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3 Unique Places to Find Interior Design Inspiration

So you’ve decided to redo your living room. Once you’ve emptied the space and primed the walls, it’s a blank canvas- time to fill it with color and decor and flourishes that reflect you are and what you love. Where to begin? You can always start with interior design books or magazines, but flipping through these can often be a daunting (and even discouraging) experience. Sure, they’re excellent resources for finding styles and techniques you like, but a lot of times they seem geared to people with years of experience and a limitless budget. Here are a few unique places to look for interior design inspiration. Who knows? Inspiration might just find you.

Mom’s Attic

Interior design is often about finding that one essential thing that inspires you and then using it as a springboard for your creativity. This could be a particular shade of purple from your favorite flower or that old chair you rescued when your neighbor sat it out with the trash. Not only do these things speak to you, but they tell a story. Remember, you’re not just decorating a room. You’re trying to give it meaning.

And without a doubt, one the best place to look for meaningful inspiration is your mom’s attic, or your aunt’s attic, or any attic you can gain access to. Every item in an attic has a story to tell, and incorporating them in your new room is a way of expanding that story. You may have to brush up on your furniture restoration skills, but from a design aspect, attics just makes sense. As trends change, attics become the archive for classic styles that are ripe for a comeback.

Your Local Bookstore

Yes, interior design books can be a great place to start looking for inspiration, but you don’t necessarily have to open a book to be inspired by it. If you’ve spent any time in a bookstore lately then you may have notices that books are going through a bit of a design renaissance. As more readers move to their iPads, Kindles and various other e-readers, book publishers are looking for creative ways to get people to buy actual, physical copies of books. One way they are accomplishing this is by designing books that are beautiful objects in and of themselves-the kind of thing that you might want to display on the coffee table of your new living room. The “New Releases” section can be a sneaky shortcut to the latest design trends that you can easily translate to your space. Take a peak at this Flavorwire post about the most iconic book covers and you’ll see what we mean.

A Stock Photography Site

It you’ve ever done a Google image search for design ideas, then you know what a chore it can be. You have to sort through so many irrelevant results that it becomes a mostly futile exercise. That doesn’t mean you have to count the Internet out completely, however. The best advice is to stick with sites that can cater specifically to art and design. Shutterstock has millions of well-organized images and a great search function that lets you set multiple parameters. If you’re just looking for a random jolt of inspiration, then you can do no better that Shutterstock’s intuitive categories. The Abstract, Textures and Patterns sections can be especially useful for finding unique color combinations and shapes to incorporate into your design.

Inspiration can be found anywhere, even the most unlikely of places. Where do you get your ideas for re-invigorating your design?

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Creative Solutions for Closet Doors!

 

It’s almost time for back to school- which means soon winter will come, and with it the switch-over to sweaters and coats from sundresses. The closet will become a battleground- what clothes to keep? How to fit new purchases into your already stocked wardrobe? Whether your own closet is cluttered or perfectly organized, a creative closet door can easily transform your bedroom and hide your closeted messy habits.

 

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Small rooms can be made to feel even smaller with too many doors. With a door to the rest of the house, a closet door, and a door to your private bathroom, your bedroom starts to feel like a glorified hallway, rather than the sanctuary it should be. Real doors to the bathroom and hall are a necessity for privacy- leaving the closet doors an opportune place to step out of the box and give your room more space and  style.

 

Replacing your traditional closet door with curtains or drapes not only lessens the cramped feeling of the room, but offers an opportunity to add a pop of color and a unique texture to your otherwise solid walls. Depending on your tastes, you can either hang the curtains from a sturdy rod (better for closets with wider openings) or hang a flowing curtain straight down, with decorative ropes or tassels to tie the sides when you need to access the closet.

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Sliding Barn Doors

You can easily save space and add a creative, rustic touch by replacing your closet doors with a sliding barn door. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to do yourself (just check out this DIY tutorial)

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Room Dividers/Shoji Screens

CWI-shoji-screenIf your room has a tendency to get a little dark and gloomy, Japanese room dividers (or shoji screens) can help shed some light on the situation. A well-placed light inside the closet can offer soft mood lighting when filtered through the opaque panels of these screens. Stylized designs such as bamboo stalks or cherry trees add an exotic flair.

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If you can’t replace your closet doors completely, at least you can spruce them up a bit! Even a fresh coat of paint can do the trick, but if you want to go further, we have a few suggestions.  Try taking your existing bi-fold doors and panel them with mirrors or frosted glass. A sliding door could do with a little accent wallpaper- and if you have a wide, mirrored sliding door, you can leave one panel mirrored while decorating the other.

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Photo courtesy of Nest Decorating

A well-executed closet door serves multiple purposes. It keeps your wardrobe contained and private, can hide clutter, and enhance the look and feel of your room. How would you go about transforming yours?

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The Best Home Design Apps to Create Your Luxurious Home

Designing your home can be frustrating. Between measuring all your rooms and furniture, to moving heavy pieces back and forth to try and make everything fit just right, it can be an overwhelming process. Luckily, technology is starting to make this process easier. From apps on your iPhone to software you can delve into on your desktop, there is a wide array of fantastic technology for home designers to use.

Home Stratosphere

Home Stratosphere is a website that covers interior design, architecture, furnishings, decor, exteriors, landscape design and gardening. The company released its own, free interior design software that does not require a download. You can develop and design one room, or your entire home, through this software.

Color Capture

Created by Benjamin Moore Paint, the Color Capture app enables you to identify any color at any time. The app is available for download on your iPhone 6, where you can take a snapshot of an item and have the app connect the color in the photo with one of the paint color varieties. This way you can discover a range of hues you never new existed for your newly designed home.

Mark On Call

Mark On Call claims its app is “home design in the palm of your hand.” The app was created by Mark Lewison, a renowned interior designer and current faculty instructor in the Interior Design Department at the Art Institute of California, Hollywood. The app can be downloaded on your iPhone or iPad and lets you design and plan the various rooms in your house. The app provides preloaded sample floor plans, or you can publish or import your rooms through email or from a different iOS device.

Space Designer 3D

This software allows you to visualize and experiment with elements of your interior design. The program takes you through the steps of composition from a 2-D plan, where you build and arrange your projects, to 3-D global volumetrics and interior walk-through. The software contains samples of modern furniture and decor that you can integrate into your design as well. Then, you can print your 2-D plans and 3-D outdoor or indoor perspectives of your designed space to share with your family and friends.

Home Hardware

The design center at Home Hardware gives you options of cabinetry, flooring, countertops, paint and accessory styles to integrate into your home. The program enables you to design from sample projects, or you can upload your own photo. With your uploaded photo, you can visually integrate materials and products to get an idea of how they will look in your home.

Planner 5D

Planner 5D helps you create your dream home within minutes with three easy steps:

  1. Find your inspiration through its collection of interior design ideas.
  2. Create your own project with items you’ve collected in your design library.
  3. Visualize your project with a realistic 3-D snapshot.

This software is multifaceted and allows you to design your dream house in 2-D or 3-D. The app also lists its highest-rated planners so you can draw inspiration from their floor plans and designs.

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A World of Color: Easy Tips to Find Your Color Inspiration

(BPT) – Color can be transformative. It has the power to evoke emotion, alter your mood and stimulate one-of-a kind creativity. The shades and hues that capture a person’s imagination are as varied as people themselves. What colors capture you? Is it a color you see or wear every day, or is it one you use to decorate your office? Or is it a color you have yet to experience? Once you do, you’ll never forget it.

To help you find the colors that inspire and transform you, fashion designer Tracy Reese, known for her colorful style and clothing, offers these ideas about how you can use color to enhance your look, your home and your office.

Find your inspiration. There are plenty of opportunities to find color inspiration at home or in the office, including furniture, textiles, accessories as well as your co-workers’ or family members’ clothing, fashion and color choices. Reese says everyone has something to offer, so use the ideas and personalities around you to get your own creative juices flowing so you can find your inspiration.

Color your mood. Your mood has a color and Reese recommends embracing it. “Some days I’m all about color, and some days I’m sort of androgynous, and some days I’m very femme,” she says. If you’re feeling bold, reflect that in the colors you wear with bursts of red, yellow or bright green and save those muted greys, blacks and navy blues for when you feel low-key. The color options available in the Post-it World of Color collections are a great way to showcase your mood and personal style. The collection features Post-it Notes in nine different color collections representing bold and exotic destinations around the world and give you the freedom to pick your favorite, jumpstart your creativity and organize your thoughts, whether you’re feeling Marrakesh red or Cape Town pink.

Compare and contrast. Want to make the brightest colors in your life even more amazing? Reese recommends contrasting them with neutral hues. “I love contrasting bright and neutral tones,” she says. “The neutrals really make the bright tones pop and take center stage.

Use conventional color in unconventional ways. Reese turned professional stereotypes on their heads when she painted her office flamingo pink. The company’s lobby also has a hot pink couch which she says keeps the workplace atmosphere “bright and lively.” You can use color to the same effect in your office, home or even your wardrobe. Reese says using bright colors can keep everyone optimistic and upbeat, even on those long afternoons when you’d rather throw in the towel and call it a day.

Color is about more than just the shade you see, it is also about your reaction to it. “I think working with colors fuels the mind and spirit,” says Reese. “Color can convey mood and emotion, time and place. Color connects you to memories and propels you forward. There is so much rich color around, it’s important to stop, take notice and use it to inspire.”

How will color inspire you? To find out and to learn more about the Post-it World of Color collections as well as the awe-inspiring cities and destinations their colors reflect, visit www.post-it.com/color.

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5 Ways to Mix Classic and Contemporary Home Decor

Classic design doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, many modern style elements can blend well with vintage pieces, resulting in fresh and dynamic home decor. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies for how to mix the old with the new.

1. Start with a neutral color palette

Mixing vintage and modern design can sometimes look haphazard. However, good eclectic home decor looks rich, rather than chaotic, when it is paired with a neutral color palette. Far from boring, a neutral foundation acts like a blank canvas that balances a mix of styles without becoming overwhelming. To accomplish this, first choose a fresh white, enigmatic gray or studious brown color for the walls, flooring and large pieces of furniture. Look to Benjamin Moore’s colonial paint collection for inspiration, such as Williamsburg Stone for walls or Capitol White for trim.

2. Establish a focal point

A harmonious room also begins with a strong focal point. Browse local estate sales and historic homes for a sense of what particular pieces inspire you. Classic shapes and styles like a mahogany china hutch or classic bed frame can lend a sense of history to a modern room. Mimic the 19th-century industrial style and anchor a bedroom with an iron frame like the Hamilton Iron Bed from Humble Abode. Or choose a large, planked dining table in a distressed finish from Pottery Barn as a central focus for a room full of antique china. Once the focal piece is established, other accent pieces and artwork can be added, such as brass lamps, sculpted side tables or an oversized painting.

3. Invest in quality textiles

Nothing evokes vintage charm like luxurious textiles. Start with floor-to-ceiling drapes. (Remember Scarlett’s drapes in “Gone with the Wind”?) Hang long curtains above the window trim and allow them to skim the floor or pool slightly. Keep the look updated with curtains in a light color and simple design, like The Shade Store’s white cotton grommet drapery. Continue to soften the room by investing in elegant velvet throw pillows, or re-cover a sofa in a sophisticated houndstooth pattern.

4. Maintain a unifying theme

Successful design that marries the old with the new also maintains a unifying theme or pattern. For example, a gallery wall using unique vintage frames in different finishes looks intentionally pulled together if each piece of framed artwork is a picture of a landscape. A collection of ceramics can accomplish a similar sense of harmony. Also try repeating unexpected colors, like the rust color from a floral painting on a throw pillow. This repetition of motifs helps the room maintain a layered and cozy look.

5. Employ old-world architectural elements

One way to blend new and vintage decor is to employ classic architectural elements, like thick moulding and elaborate trim. New beadboard wainscoting, crown moulding, baseboards and ceiling medallions can be purchased from most home improvement centers and installed on a weekend. In the mood for a long-term investment? Try replacing current flooring with new rustic-looking ceramic wood-inspired tiles, like those from BuildDirect, for a sophisticated update on the classic hardwood floor.

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3 Productivity-Enhancing Principles for Decorating Your Home Office

(BPT) It’s a common piece of advice from effective home-based workers: start each day as if you were going to work in an office outside your home (translation- take a shower and don’t work in your pajamas). The philosophy behind this tidbit is easy to understand. By dressing professionally, you’ll feel more professional and your productivity and quality of work will keep pace.

The same axiom can apply to your home office. Is it tucked in a dark corner of the spare bedroom? Is your desk beside a bed covered in old toys? Is your filing cabinet stuffed in the closet under clothes that no one has worn since the first Bush presidency? If your home office doesn’t feel professional and uplifting, how productive and happy will you be spending eight or more hours a day there?

Decorating your home office isn’t an art, but following some basic principles of office design can help create an organized, effective and productivity-enhancing space.

Choose a wall color that facilitates focus.

Even if your home office will be in the guest room that you just painted last year, it may be a good idea to repaint. Not only does a fresh coat of paint make a room feel energized and new, repainting gives you the opportunity to put a color on the wall that’s office-appropriate.

In an interview by Chris Bailey of the blog “A Life of Productivity,” color psychologist and author Angela Wright suggests that your home office color scheme needs to match the type of work you do because different colors create different effects. For example, Wright says, blue might be stimulating if you do a lot of mental work in your home office. Additionally, yellow could encourage creativity, and green might be soothing if your work is particularly stressful and balance is important.

Luxuriate in light.

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“You are stuck in your office – albeit at home – all day, working and slaving away, staring at the same wall and some bland office furniture you got at a garage sale,” writes Herman Chan in Home Business Magazine. “Spending all those hours in the same spot, it would behoove you to splurge on one luxury piece.” Chan suggests an inspiring piece of furniture, but you can also create a luxe effect – with only a modest “splurge” – by decorating with lighting elements such as a skylight.

“The mental and physical health benefits of natural light and fresh air are well documented,” says Ross Vandermark of VELUX America, makers of Energy Star-qualified skylights. “Energy efficient venting skylights not only make your home and your home office feel more open, airy, bright and productive, they can help you control heating, cooling and lighting costs, too.”

Add a solar-powered fresh air skylight and an energy-efficient solar-powered blind to your home office and the products, as well as the installation, can be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit as a green home improvement. Ground-floor offices can benefit from SUN TUNNEL tubular skylights. Visit whyskylights.com or energystar.gov to learn more about energy-efficient skylights.

If your home office happens to be located in a renovated attic space, roof windows, which are very much like skylights but are in-reach, can offer natural light and fresh air plus access to the roof for debris removal, maintenance or for emergency egress.

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Organize with attractive storage.

If your idea of home office storage includes the cardboard boxes you used to transport files from the last job you had outside your home, it’s time to revisit your organizational plan. A cluttered, disorganized home office can cause you to misplace important documents and can make you feel overwhelmed.

As more people have begun working from home, office furniture manufacturers have branched out from the sterile-looking metal storage units ubiquitous in workplaces across the country. Today, it’s easy to find attractive storage options that fit with virtually any home office decor.

If you just can’t find a file cabinet that speaks to your soul, why not try some alternative storage options? Move that beautiful sideboard you inherited from grandma – that just never fit anywhere else in your house – into your home office and use it for filing. Not in love with any of the desk options available at your local office store? Hit an antique shop and find an antique desk or even a dining table that you adore. Remember to keep furnishings and storage solutions size-appropriate for the room so your home office doesn’t feel crowded.

Working from home offers many advantages, including the opportunity to decorate your home office the way you want. By following some basic steps and incorporating your own personality, you can create a home office where you’ll be productive and happy throughout the work day.

 

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Changing Up Your Window Treatments for Summer: Revisiting the Curtain

There is little doubt that since at least the mid 70’s curtains have been receiving a bad rap from the design community. This is understandable considering that architectural fashion swung from the austerity of Modernism to the excesses of Post Modernism in the space of a few years, leaving our windows either starkly unadorned or heavily shrouded and almost always just a cog in the wheel of a larger design. This is not to say that the tradition was not openly carried on by everyday grandmothers and aunts, and no so openly by friends and siblings. After all what is fashion when faced with our feelings about home and the nostalgia of place. Maybe a major 21st century design trend is no trend at all. If so, there is a lot to recommend pulling the curtains out of the closet and installing them back on the window in time to enrich the upcoming summer.

 

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The photographer wrote the word “Perfect” on this picture. I have to agree. These weightless curtains make the perfect frame for a lovely summer green space.

 

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Alas, not all of us are lucky enough to look out onto a beautiful green garden, in which case, what better alternative than natural linen with an organic pattern blowing in a summer breeze. This one is either poly chromatically died to change from a natural color to hues of green, or artfully photographed to appear that way. Either way, it is opaque enough to suggest a summer landscape without actually showing one.

 

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Here the scale of the black and white print moderates between the dark interior and the very bright daylight outside. In any other application the print might be a bit much. Here it is fresh and causal, adding hospitality to a room that might otherwise send a spatially oppressive vibe.

 

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Classic cotton chintz, a timeless option for a summer dress, a summer table, and for sure a summer window. Matching the background of the fabric with the wall color extends the garden, enlarges the window and creates interests by adding complexity to the room. This is a great way to enhance a window with special features like this deep sill, triple pane glass and middle latch.

 

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Yards of pastel silk, piled on the floor and haphazardly tied, takes luxury for granted, telling us it is for all seasons. Heavy, for sure, but never overbearing, it is not for the budget conscious but may be enjoyed by all.

 

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Deeply personal, and whimsical as summer flowers, these color blocked windows express the personality of the resident as surely as a painting installed on a museum wall delivers the artists message. They have been turned into a poster for summer fun.

 

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Nothing says cool as ice like black and white and making it highly graphic defines summer sophistication, conjuring visions of glamor, even in a 4th floor walk up.

 

Bridget Gaddis, is a Licensed Architect and LEED-accredited Professional practicing nationally, and locally in the Washington DC area. She holds professional degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design. With a comprehensive background in both commercial and residential design, planning and construction, Ms. Gaddis has successfully completed projects for such well known brands as Chloe, Zegna, and Bvlgari. Her work in the residential sector has been with major renovations and has focused on responsible building practice. Ms. Gaddis is the author of two blogs dealing architectural subjects. For more information please visit her official website and commercial projects blog: http://gotogaddis.com/,  or her residential projects blog is:“Real people don’t hire architects.

Image credits: Flickr

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Temporary Decals for Permanent Style

Sometimes, adding decor to our homes can be more difficult than we think. Strict apartment guidelines, the constantly changing tastes of children and teens, and the fear of ruining paint or not liking something can often prohibit our longing to add anything decorative to our walls.

Removable wall decals, such as the ones featured on Trendy Wall Designs can add artwork, color, and visual interest to any room, for a space that is both visually appealing and a representation of your own unique style.

kid-tranquility-tree-amb1Nurseries are the first place that you may want to consider adding wall decals. Fun animals, dreamy clouds and anything that will mentally and imaginatively stimulate your newborn can be added with the simplicity of a peel-and-stick decal. Children, of course, grow, and so do their tastes. A 6-year-old little girl may want to move from barnyard animals to princesses, and that can be as simple as peeling off the previous decals and adding some new ones to fit her style. Maybe your teenage boy has thoroughly grown out of the dinosaur theme you created with wall decals in his childhood bedroom, and wants to move on to some cool skating decals. That too, can be just as simple.

These kids growing up will also hopefully one day go on to college. Dorm rooms can often seem like tiny prison cells, and it is obviously against the rules to repaint the walls. Sometimes posters don’t cut it- and you don’t to risk having to pay extreme dorm damage fees because your young adult went a little overboard with their duct tape and posters, and accidentally ripped some paint off in the process. Decals can make any dorm feel a little more like home, even when one may be miles  away. Some wall decals even come with magnetic, dry-erase, or chalk writing capabilities, making it perfect for any student.

square-dot-decalsThe same problem goes for certain apartments. Some landlords refuse to let their residents repaint or hang anything from the walls for fear of damage. Though this may be very frustrating to new renters who would like their space to be a little colorful and fun, there are solutions, and Command hooks are not your only salvation. Wall decals can make any room feel like there is new wallpaper, paintings, and creative murals on your walls,making the space your own. Easy to peel off, the wall decals will also ensure your landlord’s happiness when you finally upgrade to a home where you can exercise more of your creative freedom.

Letting your personality and design taste show  may be difficult, especially with the rapidly changing tastes of children or the strict guidelines of college dorm rooms and apartments.Wall decals may be your saving grace in allowing your personal taste to shine through even in the bleakest of spaces.

 

Photos from designwithaz.com

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The Bold and the Beautiful: Patterns and Prints

Look around you. Most of the surfaces in your home can be resurfaced or revamped to make them seem fresher, newer, and more visually stimulating. The tried and true method of redecorating your space is varying the sizes, colors, and textures of your wallpaper, fabrics, rugs, curtains, or accessories. But most people tend to shy away from switching up patterns or incorporating new prints…. why is that?

Patterns and prints are not to be feared! They can be an exciting and unique touch to incorporate into any part of the home, as long as they are thoughtfully aligned with the existing design.

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Think about your everyday living space- where can you add a little visual pizzazz? Don’t think you have to go big and bold- this actually can be a little intimidating.  Instead, incorporate a simple pattern, with colors that blend well with those already used in the space. Neutral stripes in a subtle variation of your pre-existing wall color, or a muted version of other accent colors in the room can add height and space to a small room. Whether the stripes are chevron, vertical, or horizontal, these will add length or height to your space. Striped fabric in an accent color can also be a great choice for any chairs or rugs in the space, just make sure the pattern complements the larger stripes on the wall!

 

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For those willing to try something with a little more “risk-factor”: explore the possibilities of a pattern such a paisley, polka-dot, or floral, for an eye-catching addition to any aspect of the room. Since these are patterns that can come off as “busy”, they can enhance accent pillows or cushions, small chairs, or rugs, without overwhelming the room. Use colors that will compliment the rest of the design scheme, and the prints will stand out on their own, yet still remain subtle enough to blend in with your overarching aesthetic.

 

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Vacation homes may be the best places to experiment with thematic design.  You are only there for a few weeks every year, and the separation from the constraints of everyday life means you can be bold with your choices! For a vacation home by the sea, an obvious choice would be fabrics, colors, and patterns inspired by the ocean. Navy blues and crisp whites may be your go-to choices, but don’t be afraid to incorporate a few nautical patterns and prints to draw some visual interest . Seaside inspiration can be pulled from prints using anchors, ropes and more. Natural themes include waves or shells- just watch out for “kitschiness”. Or don’t! It’s your vacation home, and it is yours to enjoy.

 

Patterns and prints can be incorporated anywhere in the home, from the bedroom, living room, or kitchen, to furniture, accessories, or even appliances. To perfectly match your existing decor, you can design your own fabric or wallpaper at spoonflower.com. You can also shop for upholstery fabric at calicocorners.com, or even buy some patterned appliances at Target.

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9 Artful Tips for an Easter Makeover

Easter is a moveable feast. It is an ancient holiday celebrating Spring, fertility, Passover, or all of the above. This year, however you choose to honor Easter, use it is an opportunity to transition your home for spring and prepare for a stylish Easter dinner. Spring colors aren’t limited to just feminine pastels. Bold colors — including black and white — accented with greens and yellows, can easily be incorporated into a sophisticated and modern Easter makeover for your home. Refresh with these springtime design tips a few weeks before guests arrive:

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Framed Fabrics

Add a boost of color to walls by swapping photos or artwork in the hallway for framed fabric swatches in Easter-inspired prints. For a sophisticated look, select understated spring textiles like black and white floral’s or geometric patterns in seasonal colors that pop. Short on picture frames? Better Homes and Gardens suggests clustering the prints together on a gallery wall using different-sized canvases covered with fabric.

Full Bloom

Nothing adds brightness and cheer to a home like a vibrant display of flowers. Take advantage of the seasons floral abundance with beautiful spring flower bouquets that can be used as dinner table centerpieces or to dress up an entryway.

Bouquet of Branches

For a grand dinner table centerpiece, arrange a bouquet of blooming branches in a tall glass vase. Look for branches with small, elegant blooms like pussy willow or forsythia. Finish the look with a slender chartreuse ribbon tied around the vase.

 

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Domed Displays

Use a glass cake stand with a domed cover to display limes, lemons and clementines, or arrange a cluster of restful succulents. Shop at Williams-Sonoma for a cake stand that can also double as a punch bowl.

Spring Mantel

Decorate a fireplace mantel for spring by draping it with a eucalyptus garland. Alternatively, bring the outdoors in by displaying all-natural elements atop the mantle. For example, in addition to greenery, a driftwood candle holder creates a breezy springtime ambiance.

Decorative Hardware

Exchange metal knobs and drawer pulls on dining room furniture for vintage green, pink, yellow or white porcelain hardware. Make the look more organic by varying the textures and colors.

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Sprinkle miniature white ceramic pitchers and vases throughout the house and fill them with spring blooms like hydrangeas or simple sprigs of baby’;s breath. For a grouped display, stack hardcover books in varying heights and place vases on top and in front for added depth. For a more antique look, use teacups or depression glassware.

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For a burst of color in the entryway, fill two or three tall, galvanized buckets with daffodils or display show-stopping red tulips in a pair of sunny yellow rain boots. If you are so fortunate, you could even showcase newly blossomed flowers from your own garden!

Floral Textiles

Infuse your home with ornate floral prints on cushions, throws, tablecloths or tea towels. Use vibrant, nature-inspired colors and designs like lilacs, peonies and wildflowers. Don’t be afraid to mix and match prints, as long as at least one color threads through them all to unite the design. Look to Architectural Digest’s Pinterest board for beautiful floral inspiration.

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