Monday, January 28, 2013

Parade of Modern Alarm Clocks

I have this ancient alarm clock in my bedroom.  I have had it so long that I can't even tell you exactly when I got it.  I just remember getting it for Christmas when I was a kid.  I've probably owned it at
least 15 years.  Sad....I know!

She's a looker right???!!  I think it's about time I got a new one!
I started looking online & found a lot of really cool modern clocks.  Not all of them would go with my bedroom but I included them for variety:

top to bottom, left to right:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9

Do you have a modern alarm clock you love??

Other Parade Of...Posts you might enjoy are:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Design Tips: How To Choose The Right Size For An Area Rug

Thinking about incorporating a rug into a space in your home? 
Rugs help anchor the furniture & add color, personality, and warmth to a space.

If you need help determining the correct size for an area rug consider these guidelines:

First off, know the standard sizes of rugs before you go shopping.  Common sizes are 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 6x9, 8x10, 10x12.  Also, it is helpful to have paint & fabric swatches with you as you shop for a rug.


*  Rug should extend 2 ft. beyond dining chairs.  No legs of the chair should be off the rug when pulled out.
*  Try to leave at least 18" of bare floor around the perimeter of the rug for the room to feel better proportioned.
* If your table is rectangle go with a rectangle rug; if your table is square go with a square or round rug; if your table is round go with a round rug or a square rug.
*  Consider if you really want a rug under your dining table.  Sometimes it's nice to not worry about food stains or difficulty of chairs sliding on the rug.


* Ideally, the rug should be at least as long as the length & the width of furniture arrangement.
*  The furniture does not necessarily have to be on the rug.  I have seen & decorated rooms where all the legs, none of the legs, or just the front legs are on the rug & any one of those options usually looks just fine.
* Rectangle rugs are the 'go-to' for living rooms.  Think out of the box and consider using a round rug. (See photo at beginning of post:)


* Ideally, the rug should extend at least 18" + beyond the bed for a King or Queen bed, and at least 12" for a Full or Twin bed.


* Runners can make a hallway warmer & quieter.  Pick a length that covers as much as the hallway as possible without it extending into a room.


* Try to leave 18"-24" inches around the perimeter of the rug.
* Be mindful of placing a shaggy rug in the entry.  Make sure the front door can easily open over the rug, and people are more prone to trip walking over a shaggy rug.  Stick with a low-cut rug.
* Remember to have a walk off mat outside your door to catch as much mud/dirt off shoes before reaching the interior rug.


* Try taping off the size of the rug on the floor if you need a visual to help determine the right size.

* Remember to use a rug pad on hardwood floors.  The rug backing can scratch your floor.

* If possible, rotate your rug 1 to 2 times a year for even traffic patterns.

* Vacuum your rug at least once a week.

* Never purchase a rug that is 'all sales final' unless you are 110% sure it will work!!!  You don't want to be stuck with the wrong rug.  Always know what the return policy is, or if you can take the rug on 'approval'  before purchasing it.

**And the MOST important rule to remember is that all these guidelines are just GUIDELINES!!!  In the end, go with what YOU like & YOU think looks best regardless of the rules:)

                        so pretty

Monday, January 14, 2013

You Need To Know About Novica!

Recently, I was introduced to NOVICA.  You need to check it out!
I like to  keep a 'go-to' list of different websites to visit when searching for the perfect home decor item or gift for someone. NOVICA is a great resource to find unique hand-crafted items from all over the world. NOVICA is now a favorite on my 'go-to' list.  I got lost exploring all the unique items on this website!

NOVICA has so many home decor items: picture frames, mirrors, rugs, sculpture, trays, boxes, wall hangings, vases, lamps, etc, etc....the list goes on and on!

Here are just a few of the MANY home decor items I loved:
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NOVICA does not stop at home decor though! They sell clothing for men and women, accessories, handbags, totes, travel bags, etc, etc...

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NOVICA was kind enough to give me a gift card to pick something out from their website & then share with you  all my experience! 

I picked out the Lotus Blossom Frame from India.

This frame is made from bone, and it is absolutely gorgeous.  Sometimes I find myself just staring at it.  Ya, I am a major home-decor geek!  I love the layers of texture and it just looks beautiful sitting on my nightstand.

Along with the frame, I also picked out a Set of 6 Cobalt Blue Drinking Glasses from Mexico. 

These are beautiful heavy-duty glasses.  I love that they are hand-blown and from Mexico.

Overall, I was thrilled with my NOVICA purchasing experience.  The website is easy to navigate.  Placing an order is simple. I received emails to track my order.  The packages arrived in a timely fashion, packed very well & in perfect shape.  I would order from NOVICA any day and would recommend them to anyone.

You may also want to check out these accessories on their site.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's been a week of sick kids...No fun :)  I will be back next week with ideas on how to freshen up your home in 2013!