Five Elements Needed to Create a Cozy Corner

Our day-to-day life can be extremely stressful and finding “me” time can be difficult. But if you create a small, cozy corner in your apartment or home you could use that space to escape for some relaxing “me” time – and make relaxing in your home a reality! Creating a cozy corner in your house CAN be challenging!  If you are not sure where to start, here are five awesome tips needed to create your cozy corner 🙂

  1. Comfy Chair

The first piece of furniture you need to start with is a comfortable chair or lounge. Think of it as the centerpiece of this area you are creating. Carefully select the color of the chair. If you pick a neutral-colored chair you can add pops of color with other items in your corner for a livelier vibe. Or, if you choose a colorful chair, use neutral colors for your accents, including your window blinds and drapes, for a soothing vibe. But the most important thing about the chair is to make sure it is comfy!

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  1. Lighting

The type of lighting can make or break the ambiance of your cozy corner. If you have too much lighting, it can become a space that is uncomfortable. And if you have too soft of lighting, it can be difficult to do any activity in the area. Depending on what type of lighting you prefer, you can start with the natural lighting from the outdoors. If the outdoor lighting is a little too much for activities you are going to do in your area you can cover them with blinds, shades, shutters or drapery to help control and defuse the light. But if there is no window or you prefer a lamp, a great suggestion is to get a light fixture with adjustable levels (like a three-way bulb or a dimmer switch); that way you can find the perfect level of light depending on what you’re doing in the space.

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  1. Side Table

Side tables are essential in any room. They help bring a design element to your space and come in handy when you need to set down anything from a good book to a cup of tea. Also, your side table can be used to hold other items like a picture frame or flowers to add warmth and personality to your space. A great design tip for your room is to find a side table with drawers so you have a little more storage for your home.

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  1. Energy-Efficient Window Coverings

Having an energy-efficient window covering near your cozy corner will help out in the winter and summer months. When closed, window coverings keep in the warmth during the winter, keeping your corner nice and cozy. During the summer, window treatments keep you cooler, blocking out heat gain from the sun and blocking harmful UV rays. These types of window coverings, including cellular shades, solar shades and shutters, help with maintaining the temperature in your rooms year round and can reduce your energy bill.

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  1. Accents

The accents for your cozy corner will create the inviting part of your area. Your accents are where your fashion sense can come into play. Coordinating items in your area can be easy when you use accents like matching your window valance with custom pillows for a designer look. Also, you can add some drama to the room with decorative hardware in shiny metallics like gold, brass or silver. Lastly don’t forget to have a cozy blanket in your area to keep you bundled up.

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Now that you know what items are needed to create your cozy corner you can get started! Remember Budget Blinds® can help you create your cozy corner with our large selection of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes including decorative hardware, custom valances and cornices, even custom pillows and bedding to complete your cozy corner. Lastly, make this space your own with some special touches since you are going to be spending quality time there. If you already have a cozy corner, Budget Blinds would love to see it! Submit a photo in the comments below.

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Creating a WELCOMING entry

– I HAVE FIVE TIPS FOR YOU – 
Guests come over to your home and the first thing they see is your entryway, right?! Why not make it PERFECT (while showcasing your style) and make their first impression a lasting one! Here are some quick tips and tricks that will make your entryway go from drab to fab – and the best thing, they are all SUPER easy too!

Choose an ART piece or COLOR first

When you have the option, always choose to build a room around your existing decor first. Find the focal point (or a desired art piece) and create your starting point.
If your said piece is just the door itself, thats great, just choose a fun color to create initial contrast! Once you see the color POP you can easily get inspired after that – and if you’re not inspired, that’s okay – check out my Pinterest Page for fun ideas! Grab your desired piece, hop onto My Pinterest page and get inspired with great (and easy DIY ideas!) Some of these you may already have in your home and just need to repurpose them 🙂

 Consider your overall SCALE 

Often times entryways can be narrow (with a high ceiling), and with that you always need to intentionally choose decor that mimics the shape of the space you are decorating! If you are lucky enough to have an open entryway  and/or grand space you have more options, but not necessarily more ease, sometimes options isn’t always the simplest for design.

Notice how in the photo on the LEFT (larger entryway) we encompass a mirror, a narrow hallway table, lighting ambiance and a rug? Well, same thing for the photo on the RIGHT (smaller entryway)  – see the mirror, the narrow hallway table, lighting ambiance and rug (not pictured)! LOVE IT! Again, the size of your entryway doesn’t necessarily mean less or more for decor – you just need to be intentional with what decor is appropriate.

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5 Must-haves for Every Nursery

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[ NOTE: POST ORIGINALLY FROM CORPORATE – BUT I HAD TO SHARE IT WITH YOU! ] 

The nesting phase is here and it is time to start planning your little one’s nursery. Whether it is your first baby or your third, there is still preparation that needs to take place before your little one arrives home from the hospital. It can be an overwhelming time in your life and to make it a little easier, here are five must-have nursery needs.

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The crib is an important piece of furniture that needs to be in your baby’s room. Babies spend a majority of their first year sleeping so it is crucial to find the perfect crib that will meet all your baby’s needs. A great tip for designing your baby’s room is having multiple colors all around the room. This will help them to develop faster as the various shades of different colors help to stimulate brain development. Also, having a mobile above the baby’s crib can help with their eye-coordination and calm them when it is bedtime.

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A rocking chair in your baby’s room might not seem like a must-have, but it truly is. A rocking chair can help both the baby and parents. The soothing motion of the chair provides social and emotional development for the child and it will help them stop crying which can be a lifesaver in the middle of the night. A rocking chair can also create a stronger bond with both parents and baby because it allows for one-on-one time together. When your arms are extremely tired from holding that tiny but heavier-by-the-minute baby, a rocking chair provides support.

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A rug is a great addition to your child’s room. Not only will it help with color-coordination of the room, but it can add some decorating flare. It’s a way to add a pop of color and character to your baby’s room without being overwhelming. A rug also helps to keep your feet warm when you are getting up in the middle of the night for a feeding or a changing. It absorbs sound and protects bottles, toys or anything else that drops to the floor. Lastly, it is great when your child is ready for belly time or crawling, it gives them a safe place to learn and be comfortable.

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Motorized window coverings are a MUST when it comes to your baby’s room because of safety concerns. Keeping your child safe is the number one goal when it comes to parenting. Motorized window coverings will ensure that your child is safe and sound when they are in their room. Every year there are injuries to babies and small children caused by dangling cords, so it’s important to have cordless window coverings in every room of your home. Motorized window coverings not only help with safety, but will block harmful UV rays, protecting your baby and the room’s furnishings. Also, motorized window coverings come in a variety of options from roller shades to custom drapery to match any nursery décor and they are super quiet which comes in handy when the baby is sleeping.

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The changing table is an item that gets over looked all the time when it comes to the baby’s room. The main excuse for not getting one is “we want more room for a bigger crib.” But a changing table is an item that is mandatory for the baby’s room because it benefits the baby but, even more, the parents. On average, parents change over 2,400 diapers by a child’s first birthday. WOW, that’s a lot of diapers! A changing table will help keep you organized by having everything you need for a successful changing right at your fingertips, diapers, powder, wipes and ointment. It’s good for after bath time too, when a fresh diaper goes on. Having a changing table can prevent major messes on your couch or carpet which is a plus because you don’t want to clean more than you have to.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go decorate!

Pantone’s #coloroftheyear in your home

This was posted on the Budget Blinds Twitter account recently, and I just HAD to share with you all (so fun!)

So, Greenery is the color choice for 2017 and with that, we have a TON of inspo on how you can incorporate it into your existing home decor. Thanks to our friends at DIYNetwork here are some GREAT ways how you can incorporate and have fun with GREENERY!

[FROM DIYNETWORK] It’s called Greenery. Pantone says this zesty color “signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” It’s a hue that is meant to “evoke the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”  Looking for some inspiration on how to add Greenery to your home decor? Check out these spaces that may make you green with envy.

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1. Through Nature

The easiest, most inexpensive way to add the color Greenery to your home is simply with greenery. For a dramatic effect that requires little effort, go to the florist and get a single frond and place it in a simple vessel.

2. With Linens

If you’re not ready to commit to painting your walls in Greenery, start with window treatments and pillows. Here, the energetic burst of color provides artistic style to the neutral gray and white space.

3. It’s Good Feng Shui

Green is a good color for kitchens. According to some feng shui experts, green promotes digestion. If you want just a touch of Greenery, add it via useful items like utenstils, canisters, oven mitts and dish towels.

4. In the Youngsters’ Space

Greenery is a nice choice for gender-neutral kids’ rooms or playrooms. Here, a green stripe of chalkboard paint allows the kids to be creative without fear of ruining the walls.

5. Enchance an All-White Space

A bold backsplash can make a plain white kitchen soar with personality. Greenery can add the perfect pop of color, especially when it’s done in a cool retro pattern like this one.

What do you think? Are you ready to try this fun refreshing color in YOUR home? 🙂

NEXT UP ON THE BLOG: Greenery in your WINDOW STYLES!

2017 Window Trends

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION 2017: COMPLETE MY HOME WITH STYLE

Get ahead of the style this year and get IN with Budget Blinds for all your home updating! Adding new window treatments dramatically improves the overall look of ANY room, and sometimes, that is all the updating you need! Guests comment on your new look (trust us!) and you will benefit in savings, privacy, convenience and more!

Here are some of the latest forecasted TRENDING designs for 2017 – can’t wait to hear what you think!! Reach out and connect – pbrown@budgetblinds.com

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CONTEMPORARY ROLLER SHADES

Less is more – right?! We are seeing that design aesthetic a lot in 2016 and going into 2017. Clean lines, contemporary design, custom fit and so many different styles and options to choose from, everyone loves Roller Shades!

 

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LAYERING ROMAN SHADES

If Roller Shades aren’t totally your style, you can achieve the same minimalistic design by going with Roman Shades! These are great as they roll up and create the clean, simple look similar to Roller Shades. They are insulating and great for overall privacy (and style too!)  Add in a simple drapery and voila, you are the envy of every house guest that comes over.

 

 

 

 

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EARTHY HUES

This year, color trends are favoring earthy pastel hues like greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year. Don’t be afraid to try greenery in your home – a pop of greenery can go a longgg way AND its chic and trendy too, so you know you are in style, right?! 😉

How to Winterize Your Home

Brr…winter is here and it’s important to prepare your home for the cold, snowy months ahead. Budget Blinds offers some helpful tips on how to winterize your home.  These tips can help prevent problems as the temperatures plummet and winter settles in. Remember “safety first” when it comes to preparing your home for winter. With a little preparation, you can be assured your family will be safe and warm all winter long!

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