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Interior Design Ideas Fit for a Summer Retreat

Summer is the perfect excuse to give your home a makeover. There are lots of interior design ideas you can apply to turn your space into a summer haven. This year’s trends step out of the traditional summer look showcasing a cooler, crisper, and bolder vibe.

Pastels are still this season’s essentials. They don’t come in the usual dainty pinks and peaches but in more pastry-like sweet hues with vintage appeal. Walls come alive with soft shades close to those of summer skies leaning more towards cool blues rather than the customary warmer colours. Apply colour blocking with furnishings of deeper and richer hues. The goal is to achieve a cohesive and fresh look. Have a few pieces with brighter colours for a twist. Accessorize with natural looking crafts to maintain the relaxed atmosphere.

A perfect and well-balanced combination of colours is not easy to pull off. Good thing that this summer, one of the hottest trends is actually the trademark white of winter! Contrary to the notion that white is plain and boring, this basic palette could be played up by bringing in different textures, styles and finishes. Bring in modern pieces and mix them with some antiques lacquered to a high shine. Think glossy chairs mixed with matte shelves, leather couches and sheer drapes and fine rugs all in this ethereal colour. With a whitewashed wall as a backdrop, what you have is a crisp but cozy home that screams casual sophistication.

For a laidback and fun space, adopt the unique result of pairing modernist structure with a Palm Springs flair that’s making a buzz this season. Fresh interior design ideas for this exciting theme include vibrant tropical palettes for the ceilings or floors to please the eye. The traditional dainty floral print of summers past has evolved into a bold and almost abstract form. With the upgrade of its look to a more intricate and over-scaled masterpiece, it could now stand alone as the focal point in any room. This year’s trend removes the more luxurious flowers from pillowcases and curtains and gives it the much deserved attention as wallpaper that turns a plain wall to a stylish and oversized work of art.

Obviously emphasizing colour and pattern as the key players, this theme gives elaborate shapes and dimensions on furnishings a rest. Streamlined furniture make the concept of urban tropics work with structures providing a sharp contrast to more complex elements in the room. The idea is to flip the concept of usual interior decorating. Instead of getting stand out fixtures to jazz up its simple background, the walls and ceilings are now the main attraction as they breathe life to the space. Functional pieces are kept basic to better express this idea.

These are only a few of the freshest interior design ideas for the summer. Choose which one is suitable for your place, while considering comfort, the architectural aspects of your home, and the compatibility of each with your personality. After all, it should represent both your character and sense of style!

5 Home Business Ideas for Stay-At-Home Moms

There is nothing more irritating than not being able to help with the house’s income. A stay-at-home mom usually finds herself helpless. She usually cannot do anything but budget the income of her husband. Sometimes, she cannot help but think how great it is to just help out. If applies to you, then you may find these home business ideas valuable. The best part is that you can do it without applying for a job.

Writing

Writing is one of the most common ways to make a living online. I know a lot of people who have made a living by just writing for other people. The Internet runs on content and people just cannot get enough of it. This is a service that will forever have a need and the least you can do is tap it. The best part is that you do not need to be an English major to write for people online. You just need to know how to speak the language.

Web Design

If you are the creative type, then maybe web design is for you. Some of the services you can provide are logo and banner creation along with website template generation. You can also go an extra mile and offer mascot creation. These services also have a constant need. Lots of websites are being created every day. Each of these websites needs to have their layout designed. They need to have a brand. This is the reason why web design is always a valuable service to provide.

Tutoring

If you are not that good with writing or designing, perhaps you can look into tutoring. This is an easy home business idea to implement. All you need is to be knowledgeable in teaching little kids and you can go to your local school principal to tell them about your service. If you speak English, you can also teach foreign students like the Japanese or Koreans. These people usually pay just to learn the language.

Business Coaching

If you know something about any type of business or Internet marketing, then you can make a living while being a business coach. With the economic depression, a lot of people want to go into their own business. You can tap into this need by helping people launch their own businesses. The best part is that you can teach them remotely either through e-mail, Skype or on the phone.

Consulting

In the same way, you can also offer consulting services. With this home business idea, you only need to be an expert on one topic. Some popular consulting services can be in the niches of dating or romance, finance and business. If you have knowledge in a niche that others are willing to pay for, then providing consulting services may be the right path for you.

It is amazing how technology has changed our way of life. Stay-at-home moms usually do not have a chance to help their families. But with the Internet, it is possible. All it takes are some simple home business ideas and a little effort and creativity.

Georgian Interior Design Ideas and Styles

Considered by many to be the epitome of all that is desirable for the interior design ideas (and, incidentally, the exterior too), the Georgian period has a great influence on how we arrange our homes today and is, in fact, the basis for the currently popular English country house style. A combination of perfect proportions, symmetry and harmony is hard to resist for long.

Covering a period of about a hundred years from George I’s accession to the throne in 1714, Georgian style represents the sum of several highly diverse, imported styles, the homogenization of which produced a high point in English decoration. This style in turn was re-exported, influencing, in particular, the newly established colonies in North America.

At the start of the period, rococo was all the rage in France and to some extent in the rest of Europe. With its rampant, florid, asymmetrical lines featuring such motifs as scrolls, shells, flowers and ribbons – in fact, anything which could be represented by a curve – it had many admirers, not least the French court, the font of fashion in Europe.

In England, however, there were other forces at work. The Grand Tour, undertaken by many a well-heeled gentleman to enrich his cultural knowledge of the world, meant that continental ideas, especially those espoused in Italy – a ‘must stop’ on the trek – were given an airing back home. The Earl of Burlington was one who made the trip. An architect, he was much influenced by the work of Andrea Palladio in Italy, and upon his return to England did much to popularize this classical style of architecture.

The clash of these two very different styles could have meant an awful compromise. Instead the best of both was retained and the result was magnificent. The straight lines, symmetry and control of the Palladian style served to restrain the more excessive fluidity and glitz of the rococo interpretation. In turn the French delicacy and freedom of line lifted the rather constrained classical style.

To these two important influences were added two more, Gothick (the ‘k’ denotes the revival period) and chinoiserie. Every age draws upon the past and this was no exception and, with the increased availability of furnishings from the east, oriental taste also crept into the currency of English decoration.

One outstanding feature of the period was that, through the genius of people such as Robert Adam and William Kent, the designs of interiors were, for the first time, indelibly linked with those of the exterior. Classical pediments, plinths and pilasters all found their way indoors to become common interior embellishments.

Overseas trade and increased wealth led to a demand for a more sophisticated lifestyle. Rudimentary plumbing (running cold water at ground level and basic waste disposal) became available, as did better heating and illumination in the homes of the nobility and merchant class. Lower down the social strata it was a very different story, a fact that can be used to great advantage when planning a Georgian style interior today. It is not necessary to inherit a grand country mansion together with a substantial budget before considering the adoption of Georgian style. All you need are rooms of pleasing proportions and a knowledge of the materials and styles adopted by the average household of the day. A modern-day natural floor covering, such as jute over a quarry tiled floor, will serve every bit as well as a precious Aubusson carpet on ancient wood.

As with the interior styles of other ages, it was the development of materials and skills which greatly influenced the changes in interior fashion. The use of hardwoods (mahogany in particular) and the refinement of glass production meant that early ‘heavy’ designs gave way to more delicate styles.

Rooms were dominated, as ever, by practical considerations. The need to keep warm and to introduce as much light as possible meant that considerable thought was given to fireplaces and windows.

Mirrors were also an important feature, reflecting and increasing what natural light was available and, at night, candlelight. Practical though these elements were, it did not mean that they had to have a utilitarian appearance. Fireplaces were surrounded by the grandest of treatments in fine marble, mirrors framed with intricately carved, gilt moldings and windows dressed either with beautifully paneled shutters or curtains hanging from delicately worked, wooden pelmets. In addition, doors (often double) were fielded, ceilings molded and walls frequently paneled.

Not only was this a golden age of architecture and decoration but furniture making too was at its height. The designs of Thomas Chippendale, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton are legendary and constantly revived. No wonder, then, that elements of Georgian style have endured and are as popular today as ever.