Five big trends in home decor

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  1. Screen-free rooms: After a long day of using your smartphone and computer, it can feel amazing to come home and take a technology break. More and more, homeowners are creating specific screen-free rooms-perhaps a library, craft room, or listening room-where you can escape from technology for a while. We LOVE this idea!
  2. Upholstered headboards: What if you could feel like you were sleeping in a luxury hotel bed every night? The bedding and mattress are an important part of that experience, but so is the aesthetic and comfort of an upholstered headboard.
  3. Earth tones: Natural colors have become increasingly popular, especially deep greens. It’s a great way to bring some of nature’s colors indoors, whether as an accent wall, in blankets and pillows, or for furniture. We suggest starting with a neutral base and adding a splash of color to liven up your room.
  4. Black stainless steel: If you want a sleek, contemporary kitchen, black stainless steel is even more of a statement than traditional stainless steel.
  5. Patterned fabrics: While solid upholstery will never go out of style, patterns have become trendy of late. It’s an easy way to make a bold, eye-catching statement in your living space. We suggest one or two chairs to be patterned and stick with neutral for the rest of your room with the exception of a couple throw pillows.
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FRIDAY FAVORITES

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If there was going to be one room in the house that we would suggest really investing some thought and planning into, it’s the bedroom. Over a lifetime you’ll spend 227,468 hours tucked up in bed and sound asleep, says the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. WOW! That’s worth some effort right?  And these days many of us spend even more time in our rooms now that we have televisions in there too!  The room pictured above is Jillian’s, our Production Assistant.  She takes some serious pride in making it her own little oasis.  It’s still a work in progress but it’s on the way.  Jillian suggests the following….

“Take your time to really make the space your own.  If you are married, think about styles and color schemes you would both enjoy. If you are single, make this place ALL YOU!   There’s nothing wrong with going out and splurging on all the little things to make the room just right, but there really is something lovely to choosing each item little by little and growing it into something spectacular.  Think texture when you’re doing this room.  It sparks the imagination and also makes you feel super cozy all at the same time – which is important for me because I have a job that requires imagination and creativity.  It’s kind of my ‘re-charging’ station.”  I find that the bedroom works best in neutrals because it brings on a relaxation effect.  You can always have a pop of color with a throw pillow, rug or accent wall but I mostly prefer to save those for other rooms like the living room or kitchen.”

Jillian said, if she was to go shopping today to design a cozy bedroom for someone, these are the items she would start with… HAPPY SHOPPING!

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Start with a very neutral comforter.  I prefer a cream or white but if you’re afraid of it getting dirty too quickly than think grey or taupe.  Many people start with bold patterns here but I find adding the personality in other areas makes for a more appealing room. Check out this one from Urban Outfitters

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Next think throw pillows.  This is where we start thinking pops of color and texture. You can get as crazy as you want here, but we are gonna stick with that neutral for the sake of the cozy feel.  Click here to purchase…. Cable Knit, Fuzzy WuzzyVelvet,  Dyed Oversized.

 

Adding in an accent lamp can really add dimension to a room as well.  Tall, General Store Lamp, Luke Table Lamp, Gumball floor lamp.

 

A rug is especially important if you have hardwood floors.  Again it brings warmth and texture to a room.  I’m a huge fan of shag but if you’re already doing that texture with pillows or throws, stick to something with a simple texture or one in between like this tufted one.

 

THROWS-  A good throw is probably my favorite piece to a room.  Let this be the item you splurge on because it’s comforting and can easily go from bedroom to living room or snuggled around you as you grab a cup of joe in the morning.  Here’s my absolute favorite from, you guessed it, Urban Outfitters.

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ART – This is where your own personal touch really comes in.  I like something like this that is unique and simple.  And guess what? They are $9 on etsy!  Check it out

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We hope this gave you some inspiration to make your own cozy bedroom. And don’t forget to take your time and really make this room your own!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Friday Favorites

It’s our favorite day of the week – FRIDAY!  Welcome to our Front Door Edition of Friday Favorites. Front doors are so important. It’s your guests’ first taste of your personal style, and all exterior doors should lend an inviting and pleasing ambiance to your home’s exterior.  Today we are going to focus on the color of your front entrance.

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Gone are the days of cherry RED, RED, RED.  Although we do enjoy a good red door, it has to be the right shade of red to compliment the exterior of your home and not stick out like a sore thumb.  It is said of red doors that they are symbolic.  The earliest red door was a door being covered in blood during the Jewish Passover for protection. In early American tradition, a red door symbolized to tired horse and buggy travelers that a home was a safe place to rest and stay. During the civil war, “safe homes” that were part of the Underground Railroad supposedly painted their doors red to guide escaped slaves to places of refuge and safety. Scottish tradition holds that homeowners paint their front door red to signify that they had paid off their mortgage. Let’s all go paint our doors RED! The Chinese consider red to be a lucky color and therefore many Chinese put a fresh coat of red paint on their front doors as part of their New Year celebration. And the funniest and most…Although many claim Albert Einstein to be one of the most brilliant minds ever, he had his blind spots.  Apparently, Einstein painted his front door red because he couldn’t remember which house was his without the red door.  With that being said, today we like to branch out and show some expression of personality with our front doors.  Here are the top trending door colors of 2016 from Sherwin-Williams.  What is your favorite?

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

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It’s time for our FRIDAY FAVORITES!  This time we are focusing on simple DIY projects.  Most of us love to DIY but thanks to Pinterest it can get a bit overwhelming.  Here are my top 3 that I would recommend as they put a little pizzazz in your home but don’t cost a fortune and are easy.

 

  1. CITRONELLA WINE BOTTLE CANDLES – I think these are pretty darn awesome.  They would be great on a back patio, around a pool or on the front porch with a little bistro table.  Check out how simple from Helloglowamp_citronella_IMG_9191

2. MAP MAGNETS – When I look at these magnets it makes me want to travel.  Here’s what I envision…print or buy a map and cut out all the places you desire to go and use it like a wish list.  And of course, when you do it, DREAM BIG! God specializes in the impossible!

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3.  ANTHROPOLOGIE KNOCK OFF: DIY AGATE COASTERS – I’m just gonna go ahead and assume you are just like me and love, love, love Anthropologie.  One thing I don’t love is Anthro prices… Here’s an awesome DIY of their gorgeous Agate Coasters.  I am very much wanting to do this project. Who’s with me?  Check out TotallyTheBomb.com’s tutorial!

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Have a beautiful weekend and let us know if you end up doing any of these great crafts!  Nothing makes a home like adding little splashes of you and your own work throughout it.

 

 

Friday Favorites -Copper Edition

 

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Hello Friday!

Today we are going to show you one of our favorites in home décor. It’s this seasons superstar metal.  COPPER! Some people aren’t a fan but I for one think it’s stunning.  I’m the girl who would buy a set of copper pots and hang them in the kitchen.  But let’s think about fun and unusual ways to use it… like a copper farm sink!  Here are some ideas to incorporate into your home if you are a lover of copper.

1. Copper bathroom fixture, bathtubs and sinks.

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2. Copper artworks and wall decorations, including copper sheets in various shades, wall clocks and mirror frames.

3. Copper paint colors and modern wallpaper designs in copper colors.

4. Room furniture upholstery fabrics and decor accessories made with fabrics in copper colors.

5. Room furniture, chairs and coffee tables made of copper.

6. Copper lighting fixtures.

7. Copper kitchen accents, kitchenware, handles and kitchen fixtures.

8. Copper vases and candle holders

 

If copper is something that you are drawn to, go for it!  Don’t worry about whether or not the trend will come and go. As said by Billy Baldwin, “Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.