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20 Creative Decorating Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

20 Creative Decorating Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

1. Embroidery Laundry Hamper

Embroidery Laundry Hamper

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    Try this fun decorating idea if you need to save space. All you need is an old pillowcase, a drill, hook and screws, embroidery hoop and some ribbon!

    2. Sweater Pillow

    Sweater Pillow

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      These beautiful sweater pillows are made using an old sweater, fabric, and foam for the middle. Quick to make, and perfect to add some color to your bedroom or living room.

      3. Create Over-sized Letters Using Paper Mache

      Create Giant Letters From Paper Mache

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        Personalize any room in your house with this amazing decorating idea. Create your own giant letters using paper mache and silver or gold metallic spray.

        4. Fabric In Frames

        Fabric In Frames

          This decorating idea is a great way to brighten up your walls without spending too much money. Cut up your old, patterned blankets and simply insert into picture frames. For an extra quirky effect, use different sized frames.

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          5. Homemade Cork Mat

          Homemade Cork Mat

            via cremedelacraft.com

            Try this cool decorating idea to add some life to your kitchen. Simply cut up old cork bottle tops, arrange them into a pattern you like, and glue the pieces together. You can even use red wine stained corks to add color and depth to your mat.

            6. Branch Jewelry Hanger

            Branch Jewelry Hanger

              via ilikefallblog.blogspot

              This beautiful decorating idea is simple to make and totally free.

              7. Geometric Wall Hanging

              Geometric Wall Hanging

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                Use an old sheet, a tub of paint and a cardboard cut out to create wall hangings for your home. Try a multicolored version for a child’s bedroom!

                8. Branch Bed Post

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                Branch Bed Post

                  Add a unique twist to your bedroom using this cool decorating idea. Simply superglue the branches to each corner of your bed, then using string, tie the fairylights to the top of each branch.

                  9. Crate Chairs

                  Crate Chairs

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                    Try your hand at making crate chairs to add a relaxed feel to any room in your house. Staple or glue plywood to the top of the crate, and then create your own cushion on top of the wood!

                    10. Hide Plugs With A Picture

                    Hide Plugs With A Picture

                      Hide unsightly plugs and thermostats by buying a cheap picture and adding hinges. You can still access everything easily, but with a much more enjoyable view.

                      11. String Art Heart

                      String Art Heart

                        via loveandcupcakesblog.com

                        Make yourself a simple, pretty string heart for any room in your house. For a more unique look, make a few hearts using different colored thread.

                        12. DIY Shoebox Shelves

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                        DIY Shoebox Shelves

                          Shoe boxes can be used in lots of ways to help add life to your home. This colorful design uses shoe boxes, spray paint and decorative paper to creative unique storage spaces.

                          13. Fairy-lights And A Canvas

                          Fairylights And A Canvas

                            This cool decorating idea is super simple to make. Simply cut a design you love into a blank canvas, then place your fairy-lights behind the canvas.

                            14. Photograph Clock

                            Photograph Clock

                              To create this stunning clock idea, buy a minimalistic clock without numbers, and use your favorite photographs to mark the time.

                              15. Blanket Ladder

                              Blanket Ladder

                                via lizmarieblog.com

                                Make use of an old blanket with this easy decorating idea. This is the easiest and quickest way to freshen up your bedroom!

                                16. Wood Coat Rack

                                Wood Coat Rack

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                                  Use a plant of wood, nails and branches to make this eye-catching wooden coat rack.

                                  17. Tea-light Fireplace

                                  Tea-light Fireplace

                                    Add warmth to your living room with this DIY project. Simply cut small holes into driftwood, and put tea-lights inside. All you have to do is light the candles, and there you have it – instant coziness!

                                    18. Dixie Cup Garland

                                    Dixie Cup Garland

                                      via heygorg.com

                                      This cute decorating idea is perfect for nurseries, weddings, parties, and your bedroom. Use pale hues to create a calming effect, or brighter colors if you want to make a statement!

                                      19. Natural Element Decor

                                      Natural Element Decor

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                                        Bring the seasons inside with this thrifty decorating idea. From nuts, to seeds, to branches, add a unique and cheap seasonal twist to any room in your home.

                                        20. Fairy-lights And Photographs

                                        Fairylights and Photographs

                                          Highlight your favorite memories (literally!) using photographs, clips and fairy-lights. Alternatively try clipping up mementos, such as gig tickets or pages from your favorite book.

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                                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                          Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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