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The Secret to Your Home’s Interior Design

The secret to your home’s interior design is Love.

If you love yourself, you create a home for your happiness.

If you love your family and friends, you create a home for their happiness.

The next step of love is to be grateful for your home. Gratitude lays the foundation for creating glorious spaces to share your love.

The final aspect of love is joy. Homes designed for joyful living are not decorated for prestige and show; homes designed for gracious living are decorated for happiness and the joy of life!

Interior Design Psychology Tips for Decorating Your Home with Love

1. Don’t clutter your home with too much decorating. The important accessory in your home is you and your family or friends. Select quality furnishings for comfort, beauty, function, and emotional support.

2. Create spaces that support your emotional well-being and productivity. Determine the activity of a space and choose design details that support this use. For instance, soft gray walls in home offices give support for creative writing while slate blue striped walls offer organized tranquility.

3. Give tribute to your family heritage. Honor your ancestors by using design details that tie to your sense of tradition.

4. Bring Mother Nature indoors. Green foliage represents life and growth. People have an innate sense of feeling connected to the earth. As a bonus, houseplants help keep the air fresh.

5. Add your personal touch and creativity. Design a stencil from a loved object or make a stained glass window. Feel connected to your home through physical work and your daydreams of the next improvement.

Celebrate life; love your home.

Joy to you!

(c) Copyright 2004, Jeanette J. Fisher. All rights reserved.

Home Bedroom Interior Design

Often times the bedroom is one of the last rooms to be decorated. You’ll usually focus on the spaces that need a huge remodel such as that kitchen or bathroom. Plus, you want to focus in on the living room where your guests will be. However, the right bedroom interior design can help you sleep better and totally change your mood. It can be that finishing touch to your house as well as your secret getaway. You can accomplish this without spending a lot of money if you just follow these few tips.

One of the keys to bedroom interior design is to pick a defined style. Your style might just be a specific color or a feeling such as a spa retreat. Of course, you can also go with the basic decorating themes such as Tuscan, shabby chic, country, and traditional. Designing with a theme is really a great way for a beginner to get started because it will really help dictate all of your choices from furniture to bedding.

Sometimes less is more. You may feel a little bit discouraged and think that you can’t do bedroom interior design just because you don’t have several hundred dollars to spend on a new comforter. However, if you already have the focal point in your room you can probably just get away with a plain comforter or a white goose down blanket. It’s important not to get discouraged and just focus on what you do have. When you really open up your eyes and start refinishing items and using basic DIY skills such as sewing and painting you can create a designer look for less.

Compromise is another element of bedroom interior decorating. You’ll probably have to talk to your spouse about the colors and overall style of the room. It’s important to do give-and-take so the finished product is a space that you enjoy and want to live in. He might not be convinced about pink walls, but maybe he’s okay with a vase of pink flowers on the table. Remember to work together so that the outcome is something that you can both live with.

You might not even need to bring in anything new to do your bedroom interior. You may just need to take items out of the room. You can scale down your nightstands or even eliminate them completely if you don’t use them. Get rid of any bulky furniture pieces and replace them with more petite versions so you get all of the function without all the clutter. This will help small rooms to feel larger and also provides you a free way to decorate.

The Glass Block Revolution Spreading to Home Design

Glass blocks have come a long way, even competing with regular bricks when it comes to interior and exterior design of rooms. We are living in times when visual appearances are very important and more people are insisting on having something out of the ordinary when it comes to their immediate surroundings. For many, they can simply accentuate the room with special flowers, paintings and more. Others prefer something more permanent, such as glass blocks.

Glass blocks come in very many designs, shapes, colors and even textures although all of them are made of glass. Below are some different types of glass blocks:

Standard series
Decorative
Glass flooring
Colors and finishes

Standard series
-wave satin
-wave endblock
-90% curved corner wave
-Imported from Germany
-Made in USA

Decorative (water organic, arts and crafts, geometric, lined and ribbed)
-starburst
-Mirage
-Neptune
-Bubble
-Bonzai

Colored
-Pastels
-Primaries
-Earthtones

We now see how many types of glass blocks exist. Their variety is awesome and this caters to any type of design and preference. One would be hard-pressed to find a glass block that they would regard as ideal for their own custom surroundings.

If you want to get glass blocks installed, the first place to look is the home improvement stores. Stores such as Home Depot sell and install almost all the above types of glass blocks that we have mentioned. Most people are not experts at this and that is why Home Depot maintains qualified personnel who for an extra fee, can help you choose just the ideal glass blocks for your immediate liking and also assist you with installation.

Glass blocks have several major advantages. One of them is resilience. Glass blocks are very strong because they are designed out of industrial glass that has been treated to temper it and make it able to withstand great pressure. This makes it an ideal for construction and in some quarters it is actually known as glass brick.

Glass blocks are also beautiful. In some European cities, they are used to construct entire buildings giving the building a very exotic and at the same time futuristic look especially when light bulbs are fitted inside. Glass blocks allow light without compromising on security and that is why they have become a favorite when it comes to office construction.

When it comes to energy saving and conservation, glass blocks have also become a favorite in many quarters. This is because in a glass block environment, there is little need for artificial lighting especially during the day because natural light is allowed into the room. That means that with time, the office begins to realize energy savings in form of lower energy costs. It is hard to realize these savings when all the light bulbs are on 24-7 as is the case with natural brick office buildings.

The best way to go about installing glass blocks is to contact a handyman. In many cases they will refer you to a home improvement store to choose and buy the glass block designs of your choice first.