• Design Trend: White and Wood

    The new year is almost upon us, but before I start anticipating 2013’s newest home decorating themes , I’m taking inventory of the most popular looks from the past year. One of my absolute favorites is an interior scheme done in white and pale (even raw) wood. Its roots are Scandinavian,...
  • Start 2013 Off with an Organized Home

    If the image of the meticulously organized home above makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, you are not alone! There are only a handful of instances throughout the year that we subconsciously find ourselves fiending for a clean slate, and the beginning of the new year is one of them. Starting off...
  • The Forgotten Room: Wall Decor in the Kitchen

    It's not fair. When it comes to wall decor, the kitchen is often overlooked, while living rooms and bedrooms get all the love. Because it's such a functional space, the desire to keep clutter to a minimum is understandable. However an abundance of wall art can nicely augment a few carefully chosen...
  • Kick Kitchen Clutter

    Kicking kitchen clutter should be high up on the New Year’s resolution list. Sure, we would all love to be 5 or 10 pounds lighter, but we can always hide those few pounds with clothes, not so with a messy kitchen! The most basic way to help clean up unwanted mess is to simply put things away. Open...
  • Spring Kitchen Decor Ideas

    The spring kitchen should explode with life, abundance and joy. Because spring is so earthy and natural, I tend to visualize spring kitchen decor as somewhat more traditional...the kind of space you can plop fresh flowers on a counter and not worry. One of the obvious color choice to use in...
  • Industrial Chic Decor and Lighting

    Industrial Chic decor refers to a new style of decoration that borrows heavily on old classics and non-residential elements. Similar to what we have been seeing in the Steam Punk movement, industrial chic design incorporates rough-hewn metals, cage lighting, and Edison-style filament bulbs that look...
  • Quick Home Decor Updates

    Quick home decor updates should be inexpensive and liven up any room. Most of us don’t have the funds for major room redecoration, so here are some simple ideas that will have a huge effect on your home without breaking the bank. Adding a hot pattern can modernize any room. Love the trellis...
  • Simple Kitchen Storage Ideas

    There's a kitchen gadget for every task, but every kitchen hardly has space for it all. These simple kitchen storage ideas go beyond the basics, and with a few simple purchases (or by re-purposing what you already have) you can increase the space in your kitchen and make it more functional. ...
  • Exciting New Kitchen Renovation Ideas

    What would your dream kitchen look like ? For many people, the answer to that question is more personal than most. While the era of monochrome, commercial grade kitchens had a long run, it is refreshing to see some life, color and pattern coming in to the kitchen world and making us reconsider the way...
  • Tricks to Make Small Spaces Look Larger

    Making small spaces look larger can be tricky. On the one hand a small space limits what you can buy and display, yet on the other hand, it can feel cramped with only the most basic necessities. Here are some easy tricks to keep you from feeling like you are living in an episode of 'Hoarders'...
  • How to Use LED Lights at Home

    Light emitting diode (or LED) lighting is a semiconductor light source that can seem complicated when discussing how it functions but always looks good when considered in home design and exterior home design lighting schemes. Here's how to use LED lights at home! Modern LED home lighting is totally...
  • Lighting Ideas for Low Ceilings

    I don't like low ceilings... ...but that's life. And coming up with lighting ideas for low ceilings is a tricky thing. I love tall ceilings.... the higher the better. I love ceilings with soaring heights.....lined with rustic beams and giant chandeliers and crystals and glitter and rooms...
  • Flush Mount Lighting Ideas

    Flush mount lighting has come a long way. My earliest memory of this lighting style comes from seeing those frosted glass flush mounts, basically a plate, screwed to the ceiling of bedrooms in ranch style houses. Can you say depressing? Beat you to it. Rooms that are challenged with low ceiling height...
  • Kitchen Organization Ideas

    Just between you and me....I daydream about kitchen organization ideas. Seriously. Maybe it's because I don't really like to cook. And I'm not really that good at it. Pots and pans and baking sheets and measuring cups and colanders are all a little overwhelming to me. So instead...
  • A Kitchen Rug Adds Instant Warmth

    While one might not be inclined to add a kitchen rug, where tomato sauce and chocolate syrup inevitably land, the fact is it's worth the risk and adds instant warmth. These days, rugs are either indestructible, or easily laundered in the machine. The extra cushion is divine for your feet, and the...
  • Farmhouse Kitchen Style

    I love the farmhouse kitchen style. Good thing I live in a farmhouse. There's just something about rustic and vintage and weathered and chippy..... topped off with a little charm. Today's farmhouse style combines the elegance of classic lines with the functionality and purpose of a hardworking...
  • 5 Ways to Add Brass Lighting in the Kitchen

    After falling out of favor for over at least two decades since the '70s and '80s, brass lighting in the kitchen has made a comeback over the last few years. While mid-century lighting styles have been going strong in the living room (who hasn't craved a sputnik chandelier in this millennium...
  • Mismatched Kitchen Islands to Up the Style Quotient

    Mismatched kitchen islands and cabinetry seriously up the style quotient in your eating space. How? Finishing a kitchen island in a different color from the main cabinetry, in a hue that either complements or contrasts, lends a custom look in a room that's all too often overly matchy-matchy. Going...
  • Styling a Country Kitchen

    Styling a country kitchen will turn the most used room in your house into the most stylish room in the house with only the addition of a few design flourishes. Small touches can have a tremendous affect when decorating a kitchen. You might be surprised how inexpensive adding these touches can cost and...
  • 6 Ways to Work Black Pendant Lights Into Your Kitchen Decor

    White and black kitchens are eternal classics. No matter what the style, these high contrast spaces are bold and dramatic. When it comes to lighting them, white, or even chrome fixtures, blend into the background - so here are 6 ways to work black pendant lights into your kitchen decor. Paige Schnell...
  • Modern Country Decor

    Modern country decor is a fresh take on the world of country decorating. It's contemporary meets farmhouse. And it's all about the juxtaposition. Combining the hard lines of vintage metal with the warm rustic tones of wood. Mixing contemporary pieces with vintage and antique furniture...
  • Fall Lighting Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

    Autumn is the perfect time to start prepping for holiday entertaining. This season, let's take a look at a few fall lighting ideas. You may not realize that lighting is the reason why you feel the ambiance that you do; your guests feel safe in your outdoor home; and you safely prepare your meals...
  • Painting Outside the Box - 5 Ways to Update Your Home with Color

    I know from personal experience that painting a space can be a trial, but it's also an amazing way to update your home with color. When I first moved into my office, it was a standard commercial space with bare white walls. And I couldn't bear to look at them for long, so I took the leap and...
  • Stylish Kitchen Wall Clocks

    Kitchen wall clocks are usually the stepchild of kitchen decor. More times than not we realize we need one and buy whatever is close and cheap. With the holidays approaching we will probably all be spending more time in the kitchen whipping up sweets and treats and forgetting how long the roast has been...
  • Zesty Orange Kitchen Decor

    Zesty orange is one of those colors that you either love or hate. Or love to hate. Not I. If the room's done right, that is. All of these images with orange kitchen decor use the color sparingly, in clean, bright spaces. Also, the touches don't require huge investments, other than the orange...
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