Weekly Round-ups: Hotel Inspired Interiors

July 22nd, 2016

 

With summer vacation schedules in full swing, now is a great time to use trendy hotel design ideas in your own home.  Room service not included.

Freshome teaches you how to style your home into a 5-star hotel inspired retreat.

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Check out these 11 hotels you should visit before you remodel your home, compiled by Elle Decor.

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Apartment Therapy: Put these style tips to use and you’ll feel like you’re waking up on vacation every morning.

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Huffington Post shares a simple trick of hotel designers. Fresh flowers whenever and where ever possible.

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Teachers Get FREE Area Rug for Classroom at Coles!

July 20th, 2016

In appreciation for the dedicated service of teachers to our children, Coles is giving away a FREE area rug for the classroom! The Giveaway of these quality and large sized area rugs will be held at the San Diego and San Marcos locations on Saturday, August 6th and Saturday August 13th, starting at 8am while supplies last. Limited quantity – come early! First 150 teachers in line will receive a FREE area rug!

Coles Fine Flooring 1170 W. Morena Blvd., San Diego 92110 & 2175 Montiel Rd., San Marcos 92069.

One per teacher, please show your Teacher ID for Free Rug.

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Weekly Round-ups: Outdoor napping spaces!

July 15th, 2016

Is there anything better than a nap in the great outdoors? Learn how to create your own serene space for a summertime siesta.

From day beds to swings, see how Sunset Magazine sleeps al fresco.

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Houzz features over 500 rooms categorized under ‘outdoor nap’.  Which one is your favorite?

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You’ll be swinging in the breeze after watching this HGTV slideshow featuring outdoor lounging rooms.

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This round-up of outdoor beds will make you wonder why you ever spend a night indoors.

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Weekly Roundups: Accent Walls

July 8th, 2016

Dress up your home with accent walls. Not only are accent walls a quick fix but they are also cost effect!

Better Homes and Gardens has beautiful Bedroom Color Schemes. Whether you are looking for a neutral pop of color to add to your bedroom or a bright hue, you can find the perfect palette for your room.

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Ten Tips for Picking Paint Colors by HGTV has a video guide for choose the perfect blend of colors to choose the perfect blend of colors for your next room makeover!

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House Beautiful displays their favorite 11 accent wall colors in Colors Perfect for One Wall.

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Looking for a bolder design? Home Dit’s Dare to Be Different: 20 Unforgettable Accent Walls, has color ideas that will turn your house guest’s heads!

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Create the Perfect Beach Stay-cation Spot at Home!

June 29th, 2016

Not everybody has the time to take a long vacation every summer. For some of us, a stay-cation is all that’s in the cards this summer. The good news is we live in an amazing summer destination! So turn that frown upside down and bring a beach vacation home. With just a few small changes around the house, you can turn your day-to-day into a Beach Stay-cation.

Start the Day Off Right
Whether you’re taking a minute to eat breakfast for once before rushing off to work, sitting down to finish your coffee, or just taking a minute to flip through the newspaper, find a comfortable spot with plenty of natural light and allow yourself to start off your day with a little less whirlwind. You’re on Stay-cation, remember?

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Hang an Over-sized Beach Photo in your Home
Living in the beautiful place we do, most of us have a healthy handful of beach photos on our phones, right? Get one blown up and hang it somewhere that you’ll see it daily. Whether it’s a sunset, a family portrait, or maybe just a great shot of the kids playing in the sand, a daily reminder of the relaxing times spent at the beach can work wonders.

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Utilize a Calming Hue
Find a soft blue or green (or any other color that relaxes you) and use it! Whether this means painting an accent wall or swapping out your throw pillows for the summer, surround yourself in one of those calming beach cottage hues and let yourself take a deep breath.

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Lighten Up your Bedroom
Swap out your colorful or patterned sheets and duvets for a mostly white bedscape. Those cool, crisp white hues will feel great on those hot summer nights.

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Display your Memories
Have a piece of coral found on vacation or driftwood you picked up on a walk? A collection of seashells the kids brought home in their pockets? Add a little bit of sentimentality to your Stay-cation by putting some of your favorite beach finds on display!

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Create a Cozy Reading Nook
Set up a special place where you can work in a little “you time” on your Stay-cation and kick back with a book or magazine. Try to carve out twenty minutes a day for yourself, in your special spot.

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Get outside.
And, finally, take advantage of this beautiful place we call home and drop by the beach to watch the sunset once or twice a week. Grab a pizza or some fish tacos and let yourself relax on the sand for an hour to recharge.

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Sizzling Summer Sale!

June 24th, 2016

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Sizzling Summer Sale!

June 24th, 2016

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Weekly Roundups: Themed Bedrooms for Kids

June 24th, 2016

Inspire your child with a themed bedroom to stimulate their imagination and creativity!

Good Housekeeping has 10 Super-Fun Themes for Creative Kids’ Rooms, like these adorable sports themed rooms!

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Bored Panda has 22 Creative Kids’ Room Ideas that Will Make You Want to be a Kid Again. Like this nautical themed bedroom!

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Check out these 8 Themed Bedrooms for Kids by HGTV! These rooms are not only fun but are also stimulating for young minds!

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Create your own castle for your princess with these Princess Inspired Girls’ Rooms!

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Weekly Roundup: Home Offices

June 17th, 2016

Home offices are getting more and more popular. Here are our tips and tricks for creating and maintaining the perfect home office within your home!

Fresh Home has 30 Creative Home Office Ideas to ensure you’re Working from Home in Style.

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Small space? No problem! Real Simple has 17 Surprising Home Office Ideas to choose from.

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Learn How to Decorate a Home Office from County Living. Simple home offices make for a clutter-free area that enables concentration and relaxation.

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Get creative with your space with HGTV’s Home Office guide. Lighting within your home office is essential for productivity. Overhead lighting offers a soft yet bright look.

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Take your Living Room to the Next Level

June 2nd, 2016

The Living Room may just be the one room families spend the most time in. Whether you’re entertaining, relaxing, or just vegging out in front of the TV, chances are the living room is the place you go to for comfort and relaxation at the end of the day. But how can you possibly relax if it just doesn’t feel complete? Here are six tips to take your living room to the next level:

Shelf your Enthusiasm

Shelves are one of the best forms of storage in a home. Whether custom built or free-standing, they’re not only useful, but can make a huge statement. To avoid that statement being “Clutter,” organize your things in an attractive way. Color code your books for a color blocked masterpiece or line your shelves with mementos that mean something to you. Whatever you decide, shelving is a great way to make a room look more spacious and less cluttered.

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Consider Pendants

An oversized pendant light offers a welcome change, mixing up the usual floor lamp/ceiling fixture combination. Hanging it over the seating area creates a warm atmosphere perfect for conversations, calling people over to sit and stay a while. Opting for an abstract starburst or other unique fixture also provides a great focal point or conversation piece for your space.

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Style your Surfaces

Once you learn the perfect formula for arranging surfaces like a pro, you’ll never go back. A mix of three elements is all you need to convert any surface from a cluttered mess of trinkets to a perfectly styled mantel or side table. Just remember “Flat, Vertical, Organic.”

  • Flat: Books, trays, platters, textiles
  • Vertical: Framed art, lamps, sculptures
  • Organic: Flowers, plants, driftwood, stones/shells

These three elements give you varying levels and textures, which provides interest without overwhelming the eye with unnecessary clutter and it is a universally flattering arrangement that can be customized to fit any space. On the left we have a small stack of books and a box, with a vase and a flower arrangement. On the right we have a lamp, a book, and a piece of coral. Both arrangements compliment the spaces perfectly without overwhelming it.

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Mix up the Shape of your Sofa

The sofa often sets the tone for your living room. Higher, more structures sofas are generally more formal, while lower, softer sofas tend to lend a more relaxed tone to your space. Reconfigure your space to fit your needs. Do you need an overstuffed place to sink into for movie watching? Or do you need a conversation space?

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Update your Old Sofa

If replacing your couch isn’t in the cards right now, a makeover for your old couch might just do the trick. Check with the manufacturer to find out if they sell slip covers for your couch. If not, you can have one custom made or – if you’re in a pinch – simply revamp with a pretty textile and a drape-and-tuck trick.

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Layer your Textures

One thing many people overlook when decorating a space is texture. Layers of different textures are often what give a room that cozy, livable feeling. Mix and match from the following to bring your living room to the next level:

  • Soft: Knit throws or poufs, cashmere blankets, velvet pillows, faux furs
  • Natural: Handmade ceramics, stones, reclaimed or driftwood
  • Shiny: Glass vases, mirrored surfaces, shiny metal, Lucite
  • Rough: Linen, burlap, natural fiber rugs (jute or sisal) seagrass, wicker
  • Smooth: Leather, polished wood

This room employs so many different textures, and looks like the perfect place to curl up with a book and a glass of wine. With its soft knit pouf and cashmere throw, natural driftwood lamps and reclaimed wood table and mantle, shiny glasses, rough burlap and linen throw pillows, and smooth leather couch, it is the epitome of cozy.

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