4 Easy Tips for Decorating a Small Space on a Budget

Living in a small space has its challenges, mostly from lack or storage. How do you make a small space functional and still aesthetically pleasing? Now what if you already have that dilemma and you add your small budget on top of it, you get a rather perplexing situation. In this article I will include some quick tips on how to make your place feel like home!

1. Bed Raisers or Stilts These handy things go underneath your mattress frame and raise your bed off the ground to create a plethora of hidden storage space underneath the bed! Bonus: they are extremely inexpensive. You can finally have a place to put your extensive shoe collection, out of season clothes, luggage, or maybe some of those books that just won’t fit on the bookshelf! This helps alleviate some of the clutter that would be found in your closet, or bookshelves!

2. Visually Enhance Existing Space Making small spaces appear bigger is often a challenge, but if you simply move things closer to the ceilings you can visually enhance space. Most definitely try to use floor to ceiling drapes, hang the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible. This creates a long line that will visually appear to elongate the height of the room. The best part of this: if you have the drapes already, you won’t have to spend a single cent on this little alteration!

3. Baskets Baskets can be found cheaply at second hand stores and you may even already have some! How about placing some decorative baskets atop bookcases them to organize things you don’t want to be out in the open, tissue paper, napkins, Christmas decorations? Additionally baskets can be used in a variety of places for a variety of uses. You can attach them to the walls of the bathroom to hold towels, tissue, and bath products out of sight. Baskets can be used inside or closet or armoire to organize socks and undergarments. The most advantageous aspect of baskets is that they can conceal less visually stimulating clutter.

4. Hooks! Hooks are incredibly budget friendly and can free up valuable space in drawers, cabinets, and closets. Hooks also give you the chance to arrange things well to provide some inexpensive all decor. Hooks can be used in the bathroom to hang towels if you have run out of cupboard space! In the entryway you can hang hooks on the wall to hang your coats, hats and scarves. In the kitchen you can use hooks to hang and display your cookware, utensils, and oven mittens.

Building A Better Basement: One Man’s Dream

If you’re a home-owner, you know perfectly well the never ending desire to constantly update or improve your home in any way you can. For me personally, I get addicted to remodelling projects. I love the thrill of transforming my home into something else, as well as bringing a stroke of genius that popped into my head for life. It’s addictive to say the least, but in a positive, beneficial way for yourself and those around you.

Most recently, I have been consumed with the idea of transforming my basement into, for lack of a better term, a state of the art living area. A room where I can entertain company in any way I see fit, enjoy the big game in comfort, or host a formal or informal gathering. I have visions of a gorgeous bar, a billiards table, an enormous sectional couch, a spacious bathroom, and more.

At the moment, my budget doesn’t quite allow me to get started on my dream project, but I’m making strides towards the end goal. I’ve started work on building the bar myself using my years of woodworking experience, and it’s coming along quite nicely. I’m using cherry wood as I have found it very easy to work with in the past, and plan on layering it with an even darker, more gorgeous stain when the project is finished.

The billiards table and sectional are as simple as finding the right pieces and placing order, but matching your furniture to the room is something I have yet another personal obsession with. The wood on the table must match that of the bar, while the sectional colour must coincide nicely with the deep red colour I have begun to paint the walls.

Overall, I am going with that warm, cosy feel that is all too often lost in homes. My goal is to create a comfortable, welcoming environment for myself and my loved ones, and one that allows you to both relax and enjoy the moment. It’s a project that comes with a hefty price tag, and ensures plenty of gruelling work along the way, but one with a reward that will certainly be worth the hard work.

My Dream Home

My dream has been my companion ever since I started working. Since I have land, I have been saving so that I can start the construction. Now that I have saved enough funds, I’ve started the drawing a plan which will be useful to my architect to built on it. The home will be a single floor 4 bedrooms house. I am planning on a 3000 square feet home. I want my home to be totally Eco-Friendly.

The power to my house to be totally from solar energy. Hence I plan to set up three solar units. All bedrooms will have an air conditioning system. The kitchen will be very spacious as cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I want to have a big garden outside, which I will use for planting organic foods, such as Organic Mangoes, Tomatoes, Cabbages something like the Garden of Eden as mentioned in the Bible. All the bathrooms should have one bathtub. I will ask my architect to be very particular about providing cross ventilation. There should be enough windows in every room so that abundant sunshine comes into each room. I also want to have a courtroom in the middle of the house.

It should be very spacious. I want to have a small cute garden there. The courtroom should be open allowing rainwater to fall there. Also I want to have a separate drawing room as well as living room. I want the roofing to be flat; so that I can do truss work above the same. Also if I want to add two or three bedrooms in the future if required. So there should be a staircase cabin from inside.

There should be a prayer space accommodated near to the living room. I estimate the total construction cost to be around 100,000  inclusive of all the furniture. Construction once started should hypothetically take a year. I intend to take loan on 75% of the cost, and the rest will come from my savings.

Luxury Custom Home Building in Kelowna BC

luxuryhomesLuxury homes are one of the finest pieces of homes you will ever see.  These homes define affluence and are the real epitome that differentiates those that are privileged from those that are not.  The costs of these homes are staggering and even the finishing you find on them are of different levels than what most you and I are used to.

If you were lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon, it is likely that you live in a luxury home and will soon live in your very own one as well.  If you are a regular person who have strived hard in life and finally managed to make it big after all the years of struggle and would now want to have a luxury home that is your very own, then congratulations is in order as you deserve it.

Many of us would like to have our very own luxury homes.  Even if it is not as ostentatious like that of big-time hip-hop rappers, as long as it is your dream home, you may as very well consider it as a luxury home on your part.  Regardless of the levels of luxury home, a home is a very big investment and possibly one of the biggest investments that you will ever make.  If you need to have a luxury home built, you need to look for the best home builders that will never let you down.

In British Columbia,  are considered as the best by many.  They are the home builders to go to when you have a serious and expensive home build you would like to invest on like – the type of build you would not want to go wrong.  Since a luxury home is a very big investment, it is proper that you have the best home builders do the construction work so you can have peace of mind knowing that the best are on hand in the building of your luxury home.

Kelowna Custom Home Builders are highly sought after throughout British Columbia.  They are widely known for their great construction works that many consider as luxury home masterpieces.  For this very reason, people who would like to have their custom home built seek the services of these home builders which is why you should too.

Gah! Got Stuck

Gah! got stuck in the immigration protest on Friday. It took me two hours to get out of it.

Wow, I am so happy for these guys! It was an amazing effort from them. And it absolutely thrills me to see this celebration for the team in front of the PMAC. The Tigers on going to the Final Four — woooooh!!!

Back to the landfill and with photos (I know, so exciting).

Finally picked up the sticks after two weeks of non-action (the Valley had two straight weekends of rain and I had come down with a wicked case ofgastroenteritis — omigawd, WORSE FEELING EVER!). I am actually confident in my driver! I still have pathetic strength (the furthest I’ve driven the ball is 75 yards in the air where it’ll roll and end up at the 100 yard mark — I am a weakling) but at least I am getting some action from my wood now! Yay, go me!! Photos are here.

Pigs fly

Holy cow, I cannot believe it snowed in Cave Creek! Tony and I were on the Loop 101 this afternoon on our way to several stores (I think we are getting aTempur-Pedic bed — yippy skippy!) and to see the ‘white stuff’ on the tops of the Superstitutions and McDowell Mountains — it was unreal! The views of the snow covered peaks were gorgeous. I couldn’t believe we were still in Phoenix.

In other news, I went to my first roller derby bout last night! Featured teams were the undefeated Bruisers versus the Bad News Beaters at Castle Sports Club.

Girls totally RAWK! That is all I have to say.

Vacation Day

The husband and I both took a vacation day and met up with Dave and Zach for an afternoon of spring training baseball! Tony snagged us some great seats (lower box section 7, row 8) for the Athletics v Mariners game. It’s my second time to this ballpark and I like it because you get to see the buttes at Papago Park. Photos of the day can be found here.

Saturday, Tony tore down the block wall that surrounded our pool equipment (which will be replaced by a wooden privacy wall) and we had to dump the mess (visualize one ton of concrete blocks) somewhere other than our alleyway,sooooo I made my first trip out to the Scottsdale landfill. It was pretty cool to see all this junk around us, until Tony got out to dump the concrete out from the bed of the truck — the SMELL WAS SOMETHING I COULD NOT EVEN DESCRIBE! I waited inside until Tony finished hauling everything out (I have no idea how he managed it — 10 minutes of that smell)! We know what to give Strummer for his birthday this year. Our pooch is a sniffer and the landfill is absolute doggie heaven.

Tomorrow? No smelly landfills or fun afternoons relaxing at a ballpark. Just back to the grind…

Rain Is back!

After 143 consecutive days of dryness, the rains have finally come and did it arrive big time. The rains have been constant since early this morning and it’s supposed to stick around the rest of the day. It’s kind of messed up our weekend plans (like draining our pool) but it’s nice to see the grey clouds above. The ‘doodle ran out the doggie door for his morning rituals and quickly came scurrying back, shaking off the excess moisture. No powerwalk around the park this morning. Poor Strummie.

Speaking of the pooch, he came back from the groomer’s yesterday. After two not-so-satisfied visits, we decided to switch to someone new. Since the husband works from home on Fridays, he was CFTD (chauffeur for the day). He said the facilities were very nice and their staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They did a great job grooming him and Strummer, apparently, protested not one bit when they took him away for his pampering. Sigh, what a life that one leads.

Last night, we took it easy and had an early dinner at Cherryblossom Noodle Café. We consumed a bowl of beef nanban hot udon soup and a spicy beef rice dish and discussed (more) home improvement projects, possibly purchasing a billiards table for the Arizona room, Tony’s parents coming out next month and golf! Yes, my friends, I am addicted. If the rains don’t let up, I think thedriving range at Cracker Jax will be calling my name.

p.s. check out our friend Silvio’s blog. He’s a producer at CNN and it’s interesting to read what he is up to. Time in Iraq, traveling with the President, and looks like he’s back in New Orleans covering post-Katrina. He’s a very cool dude.

Rash (Again)


I should be in Telluride this week for a meeting. Instead, I am sidelined at home with a rash on my body. My rheumatologist (aka my lupus doctor) says it’s not a lupus rash (like the one I had on my cheeks) but more likely contact dermatitis. The most likely culprit? The new bath salts we used in our jacuzzi tub. So now I’m on a generic hydrocortisone cream to control the itching.

I’m bummed that I won’t get to see Telluride. I have heard it’s a beautiful little town and my camera was all warmed up to take some shots of the incredible scenery. And the place we were staying? Good lawd, it’s gorgeous!

In other news, the hubby and I had tickets to see the Suns v Spurs basketball game. The best part was that they were Lexus Club tickets. We got there super early so we could grab the bar seating that overlooks the basketball court. Definitely the spot to be since we were able to eat (five different buffet stations — super scrummy!), drink (beverage service all night), and watch the game. We never even made it down to our actual seats!

We even had a star sighting — Eva Longoria. I don’t watch Desperate Housewives but I am familiar with her and I have to say she is super-duper-TINY and she looks so much prettier in person than on teevee (I think it’s all that Hollywood make-up nonsense). She signed a lot of autographs and was very supportive of her man.



Oh, it was quite painful going back into the office after a two week holiday. Knowing it was a short week made it slightly more bearable (and the fact that I shrugged off wearing dress pants and wore omigawd jeans this week — YAH!).

Tony and I rented this documentary over the break. I had no idea their life was like that and I have a new respect for them (in addition to them being so damn cute). I heart the penguin. We also wanted to see The Squid and the Whale at Camelview but somehow found ourselves in the wrong theater (looong story) and ended up watching Casanova instead. I still want to see TSATW, but Casanova was actually quite enjoyable and very humorous.

Favorite new show find? Dog Whisperer on the National Geographic Channel. I had to admit that Strummer is not human. He is an animal. And I know that. But that does not stop me from calling him my sweet little angel baby (SLAB for short) and kissing him from head to paw. Yes, I am a freak about my dog.