I sourced an oval shaped picture frame

Focal point décor is intended to accent a particular feature – a corner you either want to stand out or hide, a particular wall or window or even a particular picture. It is amazingly easy to hide an ugly feature by creating a focal point in that area because you are dragging the eye away from the ugly feature you are attempting to hide – you eye will naturally be drawn towards the focal point ideas. That being said, how do you create a focal point and what works best? Would the same focal point ideas work as well generically, or would you need to adapt those focal point ideas according to each individual home? The answer, generally, is both are correct.One particular idea that is frequently used as a focal point is fabric. Curtains can be draped just as well over a wall as they can over a window. In my spare bedroom I have fitted white units above the bed, with fitted bedside tables either side of the bed. Behind the bed is an expanse of wall.

I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with this wall when I first looked at the room – partly because the blinds at the window are cherry red and I am loathe to replace them because firstly, they look right in that room and, secondly, they were made to measure for that window and were quite expensive. More to the point – I like them. So, I decided to paint all the walls in the bedroom a matt silver grey as it is light and is neutral. I sourced an oval shaped picture frame and fitted a poster picture inside of a young girl in Edwardian costume.I took down a very expensive pair of curtains from the lounge. These curtains are deep red and pale pink, old-fashioned roses on an ivory background with an integral valance at the top of the curtains, edged in deep burgundy.

With these curtains washed, I had a feature wooden curtain pole placed as close to the base of the wall units in the spare bedroom as I could and then I draped these re-cycled Socket head cap screws burgundy and cream curtains from this wooden curtain pole and tied each curtain back into the wall recess with a heavy tie-back.These curtains were my focal point for that room and framed the oval-shaped picture, on a matt silver wall. Directly opposite this wall was the window framed with the cherry red blinds. On the other two walls I placed small pictures and, on the floor, a deep pile grey carpet. The effect was sumptuous – and the cost? Well, apart from the cost of the paint and the carpet, very little: just the purchase of the new curtains for downstairs, which cost me $13.65 per pair of curtains. The carpet cost less than $164. The paint cost $34. The room was exquisite and looked as if I had spent a fortune on it.

Flush cut the extra wire or cord to the crimp

Buying jewellery from a retailer can be expensive and also it may be difficult to find the exact piece that you want.The easy way to solve this problem and save you some money is by making your own jewellery that you will love, creating the exact style, shape and cut that you want.As well as saving you money, it can also be a great way to tap into your creative side and could be a great way to take the stress out of present buying as creating jewellery for friends and family couldn’t be easier. If you are feeling especially adventurous, designing your own jewellery could be a great way to earn some extra cash, or to start a fully operational business of your own.The first thing that you will need is your materials to make sure you are prepared. To make beaded jewellery you will need the following; beads, 2 tubular-shaped or circular crimp beds, spring ring clasp, wire or cord for threading the beads, scissors or wire cutters, tweezers and a bead board.

If you haven’t got a bead board then you can use any work space that is free from clutter.You can purchase all the above from any good jewellery making supplies shop, probably the best place is online. You will need all of the equipment to ensure your jewellery is the best quality can be.The next thing to do is decide on a design, choose something simple if you are a beginner then as you get more confident go for something a bit more creative.Next thing to do is place your beads on the bead board in the desired length then align the cord alongside it, leaving 2-3 inches of wire or cord extra at each end.Once you have done this, attach the crimp beads to the wire or cord by taking one end of the cord and passing it through one crimp bead.

Then take the same end of the cord and pass it through the crimp bead to create a small loop that the clasp will hook onto later.Then, place the crimp bead in one of the oval-shaped slots of the crimping piles and compress the pliers firmly. Now turn the crimp bead over on its side and place it in the other slot of the crimp pliers (the one closest to its nose). Once again, compress the handles of the pliers firmly so that the crimp bead will assume a rounded shape.Flush cut the extra wire or cord to the crimp bead, or keep a little extra length to thread a few beads to hide the exposed wire or cord.That’s the hardest part over, to make your jewellery take shape, thread the beads from the other end of the cord then attach the spring clasp buy inserting the end of the cord.You are nearly done, finally either cut the end of the cord or hide it using a few beads.So there you have a beautiful new piece of jewellery that has cost you a lot less than what you would buy in the shops.