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How to save money on baby bedroom furniture?

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Baby teeth marketing up a baby bedroom is quite emotional for expecting parents as they express their love for the new little one with every little thing they buy. Parents worry too much about having the perfect nursery, but the baby may only thank by leaving teeth marks on top of the crib. Better focus on safety, not on the looks of the baby bedroom.

As we all want the perfect room for our child, we can easily spend a fortune on baby bedroom furniture that is used for a very short while and is not even noticed by the occupant. You can save your money and provide an eye-appealing, yet safe room.

Here are several tips to save money on baby bedroom furniture and accessories:

Start shopping early.

Probably you have about 8 months to set up the baby bedroom. To maximize your time and find the best prices, start looking early. The most money you’ll save if you have enough time to research.

Buy unfinished furniture.

Purchase unfinished rockers, cribs, bookshelves, and dressers to save money. Many websites and stores sell unfinished furniture. You’ll have the time to finish the furniture before the baby is born. Many merchants provide the needed easy to follow instructions.

Remember:

baby furniture is temporary. The nursery furniture is used for a very short time, perhaps just 18 months. Since you will probably need only the crib for 3 years, it doesn’t really matter if it matches the dresser.

Don’t waste money on extras.

Nursery furniture can include many unnecessary accessories. Actually, you don t need drawers under the crib (these are quite inconvenient, by the way), or uniquely styled (round) cribs with special bedding. These items seem appealing, but you pay more for no extra value.

Don’t over-buy.

Before you buy a dresser, crib, rocker, toy chest, changing table, and all the items your baby may need, consider the size of the baby room. Choose only the most important pieces of furniture and focus on buying these items.

Also, think about ways to maximize the space when you arrange the furniture.

Customize inexpensive furniture.

You can customize your baby bedroom furniture for a few dollars. Paint wooden handles, shelving, and knob pink or blue. Add a painted panel to the toy chest to infuse charm to the nursery.

Rent out furniture between kids. Consider renting or selling the furniture to another family to compensate for the purchase. Just make sure to get the furniture back for your next little one, and inspect the returned for damage.

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Also review the website of the manufacturer before reusing the crib, to ensure it has not been recalled for any reason.

Make long-term purchases. Choose to buy adult-sized furniture instead of a small set of bookshelves or tiny dresser for the baby`s room, so your kid can use after outgrowing the crib.

Shop in discount stores.

Look for the best deals in stores like IKEA. Watch for sales and look for clearance racks at off-price retailers.

Skip the cradle.

Many parents prefer to have their babies sleep in their bedroom during the first few months as it helps the baby to bond with them and makes breastfeeding easier. Instead of buying a pricey cradle for your baby bedroom, save money by putting temporarily a play yard or the crib in your room.

Use a play yard.

If it costs much to buy a crib, consider buying a play yard, often called Pack N Play. Babies can comfortably sleep in it.

Buy an inexpensive crib.

When considering to buy a crib, the most important factor is safety. Cribs are ranked 3rd among the nursery products causing injury. Federal guidelines are often revised and companies frequently recall cribs. It’s better to buy a new crib for the baby bedroom. You can spend $100, or you can spend $1,000 to buy a new crib. However, all new cribs must meet federal regulations, so your baby is as safe in a crib for $100 as he or she is in a crib for $1,000.

Budget for a mattress.

Usually, cribs don’t come with mattresses and you’ll have to budget for this purchase as well. Buy a safe mattress for your kid as it is of great importance for protecting him or her from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Get a firm mattress fitting snugly in the crib.

Don’t buy a separate changing table or dresser.

These take up space. You could put a changing pad on the dresser, and use it as a changing station to save money and space inside the baby bedroom.

Plan to change your baby s diapers on the floor.

Maybe this sounds unsanitary, but a wealth of parents change diapers on the floor day and night. This method of changing always works, because it eliminates the risks of your baby falling from the changing table once he or she becomes mobile.

Safety should be first in your mind when you choose baby furniture.

Better buy a new crib and a new mattress, and save money on any other baby bedroom furniture by buying inexpensive or used items. Remember that nursery furniture is not a permanent fixture at home unless you plan to have more babies. Be creative, have fun, and prepare your baby’s room with love – that’s all he or she needs.

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How to Discover Your Decorating Style

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Do you ever feel like some people got the style bone while you got stuck waiting for the dregs? Does the thought of doing a Pinterest DIY craft or an art project strike fear into your heart?

Maybe your talents lie elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to find your own decorating skills! 

Yes, your style bone could be sitting there, patiently waiting for you to uncover it. You just need a little help!

Luckily, there are experts whose job it is to do just that. These pro tips and tools will guide you on the journey to discovering your decorating style — fast!

1. Get Familiar With the Trends

You can’t beat yourself up for not knowing how you want to decorate if you don’t even know your options. That’s like trying to choose a favorite candy when you’ve never had any sweets before. Totally unfair!

Thumb through some magazines or browse interior design websites to see what’s trending and what’s passé. 

The search for the “top” magazines and websites will lead you down a rabbit hole of suggestions. 

Before you get stuck in that abyss, try some of these:

  • Architectural DigestThe leading authority on international interior design styles, with its content available both in magazines and online
  • Elle Decor – Also in print and digital, beauty magazine Elle’s spread to home decor is one of the go-to places for modern style
  • Better Homes & Gardens – The must-have magazine for home decor, redecorating, and exterior makeovers, online and in print

Out of these three essential interior design experts, you should be able to find something that sparks your interest! Who knows, you might even get hooked and subscribe for regular style updates.

2. Quiz Yourself

Today’s digital era is the world of online personality tests.

Interior decorating is no different. Just as you can take a quiz to discover your best makeup or clothing look or learn who your best astrology match is, you can get your decorating style.

Check out these professional quizzes to discover your best home look in just a few short questions:

After you get your quiz results, you can explore the site more and find decor you might want to buy. 

3. Notice Your Strong Likes and Dislikes

A lot of your decorating tastes are already evident in your daily life.

When you go shopping, what clothes and decor attract you? Which styles automatically turn you away?

As you’re exploring, you’ll notice a variety of different styles in the home decor department. These items strive to appeal to people who prefer a specific look. The ones you like will help you learn your preferences.

You could be more of a minimalist, traditionalist, contemporary, or rustic person — or something else entirely.

Bring a pad of paper or a note app on your phone with you as you shop. Make a list of colors, patterns, materials, and textures that you like.  Then keep another one of those you absolutely can’t stand.

This will help you in your search for your true decorating style.

4. Check Out the Apps

You know that game that was all the rage not too long ago, “The Sims”? It was the perfect way to learn your decorating style, all while having fun and not realizing you were getting an education.

Now, that same idea has sparked a host of apps you can download.

You don’t have to play a game to find your style (although you can!). 

Just check out these apps:

  • Chairish – Available on most Apple products, this app lets you play around with colors, patterns, and textures until you are satisfied. If you find something you really love, you can order it straight from the app.
  • 1st Dibs – If your steps up to now have led you to more of a vintage path, try this app. It works on iPhones the same way as Chairish. But the selection is geared toward those who like the finer things in antique and vintage decor.
  • Houzz – Upload pictures of each room in your home to your Apple device, then play all day. This app lets you use a variety of furniture and accessories in their arsenal, moving everything around until you’re happy. If you love something, buy it right then!

Better than a game but just as addicting, these home interior apps will keep you busy as you learn your favorite style.

5. Bring in Your Favorite Things

We’re not talking about raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens here. When you bring your favorite things into your decorating style, it means that you get to show off your hobbies and interests.

Do you travel a lot? Love music? Have an extensive collection of dolls or cows? 

The things you love should be part of your decor style — within reason. 

For instance, just because you have thousands of albums doesn’t mean you should display them all. Instead, pick your top favorites and hang them on the wall, then house the rest inside a curio cabinet.

The same type of idea applies to anything you have, whether it’s movies, baseball cards, figurines, or anything else. Don’t hide your passions, but keep to the “less is more” way of displaying them.

Conclusion

When you feel like it’s time to unearth your style bone, you don’t have to be an interior designer or an archeologist! You just need to use these pro tips to find your decorating style. 

It’s there, and you can figure it out without a college degree or a professional to help you!
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Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager at The Pointe. With over five years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in helping current and future residents and makes The Pointe a place everyone loves to call home.

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Decorating with Color: 5 Expert Tips

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Adding color to your home’s interior is about testing boundaries and pushing limits. 

The living room’s mustard yellow walls jive with the electric-blue sectional perfectly. Then you add a bright purple vase to the mix, and suddenly, you enter “outlandish” territory. 

Finding a happy medium isn’t quite about trial and error as much as understanding color schemes and the magical “potions” they combine to create. 

Don’t settle for neutral colors that rob your home of its aesthetic potential. Say goodbye to greys, beiges, and whites!

Instead, learn how to decorate with color by using our five favorite expert tips:

Choose a Color Palette

Even with HGTV programmed as the default channel on your television, nothing can shield you from making the quintessential “rookie” mistakes:

  • Throwing together any (and all) decor within a specific scheme, like an all-blue living room that looks drab, overdone, and borderline obsessive
  • Plucking decor from the shelves that look good on their own but combine to look jumbled, disorganized, or outright dizzying to guests

Unless you have a naturally artistic eye and a knack for interior design, figuring out which shades go together can seem like a mind-numbing or even impossible task.

The solution: 

Finding the right color palette.

Online programs like Color Hunt or Coolors can take the legwork out of discovering the right tones. Select a shade similar to your preferred focal point (like a vase or a painting). Or completely randomized the palette if you’re seeking inspiration.

Copy down the Hex color code, and take it to your local Home Depot when you order a new batch of paint. Don’t forget to save the accent colors on your phone for your next furniture hunting session.

When all else fails, stay within the palette!

Build Around a Focal Point

Unless you’re starting with a blank slate (a brand new construction) or want a complete room overhaul, you likely already have a focal point. That is, an item that snatches your guests’ attention as they waltz into your living room for Christmas!

The first trick:

Committing to a focal point.

To get past that elephant in the room, a focal point can be any decoration that’s even remotely eye-catching. Your preferred focal point could be an 18th-century stained glass window, trestle coffee table, or even an old-fashioned wallpaper accent wall.

Now, take a closer look at the decoration that’s inspiring your next renovation — what colors seem to draw the most attention?

With your focal point in mind, apply the 60-30-10 rule to the remainder of the room:

  • 60% will be a relatively neutral shade for the future wall colors
  • 30% should make up the larger pieces of furniture in the room
  • 10% ought to consist of the accent pieces (the finishing touches)

A white, blue, and emerald ceramic bowl could translate into crisp white walls, matching blue sofas, and an emerald green coffee table.

The closer you can match the shades, the better!

Push the Normal Boundaries

There are two very challenging aspects of redecorating:

  1. Feeling trapped in the confines of classical interior design
  2. Feeling the desperate urge to avoid color faux pas

It’s time to break through the mindset that there’s only one right way to add colors to your living space.

Crush those stereotypical boundaries by:

  • Shunning the fact that dark-colored walls are “out” for good
  • Decorating a room to your fancy, even if it doesn’t make your room feel bigger or more luxurious
  • Only adding colors, patterns, and textures when it makes sense to you
  • Skipping the relentless grey tones that have taken the industry by storm
  • Remembering this is the space you’ll live in 24/7, not the judgmental folks on Pinterest or Instagram

Think about this:

Just 50 years ago, wood paneling everywhere was the cliche mark of a cozy abode. Not two decades ago, faux antlers on the wall stole the show.

No matter how urgently you try to fit in with the current trends, many will become outdated within 5-10 years. It might not be in right now, but it could be next year!

Learn What Colors “Say”

Painting your kitchen neon orange or purchasing a dandelion bedroom comforter could stem from little more than your personal taste. However, as the era between your last art class and today continue to broaden, there’s one thing you forget:

Colors describe emotions.

Before you overhaul an entire room or floor based on what’s “hot” in today’s market, think about what you want each room to say. For example:

  • Red means love and passion, making it a more logical choice for a bedroom than a dining room.
  • Orange stands for energy, the same thing you crave while crushing through a workout in your home gym.
  • Yellow represents happiness and joy; a great way to begin the day as you sit down for a hearty breakfast. 
  • Green screams “harmony,” turning a typically hectic living room into the perfect post-work cool-down zone.
  • Blue denotes strength (not just sadness), with certain shades complementing an office space ideally.
  • Purple carries a sense of wealth and royalty, making this scheme ideal if you crave status and respect (like in an entryway).

It might help to think about how you plan to use each room. For example, if you have a spare bedroom that would make an incredible home office, cobalt-colored paint could deliver an air of confidence while you work!

Look Past the Usual Decor

The biggest mistake we make while decorating our homes (or apartments) is overlooking the importance of color. “Color” goes far beyond the paint on your kitchen walls, also including things like:

  • Lamps and light fixtures
  • Rugs or carpeting
  • Paintings and artwork
  • Throw pillows
  • Wallpaper
  • Centerpieces and standard decor
  • Doors and window sills

As you set work decorating in your chosen color scheme, consider every item that’ll be on immediate display. Your guest bedroom might look perfect at first glance, but a gold-colored flower pot might clash with the rest of the theme.

Before you add anything new, no matter how small, consider how it could impact the entire room. Don’t overlook adding a few neutral tones and pieces to reduce the frenzy of brightly colored decorations!

Conclusion

No matter where your color decorating plans take you, understand that the classic “rules” of interior design aren’t mandatory.

Maroon cabinets? Go for it.

A chestnut china cabinet? Have at it.

Coral carpet? Why not?

All of these things together in one room? With a little tinkering, sure.

Every piece of furniture and paint shade out there has unlimited matching opportunities. All it takes is the right accent pieces, color palette, and fabrics to turn a clashing, drab bedroom into an unforgettable, cozy oasis.

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Adam Marshall is a freelance writer specializing in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Paramount 3800 to help them with their online marketing.

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Creative Ways to Help Those in Need

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The end of the year is just around the corner and new year’s resolutions are surely being made. There is no denying this has been a difficult year across the globe, but more so for some than others. For those in more fortunate place at the moment that are looking to find safe, socially distant ways to help those in need, here are some creative ways to give back and support your local community.

Make Knit Clothing, Accessories and Blankets for Local Shelters

A wonderful way to give something from the heart to those that need it the most. Knitting is a therapeutic way to make something for others while helping to encourage calmness and relaxation for yourself. There are tons of different knitting and crocheting ideas to choose from, like a cozy Bernat blanket yarn pattern or warm clothing like:

  • Knit sweaters or pullovers
  • Knit vests
  • Knit ponchos or ponchos with sleeves
  • Knit shrugs or tunics
  • Knit socks

For smaller and more simple projects that will still make a big difference for someone on a cold day, there are plenty of warm knit accessories to make like:

  • Knit hats, headwraps or beanies
  • Knit scarfs, infinity scarfs or cowls
  • Knit gloves or mittens
  • Knit booties

Knitting warm items to donate to a local shelter is the perfect way to put your creativity to good use.

Bake Treats for Neighborhood Centers

Since social distancing is necessary for playing our part to help society get through this trying time, make sure to call ahead and see if your local centers are accepting food drop offs.

Baking treats is one of the kindest and tastiest ways to bring a smile to someone’s face. There is no need to be a chef in the kitchen to make something simple and delicious, like:

  • Sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies
  • Fruit or chocolate chip muffins
  • Banana bread
  • Sheet cake with icing
  • Brownies

Make sure to use disposable or reusable containers you won’t need returned when dropping off your freshly baked treats. One thing is certain, baking treats is a wonderful way to make an anonymous difference in someone’s day by letting them know people are out there that care.

Offer Your Time

There are many ways to give back to those in need but giving your time is one of the most thoughtful ways to be there for someone else. With social distancing in consideration, try calling local shelters or centers to see if volunteers are needed.

Perhaps there is a way to get creative and offer to do virtual visits with someone in need, such as:

  • Virtual story reading for children at neighborhood centers
  • Virtual visits with the elderly
  • Virtual study buddy for students of shelters

For anyone able to offer their time in a more physical way, check if there are opportunities to help with serving meals or to help with cleaning kitchens and other areas of local shelters and centers.

Any way you can offer to help is sure to make an unforgettable impactonthose who needs it most.

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Before dry winter air gets the best of you, Minimalist is here to the rescue!

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It’s January – the time of the year when we make new travel and fitness resolutions!


From going backpacking into the woods to lounging by the mountains with a cup of piping hot chai and whatnot, our list of travel fantasies is endless especially during winters. You may think you have all the travel checklists ticked off – windbreaker, mittens, toiletries, hiking boots, etc, but there is one crucial thing that is still missing – skincare products!

Skincare is the last thing that comes to our mind when we travel but mind you, it is an absolute necessity with the ‘dry’ winter air being the first and foremost reason. Speaking of which, many people tend to think that pigmentation is a summer thing or something that occurs only during pregnancy. However, cold temperatures, decreased humidity and dry weather can also lead to the appearance of pigmentation spots. As you move towards higher altitudes, the skin barrier loses its ability to hold onto oil and water, thus, its propensity for dryness and pigmentation increases. 

Nevertheless, with Minimalist’s Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic acid 1% as a part of your daily skincare regime, you have no need to fret at all. It is one such product that has a proven record of dramatically reducing pigmentation and blemishes just within a few weeks’ time. Packed with the goodness of ingredients that have soothing and lightening properties, the serum works like a magic wand for your skin.

How Minimalist’s Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% works

  • Alpha Arbutin significantly inhibits melanin production that is the main cause of hyperpigmentation.
  • It further reduces the degree of sun tanning to a great extent after the skin is exposed to UV Rays.
  • Hyaluronic acid, owing to its ability to draw and hold water, brings moisture on your face.

Other magic ingredients infused in this serum by Minimalist include Aloe Vera Juice, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Propaediol, Ethoxydiglycol, etc. While the product is said to have lightening properties, it is not to be used as a fairness treatment.

With that said, one may not help but wonder – There are ocean full of anti-pigmentation products out there so why should I opt for this particular brand? This is because its serums are silicone, paraben and fragrance free. Moreover, the brand is utterly transparent about the ingredients it uses and how they work so that you remain aware about what you are feeding your skin with and what exactly happens beneath the layers of your skin.

Before you apply Minimalist’s Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% every morning and evening, make sure that your face is thoroughly cleansed and well-moisturised. Just two or three drops will go a long way. Since it is known to reduce melanin production, following it up with a high SPF sunblock is imperative.

Now that you know everything you need to know about taking care of your skin to save it from pigmentation during winter travels, here’s to a guilt-free trip this year! Cold weather or oh so much sugar – nothing can get in the way of your skin looking and feeling its best.  

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Some Window Cleaning Tips and Water Fed Pole Methodology

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The water fed pole ways are definitely taking over the window cleaning manufacture, with many a window cleanup acknowledging the welfare and hopping on board. Not only is it much secure as it destroys the necessity of climbing up ladders, but it is also proved to be much faster than traditional cleansing, as so lengthy as pure and clean water is used, but the windows besides do not need to be dried. This means that many houses can be cleaned in a day, which affects more money earned.

Invest in Nice Equipment:

It is a best-known saying that a great employee never blames his tools, nevertheless, when it comes to window cleaning with a water-fed pole, the tools do have many to do with the effect. Make sure you know precisely what you need and do you investigate all the choices. There are many brands out there to select from so check assessment on forums and see what will work great for you.

Practice Makes Perfect:

Like any new and latest skill, the more you practice the more natural it will become. Practice at basic on your personal windows at home, and then move onto families and friends, so lengthy as they don’t mind, and make sure you practice with antithetic window variety, shapes, heights, form, and angles, as this can each impact the way you neat and clean them. Then when you cognizance confident you can begin with existing paying clients. Some people will select to begin charging lower cost until they feel like they are at a professional modular, nevertheless, there is the trouble of when you do put your exercise up you might lose clients, so bear that in mind.

Take Your Time With The First Neat And Explain The Process To The Client:

First cleans can be windows that haven’t been cleaned for a while, normally anything from 5 months advancing. This will mean the windows are especially dirty, and the ungraded will be more crags fast onto the window, meaning you will need to spend some time and possibly use extra cleaning merchandise to get adequate effects. You should also require the possibility of few places to occur after a first clean and neat. This is due to excess dirt sitting in the soffits and joins of the window, even after removal some dust may still run behind the window. Make sure you inform the client to set expected values.

Ever Wet The Surface First:

It is essential to get the afloat surface region wet with your pure and clear water first. Because of the manner neat and pure waterworks, even just the water sitting on the window will be beginning dissolution and relaxation the dist, making it easier to then neat and clean.

Rinse Rinse Rinse:

The cardinal to a faultless finish is to remove the window off thoroughly. This will cut down the opportunity of any invisible dirt dripping down after you’ve polished cleaning and therefore leaving spotting on the window.

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