Category — Home Decor & Trends

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

Are Barn Doors Here To Stay?

 

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If it seems like what was dismissed as a flash-in-the-pan trend has stuck around a lot longer than many of us predicted, you’re right. Barn doors are now becoming a staple in homes from new construction to renovations for their unique appeal and space-saving properties. If the word “barn” is turning you off, rest assured that there are a variety of styles that can bring a fresh look to your home along with new function. Not only that, barn doors can also bring increased value – important if you’re thinking of selling your home or just want to make smart renovations.

“It’s official: Barn doors are incredibly hip,” said Pro Remodeler. A recent study “found that these contemporary yet rustic sliding doors can help a home sell as many as 57 days faster and at a higher price point. The study analyzed descriptions on the listings of more than 2 million homes sold between January 2014 and March 2016 to see how certain keywords affect a home’s sale. Of all the terms analyzed, ‘barn doors’ brought the highest premium, with homes whose listings mentioned this door type selling for an average of 13 percent above expected values.”


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According to Google Trends, interest in barn doors “quadrupled between 2012 and 2017,” said Victoria Advocate. Another advantage of barn doors: they’re easy to install, and are even DIY friendly for the average person.

“In addition to their powerful visual appeal, barn doors can also be an effective way to partition open spaces,” said Pro Remodeler. “Many homes today have two larger rooms, such as the kitchen and living room, connected by a wide opening. While a barn door added to such spaces will likely stay open more often than not, it can act as the perfect feature to suggest spatial separation.”


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These oversize, reclaimed wood barn doors look great in a commercial space, creating privacy for a conference room in the same way they would in a living space.


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These more traditional doors set off a private living room.


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Black-framed, glass-paneled doors are on trend and bring a modern look to the space. Plus, you can close off the kitchen without losing light.

Instead of more traditional doors

A little bit rustic with contemporary flair, this barn door has some heft to it, which gives it a substantial feel and the size required to slide past a wide bathroom door opening.


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Steel is another material that is being used for barn doors, and one that brings in an industrial feel. In this space, a steel sliding door looks is the perfect choice to separate the living space from the bedroom.


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There’s a bedroom tucked behind there. A swinging door may take a way from the flow of the room or impede into the living space. Instead, the blue door adds an architectural element to the space.


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This version looks like a decorative wall, but it’s actually a 12-foot barn door that slides away to reveal a hidden laundry room.


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Beyond room-sized doors

Barn doors or even showing up in items like bathroom vanities, which are especially useful in a small space that might not allow for a swinging door.


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They’re also being woven into furniture, like this entertainment unit.


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 Written by Jaymi Naciri
Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1014762-20180205-are-barn-doors-here-to-stay?rtmpage=

February 8, 2018   No Comments

2018 Interior Home Design Trends

2018 Interior Home Design Trends

As we have closed the door on 2017, it’s time to look ahead at home trends in 2018. Interior designers, experts at Pantone, and researchers for home décor websites have predicted what’s hot for the upcoming year and what trends are staying behind. Check out the top ten home trends below to keep your home updated and fresh.

1. Vibrant Colors

While 2017 saw a lot of grey, 2018 is all about a vibrant color palette. This trend can be applied nearly anywhere in your home. Consider a bright sofa or colorful accent pieces. Kitchens and baths are a great place to add color. Watery blues, stimulating greens, and deep reds are the most popular choices for everything from decorative pots to large appliances.

2. Geometric Patterns

This trend can be attained in a variety of ways, making it accessible for nearly every home. Keep it small with a patterned throw pillow, or go big with geometric wallpaper. You’ll also see this design in coffee tables, light fixtures, area rugs, backsplash tile, and wall art. Find a pattern you love, and apply it anywhere you’d like a pop of texture in your home.

3. Barn Doors

These popular sliding doors are replacing traditional doors in many homes. They’re compact, versatile, stylish, and, HomeAdvisor says, add major resale value. Houses listed with “barn doors” in their description currently sell on average 57 days faster and for 13% more than expected. With a variety of materials available, you can combine trends. Create a metallic door, place a geometric pattern, or just stick with natural wood.

4. Metallic Finishes

This trend started small with items like gold-threaded throw pillows. In 2018, expect to see coffee, accent, and dining tables in all-metal designs. Pairing a traditional upholstered sofa with an all-metal table is a great way to make a room more modern and luxe. While brass tones are popular right now, copper and rose gold are holding strong.

5. Quartz Countertops

According to interior designers, granite is out! Quartz is more durable, only needs be sealed once, and has more finish options. This is the priciest of the 2018 home trends. The cost of installing quartz countertops around 100 sq. ft. ranges from $5,900 to $14,000. The resale value of quartz and granite is currently the same, but that may change as quartz gains popularity.

6. Wood

Wood treatments around the home help to anchor the space. You’ll see this trend in small items like planters, decorative bowls, and picture frames. However, it may also manifest in more unexpected places, such as ceilings and accent walls. Use this trend in conjunction with the others listed here to achieve a rich, textured, and modern look.

7. Cozy Fabrics

Velvet and suede are making a big comeback. These fabrics are soft and rich, providing excellent texture and warmth against metallic tables and wood accents. Use these fabrics in throw pillows and blankets, or go bigger with upholstery on a couch or chair.

8. Fringe

This is another trend that you’ll see included on many home decor items. Area rugs, ottomans, lamps, and pillows are great contenders for added fringe. If you don’t want to buy all new pieces, this trend is very DIY-able with a trip to a fabric store and a hot glue gun.

9. Vintage Light Fixtures

Pendant lights are making a huge comeback right now, especially those with warm metal accents. Copper is especially popular. The cost of installing a light fixture varies, with pendant lights running $95-$250, according to HomeAdvisor. Keep in mind that these updated fixtures increase the resale value of your home.

10. Typography

More than other design trends, typography allows us to be more literally expressive. This injection of personality into a room can be done on pillows, picture frames, and wall decals. Keep in mind that this is a trend best kept on removable items. A potential home buyer may not love that saying painted on the wall as much as you do.

 

Written by Monica Thomas

Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1014723-20180202-2018-interior-home-design-trends?rtmpage=

February 2, 2018   No Comments

8 Hot Kitchen Trends For 2018

Kitchen design has been about three things for the past few years: white cabinets; quartz or marble countertops; and subway tile backsplashes. The good news is, 2018 trends are veering away from a couple of these mainstays (quartz and marble aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!). If you’re getting ready to do or redo your kitchen, here are eight ideas to consider.

Concrete countertops

Perhaps due to the influence of Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, who favor the material for kitchens, concrete is growing in popularity for countertops.

“Blame Pinterest, blame Joanna Gaines, blame marble madness overload – but concrete countertops have taken over farmhouses in the past few years,” said Country Living. “It’s easy to see why: Installing concrete counters is a sure way to infuse your home with a rustic yet industrial feel that’s at once trendy and unfussy. And the durability of the cement-and-sand mix has some hailing it as a rock solid (we had to) design choice.”

They caution, however, that concrete counters can stain, scratch, and crack. They’re also not quite as low-maintenance as you might think. While you can DIY this project, beware: it’s not as easy as it looks. If you want to try it anyway, diy Network has a good tutorial.

 

Antibacterial materials

Your solid-surface countertop may soon get an exciting upgrade, with antibacterial properties and also the ability to eliminate “chemicals that come into contact with it, as well as (purifying) the surrounding air,” said Houzz. “Imagine a countertop that helps take care of that salmonella bacteria for you after preparing chicken for dinner. That’s the idea behind several materials presented at the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings (CERSAIE) in Italy back in September. The new K-Life technology incorporated into Porcelanosa’s Krion solid surface uses a process called “photocatalysis, which uses a semiconductor in the surface to enhance a reaction to light, killing bacteria and breaking up pollutants.”

Disappearing vent hoods

The statement hood has been a focal point of the kitchen for the last several years, but as a more minimalist approach to kitchen design peeks in, vent hoods may be a casualty of new trends.

 

Statement ranges

Statement hoods may be replaced by bold ranges that bring in a burst of color. “So what is the new kitchen focal point? Look to the statement stove to keep the interest simmering,” said House & Home. “In fun colors, high-end purveyors such as Aga and Lacanche are more than willing to grab all the glory, and prove they are worth every penny.”


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Flat-panel cabinets

Is this the end of the shaker cabinet? Flat-front cabinets have been showing up in modern kitchens for years, but they’re growing in prominence. According to Inman’s look at what’s hot and what’s not in kitchens for 2018, “Fifty-seven percent of homeowners chose shaker-style cabinets, followed by flat-panel (18 percent) and raised-panel (17 percent) cabinets,” but look for those numbers to start changing this year.

Wood cabinets

As for finishes, look for wood cabinets to make a comeback, giving white a run for its money. “The return of wood cabinets was almost inevitable, but, instead of the heavy, figured doors of the 1990s, today’s wood cabinets are either very modern, or in basic rustic styles…which feel authentic and organic – as if they were born there,” said Apartment Therapy.


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Mix-and-match finishes

It may be time to ditch the idea of a one-color space. “The days of monochromatic kitchens are far behind us, Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, told Elle Décor. “She explains that, this year, it’s all about mixing and matching color, no need to keep it all the same: ‘Using multiple colors in kitchens has become a popular trend this year. For example, painting base walls or cabinets in a dark charcoal tone and upper cabinets and walls in creamy off-white tones is something we’re seeing more and more of.'”

Black fixtures

Fixtures have been moving out of silvery finishes and into gold tones, but black is another option that is gaining heat. “Black is classic in the fact that it will always work with just about every style and color palette that you have going on,” said Emily Henderson.


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Written by Jaymi Naciri
Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1014176-20180122-8-hot-kitchen-trends-for-2018?rtmpage=

January 23, 2018   No Comments

Live It Up in a Smaller Space!

If the house or condominium that you can afford seems too small, maybe you’re not thinking about space the right way.

Buying the best location you can afford is what successful real estate ownership is all about. These are the properties that hold value even in down markets and that appreciate steadily and consistently in all markets. Great-location properties are financial stepping stones to your multimillion-dollar dream home.

Since buildings and units in a price range decrease in size in inverse proportion to improvements in location — either at street level or vertically — when you make a smart real estate investment, you may end up with something smaller than your ideal.

Have you analyzed exactly how much space you really need?

Ask families with big houses how many rooms are occupied at once and where the family regularly congregates, and usually they’ll admit to less than half the space really being essential to daily life.

Tiny homes, floating homes, and micro-urban condominiums prove that the less space you have the more cleverly you use it. On top of that, the premium location you’ve selected offers benefits you value — many

of which encourage you to spend more time out of the house — so you’ll love your lifestyle, build wealth, and, therefore, enjoy living in your cozy home.

Prepare to make the most of a small space by getting rid of over-sized furniture and purging rarely or never used items including shoes and clothes that no longer fit in spite of your hopes. Take quality, not quantity, to your new space.

How many of the following interior design and decor ideas for accentuating small spaces are you ready to put in action?

Winning Design Elements

High ceilings, lots of windows, multi-level lighting, light layered monochromatic decor schemes, and sparkling surfaces like crystal, glass, and mirrors add warmth and volume to create inviting living spaces.

Functional Layouts

If you love to cook, a large kitchen matters; if you’re a take-out fan, you may appreciate this extra space elsewhere in the home.

Visually Enticing Verticals

Let decor draw the eye up to visually expand rooms. Use vertical storage and shelving units to open up floor space and reduce clutter. Hang pictures above each other to raise the eye. Install curtain rods just under or on the ceiling to add height to walls. Use paint accents or moldings to visually raise ceilings.

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Add shelving, built-ins, and storage everywhere possible, especially in under-utilized areas: under stairs, around windows, across windows, high on walls, over doors, under beds, in corners, in walls, as islands…. Add

elevated platforms for sleep or storage where ceilings are very high. Steal slivers of space from other rooms to expand the closets that matter to your lifestyle.

Open Lines of Sight

Enlarge doorways, windows, hallways, or shelf depths to improve flow. Remove walls to combine small rooms into wide-open spaces. Open lines of sight by installing glass, french, or louvered doors or by removing doors and trim. Install bay or green-house windows to add an airy, practical touch.

Camouflaged Clutter

Conceal screens, electronics, and associated wires to reduce visual clutter. Use slipcovers to transform distracting mismatched chairs into harmonious seating. Decorative boxes collect hobby paraphernalia and other task tools out of sight, but at your fingertips.

Savored Furnishings

Select multi-purpose furniture with open design, mirrored surfaces, glass tops, and compact-scale to reduce clutter — visual and practical. Space-saving furniture, moved out from walls and artfully arranged in conversation groupings, further adds to flow through the home.

Color Magnifiers

Add colorful, well-chosen, eye-catching focal points — a vibrant accent wall, sophisticated art, unifying accessories, smart cushions… — as creative bold emphasis to monochromatic decor to help minimize the importance of room size. Each paint manufacturer and many decor media have their own “Official 2018 Colors” so check around to uncover tones and shades that work best for you.

On-Trend Accents

Dictate whether and how trends can be beneficial to your home. Not every fashionable idea makes sense in your special small space. Ball-shaped lighting fixtures, circle patterns, golden-brass fixtures, natural materials, and velvet sofas are a few hot 2018 trends, but they won’t automatically add functionality and visual value to your space. Test trends on one or two accessory items or pillows to see what works. Before jumping into a major make-over, seek out small-space professional design input.

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Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1014040-20180116-live-it-up-in-a-smaller-space?rtmpage=

January 16, 2018   No Comments

8 Tips for Buying Home Decor Accessories

When we shared this survey and asked you guys about topics you would like to read on the DIY Playbook, we had a few themes pop up over and over again. One of those topics that many of you noted was a post about how we shop for home decor accessories.

When we sat down to chat about our list of “requests” we couldn’t help but note how thankful we were that you guys brought this to our attention because we probably would never think to break this “process” down. Our tips & tricks are not necessarily hard and fast rules, but we’re still happy to share what we know so that our fellow rookies trying to recreate a look they love (ya know… like that perfectly styled shelfie on Pinterest!!) can knock it out of the park with confidence. We promise shopping for home decor accessories is NOT as daunting (or as calculated) as it may seem. Here are the tips & tricks we keep in mind when looking for the perfect items to sprinkle around our shelves and spaces:

1. Know your size limits: The very FIRST thing we do when identifying what accessories to buy for a specific space is to measure the space’s limits. If it’s a shelf, we see how tall the accessory can be and identify an approximate width size too. We then usually write down these measurements on a little piece of paper (or keep it in the notes of our phone) and ALWAYS carry that sheet around with us when we’re out shopping (we usually have a tape measure in our purse too). That way, we don’t make the mistake of buying something too tall or too wide, something that can’t even fit onto the shelf <<– been there, done that.

Maggie Built in Shelves plant decor2. Identify VERY loose guidelines: After identifying the sizes, we then note VERY loose guidelines on what we’re looking for. These notes usually include if we’re looking for a few tall items, maybe if we’re looking for (blank) number of short/wide/colorful/neutral items, maybe a few colors that we hope to include, etc. These loose guidelines make the hunt a little less overwhelming, but we do want to stress that we never make a list of EXACT items we’re looking for because that makes the hunt a lot more challenging and WAY more frustrating. Plus, if we know one exact item we want, we usually search online and buy it rather than searching for it at stores like Target, HomeGoods, etc.

maggie reveal coffee table flowers3. Don’t break the bank: We rarely ever splurge on an expensive home decor accessories because we’re usually confident we can find things we love that are affordable. We usually shop at affordable places like HomeGoods and Target but we have a lot of luck (and love the one-of-a-kind/old school options) at Goodwill or local thrift stores and garage sales.

08-pineapple-anthropologie-pens-desk4. Choose items that are meaningful or tell a story: We love a perfectly styled shelf but we REALLY love a perfectly styled shelf that tells a story about the homeowner. Try to incorporate items into your home decor that are important to your story, your travels, the important people in your life, etc. (Like Casey’s little turtle memento from her honeymoon!)

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5. Shop your home: Before you shop, look around your house and try to use items you already have. So many times we re-work items from around our house into new places in our home and instantly have a newfound love for these old pieces. Try to use what you have before buying new.

Maggie Built in Shelves 6. Alternate heights: This tip is more for after you buy your items and start styling, but we thought it may be helpful to know this info when you’re out shopping/searching for those new things. One of the most important styling tips we use is incorporating pieces with a variety of heights to add visual interest and depth. While you’re out shopping keep this in mind. Layering tall things with medium sized things with short things is important… so try to buy items of all sizes and shapes <– frames included! The more diverse in height/shape/texture/even color (to an extent) the better.

Built In boxes organization family room7. Add books: As far as we’re concerned, books are always an important component to a styled space. If you’re a big reader and have a library of books, shop your home and you’re already set! If you don’t collect books that often, check out Goodwill or even your local Library for affordable, hard-covered books. When you’re picking your books out, look for titles that may help “tell your story” or for spine colors that work with your room. <– some people think we’re crazy for buying books by color and not content, we’re not denying their allegations. 😉

Fall Home Tour Coffee Table8. Only buy what you LOVE: And last but VERY not least, only buy what you are absolutely OBSESSED with and don’t ever just buy to buy… especially when you’re feeling desperate to get the job done soon. Hold off and wait for things you absolutely love to ensure you’ll love them (and love your space) months or even years from now. Don’t put a deadline on getting these items for your new space, finding items that fit the bill is a process and will not happen overnight…. and that’s okay (and very normal)!!

In short, here’s our advice for buying YOUR perfect home decor accessories:

  • Measure
  • Jot down loose guidelines
  • Don’t overspend
  • Allow your space to tell your story
  • Shop your home… you may be surprised at what you find
  • Tall + Medium + Short = winning combo #Mix&Match
  • Books are always a good idea
  • Buy ONLY what you l-o-v-e …. no exceptions!

buying_home_decor_accessories_tipsAnd once you have those gorgeous new items of yours, be sure to reference our guide to styling the perfect shelf.

 

Written by: Bridgette & Casey

Source: http://thediyplaybook.com/2016/02/8-tips-buying-home-decor-accessories.html

November 9, 2016   No Comments

7 Easy And Cheap Tips For Creating A Cozy Fall Space

Does this time of year make you crave a roaring fire bedecked by gorgeous accessories, which you gaze at while sitting on your couch propped up by fuzzy pillows and wrapped up in a warm, soft blanket?

Us, too.

There’s just something about fall that makes you want to get all cozy, but achieving a chic space in fall and winter can get expensive. Unless you know where to look. Interior decorators and style mavens regularly shop at stores like Target and HomeGoods or online at Wayfair and Overstock to create high-low spaces, weaving some lower-priced, seasonal items to their everyday decor. You can use some of their tricks to create a fall home your friends and family will swoon over.

Bring in the layers

The biggest trick to creating a cozy fall space is laying fabrics and textures. A couple of new pillows mixed and matched with what you already have can be all it takes to transform your space.

The Sherpa Pillow ($25.49), Marled Knit Pillow ($21.24), and the Faux Fur Oblong Pillow ($21.24) are all from Target.


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Swap out your window coverings

The main issue with flimsy, sheer, or otherwise cold-weather-inappropriate window coverings is that they can allow that cold air to come in, making your house chilly and your heating system inefficient, and costing your money. The solution: “Use heavy fabrics or layered curtains over the windows to keep out drafts,” said Apartment Therapy. “Or, purchase insulated curtains with built-in thermal backing.”

Insulated curtains can be pricey, but this pair from Wayfair is only $40 and comes in 15 different colors.


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Think centerpieces

Even if you’re not hosting a big holiday meal this year, a festive centerpiece can make your home feel warm and inviting. You don’t need to go spend a lot of money on something pre-made. Take an existing vase or large bowl and fill it with these glittery foam acorns, just $2.50 from Hobby Lobby. If you’re not a fan of acorns, this birch wood filler from Target is another great option.


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Fill a crate

This weathered wooden crate is only $7.98 at Walmart. Fill it with gourds and place it on your front porch or position a fuzzy blanket inside and place on your fireplace hearth – now you’ve mastered inexpensive, fall-flavored décor.


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Quench your thirst

There’s nothing like a warm, fragrant drink in fall. This Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider costs almost nothing to make, is super easy, and is a great solution if you’re having guests over. Plus, it’ll make your house smell amazing.


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Jazz up your mantel

You don’t have to raid your favorite home décor store to make your mantel sing this season, and you don’t have to go super traditional with your choices either. “Pots of moss bring a touch of green indoors and work well with both autumn and winter holiday mantel arrangements,” said Midwest Living. “We scattered pinecones around the pots for a fall feel. A clothesline along the mantel can hold leaves in early fall; as winter approaches, change out the look by adding mittens or snowflakes.”

You can buy preserved moss in a craft store or online; this bag from World Market is $5.99. Terra cotta pots are under $1, and if you want them antiqued, you can DIY them in a few minutes.


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Grab a blanket

Chilly days and nights call for the ability to cuddle up. A ruddy throw will give your living room couch a fall lift and also help keep you and your guests comfortable when the temperatures drop.

This Eddie Bauer Edgewood Plaid Flannel Sherpa Throw from Overstock will look as great draped over your couch as it will keeping you warm, and it’s just $17.99. Plaids are always a good choice for fall, and they’re especially trendy this year.


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Written by Jaymi Naciri on Sunday, 06 November 2016
Source: http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice1/item/48483-20161107-7-easy-and-cheap-tips-for-creating-a-cozy-fall-space

 

November 8, 2016   No Comments

9 Tips For Creating A Family Friendly Home That Marry Form And Function

Having a kid and trying to make sure you don’t lose your sense of style as the home gets overrun by bouncy chairs and toys? Maybe you’ve been in kidland for several years and are looking to reclaim some of your style. It can be challenging.

“As tricky as it may be to live comfortably in a small one-bedroom or studio, decorating a big family home has its hurdles, too,” said MY DOMAINE. “There are so many questions to ask: What fabrics are kid- and pet-friendly? Which coffee tables won’t take my toddler’s eye out? How can I give myself a little privacy? Once you figure out what works best for your brood, the next big thing to consider is how to do it all in style.”

Here are some tips to help you navigate the space between form and function.

Fight against dirty walls

“There’s no getting around it: Walls take a beating with young ones around,” said HGTV. “Cleats are casually tossed against white baseboards. Bedroom doors become backboards for basketball practice. A fresh expanse of drywall morphs into a blank canvas for that new set of crayons. Sticky fingers trail along hallway walls.”

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful color. Just make sure you choose paint that is washable and wipeable. Some family-friendly favorites can be found here.

Watch those corners

Sharp corners are the bane of a new parent’s existence. You can mitigate them by using pool noodles or edge guards, but they’re not so stylish. A round coffee table instead of one that’s squared off can be a great addition to your living room, both from a functional and style perspective.


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Bring in a little fun

Adding in fun touches keeps your home lively. This chalkboard barn door does the trick, and it comes in a variety of different finishes and textures to match your unique style.

You can have the white couch

We always chuckle when we see home design shows that give a growing family a big white couch. That’s not happening in our house, where materials are chosen expressly for their ability to resist spills and dog hair, and colors chosen to best disguise dirty fingers and puppy stains. But, white can be done. You just need some washable slipcovers, a little diligence, and a good washing machine.


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You don’t need a glider chair

It’s one of the first things new parents-to-be think about when preparing for their first child. And a glider chair is a great place to hold, rock, and nurse a baby. But, unless you’re planning on having several children in a row or see the chair melding into your décor beyond the baby stage (especially if you’re intending to put it in the middle of your living room), you might be able to do without – especially if you’re on a budget.

There’s a lot of back and forth about how much of a necessity (or not) a glider is, but if you’re on the fence, don’t want to spend the money, or would rather focus on something that better matches your style and long-term décor needs, you’re justified.

You don’t need duckies and bunnies or baseballs and mitts in the baby’s room

Nor do you need a gender-specific color. Check out the chic HGTV star Jillian Harris created for new baby, Leo.


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Don’t go with a cheap rug

You might be worried about wear and tear and stains with kids, but a quality rug may be a better option than something cheap. “Invest in a wool rug,” said The Chriselle Factor. “Wool rugs generally come at a higher price point, but for the family-friendly home, they’re worth every penny. They’re soft underfoot, help break the tumbles and falls of the newly-walking, and they’re much more durable against foot traffic – so more often than not, you’ll be saving in the long run.”

Get creative with storage

Whether your kids are brand-new or heading into their teens, you always need more places to put stuff, and you want them to be as nice to look at as they are useful. If you’re in the market for a new kitchen table, consider a banquet with a lift-top bench or slide-out drawers. They make great places to store kitchen or dining items, bibs and towels, and kids’ art supplies.


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Coffee tables with drawers or ottomans you can slide under desks or taller tables are key for families and also make great options for extra seating in a pinch. But when it comes to toy storage, they can start to overrun your house.

One of the keys to a good design scheme is mixing it up with interesting shapes, colors, and textures, so consider this tip from Huffington Post: “Think outside of the box with your storage! Who says toys need to be stored in ugly plastic bins? There are so many gorgeous baskets (or even an unexpected roomy tote) at a range of price points. Storage that doubles as décor also makes cleanup a cinch.”


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Keep the big picture in mind

There are several great tips in this chic living room: Ottomans keep it cushy and can be moved out of the way for floor play. Bookcases stuffed with games and toys put everything your little one wants at arm’s reach and are easy to put back for a tidy space. The concrete table is “perfect for kids’ crafts,” said MY DOMAINE. And bright pops of color and a ship chandelier keep it all interesting.


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Written by Jaymi Naciri on Sunday, 30 October 2016
Source: http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice1/item/48360-20161031-9-tips-for-creating-a-family-friendly-home-that-marry-form-and-function
 

November 1, 2016   No Comments

How to Make Your Home Halloween-Friendly For Kids

Most kids will tell you that Halloween is one of their favorite holidays. Of course, the truth is that many adults love decorating and getting their homes into the spirit as well. With the following tips, you can make your home a Halloween-friendly setting that brims with seasonal charm.

Pumpkins and Gourds

You don’t have to be a crafty do-it-yourselfer to ramp up the Halloween charm of your home’s exterior. Add pumpkins and gourds of various shapes and sizes to your front steps in order to improve your house’s seasonal curb appeal. If you don’t enjoy carving pumpkins, you can simply paint your pumpkins to reflect spooky faces. Use glow-in-the-dark paint to create eerie eyes and add other simple accents to your pumpkins with odds and ends from around your home.

Front Door Wreath

A seasonal wreath is a simple accent, but it’s one that brims with warmth and festive charm. A wreath will greet trick-or-treaters as they come to your door, but it will also make for an inviting focal point for potential buyers if you’re planning to list your home on the market this autumn. If you really want to wow the kids, replace your fall wreath with a spooky witch or ghost as it gets closer to Halloween.

Spooky Trees

To rev up the visual appeal of your outdoor setting for Halloween, consider bringing your trees into your design plan. With a bit of fishing line and outdoor-friendly fabric, you can create a troop of ghosts that hang from the low branches of trees on your property. You can also hang other decorations like spider webs, bats and flying witches.

Front Lawn Focal Point

If you’re planning to sell your home in the fall, try to avoid installing decor that might take away from the beauty of your setting. But you can still create a Halloween focal point that blends well with your home and landscape. For instance, if you have a birdbath, you might consider replacing it with a cauldron encircled by the silhouettes of witches. The key is to create a sophisticated display that is attractive to both children and potential house buyers.

Eerie Living Room

You can create a haunted living room scene that can also tie the look of this room together. Rather than investing in expensive slipcovers or new furnishings, simply deck your furniture out with clean white sheets to create an eerie setting. Add some flickering, battery-operated candles and cobwebs to create an inviting Halloween setting that will work for you even if you’re selling your house.

Garage Door

Don’t ignore the blank slate of your garage door when decorating your exterior setting for Halloween. Vinyl clings can help you create a wonderful seasonal display. Consider a bevy of bats or a row of eye-catching jack-o-lanterns to adorn your garage door. Even if you intend to sell your home in the fall, a decorated garage can help you improve your home’s curb appeal.

Decorated Windows

Decorating your windows with Halloween decorations can enhance your décor both inside and out. You can add spooky silhouettes to the windows along with some black crepe to create an eye-catching arrangement. If you do have electrical décor, make sure to keep a fire extinguisher close by, just incase.

Halloween Props

Finally, don’t forget to add some fun Halloween props to your interior to get into the spirit of the Halloween season. Add some spooky potion bottles to your mantel or shelf, black candles to your candleholders, black flowers to vases and hang fake spiders or ghosts from lighting fixtures. You can also replace your wall hangings with Halloween-inspired pictures that bring a touch of eerie charm to your setting.

Conclusion

Whether you choose to purchase your Halloween decorations or make them yourself, you can enhance the look of your home when you decorate for Halloween. The kids in your neighborhood are sure to appreciate your outdoor décor just as much as your neighbors and potential buyers.

 

Written by Andrea Davis on Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Source: http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice1/item/48278-20161026-how-to-make-your-home-halloween-friendly-for-kids

 

October 28, 2016   No Comments