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How to Light Up Your Home: 5 Tips to Create the Ultimate Cosy Glow



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Last Updated on April 1, 2022 by Sukhen Tanchangya

People often aspire to have an amazingly decorated home and on their way towards achieving their goal, they tend to completely forget about lighting. This is a huge oversight and needs to be taken care of immediately. One of the first things people notice upon entering a room is illumination. If we enter a well-lit room, our brain won’t register anything; however, a poorly-lit environment gets an instant negative reaction no home décor can ever save. We’ve all been raised to believe that a unique source of strong light is the way to go and that anything less would spoil our eyesight. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that you can actually enjoy both cosy and high-quality lighting.

Different room, different lighting 


You would want to arrange lights in your rooms according to taste as well as purpose. Naturally, your study needs to be well-lit with desk lamps strong enough to support you when working or studying late. On the other hand, your bedroom and living room don’t need that kind of support. It’s quite natural to sort this according to use. Start with all the essentials such as nightstand lights, kitchen lighting, study and central lights for all the rooms.

The more the merrier 


Don’t be afraid to add several different lamps and lights in one room. Rooms that are supposed to be cosy, such as your living room or bedroom, should have many different sources of light. Asymmetry is very pleasing in this area, so go ahead and buy all sorts of strange-shaped lamps and bulbs and don’t worry about pairing them up. Once you scatter them across the room, they’ll fit in with the rest of the furniture and they will look absolutely amazing.



While you want decentralized lighting for relaxation, you also need to be practical. Sometimes you’ll just need to see the entire room well while not being bothered with an infinite number of switches. This is why each room in your house still needs a central light. However, you should introduce dimmer switches that will enable you to dictate the mood of the room easily whenever you like it. Of course, anything electricity-related should be handled by professionals. This issue is taken rather seriously in Australia where safety measures have been updated recently. So, if you contact a competent Sydney electrician to do your wiring, you won’t have anything to worry about.

Use natural light 


Don’t forget to use what has already been given to you – natural light. A mixture of artificial and natural light is usually not a good idea. This is why you need to pay special attention to your home’s lighting during the day. Think about your windows and the arrangement of your furniture. Reading and dining, for instance, are activities people love doing under natural light, so try to use this source of light and adjust your room arrangement thusly.

Fluorescents out 


Generally speaking, cosy and fluorescent don’t complement each other. Fluorescent lights are most often associated with offices and classrooms. They cause our eyes to tire more quickly and they can even be headache-inducing. This is something you probably don’t wish for any room in your home. So, forget about fluorescent and focus on warmer lights that are emitted through LED bulbs with lower wattage, for instance.

These are some basic rules you need to follow when illuminating your home. Don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s your house and it should suit your taste and your desires, so you’re the perfect person to choose and place all these sources of light and combine them into a whole. Try different things and see what you like. Don’t forget that you can use different combinations of the same light sources for various moods and effects. Most importantly, nothing is irreparable, so if you decide you no longer want a lamp or two, you can always replace them easily or simply remove them.


Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

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6 Awesome Ways to Turn Pet Photos Into Paintings



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Last Updated on April 1, 2022 by Sukhen Tanchangya

Changing pictures into paintings is a trend that many people have adopted over the past few years. This conversion not only emphasizes the photos’ beauty but also makes them look more divine. Transforming photos to paintings is a technique that can be applied to family photos, pet photos, school pictures, and much more.

In the past, if you wanted to turn a picture into a painting, your only option would be to hire a painter, but with today’s endless software and online websites such as Instapainting, this task has become more viable. In fact, most of their customer reviews are from individuals who insist they got cool stuff from Instapainting and would recommend them to people seeking to convert their pet photos to paintings.

However, there are also other options for turning your pet photos into paintings. With a few supplies, you can even do it yourself. That said, continue reading this article to learn how you can transform your pet photos into paintings.


What Supplies Would You Need

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If you decide to take on this task yourself, you would need to have a clear, well-lit photo of your pet and a few art supplies that can be found at an arts and crafts store or a distinct department store. They include:

●     A printer

●     An artboard, art paper, or any other surface you can paint on

●     A 6B (soft) art pencil

●     A paintbrush


●     Acrylic craft paint

●     A paint palette or a sheet of wax paper

How to Turn Pet Photos Into Paintings



1.   Prepare the Background

Choose a color and paint it on the entire background of your art paper and give it time to dry. Since your final painting will consist of a single color, shadows and highlights, go for a color that contrasts with black and would look lovely hanging from your wall.

2.   Edit Your Pet’s Photo

This is the most delicate step of this project. Ensure that you use a photo of your pet with high contrast, strong shadows, and an easily recognizable image. Then use a photo editing software program like Microsoft Office Picture Manager to:

●     Crop the photo so that your pet’s appearance covers the entire frame


●     Convert the picture’s color to black and white

●     Enhance the picture’s contrast

●     Adjust the brightness, mid-tones, and highlights

●     Create a mirror image of the original by flipping the photo horizontally

3.   Print Out the Photo

You may need to print the photo on multiple sheets of paper depending on the size of your painting. Once you have printed out the image, carefully analyze it to make sure you didn’t lose many details while you were editing. If you are satisfied with the outcome, move on to darkening the outline with your art pencil.


4.   Outline and Transfer Your Photo

When outlining the dominant shadows on your pet’s photo, make sure you include the aspects of your pet by making features such as eyes, ears, and wrinkled foreheads more detailed. Once you are done, place the picture, face down, on your art paper to transfer your outline onto it.

Hold your printed image firmly against your art paper and begin rubbing the graphite from your outline onto your canvas using the blunt end of a paintbrush. This technique leaves a perfect sketch of your outline on your art paper for you to paint over.

5.   Paint Your Pet

Start by redrawing the pencil lines of your painting with a pen or marker to emphasize the parameters. Then, color in the lines to bring life to your pet’s image.

6.   Touch Up

As you do your final touches, you can add some optional flourish to enhance your pet’s features further or decorate the simple background. Give your painting time to completely dry before signing it.

Make the Most of Your Pet Photos With Other Options

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By following the procedure outlined above, you can make the conversion all by yourself. However, if you find it hard to carry out this project, you can resort to online options such as apps and websites that make turning photos into paintings their core business. Explore all your options to determine which one represents the best approach for you.


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4 Life-Changing Interior Design Ideas For Small Spaces



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Last Updated on April 1, 2022 by Sukhen Tanchangya

Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Property

Small spaces are more affordable to maintain than larger ones, but they can feel claustrophobic if you’re not careful. Here’s what you want to consider: just because a space is small—or large—doesn’t mean that such an impression is what someone will feel when they enter. Have you ever been inside a department store that’s closing?

Kmart is on the way out; by the time you read this, the Walmart competitor may no longer exist—depending on your region, of course. Well, if you’re in a town where they’re doing a closing sale, check out the premises. When they start taking down partitions, getting rid of wares, and opening up space, it becomes astonishingly small, even though it hasn’t changed.

Why is this? Well, before they deconstruct the interior, varying displays break up sightlines. Psychologically, the mind must process more items in a space when there are more things to process. Accordingly, how a room is filled does much to determine how “big” or “little” it feels. So if you’re in a small space, keeping it bare will make it feel smaller. However, cluttering it up too much doesn’t help. There’s a happy medium where sightlines are broken and the feeling of space is maximized.

If you’re living in a small space, or you work in one, adding a few key touches can revitalize that space, and make it feel much larger than it is. Also, if you’re smart enough, you can make it more usable as well. The following are four strategies to this end that, if you haven’t considered previously, you might want to.


1. Mirrors, Pictures, Windows, And Walls

Mirrors refract light in a space, but they also reflect the image opposite them in a way that makes it appear there is more space than there is. This is especially true for a person’s periphery. When you’ve got mirrors wrapping a space, your peripheral vision picks that up, and there’s a sense of largeness in the back of your mind.

So if you’ve got a small kitchen, add a mirrored backsplash behind the sink, and put a few mirrors on the cabinets. If you’ve got a bathroom with a vanity mirror, look into getting some more mirrors for the walls. The same is true of bedrooms and living rooms. You don’t want to overdo it—but then again, you may want to; depending on the space.

Pictures have a similar effect for a different reason. Think of pictures, posters, and other works of art as windows you can move. A tiny room with pictures strategically placed on the walls may be a place you want to dwell for a long time as you examine the varying artworks you’ve used to decorate it.

Something else you can do with a partition is to add walls where there were none. A 200 square-foot room can be made into four 50 square-foot rooms with partitions. These partitions can be used as decorative walls on which can be hung pictures and mirrors to compound the feeling of largeness in the tiny space.

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2. Wallpapers, Lighting, And Decorative Arrangements

As pictures and mirrors ultimately increase the psychological perception of space in a room, so do wallpapers. Now, you want to color coordinate to match the sort of décor with which you’re most enamored. That said, there are plenty of options to pursue. Just don’t do unbroken white if you’re looking to maximize small space.

An interesting pattern is a good idea, but you don’t want to be too ostentatious with it. Think of it like this: solid colors are fine for formal wear, but plaid hurts the eyes; unless it’s done right. There is a place for plaid wallpaper, but it’s hard to imagine off the top of the mind what that is. Perhaps proper lighting may make such a wallpaper scheme considerable for your space.

Lighting is a big deal in small spaces. Too much harsh light makes a space feel small—think of the padded rooms for those with mental issues in Hollywood’s idea of a mental institution. By contrast, soft light that doesn’t overpower a room makes it feel inviting and larger than it is. That light can be spread through mirrors, enhanced by wallpaper, or complementary to décor. In such a way, a dorm room smaller than a padded cell may feel ten times larger.

Decorative arrangements across walls and even ceilings do much to enhance a space. Have you ever been to a restaurant where a model train runs along the top of the room? Well, that may or may not fit your space; but thinking along these lines can open you up to many possibilities. If not a model train, what about some sort of vine?

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3. Vertical Storage, Foliage

Something else that enhances small spaces is the elimination of unnecessary clutter. Clutter makes even large spaces feel tiny. You want to store your belongings strategically, and finding means of doing so vertically makes a lot of sense. This could be done as simply as securing a net into which plush stuffed animals go, or installing some cabinets—more on that later.

In terms of foliage, plants generally make interior spaces feel larger. For one thing, they give the mind something to think about on a subconscious level. For another, they purify stale air and leave behind fine aromas. Lastly, plants are usually outdoors, so when you encounter them inside, they tend to work in a way that reminds you of nature.

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4. Master Bedroom  Style

When it comes to decorating a bedroom that is not spacious, stick to the basics. The bedroom should not have too many details as they know how to make the room visually smaller. For the room to be best used visually and practically, the most important thing is to choose the right bed. Choose the bed that will make you feel like a king. Simple design and comfortable mattress should do the trick.  To know what works best for you we suggest to do research  on the best firm mattresses.  Another thing to consider is instead of standard nightstands try shales that could take much less space and will give  room a more stylish look. 

Simple Things Make Small Spaces Feel Positively Royal

There are many different ideas on the best ways to make a small space feel large. RTA cabinets, installation of stylish cabinets in general, wallpaper, the lighting of a room, coloration of that room, mirrors, partitions, vertical storage, strategic décor, and pictures on the wall will do much to enhance how big a small room feels. Lastly, approach interior décor with an idea that everything has a specific place. You shouldn’t have any space left unused.

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Putting Final Touches on Your New Home Design



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Last Updated on April 1, 2022 by Sukhen Tanchangya

When you are designing your new home, there are two things to keep in mind. Every new idea needs to improve your home’s visuals, functionality or both. In some cases, this means going with smart devices such as thermostats, purchasing a Roomba vacuum robot cleaner, installing a smart lock, and so on. Nonetheless, while these are quite obvious and easy to think of, some ideas won’t be as easy to come up with. When you take this into consideration, here are few final touches on your new home design that are bound to do wonders for your household.

Childproofing plugs and switches

One of the things you need to keep in mind when designing a house are the smallest members of your household. Every parent knows just how dangerous power sockets can be, which is why you might want to address this issue right away. One of the things you may want to do is go with a solution that can maximally blend into its surroundings. In this way, while increasing the overall safety of your children (which is always paramount) it does nothing to harm the overall look of your home.

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Don’t forget the floors

Now that your home is all finished and looking new, it’s time to beautify your floors. You’ve probably chosen the best tiles or laminate flooring, but in order to make things look even better, you should consider getting one or two area rugs from NZ as they’re a perfect solution for both indoor and outdoor spaces. A well-chosen rug can add a whole new dimension to your home, just be sure to take your time and pick a size, pattern, and fabric that truly work for your home. Adding such details are a wonderful way to put a final touch on your fresh home design. 

Get a fence

While there are some people who love fences and those who hate it, one thing is certain- they do bring more than a few advantages to the table. First, they keep your property a bit safer and prevent the entrance of both unwanted visitors and larger pests. Because of this (and seeing how they can add to the overall visuals), having a fence can give your property a significant boost in value. Still, the choice you will have to make here is both that of material and design. Needless to say, this is quite situational and completely subjective.


Every artist knows that the background can play a vital role in the overall beauty of the painting. Because of this, in order for your home to look as dazzling as possible, you need to dedicate yourself to landscaping. Having a perfectly mowed lawn can give a completely unique impression of one’s home, but for those who hate the idea of mowing day in and day out might want to go for the artificial grass. Aside from that, adding a shrub or two as well as a flowerbed or two surely can’t hurt your efforts.

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Think about pests

Earlier on, we hinted that a gate or a fence tends to keep pests out, well this only works for those who can’t, fly, jump or are too small to waltz past it. When it comes to birds, scarecrows may not be as effective as you may believe them to be. Therefore, your safest choice would be to get a silent bird deterrent. As for squirrels, you need to watch our branches surrounding your estate, which they can use as a launch ramp to get over your fence. 

When it comes to insects and bugs… well, here you need to be extra crafty since you don’t want to poison the soil with insecticides, especially since some of that may end up inside your own home. Luckily, you can either make your own insecticides or plant herbs like bay leaves, fennel, and chives which act as natural pest repellents.

These few additional ideas can further enhance the effects of all your hard work so far and give you a home that you truly deserve. Aside from keeping your home safer and making it more beautiful, it also makes it much more valuable should you decide to sell it at one point. All in all, it is a clear and undeniable win-win scenario and something you should definitely follow through with.

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Make Your Living Room Cozier than Ever



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Last Updated on April 1, 2022 by Sukhen Tanchangya

Whether you live alone, with a partner, or with your family, you probably spend the majority of your time in the living room. Welcoming guests, hanging out with your loved ones, and taking a nap – these are the things you can do only in your living room. That’s why this space is so popular with homeowners all over the world, and they don’t mind spicing it up a bit from time to time. Making sure your living room is as good as it can be it a must, but if you wish to make a bit special, here’s what you need to do.

Great focal point

Every living room deserves an amazing focal point, and yours should be no different. This can basically be whatever you want, and it’s up to you to choose, decorate, and design your focal point. Most homeowners focus their attention on the fireplace as one of the most traditional yet still effective choices.

If you decide to do that as well, make sure you decorate your fireplace a bit and make it cooler than before. Add a few finishing touches and personalize it as much as you can, and it will immediately look nicer. If you’re not a fan of fireplaces, you can always choose a piece of art as your focal point, a unique souvenir you brought back from your travels, or your collection of sports memorabilia.

Comfortable furniture

Comfortable furniture

No matter how old you are and how much time you spend in the living room – you need to furnish it properly if you want it to look cool. That means investing some time and energy into finding the best sofas, chairs, sectionals, and other things you’re going to need. Keep in mind that these have to be both visually appealing and practical, so take your time when choosing your furniture.

The layout is another important issue when it comes to furnishing your living room. You need to give yourself enough maneuvering space and try not to clutter your favorite hangout spot. What’s great, though, is that you can change your layout as often as you want. That’s why you should keep on rotating your furniture until you find the right combination that suits every member of your family.

Entertainment unit

Spending time in your living room without doing anything substantial can sometimes be boring. This is particularly true if you live alone, but it can get the same way even when you’re a part of a big family. That’s why living rooms need to provide you with some cool content, and that’s what entertainment units are for. This is a trick lots of homeowners from Canada to Australia use, so you might want to look into it as well.

Your entertainment unit doesn’t have to be too expensive or too big, but it needs to be functional. A proper TV, a powerful surround sound speaker system, and a few gaming consoles should be quite enough. But, you also need to make sure everything is safe and protected, which is something the aforementioned Australian homeowners take quite seriously. Instead of setting everything up on their own, they rely on an experienced electrician from Camden who can do this for them. Making sure your living room has enough power for every part in your entertainment unit is a must, so be sure not to skip this step.

Natural materials

Natural materials

This is another easy trick to turn your living room into the coolest and coziest part of your home. Instead of using plastic and other artificial materials, you should stick to natural choices. Wood, stone, rock, and glass will add a dose of luxury to your living room, and that’s something we all need.

These natural materials are an amazing choice for every part of your home, including your living room, and they come with numerous benefits. They’re durable, trendy, sustainable, and timeless, and those are the features every living room deserves. So, take a look at these materials, and find the ones that might be working for you the most.

Making your living room cool, cozy, and comfortable isn’t as hard as it seems. It’s all about getting organized and making a plan. Look into these ideas, explore them, and incorporate them into your new amazing living room design!

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Trendy Office Design Ideas for an Inspiring Workspace



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laptop and notebookHaving to spend eight or nine hours a day in a boring and uninspiring office is never fun. This could really take a toll on you and ruin your desire to work. That’s why modern office spaces have to be welcoming and motivating, especially if you want to be a good employee. Following the latest trends is a great way to achieve that and learn how professionals are dealing with this problem. Therefore, here are some of the trendiest office design ideas you might want to take into consideration.

Huge desks

All offices need spacious desks, and yours is no different. However, the size of your desk depends on the size of your office, and that’s something you can’t control. Still, you should insist on having a big desk that will give you enough space for all your necessities.

Make sure it’s ergonomic, though, and you’ll prevent future lower back pain and other health issues. Such a desk helps you do your best work and it’s one of the most important features of your office. So, pick the right desk, make it the star of your office, and let it inspire you!

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Professional floors

Depending on where you work and how big your office is, your floors can be anywhere from amazing to awful. While that doesn’t sound like the most important thing in the world, it’s still a vital part of your design. Being surrounded by faulty and even floors isn’t inspiring at all, and it’s also far from professional.

That’s why you should think about new floors and find options that might work for you. You can go anywhere from hardwood floors to commercial carpets that are practical and visually appealing at the same time. These carpets will give your office a new look and make it more inspiring, and that’s what we all want. You can also color-coordinate them with your walls and other office elements, thus getting an even more cohesive look.

Homely doors and décor

Speaking of floors, don’t forget to think about the materials you’re using as well. While carpets are practical and cool, hardwood floors are better if your office features one of those amazing barn doors. These are both functional and appealing, which means they could be a wonderful solution for all office spaces. Finally, these doors are homely and inviting, which means they’ll keep you motivated and feel like you’re at home!

Having to spend the bigger portion of your day in an office is never good, especially if you have kids. This means you won’t see them as much as you want. So, add a personal touch to your office, decorate it with pictures of your kids, and you’ll instantly feel better. This will inspire you to work harder than ever and get more work done in less time. Due to that, you’ll be able to spend more time at home and be with your kids. This is the best feeling ever, so start redecorating your office using family photos and your kids’ drawings right away!

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Cozy furniture

Most people aren’t aware of the fact that every office space needs some comfortable furniture – besides a comfy chair, of course! If you use your office to hold meetings and welcome your guests, this is definitely a must. Bringing in lots of furniture in a tiny office might be quite a problem, so plan everything in advance.

One of the ways to that is by making things as simple as possible. Namely, don’t go all in and don’t spend a fortune on new furniture, as only a few pieces will do. A comfortable sofa and two armchairs, together with a nice little coffee table, will be quite enough. This is the way to make your office homelier, and, consequently, more inspiring, so it’s a win-win scenario.

White walls

This is probably the oldest trick in the book, but that doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. Being surrounded by white walls might seem boring at first, yet the truth is quite different. White isn’t as distracting as other colors, and it could help you focus on your work more easily. Also, it will help you relax and take your mind off everyday worries that are bothering you.

Finally, you’ll be able to personalize these walls as much as you want, adding photos and other colorful decorations. This will make your entire office space much more interesting and inspiring. This minimalistic approach will also keep your office organized and ordered, turning it into the most enjoyable space you know.

Creating an inspiring workspace is never easy, especially if you have to spend hours and hours there every single day. But, if you look into these useful tricks and find something you like, you could change the paradigm. Stick to ideas that make you inspired and motivated, and watch them make your space cooler than ever!

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