COOL IDEAS FOR SUMMER STYLE HOME DECOR

Warm sunny days and nature in full bloom, just make you want to give your home, a vibrant makeover…don’t they? Here are some ideas to add some zing and freshness to your interior decor!

The oodles of natural light in summer, is a blessing. Let your rooms be flooded with it for a positive vibe.

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Dull, plain walls are a complete no no. Nature based wall art can magically transform any room. See what we have: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-floral-stickerhttp://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-tree-sticker

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 Ombre wall panels or paintings in calming shades will look good too.

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You can use light, flowing curtains with bright, floral patterns to create a breezy look!

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In a room which is primarily white, adding pops of vivid colors will give it a lively appearance. Like a brilliant blue rug or lovely red sofas.

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Summer is the ideal time to decorate your house with greens. They can be succulents, ferns, herbs, flowers or even fruits! You can never go wrong with a touch of nature…

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You can also consider arranging some leafy greens in a large shell…the effect is unique.

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Floral centerpiece is a wonderful idea for dining tables or coffee tables. Use real or artificial flowers, anything that is easy for you to maintain. See what we have: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-tigerlilyhttp://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-artificial-orchids

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Don’t ignore your kitchen. With a little tweaking, it can be a fun place in summer! Get crockery in multiple, bold and bright colors. Get trays and plates with patterns of flowers, fruits or veggies!

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Place-mats made from rope or jute looks good and are Eco-friendly. Choose table linen with simple and smart patterns.

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Think different when it comes to home decor. Floating candles and fresh flowers in a  shallow bottomed vessel, is not just for special occasions. They can make every summer evening charming!

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A candle lit dinner in the evening can seem more exclusive with this easy to make candle holders. Just partly fill some glasses or vases with sand and shells. Then stick in a few tall candles!

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Photo courtesies: Uberlyfe, Decoist, HGTV, Martha Stewart

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28 SUNNY IDEAS FOR BEACH THEMED DECOR!

28 SUNNY IDEAS FOR BEACH THEMED DECOR!

Imagine that your life is like a long vacation by the sea. White sands, sun, cool blue waves, cry of gulls and soul soothing breeze! But life is not like that right? So let’s see how we can bring the beach home…

Paint your room in soothing hues of blue. Broad horizontal stripes are very much in. Or opt for an all white room with natural tone cane or wooden furniture. Avoid any other color for maximum effect.

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Now think of furnishing. Incorporate blue in curtains, drapes, rugs, bedding depending on your choice.

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For those who love being surrounded by marine life, you can choose quilts or cushions with motifs of shells, crab, starfish and more!

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Framed art that celebrates marine life is also a wonderful idea for your walls. Check out our beach themed photo frames too: http://tinyurl.com/beach-photo-frames

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Did you know, how creative you can get with the headboard of your bed? Check out the one with the oars and the cushioned headboard with sailboat pattern in a teenager’s room! Also, don’t miss the sailor boy bedside lamps!

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Artifacts like different kinds of corals or quaint models of sailboats can make you “feel at sea”. Instead of several separate show pieces, you can also go for a single large item that adds to the nautical miles…

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A smart way of creating beach side serenity is adorning an entire wall of the room with enlarged digital prints like below. These can create the illusion of lazing by the sea, very effectively!

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Mirrors can be used intelligently to showcase elements of the sea. See the one which has an arty frame made of dead branches. Or the one with a white frame and white crabs surrounding it…

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For those who love fishing, just a large fish on the wall will look nice. In the second bedroom, note how the decor is slightly rustic in nature. We suggest you stick to using few colors and simple designs in such rooms.

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Love sailing? Why not use ship wheels, life buoys and such to express your love for the cool waters?

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We just loved this room! Notice how the shelf in the corner, is shaped like half a boat!

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Surfboards have other uses, other than riding on waves. Put them on your wall or use it as a coffee table!

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If you like abstract art and want to show your beach-lust subtly, get ideas from this room. Super stylish!

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And this one just blew away our mind! A little boy’s room with a ship inspired reading nest, complete with ladder. Pure fun!

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Photo Courtesy: Babble, My Home Ideas, Country Living, Houzz, HGTV, Nalno Design, Digs Digs, Linking Flowers, Taller de Glori, Xplore Design

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PRECIOUS JEWELRY

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Whether you bought that gorgeous pair of earrings yourself, or were gifted that sparkling bracelet by a loved one or were passed on the famous necklace your family has owned over years…jewelry has always been close to a woman’s heart! So it’s good to care for them so that they can be cherished for generations…here’s how:

Tips for wearing jewelry:

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1) Never wear jewelry while performing tasks like house cleaning, cooking, gardening to avoid damage from chemicals, sweat etc.

2) Apply makeup before wearing jewelry to ensure minimum exposure to chemicals in perfume, sprays, lotions and cosmetics

3) Never wear jewelry in swimming pools or spas, to avoid reaction with chlorine water which can cause discoloration or permanent damage.

4) Never wear jewelry during any form of contact sports to prevent physical damage.

Tips for cleaning jewelry:

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1) Remove any ornament before bathing because soap can make it appear dull over time.

2) Professional jewelry polishing cloths or svelte is best for cleaning jewelry. Tissues or paper towels might cause scratches.

3) Regular cleaning is ideal. Remember that alcohol solution can do wonders but bleach is a disaster! Use warm water while cleaning.

4) If jewelry is damaged or broken, don’t clean it before repair…the problem might worsen.

5) Since prevention is always better than cure, regularly check your ornaments for loose stones or any kind of damage.

Tips for jewelry repair: 

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1) Try to prevent any damage as much as possible to keep costly repairs away. Regular inspection helps!

2) Before trusting a jeweler with the repair, check for reviews and referrals of their work.

3) Be careful when the jeweler quotes a price for the repair. They should ideally have a standard price for a particular repair.

4) Learn exactly how the repair is going to be done.The procedure should be explained to you clearly so that you know, it will be done correctly.

5) While picking up a repaired piece, ensure that it has been done as requested and there are no flaws. Also the item should be perfectly cleaned and polished.

Storing and organizing jewelry: 

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1) The best way to keep your jewelry safe is to organize them neatly in a jewelry box. At Uberlyfe we have a host of boxes to suit myriad needs…compact, travel friendly ones, large spacious ones for use at home and even locker sized ones for the bank!! Available in different styles, colors and designs, they are simply awesome for all your “precious” requirements. All boxes are made from premium MDF with leatherette outside and velvet inside.

Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-jewelrybox 

2)  To prevent tarnishing of ornaments, keep anti-tarnish strips in the organizers to absorb oxidants!

3) Maintaining a detailed description, value and photograph of each jewelry piece is very useful in any unfortunate lost or stolen situation.

4) Always use an organizer while travelling with jewelry to prevent any damage or misplacement.

Photo courtesy: Why of Fashion, Indian Roots, Maipearls

GIFT IDEAS FOR A HAPPY DIWALI!!

The festival of lights brings all our loved ones together…it’s a time to spread happiness and optimism! But it is also an occasion where we rack our brains over the nuances of the home decor, the Puja, the delicacies to be prepared and specially the gifts we want for family and friends. But we think there’s no reason to lose sleep, over the “joy of giving”…when we have such fabulous ideas up our sleeves 🙂

Our Aroma Tea Light Potpourri set is perfect when it comes to creating a charming, fragrant atmosphere in your home. It comprises of 1 big potpourri bowl surrounded with 5 tea light candle holders for some “perfumed lighting”. You can create any arrangement of your choice on the circular wooden holder that we provide with this!

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Our elegant and chic stainless steel tea light candle holder set comprises of 3 holders in different sizes. They stand out, courtesy their beautiful finishing and robust build. These are available in a chrome finished look and Austrian crystal studded look..

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Our “Lazy Bowl” dry fruit serving set is a really useful gift for any festive occasion or party. It comes with a “cherry wood finish” turntable, where the premium stainless steel bowls can be conveniently positioned for easy access by your guests! The bowls have highly polished exteriors and matte finish interiors. So you will just need to rotate the turn table and pick what you want…serving nuts, dry fruits, snacks or nibbles becomes classy and smart!!

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The Puja Thali sets that we have for you are simply wonderful means of expression, when it comes to wishing luck and prosperity to your near and dear ones! They come with mini bowls, bell, Agarbatti stand, Puja Samagri kit … everything in a gorgeous packaging. The plate included in our Ganesh Ji Puja Thali set has Lord Ganesha’s silhouette artistically engraved on it. They are an awesome addition for any Mandir!

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A beautiful idol of Lord Ganesha or Goddess Lakshmi will always remain an auspicious and heartwarming gift.

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Dry fruits and chocolates… beautifully gift wrapped, can never fail to spread good cheer! Good to know…macaroons are gaining immense popularity in recent times..

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Even those among us who are crazy about diets and fitness feel helpless before those myriad mouth watering sweets without which Diwali is incomplete. So gift a gastronomically exciting collection of sweets to a health freak friend…and watch him melt 🙂

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Have a very Happy Diwali!!

Photo credit: Uberlyfe, India Times, Pinterest 

9 MUST SEE TRENDS IN BEDROOM DECOR

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, your haven…where you want to be yourself without worrying about how others will judge you! We think it’s a great place to experiment with different creative ways of decoration. You can choose a look that will reflect your taste, personality or dreams 🙂

Here are some great trends that are garnering popularity this year:

Floral wall decal or sticker is a great way to instantly get a fresh, lovely look. Especially, a large piece of art looks elegant where everything else is designed in a simple way. More ideas here: http://tinyurl.com/musg86s

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Combination of shades of gray, white and black always look classic. Take a look at this room …an indoor plant or an ornate chandelier can just add that luxurious but homely touch to this sophisticated bedroom!

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If you love the rooms in luxury hotels, you can get that look as shown below. Works best if your bedroom is large. Note the kind of furnishing and lighting used, to replicate the look. Soft lights, huge beds, extravagant headboards, large windows will enhance the feel.

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Ethnic prints specially Moroccan has been offering universal appeal for some time. These unique designs are easy to incorporate in curtains, rugs, cushions, bedspreads or any upholstery covering. See how this room combines the “flavors” of Africa with a brick finish wall.

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Green and yellow shades when used in combination with white or black, can create interesting looks. While mild shades of green can exude a tranquil feel, yellow has the power to cheer you up in a second. If you love bright or neon shades, just remember to use them in small doses for the right effect.

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Using natural materials like wood, metal, stone or brick is very much in this year. Like in this room ,thick planks of wood act as wall decor behind the bed, The irregularly shaped rug lends an eccentric look!

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Tartan is a pattern which is excellent for a rough, rustic yet comfortable bedroom. With an old world charm, it’s easy to use for pillows, bed covers, curtains or other furnishing. Coupled with a wooden wall, it looks gorgeous!

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Blue never goes out of fashion and is a safe bet too. Soft pastel blue, navy blue, bright blue and even electric shades look stylish and work together beautifully.

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Finally, never underestimate the power of white…very few things are as magically peaceful as an all white bedroom. An old fashioned four poster will make it look all the more quaint!

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Most importantly, no matter what the trend is, a decor idea that reflects what you are and makes you long for your “nest” is all you need to be happy 🙂

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10 “ROCKING” CHILD ROCKERS!!

It doesn’t need to be emphasized that a rocker is almost a must in every nursery…it’s fun, motivates activity and a great pastime! But what most of us probably don’t know is, there are really cool designs out there which kids can’t help but love 🙂

The stringed swaying seat of this rocker, lends a minimalist and quirky look…

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This rocking sheep is not only engaging for tiny tots, it’s soft and cuddly too!

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A rocker painted in the colors of the rainbow is pretty educational.

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It is not just a whimsical little rocker, when you turn it over, it becomes a cool race-car!

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Having your own pet rabbit to go on a wild ride is obviously appealing to any kid.

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This one is really creative and a great way to get used to life’s fast lane!

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For those children who have highly original thoughts or are extremely imaginative…this “monster” rocker is a must. Let the adventure begin!

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The rocking frog made from bamboo is both entertaining and environment friendly.

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These rockers have been inspired by a creature from Star Wars! No doubt they look so exotic…

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Why does it always have to be a horse? Why not these woolly, silky soft sheep? This way, no matter how long the ride, the seat will always be comfy!

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Now all this “rocking” makes us want to go back to our childhood 🙂 Do you feel the same way?

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7 UNIQUE SHELVING IDEAS!

A shelf is the first thing that pops in mind when you think of storage…but why only stick to the tried and tested types? Here we will show you 7 completely out of the box designs for shelves which will make you go “wow”!

This is a real Jaguar with its heavier parts removed and set up against the wall to act as a shelf!

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This one is an interesting compilation of “crosses”…easy to get done too.

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This fold out shelf is actually a mural painting, sectioned into multiple panels. Just a simple mechanism can convert it into a storage unit from wall decor. Incredible!

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If you think pipes are just functional and can’t be a thing of beauty, think again…this space saving shelf cum coat rack looks super cool despite its simplicity.

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This shelving unit uses taut cables fixed on a wooden frame, to hold books, magazines, clothes and so on…won’t be able to support very heavy items though.

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This wall unit celebrates the beauty of “differences”…and we love the space created for the guitar 🙂

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“Hole in the floor”…sums up the idea behind these unusually designed shelves which look as if their bottoms have been sliced off!

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So now it’s time for you to “feed us back”! Let us know which one you liked the most and why…also we would love if you share your ideas and inspirations with us 🙂

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