How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home is on the Market

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There’s no reason to halt your holiday decorating simply because your home is on the market. You can still celebrate the season–no matter what the holiday–while keeping your home appealing to potential buyers. Here’s how.

1. Nix the excess clutter. If your house is already full of…stuff, then excess decorations are only going to make the buyer’s head spin. A good rule of thumb, no matter what time of year you’re selling, is to give the house a good cleaning and decluttering.

2. Pay attention to proportions. From Christmas trees to American flags and everything in between–proportions are important. The last thing you want is a piece of decor so big it distracts buyers from focusing on what’s really important: the home’s best features. It’s okay to be festive but do so in a tasteful way that still honors the value of your home.

3. Appeal to their sense of smell. It seems like each season or holiday has a signature scent. Candles can be nice but overpowering, so be selective in your choices. Essential oils may be a better option and several companies offer blends ideal for fall and winter holidays. Fresh cut flowers are a perfect fragrant choice if you’re selling in the warmer months. Selling in the fall or winter? Cookies in the oven, a basket of spice-scented pinecones, a fresh wreath, and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove, are a handful of ways to keep the smell subtle and natural.

4. Showcase the best features. Showcase the best selling points of your home by accentuating them with your decorations. If you have an impressive staircase in the entryway, a beautiful archway, a decorative front door, or a gorgeous fireplace and mantle, be sure to decorate in a way that will draw the eye. Remember–you don’t want to over-decorate the feature to where it takes away from its beauty. Keep it simple and tasteful, with a less-is-more mentality.

5. Coordinate with the rest of the decor. When decorating, be sure to maintain a color-coordinated design scheme. The goal is to appeal to a variety of buyers. Instead of clashing with the other colors in your room, find holiday decorations that will help you achieve a harmonious look. With the abundance of decorations available at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something that blends in with what you currently have.

 

 

Giving Your Child Creative Freedom with Their Bedroom

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If you have children, you are fully aware of the stage of independence. All of a sudden, your little one has a voice–and it’s one that needs to be listened to. When it comes to decorating your home, you may not feel comfortable with them giving input in the entire decorating process, and that’s okay. You should, however, try to give them creative freedom in smaller doses–like the bedroom. Being able to have some input on their personal space will not only make them feel like a valued member of the family, it’ll also make them a much happier child. Here are some ways you can give your child creative freedom (while still maintaining a little control).

Let them choose the color palette. Ultimately, you have the final say, but there’s really no harm in letting your child pick the colors for their room. Take a trip together to the hardware store and let them choose their favorite paint swatches. It’s almost a guarantee that he or she will hand you some crazy colors–but that’s okay. Have them narrow it down to their top three and work from there. If the color is way over the top, pull a few toned down swatches of their top choices, telling them those brighter colors can be brought in with a wall mural, painted furniture, or accents.

Fabric choices also fall into the realm of the color palette. Take a fun trip to the fabric store, letting your little one point out some of their favorites. Since they’ll be the one spending the most time in the space, it’s important that they have fabrics they enjoy. To make things easier narrow down a variety of textures, patterns, and colors for them to choose from.

Skip the themes. Sure, themes can be cute and fun, but they don’t leave you much room for change. Instead of letting your child decorate their room top to bottom in a theme, guide them to pick small theme-like things as a compromise. Get that pillow with an airplane or princess crown on it, or hang an animal or superhero poster on the wall. This will give them much more room for creativity and flexibility in the long run.

Allow them to display things they like to look at. As long as it’s appropriate, and as long as there’s enough wall space, nothing is really off limits. Names displayed with wooden letters, favorite cartoon characters, handmade collages, sports memorabilia, bowls of collected rocks–these are just some of the ways they can let their personalities shine.

When it’s all said and done, you’ll have one happy kid and the satisfaction of knowing that they are truly pleased with their space.

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Budget-Friendly Holiday Decorations

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Making your home look festive for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. This year, start a new tradition of substituting the expensive ready-made decorations for creative and less costly ones. A simple trip to the craft store and a stroll through your kitchen is all it really takes to make your home feel warm and merry. Read on for 5 inventive combinations to try this season.

1. Sweet treats + glass containers. Display some of your favorite holiday treats in glass containers you have in your kitchen. Top off a cake stand with iced cookies or cupcakes, arrange candy canes arranged like flowers in a vase, fill a decorative bottle or jar with colorful, holiday-wrapped chocolate kisses. Arranging them as a vignette will make it an irresistible display.

2. Ornaments + bowls. Glass ball ornaments are typically inexpensive and come in a rainbow of colors. It’s possible you already have some stashed in a closet or the attic. Create an eye-catching display by piling a bunch of them in a large decorative bowl. You can even add some tinsel, beads, and greenery to the mix if you’d like. It’s an easy way to add a splash of festive fun to your tabletops or mantle.

3. Greenery + scraps of trim. Continue wrapping that banister with garland–but instead, opt for scraps of ribbon or fabric rather than those large bows. Not only do the cost of those bows add up, they’re all the same. With scraps of ribbon and fabric, you can personalize your holiday garland in a new way.

4. Wrapping paper + ribbon + greenery. With all the gift giving going on, why not utilize some of that extra wrapping paper for decorating purposes? Wrap up some empty boxes and use them for decor. Keep it colorful by using a variety of papers or stick with a classic brown paper and string. It doesn’t matter if you stack them or scatter them–just make sure you have some greenery nearby for an ultra-festive look.

5. Knit stockings + wooden letters. Nice Christmas stockings can add up, especially if you have a large family. Furthermore, it can be hard to find ones that blend pleasantly with your decor. This year, consider cable knit stockings in solid colors. While you can find them pre-made at stores such as Land’s End and Target, you can also make them yourself by using old sweaters found at thrift stores, or even, your own closet. Grab some small wooden letters–one for the first initial of everyone’s name–and attach them to the top. You can even glue on some colorful buttons to make them even more personalized.

10 Helpful Tips for Apartment Decorating

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While decorating an apartment can be challenging, it’s not impossible. Apartments are typically considered temporary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put in the effort to make it a place you’re proud to call home. Whether you’re new to apartment living, or a pro, here are 10 helpful tips to make decorating your apartment easier and enjoyable.

1. Paint! This is often a tough one for apartment dwellers. In most cases, landlords frown upon putting paint on the wall–many even threatening to keep your security deposit. While you may hate to lose the money, painting is a risk worth taking. Paint is an easy way to breathe life into the space, all the while expressing your personality and style. If your landlord is forgiving, perhaps he or she could give you a quart of the original paint so you can return it to how it was before you move out.

If you aren’t willing to take the risk, consider creating a feature wall with fabric. Fabric on walls is just as easy to put up as it is to take down (it’s the less-stress version of wallpaper). If that’s still too much for you, create some oversized fabric panels to hang side-by-side.

2. Hang proper window treatments. Skip the cheap panels and opt for something a bit more sophisticated and grown up. Simply hanging nice window treatments can make a world of difference. If possible, invest in something that you’ll be able to take with you if you move.

3. Add trim for details. While it may seem like a small thing, decorative trim can really make a big impact. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, it also adds a touch of character to plain pieces. It doesn’t matter if you sew it on or opt for patterned tape trim, a little detail goes a long way.

4. Keep it neutral. To some, a neutral palette may seem boring, but it’s anything but! A neutral color palette sets the stage for pops of color to really shine. Plus, it makes it easy to change colorful accents out on a whim. If you prefer monochromatic all around, mix up your neutrals by focusing on a variety of patterns and textures to keep it from looking stale.

5. Add style underfoot. Area rugs add a layer of style to your place as well as a layer of protection to your floors. They are also great at helping to define a space, which is something you generally need to do in open apartment floorplans.

6. Reupholster something. Don’t pitch those hand-me-down chairs just yet! Instead, give them new life with some new fabric and stuffing. Reupholstering a piece of furniture is certainly an investment, but one that’s well worth it.

7. Avoid bare walls. Hanging wall art doesn’t require much effort, so be sure to give them some focus. Blow up personal photos for framing, find some cool prints and paintings from estate sales and thrift stores, or get creative and make your own. Just don’t neglect your walls.

8. Bring in curves. Adding in round tables or sofas with curved arms can help soften that strong, boxy look most apartments have.

9. Update the lighting. You may not be able to do this in your apartment, but if the landlord lets you, by all means, go for it. Simply changing the light fixture over the dining table or in the bathroom can easily transform the area.

10. Invest in good linens. After a long, hard day of work, the bedroom should serve as a relaxing retreat. Skimp in other areas (if you must) to make sure you a good mattress and nice linens to come home to–both, will make all the difference in the world.

 

5 Decorating Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer

Buying your first house is liberating–but turning it into an inviting home can be challenging. Here are some decorating tips that can make the process much easier.

1. Give your current residence a good purge. There’s no reason to take everything to the new house if you don’t have to. Get ahead of the game by purging unnecessary items from where you currently live before you make an offer on a new place. Go through everything you have and get rid of at least 25 to 50 percent of old, unusable stuff. If there’s anything that could sell, then sell it and put the money toward something new in your new home. This is your chance to downsize and start over so take advantage of it.

decorating-tips-first-time-home-buyer-austin2. Furnish the bedroom first. Sure, your close friends will probably want to stop by, but in the beginning, you can get away with some folding chairs. Since you’ll be spending more time in the bedroom, make this your first priority. Invest in a good mattress and purchase some quality bedding. Add coordinating window treatments and spruce up the light fixtures if you’re able. If you have a little room to splurge, this is definitely the place to do it.

3. Buy a little at a time. Don’t buy everything all at once. Instead, live in your home for a few months before making any major purchases. Pay attention to how you actually live in the house and then base your purchases on that. What you had in mind for the home might end up needing to change. Take your time to ensure your house will work in the manner you need it to.

4. Go for complementary, rather than matching. Contrary to what the local furniture store advertises, you absolutely do not have to match all of your furniture. Sure, it may seem easier to buy the matching living room suite, but will it fit your personality and style? Instead of being generic, be unique and pick pieces that show your personal taste.

5. Unify the design with color. Let’s say you have some hand-me-down pieces that you need to use for the interim and they don’t really go together. Find a common color and then bring in a few more items with that color to make it look like it goes together. You’d be amazed what a single color can do to unify a room.

Let us help you decorate your new home. Stop in or view our fabrics online when it’s time to dress your bed or bring texture, pattern or color to the space.

What to Look For in a Rug If You Have Pets

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Pets are part of the family–and although we love them, we love our floors, too. Our four-legged friends can wear even the sturdiest of flooring down, so it’s important to protect it as best as we can. It’s situations such as these that make having an area rug or two (or three or four) a necessity. Instead of laying down pet-resistant carpet all over your home, protect your flooring with style. Here are some tips on what to look for when it comes to pet-friendly rugs.

Tip #1: Consider an Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Indoor-outdoor rugs are incredibly fashionable these days, making them more than suitable for the inside of your home. You can find so many styles of indoor-outdoor rugs it’d be hard NOT to find one that complements the interior of your home.

These rugs are durable, yet soft on the feet, and very easy to clean. It’s no wonder they are a popular choice among pet owners. The fact that they aren’t as expensive as other area rugs make them popular for people who don’t have pets as well.

Tip #2: Stick with Small Patterns

Patterned rugs are a great choice whether your have pets or not. With that said, if you do have pets, then your best bet is to stick with rugs that have small patterns. Big patterns with large exposed areas of solid colors are beautiful, but they aren’t very good at disguising dirt and other stains our beloved critters bring. Additional tip: opt for patterns in darker colors, as light colors show everything.

Tip #3: Keep it Low

As in low pile. A low pile rug will sustain less damage than a higher pile one. Animals–especially cats–like to dig, and you can expect them to do just that if you purchase a fluffy rug. Low-pile rugs can be just as soft as high-pile ones, so don’t think you can’t find something comfortable. Shop around and you’ll be sure to find something that suits your taste.

Tip #4: Be Mindful of Material

There are several fibers to choose from when it comes to rugs, but there are a few that stand out as being the best option for your pets. The first is seagrass. Not only do they look great, they are water resistant. Additionally, they aren’t overly expensive, so it wouldn’t be too bad to replace if needed. The second is wool. Wool area rugs are durable, easy to clean and come in a variety of colors and patterns. With that said, they are definitely a big investment. The third option is nylon. A 100% nylon rug is a wonderful option. While they can cost more than a wool rug, they can easily be freshened up with a good steam clean.

Having a pet-friendly rug around will certainly make your home more comfortable for your furry friend(s). Be sure to check out our selection of area rugs to see what we have to offer you and your pet.

10 Ways to Decorate Like Joanna Gaines

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Ever wondered if there’s anything Joanna Gaines can’t do? I know I sure have! I go into every episode of Fixer Upper knowing exactly what will happen–and yet I find myself in complete awe at the end reveal. If you’ve fallen in love with Joanna’s signature [modern] farmhouse style, but can’t hold out until she and Chip come knocking on your door, you’ll just have to take matters into your own hands. Here are 10 ways how:

1. Unearth the shiplap. If you have an older home, there’s a good possibility you’ll find those rough-sawed wood boards behind the drywall. For those who don’t have shiplap but want it, nail pine boards with tongue-and-groove edges to the wall. Don’t forget the white paint!

2. Hang vintage-inspired lighting. Galvanized pendants are a great place to start. Not only do they look cool, they’ll go with everything. Another option: iron.

3. Slipcover your seating. To get that comfortable, lived-in look Joanna is so fond of, get some custom fit slipcovers for your sofa and chairs. As long as they’re machine washable, there should be no fear in buying them in white.

4. Ditch the cabinets. There are some beautiful choices when it comes to kitchen cabinets, but if you want that breezy, no-fuss look in the kitchen, put up some open shelving. Chip and Joanna are fans of cedar but ultimately, you should go with a wood that suits your taste.

5. Use black and white bathroom tile. Black and white tile, especially when it’s formed into a graphic pattern, is a surefire way to spruce up the bathroom–especially if there’s a freestanding tub involved.

6. Knock down some walls. Farmhouse style is all about an open concept floor plan. Thankfully, Joanna has a knack for clearly defining specific areas throughout.

7. Install an apron front sink. An apron front sink is almost mandatory in a Fixer Upper house. Joanna often gives its charming style an updated look with modern touches.

8. Stick with a light color palette. Neutral colors–mainly white, with some creams, soft blues and grays thrown in–keep the home looking cohesive and fresh.

9. Hang vintage or architectural salvage pieces. Joanna often finishes off the walls with oversized vintage signs or wall words of some kind. You may even see old windows or doors upcycled into something wall-worthy. Oh, and a large clock is a must.

10. Get a farmhouse table for your dining area. The farmhouse table is definitely a signature piece for this design style. To elevate the look, opt for metal cafe chairs in a different color rather than matching wood chairs.

Be sure to check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

8 Must-Haves for a Fixer Upper Home

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I’m a fan of farmhouse style but I don’t see a visit from Chip and Joanna Gaines happening anytime soon. Thankfully, there are some trademark characteristics of Joanna’s style, that can be
incorporated into your home. Here are 8 must-haves for getting your home to Fixer Upper status.

1. Outdoor appeal galore. A true Fixer Upper home has endless amounts of curb appeal. Curvy driveways, a fabulous front door, wooden rocking chairs, a porch swing, and window boxes overflowing with flowers and greenery, are just a handful of ways you can get the look.

2. Functional entryway. Whether it’s the entryway or a mudroom it has got to be functional and family-friendly. Think benches accented with pillows and cubbies for baskets. Not only does it look good, it’ll give you a leg up on the organization.

3. Cool wall decor. Farmhouse style is a bit different when it comes to wall decor. To get the look, think magnolia wreaths, vintage mirrors, wood pallet art, wall words or quotes, oversized clocks, vintage maps, large object art, and salvaged architectural pieces.

4. Open, yet comfortable floor plan. Farmhouse style is known for its open floor plan. Thankfully, comfortable seating, cozy fireplaces, and an abundance of texture make it look and feel warm and inviting. Slipcovers, durable rugs, modern pipe shelving, and shiplap are just some other things that give this decorating style so much charm.

5. Breezy, no-fuss kitchens. Apron-front sinks, vintage-inspired plumbing, subway tile, open shelving, dramatic lighting, an island complete with vintage bar stools, and even more shiplap are key elements within a Fixer Upper kitchen.

6. Unique doors. Doors tend to be a bit different when it comes to farmhouse style. You’ll often see antique doors, and even sliding barn doors, used to replace pantry, laundry, and even closet doors.

7. White on white. It’s not really farmhouse style unless there’s an abundance of white. In fact, you’ll often hear Joanna recommend painting things white whenever you’re in doubt. If you can master a monochromatic look, then you’ll be on your way to having a Fixer Upper home.

8. Greenery. Flowers and plants offer a finishing touch to farmhouse design style. Using vintage bottles or mason jars as vases and then grouping them together will help elevate the look.

Be sure to check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

5 Reasons Why Neutral Rooms Are Anything But Boring

Forget the myth about neutral colors being boring. Neutrals are a lot of things, but boring is certainly not one of them. Here are 5 reasons why:

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1. Neutrals are a safe zone. There is no reason why this should be looked upon as a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, neutrals are NOT just for those people less daring when decorating. When you have a monochromatic scheme, you can go in so many directions with tone, depth, pattern, and texture. As long as you make those things important, and focus on having the right amount of each, any room (even a neutral one) can be exciting.

2. Neutrals allow for versatility. Practicality is another thing that sometimes has a bad rap. When you use neutral colors, you have the ability to match and coordinate with a wide array of colors and textures than any other shades out there. It’s this practicality that leads to flexibility when you decide to change up your space.

3. Neutrals are soothing and calming. Your home is your sanctuary. Neutrals can provide that peaceful environment we often crave after a hectic day. A soothing palette easily puts those stresses at ease, creating a home that’s a haven.

4. Neutrals help pops of color and rich textures stand out. When you have a neutral foundation, those pops of colors and fabrics, bountiful in textures, take center stage. Colorful accents become easily changeable and textures become more fun the more neutral the surrounding colors are.

5. Neutrals heighten the sophistication. Trendy colors are fun, but they lack the sophistication that neutrals do. If you want a home that’s classy, rely more on neutrals and save those trendy colors for accents.

Think Outside the Beige

Before we wrap this up, let’s address an issue many people have regarding neutrals: the beige factor. While beige does fall into the neutral category, it’s not the only neutral out there to use. Ivory, taupe, black, gray and white are other suitable options for your interior. Even colors that are prevalent in nature, such as blues and greens, can be considered neutral. With colors such as those, there’s really no reason why your home can’t look amazing.

Turn Your Guest Bedroom Into a Retreat

A well thought out guest room is more important than you may realize. When the room looks and feels like a retreat, your visitors will feel comfortable, pampered, and at home. There are several tips and tricks to create a magnificent guest suite. Follow these ideas and your guests will be more than excited to make a return visit.

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Make it Soothing

The easiest way to do this is through color. A theme with a traditional color palette typically makes guests feel more comfortable. Adding texture with throw pillows, a blanket, artwork and window treatments keeps your neutral scheme from being boring.

Use Only Your Best

It’s easy to take what we don’t want in our own bedroom and use it in the guest room. Resist the urge! If your intention is to create a retreat, then your guests deserve the best you can offer. This includes the mattress, as well as the bedding and decor. Treat the room as if it were a luxury hotel.

Provide the Necessary Furniture

Having all the right pieces of furniture in the guest room really makes a difference. A beautiful bed is only the beginning. Think about items such as nightstands, lamps, clothing storage, mirrors, and additional seating if space allows.

Focus on Little Details

What you may think of as minor, could actually be quite important for your guests. Be one step ahead, furnishing the room with essentials such as towels, a wastebasket, facial tissues, a night light, and an alarm clock. If the room doesn’t have a ceiling fan, having a small box fan tucked in the closet could serve useful. You could take it a step further by providing other amenities like fresh flowers, books or magazines, bottled water, and a bowl of candies or mints. Additional toiletries such as travel-sized soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste are also a nice touch.

Clear Out Clutter

This is supposed to be a guest retreat–not a storage area, so be sure the room is kept in a manner that will serve its purpose. Avoid using this area for storage. Clear out any boxes, toys, exercise equipment, or anything else that detracts from the space.

Take the Room for a Test Drive

Before you invite guests, stay a night in the room you’ve created to ensure that it is in fact, a retreat. Make sure the suite is comfortable and furnished to the fullest can give you peace of mind that your guests will thoroughly enjoy their stay in your home.

 


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