Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Guest Blog Post--Arcadian Home Decor

This guest blog post comes from my friends at Arcadian Home Decor. If you like this post, be sure to stop by the Arcadian home decor blog and let them know you saw them here at Home Decorating News!

Moods and Styles: Decor for Your Lifestyle

You may admire the beautifully appointed and formal home of an acquaintance or love going to a friend’s casual and contemporary home and while staring at the pretty table décor and drinking coffee for hours, but would you really want to live there? While you may appreciate a lovely décor or enjoy visiting a friend’s home it does not mean you could live comfortably in it either.

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Finding a home décor mood and style to suit your unique taste and lifestyle is more important than you might think. Your home’s aesthetics can affect your own mood, stress and comfort levels and even your health. Discovering the perfect balance and combination of décor moods and styles for your sanctuary will take a bit of soul searching and some homework as well, but the results will be well worth it.

Moods, as they relate to interior design, are created by many room elements such as color, patterns, and furnishings. There are three basic moods: Informal, semi-formal and formal. While each can stand alone in a successful room design, often they are mixed—semi-formal with formal, informal with semi-formal and on rare occasions formal and informal.

Doryn Wallach Design (via)

To find a mood to suit your own try this simple exercise. Grab a pen and paper and create a list of the rooms in your home. Next, write down adjectives for characteristics you would like to feel and see in each. For example, you might want your living room to be warm, comfortable and relaxed. Write down as many characteristics and adjectives you can think of for each room. This will help you narrow down paint colors, furnishings and patterns when it is time to start choosing each.

Interior design styles are defined by patterns, furniture (often defined by its country of origin) or even a certain idea. There are eight basic styles: traditional, provincial, country, modern, contemporary, oriental, coastal and eclectic. While many styles can be mixed successfully be sure to anchor your design with a dominant one. For example, you may love a French provincial look, but you have always loved the modern look of the Barcelona chair and Murano decorative bowls. These two styles mix beautifully just as long as the majority of the furnishings are provincial.

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To learn more about the styles you are attracted to grab a stack of the latest shelter magazines and tear out pages with designs that speak to you and start a file for each room. Your local bookstore or library will also have books whose content is dedicated to the varying styles in room décor and furnishings.

The more you explore differing moods and styles, the more comfortable you will be with your choices, and ultimately, the design of your home.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Brighten Your Home For Spring

Spring is right around the corner so now is a great time to add some color and life to your home decor. I've just added some great new products that will help brighten your home or patio.

Start by adding some greenery. Plants add warmth and color to a room as well as recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. These metal plant stands can help you make a beautiful display in any room and look great on the front porch or patio.

Ivy-Design Staircase Plant Stand

Two-Tier Plant Stand

Corner Plant Stand

Country Apple Plant Stand

Four-Tier Plant Stand Screen

This beautiful tabletop hanging vase is a unique way to display fresh flowers. This would make a great centerpiece.

Tabletop Hanging Pendant Vase

Fresh roses are beautiful and smell great. The only drawback is that they eventually wither and die. These attractive, lifelike roses are made out of feathers. Find a stylish vase for them and they make a nice, colorful display.

Lifelike Feather Roses

This adorable little planter will look beautiful with your favorite flowers planted inside:
Butterfly Teacup Planter

This outdoor planter will look beautiful when filled with colorful flowers.

Wagon Wheel Planter

OOOh La-La! This shabby little cart will look so classy sitting in your yard with your favorite plants or flowers!

French Flower Cart Plant Stand

Add an exotic touch with these attractive safari pots:

Safari Pots

Finally, brighten any corner with this very attractive hanging candle holder. This would look great indoors or on a covered patio or porch.

Sunflower Candleholder

Since St. Patrick's Day is almost here, enjoy this article on Irish Cottage Style Decor.