4 Ideas for Furnishing Your Apartment on a Budget

Now that the excitement of landing your first apartment has finally died down, and you find yourself sitting in camp chairs watching movies on your laptop, perhaps it's time to consider furnishings. To make your apartment a home, you are going to need furniture and cookware at the least, and more than that if you want to live in comfort.

Safeguarding Our Safe Haven

Our homes are our safe haven. It gives us shelter from every storm imaginable, provides us with much-needed warmth for the coming winter, and offers us a sturdy roof above our heads as we bond with our loved ones; no wonder we invest a lot when it comes to giving our homes a massive face lift.

Decorative lighting in the current society

Since the beginning of time, interiors were lit with decorative and mood-setting lights after the sun was set in the evening. Through the years, celebrations and holidays have been unique occasions when rooms are brilliantly lit and special lighting is used.

Authentic and beautiful patchwork quilts

Quilts have an historical place in American history and have been prized over the years for their intricacy, color and detail. Quilts in the past were intricately pieced together from small leftover bits of cotton or wool fabric to create popular and traditional designs like “Log Cabin”, “Wedding Ring” and “Shoofly”.

5 Decorative Ways to Hide Your TV

Know what really kills your living room feng shui? That 50-inch TV in the middle of your room. When your TV isn't on, it's often still the focal point of the room. With TVs now bigger than ever, this can be a difficult issue to address. You may or may not want that big black rectangle drawing all of the energy of the room when you're not watching the big game or the "Dancing with the Stars" finale.

Ideas for handmade lamps

You can easily bring a personal touch to a room or a working space by adding something handmade. As lighting plays an important role in any modern habitat, the safest bet for joining both functionality and creativity is a lamp. Browsing trough Pinterest’s vast collection of pinned images I stumbled upon unique handmade lamps and fun, cool DIY projects.

Interior design on a shoestring

For many, leafing through interior design magazines incites mixed feelings of appreciation and jealousy. Yes, we appreciate the beauty of the homes depicted, but we’re also left green-eyed at the apparent unattainability of such a gorgeous home.

Need a Housewarming Gift? 6 Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

When it comes to moving, everyone has a different situation. Still, they need to figure out how to make their new place feel like home, and it's up to family and friends to help them. But when you are picking out a housewarming gift, you don't want to give something that is going to be stuck in the closet, nor do you want to spend a fortune. Here are some useful ideas than still have an element of fun.

How to choose the right furniture

It may seem simple, but choosing the right piece of furniture for a room can often be a somewhat tricky task when you consider all the various aspects that need to be taken into consideration - its design, its colour, its size, its style and so on.

Relaxed Guests: Inexpensive Guest Room Greatness

The No. 1 leisure travel activity for U.S. travelers is visiting family and friends, according to USTravel.org. Having family and friends stay in your home, instead of a hotel, helps guests save money and allows for a chance to spend some casual quality time together. Before guests arrive, keep in mind six tips for creating an enjoyable, stress-free experience for everyone.

A designer retreat in Mallorca

I’ve a soft spot for Danish designer Malene Birger’s fashion label that delivers modern casual luxury with an artistic twist to contemporary classics and a love for traditional craftsmanship. The same values correspond to her interior décor line, recently launched as a free standing brand under the name of Birger1962.Malene Birger interior decor, Palma de Mallorca

The future lamp: Blackbody Bonzai

The OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) luminous panels are reinventing interior and home lighting. Relying on the latest development in nanotechnology, it is among the most efficient light source available today. The ultra thin luminous surface uses ultra-low energy, is long-lasting, heat-free and soft for the eyes. And due to a high rate of recyclability the OLED is among the most environmental friendly light sources.Blackbody Bonzai lamps at Milan Design Week 2013

Urbania lighthouse series

The four Urbania ceramic tea-light houses designed by Copenhagen based design team R7B are inspired by traditional Christmas decorations and their beautiful design with simple lines make them fit perfectly in the modern home. With lit candles inside they have a calming effect, sending out a warm, cozy light.Urbania Lighthouses by R7B Copenhagen

Iannone Design cork mosaic sideboard

I love this cheerful Cork Mosaic cabinet from Iannone Design! Manufactured from sustainable walnut plywood, locally sourced maple and walnut wood and renewable cork it features a cool Retro Mod circle pattern on front, 3 adjustable shelves and touch release doors.Iannone Design - Cork Mosaic Sideboard

Molla Space animal shot glass

This stylish and original black shot glass collection with animal heads as base is not only a good conversation starter but a stylish addition to any design-loving home. The ceramic square glasses with beautifully sculpted pewter animal heads can be used as candle holders, paper weight or just as decorative objects.Molla Space Black Animal Shot Glass

Modern block paved driveways

In some old movies the dramatic moment when the hero drives to or is being brought to a house the mystery is accentuated by the distinctive style of the driveway: broken stone and murky roads indicated a haunted house, rows of trees and an never-ending dusty road anticipated an old aristocrat mansion and a serpentine paved driveway lead to a powerful, indecipherable man. Movies teach us the basic in home driveway design: that it must complement the house and its owner and even enhance the “drama”.modern block paving driveway

Water well bears

They’re sweet, fashionable and promise to bring fresh water for Tireli village in Mali, West Africa. Kumanokoido handmade teddy bears are the creation of Brooklyn based designer Junichi Nakane who, in December 2011, while on a cross-cultural expedition in Mali noticed the lack of clean water in the village of Tireli. By selling huggable, neat-looking handmade toy bears, he aims to cover the high cost ($15,000) for building a water well in that location and send a friendship message throughout. Kumanokoido bears by designer Junichi Nakane

LifeEdited urban nest

A 39 square meters studio must be designed as a multipurpose urban habitat in an eco-friendly, space-optimization manner. This wonder apartment fits in dinner for twelve, a guests’ room, a home office, a home theater and lots of storage space. This is the LifeEdited project of entrepreneur Graham Hill, Canadian-born architect, founder of TreeHugger.com and promoter of minimalist philosophy and sustainability in urban dwelling.LifeEdited Apartment 1: the living room and home office

Complimentary Opposition: The Eclectic Modern/Vintage Living Room

A growing trend today is "everything vintage." Decorating with vintage and retro items is no longer seen as outdated and elderly. Now it is eclectic and dramatic. TLC notes, "sleek and chic or cottage charming, retro is fun to live with and fun to put together because it's whatever decade appeals to you."

Special Teapots from Crate&Barrel

To celebrate 50 years of existence, the prestigious housewares chain store Crate&Barrel launched an Anniversary teapot collection, inviting 12 international artists to create/decorate their own versions of a classic: the Bauhaus inspired Arzberg teapot. Starting December 1st 2012 through November 2013, Crate&Barrel will display online only, on the first day of each month, a new porcelain teapot design, in limited edition, at the price of $200 usd each.Crate and Barrel 50th anniversary December teapot, Janine Rewell design