Tiny Tot Thursday: black and white nurseries

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Here is a color combination you don’t see often in kids rooms: black and white. Is this too adult for you or do you like it with a punch of color?

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Keeping rugs and some decor or furniture adult friendly can help when the child transitions to older ages…

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Changing pillowcovers are easy and affordable ways to change a look without breaking the bank…

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Adding color to the wall will make the nursery more gender specific while keeping the main items and decor gender neutral…

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Wall decals are easy to use and removable when the room takes on a new theme or color scheme…

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Using graphic patterns and designs can make the space fun for a child and not too serious….

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You can soften the palette by adding gray to the mix…

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Black rugs can hide unsightly stains that you may not have time to promptly clean…

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{Images via project nursery, Photography by Monica Wang & Annawithlove, design sponge, love and lace blog, creating really awesome free things and style me pretty}

Decorating with wood cutting boards…

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Cutting boards can double for function and decor or art….

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Dip dye them for a fun DIY and hang an assortment in a gallery wall style..

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Layer with canisters and lean against the backsplash…

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I love the molding details with the classic subway tile and minimal bulb pendant. The cutting board is the same stain as the wood on the chair legs and floor…

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I like the cutting boards sold at Marshalls because they are affordable and come in a variety of stains and designs.

{Tinsley Hutson-Wiley, Dering Hall Design, the design chaser, in the fun lane, style at home}

Ahhh this Moroccan influenced ocean view vacay home…

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…Is quite amazing. There is a tower and rooftop area to enjoy a firepit and panoramic views, several open air concept areas and patios to enjoy the weather. I really like the arched details through out the home. It’s yours to rent for $1,300 a night.

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See more of this gorgeous space here.

Tuesday’s Tips: how to transition your patio for fall

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It’s starting to become crisp at night and you may be more inclined to stay inside once the sun starts to set. Well here are a few ways to get more use out of your patio for the fall months.

Texture
Adding a few cable knit or plaid throws are great to keep warm when it gets a bit chilly. Plus they are perfect for cozying up to take in an outdoor movie…

Firepit
They are good in the summer to create ambience but even better in the fall when you can roast smores on the fire…

Lighting
As the days grow shorter and shorter you will rely more and more on lighting. String lights will still look cool at all times of the year but heat lamps create light and keep you toasty…

Decor
Swap out any bright summary hues for muted, rustic, & jeweled tones.  Also replace floral blooms for branches and autumn leafy garland…

Tiny Apartment: 5 Ways to Maximize your Living Room Space

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Nothing feels better than crawling on top of your well-made bed or sofa after a relaxing shower. Ah! That good vibes from the cleanliness of your skin touching the softness of your comfort place! It’s a sure way to a heavenly rest whether you are set to sleep or watch the latest television program. But no matter what you want to do for relaxation, your living room is one of the top choices for you, right? Aside from binge-eating and movie-watching, you can also sing songs, strum your guitar, do some artworks, and a whole lot more.

But what if your apartment is so tiny that the idea of living room seems confusing for you? Like how do people expect you to set up a relaxing living room inside a studio-type apartment?

Worry not. You can do it, buddy! Here are some tips for you.

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Let the Light Shine

Did you know that lack of adequate light can affect your mood? As crazy as it may seem, but it is true. So wake-up with a smile on your face by opening your curtains and letting the sun shine inside your tiny apartment. Letting the light in will also make your small space look larger, cleaner and more welcoming.

You can try creative lighting effects if your place lacks adequate natural light. But if you have access to it, open your windows. In fact, the larger windows you have, the better lighting you’ll get. Here’s the magic behind: opening your windows will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space.
 

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Go for Switch-Hit

Invest in flexible furnishings by choosing elements that switch-hit. Go for table which can also function as a desk or a dining table. Daybeds or deep sofas are great multifunction space savers too if they can double as beds. You can opt for pieces that can be rearranged to save space like folding chairs, collapsible tables and hanging organizers.

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Trick your Eye

You can trick your eyes into seeing a tiny living room as a big one using decorations such as mirror to create a vista, bring light into dark spaces, and create faux doorways or windows, all of which make a room seem bigger.

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Another good option is from floor-to-ceiling curtains that make your room appear taller. Pick a glass table, too because glass furniture seem to disappear and give you more space.

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Be a Minimalist

Remember, you have a small space so don’t cram everything in it. No matter how elegant looking that six-seater couch is. If you want to have a good-looking, spacious living room in a limited space, go for sleek and lean furniture.

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Play with Colors

Looking for a color palette that won’t make your room cluttered? This tandem of cream colors and icy blues can convert a tiny interior into a seemingly bigger living area. The fact is light colors make a room look bigger and brighter while light and brightly colored walls make a space feel open and airy.

Rather than giving your living room dramatic contrasts, blend the colors in your furniture, flooring and wall covering. Solids with small- and medium-sized prints will also work well for your living room. If you’re into bright colors, accent pillows and a decorative throw in the living room can also satisfy you.

A tiny apartment seems really a challenge in the beginning especially with those big mattresses and couches. But if you know how to navigate your way pass this limited space, you’ll realize that size doesn’t matter at all. The concept of small, after all, depends on a person’s view.

 
Author Bio:

Reema Marquez is a professional writer based in Manila, Philippines. A student of Interior Design, she loves to eat ice cream and watch basketball games. Follow her on twitter.

In honor of National Hammock Day…

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I figured we can all daydream a bit about soaking some rays, catching some zzz’s or reads in hammocks whether indoors or out….

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I like the hammocks with the side fringe. It’s very bohemian…

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This just looks so relaxing and tranquil….

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A small pond and a fountain will add to a zen outdoor oasis….

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With rustic bones and hardened materials, the plush rug and hammock softens the space…

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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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Nautical Industrial Living Room Design

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I’ve been thinking about nautical design in a non beachy way. Something more masculine and industrial in a color scheme you typically don’t see. You don’t see navys or red hues or aqua and tan instead gunmetal, charcoal gray, black and white is the palette. I wanted to mix metals & steel with chrome elements to give that warehouse vibe but also bring in sealife decor for the sofa (love the octapus and crab pillows) and bookcase. The caged light pendants and tripod spotlight is very urban. I also wanted some natural wood and rope textures to tie in the nautical look. This would be a nice design for a loft overlooking a shoreline somewhere. What do you think?

{pillows, caged light pendant, bar cart, anchor, metal lamp, rope handled tray}

I’m going to Arizona and obsessed with their architecture…

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It will be my first time in Arizona and a girls trip and I’m excited to hang by a pool in hot temps with magazines galore, a cocktail, and beautiful picturesque scenery. We don’t have cacti or palm trees here in Milwaukee so know that I will take tons of instagram pictures. (It isn’t my first time seeing palms though).

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What an incredibly designed contemporary courtyard area…

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Uplights at night will really make a home and its landscaping stand out…

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