Just a blush, black & gray collage…

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I made a collage using a blush, gray, black & white color scheme and mixed different styles for seating. Adding a throw of sorts to any caged seating makes it more comfortable and withstanding the use of sofa or dining sets adds interest. Try swapping out the head chairs of a formal dining area or adding a bench to one side of the table. Mixing tables or lamps can also keep a space eclectic. The goal in design is to make a space feel collected over time and not bought in one store.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Rule of thumb for hanging art

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They say art is best hung 5-9″ from the top of the headboard, sofa or console. I want to add that sometimes it’s best to eye it. You want the art to be eye level with an average height person and not hung too high. At the same time scale is key. If you have tall ceilings you want to ensure the art or mirror selected will actually fill the space. If you purchase a canvas abstract piece or mirror displayed horizontally, play with it and see how it will look vertically. Don’t shy away from buying in 3’s and if there is a print you like that is small, go to places like Michael’s to have a frame custom made with a large mat. Larger mats and frames can make any small print appear more grand. You can also add more art to create a gallery wall to fill up wall space.

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{Images via preciously me, vintage luxe, blood & champagne, cullman & kravis, style at home & cj dellatore}

There is a difference between cheetah & leopard spots…

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I see so many people refer to the wrong feline when talking about the timeless spots. So figured I would clear up any confusion. Cheetah’s solid spots are my fav but I love leopard’s horseshoe shaped spots too. Which do you prefer?

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This is a very stylish kid’s playroom. The pieces can easily transition when the tots grow up. The leopard carpeting combined with giant stuffed animals keeps it playful and the teepee is always a fun way to keep the kid’s toys at bay but easily hidden without feeling so cluttered. See more cute teepees to get inspiration…
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There are a lot of nice cheetah prints around like these from The Aestate & Made by Girl

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I just love this entire room…
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{Images via Jai Johnson Photography
Miles Redd, Lynne Scalo Design, Domaine Home, HGTV, Elle Décor,Elizabeth Bauer Design, Aureta Thomollari for Refinery 29, CWB Architects, with collages by me}

I only like peacock taxidermy…

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I think animals propped up on the wall are creepy. I loathe animal heads at the end of a rug. I disapprove of hunting. I have a soft spot for Bambi & friends….(I live in Milwaukee.. our basketball mascot and team are deer. #goBucksgo) so I always scratch my head when I see random animals as decor and hope that at the very least they died naturally. With that said, the only animal taxidermy that doesn’t creep me out are the beautiful peacocks. God showed out when he made those birds. They’re pretty ballsy too. I like when they walk up close to you at the zoo. They act as if we humans are on their turf and they run shi the sidewalks. Anyway, here’s to pretty peacock decor…

Contemporary Living Room by London Media and Bloggers World Architecture News (WAN)
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{Images Design by Suzanne Tucker/Tucker & Marks w/Photo by Matthew Millman,  the coveteur as seen on interior collective, plantation design, perch new orleans & Kathleen Clements}

Tips for tying your room together

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{Hgtv}

Even within one room, linking up different décor elements can be difficult. You start with a vague idea of a color scheme and then play mix and match, with the hope shades and items compliment each other. Instead, it can be useful to focus on just one bold item – maybe something that’s often overlooked or neglected. Use this focus to build your room using pre-determined design blocks and you’ll achieve a more purposeful finish. Focusing on one or two small strands of a room also allows you to alter a neutral landscape with items that don’t require lots of manual labor to update. This gives you the option to get creative again in the future and change the feel of the room easily. Here are a few ideas for where you may want your focus to fall:

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{William Diamond & Anthony Barratta}

Rug

A rug is a very versatile item – not only does it protect flooring from wear and tear and provide you with a comfy spot to sit in front of the fire, it can also tie together a room very effectively. If you are lucky enough to be in a position to use a rug as a starting point, you can choose colours or prints from your rug to feed into other soft furnishings in a room.

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{Colorado Homes Mag}

Or, if you want to bring together different colours and shades, choose a rug with two or three colours from elsewhere in the room. This works in even the most bohemian of rooms, and in a neutral room it can set the style note for the whole space. Take a look online for ideas – the ScS rug collection has some bright new season printed rugs.

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{Traditional Home}

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