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The Sisterhood of Decoration

Decoration in itself is one of the most fascinating, diverse and creative fields; whether it’s decorating a temporary apartment or a remote family lodge. However, as engrossing as it may be, it often seems over complicated. Few people are the lucky ones to end up with the very specific and eclectic design they had in mind; instead, they often end up with a mess! Fortunately, this is where The Sisterhood comes into play! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you achieve your dream decor:

The Odd Rule
Whether it’s the thousands of options in paint colors causing you to not be able to make up your mind; or the 10 adorable ceramic vases you bought of because of a BOGO sale, it is easy to go over the top and feel overwhelmed. When sticking by the rule of three, this whole puzzle will turn into a breeze. In order to keep the rooms luminous, we recommend to keep it bright; 2 light colors for 1 dark hue in order to make the room appear larger. As for accessories, always keeping 3 of each could seems repetitive. In order to keep the aesthetic flowing, it is important to stick by an odd number of objects; 3 vases, a bouquet of 5 flowers, 7 throws cushions, 1 carpet in the hallway, etc.

 

Bigger, Bolder, Better
Most of the time, mirrors are sadly not used to their full potential. Instead of the over used bust height, go for a full length glass mirror! Situated at the end of the hallway, it will gives the illusion of a longer passage and will also helps brighten up the room when placed on the opposite wall to a window. Using more organic and unique shapes opposed to more classic ones will help accentuate the cachet of any fireplace or add a touch of fantasy to an otherwise plain wall without adding more textures to the room(s), making it less busy feeling as well.

Simplicity: The Ultimate Sophistication
These days, the tendency is to go with minimalism. Less is more. This is why the past tips are important to keep in mind. Nevertheless, different decors prove to have different needs when it comes to window treatments. Those opting for a more modern approach will be daring and choose a more colorful and ornate fabrics for a roman shade or roller shade without any curtains to steal the show from these wallpaper-like window  coverings. On the other hand, for a more classical and tame vibe, a plain monochrome shade paired with light curtains on each side will help achieve a more deconstructed and easy-on-the-eye look.
Regardless of wether you follow these tricks or not, remember to take your next decoration project without any pressure. Take your time and in the end, it’s only a matter of time before the next tendency has your heart fluttering with excitement to try it yourself!

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Blinds General Products Shades Tips and Advice Window Basics

The “Hybrid” Shade

So you’ve just finished redecorating your living room — the walls are freshly painted with the trendiest shade of grey, and all of the espresso furniture that you’ve hand selected bring the exact look and balance that you’ve envisioned since day one of brainstorming.  All of the pieces are coming together, and yet there is still something missing.  You look around and add some pops of color in the throw pillows, and even incorporated your own photos of nature and beautiful  sunsets, but you still find a void to fill.  You look around once again, and low and behold, you have no blinds or shades in your windows!  Sure the natural light is wonderful and irreplaceable, but there’s just something to be said about finished window treatments– it’s kind of like putting the cherry on top of an already tempting sundae.

So now, you ask yourself– do I put a blind or a shade? Do I consider a blind where I can tilt the slats and still be able to lift up and down? Or, do I just want a shade that just goes up and down?…Well why not do both?  Cue in the Serenity and Cascade!

Serenity and Cascade are somewhat of a hybrid that combine both the benefits of a blind and a sheer shade into one product.  Imagine a sophisticated roller shade (with a chain) where the fabric can be manipulated to either add in light for brightness, or block out light for privacy.  

So how do these “hybrids” actually work? Serenity shades have a double layer of sheer fabric and in between are lateral fabric slats that you can turn for light control.  On the other hand, Cascade shades are made up of horizontal, solid and clear panels that you can line up and alternate for either a see-through effect or a light blocking effect.  Also, these shades disappear into their own head rail for a clean look.  This allows you to maximize your window and let in a significant amount of light.  So at the end of the day, why not choose one of these hybrid shades and get the best of both worlds?!  They’ll surely finish off the look of your fresh, new space. 

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Kitchen Spruce Up

When most people move into a new home, kitchens tend to be the first room that require attention. Whether it is just not your style or color palette, not designed in a functional way, or is just plain old outdated, most people want to give it a facelift. Unfortunately, after purchasing a house, it is generally not in the budget to renovate the entire room. Luckily, there are a few small projects you can do to give the room a new look without too much of an investment (and give you a chance to put the full kitchen remodel on the five-year plan).

  • A fresh coat of paint. Paint can literally make a world of difference in any space, the kitchen included. The walls are a great start, but take it farther and add a coat of paint to the cabinets. You can really change the look of the kitchen by painting some wooden cabinets white, or painting some white cabinets a trendy shade of gray.
  • Add a backsplash. Most older kitchens were designed without a backsplash – which makes adding a new backsplash even easier! Bring in a new color, or tone down the color of the room. If you are nervous to undertake a project tiling, check out your local home improvement stores where you can buy “tile like” pieces that are easy to install – they install almost as easy as wallpaper but with the classy look of tile!
  • Update outdated light fixtures. It’s amazing how much different a simple LED bulb can make a room look, but change out the fixture to something updated – think antique bronze or brushed nickel. Most are easy to change out but looking online for a local handyman could be a good idea when dealing with electrical work.
  • Change out the old hardware. Switch the outdated hardware on all drawers and cabinets to something new. It’s an easy fix that takes only a couple of hours and will make an instant difference!
  • Make a chalkboard wall. A chalkboard wall is easy to make, you can buy the paint at any paint store, and it instantly creates a great conversation piece! You can use it to decorate the room – if you are good at drawing – or you can use it for a great area for your kids to play with.
  • New appliances. Obviously, a larger investment, but changing outdated appliances can really refresh the space, and will be something that you will keep when you end up doing a total remodel down the road.

Hope these ideas buy you some time until your big remodel. Happy decorating!

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Interior Designers Products Shades Tips and Advice

Calling all Woven Wood Shades: The Secret to Incorporating Today’s Popular Trend Without Going Overboard

Distressed wood, organic materials, bamboo, barnyard chic, rustic elegance — the list goes on and on when describing the trend that is pushing towards earthy and natural elements in the world of window treatment.  But how does one achieve this look?  Is it time to bring our products outside and go to town distressing some of the fabric?  Or maybe let the material bask in the sun allowing it to get a natural fade in color?  What about considering another option…WOVEN WOOD.

Woven wood is not just for kitchens and beach-themed spaces anymore.  Now you can find selections which offer a wide array of colors and textures that can accommodate any room looking for that warmth and rustic vibe.  The most appealing part is that the materials inherently come with the natural imperfections that are in demand as seen throughout so many home decor magazines.  What may seem as a menacing twig, inconsistent coloring, or even a frayed knot, are actually specifically chosen to add to this products’ natural, organic beauty.

Along with giving that cozy flair to your room, there are some other handcrafted options to make these woven wood shades functional as well.  For example, there are two backings that can be added– a light filtering liner or a blackout liner.  Consider the light filtering liner when it comes to rooms that require both privacy and some natural light.  In contrast, choose a blackout liner for the most sensitive of sleepers in order to block out as much light as possible.  A third option is also to not put a liner at all! Perhaps you have a wonderful view of the coast– an unlined woven wood is just the ticket to retain that view without sacrificing the decor of your windows.

Have a huge window? You can also do a 2 or 3 on 1 shade.  This set up includes one continuous headrail with multiple shades hanging.  2 or 3 on 1s are perfect for double or triple windows because they maintain the divisions of the window, while still keeping a cohesive look. Plus, your arm will thank you later for disbursing the weight instead of lifting up one giant, heavy shade.

Woven wood are truly a versatile choice when decorating your home.  Many argue that these shades are the cousins of the beloved roman shades.  And why not, woven wood shades do in fact lay flat or bubble out like a classic roman, but they also add earth tones and that tropical feel to any room.

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Bedroom Window Treatments General Tips and Advice

One Room At A Time: Bedroom Window Treatments

While window treatments are critical in every room in the house, the bedroom might be the most important. Depending on your personal preferences, there are a variety of different options that might work best for you.

Blackout Options:
If you are a just a night owl, that loves to sleep in, or work overnights, blackouts might be for you. The best blackout option is blackout cellular shades. These polyester shades are constructed of multiple layers of fabric lined with aluminum that is assembled to create a honeycomb shape. They fit snugly inside your window and do not allow any light to pass through the material. A blackout roller shade is the second best option – and available in a lot more styles and patterns, but will allow some light in around the edges, just by the nature of how they are hung. But, add a simple curtain and you will quickly block out the light coming in around the edges.

Privacy Options:
A lot of us can not drag ourselves out of bed if we can’t see the sun in the morning, but are looking for an option that will block out the neighbors. Luckily, the majority of shades do allow you to get some privacy while allowing some natural light to filter through. You can again go with the simplicity of a light filtering cellular shade (without the aluminum lining), or a roller shade. If you are looking for more of a statement piece, a roman shade is also a great option, with an overall finished look, you can quickly add pattern, style, and statement to your bedroom.

A little of both:
If you love the light during the week, but long to sleep in on a Saturday morning, a blind might be the best option for you. It will give you complete privacy while it is closed, and can be tilted to adjust how much or how little light you want to let in (keep in mind it is not completely blackout but it is in fact room darkening). Blinds are available in a variety of different materials, ranging from the less expensive 1” aluminum slats, to a 2” faux wood (vinyl imitating real wood), to 2” real wood slats (that may pair well with wood furniture or floors).
When purchasing window treatments, especially any that are specially made for your windows it is always important to keep in mind that they are an investment. The best rule of thumb is to go neutral with the hard treatment, and if you want to dress up the window a little more add a soft treatment. You can change a curtain out fairly easily and inexpensively, whether it’s a mood change or simply a season change.

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Bedroom Trends General Tips and Advice

One Room At A Time: Bedroom Trends

While it’s hard to imagine updating your bedroom every year, it is still important to be in touch with the current trends. If it happens to be time for an overall makeover of your room or just time to make a few small changes, you want to make sure you are keeping up to date with the style of the year! Like most other years, 2017 has brought some of its own trends, as well as carried over a few from last year.

Colors:
Continue to keep in mind the earlier advice that you want to keep your bedroom as your own relaxing retreat, so when it comes to colors, make sure not to overdo it. The bolder colors that appear as trending colors, are great to use as accent pieces, where the most muted neutral tones are best used as wall and flooring colors. This year, the bolder colors consist of deeper teals and blues with a gray undertone. The more neutral tones also stay within the gray family but are much lighter tones, also along the blue family – imagine very pale shades of slate blue.

Patterns:
Once again, patterns are in for 2017. Trends have moved away from the very simple, clean lines and continue to introduce patterns. Bold patterns continue to appear in accent pieces, as well as wallpapered accent walls. Geometric prints, including chevrons, basket weaves, trellis, and diamond shapes are appearing in rugs, curtains, and bedding. The fashion this year encourages mixing and matching different patterns as well – you don’t want to get different colors of chevron for different areas in the room, but you may match a chevron curtain, with a more subtle patterned comforter.

Furniture:
In terms of furniture, we are seeing a lot of trends carrying over from 2016. Upholstered headboards are a statement that is definitely back in style this year. It is a great accent piece of furniture – being that it is unnecessary to match to any other furniture in the room, and is available in a lot of muted colors with a lot of texture, or again available covered in the fabrics that will bring a lot of pop into a room. Also similar to years past are the two most common finishes for furniture. A painted gray finish, which is available in all furniture stores, or is a great way to repurpose old furniture and make it new again with a simple coat of paint. Or natural wood finishes, in darker tones that really showcase of the natural wood grains.

Overall, keeping all of the styles in mind, make sure to make it your own. If you don’t love a color that is popular this year, stay away from it, and perhaps chose a piece with a pattern to mix in. If you love the colors that are popular this year, embrace them. At the end of the day, it’s your room, make it your own!

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Bedroom Decor General Tips and Advice

One Room At A Time: Bedroom Overview

As we start a journey through the home from a decorating perspective, what better place to start than the room you spend the most time in, the bedroom.  The room where you wake up to begin your day, where you go to put the day behind you at night, and the room that is easiest to escape to when you just need a break from everyday life.  A lot of the time the bedroom gets left off the remodeling and updating plans. People often think there are a lot of spaces in the house other people are going to see, but when you realize it is the room you spend the most time in, shouldn’t it be top of the priority list?

The best part of redecorating a bedroom is there are so many elements that can be changed and updated.  From a full renovation to a simple change, there are a lot of ways to make adjustments to the room depending on your budget and the time you want to invest in the project.  A full renovation can tackle changing the flooring, wall color, and even purchasing a new set of furniture. You can change out an old carpet to fresh new hardwoods for a huge impact.  You can purchase new furniture to replace hand me down furniture or old pieces to refresh your room in a matter of minutes.  Or, if you are looking for smaller changes, you can switch up the soft treatments in the room – think bedding, window treatments, or area rugs. Updating a bedding set from dull and updated to bright and colorful will instantly make an impact on the room.  Changing out the window treatments, whether you invest in new blinds or shades, or just change out the curtains, can instantly reshape the look of the room.

The key element to keep in mind when looking at your room is that you want a place to relax. You want to wake up relaxed, go to bed in a peaceful place, and have a sanctuary to escape to when the hustle and bustle of daily life gets in the way. With that in mind, simplicity is usually the best rule of thumb.

Continue our journey -> Bedroom Trends

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DIY Inspiration Interior Designers Tips and Advice

Bedroom Makeover

Bedroom Makeover

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People generally spend a lot of time decorating the main living spaces in their homes, living, dining room, and kitchens. Ironically, you probably spend the most time yourself, in your bedroom – it’s what you see in the morning when you first wake up, and it’s what you are looking at before you go to sleep for the night. So that’s why this spring, your bedroom deserves a makeover!

For starters, the wall color will have a huge impact in the bedroom. The trend is towards white this year – but if white is too plain for you, go with a color, just a very lightened shade. If you have a favorite color, start with that and have the paint store add white to soften it. Although you could go with the more bold version, the softer color will make your room feel more modern, and much more relaxing than the bolder tone.

The next easiest change are the soft treatments in the room. The bedding can make a huge difference on the overall look of the room. Again, stick with softer colors to make the room feel more like a retreat – if you want to liven things up, add in a pattern that can add some character to the room. You can also accent with rugs, and throw pillows to bring in similar colors or patterns. Depending on what you go with for the bedding, compliment it with the window treatments. You don’t want too much of a good thing – so if you go plain on the bed, add some pattern in the curtains (and visa versa).

Finally, if you want to keep the changes more simple, just change out the accent pieces. In your bedroom, that could be as easy as a jewelry box, or the picture frames on the bedside tables. You can change out either the lamp or just the lampshade to pop a color. Bring in some color with candles or even vases full of flowers. Add some paintings on the walls that remind you of a relaxing getaway – or of family and friends.

Just keep in mind, this is your retreat from the world – and maybe other than your spouse, no one will be using this space but you. Enjoy!

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Inspiration Interior Designers Tips and Advice

Spring Updating

Spring Updating

As soon as the days begin to get warmer, you realize it is time to spruce up the house for spring! One of the most popular trends for 2016 is – nautical.  The great thing about this style is you can take it as simple or as over the top as your decorating style may be, and it can be used in pretty much any room in the house.

The basic premise of a nautical style is simple.  Clean colors – white, beiges, and navy are the three predominant colors that are often used. Luckily, most people have a room in their home that has either white, or beige walls – so an easy template to start working with.

In pretty much any room you can add the pop of color with curtains or other soft treatments in the room (blankets, pillows, rugs). Generally you want to add a pattern or a pop of navy blue.  There are a ton of different materials in the store this year with prints ranging from anchors, to starfish, to simple sailing stripes.

If you are dealing with a bedroom, change out the comforter set to bring in the patterns and designs.  If a bathroom, switch out the shower curtain.  It’s even a simple update in a bathroom – changing out the counter accessories (there are a ton of shell themed bathroom accessories).

But remember, the basis of the style is to keep it simple and clean.  Add one piece, or multiple pieces, but just make sure to make it fun!

 

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Transforming Old to New: Part Two

Transforming Old To New

With summer fast approaching, here are a couple more ideas on how to transform something old to something new.


1. Turn a Simple Basket into an Accent Piece

Upgrade a woven basket with leather rope, wood beads and homemade tassels for a sample, inexpensive revamp. The color-coordinated beads and tassels add a touch of charm to cheer up any room in your home.

2. Give a Side Table a Game Night Upgrade

Add a little fun to the function of an all black table painting a checker board on it. Painted wooden discs, also decorated yourself, serve as checkers. Why wait for game night? This table is ready to play whenever the mood hits.

3. Craft Your Own Clutter-Free Coffee Bar

Keep coffee cups, K-cups, and accessories organized by transforming a small area of your kitchen into a coffee bar. A rail system paired with S hooks houses your coffee mug collection. Re-purpose a low-profile bookshelf into a storage space for your coffee maker, french press or sets of shaped sugars and place it below your hanging coffee cups. Everything you need for your next cup of caffeinated comfort is on hand right when you want it.

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