Pastels for Your Home and Closet

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If you asked me how I felt about pastels five years ago, I would have shuddered at the thought. But now, my outlook is the complete opposite—I can’t get enough of them! So, what inspired the change? The modern ways they are being used! The pastels we knew growing up – ‘80s floral and wicker furniture – were stale and passé. Now, they are used in subtle ways that bring a refreshing and updated feel to the look. The spring trend is on point for both fashion and the home. Let’s see how they can be used successfully.

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Get the Look: Playful Chinoiserie

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Chinoiserie is a decorating style that has been with us for centuries, but it still feels fresh even when used in the present day (that is, depending on how it’s used). The dining room above could easily become traditional, ornately feminine, or even a bit stuffy, but the mix of bright colors and clean lines in the furnishings and accessories keep it playful and modern. You can get a similar look with the items below.

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Art Collections: Adding Dimension to Your Hallway

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Have you ever wondered what to do with a long, boring hallway? Sometimes furniture can fit, but many times the space is just too narrow. If you’re like me, you don’t want to have a thoughtfully styled home with bare hallways. So what do you do? The best and easiest hallway decorating idea is to create an art collection. It doesn’t take up space, it adds color and dimension, and it allows you to showcase art and photography that represent your personality.

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Microwave Madness: Creative Homes for the Microwave Oven

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Ah, the microwave oven—where would we be without it? It’s one of those indispensible kitchen appliances that are taken for granted in the modern home. But sometimes kitchens can’t accommodate the many conveniences that today’s gadgets provide. Let’s face it, there isn’t always enough counter space for all that great gear—and microwaves aren’t small. So let’s look at some ideas that help to clear that monster off your counters.

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8 Ways to Embrace the New Boho

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Boho refers to a style represented by people who reject traditional trends and embrace a nomadic and artistic lifestyle. It can be reflected through both clothing and the home. Though it dates back to the 1800s, it became widely popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s, then again in the mid 2000s. The style has evolved to an elevated class, taking on a combination of ethnic and modern elements. Here’s how to achieve the new boho look in your home.

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Showoffs: Exposed Ventilation Ducts

Showoffs: Exposed Ventilation Ducts

As those of you who’ve been reading my posts for a while know, I’m a big fan of using unadorned materials in interior décor. I love when design incorporates items that serve a purpose and don’t need to be covered up or disguised. I suppose it’s a deconstructive take on “form follows function”. When I find great examples of this, I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Today, I’m taking a look at exposed ventilation ducts—something I live with every day in my own home.

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How to Incorporate Open Shelves in Your Kitchen

How to Incorporate Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

A trend that we see popping up everywhere is open shelving in the kitchen. It’s not a brand new concept, but one that is being embraced more and more. Some homeowners are all about it, but some don’t see the need. It does seem to limit storage space. So why do we love this trend?

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Decorating with Quirky Accesories

Decorating with Quirky Accesories

To me, a perfectly designed space means nothing if there’s no demonstration of personality. Showing your personality in a room can be done in a number of ways, but my favorite way is through accessories—it’s what takes a plain, boring space and makes it shine. By identifying the types of things that make you happy you can discover how to create a space that reflects you.

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13 Metallic Accessories to Bling Your Home With

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Hooray! Metallics are still dominating the trends! I hope it never ends because they’re the perfect neutral with a touch of glamour and pop. Metallics are chameleons in that they are very versatile and can be used in a variety of styles and paired with various colors. The perfect way to get in on the trend is to add some accessories into your space. They will freshen it up without breaking the bank. Here’s how to do it.

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5 Decks to Inspire Your Outdoor Oasis

5 Decks to Inspire Your Outdoor Oasis

Nothing says summer living like a beautiful deck. Decks are what lazy weekend BBQs are made of (or, more accurately, made on). No matter the size or design, a deck can create an enjoyable outdoor living space with only a few key pieces – comfortable furniture, soft lighting, and potted plants.

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