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  • Outdoor Spaces - Veranda Style

    Outdoor Spaces - Veranda Style

    Summer decorating should always include outdoor spaces like a veranda. Style in an outside room can sometimes play second fiddle to functionality and the fear that weather will be merciless on your decor, but it need not.

    I think if you plan to spend some significant time on a porch or veranda, it should look sensational in a bright and breezy way.

    The House of Turquoise has the happiest interior images around, so off I went to peruse. 

    Porch Design

    Sunny outdoor spaces generally fall into two categories, lounging and eating.

    If you opt for lounging, make sure you have cozy outdoor patio chairs and cheerful pillows. Ideally, fabrics should be mildew, sun and fade resistant. That also goes for cushions on dining chairs.

    Functional doesn’t mean no fun...outdoor fabrics these days are playful! Also, you can always extend the size of your veranda by adding umbrellas and awnings. 

    Contemporary Veranda Design

    If playful colors are not your thing, verandas can also look monochromatic and sophisticated. Simple white or cream linen panels can create a serene, spa feel.

    Adding ceiling fans can also create that breezy look and keep you cool on beastly hot days and nights.

    Tropical Outdoor Decorating

    Veranda style can also have a tropical bent. Print tablecloths and palm trees are a start, but you can also think about painted wood shutters to add visual interest, and woven outdoor furniture to complete the look. 

    Outdoor Decor

    1. Sconces like the Nautical Collection Bronze Outdoor Wall Light are stylish and look great flanking French doors.

    2. Keep things cool with the 44" Casa Vieja Rosetta™ White Ceiling Fan.

    3. Your outdoor space is useless at night unless you think about lighting like the Minka Ladera Bronze Outdoor Hanging Light.

    4. Outdoor sofas and chairs need a little pizzazz like the Sunbrella Striped Natural Navy Outdoor Pillow.

    5. The Loren Hand-Woven Natural Seagrass Rope Armchair embodies the tropical outdoor aesthetic.

    6. The Port 68 Ridgewood Navy Accent Table is both a seat and table top...the most functional item out of doors.

    Photos: House of Turquoise.

  • Bringing the Garden Indoors - Decorating with Florals

    Decorating with florals is a great way to bring the outdoors in. All I want to do during the early days of summer is spend time outdoors. The sun beats down, everyone has their flip flops on, and beautiful bloom surround us, fresh for the picking.

    If you have a garden this is probably your favorite time of year since you can snip fresh flowers directly from your backyard to grace the house and can save major bucks not having to buy flowers for your home.

    Whether you are gathering flowers or taking it further and decorating with bold floral patterns and accessories, having flowers around during the summer months just feels right.

    With the help of images from Lonny, lets take a look at some massively cheerful and undoubtedly beautiful floral interiors.

    Bringing the Garden Indoors - Decorating with Florals

    Floral wallpaper is NOT just for grandma anymore. Vintage and bohemian enthusiasts are loving these bold prints that truly make you feel like you're living in your garden.

    If committing to an entire wall of florals seems daunting to you, why not try some vintage-inspired wall art. It is so easy to find beautiful floral prints - frame them and create your own floral gallery wall, perfect for a library, kitchen or powder room.

    Rooms Decorated with Monochromatic Foliage

    For those with a simple yet chic design eye, decorating with monochromatic foliage can have the same effect as florals. You still get the feeling you are surrounded by the outdoors when you are inside.

    If you go this route, try mixing in foliage patterns with real plants to add depth and range to your space. These arrangements work perfectly whether you want to keep it simple or turn up the volume.

    Fresh Flowers Displayed in the Home

    And finally, decorating with florals doesn't have be a big investment or permanent.  If you just can't wrap your head around a commitment to something permanent, get out in the garden, chop some fresh blooms, and cluster them in a beautiful vase that will show them off.

    Whether singular or in a cluster, a vase of flowers is the perfect way to bring the garden indoors and capture the feeling of long summer days.

    Image Source: Lonny

  • Chic and Sculptural Black and White LED Ceiling Fans

    You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort when shopping for a ceiling fan.

    Contemporary Bedroom with Mid Century Inspired Ceiling Fan with Chandelier
    Ceiling fans used to be an eyesore to the design aficionado, but no longer. There is an LED ceiling fan offered in almost every style and material you can desire.

    For me, lighting is an opportunity to make a powerful design statement. And these black-and-white LED ceiling fans are a triple threat.

    These sculptural beauties offer functionality in air movement, energy savings with LED lights, and the oh-my-wow style factor. For some the form is second to function, but to me, it actually makes my design-loving heart ache to compromise on aesthetics.

    The power of style can affect mood in a way that is just as essential to me as the other two factors. Tell me what you think of these black-and-white ceiling fans in the comments below.

    Could you envision one of them in your home? –T

    Chic and Sculptural Black & White LED Ceiling Fans from Lamps Plus
    1. The Spyder ceiling fan is my current favorite. Combining the dazzle of a mid-century modern chandelier with the sleek silver blades, this LED ceiling fan is sure to get noticed in any room. With 170 lumens, the light is comparable to a 20-watt incandescent.

    2. If Batman were shopping for a new ceiling fan light for his bat cave, I’m pretty sure Alfred Pennyworth would order this Matthews Bubble ceiling fan with LED light on With a visually subtle integrated LED downlight, the ceiling fan has black molded blades and is UL listed for damp locations.

    3. Simplicity in design is sometimes a moment of elegant perfection to me, like the Fanimation Odyn LED ceiling fan. With brushed nickel motor and frosted opal glass light kit surrounded by nine black blades, this ceiling fan offers six speeds and comes with a remote.

    4. Maybe I have man cave on my brain, since I’m in the middle of working on one, but this Casa Vieja Revue ceiling fan is what a style-conscious man cave would have. The cylindrical brushed nickel finish and the four oil-rubbed bronze blades combine for a visually strong yet simple look. It includes a 12 watt LED, which is equivalent to the old 60-watt incandescent workhorse of most homes.

    5. A modern angelic look, this Minka Aire ceiling fan could also fit seamlessly into a modern shore home with its sweeping blades. With a dimmable 17-watt LED (equivalent to 75-watt incandescent), it includes a remote.

    Image Source: Lamps Plus

  • Get the Look of a Chic Designer Bedroom

    Get the Look of a Chic Designer Bedroom

    Yes, it’s important for bedrooms to be comfortable, but I urge you to think beyond that and think of creating a chic designer bedroom as your personal sanctuary (as most bedrooms are.)

    Your bedroom is your refuge and it deserves as much attention as you give other rooms in your home.

    Here are some ideas to help you put together a stylish designer bedroom of your own:

    Main Elements of a Stylish Bedroom

    The headboard is a focal point of the room, so select yours carefully. This gorgeous gray, hand-tufted headboard is a great choice.

    When designing your bedroom, don’t neglect the walls. I love the subtle weave pattern of this gray removable wallpaper.

    Like the walls, the importance of rugs shouldn’t be overlooked. Even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting an area rug layered on top adds visual interest. The gray and white area rug with a hexagon pattern really grounds the room.

    Bedside tables are a necessity and this mirrored piece brings a luxe feeling to the room. The three drawers allow you to keep clutter to a minimum.

    Lighting, of course, is important in any bedroom. I love the simplicity of this Color+ Plus Vanilla Metallic Spencer Table Lamp.

    The white leather and chrome bench adds a touch of glam and is a great place to sit when you’re putting on shoes. It’s also a great place to put decorative pillows when it comes time to crawl into bed.

    Accessories to Achieve the Designer Bedroom Look

    Like any other room, accessories are key to creating a designer look.

    Decorative pillows are great for dressing up your bed. The Embroidered Circles pillow in Pebble complements the color of the headboard, while the Yellow Sweater Knit pillow adds a punch of color and texture.

    The off-white pillow with a flange is a great neutral addition.

    Finally, I love a good kidney pillow, like the Howard Elliott Glam Pewter Kidney Pillow. Mixing up the sizes and shapes of your decorative pillows make the design look more interesting and less uniform.

    Bedroom walls need art too and the subtle tones of the Odette/Rene French-inspired fashion drawings go perfectly with this design scheme.

    Sometimes you might not be ready to get under the covers just yet, which is the perfect time to wrap yourself up in the Dove Gray Bamboo Velvet Cashmere throw. A throw, besides being comfy, is another great way to add texture to your design.

    Although you want to keep your bedside tables relatively clutter free, accessories like this Infinity Hand Blown Glass Ornament is a nice finishing touch. It looks great on its own or sitting on top of a small stack of books.

    Another beautiful addition to any bedroom is flowers. If having fresh flowers on hand regularly isn’t possible, a silk arrangement like these yellow and pink roses is a good stand-in. Flowers and plants are great way to bring additional color into any space.

    Combining the above elements in the color scheme and style of your choice will create a beautiful designer bedroom for you to have sweet dreams every night (and hopefully not counting sheep.)

    Image Source: Lamps Plus

  • DIY Idea - Removable Wallpaper

    DIY Idea - Removable Wallpaper

    Tempaper Etta in Black and Clay and  Pearl

    Removable wallpaper is a great solution if you live in a rental or have commitment-phobic tendencies. It comes in panels and has a low-tack adhesive backing which is repositionable.

    Shelf Backs Decorated with Removable Wallpaper

    Tempaper Alto Caribbean Blue and Red

    Beyond being super-practical for you renters out there, the fact that the wallpaper is repositionable is especially handy when it comes to matching up a pattern repeat, which is one of the trickier parts of hanging wallpaper successfully.

    Closeup of Mirrored Chest with Accessories

    Tempaper Edie in Frosted Teal, Bronze and Champagne

    Removable wallpaper is also reusable, provided you keep the backing paper. If you do want to reuse the wallpaper, it is imperative that the sticky side doesn’t get any dirt on it.

    Any dirt or hair on the sticky part obviously will prevent it from adhering properly to the next surface you want to apply it to.

    Contemporary Room Featuring Removable Wallpaper

    Tempaper Damsel Metallic Silver

    To prep for installing removable wallpaper, make sure any holes in the walls are filled in and the walls are primed and painted with an eggshell or semi-gloss finish. Installing temporary wallpaper is not recommended on walls with a flat paint finish.

    Tempaper has some seriously gorgeous patterns in a variety of colorways for you to choose from. Their removable wallpaper is printed on vinyl and uses a water-based adhesive, so it can be applied in bathrooms or other potentially steamy areas.

    Rolls of Tempaper Removable Wallpaper

    First Row: Tempaper Gio Silver

    2nd Row: Tempaper Peonies in Rouge and Gold Leaf

    3rd Row: Tempaper Diamonds in Emerald, Taupe, Chocolate and Violet

    So next time you’re in the mood for a home décor refresh, consider giving removable wallpaper a try. There are also plenty of other ideas to freshen up your interiors as well.

    Image Sources: 2nd image: Tempaper 4th image: Tempaper.  All other images: Lamps Plus

  • Outdoor Wall Lights

    Outdoor Wall Lights

    Outdoor wall lights are generally a necessity for most homes and urban terraces, but making sure they are stylish as well as functional is where we come in handy.

    While reading Remodelista I was inspired by the number of images that show what tremendous affect outdoor lighting can make to the facade of buildings and garden walls.

    For the most part, even traditional looking wall lights can look contemporary given the overall aesthetic of a space.

    Cage Style Industrial Wall Lights

    Cage-style outdoor wall lights are based on industrial lighting from the past. This old style is now considered a new, fresh look and as you can see, look modern when installed on linear walls and fencing.

    They are practical as the cage is not only stylish but protects the bulbs from flying objects like balls, Frisbees and most other summer related sports equipment.

    Barn Style Outdoor Lights

    Galvanized outdoor lights were the no-nonsense lighting of choice over garage and barn doors way back when. This lighting style has made a comeback and is a staple for the modern barn look. Its nostalgic design is perfect for casual, country settings.

    Contemporary Outdoor Lights

    While modern homes can look great with vintage style outdoor lighting, sometimes a minimalist look is best.

    If your home is truly modernist, opt for lighting with clean lines. Simple geometric lighting looks wonderful and sculptural not to mention functional along walkways and steps. 

    Exterior Wall Lights

    1. The Urban Barn Galvanized Outdoor Wall Light is a little bit country and a touch hipster chic.

    2. If you are going for a coastal look, look no further than the Industrial Chrome Finish Outdoor Wall Light.

    3. Simple and sleek defines the Silo Dual Satin Aluminum ADA Outdoor Wall Light.

    4. I love the look of the Stanford Silver Outdoor LED Wall Up and Downlight for a truly modern house.

    Photos: Remodelista.

  • Summer Ready Kitchen Design

    Summer Ready Kitchen Design

    A mix of styles makes this kitchen design unique

    What do you get when you mix together gorgeous white vaulted ceilings, dark wood floors and supers stylish furniture and accessories? A stunning summer-ready kitchen space your family is definitely going to enjoy.

    The space above, from House Tweaking, perfectly blends contemporary design with traditional elements and a touch of mid century and industrial character, which creates a space that is both design savvy and approachable. 

    Do you love this space? Lets explore how to get the look of this kitchen design in your own home below!

    Get the Look of a Stylish Kitchen

    Starting from the top down, this large space and high ceiling is perfect for stylish industrial ceiling fans.

    If you're painting your ceilings white, installing a fan like the 60" Emerson Loft White Ceiling Fan will blend in while providing the easy breezy feel of a long summer day.

    The kitchen pendants are so chic and simple they add to the space without distracting your eye from all the design detailing.

    The Tarryton 9 3/4" Wide Industrial Chrome Mini-Pendant is so beautiful and small that clustering a few together will make for beautiful accent lighting.

    One of the things I love about this inspiration image is the pop of red with the high chair. However, if you aren't currently housing little kiddies, you can take inspiration from this and add one Color Story Crimson Red 24" High Counter Stool.

    Throwing your purse or jacket on this stool at the end of the day will keep the counter clear and keep your stuff organized and off the floor!

    Industrial, metal stools are not going anywhere any time soon. The Lago Set of 2 White Steel Barstools are clean, chic and practically indestructible.

    Also backless stools tuck perfectly under your counter overhang, allowing for maximum play and hang space.

    I love reclaimed shelves, they bring so much natural warmth to a space. The Monacco 3-Shelf Rustic Wood and Iron Etagere is a great way to get the look without having to drill into the walls.

    Accenting the shelving with a few Colonial Mills Simply Home White Shelf Square Baskets brings texture to the space and adds depth to the white walls without competing with them.

    Finally the floors, one of the most important parts! A beautiful woven rug like the Zatar Jute & Wool Beige and Ivory Area Rug is a great way to designate the 'library and play' area from the formal den.

    Add a fun punch with a Kerra Black Zig Zag Pouf Ottoman. This little pop of graphic pattern perfectly grounds the space and makes it family friendly and fun.

    Image Source: House Tweaking

  • Beautiful Bathroom Vanities

    Beautiful Bathroom Vanities

    Bathrooms have come a long way from being sterile spaces that are purely functional, there are some truly beautiful bathroom vanities out there.

    Today’s bathroom vanities run the gamut from sleek modern design to antique dressers retrofitted with vessel sinks.

    Here are some of my favorite bathroom vanities

    Blue Bathroom Vanity with Storage

    Don’t limit yourself to shades of white in a bathroom vanity. Consider a fun pop of color and go neutral on walls and floor instead.

    Gray Double Sink Vanity with Drawers

    Avanity Brooks Beige Top Gray Double Sink Vanity

    If you’re hesitant to go with such a bold color, consider a pre-painted vanity in shades of gray.

    White Bathroom Vanity with Marble Top and Slender Legs

    A vanity with legs looks like a piece of furniture and gives an airy feeling to a bathroom.

    Beautiful White Bathroom Vanity with Carrera Marble Top

    Avanity Windsor White Dual Sink Vanity

    Even the smallest lift off the floor makes a difference in giving this ready made, marble topped vanity a custom look.

    Rustic Stone Bathroom Vanity

    Old world style is brought to the bathroom with this huge stone sink.

    Wooden Bathroom Vanity with Iron Scrollwork

    Melbury Granite Top Single Sink Bath Vanity

    The scrolled iron detailing on the cabinet doors is reminiscent of ironwork seen throughout Europe.

    Industrial Chic Bathroom Vanity with Open Shelves

    Metal framework and open shelving adds a casual, industrial feel to this bathroom.

    Bathroom Vanity Made of Recycled Fir with a Granite Top

    Westley Natural Single Sink Bathroom Vanity

    Get the look with a vanity that has the best of both worlds with drawers to hide everyday essentials and a display shelf to show off favorite things.

    Whether you’re a fan of old world style, a streamlined industrial look or you crave color, there are beautiful bathroom vanities for any design style.

    Image Source: 1st image: Better Homes & Gardens 2nd image: Better Homes & Gardens 4th image: Better Homes & Gardens 6th image: Better Homes & Gardens 8th imageBetter Homes & Gardens

  • How to Freshen Up Your Living Room Décor

    How to Freshen Up Your Living Room Décor

    Small changes can make big impressions, so there is no need to break the bank when it comes to freshening up your living room décor.

    Here are some ideas to bring a new look to your living space:

    Swap Out/Bring in New Accessories

     Stylish Accessories on a Coffee Table
    Swapping out or bringing in new accessories is a really fast way to breathe new life into your space. Add or change out books that you have styled on various surfaces and create vignettes with pieces from a collection you may have and remember to follow the Rule of Three.

    The Rule of Three says that three (or any odd number, really) objects placed together make it easier for the eye to find the center of a composition, which creates a sense of balance and makes them more visually appealing.

    Two items look out of balance and one object looks kind of lonely but,as with most things, there are exceptions. Always vary the shape and height of the objects to provide more visual interest.

    Add Throws and Decorative Pillows

    Decorative Pillows and Throws make Great Living Room Decor
    Bringing in new throws and decorative pillows allows you to introduce new colors and or color combinations to your living room décor. Decorative pillows are also a great, and non-permanent, way to bring in pattern for you patternphobes out there!

    Light it Up

    Living Room with Several Types of Lighting

    Update your living room’s look with lighting. Lighting can make or break a room, so make sure you mix up the types of lighting in your space to create visual interest.

    A mix of lighting types gives you more options when it comes to setting the ambiance of a room.

    You can create vignettes with the aforementioned accessories around table lamps. Floor lamps are great for filling in both visual and lighting gaps between table lamps and ceiling fixtures. Plug-in sconces are another great design move and don’t require electrical know-how.

    Change Up the Paint

    Monochromatic Lilac Living Room

    If you want to take your living room décor update a step further, consider painting the room a new color, one of the colors present in your new throw pillows, perhaps?

    Move it Around

    A Thom Filicia-designed Living Room

    Possibly the fastest (and free!) ways to freshen up the look of your living room is to move around your furniture. Swap out a piece or two of furniture from another room to up the change quotient.

    Giving your living space a new look definitely doesn’t require a complete remodel – just follow the tips above and see what a difference a little tweak here and there can make!

    Image Sources: 1st image: Domino Magazine 2nd image: The Design Daredevil 3rd image: Better Homes & Gardens 4th image: Lamps Plus 5th image: House Beautiful UK 6th image: Design: Thom Filicia, seen in House Beautiful

  • 5 Family-Friendly Sofa Choices

     5 Family-Friendly Sofa Choices

    An example of a family-friendly sofa

    The family room is the heart of the home.  

    It's the perfect spot for conversation and homework and relaxing and enjoying family time after a busy day at work.

    And every family room design starts with a really good sofa.

    The key is selecting one that will hold up to wear and tear and the challenges of every day life.

    You want to select affordable options without sacrificing quality and stylish design.

    Here are my favorite five sofa choices for a busy family.

    Tight-Backed Sofa with Hand Tufting

    1.  Hand tufted sofa

    This sofa is under $700.  I know....right?

    And the material is both stylish and so family friendly.  Can you see the tiny-nail heads along the arms?

    And the espresso legs and the square back?

    The best part?  It's 92" wide which makes it perfect for watching a family movie marathon.

    Sofa with Wood Trim

    2.  Intrigue Harper Mineral Upholstered Sofa

    Doesn't this sofa remind you of Don Draper and Mad Men?

    I could see it in a Fifth Avenue Penthouse or my farmhouse.  It's design is both classic and timeless and transcends a particular design style, allowing it to blend seamlessly with different designs.

    It comes family-proof with no-sag springs and a dirt-hiding mineral colored upholstery.

    Rust-Colored Family-Friendly Sofa

    3.  Parisian Rust Autumn Sofa

    This one is for everyone who loves a little color at an affordable price.  This sofa is priced at under $600.

    I love the rounded back and stylish legs and the nailheads that cover the front of the sofa.

    But it really won my heart with those tiny brass piano casters on the front.

    Gray Sectional with Tufted Back

    4.  Landry Light Gray Left Hand-Facing Sectional Sofa

    Have you ever seen a sectional look so stylish?

    The gray fabric. The large overall tufting. The versatility of a sectional with the style of a classic sofa.

    And the material is family-friendly, too.


    Linen Sofa with Nailhead Detail

    5.  Mckenna Beige Linen Sofa

    Okay.  I know what you're thinking.  This doesn't appear to be the most family-friendly sofa.

    I chose it because it resembles the sofas we have in our family room that have held up well for over five years.

    Welcome to pretty and comfortable meets timeless appeal.

    Sofas can add so much to a space.

    Affordability. Style. Design.  

    You can have it all.

    A sofa that fits your budget, and still manages to make your heart go pitter-patter.

    Photo Credit:  Thistlewood Farms

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