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New Blog!

I have created a new blog with Typepad.  It’s entitled Deaf Busy Bee’s Blog.  Enjoy reading this new blog.  : )

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I have been thinking since last Friday. It is something that I need to learn and to work on. It is something that I need to build up my skill.

It’s organizing! I am reading Organizing from the Inside Out written by Julie Morgenstern. That book gives some kind of systems for organizing home, office, and personal life. That book also help and guide readers to identify based on what made them to have some kinds of blockages from their abilities to organize their homes, offices, and their lives.

It is true that some people are impressed with me that I have been prepared for some events such as picnic and activities. I bring some books, toys, extra clothes for my son. I also bring some food just in case. Actually I am not that organized at home.

It is something I really need to work on. My hope is that acquiring skill in organizing that brings me serenity with clear mind by knowing which tasks that I need to accomplish. So, it is a thrill that I get to read this book!

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Simple Makeovers

I did a couple simple makeovers in the foyer and in the laundry room. It did not cost me anything. I was reading a blog, which I don’t remember which one. Anyway, it gave me an idea of what I can do to make a simple makeover in the foyer.

Since I moved in my home in February 2002, I put one of my grandmother’s antique wooden tables in the foyer. Every time I get mails, I tend to put a pile of mails and put them on that wooden table. Sometimes I get too busy and I neglected these mails and junk except bills. It sometimes get worse by increasing pile. Sometimes Nolan would play around in the house and he would hit a pile of mails and papers on that table. It looks more of a clutter in the foyer. Of course it is embarrassing when I happen to have visitors coming in the house and they see that clutter.

So, it was time for a change. I decided that from now on when I get mails, I get to put them on the desk in the tray in the kitchen. And I also need to look through and put them in the recycling weaved basket. So, I put that antique table downstairs in one of the guest bedroom.

Finally I placed an antique floral elegant chair in the corner in the foyer. That way Nolan and guests can easily sit on that chair and either put shoes on or remove before they enter in the house. Of course sometimes Nolan’s backpack is put on that chair. And it is ready to go on the next day in the morning when his school bus arrives. Isn’t that convenient?

And this morning I vacuumed in the laundry room on the floor, partially in the dryer, and up in the ceiling. Guess what I saw? I saw a few webs and 5 or 6 very thin spiders with long legs up in the corner on the ceilings. Wow. I must be really busy going back and forth through the laundry room to the garage. I did not bother to look up in the ceiling that there were actually spiders lurking! It was around time that I cleaned the ceiling especially on the vent above.

Speaking of a simple makeover, I had a ivy with roses on a rug runner, which was left in the foyer. I somehow decided to put it in the laundry room. It is going to be nice to have a runner in that room especially when we get home from different places outside. That pattern and color does not match with an antique elegant chair, which I placed in the foyer. That was the reason why I decided to put that rug runner in the laundry room.

How nice to be able to do these simple makeovers at no cost. Still I have some more work to do in my abode.

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Interior Home Design Style Quiz

I took a quiz via Homegoods this morning to identify which style that fits with me based on which style I should have in my home. Here is the result:

Dina Marie, you are an Earthy Casual

You’re interested in creating a welcoming home where people feel comfortable and happiness flourishes. You appreciate the warmth and individuality of natural materials and handcrafted things and are inspired by colors and forms from nature. You love mixing up different textures and are sensitive to the tactile qualities of objects. Your style is grounded and solid, not flighty or frilly. And you are never taken in by the trend of the moment.

You value comfort. Your home is a warm and open friendly place, and you feel happiest when everyone is cared for and relaxed in your space. Elements like pillows, throws, overstuffed furniture, and good lighting set the mood. You may also enjoy layering different fabrics or mixing patterns to create a cozy effect.

Here is the challenge that I have in my home. Also, it has a few suggestions for me to improve the appearance of my interior home, which states below:

Putting Your Style to Work!
With your style and needs in mind, here are a few tips that will help you make your home a little happier.

1. Your Design Challenge: ORGANIZE The front hall sets the mood for your entire home. Consider how to accommodate all the room’s functions as beautifully as possible. At the very least you need a console, and if you’re short on storage, consider a dresser. Outfit the surface with nice trays and bowls for mail, keys and sunglasses. Keep a trash can for immediately tossing the junk mail. Closet-door or wall hooks encourage coat and bag hanging rather than dumping. If you have children, try to give each a basket in the closet for hats and gloves. It’s nice to have a chair or bench for changing shoes, a mirror for last-minute lipstick checks, and a lamp or sconces for warm light.

2. Your Happy Place The more serene your bedroom feels, the happier you will be. A pretty coverlet over a big duvet makes the bed look smooth—and not all duvet-lumpy! And, a blanket folded at the foot of the bed breaks up the big expanse of fabric. Euro shams—those big square pillows—are great for reading in bed, and a few decorative pillows can also be a nice touch. Consider adding a basket or a small occasional table near your bedside table for books, papers, lotions, linen spray or whatever you’d like.

3. Be Party-Ready All the Time! Food: Devote space in your pantry or on a shelf for go-to party essentials: crackers, dip, chips, nuts—whatever you like to serve. Keep on hand a collection of attractive bowls and cocktail napkins, and you’ll be able to set a spread—instantly!

Drink: The simplest and chicest thing is to have a drinks tray or table always set up. Include a mix of pretty glasses, an ice bucket, a lovely pitcher, and bottles of soda and water. When the bell rings, just add ice and limes.

Mood: Nice, flattering light makes us feel good. So nix the harsh, direct light from overhead fixtures in favor of the softer glow from floor and table lamps. Also, keep some votive candles and a couple of hurricane lanterns for setting around the room.

Scent: The first thing you notice about a home is how it smells. Use naturally fragrant cleaning products. If you find a scented candle or fresh potpourri you love, stock up on it. Any scent you like, whether perfume or linen spray, can be used on upholstery, bedding or just spritzed into the air.

Putting Color to Use!
You are probably not one to go in for crazy color, and you may want to keep things fairly neutral and sophisticated overall. But try selecting a duo or trio of colors that work well together, and introduce one or more of them into your curtains, wall color or rugs. This will tie the overall palette together in a coherent way. You could even incorporate your color palette in smaller doses, like in your tablecloths, cushions, throws, or bedspreads, for example.

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