Posts Tagged ‘home decor’

Thursday’s Theme: Cold Weather Calls For Warm Decor

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Traditional Bedroom

The winter is all about warmth, or at least trying to maintain warmth through snowstorms, short days and dropping temperatures. Although there are many enjoyable activities that take place outside during the winter, especially in our home state of Maine, much of the time we wish we could be home snuggled up under a blanket, surrounded by decor that keeps us warm, physically and soulfully. This type of decor is exactly what we’re thinking about today, as the sunlight deceives us into thinking it’s warmer outside than it actually is. We’ve selected the above image as a great example of how to use decor in your bedroom as well as throughout your home to keep warm and comfortable during the coldest of days.

Note the sunny orange and the complementary browns in the furniture and the rug. A soft orange like that on the wall makes a room brighter, but also lends to a warmer look than a neon or brighter orange would. Neutrals are great for creating a warm look, and these decor pieces – the patterned upholstery, the bed frame and wooden tables – are perfect examples of this. Subtle notes of green can be found with the lamps and even the bedspread, adding a little more color but sticking with a natural hue.

Speaking of lamps and lighting, this room uses a few strategies. The table lamps are perfect for creating a warm ambiance that is soothing and perfect for reading a good book; the recessed lighting and the hidden ceiling fan increase brightness on a stormy day and can highlight your favorite parts of a room – how cozy! Recessed lighting works very well in a kitchen or over a hallway table to accentuate living spaces in a warm, glowing, attention-giving light.

Using a wooden bed frame and wooden tables caters to our traditional country taste, which is ideal for creating a warm, homey feel in any room. Using more sleek furniture pieces as opposed to clunky expands the room, while the particular detailing – turned bed posts, carved legs on tables, and unique hardware – dresses up the look. 

Last but certainly not least, the finishing touches of a room are just as important as the staple furniture and lighting. We love how well the print over the bed complements that orange wall; the sunset adds to the cozy, cuddled up feeling that has already been established. This works well in a family room and above mantels – use fiery hues in a print or wall hanging to emanate the look of a well stocked fire even if there isn’t one in the hearth. Photographs of family and friends always make a space more comfortable, and if you really want to be reminded of warmer days display pictures taken in the summer or in the sun. We also strongly suggest flameless candles or your favorite scented varieties; fill your home with nostalgic or soothing scents while you relax under a blanket or in front of that warm fire.

How do you stay warm with decor during cold winter months? Share your displays and rooms with us as well as any tips you may have!

Thursday’s Theme: Tricks That Make Decorating a Treat

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

This week, we’re featuring some of our favorite and some of the most helpful tips and tricks for creating beautiful rooms and incorporating décor to make it look just right. Of course, opinions will vary when it comes to style and design, but these are important keep-in-the-back-of-your-mind tricks so no matter who you are, decorating your home will be a treat every time.

Rules are “Rules”

Country Charm

Sure, maybe that plush rug perfectly complements your kitchen’s colors and design. If you rarely use your kitchen lay it down immediately! But if your kitchen sees most of your home’s traffic, then a more durable and easier to clean rug or mat will be best. This is just the way it is. And, sometimes when you’re not sure if a gallery wall will look spectacular the way you envision it, or if those curtains really are too small for those windows, common guidelines prove to be beneficial at least to get started.

Choose Lifestyle over Trends

Sure, a white and bright sofa can be a beautiful, polished furniture piece. But if you have smaller children or grandchildren who frequent the living room or family room, that white sofa will be more trouble than perhaps it is worth.

Is it Worth it?

Speaking of worth, when choosing pieces for your home – furniture, decorative accents, seasonal décor – always remember that you are investing in your home and making investments for your life. Your bedroom wall may be bare now, but don’t choose art that is mass produced or cheap just to fill the space. Be patient and seek out something you’ll love forever; patience will pay off both in the quality of your life and the quality of your home.

Valentine Cocktail Storage Trunk

Surround Yourself with Things you Love

Don’t like the paint color? The carpeting on your stairs? The cupboards in your kitchen? Make changes! Being surrounded by décor and aesthetics that make you cringe is not the way to live in your home. Like we said above, sometimes you’ll have to be patient with pricier decorating or projects that take up more time, but once you identify things you dislike, creating a look you love will be much easier. Maybe you just start out painting a room white and starting with a clean slate, or maybe you spend an evening just ripping up that carpeting. Come up with a plan so you can start loving what you see.

Wednesday Spotlight: Liberty and the USA

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Liberty SignAre you tired of Halloween yet? We hope not, but as we have featured many of our charming spooky décor here on the blog and on our website, today we’re taking time to Spotlight five items related to Lady Liberty; her statue was dedicated today in 1886 by President Grover Cleveland.

Lady Liberty CollectibleLiberty Sign

Made in the USA and featuring key elements of our nation’s flag, this rustic wood sign offers distressed charm and patriotic spirit that you can be proud to display in any room, all year long.

Nautical Stripe Quilt Set

Lady Liberty Collectible

A Lori Mitchell favorite, this Lady Liberty features a little more color and glitz than our taller Lady Liberty statue; perfect for styling a 4th of July centerpiece or adding patriotic spirit to your treasured collectible displays.

Nautical Stripe Quilt

For a master bedroom or guest bedroom, this nautical inspired quilt also complements patriotic décor and country style, with an attractive pairing of solid stripes and plaid. Not to mention, the cotton pieces are machine washable and peacefully soft.

Star & Stripes Lamp

Star & Stripes
Table Lamp

Standing tall and proud on any end table, this made in the USA lamp will emit such elegance and patriotic charm, you’ll want it in your home all year long. Featuring our nation’s colors and a bold white star, this pottery lamp is completed by the drum shade and polished rustic appearance.

2016 Primitive Past Calendar2016 Primitive Past Calendar

Add a refreshing look to any wall each month with a 2016 calendar featuring images from a simpler, primitive time. Charming country furniture and décor can be seen with each flip, creating a finished look with your own primitive home treasures.