Against the Wall: Rugs Gone Vertical!

While most folks appreciate hand-made area rugs, some shy away from incorporating them into their home decor. One of the main reasons is pets. Kitty claws can wreak havoc on a kilim, and Fido chewing bones all over an oushak isn’t ideal. Parents with little ones might ditch investing in a rug until the kids are a bit older. Some rug lovers just run out of floor space, too.

Just because your lifestyle might not be right for a quality area rug right now doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy one in your home. Consider hanging a rug on the wall instead of limiting yourself to the conventional on-the-floor route!

Hanging an area rug has some advantages. It’s likely more visible, so it’s easier to appreciate the details. Although it will still need to be cleaned, it gets less wear.  Read about three ideal locations for hanging a rug. Click HERE for the full story…

Get Shipshape with a Coastal Look Without Going Overboard

Ask people which season they look forward to the most and most will say summer. If you’re able to enjoy the seaside or a nearby lake, count yourself lucky. If you’re not close to the coast, or just can’t get enough of it, you might want to bring some of that beachy feel inside your home.

While coastal-themed décor isn’t hard to find, it is easy to overdo it.

Here are 5 ways to catch the coastal look without going overboard.  Click HERE for the full story…

 

The Importance of Trying Before Buying

Seeing my current perfume bottle is on its last sips, I recently stopped in a Jo Malone store to sample some of their fragrances. After testing several selections on paper test strips, I narrowed two to try on my skin. Even as the scent evolves completely from paper to skin, the clerk also told me to “live with it” for a few hours and see which one I prefer at the end of the day. It was prudent to wait before buying because what I thought was my second choice ended up being my favorite — by far.

While body fragrance and interior design might seem unrelated on the surface, one commonality came to mind – the importance of trying before buying.

Most of us have made a décor mistake or two…a sofa fabric color that was a bit off-kilter, or a hulking bookcase that didn’t look that big in the store. If only we could go back in time and approach decision-making process more carefully.

Here are three decor areas that can easily benefit from a trial run. Read the full story HERE

Living Large in a Small Living Room

Just because your living room is short on square footage, it doesn’t need to suffer in the style category. In fact, a small living room has some advantages, like requiring less heat and air conditioning…And with fewer furnishings to buy, you can focus your search on higher quality pieces.

While using mirrors and light-colored schemes are a couple of well-known tricks to make rooms feel more spacious, you might not be aware of some less familiar ones.

Here are six ways to live large with less living space. Click HERE for the full story.

Hang Loose: 3 Ways to Defy Restraint in Your Home Decor

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If you think your design eye might need a kick in the pants, here’s three ways to loosen up your décor.

We’re taught from a young age to praise orderliness and balance. Staying within the lines of a coloring book is preferred to careening outside. Skies are blue and grass is green. You get the picture.

While regimented systems make sense in many aspects of life (like traffic rules) they can also become overly predictable and limiting in others. Interior design is a good example.

Staying within an aesthetic norm can feel comforting, but it might not highlight your personality or allow you to fully grow to appreciate new ideas. Click HERE for the full story…

 

It’s Greek to Me

Be bold and beautiful. Infuse Greek design in your home decor.

In the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie, one of the past times of family patriarch Gus Portokalos was to verbalize Greek contributions to modern-day life. While democracy, geometry, philosophy and the Olympic games are a few, Greek influence in architecture, art and design are just as great.

Although millennia old, there’s still a lot to love about Greek design today — from its vibrant palette, bold lines, and laid-back vibe.

Here are six ways to bring a Grecian flair to your home decor. Click HERE for the full story….

Hitting the Tropics: The Jungle Look

Disney’s remake of its 1967 movie The Jungle Book is set to debut in mid-April. But the cinema screen isn’t the only place awash with tropical foliage. You might have noticed that lush palms and banana leafs have taken hold in interior décor.

Tropical-themed designs aren’t the new kid on the block. Like the movie, the bold leafy pattern is enjoying its second round in the spotlight.  Don Loper introduced his chic “Martinique” wallpaper pattern in 1942 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and shortly after, Dorothy Draper designed her own take, “Brazilliance“, in her 1948 makeover of the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.

Do you like the jungle look, but are worried about it looking hokey in your home? See five ways to make a tropical theme work without going overboard. Click HERE for the full story…

Springing into Spring

Ready to trade in gray skies and snow shovels for spring colors and new life? So are we!

When thinking of spring, we usually concentrate what’s going on outdoors – the blooming of daffodils and the flitter of wildlife in the yard. What about the inside of your home? Do the stacks of firewood and plaid wool throws still have you in the throes of winter?

From pinwheels to cherry blossoms, here are five ways to close your home’s door on winter…and spring into spring. Click HERE for the full story!

Bringing Home The Luck O’ The Irish

Everyone’s a little bit Irish, as the saying goes. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate, you might find yourself wearing green, attending a St. Paddy’s Day parade — or looking for the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Why limit the search for good fortune to one day a year? Here are five ways to attract the luck o’ the Irish in your home all year long. For the full story, click on CLOVER!

Fretwork and Fancy Free: The Venerable Trellis Pattern

What do Middle Eastern screens, French vine grillwork, Elsie de Wolfe and Dorothy Draper all have in common? The comparison might not be immediately obvious, but I’ll give you a hint…it’s the chic go-to design pattern you’ve seen woven into most interior design schemes as of late..the trellis pattern!

Learn background on this venerable pattern and some cutting edge ways you can weave a trellis design into your home. Click HERE for the full story!