How To Complement Your Decor With Soft Furnishings

How To Complement Your Decor With Soft Furnishings

Pulling a room together can be a lot of fun. While choosing to decorate an entire house in one go can feel like too much work, at the same time, it’s often a great way to make sure that each room flows together. Because that’s often the key to getting your decor right – you have to be able to build it all up so that it just works. From your workspace to your living spaces, you’ll want to create interiors that work well for their function, but look incredible too. One of the best ways to make sure you nail the latter is to work in soft furnishings. They often soften the room and bring the entire look together. So let’s take a look at how you can complement your decor and finish it off with the right soft furnishings.

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Work In Texture

First of all, you can always add in a lot of texture to a room with the soft furnishings that you choose. Sometimes, a room can just feel too flat. When that’s the case, it’s often hard to get it to feel finished – because it’s lacking. But with your soft furnishings, you can bring in different textures that will give the room personality. With the right accessories in fabrics of faux fur, fleece, wool, or silk, you can change the feel of the room, depending on its functionality.

Brighten Up The Room

Next, you could also look to brighten up a space with your soft furnishings. Sometimes, you don’t always want to commit to one interior trend or kind of decor, because you want the room to be versatile. When this is the case, your room may be quite neutral. But you can always add in a lot of life and personality by bringing in bright pops of color with your soft furnishings.

How To Complement Your Decor With Soft Furnishings

Add A Print

At the same time, you can also use your soft furnishings as a way to bring prints into the decor. You don’t always want to buy printed or patterned furniture and have the print be too much. Instead, you want the prints to come from smaller additions like printed curtains, from somewhere such as mingsliving.com.sg, rugs, or even cushions. This is a much smaller and sophisticated way to add excitement to a room.

Create Atmosphere

From here, you could also look to use your soft furnishings to add some atmosphere into a space. This works particularly well in living spaces and bedrooms. When you want the right atmosphere, as apartmenttherapy.com suggests, you can create it with your decor. For something cozy and comforting, you always need soft furnishings, such as cushions and blankets, to make it happen.

Warm Up A Space

Last but not least, you can also use your soft furnishings to warm up a space. Not only is this through color, just as you would to brighten up a space, but with texture too. Because adding in carpet or a rug can really warm up a room that may have felt cold and uninviting before.

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Make This Year A Year Of Travel

Traveling is a bit of a luxury, isn’t it. But if you work hard enough, and be as frugal with your money as possible, there’s no reason why you can’t fit in two vacations this year to the destinations you’ve been dreaming of. If your destination of choice is a tad expensive, like Bora Bora, then you’re going to need some inspiration to help you find the vacation destination of choice. Whether you’re looking for a bit of winter fun, or summer sun, there’s something out there for everyone. So here are a few ways in which you can make two nice vacations affordable, and some of the best destinations around the world to try that you might not have thought of.

Affordable

To make your vacation affordable, is going to be hard. You need to put in the work to make sure you’re scraping together every last penny. To some people, the cutbacks in life are more than worth it when you have to amazing vacation destination to go on. So put in some extra shifts at work and begin putting aside the extra money into a savings account ready to book the vacation. You need to try and cut back on the other areas in life such as your social life, where you often might spend a little bit more money than you need to. Reduce your outings to once or twice a month, rather than every weekend, and stop spending money on food! Spending money on food is most likely going to be one of your biggest outgoings each month. Even just a trip to the supermarket to buy a meal deal is all going to add up. Then all you need to do is find an affordable vacation. Look out for the deals, and see if a last minute deal is going to save you a bit of money. A lot of companies overcharge for vacations which is why it is so important to shop around rather than going for the first vacation you see.

Meribel

Meribel is a beautiful ski resort in the French Alps, so if you’re looking for a bit of fun and an adrenaline rush, this is the place for you. The destination is absolutely beautiful, and it is a firm favorite with so many people. There’s plenty to do there when you’re not on the slopes as well, just check out this Meribel area guide for more information! If you haven’t considered a ski/snowboarding vacation before, there’s a couple of reason why you need to. They’re just so much fun. If you don’t know how to, there’s going to be plenty of places near you that will offer classes teaching you how to do either one. If you’re not a fan of the cold, you’ll often find things get pretty hot, and you’ll most likely get sunburn whilst you’re up there. There’s plenty to do food and drinks wise, and you’ll often find that there are plenty of bars and restaurants dotted up the mountain. Just hope off the ski lift and head into one of the establishments for a couple of pints before hitting the slopes. All you’ll need to buy beforehand is a bit of equipment, but you can usually find this cheaper on the internet.

America

America is often on many different buckets lists, because there’s just so many different places people want to go. A lot of people are drawn to the attractions of Florida, whilst others are looking for the crazy heights of New York. One thing we do know with this vacation however, is that it can be rather expensive. Even just booking the vacation can put a dent in your pocket, let alone the spending money. But again, if you shop around you will be able to find good deals. If you go for two weeks, you can easily go to Florida with flights and accommodation for 1000.

Make This Year A Year Of Travel

You just need to be frugal and not always go for the biggest and best hotel. After all, you probably won’t be spending that much time in it anyway! Make sure you budget enough for spending money as well. Although the food portions may be big, the price it comes with can be a little expensive. You will be looking at spending a lot if you want to visit all the attractions as well!

So there you have it, two affordable vacations, and how to make them a little more affordable. If you’re going to do anything in 2018, make sure it is a year full of new travel experiences.

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The Blogger Workspace

Setting up a blog is no easy task. There are a number of decisions to make, from what domain name to choose to who will be responsible for your hosting, right? And let’s be honest, those decisions are way more important than a workspace…. Wait! Are they? I used to think so, forgetting that there are other essentials that can make blogging easier.

Workspace! It’s not something that I planned ahead. I worked off my laptop from the comfort of my bed or couch, and sometimes even on the floor. A few months in and I began to understand that having a dedicated work space was a need.

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So, I started searching for a desk options, found a cozy-chic chair, invested on a desktop, added some decorations and it slowly came together. So, if you’re thinking about investing on a dedicated workspace, this is what I recommend.

Desk

Get a nice sized desk with enough room for you. My desk is not huge but it is functional. It has enough space for my Mac, mouse, keyboard, but most importantly for me to spread out my notebook and hand write notes and ideas. Then from time to time it also holds lots of toys that my little piles on it, like pretend cupcakes and tea cups – she loves feeding me. 🙂

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Seating

Get a comfortable but stylish chair. I wanted a chair that was comfortable but also chic – it needed to have a decorative element. I found one that has trim nail head details, which I love. Then, I added a pillow for back support but it also add a decorative touch.

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Planning tools

Get chic planning tools. While I don’t have an agenda, I have all appointments and reminders electronically, I do have a notebook. I found one with the cutest motivational quote, “She believed she could, so she did. I’m huge on pep talks and motivational quotes are great reminders to stay focused and keep pushing – at least for me.

Décor

Find functional decorative items. Although, my chair and pillow are somewhat decorative, I didn’t stop there. I got this little octopus – my spirit animal – which is such a cute detail on my desk. I also have my photo books which have the cutest trim and bring so much color to my workspace. A framed stock card quote that came on with my last Kate Spade purchase. I’m all about multi-purposing and it was way too cute to toss. Finally, fresh flowers. About once or twice a month I come back from the grocery store with a small ($5) bouquet of flowers for my desk. I just love having these.

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Storage

You can have pretty storage options. My desk came with two drawers, but I opted to only add one. For extra storage I have a decorative box – see the multi-purposing theme? The box is colorful and it also gives me room store blog related papers.

I have a few more wants, maybe some wall art above my desk and a pretty rug for under my feet… just to name a few. I will work on these updates and share them with you.

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But now, I want to ask, do you have a workspace? What is your favorite item if you had to choose one? Mine is between the Octopus & fresh flowers.

Saludos,
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Breakfast: Chorizo, Egg & Potatoes Tacos

Breakfast: Chorizo, Egg & Potatoes Tacos

Tacos are a way of life in Texas! Ask anyone who lives here, they’ll agree 😉 Seriously, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, there are so many ways to eat them.

I was never really big on breakfast tacos, but my husband loves and eats them so much, that they kind of grew on me. Though, we have our favorite Taco places here in Houston, sometimes it’s just easier for me to make them at home.

I always try to have tortillas, which I buy fresh from the bakery at Kroger. And other ingredients that I can add to the tortillas too, like eggs and bacon. This is a simple and my personal favorite breakfast taco combination.

But I also like to switch it up. So, I thought I’d try something different and bought some chorizo and frozen Potatoes O’Brien, which are perfectly diced with onions and peppers. This and a few eggs would make delicious breakfast tacos.

>>Keep reading for steps and recipe card<<

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Making the Tacos

Frist, I warmed up the tortillas in my husband’s grandmother’s Comal. Just a few days back we had been talking about family heirlooms and realized this is one of the few heirlooms from his family. A Mexican Comal is basically a round Cast Iron Griddle – it is my favorite tool for heating up tortillas.

Then, I added the chorizo to a pan and in another pan but at the same time started cooking the potatoes, according to the instructions on the package for about 10 minutes.

Once they were done, I just set each aside in a different plates. But you can mix them too, so that the potatoes can absorb some of the flavor from the chorizo – this is my preference. Finally, I started cooking the eggs and also set them aside once they were done.

The last step is to put the tacos together, a little bit of chorizo, some eggs, a handful of potatoes and then the cheese. All ingredients should be fairly warm which will help the cheese melt – yum! 🙂

There is no right or wrong way to make these. You can add diced avocado, squeeze some lime or add cilantro. It’s your taco, so make it your way. As long as you have the base ingredients, you can get creative with the rest.

Do you fold or roll your tacos? I’m just curious. 😛 Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you can, make sure to pin this for later or for others Taco lovers to discover.

Buen Provecho,
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Breakfast: Chorizo, Egg & Potatoes Tacos

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 package Chorizo
  • 1 package Frozen Potatoes O'Brien
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tortillas
  • 1/4 Cup Mexican Shredded Cheese

Instructions

  1. First, warm up the tortillas and set aside.
  2. Cook chorizo and potatoes in separate pans.
  3. Remove from pans once done and each aside in a different plates. You can mix them too, so that the potatoes can absorb some of the flavor from the chorizo.
  4. Start cooking the eggs and set them aside once they are done.
  5. Finally, put the tacos together, a little bit of chorizo, some eggs, a handful of potatoes and cheese. The warm ingredients should melt the cheese.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
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What I Wore on New Year’s Eve + Blogging Goals

SHOP MY NYE LOOK

Happy New Year!! Here we are, January 4 and I still can’t believe a new year has begun. Time sure flies when you’re having fun; and I have to say that 2017 was a fun year. Now that 2018 is here, the topic of resolutions has been brought up over and over again. Tell me, do you have a long list of New Year Resolutions?

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How Travel Affects Your Mental Health

How Travel Affects Your Mental Health

by Alek Sabin

Poor mental health, sadly, is far too often an issue that many people leave unaddressed, or go about fixing in the wrong way. Every person has different ways that they deal with a troubled mind, as in the things that they do everyday to cope with any sort of mental health issues. However, sometimes it can be good to get away for a while so that you can get out of your own head and get a break from your usual environment.

For this reason, traveling is often a recommended thing to do after someone goes through a particularly trying chapter in their life, such as the loss of a loved one or dealing with something like addiction. Here are some ways that travel has a positive impact on your mental health…

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