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Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • HomeCentric's Spring / Summer Wedding Guide

    If you’ve decided on a spring/ summer wedding this season, look no further. Now we know wedding plan can be really stressful. But truth be told, it can actually be tons of fun as well. If a spring/ summer wedding is what you want, then a spring/ summer wedding is what you shall get and The HomeCentric shows you just how to have the brightest, warmest, most indulgent wedding this season.

    1) The theme sets the tone for…well, everything.
    How do you pick a theme for a wedding? Well, the good news is that the theme can be inspired by just about anything that holds meaning for you. It could be a movie, a song, a mood, a style. Start by listing a few of your favorite things before zeroing on a theme for your wedding.

    2) Picking the right color palette
    Since you’ve decided to get married in the warm season, warm color palettes with shades of red, yellow, orange, violet and ochre and are some of the top colors to choose from this season. Hydrangeas, tulips, daisies and sunflowers would make perfect centerpieces for spring/ summer weddings.

    3) Get out and get some sun
    A great way to enjoy the summer sun is by having your wedding outdoors. Tents can be set up to provide some relief to the guests from the sun. String light canopies can be draped from the ceiling to jazz up the tents for dancing and drinks.

    4) Mattress love
    For country themed weddings, barn yards make the perfect choice for wedding receptions. Mattresses can be laid out for guests to lounge on. Stick to burlap table runners, cool, crisp white linen with an outdoor bar serving chilled beer.

    5) Attention to detail is everything
    Guests are most likely to remember a wedding that pays close attention to details so there are always small ways in which you can add character to your wedding. One of the best ways to do this is to remember that your wedding is more about you than it is about anyone else. Always look for ways to make it a personal affair rather than spending big bucks on the décor. The HomeCentric, for instance, offers a variety of pillow covers in various shapes, styles, designs and colors to make a wonderful addition to just about any wedding.

    Ultimately, how you decide to make your wedding day more personal is entirely up to you. It’s a day to celebrate and remember always so listen to your heart and don’t worry about anything else.

  • This Fall, Help Your Daughter Pretty Up Her Dorm Room

    Your daughter’s all set to move into her dorm room. And being the doting mother that you are, you’re obviously going to want her to have the best room she can possibly have. Now, while you don’t want to cramp her style, you want to be able to help her out in a way that she can have absolutely the best dorm room she could have- a place where she can truly feel at home. Here’s how you can help your daughter pretty up her dorm room this fall.

    1) Create a checklist: Not to sound boring, but moms all over the world know that checklists can really help us get by. Create a checklist of all the things you think she might need and gently run them by her to see what she thinks. Your list should ideally include a first aid kit, canned foods, kitchenware and utensils, toiletries, hampers and laundry detergent. We found this list to be pretty handy.

    2) Helping her create a wall mural: Now that we’ve dealt with the practical aspects of setting up a dorm room, it’s time to get down to some fun. One of the best budget-friendly ways to prettying up a dorm room is by helping your daughter put up a printable wall mural might just be the way to go.

    3) Bookshelves, bookshelves: These needn’t be stacked with study material, but just about anything. Books that remind her of home, growing up, magazines, her favorite books of all time. Well, you could also throw in a couple of resourceful books here or there. We’re sure she wouldn’t mind. Buy one from your local thrift store or even build one together. Your daughter is sure to love it.

    4) A blast of color with pillow covers: Throw pillows are a perfect way of adding personality to any room. And you can definitely have pillows to match your daughter’s personality and decorating style. Choose from the wide array of pillow cover styles here at The HomeCentric- suede, leather, velvet, silk and so much more. You’ll never run out of choices!

     

    5) Photo buntings: Yes, photo buntings. Such a great way to remind your daughter or her friends and family back home. Plus, these are really so simple to make as well! Just clip on some of her favorite pictures to a string or rope and help her hang them wherever she may like.

    6) String lights galore: String lights are most versatile when it comes to decorating a room. Fill them up in a jar, wrap them around your bed post, drape them over a chalkboard or suspend them from the ceiling to create a canopy. There’s so much you can do with them and they cost pretty much nothing!

    Get started on helping your daughter pretty up her dorm room and you’re sure to score some major brownie points with her!

  • Redecorating Your Summer Home? Here's All You Need

    Don’t you just love holiday homes? We sure do! There’s nothing better than retreating to a summer home when the heat beats down on us. And when the summer home is decorated to our liking then we have all the more reason to want to get there as soon as we can and waste no time.

    The HomeCentric lists out the 3 most common summer homes and how you can redecorate these homes to look every bit as splendid as you dream it to be.

    The Beach House
    Cool, crisp and breezy is what your summer home should be. To redecorate your beach house, choose from amongst shades of ocean blue, bottle green, serene white and cool grey. If you’re working on a budget and you can’t afford to spring for entirely new furniture, spring for accent furniture that you can sprinkle around the house to give it a revamp. Our top picks for beach house furniture? Rattan furniture, sisal rugs, giant potted Tropical plants, mahogany furniture and our favorite- contemporary navy blue throw pillows dotted around the house for a cool splash of color.

    The log cabin
    Retiring to your cabin for a weekend and want to make it a romantic, indulgent time? The time you spend in the cabin is cozy and indulgent so start your redecoration plans by choosing richer fabrics such as velvet, leather and suede and deeper colors such as wine, burgundy and plum. To match your plush interiors, consider adding an accent brick wall to your home or even getting new kitchen counters and faucets. If you’re feeling up to it, spring for a leather sofa and toss velvet pillows in colors of your choice to truly bring the room to life.

    The lake house
    The minute someone says ‘lake-house’, we imagine kids in swimming trunks diving into a lake with their hands up in the air. That’s really the beauty of a lake house- it’s your home away from home, your sanctuary. One of the best ways to redecorate a lake house is to make it as personal as possible. Adorn table tops, bedside tables and hallways with family photos from all the family vacations. A great way to instantly change the look and feel of a room is by getting new drapes. Opt for breezy, light drapes to let in all the sun. When redecorating your living room, don’t forget to include happy, bright colors. The best way to do that is by adding plenty of indoor plants and seasonal flowers in mason jars to the room. Red, yellow, blue, green and pillow covers in just about any color will add to the lived-in, homely feel of the home.

     

    Now, honestly, with such a home waiting for you, who wouldn't want to rush over to their summer home?

  • This Summer, Redo Your Patio With These Cool Colors

    As the sweltering months of summer descend upon us, we rush to give our homes a cool summer makeover. That’s the thing about redecoration. It’s fun and exciting and if you’re anything like us, you’ll constantly be looking for excuses to give your home a makeover.

    Today, we’re going to focus on the patio. Here is how you can give your patio a summery makeover!

    1) Start by re-painting the walls: A quick paint job is the quickest way to perk up a room in your house. This summer choose from amongst lemon yellows, fun tangerines, serene blues and crisp whites. This instantly spruces up the look and feel of a room.

    2) Reupholstering your furniture: Reupholstering is one of the most budget-friendly ways to breathe life into a room. Choose a color palette you’re most in favor of- yellow and grey, red and orange, blue and green are just some of the color palettes that work splendidly in summer.

    3) Throw pillows are always welcome: Throw pillows can add the right touch of personality to a living space. Cotton pillow covers are always a welcome addition to any summer home, but an assortment of different textures can actually work wonders for your patio as well. A great tip to choosing pillow covers for your patio is to survey the area to find a less dominant color in the existing furniture and play it up with your choice of pillow covers. Resist the urge to match colors. Remember, bring out the contrast with the pillow covers you choose.

    4) Spruce up your patio with indoor plants: Off the top of our heads, we’re thinking potted palm trees and giant ferns to give your patio a tropical feel. Combine this with rattan furniture and you’ve got yourself a tropical wonderland. Besides, a splash of green could only do wonders for your home.

    5) Create an accent wall: Create an accent wall that instantly grabs attention upon setting onto the patio. You could create a ceiling to floor library, a photo frame wall filled with family photos, display art or even strip the wall right down to the brick to give your patio a warm, rustic feel.

    Try these suggestions to give your patio a makeover and take our word for it when we say- you absolutely won’t regret it.

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