Decorating My Home – Finding The Perfect Rug

dining room with rug photoAs we go through our daily lives we are surrounded by decor, but we may not stop to recognize it. Decor is apart of our homes, culture, and society. Decor can be very simple but powerful. There was a time in my life when I stopped to look around my living room and I saw a Native American picture hanging up on the wall. I never thought much about it because it has been there my whole life. Then I noticed the Indian rug that laid across from the fireplace that we found when we were looking for area rugs in Charleston SC.


It took me a while to stop and realize that the decor inside of my house is apart of the history of my family and where I come from. This small but powerful moment reminded me of my family and where I descend from. My dad is part Native American and descends from the Sioux and Cherokee Tribe. I think there are many times in our lives where we can take our family for granted, but if decor can remind us of who we are and where we come from it can be an important part of our daily lives.

You’ve had a long day. Arriving at home from school, work, building Rome or whatever you dedicate your time to throughout the day. Its gloomy outside and the sun has not merely peeked once. You start to feel tired just as you open your room door and it’s filled with light, vibrant colors. You have fluffy pillows everywhere and Succulent plants on the window sill. You have your favorite forest green comforter on your bed and your rose gold disco light on your nightstand. That scenario is exactly an example of why decor matters. I believe that decor is essential in a space because it sets the tone of the room, it allows expression and also because it can make or break a space.

The decor of a space can set a tone for the area. It allows you to control the mood and energy in the space. If you have more serious, contemporary art and furniture then that would be considered a modern feel. Modern decor has a structured energy to it. Whereas you had d.i.y, rustic, playful art that would be considered eclectic. Much more relaxed and upbeat feel to it. The mood of your house directly affects you and your company. It’s just interesting to think about how decor can alter emotion.

When a person decorates an area their ideas come directly from their aesthetic. When you are putting a space together it reflections your feeling and your style. That can be conveyed from the paint on the wall to the throw pillow and blankets on your couch. Essentially anything that you decorate is an extension of you because it reflects what is appealing to you.

Just like the decor can make you feel like you’re in a penthouse suite at a five-star hotel. Decor can also make you feel like your in a taxi derby.  Depending on the pieces in a space it could create comfort, make a room appear larger, and also can be conversation starters. Those are all things that people think about when they think ‘what is a space for me’.

There are so many different variations of decorations and their placements. Decor is great for creating the perfect mood. It allows for someone to express themselves. Also can make or break a space by enlarging it or giving it a pop of comfort. I love to put my touch in the places I spend most of my time. Decor is essentially for each and every space.




Complimenting Interior Design By Adding Area Rugs

Room decor is extremely important, it allows others an insight into the things that you like, the way you view the world and what type of person you are. If your house is messy, things are everywhere and there doesn’t seem to be any one feature tying the rooms together, it could lead a person to believe that inside the home, appearances don’t matter. If you live in a modern style apartment with clean surfaces and smooth lines, it would lead a person to believe you dislike clutter but appreciate simple, modern features. Interior design is hard! Much thought has to be put into the image you wish to portray to those who are welcomed into your home and there are unlimited ways to start.

Home decor has influenced every part of the world, its a large part of the culture. Part of the reason is that each culture has different values and norms that directly impact the way people see the world around them.Everyone is different and because of that, each individual has their own personality, style, and passion. Decor is important because each of us has our own needs and desires; decor allows us to tap into ourselves to form a space that we can claim as our own and enjoy. Each room, each piece that is selected and place down has to invoke a sense of who we are.



Funded Masters by Research Opportunity

Salary : c. £13,726 maintenance grant


Project title: The Flow Country peatlands: Studying the past to shape the future

Environmental Research Institute (ERI) / University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) (Thurso) & University of Stirling

Project Supervisors: Dr. Roxane Andersen (ERI/UHI), Dr. Richard Payne (U. Stirling) Collaborators: Dr. E. Tisdall (U. Stirling), Dr. A. Tyler (U. Stirling), Dr. D. Mauquoy (U. Aberdeen), Dr. A. Newton (U. Edinburgh)


Peatlands are globally-important ecosystems which sequester and store large quantities of carbon. The UK’s largest peatland area is the Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland which alone contains carbon equivalent to the total emissions of Edinburgh for 100 years. However, considerable areas of peatland in the Flow Country have been severely damaged by drainage and afforestation with non-native conifers in the 1970s and 1980s, fragmenting the landscape and altering the natural carbon sink function of the peatlands. Climate change and pollution are more subtle threats which, although not unique to the Flow Country, could have profound consequences for peatland function. However, information on the long-term functioning and development of the peatlands is currently lacking, and particularly critical is the provision of data on long-term carbon accumulation. Flux tower measurements of Flow Country peatland carbon balance span less than five years, but the peatlands have been accumulating carbon for up to 10,000 years. How do the contemporary flux measurements fit into this longer-term context? Holocene carbon accumulation data is crucial to establishing the role of peatlands in the carbon cycle, how this has varied over time and the longer-term context to contemporary flux measurements. Such a long-term perspective can be provided by palaeoecological research and can give a quite different picture of peatland dynamics and response to environmental change from short-term studies.


The objective is to establish the long-term rate of carbon accumulation in Flow Country peatlands and the effect of afforestation. This project will combine data on carbon accumulation with chronology-building using radiocarbon dating and tephrochronology to understand how the Flow Country peatlands have developed over time and responded to a human disturbance and the implications of this knowledge for ecosystem management. This project will improve our knowledge of natural baselines such as peatland condition prior to afforestation and feed into policy development.

Conditions of application and funding: Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline (Environmental Science; Ecology; Physical Geography etc.). Applicants with a previous taught MSc are also welcome. The student will be registered with UHI, but the project will involve splitting time between the Environmental Research Institute (part of UHI) in Thurso, northern Scotland, and the University of Stirling, central Scotland. Project work will include field work in northern Scotland, laboratory and microscopic analysis. A meticulous and thorough approach to laboratory work is required in the successful candidate. The position will be particularly suitable for those considering studying for a PhD in the future. Applications from students with previous experience in geochronology, palaeoecology and biogeochemistry are particularly welcome although full training in all techniques will be provided.

The position includes all tuition fees and a maintenance grant of c. £13,726 for one year.

Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Richard Payne ( or Dr Roxane Andersen (



Marine Biologist / Ecologist

Salary : £30,423 – £36,297 to £37,382 – £45,941 

Fellow £30,423 – £36,297

Senior Research Fellow £37,382 – £45,941

3 Years with potential to extend

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a unique research centre situated in the town of Thurso in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is part of the North Highland College of the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI); Scotland’s newest and most distinctive University.

The ERI has particular interests in the marine renewables sector, not least because of the substantial marine resource around our coastline and the long term economic development opportunities it offers. The region is home to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the world’s first and only grid-connected, UKAS accredited testing facility for wave and tidal energy technologies. The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters (PFOW) is the site of the world’s first commercial scale leasing round for marine energy and has been awarded Marine Energy Park status has been awarded by UK Government.

The ERI has a rapidly evolving research profile and provides a high quality, vibrant research environment. In 2012 the ERI opened its Centre for Energy and Environment, a state-of-the art research facility on the campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands North Highland College. It has a goal of being internationally recognised for innovative and distinctive environmental science and it has unrivalled access to some outstanding natural environments. These include the dynamic waters of Pentland Firth.

As part of our commitment to developing our international research profile, we are seeking to appoint a dynamic biologist or ecologist to contribute to our interdisciplinary research effort on the environmental and ecological impacts of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy extraction. The post holder would have the opportunity to contribute to recently funded EU programmes and to develop their own research interests.

Candidates may have an interest in a range of potential environmental stressors including Physical presence or dynamic effects of devices; effects of energy alteration; chemical effects; acoustic or electromagnetic effects on receptors including: the physical environment; pelagic or benthic habitats and species; fish and fisheries (including migratory species); marine birds or ecosystem dynamics and food chain. Applications from candidates with interests in cumulative impacts or EIAs are also welcomed.

You will be entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.