Effective Tips for Interior Design

These days, it seems like everyone is dying to re-design their home. However, very few people go through the process of doing so. You might be one of these people, OR you might be wondering what’s stopping them.

The truth is that few people feel like they have enough money or time to decorate the way they want to. Interior design plans usually end up falling to the wayside and getting lost in the whirlwind of work and other obstructing obligations.

Well, guess what? Hardly anyone looks past these obstructions and realizes that decorating doesn’t have to be especially costly OR time-consuming.

With easy do-it-yourself tips like these, you can transform your home into the personal space of your dreams, and spare yourself a whole lot of effort when it comes to your wallet or your busy schedule.

One of the easiest first steps to take in transforming a room is to paint. Painting doesn’t require the skillful eyes of a professional, and it can be incredibly cheap. First, you should pick one or two colors that will complement each other (and the other elements of the room).

Always consult with a fashion-conscious friend. After selecting a color of your choice, you can buy primer, paint buckets, brushes, and rollers by yourself from a Home Depot or another hardware store. Then, make sure your carpets and hardwood floors are covered and roll the paint on the walls by yourself. Save a few bucks on buckets of paint. You can always pick one wall of room to paint, and leave the other three walls blank. Painting one wall will add a lot of color and decoration to a room, and it will cost you hardly any money OR time.

Once you’ve painted your walls, it’s time to spruce up your room with furniture arrangement. Look in your local newspaper for garage sales, estate sales, antique shops or flea markets. Places like these are a surefire route to unique, antique, original pieces that will look fabulous in your re-designed spaces. And often, garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets will have furniture for sale so cheap that they will be practically giving it away.

They say other people’s junk can be your new treasures!

If you’re tired of looking at old hardwood floors, try sprucing up a room with a new carpet. You can often find beautiful oriental carpets that people have discarded at some shops. Before you buy one, make sure the rug is clean and in good condition. Also, make sure to get a rubber mat to put under the carpet, so it stays in place on your floor.

A new carpet will add warmth and an element of comfort to your cold, hard floor, as well as color and a subtle, yet pleasant new aesthetic.

These are just a few of many simple interior design tips that don’t have to rob you of obscene amounts of time or money. In the modern world, the average human being is busier than ever before, but that shouldn’t stop you from creating a comfortable, stylish home that you enjoy coming back to after a busy day.

5 Reasons to Schedule a Photo Booth for Your Next Event

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Have you been trying to think of a way to make a special event more fun than usual? It may be a birthday party, summer get-together, or a wedding. Celebrate a graduation, office party, or convention. The opportunity to create and keep lasting memories is yours when you arrange to have one or more photo booths available, there is also a lot of other cool gadget trends such as aerial drone photography which people are really enjoying using for their events. People of all ages go crazy during impromptu photo booth shoots, enjoying the action and laughs. Five of the most popular reasons follow – some of them may even be your favorites.

1 No age limit and unlimited ideas. Photo booths are a wonderful way to capture photographic memories from newborns through any age. Props are frequently part of the package, and of course you can bring your own. Dress like a cowboy or cowgirl or wear a fancy dress and boa. Wacky glasses, bowler hats, or even an arrow that slips over your head with the feathers on one side and the arrowhead on the other produce zany shots.

2 Affordable and plentiful. Once only available at zoos, skating rinks, and movie theaters, photo booth rentals now are economical and portable. The company you rent them from provides delivery, setup and takedown, and usually has a representative onsite to answer questions and provide assistance when needed. Standard Kande Photo Booths hold four to five guests. There’s even an open air booth with curtains that holds up to 10 guests. Just let the company know how many guests are expected. They’ll do the math and give the recommended number of booths to rent.

3 A friendly icebreaker. Nearly everyone enjoys having their picture taken and sharing the results. That explains one or more cameras in cell and smart phones and an era of selfies that may never end. The crowd around the photo booth will laugh with delight as pictures are passed around for everyone to view. The strips of photos make the rounds as strangers introduce themselves to one another and establish their relationship in the group.

4 Photo strips galore in B&W and color. Photo strips are usually unlimited so everyone at the event can collect a shot of themselves with every other person, if desired. Build an unofficial scrapbook to carry home with you or place in the breakroom for viewing the next day. You and your guests just jot down the strip and/or picture ID number to order inexpensive copies after the event. What a fabulous opportunity to share the day with friends and relatives far away!

5 Convenient scheduling. Pros handle the details while you wander through the crowd to greet guests. The minimum and maximum rental time vary by company and range from three to five hours. There’s plenty of opportunity to get candid pictures of a first birthday celebration or golden anniversary. Ask the companies you contact about split hours, where the booth is closed for an hour or so without cost to you midway through the celebration.

7 Home Projects to Tackle This Summer

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Extra hours of daylight and warm weather deliver the opportunity to tackle home renovations. Before you head off on that long awaited summer vacation, take some time to check the following home maintenance tasks off your to-do list. You’ll thank yourself in the fall.

1. Freshen up your carpets and walls. Use a mild, alcohol free cleanser to wipe down interior walls without damaging paint. A sponge mop is a great way to reach high spots! Start at the tops of your walls and pull straight down. Rinse and repeat until the walls are sparkling. Shampoo the carpets after they’ve been vacuumed, it’s almost as good as new carpeting and the warm weather will make them dry more quickly.

2. Spruce up your kitchen cabinets. Remove cupboard doors for an open look, line the shelves with decorative paper, or paint the sides of your drawers for a two-tone appearance. New handles and knobs can also be affordably purchased for extra interest.

3. Add storage space in the bathroom. A double brass hook on the back of the door keeps robes and other articles of clothing off limited counter space. Decorative shelving above the toilet is out of the way while providing space to hold extra towels and sundries.

4. Create or update your garden. A cheerful flower garden or thrifty vegetable patch in the yard adds curb appeal. Add beauty to the entryway with a planter full of colourful blossoms and vines. If you’re feeling particularly inspired, raised garden beds are easy to create and provide a barrier to pests and weeds.

5. Seal your windows. Reduce your hydro bill and make your home renovations more comfortable by sealing off leaks around the window frames. A putty knife, caulk, and a caulking gun can be purchased from your local hardware store. Squeeze the caulk out evenly while moving the gun steadily across the edges of each frame and remove the excess.

6. Organize your tools. Summer is the perfect time to make it easier to find your tools, and pegboard doesn’t have to be boring. Start by painting the pegboard a cheerful colour, think about using a felt pen to draw the outline of each tool so they are returned to the right spot. Small metal baskets can be used to hold small items like nails, screws, and tape.

7. Clean your barbecue. There’s a good chance your grill has been ignored all winter long. Summer barbecues provide the opportunity to sit out in the sunshine and have a picnic in your own back yard. Clean the outside of your barbecue with warm soap and water. The inside should be cleaned while still warm, before everything has a chance to get rock hard. Alternatively, place an aluminum tray with water over a single lit burner, the steam from the boiling water will help loosen hardened food debris without any toxic residue!

We all feel better when the check lists are completed. All that’s left to do now is sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your summer.

More People Turning to Speed Dating

Do you wish you could date more, yet your lifestyle is busy so it is hard to meet people? Are you tired of wasting your time and energy on dates that are boring? Why not give it a new spin? More people are turning to speed dating than ever before. It can be fun and it can take the pressure off you.

With speed dating, you will be in a room with many other people. You will be assigned a place to start and across from you will be someone with similar interests. The pre-registration allows everyone in the room to have some forms of similar interests in common. It is well organized and you will spend anywhere from 3 to 9 minutes with the person across from you. The amount of time will be pre-set before the interactions begin.

When it is time to move to the next person, you can mark down those you interacted with and were interested in talking to again. You don’t tell that person so there isn’t any uncomfortable feelings when it comes to those you don’t wish to interact with again either.

Within a couple of days of the speed dating session, you will be notified of those that you marked to contact again who also marked the same for you. This means both of you mutually agree you would like to see each other again. Depending on the organizer of the speed dating event, you will be given a means of contacting each other.

This could be an email address, phone number, or other identify that you agreed to when you signed up. From there, you can contact them (or wait for them to contact you). Speed dating reduces the chances of going out on a date with someone you don’t click with.

It can also be a way for you to meet people that you normally wouldn’t. If you have a job and perhaps children, it is hard to get out there and meet people. Most of us don’t want to go out on blind dates that our family or friends have set up for us either. This is quickly becoming a very popular option for the current dating scene.

If you are interested in meeting new people for potential dates, consider speed dating. This is a resource which allows you to meet many people in a single evening. There is no pressure to sit through a lengthy date with someone you don’t connect with or you don’t feel comfortable around. This can be the place where sparks fly and you can take the initiative to spend more time with someone you met at the speed dating event.

How Photography Became a Trend Again

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, photography hit a sharp decline. The polaroid camera was on the way out and fewer people were developing film. This was partially due to a decline in interest in the craft, and the only cameras on the market were expensive due to the new technology that was rolling out. This included digital cameras that would cost several hundred dollars and were often out of the affordability of most people. With the only other option high end cameras, and a decline in availability in places that could print traditional photographs, this art began to decline.

With the rise of social media, there was some rekindled interest in photography. As MySpace grew at the time, people enjoyed the chance to share a few pictures at a time. As people began to move over to Facebook, photographs slowly became popular again. This was partially due to many of the cell phones at the time offering a camera as a feature in them.

By the mid 2000s, more phones had cameras in them and with that came an influx of pictures. People had a desire to share their photographs and to post them on social media. At the same time, there was a trend of people who took pictures of themselves for the sake of sharing new daily pictures. This has led to the selfie craze that to this day hasn’t let up online. Millions of people around the world continue to snap images of themselves and plaster them online. This popular trend has even led to the invention of devices that help to make this process easier, such as the selfie stick.

There are even internet celebrities who have taken the art of posing in front of the camera to gain notoriety. An example is Stalker Sarah, a young woman who takes the same pose next to today’s hottest celebrities. People follow her to see how the various celebrities act and her images are perhaps some of the more interesting selection of photographs online. This isn’t always well received though, some celebrities like Demi Lovato have been outspoken about Stalker Sarah and complained that the readily available nature of cameras has caused more people to invade their private lives.

Another popular trend has been photo booth photos, something that was an afterthought considered popular in the 90’s in small malls for a goof, or specifically for passport photos or drivers licenses, has now reemerged big time in parties, weddings, corporate events due to its social popularity since friends can share silly pictures quickly online. One popular example is www.lolphotoboothgta.com, which is one of the major photo booth companies we’ve ran into through our research online.

With the crazy weather in the world, people are documenting the experiences they have. A popular trend has been to take photographs of lightning, hurricanes, tornados, and even heavy snow. Images of the weather can quickly become viral and give a person a chance to be popular for a moment online. Because of the chance for momentary notoriety, more people have begun to use photography as a platform for success.

Now that everyone has ready access to a camera, we can expect there to be more pictures that are introduced to the world. This never ending array of photographs is certain to continue to climb and with it, there will new trends that will begin with a single image and they will help to further propel the popularity of self photography.