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August 21st, 2014

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A New Look for an Old Room

August 20th, 2014

Flooring is generally replaced every eight to ten years. What do you do in the mean time when you’re ready for a change? Instead of investing in new furniture or a big remodel when the bare bones of the room are still in good shape, just redecorate from floor to ceiling by changing the rug, walls and lighting.

Turn it up! With a fresh coat of paint in a quirky color, a few simple, but elegant lamps and a new area rug you can completely change the look and feel of a room for a fraction of the price.newlook1

Tone it down! Simplify to clean lines and neutral colors. White walls with the right lighting have a calming effect on a room. A picture window and pendant lights illuminate this room perfectly. Add a neutral area rug to keep your toes warm in the approaching cooler months and enjoy your new living room!


The transition between being a little girl and a young woman comes with the desire for a new bedroom. A new coat of paint, a brightly colored chandelier and a fun rug can instantly turn around a room. Add some throw pillow and fun prints on the wall to personalize it in a flash!


Already have a brown leather couch? Perfect! Add a floor lamp with a rusty patina and an animal print rug for a more Rustic theme. Simple accessories add to the charm and keep this makeover fast, easy and much less expensive than a full out remodel.



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Friday Favorites: Interior Lighting

August 15th, 2014

Light up your home with these amazing ideas.

Globe pendant lighting in the kitchen is the perfect combination of retro and modern says Enchanted Home.Lights1


Let recessed lighting soften any room in your home, houzz has endless idea boards for whichever style of home you have!Lights2


This Old House gives A Lesson in Bathroom Lighting that will give you all the tips and tricks to light your bathroom perfectly!Lights3


Light your hallway just right with these 23 Beautiful Hallway Lighting ideas from Architecture, Art & Design.Lights4

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Friday Favorites: K is for Kiddos!

August 8th, 2014

This weeks round ups are dedicated to the kids. We found functional and fun bedrooms that will inspire you and your little ones!

The Project Nursery shows how area rugs can spruce up a room in a snap!



What better way to decorate your child’s room than with kid inspired wallpaper from Rafa Kids.



This no sew teepee from Design Dazzle provides the perfect reading nook for story time.



Home and Event Styling has 10 Fun Ideas for a Kids Playroom that will leave your design side satisfied and your kids amused!


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Paint it Black

August 6th, 2014

It’s a good time for black. The dark, powerful color is BIG in interior design right now, with good reason. From shelving to door frames it can be used to add contrast or become a bold focal point all on its own and works with any color scheme. Most people shy away from painting entire rooms black — and that’s okay, because with black, a little goes a long way.

Highlight doors and windows with black frames. Black window frames help prevent them from feeling too bleached out in a brightly lit room, creating a silhouette against the light outside. Tie it into the rest of the room with black side tables or shelf hardware.    Black3

Pair black cabinets with bright walls. Black complements all kinds of colors, but introducing a lively color helps the dark cabinets look more stylish and less serious.Black2

Take a leaf out of England’s book and paint your door black. Make a statement with black doors — inside or out! Or dress an inside door like an outside one with an ornate knocker. Black doors framed in white give a bold sophisticated feel to any living space.Black4

If you’re feeling particularly daring, though, black hardwood (or laminate) floors are a great way to create a timeless focal point. Add a cow skin rug and bright throw pillows for a modern-rustic motif. Black1

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Friday Favorites: Wall Décor

August 1st, 2014

Have you ever stared at a blank wall and wished you could give it some life? This week’s link roundup gives some great ideas for how to turn a boring white wall into something that brings the entire room together.

Use shelves to break up artwork and display vases and books. More ideas at Better Homes and Gardens.


Get creative and think beyond pictures. Houzz shows us how to do this with a series of baskets or even HATS!


Check out House to Home for tips on using wallpaper to highlight a featured wall. The bold effect is sure to make a great centerpiece for the room.


Stencil and Stories brings us all the tips and tricks on stenciling any wall in your home. Design ideas, patterns, and material suggestions are all included.



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Gray Carpet

July 24th, 2014

We’ve already established that Grey is the New Beige but this year, grey has made a big splash in the carpet scene as well. While many people often associate grey with straight lines and modern design, that is just not the case anymore.

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This patterned Karastan carpet is easily complimented by the cool sage-colored drapes, but adding in the pale yellow chair gives the room a touch of warmth and comfort otherwise lacking. The yellow also helps to expand the color pallet to include other warmer elements such as a brown throw.


Even more cozy and warm is this bedroom. The blue-grey carpet already contains a yellow pattern which helps the antique chest of drawers and gold accents tie in easily creating an unexpected elegance.

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Burnt Orange couches and white-washed brick walls create a modern-southwestern vibe in this living room with simple natural wood accents in the lamp and bookshelf. The simple silhouette of the couches keeps the room from being overwhelming, preserving the integrity of the modern design.


If you’re looking for something more eye-catching though, this textured Karastan carpet paired with classic white chairs and ornamental furnishings causers the grey carpet to be the focal point of the room without the commitment of a bright accent wall or colorful couch you may or may not get sick of after a year or two. A classy and dramatic statement.


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Friday Favorites: Backyard Summer Fun

July 18th, 2014

Friday Link Round-Ups: Backyard Summer Fun

As we enter the peak of summer, we can’t help but be inspired by these breathtaking backyards and patios!

Maximize your patio space with a dual-purpose fit pit and coffee table by Better Homes and Gardens!


Bring a tropical paradise into the privacy of your own backyard with HGTV’s Tropical Outdoors.


Never miss out on socializing with friends and family again with an Outdoor Kitchen and Grill Station.


Create the Perfect Backyard Lighting with these tips from The Little House in the Big D.



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Light Toned Hard Wood

July 17th, 2014

When it comes to Hardwood, dark tones have been the hot commodity for quite a while now, but this year, but natural and beige hardwood is coming back around this season. Just like Medium brown tones, natural beige goes with just about any look. White it’s vastly popular in “Modern Scandinavian” design, it can also be very successful in anything from Dark and Exotic to Simple and Elegant, from Bold and Adventurous to Clean and Cozy.


Paired with dark walls, palms and primal sculptures, natural wood creates an exotic and curious atmosphere.


For more of a traditionally elegant room, dark wood furniture with light draperies and furnishings make the perfect balance of light and dark. Throw in some crystal candlesticks and your room is dressed to impress!


For a cozy yet modern kitchen, pair your light wood floors with white cabinets and stainless steel hardware to make the natural wood grain a focal point in the room. This look is perfect for a kitchen with a picture window to fill the space with natural light.


Fuel your daring side with red walls (or just an accent wall if you’re not ready to commit to a whole room) and furnish it with matching natural wood furnishings. This high gloss wood floor by Mannington reflects just enough of the natural light in the room to keep the red walls from feeling confining, but adding a white trim around the doors and windows certainly helps too!

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Friday Favorites: Liven Up Your Living Room

July 11th, 2014

The living room is one of the most used and seen areas within your home. Here are some tips to get your space just perfect for this summer’s get-togethers!

Choose the right color pallet and style for your living room with House Beautiful’s Designer Living Room Decorating Ideas.


Better Homes & Gardens has 38 Blank Wall Solutions.


The House of the Smith’s has Ideas and Guidelines to Mixing & Matching Patterns in your home.


See 18 Budget-Friendly before and after pictures from Southern Living.


Up date your living room with 33 Modern Living Room Design Ideas by Real Simple.


Need some extra storage? Here are 49 Simple But Smart Living Room Storage Ideas, courtesy of Digs Digs.


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