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How to Achieve the Look of Timeless Design in Your Home

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Keeping up with home decorating trends can be tough. Next time you decorate, why not opt out of what’s trendy and choose to create a timeless look instead? Here are 5 tips that can help you keep your style fresh for years to come.

(1) Quality over quantity.

No matter what year it is, less is more. This doesn’t mean go full-blown minimalistic, but rather choose what you fill your home with carefully. Simply put: be a collector, not a consumer. Don’t overfill shelves or cover every square inch of wall and floor space just because you can. Instead, focus more on filling your home with unique and/or high-quality items. Edit your collections to only the best. A home that has a timeless look honors and showcases special accessories, as well as each piece of furniture.

(2) Choose a muted palette.

Neutrals are as timeless as it gets. When choosing colors, choose a muted palette and restrict the number of colors you use. A palette such as this recedes into the background, allowing your furniture and accessories to stand out. Keep in mind that neutrals don’t mean doesn’t mean dull or boring shades that don’t expand beyond brown. Gray, navy blue and even some shades of green work beautifully as neutrals in a timeless home. Colorful accents and accessories can also be used to show personality.

(3) Blend old with new.

A timeless look typically entails a mix-and-match of both old and new items. This collected look is a great way to bring interest and beauty to your decor. If you have several old items, consider painting or reupholstering something outdated for a fresh new look.

(4) Stick with classic fabric patterns.

As with colors, patterns fall subject to trends. If you want to avoid reupholstering every few years, pick classic fabric patterns. As a general rule, stripes, plaid, and florals are three graphics that won’t let you down. All of these patterns have evolved over the years, making it much simpler to find something that works with any decorating style. Be sure to browse our fabrics–we carry several classic patterns that are sure to look beautiful in your home.

(5) Make comfort mandatory.

Comfort is essential for the long haul. It’s important to remember that being pretty is not the best reason to make a purchase. If furniture isn’t comfortable, then you’ll end up replacing it sooner rather than later no matter how good it looks. Take everyone in the house into consideration and base your purchases on that. Shopping may take longer than you’d like, but it’ll be worth it when you find something comfortable, beautiful, and functional for all involved.

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

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.

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.

 

The Rules Have Changed: 7 Decorating Myths Busted

Toss those decorating rules out the window! It’s time to rethink what we know about decorating and shed light on the myths many of us have fallen victim to.

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Myth #1: All ceilings need to be white.

White gives you a clean, simple look, but it is not the only option. Go dark, go bright, go bold, go textural, go patterned, go paper–if something other than white works for your ceiling, then go for it.

Myth #2: Small rooms should never be painted dark colors.

At the end of the day, you have to be happy with your space–no matter what its size. For years, we’ve always heard that dark colors make small spaces look even smaller. This really isn’t truthful. If a room gets enough natural light, dark colors can look amazing. Even if the space doesn’t have a lot of windows, darker colors can often come across as cozy, even dramatic, giving the room a much bigger presence than if it had been painted light.

Myth #3: You have to stick with one decorating style.

Wrong. It’s not true that your room has to have a single decorating style to look coherent. Times have changed and our tastes in style have evolved. As long as there’s a common denominator, an eclectic interior can have a uniform look.

Myth #4: Wood finishes have to match.

Interiors can sometimes appear flat and boring when everything matches. For depth and interest go ahead and mix your wood finishes. As long as their tones complement each other, it’ll look amazing.

Myth #5: Neutral colors are safe.

Neutrals get a bad rap for being boring. In all reality, they are anything but. However, they have to be approached in the right way. If you don’t address tone, shape, texture, and depth, you’ll be left with a room dangerously verging on boring.

Myth #6: No more than 3 patterns per room.

A popular rule is the rule of 3: one small, one medium, and one large pattern per room. In most cases, it’s an excellent rule to follow. There are, however, some exceptions. If you’re the adventurous type, use as many patterns as you’d like. Just be sure to scatter them evenly throughout the room and break them up with solids so the eye has a place to rest.

Myth #7: A 3-piece living room suite is a must.

A sofa and a pair of armchairs are common choices for living spaces, but what if your space calls for a different solution? There are much more interesting choices than the standard living room seating. Maybe you need two sofas. Maybe you want a neutral sofa and colorful chairs. Maybe it’s a sectional you need. Perhaps you don’t want or need a sofa at all. Mix and match it any way you choose.

 

Design Styles Defined: Farmhouse

At one time, rural locations, functional porches, and informal living spaces distinguished a home as farmhouse style. Over the years, however, farmhouse style has evolved into something bigger than anyone probably ever expected. Today, farmhouse style is more than just a way to decorate an interior–it has become an attitude and a way of life. There are still, however, some key elements that define it. Let’s take a deeper look at what some of those are.

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Elements of Farmhouse Design Style

Here’s a quick breakdown of farmhouse design:

  • Painted wood walls
  • Wood floors
  • Apron front sink
  • Mixed cabinetry
  • Farmhouse table
  • Vintage lighting
  • Galvanized metal
  • Light colors
  • Cozy fabrics
  • Reclaimed pieces

 

INTERIOR

The interior of a farmhouse-styled home can be instantly recognized for the comfort, natural materials, and vintage items. It’s full of charm and character, putting a slightly modern twist on simpler times. Hallmarks of farmhouse interiors often include painted wood planked walls, mix-matched furnishings, simple details, and a kitchen that is indeed, the heart of the home. Kitchens often feature a blend of open shelves and wood cabinetry.

Flooring is often wood, however, you may sometimes see a black and white checkered pattern or even terracotta tiles underfoot. Lighting is also important with farmhouse style. Fixtures are often vintage and plentiful, which offer style and function.

FURNITURE

Furniture varies in farmhouse style. While you can expect a lot of wood, you can also expect a variety of metals. Vintage or shabby chic furniture, with a rustic flair, is a signature of farmhouse style. A large farmhouse table is a must. Accompanying chairs vary from a similar rustic wood or a contrasting modern metal. When it comes to beds, four poster beds are just as popular as metal ones. In the bath, a footed bathtub is a common sight.

COLORS

Farmhouse colors are soft ones. Painted walls, even wood ones, are typically painted white. Other soft hues are layered in by way of accents. Decorative pillows, area rugs and small, painted pieces of furniture bring life to the foundation of pale, neutral shades.

TEXTURES & PATTERNS

Farmhouse textiles aren’t fussy. Fabrics are relaxed, comfortable, and inviting. Textures like cotton, burlap, leather, and patterns such as stripes, florals, and checks give an eclectic feel.  Area rugs are often used to soften wood floors and add visual interest.

Want to get that farmhouse style look in your home? Check back with us soon to see the HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Need a little inspiration? Stop by our Pinterest page to view our board on farmhouse charm.

Design Styles Defined: Bohemian

Think of Bohemian (“Boho”) design style like a mixed cocktail: one part shabby chic, one part eclecticism, topped off with a dash of artistic and theatrical vivaciousness–shaken, not stirred. Boho is witty, whimsical, and reflective of a free spirit. Boho lets you break away from trends and focus more on individuality. A style all its own, Boho is perfect for the person who has an old soul, a gypsy heart, and big dreams. Let’s take a look at some key elements that make this style so heartwarming.

Elements of Bohemian Design Style

Some typical elements of Boho style include:

  • Lack of trends (it’s a state of mind, rather than look)
  • An abundance of art
  • Boldness with color, texture and pattern
  • A nook to foster creativity
  • A beautifully decorated bed
  • Mixed–not matched–furnishings
  • Soft lighting
  • Lots of decorative accents

 

Interior

Bohemian interiors are full of life, culture, and interesting items for everyone to see. It embraces things that are relaxed, carefree , and sometimes, unusual. Decorative accents are proudly displayed, not hidden away. Boho interiors may share similarities with other spaces, but no two rooms are completely alike.

Furniture

Furniture within in bohemian space has generally been collected over time. Second hand and vintage items fit right into this design style. Each piece is special–often having a story to tell.

Colors

Warm, earthy tones are common in bohemian decorating, but that doesn’t mean there’s lack of color. In fact, color is a huge part of this design style, and these earthy tones, such as brown, terra cotta and gold, merely set the stage for the layers of color to come. Jewel tones, fiery oranges, and electric blues often take center stage. Metallics are often used in accents and white–as a stand-alone color–is typically non-existent.

Textures and Patterns

Boho style craves textures and patterns almost as much as it does color. Area rugs, hanging tapestries, and layers of throws are generally used to bring in lots of texture. Patterns are abundant and really have no rhyme or reason. If it speaks to you, then use it. Tribal, drawings, and vintage chic are just a few ways to describe the type of patterns found on fabrics and accents.

Transitional Style 101

Tran·si·tion·al [adj.] 1. Marriage of traditional and contemporary, equating to a classic, timeless design.

Love a worldly feel but with a modern touch? Enjoy color in moderation? If so, then you’ll love transitional design.

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Transitional style is a blend of traditional and contemporary design—a “just right” space for those who love the best of both. With the transitional style, you get a harmonious space—comfort and warmth blended with clean lines and understated colors. Transitional design gives you the freedom to refresh as needed without a complete overhaul.

Let’s take a look at what some of the building blocks are that make up this beautiful design style:

Tone-on-Tone Palettes: If you enjoy an abundance of color then this style won’t necessarily suit you. “Transitionalists” thrive on warm neutrals with subtle splashes of color here and there. Cream, taupe, khaki and gray, with the occasional hint of dark brown, are often the foundation of a transitional home. Patterns are appreciated, however, they are often understated.

Neutral Flooring: In a transitional space, flooring can be looked upon as the co-star in the room. It really doesn’t matter what the flooring material is–what matters more is that it’s subtle. Natural woods, stone, tile and neutral carpeting are all common flooring in transitional design.

Textural Touches: While colors aren’t relied upon to punch up the space, texture, is. A transitional interior generally consists of coarsely woven fabrics, natural fibers and a blend of shiny and matte finishes–all of which, bring in layers of visual interest.

Crisp Window Treatments: A transitional space is all about balance, especially when it comes to window treatments. You won’t find anything too elaborate, and you’ll rarely find windows bare. What you will find are elegant, yet simply dressed windows. Think basic panels, bamboo blinds, and neutral Roman shades.

Simple Silhouettes: Transitional furnishings are pretty straightforward in their appearance. Generally, there will be a combination of straight and curved lines. Furniture will be large enough to feel inviting, without being overwhelming to the space.

Minimal Accents: As with furnishings, transitional accents are simple yet nice. Artwork is typically framed and often on the larger size to fit the room and catch the eye. Lighting has strong, clean lines, which complements the other pieces within the space.

Serenity: The transitional design style is all about a calming environment. If something is causing discord, edit the space until it feels completely peaceful. The interior of a transitional home should fit together seamlessly to create a unified space.

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Interior Design Styles Defined: French Country

An artful balance of elegance and old-world flair, combined with a touch of nature, is what makes French country design so popular. Soft and refined, this style is sophisticated in an unassuming way, always proving to be warm, inviting and fresh.

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Elements of French Country Design Style

Here are some elements that contribute to the beauty of French country design:

  • Wood tones
  • Multiple fabric patterns
  • Colors derived from nature
  • Textural surfaces
  • Hand-painted and/or gently weathered furniture
  • Statement lighting
  • Fresh flowers and folk art

Interior

The interior of a French country home reflects the look and feel of southern France, which is beautiful, casual and relaxing. Furnishings have a rustic elegance, giving the space character and charm. Windows are adorned with ceiling-to-floor drapes or Roman shades, sometimes accented with fringe or lace. Lighting is decorative, yet functional—mainly chandeliers or hanging lanterns. Wood tones are predominant within the space, which contributes to its warmth. Textures are abundant and celebrated. Many accents have a purpose (i.e. wall-hung plates, baskets, candelabras, jugs, etc, that can actually be put to use), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a touch of whimsy. Folk art is quite popular within a French country home, but the most popular accent might have to be the colorful rooster.  Finally, one of the finishing touches you’re sure to find are flowers—specifically ones native to the location where the design style originated.

Furniture

Furnishings within a French country home are simple, yet stylish; elegant, yet functional. While French country pieces are predominantly unadorned, it isn’t uncommon to see items such as fruit, roosters or floral patterns to be hand-painted on them. When it comes to wood, oak or pine are often primary choices. Iron, metal, and leather are compatible choices for finishing off the look.

Colors

Colors in a French country home will often reflect nature. Subdued hues of blue, red, green and yellow are used frequently, as well as other neutral tones (and the occasional lavender accent). It’s these warm, neutral colors that create the relaxed and casual environment French country design style is known for.

Textures and Patterns

French country design relies heavily on visual depth. Texture is introduced into the space through surfaces like stone, stucco, plaster, metal, woven rugs, fluffy trim and distressed wood. In regards to fabric, several patterns are used. Popular ones include stripes, gingham, plaid, checks, and florals.

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