Ethnic Home Decorations

You Can Design an Ethnic Room!

I know a lot of people that want to furnish their homes with ethnic interior décor, but they just don’t know how. If you’re of any other ethnicity other than the one you’re trying to capture in your space, I can totally see how that becomes a problem!

I was asked in particular about African inspired home décor, so I will focus on that in this post. Ethnic home decorations are easy to find and most stores carry them. Now, depending on how much you want to inject that particular theme into your room, you could go with several choices.

Artifacts

African inspired artifacts are a great way to add ethnic interior décor into your space. These types of items can be found online, or in a department store. Now, of course, if you purchase them this way you must know that they are “inspired” and not real.

Swap meets and craft fairs also have a fair share of ethnic home decorations. Many of the people that run these stands are actually from Africa and other foreign countries. Their work is normally exceptional, and the colors and always fabulous.

Wall Décor

Some stores (and flea markets) carry wall décor that looks really authentic and gives the room a real ethnic feel.

You should try to select various different types of wall décor, not just pictures. This will make the room more interesting and help you avoid the “cluttered” look.

Whether you decide to use small figurines or large pieces for decoration, make sure the ethnic interior theme is carried throughout the room. Some people try to mix different themes and it ends up looking like a circus. If you want an African inspired room, stick with products that are of that nature. You will have a much better chance of achieving the look you want this way than if you just threw all sorts of pieces together.

Select your design accessories carefully, and remember that you have access to some really great ethnic home decorations right here through The $20 Gift Company!

Until Next time…

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: Why You Should Try It

If your kitchen is ugly, then you more than likely need to update it.

This can be accomplished with kitchen cabinet refacing. Now, I know the job sounds difficult, but it really requires more of your time that is does skill.

If you want to know whether or not you’re a good candidate, I’m going to send you here to check out the page on kitchen cabinet refacing. This blog post is strictly to tell you why you should try it.

Save Thousands of Dollars

First off, refacing instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets will save you thousands of dollars. The extra money can be spent on updating the floors, counters, backsplash or some other ugly area in your kitchen. You could also use the money to buy much needed accessories (like organizers for those messy kitchen drawers)

Painting Your Cabinets is Fun

The second reason you should try kitchen cabinet refacing is because it’s fun! Now, if you’re the person that doesn’t like painting or for some reason your hands shake, don’t do this. But for everyone else, definitely give it a go! The only thing you need to remember is that you should paint in the same direction as the grain of the wood. You will also enjoy creating and having an active hand in your home improvement projects. When friends visit, you can show off your skillz (yes, I said skillz) and be proud of your accomplishments.

Lots of Experience

As a homeowner, you need DIY experience! Kitchen cabinet refacing is a great project to get your feet wet in designing and remodeling without having to pull out the heavy duty power tools (although you may want to use an electric drill to remove the cabinets from the hinges and to remove the hardware from the cabinets) As you began to tackle these types of projects on your own, you will feel more empowered to finish other areas of the house.

Ask the Pros

I know I made this sound easy, but trust me, it is. Time, patience and a steady hand are all that you really need for a kitchen cabinet refacing project (and good weather so you can let the cabinet doors dry outside.) We have a page that gets a bit more into detail on this subject and I suggest that you visit it. Also, visit your local Home Depot (I recommend them because that’s where I shop for all my DIY supplies) and ask the sales reps about how to handle the project. They are always helpful and give great advice!

As always, I would love to check out your project. Please send before, during and after pics of your progress and I will post them on the site.  You can email them to [email protected]

Until next time…

Decorating a Living Room: 5 Accent Pieces You Must Have

Decorating a living room can be a blast, as long as you have the right pieces to add.

Now, I’m going to keep this short but there are five accent pieces that you cannot do without when decorating your space. So without further ado, let’s get right into this!

1. Throw Pillows

Your sofa may look a tad bit pathetic if you don’t have the right throw pillows. They don’t have to be anything fancy, but please don’t get them the same exact color as the couch. Also, if you have nice pillows you may just want to reupholster them and give them a good sprucing up. Adding extra cushion and a few buttons here and there make a big difference.

Check out these throw pillows that I found on Amazon.com. I don’t know if they are your taste, but I could definitely see myself lounging on these puppies!

2. Lamps

A nice lamp will do wonders for a boring design. It doesn’t matter if the lamp is tall or short; if it sits on the floor or on a table. The only thing that matters is that it’s there and that you place it in an area  where it will be seen and get some respect! Decorating a living room without lamps is like preparing a cake with no batter.(Ok,I know that was a bit dramatic, but you get my point!)

Here are a few suggestions again, from my favorite place, Amazon. Oh, and if you click on the pictures, you’ll go straight to the store.

3. Vases

No, you don’t have to be into flowers to have a collection of beautiful vases. These little beauties come in all different shapes and sizes. You should be able to find some to fit any décor or budget. A dusty old table can be brought to life with a new vase, and so could a shelf or mantle piece. These make decorating a living room way too easy!

More favs from Amazon!

4. Small Table

You don’t need a large table to decorate your living room. Find a piece that could fit in a corner, or something that could be used as a small cocktail table. End tables work great in smaller living rooms. You don’t want to add too much, but just enough to be comfortable and entertain with ease. Ottomans could also do the trick (just make sure the color isn’t too light)

Check out these tables…

 

5. Wall Art

I know you didn’t think I was going to recommend you decorate a room without something on the walls???You could go with bare windows, but the walls definitely need something to make them pop! Pictures or wall decals would work fine, just as long as they accent the theme of the room. This is my last suggestion, but its definitely not the least. If you want your living room to say “Look at Me” definitely put something on the walls.

More inspiration….

One more thing about the wall art. I am a HUGE fan of wall decals (as you can see I have an entire page dedicated to it.) So be sure to check it out if you want more wall art inspiration!

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