Quick Tips To Declutter Your Home When Your Unexpected Guests Are 30mins Away

So after a busy week, all you were looking forward to was a lazy Sunday morning without getting interrupted by anything or anybody. But not everything goes as planned, right?  As you struggle to get out of bed, the phone rings and it brings both good and bad news for you. Your dearest cousin is in town. His conference postpones by a couple of hours and hence he decides to pay a visit to you and now he is some 15 minutes from your home! You are exhilarated to meet him, but your home is in a complete mess! What would you do?

Much of the happiness on having sudden and unexpected guests over is marred only because your humble abode is not “visitor ready”. In a country which believes in the popular Sanskrit phrase “Atithi Devo Bhava”, it is essential that we have some home décor and declutter tips up our sleeves to rescue us in our hour of need. Mobel and team is here to show you how to make your home more warm and welcoming in minutes. Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we?  

Declutter the Entrance/Porch

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Create a beautiful and welcoming entrance to any home by decluttering the main entrance. Remember the quote, “First impression is the last impression”? Well, the entrance is the first place where a visitor or guests step foot into, so it is essential to set the tone of your space at the very onset. Clean the entrance. If there are any slippers lying scattered, clear them. If there are stray and dried leaves near the entrance, clean it and arrange two chairs outside the main door. This will instantly beautify the porch and make it more welcoming.

 

Quick Fix Your Living Room

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Living room is ideally the first room guests will walk into once they enter your house. So, waste no time and delegate some of the tasks to your siblings, children, spouse or roommate, whoever you share your house with. Get rid of the old & worn out newspapers and magazines, broken items, towels and extra items of clothing tossed on your couch. Shove them away in the storage spaces. Next draw the curtains, straighten the carpet, fluff pillows, arrange the furniture and your living room is all set to welcome your guests.

 Make Your Room Smell Good

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Air fresheners, incense candles or sticks do a great job in giving your home a lovely fresh fragrance.

Clean the Washrooms

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Make sure that the washrooms sparkle. Give the wash basin and commode a quick scrub!  Splash a generous amount of toilet cleaner into the pot, remove used clothes and put them in the laundry bag and don’t forget to put fresh towels for your guests to use. Finally, show off your taste by displaying your toiletries neatly on the shelves.

 Get the Guest Room Ready

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Declutter the guest room by stacking away toys, books or any items which are not required in the room. Add a fresh bedspread to the bed, switch on the bed lamps and liven up your guest room.

 Dress like the Perfect Host

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All this running around and tedious activity will surely make you sweaty. Yet, as the host, you need to look your best before your guests ring the doorbell. Take a quick shower, spray a nice perfume, brush your hair and put a bright smile on your face and you are all set to welcome your unexpected guest.

Cleaning Window Blinds Made Easy

Window blinds are practical and effective solutions to light control and privacy, but cleaning them properly can be a herculean task. Dust easily gathers on blinds just as it settles on an other surface, but with Mobel’s helpful tips and tricks, you can easily take away the stress of cleaning your window blinds.

 Venetian Blinds: The horizontal slats on the Venetian blinds gather dust easily. Because of this, the Venetian blinds can at times be off-putting. In spite of all this, there is an easy solution to the weekly cleaning of the blinds which will take very little of your time. There are two simple ways of getting it done. First, keep the blinds open so that the slats are parallel to each other. Take a piece of an old cloth or a duster and gently wipe across each slat to remove the dust. Second, if your vacuum cleaner has an upholstery tool or attachment, you can use it to gently clean the slats without even opening the blinds. But while doing so make sure that the suction power of the vacuum is turned low so that you accidentally don’t pull the slats out of shape.

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Vertical Blinds: Unlike the Venetian blinds, these window blinds doesn’t require a huge amount of cleaning. For weekly cleaning of the blinds, close the blinds so that all the slats flatten out making the surface uniform for cleaning. You can then easily wipe the flattened slats with a soft cloth or duster. But remember, while doing so don’t exert much force on the blinds lest they bend or break. When you are done cleaning one side, simply flip the blinds rounds and repeat the process.

It is recommended that you go for a deeper cleaning once every year. To do so, simply leave the blinds soaked in mild detergent for 10-15mins and then wash them under running water. Dry them outdoors. That way you can dry the vertical blinds without marking or creasing.

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Roller Blinds: Another kind of blinds which is relatively easier to clean is the Roller blinds. Before picking up that duster, roll the blind all the way down and then gently wipe them using the duster or simply with a piece of cloth. Sometimes you tend to stain your blinds, but you can easily get rid of those stains by dabbing in some gentle liquid detergent on the affected area. Damp a cloth and wash the detergent off. But before doing so, check with your supplier if the type of fabric used for the blind, supports washing liquid.

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Now you know that cleaning window blinds is not that difficult, right? And if you are looking for new window blinds, drop by at Mobel Furniture and browse through a wide variety of beautiful window blinds. Thanks for reading. Come back for more tips, tricks and the latest trends in home decor.

10 Inexpensive and easy home décor hacks

  1. Use your discarded jewelries to make curtain tiebacks for an unconventional look. They instantly add impact and dynamism to already existing curtains and drapes.

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2. Use a permanent marker and sketch a design on a light bulb. Unleash the artist within you and add a bit of quirk to your room. These bulbs look real pretty both when turned on and turned off.

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3. Give a mini makeover to your boring drawers by simply adding a dash of colors on the sides of the drawers. If you want to go an extra mile, let the creative artist within you take the front seat and sketch a beautiful design on the drawers.

 

 

 

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4. Make colorful wind chimes using papers, crimp beads, metal hoop, nylon strings and a glass bead for weight. The only valuable investment here is time. Invest time and get yourself a beautiful and chic wind chime without feeling the pinch on pocket.

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5. Create a beautiful mess by transforming mason jars into stained decorative vase, candle holders, pencil holders, chandeliers, lanterns or planters.

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6.“Small details make big difference”. Use beautiful or funky coasters, unique and interesting desk frames and a small but exquisite crystal vase filled with fresh flowers to spruce up your room’s personality.

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7. Hanging plates on your wall is an inexpensive way to give your room that wow factor. Mix and match flea-market finds, cheap plates from discount stores, monochromatic plates. You can also pick from a wide range of colors and forms to add that extra zing. For a freeform presentation, arrange the plates in a flowing and asymmetric pattern. And if you are a stickler for symmetry, go for the symmetrical plate wall arrangement.

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8. Unused bolts of fabric or old sheets can easily be transformed into window treatments or a new shower curtain. All you need is a sewing machine, a little imagination and a lot of confidence! Did I just remind you of Sound of Music?

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9. Enhance old lampshades by adding hand-stitched accents or by gluing soft muted lace ribbons, scalloped lace trims, flat braided or tasseled fringes along the edges.

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10. Why deal with hammer and nails when you can create your customized picture frames?  Get those creative juices flowing without leaving a blemish behind by saying yes to Washi tapes.

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Once a while, you’re allowed to take shortcuts in life, especially if they make your home pretty. Stay happy, stay fancy!

 

 

 

 

 

Home Décor Inspired by Zodiac Signs (Part – 2)

Do you think it is possible that your path in the stars can impact the way your home décor looks?It’s time that all the Librans, Scorpios, Sagittarians, Capricornians, Aquarians and Pisceans get to know how their style of home décor somewhere reflects their zodiac. Here we go.

Libra: Ruled by Venus, this Air sign is heavily inclined towards all things beautiful. Most Librans are excellent design appreciators. However, in their effort to keep everyone happy, they find it very extremely difficult to say ‘NO’ to anyone, as a result of which, they end up getting stressed.  The personality that strives for a sense of balance and harmony is drawn towards shades of blue, from arctic, teal, sapphire to darker shades like cobalt, azure or navy. When the question of design comes into play, the most closely related theme and form with Libra are the Zen theme and the Oriental lines. Usually this kind of approach implies low seating, cool comfort, neutral lighting and loads of space. And, you are sure to find adorable flowers and high quality Furniture at a Librans humble abode.

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Scorpio: Often associated with the element of mysticism, this intense Water sign has a propensity for arcane Furnishing, décor and design. Bold hues like fiery reds (cornell red, carmine, imperial red), burgundy, maroon and black are hot favorites of the Scorpio. A room featuring these rich pigments and subdued lighting serve the Scorpio well. With rich fabrics like brocade, silk and velvet, the proverbial den of a Scorpio is often deluxe and opulent.

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Sagittarius: Sagittarians are known for their curious and energetic nature. Profound expression and intellectual stimulation are extremely important to Archers, which also reflects in their design and architectural choices. This Fire sign fixed on powerful undercurrents seeks out hues like purple, royal blue, reds, yellows and oranges. Their abode is likely to feature traditional home decor and accessories over ultra-chic and stylish Interiors. Also, exotic rugs, old furniture, fire-places, dim lighting will find favor here.

 

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Capricorn: The Earth signed Capricorns are very conservative in their taste and outlook. When it comes to hues, “earth tones” feature top on their color palette with forest green, slate gray, black and muted gold following next in line. Most Goats are partial towards window display with super-luxurious drapes in exuberant weaves and piled fabrics. When it comes to choice of furnishing; solid furniture, wood and rich leather heirlooms stands tall on their list.

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Aquarius: Broad-minded and creative, the “water bearers” are the real truth-seekers. They have a clear sense of idea and erudite perspective towards everything, which includes both structural as well as designing elements. Freedom of space and Independence are of paramount importance to an Aquarian, hence they prefer spacious houses and neatly separated areas. Their favored color palette includes metallic tints, electric pigments and myriad shades of aqua.

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Pisces: Pisces, the ruler of the depths of the ocean world is a mystical, shadowy and relaxing sign. And that is exactly how they prefer their homes to be, completely ethereal with the colors of the ocean in the décor. Moss green, sky blue, Ocean green finds favor with them.  Because they are extremely attached to their homes, they often take extra care to keep their home organized and clutter free. They prefer their furniture to be light, delicate, comfortable and totally fuss-free. Now that’s what a Piscean loves!

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Home Décor Inspired by Zodiac Signs (Part – 1)

Do you think it is possible that your path in the stars can impact the way your home décor looks? Well, you shouldn’t be surprised when I say, yes it can! I am sure nearly everyone has heard of the zodiac signs- some through the sun-sign astrology columns in the newspapers, others online. However, if there is someone out there reading this blog who needs a simple understanding of what a zodiac sign means, here is our reply. These signs are usually linked to the date of birth of a person and are divided into 12 different signs. Each sign has a different personality trait.

What appeals to the designer within you? Read on to know how your style of décor somewhere reflects your zodiac.

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Aries:- Aries can be described as dynamic, temperamental, passionate and a lover of challenges. The element of Fire is associated with the Aries sign. Owing to this, they are naturally inclined towards “red shades, crimson, scarlet, ruby and fire-engine”. We are of the opinion that a bright red interior with a simple and minimalistic style will be seen in their luxurious abode. This best reflects an Ariens charm and charisma. When it comes to Furniture selection, Aries prefer to go with modular furniture with plenty of storage space.

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Taurus:- Represented by the bull, the sign is drawn toward, “earthy browns, shades of green, pastel colors (blues, pinks, greens), and white.” They are extremely grounded and realistic. Bulls usually prefer to add a touch of warmth and plush to their home by inducing drapes, upholsteries and soft lighting. Interior décor comes naturally to the Bulls.

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Gemini:– Gemini belongs to the group of Air signs. They are known to have a style which is fresh, youthful, and urbane. They are blessed with an active mind and fertile imagination. Latest designs, glass doors, utilitarian furniture and modern art works best reflect their sign. A Geminian’s home is most likely to feature a blend of cheerful, lively and bubbly interiors with a burst of psychedelic colors.

 

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Cancer:- Cancerians love the warmth and coziness of their homes. For someone with this water sign, one can describe them as tenacious, highly imaginative, sympathetic, loyal and persuasive. A Crab’s home is sure to reflect ‘moonlight hues’ such as soft gray, pearl, silvery, milky white, cream.  They truly enjoy basking in soothing whites and calming grays. Antique furniture, old family pictures will find its way in a Crab’s home.

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Leo:- Leo, the magnificent lion tends to set extremely high standards for themselves. When it comes to Interior Décor, the fire sign has a soft corner for the colors of the peak of summer. Hues like “red, sunflower yellow, orange and gold” create the ideal palette for this magnetic sun-sign. Their dwellings have to have a larger-than-life feel to it. High quality art pieces, furnishings, accessories, furniture etc. is of prime importance for a Leo.

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Virgo:- Quite fastidious in their choice and a born perfectionist, Virgos have an excellent sense of space planning, and can manage with ease even the tiniest of the spaces. They are always prepared with admirable storage ideas, and the minute they run out of it- they find some more! This, however, doesn’t mean that their house is full of random pieces of furniture. The hues associated with this earth sign are luckily quite luxuriant, offering lots of room to play in spaces. From plain “white” to “muted natural colors like indigo, soft primary colors (blues, greens, yellows), forest green, beige, wheat field golden,” Virgo has the more natural looks all wrapped up.

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Curious to know more about the remaining 6 zodiac signs? Stay tuned for Part 2!

Top 5 Colour Trends of 2015

Colours speak many languages. Sometimes it speaks the language of warmth, somewhere else, of calmness, of peace. In a home, it is the backdrop against which you set up your entire stage. It is which gives you the essence of a room, the feeling per se. Palettes in a colour scheme interact with each other and blends uniquely to create the atmosphere of a particular space.

In simpler words, colours can make or break your home. And if you are having a hard time choosing the right colour for your home and are confused amidst the varied hues and palettes, you are the right place! Mobel Furniture brings to you the Top 5 Colour Trends of 2015 so that you can transform your home from good to glam!

Mediterranean Blue:– One of the trending colours this season is the Mediterranean blue, the fabulously rich palette that one sees in all the panoramic Greek towns along the sea…the windows and doors at Mykonos, the church roofs of Santorini. Also known commonly as the Greek blue nowadays, its one of the hottest colours of the year that looks lovely when paired with shades such as white, pink or gray.

 

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Olive Green:- Another hue trending this season is the Olive Green that’s creating a splash in the Bedroom and kitchen spaces, mainly on kitchen cabinets. A warm tone, this shade reflects an organic fresh feel and is neutral enough to be paired with almost any other vibrant colour.

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Gray:- Gray tops the list as the most popular neutral colour of 2015. Soft gray walls paired with contrasted white or light gray ceilings and deep charcoal furniture or deep red accents are the flavour of this season.

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Warm Tones:- Warm and muddy hues such as rust, aubergine, dusty oranges, saffron, etc feature on this year’s top trending shades. Used cleverly with a splash of a bright colour on top can give that glam quotient to your living space!

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Bold Pairings :- Another trending style is to mix classic colours with a bold and unexpected shade to create a unique and vibrant colour scheme. So classic white and black paired with a bright red or blue and greens paired with splashes of citrus orange hues are examples of the same.

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