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Baby lambs, bunnies and chickens are all sure signs of spring. Pastel colors of lilac, yellow, pink and blue will surely make you think of spring bulbs sending shoots up into the warming spring sun, ready to burst into bloom. Add these elements to your décor to freshen up your home and welcome the sunshine. There is no easier way to chase away the winter blues.

Baskets are perfect decoration items for spring. Place your container plants into a basket and top it off with a spring inspired pastel color ribbon topped off with a matching bow. If you don’t have plants, use baskets to hold items that would otherwise clutter your table. It doesn’t matter what the basket contains, it’s the pastel colored ribbon that introduces the illusion of spring into the home.

Place tiny chick, lambs and bunny figures in and around your plants, along the window sill or even tucked between the books on the bookshelf. A bit of whimsy will brighten any dark corner and

Fill jars, clear flower vases and candy dishes with jelly beans. The color and shape are as appealing as a decorating accessory as they are for a snack. Place them in any area that color and texture is needed.

Fill your vases with tulips and daffodils. If you don’t have the real blooms, use silk bouquets.

As the clutter that has accumulated over the winter months is cleared away and replaced with the freshness of spring accessories, your home will take on a whole new look. The easy decorating makeover costs hardly anything.

The spring theme also lends itself well to the holidays that occur during the early months of the year. Guests who gather in your home for Easter dinner, Mothers Day brunch or even May Day will think the décor was specially designed for the occasion.

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Though we grow older, we never grow too old for Easter candy. Jelly beans, chocolate eggs wrapped in colorful foil wrappers and marshmallow hens and chicks coated in colored sugars are reminiscent of childhood for all of us. If you are looking for a light-hearted gift for someone like a neighbor or coworker, a collection of these candies, served up in a cup and topped off with a decorative ribbon might be just the right gift.

First, scout around the local second hand shops and antique stores in your area. Look for mismatched tea cups, coffee mugs and matching saucers if they are available. Focus on spring or Easter themes. Mugs with pictures of Easter bunnies or tea cups with floral patterns are an excellent choice for this project. If you have trouble finding cups there, you can try your local dollar-type store for seasonal cups.

Next, purchase a variety of candies, depending on the tastes of your intended recipient(s). You can fill the cups with alone type of candy or mix and match. It’s up to you. If you’re going to use marshmallow candies, get the kind that is individually wrapped. Opening a larger package and separating the marshmallows will cause them to dry out and become stale.

Cut a length of pastel colored ribbon. Center the bottom of the cup on the center of the ribbon. Bring the ends up and tie the ribbon in place. Slip a hand-printed gift tag onto the ribbon and tie again. Curl the ends of the ribbons and let them dangle from the cup. Set the cup on its saucer, if bought one. Your gift is ready.

Candy-filled cups make nice place settings for an Easter get-together too. You can use them instead of place cards by putting each guest’s name on the tag.

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Are you concerned about showing the one you love how much you care for them this Valentine’s Day because you live on a tight budget? If so, you’re not along. Many people are struggling due to the tough economy and buying expensive gifts is not always an option. Fortunately, that’s not a problem. There are many ways you can make this one of the happiest days of year for your sweetheart and be romantic on a budget. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Be a thrifty shopper and compare products and prices before you buy.
  • Start shopping early and you can often find some really great deals on the perfect gift.
  • Instead of roses this year, consider a different type of flower that is less expensive or a plant that will last for a longer period of time.
  • Make your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day card instead of buying one or write a love poem.
  • Be creative with your gift giving. For example, some people would rather receive a gift that you made yourself from your heart instead of an expensive store bought item. Consider putting together a photo album of the time you’ve spent together or simply spend the day together without interruptions.
  • Instead of going out to dinner to a five start restaurant, make a romantic dinner at home and serve it by candlelight.

These are just a few of the things you can do to make this valentine’s Day special for the one you love without going over your budget. You’ll be surprised at all the things you can do if you put your mind to it. The main thing is that you know your partner and choose something that would have special meaning to him or her. When you do this, you can’t go wrong regardless of price.

Kids develop their own unique personalities and have certain likes and dislikes just like adults. Therefore, kids deserve to express their creativity too and this is why you can find a large number of themed décor items designed just for kids. Your child will enjoy having the freedom to decorate his room with unique decor that suits his personality the best. Your child does not have to live in a dull, boring bedroom when it’s so easy to make it more interesting and suited to his or her taste.

You can find all types of cartoon characters, movie themes and a variety of sport themes designed specifically for kids. The main pieces are usually bedding and curtains because these make a huge difference in the overall look of the room but don’t stop there. You can find many other pieces that can pull the look together as well.

For example, there are a variety of clocks found in all kinds of fun designs such as, animals, teddy bears, sports, children’s stories and nursery rhymes to name a few. Mirrors are another option that can be found in a variety of styles just like the clocks. If you have the room, you can even set one corner up with a table and chairs set where your kid can do homework, crafts or sit and read a book.

You may even be able to find an area rug that matches the theme you choose to help accessorize and add to the beauty of the room. Using these unique décor ideas for kids can help to turn his or her bedroom into the personal space needed to feel comfortable. When kids are relaxed, they tend to sleep better, do better in school and have a more pleasant attitude in every area.

During the Christmas season it’s easy to get so wrapped up in everything going on that you forget about pet safety. All year your pet sees the home a certain way and then Christmas comes along and everything gets changed around. Christmas trees are put up with all types of decorations and gifts are wrapped and placed under the tree. All of this can be a little overwhelming and confusing for your pet. It also creates dangers that you may not be aware of.

It would be very tempting for your beloved dog to chew up one or more of those brightly colored gifts placed so perfectly under the tree. After all, the colorful package is so inviting that it would be hard to resist. However, this can make them very sick and if they get into electronics and something with batteries, this could be hazards.

Have you ever thought about how those flashing lights on the tree can entice the dog or cat to explore a little closer? Very few cats can resist the temptation of climbing to the top of the tree but even fewer of them make it to top without topping it over. This could be disastrous for your home and your pet.

Chewing on tree branches, ornaments and Christmas lights can make your pet sick as well. If he bites a wire into, it can start a fire or electrocute your pet. Broken glass ornaments can cause severe injuries and pets can even get tangled up in the lights and other decorations and actually choke themselves. All of these things pose a danger to your pet.

To avoid accidents during the holiday season take some time to protect your pets. Some pets may not pay any attention to the changes but others are curious and want to explore, which very often leads to accidents. Never leave your dog or cat in the same room with the Christmas tree and gifts unattended. Use gates to keep your pet out of the room with the tree or put your pets in an area that is safe when you can’t monitor them. These precautions can keep your pets safer and make the holidays more enjoyable.

 

Home décor accessories make a great addition to any home as long as they’re arranged correctly. It can be difficult finding just the right amount accessories that doesn’t leave a space looking too bare or overcrowded.  If it’s too empty, the space will appear dull and boring. On the other hand, if it’s overcrowded, it will appear messy and unclean.

To keep accessories interesting they need to be balanced. You do this by using harmony and contrast. To create harmony, use things that are similar to pull the look together such as squares, circles and colors. Then use contrast to make it interesting. You can create contrast by using things that are different such as placing something round near something square or something smooth near something textured.

Use scaling to create proportion. In other words, match things according to their size. If you have a large dining room table, use a large center piece to decorate. Don’t put a large painting on a small wall or tiny pictures on a large wall. Keep things in proportion and your accessories will enhance the rest of the décor.

Layering is also important when you have several items taking up the same space. To layer your objects start by placing the largest one off-center. Next, place three layers of items across the shelf, mantel or object holding the accessories. Place the tallest objects in the back and the smallest ones up front. Soften things up a bit by adding a splash of color throughout the objects.

Experiment with different arrangements and try things whether you believed it will work or not. You’ll be surprised at some of the combinations that will look great if you simply give it a chance. Using accessories correctly can enhance your décor and help you create the perfect environment for you and your family.

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.


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