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Give Your Home a Facelift Without Spending a Fortune

You want to breathe some new life into your home but you don’t have thousands of dollars stashed away for renovations or redecorating.  That’s okay, you can give your home a facelift without spending a fortune.  Here are some ways you can change the look of your home easily and inexpensively.

Some new paint

One of the easiest ways to change the look of your home is with a fresh coat of paint, but don’t put the same tired old color back on the walls.  Change it up a bit, pick an accent wall and paint it a completely different color.  On that note when it comes to painting there is a whole rainbow full of colors and you don’t have to stick with beige.  Using an accent wall makes it the focal point of your room.  You can add some really cool art to that wall to further draw attention to it.

Change the lighting

Most people underestimate how much light defines your décor.  You can play around with light by changing the window coverings, natural light makes everything look better and brighter.  You may want to add some traditional lamps strategically placed around the room.  Switching out those bright lights for some pot lights with dimmer switches can completely change the room too and soften the lighting.  Here is a look at how lighting can change your room.

Don’t forget the floor

A new area rug can brighten up the space by adding a splash of color to the room.  It also gives you the chance to add some different textures to your decorating scheme.  If you live in an apartment you may not be able to change the colors of the walls but you can get an area rug, grab a big, bright multicolored rug for your living room.  Match a couple of décor pieces with the colors on the area rug to tie the whole room together.

Creative use of mirrors

Mirrors can do so many things, they can make your room look bigger and they can also reflect light around the room and make it look brighter.  Place them at different angles around the room to get the effect that you want in your room.  Mirrors are perfect for smaller spaces and you can get them in some interesting frames to really make them pop.

Add some art

Visit your arts community and lend your support to a local artist.  You never know you may end up getting a great piece of art before the artist becomes famous.  Simply hanging a cool piece of art can transform a living room into something unique.

Decorating Don’ts You Should Avoid

Buying a new home or moving into a new apartment is exciting!  You can furnish it and decorate it in your own style and leave your mark on your very own space.  Everyone wants a beautiful home that they can be proud of.  Beautiful interior design doesn’t come easy to everyone and sometimes the design just doesn’t flow.

 Here are some decorating don’ts you should avoid:

  • Don’t pick the paint before the furniture. Your furniture is a long term purchase and it will become the focal point of your interior design theme.  You want to choose paint colors that work with your furniture.  Painting first limits the colors of the furniture that you can choose.
  • Measure the room before you buy furniture. The last thing you want to do is to fall in love with a living room suite or even just a sofa only to bring it home and find that it is far too big for the room.  It happens more often than you think.  Before you shop for furniture measure the space first and bring your tape measure with you to the furniture store.  You can get the right furniture that flows within your living space.
  • Don’t pick trendy over comfortable. Trendy furniture looks great except for two things, it is going to go out of style fairly quickly and it is not always comfortable.  If you are going to spend the next 5-10 years sitting on a couch then you want it to be comfortable, the same goes for your chairs.  There are plenty of stylish and comfortable pieces that will last.
  • Don’t overdo it with the strange and wonderful. There is nothing wrong with liking unique conversation pieces and incorporating them into your decorating.  They become a problem when they aren’t functional or when they go completely out of style two weeks after you bought them.  Having eclectic tastes is cool, but don’t go crazy with it.
  • Having too many tchotchkes in your room. Like unicorns or decorative spoons, that’s awesome but don’t let your collections take over.  Not only will you be perpetually dusting to keep your room looking clean and neat but they is a point where it is too much.  Plants are a beautiful addition to a room, however living in a green house is not so much fun.  Less is always more.

There you have it, some decorating don’ts you should avoid while you are putting together your new place.   Don’t worry we have plenty of tips on how you can create a beautiful space too.

Rolling Readers

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Every week without fail, Irene Corey goes to Herbert Ibarra Elementary School in San Diego’s City Heights’ neighborhood to inspire 25 children to learn to read. 205 other Rolling Readers’ volunteers like Irene visit 214 elementary classrooms throughout San Diego County on a weekly basis. Thanks to these volunteers, 6,500 low-income San Diego children are inspired to become readers and overcome the challenges of living in poverty.

Twenty-two years ago, Rolling Readers was founded with the belief that with just a couple of staff to manage, an army of volunteers could make a difference in the lives of our children. This army of Rolling Readers lives throughout San Diego County, but they have this in common: they travel every week during the school year to one of San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods to read aloud to the same classroom of children. This weekly model of commitment, selflessness, and caring is as important as sharing a love of reading in transforming these children into eager readers and lifelong learners.

Learn more about becoming a weekly read-aloud volunteer.

Western Decor Essentials: Rugs, Drapes, Horse Art, etc.

Western room decor has always been very important to me. I believe certain colors or objects can improve one’s mood significantly. Before I moved from my hometown, I was struggling with depression and anxiety; my grandmother, who I was living with, noticed my change of mood and suggested that we change my bland, white walls into a color that could improve my mood. We looked around at Lowes, and I decided on a pretty teal-blue color. Blue tones tend to give people a feeling of calm and relaxation, so once we finished painting it, it looked much homier. Once I put my posters back up and got a new matching bedspread, I really did feel better.

Western Rugs Are The Foundation of Any Western Style Interior Design Makeover

My surroundings were much more my style and my room was finally exactly the way I wanted it. I have since moved away, but I still keep that beautiful teal-blue color in my room because it really does improve my mood and help me relax. Another decoration I love is Christmas lights or fairy lights. Having this small string of lights hung on the wall really creates a cozy feeling when you are watching a movie or getting ready for bed. I enjoy the plain white-yellow lights, but the people who use the multi-colored lights are much more daring than I am. Also, photos with inspiring or uplifting quotes are very popular and nice. Having something to read, such as “Be bold!”, can definitely give you a much-needed confidence boost when you’re feeling low and it can also give you the motivation to take your day head on! I really enjoy shopping for new western decor because change is always a good thing and sometimes, the western decorations you once loved may not suit you anymore. One of the pieces of western decor that I was really happy that I purchased was an area rug in western style.  They had a ton of different sizes, but I decided to go with a southwest 8×10 rug.  There is always a different color or a new knickknack to receive or buy. Everyone has a different taste, you just have to find what suits you the best!

 

When I hear the term “western decor,” I think of objects that improve the aesthetic of a particular area or building in general, while the decor is technically not necessary to improve the quality of living for a house, it does help to improve the feeling of being at home. Everyone’s idea of what western decor makes their home feel like an actual home varies across numerous spectrums. I am not entirely sure as to whether this is true or not, but I feel that once one begins to apply decor and add onto it, things tend to fall into place in terms of design. The goal of each is to improve the look of each place. There are multiple reasons for the presence of western decor. One of the main reasons is, as I mentioned previously, to make a particular place feel more home-like.

Another reason is to impress those who come into the home. One of the views placed on society is one’s social status being equivalent to the size and the internal appearance of their house. It’s widely believed that if one has more “expensive” western decor than someone else, they are of the upper class. What a lot of people don’t consider, at least in my opinion is the potential theory that those of the lower class actually make their own decor. In doing this, another reason for having western decor surfaces: Pride.

Everyone remembers hanging their childhood drawings up on the fridge or the wall, eager to show their parents. Similarly, a decor artist may hang what they make on their wall mainly because they’re proud of their creations. Hunters do the exact same thing when they make a kill. Granted, some people may have their oppositions about what decor should be on one’s walls, but it’s ultimately up to the owner. Western decor does more than just add flair to a room. Based on the nature of the decor artist, it can give an insight as to their interests and potentially their views, be them religious, philosophical, or even miscellaneous. Regardless, it gives the presence of western decor even more validation, which thus increases the need and importance for it.