April 20, 2017

Springtime Sprucing - 6 Tips to Arrange Your Sofa like a Pro

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Happy Springtime!

These April showers have turned the outside into one big puddle and have me expecting alot of May flowers. Bunches equivalent to the inches of rain would be greatly appreciated
because I am stuck indoors until it all dries up.
In the meantime, I have begun my annual Springtime sprucing.
De-cluttering, wiping down walls and placing bay leaves all over to help deter ants.
Packing away Winter items and finding the odd Christmas ornament in the process because there is always one that escapes being packed away.  Every year like clockwork it seems.
Next is the washing of the windows and drapes to let all the sunlight in.
I want the house to feel new and light like Spring. 
A great way to freshen up a room is to simply rearrange your furniture and 
SofaSumo has 6 amazing tips to help you do it like a pro!

6 Tips to Arrange your Sofa like a Pro

There are several reasons why you'd want to change the position of your sofa: You just bought it; you want to give the living room a makeover, or you moved into a new place. But no matter the reason, there's one thing in common for most people: How should I arrange everything? How did I even do it in the first place?

It's understandable; most people would stare at the space and wonder where to start.

It turns out the starting point is the easiest part. In every room, you should begin with the biggest furniture item, which -in most living rooms- means the sofa.

The sofa also happens to be either the focal point or the most important piece pointing towards it. That's why it seems so important to know the right place to arrange it in a living room.

You don't need to be an interior designer to know a few tips and tricks to get it right. This guide will give you an idea on how to arrange the sofa the best way possible in your living room.

1. Measure

You'll want to know the dimensions of your living room so you can choose the right sofa for it. Not because you enjoy knowing random things, but because it will help you picture where you can and can't put it.

The sofa should not steal space from other areas, or block aisles, doors or large windows.

That's why the most usual arrangement means putting the sofa against the largest wall. And while that works, it's not the only way to place a sofa.

And always take into account the traffic. It's important to create pathways and leave clear areas where people can walk, or stretch their legs.

2. Determine the Focal Point

The sofa is usually the focal point, but that's not always the case. The focal point might be a fireplace, a large window, the TV, an art piece, etc.

It helps to know the purpose of the living room. You may think the answer is obvious, but actually, living rooms mean different things for different people. Do you want it to be a conversational space, or just to watch TV? For both? Knowing the purpose should help you decide if the sofa should face the TV, the window, the fireplace, or bookshelf.

-     If the sofa is the focal point, then arrange chairs, center table and smaller furniture around it. Make the sofa to stand out.

-     If the sofa isn't the focal point, then place it in such a way that it highlights the focal point. In this scenario, the idea is to make that other item to stand out from the rest of the furniture.

3. Separate it From the Wall

It seems counter intuitive -especially for small places- but it's actually a great way to make the space look larger.

A floating sofa will create the illusion of more space, and make the area more conversational by bringing people closer.

Ideally, the minimum separation between the sofa and the wall should be around one foot, but it depends on other factors. For example, if the sofa is facing the TV and you want to be closer to it, then move it forward.

The opposite is also valid. If the place is small, separate it just a little bit. A few inches can make a whole lot of difference, but if your living room is just too small, then just place it against the wall and don't worry about it.

4. Choose Between Symmetry and Asymmetry

In the past, the decoration was mostly symmetrical as people thought it created a calm mood. However, the asymmetrical trend is gaining popularity, since it allows combining furniture in different angles and sizes.

Once you've decided what type of arrangement makes you feel more comfortable, you'll have an easier time knowing where to put the sofa and everything else.

-     For the symmetrical look: First, place your sofa facing or towards the focal point. Then, arrange the scaled furniture around it, preferably in pairs.

-     For the asymmetrical look: In a similar way, first, you need to place the sofa facing or towards the focal point. And then combine furniture in different sizes and heights around the sofa for an imbalanced and casual feel.

5. Use the Sofa to Divide Spaces

The sofa is a great tool to define two ambiances with different purposes within one room. For example, a sofa facing away from the dining area helps to divide the space: one for the meals, and one for conversations.

This helps create more intimacy in an otherwise open space, making people feel more comfortable doing their own things.

You can be creative about it. Try to split the living room into two independent conversations areas, TV area vs dining room, or entertainment vs. reading place. This technique is especially helpful in large living rooms, or in those dreaded 'bowling-alley' spaces.

6. What Do You Mean, Two Sofas?

You might think that most living rooms have only one sofa and that some people just want to watch the world burn.

Jokes aside, it's actually quite possible to have two sofas without making the living room look overstuffed. That thing you bought that looks like a sofa, but smaller? It's probably a settee, which IS a type of sofa!

On the other hand, it's also possible that you bought two sofas because you couldn't decide which one you liked best. Or maybe you liked it so much that you ended up buying two…the thing is now you don't know what to do.

You can emulate a sort of sectional sofa with your two pieces by placing them in an 'L' shape. This arrangement works best in corners, to create a clearly defined space.

Another option is to put them in front each other, with the center table in between.

Two different sofas work better in an asymmetrical style. But you can also make them look symmetrical if you balance them with the rest of the furniture and the right colors.

So, next time you want to re-arrange it, don't stare at the space wondering where to start. Remember these few tips to make it easier!

Now that you got the best tips on how to make your room look like a professional did it.
Go ahead and SPRUCE IT UP!

Here are a few Free Spring printables to brighten your day.

Happy Springtime Sprucing y'all!

March 30, 2017

The BEST collection of FREE Easter egg hunts and Easter printables

Spring has finally sprung and that means that Easter is not to far behind.
So I have made a collection of all my Free Easter egg hunts and printables.
To make it easier for y'all to start planning.
Why not mix and match them.

Maybe try new spots.

Or just put some Easter prints in some frames and brighten up your homestead.
Click on the image to go to the post and download your printable.


March 12, 2017

Easiest DIY Leprechaun trap

When my daughters teacher gave them a metallic green coin for good luck, she had no idea the snowball effect that would have.
My twins decided to use the coins to catch a leprechaun instead and could not to wait for me to get some supplies.
So whats a Mama to do?
I looked around to see what we had on hand or lying around the house and 
didn't not have to go any further than the fridge.
A plastic strawberry container!
The girls had to eat the strawberries first of course.
Then I cut pieces of green construction paper to cover the outside of the container and one for the inside of the box as a liner. I hot glued the pieces on the outside and the twins quickly began to decorate it.
I cut a door in the front by making an incision on the bottom with a knife then slide the scissor blade to make it easier. 
Inside the girls put a chair (the cup) a happy face ring (jewellery) a flower and wee Easter egg for decoration. 
In hopes of making it seem even more attractive for a leprechaun. On the outside they lined a walkway with coins , offered a car, beads, a turtle night light and a Hello Kitty Valentine.
Still not sure what we would do if we really did catch one but if it poops gold then we definitely keeping it and feeding it lucky charms.

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