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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 Again, styles like Farmhouse are putting a fresh spin on those colors once considered boring or outdated.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.

5 Ways You Can Create Farmhouse Style in Your Home

Whether you watch HGTV or not, you’ve probably heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Although they’ve been in business for years, it was their show, Fixer Upper, that turned them into a household name. Strong in their faith, and adorable kids to boot, this talented couple turns not-so-glamorous houses into homes of beauty. Now, with their relaunch of Magnolia Home Market–now open to the public–people everywhere are able to access charming pieces with farmhouse flair–a decorating style near and dear to Joanna. What is farmhouse style and how can you create the look in your own home? Let’s find out.

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Farmhouse Style–in a Nutshell

Farmhouse interiors are all about the simple details. Somewhere between rustic and shabby chic, farmhouse style is about less fuss and more comfort, with ease. This reemerging style tends to appeal to those looking to reconnect with simpler times. At the foundation, its color scheme is neutral–lots of white walls–with accents of other soft, yet colorful hues layered on top. Elements that make this design style so special and unique include rustic and reclaimed wood, tried and true metals, and vintage-like pieces (especially lighting). Over the years, this style has evolved into a design style that anyone can add to their interiors. No farmhouse or acreage required. Here are 5 ways you can create that charming and comforting farmhouse style anywhere.

How To Get the Look

1. Embrace wood. Wood brings warmth and beauty to any space. Because of its abundance and accessibility, it’s easy–now more than ever–to use in your decor.  The more rustic, the better. Pieces of furniture and hardwood floors are easy ways to get farmhouse charm without having to renovate your entire home. Scrapes and scuffs tell a story about the house, so think twice before buffing them out. To keep with true farmhouse fashion, paint wood wall paneling white.

2. Use relaxed fabrics. In past years, textiles were often handmade or passed down through the generations. The mixing and matching give the room an eclectic, lived-in feel. Linen, cotton, burlap, gingham, stripes, and plaid all make excellent choices for farmhouse living.

3. Focus on cooking and dining areas. In farmhouse style, the kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. Apron-front sinks, wood countertops, and solid cabinetry (often including open shelving) are surefire ways to embrace the look. Some ceramic accessories, mason jar flower vases, and chunky cutting boards are good substitutes when the budget is limited. Farmhouses were meant for entertaining, so when it comes to the dining area, only one thing will suffice: the iconic farm table. To keep with the mix-and-match motto, surround it with a collection of eclectic chairs.

4. Bring in vintage light fixtures. Rustic chandeliers, vintage pendants, and classic lanterns are perfect lighting choices for farmhouse design. Light fixtures have come a long way and there is an abundance of styles to choose from.

5. Lighten the color palette. Farmhouse design is all about being light and bright. White walls typically set the stage for everything else within the space. If dark wood paneling is present in low-lighted areas, it is often painted white as well. Since you can’t undo paint on a wood wall, be confident in your decision.

Can’t get enough of farmhouse style? Need some decorating inspiration? Check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

 

 

Pantone’s Top Color Picks for Fall 2016

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It’s that time again–that time of year when Pantone releases its top color picks for the new season. Pantone’s color choices tend to define the upcoming season, and this year’s batch is so beautiful, we can hardly wait for autumn to officially arrive.

According to the color authority, this 10-color palette inspired by “tranquility, strength, and optimism,” acts as “playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.” Let’s take a look at the colors that will dominate the fall season and how you can use them in your home.

Riverside

Not too serious, not too bright, but just right. Riverside is just as cool and calming as it is strong and stable. Blues cover a wide range, reaching both fun and sophistication, and this particular shade of blue is definitely a unique balance of both. Riverside certainly takes the lead in this season’s palette so don’t hesitate to try it anywhere.

Airy Blue

Airy Blue is a bit like Serenity, one of Pantone’s colors of the year. If you want to lighten up a heavy-looking space, then this color will do it. Consider using it in a bedroom on walls or on linens. To enhance the look, pair it with Lush Meadow, Warm Taupe or Dusty Cedar.

Sharkskin

Gray is the new beige–and this hue serves as a stunning neutral. It’s easy to pair with practically any color, but especially with the other nine in this fall palette. Use it on your walls, floors, or furniture to help your favorite colors pop.

Aurora Red

Warm, exciting, confident, and pleasing to the eye–these are just some of the words that come to mind when looking at this dynamic color. Use Aurora Red in the kitchen or dining area. Or better yet, somewhere completely unexpected like a powder room. For an easy seasonal update, consider some accent pillows in this hue.

Warm Taupe

Taupe is timeless–and this year’s pick will give you an organic and grounded look. Use as a backdrop for other colors within the palette by keeping it on the walls, the floors, or on a piece of furniture.

Dusty Cedar

A deeper take on the shades of pink we often see in spring. This hue is warm and welcoming. Consider it somewhere in the entryway, like on a bench cushion, accent chair, or floor runner.

Lush Meadow

An elegant green that brings nature to mind. Consider adding this rich and sophisticated color to your home by way of window drapery or knit throws.

Spicy Mustard

This spicier and zestier version of traditional yellow can easily uplift a space. Because of its unusual shade, use it in smaller doses. Think a table lamp, picture frames, and other accessories.

Potter’s Clay

A strong color that can be best described as a russet orange–a color typically expected this time of year. Use on accent pillows, throws, accessories, or a lampshade to bring in a pop of autumn.

Bodacious

Although a color such as this is unexpected in fall, it doesn’t make it any less fitting. Surprisingly versatile, this color can pair up with pinks and reds, making it a color that will most definitely make a statement when used. Test the waters by keeping the color on localized to accessories or dive right in by having an accent chair or ottoman upholstered in it.