Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to free for mosquitos on your home

You’re probably thinking that controlling mosquitos has absolutely nothing to do with budget decorating but guess what, it does! In fact, there are plenty of ways to control pesky mosquitos in and around your home using some clever and attractive tricks that you can make yourself.

Using essential oils

It’s long been known that the essential oils of certain plants help keep pests, like mosquitos, away. The most commonly used essential oils that help repel mosquitos are citronella (Cymbopogon, made from varieties of lemongrass) and lemon eucalyptus (Corymbia citriodora, which is a species of eucalyptus tree). Keep in mind that synthetic scents, like synthetic citronella, won’t work. In fact, you should always invest in 100% organic essential oils as they are more powerful and potent than non-organic versions. These essential oils can be used in making your own mosquito-repellant candles, tiki torches or mosquito spray. Always dilute essential oils and never put it directly on your skin.

Never use essential oils on babies or toddlers under the age of 3 and never apply it to open cuts or wounds. Pregnant women should consult their doctor first.

DIY citronella candles and torches

If you’ve ever made your own candles you know that the process is extremely easy. In fact, once you have gathered the right ingredients it’s really easy to make a whole bunch at once. Try using different types of recycled containers like tin cans or mason jars. These make great gifts too! The basic ingredients you need are:

  • candle molds (container appropriate for burning candles)
  • wicks
  • double boiler
  • candle wax
  • scissors
  • essential oil (citronella or lemon eucalyptus)
  • color (you can use crayons to add color if you want)

The recipe is simple. You need to affix the wicks inside the candle holder. Next, melt the wax in the double boiler and add the scent (you can also add the colored crayon at this point). Carefully pour the liquid wax into your candle molds then let them solidify. For more details please read this tutorial here. Here’s a great video for how to make a citronella torch.

Mosquito repellent for the skin

Like the mosquito repelling candles above, you can make your own bug spray too. Keep in mind that not all repellants work for all mosquitos. The most documented type of successful mosquito repellent is still DEET, as it’s been proven to repel the most number of species of mosquitos for the longest period of time. In fact, if you’re headed to dengue or Zika prone areas you may still want to stick to the strong stuff. But if you have a mild mosquito issue you can try this more natural repellant that uses a coconut oil base and a mixture of essential oils.

KNow the point rooms of your home to look so wonderful

A room will feel much more inviting and offer a more comfortable place to rest if you arrange the furniture or accessories around a focal point. Sometimes a focal point is an architectural feature. At other times, a focal point can be a special picture, mirror, or dramatic piece of furniture. Learn how to find a focal point in your room and how to make the most of it.

Time Required: Varies

Here’s How:

  1. Look around your room to determine the ‘biggest’ feature. It may be a fireplace, a picture window, or a built-in bookcase. This will generally be your focal point.
  2. If your room has no distinguishing architectural features, identify the largest furniture pieces. These could become your focal point.
  3. A focal point should be something interesting to look at, something colorful or texturally and visually appealing.
  4. You can create a focal point for the room, by focusing on artwork, floral arrangements, paint color, or shelving.
  5. The focal point should be the ‘first thing’ you see when entering a room. If possible, build your furniture arrangement around the focal point.
  1. If an outdoor view is the focal point, orient the furniture inside and outside to take advantage of window areas.
  2. You can create a focal point wall by painting one wall a different color from the rest and accessorizing with a wall arrangement, artwork, or display shelves.
  3. Use lighting to enhance your focal point. For example, use a picture light, track light, or wall washer fixture on a painting or wall display.
  4. If you’ve identified a mantle or shelf as the focal point, use plants and accessories to decorate them.

Luxury Decorating Style Tips and affordable

Do you have any idea about what decorating style you like? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer isn’t always so easy to come up with. Of all the things that we learn while going through so many years of school, what decorating style we’d like to see in our living room or what era of furniture would best complement the layout of our bedrooms usually isn’t one of them. Go figure. Whether you’ve been to school for design or not, decorating is always a very personal process. That doesn’t change whether you’re doing it for yourself, working with a designer, or designing for someone else. When it’s your home, everything hinges on what you like and in the end only you can say whether the result is something that you’ll be happy living with. It’s always easy to tell whether or not you like something but sometimes it can be very difficult to say for sure what you like or why. That’s one of the reasons why designers emphasize an understanding of different styles when approaching a project.

It’s not that these are hard and fast categories that you have to fit into, but if you can identify the one or two that most strike your fancy, you’ll have a great starting point for filling in the rest of your look. Here’s a short guide from About.com that will steer you to some of the best quizzes and resources to help you determine your favorite decorating style.

Connect to the links here and answer some simple questions. Before you know it, you’ll get information on your decorating style, based on your answers. What could be easier? Use these sources as a guide to creating the interior that reflects your personality.

Then you can really call your house or apartment a home!

  • Better Homes and Gardens has a simple color quiz using attitudes about color to help zero in on your decorating style. You won’t have to wait for results, and you’ll get information about what the answers say about you. 
  • Take a Home Decorating Quiz from Houzz to get style hints as you decide on the style that you like best. 
  • Check out more Decorating, Design, and Style Quizzes. They are a great way to help you define home furnishings you love so you can create your perfect home. 
  • And if you’d like to go a little deeper with a bit more research, check out this list of the Best Design Books of 2016

Take the quizzes and print out any quiz results that best fit your style, and keep them in your decorating file for future reference!