Warmth of Creativity

Warmth does not only come from heat fixtures and fireplaces; it comes from upholstery and color choices too!

Here at Divine Interiors, we love our seasonal colors. If you’re not looking to reupholster or change your entire space, consider holiday-friendly accessories. This makes the transition after your holiday celebrations that much easier!

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Take these candle holders for example, a true compliment on light or dark woods. With a shimmery gold or red candle on top, these will really add heat to your holiday and pizazz to the room! Come spring, these solid-wood candle holders can be topped with playful colors such as peach or yellow to match the season!

 

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Imagine simply having to replace your spring colored candles with light blue or other beach friendly colors to give your home that Summer-time look! These candle holders would do great as a centerpiece, on a side-table, or even separated around your living room furniture.

This fun asymmetrical candle holder would be a beautiful compliment to winter decor. These make a wonderful addition to any room that is already booming with color or pattern!

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Come check out the variety of decor and furniture options at Divine interiors, we carry your favorite high-end lighting and furniture brands!

The 3 Principles of Interior Design

A beautifully decorated interior not only functions well but it creates a mood or a feeling and shows off the personality of the family that lives there. It’s attention to these three important ingredients — function, mood and personality — that ensures decorating success.

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Before painting and rearranging, spend some time thinking about your family and how you live. Look through magazines for inspiration and pull out ideas or rooms that appeal to you. Gather things from around the house that make you feel good and study them carefully for color cues and perhaps a clue to the mood you’re looking for in your home. This is the beginning of a well-planned and decorated living area.

As for the rest, let’s start with function.

Function

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Decorating is more than just eye appeal — it’s making a room really work for you. Here’s how to do it, element by element:

  • The focal point:

focal pointSometimes rooms have natural focal points (places the eyes travel to immediately upon entering a room) — a fireplace, a bay window with a view, maybe even a built-in bookcase. If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point, create one with a dynamic piece of art or a colorful area rug.

  • The furniture:

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Determine whether the furniture satisfies the functions you’ve planned for the room. If a piece isn’t working or if it’s too large or too small for the size of the room, get rid of it or trade it for something else around the house that may be more appropriate.

  • The lighting:

lightingLighting should be selected for the functions of the room as well as for visual appeal. Every task will require either direct lighting from a lamp or indirect lights that simply brighten the room for conversation or TV-watching. Accent lighting — floor spots, track lighting or recessed spotlights — enhance texture, color and room details.

  • The furniture arrangement:

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Draw your room on graph paper. Measure and mark electrical outlets and switches, vents, windows and doors. Measure your furniture and place it in your floor plan. Generally, the main furniture pieces are directed toward the focal point, keeping the major traffic patterns open. Fill in with pieces you’d like to have that may or may not be available now. Be sure to balance high and low pieces as well as heavy and light ones around the room.

Mood

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The mood or feeling of a room is created by your choice of colors, the style of furnishings, the amount of texture and pattern you choose and your accessories. Since there’s so much to think about when creating a mood, establishing a theme through the selection of an inspiration piece can make this portion of a decorating project much more fun and interesting. Here are the factors you need to address when setting a mood:

  • The inspiration piece:

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The easiest way by far to decorate is to start with some source of inspiration. A decorative pillow, a favorite scarf and even a magazine photo are good places to begin. Select your inspiration piece wisely, and be sure it makes you feel good when you look at it. It’s the basis for selecting your theme, colors, patterns and textures.

  • Theme:

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Analyze your inspiration piece and develop a theme name for it. For instance, a needlepoint pillow with a botanical design on a black background may inspire a title like “formal botanical garden.” Be descriptive with your theme name and all sorts of supporting ideas will come to mind. Botanical prints, striped walls, greens and floral colors, formal fabrics and furniture, dark woods and black accents all fit this particular theme.

  • Color cues:

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Color should always support the theme. Many times, the colors that are most appropriate are found in the patterns and design of your inspiration piece. Generally, it’s best to choose three colors in a room: a dominant color, used for walls, carpeting and fabric backgrounds; a secondary color, found throughout the room in fabrics and accessories; and an accent color, used sparingly to give energy and excitement to the room.

  • Patterns:

furniture-patternsStripes, checks, florals and plaids are just a few of the patterns to consider as you continue supporting your theme. It’s all right to mix patterns as long as you do three things:

  1. Keep the background color the same.
  2. Make sure all patterns share the same colors.
  3. Vary the scale or sizes of the patterns.
  • Texture:

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  • Furniture:

furniture Aside from being functional, your furniture plays an important role in supporting your theme. Some pieces may function well but their style or color may stick out like a sore thumb. Try to salvage it with slipcovers, tablecloths or paint. If it’s a lost cause, remove it from the room.

Personality

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Here’s your chance to put your personal stamp on a well-planned room. Here are some strategies:

  • Accessorizing:

home-decor-collage-500x600Pictures, vases, pillows and area rugs are all integral parts of a great decorating plan. Generally, they should support your theme, but allow more flexibility here; an antique picture frame could add wonderful variety to a contemporary room. Accessories are located on walls, mantels, furniture, tabletops and floors; they can be paintings and photos or pillows.

  • Whimsy:

whimsy This is optional in your decorating scheme, but it can counteract any sterile quality that may have been created by strictly following all the guidelines. A beautiful country sitting room may get some relief from a playful quilt placed over the fireplace.

  • The unexpected:

tinrobotsInterest doesn’t have to be whimsical; it can simply be something unexpected in a room, like a brightly-painted ceiling.

From: HGTV.com

Improve Your Home’s Outdoor Space

We all love spending time in our gardens, but in recent decades, the boundary between inside and outside living has become blurred, with many people building garden rooms, permanent barbecues and even outdoor kitchens.

Here are some of the ways you could extend your living space and make your garden even more appealing to you and your friends.

  • Build a pergola with lots of creepers and even vines. This provides a nice shady retreat for you and your visitors, as well as a nice little habitat for various forms of wildlife.

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  • Patios that become hot, scorched and unbearable in the summer are a thing of the past. Make your patio an extension of the way your house already looks, and include planting beds and waterproof (and UV-proof for the optimists) furniture. Even if you’re part-lizard you’ll need some sort of respite from the sun, so get some fast-growing bamboo and train it over a trellis, or get a retractable awning.

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  • Think about an outdoor kitchen if you like eating outdoors. Many of us have a barbecue, but if you’re a frequent griller, you must be sick of being rained off, or maybe you fantasise about holding a barbie in the autumn or winter. An outdoor kitchen, complete with hygienic worktop, sink and cold storage, will make your life much easier.

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  • If you create any sort of outdoor room, you’ll need a sense of privacy and enclosure. Fences are great for regular gardens, but for something special, try lattices and landscaping to block out the neighbors – or at the very least their houses.

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  • Furnishings for outdoor spaces and outdoor rooms have developed a bit since cane and rattan, too. You can get cast iron, aluminium or wooden chairs and tables. You can get upholstery that’s made from modern fabrics specially developed to be rain, mould and sun-proof. Most of this modern outdoor furniture doesn’t even look especially outdoorsy – you could just as easily see it inside a house.

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  • This style extends to floor and table lamps, so you don’t have to rely on security lights and weak candles to light up your nights anymore!

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  • Of course if you’re talking about outdoor luxury then you can’t ignore the hot tub or spa. Don’t just plonk it anywhere, though. You need to think about how private you want it to be, as well as how shaded from the sun.

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  • If you don’t get much sun, you can still have a hot tub, but you might do better with one designed by Arctic Spas for the colder climes. You also need to leave enough room around it so that you can walk past it. The average round hot tub is six feet in diameter and needs around 30 square feet of clearance. If it’s rectangular, you’ll need 48 square feet at least. Don’t expect to put it on your decking, though! Water is heavy, and your full hot tub will weigh at least two tons, so it’ll need its own foundations.

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  • The really modern outdoor space has a fireplace or fire pit. Fire is always a focal point and helps you to define and divide space. Fire pits can be built-in (i.e. brick) or moveable, and the best thing about them is that they mean you can carry on partying into the winter!

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From: essenziale-hd.com

Happy Thanksgiving

Here are some tips for hosts and guests to help make your Thanksgiving both happy and memorable.

For the host
The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner is to plan early. Once you commit to yourself to hosting, the first thing you need to do is invite every single person you want to come to your dinner. Even if your friends and family are spur-of-the-moment types, they very likely commit to their Thanksgiving dinner plans by the first week of November, Invite anyone and everyone you would want to have at your dinner, and then let them tell you if they can make it or not.

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Developing a theme is a fun part of event planning. Use it as your guide for all decisions from invitations to party favors. A theme can be as simple as selecting a color palette that is used in all the details. Create an original center piece by filling vases with cranberries or kumquats, and then add water and flowers in complementary shades.

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Think outside the dining room. If weather permits, set up a table on the front or back porch. By mixing things up, you are increasing your entertaining space. Consider renting chairs or tables just for the night, cover rented chairs with formal slipcovers for a beautiful addition to your holiday table and decor.

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Plan some entertainment for guests to enjoy. If inviting children have a tv, playroom, or coloring book activities. The kids can write their own stories about Thanksgiving and then read them after Thanksgiving dinner. Or, if you have company, the kids can read their stories while everyone is waiting for dinner to be served. For adults, consider having music and other entertainment on hand for everyone to enjoy while mingling.

For the guest

Arrive on time. Yes, it is a day of feasting, but that turkey is going to be done at some point and your hosts are trying to plan around that magic moment.

Contribute to the meal If you have special dietary needs, it is very gracious to offer to bring a dish that meets those needs. There’s nothing more awkward than arriving to a dinner and not being able to eat much. You don’t want the hostess to feel badly.

Bringing your host a small, thoughtful gift shows your thanks for all their work. While a good wine or a nice cheese is always a great idea, something more creative is always nice. Being a good guest means socializing – don’t obsessively check your e-mail or Twitter. That said, you should of course take photos of what you’re eating, and who you’re with.

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Offer to help with the clean-up. Family or non-family, this is one day where it is a great idea to pitch in.

For all

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Enjoy your time together; while this step isn’t about preparation, it is more important than the others. The holidays only come around once a year, and Thanksgiving is a time to cherish those around you, and give thanks for having loved ones near.
Remember to say “Thank You”.
It is Thanksgiving after all!

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