Spring Decor Ideas to Brighten Up Your Home

flower-319011_640Spring is right around the corner–what better way to celebrate a season of change and rebirth than by giving your decor a makeover? Check out these fun and easy ways to inject some new life into your home this spring!

Get floral

Nothing says spring is here like vibrant floral prints. Add a few flowery-patterned throw pillows to your sofa, or toss a floral cloth over your kitchen table to make your home feel like a garden paradise.

Paint an accent wall

Make your room pop by incorporating a bright accent wall into your decor. Pastels (lavender, canary yellow, or pale coral) are always spring staples, but deep shades like fuchsia, guava, or teal will also give your room a light, airy feel.

Bring the garden inside

Create a garden-themed motif by using outdoor elements to give your home a fresh spring feel. Line your mantle with terra cotta potted plants, hang photo frames made from rustic lattice (featuring colorful prints of flowers or birds), or add a piece of wicker or wrought iron furniture.

Spring centerpieces

Arrange colorful spring blossoms and fruit in elegant vases or bowls to add a lovely focal point to your dining, coffee, or entryway tables. You can use fresh flowers from your garden, or opt for silk versions in seasonal favorites like tulips, Gerber daisies, and lilacs.

Let in the light

Switch out your heavy drapes for light, gauzy window treatments. Sunlight streaming through your windows certainly brightens up your home as the days grow longer–and the weather warmer!

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The True Story of That Time Bubble Wrap Was Accidentally Invented

Bubble Wrap HistoryBubble wrap: it’s a staple in wrapping, packing and shipping fragile items as well as a fabulous stress reliever, but did you know that bubble wrap was invented by accident?

Well it was. True story.

Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 in a Hawthorne, New Jersey garage — where lots of great and terrible things have begun — while two engineers were trying (and failing) to create plastic wallpaper.

While Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding’s attempts at wall decoration were a failure, they quickly realized the invention itself could be used as packaging material. They dubbed it Air Cap (at first) and opened the Sealed Air Corporation in 1960.

The rest is history. Especially here at the Movers.com offices.

Kids, don’t try this at home. Or work. Or anywhere.

 


 

Wrap it up this weekend! Because bubble wrap doesn't protect you from everything. #TGIF

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Tips for Your Outdoor Remodel

Planning to revamp yopoolur backyard for the summer? Homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in creating beautiful outdoor living spaces — due to a poor economy and less extra cash for traveling,  Americans are opting to stay home and enjoy their homes instead.

If you’re considering installing a pool, putting in a patio, or creating an outdoor kitchen to entertain and impress your guests, there is a lot to consider.

Check zoning laws and regulations. Before you begin designing your dream backyard, check your town’s rules to find out if any permits are required. Certain outdoor structures may be susceptible to regulation by the city. For example, many zoning laws require a built-in fire pit to be installed at least 25 feet away from the home.

Hiring professionals. Some aspects of your outdoor remodel may require the aid of professionals. Depending on the intricacy of your project, you may require the assistance of a landscaper, a plumber, an electrician, a mason and a general contractor to organize and oversee your entire remodel. Before choosing any hired help, check out these tips to find the best person for the job.

Consider the purpose of your project. You’re probably spending a significant amount of money, so you want to ensure your ideas are practical and your outdoor space is one you will use frequently. Before you begin purchasing materials or hiring help, establish what you hope to accomplish with your outdoor remodel. Will the space be primarily used for parties and entertaining guests? If so, you may desire attention-getting luxury items such as a fireplace, hot tub or a full bar. Would you prefer an understated area to enjoy intimate meals with your family? In that case, an easily-maintained patio with comfortable, practical furniture and beautiful landscaping may be better suited for your needs.

Design your budget. Depending on the extent of your remodel, it can cost you from under $100 to tens of thousands of dollars. Depending on your finances, it may be logical to plan your project in stages, adding a new element each year. Create a rough plan of what you would like to accomplish, calculate the total costs and devise a schedule to get the project accomplished according to your available budget.

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