9 Ways To Conceal Unsightly Things

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If you’re a perfectionist we’re betting that you are going to LOVE these ideas. It can be such a frustration to create a beautiful, well designed room only to have it interrupted by unsightly features. Some things just can’t be avoided, such as a thermostat or utility meter, but there are creative ways to conceal them. Are you ready to be done with grumbling at the modem every time you walk by it? Read on! 

  1. Utility meter or A/C Unit outside – Cover (and easily uncover) using free standing, accordion shutter doors.
  2. Metal wall vents – Repurpose the side rail from baby crib and mount it in front of the vent. Adorned with ribbons (decorative or prize winning). Air will still flow freely and the ribbons are a pretty way to distract from the metal vent.
  3. Computer printer – Use a dresser or entertainment unit with a drawer deep enough to fit the printer. Detach the front panel and reattach it with hinge so you can open it as needed when using the printer.
  4. Computer modem – Hollow out a hard back book and simply slip the modem inside, display with the book spine facing outward.
  5. Out-of-date ceiling treatments – Cover the entire ceilings by power-nailing wood planks over it. Covering old treatments is typically less work than trying to remove and resurface.
  6. If your TV is mounted on the wall hide the dangling cords by installing a hollow shelf made crown molding.
  7. On a wall that has a thermostat create a collage with various sized frames. The thermostat will blend in rather than being starkly apparent.
  8. Hide a power strip using a photo storage box. Remove the back wall of the box and slide the power strip in.
  9. If you can’t or don’t want to use a bed skirt, simply cover the unsightly box spring using fabric and a staple gun. 

The Retreat in Your Own Home

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Your bedroom is your retreat, one of the most personal rooms in your home and the place that you go to when you want to relax and feel comfortable. Choosing your bedroom flooring is incredibly important because this is the one room where you will most likely be barefoot in your home while at the same time simultaneously needing your floor to work aesthetically in a way that fosters tranquility and happiness.

 

You have several options when choosing the bedroom flooring that is right for you. What is most important is making sure that you make your decision based on several criteria—you will want to factor in your own design aesthetic, the size and layout of your bedroom, and the climate you live in.

 

The most traditional of bedroom flooring choice is hardwood. If you love the look of hardwood but don’t like the feeling of cold feet on hardwood floors, you can still enjoy the elegance of the hardwood in your bedroom.  Simply incorporate an area rug into your bedroom layout or include a small rug next near your bed. Other economic and sustainable options include hardwood floor alternatives such as bamboo.

 

Carpet is also a great option for your bedroom and you can accomplish this look in several different ways. If you have a hardwood floor you could choose a large area rug that centers under your bed and radiates out into the room, adding a splash of color and texture. If you want to fully carpet your room there are many different carpeting choices and which one is right for you will depend on how much foot traffic your bedroom receives while also factoring in what type of design aesthetic you wish to accomplish.

 

There are many different flooring options for your bedroom and it can sometimes feel overwhelming choosing what is best for that special room where you go to rest and recharge. What is important is knowing that you have options and then choosing what type of flooring feels most natural and relaxing to you.  At Ambassador Floor, we are happy to help you choose the option that will be best in your bedroom retreat!

One Cup Wonders – Single Serve Smoothie Recipes To Try Right Now

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When it comes to making smoothies the rules of the game have changed a bit. For decades we’ve whipped them up in our standard kitchen blenders. The taste was great but the effort and ingredients were often excessive. How many blenders half full of smoothie have you put in the fridge only to forget about it and waste the ingredients? Probably quite a few, and fresh foods aren’t cheap.

No need to fret over your money going down the drain anymore. Compact, single serve smoothie machines are the biggest trend in kitchen appliances these days and they solve the problem well. However, most of the smoothie recipes are still portioned for a large batch. So, we created these tasty treats that are excellent options for healthful nutrition, without being bland, boring, or just plain yuck! You won’t need to put these in the fridge for later, they’ll be gone in a flash.

 

Directions for all recipes

You can use fresh or frozen fruit

All should be blended until smooth or creamy

You can include ½ tsp ground flaxseed in any of them

 

Tropical Treat

 

Ice

¼ -1/2 mango flesh (remove skin)

1/4 – 1/2 nectarine

½ cup coconut milk

1/2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

 

Cherry Hills

 

Ice

¼ avocado

1 peach

3 pitted cherries

Almond milk to achieve your preferred consistency

½ tbsp protein powder

 

Berry Delicious

 

½ cup almond or rice milk

1 cup blackberries, blueberries, raspberries

1 packet raw sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp protein powder

 

Simplicity

 

1/3 cup blackberries

¾ cup pineapple

Water (to achieve thick, creamy consistency)

½ tbsp vanilla protein powder

 

Strawberry Peach Cake

 

1/2 cup frozen peaches

6 small strawberries

1 packet raw sugar

¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or combo coconut/almond milk)

Dash pumpkin pie spice

½ tbsp vanilla protein powder

Color Pallet: Shabby Chic Cushion & Bouquet – Aqua, Pink, Purple

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Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of an entire room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. For example, take a look at the photo below. It’s just a bench, table, and bouquet. So, your first inclination might be to mimic it in a breakfast nook and call it a day. Instead, we suggest using it as a reference for color and accessory selection in any room in your house!

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a delicate yet vibrant color scheme. As well as an ultra feminine and floral environment with some spunk! To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision. 

The color pallet: Aqua, Spunky Rose Pink, Grape, Ballet Pink

What themes within the color scheme set the tone?

  • Pink – Love
  • Grape –  Elegance
  • Aqua – Tranquility

What makes it spunky?

  • The fun colored stripes on the seat cushion.

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all soft and equally vibrant
  • Green and red are complementary, and pink and aqua are derivatives of those colors so they are also complementary.
  • The purple also hints at a Triadic color scheme. This is three colors on the color wheel that coordinate nicely because they equally spaced apart on the wheel.

What makes it ultra feminine?

  • A ‘soft focus’ aura, nothing is overly stark.
  • A bouquet of flowers traditionally gifted to ladies on special occasions, which includes a spray a few dainty varieties.
  • Predominantly pink.

Feng Shui – A Quick Look

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Zen inspired interior design can bring peace to your home and help to de-clutter spaces that tend to collect it. Tranquility can sometimes be hard to come by in our busy lives but when you are able to create a space that evokes it with clean lines, minimal mess and natural materials you can create a space that fosters serenity in your life.

 

One way to infuse this type of design into your room is the ancient art of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the Chinese tradition of balancing a room with the different elements and through this, harmonizing those that inhabit the space.

 

One of the elements is earth. Earth is an element that is seen as one that is grounding. To bring the earth element to your room add in earth tones, furniture that is lower to the ground or artwork that shows images of landscapes.

 

Fire on the other hand, is a symbol that represents boldness and strength. Adding this to your design can increase these attributes, but too much can cause an increase in impulsiveness and aggression. A balanced way to add this to your room’s design is to incorporate candles or shades in the red family.

 

Water is something that connects with emotion and spirituality. This taps into your ability to connect with your wisdom and insight. With the right balance of water elements in your room you will be able to enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility. To add water elements to your room be sure to include reflective surfaces such as mirrors or water features such as water fountains.

 

The element of wood is something that represents creativity and growth and can bring a sense of strength to your design. Ways to incorporate this element include fresh flowers or bamboo, natural fabrics and wood furniture.

 

Metal is different in that it can connect with your sense of logic and order. If you want to add this element to your space the best way is to include metal furniture or decorations and countertops that are made out of stone or rocks.

 

When the right balance of the elements is present in a room, it can bring a sense of harmony to your design. Comment below and share with us what you think are great ways to create a room that has incorporated Feng Shui into its design.

DIY Masks for Your Skin

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Taking care of skin sure is a chore! It requires daily attention regardless of our hectic schedules. The face is particularly demanding because it is more delicate, especially around eyes and lips. Full service facials at the spa work wonders, but who has the time or money for that? Achieve the same effect with these two DIY masks that require nothing more than items found in your kitchen!

Peachy Clean – for dull skin

Ingredients

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • brown sugar

This mask packs a punch because it is both a scrub and a mask. Cut up the peaches into small pieces and use a fork to mash theM completely. Add olive oil and a small handful of brown sugar. Mix thoroughly and mash all ingredients together, without losing the graininess of the brown sugar. The Vitamin C in the peaches acts as a skin brightener, the olive oil is a deep moisturizer, and the brown sugar will exfoliate dead skin. Layer the mask evenly on your face and leave it on for ten minutes. Then gently massage your face so that the brown sugar crystals can do their job. Rinse well and take a look in the mirror. You’ll see a cleaner, brighter, fresher face!

Wake Up! – for tired, dydrated, dull skin

Ingredients

  • 1 tomato
  • baking soda
  • lemon juice

Slice the tomato into medium width slices that you can hold between your fingers. Start by gently rubbing the tomato directly on your skin in a circular motion. Your face will feel instantly refreshed. But you’re not done yet! Mix together equal parts lemon juice and baking soda. You just need enough to cover your face. Notice how this mask bubbles – fun! Rub the mixture into the skin gently and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. All three ingredients activate the skins natural processes and “wake it up.” The result is skin that looks alive and fresh.

 

A Special Holiday to You!

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What Are the Hottest New Colors in Interior Design?

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Colors are one of the easiest ways to pinpoint a period in interior design history. From the pink and black of a 50s bathroom to the Avocado Green of a 70s kitchen, history is filled with a variety of different color combinations. Things are no different today in terms of trends sweeping through homes around the country. While people were a little afraid of color after the 80s and spent a long time embracing beige instead, hot new color trends are beginning to emerge. One of the biggest differences, though, is that many of these colors are timeless and have ties to other design styles so they may be less likely to date your home down the road.

Natural Colors and Finishes

One new color trend is to leave as many items in their natural finish as possible. So, lots of natural wood and stone colors are popping up everywhere. Of course things have to coordinate with these, so like the Craftsman movement of the last century, we’re seeing a lot of colors found in nature popping up in homes to complete the color palettes.

Warm Tones and Colors

For a long time stainless steel was king and everyone was looking for it or for its cousin satin nickel. This lead to a cold, sterile look in many homes that began to turn people off. Now, the trend is moving toward warming colors and tones, particularly in metal finishes. Polished brass is still not making major inroads, but antique brass is, along with copper, oil rubbed bronze, and natural bronze. Many of these colors are also making their way into paint palettes, as they match natural wood tones and are a more updated version of the beige people have been gravitating toward for years now.

Shades of Blue

The one color bucking the warm and natural trend throughout homes is blue. Country blue kitchens are very hot right now, as are bolder shades of blue such as turquoise getting used in appliances. With so many shades of blue competing for attention just now, it’s unlikely that one will get picked to be considered this decade’s Harvest Gold.

Lighting Ideas for Bathroom Vanities

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When it comes to spending time at your bathroom vanity, make sure that you get the most out of the space with the right lighting. Good lighting can help you do more, while showing you your best side – not harsh glares and angles. Try these lighting tips on for size around your vanity to get the right glow for the space.

Hollywood Glamour

Gone are the days when you would find a strip of light bulbs just across the top of the mirror, but that doesn’t mean you should discount the idea entirely. Instead, look for a mirror that includes bulbs on all four sides. What this means for you is that instead of lighting you from the top down and casting shadows in unwelcome places, you get a soft glow on all angles of your face, so you can see yourself in the best light.

Flexible Lights

New bathroom lighting fixtures are available that come on flexible stems, sort of like a table lamp that gets adhered to your wall. Move, bend, and position the lights exactly where you need them to make the most of the space, and then stand them upright on either side of the mirror once you’re done.

Blue Glow

Do you want the most flattering light that also has a contemporary flair? Consider looking into lighting fixtures that cast a soft blue glow around the vanity. This cool-toned light softens your features in the mirror and is less harsh on the eyes.

Multi-Placed Lighting

If you don’t want to go for a four-sided lit mirror, be sure to incorporate lighting above the mirror with matching sconces on either side. This helps eliminate the top-cast shadows, but gives you more style options for the room.

Under-Mirror Lighting

If you have under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen, you know how helpful it can be for illuminating tasks. Under mirror lights work the same way, giving you light for doing your nails, picking out jewelry, and other focused tasks.

Make the Most of Your Lighting

It doesn’t matter what type of lighting you choose for your bathroom as long as it works for you. Try combining two or more of these styles together to get the best look for your room, and enjoy the bright lights.