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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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One Room At A Time: Kitchen Overview

Third Step: The Kitchen
Often called the most important room in the house is the kitchen. Some call it the heart of the home – where meals are cooked, and the family meets to enjoy some quality time together. It is also the place all of your guests will spend some time, whether to enjoy a meal, just grab some snacks, or gather for a drink. And the design of your kitchen can really set the tone for the rest of the house.
When it comes time to update the look of the kitchen, like most rooms you can either go small or go big. Unfortunately, in the kitchen, there are not as many small steps you can take as in some other rooms, but there are a couple of things that can make a big impact. For instance, updating old wood in a room will make a fairly big impact fairly easily. Whether it’s refinishing your table and chairs and introducing a color through paint or stain that is trending now or taking a bigger step and refinishing the cabinets, you can make a fairly big statement pretty easily. You can also change the wall color out relatively easy – kitchens are known to have the least amount of wall space due to appliances and cabinets so you won’t have as much space to cover! Smaller changes also include changing out the hardware on the cabinets – it’s amazing how an old handle on a door or drawer can age a whole room.
If you are looking to make changes on a larger scale, you have tons of options – from flooring, to cabinets, to counter tops, to even appliances that will make a big impact – albeit at a fairly decent price point. Generally, most elements in a kitchen remodel come with a hefty price tag, so it’s always best to start planning a decent amount of time in advance, sometimes even two to three years. When you are finally ready to take the room apart and change things around, you don’t want to have to cut corners – make sure to do it the way you like. And keep in mind, just because you make big changes doesn’t necessarily mean everything will need replacing – an update to the cabinets with a new countertop may be enough of an impact – and if your appliances are still working and in good condition, just work them into your new space.
The important thing when redecorating a kitchen is to remember it’s not the easiest room to update or remodel. Make sure to keep your style simple and neutral, so while you may make small updates every few years you are not committing yourself to a trend that might be out of style before you even finish your remodel.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Wrap Up

Being that a bathroom is one of the smaller rooms in the house, any change you make can make a pretty big statement. Most of the time, renovating the entire bathroom is not in the budget, but there are a lot of smaller changes you can make to the room without breaking the budget (and a great thing to keep in mind when you do renovations, the more neutral the palette, the longer you will get away with small updates). We’ve compiled a list of updates you can do – some smaller than others, just be sure to keep your budget in mind.
– Add open shelving. – Tall, skinny cabinets, can add a lot of storage space in the room without taking up too much floor space. You can use the majority of the shelves just for storage, or just keep it simple and fill them with decorative pieces that bring in some color and style to the room.
– Mirrors. – Use mirrors to your advantage when decorating any smaller space. Not only are mirrors convenient in the bathroom for the purposes of getting ready and admiring yourself, but they are great for making a room look more larger, open, and brighter.
– Decorative baskets. – Adding baskets to a bathroom space can allow you more room for storage, either dirty or clean. They can also be a great way to bring in color or texture, like a woven basket, or a patterned design that can add a pop of color to a neutral colored room. And you can easily find them in a variety of different shapes and sizes depending on what size/space you have to work with.
– A fresh coat of paint. – Adding a fresh coat of paint can instantly give your room a makeover. Taking a dull outdated beige or green, to a new updated shade of gray will give you a new look without too much work. Aside from gray, nautical themes are popular right now so adding an accent wall of a bold blue or navy can really make a statement as well.
– Patterns. – The use of pattern has become popular again throughout the home, but especially in the bathroom. Don’t go overboard, but bring in some patterned wallpaper on an accent wall, the wall behind the vanity is always a great idea because your eye is generally drawn to that wall in a bathroom. If you want to make a statement (that is a little easier to change), bring in the pattern with a bold window treatment or shower curtain.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Window Treatments

When it comes to window treatments in your bathroom, there are a few more things to take into consideration than in most rooms. Although it is a completely possible project, there are a few more challenges that you need to take into account. We have tried to help you out by taking a few of these and presenting solutions for each.
– Moisture. – Moisture, moisture, moisture. Definitely, the number one problem to take into consideration is how much moisture is in your bathroom. Do your mirrors fog up when you are taking a shower? Are your windows in close enough proximity to your shower to get splashed – even if only on occasion? Is your window directly located above a tub/jacuzzi where steam will be getting to your window treatments? Is your window located in the shower (if you’re in New England, there’s a pretty good chance of that)? If you answered yes to any of these questions – you will end up having a moisture issue of some sort, eventually. The best option to counteract this situation would be a vinyl option. The most popular solution are faux wood blinds. Not only are they made out of PVC, but they are extremely durable, and can be wiped down easily for cleaning. They allow for privacy, darkening, or a decent amount of light based on how you end up tilting them open/closed. A vinyl roller shade is also an option, although is generally room darkening, and you don’t necessarily want or need your bathroom to be dark.

– Ability to clean. – Aside from the basic moisture, being able to clean the window treatment in the bathroom is generally a plus. From fingerprints, usually dirty from before a shower, to the dust that collects due to moisture in the air, there are a few considerations. A lot of beauty products, for example, hairsprays, spray in conditioners, and body sprays/colognes can leave a sticky feeling on window treatments fairly quickly. This being said, the options listed above still remain as the best solutions, as vinyl is also the easiest material to clean.

– Privacy and Light. – It’s a bathroom, so obviously you are hoping no one can see you! But, considering that the bathroom is generally the smallest room in the house, you don’t want to make the room any more closed in than necessary. In the past (more than likely your grandmother’s house), curtains were a go-to solution – but really who has time anymore to take down curtains, wash them, and iron them. If the previously mentioned issues are not a concern in your room, pleated and cellular shades are great options, because when they are covering the windows they still filter in the natural light. If the above issues are a concern, stick to a blind that you can tilt open and closed.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Overview

Moving on from the bedroom to one of the second most utilized rooms in the house brings us to the bathroom. Although one of the most functional rooms in the house, it is often considered one of the rooms that make a big impact in terms of the décor of a home. Since it is also often one of the smaller rooms in the home, you can keep it simple, or go bold. And hey, most people that visit your home are likely to use the bathroom at least one time while they’re there, so you get to show it off!
There are two ways to look at remodeling the bathroom – it is a small room, so it can be a small project, or it is a small room so why not do a complete renovation (which then equals a huge project). If you are looking to do a total renovation, it is always good to keep in mind how long certain elements will be in the bathroom. A bathtub and toilet will be something you can keep for as long as you own a house, so even if the trend is gray this year, you may want to consider that ten years from now there will be a new trend. On the other hand, the vanity and shower tiles, while things that may last an extremely long time, will be elements you want to change out based on styles and trends that gain and lose popularity. Keep in mind though, if you do go very trendy with them they are not inexpensive items to change out. The easiest elements to change out are the accent pieces and elements in a bathroom. Although it may seem small, the colors of your towels can quickly add a pop of color to your room. The throw rugs you have outside of the shower and in front of the toilet can also have the same effect. You can also update prints on the wall, or even your basic bathroom accessories – toothbrush holders, small handheld mirrors, and soap dishes. These items will make an even bigger impact if most the room is based on basic, neutral colors.
The key thing to keep in mind when designing a bathroom is that you want to keep it functional, and you want to keep it simple. But don’t be afraid to take a risk with a wall color – in the big picture, there is usually very little wall in the room so it won’t overwhelm.

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One Room At A Time: Bedroom Wrap Up

No matter how many episodes of home makeover shows you watch on television it is hard to replicate those styles with the same flair as they seem to do.  Of course, your bedroom is also unlikely to be featured on TV, so the best thing to keep in mind is to make it perfect both aesthetically and functionally, for you! To make that task a little easier, here are a few tips to keep in mind when decorating your bedroom.

  • Add some plants to your room.  Not only does adding some greenery make for a great decoration in your room, studies show that it’s great for the air quality in your room.
  • Make use of any space you have.  Keep in mind that the inside of any closet or wardrobe doors is space just waiting to be used – most stores sell hanging organizers in many shapes and sizes, so either pick up one of them or borrow an idea and do it yourself!
  • During the day, open all curtains and blinds to let the light in.  Not only is the sunlight healthy for us, it makes the room appear larger and brighter.
  • Add mirrors to your space. Don’t just settle for your one full-length mirror – which is often more for function than décor, add mirrors to different walls, not only do they reflect light, but they also give the illusion of your room being more open.
  • Use area rugs to your advantage, rugs add a decorative element to your room as well as warmth.  While being reasonably inexpensive, you can change them out frequently to update your décor.
  • Keep simple Feng Shui in mind.  Make sure the door does not line up directly with your bed.  Have symmetrical bedside tables on each side of the bed.  Make your bed accessible from both sides.  (I’m not an expert, but any tip that could help to calm my life is one I’m willing to try!)
  • Out of all colors to paint your walls, green is the most calming.  Followed closely by blue.  Red and yellow tones tend to have the opposite effect.
  • Make your bed each morning. Along with picking up the laundry, and putting away any clothes that make it to the floor.  The less clutter = the more relaxing.
  • Keep the furniture simple.  Spend more time utilizing the space inside your closets to get the most out of that space.  If your furniture takes up a majority of the space in the room, it is going to look cluttered.

Again, keep in mind your room may not be TV ready.  But if you can’t wait to relax in it at the end of the day, it means it is just perfect for you!

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Bring the Islands to New England

Bring the Islands To New England

The winter has come and gone, and it’s finally time to open up your house, and update the decor a little for the season.  A great way to change things up is to decorate with a “tropical theme.” Although this probably prompts images of palm trees and pineapples, don’t worry, there is a tasteful and tactful way to bring this design into your home.

For starters, the most important part of the island style decor is to keep it simple, and use colors that create a calm and tranquil feeling.  For wall colors, go with something very neutral – whites, off whites, and at the
most a color that is very saturated in white (think a color with the feel of water – but not necessarily a vivid blue color).  If you are starting from scratch, stay along the same lines with the furniture – nothing too bold in color or style.

The way to bring in color is through some accents pieces – remember – less is more! You can bring in a pop of color through some side panels on the windows, artwork, or decorative pieces (candles, blankets,
pillows). Think about bringing in a color like a bright green, aqaua, or bright blue – reminiscent of colors you would come across if you were visiting an island.  Don’t forget, you can bring in some pieces with palm trees or pineapples (or any other trends) but keep it to a minimal – once piece looks classic, multiple pieces can overdo a good thing.

A great room to decorate in this style is your bedroom – because after you fall in love with it you can keep it
as your year round getaway – who doesn’t want to retreat to the islands when it’s snowing out?!

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Match vs. Contrast

By: Mira

 

HV2-063A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of finding and moving into a new apartment, and like every new beginning, I wanted to make it memorable. And what better way to do that then to decorate my new home and add all the features I’ve always dreamt about. So, naturally very excited, I went and picked out a beautiful soft lilac wall paint for my bedroom walls and got a few new pieces of furniture, all in white. So far so good – I was pretty happy with the girly glamour those colors were bringing into the space, however there was still more to be done.

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Florals – I think not….

By: Anthony008_p92_012

 

Have you ever gone shopping for blinds with your significant other? I haven’t had that privilege yet. But, as a design consultant, I’ve seen a lot of debates over window treatments. One of the biggest is over floral patterns. I don’t understand why people are so obsessed with floral patterns. When I think of florals, they remind me of my grandma’s house. My grandma’s couch, lampshades, area rug, throw pillows, and wallpaper were all different floral prints. I think they are old fashioned, and don’t even get me started on the colors they usually come in. I remember seeing them in avocado green prints with off-white backgrounds, not flattering to any room they were put in.

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Floral Stereotypes

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Florals are feminine

They don’t have to be. Of course pale muted hues in pink are very girly, but florals are hardly limited to this stereotype. To avoid the feminine floral, stay away from small prints and faded colors. Add masculine pieces to the room. Leather and wood furniture create a more rustic feel. Or stick to a neutral color scheme.

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