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Posted by Mark Carmien on 1/16/2021

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Your collectibles are important to you, but all too often they tend to be tucked away in a closet attic, or the basement. Why hide all of the things that you spent so much time and care collecting? Instead, find ways to incorporate them into your existing decor so that your house guests can see your amazing hobby, and you can enjoy your collectibles every day. Check out some of the tips below to help you get started.

Display Collectible Posters Like an Art Gallery

Turn the high traffic areas in your home into an art gallery by framing your collectible posters as art and displaying them on the walls. Hallways and stairwells make the perfect place to add in this decor without interfering with the other decoration in your various rooms.

Repurpose Your Collectibles

Does your passion extend to collecting tins, baskets, or maybe a small vintage wagon? These items can easily be given a new life and purpose by adding a potted plant or flowers to them. If your container is larger, you could also use it to hold blankets or other items you wish to keep off the floor and out of the way. 

Give Your Lamps New Height with Your Collectible Books

If you have some great old books that have that vintage look and smell, there is no reason to hide them on a bookshelf. Carefully stack them so that the spines are visible to guests and use them as a stand for a light fixture or other decorative item. Just make sure to avoid anything that might drip water, such as a plant, so you don't destroy the book. 

Use Heavier Collectibles for Bookends

For collectors that have heavier or metal items, you can easily swap out a traditional bookend on your shelf for your collectible piece. This will help keep it out f the way while allowing it to have an additional purpose, keeping your books in line. 

Frame Thinner Collectibles & Hang on Display

If you collect items such as stamps, matchbooks, or even rare albums, you can mount them into a frame and display them on the wall. This will allow you to show your guests your amazing collection while still proving it with protection against dust and dirt. If you have light-sensitive documents, such as old letters, you can find frame glass to help better keep them preserved. 

Don't let your collectibles waste away in a box or tub where no one can enjoy them. Follow the simple tips above to help you incorporate them into your decor, where they can be enjoyed by all. 




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Posted by Mark Carmien on 9/8/2018

Buying a new home is an exciting experience. Who doesn’t love new things—and a new home at that? But a new home is also challenging and intimidating. If you have left a home that you adored then this new home has high expectations. And if it’s your first home then such an investment is a big step and can be intimidating for that reason. But one thing that can be agreed upon is the need for this house to feel like your home. Let’s look at a few simple tips for making your new house truly feel like your home.

Family Heirlooms: Have a family heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation? These types of keepsakes could range from an afghan that a great-grandparent or grandparent had knit, various antiques, clocks, diaries and recipes. You can display recipes on a kitchen counter or you can even get creative and design custom wallpaper from the recipe cards. Grandfather clocks fit the atmosphere of home offices and formal living rooms. There are tasteful ways to add each one of these into your home and preserve the memory of these keepsakes.

Photos & Artwork: What better way to bring personality and familiarity into a home than photos of family and friends or artwork from a favorite artist or of your favorite place. A popular approach is a grid-like arrangement created on large, open walls. This is one way to display many beloved photos without creating clutter on tables or other pieces of furniture. A long wall along a hallway would be a great place to display larger photos or artwork that would run horizontally. This is especially nice for sequenced pieces such as change of season photos.

DIY projects: Add your personality to your home with DIY projects. Mason jars, glass vases, and wine bottles can be turned into beautiful home décor with only a few materials and a couple hours. Items like rope, artificial flowers, ribbon, and glitter are just a couple examples of supplies that can be used to turn those simple items into a homemade masterpiece.

Memories: Last, but certainly not least, create memories.This is the easiest and quickest way to make a house feel like a home. Things as simple as cooking dinner with your loved ones and as extravagant as starting a family are amazing memories to make. And the first time you remember something special happening in your home will be an amazing feeling. You’ll truly feel like you’ve left your mark and turned four walls into something extraordinary.

It’s crucial that you add your personal touches to your home, especially if it’s going to be your forever home. It’s the place you will spend most of your time, besides work. The tips above are just a couple examples of ways to help add your personality in the home. Be creative and most of all be genuine and your home will feel like it’s been yours forever.  




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Posted by Mark Carmien on 7/16/2016

When you think of sprucing up your home in its interior, the first thing you may think of is to paint those seemingly boring white walls. The truth is that white walls can actually be exciting when you learn how to make the correct upgrades. There’s so many ways that you can breath life into your white walls without ever picking up a paintbrush. Below are some ideas that you can use to make your white walls a bit more exciting. We want to help you think outside of the box when it comes to your home’s interior decor. Find Nature Inside Of Your Home Bringing touches of nature into your home help to brighten it up. Even colors that remind you of nature can help to brighten a room. A blue or green sofa, for example, could be the jumping off point for your design. Once you add in some live houseplants and wall art, your room will be completely transformed. Think Geometric Using squares, rectangles and circles in your design is a great way to make a room more attractive. Whether its hung on the walls or mixed in with other design elements, geometric designs draw the eyes to a certain point in the room. Square frames scattered on a wall, for example, is a great way to create a focal point and add personal touches, like photos. Wake Up Walls Colorful art is one of the best ways to wake up stale white walls. Keeping away from white furniture in rooms with white walls is also key. Contrast the light paint color with darker tones of tables and seating choices. If you want to get really creative, consider painting your existing furniture. Think Outside Of The Box If you have an idea to do with some art that you think will look appealing on one of your walls, give it a try! Your home is your own castle to do with as you please. White walls are a great chance for you to express yourself. Choose Your Style White walls are a great opportunity for you to get creative with your own style. Whether you want to go vintage, modern or a mix of a couple kinds of styles, white walls provide the perfect canvas. Whatever vibe you dream your home will give, you can achieve with white walls and a little creativity. Express Yourself Aside from expressing your own style, you can use your white walls to display things that mean the most to you. If you have a memento from a great trip you went on or a prized family photo, make sure that you show off these items. Install shelving on the walls for displaying glass items, plates, figurines and more. Your prized personal belongings should be a part of your home’s decor.




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