Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flooring - Whats Hot?

Luxury Vinyl Tile

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LVT or LVP (luxury vinyl tile/plank) is huge right now. It is a product that looks like wood or tile depending on the style you choose, and it has all the benefits of high quality vinyl. These benefits include being extremely durable, water resistant and easy to fix and swap out if there are any problems. Another great thing about this product is its warmth. It does not have the hard hollow sound you get with other options like laminate, or the cold feel of tile. 

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Wood Look Tile

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If you are looking for tile but your not interested in the look of stone, try wood look tile. These photos show great examples of wood look tile. As you can see it looks just like real hardwood but you don't have to worry about the upkeep that goes along with refinishing. Wood look tile is very popular for bathrooms especially.


Reclaimed Hardwood


With the farmhouse look that Chip and Jojo have made so popular in recent years, all things reclaimed wood have swept the home decor scene. This is also true for reclaimed hardwood flooring. The amazing thing about this option is that no two spaces will look the same due to its uniqueness and character!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oil Rubbed Bronze, Brass, Brushed Nickel - What’s Hot in Finishes?

Oil Rubbed Bronze


When it comes to finishes, oil rubbed bronze will always be a classic and timeless choice. Its dark tones can make for a gorgeous contrast against light cabinets and countertops. This is also a great choice if you are looking for something easy to keep clean and looking nice. It wont show nearly as many spots and stains as something like polished chrome would for example.


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Brass is a highly debated option these days. Many still associate brass with being outdated because they are picturing it on door hinges and things like that. We agree, keep the brass off of your door hardware, but try it in other areas like your chandelier, or faucet for a fun statement! These photos show examples of how to use brass in beautiful updated ways!


Brushed Nickel

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Finally a fantastic go to finish is brushed nickel. This finish gives a crisp and clean feel to whatever space it is in. Its updated and fresh while also being muted and simple so it does not steal the show away from other features you want people to notice. Brushed nickel is without a doubt what we recommend the most out of these three for its classic and transitional style!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bathroom Refresh - Quick Tips for an Update

Update your Shower Curtain

Bathrooms are one of the easiest places in your home to update and make a big impact with small changes. Your shower curtain is a place where you can get a large impact with just one item so it is a great way to refresh your space. You may even consider having 2 or 3 shower curtains that you can keep on rotation every few months. This way you can give yourself a change every once in a while without having to always go out and buy new ones. 

Change out your Bath Mats


Bath mats can really take a beating over time and become dingy and even change color. This may be something you don't immediately think about updating when it comes to your bathroom but swapping your old mats out for fresh can work wonders for the whole space. If you choose to have a backup shower curtain or 2, consider having coordinating mats for each curtain. This certainly does not mean they all have to match, you just want to make sure everything coordinates nicely. 


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Lastly one if the biggest impacts you can make in a small space like your bathroom is to update the paint color or wallpaper. Wallpaper can make a gorgeous statement in your bathroom or powder room, and with it being the star of the show, your other items can remain simple and neutral {can’t get easier than that!}. When it comes to painting your bathroom, there are so many different directions you can go. Keep it clean and simple with a soft blue green or cream, or go all out and have fun with a color you wouldn't want to commit to in a larger room.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Living Room Refresh - Quick Tips for an Update

 Update your Throw Pillows

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One simple way to update your living room is by updating the throw pillows in your space. Pillows are easy to swap out every couple of years since they do not have to be a huge investment. People’s taste in patterns and styles tend to change and evolve over the years so something like a chevron pillow you may have loved 5 years ago, may feel a bit dated now. Mixing solids with patterns and textures is a good way to add dimension and personality to your pillows!  

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Change up your Accessories

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Another easy tip to refresh your living room is to change up your accessories. This is another one that will not break the bank! Simply take down all of the accessories you have placed around the room so you can rearrange and reevaluate what you may want to put away or relocate and replace with something new! Simple things like these can change the look of your space in a bigger way than you may think!

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Lastly, try rearranging the furniture you currently have in your living room. Simply changing the layout of a room can bring all new life into the space. You may find the way you’ve had it for years wasn't the best possible layout after all! Best of all, this refresh wont cost you a dime!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bedroom Refresh - Quick Tips for an Update

New Area Rug

Adding an area rug to your bedroom or updating the one you’ve had for a while is a quick and easy way to update your space. Even if your bedroom is carpeted, adding an area rug on top adds color, dimension and even added warmth! Check out the diagram below for how to choose the correct rug size for your bedroom!


Closet Organization


Many times, our bedrooms are the last thing we think about cleaning or straightening up since we spend so much of our time if other rooms like the kitchen or the living room. Although this isn't the most fun way to refresh your bedroom, it will be one you will not regret. Adding closet organization will make your space be more functional and motivate you to keep it clean and organized which is always tough.


Updated Lamps

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Table lamps and floor lamps add so much warmth into your space and they are a key component in creating the style you are going for in your bedroom. You may have had the same lamps for years and years and by simply updating these for new ones you can make a beautiful statement! One common mistake people make is choosing lamps that are too small. These photos show examples of nicely proportioned lamps in relation to the nightstands and bed size.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kitchen Refresh - Quick Tips for an Update

Stainless Steel Appliances


Swapping to stainless steel appliances can drastically update the look of your kitchen. This is by far the largest investment of our kitchen update tips but it is one that will not only make your kitchen look beautiful and updated, it would also be a HUGE selling point when it comes time to sell your house. 

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Cabinet Hardware Update

One of the simplest and most affordable ways to quickly update your kitchen is by updating the hardware on your kitchen cabinets. Whether that means switching from brass to brushed nickel or bronze, or simply updating the style of your handles it can make a big impact with little investment. 

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New Backsplash


Another large impact that can be made in your kitchen is by adding or updating the current backsplash. The backsplash can truly set the tone for the rest of your space whether you want it to be clean and simple like a subway tile, or make a statement with something like a Moroccan tile. Making this update will change the entire look and feel of your kitchen! 

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Whats Hot in Decor for 2018

Indoor Greenery


With the new year comes a fresh look at home decor and hot trends as well! Greenery has become a very popular trend in home decor recently and we are about to see it take off even more in 2018! You can use this trend in a small and subtle manner or you can take it all the way, whatever fits your style! These are some examples of different directions you can go with your indoor greenery. 

Black and White


Black and white will always be the most classic and timeless color duos. It does come and go when it comes to a “trending” style and it is in full swing right now. Although it will always be a gorgeous pairing, there are ways to keep it fresh and updated. One big trend with black and white right now are white spindles with black handrail and steps. This looks very chic and can go with most any decor style. 


Oversized Florals


Florals are one of those patterns that come in and out of the decor world like a cycle. The version of florals that are big for 2018 are oversized, bold florals with a highly contrasting background. Some examples of where you can implement this trend are on an accent wall with wallpaper, or on throw pillows!