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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Basics for Creating the Moroccan Touch to Your Home

# Look for the vibrant colors red, green and blue found in the sea of the area and also gold, yellow, and silver from the surrounding desert.

# Create a tropical atmosphere by bringing the outside indoors by using exotic plants, terra cotta tiles, and (if approved by your landlord ) textured walls.

# Moroccan home accents and the world famous Moroccan light fixtures such as Moroccan lanterns, Moroccan wall sconces, Moroccan pendant, Moroccan chandelier, Moorish lantern, Moorish wall sconce, Moorish pendant. These can be either on top of Moroccan tables or free standing to hanging.

Moroccan Lighting

Le Minaret Blue Arabesque The Amber Arch

Moroccan light fixtures are unique from any other country in the world. Handcrafted in the crowded Medina of Marrakesh, Fes, and the magical city of Casablanca, Moroccan light fixtures also know as Moorish lighting are the pride of the artisans that skillfully carve them from quality solid Moroccan brass while surrounded by snake charmers and the smell of market spices.

Whether your ambition is to create a complete Moroccan style, Moorish interior, Mediterranean style interior design, Moorish home decor or just have a Moroccan touch, Moroccan lanterns, Moorish lanterns, Mediterranean lighting, Spanish light fixtures will ad that unique Moroccan element to your home.

Moroccan lanterns can be viewed and purchased through sainttropezstone.com in different styles ranging from wall sconces, lanterns, chandeliers, to pendants great for indoor or outdoor use.

 

Ways to Modernize your Nursery

Modern Cribs

Stylish crib options abound from popular brands like Oeuf, Stokke and Argington. Clean lines, subtle patterns and bright colors come together to create the perfect modern crib. Coordinate with the rest of your modern nursery furniture, or choose a piece that stands out on its own. Round or rectangular, convertible or canopy-there are so many styles to choose from!

Modern Crib Bedding

Go all matchy-matchy and select your modern crib bedding based on the color scheme of your nursery-or-do the reverse! Design your nursery’s color scheme around a brightly colored crib bedding set from DwellStudio! Choose from brightly colored prints to neutral solids-all with coordinating accessories that are sure to make a style statement.

Modern Changing Tables

Find a modern changing table that complements the rest of your modern nursery furniture! Choose a gorgeous changing table in solid oak from Bratt Decor or a brightly colored two-toned changing table from ducduc. Looking for extra storage space? Choose between shelves and drawers-whatever works best in your space!

Modern Dressers

Fall in love with the fun and funky Tetra dresser from notNeutral and be the envy of every mother on your block! With so many styles to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect match. First, decide how much storage space you need then pick the style that would best work in your nursery. Keep in mind that some dressers can double as a changing table if they are low enough-just throw on a changing pad and you’re all set! Maximize your space if you don’t have much of it.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to fill in the blanks with accessory furniture. Choose from modern kids’ table and chair sets, rocking chairs, funky lamps, wall decorations or fun area rugs to add some color. When it comes to modern nursery furniture, your options are endless!

 

Tips to Maximizing Your Space

One idea is to choose furniture that also acts as storage space. Bench seats and otomans often feature a hinged lid that opens to reveal a nice amount of storage space. These can hold blankets, toys, books or whatever you need them to.

Choose a bed that has built in drawers underneath it, like a captain’s bed. If that’s not practical, purchase storage totes that fit under your existing bed. These are great for storing out of season clothes or accessories that you only need for special occasions.

If you’re a single person living in a bachelor suite, consider a day-bed. These are designed to masquerade as couches during the day but are big enough for one person to sleep on comfortably. Just be sure to make it neatly and keep your bedding clean.

When it comes to appliances and cookware, think minimalist. Nothing clutters a kitchen counter and cupboards more than fad appliances. However, if there’s a tool out there that truly does five jobs, and does them well, it might be worth investing in. But then you need to get rid of the things it replaced. Otherwise, choose one type of blender that works for what you like, and just say no when gift givers try to give you novelty appliances.

Make space where once there was none

If you are in dire need of a cabinet in your bathroom or bedroom, but having something sticking out from the wall is going to make your already small space feel downright claustrophobic, build one right into the wall. There should be about 6 inches of space inside a wall that can be utilized, especially if it is a wall with plumbing, as these tend to be slightly wider.

If you have stairs in your home, what is under them? Some homes have great storage closets under their staircase, perfect for the vacuum and other cleaning supplies, tools, or even out of season foot-wear. If you are really tight for space, you can even use the staircase itself as a bookshelf. I don’t mean the stairs themselves, but the space between and under each one. This works best on open staircases. The shelf is built in behind them and instead of open space between each step you can see the book’s spines.

Make what you have disappear when you don’t need it

I’m not talking magic, just a simple drop-leaf table could make all the difference in your dining/living area. Open up the leaves when you have dinner, drop them down and move it to the side to do your daily yoga.

A murphy bed is probably a must-have if you live in a bachelor suite. A built-in one folds right up into the wall, but you can buy them for existing rooms, too. They look like a large cabinet with shelves flanking double doors that open to reveal your folded up bed.

However you decide to maximize your space, remember to think outside, or in this case maybe inside, the box. Be creative and have fun!

 

Tips Decorating a Kid’s Bathroom

When decorating a kid’s bathroom, an important consideration is color. Many children enjoy bright, bold colors such as bright blues, reds, and yellows. Others prefer more subdued colors such as pastels. Some prefer a mix of many colors, while others prefer that one or two colors predominate.

When deciding on a theme and color scheme for a children’s bathroom, you might want to first shop for shower curtains. In many bathrooms, the shower curtain is the most prominent feature. If you find a shower curtain you particularly like, it is usually easy to decorate the entire bathroom to match.

Kid shower curtains are available in most of today’s popular characters, such as Hello Kitty, Barbie, Disney princesses, Sponge Bob Squarepants, and Bob the Builder. If you do not wish to use character decorations, many other kid-friendly themes are available as well. Ocean themes are popular choices for bathrooms. They can be fun and funky or simple and elegant, depending on colors used and the types of prints. Other well-liked styles are jungle prints, sports themes, rainbows, clouds, and nature scenes.

Another consideration is how long you need the decor to last. If you plan to change the bathroom often, it is okay to use your child’s favorite characters and bold, vibrant colors. However, if you want a style that will last, you should probably consider more traditional decor. Floral patterns, polka dots, checks, and stripes in pastels or understated colors are style elements that can grow with your child.

Like their adult counterparts, shower curtains for children are available in many different materials, such as vinyl, fabric, and plastic.