Learning Forum: How To Store Your Wreaths

A simple but festive way to prepare your home for holidays and special occasions is to hang a wreath on your door. However, once you have enough wreaths to match all the seasons and decorations you want, you may feel that there is no place to put your wreaths when you are done with them. There are several efficient, organized ways to keep your wreaths stored until you need them. You can actually reuse your wreaths! You can do so by having only one wreath and changing or rotating the decorations you display on it. Keep in mind that since you will be using this wreath foundation constantly, you will want it to be quite durable. We recommend a solid wreath base to which you adhere the flowers with either tape or light application of glue. In this way, without destroying your wreaths, you will never have to store the ring because it is always hanging on the door. All of your decorative pieces can be kept in a single box, and often you can keep them organized in the pattern or design you like for them. However, if you do prefer having wreaths ready-to-hang, plastic containers or a hanging shelf works well. Make sure you do choose a storage method that does not flatten your flowers.

Keeping your D?cor (Relatively) Simple

Though there are lots of ways to decorate a home, the ?cluttered? look doesn?t quite work anywhere. It can be easy to get carried away, but often the result is opposite of what is intended. There are those who decorate so enthusiastically that there is hardly enough space to stand up or sit down. You may have had the experience of walking into someone?s garage and seeing that it is so full of decorative materials that there is not enough room for anything else (like an automobile). In order to avoid some dysfunctional methods when designing for your home, first consider the purpose of the room that you would like to decorate. Think about the kitchen: most people use all the counter space they have, so to fill that area with knickknacks is usually a bad idea. Bedrooms, by contrast, are a great place to add flourishes and accents, since it is mainly a room for resting and for storing personal times. A good rule of thumb is if you need to move a decorative piece out of the way more than twice a week, it probably should be thrown out or exchanged for a more functional item.

Lessons to Learn When Shopping for an Interior Decorator

Often, the best way to ensure that your home is beautifully decorated is to trust in a specialist. Interior decorators can be somewhat pricey, so you will want to do your research and choose someone who matches your tastes and interests. It is a good idea to secure photographs, demonstrations, and the contact information of other customers before you agree to work with a specific decorator. Often, you will be able to find examples of the decorator?s work online or in a booklet that they can provide you. Also, asking the interior decorator for referrals from past clients is always a good idea. You will want to ask past clients about the type of service that they received, the creative ability of the interior designer, and the promptness of the work completed. In this fashion you can weed out mediocre interior designers and assure that you have a proper professional interior design expert for your home.

The Pros and Cons for Live and Artificial Plants

One of the first questions that you must resolve when decorating with plants is whether you want them to be real or artificial. Each choice has positives and negatives. Make sure that if you choose live plants, sunlight and water are readily available to them. Real plants naturally attract insects, which could be a problem where you are living. An advantage to live plants is the green thumb you develop as you care for them and watch them grow. Some benefits to artificial plants include the ease of storage, maintenance, and transport. The biggest factor to look at is how ?life-like? it appears. You don?t want someone to walk into the room and instantly know that it is a fake tree or plant. You want it to catch their eye, make them walk up and feel the leaves before they realize that it is artificial. The best compliment an artificial plant can receive is, ?I thought it was real!?

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