December 2013

Spice Up Your Kitchen Style Since we spend so much time in our kitchens, they need to feel and look great. Here are lots of quick, fun tips for updating your style and adding flair to one of your home’s favorite hang-out spots. Choose a bright new color. Paint is an amazing way to make over the look of a room – quickly and inexpensively. Reds are terrific for eating areas because the color fuels your appetite and makes food taste better. Yellow is also a positive, sunny choice for kitchens. Place a vase of fresh, colorful flowers on the center of your eating table or on the center island. Nature is always refreshing, and the colors will be very cheerful. Display your collections. Take out your beautiful dishes and stemware, and use them as artwork. Clear the top of your refrigerator. Although this may intuitively seem like a perfect place to store books, bottles, and extra knick knacks, the clutter will affect the mood of your kitchen. You’ll be amazed at the transformation in the room simply from clearing this space. Change out your cabinet hardware. There are so many styles, from whimsical to sleek to elegant. New hardware is a simple change that makes an incredible difference in the look of a kitchen. Are you handy? You can install a tile backsplash in one weekend. A backsplash provides a stunning, complementary design statement. Recover existing chairs and stools. New fabric will give new life to your eating areas. Add an area rug. Rugs are becoming more popular in kitchens. You can use one under the kitchen table, near...

November 2013

Feng Shui Made Simple Improve your environment and improve your life! That is the simplified idea of what Feng Shui can do for you. We know that we feel better and operate more effectively in the right atmosphere. Becoming aware of the basics of Feng Shui will help you correct areas in your home that aren’t working for you, and allow you to create the right environment for you and your family. Feng Shui incorporates five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each element invokes a different mood or attribute. When you incorporate all five elements into every room design – enhancing specific elements according to your unique objectives, you can create a customized space that is beneficial for your family’s personal needs and goals. Wood represents the rising sun. It has an active energy, and it evokes the power of creativity and expansion. You can use wooden objects to promote motivation, inspiration, and passion. To add more wood energy to a room, use vertical shapes. Fire is seen as the most powerful of all the elements. Fire represents energy and passion. To increase the fire element in your space, add candles, animal prints, and shades of red, pink, and purple. Earth / Soil resembles the secure energy of the setting sun. It generates an overall feeling of balance and stability. If you feel disorganized or unfocused, your space could use some earth elements. Look for anything in earth tones, and use images of calm landscapes. Metal affects mental clarity and logic. The right amount of metal in a room can help you feel organized and focused. To enhance a space with the metal element,...

October 2013

Ideas for Teen Bedrooms The most important thing to do when decorating your teen’s bedroom is to allow their input. Teenagers want their bedrooms to reflect their personal style. They are at a stage where they are searching for who they are, and the bedroom is a perfect outlet for creative expression. Just like adults, teens need a private retreat where they feel comfortable, safe, and happy. And luckily, it’s easy to create this environment without breaking the bank. Before you start decorating, decide on the mood your child wants in the room. Does your daughter want a dreamy, feminine room? Would your son like a cool, sleek vibe? Maybe your teen prefers a whimsical, trendy look. Knowing the mood you want will help you more easily choose the rest of the elements. Color Your teen probably knows what color they want the room to be. You can paint all the walls in your child’s favorite color, or simply use that color as the accent in the room. If your bedding and accessories are in the choice color, you can keep the walls neutral or paint them in a fun coordinating hue. Furniture Furniture should be comfortable and functional. Try some youthful, funky pieces, like bean bag chairs and large, colorful storage trunks. Accessories With the incredible multitude of choices available, accessorizing can be overwhelming for a teen. Help them out by discussing your objective for the room before shopping. Certain items, although attractive, just won’t work if a room is to look a certain way. Scour flea markets and garage sales for one-of-a-kind finds. Fill the bedroom with low-cost...

September 2013

Moroccan Style If you’re looking to create some excitement in your home, Moroccan style offers a thrilling blend of luxury, adventure, and mystery. Morocco’s varied geography, along with its blend of many cultures, has created a striking style that is emulated all over the world. Moroccan interiors honor the natural outdoors, with elements like terra-cotta tiles, natural stone, and exotic plants. A home can be transformed into a glamorous oasis using Moroccan style. Moroccan Colors Moroccan colors are inspired by its geography. Vibrant oranges and reds from the sun are paired with the deep blues and sparkling greens of the sea. Throw in some golden yellow (sand), silver (moonlit desert), and ochre (mountains), and you’ve got an electrifying mix of colors that evoke the Moroccan mood. Moroccan Texture Moroccan style blends a multitude of textures to create a warm, inviting feeling. To establish that mood, toss layers of fabrics on furniture, use several area rugs, and add texture to your walls. Set large woven baskets atop a smooth stone table for a wonderfully Moroccan combination. Moroccan Materials Moroccan-style furniture is often hand-carved from wood. Upholstered pieces use natural fibers. Accessories include handcrafted leather items, perforated metal, blown glass, mosaic tiles, and woven textiles. Wrought iron can be used for banisters and gates. Moroccan Accents Add a colorful mosaic table to brighten any room. Metallic ribbon can be hung from walls or tossed on floors and furniture. Large silk pillows and jewel-toned throws are the perfect accents for a sofa. And don’t ignore the value of scent as an accessory. Exotic spices can be used as potpourri to immediately take your mind to...

August 2013

How to Pair Colors Like a Pro Combining colors is often a challenge for homeowners. Which color goes nicely with brown? How do you add color to a blue room? The following tips will give you confidence to add the right hues to your home. Know The Three Basic Color Schemes Monochromatic -colors with the same hue but different values (brown and taupe; two shades of blue) Analogous – colors that are next to each other on the color wheel and thus similar (green and yellow; red and purple). Rooms can use three analogous colors for more excitement, like green, yellow, and orange. A subtler, more sophisticated analogous combination could be yellow-green, yellow, and orange-yellow. Complementary – color-wheel opposites. Complementary colors give the most contrast and are exciting to the eye (orange and blue; red and green) Take a Cue from Mother Mother Nature, that is! Colors that are found together in the great outdoors are also beautiful when combined in the home. Think of a light blue sky paired with silvery white clouds. Or a forest with its combination of greens mixed with tree bark brown. If it’s pleasing in nature, it’ll be sure to please you inside, as well. Look to Your Closet Think about the color combinations you enjoy wearing. What accent colors do you add to your outfits? Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says, “If you look and feel good with those colors on, you’ll like them around you.” When adding new color to your home, remember to stay classic with your largest, most expensive pieces. That way, when you choose to make any changes,...

July 2013

The New Trend is You Wanna be trendy? Then be yourself! Decorating trends have been consistently moving toward more personal styles. Which means there are fewer rules to follow. You get to choose pieces that feel good to you. Not because they are the correct items to fit a certain style, but just because you like them. So let’s talk about ways to make your home more uniquely you! Choose one-of-a-kind elements Opt for custom-designed furniture. Instead of shopping at mass-produced furniture stores, have a piece of furniture custom-designed for you. Customized furniture is becoming more and more popular. Imagine having a sofa or table that is the perfect size, shape, color, and pattern – and with all the exact details you want! Reinvent existing pieces. You can add tassels and trim to upholstered items, apply unique moldings to tables and cabinets, or paint wooden furniture. Shop at flea markets, antique fairs, and estate sales. The pieces you find will be much more unique than what you get at the usual stores. Create your own accessories. The interest in hand-crafted materials continues to grow. So why now craft your own piece? It will not only be one-of-a-kind, but it will have special meaning to you and your family – and be a great conversation starter for guests! Use a designer. Professional designers and decorators have access to many more resources than you have as a homeowner. They are able to help you select and create a truly customized piece from a wide variety of fabrics, trims, and other materials. When you combine new technology with your own imagination, you can create a truly distinctive,...
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