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Thursday’s Theme: Natural Inspiration

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Bringing the outdoors inside or on our porches to incorporate into our home décor can be achieved all year long with wreaths, flowers, wall art and many other accents. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to decorate with nature for this week’s Décor Article; we hope you can find inspiration and will share your favorite displays and natural style with us!

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Flora and Fauna

Wreaths, garlands, centerpieces; real, faux, freshly picked; there are so many ways to incorporate your favorite plants into your home décor there just isn’t enough room to talk about all of them. Leaves, pinecones, blooms and berries give any surface timeless appeal, and we love switching out different pieces to complement the current season. For fall, we like warm colors; winter is all about holly berries and sparkles; spring brings pastels; summer is full of fresh greens and bright colors.

Animal Instinct

Birds, mammals, pets, even insects are essential nature items. Seek out the most charming sculptures, pictorial pillows, most eye-catching wall art and other décor to add life to your home. Be creative with your displays, and create some variety with different colors or types of animals found in the wild.

Be Satisfied with your Style

No matter what kind of natural elements you choose to work with, always go with your stylistic preferences, not style fads (unless you love the items that make up those fads!). Use bright colors and eccentric curtains or patterns if you want to go

outside of the box, or stick with seashells and coastal accents for a more muted and seafaring look. Also think about the materials you’re decorating with. For natural inspiration, wood will always be a complementing look, but cotton, rattan and woven accents, glass and rustic tile also make a woodsy and country impression. Decorate your dining room table in leafy placemats; place your bird sculptures under glass jars or in a display cabinet; add a natural-colored tile table to your family room; after you combine your favorite outdoorsy pieces, your room and home will come together in stylish harmony.

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Thursday’s Theme: An Organized Closet

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Boston Common Braided Utility Basket in BlueOur closets are easy to neglect, as compared to other rooms and spaces within our homes. However, an organized closet can sometimes make our lives feel a little more organized, regardless of the paper-strewn desk in the office, shoes and toys scattered about, and the kitchen counter that always seems to be cluttered with something. We’ve picked out some simple, favorite, and beneficial organizational strategies and tools for making, and hopefully keeping, your closet spaces neat and organized to help combat the chaotic events of your life.

  • Empty your closet to make organizing easierThe best way to keep a closet organized: have a place for everything, and always put clothes, shoes, jackets, etc. in their respective spaces. If you’ve been a little lax with this, that’s okay. Take this time to figure out how you want to arrange your belongings, whether you want to get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in months or years, and donate them or decide you can store those winter jackets in the attic until snow falls again. The closet won’t feel so overwhelming, and you’ll be surprised at how much time you save by not having to dig through piles or chaotic racks of belongings.
  • Hook Iron Coat RackWe hope that you have at least one shelf in your closet, and if you don’t, now is the time to incorporate one into your space. Shelves are perfect for storing items you may not use every day, but still need to easily access them when the time comes. Go further than just setting random items on the shelf (or shelves) – use stylish storage bins, colorful boxes or woven baskets to both organize your belongings and add a little flair to that hidden space.Soft hangers are stylish and soft on your clothes
  • For hanging clothes, opt for cloth or soft hangers as opposed to plastic or metal. They may be a little more pricey, but are softer on your clothes and don’t add a bump to the sleeves of short and long sleeved shirts and blouses. They also add a touch of style to an otherwise bland space.
  • Finally, this one is for those of you who are a little more tech savvy, and, those who may have a bit more time to keep track of the clothes inside your closet. That’s right, there’s an app for that! Programs like Stylebook™, My Dressing and Stylicious are available on your mobile devices, and after you take pictures of and record everything that is in your closet, you can piece together outfits, create favorite collections, share pieces on social media, and even plan what you’re going to wear for the week.

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Thursday’s Theme: Home Command Centers

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

So you’ve designed your entryway and settled down in your reading nook – what else is there to organize? With the end of summer comes the beginning of school for many families, and organization is one of the keys to starting and maintaining a successful (and less stressful) school year. Home Command Centers are a big trend right now, and whether you have a large wall or minimal space, you too can take command of after school activities, appointments, assignments and everything your busy life throws at you by designating a center for all the chaos to be managed. Here are some essentials, and some of our favorite Command Centers.

Transitional Kitchen by Saratoga Springs Interior Designers & Decorators Jenna Burger Design
Traditional Kitchen by Carlsbad Interior Designers & Decorators Hamilton-Gray Design, Inc.
  • Whether you choose to employ drawers, folders, file holders, shelves, baskets, or all of the above, have fun with labeling and sorting out exactly what you want to store in each. Make up a couple homework folders for the kids and put those in an easier-to-reach location than where you store bills and other mail, and incorporate a clock or candle holder to amp up the style of the space.
Traditional Kitchen by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Angela Todd Designs, Portland, OR
Traditional Kitchen
  • Location, location, location! Your Command Center should be a hub of activity in your home, so choose a space that is frequented by all family members. The kitchen is perhaps the best place, but a mudroom or entryway are also good locations. It could be as simple as a white board or black board, calendar and magnets on the side of the fridge, or you could take the doors off of that hallway closet you hardly use and create an inset Command Center that is easily accessible and out of the way.

Traditional Home Office by Richmond Media & Bloggers Bright Bold and Beautiful
  • The Command Center can also serve as a small office space if you don’t already have one in your home. This can be an excuse to buy that antique table you’ve been eyeing or that chair that complements your home decor perfectly. Keep the space clear for a laptop or to do work on, or incorporate more organizational accents and tools so you and your family can have orderly and stress-free days.

As always, we love hearing your feedback. Will you try a Command Center this year? Show us how you stay organized, and share your tips on the tools you use to keep your home orderly (if only for a short amount of time).

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