Using the Internet to Plan Your Interior Decorating

Using the Internet to Plan Your Interior Decorating

If you have a computer and access to the Internet, you have the tools you need to start interior decorating. Whether you want to replace your carpet, paint your walls, or install wood flooring, there are places on the Internet you can go that will help you decide what will look best in your home.

 

Why Use the Internet to Do Virtual Decorating?

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Smell: The Overlooked Sense in Interior Decorating

Smell: The Overlooked Sense in Interior Decorating

When designing a room, we tend to focus on what we can see—the walls, the floors, and the ceilings. But humans have four other senses as well, and when thinking about decorating, we often overlook those other senses. One of the most powerful senses a room can appeal to is smell. If you are cooking in a kitchen, you already have the smells of bread, cooking meat, and spices there. There are other ways to incorporate smells throughout the house.

 

Add Pleasant Scents With Air Fresheners

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THE MEN (AND WOMEN) IN BLACK HOLIDAY THEME PARTY FUN FOR THE YEAR

THE MEN (AND WOMEN) IN BLACK HOLIDAY THEME PARTY FUN FOR THE YEAR

Fighting off the Aliens this Year

These movies draw inspiration from comic book characters of the same name and have proven to be great entertainment over the past fifteen years or so for all the sci-fi lovers out there. Who doesn’t remember Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith fighting off the myriad of crazy aliens in these movies that were interspersed with loads of dry humor? So the Men in Black (and women of course) will be an easy theme party this year. Send out your black and white invitations and add a few pink worms to the design or UFO’s requesting the pleasure of your friends company and encouraging them to dress as any of the characters from these movies. Black hats, black sunglasses, black tuxedos are the name of the game. Of course they can dress as the local postman or any one of the hilarious or terrifying alien characters in the movie or bring Frank the Pug with or dress up as Rosenberg, Edgar the Bug or K.

 

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More than just a chair, or a sofa, or a couch. Three easy ways to update a key element in our living spaces: the seating.

More than just a chair, or a sofa, or a couch. Three easy ways to update a key element in our living spaces: the seating.

Having a beautiful environment no longer has to cost an arm and a leg. By applying a few simple techniques and swopping your furniture around, a simple piece can transform your space. The beauty of furniture is that it’s able to adapt to your style, with a few easy touches.

 

Paint

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Design pitfalls for the modern home owner: Four things you need to consider before signing

Design pitfalls for the modern home owner: Four things you need to consider before signing

Have you ever walked into a place where you just loved the lay-out, the kitchen design, the lounge, the bedrooms, and made allowances for things that you knew potentially might be a problem, but you’re sure you can look beyond them? If you’ve answered yes, you need to keep reading.

 

Will you be able to change the decor style?

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Clutter or creativity? How to incorporate your collection into a manageable display

Clutter or creativity? How to incorporate your collection into a manageable display

Living in an age where a lot of focus is placed on “Out with the old, in with the new” it may be difficult for you to incorporate your porcelain doll collection handed down for generations, or your husband’s toy car collection. If this seems to be something of a bug bear for you, here are a few tips on keeping these collections manageable and stylish:

 

Have a focus area

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Brighten up or tone it down: how to create a wall treatment that complements every aspect of day to day life

Brighten up or tone it down: how to create a wall treatment that complements every aspect of day to day life

When we think walls, we tend to think paint, canvasses or store bought wallpaper only. What other design aspects are there really?

 

Vinyl

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Three Themes Based on Christmas Classics

Three Themes Based on Christmas Classics

Christmas is a time with all sorts of family time, traditions, and of course, Christmas TV specials. Some of the most memorable Christmas themes can be derived from popular Christmas specials. Tonight we’ll focus on Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Each of these quintessential Christmas special is extremely popular with all age groups and there are many ways to bring the magic of these movies to the comfort of your home and make a truly magical holiday gathering that everyone will remember and talk about every holiday season.

 

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special

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Three Themed Tree Ideas

Three Themed Tree Ideas

Having a Christmas tree that fits a theme can add so much to your holiday décor. Whether you choose to have a main tree with a bevy of ornaments and smaller themed trees, or just one that showcases a larger theme, having a tree that is reflective of what you want to represent during your holiday celebration can make your holiday that much cheerier. Decorating according to your tastes and creating a theme around that can also make Christmas feel more personal to you and your family, rather than the giant corporate holiday focused only on presents that it sometimes feels like.

 

Color Theme

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Three Stocking Stuffing Theme Ideas

Three Stocking Stuffing Theme Ideas

Christmas stockings are one of the most exciting parts of the holidays for everyone, because they can be filled with exciting extra little gifts and candies that don’t cost a lot of money, but really reflect the person you’re giving the gift to. Making each person a stocking that thoroughly suits their personality can be extra fun and exciting for the person making the stocking and the person unloading it. Here are several ideas for stocking stuffer themes that can be applied to any person in your family and are guaranteed to make their Christmas morning.

 

Hobby Stocking

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Ringing in the Holidays with Bells

Ringing in the Holidays with Bells

In the past, bells were an integral part of decorating for Christmas. Songs like Jingle Bells and Carol of the Bells around during the season, but the decorations seems to have fallen by the wayside. Often, when people think of Christmas balls, they automatically picture the single cheap sleigh bell worn on a festively colored string by children. However, bells can be a classy and festive way to make your house feel ready for the holidays. Here are a few unique ideas for using bells in your holiday decor.

 

Napkin "Rings"

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Discover the creamy charm of Nice

Discover the creamy charm of Nice

Aristocrats, actors and many modern artists are magnetically attracted to this exuberant, Italianate jewel many choose it as their retreat 

To give it its full title Nice la Belle (Nice The Beautiful) harbingers what visitors can expect in this, the capital of the Alpes Maritimes and the second largest city on the Côte d'Azur after Marseille (fifth largest in France). It is known for the Mediterranean lapping its pebbly beaches and its quietly delightful interior.Pines, pools, palms, portside posing, people ogling are the reasons why many come here. This is the birthplace of seaside glamour, where you can never be too brown or unashamedly ostentatious. And for families and individuals alike, once the fascination for Bulgari and boats wears thin, you can escape inland to mediaeval villages on the cypress-topped hills, with cobbled alleys, cafés and craggy ramparts, or just breathe in the Mediterranean's blue brilliance.

 

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Hot Desert

Hot Desert

"Hot Desert" is the rather brutal phrase geographers use to describe the climate in Egypt's Red Sea Riviera.

It's brutal because the promise is actually more of a pampered, hedonistic holiday in the sun: beautiful people lounging by the pool, swimmers enjoying the company of dolphins and colorful fish, bikini-clad young women wistfully looking at a sea coloured azure, while dark-skinned locals mostly wear tailored servant uniforms and friendly smiles. The fun could be taking place somewhere like the Caribbean or the Cote d'Azur but this is Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera. And very few people had heard of it until the latter part of last century.Perhaps that’s because most of the shiny, beach-resort hotels aren’t on the Red Sea at all, but rather on the Gulf of Aqaba, a narrow strip of water separating Egypt’s Sinaï Peninsula eastern coast from Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

 

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Gadgets that will make you stand out on holiday

Gadgets that will make you stand out on holiday

Check your emails underwater

Aquapacs protect your devices from water and sand, while allowing you to use touch screens or Blackberry QWERTY keyboards on the beach or even underwater without a worry. There are Aquapacs for phones, GPS devices, digital cameras (even DSLRs), camcorders, tablets and e-readers. The camera cases have proper lens holders, so your photos come out clear and crisp, even when taken underwater. Prices start at £20 store.aquapac.net

 

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Top holiday apps

Top holiday apps

There's an app to solve virtually every problem we ever had and loads we never knew about before. Here's a few that might just ease your globe-trotting.

 

Wi-Fi Finder

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Grasse: the world's capital of perfume

Grasse: the world's capital of perfume

Grasse, a commune on the French Riviera, is considered the world's capital of perfume - producing over two-thirds of France's natural aromas for both perfumes and for flavoring food.It lies inland from the south French coast about 30 minutes drive from Nice. Warm and sufficiently inland to be sheltered from the sea air, the countryside around the city is dominated by fields of flowers, including rose, jasmine, daffodil, carnation, tuberose, orange blossom, and violet.

 

People come here for the flowers with their delicate scents. They are grown in Grass thanks to its micro climate and three perfumeries - Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard - open their doors to the public and offer free tours that explain the processes of producing a perfume. It is possible to create your own perfume, eau de perfume or eau de toilette and participate in all stages of manufacture from picking flowers to bottling.

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Gastro Getaways: first head for Iberia

Gastro Getaways: first head for Iberia

Food and travel are both about adventure: the quest for new foods and flavours; the discovery of new places, new friends. And an increasing number of holidaymakers are seeking to combine both. Their Horizons are broad, their tastes eclectic. To meet increasing demand wineries are developing restaurants, hotels and spas. Tasting and cooking schools are being opened up.There is a world of discovery out there. Learn to make the best pizza in the world in Rome, order a mojito and mejillones (Spanish mussels) in Palma, eat beach food in Goa, savour the numbulo ham found on Corfu's Kerkyra Island...

 

But where to start? Work your way along the Côte d'Azur in search of sumptuous seafood?

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Crete: more than just another Greek island

Crete: more than just another Greek island

Crete feels like more than just another of the Greek islands. It gives the impression of being a little country in its own right. But it's really the largest of the Greek islands, and arguably its most diverse and fascinating, with a remarkable history and a dynamic capital that is the fifth largest city in the whole of Greece.It is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea.

 

Crete is a favorite Greek Island that hosts nearly a quarter of Greece’s tourists. It's interior has a rural charm and famous archaeological sites, while the coast offers towns with fabulous seafood and, caves of historic significance including the famous one where Zeus, the king of the gods, is said to have been born.There is no best time to visit Crete; it depends on what you seek. In January to March the weather can be cold and rainy, but it is also the time when flowers start to grow, with almond trees blossoming in January, anemones are plentiful and the citrus trees are full of fruit. April is the time of the Greek Easter, the most important feast of the Cretan year. In May and June the good weather is almost guaranteed. July and August is the high season when the weather is very hot. In September and October the sea is still really warm. November and December are quiet but the chances of good weather are high and it's still possible to swim.

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Bringing the Holidays to Work

Bringing the Holidays to Work

The holidays often have a lot of time dedicated to family and home time; however, many people have to keep their regular working schedules for the majority of the time. If your office allows it, decorating your area or cubicle can be a great way to bring the holidays to work with you, and if you’re able, you can even bring some friendly competition to the office and have decorating contests, Secret Santa games, and a White Elephant gift exchange. This way, you still feel like you are celebrating the season even when surrounded by your work family instead of your actual family.

 

Cubicle/Area Decoration Contest

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Beach paradise

Beach paradise

Lanzarote, the most eastern of the Canary Islands, emerged 15 million years ago through volcanic eruptions. The newest resort offering sun-soaked beaches there is Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca - “White Beach" in the native Spanish - is Lanzarote’s most southern town.

 

Why go?

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