Birthday Journals

Written by Doreene Clement

Birthday Journals By Doreene Clement

Last year, as I turned 50, (FIVE-OOOH!!!), I decided to give myself a birthday party. Part ofrepparttar party was to have a birthday journal, or diary. (I used my book The 5 Year Journal for two reasons -- #1. I had a lot of copies, and #2. The 5 Year Journal is dated) I asked my friends to pick a date telling me why they chose that date, and then write whatever they felt like writing.

Afterrepparttar 145584 journal was passed aroundrepparttar 145585 party, I then carried it with me and had more friends sign throughoutrepparttar 145586 year. I have now decided that this is my decade journal and it will come with me, and both my old and new friends will become a part of it from age 50 to 60 years old. Then I'll start again, because a birthday journal is now part of my birthday celebration.

Another part of my birthday journal was writing a yearly birthday wish for myself. My wish last year was: To be healthy, wealthy, wise, happy, peaceful. This year my wish for myself is: To stop, to look and to listen, while staying as quiet as possible. Atrepparttar 145587 time of my birthday I also write a birthday wish for different friends, andrepparttar 145588 world.

Furniture Placement Secrets

Written by BatSheva Vaknin

Furniture Placement Secrets By BatSheva Vaknin

The easiest and most inexpensive way to invigoraterepparttar design of your living room is to rearrangerepparttar 145583 furniture items you already own. Furniture placement can be a daunting task, no matter how big or smallrepparttar 145584 room. If you are someone who always figured furniture placement would be better left to professional interior designers, fret no more. These tips will help you embracerepparttar 145585 task of balancing your sofa with your coffee table or armchair, and allow you to create peace and harmony amongst all your furniture.

Location, location, location A room must be balanced. Specifically,repparttar 145586 furniture in every room should be placed in a way that is pleasing torepparttar 145587 eye and easy to maneuver around. If allrepparttar 145588 heavy furniture pieces like sofas, armchairs, entertainment centers and bookshelves are loaded on one side ofrepparttar 145589 room, a room can feel like a sinking ship.

Onrepparttar 145590 other hand, if you spread your furniture aroundrepparttar 145591 room haphazardly, a room can feel cluttered even when it is relatively empty. Think aboutrepparttar 145592 size of your living room in relation torepparttar 145593 amount of furniture you have.

You can anchorrepparttar 145594 room by situating a large entertainment center against one wall, and then arrange all seating comfortably around that anchor. Or, anchor your sofa against a wall, add a small side table or a coffee table in front for convenience, and voilá! Your room is balanced.

Sofa Secrets Using your sofa as an anchor, or asrepparttar 145595 focal point for your living room can be an effective furniture placement tool. However, modular sofas, or sofas with many components, can be too heavy an anchor, tippingrepparttar 145596 balance ofrepparttar 145597 room with its bulkiness. A creative solution to this problem can be found in breaking uprepparttar 145598 pieces ofrepparttar 145599 sofa.

Placerepparttar 145600 largest sofa piece againstrepparttar 145601 longest wall ofrepparttar 145602 room, thenrepparttar 145603 smaller sections onrepparttar 145604 opposite side. If you haverepparttar 145605 smaller sections ofrepparttar 145606 modular sofa facerepparttar 145607 long sofa at an angle, you will avoid that boring, boxy look that comes with having all furniture pieces pressed with their backs straight against a wall.

A fresh alternative to placing your sofa againstrepparttar 145608 longest wall is to bringrepparttar 145609 sofa out, away fromrepparttar 145610 wall. If you prefer this look and feel for your sofa placement, allow at least two and a half to three feet betweenrepparttar 145611 sofa andrepparttar 145612 wall for comfortable walking space. Less space is needed between chairs and a sofa, but always keep in mind walking patterns.

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