massages or body treatments probably get a room to change in or at least a locker to store their clothes, but what about clients simply having facials, manicures, or pedicures done? Do they have a place to put their heavy coat? Hooks at the door or even a coat closet will be appreciated, so they don’t have to carry it with the.
                                                                          • Decorative Rug – You likely have reclaimed wood, bamboo, or some other type of beautiful hard flooring. This means you can end up with slippery spots when folks walk through with their wet shoes and boots. A large decorative rug will create a living room-like space while also absorbing water and snow from shoes and boots.

                                                                          Advantages Of Adding A Corner Fireplace To Your Business

                                                                          If you have recently made the decision to add a ventless fireplaceto your business then you might be a little overwhelmed with trying to decide which one to buy. It does not matter if you have a cozy café, tranquil spa, or a medical practice, any environment will benefit from a dancing flame. However, it is also important to choose one that best accommodates the space. Corner fireplaceshave exploded in popularity in both residential and commercial use for a long list of reasons.

                                                                           

                                                                          What Are Corner Fireplaces?

                                                                           

                                                                          If you are like many others you may not have been introduced to corner fireplaces until now. Alternately, maybe you found the styles here at the Soothing Company quite intriguing, but you are wondering if they are suitable for business use. Well, they are more than suitable; they are actually quite perfect. As the name implies this type of fireplace is crafted in a way that allows it to nicely nestle into an empty corner in the room. They are available in electric or gel options and a variety of finishes.

                                                                           

                                                                          Out of the Way

                                                                           

                                                                          One of the greatest advantages to decorating a business with a corner fireplace is that it will be out-of-the-way. If you look around your business, you likely have a corner just sitting there empty like wasted space. Nothing else fits there, so you might as well put it to use. This way, you get a fireplace, without taking up valuable wall space that you may need to place tables, chairs, or other pieces of furniture against. Plus, it will be out-of-the-way, so no one accidently trips over it.

                                                                           

                                                                          Inviting

                                                                           

                                                                          Although you may be shopping for a fireplace simply for display or to provide warmth on cold days, they actually provide the business with a few fantastic benefits. The most noteworthy one is that they are inviting. You want your clients, customers, patients, etc., to feel welcomed and comfortable upon entering your business. This is exactly what a corner fireplace will do. For example, if you look at our Holly and Martin Cypress Electric Fireplace-Espresso, it instantly makes you feel like “home.” Its rustic finish complements the warmth and ambiance to instantly comfort those in its presence. Suddenly folks may stop checking their watch every 30 seconds, and they may not even realize how long they have been waiting.

                                                                           

                                                                          No Mess

                                                                           

                                                                          Some of the corner fireplaces we have here at the Soothing Company may look real, but you certainly will not be dealing with a mess. First, they do not need venting, so you will not need to make costly renovations to accommodate one.

                                                                           

                                                                          The flame creates no smoke, so it is safe to enjoy pretty much anywhere. With an electric variety you will simply use a remote control to turn it off and on. If you opt for gel because it has a more realistic flame, you will appreciate that you can snuff the fire out whenever you want.

                                                                          Taking Care of Your Aquarium

                                                                          Three of the most important things to pay attention to for the upkeep of your little friends’ home are placement and filtration system, and the number of fish. Tank placement is important. If it is placed in a hard to get or inaccessible corner, chances are it won’t get the regular cleaning it should be given. If the filtration system doesn’t come up to scratch, it will create unhealthy environment for the fishes and will become an eye sore for residents and guests. The number of fish is also crucial. Too many in one tank only means excessive waste, food particles, and chemicals floating around.  Aquariums are not only homes for the fishes but can also become a unique accent and décor to a home, however, upkeep of such is essential to keep the latter function as such.

                                                                          Creative Storage Solutions for Your Home

                                                                          It does not matter how big or small a home is there never seems to be enough storage. You can have one closet or a dozen of them and there will not be space to put the extra blankets you have accumulated through the years. The more things left out in a room the more cluttered it looks. Of course, storage has to work with your lifestyle, too. You do not want to be forced to put things in the basement in a box just to get them out of the way when you use them frequently. Below are some solutions that will hide things when not in use yet provide you with easy access.

                                                                           

                                                                          1. TV Lifts – If you are scratching your head and trying to figure out what exactly a TV lift is you are not alone. Most people have not heard of them, but once you have one you will wonder how you ever lived without it. A TV lift actually hides your flat screen when it is not being used. When you are ready to watch it the unit lifts the TV out of hiding to enjoy. There is a large variety available. You could buy one with an electric fireplace for your living room, and one that is a cabinet with drawers and shelves for storage.

                                                                             

                                                                            2. Platform Bed – Okay, not just any platform bed will do. There are some with built-in drawers all the way around. This will eliminate the need for an extra dresser in the room.

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                            3. Drawers Under Sofa – If you have a sofa or futon that sits on legs a few inches off the ground you can slide drawers under there. This is perfect for games, movies, and remote controls.

                                                                             

                                                                            4. Ottoman – A hollow ottoman in the living room is perfect for all the throw blankets scattered all over the furniture. You could always leave one for decoration and hide the rest until they are needed. Plus, the ottoman will double as an extra seat when you have guests over.

                                                                               

                                                                              5. Bench – A bench that opens to storage is ideal for the mudroom or by the door everyone goes in and out of. Obviously, it will come in handy to sit on to tie shoes, but it can also hold umbrellas, backpacks, book bags, mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves.

                                                                               

                                                                              6. Wood Crates – Those wood crates you can pick up at the craft store dirt cheap can serve many purposes. They can be used for everything from toys to clothes to dog leashes. Paint or cover them in fabric and either stack them or mount on the wall. You can even turn them on their side to create a bench in a child’s room and then place plastic storage bins inside.

                                                                              Aquariums | Constantly Changing, Living Piece Of Art

                                                                              Aquavista Panoramic 20 Gallon Wall Aquarium
                                                                              Dimensions in Inches: 58.3” x 5.9” x 23.6” (l x d x h)

                                                                               

                                                                              Aquariums bring unparalleled beauty to any environment. It is a constantly changing, living piece of art. Whether it’s the traditional aquarium or a modern wall aquarium , every aquarium is unique and the life it brings will add vibrancy to whichever room you choose to place it in.
                                                                              Aquariums are also very beneficial in relieving stress. It creates a soothing place to relax and connect with nature as well. Fish are fairly low maintenance compared to other pets, they do not need constant attention, just a few pellets of food which is good to last them for days.

                                                                              An aquarium is a stunning decor as well as provides a more balanced and worthwhile living environment. They are truly the most exceptional pieces of art you can add to any room.

                                                                              Bean Bag Chairs In The Wild

                                                                              Bean Bag Chairs come in different styles, designs and sizes and offers ultimate relaxation and relief from stress. These trendy seating options have extremely low maintenance costs, require no assembly, are simple to move from one room to another and last forever.  Stylish and modern, a bean bag chair comes with a waterproof underside, you just need to zip off the top cover without  removing the beans inside and it’s machine washable. Extremely practical  to use and clean, these funky and gorgeous bean bag chairs will make your space  appear amazing and trendy and they can blend easily with all the different interiors.

                                                                              Reasons Why Parents Love Kid Bean Bag Chairs

                                                                              Jaxx Lounger Jr Bean Bag Chair
                                                                              Dimensions: 3 ft x 2 ft
                                                                              Weight: 16 lbs

                                                                              If your child is promising to do extra chores for a bean bag, you may want to take them up on that offer. Many parents hear the term “kid bean bag chairs” and either see dollar signs flashing or assume this is just one more unnecessary item that will go to waste in the home. Parents who have actually gotten one for their child will tell you it is one of the smartest purchases they have ever made. Whether you have a toddler or teenager, or a couple in between, this is a piece of furniture you will love as much as they do.

                                                                              Cool

                                                                              Okay, so kids want bean bag chairs because they are “cool.” While this is not really a reason for you to love them, you will appreciate that you will suddenly become the very cool parent who bought them one. If you really want to be the coolest parent, check out our Bagimal collection. A chair that represents your child’s favorite animal; what could be better than that? Choose from Dash the Dog, Elliot the Elephant, Ferguson the Fish, Lisa the Ladybug, Barry the Bird, Oscar the Owl, Maya the Monkey, Penelope the Pig, Unice the Unicorn, Leo the Lion, and Chloe the Cow.

                                                                              Affordable

                                                                              Before you assume that kid bean bag chairs are outrageously expensive, take a look at the selection we have available here at Soothing Company. You will likely be pretty surprised and delighted over the pricing.

                                                                              Comfortable

                                                                              You will never have to listen to your children complain about not having a comfortable chair again. On family movie night they can bring their personal chair out to the living room, and they are ideal for studying in for long hours before finals.

                                                                              Long-lasting

                                                                              Did you know that many people still have their bean bags from the 70s? These chairs last far longer than any other piece of furniture you could possibly buy. One that is used every day may eventually need a bag of beans added, and it will be just like new again. Maybe you are thinking it is silly to buy a young child a chair they will just grow out of. Small bean bag chairs can then be used as a dog bed or ottoman or handed down to another child. You can always sell it at your garage sale, too. Small to medium ones could last all through the teenage years and then become the perfect piece of furniture to take to the dorm.

                                                                              Easy to Clean

                                                                              Your child can enjoy his snack or juice without you stalking to make sure nothing gets on the furniture. Many of our products have removable outer covers that can go in the washing machine. Our Jaxx Cocoon Jr. Foam Bean Bag Chair is a great example.

                                                                              Affordable Ways to Keep Toasty When it’s Cold

                                                                              If you are like most, you hate turning up the furnace. Paying an energy provider even more money than you already do is not something anyone looks forward to. Well, there are other options that will keep you toasty, and will cost a lot less than adjusting the thermostat to the furnace. These ideas are great for winter, but they are also ideal spring and fall when the temperatures are just a little too low to be comfortable, but not cold enough to think about running the heat.

                                                                              Electric Fireplaces

                                                                              An electric fireplace should be a staple in every home. Some assume they are costly to operate for some reason but this is certainly not the case. In fact, most are so energy efficient that they do not cost any more than that coffeemaker you keep on all day. Electric fireplaces provide an impressive amount of heat, so even in the winter you will be able to turn the heat down and keep your space warm. Plus, it is a lot nicer to look at a dancing flame than listen to a furnace run. Some even let you turn the heat off completely, so you can enjoy the display in the warm months, as well.

                                                                              Electric Blankets 

                                                                              Do not turn up the heat! You can get cozy and warm under a nice soft electric blanket instead. These are available in a variety of sizes, fabrics, colors, and patterns, and they are machine-washable. Be sure to follow the instructions though!

                                                                              Kerosene Heater

                                                                              Kerosene heaters can be a little costly, but they can produce a tremendous amount of heat. Plus, they can be used in places where there is no electricity, which makes them handy to keep around for power outages. You really only get that undesirable burning smell when you first light or extinguish it, so take it outdoors to do this, if you can. You might also want to consider using KleanHeat. It is an expensive but odor-free alternative to kerosene and works in all kerosene heaters.

                                                                              Hand and Body Warmers

                                                                              You can buy hand and body warmers for under $1 each. They are even more affordable if you buy in bulk, and they provide heat for up to 10 hours. Stick one on the inside of your t-shirt, and it will keep your body temperature warm. You can also stuff a few hand ones in a tied sock, and put it under the covers by your feet to keep them warm.

                                                                               Hot Water Bottle

                                                                              One of the classic ways to warm a bed is by putting a hot water bottle under the blankets. Of course, you do not have to be in bed to use one. These are for sore backs and aching muscles, as well.

                                                                               

                                                                              Decorating Tips for Thin Walls

                                                                              Whether you live in an apartment or your home simply has thin walls you may feel you cannot do anything with them. You certainly do not want to mount something extremely heavy on them. Maybe you just are not sure how strong your walls are, but you do not want to chance putting something up that weighs several hundred pounds. Besides, if you do not have anyone to help you lift it how are you going to mount it? Regardless which scenario applies to you, there is a ton of things you can do to bring your walls to life.

                                                                              Paint – Do not underestimate what paint can do for a space. A nice bold color will dress a wall right up. You can even try different painting techniques, such as sponging, pin-striping, color washing, or distressing, or creating a marble or textured crackle finish.
                                                                              Featherstone Wall Fountains – Most people assume all water features are insanely heavy. Thanks to Featherstone wall fountains, anyone can enjoy a soothing and beneficial piece of art. It looks just like real slate, but without the weight. For example, a 69″ x 30″ Featherstone fountain will weigh about 25 pounds without water. A real state one the same size would tip the scales at about 255 pounds.
                                                                              Decals – At one time, wall decals were primarily used in rooms for babies and young children. Today, there are more mature decals made with quotes, or pictures of trees, birds, eyes, sugar skulls, tigers, and countless other things.
                                                                              Baskets – Go to the craft store and buy plain, cheap, shallow baskets without handles. The ones in a shape of a serving bowl or dish are ideal. They are often less than $1. Get cans of spray paint to paint them and then hang them on the wall in an artistic way. You can always add silk flowers or fabric to them, as well.
                                                                              Floating Book Shelf – You can buy very lightweight shelves to mount on the wall. You may want to paint them different colors. Get creative with how you stagger them. They do not necessarily have to follow a specific pattern. Just put lightweight décor pieces on top like decorative candles in a variety of shapes or interesting ornaments.
                                                                              Metal Wall Décor – You can easily find cast iron wall art that looks like it weighs a ton, but only weighs a few pounds. Just make sure you check the weight of anything you order online because it can really vary depending on size and metal type.

                                                                              Final Details Your Living Room Cannot Be Without

                                                                              Have you ever been somewhere and noticed one small decorating detail that changed the entire room? At that very moment your thoughts about the person or business may have actually changed for the better, too. These small details usually go unnoticed by some, but they are truly appreciated by those who notice them. Do you have any of these details in your living room? If you are not quite sure where to begin, below are a few ideas.

                                                                              Crown Molding – You cannot really appreciate the impact crown molding can have on a room until you actually have it. It is the finishing touch that the top half of a room needs. Most furniture and décor falls below eye level. It is important to not neglect the rest of the room.

                                                                              Fireplace Accessories – If you are like many others you have already converted that wood-burning fireplace into an environmentally-friendly one with a bio fuel insert or grate. Do not forget to add the final details that will give your room’s focal point a realistic or polished look. An insert is nice, but an insert complemented by fireplace accessories is even better. A few examples include ceramic logs, fire glass, fire stones, lava rock, ceramic pebbles, and even a fireplace screen.
                                                                              Lighting – Some are content with a simple ceiling light or a couple of lamps. However, lighting really plays a huge role in a room. Recessed lighting or an unusual pendant can change the look of a room. Do not underestimate the power of strategically placing sconces near art pieces to highlight them, too.
                                                                              Symmetry – This does not actually require you to add anything to a room; just evaluate the placement of everything. How well-balanced is the space? If you have tall shelving and large furniture on one side and only a few things on the other side then the room will be off-balance.
                                                                              Cord Storage – You probably overlook the cord monster behind your entertainment system or the one hanging down the wall from your fountain, but these are unsightly elements first noticed by guests. You can buy creative cord covers, baskets, and containers that hide them in a thoughtful way.
                                                                              Coasters – One thing that most of your guests will use at some point is a coaster. Skip the generic ones and opt for those that will invoke a smile and truly make a statement.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Creating the Perfect Reading Nook

                                                                                You do not need to have a home library or a spare room to create a special little reading nook for yourself. This can easily be done in any room that has a little extra space. Below is a guide to get you started.

                                                                                Choose an Area

                                                                                Walk through your house and decide where the best place would be to create a reading space. If you have a fairly large living room or bedroom, then a corner could easily be transformed into a reading area. If you are tight on space, then you might need to be a little more creative. Do you have space under your stairs or at the end of a hallway? Maybe your kitchen table can be moved over, so you can create a nook by the beautiful bay window. You might need to rearrange or get rid of furniture, but it will be worth it.

                                                                                Add Seating

                                                                                Large bean bag chairs are the absolute best options for a reading space. You will literally melt into one of these chairs and won’t want to get up for hours. Plus, the beans cradle every inch of your body to provide the harmonious balance of comfort and support. Large bean bag chairs are available in a variety of materials, colors, and stuffing options, so finding your perfect chair will not be difficult.

                                                                                Create Privacy

                                                                                Since your nook is likely in another room it is a good idea to section it off somehow. This allows the room it occupies to still have a nice flow while also providing you with some privacy while you are in there. A room divider is the easiest way to go. You can also create a “room” by hanging curtains on rods from the ceiling that can be pulled closed.

                                                                                Add a Lamp

                                                                                Proper lighting is pretty important to have in a reading nook to make sure you don’t compromise the health of your eyes. Obviously, if you have a backlit electronic reader, then maybe this is not a big deal. However, it still does not hurt to have a lamp, so you are not sitting there in the dark. Keep in mind that the shade from the curtain will block some of the room’s light, so you can expect it to be darker in your nook.

                                                                                Can You Squeeze In a Table?

                                                                                If you have space a very small side table will come in handy. This will give you something to rest your beverage and snack on. Plus, if you use a table lamp it can sit there, too. You do not have to spend a lot of money on a table. You can always go to the craft or home improvement store and buy a wooden crate for a few dollars and paint it.

                                                                                Give Your Living Room an Instant Facelift on a Budget

                                                                                If you are like many you would love to give your living room a complete makeover. That room you once loved many years ago now looks stale. The old carpet desperately needs to be replaced and there are stains on the furniture. Plus, you are no longer crazy about that safari or nautical theme you once had to have. Unfortunately, most people cannot just splurge on a whole new makeover just because they feel like it. Well, you may be surprised that you can fall in love with your space once again for $500; maybe even a little less if you are thrifty.

                                                                                Paint – Painting is a must. Paint is relatively cheap and can have a huge impact on a room. Use that bold color you have never been brave enough to paint with. You can always cover it later if you decide you don’t love it.
                                                                                Rug – Buy a large area rug. This will put the focus on the rug and away from the rest of the carpet that may be looking a little sad. You can always go to a carpet place and buy a remnant carpet.
                                                                                Furniture Covers – You can actually buy new furniture covers pretty cheap. You can even find decorative blankets or nice printed sheets on sale to use. In most cases, furniture is replaced based on how it looks, but it is still comfortable to sit on. Do not retire it before it’s time!
                                                                                Textiles – Finding cheap curtains and pillow covers is not hard if you know where to look. If you are handy with a sewing machine you can always buy fabric and make them yourself at a fraction of the price.
                                                                                Decals and Stencils – A simple wall decal can completely change the look of a room. You can also do a lot with those cheap stencils you get from the craft store. Stencil a design on the wall or add an unexpected detail on the coffee table.
                                                                                Add a Focal Point – To pull the room together and create the perfect finishing touch then you should add a fireplace. Gel tabletop fireplaces are a lot more affordable than you might think. Even when there is not a flame they are pieces of art that naturally become the focal point of the room. The gel is clean-burning and smoke and odor-free, and they can be enjoyed virtually anywhere.

                                                                                Ways to Make Sure Your Cottage is Ready for Winter

                                                                                Whether you spend the summer at a beach cottage or you have a cozy chalet tucked away in the mountains you retreat to throughout the year, there are some chores you need to handle before winter. Use this guide to make sure you don’t forget anything.

                                                                                Deal with the Water Supply

                                                                                It is important to shut the water supply off and drain the pipes, if your cottage is somewhere at risk for freezing temperatures. This will eliminate the chance of your pipes freezing and bursting. You should drain the hot water tank, too. Some recommend pouring antifreeze in to the toilet bowl to protect the lines. If you do this make sure you use an environmentally-friendly variety.

                                                                                Deal with the Water Supply

                                                                                It is important to shut the water supply off and drain the pipes, if your cottage is somewhere at risk for freezing temperatures. This will eliminate the chance of your pipes freezing and bursting. You should drain the hot water tank, too. Some recommend pouring antifreeze in to the toilet bowl to protect the lines. If you do this make sure you use an environmentally-friendly variety.

                                                                                Unplug Everything

                                                                                Walk through every room and make sure appliances, electronics, lamps, etc., are all unplugged. Even when turned off these things all draw energy. Double check the coffeemaker, too. It is often the one thing that gets overlooked, especially if it is being used at the time you do the walkthrough.

                                                                                Fireplace Maintenance

                                                                                If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it needs to be cleaned, and you have to make sure the damper flue is closed. It is a good idea to install a chimney cover, too, to prevent furry critters from making a home in there.

                                                                                Secure Outdoor Items

                                                                                You already added fountain covers to your water elements, but don’t forget the furniture, grill, bicycles, flower planters, etc. If you have a garage or shed, use it to store as much as you can. Otherwise, there are covers available for most of these things, as well. Move what you can against the cottage to reduce the risk of things taking flight during high winds.

                                                                                Remove Perishables

                                                                                Make sure any perishable food gets taken with you or thrown away. Maybe you have a neighbor at the cottage who will happily take everything in your freezer off your hands.

                                                                                Take Photos

                                                                                You never know when your cottage will be the victim for burglary or natural disaster. Take photos of the cottage to prove the condition of it when you left. You will be able to use these pictures should something happen, and you need to file a claim with your insurance company.

                                                                                8 Things to Buy a New Pet Parent

                                                                                If you know someone who recently added a four-legged friend to their home, and you want to get them a little something special the things on this list are sure to be appreciated. If you are actually the new dog parent, you can certainly treat yourself to items on this list, as well.

                                                                                Seat Protector – All it takes is one walk at a park when the ground is wet to have muddy paw prints all over the backseat of your car. A seat protector should be right up at the top of the list. Make sure you choose one that is water-resistant for better protection.

                                                                                Pooper Scooper – Using dog waste bags when you are out at the park is essential, but there is no need to use a new bag every time he does his business at home. Put a trash bag in a 5-gallon bucket with a lid and use a pooper scooper to clean the yard.

                                                                                Toilet Water Bowl – This is just one of those fun conversation starters to have around the house. Dogs and cats are naturally attracted to toilet bowls for some reason, so a water bowl shaped like one is just fun to have around.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Bed – Pet beds can actually be pretty pricey, depending on the style. You can find really unique ones for small- to medium-sized breeds that look like mini sofas and human beds, or if the dog is older, an orthopedic bed will provide support and cushion joints. If the dog is still a puppy stick with less expensive beds because there is a good chance it is going to end up chewed.

                                                                                Gift Card to Groomer – Find the top-recommended groomer in the area and purchase a gift card, so their first spa day will be on you

                                                                                Sling Carrier – If the new dog is a small breed, sling carriers make great gifts. They are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so they can truly be the perfect accessory to any outfit.

                                                                                Walky Dog – It can be really hard to wear out high energy breeds, even if you are a runner. The Walky Dog Hands-free Bicycle Exercise Leash is the perfect solution. It attaches to the bike, so you ride while they run.

                                                                                Food Storage – A quality food storage container will last the life of a dog. It will keep food fresh and keep bugs out. Plus, it will stop a mischievous dog from ripping open a bag of food and overeating until he has a stomach ache while he’s home alone.

                                                                                6 Ways to Create a Tranquil Bedroom

                                                                                If you have a hard time falling or staying asleep at night, you have probably tried just about every over-the-counter and natural remedy available. Poor sleep quality has an adverse effect on your health. Even though you want to sleep, you just can’t seem to shut down your brain. Well, have you evaluated your bedroom? The environment could be what is affecting your mind before bed. Creating a tranquil space might be all that you need to stop counting sheep every night.

                                                                                1. Cascading Water Fountain – The most important element that your bedroom needs is a cascading water fountain. You are probably wondering how art will help you sleep, right? After all, you want to fall asleep, not watch a fountain. Well, it is the sound that a cascading water fountain makes that offers all the great benefits. The sound is soothing. It will relax your mind, so it is easier to fall asleep. Plus, the sound is definitely nice to wake up to in the morning.
                                                                                1. Organization Products – Are you having a hard time trying to find the connection between sleep quality and organization products? To create a tranquil space, you have to get rid of the clutter. If the last thing your eyes see before bed is a mess, it’s no surprise it continues to race. Buy the organizational products that you need to get rid of that cluttered look.
                                                                                1. TV Lift Cabinet – Ideally, you will have no electronics in the room. Electronics create a lot of negative energy. Not to mention, if you are trying to fall asleep while the television is still playing, this is probably the reason why your sleep pattern is so awful. If you must have a TV in the room, buy a TV lift cabinet, so your flat screen is hidden, when it’s not being used.
                                                                                1. Soft Lighting – Do you go from a bright light to complete darkness every night? This is a drastic transition. Lighting sets the mood in an environment, and soft lighting is inviting and comfortable. It will start to prepare your mind for the darkness to follow.
                                                                                1. Color Scheme – Some people have red, purple, and bright orange in their room, and have no problem falling asleep. Some are more sensitive to color than others. If this is the case with you, opt for shades of blue and green.
                                                                                1. Window Treatments – If you typically wake up at dawn even though you just went to bed a few hours before, you are probably just sensitive to the light. Your body has an internal clock that is affected by the sun rising and setting. You might need window treatments that do a better job of blocking the sun.

                                                                                Pieces of Furniture that Can Replace Your Sofa

                                                                                Do you really need a sofa? The vast majority of the population has one simply because it is the expected piece of furniture to have in a living room. However, it is not always the most practical option for everyone. If you are like most, when you have guests over only two people end up sitting on the couch. Well, unless you are watching a movie or playing video games. Maybe then, you squeeze three across. Otherwise, a valuable seat in the middle goes unused. Maybe you are a couch potato and wouldn’t give your sofa up for anything. That’s okay! Just know that if you’re not, there are other options. You don’t have to furnish your home with what everyone else has. Chances are good that if you ditch your sofa, folks you know will follow in your footsteps.

                                                                                Extra Large Bean Bags

                                                                                If you hate your sofa because you are never able to get fully comfortable, or sit there without ending up with a backache after an hour, you will absolutely love extra-large bean bags. There is nothing else quite like them. When your body melts into one, the beans cradle every inch of your body. You may also be interested to know that you can find extra-large bean bags as long as 7.5 feet. So, they offer plenty of room for a few people, or you and your dogs.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Chaise Lounge

                                                                                If you love putting your feet up on a table or ottoman in front of you then a chaise lounge is something you should be interested in. You can even create a large loveseat by pushing two chaises together. These are modern and comfortable.

                                                                                Hammocks

                                                                                Who says you can’t have a hammock in your living room? Today, most can be used with a stand, so you don’t even need to fasten anything to the wall. You can also go with hammock chairs instead.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Floor Cushions

                                                                                If you constantly have a lot of people over and everyone just crashes on the floor, even though you have furniture, you need floor cushions. Meditation cushions are perfect, and some are as wide as 3 feet, so there is plenty of space to get comfortable on them. These go perfectly with extra-large bean bags.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Flip Furniture

                                                                                These convertible-style pieces of foam furniture change from a chair into a chaise into a bed. Then, all three pieces can be flipped to use as an ottoman or table. These are also a great compliment to extra-large bean bags, as well.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Easy Ways to Make Your Property Safer

                                                                                  Regardless what neighborhood, city, or state you live in; there are always ways to improve the safety of your property. Many people hear the word “safe” and automatically think of crime, but having a safe home also means taking steps to prevent accidents from occurring, as well. This list will help you create the safest property possible.

                                                                                  • Solar Lights – Solar lights are an absolute must. You should be able to see where you are walking around your property. Not to mention, solar lights make your home less attractive to burglars.
                                                                                  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Most people have smoke alarms, but a surprising number of people do not have a carbon monoxide detector. Too many people die annually from carbon monoxide. These are deaths that could have been prevented with a $25 device. Make sure you test your alarms frequently.
                                                                                  • Fix Walkways – You may know exactly where the uneven part of the walkway is, even in the dark, but guests don’t. Fix these areas before they become issues.
                                                                                  • House Number – Make sure your house number is visible from the street, so emergency responders can see it. This means putting the number on the mailbox or a tree by the end of the driveway, if necessary.
                                                                                  • Dog Signs – You don’t need to actually have a dog to post “Beware of Dog” signs. Leave a few heavy duty dog toys outside, too.
                                                                                  • Fence – Thieves find a fenced property much less attractive than an unfenced one.
                                                                                  • Store Fuel Properly – Whether you have gas cans of fuel, cylinders of propane for a portable heater, or cans of gel fuel for your fireplace, it is important that you adhere to proper storage guidelines.
                                                                                  • Stop Using the Fireplace – Chimney fires can happen to anyone. Turn your fireplace into a safe, eco-friendly one with a bio fuel insert.
                                                                                  • Window Coverings – Natural light is great, but people don’t need to be able to see everything inside your home when you are sleeping or away at work. Make sure your window coverings actually provide privacy, especially in kids’ rooms.
                                                                                  • Don’t Hide Keys – Hiding keys outside is just asking for trouble. Thieves know where to look for them. Plus, it only takes one of your teenager’s mischievous friends to learn of the hiding place, and they will tell several others.
                                                                                  • Don’t Be Predictable – Switch up your routine or at least change times in your home to turn certain light and electronics on at different times with timers. A person with a predictable routine is the perfect target for a criminal.

                                                                                  6 Tips for Dealing with a Sore Back

                                                                                  There are few things worse than dealing with a sore back. Whether you pulled your back shoveling after the last snow storm or if your back is always sore because you do a lot of heavy lifting at work, these tips will help ease the pain, so you can be more productive during the day and sleep better at night.

                                                                                  1. Foam Bed Wedges – If you are like many others, the real discomfort comes when you lie down to go to sleep. It is nearly impossible to get comfortable, so you barely get any rest.  Foam bed wedges make a huge difference. They feature an inclined design, which promotes proper alignment and better circulation. Since foam bed wedges are portable, you can take them to the couch to use while you are watching TV, and even pack them to take on vacation.
                                                                                  1. Electrotherapy Pain Relief Device – These products use Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation to relieve pain. You simply apply the reusable pads to the sore area, and turn the device on for about 15 minutes.
                                                                                  1. Lumbar Back Brace – If you are susceptible to back pain, you should definitely wear some type of lumbar back brace while lifting, shoveling, mowing the lawn, or doing any other activity that can cause you discomfort.
                                                                                  1. Acupressure Mat – An average mat has about 6,210 acupressure points. You are supposed to lie on it for 20 minutes a day. You can’t wait until you are pain to use one of these mats though. This is more of a preventative option. It promotes the release of endorphins in your body and it improves circulation. It can even be used for headaches.
                                                                                  1. Body Back Buddy – This unusual looking contraption can be used all over the body to relieve aches and pains. It works by applying pressure to specific trigger points. It is great for getting knots out. If you use this during the day and sleep with a foam wedge pillow at night, you might feel like a new person.
                                                                                  1. Back Bubble – If money is no concern, you may be interested in a Back Bubble Spinal Decompression Pain Relief Device. These expensive but effective tools inflate and are usually suspended in a doorway or overhead beam. Your body gets encircled by the Back Bubble, and it uses gravity to put you in a semi-suspended position, thereby providing a feeling of weightlessness.

                                                                                  Break Away From Your Traditional Living Room Layout With These Tips

                                                                                  If you go into most homes you will find a sofa against one wall, and a loveseat and/or a chair on another. Then, there are tables and a lot of empty floor space. Who decided that walls were made for larger furniture pieces? There are so many exciting things you can do with your living space that do not revolve around the traditional layout.

                                                                                  Create a Sitting Area

                                                                                  If you have a large living room then you can create a separate sitting area. If you have ever seen the HGTV dream homes, the designers do this, but call this sitting area the “great room.” Obviously, you can still have your sofa facing your television in the main area, but off to the side you will place a table with furniture in a square or circle. Table aquariumsare perfect to use for this sitting area because they attract attention to ensure folks will want to gather there. You may find this becomes your go-to place to sit and read, so you can keep one eye on your aquatic friends and the other in your book. Table aquariums can create the ultimate “wow” factor.

                                                                                  Move the Furniture Away From the Wall

                                                                                  If you don’t have floor space to create a separate sitting area just move your furniture around. Break away from that cookie-cutter mold by pulling your sofa to the middle of the room. Add an accent rug, and then put that wall to good use. You could put bookshelves there or add several planters. This would be a good wall to paint an accent color or put a large decal on.

                                                                                  Change Your Furniture 

                                                                                  Maybe your furniture is making you feel stuck in a rut. Folks are so used to buying a living room set or a sectional that they don’t realize how many exciting options are out there.

                                                                                  For a super modern look replace your seating with bean bag chairs. Some are as large as 7 feet, and can easily replace your sofa. Besides, these are pretty much the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in.

                                                                                  If you do not want all bean bags, you could do a bean bag sofa, and then add a hammock swing to replace your chair. Guests will not be able to decide what piece of furniture they want to sit on first. One thing is for certain; folks will be talking about how stylish your home is for a long time!

                                                                                  Ways to Keep Your Cabin Warm

                                                                                  If you have a secluded cabin, there is a good chance you don’t have electricity. Either that or you might be without power for long periods of time after a storm. Maybe you are considering buying a small primitive cabin, but you are not sure if you can deal with having no power, especially when it is cold. Well, plenty of people live off the grid in Alaska. It is not convenient to not have the option of turning up the furnace, but there are ways to keep the cabin cozy and comfy, even when there is a blizzard outside.

                                                                                  Fireplaces that Use Bio Ethanol

                                                                                  Fireplaces that use bio ethanol have become a preferred heat source because the fuel is so clean. The bio ethanol is made from sustainable crops, and it doesn’t emit smoke, toxins, or odor. Fireplaces that use bio ethanol are an easy and safe heat source for a cabin of any size. Just make sure you are always stocked up on fuel. Plus, these fires provide a nice cozy ambiance.

                                                                                  Kerosene Heater

                                                                                  Also referred to as a paraffin heater, these heaters operate similar to a kerosene lamp. They have a fiberglass wick that uses a capillary action to draw kerosene from the tank. Once lit, flames are emitted by the wick into the heater’s burner unit. A convection process is used to heat the air. It is important to fill and light these heaters outdoors and then relocate them inside.

                                                                                  Generator

                                                                                  If you don’t mind stocking up on gasoline, running a generator is an option. However, this can get expensive. If you use the cabin a lot and have a higher budget a solar generator may be an option for you. Keep in mind that gas generators need to be operated outside. Running one right outside an open window is dangerous, and puts you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.

                                                                                  Power Inverter

                                                                                  When used for emergency power, inverters are generally hooked to a car battery. They convert DC current into AC power, so you can plug in a space heater. You don’t have to use a car battery though. You can simply use an extra fully charged battery. Buy a few batteries and a solar panel, so you can use one while charging the others. These are ideal for electric blankets, too.

                                                                                  Heat Packets

                                                                                  Hand and body warmers can be purchased for under $1 each, and last up to 10 hours. Put one on your back, in your socks, and in a pair of mittens when you sleep, and they will help keep you toasty.

                                                                                  Propane Heater

                                                                                  These heaters use canisters of propane. This is a low-cost and efficient heating option, but they do product carbon monoxide, and therefore require good ventilation. You should have a carbon monoxide detector in the cabin for sure, if you use one.

                                                                                  Creative Ideas for a Healthy Workplace

                                                                                  Office life: it’s often mundane and repetitive, causing debilitating repetitive muscle strain and mental sluggishness. Here are three novel pieces of equipment that you might not think of adding to an office. They will add some fun to your daily grind, promoting better mental health and overall productivity. Change up your 9-5 routine and see what happens to your overall health and well-being, even after you’ve gone home for the day.

                                                                                  Massage Chairs

                                                                                  Those of us who sit at a desk for long hours know all too well the toll it can eventually take on our body and mental health. Choosing a desk chair that is comfortable and ergonomically designed is a great start, but adding a massage chair to your company break room has huge health benefits for active pain relief. You can rest assured that you are being proactive about your employees’ health, and giving them a much-needed mental break which allows for more productivity later in the day. Massage has been shown to increase endorphin levels, providing a natural feel-good boost which will encourage positive work habits and creativity. The Omega Skyline Zero Gravity Massage Chair massages your back at three speeds to ease the painful lower-back strain that comes with sitting at a computer. It also includes an MP3 player and headphones to help create a soundtrack that will help you drift away in your mind as your muscles receive a relaxing massage.

                                                                                  Bean Bag Chairs

                                                                                  The Big Joe Roma Chair, which comes in six fun colors, would make a great addition to any creative office space in which brainstorms are encouraged. When your employees are comfortable and relaxed, they’re more likely to produce original ideas, and have fun doing it. A grouping of comfortable, casual seats in an office setting can bring employees together and create a healthy team bond, as they truly enjoy sitting and relaxing together. Add some bean bag chairs to your conference room and watch the creative collaborations and new ideas blossom in your co-workers, not to mention the child-like smiles and laughter.

                                                                                  Standing Desks

                                                                                  Have you seen this trend in your office yet? Recent studies have shown the negative impact that sitting for prolonged periods can have on our health. Sitting for too long can lower your metabolism, increasing your risk of developing diabetes or obesity later in life. Sitting for too long can also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and overall mortality rate. But don’t be too frightened or tempted to go to extremes; good office health is all about finding a healthy balance in your physical activity level at work. Adding more movement to your daily life, including walking and exercising, is healthy for anyone, and helps stimulate brain activity.

                                                                                  To reduce the strain on your body caused by too much standing, try using a gel mat with your standing desk. If you’re considering switching from a regular office chair to a standing desk, try a combination of both to begin with, alternating between the two so that your legs can get used to the additional strain.

                                                                                  4 Things You Need to Know About Table Aquariums

                                                                                  It is pretty impossible to compete with table aquariums, so if you add one to your home, you can count on being the envy of everyone who visits. These are the most surprising, captivating, and intriguing pieces of art you can add to your living space. After all, even Picasso can’t compete with living art! If you are considering buying one of these amazing pieces for your home there are a few things you need to consider.

                                                                                  Commitment – The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are ready for the commitment. Some species of fish can live a pretty long time, so you will potentially be caring for them for years. Second, you will need to be committed to a cleaning schedule. A layer of dust on a painting or sculpture rarely get noticed, but you better believe people will notice (and smell) dirty water. Table aquariums instantly become the center of attention. So keeping them clean is imperative. Plus, dirty water is bad for the fish.

                                                                                  Size and Style – These types of aquariums are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Coffee tables tend to be the most popular option. End tables are also available, but generally not as easy to find. They come in the shape of squares, rectangles, octagons, etc. and in different sizes. Make sure the one you choose is appropriate for the size of the room. You may have your eye on a 40-gallon octagon table, but if it takes up too much floor space, you will have people constantly bumping into it, which your fish are not going to appreciate.

                                                                                  All-inclusive – There may be aquarium tables available that don’t come with anything. However, your best bet would be too purchase one that includes all the essentials you need, such as a pump, filter, gravel, etc. This way there is no question that you have appropriate equipment to keep the water full of oxygen. Depending on the fish you choose, you may decide on aftermarket purchases, such as ultraviolet stabilizers, herbs, thermostats, test kits, and plants.


                                                                                  Choose Appropriate Fish – Always be sure you are choosing fish that are the recommended size for your aquarium. It is also important that the species be compatible; many are not. When in doubt consult someone who is an expert on the topic.

                                                                                  Tips for Improving Sleep Quality

                                                                                  If you struggle to fall asleep at night or if you wake up several times you have probably tried just about everything you can think to improve the quality and quantity of sleep you get. Maybe you have changed your diet and even avoid eating before bed. You may have even eliminated caffeine and try reading a book for a while, but nothing seems to work. Well, perhaps it is your bedroom that needs some changes. 

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Eliminate Clutter

                                                                                  It does not matter how tired you are, if the last thing you look at before you go to bed is clutter it is really hard for the mind to relax. It is already racing from the events of the day and thinking about your morning meeting, but now it also has to be reminded that you need to wash that pile of laundry on the floor and go through the mountain of mail on the dresser. Tidy up your space. If you don’t have room to put odds and ends, buy or make decorative boxes, baskets, and bags to hide these things.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  You often do not realize how uncomfortable your old bed has gotten until you sleep on a new one. Maybe you know you need a new mattress, but cannot fit such a large expense into the budget right now. Perhaps you moved recently and could only afford a cheap mattress, so now you are really regretting your purchase. Memory foam is the answer. Buy a 2, 3, or 4-inch memory foam mattress topper, and see if you don’t sleep like a baby. You will be amazed at how it is both comfortable and supportive.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Water Fountain

                                                                                  Sometimes, all you need is a soothing sound to help you drift away to dreamland. Water fountains are beautiful to look at, but the sound they create is also extremely relaxing. Plus, it masks outside noises, so if it is traffic or loud neighbors keeping you up, a fountain will help. Plus, you may not know it but a water feature will make the air in your room cleaner and more comfortable. Pair this with memory foam and you will never want to get out of bed.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Color and Lighting

                                                                                  Some people find that they are able to fall asleep faster when the last color they look at is muted, neutral, or pastel. So, if you have a vibrant color on your walls, maybe it is time for a change. Also, your bedroom should be dark. If you absolutely need a nightlight, plug it in an outlet in the hallway, so it is not so bright in your room. You may also want to buy curtains that will block the sunlight and the streetlight outside your bedroom window.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Design Solutions for a Small Space

                                                                                  Whether you are getting your first one bedroom apartment or buying a house with a fairly small living room, you may find yourself faced with decorating challenges. Trying to cram too many items in your living room will make it appear cluttered. Not to mention, the space will feel smaller than it already is, if you don’t have much floor space to move around. Do not get discouraged through. You can do a lot with that small space with a few basic tips.

                                                                                  Keep Seating Simple

                                                                                  The less furniture you have in a room the more floor space you will have to work with. Determine what your needs actually are. If you never have enough people over to put that extra chair to use get rid of it. If you are single and literally never do any entertaining or are always on the go then maybe you do not even need a sofa. Perhaps you only need your favorite bean bag and a few floor cushions, just in case friends stop by. Choose your furniture based on your needs, rather than what the norm is.

                                                                                  TV and Media Console

                                                                                  One of the smartest pieces of furniture you can add to a small space is a TV and media console. This one unit will give you a place to house your television and media, but it will also act as a focal point and heat source when the fireplace is on. Most assume they cannot have a fireplace unless they have a ton of extra room. With a TV and media console you get to have the cozy fire you long for without adding any additional elements to your space.

                                                                                  Cover a Wall with Shelves

                                                                                  You need to make the most of that valuable wall space. So, you can either buy bookshelves to stand up against a wall or install shelves yourself. These can be used to display art, collectibles, photos, and knickknacks, and they can hold books, games, etc. You can also use them to hold decorative boxes, cloth bins, and baskets to use for storage.

                                                                                  Ottomans and Benches

                                                                                  These items are essential in small spaces. If they open and allow for storage then they can be used for seating while also holding blankets and pillows. A bench could also be used as a side table with your winter coats, sporting gear, or other items you do not need to access in the off-season.

                                                                                  Tips and Tricks

                                                                                  Lighter colors will make the space appear larger. However, this does not mean you are restricted to neutrals. If you want a purple room, by all means go for it! Just choose a lighter shade or else only paint one accent wall the dark shade you love. You can also stick with neutrals, but incorporate bright colors as accents. Lastly, make use of mirror. Whether you add a mirror fountain, clock, serving tray, etc., to the space it will make the room appear larger due to its reflective nature.

                                                                                  Businesses Perfect for Bean Bag Chairs

                                                                                  As you probably know, bean bag chairs have been around for a very long time. Depending on your age, you may have even had one in the 70s when they first emerged onto the scene. Well, they are more popular than ever today, but not only in private residences; plenty of businesses are welcoming these pieces of furniture as well. If you own or manage a business you may want to consider adding this fun, comfortable, durable and stylish pieces of furniture to your environment.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Daycare – If you have a daycare or even a small babysitting business, you absolutely need bean bag chairs. This is the best type of furniture to have with children running around. There are no sharp edges and the furniture is comfortable and extremely durable. Bean bags can take a lot of abuse. Plus, there are plenty that have a removable and machine-washable cover.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Waiting Cover – It doesn’t matter if you have a medical or dental practice, law or tax office or a service department at your dealership, if you have a waiting room, you need bean bag chairs. You will find few people who still say they actually enjoy sitting in a waiting room, but give them seating that they melt into and perhaps a water fountain to listen to and look at, and suddenly their view of waiting is not so bad.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Bar – If you have a bar, nightclub, martini lounge or wine bar, you should consider bean bag chairs. The more comfortable patrons are the more likely they are to sit there longer and order another drink. Many people visiting your establishment are doing so to unwind after a long day or week. It could be their first night out in a month. Why not provide them with seating that will just sort of absorb all their stress? This way they can truly have a memorable and positive experience, so they will be more likely to come back.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Café – If you are in a highly populated city, then you know that the competition for cafes is pretty stiff. You may even have one directly across the street from you. Give your patrons a reason to choose your establishment over the others. Funky, cool and comfortable sofa bean bags scattered around are inviting. People will look forward to relaxing and enjoying their specialty coffee. Plus, if you choose those with a removable and machine-washable covers, they will be easy to keep clean.

                                                                                  Tips for Getting Started with Bonsai Trees

                                                                                  The first thing you should know is that growing and caring for bonsai trees can be very addicting. So, don’t be surprised if that one tree turns into an obsessive collection. The art of bonsai is very beneficial. You may look at it as a simple hobby, but what you don’t know is that caring for these tiny trees and even just having them displayed in your home is good for your physical and mental health.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Have the Right Supplier

                                                                                  You do not want to take shortcuts when purchasing your tools and bowls. The proper supplies will make all the difference in the world, when it comes to having a rewarding experience. Think of your tool collection as an investment because quality ones will last you a very long time.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Pots – You can’t put a bonsai tree in your typical plant pot and expect it to flourish. These trees need a very shallow pot, so you can control the root system.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Fertilizer – Since the pots are so shallow, the soil the roots are in does not have a lot of nutrients. Therefore, you will need to supply it with a quality fertilizer that is designed specifically for bonsai trees.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Supplies – Some of the supplies you will need include a root rake, pliers, branch cutters, wire cutters and special bonsai scissors.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Humidity Tray – Don’t underestimate how important humidity is to the health of your tree. Most homes do not have nearly enough humidity in the air for a bonsai to flourish. A humidity tray is an inexpensive accessory that will provide moisture to your tree 24/7, while also providing the table that the pot is resting on.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Start with a Quality Tree

                                                                                  Once you have been growing bonsai trees for many years, you may want to try your luck with a seedling, but when you are getting started, you definitely want to use an established tree from a trusted source. Keep in mind that some of these trees are very slow growing, so if you start with a seedling, you won’t be able to start shaping it for a long time.

                                                                                  Take the time and explore your options. You may find that you are intrigued by one you have never even considered. Most people are familiar with what a Jade Bonsai Tree is, as they provide a more traditional look, but for something really unique, you may want to also consider a Japanese Weeping Willow or a Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai.

                                                                                  Comfort Indulgences Your Living Space Needs

                                                                                  If you are like most others you go to work every day just so you can afford your home. Many people get stuck in the rut of paying bills and buying things for the house and their family that they actually feel guilty about buying something new for them. So, if this sounds like you then you are certainly not alone. This is quite sad though because you deserve an indulgence that is just for you sometimes. You work hard for your money, so you should treat yourself good, and not feel the least bit guilty about it. Below are a few things that you should consider buying if you really want to treat yourself right and feel a little spoiled.

                                                                                  Mattress Toppers – Most people sleep on the same mattress until they literally can barely get out of bed because it is the least comfortable thing in the world to lie on. Fair enough, mattresses can be really expensive to replace, but that does not mean you should suffer in agony every night.  Mattress toppers make old beds feel like new again. Most are 2 to 4 inches and made of memory foam.
                                                                                  Water Features – You may be having a hard time trying to understand how a water fountain is going to benefit you. Well, once you have one you will understand. When you walk through the door after a long day and the first thing you hear is the tranquil sound of cascading water and you feel your stress just melt away then you will understand why this is such an essential indulgence.
                                                                                  Hammocks – You have not napped until you have taken a nap in a hammock. You might be saying you do not have time for naps. Well, you will make time after you see firsthand how refreshed you feel after the first one. There is something about breathing in the fresh air and feeling the cool breeze on your skin that results in the most amazing nap ever.
                                                                                  Roman Tub – Okay, so this indulgence is going to require a little remodeling and probably a professional, but you will love every minute you spend soaking in your new Roman tub. These tubs are so deep you can soak right up to your chin and you have plenty of room to stretch your legs. Just imagine a long hot soak and then going to lie down on a mattress topper. This would be pure bliss!

                                                                                  Make Your Business More Comfortable with Ventless Fireplaces

                                                                                  Thanks to ventless fireplaces, every type of environment can enjoy a dancing flame. If you own or manage a small business you may have never considered adding a fireplace to the space, but you really should. They don’t create smoke or diminish oxygen levels so they are safe to use anywhere, even if you have a small tax office in a high rise building.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Benefits

                                                                                  Ventless fireplaces offer the same great benefits to a business as they do to your home, but on an escalated level. It doesn’t matter if you have customers, clients, patients, investors or any other type of visitor entering your business on a daily basis, they will appreciate the fireplace in more ways than you can imagine.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Warmth – Obviously, one of the most important reasons to add them to your business if for the warmth they offer. This is especially true if you are in a building with controlled heat. People entering or waiting in your lounge area will certainly appreciate that chair next to the fireplace on a cold winter day.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Welcoming – A fireplace is a familiar element that everyone recognizes. It is a comforting element. Most people simply need to glance at one to immediately feel at ease. This is how you want people to feel, especially if they are getting ready to spend money.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Relaxing – It is hard to feel anxious, stressed or on the edge when you are in the presence of a dancing flame. So, whether someone stops in your café to grab a coffee after a terrible business meeting, or if they are in your lounge waiting to get their taxes done that they are dreading, they will be able to relax a bit and not focus on any concerns they have.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Conversation Piece – If you have a martini lounge, wine bar or even a hair or nail salon, patrons will appreciate having a nice piece of art as a conversation starter. Talking about art is a nice way to break the ice and strike up a conversation.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Give Them a Reason to Return

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Every professional market today is saturated with competition, especially in larger cities. Give people a reason to remember you, so they want to return. Someone may not remember where they were when they had that fantastic dessert, but if they have a visual element like the Pure Flame Vesta Bio Fuel Fireplace to associate your restaurant with, then they might have an easier time remembering, so they come back and refer others to you as well. Word of mouth is a strong marketing tool.