Read Carol’s Examiner.com article and view the slideshow for great decor ideas to make wonderful study areas to help the kids get great grades

It is that time of year with summer is coming to an end and the new school year beginning. Many kids have started their school days while others are just about

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Just about everyone knows what a LEGO brick is; the colorful block that comes in various sizes geared to get kids to use their imagination as they create. The LEGO company was started in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, but it was in 1958 that the now famous LEGO brick was patented beginning a limitless trip to the many roads of boundless creativity using the simple bricks even into the busy technological age of today.

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photo by Lisbet Sporndly

photo by Lisbet Sporndly

The first Lego bricks were developed in the 1940’s

In 1949 the first plastic LEGO Automatic Binding Brick in four colors with four and eight studs was born. Packaging created to build specific LEGO play structures came in the 1950’s and by 1958 the LEGO brick was perfected into a more stable product that is what is still being sold and used today.

LEGO fans have grown up to create home decor and furnishings out of the fun bricks.

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reclaimedhome

Lego Wall project by Npire

Lego Wall project by Npire

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apartmenttherapy

LEGO bricks have been embraced by all ages, using them to create unique furnishings and even an entire house, inside and out. Imagine a home filled with color and imagination to invite conversation and creativity. Color invites happiness so what would promote happy living more than interesting and functional decor intricately fashioned out of the simplicity of LEGO bricks.

 

 

LEGO desk

Eric Harshbarger built desk

Eric Harshbarger built desk

With about 35,000 LEGO bricks the approximate 120 pound LEGO desk was created by Eric C. Harshbarger. Following a typical size desk the finished dimensions are 60 inches wide by 29.5 inches high and 30 inches deep. The colorful desk is fully functioning with seven drawers and even has a lid on top to open for a hole to accommodate cables to drop through.

 

 

LEGO Grandfather Clock

Eric Harshbarger with his clock

Eric Harshbarger with his clock

Eric C. Harshbarger steps out of the LEGO box creating life size and fully usable furnishings and mosaic art pieces. The amazing grandfather clock is set to tell time and stands tall in its colorful glory of red bricks with yellow brick accents.

 

 

 

 

 

LEGO Lamp

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recycled art

Light up the home with colorful beauty repurposing LEGO bricks into a lamp that not only adds beauty to the decor’s furnishings but also makes its own unique statement as the light shines through the aligned LEGO brickwork.

 

 

 

LEGO Vases

Nathan Sawaya vases, Avant Gallery

Nathan Sawaya vases, Avant Gallery

Although the LEGO bricks are square, the vases showcase a curved silhouette that is pleasing to the eye as well as to the decor. Nathan Sawaya continues to wow fans with his amazing works of art created from LEGO bricks as a brick artist.

 

 

 

 

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James May inside his Lego House

James May inside his Lego House

Imagine stepping inside of a life size LEGO house one fantasized about building as a child. James May made it a reality when he accomplished building a full size, two floor high house out of LEGO bricks inside and out complete with a working shower and toilet in the bathroom.

 

 

 

 

LEGO Cello

Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya

Once the decor is complete add some soothing music playing a musical instrument crafted out of LEGO bricks. Brick artist Nathan Sawaya designed and built an actual sized cello that really plays music. Watch the cool video that takes you through his creative process of building the cello.

 

 

 

 

Perhaps one of the core reasons that LEGO has survived through generations of fun is that the company continues to stay in the Kristiansen family and is now run by the founders grandchild. LEGO thrives simply by one using their mind to have fun thinking and improvising in order to use their hands to creatively invent and build unique LEGO designs and structures.

Never stop thinking and using imagination and never be afraid to dance!

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Spring has arrived and summer is fast approaching. Manhattanites are planning their journeys to the summer communities of Long Island for some island fun. The anticipation of the beach is on most people’s minds. This is the time of year to celebrate the warm weather by embracing the abode’s outdoor living spaces.

Bring a bit of the beach feeling home to enjoy in your own backyard or terrace with tiki bar decor.

Tiki bars bring to mind the sensibilities of a vacation in the Caribbean. What would be more perfect than to have a mini vacation every weekend, right at home, with your own tiki bar? Environmentally friendly, tiki bars are made from sustainable bamboo and grass.

Portable or permanent, tiki bars come in many sizes, shapes, and prices to fit all budgets.

Petite sized tiki bars are efficient; perfect for smaller areas and for renters; they can easily be moved and transported to wherever the party is.

Bamboo54 Bamboo 3 Piece Bar Tiki Bar - 5456, wayfairThe Bamboo54 3 Piece 5454Set includes 2 bamboo bar stools styled out of a unique bamboo pattern and a wheeled bamboo bar table.

 

 

 

 

tikibartogoThe Basic Tiki Bar from Tiki Bar To Go, includes a bar table with thatched roof. It easily can be taken apart to be moved to another location and to be stored away for the off season months.

 

 

 

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Tiki bar sets are affordable and compact. The South Pacific Bamboo Tiki Bar looks pretty on any patio or by the pool. The three piece set includes bar table with thatched roof and 2 barstools. Move the party indoors for the colder seasons.

 

 

Tiki umbrellas and furnishings will bring the beach party to the smallest patios and terraces.

Bamboo54 Bamboo 4 Piece Bar Height Dining Table Set - 5480, wayfairThe Bamboo54 Bamboo 4 Piece 5480 bar Height Dining Table Set comes with a thatched grass umbrella over a small table and two folding stools that will fit in the coziest of spaces.

 

 

 

9'+Thatched+Bamboo+Umbrella, wayfairAdd a thatched umbrella to an umbrella stand to bring the island vibe to the existing décor.

 

 

 

 

Large yard, have a large party with a 360 tiki bar.

Tiki Bar 360 Degree , amazonTiki Bar 360 Degree, by Tikimaster, is a tropical kiosk with 8 bar stools and a thatch roof.

 

 

 

 

For do-it-yourselfers have fun building your own tiki bar

Sunset Bamboo provides tutorial on installing tiki barsdiy-tikibar sunset bamboo and hutsdiy-tikihut sunset bamboo. Learn how to make your own thatch roof.

 

 

 

 

Bring the tiki décor indoors for summer all year round

Bamboo54 3 Tier Bamboo Shelf with Palapa Roof - 5820, wayfairBamboo54 3 Tier Bamboo Shelf 5820 with Palapa Roof is made from bamboo wood. This 3 tier shelf unit has a dried palm leaf top that gives it a perfect island style accent.

 

 

 

Bamboo54-Natural-Bamboo-Storage-Shelf-with-Drawers, wayfairBamboo54 Natural Bamboo Storage 5837 is a storage shelf with drawers, perfect for any room.

 

 

 

 

The tiki bar dates back to the First World War and has continued to be popular, bringing an island party feel to the décor.

Following World War I, travel became more affordable to the masses. Taking an island getaway vacation became a popular destination and, with it, folks brought back souvenirs to adorn their own abodes. Polynesian and South Seas themes in décor, as well as food and drinks, became the rage.

“Don the Beachcomber” is known to have been the first tiki bar. It was created in Los Angeles by Ernest Gantt (known as Donn Beach) in 1933. Gantt decorated the bar with souvenirs from trips to the tropics. Upon returning from World War II, Gantt opened “Waikiki Beach” in Hawaii. The new bar was located on the beach surrounded by palm trees and adorned with authentic tiki and tropical island artifacts. The bar and furnishings were fashioned from bamboo and decorated with diving masks, spears, and carved idols.

Have an island get away in your own backyard. Bring the beach home to share with family and friends. Take pleasure in the lovely weather. Life is a party that you have an exclusive invite to so get out and enjoy, and never be afraid to dance.

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The abode is a reflection of who the inhabitants are who reside within its walls. Having a perfectly complemented designed home is what one aspires to having. Unfortunately the pocket book can keep one from thinking that they can achieve the furnished abode of their dreams. With a little design knowledge, planning and fun shopping anyone can easily design their own beautiful living space.

Have fun floor planning and think outside of the box when shopping and dressing up the abode.

Floor plans are all about trial and error and balancing the room. Once the plan is in place it is time to have fun shopping for the furnishings that will become part of the family. Shopping can be a fun activity for the entire household. Let everyone add their own personal touch to the home, just make sure that everything coordinates. Keep the decor unique allowing for everything to blend together and flow gracefully.

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Do not be afraid to browse the stores as one does when shopping for a new car. Just as when purchasing any item one needs to remember to be confidant and completely happy in their purchases. Stay firm and do not let a sales person intimidate you into purchasing something that you do not like or you know will not fit in your space. This task can be intimidating and confusing when working within a budget and handed so many stores and choices.

Keep calm and turn the shopping excursion into a fun adventure. Take it slow visiting a few stores before making final decisions. Many stores will have samples of swatches of fabric and finishes available for you to bring home to help make your choices; all you need to do is ask.

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Furniture should never be placed directly against a wall. Even in a small room a sofa pulled just a few inches away from the wall will make the room more inviting; no one wants to feel as if they are put “up against a wall” literally and figuratively.

 

 

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Create an inviting environment

A larger room may become overwhelming with one seating area; do not be afraid to create a couple of seating areas in a bigger room. Design so there is a clear path to an exit without one walking directly through the sitting area. Use a desk and chair instead of a console table behind a sofa for dual purpose. Think outside of the box using items such as an interesting bench as a coffee table in a tight area. Old trunks can be fun for tables too. Ottomans with trays, instead of coffee tables, create coziness and extra seating when having guests. Mix shapes. Add a round coffee table for softness.

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Hide a play area within a designer room

Having young children in the household does not have to equate with a house looking like a daycare center. Furnishings can have multi uses creating areas for play hidden in plain sight. Add a pretty antique painted children’s rocker which can double as pretty accent. Replace an end table with a lovely wood play table and a couple of child chairs around it for craft time or homework.

 

 

 

Coordinating different woods can create a designer touch

If you have a set in maple buy a piece in walnut to contrast. Be aware that more than two different woods in a room can be overkill. The different woods should not appear too close in color or else it will seem like a design mistake. Do not try to buy a piece to match existing furniture finishes. It might seem like it is a match in the showroom only to see the actual wood is pine stained a cherry color when placed next to the natural cherry furnishings in the room, creating a cheapened look.

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Designer rooms do not match, they are coordinated

When buying furniture one does not have to buy the matching sets that appear in groupings in the showroom. A sofa does not need to be identical to a loveseat, just as you do not have to always buy the pants with the matching jacket. Furnishings need to coordinate just as your fashions do. Coordinate fabrics to bring together the seating. Get the touch of a professionally designed room with pieces that are coordinate instead of matching. Purchase one end table and coffee table that match in wood, then find another end table in metal and glass. Use a durable stone coffee table in family rooms removing the threat of wet glass rings as with wood or streaking a glass top. Mix the stone with wood end tables.

Have fun hunting and creating

Shop the bargain stores, thrift shops and consignment shops for unique pieces that will work and add a designer touch to the decor without breaking the bank. Create the look of built in library or china cabinet using units from stores like IKEA. Purchase outdoor furniture after season on sale that can look beautiful used inside; for a kitchen buy a small metal bistro table with two chairs for the breakfast nook. Department store outlets have one of a kind pieces for sale that can become a beautiful bargain when recovered to coordinate with the abode’s decor. Find lovely window treatments shopping online at JC Penney’s clearance section. Target has some amazing buys on upholstered chairs in fun fabrics that look like they were purchased from a much higher end store.

Be open minded and find interesting pieces to dress up the abode with. Enjoy the design adventure and never be afraid to dance.

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A beautifully decorated abode is within reach for anyone. Just because you are on a tight budget should not deter from refreshing the abode with great redecorating ideas that can cost next to nothing. Have fun with the challenge of decorating the living room for less than $100.

A new floor plan using existing furnishings will instantly create a fresh decor.

Without spending a dime you can simply swap around the furniture to create an entire new appearance for an old room. Steal items from other rooms to use in the living room as new furnishing.

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  • Play with new floor plan ideas on paper before you begin moving furniture around.
  • Open up a room by keeping the sofa but getting rid of a large chair or loveseat and swapping them for two lean chairs stolen from behind the dining table.
  • Try moving a console table from a wall to behind the sofa.Futoria Console

 

 

 

Paint is like a magic trick that will create a new decor with the flash of a brush.

Yes painting the entire room can get costly, but one can easily paint an accent wall in a trendy color to frame a sofa or dress the fireplace wall. With just a can of paint and creativity the living room can be dressed up in new fashion.

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kagozi

  • Accent one wall, the ceiling, or the trim by simply applying a new color.
  • Paint an old ugly lamp, change the shade and make it new.
  • Turn a worn table or cabinet into a new piece of furnishing with the swipe of a paintbrush.

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    houseandhomeew

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add new excitement to the room with pattern.

Pattern can brighten a dull decor by adding new interest and excitement. Whether on the walls, or furnishings and accessories a pattern can cost effectively be a new welcome addition to freshening up the living room.flowers

  • Keep the wallpaper cost down by only applying it to one wall or use the ceiling as a fifth wall to make a unique statement.
  • The old sofa becomes a new piece of furnishing simply by adding new throw pillows in trendy patterns and colors.
  • Add a new area rug in a lively pattern to the seating area.
  • Change out a boring white lamp shade with a lovely patterned shade.
  • Turn an old piece of furniture into a designer piece of art by painting it in a fun pattern such as a plaid, argyle or floral.

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    ure.trendzona

 

 

 

 

 

Turn vintage finds into new designer furnishing.

Decor can be crafted from interesting discoveries. Sift through the attic and basement for item that have been forgotten and can be turned into new beautiful decor. Have fun visiting the yard sales and thrift shops, and even items tossed at the curb can be transformed into beautiful decor for way under budget.

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  • Grandpas old vintage suitcase can be now used as a one-of-a-kind end table.
  • Stack interesting books to instantly create a table by a chair.
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  • An old dresser can be transformed into a media cabinet for the living room.
  • Use pages from old magazines, coffee table books and even newspapers to mat and frame inexpensively to decorate the walls.wallcovering repurposed as art

 

 

 

 

Simply by redecorating the windows will add in new light and thrills to an old living room.

Heavy and expensive drapery does not equate to having a designer room. The windows are the eyes out to viewing the world so by keeping them simply decorated one can bring the beauty of the outdoors in to add to the decor.

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  • Keep windows simple with plain blinds in a wood tone or white that can be purchased readymade for standard sized windows.
  • Dress the windows with store bought standard sheers flowing from the ceiling to the floor. For privacy add an inexpensive roller shade behind the lovely sheers.

 

 

Remember that for a true designer look furnishings should not match but instead blend together, so creating a beautiful room for under $100 can be fun, easy and creative. Dress up a room for a new trendy look with exciting accessories and color. Add flowers and plants to bring in a bit of natural color and scents.

Money does not buy beauty; create your own decorative splendor and never be afraid to dance!

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Casement windows are the windows that swing out vertically to let the air in. As with any other type of window they come in an assortment of sizes for different rooms and applications. These windows are elegant with a single pane of glass and not chopped in half as a traditional double hung window is. The entire pane opens up to the outdoors creating a pleasant open feeling in the room.

Enjoy watching me on this eHow video for a tutorial to achieving your own beautiful window decor!

Decorate casement windows for optimum usage.

Don’t cover the casement type windows with heavy drapery.

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Use a simple blind or fabric roman shade hung on the window frame, or inside of the frame if there is space, that can be pulled up during the day to open the window to the outside.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bring the windows upward by hanging a valance at ceiling height above the window to drape just over the top edge of the window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Extend the feel of the window opening outwards by hanging a panel from floor to ceiling on either side of the window opening on a beautiful decorative rod at ceiling height.

 

 

 

 

 

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For some sheer privacy, hang some simple sheers at ceiling height to mask the window without closing it in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avalon-Faux-Etched-GlassAttach a window film for a decorative touch with a border or to look like stained glass or window panes. Depending on the level of privacy that you require or the amount of light that you want to let in Wallpaper for Windows a variety of choices.

 

 

 

 

windowpane12-before, newpanesWant to add a bit of old world charm to the plain pane of glass then easily customize the casement window to appear as if it has mullions. The DIY network has a tutorial for building and attaching wood mullions yourself. There are kits that can be bought to add on window panes with connectors and strips that you can cut easily to size. A very simple solution is to use thick white weather stripping cut to the size of the panes you want and then simply stick it in place.

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Windows open up the world indoors to new adventures beyond the abode. Let the fresh air in and never be afraid to dance!

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The bedroom should be a room filled with décor to promote tranquility and comfort. It is the place that we can shut out the worries of the outside world. Parents seek peace by closing the door and instructing the family to give them some quiet if only for a few moments. The children’s bedrooms are where they can use their imagination to create an exciting world in which to read, play and study.

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The bedroom’s décor should mirror the personalities of the people seeking a refuge of comfort.

The bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom. A headboard frames the head of the bed and becomes a major focus for the room’s decor. Instead of purchasing an ordinary headboard that is not unique to your personality create a surround for your pillows that will assist in taking you off to dream land.

Create a custom designer headboard easily by repurposing objects, using fabrics and pain. 

  • Old wooden doors or shutters are perfect to repurpose and use behind the bed. Paint them and attach to wall or stand a few vertically on the floor to be used as a headboard.

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    pinterest

  • Folding screens are perfect to use as headboards. Simply open up a screen flat and attach it to the wall for lovely décor to rest the pillows on.
  • Repurpose Grandma’s old tri-fold vanity mirror; paint the frame and attach it to the wall as a headboard to make your own designer piece to be envied.

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    buildhboard.com

  • Scour the estate sales for a beautiful large fireplace surround that can be repurposed and fashioned to use as a headboard when attached to the wall behind the bed.
  • Turn a plain piece of cheap plywood into a sleek, contemporary headboard. Sand it, stain it, seal it, and place it behind the bed.
  • Group ribboned fabric bulletin boards in a horizontal row attached to the wall behind the bed to make a lovely headboard and serves as a place to place notes and photos.

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    itsy-bits-and-pieces.blogspot.com

  • Attach tall wood wainscot on the wall behind the bed and trim it with molding and paint or stain it.
  • Use a quilt or pretty area rug to hang on the wall behind the bed.
  • Create your own easy upholstered headboard look by simply attaching upholstered square sections to the wall.

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    beds-headboards.net

Create the illusion of a headboard on the wall behind the bed.

  • Paint a picture of a headboard or use a stencil on the wall where the head of the bed resides.wall stencil, thirtyduo.blogspot
  • Frame fabric or wall paper on the wall inside molding to present the bed.

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Take delight in creating a fun headboard with kids for their own rooms.

  • Buy a section of picket fence, paint or stain it, and use it for your headboard. This looks great in a child’s room.

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    curbly.com

  • Is your young one a sports buff; use baseball bats or hockey sticks glued together to create a headboard.

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Give the prince or princess or King and Queen a dream canopy bed

  • Simply hang some fabric, tapestry, or sheet draped from ceiling nailed in at all four corners of bed.
  • Run fabric on the wall behind the bed to the ceiling. Place a rod to hold fabric where ceiling meets the wall then drape the fabric over the bed finishing it attached to another rod.

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    diynetwork.com

  • Attach curtain rods to the ceiling around all four sides of the bed. Hang curtains draped in each corner.
  • Be creative; try draping fabric in different ways to create your own canopy design.

Have a great time viewing me as I discuss great decorating tips in the other videos in my eHow series “Ideas for Home Decorating

Sink into your bed surrounded by the beautiful decor. Take a moment to let the day’s stresses melt away and drift off into dreamland. Never be afraid to dance!

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