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8 Eco-Friendly Decor Ideas

Posted by Zena Arnella on March 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello, finally Spring arrived :)

 

Homeowners everywhere are starting to think about sprucing up their pads. But why stop there? Unbeknownst to many, you can actually outfit your home with green decor, snazzing up the look and feel of the place while also helping the environment. Here are 8 eco-friendly decor choices that are sure to make any home more inviting and comfortable!

 

1.  Salt Lamps:

Nothing makes for a comfortable room like pleasant, ambient light and clean, easy-to-breathe air. These Himalayan salt crystal lamps are an easy way to get both! In addition to being very pretty and decorative, the salt in the lamp generates healthy negative ions that cleanse and purify the air in the room. If you like the way the air smells and feels after a fresh rain, you’ll love what these lamps can do for the rooms in your house.

 

2.  Recycled Paper Modular Seating:

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to ditch your old couches and chairs in favor of something more modern, look no further. The modular seating pictured here is not only new and modern-looking, but made entirely from recycled kraft paper! Think of this as a way to kill two birds with one stone: mixing up the look of your living room and one-upping your neighbor who just bought the Prius last week!

 

3. Bamboo Shelf:

Of course, what good is a living room decked out in recycled paper furniture without an equally eco-friendly place to keep your books and doo-dads? Thanks to this all-bamboo shelf, you need not concern yourself with that question. Nor will you feel any guilt about rain forests being mowed down and stripped of lumber just so you can have a place to store your stuff!

 

4. Kidney-Shaped Desk (made of FSC-certified wood):

Every home needs a desk where work can be done. The important thing from a green perspective is what that desk is made of and that material’s impact on the planet. Of course, it’d be nice if the desk looked cool and spiced up your office, too. Well, here to save the day on both fronts is this kidney-shaped desk made entirely from Forestry Standards Council-certified sustainable wood – specifically Sassafras and Hawthorn. Both woods are imbued with natural aramotheraputic properties that will make sitting down to write out the monthly bills a little more pleasant!

 

5.  Solar-Powered Patio Wavers: 

No one likes trying to fumble there way along a pitch-black patio at night. It’s confusing, annoying, and just plain unsafe! But it’s a waste of electricity and light bulbs to place conventional lights around the patio. So what’s an environmentally-conscious homeowner to do? The answer lies with these solar-powered LED paver lights. Line them around the patio for a well-lit path that will keep you and your guests safe, and rest easy knowing that no batteries or light bulbs will wind up in landfills because of it.

 

6. Solar-Powered Address Lights:

Nothing is more annoying than trying to find a house at night and squinting your eyes to read the tiny, far-away address numbers! How nice it would be to never go through this again – or at least never put your own guests through it again. Well, dream no longer! This solar-powered address light powers up all day long to ensure that your address stands bright and tall above the rest come sundown.

 

7.  Recycled Street Sign Mailbox:

What does your town do with its no-longer-needed street signs? In most towns, the answer is most likely “toss them in the garbage.” We all know the harm this does! Fortunately, some people are more resourceful. Pictured here is a mailbox made entirely out of an old, about-to-be-tossed-out street sign. Rather than rotting in a landfill, this old “Caution” sign can now hold all those pre-approved credit card offers we all love to hate for the wasted paper they’ve made of!

 

8.  Recycled Metal Storage Binss (wall-mounted):

As George Carlin famously said, we never have enough places to keep our “stuff.” And while that problem will likely never be solved, it’s always nice to have at least one more place. That’s where these wall-mounted storage bins come in. Made entirely of recycled metal and available in 10 different colors of non-toxic coating, these bins are the perfect compliment to any bare walls in your kitchen, living room, bedroom, or office.

 

See you all, next month meanwhile, enjoy the beauty of Spring

 

love, Zena! 

EARTHQUAKE RESISTANCE DESIGN

Posted by Zena Arnella on February 28, 2010 at 8:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone,

 

It is time, we become more aware of the quality control and design of safe contruction earthquake resistant contruction.

 

The capacity design concept in earthquake resistant design of buildings will fail if the strengths of the brittle links fall below their minimum assured values. The strength of brittle construction materials, like masonry and concrete is highly sensitive to the quality of construction materials. Workmanship, supervision, and construction methods. Similarly, special care is needed in construction to ensure that the elements meant to be ductile are indeed provided with features that give adequate ductility. Thus, strict adherence to prescribed standards, of construction materials and processes is essential in assuring an earthquake resistant building. Regular testing of materials to laboratories, periodic training of workmen at professional training houses, and on-site evaluation of the technical work are elements of good quality control.

 

Conventional seismic design attempts to make buildings that do not collapse under strong earthquake shaking, but may sustain damage to non-structural elements (like glass facades) and to some structural members in the building. This may render the building non-functional after the earthquake, which may be problematic in some structures, like hospitals, which need to remain functional in the aftermath of earthquake. Special techniques are required to design buildings such that they remain practically undamaged even in a severe earthquake. Buildings with such improved seismic performance usually cost more than the normal buildings do.

 

Two basic technologies are used to protect buildings from damaging earthquake effects. These are Base Isolation Devices and Seismic Dampers. The idea behind base isolation is to detach (isolate) the building from the ground in such a way that earthquake motions are not transmitted up through the building or at least greatly reduced. Seismic dampers are special devices introduced in the buildings to absorb the energy provided by the ground motion to the building (much like the way shock absorbers in motor vehicles absorb due to undulations of the road).

 

Let's all be active in future construction matters for our safety.

 

So long...

 

Zena!

Green Ideas

Posted by Zena Arnella on January 31, 2010 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year to ALL!!!

 

I am very much in green decoration and this new decade will help us to understand the concept and the purpose. 

 

Green decorating is the biggest thing in interior decorating today. More and more people are realizing that their impact on the earth is important and by decreasing the footprint each of us leaves behind we leave the earth a healthier, happier place for generations to come. Incorporating green decorating, or eco-friendly design ideas, into a home doesn’t need to be an expensive undertaking and it doesn’t mean that everything must be changed at once, there are several ways to ease into environmentally friendly home decorating without going broke in the process.

 

* Recycled Products:

There are a number of ways to incorporate recycled products into home décor. Using products that are created from previously used materials is one great way to decrease environmental impact. Another way is using items in their original form, antiques are a great example of recycled products as they’re passed from one person to another. Previously used items can be used for their original purposes or refashioned in clever ways to create innovative decorative statements.

 

* Look at the Contents:

Look at what items are made of to determine their impact on the environment. Natural products typically (this isn’t always the case) have a less serious impact than synthetic ones and some natural items are much better for the environment than others. Don’t buy exotic or rare woods unless you’re buying a recycled item. Instead lean towards sustainable woods such as eucalyptus or bamboo. Learn about Antique, Reclaimed and Vintage Woods and try to use them whenever possible. In addition to the large materials, look at the chemicals in items as they can create air pollution issues in a home.

 

* Where did it Come From:

The basic rule of thumb is to try to buy products closer to home as the entire shipping process is hard on the earth. But it isn’t that simple in most cases so a little research or education may be required. An IKEA down the street may have products that seem local but the product has most likely been shipped to the local store from Sweden. Another nearby store may say their products come from local materials but they ship them to another country, have them assembled there and shipped back, which makes them less eco-friendly. So learn as much as possible about the product’s manufacturing process.

 

* Use Tax Breaks:

There are currently a number of tax breaks in the United States and other countries for people who are willing to upgrade their appliances and fixtures to eco-friendly models. Take advantage of these tax breaks to get new pieces at discounted prices, but a little homework is still necessary to see which models qualify for rebates.

 

Start the eco-green process from home, good luck!!!

 

Zena!

Pick A Theme For Cristmas!!!

Posted by Zena Arnella on November 30, 2009 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone, I wish you a Happy Merry Chistmas!!!

 

Choose to showcase a special collection that you can't have on display all year.

 

Christmas is the perfect time to give these items a place of distinction, enjoy them, share them, then put them away until next year.

 

Plan a party around a theme. Children love a breakfast with Santa, my musical friend plans a dinner around a musical theme each Christmas, and another friend invites her dearest friends for luncheon each hoiday time and the theme is "love." Everything is decorated in red and white with hearts everywhere.

 

Even if you don't do a lot of decorating for Christmas, it's natural to decorate a Christmas tree with a theme. Place a small Christmas tree in a child's bedroom decorated with small toys, miniature dolls, or small sports items. Add twinkling white lights and you'll have a wonderful nightlight for the holiday season.

 

Welcome guests with a small tree in the guest room. Place a small tree in a corner of the kitchen counter, decorated with miniature kitchen items found in a toy store.

 

As you read about our ideas for Christmas ideas everywhere, you'll probably realize that you can think of many more, ones that particularly express your interests. Gather up items that are special to you, add a red bow or ornament hook, and get decorating.

 

Enjoy the beauty of the season!

 

Happy Holidays!!!!

Halloween Safety Tips!!!

Posted by Zena Arnella on October 31, 2009 at 1:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello  Reader: :cool:

 

Using safety tips and common sense can help people make the most of the Halloween season and also make it as enjoyable for the children as possible. There are certain tips that the Fairchild safety office offers to keep kids safe this holiday season.

 

- Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe, preferably fireproof, and the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.

- If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids' costumes won't accidentally be set on fire. Jack-o-lanterns with candles should not be placed inside.

- Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.

- Children may want to help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn't be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face. There are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well. It's best to let the children clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, which you can carve for them.

The parents of trick-or-treating children can get so caught up in the fun that they might forget some simple safety ideas that could save everyone some trouble. There are tips for the parents of the little ones to follow as well.

- Keep an eye on how much people have to drink and try not to let it get out of hand. Take the keys away from anyone that may be driving. Have one person stay sober and offer to drive those people home who may be too intoxicated.

- When deciding on a menu, check and see if anyone attending the party has food allergies. Common food allergies to dairy products, peanuts and shell fish can really put a damper on the festivities.

- Planning ahead for problems can make all the difference for your Halloween party.

Trick-or-treating is a tradition that can be one of the great adventures of Halloween for children. They can get dressed in costumes and go door to door, begging for "Tricks or Treats" from neighbors or at the local mall. It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, and following some easy tips can keep children safe every Halloween.

- Children should not go out during the hours of darkness unless accompanied by a responsible adult. The base trick-or-treating hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

- Parents should plan a safe route so they know where their children will be at all times and set a time for their return home. It's important to make sure the child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves.

- Children should know not to cut through back alleys and fields and know to stay in populated places and not to get off the beaten path. They should also stay in well-lit areas and only stop at familiar houses in their own neighborhood unless accompanied by an adult.

- Children should not eat any treats until they are brought home to be examined by their parents.

- Children should be instructed to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.

- Make sure children carry a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

Some people enjoy staying home and making the scariest house possible to try and get a blood curdling scream out of Halloween travelers. When planning a yard haunt there are some things to keep in mind for safety reasons. Everyone wants their haunt to be as scary as possible, possibly bloody and gory, but when it comes to visitors, it's best the blood doesn't end up being real. Here are some ideas that might help make the evening safer:

- While decorating your house, make sure that the walk ways are far enough away from things so that people can't trip over them or hurt themselves.

- When using a lot of jack-o-lanterns, try a battery powered light source or light sticks to light them instead of candles. This cuts down on the fire hazards.

- When using real candles, make sure there is no chance of anything blowing into the flames, no cloth, crepe paper streamers or anything that could start a fire.

 

So as kids begin the countdown to Halloween, keep in mind these safety tips to try and make Oct. 31 the safest night possible.

 

Hasta La Vista.

 

Love, Zena!

Building or Remodeling, GREEN!

Posted by Zena Arnella on September 30, 2009 at 10:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello, Hola :)


The fundamentals of green buildings include managing air flow, best practices in storm water management,rainwater harvesting, using alternative energy such as wind and solarpower, using low toxicity sealants, paints and other chemicals, or evenhaving a kitchen recycle center in a home.


Good construction designs, ventilation and insulation systems that allow dynamic ventilation, cooling and heating to optimize energy flow are amust in green buildings. Choosing and using the right construction materials that make for comfortable and clean buildings are at the core of the green concept. The EPA Guiding Principles forFederal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings provides a good framework for green buildings.


Remodeling

What will it take to make the house you own green? Remodeling an existing building to a green one takes time, resources and commitment. The best approach in such a situation is to take it a step at a time - convertone part of the building before going on to the next. Think about choosing materials that can at the very least be partially recycled when the time comes to discard them. This will enable you to conserve natural or virgin raw materials.


Any way you lookat it, green homes are catching on real fast as they bring in plenty of benefits that are immediate and long term in nature. So whether you area buyer of a home or thinking of remodeling, you can rest assured that a green home will "work" for you. In addition, your green home will help you leave a legacy for generations to come - environmentally.


Engaging in good construction routines with our future generations must be present at all times.


Best Regards,


Zena!

Tips On Cleaning DOORS!!!

Posted by Zena Arnella on August 31, 2009 at 10:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Reader,

 

As per your request here are few tips to clean your door.

 

Be sure your entry way door is well maintained, including the area leading up to it and beyond. This is the "first impression" that many people have of your home and the way you live. Be sure that seasonal debris is picked up - leaves, accumulations of dirt - and disposed of.

Don't leave kids toys laying around. Keep door hardware in good repair; this includes oiling the hinges and making sure the door look works properly.

 

Regular maintenance of all doors includes:

Wipe the top of door frames to remove dust. A soft rag works better than a feather duster in that area.

Then, using either feather duster or a rag, wipe all around the frame of the door.

You may wipe the entire surface of a varnished wood door with oil soap using a soft rag. Be sure to wipe the door in the direction of the grain. Buff the door to remove excess and to dry the surface.

Use a sponge to apply an all-purpose cleaner to painted doors. Wipe it dry with a soft clean rag.

Use an all-purpose cleaner to the door knobs or handle. Wipe well to remove dirt and then dry.

If your door has brass fixtures, use a good brass cleaner - available in home improvement stores - and follow manufacturer's instructions.

If your door has a glass inset or window, use a glass cleaner to make it sparkle. Do inside and out.

Finish by spraying or wiping the door knob with a sanitizer (antibacterial product)

Clean Sliding Glass Doors

 

Gather Your Tools:

Vacuum cleaner with nozzle attachment

Soft, absorbent cleaning rags

Multi-purpose cleaner

Glass cleaner

Small brush - whiskbroom

Waterproof sliding track lubricant

 

Technique:

Vacuum the slider tracks regularly. All kinds of stuff gets into the tracks - including bugs. You may need to use a whiskbroom to get the ends of the tracks where the sliding action of the door actually pushes and compacts the dirt. Dig that all out and then vacuum it up and go on to the door frame. Using the all-purpose cleaner, spray the whole frame of the door, one section at a time. Rub to loosen soil and wipe it off as you go. Then clean the glass, inside and out. We have several tips for glass cleaning (from the professionals) at Window Washing Tips.

Now, it's back to the track! Spray a heavy coat of multi-purpose cleaner into the track and allow to set for a moment or two to let the dirt loosen. Really get in the groove with an old toothbrush or other stiff bristled small brush and run it up and down the track to dislodge dried on dirt. Wrap a cleaning rag around your fingers to get into the tight track and soak up the dirty solution and particles. You may have to stuff the rag into the track and run it back and forth a few times until it really looks clean. When you are satisfied, finish up with a quick spray of sliding track lubricant. Promise yourself you won't let this go so long the next time.

 

Best  of luck to you and while cleaning, Have F U N ! ! !

 

Best Regards,

 

Zena!

Planning a Gararge Sale

Posted by Zena Arnella on July 31, 2009 at 12:23 AM Comments comments (0)

Hola :)

 

Planning a successful garage sale is a sequence of steps, I describe bellow...

 

First, set a date and time when you can devote your full time to this sale, for gathering up various articles as well as being able to attend the sale full time.

 

Second, plan just what you're going to put in this sale, if you are going to have the sale alone, or with two to five more families.

 

Third, have plenty of change on hand - both silver and paper money.

 

 

Now, get down to business. Garage sales are work - a lot of hard work, but the returns more than justify the effort. Whether it's advertised as Patio, Carport, Yard, Porch, or Garage-a-Rama, people will come and buy. Clean out your closets and ANYTHING that is useless to you or you don't want - put it in the sale. Don't throw anything away. People will buy just about anything. You'd be surprised. What is one person's trash is another's GOLDMINE!

 

Of course you need to advertise. Be specific, concise and honest. State place, date, hours. If you have a large amount of clothing, specify some of the sizes, particularly if you have quite a few in different sizes.

 

Antiques go over big regardless of state of repair or condition. Give good descriptive details to save disappointments.

 

Capitalize on the season. Feature luggage at going-away to school or vacation time or toys near Christmas. Include fads.

 

Today, bottles of all kinds are in demand. Big bottles, little bottles, Jim Beam, Avon, Kara Brooks, Wheaton/Nuline, old medicine, Mrs. Butterworth, miniature - all kinds, old fruit jars, and insulators.

 

Some additional items that we find to be in big demand: baseball cards, lawn mowers, camping articles, guns, tools, coins, old books, comic books (old and new), aprons, old-fashioned bonnets, salt and pepper shakers, needlework, jewelry and dishes.

 

Have a large quantity of items to sell, a big variety. And don't be afraid to drag out those outgrown items, old dishes, two-of-a-kind items you don't really need and generally "clean house". You'll find the money in your pocket is better than all the clutter in the house.

 

Homemade items are very popular. If someone in your household sews, then sew up aprons, doll clothes, dolls, stuffed toys from scraps of material lying around. You'll make use of those scraps taking up space and make money too! Fresh produce such as tomatoes, green beans, corn, fruits, etc. will also sell, if you should have a garden overflowing.

 

String up a clothesline to display any clothing you may have. Remember, clothing for all ages, men or women, is always in great demand. Children's clothing goes over best and especially about the time for school to start in the fall.

 

Set up card tables or ping-pong tables to display small merchandise. Place tables in a manner that will leave room for shoppers to browse without feeling crowded. Display your wares attractively. Be sure they are clean, usable, and priced temptingly.

 

People are looking for bargains. Don't disappoint them. Remember that what you sell is something you don't want anyway, so whatever you get is gravy.

 

Take advantage of the space under the tables if you need more display room. You will be amazed how buyers spot the smallest item under the table. Colorful table covers draw a lot of attention to your items.

 

You will save yourself a lot of time answering questions if you show a price on all merchandise. Use a heavy black felt marking pen for lettering. If more families go in with you, identify your price tags with a code such as G 75 cents or M 25 cents. The letters designate, perhaps, the first letter of the last name of the family who contributed items to sell.

 

Keep all the tags and at the end of the sale, divide the tags according to code and total the sales. You may not come out right to the penny on sales and change you had on hand as anyone can make errors in making change for a customer.

 

Be sure you have electrical outlets nearby to plug in toasters, blenders, electric skillets, irons, hair dryers, electric razors, etc., to show people that your articles do work. If you have to use an extension cord, make sure it is in excellent condition and preferably a heavy duty one.

 

If you have any fragile, rare or expensive items such as crystal, cut glass or jewelry, be sure they are displayed on a sturdy table and up high out of reach of kiddies. They are curious and you might be too busy to watch them.

 

Drinking glasses, dishes, cups will sell faster if you price them in sets of 6 for $1.00 instead of 15 cents each. Paperback books, magazines, records and items that have titles will sell more readily if they are marked separately. If they want them collectively, they'll ask you. Then bundle them all up and sell them. Sell everything!

 

Advertising. Run an ad in your daily newspaper. If you run your ad one day only, have it in the Thursday paper. You might like to run the ad two days to appear in both the Thursday and Friday editions. If your sale runs through Saturday, your sale is about over before the paper hits the street on Saturday. Therefore, 2-day advertising is usually adequate unless your sale is continued late Saturday night and through Sunday.

 

However, whatever you decide to advertise - BE READY! Be ready to meet any customer as soon as the paper hits the street, because some will come before the sale and before you even get ready to start the next day! In addition to placing an ad in the paper, place signs at points where people will see them. Some laundromats have bulletin boards on which you can place notices.

 

Advertise all you can. Work word-of-mouth all you can. If employed, place signs on your company's bulletin boards. Use the WEB to advertise your garage sale too. You can advertise your sale on www.GarageSaleHunter.com for FREE!

 

The best days for your Garage Sale are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sundays are usually a waste of time unless you're staying at home all day doing nothing anyway.

 

At the end of your sale you will have met a lot of nice, friendly people. If you want to continue selling items you might have left, you can let people know and have future sales all lined up. A circular already prepared and passed out to each customer will help insure future sales. You should have made money, some new acquaintances, and a weary but happy body!

 

HAPPY SELLING AND GOOD LUCK!

 

Love to all, Zena!

Thrift Stores for Great Deals!

Posted by Zena Arnella on June 30, 2009 at 9:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello!  :)

 

I am so happy to be able to write this article full of info and savings.

 

Thrift shops are an excellent way to find cheap shoes, clothes, and antiques for a bargain! This article will help you find a thrift shop close to you so you can go shopping for cheap gold, silver, and furniture at resale prices.

 

First, if you're a seller of consignment goods, resale shops can be an easy way to make more money by not having to pay suppliers upfront. Consignment stores help keep items cheap, which means bigger bargains for consumers.

 

Men's and children's clothes are always bargains at a resale store. Ladies fashions are also worth browsing to find the best bargain. If you're looking for slightly used women's jewelry or china, a consignment store can be perfect for you to keep the cost down.

 

Newlyweds and college students will save money on shopping for furniture, designer, or vintage clothes at a thrift store. Bargain hunters enjoy buying antiques at thrift stores and then selling them for a profit at an auction. As we all know, children outgrow shoes before they're worn out.

 

Finding cheap shoes at a thrift store will save you valuable money, as well as finding rare costumes. Visiting thrift stores while on vacation will show you the characteristics of your location.

 

Holding an auction for a local charity at a thrift store is very honorable, and is the perfect way to raise money for a cause. By calling a thrift shop prior to your arrival, you may find they are having a sale on items that you're looking for.

 

My dears please find our local list of the best Thrifty Shops in Miami and surrounding areas. Have Fun!!! :cool:

 

• Rags To Riches (305) 891-8981 12577 - Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL 33181

• Salvation Army Thrift Store (305) 573-4200 - 90 NW 23RD Avenue, Miami, FL 33125

• Flea Market Usa (305) 836-3677 - 3015 NW 79th Street, Miami, FL 33147

• Disney's Character Warehouse (305) 592-5901 - 11401 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33172

• Miami Twice (305) 666-0127 - 6562 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

• C Madeleine's (305) 945-7770 - 13702 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Beach, FL 33181

• Douglas Gardens Thrift Stores (305) 638-1900 - 5713 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33142

• Judy's Armoire (305) 868-3870 - 9484 Harding Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154

• Fly Boutique (305) 604-8508 - 650 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

• Red White & Blue Thrift Store (305) 893-1104 - 12640 NE 6th Avenue, North Miami, FL 33125

• Salvation Army (305) 573-4200 - 90 NW 23RD Ave, Miami, FL

• North Miami Thrift Shop (305) 576-2202 - 421 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127

• BARGAIN BARN THRIFT STORE (305) 571-2217 - 2233 NW 1ST CT, Miami, FL

• Miami Rescue Mission (305) 571-2273‎ - 2159 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33125

• Care Resource – SoBe Thrifty (305) 672-7251 - 1435 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

• Douglas Gardens Thrift Store - Jewish Thrift Shop (305) 888-0481 - 5713 NW 27th Ave. Miami, FL 33142

• Flamingo Plaza Thrift Stores (305) 638-1900 - 57901 E. 10th Ave., Hialeah, FL 33010

• Goodwill Store #1 Web: www.goodwill.org (305) 756-8000 - 538 NE 79th St., Miami, FL 33138

• Goodwill Store #2 (305) 325-9114 - 2121 NW 21st St., Miami, FL 33142

• Goodwill Store #3 (305) 545-9421 - 2111 NW 22nd Ave., Miami, FL 33142

• Goodwill Store #4 (305) 895-8058 - 12535 West Dixie Hwy., Miami, FL 33161

• Goodwill Store #5 (305) 888-4711 - 461 Palm Ave., Hialeah, FL 33010

• Goodwill Store #6 (305) 688-3451 - 321 Opa Locka Blvd., Opa Locka, FL 33054

• Goodwill Store #7 (305) 661-4222 - 6842 SW 40th St., Miami, FL 33155

• Goodwill Store #8 (305) 940-3252 - 1780 NE Miami Gardens Dr., North Miami Beach, FL 33179

• Goodwill Store #9 (305) 556-4777 - 1800 W 68th St., Hialeah, FL 33014

• Goodwill Store #10 (305) 554-1878 - 9760 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33174

• Goodwill Store #11 (305) 628-3509 - 19731 NW 37th Ave., Carol City, FL 33056

• Goodwill Store #12 (954) 989-8038 - 250 S State Rd., Hollywood, FL 33023

• Goodwill Store #13 (954) 920-4143 - 112 S Federal Hwy., Dania, FL 33004

• Goodwill Store #14 (954) 587-2743 - 3232 Davie Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

• Goodwill Store #15 (954) 476-1438 - 11510 W State Rd., Davie, FL 33325

• Goodwill Store #16 (305) 259-3233 - 19800 SW 177th Ave., Miami, FL 33187

• Goodwill Store #17 (305) 248-0063 - 250, NE 8th St., Homestead, FL 33030

Interiors Mix It Up with Styles and Budgets

Posted by Zena Arnella on May 31, 2009 at 8:09 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey, everyone! :wink:

 

So many of us find ourselves in the same decorating boat - a home filled with a few family heirlooms, flea market or tag sale finds, and maybe even one or two treasures from a successful dumpster dive. You love them all, but how do you combine high and low design pieces to create a unified and polished look for your home?

 

First says Marjorie Marcellus, an interior design instructor at The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, forget about the cost of a piece. "A successful interior is not determined by the cost of its components. For a space to work, it needs to have balance and harmony," says Marcellus. Finishes and home furnishings should relate to each other as part of an overall design scheme, but "that doesn't mean they have to match, be of the same era, same price or quality," she explains.

 

For example, I placed an expensive slab of marble onto a salvage-yard industrial black metal stand and then added four black bargain stools from Pottery Barn.  The similar finishes of the materials made it work. The result?  A custom kitchen table for my client's urban loft. Topped with a delicate antique vase, fresh wild flowers and colorful cloth napkins from IKEA, the outcome was unexpected and delightful.

 

Another proponent of mixing both high and low design elements. A basic rule of thumb is to avoid having a less expensive item next to a more expensive similar item. Too many similarities invite comparison, and may make the less expensive things look cheap, Instead, pair precious things with inexpensive finds by following two rules of thumb: keep it simple and clean lined, or keep it funky. Simple clean lines naturally look expensive, and we associate clean lines with a more modern and expensive look.

 

On the other hand, funky items can often stand alone and speak for themselves. But use them sparingly. For example, a nice grouping of African masks can add a lot of texture and color and can be found inexpensively in flea markets. To make it work, don't use more than three or four or in more than one location.

 

Furniture pieces themselves can combine the best of both high and low end design features says John Gambell, chairman of the Interior Design department of The Art Institute of New England. For a stylish-looking dining or end table, Gambell suggests taking a simple and inexpensive parsons-styled table (Ikea is a good source) and add a made-to-order stone top of either slate or marble. " A small 'reveal' between the base and the top wood appear to make the top float," says Gambell.

 

A few final words of wisdom about mixing high and low end design from the experts: When shopping at stores like Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn, pick a few pieces from each instead of outfitting an entire room with one look. "Mix it up," says Wilkins. And remember, be patient and shop around. What makes a room look rich and expensive, no matter what the budget, is time.

 

Hope this ideas give you a new decorating path to your home. Learning how to Mix and match is an art, so start NOW.

 

Love to all,

 

Zena!


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