6 Home Decor Ideas You Probably Never Thought About

Are you looking for a way add a unique touch to your home decor? This blog post will certainly give you some inspiration! Most people like to choose a theme and buy a furniture set that matches that theme, but this strategy doesn’t always make your home have a distinct and personal feel to it. When it comes to home decor, the goal is usually to come up with something that truly represents you and your family! Below are 6 examples of great home decor ideas to get your creative energy flowing…

Reflective surfaces in unexpected places add life to any room.

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Everyone knows that using a large mirror in a room can make it look larger. However, you can also achieve the same effect by using items with reflective surfaces such as lampshades or chandeliers.

Bring the outdoors in with large pieces of natural .

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People are often looking for a way to bring the feeling of nature and the outdoors into their home. Sometimes this can be achieved by simply using tables or doors made of natural, untreated wood.

Use canvas to add a personal touch to your home.

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You can turn your favourite family photos into life-size canvas prints that can be used to decorate your walls. Choose photos that would match your current home decor, or go with classy black and white like the ones above.

Give a new perspective to your walls with 3d wallpapers.

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If you really don’t want to hang anything on your walls but are still looking for a way to make them stand out, 3D wallpapers might be just what you were looking for!

Have you thought of adding an area rug?

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It can be difficult to work with a large space, especially in the living room area. One of the best ways to effectively add contrast to large spaces is to use a large area rug that has geometric patterns.

Create a tantalizing visual impact.

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One of the simplest ways to make your room look artsy and trendy is to choose multiple vintage items to disburse throughout the room that all have the same colour tone. Naturally, using lively jewel tones will be more effective than a neutral shade.

Do you have any other cool ideas when it comes to home decor? Share them with us below!

12 Photos to Get You in the Spring Spirit

Are you ready for the spring season? Many consider spring the best season for photography, and when you look at photos below, it’s easy to understand why! To get you excited at the idea of taking your camera and venturing outdoors, we selected 12 great photos from flickr that capture spring in all its glory. Enjoy!

From El Frito

From Rankinz302

From Bealla

From Blmiers2

From Promanex

From Bearseye

From Mamooli

Fromby trekker308

From photosbyflick

From davidyuweb

From Jim Nix

From Blazej Mrozinski

Do you have any great spring photos of your own that you’d like to share with us? Comment below!

Keeping memories alive forever from a vacation has never been easier!

Life goes by so fast, that it is important to take the time to fully enjoy each moment we spend with our family and friends. When is the last time you had a great getaway with your partner, friends or family? Do you remember exactly what you did and where you went? Our memory being what it is, we often forget moments that should NOT be forgotten. This is where cameras can help! Taking pictures of all the priceless moments of our life helps us preserve those memories forever! However, taking pics is only the 1st step. The 2nd step is giving them life by turning them into physical photo books

Creating a Lovely Vacation Photo Book!

Although many people are obsessed with taking pictures, they often store these pictures on the internet on popular sites, on a computer, or a thumb drive. The bad thing about this is that you can’t always look at them and sometimes things get lost in the digital world. This is why a photo book is perfect. When you choose to create a custom photo book ahead of time for a vacation that you are planning, you are going to be starting on the journey to preserving those precious memories forever. Photo books are just for weddings, baby showers, or graduation anymore.

Day By Day Records With A Travel Book.

If you are going to be travelling cross country and want to record each and every thing that you see, you can start a travel photo book. When you do this you simply need to label each area according to where you were at the time so that you have a guideline to follow when the time comes to put pictures in. This is a great way to perhaps show each separate city or state that you went through in chronological order, or even to record each separate day on your wonderful vacation. Of course you can still update your pictures online, but this will be something much more personal than a digital photo.

Choose An Awesome Photo Book Cover.

One thing that many people forget to do when putting together a photo book is to choose a great cover. Having a blank cover can be boring and cause people to not want to look at the pictures inside. Instead of having a blank black or white colour with a few words, you can take the most exciting picture from your vacation and have it permanently imprinted on the cover of your book or album. This will show everybody one of the highlights of your trip. A good rule of thumb is to use a picture including everybody on the trip so that nobody feels left out.

Printing Multiple Copies As Gifts.

Don’t just print out a single copy of your vacation photo book. Share the fun with all of those that were part of the vacation! You can always have multiple copies made so that each person on the trip gets one, and so that you can send a book to your loved ones. One of the best gifts you can give your loved ones, after all, is the permanent memories included “locked” in of a wonderful photo book!

Do you create a photo book after each family vacation? Let us know by commenting below!

Top 5 Affordable Spring Break Destinations for Canadian Families in 2013

Taking a holiday over Spring break is the perfect cure for those winter blues. However, it can be a challenge to find a family friendly destination that is not a chaotic asylum full of college students partying till the cows come home. Fortunately there is plenty of locations where stressed out parents can find the perfect escape and the kids can join the fun too.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, best known for its gambling scene, is a surprisingly kid friendly destination for a family holiday. Theme Parks like The Adventure dome on the Strip is sure to get the kids excited about the trip. Need a slower pace? Las Vegas and its nearby communities feature several museums, aquariums and concert halls. And don’t forget to visit Hoover Dam! Mt. Charleston and Red Rock Canyon offer contrasting views of the colourful Mojave Desert landscape. Also, Vegas is probably one of the cheapest all-inclusive destinations for Canadians, with flight + hotel packages departing from major Canadian cities starting at $350-$500 per person for a 3-5 night stay!

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. A quick stop in the visitor centre will get your family familiar with the history and culture of this amazing area. The atmosphere will transport you family back to the time of the early Paleo Indians. A short hike around the Canyon and you will soon see why professional photographers flock to this area to capture its distinct rock formations.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Sure, this destination is no escape to the Canadian winter, but it’s still an amazing spot for a nice & relaxing family vacation. Bestriding the Canadian and United States borders, Niagara Falls is most famous for its powerful and magnificent waterfalls. However, it is home to many other thrilling attractions. A journey behind the falls, a visit to the botanical gardens or even a helicopter tour is certain to give your family a memorable holiday. The Bird Kingdom, decorated with palm trees and 40-foot waterfalls houses over 400 birds. If birds aren’t your thing, try the Fallsview Indoor Water park in the centre of the tourist district is a 3-acre indoor water park featuring 16 slides, an activity pool, wave pool and play area.

Branson, Missouri

Tucked down in the heart of the Ozark Mountains Branson, Missouri is an area full of unexpected treasures. Your family can enjoy miniature golf, outdoor and indoor water parks, go-carts, the Titanic museum and the College of the Ozarks. The area’s three lakes offer fishing and boating. Has it been a while since you have seen a live show? Branson offers a wealth of options from magicians to dinner shows. Browsing the shops on the waterfront will give you opportunities to pick up a few souvenirs during your stay.

Sedona, Arizona

Located under the immense southwestern rim of the Colorado Plateau, Sedona, Arizona is a 19-square-mile city split between the Coconino National Forrest and Yavapai counties. Visited by more than 350,000 visitors each year your family will discover various indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Your family can take a moderate hike to take in its astounding landscape. Park counselors at Camp Coyote entertain little camp goers with fun and educational activities that explore the region’s Native American culture. Another action-packed option is Slide Rock State Park, a 43-acre apple farm which has swimming, picnicking, fishing, and a volleyball court.

Are you planning any vacation for spring break? If yes, where will you be heading? Comment below!

8 Great Photos Capturing LOVE

Valentine’s Day may be over, but here at Elephoto we don’t want to stop celebrating love just yet! We went around the web to dig out some great love-themed photos. Check them out! Each and every photo captures love in a unique way.

You can find love captured in the simplest of ways.

Mother Teresa is quoted for saying: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”. Nothing articulates this more then the above photo.

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Dogs are well-known for being able to show owners how much they love them.

A common turn of phrase states that dogs are more loyal to you than themselves. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that photographers are able to find plenty of opportunities to capture this love.

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Love is mysterious, but it can be revealed in a simple gesture.

Seeing a couple in a field can seem like a generic image. Despite this, you can find real expression between the two people concerning how they feel when they embrace.

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Capture the look of love in their eyes.

When someone cares about you, you can look into their eyes and see this without needing to hear any words uttered. An extremely deep message is rendered in the photograph when the model is overwhelmed emotionally about their love to the point of getting misty-eyed.

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Sometimes true love is hidden in plain sight.

A big part of the experience of love is secrecy in private moments. In some cases, one of the best ways to make a big statement about your love is to make it apparent and yet invisible in plain sight. This is especially true if you place the secret message on her ring finger.

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The love some children have for pets radiates in the purest way.

Little children love showing affection for their blanket, dolls and stuffed animals. As they grow older, it is fascinating to watch them try to express their love with more emotion each time they get a chance to hold an animal in their arms.

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Life moves fast, but you can capture love in the small moments.

Take time to enjoy the small moments with the person that you care about. You never know how long those final moments of holding each other will last.

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Nobody loves our country more than our soldiers that risk their lives every day in peacekeeping missions all over the world. 

Much more than saying goodbye to someone going on a business trip, feelings of horror and love are intertwined when military personnel say goodbye to their family. With an uncertain future ahead, the images photographers capture of these moments wrench the heart of those that view them.

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