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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party #87


The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party | City of Creative Dreams

Welcome to The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party - this is a weekly party where bloggers and readers can be inspired by creative, informational and fun posts from tons of blogs around the web. You will find yummy recipes, awesome creative projects and more. It is also a great way to meet and mingle with bloggers you find here. Best of all, the posts you share at this link party will be shown on different blogs each month! Can you say “Show me the Traffic!”

We are so glad to have everyone (new visitors and returning party goers) joining us this week. This wouldn't be a party without you. Let's dive into this party and see what you have been up too! 

Guess what! This spot right here could be yours. You now have the chance to guest host for the month. No long commitment, share your blog with others and an easy peasy party. Send a email to cityofcreativedreams@hotmail.com if your interested.



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6 Fresh Kitchen Lighting Ideas For Building A Sparkly Kitchen


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

6 Fresh Kitchen Lighting Ideas For Building A Sparkly Kitchen


6 Fresh Kitchen Lighting Ideas For Building A Sparkly Kitchen | City of Creative Dreams

Kitchens are always one of the best rooms when it comes to stunning interior design. There are so many different elements you can play around with to create the perfect kitchen. A central component of all great kitchens is the lighting. You can do so much with the lighting in this room, and the effects you can create are marvelous.

So, we thought it would be a fun idea to look at six of the best and most trendy kitchen lighting ideas to help you build a kitchen that shines brightest.

LED Strips
Using LED strips in your kitchen is a great idea to add some interesting light effects to your cabinets and counters. What you should do is install them in the gap between your work surfaces and kitchen units. When turned on, they’ll produce a marvelous strip of bright light that goes all the way around your kitchen work surface. It creates a wonderful floating effect between the counter and cabinets, making it look like your work surfaces are constantly hovering. However, the effect is best seen when the rest of the kitchen lights are turned off. Then, you see the brilliant bright line all around, caused by your LED kitchen lights, it’s incredibly futuristic and gives your kitchen a real modern look and feel. Perfect if you’re after a contemporary design for your new kitchen.

Metallic Light Fixtures
Another great idea is to turn your attention to your light fixtures, light shades - call them what you will! Give your kitchen a bit of a metallic touch with metal fixtures that are highly reflective. Use copper ones, silver ones, gold ones; any ones that you like, just make sure they fit the design of the rest of your kitchen. The benefit of using these is that they create a magnificent shiny effect that no other fixtures can replicate. When the lights are turned on, the fixtures almost glow like there’s a fire burning inside them. It’s beautiful, and you get the added benefit of light fixtures that look great even when the lights aren’t turned on. Metallic fixtures are very visually pleasing and will ensure your kitchen looks good throughout the day.


Lights Above Work Areas
One of our favorite lighting ideas is to install some lights right above your work areas. To do this, you should install them underneath any cabinets or units that are above your work areas. You can use small circular LED lights or a long bar light that runs all the way underneath a cabinet. Either way, you’re still creating the same effect. These lights will light up your work areas, giving you more light to enjoy while you prepare meals. But, aside from the practical benefits, they mainly make your kitchen light up and look much better. You can turn these on while your main lights are on to illuminate the room and make everything stand out clearly. Or, keep them turned on when the main lights are off, and they give a wonderful dim lit effect that’s comforting and homely. The great thing is, you can hide these lights with panels that hand below the cabinets, which only helps to add to their discreet effect. Plus, use dimmable bulbs and you can improve the effect these lights have on your kitchen. They’ll help set the mood incredibly well, and the atmosphere will become unbelievably cozy. For the most homely and warm effect, combine these dimmed lights with a few candles.

Statement Lighting
Next, turn your attention to the main light in your kitchen. If you’re feeling fancy and want to be quite flashy and bold, then you should consider statement lighting. We feel as though the kitchen is the perfect place to make a statement with your lighting, as there are so many designs that will work. You could consider clustering lights together in the middle of your ceiling to provide bright lighting and great visuals. Or, one of our favorite ideas is using a chandelier. It will grab people's attention, and certainly makes your kitchen shine. You can get classic chandelier lights as well as modern ones to suit any type of kitchen design.

Dining Area Lighting
If your kitchen also includes a table or breakfast bar where your family eats, then it poses another opportunity for some great lighting. Install some lights above your dining area and make sure they only illuminate the table/breakfast bar. The effect you’re going for is something that brightens up the area that you eat, almost like a ray of sun is beaming down through your roof. When you turn all the other lights off in your kitchen, the dining area should be the only part not encased by shadows. To add to this, you could ensure the lighting is dimmable! This will help you create the most amazing mood lighting in your kitchen when eating dinner, it’s perfect for date night!


Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is a brilliant way to highlight some of the best design features of your kitchen. Do you have a gorgeous kitchen unit that needs its time in the spotlight? Is your cooker one of the standout features of this room? With small LED lights you can draw attention to your best features and create a wonderful look. The lights are small and circular, usually placed above the feature in question. Brilliant whether dark or light!

Give all six of these lighting ideas a go if you want to do something different in your kitchen. They’re all designed to help your kitchen stand out more and embellish its best features. You’ll be amazed at what a difference good lighting can make to your kitchen. It can take it from being a drab and boring room to something you’ll almost never want to leave. Your whole family will start bringing sleeping bags in there and spending the night in the kitchen because it looks so great! Regardless of whether you’re building a new kitchen or restyling your current one, always pay attention to the different lighting ideas you can use.

Guest post courtesy of Amy Webb.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LIVE LOVE LIFE LATELY


LIVE LOVE LIFE LATELY | City of Creative Dreams

Hello everyone! I don't put up too many pictures of my myself but I felt very inspired to do so. Created my own mini photo shoot which was fun! I used to do this a lot when I was younger, turning my bedroom into a photo studio and becoming the photographer with a simple count down on the camera. I also didn't have a tripod like I do now, boy does things change. The only thing missing was so music.

Other than that, my week had some health scares that I am figuring it out, work, work and more work and spending time with my little man, of course. One of my guilty pleasures are these PC Ginger cookie chips. I was totally the one who was against this idea but man am I am a fool because I can't stop eating it! A simple thin cookie is genius! Honest, 100% my opinion, you have to try a cookie chip... anyone will do!






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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to Transform Wood Lips and Glasses Photo Props


Ready to party? I think not...  you haven't gotten your party photo props! This is the trend for parties everywhere to have a photo booth with fun and awesome props for anything from weddings to big events. Pictures last forever so why not add some sparkle to your photo with cute props. Most out there are paper ones that you throw away once and never really have to look at again or it wears and tears after a while. The ones I bought is wood, I got it on a buy one get one free offer at Micheals Craft Store.


I love this idea of having wood versions because it lasts a lot longer than paper ones. I personally don't think the party has to stop with this one set of props, you never know when you will need it again. I obviously love the blank slate you get with these wood ones because you can do anything you want to bring it to life. Here is what I did with mine:


For the lips, I choose the simple lip style. I really focused on this one the most because it is really a great canvas to create. Plus come on, I couldn't say no to these lips!


Color wise, I thought going red would be too classic so I went with something different, something you do not see every day in your typical photo prop. Rose gold anyone? I used Deco Art Dazzling Metallic Rose Gold craft paint with standard regular kids paint brush.



Once dry it will look like this!


I could have left it as if, but where would the fun be in that! I took out a black thin tip marker and began to lightly outline the lips. This way it will show up in the photos even bolder.


Next, I started from the middle and worked with the curve of the lips to give it that extra pop of character. It wouldn't be lips without a crease.



As for the glasses, I keep it very simple that way the lips would really shine in the photos. I choose Deco Art Dazzling Metallics Silver to give the glasses a well-needed shine.



It really doesn't take long to transform these. I had this done in less than 10 minutes. You can truly make it your own when it is a blank slate to play with. It's perfect since no two parties are ever the same, you can save money simply by getting wood photo props and paints.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Trends in Swimming Pool Design for 2017

Trends in Swimming Pool Design for 2017 | City of Creative Dream

People have always used swimming pools the same way, but that doesn’t mean the technology and design behind pools should also stay the same. New technologies concerning the building, design, and shape of pools are constantly emerging. Science has advanced and it will continue to advance as long as people enjoy good and innovative swimming pools. Here are some trends in swimming pool design for 2017. Take a look.

Knife-edge pools
This type of pool is similar to an infinity pool, but a knife-edge pool has a sharp end over which the water flows and creates a disappearing-edge illusion. This type of pool has slots and pumps that collect the water that overflows and bring it back into the pool. This way, you get a continuous flow that creates a never-ending effect. If you’re going for luxury, this is what you should choose, especially if you have a beautiful view to enjoy from your pool.

Beach entries and tanning ledges
If you have kids who like to spend time in the pool, then you should consider adding a beach entry and a shallow end to your pool. You can mimic a gradual entry into the ocean with a sloped pool floor. This is good for your kids because there will be no more sudden dives into the deep end. Another good thing you can add is tanning ledges. If you miss those vacation days near the ocean with cooling water splashing over your body and sun gently keeping you warm, then tanning ledges are just for you. With those features, you can recreate the ocean experience of lying in the shallows while enjoying the sun. You will enjoy relaxing on them, and your kids will love playing there.

Water features
Water features are a rising trend amongst pool owners. Owners ask to have rocks and cascades incorporated into their pools because they look idyllic and harmonious. People choose to have fountains, water walls and especially waterfalls that are relaxing and create a spa-like atmosphere.

Different pool shapes
Lagoon shapes that have been popular for the last 10-15 years are slowly getting out of fashion. Now people decide to get new pool shapes such as rectangular pools with clean and straight lines that go well with modern and minimalistic backyards. Still, kidney shaped pools are going strong because they seem to fit into most of the spaces and backyard designs.

Small pools 
Today, houses are getting bigger while yards are getting smaller, so many people choose to have small but functional plunge pools. For this reason, enormous pools are becoming things of the past and small pools are taking over the scene. Plunge fiberglass pools can fit any backyard and make it look stylish and luxurious. With them, you can turn any corner of your yard into an oasis of peace and relaxation. You will not be able to do laps in them, but they are perfect if you’re looking to have a place to relax after a hard day of work. They are also more affordable and easier to maintain than regular pools.

Technology integration 
With our busy way of life, more and more people choose to have technology integrated into their pools, which provides an easy way of controlling and maintaining pools. Now you can have your pool connected with your smartphone so you can control lighting, pumps, temperature and cleaning equipment wherever you are. This saves a lot of time and is handy and easy to use.
Now that you know new trends and must-have design features, you can turn your backyard into a luxury relaxation oasis fit both for adults and kids who like to splash around and relax in the water.


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Guest post courtesy of Diana Smith.


Hi, I am Diana Smith. I am a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in home decor and latest DIY projects. On my free time, I enjoy exercising and preparing healthy meals for my family. Follow me on Twitter and Google+

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party #86


The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party | City of Creative Dreams

Welcome to The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party - this is a weekly party where bloggers and readers can be inspired by creative, informational and fun posts from tons of blogs around the web. You will find yummy recipes, awesome creative projects and more. It is also a great way to meet and mingle with bloggers you find here. Best of all, the posts you share at this link party will be shown on different blogs each month! Can you say “Show me the Traffic!”

We are so glad to have everyone (new visitors and returning party goers) joining us this week. This wouldn't be a party without you. Let's dive into this party and see what you have been up too! 

Guess what! This spot right here could be yours. You now have the chance to guest host for the month. No long commitment, share your blog with others and an easy peasy party. Send a email to cityofcreativedreams@hotmail.com if your interested.

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