You Can Have Window Treatments and Pets

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Don’t let the sight of your kitten climbing the shear draperies on your floor-to-ceiling bay window make you swear off window treatments altogether. It’s true that between the safety issues and the temptations they present, window coverings are often a pipe dream for pet parents. But you can find window treatment solutions that are attractive as well as safe for (and from) your furry four-legged child. Furnishing your home with him in mind is considerate and logical.

Drapes

If you have the type of windows that require drapes, or if it’s a simple matter of your preference of drapes over other window treatments, don’t despair. Draperies are still an option for doting pet parents. You just have to know which fabrics will work and which ones won’t, and take a few safety precautions.

Keep the length short, if possible. A floor-to-ceiling window will obviously require full-length drapes, but normal-sized windows are better off with shorter curtains. Definitely make use of the child-safe cord savers if you opt for window coverings that require cords.

Silk and shears will snag and shred easily, even if your pet doesn’t attempt to climb them, so avoid light, wispy fabrics. Heavy duty fabrics are long-wearing, but steer clear of velvet if you don’t want your pet depositing a streak of fur every time he brushes against your drapes. No fabric is pet hair-repellant, so coordinate your window treatments with your pet’s fur color to limit the number of times you have to vacuum them each week. And look for drapes that are made from pet-friendly fabrics like William Wegman’s Crypton. You can even get a luxurious and supple look that’s machine-washable when you use a microfiber like Ultrasuede.

Blinds

Dropping the drapes to install blinds instead will take care of a whole slew of pet-related window treatment concerns. Avoid fabric blinds and go for the ones made of wood (either real or faux) or get the ones made from aluminum. Mini blinds co-exist with pets pretty well, but you should remember to hoist the ones on your pets’ favorite window all the way up during the day so he doesn’t get tangled and break them when he wants to see what’s going on outside.

Whatever choice you make, cords are still a concern. There are always the child-proofing products that double as cord savers, but the best solution is cordless blinds. They’re easier to operate and you’ll never have an messy and dangerous tangle of cords dangling down your window frame.

Valances and Shades

The ideal answer to the pet-window treatment problem are short window coverings that only go down as far as the sill. Shades are exceptionally useful, because they roll up out of reach when they’re open and they don’t have enticing cords or fascinating tassels to encourage window covering destruction. Pair a decorative fabric shade with a valance in a complimentary color and fabric for an aesthetically pleasing look that is pet-proof. The valance need only reach down as far as the windowsill, too and, like the shade, it doesn’t have to have any tantalizing bobbles or doo-dads that are hard for kitties to resist.

 

Larissa Jester

Larissa is a vet tech who has three dogs of her own. She loves to write about animal care and environmental issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Peacocks Inspire Eccentric, Chic Bedroom Décor

Peacock-Inspired Since ancient times, the peacock has been a symbol of wealth, royalty and rebirth. From their origins in India, cultures across the globe have adopted the peacock as a symbol of prosperity and decadence. Since the late 1800s, the peacock has been a popular piece of iconography throughout the western hemisphere. The rich, saturated hues of the birds’ body and feathers make the peacock the ideal inspiration and palette for a chic and sumptuous bedroom design.

Peacock- Inspired Bed

Spruce up your bedroom décor by adding chic peacock-inspired accents. Decorate your bed with a variety of throw pillows in peacock blues or feather prints. You can even use decorative pillows that feature a couple of peacocks. This will add some spice to your bedding. Look for luxurious sheets with a high thread count in a deep purple, rich blue or vibrant green.

Try using complementary colors such as shades of orange to accent the blues in your bedding.

Photo by WickerFurniture via Flickr

Beautifully Colored Accents

You don’t have to always decorate with peacock-patterned everything to pull off the eccentric peacock look. Use decorative candleholders for some flair. Incorporate furniture into your room with royal blue touches and burnt gold. If you think these colors will be too bold for your furniture, opt for a coal black instead, which will tie in all the colors of your room harmoniously. You don’t have to go out of your way to buy all new furniture, either. Do you have old furniture tucked away in storage? You can easily transform old furniture into a DIY project with some paint and new hardware. Look for inspiration in other parts of your home, too. If there are items that don’t mesh with your new theme, re-purpose or donate them. If you need to, look for a self storage unit for rent to store these items until you can get rid of or replace them.

Photo by BarCar via Flickr

Windows

You don’t want to overpower your room or make it feel supercharged; select drapery in a fresh, clean and crisp white. Using white curtains will allow your space to feel open and calm while complementing blues, greens and purples.

Rich, Deep Colored Walls

For the ultimate peacock-inspired paradise coat your walls in a deep royal blue paint to create a rich but restful canvas. Add accents in peacock blue and black with hints of royal purple and burnished gold. If you’re looking for something more subtle, try painting your walls in a calming light color and paint one accent wall in a royal blue or emerald green. For a trending accent, try using peacock wallpaper or a wallpaper stencil instead of one solid color. Decorate your walls with artwork featuring peacock hues and prints. For a simple, chic and elegant look opt for a simple feather silhouette print in teals and whites.

Photo by Koka_Sexton via Flickr

Lighting Makes All the Difference

Try using chic and elegant chandeliers in your room! Instead of hanging them from the ceiling, use a light fixture that attaches to the wall, which will add some decorative flair to your room. If you want to stick to a more traditional style, choosing a lamp with a crystal vase and white lamp shade will keep the space feeling chic.

Photo by Monica.Renata via Flickr

Another fun way to incorporate some lighting is to use some chandelier-styled candle wall sconces in an elegant white to pair with the peacock-inspired walls. Try placing a complementary color like coral for the candle sticks.

Jane Swenson

Jane is an artist and freelance writer who lives in Austin, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

No Green Thumb? Bring Nature Indoors With These Decorating Tips

White stone heart surrounded by other stones Want to bring nature indoors but can’t seem to keep a plant alive? No worries. There are plenty of ways to incorporate nature into your home without even bringing a plant inside.

Art

Grab your camera and take a trip to your favorite park or the beach. Photograph the landscapes you love. Then take them to be developed into an 8 by 10 inch or larger glossy print, get a nice frame and voila, nature indoors.

Shells

While at the beach, go on a treasure hunt for shells. Grab a tide chart and head out an hour before and after low tide. Also, collect sand to put inside jars and use as candle rests. The beach is an ideal source for design ideas.

Water

Peaceful energy can be achieved through the addition of an aquarium where the life and graceful movement of fish balance energy.

Stone

Simply add river stones to your decor and instantly give the space a serenity representative of the deep forest. Individually place rocks on a windowsill, add a group of stones to a tabletop waterfall or if you’re really ambitious, add stacked stone to an accent wall. Do it yourself by picking up some veneer panels composed of cut stone pieces. You can install them easily yourself because no grout is necessary. The panels are attached to a backing and are installed into modules like tile, explains houzz.com. Stacked stone is a unique way to add warmth and texture.

Wood

One of the easiest ways to add a more organic landscape into your home is through wood elements. Tables, chairs, floors, window dressings, lamps … they can all be made from some form of wood.

If you want to go big, exposed wood beams gracefully open a room and add a natural feel. Whether stained a dark shade or left unfinished, beams bring a comfortable, rustic style to any space. Pay tribute to 17th and 18th century design by adding wood paneling to a wall. By simply adding pine wainscoting, rich hardwoods or reclaimed wood, you are giving your home a charm Mother Nature would appreciate.

If using railroad ties or other forms of wood timbers, keep out of reach of people and pets in case the wood has been treated with chemicals like creosote or other preservatives. Also, have a pest control service like Orkin search for termites, spiders and other critters before bringing indoors.

Fresh Air

Screen your windows and entryways so you can open your world to the refreshing outdoors. Soak in the natural light and oxygen that shines through. If it’s not possible to keep windows open, clean your home with all natural products and bring in essential oils that emit aroma of plants, grass, flowers, fruits and woods. Play nature-themed music.

Fire

Balance the serenity of water, air and earth aspects with elements of fire through candles, a fireplace or integration of warm colors (reds and oranges) into your color palette.

With the ever-increasing awareness of adopting sustainable practices into our lives, bringing natural elements into your home is a way to bond better with nature, feel the energy of the earth and keep everyone in the family cool and calm.

 

Veronique St. Pierre

Veronique studied at the Sorbonne and fancies herself the best pastry chef in the Northwest. When she’s not cooking for her children, she spends her time writing about DIY crafts and green living solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polish your Bedroom

Hello readers! This is Jessica and I’d like to thank Cathy who introduced me today on her blog, I am going to share about bedroom decorating and how anyone can polish their bedroom look. Follow me @Pinterest.

How to Polish Your Bedroom

How do you stop your bedroom from looking like a hotel room? It may be neat and tidy, but the impersonal nature of a hotel room is not to be desired in the one place where we should feel safe, secure and at the center of our own world. The solution lies in adding a few finishing touches that complete the room, while adding a distinctive element of the people who inhabit the room.

Seating for comfort

Put a big squashy armchair in a bare corner of the room or add an ottoman, padded on the top for sitting, but with plenty of storage space inside, at the bottom of your bed. If you like, you can drape a pretty scarf over the chair or pop a textured throw onto the ottoman to enhance the overall look and feel of the room. Having seating separate to the bed adds an aura of comfort to any room, and allows you to curl up for a few minutes (with a book, or simply to sit and think) without feeling as though you are having a nap!

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Light up Your Life

Bedroom lighting should be soft and subtle at night time and when you are relaxing, but when cleaning and tidying, you may well want it to be brighter and clearer. For this reason it is wise to have a good overhead light as well as some softer side lights and bedside lamps. Visit home depot for lights range. Experiment a little with the lights and lamps in your room, switching the bulbs and moving the position of the lights until it feels and looks right. Even something as simple as changing the lamp-shade can work wonders to create the warm and welcoming glow that makes a bedroom look inviting and friendly.

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Set and Match!

Try to create harmony between your bedding and the curtains and carpet. If all three harmonize, the room already looks finished and complete – if not, the room looks scrappy and awkwardly put together. Yorkshire linen has a fabulous range of bedding solutions, in a wide range of colors and patterns which ensure that you will be able to find the perfect bedding set for your room’s color scheme.

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Fresh Flowers

A vase of fresh cut flowers, or a small, neat pot plant add a homely, comfortable air to any room, and bedrooms are no exception. Keep the plant looking good by wiping any dust off the leaves and picking out any dead flowers or leaves, and make sure that the flowers have plenty of water to help them last as long as possible.

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Plenty of pillows make a bed very appealing, while a bare one or two can seem quite Spartan and meager. Even if you take them all off the bed to sleep, invest in some large or ornamental pillows and cushions to add interest and a splash of color to the room.

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The Details

Put a few small items on the bedside table. Books for a little light reading before bed, a water glass and one or two lovely knick-knacks, all inject charm and a touch of personality into the room. A framed family photograph will let you see your loved ones as you fall asleep, and precious ornaments will stir your sentimental side.

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By taking these simple hints and tips into account you will be amazed at how polished and attractive your bedroom can look. You do not have to spend a fortune to create a warm and cozy haven for yourself, a place where you can let your hair down and completely relax, comfortable and surrounded by beautiful things.