Creating a Focal Point with an Accent Wall

Looking for a way to add character to your home without doing a complete overhaul? Try decorating an accent wall. It is a simple solution for creating a focal point in the room you are working with and there are many ways to approach this idea. From traditional methods to more unique materials, the point of creating a feature wall is to have a section of the room that catches the eye, expresses your style and maintains functionality all at the same time. Read on for some great ideas for accent walls.

The simplest method and usually the first one that comes to mind is a painted wall. If you want to keep things minimalistic, a solid color that is more on the bold side can do the trick. If you want to add something with a little more detail, try a patina paint to bring out a metallic look or you can stick with the solid scheme and incorporate alternating stripes or a sponging technique.

If you want to skip the paint, there are endless possibilities with wallpaper. Smooth, textured, simple, intricate-there will most definitely be something to suit your tastes. It is especially helpful if you enjoy a certain design but do not want to have to go through the hassle of stenciling each section individually.

Another way to add texture to the space is to simply use a different material. A few tried and true choices you can count on for a fabulous look are reclaimed wood panels, stacked stone and faux brick. Any of these choices will add a more earthy, warm feeling to your home.

If you are looking for a more modern vibe for your living space, try installing 3D panels or stacked upholstered wall panels. The 3D look will be an eye catcher and conversation starter no matter what color you choose. Like art, it will jump right out and command the attention of those in the room. Upholstered wall panels are a great way to achieve a symmetrical look that pops out at you as well. The extra dimension will add some softness to the room and won’t make the space look too busy.

We hope you’ve enjoyed some of our suggestions for feature wall designs! Try something new today!

Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Bathroom

Like the kitchen, the bathroom is an essential part of the home. Unfortunately, it is an area that tends to get overlooked. If you plan on putting your home on the market or if you simply want to make your house more desirable, updating the bathroom can drastically increase the value of your home. How can you add value to your bathroom without launching an expensive remodeling project?

Twin Sinks
Twin sinks in the master bedroom bathroom is a smart move this especially ideal if you are sharing the bathroom. Remember, as a rule of thumb you’ll need at least sixty inches to comfortably accommodate an additional sink.

New Lighting Scheme
Updated lighting will improve the look of any space even the bathroom. Remove your traditional contractor lighting system and opt for something with style. Create a layered lighting effect, by installing an overhead lighting, task lighting near the vanity and you can even make use a light dimmer to create an spa like ambience in your bathroom. Use lighting fixtures with chic hardware.

Neutral Palette
Using bold paint colors on the bathroom walls have become trendy but it can be a challenge to pull off the look. For small bathroom spaces, stick to a neutral palette. For a fresh and clean look be sure to use light hues like grey and soft whites. Apply a coat of paint to a dated bathroom to refresh it.

Dress Up the Tub
Transform your bathtub into something dreamy by styling it with some of your favorite products and accessories. Line the tub with a couple scented candles and fluffy towels. Keep colorful bath salts and soaps nearby.

Whether it’s on the floor, a border around the shower stall installing new tile can give your bathroom a whole new look. Make sure you take time to pick out a tile design that you really like because it’s not an easy to replace. Large tiles can visually expand a small bathroom while diagonally installed tiles will make a narrow space appear wider.

Five Ways You Can Bring the Outoors Inside

Decorating with natural elements by bringing a hint of the outdoors into your home can create a nature feel inside. If you are nature-starved, here are some easy ways you can implement nature into your home’s décor.

Faux Fireplace
Love looking at a campfire? Well, you can get the same look anytime you desire by purchasing a faux fireplace. Faux indoor fireplaces look so realistic and they even sound similar to the flapping sound of a campfire.

  1. Decorate with “greenery”
    Of course, the most obvious way to bring nature indoors is to bring in some plants. Plants can brighten any space. When incorporating greenery into your design scheme look for ways to steer clear of the traditional flower in the vase thing. Mix it up by using a variety of pots in your plant area. You can even opt out of using flower pots and instead of hanging them on the wall using plant hangers.

  2. Natural Wood Furnishing
    Decorating with natural wood furnishing is a great way to create a rustic feel. Wood furniture is super durable and with great craftsmanship, it can be formed into all kinds of beautiful designs. You can add wood furniture sparingly. Perhaps a wood finished rocking chair in the living room or a wooden coffee table. A rustic, wood finished headboard adds a bit of outdoors to your bedroom.

  3. Buy a natural fiber rug
    You can easily purchase an area rug woven of durable seagrass or sisal from popular furniture companies. It can serve as a focal point for your living room or the man cave. Seagrass and sisal can withstand a lot of foot traffic and are known for their beautiful texture, look and long-lasting durability. They are available in a variety of sizes.

  4. Constellation Projection Lamp
    Enjoy staring up at the stars at night? Well, you can do so right from the comfort of your bed. A constellation projector lamp allows you to easily project the beautiful heavens on your walls and ceilings.

Be imaginative when searching for ways you can make your home reflect your love for nature. Use different colors, textures, and patterns that are inspired by nature to energize a space.

Home Staging – Affordable Ideas

Preparing your home for the real estate market will require an investment. While some homeowners choose to hire a professional home staging company, for many it’s just not in the budget. But do you really have to seek the help of a staging service to achieve optimal results? Don’t fret, getting help from a staging service isn’t the only way to get a Sold sign slapped on your property.

Below are some affordable ways you can get professional level staging results without investing thousands of dollars.

  1. Don’t Forget the Welcome Mat
    Something as simple as Welcome Mat at the entryway makes a difference when selling your home. Prospective buyers will usually linger at the front door for a few minutes before they enter the house, so you’ll want to make sure that the entrance of the home is appealing. A quality welcome mat will run you less than $20. To make the entryway even more enticing you can add some hooks to the wall where the coats will go and a fresh plant or two.

  2. Give Some Attention to The Bathroom
    You’ll want to give your bathroom that fresh and spa like feel. First, you have to remove the toiletries from around the sink, get rid of the tacky shower curtain and novelty bath towels. Easily freshen up your washroom by staging the area with all white towels, bath mats and neutral color shower curtain. Top things off by adding in a fresh flower or a scented candle.

  3. Make the Necessary Repairs
    It’s easy to neglect things that need to be fixed around the house. Before you know it you’ll have a long list of things that need to be repaired. Don’t invite potential buyers into the house unless you’ve fixed what need to be fixed. Be sure to freshen up the paints on the walls and fix any cracks in the flooring. Even minor things can turn would be buyers away.

  4. Remove Personal Pictures from The Walls
    While removing the personal pictures that you’ve curated over the years sounds a bit harsh, it’s necessary. The purpose of staging a home is so that buyers can envision themselves living in the house. That’s impossible if there are pictures of your family everywhere you turn. Instead, you can purchase inexpensive yet quality pieces of artwork to hang on the walls.

How To Style A Coffee Table

The coffee table just may be the most neglected piece of furniture in the living room. It’s much more than just a place to sit the remote and hold magazines. In fact, all the swoon worthy living rooms that you see in home decor magazines and on social media have one thing in common; a chic coffee table. Yes, with the right accessories you can make your living room coffee table the focal point of the room.

Statement Coffee Table
It’s always great to have a coffee table that makes a statement all on its own. From intricately shaped legs to bold hues with patterns there are so many different coffee tables on the market. If you want to add some interest to your living room choose a statement table.

Chic Basket
Baskets and coffee tables mesh well together. Not only are baskets super functional because they corral your tabletop items to create a sense of organization but you can use them to create chic vignettes. Start off, by picking out an eye catching basket, organize a few objects within the catch all and top things off by adding a scented candle and small bouquet of flowers.

Style With Books
Believe it or not books are more than just reading material. Did you know that they are interior designers “go to” accessory? Coffee table books specifically can add dimensions to the flat surface of a table. Whether it’s just one book or a stack of them they add style to the tabletop especially when you add in a few accessories like tray or basket. For a easy and clean look stack books within the same color scheme. You can also go bold and mix books with different palettes together.

Accent With A Game
One unique way to dress up your coffee table is to accent with a game board like an collector’s chess set, oversized dominoes or tic tac toe set.

The Space Underneath
Don’t forget about the space underneath the coffee table. You can stylishly stash throw pillows or accent with chic stools tuck underneath.

There are numerous ways you can dress up your coffee table. Get creative!

Ideas to Declutter Your Home

How often to you walk past items that are stacked in a corner or piled up on a table? If you are like most people with busy lifestyles it is almost a given. We get so busy with work, school, children and home we start to ignore those messy spots and even program ourselves to walk past and not even notice! I was abnormally brilliant at overlooking, lol! Spring is the perfect time to declutter and purge alongside our often overlooked spring cleaning. Just by decluttering one room per month you will be surprised at how much better you feel and how nice and tidy the house looks! Our easy tips and tricks are listed below for creating a better work/home balancing act just by decluttering!

  1. Start in the bathroom using a 40 gallon heavy duty yard bag and begin cleaning underneath the cabinet and medicine chest. Of course, with expired medicines remove or mark out the identifying information. To be eco-friendly, simply drain the remaining contents of plastic bottles and containers, rinse with water and place in your recycle bin.
  2. Next head to the kitchen. We know the kitchen will take some extra time especially if you declutter well. Begin in the fridge and check all the bottled and packaged items expiration dates. Next move on to the freezer and do the same thing. Again, use a large yard bag and take the time for the environment and recycle the bottles and plastic containers, etc.
  3. Now look elsewhere for unwanted paper around the house like junk mail, advertising flyers, old homework, expired newspapers, etc. Again, place in a large yard bag, but make sure you use a shredder for anything that has personal confidential information.
  4. Old broken toys and sports equipment are always a given and should be discarded for safety purposes. Many of these items are large and take up a lot of room. Also, many of these are covered in dirt and other things we don’t want to think about that will most definitely contain bacteria. If there are items that are still in good shape, then donate them, sell at a consignment stores or sell them online.

As always, please let us know how your task turned out and please share your thoughts and ideas. Happy Decluttering!

Upcycling – How to use and repurpose items found in your bathroom

Have you ever looked in your recycling bin and thought, despite the value of recycling, there might be an even better way? Enter upcycling – the repurposing of things to a new, sometimes even better use than was originally intended! Not only does it serve the environment quite well, it also taps into your creativity in new and fun ways. Try just a few of our ideas and we bet you’ll soon be dreaming up innovations of your own. For this blog post we are going to focus on things commonly found in your bathroom.

Prescription pill containers:
Before you put them to good use, clean them thoroughly. Medications typically leave a dusty residue so it’s important that it not get transferred to anything. The easiest method is to peel off as much of the label as possible, and then toss them in the utensil basket in your dishwasher. Once they’re clean you can use a bit of cooking oil or lemon essential oil to remove any remnants of the label. Swab with rubbing alcohol to remove residual oil. Then, use them to store these items: cotton swabs, bobby pins, safety pins, a couple of wet wipes, and travel size amounts of beauty products. You can even use them to store cash in a wet environment, such as at the beach or swimming pool!

Hair claw/jaw clips:
Perhaps you just made the change from long locks to a sassy short haircut. Don’t throw away those jaw clips! First, clean them with rubbing alcohol as there is likely residue from styling products such as hairspray. Then, use them to: secure a towel on your body or head after a bath, hold necklaces and scarves by closing them around a standard towel rack, or secure bagged coffee closed to keep it fresh!

Old perfume bottles:
A great deal of thought and design goes into the bottles used to contain fine fragrances. It seems such a shame to just discard them once they’re empty. Instead, remove the spritzer nozzle and clean them thoroughly using warm soapy water. Fill the bottle, shake the soapy water, and let it sit over night. Empty it and rinse with clean water, and then let it air dry. You now have a beautiful stem vase for fresh flowers. Display 3-5 of them with various buds, greenery, or flowers. Avoid matching or symmetry. The uniqueness of each one is what will make the display lovely!

What are some of your ideas?

What Should I Hang Above the Sofa

Still haven’t figured out what to hang in the empty space over the sofa? Well, it’s time to stop deliberating. Filling this space with something chic can transform the look of your living room. You can use this space to create a focal point in the room. There are several ways you can accent your couch by spicing up the blank slate above and we have a few ideas.

  1. Use Personal Artwork
    Don’t be afraid to showcase your skills. You can fill this space with your own artwork. Or perhaps you have a little artist in the making? You can let the kids get creative on a large canvas and use a floating frame to give it a finished look. Using personal artwork is a great way to add personality to your home.

  2. Basket Collection
    Looking for a unique way to use the space? Consider displaying a collection of baskets by hanging them on the wall over the couch. To pull this look off, stick with one basket color scheme and use a variety of sizes. You can use clear thread to make a hanging look.

  3. Large Canvas
    Oversized artwork can really make a space look chic. Especially when it depicts an unique or bold image. However, oversized artwork can be expensive so it’s time to exercise those creative chops. You can try taking a shower curtain with a intricate design and stretching it over a large, blank canvas to simulate the look of something professional.

  4. Wall Tapestry
    You can use large, expansive textiles to dress up the area behind the sofa. Wall tapestry add a flair of elegance that’s hard to achieve with anything else. Don’t be afraid to select textiles with a bold pattern and a lustrous texture. You can suspend a wall tapestry using a rod with interesting hardware.

  5. Family Photos
    Of course, pictures of the family is a great way to make use of the empty space. Let’s take a different spin on the concept. Instead of traditional photos you can have a silhouette painted of each member of the family and hang it above the sofa.

Your Guide to Antique Shopping

Are you thinking of adding character to your home by adding some antique pieces? Yes, the world of antiques is vast, but it has so much to offer. Many people think that you have to have access to exclusive places in order to get some really nice pieces. However, antiques are more accessible than you think. If you are curious and don’t know where to start, don’t worry we are here to guide you.

An antique is an item that is at least a hundred years old. Goods are considered to be vintage if they are at least two decades old. Collectible are also can be chic in the home. Collectibles can be items that are either vintage or antique.

Why Invest in Antiques?
Antiques can really add tons of warmth and style to your home. Here are some key reasons why antiques can be the touch that your home needs:

  • Most new furniture that you’ll find in stores like Ikea decrease in value over time. However, antiques hold they’re value and, in some instances, can increase over the years.
  • Most antique furniture and items are made from high quality and durable materials than mass produced items. You can expect it to last for several more years to come.
  • Even more important a beautiful antique item can add lots of character to a space especially if there is history behind it.

Learning More About Antiques
If you have an interest in antiques but don’t know where to start you should begin teaching yourself about different styles and what periods they come from. You can visit antique shops, auctions and fairs to see what kind of pieces are out there. Most dealers love to share they’re knowledge.

Shopping Online or Instore
You can shop for antiques online and in store. However, shopping for antiques in person is always much better especially when you are just starting out. Vendors will sell at fairs, flea markets and estate sales.

Happy Shopping!