“Permanent” decor can be intimidating. We’ve all been there—that first “designer” sofa you invest in gets a large stain, or the bedroom set you had to have ends up being made of plywood and falls apart after a year. So, you’re not alone if you consider yourself a “decor commitment-phobe.” Some aspects of interior design can help alleviate this fear—you can find easy, short-term design commitments to make those longer-term decisions easier to make. Furniture and accessories don’t fall into one single category. Here’s a breakdown of how to think about those decor commitments.Long term: Window treatments
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As any homeowner, I already have a long ‘to-do’ list of ideas I want to do around my home. After all, that’s one of the advantages of being a homeowner, customizing your home to fit your personality. One project I have on my list is to do the crackle paint effect on my dining room table. A friend of mine has it on an end table in her house and I think it looks absolutely amazing. So I’d like to mimic this painting technique, with a different color, for my home.
When many people think of summer, they think of warm, sandy beaches, picnics with the family on bright, green grass, trips to the park or baseball field, or simply laying back and soaking up those warm summer rays of sunshine. Summertime often evokes a special feeling of adventure or warmth, and as such is a popular theme to replicate in one’s own home for year-round enjoyment.
If you would like to create a feeling of “summer” in your home, there are some general guidelines you can follow. Go for a light, airy feel by reducing clutter and avoiding oversized furniture. Brighter shades on walls and lightly colored ceiling help open up a room. White trim can [...]
You just signed your life (the next 15 to 30 years of it anyway) away on a mortgage. You have closing costs, moving costs, renovation costs and housewarming party costs (if you roll that way). So what’s it going to cost to furnish that new place? The answer is, “It depends.” It depends on the owners, the size of the house and where you shop, or how crafty and Do-It-Yourself handy you are and how expensive your taste is. However, if you know where to look for bargains you can double or triple the value of even the smallest budget. Here are ten places to start furnishing and furniture shopping:Your Real Estate Agent
Not everyone who sells their home moves [...]
According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the nation’s premier landscaper association, besides adding to your overall satisfaction and enjoyment of your home, quality landscaping and proper lawn care can increase the value of your home by 15 percent. Your landscape is one of the first things visitors and prospective buyers notice when they see your house. Realtors estimate that 95 percent of home shoppers will not even get out of their car if the house lacks “curb appeal.”
You are proud of your home, and you love your landscape. And like many homeowners, you probably like taking care of your own property. But there are some projects [...]
Bold floral patterns have been trending, and they are a great addition to your home décor not just for spring, but for all seasons. Bold florals help make other patterns pop, while complementary patterns help floral patterns pop in return. Depending on the type of floral pattern, you can give your space a more modern appeal or a shabby chic look which gives a more romantic feel to any room. Floral patterns are most popular for the living room, but have been rising in popularity for bedrooms and even kitchens. Below, we have a few examples and tips on how to include floral patterns in your home.Accents
Start out light if you are hesitant about bringing in bold floral patterns [...]