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  • Green Home: Face the Foliage

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    Green Architecture

    Over here in California, we're in a drought. So, to ease our pain, we decided to read about homes that have an abundance of foliage.

    This green home was designed by architects Samyn and Partners for a family to use as both their home and workplace. It's located near Brussels and was completed in 2007.

    I only wish I could see the interior of the home styled with modern furniture and unique modern lighting, but I suppose I can use my imagination... 

    Design Plans

    At street level, the home features an entry hall, a family room and a kitchen. The living-room and the stairway are in the extension to the building. The second floor includes the master bedroom with its bathroom, as well as five children’s rooms and small bathrooms. 

    The vegetalised facade is composed of exotic plants chosen by the botanical artist Patrick Blanc.

    I must give credit to one of our ESL contributors for the title of this post... Justina Blakeney has a very cool series on her Instagram account called 'Face the Foliage' where she creates art with foliage.

    Images: Samyn and Partners

  • 10 Modern Wedding Gifts Under $100!

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    Wedding Gifts

    Image from Indulgy

    Wedding season is here, and as much as we all love to celebrate with friends and family, many of us find it hard to seek out the perfect wedding gift at the right price. We're here to help!

    Here are ten beautiful gifts, all under $100!

    1. What's better than gifting the newlyweds with a fun way to start the day together?! This graphic mug set is a perfect start to their new life and their every day.

    2. Give them the opportunity to save their important day in this distinctive mother of pearl frame.

    3. They have to have something to put in their new mugs... This bold, black tea kettle is the perfect addition to their kitchen.

    4. As newlyweds, they'll want to entertain and celebrate even after the wedding. Gift them this modern wine rack to hold their wine.

    5. To pair with their red wines, they'll hopefully be making lots of caserole, so why not give them this modern white casserole serverware?!

    Modern Wedding Gifts

    6. The newlyweds need more than just things for the kitchen and entertaining, so why not provide them with stylish decor for their home? This contemporary wall clock is perfect.

    7. This crystal candle holder is sure to dress up any party they host, or just dinner for two.

    8. This modern cake stand isn't just for garden parties, they're also great for display.

    9. What would their new holidays together be without cooking the perfect turkey in this nonstick roaster.

    10. This large shiny bowl is perfect for holding fruit on a daily basis or chips for entertaining.

    Image: Indulgy

  • Tips For a Feng Shui Bedroom

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    Bedroom Design

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    Whether you're on vacation or a busy work schedule, the bedroom should be somewhere calming and rejuvenating. Adopting some Feng Sui elements to your design will help create a perfect environment to help you relax at the end of the day and get ready for the start of a new one.

    Here's some Feng Sui tips we recommend.

    TIP # 1. No TV 

    The good feng shui energy in your bedroom is destroyed when TV's and exercise equipment  are present in your bedroom.

    Feng Shui Bedroom

    Image from Capital Building

    TIP # 2. Soft Colors

    Use soothing colors to achieve a good feng shui balance in your bedroom.

    TIP # 3. Bedroom Lighting

    It's good to have different levels of lighting in your bedroom, for different uses. So, you could try modern wall sconces paired with modern lamps. It's also good to have a dimmer switch to adjust the energy accordingly.

    Good lighting is very important, as light is our # 1 nutrient and one of the best sources of energy.

    Candles are also a good feng shui bedroom lighting, but be sure to buy candles with no toxins.

    Windows In Bedroom

    Image from Design Milk

    TIP # 4. Open Windows

    Windows are often a good quality air-purifier to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen. But be mindful of the quality of air in your bedroom. You cannot have good feng shui in your bedroom if the air you breathe in is stale and full of pollutants so you might want an air purifier if you live in urban areas.

    Please note that plants in the bedroom are not good feng shui, unless your bedroom is fairly large and the plants are located far from the bed.

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

    Images: Apartment TherapyCapital Building, Design Milk

  • Dorm Room Re-Design Tips

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    Design Tips

    Image from Comparte Mi Moda

    No matter how hard institutions try to update the look of their residence halls, there's something about dorm rooms and campus apartments that look...well...dormy. Luckily, with a few simple steps you can re-design your dorm room in short order:

    Overhaul Your Overhead Lighting

    Turn off that ugly fluorescent box that comes standard with the room and try using swag lamps instead. Look for plug-in chandelier and shade styles to get affordable style in a snap. (Safety tip: make sure to get help with electrical any work.)

    Swag Chandeliers

    Enchants Sheer Silver Crystal Rain Plug-in Swag Chandelier, Abstract Giclee Glow Brushed Steel Swag Unique Chandelier 

    Take Your Task Lighting to Task

    Is a battered old table lamp included with the room? Perk it up with patterned lamp shades (or just stuff it in storage and start with a new one). Complement it with a throw rug and fun headboard. Who needs boring when bold will do much better?

    Bright Bedroom Style

    Image from Better Homes & Gardens

    Personalized Decor

    With your lighting squared away, you can personalize the space a bit. Think textiles to soften, scented candles to kill the scent of ramen wafting through the halls and modern wall mirrors to lighten the look of your room: 

    Wall Mirrors

    Image from Belle Maison 23

    Top to bottom: Eleganza 22 Inch Starburst, Vela 40 Inch Starburst

    At your school dorm (or in rented small spaces in general), even just a few small decor improvements can go a long way. 

    Images: Comparte Mi Moda, Better Homes & Gardens, Belle Maison 23

  • Tips For Staging Your Modern Home

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    Home Staging

    Image from Tara Benet Design

    Plan Ahead

    Staging your home is not something you can do the morning before an open house. If you really want to raise the appeal of your home to buyers, you'll have to put in some time planning and maybe even spending some money.

    Select the rooms that need the most attention and start there. The rest of the home might just need some re-arranging, but at least you know where your budget and your time should be applied.

    De-Clutter

    First and foremost, something that doesn't take any money just time is de-cluttering. Work from the top down.

    a. Are your walls filled with too many pictures? Simplify your walls, it will help the place look cleaner and larger.

    b. Are your table tops (dressers, desks, tables and counters) filled with mail and/or just too many accessories? Clear all that off and we suggest not stuffing it in drawers. Home buyers might want to peak in the drawers and cabinets to see how much space they'll have.

    c. Do you have too many things along the floor? Like, lots of items besides your furniture? Clear anything that isn't essential and store it in the garage. Maybe even some of your furniture should go too. If you have four lounge chairs around your sofa, you should put a couple in storage. This will help the space look larger and more inviting.

    De-Personalize

    You don't want to have too many family photos around, and this isn't just about the clutter issue. You want the potential home buyers to look at the home neutrally.

    They should be able to picture themselves living there, not visiting your home surrounded by your family photos and kids' artwork.

    Maximize Curb Appeal

    Make sure to pay attention to the exterior of your home, but most importantly the front. 

    a. First and foremost, clean up your front yard. Trim the grass, bushes and possibly hire someone to lace the trees if they are overly full.

    b. Depending on the time of year, there might be lots of leaves all over or maybe even snow, so make sure you keep up the front yard.

    c. If you've neglected your front yard, this is the time to invest in some flowers or new bushes. Even if the plants are young, they will still benefit the appeal of your home.

    d. Don't neglect your front door. It might need re-painting and make sure you have attractive outdoor lighting.

    e. Do you have a porch or front deck of any sort? Furnish it with some stylish outdoor seating to make it look more inviting. 

    Bake

    Lastly, and possibly the most important tip, bake cookies! That fresh cookies smell will get them every time!

    Image: Tara Benet Design

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