Posts Tagged ‘Decor Elements’

11 Ways to Personalize a New Home


Wanting to put a personal stamp on your place is a natural desire that comes with the process of buying a new house. That may seem challenging, however, if you and the previous homeowner have very different tastes in decorating. Not to worry! Here are 11 projects that can help personalize your house so it feels like a home.

  1. Paint the front door. Yes, something so simple can make a huge difference! And, it costs way less than repainting the entire exterior of the house. Throw in some shiny new hardware and locks and you’ve got yourself a fresh look.
  2. Wallpaper the powder room. You can really make your mark in your home by adding a bit of unexpected style to your powder room. If you’ve thought about doing something bolder and more colorful, this is the place to go for it.
  3. Swap out a light fixture. Replacing a boring or outdated light fixture with a stylish one can really boost the appearance of a room. There is such a wide variety of beautiful lighting available these days, it’s easy to find something to fit any decorating style.
  4. Create a drop space. You may not realize it but having a designated spot for keys and other important items can make your place feel downright homey. It doesn’t matter if you put up a row of hooks or simply have a catchall dish on an entryway table–just make sure it’s convenient to your lifestyle.
  5. Upgrade window treatments. Window treatments are a decorating detail that can really give your space a personal and polished look. From Roman shades to wood blinds and airy curtains to floor-to-ceiling drapes, there’s no shortage of window treatments to choose from.
  6. Hang things on your walls. The walls in your home are a blank canvas, so use them. It can be a large-scale piece of art, mirrors, a variety of framed family photos, or a combination of all three–whatever you choose, make sure you love it.
  7. Roll out a comfortable rug. An area rug can offer many things including protection for your floors, color and texture, and of course, comfort. Having at least one space in your home with a rug can make that space feel extra welcoming while radiating personal style.
  8. Paint a wall or two. Painting a wall or two, in a color you really enjoy, is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to give your home a personal touch. Getting a touch of color on the walls will make your house feel more like a home and can also aid in planning the rest of your home’s color palette.
  9. Update kitchen and bathroom details. For many, a full remodel isn’t always feasible after making a large purchase like a house. That doesn’t mean you can’t freshen up your kitchen and bathroom in smaller, more affordable ways. Change out the faucets, cabinet hardware, towel bars, light fixtures and mirrors for an updated look more suited toward your tastes.
  10. Put effort into your outdoor space. It doesn’t matter if you have a small slab of a patio, a large wraparound porch, or a large back deck–find a way to add features that will make your home a comfortable one. A fire pit, hammock or swing, grill, and table set are just some of the ways you can entice friends and family to get outside and enjoy themselves.
  11. Layer in cozy comforts. Small accessories can certainly make a place feel much more personal and welcoming. Decorative pillows in a fabric you love, plush throws and rugs, fresh flowers in a vase, and pretty accent lighting are all smaller items that can make all the difference.

Now that you have some ideas on how to personalize your home, let us help get you started. Stop into one of our showrooms or browse our collection of fabrics, pillows, custom furniture, and rugs online.

7 Fresh Ways to Decorate with Shiplap


If you’re familiar with Joanna Gaines and her love of farmhouse style, then you’re probably familiar with shiplap as well. Although this grooved wooden board is nothing new, HGTV’s show Fixer Upper has certainly brought it front and center for its viewers. Even still, what you see on television is only a snippet of what can be done with it. So, let’s look at 7 fresh ways this versatile and charming material can be used in your home.

  1. On a single wall. There’s no reason you have to fill an entire room with shiplap. Instead, consider using it on a single wall that you’d like to showcase. The wall behind your sofa or bed is ideal, as is the hallway or wall opposite the door in a dining room.  
  2. In the mudroom. The mudroom is a hardworking space that deserves a little style. And what better way to achieve that than with beautiful shiplap walls? Some built-in cubbies will add to the charm while fulfilling the functional need within the space.  
  3. In the kitchen. With the warmth and cheer they bring to a home, it’s no wonder farmhouse kitchens are so popular. Even if your home is newly built, shiplap in the kitchen can add that fresh farmhouse vibe you love.
  4. On a vaulted ceiling. There’s something very appealing about a vaulted (pitched) ceiling, and shiplap is the perfect material to take that appeal to a whole new level. Creamy white shiplap up above will make the space feel open yet welcoming. Adding wooden beams–faux or the real deal–will add contrast and warmth.
  5. In a finished basement. A finished basement adds both value and living space to your home. To keep it feeling as welcoming as the rest of the house, however, can be challenging. White shiplap walls can solve that problem easily by giving the space a light and airy feeling that matches the rest of your home.
  6. In the laundry room. Looking for a way to make the chore of washing clothes a bit more fun? Shiplap can take care of that. It’ll be harder to look at laundry as a dreary task when the room looks so cheery. To keep with the theme, add vintage-styled shelving and accessories.
  7. Partway up the wall. Just as you don’t have to cover an entire room in shiplap, you don’t have to cover an entire wall either. Consider using shiplap just as you would wainscoting, leaving the top portion of the walls available for paint or wallpaper.

Tip: Shiplap can be painted! Shiplap in color is just as charming in color as it does in white.

Ready to usher farmhouse charm into your home? Be sure to complete the look with some Joanna Gaines textiles, such as her pillows and rugs, which we carry in our stores and online.

4 Ideal Rug Choices for the Busy Household



An area rug is a beautiful thing—and often very necessary for busy households. Sorting through the endless choices, however, can make the process of actually picking, let alone purchasing, one a really big challenge. No matter what kind of traffic you have—roommates, kids, pets—it’s important to find a rug that can hold up to the wear and tear it will receive. Here are 4 ideal choices that are durable, easy to clean, and available in a variety of pretty options that will suit any décor.

1. Cotton.

Is it any surprise this is on the list? Cotton is one of the most low-maintenance options out there. When it comes to rugs, ones made of cotton are sometimes called “flat-weave”. Cotton fiber rugs are softer to the touch than other natural fibers (which we’ll talk about next) and very easy to clean. Additionally, with its porous nature and thin threads, cotton can be dyed in rich tones and woven into stylish patterns, making it a wonderful choice if it’s a pop of color you’re looking for.

2. Jute, Sisal, and Sea Grass

Natural fiber rugs are one of the best choices for a busy household. Not only are these rugs extremely durable, they’re well-priced. Overall, the strong fibers of these kinds of rugs make it easy to clean—sometimes, with no more required than a blotting. You can also find these natural-fiber rugs in a variety of rich textures, patterns, and hues.

3. Wool

Wool rugs can be quite costly but rightfully so. With their durability, softness, and versatility, wool rugs are the cream of the crop. Although certainly an investment, wool rugs can last up to a decade or more, unlike synthetic rugs whose life span typically only reaches two to three years. Wool rugs are a favorite for many reasons, some of which include their luster, ability to repel spills, beautiful colors, and intricate woven patterns.

4. Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that indoor-outdoor rugs aren’t just as suitable for interiors as they are for exteriors. Rugs like these have come a long way, so if you have a busy household, consider them as you shop. Many indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials, making them stain-resistant, easy to clean, and affordable. They also come in bright, bold colors and various patterns that suit a wide variety of decorating styles.

Ready to complete your home’s interior with a rug that will suit your busy household? Stop in one of our showrooms or browse our beautiful rug collection online.