Design Tips for Small Bathrooms

Whoever designed our bathroom at home must be a huge fan of contortionism. It is so small, you cannot comfortably move around the area. Taking a bath is a struggle and pampering yourself is impossible. With barely one square meter of space, the bathroom almost reminds me of a torture chamber.

If your bathroom-like mine-poses you with the challenge of making it look and feel bigger, then here are some tips to help you along:

Install a corner sink. This way, the sink is not an obstruction to traffic when coming out of the shower or walking around the toilet bowl.

Believe in the magic of mirrors.  Extend a mirror across the entire length of one wall. This obviously gives the illusion of space. Mirrors also transform a dull bathroom into a stylish and sophisticated room.

Get huge patterns to fool the eye. Use tiles or tile stickers with big patterns such as thick stripes to make the bathroom appear more spacious than it actually is. You can decorate the floor with boldly printed mats. Selection won’t be a problem as there are a lot of bath mat sets available at Harris Scarfe, an online store for household needs.

Maximize available space. Install overhead shelving to store your bathroom doodads and whatnot. A towel rack behind the door also saves you space, and makes towels accessible after taking a bath.

Paint your walls white. It has been proven that white walls make your bathroom appear bigger. White reflects light, so if you use it as main theme of your bathroom, it can help make it look airy and less constraining. In addition, white gives an ambiance of sophistication and class.

Light up the room. Let the light flood the whole bathroom to make it appear bigger. If you can create a window where natural light flows, then better. Avoid using opaque curtains in your bathroom. Sheer curtain and frosted windows might be expensive, but this is a good investment to make your bathroom look wider.

A home is not a home if it lacks a bathroom worth retreating to. Given the right tools and knowledge, a cramped bathroom can still serve its purpose of being a sanctuary for the weary and bowel-irritated soul.

Get Help With Your Art Collection

If you’re one who has a stunning art collection, you have every right to feel proud.  You might need some expert help though when it comes to organizing and displaying your fine art.

Boston art consultants are available to perform a complimentary on-site consultation and give you a virtual preview of your chosen exquisite artwork and how it will integrate with the other elements in your environment’s decor.

They are well experienced and would be pleased to come to your home or office to consult in detail regarding scale, palette, framing, lighting, placement and more. They will measure, photograph and document your designated spaces and then assist you in choosing works that reflect your personal desirable art pieces that you want to enhance your interior.

If you are searching for the perfect work of art to fit into a particular location, a virtual preview creates that for you by utilizing digital photographs of your designated space. Preferred works of art from the gallery or website will be superimposed to scale. The picture that results will look exactly as if the artworks are actually hanging on your wall!

Lanoue Gallery in the dynamic Arts District of Boston’s South End is an excellent example of a full service gallery that features Boston artists as well as established and emerging ones from around the globe. They showcase rotating exhibitions in their 4,000 square foot art gallery,

The techniques and materials featured in their artwork include:

Layered and sewn pigment prints
Mixed media on panels
Mixed media on canvas
Mixed media and oil on canvas
Photo, oil, text and resin on panels
Mixed media on hand-sculpted acrylic
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic and mixed media on panels
Pen and ink with watercolor
Textiles and unspun wool
Archival pigment print
Pen and ink with watercolor
Porcelain on wood panel
Acrylic paint and gel medium on linen
Glass, bronze and mixed media

The Lanoue Gallery would be happy to facilitate your art collecting experience and give you the unique ability to see for yourself what your art purchases will look like in your own surroundings. Whether you discover a few favorites at the gallery or from the extensive art collection online at, consultation services allow you to actually view how those possible pieces will appear right in your own home or office.

Personalized Living Room Art

If walls could speak, then the ones in my living room would be shrieking in despair! Heaven knows my living room needs a major makeover. Everything just looks so drab and lifeless- and to think that that’s where I go to recharge after a long day’s work!

What I think it needs is a touch of art. But instead of spending a fortune on paintings by renowned artists, I figured it would be better for my daughter and I to make our own artwork.

I consider myself lucky as one of my friends holds weekly art workshops for kids. She teaches them various art methods- including painting on canvas. I’m guessing she’ll take my daughter in as a student in exchange for me showing her where she can get loads of wholesale canvas online! Anyway, even before my daughter starts going to art class, I already have a few ideas in mind.

Outdoor scenery always works. If I paint desert dunes or a green meadow, for instance, that’s going to bring a sense of calm to the room. Nature never fails to relax us.

Anything with water is also soothing. A painting of fish swimming or a rolling brook will evoke tranquility.

Caricatures of people will bring an element of humor to any space.  I know my daughter wants to paint pictures of her friends looking silly.

Art is usually a reflection of one’s personality. With my daughter and I creating our own pieces for our living room, we’ll be making our living space truly our own. Now that’s bespoke art at its finest!


Garden-Fresh Ideas: How to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Going on maternity leave has given me lots of time to plan for the future- and watch endless reruns of Friends! Now that I have two kids, I realize that this growing family needs a bigger home. So begins my search for a house to suit our needs.

What I’d like is for us to have a home with a garden, but the ones I’ve seen so far leave much to be desired. I did a bit of research and found some tips on improving your garden from a landscaping blog.

11 Ways to Transform Your Garden

From Visually.



Plants. I’m stating the obvious here, but yes, an assortment of plants and flowers will prettify any outdoor space. Those of the same kind can be arranged in a neat row to serve as boundaries to separate sections of grass in your backyard. They can go along the sides of walkways or pavements to accentuate certain areas.

Water. We all know how this element has a calming effect on our unnerved and overworked bodies. I’m thinking of having a mini fountain of sorts installed on one side of the garden. It’s either that or a Koi pond. The kids are sure to love feeding the fish!

Lights. Proper lighting can set the mood at night. Lights along a pathway, for instance, evoke a feeling of warmth as you welcome visitors.

Deck. This is essential in any outdoor space, as this is where most activities take place. I’ll need this space as a reading nook on quiet days, and the kids can use it as a play area as well.

Once we finally get our outdoor living space set up, I’m pretty sure that my kids and I will spend many a relaxing and playful day hanging out there. Better gardens make for better homes, which then make for happy kids, and even happier 90’s sitcom-watching moms.

Home Safety Hazards and How To Avoid Them

Home Safety Hazards And How To Avoid Them


Your home is a shelter, a refuge, a cozy place for you and your family. The most essential and key component to creating a warm and cozy home is most certainly – safety. For raising the level of safety in your home, you will have to take precautions against certain safety hazards that lay hidden around your house or apartment. So, get your tools ready and fix these common home safety hazards.

Bathroom Accidents

A bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, but with lots of hazards. Actually, most accidents happen here, making it the most dangerous place in the house. There are risks of slipping and falling while showering, bathing and getting out of the shower or tub. To decrease the risks of getting hurt here, place a bath rug or mat on the floor, and install supports like grab bars. Also, if you keep medications and prescription narcotics in the bathroom, add a medicine cabinet to keep them locked, keeping them out of others reach. Install safety latches or locks on cupboards with toiletries or medications.


A cause of accidental house fire may be anything from a lit candle to an unattended iron or power cord. But, there are also lots of ways to prevent fire hazards, like installing a fire alarm. If you decide to do this, make sure you install them on all house levels and make sure that the batteries are not empty. Never leave candles and other small open-fire heat sources near the drapes, or other types of cloths. Make sure that all electric appliances work properly and the power cords are not twisted or pinched by pieces of furniture. Fix your wall plates, and avoid using cube taps and other outlet-stretching devices so to avoid overloading the electrical outlets. Unplug small appliances that you are not using that often. Keep an emergency fire fighting unit on every level, in case of fire hazard.

Sharp Objects

There are many sharp objects inside your home that can accidentally harm someone. Minimize the risks by properly storing all the knives and other sharp objects that are kept in the kitchen. Also, store the objects outside your house – lawn mowers, saws, weed whackers and rakes – because they all present a potential cutting threat. When you use these tools, make sure you are free from any distractions and handle them carefully. After use, clean the tools and lock them in your garage or yard shed, so small children cannot stumble across them and get hurt.

Chemicals & Paints

Chemicals such as household cleaners should be kept in a locked cupboard or a pantry, out of kids’ reach. Place other chemicals, like turpentine or pesticides, in there too. If you have re-painted your interior, keep the paint also out of reach of children. Pour the paint out of the container that it came in into another, more neutral. Paint canisters have colorful designs, so small children may easily mistake it for a drink.

Carbon Monoxide Hazards

Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer”. It cannot be detected by sight, sound or smell, and that is what makes it so dangerous and threatening. Install a carbon monoxide detector which will keep you safe by alerting you of high carbon monoxide levels in your home.


Choking accidents are mostly related to children. Small, hard foods like nuts, and small toys may block breathing ways. To reduce choking hazards, see if there are small toys scattered somewhere around the floor. Check your child’s toys for any loose parts, and for other small items under rugs, carpets and furniture. Small hard foods, like nuts and hard candy, should be kept out of reach of children.

Accidents happen, and keeping a high level of safety is a non-stop job. However, taking these precautions is important because you do not spend all your time and home, on duty. You and your family would be safer with a monitored security system which offers remote access. In that way, you can check your house anytime, from anywhere.


What Should You Look For In A Home Decorator?

As many homeowners know, keeping one’s residential property in absolutely incredible shape takes time and effort. For this reason, many homeowners have grown interested in seeking professional services from a home decorator. If you’re just beginning the process of finding the ideal home decorator, make sure you look for the following attributes in the individual:

1. Good Advice.

One attribute you should look for in a home decorator is the ability to give good advice. In addition to beautifying your home, the home decorator should be able to provide you with the information and guidance necessary for you to keep the house in good condition when they are not available. A great home decorator will be able to refer you to other industry professionals or resources that will help you accomplish this objective. For example, if you find yourself in need of seat cushions, a good home decorator will lead you to cutting edge stores like The Foam Factory.

2. Great Online Reviews.

In addition to seeking an interior decorator that offers good advice, you should look for one that has attained great online reviews. In our contemporary world, people from all over can go online and write out detailed reports that give you a basic idea of their experience with a particular service provider. You should take advantage of this consumer trend by carefully reading the online reviews left about the home decorator you’re interested in. An industry professional who has attained a plethora of positive reviews will likely provide you with the customized, savvy services you’re looking for.

3. A Cutting Edge Mentality.

The world of interior design is constantly changing, and the best industry professionals maintain a very organic, cutting edge mentality as a result of this reality. Being able to constantly change in response to emerging trends and technological updates is what empowers an interior designer to keep your home looking and feeling both contemporary and comfortable. For this reason, make sure you seek out a service provider who maintains a cutting edge mentality.

Summing It All Up

If you’re interested in getting your home in amazing condition, remember that finding the ideal home decorator will help you do so. When you start your search process, know that the search should stop once you’ve found an industry professional who gives good advice, has great online reviews, and maintains a cutting edge mentality!

More Than Just a Yogurt Cup

Yogurt cups don’t have to be used only for ice cream or frozen yogurt. There are several uses for the cups, such as storage or craft projects.

If you have frozen yogurt cups with lids, they can be used for food storage as well as keeping small items that tend to get lost in the home. You can put snacks in the cups for children to take to school or while you are in the car. They can be used to store the last few food items that are in a bag or box so that the food stays fresh and so that the container doesn’t take up as much room. After a meal, you can store some leftovers in the cup if it’s a larger size. The cups can be used to hold soup for a delightful and quick meal instead of using bowls.

Another way that the cups can be used is to sort hardware. When you look in a tool box, you might see bolts and screws that are laying in trays or that are rolling around without being in a container. Cups are convenient in that you can put each kind of bolt or screw in a cup, securing the cup with a lid. The cups can be placed on a shelf in a garage or in an area where you use tools. You can easily label the cups with a marker. They are also ideal for keeping nails and small items that are removed so that you don’t lose them if you are going to put the furniture or item back together.

If you want to plant flowers or vegetables in a garden, you can use the cups to start seeds. All you have to do is put dirt in the cups, plant the seeds and let them sprout before planting them. Yogurt cups can also be used for ice cream toppings if you are having a party for friends or family. Companies like Gelato Products have cups of all sizes as well as the other items that are needed for a successful ice cream event.

Why You Should Choose Reproduction Furniture

With admittedly nothing better to do when I got up early this morning, I turned to Facebook and stumbled upon this page about memoirs from the 80’s. Being a child of that decade, I couldn’t help but feel all nostalgic when I saw photos of Doogie Howser, M.D. and of toys I used to play with back then.

My penchant for the past doesn’t end there, though. Oftentimes, I find myself dreaming of being born in older times like the Victorian era. I figured that the closest thing to making that wish ever come true is by getting me a few pieces of reproduction furniture.


Some might raise an eyebrow, thinking that buying replica pieces is an absurd idea. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

One advantage to choosing reproduction furniture is that you can get that certain antique look you desire without breaking the bank. Moreover, you don’t have to spend a lot of time scouring the universe just to find genuine pieces.

This doesn’t mean though, that you have no other choice but to settle for cheaper furniture. You can still get the design you want by looking around for a skilled craftsman who has a knack for replicas. He can manufacture furniture pieces with designs inspired by your era or style of preference. Just be sure to emphasize that he still has to use quality materials.

If you find that your friendly neighborhood craftsman can’t meet your demands, you can always look online for furniture makers who specialize in reproduction furniture. As with any online transaction, be sure that you’re dealing with legitimate individuals or companies.

Now, I feel inclined towards the Art Deco period. I wouldn’t mind buying a stunning chair to give my living room some flair- at least before I give birth next week!

Garage Cleanup – Yes You Need To Do It

As time passes by, garages tend to slowly become a graveyard of all things old and useless: clothes, children’s bikes, textbooks, rollerblades, and suitcases. Come to think of it, you probably have a ton of things in your garage that you’re not using anymore but cannot throw away for some reason. Take a moment and consider doing a major cleanup and garage makeover – it can result in incredible, well organized, and clean space you will be able to use for more than just storing things.

Use the walls

Vertical space is usually not used to its full potential, and you can have more storage space simply by using your walls. Metal racks hold wrenches in good positions, so you can use them to hang everything around. Moreover, by using a simple metal clothing rack, you will be able to get more space on tables and floors. Having a pegboard on your walls will save you plenty of time too, for you will be able to attach simple plastic cups on it and use them for keeping pencils, screws, and nuts.

Use the ceiling too

When you have enough shelves and your pegboard walls seem like they cannot hold anything else but there are still things you need to put away, why not use your ceilings too? Find good carriages (or build them yourself) and mount them on your ceiling (make sure they are well attached). Once you’ve finished, simply take all your totes which you can fill with anything you (don’t) need, and add them to carriages. Simple idea, but it will give you more space for your car and you will be able to find what you need more quickly in totes that are in the open.

Mind your tools

Having a messy garage can be annoying and frustrating, but having your tools lying scattered all over the place can be dangerous as well. Find ways to keep things organized: buy a toolbox from an online tool shop, add magnetic strips for all those things you need every day, make more shelves and your own PVC garden tools holders which you can attach to the walls. There are plenty ideas and tips out there that can help you organize your garage space and make it cleaner and safer place.

Wall studs are useful

Unfinished garage walls with studs all over the place can be annoying, but it can also be useful for storage and cleaning up the place. Utilize the studs and use them to hang heavier items like shovels or even bikes. In addition, you can put a few boards to the front and as a result you will have a semi-shelving unit in a blink of an eye. Your (or your boys’) old sports equipment can be easily organized if you hang a few bungee cords on those studs.

Mason jars to the rescue

Sometimes even your shelves need help because there are just too many things on them. By adding mason jars underneath them, you will get more space, and will be able to find what you need much more quickly. Screw the lids of mason jars or glue the lids of simple plastic ones to the bottom of the shelf and use these to store smaller items such as bolts, nuts, and nails which usually get lost quite easily.

It is a good decision to take a day or two and clean up your garage space; not only will you dig up plenty of old things which you will then be able to give to charity or sell on a garage sale, but you will create a wonderfully organized and clean space with your own two hands and a bit of creativity.

Wall Hooks: DIY Project In Clear Steps

People always want to improve their homes and make them attractive, pleasant to spent time in and very welcoming. To do so, everyone pays attention to small details, in order to add a lovely touch to a room. Details are indeed important and the best thing about them is that they are small and yet they create a great atmosphere. We decorate our walls with different kinds of details, starting from pictures to wall hooks. Wall hooks are important and very useful, not only for our entrée but for any other room as a matter of fact. There are always things we can hang, rather than let them sit messily somewhere else. Wall hooks are great small organisers that help us improve the way of living in our own homes. There are thousands of different wall hook design ideal, as many of them we can actually make ourselves. To create your own wall hooks, you simply have to use your imagination and add a pinch of your own style. Here are some of our suggestions in clear steps on great DIY wall hooks that will add a nice feeling to your house or apartment.


DIY Door-Knob Wall Hooks

This is an interesting idea to use door knobs as wall hooks. What you need is a few door knobs, nails and a hammer.


  • To make this type of wall hooks, start by choosing the right place to install them
  • Then place a door knob on the wall and start driving the nail, which has to go through the key hole

These are the simple steps you have to follow to make your own door-knob wall hooks. If you want to make them even more attractive, you can repaint them in a nice colour to fit your interior. Or even better, to differ from the colour of the walls of your entrée so that they are more visible and grab the attention when walking into the house.


DIY Cutlery Wall Hooks

Another great and super extraordinary idea to make your own wall hooks is to use cutlery. What you need is forks and spoons, a flat wooden board, nails and a hammer and pliers.


  • Fold the cutlery items you are going to use using pliers
  • Then use thick nails to attach the cutlery to the wooden board
  • Use the hammer to drive the nails and attach the cutlery
  • Then attach the board to the wall (you can also do it in advace)

And here you have a great new set of wall hooks that you can use in any room, especially in the kitchen to hang kitchen utensils or other supplies you use there. Of course, you can place them in the entrée as well, where you can hang coats, keys and umbrellas.


DIY Toys Wall Hooks

If you would like to make nice wall hooks for your child’s bedroom, you can use this incredible idea and use toys as wall hooks. What you need is different small toys, a flat wooden board, glue, nails, hammer


  • Attach the board to the wall, using nails and a hammer
  • Then glue the toys to the wooden board, making sure that either a leg, head or any part of the toy is situated in a way that it can be used as a hook
  • In case you want to make it even more colourful, you can repaint the wooden board in advance.



Author Bio: July Minor is blogger and writer who loves to write about interior, home improvement, cleaning and other topics. She works as a manager of a company which offers hot water carpet cleaning and she has the opportunity to see new places every day.