Tuesday’s Tips: quick cleanup can lead to less stress

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I was reading one of my favorite sites Clutch Mag and came across an article about how untidy homes can have an effect on your well being and cause stress. The results of cleaning, even as little as 20 minutes, can make you calmer as you won’t have the cluttered viewpoints that may keep you anxious.

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You ever feel extremely tired but can’t quite go to bed because you think of all the things you need to do? It’s similar to that. I know if my living room coffee table gets cluttered with drinking glasses, mail and magazines, I won’t be able to enjoy the tv show I’m watching. So I usually take a few minutes to tidy up as much as I can. Even if you are short on time, having decorative baskets and ottomans with lids are great ways to do a quick sweep over by dumping random things in it. At a later time you can then go thru the items and organize. At least momentarily it will look neater. So give it a try one night before. As quickly as you gather as much as you can and hide it in a bin or basket. Guranteed you will sleep & feel better.

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Q&A with Ace Hardware’s design expert Katie Reynolds + info on local MKE events

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I noticed in your portfolio that you often paint accent walls. This is something I also do with clients and in my own home. However some designers feel you should paint a room in it’s entirety.  What are your thoughts? 

Accent walls are a great way to bring in an accent color without overpowering a space.  It is also a nice way to tie in a color palette between rooms.

How do you get a client to overcome any apprehensions on using bold colors in their homes?  

I like to show my clients a design concept as a whole at the beginning of the project so they can see the big picture.  This helps sell them on the use of bold colors or patterns.  Having a strong design vision is important in feeling confident about bold choices.  Even if you are not a professional you can use a picture that you love and follow that as a guide.  

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I loved the baby rooms you designed. Is there any color combination you’re itching to do for a kid’s space?  

I love coral and aqua together with a touch of charcoal. It sounds risky but when used in the right way it would be amazing.

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A pink and navy bunny rabbit themed girl’s room…

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I love the gallery wall of bunny profiles. Too adorable and easy to do for people like me who can draw. The navy offsets the pink so it isn’t overwhelmingly girly. The wallpaper is my favorite though.

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Love the molding added to the closet armoires. See how hardware can change a closet door’s appearance here.

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Snails and squirrels and other woodland animals in this cutesy rug leaves a soft area for a tot to play.

{Photographs by Jeff Hirsch designed by Daun Curry for NY Social Diary where you can see more of Daun’s home}

Purple & cheetah upholstery, zebra wallpaper in a nursery…

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That rhymed and I wasn’t trying. Summer Thornton has a few designs that caught my eye while browsing Marcus Design. Usually I shy away from heavy wood but the purple and cheetah fabric makes it too good to resist. Taking a look that is traditional and pairing with modern up to date patterns and colors can prevent any older home from feeling old-timey or stuffy…

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What I like about this room is the headboard, the layering of pillows, the bedding and the coral pops of color. Usually you see benches in front of beds but I like the chairs and small table as a nice spot to take in some coffee or catch the news…

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Then there is this….a nicely designed nursery with furniture pieces that will grow with the child. You can easily put everything minus the crib in other areas of the home and it’ll work. Despite using such adult pieces, the room doesn’t lack any of the cutesy elements that baby rooms have. The popular zebra wallpaper can go along with any animal themed room. Using rustic fall hues and blue is more of a modern room palatte. Durable leather poufs and velvet upholstery is soft for the baby but still very stylish.

Pink Flamingos make me happy…

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Maybe because my current color crush is coral but the peachynpink hues of this bird has me loving flamingo stuff.

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This is basically what I think of when flamingo yard decor comes to mind. I think of mid-century styled homes, manicured lawns, sunny skies and palm trees.

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Then I think of pool parties with ice cream stations, pink lemonade stands, water balloons , umbrellas to hide from the sun and floatation devices to splash around in….

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This blue and pink hued candy bar is perfect for a co-ed party. See more deets over on Kara’s Party Ideas.

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See the rest ofnthis nurseryhere.

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Shop here for above decor.

{Other Images via Junell from Seekers Bazaaar, Southern Living Decorating Editor Lindsay Ellis Beatty, 100 layer cake}

10 Green Tips to Make Your Home Eco-Friendlier 

by Jennifer Riley Simone, Case Design/Remodeling Indy  

You don’t have to do a full-scale remodeling project to start increasing the eco-friendliness of your home. Home ownership means regularly replacing materials over time, whether or not we choose to remodel our living spaces.   Each time you do a home improvement project it’s an opportunity to make your home a little greener. These 10 tips are a mix of ideas for creating a more sustainable home immediately and over the years as you update.  

1. Use low-VOC paints and stains. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are the toxic chemicals in paints, stains, and other finishing products, which slowly release toxins into the air after application. Low-VOC products have little to no toxins and are much safer for our health. Next time you repaint a space in your home, choose a low-VOC alternative or ask your home remodeling services provider to do the same.  

2. Install insulating window shades. High-quality window shades and blinds come in dozens of different styles and can make a big difference in your energy bills. In summer, they keep the heat out. In winter, they allow solar energy to heat your home on sunny days while trapping the warm air indoors over night.  

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Whimsical and chic ways to use toy plastic animals…

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{via} Yep…I will be doing one of these. And painting a wooden box from Michael’s is also on the list. Thank me later for these easy and cheap diy projects that can keep your kids busy and create some chic … Continue reading

Vintage Marquee Signage and Letters with lights…

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As a designer I pay attention to the details of everything. When one of the Kardashians instagrammed themselves in front of a stove, I think I was the only one who looked first at the backsplash. When I go to … Continue reading

Some inspiration from my favs….

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My girl Adrienne asked how do you organize mags? I keep mine in two big baskets that sit on the floor in front of my coffee table from pier 1. I started to buy more but don’t want to aide my obsession so yeah. Lol. Come closer. *looks around*… *whispers* don’t tell anyone but I also own tv dinner stands. (Don’t judge as gran’ma bought them for me when I moved on my own 8 years ago). They come really handy. Not for eating but to pile more mags on, the ones I’m currently reading. But they stay in rotation for about 2 months. I eventually cut out or snatch what I want and toss them or give them away.

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Alexandra decided to use her lucite table for something other than what she previously used it for. I love all the little detials to make her vanity area a cute spot. here you can read all about it. I also blogged about my admiration for her home before here. Here are some other girlie vanity ideas…

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Then leave it to my girl Beth to have me blurting out “girl stop” & “wow”. It happens sometimes moreso with jewelry than interiors but this post had a ton of things I would rock….

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Interiors + recipes = Tiffany’s blog. She takes such pretty photography of her process. I LOVE to cook and go to my parents to do so 3x a week. Though I dislike grocery shopping and finding ingredients I’m unfamiliar with, I love trying new recipes. To have pics of the step by step process is important to me & my tastebuds that water after looking. Here is her recipe to espresso chocolate chip brownie cookies. Thank me later…

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This pretty image came from Londa’s site. Red is great paired with earth tones like camel…

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Betcha you haven’t seen baby furniture like this! Linda finds the most interesting things. Here is where that came from…
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Lastly Nicole asked if hotel decor or vacation plays a big factor? I personally strive for affordable especially if I’m only in the hotel to rest my head. That said, it has to be visually pleasing to my eyes. I can’t do dated ugly hotels. It has to be photo worthy. That’s part of the thrill and fun for me when I travel. It’s even why I have a series Hotel Indulgences which I will add to soon. I always like when bloggers do link love posts so figured I’d play copy cat. It shows support to those who give and hopefully you’ll find new blogs you didn’t know about…