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Night Lights: Best Bedside Lamps

Night Lights: Best Bedside Lamps

Image: Room&Board  Whenever you deal with someone who tries to give advice on the “best” of anything, you already know it’s going to be a subjective call. So, in order to qualify my list of best bedside lamps, I thought I’d provide some criteria. In other words, these are the qualities I look for in  Continue Reading »

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8 Creative Designs for Your Nursery

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Image: Miluccia  Nurseries are one of the toughest rooms to design. Why? It seems like it would be piece of cake! Well, it’s hard to design a room that’s functional for a baby’s needs (and parents’ too!) while not looking too gimmicky, matchy, or cheesy, all of my pet peeves! To me, a lovely nursery  Continue Reading »

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More Than Meets the Eye: Great Uses for Floating Shelves

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Some things are simply self-evident. The sky is blue, fire is hot, and shelves store stuff. Or shelves display stuff. Or shelves help organize stuff. My point is that—at least on the surface of the subject—there’s really nothing new to discover about shelves. Or is there? I started taking a look at shelves – floating shelves, specifically – and found that there’s actually more than meets the eye when it comes to the kinds of things you can do with floating shelves. Here’s what I discovered:

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Hexagon Tile Floors in the Bathroom

Hexagon Tile Floors in the Bathroom

Image: Badrumsdrommar Bathrooms have become masterpieces in their own right. Great bathroom design, in a well designed home, is like foam to a perfect latte. It should go hand in hand. I’ve been working on a few bathroom remodels and both are taking my breath away. And can I tell you what my favorite detail  Continue Reading »

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Graffiti It: Graffiti as Wall Decoration

Graffiti It: Graffiti as Wall Decoration

Trends come and go; that’s why they’re called trends. Art is subjective—in the eye of the beholder, if you will—and that’s one of the great things about art: you’re either affected by something or you’re not. One person’s spray-painted abomination is another person’s perfect expression of self. So, when an artistic genre – like graffiti – becomes an interior design trend you can count on lines being drawn and people taking sides.

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8 Ways to Decorate with Garlands

8 Ways to Decorate with Garlands

No longer just for parties, garlands can add polish, sophistication, whimsy and fun to your home. But it’s all in the application! Some garlands read temporary while others may stay for the long haul, depending on the materials and purpose. Some of my favorite garland applications are a temporary floral piece on a doorway like the top image, or a more long-term garland like the ones below. Read on to see some beautiful and inspiring garland ideas for your home.

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Creative Ways to Use Decorative Bulbs

Creative Ways to Use Decorative Light Bulbs

Now and then I’ll see a photo on some site or other that shows something interior design related that I think is so AWESOME and I CAN’T WAIT to try it myself. Recently I saw a terrific kitchen renovation online that had lighting consisting of simple sockets hanging from black cords; what made them AMAZING was the decorative bulbs used with the plain fixtures. Those bulbs made all the difference in the world and I COULDN’T WAIT to give that a whirl in my own home. (Okay, I’ll stop with the yelling; you just need to know how exited I get some times about this stuff.) Problem was, I didn’t have any fixtures that would lend themselves to the extra cool factor of using decorative bulbs. So, as usual, I decided I wanted to post about it so that all of you could benefit from my excitement, even if I can’t.

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Back to School Projects to Make for the Home

6 Back to School Projects

Sadly, back to school time is approaching, which means… back to school shopping! Hooray! In addition to an updated wardrobe, back to school preparation should consist of anticipating your needs within your living space to best fit your academic necessities. This might consist of a special writing station or electronic dock to charge your electronics. There are a number of projects that you can make yourself to fulfill your organizing and studying needs. Here is a collection of some of my favorites, from the simplest of projects to the more complex.

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The Best of Caesarstone’s Blizzard in the Kitchen

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The Best of Caesarstone’s Blizzard in the Kitchen

If you’ve been following along on my articles over the past year and a half, you will have noticed my frequent proclamation that white is the color for today’s kitchen. And this is coming from a girl who loves excessive patterns and colors! To me, nothing feels more refreshing and hygienic than white details with the cupboards and countertops. It’s like it’s begging for food to be placed on it. Plus, I find that white acts as a beautiful canvas for the food, especially if you’re into presenting the food to guests. Caesarstone has one of my favorite shades of white for countertops: Blizzard. It’s not stark and has a touch of warmness to it (despite the name) that evades throughout the space. Here are some of my favorite kitchens that use Caesarstone’s Blizzard.

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How to Incorporate Colorful Cabinets into Your Bathroom

Colorful Bathroom Cabinets

If you are like most homeowners or renters, your desire for great design and your budget don’t always line up. I’ve lived in a few homes that had great pros, but also had big cons. One major con always had to do with the bathrooms, usually in the form of ‘90s oak or ‘80s cherry. Of course my first desire was to replace the cabinets. But after looking at my budget realistically, I quickly decided that new cabinets weren’t the right answer. Enter painted cabinets.

A fresh coat of paint can instantly revive old, worn cabinets. After a good priming and painting, your bathroom will look good as new. And what colors should you consider? Bright, cheery colors are in trend right now. And with paint, once you’ve grown tired of a color, you just re-paint.

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