How To Use Your Wedding Bouquet To Design a Room In Your House

Have you yet considered what you will do with your wedding bouquet after you’ve tied the knot? Sure the flowers will eventually wilt, and you can try to preserve them. But wouldn’t it be marvelous to use it as inspiration for a room in your house? Whether you keep the actual bouquet or not, give it a permanent place in your home and heart by making it the central reference point for your next home design project.

 

If you’re newlyweds who are moving into a home together for the first time we recommend considering this for your family room. When friends and family come to visit they’ll be surrounded by an aesthetic inspired by the colors that were part of the beginning of your new life together. Or, use it as the color scheme for your bedroom. Each morning when you wake up you’ll always be reminded of how lucky you are to be married to someone you love.

How does one turn a photo of a wedding bouquet into interior design inspiration? Just follow our simple reference points below. We’ll focus mainly on color, mood, and ideas for furnishings. But don’t hesitate to take our suggestions and turn them into ideas of your own.

The color pallet: Raspberry, Brown, Dark Lavender, Icy Iris, Deep Violet

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are essentially a monochromatic color scheme. This means they are all derivatives of the same color: purple.
  • The brown brick and rustic white paint are excellent neutrals for showcasing the colors, without competing for attention. They also ground the various forms of purple so it doesn’t feel like color overkill.

What types of furniture would work well?

  • Rocking chair with a plush cushion
  • White washed antique wood
  • Mirrored tables
  • Velveteen love seat

What architectural features would work well?

 

  • Cast iron fireplace
  • Exposed ceiling beams made of repurposed wood
  • Knotty pine floors
  • Brick walls

What accessories are well suited to the space?

  • Cotton textiles
  • Elegant plant life
  • Ribbons
  • Lace
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Ceramic Tile for a Backsplash

Ceramic tile is one of the most popular materials for designing backsplashes, valued for its durability, easy of installation and versatility. You can find almost any style of ceramic tile to fit your design needs and it is a great way to add texture and personality to your bathroom or kitchen.

 

Backslashes serve as a great way to spice up the design of your kitchen in a room where there aren’t usually many decorating options. It also protects your walls from showing food splashes that may occur when cooking or doing the dishes. As an added bonus, you can expect minimal fuss with cleanup. Ceramic is extremely easy to clean, just run a damp cloth over the backsplash to wipe away any food or grease. This is also great in bathrooms, where toothpaste and other toiletries can sometimes splash onto the wall around your sink. Installing a ceramic backsplash makes cleanup easy for this area.

 

Another benefit of working with ceramic tile is that it can be found in almost any shape, size, color, and pattern you may desire. Tile is great to work with because your options are almost endless and so nearly every idea is possible. If you are trying to go for a modern look you will be able to find a ceramic tile that fits your needs. Perhaps you are looking for a more colorful option. There is absolutely a ceramic tile out there that will suite your design needs. If you are looking to go with a patterned backsplash you will definitely be able to find the tile needed to create the design you are hoping to accomplish.

 

And finally, ceramic tiling is incredibly durable. It can last quite a long time if maintained and cleaned properly. Maintenance is made easy because cleaning ceramic is a snap. And your tile will resist stains and dirt.

 

Ceramic tile is a great option when considering your backsplash design. It’s versatility and durability makes it timeless and long lasting. Your design options are endless and cleaning it is a breeze. Come in and visit us or visit our website at Levi’s 4 Floors to find ideas and inspiration for your ceramic tile backsplash needs!

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7 Ways to Think More Clearly During Your Workday

Did you know that the average person has over 70,000 thought per day? This is the equivalent of 49 thoughts per minute. That is a mind boggling number, both figuratively and literally! It’s no wonder then that we all struggle to stay focused and on task. Try these seven guidelines for helping your mind to stay clear and on point throughout your work day!

  1. Keep your desk clear of everything except for the task at hand.  A clear desk equals a clear and focused mind.
  2. Keep a fresh glass of water on your desk at all times. And drink it!
  3. Learn to write with as much brevity as possible. Getting caught up with writing verbose email responses, text messages, and social networking posts clogs up your brain. (It also creates unnecessary garble for the person receiving it.) Make your point and move on.
  4. Relax and unclench your jaw and stop hunching your shoulders. Both of these give your body a tense and closed feeling which in turn influences your brain to feel the same way.
  5. Take 10 deep breaths at least 10 times per day. Oxygen is your brain’s greatest ally.
  6. Listen to and follow your gut when your brain is taking way too long to sort something out. If you’re not 100% confident in either one of them, and the decision you’re trying to make is too big to wing it, move on and come back to it later. Either you are or aren’t going to figure it out within about fifteen minutes so any pondering it any longer is a waste of energy. Let it go and come back to it. Ninety percent of the time your brain will figure it out while processing it “in the back” of your mind.
  7. Learn to be comfortable with a “pregnant pause.” All too frequently people don’t get things done because everyone involved feels the need to fill any silence that occurs after a point has been made. This robs the mind of the processing time it sometimes need. It’s ok for everyone to just hush for minute during a meeting in order to avoid unnecessary lengthy discussion.
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5 Best Ways To Use White As The Focal Color In Your Home Décor

Do you have the perfect vision of a glamorous all white room in your home? If so, good for you! It’s a bold choice that requires care and attention. Before you dive in, consider the fact that strictly white in a room can feel a little institutional. Keep the focus on white, but try one or two of these suggestions to keep things visually balanced.

  1. Use wood as a neutral, natural element to balance the starkness of the white. This is a softer, smoother way to counter the white and it will thus feel more serene. While blonde woods might come to mind and they certainly look lovely with white, but don’t be afraid to try modern wood colors such as grey.  
  2. Colorful details and accessories. The trick is to use them minimally so as not to overpower the white at all. Yet use them enough to make an impact. This often requires that the accessories be smaller in scale so it is helpful to have a way to display them nicely. For example, in the bathroom you can install cabinets and shelves that don’t have doors. Then use the space to display small decorative accessories that provide pops of color.
  3. Add metallic elements. Reflective surfaces in colors such as silver, bronze, or gold are an elegant way to balance white. They add a bit of sheen to the room, and they still keep the overall pallet neutral which is ideal if you aren’t a fan of bold color. 
  4. Incorporate one furniture element in a bold color. In a dining room this could be the chairs. In a bedroom it could be the bed frame. It will help rival the white in the room, but not win over it because you’re only using one furniture element to get the job done. Even better, use slip covers to add versatility. If your bold item of choice is a couch, for example, use a different slip cover every few months. You can time it with the seasons or even have fun with coordinating it with holidays.
  5. Try a large scale patterned rug in a stand-alone room. Or, in a conjoined space such as the layout of an apartment try one medium and one small rug. Opt for bold patterns that make a statement. Try bold colors or stark contrast such as a blue and white zigzag.
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Adding Value and Enjoyment To Your Home

Upgrading a house is no small thing and it requires a great deal of consideration. After all, it’s typically really expensive and major changes are hard to reverse if you wind up unhappy. Here are some ideas about ways to make smart changes.

  • Consider your neighborhood. Any home improvements should fit reasonably within the context. In other words, don’t pave the driveway with gold if you live in a neighborhood where pavement would clearly look better.
  • Changes should reflect the amount of time you intend to remain in the house. If you plan to call it home for several more years your decisions should play, in part, to the enjoyment factor. Yes, think about the end value, but spend money on changes that make you and your family happy! If you’re selling in the near future, then focus on ROI.
  • Start with standard home maintenance. Cosmetic changes are frivolous if the basic form of the house needs improvement. Consider things like siding, the roof, and the windows.
  • New Kitchen. This particular space is one which is easy to get carried away with. A high-end designer kitchen sounds like a dream to most people, but it’s important to ensure that it makes sense with the rest of the house. If you live in an older home with a modest design make logical changes to the kitchen.
  • New Bathroom. Again, consider a moderate rather than a grandiose change. In the long run the value of your home is actually increased by not getting carried away. Make all the changes necessary to complete your vision, but stay on budget. If you overspend the value of the bathroom upgrade actually goes down.
  • Most popular and effective changes to increase ROI:
    • Loft Conversion – create a living space
    • Redecorating – such as fresh paint or flooring
    • Central Heating – house should be up to date
    • An Extension – benefits of more space
    • Going Green – start with energy preservation
    • Conservatory – bring the outdoors inside
    • Deck or Patio – increase enjoyment of the yard
    • Finishing the Basement – benefits of more space
    • Landscaping – increase curb appeal
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11 Beautiful, Natural, Versatile Ways To Battle Mosquitoes

Plants, herbs, and flowers the repel mosquitoes and other insects

We absolutely love this list of ways to repel bugs because it serves so many purposes. Rather than buy store-sold treatments that are expensive and sometimes overwhelmingly smell, try this method. Here’s a list of 11 fabulous live plants that can get the job done while also beautifying your home or garden, and offering practical uses such as when cooking. 

  1. Lemon Balm – (aka horsemint or beebalm) part of the mint family, easy to grow, hardy, drought resistant, grows well in shade, grows fast and aggressively so a pot is a good idea to keep it from taking over the garden, can also dry the leaves and enjoy as herbal tea.
  2. Catnip – discovered to be 10 x more effective than strongest store bought mosquito repellant, easy to grow; do not plant near other herbs, flowers, or vegetables or kitty will roll all over them and smash them.
  3. Citronella – clumping grass that emits a strong aroma that masks other scents thus keeping insects from being attracted to them, easy to grow, stronger than store bought, grows 5-6 feet tall, can grow it in pots, place them where needed.
  4. Lavender – soothing, calming scent, indoors near sunny window, in a flowerbed, can make tea.
  5. Marigolds – hardy annual, contains Pyrethrum (a repellent), distinct aroma that bugs hate, beautiful as border plants, also great way to create a mosquitoe border.
  6. Basil – perfect for double duty, tastes great in lots of recipes.
  7. Peppermint – most bugs hate it; also effective if you do get bitten, rub the leaves directly onto the skin to relieve the itching; can also be used in many recipes.
  8. Penny Royal –natural deterrent, plant around flower beds, excellent ground cover, attracts butterflies; some people use it to cook.
  9. Rosemary – add to herb garden to keep bugs away, great addition to recipes, attracts butterflies.
  10. Garlic – add it to your garden beds of flowers and vegetables.
  11. Geranium – repellent that can hang in a container of cascading flowers that will create a barrier and look lovely.
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How To Determine Your Design and Decorating Style – Part 2

Part 2 – Your Own Inspiration

Honing your personal style in the design of your home is rather challenging sometimes. Sure, you know what you like in general. But how in the world does one pull it all together to stylishly translate it into home décor? It’s easier than you think! Just follow our guide to get you started and your imagination will run with it and do the rest. In Part 1 we gave guidelines on how to source outside inspiration. Here in Part 2 we’ll complete our guide with suggestions about ways to be your own visionary!

  • Consider the things that you already own and love. Has a particular piece of furniture stayed in the ‘keep’ category every time you have a garage sale? Is there an art print that has been part of every decorating scheme you’ve had for the last ten years? That tells you a lot about the things you really love to be surrounded by! Also take a look at your hobbies and passions. The things in life that bring you passion should absolutely be part of your home décor. Is mountain climbing the thing that makes your heart sing? If so, think about ways to incorporate into your home by way of artwork or accessories.
  • Don’t be afraid to rework something you own and love. Take risks and try changing it up. For instance, if you someone gave you a beautiful, antique buffet but you hate the color, paint it! The old idea of leaving antiques untouched is a waste. Make it into something you adore. Better to commit a huge blunder and “ruin” it with your novice attempt, than to keep it in its original state and not fully enjoy it.
  • Let your style happen. What do we mean by that? Don’t try to figure it all out at once. The most beautiful spaces are those that develop over time. Unless you have a major deadline of some kind, the space doesn’t have to be built in a day. Not only will you love it more if you let it happen naturally, you will also treasure it a great deal because it took time and dedication to bring it to life!
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How To Determine Your Design and Decorating Style

Part 1 – Outside Inspiration


There are many ways to create a design plan for the rooms in your home. Some people are perfectly comfortable with sourcing a few ideas and then copying them to a T. And why not? There are millions of photos of spaces that that don’t need one single thing changed. There’s nothing wrong with imitating something beautiful.

However, some people feel the need for personal expression when decorating their home and these folks are happier intertwining great ideas with their own notions. This often presents a challenge though. You know that you must have a “style” of your own but you have no idea how to harness it into a clear vision. Let us help!

Here is our guide to transforming your ideas into a concrete idea of what your personal style is, so you can live in a space that makes your friends say, “This is so YOU!”

Here are our suggestions for harnessing outside inspiration:

  • Aggregate inspiration. Rather just passively looking through magazines or surfing the internet, create a space to collect the images that speak to you. If you’re mostly on online maven, join a site like Pinterest where you can create a pin board that features your favorite photos of interior spaces. If you still love traditional magazines, start tearing them apart and keeping what you love best. Or, do both! You’ll quickly start to see similarities among the photos and this will help you better define your personal taste.
  • While collecting inspiration make an effort to filter it. Images of dazzling modern homes in Los Angeles don’t necessarily belong in your collection if they aren’t actually the space you want to create. Stick with images that closely represent what you envision for YOUR home.
  • Pay attention to brands or styles that continually appeal to your home-decorating aesthetic. For example, if the magazine Shelter is more appealing to you than the magazine Domino, that tells you a lot about your style. Same thing if you are always swooning over Ralph Lauren in the home department but can easily breeze right by Vera Wang. 
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Home Improvement Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

Why is it so hard to buy for men? It seems like every holiday we sit and ponder what in the world Dad would like. Why not give him the gift that keeps on giving…to everyone in the house! Create a gift package comprised entirely of home improvement tools. Sure, you have a little bit of an ulterior motive with this. But he’ll love it so much it won’t matter. Here are our top suggestions:

  • Use brown craft paper, found in the paint section, to wrap gifts. He’s sure to like it better than the pretty stuff. Want extra points? Use ribbon in the colors of his favorite sports team!
  • Use paint sample cards to make a greeting card.
  • Package together Reese’s Pieces candy and new drill bits with a card that says “I love you to bits and pieces!”
  • Use canvas tool caddy in place of a gift basket to hold the new tools he’s had his eye on.
  • Include a magnetic wristband. They’re designed to hold small pieces such as screws, nuts, and bolts while he’s working. Very cool.
  • By way of email, send him a link to the awesome new level apps available for smart phones. You simply hold the phone up to the item you’re installing and just like a regular level it will check the balance with a bubble.
  • Include a spotlight headband. He will love it!
  • Include a real painter’s tarp. It has a million uses and it will protect your floors from those mistakes he NEVER makes!
  • Last but not least, think about space. If you have garage that is cluttered with all sorts of stuff, clean up an entire corner of it and leave it empty. Hang a sign that says “This space is all yours!” Careful though, he may never come back in the house!
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A Day For Remembering

We are very thankful today.  Thankful for those who have given their lives for our country.  Thank you for everything you have done.

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