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Linen: An Essential Fabric for Your Home

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If you haven’t given linen much thought, today is a great day to start. One of the oldest-known fibers to man, linen has so much to offer, yet it is often overlooked as a decorating fabric. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this fabric a perfect choice for the interior of your home.

The Special Traits of Linen

Linen is known for its beauty, comfort, and durability, but there are other traits that make it so special. Here are some traits you may not be aware of:

It’s eco-friendly.

Linen is composed of flax, which is biodegradable and recyclable. Additionally, flax produces no waste and requires less water, pesticides, and energy to process.

It regulates body temperature.

Linen evaporates moisture and it naturally insulates. What does that mean? It means you’ll stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

It can heal.

Really! Linen can actually aid in healing your body. It can help reduce or eliminate skin irritations, detoxify the air, and can even provide more relaxation to your nervous, muscular and cardiovascular system. Linen is also anti-microbial and resistant to fungi.

It has longevity.

Linen is a fiber that lasts a long time. Not only is it incredibly strong, it’s great at repelling dirt and retaining its color. Additionally, it doesn’t stretch and manages to stay tough even though it softens over time.

How to Use Linen in Your Home

Linen is extremely versatile, which makes it easy to use in a variety of ways. For the home, consider using linen in the following ways:

  • On the windows. Linen is perfect for beautifully casual window treatments.
  • On your bed. Linen can keep you comfortable at night in all seasons.
  • On furniture. Linen is ideal for a comfortable slipcover.
  • In the bathroom. Change out that old shower curtain for a linen one dyed in a fun color.
  • At the table. Linen can dress up a table effortlessly.
  • Over a light fixture. Consider recovering a tired lampshade with linen.

 

Ready to add linen to your home? If so, stop by our showroom or browse our gorgeous selection of linen fabrics online. We have a variety of linen and linen blends that will add extra beauty to your home.

5 Practical Ways to Hygge Your Home

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He’s doing it. She’s doing it. You may even be doing it without even knowing about it.

I’m talking about hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Nordic mindset of finding more meaningfulness and beauty in the most ordinary of things and/or moments in life. In English, this could be equated with the term, ‘coziness’. You may already be the type of person who truly appreciates simplicity. You may even have already embraced this way of life in your home. For those who haven’t, however, here are 5 practical ways you can hygge in your home.

1. Keep it simple. Scandinavian interiors are typically minimalistic in design. To get that true sense of coziness, tame the clutter, keeping only things of real use or the things that bring you real joy.

2. Think sustainably. The hygge way of life has a deep appreciation for nature, which includes things of nature, as well as things created from nature. Houseplants and natural materials are great places to start. Since going green isn’t a new trend, bringing more eco-friendly products into your home shouldn’t be difficult.

3. Make it personal. It’s much easier to be cozy in a space where the items have meaning. The value of something often stems from the memories attached to it. Shop selectively, purchasing more items that have a story to go with them. If you have handmade furnishings, or furnishings of sentimental value, even better.

4. Light it up. Dim the harsh overhead lights–or skip them altogether. Instead, focus your attention to the soft glow of flickering candles. For a cozier effect, vary the heights. But remember to be careful, placing candles in safe areas. To keep it eco-friendly, shop for candles made of organic soy or beeswax.

5. Immerse yourself in good company. We all need our alone time, but when it comes to hygge, moments are more meaningful when shared with those we care about. Set the table for an intimate breakfast or dinner, or simply have people over for drinks and good conversation. When friends and family are nearby, you’ll be experiencing hygge at its finest.

7 Hot Decorating Trends of 2017

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With each new year comes new trends for the home. After scouring various design blogs, catalogs, Pinterest boards, and Instagram feeds, these are 5 of the hottest home decorating trends we found for the new year.

Green, In Any Shade

If you haven’t heard, Pantone announced that Greenery is the color of the year for 2017. The color green is lively and organic, often having a dramatic impact on people yearning to reconnect with simpler times. You can expect to see it–and a multitude of other green tones–pop up in rooms everywhere. From emerald to chartreuse, in big ways and small, green is going to be a popular pick this year.

Farmhouse Style

While Farmhouse style isn’t new, it has certainly been revived thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper. This country-chic style, with its shiplap, muted tones, and funky textures, is taking the nation by storm and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Texture

Texture plays an essential role in making the interior of a home feel more inviting. With design styles like Farmhouse mentioned above, we are starting to see the importance of textures becoming even more widely recognized.  Textures range from furniture to light fixtures to raw woods and textiles, such as rugs and pillows. This year, the more the better.

Muted Neutrals

Muted neutral colors will be just as popular as shades of green this year. Again, styles like Farmhouse are putting a fresh spin on those colors once considered boring or outdated. Keep your eyes peeled for whites, beiges, soft grays, smoky blues, and even blush pinks. Colors like these will have your interior looking spot on for the months ahead.

Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Nordic mindset of finding more meaningfulness and beauty in the most ordinary of things and/or moments in life. In English, this could be equated with the term, ‘coziness’. To get that cozy feeling the Danes adore in your own home, light some candles, pull out the throws, pour yourself a hot beverage, and hunker down until spring arrives.

Matte Appliances

If you haven’t made the switch to stainless steel appliances just yet, you’re in luck! This year, it’s all about matte finishes. Instead of being distracted by sheen, people are able to truly focus on the design of the room as well as the object itself. GE’s Slate collection has a brushed metal finish that’s actually fingerprint-resistant!

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles have made a big comeback. You’ve probably seen this tile style used quite a bit on HGTV’s Fixer Upper–but because of their versatility, they complement a variety of other design styles. While subway tiles are a classic choice, they don’t necessarily have to be used in a classic way. For example, one popular spin is to use darker grout with simple white. Not only does it make a more prominent focal point, dirt is less likely to show. Subway tiles are affordable and come in a variety of colors and finishes, making them a perfect choice for everyone–even those on a budget.

 

 

 

 

 

6 Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

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Even if you’ve had a mild winter, there’s something about spring that gets us excited. From extra sunshine to greenery all in bud, spring has some much to offer. Here are some ways you can connect with nature and bring some of the freshness of the season into your home.

Give your living room a color makeover. Replace those winter hues with a lighter, spring-inspired palette. If you have heavy window treatments, take them down and hang up something like curtains in an airy fabric or a lightweight shade instead. Change out accent pillows, repaint the walls (or just a single one), and look for some new accessories in softer colors.

Grow a herb garden. A few potted herbs on a window sill (or counter) not only look great, they give you an opportunity to expand your culinary skills.

Roll up the rugs. If you have a lot of area rugs in your home, consider rolling a few of them up. After a long season of thick wool socks and warm, cushy rugs, a bare floor can be a treat for your feet.

Pretty up your porch or patio. Whether you love to entertain or not, prettying up your porch or patio is a great way to embrace spring. Pot some plants, recover seat cushions with new fabric, hang up a hammock, or simply add a mirror or some string lights–any little touches can make a big improvement.

Fill vases with fresh flowers or greenery. What says spring more than flowers? It doesn’t really matter if you pick up a small bouquet from the grocery store or handpick some from your very own garden–filling vases, decorative bottles, or even mason jars, are a great way to add pops of spring throughout your home. Fresh cut leaves with long stems are another option. Anything green will work, really–just do what makes you happy.

Open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Seriously, simply opening the windows after a long season of cold can do wonders for your mood. Not only will it air out your home, it will allow you to soak in the sounds and smells that this refreshing season brings.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

12 Simple Holiday Decorating Tips

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The holidays are a time to be enjoyed, but all too often people find themselves in a rush to decorate their homes perfectly. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to get your home holiday-ready–seriously! In fact, you can create an abundance of cheer easily. Here are some tips to help you out.

1. Use what you already have. Create a unique color palette by using what you’ve got right there at home. There’s no rule that says the only holiday colors you can use are red and green!

2. Change the candlesticks. Swap out your current candlesticks for festive ones fitting for the holiday. Match them with your table linens if possible for an extra splash of style.

3. Decorate with sweet treats. Create a vignette of sweet treats such as candy canes, cupcakes, and chocolate kisses in various glass containers (i.e. cake plates, apothecary jars, etc) on a section of countertop.

4. Add personal touches with fabrics. Sew up a festive pillow cover or simply cut out shapes of snowflakes, birds or angels to nestle into a tree or wreath. Tip: For outdoor use, opt for felt or something synthetic–both are durable enough to withstand the cold elements.

5. Display ornaments in bowls. Glass ball ornaments in a bowl are not only simple, it looks good and doesn’t cost much.

6. Spread out sprigs of green. Sprigs of pine tree needles can add some holiday cheer when tucked in unexpected areas.

7. Use presents as decor. Take some of your holiday presents and arrange them artfully in other areas of the home. You could even wrap up some empty boxes with plain brown paper and string for a classic look.

8. Merry up your mailbox. Wrap a pretty swag of pine around your mailbox post is simple yet pretty–especially when you enhance it with pinecones and red accents.

9. DIY ornaments. Take some plain ball ornaments and get to work with some glue, glitter, buttons, beads, seashells–or whatever else will hint at past memories.

10. Hang mini wreaths indoors. A large wreath is beautiful on the front door, but why not add some of that fragrant beauty inside? Mini fir wreaths hung from windows in sitting areas are certainly festive. If it’s color you seek, opt for mini cranberry wreaths.

11. Choose glittering accents. Surfaces that catch the light will easily add sparkle to the room.

12. Have a Santa nearby. No matter how you decorate your home, there’s one guy your home shouldn’t be left without–Santa Claus!

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.

 

 

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.