Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Tastefully Display Sports Memorabilia

Sports memorabilia.  We all have it. Whether it be autographed merchandise, ticket stubs, event programs…the list could go on and on.  We cherish these trinkets, but we aren’t sure exactly what to do with them.  So they sit in a box, or in a pile in the basement waiting for a chance to be displayed.   Over the years, our team has helped clients determine the right place and way to display their special treasures, and we’d like to share the ideas with you.  

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Framed Displays

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This type of display is best for flat items such as ticket stubs or magazines.  Keep in mind the magazines can add some bulk, so you will need to do one of two things: 1. Separate the cover from the rest of the magazine and frame it only, OR 2. Work with a professional framer on how to house the entire magazine within the frame. 

Shadow Boxes

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Shadow boxes offer more depth than a picture frame, so they work well for 3 dimensional items.  They can also be a good way to display a grouping of related items that don’t require individual frames.  For example, we’ve pinned a collection of swim caps onto the back of a shadow box to create a visual impact that could not be achieved by individually framing each of them.

Display Cases

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These types of cases are best for oddly shaped items like game balls.  There’s no way to mount them flat, so displaying in an individual case that protects from fingerprints and dust is a smart choice.

We hope you feel inspired to dig through your pile of mementos and start finding ways to show them off!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What’s Hot in Summer Decor?

Leaf Motifs

Leaf motifs have completely taken off in things like wallpaper and pillows this year. This tropical / jungle vibe lends itself to many beautifully styled spaces. Using this motif in your home really brings a touch of the outside in and creates a fun yet earthy vibe. Want to take this trend to the next level? Add in some real or faux plants as well!

Acrylic Details

Acrylic items like accessories, chairs, and side tables have been popular in recent years and it shows no sign of loosing speed. The beautiful thing about acrylic is it gives the appearance of glass without the fragility. It is an especially great choice to use in small spaces because it has virtually no visual weight which helps keep your room feeling larger!

Global Color Palettes

More and more in our society, people are increasingly interested in taking cues from other cultures and countries for inspiration. This is true in both fashion as well as home decor! This color palette Sherwin Williams has put together is a great example of the types of colors in a “global” palette. Rich jewel and earth tones make for a gorgeous combination!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Quick Transitions from Spring to Summer Decor

Door Hangings

Although the transition from Spring to Summer decor doesn't need to be a drastic one, there are some simple things to swap to give your home that summer vibe. One quick switch to make is your door hanging, whether that be a sign or wreath of some kind. Your Spring door hanging may have had some pastels or other soft tones throughout it, so swapping to a bright fun door hanging will bring that punch of summer color to your door!

Door Mats

Another quick transition to make from Spring to Summer decor are your door mats. Some of you may keep the same door mat up all year round because it can be a very easy spot to overlook. However, this is a very inexpensive item to change out from season to season to give your home a quick freshening up! This will also give more life to your doormats since the same ones aren't being used for such extended periods of time.

Go Bold with Color

Summer is the time to go bold with color if you are up for it! Bright hues scream summertime and when they are used appropriately, they can be such a fun addition to any space, indoor or out. These are some great examples of how to mix in bright, bold colors into your Summer decor.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hot Colors for Summer Decor


Blush continues to be one of the hottest colors in both fashion as well as home decor! It has even been coined the new neutral in women’s fashion. This color is great to use in small accents here and there. Overusing this color can result in an overly feminine space (which may be exactly what you are going for) but if you are wanting to stay a little more neutral, pops of this pretty hue can go a long way!

Warm White

Warm white is another color that is going strong in the home decor world. White will always be a classic neutral that makes for a great base in any space. Warm white simply means a white with a warmer undertone like yellow as opposed to a cool white with a blue undertone for example. Going with this warmer shade keeps the space from feeling too stark or cold.

Denim Blue

Blues can range from the lightest powder blue all the way to the darkest navy. Denim blue is one we are seeing a lot of recently and will continue to be a hot color going into Summer. Its cool and soft shades can add a sense of peace and calm to any space. Another great thing about this color is it pairs beautifully with a huge range of colors which makes it easy to work into any space!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Luxe Decor Gifts to Give this Wedding Season

Wedding season is officially upon us, and with that comes the need to buy gifts. If you would like to stray away from the customary pots and pans or other household wedding gifts, decor gifts are a great option!


Wreaths make a fabulous home decor wedding gift! As the happy newly wed couple gets home and they are swimming in gifts like dishes, towels, and small appliances they may soon realize they don't have those fun personal touches that truly make a house a home. Giving the gift of a nice wreath for the front door is a fantastic way of providing them with that unique personal touch.

Monogrammed Table Runner
Another home decor gift that makes for a great wedding gift is a monogrammed table runner. These photos show three different examples of how this can be done. These simple runners can go with many different decor styles so you don't have to worry about coordinating exactly with what they have in the space. Stay neutral in color, and simple in font and you will be good to go!

Custom Last Name Signs

Finally, a custom last name sign is another great decor gift to give as a wedding present. This is a sweet and sentimental gift that can be hung in any number of spaces throughout the home. There are countless options to choose from with these types of signs so you can choose one that feels most like the couple to you. Etsy is always a great source for items like these.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

School’s Out! Three Ways to Set Up a Kid’s Room for Summer Fun

Create a Reading Corner / Nook
Reading is such an important activity for kids to do on a regular basis, especially through the Summer months while they are out of school. This can be difficult for some kids to get excited about if they don't have a pleasant, dedicated area in their room or in the house to read. When you create a cozy corner or nook for your child to read, it becomes a fun and comforting experience instead of feeling like a chore! These are 3 great examples of different ways to go about setting up an area like this for your child.

Set Up an Art Station

Art is another awesome activity for kids to do throughout the summer. While it can be a lot of fun, it can also create a bit of a mess and become something you don't want to deal with. Setting up a dedicated area for art and other creative projects is a fantastic way of making sure the area stays clean and organized! This helps keep any mess to one small area, as well as giving a home to the specific art tools so they don't end up scattered everywhere. You can go as elaborate or simple as you would like with this space!

Get Designated Baskets / Bins for Each Category of Toy

One of the easiest ways to set up your child’s room for summer fun is by getting baskets or bins that are meant to store any number of different categories of toys and other items. These three examples show great ways to incorporate these baskets or bins into your child’s room. Furniture units with built in nooks for such items are a fantastic option!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring Spruce Up - Quick ways to Freshen your Den / Family Room

Next up in our Spring Spruce Up series we are talking quick ways to freshen up your family room or den space. The den is a place where you and your family gather, where the main goal is for it to be comfortable and inviting. Check out our tips below to give this space a refresh!

Update Your Pillows
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One easy and impactful way to update your family room is to update your throw pillows. Throw pillows are meant to be updated and refreshed every couple of years if possible. This is an easy change to make and a necessary one as the patterns and colors that you selected for your space a few years back, is most likely not what you are going to be drawn to now. Places like homegoods are a great resource for throw pillows because they have trendy as well as classic options all at very reasonable prices!
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Add in New Accessories 
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Another quick way to freshen and update your family room or den is by adding in or replacing some of your accessories throughout. This is another place where the pieces you bought maybe 5 years ago are no longer your favorite things to have on display. It is also another inexpensive way to add to your space since you can find great accessories at any price range.

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Rearrange Your Space

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How about an option for freshening your space that wont cost you a dime?! Try simply rearranging the existing furniture you have in your family room for a quick and easy refresh. While this wont work in every space, it is always worth a try to see if there is a different layout that will work to give a new feel. 
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring Spruce Up - Quick ways to Freshen your Kitchen

As we continue our Spring Spruce Up series, we move right along into the kitchen. This is a place where we spend so much of our time, yet somehow it can turn into the last place we think about when it comes to updating our decor. Below are few quick ways you can freshen up your kitchen’s decor!

Countertop Accessories

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Your kitchen countertops are crucial workspaces that need to be functional and left mostly open and clean. This is not to say that your functional items like fruit/bread baskets and other containers shouldn't reflect the design style that runs through the rest of your house. These are items that can make a huge difference in your space once you update them!

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Art Work

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Art is another thing in your kitchen that can stay the same for years on end while you walk past it everyday not thinking twice about the impact that changing it would make. There are so many different directions you can go with the art you choose for your kitchen. If you are one who likes for your art to have a kitchen like feel, there are so many fun updated options out there that can be just what your kitchen needs to add a little spark of interest. We do suggest sticking with pieces that are easily cleanable for any possible messes that may occur. 

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Cabinet Hardware Swap

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Lastly, a quick and inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen is by swapping out your cabinet and drawer hardware. This swap could be from an outdated brass to a clean brushed nickel or a standout oil rubbed bronze. Or maybe you are happy with your current hardware’s finish but want to switch up the style, this is a great option as well!

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