Category — Home Decor & Trends

8 Pieces of Furniture You’ll Keep Forever

Investing in furniture for your first home, or anywhere you don’t expect to stay forever, can almost seem like a waste. Why spend money on pieces that might not fit in or go with your dream home down the road? Well, there are some pieces worth investing in as early as you can — furniture that will suit your home right now and that will easily find a place in your next house. Here are eight pieces you shouldn’t hesitate to add to even the smallest starter home.

For the best flexibility, choose chairs in a neutral or subdued color such as navy or gray in a size that can work at the end of the dining table (30 inches wide or under), with low arms or no arms so you can tuck them under a table or desk you may have down the road.

You may not know it now, but your dream home is already shaping up, one piece at a time.

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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/110022217/list/8-pieces-of-furniture-youll-keep-forever

August 7, 2018   No Comments

5 Things You Didn’t Know Your Bedroom Needed

Sanctuary from the world? Definitely. Decorated to please only you? Of course. Comfortable? Naturally. But what else does the perfect bedroom require? Take inspiration from these bedroom designs and introduce the extras that will help transform your space from fine to sublime.

5. Pillow and throw stash space. Extra pillows and throws are the daytime layers that dress up a bed, but discarding them sideways at bedtime isn’t a good or relaxing look.

A storage ottoman or blanket box isn’t a novel idea, but dedicating it to the pieces used for styling might be. The end of the bed can be a convenient position, or use the space under the window instead.

Written By Sarah Warwick
Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/108926199/list/5-things-you-didnt-know-your-bedroom-needed

July 25, 2018   No Comments

Budget Decorator: 10 Tips for a Stylish and Personal Home Office

Home offices can be neglected when it comes to decorating, but it doesn’t take much to freshen an outdated workspace, and the rewards of doing so are plenty. One of the joys of working from home, whether you do it occasionally or full time, is the freedom to steer away from “officey” furniture and decorate with what you love and feel comfortable with.

Working in a clean, orderly, comfortable space can help you complete tasks more efficiently, and bringing the style you love into play will make it all the more pleasant. Let’s look at ways to pull together a neat, chic home office on a real-world budget.

10. Keep room in the budget for flowers and plants. Every room feels richer and more interesting with a plant or two, and they help clean the air, so be sure to leave a little room in the budget for a trip to the nursery. If you pick up the occasional market bouquet, remember to trim a few blooms and place them in a bud vase on your desk.
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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/7178368/list/budget-decorator-10-tips-for-a-stylish-and-personal-home-office

July 20, 2018   No Comments

Five Solutions For Creating An Eat-In Kitchen

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Eat-in kitchens are one of today’s most popular design elements, but we don’t all have room for a giant island with bar seating. You can still create an ideal dining space, even if your kitchen is on the small size – and without massive renovation. Here’s how.

Commandeer a corner

If you have an unused a corner in your kitchen, you potentially have the perfect spot for a banquette. Relocate the dog bowls and buy a bench and a small table, and you have a charming eat-in area perfect for family meals.

Take advantage of a blank wall

“Sometimes you can fit a banquette into your kitchen by adding it to an unused wall,” said HGTV. A “small, floating banquette adds extra seating and creates an additional spot for kids to do their homework or enjoy an afternoon snack.” You can also give this a built-in look by using the same finish as your cabinetry and framing it in cabinet panels.

Go to IKEA

Building your own banquette is easier than you think. Start with a bank of lower cabinets from IKEA and customize with the cushioned top and pillows of your choosing. Check out this tutorial for inspiration. You can get a similar effect from a couple of entry benches butted up against each other; You can find many at Target, and some might already be cushioned. Just make sure the height is right so your knees don’t hit the table or you feel like you’re in a ditch when you’re eating.

Add to your island

If you have enough space for an eat-in area at the edge of your island but don’t have a countertop overhang for chairs, you can still create an eating space. One option is to see if you can add to your countertop. If you have a material like quartz, a good installer should be able to add a piece and make it look seamless. Or, simply move your table directly up to the edge of the counter. Numerous options for counter-height tables are available, with the added benefit that being up higher means dogs have less opportunity to table surf.

Remove a cabinet (or two)

If you can spare a cabinet, you can create a place to pull up a couple of chairs for a casual eating space. This easy job is also super inexpensive since the countertop is already in place. This can also be a great answer for those who have a peninsula but no countertop overhang because you can create eating space on either side—and at the corner, if need be.

Written by Jaymi Naciri

Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1018428-20180709-five-solutions-for-creating-an-eat-in-kitchen?rtmpage=

July 12, 2018   No Comments

Turn to the Wall for Space-Saving Storage

Storage: You can’t live without it. But storage furniture that sits on the floor, such as chests and bookcases, has a space-stealing footprint that lessens its effectiveness. With these clever wall-focused solutions to common dilemmas, however, you can have your storage and floor space too.
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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/109902092/list/turn-to-the-wall-for-space-saving-storage

June 13, 2018   No Comments

There’s A ‘Color Of The Year’ For Everyone

Color experts such as The Pantone Color Institute, provide a number of services to companies all over the world to help them learn more about color and how to use it in their businesses. One of the most famous examples of color trending is Pantone’s Color of the Year, which “provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design.”

To remain relevant, manufacturers have to come out with new things. For the home, that could mean that companies use Pantone’s colors in future products, from rug designs to upholstery to paint colors. Color trends also show up in bedding, accessories, and cookware.

The idea is to stimulate change and perhaps get comfortable with a color you might not normally try in your home. In other words, the Color of the Year is a stimulus to spend money. You might not buy the purple couch, but you’ll be tempted to go bolder on something. You’ll try a new set of towels for the bath or buy a set of glasses in some bold shade to set off the dinner table.

There are other colors of the year that are getting plenty of notice.

Sherwin Williams put its 2018 money on “Oceanside,” a bold, sexy teal blue that’s not just for the coasts. You don’t have to live on the water to appreciate its mysterious depths.

Another aggressive choice is Pittsburgh Paints’ “Black Flame,” a smokey hue that connotes drama and sophistication. It’s a good excuse to wean homeowners away from the neutral and safe light greys and whites of the past few years.

Too strong? Then try Pratt & Lambert’s soothing blue “Heron,” or Behr’s blue-tinged green “In the Moment.” These are still a far cry from white, beige or grey.

The only paint company not to go in the direction of blues, greens or greys is Benjamin Moore. Its Color of the Year is a spicy hot red called “Caliente.”

Does the color of the year mean you should run out and buy a purple couch or paint your baby’s room black? No, the color is an inspiration for the year, and may be completely different from the color of the year from the year before and the year to follow. It’s only this year’s inspiration to give you ideas to think about, sort of like runway fashion introduces new silhouettes.

Most products for the home are designed to have a longer use than a year. But, you may see the color and be tempted to try it in a small way or in a more muted tone. A fresh new color looks modern and takes you away from colors that may date your home, like ashes of roses from the 50s, avocado green from the 70s, or Tuscan gold from the 90s.

If there’s one takeaway from the colors of the year, it’s that they give you permission to go bolder. You can still stick to the safety of white, grey or beige, but you might use an eye-catching color on an accent wall or in a throw pillow or in a piece of art. And if you want it in a mixer or crockpot, you can have it.

Think of color as an expression of your personality and the mood you wish to convey — both great places to start when designing and decorating your home.

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Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1017325-20180517-theres-a-color-of-the-year-for-everyone?rtmpage=

May 24, 2018   No Comments

8 Ways to Dress Up a Drab Hallway

The hallways that connect living spaces to sleeping spaces to the exterior of a home are just as important as bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Whether you’re working with a short hallway, a hallway with a sharp turn, a spacious hallway or one that’s a tight squeeze, you can make it feel just as special as the rest of your home. Make your hallways come alive with built-ins, lighting, colorful rugs and more.
8. Framed mirrors. For those who love the gallery look but don’t know what to put in their frames, a hall of mirrors can be the perfect solution. An installation like this can highlight a great collection of frames, or simply bring additional light and visual space into a small and dark hallway.
Written By Shane Inman
Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/17221695/list/8-ways-to-dress-up-a-drab-hallway

April 25, 2018   No Comments

New This Week: 5 Gorgeous Kitchens That Expertly Mix Finishes

Other special features. Painted cabinets with Shaker fronts. Calacatta marble mosaic tile backsplash. Quartz countertops.

“Uh-oh” moment. “Originally the space was much more subdivided,” designer Terese Messina says. “We opened up the whole interior of the house. Right in the middle was a large brick fireplace that we fought hard to keep. However, it was causing all sorts of issues for the layout of the spaces and, most especially, some construction issues. It was cost-prohibitive to move it. I think making the decision to abandon it was a hard decision but in the end makes a more flexible space. Living in Arizona, we have much different fireplace usage than other parts of the country.”

Quartz countertops in Fresh Concrete: Caesarstone; light fixtures: vintage; Repose Gray wall paint: Sherwin-Williams

Written By Mitchell Parker
Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/108038367/list/new-this-week-5-gorgeous-kitchens-that-expertly-mix-finishes

April 24, 2018   No Comments

Trend Alert: Big, Bold Floral Walls

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that some type of floral pattern will always be in style. And they’re even more prevalent in spring – especially this year. “We can hear Miranda Priestley’s dripping sarcasm now: Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking,” mused Country Living.

But today’s floral trends are a far cry from your grandmother’s busy, tightly patterned situation. Instead, it’s all about big and bold, and the trend is hitting hard for those who want to make a statement on one wall, or more.

This Ellie Cashman Design “dramatic, large-scale floral wallpaper is inspired by the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age,” they said. “Majestic, ethereal blooms cascade down a dark, shadowy background.” The wallpaper appears as part of Elle Décor’s April Edit: Large-Print Florals (Their edit also includes dinnerware, placemats, and pillows, along with several fashion pieces.). “The April Edit is devoted to all petals, pistils, and stems,” they said. “A fresh bouquet, literal or figurative, marks the start of spring like no other. But beyond adding a fresh spray wherever counter space allows, plant a seed in your wardrobe and on your wall, too.”


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It’s just one of the large-print florals that are breaking the light and airy mold this season. Expect to see lots of these dark, dramatic looks, many with black backgrounds and others that continue with the jewel tone theme we’ve been seeing in fashionable interiors.

This black-backed print helps an entry come to life.


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You don’t need a flat wall to create a statement wall – and your large floral print doesn’t have to be the only print in the space, etiher.


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Think you can’t go bold in a small space? Think again!


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Maybe it’s the fifth wall you have your eye on.


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“Floral prints are always ‘in’ if you ask Anthropologie,” said Country Living. “Rather than a traditionally feminine look in 2018 they feel especially fresh and more interesting styled in a casual bohemian way. Juxtaposing florals with organic textures and neutral palettes evokes a new kind of elegance that is appealing.”

We also love that you can incorporate this trend into your home even if you don’t want to make such a semi-permanent commitment. There are numerous peel-and-stick options that will give you the look in an easily removable material, like this one from Etsy.


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Or this fun and unique pattern from Walls Need Love that adds peacocks to the mix.


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If the thought of covering a wall in something so bold is still too much, even in a removable application, think about smaller bursts of flower power, like these drapes.


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Or some show-stopping recovered dining chairs.


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 Written By Jaymi Naciri
Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1016634-20180416-trend-alert-big-bold-floral-walls?rtmpage=

April 17, 2018   No Comments