There are other house plants other than a fiddle leaf…

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I love the design community but often times popular home tours pave the way for a bunch of copy cat designs. Which isn’t a problem however I am sick of seeing the popular fiddle leaf plant that everyone has. Nice plant but there are so many others you can pick too. I personally love agave plants though you mostly see those outdoors. I also really like most cacti and exotic tropical leafy plants like the petticoat palms.

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I like a nice potted floor plant but my cat likes to chew on my faux palm tree so I can’t imagine owning one. If you have pets, you have to be sure the leaves aren’t poisonous…
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{Image via Ryan Street, design sponge, garden life, india hicks, tamara magel, design sponge again, & sarah davidson}

Tuesday’s Tips: make your home feel larger

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I was reading an article on Elle Decor yesterday that had some cool tips to make your space feel larger. It was funny because the post also had more images of the home I posted in this post. You can also see that living room below. So I’m categorizing this in both my Tuesday’s Tips and Remember When tabs. Above they combined panels to form one large massive canvas of DIY art which is genius and critical when hanging art in a home with high ceilings. I’m moving into a condo that has high vaulted ceilings in the living/dining area so I know buying art and wall decor has to be sizeable and to scale. Otherwise it will look silly.

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Another trick is taping rugs together to make one large area rug. That too is a great idea and will possibly save you money as large scale rugs are typically expensive. You can also lay them close together on rug grip pads to prevent them from moving apart or the rugs sliding around. Speaking of rugs….I purchased two for only 96 bucks because Rugs USA had a 75% off with free shipping sale that I couldn’t pass up. One is a white furry shag rug is 5×3 ft and one with a cobalt blue design that’s 5×8. I can’t wait till they arrive. This is not a sponsored post, I am just too happy about that deal and the selection. I will definitely use them for clients.

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Painting walls navy like I did for my client…

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I never thought I’d like the color navy let alone navy walls. If you follow me on instagram you may have already seen my pic of the wall I painted for a teen boy’s room. He wanted a Milwaukee Brewers color scheme for the walls for his sports/video game themed room. I knew orange would be apart of that palette and navy looks gorgeous next to the hue. It’s a dark color but manages to be fresh. This high gloss ceiling is stunning especially with the gold sputnik chandelier…

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I love this wood plank idea for the navy wall. It gives the room texture and a focal point for the bed….

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Whenever a dark wall has the contrast of white molding, it’s always a nice look….

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The navy in this bathroom serves as a muted way to keep the ceiling the focal…
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Some nice navy colors to use are Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray, Club Nay by Ralph Lauren, Chanson Bleu by Dutch Boy & Naval by Sherwin Williams….

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Tuesday’s Tips: how to save money on double curtain rods…

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We all know how pricey double rods can be but tension rods comes to the rescue yet again. Before we looked at how they can keep your scarves ornganized and pot lids from falling over here but now you can save money with them by putting them over an existing rod.

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{Images via Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Ellie Cullman via Johm Lyle Style}

Love it when I come across something different in design…

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Too much white white white in rooms for my taste. I love a bold color scheme or at least a bold lively area of a home. This above I love! This vignette is so inspiring. It makes me want to take a wall with the shortest width and paint something like this or at least paint it on a very large scale canvas. The table, the extreme modern neon lamp, the accessories, and the mirror are all so funky and fun…

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Love the floor, the art and the colors of the walls in here. Would I want it for a daily basis? No. However this would be fun to do in a guest room…

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So many takeaways that I like in this space. The materials in the room from the flooring to the brass gold stools is all very complimentary…

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You can see the rest of the home here.

Happy Christmas Eve!

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Today I am bombarding you with recent pins and inspiration for the holidays. This is only one post but there will be one on wrapping ideas and tree decorating. Plus I will show you what I done at home and scenes from a party I attended over the weekend. Clearly, your homes are already finished but you can get ideas for next year and color schemes you can shop for Friday when everything is on sale. So if Christmas isn’t your thing….come back Friday for part 2 of get-2-gether party ideas. If you haven’t already, part 1 is about wine and cheese tasting ideas.

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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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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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Tuesday’s Tips: cramp spaces can still have big style

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You can see how small this space is and it still has so much style. We can take a cue from hotel design. The ceiling height is taken advantage of by having a high wingback chair, armoire and a huge painting that keeps our eyes drawn upward. Placing a desk behind the sofa instead of a console table makes it functional for work and relaxing. It’s really all about creating zones and spaces in small rooms.

{Image via designed by Phillipe Stark}

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