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Planning a Huge Once-in-a-Lifetime Party for That Special Occasion

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A wedding? A graduation? A big birthday? Every life has its big moments for celebration, and if you are planning a party or celebration for one of life’s momentous occasions, you want to make the event itself a true reflection of the importance of the moment. You can do so by:

 

#1: Keeping everything in one place.

As you plan, get a planner or a special notebook with all the guest list information, venue details, and other information you will need – including contact details for your event rentals company, event planner, and anyone else you need to contact in order to plan the big day. Keeping everything in one place will make it easier to ensure that nothing gets overlooked.

#2: Choosing a memorable idea.

The number one way to make sure that your big party is memorable is to choose an idea that is not typical. Every birthday, for example, has birthday cake and presents. Very few have a giant movie screen for guests to play video games on or diving tank. Of course, you’ll need to stay in budget, but by turning to corporate event rentals and party rentals, you’ll be able to find unique items that transform your party and allow you to stick to a specific theme.

#3: Getting great decorations

Decoration should be more than a few limp streamers and a few balloons. Look at furniture rentals and chair rentals to create wonderful sit-down areas and look to party rentals services to find decorations that look terrific and make the night feel really special.

#4: Getting a great venue

Look beyond the local hall for unique venues. Do you want an outdoor event or an indoor venue? Look for venues that are aesthetically appealing and will hold everyone on your guest list with comfort. When considering venues, make sure that it has a kitchen area, if you need one, as well as an area for any service or entertainment you need. For example, if you want to have a live band, look for a venue with a stage, an area for the band to set up, and the capacity to handle the noise. If you do decide on an outdoor venue, consider a venue that also allows you an indoor space, so that guests can retreat indoors in case of bad weather. An indoor area is also great if you want to keep you wedding decor, party decor, or wedding backdrops dry in the case of rain.

#5: Making sure that you have fun

One thing that’s easy to forget in all the hustle and bustle of planning a big event is that it is supposed to be fun. Make sure that you enjoy the process of choosing the right decor, furniture rentals, and other items. Make sure that you set aside enough time to really plan the event well and give yourself a chance to have fun at the actual event.

That’s all it really takes to transform that special event into a big night (or afternoon) that will have everyone talking for months to come!

The article is published based on the material collected from EventSource.ca

Decorating Your Home in Vintage: How to Make it Work

Vintage home décor is very popular right now, but it can be a tricky look to pull off. For one thing, it can be hard to find true vintage pieces or even vintage-inspired pieces for every room in your home. Too much vintage in the wrong combinations can also just make it appear that your home hasn’t been updated since the 1950s – not exactly the chic look you’re trying to achieve. Here’s how to get it right:

Stay within one style

It can seem like a cute idea to have a 1950s room, a 1970s room and a 1960s kitchen, but going overboard can just make a space look overwhelming and overdone. To find out what style suits you best, check out what vintage pieces you already have – what era do they represent? Do you have a collection from a specific era? That can be a great place to start.

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Don’t get too attached to just vintage – mix and match with modern pieces

Decorating entirely with vintage items can easily look overdone. You sometimes do see someone so dedicated to a particular style and they manage to get it right, but it’s a huge undertaking, and these people usually end up on reality TV – probably not your ambition for your house or apartment. Look for simple, modern furnishings in neutral colors to showcase your vintage finds. They will actually highlight them and make them stand out.

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Stick with modern lines and aesthetics

One of the downsides of vintage style (and one reason why we’re not still decorating with wall-to-wall shag rugs and orange carpets) is because they can be heavy and just too much. When you pick your vintage style, be sure to check out some not-so-attractive examples of that aesthetic so that you can see where it can all go wrong. A 1950s room, for example, can easily start to look like a dollhouse with too many soft colors and lines. A 1970s home can look too heavy and dark.

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To avoid these problems, it’s best to stick with modern ideas. Look for ways to keep your home uncluttered, bright, and unfussy as a modern home. If you’re embracing a 1980s look, for example, try some bright colors and pop art but stick with a few pieces rather than too much bubblegum culture. If you love a 1970s look, try a shaggy throw rug in a soft fabric and muted color rather than a full carpet. Soften the colors a bit and keep the lighting brighter to keep things from feeling too heavy.

Invest in vintage technology and gadgets

One of the coolest things about decorating in a vintage style is that you can play around with items that are no longer being sold in your local store. An LP player, vinyl records, or fridge with an old-fashioned handle are all great throwbacks that add style to your home and give your space that vintage vibe. Look for pieces that actually work, so you don’t have something taking up space without earning its keep.

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Pay attention to color

In addition to sticking with one general style, try to stick with one color scheme, too. You can try the softer pastels popular in the 1950s or the earth tones of the 1970s or the bright punchy colors of the 1960s, but mix them all together at your own peril.

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One of the biggest delights about vintage décor is that you can play around with colors that just aren’t used anymore. Whether that’s the deep win reds and midnight blues of the 1940s or the bright pop colors of the 1960s, it can be fun to play with a palette that’s a little more unique than what you find in most homes.

Don’t just buy anything from your specific style

Learn to be choosy. One of the problems with declaring your love for anything in the 1960s, for example, is that friends and family will start showing up with cast-offs from that era that they dug up in Aunt Edna’s attic. And you might find yourself picking up that cute white (but broken) princess phone just because “it’s very 1980s.”

Don’t.

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When choosing items for your new look, make sure you ask yourself:

  • Will I actually use this or do I love it so much that I can’t live without it?
  • Is it in good shape?
  • Is it safe (keep in mind that older items may not meet current electrical standards or may be too worn to be safe)?
  • If it needs repairs, will I complete the repairs right away or do I already have a bunch of things in my home that need work?
  • Does it really fit with my color and style palette?
  • Does it have a specific space in my home where I can imagine it? (if not, put it back)

If you’re not a little picky, your home may end up looking more like an attic or garage sale rather than a stylish space, so really think before bringing something into your home.

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Look for pieces outside the Box

It’s easy to find upcycled vintage furniture and décor pieces in trend boutiques, but for a really unique look (and one that’s much easier on the budget) it makes sense to check out estate sales, classified ads, flea markets and other places for items you can restore, repaint, and repurpose. Check out this blog post to see some ideas for refurbishing vintage items and making them look great.

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Experiment just a little bit

Keep in mind that you don’t have to redo your entire home. You can start with a cluster of vinyl on the walls or a few appliances and go from there. You don’t have to embrace all vintage. A modern house with a collection or two of vintage treasures can be a great solution.

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Whether you want to go 60s, 70s, 40s, or something in between, vintage style can give your home a unique twist that you can’t pick out of a catalog. For inspiration, check out this blog post or this blog post; both are full of great ideas.

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Unique Home Decoration Ideas On A Budget

It’s no secret that times are a bit tight financially for a lot of people and so for many of us redecorating our homes is not really a viable option. That doesn’t have to be the case though as there are unique ways to give your home a new lease of life whilst looking after the pennies. So if you are having to tighten your belt a bit but still want to redecorate your home then here are some unique home decoration ideas on a budget.

#1: Get Your Lighting Right

You may be surprised at just how much difference the right lighting can make to your home. It can completely change the atmosphere and ambiance of a room. You can get cheap lights or lamps and reposition them in the room to light up areas that were previously in the shadows or add a lightning fixture to the roof to give the room a new perspective. You don’t even need to buy new lamps as you could instead simply replace the lamp shades and reposition them to give the room a new look for less.

#2: Add Cushions & Throws

If you can’t afford a new sofa then don’t give up hope on redecorating your living room. A sofa can be reinvigorated by the addition of some new cushions or a throw which can give it a whole new colour and style. When compared to the price of a new sofa this is a great way to redesign your living room for minimal expenditure.

#3: A Lick Of Paint Can Do Wonders

Adding a new colour to a room can completely transform it and you don’t have to fork out for wallpaper and hire someone to put it up for you. Instead you can simply buy some paint and rollers and paint it yourself. It’s hard to beat the feeling of creating something yourself and afterwards you’ll have a brand new looking room to enjoy. You can do this for every room and give the entire house a fresh feel.

#4: Mirrors Can Add Illusion

Mirrors are a great tool for adding the illusion of extra space to a room. If you are feeling a little boxed in by your limited space then they can really help. They can also add extra light to a room which illuminates previously unlit corners which once again creates more space.

#5: Use Frames To Add Personality

If your rooms are looking a bit drab and uninspired then adding new picture frames is a great way to add some personality to them. Wall art can be pretty expensive but it doesn’t have to be for you as you can buy or reuse frames and simply change the pictures in them any time you fancy a new look. You can add your own photos or create some art yourself to put in your frames, the choice is yours.

#6: Be Creative With Stencils

Stencils are great for adding your own unique style to walls, doors and even the floor. With stencils you can add high quality designs to almost any surface quickly, easily and best of all cheaply.

There are lots of ways that you can redecorate your home without breaking the bank, you just have to think outside the box.

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Julie Watson recently redecorated her home using these budget ideas. She searched for kitchen fitters Northern Ireland wide to get design ideas.

Décor Touches to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall

Now that autumn is here, it’s time to create a cozier home for those cooler evenings. During this time of year, many of us spend more time indoors as the weather changes, and this means you may want to make a few changes to make your home comfortable:

Rethink your palette.

One thing to look out for in autumn is a cold house. Bright colors that are cheering in the summer can feel cold in the fall. Great autumnal colors include reds, orange, copper, brass, rich greens, and even smoky grey. You don’t have to re-do your entire color scheme, but consider adding a little color with throws, rugs, candles, and other accessories. A great option is to add color and texture with richly textures blankets, curtains, and rugs. Thick wools, textured or nubby fabrics, cashmere, and leather are great choices for fall.

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Decorate with organic items.

Bring a little of the indoors in. Buy some fall flowers at the farmer’s market or buy some autumnal wreaths. A centerpiece of fall leaves on the mantel also works great. Or, consider orbs. Made from wicker or metal, orbs are inexpensive and can be filled with flowers or can work standalone. For inspiration, check out this article. Organic, natural items bring a little warmth into your home without costing much. They blend nicely with most décor and they can bring some nature in at a time when you are probably spending more time inside. If you’d like more tips on creating your own autumn decorations, check out this handy page.

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Pay attention to indoor air quality.

While not an interior décor item per se, indoor air quality is even more important than the items you use to decorate your home. Now that you are closing your windows more often and will be using your heating system more, you need to make sure that your home is safe and comfortable. This is a great time to get basic maintenance on your HVAC or other heating system. It’ll save you the stress of having something go wrong on the first really cold day. If you haven’t already, this is also a great time to add some plants to your home and to switch to more natural cleaning products so that you can breathe easier.

While you’re at it, check to see whether your home is too damp or too dry. You can buy a hygrometer at your local hardware store to check how your home air is holding up – it will be in the same aisle as room thermometers. If you find problems, a dehumidifier or humidifier can go a long way towards keeping your home cozy – and safe.

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Think spicy.

Candles and diffusers with rich scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, vanilla, and other warm fragrances can really make your home seem welcoming and autumnal. Candles in rich colors and warm scents are an especially great idea at this time of year since they add a soft glow and a great fragrance as days get shorter.

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Add more seating.

Fall often means more entertaining, so consider adding some more seating areas for guests. Padded benches or groupings of chairs in your dining area, living area, and entrance area can create a great welcoming feel. It’s also a practical way to ensure you have room for people who stop by. A bench or cozy chair also looks great – especially if you choose seating that is rich in color and texture. If you can’t afford to go all-out with new chairs or benches, take a second look at your outdoor furniture. If you have wicker patio sets, for example, a few throw pillows and a cozy blanket can transform them into a cozy seat for a foyer or a nook.

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Give extra attention to entrances.

There will be more activity here, so re-focus from your garden to foyers, doors, and walkways. Hang an autumnal wreath on your door and make sure that your walkway is lit up for evening visits. Add some sunflowers or fall leaves to a hallway table. Since days may be getting wetter, invest in an attractive rug or mat in front of your door. Make sure your home says “welcome.”

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Think rustic.

Rustic touches are a great option for autumn. This is the perfect time to show off any decorative items you have that feature a little patina and character. Whether it’s a copper vase or an old trunk, rustic works wonderfully. Go raid your attic for a few ideas.

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A few extra touches are all it takes to help your home transition between the seasons beautifully.

Dramatic Wall Art to Invigorate Your Home

Sometimes, simple posters or small framed art just don’t cut it. In many rooms (especially bedrooms and living rooms) bold art on the walls can create an important focal point for the room and can create a theme for the entire space. And, let’s face it: a big, bold beautifully decorated wall often adds that touch of amazing that you’ve been looking for. There are a few basic ideas for making it happen:

Bring the Indoors in

A large tree (painted or even made with real wood or papier-mâché) creates a dramatic look and is terrific for a living room where you want to create a natural look or for bedrooms where you want to create a fairy-tale feel. You can even hang decorations, bird cages, or strings of lights in the branches and leaves. If you want a green home, you can use trees that have already been cut down. For some great ideas on incorporating trees into your home décor, check out this blog site. If you prefer to go with paint, this Apartment Therapy blog post shows you how to create a dramatic tree mural.

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Trees aren’t the only things you can bring indoors from nature. A dramatic vertical garden can also create a stunning focal point in a dining room, kitchen, or living room. It is a very eco-friendly option and can also help you improve indoor air quality. To find out how you can start your own wall garden, you can check out this site.

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Water, Water Everywhere

Waterfalls and fountains are another great choice for living rooms and dining rooms. These walls not only look amazing, but they can help combat stress and dry air. In many cases, homeowners also find the sounds of water soothing and very pleasant. Check out this Freshouse blog post to see how waterfalls and fountains can fit in with any décor. Full-size aquariums are also a great option — as long as you are willing to put in the work.

Cover your Walls with Stone, Brick, or Wood

If you want a Western, rustic, or masculine look for studies or living rooms, this is your best bet. These types of walls are a bit more of an investment, because of the materials involved, but the final look will last for a long time. If you are lucky enough to live in an older home, simply exposing existing brick or wood can be enough. One caveat, though: keep in mind that all-wood or all-brick walls can make your room look tinier. If you have a smaller space, consider having one wall of brick or wood and keeping the rest of your walls a lighter color to create the illusion of light.

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Add a Huge Fireplace

Instead of just adding a stone wall, you can create a dramatic fireplace that goes from floor to ceiling. Not only does this look amazing, but if you live in a cold climate, it can make your home cozier. Just make sure you check with local building codes and with your insurance company before you decide on this home improvement; to the fire hazard fireplaces can change your insurance policy and there may be some strict rules in your area about installing new fireplaces or wood-burning stoves.

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Put Your Bed up High

A loft bed or tree house bed is a great idea, especially for children’s rooms. Not only is having a tree house inside lots of fun for kids, but it can look amazing and it saves a ton of floor space in small rooms. If you decide to go this route, though, you need to make sure that the structure is safe. There are kits available for parents who want to build this type of whimsical room within a room, and some the treehouses that you can create this way are truly spectacular. Check out this Inhabitat blog post for ideas.

Books

If you are a reader, putting in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves is a practical storage solution. It can also look amazing. Don’t just limit yourself to book shelves, though. Huge stacks of books against a book wall can look amazing, too (just make sure they are not in danger of toppling over). If you have books you no longer need or no longer use, you can even use them to create your own wall art. For example, check out the book headboard below. You can read this blog post here to get some more ideas about decorating with books.

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Floor-to-Ceiling Murals or Art

Having an entire wall that is awash with color and texture can create a really dramatic look, especially in open-concept homes that have a modern feel to them. This can be a great way to ensure that your home stays personal and not too clinical if you have a lot of simple lines in your space.

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It’s time to get dramatic about your space. Big, bold art on your walls can really make a big difference — just be sure to keep things simple by sticking with one dramatic piece per room to keep things from getting overwhelming.