Moving into a New Apartment or House?

Opportunity Knocks - Answer the call to design your own space!

You now have the opportunity to invent yourself or really to reinvent your style. Whether you're leaving the nest for school or for good and you're moving into your own 'first apartment' or house, this is an opportunity. An opportunity to figure out your style and show it off in your own space. Here are some tips to get you on your way!

10 tips to help you get started
  1. Budget, budget, budget! You don't have to do everything at once BUT you do need to know how much you are willing to spend on your interior and exterior per month or overall. This way you can prioritize and decide what you can do when.
  2. Measure your space! You need to know what can at least fit through your doorway! You don't want to purchase that new sofa and can't get it past your door or it's too long for the tiny room you thought had more space, but it doesn't and you would know if you measured the room 0_0
  3. Figure out what brings a smile to your face or gives you that nice feeling inside when you see it and include photos or artwork depicting these things in interesting ways can help jazz up your space and your life; nature, family, pets...
  4. Try collections: empty bottles of varying shapes and sizes (that's me), vintage clocks and radios (i'm right there with ya!), pictures, illustrations and statuettes of girls with umbrellas
    1. If you or your parents have old mismatched china that you/they never use you can incorporate these into a wall art piece in your dining space.
    2. Group odd numbers of these similar items into a collection on your credenza, side table or entry consol or dresser.
    3. Grouping items of the same or similar hue (colour) gives a clean, modern look to your decor.
  5. Shop at your parents house FIRST. Be eco-conscious. Your family definitely has stuff they don't use, don't want-but-it's-just-piled-up-or-hidden in a barrel, closet or boxes in the basement, guest room or garage. See, you know EXACTLY what I mean. They were saving these wonderful heirloom pieces just for you and your move, wink, wink.
  6. Garage Sale & Yard Sale shop after you've completed shopping at your parents home shopping network. Garage sales always have furniture pieces you think you don't need like large armoires or storage items. Snap them up! You can convert an armoire into a nifty home office, laundry area, or even a pantry.
  7. Try freebies and bargains at Craigslist, Ebay, Etsy just to name a few. 
  8. Rummage through design and decorating websites to get some ideas of what you like and don't like and figure out your design style. You'll also get some helpful tips along the way.
  9. Have fun with it!
  10. If you're really too afraid to venture out into the diy world on your own, hire a designer or decorator to help you get the cohesive, stylish pad you've been dreaming of.
Now for the decorating...

Emancipation Day Celebrations: Trinidad and Tobago - The Lidj Yasu Omowale Village

The 1st August, 2013 marks about 179 years celebrating the freedom of African slaves in Trinidad and Tobago from the physical shackles of slavery (unofficially and 28 years officially). The Emancipation Support Committee (Trinidad and Tobago) commemorates this occasion with the usual celebrations at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village, Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain. For those of you who have never attended the 'Emancipation Village' or 'D Village' celebrations, as it is fondly called, we bring you a visual taste of the treats you can find there. D Village is a celebration of the culture of the African patrimony, through the afro-Trinidadian people on the island: art, poetry, food, dress and lots more. The village runs from 26th July to 1st August, 2013. I visited on the Sunday 28th July, 2013, "Youth Pan Day" & "Youth Unity Concert",  just to get you these highlights but take a look at the event calendar at the end of the post for help on deciding which days best suit your discerning tastes!

The Heart of the D Village
Despite the earlier heavy rains patrons came out to get in on the shopping, art and entertainment at D Village on Sunday 28th July, 2013.
D Village consists of several distinct sections - clothing, food, miscellaneous and several others. 

Art, Interior Decor/Household Items & Accessories, Clothing & Accessories
At D Village you are sure to find artwork from various local artists in a range of media: acrylic, oils and pastels to copper, bronze and wood.

The Art of B. Holder ranges from acrylic to oil pastels,
canvas to Tshirts.

B. Holder also holds his own with these old-time houses.

Ken's Copper Collections
showcases Copper Wall art & jewelry.

Island Stuff Originals displays their wooden wall art by Edrian Moore.
Wooden dishware and kitchen tools from Arthur's Novelties.

Cryscelin's showcases their household items, bags and accessories.
Thousand Curls and Roannta Dalrymple display their art, jewelry &
hair accessories.

Rastarebellion Tshirts on sale.

A shopper learns more about the clothing and accessories at
D'Caribbean Culture Shack Ltd.
This client learns several ties for her pair of Sandalias Sandals at
D'Caribbean Culture Shack Ltd.
Charisma Fashion Ltd (Ghana) showcases their Ghanian clothing &

Mr. King engages the audience on Sunday night at Youth Unity Concert
at D Village.

Buzz Rock gives a spirited performance on Sunday night at the D Village.

Angelique Kidjo will perform on Wednesday 31st July, 2013.