Posts Tagged ‘Practical Tips’

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.

How to Achieve the Look of Timeless Design in Your Home


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.




Creating a Study Space Your Kids Will Love


Summer goes by so fast–and before you know it, it’s time to gear the kids back up for school. No matter what type of schooling your family does, a designated study area can be beneficial. With ample space, the proper tools, and some personalized design, schoolwork can seem more fun and less like a chore. Here are some tips for creating a study space your kids will love.

Color Them with Inspiration

Colors affect our moods dramatically–so it’s certainly a factor that shouldn’t be overlooked in a kid’s study space. Vibrant colors are a must–but don’t feel the need to saturate the space. A colorful reading nook, patterned window treatments, a bright bookcase, and multihued rugs on the floor are just some ideas that will give the area a whimsical feel that makes homework feel less burdensome.

Provide Ample Storage and Supplies

Having the tools of the trade, such as storage and supplies, make getting jobs like schoolwork easier. Chalkboards, bulletin boards, generous shelving, and organizers are some tools that will enable your child to be more successful when it comes schoolwork. Additionally, having enough supplies on hand (glue, scissors, pencils, etc) for each child will allow them to be more efficient. Keep in mind that organization products don’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, you may already have things around the house that can be used–like a pitcher for scissors and rulers or a mug or mason jar to hold pens and pencils. For bigger storage solutions, scout out places like thrift stores for anything that can be spruced up or shop stores like Ikea who offer cool solutions for very reasonable prices.

Make it Individual

As kids get older, they require more space. This is where individual workstations come into play. Each workspace should be fully functional so that the child can get their work done. If possible, try to tailor the space to their personality to make it a bit more fun. A funky lamp, a framed photo, and even a desk chair in their favorite color are just some ideas on how you can make their workspace seem a little special.

If there’s extra square footage in the study area, create a comfy spot to stretch out on. It can be as unique as a custom piece of furniture, such as a chair, sofa, or ottoman to something more simple–like a cushioned window seat covered in a fabric they love or even a beanbag chair in the corner.

Keep it Quiet

Noise makes it hard to concentrate, so make sure your study area has a door that can be closed to block out distractions. This becomes more difficult if the study area is part of a multifunctional room. In circumstances like this, try tweaking the schedule so the kids have a block of quiet time where they can focus.






5 Steps that Will Make your Home Makeover Easier



Have a redecorating project on the horizon but aren’t sure where or how to start? Here are 8 steps that will help you navigate the process.

1. Set a budget and a timeline.

It’s never a good thing to start a project without being fully aware of how much money you can spend or how long you have to accomplish it. Without a budget and a timeline in place, you leave yourself vulnerable to all sorts of problems, including unexpected overspending and delayed completion. To stay on track, put your deadline and allowable dollar amount in writing–and stick to it! It’s also a good idea to keep a running log of purchases, fees, etc, so you remain aware of what’s left to spend.

2. Evaluate your needs and lifestyle.

Needs are not the same as wants–so be sure to evaluate closely and prioritize. Make a list that includes these needs, as well as the work you want to do. Once you have your completed list, rank them based on importance. Be sure to get the family involved since it’s their home, too.

Another thing to do with the list is to identify any pieces of furniture that must stay in your home.  Anything that can go, should go. If you can’t sell it, consider donating or gifting it to a friend or extended family member.

3. Sketch out a plan.

This step is more important when it comes to large projects. However, if new furniture or even a new configuration of old furniture is part of the plan, sketching out your idea can be incredibly helpful. To ensure furnishing fit properly, measure each area and then mark those measurements on your sketch. The last thing you want is to purchase a piece of furniture that’s too big or too small for the space.

4. Start with the big. Finish with the little.

As you fill the space, work your way from large to small. Big-impact items like furniture and wall color are good places to start. Next, move onto things such as area rugs, window treatments, and light fixtures. Finally, you can then move onto the smaller decorative accessories.

5. Expect the unexpected.

There’s no reason to fill up every nook and cranny. Instead, leave room for the unexpected things you may come across later on. Being flexible (and having the room to do so) will allow you to make your home truly yours.