Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Budgeting for Fall Projects

Decide what you Want to Spend

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One of the biggest parts of decorating or re-decorating a space is budgeting. When you decide you would like to give a space in your home a refresh, it is important to sit down and decide what you are looking to spend before you start any sort of planning or shopping. 


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If your space needs a full re-do but your budget wont allow for that all at once, pick what is MOST important to update in the space. It can be frustrating when you know the space needs more than you can do all at once, but you will be much happier with the result if you take your time and start with the most important updates first. 

Price Compare

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Once you begin shopping, don't just go out and buy the first pieces you see and think will work. It can save you a lot in the long run if you shop around and price compare before diving into a large purchase. One easy way to go about this is to browse your favorite stores/sites for inspiration even if its on the pricier side. This way you can get ideas of what styles you like, then find similar pieces elsewhere if your budget does not allow you to splurge on those high end items. 

One Room at a Time

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One problem we see is people trying to tackle too much at once. If you feel multiple spaces in your home could use sprucing up or even complete overhauls, stick to one room at a time. It can be tempting to spread the budget you have over multiple rooms so you can see small improvements throughout your home. If you pool the money you have and pour it into one space at a time it will make a MUCH bigger impact and you will be glad you did. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Transitioning from Summer to Fall Decor

Faux Florals


Decorating indoors with faux florals is a fun way to bring the outside in, especially if you're not one to keep live plants living for very long. If the faux florals you currently have in your home are a bit more summery feeling, you can simply add to them to transition to fall. If you have an arrangement that uses a lot of fun bold colors, you can swap some out for more fall friendly stems. Succulents are hugely popular right now, so adding a few of those is another fun way to add to your current florals to transition them to fall. 


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Outdoor Pillow Covers


If you already have your full outdoor seating area set up from the summer time it can be easily transitioned for fall use. If you chose to use a lot of bright summer colors for your outdoor cushions, simply picking up some more neutral outdoor pillow covers is an easy and inexpensive way to make the space feel a little more cozy and fall like. 



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hot Trends in Decor for Fall

Geometric Wallpaper

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One big trend we are seeing is the use of wallpaper with geometric patterns. Geometrics are huge right now in general, so pair that with the comeback of wallpaper in residential homes and you have match made in heaven. We love to use wallpaper in places like entry ways and bathrooms. These are great places to use wallpaper because they are usually relatively smaller spaces where you can make a big impact. It is a good idea to choose a wallpaper that is on the more subtle and or neutral side for most situations. This helps to ensure that you wont tire of the color or pattern to quickly.  
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Painted Furniture 

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Another fun trend we are loving is painted furniture. This trend is great because of its wide range of versatility. With painted furniture pieces, you can go as bold or as subtle as you want to. One of the most common themes we are seeing among painted pieces is the use of neutral paint colors such as white, cream, or gray paired with different levels of distressing. We are also seeing a lot of mixing of wood tones along with paint. For example, all different styles of tables are being painted on the base and then leaving the wood tone on the top. This gives the piece an extra layer of dimension that can really add a lot to a space! 

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Tufted Pieces 

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Tufting is a trend that truly never goes out of style, it just happens to be very popular right now. We are seeing a return of more detailing and unique touches on upholstered pieces so this fits right in line with that. When you use a tufted piece in a space it adds just an extra bit of character which is always a good thing! These are some photos of a few tufted pieces we have used in recent projects! 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Decor for a Late Summer Outdoor Party

Although Summer is coming to an end, the weather is still plenty nice enough to enjoy your outdoor space! If you are throwing a late summer outdoor party, you may be interested in freshening up your outdoor living space. Now is a fantastic time to purchase outdoor furniture and rugs as the season is coming to a close. Below are photos from a clients outdoor living space we worked on last summer. We opted for cool blues, aquas, and greens for the overall color scheme. These are great colors to use as people associate them with being calm as well as with the beach. These are all good feelings to have while enjoying your outdoor space!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

End of Summer DIY Projects

As Summer is sadly coming to an end, you may be looking to get in one last fun DIY project. Below we have found some fun, easy DIY decor projects for you to tackle! 

Lost Sock Board

This is a fun DIY project that not only looks cute, but serves an awesome purpose! Lost socks seem to be a problem no matter how organized your household is. This is a fun way to have you and your family work together to help all of those socks find their missing mates! The step by step on how to create this is here:

Hanging Shelves


Less is more when it comes to interiors a lot of the time. Right now, especially clean lines and simple accessories are very on trend. If you are looking for a trendy addition to your home and don't want to break the bank on something that may not be as popular in a few years, this is the project for you! Check out the tutorial here:

Abstract Art


Art plays such a crucial part in making your house feel like a home. Unfortuatley, beautiful art is not always the most inexpensive thing to go out and purchase on a whim. If you are wanting a fun piece to add to your space, look no further than this easy and inexpensive DIY! The great thing about this one is you can choose colors that work best for your space. 

Head to this link for the instructions:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Empty Nest? How to make the Best use of Extra Space you may now have in your Home

Create a Home Office

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If you are suddenly finding yourself with extra space in your home, one thing you can do with it is create a home office. Having a space in your home that is dedicated to getting work done, wether that be for your job or for the home, can be such a fantastic addition. Here are a couple of photos from our personal office space. We wanted to make sure that it was a space that would fit our needs as well as inspire creativity!

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Make it a Guest Room


One great way to utilize extra space in your house is to make it into a guest room. Having a space for your guests to stay when they come in town is such a great thing to be able to offer. It is a fantastic way to make your friends and family feel welcome in your home. A couple of nice things to have in your guest room is a framed copy of the wifi password for their use, as well as a tray with things like freshly folded towels and a water for them.


Turn it into a Craft Space


For all of you crafters out there who do not have the space in your home to keep all of your projects and materials, we feel your pain! If you are lucky enough to have some extra space come available in your home, turning it into a craft space is a wonderful way to make the most of it. These are some photos of how others have made their craft room dreams into a reality!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to Organize your Home for Back-To-School Storage

Backpack / Coat Storage Combo

One way your home can become easily cluttered once back-to-school season hits is by backpacks, shoes, and coats being thrown all over as soon as the kids get home. Creating a designated storage space for these items can easily eliminate this clutter. Giving each child a specific spot for their items makes it easy for them to come in and know exactly where they go without having to take them all the way to their individual rooms, or worse, the floor. 


Command Center

Creating a “command center” in your home is a fabulous way of getting organized, not only for back-to-school, but all year round. This is a place where your calendar, mail, homework, paperwork and any other crucial items can be dropped off in an organized way. Each family has different needs when it comes to what will go in your specific command center, but we have shown some great examples of how others have created them in their homes. 


Designated Work Space


Giving your child/children designated work spaces is a sure fire way of helping them stay organized and on track for back-to-school. This space does not need to be large by any means. By simply giving them an area that they know is theirs will encourage them to stay on task and keep their own space organized.