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3 Quick Things You Can Do To Spruce Up Any Space

Our houses are spaces that provide us with contentment and happiness and so we set them up with lots of love. We make sure we select each decorative item, furniture piece, rug and wall painting to blend in, contrast and give off the awesome vibe we want it to give.

Home styling inspiration
Home inspiration

However, overtime we also start getting bored with it. Thus is man’s nature, no?! Always getting bored and complaining (topic for another time). Anyhow let’s not digress, so back to point. Looking at the same things repeatedly does gradually decrease our happiness and we crave for some change again. However, we cannot keep changing our home decor every now and then but, we can make little adjustments here and there to freshen it up.

If you’ve been feeling bored with your space lately, here are 3 quick easy things you can do to spruce up the look:

Add/Change Color

Color plays a major role in affecting our moods. You must have read about color psychology and what each color means. Colors subconsciously affect how we feel so it’s important to reevaluate the colors in your space. If you can change wall paint, go ahead and do it. Even changing the paint of one of the walls will give your space a new look. If it lacks color add it in the form of natural or artificial plants or decorations. It will help make the space look different with the least amount of effort.

Home styling inspiration-yellow wall
Red sofa against the yellow wall

Before Eid I had started to feel our lounge looks very boring so i got up one day and decided the wall paint needs to be changed. By the evening we had one of the walls painted yellow and believe you me it changed the whole decorum of the space. Yellow is also a happy color so don’t judge me when I tell you I smile every time I walk past it. Also it contrasted well with our red sofas so just make sure that the colors you select do blend in (or stand out) whatever you prefer. The tree branch decor is a DIY, which you can read about here.

Add Fairy Lights

home styling- fairy lights
fairy lights on a plant

If you don’t already have fairy lights decorating your space in some way, I suggest you try them out. They help give a very festive feel to the space and you can easily put them up and/or take them down. I generally keep changing the fairy light decor and turning them on for even a short time brightens the look. I generally turn off the overhead lights when I switch on the fairy lights.

Move Things Around

Ok this one can be a bit hectic but if you’re bored of your current space, just try moving the setting around and you will instantly feel a difference and a fresh look. Sometimes some things in our space are fixed like the telly, the lamps because of the switchboards but you can always move the seating, the decorations and give your space a fresh feel.

Do you practice any of these tips in your home already?I think they are a fantastic way to elevate the look without digging a hole in the pocket.

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Fun Tree Branch DIY

If it were up to me, a lot of nature like tree branches and logs would be in my home. I mean just look at how beautiful nature is and having something like that in home and that too functional or as decoration just makes me so happy. You can make so many things from fallen pieces of wood and tree branches.

Fun DIY tree branch decor
Tree Branch decor from 2017

So back in 2017 when I found a fallen tree branch I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I brought it in, painted it and put some fairy lights on it. It became a nice decoration piece for my room corner that was pretty bare before then. I could even use it to hang scarves or bracelets as you can see in the picture above. he he. After a while that branch graduated to our lounge during wedding festivities and the lights really just brought joy to another wise sober room.

This Eid, I decided it needs a makeover. I mean I loved the lights on it but i wanted something different now. So here is what i came up with:

Fun DIY tree branch decoration
Remped tree branch with added decor

There are many many ideas when it comes to decorating your tree branch. You can leave it bare also. Tie ribbons and let them hang down. Just play around with different colors and ideas till you get what you wanted. Here’s my tree decor inspiration for you:

Fun DIY tree branch decor closeup
Close up of the decor

I bought all my supplies (rattan balls or yarn balls, cages) from Anarkali Crafting, an online store and the transaction was seamless I must say. You can even make the yarn balls yourself and there are many tutorials for it online but i didn’t have the time for it right now so I just ordered it away.

To add some contrast and color to the tree with red i used blue yarn that i already had at home and wrapped it around in places.

Hang in your decorations and viola! you have yourself a fun, colorful, tree branch DIY that can really light up the room and doesn’t even cost much.

What happened to those lights then, you wonder? well they’re still lighting our space in another corner. How would you decorate your tree branch?

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DIY: Jewelry Showpiece

If you may know, or may not know, (in which case I should mention it here), I am a big jewelry freak. I mean who isn’t, eh?I believe everyone has their own unique tastes and styles. It’s very hard for me to move from someplace where I have spotted nice (read : unique) jewelry. I mean I just end up blowing my money on rings and bracelets mostly. Once I spot a nice piece I really don’t bother about the cost much or think that I’ll find it cheaper elsewhere. Who has the time to go cheap jewelry hunting these days!

Anyways, so my jewelry obsession got me thinking of ways to display it nicely in my room and I ended up making a fun/creative do-it-yourself which I believe you can also benefit from, and also enjoy doing with your girls (for moms) -or if you’re a teenager you can do it on your own too.

DIY Jewelry project
Before

Basic supplies:

  • Small flower pot
  • Tree branch (small)
  • Paints and paint brushes
  • Small stones
DIY home decor
DIY Jewelry Showpiece

Directions:

  1. Paint your pot and the tree branch in any fun way that you would like. Initially I decided to keep the branch in its natural color but I felt it looked better painted.
  2. You can really play around with colors if you’re painting a small flower pot, I had one at home so I used it. Just made it all the more fun thinking of contrasts and designs. I ended up making this pattern using washi tape ( you can use paper tape too).
  3. Once the paint has dried, fill half the pot with small stones (you will easily get them from any nursery) then place your tree branch and put the remaining stones till the top ensuring that your branch is fixed in place.
  4. Tadaaaaa! (Need I say more? *eye roll*)
DIY Jewelry showpiece
After

I’m actually using this for my rings and earrings (that I wear at home). You can also make it as a centerpiece for a room and add little décor items to it, hanging on the branches like those small bird cages and then place a candle inside! Omg! What an idea that just came to my mind. You can really do many variations of this. Ima gonna go try that too and let me know if you enjoy this!