Amazing Wall Art Ideas

During my stay in Paris, I learned that it is important for you, the homeowner, to take back control of your premises. Achieving this; in my opinion, is a big step towards getting your life back in this hectic world we live in. Take a break, every now and then  while and enjoy some art!

One way you can do this is by finding ways to utilize your wall and door space. And what better way than to express yourself through art? However, don’t make holes on the wall when hanging decorations! This damages the wall quality and appearance.

Let me share some of the wall décor methods I have used for my new home, hoping that this gives you ideas on what to do to your own walls and doors.

 

  1. WeMontage

This resource surprised me at first. I first came across it during a picture gallery event, where young entrepreneurs were looking to make their mark on photography. A bright young man shared WeMontage with the group, and it quickly dawned on me that it could be used in wall décor too.

It’s very simple really. You upload your digital photos to WeMontage then they create a gorgeous collage for you. Why do I like this so much? Well, the collage cannot damage your walls! It can also be removed for use in another apartment or house, in case you move. Therefore, you do not need frames, or even photos to turn a whole wall into a gallery.

 

  1. Brick Clips

I’ve used a few brick clips to hang a piece of art in my garage. I was able to do this since my garage walls have exposed bricks, which favors my wall art ideas. It is imperative that you don’t let such block space and brick wall go unused. I would encourage you to make good use of your creativity, and free thinking. Use a few block clips to broaden the look of such rooms in your house.

 

  1. 3M Command Hooksimg-main-product-Command-Brushed-Nickel-Faux-Metal-Hooks

I’ve widely used these hooks in my new place. I am a proud owner of many miscellaneous goods that just appear better while hanged on a wall, such as towels, fashion accessories, dog leashes, baseball hats, mops, brooms, and nearly anything else. These hooks are available in bright white plastic and metal finishes.

One significant advantage to using the 3M Command Hooks is that when time comes, and you are moving house, the adhesive gets off from almost all surfaces, including dry walls, leaving no marks!

 

  1. Poster Putty

In my teen years, I used poster putty to stick posters of my favorite celebrities as well as pictures of some cities I adored such as New York and Sydney in my bedroom. Today, however, the use of poster putty has evolved to hanging of small canvas artwork or lightweight picture frames.2b80e95a5f3898f7b49609379322c23a

In my Toronto home, I did this by pulling a piece of the block, sticking it to a well-cleaned surface on the back of my artwork, and then pressing it onto the wall. You should always remember that as much as this is an easy way of decorating your home, you should not use dark art material or pictures, but hang lightweight items only.

 

Adequate Ventilation for Your Home

A proper ventilation system for the health and comfort of all who may be living in the house is very essential. Through my experiences as an interior decorator, I have come to appreciate the purpose of a well-ventilated home. Proper ventilation helps in getting rid of moisture, smoke, cooking odors, and other pollutants.

I use the following ventilation methods at my place: interior ventilation, structural ventilation, roof ventilation and foundation ventilation.

 

  1. Interior ventilation

Because the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are hugely affected by moisture and odors, I have put in place a number of fundamental exhaust units: bathroom and laundry exhaust fans and an exterior venting range hood.

I noted that it is much easier to remove greasy, smoky, and steamy air that requires duck work to an exterior vent. Many kitchens, for example, have large vents that only recycle stovetop air. Similarly, if you find that your kitchens’ wall contains grease, or your kitchen is smelly, then you need an exterior-vending exhaust fan.

Bathrooms require similar treatment when addressing ventilation. Install and exhaust fan if you note incurable mildew in the shower, a pungent smell, and also paint peeling off your wall.

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  1. Structural Ventilation

I’ve used structural ventilation in my attic and basement. I always strive to keep moisture and heat from roasting my home, something that usually happens over a given period.

For my attic, the primary objective is to create an upward flow of air. The air moves in through the vents in the eaves and moves out through the vents located on the ceiling or nearer to the roof. An important point to always remember is to clean your vents as soon as they get clogged.

 

  1. Roof ventilation

I’ve gone the extra mile and installed additional vents at the eaves and the ridge of the ceiling out of fear that it might get too hot and humid, especially in the summer. However, before I undertook this task, I consulted with experts for professional advice.

To ensure longevity, I have painted all the vents and screens, and also made sure the vent frame protects the screens. It is absolutely necessary to keep checking the condition of your vents so that excessively damaged ones can be replaced. Doing so allows free flow of air in the home, promoting health and hygiene.

 

  1. Foundation Ventilation

To further maintain a clean and healthy atmosphere in my home, I’ve fitted foundation vents in my bathroom and kitchen areas. These areas experience a lot of mildew, dampness and moist air which causes rot in the crawlspace. I was however faced with a tremendous challenge on the onset of this project – installing extra vents is such a daunting task! You need special appliances to cut through lumber, brick, and concrete. As such, having an expert to do it for you is the best course of action. A professional will install and make any necessary “cuts and incisions” that you would have otherwise really struggled with and potentially wrecked your home.

Small Bathroom Ideas That Have Worked For Me

As I continue to enjoy my stay here in Canada, I have faced a number of problems in choosing the right bathroom mechanisms to implement in my new home. The bathroom area is one area which most people give little attention to. This lack of care may be because of the small amount of time spent in this domain.

However, I would like to inform you on some small bathroom tips to put in place when designing your shower room space. They include the following:

 

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     Gilded Fixtures
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When you come to terms with the hard fact that your bathroom is outdated, do not stress or get too hang up on it. By use of some gilded fixtures, such unwanted worry goes unfelt. Shiny gilded accessories give your bathroom a young and fresh new look. Also, using a coat of white paint and light blue wall tiles further broadens your bathrooms appearance, and promotes its overall style.

 

  1. Metallic and Marble

In in my master bedroom bathroom, I’ve strived to improve cleanliness, a classic style design, and elegance. Once, my neighbor from down the alley decided we should have lunch at his newly furnished home, from where I got fresh, new ideas. He had installed metallic and marble features to his bathroom. I then went ahead and fitted metallic, marble and vanity aspects on the shower door. The shower cabinets have custom metallic doors, and around the bath tub area, I have placed cute decorations of marble particles, and this has promoted beauty and elegance.

 

  1. Pops of Pinkpink-bathroom-freestanding-tub

For my guest bathroom, my aim was to make it known that a lady owns the premises through adding a feminine touch to the room. I used paint by Billboard Vinyl and was able to design my wall treatment. I also added touches of pink, a primarily feminine color, and through such additions, I was able to brighten up what most call a black and white room. Lastly, to add the perfect complement to the classic sink, I put in place a Venetian-style mirror.

 

  1. Antique Accessories

Before I left Paris France, I passed by an antique shop where I found a circe-1950 mirror, which hung in a rather inviting manner as if trying to lure my eyes towards its beauty. I bought it and carried it with me to Toronto. Little did I know that this would be an excellent piece for my guest bathroom.

As I was doing my shopping in my new neighborhood, I also came across a vintage, collapsible, French, tripod, table. I’ve used this small table to place bathroom appliances such as soap, detergents, and a flower pot.

I have so far been extremely satisfied with the hype created by friends when they come over to visit. Go ahead and try some of my ideas, you might end up being the subject of praise amongst your peer too. Transform your bathrooms into wonderful art pieces to showcase your unique sense of style!

Family-Friendly Living Room Décor

Your living room is your central relaxation area; it is the place where you go to listen to music, play games, relax and watch movies. I specifically like sleeping for long hours on my living room sofa during hot afternoons or on slow days. Bearing this in mind, it is necessary that you put the appropriate decoration ideas into practice.

Once I moved into my new place, I was not quite sure on how to apply some decorations in my living room. I struggled to identify which ones would blend with my character and style, and at the same time be welcoming to all. It is here that I came up with a family-friendly method to decorate the living room.

 

Below are some points to consider for the family-friendly home décor method:

 

  1. Frame it

When I decided to use the family friendly method, it was in the thought that my home should reflect a young modern family. After completing this project, so far, I have been more than satisfied with the results. The type of furniture to use here is not so hard to figure out; I chose to go with brown furniture, which is very welcoming and neutral to stains and dirt. It also blends in with some wooden fixtures in the house

 

 

 

  1. Consider using an open floor plan

I also used an open floor plan with my living room to emphasize the need for space, especially in my relaxation area. Space is important because it enhances the free flow of air, and for those with families, you get to spend more time together. Space in the room promotes clear thinking during your uninterrupted relaxation periods, and when used as a study or work area, you are able to do so effectively.

In my new home, I have gone further to separate all sections in my living room. Such that, the study area and the relaxation area are not so close together.

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  1. Add some words of wisdom

I have managed to do this by hanging pictures with inspirational and encouraging messages. Such messages are for example, ‘best things to give,’ ‘our daily bread,’ and also prayers and quotes by prominent individuals. By choosing to add some words of wisdom to my living room space, I was able to promote values like humility, unity, and togetherness, brotherhood, as well as promoting learning.

However, it is important that you follow the appropriate methods of hanging art on your walls. Failure to do so may cause damages to the beauty of your wall.

 

 

  1. Use an outdoor rug indoors

contemporary-outdoor-rugsI wanted my new house to be family friendly in every single way, for  both humans and animals. To achieve this objective, I used a rug called Leopard cub usually used in high traffic areas, and it has served as a well thought of carpet idea.

Bringing an outdoor rug indoors has some varied benefits, mainly being a measure to promote relative cleanliness and hygiene. For example, if you have a pet dog like I do, you find that he (your pet dog), may enter the house with muddy paws, and end up making the living room dirty and undesirable. Therefore, to avoid this, you should move an outdoor rug inside the house, and in so doing your pet dog will run around it, rubbing off most of the dirt that got from the outdoors on the rug.

 

Some Necessary Gardening Tools

I was not at all new to gardening when I decided to move to Canada. Gardening has over the course of time been a hidden passion, one that I have been able to carry with me as I continue to advance in age. My new home in Toronto has got a top notch gardening space, and this is an area I visit a lot during my leisure time.

It is necessary to bear in mind that it can be quite tricky and hectic, especially for those new into the practice, to decide on what implements to use for your garden. I have therefore taken the time to share with you some essential tools that you may require for gardening.

They include:

 

  1. Fiskars Digging Spade

A spade is a major garden appliance because of the diverse work that it performs. When you’re looking for the best digging shovel to use in your back yard area, the Fiskars Digging Spade is the most highly recommended. I noticed that it is not like a traditional digging spade, but it’s well balanced as well as being tough to boot. Another important feature is its pointed, reinforced steelhead, which makes it possible for it to slice through stony places on the ground.

 

  1. Roughneck 5lb Mattock

During my early stages of gardening, I experienced a lot of heavy garden duties. However, all this changed when I heard of the Roughneck 5lb Mattock. This was the first tool I bought after moving to Canada. Some of its uses are ground clearing, removing roots and stones from the earth, and trench digging.roughneck-mattock-head-5-lb-fibreglass-handle-53809-p

Notable features include a high-density fiberglass shaft, and on two super, sharp cutting heads. It is hence able to deliver and survive extreme/heavy duty use.

 

  1. Smart Fit Telescopic Hedge Shear

I feel disturbed when I see poorly kept fences in my premises. You should keep your fence properly pruned to promote the beauty of your compound. To achieve this objective, I bought the Smart Fit Telescopic Hedge Shear. It has proved to be a very useful tool. One of its endearing features is that it’s light and robust, and the handles can be telescopically extended to reach those inaccessible areas. I have observed that these features have enabled this tool to perform the duties of general tree and hedge maintenance exceptionally well.

 

  1. Bulldog Border Fork With Soft Grip Handle$_1

Another important tool to have is a border fork. I recently bought mine, and I’m enjoying many benefits. It has the power to make light most allotment and garden tasks, mainly due to its strength and versatility. It is a durable garden tool due to its form – a single piece of steel. Don’t rush to judge this book by its cover, though, and keep in mind that looks can be very deceiving, especially so for the Bulldog Border Fork.

 

  1. Leaf Rake

The leaf rake is an essential gardening tool. I had to get one, you know, for raking fallen leaves. When left unattended to for an extended period, they end up making a compound dirty and unpleasant-looking. There is just no replacement for the leaf rake, in my opinion. With features such as its traditionally styled solid handle, and a decent sized head for gathering unwanted garden items, the leaf rake is a gardening classic!

 

Best Home Flooring Options

After moving to my new home in Canada, I spent a lot of time replacing the flooring in all corners of the house. Replacing floors is a very expensive and tedious exercise that requires significant consideration and foresight. I did a lot of research on the matter and was ultimately able to replace my floors, with borrowed ideas from my neighbors, and real estate agents.

 

  1. Hardwoods

In my living room, I chose to use wood elements. This enhanced the style and taste of the room, where I come mostly to relax. It then dawned on me that the living room is one of the best places to use hardwood floors, mainly because it’s is not a high traffic area. The wood thus lasts longer before wearing out.

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Advantages of using hardwood floors for your living room area include: they look very appealing and lovely, have an encouraging resale value, and easy to clean and maintain since only vacuuming is required.

 

  1. Tile 

I love using tiles because of the elegance and style they bring to my home. I have used tiling mostly in my bathroom mainly because they are water resistant. I also have them around the kitchen sink area and at my dining room area due to the constant spilling of food, water, and other drinks.

I love tiles because they are durable and resistant to scratches, water resistant, available in various shapes and sizes, and very easy to clean.

 

  1. Laminate

I decided to use laminate around my corridor and front porch – high traffic areas. I noted that it’s very durable, but I wouldn’t recommend it for the kitchen or bathroom because it is not water resistant. Advantages of Laminate include are it doesn’t scratch easily, and in the case of a scratch, vegetable oil can be used to rub it out with ease.laminate-flooring

Some laminate variations look like tile or real wood, thus can be used as substitutes (except for the bathroom and kitchen), and I observed that it’s great with pets since it can’t be easily stained.

 

  1. Carpet

In rooms with minimal traffic such as bedrooms, I covered my floors with carpets. This minimizes dirt/dust in the rooms and makes them cozier. Carpets generally make a room feel cozy and warm. They also prevent echoing, are easy to install, and can cover uneven subfloors.

There are many types of carpets available on the market, depending on your budget and style. Choose one that goes well with you since you’ll be seeing it every day, especially the bedroom carpet.

 


 

  1. Vinyl

In my laundry room, I’ve used plastic as it can absorb most of the noise usually generated by washing machines. Vinyl also provides warmth. Thus, it can also be used in bathrooms and kitchens.

Some of the merits of using vinyl are: it’s “quiet”, comfortable on your feet, easily installed and very easy to clean. Above all, it offers benefits similar to carpets, but at a fraction of the price!

 

Living Room Furniture for My New Place

Having moved from Paris to Toronto, I was now faced with one daunting task – redecoration! After staying in one place for such a long time, one, I think, forgets the “hard work” involved in deciding what goes where, what gets discarded, what gets replaced, etc. I being an interior designer wasn’t helping. So there I was, critically analyzing each and every potential place. I set out house hunting and, after a long, tedious search, eventually settled for one located in Bloor Village West. Next thing on my mind – furniture!

My first thoughts were to try to making my living room more dynamic and flexible. To accomplish this, I had to get furniture that could be easily moved around the house. This would help tone down the stale, standard, “every-other-house feature” of furniture lined up against the wall. I had to be unique and stylish! This, together with making the room appear larger and more appealing by preserving the floor space. With mobile furnishings, my living room would be elegant and more inviting especially for relaxing and chatting with friends. I envisioned being able to move closer easily for chats, or move away for some space.

Out of the experience I`ve gathered over the years, I learned the importance of the center point of living rooms. Relaxation rooms are the focal area of the house; with a tendency to draw attention whenever a person enters the room. I, therefore, decided to capitalize on the area by putting furniture from there outwards. For this to work out, I got my preferred dark brown, leather, fabric sofas placed in the middle of the focal area of the room. The sofas are two matching ones, facing each other, and another with two armchairs. I felt this would promote interaction and conversation with other people in the living room. On the oak floor, I got a medium sized woolen rug matching the color of the sofas to help in grounding them and produce a more relaxed aura.

I then went ahead to get a coffee table to place in between the sofas. I opted for the Rotor coffee table with a brown, woody finish, out of the numerous options I came across while shopping. The coffee table is composed of linked square components, which have the unique feature of rotating round each other resulting in a blend of fun and originality – all in a coffee table!

With my living room furniture set almost done, I went for the last piece missing in my “masterpiece living room” – a wall unit. Yes, wall unit for storage and housing for my entertainment devices from the TV to gaming consoles. I still have friends who don’t get how I’m a gamer…but that’s a story for another day. I preferred a modular unit blending arrangement; that could spread across the wall and also turn on its side (horizontally) to give the added advantage of changing its orientation. Now, how dynamic and flexible is this living room?

My Bedroom Decorations

I was very excited about moving to Toronto. I knew I now had an opportunity to transforming my style and house design ideas. After installing the best furniture in my living room, the next step was to plan properly and implement new bedroom décor tips that I had gathered over time during my day to day work.

 

Guest Room

In one of my guest bedrooms, I’ve completely covered the walls with patterns, in a rather whimsical way, to create an appealing effect and promote beauty. There are also wallpapers in and the chairs that come with one of the best fabrics this side of the globe. In this room, I’ve really expressed my love and passion for color by mixing a bright blue comforter and the patterned wallpaper.

I have fitted a sea foam, green, four poster bed. All these decorations are for my guests, to make them feel happy and at home…or maybe just for myself! All in all, any guest in my home will undoubtedly experience comfort in a unique, unforgettable way.

 

Master Bedroom

I remember my mentor once told me that the most crucial point in home décor and design is to ensure that you invest heavily in your room – this is where you spend long hours! This I had at the back of my mind when deciding what to do with my master bedroom.

  1. Fresh coral

It is essential that for a seasonal change, swap in new throws and pillows, or modify the nightstand, for example, by adding a new piece of art.

 

  1. Beachy Stripes

If you’re looking for the secret to nautical décor, make use of stripes! It’s that simple. Use stripes with different widths and shades to maintain the traditional red, blue and white palette, and promote the aspect of modernity.

 

  1. Seaside Accents

To make the perfect backdrop for my master bedroom’s focal point, I highlighted my favorite piece with subdued surroundings. Neutral walls and healthy choices in carpeting and bedding have transformed my master bedroom into a big, bold, seascape.

 

  1. Prints on prints

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of using photographs, here is a simple but effective alternative. Stick to only a few calm colors. Use colors that match with your taste or preference. Include colors such as beige and cream, and use different designs to make your bedroom more attractive. I’ve combined cream and beige color prints in my master bedroom, which when used together brighten the room, even in the cold seasons

  1. Art display

Rather than having to choose on which piece of art to add to your bedroom, and which to leave out, and to do away with that heartbreaking exercise altogether, I decided to create a large gallery in my master bedroom. The gallery stretches from the crown molding to the baseboards, ultimately making my bedroom one of my favorite rooms in the house!

These are some of the ideas I put in place for my bedroom décor. They have managed to broaden the look of the rooms and added a unique style, one that always gets me excited every time I walk in.