Home Decorating Accessories

The evolution of drink coasters has been a fast and steady one due to the new printing technologies available and invention of new materials.

There is no doubt today that if you go to pick out a set of coasters you will be met with such a wide variety of decisions to make from what kind of material do you need to the images and even weight that you would like.

Just a few years back, you would only be able to buy the coasters that your local store clerk would show you on their shelves. This would be such a minute inventory that it would take you less than an hour to go through everything that the best of them would have to offer.

The revolution of the World Wide Web then stepped in to take the game up a notch. From the comforts of your own home you have at your fingertips an infinite selection of beverage coasters and accessories. The replacement of storefront spaces with web pages has freed so many resources that are now put into expanding the inventories available to you.

You will need to make sure that you do not hurry through the selections so that you pick the perfect accessories for your home. Personalization of your home is now more than possible thanks to the hundreds of catalogs that you have to pick from.

A given plus is that today you can even have your own custom coasters created for you. All that you have to do is sift through your favorite images and pictures and they will be printed on your accessories.

Simply let your imagination run wild and let your preferences shine through on to your home decorating accessories.

When you see the endless selections that you can choose your accessories from, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. The trick to this is to view making your choices as an exciting treasure hunt that will bring style and elegance to your home.

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French Country Home Decor and Bedroom Feng Shui

The principles of bedroom feng shui can be used harmoniously with French Country home decor to create a bedroom that has a harmonious flow, which is nourishing and promotes sensual energy. There are many factors involved in the creation of the atmosphere and most of them can be recreated in any room with ease. It is fun and pleasurable, and is a safe haven where one can retreat to at any time of day or night. To create the right atmosphere witrh French Country home decor, there are some basic rules to follow.

One of the most important rules to follow is to get rid of the TV in the bedroom. Other equipment such as computers and exercise equipment should also be taken out of the room. When these items are present, the atmosphere is destroyed. It is also important to keep the air in the room fresh and of good quality. Opening the windows often as well as using a good air purifier can help to ensure that the air in the room is fresh. Breathing stale air that is full of pollutants will affect the quality of sleep. Having plants in the room is not a good idea.

Essential oils are available in the market that can be used to clear the air while filling it with a pleasant scent. The bedroom feng shui is enhanced with proper French Country lighting. It is important to have different levels of lighting in the room. Having a dimmer switch that can adjust the lighting level accordingly is important. Light is very essential for creating the right atmosphere. Candles are very useful for creating appropriate lighting. It is, however, important to use toxin free candles.

The use of color is also an important because choosing soothing colors helps to achieve a good balance in the bedroom. The bedroom decor should be balanced in order to promote a positive flow of energy that helps in restorative sleep. The best colors for the bedroom are those that are considered to be “skin colors”. These vary widely from a pale white color to rich chocolate brown. Colors within this range can help to enhance the bedroom decor. It is also important to select images for the bedroom that carry powerful energy such as images of locations that you would like to visit.

The location of the bed is also important when trying to create balance. Experts in this area recommend positioning the bed where it can be accessed from both sides. Having a bedside table on each side is also important. The bed should not be in a direct line with the door, and should have a good mattress, solid headboard and good quality sheets.

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Zen Home Decor Can Bring a Subtle Touch of Peace to Your Surroundings

Zen Buddhism is rooted in the Chan sect of China and its two principle sub-sects Linji (Jap. Rinzai) and Caodong (Jap. Soto). The tranquility sought by practitioners is embodied in the White-robed Kannon, a Bodhisattva Image of compassion seated informally on a rocky crag beside a turbulent ocean. Images such as these, often jump to our minds when we hear the word Zen. While many of us may not be disciplined enough to follow the path, we can ensure that we are in touch with it by practicing Zen Home Decorating.

Like the infinite universe that surrounds us, there are myriad ways that we can make use of Zen Home Furnishings. Many admire or enjoy the act of gardening in accordance with traditions rooted in practice. Others feel comfortable Buddhist Decorating in other ways. A Buddha Statue in a quiet corner of your home can serve as a focal point for your meditations.

In When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron notes that “Bodhidharma brought Zen Buddhism from India to China. He was well known for being fierce and uncompromising. There is a story about how he kept nodding off during meditation, so he cut off his eyelids. When he threw them on the ground, they turned into a tea plant, and then he realized he could simply drink the tea to stay awake! He was uncompromising in that he wanted to know what was true, and he wasn’t going to take anybody else’s word for it. His big discovery was that by looking directly into our own heart, we find the awakened Buddha, the completely unclouded experience of how things really are.”

For those of us not quite up to eyelid removal, Zen Home Decoration might be the most suitable option. Zen Wall Décor can bring an exotic touch to our interior space while serving as a reminder to the awakened Buddha that lies within us. Of course, there are many who have only been exposed to Hollywood portrayals of Buddhist practices. Whether it be the martial arts genre embodied by Bruce Lee as the Kato in the Green Hornet and his American hit Enter the Dragon, or Quentin Tarantino’s approach in Kill Bill, we have long been exposed to some of the practices associated with Buddhism in popular western culture. For more general audiences, Pat Morita will always be remembered for his role in The Karate Kid and the mantra “Wax on, Wax Off”.

Dry-landscape gardens (kare sansui), re-create in miniature a vast natural scene of mountains and river landscape leading to a broad, calm sea; raked white gravel is used to suggest water. While such a project might be a bit much for many, outdoor Zen Furnishings can bring such a scene to a quiet corner of your outdoor space. Buddha décor can serve as a wonderful focal point for our outdoor design plans.

In the Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Buddha asks “And what, monks, is the Noble Truth of the Way of Practice Leading to the Cessation of Suffering? It is just this Noble Eightfold Path, namely: Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration.” Together the Path guides the practitioner’s actions, mindfulness and concentration while each element is dependent on the other.

Zen Furnishings can help to create an atmosphere that supports your desire to study the Path. By providing yourself and visitors to your home with exposures to Zen Interior Décor, you actively encourage yourself and those around you to explore. It is that adventurous aspect of Buddhist Decorating that is often sought by the traveler inside us. The theme seems to evoke excitement bathed in the exotic.

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Using Mirrors in Home Decor

Mirrors provide a special touch in home decor by adding light and creating the illusion of space. A mirror is defined as a reflecting surface that forms an image of an object when light rays coming from that object fall on the surface.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the typical mirror is a sheet of glass that is coated on its back with aluminum or silver that produces images by reflection. This type of mirror came into widespread production in Venice during the 16th century.

Here are ten tips for using mirrors in your home decor:

1. Place a mirror on an adjacent wall to an interesting picture or piece of artwork and the mirror will reflect the image and add a sense of space.

2. Hang a decorative mirror near a window in a dark room. This will allow the light to reflect off the mirror creating more natural light in the room.

3. To create the illusion of depth in a room, paint one wall in a dark, contrasting color to the other walls. Then hang a decorative mirror on the dark wall to create a sense of depth in the room.

4. Create a charming entryway by hanging up a framed mirror topped with a floral swag. This will help to create light in the entryway as well as providing a last minute check before heading out the door.

5. Expand a small dining room by placing an ornate mirror on a wall. This will make the room appear larger and brighter.

6. Place a decorative mirror opposite an attractive fireplace and mantel to reflect something interesting in the room.

7. Group and hang several mirrors of assorted sizes and shapes for an attractive wall display.

8. Add mirrors (such as mirror tiles) to the backs of bookcases to add a sense of depth.

9. In the kitchen, add mirror to the countertop’s backsplash. This will reflect light while preparing food and it is easy to maintain.

10. Place a custom sized mirror on the top of a piece of furniture that is damaged or not very attractive. This can be done on dressers, tabletops, coffee tables, and end tables just to name a few.

Always be sure to analyze the placement of mirrors before hanging them up. For example, placing a mirror above a fireplace mantel may reflect the unattractive tops of furniture or blank wall space. You can angle the mirror down so that it reflects something more attractive in the room.

In addition, place mirrors so they will not cause unnecessary glare in a room. Mirrors can be unappealing if they are placed across from a window with a southern or western exposure.

As you can see, there are numerous ways to use mirrors to brighten and enrich your home decor. Decorative mirrors can be found in flea markets, retail stores, home improvement stores, and on the internet in price ranges to fit all budgets.

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Social Networking for Amateur Home Decorators

Social networking for amateur home decorators is one of the newest trends on the internet. The social network provides a neighborhood where amateur home decorators can showcase their projects and receive feedback and inspiration from other members of the community.

We know what we like and aren’t afraid to do the work ourselves. We will usually tackle just about any project, no professional landscapers, interior designers or decorators needed.

A little bit of advice, suggestions and ideas are certainly welcome from professionals and other home decorators. But, that’s were it stops! We have fun and welcome the challenges that come with decorating our homes.

There’s definitely a lot of information to be found from remodeling a kitchen to refinishing a piece of furniture. We are lucky to have shows like HGTV and Martha Stewart that are full of creative people that share ideas, advice and suggestions.

BHG, Coastal Home, and Southern Living are just a few of the many magazines available. These magazines fill their pages with fabulous pictures, decorating ideas, gardening, and cooking ideas.

The biggest by far and my personal favorite is, social networking through the internet. Amateur home decorators are able to share our home decorating ideas with like minded people. Our ideas are shared through images, slide shows and videos. We communicate through websites, blogs, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m an artist that has fun creating for our home. I have no interest in selling these creations or creating for other homes, but I do like sharing my ideas. Social networking has made sharing my home decorating and cooking ideas possible.

When I first began my website I was surprised by all the home decorating sites that are available. These sites consist of like minded people sharing all their secrets through images and content. Link parties have become very popular with site owners sharing their ideas in one location. This is a great opportunity for visitors to be introduced to other home decorating sites and to gather information.

There are other social networking sites that are similar to a club, but you join and become a member for free. All that’s needed to join and participate is an e-mail address and password. The sites are for site owners, professionals and visitors and offer opportunity for communicating and sharing ideas through a comment page and images.

The member sites offer a range of different opportunities. There are those that offer a way to store images, videos, photo albums and slide shows as well as communication with other members. You can also share your collection of images through e-mail, Twitter and Facebook. Site owners can embed and link images to their own website or blog.

I found slide shows work well on website or blog pages. I don’t know about you, but I like to see a lot of photos of decorating projects. The down side, web pages take a long time to load when too many photos are on a page. The up side to slide shows, the capability to show a lot of photos that do not take a long time to load.

If you like sharing and communicating with like minded people, than you definitely should try social networking with fellow home decorators on the internet. You will be able to gain a lot of information, knowledge and inspiration.

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