THREE TIPS FOR STYLING AN ENTRYWAY

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via A Beautiful Mess – We’re still hard at work on our studio house—one mini space at a time. This week we completed two small spaces (double yay!), and today we’re teaming up with Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot to share a few tips for styling an entry space.

But first, I must confess. I’m the worst at mini spaces. You know the ones. Too small to be a room, but still in need of decor and organization. I put them off and eventually get used to their half-finished status. They’re my blind spot.

But not this time! This time things are different. And you know what? I’m loving it. Our new entry space is inviting and organized. Since it’s the first thing we see when we walk through those doors every morning, I think of this space as our friendliest spot in the house, always waving “hell-oo-ooo!”

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10 of the hottest interior trends for Spring Summer 2018

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House Beautiful has some great ideas for Summer decorating … 

Ice-cream pastels, glittery golds, indigo blues and super zingy color pops – these are all trends for this year.

EMBELLISHMENTS

Macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers – you name it, it’s here for this season and you’ll see it on cushions, wall hangings, throws, rugsand accessories. This trend will add a wonderful handmade quality to each room, beautiful tactile cushions on the sofa and a sumptuous throw with tassels on the bed, and a wall-hanging or two on plain walls .CONTINUE READING >>>

SUBTLE YET STRIKING DESIGN

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It’s the simplest design that’s often the most sophisticated. A subtly curved vase, filled with a single flower. A delicately-proportioned daybed fit for luxe lounging. Thoughtful technology that’s easy on the eyes and equally easy to use. When united by a strong overall vision, these streamlined elements can create some of the most comforting, serene, and striking interiors out there. One thing we know for certain when it comes to the items and ideas that fill our home — a little restraint goes a long way! So, here we celebrate understated pieces that don’t need to shout to make an impact. Show us a space with a tightly-controlled color palette and well-chosen, subtle, and juxtaposed furnishings and we’ll show you a room that swoons.

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9 SCENTED CANDLES INTERIOR DESIGNERS ALWAYS BUY

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

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If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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9 Apps to Help You Work Your Inner Designer

2017-09-13_11-51-56By now, we’re all well aware of the inspiration, discovery and even expression that apps like Instagram and Pinterest offer designers and design enthusiasts alike. But what’s the new new in tech for the creative set when they want to get their inner decorator or DIYer on? We polled designers, trend experts and influencers from the home decor world to get the scoop on what apps make their jobs easier, more fun and more inspiring—or all three.

Hayley Francis, Trend & Design Expert at The Mine:

“Recently I’ve been loving Pantone Studio app (above), which puts all Pantone colors at my fingertips. It also allows me to upload images and extract the colors from that image, which is super convenient when I find inspiration images or architecture with colors I’d like to use for future projects.”

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Declutter (In a Big Way!)

2017-07-12_10-39-19I recently moved to a new place, and most of my things came with me. The moving process gave me a much-needed opportunity to survey the things I own and decide if I wanted to keep them and bring them to the new place, or find a new home for them (which, yeah, includes the trash can in a few instances).

It was tough to decide what would stay and what would go, but one question helped me along the way:

If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Imagine you’re in a store, holding the object in your hand. Would you pay to bring it home? If so, then it’s an easy addition to the “keep” pile. If not, you have a little more fuel to help you decide it needs to find its way out of your home.

It applies to clothes and decor, to tech and to tools. And this one question causes you to weigh in on a few other considerations at the same time:

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Easter Recipes & Table Settings

Plan your Easter Sunday celebration with menus, recipes, and table-setting ideas from the experts at Southern Living.

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Forgo plain white for a mix of fresh colors and motifs. Here, designer Jane Scott artfully layered Raynaud’s Festivite and Herend’s Fish Scale china with lavender Anna Weatherley chargers. But even when you’re thinking outside the box, keep the classics on lock: Old standbys, such as your grandmother’s silver flatware, can ground even the most contemporary scheme.

 

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The Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

2017-03-16_10-05-48There’s more to a beautiful home than just the decor and furnishings you put into it. Your home also needs to function well, and be a calm and happy respite from the rest of your hectic life. If you can’t say those things about your space, then it’s likely you might feel a little off-balance in your life, overall. A happy home is the finishing touch on a happy life.

How this particular deficit might manifest in your life is an overall feeling like you don’t have a good routine down; like you’re always catching up instead of keeping up. Instead of being a consistently calm environment, your home functions in cycles, first into a chaotic mess and then—after the resulting tornado of cleaning—spotless but short-lived harmony.

In order to bring your life into balance, it can help to see a top-down, bird’s-eye view.

If that sounds all too familiar, you need to find homeostasis. And a routine that works for you. Read through some of these resources to see if you can figure out how to bring this part of your life back into balance.

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5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

2017-02-06_11-50-34The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you’ll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less.

Marvelous mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re looking a little shabby. Mirrors are timeless decor options, but the frames can look dated over time. Breathe new life into an old mirror by painting the frame a rich, modern color that pops within the current color scheme. Another idea is to clean the frame and adhere mosaic tiles along the edge for a crafty, custom look.

Handsome hardware

Old hardware makes any room look like a relic of yesteryear. A complete replacement can be costly, so instead opt to paint existing hardware. Simply remove and clean to eliminate grime. Then use one of 11 colors of Krylon(R) Premium Metallic, like Pewter Gray or White Copper, to create a lustrous, high-gloss metallic finish in just a few coats. A tip for painting hardware is to use an old egg carton. Turn the egg carton upside down, secure the hardware to the egg cups and spray away!

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Confident, Composed, Comfortable

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It’s now 2017, which means one thing: It’s time to discuss which home decor trends will define the year.

On the color front, sophisticated hues are poised to take center stage, according to Behr, which has predictions for colors to keep an eye on in 2017. The paint company has divided its selections into three palettes — Confident, Composed, and Comfortable — and if they are any indication, we’ll be drawing decor inspiration from our personalities in the year ahead.

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