Tuesday, September 24, 2013

No Cozy, No Cottage

     Hello my dears! Few days ago I was asked how to decorate a Cottage that is closed to sea, a mountain or river. (http://upgradesigner.blogspot.com/p/ask-me-anything.html)

     When we think about a cottage we imagine a warm, fresh, comfortable atmosphere. Why is it important to decorate your cottage properly? It is important because it is first of all a place to relax, a place where we spend our free time in order to escape from daily routine of ordinary environment. When we spend our holydays in a cabin we feel like a part of nature.


     Decorating a Mountain Cabin

     Let nature be your inspiration! Decorate a mountain cabin using natural wood, such as birch, cedar, or pine. We should use it for flooring, furniture, and decorative frames for picture and mirrors.

A perfect décor for a mountain cabin should contain some vintage, rustic elements and warm lighting. It is recommended to use warm tones, such as gold, rust, taupe… pale yellows, beige. Rugs, candles are inevitable elements for a mountain décor. Bedding is also an import decorative element in interior design. Thick, warm fabrics such as blankets of wool and flannel are typical in mountain cabins and lodges.

     We can not imagine a Mountain Winter-Cabin without a fireplace, because it keeps you warm and protected.


     Decorating a Sea-Cottage

     Natural wooden floors, pale, are a fundamental element for a beach-style house. But also you may use a carpet (light-colored, which will be similar to sand) that will accentuate the warm of the natural floor.

     In order to have a proper décor in your cabin near sea you should maintain Simplistic style. Also it is recommended to use transparent curtains to bring sunshine inside. Really there are no firm rules when it comes to color, but colors should provide freshness to beach house. You can find more information and pictures about such kind of cabin on another post: http://upgradesigner.blogspot.com/2013/07/beach-house.html


     Decorating a Lake or River Cottage

     Living near a lake or a river is something many people dream of. Seeing the lake/river at different times of day, going out on the water in a boat, canoe, and watching the nature around you is awesome! Don't spend a fortune decorating it when casual accessories delight the eye and fit the vacation theme. It is recommended to use rustic accessories. Also you can bring some outdoor elements in your home. For example you may put some river rocks in a vase with flower (the result will be lovely). You will also discover ways to warm up a rustic cabin with hooked wool pillows and rugs, wall décor (paddles, fishing equipment), bedding in a moose or bear theme or hand carved decoys and folk art… If it is autumn, you can fulfill a vase with colorful leaves inside flowers.

     For a lake/river cottage it is recommended to use dark warm colors.


     I have to mention that there are not a set of rules for decorating a cabin. Owners of cabins enjoy the freshness and simplicity of the outdoors and bring the tranquility of the great outdoors into decorating the cabin.

    Look out your cabin window and nature will inspire you when decorating your cabin! Rememer: If It's Not Cozy, It's Not Cottage!

     I hope my tips are useful for you,

                                 Doina :*

Friday, September 6, 2013

Flower vases

     Hi everyone! Today's article is about decorating your home with vases. In my opinion vases is a compulsory element of interior decoration (especially of living room). So there are a variety of such decorative elements that can add uniqueness to your home decor. Vases are available in a variety of shapes and are made of different materiele such as glass, metal, ceramics, stone, wood etc. It is impossible not to find one that fits your decor perfectly and that will help to give style and elegance to your home. Vases with flowers bring spring into your home, even if flowers are artificial. It is not necessarily to put flowers into a vase; you may put in some beautiful braches, sand with shells, some rocks (only if the vase is transparent). I have to recognize that I don't like artificial flowers...Unfortunately they don't have natural beauty :(

          "Antique vases"

     These types of vases can be decorative in itself, without necessarily need to fill them with flowers. Antique look makes them look very attractive, both alone and in combination with flowers. It is reccommended to fill this kind of vases with roses.

          Vases that can be put on the floor / Floor vases

     (This category could include Antique vases) Vases that can be put on the floor are tall and usually ceramic, suitable for flowering branches (apple, cherry). But thicker branches is reccommended to put only in colored transparent vases. Fixed shaped vases are perfect for a modern style.

          Vases that can be hung

     These vases are effective ways to create focal points in a room and make your windows stand out. Usually these vases contain floating flowers. Even you can make a hung vase (using a bulb or a jur)

          Crystal vases

     Although crystal vases are more expensive than glass vases, they are more sought. Thanks to the brilliance of crystal and complicated models, people increasingly often buy such kind of vases. The reason is that they add a special sparkle inside


          Glass vases

     Glass vases are my favorite.  I like them because transparent glass vases highlights ingenious arrangements, such as combinations of: river stones, various aquatic plants, decorative candles, flower stalks, as I wrote before.


                       Thank you my dear! See you soon!

                                                          Doina :*