|Spruce Up For Spring
On A Shoe String
Even with a bare-bones decorating budget, you can still give your home a fresh look for spring
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to spruce up your home is to subtract from what's in it. Removing clutter is just one of low-cost, high-impact tips for giving your home a seasonal lift. Clear the clutter. In the winter, it's comforting to have stacks of books and magazines on coffee tables and throws on couches. Put books on shelves and magazines in a rack or basket. Tuck the throws in the linen closet and pack away knick-knacks for a few months.
Rearrange The Furniture: Try floating furniture in the room rather than hugging the walls. It's a great trick for making the space different and less structured. Swap out an item in your living room for one in your bedroom, or slide something from the kitchen into the dining room.
Spring For Some Colour: A few touches of bright, saturated colour can refresh any decor and distract the eye from items that might be a bit dated. No one will notice a worn coffee table if it has a bold, oversized vase sitting on it. There's no need to break the bank. Think about pillows or placemats to incorporate the colours you want.
Accessorise: You can change your towels, shower curtain and bath accessories. Jar candles are another inexpensive way to create an inviting room environment. Seasonal scents like honeysuckle, freesia and spring tulip add colour, freshness and intoxicating fragrance.
Go Sheer: Replace heavy draperies with bright, light-weight curtains or sheers. You won't believe the difference it can make. Just let them hang and blow in the breeze.
Remake Your Bed: Put away that heavy comforter or quilt in favour of a lighter bedspread. Mix andmatch solid-coloured fitted and top sheets with pillowcases in various patterns. Tuck the top sheet tightly all around and fold the edge at the head of the bed over your coverlet or blanket. Fold your bedspread down to rest
across the foot of the bed. Add accent pillows to create an inviting, luxurious-looking bed.
Assess Your Art Work: Is your wall decor warm and cozy? Switch out a few pieces for something lighter and brighter.
Plant An Idea: Put at least one house plant in every room. Fill a low planter or kitchen serving dish with potting soil and some grass seed. When the grass is a few inches high, add seashells for a conversation-starting centerpiece.
Professional Office Decor Ideas
Be creative and liven up your workplace with these brilliant ideas
Professional office spaces often look dull and many of them look similar, with the same neutral shades and office furniture. Seeing these colours and pieces on a daily basis can dampen the creativity of employees and may keep them from doing their best. There are ways, however, to be creative with office decor and liven up the workplace.
Using artwork around your office is a fast and easy way to dress up the space. It doesn't have to be original pieces or even expensive artwork. If you find a few prints that are affordable, have those pieces framed and hung. Put the artwork on the walls near your employees, but also include a piece over your reception area. This gives a focal point to customers or clients entering the office.
Add decorative plants and fresh flowers for a classic office look. Use a plant that grows and flourishes in the amount of light available in the office. If you don't have a lot of natural light, use artificial plants. You can even encourage employees to bring their own plants and flowers into the office, giving each desk or table its own look. Use fresh flowers near your entrance or at the reception desk, which shows clients that you care what they think.
Use the office as a place to display your favourite antiques. It can be as simple as changing out your existing plain desks for antique desks or adding an antique table near the front of the office. Use antique tables to store extra printer paper, documents for clients or information on upcoming company events. Add an antique armoire in a common area for storing extra office supplies, or use antique cabinets in your kitchen area and let employees store their food and lunches there.
The corners of most professional offices are often neglected. This open space is the perfect place to display your favourite items and those belonging to your employees. Add corner shelves and let employees display family photos or other important items. Alternatively, decorate the corner shelves with candles, old photos of your building or other items relating to the history of your company, such as the first salary cheque.