Redefining bookcases.

These days with the growth of our electronic libraries, and the reduction of our ‘real’ book acquisitions, the question of whether we any longer need bookshelves is often asked. We are continually adding more electronics to our walls, such as tvs, but there is still a place in the house for a feature shelf.

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While many people prefer the simple clean lines of walls left without shelving, there are many options where a bookcase enhances a room. Bookcases and shelving can be beautiful objects in their own right, adding warmth and depth to a room without the need for wallpaper or other features. They allow us to decorate a room, adding simple touches of interest. There are several good articles and blogs discussing how to choose a system to suit a room.

When choosing a bookcase consider, the purpose. A smaller standing bookcase is perfect for displaying a cookery interest. Consider draping the top with a beautiful shawl, and then place feature cookbooks on display, the next shelf can contain a collection of espresso cups. On lower shelves stack a range of cookery magazines.

A wall-fixed shelving system can serve as a feature in a room, with a collection of beautiful glass or porcelain, using one theme and varying colours will keep it in harmony. Or consider a series of framed photos within a range of personal mementos.

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Shelving needs to be reconsidered for the modern house, but with a clear theme in mind and the use of interesting materials there is no reason to ban them from the house altogether.

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Simple DIY projects for your home

Everybody wants to spice up their house a little bit- but without spending too much money on the same. Websites like Pinterest and Buzzfeed are a godsend for these people. These websites have hundreds of choices for people who want to add some magic to their homes. Check out the DIY projects you can do, right now, to make your house look so much better. Needless to say, none of these steps require you to be a millionaire.

1. Did you know you could make a bookshelf out of a bookend? It’s incredibly cool- for it makes it look like your books are sort of just floating around.

2. Take a small mason jar. Cut a glow stick open and pour the insides into the mason jar. Buy some multi-colour diamond glitter from the shop and mix it in with the contents of the glow stick. You have your own jar of fireflies!

3. Start collecting corks you use in your house for a little while. Once you have managed to accumulate enough corks, you can create a bulletin board with the same. This will be good for pinning To-Do lists, photos and much more!

4. If you have a boring, old, plain lamp at home and you’re looking to make it more interesting, why don’t you use a permanent marker and just write paragraphs from your favourite book, or quotes you are particularly fond of?

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These are some of the simplest DIY projects you can do to spice up your house right now!

 

Designing the perfect kid’s room

You should certainly pay a lot of attention to the way your child’s bedroom is designed, for it will stay in their minds for a long time- even if they do not realize it. You do not necessarily need to have a large budget to make the bedroom memorable for your kids. You just need to know what they like, and you need to be able to make it fun for them to be there.

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For instance, when my first daughter turned 7, we had a hammock installed in her room. It was quite small- and of good quality, so that it wouldn’t fall. It was extremely fun- for it is different than a normal bed, and it gave her a place to hang out when she read, or watched her shows. If you have two kids, having a bunk bed is certainly a good option. There are many bunk beds that come with slides on the side, which are just amazing. You could take a small kiddie pool, add some balls into it and turn it into a personalized ball pit. You could also put those small slates around your child’s room to encourage the artist in them.

A small tip- it would make sense for you to involve your kid in the designing process. This way, the child will get what he/she wants in their room, and will be more comfortable in the room, for it is of their own design!