Living room

Ideas for creating inviting living spaces that are stylish, comfortable and functional for every occasion.

The Allure of Decorating with Glass Jars

Glass jars and canisters are making their way out of the kitchen and into other areas of the home as decorative display vessels. These highly versatile containers make the perfect decorative element in the living room, home office and bathroom.  They hold treasures, office supplies, soaps and are perfect for displaying collections and plants.  Available in a variety of...

Well Blended: Transitional Interior Design

Transitional is a blend of traditional and contemporary design style that results in interiors that are classic and timeless.  Transitional interior design presents a very clean and sophisticated room that complements a wide range of architectural styles. Upholstering traditional shapes and styles of furniture in contemporary fabrics is one way to make the transition.  Mixing contemporary furniture with traditional is...

Decorating with Purple

Purple is associated with royalty and spirituality.  Derived from red and blue, purple is both warm and cool, making it a highly versatile color to use in decorating.   Deep amethyst purple is sumptuous and mysterious, eliciting a regal air when applied to walls and furnishings.  Light lavender is romantic and feminine, lending a soft elegance to a room.  Decorating...

Creating an Outdoor Living Space

Creating an outdoor living space expands the home and provides extra room for entertaining or just relaxing in the sun or under the stars.  The appeal of the outdoors affects us all and having a well-designed space just steps away helps us to escape the hectic pace of our lives and breathe in the fresh air with style. When designating...

The Allure of Casual Elegance in Interior Design

  Casual elegance is an interior design style that is understated, warm and inviting.  It is the simple side of elegance.  Much like wearing pearls with jeans, casual elegance is comfortable with an edge of sophistication and refinement. Photo courtesy of BHG.com To achieve the look of casual elegance requires a balance of comfortable pieces with the more luxurious.  It requires a...

Versatile Decorating with Ottomans

From footstool to coffee table, from storage unit to extra seating; the ottoman is the ultimate in versatile accent furniture.  Ottomans come in all shapes and sizes and complement any room in the house. Placed in the living room, the ottoman serves as a place to prop up your feet and as extra seating when needed.  The ottoman as coffee...

Decorating with Blue and White

Cool, crisp, clean, fresh and time-honored is the appeal of blue and white.  Blue and white has long been a popular choice of color scheme for the home and exudes a charm all its own.  It is appropriate for any room in the house and falls right into the current blue trend.                 Left photo designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd...

A Lighter Touch – Decorating with Pastels

Photo above - designer Susan Glick If you are ready for a lighter, brighter home that embodies serenity and calm, consider pastels.  When you think pastels, broaden the scope to the more evolved pastels.  There is more to this color palette than just baby blue and pink.  Pastels are simply less saturated colors that can give a room a very...

Let Nature Inspire Your Home Decorating

Fresh.  Light.  Natural.  If these words describe the look and feel of the home you want, there is a place where you can get the inspiration needed to begin the process of turning your home into a space that is fresh, light and natural.  Simply look outside. Nature abounds with the materials, colors and textures you can bring into your...

Refresh Your Home for Summer and Create an Oasis

Sunshine and warm breezes beckon you to come outside and enjoy the summer.  Why not bring that taste of summer inside.  With just a few simple changes you can transform your home into a summer oasis and enjoy a brighter and more relaxed environment all season long.           Living room photo courtesy of Cote de Texas; Striped slipcover photo courtesy of...

Design Ideas for Waterside Homes

Outlined in this article are some of the expert solutions for living by the water. It can be near a mountain lake or in an ocean side cottage. Designers usually try to take the advantage of views but also take into account wind, salt, tide and water table. When it comes to designing, they try to give diversity of areas...

Various Ways to do Blanket Styling

No matter where you live, you're bound to have quite a number of blankets. Sometimes blankets can be bought for comfort, style or as a decor item. No matter which you choose for your blankets, there's bound to be one laying on your couch or a near-by chair. Rather than just throwing your blanket (or possible blankets) onto your...

Eclectic Tile Designs

Tiles are a quick and easy way to decorate your home without worrying about what a spilled drink or fallen spaghetti will do to it. Tiles are one of the best floors you can have in your home as they are sturdy, smooth and easy to clean or replace, unlike carpeting or hardwood floors.  Most homeowners just consider tiles...

Space Saving Pet Toy Storage Ideas

There comes a point when your lovable pet begins to create some pet peeves that will drive you bonkers. Most homeowners come to terms with several as they present themselves over time. What's the biggest pet peeve your adorable fur friend can cause? Well, let's just say it revolves around his unlikeliness to not only create many messes, but...

Tips for Finding the Perfect Rug

We've all been there: the wood has begun to splinter or the tiles are freezing cold in the winter and you're beginning to wonder if there is any way to save your feet from the elements while having a stylish floor. Carpeting seems to be too extreme, plus who wants to worry about staining a carpet? Refinishing the wood...

Pantry Hacks for an Organized Kitchen

Kitchens can be one of the most cluttered areas in the home. For those who live in an older home, this can be an even greater issue. There is not only minimal counter space for cooking, but storage is also an issue. You need room for food, spices, dish cleaning supplies and cooking ware. With a limited number of...

Fun Stripe Designs for your Wall

Not all homes are made of the same frame, shape or size, so why must all walls be of one color? Consider spicing up your living, dining, cooking or sleeping space with some vertical or horizontal stripes to add flair. You can add stripes to just one wall or all of your walls to create a unique and inviting...

Valentine’s Day Decor to Set the Mood

There are plenty of ways to heighten the feeling of love for this Valentine's Day season, some of which you can incorporate into your home design. Whether you want some simple fixes or to go all out, there is some Valentine's Day decor that can create the ambiance you want.                      ...
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