TV or not TV? That is the question……
We’re in the process of finishing our basement and there is a design element (using the term loosely) that keeps me in a quandary. That is the ever important, the yin and yang of all family rooms, the focal point of any great room…….the ever essential television! No matter how skinny these are, or how streamline they become, they are still a decorator’s nightmare. Does it go over the fireplace? Next to the fireplace? On an entertainment center? In an entertainment center? In the middle of the wall? On the side of the wall? Do I put pictures around it or let it stand alone as the designer’s albatross it is. And if the TV isn’t enough of an eyesore there are the endless cords going from this electronic device to the other. YIKES!
In trying to decide where to have the electricians wire for this lovely component, we went back and forth, how high, how low, middle, side, etc., etc. It is just not an easy thing…….this placement of the television. So, we finally decided to be very creative 🙂 and stuck it smack dab in the middle of the wall. I am now looking for ideas how to downplay the appearance of the 60” worth of media mania at the far end of our family room.
The Tranquility of Trickling Water
Doesn’t everyone want their home to be a place where, after a long day away, they can come home and have their stresses melt away? I love, love, love the sound of trickling water. Maybe I have a touch of feng shui in me. “They say” the sound of moving water has been proven to lower heart rate. We have a cd with nothing more than ocean and river sounds on it, and it really is very relaxing. Indoor water features bring a special ambiance and serenity to any space in your home. Whether they hang on your wall or sit on your office desk, the sound of moving water brings peace to your soul.
IWF’s draw attention and add a soothing touch to the atmosphere in your home. They invoke a sense of calm and tranquility to guests entering your home. Indoor fountains provide a sense of mountain breezes, running streams, and natural bodies of water…mmmm….don’t you just want to take a nap thinking about this?
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas and aren’t just for your door. Here are 10 decorating ideas with wreaths.
My patio said, “Hey it’s a party, come on over!”
We’ve got Spring fever, and we’re ready to bust open the patio!! Normally we start de-winterizing our patio around Mother’s day, but this year, it’s comin’ early! The thing I love most about my patio is trying to decorate it to feel like I’m bringing the inside out….a little furniture, all weather of course, some brightly colored cushions, pots & herbs that can take the cool for a while. I felt like the patio and yard was needing a little something more this year, so I decided to come up with some ideas that will make our summer parties ones that won’t be forgotten. So here is the list of the ten best ideas that I found.
Kitchen window sills are the most fun to decorate! And this time of year when we only have our hopes that Spring will come, and everything is still barren and the weather is still disagreeable (so have I made myself clear that March is NOT one of my favorite months?), a kitchen window sill can brighten every morning!
I was at Home Depot last night and they are now stocking their pansies and primroses (so is Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, etc.) I love to get a basket and fill with pots of pansies, add a topiary and whatever else looks cute with it. It enlivens the whole kitchen! Don’t bother planting the pansies in the basket, just stick the whole plastic containers in the basket and cover with some Spanish moss and it looks so cute. When you water them use a little water soluble fertilizer to extend their life. Wal-Mart carries a great off brand of Miracle Gro.
TIP: Either put your basket in the sink or put it on a tray so when you water it doesn’t run all over your sill.