The 2017 Fall Holiday Shelf!

I. LOVE. FALL.

I always have, ever since I can remember. And I still love it this year, too. But for some reason, this year I had a really hard time decorating for the Fall season like I normally do! Maybe it’s that we’re in a new house, and I have to revamp where I’m putting everything. Maybe it’s because I have two toddling helpers who follow me everywhere I go. Maybe it’s because it’s still so dadgum HOT outside. I’m not sure.

But I finally got my Holiday Shelf done!!! Woot woot! So here it is!

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Can you tell I had trouble with it?! HA!

It’s a little bit different than normal…somehow. I still feel like it is. But I really wanted to use these sweet little deer because we kind of live in the country now, and I thought they were a neat reflection of that.

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The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

I’m a little bit obsessed with wood flooring.

The majority of our last home was filled with white ceramic tile. Our plan was to get rid of that and put down wood throughout, but we never got around to doing it before we moved to the current house.

In the current house, the majority of our home is filled with carpet. Now, granted, it’s brand new carpet. But it’s carpet nonetheless. The reason for that is, when we moved into this house, we had 2 8-month-old crawling babies. And right now we have 2 13-month-old toddling babies. And ceramic tile floors are SUPER HARD.

Eventually, once we’re done with the toddling, we WILL put down wood flooring throughout this house! But for now, I keep researching and looking at all types, so when it’s time, I’ll know exactly what I want. 

So when Suzanne from Discount Flooring Depot floated me a post on bamboo flooring (full of research that I didn’t have to do on my own) I was all about it! I know you’ll think so, too! 

In recent years, bamboo flooring has become more popular in the UK because although it’s actually a type of grass, the woody stem of the bamboo plant is as durable as many hardwoods. It’s also a cheaper option for many people, so if you’re looking to change your flooring, head on over to discountflooringdepot.co.uk to look at the options for bamboo flooring and underlays.

The advantages of bamboo

Bamboo is ecologically friendly

Bamboo is very renewable – it takes just five or six years for a bamboo plant to mature and once it’s been harvested, the stump stays in the ground, where it regenerates. Compare this to the 20 or 30 years for the average hardwood tree – and the stump doesn’t grow back.

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7 Air Freshening House Plants That Are Easy to Grow

This is a guest post by Michael from ThinkCrucial.com, a home improvement brand that helps people save money on replacement parts.

As we all learned in elementary school, plants play a crucial part in the planet’s ecosystem. As animals breathe in oxygen and let out carbon dioxide, plants absorb that carbon dioxide and process it back into oxygen. Plants within the home can be put to the same task, providing your home with fresher air. Not only that, but many plants can actually clean toxins out of the air, and make your home a better place to live and breathe in.

Of course, not everyone is a natural gardener, and some plants are harder to keep alive than others. Here is a list of seven plants that are not only best at keeping your home’s air clean, but are also the easiest to take care of!

Florist’s Chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum morifolium)

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In NASA studies, the florist’s chrysanthemum, also known as the garden mum, was the best performer out of all of the plants tested. The studies examined a number of plants in their effectiveness in removing five toxins:

  • Ammonia
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Xylene

The garden mum was capable of dealing with all five in their experiments. Not only that, it’s very easy to tend to. Simply put it in direct sunlight and water it a light amount every other day. It is a perennial flower, however, so it only flowers for six weeks, and it only filters when it’s flowering. Once it is done, you’ll have to wait until next year, or else simply go out and get a fresh one. It is poisonous to pets, however, so be wary of keeping one in a home with pets, and take yours to the vet immediately if they consume any.

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Home Decorating Tips That Will Make Any Room Better

Ever get the feeling that you will just NEVER be finishing decorating your home? I hope it’s not just me!

We’ve been in this home for almost 4 months now, and every day I’m still putting decor together. And moving it. And replacing it. And putting it back where it was to start out with. Considering the fact that when we moved from our last house I still didn’t have THAT one the way I wanted it…well…I think decorating is just part of life for me these days. 

And I guess that’s okay. Because if I finally get the house exactly the way I want it…well, then what?!

So when Tabitha Gits sent me over this post, I was ready! I’ll take all the tips I can get! How about you?

As you probably know, designers do not follow rule books to achieve great results. As humans, we are creative by nature and love to follow our intuition. That being said, when it comes to home decor, you SHOULD follow SOME rough guidelines to get a great result every time.

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Here are some decorating tips that will work for every room in your house:

Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe

Resist the urge to overcrowd any room in your home. If you are working on a tight budget, this is very good news for you. Spend your money on fewer quality pieces if you want a room to look better. For instance, a few high-backed chairs will make a room look more elegant.

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Scented Candles for Every Room – and Every Mood!

If there’s one thing I LOVE around my house, it’s a good smell. When I come home, or even just when I’m walking from one room to another, I enjoy smelling something nice. It brings a certain amount of satisfaction to me, for some reason. 

So when Jane Dizon asked to share a post here on the blog about scented candles, I was all about it! I love her idea for having different scents for different rooms and different moods. Check it out!

When your friends walk into your house, how do you want them to feel? Impressed by the fresh aroma of a clean house? Maybe an instant comforting vibe from the décor? How about both?

Scented candles are more than just freshening up your living space. Aromatherapy through scented candles can dramatically change one’s mood based on the scent.

Aromatherapy dates back thousands of years to the Egyptian era. Chemicals in the brain react depending on the smells, which have mental and physical effects. It can even help with insomnia, muscle pain, and reducing stress.

We came up with a list of best scents for each room of your home. From relaxing in the bedroom to studying in the office, your mood, and your nose will thank you.

Bedroom

Your bedroom is a place to relax, spend quality time with your significant other, and sleep. Certain fragrances aid in those feelings.

Lavender is an excellent choice to promote sleep. The smell can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure which slows the body down. Vanilla is another great option to induce sleep.

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