Living Room Paint Ideas

Most of our time spend in our home. It should be simply beautiful decorated. By putting some small efforts we can result a lovely peaceful place. A common latest home maybe have featured dull colored theme but it seems like dull look. Bright colors can change the entire surrounding. It shows the elegant and stylish behavior towards the home decoration.

The most important part of the home is your room, where you get yourself relax at day or night. There are some colors that were used from a decade and most of the room decor starts with blue and white. Different colors of touch represent our moods in most of the ways. Every color has its on meaning like yellow symbolize the energy and it is also represented as attention grabber. On the other hand, grey color signifies the protection and strength.

Now you want to change the tedious bedroom color to some energetic and peaceful color. Below are some of expert’s recommendations about the selection of color for your room.

The strongest color is the Red, which raises the room energy level and mostly used in living room or dinning room.

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To slower down the high blood pressure and heart it is recommend to use the Blue color in bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Green a natural calming color is suitable for any room on the house. Too much use of green color can make people laziness, slow mood and depressed but a combination of red or orange can make these feelings down.

Experience the graceful and modern living style; try to redecorate your home in best possible way according to your family’s taste.

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Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/living-room-paint-ideas/

Relaxing Window Sill Cushioned Seats

Windows are typically thought of as just something that a house has, that goes unnoticed in our everyday lives. However, with a little bit of creativity, you can turn your window sill into a fashionable yet functional piece of furniture via some simple interior decorating!

By constructing a boxed in area (that will serve as the frame) beneath a window sill that has enough space, you can then add molding and paint it to match the color of your decor. Next, you can buy a cushion that fits the top of this frame, or if you are even more creative, you can create the cushion yourself!

Not only can you turn the window sill area into a comfortable sofa-type seat, you can even add additional utility by having a storage space underneath it, or even use it as a toy chest for children!

Here are some photo examples of custom window sill cushioned seats that our readers have submitted to us to give you inspiration:

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Source: http://www.interiordecoratingarticle.com/relaxing-window-sill-cushioned-seats/

spring-garden

5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Prep now and enjoy a beautiful outdoor space later.

1

Clean Up

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Throughout the fall and winter, your garden can be exposed to the elements and what’s left behind from storms. “You want to first start by clearing all of your garden beds and lawn of broken branches, leaves, and other debris that have collected,” says Chris Lambton, professional landscaper and host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. “It’s important to start these chores quickly, as your spring bulbs and plants should be popping out of the ground any day now. The sooner you clean out the beds, the less chance you have of stepping on the growing plants and damaging them.”

The same cleanup method applies for your trees and bushes. “To prep for spring, trim off any broken or dead branches,” he says. “Now is also a good time to prune and shape the tree.”

2

Prep Your Garden Tools

Pull out those tools that have been sitting around all winter. “It’s almost time to use your tools again, so you want to make sure they are ready for the job,” says Lambton. “Clean off the tools with soap and water, and use mineral spirits on wood handles. The mineral spirits will help prevent the wood from splintering. I clean my tools every spring and fall, or if they are especially dirty.”

3

Give Your Soil Some TLC

Make sure your soil is ready for planting. “To start, turn the soil over with a pitchfork and rake it out, clearing any weeds that may have grown,” he says. “I then add fresh compost from my compost bin—if you don’t have one, use store-bought compost or manure to add nutrients to the soil.” You’ll want to add compost or manure a couple of weeks before planting something, so it has time to mix well with your soil and won’t burn the roots of your new plants.


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Make a Plan

Consult your zone to see which flowers and vegetables are best for your location. You can also head to your local nursery to get planting recommendations from local experts. “Planning your garden is the most important part,” says Lambton. “I like to plant so that you get color blooming throughout the season—so mix perennial flowers with some annuals as this will help keep color in your yard longer. It’s also good to plant according to height, making sure that taller plants don’t block the sun from shorter ones.”

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And Don’t Forget to Maintain It

Upkeep during the whole season is key. “Once your flowers start blooming you will have to deadhead to promote more flowers (depending on the species), and it’s a good time to plant annuals to supplement your perennial flowers,” says Lambton. Deadheading is when you cut off the drooping or fading flowers from the rest of the green, healthy stem. “The late spring is also a good time to put down a nice layer of mulch on the garden,” he says. “This will help hold down weeds while keeping in water for those long hot summer days ahead. It also will break down over the fall and winter and help add nutrients to the soil.”

 

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These Words Could Help Your House Sell Faster—and for More Money

These Words Could Help Your House Sell Faster—and for More Money

Words matter, too, when it comes to real estate listings.

If you’re putting your house on the market, not only will you want to make sure it looks good enough to score the best sale, but you may also want to keep a close eye on its real estate description. A new analysis from Zillow Digs shows that certain keywords in a listing can help houses to sell faster and for a higher price. “When it comes to real estate listing descriptions—words matter,” Dr. Svenja Gdudell, Zillow chief economist, said in a statement. “Your listing description is an opportunity to highlight specific details and finishes that might not be visible in photos.”

Zillow Digs looked at the listings of 2.8 million U.S. home sales between January 2014 and March 2016, while accounting for property age and size, time of year, and market region. Researchers analyzed 60 specific keywords that described certain design features and amenities and whether their inclusion in the home’s listing affected the sale price. From the the analysis, the team at Zillow found that Craftsman-style keywords in listings were both popular and more lucrative—“barn doors” helped to raise a home’s price by 13 percent and sell 57 days faster, “shaker cabinets” upped the price by 9.6 percent and sell 45 days faster, and “farmhouse sink” elevated the value by 7.9 percent and sold 58 days faster. The team also found that “Craftsman-style” homes do better than any other design style.

While it might not be possible to transform your Spanish Colonial Revival-style home into a Craftsman-style one, the other findings can be a guide for any renovation projects you decide to undertake before putting your home on the market. For example, the terms “subway tile,” “pendant light,” “heated floors,” and “granite” were also found to be popular listing terms. The team saw that compared to the term “new carpet,” listings with “hardwood floors” sold for two percent more than the expected value.

To optimize your home’s listing description, the experts at Zillow have a few extra tips in addition to highlighting desirable amenities and design styles. They recommend keeping location in mind when calling out certain terms; for example, in colder climates heated floors are more important, while outdoor kitchens might be more prevalent and sought-after in warmer climates. You can also use flattering adjectives—words like “luxurious” and “captivating” can add 5-8 percent more to your home’s value. They’ve also found that words with longer descriptions sell for more as well. You’ll want to work with your real estate agent, who should be an expert in the local area and know what kind of language will attract buyers.

Below, take a look at the top listing keywords from the analysis and its effects—what percent it can sell above the expected price and how much faster:

  • Barn Door: 13.4%; 57 days
  • Shaker Cabinet: 9.6%; 45 days
  • Farmhouse Sink: 7.9%; 58 days
  • Subway Tile: 6.9%; 63 days
  • Quartz: 6%; 50 days
  • Craftsman: 5.4%; 14 days
  • Exposed Brick: 4.9%; 36 days
  • Pendant Light: 4.6%; 48 days
  • Frameless Shower: 4.6%; 38 days
  • Heated Floors: 4.3%; 28 days
  • Stainless Steel: 4.2%; 42 days
  • Granite: 4.1%; 38 days
  • Backsplash: 4.1%; 46 days
  • Tankless Water Heater: 4%; 43 days
  • Outdoor Kitchen: 3.7%; 19 days

20 NAVY RUGS THAT CELEBRATE CLASSIC DESIGN

20 NAVY RUGS THAT CELEBRATE CLASSIC DESIGN

This timeless color can be chic under your feet.

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From kitchens, to sofas, to yes, even wine- we cant seem to get enough blue in our homes! Although not your typical neutral shades, navy blue decor adds a timleess feel to any room. It can either stand as a statement piece or simply set the stage for a classic, romantic look. These 20 rugs from our shop are the perfect way to add this chic color to any room

13 DESIGN STORES TO INSPIRE YOUR HOME DECOR

13 DESIGN STORES TO INSPIRE YOUR HOME DECOR

Because you can window-shop for interior inspiration, too.

 

When it comes to shopping, an in-store visit can sometimes be as much fun as the haul you take home. This is especially true when retail designers play with their interiors, blending fashion, design and even food into a multi-level experience that goes beyond browsing and handing over your credit card.

Step inside 13 shops that are worth visiting for their design alone.

1MINT, LONDON

One of the great things about Mint’s brick-and-mortar store is that it is constantly changing — you never know what to expect, and who doesn’t love surprises? The design shop has a constant influx of brilliantly-styled furniture and objects, including one-of-a-kind pieces by emerging artists and coveted lines from esteemed designers. A little bit experimental, a lot functional, Mint knows good interior design.

2CREMA DESIGN, CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is one of the world’s leading design cities and naturally, it’s home to an impressive roster of boutiques, including Crema Design.

Situated in Woodstock, a walk through Crema feels like an afternoon of browsing an expertly-curated gallery. The industrialist space is the work of Cape Town-based The Fold Architects, who renovated and redesigned the building to fit Crema’s needs and aesthetic. From the lighting fixtures to the handmade rugs, each and every piece of decor is special and an example of high-design (keep an eye out for work by Tom DixonMoooi, and Magis).

3CASA PERFECT, LOS ANGELES

A haven for collectable contemporary design, Casa Perfect is housed inside a mid-century West Hollywood Hills home, originally designed by Korean-American architect David Hyun in 1957. The appointment-only showroom has four bedrooms and expansive outdoor space designed for visitors to freely explore and find inspiration. Inside, you’ll find avant-garde lighting, art, textiles, and furniture that you couldn’t fathom in even your wildest design dreams.

4HAY HOUSE, HORSENS, DENMARK
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A design shop inspired by fashion, architecture, and modern living is a recipe for tasteful interiors. Consider Hay House the go-to for good design, boasting the work of both local and international designers. The stylish home furnishings are equally as inspiring as the space, a beacon of classic Scandinavian minimalism.

5SOUTH LOOP LOFT, CHICAGO

A staple in the Chicago design scene, South Loop Loft is a local gem whose excellent assortment of furnishings and pronounced style is beloved across the country. If you have an affinity for quality antiques, contemporary statement pieces, or both — a stop by their West Town Design District location is a must. With a knack for styling decor, South Loop Loft even offers home styling consultations if you fall in love with their interiors (and we have no doubts you will!).

6THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE, LOS ANGELES
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Whether you’re in the market for new clothes, beauty products, or home decor, The Apartment by The Line is the perfect sunny, bohemian backdrop. Their West Hollywood location is set up just like an airy California home, spanning two adjoining spaces connected by a walkway of vibrant Moroccan tiles. Step inside and you’ll discover a carefully-crafted arrangement of furniture and artwork just waiting to come home with you — or at least inspire your latest design project!

7STORY, NEW YORK CITY

This Manhattan concept store takes inspiration from the idea of a print magazine, completely reinventing and redesigning the store every four to eight weeks. Each iteration represents a new cultural theme, be it the release of a new movie, or a brand, such as Pepsi. The design is often fun and interactive. Think: retro pinball machines you can actually use, or a vending machine that is activated through a simple tweet guests post to Twitter.

8COLETTE, PARIS
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This Parisian boutique changes its theme weekly, swapping out the entire design, which ranges from installations to wall art and custom mannequins. It’s a favorite of both locals and tourists. The first floor has a wide selection of hard-to-find fashion, art, and design magazines, and the water bar on the lower level offers over 85 different varieties of bottled waters from around the world.

9AQUAZZURA, NEW YORK CITY

When the rising stars of the fashion world need a stop-you-in-your-tracks store interior, who do they turn to? Ryan Korban, a 32-year-old decorator known for his embrace of marble, brass, and other luxe materials. Korban is blazing a trail across Manhattan’s retail landscape: He has designed a stark black-and-white SoHo flagship for Alexander Wang, a spare but soulful showroom for Joseph Altuzarra, and, most recently, a shimmering gold-and-zebra-stripe outpost for cult shoe label Aquazzura. (His residential projects include Wang’s loft in TriBeCa.)

10GRAANMARKT 13, ANTWERP

Antwerp has a reputation for producing great designers (Margiela and Dries Van Noten, to name a few) so it’s no surprise that the small city’s concept store Graanmarkt 13 is stunning. The spacious location with its focus on minimalist design includes a restaurant, an apartment (which can be rented out), and a store that carries both fashion and design products. Cobblestone streets and lush trees surround the shop’s exterior.

11PRADA EPICENTER, NEW YORK CITY

Designed by architect Rem Koolhaas, the Prada boutique in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood is considered a shop, public space, gallery and performance space. A giant wooden ramp fills the middle of the store, which has platforms that drop down to create a stage. Shoppers can walk down the stairs next to the ramp and enter a maze-like set of rooms filled with merchandise and plush green velvet couches. A space age inspired round, glass elevator is located in the front of the store. Wall panels containing huge art prints are often updated to reflect the current season’s collection.

1210 COMO CORSO, MILAN

Walking by 10 Como Corso, which is located on a small Milanese street, you’d never know that such a colorful paradise of fashion and design lies inside. The exterior of the building is covered in lush vines and flowers, and the courtyard serves as an outdoor café. Inside, multiple floors contain art-inspired fashion and design specific installations made of Comme des Garçons clothing or Raf Simons’ pieces. The rooftop is a public space with a garden, tables and chairs, and there is also an art gallery on the top floor with changing exhibitions. The store is the brainchild of Carla Sozzani, the sister of Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia.

13DOVER STREET MARKET, NEW YORK CITY

Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s concept store is a fashion and design mecca. With locations in New York City, London and Ginza, the store sells Kawakubo’s own lines in addition to brands like Prada and Thom Browne. Inside, each store has seasonally-changing, site-specific installations using clothing and art. At the New York location, a huge glass elevator is centered in the middle of the colorful store. The building was originally designed by architect Harvey Wiley Corbett, known for his skyscrapers in the 1930s.

Source: http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/room-ideas/g3203/retail-design/

10 Ways to Add Colorful Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

10 Ways to Add Colorful Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

Thanks to its vibrant color and vintage finds, Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes-Smith’s Round Top, Texas cook space is chock-full of kick-off-your-boots charm.

Jolie Sikes-Smith knows a thing or two about making flea market finds look fresh. Along with her mom and sister, she runs the Junk Gypsies shop and stars in the Junk Gypsies show (the third season of which airs on HGTV and GAC on June 1). Here’s how she filled her brand-new kitchen (that she shares with husband Todd and son Cash Baker) with Lone Star style:

1. Buttery Walls

The soft creamy hue (Canyon Cloud by Behr), combined with the natural wood stain (Pecan by Minwax) on the windows, trim, and beams, creates a warm backdrop for the room’s bold accents.

2. Red Barstools

Jolie’s barstool mix—a pair of swiveling tractor seats plus a vintage vinyl-covered number—are characteristic of her signature farmhouse-meets-retro look.

3. Salvaged Island

Retrofitted with electrical outlets and reconfigured drawers, this 9-foot-long piece, originally a counter in a New Jersey general store, multitasks as a prep surface, breakfast bar, and homework station.

4. Turquoise Cabinets

To give them a slightly weathered look, Jolie first coated the cabinets with blue interior oil stain (Aquarius by Sherwin-Williams), then used a rag to apply and partially rub off a layer of Provincial Wood Finish stain by Minwax. “Embrace color,” says Jolie. “Just because kitchens are utilitarian rooms doesn’t mean they should be quiet, sterile, or boring.”

5. Handmade Toolbox

This rustic caddy emblazoned with the name Larry Slifer, now stores plates instead of Larry Slifer’s tools, and it’s one of Jolie’s favorite scores from the Round Top antiques fair. “I love that it has a story. Someday I’m going to meet someone who knew Larry Slifer!” she says.

6. Stainless Countertops

Inspired by the industrial kitchens in her parents’ chain of pizza restaurants, Jolie chose the stain-proof surface for its durability and versatility. “It’s not fancy, and it goes with everything,” she says.

7. Open Storage

On the cabinets flanking the vent hood, Jolie left the doors off for a casual look and convenient access to staple ingredients, spices, and dry goods stored in apothecary jars.

8. “Restaurant” Sign

To preserve its red color, Jolie coated the 20-foot-long vintage sign, salvaged from a Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, with clear polyurethane.

9. Pantry Upgrade

To give the functional space a farmhouse look, Jolie’s husband, Todd, built two panels inspired by barn doors then stained them black (Ebony by Minwax). Over the pantry, a salvaged stained-glass window bring in light from the entryway.

10. Mason Jar Cluster Chandelier

Over the sink, Jolie strung up a pendant light using quart-size Mason jars, threaded wire, and Edison bulbs.

11 Foolproof Decorating Tips

11 Foolproof Decorating Tips

Tips for freshening up your home’s interior—without breaking the bank

12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines

I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition.
Source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/19837206/list/12-key-decorating-tips-to-make-any-room-better

5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

5 Ways to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Prep now and enjoy a beautiful outdoor space later.

Clean Up

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Throughout the fall and winter, your garden can be exposed to the elements and what’s left behind from storms. “You want to first start by clearing all of your garden beds and lawn of broken branches, leaves, and other debris that have collected,” says Chris Lambton, professional landscaper and host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. “It’s important to start these chores quickly, as your spring bulbs and plants should be popping out of the ground any day now. The sooner you clean out the beds, the less chance you have of stepping on the growing plants and damaging them.”

The same cleanup method applies for your trees and bushes. “To prep for spring, trim off any broken or dead branches,” he says. “Now is also a good time to prune and shape the tree.”

Pull out those tools that have been sitting around all winter. “It’s almost time to use your tools again, so you want to make sure they are ready for the job,” says Lambton. “Clean off the tools with soap and water, and use mineral spirits on wood handles. The mineral spirits will help prevent the wood from splintering. I clean my tools every spring and fall, or if they are especially dirty.”

Give Your Soil Some TLC

Make sure your soil is ready for planting. “To start, turn the soil over with a pitchfork and rake it out, clearing any weeds that may have grown,” he says. “I then add fresh compost from my compost bin—if you don’t have one, use store-bought compost or manure to add nutrients to the soil.” You’ll want to add compost or manure a couple of weeks before planting something, so it has time to mix well with your soil and won’t burn the roots of your new plants.

Consult your zone to see which flowers and vegetables are best for your location. You can also head to your local nursery to get planting recommendations from local experts. “Planning your garden is the most important part,” says Lambton. “I like to plant so that you get color blooming throughout the season—so mix perennial flowers with some annuals as this will help keep color in your yard longer. It’s also good to plant according to height, making sure that taller plants don’t block the sun from shorter ones.”

And Don’t Forget to Maintain It

Upkeep during the whole season is key. “Once your flowers start blooming you will have to deadhead to promote more flowers (depending on the species), and it’s a good time to plant annuals to supplement your perennial flowers,” says Lambton. Deadheading is when you cut off the drooping or fading flowers from the rest of the green, healthy stem. “The late spring is also a good time to put down a nice layer of mulch on the garden,” he says. “This will help hold down weeds while keeping in water for those long hot summer days ahead. It also will break down over the fall and winter and help add nutrients to the soil.”