5 Items You Need To Make Your Home A Sanctuary

After a hard day of work, let’s face it, with all the hectic lives we have, at the end of the day we need to retire in a sanctuary called home. Returning to a restful, calming, and cozy den, living room, bedroom, or an outside patio, would be so well-deserved. Make Your home a sanctuary a luxury that can be designed and laid out easily.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo In style

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Instyle
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Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration for people with or without Mexican roots.  It’s a day that excitement fills the air as millions enjoy parades, dancing and savoring the many tastes of Mexico. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with some of the ideas below

Start by decorating your home with bright festive colors.
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Welcome guests to a fiesta table with bright hued settings.
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You can’t have a fiesta without a pinata?  We love these Pinata cookies with a surprise filling
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Wow your guests by hanging these beautiful paper flowers, not as hard to make as you think.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with great Mexican food

As we read through the many decorating ideas we ran across more delicious recipes and wanted to share a few with you to try this Cinco de Mayo.
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Healthey Mexican food is easy to make like these easy bake Taquitos.
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We are all trying to eat lighter and healthier.  Try this Lighter Chicken Enchiladas recipe, delicious and perfect for your health conscious guests. Celebrate Cinco de mayo in style
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Celebrate Cico de Mayo at breakfast with delicious breakfast tacos and burritos
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Try any or all of these easy decorating ideas and delicious recipes.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style and enjoy the holiday a little more this year.

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Easy Tips For Making Fun Summer Memories

Don’t let summer slip away into a distant memory. Cherish every minute with your friends and family.
Here are a few fun summer time treats for making the last days of summer fun and memorable.

Enjoy the afternoon outside, even if it’s on the balcony

Instead of eating lunch at your desk, make it a picnic outside

Make homemade popsicle to cool down the afternoon
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Ride your bike to the store

Have a few friends over for a casual and easy party.

And of ‘course go to the beach as often as you can!

we hope you have a fantastic summer, Enjoy

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor and the newest in summer time home trends at Carmel Decor.

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Getting Started On The Garden


Gardening is a great hobby. It is not only a relaxing activity but also makes your home look beautiful. To make your garden a patch of soothing colors, you need a bit of planning. Here are some ideas that will make starting a garden easy.

The initial work


Do you want to plant only flowers or have plans for a small vegetable garden too? Different plants need sunlight in different amounts and you need to assess the exposure your plot gets. It is also a good idea to put up the fences to protect the young saplings from rodents. I am sure you don’t want your roses or chrysanthemums to be trampled by pets.


If you are interested in landscape design, you should mark the areas for flower beds and decide the colors you want your garden to display. Choose colors that go with the outside décor of your home.


With the temperature soaring, your flowering plants would do with some shade. So plant the flowers that do not need much sunlight near the fence or on the eastern side of the house. Remember, in May your garden will require more watering. It is better to go for plants that are drought tolerant.

Landscaping the garden – a few ideas


The landscape design you choose must gel with the outdoor courtyard. In the summers you can go for a lovely color palette thrown in with creepers and bushes. While choosing plants for your garden, apart from colors you should also adopt a mix of early bloomers and late bloomers. This will ensure that your garden is always flowering. Early bloomers like bleeding hearts and peony and roses will add colors to your garden. For late summer, set aside hollyhocks, bee balms, and snakeroot. The choice of plants will make your garden look pleasing to the eyes.


When landscaping, never overdo with flowering plants. Keep enough spaces between flower beds to create a clean look. A landscaped garden needs a lot of weeding, raking and trimming.


If you do not have that much time in your hand, go for simple designs. A few plants arranged in a flower bed along with a nicely trimmed lawn are enough to greet the summer.

I hope these tips on starting a garden will help you to create your own green heaven. Start with small ideas and when they flower well, go for large plans.

You can find a large selection of outdoor area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home decor accents and wall decor to help you create an outdoor oasis at Carmel Decor.

Happy decorating,
by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Setting A Beautiful Table For The Outdoor; Dining Al Fresco

5c3b4fd8694725f7af6b12251073a8b8Make summer days and nights more memorable by enjoying a meal or snack with friends and loved ones al fresco.  Why not savor the long summer days and cool evenings in your favorite outdoor spot.  Forget about using paper plates and plastic, bring out the china, summer is way too short.

c6efcc43889863ab9399e26d5cc60856There is no better excuse to throw a party than summer.  If your dining room is too small for a large dinner party than why not throw one in the back yard where there is plenty of room.  Put a long table together and get creative with the table setting.

acf547fd5f057dafd23acf03a0536d12We love the look of this beautiful pergola. The vintage chairs and lush landscape is nostalgic and is a favorite spot under the shade to spend lazy summer afternoons, even a cup of coffee would taste so much better lounging on those pillows in the morning.

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43b876f28c8b56af85e2fe3fbecf40399Why wait for a special occasion, why not have every meal al fresco.  Treat your outdoor table just like your indoor one; there are so many ways to decorate the table, use colorful tablecloths and dinner plates; don’t forget to add candlelight.  There is no better way to make your outdoor room glow than with the soft light of candles.

I hope this has inspired you.  Do you have any ideas to share?  We would love to hear from you.

You can find beautiful decorative pillows, wall decor, area rugs and home accents  to help decorate your outdoor dining room Carmel Decor.

Enjoy decorating,
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Tips On Decorating The Patio For The Summer Season

For the past week we've been enjoying the most wonderful summer weather, warm days and beautiful cool evenings. There is only 3 weeks left to the official start of the summer season, this is the perfect time for freshening up your outdoor space. Here are a few tips for decorating your patio for the Summer season.Make sure all the items you select are safe for outdoor use.  If you have a covered patio or porch, use it as a living room. A covered patio is a great; because you can place more decorative objects in the area, and it shades the hot sun.  A covered patio can be used in the spring and fall months since it provides cover for the rain.  How about placing a sofa and a couple of lounge chairs in the patio so you can enjoy a cold drink with a friend.{Baja Collection Multi - BAJ-9}

Include an area rug to give the patio warmth; there is a large selection of outdoor rugs available at very affordable prices in traditional and contemporary styles.

 

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Hurricane lamps and lanterns add the romantic glow of candle light.


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Garden stools and poufs are great to use as side tables or for additional seating.

Bring your old furniture back to life by adding a few decorative pillows and throw. During the summer months when the sun shine is hot and bright use the brightest colors like orange, turquoise and apple green.

If your plants in containers that are overgrown or dried up, this is the perfect time to replant, transplant and add fresh color to the patio. Replant your old planters with the season's brightest colored annuals.

 


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Add accessories that personalize your outdoor space. Cover large wall areas with decorative outdoor wall sculptures and art. Just like your indoor spaces art work adds texture, color and interest.

Hang an outdoor chandelier for extra glam.  A fan is also great for air circulation during the hot summer months. Make sure all the items you select are safe for outdoor use!

I hope you can use these ideas to create the outdoor room you've been dreaming of. You can find beautiful decorative throw pillows, wall decor and area rugs for the outdoors at Carmel Decor.Do you have any tips you'd like to share with us?

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