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August 21, 2017

Space Needs for Empty-Nesters

My next-door neighbors were empty-nesters for about fifteen minutes. That’s what my friend said it felt like because her college kids came home for their summer break every season. “I hope you don’t hear us fighting!” she stressed. Although I didn’t, I really felt for her. They had just sold their home in Boston and moved to a 3-bedroom apartment in Philly. Ah, finally an empty nest but then what? The answer isn’t as simple as it used to be when your kids left the nest. Today’s trends see two vastly different situations, each of which creates their own set of space needs.

Where are the Empty-Nesters?

True empty-nesters are, in [...]

 
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August 10, 2017

Beachy or Bust: Best Decor to Sell Your Home in Jacksonville

Everyone who has ever been to Florida knows there’s one decor style to rule them all. Beach themes make sense for both locals and those who rent out their Jacksonville properties to vacationers heading south throughout the year.

Due to its popularity, beach decor is a great way to style your home before you put it on the market, too. If you’re not sure where to start — there are so many options when it comes to making your home look and feel Floridian — here are the dos and don’ts of beach-inspired interior design.

Do: Keep Things Light and Airy

Selling your home often requires you to present a more neutral color palette so that potential buyers have [...]

 
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August 8, 2017

Decor Advice for Commitment-Phobes

“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

If we could [...]

 
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August 2, 2017

Decorating for a Pet-Friendly Home: What Works

For so many of us, our dogs and cats are just as integral to our family and our home as any of the family members who might walk on two legs. Little Rocky the pup or Jinx the cat brighten up our homes, bring smiles and create lasting memories. They can also unintentionally wreak a little havoc from time to time.

As great as our pets are, they don’t necessarily have the same respect for things like throw pillows, curtains, blinds, or the bottom of wooden doors as we do. They’re apt to chew up, slobber on, soil, and gradually destroy things if they aren’t given the proper attention. But you can head-off some of the damage by choosing pet-friendly decor. Here [...]

 
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July 28, 2017

Get the Look: The Timeless Dining Room

If your family is anything like ours, the dining room gets plenty of use. From everyday dinners with family and friends to holiday feasts that happen more often than we realize, this space gets a lot of love. Because we are so often crowded around the dining room table nibbling on snacks, enjoying family dinner, toasting a celebration or just kicking back, it’s become an important part of the home to keep updated and guest-ready at any moment. Below are our must-haves for timeless dining room style!

The Perfect Light

Nothing starts a conversation, warrants a picture opportunity or becomes the focal point of a room quite like a stunning light fixture. To make your dining [...]

 
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July 19, 2017

Decor Advice for Commitment-Phobes

“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

If we could [...]

 
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July 5, 2017

The Designers Have Spoken, Here Are the Top Color Trends for Summer 2017

The ballot is in, designers' top color choices for summer 2017 have been selected. Read on to find out which color trends made the cut for this season.
 
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June 27, 2017

DIY: Crackle Paint

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.

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