Updating the Victorian Parlour

I’ve always wanted a special room, with Victorian furniture. Since I enjoy reading authors like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, I’d like to look up from a book to see a room with the same atmosphere. I share this desire with a friend and, even though neither of us have completed a Victorian room, we’ve discussed our plans.

Modern Wingback Chairs, expensive chairs worth every penny

Authentic Victorian furniture is pricey, so I’d look for modern pieces with that same feeling. Freshome.com has published budget sparing decorating ideas that blend modern furniture with restored and modern, Victorian-like pieces. My friend invested in a love seat to serve as her room’s anchor piece. She managed to save money by getting her love seat while it was on sale! I’ll probably wait, find an old piece from an estate sale, then reupholster it with modern fabric in muted colours, unless I think it is a candidate for the Antique’s Roadshow. I am already looking for salvaged window frames or wood doors to use as table tops, and I have my eye on tapestry remnants to use for accent pillows. Beaded lamps will sit next to a pair of modern wingback chairs.

My room should be useful, artistic and the envy of the neighbourhood. Best of all, my friend and I can indulge our tendency to compete with each other, without hard feelings. In the end, we’ll both have what we need, and want. Have you ever wanted a special reading room?


Use of Stripes

stripes for the home


Want to add texture, colour, depth and drama to your room? Then look no further, stripes are the answer.  There is a huge variety of choice with these so you can produce an effect that suits your decor; the stripes could be wallpaper, paint, carpet or furnishings.

Some pointers for you in using stripes with paint,

Choose strong colours that complements your decor rather than lighter shades if you want to have that dramatic effect. Use 2 or 3 colours for the stripes.

Paint horizontal stripes about 12 inches wide, while vertical stripes look best about 6 inches wide.

If your room is small, to make it appear wider, use horizontal stripes

To give your room an appearance of height and a taller space, use vertical stripes.

Using Striped Wallpaper:

Wallpaper can be expensive so give some thought to using it as a feature wall.

You can also attach bead board or other wainscoting to the lower third of a wall and apply striped wallpaper to the remaining top portion.

Another option is to paint the lower half of your walls, attach a chair rail and cover the top half of the walls with striped wallpaper.

Some very interesting application of stripes can be found here

Striped Furnishings:

To a bathroom you could add striped towels or shower curtain.

For bedrooms consider bedding sets, throws, area rugs for a cosy feel.

Use draperies shades or valances on your windows or upholster a chair or sofa in striped pattern to jazz up your room – be careful not to overdo, a full striped suite might be too much in a regular sized room.

In Dining rooms you can buy dinner ware with stripes or tablecloths and runner or even a lightshade can add the stripe effect.

Striped carpets are becoming popular, how you place them can quickly change the dimensions of your rooms. A current trend is to use them on your stairs to draw the eyes up and create an optical illusion of height; I also think they give a nice waterfall effect.

Striped carpet


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?


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.


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!