A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

10 Aug

A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

Make this important room into a personal retreat.

Most of us think about bathrooms in terms of function. And that’s the first need! In addition, consider your bathroom as a room of beauty and comfort! It’s not hard to change a drab bathroom into a luxurious cocoon.

For a calm, serene look and feel, use neutral colors, like white or off-white. If you’re looking for energy, select bold and bright colors, and consider coordinating an en-suite bathroom color scheme with the bedroom color.

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Some obvious places to start your bathroom plan are:

  • A paint color that makes you feel pamperedbathroom3
  • An elegant vanity, maybe even a vintage table that’s repurposed
  • New countertops, backsplashes and sinks
  • Updated hardware, including faucets, pulls and handles, available in a variety of styles and finishes
  • Beautiful framed mirrors, instead of frameless wall-to-wall mirrors
  • Layered lighting that’s beautiful AND functional, and maybe even a skylight to bring in natural light

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Redoing the shower or tub is a bigger project, but how much fun to create a luxurious bathing experience. This is a good place to spurge on finishes and hardware since you’ll enjoy them every day of the year.

Function is also key when updating a bathroom.

  • Use slip-resistant flooring.
  • Select finishes that are easy to clean and resistant to water, especially if you live in a humid environment.
  • Plan for as much storage as you need, so the bathroom never looks cluttered.
  • Include plenty of towel racks, so towels are easy to reach and have a chance to dry.  
  • If you have space, include a place to sit, whether it’s a built-in bench or a movable chair or stool.

Are you ready to have a luxurious new retreat in your home? Focus on remodeling your bathroom this season!

 

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Layering is not just for cakes or the newest outfit in your wardrobe.

3 Aug

Layering is not just for cakes or the newest outfit in your wardrobe.

Layering is a beautiful decorating strategy.

layers1We think of layering when we decide what to wear – putting on a shirt over a camisole, then adding a scarf and necklace. Layering for your home is similar; it adds richness and depth, and keeps your home warm in feeling and mood. There are so many surfaces you can layer in your home.

 

Add layers:

  • To your walls with wainscoting, stenciling, wall coverings and crown moldingslayers2
  • To your floors with rugs and carpets over hard wood, tile and stone flooring
  • To your window coverings by pairing soft window treatments with blinds and shades
  • To your bed with layers of sheets, blankets, duvets, comforters, throws, pillows and more
  • To your furniture with slip covers, embellished pillows and cuddly throws
  • To your lighting by combining functional task lighting with interesting lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, spotlights and even candles
  • To your dining table with tablecloths, runners, placemats, chargers and dishware

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Layers can be achieved with color, by using multiple shades within the same color family or by using complementary colors, such as deep red accents in a sage green décor. Think of color layering during the holidays too, with accents in gold, silver, red and green, or blue and silver.

You can also layer with patterns, using several patterns in a decorating scheme or using the same pattern in slightly different colors or a different scale.

 

Just be careful with too many patterns, so you don’t create chaos!  Consider layering with textures too, combining soft rich fabrics with crisp, clean linen and even tweedy, rough wools.

 

Think multidimensional about your rooms this summer, and add a little layering for depth and engagement.

 

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Yellow is a mellow choice for summer decorating

27 Jul

Yellow is a mellow choice for summer decorating – and throughout the year.

yellow3 This versatile hue adds sunshine and brightness to a room.

Yellow is a positive and enthusiastic color. It awakens the spirit and evokes a positive attitude. That’s why using it in your interior decorating plan will brighten your home environment and add a cheerful touch.

In color psychology, yellow is correlated with joy, energy, happiness and warmth. And yellow comes in so many choices. Some variations are so light and airy they can actually become neutrals. Others are super-saturated, so they create a bold, warm feel.

 

Each yellow hue is more luscious and vibrant than the next, including:yellow2

  • Lemon yellow
  • Marigold
  • Canary
  • Mustard
  • Flax
  • Banana
  • Goldenrod
  • Butter yellow
  • Saffron

Think yellow tones for so many of your interior design elements:

  • Upholstery and drapery fabrics
  • Paint
  • Tile accents
  • Bedding and bath linens
  • Painted furniture
  • Wallpaper
  • Tableware
  • Even a bowl of tangy lemons or a vase of perky sunflowers

Yellow1Yellow goes with almost any style of décor and plays well with a variety of colors. Think of pairing yellow with a black and white decorating plan, with brown and cream, or with a soft gray palette. Yellow also looks beautiful with most any shade of green, and with reds and blues too!

Want to make your rooms more energetic and joyful? Add yellow to your home environment!

 

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Bright Colors to Energize Your Home

13 Jul

Bright colors will enliven your home and perk up your life.

Be brave and energize your interior design plan!
AdBright Colors1d bright color to your interior design plan to create excitement in your décor and express your personality!
Bright colors tend to make people feel energetic, so use them in moderation and in the rooms where you want to feel spirited and lively. Be cautious about using too much bright color; it can make a room chaotic, especially when the colors are in bold patterns.

 

You have so many choices for adding bright colors:Bright Colors2

  • The clean primary colors of red, blue and yellow
  • Shocking pink and orange
  • Multiple versions of green, including Kelly green and acid green
  • Passionate purples from dark violet to lighter periwinkle
  • Earthy bright colors like rust, mustard and burnished red tones
  • Splashy spring tones of pink, green and yellow
  • Many hues of brilliant blue including royal blue, French blue and turquoise blue

Adding bright colors is all about being courageous! Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Accent paint, such as one wall in a room, the cabinets of a kitchen island, or the back walls of a built-in shelving systemBright Colors3
  • The valance or top treatment of a window fashion or the tapes on a horizontal blind
  • Touches of bright color on a printed fabric used for upholstery or draperies
  • The backsplash in your kitchen or bath – or the border on a tile surface
  • One brightly painted accent table in the living room, great room or bedroom
  • Bed or table linens that can easily be changed when you tire of a specific bright hue

Add a touch of bright to your home this season. It will energize your living space.

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Benches Are a Great Decorating Choice

6 Jul

Benches are a beautiful, versatile and flexible decorating choice

You can use them for seating, storage, display and more!Benches1

Benches are just about the most flexible and functional pieces of furniture you can purchase! Just think of where you can use them:

  • At the bottom of a bed

  • Under a window in the living room or great room

  • In the entry hall or mud room

  • At the dining room table or kitchen table

  • In outdoor living space

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Textures Are A Nice Touch in Interior Design

29 Jun

Textures add the sense of touch to your decorating plans.

From rough to smooth, nubby to silky, textures invoke an emotional feeling.

Textures are a nice touch in an interior design scheme. They can caress your skin or stimulate the senses with a bit ofTextures2 roughness. Whether the textures you add are soft or hard, dense or airy, pliable or firm, they will add interest and engagement to your décor.

Consider these elements to add texture to your home:

  • In fabrics – velvet, chenille, linen, wool and tweed

  • In furniture – rattan, wicker and recycled wood

  • In flooring – grained wood, textured tile, contoured rugs and shag carpeting

  • In window fashions – smooth shutters and textured woven wood shades

  • In painted walls – faux finishes such as Venetian plaster, ragging, sponging and marbleizing

Texture is not just about how a home design element feels; texture also has a look. If you use a neutral color palette, Textures1texture is especially important. It helps you avoid a sterile or cold feeling.

Think faux fur, fabrics with ridges, textured paint treatments, tongue and groove ceilings, ceiling medallions, rough stone fireplace facades, cork and grass wall coverings, uneven hand-made terra cotta tiles, even burlap in the right setting!

Smooth, soft fabrics tend to be associated with traditional or elegant rooms, while modern rooms have rougher texture, but you can think outside the box on these stereotypes. Layering Textures3textures is a good strategy, such as soft rugs atop hard surface flooring or smooth throw pillows atop a rough upholstery fabric on chairs and sofas.

Add a tactile sense to your interior decorating plan by focusing on textures with your home element selections.

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Headboards or Head “Bored”

22 Jun

Head-Bored?

Since we spend so much time in our bedrooms, our bedroom furniture shouldn’t be boring. And If you are looking Headboard1for a way to make your bedroom more interesting, you can accomplish that by adding a unique headboard to your bed to make a bold statement, or add a splash of color to a muted room. And what’s more fun than making your haven your own by personalizing your headboard. And if you feel confused and flustered by the possibilities, we are here to give you some ideas.

Headboards come in different shapes, finishes and endless varieties. It isn’t so much a piece of furniture as much as an aspect of your bed. For example, you can choose to hang lights, tapestries, or frames instead. And if you feel confused and flustered by the possibilities, we are here to give you some ideas.

But first, let’s talk history. Headboards surprisingly have such an interesting history; they headboard4can go back as far as ancient Egypt and Greece. And like any other piece of furniture, they differ from civilization to another. For instance, ancient Egyptians used them for decoration mostly, making them out of silver and gold, while Greeks and Romans were more concerned about the function of headboards, which was to protect them from cold drafts since homes lacked insulation during those times. And then in the middle ages canopies & bed drapery appeared for aesthetic purposes. Since nowadays it’s all about the looks, let’s stick to aesthetically pleasing headboards, and after all, we wouldn’t want you to be head-bored.
Headboards come in different shapes, finishes and endless varieties. It isn’t so much a piece of furniture as much as Headboard3an aspect of your bed. & here are some tips and ideas:

  • Custom upholstered headboards are fun to design and make, from the shape to the color, pattern, & texture of the fabric.
  • In small rooms, designing a headboard that stretches to the ceiling helps in adding dimension.
  • If you are into antiques, finding special doors, or room dividers and using them instead of a headboard can add that uniqueness you long for.
  • Canopies & bed draperies can add a soft or luxurious look to your bedroom.
  • You can also create the illusion of a headboard by hanging lights, frames, tapestries, or even rugs instead of having a headboard.
  • And you can always choose to combine 2 or more of the listed options to create a dramatic look.

Hope you learned something new about this interesting piece of furniture. If you are considering changing the look of your bedroom to make it more welcoming, share with us your favorite idea.

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Masculine Style In Honor of Father’s Day

16 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d choose a subject fathers can relate to, which is masculine interior design. Masculine1But for the non-fathers, and non-males out there, we got you covered too. Even though masculine style in interior design is mostly associated with males, it’s definitely not exclusive to them (sorry, guys!); Masculine style can be used in any home, whether it be a bachelor pad, family home, or even singles crib.masculine4
Everyone thinks choosing to go with a masculine style for a space means staying away from anything fashionable or festive. Which is not entirely true, because it can definitely be elegant and classy. All it takes is just a little research and thinking outside the box. Continue reading

Pillows Can Add Interest and Style to Your Decor

27 Apr

Pillow Talk

Pillows2Seasons change and so does our mood; When spring approaches you feel like your soul is craving colors, and fun, floral, exciting patterns. And when fall comes, we tend to look for cozier neutrals and reds. So instead of changing a whole room or switching furniture to give the room a makeover, try switching or adding throw pillows and cushions every season to add more pizazz and fun to a room. A Pillow or a cushion is a versatile accessory that comes in endless styles, colors, and patterns. But keep in mind that having too many pillows can end up resulting not only in adding discomfort, but also a distraction in the decoration. So here are some tips that will help you incorporate a new element in the room:

  1. You can start by picking a color or colors
  2. opposites attract so don’t be afraid of adding a completely different color to a room
  3. Don’t be afraid to put different patterns together – Or you can simply stick to the one pattern, one solid theme
  4. For Smooth surfaces, we suggest adding textures for a more interesting look
  5. Mix in different shapes and sizes of pillows together to add dimension, but don’t overdo it
  6. Choose between an even number or an odd number arrangement depending on the style of roomPillows1

It’s not all about the arrangement of color choice or number of pillows that you might want to consider, but also the style and trim of pillows. here are some styles to choose from:

  1. knife edge pillow: the simplest of them all, which has the tapered, polished look
  2. self-welted pillow: it’s basically a knife edge with a banding of the same fabric around it
  3. ShowcaseHome1websiteTurkish corner pillow which is also known as the pleated corner pillow. And although this style tends to be more traditional, it can easily be incorporated into a more contemporary or modern style by choosing appropriate fabrics
  4. embellished pillow: finally, the funnest of them all. You can choose to embellish your pillow by adding a colorful cord, fringe, tassel fringe, or lace
  5. Also, you can add a personal touch to your pillow, like a photo, handmade applique, or a monogram

And after you and your pillows have taken the journey together, let them be the storyteller.

 

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Colored glass can light up your home!

13 Apr

This beautiful design element attracts more attention than clear glass and can change the mood in a room.Clear Glass3

When most of us think of glass objects, whether they’re for interior design or not, we think of clear materials. And most of us think of glass as an invisible part of our décor.

Colored glass can add light, reflection and sparkle to your home plan, all because of how sunlight or your own interior lighting interacts with the surfaces.

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Stained glass windows are an obvious choice. They’ve been popular for many centuries, bringing brightly colored light into ancient castles, homes and religious buildings. Stained glass can add vintage style to your home or create a touch that’s modern to the max. And stained glass can be custom designed for the exact size and shape of your windows to provide a truly unique design element.

If you’re not up for stained glass, consider using window glass with a soft violet, golden or green hue to soften the quality of light coming in, especially in rooms that get a lot of sun or in powder rooms, entries and hallways.
Think outside the window! Colored glass can be used for so much more than just windows, including:

  • Coffee tables and dining tablesClear Glass2
  • Chandeliers
  • Lamps
  • A display of glass vases, bowls, bottles or figurines
  • Colored glass crystals on the floor of your fireplace
  • Tile and floor accents
  • Even wind chimes, garden sculpture and tile in the garden

 

 

Colored glass is the clear choice for a design update this year. It adds touches of light and sparkle to your interior décor!

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