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Gold or orange curtains to go with cream curtains and orange furniture

Gold or orange curtains to go with cream curtains and orange furniture

My sofa set is a shade of orange and the walls are cream. I have put cream curtains. Recently, an additional curtain rod has been installed behind it.

Should I put orange or gold curtains behind the cream ones? The cream sample in both is the same one that I have.

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Is there any Real Merit in Using Vaastu Shastra? Find Out the Truth!

Is there any Real Merit in Using Vaastu Shastra? Find Out the Truth!

Nesting is a primal instinct. All of us yearn for our space called home, and jump headlong into the process of getting one or making one.

Off late, we see Vastu playing a key role in people’s decision making of home or office space.We all know the science behind Architecture and Civil Engineering that goes into the design and construction of property – but Vastu Shastra – is it a science or an arcane practice? Let’s learn more about it.

Vastu Shastra-  A Brief Introduction

Vastu is said to have been practiced as early as 6000-3000 BC. Vastu Shastra is a part of Atharva Veda, one of the 4 Vedas. Simply put, Vastu Shastra outlines the principles to be followed during the construction of a structure,so that it is in total harmony with the five natural forces, the gravitational and electromagnetic forces that act on every single living creature on earth.

Meaningful Vastu for happy homes

Vastu is not only about the construction of a property, but also gives detailed info on the positioning of each and every room inside a house, which direction each room should face, and the balance between the various natural elements in a home.

Vastu principles are steeped in logic and make a lot of sense when you think about it. For e.g., Vastu says that it is ideal for a house to be East-facing. The logic behind it is that East facing houses get plenty of sunshine early in the morning, and the UV rays of the early sun have a sanitizing effect on the rooms.

Applying Vastu Principles for your home

Unlike earlier days, today we have contractors and builders taking care of a house or apartment construction. With a significant population living in cities in apartments, it sometimes becomes difficult to apply Vastu to all the aspects of construction and living.

While Vastu elaborates on how every single item in a house should be placed, you can look at the following broad guidelines for various rooms in your home or apartment for practical purposes.

Entrance

  • Book an apartment unit that faces East or North East as much as possible.
  • Ensure that there are an even number of doors and windows in the house.
  • The Entrance door should be bigger than any of the other doors.
  • Light up the entrance with bright lights and avoid any shadow falling on the main door.

Living room

  • It is best to have your living room in the North or North-East direction
  • You can jazz up your living room with green plants, and aquariums,in the North-East, and East corners respectively. Avoid Red and Black colors for the walls.

Kitchen

  • It is ideal to have your kitchen in the South-East corner of your house.
  • Place your stove in the South-East cornerof the kitchen.
  • Store your groceries in the South or West directions.
  • Remember to face East while cooking.
  • Orange, Yellow, and Rose are good colors for the kitchen.

Pooja or Prayer room

  • The best place for the Pooja room is the North-East corner of your house.
  • The idols should be keptfacing East.
  • You can use White, Yellow or Light Blue colors inside the Pooja room.
  • A Pooja room should never be below a staircase, in the basement, or near toilets.

Master Bedroom

  • The Master Bedroom should be in the South-West corner of the home.
  • The bed can be placed in the South or West wall.
  • You must sleep with your head in the South and feet in the North direction.
  • Pink, Blue, Brown and Grey colors are recommended for the bedroom walls.

Study room

  • West is considered as the best direction, followed by East and North-East directions.
  • You can face East or North-East while studying or working; try to avoid facing blank walls.
  • Avoid studying or sleeping below beams in the ceiling.
  • Keep the room clutter free to avoid distractions and to help in focusing.
  • Use pleasant, soothing colors for the wall paints.

Some Simple Vastu Tips

While there are a lot of dos and donot’s, as to the direction and orientation of the house in whole, and the rooms, in particular;sometimes it may involve expensive renovations to apply Vastu. Alternatively, you can try the following small changes at a little or no cost.

  • Vastu recommends keeping Lucky Bamboo,andMoney plant inside the house and Basil, Jasmine, Rose, Lemon and Lotus in your balcony or garden.
  • Have a small water body either in the form of an aquarium or a small fountain in the living area.
  • Hanging windchimes that produce delicate tinkling sounds is recommended in Vastu as it creates a positive vibe in a house.
  • Painting the house in pleasing colors, ensuring the right placement of windows and doors, results in good lighting and ventilation inside the house, and it brings down your power bill too.
  • Hanging happy family pictures, andpleasing artwork help in creating a positive ambiance. You can also keep small statues of Buddha in the house, as Vastu gives a lot of importance to Buddha who represents knowledge, peace, and contentment.
  • Plan and place your furniture in such a way that they are well placed and don’t look cluttered. It will ensure a good flow of positive energy in the house.
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10 Ways to Add Colorful Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

10 Ways to Add Colorful Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

Jolie Sikes-Smith knows a thing or two about making flea market finds look fresh. Along with her mom and sister, she runs the Junk Gypsies shop and stars in the Junk Gypsies show (the third season of which airs on HGTV and GAC on June 1). Here’s how she filled her brand-new kitchen (that she shares with husband Todd and son Cash Baker) with Lone Star style:

1. Buttery Walls

The soft creamy hue (Canyon Cloud by Behr), combined with the natural wood stain (Pecan by Minwax) on the windows, trim, and beams, creates a warm backdrop for the room’s bold accents.

2. Red Barstools

Jolie’s barstool mix—a pair of swiveling tractor seats plus a vintage vinyl-covered number—are characteristic of her signature farmhouse-meets-retro look.

3. Salvaged Island

Retrofitted with electrical outlets and reconfigured drawers, this 9-foot-long piece, originally a counter in a New Jersey general store, multitasks as a prep surface, breakfast bar, and homework station.

4. Turquoise Cabinets

To give them a slightly weathered look, Jolie first coated the cabinets with blue interior oil stain (Aquarius by Sherwin-Williams), then used a rag to apply and partially rub off a layer of Provincial Wood Finish stain by Minwax. “Embrace color,” says Jolie. “Just because kitchens are utilitarian rooms doesn’t mean they should be quiet, sterile, or boring.”

5. Handmade Toolbox

This rustic caddy emblazoned with the name Larry Slifer, now stores plates instead of Larry Slifer’s tools, and it’s one of Jolie’s favorite scores from the Round Top antiques fair. “I love that it has a story. Someday I’m going to meet someone who knew Larry Slifer!” she says.

6. Stainless Countertops

Inspired by the industrial kitchens in her parents’ chain of pizza restaurants, Jolie chose the stain-proof surface for its durability and versatility. “It’s not fancy, and it goes with everything,” she says.

7. Open Storage

On the cabinets flanking the vent hood, Jolie left the doors off for a casual look and convenient access to staple ingredients, spices, and dry goods stored in apothecary jars.

8. “Restaurant” Sign

To preserve its red color, Jolie coated the 20-foot-long vintage sign, salvaged from a Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, with clear polyurethane.

9. Pantry Upgrade

To give the functional space a farmhouse look, Jolie’s husband, Todd, built two panels inspired by barn doors then stained them black (Ebony by Minwax). Over the pantry, a salvaged stained-glass window bring in light from the entryway. Flat Track Hardware Set: from $300; barndoorhardware.com

10. Mason Jar Cluster Chandelier

Over the sink, Jolie strung up a pendant light using quart-size Mason jars, threaded wire, and Edison bulbs. For a similar look, try the Mason Jar Cluster Chandelier

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5 Ways to Recreate the Tropics in Your Home Decor

Bring in the fabulous rush of flowers, foliage and island colours to recreate the tropics in your home

 

If lounging on the beach is your idea of a fun holiday, you needn’t dream longingly of the sun, sand, coconut palms and blue sea whilst parked in your urban home. Create a tropical island within your own residence to live out your vacation. Scatter images of leafy fronds, bold flowers and brilliant butterflies … go for a riotous colour palette that brings alive the hues of the tossing blue waves of the ocean, waving green palms, lazy golden beaches and smiling colourful blossoms. Here is how to bring into your home decor the vibrancy of the tropics.

Expert inputs from interior designers Sulaxmi Laud and Reshma Chhabria

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This Genius Mom Turned Her Kids’ Old Swing Set Into a Lounge for Grown-Ups

This Genius Mom Turned Her Kids’ Old Swing Set Into a Lounge for Grown-Ups

After dropping hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars on a backyard swing set, it just doesn’t make sense to chuck it once your kids outgrow it. Instead, take a cue from this genius blogger and transform it into a fun piece of backyard lounge furniture for adults.

Simply by installing some clever upgrades, DIY expert and contractor Brittany Bailey transformed her kids’ backyard swing set into a more adult-friendly piece, she explains on her blog Pretty Handy Girl. Now she can use it for years to come!

Before the overhaul, the structure was outfitted with swings and a slide. It also lacked any kind of aesthetic appeal.

After removing all the kid-friendly, brightly colored components, Brittany upgraded the structure by adding some inexpensive chair hammocks and sophisticated accessories like patterned throw pillows and a charming little side table. Now it’s a space that’s perfect for reading a book, taking an afternoon nap, or catching up with friends over a bottle of wine.

You could take this makeover one step further by adding some more accessories. Simply by hanging some string lights, transforming the ladder into a vertical planter or herb garden, and adding an outdoor chandelier, this piece could be a real country showstopper.

Once your swing set is ready to go, invite the girls over, and pour yourself a glass of wine — you’re never too old for some outdoor fun!

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12 Easy Decorating Tips to Transform Any Room

Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines

 


I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition.
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The Easiest (and Cheapest) Way to Update Your Kitchen, According to Joanna Gaines

The Easiest (and Cheapest) Way to Update Your Kitchen, According to Joanna Gaines

Use these fast ideas to transform the room in a weekend.

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1This Aboriginal carving-covered home.

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Even though small homes are all the rage, they’re not for everyone. After all, it takes some serious creativity and design skills to make a couple of hundred square feet feel like the Taj Mahal. But these top 10 mini abodes piqued your interest this year and we’ll go so bold as to say we bet they even made you consider going tiny.

1This Aboriginal carving-covered home.

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The Esk’et Tiny House is located in Canada and, even though it’s only 280 square feet, it includes a luxe fireplace to help keep the homeowners warm during harsh winters.

2 This festive green cottage.

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In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is this whimsical cottage (courtesy of Sit With Me In My Garden!) which transforms into Santa’s workshop during winter, thanks to peppermint balls and candy canes galore.

3 This Hampton’s artist retreat.

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Nestled in Sag Harbor is this small, 600-square-foot cottage, which is the ultimate artist escape for writing, painting and anything else your creative mind might enjoy.

4This tiny home with a giant kitchen.

If you need proof that you can live big in a small space, here it is: The blogger behind My Empty Nest hosted Thanksgiving dinner in her Sherwood, Oregon, house last year.

5 This cheery little cottage.

It’s amazing how much happiness this 260-square-foot home fits into its mini frame — from the wraparound porch to the yellow and red palette to the Northern California coastline location.

6 This real-life snow globe.

If you want to witness winter’s wonders, but stay cozy and warm, look no further than this 160-square-foot home known as the

7 This home that boasts a front porch.

Dough Schroeder of Timbercraft Tiny Homes in Guntersville, Alabama, built this 150-square-foot house in a way that totally maximizes what little space it offers, including space for you and a guest at night.

8 This high-end designer’s abode.

This sleek home designed by New Frontier Tiny Homes features all of the latest design trends, including a farmhouse sink, shiplap and subway tile in just about 200-square-feet.

9 This emerald beauty.

Tiny Heirloom makes mini homes that are all about the details, starting with this Granny Smith apple-colored door and ending with an interior that can be custom-made depending on your lifestyle.

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10This guest-friendly abode.

Update From:http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/house-tours/news/g4073/most-popular-tiny-houses-2016/
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How to Grow Succulents Indoors and Outside

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The best way to think of succulents is as “fat plants.” Parts of them, usually their leaves, swell up with water, and this stops them from drying out in arid conditions.

Cacti are the most obvious examples of the plant, but sedums and sempervivums are also common varieties. They all share that fleshy, tender look and often have gray-green leaves, though there are plenty of others with leaves in colors that range from black and red to yellow. Because they come from hot, dry places, they tend to not be too hardy. If they’re left outdoors during the winter, they’ll likely be killed off by frost.

Growing Succulents Indoors

Succulents make fantastic houseplants. They like dry air — so they’re perfect for our centrally heated homes — and don’t need to be watered very often. They require lots of light, however, so you’ll want to place them near or on a windowsill and make sure their roots are very well drained.

To create a lovely display, try gathering different-colored but similar-sized sempervivums together in a shallow white bowl. A good place to start is with echeverias, maybe mixing the red-pink Echeveria agavoides “Lipstick” with the gray and purple Echeveria agavoides “Vachon.”

If you have a little bit more space, you might want to try rubber plants. They also need light, so make sure they’re somewhere near a window and, if you can, have more than one in a room. Two would look nice on either side of a window, or a line of three or more could make architectural shapes along a wall.

You can move these houseplants outside in warmer weather so they can get some fresh air. In winter, the biggest danger to succulents is too much water, so make sure the containers are really well drained to avoid leaving the roots sitting in water.

If you do run into a sad succulent situation and the plant starts to look as though it’s dead, don’t write it off straightaway. Succulents have the capacity to rise again, so give the plant some tender, loving care and wait at least four weeks to see if it revives.

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Growing Succulents Outdoors

Hardy sempervivums and sedums, many of which can survive unprotected in frosts, are the most common succulents for planting outdoors — but before you move them outside, be sure check their labels.

Similar to indoor succulents, the best sempervivums are made up of interesting tight rosettes. Sempervivum calcareum has gray-green rosettes with contrasting red tips, and Sempervivum “Moerkerk’s Merit” is a silvery green color with a soft velvet sheen.

Sedums are small- to medium-sized evergreen perennials, which look amazing when planted en masse across a whole bed. Look out for the pretty gray-purple combinations you get with Sedum “Ruby Glow” or the tiny ground-cover stonecrop Sedum cauticola.

The best part is these outdoor plants really look after themselves. In the spring, simply cut any dead or damaged stems or leaves right down to the base. Otherwise, they’re very low-maintenance.

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The Tender Types

If you don’t mind spending some time looking after them, tender succulents can also look amazing outdoors.

Look out for the plant that every garden designer loves: Aeonium “Zwartkop,” which grows black rosettes of leaves on the ends of strong stalks. This purple-black mixes beautifully with so many other colors, too, including the lime green leaves and flowers of euphorbia or grasses or the pink flowers of Lychnis coronaria, to create a dramatic, exciting look.

Another amazing succulent is the agave. Exotic and impressive, they grow spears of fleshy leaves from a central point. Gardeners often opt for the smaller gray-leaved varieties, such as the Agave parrasana or Agave parryi, which look great individually planted in terra cotta pots or displayed in a regimented line. Alternatively, if you have space, try the Agave americana, which has huge gray-green spears that form the perfect centerpiece in a jungle-style garden.

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Caring for Tender Succulents Outdoors

The main thing about tender plants is that they need protection during winter. If they’re kept in pots they should be brought inside into a greenhouse or a sunny place in the house. If the pots can’t be moved or the plants are in the ground, it’s best to wrap their tops with bubblewrap to keep the frost off and to create an umbrella that shields the base of the plants and the roots from the worst of the rain.