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The Magnificence of Metallics

Metals, more commonly referred to as metallics, are quite popular these days. At one time, it was considered faux pas to mix metals but today, decorators are encouraging it. With a careful eye, you can easily create a beautiful balance of gold, silver and copper, giving your home visual textures that will make your space look eclectic, yet elegant.


Gold is classic, but when used in excess, it can turn gaudy quickly. To keep that from happening, be more deliberate in your choices. You may not think that you can have a big impact when only using it in small doses, but you can, especially if it’s unexpected or even whimsical.

Silver is the easiest metal to incorporate into your home’s décor. Timeless and unfortunately, often understated, silver can do beautiful things for your interior. A big plus of silver is its versatility. With options that include shiny and polished, muted and burnished, there’s something that will work with any design style thrown its way.

Copper is also very versatile. Not only is it strong and durable, it provides a warm and supple look. As with silver, copper comes in a variety of colors and textures, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking for something that will be flexible with any design style.

Some Tips to Consider

  1. Keep it simple. There’s no need to go overboard. A room only needs a few touches of metal to make decorating magic happen.
  2. Mix as much (or as little) as you want. Not only do metals mix well with each other, they also mix well with any color palette.
  3. Find the balance. The metals within your space should complement, not compete with your existing décor.
  4. Branch out to bigger things when called for. Metallic accessories and accents are great, but if you need something bigger, such as a metallic piece of furniture, then go for it!

Décor Ideas

Here are some décor ideas that might aid you on your path to metal mixing:

  • Metallic glassware
  • Sinks and/or faucets
  • Drawer and cabinet hardware
  • Pendant lighting, chandeliers or other light fixtures
  • A shimmery pouf (ottoman)
  • Metallic upholstery fabric
  • Window treatments and/or hardware
  • End tables or coffee tables
  • Bed frames and headboards

As mentioned earlier, metallics are a beautiful thing and can add so much style and beauty to your home’s interior. It really doesn’t matter what your style is or how much metal you incorporate, even the slightest touch can be simply magnificent.

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Autumn is here: Decorating With Orange

Since autumn is here, let’s talk orange.

Orange 101


Orange is a color of many moods. Depending on the shade, it can be calm and soothing or vibrant and warm. It’s a color of positive energy, health, and vitality. It stimulates happiness, fuels imagination and provokes optimism. In a nutshell, orange can infuse any room with personality. Whether you need a joyous pick-me-up, or simply an easy smile, orange is a color worth considering.

Putting it into Play

Although you love the color, you may not be sure how to use it in your home. Honestly, it’s a very versatile color, so it can be used anywhere. In the end, it’s up to you whether you go big or use it in smaller bursts.

Orange furniture is a daring yet fun way to incorporate this color into your space. If it’s sophisticated you want, pair it with rich neutrals such as gray. If it’s a playful look you seek, throw in accents like chairs or lamps in bold colors like turquoise or hot pink. If rustic is your thing, opt for rust-colored oranges accented with tan, tawny browns and cream.

Another bold way to use this revitalizing color is by putting it on the walls. It doesn’t really matter if you paint just one or paint them all—whatever you do, however, be sure to keep the furniture and accessories more on the neutral side.

If you’re more into saving orange for your home’s accessories, keep it fresh by pairing it with shades of white. To keep it from looking flat, give it dimension by slightly varying the shades and mixing the textures.

Still not sure about bringing orange in? That’s okay—you can introduce it to your outdoor spaces! Since outdoor spaces are often used for entertaining, orange is the perfect color for revving up the energy. And with so many outdoor fabrics available, you can go just about any direction with texture and pattern.

What to Pair it With

Other than white (or some other neutral), you may be wondering what colors pair well with orange. According to Better Homes and Gardens, some no-fail orange color combos that work are:

  • Creamsicle + pale blue + white
  • Cayenne + dark chocolate brown
  • Bittersweet + turquoise + white
  • Hunters orange + weathered wood + gray
  • Apricot + black + white
  • Persimmon + blue + light wood
  • Pumpkin + brown + off-white
  • Burnt orange + turf green + warm white
  • Tangerine + ebony + cream
  • Carrot + warm gray + white
  • Fire orange + fuchsia + black
  • Peach + pastels
  • Desert sand + sunset orange + brown

It doesn’t matter if you use a three-color palette or a two-color one. Play around with it until you find works best for your space. Simply having a splash of orange in your home will put a smile on your face.

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A Bedroom Fit for Two

Relationships require some level of work and compromise to keep it healthy and strong. And while some things are easily agreed upon, other things aren’t. When it comes to your home’s décor, specifically the bedroom, do the two of you share the same tastes in style? If you do, then decorating your comfortable haven will be a breeze. If you don’t however, then you’ll probably benefit from the tips we have to offer.


You might think combining styles will be a headache, but it doesn’t have to be. When approached in the right way, you’ll not only be successful at blending your tastes, you’ll also have fun making it happen.

Where to Begin

A good place to start is by creating a list of what you both like. Putting it on paper is nice, but visuals will make it come together easier. Consider creating a Pinterest board to display things you both love. Or tear out pictures from design magazines to put in a folder. Once you see it in front of you, it’ll be easier to define your individual design styles (you never know, your styles might actually be more similar than you realize once you compare pictures).

After you have a handle on your new, unified style, you’re ready to move onto the execution. Here we’ll break down 3 main things to consider while creating a bedroom fit for the both of you: color, patterns, and personal touches.


Color plays a very important role in the design of a bedroom. Bright, bold colors don’t really reflex sleep, so, as a general rule, it’s best to opt for more subdued versions. Talk favorite colors over with each other and then narrow it down to a palette containing no more than three. With endless color combinations out there, it shouldn’t be hard to find a happy compromise. If neither one of you are up for taking the color plunge on a large scale, lean toward a neutral base that will allow you to incorporate your favorite colors on a smaller scale.


As with color, there are several patterns that mesh well—including masculine and feminine ones. Don’t be afraid to mix it up—stripes with paisley, florals with plaid, etc—as long as you stick to the rule of three being one large, one medium and one small scale pattern.

Personal touches

The bedroom tends to be the one room that no one else spends time in but the two of you, so don’t hesitate to put as many personal touches as you’d like to have in there. Consider personal photos of (or trinkets from) places you’ve traveled together, find a painting from an artist you both enjoy to hang on the wall; add candles for romance when needed. These are all easy ways to make the space meaningful.
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Drapery Fabric 101

Drapery is a key component to any successful room design. Sure, they serve a functional purpose of blocking light and providing privacy, but they also give finality to a space by pulling the entire concept together. There is a multitude of drapery to choose from, and while one might think finding the right style would be easy, it actually proves challenging unless you have some basic knowledge of drapery fabric.


Drapery fabrics can be lumped into four main categories: sheers, lightweight, moderate-weight and heavyweight. Let’s go into a bit more depth with each of these.

Sheers provide privacy without completely blocking natural light, making them a popular choice for open areas that contain a lot of windows. Sheers can stand alone, but they are often paired with heavier curtains or drapes, to add a touch of softness to the window. You can find sheers in a variety of colors (plain and patterned), making them easy to incorporate into any space. Popular fibers for sheers include organza, muslin, batiste, and lace.

Lightweight fabrics offer a bit more substance than sheers. Additionally, they are stain resistant and easy to clean, making them the most popular choice among homeowners. Out of all the fibers, cotton is the most lightweight and the most widely used in home decorating. Runners up include acetate, linen and cotton blends.

If you live in a harsh climate area, then moderate weight drapery fabrics will probably serve you better. Moderate weight fabrics work very well at blocking light and outdoor climates. Canvas and brocade are two fantastic materials that fall under this category.

Formal areas tend to benefit from heavyweight fabrics because of their looks. Fabrics such as velvet, chenille and tapestry are three popular heavyweight fabrics that are ideal for making the design of a dining or sitting room look complete.

Fabric selections tend to be based on design style, budget, and maintenance. Taking time to do some research or speaking with a fabric supplier can be really beneficial on your quest for the perfect drapery fabric.

While the fabric itself is often the showstopper, hardware still needs to be taken into consideration. Hardware can either clash or complement your fabric, so take the time to evaluate what rods, finials, rings, brackets and/or sconces will work with your window treatment fabric.

Before making any final purchases, weigh out all your options. Good drapery is an investment, so you want to make sure you choose and purchase wisely.

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Creating an Ideal Space for the Little Guy in Your Life

Little boys are so much more than frogs and snails and puppy dog tails, but that doesn’t mean decorating for them has to be complex. Most boys just want a space to house their toys and showcase their interests, so when it comes to their bedroom, don’t over-think it. Before you get started however, think on this: he won’t stay little for long. In order to avoid the stress of having to update it as quickly as he grows (and as quickly as his interests change) plan something that can grow with him. Let’s take a look into how you can create an ideal space for the little guy in your life easily and effectively.


Design a Functional Layout

Boys tend to be extremely active, so the layout will be important. Take into consideration what your little guy will need and then begin filling up the space. If he’s toddler age, look for pieces of furniture that can grow with him into his teen years. If he’s older, consider breathing new life into a thrift find or an older piece you already own (i.e. paint a dresser, add nail head trim to a headboard, reupholster a chair) before purchasing something new.

A good way to figure out all he’ll need is to answer some questions such as these:

  • Does he need a space for model making and/or homework? If so, find a table or desk that can serve dual purpose.
  • Will he be sharing a room with a sibling? Will friends spend the night often? If yes, then bunk beds, two twin beds or a pullout might come in handy.
  • Are there special toys, a collection, sports medals, or something of the like he wants to display? If so, try to work in some shelving for things that won’t go in a toy box.

Incorporate Colors and Decor He Loves

His interests can play a huge role when it comes to creating the color palette for his room. If your boy loves the great outdoors, he might favor a room brimming with colors from nature. If he has a love of things that fly—airplanes, birds, rockets, superheroes, etc—colors such as blue, gray or black might set the right tone.

To help you out a bit, here are some no-fail colors (single or combined) that are always in style for a boy’s room:

  • Blue, orange and lime green
  • Primary colors
  • Green, gold, brown or other colors found in nature
  • Orange, white and gray
  • Red and khaki
  • Black and white

Fabrics are another great way to incorporate color. Stripes are timeless, but geometrics are good choices as well.

Themes aren’t bad, but they should be used sparingly when the child is extremely young. As mentioned earlier, tastes change quickly during those early years. To save effort and money, incorporate interests through décor such as wall art, accent pillows and accessories.

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Elevate Your Home’s Style with Details

When decorating a home, the big picture is often focused on so much that the little details get overlooked. A home can still be beautiful, but it’s those little details that can make all the ordinary things in your home, extraordinary. Those little details—the finishing touches—are what put our stamp on our place. It might seem trivial or tedious to think about, but detailing can elevate your home’s style to a level that truly reflects your style. Let’s take a look at how to get it done.


Add Personality with Patterns

If you need an easy way to bring in color and visual interest, do it with patterns. While window treatments, bedding, walls, and upholstery are the most common places to use patterns, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Patterns can have impact on the space even when used on a smaller scale. A lampshade, a shower curtain, chair cushions, framed pieces of fabric or wallpaper, and even artfully arranged tiles are all suitable ways to give your space that extra polish. Even something as simple as an area rug in an entryway gives an awesome first impression to those who visit your home.

Take Time for Trim

Nail heads, tassels, ruffles, pom-poms, piping, and fringe all fall under the category of trim, so it’s really just a matter of personal preference as to what you decide to go with. Each is unique and versatile, so think about what you like, what you need, and what look you’re going for before making a decision. Whichever you choose trim is an easy way to incorporate detail within a space. Items such as lampshades, rugs, shower curtains, window treatments, throws and accent pillows can all benefit from a bit of trim.

Accessorize for Additional Appeal

Accessories are an easy way to personalize your space. Creating a vignette—a collection of accessories clustered together on a flat surface—is an excellent way to put interesting things you love on display. Vignettes can be simple or complex, so it’s up to you to decide what items are favored enough to go on display, as well as how often you wish to repeat it throughout the space. And don’t minimize the importance or impact of personal photos. It doesn’t matter if you’re displaying pictures from your travels or some simple family snapshots, pictures definitely qualify as an extra detail.

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6 Reasons It Might Be Time to Redecorate

If you need some motives to justify redecorating your space, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at reasons it might be time to redecorate.


  1. You recently moved into a new house. No one expects you to live in a home that was decorated to suit someone else’s style. It’s only natural the first thing you’d want to do is make the space yours by painting the walls or changing the window treatments to match the bedding and furniture you’ve brought with you.
  1. You fell in love with some fabric you saw in a store or magazine. If you fall in love with a particular fabric, go for it. Depending on how long you drag your feet, it may sell out quickly or become discontinued altogether, leaving you extremely disappointed.
  1. You have an extra chunk of money to spend. Maybe you just got a nice bonus from work, sold something and made a profit, or fell into an inheritance—however it happened, it’s always nice to have some unplanned money come your way. As long as the bills are taken care of, use that money for some fun redecorating. Keep in mind that once it’s gone, it’s gone, so plan it out carefully.
  1. You need to make sense of your mix-matched furniture. Perhaps you’re living on your own for the first time or maybe you’ve inherited some antiques from your grandparents. Whatever the situation, you’ve found yourself with mix-matched pieces that don’t really go together. If that’s the case, sometimes a change in paint color or window treatments can blend it all in a way where it actually works.
  1. You have an empty nest. The kids have moved out, which means you don’t have to decorate with them in mind anymore. Want white carpet? No problem! Tired of looking at dark colored fabrics? No problem! Would like to have a guest room, office, hobby room or home gym? No problem! This is your chance to utilize the extra space the way you see fit and decorate with colors and fabrics you prefer.
    1. Because you want to. If you have the funds to do it, why not redecorate the place in a way that makes you happy? Most people can’t redecorate on a whim, but many can do small updates at a time. Do what feels comfortable.

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How to Know if It’s Time to Redecorate

Time goes by faster than we anticipate, and before we know it, we’re wondering where the years have gone. This passage of time affects many things, including the interior of our homes. As time passes, we get so comfortable with our surroundings that we rarely take notice to how dated our décor has become.


But how do you know if it’s time to redecorate? First of all, stop, look around and then ask yourself a few questions: Am I happy with how my home looks? When was the last time I decorated? Does my interior look fresh or “up to date”? If you still need some clarification, see if your home fits any of the criteria below.

Your Tastes Have Changed

As time passes, our tastes often mature just as we do. We may not feel the same about something like we did five years ago, and that’s okay. With age, however, comes wisdom, so as you redecorate, be sure to choose items more carefully than you did the last time. Frequent changes to décor can add up quickly and putting thought into your pieces will save you in the long run. If you stick with pieces that have longevity, you’ll be able to do smaller updates more frequently without a lot of expenses.

Your Lifestyle is Different

Your life will be different at some time. Graduation, career, marriage, birth of a child, new home, etc., are just a handful of things that can leave you with a different lifestyle. Any of these can be the reason for an update, so if you find yourself in any of these situations, think about whether or not you’re up for redecorating.

Your Decor Shows Wear and Tear

Over time, the interior of a home can take a beating. Depending on the quality and use, items such as paint, carpet, window treatments and upholstery need to be updated every six to twelve years. Take time to examine your furnishings closely. What do the arms of your chairs and sofa look like? Are you window treatments faded from the sun? Is your paint chipped in obvious areas? Does your carpet look matted or stained? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then take care of each item as you see fit.

As mentioned earlier, redecorating a home isn’t necessarily quick or cheap. Be sure to sit down to create a budget and lay out some plans. It’ll be a lot of work, but an updated home that makes you happy will feel rewarding.

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Six Ideas to Improve Your Mood with Decorating

In a recent survey conducted by home design site Houzz, results showed nine out of ten homeowners (87%) felt the look of their home impacted their overall happiness. What about you? Does your home’s interior make you happy? If not, it might be time to give it a little update. Let’s look at some ways you can improve your home and your mood.

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  1. Decorate with items you love. Find what brings you bliss and use it in your decorating. When you have items you love in your line of sight, a smile will come to your face quickly and frequently.
  1. Bring in extra texture for extra smiles. In most cases, when something catches our eye, it brings a smile to our lips. Texture has a way of doing that without much effort. Adding some texture to the walls, on the floor, or with furnishings and accessories is an easy way to get a mood boost.
  1. Erase some color. Color is beautiful, so its popularity is no surprise. With that said, with so much color around us, we’ve forgotten just how powerful white can be. The color white reflects light in a way no other color can, providing an energy that’s indescribable. Furthermore, a simple white serves as the perfect backdrop for pops of unexpected color.
  1. Purchase curvy, neutral furniture. Soft lines and neutral tones soften a room, so look for pieces that fit the bill. Your room will feel lighter and so will your mood.
  1. Add colorful cheer to small, unexpected spaces. Half baths, guest rooms, and entryways are a few examples of small and unexpected spaces to have colorful statements. Adding a punch of drama keep these areas from going unnoticed.
  1. Be brave and mix things up. There’s no rulebook that states everything in your home has to match. Sure, decorating guidelines exist, but if you aren’t happy, it’s okay to venture down your own path. Add some interest by blending design styles to incorporate pieces from different cultures and periods. Combining both humble and fine materials within a space is perfectly acceptable too.

Your home should be the one place that brings you happiness. It takes time to get it all right, but sticking with what makes you feel good will get you on track. Before you know it, you’ll have the happy home you’ve always wanted.

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Use Accent Fabrics for a Fresh Fix

Every now and then it’s nice to give your home a fresh fix—and while you might think changing up your décor has to cost a lot, it doesn’t. In fact, there’s a simple solution that can refresh your space or enhance its look: accent fabric. Let’s take a look at how accent fabric can make fresh or bold new statements whenever you’re in the mood for something new.


Why use fabric?

Well, not only is fabric one of the quickest and easiest ways to bring new life into a room, it’s often the least expensive way as well. Fabric also allows you to inject your own personality and style into your home in a way not much else can. Fabrics give you that extra texture, color, and comfort needed to make your house truly feel like a home.

Now let’s take a look at 3 popular methods for putting accent fabric to use: window treatments, upholstered headboards and accent pillows.

Window treatments are a surefire way to make a statement within the space. Good window treatments aren’t cheap, but you can find some good deals if you look around long enough or wait patiently for sales. Investing in a few different sets will make it a breeze to swap them out as seasons (or your moods) change.

custom-upholstered-headboardAn upholstered headboard makes an amazing focal point in the bedroom. So much time is spent in there, it only makes sense to invest a bit more in making it your perfect getaway from everyday life. You probably think that a fabric-covered headboard costs way too much, but it really doesn’t have to…seriously! There are several DIY tutorials online that can help you create your own.

By far, accent pillows are the easiest way to put accent fabric to use. If you need a fresh fix, your first reflex should be pillows. Buying department store pillows will allow you to change them out more frequently, but having them custom made will give you exactly what you want. Yes, it will cost more, but in the end, you’ll have quality pillows that will last a long time. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can save quite a bit of money by making them yourself.

These are just a few ideas on how to use accent fabric. Don’t be limited to what’s been written about here. Cut and hang fabric in a cool frame or update a tired lamp shade. Be creative and give your home the fresh fix it needs with some accent fabric.

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