Shopping for Home Decor and Gifts on the Internet

You do not need to struggle with the decision on what to buy when you are shopping for home décor for yourself or for a gift for someone else when you have access to the internet. You need not get out in the hectic traffic on the highways running from one store to another. You don’t have to brave the bad weather in the winter or burn up in the heat in the summer. But you can sit by a cozy fire when the weather is cold or in a pleasant room with the air conditioner on when the sun is hot. Just turn on your computer and go online. It Is All There!

Home décor is a great way to add elegance to any room in your home. There are so many home décor themes to choose from – a sophisticated elegance to the informal more relaxed atmosphere.

You will find home décor items made from wrought iron, wood, ceramics, alabaster, plastic, glass, pewter, porcelain, and polyresin.

Information on different décor themes:

Country décor can take you back to a more quiet less hurried time with a cozy atmosphere. This décor also makes for a cheerful feeling. You can live in a very modern world yet have the pleasant, unhurried, quiet atmosphere that makes you feel at peace with yourself. A country décor has that warm, friendly, inviting feeling that so many people love. It says “welcome” to your friends when they enter your home.

There are welcome signs to place in a yard or flower garden or at your front door. You can choose from plates, figurines, wall plaques, flower swags, clocks, lamps and many more items that will make your home “you”.

Many people enjoy the Southwestern and Native American décor. The bright colors of rugs, pillows, and wall hangings will blend in with the more subtle colors used in accent pieces. It is a reminder of days gone by when the pioneers traveled west; a time when Indians roamed the country. It also makes us think of cactus, deserts and vast stretches of land.

This décor is shown on lamps, bookends, vases and statutes. Figurines of horses, cowboys, boots and Indians are also available. Then there are the wind catchers, wolf and bear ornaments and much more from which to choose.

In doing research on shabby chic décor this is what I have found:

Shabby chic is another home décor theme that many people are interested in. Shabby chic took off in the 1980’s . It was fads and fashions that made “stylish fun” of poverty. Shabby chic is no particular style but balances the elegant with the old and worn. Anything and everything goes. For instance bathrooms don’t necessarily have to match. Articles of shabby chic look old with signs of wear and tear – the distressed look. You can find the shabby chic look in furniture, candeliers, mirrors, and votives and many other items as you browse the internet. The beaded lamp shades shaded go well with this look.

In other words, shabby chic is a blend of many different things. Everything is not distressed but mismatched – the worn look with the new.

Let’s don’t forget kid’s décor. Kids love color. Use colors your child likes and decorate the room with things that are important to him or her. If the child is old enough, he/she would enjoy helping to pick out the décor for the room. The room should show the child’s interests and personality. Children like pillows and stuffed animals as well as mirrors placed on the wall at their height. Remember pictures and plaques should be placed at their eye level also. However, you might want to place some items at a higher level where they would love looking at them when lying in bed.

Another home décor theme I want to mention is the magical, mythical and mystical.
This décor is especially interesting to the younger generation. I don’t know anyone of them that is not interested in dragons, unicorns or fairies. You can find all kinds of figurines, oil burners, candleholders, bookends, plaques, snow globes, and mirrors.
Also, look for nightlights, vases and fountains. There are other items that you will find as you check out the internet.

When it comes to lamps and bookends, you will find them for any décor. You will also find bookends and lamps that make great gifts for animal lovers, fishermen, kids and philosophers as well as others on your gift list.

With access to the internet you will find home décor gifts for holiday themes as well as making great gifts for birthdays, weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any day you wish.

As you can see home décor shopping by internet is the fastest, easiest way, as well as, perhaps, helping you decide what you want after seeing such a large selection.

Tips on shipping via internet:

Remember when shopping via the internet to check out the different websites shipping charges. Even though the cost of a product may be higher on one website than another, lower shipping charges might make the cost of the item cheaper in the long run.

Also, you might want to see if the shipper is listed with the Better Business Bureau and what kind of in-stock rating do the have. Last, but not least, it is best to not have items shipped to a P.O. box number because there will be no tracking number when shipped this way.

Finding the Mystical and Magical in Everyday Life

I saw a commercial today that made me laugh aloud. A man was beginning his day while a chorus of exuberant, if not completely over-the-top dancers, sang his day’s praises. The man walked outside, admired his beautiful home and smiled happily at his steaming coffee. Suddenly, a giant tree branch fell on his car and completely crushed it.

Many of us have had the feeling of the magical in life and then something happens and we completely lose our mojo. Just like that, the ordinary, mundane and unpleasant has returned to be the focal point of our experience.

On the other hand, most of us can also relate to the feeling of the magical; suddenly our ordinary life takes on extra-ordinary qualities. Unfortunately, these experiences are often fleeting.

Just the other night I was taking out the trash and looked up at the full moon. I had an overwhelming feeling of connection, hope, and appreciation. It seemed as if something so impossibly beautiful was hung there only to communicate those feelings to me.

Not soon after returning inside the house, the feeling of connection to the mystical and magical was gone and forgotten. I was back to clipping children’s toenails, making lunches for the next day, emptying and loading the dishwasher, picking wet towels off the floor and putting Spiderman Band-Aids on boo-boos.

Sometimes these experiences of feeling connected to the mystical last slightly longer. Most of us are familiar with the feeling of falling in love. Our lover’s voice and touch transport us to another world where everything is alive, awakened and magical. The limits we once perceived for our lives seem to wash away and we bask in the appreciation of everything about our beloved. All the synchronicities and the shared experiences seem magical and mystical. While this is amazing time in our life, for whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to last. For most people the goose pimply early stage of coupling is gone by the second year.

Most of us relate certain types of experiences to the mystical and magical while other experiences to the mundane and non-extraordinary. We may feel that a sunny seaside hide-away in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico is magical while a business trip in winter is undesirable. We may think a shopping spree to Dolce and Gabbana is magical while a new outfit purchased from Target is routine. Similarly, basking in a rose filled garden may seem magical but mowing the lawn may seem drudgery. We may think of life without our departing beloved as unbearable. How can we find the mystical and magical when he seems to have taken those possibilities with him?

The adage, “Happiness is not a destination, it is the journey” applies to accessing the mystical and magical as well. Mystical and magical experiences don’t happen to us, we choose them. We don’t have to wait until we go somewhere, fall in love, or appreciate something beautiful. At any given moment, the mystical and magical are there for us to appreciate.

The book A Course in Miracles discuses miracles as being shifts in perceptions. In keeping with this concept, if we open our hearts and minds, we begin to see our ordinary, temporal experiences, from of a perspective of the divine. We can decide that we will perceive our world as much as possible from this vantage point.

People who are enlightened may truly understand what it means to see the entire world as divine. An awakened individual would say that there really is no difference between a trip to Muleshoe and a trip to Tuscany. They describe the magical and mystical as not separate from the ordinary. Some may describe this perspective as a “one taste” experience. In other words, every taste or experience is one with the divine.

In order to experience more mystical and magical elements in life we may choose to see our lives as inherently mystical and magical. Those of us who desire more mystical and magical elements in our lives may deliberately decide that whatever our dharma is, we will commit to seeing all of our life’s elements and nuances as divine, beautiful, mystical and magical; even when a tree branch crushes our car.

Mystic, CT – Historical Coastal Town

When you are looking to visit the Connecticut coast, Mystic is a town that is full of history. Founded in 1654, Mystic quickly rose to prominence as a shipbuilding center. Today it has become known for its quaint New England charm, as well as its two world-class museums.

This coastal area offers a lot of adventure and is fit for visitors of all ages, along with the Mystic Aquarium and the Mystic Seaport museum. Then you can tour the night sky at the Treworgy Planetarium or visit the preservation shipyard that is known for its preserving of classic and historic wooden sailing ships. Visitors can watch master craftsmen at work restoring old ships. The one and only shipyards of its kind in the world, where 19th-century tools and techniques are still used in repairing and in the restoration of great ships. These craftsmen have also built authentic recreations of famous ships, such as Amistad.

Shopping in the Mystic Village is a mix of the expected and the unexpected. You can find things like old-time trinkets, rare antiques and new recognizable brand names items. When making a day trip to the Village, you can easily get lost in it’s sprawling 17 acre outdoor mall, enough that you will need a map to navigate your way to see all the shops and rides. Staying into the evening brings on an other complete different atmosphere, you can stay to enjoy live acts and performances that are appropriate for your whole family during your trip.

Connecticut is a state that still holds on to it’s New England charm. It is a place that has a lot to offer when you come to visit and more to offer when you call it home. A great place to live and purchase or build the home of your dreams.