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.

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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A glamorous home full of gorgeous light fixtures…

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I saw this home office and immediately added it to my computer’s background. There isn’t much in terms of a lot of decor but the decor present makes a lot of impact. First, my love of black continues with a wall treatment done soley by using painters tape and a combination of flat and semi gloss paint in the same color. See more examples here. It’s so precise that it looks like wallpaper. The gold really contrasts nicely and that console table is stunning.  The use of a glass desk allows the beauty of the rug to show through as well as keep the room light and airy and prevents a heavy feeling which is important when using dark colors in smaller areas. Lastly the lamps and fixture are very nice pieces as well….

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Then we have this entryway with a beautiful rug similar to this one which can easily hide dirt and a skirted console table which probably hides eyesores. You can see how a skirted table does that here

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Unsure if this is navy or teal but the color is pretty and the white molding looks nice against it. I just love dark rooms. Some people find them depressing but it’s the selection of everything else that matters. When you use light drapery or bedding and have adequate lighting, it can create a nice moody feel that isn’t somber at all…

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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.

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Snowy weather calls for book reading…

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I am usually always reading magazines or a book. There was a time when I was engulfed in multiple novels at a time but haven’t been reading as much as I used to. With the nights starting the 4 o’clock hour, bitter freezing temperatures and snow, it makes me want to do nothing more than curl up with something to read. I wonder how long it takes for homeowners to have a collection long enough to fill bookshelves..

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A calming sophisticated home by SmithBoyd Interiors

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Michael Boyd creates a functional, sophisticated, liveable-luxe home in calming color palettes and rich in texture with tailored furniture and interesting lighting designs. The elegance is there but done in a timeless and tasteful approach. I am such of fan of this man’s design work. He really makes homes feel inviting…

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I love this sitting area especially the lacquered octagon table. The creamy tone is more of a softened spin on black and white but still classic…

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Such a pretty light chandelier from Restoration Hardware. Speaking of….I found out they closed down the only Milwaukee location. Shameful. You can see more of the home’s beauty over on Atlanta Homes.

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Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of … Continue reading

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.