Romantic window drapery….

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I really like a silk drape,  typically 95 inches long in a normal height room, that pools to the ground. It’s an opulent look and it’s probably because drapery is expensive. When you are decorating a custom size window and layering multiple types of curtains on one window, the cost can soar.

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In some spaces I like a bold color or pattern to really frame a room. I also like the airyness of a pattern or metallic sheer curtain that gives a bit of privacy while filtering light. Curtains with a hook on it giving a drooping effect near the rod creates a lot of drama.

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There are so many things that goes into picking out curtain selections.  For example: do you need blackout curtains that prohibits light from entering the room and gives total privacy, do you want a heavier drape that retains heat in the room, should you pick a material that you can easily wash in your own washer machine etc.

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Then you have to figure out what’s most important to you like the aesthetics, do you want them  a focal or something that blends in the background. Think about functionality too. I know in the morning time when I open drapes, I wish I had a button that could open each one at the same time. If you are often pressed for time, buying roman shades that you have to manually tie up, probably won’t be ideal.

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Look how softened the room feels with panels from the floor to the ceiling against a structured steel window pane. Just like other fabrics for furniture, drapery really can create a coziness to the space that may feel a bit sterile.

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When you have an arched or odd shaped window, hanging the rod near the ceiling really helps too eliminate any tricky custom treatments…

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I like to see different ways to pull curtains back whether it’s metal hardware,  tassel or a necklace..

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If you want dark hardwood…think twice…

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Today I want to share snippets of my cousin’s house. She and her husband have done majority of the diy projects themselves to cut costs. One of the first things I noticed was the gorgeous bamboo hardwood floors. After praising them, she quickly said how much they show dirt, hair and everything else. She informed me that friends of theirs also have dark floors wirh pets and how the pet show shows so much. As a cat owner….I realized dark floors will never be for me. This was something I never took into consideration so thought I’d remind any of you considering this stain….

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I thought the finishes in their kitchen were perfect. They selected a granite countertop that resembles marble for the island. The island houses the microwave and allows for additional seating with bar stools.

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I love the subway tile backsplash done in a herringbone pattern. It makes an interesting visual but still remaining classic and timeless…

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I love a big cocktail ring :-).

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A lot of the drapery in the home kissed the floor which is a breezy look I adore. Most of the curtains came from places like West Elm and Target

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For them, a washer/dryer off the side of the kitchen wasn’t conducive for their needs so they removed the wash room, made it open and added an entry “mudroom” area instead…

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I love wooden blinds!

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How pretty are these floors though?

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I thought her formal dining room table had a ton of character. She purchased it in California when she lived there. Check out those carvings. You know, elephants are said to bring luck…

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A little rustic nailhead trim for ya…

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My cousin collects masks and some of these were gifts from around the world…

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Sculptural art pieces are sure to be conversation starters…

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The green drapery stood out in a mostly neutral room. ..

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Tuesday’s Tips: Sleep Better By…

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We all can benefit from having a good night’s sleep. Here are some tips you may not have thought of.

Wash Pillows to keep them germ free and fluffy and donate old worn out pillows to animal shelters…

Buy a good mattress or mattress pad…

Hang up black-out curtains to create a dark room where the light from the streets and sun doesn’t bother you…
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Clean and tidy up before bed as the less clutter you see, the more relaxed you’ll feel…

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Get clothes and lunches ready the night before work which will give you more time to sleep in the morning and less time to get ready. You’ll also benefit from not forgetting things and eliminate the stress of not having something to wear. Doing this can also keep you punctual.

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The more sleep you get, the less time you spend awake which means you’ll eat less calories through out the day.

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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}

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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This here is probably my fav 6 week challenge reveal of all time…

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I mean…listen…this is so incredibly stunning. My fav takeaways: all of it the black walls and molding which gives an element of history and character, the faux white fireplace mantle with ornate details and the warmth by tall candles, the canopy bed without the drapery, the mantle layering, the luxe bedding and the window treatments & the black, gold and white color palette is all so beautiful, timeless and regal. Can you believe it was all done in 6 weeks? If you’re a follower of many popular blogs you will know today is the room reveals that designers were challenged with. It’s been fun reading and following everyone’s weekly progress and although this is the first one I saw, I am convinced it will be my fav. Job well done The Design Daredevil. Job well done. Below are some other fav images but you really have to check the site out for way more pics and all of the details.

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A lot goes into dressing the windows and this mix of panels with patterned roman shades are beautiful. The shades allow both privacy and light….

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You know I love vignette styling. Please go see the rest here. You can also see my love of mantles here and sputnik chandeliers.

{Interior design Jessie Miller w/Photos by Megan Thiele}

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Tuesday’s Tips: Rule of thumb for hanging art

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They say art is best hung 5-9″ from the top of the headboard, sofa or console. I want to add that sometimes it’s best to eye it. You want the art to be eye level with an average height person and not hung too high. At the same time scale is key. If you have tall ceilings you want to ensure the art or mirror selected will actually fill the space. If you purchase a canvas abstract piece or mirror displayed horizontally, play with it and see how it will look vertically. Don’t shy away from buying in 3’s and if there is a print you like that is small, go to places like Michael’s to have a frame custom made with a large mat. Larger mats and frames can make any small print appear more grand. You can also add more art to create a gallery wall to fill up wall space.

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{Images via preciously me, vintage luxe, blood & champagne, cullman & kravis, style at home & cj dellatore}

Interior designer’s home tour on Apartment Therapy

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I haven’t posted on an Apt Therapy home tour in a while but I like a lot of the elements in the home of  Janel Holiday. First, the chairs from West Elm in the outdoor space adds punches of color to an otherwise neutral setting.

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The wallpaper and chrome sphere is bold and fun….

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I love the display of jewelry. I too like having them out in the open to admire. This is done so beautifully by layering heights and adding personal touches like photos and flowers. See more bauble storage ideas here.

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I also like the glitzy flush mount light and tailored window shades. Similar Moroccan trellis rugs can be found here.

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Containing daily products on trays eliminates the clutter factor. Using toilet top styling helps add some useful surface space. See more of the home here.

Nicely Tailored and fabulous Window Shades

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{Catherine Martin & Restoration Hardware for the Plaza NY} Usually I gravitate toward lengthening window treatments that puddle to the ground but lately I’ve been seeing great things with shades. No longer old fashioned or stuffy, shades are being made with … Continue reading

Fashion illustrations all throughout this home

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I can’t begin to tell you the joy I received while looking at Megan Hess’ home in this home at adore home’s latest issue.

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The drapery is so romantic….
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This bathroom…

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I need some decals that look like ornate frames!

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I love her thought process. She doesn’t hide her fav pieces, she displays them. She likes to look at her closet and upon the first glance see things that are meaningful to her, gifts from family or things she picked up in her travels.

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