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15 Beautiful Artistic Wooden Table Designs

Interior Design August 31, 2017

15 Beautiful Artistic Wooden Table Designs

Nature is something most people get a great deal of joy from, and bringing the outside inside is also something that most people strive to do in their homes. Whether you prefer to have lots of plants, to grow an herb garden, or use natural fibers and materials in your home’s decor, there are many ways you can create interesting textures, shapes and colors bringing nature in. Wood is one of the most frequently used materials to warm interior design and the majestic tables seen below are a perfect example of that.

These unadulterated pieces of furniture are really pieces of art as well and things to be experienced as well as seen and talked about.

You might want to use one of these beauties as the focal point of a room and design the rest of the room’s decor around it. They are big statements for sure, and you must compliment the rest of your furniture with a piece like this.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

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Home Color Trends That Dominate 2017

Interior Design August 1, 2017

Every year, we are given the colors of the year for makeup and clothing. Now the world of home decorating is getting into the act by providing us with just as many trends as the beauty industry. You don’t need to redecorate your entire home to keep up with these trends; just a pillow, a set of curtains, or a throw rug, can bring you up to date on this year’s trends. We are no longer in a matchy-match world where stripes don’t get along with plaids and white and beige are the only neutrals. A lot of colors can complement one another and many different patterns can make things interesting. Below are a few home color trends that dominate the scene in 2017. Remember, you don’t need to buy a new sofa, but a few extra throw pillows can only make your home a bit more on trend this season.

Purple in the Dining Room

Dining room colors are becoming more vivid and bright, and purple is the perfect color to add a little pizzazz to your own dining room. If you want to go big, you can reupholster the chairs in a plush purple, but if you want to go small, purple flowers as a centerpiece is a great and economical idea. A nice throw rug underneath your table in purple is also another idea that will give you the benefit of the richness of purple without totally redecorating.

Deep Red

The color deep red adds a lovely spark to a living room. You can paint the back of a bookshelf, invest in a red coffee table or side tables. Even something as small as a red vase or red candles all around the room, will make your living space really jazzy. Posters and art prints with deep red in them also adds a nice touch to your space, and they are also economical choices to bring this trendy color into your home.

Turquoise in the Family Room or Den

Turquoise is a bold color and totally on trend this season. There are many ways to add turquoise to your home. The use of ottomans, throw pillows on the sofa, a multi-colored rug with turquoise in it, will also do the trick to add that bit of magic to a family room or den area. If you want to go all out, a turquoise armchair is a wonderful investment.

Plum in the Bedroom

The bedroom is a place where we not only sleep but for many people it becomes the oasis of the home. Plum is a beautiful color to add to your bedroom ambiance. A few plum throw pillows , curtains, or bedside lamp in plum, will change the look of your bedroom in minutes. Particularly if you have decorated in neutral colors, such as white, black, tan, beige, or gray especially complements the color plum.

Windsor Pink in a Guest Bedroom or Kid’s Room

Windsor pink is a soft muted pink that can really complement any room in the house. A child’s room or guest room are two great options. It is a color on trend because it is a shade of pink that can act as a neutral shade and go with just about any other color you have in your home. Windsor Pink is a bit nostalgic and reminds us of colors, and shades of this color, from decades ago.

Source: These 18 Color Trends are Dominating 2017

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For the Love of Chairs: 7 Chairs that Will Blow Your Mind

Interior Design July 6, 2017

The chair has always been a centerpiece of a classically styled living room, and even modernists have worshiped the chair as a must-have piece of furniture and conversation piece. A great chair has a few things going for it; it’s sturdy, durable, well-constructed mostly by hand, and most importantly, beautiful. Here are seven chairs that represent all those qualities and more, for they also will stand the test of time when it comes to style.

1. The Classic Chaise Lounge

The chaise lounge has become a staple in traditional and luxurious homes. It has become so popular that you may even find a cheaper, less durable version in a dorm room. However, the chaise lounge we love so dearly is made from beautiful and plush fabrics and are really used to lay your troubles down at the end of a busy socialite’s day. We introduce you to the perfect red chaise lounge.

2. The True Arm Chair

We have been trained in the past few decades to call just about any chair that sits in the living room, an arm chair. But the original arm chair was always made of the finest wood, sometimes maple wood, and upholstered meticulously, as is this pink arm chair we share with you today. It will never go our of style and you can pass it down to your grandchildren. The pink gives it a modern swing.

3.  The Eames Chair

No list would be complete without showcasing the Eames chair. Eames chairs were first popular in the 1950’s and were staples in the hills of Hollywood if you visited a star’s home. Anyone who considered themselves to be someone special had an Eames chair, and there may not be Eames all over Hollywood homes anymore but it is still a prize to own this remarkable piece of furniture for nostalgia’s sake.

4, The Black Leather Chair

Any chair done in black leather is hard to resist. It’s like women resisting James Dean in his heyday. Black leather is just about the coolest chair you can have in your home. It’s super stylish, and also never goes out of style. It may not be known for comfort, as leather tends to be hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but all chairs are meant for sitting, some are just meant for envy.

5. The Minimalist Chair

For all you minimalist and modernists out there, this sleek and slim chair is a must for any dining room. This chair will be a great complement to a home that is decorated in minimalist furniture. An NYC or London apartment would be the outstanding background for this beautifully constructed chair.

6. The Scandinavian Chair

Scandinavian design is well recognized throughout the world, especially when it comes to their design aesthetic. This aubergine/eggplant colored chair reminds of us a luxury beanbag chair for those who were around in the 70s. However, the construction and detail within the design are just perfect. A beanbag chair may last you a semester, while this chair will last a lifetime; perfect for that luxurious family room.

7. The Swivel Office Chair

This is no office chair you will get as an associate unless you may be an associate at Apple or IBM. The CEO will definitely be the one swiveling around from you to the window, in this amazing leather swivel chair. Made with the colors of gorgeous and rich deep burgundy and tan, this chair speaks of importance and is made for two people; one who rules and one who is happy thinking that he rules.

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7 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Candles

Interior Design May 24, 2017

Often, decorating a new home can be daunting. An empty space is like an artist with a blank canvas, sometimes it’s a bit scary. You always feel as though you will make a mistake that you can’t correct, and actually this is not true. With a few tried and true methods of decorating, you can have a home that you will enjoy walking into. Candles are one simple way to decorate a home and make it feel welcoming. A lot of designers and home stagers who decorate houses for sale, use candles to create an atmosphere for a potential buyer.

Here are 7 ways you can decorate your home with candles that will give it that ambiance you’ve been seeking:

1. Food Scented Candles for the Kitchen

It’s very homey to walk into an apple pie scented kitchen or one smelling like blueberry muffins. There are so many candles that smell like desserts these days, choosing is endless. One of the most inviting scents is cinnamon or cinnamon bun. In research it has been said that cinnamon bun attracts people to other people. So even if you’re not looking for a date, cinnamon is a great candle scent to choose.

2. Vanilla Candles are a Go-To

If you are not really fond of strong scents, vanilla is a nice way to go when decorating with scented candles. It is a delicious scent that is also very mild and familiar and won’t take over your senses. Vanilla candles can complement any home in the room. So they are not just perfect for the kitchen and dining areas but for any room in the house.

3. Pillar Candles for Fireplaces and Bookshelves

Pillar candles, scented or unscented, bring a majesty to a room no matter where you choose to place them, but they are particularly beautiful on top of tall bookshelves and over fireplaces and mantel pieces. Normally they come with stands that give some of them, a real vintage or antique quality. They are perfect for the center of the dining room table as well.

4. Candles for the Bedroom

Choosing candles for the bedroom can be a lot of fun. You can choose romantic candles like red tea lights or heart shapes and place them at your bedside or on a dresser, or you can choose candles that promote a restful sleep, such as lavender. Lavender, Vetiver, Chamomile, are just three scents that are proven to relax you and get you ready for a good night’s rest.

Warning: As with every room in the home, but particularly, the bedroom, don’t ever fall asleep while a candle is lit. When you feel yourself getting drowsy, immediately, blow all candles out before officially going to bed. Also, many candles, like lavender, are so heavily scented, they don’t even need to be lit. You can simply enjoy the effects of the aroma.

5. Using Candles in Wall Sconces

Wall sconces add a magic to your home that is quite enjoyable and welcoming. You can find wall sconces in many different styles, such as, modern, minimalist, antique and vintage. It is up to you what you like and what actually complements the rest of the decor. Again, these candles should not be left unattended for long periods of time or simply use them for decoration without lighting them. This is very common.

6. Electric Candles

There are many styles of electric candles out there today at your favorite home store or online. Electric candles are great for safety and homes where there are small kids. You can still enjoy a beautifully lit room with an electric candle just as you can with candles that require lighting, and you don’t have to worry about blowing them out.

7. Outdoor Candles

Candles, whether electric or real, look amazing lining a walkway to your front door. You can also use candles to decorate your outdoor furniture. Why not place one in the center of your outdoor dining table. Tea lights, the smaller candles, can be randomly placed around a pool area for a cocktail party or family gathering at night. Pillar candles that have tall bases look wonderful as well along a walkway path or surrounding the pool.

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Amazing Coffee Tables for Barn Style Houses

Interior Design February 25, 2017

Home owners can feel trapped into decorating their barn style homes a certain way. Just because it’s a barn house doesn’t mean that all furnishings must be traditional or southwestern. Your barn style house can be decorated in a way that is uniquely you, whether it be traditional, country, or modern minimalist.

The coffee table is the centerpiece of the living room area and can be a conversation starter if it’s style is unique enough. With a barn home you don’t have to limit yourself, you can compliment the traditional style or design through contrast, where you choose pieces of furniture that are the opposite of what is expected.

Here are some examples of coffee tables that go with the flow and traditional style of a barn style home:

Now here are some examples of more modern coffee table styles that will still compliment a barn style home:

The main difference between these more traditional coffee tables and the 2nd tier of tables, is that the second set of coffee tables are simply a bit more sleek and they play around with materials and angles, and also cultures, as the tables are lower to the ground, more Japanese style coffee tables.

The interior of a barn house can be decorated with furniture from many different cultures that will honor the dwellers, more so than honoring a tradition that the homeowner may not connect with. Everything from Asian to Hispanic can compliment a barn style house, you must simply choose the furniture you love and try it out inside the home. You may find modern minimalist may be your style and that it compliments the wood and moldings inside your home just beautifully.

When in doubt, try a glass coffee table, then you can decorate the coffee table with traditional and/or modern ornaments.

Here are some examples of glass coffee tables that can compliment a barn style house if decorated with the right accessories:

These three coffee tables are glass, which does give them a modern flair but their designs are incredibly versatile. The key is to find glass coffee tables that are more minimal and spare underneath, so that the glass stands out the most. But if you’re not afraid to be modern inside of your barn style home then go for it and choose the most modern table you can find. As long as you and your family enjoy it, that’s all that truly counts.

photos: Pinterest

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Choosing a Counter Top for Your Kitchen

Interior Design February 12, 2017

Your kitchen is the hub and main gathering place of your home. And counter tops are a major factor in deciding on the color palette of that room. So the choice of your counter tops is  a very important way to enhance your personal style. With so many options around, choosing your counter tops can be very confusing. Here is a list of 6 types of counter tops that are the most popular among homeowners.

Soapstone

Image: Premier Surfaces

Soapstone is a wonderful, choice for a busy kitchen. Durable, stain and bacteria resistant, it can withstand a lot of use while keeping your counter tops germ-free. At $80-$100 per square foot it may seem like a bit on the pricey side, but it a real investment in your home’s overall value.

Granite

Image: granitecountertops.net

Granite is a real go-to option because of its versatility, durability, wide variety of grains and colors. If it is well sealed it is more durable than most other surfaces. It can be very cost-efficient running as low as $50 per square foot, but the price can go up depending on how customized the stone is.

Quartz

Image: mikeguss.com

If your home is very customized, quarts may be just for you. It comes in almost every hue imaginable, and is engineered of quartz, resins and color pigments. Non-porous, and great if your home is “green”, quartz counter tops come at a price though. They can run anywhere from $95-$105 per square foot.

Concrete

Image: Abington Concrete

Concrete may not be as cost-effective as other surfaces but it is very easily customized to your specifications. Different, colors, textures and stains, can make this surface your own very easily, and properly sealed this might be worth the investment. It can cost from $100-$150.

Laminate

Image: Classic Cabinets and Interiors

Laminate is a very popular alternative for many who swear by it. It can simulate many more expensive surfaces, and with a price tag of $8-$20 per square foot it seems very cost-effective. But it is not a very durable surface so it would not be recommended for very busy cooks and heavily trafficked kitchens.

Marble

Image: MSI Stone

Not being the most durable counter top surface, marble is still considered the surface to choose. It develops a brilliant patina as it’s used, and comes in a wide variety of designs on its surface. The other down side is that marble can scratch and stain more than other stones. At a cost of $70-$100, it is a classic choice for many.

Source: houzz.com

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No Frame? No Problem. Here’s How to Do a Bed on the Floor

Interior Design October 11, 2016

A bed frame has always been staple furniture for bedrooms. However, a no-frame bed is also a good idea with just a touch of style and creativity. This is a minimalist approach in decorating a bedroom which is modern, simple and relaxed.

With the right concept and placement, a no-frame bed can actually be very comfortable, homey and creative. It does not require additional furniture yet can equally be decorated in a lot of ways. The mattress can be placed in a slightly elevated platform, or beside a window with a picturesque view of the outdoors, or against a wall with a headboard fixture, or even in a closet type compartment for added privacy. The ideas are endless and just as wonderful as having a standard bedroom concept.

For people who want less bulky furniture in their home as well as for those who prefer a minimalistic approach in decorating a bedroom, placing the mattress on the floor directly or with a flat base can be an excellent idea.

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Ceiling Art for Your Neglected Fifth Wall

Interior Design September 13, 2016

When we decorate and accessorize our homes there are certain areas that immediately come to mind: tables, mantles, the four walls, counters, furniture, and the floor. But what about your ceilings? They are too often overlooked as just necessary space and not given the attention they deserve. Trending for Fall in 2017 is creating interest on your ceilings. And when I say interest, I don’t just mean using a fun color paint, although that is certainly one of the ways to decorate ceilings and a very popular option. But many people put on their creative hats and really go at it. Famous paintings are being recreated, people who can draw are quite literally stretching their art on their ceilings. People are using tiles made of different materials like tin and Styrofoam, medallions, decals, stencils, and found objects. Ceilings are even becoming sculptural.

Anything goes when it comes to decorating your ceilings. Ceilings have become a new accessory in many otherwise neutral rooms. A fifth wall to put that splash of color, interesting textures, and a wide variety of designs. For a long time the bedroom was the only room in a home where the ceiling got attention. But now any room’s ceiling has possibilities. Even the ceilings in your basic white hallway are getting design and color and texture. The featured image with the different license plates is a very fun and unique way to bring interest to a ceiling, and whoever thought of it was definitely thinking outside the box.

Decorating your ceiling can be a great way to spend the weekend, and use your imagination and creative self. And it doesn’t have to be an expensive project. This can be your way of customizing your home even more and a wonderful expression of who you are. Leaving your own personal stamp on your home speaks volumes about your sense of humor, your sense of style, and your taste. Don’t neglect your fifth wall. It cries out for your attention.

All the images in this article, including the featured image are courtesy of Pinterest, as is the source material. The images can be enlarged on the website.

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Unique Wall Shelves

Interior Design August 29, 2016

wall shelves

Here are some great shelf ideas. There is actually a very wide range of ideas you can use in the shelves in your house.

Featured is the “fishbone shelf”. I like how the zig-zag pattern contrasts with the horizontal and vertical lines of the wall and the way a house normally is.

You can rotate the shelves however you want, and make the best use of the angles in your house. Is this a nice example of modern Scandinavian interior design?

 

Source: Home Designing

 

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15 Incredible TV Stands That You Will Be Amazed By

Interior Design June 7, 2016

15 Modern TV Stands That You Will Want to Buy

The TV stand has come a long way from the wooden stands we grew up with as kids. Now TV stands have style and are unique in their own way. The TV stand has had to keep up with the modernizing of the television. We’ve got TVs that hang on the wall, ones that can turn and swivel depending on where you are in the room, and so what it sits on has got to be something special.

Below we share 15 unique and amazing TV stands that will suit any home; from modern to traditional. One thing they all have in common is that they have a personality of their own. As the saying goes, “different strokes for different folks”.

Her we offer you 15 unusual and amazing TV stands that your man cave or entertainment room is calling for:

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

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