Old Trends Becoming New Again in Today’s Home Interior Designs

Do you want to know about new home interior trends for 2009? Maybe you’re preparing your house for sale, having a new custom home built, relocating to a different office complex, or simply desire a change of scenery. There are a lot of different styles, themes, and tastes when it comes to interior design. Now that builders are offering their clients so many customizable options, there are some clear trends emerging. Open floor plans continue to be popular, along with energy efficient designs, and practical ideas that are tasteful.

Homes during the 1800s and into the early 1900s were special. Large family homes were actually designed to section off the house into separate distinct areas. For one example, the house would have servant’s quarters located on the bottom floor near the kitchen, while the family’s quarters were all located upstairs. Just off the parents’ master bath was an en-suite bathroom, while a powder room was located downstairs. Oftentimes, the children’s quarters were located down a hallway in their own separate area of the house, to allow the parents some degree of privacy and reprieve. There might have been a carriage house for guests or in-laws. This home interior trend is popular again for 2009, with two or three bedroom suites and extra bathrooms being more popular. Most buyers prefer that children’s bedrooms are on one side of the house while parents and in-law rooms reside on the other, allowing a space favorable for restful refuge. Located in an isolated part of the home are the secondary suites, usually 300 to 400 square feet in size and containing full bathrooms and occasionally sitting rooms.

Family spaces will continue to be popular through 2009, according to experts. Rear living, meaning that the family room and kitchen are located to the back of the house, is gaining in popularity. This allows the parents to prepare food and still keep an eye on the kids playing in the family room or entertain guests and still be able to take care of things in the kitchen. A lot of modern designs have less walls in common rooms with an “open concept” feel. Conjoining rooms with half walls are good for kitchens, dens, and dining rooms. Moreover, Americans began to adopt the European idea of outdoor living areas; so today we find houses with their own outside kitchens, pizza ovens, fire pits, chandeliers, artwork, and comfortable furniture on a covered patio.

Home interior designers usually look to create a sense of timelessness. Blue and greens are popular in rooms like bedrooms because they offer a calming feeling. As the center of the home, the kitchen often gets bright hues, from designers, like startling splashes of yellow, red, and orange. There is a lot of versatility in living rooms; you can go with dark and elegant or modern and white. Bath design often seeks to create the feel of a “home spa”, incorporating crystal blocks to allow light in, using rich browns accented with pastel colors and tiled flooring in relaxing shades. A custom design will pull all of the rooms together for a unified feeling.

Home Interior Design Inspirations From Prada’s Resort Collection 2010

When it comes to dishing out impeccable style and glam that is just right for the season, you can give the honors to Prada. In their Resort Collection for 2010, the simple and yet chic designs of the featured clothes were surely befitting of the current times.

The style had the look of a chic city girl and yet still elegant in a whimsical way. The design which is easy on the eyes is a great inspiration for designing a comfortable space that is not intimidating or overwhelming.

To give your interiors a touch of Prada, here are some home interior designing tips based on the catwalk dresses of the show:

Drapes And Curtains: Short And Simple

Looking at the Resort Collection dresses of Prada, you will notice that fabrics are not overwhelmingly long or drooping such as usually seen on haute couture shows. Also, the colors used are moderate and not brimming or bright.

So for your curtains and drapes, you can create an easy look by going for half length curtains instead of the long ones that touch the floor. Also, choose pastel colors with washed out dye.

Wall And Table Decors: Chic And Easy

The models of the Resort Collection were not heavily accessorized, and that contributed to the fresh and easy look that appears really comfortable.

This can be applied for home interiors. The key is “less is more”. Avoid over accessorizing and create an image of more space by adding less wall art and table decorations. Do not focus on numbers but rather on style, design, and boldness.

Color Theme: Colorful Yet Modest

It is very admirable how Prada managed to pull off an exciting look into their dresses without using any bright colors at all. All the fabrics featured pastel hues that are easy to the eyes.

Accordingly, you can create a fresh and comfortable look in your house by choosing pastel color schemes. Avoid hot and bright colors if possible. If you must use patterns, try neutral colors instead.

Overall Mood: Elegant Masculinity

When talking about the overall mood, the dresses of Prada Resort collection are elegant and have a touch of masculinity. Perhaps it has something to do with the simple and minimalistic approach, but the result is stunning.

When adding accent furniture, glass vases, and light fixtures, go for designs that are less unisex in approach. With less feminine flare, the mood will be less intimidating and will be more at ease.

Hopefully, this article will help you improve the style and look of your house. With the collection of Prada’s Resort show, the right inspiration is at hand.

I Wanna Be A Virtual Real Estate Developer!

Creating your own virtual real estate has become an extremely popular way to generate an income online.

In this article, I explore in more detail a bit about what virtual real estate is, but more importantly, what you will need to know to become proficient in this particular method of Internet marketing.

The term ‘Virtual Real Estate’, is used to describe the concept of a single person or company owning and operating multiple content-based websites with the sole intention or creating a profit, similar to how real estate developers will own multiple properties with the view of either selling them off or generating a profit from them in the form of rent.

Because it’s a way of generating income that I believe has a lower entry point in terms of cost to far more people than other forms of Internet marketing, I thought I’d look at it from the perspective of someone who is interested in learning how to get involved in this particular field.

So, read on and let me know your thoughts…

Virtual Real Estate
Internet marketing is a now mature industry, full of big players with years of experience and substantial resources, who can attract thousands of visitors per day to their websites.

Newcomers to this industry face an uphill battle if they want to rise above the thousands of other wannabe website owners and achieve any level of success.

As with most mature industries saturated with competition, the only way anyone can make inroads and capture some of the market share is to think out of the box and find a niche that they can dominate.

In recent years, this has led to a rise in the number of Internet marketers specialising in creating a portfolio of multiple low cost, income producing websites, designed specifically to market a niche product or products. This collection of website has been termed Virtual Real Estate (VRE), and the people who build and maintain them, Virtual Real Estate Developers (VREDs).

The idea behind Virtual Real Estate is actually very simple.

Firstly, a website is created which is promoted in various ways, in order to attract traffic. Once the website has reached a certain level of interest, various monetization methods are used to start generating a profit. This can range from selling advertisting space using AdSense, Yahoo Publisher Network or MSN AdCenter, or by promoting affiliate and CPA offers, or even simply by generating and capturing leads in a specific niche which are then sold to companies in that niche.

However, the prime motivating objective of a VRED is to get the first website up and running and making profits, then repeating the process time and time again.

Eventually, the VRED will have created a large number of websites, sort of like a Virtual Real Estate Empire, and although each website may only bring in a few dollars a day, the cumulative total of all the revenue streams combines to form a significant amount of money.

These websites, sometimes called niche websites, are usually fairly simple sites consisting of only a few pages. However, all the content on the website has been designed around a specific keyword or small group of keywords. The ultimate goal of the VRED is to get each website listed as number 1 in the Google search results for the particular keyword it is associated with, although anything in the top 5 positions is also considered an excellent result.

…ultimate goal of the VRED is to get each website listed as number 1…

A VRED must have the determination and tenacity to continually adopt new strategies in order to be one step ahead of the competition. Most VREDs are high achievers who are never willing to accept being second best.

In their eyes, accepting anything less than the number one position is a failure.

VREDs are always on the look out for new market opportunities, and are willing to take educated risks. If there is enough data that suggests that a particular market may be possible to conquer, a VRED will give it a go.

Conversely, a VRED will not waste time and energies on battles that will never be won. VREDs are realistic in their expectations and strictly adhere to the ‘fail fast, fail often’ rule. If something isn’t working they will investigate the reasons why and if necessary, will pull out of a failing niche if it is deemed a no-win situation.

VREDs only deal with the cold, hard facts.

Up until the last few years, the majority of website businesses were established using the same principles followed by traditional business. Namely, they provided a service or product to fulfill a gap or need in the market.

In most cases, this perceived gap in the market was at best a gut feel or rough estimate, and as a result, led to the failure of the website to crystallize a profit.

Over the last decade however, search engines like Google have allowed online business owners to reach a never-before achieved level of understanding about customer behaviour. Their search data, gathered over the years, can be analysed in great detail to get right to the core of a whole range of customers online buying behaviours, identifying exactly what they are buying, how these buying trends change over time and what market gaps may exist.

VREDs, using this vast amount of information and implementing sophisticated data correlation software, are able to not only identify these market gaps, but can also determine with a fair degree of certainty whether or not the market is viable, exactly who the competition is and what will be required to compete and conquer the competition and attain a 1st position ranking in the search engine results.

Armed with this information, an experienced VRED can have a website up and running with a top page ranking and producing income in a matter of a few short weeks.

So what skills are required to become a VRED?
To become a proficient VRED, you’ll need a wide variety of skills and abilities. But the diverse nature of online business means that almost anyone can use their unique experience and skills and leverage them to become a successful VRED.

A lot of being a VRED is pure commonsense and having the ability to put themselves in the customers shoes; understanding what a customer is looking for and whether or not a certain product or service will be in demand.

But in general terms, VREDs must possess the following attributes.

  • Willingness to spend hours researching market niches;
  • Patience and dedication to detail;
  • Ability to take action and crystallize ideas;
  • Ability to delegate design and/or research work;
  • Ability to manage a lot of information;
  • Ability to operate complex software tools

Being a VRED is an extremely interesting and satisfying Internet marketing specialization to be involved in as your ability to generate large sums of money is only limited by your imagination and ability to outsource the daily maintenance and monitoring tasks required.

Once the process of identifying a niche market, creating a corresponding website and monetising that website has been learnt, a VRED can simply repeat the process over and over again, and in doing so, is able to build an on-going income generating online business and achieve real financial freedom.