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Smart Designs for Small Apartments

First thing first: GET MORE LIGHT.

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Rooms with more light look bigger and more spacious. Paint your rooms in a light color. Don’t forget the ceilings, too. As the fifth wall is almost always not considered part of the color scheme of the room. However it plays an important role in the design – low ceilings in dark colors make the whole room feel stuffy and cramped. The trick here is to keep the contrast between the walls and the ceiling to a minimum so the room feel airy and larger.

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How To Beautify Your Nursery With DIY Book Shelves

When it comes to interior design, nurseries really are the best rooms to design as they give you the chance to get creative. It’s all about injecting a bit of fun and personality into the room, something bright and colorful for your child. No bland or boring walls here, just lots of beautiful patterns and colors.

Of course, decorating your own nursery can quickly becoming expensive when you have to buy a crib, changing table, clothes, diapers and all the rest of it. That is why I love simple and inexpensive DIY projects that can transform the room without putting in too much time or effort.

Something Fun and Practical

Taking inspiration from Elizabeth Sullivan’s sweet and sour nursery, I want to show you how you can combine elements of fun with the necessary practicality, to create a beautiful nursery of your own. A nursery can have plenty of style and personality, while still containing everything you need to store your baby’s clothes and toys.

Elizabeth has managed to do this by creating beautiful floating shelves across the entirety of one of the nursery’s walls. By keeping the wall and shelves white, it creates a beautiful blank canvas to store all your baby’s brand new books. As baby books tend to have bright and colorful illustrations, they will really help to make the wall pop.

What You Need

Before you start building, you need to go out and buy a few bits of material. Most of you DIY folk will know what you are doing, but for those of you who are beginners, you may want to go over the list and just make sure you have all the necessary tools as well.

If you need to buy any tools and are unsure of what you get, I recommend you do a little bit of research first. In order to get serious with DIY you need to get the right tools, you don’t want to just go for the cheapest option that won’t get the job done right. My favorite brands are Bosch for hammer drills and Sawstop for a table saw, but do your research and get what you feel is best for you.

Materials:

• 5 – 1×4 at 10 feet long
• 2 – 1×2 at 10 feet long
• 1 – 1×2 at 6 feet long (cut down to 5 feet)
• Elmer’s Wood Glue
• Elmer’s Wood Filler
• Primer
• Paint
• 120 grit sandpaper

Tools:

• Safety Glasses
• Hearing Protection
• Measuring tape
• Square
• Hammer
• Circular saw
• Drill
• Jigsaw
• Brad Nailer

Instructions

Once you have gathered all the material together, it’s time to get to work!

1. Cut the 10 feet long boards in half using the circular saw
2. Pre-drill screw holes into the back of the 1×4 boards and attached the two boards together
3. Apply glue to the front and clamp the 1×2 boards to the 1×4 to hold them into place
4. Nail the boards together
5. Prime and sand the shelves
6. Paint the shelves – I recommend painting it white or the same color as the wall
7. Sand the shelves some, paint again, and repeat if necessary until you have a bright smooth finish
8. Add a top coat, such as Minwax’s water based polycrylic
9. Attach to the wall by screwing directly into the studs
10. Caulk in the screw holes for a nice finish

In ten simple steps you will have a brand new wall of floating shelves that you can fill with all the beautiful baby books you have. This is such a fantastic idea and I would love to try it myself someday. I think it helps to brighten up the home and brings the nursery to life.

Traditional Wooden Theme for Your Home Design is Perfect

A wooden theme is classic and is perfect for your home design.

There are a lot of themes to choose from if you want your house to look amazing. You can go classic with a simple black and white theme. You can also go more modern with a smash of colors. However, if you want a blend of contemporary and classical, go for wooden theme. This means that everything in that part of your house should be made from wood. This theme is perfect for your kitchen, living room or even your patio.

Wooden furniture

The first thing that you have to invest on is wooden furniture. You can buy a wooden chair instead of a sofa. If you want the wood to be softer, then you can just throw in some cushions there. You should also have a wooden table. There are also a lot of wooden decorations such as wooden frame, vase, wall décor and many more. You just have to find the perfect fit for your home. As for the floor, you can also have it replaced with hardwood if you want to imbibe the entire theme. However, there are also faux wood carpets available that you can buy instead of the actual wood.

Unique additions

If you want to go out of the usual, you can throw some more items such as a wooden bow. This is perfect as a wall design and for archery at the same time. If you need one, you can just remove it from the wall and return it later on. This will make everything look more appealing. You can also throw some other wooden sporting equipment there. If you want to buy the best recurve bow for decorations, then check out this site.

The advantages of using wood

To begin with, wooden furniture can be very cheap depending on your choice. If not, then you would have to spend as much as other materials anyway. Thus, cost is not really an issue. Another reason why this is perfect is because it brings you closer to nature. If you don’t have the time to go out and have outdoor camping, then you don’t have to. All you need to do is to sit on your living room or your patio and you will enjoy the view. It feels like you are camping already. You just have to light the fireplace and it is perfect already.

To top it all, wood is a very durable material. You can expect it to last for a long time. It can also be repaired whenever necessary. If there damaged parts, then it is not something to worry about. There are a lot of people who know how to fix wood more than other materials.

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To make this dream happen, you need to identify which pieces of furniture you wanted to put there. You can consult your interior designer about the plan you have in mind for her to give her inputs too. Once the design is over, you will surely feel great with the results.

The Essential Oil Diffuser Revolution: Why You Should Use These Sleek Devices in your Home

Essential oils and Aromatherapy are hot topics these days.

And as the popularity of this trend grows, so will the aesthetics and practicalities of its associated accessories.

In fact, when it comes to essential oil diffusers, we’re already seeing some some fantastic products populating the market.

When it comes to interior design, I believe that having a sleek aromatherapy diffuser and a great blend of essential oils filling your house with aroma is a great way to boost the appeal of any room.

Some of the best hotels in the world know this. Walk in to some of the fancier establishments and your nose quickly fills with welcoming scents like jasmine, sandalwood and lavender.

Smell is a strong sense for humans. And the first whiff of a room sends a clear first impression of the living space.

Never underestimate how scent can impresses or disgust a visitor in your home.

One of the most appealing notions about essential oils and diffusion is the price point. You can buy many essential oils for incredibly inexpensive prices.

And while the diffuser can sometimes cost a little bit more than the oils, there are plenty modern and sleek looking choices out there that are far less expensive than you’d initially anticipate.

For example, you could purchase a rustic and stylish ceramic candle lit diffuser for under $10.

That’s cheap.

Whatever your price point is when purchasing an essential oil diffuser, there are a good deal of choices out there and with an abundance of inexpensive essential oils out there to choose from you can be set up with a wonderfully fragrant house for under $30.

How is that for an upgrade to your room?

Now, like i’ve said there are a lot of essential oils to choose from. And this works out great for us.

For every room in our house it’s good to be aware of what tone or mood we want to create.

And of course we do this with color and arrangement. But how often do you take into account scent?

Before i found essential oils I was a little stuck in this department.

There are plenty of fragrant sticks around that you can buy. But they’re often too pungent and synthetic smelling. They also fade quickly.

And then there’s incense sticks. I personally enjoy incense, but it can be very musky and leaves a room with an aire of mugginess.

With an oil diffuser you have access to a huge variety of smells that you’re able to fill any room with. You can easily vary the intensity of smell and the won’t linger longer than you want it to.

Plus you can change the scent on a whim, depending on how you’re wanting to use your space.

Say you want a room to double as a play area for your kids and a meditation room for your husband.

Simple.

Just have two scents that you can keep next to your diffuser. When you want the space to be calm and meditative, place a blend of soothing and relaxing smells like sandalwood, lavender myrrh or chamomile in your diffuser and enjoy.

Once you’re finished using the space for meditation and the kids are getting home you can switch the smell to a more uplifting mixture with oils like grapefruit, lemon, eucalyptus, black pepper or sweet orange.

Hopefully this post has opened up some new ideas in your mind and maybe inspired you to take up aromatherapy as a practice for home beautification!

How To Stage Your Home So It Sells For Top Dollar

This article was written by Zach Riggs of Trusted Realtors of Missouri, LLC. Zach is a well respected realtor who specializes in Springfield, Missouri homes for sale. You can find out more information about Zach and what he does by going to trustedmissourirealtors.com

As someone who makes a living selling homes, I have had some homes that are easy to sell and others that needed a little work to bring out the homes true potential. Sometimes, a home needs a little landscaping, maybe a little paint on the walls, or refreshing a certain room. More often than not, what makes a home sell quick compared to one that sits on the market for months is how well it is staged. For those that may not know what staging a house is, it’s when you arrange furniture, light fixtures, pictures, wall art or anything in the house to bring out the home’s best assets. This sometimes means bringing in new items that compliments the general buyer’s interests.

Since I have a lot of experience in this area, I was asked to list my best 3 tips on how to stage your home so it sells for top dollar. These are things that anybody can do and it doesn’t require a lot of work or expense either.

Get An Honest Look Of Your Home

Many times, when someone is looking to sell their home, they view it as a place that holds many memories for them and they think it’s a great home. This may be true, but what also can happen is that homeowners can develop sort of “blinders” as to what their home lacks or could use improvement on. It can be hard to be non-biased when it comes to your home so I always recommend that you get a few of your most honest (perhaps, brutally honest) friends and family over to ask them what they think about your home. Ask them what things they like, things they don’t like, and what could be done to make it look better to them. If two or more people start saying the same things, then that’s a pretty good indicator that potential homebuyers will be thinking the same thing. Take the constructive criticism and create an action plan to bring out the good qualities and downplay the lesser ones.

Be Open To Rearranging Things

We get accustomed to how things fit in our home and we view them as normal. But potential home buyers will not be looking at your home through rose colored lenses like you may be, so be open to rearranging the way things look in your home, especially in the living room. If you’ve got a small living room, then try to display it to take advantage of every square inch that you can. If you have a larger living room, don’t clutter it up with too much furniture. You would be amazed at how rearranging the furniture can change the whole outlook on a house in potential homebuyers eyes. If you don’t have any good ideas on how to arrange your furniture, then reach out to a professional like a realtor, staging expert, or interior designer. You may pay a little for their expertise, but you may also get much more out of your home by doing so. Sometimes, spending $500 staging a home can help you get $5,000 – $7,000 more for your home.

Paint & Landscape

Other than how the living room is arranged, the other place where you will get the most value for your money is to give your home a fresh coat of paint and do a little landscaping. If all the walls in your home are white, then maybe throw a little color into some areas. Even a bright new coat of white will help make the house look a little fresher. Trimming bushes, getting rid of weeds, planting some flowers, and other minor landscaping can also help you get more money for your home as well. Again, if you seem to be stuck on what to do, reach out to a professional as they can really help you come up with some great ideas and create more value in your home.

Interior Design for a Dream Home Gym

Hello! Or should I say ‘Hola!’ as I am writing to you from my latest travel adventure in sunny, sunny Barcelona – and can I just say it is absolutely stunning here! A good friend of mine has recently bought some property just on the outskirts of the city and I have been over to give them some interiors advice and help them plan some of their rooms. I will warn you now, the advice I will share here should be labelled ‘One day When I am a Millionaire’, as these friends of mine are! (Don’t worry, dear reader, I am in your shoes – certainly in no financial standing to be buying property in Europe! But I was able to play the fantasy for a while as my friends asked me to help them plan their home gym in their new property!).

I will share some of the advice here that I shared with them, although bear in mind that the context in which I was planning this was a sunny, bright, shore front white stone villa, in a basement level space that opens out on to an outdoor pool area. Not quite what the rest of us have to work with, is it?

Anyway, here are some of my top tips:

1. Light and Air

This is my top tip – it’s vitally important to do whatever you can to open up your gym space to light and a free flow of air and ventilation. This just gives you the right atmosphere in which to work out. Basically, we’d all rather be outside working out, but you can’t always be wheeling your equipment in and out of the garage can you? Working in a bright, airy space will help to keep you cool, relaxed and focused on the job in hand – pushing yourself to your limits!

2. Light, Neutral Colors

Psychologically speaking, this ties in with my point above. You want your workout space to be a blank canvas on which to work on an important work of art, i.e. you. Calm, relaxing tones and a minimalist approach to décor will lower stress and blood pressure. When you enter this temple to exercise, the setting will help to peel off the layers of stress the day has given you, leaving you ready to work out.

3. Stylish Equipment

This is the real area where money could be a problem. Obviously if you can afford any half-decent home exercise equipment, you are doing well, but for the sake of the fantasy I am enjoying here, please let me continue! To really complete the look of your villa’s home gym (one day!) you should invest in good quality, stylish looking exercise equipment. As the centre point for the gym, you’ll want a top quality elliptical machine or perhaps a treadmill and a nice weights bench.

4. Hard Floor, Soft Mats

And lastly, my personal favourite for a home gym – hard, wooden floor, and a space (with wall mirrors) for some yoga mats and lighter equipment.

Once all this is in place, you’ll be ready to cool off with a dip in the pool! If only…

Decorating Your Kitchen: It’s Not Just about the Design

There are a lot of things that you have to consider in decorating your kitchen.

There are a lot of kitchen themes to choose from if you want to decorate your kitchen at home. The most common theme is minimalistic. There are also those who choose a more vintage theme while others opt for a more Southern theme with loads of wooden items as decorations. Whatever it is that you choose for your kitchen as long as you feel like you can make the most out of the design, go ahead try it out.

However, before you become so excited about the overall theme as well as the kitchen decorations that you are to throw, you have to understand first that it is not really about the design. It is more of the actual appliances that you use as well as the utensils that really matter in the end. No matter how beautiful your designs are if you don’t have the best kitchenware, then it won’t do you any good. Thus, you have to start by buying the right appliances.

Check for the quality

This is something that you have to prioritize. You might be thrifty as you are to spend more for the decors. However, you have to understand that when you but high quality kitchen appliances, you can expect them to last for a very long time. Thus, don’t be afraid investing on them. Instead of buying low quality utensils sold at a department store sale, you can go for high quality utensils that will assure you of several years of use without having any issues at all. If you are buying a rice cooker, it does not matter how much you are to spend as long as you stick with reliable brands so your money won’t go to waste. Visit this place for more ideas about the best rice cooker brands. On the other hand, if you want to read more in depth home appliances reviews, check out http://www.homecentric.org. Once you are done going over through those reviews, you will know exactly what model to buy.

Buy only what you need

When planning for kitchen appliances, you don’t have to buy everything at once. This is true if you are not really someone who cooks often. However, if you are passionate about cooking, there is nothing wrong in spending more for kitchen appliances. However, you have to understand that the best part about buying a few appliances only is that it won’t be difficult to arrange them. The kitchen won’t be difficult to decorate if you have only a few appliances and more kitchen decors. You can just hide some of the appliances inside the cabinet or drawers. By then, there will be less eye sores. This is definitely something that you want to achieve. Take note that when it comes to kitchen designs, less is more. Thus, you don’t have to worry if your kitchen looks so simple. There is elegance and sophistication in simplicity. To top it all, you just have to keep the kitchen clean at all times. This is what makes the kitchen look amazing.

Home Office Design Tips

One of the areas of people’s homes that are often completely neglected when it comes to design is the home office. Ever more people are telecommuters that work part or all of their week from home. The main reason this has become possible is advances in Internet communication and there are probably not many businesses that do not offer this type of flexibility to their employees.

What surprises me is that so many people completely ignore all design when it comes to creating a good work environment. They almost look at it as a purely functional space, which I believe is a big mistake. Companies of all sizes spend a lot of money on architects and interior designers to create pleasant work environments. The idea is that your environment will have an impact on productivity.

The first thing you should keep in mind is that you should not immediately place your home office in the smallest room or corner of your home. This can have a very claustrophobic effect that will negatively impact how well you work.

Secondly, you should spend time thinking about what colors you find most pleasing and avoid dark ones, even if you like them. You need a bright environment with lots of, ideally natural light. The more sunlight you can get into the work space the more productive you will be.

The next really important thing you should take into account is to separate your home and work phones. This makes sure that you keep a clear separation between work and private life. This will mean that you need to invest in a multiline cordless phone system. You can then have a separate number for business and private. You will find a lot more advice on phone systems over at http;//www.bestcordlessphoneguide.net.

Along with your phone you will need a good computer work desk that has enough space for your laptop and an external monitor. It is also vital that you invest in a high quality office chair with good back support. And if your business requires a lot of paper work, then you also need a filing system that will keep things organized.

So now you know what kind of furniture and telecoms equipment you need, surely it cannot be too difficult to just go out and buy these things. This is exactly where people go wrong. They look for the cheapest of each item often in completely different stores and end up with an ugly mess.

In order to get it right, you do not need to hire a professional interior designer. Most good furniture stores will have staff that are experienced and trained in making sure you get a visually appealing setup. This does mean that going to IKEA is not really an option, in my opinion. They do have some nice stuff but you will not get an office setup that provides you with a productive environment.

If you are facing an issue with a bad home office setup, or you would like a professional opinion on your current set up then do not hesitate to use the contact page here on my website. I can give you a quick review for free and maybe offer you some of my other services as well.

A Convenience for My Home

I travel a lot.  Whether for work or vacation, I am constantly on the go.  When I buy things for my life, they fall into one of two categories.  Will they be going with me on trips or will it be staying at home?  More often then not, I prefer to purchase things that will go with me to the places I want to see.  My life is about exploration after all, and it has never sat well with me to invest in something for my home when there was something equally good I could invest in for the road.

So, when I first came across an electric knife sharpener, I laughed.  Images of outlandish products from plane magazines came to mind, and I thought the electric knife sharpener was one more thing that people didn’t really need.  However, over the course of some weeks, I have to say that I have changed my mind.  Not only have I purchased something that I first thought was useless, but I also purchased it for my home.  The end result?  I love it.

So how did this all begin?

How did I go from travel to extra home appliances?  Well, like many things, it started with my love of food.  I’ve spent a great deal of time writing about and researching the food industry.  From covering the exciting to the regular banal, I had started to notice that behind every story was the basic culinary gear that helped frame the narrative.  Behind every gifted cook was countless pots and pans, behind every seedy restaurant was at least one mixer and questionable  cutting board.  This is where I first came across an electric knife sharpener in the flesh.

So I thought…  Why Not?

I’m not one to impulse buy, or at least I tell myself that.  More often then not though, I can confidently say I make sound decisions.  When I decided to get an electric knife sharpener for my kitchen, I followed a brand I had seen used in one of my more respected eateries.  Once it arrived, I had to see it for myself.

Going through my collection of knives, I sharpened each one.  The first thing that struck me was how much time it didn’t take.  Usually I would spend some time sharpening my knives.  With the electric knife sharpener, the entire process took no time at all.  As a result, I’ve begun sharpening my knives more often.

The end result is that food preparation and presentation has never been better.  I’ve decreased the amount of time it takes me to make meals while also presenting a crisper final appearance in what I cook.  I simply could not believe the difference after a couple weeks of use.

Ever cook has his or her own methodology when it comes to the kitchen.  Far be it for me to say what you should do.  That being said, given an electric knife sharpener a try and tell me whether or not you noticed a difference.  Given my own experience, I could not recommend one enough.

How I Stay Energized

We need energy in order to get through our lives, especially when it comes to working in a creative field such as interior design. However, many of us continue to struggle through life with very little energy. Every day seems to be full of tiredness and weakness. The interesting thing is that we live a sedentary lifestyle. While our lifestyles are generally slow paced, we do encounter a lot of emotional stress. A fellow interior designer was venting to me the other day about how frustrating it is when working on a design for a client and not having enough energy. This is a major problem that a lot of creatives face.

A Common Problem

I myself used to suffer this same problem. I used to wonder why I was so tired. It wasn’t until I took an objective look at my life, that I realized there were plenty of aspects of my life that were going wrong in ways that drained me. This included:

• My Eating Habits

• My Media Viewing Habits

• What I did With My Time

• Who I spent time with

• Other destructive habits.

Looking for a Solution

Knowing my problems, I knew the next step to take. This was to solve the problem. Admittedly, it is easier said than done. It involves trial and error. However, there is plenty of information that you can look up. This can help reduce the time spent on trial and error.

What I Did

Among the steps I took to solve my problem, I looked at my diet and looked for ways to add healthier foods to my diet. I ate more fruits and vegetables and made a list of recipes. I used juicing to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that I eat. Eventually, I noticed that I had a little more energy to deal with problems. This was a major victory to me. However, I knew that there were plenty of other health problems that I had to deal with.

Relationships

Unless you’re a hermit, you are likely to have all kinds of relationships with many different kinds of people. There are likely some relationships that need to be fixed. However, there are certain types of people whom you just don’t get along with. Do what you can to fix the broken relationships. At the same time, if you are dealing with someone who is toxic, then it’s best to limit time spent.

Personal Goals

Accomplishing goals goes a long way towards improving the quality of life. If you can find a goal to accomplish, then look at one of your problems. For instance, if you are overweight, you might want to try losing weight. Juicing can help with weight loss. You can get plenty of nutrients that help with metabolism and fat burning.

Overall

Life is too short to spend it being miserable. I realized that and for this reason, I aggressively took steps in order to improve my personal and professional life. As a result, I am happier, more energetic and more responsible. I’ve also been able to better provide designs for my clients. I have found myself accomplishing more in my life than I thought I ever would. I am still not finished; I have a new set of goals and a new found confidence and optimism about my life. Taking steps to improve your life is the best thing you can do for yourself. It is also the best thing to do for the ones in your life that you are close to.

Important Tips Before Moving in to a New House

When you are planning to move into a new house, you might be busy about decorating the place. You have lots of concepts and themes in mind. You might also think of buying new stuff to make the place look even better. However, there are some other things that you might forget and these are the basics. Thus, just before moving into the new house, you need to follow these tips first.

  • Check the condition of the house. Yes, you might already have your contractor and real estate agent do it for you. However, it still pays to visit the house one more time and check everything before finally moving in. There might be some aspects that have not been fully inspected and you can still have them fixed before it’s too late.
  • Know your neighbors. Aside from keeping the house beautiful, you should also learn more about your neighbors. Find out more about them and be friends with them. You want to move into a place where the neighbors will welcome you or even help you in times of need.
  • Install security features. Having a good home is not just about making it look good, it is also about making it safe. Thus, if you have installed security features, it would be of great help. Even if you are residing in a private village where there are security guards upon entrance, you still can’t be assured of anything. However, once you have security cameras and other safety devices installed, you will feel a lot safer.
  • Do general cleaning first. Although you will clean the house again once you have fully moved in, you must clean the house while it is empty first. In fact, you can vacuum the entire place first so you have the assurance that it is dust and dirt free before moving in the furniture. Sometimes, if the big items are already in place, it would be difficult to move them around for cleaning. If the house has pet hairs, then you might have to use the best vacuum for pet hair similar to this one. By then, you are assured that the entire place is clean and safe.
  • Do it yourself. If you wish to repaint the house especially if you bought an old house, then you don’t have to call a professional painter to do the job. You can do it by yourself. All you have to do is to use an airless paint spray. It is so easy to use and is affordable too. You can check out airless paint sprayer reviews at paintsprayerjudge.com/airless-paint-sprayer-reviews for more details. You will be surprised that you have changed the overall look of the house with a simple air spray and without the help of anyone.
  • Once you are done with these steps, you are now ready to move in. Just make sure that you maintain the appearance of your home. You should also be careful with the items that you buy for décor to avoid wasting your money. Most of all, if you have some time, clean the entire house. Whether you have the best home decors or not, as long as you have a clean house, it is good enough.

    Glamping – Inspiration from Camping

    As a travelling interior designer I get great inspiration from buildings in areas where there is a rich and old heritage, however when budget travelling (especially when camping) this inspiration seems to lack – until now.

    Camping can be rough; there is always something that goes wrong and in most cases, and lots of people think that it’s just flat out gross. There is no running water, no toilets, everything gets muddy if it rains and the whole experience is just barbaric.

    Some people really enjoy getting dirty and do not mind waking up to spiders in their tent, but for the majority of civilization, it’s not a fun experience. Recently, there is this new trend called “glamping” that mixes in the benefits of camping and negates the negatives with luxury.

    Glamping is something that many nature lovers have found to be better than camping and actually enhances their love and appreciation. That being said, here are some reasons why glamping is better than camping!

    1. Glamping Provides More Shelter

    Glamping can take the form of a dome or yurt or just a high tech tent, and because of this, you will have more protection from the elements. If it rains outside, there is no worry of mud and water flooding the tent or any run off wiping it out entirely. Wind is not even a problem because it all is stable and built on a foundation rather than just four nails pounded into the ground. Plus, there are a lot of places to choose from all over the world! An eco-friendly glamping option in Northern NSW is silkpavilions.com.au (which was featured in the “Sydney Weekender” as a top pick for glamping in Australia).

    2. Glamping Is More Comfortable

    Everyone has a camping story of how the temperatures dropped dramatically and everyone was freezing. Luckily, with glamping, most shelters have heating or a wood burning stove to keep you warm in the winter. In the summer they are very light and allow a lot of air flow through the shelter to keep it nice and cool as well.

    3. More Space = More Comfort

    With a much larger tent or yurt, there is much more space that can be used for a large comfortable bed or even a lovely little sitting area. With all of the extra space, it’s easier to make the entire tent more homelike, complete with solar powered lanterns or even a few rugs here and there. Utilizing the space given is ecofriendly and also provides you a more comfortable experience.

    4. Food Is Easy

    There are many different types of food that do not need to be refrigerated and are delicious. With more room, it is easier to take up a bottle of wine or maybe cheese and steaks. Using the aforementioned wood-burning stove, it can be very simple and fast to cook a steak over the stove and boil or sauté some veggies while you are at it. Forget about the hassle of starting a fire and then waiting for it to get hot enough before you can cook anything because everything you need is already at your fingertips.

    5. It is More Eco-Friendly

    Glamping provides a place to put your trash, so there is no danger of littering and soiling the nature around you. Because of their many stoves and things of that same nature, there is no need to collect firewood or cut down any trees. Because of that, it is very soothing and you do not have to worry about packing out absolutely everything you brought in.

    So where can you find out more about this wonderful spin on camping? You have a few options. There are online glamping websites now which will provide you with a list of providers, but the best way (as with anything) is via word of mouth reviews.  My recommendation is that if looking in Australia for Glamping around Northern NSW: Silk Pavilions is a great option. Apart from that, jump online and do a little research, you will be amazed at what you find!

    The Importance of Power Dressing in the Life of a Traveling Interior Designer

    If there is one thing that I’ve learned as a traveling interior designer, it’s how important physical appearance is when meeting with clients. You see, I have always been a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl up until a few years ago. It was very rare that I dressed up for anything. However, that all changed when I started to travel a lot to meet new clients. Let me tell you why.

    Back when I was first starting out, I would always meet clients wearing rugged jeans, an over worn t-shirt, and sneakers. On top of that, I never paid any attention to my hair and I almost never wore any make up. As you may have figured out by now, I was a little bit of a tomboy and couldn’t care less about how I looked. Besides, I didn’t think that how I looked was important because what mattered was I had the skills to make their homes beautiful.

    That was okay with my first few clients but I think it was because they were homeowners in the neighborhood I grew up in and knew me since I was in diapers. Things changed when my clientele started to expand to other cities. One time, I traveled to New York to meet a prospective client. As usual, I was dressed very casually and had no makeup on.

    When I arrived at their home, I was very surprised to see that the couple I was meeting was dressed very smartly despite the fact that it was a weekend. I suddenly became very self-conscious especially since they were looking me over with a hint of skepticism. I realized that because I was dressed rather poorly, they didn’t think I had good enough taste to pull off the “elegantly sophisticated” vibe they wanted for their home. Sure enough, I didn’t get the job.

    It was at that point when I started to pay more attention to my clothing and the way I looked when I was meeting with clients. I was able to test out my theory when I met another prospective client in Georgia. The man that was meeting was a very reputable cosmetic dentist. If someone wanted their teeth whitened or needed porcelain veneers in Atlanta, his cosmetic dentistry clinic was the best place to go.

    Needless to say, he was very sophisticated and like the couple I met in New York, he was dressed very nicely when I arrived for our meeting. On the other hand, I showed up wearing a cream colored pant suit and a pair of designer loafers. After a few pleasantries, he informed me that the job he wanted me to do was give his clinic a whole new look because it was a bit outdated. He jokingly said “I want it to have that sophisticated but edgy vide. Much like your outfit.”

    That’s when I was realized that I was right, how I presented myself to my prospective clients greatly contributes to the chances that I would be able to close the deal. From then on, I made it a point to always dress up no matter where I went but most importantly, when I have a meeting with prospective customers.

    I have a meeting with the good dentist from Atlanta next week to discuss the possibility of me working on his new home. During our telephone conversation, I brought up the idea of me getting veneers in Atlanta at his cosmetic dentistry clinic if he decides to hire me to do the interior design of his home. He said that would be great and we can discuss it when I fly over next week. I am very excited about it because I know that a dazzling smile, on top of my portfolio, will do wonders when I’m courting clients to hire me to work on their homes.

    My Life as a Traveling Interior Designer

    Even before I graduated from design school, I knew that I wanted to take a different path in my career as an interior designer. Instead of being holed up in an office, I wanted to combine my love for travel and interior design. This is why when I finally graduated, I quickly made arrangements to establish myself as a "traveling interior designer".

    First on the list was of course, to get people to know about me and what I was offering. My vision was, instead of getting clients to come to me, I would go to them no matter where they were. To get the word out there, I hired an internet marketing agency to set up my website and get my name across the cloud. It took a couple of months before a client signed me up for a job but from then on, I started receiving a steady flow of customers.

    Initially, I traveled from one city to another by plane or by driving my Prius. After a few months of jet setting and driving long distances and staying in motels, I realized that the overhead costs for my airfare and accommodation was too much. I then decided that the best thing to do was to invest in a mobile home. That way, I had a means to drive long distances and I wouldn't have to worry about packing and unpacking my stuff whenever it was time to go because I already had everything I needed.

    One thing I learned about being on the road for long periods of time was how important it was to make time to still continue enjoy my hobbies. I have always been fond of kayaking and when I was commissioned to work on a home located in Philpott Lake, I decided I would bring my kayak with me. Problem was, I had no idea how I was going to make that happen. Thankfully, a friend of mine directed me to a website called kayakcritic.net where I found information on kayak accessories. I decided to invest in a roof rack for my kayak. Today, I am able to bring my kayak with me whenever I have a job somewhere near the water. When I am working on a client's home in a busy city however, I indulge myself in other activities such as photography. It's great because I am able to save memories of my trip through the photos.

    Recently, I have been thinking about getting myself certified as a professional electrician. Don't  get me wrong, I don't really have a desire to work with electrical wires. It's just that I noticed how important it is to be trained in this type of work since my job does require me to work with electricians when installing lighting fixtures. I figured I could save my clients a little bit of money if I took care of minor electrical work myself. Also, I am hoping that if the electrician I'm working with knows that I am certified, they wouldn't overprice my clients. I am still looking in electrician courses (the  information is available here, if you're interested) I could take while I'm traveling. However, I'm convinced this is something I can greatly benefit from.