White or light gray kitchen and bathroom have been a trend for many years since they looked bright and clean!

The flip side, however, is that these environments can be a bit cold and impersonal!

If you have a white kitchen or bathroom that feels a little sterile but don’t want to or can make massive changes know that there are little tricks to warming up these rooms!

In this case, three tips will help you warm up and give personality, and I recommend you follow them all for a good result!


Adding natural elements is a quick and easy way to warm up rooms!


You can use wood by putting some shelves either in the kitchen or bathroom on which you can then put some decorative composition.

In the kitchen, you can bring wood with nice cutting boards, utensils, trays, and bowls!

In the bathroom, you can add it with a stool, or some accessories, maybe a ladder to put towels on!

Always for the bathroom, you could also think about bamboo or teak liquid soap dispensers!

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Another natural element that helps with warmth is wicker, and you can use it with baskets, which are always helpful for storage and keeping everything tidy.

Also, depending on the style, you could use it as a chandelier shade or a plant pot cover!

In the kitchen, it could be placemats to put on the table!

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Cork is another excellent element for warming up rooms!

It could be the underpots or jar caps you may have exposed!

You could also think about having a glass bowl or vase filled with corks: it would be decorative and would precisely warm up the environment a bit!

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Our grandmothers had many copper shapes hanging on the walls now, I’m not saying to do the same thing, especially with super modern kitchens, but a few copper items would surely help warm the room!

You can use them first as faucets or cabinet handles, or you could use them as plant pots or a couple of items on the countertop!

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If copper could be hard to insert, surely it will be easier with terracotta!

There are beautiful decorative vases or even terracotta pans that can be left on display!

(credits: intimatelivinginteriors.com;Sara & Rich Combs)


I bet you were expecting it!

Well, yes, plants and flowers are a fabulous way to warm up a room, thus even a white kitchen and bathroom!

The call to nature beyond all will bring a bit of color and texture, creating some movement!

If space de allows, don’t be afraid, whether in the bathroom or kitchen, to put a large potted plant!

It will immediately make the environment more lively and cozy, as well as elegant!

If this is not possible, even small touches of nature will be enough!

In the kitchen, of course, you can think of small vases with tastes on the countertop or some pots with branches or leaves!

No need to have a jungle or expensive bouquets of fresh flowers; very little is needed!

What if you are a black thumb?

You can create some arrangements with fake flowers! Real is better, of course, but nowadays, as I’ve said other times, there are artificial flowers that look real!

Plus, if you mix them with live branches or put a little water inside in the case of a glass vase, you’ll be able to make them look even more realistic!

As always, one should not overdo it, but it could be a good compromise!

(credits: littlehouseoffour.com; GeorgiaRaeOwen)


White kitchen and bathroom can be seen as two blank canvases where to express one’s personality!

With white, ANY color looks good!

Warm colors will make the environment pleasant and more inviting, while blues and greens will add a touch of freshness and energy!

Of course, if you already have a color palette used in the rest of the house, bring that into the kitchen and bathroom!


The quickest and fastest way to add color to the bathroom will be by using colorful rugs and towels!

But you can also do it using colorful toothbrush holders and dispensers!

You could also have a small tray with a few items, like a perfume bottle, colored!

(credits: Archiv firmy; House & Home)


The fastest way to add color also for the kitchen is to use colorful textiles, such as rugs, towels, potholders, and the possible apron.

You could also put a pretty runner on the table with a lovely centerpiece!

On the countertop, if you have exposed appliances, you could get them colored or put a series of colored cups on a tray, for example!

Of course, in both cases, decorating the walls with pictures or photos will be another great way to bring a splash of color!

As always, you don’t have to overdo it: just a few well-distributed touches in the room can make a difference!

(credits: vibekedesign.blogspot.com; mydomaine.com)

If well-designed, these decorations can be changed regularly (with each change of season, for example) to have an ever-changing kitchen and bathroom!

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To furnish and decorate a hallway is not always easy because it is a transition area with no proper function!

In newly designed apartments, they try to limit spaces like these as much as possible, but it is very likely to find them in those designed a few decades ago!

How then to do with hallways?

Let’s see it together!


First of all, you have to consider the hallway as any other room in the house, and therefore, you will need to keep the style and color palette used for the rest of the house!

Another really very important aspect then will be the lighting since it will most likely be a windowless area.

The hallway, heights permitting, is the classic place where it is really ideal to do a ceiling lowering and integrate with spotlights!

This will allow you to have excellent illumination of the entire space.

In the case of a renovation, you could also think about creating light effects by making cuts in the wall!

(credits: oselya.ua; Barbara Fassoni Architects)

In addition to illuminating, doing this will help give character by creating unique and striking visual interest.

However, if it was not your intention to do such work and you had multiple light points, choose the same chandelier for the whole hallway; if you had (a quite usual situation) only one central light source, then the advice is to get spotlights to illuminate better!

(credits: 320sycamoreblog.com; hotcore.info)


How to furnish and decorate the hallway depends on two factors:

– the size; a narrow corridor will give fewer opportunities to be able to exploit it than a wider one;

– location; depending on where it is, it could serve as “support” for another environment!

For example, if the hallway were immediately adjacent to the front door, it could serve as an entrance, if there is not, or otherwise act as a reinforcement for it by putting a coat closet or shoe racks or benches there!

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If, on the other hand, it was near the rooms or bathroom, one could think of closets for seasonal changes or to put bed linens and towels in!

Another example would be to put bookshelves, especially if it was near the living room!

In the hallway, you could also think about creating your own study corner; of course, if it’s not a location you use for many hours a day!

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Once you have determined the function you want to give it, you can choose the furniture and accessories that best suit your needs.

A small caution, especially if the hallway was particularly narrow, not to take things that might obstruct the passage.

The minimum space to leave is 80cm!

Keep the lines as simple and clean as possible to maintain some visual order!

For huge elements such as cabinets, try to take them full height and the same color as the walls; this will camouflage these elements and avoid visually weighing down the space.

If you decide on a bookcase, you can take it full height and use the books as decoration.

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In this case, I recommend arranging the books as neatly as possible and avoiding using other colors in the hallway to avoid, again, visual chaos that would shrink the room!

Or you could use a half-height bookcase that also doubles as a console table; and decorate the walls with a few paintings or some particular objects!

If space allows, and you’re in the process of renovating, you could also think about creating a plasterboard structure, perhaps with integrated lighting, to make everything even more scenic!

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In the case of particularly small or narrow hallways where putting furniture perhaps becomes a bit stuffy, you could create a small emotional corner.

Little is needed, for example, a small seat with a plant and a lamp nearby.

You will make this area more pleasant.

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If even this option is too much, then all that remains is to decorate the walls to make this environment less austere and more pleasant!

And here, again, with a minimum of criteria, you can really indulge!

You can merely use colors, perhaps strategically, to change the perception of space by visually enlarging the corridor.

If you want to know how to do it, I talked in detail about it here!


You can also think about coloring only half of the wall and then putting a gallery of paintings at the top.

You will create some movement.

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Still, to enhance a possible gallery of paintings, you could paint the wall a dark color (obviously belonging to the palette you have throughout the house).

Thus you will create a contrast that will indeed emphasize your gallery of paintings.

Instead of a classic wall gallery, you could also think about putting huge paintings perhaps at the doors facing it.

These paintings will become an extra wall for those rooms that precisely face the hallway.

(credits: devongraceinteriors.com; Living Corriere-Filippo Bamberghi)

If you want to double the space, you can think of putting, instead of paintings, big mirrors!

The hallway will look bigger this way, however, you will have to be careful that the rooms are neat, otherwise, you will double the chaos too!

For a scenic effect, you can also think about using wallpaper.

You will create movement and rhythm without any obstruction!

(credits: thespruce.com; tricountypainting.net)

The hallway could also be a great place to show a particular collection, such as records or hats; create something original that shows who you are!

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The blind bathroom, i.e., without windows, is provided for by Italian regulations if it is a second bathroom or the only bathroom if the house is small with only one bedroom.

Today I would like to share with you some tips on making this type of bathroom beautiful and functional.


The first and most important thing to think about for a blind bathroom is to provide proper aeration.

That is required by regulations to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and viruses, unplesant odors, and mold in the air, which would make the environment unhealthy.

There are multiple types of aeration:

– through aerators;

– forced mechanical ventilation.

The aerators can be of different types; usually, it is activated by turning on the light.

They have a suction unit, with a fan, inside the bathroom and an evacuation duct with a backstop damper so that not only the air does not go back, but no insects can enter.

In new-generation houses, forced mechanical ventilation is used, which has much the same function, but also has vents for fresh air to enter from outside: this helps to create less condensation.

Especially in the case of normal aerators, you could also use dehumidifiers and even specific paints to prevent mold growth due to moisture.

If you decide on a suspended ceiling, remember to use drywall specifically for wet environments, i.e., the green one!

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Once you have thought about aeration, you will need to think about proper lighting!

In this case, more than ever, it is paramount to have multiple sources of lighting which you can manage as needed.

If you can do a suspended ceiling, you will obviously have more leeway, perhaps putting in recessed spotlights!

You will also need point lighting at the mirror anyway; perhaps think about the possibility of getting illuminated mirrors!

You can think about light cuts on the walls to give that extra touch or create niches with integrated lighting.

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Also very scenic is the lighted shower: color therapy has been catching on a lot in recent years and is a way to bring light and movement.

Finally, if you have the vanity unit raised, you can think of adding the light under it to give it some depth as well!

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Usually, the blind bathroom is also tiny, so it will be vital to take measurements correctly to place the various fixtures and fittings properly!

Therefore, the ideas about small bathrooms I shared apply; find the video here.

Being dark, I suggest using reflective surfaces, if not in the actual furniture, at least in the handles: this is to help increase the light, even if it is artificial.

Try to use furniture with simple, light shapes to avoid weighing down the room, and if by chance you also have a washing machine, try to enclose it in a cabinet, again, to maintain visual simplicity.

For the same reason, a shower stall or bathtub should have no framing, or at least it should be minimal and thin.

(credits: Sonia Meneghin; looox.nl)


In a blind bathroom, light colors would be preferred to give breath due to the fact that they will reflect artificial light better.

But, as we have seen for small bathrooms, indeed, dark colors will help give depth!

The decisive thing actually will be to avoid strong contrasts as much as possible!

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It will be paramount, in a blind bathroom, to use durable and water-repellent materials such as ceramic and porcelain tiles.

In order not to weigh down, again, as also suggested for small bathrooms, it is good to use large pieces to limit the sight of joints that create visual clutter!

(credits: hupehome.com; redefineinterior.com)


The blind bathroom, due to the lack of light, could be a bit sad: make it scenographic!

One of the easiest and most practical ways is definitely to play with light!

We’ve seen it before: LED strips on the walls, under the vanity unit, in the niches, and even in the shower!

Of course, if you don’t have the possibility to false ceiling and put spotlights, you can choose an original chandelier in the center of the vault; the same goes for the light at the mirror.

But you might also decide to use a nice wallpaper, perhaps in the shower; there are suitable papers for this environment as well!

That especially is true if the shower is right in front of the door and is the first thing you see!

That could be, always paying attention to strong contrasts, a great way to make this bathroom particular and pleasant, despite not having a window!

(credits:Inkiostro Bianco; london-art-naiadi-wallpaper)

I hope this article was helpful and you love it; in case, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I will be honored, and it will help me get my name out there.

And if you need advice for your home, do not hesitate to contact me!

Today I want to share with you some home decorating tricks you can use right away that will help you furnish and decorate your home to the fullest!

I have already mentioned some of these tricks in other articles, but it never hurts to repeat them!



Masking tape is mainly used for painting walls because it is easily removable without leaving residue and without taking away the plaster.

This tape, however, can be really super useful for other purposes!

One really super helpful use is to draw with it the footprint of furniture and rugs on the floor so you can see that the proportions are correct.

Just because a two-meter sofa theoretically fits, for example, does not mean that it is proportionate to the rest or functional to be able to move around!

As I often say, there is nothing like seeing for yourself to understand.

Of course, there are 3d modeling programs, even free ones, that can help with this, but it can become time-consuming if you are not familiar with them.

Drawing instead with tape is quick and immediate!

So draw the elements you would like on the floor and move around the room to see that everything is functional and proportionate!

(credits: Vivere lo Stile; thesunnysideupblog.com)


This trick can also be used on walls to see if paneling or wall lamps would fit.

You can also use it to create your own composition: whether it is just paintings or pictures with mirrors and other objects! (For this, there is also another trick!)

You only have to draw the outline of the frames or objects on the wall with the tape; you will see immediately if you really like the result!

Moreover, the tape is also very valid for hanging those pictures or mirrors with 2 hooks!!!

All you need to do is put the tape behind the picture or mirror at the height of the hooks and mark where they are placed on it.

Then you will place the tape on the wall at the desired height, of course taking care to put it on a level, et voila, the game is done!

That avoids measuring the distance between the two hooks, which is often impractical!!!

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Whether you need to hang a painting or a composition of them, perhaps even with other objects, it is paramount to consider proportions and heights well.

To do this and avoid unnecessarily poking holes in the wall, you can use the trick from before, which is masking tape, or get help from paper and cardboard!

I personally prefer this method because the paper will contrast from the wall across the entire painting surface, giving an even clearer idea, in my opinion!

Not only that, if you don’t like the position, it will be easier to move the paper than to re-frame it with tape!

The trick is quite simple: draw the outline of the picture (or mirror or any object) on the paper and cut it out!

I recommend, also, marking the location of the hook(s) as well and maybe writing the description of the picture!

Then place the cutout on the wall by securing it with paper or masking tape.

With this simple gimmick, you can move and rearrange the sheets of paper until you are sure you have found the correct position!

Having marked the position of the hooks will be a snap then, hammer in the nail or drill holes to put in the dowels!

By doing this, you will drill holes in the right place on the first time, and the wall will thank you!

(If you are interested here I’m going into details about how to hang paintings)

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If you have vases with a large opening, putting flowers, whether real or fake, is really tricky because they will rest on the edges of the vase, leaving a gap in between.

Here again, the trick is there, and it is indeed simple but effective: again, use tape, possibly the transparent kind!

All you need to do is create a kind of grid on the vase opening with tape and then arrange the flowers inside this grid!

The result is guaranteed!!!

If the vase is quite large and not glass, another way might be to put a smaller vase in it!

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Books are really a beautiful way to decorate the home: on the coffee table, shelves, or console table, they give that quid to our compositions!

The problem with books, however, is often the color of the covers that doesn’t match the color palette you’ve chosen at all!

When this is the case and, understandably, you don’t want to buy books specifically just for decoration, you can decide to line them!

All you need to do is buy some paper or fabric that matches the color palette you have chosen for your home and line your favorite books!

Then, to recognize them, you can write the title by hand if you have nice handwriting, print a label or use stamps!

By doing this, you can put your favorite books in your compositions!

It might also be an idea to have a cover for each season or at least 2: one for fall-winter and one for summer-spring!

(credits: chloemoorephotography.blogspot.com;thehouseofelements.com)


I guess you have a cutlery tray in your kitchen drawer, and every time you open it, it moves around, ending up in the bottom!

How annoying is it?

Maybe you also have objects on display that you care about, but there is a risk of bumping into them or you have children or animals and you are afraid they might fall…

What to do in these cases?

Simply by doing as in museums: blocking these objects with wax or double-sided tape!

Specifically, as waxes, there is “museum wax”, and as double-sided tape, there is “PfX Nano” (you can find them on Amazon).

You only need to put a small amount of wax or a small piece of tape to lock the objects where you want them.

However, both wax and double-sided tape are easily removed without leaving any residue!

(credits: Amazon)


How often have you found yourself wanting to put a lamp, whether floor or table one, in one place and then not having an outlet nearby?

When this is the case, either you use unsightly, as much as dangerous extension cables, or you end up giving up putting the lamp there!

Well, here, too, there is finally a solution: rechargeable bulbs!!!

Thanks to these bulbs, you can add a few light points, perhaps even on the wall, to give that extra quid without having to break anywhere or redo the wiring!

By the way, thanks to the remote control, you can also decide the brightness by adjusting it as needed!

You can find them on Amazon!



It’s time to whiten the walls of your home: if you have them white, no problem, but if you have them colored and want to keep the color, you need to remember the codes!

Easily you no longer have them!

It is normal; it has happened to everyone!

To find the right color, if you do not want to buy special tools, you will need to scrape a little plaster, perhaps under a socket or behind a piece of furniture.

The paint store has the tools to recognize color.

Once you find it, however, to avoid going crazy next time and having to ruin the wall each time and then retouch it, I reveal an effective trick!

Take the plate off one of the sockets and write the color code for that wall behind it with a permanent marker!

By doing this, especially if you have multiple colors, you won’t have to go crazy to remember the codes or where you put the paper where you marked them all!!!

(credits: lonefoxhome)

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Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I will be honored, and it will help me get my name out there.

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Decorating home differently for each season is a way to give new life to our homes while giving them new energy too!

You don’t need big things because then we know we have to retire them at the following season change: just small touches that can make a difference, though!

Spring is approaching, so here are some tips for decorating your home for this beautiful period!

One of the first things to do is to take advantage of the famous spring cleaning, not only to do deep cleaning but also to get rid of anything that is no longer needed.

Good decluttering will help give rooms a fresher, lighter feel!


Spring kicks off the beautiful season, longer days, and the awakening of nature!

Plants, flowers, pastel and light colors, and fresh aromas are among the most typical elements to use in decorating your home and bringing a little spring into the home.

It is a proper time to take care of your plants, change the pots of those that need it, remove any yellowed leaves, and clean and polish them!

For flowers, I understand that it is not always feasible to have fresh ones everywhere, and I know I always say it is better to avoid fake plants and flowers, but let’s be objective: sometimes, it remains the best solution.

Always without exaggeration, of course, but nowadays, there are fake flowers that look real!

Then 2 tricks can help and not make people perceive that they are using artificial flowers:

– if using in a glass jar, put some water inside;

– add some authentic branches.

Berry branches, rather than that of eucalyptus or butcher’s broom, last for weeks and will give that touch of authenticity to the artificial flower arrangement!

In addition, pots can be created with small arrangements of moss.

Let’s now see, room by room, how to bring in a little spring!

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After taking care of the plants that are there, a quick and effective way to decorate is to change the covers of the pillows you have on the sofa.

Use colors in cheerful spring hues with some floral patterns, and use cotton, linen, and silk fabrics!

If you like to have the blanket on the couch, you can have it just as long as it is not wool but cotton and in spring colors, even vivid if you like to give some movement.

Change the decorations on the coffee table, putting a lovely vase of flowers and colorful and scented candles.

If you have dark-colored covers books on your coffee table, you might consider replacing them with books with lighter-colored covers.

If you have frames with prints, as I had suggested for fall decorations, you can think about changing them by putting ones with typically spring themes and colors.

These are all things that are not bulky yet change the face of an environment.

Wicker baskets are always “the welcome ones” and a great way to decorate and pick up anything that doesn’t need to be on view!

If you have double curtains, it’s a good idea, unless it’s neutral, to also change the non-filtering one to more spring colors.

A lovely centerpiece with a nice glass vase and flowers will be ideal for the dining table too!

(credits: ©EmeryBastable; lifeonvirginiastreet.com)


The best way to bring spring into the kitchen is to have jars with aromatic herbs and maybe lavender!

The scents these give off immediately bring you back to this fresh season!

You can also accompany these with lemons to give them some color and fragrance!

If you have pretty colored mugs, you can take them out and place them on a tray on the countertop.

You can hang some garland, maybe DIY, on the walls: you can find many tutorials on the internet!

And, of course, change textiles, such as gloves, potholders, and aprons, but also any cushions on chairs and rugs!

(credits: adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com; vibekedesign.blogspot.com)


Here too, as you can imagine, the easiest and most effective way is to change textiles!

You can decide on a bedspread in cheerful colors, perhaps with floral patterns (always being careful not to overdo it).

Or you can keep a more neutral bedspread and add the splash of color with pillows and a blanket at the foot of the bed!

Similar to the living room, you might think about changing the non-filtering ones if you have double curtains.

On the dresser, a beautiful arrangement with flowers in a lovely glass vase and a few colorful, scented candles.

You can as well put small flower arrangements on the nightstands or place a faux tulip on it.

Again, if you have paintings with prints, replace them with more spring-like images.

(credits: @abbie_melle; kenayhome.com)


However small your balcony may be, take advantage of the outdoor spaces as well and start fixing them up!

There can be no shortage of plants there, possibly with flowers to give some color too, but also think about a small seat or just some cushions on the ground!

Make the interior and exterior connected to enlarge and give more breathing space!

If you want more ideas on how to decorate a balcony, I talk about it here (7 ways to make a balcony pleasant and functional) and here (How to decorate your balcony, even if it is small and narrow!)!

(credits: gordmans.com; blackhaus.com)

I hope this article about decorating your home in spring was helpful and you love it; in case, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I will be honored, and it will help me get my name out there.

And if you need advice for your home, do not hesitate to contact me!

Today I would like to resume the design elements rubric by telling the story of extraordinary objects that have become everyday and sometimes taken a bit for granted!

These are objects that we know very well, some so simple that we feel like they have always existed, yet they are born of someone’s genius!

Here I told the story of 5 everyday objects: today, I offer you 6 more!


Is there anything simpler and more useful than the clothespin?

Two pieces of wood (complemented by plastic over the years) united by a steel spring!

The wooden clothespin we use today was invented by D.M. Smith of Springfield, Vermont, in 1853.

In 1944 Mario Maccaferri replaced wood with plastic to make the clothespin even more durable.

It then became a design classic in 1976 when artist Claes Oldenburg made a work of art named Clothespin: a giant clothespin 13.7 meters high!

This work is installed in Center Square Plaza in Philadelphia.

A curiosity: credit for this invention has often been given to the Shakers, a religious sect founded by Ann Lee in the US in 1772.

That is because they were the authors of many pieces of furniture that was an expression of their faith: utmost simplicity, essential details, and no decoration! The clothespin actually embodies all of this!


These pressure-top jars originated about 1825 by an unknown designer, mainly for storing food; today, they are also decorative items!

Filled not necessarily with food, they are, in fact, perfect to put in compositions to put on the countertops of our kitchens!

They are made of molded glass and have the ultimate sealing ability, with the characteristic orange rubber and iron hook!

A vacuum is created when the jar is heated inside, making the seal airtight!

They exist in various sizes from 50ml to 3 liters and have a large opening (7 to 10 cm) to make filling easier!

Despite numerous imitations, this jar is still present in our homes because it is functional and has a simple and inexpensive locking system.

It is now closely associated with high-quality handcrafted products!


The straw is one of those items we pay little attention to, taking it almost for granted… only to appreciate it when it’s missing!

Over the years, the straw has really evolved a lot.

The origin of the straw is attributed to Marvin Stone, a manufacturer of paper filter cigarettes, in 1888.

Actually, straws already existed then that were made of ryegrass, a herbaceous plant.

Stone, however, fed up with straws breaking and especially leaving an unpleasant aroma, decided to produce his own straw.

At first, he wrapped some strips of the paper he used for filters to a pencil and, gluing them together, created the first paper straw.

The product was later improved by the introduction of paraffined paper that prevented the straw from impregnating, and this was the first straw patented in 1888 precisely.

Over the years, the straw has since become plastic, only to return now to paper due to pollution.

One of the significant improvements of this object was the addition of the flexible band introduced by Joseph B. Friedman in 1937.

This small addition has helped both young children, not yet accustomed to the glass, and bedridden convalescents.

Fun fact: the first batch of flexible straws was actually sold to a hospital in 1947.


The Swiss Army knife was created as a practical item for soldiers in 1891 by Karl Elsener.

Elsener then founded the Swiss Master Knifemakers Association to facilitate the production process.

The knife, however, was not as successful as hoped, and the association disbanded.

Elsener did not give up and tried to fix the problems that had not gotten it off the ground: that is, heaviness and limited functionality.

He succeeded in 1897 when he registered the new knife: the one we all know.

New functionality and good looks were well received by all, not just soldiers.

Elsener named his company after his mother’s name Victoria, then in 1921, he added the international name of stainless steel to the brand name, and it became Victorinox!

The use of the Swiss cross indicates an instrument of superior quality.

To meet every need, today, there are many variations of the original pocket knife on the market: it comes in a range of as many as 100 models!


Who has not done, in his life, at least one puzzle with more or fewer pieces?

Well, this fascinating and timeless game that appeals to all generations originated in 1766 for educational purposes!

The idea originated with John Spilsbury, an engraver and map maker in London, who one day decided to glue one of his maps onto a wooden board and cut out individual countries at their borders.

It was called Dissected Mapp and was used, for a long time, to teach geography in school.

Only in the twentieth century was it considered to create something for adults as well; they were extremely costly to produce, so they were sold in small quantities and only to wealthy customers.

These, however, used them as a means of entertainment at their parties, sparking and spreading a collective passion.

The pieces then became interlocking, and in 1908 the name puzzle was coined for this game, referring precisely to this new form.

In 1929, at the beginning of the Depression, puzzles became a national pastime loved by everyone regardless of social background.

That is for two reasons;

  • because it reproduces images that allow them, at least with the imagination, to escape from the dark moment they were experiencing;
  • the change of material from wood to cardboard, which makes the game much more affordable!

In 1932 they also arrived in the rest of the world, becoming the most beloved form of entertainment for young and old alike.

By 1990, puzzles had become so profitable that the Parker Brothers game company decided to focus its production on this game alone.

Over the years, 3d puzzles have also been born!


Invented by Linus Yale Jr in 1861.

The son of a blacksmith, he invented a lock that was a device that matched keys composed of several parts that gave the possibility of using an infinite number of combinations that were difficult to copy.

Inside, it does not have any elements that could move, such as springs.

He also invented a mechanism called a “pin tumbler” or radial pawl: a mechanism that is not visible from the outside and, therefore, cannot be forced.

The lock came to be called “the infallible magic Yale lock.”

On the other hand, the second lock, is called “the infallible secure Yale lock” and is nothing more than an improved version of the first one.

Yale shows such confidence in its product that it promised $3,000 to those who succeeded in forcing it!

Shortly, these locks became so famous for their reliability, thanks in part to Yale’s entrepreneurial skills, that in 1856 they were also used for the U.S. Mint.

Yale thus becomes synonymous with lock!

In 1860 Yale also invented the first Monitor Bank lock, the first combination lock.


Finally, in 1861 he reworked the pin tumbler mechanism and his own in cylinder locks.

He founded his company with Harry Towne in 1868 and died shortly later; his name, however, has been passed down as the most significant lock manufacturer.

In 1879 lock production was joined by padlock production.

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Bringing some nature into the home becomes really important because it has a scientifically proven beneficial impact on our being: it brings a good mood and improves the quality of life by reducing stress!

Actually, it’s vital not only in homes but in architecture in general.

Have you ever heard of Biophilic design?

It is a particular way of designing homes, offices, in short, the various places where we live and work so that they are as connected to nature as possible.

The term Biophilic was introduced in 1964 by German psychoanalyst Erich Seligmann Fromm (1900-1980) and literally translated means love for all that is alive!

We also have an example of this way of designing here in Italy: the Vertical Forest in Milan, designed by Stefano Boeri.

However, since not all houses are yet designed and built with this philosophy, we need to start from the bottom, bringing nature into our homes ourselves!

Of course one of the first things to do is to use environmentally sustainable materials as much as possible, but this is only the basis!

Some elements help this reconnection to nature…

Let’s see what they are!


Light is the primary and fundamental element for one’s well-being.

Many studies show that in Nordic countries where people are in the dark for many months, there is an increase in cases of depression!

That is why you need to let as much natural light into your home (and office) as possible!

There are ways to “light up” those darker rooms when this is not at hand: I’ve talked about it here!

If you work from home, it will be relevant to place the workstation as close to the window as possible to take maximum advantage of natural light.

You may not know it, but in addition to feeling good, you will increase your productivity and creativity!

(credits: Rachel Parcell; nidi.it)


It is pretty evident how essential fresh air really is, think about how good you feel when you can breathe well when you are in the countryside, mountains, seaside or even just in the middle of the park!

In the average and small town, opening the windows will not only bring in some fresh air but will also allow you to hear sometimes the birds chirping!

Of course, in larger cities where the smog is so much, this is more complicated, but you can try to do it in the early morning hours when there is less traffic and maybe even get help from air purifiers.

(credits: evanto)


Colors also have their importance, and to feel closer to nature, creating palettes with nature’s own colors will be paramount!

The shades of greens, browns, beiges, blues and light blues, earthy reds and straw yellows…

All colors you see when precisely you are immersed in your favorite habitat!

One of the best ways to create a home color palette that you’re unlikely to tire of is to take colors from an image of your favorite landscape!

Does that sound like a strange idea?

Actually, if you try typing in the search engine or even in Pinterest, “color palettes”, you will see that many palettes are really taken from images!

There are many programs online that can extract colors from a photo by giving you codes that will allow you, again with online programs, to reach the color of your favorite brand!

(credits: amywax.com; Little Greene)


That is the fastest and easy way to bring nature into the home!

There is no room in the house where you cannot have plants, not even the bedroom, as Simona Borgia explained here!

Plants bring some life into the home, and many also have purifying properties!

They also bring in some moisture, which is very helpful, especially in winter when the air tends to dry out because of the heaters!

It is a great way to bring green into the home, a color that helps promotes calm and tranquility.

That is even for those who might not like green as a color!!!

Plants also bring rhythm and movement due to their shapes, and this brings some vitality to the environments!

Then giving necessary attention and care to the plants is another very relaxing factor indeed!

If, by chance, you are not exactly a green thumb, know that there are plants that are really easy to maintain!

(credits: Eric Kuster; naszedomowepielesze.pl)


Also using natural elements such as furniture, textiles, and decorations as much as possible is another way to reconnect with nature.

Wood, marble, linen, rattan, and wicker are elements that will make a big difference in feeling connected to nature!

Wood, in addition to furniture, can be used in decorations: think of beautiful trays on which you can then create beautiful compositions!

A “slice” of the tree trunk might even be enough!

Adding beautiful wicker baskets will bring warmth and texture and precisely make you feel closer to nature!

Again, if the style allows, a rattan armchair could be that element that gives that extra touch to the room!

Don’t underestimate the beauty and properties of stones, too!

Stones are beautiful because of their uniqueness in shape, color, and texture; thus, they can be a valuable decorative element: think, for example, of a beautiful bowl with an array of stones that are all different.

I told you about stones because they also seem to have the ability to make us feel more grounded and more aligned with nature!

(credits: allisajacobs.com; spacejoy.com)


I’ve said it before, a home should be experienced with all the senses, and if we want to feel more connected to nature, we can’t help but try to recreate scents and sounds as well!

Bringing fragrances of nature into the home, such as might be a forest scent, helps lower stress!

In addition, sounds, such as the flow of water, also promote reconnecting with nature!

There are drinking fountains that can also be decorative.

If not, there are also many tracks that pick up the chirping of birds or the waves of the sea, for example, and it might be an idea to have them in the background!

(credits: ArtDigest; aeryliving.com)

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If you feel that your home, or some environment of it, does not reflect you enough, do not wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Today I would like to emphasize again the importance of starting with the furniture project when you have to renovate your home!

I know it’s not the first time you’ve heard me say this, but it’s so paramount that it’s good to bring it up again every once in a while.

The furniture project should be done even when we “simply” have to furnish a home (especially if we are starting from scratch) to really make sure that we get a result that represents us fully.

Where well or poorly the furniture was already there, I can grant to skip this step ONLY if the renovation would involve redoing the bathrooms and, at most, the floor.

That is because we assume material choices will be made based on the style and color palette you already have!

Actually, even here, it would be better to do a minimum of planning to be sure that everything you have (or otherwise want to keep) will fit and can be put in a practical way!


In all other cases, however, it remains sure that it is really essential to start with the furniture project!

The reasons why I insist on this are many, although, in the end, the main reason is only one: that you can have the home of your dreams, a home that can truly represent you!

For this to happen, it is not enough to have a “beautiful” house; it must also be functional!

I open a small parenthesis, in case you have to buy furniture from scratch: when I talk about furniture design, I am talking about a preliminary design.

That is, having an idea of what elements you need to make a functional room with the addition of a moodboard and color palette.

So it’s not that you have to previously know that you’re going to have that specific credenza, for example, but that you would want a credenza well or poorly of that size, shape, and color.

The moodboard and color palette will help you choose materials.

Having specified this, let’s see in detail why to start with the furniture project, whether you already have the furniture or need to buy it!


That is especially if you decide to make structural changes by altering the size of rooms by tearing down and rebuilding some partitions.

By what criteria will you decide (excluding the minimum dimensions imposed by law, of course) the size of new rooms if you have no clear idea of the furniture you want to put there or how to arrange the existing one?

A few inches could make a massive difference in having a comfortable and functional environment from one that is not!

A furniture project will also be able to get you out of the box, if necessary, by perhaps creating unusual room arrangements that might, however, be more functional to your way of being!


How many times have you heard me say that lighting is the most significant part of interior design?

How can you study an authentically functional system without knowing where you will place the furniture?

You will end up studying general lighting and then put sockets more or less everywhere for prudence!

But now imagine that you are lucky enough with a large living room, so large that when you place the furniture, you decide to put the conversation area in the middle, with no element leaning against the wall.

How will you be able to have good lighting in that area?

It will not be possible for you to have any floor or table lamp unless you have ugly, as dangerous, flying wires on the ground!

With a furnishing project done before, you could have had one or more sockets on the floor!

The matter of systems is obviously not limited to the electrical one, think for example, the kitchen:

if you have no idea how you want it, you could decide to leave the connections where they are…

And then maybe find it inconvenient to have, for example, the sink to the right of the burners rather than to the left!

Or you might think you have an island and maybe have the sink or burners on this island.

But how do you decide exactly where to put the connections if you haven’t designed the kitchen?

That applies whether you have to buy a new kitchen or reposition the old one because certainly, some changes will have to be made!


Does this point seem strange to you? Now I’ll explain why you can save time, and even money, by investing time in the furnishing project!

If everything is clear and defined, you’ll be able to choose the best construction company or artisans for the work you have to do. By giving them an accurate project, they will make you targeted estimates and not be dictated only by their experience based on similar works.

That will ensure that, excluding unforeseen events, prices will not change during the work!

Furthermore, there will be no waste of time, having clear everything there is to do!

Even, if you have to buy the furniture (all or in part), knowing what you want precisely, with a quick search, you will be able to choose the furniture store or shops that are right for you, and you will save a lot of time!

Do you see how investing in the furnishing project is an advantage?

Don’t be afraid to play with the plan of the house, print several copies, draw to scale and cut out the furnishing accessories and study different solutions until you find the one that satisfies you the most!

If you have any doubts, or would you prefer help, do not hesitate to contact me!!

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If you feel that your home, or some environment of it, does not reflect you enough, do not wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Living in a dark room, or worse, a house, is not the best and is also not good for our psyche.

What to do when dealing with rooms with low light? Let’s look at some simple tricks to brighten them up!!!


I know it will seem like trivial advice, but dirty glass does not let light penetrate well and will therefore make the room darker.

If the room also had a balcony, you need to pay attention to any plants that could block the light!

(credits: elements.evanto.com)


Strategically placing some mirrors will really make a big difference!

One of the places I recommend is in front of the window because it will double the light and give you the impression of having another window!

It could be one big mirror, but you can also decide to have more than one, perhaps of different sizes and shapes, to give some rhythm too!

(credits: shutterstock; Nodric design)


Another trick to make a room brighter is to use metals!

They can be the door handles, the structure of chairs, coffee tables, and lamps, or the frames of paintings and mirrors!

They are small touches that will help brighten up rooms, thanks to their ability to reflect light!

Of course, unless you have chosen a Glam style, don’t go overboard using these materials!

(credits: thecolourhub.ie; decoholic.org)


Light colors reflect light very well and, therefore, will help a lot in making a room brighter.

Of course, the ultimate reflective color is white, which does not have to be pure white, but can be a warm or even cool white depending on the mood you want to give the house.

However, if you want to use colors, you know that you don’t have to give them up, and you have two options for doing so:

– Use your favorite color by adding a lot of white to make it neutral (and bright)

– Use pastel colors!

(credits: stylemepretty.com; noordenzoet.nl)

That should be done, not only for walls and ceilings but also possibly on larger pieces of furniture.

That doesn’t mean having a total white home if you don’t want it, not least because if not properly designed, having everything white, as well as for neutrals (I’ve talked about it here), could make the environment flat and boring!

So it’s great to add a few touches of color here and there with decorative items such as pictures, pillows, and other objects!

(credits: made.com; casawatkinsliving.com)


The talk of light colors also extends to floor color…

A dark floor does not reflect light and makes the room darker.

If you have a dark floor and can’t or don’t want to change it, use light-colored rugs: it will be a quick and easy way to give it more brightness!

(credits: designdirections.com; cocolapinedesign)


The finish you choose, whether on walls or furniture, will also make a difference!

Matte finishes absorb light, while glossy ones reflect it.

Obviously, it’s not the case to have all the shiny finishes that would make the room look a little, allow me the term, tacky!

Alternate these finishes, preferring perhaps semi-gloss finishes; this will also help give some rhythm and depth!

(credits: furnitureworld.co.uk; behance.net)


It’s something you’ve heard me say countless times now, but in interior design, lighting is really the most vital part!

Then if the room tends to be dark, a good artificial light design will really make a difference.

Therefore, it is essential to have different light sources; the general one is not enough because it would also make the room very flat!

(credits: etsy.com; behance.net)

It will also be paramount to calculate the bulb wattage and color temperature well!

Too powerful and too cold a light will absolutely illuminate everything, but it will make the environment really inhospitable!

Then choose the appropriate lumens for the size of the room and choose as natural a light as possible (around 4000 ), at least for the general lighting.

For the other lights, also use warmer temperatures to create as well some atmosphere!

There are bulbs to which you can change the color temperature; that could be an option!

(If you want to know more about lighting I talk about it here)

(credits: lartedinnovare.it; viverelostile.com)


A bit like what happens with small rooms, heavy furniture will make a room darker because it blocks light and creates strong shadows!

Better to use furniture with a more slender structure, perhaps raised so that some light can pass under them as well!

Using transparent furniture, always without overdoing it so as not to make the room too cold, will also help brighten the room.

(credits: maidenhome.com; joannacolomas.com)


In making a room brighter or not, the placement of furniture will make a big difference too.

For example, it is a good idea to place the lightest furniture, perhaps with the shiniest surfaces, near windows and light sources: their light shape will not block too much light, and their glossy finish will reflect light rays!

(credits: livingroomideas.eu; Sera Michael)


Thick curtains block light, so unless you have privacy issues, use very light and bright curtains!

Do you love the idea of double curtains, especially to give color?

You don’t have to give them up, but avoid blackout shades, use a fabric that is filtering anyway and colors that are not too dark, but most importantly, keep them on the side, so they don’t cover the window!

(credits: kimdeyir.com; evgezmesi.com)

These are small tricks that will help make a room brighter without drastic renovations!

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If you feel that your home, or some environment of it, does not reflect you enough, do not wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Today I would like to talk about designing the perfect bedroom so that it is a super inviting, relaxing, and beautiful room!

The bedroom is the most intimate and personal room, and it is often the one we care for the least because “only I see it anyway”!

Actually, it should be the one we pay the most attention to because it is the one where we drop all our defenses when we go to sleep, so it is the one that should make us feel the best of all!

So let’s look at some suggestions to make the perfect bedroom for you!


Use soothing and cozy colors, colors that can make you feel good.

Recommended colors for the bedroom are shades of green, beige, and light blues, but really any color that you feel is yours will do!

The only caution will be not to use too vivid colors, except as an accent, but try to make it more neutral by adding white if you want light colors or black or gray if you want darker colors.

Doing this will allow you to have your favorite color, making it softer.

As you noticed, I mentioned not only light colors but also dark colors; this is because dark colors make the room more intimate, and therefore, it could really be a good idea for the bedroom!

(credits: lillytaylorinteriors; Pella Hedeby)


In most cases, the bed wall is the focal point of the room, so make it significant for you!

It could be a simple painting that has a special meaning or excites you, or a photo gallery or the display of particular objects; there is no rule: the important thing is that it draws you in and excites you!

Here are some ideas on how to decorate a bed wall.

(credits: bobbyberk.com; Bria Hammel Interiors)


By the right bed, I don’t mean so much the aesthetic part, which certainly has its importance, as much as the bed base and mattress so that you can have a good sleep!

These are two items, especially the mattress, that you really cannot go cheap on!

It is absolutely essential to get the right products that will allow you to get the best rest because only then will you be fresh and relaxed to face the coming day!

The bed frame is an extra, which will undoubtedly be important aesthetically but not functionally.

You might even decide to have only one particular headboard, maybe only designed on the wall on the wall!

(Here you can find some ideas for the bed headboard!)

(credits: amazingbargains.com; @CarleysWorld)


No matter how small the bedroom is, it is really paramount to have something to serve as a countertop next to the bed!

That is for being able to rest the necessities, from an alarm clock to a book or even the phone (although that would be better not to have it near at night)!

If you don’t like classic nightstands, you can use a chair or place a super simple shelf, but it’s really mandatory to have something!

It will also be relevant to pay attention to the height of this tabletop for easy use, which should be at mattress height.

When this is not possible, it should be a little higher, but a maximum of 10cm!

(credits: shoppe.puresaltinteriors.com; royaldesign.se)


When choosing nightstands, you don’t have to feel compelled to buy them the same, perhaps coordinating with the bed and closet.

This choice is often made because symmetry is thought to be visually more beautiful in the bedroom!

Well, NO, it is not mandatory; an asymmetry, on the contrary, if well balanced, could make everything much more interesting!

Also, if there are two of you, you likely have different tastes and, above all, different needs, so one type of nightstand may suit one but not the other!

So don’t worry if there are two different nightstands in terms of shape: the important thing will be that they can perhaps have a commonality like color or material!

If then the two nightstands were also very different as visual weights, you could balance them with lamps, pictures, or, why not, a plant!

(credits: stylebyemilyhenderson.com; modsy.com)


While having multiple lighting points is always very important, in the bedroom even more so: it is essential to have a light near the bed.

It can be a table lamp to rest on the nightstand, a sconce light, or even (and we increasingly see more and more of these) pendant lights.

Some renovation work obviously needs to be done for the latter, but they have a spectacular effect that is truly amazing!

Wall lamps might be more functional where the bedside table top is cramped to avoid “stealing” practicable space for something else!

Another crucial thing in designing the perfect bedroom is the color temperature of the bulbs!

In the bedroom, it is preferable to use warm lights because they remind our brain of the color of the sunset, and this puts us in a position to relax and then sleep better.

(credits: behance.net; target.com)


It may sound silly to you because you definitely have a closet, but it’s essential that the bedroom is really uncluttered!

That is because the disorder creates unconscious discomfort that can also disrupt sleep.

So think about having more storage elements: in addition to the possible dresser, it can be the bed with a box or drawers, but it can also be boxes to put under the bed.

It could be a bench at the foot of the bed or even a simple ottoman.

(credits: Ikea; urbanoutfitters.com)


The bed should only be used for sleeping, so here, to make the room functional, it is relevant to add extra seating.

That can be useful for sitting down when you need to put on socks or shoes or to lay down a dress without precisely touching the bed!

Moreover, as seen in the previous point, the seat could be a container, thus also becoming a multifunctional element!

Not only that, it brings shapes and textures, and this gives some rhythm and movement to the room.

(credits: Pretty-Honeydew;  Homepolish)


The rug, as always, is a controversial element: if you think about it for the living room, it is much more difficult for this to happen in the bedroom!

And I’m not talking about the bedside rugs, which, let’s face it, are kind of sad!

I’m talking about a nice big rug to accommodate the bed, nightstands, and possible bench at the foot of the bed!

That will create an even more intimate sleeping area, but more importantly, it will be functional to avoid resting your feet on the cold floor!

And, again, it will contribute textures and colors, making the room more inviting!

(credits: Kristin DuFour; hartleyhomedesign.com)


The bedroom is the place, 99 out of 100, where you dress and get ready for the day, so it is paramount to have a mirror where you can check that you are in order!

Personally, I really love the mirror resting on the floor, but the important thing is that it is a long mirror in which you can see yourself entirely!

The mirror also doubles the light giving more breadth to the room!

(credits: ideasdonuts.com; nestingwithgrace.com)


Like with the mattress and the bed base, it is important to feel “welcomed” by the bed sheets too!

As with room colors in general, I would advise against colors or patterns that are too strong because they excite and do not help sleep.

Choosing quality bedding that makes you feel a little snuggled and pampered will also be essential!

Therefore, choose good quality cotton or linen.

Of course, there are also satin and silk, and for them, allow me a very small digression: they are great for skin and hair care!

A satin or silk pillowcase will leave your facial skin brighter and the same for your hair by drastically avoiding knots, and for us curly-haired people, for example, it’s a boon!

Having closed this short aesthetic digression, having soft and snug sheets will surely help you sleep better!

(credits: ellos.se; sheetsociety.com)


Don’t settle for putting a simple, albeit beautiful, bedspread on your bed: it would look a bit “incomplete”.

Add some decorative pillows and blankets to the bottom of the bed!

You might think it’s a bother to take everything off in the evening and put it back on in the morning, but this time will be amply rewarded!

Blankets and pillows will give that extra touch to your bed and the whole bedroom, especially if you choose different materials, textures, and colors, creating some contrast.

That will give some movement and character, but most importantly, it will make the bed and room even more inviting and cozy!

(credits: zdesignathome.com; messybits.com)

I hope this article was helpful and you love it; in case, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I will be honored, and it will help me get my name out there.

If you feel that your home, or some environment of it, does not reflect you enough, do not wait any longer and book your consultancy!