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HOW TO CREATE A COASTAL CHIC OUTDOOR SPACE

HOW TO CREATE A COASTAL CHIC OUTDOOR SPACE

The beautiful thing about creating a coastal outdoor space in your own backyard is that you can forgo all the planning, tedious packing and large crowds. Instead, your dream destination is just a few steps away and always ready for you to indulge in the comfort of your own private space. Follow our tips and you’ll soon be relaxing in an outdoor beachy paradise you can call your own.

#1. START WITH THE BASICS

It’s easy to get carried away shopping for the little decor pieces you love, but you’ll make the most out of your space if you choose the large core furniture items first. To create an outdoor space that speaks to you, think about how you plan to use it. If you love entertaining, a sofa set with a fire pit table offers plenty of room to gather ‘round and enjoy the crackling flames. If you’re more of a low-key weekender, a small patio chat set or hammock might work best for you. Regardless of the style or size, resin wicker is a classic beach-inspired choice you can’t go wrong with.

#2. ADD VIBRANT COLORS

To evoke a seaside vibe, pair classy neutrals with pops of fresh color. Navy blue, turquoise, teal, coral and minty green are gorgeous hues for a coastal chic space. No matter your furniture choices, it’s easy to add color with outdoor throw pillows or low-maintenance indoor/outdoor area rugs. If you really want to go bold, consider painting an exterior wall in a coordinating color with your decorative pieces.

#3. STAND OUT WITH A SHIPLAP WALL

Shiplap has risen in popularity for a reason—it exudes a cozy, beach-cottage feel that’s perfect for your coastal-themed patio space. While you can get away with a faux shiplap wall for interior spaces, we recommend using real shiplap for exterior walls. And as for color? You can never go wrong with white. Or consider a soft beige or a soothing blue for that extra-special touch.

#4. SET THE MOOD WITH LIGHTING

Lighting can make or break a space, so don’t leave ambient lighting out of the equation. String lights are a popular choice for their nostalgic feel and affordability. You can drape one or two lines over your seating area, or cover your entire patio ceiling—either way, the results are pretty magical come night time. If you’re not a fan of string lights, consider LED light strips you can adhere flush to the ceiling, or add an outdoor ceiling fan to make hot summers more enjoyable.

#5. ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE

Is it really a full ensemble without a few accent pieces? Give your outdoor space some love with accessories that serve equal parts style and function. Wicker style baskets have a beachy feel, all while neatly compartmentalizing loose items like outdoor throws and children’s toys. If extra storage is a priority, consider a bar cart to hold drinks for happy hour. Decor like faux window frames, surfboards or wall art give your space a personal touch.

#6. PERFECT IT WITH PLANTS

And finally, make sure to create a picture-perfect finish by adding a natural element. Fresh greenery will make your outdoor area look like a lush paradise, and they can do wonders for lifting your mood. To tie it all back to a beachy theme, consider pairing your plants with clear vials filled with sand and collected seashells from past beach outings.

So, did we hit the mark on coastal chic style? As always, we’d love to see your ideas and creations. Make sure to snap a picture of your outdoor space and share it with the hashtag #MyAshleyHome for a chance to be featured. 

 

 

 

 

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How To Grow Your Very Own Indoor Herb Garden – Tips And Ideas

How To Grow Your Very Own Indoor Herb Garden – Tips And Ideas

There’s nothing like cooking with fresh ingredients and while you might not be able to grow your own vegetables indoors, there’s always room for fresh herbs. That’s why we think everyone should have their very own indoor herb garden. It’s easy to maintain and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. You can grow the herbs in pots which you can keep out on the balcony or even in the kitchen.

Curious what herbs you can grow indoors? We’d be happy to mention a few. The most common ones include parsley, mint, lemongrass, dill, chives, cilantro, sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil but also lemon balm, chervil, garden cress and even catnip. Some need shallow container, some can adjust themselves to grow in small pots and some require plenty of soil so do a bit of research before planting. After that, you can start thinking of how you’ll be displaying and storing the herbs and that’s where we can help the most. Check out some of the cutest and most practical and stylish indoor herb garden ideas we could find in the examples below.

DIY ideas

 

Every little bit of space is precious, especially in areas like the kitchen so there’s no point in wasting any when you can hang your herb garden and leave the counter for prepping and other activities. You can create a simple hanging planter system yourself using a wooden rod and some rope. You can find a tutorial for that on bunker and you can use it not just for herbs but for indoor plants in general.

 

A really cute idea can be to plant herbs in matching pots of different colors and to group them all up on shelves or to organize them in a way similar to what you can find on abeautifulmess. This simple system keeps the planters neatly and practically organized in trays on two tiers. You can put together the frame yourself and you can adjust the measurements according to your own preferences.

A wall-mounted herb garden would be a very practical idea too. You can build a frame out of wood and the design is simple and lets you easily add this planter system to any room of the house. Installation is easy as well and the possibilities for customization are numerous. For instance, you can choose to stain or to paint the wood so it matches other elements in the room.

 

Of course, building a shelving system for your indoor herb garden is entirely optional. You could focus instead on making the planters look cute and beautiful and simply keep them on the windowsill, on the counter or on any other existing surface. A particularly cool idea is to use chalk paint and to customize each planter with the name of the herb they hold. Check out rusticandwoven for instructions.

 

On 7thhouseontheleft you’ll find instructions on how to make cute little herb planters out of empty tin cans and wooden clothespins. There’s nothing special about it…just attach clothespins to the outside of the can, creating a sort of tiny fence. You can also use this as a votive, not just an herb planter.

 

 

 

 

The copper pipe hanging system is one of the easiest DIY projects ever. It’s not just great for hanging herb planters but for a lot of other things. You can even add a rod like this one in the laundry room and use it to hang clothes. In any case, once you have the rod in place you should focus on making those colorful cord plant hangers. Pick any colors you think would look best in your home decor.

 

 

Windowsill planters are super practical for a variety of reasons such as the fact that the windowsill is actually a perfect spot for them. These planters are also easy to craft, assuming that you prefer a handmade design. The project from oliveandcocoa shows you how to grow a small herb garden from scratch. The planter is simple and cute and lets you grow everything in one place.

 

Some herbs and plants will grow in just about any type of container which means you can even use mason jars for that. The jars can be left transparent so you can see the soil inside or can be painted or decorated with fabric. You can group them all up on the windowsill or you can keep them on shelves. Another options is to make a custom metal basket like the one featured on consumercrafts.

Modern Ideas

 

If you’re super serious about your indoor herb garden you might want to think about investing in something a bit more fancy, like this AeroGarden system which lets you grow up to three plants in water. It features a smart and user-friendly control panel which turns the lights on and off and even reminds you when it’s time to give the plants nutrients.

 

Another cool option is the Smart Garden 3 which takes care of everything for you and lets you grow healthy and beautiful herbs and plants without having to worry about maintenance. You just drop the plant cartridges into the container and you fill the reservoir with water. After that you just plug the planter in and that’s it!.

 

But what if you want to grow more than just parsley and thyme? What if you also want to grow vegetables like salad or peppers? Then you’ll need something bigger. We suggest the Vertical NFT Hydroponics Growing System. It lets you grow up to 24 fresh herbs and plants without any soil and with very little effort. 

 

You want to start your own indoor herb garden but you don’t know where to start from? This Windowsill Herb Garden Kit is just the thing you need. It contains everything you need including herb seed packets, pre-labeled pots and potting mix. All you need to do is add water. You’ll also get instructions and tips for setting up your new windowsill garden just the way you like it. 

 

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The Most Popular Garage Organization Systems And How To Build Them

The Most Popular Garage Organization Systems And How To Build Them

The garage is probably the most cluttered and least organized space in the house and that’s because nobody really focuses enough on this area or on the furniture and features in it. Sure, other spaces have priority but a good garage organizationsystem can actually help you keep the rest of the house clean and tidy so isn’t it about time you focused your attention on DIY garage storage project? We have some ideas that you might find interesting.

 

We’ll start with some shelves which are great for storing off-season shoes. Why clutter your entryway when you can keep everything you’re not using in the garage? You can make these shoe storage shelves out of some scrap pieces of wood so it shouldn’t be an expensive project.

 

Shelves are great for storing a lot of things on them, not just shoes and there’s definitely a lot to be stored in a garage. These fast and easy built-in wall shelvesshould help you keep the clutter at bay, at least a little.

Garden tools and supplies are among the things we usually keep in the garage so it would be nice to have a separate storage unit just for them. It doesn’t have to be anything too complex. If you have some old shutters maybe you can repurpose those. Just add a few hooks and knobs and that should work just fine.

 

Of course, sometimes a few hooks just aren’t enough to keep everything organized so a different DIY garage storage idea is needed. These storage shelves seem like a good option. Be sure to follow the tutorial’s instructions to ensure the success of your project.

 

Sometimes a garage can be too messy and badly organized to even know what to focus on. In that case, a total makeover might be a good idea. You can check out the transformation featured on pinklittlenotebook as a source of inspiration. It shows how much of a difference some fresh paint and a good storage system can make.

 

Large gardening tools can take up a lot of space, especially if you don’t have a designated storage system for them and you just pile them up in a corner. The good news is you can easily remedy that with a simple project that involves an old wooden pallet. Find all the details on hometalk.

 

Simple shelving, as it turns out, can be the perfect solution to the storage problem a lot of us have in spaces like the garage or the storage room. If the ceiling is low like in the case of this basement space featured on hometalk, the shelves can go all the way up.

 

 

It’s great having a garage where you can store your bike or scooter and a bike rack would come in handy too. You can build one yourself out of wood and you can customize it to hold not just bikes but also scooters and other things. Check out Hertoolbelt for more details.

 

 

A garage is often also a workshop and if you often do projects in here then you might want to take some time one day to build a workbench with storage underneath. The unit would be quite similar to a kitchen cabinet or island. Don’t forget to maximize storage with wall-mounted garage organization systems like those featured n hometalk.

 

No more room for storage on the floor or the walls of your garage? Look up and build yourself an overhead shelf. You can use reclaimed wood or pallets for this project. Customize the design based on your own specific storage needs. You can find a detailed tutorial for this on instructables.

 

Open shelves are often the best storage solution, especially for pantries or garage spaces. Building custom floating shelves for the garage is pretty easy according to this tutorial from instructables but keep in mind that you can customize the project according to what you plan on storing there. For example, you can space out the shelves so they can accomodate large objects if that’s the case.

 

When building garage cabinets or storage units, it’s a good idea to include as many storage options as possible and to avoid only having open shelves or only drawers. This way you can better organize the garage and you have more options to choose from. A nice example is this instructables workbench design.

 

It’s also useful to have some flexibility and mobility so you can either reorganize the garage if need be or so you can move around a storage module if for example you have a project that needs to be done outdoor or in a different location. This portable storage caddy would be perfect for those situations.

It’s not just the big storage units and garage storage systems that can make your life easier but also the accessories and the small things like a homemade extension cord winder. You can learn how to build one by following the tutorial offered on instructables.

 

Speaking of little things and accessories, this zip tie organization system is pure genius. It’s quite easy to put together too. You just need some PVC pipes, a piece of wood and a few nuts and washers. Never mix up your zip ties and always know where to look for them when you need one. Find more details on instructables.

 

In case you have some old furniture you don’t need anymore, don’t be quick to throw it away just yet because you might be able to repurpose it. For example, an old cabinet could become a storage unit for the garage and you could keep garden tools and other things in it.

 

If you can find yourself a metal rack and some reclaimed wood then you have a recipe for success because you can use these things to build a garage organization system with shelves on which you can keep tools, gardening supplies and all sorts of other things which you can separate into containers. Check out funkyjunkinteriors to find an inspirational project that describes this process.

 

Finding a good way to store tools like brooms, gardening rakes and other things with long handles is close to impossible and yet there are solutions, like the one suggested on newlywoodwards which could definitely save your garage from becoming a messy and ugly space.

 

It’s not just the actual storage system that matters but also the way in which you customize it and make it work for you and your own garage. For example, a basic shelving unit might not look like much but check out how cool and well-organized everything looks. It’s all done with containers and labels.

 

 

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Clever Ways To Integrate Bedroom Shelves Into Your Next Design Project

Clever Ways To Integrate Bedroom Shelves Into Your Next Design Project

Wall shelves make it easy to reinvent our homes and to add more storage to a space without cluttering the room. Some types of shelves are universally versatile and some are better-suited for certain types of spaces or fulfill specific functions. Bedroom shelves are not usually meant to be very specific although there are exceptions. There are many different options and designs to choose from. You can see some of them below.

 

Bedroom shelves can serve a variety of different purposes. They can even function as nightstand replacements which is a very practical idea for small spaces with reduced footprints.

 

Box-like geometric shelves are great as display pieces. You can mount them in the bedroom where they can hold collectibles, pieces of artwork, framed pictures and other such items.

 

One option is also to have shelves or storage modules on either side of the bed and even just above the headboard, thus framing the bed and maximizing storage while also creating a warm and cozy ambiance in the room.

 

A particularly interesting trend is having an extra wide headboard which extends to each side of the bed, providing a uniform look to the room and doubling as a backdrop for bedroom shelves or as a surface on which to attach sconces.

 

The shelves can also be built into the walls of a bedroom in which case they’re sort of like niches. It’s possible to only create the illusion of a wall niche by incorporate this sort of shelf opening into a wall unit.

 

Instead of a typical freestanding nightstand, a chic idea can be to have floating shelves attached to the headboard. This way you’ll create the illusion of more space.

 

If you want your bedroom shelves to be both practical and eye-catching, consider some interesting geometric shapes or different color options. You can combine several modules into a unique display.

 

 

Shelves are pretty simple and that means they’re also pretty easy to customize if, for example, the bedroom is decorated with a particular theme. Check out this cool nautical-themed design and all the subtle details in it.

 

You can use shelves to store and display just about anything. In this case, the bedroom shelves act as dressers and form an interesting wardrobe with an open design.

 

Create a geometric display of shelves to give the bedroom a unique and original look. The best place for them would probably be on the wall behind the bed.

 

Shelves can also act as dividers. In this cozy bedroom setup, the bookshelves separate the sleeping area from the social space and frame it without completely delineating it from the rest of the floor plan.

 

The wall behind the bed is often quite useless since you can’t really have other furniture on it except for the bed. Actually, that’s not exactly true. This shared bedroom shows how a shelving unit can act as a backdrop for not one but two beds.

 

Sleek, geometric bedroom shelves can double as decorative pieces and you can even display them in combination with artwork or framed paintings and pictures.

 

It’s also possible for the wall behind the shelves to be the center of attention, in which case the shelves are merely accessories, a sort of overlay designed to enhance the beauty of the wall.

 

You can use shelves to highlight certain design features of the bedroom. For example, a high ceiling could definitely look dramatic and a few simple shelves can help you take advantage of this feature.

 

Murphy beds and bedroom shelves go hand in hand. A shelf can double as a base for the bed or as a sleek nightstand. The shelves are usually a great way to disguise a fold-down bed.

 

Shelves can also emphasize the width of a wall and redirection the attention towards a certain part of the room which is usually useful when the space has a low ceiling for example.

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VINTAGE INTERIORS: HOW TO DO SHABBY CHIC SUSTAINABLY

VINTAGE INTERIORS: HOW TO DO SHABBY CHIC SUSTAINABLY

By Jaqueline Rose

 

  Shabby Chic was possibly the most common interior design for most French country houses by default–the French rarely throw out anything functional just because it’s ‘old’–but over the last few decades, the style has spread throughout the world, becoming a favourite with those who prefer their chic to be more casual than carefully constructed.

Though the French may do this naturally, the term ‘shabby chic’ originated  started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses where there are worn and faded old chintz sofas and curtains, old paintwork and unassuming ‘good’ taste. The goal  is to achieve an elegant overall effect, as opposed to cutesy Pseudo-Victorian. Recycling old furniture and fabrics is an important aspect of the look.

Tips to Get the Style

The overall elegance of this look is created through the use of several elements, including:

1. The use of vintage furniture and accessories, preferably not in pristine condition

2. Exposing original floorboards, beams and brick walls

3. Painting in neutral shades or white – this is crucial, as it keeps the ‘shabby’ look clean

4. Using objects in unusual ways. For example,  a teapot becomes a planter; an industrial spool becomes a table; old jeans are used to reupholster a Louis XV chair, for example.  This design creates an intimate, comfortable and homely feeling, and can easily be applied to any room in the house.

5. Mix it up! Nothing needs to match perfectly. A few odd pieces of china, different carved knobs on a drawer, mixed cushion styles…anything goes so long as the colour scheme is neutral.

6. To get the look, seek inspiration in Pinterest, country decor magazines and online sites, such as ColorTyme.

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What to Hunt For

Of course, with this look, a mix of styles, materials and colours is encouraged. Look for anything from Victorian era lampshades and chairs to antique basins, Rococo style chandeliers, carved drawer handles, white or bordered china, tin containers (old or new) and tall, elegant candle holders can add a charming touch to any room.

Don’t worry if what you find is covered in distressed, stained, rusted or covered in old paint, as this lends a countryside quaintness to any piece of furniture. In fact, to give something new an upcycled feeling yourself, paint any item with one or two coats of paint, and then gently rub off the dried paint with a bit of  steel wool, concentrating on the corners or wherever normal wear would occur.  Voila! What’s new becomes old again.

With more attention being paid to the environment, people are becoming reluctant to kit out their homes with all-new furnishings.  Shabby Chic is solid proof that  featuring pre-loved furnishings and homeware in your home decoration scheme is far from shabby; it’s simply 100% chic.

 

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How to Make the Most of Your To-Do List

How to Make the Most of Your To-Do List
By NICOLE YORIO JURICK

No matter your method for keeping track of lists, we have simple strategies for ensuring everything gets crossed off.

The Post-It Noter

If you have a drawer stocked with sticky notes—and aren’t afraid to use them—that means you absorb information visually, says organizing coach Liz Franklin, author of How to Get Organized Without Resorting to Arson. Jotting tasks on colors and shapes turns on your brain and helps you remember to-dos better than if you were using a white notepad or PDA.

Make the Most of Your Method

The biggest problems with Post-Its: They’re not always there when you need them. To ensure your to-dos are always a peel away, organize the sticky notes in a manila folder, Franklin suggests. Listing one task per note, create a grid starting with priority tasks in the upper left corner and ending in the bottom right with the least urgent ones. Then peel off and toss each note when you’re done. Plans changed? You can easily switch your priorities throughout the day by swapping Post-Its positions. For a fancier approach, use different colors or shapes for family members (blue for your son; green for your husband) or types of tasks (square for errands; stars for phone calls). Bonus: When you see your to-dos in one neat place it can make tasks appear less overwhelming and help better prioritize what you need to tend to first.

The Anywhere Scribbler

When a to-do comes to mind, no napkin, receipt or greeting card is safe from your graffiti. “These type of women appreciate speed and convenience over everything else,” says professional organizer Carmen Coker, founder of clutterbugs.com. “They reach for the closest writing utensil and scrap of paper they see.” But there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage when inspiration strikes—some of the best thoughts are written on the back of a napkin.

Make the Most of Your Method

Since it’s easy to misplace scraps of paper and end up forgetting items on your list (anyone who’s ever run back to the grocery story three times can identify), scribblers benefit most from consolidating their lists in one central place, says psychologist Piers Steel, Ph.D., author of The Procrastination Equation. For the anti-list maker, shoving those lists into an easy-to-reach place, like the zippered area of your purse or wallet, can ensure your to-dos don’t get tossed. A better bet: Create a once-a-day ritual during breakfast, before bed, or on your commute to consolidate lists into a notepad that you stash in your purse, glove compartment, or in the notes section of your phone.

The Pen and Paper Faithful

One step more evolved than the scribbler, these types resort to good old pen and paper—and their list is long. “People who are most comfortable with pen and paper have tactile personalities,” Franklin explains. “They need a list they can feel with their hands, and they get as much satisfaction from writing their to-dos as they do crossing off completed tasks.”

Make the Most of Your Method

The biggest downfall to these lists: There’s often no rhyme or reason to the order of the list—whatever is on the top of your mind gets written down first—which makes it easy to get overwhelmed, Coker says. To avoid getting run down by an overrun list, categorize your to-dos using one of these methods: Try a sequential approach by organizing tasks by morning, afternoon, and evening; Break the list down by location: do at home; do in the car; do at work. Or rearrange by priority: Take a look at your list and think, Which three tasks would I feel the most sense of accomplishment if I accomplished today? Focus on those first before moving on to the rest.

The Smart Phone Smarties

Smart phone to-do-list makers have progressed past pen and paper to a notepad application or calendar function on their phone—but their lists can look as long and ill structured as their pen and paper predecessors.

Make the Most of Your Method

These smart apps will help you better manage your to-dos and (dare we say?) change your life.

  • Todoist. Available for download on any smartphone, this app lets you group tasks, set email reminders, and even color code your to-dos for free. Upgrade to a premium membership ($5 a month) and receive alerts about important tasks sent to you via text message.
  • Remember the Milk. This app for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry allows you to organize your tasks into tabs, set automatic reminders, and share tasks with others—perfect for those who want their husband to pick up bread without hearing huffing and puffing. Gmail users can stream to-dos directly to google calendars; iPhone users can add tasks with Siri (because typing is so 2011).
  • Evernote. Perfect for the woman whose phone dies at inopportune times, this applets you create a to-do list on your mobile device and access it anywhere. Using cloud technology, you’ll be able to pull up your lists on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.

The Uber Organizer

Gently described as type A personalities, these women’s to-do lists are often perfected in their day planners and look as insanely organized as every other area in their life: color–coded, neatly tabbed, and precisely filed away. “Organizing is part of their DNA,” Coker explains. “Making the list look good is what makes them feel totally together.”

Make the Most of Your Method

Since uber organizers feel most in control when they make their list, they’re more likely to transfer their to-dos from one day to the next without crossing off items, Steel says. Take a look at what’s being recycled from one list to the next; those items are likely too broad or challenging. “The part of our brain that helps us get motivated responds best to tasks that are specific and immediate,” he says. To ensure your to-dos become already-done’s, revise your list to make it more detailed and time-sensitive, from “Finish report”and “Write 300 words by noon,” to “Clean out garage” and “Clean out two boxes after lunch.” And to keep crossing things off, add in one or two fun items  per day, such as “Watch TV for one hour” or “Get manicure,” he suggests. Adding rewards to your day will motivate you to get them.

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7 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Painting

7 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Painting
By MARLA CHRISTIANSEN 
August 22, 2018

There’s nothing like a brand new coat of paint to completely transform a room. But with an overwhelming selection of paint options out there and so many ways to make a little misstep, even the most prepared painter is bound to make a mistake. Thankfully, we’ve found some simple solutions to common painting mistakes so you can learn to paint like a pro.

Using the Wrong Brush
 
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If you ever find yourself struggling with a paint job, check to see if you’re using the right type of brush. Applying water-based latex paint with a natural-bristle brush will result in bristles that are limp from absorbing the water in the paint, making the paint nearly impossible to spread. While using a quality brush will get you far, achieving a smooth, professional finish begins with determining the proper applicator for the job. Natural-bristle brushes work best with oil-based paints. Synthetic brushes, made from nylon and polyester, are the perfect match for water-based latex paint.

Leaving Painter's Tape Up Too Long
 

For clean lines and crisp edges, painter’s tape is a must. Taping ensures professional-looking results, but when left on for an extended amount of time, can cause peeling paint upon removal. Ideally, tape should be removed about an hour after you’ve finished painting. But if you’ve let it sit for too long and the paint starts coming up, you’re not out of luck. Use a razor blade to gently score along the edge of the tape as you peel it back. You can also try using a blow dryer to heat up and loosen the adhesive, using your fingers to roll it away from the wall.

Disregarding the Weather
 

Paint doesn’t handle extreme temperatures very well, so if you’re beginning a paint project make sure you’re mindful of the weather. High levels of humidity will slow down the drying time for water-based paints. Freezing temperatures prevent paint from drying evenly, causing cracking and peeling. Extreme heat will make paint bubble or will dry paint too quickly, leaving you with an uneven finish. If your paint isn’t applying properly, check with the manufacturer to see what the optimal temperature is for the paint. You may have to make adjustments, like using a space heater or portable air conditioner, or reschedule your project for another day. 

Forgetting the Importance of Primer
 

When going from a dark paint color to a lighter one, primer becomes invaluable in preventing the old color from bleeding through. Just as bleed through occurs with drastic color changes, it can also happen when painting wood. Wood naturally contains tannins, which can migrate to the surface when wet, causing staining and discoloration. You can fix this problem by sealing the wood with a tannin-blocking primer before painting. If there is significant bleed through, consider using two coats of primer before applying the new color.

Getting Roller Marks on the Ceiling
 

The space where the wall meets the ceiling doesn’t leave much room for imprecision. When tackling this tight space, it’s easy to bump the ceiling with the roller, creating a tricky touch-up job. If the paint is still wet, immediately spray some window cleaner on the spot and wipe away. The best way to prevent this issue is by taping off the ceiling and brushing on a horizontal strip of paint to cover the top five or so inches of the wall. This will give you a generous buffer zone, allowing you to steer clear of the ceiling.

Not Preparing a Glossy Surface 
 

Often chosen for its durability, glossy paint has excellent resistance to dirt and grease. The same thing that protects glossy surfaces from smudges and fingerprints also keeps new paint from adhering properly to them. This can be easily fixed by sanding the glossy finish to give the paint something to grab onto. Sanding should be followed by a thorough cleaning to get rid of any remaining particles. Alternatively, liquid deglossers can be simply wiped onto the finish to create a paint-ready surface.

Using Water-Based Paint on Top of Wallpaper
 

Painting over wallpaper is no more difficult than painting any other wall, but there is one caveat. Water-based paints and primers might reactivate wallpaper glue, causing it to bubble up or peel off. Instead, use an oil-based primer to prevent any problems with proper adhesion.

 

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3 Hacks to Keep Your Garbage Can From Smelling Ever Again

3 Hacks to Keep Your Garbage Can From Smelling Ever Again

By LAUREN PHILLIPS 

August 21, 2018

When your garbage can starts to smell like the stuff you put in it, you’ve got to act fast—these three easy tricks will stop that reek in its tracks without a trip to the store.

It happens to the best of us: You return home after a long day, walk into your kitchen, and realize with horror that your trash can has started to smell like… well, trash.

 It’s not just kitchen trash cans, either—garbage receptacles all over your home can easily start to smell unpleasant, even after you take out the trash and replace the bags. Fortunately, stopping that lingering smell and keeping it from ever returning is simple. You probably already have the necessary materials.

 Method #1 to Stop Trash Can Smells: Newspaper

 Place a couple of layers of newspaper at the bottom of the trash can. These will absorb smelly leaks, so if something in your trash bag starts to drip and the bag leaks, there won't be a lingering stench and cleaning up the spill will be a breeze.

Method #2 to Stop Trash Can Smells: Dryer Sheets

 Dryer sheets can do wonders for your clothes, but they can also help with your trash can problems. Simply drop a sheet into the bottom of the can—soon it will smell just as fresh as your laundry does.

 Method #3 to Stop Trash Can Smells: A DIY Sachet

 Using pantry staples, you can make a sachet (yes, like the ones you use in your dresser) to help stop unpleasant garbage can smells. Fill a coffee filter with baking soda, then tie the top closed with floss. Set the sachet at the bottom of your trash can and get ready to breathe freely.

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10 Small Space Trends We Have Our Eyes On

10 Small Space Trends We Have Our Eyes On

 

By: Erica Reitman

 

Low Seating

Low seating is a fun trend we’re seeing pop up more, and we can’t get enough of it. Depending on your ceiling height, low seating can create the illusion of more visual space in your tiny house. It’s also a trend that can make a space feel immediately fresh and modern.

LA interior designer Katie Hodges of Katie Hodges Design agrees. "When I'm furnishing a small space I always pay close attention to furniture scale. Sofas tend to be the heaviest piece in a living room, so a low profile option like this one keeps the visual weight down while still maintaining function."

Bold Laundry Rooms

Laundry rooms have often been overlooked in home design, and we get it — not many people see it, so is it worth the effort? However, there seems to be a shift going on right now. Next-level laundry rooms are now a thing, and that's important in a small space when every square inch deserves design love.

Small Space, XL Art

I’m on the record as a gallery wall hater, so this big art trend makes me truly happy. The idea that small spaces can’t handle big art or furniture has been proven wrong time and time again, and it’s time to kill it for good. The right piece of gigantic art can completely change the look and vibe of a space. While big art can be expensive, you can also get creative and do things like hang a large rug or paint and hang a large canvas.

Forget Your Kitchen Island

A lack of functional space is the biggest challenge us tiny home dwellers deal with, and oftentimes, there is simply no room for a dining table anywhere. If you can ditch your island in place of a great set of table and chairs, you’ve instantly solved your lack of a dining room with a practical solution.

Trough Sinks

Small homes tend to have small bathrooms, so most of us who live in them often have to give things up (like double vanities in master baths). The trend of trough sinks — essentially very wide sinks inspired by troughs for farm animals — is perfect for those of us who live in tiny homes. It solves the problem of not having enough room for a double vanity, while still providing space for two people to use the sink at the same time.

Mismatched Dining Chairs

An easy way to instantly create visual interest in a smaller space is to mix up your dining chairs. If you’re lucky enough to have a dining room, this trick can really make a statement. Even if you just have a small dining table in a corner of your house, you can still use this technique. There really are no rules to mixing and matching chairs — use a 50/50 approach and feature two different types of chairs, or use a different chair for each seat. The key to pairing mismatched chairs is to find one unifying element. For example, your chairs are the same type of wood, but different styles.

Over-the-Top Light Fixtures

In a larger house, you might not notice every light fixture the way you do in a smaller space. As far as we’re concerned, this means you need to go all in on choosing fixtures with big impact. Kirsten Blazek from LA staging and design firm A 1000x Better won’t take on a staging project if the owners of the home are unwilling to switch out light fixtures.

"Light fixtures can completely change the vibe of almost any space instantly, and nowadays you can find super stylish ones that are very inexpensive. Even in a rental, you can switch out the fixtures and then put back the original ones before you move out," she said.

Painted Ceilings

You may want to keep your walls neutral, but your ceiling is a great spot to go a little crazy. Paint the ceiling a contrasting color, or pair a painted ceiling with patterned wallpaper. Using a bold wallpaper on your ceiling can also turn a room into a true showstopper (and it’s much less expensive than springing for wallpaper for your whole room).

No Symmetry

Don't be afraid to break the rules, and make decisions that specifically work for your space. Are two bedside tables usually the norm? Sure, but in this tiny guest bedroom, there wasn’t room for two. Instead, replace one bedside table with other furnishings like a bench. Bonus: Extra seating!

"Breaking design rules has turned into a fun game for me," said designer Jen Harrison from Flea Market Fab. "In small spaces, especially, all bets are off. I say try all those unexpected design moves in a tiny bedroom. A stool as a bedside table? A plant stand? A side table? Why not!?"

Functional Unused Corners

You most likely have space in your tiny house or apartment that isn’t being utilized. This homeowner created a small workstation in the empty space below her staircase. Making a change like this is surprisingly easy and inexpensive. Cut a piece of cork to fit the wall for important notes. Attach a floating desk, and add your favorite small-space chair.

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How to Get Rid of Clutter in Your Home

How to Get Rid of Clutter in Your Home
By: Aimee Lane
Follow these simple steps to help tackle paper clutter and more.
 

Start by printing or writing "Toss," "Give" and "Do" on separate pieces of paper. Tape each sign to a large bin.

Toss

Toss items that are broken, stained, ripped, outdated or have missing parts. Some examples include:

1. Expired food
2. Restaurant receipts that aren't tax deductible
3. Broken electronics, appliances and games
4. Old makeup and broken jewelry
5. Broken kids' toys
6. Old craft supplies
7. Worn clothing and linens

Give or Donate

Give or donate any items that you no longer need but that are still in good condition. If you can't let go of a sentimental piece, snap a photo of it to help free your attachment.

Take Control of Paper Clutter

Paper clutter is the hardest to control, but you just have to find a place for all important documents. Follow these tips to help you get started:

1. Enter information from business cards into a digital contact list, and toss the hard copies.
2. Come up with a system to file bills and important paperwork.
3. Make any needed store returns, and get rid of receipts.

Once you go through the clutter in your home, throw away everything in the "Toss" bin and donate items in the "Give" bin. Clutter can build right back up before you know it. Repeat these steps every season to keep your home clutter free.

 
 
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How to Organize Your Move

How to Organize Your Move

 

By: Toni Hammersley

Moving is one of the most daunting tasks you'll ever have to do, but you can make it easier with these expert tips and solutions.

 

A binder specifically designated for your move will save you time, energy and possibly money. Create your binder at least two months before your move, and organize it into the following categories:

  • Checklists - Find an online printable that you can use as a guide to know what needs to be done before, during and after your move.

  • Utilities - Use this section to keep track of utility contracts, paperwork and more. List contact information and appointments, and make appointments well in advance.
  • Loan Documents - For easy access and reference, you can keep your loan documents in this section until after the move. After the move, file them in your home office.

  • Receipts - This section is for any purchases that will be made in reference to the move or your house. For example, keep any receipts for any fixture purchases like a faucet. If something doesn't fit, or you need to return or exchange it for any reason, you can look here for the receipt.

  • Movers - Keep your moving company or truck rental contract and contact numbers in this section.

  • Builder - Place any contact numbers for your builder, warranties and paperwork in this section during your move.

  • Inventory List - Search online for "moving inventor list,"  print one out and fill it out.

  • Schedules - This section is for appointments, moving company schedules and more. It will be easier to create a Word document calendar, print it out and place it in the binder. You can document your house closing appointment, walk-through, mover's schedule, utility hookup times and any other important information.

A color-coding moving system can be the key to a smooth, organized moving day. Create a moving legend using circular sticker labels to represent designated areas in the house where each moving box will go. Use color-coded card-stock sheets to match the circle labels, and hang them on each doorway. This will show the movers where the boxes go, saving you a lot of unpacking time.

Create a moving legend using circular sticker labels to represent designated areas in the house where each moving box will go. Use color-coded card-stock sheets to match the circle labels, and hang them on each doorway. This will show the movers where the boxes go, and will help alleviate any confusion as to where to put the boxes, saving you a lot of unpacking time.

Once you create a moving legend, photocopy a few sheets and place them throughout the house and on the front, back and garage doors.

Purchase self-adhesive moving labels, and write down the contents of each box. Place a colored sticker on the label and top of the box, so you can see which room it goes in as you carry it.

Pack your belongings in like-sized boxes you can purchase online or at home improvement stores, and avoid packing loose items in the moving truck to save room and time.

When packing, you may move from room to room, take a day off or get sidetracked. By storing packing tools together in one basket, you will be more efficient with your time, as well as save yourself from searching for lost packing tools. Add all necessary packing items to the basket, such as labels, tape, markers and scissors. When you move from room to room, just grab the basket and go. 

Zip-top bags are also great for packing and organizing because they're cheap and efficient. Freezer bags are best because they're thick and will last through your move. Get your kids involved and have them separate all of their small toys into the bags and pack them into a larger box. When it's time to unpack, everything is already organized into categories. The bags are also great for really small items like toiletries, kitchen drawer items and office supplies. 

Search online for more tips to help you organize your move. U-Pack has a great list of moving tips, organized by a weekly countdown. 

 

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How to Use a Lazy Susan to Organize Everything in Your House

How to Use a Lazy Susan to Organize Everything in Your House

 

By: Maria Conti

 Make Suzy your new BFF. 

azy Susans are old-school organizing must-haves that are here to stay. Not only do they offer compact-yet-accessible storage in the kitchen, but I feel confident that I speak for the masses when I say – there’s something so satisfying about sending lazy Suze on a super-speed swirl.

From the kitchen, to the living room and even the boudoir – here’s how to spin, swirl and twirl your way to a neat, orderly and accessible household.  

Susan in the Kitchen

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It’s no secret that lazy Susans and kitchen cabinetry go together like peanut butter and jelly. Another way to up your kitchen organizing game? Try sticking your milk, juice or condiments on a LS in the fridge! With one simple swirl of the Susan you’ll have everything at your fingertips – without stretching to reach the back of the fridge.

Susan in the Living Room

 
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Keep your coffee table neat and never lose the remote again by adding a small Susan to your tabletop! Other items easily stored here? Coasters, candles, books and decorative trinkets galore.

Susan in the Bedroom

 
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Our favorite space-saving Susan solution? A swivel-top station for your bedroom vanity. Keep your go-to glam products within reach and show them off, all at the same time! Our suggestion: opt for a sophisticated Susan to organize your vanity products – clear acrylic and sleek, brass finishes are our top design picks. 

Susan in the Bathroom

 
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Small bathrooms, simplified. Use a LS on the bathroom counter to store necessities like cotton balls, cotton swabs and hand soap. From there, go the extra mile and add a lazy Susan beneath the sink in the bathroom cabinets. Use this to store facial cleansers, haircare products and any extra shampoo and conditioner you have on hand.

Susan in the Closet

 
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As mentioned above, swirling a lazy Susan is entertaining at all ages. Make the mornings more joyful by adding a LS to your closet for shoe storage. Pro tip: your children will love this. Add one to their closet and we wouldn’t be surprised if it cut down on the amount of times you must beg them to put their shoes on before heading out the door.

Susan in the Office

 
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If there’s any space that needs to be organized, it’s the office. Add a tiered LS to your desktop, filled to the brim with your favorite pencils, must-have stationery and paper clips aplenty. Stressed out or coming up short on inspiration? Send Suze on a couple of whirls, take deep breaths and recollect.

Susan in the Craft Room

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Craft blogger Regina Easter created this spinning craft caddy from old cake pans and candlesticks to keep extra thread and sewing accessories perfectly organized. Genius!

 

 

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10 Dos and Don'ts for Home Sellers

10 Dos and Don'ts for Home Sellers

 

The experts from Bought & Sold explain what to do (and what not to do) when selling a home.

 

 

5 Dos

1. Consult your real estate agent before prepping your home for the market. If you just start making changes, you may be focusing on things that are not as important as others.

2. Make sure your agent will have a strong online presence. The majority of house hunters begin their search on the Internet and then narrow down which ones to actually visit.

3. Be certain your agent is knowledgeable about the area. He or she should have a good understanding of the local community, schools, recreation and politics to share with potential buyers.

4. Feature professional color photos of your home. This is as important for the Internet listing as it is for the printed brochures. The brochure should also include a detailed floor plan.

5. Have a clear understanding of the selling process. Familiarize yourself with the typical marketing time in your area, what to expect with a home inspection and any hot-button items that could be of concern. Also, be familiar with the contract process, attorney review, mortgage contingency, deposit escrows and closing time frames.

5 Dont's

1. Don't just go with the agent who tells you your house is worth the most. Conduct some research to verify the pricing, and consider looking at the competition.

2. Don't just assume that the agent who sold you your house will be a good fit on the selling side. Interview more than one person to find out what each has to offer.

3. Don't ignore offers that don't meet your asking price. By not countering even low offers, you could easily discourage what may ultimately be a good offer.

4. Don't assume that your agent works full-time. Many do not, so be sure to ask.

5. Don't just accept everything your agent says. Get it in writing. Make sure he or she offers a written marketing plan with which you agree. Also, understand that once you sign, you are locked in to a legal contract for the term agreed upon.

 
 
 
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8 Ways to Get Better Sleep

8 Ways to Get Better Sleep

You don't need a whole room makeover to get the best R&R. Try our simple tips for a better night's sleep.

 

Clear Clutter

Clearing clutter can help relax your mind for a better night's sleep. Pick up all clothing and fold sideways in a dresser drawer to fit more clothing and for easier access.

 

Add a Mattress Topper

A better night's sleep starts with a comfortable bed. If you can't invest in a top-of-the-line mattress, add a topper for comfort and support.

 

Keep Light Out

Use cellular style shades to keep light out — and nosy neighbors. In addition to room darkening, the honeycomb design traps unwanted hot or cold air, allowing for a better night's sleep.

 

Choose a Serene Color Palette

Choose a color palette that helps relax your mind. Neutrals and pastels have a calming effect.

 

Purify the Air

Place a plant near your bed to help purify the air. Aloe plants tend to thrive near a window as they need some light but not much.

 

Surround Yourself With Soothing Scents

Bring the spa home by placing natural, soothing scents like lavender or jasmine on your nightstand.

 

Keep Electronic Devices Away

An hour or so before bedtime, make a habit of putting your phone and other electronics away. Charge any devices away from the bed (It'll also prevent you from hitting the snooze button without realizing!)

 

Block Noise

A noisy neighborhood could prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Wear earplugs or use a sound machine to help you fall into a deep sleep.

 

 

 

 

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Designer Tips: How to Decorate a Living Room

Designer Tips: How to Decorate a Living Room

Yanic Simard

 

Whether your style is traditional or modern, relaxed or formal, bold or subdued, your living room should be a place where you can feel comfortable, let down your guard and spend quality time with friends, family or just yourself. There’s an art to decorating a room that looks great and works well for you. So before you dive into a living room redesign, arm yourself with a few designer tips and tricks. Here are some of my favorites.

 

1. Mix light and dark. When a living room is all white and bright, it can feel too “clean” and unapproachable. When it’s all dark, it can feel like a cave. But mixing dark and light colors creates a dynamic look that has depth and balance. The design of any space benefits from the inclusion of at least a little white and a little black.

 

 

2. Contrast your neutrals. Beyond including some white and some black, decorating a living room with a variety of contrasting neutrals goes a long way toward making it feel rich and welcoming. In this example, the white walls, caramel leather, brass hardware, gray sofa and blue-gray cabinets all contrast with one another, which highlights their different finishes and undertones. This makes the palette feel rich even before other key elements, such as color, pattern and texture, are added.

 

3. Play with texture. Texture is easy to overlook when decorating a living room, especially since we don’t see it so much as touch it. But it’s important for making a living room feel cozy, and that goes for plush textures that appeal to the touch and harder textures that add contrast. Include leather, cotton, wool, metal, stone, glass, plant life and as many other textures as you can. Pillows are a great place to start, especially if you’re decorating a living room on a budget. Look to other accessories and furnishings to add new materials to the palette, even in small doses.

 

4. Work in some wood. We can’t talk about texture without talking about wood, one of the top materials for bringing a sense of warmth to a living room. There are so many ways to add wood, any of which will make a space feel a bit more inviting. Consider wall paneling, side tables, movable stools, picture frames, sofa legs and carved pieces of art as just a few of the many options.

 

5. Mix up your upholstery. Sure, most furniture stores give you the option of purchasing an entire living room set in matching upholstery, but that doesn’t mean you should do it. In a formal seating area, matching upholstery can give a sense of maturity and order, but if you want a living room to feel cozy and welcoming, mix and match your upholstered pieces to give the design a bit more personality. One of the safest ways to do this is to mix leather chairs with a fabric sofa or vice versa, so the materials contrast in an obviously intentional way. It gives the living room design some diversity, which can also give members of the family different options to suit their seating preferences.

 

6. Choose practical fabrics. Speaking of upholstery, it’s especially important for living room seating to be not only comfortable but durable. What this means will depend on your family. You may have babies or small children, pets or not, and they may be messy or tidy. In general, mid-tone fabrics are the safest bet, as very light or dark shades will readily show soil and wear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creative Storage Ideas for Cabinets

Creative Storage Ideas for Cabinets

By: Kristen Hampshire

 

You remove every pot, pan, dish and groceries from your cabinets to prepare for all new storage. Cabinets are installed, and it’s time to put back your stuff. Except the problem is there isn’t room for everything. This scenario is all too common, according to Dennis Poteat of Blum Inc. The lesson: Look beyond the surface when choosing cabinets. Think about how tall cereal boxes are and where you keep them. Consider how you reach for a dish towel when you’re working at the sink. A drawer nearby should accommodate this. Plan for space to neatly store all of your plastic-ware (and all of the lids).

Pierce says there can be up to a 30 percent difference between old-style cabinets and today’s models that include a full overlay rather than a face frame, and extend to the ceiling. We’ll discuss cabinetry trends (link to cabinets considerations article) more, but first let’s tackle storage.

The Latest in Storage Options

The keyword with storage is: access. Here are some ways to make more room for your stuff in your existing kitchen space:

Pull-outs. Access, along with ergonomics, is the reason for the move from doors to drawers in base cabinets, says John O’Meara of Hafele America Co. “The issue with doors is when you open a cabinet with a door on it, you have shelving, and you can reach the first thing but everything behind it is impossible to get at,” he relates. “For the sake of storage and access, movement from a door to a pull-out gives you the ability to bring the content of the cabinet out into the room.”

Specialty hardware. The pull-out spice drawers and nifty utensil drawers that were once offered only by custom cabinet makers are now available in mid-priced fixtures

Base cabinets. Designers today aren’t married to the idea of wall cabinets. Base cabinet drawers can organize dishes, pots, pans, utensils, basically anything. Pull-outs allow you to access everything stored in the drawer without straining your back.

Floating shelves. Visually pleasing open shelves break up the monotony of standard cabinets and serve as a place to display beautiful vases, store cookbooks and keep ingredients in pretty jars.

Extended wall cabinets. Say no to soffits if you want to expand storage. Extend wall cabinets to the ceiling and improve accessibility of those higher shelves with lift-up doors. Or, dedicating an entire wall to storage and building cabinets floor to ceiling creates a focal point and makes room on other walls for aesthetic features, such as a mosaic backsplash, windows, artwork or functional appliances.

 

Fully-extended drawers. Full extension runners on drawers allow pull-outs to extend completely rather than just three-quarters of the way, Poteat says. This once high-end feature is now common to most drawers, but it’s a good idea to ask the supplier or designer about it.

 

More Tips for Expanding Storage

  • Incorporate pull-out features
  • Use an armoire or hutch in the kitchen
  • Be willing to move doors and windows
  • Request wall cabinets that extend to the ceiling
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Trends That Are Taking Over Homes In 2018 … and five that are over.

Trends That Are Taking Over Homes In 2018
… and five that are over.

DEC 15, 2017

 

Ready or not, 2018 is around the corner. And it's not coming quietly, either. Designers and brands expect home decor to be bolder than years before, with vivid jewel tones and luxe velvet and brass balanced out with organic accents. As always, stick with what you love, regardless of what's in or out. But if your New Year's resolution is to refresh your home (whether with a new coat of paint or a pretty piece of furniture), here are the top trends to try—along with some you should skip.

OUT: All-White Kitchens
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We said it this fall and we'll say it again: All-white interiors are on their way out. Kitchens in particular will continue to brighten up in the new year, swapping stark white for warm wood tones and new neutrals including cream, blue, and gray, Houzz reports. 

OUT: White and Stainless Steel Sinks
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Sinks will follow suit with darker, more daring designs. We've already seen it with the copper farmhouse sink trend, but also watch out for concrete and stone styles.

OUT: Accent Walls
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So long, lone wall. This is one fad Lauren Liess, interior designer and host of HGTV's Best House on the Block, is ready to retire. "Accent walls were big in the '80s and '90s and are an instant way to make a room look like it was decorated then," Liess explains. Instead, for interest, incorporate timeless texture such as millwork and wainscoting (Houzz says both are trending for 2018) or statement ceilings, one of Pinterest's top home predictions and something we saw coming back in the fall.

OUT: Word Art
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Sure, signs or throw pillows spelling out sentiments such as "Home," "Family," or full quotes may seem like a simple way to create a fun focal point. But the concept has become overdone in recent years (with the exception of vintage signs, charts, and other objects repurposed into art, of course). In 2018, look for less literal ways to express yourself.

OUT: Random Architectural Elements
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We love barn doors just as much as the next country gal, but architectural elements should be cohesive with the style of your home, Liess says. For example, barn doors just don't look right in an otherwise traditional house, nor do formal columns in a suburban space. "All of these things are amazing in the right setting but when applied inappropriately and all over the place, they quickly become dated trends," Liess says.

 
 
 
 
IN: Jewel Tones
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                                                                   Fall and winter were all about dark, cozy colors, and 2018 is set to make a similarly bold entrance. Pantone just named Ultra Violet its Color of the Year, while Sherwin-Williams selected Oceanside SW 6496 (think emerald green meets sapphire). Both shades are said to be especially invigorating—just the motivation we need as we head into the new year. 

We love these vivid velvet (another huge trend continuing from fall) sofas from Barker and Stonehouse, but you could also take baby steps with a jewel-toned velvet throw pillow instead.

Doubtful of so much drama? Consider the colors' calmer cousins, especially in restful rooms like the bedroom. Lilac, for example, is a watered-down version of violet that's so versatile and feminine Erika Woelfel, color expert for Behr Paint, is calling it the new millennial pink.

IN: Heavy Cabinetry
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"I'm seeing a lot of really beautiful, heavily cabineted kitchens out there," Liess notes, calling out deVOL's designs, like the one pictured here. "Possibly people's backlash to open shelving but I'm seeing a renewed appreciation for cabinetry."

Again, rather than stark-white kitchen cabinets, expect to see warm grays, blues, and creams, as well as wood grain tones.

IN: Brass
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Whether you love it or hate it, brass is back and better than ever in the new year. The aged finish adorns kitchen cabinets and living room furniture and shines as serveware and vintage-inspired light fixtures alike, as in this beautiful bathroom from One Kings Lane.

IN: Wabi-Sabi
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Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. In home design, this translates to handmade or hand-painted items including rough linens and pottery (like the Farmhouse Pottery pictured). The result? A deeply personal, organic aesthetic.

IN: Statement Storage
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"Statement storage will be a growing trend in 2018," says Anthropologie's customer styling director Christina Frederick. "Gone are the days of sacrificing style for function. Versatile pieces like this tamboured buffet are expanding beyond media and dining rooms for creative placement throughout the home. There seems to be a growing desire for high-end organization in our personal space, a desire for things—and life—to feel pulled together."

IN: Shapely Furniture
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Couches will take cues from the '70s this season, with quirky curves that liven up your living room. We spotted this shapely silhouette at CB2's spring preview, and architect Elizabeth Roberts endorsed the idea in an interview with My Domaine.

IN: Bold Floral Prints
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We can hear Miranda Priestley's dripping sarcasm now: Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking. But when incorporated into furniture in an overt way, as in this Liberty for Anthropologie swivel chair, flowers are fun and funky.

"Floral prints are always 'in' if you ask Anthropologie," says Frederick. "Rather than a traditionally feminine look in 2018 they feel especially fresh and more interesting styled in a casual bohemian way. Juxtaposing florals with organic textures and neutral palettes evokes a new kind of elegance that is appealing."  

Of course, if furniture covered in florals feels a bit too risky, you can always ease into the trend with classic bloom-covered bedding.

IN: Black and White
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Everyone from Anthropologieto CB2 to Joanna Gaines is loving the classic combination of black and white—perhaps as a way of offsetting some of the season's more striking styles. Snag some simple linens, like these Hearth & Hand with Magnolia kitchen towels from Target.

IN: Surprising Stone
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It's not all white Carrara marble anymore. Unexpected iterations of the stone, such as gray and green, pop up all over CB2's new collection. And the trend extends to other types of stone as well. "This spring, high-quality materials including marble, onyx, agate, and alabaster are trending," managing director Ryan Turf tells us. "These beautiful, natural materials add texture and depth to any design. Timeless yet very modern and fresh."

IN: Natural Accents
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And the natural look doesn't stop at stone. Liess is loving decorative objects made of wood and other earthy materials. Hand-turned wooden spice bowls by Etsy maker Bolecraft guarantee one-of-a-kind style, as do concrete vessels and leather drawer pulls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Move Over, Barndominiums—The 'Shome' Is the Next Big Design Trend

Move Over, Barndominiums—The 'Shome' Is the Next Big Design Trend

 

MAR 8, 2018

From treehouses to tiny houses, everyone loves unique homes. Just look at the barndominium craze a couple years back, not to mention the cabiminium concept that followed. Now, another hybrid has arrived on the scene—the shome, or shed-meets-home—and it's taking the she-shed to a whole new level.

 

Rather than tricked-out garden sheds that provide space for work or respite, shomes are full-time abodes.

We first spotted the term on a listing on Realtor.com, where it was dubbed "Wyoming's answer to the barndominium," but Australian builder and self-diagnosed "Shedaholic" Kate LeMessurier has been building what she calls "shed homes" for nearly a decade.

 

Meanwhile, Midwest company Greiner Buildings defines shome slightly differently, as shop + home, the "perfect combination of pole barn with living quarters."

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the very same HGTV hosts who coined the catchy term "barndominium," tackled this type of shome on last week's episode of Fixer Upper, when they renovated a pole barn converted into a livable space.

 

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If you don't need a lot of space, you could even combine the shed house and tiny home trend into one with a storage shed home.

 

According to the Tiny House Blog, the only difference between a storage shed home and a regular tiny home is the label. Still, the site claims that distinction can save you some dough, since manufacturers get the materials at cost. Plus, the buildings are quicker and easier to assemble yourself, as opposed to hiring a pro to design and build it from scratch.

 

The cons, of course, include shipping fees, difficulty insuring the structure, and insulation and weather-proofing. You'd also want to obtain all the necessary permits for things like plumbing and electricity to make sure everything's up to code with your city, The Bulletin reports.

 
 
 
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Are Cabiminiums the New Barndominiums?

Are Cabiminiums the New Barndominiums?

Cabin + condominium = cabiminium.

JAN 22, 2018

 

When they first started popping up on Pinterest, people couldn't seem to get enough of barndominiums, or barns converted into living spaces. The countryfied craze reached peak popularity when Chip and Joanna Gaines featured one on Fixer Upper. But now, there's a new hybrid in home design, and it's called the cabiminium.

While barndominiums combined barns with condominiums, a cabiminium, of course, links the latter with cabin. Realtor.comspotted one such property (pictured) on the market for $649,000 in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

"A cabiminium is a single-family structure and is similar to a condominium," Karen Cleghorn of Blue Ridge Realty and Investments, the realtor listed, tells CountryLiving.com. "Where the owner of a condo owns everything within the interior walls of the unit, with a cabiminium, the owner owns everything around the footprint of the exterior of the building. The rest is common area and maintained like a condominium."

The term was coined and trademarked by brothers Mark and Will Adkins, founders of The Waterfront Group and developers of a community in nearby Eagles Nest, North Carolina.

Cleghorn calls cabiminiums a "hot commodity" in the area, which she says is a popular place for resort and second homes, and the listing itself touts the concept as "the newest craze in cozy mountain living." Indeed, we're told there are a few cabiminiums like this one for sale in Eagles Nest.

Time will tell if the trend catches on elsewhere!

 
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Toddler to Teen: Clutter-Busting Kids' Rooms

Toddler to Teen: Clutter-Busting Kids' Rooms

Stylishly store kids' stuff, no matter what their age, with our expert tips.

By: H. Camille Smith

 

 

 

Small Space/Big Storage Idea

Nurseries are often tight quarters. Make the most of the space you have with built-ins. This handy corner cabinet provides both hidden storage for the not-so-cute necessities and open shelves for showing off baby's favorite toys. Design by HGTV fan littlecrowninteriors.

Ordered by Size

Organize baby's duds with paper luggage tags. Label each tag with the corresponding size or season to make finding just the right outfit child's play. 

Add Multipurpose Pieces

This armoire, adjacent to baby's changing table, is a handy place to store junior's clothes. Later, it could provide storage for a TV, stereo, books or video games. 

Kid-Level Storage

Low bookshelves within easy reach of a toddler's hands make playtime more accessible. Cute, fabric covered bins keep toys stylishly contained when not in use.

Kid-Friendly Closet

Instead of closet doors, which could pinch little fingers, HGTV fan CentsationalGirl opted for a perfectly girly pink velvet curtain, which can be pulled back to provide access to favorite books and toys or drawn to conceal clutter.

Playroom Perfected

This toddler's playroom is kept neat with an expansive bookcase filled with colorful bins. Toys and books each have their own designated spot, making after-play cleanup a snap.

Make Organization Easy

Designer Holly Mathis creatively eliminates cries of, "Mom, where are my socks?" with a chalkboard dresser. Low enough that her boys can reach the drawers, the chalk labels make getting dressed as simple as "sock 1" plus "sock 2."

Tell Clutter to Walk the Plank

Any wee pirate would love this themed room with bright colors and plenty of storage for treasure, courtesy of an underbed drawer and multicolor low cubbies.

Tuck It Under the Bed

Keeping kids organized can be fun (and colorful!) according to designer Susie Fougerousse. Her Tip: "With a little imagination your child's belongings can be tucked away neatly in storage that works and looks great too, like these vintage-inspired wood crates."
 
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