Taking the Inside Outdoors

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I could live outside in the summer! Seriously. I could spend my mornings and evenings totally outside. There is nothing better than enjoying pleasant weather while eating your favorite meal or relaxing on comfortable furniture. That is why the outdoor living space is such a cool concept. You are creating a space completely outdoors that have the qualities that you need from the interior. For instance, if you love eating as a family, create an outdoor dining room. I personally love lounging at night so an outdoor living space is perfect for me.

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Underfoot: Using Pattern on the Floor

Underfoot: Using Pattern on the Floor

I always love it when I feel like I’ve just discovered something new. Of course, usually my latest discovery is only new to me and is old hat to many others. But that seldom matters in the long run since I’m still energized by whatever the finding is. Today I’m taking a look at using pattern on the floor—not something that in and of itself is new to me, but I’ve begun to view this as a kind of “secret sauce” of interior design, the extra something that can set a room apart.

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7 Beautiful Ways to Use Pegboard

7 Beautiful Ways to Use Pegboard

The practical pegboard has become quite popular recently and is being used in ways that I couldn’t have foreseen. Some of it is simply beautiful! Though I always considered this material to be a bit boring and too practical for my taste, I’m now reconsidering after seeing some clever ideas spring out. I’m thinking it would be perfect placed in an office or kitchen. Here are some beautiful ways to use pegboard in different environments.

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Designing Creative Shared Spaces for Kids

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Sharing a room with a sibling used to feel like a real bummer, but with endless creative ways to design shared spaces, these days, kids seem to be squealing over rooming together.

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7 Minimal Rustic Interiors

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Though I live in the mountains, my style doesn’t necessarily reflect my environment. That said, I love a touch of rustic décor in a more minimal interior, which means loads of white with a touch of natural wood. That touch of rustic adds a sense of coziness and warmth to what could be a cold space. Here are some of my favorite minimal rustic interiors and how to achieve the look.

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In the Hood: Stylish Kitchen Vent Hoods

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Image: Jon Snyder for Dwell It’s the overused, under-praised kitchen appliance. It can be quietly beautiful or stand out like a sore—and very noisy—thumb. It helps you rid the kitchen of unwanted smells. In my house, it often is what keeps our dog sane, since without it, the smoke detectors might be going off with  Continue Reading »

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The Best Houseplants for Bathrooms

Bringing the Outside In: Plants in the Bathroom

I am all about bringing the outdoors in. It immediately adds a sense of nature and beauty. Sometimes a room can feel boring, and the moment you add a plant, it feels right and complete. Most people don’t think about adding plants to the bathroom. It’s a beautiful thing! Even just one plant, like in the bathroom seen above, can make a huge difference. And not mention it does bring a spa like feel to your bathroom.

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X Marks the Spot: Furniture with “X” Legs

X Marks the Spot: Furniture with “X” Legs

Have you ever had the experience of suddenly becoming aware of—and suddenly seeing a lot of examples of—something new or different, then wondering how you never noticed this “new” thing before? I think most of us have experienced this. It happened to me again recently after seeing an image of a piece of X-leg furniture. Of course, I’ve been aware of the X-leg for years, but that particular design feature had somehow faded into the background and I was not noticing it so much. Then, suddenly, there it was—seemingly everywhere! And I quickly decided that it’s one of my favorite elements, and that we should look at some examples together.

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Swing into Summer: Modern Patio Swings

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For a season, it seemed porch and patio swings were a thing of the past. If you did happen upon the occasional one, it likely looked like it was hanging around from days gone by. However, patio swings have made a comeback in many modern ways.

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7 Inspirational Reading Nooks

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Image: Remodelista Is there anything cozier than a reading nook? It screams, “Grab a blanket and snuggle up with a good book.” It’s a dream of mine to someday have enough space and light where that is an option. Sadly, that time is not now, but reading nooks do not have to be a luxury  Continue Reading »

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