3 Ways to Involve Your Children in the Home Decorating Process

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If given full creative freedom, there’s a good chance your children would decorate your family’s home differently than you would. This is why parents often take the lead in decorating. Sometimes, however, the children get left out altogether–keeping what they want, solely contained to their bedroom or playroom. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, but when it comes to a family home, it’s much more enjoyable when everyone is involved in the decorating plans.

Working with your children can be such a rewarding experience–for you and for them. Not only does it provide an opportunity to teach, bond, and have fun, it makes them feel as though it’s their home, too.

You might think finding a balance that makes everyone happy will be too challenging–but it doesn’t have to be. In this post, I’ll talk about 3 ways you can get your children involved and I’ll also provide some tips on how to make the process a smooth one.

Ask for Their Input

Everyone has their own sense of style–even children! Simply asking them to convey their likes and dislikes is often a pretty big deal to them, so don’t hesitate to get their input. Getting their insight or ideas from the start can really stir up an excitement that will get them really engaged in the decorating project.

Tip: Have everyone in the family make a list of favorite things such as colors, patterns, textures, fabrics, floor coverings, and furniture styles. Cross-reference each list to find the commonalities (if there are any).

Take them Shopping for Supplies

Kids tend to enjoy visuals, so taking them shopping for decorating supplies can be extremely beneficial. Let them see wall colors, floor coverings, and furniture you’re considering. Seeing these items in person can be both fun and educational for them.

Tip: Smaller children can get bored or overwhelmed with an excess of choices to sort through. If you’re focusing on something like paint, go to the store without them, narrow down the selections, and then bring those paint samples home. The same process could be applied to fabric swatches or floor samples.

Let them Add Personal Touches

This is their home, too, so allowing your children to add personal touches throughout the home can really make them feel important. If your child loves to draw or paint, ask them to create something that can be framed and hung somewhere in the house. Not only will this give you free art, it will be a fun project for your children. If your child isn’t artsy, let them pick one item for each room you’re decorating.

Tip: Once you know what your color scheme will be, provide your kids with paints, markers, etc, in colors that will compliment the space.

These are just some of the ways you can get your children involved in the decorating process. With a little planning, your decorating process can be something enjoyable for everyone in the family.

5 Things I’ve Learned from Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines has quite a bit going for her these days–an attentive and loving husband, beautiful children, a gorgeous home, a multifaceted business;  a hit TV show–but it certainly didn’t happen overnight. It took faith and grit and patience to obtain the success that she has today–and that’s what makes me admire her even more. Here are 5 important lessons I’ve gleaned from her life story.

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1. Developing skills takes time.

I was kind of surprised to find out that Joanna had no design background to speak of (she actually has a Communications degree from Baylor University). Pursuing interior design didn’t even enter her mind until she was interning in New York. Chip was already flipping houses but Joanna just fell into the design side of it. After lots of experimenting, she was able to hone in on her design style and develop her technique.

2. Pursuing something new takes faith.

Responsibilities are certainly important–but sometimes, they keep us from pursuing a new interest, whether it be a hobby or a career. Of course, you shouldn’t shirk the priorities in your life, but don’t let them hold you back, either. If you have a passion and a talent for something like interior design, go for it! Even Joanna struggled with this. Did you know Magnolia Market got [temporarily] pushed aside until she could find the balance between family and career? Once she did, she never looked back.

3. If you look hard enough, you’ll see the potential.

Fixer Upper has made me realize that even the most dilapidated houses can be turned into dream homes. I don’t know how she and Chip look past those horrible first impressions, but they do. You need vision and imagination, for sure. If you have those two things, you’ll be able to find the diamond in the rough.

4. There can be a balance between work and family life.

Joanna is a woman of many talents and she is constantly busy with projects–yet she doesn’t seem to neglect her family. Not only does she get to work with her husband, she sometimes gets the kids involved on the show. You don’t always have to choose between the things you love. If you work hard enough, you can bridge those things together.

5. Working with your spouse can be fun!

I don’t work outside the home with my spouse, but we do enjoy collaborating with one another on projects for our home. If you’ve watched Fixer Upper, it’s easy to see that Chip and Joanna have a knack for feeding off each other’s strengths. They’re always having fun and their team effort produces amazing results.

Be sure to browse Joanna’s pillows and rugs as you begin your modern farmhouse transformation.

10 Ways to Master Hygge in Your Home

The Danish practice of hygge is quickly gaining popularity–and rightfully so. If you aren’t familiar with it yet, ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish concept of taking pleasure in the little things in life. Roughly translated as ‘coziness’ in English, hygge is a mindset of making the ordinary things and moments more meaningful, beautiful and special. Hygge isn’t something you can buy, but rather a way of life you have to embrace. Here are ways you can master hygge in your home.

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1. Turn up the heat. Nothing says cozy like the flicker a crackling fire. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, don’t fret–you can easily create that warm and cozy vibe by lighting a variety of candles. If you’re eco-conscious, skip the paraffin based candles and opt for ones made from beeswax or organic soy instead.

2. Dim the lights. Overhead lights are often too bright and harsh. To create a homey feeling, dim the lights or turn them off altogether, relying only on lamps and candles.

3. Cut the clutter. Cozy does not necessarily equate clutter. In true hygge fashion, if it doesn’t bring you joy, clear it out.

4. Layer on the fuzzy. A big part of hygge is texture. Incorporating layers of soft items, such as fleece throws, fluffy pillows, shag rugs, and plush furniture will bring your hygge to a heightened level.

5. Fill your mugs regularly. What better way to embrace hygge than with a mug of piping hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate? Don’t bother putting the tea kettle away. Keep it handy so you can refill your mug easily.

6. Soak in the tub. During your home’s hygge transition, don’t forget about the bathroom. You can easily create a space to decompress by incorporating some candles, essential oils, bath products, and fluffy towels.

7. Get tech savvy. Did you know that technology can actually contribute to your home’s coziness? Being able to set up a playlist and wireless speakers for music, or navigating an app that can control lighting and temperature, can really make your time at home all the more relaxing.

8.  Be selective in your furnishings. Hygge is all about quality and meaningfulness, so be selective when you go out shopping. Instead of purchasing a lot of mass-produced items, decorate your home with furniture and accents that are meaningful to you. These can include items that were gifted, passed down, purchased on your travels or even an antique with a rich history.

9. Bring the outdoors in. If you don’t live in a rural area or have property, that’s okay. Even if you live in the city, you can bring a bit of nature inside. If greenery isn’t your thing, you can bring in natural materials, such as stone, leather, and wood.

10. Gather together. The best moments in life generally include family and friends. Filling your home regularly with those you love is just about as hygge as it can get.

Achieving Farmhouse Style: What Would Joanna Gaines Do?

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If you’re a fan of the HGTV hit show, Fixer Upper, then it’s likely you have high hopes of achieving farmhouse style in your own home. And as incredible as it would be to have Chip and Joanna knock on the front door, the chances are slim. For now, just ask yourself: what would Joanna do?

She’d knock down some walls

When it comes to Joanna’s vision, knocking out a couple of walls is right up there with the shiplap. Big open spaces are an essential part of farmhouse design–and opening up a closed-in space is one of the first steps to getting the look.

She’d soften the color palette

It’s not really a farmhouse interior without a muted and neutral color palette. With the use of fresh and airy colors, Joanna is able to create a modern, elegant, and comfortable farmhouse feel.  White, cream, grey, taupe and soft blues are some basic colors that separate farmhouse design style from all the rest.

She’d brighten it up

Lighting, especially natural lighting, are an important part of farmhouse design. Large, unadorned windows and rustic light fixtures make the space appear bigger and welcoming. If you would like window treatments, Joanna would opt for Roman shades or flowing ceiling-to-floor drapes made of linen, burlap or cotton.

She’d blend the old with the new

Joanna has a knack for repurposing items that most of us would pitch to the curb. Blending the old with the new or the natural with the modern is just one of the many traits that make farmhouse design so unique. In many episodes, you’ll see Joanna breathe new life into some old antique finds, turning them into a special piece of decor. When it comes to decorating your home, think rustic, modern and reclaimed.

She’d make it personal

Personal touches are essential no matter what the design style may be. It’s what makes a house into a home. Joanna would add something like a personal quote to the wall, or even a large steel initial. When it comes to accessories, she’d bring in books or jars full of flowers. Whatever makes the space feel special to you is what you need to incorporate into it.

Be sure to browse Joanna’s gorgeous collection of rugs and pillows as you work to transform your home into farmhouse style.

 

Why Modern Farmhouse Design is One of the Hottest Trends of the Year

 

With the help of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper, the Farmhouse design style has been reinvented into something rustic yet modern. Its popularity is taking the nation by storm–and for good reason. Some might think it’s because the Gaines duo is so loveable–I mean, they are pretty adorable–but no. At the core, Farmhouse design style simply has straightforward attributes that people are taking notice of. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.

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Back in the day, formal spaces were desired in a home. Today, however, it’s more common for interiors to be a little more casual. Not only does this tend to benefit busy family life, it often makes others feel welcome any time of day. With trademark Farmhouse elements such as muted colors, vintage lighting, relaxed fabrics, and functional pieces, you can’t help but feel at home. The layering of textures within the space adds warmth and comfort that beckons you to kick off your shoes and stay awhile.

It’s Practical and Useful

Farmhouse design is extremely level-headed. Instead of filling the space with unnecessary extras, its purpose is to make the home useful in every way possible. If you’ve watched Joanna in action, you’ve probably noticed how she aims to streamline the furnishings. By taking the client(s) into consideration and carefully selecting pieces and accents, the end result is a home that can easily accommodate everyday life.

It’s Attractive and Customizable

Farmhouse design is so pretty. Bright whites, muted neutrals, beautiful textiles, raw woods, wall quotes, and vintage lighting have a way of working together to create a truly harmonious and attractive interior. While the concept behind each design is similar, the results are always different. That’s the great thing about this design style. The casual foundation that’s set allows you to build upon it in a way that suits your tastes. Layering in textiles, additional colors, or other accessories that you prefer, make the space tailor-made for you and/or your family.

To get started on your modern farmhouse makeover, be sure to browse Joanna’s rug and pillow collection.

 

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Chip and Joanna Gaines

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When it comes to home decorating shows, HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, is one of my favorites. If you aren’t familiar with it, the show stars a funny and talented husband and wife team, Chip and Joanna Gaines, who go around Waco, Texas, turning the most rundown houses into beautiful dream homes. In addition to the show, the Gaines duo has created Magnolia, a multifaceted company that includes Magnolia Homes and the insanely popular Magnolia Market.

Every time I watch an episodeIt seems like I take away something new each time I watch an episode. Between Chip’s skillful handiwork and Joanna’s creative insight, there’s always something to learn. Here are 5 of those lessons I think are familiar to anyone who regularly follows the work of this adorable pair.

1. Your design skills may take some time to develop.

Did you know that Joanna’s degree is in Communications and not Interior Design? It wasn’t until she was interning in New York that design caught her attention. Chip already had experience in flipping houses but Joanna just sort of “fell into” the design side of it. She has admitted that those early days involved a lot of experimenting–but over time, her design style and technique became more refined. Her passion, paired with Chip’s experience, gave birth to a team that produces beautiful results with ease. The bottom line: keep working at it. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.

2. If your passion for design runs deep, take the leap!

Everyone has their own personal list of priorities–and sometimes, those priorities may seem to have such a firm grip on us that we’re scared to try something new. I’m not saying to quit your day job or shirk your responsibilities, but if you have the creativity and the passion for design, don’t be afraid to act on it. Even Joanna started struggled with finding her purpose. Her idea for Magnolia Market happened right around the time she and Chip started a family. After a hiatus to spend time embracing motherhood, she reopened the shop. With hard work, she was able to create balance in her life, so she could reap the rewards of both business and family. You probably can, too.

3. Look for the diamond in the rough.

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one. While watching an episode of Fixer Upper, I shake my head in disbelief, thinking they’re crazy for taking certain projects on. And as always, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief once again, because I was proven wrong. Chip and Joanna have proven time and time again that even the most dilapidated houses can be transformed into a thing of beauty. It takes vision, that’s for sure. Use your imagination and look for the potential. You’d be amazed what results you can turn out.

4. Personal creative passions and family life can be bridged.

Joanna wears a lot of hats. In addition to being a mom, she is constantly busy with projects–but she’s mastered the balance between the two. That has to be your ultimate goal. Don’t choose between the things you love, work hard to bridge the two. When you get the hang of it, you and your family will find happiness.

5. Getting your spouse (or someone close to you) involved can be a great thing.

Chip and Joanna have beautiful chemistry even though they are complete opposites. You can see that they feed off of each other’s strengths to produce beautiful results. Get your spouse (a family member, your kids, or a close friend) involved in your project. It’s almost a guarantee that the end result will be more rewarding because you did the job together. Not only can it be a fun time with your significant other, you’ll end up with a home you can both truly enjoy.

Get started on your modern farmhouse by adding some of Joanna’s pillows and rugs to your home.

Trend Watch 2017: Modern Farmhouse

While Farmhouse design style isn’t new, it has certainly been reinvented. What was once considered “quaint” or “country” is now described with updated terms like “country-chic” and “rustic-modern”.  Home decorating shows, such as HGTV’s Fixer Upper, starring Chip and Joanna Gaines, have put Farmhouse design style back on the map–and it’s taking the nation by storm.

joanna-gaines-farmhouse-furniture-design-KatyBut, why? What is it about this decorating style that has so many people enamored? Let’s take a look at 3 important characteristics that make this style so popular.

It’s Comfortable

For the average home, formal spaces aren’t a functional part of everyday life. Many people are looking to create a casual atmosphere that’s welcoming to friends and family. Farmhouse style gives you just that. With elements like relaxed fabrics, soft colors, vintage lighting, and streamlined functionality, you can’t help but feel at home. Even with its abundance of white paint and raw elements, those additional layers of texture add warmth and comfort, which beckons you to sit down, relax and stay awhile.

It’s Functional

An important part of the modern farmhouse design is making the home functional. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the dining space, an area fit for family gatherings. Apron-front sinks, vintage overhead lighting, large butcher block islands, and long farmhouse tables make the home cook and entertainer’s work easier. Throw in some floating shelves and carefully selected accents and you’ve got a home that can easily accommodate everyday life.

It’s Pretty

It really is as simple as that. If you’ve seen Chip and Joanna’s work, you know that a modern farmhouse interior is just downright pretty.  Muted neutrals, eye-catching textile patterns, raw woods, unique lighting, wall quotes, and of course let’s not forget shiplap, all work in harmony to make one heck of an interior.

Looking to bring a little Farmhouse style into your home? Be sure to browse Joanna’s rug and pillow collection.

 

What Is Hygge and How You Can Master it in Your Home

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What is hygge? Hard to define as it is to pronounce, ‘hygge’ (pronounced HOO-gah) is a Danish word that refers to a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in turning ordinary, everyday moments, into moments that are more beautiful, meaningful, or unique. In English, this Norwegian term for ‘wellbeing’ is roughly translated as ‘coziness’. Simply put, hygge is the act of creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with people we’re fond of. Perhaps this concept is what makes the Danes the happiest people on earth?

While hygge can be something as simple as an intimate chat with friends in a room full of candles and good food, there’s more to it than that. Hygge is a philosophy–a way of life that is meant to bring importance to the things or moments most people would consider insignificant or mundane.

But what, you may be asking, does this have to do with your home? A lot, actually–and thankfully, it’s something anyone can do. Here are our tips on how to embrace hygge in your home like a true Scandinavian.

1. Design for the good life. As much as we like a nod of approval, designing your home shouldn’t be about impressing the people in your life. Designing a home should be based on what works for you, which includes how the home’s interior makes you feel. Design from necessity, allowing form to follow function.

2. Enjoy a cozy sitting room. A welcoming room is a place that allows people, rather than things, to become the focal point. Stick with comfy chairs, nice lighting, and shelves full of books, games, and photos.

3. Light candles throughout the house. Candles don’t have to be restricted to special occasions. With hygge, every day is special, so get those wicks burning. To stay eco-friendly, ditch the paraffin candles and switch to something cleaner and greener, such as beeswax or organic soy wax scented with essential oils.

4. Surround yourself with sustainability. When we shop smartly, the things we surround ourselves with will be better. Instead of buying or using products that can be obtained easily, choose materials that can be obtained sustainably. In other words, buy as locally as possible from companies who are open about their production processes. Even a small step in this direction can bring about big changes.

5. Carve out a space for the kiddos. In the Scandinavian countries, children are to be seen and heard–and playtime is an important vessel for this to be achieved. In your home, make sure that the little ones in your life have ample space to spread their wings and let their imaginations soar.

6. Keep nature at arm’s reach. Life can get very busy and the height of luxury for many Scandinavians is solitude while on vacation. While it’s not always possible to escape the crowds of people we encounter as frequently as we’d like to, it is possible to bring that solitude or nature into your home. If all you can do is scatter a few potted plants around your home, it’s still a good start at keeping some of nature’s beauty close by.

Remember, hygge isn’t something you can buy. It’s a way of life you must embrace. Fill your spaces with light, well-loved items, the ones you love, or anything else that brings you joy, and you’ll soon have a hygge home.

 

 

 

 

5 Secrets for Decorating A Kid’s Room Fit for All Ages and Stages

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It’s no secret that kids grow up fast–and at times, it feels almost impossible to keep up. While you can’t control every aspect of their growth, you can have a hand in designing a room that will easily transition each time they reach a new stage in life. Just as stages come and go, so do trends–and kids are notorious for changing their interests on a whim. While these ever-changing tastes can be fun, when it comes to decorating, they can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. Here we’ll cover some ways you can keep their room flexible for growth without taking away their self-expression.

Invest in Timeless Furniture

There’s no simple way of putting this: baby stores suck you in. Just walk into a store like Babies R Us and you’ll find yourself oohing and aahing over all the baby-sized furniture. There’s no denying that it’s cute, but most of what they carry lacks a very important thing: longevity. Instead of getting something specifically designed for a nursery, opt for a piece that can be used for several years to come. For example, skip the child-sized dresser and buy one that can carry them at least into their teen, if not young adult, years. If your child is moving into a twin bed, consider a double bed instead, if there’s room. Not only will it give your child more room, it will accommodate more sleeping arrangements for visiting guests.

When Possible, Choose Multifunctional Furniture

Multifunctional furniture can be your friend–especially if you have young children. Instead of a standard changing table, consider putting a changing pad on top of a desk or dresser. Once they’re out of diapers, they have a ready-made workspace or a place with ample clothes storage. If you’re bed shopping, consider one that comes with built-in storage underneath. This will come in handy for toys, books, clothes, or anything else that threatens to take up much-needed space within the room.

Go Neutral With Items that Cost More

There are certain areas that need to withstand the test of time–no matter what part of the house you’re decorating. Floor coverings, furniture, and paint colors are three biggies to focus on. While there’s nothing wrong with color, tread carefully. If you’re incorporating color based on a trend, you may consider it a mistake sooner than you’d like. If your child claims a particular color as their favorite, that’s great–just opt for a subdued version of it if it verges on too bold or bright.

Use Accessories for Self-Expression

This is a child’s room, so it’s highly important that it looks as though a child inhabits the space. An easy way to do this is with accessories. This is where their personality can really shine through. Rugs, throw pillows, knickknacks, wall art–this is their time to express who they are. Accessories are a much easier, and less expensive way, to keep up with their ever-changing interests.

Get Your Child Involved

Your child will be in this space for a very long time, so it’s critical that he or she feel completely at home in the space. Ask for their input and assure them that their opinion is valued–even when it comes to other areas of the house (within reason, of course). The more they are involved, the more likely they are to care for their room throughout the years. Keep an open mind but remind them that big changes aren’t necessarily in the budget. Hopefully, these tips will help save your family time, money, and frustration, so you can have a lot more fun.

 

Textiles and the Modern Farmhouse

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Next to shiplap and rustic wood, what comes to mind when you think about farmhouse design style? For me, it’s textiles. But what is a textile anyway and why are they so important in decorating a modern farmhouse interior?

To answer the first question, a textile is a type of cloth or woven fabric. This would include items such as upholstery, window treatments, throw pillows, area rugs, and linens. All design styles can benefit from textiles, but there are some, however, that can benefit from them even more–and farmhouse style is one of them. Why? Because without textiles in a farmhouse interior, the home would appear stark and cold. It’s the use of textiles that brings the comfort and warmth to the surface, making the home feel warm and inviting.

If you’re familiar with Joanna Gaines, star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and Magnolia businesswoman, then you’re familiar with her use of textiles. Let’s talk a bit about each type and how to use them.

Upholstery

Upholstery in farmhouse design style should look clean yet inviting. A good way to achieve this is to stick with muted, neutral fabric. It doesn’t matter if you choose a solid or a pattern, just keep the palette monochromatic. Slipcovers are also a great option if you want a casual, no-fuss look.

Area Rugs

Area rugs serve a dual purpose: they protect floors and tie a design style together. Rugs are your chance to incorporate an extra layer of color and texture within the interior of your modern farmhouse home. Joanna happens to be a big fan of rugs and we are too. So much in fact, that we now carry the Joanna Gaines collection of rugs for our customers. Be sure to stop in or shop online to find a favorite!

Throw Pillows

What easier way to layer on the comfort than with throw pillows? Again, muted colors will keep your interior cohesive, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid color altogether. There are times that a pop of color is exactly what you need. This pillow, also from Joanna’s collection, would do the trick, don’t you think?

Window Treatments

Farmhouse style doesn’t always include window treatments, but when it does, they are often simple and casual. Ceiling-to-floor treatments in muted neutrals or simple Roman shades tend to work best. Don’t be afraid to use this as your chance for extra pattern or texture!

Linens

In farmhouse design style, linens typically include bedding and towels. Keep your bedding soft and casual, and your towels white and plush. It’s simple yet elegant, which is what this design style is all about.

If you’re just starting out, add the textiles in gradually. Be selective and make sure your choices blend in with the rest of the interior’s environment. As you perfect your use of textiles you will be able to turn your modern farmhouse dream into a reality.

 

 

 

 

 


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