Monday, 27 May 2013

How to Make a Reading Chair

Imagine... a good book, a glass of wine, time to yourself...

With all of the good things above, you need somewhere comfortable to sit and enjoy the moment.

This is definitely a post that will be added too.....

Kojotutorial: reading chair made from two wooden palettes (part 1) by Kojo Designs

Not quite a relaxing chair for adults, but a fun option from Kojo Designs none-the-less.

Easy Chair by Carlyle Lynch on Tools for Working Wood

Unfortunately, you do have to pay for the plans from Carlyle Lynch, but what a gorgeous chair, that will look sophisticated and stylish in your home.

How to Make a Chair With Books by W. P. Wentzell on eHow

A fun idea from W. P. Wentzell on eHow! Seek out those handsome books and create your masterpiece.

Parson Chair Plans by Ana White

A comfy looking chair by Ana White. Not quite one that you can snuggle into though!

Rocking Chair Plans by Stan's Plans

Stan's Plans features this lovely rocking chair. A few cushions and you have that relaxing chair to read away the hours.

Mission Style Rocking Chair Plans by Randy Wicks on How to Build Plans

Gently rock yourself, with this chair by How to Build Plans, whilst reading that 'can't put down' book.

Rok-Bak Chair by Larry Cotton on Make

This chair by Larry Cotton on Make looks so comfortable - I want one!

Bean Bag Chair by Making it Fun

If a comfy chair is what you are looking for, a bean bag is the perfect compliment. This bean bag from Making It Fun would look great in your home.

Monday, 20 May 2013

6 Jazzy Ideas to Make an Umbrella Stand

After a bout of 'singing in the rain', you return home with a dripping umbrella and no where to store it! Heck! At times like this, an umbrella stand is the perfect solution.

If you desire a clean and tidy look for such important storage, the solutions below are a perfect compliment to any hallway.

How to Build a Tub-Foot Umbrella Stand by Amy Hughes, This Old House Magazine

This umbrella stand, by Amy Hughes at This Old House Magazine, has a mixture of styles - rustic but grandeur. Offering space for several umbrellas, this stand would be a stylish storage solution.

How to: Make a DIY Lighted Umbrella Stand by Bruno on Curbly

Should your look be funky; this stand, by Bruno on Curbly, is spot on! Made from PVC piping and lit up for an added effect.

You can decorate this stand to suit your decor, but the presented image is cute. Vicky O'Dell, 'The Creative Goddess', has jazzed up a simple French flower bucket with bright colours and a decal.

There is no picture of the finished product available, but 'Do It Yourself', present a full-size wooden stand.

Ballard Designs Inspired Umbrella Stand by Eeny Meeny & Moe

Eeny Meeny & Moe also utilise a French flower bucket for their umbrella stand.

Entryway Organizing Ideas: Bucket Umbrella Stand by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart offers the simple solution of decorating a French flower bucket.

Umbrella Hooks by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart's simple solution of storage hooks is a great idea and it should take us less space but still look good.

Friday, 17 May 2013

How to Feng Shui Your Entrance and Hallway

What is Feng Shui? How can I gain a positive energy flow through my entrance and hallway?

Let's start at the beginning! Feng Shui is the art of positioning and creating environments that result in the positive energy flow being able to move freely. Once a harmony between human and their environment is achieved, Feng Shui is believed to create positive impacts on personal life, mental and physical health and success.

There are many ways to adapt your entrance and hallway to ensure that a positive energy flow comes into the home. Some suggestions are below to welcome Feng Shui into your home.

Naturally Friendly offer excellent tips that ensure good Chi leading to your home, front door and within your hall. They also offer a good tutorial for beginners on using Bagua; the energy map of your environment.

Health 24 define colour meanings; which are essential for positive energy.

Feng Shui Blog list things that you can do to ensure that your front door creates good Chi, including the size of your door in comparison to your house. introduces 'success direction', which is important for positive energy.

By implementing the tips found on the above sites, hopefully you should be able to master the best positive energy flow through your entrance and hallway. Obviously, if we were going to build a house we would consider these points in our designs, but as we already own a home, not all suggestions are plausible. Introduce the tips that you can.

As we move through the house, Feng Shui for each room will be posted. Keep an eye out!