If you want dark hardwood…think twice…

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Today I want to share snippets of my cousin’s house. She and her husband have done majority of the diy projects themselves to cut costs. One of the first things I noticed was the gorgeous bamboo hardwood floors. After praising them, she quickly said how much they show dirt, hair and everything else. She informed me that friends of theirs also have dark floors wirh pets and how the pet show shows so much. As a cat owner….I realized dark floors will never be for me. This was something I never took into consideration so thought I’d remind any of you considering this stain….

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I thought the finishes in their kitchen were perfect. They selected a granite countertop that resembles marble for the island. The island houses the microwave and allows for additional seating with bar stools.

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I love the subway tile backsplash done in a herringbone pattern. It makes an interesting visual but still remaining classic and timeless…

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I love a big cocktail ring :-).

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A lot of the drapery in the home kissed the floor which is a breezy look I adore. Most of the curtains came from places like West Elm and Target

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For them, a washer/dryer off the side of the kitchen wasn’t conducive for their needs so they removed the wash room, made it open and added an entry “mudroom” area instead…

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I love wooden blinds!

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How pretty are these floors though?

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I thought her formal dining room table had a ton of character. She purchased it in California when she lived there. Check out those carvings. You know, elephants are said to bring luck…

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A little rustic nailhead trim for ya…

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My cousin collects masks and some of these were gifts from around the world…

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Sculptural art pieces are sure to be conversation starters…

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The green drapery stood out in a mostly neutral room. ..

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Modern Rustic Interiors and events…

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I have a thing about rustic design but it has to have a lot of modern and contemporary elements mixed in.

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The lighting in this reception is absolutely stunning & it gives an industrial look to the space. I also like the bails of hay stacked in the background…

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This kitchen space has so much architectural details from the exposed beams to the wood plank ceiling, the arches and the steel windows. There are a lot of textures going on in this open floor plan. I really like the industrial bar stools. You can find similar ones at Target, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Arhaus & High fashion home.

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So much natural light floods this space from the steel windows. The wood beams and exposed brick add warmth to the space…

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Such a gorgeous wedding backdrop. It looks is if vows are written and hung on fabric…

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Beverly Hills Interior Designer Roxy Sowlaty

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Roxy Sowlaty is an interior designer who shares beautiful snippets of her home on instagram as well as modern designs on her website. She opened her own firm after getting her masters in interior design specializing in high end residential projects. Then she launched an online do-it-yourself interior design website and home goods product line. Here are my favs of her work.

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It’s going to be near 60 degrees today…

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So you know what that means…almost time to start outdoor dining…

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It’s also means it’s time to start airing out our homes and opening windows and doors…

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And rocking trench and lightweight coats!

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You can probably tell how excited I am. I am currently sitting in my car on lunch with the sunroof and windows open and a light jacket on. Spring is near!

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Monday Inspiration 3.9.14

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I don’t know about you but I only like daylight savings time this time of year. I live for long days and since Milwaukee is having a peak at Spring this week …you know….the days that feel Spring to us since we’ve been so cold (upper 40s and low 50s)…I am finding myself so excited and anxious in the morning which is typically rare for me…

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The only thing I don’t like is how dark it is when I wake up. I can’t wait till the light floods in like this above…

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I even been wearing more light and airy perfume. Do you switch up your home fragrances etc as the seasons change….

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What a beautifully designed kitchen…

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I said it before but oven range hoods are really taking over kitchen designs and can steal the show. This kitchen was designed by Matthew Quinn for the Kips Bay Showhouse last year. I love all of the materials from the counter to the backsplash, the range hood and lighting.

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The built in cabinets look like decorative armoires and add a nice touch to the space…

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The lighting pendants are fun and probably cast a nice design on the walls. You can see more of the kitchen and the neatly organized drawers here here.

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Kitchen Options: Under Cabinet Lighting

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I always say nothing beats ambient lighting. Lighting truly does wonders to transform a space and emit a certain mood. I love how under cabinet lighting can add a custom feel to a kitchen that may be on the ordinary side…

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There are quite a few options but I prefer the inexpensive ones that don’t require wiring. You can get LED flexible strips on a light reel that runs around 7 bucks or puck lights with adhesive bottoms. Some of those are motion sensored so you don’t have to worry about wasting energy when someone isn’t home or in the kitchen. Some of the wireless lights can come with wireless switches.

Design Takeaways 1.8.15

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I want to stumble across some really cool bar stools while thrifting. I want some that can easily be reupholstered and spray painted….

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The gold stands out in this bathroom. Has anyone ever painted their hardware? I heard you shouldn’t but I think it may work for handles and pulls… 
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The paneling in this bedroom I can actually get behind!

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I am still in love with geometric shaped desks and tables. This one reminds me of the mint room here that is one of my favorite designs ever. That desk is so futuristic and edgy…
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James Dixon Architect designed the loft above. I think I have seen this rug in a white background with black designs so seeing this in gray is a fresh update…

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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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