Decorating the Perfect Sunroom

Sunroom Decoration Ideas

Sunrooms can be a welcome addition to your home because they make leisurely living possible all year long. Whether you already have a sunroom–or are considering adding one to your floorplan–here are some important elements to consider when decorating it.

1. Comfortable seating. The perfect sunroom acts as a second living room so it should be treated as such. Some popular materials of furniture include wicker, rattan, and other natural items. Thanks to the abundance of indoor-outdoor textiles, however, you can use any type of seating that suits your space, including upholstered pieces complete with plush pillows.

2. Window treatments. Even the highest quality floor-to-ceiling windows can’t completely safeguard a sunroom from overheating. Therefore, curtains or shades are must-haves for the times it gets too warm. To keep it light and airy, opt for something like bamboo shades, linen curtains, or sheers.

3. Beautiful colors. Punching up the palette will make your sunroom vibrant and welcoming. And one of the easiest ways you can set that cheery mood is by fitting it with colorful rugs, pillows, upholstery, and window treatments. Keep in mind that UV rays can fade fabrics–so, to avoid this, stick with indoor-outdoor fabrics and rugs that will stand up to the sun. Paint is another way you can bring in more color. Whites are common, but colors such as turquoise, orange, yellow, and even pink also make wonderful choices.

4. Environmental controls. Sunrooms typically don’t have heating or air conditioning. If possible, add a ceiling fan for air circulation and a fireplace to bring in extra warmth on cold nights.

5. Multiple purposes. If the sunroom is big enough, consider adding a dining table to the design. This will also come in handy if you’re short on outdoor space or have no formal dining room. Not only will it give you more room to entertain friends and family, it’ll give you more excuses to hang out in there. Have enough entertaining space? Maybe using part of the sunroom as a home office or adding a window bench would be helpful.

6. Decorations. The sunroom gives you the opportunity to display anything you may not have room for, or even want to display, in the more formal rooms of your home. Go as elegant or as whimsical as you want!

7. Simplicity. There’s no reason to overthink the design or accessorizing of your sunroom. Overall, it’s meant to be a space for fun and relaxation, so make sure that you keep that focus as you put it all together.

 

 

8 Ways to Make an Impact with Color

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Adding color is one of the things homeowners are most afraid to tackle when it comes to decorating their home. It can be easy to love a paint chip or fabric sample–it’s the applying it to real life that becomes the challenge. Color isn’t something that has to be all or nothing. Honestly, adding it in small, but effective ways, can actually result in a bigger impact than if you applied color from floor to ceiling. Here are 10 ways you can do just that.

1. The Front Door

Curb appeal is something that any home can benefit from–and the front door is a perfect place to start.  Go with a daring shade to give your entryway a burst of energy you’ll appreciate each time you come home.

2. Walls

There’s no rule that says you have to paint all four of your walls. Even if you only decide to paint a single wall, you don’t have to paint the entire thing. Partial walls (i.e. walls with windows, doors, built-ins, etc) are perfectly acceptable places to throw up some paint. You’ll get the splash of color you want without it being more than you can handle.

3. Headboards

Headboards are an easy way to create a colorful focal point in the bedroom. Buy, or have a custom headboard made, in a colorful fabric you love. Or, for something different, paint a portion of the wall behind your bed to create the appearance of a headboard.

4. Shelving and Bookcases

A fun way to bring in color is by adding it to shelving areas. If you have removable shelves, take them out, paint the back a fun hue, and then replace the shelves once it’s dry.

5. Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets may seem like a big risk to take, but it can actually be fun! Consider painting or swapping out a few doors (top, bottom, or both) or go all in by changing color in its entirety.

6. Throw Pillows and Blankets

Colorful accent pillows and throw blankets are two of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to bring color into your home. Smaller items such as these are simple to change out whenever your tastes change.

7. Lampshades

There’s no need to replace the entire lamp if you still like the base. Instead, consider giving it an update by replacing the shade. Shades come in a variety of colors, making it easy to find something you like. Extra creative homeowners could even try a fun DIY project of dying a shade in a fun color and/or with a cool effect.

8. Area rugs

A good rug is a wise investment. Not only does it add a layer of protection to the floor, it’s a simple way to give your home a splash of color. Stop by and check out our selection, which has something to complement every design style.

 

Decorating Tips for Welcoming Aging Parents into Your Home

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As parents age, the tables turn–in that we, the child, take on the responsibility of becoming a caregiver to the people who once took care of us. Sometimes, that entails mom and dad moving into our home. Of course, this transition will require some adjustments–especially, when it comes to decorating. Here are some tips that can help the elders in your life feel welcome and comfortable in their new residence.

Learn their wants and needs

What will they need to be happy? It seems like such a simple question, but the answer will be extremely important. Obviously, your parents will have to downsize before moving in, so it’s imperative to figure out what things they hold dear, and what things can be sold, donated, or passed on to other family members.

When it comes to any renovations you may need to do, take your parent’s physical limitations into consideration. Aging bodies have different needs, so you’ll need to imagine life from their perspective.

Making the home accessible

Not everyone has the luxury of designing their entire home around their new residents–and thankfully, you don’t have to. In many cases, a few simple modifications are all it takes to make the space easier to live in. Here are some design ideas to consider whether you are completely redecorating or simply tweaking your existing interior.

Easy on the hands. For the young, turning a doorknob is an easy task. For an elderly person, however, it can be quite a chore. Consider replacing regularly used doorknobs with lever-style ones. This style of hardware is also best on faucets.

Safe stairs and floors. Two-story homes can be especially dangerous for older people. If stairs are an issue, make sure they have a sturdy handrail to offer adequate support. In regards to flooring, make them as slip-resistant as possible. Add nonskid mats under area rugs, or when possible, remove the rug completely. Trips are as dangerous as slips, so pay attention to tricky areas, like thresholds, where mom or dad could loose footing and fall.

Adequate lighting. Aging eyes require well-lit spaces, and dark areas, are an invitation to a bump or fall. Adequate lighting in the bedroom and bathroom is important, but in addition to that, staircases, hallways, and entryways also need attention.

Better bathrooms. A few simple upgrades can help your parents to maintain a little independence when it comes to getting around the bathroom. A walk-in shower, hand-held shower head, and grab bars in both the shower and by the toilet can make bathing a safer experience.

Incorporating personal touches

Being comfortable is one thing, but feeling at home is another. To ensure your parent(s) feel this way, be sure to incorporate personal touches. Custom bedding or window treatments, a newly reupholstered chair, and family photos in decorative frames are just a few ways you can make them feel even more loved and welcome.

Decorating the Americana Way

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With summer almost upon us, now is a great time to talk a little bit about Americana design style. By its name, one might think that this design style is simply about stars and stripes–but it’s actually much more than that.

What is the Americana design style?

Americana design style encompasses everything and anything that deals with American culture and history. This doesn’t mean you have to have an explosion of red, white and blue or an abundance of gingham and plaid fabric to attain the look, though. In fact, a successful Americana look is often achieved by a more casual approach.

Common Americana Design Themes

There are many directions you can go with Americana. This is why it’s so important to have a solid idea about how you want the space to look–otherwise, your finished product could end up looking a bit too over-the-top. In the broad sense, Americana design can be broken down into three main categories: patriotic, primitive, and farmhouse. Under each of those categories, however, you’ll often find much more specific themes, which are really just built from vision, creativity, and a desire for something unique and fun.

Here’s a quick rundown on elements that make up the Patriotic, Primitive, and Farmhouse Americana design styles:

Patriotic Americana 

Here you’ll find things such as flags, stars and/or stripes, 1776 motifs, antique tin soldiers, old quilts, vintage advertisements from WWI and WWII, American symbols (i.e. Uncle Sam; the Statue of Liberty), and a classic red, white and blue color palette. Possible sub-themes could include nautical motifs, a 50s diner-themed kitchen, or a room devoted to a beloved American sports, movie, or music icon.

Primitive Americana

This style is full of texture and handcrafted beauty. Faded, rich-textured fabrics, distressed furniture, and eye-catching folk art (or vintage advertising) are some motifs that make this style recognizable. You can often find simple touches like flowers nestled inside old watering cans or mason jars, as well as handcrafted objects like baskets, wooden bowls, and twig furniture. Possible sub-themes could include a nod to the Wild West, a rustic log cabin look, or something of colonial elegance.

Farmhouse Americana

This style typically includes classic red and white colors, checked and chintz fabrics, overstuffed furniture, and natural flooring materials. Other decorative elements include vintage dishware, rooster and chicken motifs, and 1940s and 50s decor (think fruit fabric and red kitchen accents).

Prefer a modern farmhouse style? No problem! Farmhouse design style has a new face these days, making it easy to take this Americana style to a whole new level, complete with updated colors, trendier accessories, and fun, fresh textiles.

Americana: Patriotism All Year Long

Patriotism doesn’t have to be reserved for holidays. That’s the great thing about this design style. Its versatility and casual beauty can be adapted in a number of ways, making it a style that caters to one and all. Whether you bring Americana into a single room or into all of them, there’s something that can be enjoyed all year round.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating with a Pet

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Just because you love your pet(s) doesn’t mean you have to compromise your sense of decorating style in order to accommodate them. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts that will make you and your four-legged friend(s) comfortable and content.

Do: Choose tough fabrics. 

Fabrics such as leather, microfiber, cotton, and cotton blends are all pet-friendly options that are both attractive and durable. Slipcovers are another sensible option. Save any fancy fabrics for the formal rooms your pet is less likely to frequent. Area rugs can be wonderful at masking dirt and protecting hardwood floors but make sure you don’t purchase something high-priced. Jute, sisal or seagrass mats are durable enough to handle pet traffic, yet inexpensive enough to replace when they no longer look good. If your pet shares your bed, cotton sheets and a durable mattress protection pad are wise choices.

Don’t: Display breakables in heavy pet territory. 

If you have precious trinkets or special family heirlooms, it’d be best to move those to a separate room if possible. Being able to close a door or block the entrance with a gate makes it easier to preserve the life of pieces you love.

Do: Pick durable flooring. 

Tile, sealed hardwood, and even synthetic wood flooring are all great choices if you have pets. All are durable, which means they’ll stand up to scratches and moisture–two things your flooring is sure to see with pets in the house.

Don’t: Choose light colors.

If dirt and stains drive you crazy, then light colored fabrics are flooring are not for you. Instead, pick darker colors that conceal those messes better. Another thing to consider is a fabric that doesn’t match your pet. Dark fur will be more visible on light fabrics. Likewise, light fur will stand out on darker textiles. For the best results, go with fur-toned fabric unless you’re able to keep on top of cleaning.

Do: Clean often. 

Not just your home’s interior, but your pet as well. Maintaining both will keep unsightly messes and odors at bay.

Don’t: Let your pet have free reign.

The best way to keep your home from being a hairy mess is to have a designated pet space. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple corner or an entire room–have a spot where falling fur isn’t such a big deal. Another thing to keep in mind is pet toys. If you can’t keep on top of them, then it might be time to purge. Nestling toys in a basket that can be tucked in a corner or under a table will greatly contribute to your home looking neat and tidy.

We can help you get started on your pet-friendly design. Be sure to check out our wide selection of fabrics and rugs that will bring both beauty and comfort to you, and your pet, into your home.

Linen: An Essential Fabric for Your Home

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If you haven’t given linen much thought, today is a great day to start. One of the oldest-known fibers to man, linen has so much to offer, yet it is often overlooked as a decorating fabric. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this fabric a perfect choice for the interior of your home.

The Special Traits of Linen

Linen is known for its beauty, comfort, and durability, but there are other traits that make it so special. Here are some traits you may not be aware of:

It’s eco-friendly.

Linen is composed of flax, which is biodegradable and recyclable. Additionally, flax produces no waste and requires less water, pesticides, and energy to process.

It regulates body temperature.

Linen evaporates moisture and it naturally insulates. What does that mean? It means you’ll stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

It can heal.

Really! Linen can actually aid in healing your body. It can help reduce or eliminate skin irritations, detoxify the air, and can even provide more relaxation to your nervous, muscular and cardiovascular system. Linen is also anti-microbial and resistant to fungi.

It has longevity.

Linen is a fiber that lasts a long time. Not only is it incredibly strong, it’s great at repelling dirt and retaining its color. Additionally, it doesn’t stretch and manages to stay tough even though it softens over time.

How to Use Linen in Your Home

Linen is extremely versatile, which makes it easy to use in a variety of ways. For the home, consider using linen in the following ways:

  • On the windows. Linen is perfect for beautifully casual window treatments.
  • On your bed. Linen can keep you comfortable at night in all seasons.
  • On furniture. Linen is ideal for a comfortable slipcover.
  • In the bathroom. Change out that old shower curtain for a linen one dyed in a fun color.
  • At the table. Linen can dress up a table effortlessly.
  • Over a light fixture. Consider recovering a tired lampshade with linen.

 

Ready to add linen to your home? If so, stop by our showroom or browse our gorgeous selection of linen fabrics online. We have a variety of linen and linen blends that will add extra beauty to your home.

5 Smart Home Decorating Projects Worthy of Your Tax Refund

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Doing taxes isn’t exactly what I’d called an enjoyable task. There can be, however, a silver lining: a little extra cash back in your pocket. If you received a refund this year, you may be wondering how to spend it. Tucking some into savings is always a good idea. So is paying off debt. Another wise option is investing some of that money into your home. But what are some smart splurges that will actually improve the look and functionality of your home while simultaneously increasing its value? Whether this is your forever home or one you plan to sell, let’s take a look at some specific home improvement projects that will really pay off.

(1) Landscaping

Landscaping is an especially good investment if your goal is to sell your home in the near future. Even if you aren’t planning to sell for a few years, some carefully designed curb appeal can bring you enjoyment in the here and now. Give the exterior of your home a nice upgrade by planting things like beautiful shade trees, ornamental evergreens, and colorful perennials that will bring enjoyment year after year. A polished exterior will give a good first impression and show that the house is taken care of.

(2) Windows

New, energy-efficient windows will certainly give you bang for your buck. Over time, windows become dingy and drafty, making them not only inefficient, but unsightly as well. Installing new windows can be pricey, but thankfully, you can write them off and possibly receive a tax credit for the upgrade. And be sure to finish off those gorgeous windows with some custom window treatments and hardware.

(3) Paint

Paint is not only one of the easiest updates you can give your home, it’s also one of the cheapest. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. If you’re planning to sell, choose a color palette that includes neutrals or at least colors that are currently trending (even then, however, use them sparingly). Some no-fail paint colors include white or cream, beige, gray, and blue.

(4) Basement

There are so many things you can do with a basement. A finished basement can serve as a family room, an office, a game or media room, and so much more. If you have a basement, consider spending some money to get it fully functional. If you live in an area that has tight zoning restrictions, then splurging on your basement is certainly a great way to add onto the house without breaking any rules.

(5) Flooring

You can add so much more value to a home by updating the flooring. Whether you replace old carpet or lay down hardwood or tile, new flooring will make a huge difference aesthetically. Once your flooring is updated, be sure to add both style and a layer of protection by incorporating a new area rug. Stop by and check out our wide selection of rugs, which suits a variety of decorating styles.

Runners Up

A good rule of thumb is to keep your geographical location in mind when it comes time to invest money into home decorating projects. If none of the above are upgrades your home needs or allows for, then there are plenty of other options. Some of our favorite runners up include:

  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Crown molding
  • HVAC system
  • Appliances
  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor space (i.e. patio, deck, etc)

 

6 Must-Haves for Big Living in a Small Home

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There’s no reason to forgo comfort, functionality, and style just because your home is compact. Sure, your decorating will be a bit limited, but there are certain things that every home needs–no matter what their size. Here are 6 must-haves that enhance your small home in a big way.

1. A drop spot. You don’t have to have a large entryway to make your home feel welcoming. A small table with a vase of flowers, a mirror, and a few decorative wall hooks is all it really takes to make a nice spot to hang your coat and drop your keys.

2. A place to eat. As in, a real dining surface. Many small homes don’t have a formal dining room, but there is usually a place that will fit a small table and chair set. Even if the only available space is in the living area, there’s typically a solution. Sometimes a 3-piece bistro set is all it takes to keep you from eating at a desk or on the couch.

3. Full-sized seating. It is truly better to get a single full-sized sofa than it is to get several compact pieces of furniture for your living area. To keep it classy and comfortable, don’t skimp. If you need extra seating, consider a plush ottoman or even a single wingback chair if there’s room.

4. Color and pattern. Whites and neutrals are nice, but they’re safe. Just because your home is smaller in size, doesn’t mean you can’t make a big statement. Don’t avoid color and pattern–just be selective in how and where you use it. To keep from going overboard, try a pop of color on the ceiling or cover one piece of furniture in a fabric you adore.

5. Greenery. A pretty houseplant cleans the air and makes your space look homey. You can check out these low-maintenance houseplants if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs.

6. Great lighting. Lighting is often inadequate in small spaces, so take some time to work in additional layers. Table lamps may require side tables you don’t have room for, so think outside the box. Sconces, recessed lighting, and pendants are just some extra ways you can brighten your home.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to fill every space in your home. In fact, doing so will only make your home appear cluttered and cramped. A little breathing room will help you enjoy your space even more.

10 Design Trends That Never Go Out of Style

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Design trends can be tricky. Often times, they become dated sooner than we’d like. Thankfully, there are certain design trends that will look current for decades to come. Here are 10 of our timeless favorites.

White Kitchens

It doesn’t matter if your decorating style is modern, traditional, or something in between–a white kitchen will stand the test of time. White kitchens are bright, cheery, and timeless, making them a wise choice if you’re looking to update your interior.

Black and White

Color trends come and go quickly–but one that remains a classic combination is black and white. Not only is this color combo beautiful, it gives you so much versatility, making it easy to create decorating masterpieces no matter what the design style.

Built-In Shelving

Built-ins are a beautiful way to provide extra storage without having to rely on extra furniture. Not only can you showcase a variety of items, including books and photographs, built-ins can be a huge selling point should you ever decide to sell your home.

Area Rugs

It doesn’t matter if you have carpet or hardwood–topping off your flooring with an area rug is never going out of style. Not only do area rugs provide an extra layer of protection for your floors and additional comfort for your feet, they pull a design together with their colors, textures, and style.

Crown Molding

Crown molding in a room is like icing on the cake. It adds that final touch to create a finished look. Tailor your molding to complement your design style–ornate for a traditional look or a stripped-down version for a more modern home.

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is always going to be in style. Looking for an easy way to add extra charm to your home? Consider painting your front door in a bright hue. A fun bold shade will breathe new life into your home and can often be completed in a weekend (or less).

Stripes

One pattern that continues to remain a long-standing favorite is stripes. Several patterns have come and go, being coined as “trendy”–but not stripes. Stripes, whether vertical or horizontal, are always on point. Although simple, stripes have a graphic impact that won’t be out of style anytime soon.

Navy Blue

Can’t keep up with the ever-changing trends in the color world? Looking for something that stands the test of time? Go with classic navy blue. Navy blue is one color you can always count on. To keep it looking current, switch out things such as accent pillows and accessories.

Floral Patters

This one may surprise you, but floral patterns have never gone out of style. Florals have simply evolved into something even better than the ones you remember from your visit to grandma’s house. Today’s florals are bigger, brighter, and better than ever, making them easy to suit any design style.

Dramatic Lighting

Good lighting is an essential component of a good design. Over the years, we’ve seen lighting evolve into what is commonly known as “statement” lighting. It doesn’t matter what your design style is, it’s easy to find statement lighting that will suit. When in doubt, remember that eye-catching lighting is always a “do.”

 

 

How to Decorate Your Home Around a Rug

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You found the perfect rug, now what?

You know a rug on the floor is a beautiful thing and that working it into your decor shouldn’t be so challenging–but alas, it actually is. Sure, sometimes, a rug is the ideal starting point for the rest of your interior design, but in most cases, you have to work hard to incorporate it into what’s already going on in your home.

Here are some tips we hope you’ll find helpful if you’re struggling to decorate a room around a rug:

(1) Carry your rug with you.

Obviously, we know you can’t take the actual rug with you when you shop, but you most certainly can take a visual. Snap a picture of your rug in good lighting so you can have a clear and solid reference on hand at all times.

(2) Don’t stress over coordinating it all.

Yes, by all means, select items that coordinate with the rug, but don’t go crazy. There may come a time when you’d like to replace the rug and it’s easier to swap out small items like accent pillows than something much more expensive such as custom window treatments.

(3) Focus on furniture placement. 

Did you know that how you arrange the furniture can help play up the shape of the rug? For example, a round or oval rug can be the room’s feature accent simply by situating sofas and chairs slightly off the edge. Another approach would be to arrange furniture so it sits directly on top of the rug. Doing this allows the rug to blend in with the room, rather than appearing to be isolated from it.

(4) Match the rug to the room.

To its shape, that is. The shape of the room can really be highlighted when the rug is similar in shape. Of course, the rule can be broken, but overall, square rooms benefit from square rugs, round rooms from round rugs…you get the idea.

(5) Let the rug be your anchor. 

Placing the rug where you want it first can really make the rest of the decorating process easier. Where you put the rug is often the center of the room–or, in open floor plans, an area that needs to be clearly defined. Once the rug is down, where you put furniture and accents typically fall into place.

(6) Don’t shy away from bold. 

A rug can easily be a statement piece in your home, so don’t shy away from getting one that’ll do just that. If you find a bold rug you can’t seem to live without, then get it. With some careful planning and a little tweaking, you can have a room that completely suits your taste.

Ready for a new rug? Be sure to stop by our showroom or browse our beautiful collections online.


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