Category — Home Decor & Trends

Decorating Master Class: 10 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Didn’t get your decor right the first time around? No problem – you can turn your styling errors into successes.

If you’re scratching your head over why the decor in some of the spaces in your home leaves you feeling slightly underwhelmed, a remedy — or at least an improvement — may be just a few moves away. Whether it’s a bland room, a paint color you’re not quite sure about or throw pillows that refuse to sit right no matter how many times you arrange them, here are the tweaks that can help turn your questionable decorating decisions into resounding wins.

10. You Haven’t Changed Anything in Years

Has decor ennui crept in? You could just be tired of the same old, same old. We all have favorite styles, but it’s easy to get stuck in a groove.

What to do: Shake things up. Reignite your passion and inject new energy and interest into your home by mixing up what you already have or adding some inexpensive new accessories. Change bedding and pillows and move houseplants, chairs, lamps and rugs around. Reposition furniture for a fresh perspective — it’s cheap as well as fun. This bedroom shows how a few well-chosen accessories can make for a pretty and inviting space.

Written by Janet Dunn
Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/89714159/list/decorating-master-class-10-common-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them

January 14, 2019   No Comments

The 10 Most Popular Bathroom Makeovers of 2018

If you’re looking for great bathroom design ideas, consider the most popular bathroom makeovers featured on Houzz in 2018. There’s something for everyone, from practical considerations such as grab bars and linear drains to eye-catching details like patterned floor tile, painted shiplap walls and statement-making vanities. Here’s a countdown of the bathrooms readers loved the most this year.

1. Transformation in Turquoise Brings Guest Bathroom to Life

Several popular elements are seen in the No. 1 bathroom story of the year. Interior designer Marissa Cramer incorporated encaustic cement tile in a graphic pattern, turquoise subway tile in the shower, wood open shelves that add warmth and lots of white in her clients’ Los Angeles guest bathroom. The combination feels clean, fresh and inviting.

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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/116904729/list/the-10-most-popular-bathroom-makeovers-of-2018

December 26, 2018   No Comments

How to Care for Your Christmas Tree

Artificial trees may have increased in popularity, but for the purist, only a real tree will do. No matter how realistic it looks, an artificial tree can’t compete with the scent and feel of a real evergreen. It’s a living part of nature that, for a short time, we give a place of honor in our homes.

And no matter which kind of tree it is — spruce, fir, pine or cypress — once it’s indoors, the goal is to keep the tree fresh and green. This means keeping the needles pliable and on the tree until the holidays are over. And the only thing that does that is water, lots of it. Think of it like a big, green pet: Just as a dog or cat needs fresh water every day, so does a fresh Christmas tree.

Even with daily watering, cut trees will eventually dry out. When needles drop when you touch them, and branches droop so low that ornaments are hitting the floor, it’s time to take off the lights and decorations, wrap the tree in an old sheet, and take it outside.

You can saw off some of the tree’s branches and cover garden beds with them to protect plants, or turn them into mulch with a chipper or shredder. If you have the acreage, drag the tree to an out-of-the-way spot for birds and animals to use as cover. Most communities now collect spent Christmas trees and make mulch or compost from them, which they offer back to residents. The saddest end for a tree is for it to be hauled off to a landfill, instead of being turned back into soil — allowed to decompose and feed living creatures, the way nature intended.

Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/20617685/list/how-to-care-for-a-freshly-cut-christmas-tree

December 20, 2018   No Comments

Cooking Up Color: 5 Ways to Bring Blue Into the Kitchen

Many ingredients go into designing the perfect kitchen. One that’s often overlooked or not considered early enough in the design process is color. It’s perfectly fine to prefer a neutral kitchen, of course, but many homeowners default to everything in white, beige or gray simply because they feel overwhelmed at the number of decisions to make or the prospect of committing to anything bolder. In this first edition of a new series on kitchen color, we’ll explore the options for injecting interesting blue hues into your space.

OK, this flooring is technically multicolored, with blue the predominant hue. The complexity of the pattern also offers a side benefit. Though I sweep my kitchen floors regularly and mop them about once a week, in between the cleanings I’d rather not see every little speck of dirt. Prior to remodeling my home, I had solid black ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen (installed by a previous owner) and they looked dirty within minutes of being mopped. A patterned or multihued flooring material such as this will be more forgiving if you aren’t willing or able to clean it every day.

If clean-looking floors are a concern for you, ask your designer or flooring vendor to provide a sample of the material you’re considering so you can test it for durability and how easy it is to keep clean.

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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/114647456/list/cooking-up-color-5-ways-to-bring-blue-into-the-kitchen

December 18, 2018   No Comments

6 Smart Updates To Make To Your Bathroom

The idea of renovating your bathroom can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to knock down walls or gut the whole thing to make it feel new again. Making smart updates can get you closer to the look you want without the big budget, or the big hassle.

“You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value,” said houselogic. “Wake up! You can have both.”

Here are a few places to start.

1. A new showerhead

This is one of our favorite ways to freshen up a bathroom because a new showerhead is: A) inexpensive, even for one that provides multiple heads and functions; B) an easy way to make your shower more enjoyable if you’ve been dealing with an old showerhead that doesn’t provide massage or handheld options; and C) also a money saver since new showerheads are more energy-efficient.

2. Soaker tub

Soaker tubs are the hottest trend in bathrooms right now, and it’s getting to the point where anything else makes your bathroom look outdated. Have one of those giant Jacuzzi tubs in your bathroom? It’s probably time to yank it out, especially if your jets stopped working long ago. The bonus of a freestanding tub is it can also make your bathroom feel airier and more spacious.

3. Walk-in shower

Your dinky shower with the tired tile and the metal trim isn’t fooling anyone. You don’t have to tear the whole thing down (but, if you can, by all means!) Removing the tile and replacing it with something more current can do wonders, especially if you’re going from something dark and cave-like to a choice that’s light, bright, and reflective. A seamless glass enclosure can give the shower a more expansive and current look with minimal work.


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4. A smaller mirror

Sounds funny to be think about replacing your large mirror with something smaller, right? After all, it’s a bathroom. But if you’ve toured a model home lately or watched a bathroom be remodeled on HGTV, you’ve probably seen this swap. Taking down your full-width mirror and replacing it with something more tailored to the size of your vanity will instantly give the bathroom a lift. Have two sinks? Get two smaller mirrors. And make sure they’re framed out. A plain slab of mirror is just…plain.


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5. New lighting

Those cheap builder lights are making your bathroom look DATED! Some of them are so bad they can make an otherwise stylish bathroom look not so great. Replacing the lights is easy (and inexpensive!). Just make sure to get your mirror situation figured out first so you know what width your lighting should be. A light fixture that’s wider that the mirror is going to make everything look off.

6. Vanity overhaul

There are several ways to make an old vanity/sink combo look more customized and more updated. Changing out the faucets, painting the cabinets, and adding hardware can work wonders. But if the cabinet door or drawers aren’t in good shape, if the sink shape is just too dated, or if you just want to rip the whole thing out and dump it on the lawn, it might be time for something new. If you are going to replace your vanity, take a look at floating versions—a hot look today that that’s also great for a smaller space because it keeps the eye moving.

Written By Jaymi Naciri

Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/46591-20160808-6-smart-updates-to-make-to-your-bathroom?rtmpage=

December 4, 2018   No Comments

7 Rules for Choosing The Right Area Rug

You just moved into your new home. You’ve purchased the perfect furniture and accessories. You even found the perfect area rug to add to your hardwood floors, but you’re totally stumped on which size to buy.

There are so many questions: Should the furniture be placed on or off the rug? Does the rug go underneath or next to the bed? How big should a dining room rug really be? It can seem overwhelming, but here are seven simple tips to help you choose wisely. After all, a good rug is an investment, and you don’t want to make any costly mistakes.

Rule #1: Always Go Big

Too big is always better than too small. A rug that’s too small not only looks skimpy, but seems like an afterthought. However, you also don’t want to go overboard. Pick a rug that’s the size of your seating area rather than the size of the room.

Rule #2: Keep Your Furniture on Your Rug

An area rug should anchor your seating arrangement, so place rugs underneath sofas and chairs. Ideally, your rug should fit entirely under your sofa and side chairs. If that’s not possible, make sure at least the front feet of your furniture are on the rug, even if it’s only by a matter of inches. In order to look balanced, rugs should also extend at least 6 inches beyond the arms of the sofa.

Rule #3: Try Layering

Consider layering your area rug over wall-to-wall carpeting. Most people seem to think that this is a decorating “don’t,” but nothing could be further from the truth. An area rug over carpeting adds texture and color to a room. In this case, the area rug can be a little smaller than usual – just make sure it’s placed right up to the edge of the sofa/chairs. And make sure your area rug and carpeting are compatible: a too-thin area rug over plush carpeting will never lay flat and may slide around.

Rule #4: Use Color

Don’t be afraid of pattern, color and texture! An area rug can be the focal point of the room. If your furniture upholstery is neutral, choose a colorful or patterned rug. It doesn’t have to match perfectly, but it should coordinate with the other colors and fabric in the room.

Rule #5: Your Rug Should Be Bigger than Your Bed

Think big when choosing a rug for your bedroom. Your area rug should be big enough to extend two or three feet beyond the edge of the bed. After all, you want to step onto a cozy, warm rug when you get up in the morning!

Rule #6: Your Dining Chairs Must Fit Completely

Chairs should sit perfectly and completely on an area rug in your dining room—that means all four legs on the rug even when they’re pushed away from the table. Never have the front legs of the dining chair on the rug and the back ones off. Not only does it look funny, but it’s dangerous, as your chairs are unbalanced and more prone to tipping over. You can easily estimate the size rug you’ll need by adding 24 to 36 inches to each side of your table. If your table has extension leaves that you use often, choose a rug size to accommodate the table with the leaves in. In terms of shape, a rectangular table needs a rectangular rug. A round table can support either a round or square rug.

Rule #7: Think Outside Standard Sizing

Area rugs tend to come in standard sizes, usually including:

  • 3 x 5 feet
  • 5 x 8 feet
  • 8 x 10 feet
  • 9 x 12 feet

If you need an odd size rug, you can always have one custom-made. It might sound expensive, but it may be more affordable than you think. Simply purchase regular wall-to-wall carpeting, have a carpet installer cut it to your desired size, and finish the edges with binding or serging to get a custom rug without the custom price tag.

Now you can avoid the stress of buying a brand new rug only to find it’s the wrong size. Just follow these rules to make sure your new area rug fits perfectly in your home, so you can enjoy your beautiful, cozy new space.

Written By Merri Cvetan

Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/41356-20160106-7-rules-for-choosing-the-right-area-rug?rtmpage=

November 13, 2018   No Comments

Clever Ways To Give Your Small Bathroom Some Pop And Make It Look Larger

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Small bathroom? It doesn’t have to be short on style. And it doesn’t have to feel like a cave either. Many of the same tips for creating a standout space will also help to make it feel bigger.

Cover those walls

The old-school wallcovering is back in a big way, and you don’t need a big space to make it work. In fact, the right print and some complementary details can make a small bathroom the most impactful room in the home.

Consider the vanity

The floating vanity trend looks great in any type of space, but it was tailor-made for a small bathroom. Because it doesn’t extend all the way to the floor, there is an airiness you wouldn’t get with a traditional vanity. You can find versions with built-in storage, because who doesn’t need a place to put a hair dryer?


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Or, go for the vintage look one of the hottest trends in bathrooms today. This version mounts to the wall, taking up the least amount of space possible, but still offers a clean and crisp look.


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Keep the color consistent

And, keep it light and bright. This bathroom packs a lot into a compact space, but the color palette keeps it feeling airy. And the upscale materials, with marble tiles used in contrasting shapes, add a glam feel.


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Get artsy

Who says you can only display “bathroom-style art” in a bathroom? Ditch those framed pictures of Victorian baths and hang something you love, like this Robert Longo drawing in a New York City powder room.


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Focus on the details

Keeping the palette bright white makes this space feel breezy and allows the snazzy details to stand out. A herringbone shape on the floor adds interest, and the modern brass fixtures would look amazing in any size bathroom.


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Don’t forget about storage

Creating a sleek and stylish bathroom in a small space is enough of a challenge without having to think about where you’re going to put everything. But, if your bathroom isn’t just a space for occasional guests (or even if you just need a place to store the extra toilet paper), storage has to be a consideration. Whether it’s a vanity with drawers, baskets you put on open shelving, or a custom cabinet, there are a lot of options. Apartment Therapy has some great ideas here.

Make tile your friend

There are a number of tricks you can use with tile to make your bathroom feel more expansive. “Set floor tiles diagonally to increase the perceived size of the floor,” said SF Gate. “Choose rectangular wall tiles and set them horizontally on the walls to increase the perceived width of the space. Use the same color of tiles on the floor and walls to reduce the difference between wall and floor. If possible, carry the floor tile up the wall behind the fixtures, right to the ceiling. This visually expands the wall height.”

In this New York City bathroom, zig-zag tile runs “straight into the shower stall,” said House Beautiful. The lack of interruption creates a larger feel.


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The horizontal bands of mosaic tile in this shower don’t only add interest, but also elongate the back wall, making the space look larger. The glass surround also creates a more open feel and unique touches like the countertop sink, distinctive mirror, and light fixtures add more jewelry to the room.


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Written by Jaymi Naciri
Source: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1002226-20170515-clever-ways-to-give-your-small-bathroom-some-pop-and-make-it-look-larger?rtmpage=
 

October 18, 2018   No Comments

The 10 Most Popular New Bathrooms

Our Trending Now series features the most-saved photos uploaded to Houzz in the previous three months.

Customization and creativity stood out to Houzz users who saved their favorite bathroom photos over the last three months. Furniture transformed into vanities, colorful mosaic-tiled floors and living walls are all great features that can add a creative, custom touch to a bathroom. See the most popular bathroom photos on Houzz in this top 10 countdown.

 

September 17, 2018   No Comments

8 Pieces of Furniture You’ll Keep Forever

Investing in furniture for your first home, or anywhere you don’t expect to stay forever, can almost seem like a waste. Why spend money on pieces that might not fit in or go with your dream home down the road? Well, there are some pieces worth investing in as early as you can — furniture that will suit your home right now and that will easily find a place in your next house. Here are eight pieces you shouldn’t hesitate to add to even the smallest starter home.

For the best flexibility, choose chairs in a neutral or subdued color such as navy or gray in a size that can work at the end of the dining table (30 inches wide or under), with low arms or no arms so you can tuck them under a table or desk you may have down the road.

You may not know it now, but your dream home is already shaping up, one piece at a time.

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Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/110022217/list/8-pieces-of-furniture-youll-keep-forever

August 7, 2018   No Comments

5 Things You Didn’t Know Your Bedroom Needed

Sanctuary from the world? Definitely. Decorated to please only you? Of course. Comfortable? Naturally. But what else does the perfect bedroom require? Take inspiration from these bedroom designs and introduce the extras that will help transform your space from fine to sublime.

5. Pillow and throw stash space. Extra pillows and throws are the daytime layers that dress up a bed, but discarding them sideways at bedtime isn’t a good or relaxing look.

A storage ottoman or blanket box isn’t a novel idea, but dedicating it to the pieces used for styling might be. The end of the bed can be a convenient position, or use the space under the window instead.

Written By Sarah Warwick
Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/108926199/list/5-things-you-didnt-know-your-bedroom-needed

July 25, 2018   No Comments