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San Diego Comic-Con goes down this month on July 21-24. Like a Charger’s or Padre’s game, Comic-Con can cause San Diego to get all riled up in the participation spirit. People flock from all over the country to dress up in their favorite costumes, attend seminars, and meet their favorite actors. What many don’t realize is that this grand event has become an epicenter of artistic creativity and handiwork, as many participants make or build their own costumes, props, and sets.

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5 Easy Ways to Increase Space in Your San Diego Residence

No matter what the home layout or floor plan, one thing’s for sure- everyone could use some extra space in their home. Whether it’s in the living room, bedrooms, or even the dining room, the feeling of spaciousness is always welcomed. It can help make the place more comfortable, and can help you be more productive and at the same time more relaxed.

There are several easy steps you can take to create more space in your home. Check out these fun and easy ways to increase space inside the house:

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3 San Diego Museums to Visit for Artistic Inspiration

Art museums can be a source of inspiration for home decor and design. Even seeing different fabric and clothing patterns alone can provide ideas around the home (for instance, with window treatments). Visiting a museum and viewing some displays is an excellent, out-of-the-box way to receive inspiration and to get into an “artistic state of mind for your next project. There are many San Diego museums to visit in the area—here are 3 of our favorites.

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7 Easy-To-Make DIY Flower Projects

7 Easy-To-Make DIY Flower Projects

April showers bring May flowers—both outdoors and indoors!

May is the opportune time to put together some awesome flower-themed decorations for your home. As mentioned in our previous blog post, flowers can be a mainstay for spring decor. Get creative with these DIY flower projects that you can put together in no time.

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Fresh Spring Decor Ideas to Beautify Your Home

April showers bring May flowers—and along with them, heaps of innovation and inspiration!

Spring is one of the best seasons to get the creative juices flowing and let your imagination run wild. Warmer weather, fresh air, and blossoming flowers provide the inspiration for your own unique spring decor and designs. Read on and learn some tricks for spring decorating this year:

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Fun and Amazing DIY Earth Day Projects

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This year, Earth Day is on Friday, April 22. Earth Day is a special day that is set aside to celebrate environmental protection and to increase awareness of various issues affecting the planet’s health. It is one of the most “active” holidays, in that many people choose to perform various acts which contribute towards the betterment of the environment. For instance, classic activities include planting a tree or biking to work instead of driving.

Here are a few great DIY earth day projects that you can do to help decorate your home and increase awareness for guests and visitors. Most of these Earth Day projects feature eco-friendly materials, and can easily be recycled or repurposed after their use.

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5 Super Easy DIY Stair Decor Projects

5 Super Easy DIY Stair Decor Projects

In many houses, the staircase is immediately visible as soon as you walk through the front door. Unlike the attic or the backyard, not a day goes by when we don’t pass by the stairwell.

As you can see, it’s important to give this area of the home the attention and creativity it deserves—particularly if you’re attempting to sell or stage a home. Here are five super easy stair decor projects that you can do yourself!

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Hallways can be “forgotten” areas of the house when it comes to home decor and home staging.

However, they are very important to the presentation of the house, as they’re connected with the layout and flow of the floor space. Also, hallways tend to be regarded as common areas, and they can actually get more traffic than any other area of the home.

Read on for some easy but impactful hallway decor tips that will create a more inviting space.

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6 Simple and Functional Valentine's Day Decorations

Valentine’s Day can be one of the funnest events to decorate for. This is a time where you can really express how you feel through the decor that you choose. Rather than just haphazardly throwing around red and hearts everywhere, it helps to create a few attention-grabbing projects that are also functional.

Try out these 6 simple Valentine’s Day decorations to add some fun and life to the room. These are low-cost and can be assembled quickly in time for the big day.

1) Floating Heart Backdrop

Hang some floating heart strings from the ceiling to create a Valentine’s Day backdrop. You can dedicate this backdrop area for couple’s pictures. Take things a step further and provide a few simple props for an instant photo booth. These can include red hats, Cupid’s bow and arrow, heart wands (of course), and wacky glasses. It also makes an excellent backdrop for dancing.

2) Message in a Frame

This one’s easy—just print or draw out a simple message, such as “You’re the Best” or “I Love You”, and hang it in a picture frame. If your Valentine’s Day party has a theme, this is a great way reinforce the night’s theme, such as “Dancing the Night Away” or “Lover’s Paradise.” Song lyrics work particularly well for this project as well, especially if the two of you have your own “special song.”

3) Centerpiece Jars

Jars seem to be all the rage no matter what the occasion. For Valentine’s Day, decorate any jars you have lying around with hearts, twine, paper doilies, paint—whatever you feel like! You can use these as centerpieces for your party and customize them with personalized messages. Also, what would Valentine’s Day be without candy? Fill the jars with small candies or lollipops, and they can instantly double as party favors for your guests to take home.

4) Valentine’s Love Letter Mail Pouch

This one’s great for the kids: Sew together some felt fabric to create Valentine’s love letter mail pouches. Hang them from chairs or on the wall so the kids can have a place to store all of their chocolate, candy and telegrams they receive at school. You can personalize them by name, and customize them by shape, such as a heart. For adults, you can surprise your loved ones by placing them in a car already filled with goodies and a love note.

5) Convo Cupcakes

Remember those little colorful heart candies with the messages on them? The ones that say, “Be Mine,” “You’re Sweet,” “Hug Me,” etc.? Recreate those using cupcakes for decorations that are fun and also delicious. Simply place little flags with messages in them in your chocolate or red velvet cupcakes. The flags can easily be made with lollipop sticks and label makers.

6) Paper Doily Garland

Spruce up the room with romantic paper doily garlands. All you have to do is fold some paper doilies in half, place a red heart in the middle, and attach them to streamers or other threads of your choice. This works especially well in conjunction with other decor ideas to create a border or outline. Like many of these ideas, you can also decorate these with Valentine’s-themed words.

As you can see, it’s easy to create Valentine’s Day decor that’s attractive as well as functional. If you’re looking for more comprehensive interior changes, you might need an update to your furniture. We have complete furniture rental packages, as well as various home staging options. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental and start choosing furniture and design options that you’ll absolutely love.

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The ceiling and airspace above can be one of the most overlooked aspects of room decor. It’s one of those subtle factors that can be easily missed; yet, when done properly, it can really round out the feeling and theme for the entire room.

The ceiling is similar to flooring in that it covers the entire span of the whole room; however, it’s not as immediately obvious. Thus, it’s important not to overdo it—ceiling decor should serve to accentuate the room rather than distract. Here are some suggestions for quick and easy ceiling decorations that you can implement in no time.

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are great for adding a touch of warm light to the room. This works especially well for situations that call for low-lighting, such as a casual dinner, an intimate dance setting, or an open-mic event. White or off-white lanterns can create a feeling of ethereal spaciousness, while pastel lanterns can add a touch of festivity. The best part is that these are usually cheap and can be replaced or changed without much hassle.

Drapings

These have become very popular for formal events like weddings, cotillions, and balls. When hung from the middle of the room, it feels like you’re inside a breezy tent or beneath a canopy. Experiment with different drape colors and lighting effects behind the drapings to create different moods.

Mini Chandeliers

Full-sized chandeliers can sometimes be gaudy and intrusive. This is less-than-ideal for smaller spaces and rooms. Instead, opt for a mini-chandelier. This is a practical way to enjoy the formality of a chandelier while maintaining a feel of space and openness above. This is especially good for dining areas where a large table is already occupying much of the vertical room space.

Hanging Fans

Similar to paper lanterns, hanging tissue fans are a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the ceiling area. They provide some movement and look really nice when a slight draft or breeze travels through the room. They’re also excellent for nurseries and children’s rooms, as they can provide visual stimulation for babies and toddlers. These can also be changed or removed at a moment’s whim when needed. Try making your own with paper plates or other materials.

Compass Rose

A compass rose is the the figure on a compass or map that is used to display the four cardinal directions. Sometimes called the “Rose of the Winds” or a windrose, this figure can be used in many ways on the ceiling. It works particularly well for a nautical-themed room, such as a nursery or a reading/hobby room. The image conjures up feelings of old-fashioned travel, exploration, and adventure.

You can make the rose functional (i.e., actually lined up with north/south, etc.), so you always know the directions in your home. If the room isn’t exactly lined up, you can also just line it up with the corners or walls. Also, you don’t always need to label it—you can keep it a discreetly painted image, or expand it to look like a highly decorative motif piece.

Ceiling decorations can really tie an entire room together due to the abundance of space involved. It’s an easy way to add some detail in a subtle yet effective manner. For more extensive decor and furnishing ideas, you may wish to explore furniture rental options. Furniture rental has quickly become established as an exciting and efficient option for interior design. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for complete rental packages or to check out individual items.

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