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Beach homes are the envy of just about everyone, but just because you have the house doesn’t mean you have the style! There are three keys to a spectacular beach or coastal house: bring natural colors from the outdoors in; have a wall of windows; and decorate with found items from outside. Let’s take a

A proper lighting fixture really sets the tone for a room, and it can serve as the focal point for any space in the house. One of my favorite interior design trends right now is sculptural lighting. These unique fixtures are a mix of function (they are lights, right?) and art, with their beautiful bold shapes, unexpected combinations of materials and, sometimes, their immense size.

Sculptural lightings can range from the rough industrial look, with dark brass and bare bulbs, to elegant pieces that look more like statues than lighting. Sculptural lighting knows no limits, but here are 10 pieces I love. I hope they inspire you as much as they did me!

2015 Color Combos

Friday, 27 March 2015 by

Color combinations this year are just about as stunning as they get! And now that I’m aware of them I’m seeing them in nature and fashion as well as in magazine pages and houses all over. These are three of the hottest color combinations of 2015:

Chartreuse + Lavender

This is the most muted and neutral palette of this year’s color combination trends. It evokes a refreshing springtime effect with its eye-catching contrast, while simultaneously putting you at ease. You can choose a high saturation and vibrant version of these colors or stick to a more pastel style. Either way, chartreuse and lavender look great together!

Spring is finally here! I am so excited to be able to spend time outside and, most importantly, to entertain! Outdoor dinner soirees are so much fun and really get people ready for summer. But what is an outdoor dinner without a perfect centerpiece? Flowers are always in vogue during the summertime, but get creative with fresh produce and unusual vases like teapots, soup cans and crates.

Here are 10 centerpieces for a summertime dinner soiree that really caught my eye: 

Color on Color

Monday, 09 March 2015 by

Mixing and matching colors can be invigorating and very fun! But equally as fun is finding unique ways to do color on color! Black on black sounds dark and ominous, but it can actually look lovely.  White on white might sound boring or untouchable, but it can really be quite inviting! And that’s not to mention matching other colors, like green on green or blue on blue. Here are some fun examples for the kitchen, bedroom and living room: 

Green is the new Neutral

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 by

Neutrals are hues that go nicely with just about every color and can be mixed and matched easily. Green is often an overlooked neutral, but if you think about it, it’s everywhere in nature! Because it’s so dominant in nature it acts as the neutral – the color that every other color has to match.

Green is the new neutral in houses now, too. From walls to floors to plants and accessories, green is becoming the next big color. Benjamin Moore announced 2015 color trends and choose Guilford Green as the color of the year. Houzz.com has a great explanation of the choice of Guilford Green being the color of the year: “Paint and stain manufacturer Benjamin Moore recently announced its color trends for 2015, including a Color of the Year for 2015: Guilford Green. The hue was chosen by a team of color experts who traveled through Europe to explore and document things of interest they discovered — from interesting textiles and artwork to, of course, paint colors. Several themes emerged, which led them to select the winning color stories and Guilford Green as the lead hue.”

That being said, let’s take a look at how great this new neutral can look in the home:

Throwing a party is a perfect excuse to go all out and decorate to your heart’s content. While parties differ greatly from theme to theme, here are four components of throwing the perfect soiree: 

Morocco is full of colors, designs, textures and beautiful sceneries, so it’s no surprise that people are looking to this beautiful country for interior design inspiration. From the fabrics to the lanterns, Morocco is starting to pop up all over.

Here are some beautiful examples:

A headboard done right can be a great focal point for a bedroom. Headboards are no longer just wood or metal framing behind the bed; now they are beautiful pieces of art, any of which you can create yourself!

Here are seven of my favorite headboard concepts from around the web:

Just like how kitchens tend to be the center of the home when you entertain, the fireplace is the gathering spot in the wintertime, especially if you live in Minnesota like I do. Because people tend to gather around the warm, cozy fireplace, it’s important to make it the real focal point of whatever room it’s in. Typically fireplaces are found in living and family rooms, but you’d be surprised at how many dining rooms are popping up with them!

Here are three tips I have for turning your fireplace into the focal point:

1 – Jazz it Up

One way to do this is to update your fireplace (if it isn’t already) to gas. The image below gives you a little idea of how sleek a gas fireplace can look.

It’s great to have a beautiful bedroom, but the most time you spend in the bedroom is sleeping, so it should be designed to help you sleep! I love all kinds of colors in the bedroom but I find that a calming shade of blue is very conducive to a relaxing sleep. Here are 10

Baby showers can be done really well, but they can start to look a little tacky, too. Having a baby is such a big deal and the event should be celebrated with style. I’ve seen many great ideas for throwing an elegant baby shower, and here are 10 of my favorites: 

Whether you have a New Year’s resolution you’re committed to following or you want to do a remodeling project, January is the absolute best time to take on a big change like this. Here are three big reasons to consider starting something new next month:

1. Designing Takes Time

The designing and planning process take much longer than many anticipate, so if you start working on something now you might be looking to start your project come spring. If that’s the case, you can execute and potentially finish your project and potentially be entertaining by summer or far. It depends on the size of the project, of course, but it’s important to carve out ample time! Renovations and home projects are a big deal and you don’t want to rush, so if you plan to entertain in the warmer months, January is the perfect time to take on a project.

The holidays are officially here and many of us will be hosting friends and family. If you’re having guests over it’s important to make sure they are properly taken care of. Plus, who doesn’t want to be the best host around? Here are five tips that I think will make you shine as a host or hostess:

The holidays can be stressful enough without having to worry about decorating. But since decorating is so much fun I thought I’d post a blog with three easy tips for beautiful holiday decorating. 

Tip # 1: Bring the Outside In

Mother nature produces some of the most magnificent holiday decorations, like fruit, eucalyptus, branches and wreathes. Bringing the outdoors inside provides a great natural air freshener and evokes a nice organic feel.

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