January 04, 2016
Renting – with approximately 35% of Americans now deciding that home ownership is not the preferred option for them, renting is big business. Providing a myriad of properties of all shapes and sizes, the image of home rental is changing for the better, often providing an affordable and flexible alternative to the constraints of owning your own four walls.
But along with all the positives, it is fair to say that renting can ultimately come with the drawback of being limited to what you can, and can’t do with the interior and exterior of your rental accommodation. Landlords often want to stick to neutral paint color palettes, easy to maintain flooring and plain furniture in order to make their property appeal to a wide market. However, with a bit of creative flair, and without a huge budget, you can easily transform your rental property into your dream home without upsetting anyone in the process.
Art with a heart
Wall art not only personalizes your living space, but can also create an image that is aspirational, can bring back warm memories and can also instantly add a contemporary feel. The paint on the wall may lack color but wall art can transform a room with a burst of color and personality. Even better for renters, pictures can be hung on a simple hook which the vast majority of landlords will not object to.
Nobody ever said that art can only be a painting, so make it personal with a quirky sign that brings your very own personality into your rental space.
Signs with a positive vibe make a rental property feel more like home and enhance a neutral wall color.
It is likely that your rental property will come with minimalistic lighting options that are not designed to be statement pieces, but by adding your own selection of table lamps, floor lights, lanterns and even candles, you can lighten up your living space, and mood, whilst creating a warm and friendly ambience.
Choose lighting that enhances your living space by being that piece that demands attention and is a real statement, as that increases the feeling of the property feeling like your own and not rented.
From the ultra-modern, to the quirky, to even the fashionable reclaimed, your choice of furniture is a simple and affordable way of adding your design style to your rental property.
Even if your property is ready furnished, ask your landlord if any unused or unwanted furniture can go in to storage so you can move your stylish alternatives in.
Choose classic pieces that can go with you when you next move with the ability to fit in to any color scheme.
Sometimes the very simplest of items can make the biggest style impact so trust your design instincts.
December 18, 2015
If you are short on time, but still want to update or refresh your home or living space, try some of these great DIY projects that can be done over a weekend.
If you have a busy entryway or hall, organizing it can make a huge difference in its appearance.
A well-organized back or front entry help you maintain your household order and spiff up the appearance of your living space. Start with a bench which can serve as a focal point and a place to put on shoes and boots. Add some individual cubbies underneath or overhead and each family member has their own spot to store gloves, scarves, and other personal items. Place a boot tray underneath to collect all the mud and drips. Add a washable rug to help soften the effect. If you want, you can even paint the area in a pretty color that lends the space its own personality.
Spruce Up The Front Door
One of the best ways to improve the appearance of your home is to enhance the curb appeal. There is no need to change out the front door unless you want to make that investment. You can simply paint it an eye-catching colour and add some new lights and porch accessories. Modern drop lighting adds personality while a simple vinyl adhesive can add a house number that appears to be etched into the glass. Add a new brass knocker and some pretty planters for a hint of colour. Place a pretty welcome mat with colours that pull it all together in front of the door.
Rehabilitate Old Chairs
If you want a fun, quirky new bench, take three old chairs and turn them into something special. Scour thrift shops and flea markets for old chairs that are still sturdy, but which may have rotted or missing seats. Choose chairs with some character and which are all the same height. Take off the chair backs and set them aside. If there are arms, remove these as well. Save all screws. Line the chairs up in a line, side-by-side leaving a few inches of space in between. Measure the length from the first chair to the last and then add four inches. Measure the depth of the seat. Next, cut a piece of wood to those dimensions. It is recommended to use wood at least 1 1/4 inch thick. Mitre or sand the edges and then stain or paint the plank.
Allow the plank to completely dry and then place it on the three chairs. Center it and mark where the screw holes line up on the chairs. Drill holes where the plank is marked and put the plank back on the chairs and align the holes. Trace all the way around the chair leg or dowel. Drill a hole about 1/2 inch deep where you marked the dowel. Do not drill all the way through the plank. Apply wood glue to the chair dowels and then press the plank down onto the dowels. It should fit tightly. Screw the back of the plank onto the chairs. Place a weight on top of the plank until the glue is dry, usually overnight.
Redo The Porch
A porch can be the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon or even take a nap. Turn your porch into an open-air extension of your living space with these great updates. This can be accomplished with no painting or hammering, just a few well-chosen and placed accessories can make a huge difference.
Hang curtains on a wall-mounted, weather-resistant rod. Choose curtains which can take changes in temperature and weather. It is a good idea to use machine-washable curtains. This provides a sense of privacy for your porch. If you already have a swing, add a pretty cushion for a hint of colour and then throw pillows as accents. Add a small, durable table, either in iron or vinyl. A few pretty citronella candles in bamboo holders will not only add light but will also help fend off insects. Place a chair or two for added seating. Make sure the chairs on made from weatherproof material. To pull the area altogether, add an all-weather area rug.
Add Cabinets In The Dining Room
One of the easiest ways to add storage space is to build extra cabinets. If you do not want to take the time to build new cabinets, try using a corner cabinet in your dining room. Simply choose an unoccupied corner and paint or stain an unfinished wood corner cabinet. Either attach it to the walls or simply push it into the corner. If you paint it the same colour as your dining room walls, the cabinet will appear to be part of the original house.
Update Your Sink
Take off old faucets and add new, larger or modern to your bathroom sink. Replace your bathroom vanity with a new one or for a modern touch, remove the vanity all together and place a free-standing sink on top of a cabinet. Add a pretty mirror to make the room seem larger. Consider having a piece of mirror glass cut to fit a vintage frame. For a kitchen sink, change out a dated faucet for a new bridge faucet.
Organise Your Closet
One great weekend project is to install closet organisers. Take an inventory of the clothing you have and decide what must be kept in the closet and what can be stored. Then decide what needs to be hung, folded, and placed on shelving. Most home improvement stores sell closet organising systems that can be customised to meet your individual needs.
If you have a plain vanilla stairway, use it to display favourite paintings or pictures. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint. If the stairs are carpeted, consider removing the carpet and refinishing or painting the steps. After all the paint dries, hanging lamps can help add brightness and provide light on the gallery. Once the walls and steps are painted and dried, hang paintings or pictures in sets to create the gallery effect.
These are several easy DIY weekend projects. Each can update and refresh your living space, adding comfort and style to your home.
November 29, 2015
If there is one thing that Carafina knows how to do, it has to be how to add character to your home. Whether you are looking to completely overhaul the entire house or perhaps just add some finishing touches; we are on hand to help you with your interior design inspiration.
We have some great ideas how; with very little money you can really improve the look and feel of your home.
Add old-fashioned collectibles
Visit local flea markets, antique shops and online stores that offer a variety of vintage items at affordable prices. Collect vintage door handles and knobs for your kitchen and other rooms throughout your home. Make every door an entry to your style capturing a moment from your favourite era. Make someone else's heirloom your newest treasured find.
Shine some light with updated lighting
You might not realise it but the right lighting can not only make a room look bigger but it can also be used to make the most of a feature point. Vintage lights can also accent rooms and integrate into new fixtures creating a new look.
Use uplighters next to the main focal part of your room, such as a fireplace or perhaps a feature wall, this will draw attention to it and keep the eye away from other areas that you may want to hide away.
A lick of paint can work wonders
Painting doesn’t always mean that you need to paint the entire house; instead you could just concentrate on the rooms, or walls that really need it.
Feature walls are really great ways to brighten up a room and best of all they mean that you don’t need to paint the other walls. The key is picking a bright and vibrant colour that contrasts against the other walls in the room creating a fresh new look.
If you don’t fancy painting a wall then you can use wall art instead to bring a splash of colour and texture to the room. Framed pictures are ideal for neutral decorated rooms or for those spaces that feel compact, a mirror can be used to give the illusion of space.
Shelves are for more than just storage
Shelves can offer up an alternative to wall art; not just for storage, shelves can be placed around the room so that you can display your ornaments, trinkets and random items for all to see.
Transform kitchen cabinets
Kitchen renovations can be costly, especially if you need to replace the cabinets; so if money is tight then why not just give your current cabinets a bit of facelift using paint.
Darker colours work great in kitchen home decor especially those that are accessorised with chrome appliances and gadgets.
Open new doors with new doorknobs
Another way to bring some life to cabinets and even doors is to buy new doorknobs. Doorknobs come in a variety of different shapes, materials and sizes and can really breathe new life into a tired looking door.
Turn a wall into a something more
Who said that storage had to be hidden away? Not us! Why not turn a wall in your home into a storage display space. Whatever you want to pop on display; shoes, books or even just your collection of action figures, by adding shelves or perhaps cutting a recess in a wall you can pop these up for everyone to see.
Don’t forget the garden
Outdoor living is just as important as home furnishings. So don’t forget to pay attention to the yard when giving your home a touch up. One great way to do this is to update the lighting in the garden; solar lights are the perfect idea for this as they do not require you to install electronics thanks to them being powered by the sun during the day, ready to light up for you at night.
Rugs are more than alright!
Rugs are often ignored items of home furnishings, but the truth is that they can add colour, texture, warmth and style to your room with real ease.
If you have wooden floor then a rug will help to make the room feel warmer and if you are not such a great fan of your carpet then they can also disguise that too!
November 27, 2015
Fashions may come and go, but generational trends are something quite different.
A way of dressing which becomes prevalent during the formative 12-24 years of age, generational trends last anything from 15 years to a lifetime, creating the desire for certain accessories and items of clothing which will remain constant.
The millennials, also often referred to as Generation Y, are those born between 1980 and 1995 and the first ones to really grow up comfortable with the integration of technology and the new world of media, never batting an eyelid.
Their dress sense is generally described as eclectic yet collective, and despite their yearning for individuality, the same “uniform” which pervades every generation is evident in their attire.
Here’s a look at some of the key items you’ll find in any millennial’s wardrobe.
One of the standout features for the Millennial style is the sense of individuality. Although there may be certain trends which appeal to many, this crowd aren’t keen on being a walking advertisement to any given brand.
This has caused considerable disquiet amongst a number of the big brand retailers who historically relied on their customers being seen to wear their labels with pride.
Generation Y crave something different; the chance to put together their own outfits in a way which they perceive as being unique, despite similarities to what their friends may be wearing. A label is no longer a badge of honour, but something to be minimised and where possible, eliminated.
This innocuous little shirt has become a fashion staple for the millennial guy, the must-have wardrobe item which works equally as well in the office as at a festival.
The beauty about a Henley is that it can be worn on its own, or even better can be layered up to achieve an uber-cool look with a twist of personal style.
Henley shirts have become very popular with Millennials
Slipping a Henley on over a T-shirt is one of the most popular ways to rock this item of clothing, and is practical too. If you need to switch effortlessly from daytime professional to evening relaxation, a Henley over a shirt, topped with a jacket is ideal for the office but when it’s time to hit the town, shrug off the top layer, roll up the sleeves and you’ve got a look that hits the right mark.
Bags for men
Equality comes in all shapes and sizes, and right now, it’s all about the Millennial men asserting their right to carry a bag without sacrificing their macho pride.
A leather crossover bag is the essential Generation Y accessory, somehow adding to the sense of rugged manliness rather than detracting from it. However, the modern incarnation of crossover leather bags aren’t the same fabric designs seen around in the noughties – they’ve grown up.
Think of the same basic crossover style but rather being large and voluminous in the same ilk as a pizza delivery boy style, shrink the dimensions down. Think streamlined, classic and more discreet…and most definitely made of leather.
One word of warning, if you’re thinking of giving this look a try, don’t forget to get the strap length right. Any lower than your hip and you’ll find it bouncing uncomfortably around leaving you looking more Royal Mail than regal elegance.
There are few people who don’t have at least one comfy pair of jeans in the wardrobe but there’s been a growing trend to skip past denim, moving swiftly from smarter attire to what’s often referred to as “athleisure”.
Denim is no longer universally popular, and has seen a decline among older generations and teens. However, among Millennials, denim is still hot news and remains one of the key looks which define the group.
One of the most attractive features about denim is that it can be worn with real individuality, hooking into one of the most fundamental requirements about being a millennial: the drive to be different.
No longer content with being a production line clone, millennials are looking for the denim which appeals to them – even if this is a vintage find from a thrift shop. Dressed up or dressed down, denim is popular with the entire age bracket within the millennials and it’s this portion of the population who are helping to keep sales of jeans alive.
The good old beanie hat may have been around forever but for many Millennials, it’s an almost compulsory part of their wardrobe.
Easy to wear and convenient, it not only hides a multitude of hair sins, it also provides an instant dash or urban appeal to a look.
Millennials love the beanie look
Don’t be tempted to buy cheap; itchy wool will scratch your scalp and make it impossible to wear. A good beanie is soft, supple and warm – think of a gentle hug to your head and you’ve got the idea.
Millennial style summary
Although like any other kind of generational trend there’s key themes, millennials like to try and remain as individual as possible. Crossover bags, beanie hats and Henley shirts are all items that you’ll find in every wardrobe but there’s no guarantee how the user will wear them. For a little bit of Generation Y swagger yourself, don’t be afraid to buy those items that everyone is wearing but make the look your own with a unique twist. You’ll soon wonder why you ever dressed any other way.
July 04, 2015
If you need some recommendations for summer dresses , then you came to the right place. Do you know that there are several kinds of summer dresses which you can choose. For example, the Shift. This kind of sleeveless dress is very versatile and also could be used for any kind of season. While most of them are untailored at the waist, the design itself usually very straight and streamlined so you still would be able to look very polished while wearing it to a formal event.
This kind of dress is the best choice for anyone who wants to be able to hide their tummy or even their hips. If you want to use this kind of dress, then you can use it together with chandelier earrings , T-strap heels, and also an envelope clutch. If you want something more general, then you can use maxi dress. This summer dress comes in a very wide variety of colors and patterns.
March 14, 2015
Every person has a different idea of what an ideal home decor looks like. Do love a sleek modern look with a lot of brightness from white colours to bring a sunny and sleek look to your home? Or do you prefer the old style look of hardwood, oak furniture, with the bookcases and end tables to match? There are many different choices out there when it comes to getting the look you want, but if you want to see what's possible, one of the first places to go to customise your home is Carafina.
Based out of California, Carafina takes pride in being eclectic, in believing it's okay to like something because it's "cool" or "speaks to you" instead of needing every single thing to match a particular interior design. We see nothing wrong with the comfort and style of a black faux leather ergonomically friendly office chair to go with that family heirloom solid oak desk you have in a home office.
Why go with conventional sets of patio furniture when you can look at a Morocco style patio chair? It is the type of furniture that gives off its own unique flair. So what if it doesn't match perfectly with that other set of four - neither does a king's throne but that certainly doesn't take away from it!
Carafina also does a great job of focusing on rooms that too often get overlooked or seen as just sort of a holding place. Do you have a baby or are you expecting a new arrival to the family soon? This can be an opportunity to put a unique stamp on the room.
The Dark Espresso Baby Changing Table with Storage Doors not only provides the perfect little spot for diaper changes but also still manages to be stylish with the perfect blend of black against white. The drawers and style are nice enough that even after you're long past the point of bringing new babies into the house, you will still be able to use it as a small end table or storage for a sewing room, office, or bedroom.
Bamboo storage baskets add a very nice touch to any kitchen while providing the always at a premium storage space that's needed. If you like things a little more rustic, there are also some great high-quality corn husk netting baskets from Carafina that will bring back memories of childhood for anyone who grew up in the country or on a farm.
Add in a frosted glass wall cabinet to add that extra little bit of stylish country and your kitchen will have a homey and unique feel no matter how urban or lifeless it had seemed before. Why settle for a cookie-cutter interior when you can spruce up your home decor with a lot more from Carafina?
Don't pigeonhole yourself into just one option. Take a look at what our company has to offer and enjoy your own eclectic style.
November 01, 2014
CARAFINA®, one of the most recommended retailers of furniture, home decor, and men and women’s fashion has today announced they will be offering huge discounts to celebrate Black Friday. The sale will be available for new and existing holiday shoppers on 25 November 2015.
The company, which was founded in 2008, has become known for their fabulous jewelry products for both men and women. They provide top quality and unique jewelry that would make a perfect present for both men and women for special occasions or everyday wear. As well as their range of fashion items for men and women, they also sell home décor products that can transform any living space. All these products will be available at discounted prices this Black Friday, making holiday shopping even more attractive.
CARAFINA® (http://www.carafina.com) has become the retailer of choice for men and women who want to look great on any occasion. With their top brand fashion products for clothing and accessories and their exclusive designs, men and women can feel like a celebrity any day of the week.
Black Friday will be the perfect time for new male customers to experience the fashion accessories available at CARAFINA® and for existing customers to purchase their favorite brands at much lower prices. Accessories for men available include Bomber Redwood Polarized Sunglasses, Dylan Compact Trifold Leather Wallet with ID Window, and top quality cufflinks that will make any shirt stand out.
There are also lots of accessories available for women to treat themselves, which include: Amanda Gold Clutch, which is a must sort after Leather clutch with wrap around strap. Closes with a snap closure and contrast lining. Also available is the Bomber Redwood Polarized Sunglasses, the perfect product for a woman to wear to look like she is on the London Fashion week catwalk.
Mari Lavin, CEO, CARAFINA® said, “We always make sure we provide top quality products at the best prices. However this Black Friday will allow holiday shoppers to get even better deals and to see why we have become one of the most recommended retailers for home decor and fashion products that stand out.”
Quality is more important than quantity to CARAFINA®, and that is why they carefully select each and every single product they sell. They want to make sure they provide their customers with best products from fashion to home decor for the best prices without comprising on quality, giving their customers a wonderful shopping experience.
For more information about CARAFINA® and to shop the entire collection this Black Friday, please visit the website: http://www.carafina.com
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July 03, 2014
Home is far more than the place where you simply lay your head; it’s your island of tranquility, an oasis of serene beauty away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Your home decor is, therefore, something very precious, a way of expressing your individuality and creating the perfect place where you can escape from the rest of the world.
But browsing through the high street shops you may quickly realise that there’s a monotony which means that it’s almost impossible to find anything truly unique, let alone luxurious too.
If you’re tired of the tedious, discontented with the dull and thoroughly bored of the banal, it’s about time you discovered another brand that offers beauty refined, every time: Carafina.
Carafina sprang into creation as a jewelry making family firm back in 2008 where its classic, clean designs were much in demand.
This line of luxury jewelry that offered quality with a distinctively modern twist soon began to spread the name of Carafina, and it was only a matter of time before the small firm branched out into other areas.
Fringe Necklace in Gold or Silver available from Carafina
Leather goods, contemporary clothing for both men and women and home decor were soon added to the label where their passion for individual design and high quality soon made them sought after in every field they entered.
The brand grew and grew, with clothing collections that were undefinable and home decor that offered the ability to turn even the most Bijoux abode into a palace.
But the company never forgot its roots, with the name Carafina coming from the family, an intimate term of endearment in Spanish continuing to spread love and beautiful design all over.
Based in California
Carafina is now based in California, where it offers some of the most sublime designs to homeowners who want to look as stylish as their property.
Their range of products is eclectic and diverse, with unique items that are quite simply unlike anything else you might find.
A garden storage bench available from Carafina
Private label items for those with exquisite taste, Carafina is all about contemporary quality that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.
Unlike other brands, Carafina has beautifully refined items for both men and women, complementing home decor that is truly special. No matter whom you are, if you want to break out from the crowd, Carafina can offer you whatever it is you’ve been searching for. Welcome home…
Environmentally conscious products
Carafina believes that creating beauty with no regard for the world around you is an irresponsible approach and one that they’re not willing to take part in.
Regardless of whether it’s a stunning sofa table for the home, retro cool sunglasses for the men or a classic yet fashion forward knit for the girls, Carafina offers fascinating designs executed to the highest possible level.
Bomber Redwood Polarized Sunglasses available from Carafina
All of their tasteful products are created using the latest technologies designed to minimise the effect on the environment, handcrafting their goods with the exemplary attention to detail that you would expect.
Reducing their carbon footprint is key to Carafina and a principle they believe passionately in. Recycling packaging and constantly seeking out new ways to produce their items without damaging the environment in the process.
Carolina cares about their customers, the environment and you.
The Carafina range of products has to be seen to be believed, with flawless lines, clean curves and materials that invite the touch.
A local family business in the beginning, the sheer beauty of Carafina has seen the brand go global, attracting followers the world over.
Have you discovered Carafina yet? Take a look in the online store and dare to dream to be different.
March 12, 2014
As much as we love autumn and winter fashion, we’re welcoming spring with open arms! It’s time to fold away your jumpers and treat yourself to some new spring wardrobe staples. Need a little inspiration? Don’t worry, Carafina has you covered! Here we’ve shared three ways you can style some of our favourite apparel and jewellery this spring…
Seventies fashion is one of the hottest trends this spring but it can be a little tricky to style. If you’re not into the whole flared jeans look, why not give a nod to the trend with a little crochet? Our white crochet dress is perfect for making an elegant seventies statement. Pair it with a fedora hat, gladiator sandals and boho-style bracelets for a casual weekend look or dress it up to the nines with your favourite statement jewellery and heels.
April 03, 2013
Just in time for Mother’s Day brunches and warm spring evenings. Pencil skirts! The epitome of femininity. Available in different styles and colors. Choose the solid aqua skirt with the cutout designs or the little floral number with the black lace trim. Available on Sale for $29.95 with free shipping from Carafina.
May 09, 2012
Whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, you can never go wrong with an LBD, especially for a date night! The great thing about choosing a little black dress is you can go all out with your accessories! Though if you’re going for an LBD with an interesting neckline like our fit and flare dress, we suggest keeping your necklace simple. Instead, choose jewelled earrings or a statement cuff to give your date night outfit the wow factor.
Skyscraper heels are always a winner though if you’re looking for something a little more comfortable, a pair of black ankle boots will add an edgy feel to your date night outfit.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our spring style tips! If you have any requests for our next post, feel free to give us a tweet @carafinac
February 18, 2011
Once so valuable that the Roman general Vitellius was rumored to have traded his mother's pearl earrings to invest in a military campaign, pearls continue steadily to hold their allure as an attribute bit of jewelery, particularly in the type of a necklace or choker.
To steadfastly keep up the good thing about pearls, learning how to take care of them properly is really important. Although the compact crystalline structure of pearls means they are very durable, they may have fragile components of course and also this fact cannot be overlooked. You can scratch pearls and your skin's oils contact with it each day causes them to deteriorate. Thus, regular careful cleaning must be an element of any pearl necklace owner's routine.
Find an extra soft cloth. Choose either a jewelry cloth or a clear rag, preferably one made of cotton or bamboo fabric. Avoid using anything abrasive material to completely clean pearls with, such as toothbrushes or plastic sponges. A soft cloth could be the only item that must come in contact with pearls.
Wipe pearl jewelry gently before putting your pearl necklace away every time, to get rid of body oils and perspiration. Put a couple of drops of water on the cloth, adequate to dampen it and do no more. Begin wiping the pearls one after another. Avoid using a commercial jewelry cleaner on pearls. Usually such cleaners contain a significant amount of ammonia, that may damage the pearls.
For every fifth wash for the pearls, they are going to need something a little stronger than a simple dampened cloth. Dip the soft cloth in warm, mildly soapy water. Avoid using washing up liquid; rather, use a mild soap like castille soap without smell or color preservatives. Wipe with a clear dampened cloth to get rid of any soapy residue from the pearls.
In the event that clasp has to be cleaned as well, use a Q tip (cotton bud) dipped in either jewelry cleaner (be certain it is appropriate for the metal for the clasp) or if perhaps it is a tough metal (not gold) without gemstones, you need to use a small amount of toothpaste. For anything that you use, don't allow it come in contact with the pearls as it could potentially damage them. Toothpaste is good on tarnished silver.
Check out our jewelry collection at Carafina.