Roll Call: Open Up Your Room With Scenic Wallcoverings

Create a scene with wallcovering designs that transport you to another place or time

If a basic paint job or run-of-the-mill wallpaper is too static for you and your home, consider scenic wallcoverings to add a unique narrative. Here’s how a two-dimensional indoor view can change your perspective dramatically.

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Staged for Success: The Case for Hiring a Home Stager

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Before listing your home, tap into the talents of a home stager. You may sell your home faster and at a bigger profit

Home staging has become an increasingly formidable force in helping people sell their homes more quickly and for more money. Its overall goal is to help prospective home buyers emotionally connect with a space, hopefully leading to an offer to buy.

Home staging isn’t limited to just high-end properties. It has become a norm for homes at all price points. While staging may seem like an additional hassle and expense, the investment can pay off. Here’s a guide to home staging, including the benefits, process and reasons to stage your home if you’re considering a move.

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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…

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!

Never Letting Go of Art Nouveau

There’s a saying that “everything old is new again”, and it’s true. Look at blue jeans styles, tie widths and even bicycle styles. Design is forever growing but also continuously recycling itself.

One style that looks to be experiencing a resurgence is Art Nouveau. Literally meaning “new art”, the style was popular from 1890 to 1914 and was fueled by experimentation with new materials, like bendable metal and glass.

Shown above, Hotel Tassel, designed in 1894 by Victor Horta, is considered one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau style architecture. The movement sought to incorporate its design in entire spaces, from the architecture to the wall finishes to furniture and even door handles.

Drawing inspiration from nature, the Art Nouveau style is characterized by fresh curvilinear, free-flowing forms and contours. Although the popularity of Art Nouveau waned by the start of WWI, its sinuous, natural designs are still sought out today. Venerable patterns are still reproduced while others are re-interpreted and updated to appeal to today’s design market.

Here’s five ways Art Nouveau style can find its way into your space, from vintage finds to contemporary re-takes. Click HERE for the full story…

Seeking Balance in Scandinavian Design

Lagom is a Swedish term that means perfectly balanced – not too little, not too much.

Much of the success of Scandinavian design, new or old, is owed to its clean lines, simplicity of design and how harmoniously it blends with other periods and styles.

This is in part why the resurgence of mid-century modern style and designs by many of the greats like Hans Wegner, Eero Saarinen and Arne Jacobsen have journeyed back into many of our homes.

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7 Bedroom Design Trends for Tweens and Teens

Teen bedroom

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Teetering between childhood and adulthood, a teenager’s bedroom can be challenging to decorate as it looks more to the future than the past. Not only a place to sleep and do homework, it’s also a space to hang out with friends and create memories.

Looking to strike the right balance of function fun and individuality? Check out these 7 bedroom design trends for teens and tweens. Click HERE for the full story.

9 Pro Tips to Creating a Long-Lasting Kids’ Room Design

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There’s a lot to consider when your child graduates from the nursery to a big boys’ or girls’ room. Done wrong, kids’ room design can feel uncomfortable and babyish. Done right, it can positively reflect your child’s personality and interests and create a memorable childhood.

Design pros weigh in on nine practical design trends that will help you turn your nursery into a kids’ room design that will last through the preteen years. Click HERE for the full story…

Pattern Focus: Polka Dots

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via Tobi Fairley Interior Design

With their fun-loving persona, polka dots are a go-to pattern for decorating nurseries and kids’ spaces. But they’re not just for kiddos. Check out the benefits of using polka dots to create a bright spot in your home. Click HERE for the full story…

Beyond the Bed: Hudson’s Bay Point Blankets

Hudson's Bay point blankets are sold in the US by LL Bean

Hudson’s Bay point blankets are sold in the US by LL Bean

If it’s possible to have a blanket crush, mine is on the Hudson’s Bay point blanket. A high school friend had a pea coat made out of a Hudson’s Bay point blanket, and I’ve never forgotten about it. Nothing short of awesome, I loved the its heft and candy-colored stripes.

Unfortunately, the coats are no longer made, but the blankets have been in production for centuries. If you love them as much as I do, here are some ways to show off your blanket not just during the winter, but all year long. Hudson’s Bay point blankets make great upholstery and more.

Hudson’s Bay point blanket history

Hudson's Bay Company logo

Hudson’s Bay point blankets have been in production since 1670, and were aboard the ship Nonsuch when she sailed to Canada’s Hudson Bay on a speculative voyage for fur trading.

The blankets were desired by Native Americans because they hold heat, even when wet, and were easier to sew than animal skins. They later became a main source of trade. Although the blankets are associated with Canada, they are actually made in England!

Blanket stripes and colors

The blankets are made in solid colors of red/black, green/black, white/black, and a two-tone brown, but the multi-stripe is the most popular. According to Woolrich Inc., holders of the exclusive license for Hudson’s Bay blankets in the U.S., the multi-stripe’s four stripe colors (green, red, yellow and indigo) were chosen because of the quality colorfast dyes available at the time the multi-stripe blanket was introduced, around 1800.

However, for Native Americans these colors had symbolic meaning; “Green is taken to mean ‘new life,’ red often stands for ‘battle’ or ‘hunt,’ yellow relates to ‘harvest’ and ‘sunshine,’ and blue represents ‘water.’”

Points – what do they mean?

“Points” are the thin two or four-inch long black lines woven into the blanket. (You can see them in the top image). They represent a system developed in the 18th century to indicate the finished overall size of the blanket.

Over the centuries the sizes of blankets have changed, particularly during the 20th century as beds became larger. Blankets of 2-1/2, 3, 3-1/2 and 4 points were most common during the fur trade era. Today, blankets are made in the following bed sizes: 3-1/2 (Twin), 4 (Double), 6 (Queen) and 8 (King).

A twist on tradition: Hudson’s Bay blankets as upholstery

Hudson's Bay Point sofa via Sit and Read

via Sit and Read

Hudson’s Bay point blankets look superb installed as upholstery fabric. The simple, linear lines of mid-century modern furniture, in particular, work well with the stripes of the blanket. This fetching sofa was made by Brooklyn-based Sit and Read.

Hudson's Bay point blanket chair via NuBe Green

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Hudson's Bay point blanket ottoman via Homestead Seattle

via Homestead Seattle

Mid-century modern furniture not your thing? Hudson’s Bay point blankets cover the traditional side of things too, like this demure ottoman.

And this old wicker rocking chair wrapped up in a point blanket couldn’t look cozier.

Pillows!

Hudson’s Bay, the store associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company sells a bunch of point blanket products. One of my favorites is this multi-stripe chevron throw pillow.

via Hudson's Bay Company

via Hudson’s Bay Company

Hudson’s Bay point blankets can be purchased in the US at:

LL Bean

Woolrich

Do you have a Hudson’s Bay point blanket that you’ve repurposed – or just plain love? Please share your story!