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We all like to redecorate our houses so that we can feel better, or even feel like we bought a whole new one. However, people always make mistakes when trying to redecorate. This is why we have gathered some designers’ secrets on how to achieve the best home décor.

Do Not Cross the Line

Carmencitta-Magazine-Deco-secrets-revealed-1Clichés are something you need to get away from. When renewing your home décor, always go with a classical and a timeless style. If you live near the ocean, for example, do not fill your living room with seashells. Moreover, when you do that, you won’t be embarrassed with your house in 10 years.

Mix and Match

Carmencitta-Magazine-Deco-secrets-revealed-2Mixing modern with antique is not a bad thing, if you do it right! Matching classic with modern is a great approach to a great home design. Try to put an antique table with modern couches and wait for the compliments.

Group the Artworks

Hanging framed artworks together makes a long lasting effect with a sense of sophistication. “By hanging six prints in a grid over the family room sofa, I got the impact of a much larger piece of art” said the designer Meg Braff.

Unify Tiny Spaces

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If your bedroom is small, try to wrap your bed using the same printed fabric that you use for your wallpaper. This is how you don’t vide it visually so that it looks bigger.

Use Quite Neutrals

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This is how you make your furniture blend with your walls or carpets, which leads to a wider space look. However, try to use a pop color such as white for the room not to look too bland.

Side Tables are a Plus

Make sure you put a small side table next to every sofa. This technique makes the room more intimate. If intimacy is what you are looking for, this idea will make you want to curl up and watch a movie with your loved one while sipping a cup of coffee.

Get your home summer ready

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Summer is here and we all know how nice it is to sit on the porch and feel like we are in heaven while sipping our fresh juices. This is why, we have some tips for you on how to decorate your house in order to look more summery.

Get your curtains out

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Hanging white outdoor curtains that flow with the air will immediately make you think of summer mood. Moreover, in addition to their tropical vacation-like feeling, they give shadow and protect your porch from the burning sun.

Shells shells shells

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Grab a glass vase from the dollar store, fill half of it with sand, and the other half with shells. This small thing, helps create the feeling that you are on the beach. What’s more summery than the beach?!

Add some colors

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Colored cushions and flowers, are a great way to make your porch look fresh and fun. This way you can have a beautiful night on the porch with your friends, and maybe take a nap outside.

Swings and swing chairs

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When we picture a summery display, we cannot get the swings out of the image! If you don’t have a place for the big one, you can buy the small one that fits one person and can be hanged from the ceiling.

Do not forget the flower

The use of flowers, especially the white ones, gives the feeling of a fresh, calm, and peaceful place.

Set up an outside bar

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The internet is full of do it yourself videos on how to create your own outside bar. This is a perfect addition to your backyard where you can have barbecue dinners with your friends and enjoy a cold beer.

Kitchen Decoration Ideas

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Whether you bought it or you are renting it, a small apartment can sometimes be hard to decorate in order to make it feel like home. Forget about the bedrooms, the living room and the dining room, a small kitchen is one of the hardest parts of an apartment or a house when it comes to decoration. This is why, we have teamed with experts and collected the best tips and ideas on how to decorate a kitchen.

Stick to Monochromes

Carmencitta Magazine - Kitchen Decoration Ideas 2Using a monochrome colored palette is a good way to make a kitchen feel big. For example: you can used two colors such as black and white for the tiles, and keep it like that. Do not add multiple colors as they will make the kitchen look smaller than it really is.

Add Shelves

Carmencitta Magazine - Kitchen Decoration Ideas 3Use every small free space that you still have in order to add some shelves. In fact, shelves can be used to put in them plates, service essentials, cups, and everything else. Moreover, if you want to give your shelves an extra embellishment, you can decorate the back with a wallpaper that has some patterns on it.

Carmencitta Magazine - Kitchen Decoration Ideas 4If your kitchen is open to the living room

Most of the kitchen are not separated from the living room by a wall. This is why, between the living room and the kitchen you should add a table and some chairs so that they act as a separator. Moreover, try to keep the ambiance modern and cool by adding a rug under the table.

Add a splash of color

Carmencitta Magazine - Kitchen Decoration Ideas 5In addition to using a monochromatic design, you can add one color that will make the kitchen pop up and have a more modern look. For example: with the black and white colors, you can add a splash of red. You can make all the essentials and cooking materials red, or any other bright color.

 

Transform a small space into a big one

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Nowadays, not a lot of people can afford having big homes or apartments, so we opt to have a small place that we try to make it feel and look like it is bigger. Moreover, creating, designing, and decorating a small house is something that is challenging to most of us. In fact, there are some tips and tricks that help you transform a small space into a big one. Furthermore, you do not need a specialist to tell you what to do; all you need is to use the following ideas, and you will be fine!

Carmencitta Magazine - Transform a small space into a big one 2Use mirrored furniture

Mirrored furniture consists of adding glass items. In fact, glass reflects the light, and gives the illusion of having a vast room. In addition, try to put a wide mirror on the wall. This way, you will double the space of your living room or bedroom.

Use a minimal motif

Carmencitta Magazine - Transform a small space into a big one 1A minimal motif means cutting down the use of blankets, cushions, pictures, pillows, etc… the more you add of those, the less your room will look big. However, this does not mean that you should not put them in your room, it means that you should minimize their number. If you are moving from a larger house, cut those extra decorating items into half.

In your living room, make the sofa the center point

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Try as much as you can to focus the eyesight on one spot. Moreover, in living rooms, the focus should be put on the sofa. In order to do that, add a small shelf above it, and decorate it with picture frames and some flowers.

Accentuate neutrals by colors

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Many people have the wrong idea that small spaces should only be decorated by neutral colored furniture. This is wrong. They sometimes forget that, in order to bring out the neutrals, colors should be added.

 

Create the perfect Playroom for your children

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When you have more than one kid, a playroom is an essential part of your house. Unless you want their toys to be shattered around the house, making it look messy and unorganized whenever a visitor appears on your front door. In fact, you have a room that is not used for anything, or you can provide a room that you will declare as a playroom, follow these instructions to get to know how to create the perfect playroom for your children.

Carmencitta-Magazine-Playroom-for-your-children-2Clear out the room

This step is obvious, because the first thing you need to create an organized playroom, is to completely empty it. Do not panic, we know this step is hard, but if you don’t do it, you will end up with an even messier room. All you need to do is take everything out of the room, and start from scratch.

Carmencitta Magazine - Playroom for your children 3Get rid of unwanted things

Now take an honest look at all the things that your child has. Do not keep non useful things just because they were a gift from grandma and grandpa. Sit down, relax, and sort the toys out. Moreover, an easy way to do that, is by making three piles: Donate, trash, and keep. In fact, this is one of the easiest ways to know what you need to keep and what you need to get rid of. Furthermore, think about the joy of the children who do not have toys, once they receive piles and piles of toys that came from you and your children.

Plan

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Once it is empty, you can now visualize what you want it to look like. Paint, boards, boxes, chairs, drawings, anything you could ever imagine can be put into this little room. Moreover, you need to take into consideration the budget that you have, and how much money you want to spend on a room that will be specifically used to be played in.

 

Christmas Decorating with Outdoor Christmas Lights

It can be challenging to choose the outdoor Christmas lights and decorations for the exterior of your home because exaggerated ones are not the solution.

Follow these simple tips and tricks so you don’t have the whole neighborhood talking about your unorganized outdoor Christmas lights

 

Outdoor Christmas lights or even indoor decorations are something you collect over the years, that’s why you must add a little bit more to the things you have each year. One tip is to take photos of your outdoor Christmas lights every year and compare them to see where you went right or wrong.

Start by setting a plan and creating a theme and not just “throwing” everything you have out there. You can get a sign that says for example “Wise men still seek him” and hang it on top of your house. Then you can add angels, a star, the wise men with the camels, and shepherds. You can choose another theme, keeping in mind that what makes a house look great on the outside with outdoor Christmas lights is having a cohesive message to deliver.

 

You can put things that are stationary, few things that throb or things that twinkle. That way it’s all layered and you don’t get too much of one thing.

While hanging your outdoor Christmas lights, you must also keep in mind what your house will look like in the daytime.

You can do a scalloped garland so it is interwoven with the outdoor Christmas lights through it. Use materials and supplies specific for the exterior, like outdoor ribbons which are wider and bigger, or plastic outdoor balls and ornaments.

And PLEASE! do not leave your outdoor Christmas lights up all year long, hang them towards mid-November and take them off after Christmas, not three weeks later!

If you’re trying to implicitly convince a friend who keeps them all year long that what they’re doing is wrong, send them this article, I think I made the message clear!

Keep Calm and Decorate Your Christmas Tree!

Decorate your Christmas tree to make a hit this season!

A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is a centerpiece for the entire holiday season. So why not take the time to generate a real show stopper?

Learn step-by-step how to decorate your Christmas tree for this season:

It’s time to pop some corn, put on your favorite Christmas songs and make an afternoon of it with the entire family.

Start by defining the theme: Maybe a richly traditional one, a whole look on gold, or just tropical ornaments.

Once you’ve gathered the material to decorate your Christmas tree, it’s time to begin.

When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, fluffy is one of those key details that people often rush through. Shape each section to give your tree a natural look and have more space to place all the ornaments.

Another advice to decorate your Christmas tree is to use beautiful ribbons; choose a focal point on the tree and drape the ribbon in waves. You can also make a bouquet-like focal point. Why not using the tree bouquets which are charming preselected groupings that create an instant splash.

Continue to decorate your Christmas tree by adding the ornaments, place the topper of the tree: you can create a double bow paired with a flower at the center, then add some picks. What’s left to do is to secure the topper to the tree with a floral wire.

Next is adding the ornaments to the tree; they are like jewelry to a ball gown. Start from the top by showcasing your favorite ornament in prime positions then add space filler ornaments evenly around the tree, from the inside out, to create some interest. Use glittered or even glass ornaments.

That’s how you create a holiday experience that your family will want to ravel in all season long!

Wishing you a happy holiday from Carmencitta team! 🙂

Do-it-yourself Christmas Room Decoration

Here’s some joyful DIY Christmas room decoration ideas.

Start your Christmas room decoration by working on string Christmas trees; cover a cone in cling wrap and then start by adding some pins to it so that the wool won’t slide off. Mix the wool with glue and water and start wrapping the small tree, with whatever crazy way you like. When done, let it dry and have the pins and cone removed. You can decorate the tree with white or colorful pearls. Prepare these trees in different colors and sizes and decorate your shelf with them.

Glitter Pinecones
Enhance your Christmas room decoration with those easy-to-make glittery pinecones; Start by using the silver spray paint and then the silver chunky glitter to coat the whole pinecone. You can make them in different colors, like silver, red or gold, perfect for Christmas (don’t forget to wear gloves!).
When done, pile the pinecones in a basket, and put them your shelf for a festive atmosphere.

Doily Baskets
Get a doily fabric and a small glass bowl and cover it in plastic. Mix the doily in glue and water paste and spread the doily over the bottom of the bowl. When dry, remove the doily from the glass.
They will look amazing with some Christmas balls, fluffy pom poms, tea light candles or chocolate.

Santa Hats
To complete your Christmas room decoration with santa hats, wrap a tape around the bottom of a cone (to keep that part white), then color the cone with red paint. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle red glitter on the cone, and then carefully remove the tape, adding some glue and sprinkling it with white glitter. You can then make the belt buckle with cardboard and silver glitter and spread the black ribbon through it. Attach it to the cone with a small pin and glue silver pom poms to the top and you’re ready to go!

Colorful Ornament Garland as Done by Professionals

Since the holiday season brings joy and happiness to the world, then the decoration should also be cheerful. So what is more cheerful than colors? That’s why the colorful ornament garland seems to be a great item to be used in your Christmas decoration. It adds colors to your tree or even to your mantelpiece, and brings life and originality to your decoration.

 

In fact, you can easily create your own colorful ornament garland. This way, you can choose the colors of ornaments that suit your home decoration and theme.

As shown in the tutorial, to create the ornament garland you will need a wire and a set of ornaments. Creating the garland consists of only inserting the ornaments in the wire. Bundle the ornaments tightly together to give the garlands some volume. You may also want to replace the wire by a colored ribbon or tulle to add more colors to the garland; however, for doing this, you will need a long embroidery needle to help you to insert the ornaments into the ribbon. If you have old ornaments that you no longer use, bring them too. They might look good collaborated.

But you have to be aware on the type of ribbon or wire you choose to use. If the ornaments were heavy, make sure to use the sturdy type. Plus, you will need to secure the metal caps on the ornaments using hot glue or super glue, so they won’t fall off.

The colorful ornament garland can be simply laid on the mantelpiece, or hung from side to side by washers like the way Martha Stuart did in the tutorial. Moreover, the ornament garland can be used to decorate your tree, also, in a non-traditional manner.

Now that’s a fun way to start off with your Christmas decoration!

 

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