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Five Creative Ways to Use Your Armoire

Five Creative Ways to Use Your Armoire

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from homeowners is, “How do I add more storage to my space?” It seems that even with shelving, closets, cubbies, and cabinets, storage is always scarce, especially in homes that don’t come equipped with many stowing solutions. Enter armoires. Often seen as pieces meant more for their ornate design than added function, armoires have resurfaced as a prime storage space for houses that need extra hiding spots. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate these double-duty pieces in home decor.

1. Stow Linens

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    Hiding extra linens, blankets, and even articles of clothing is easily one of the best ways to use the space provided by your armoire without overstuffing its silhouette. Armoires typically have wider bodies that allow blankets and bedding to be neatly stacked instead of twisted and shoved to fit. While they are traditionally more vintage in style, some armoires very contemporary with stylish brushed metal handles and a sleek finish, perfect for transitional or modern spaces. To keep your linens fresh while in storage, make sure they are clean and dry and the armoire is placed in a cool, dark, and dry area of the house.

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    2. Use It as A Hutch

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      Whoever said armoires belong in the bedroom clearly never tried stowing their favorite dishware in one! If you have an armoire that speaks to your style, put it on display in the dining or living room to show off your favorite chinese dishware or collectibles. Not only does this offer a storage solution, but it also keeps your valuables out of harm’s way and lowers the risk of them breaking.

      Pro tip: Take the doors off of the hinges and stain the armoire with a new finish to create a unique hutch that allows you to store dishware that won’t fit in typical displays.

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      3. Substitute for A Closet

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        Especially helpful for vacation homes or guest bedrooms, armoires doubled as closets allow you to display clothing and linens beautifully while also providing functional storage. Store your smaller items like socks and accessories in baskets and stack sweaters and more fragile articles on the shelving or in drawers. Add visual interest to the doors by painting or staining them, or take them off altogether to show off your wardrobe.

        4. Add Storage in The Bathroom

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          If your bathroom is large enough for added shelving, then it’s large enough for a beautiful armoire. Using glass doors and updated hardware, turn your armoire into a super stylish medicine cabinet and linen closet combination used to store towels, toiletries, and bathroom must-haves effortlessly. For a modern update, paint your armoire bright white and use nickel hardware. Add some organization with white baskets and white shelving.

          5. Create A Study Spot

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            Many antique armoires come with whimsical features like extra cabinets and hidden compartments. Should yours come equipped with a fold-out bureau flap, use it to your advantage! Place it in a space you would use to study or do extra work on the weekends, and create a mini-office centered around your armoire. Flip down the fold-out to turn your armoire into a small secretary and storage combination. Stow your computer, a few files, and some writing utensils in the bottom half and dishware or valuables along the upper shelving.

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            Still at a loss as to how to use your armoire for storage? Try placing it in a recessed wall area to fill space and keep household items accessible and organized. Armoires also work well as added storage in a kitchen in need of another design element and storage. Don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch by applying removable wallpaper to the backing of the armoire for instant invigoration or a boldly painted hue to liven up the room. Walk through your home and peek at corners and wall space that could use extra storage or added visual interest. Instead of adding floating shelves or cubbies, opt for a beautiful armoire.

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            Last Updated on January 11, 2021

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

            Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

            1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

            Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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            2. Stress Relief

            Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

            3. Improved Sleep

            Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

            4. Appetite Control

            Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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            5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

            When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

            6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

            Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

            7. Mosquito Repellant

            Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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            8. Pain Relief

            While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

            9. The New Anti-Viral

            Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

            10. Improved Cognitive Function

            Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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            11. Money Saving

            With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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