September 24, 2013

The change in seasons brings about a wonderful opportunity to redecorate your home. This fall, look beyond the traditional maple leaves, pumpkins, and warm colors, and turn to the runway for great ideas to spruce up your spaces. With classic prints and luxurious leather, the fashion trends of Fall 2013 are a rich source of inspiration that will give your home a fun and stylish edge.

Shades of Gray

Among all the trends from this year’s fall runway, gray is one of the most sought-after. From charcoal to slate, gray graces the collections of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, and is heralded as the new neutral. Incorporate this versatile shade in your home by taking down your summer drapes and replacing them with subtle, silvery gray curtains.

Gray curtains add elegance and sophistication to a room without weighing it down like black often does. To counterbalance gray’s natural coolness, choose a warmer shade of gray or complement the room with wood tones.

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September 19, 2013

The bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in any house, but the right fixtures can make a big difference. Trick the eye into seeing more space than is actually present with these bathroom design solutions.

Optimize Corners with a Corner Shower Stall

Compact corner shower stalls make a great design solution where space is limited. Unlike built-in showers, a corner shower takes up a minimal amount of floor space, making it an ideal addition to a small bathroom.

A corner shower stall

Another space-saving solution is a shower enclosure that fits in a corner and features a sliding door, giving you maximum entry area while using less floor space.

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September 17, 2013

The sun has finally set on summer, and it’s time to welcome the invigorating freshness of fall. This season is bursting with glorious colors that entice us to spruce up our home décor to follow suit. Here are some ideas on how to adopt the wonderful bounty of Mother Nature to cozy up your home.

Decorate with Fall Foliage

Decorating with fall flora takes very little effort since the foliage is already stunning all on its own. Start off by welcoming guests with an entry table topped with a lovely arrangement of leaves and branches in a large vase. Use a combination of scarlet maple leaves, golden ginkgo, or bittersweet branches to give your foyer a colorful and cheery ambiance. Complement the arrangement with some fruits in an earthenware bowl and an inviting bottle of wine for maximum impact.

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September 16, 2013

There will always be times when we need to bring home some work. Try to take the stress from getting office work done at home by making your home office more efficient. Here are some steps you can take to improve your level of productivity in your own space.

Pay Attention to Ergonomics

Ergonomically designed office furniture enhances the work experience as it makes work less stressful for the body.

Improve productivity by using a desk that allows you to be comfortable while working.

Home office desk

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September 10, 2013

Devouring popcorn, nachos, candy bars, and copious cups of diet soda while enjoying the latest summer flicks at the cinema is what life is all about. Movie night at home, however, gives you the opportunity to fancy up your movie time treats for a more delicious and satisfying viewing experience. In this latest installment in our Savvy and Sassy Kitchen series, you can easily whip up these homemade snacks that feature delightful twists to classic theatre-style fare.  So call up your friends, choose a fun-to-watch flick, and serve any of these award-worthy appetizers.

Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta

Watching a movie and munching mindlessly on hot buttered popcorn is always a great combination. Chef Fabio Viviani from Chow Ciao gives ordinary popcorn a decidedly gourmet turn with this exciting Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta recipe. A generous amount of diced pancetta, or Italian cured pork, adds a smoky, bacon-like flavor to the popping oil. Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder give this popcorn snack several layers of flavor that will have you applauding with every bite.

#baconpopcorn

A fun twist to the usual movie time treat


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September 5, 2013

It seems like only yesterday that we were sunbathing by the pool, grilling burgers at picnics, and vacationing at the beach. Now, it’s time to give summer the awesome send-off it deserves. Gather your friends and soak up some of the last bits of summer fun with a rocking party that will be remembered for many seasons to come. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Set the Scene

First, look for inspiration. Think about what summer means to you and use it as the back story for your décor.

Hawaiian-themed glasses

Photo from JasonLangheine via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Yearning for some sun-drenched tropical fun? Plant down some Tiki lights, prop up your old surfboard, and have guests dress up in sundresses and Hawaiian shirts for a luau-style bash.

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September 3, 2013

Living in a small place? No problem! Check out Treetopia’s three-step guide to maximizing your space

If you’re living in or moving to a small studio unit and you’re trying to determine how to make a decent living space out of that small area, worry no more! Treetopia is giving you the three basic ideas on how to make the most out of your small space.

Maximizing small spaces

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August 29, 2013

Take further steps to achieving a healthier you by using these easy-to-find herbs

Do you know that today is “More Herbs, Less Salt Day?” In line with this day that celebrates natural flavoring to promote health benefits, Treetopia has listed down five easy-to-find herbs that are also easy to use. Check out our picks:

Easy-to-find and easy-to-use herbs

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August 28, 2013

Learn how to incorporate the eclectic look into your home

If you’re looking for a fresh way to design your home and you have items from different eras, there’s no need to worry about discarding your beloved treasures. Showcasing an eclectic style is a fabulous way to incorporate a variety of items with different styles into your décor.

To incorporate an eclectic style into your design, you must first understand what eclectic is all about. The inspiration for eclectic style is derived from a variety of styles and a wide range of sources. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can just take pieces of décor from different styles and put them all together. In order for the design to be called eclectic, it must achieve harmony among the several elements in spite of their differences. If you’re worried about how to start, check out these simple ideas on how to add a touch of eclectic to your home:

Living room with an #eclectic style

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August 27, 2013

Add some greens to your home by creating a pocket garden in your outdoor space. Treetopia shows you how

The most effective way to create a relaxing ambiance in your space is by having plants around the house. If you aren’t much of a green thumb or don’t have a lot of extra space to organize a garden, try out some of these stylish and decorative pocket gardens you can create in your own home:

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