Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Walls: Paint or Paper? How to Decide.


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Wallpaper has most definitely made a come back within the past few years. Most people hear wallpaper and think 70’s florals but that has all changed with the introduction of updated colors and patterns in the world of wallpaper. When deciding if you are wanting to use wallpaper in your space instead of painting there are a few things to consider. Cost can be a major factor in this decision as installing wallpaper is more expensive than painting. Also, instead of putting wallpaper up all over a large space like your living room, it is best used in smaller areas like the foyer, a bathroom, or an accent wall. 
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Paint 

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Painting your space can make a world of difference to the overall impression your room gives off. It is a great way to let your personality shine through. Gone are the days of painting your whole house in the safest tan you can find. Gray and “greige" rule the paint world when it comes to neutrals. Wanting to branch out with some fun color? You can easily do so, just make sure you choose a more muted version of your favorite hue when painting large spaces. For example if you are green lover you don't want to paint you're entire kitchen in electric lime, choose a softer shade like a nice sage to pull your color in without overwhelming the space. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Flooring: Carpet, Tile, Wood or Something Else? How to Decide

When deciding what types of flooring to choose for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. The main thing to think about is how the space will be used. Next you want to decide the look and feel you are going for in the space. 

Tile
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Tile is great for use in bathrooms and kitchens due to its great durability and water resistance. These are both high traffic areas in a home where water is present. Kitchens are also a place where spills are most likely to occur so you want to make sure your flooring is easily cleanable. Above is a photo of wood look tile which is a great way to get the best of both worlds!

Hardwood
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Hardwood is a beautiful choice for almost any area in your home. It is a tried and true material that can stand the test of time as well as creating a gorgeous look for your space. Hardwood does require refinishing after years and years of wear and tear which can be a down side for some people.

Carpet
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Carpet is a great, less expensive material to put in your home. Many homeowners like to have carpet in all of the bedrooms of their house to add to the warmth of the space as well as save money. Too much carpet in a home on the other hand can give a very dated feel to the space. 

Luxury Vinyl Tile

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Luxury vinyl tile is a relatively newer option for flooring in your home. When people hear vinyl they can sometimes think cheap and dated, along with many other negative connotations. LVT is actually a fabulous product that has all of the strength and durability of vinyl with the luxurious look of hardwood or tile. This makes LVT a fantastic choice for those who want the look of hardwood or tile in their space but need a less expensive option. 




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Countertops: Granite, Marble, or Something else? How to Decide

Granite
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Granite is one of the most popular choices for countertops. There are a number of reasons for this, one being its gorgeous pattern and variation. It is also very durable as well as stain and heat resistant. Granite requires occasional sealants to improve its luster as well as its longevity. This is not as tumultuous as some make it out to be however. There are many products such as granite wipes that help with this between sealants. 

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Marble
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Marble is a very beautiful and luxurious material that is also very on trend right now. Marble also requires a high grade sealant. It is unfortunately the most porous of the countertop varieties. This means that it is more susceptible to staining. This makes marble not the most ideal for households that need to be kid friendly. 

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Quartz

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Quartz is very similar to granite except that it is not a completely natural material. This is a great choice if you want as little upkeep as possible because it does not require any sealing and is very durable. The down side to quartz is that it does not have as much natural looking veining and color flecks like both granite and marble do naturally. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Celebrate Your Independence from Costly Decor: Great Items to Buy in July

Believe it or not July is the best time to buy home decor! One reason for this is that stores are eager to move items that are on the floor so they are having tons of sales this month to encourage people to buy! Summer is the least popular buying season so retailers have plenty of sales to combat this. Below are some great decor items to buy this month!
Window Treatments
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Window treatments can sometimes be the last thing you think of when decorating your space. You may look around and think why do I really need them? Good question! Window treatments do an amazing job of softening your whole space as well as serving a purpose of light control as well as privacy. This is why window treatments are a great item to go ahead and purchase this month when you come across one of the MANY sales!
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Area Rugs
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Area rugs are another great item to purchase this month. We suggest this because they can be a pricey investment depending on the type and size you choose. While they can be a bit costly, they can absolutely transform a space and bring it all together. This is another item that does a great job of softening your room which is always nice. 
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Art

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Purchasing art for your home is such a personal experience. We truly believe that you should fall in love with the art you buy because it is such a personal choice that is unique to you and your personality. That being said, art that you love may not always be the top on your priority list when it comes to your decor. This is another way you can take advantage of summer sales and buy that piece you've been eyeing! wayfair.com is one of our favorite places to find affordable and stylish art.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hot Colors for Summer

Navy

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One color that is huge right now is navy. This is such a gorgeous color to incorporate into your decor. Navy is a deep and dramatic color so it is best used in appropriately proportioned doses. For example, you wouldn't want to use this color on all the walls in a tiny powder bathroom, it would be just too overpowering. If you are going to paint your walls in navy, make sure the size of the room can handle that deep color. It is also great to use in touches here and there like pillows and accessories. 

Soft Gray

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Soft grays and “greiges” (a mix between beige and gray) are another very popular color not only for summer but for years to come. This is coming to be known as the “new neutral” as people are getting away from the “builder beiges” and boring tans. There is such a wide range within this palette that you are sure to find just the right one for your home’s needs.

Kelly Green

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Finally we have the show stopper that is kelly green. This color makes such a fun and bold statement in your decor. This color is best used with touches here and there. It can overwhelm a space in a hurry if over used. That being said, it can add that perfect punch of color your space needs!





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Decor Trends

Matte finishes are huge for 2016. Incorporating these muted finishes into your home’s decor is a great way to make a statement and let something like your faucet or hardware stand out in a new and interesting way. Although bronze and brushed nickel are always great, safe, go to’s, this relatively new trend can really make a splash in your decor. Matte black finishes are our personal favorite. 

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Mid-century modern is another trend we are seeing all over and will certainly go on into this summer. This style is incorporating retro inspired pieces mostly from the 60’s/70’s era into your space. This style trend is a great one because you can seamlessly incorporate it among your other more current pieces.

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Our final decor trend going in to Summer 2016 is colored stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel has been the standard in gorgeous kitchens for years. Now black and slate colored stainless has been gaining on the tried and true classic stainless steel. It is an interesting twist on the original where you still get the classic look and durability while also adding new edge and style. 



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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Father’s Day: How to Create a Masculine Space that is Functional


Continuing with our Father’s Day theme, we would like to talk about how to create a masculine space that is still attractive and functional. In terms of home decor, it seems as though feminine touches tend to win out over their masculine counterpart. We are here to say that masculine decor does not have to be limited to a bachelor pad or a man cave. Masculine touches can be a welcome contrast throughout your home. 

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This photo is a fantastic example of how to incorporate masculine items like animal skulls, distressed wood, and a deep navy wall together to create a beautiful, cohesive look. As time goes on, these “masculine” items are becoming more and more mainstream and used throughout home decor. 

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Leather is a great way to mix in more masculine touches into your home decor. This tufted leather sofa paired with an antique trunk and mixed wood and metal end table create the perfect masculine inspired space. If this look is a little too far into the masculine look than you are going for in your home, try taking just some of these elements and combining them with more feminine pieces including soft textures and soothing colors.


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Finally, bold artwork is another masculine touch that can be incorporated into any space to give it an extra edge. This abstract, black and white piece from Kirklands.com is a perfect example of a great piece to incorporate into your space. This thick, brush stroke look with stark contrast between the colors is a very popular look right now.