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Inspiration Tips and Advice

Accent Walls

Accent walls are typically defined as a wall whose design differs from the design of other walls in the room. These types of walls can work in many types of spaces; whether small or large! Accent walls can be done in many different ways and can be used to add a little color or even some bold textures. Right now, some of the most popular ways to add texture to a space is by adding it to your walls.

Shiplap is a very trendy and easy to install texture to a wall. Shiplap is reclaimed wood and you can easily mount it to a wall via liquid nail or traditional nails. One of the coolest parts of this unique process is the different lengths of wood you can use. This brings a whole different dimension to the wall and breaks off the uniformity that you normally see in flooring. Tile is another way that you can incorporate texture to a wall. Many people are going back to patterned mosaics or even just decorative tiles to give a space a more organic feel.

Now, while you may think that wallpaper is only a decorating tool you would see in your grandmother’s house, it has actually come a long way and made a huge resurgence.  We aren’t talking about the traditional flora patterns; although manufacturers do make updated patterns of those if that is your thing as well! New wallpaper has bold patterns and colors to really bring notice to a room or wall. These particular bright and bold wallpapers have been showing up in more powder rooms and bedrooms as of late.

Lastly, we’d like to touch on painting a wall. This can be used to tie undertones in the rest of your room together. For instance, say you are using shades of navy in your throw pillows, rug and window treatments; paint a wall that color as well and it will really solidify the theme of the room and make those items pop! Our guess is this year you will walk into at least one room or see it in a magazine with a large Ultra Violet wall that anchors the rest of the décor together!

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Studio Tips and Tricks


In seven years I have lived in at least eight small space studio apartments. Along the way I have experimented, and found out about what works and what does not work for a small space studio.

One common obstacle that I alway run into with all my studio apartments is that lack of space. To make the studio look and feel like it is  bigger than it really is, I  painted the walls with cool colors.  And as an artist, I have learned that cool colors recede and warm color pop forward. with my walls being a cool blue that  trick my mind into thinking that the wall a further apart. Another trick that I have also discovered, is adding couple of large mirror on the walls will also do the same trick.

I am always fighting and trying to figure out how to keep my small apartment clutter free. After walking through the door after a long day of work there are usually a pile of mail waiting on the floor for me. One solution that I have come up with to keep it organized and out of my site  is to put all the mail in a box that I have painted to match the walls of the foyer. by painting the box exactly as the wall color, that creates the illusion that the is not here.

In my one bedroom studio my bedroom flows right into the living room, I wanted to create a visual division yet make it flow. several ways  that I did that is by painting the bedroom one shade of blue  and the living room and other shade of blue with in the same family of color. I also decorated the walls  with a series of 1950s illustrations that has the same style  from one of my favorite artist.

I am always trying to figure out of ways to trick my brain into thinking my studio is larger and organized because a studio apartment does not give me a lot of choices.

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Changing Your Apartment Décor

By Kim W.


Apartment living. You’re 23. You graduated college, just got a new job, moved out into your first apartment on your own, things are going great until it seems like you just suddenly wake up one morning and realize, where is all of my money?? Here are a few tips and tricks to spruce up your apartment to get that nice “homey” feel you’re striving for so desperately.

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What colors should I make my room?

By: Sai
Conventional wisdom says always go neutral because you never know what you might change in the future. I am here to say forget that! Do as you wish as long as you do it the right way. You see there is an art form of picking out a color for your blinds, paint etc. You just have to be enlightened to the dos and don’ts of color selections when it comes to blinds. There are a millions colors and tones and new ones being created everyday.  Need help choosing? Here are a few steps to follow!

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