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Home Decoration

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Interior Design Ideas

If you like the idea of coming up with your own home Interior design,you are not alone. Lots of folks these days are planning out and then executing their own interior designs. But how do you come up with great home interior design ideas? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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Probably one of the easiest ways to get home decoration ideas is to simply watch television these days. There are several shows that are dedicated to the subject of completely redesigning an entire house room by room. The biggest problem with watching these television shows is having something in front of you as documentation. So a couple of ideas that may help out is to have a pencil and paper available to take notes as you go, and also to record the program for viewing later on.

Even though you may get some great home interior design ideas from these television shows, ask yourself whether or not they will fit well in your particular home. Just because they look great on television in someone else's home does not mean that it will fit in well in your home. So try to visualize the whole project from beginning to end in your house. And plan, plan, plan. By taking extra precaution in the planning stages, you can ensure a more problem free application.

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However, television is not the only source for home decoration information and ideas on Interior design. There are several great books on the subject that are able to help designers of almost any background and experience level. The advantage of books is that the documentation is already done for you. It usually has a very well thought out plan for implementing any kind of home interior design on its pages. And usually you'll be able to have more than enough photos and pictures to help get a good mental picture of the process as it goes.

Another way to get excellent ideas for interior design is to look through magazines on the subject. There is no shortage of magazines that are devoted to home decoration and interior design. Believe it or not, even many professional interior designers collect large quantities of magazine articles and pictures and store them in a way that will help them have a larger pool of ideas to draw from in the future. Not being a professional yourself, it may be a good idea to start your own scrapbook of home interior design articles and photos that you can separate according to a specific theme or room type. Sometimes, the best decoration ideas are a combination of things that are brought together from several different sources to form a unique, one-of-a-kind design.
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Interior Design

Spacious rooms
If you love the wide open spaces and want the light and airy atmosphere, here are some tips on achieving that sense of spaciousness in your rooms.

- To create a feeling of largeness in your room, eliminate the shadows that tend to slice a room up into smaller spaces. Work on lighting the room with a soft, even light. Avoid ceiling lights as they tend to make the ceiling feel lower. Diffused, ambient lighting will tend to enlarge the room.

* Keep the surfaces free of heavy textures. Smoother surfaces tend to reflect more light and make the room feel larger.
* Avoid heavy textured flooring. Choose tile over patterned or textured carpeting. Reflective and shiny surfaces such as mirror and chrome also can be used effectively.
* Soft colors and monochromatic color schemes. Use cream, beige, gray or cool pastels on your walls and floors to make them recede. The ceiling should always be the lightest color in the room.
* Limit the use of patterns in the room to create a more airy feeling. A typical application of a pattern might be to reserve it for an accent piece.
* Selection and placement of furniture in a room is crucial in defining the space. Keep the largest pieces against the walls whenever possible.
* Choose furniture colors that are the same or similar to those selected for the walls and floors.

Cozy rooms
If you want a cozy and comforted ambience, here are some points to consider a more intimate space.

* Create spaces through the use of directed light. Lighting from the ceiling will seem to lower it. A reading lamp or down-shaded lamp will cast light only in its relative vicinity. Use incandescent rather than halogen or florescent lamps for a warmer glow.
* Choose strong colors for your walls and floor. They will tend to bring them in closer towards one another.
* A dark floor with walls of brown or deep red, blue or green tones will help create the feeling of a smaller, cozier space.
* Heavy, soft textures add warmth to a space. Use rougher textures for the hard elements in the room; iron instead of chrome, brick instead of glazed tiles.
* The use of pattern in a room can also lend a sense of coziness to the space. The subject of mixing patterns in a room will be covered at some future time.
* Choose dark finishes and fabrics to create a sense of the piece being larger than it actually is. Heavy textured fabrics and large patterns will add a cozy feeling to a sofa or chair.
* Place pieces away from the wall and use tall pieces to divide and define smaller spaces within a room for greater intimacy.

Room corners
The corners of our rooms can be decorating assets or just a boring space. With a little imagination you can make the corner space work for you and create a beautiful area in your room.

* The void corner of the room can be fill with natural or artificial tree.
* An uplight addition will give a beautiful look.
* Pedestals of varied sizes look good in corners.
* A table top with a beautiful fabric and a couple of chairs to each side with coordinating fabric on the seats can give a very dramatic look. Add a lamp, your favorite pictures and collectibles for a gorgeous tablescape.
* A corner cabinet or hanging cupboard is a handsome solution and adds needed storage and display areas as well.

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One of the most important basics in decorating a small space is to purchase furniture that does double or triple duty for storage. Purchasing multiple purpose accessories and furniture allow options that give your living space character and flexibility.

* Sofa cum bed : A sofa for your living room area might contain a bed for yourself or unexpected visitors.
* Tables containing drawers or shelves give you other options further storage.
* Bookshelves with or without doors, can be appropriate for entertainment centers, home offices, kitchen storage or bedroom storage.
* Bathroom storage units are great for under sink storage. These units increase your storage capacity in a small area.
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Design Blogger Profile: Vanessa de Vargas of Turquoise!

We’ve got today a great design blogger, Vanessa de Vargas, from the wonderful interior design business known as Turquoise. A prolific designer, fashionista, furniture re-designer and blogger, de Vargas has plenty of inspiration on both her website and blog.

The Los Angeles based designer is known for her young, bright, fresh and sassy interior work, working with clients in their homes but also running quite the successful e-design business, where she helps come up with inspiration boards for clients for a fee. That’s only one half of her talents, however, as she is also known for her ingenious and creative revamping of treasured vintage furniture. Not just fixing furniture pieces structurally, de Vargas gives them a touch of her own style, making them the perfect additions to our generation's more modern sensibilities.

As a blogger herself, she shares her take on the top trends in the design world weekly at Apartment Therapy Los Angeles, but also looks to inspire on her own blog. Sharing stories and photos from client projects (both local to L.A. and online), lots of fun home d├ęcor finds and creative ideas she uses her blog as more than just a tool to promote her business, but rather help others create their perfect homes.

Our favorite element of de Vargas’ work is her great use of color, pattern and detail. Her work is fun, sometimes feminine and frankly, flirty. She’s not afraid of any of these elements, and uses them all to enhance spaces, not overwhelm them. Flipping through her online portfolio you will see an inspiring array of color palettes with which to inspire your own home makeovers.

Already a strong presence on the Internet, you can also check out de Vargas and her work in numerous publications, such as The Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Sunset Magazine, Washington Post, Instyle Magazine, Architectural Digest-Italy, Lucky, California Homes and Design, as well as other blogs like Decor8 and Stylecourt.

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Flickr Features: Minimalist Interiors!

Last Flickr Features we brought you lots of photos of homes considered to be futuristic. Often times, when we say the word "modern" we refer to one of our favorite styles "Mid-Century Modern" a style that was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. Modern can refer to any number of interior decoration styles, though, one of which is minimalism. An often misunderstood style, many people at first glance consider these sleek, simple and starkly furnished rooms as cold or inhuman. Minimalism, which favors no ornamentation and function over form, can be warm and comfortable, however, and the less stuff you have the less you have to clean! We bring to you today some great photos from a Flickr group called "Modern Minimalism." Judge for yourself whether you think minimalism is cold or comfortable! And be sure to check out all the photos we didn't feature in the group yourself.

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This Week's Top 5 Favorite 1stdibs Items: Seaside Inspiration!

The cold weather is now taking its hold on the southern part of the country (not that we're complaining) and we're only just realizing this officially means the end of summer and warm weather. While we love the fall and winter there's something special about the memories that come from the summer. If you've been missing summer as well, why not infuse your interiors with a little seaside inspiration? These fun accessories will have your room feel like a sunny beach house all year long!

1) Mosaic Tile Bench
From Buenos Aires, Argentina this large-scale bench made of multicolored glass tiles depicting sea creatures is from the 1960s, and while it's a bit loud, it's also wonderful! How fun would this be to have in an interior? We love it!
Price: $8,500
Bush Antiques

Okay these amazing chairs aren't specifically seaside or beach themed, but you can't deny they look like two giant seashells! These could be chairs that you can add for a fun pop of seaside inspiration in an otherwise non-seaside decorated space.
Price: $11,000
Donna Parker Habitat

3) Antique Lead 'Neptune' Fountain Sculpture
Who better to have in your sea-inspired space than Neptune himself? This is another great example of a subtle element you could add to an already decorated room to incorporate a seaside theme to it. Even without other seaside inspired accessories, it is a lovely sculpture.
Price: $5,800
Regan and Smith

Seashell encrusted home decor came back into style a few years ago again, both to the delight and horror of homeowners everywhere. Depending on the space, a piece like this could add a fun sea-feeling to it, or it could overwhelm. Pair this with simple surroundings to really let it shine. Price: $2,000
Darrell Dean

5) Large Yellow Seashell Centerpiece
Yellow's not a color commonly associated with seaside inspired home accessories, but we love it on this seashell centerpiece. What a bright, bold and fun addition to a seaside-themed space---or any space for that matter!
Price: $2,800
Palm Beach Antique and Design Center

Don't forget to check out the rest of this week's listings from 1stdibs, where you can find more fabulous, one-of-a-kind show-stopping pieces, as well as a number of other great pieces!
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