Rules of Thumb: Dining Room Design

Check out these five simple, yet effective decorating tips for your dining room.

1.Let there be low-hung light
Your dining room table and chandelier should be closer than you may think. Hang fixtures 32-38 inches from top of table. If your light source takes up less than 1/4 the width of the table, opt for two identical fixtures splitting the center of the table.
2.Keep centerpieces at arm’s length
Place your elbow on the table. A centerpiece should be no taller than the distance from your elbow to your wrist so that guests can look one another in the eye.
3.Forgo matching furniture
Just as assorted plates create a casually sophisticated vibe, a mismatched dining table and chairs evokes a cozy feel.
4.Set boundaries
There should be 6-8 inches between the back of the chair legs and an area rug’s edge. A 8′ x 10′ rug is usually right on scale for a six-person rectangular dining table.
5.Play in the puddles
When it comes to daperies, you’re better off erring on the side of too much puddle than ‘high water’ hangings. Curtains that gather about 1-3 inches on the floor are just right. This look is also forgiving in a home with uneven floors.

Source: Country Living

Freshen Your Bathroom with Low-Cost Updates

If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford a new bathroom, give your existing bathroom a facelift. Wake up a tired bathroom with these quick and easy bathroom updates that won’t break the bank. A fresh coat of paint, new fixtures and towelbars, or a new tile border will add value and a fresh look. In this bathroom, rather than tiling a whole tub surround or wall, we just added a border of tile above the sink vanity and along the walls. The small mosaic tiles give the vanity area a whole new look. The elegant blue/earth tone tiles introduce color and pattern into the bathroom.