Tuesday’s Tips: Ideas for master bedrooms…

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Oftentimes I watch HGTV and get tickled at the amount of people that request such large sized bedrooms. They just CANNOT live with a smaller room. The entire house could fit the rest of their needs and be in the school districts they want but if the bedroom has a small square footage, they will pass.  I understand no one wants a cramped space. I also understand you want adequate room for foot traffic and drawer clearance. It’s just funny because most of the time when they go back and show how the people live after moving in, they never really utilize the space that they have. A lot of the times the bedrooms are huge and empty with a lot of dead space. If you find yourself with the pleasure of having to figure out how to design a bedroom that is sizeable, then here are ideas.

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Create a living room space. Yep, a living room. You have the room for it so you might as well invest in a small loveseat and coffee table area.

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I know most would frown upon this and I do as well (if you work from home). Otherwise, if you use the computer for leisure purposes, I don’t see a problem creating a computer space in your bedroom for web surfing, shopping, blogging and social media.

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Create a reading corner. All you need is a side table, a comfy chair, an ottoman and reading lamp.

{images via @scoutdesignstudio, @patrickcline_, Peter Pennoyer and Shawn Henderson | Architectural Digest}


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Tuesday’s Tips: one way to spice up a room

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Stunning work by Spruce Interior Design over on Apartment Therapy. I like the symmetry by the fireplace. I also like the modern way of furnishing a conversation area. Let’s get outside of thinking about furniture sets and create more interesting spaces mixing styles and pieces. If that isn’t in the budget then think about incorporating different tables. Swap out side tables between rooms in your home to avoid everything being too matchy.

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Beautiful stairwell. Head over to Apt Therapy to see more of the home.


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Camel hued sofas and chairs…

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Camel hued sofas and chairs are the perfect neutral color that isn’t too dark or light. The color adds warmth and pairs well as a backdrop for a multitude of color schemes.

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{Images via Erin Hiemstra, hgtv, here & The Casapino}


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Retail Therapy: AtHome Milwaukee is now open!

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So this week AtHome opened here in Milwaukee (Wauwatosa’s old Kmart on Hwy 100) and I am in love. I have been following them on instagram for sometime so when I drove by and saw we were getting one, I was beyond excited. My coworker stopped there this week and told me she spent 2 hours in there. All I wondered is how is it possible to spend that long in a store that’s not Ikea. Then I went….

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Yesterday I stopped in and they had cake slices and coffee since it was their 100th store opening.  I went down 75% of the store bypassing most of the Christmas aisle because….it’s not Thanksgiving yet.

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They had some awesome pieces of furniture like sidetables, plant stands and small dressers…

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It was the art section that killed me. When the lady told us “wait until you get to the art side”, she wasn’t lying.

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So we walked down aproximately 10 aisles looking at art, decorative letters, clocks, metal and mirrors and wrapped canvases for 20 mins…

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I mean….it was overwhelming in the most lovely possibly way. They had every metal whether gold, silver, gunmetal etc and every style you can think of….

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They had art that would make cool headboards. The wood plank one in the upper left would make for a great statment in a rustic room especially if doubled on top for a tall bed backdrop…

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I love skyscrapers so I scooped up this large canvas for only $49. Here I was, walking with mom thinking I scored when I looked around the corner….

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We weren’t done with the art section! There was at least another 12 aisles or so more to browse….

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Then we got to the end and turned the corner to see another 6 aisles or so of smaller pictures, blank frames & kids art. It was insane. It’s impossible not to find SOMETHING. As a matter of fact, you may have a hard time deciding what to put back…

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I went home with one of the pink stylized tables. The black ones were $14 & $19! The prices were so good here…

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You have to go toward the outdoor section too because a lot of the tables there can easily be incorporated inside the home. Tables as low as $39, $49 & up.

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Now these were more pricey but I love the boxwood options for patio privacy…

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I will be going back to get one of these. I have always loved potted topiaries and they look good inside the home as well as on the porch. The best part? They’re faux so no worries about killing them and having to maintain the shape!

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Can we talk about pillows? I love them as much as the next girl but I can’t spend my client’s budget on two pillows for $300. I’d rather go to retail places and mix to create a cool look. AtHome has several color coded aisles of pillows and a lot were only $12.

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Design Takeaways from recent pins…

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Nothing is better than double doors opening to something magnificent…

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You may be looking at the floor but I am looking at that velvet and gold booth. That deep peacock teal hue is so regal…

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I am one of those people that approve of painting wood trim, door, and built-ins. So naturally I would approve of a metallic gold paint for molding. If you don’t want to commit to something like this on the walls, try it on closet doors or a credenza….

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Now is the time to layer the home with cozy textures and sheepskin rugs are probably one of the most cost effective ways to do so. You can layer them on chairs, sofas, benches and rugs. However I am starting to like the skunk look. Maybe this is a diy waiting to happen. I wonder if hair chalk would work for shag rugs that aren’t going to be stepped or sat on…

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I think this marble slab wall or wallpaper in the home of Nate Berkus would be so nice if it were a bit more subtle. I really like the lighter gray veins versus darker ones….

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Beautiful floors and foyer…

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I know this isn’t an Ikea table but adding studs to a staple with sleek lines would be a cool revamp…

{Images via Cosmopolitan Home mag 2015 home of the year, Michigan. J. Peterson Homes, Visbeen Architects and Francesca Owings Interior Design. Ashely Avila photo, wallpaper, Architectural Digest}


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Boca do Lobo unique and modern furniture…

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I saw this on someone’s tumblr and had to find out who designs such an interesting piece. Boca do Lobo has a beautiful collection of furniture items that are sure to make a statement…

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It’s like a piece of Emerald jewelry. This sideboard is perfect in a dining room as a buffet to store china and place settings or in a living room to hide dvds etc. It’s truly a statement piece…

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This pixel inspired cabinet is so beautiful to me. The base is almost as pretty as the doors…

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Parade of Homes Tour 2015

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Last week I went to one of the subdivisions for the Metropolitan Parade of Homes which is a showcase of furnishings and trends in tile and interior design. These are real homes on the market and the builders really have some cool ideas. I’m finishing two more subdivisions today so there will hopefully be lots more pictures.

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This above was a rec room’s kitchen…

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