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Modern Style Decor: Sleek and Uncluttered

Furniture and Furnishings September 13, 2017

Modern Style Decor Sleek and Uncluttered

Modern style decor is the epitome of clean lines, monochromatic color palettes, and an uncluttered look. Not everyone goes for this style of decor because they believe it to be too cold  and impersonal. But the modern style is far from cold and impersonal. With the occasional splash of color and warm neutral tones, this can be very inviting and cozy. Modern style furniture is not hard nor is it uncomfortable. A variety of textures and hues can be very welcoming for you and your guests and family. A soft throw tossed on a sleek sofa, begs you to sit down.

That touch of red on a pillow in a grey room, adds  excitement and drama.  The stainless steel kitchen appliances do not say “industrial”, but  that it is a clean and efficient work space.  A platform bed can be as comfy as a four-poster bed.

Neutral, and monochromatic color palettes are the hallmark of the modern style. They keep rooms from looking messy and cluttered, and have a calming effect on people. The simple lines, and the clean feel to modern style rooms create a peaceful ambiance that most folks enjoy. There is also a lightness to modern style decor that other styles don’t have. The heavy quality that more traditional styles possess, can sometimes be oppressive. Too many knick-knacks, too many colors and patterns in fabrics can often be overwhelming.

The images below are meant to be inspirational and to help you in finding your particular modern style. All images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest and the pics can be enlarged.

 

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Updating Your Living Room? Some Great Coffee Table and Decor Ideas

Furniture and Furnishings September 13, 2017

Coffee table ideas

When you are decorating your living room, no matter what style decor you may choose, you want furnishings and accessories to compliment your furniture. The coffee table is an important furnishing in all living rooms. And it serves a variety of purposes for you and your guests. Trunk coffee tables can be storage for blankets and throws for the cold weather. Coffee tables with drawers can hold stationary, pens, and other sundries. Double shelved coffee tables can provide space for beautiful accessories as well as magazines and books. Or coffee tables can be more than utilitarian, and more decorative with candles, vases, small sculptures and art books. You can put plants and flowers on coffee tables for color and interest.

Of course the coffee table is also used for food and beverages. The size and shape of your coffee table should not only compliment the chairs and sofas in your living room, but it should also be large enough for comestibles. Coffee tables are made from many different materials like wood, glass, metal, cushions with trays for stability, and ottomans with fabric.

They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. When choosing your coffee table you should take into consideration your decor style, your needs regarding extra storage, and whether or not you want it to also be a decorative piece of furniture.

The images below are a variety of suggestions to help you make some informed choices about your coffee table and the type of accessories you might like to put on it. All images and resources are courtesy of Pinterest and the images are expandable.

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Sofas – Your Living Room’s Welcome Mat

Furniture and Furnishings September 13, 2017

Sofas - Your Living Room's Welcome Mat

Whatever your decor style, the furniture you choose for your home says more about who you are than anything else you own. And regardless of your style, what you want from your furniture is for it to be inviting and welcoming. Sofas are the most important piece of furniture in your living room.

Usually, they are also the biggest piece of furniture in your living room. The rest of your living room’s decor revolves around your sofa choice. The ambiance you create in your living room is dictated by your sofa choice. Whether your decor style is modern, traditional, French Provincial, Craftsman style, mid-century, your sofa is the piece of furniture that creates the feel of your home. The materials used for the frame, the fabrics on the cushions, whether or not you have pillows or throws as accent pieces, all go together to make your living room particular to you.

When you create seating groupings, you are creating a flow of conversation for your guests. Sofas  can be sectional, which somewhat directs that flow in the direction of the sections. Some sectionals have ottomans for putting your feet up, for a more casual feel. Velvet and chenille sofas give you a feeling of luxury in their textures. Even more formally designed sofas can be warm and inviting and create a good conversational flow. It doesn’t matter if your sofa choice is an angular one, or one with rounded curves. They all say, “Sit on me”.

The sofas shown below are intended to be used as inspiration for you as you decide what style of sofa is right for you. All images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest and the pics can be enlarged.

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9 bedrooms Guaranteed to Promote Sound Sleep

Furniture and Furnishings September 13, 2017

9 bedrooms Guaranteed to Promote Sound Sleep

If your bathroom is your at-home spa, your bedroom is your haven, your sanctuary – the place you go to unwind and become renewed. Sleep is something we all need to function in this world and getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of your day. Bedrooms need to be soothing so monochromatic color palettes are often used to provide that atmosphere. Neutral tones are a great canvas for bedroom accessories and easy splashes of color.

Your bed is, of course, the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom. But the choice of what kind of bed to get is dependent upon your particular needs and tastes. Whether your mattress is soft or firm, whether you sleep on a futon or in a four-poster, your bed must be inviting. The addition of lots of fluffy pillows, throws, and cozy blankets, adds to your bed’s invitation to get in it.

It is so important that your bedroom has no distraction, nothing that can disturb your mind and sleep rhythm. Many people put televisions in their bedrooms for late night viewing, but a minimum of electronics is often advised by sleep experts. Also a  dark room is in keeping with your evening circadian rhythm, so be sure to turn that television off before retiring. Keep your computer in your office. Your bedroom can be formal or casual and still provide the peaceful quality you need for a sound night’s sleep. The 9 bedrooms featured below are all illustrations of the comfy bedroom. Even the unique hanging bed is an example of an inviting piece of furniture.

The images below and resource material here are all courtesy of Pinterest and the pics can be enlarged. They are also intended as inspirations for your style and choices.

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Craftsman Style Homes Stand the Test of Time

Craftsman Home September 13, 2017

Craftsman Home with a Wrap-around Porch

The Craftsman style home grew out of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, which began at the end of the 19th Century and lasted into the 1930’s. Recently it has had a renaissance of sorts and become popular and desirable once again.

The Craftsman style home is characterized by natural materials like wood and stone, and typically has gables and porches, and wooden shingles on the exterior. With great attention to detail, with mouldings and beautiful staircases, this style of living has stood the test of time. Clean lines and simplicity of design, with lots of natural wood are the hallmark of the Craftsman style home. And there is a beautiful and easy flow from room to room in the Craftsman home.

The Arts and Crafts Movement prided itself on hand work rather than mass production, so each Craftsman style home is unique. Some of the most typical features of the Craftsman home are exposed rafters, square columns supporting the main roof, the motifs of Frank Lloyd Wright in the homes interior, a front porch, a mixture of natural materials, and hand crafted wood and stone elements.

Fireplaces are also very common to the Craftsman home, and add to the warmth of the materials used in its design. Interestingly, when the Craftsman style home was introduced it found its place among the wealthy and upper middle class. Nowadays this style home is highly prized, and you can find it all through the country, not just in the American west where it was first built.

Most of the homes illustrated below are more modern versions of the Craftsman style home. These images are intended to inspire your creativity and give you an idea of what the Craftsman home was all about. The images and some of the resource material are courtesy of Pinterest, and all pics can be enlarged.

Additional Source: http://www.homeplans.com/house-plans/hp/styles/craftsman-home-plans-craftsman-homes.html

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Futons: Doing Double Duty

Furniture and Furnishings September 13, 2017

When I lived in a tiny studio apartment in New York City my favorite piece of furniture was my futon sofa. By day my little room was a living room with as much space as I could have possibly gotten out of it. And by night it was a cozy bedroom. My futon made it possible for me to have people over for dinner. It was very comfortable as both a sofa and a bed. It was easy to open and close and Made me feel like a lived in a bigger apartment. It made what could have been a claustrophobic life, not so. I loved my futon.

Futons are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own and they can be used in just about any room. If you enjoy having sleep over guests but don’t have a guest room, a futon sofa can turn your office or living room into a bedroom in the blink of an eye. They can be built as a twin, full size, queen or king size bed. They are available not only as sofa beds but also as convertible chairs for a child or small adult. There is some science that purports that futons are better for your back than the more traditional sleeper sofa. They come in different thicknesses, and can be constructed from natural or synthetic materials. There is a myriad of futon covers to match your home decor and color palettes. And they can offer splashes of color in more neutral settings. The frames are usually made of wood or metal, and both offer comfort and style and also drawers for storage.

The images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest and all images can be enlarged. If you need some versatility in your home, a futon may be just the piece of furniture for you.

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The Armchair: Your Room’s Last Accessory

Furniture and Furnishings September 13, 2017

The Arm Chair

All rooms in your home require some kind of seating. Living rooms and family rooms need seating that provides for good conversational flow, and usually there is a sofa and chairs as well to make sure that people are both comfortable and can easily converse. Sofas are generally the first piece of furniture that a home owner chooses for a room, but it is the armchair that caps the seating arrangement. Armchairs are great for curling up to watch television, or reading a good book. And they come in all sizes and shapes and create a room that is a complete picture. Some sofas are sold with matching armchairs, but many people like to get a bit more creative and look for armchairs that are more of a compliment to the existing sofa than something that is matchy-matchy. Many armchairs come with their own ottomans for additional relaxation. And their is such a thing as an over sized armchair, one that can actually seat two people, and provide additional leg room for curling up.

Like sofas, the armchair comes in a wide variety of styles and are made from many different materials. Frames are made of metal, wood, fiberglass, and plastic, and seats are often soft fabrics like velvet and chenille. But there are also plenty of leather armchairs in different styles, and they offer a unique texture and comfort. Many decorators and home owners like to keep rooms in neutral palettes so that accessories, like pillows, cushions, and throws can provide splashes of color. Armchairs in various prints and colors also do that for a neutral setting.

The images below are intended as inspiration for you, and to peak your creativity. All images and resource material  are courtesy of Pinterest, and the pics can be enlarged for you.

 

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Barn Homes: A Touch of Rustic

Barns September 13, 2017

Barn homes

These days homes are made from of wide variety of materials, constructed in many unique and creative ways, and people are living both on and off the grid. From the tiny house, to metal framed homes, there is so much to choose from it could make your head spin when it’s time to make a decision on what’s best for you and your family. We are indeed spoiled for choice. Many people still prefer that traditional, but more and more are taking advantage of  the untried. Barn homes offer just the customized and rustic feel than that so many folks are looking for, and they also get the satisfaction of recycling an old building and creating something very special.

High and beamed ceilings are the hallmark of the barn home, and wood is the most used material in the interior. For those who enjoy a bit of country and rustic elements, the barn home is the most ideal structure they could choose. Most barn homes have open floor plans , with one “room” area of the home flowing beautifully into the next. This feeling of open flow is often unique to the barn home. The barn home usually has more than one story, and a feeling of spaciousness is a very happy consequence. It is a perfect place for a growing family, with plenty of space for entertaining if you enjoy guests coming over. The gallery below offers images of both exterior and interior barns homes. These images are from a variety of sources and the research material here is courtesy of Pinterest. The gallery is intended to help percolate your creativity and to give you ideas of how a barn home might be a good fit for you.

Images are courtesy of (reading from left to right in each row) :Sand Creek Post and Barn; Houzz; Hobby; Sand Creek Post and Barn; Pinterest; idenbarnhomes.com; Pinterest; Pinterest; homedesignee.us; vagabomber; Pinterest; Pinterest.

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Indoor Water Features and How to Create a Basic Fountain

Home and Garden September 13, 2017

Who doesn’t love to relax to the sound of water – the ocean waves crashing on the shore, a waterfall, a babbling brook, even a soft rain? Indoor fountains and water features accomplish this feeling of peaceful relaxation in the same way. And they also have a beautiful aesthetic that can compliment any decor. There are tabletop fountains, free standing floor fountains, as well as wall fountains, and they are created in all different shapes and sizes and made out of a wide  variety of materials. Whether you buy a fountain, have one customized for your home, or create your own all of us can have this kind of water element in our living space.

How to Create Your Very Own Tabletop Fountain

This is a totally cost-effective way to have a fountain. First, choose a container to house your fountain. It can be glass, plastic, or something more outdoorsy like terra cotta, but with terra cotta you first must polyurethane the container to make it water-tight. You can use wide-mouth jars, bowls and fish bowls.  Buy a small submersible pump at a home goods store. These are cheap and effective, and they also have a way to adjust the height of your water spout. They also have a filter that it is very easy to clean. Next, gather rocks or other colorful stones and pebbles from either your yard or purchase them from a craft store where you can buy beautiful sea glass or polished stones in your choice of colors.  

Once you have all your supplies, putting your fountain together shouldn’t take more than five minutes. Place the pump into your container first. Make sure the electrical cord is near enough to an outlet. Then pour your polished stones, rocks, and sea glass into the container all around and atop the pump, leaving the spout uncovered. Last but not least, add water. Add enough water to cover the base of the pump but never the spout. Plug it in and adjust the water height to your liking.  You now have your water feature! Voila!!! Enjoy!

Remember: Keep an eye on the water level and always make sure the entire base of your pump is covered. Also clean the pump’s filter now and again so the flow of water isn’t impeded.

All the images in our gallery are courtesy of Pinterest, as well as the resource material. The images can be enlarged for better viewing.

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6 Bedroom Dressers That Will Totally Change the Way You Think About Your Room’s Decor

Furniture and Furnishings September 13, 2017

6 Bedroom Dressers That Will Totally Change the Way You Think About Your Room's Decor

Your bedroom is your sanctuary – that place where you go to shed the frenetic energies of the day, catch your breath, and renew yourself. And as each of us is unique, we must all honour our own design and decor aesthetics when putting together our bedrooms. Your bedroom dresser is not only functional as a place of storage, but also should have its own beauty and style within the overall style of the room itself. Whether the other furniture in your bedroom is modern, traditional or French Provincial, your dresser should at the least be complimentary to the rest of the room. You might even want your dresser to be a focal point of your bedroom, and let the other pieces in your room take their pages out of the style of your dresser. The general feel of your bedroom should be one of coherence, even if you like to mix and match styles. The six dressers here should spark your imagination.

This cottage style dresser has a bit of the “Shabby Chic” feel to it and would work well in a more casual bedroom. It looks hand painted and a little distressed for that cottage aesthetic. Notice how the accessories compliment the style of the dresser.

The scalloped edges of this modern version of a French Provincial style dresser is a little more formal and the rest of the furniture in the room should highlight its formality. The ornate mirror on the wall behind it is the perfect accessory for this dresser.

This farmhouse style dresser with a slightly distressed look, is more rustic, but still has a scalloped edge which makes it extremely versatile. The interesting hardware on it provides a bit of an antique feel and this would look beautiful in any style room.

The double mirrors above this dresser with gold hardware, highlight its touch of the formal, though it is still traditional in feel. The candles, lamp, and other accessories are wonderful groupings.

This handsome pine dresser with mantle is definitely of the country style and a gorgeous  focal point in any bedroom. The natural wood gives it a great warmth, and its simple lines and hardware compliment the dresser . The mantle is an unusual addition and can be used for a variety of country style accessories.

This tall rustic style dresser also boasts natural wood and very simple, functional hardware. It is raised off the floor by some interesting feet, and the accessories on it go perfectly.

All the images and resource material used here are courtesy of Pinterest.

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