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June 2016

How To Do A Shabby Chic Home Decor

Shabby ChicAre you looking to redo your home décor? You might take a moment to consider the shabby chic home décor style. This style is popularized by designers Rachel Ashwell and Aarhaus. This style can be used for all parts of the house from the bathroom to the living room. How can you pull it off?

The look

They came up with a look that looks distressed and opulent at the same time. It reminds you of finding a vintage item at a flea market. That is the shabby part of the design. Shabby chic furniture items in this style are covered in a sandy white giving that worn out but in good condition look. This look can be found naturally or you can create this look by paint and/or stain, then sanding to get the exact amount of distressed look you want.

The colors

Colors in this style are mainly soft pinks, pastel, ecra and white. Earthy colors like soft brown and blue can be found on items such as rugs and artwork.

The fabrics

Shabby chic relies heavily on fabric to give the opulent look. Items look like they have been overdone in fabric but in a neat way, The fabrics mostly used are cotton, linen and denim. They are either plain solid color or have a unique print or design.

The items

You can have most of everyday house items in the shabby chic style;

Furniture – cabinets, coffee tables, settees, Ottomans, lounge chairs

Lighting – candles, lamps, lamp shades, chandeliers, scones

Beddings – sheets, duvets, shams, bed skirts, pillowcases

Bathroom items – towels, sleepwear, bathroom accessories

The décor

To pull off the shabby chic décor look, there are accessories like wall hangings, throws, vases, rugs and artworks.

Vintage items are also in this style. For distressed décor style fans, Rachel Ashwell regularly handpicks vintage items and puts them up for sale. Examples are fine china utensils, lamps, furniture, lamps, and rugs.

You can include art for wall decoration. Artists such as Kinley Winaman and Laurence Amelie have had their art featured as blending well as wall decorations for this style.

Other interests

This style has a variety of baby nursery bedding, furniture and lighting. If you love the shabby chic style a lot, you could buy books that enlighten you more on the shabby chic subject. These are personally autographed by Rachel Ashwell.

You could start by buying the items from stores offering items in this style. As you go along you will develop the feel for it and gradually pick items on your own. Starting with simple items such as candle holders, mirrors or small items to start the shabby chic look. You then can work up to the larger pieces such as tables, stools and wall hangings. Making this a taste all your own.

Home Interior Design Trends With Reindeer Hides

Home Interior DesignOthers may want a minimal rustic look that has the primitive charm of another century. Of course, there are nearly limitless choices in the decorating spectrum. If you crave the relaxing look and comfort of the outdoors, you will love decorating with genuine reindeer skin rugs.

Why Reindeer?

A majority of people these days object to killing an animal just for its fur. Unlike other exotic furs, reindeer hide is a bi-product of the meat industry.

Reindeer farms slaughter the animals humanely for the meat and sell the hides. This way, nothing is wasted and humans get the full benefit of the animal.

Reindeer fur has beautiful coloration and a luxurious softness that is like none other.

It has been coveted for centuries by native peoples because of the warmth and beauty it adds. With proper care, your genuine reindeer rug will last for years and will be the center of conversation.

Reindeer Rugs

When we think of fur, we automatically think of cozy rugs in a country cabin setting. Reindeer fur has a thick pile and is ideal for keeping feet warm on cold, wood floors.

Each hide has unique shades of gray, silver, cream, and black. Like snowflakes, no two are ever the same. They complement the rustic charm of a cabin or any natural theme. Reindeer rugs are attractive in living rooms, family rooms, or any place that you want an eye-catching rug. These rugs are gaining in popularity around the world.

Fortunately, these gorgeous rugs are not just for primitive or rustic decor. Even the most sophisticated decor would be enhanced by a reindeer hide. They would make a lovely accent rug on a white carpet in a chic living room. The hide’s coloration and velvety texture speak style, comfort, and class. Reindeer skin rugs would even work for homes with an industrial or modern flare. The splash of natural softness is pleasing to the eye in any setting.

Furniture Throws

Reindeer hides are not stiff and scratchy like rugs made of other fibers. Once they are cured, the skin and hair are buttery-soft and as supple as a blanket. For this reason, you can use your reindeer rug as a stunning furniture throw. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they see a genuine hide cascading down your living room couch. Not only does it complement the aesthetics of your furniture, but is can also be used as a warm blanket on a cozy night around the fireplace. Fur throws are absolutely beautiful on couches or chairs. Since their colors are basically neutral, they will not clash with any colors or patterns on the furniture. Any room would benefit from a fur throw.

Wall Art

If you want more than just pictures on your wall, consider a genuine reindeer fur as a wall hanging. This natural tapestry can be the focal point in a room or it can be an accent piece. Invariably, your guests will be drawn to it and will want to touch its lush softness. It can blend in beautifully as one of your favorite eclectic pieces.

Spring Renewal For The Bedroom

Spring Renewal For The BedroomThere are so many reasons to welcome spring. There are the bright colors of emerging crocuses, daffodils and tulips. There is more sunshine to turn the grass green and finally saying goodbye to the cold, the grey skies and snow. It is a great feeling to throw open the windows and do some spring cleaning. So why not start with the bedroom. If your favorite down comforter, down pillows and featherbed are in need of cleaning or renovation, now is a good time as you can do without them for a while since winter is over. Proper care will ensure your precious downs will give you many years of luxury and comfort. We recommend cleaning pillows every 3 years, comforters every 5 years, and renovation of comforters every 10 years. If your downs are only a couple of years old, it is a good idea to air them out. If you have a clothes line, that is good for the comforters and pillows. You would need a patio table or a few chairs for the featherbed or down bed. Do this on a dry sunny warm day. You will be using nature’s way to refresh the downs. It will also refluff the downs. If you do not have access to an outdoor line I would suggest hanging the featherbed or down bed over chairs near an open window. For the comforter and pillows I would put in a dryer set on low for 15 minutes. I would recommend airing the featherbed or down bed as often as is practical. If a dryer is your only option for the comforter and pillows I would recommend doing the pillows every couple of weeks and the comforter every 3 months or so. Be sure to keep the dryer on low.

Now it is time to brighten up your bedroom with a whole new look with a new duvet cover and sheet set. The beauty of the down comforter and the duvet cover, which the Europeans invented, is that you can change the look of your bedroom to suit your mood or the season with just a new duvet cover. Co-ordinate with a sheet set, pillowcases, shams and you have a whole new look. A good tip for less laundering of the duvet cover, use a flat top sheet.

Did you know with small changes to your bedroom decor you just might sleep better?