Color Psychology to Happiness: Mixing Up Your Color Palette for 2013

Color Psychology: Style Your Room, Design Your Mood

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A Career in Interior Design

A Career in Interior Design

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

If you are artistic, find yourself changing your room around often, or find yourself
analyzing how you could make spaces more functional or more enjoyable, you might be
interested in a career in interior design.

Three major requirements of a good interior designer obviously include artistic aptitude,
but also someone who communicates well and has managerial skills.

A good interior designer will be interested in a vastly wide range of materials used to
furnish a space and understand how texture, color, and light work together. She will have
a good understanding of psychology; not only to utilize how color or shapes affect mood,
but how to position tables and chairs to focus on prominent characteristics. Beyond the
art, a good interior designer will also know about structure, health and safety issues,
building codes, and many other technical aspects.

The ability to present your ideas effectively is imperative, as is the ability to listen
attentively to clients so their needs can be met. That not only goes for the people an
interior designer works for, but who she may work with as architects, contractors, and
others are also involved. Compromise is essential.

An interior designer will also have good managerial skills. Because work on more than
one project at a time with different deadlines is involved, a good interior designer knows
how to manage her time effectively. She also needs to know how to sell those ideas that
mean the most to her with carefully planned proposals and presentations. And once a
good relationship with a client is established, she will maintain it.

Interior designers average between $31,000 and $60,000, but some make dramatically
more or less, and the amount of education needed also varies with as little as two
years to four or more. Some can be self employed while others are employed by large
architecture firms. If you’re interested in pursuing this career, as with any other, research
colleges carefully and consider how many graduates have found employment in their

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Accessorizing on the Cheap; Bedroom Shopping Tips

Accessorizing on the Cheap; Bedroom Shopping Tips

Written by Jane Armbruster, Relate Intern


The other day, I set out on a mission: to find accessories for my bedroom. I needed everything from wall hangings to knickknacks for my furniture surfaces, but where to start? Your bed makes a great focal point, so make it it stand out with fun, colorful pillows and a beautiful headboard. If you are in need of a new bed altogether, click here for a huge selection of beds.

I searched my Rolodex for the establishments I usually hit, and not necessarily household stores. First, I visited my favorite kind of place, what I call “rummage sale stores.” We’ve all shopped them… Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Value Village. It’s mega-cheap shopping for a good cause. But how is it possible to find anything of current decorative value in such a place? It’s possible; you just have to get creative.

I went to my local Value Village and headed straight for the glassware aisle. Trust me, you want to steer clear of the “household” section, which usually stocks tapestries, accent pillows and other junk.

Extra tip: When it comes to fabrics, you’re better off hitting the fabric store and making something of your own.

In glassware, I nabbed some amazing finds – two vintage, glass decanters. Decanters are ornate bottles with matching glass caps, which house liquids. But they now sit on my vanity (makeup table) and resemble enormous perfume bottles. I filled them with tinted water to give a pop of color. I paid $1.50 apiece for the decanters and they stand at 16 inches tall. The pieces provide a wow factor, and for only $3.


Next, I visited my local Catholic Supply, which is exactly what it sounds like – a retail outlet offering Catholic-inspired supplies to the general public. What could I possibly buy there? Candles, of course! If you want tall, thick tapers (a larger-than-life, dramatic look) then there’s no better place than a religious supplier. Not only are the tapers affordable, but also high-quality and long-lasting.

Extra tip: Candles are a cheap way to add that necessary ambiance to your space.

For wall hangings, I shopped around, but nothing affordable caught my eye. Then I had a stroke of genius: to contact some of my artist friends. Every young artist has pieces they’d like to distribute. So that’s exactly what I did; I complimented my friends’ work, and was given pieces I preferred. I voluntarily gave them some compensation (about $20 per work) and adorned my walls with beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces – unframed.

Extra tip: Keeping photos, paintings, sketches and other physical media unframed gives an urban aesthetic to any room, but if you prefer finished and traditional, purchase frames at any discount store.

Scope your favorite locations for attractive accessories, and who knows…YOU could find something truly unique and amazing for your space.