When designing for clients, I often run across products that I really like, however are not appropriate for the project I am working on. 

I end up saving the item and often forgetting about it. 

In an effort to show off the cool things that I find, and give you some interior design ideas, I decided to create a few room designs just for fun.

I will be publishing blog posts with these designs over the next few weeks, as time permits.

Today I am going to showcase my first design that I created named "Shades of Blue Living Room". 

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I have heard about essential oils for years from my friends, however I have never used them until earlier this month when I bought my first oils. 

There is so much information about oils that I was overwhelmed as to what brand to purchase. 

I read many reviews online and looked at prices of different brands. 

After I decided on a brand to purchase, I then had to select the oils that I wanted. 

I was unsure of what I was going to want, so I purchased a set of 6 of the most popular oils. 

 

You can use essential oils to scent cleaning products or as insect repellent, however I use my oils as aromatherapy using a diffuser to scent my home.

 

I prefer using an essential oil diffuser instead of burning candles because candles can be a fire hazard (especially if you have young kids), many candles contain hazardous chemicals that are released when burning, diffusers do not produce harmful smoke, essential oil diffusers allow me to change the scents easily, diffusers allow me to experiment mixing different scents together in different amounts to create a perfect blend, and essential oils have health benefits.

How to Use Essential Oils in Your Home

I spent this past weekend packing up most of my Christmas decorations.

In the past month or so, through decorating and undecorating, I have learned a few lessons that will help me when decorating in late November.

Christmas Decorating - Lessons Learned for Next Year!

I get to see many homes as an interior designer. 

Some homes are very nicely decorated, but just need a few finishing touches. 

Other homes need a lot more help. 

Here are the most common decorating mistakes I see in many of the homes I visit.

decoratingmistakesphoto courtesy of Bill Wilson flickr.com/photos/okchomeseller/18304328508/

I have had several conversations recently about the proper way to hang curtains. 

There are some definite wrong ways to hang curtains, however there are several correct ways to hang curtains. 

curtainsphoto courtesy of Posh Surfside flickr.com/photos/kerryanndame/4778858090/

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