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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/12/2020

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Collage is a fun art project for all ages. You don't have to be a skilled artist to create something beautiful. And best of all, you have everything you need around the house in junk drawers and photo boxes. You can use just about anything for collage.

Try these collage tips and tricks using things you have around the house.

Pick a Base

Be creative when you're thinking about what to use for the base. It needs to be sturdy enough to hold the objects you'll glue to it. Beyond that, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Once you've chosen your base, then select a color and prep the surface with a couple of coats of paint.

Here are a few ideas for the perfect base for your project:

  • hardcover book cover
  • Wooden tray
  • Wooden boxes
  • Pictures frames with back
  • Wooden panels
  • Cardboard and thick foam core
  • Pro tip: Keep the base color neutral and incorporate pops of brighter colors with collage pieces such as tissue and colored paper.

    Photo Collages

    Old family photographs and prints of digital photos create a lasting memory piece for your home. Combining the two for making wall art collage works, too. As you're gathering the pictures, think about the story you're trying to tell. You'll find plenty of inspiration for photo collage in the memories family pictures bring to mind.

    For example, maybe you have a collection of pictures from camping trips or winter ski vacations. These photo collections are ideal inspiration.

    Photographs and cut out pictures from magazines are excellent choices for putting together a vision board. This type of collage uses the idea of goal setting as a basis for the images. Creating a vision board helps define your ideal life and plans for the future.

    Ideas for Adding Elements

    It's the little touches that make these projects even more special. You can cut letters out of colored paper, felt, and wrapping paper. Alternatively, cut whole words from magazines to incorporate into your collage. Also think about texture, surfaces, and whether the object is flat like paper or 3-D like a button.

    Here are a few ideas for items to consider:

  • Confetti and glitter
  • Crayon and colored pencil shavings
  • Flower petals and other natural objects such as shells and leaves
  • Newspaper clippings and pages from old books
  • Pieces of puzzles and games
  • Stickers
  • School papers and kid's artwork
  • Special notes
  • Lists
  • There are hundreds of things lying around your house that you can incorporate.

    Other Supplies & Tools

    Scissors are a necessity. If you have arts and crafts scissors, that gives you even more options for creating decorative edges. An Exacto knife is always handy as well. And a variety of glue from Elmer's to wood glue might be needed, depending on what items you use for the collage. If you have Modpodge, that's perfect.




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    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 3/31/2019

    The entryway to your home is probably quite small, but you can make the most of your space by pinning down what you really need there. Below, you’ll find some items that you should try and keep around the entry of your home for both design appeal and organization purposes. 


    A Place For Coats


    When guests come to visit, it’s welcoming for you to be able to offer them a place to hang their coats, rather than throwing them into a bedroom or on a chair. You can place coatracks on a wall for easy hanging, giving everyone open access to their coats when they need them. You can even place a coat rack along a stairway hall. This way everything from coats to bags to hats will all be in one place.     



    Rugs


    Having a weather-resistant rug available in the entryway of your home can help to keep dirt and grime off of the floor. 


    Storage


    Every entryway needs some type of storage for items like extra coats, shoes, umbrellas, even bags. You can use an inexpensive shelving system or go as fancy as using a dresser or armoire.


    Seating


    It’s important to have some kind of seating near the entryway of your home. This way, you’ll have a place to sit down and put on shoes. Seating will also help make the entryway more comfortable. Make sure that the seating allows for a casual feel to add to the warmth of the welcome.


    Flowers And Plants


    Using flowers and plants in the entryway of your home gives guests that welcoming pop of color that will brighten their day. It’s one of the first things that guests will see when they walk up to the front door of your home, so you’ll want to make a good first impression. Shoot for year-round plants that don’t require a lot of maintenance and can be kept up easily no matter what the season.    


    Good Lighting


    Once you enter your home in the evening hours, one of the first things you want to do is turn on a light. This is one of the best features for your home to have safety and security when you enter and exit the house. You can choose any kind of light fixture that you want to accent your home in order to bring out the beauty. The only requirement is that you should make sure a light switch is always within an arm’s reach.


    Make It Your Own


    The most important thing that you can do for your entryway is to make it your own. You can add any kind of accents and features that you choose. The entryway is the first impression that people will get of your home, so make it count!




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    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 1/14/2018

    When people hear the term "modular" a few things come to mind. Standardized, easy to assemble, minimalist, and modern. When you hear the words "modular furniture" there's probably only one thing that comes to mind: Ikea. There are, however, a wide selection of stores (online and brick & mortar) that offer furniture to fit your minimalist lifestyle.

    Reasons to go modular

    Form follows function. This statement should be as true in the world of decorating as it is throughout the sciences. However, many times we buy items that are large and bulky; mistaking quantity for quality. In the world of modular furniture, form is everything. Here are some reasons you may want to start buying minimal furniture:
    • If you move often. Do you relocate for work every few years? Are you a student or young professional who does a lot of jumping around apartments? In a workforce that is increasingly freelance and online in nature, there are fewer bindings holding us back from moving.
    • If you like low-maintenance. Modular furniture is perfect the the person who likes to set something up easily out of the box. You won't have to worry about complicated maintenance or difficulty finding parts because modular furniture tends to be highly standardized.
    • If you're a space-saver. Are you the type to try to take advantage of every inch of free space in your home? Alternatively, do you like to give your home a spacious atmosphere through smart decorating? Modular furniture is intelligently designed to take advantage of space. Modular furniture pieces like sofas are often able to be reconfigured or rearranged in different pieces so you can place them in corners or sparsely around the room to open up space. Similarly, they often contain interior storage space for things like blankets and pillows.
    • If you have a refined taste for space. Modular furniture is at the cutting edge of home technology. Therefore it often boasts visually-appealing, minimalist form and modern color schemes. Like any industry, style varies between makers. But generally modular furniture companies tend to stay current with trends.

    The biggest names, the best prices

    Since modular furniture is an up-and-coming industry, there are a number of stores to choose from, some even with brick & mortal locations. Here are some of our favorites.
    ikea
    Not much needs to be said about IKEA. They started with one man in Sweden and now have locations in over 40 countries. IKEA is the standard by which all other modern furniture stores are weighed against.
    vitsoe
    Vitsoe keeps it simple with three basic modular "systems." Chairs, tables, and shelves. One of each system could easily fill a room. Their designs are minimalist and space-saving, which is evident by the "nesting" tables which fit into one another.
    way basics
    If you're looking for simple, lightweight and affordable storage and shelving, Way Basics is where you should start your search. They specialize in storage cubes and they take the humanitarian and environmentalist approach to doing business.
    urban outfitters
    They may seem like a strange addition to this list, but Urban Outfitters--the paragon of urban hipsterdom--has a surprisingly great selection of modular furniture items in their online shop. They do an excellent job of fusing vintage style with modern function.  





    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 11/13/2016

    House plants can significantly improve the dynamic of a room.  While some are purely decorative, there are others that can have a dramatic effect on air and indoor pollution levels.  If you are planning on making a few botanical additions to your home, then why not get the added benefit of choosing plants that will work for you, as well as providing an aesthetic benefit?  Here are a few to get you started. Golden Pothos - This vine-like plant is very easy to grow, requiring very little light, and can survive quite comfortably if you happen to forget to water it on a regular basis.  With regular fertilizing, this plant becomes a fast-growing vine that looks fantastic in any room.  Clippings can be taken, put in water, and will develop root structures in as little as a few days.  Because this is a submersible plant, it is also popular with aquarium enthusiasts.  In addition, this plant is a heavy oxygen producer, and can also remove benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your air. Peace Lilies - Interestingly enough, these houseplants are not true lilies. These attractive members of the Araceae family need only a little light and water in order to survive, and produce brilliant flowers. Rubber Tree - While used as houseplants in North America, these plants have an interesting use in India; the roots are guided over chasms in order to create what is commonly referred to as living bridges.  These plants prefer bright sunlight, and while they can withstand infrequent watering quite well, they will thrive if given enough moisture. Weeping Fig - This is the official tree of Bangkok, Thailand.  In a study by NASA, this plant was shown to effectively remove airborne toxins from its environment.  This plant thrives in warm, sunny conditions, but can also tolerate low-light conditions fairly well.  If it is moved to a new room, it will shed a large number of its leaves, and replace them with new leaves in response to the change in light conditions.  While it is adaptive to changes in light, care should be taken not to place it in an area where it will be subjected to strong, cold drafts.  This plant is also popular among bonsai enthusiasts for its aesthetic properties. Snake Plant - Also known as "mother-in-law's tongue", this plant has been recognized in the same NASA study as one of the best plants to remove indoor air pollution.  Like other pollution-reducing plants, this one can survive quite well with low light levels and irregular watering.  Care should be taken not to over water this species, as the root structure is fairly sensitive. For further reading, you can pick up the book How To Grow Fresh Air, by B.C. Wolverton.





    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/21/2016

    Dreaming of better days soaking up the sun on a tropical island? Bring that feeling into your home (or close to it) with beach themed home décor. And you don’t have to live by a beach or an ocean to incorporate the theme into your home. DIY home décor projects are fun and fairly simple, and if you are a deal getter, fairly inexpensive. All you need are some supplies: glue (craft glue, hot glue gun, and super glue), rope, beach accessories, ribbon, and whatever craft needs for each project. Below are a few simple and fun beach themed DIY projects: Burlap Wreath: Burlap wreaths are so easy to make, require a small workspace and create a very minimal mess. All you need is burlap, a wire wreath frame, wire, and decorative accessories. Make sure to choose decorative accessories that are not too heavy as they will weigh the wreath down as well as pieces that can be attached easily, either with craft glue/hot glue gun or rope. Vase: There are endless options with this one. The vase could be a stand-alone piece or house flowers. Supplies include a glass vase(s), craft glue, craft rope or net, and accessories. You can use rope wrapped around ¾ of the vase or just use small accents of it. Add on the accessories to decorate the vase to your own taste. Candleholder: Similar to the glass vase, there are endless opportunities for creating a beach themed candleholder. The same supplies would be needed but with the addition of a wax candle or flameless candle. Lights: Beach themed lighting is a great addition to any room. Lamps are perfect for bedrooms or living spaces and hanging lighting would perfect for entertainment spaces including dining rooms and outdoor spaces and hallways. Create rope or net lanterns by attaching to existing light fixtures. Add seashells and starfish to sand colored or sea colored lampshades. Hang string lights around larger seashells and starfish on the wall above your headboard. Take it a step further and DIY your switch plate cover with a little spray glue, sand and shells. It will pull the theme together. Find the accessories such as seashells, starfish, sand dollars, beach rocks, sea glass and sand at your local craft store or search around your favorite beach to make your project a little more special. These projects are so simple and perfect for adding a beach-y feel to your home. Plus, you’ll feel accomplished having created new décor for your home. All you need are a few supplies and a tutorial (search the Internet or check out Pinterest) or an imagination and you’re on your way to being a DIY expert.




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