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

Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors

Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors

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. 


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Father’s Day: Decor Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is one of those holidays where you want to give a gift that shows you really put thought into it. That being said, you also want to choose something that can be functional as well. A decor gift is the perfect combination of the two. One fun idea for a decor gift for the new dads out there is to have your little one hold large letters that spell out “Dad”. This is something that he can hold on to and treasure for years to come. As the child (or children) in the photo grow, he can look back on this photo and remember how he felt when they were so young and he received this thoughtful gift. 


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Another Father’s Day decor gift idea is a frame that has something that he is interested in around the outside. The example shown here is from zulily.com and it is a frame with wrenches on the facade. This is the perfect item that could be placed near his work station in the garage, or even his man cave! It creates a perfect combination of his masculine hobby along with his sweet family all in one.


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It seems to hold true that most dads have a favorite chair, or spot on the sofa that is “their spot”. This final gift idea we are sharing is the perfect addition to make “their spot” even more special and personal to their needs. It is a known as a “C” table, this is a table that is designed to come up and over the arm of a sofa or chair’s arm. The example shown is from etsy.com and it has places for remotes, magazines, etc. 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How to Make Your Pet’s Areas Look Stylish


Feeding Area
We all know how messy and unattractive a pet’s feeding area can become. There are a few ways to combat this issue. One way is creating a specific place for your pet food to be stored. You can even make this the same place as where your pet eats. In the photos below, you can see come crafty ways of accomplishing this. One shows a trunk being used to store the food with holes cut in the top for the food bowls to sit, which is a great way to keep the mess contained. 
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Attractive + Durable Beds
Pet beds are another place that can become unsightly in your home. Below are some examples of some fun ways to make this area more attractive. There are all types of “bases” you can put your pet’s bed into that will create a more finished look. Everything from pallets to bourbon barrels are good examples of how you can make them more appealing. Although it can be tempting to simply buy the cutest or fluffiest bed you can find, durability and cleaniblility should be important factors in your buying decision as well. 
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Storage 

Storage is a key factor in keeping your pets area stylish as well as organized and functional. People have come up with some clever ways to create storage for pet areas. One of the photos below shows where someone has turned an old cabinet into a fabulous area to store all of their pets needs. Fun baskets and bins are always another good option for you pet storage needs. 
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For more ideas on how to make your pet's area look stylish check out this week's video here

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

School is Almost Out! How to Organize Children’s Rooms for Summer Fun


Labeled Storage
Storage is key when it comes to keeping children’s rooms organized and functional while still staying fun and accessible. One of the best ways to best utilize storage is with labeled bins. For the little ones who can’t read yet, pictures of what should go inside the bins will do the trick! Try and make clear categories like blocks, books, cars, dolls, games etc. 

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Create Defined Areas
Creating defined spaces is another great way to organize your child’s room for fun. Books are a huge part of many children’s rooms. Create a reading corner by putting a comfy chair or floor pillows near a bookshelf so it is clear what area you are defining. You can repeat this process with the other areas like toys, art, and games. 

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Display their Art

One of the most fun ways to get your child involved with the decor that goes up in their room is by creating a display area for their artwork. It is important to make this area easily accessible for your kiddo to reach. It is also important to make this an interchangeable display. This can be accomplished by using things clipboards or clothespins to hold the art up with!

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For more ideas on how to organize children's rooms, check out this week's video here





Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gifts to Help the College Grad Create their First Post-school Space


Coffee Table Books 
Coffee table books make great gifts because the recipient can not only enjoy reading the book, but it also makes for a great piece of decor itself! Choosing the right book for the grad in your life is simple, just choose a topic that you know they are interested in (ie. cars, fashion, sports, design etc.)

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Personalized Trays
Another great gift for the grad in your life is a personalized tray. You can choose to personalize it with their first name or initial. This is a great choice because trays have so many different fantastic uses that they can choose from so they can use it exactly how they need to. Any gift that is personalized is just that much more special.

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Mail Organizer

A mail organizer is a perfect gift for a recent college graduate. Grown-up life can be very overwhelming with all the new bills piling up all the time. Having a designated space in your home for these can reduce the stress just by knowing exactly where they all are.

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For more college grad gift ideas check out this week's video here >> http://bit.ly/1q90Gol