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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.

 

How to make any room look better

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It may sometimes seem too hard to make a living room or a bedroom look like you have seen in magazines. Moreover, the ability to style and decorate your house does not come within every single one of us. However, there are some tricks you can do and follow in order to make any room look better. Was it you bedroom, your bathroom, or any other room.

Here are some tips and tricks you can count on to make you look like you have been an interior designer your whole life:

Leave the room color until the end

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When you are planning to furnish a new room, try to not paint it beforehand. As a result, you will be able to choose the furniture without being bordered and obliged in a certain color. Furthermore, you will maybe find a sofa that you like, but its color won’t look good with the room’s walls color.

Do not pile everything together

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Leave some space when you are distributing your furniture. This way, not only the room will look bigger, but it will give a feeling of tranquility and calmness.

Carmencitta-Magazine-How-to-make-ur-room-look-better-4.jCarefully choose the place and height of your artwork

In a living room, a simple art work can make a big difference, if you hang it correctly. Moreover, if the ceilings are high and white, choose a big painting and hang it in the middle. In addition, if the room is small, adding a big mirror will give the illusion that it is bigger than it really is.

Place the rug correctly

A rug can play a double role especially in a living room. If you place the sofas on it, the room will look cozy, stylish, and put together. However, if the rug is in the center and sofas are far from it, the room will look unorganized and messy.

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Deco Secrets Revealed

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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.

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! 🙂

Paint your wall like a pro

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What most people fail to get is that it takes much more than just paint in order to successfully change the color of your wall. There are some specific tools that should be used, and rules that should be followed if you want your wall to look like it has been painted by a professional. Keep on reading this article as we guide you through the tools and rules on how to paint your wall like a pro.

Prepare the wall

Carmencitta MAgazine - Paint your wall like a pro 2Search the wall for any nail holes. And try to cover them by patching them with a spackling compound. Moreover, it is better to find one that has a built-in primer. This way, you will not have to prime the small dent before you start painting. Once you locate the dent, apply a tiny amount of the spackling compound and put it as tightly as you can against the wall with a specific knife. However, if you do not do that, you will end up with big spots that are slightly raised.

Prepare the Paint

Carmencitta MAgazine - Paint your wall like a pro3Once you decide which color you want your wall to be, and get a bucket, you should use your paint can opener in order to remove the lid. After that, make sure you stir the paint very well. You should stir it every time it’s left for more than 15 minutes because the paint separates as it sits.

Start Painting

Carmencitta MAgazine - Paint your wall like a pro4Use a strong, Roller that has a good quality. It needs to not flex on the wall. Moreover, the roller cover depends on the smoothness of your wall; the thinner the roller cover, the smoother the wall should be. Additionally, you need an extension for your roller so you can paint the whole wall. Moreover, you have to use an angled brush to paint around edges. After you are done, wipe away any mistake you have made by removing any unwanted paint spots by using a good quality rubbing alcohol.

 

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.

 

Decoration Secrets You Need To Know

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Most people do not know that they do not need to throw thousands of dollars to hire an interior designer who will decorate their home just like they can do by themselves. In fact, interior designer do not want you to learn their tricks, so they can keep in benefiting from your money while offering you services that you can do all by yourself. Keep on reading this article as we guide you through the top decoration secrets and ideas that you need to know.

Carmencitta Magazine - Decoration Secrets You Need To Know 1Start with a color scheme

Whether it is a full makeover or just a simple room redesign, the first step you need to do, is picking a color palette. In fact, there are two general options, you can either go bold with strong colors like red and blue, or simple with calm colors like beige and white. The decision is yours.

Carmencitta Magazine - Decoration Secrets You Need To Know 2Use some statement pieces

Every person has at least one piece that he or she likes to show it off. In fact, showing off your antiques will never go wrong! You can use them as wall hangings, or in a utilitarian room like the bathroom.

Carmencitta Magazine - Decoration Secrets You Need To Know 3Use low furniture to fake the height of the room

All you need to do is use strong verticals, and avoid horizontals like large mirrors. Moreover, when you do that, you will have everyone thinking the room is much higher than it is!

Carmencitta Magazine - Decoration Secrets You Need To Know 4jpgGive your windows a pop of color

Windows are the most overlooked part of a room, as well as the most overlooked opportunity in order to make a bold statement. Paint them green to blend in with the landscape, or a bright color that ties in with the color scheme or feel of the entire room

The Sofa is king

Do not try to compromise on the sofa. In fact, postponing the act of investing in a great one until the messy kids have left home, will not make the room look nice. Moreover, put your money into a quality, well-made sofa that will last a long.

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!

 

How to Pick the Perfect Curtains

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When chosen correctly, a good curtain is the main thing that makes a room a whole. Moreover, When it comes to window decorating, you need to take into consideration: color and fabric, length and lining, and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. So, you are lost, and do not know which curtain to choose to which room. This is why, we teamed up with a group of interior designers, and came up with the best ways to help you pick up the perfect curtains.

Semi sheer

When you want to add curtains to a room that is shared by all the members of the family, you do not need privacy. This is why, the room will always need light because the sun light will help in brightening the room. Moreover, semi sheer curtains will be perfect for this case. In fact, the amount of the light you want in, will determine the thickness of the fabric; thick fabric lets in less light than thin one.

Cellular

When it comes to bathrooms, especially those on the first floor, they have small windows, but also need the light to get in. Moreover, bathrooms need a lot of privacy, this is why designers use a hard window treatment called a cellular shade. Referred to as a top-down/bottom-up shade, this shade allows you to walk around without being seen and still lets a lot of light in.

Draperies

Just like bathrooms, bedrooms that are located on the first floor, need more privacy than the one on the second floor. However, both will require natural sun light. In fact, there are those very contemporary draperies that start from the ceiling and end on the floor, they are the most appropriate for bedrooms, because when they are closed, an entire wall of fabric still allows light in. In fact, draperies can be installed on the wall or the ceiling, depending on what suits the room the best.

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