Thursday, October 31, 2013

Colorful Home Decor

With the imminent gloom of winter on the way, I thought I'd seek out some color and light and some examples of what color can really do for your home. This is great for those who love white walls, live in rental that you can't paint, hate to paint, or just have a love for accessories and changing them up. Sometimes a blank white canvas of room is a little intimidating and you might even not know where to start. Bringing in simple neutral furniture is a great start so that it can grow with you while you figure out what you really want in your space. Then, observe what colors you are consistently drawn to, and seek out small home goods in those hues. Pillows, lamps, and vases are a great way to start.

Yellow Color Home Decorating
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Colors change with season and what's in style which goes the same with patterns. Instead of repainting all the time, try adding a little touch of color with some accessories and home decor around the house. This can give you that feel of color and texture that you might be looking for.

via House Beautiful

The great news with using home decor for your color is that it's really easy to switch it up. Add a bold cushion or curtain depending on the season...if it's a color you can't live with permanently, you can swap it out easily.

Colorful Home Decor Ideas | Just Imagine - Daily Dose of Creativity
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You can also do this with furniture pieces, like the blue table in the photo above. If you decided you didn't want blue anymore it would be a simple fix to change out just the side table and pillow. Another option would be to repaint that one piece! Since it's smaller it wouldn't be such a daunting task as repainting an entire room...

Want to go a little further than accessories for your room? You can frame wallpaper or paint a canvas to hang on the wall or bring in a spot color chair. When you want to change it up later you can switch out the chair to a different room or paint a new canvas.

House Beautiful

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You don't have to limit yourself - it might even be easier to switch out one piece like the rug to make the room look different. Don't be afraid to mix it up a little and make your room one that you love walking in to.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Stunning Spaces

Every Monday morning needs a little eye candy and inspiration! This morning I was searching for some new furniture designs and couldn't keep my eyes away from some of these gorgeous spaces. Each one has something I would love to have in it!

Pinterest via Desire to Decorate

I love a room that can entertain! The way they created multiple seating spaces in this room still keeps the extra large feel but makes it very homey. The rug also helps separate the room a little bit without taking away from those gorgeous floors.

via Laura Ashley

The wallpaper in this room modestly luxe. I love the way it is just a hint of color so it doesn't distract too much from the rest of the room but it gives it that something extra. I also love the dark furniture to give it some contrast.

via Pinterest via Design Fixation

Picking out great furniture for your room ins't always easy but in this room above it looks well thought out, but not like it's trying too hard. I love the mix and match quality of it but it still looks put together really well.
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The walls in this room are amazing! I absolutely love the historical touches and how the furniture doesn't take away from it at all! They stuck with the same three colors throughout and it looks amazing.

The room above is gorgeous! I love the neutrals and the elegant layout but my absolute favorite part of this room is the subtle color they brought in with the rug and bedding! This is a fantastic way to add a little color in a room as well as a pattern!

House of Wood

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Warm inspiration as it starts to get cold

Now that the weather is starting to cool, I've been thinking about unpacking our winter throws, accent pillows, and down comforters. One of my favorite winter comforts is my faux fur throw. It adds luxe, glamour, and coziness to my sofa.

Winter is also a great time to swap out cotton and canvas pillows for textured pillows.  Mixing up different textures like mongolian lamb or yarn always looks inviting.

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Pack up the linens and sheers for heavier velvet or silk drapes.  Not only do they look gorgeous, they will actually help keep the chill out from the windows.

Obviously visually warming up your space isn't enough to keep your home much as I love the old look of traditional radiators in a home, there are some pretty cool modern ones I'd never seen before!
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I love that the one above doubles as a console as well! I would love to curl on the couch and read next that warm radiator! Some perks of these modern radiators? If you are looking to heat up a small space such as a bathroom or an office, you can use a low wattage radiator which can save you so much in price as well saving energy! They also are very quick to heat up unlike a heater which can take some time to get going and will cost you for all that extra time you have it running to get up to the desired temperature. Also if it is not a portable heater it has a very low risk of house fires which makes it a safer alternative.

Steel Decorative radiator GRAFFE by SCIROCCO H | #Design Bruna Rapisarda, Lucarelli-Rapisarda #bathroom #clip
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Not to mention designer radiators are pretty cool looking these days! There are a ton of different styles, shapes, sizes, and colors to fit in with your home decor. For example, the one above also comes in yellow, brown, and blue!

via Houzz

If you still like the look of the older covered radiators you can just do a quick update to a more modern one that can save you space and be more efficient. In small spaces a smaller radiator can make a world of difference!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Make your bathroom feel more luxurious

I'm one of those people who loves a luxurious feeling bathroom, and a hot shower or bath at the end of a long day. I'm guessing we all wish we had a luxury shower. One that's extra roomy with multiple shower heads and one of those speakers to jam out to music too! Don't you think a place you visit plenty often during the day should be gorgeous? Agree or not, bathrooms are one of the most expensive things to remodel. So here's a few pointers to making the shower you have a little more luxurious!

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How amazing is this shower?
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Pick the perfect shower head! If nothing else can be fixed spend a little extra on an amazing shower head. It can make a huge difference in the morning to feel like you are in an expensive shower even if you have to close your eyes. At least it feels good! There are a lot of options available these days that have great pressure, but only use a small amount of water, so try and go the eco-friendly route when you can!


Change up the paint. Sometimes a new perspective can create a better vibe in the bathroom. Try to stick with clean neutral colors. Those tend to be more soothing in the morning, but if you are a colorful person, stick with pastels! A gloss finish will make walls easier to clean. If you are super brave and really want a luxe look - try a navy blue or black paint.  You might be surprised at how much you like it!

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Another option if you are in an apartment, rental, or have a smaller bathroom would be to change the curtain rod! Most spaces like that go with a shower tub unit and those can make you feel really confined. You can easily find a curved shower curtain rod that gives the shower a little more space!   If you can manage it, a floor to ceiling curtain will really look luxe! When I'm feeling tired of my bathroom, I find that a new shower curtain and bathmat do wonders.

The last but most important thing you can do to keep your shower feeling luxurious is to keep it clean and clutter free. The less that's in your space to gather moisture and dust the better.  A vanity with drawers or cabinets is great for storing things off your vanity surface, as is a medicine cabinet.  If you simply must have somethings on the vanity surface, choose products with pretty bottles, or transfer products to pretty bottles.
via DecorPad

It's amazing what a few changes can do to make a space one that you tolerate daily to one you can't wait to step into!


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Letting Light In! Beautiful windows and natural light-filled rooms

It seems like the rain has set in these past few days and it can really make a day seem dreary. Even my dog is getting stir crazy from not going outside as much.  I thought that maybe some window and natural light eye candy could help brighten up the mood a bit.  After all, I've never hear anyone say "my home has too many windows - they make too much natural light!"  If I ever heard someone say that, I might have to slap them - and you should too.  (Sorry, I guess all the rain has gotten to me...)

Most people consider energy savings the primary benefit of replacing windows, and while it is a tremendous benefit, you'd be amazed at what a new window, like coral windows, could do for your space! Enlarging a window or adding one where there once wasn't can really transform the entire room.  The windows in the front of our house are wide, but barely 2 feet tall, so sometimes it makes me feel like we are in a basement or the lower floor of a split level.  I would love to replace them with taller windows - I know it would make the front rooms feel much larger!

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I use a sunlight lamp in the winter when we have shortened days, and it makes a tremendous difference in my mood. It's no substitute for the joy you get when you step outside on a gorgeous bright sun shining day, but it's better than nothing, and I imagine that upgrading your windows to let more light in will only help as well. 


via Pinterest via Elle Decor

Unfortunately, we don't all have the budget to replace our windows for the much needed luxury of light. There are certain tricks you can employ that don't cost as much as windows.  I would try using a slightly glossier paint in your rooms (keep in mind that the glossier the paint, the more defects will stand out in your walls).  Also, consider painting your ceiling in a high gloss or metallic paint - it really makes the light bounce!

We all know the trick of using mirrors to make a room feel bigger, and remember that mirrors also reflect light! Using a mirror on the opposite side of a window can create illusion of more light! Also avoiding heavy fabric curtains, and make sure they are hung so you can pull them back all the way from the frame of the window. 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Barn Inspired Details in the Home

My parents have always had dreams of converting a barn into a home.  Like my parents, most of us probably don't have the means to live in a gorgeously restored barn, it is at least possible to bring a little bit of the barn into your home.

Barn doors are something I've been seeing more and more of lately, and they aren't just for rustic, country homes either.   Depending on the door's treatment and hardware, they can even look chic and elegant.

Stunning.  via Pinterest

The walls and door in stark white contrasts with the ceiling beams and hardware, which creates a clean, crisp look.
via Living with Libby

I also love it when the doors' original patina is left in tact.

The hardware is just as gorgeous as the doors! Nowadays its not as hard to find options when it comes to barn door hardware. Whether you want it to blend in or stand out, the hardware makes a major difference once installed. 

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You know my love for white, and white can keep the look sophisticated while still giving a nod to the barn. If you are not a rustic person but still love the barn door look this might be the best option for you! It still looks modern and classy here. I'm not sure if this one has the sliding door hardware on it or not, it looks more like it's from a garage.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013