PICTURE PERFERECT

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Float On

 

The key to creating a living room with fabulous flow? Float furniture away from walls rather than pushing it up against them, which “actually makes the space feel smaller,” says Simone Howell, an interior designer with Decorist.com. Moving heavy sofas and chairs can be hard labor, so consult Floorplanner.com to map out a mock-up before breaking a sweat.

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Sofa, So Good

 

The most basic sofa can look photo-worthy if you decorate with the right throw pillows. The key? “Vary the sizes and shapes,” says Meridith Baer, host of Staged to Perfection and founder of Meridith Baer Home. A winning formula: a pair of matching 18- or 24-inch square pillows; a long rectangular pillow to anchor the center of the couch; then a pair of round pillows to break up the angles.

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Sweet Dreams

 

To upgrade an average-looking bed, cover a down comforter and four Euro pillows in crisp white Egyptian cotton, then drape a chunky textured throw on the end. “Stick with whites and one or two accent pillows to avoid piling on clutter,” says Howell. Even better? Invest in a pillow-top mattress pad to get that fluffy, hotel-style under-layer.

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Coffee Talk

 

A well-decorated coffee table completes a stylish living room. The secret? Arrange a collection of odd-numbered objects—three or five—with varying heights. Howell’s go-to grouping: “Fresh-cut flowers or a houseplant, a white candle to add atmosphere, and a personal accessory,” whether it’s a bone-inlay tray from your recent travels or your favorite photography book. “Coffee tables are also notorious catchalls, so hide utilitarian objects like TV remotes in decorative boxes,” she adds.

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Hang Time

 

Instead of installing Roman shades inside your window frames, hang them three to four inches above the trim. Flank the shade with drapery panels hung at the same height and “you’ll trick the eye into thinking the ceilings are much higher, and the windows are much bigger,” says Howell.

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  • Ground Control

    Choosing an area rug can be tricky as it needs to fit both the scale of the room and the furniture. Take Howell’s advice and pull out your measuring tape: “A rug should be no more than two feet and no less than six inches from the edges of the walls.” In the dining room, ensure the rug is large enough that all four chair-legs rest comfortably on top, that way no one’s teetering while trying to eat.

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Mix Master

 

Mix and match prints like a pro by following the rule of three: First select a large-scale pattern with a variety of colors—like a vibrant floral—to use as your baseline. Second, pull in a medium-scale pattern like a stripe, which features three of those colors, then a small-scale geometric pattern with no more than two of those colors. “Everything has a common denominator which brings order to the look,” says Howell. Use large prints on big pieces like upholstered furniture, and more delicate prints on smaller items like accent lamps.

 

ART…..get ORIGINALS!

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Etsy: Look for both new and vintage works are here. It’s a bit daunting at first, but once you start working your way through listings, there’s no doubt you’ll find something you like and can afford. Don’t forget to mark your favorites for later.

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Buy Some Damn Art: Started by Art Hound blogger Kate Singleton. Each Tuesday she introduces a new selection of exclusive pieces from up-and-coming artists.

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Lumas: Hand-signed limited edition photographs, with a special section for young artists new to the art scene.

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Sebastian Foster: Sebastian Foster offers contemporary art from his Austin-based gallery. He also runs Poster Cabaret.

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Lost Art Salon: A fine art collection of over 7,000 works from the 20th Century. Most paintings are priced under $1,000 and most likely come framed.

Don’t forget to check your local vintage and antique shops, they often have interesting originals!

Have fun!

WELCOME HOME

 

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Whether using stain or paint, don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone with your front door.

Still not ready to embrace a bold new color? Style and architectural design are also key elements to the perfect front door.

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From twinkling porch lighting to majestic door molding, the front entry area of a home is crucial to charming curb appeal. Use your front door as a way to enhance the overall style of your home.

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Whether your home is a Spanish hacienda, Georgian mansion or charming cottage, choose a front door that suits the style for crave-worthy curb appeal.

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There is no question that a front door can be an asset to your home’s curb appeal and add that certain “je ne sais quoi” to the appeal for a buyer. But remember, it is just like a well dressed person; it is not just the front door, it is the whole package that makes the picture perfect.

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House Doctor

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Danish brand House Doctor just sent some sneak peeks from their next collection, the Fall/Winter 14/15, but I feel I’m not quite ready for those seasons yet… While I was browsing their site I found these images though, that feel more suitable at the moment with some great summer inspiration! Light and simplicity, natural wood against white, and a few green plants to bring summer inside. Anyone know the name of that tall slender plant in the first picture?

 

 

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