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McCreery’s Home Furnishings Latest Public Notice Regarding COVID -19

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Due to the ongoing health concerns Regarding OCVID-19, we are closed until April 7th, 2020 following Sacramento Counties’ health order. We will have staff available to answer questions regarding orders on our business number 916-487-2019 or by email at

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McCreery’s Home Furnishings Store’s Public Notice Regarding COVID-19


Due to the ongoing health concerns regarding COVID-19, we are following Sacramento Counties guidelines and have decided to temporarily close our showroom to the public until Tuesday, 03/24/2020.

We will have staff available to answer questions regarding orders on our primary business number 916-487-2019, or email at Thank you fro your understanding.

10 Best Interior Design Blogs And Websites For 2020

If you are looking for 10 best interior design websites and blogs for 2020, here we have collected the details of them for you.

  1. McCreery’s Home Furnishings: McCreery’s Home Furnishings features a large selection of quality living room, bedroom, dining room, home office, entertainment, and custom furniture as well as mattresses, home decor, and accessories. McCreery’s Home Furnishings has a store location in Sacramento CA, Racho Cordova CA and Roseville CA. If you are looking for the perfect furniture to suit your needs as well as your lifestyle, stop by McCreery’s Home Furnishings today.

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2. Amber Interiors: Sometimes it helps to see a designer’s point of view in action. This California-based firm showcases their incredible work in extensive photo galleries, all emphasizing light, and breezy design paired with homey touches. Hint: If you love white walls as a blank canvas, you’ll love the design aesthetic here!
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3. Apartment 34: Apartment 34’s bread and butter are their design features, but they also serve up some great complementary content on fashion, entertainment, beauty, travel, and more. Our favorite feature? Their ‘Ideas to Steal’ section is aptly titled as you’ll be Pinning everything in sight.
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4. Fresh Home: Freshome has answers to questions you didn’t even know you had about decorated, like how to make a temporary living space feel homier. We especially love their easy to navigate guides on the best interior designers by city or best in class fireplace shopping guides.


5. Designboom: With 20 years of experience behind them, Designboom is a must-visit site for design enthusiasts of any type. In between browsing cool architecture and furniture ideas, you never know what will inspire your space – from quirky art installations to technological innovations. Be sure to check out their Readers Shop for items you can actually nab to enhance your space.


6. Design Milk: It’s easy to get lost in the click-worthy posts and photo galleries on this expansive website. Interior design, architecture, and household goods all get their day next to art, style, tech, and travel news making this a one-stop lifestyle shop that will take your design game to the next level.


7. Decor8: This sweet blog is filled with eye candy galore. The best part is, it’s totally accessible, bringing real home design down to earth with DIY tips and where to buy guides. Yet somehow, the blog also manages to be totally aspirational as you take a peek into some of the loveliest store and home interiors around the globe.


8. Home And Design: The website version of Home and Design magazine offers exactly what you’d expect: Expertly curated galleries related to specific rooms of the house or specific styles of architecture. It makes browsing a breeze and oh so fun, whether you’re looking to add a country garden to your backyard or an elaborate Master Bedroom design.


9. Laura U Interior Design: Houston-based interior designer Laura Umansky specializes in what she’s billed ‘Classically Current’ design. While her work gallery gives you plenty to drool over, it’s the design firm’s blog that will really send your design inspiration into overload, with tons of behind the scenes insight into being an interior design guru.


10. Style By Emily Henderson: After you’re done browsing (and Pinning away!) Emily Henderson’s gorgeous website, be sure to check out the site’s interactive features, like a style quiz to help center your design focus. Fun decor-minded gift guides also ensure you’ll be the perfect guest, host, and everything in between.


Latest Guide to The Coronavirus Drugs and Vaccines in Development

In the months since the novel coronavirus rose from a regional crisis to a global threat, drug makers large and small have scrambled to advance their best ideas for thwarting a pandemic.

Some are taking a cue from older antivirals. Some are tapping tried-and-true technologies, and others are pressing forward with futuristic approaches to human medicine.

Here’s a guide to some of the most talked-about efforts to treat or prevent coronavirus infection, with details on the science, history, and timeline for each endeavor. We’re looking at novel medicines, not repurposed drugs. (For more on some of the efforts to repurpose drugs, read this.) The below therapies and vaccines are sorted in order of how close they could be to approval, starting with a treatment in Phase 3 trials, followed by others in Phase 1 studies and then preclinical development. Approval, of course, would only come if they are proven safe and effective. 

Gilead Sciences
Approach: Treatment
Stage: Phase 3

Gilead’s remdesivir is being studied in five clinical trials around the world. In China, Gilead is recruiting about 1,000 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus to determine whether multiple doses of remdesivir can reverse the infection. The primary goals are reducing fever and helping patients get out of the hospital within two weeks. The drug, which previously failed in a study on Ebola virus, is administered intravenously. More on the drug here.

Ascletis Pharma
Approach: Treatment
Stage: Phase 1

Chinese drug maker Ascletis Pharma is testing a combination of antivirals, one approved for HIV and one approved for hepatitis C, that might treat coronavirus infection. Last month, the company enrolled 11 patients with coronavirus-caused pneumonia and administered a cocktail of danoprevir and ritonavir. All 11 were eventually discharged, according to Ascletis. The company hasn’t disclosed plans for a larger study.

Moderna Therapeutics
Approach: Vaccine
Stage: Phase 1

Moderna set a drug industry record with mRNA-1273, a vaccine candidate identified just 42 days after the novel coronavirus was sequenced. The company is working with the National Institutes of Health on a healthy-volunteer study that began earlier this month. If mRNA-1273 proves itself to be safe, Moderna will enroll hundreds more patients to determine whether the vaccine protects against infection. Moderna’s product is a synthetic strand of messenger RNA, or mRNA, designed to convince bodily cells to produce antibodies against the virus. The company, founded in 2010, is yet to win Food and Drug Administration approval for any of its mRNA medicines. More on the vaccine candidate here.

CanSino Biologics
Approach: Vaccine
Stage: Phase 1

CanSino Biologics, headquartered in Tianjin, is close to testing its novel coronavirus vaccine in a clinical trial in China. CanSino’s approach involves taking a snippet of coronavirus’ genetic code and entwining it with a harmless virus, thereby exposing healthy volunteers to the novel infection and spurring the production of antibodies. The company said this week that Chinese authorities approved its planned trial, which will begin as soon as possible. CanSino markets a vaccine for Ebola virus in China.

Arcturus Therapeutics
Approach: Vaccine
Stage: Preclinical

Arcturus Therapeutics is pressing forward with a vaccine that relies on engineering RNA. The company plans to take an RNA virus that has been edited to encode for proteins that will protect against infection and load it into a liquid nanoparticle. The resulting vaccine, being developed in partnership with Duke University, promises a better immune response at a lower dose than competing mRNA approaches, according to the company. The vaccine remains in preclinical development, and Arcturus has promised to start a human trial as quickly as possible.

Approach: Vaccine
Stage: Preclinical

Germany’s BioNTech is working on an mRNA vaccine for the novel coronavirus with plans to enter clinical testing in April. Like its competitors, the company uses strands of mRNA to spur the production of protective antibodies. Earlier this month, Shanghai’s Fosun Pharma signed a deal to market BioNTech’s vaccine in China if it’s eventually approved. Pfizer has agreed to co-develop the vaccine in the rest of the world.

Approach: Vaccine
Stage: Preclinical

Like Moderna, CureVac uses man-made mRNA to spur the production of proteins. And, like Moderna, it got a grant from the nonprofit Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to apply its technology to coronavirus. CureVac has said it expects to have a candidate ready for animal testing by April, aiming to start a clinical study this summer. The company is also working with CEPI on a mobile mRNA manufacturing technology, one that would theoretically allow health care workers to rapidly-produce vaccines to respond at the site of an outbreak.

Eli Lilly
Approach: Treatment
Stage: Preclinical

Eli Lilly has partnered with a Canadian firm called AbCellera to develop antibody treatments for coronavirus infection. Using a blood sample from a coronavirus survivor, AbCellera identified more than 500 antibodies that might protect against the virus. Now it’s working with Lilly to identify which are most potent. The two companies aim to have a treatment ready for human trials within the next four months.

Approach: Vaccine
Stage: Preclinical

GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers, is lending its technology to a Chinese biotech firm at work on a coronavirus vaccine. Under an agreement signed last month, GSK is providing its proprietary adjuvants — compounds that enhance the effectiveness of vaccines — to Clover Biopharmaceuticals, a privately held company based in Chengdu. Clover’s approach involves injecting proteins that spur an immune response, thereby priming the body to resist infection. GSK struck a similar deal with the University of Queensland in Australia, which is also working on a protein vaccine. The company has not said when it expects to advance either into human testing. GSK is also lending its scientific expertise to CEPI.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals
Approach: Vaccine
Stage: Preclinical

Inovio has spent the last four decades working to turn DNA into medicine, and the company believes its technology could quickly generate a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. Working with CEPI grant money, Inovio has come up with a DNA vaccine it believes can generate protective antibodies and keep patients from infection. The company has partnered with a Chinese manufacturer, Beijing Advaccine Biotechnology, and is working through preclinical development with a candidate called INO-4800. The company expects to progress into clinical trials in April and has promised to manufacture 1 million doses of its candidate this year.

Johnson & Johnson
Approach: Vaccine and treatment
Stage: Preclinical

Johnson & Johnson, which has in the past responded to outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses, is taking a multipronged approach to the coronavirus. The company is in the early days of developing a vaccine that would introduce patients to a deactivated version of the virus, triggering an immune response without causing infection. Human trials could begin by November. At the same time, J&J is working with the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority on potential treatments for patients who are already infected, a process that includes investigating whether any of its older medicines might work against the coronavirus.

Approach: Vaccine and treatment
Stage: Preclinical

Outside of its vaccine work with BioNTech, Pfizer has put out a five-point plan to address the outbreak, which includes making its technology, scientists, expertise, and manufacturing available to outside institutions. The company has also promised to create a rapid-response program to make it easier to respond to future pandemics.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Approach: Treatment
Stage: Preclinical

Regeneron has grown into a $50 billion business based on its ability to craft human antibodies out of genetically engineered mice. Now it’s tapping that technology in hopes of treating coronavirus. The company immunized its proprietary antibody-generating mice with a harmless analog of the novel coronavirus, generating potential treatments for the infection. Regeneron plans to select the two most potent antibodies and advance the cocktail into human studies by early summer. The last time Regeneron embarked on this process, during the Ebola outbreak of 2015, it came up with an antibody cocktail that roughly doubled survival rates for treated patients. More on Regeneron’s treatment here.

Approach: Vaccine and treatment
Stage: Preclinical

Sanofi, which has successfully developed vaccines for yellow fever and diphtheria, is working with BARDA on an answer to the coronavirus. Sanofi’s approach involves taking some of the coronavirus’s DNA and mixing it with genetic material from a harmless virus, creating a chimera that can prime the immune system without making patients sick. Sanofi expects to have a vaccine candidate to test in the lab within six months and could be ready to test a vaccine in people within a year to 18 months. Approval would likely be at least three years away, the company said. Outside of vaccines, Sanofi and Regeneron have started a clinical trial to test whether Kevzara, an approved anti-inflammatory drug, can help with the symptoms of Covid-19.

Approach: Treatment
Stage: Preclinical

Japanese pharma giant Takeda is at work on a treatment derived from the blood of people who have already been infected by the coronavirus. The company is drawing blood from coronavirus survivors, harvesting the plasma, and then isolating the protective antibodies that kept those patients alive. It’s not a new idea. Blood transfusions have been used to combat viral outbreaks since at least the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. But Takeda’s take on it could prove to be faster in development than other therapeutic approaches. According to the company, the therapy could be available to patients in 12 to 18 months.

Vir Biotechnology
Approach: Treatment
Stage: Preclinical

Vir Biotechnology, a company focused on infectious disease, has isolated antibodies from people who survived SARS, a viral relative of the novel coronavirus, and is working to determine whether they might treat the infection. Teaming up with Chinese pharma contractor WuXi Biologics, the San Francisco-based Vir is in the early stages of development and hasn’t specified when it expects to have products ready for human testing. The company has also aligned with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to work on treatments that might halt viral replication by interfering with RNA signaling. Vir’s CEO, Biogen veteran George Scangos, is also coordinating the trade group BIO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Houston’s mattress king bets $3.5 million on Astros to win World Series

For much of this baseball season, Gallery Furniture stores in Houston have been running a promotion promising to refund mattress purchases of $3,000 or more if the Astros win the World Series. It’s a pretty gutsy move on the part of Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale: Houston won a franchise-record 107 games during the regular season, the most in all of baseball, and feature an absolutely loaded roster, including infielder Alex Bregman (in the running for MVP), pitchers Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole (who easily could go 1-2 in the AL Cy Young voting), and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (who seems likely to win AL rookie of the year honors). Should the Astros win the World Series, McIngvale will be on the hook for more than $15 million worth of refunds, he told the Action Network’s Darren Rovell.

To help mitigate that potential hit, McIngvale went about trying to find a sportsbook that would take a large wager on the Astros to win the World Series, and on Monday he found one: the DraftKings sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl casino in Biloxi, Miss., which took his $3.5 million bet on the Astros to win it all at +220 odds. If Houston takes home the World Series title for the second time in three seasons, McIngvale would win $7.7 million.

McIngvale flew to Mississippi on Tuesday to pose with his ticket and a briefcase full of cash (he actually wired the $3.5 million on Monday):

Scarlet Pearl CEO LuAnn Pappas told the Chronicle that McIngvale’s wager was the largest placed in Mississippi since the state began taking sports bets last year. According to ESPN’s David Purdum, the $3.5 million is nearly equal to how much was bet on baseball at Mississippi sportsbooks in the months of June, July and August combined.

It’s also one of the biggest single sports bets ever recorded, and McIngvale wants to get down even more money if he can find another casino to take his action, perhaps in New Jersey (he told Rovell he’s waiting to see whom the Astros will be playing). Anthony Curtis, a Las Vegas gambler who helped McIngvale find the best price, told Purdum that Mattress Mack wants to get down upward of $10 million on the Astros.

McIngvale ran a similar promotion in 2017 and refunded more than $10 million in mattress purchases when the Astros defeated the Dodgers in the World Series. He was able to hedge some of it with insurance but also placed around $1 million in bets on the Astros to win the World Series in Las Vegas. This year, however, lining up the insurance proved to be more difficult because of how good Houston has played and because of Tropical Storm Imelda, which dumped a massive amount of rain on Texas’s Gulf Coast.

“This year, knowing how good the Astros were, I wanted to wait a bit,” McIngvale told Rovell. “But then at the trade deadline, they got [pitcher Zach] Grienke and their odds were cut in half, so the insurance I lined up changed. Then, I signed a new deal. But that was waived off after the hurricane on the coast caused so much damage that the insurance companies got nervous and pulled their offer.”

The media value of the publicity his chain will get also could trump any losses, as was the case in 2014 when McIngvale promised refunds to mattress customers if the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, which they did.

“When I picked the Broncos to win the Super Bowl and the center hiked the ball over Peyton Manning’s head, we lost $8 million off rebates. My wife was going to divorce me,” he told Rovell. “But the truth is, we got $30 million to $40 million in media value. I anticipate it will be even more here.”

The 7 Popular Principles of Interior Design

The 7 Principles of Interior Design are guidelines for creating a well-designed space. Designers incorporate these principles into every design plan to create interiors that are both beautiful and fully functional. While each principle is important on its own, in a truly successful design, all 7 principles work together and complement each other.

The 7 Principles of Interior Design - balance

Balance in interior design requires an equal distribution of “visual weight”. Visual weight refers to how heavy or substantial an object appears to the human eye. Items that are large, solid, dark, or colourful will seem heavier than objects that are small, thin, open, or light in colour. To achieve a good balance, divide a room into four equal quadrants. Each quarter should appear to contain roughly the same volume of furnishings and objects.

The 7 Principles of Interior Design - rhythm

In music, rhythm occurs when a repetitive beat (or combination of beats) creates a musical pattern. Rhythm in interior design helps create a cohesive space with good flow by using repetition to help move the eye around the room. Repeated elements can be anything from a colour or pattern, to finishes and materials, to shapes and styles.

The 7 Principles of Interior Design - emphasis

Emphasis in interior design refers to a central element that acts as the focal point of a space. Common focal points include architectural features such as a fireplace or picture window. If a room does not have any noteworthy architectural features, a piece of art or furniture can also be a focal point.

The focal point should be the first thing you notice when you enter the room and serve as an anchor for space. Once you have identified the focal point, you can create emphasis through furniture placement and with the use of colour, light, and texture.

The 7 Principles of Interior Design - contrast

Contrast and variety create visual interest and prevent interiors from feeling boring. Contrast provides drama and draws attention while the variety adds personality and diversity.  Create contrast by placing elements of striking difference next to one another. You can achieve this effect with the use of colour, shape, and space. You can also use different colours, fabrics, and finishes along with unique furniture pieces to add variety to space.

The 7 Principles of Interior Design - scale

Scale and proportion work together to ensure that objects in a room look like they belong there and also relate to one another. Scale refers to the size of objects within a space, while proportion refers to the size of one object in relation to another.

The 7 Principles of Interior Design - unity

Unity and harmony create a space that feels cohesive and ensures that all the elements in a room feel like part of a whole. Unity is achieved when an overall theme is followed that guides the design and ensures that all pieces relate to each other. Decorating with items that have common colours, patterns, shape, or style will help create a harmonious room.

7 principles of interior design - details

Incorporating the above 6 principles will create a space with good flow and balance that feels well put together. But the details are what makes a room come to life. The details are easy to overlook but can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of a space.

Decorative details include items such as trim and embellishments on textiles, architectural accents, and hardware, handles, and flourishes. Other less obvious details involve common features such as wires from lamps and electronics, faceplates for outlets, and quality of workmanship

The Beauty of Painted Furniture (Link Roundup)

The beauty of Painted Furniture

Furniture that is worth a million memories (and sometimes thousands of bucks) is an antique piece. Antiques are normally passed down from great grandparents down to several generations since, and it looks better and better as days pass. What makes vintage woodwork, old chests and antique cabinets special are the craftsmanship and intricate etchings that are featured in each. With a little maintenance and care, you can be able to bring back the beauty of an old piece. However, if it is your project to give your house makeover, then painting old pieces of furniture can be a great way to jumpstart this. Your imagination is your only limitation when you are out to create painted designs. Let your home achieve a look of being retro or rustic with just a few strokes.

Choose from These Designs

Rustic Romance: One of the most charming designs is the soft look that is offered by rustic romance. This design adds warmth and the look of decades that have already gone by. If you love an earthly feel in your home, then use polished furniture with shades of beige, brown, rust or green. Any subdued colors work for this furniture design.

Neo Classic: This kind of furniture design looks minimal and is dominated by monochromatic colors. If you want furniture that makes use of the least amount of space then invest in this. In painting this furniture, make sure that you stick to the theme colors. With white walls, you can pick a color then use it for almost all of the furniture pieces that you will use in your home.

Make use of less artwork while concentrating in some concentric designs. Use neutral hues like gray, black or white when you use this theme in your home.

Funky Design: The perfectly painted furniture is only achieved if you are willing to go out of your way and experiment with colors. Watch your home come to life as you make use of well-blended colors on a palette. If you want, you can even get your kid involved with the painting job. Use spray paints to make it easier for them. Just for fun, you may paint pictures of their favorite cartoon characters; their favorite animals; even floral imprints.

Painting Techniques

  • Be casual about the project. Use a paint brand that you trust. If you can find something that can scrub off with brush and water, then do so. Painting over is easy when you know that the colors are easy to erase.

Water-based paint no longer needs a primer coat as it can easily stick on plastic, wood, even varnishes. This type of paint also dries quickly and does not emit a lot of fumes.

  • Be bold with your use of colors. See how you can achieve an aura of history and age with the use of chipped or cracked paint. Nick away from the splashes of color by using sandpaper. After this, you will be surprised to see a chipped look on your furniture. Use a hairdryer to achieve the needed look of cracks.

Any color that adds intrigue to the room will surely look great. If you have to paint furniture with black, then see that the surroundings are light-colored.

  • Another technique is to paint furniture with solid coat then allow it to dry. Then paint a design on paper such as yellow-centered flowers. Stick the painted part to the furniture the carefully lift as you repeat the process over and over again. As soon as the designs have dried, make sure to brush with a  layer of wax.

Unlike wooden furniture, painted pieces look cleaner and crisper. They also complement spaces without any effort. Are you sick and tired of old-looking furniture? Paint ‘em and they are sure to look newer!

Texture in Interior Design: Adding the X-Factor in Your Home

It is said that color and form are the dual media for expression. But for those who know better, the fusion of both in the form of texture is also a distinct medium. The root word for texture means to weave but this term has been broadened to the arts and even in interior design.

Texture in Interior Design

When observed in this manner, all materials that are used for interior design have a texture which is one of the most important characteristics there is. When the walls are without texture, you are literally putting everything on a meaningless canvas, hence, brown, when used as a flat color is boring and bordering unpleasant. Use this same hue on an interesting texture such as that in walnut, oak, paper, wool or silk; and it becomes significant.

Texture in Everything

The texture is relevant because it makes color gradation possible. Going back to that flat color – it will never be beautiful when left on its own. In a broader sense, flat colors do not appear in good art or natural architecture. Flat tones may be useful in interior design only when it is used to contrast the tones of walls, rug or hangings. On its own, it is unfeeling and monotonous.

Texture also offers a beautiful surface irregularity. This unevenness in flock papers, woven fabric, wrought iron or hardwood grains causes surface colors to break up into the smallest gradations of shade and light. It, therefore, banishes lifelessness and hardness.

Apart from tones and hues, texture also possesses emotional values because of the association of ideas. An interior designer is trained to group textures with different textures. As this expert designs and converges colors and forms, he produces design unity through likeness insignificance or appearance.

For example, when you feel or see the texture of oak, you think of subtle crudeness and strength. The way to go is to group it with low tones or simple shades but with relatively heavy textures such as velvet, leather or tapestries.

On the other hand, satinwood is seen to be delicate and smooth so it must be grouped with brocade, damask or taffeta because they are relatively smooth, lustrous and graceful.

Without a doubt, the significance of texture lies in the association. The flawless application of texture defines the home more than the consistency in style or ornaments. Be careful in using certain textures because some, when grouped together, can be unsympathetic.

Adding Harmony

Harmonious grouping and the choice of texture is a difficult part of the interior designer’s work. If there is one aspect that is not applicable to texture, though, this would have to be the cost or price of the materials.

The most expensive lighting fixtures can still go well with moderately-priced furniture. There are other applicable elements to consider but the price is never a factor.

Lustrous textures should be grouped with equally lustrous pieces while the dull ones should go with their dull cousins. But, keep in mind that all rules have their exceptions such as in the case of bright-colored fabrics. Take for instance the light cretonnes which are better paired with Scotch or Brussels ingrain types. At the end of the day, harmony in color is a more important aspect.

In essence, the texture isn’t there for the designer to freely express his ideas. He merely uses this to affirm colors, form and to highlight decorative effects. He must also learn to group accordingly without the understanding of which ends up in chaos. The texture is slowly being recognized and appreciated in interior design. Beauty, after all, is also dependent on it. As your interior designer makes suggestions later, at least, now you can discuss in terms that he would understand.

Useful Reference Links

Using texture in interior design
The Importance of Texture in Interior Design
How to Use Texture in Interior Design

What Are the Essential Start-up Video Production Tools?

When you are just starting with your video production business, everyone knows that a new company could be difficult to manage. One of the primary things that you need to make sure you have accomplished is having the right production tools from the onset. Of course, you would not want your corporate videos to turn into the biggest flop in history, would you?

Here are four video production tools that you might want to look into as early as Day 1 of your business –

Animoto – Fun, Easy Video Production

This is a video creation service provider that can be used for both online as well as mobile devices. With a few instructions, you can already create then share your unique videos using your own video clips, photos, music, and words.

If you are the type who loves to produce the slideshow type of videos, then this is your video creation tool. It can be used by Android and iPhone users. This is a free app complete with high-density resolution. This means that you can download videos in 720p to HD resolutions.

Would you want to export your finished videos to social networking sites? That is also easy as you can share your videos with Twitter, WordPress, Pinterest, and Facebook.

You would need about $249 to $499 every year, depending on your chosen package, in order to keep this service. The lite or personal version can be about $30 to just $249 annually. If yearly payments are too heavy for you, then you can also opt for their monthly payment scheme.

GoAnimate and Its Huge Library

Businesses, schools, and individual video producers have a lot to gain fro GoAnimate. It comes with voice recording, scripting, storyboarding, and music library features. You also have the added feature of putting your own tracks to this library.

Just think of any possible scenario that you can have for a video and, most probably, GoAnimate already has it.

All these features come for an affordable price of $299-599 per year, depending on your chosen package. Quarterly and monthly payments are available if annual payments are still not doable for you at the moment. – Adobe After Effects Minus the Flare

This is a beta animated online video creator. With it, you can make, edit and eventually share your unique videos. Choose from the backgrounds, images, and music that you would use for your online video. In just a few minutes, you can already share it with the world.

Whether you are choosing personal or business, the annual price is $249. You can also just buy a single video for $19-49.

StupeFlix – Basic Does It

StupeFlix offers a basic platform for basic users who only need to upload their videos on the most renowned video engines. There are 16 themes to choose from. Users can easily add videos and photos to Instagram, Flickr, Dropbox, Picasa or Facebook.

It also offers 450 licensed soundtracks which you can already use on your videos. If you are still not happy with the existing library, then you can always upload your own compositions. The price range is $299 to $468 per year. If you want the personal plan, then it does not come with a charge.

Where Is the Best Location for Videos? (Link Roundup)

Choosing the right location for your video – whether it is for a corporate campaign or a grand wedding – is the initial step to a successful shoot. You have probably seen some disastrous shoots where the battery died at the wrong moment and the props fell off just when everyone is ready to act. But there is a certain type of readiness that you might not be prepared for. More than the camera batteries or the spare SD cards, what you need is to scout the right location for your next important video.

Here are 11 useful tips to remember when scouting for the best location –

Understand the Script

You can choose the size that matches the story or theme of your video. If you have to remember a crucial rule, this has to be it. Location scouting’s first rule of finding the best location is for you to sit down and understand the script. For a modern script, then you can have urban landscapes and buildings.

Pick a location that lends the story which you would want to reiterate in the video. Be careful, though, as locations can also bind you. Remember that a location must be used as a raw material.

The Right Location Comes at the Right Timing

Locations can quickly change so it was wise to check the spot on the week and eventually the day that you will be taping. Check factors such as noise, automobile traffic near the area, recreation spots and entertainment areas that are just nearby could cause distraction during the day of the shoot.

Check the Lights

Ballrooms, churches, auditoriums, and restaurants have low amounts of lighting, generally speaking. So be sure to check the light levels by bringing some of your equipment and taking a few shots or test footage. The camcorder should record the actual look of the light per frame.

Establishing that you have a problem in poor lighting is a good way to determine which solutions you would seek. You could bring in lights or ask the permission of the owners of the location to replace a few bulbs during the day of the shoot – at your expense, of course.

If you want to save some money on lighting, then you should make good use of outdoor lighting. Just as challenging as exterior illumination is indoor illumination so know which options to seek before you say yes to one location.

Check the Power Supply

Should you choose outdoor location, be sure that you will have ample power supplies. It is always a good idea to bring multiple camera batteries or your own generator set.

Check Also the Elements

Wind, rain, sun, cold and heat can all hurt or help the shoot – in one way or another. Depending on what scenes you would want to capture on your video, be critical about the weather forecast as you start scouting for the right location.

Video cameras do not perform well under the rain or when exposed to a salty beach. Smeared lenses will harm the card reader inside as well as the overall appearance of the scene so be very careful.

Ask for Permission

Lastly, be sure to secure permits and other forms of legal permissions as these can easily impede your work during the first day of the shoot.

Small Yet Breezy: Living and Maintaining the Tiny Home

Fine Furniture Design Bedroom Guesthouse Woven Twin Bed 1220-434 is small and perfect for a tiny home.

Have you seen the TV show Tiny House Nation? Isn’t it just exciting to see people switching their bigger homes for the smaller, easier to maintain types?  Examples of small homes include studio apartments, condominium units, townhouses, and other such structures that have a limited amount of space.

No one can blame the families who make this switch to tiny house living. There are many known advantages to owning a smaller place. First, it is more energy-efficient. Sure living in a non-behemoth home also has its challenges but just looking at your savings on energy would make you think that you’re making the right choice.

And since you’re living in a home that’s energy-efficient, you are ascertained that you present a lower ecological footprint.

As mentioned, you also don’t have to think much about the maintenance of a smaller home. This means more time to spend on your family and on your job and less on sweeping and mopping.

A smaller home is also more intimate. It is cozier compared to gargantuan rooms. So if you’re looking for a more intimate place for your family, then consider living in a smaller space. As you do this, you will soon see that you are having a reduced monthly expense.

Furnish Your Small Home

Living in a smaller space actually means learning to make the most of the space that is given to you. This means calculating all the space that you can use on those small walls, ceiling, and floor.

Text Box: The Biltmore Floor Mirror may be simple but it opens up space in a way that no other decorative element can.
The Biltmore Floor Mirror may be simple but it opens up space in a way that no other decorative element can.

You need to plan your decorating moves especially when you have a landlord that dictates some (or a handful) of rules. Begin with the entryway where you can make a lasting first impression. Add pizzazz in that area. Use stencils to make the walls more interesting if not colorful. A bookcase complete with hooks for hanging coats will also make the place more functional.

For photographs, you can make use of every wall space as your gallery. Think of all the decorative objects such as artworks and your other mementos that you can now display.

Another thing that’s important in decorating a small home is to embrace open storage. Use a metal shelf as your kitchen storage especially since most apartments have a less than generous storage option. The cool finish of this kitchen unit will also give your kitchen the look of a pro.

Accessorize with some woven baskets where you can store other ingredients and condiments.

If you happen to move into an apartment that has a not-so-pretty carpeting, then you can solve this by adding a small area rug to cover the booboo. Just make sure that the area rug complements the rest of your decorative elements.

While vintage apartments pack a lot of styles, it is a fact that decorating them can be challenging. Rather than curse the world for having things that you don’t like, then find some solutions. If the bathroom tiles, for instance, are showing a color that you abhor, then find decorative elements that will make the tile color recede.

A pop of green, orange or red will surely drown the boring beige tiles.

Another must-do inside a small home is to install mirrors. This is an age-old decorating trick that brings wonders. Mirrors help reflect light, thus, making your home appear bigger. Just hang a huge mirror in the dining space or the living room. This is more effective when you position it right across a large window.

Just like the mirror, glass is a material that you can use to visually expand your cozy home. A cramped dining area can become a dinner party-worthy with the right decorating strategy. All you need to have is a glass top table and some slim chairs. Hang some artwork so that the visitors’ attention will go to the display on the walls. Be sure also to adjust the lighting by using wall sconces hardwired with dimmers. Fill the dining area with ambient lighting in the form of a chandelier.

McCreery’s Home Furnishings President’s Day Sale

McCreery’s Home Furnishings President’s Day Sale is going on now! Save storewide on Sacramento’s finest quality home furnishings. Plus, let us help you bring it all together with our complimentary interior design services. It’s all happening now under the big red awnings!

Stylishly Subdued: Accepting Minimalism as a Way of Life

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How do you think minimalism can change your life? Many homeowners have attested to the beauty of altering their interior design, even their way of life as they switched to minimalism.

The minimalist movement originated in the U.S. when people were starting to question why they were filling up their homes with stuff. People seem to be turning into impulsive buyers, believing that buying stuff could give them a sense of fulfillment.

Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn collaborated on a book entitled The Minimalists. They even went as far as releasing a film showing the beauty of uncluttering and in embracing the kind of life where you just live on the bare essentials. To these two, less is, indeed, more.

Becoming a minimalist means thinking things through carefully. You try to consider which among the objects you own are actually essentials and which ones are mere want. As you focus only on the things that are important – you become much happier, fulfilled individual.

Minimalist Baby Steps

Of course, you should not coerce yourself to suddenly change your lifestyle. Just like any endeavor, you should carefully plan what you are going to do.

Step one is always this – ask yourself where the dumpster is. You can give away some of your pre-loved items to your friends or donate them elsewhere. Fill trash bags with items that you no longer need. You will be surprised at how quickly this bag will be filled.

Find out which clothes you have not worn for more than six months. Clearly, you will not wear those within another half a year so it’s best to give them away. Also, discard any duplicates that you would find.

Step number two is to acknowledge that you have an issue of, perhaps, holding on to things that you don’t actually need.

Since minimalism is mostly a way of life, you also need to eat frugally. As you dress less, you must also learn to budget your food.

The Minimalist Interior Design

Primary colors, straight lines, black and white, all these are the features that stand out in a minimalist home. This style has a lot of advantages to offer.

A minimalist decorates her home by, first, having it spruced up for a fresher, more open space. This is going to be a home that is clean, well-maintained, one that ditches the ornate.

Becoming a minimalist in interior design all boils down to clearing all surfaces of clutter. If you look around and you’re not contented with the way your surroundings feel, then remove those piles of paper, those bulky furnishings, and clean the walls and floors.

You might notice random objects that obscure the vision, so have those removed, too.

A minimalist home is also basically neutral. Subdued colors rule as the base hues since they are crisp, clean and ever fresh. These fresh colors also offer a sense of calm that is also crucial in building a minimalist ambiance.

Minimalists are also huge fans of white rooms. Don’t think of the bleached out types, though. If you use just a tad of yellow undertone on your white paint, you will be able to create a warmer glow, one that appears almost creamy.

Blue undertone, on the other hand, will give your white paint a crisper, more dynamic look.

Natural lighting is also vital in every minimalist setting. Give your home lots of natural light especially during the morning. Use sheer window treatments only. To balance the bright room, be sure to use a cooler shade of white. It is not taboo to introduce other colors into a minimalist setting. Now, don’t get that idea. If you want to infuse colors, then be sure to use solid pigments that are not heavy on the eyes. Use earthy colors such as tan, brown, blues, and greens.

How to Have a Successful Mardi Gras Event

One of the most fun event themes we’ve seen as a jazz band performing in the Tampa Bay area is the Mardi Gras idea.   Just saying “Mardi Gras” conjures up a fun time and image.

Technically Mardi Gras is the celebration that happens on Tuesday before the religious observation of Lent.  It’s a time for revelry and indulgence prior to a period of fasting and religious reflection.  However, people celebrate the idea of Mardi Gras year-round.

To start, create invitations or announcements that reflect this theme.  The colors associated with Mardi Gras are gold, purple and green.  These colors represent justice, faith and power.  Include these colors in any promotional materials.  Add graphics of beads and masks and you’re on your way.

For the event you’ll need some New Orleans style jazz.  We’ve performed this style as a jazz band in the Tampa Bay area with bass, sax, keyboard and drums for events like this.  Vocals are a plus too.  Make sure that the bandleader has the correct styles and songs to fit the event motif.  You want rocking, upbeat, celebratory jazz.

During the event you can create fun games for people to “win” beads, give a prize for the best costume and create other types of group participation.

If you like, include New Orleans style cuisine for the total package.  With that, your guests will feel like they’re right on Bourbon Street having a great time!

Here’s a link to one of the many suppliers of masks, beads and other stuff to make your Mardi Gras event a real hit:

Integrate some or all of these tips to have a great Mardi Gras event!  
Roger Harrison
Harrison Jazz Ensemble
Tampa FL, Clearwater Fl,  St. Petersburg FL

5 ways to make your home look more expensive (Link Roundup)

As a homeowner, you most likely are looking for ways of making your home appear more expensive and luxurious. However, this does not necessarily mean you need to spend a lot of money, so it is not necessary that you run up your credit card or deplete your savings. If you find yourself in this situation, you have come to the right place, as in this article; you will be taken through five ways of renovating your home and making it look more appealing. Consequently, you will not only get more value for money but still get to make your home look luxurious and ooze in class.

  • Use a video wall

The addition of a video wall is also another excellent way of making your home look more modern and expensive. A video wall entails the use of digital screens for video wall hardware, with the numerous screens, are placed next to one another, forming a continuous display, and this is an excellent home addition, especially if you are a tech enthusiast. You can place the video wall in the kitchen, game room, and lounge, and it will transform the different rooms, thereby allowing you with lots of creative options that relate to the design and layout of your home.

  • Make use of fresh greenery and flowers

The use of flowers to decorate your home is one of the inexpensive and simple ways of adding more texture and color to different rooms in your house. By adding decorative vases and then filling it with local garden or store-bought flowers, you get to add a level of comfort as well as hospitality. Furthermore, you should also try and arrange the bouquet from the grocery store flowers because the cost of purchasing fresh flower arrangements can sometimes be costly. Doing this will not only save you money, but you will also get the opportunity to showcase your amateur flower layout skills to your visitors.

If you want your home to have more neutral colors, you should then consider greenery as this is easy to look after, as well as provides you with a broader range of decorative opportunities.

  • Use a rug

The use of a rug, regardless of the flooring in your home apart from carpet, is an excellent way of making the space feel inviting and cozier. Its addition also acts as the finishing touch in either your bedroom or living room as it brings everything together.

Nevertheless, when looking for a rug, make sure you go for one which matches the size of your rooms. This is important as the use of tiny rugs will make the spaces inside your house appear smaller and less expensive. Moreover, when placing furniture over the rug, make sure the rug spreads a particular amount of space, and this varies depending on the furniture. For instance, furniture needs to have a minimum of two front legs covering up the rug, whereas a dining room rug needs to extend three feet under each chair.

  • Do a fresh paint job

Painting is usually among the most time-consuming and expensive house renovations, but it does an excellent job of giving new life to your current appliances and furniture. When doing a fresh paint job, you should start by first revisiting the older sections in your house. Moreover, in case you are having any trouble matching different colors, you should opt for a neutral shade such as grey as this will match with any color scheme. Do this for all the rooms in your home, and this includes painting outdated pieces such as unpleasant furniture or older wood.

  • Use accessories

Whereas decluttering your home is also an excellent way of making your home look more expensive, you must not get rid of all the accessories. This is because the addition of a couple of fine-looking accessories usually enhances the flow design of your home as well as an improvement in overall comfort. For instance, the use of hanging curtains close to the ceiling creates an upscale and expensive feel to your home since long curtains typically make a room appear bigger. Additionally, you should place a couple of plump throw pillows in the sitting area as this will create not only create a stylish tone but will also make your home feel more comfortable. When choosing the ideal pillows, you should go for ones that incorporate minimal designs while still maintaining a fashionable look.

Lexington Tommy Bahama Collection Available at McCreery’s Home Furnishings Store

Lexington Tommy Bahama Collection Available at McCreery’s Home Furnishings Store. Here are the pics of the new collection.

Lexington Tommy Bahama Collection

The Crucial Role Of Design Consultation

Your home is no less than a reflection of who you truly are since it shows your personality and lifestyle. This is why it is important to create a habitat that looks and feels great. You must also strive to come up with a functional and practical home that is most suitable for your living requirements. A design consultation is – more often than not – necessary when it comes to home construction and remodeling.

The wide array of trends, products, and interior design influences are all on the Internet these days that it can get confusing to decide on what’s best for your home. Or you may already have clear ideas of what you would want to achieve yet you do not have ample time to pull off what you are thinking about. It is during these moments that it becomes important to ask for help. Consulting with professionals offers many benefits –

This Is Your Smartest Decision

Choosing to consult with regard to your home’s design is the smartest thing that you can do. Hiring that interior designer could spell the difference between having a fabulous home or a dull-looking one.

Designers can help you organize your ideas and put them into good use as he executes a theme that works. He is also trained to consider all the elements that need to be harmonized so that they can fit your busy schedule. In essence, he is taking that migraine-causing project out of your hands and he’s making it into his own task.

Designers Can Help You Save Money

Hiring a designer is often equated to high expenditures. Rarely would homeowners think that they will save money as they bring in some help? Having that designer on your team means you steer clear of costly mistakes that you could make had you done the project on your own. The right design fundamentals can even help you increase the value of your home. This is especially useful when you are planning to sell your home.

You are Provided with Professional Evaluation

Designers are trained to provide a professional assessment that can lead to a concrete plan of action. There is a need to organize the stuff on your design plan so that you can determine what needs to be repurposed or what should be altered. These decisions can affect the budget so you have to have them checked by a trained eye.

Budgeting and Planning Is a Breeze

Interior designers are there to formulate your budget and to help you work within that set amount. He should have the right connections with regard to furniture, lighting fixtures, upholstery, even paint. He must be familiar with the hottest brands and the hot discounts that can be given to customers.

A Strong Link

Design consultation also ascertains a bridge between you and your contractor or architect. This is very important when you manage time and money.

Designers are also trained to see things that are often overlooked. It is vital that furnishing and lighting needs are already set way before construction. You are after the wow factor so you have to be able to think outside of the box and the best way to do this is to literally have someone look from the outside in.

A Themed Approach

Designers are trained to automatically detect if something is wrong in any given space. Having immediately professional consult is a huge advantage when you are making aesthetic choices. Having a trained eye is the result of years of practice so it is best to rely on someone who has done this kind of work over and over again. The design consultation is visual storytelling by enhancing the space that you have so better tell your story correctly the first time.

Engineered Wood Flooring – A Multitude Of Options For The Fussy Homeowner

The best engineered wood flooring is built with 3 to 12 ply layers that are glued, pressed and cross-layered. The innermost cores are manufactured using softwood and/or hardwood materials which make good use of the tongue and groove system. The topmost layer, a hardwood veneer material is glued then pressed at the top of the core. Almost every kind of wood species can be engineered to this kind of flooring.

Engineered Wood Flooring


  • This kind of wood flooring has been engineered to resist moisture move than solid wood floors. This is the reason why it can be effectively used in moisture-prone basements as well as parts of the nation that has high levels of humidity.
  • Engineered flooring can be glued directly over dry concrete slabs.
  • This kind of flooring material can upgrade the look of any home as well as its resale value. If you ever decide to put your home up for sale, then having engineered wood flooring is much like having solid wood flooring installed.
  • This flooring comes in domestic as well as exotic hardwood species, meaning, you have a lot of styles and colors to choose from. One of the most popular styles is hand-scraped design.
  • Some types of engineered flooring can be given a different coat.
  • It has an average lifespan of 20-30 years with its longevity depending on the amount of foot traffic that the room gets.
  • Some types come in thicker wear layers (about 2-6mm) which can be sanded and refinished up to five times. This type can last anywhere from 40-80 years, a great investment for any homeowner who wants to hold on to his property for as long as he lives.
  • The Click-Loc type of engineered flooring is now a thriving trend in the market. The groove systems lock together to form a seamless appearance. This click locking system requires zero glues.

There are two ways to manufacture engineered wooden floors. The first is when the top wear layer has been sliced or sawn from a log (much like the process that softwood flooring goes through). The sliced softwood or hardwood floors show the natural look of the wood. You also get to appreciate the finer graining within.

Rotary-cut types are those that have been peeled off the log with the use of huge lathes. This kind of peeling shows more dramatic, wilder graining.

Before you set out to purchase engineered flooring, there are some concerns that you need to think about. First, you need to define what your demands are going to be. For high-traffic rooms, then you need to invest in the thick-layered version. Even shopping malls install this kind of flooring, proof that it can sustain a lot of foot traffic. If the area receives but a few visitors, then you can settle for the thinner versions.

Engineered flooring is also a great way to begin living a greener lifestyle. This is a good way to conserve the forests as four square feet of engineered wood can be manufactured as compared to just a square foot of a ¾” of solid wood flooring (which costs more).

To install this kind of flooring, you need to prepare the following basic tools –

  • Combination square
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer
  • Jig saw
  • Small table saw
  • Pull bar
  • Some wood shims
  • Tapping block.

If you are going to staple your engineered floors, then you will also need a pneumatic stapler. Engineered wood flooring allows homeowners to move right back in a room right after installation. This means that you can enjoy the floor right away. There is no longer a need to wait for hours or days to have the floor set in – now isn’t that spectacular news?

Top 4 Furniture Stores in Sacramento

McCreery’s Home Furnishings

Business Type: Furniture Stores
Company Address:
3140 Auburn Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95821, USA
+1 (916) 487-2019

Employees: 50 to 99

About McCreery’s Home Furnishings: McCreery’s Home Furnishings has been providing Sacramento and the greater surrounding areas with the finest quality home furnishings since 1955. Furniture lines are timeless in style and heirloom in quality. Featured brands include Drexel Heritage, FFDM, Stanley, Better Homes and Gardens, Flexsteel, Hooker Furniture, Century, Henredon, Lexington, and more. Take advantage of the store’s catalog and choose from more than 5,000 items, including sofas, chairs, sectionals, cocktail tables, accent pieces, bookcases, cabinets, chests, end tables, game tables, game chairs, wet bars, and wine cabinets. For more than half a century, the mission of McCreery’s Home Furnishings has been to provide Sacramento and the surrounding area with the finest quality home furnishings and the most knowledgeable and courteous staff. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


Beck’s Furniture & Sleep

Business Type: Furniture Stores
Company Address:

7272 55th Street
Sacramento, CA 95823

Beck’s Furniture offers a great selection of furniture for shoppers in the Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, California area. The Beck’s family has been providing home furnishings to Sacramento and Northern California for over 50 years. We are proud to offer our customers nearly 200 thousand square feet of showroom space, in three locations, with over 8 million dollars of inventory available for “same day” delivery or pick up. And we are just as proud that we have grown through three generations to an extended family of over 150 people serving our customers. We purchase from over 40 different manufacturers providing thousands of choices in the latest living room, bedroom, and dining, styles, we shop the world to make sure we cover all the styles and price points that you may need. Including over four thousand square feet of brand name Mattresses like Simmons and Diamond. And don’t forget all of our furniture store locations are decorated with tons of accessories! Beck’s Furniture furniture store serving the Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Carmichael, Florin, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, North Highlands, Folsom, Rocklin, Roseville, Yuba City, Davis, Vacaville California areas.


American Furniture Galleries

Business Type: Furniture Stores
Company Address:
Elk Grove
8001 E Stockton Blvd,
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 681-2811

American Furniture Galleries specializes in providing quality brand name furniture at prices you can ALWAYS afford. Choose one of four furniture showrooms conveniently located in the Sacramento area, each offering a large and diverse collection of products that will enhance your home.


Casa Bella Galleria

Business Type: Furniture Stores
Company Address:
1511 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 921-0434

Casabella Galleria Furniture is located in Sacramento and proudly serving the state of California. We showcase a large variety of furniture. We carry major brands such as Ashley, Ashley Sleep, Benchcraft, Coaster, Millennium, Sierra Sleep, Signature Design and more.


One Stop Furniture

Business Type: Furniture Stores
Company Address:
2441 Northgate Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95833

One Stop Furniture in North Sacramento sells a large variety of home furnishings in every price range. No matter what your budget we have what you’re looking for.

Mexican Interior Design Made Simple (Link Roundup)

Are you the laid back type, one who prefers his surroundings filled with ethnicity and colors? Add to these some solid, sturdy furniture and beautiful accessories and you’ve got yourself an elegant-looking yet relaxing Mexican interiors. With the colorful ambiance, Mexican homes can truly pep up anyone.

Mexican Interior Design

Before trying on the design concepts of Mexico, it is important to fill your senses with energy as this is what being Mexican is all about! The great news is, Mexican interior design concepts can be easy to achieve. Do not be afraid to get comfortable with the bold, fiesta-inspired colors – keep this in mind all throughout.

Prepping for the Concept

One of the significant ways to absorb a new interior design style is to research about it. If you have to, watch Mexican films, go and eat in Mexican restaurants, and go listen to feisty Mexican music.

Absorb as much as you can as you also begin to analyze the room that you will soon remodel. This is your chance to reassess your space allocation and what colors will work best in this part of your home.

The first action that you need to take is to prep the wall. Remember that this is the chief background – more like the biggest canvas – in the room. The Mexican walls can either be plain bright such as ochre or terracotta, even pink; or it can also be patterned. You can also paint the walls maroon, green, deep red or yellow. You can also use the two-color concept wherein you paint the first half with one bright color and then the bottom half with an equally bright yet complementary color. Use the stucco plaster or suede effect paint to achieve vibrant layering of colors. Doing these techniques should give your home an authentic Mexican look.

From the walls, look down to the floors and see what color it currently has. Find natural materials such as any natural hardwood flooring then do away with the neutral-colored carpet. Use woven rugs instead with the richest shades that you can find. You can also use limestone, clay tiles or ceramic tiles for your flooring.

Now, it is time to check the furniture. Again, see that the materials used are natural. Go rustic by using lots of wood like antique pine, pine, warm woods like walnut or cherry. Mexican style also incorporates a lot of dark iron hardware such as knobs, brackets and hinges.

With regard to choosing Mexican furniture, always remember that this nation was greatly influenced by the Mayan, Chinese and Spanish cultures which is why the furniture pieces are often straight-lined but with intricate ornaments on them.

As for the sofas and beds, find the largest ones that you can lay your hands on. Broad is acceptable with this design concept, quite similar to country style furniture. Use lots of colors on your furniture as well. Paint the edges with typical Mexican colors such as blue, orange and bright red.

For the center and side table tops, use ceramic tile inlays to brighten up their look.

Say no to wall-to-wall carpeting when building a Mexican-inspired interior. Use multi-colored cushions on your sofas and beds while going colorful on the fabrics such as your curtains. Use cotton material for your layered curtains. if you can have some folk art or geometric patterns painted onto them then that would be good.

Leather may also be used to give a ranch feel inside the home.

As to the accessories, buy lots of them. Place a multitude of framed family photographs, candles, and mirrors. Find metal accessories, even wrought iron. See if you can also invest in hand-woven wall hangings.

Place cultural items such as paintings, Mexican folk art, lots of geometric patterns, pottery, Mexican baskets, and traditional Mexican masks. Mexican interior design is vibrant yet relaxing and you are right to use this concept in your home. It can energize and entertain while bringing about romance for the dwellers.

College Dorm Designs for Women (Link Roundup)

Though dorm rooms are often small, these can be designed in such a way that you can still fully express yourself. Through the careful installation of hidden storage spaces, the maximization of floor space and the use of multi-functional furniture; you can make the most out of the limited space that is offered in a dormitory.

Dorm Design Tips for Females

  • Since dorms are considered as homes away from home, then you need to design it in such a way that is will look more than just a place to sleep in. Unleash your creative side by coming up with ideas that are uniquely yours.

First, what sort of look are you trying to achieve? Would you want the room to be warm, cozy, or bright? Would you like to go down the modernistic approach or a traditional one? Design ideas do not always come as inspiration so you can also read magazines and search for ideas online.

If your chosen color scheme does not seem to work, then, by all means, alter it. You just need to have more confidence in your taste. After all, this is going to be your home for quite a while so you must set your own rules.

  • Assess the dorm space just as you would any other living space. Consider how much space you are going to work with. Consider also the needs that you will have for this pace. In many cases, dorm rooms are a combined living room, bedroom, and a recreation area. If you also want to incorporate an office in your dorm then you are free to do so.
  • If you are sharing the space with roommate, then it is also important to consider his likes and dislikes. Just put yourself in her shoes, would you want to look at a glaring wall of red all year round if you are the serene type of person? In essence, you also need to find a design middle ground.
  • Let the room exude you. As the primary rule would dictate, express yourself; and what better ways is there to do this than to display your favorite posters, artwork, and other personal items. To avoid using nails, find lightweight art pieces which can easily adhere or be hung to the walls.
  • Even old accessories can be used to make a unique décor – slip covers, throw pillows and repainted furniture can make a whole world of difference. The bed is often the focal point in a dorm room so use beddings that are eye-catching.
  • Be sure to set up a study area where you can spend time reading your college textbooks. Purchase a corkboard or a whiteboard just behind your desk where you can also display art works, your social calendar, and notes.
  • Organize the room by adding a compact filing cabinet. Make it a point to keep your desktop area neat and clean.
  • Find out whether you would just need to rearrange the existing layout or if you really need to give the dorm room a facelift. With this, you can already set your budget and be able to shop for the things that you need. To give the room a different look without spending much, see if you can just buy lamps, a rug or curtains. Sometimes, a simple act such as changing the bed sheet makes a huge difference.

Never – ever – design your dorm room if you are going through an emotional crisis. This has a tendency to reflect on your interior design so spend a little more time cooling down first. Get some fresh air and then when your head is clear, that’s the time you de-clutter.

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