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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Bringing the Outdoors, Inside.

After a long winter, the need to be outdoors and taking in nature becomes essential. We appreciate the spring and summer much more with its absence during the winter so our need to be outdoors increases and being indoors, decreases. But what do you do on a rainy day? During extreme humidity? You stay home, you stay indoors. And you’re back to missing the outdoors again. Back to missing the warmth, the nature and the colors. But, that doesn’t need to happen, especially when you learn how to bring a little of the outdoors, inside.

Now you don’t need to go all out and redecorate a room dedicated to an outdoors theme. But you can achieve that feeling with a few simple solutions. You may consider changing the tablecloth on your table to one with more florals on it or one with pastel colours to bring some brightness into the room. Colours like pale blues and greens can give a space a more refreshing and serene touch.

Adding some wooden or woven items in a room also gives it that outdoor, cottage feel. You can replace your placemats for beautiful woven ones. If you have existing plants in the space, put them in a wooden planter. If you don’t have any plants, get some! You will literally bring the outdoors to you with some house plants. Now if you’re worried about maintaining them, get ones that require the least amount of maintenance. Usually leafy plants don’t require a lot of attention. And of course, one of the easiest solutions is putting some fresh flowers in an existing vase. Pick colours that accent your existing colours.

Spring/summer time can also be a time where you feel a need to change something. And you know what, it doesn’t always have to be drastic. It can be something as simple as changing some sheers or blinds. We at Blinds To Go, have a woven wood blinds collection that can help you bring the outdoors inside. Our St Lucia collection, one of our newest, can bring some woven warmth to your room with light colours. It can act like a sheer and let in a lot of light during those rainy days, inside. So don’t let yourself get down on those summer days you have to be inside. Bring a little of the outdoors to you.

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Inspiration Tips and Advice

Winter Herb Gardening

Fresh herbs are great but somewhat hard to come by in the winter. Not being able to have the whole herb garden indoors you will need to prioritize what you want to grow indoors. Some of my favorites are Basil because of how many different dishes you can use it in as well as Parsley and Thyme, I also like to add some Mint when I grow indoors in the winter to add some extra flavor to drinks like Hot Coco.

There are a few ways you can grow indoors during the winter.

  1. Transplanting a few cuttings from your outside garden into pots for inside is a great way to start, this allows you to start one step ahead of just new potting’s, you will want to make sure you water them often as well as give them plenty of natural light.
  2. Hydroponics, are great for small spaces and don’t need natural light with some of the ones available online you can also get different sized ones depending on how much room you want to allocate.
  3. If you have a lot of room you can make your own potting area and use grow lights to allow you to maintain so great herbs during the winter.

Fresh herbs make all the difference in cooking and its always a struggle in the winter but the best thing to do is just try something till you find what works best for your home and conditions.

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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Bring the Warmth of Fall Indoors

Autumn Decor for Living Room – Bring in the warmth of Fall Indoors!

Summer has sadly come to an end, and while we may not be hitting the beaches and going to the cottage, we can instead embrace the cozy  warmth of a crisp fall day. Autumn is a time for nesting – for cozying up on the couch with a cup of tea and beloved book or enjoying the great outdoors and hiking the trails, taking in the changing fall foliage.

A great start  to getting your room fall-friendly without spending a dime is to update the floor plan. Rearranging existing furniture breathes new life into rooms, and makes great use of existing  peices. An easy way to do this is to use graph paper to rougly sketch out your room’s size and figure out how the pieces will work best before you put the effort into moving them. Once you are happy with your new layout, you can move on to updating  your decor for fall time. A great and easy way to do this is to incorperate luxe, rich textures in throw pillows, blankets and a new area rug. Round rugs provide a nice feel to any room and help soften up hard lines. Think plush fabrics in faux fur, natural fleece, and shag rugs.

Scents are also very important to setting a room’s mood. Diffusers are a great way to add scent and moister to the dryer fall air. Try an essential oil blend of cinnamon, clove, vanilla, orange, and nutmeg. Candles also do double-duty by introducing soft, warm light to contrast the impending chill outside.

Lastly, as pet owners we cannot leave our furry friends out! Get your cat or dog a new bed so they have a spot to sit in your new cozy living room and enjoy the company. Or if you do not have a furry friend, visit your local shelter and change a cat or dog’s life by giving them a forever home! They will instantly make your home feel more cozy and inviting.

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