Decorating Tips and Tricks

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Decorating can be a fun and exciting way to express your personal style and creativity. Each homeowner has the opportunity to show off their unique taste with their home decor. If you are looking for new ways to decorate, we have four quick tips for decorating this summer.

Decorating Tips & Tricks:

  1. Patterns. Homeowners may be scared of using too many patterns in their home and avoid using them all together. We recommend embracing patterns in your decor by accenting the room with a statement patterned piece. If you are up for a challenge, use two different patterns in one room. You may be surprised with the beautiful outcome. A floral chair can pair well with a polka-dot lamp. If you are nervous, we recommend using the same base color in different pattern pieces to help them go with each other. The same base color will make it easy on the eyes.

  2. Pastel Colors. Pastel colors are back and taking the interior design industry by storm. From appliances to decorations, pastels can make a subtle statement on your room’s design. If you are into neutrals, pastels can provide the pop of color you are looking for in your room. You can even gain inspiration from a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

  3. Mirrors. Mirrors are the perfect decorative piece for any room! From your bedroom to living room, mirrors make quite the impression on your rooms decor. Shop for antique mirrors or your local thrift shop to transform a mirror to fit your unique style.

  4. Walls. Your walls can be so much more than just a simple paint color. From chalkboard paint to stencils, you can recreate your current space into something spectacular. Try adding a chalkboard wall into your kitchen for a unique grocery list. Also, you can try incorporating a beautiful stenciled wall as an accent to any room in your house.

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Blue is for Coastal Interiors

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Blue Color Schemes

Blue is a very popular color used in homes on or near a body of water. This is for good reason. Blue is associated with water.

Color schemes done in blue are very versatile. They can be paired with greens or different shades of blue. Schematics can be kept understated by pairing blues with monochromatic colors like white, cream or gray. The color scheme shown has a very spa-like look and feel.

A calm look can easily be created by using soft blues or subdued blue/greens. This color scheme creates a calming effect. Soft blues are perfect for homes on the water. It creates a way to bring the outdoors in. Homes on the ocean can really benefit from a soft and understated blue color scheme. Add some bright green accents to add a pop of color. Green is the great accent for calm blue schemes. It further reinforces bringing the outdoors in.

Notice in the photo that the color of the outdoors is literally flooding indoors and on to the walls. The white floor and ceiling is paired with white lighting; which mirrors the white clouds. White accent pieces flow perfectly in this interior. Blue paint creates the calm and the white adds a crispness.

Black and white art is framed in black and creates a nice contrast on the wall. The contrast is subtle but effective. The art does not simply get lost in this vast space. It is accentuated and noticeable.

For a more exciting blue color scheme, consider the tips below. There are ways to dress up soft blues, or be more dramatic with bolder shades of blue!

Create an exciting look by using bright royal blues. For a bright room add coral as the accent color. Coral is a complementary color of blue. Other exciting accent colors that work well are green and orange. To create excitement, use complimentary colors with blue, in the accents.

Metallics such as chrome, nickel or gold look wonderful with blue color schemes. Metals dress up the blue; adding class and glamour to the look.

Five Ways You Can Bring The Outdoors Inside

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Decorating with natural elements by bringing a hint of the outdoors into your home can bring the nature inside. If you are nature-starved what are some easy ways you can implement nature into your home’s decor?

  1. Faux Fireplace
    Love looking at a campfire? Well, you can get the same look anytime you desire by purchasing a faux fireplace. Faux indoor fireplaces look so realistic and they even sound similar to the flapping sound of a campfire.

  2. Decorate with “greenery”
    Of course, the most obvious way to bring nature indoors is to bring in some plants. Plants can brighten any space. When incorporating greenery into your design scheme look for ways to steer clear of the traditional flower in the vase thing. Mix it up by using a variety of pots in your plant area. You can even opt out of using flower pots and instead of hanging them on the wall using plant hangers.

  3. Natural Wood Furnishing
    Decorating with natural wood furnishing is a great way to create a rustic feel. Wood furniture is super durable and with great craftsmanship, it can be formed into all kinds of beautiful design. You can add wood furniture sparingly. Perhaps a wood finished rocking chair in the living room or a wooden coffee table. A sleek, wood finished headboard adds a bit of outdoors to your bedroom.

  4. Buy a grass rug
    You can easily purchase an artificial rug that simulates the look of grass from popular furniture companies. It can serve as a focal point for your living room or the man cave. The grass can withstand foot traffic. It’s available in a variety of sizes.

  5. Constellation Projection Lamp
    Enjoy staring up at the stars at night? Well, you can do so right from the comfort of your bed. A constellation projector lamp allows you to easily project the beautiful heavens on your walls and ceilings.

Be imaginative when searching for ways you can make your home reflect your love for nature. Use a different colors, textures, and patterns that are inspired by nature to energize a space.

Creating a Coastal Inspired Home

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Most people love being near water simply for the calming effect it creates. The stress of the day can melt away when you let go and allow yourself to listen to the natural water sounds around you. While some people are lucky enough to live near a body of water, others need to create a little ambience in able to achieve the same effect.

When envisioning coastal living, think about what you would enjoy the most about it. This is how you get started on creating your dream living space. Life can feel cluttered and heavy from the weight of daily responsibilities. Coastal locations makes you think about how relaxing a getaway would make you feel. So use that for your inspiration when decorating.

Keep colors neutral and relaxing. Soft blues and khakis, clean whites and natural woods. Textures should be kept light and airy. A little thickness provides warmth without becoming too heavy. Natural light will also be a huge factor as you recreate a coastal look. Allowing light to reflect on your interior will give it a refreshing feeling but keep window treatments light and easy to keep open with tie-backs during the day.

Keep furniture style simple to maintain the theme of removing the weight of your day when you arrive home. Let the lake, sea or ocean provide you with inspiration in your decor. Touches of nautical theme or artwork depicting a beautiful pier or traveling sailboat can carry you away. Wicker pieces can give any space that quaint cottage look you may enjoy. If you have souvenirs from a vacation you enjoyed on the water, feel free to sprinkle them in where appropriate.

No matter where you reside, creating a coastal paradise in your home is possible. Take your time and choose pieces thoughtfully. This process is meant to create a relaxing environment, not more stress. In no time, it will all come together and you will be able to relax and turn on an ocean sounds soundtrack to set the mood. Now close your eyes, and it’s like you’re right there on the shore!

Decorating Around A Theme

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Developing a design scheme requires much effort. With decisions and dollar signs constantly filling your mind it’s easy to forget how fun decorating can be! Organizing your decor around a specific theme is a good way to enjoy decorating. It also allows you to create a space that’s unique and a reflection of your personal style.

When centering your decorating around a theme can help with making decisions on color selection, furnishing and accessories. This type of design scheme can work for an entire house, or for a designated room. Below are some tips to keep in mind when decorating around a theme:

  • When designing a room around a theme be careful not to overdo it. Too many accessories can make the space appear tacky and cluttered.

  • Utilize colors. Don’t be afraid to try different paint colors. Whether it’s brushed or rolled on bright colors can be a good way to add emphasis to your theme.

  • Choose a theme that has personal meaning.

For an example, we’re going to discuss the beauty of Miami and how you can incorporate this in your decor. If you enjoy bold and bright colors than this just may be the perfect style for you.

How can you implement Miami’s style into your decor?
Colors
Colors that represent Miami are:
– Neon purple
– Neon green
– Neon Orange
– Yellow
– White

Lighting
When selecting a lighting scheme, you should utilize lots of natural sunlight.

Furnishing
Try organizing furniture in a way that allows for spaciousness. You want to make it as airy as possible. When selecting furnishings, don’t be afraid to implement a pop of color. For instance, a pink desk with a white chair can create a unique look.

And remember to have fun while you are doing it!

Traditional to Transitional

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This dining room is traditionally decorated with a modernized twist; which is the very definition of Transitional. Traditional elements of this room can be found in the casework, moldings, windows and lighting. It is the other elements in this room that make it a transitional styled room.

For starters this dining room is painted a warm, yet bold color; which is very dining room appropriate. No matter the interior style, feel free to paint the walls with a deep and inviting color.

Ditch the traditional wooden dining chairs and use a traditionally styled, fully upholstered chair. The frame of these chairs can be considered modern, with their clean lines and tapered legs. However the fabric selected is a traditional textile with traditional brass nail head accents. Just make sure to select a chair fabric that is durable and stain resistant. If the fabric is not already stain resistant, you can have it treated to be. Using a fully upholstered chair for all seating adds actual comfort and a visually pleasing look!

The large traditional mirror that is leaning against the wall adds beauty and opens up the room. Placement of the mirror lends a transitional effect to the whole room. Being so large in scale, it really reflects the natural light and makes the room feel very open and spacious.

Having the bamboo shades behind the traditional drapery give the windows a transitional look. Mixing these two types of window coverings changes the overall look of the large windows.

This dining room shows an equal mix of traditional elements with a modern flair. Decorating any room in your home can be made to look transitional. This is a wonderful interior design style that allows people to live in traditionally styled homes, with an updated look. Just remember to try and achieve a healthy balance of both traditional and modern. Feel free to use traditional pieces that have been refinished in a modern style!

Avoid Making Crucial Design Mistakes

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There are many common design mistakes that people are making without realizing it. Find out what you may be doing wrong and easily make the corrections; which will instantly improve your interior!

Hanging artwork too high is probably the most common design mistake. Hang art at eye level. We understand that everyone has a different eye level, given height differences. Average eye level is between 58”-60” above the floor. The center of the art work should be between 58 to 60 inches off the floor. Raise the art up about five inches for ceilings ten feet or higher.

Pushing furniture up to the wall is a mistake. It seems logical in one’s brain to push the furniture right up to the wall, because you think it will give your space more room. However the trick to furniture groupings is to create an intimate space that is somewhat pulled together. Leave at least one to three inches between a furniture piece and the wall. Think about this, if all the surrounding pieces are pushed right up to the wall, the space plan is too vast and disconnected. Use area rugs to unite furniture groupings in larger rooms.

Placing a small rug in a large space happens more often than not. This will result in a disproportional look. If you have a rug that you are dying to use, place it on top a larger monochromatic rug. This will stretch the proportions out and still allow you to use the rug that you love.

Using worn out or flat accent pillows. Accent pillows can become flat after some time. Typically accent pillow’s outer fabric has a zipper. This allows you to replace the filling when the core has become flat. Down filled pillows need to be fluffed after each use. You may also want to add some extra down filling, if you have had the pillows for a while. Flat pillows make a room look tired. This is a common mistake that can easily be rectified.

Take a look around your interior to check for any of the above mistakes. The mistakes in this read can easily be corrected yourself!

DIY Projects from Your Herb Garden

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If you’re enjoying your herb garden this season, or hope to start one someday, here are a few ideas to make the most of your herbs.

Preservation:

Drying your own herbs is simple and inexpensive. You can find many methods online, but drying simply involves tying small bunches of cut herbs and hanging them upside down in a dim, cool, dry room. Some herbs are best preserved in the freezer; some you can store in containers for a few months. 

Décor Projects:

Make an herb wreath. Trim some long stems of your taller herb varieties and tie them together with floral string or wire. Play around with different sizes and combinations of herbs and enjoy your beautiful handiwork. Even a simple sprig tied into a wreath, as in the image above, makes a lovely statement.

Make a centerpiece display with varying size vases and include dried or freshly cut herbs. Either make mixed bouquets, or let each vase contain a full bunch of a single type herb. Not only will they smell delightful, they’ll provide a vivid display.

Tinctures:

Create a small apothecary in your home! Home remedy recipes are widely available online, so making a few basic herbal tinctures to have on hand is easily doable. We’ve included a couple links to get you started:

Sachets:

Dry a few bunches of lavender and make small sachets. Keep one to place under your pillow at night to promote good sleep, and give the rest as gifts. While you’re at it, make an eye pillow to place over your eyes when you need a moment to breathe deeply and recharge. Let the scent of lavender soothe your nerves during a stressful day.

 

We hope these ideas give you a jump start to using your herbs in creative ways. Learning more about the medicinal properties of herbs can also enrich your life beyond the garden. Hands-on projects with herbs are an engaging way to connect with nature and your own creativity. 

Exciting Book Shelves

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Book shelves do not have to be boring by any means. They are great for decorating and providing storage. Spice them up by hanging decorative book case boxes!

Installing boxes to be used as book shelves is a great way to customize your home. The shelves can be placed where ever you need. They can be arranged to take up an entire wall, or spread sporadically throughout. This is a good idea for large walls or a room with little space for an actual book case.

When using this type of application make sure to keep in mind that the book shelf boxes should contrast with the wall color. This kind of shelving adds a special architectural detail that should be noticed. Do not make the mistake of hanging these boxes that have a finish that blends in with the wall color.

Also remember that you don’t have to limit yourself to placing only books in your shelves. Use the added space to display accessories like photos, small plants and little pops of color. Unexpected item like this add interest to your space, taking the eye by surprise by showing the unconventional. The eye is drawn to this design because of it’s unexpectedness and pleasing look.

This type of design is not just for contemporary spaces. This look can be recreated for any style home. Simply keep in mind what kind of interior style you are working with and select the style of box that complements your interior design. Although these are a relatively new look, more of these hanging boxes are being made to the public.  

Let us know how you have incorporated this design into your home.  Feel free to leave pictures below!

How Should I Arrange Pictures on My Wall?

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Family portraits hung on the wall are a great way to display the best memories to those visiting your home.  Beautiful paintings, dramatic photos, or printed words can pull together the decorations in a room.  But the task of hanging pictures on a wall can be an intimidating process.  Spacing, balancing and aligning these items can seem like impossible hurdles, but here are a few tricks that will make picture hanging and arranging much easier.

Use a large piece of paper.  Butcher paper is ideal for this project, but any large piece of paper (or combination of papers) will do.  Leftover pieces of wrapping paper are easy to use, but make sure to use the undecorated side (patterns may be distracting for this task).

Cut the paper to the size of the wall you will be working on. 

Lay the paper flat on the floor.  Arrange the pictures on the paper and take your time arranging them.  This is an easy way to measure, align and space the pictures evenly, or to rearrange them several times.  Once the pictures are just right, take a quick picture of the arrangement in order to remember the correct order.  This will help later on!

Without moving the frames, outline each picture gently on the paper.  Flip each item over to find the hanging point (the point or points that will be in contact with the nail or hook on the wall).  Measure from the top of the picture to this point and mark this on the paper template. 

Hang the paper on the wall, making sure to place it at the right height for the pictures.  Use the template to align nails – just drive the nail through the paper into the wall.  Once all nails are placed, tear the paper away to reveal perfectly placed hanging hardware!

Use the photo you took earlier in the project to remind you of the placement of your pictures.  Step back and admire the amazing arrangement on your wall without the stress of a single misplaced nail!