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Decorating a kitchen that has an oak counter

Decorating a kitchen that has an oak counter

Oak counter tops add beauty and style to the kitchen with their warm and durable nature. The counter tops can be used in various kitchen designs, ranging from country to contemporary based on the grain and finish of the oak. Below are some tips you can use to decorate a kitchen that has an oak counter.

Decorations for kitchens with dark oak counters

You will find different varieties of oak counters in various finishes and stains such as dark and sleek. If the kitchen has colored and deeply toned counter, use lighter colors for the cabinets, floor and walls to add contrast. Paint the cabinets white in order to brighten the kitchen and leave the counter as the focal point. Paint the walls a pale, jeweled tone so the design can have color. The oak color will be reflected by the jewel tones on the walls. Use a pale color to maintain a light design.

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Choosing the right buffet cabinet

Choosing the right buffet cabinet

A buffet cabinet can serve many roles, but the main one is that of storing and serving food in the dining room. The cabinet also goes by the name sideboard and may be used to serve other purposes in the home. They come in different styles and materials, and you should therefore find the one that meets your needs and complements your décor. The tips below will guide you as you make the choice.

Consider the purpose

How you intend to use the cabinet should determine the type that you should buy. Do you want a cabinet for displaying your crystals and fine china while at the same time storing items such as silverware and linen? The cabinet to use should have glass doors at the top section and with cupboards and drawers at the bottom section.
If the buffet cabinet is for throwing casual parties where the food is laid out, and the guests help themselves, the cabinet should be long and low. A buffet cabinet for storage of items without the need to display them should have solid doors.

Where the cabinet will be located

The use of buffet cabinets should not be limited to the dining room. You can use the cabinet for storage in the hallway or a catchall surface in the foyer. Choose a cabinet with cupboards and drawers so that you can store items that are seasonal such as scarves, boots and hats. Your entrance can do with a long, low cabinet buffet with each season’s decorations. Include a bowl or a basket to hold the mail and keys. Your kitchen should also not be left out because a large low buffet can play the same role as the kitchen island with storage.

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Ideas on How to Use a Desk in the Living Room

Ideas on How to Use a Desk in the Living Room

If you want your living room also to become your home office, you may be faced with a challenge of how to include a desk without disrupting order. You will need to find for it a place in the room where it is less disruptive. Make sure that the desk is placed out of sight on the happenings of the living room. The desk should not be highly noticeable when one is sitting at the couch or watching TV. If there is no other place to put the desk except where it is visible, try to block it using a freestanding wall unit or a bookshelf.


A room divider can give the desk the much-needed privacy from the prying eyes of other people in the living room. The divider separates the desk from the sitting area in the living room and provides privacy when working. Some of the dividers that you may use are a folding screen, curtains or a large piece of furniture. A folding screen can be placed when working and be removed when not needed to open up the room. Curtains can be hanged on the ceiling using a track in order to separate the desk from the other parts of the living room.


Other large furniture such as a cabinet or a bookcase can also act as a room divider. Place the desk behind the furniture so that it is blocked from the seating area. If you do not want guests to see the desk, a room divider is not enough because it only conceals the desk without hiding it. To hide it completely, use a closet, if your living room has one. This will enable you to hide the desk and other items from the guests, especially when you are entertaining. Just make sure that the closet is situated on a corner where it will be of fewer disturbances. You may include shelves in the closet where you will place other items such as office supplies.

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Furniture to Use with Leather Sofa

Furniture to Use with Leather Sofa

A leather sofa makes the living room feel natural. You can use it to enhance your existing décor and color scheme by surrounding it with other pieces. The sofa’s color, construction, embellishments and finishes can form a good basis for designs of other complementary pieces.

Lodge style décor


If you prefer lodge décor, use pieces that are lodge inspired to help you convey the natural ambiance. Use a huge brown leather sofa that has chubby cushions and with rolled arms as the basis for other furnishings. The sofa should also have a distressed finish. To pair it up, use comfortable armchairs that have been upholstered in tartan plaids with coal black, forest green, sunny yellow and barn red colors. The coffee table should be an aromatic cedar chest painted with checkerboard on top. This will provide a lasting game board. Each side of the sofa should spot an end table that is made out of a tree trunk. The furnishings will help to create the lodge-inspired decor.

City look


For the contemporary urban look in your living room, use a black leather sofa that is sleek. The complementary pieces should portray the modern theme. Use glass top accent tables that have shiny chrome legs. You may also opt to use acrylic tables with sharp angles and straight lines. To connect the sofa and chairs visually, include a pair of chairs upholstered in a pattern of zebra stripes. Place at the centre a huge ottoman of white leather and stylish tufting. Accent the ottoman using large buttons covered in black leather.

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Decorating Ideas on Kids Furnishings

Decorating Ideas on Kids Furnishings

Kids love lively things, and this extends even to their bedrooms. You therefore, need to be creative when making the bedroom furnishings attractive and lively. Due to the choosy mode, make sure you are aware of what the child likes before making any decorations. The tips below will help you to make your kids furnishings lively.

Choose the right furnishings


Being a kid’s room, you need to use furniture whose size is proportional to the kid. Get tables and chairs that are small to ensure that the kid can easily use them. Large furniture will be uncomfortable for the child.


Use a theme for the furnishings

Your child may be into movies and cartoons and would want their room to be designed based on these themes. Decide on the theme to use and do not forget to include your child’s input when making the final decision. This is their room, and they should love its design.
It may be above your budget to use a bed frame with a design of your kid’s favorite cartoon character, but that does not mean foregoing on the theme altogether. Look for ways to portray the theme without overspending. For instance, you can create wooden frame with the kid’s favorite character or theme and place it on the bed’s backrest. Paint the bed frame with the theme’s color. Use wallpapers with the same theme and you can include stickers and posters and place them on doors, walls and mirrors. Ensure that the tables and chairs have the same color combination with the theme. As long as you use a theme that your child loves, they will love the furnishings.

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