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It does not take a great deal of money to make the bedroom comfortable.  It is one room where a great deal of time is spent.  For this reason, it needs to be comfortable, calming and a great place to relax and sleep.

One way to have a bedroom that is calming is by using feng shui, an ancient Chinese method of creating a certain mood in a room, and move things around accordingly.  There are many websites that are dedicated to this topic that can show you the best arrangement for the flow of peace and tranquility.  Simply moving the bed and dressers around can create a new feeling for the room.

Adding plants to the room can help to clean up the quality of the air in any room.  Having a couple plants in the bedroom is also good for conducting better sleep. When the body gets more oxygen, it can sleep deeper and you may find that you are sleeping better.  Just make sure to take care of them so they do not die.

Aromatherapy is also a great way to add relaxation to a bedroom.  Take the scented candles out of the bathroom or living room and put them in the bedroom.  Burn a scented candle a half an hour before bed time with the door closed as this allows the smell to permeate the room.  You can also find inexpensive plug in room deodorizer to create a calming scent for the room.

Decorating an apartment is never easy.  The area can be small and it can take some creativity to really get an apartment that looks the way you want without seeming to be cramped.  The follow are some tips on how to creatively decorate an apartment:

  • Choose a theme that you want for your main living spaces.  If you want a haven where you can relax and enjoy your time at home then choose dark colors with splashes of bright to set it off.  The atmosphere you are looking for is what you should use as decorating tools.
  • Use all the organizational tools that are out there for keeping small spaces tidy.  Under the bed containers can keep linens fresh and out of the way and closet organizers can help create space in drawers.  There are coffee tables that have hidden compartments to store books or DVDs.
  • Less is best when it comes to furniture.  While you want to offer enough seating for company, using stacking chairs that can be stored on the patio is easier than having a full dining room table.  You can also choose a futon instead of a couch to offer extra sleeping space when friends stay over.

There are many ways to creatively decorate an apartment without losing space.  If you keep your furniture to a minimum the apartment can actually seem larger than it is.  Use colors to create a mood for each room.

It is easy to get a new look for a room by only changing the curtains.  It only takes a small amount of time and can drastically improve a room.  All you need is the time and the imagination to make it happen.

You do not even have to use regular curtains that cost a great deal of money when you get a curtain rod with pinch clips.  Regular material from the fabric store can be used to create many different combinations for window treatments.  Simply clip the material onto the rod and adjust it until it looks the way you want it to with no sewing.

Another choice for window décor is to spend the extra money for premade curtains and regular rods.  It only takes a few minutes to put the curtains on the rod with their premade loops.  If you are inclined to sewing, you can make these same kinds of curtains with material by sewing strips of fabric to the top of the material that loops over the rod.

For those who really want to put some money and thought into their window treatment, hand painted ones are the best option.  There are those that are premade and some places create them to custom orders.  Create your own by using regular blinds and decoupage to make a great custom blind.

Having great window treatments can improve the look of the entire room.  You can make your own or buy them predesigned.  The only limitations are your imagination and your budget.

Many people purchase a home that is considered a fixer upper so that they can get a better price.  The intent is to do the work on the home during spare time in order to save money.  The bathroom is one of the first places that usually need to have the most work done.  The following are some tips for do it yourself bathroom remodels:

  • Make a list of everything you need to do the work.  This includes any tools you may need to purchase or rent and all the supplies.
  • When purchasing materials, go over every inch of them to make sure that they are in one hundred percent working order.  You do not want to have to go back to the store to exchange them in the middle of the remodel.
  • If the work involved needs more than a day, rent a hotel room or stay with family or friends.  This can be cheaper than paying for a portable toilet.
  • Know where the breaker box and water mains are located so these can be turned off before beginning any work.  Water and electricity do not mix and serious accidents or even fatal ones can occur.

There are many DIY websites that can offer detailed instructions for putting in new fixtures and piping.  You do not have to spend a great deal of money on contractors if you have the patience to work through any of the complications that may arise.

When choosing new kitchen cabinets, it is important to think of your own style and what you want the kitchen to represent. What style helps to convey your personality when choosing cabinets?  Think of this before making any purchases.  You can also look online at your local do it yourself stores for ideas on what cabinets can make your kitchen into what you want it to be.

There are many different types of kitchen cabinets to choose from such as plain white, wood grains or even stainless steel.  There are also many different styles for the doors such as glass and the knobs can be customized as well.  You need to look at the countertops and appliances and find the type of cabinet that accent and match them.  You do not want to put in cabinets that clash with the rest of the color scheme.

Once you have chosen your cabinets, you can do one of two things, you can either just replace the doors or you can replace the entire unit.  It is much more cost effective to change the doors and knobs than to purchase the entire unit.  Another money saving tip is to do the work yourself instead of hiring a contractor.

Having new kitchen cabinets is a great way to upgrade this room.  There is a style that can suit any taste and décor of the kitchen.  Install them yourself to save money instead of hiring a contractor who can charge as much as the cabinets cost.

Many people are working from home on their spare time in order to bring in extra money.  It is important to have a place to work that is separate from the rest of the house in order to be effective.  A home office is easy to design and does not cost much if done right.

For those who do not have a spare room to turn into an office, it is still possible to have a space that is separated from the main living areas.  You can either use a screen or furniture to create a private space that is away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home.  You just need to have an area that is not visible from the rest of the room.

Get a desk and comfortable chair that does not hurt the back so you do not get cramped when working.  Good lighting is also necessary to keep the eyes from becoming strained.  Have either a dry erase board or a cork board that can hold the work for the day lists.

That is basically all that is necessary to have a great work area or office for a home based business.  One final aspect that needs to be considered is having an area that is comfortable but that is also conducive to work.  It needs to keep you working without making you want to fall asleep after a hard day at work and then coming home and working.

It’s that time of year again and if you are looking for something great to do with the kids or as a family, then creative Halloween decorations may be just the thing. If you walk around the average neighborhood at Halloween time or in the fall, you’re likely to see most of the same types of decorations floating around. You will find pumpkins, witches, jack-o-lanterns, black cats and more.

If you want to do something really different this Halloween season, you’ll need to focus on some creative ideas and crafts that can be used as decorations. Even the Halloween costumes that you or your children wear can be made uniquely.

Here are some ideas of creative Halloween decorations that you can do as a family:

  • Glass vases are great to decorate around the inside of your home- fill them with goodies and display then wherever you choose
  • Masks- hanging a creepy mask on the front door or using it to decorate a scarecrow are great, unique ways of decorating for the season
  • Small accents- small accents can be a great subtle way to decorate for the holiday without going overboard
  • Spider webs- these can be made of many materials around your home and they are a great deal of fun for Halloween décor. You have many options on where and how you can use them.

These are just a few creative Halloween decorations that you can try this season. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, you might also want to be sure you allow them creativity to think of some of their own ideas.

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