Bringing home a newborn child can be both an exciting and a heartwarming experience for any new parent. And though you’ll likely want to keep your child by your side in the beginning, eventually, they’ll need a space of their own. And this is where the nursery comes in.

Across the country, you can find a plethora of creative and nurturing nursery themes. And many of these are actually inexpensive to implement. But where do you start and how do you create a nursery that you (and your child) will love?

The truth is, you can use some basic and affordable elements to craft your nursery. And with a bit of time and little innovation, this can actually become a rewarding DIY project in itself.

There’s nothing like building your own nursery from scratch. And if you already have an existing room, you’ll be able to remodel it to your liking using inexpensive elements.

Here, we’ll explore a few nursery ideas that anyone can enjoy putting together.

Repurposing Old Furniture

As a new parent, you’ve probably already purchased a crib or a bassinet for your child. But your child’s room will need a few other elements to tie it all together. And you can easily utilize older pieces of furniture that aren’t serving any purpose around your home.

For example, some items to consider are listed below:

  • Old dressers
  • Small bookshelves
  • Worn end-tables
  • Old trunks
  • Coffee tables

In any child’s room, you’re going to need a space for the assortment of clothing and diapers that you’ll likely be going through each day. And older dressers are perfect for a nursery project. You can sand these down and paint them however you like such as with soft pastel colors, or any theme that you feel is soothing and will make your child’s nursery comforting.

Additionally, old bookshelves can serve as spaces for children’s books, toys, stuffed animals, or anything else that you’d like to keep in your child’s room.

Space-Saving Designs

In recent years, many brands of furniture have been recalled due to the possibility of toppling over. And this has caused many parents to remove items such as tall dressers and bookshelves from their children’s rooms. And if you’re worried about this happening, using a space-saving approach can be a great alternative.

Perhaps all you want in your child’s room is a crib and a space for toys. If eliminating the dressers or any other furniture item which could topple and hurt your child is important to you, modifying your child’s closet is a great option.

For example, you could secure all of your child’s belongings inside an interior closet, or even place a dresser inside the closet and anchor it to the wall. Or, you could build a cubby storage system along the closet wall for storing toys, clothes, diapers, and the like.

Additionally, open trunks are great items that sit on the floor, perfect for toys or clothes that you’ll likely need to access often. And you won’t have to worry about toppling over.

Themed Nursery Rooms

When it comes to themes, parents could easily spend a fortune on buying accent pieces and furniture simply to create the perfect theme. But the truth is, most of the time you can do this all yourself for half of the cost.

For example, maybe you want a Bohemian theme in your child’s room. If this is the case, there’s no need to go out and buy hundreds of dollars worth of Bohemian accent pieces. Because at the end of the day, you can make all of this yourself.

If you want to create a theme, or add color to your nursery, put your own creativity to work. You can even design your own artwork such as framed sketches of your child, or even make handprints using your child’s hands as border trim for the nursery.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination when it comes to the themes that you choose to implement in your nursery. But you’ll find that no matter what theme you choose, you’ll likely be able to do this all on your own without having to drain your savings account.

Though you’re probably more excited about having a new child to care for, creating your child’s nursery can be a fun project that you can truly sink into and make your own. And as you begin thinking of designs, remember that many designs and themes are actually very simple and affordable to do on your own.

If you have decided to renovate your home in the near future, it may benefit you to familiarise yourself with a number of common problems that you may encounter as well as how to avoid them.

It can be easy to assume that you will take the necessary precautions and, as a result, your home renovation will run smoothly from start to finish, but by retaining the following information, you can know what to expect ahead of time and increase the chances of your home renovation being a success. 

Failing to do your research  

 If you are considering treating your home to a property-wide renovation in advance of relocating or just for you and your loved ones to enjoy, you must conduct thorough research ahead of time. This is especially important if you have little to no experience of undertaking a home renovation.

To ensure your home renovation runs smoothly from start to finish, you must research top-rated contractors in your local area and base your final decision on whether or not they align with your individual needs, wants, and goals as a homeowner. It may also benefit you to research your options before drawing up a rough guide of how you want your home to look when the entire project is complete. 

Forgetting to sufficiently protect your flooring 

 If you are in the process of renovating your home, you must sufficiently protect your flooring to prevent any dirt, mud, or debris from being inadvertently carried into your home by external contractors or their machinery. To do so, cover your flooring with a thick yet breathable layer of material, such as adhesive film, tarpaulin, or newspaper, and readjust or reapply as necessary to continue protecting your flooring on an ongoing basis.

In addition to sufficiently protecting your flooring, it may also benefit you to contact a professional carpet cleaning company afterwards to rid your home of any bacteria or germs that may be hiding deep within the fibres of your carpet unknowingly – often dragged in by workmen’s boots, and heavy machinery.

Exceeding your predetermined budget 

 If you have carried out a number of home renovations throughout your lifetime, you will be familiar with how easy it can be to get carried away and exceed your predetermined budget. By monitoring and tracking your spending, however, you can protect your pennies and ensure you are only spending within the boundaries that you personally set for yourself ahead of time. 

 If you are in the process of planning an entire home renovation project in the coming months, it may benefit you to familiarise yourself with a number of common problems ahead of time as well as what you can actively do to avoid encountering them on a first-hand basis. This includes failing to do your research in advance, forgetting to sufficiently protect your flooring from the resultant effects of heavy footfall and machinery, and exceeding your predetermined budget by getting carried away and overspending. By finding out everything you need to know beforehand, you can proceed with confidence. 

Do you love Christmas, but find that copious amounts of green and red and an army of Santa Clauses don’t work for your decor? Do you want to invest in accents that you can leave out all year? Keeping things simple doesn’t have to be boring! 

Make your own rules and refresh your decor with metallics, beige, white and pops of black and copper to add interest and depth. Add texture through natural materials, metal and glass to elevate your seasonal decorating and make it stylish and chic. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, a modern look will bring the festive winter wonderland indoors without the cold; while down south, wooden elements give a coastal vibe for summer. Here’s 7 ways to add some sophisticated touches to your decorations.

1. Make first impressions count

The first place you welcome your guests is at your front door, so add seasonal cheer with a beautiful door decoration. Go big, but keep it simple – it doesn’t have to be flashy to make a statement. As with all modern decor, keep in mind that less is more. Choose a simple colour palette of green and black, or silver and gold and then use that to inform your decorating choices for the rest of your home.  

2. Mix up materials

Wood, metal and glass are all great materials to work into your decorating. Wooden bead garlands, copper and brass stars and glass Christmas trees all add a touch of modern scandi to your home and are easy to source. Offsetting these with black and touches of deep green keep the modern theme going. Opt for geometric decorations, such as cones, stars, triangles and stylised reindeer, rather than more detailed, traditional shapes.  

3. Deck the halls — modern style

Choose a gorgeous Christmas tree and make it the focal part of your living room, while keeping other decorations minimal. Let your tree shine and decorate it sparingly in colours that match your decor and tie in with your wreath. There’s no need to be limited to traditional Christmas colours! Wooden or monochrome decorations tipped with gold or silver add a luxe look without overwhelming your tree. If you want to go even more minimal, there are gorgeous LED-light branch trees in silver or gold that are a striking alternative to a traditional green, fluffy tree.

4. Light up your space

One of the most simple, but effective ways to decorate is by playing with lighting. At night, the glow of Christmas lights is cosy and festive without being overwhelming. There are so many gorgeous LED decorative features available these days. Choosing simple forms with lighted elements, such as woven cone trees for the mantle, dresser or coffee table, is a great way to bring Christmas into your house while keeping your look fresh. Don’t forget the outside of your house – twinkling fairy lights are an elegant but low-key way to add a hint of the holidays to your exterior.

5. Hang your stockings with care

Opting for modern decor doesn’t mean ditching your stockings! Beautiful Christmas stockings are a must for your family no matter what style of decor you choose. Make them a feature with a simple pattern in neutral colours, add a sparkle with lurex thread or opt for a chunky knit.

For those celebrating in the northern hemisphere, dress your mantle with lights and bare branches for a festive touch while the yule log burns – or create a makeshift mantle out of a sideboard or buffet. Showcasing family photos from past Christmases printed in black and white is a great way to personalise your decor. Think simple but striking, and don’t be afraid to pare back your decorations.

6. Dine in style

If you’re hosting a Christmas or holiday meal, dining in style with beautiful table decorations and dinnerware is a must. Start with matte black stoneware for an organic feel, then continue the gold or silver theme with fabric napkins and simple table decorations, such as small metal or porcelain trees or bare branches. Use tea lights or string lights to make your table an extension of your decor.

Get the party started with a luxe silver or gold bar cart filled with all your favourites for effortless entertaining with a touch of glamour. Use glasses and decanters with a hint of gold and silver to complete the look. An open bar cart will have you prepared for any thirsty guests and Santa might thank you for something stronger than milk too (are there rules on drinking and sleigh driving?).

7. Complete the look

Without turning every nook and cranny of your house into the North Pole, think about adding touches of Christmas to rooms where they’ll have the most impact. Small decorations in the powder room and kitchen will complete the look (without risking the Grinch’s ire!). Luxe throws – faux fur for those experiencing a winter Christmas and lighter materials for antipodeans – add depth to beds and sofas.

Homemade posters featuring quotes from favourite Christmas carols or books are a fun way to update your existing decor for the holidays with a personal touch. Even better, swap out photos or prints in existing frames to keep the cost down. Monochromatic or metallic Christmas cards can also be used as a low-budget way to bring Christmas art into your home.

Hannukah is right around the corner, with the period between the 28 November and the 6 December just weeks away. Around the world, those celebrating Hannukah will dedicate nine nights to lighting the nine candles of the Hannukah Menorah – not to be confused with a Menorah, which only has seven.

The Menorah is perhaps the most crucial part of a Hannukah table – it doesn’t matter whether it’s real or embroidered into the tablecloth. Below, we will explore how a modern Menorah design can make your Hannukah table.

The Symbolism Of A Menorah

In Judaism, the Menorah symbolizes universal enlightenment. It’s one of the most widely recognized Jewish ornaments, although many people outside of Judaism may not know its name. The tradition of lighting a Menorah began after slaves left Egypt for the Promise Land, and God commanded the fleeing Israelites to light a candle to represent the seven days of creation. 

Now, the Hannukah Menorah is an adaptation of the Menorah that has nine candle holders for each day of the holiday. It’s symbolic to Hannukah, and you could argue that Hannukah would not exist would it not be for the lighting of a new candle on a new day.

How A Modern Menorah Will Transform Your Hannukah Table

Whether you’re going to make your Hannukah steeped with tradition or not, a modern Menorah can transform your Hannukah table to combine class and style with ancient tradition. Traditionally speaking, your Menorah only needs to have the nine candle holders – the rest can be left to the creativity and artistry of the Hannukah table arranger. 

When you think about a traditional Hannukah Menorah, your mind might jump to a simple gold design with curving branches that glide away from the stem – modern Menorahs are anything but that. When you buy Menorahs online, you’ll notice bright colors, designs that are anything but the traditional curved horns, and grand designs that boast modern art.

It’s awe-inspiring to watch artists like Yair Emanual and Simon Pearce explore modern-day design trends – but yet they are still able to pay tribute to Jewish Hannukah Menorah traditions. The sanctity of the holiday is upheld by including the nine candle holders – whichever way the artists choose to put them.

Design Ideas To Explore

As mentioned, traditional Hannukah Menorah designs usually comprise a central stem with eight branches spanning from it. Modern Hannukah designs are anything from it. When looking at Yar Emanuel’s work, you can see the combination of traditional artistry with modern-day, vibrant colors. If you want to move further away from traditional Jewish designs, look for any design that differs from the classic central stem and branches.

We also mentioned that a Hannukah Menorah doesn’t have to be a physical ornament. Some households prefer to paint their own Hannukah Menorah onto the tablecloth. It still upholds the traditional values of Hannukah by including the nine stems, of which you could put a tealight candle at the top of each one to light each evening. This idea gives you the chance to be your own artist and create your own stunning Hannukah Menorah designs. There are, of course, plenty of modern-day designs online if you’d prefer to shop for one.

Hannukah is a sacred and beautiful holiday that millions of people celebrate around the world. It gives us a chance to reflect on the creation of life and explore the beauty of light, reminding us that the light of the Lord is there in everything we do. How will you celebrate Hannukah this year?

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There’s an excellent chance that you’ll never own anything more expensive than a house. We’re willing to spend so much on property for two reasons: firstly, we need to have places to live, and secondly, it offers incredible investment opportunities. If you can read the market well and perfect your timing, you can make a lot of money simply through buying and selling property — all while being your own boss and being fully in charge of your destiny.

Now, you may have clicked on this post because you’re planning to sell your property soon, or maybe it’s simply because you want to have the option of selling your property at a good price if you deem that worthwhile. Regardless, the core point of raising property value through interior design is absolutely worth your time and attention.

To help you make your property more valuable, we’re going to look at some straightforward interior design tasks you can carry out. Let’s get to them.

Prioritize kitchen and bathroom design

There are two parts of a house that inevitably get the most attention from prospective buyers. The kitchen, and the bathroom (or bathrooms). Bedrooms are obviously important, but they’re relatively easy to overhaul. Kitchens and bathrooms take time and effort, which is why you should focus on them for your interior design project.

Concentrate on making these areas feel as luxurious as possible. This can be done on a budget since it’s all about perception: you don’t need to pay much to add some light, clean everything, and distribute some accessories. You can even make a tiny kitchen feel substantially bigger. If you can get this done, you can add value quickly by making prospective buyers feel comfortable in the property right away.

Cater to the pros and cons of the area

To get some added perspective on what can affect the value of property, I spoke to Ade Labinjo, CEO & Co-Founder of the online mortgage company Breezeful. He raised the following point:

“Now that remote working is common, people are free to choose the locations they want, so a typical buyer will care slightly more about the region than the property. Your job as a seller, then, is to make your house best meet or exceed their expectations for the area. Do what you can to play to the strengths of your neighbourhood and diminish its weaknesses.”

“Take Ottawa as an example. Canada’s capital heavily features government-commissioned architecture that was designed to be robust and utilitarian. If you own property that fits that mold, why not add some flair through eye-catching interior design? Visitors will love the mixture of functionality and form. And if they need help finding the best mortgage rates Ottawa has to offer, send them our way. Our online service can do all the hard work for them.”

People prioritizing interior design can forget about the context of their surrounding areas, and that’s a major mistake. There will be things about the region that are drawing the interest of your prospective buyers, so build on those to make your property stand out from the crowd.

Focus on neutral colours and open spaces

When someone buys property with the intention of moving in, they want to have options. It’s unlikely they’ll want to keep everything as it is, so they’ll plan to get to work quite quickly: repaint walls, adjust layouts, change materials, etc. You need to take this into account with your interior design, and the best way to proceed is to focus on neutral colours and open spaces.

Why neutral colours? Because they look crisp and clean, help places feel light and airy, and — most importantly — allow visitors to freely imagine how they might redecorate. When you use bold colours, you make it tougher for people to envision alternatives. A house decorated with neutral colours is more like a blank slate ready to be filled in.

Similarly, the answer to the question of “Why open spaces?” is that they show potential. You want the property to feel as big and flexible as possible. Yes, a densely-decorated room can look really nice, but what if someone looking at it doesn’t like the layout or has a different purpose in mind for that area? Keep things simple and spaced out so the property can have the broadest appeal. This will significantly help the value.