Fab gold finishes from Kohler in this bathroom reno

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Have you seen Erin’s bathroom remodel? It is fabulous. I love the herringbone floor and classic subway tile but what sets it off is the Modern French Gold finishes from Kohler. I live in Milwaukee and I secretly cheer whenever I see a Wisconsin based company get used and recognize for their products and services.

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If this isn’t all sorts of glam…

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Amazing. Something about the gold that gives it that oompth that silver metals wouldn’t do.

Selling Your Home: The Natural Rules

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If you’re in the process of selling your home, you’ll have probably read countless articles giving you “ten tips” or something similar on how to maximize your sale price.
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Our advice is going to be a little different and instead concentrate on a set of “natural rules” – which aim to entice buyers by simply making the most of your home’s natural make-up.
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We’re certainly not advocating a sledgehammer approach here – in fact, the biggest investment probably arrives through a new set of blinds. What we’re trying to highlight is that by keeping things simple, and ultimately staying natural, your property can become much more desirable to the typical viewer. Here are our three tips on how to achieve this:

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Tip #1 – Natural light will be your best friend

This is perhaps the best tip you can follow when it comes to selling your home; natural light really will be your best friend. We’re not quite sure of the science, but allowing as much natural light to flow into your house will immediately trick any eye into thinking that it’s bigger than it really is. As we know, at least in the world of property, bigger usually results in costlier.
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So, how do you achieve the above? Opting for blinds over curtains is the most advisable course of action, and investing in a set that will allow optimum amounts of natural light into the building at every point of the day should also be done. When it comes to viewing time, ensuring that they’re either open or at least adjusted to the point of allowing maximum light into the property, should again do the trick.

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Tip #2 – Take advantage of the natural views

If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by natural beauty, opening your home up to the views is another sure-fire way to impress any potential buyer. This is again an instance where blinds truly can be a saviour, particularly following recent developments in the industry.
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The emergence of top-down bottom-up blinds means that you can protect a home’s privacy, whilst also allowing plenty of natural light to enter the room at the same time. The fact that you can perfectly balance privacy and views through these sorts of inventions makes life much easier for the seller now.
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Tip #3 – Natural materials also work wonders

The previous tips have concentrated on what we see around us, but staying natural doesn’t have to only revolve around this. This final suggestion revolves around using natural materials in our home. In today’s age, it can be a lot easier to opt for synthetic replacements – with manufacturers keen to push products that are made to look like the “real deal”, but are in fact a cheaper copy.
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This could be anything from laminated floors to faux wood blinds – they both look the part to an extent, but they don’t have the same “wow” factor that real wood possesses. As well as this, any buyer will be sure to consider the maintenance issues and most of the time, these synthetic alternatives are much less durable which could result in heftier replacement costs in the future.
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Of course, it’s not always possible to invest in “real” and natural materials. However, if your budget allows, at least for the most prominent areas of the property such as the windows, it might be advisable to push the boat out.

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Ways to decorate for the holidays outside of a Christmas tree…

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I didn’t put up a tree this year but I did do some tabletop decor, a wreath and garland. I also have lights around my tv stand and towers. There are so many ways you can still be festive without putting up a tree and this post will inspire you. First up, if you have a mantel, you can easily buy garland. The fresh smell of real greenery will give your home the holiday aromas.

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Next you can still use your favorite ornaments just put them in clear vases, apothecary jars, bowls etc. Use shoe boxes to create presents and leave them around. Bonus points if the wrapping matches the color scheme…

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I just think the mannequin was too cute and clever. .
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Simple wreaths hung by ribbon can make just as much of a statement as one adorned with ornaments and less work…

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Random DIY, Design & Christmas Takeaways

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Have you all sent out your holiday cards? I haven’t but I will soon.

Useless knowledge: I have never had a gingerbread cookie in my life before, that I remember.

Do you put presents under the tree through out the month of December or wait until Christmas Eve?

I have a confession. I dislike real trees. I prefer artificial xmas trees anyday. It’s not the maintenance that’s an issue, I prefer the fullness of branches that artificial trees have. Which do you prefer?

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When I see this bakers rack, it really makes me want to spray paint mine gold. I currently use mine as a “bar cart”. All of my wine glasses, wine bottle holder, alcohol and decanters are on it against a black wall. I think ifnit were gold, it would bring new life to it.

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What a cool idea for those that have kids. It will look especially nice on black appliances.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Hide a tv in the mouth of a fireplace

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Some people don’t use their fireplaces so if you don’t you can always place the tv there. The tv goes unnoticed and is a good way to prevent the tv from being the focal point. In this case the tv is only placed in front but still works.

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Monday Inspiration 11.8.14

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I have been putting off sorting a basket full of clothes and taking another bag full to the Goodwill. I don’t know why I became lazy at that because I usually pride myself with making room for new clothes donating things I haven’t worn. I need to get my life together and make it a priority to spend a couple hours going thru my closets and armoire and ensuring the things I have, are things I actually wear. I think I will do that tonight. I love the idea above of repurposing shower hooks for scarves. It’s much more easier to grab and go than having to untie knots (the way scarves are typically stored).

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I am not a bag person but this is such a great use of space for those odd closet top shelves. It’s like you’re shopping your closet because it’s staged like a store display. I see this person has a variety of coats. I am still waiting on a new wool belted coat to come in the mail from a cyber Monday sale. One way you can transform your closet is simply by making inventory of what you have and what you need. Then you will know how much space to allot for tall boots, small handbags, coats etc..

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If you look closely, these shelves are held by bricks. This is a great use of space…

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I just realized a way to not feel bad for procrastinating: buy pretty laundry baskets. Marshalls, Homegoods and TJmaxx has some of the prettiest laundry totes and baskets that makes heeps of clothes less of an eyesore…

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I still love the look of clothes displayed on racks. Why not incoporate a nice mirrored and glass table for folding? Any way you can make mundane tasks a little bit prettier, the better.

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Muted color palettes…

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A monochromatical gray color scheme doesn’t have to be boring as long as you layer, add textures, and bring in bold furniture and decor pieces. The seating above is truly a work of art. A modern chair combined with a rustic tree stump side table is an unexpected pairing but it all works in the space. That is another way you can keep things interesting in a muted palette.

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