How To Style Bookshelves

A house doesn’t become a home until it has your personality. Nothing says more about you than a collection of your organize books.  A bookshelf not only acts as a holder or display of your precious collection of books but it also showcases your personality. It tells the guests about your personal style, preferences and what you feed your mind with. So, when styling your bookshelves pay attention to who you are and what you are saying about yourself.

Creative use of color

Colors used in styling bookshelves can make an otherwise simple room come to life. You can color your bookshelf to match the room decor. If you have white walls in your living room, your bookshelf can be in vibrant color to complement the decor.

Another innovative idea is to paint the back of the shelf in contrasting colors. Using wall papers in primary colors and geometric prints can make your room look quite exclusive.

People, who love their books, arrange them by colors. This is not only an interesting way to showcase your books but also works as a great decorative idea. Be it your dining room or bedroom, a bookshelf can find a place anywhere you want it to be.

Visual appeal – mix and match

Bookshelves are for displaying books but you can always increase their appeal by adding other objects. You can practically put anything in the bookshelf to make it look interesting. Photo frames, a beautiful sculpture, a bowl full of colorful stones or even seashells, you may arrange your collectibles in the bookshelf to break the monotony. Even a nicely framed poster can find place in your bookshelf also.

Vary book placement

It is not necessary to arrange the books vertically. You can vary book placement by placing some vertically and a few horizontally. You can do this within the same shelf or for rows. One shelf can have horizontal placement and the next one vertical. Small artifacts can be placed on the vertically placed books too.
Varying the placement style helps in reducing visual clutter.

Think in layers

Yes, it is possible to style bookshelf in layers. Your collection of antiques can find way into the bookshelf to create a nice look. Apart from placing them in the bookshelf, you can also hang them outside the bookshelf.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami

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Home Decor Trends Spring 2014: Bold Graphic Floral Prints

Its spring, time for some sunshine and smiles. It is the perfect time to redo your home to spread warmth and love. Like the flowers blooming in your garden, maybe your home can also do with some floral prints. Are you nervous to use floral prints or think that your home would look too girly? Don’t worry; here are some tips to use flower power in your home decor.

Floral prints seem to dominate this spring. As you look around, you will find designers splashing homes with bold graphic floral prints. Using floral designs requires you to grasp the concepts of style, color and proportion. Large floral prints are the design trend of this spring. However, small prints lend a modern look to any home decor. The success of using floral patterns lies in proper mixing of colors and design against a common background.

Make your furniture stand out with floral prints. Simple pieces of furniture like sofas and armchairs can get a fresh look with the right use of floral prints.

Throw pillows with graphic floral prints will add life an otherwise dull beige colored sectional. Choose the pillows with beige prints on a vibrant background. To help the flower patterns stand out, place a few pillows in solid colors on the sofa.

If you are ready to experiment, you can even get floral upholstery or throw covers for your sofas in the living room. To create harmony in your home decor, go for drapes in a single color that will match the colors of the upholstery.

Use area rugs to add a splash of color

using area rugs is a simple idea to brighten up a room. Contemporary area rugs come in beautiful designs that can be used in dining room, bedroom and living room. Floral designs in rugs look very good with upholstery from the same color palette.

Go off the track with unusual colors

If you think floral prints only come in pinks, yellows and blues, you need to check out the spring trends this year. Floral designs in neutral colors like black and white can create powerful home decor statements.

Even use of primary colors in large prints will make your home stand apart.

When it comes to floral designs, you need to mix and match hues and print sizes to create an effect. It is time to go bold with flowers and make your home bloom.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a great room at Carmel Décor.

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Stylish Spring Organization Tips For Your Home

After the long, dreary cold days, spring arrives with a burst of life. The bright sun and the warm winds breathe new life in our souls. It is time to bid adieu to the heavy boots, scarves and gloves. As you dig in your closet to bring out your bright and cool spring dresses, it is time to give your home a makeover too. Here are some stylish spring organization tips that you will definitely find helpful.

Welcome spring to your home
The winter months have seen your home getting cluttered with so many unnecessary things. Your home needs a thorough de-cluttering to get rid of all the junk and also welcome sunlight and fresh air.
Along with removing the clutter, you should also get rid of the bulky rugs and throws that took floor space.
Open the doors and windows, scrub them thoroughly and you are ready to welcome spring to your home.

Add a splash of color to your home
The first thing that you can do for a stylish home décor is to use color. bright and bold colors like orange, yellow and purple can easily transform your house.

If you are hesitant to paint the walls with such bold colors, go for the furniture. Place a vibrantly colored chair or sofa in your drawing room and see how the entire room looks sunny. As an alternative, you can use slipcovers in interesting colors.

If your budget permits, update your interiors with linen. This lightweight fabric is suitable for summer and having them in neutral colors will complement your brightly colored walls perfectly.
To create a dramatic effect, you can also throw some vibrant pillows on the sofa and make the room come alive with colors.
The walls can do with some interesting artwork.

Go for mirrors in different sizes and shapes to decorate a wall. It is an interesting way to make rooms look bright and stylish. If you love to showcase your own work, frame your hand paintings. Your guests will surely praise your decoration ideas.

Of course, using greenery is an inexpensive way to make your home look trendy. Use pots in bright colors and arrange them nicely at a corner. Hand painted pots will make your home look creative and at the same time very stylish.

Don’t forget about the mantel, just because you’re not going to be using the fire place it doesn’t mean you should forget about organizing the mantel. Re accessorize it with fresh flowers and spring color.
Spring organization is all about bringing your home alive with colors and the warmth of your heart. Use your creativity and welcome spring with the right spirit.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you stylishly organize your home for spring at Carmel Décor.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Preparing Your Home For A Disaster

We have had a few earthquakes in the past couple of weeks in Los Angeles. These relatively small quakes have brought the reality of Mother Nature’s wrath to the forefront of our minds. So we thought it might be a good idea to write a little about preparing your home for a disaster. It doesn’t matter where we live there is always a risk for some kind of emergency, and it’s always a good idea to have a kit available just in case.

Here is a basic list of supplies.

  • First aid kitCompress dressing
    Bandages (assorted sizes)
    Antibiotic ointment packets
    Antiseptic wipes
    Aspirin, ibuprofen, assitomenafine
    Emergency blanket (space blanket)
    Breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
    Instant cold compress
    Nonlatex gloves (size: large)
    Hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
    Roller bandage (3 inches wide)
    Roller bandage (4 inches wide)
    Sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
    Sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
    Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
    Triangular bandages
    First aid instruction booklet
    Eye drops

  • Three days’ worth of food and water (at least a gallon per day per family member)
    • Protein bars, canned food with self open lids, cereal, peanut butter, and don’t forget about your pets
  • If you have infants make sure to have formula, diapers, bottles and baby food.
  • Battery powered (or hand crank) flashlights and radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Matches
  • Bleach
  • Small pocket knife
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Trash bags and duct tape, along with a dust mask
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Regional maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
  • Moist towelettes and any personal sanitation or specific family needs, like pet supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificate, Passports, drivers license, insurance information
  • Pair of sturdy shoes you can walk in and will protect your feet from debris.
  • Don’t forget to include supplies for your pets.

It’s also a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car, and always have a pair of sturdy shoes you can walk with in case you have to abandon your vehicle.

Items to keep close at hand

  • Prescription Medication
  • Prescription glasses
  • Hat
  • Family pictures

Have a plan

  • Pick two meeting spots; one outside your home in case of fire, and one outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
  • Pick an out of state contact for everyone in the family to call and report to.

You’ll need to go through your emergency kit two to three times a year to keep your food supply fresh, and make sure your batteries are still working.

To learn more about preparing your home for a disaster contact your Red Cross chapter or visit

We hope this information helps you and your family feel safer and more prepared in case of an emergency.

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