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Handy Home Decorating Tips for Beginners

May 25, 2016 4:02 pm

Whether you just moved into your rental at The Kensington, or you simply haven’t gotten around to decorating yet, it helps to have a bit of a plan in place before you begin decorating. Here are a few basic interior decorating rules that all renters should memorize to create a beautiful and inspiring space!

  1. Make changes slowly. Instead of heading out to a big box store and purchasing all of your furniture in one day, start with the bare essentials and work slowly from there. That way, you can be sure that you’ll end up with high quality investment pieces that will last for years to come.
  2. Incorporate different shapes. While most furniture features squared edges, such as sofas and tables, it’s important to incorporate circular and rounded pieces to balance things out. Try adding a circular dining table in an eat-in kitchen or a round rug in the living room.
  3. Add accent colors to neutrals. Instead of overdoing it with one color, furnish your room in soft neutrals and add pops of color throughout.
  4. Work with the architecture. If your home has a unique feature, such as a bay window or non-functioning fireplace, appreciate it for its charm. Play up this feature instead of fighting against it to add personality to your space.

Interior Design 101: 5 Rookie Mistakes You'll Never Make Again [Apartment Therapy]
The 7 Rules of Interior Design [Zillow]
The 3 Principles of Interior Design [HGTV]
6 Basic Interior Design Rules [Suite.io]

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Z Pizza and Wings: Where There are More Than 20 Ways to Eat a Wing

May 18, 2016 4:02 pm

Honey Honey. Roasted garlic butter. Sweet Thai chili. Chipotle barbecue. Teriyaki. Mango. Honey Dijon. Believe it or not, these flavors are just a small snapshot of the wing seasonings on the menu at Z Pizza and Wings—there are 21 in total. Of course, in addition to these more inventive flavors, there are also the classics: mild and hot (plus "Toxic Waste" hot).

Wings are just half of the equation at Z Pizza and Wings, though. True to its name, the restaurant also serves up piping hot pies topped with fresh meats and veggies. The specialty pies are just as creative as the wing flavors—take the potato chicken, for instance. It's smothered with a house-crafted tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, then topped with chunks of garlicky chicken, crispy bacon, and soft potatoes. If you prefer your pizza with some spice, try the Preno. Chorizo and jalapenos bring the heat, while buffalo cheese and pepperoni add an extra layer of flavor. Feel free to build your own pie with any ingredients, too.

Z Pizza and Wings
7994 Amador Valley Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 255-0600

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Wallet-Friendly Ways to Revamp and Rejuvenate Your Rental’s Decor

May 11, 2016 4:02 pm

Regardless of how on-trend your decor was when you initially adorned your apartment, it's only a matter of time before you feel like your surroundings are outdated. But when a home makeover isn't really in the budget, you might feel stuck with the interior design you've got. You aren't, though. There are tons of budget-friendly approaches to decorating that can spruce up your apartment. Here are just three of them to get the creative juices flowing.

  1. Upcycle existing embellishments. If your home-decorating instincts take you to Amazon, let your money-saving instincts lead you to Pinterest instead this time. Look for DIY ways that you can revamp that old coffee table or update worn throw pillows. It might be as easy as picking up a can of spray paint or some ribbon and fabric glue.
  2. Frame free pieces of "artwork." You don't have to break the bank on a piece of art in order for it to add something to your room. Prints or photos from magazines and books can have just as great an impact on the aesthetic of your bedroom or living room as expensive artwork. Just find a cheap frame at Target or the thrift store to complement your makeshift work of art.
  3. Break out the sewing machine. If you're handy with a needle and thread, there's a lot you can do in your apartment without spending much money. For example, you can easily create new curtains or pillowcases. These are both simple ways to spiff up your apartment that conserve both time and money.

Budget Decorator: 15 No-Cost Ways to Invigorate Your Space [Houzz]
15 Budget Decorating Secrets [HGTV]
The 10 Most Important Tips For Decorating On A Tight Budget [freshome]

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