House Decorating

Beautiful Bedroom Design Ideas For The Whole Family

“When you invest in your bedroom you invest in yourself”

 

Designer Gillian Gillies shares three bedrooms she designed for a family with two kids. Get her tips on how to create a space personalized to each family member, plus smart bedroom storage solutions that go beyond the closet.

In the parent’s master bedroom, Gillian wanted to create a spa-like retreat, so she used a palette of light green and blue for a soft and serene atmosphere. A built-in wall separates the dressing room, while a custom king-sized storage bed keeps clutter at bay. For the kids rooms, Gillian took a more layered approach with pattern, color and texture. The daughter loves art and is very creative, so Gillian kept the color scheme neutral so she can add in her own prints and accessories. The son’s room didn’t have a closet before the renovation, so adding storage, like a bed with drawers and a built-in desk, was the main focus of the renovation.

See the sources for the items in this video here: https://houseandhome.com/video/family…

 

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Take A Peek Inside 19 Living Rooms In Actors’ Homes

By Melissa Minton

When actors are not on location for an upcoming movie or television show, they retire to their high-design homes around the world. In their living rooms, celebrities (and their designers) incorporate cozy fireplaces, comfortable seating, bold art, and warm lighting to create spaces that are perfect for any occasion, whether they are entertaining A-list friends, learning their lines, or relaxing with family. Take a glimpse at the personality-packed living room decor of George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Degeneres, and many other stars and see where they kick-back after a night on the red carpet.

DERRY MOORE

The main room in Angela Lansbury’s Irish retreat was designed by Stephen Pearce to offer varied spaces for relaxing, such as a fireside reading area and a bright breakfast nook.

SCOTT FRANCES

The living room in Jennifer Aniston’s Los Angeles home by Stephen Shadley is an intimate space that opens to views of the koi pond.

ROGER DAVIES

Custom-made sofas upholstered in a Great Plains fabric stand before the living room fireplace in Patrick and Jillian Dempsey’s Malibu, California, home, devised by Estee Stanley Interior Design; the painting at left is by Thomas Helbig, the large round table is by Dos Gallos Furniture, and the Alma Allen low stool (used as an end table) is from Heath Ceramics.

WILLIAM WALDRON

The New York apartment of actor Will Ferrell and his wife, auctioneer Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, was renovated by architect Richard Perry and decorated by Shawn Henderson. The living room’s boulderlike seating is by Smarin, and the Hans J. Wegner wing chair and ottoman are covered in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric. The artworks include, from left, a Roy Lichtenstein print, a Mario Dal Fabbro sculpture from Maison Gerard, and two Sol LeWitt woodcuts; the television is by Samsung.

WILLIAM WALDRON

In another living room in Ferrell’s home, Robert Indiana serigraphs are displayed above a Vladimir Kagan sectional sofa clad in a Pollack fabric. Vases designed by Patricia Urquiola for Baccarat glitter on the Milo Baughman cocktail table; the red armchairs and ottoman are midcentury, and the bronze sphere is by Hervé Van der Straeten for Maison Gerard.

SCOTT FRANCES

A Maynard Dixon artwork hangs above the living room fireplace in Diane Keaton’s Beverly Hills home, which was decorated by Stephen Shadley; a William Ritschel painting is on the far wall.

MARY E. NICHOLS

An English dog painting is set over the living room fireplace in Rob Lowe’s Santa Barbara home, designed by David Phoenix, while a photograph by Lyndie Benson is above the Dutch secretary.

MARY E. NICHOLS

Schuyler Samperton decorated the interiors of this beachy Los Angeles home for actor Rob Morrow and his wife, Debbon Ayer.

BJÖRN WALLANDER

In George Clooney’s Mexican home by Legoretta + Legoretta, the living room features a slipcovered sofa and armchairs and a pair of stools by Casamidy grouped around a cocktail table by SL Westwood Design.

SIMON UPTON

In the living room at Jane Fonda’s New Mexico ranch, the carved-wood chandelier has arms that echo the antlers of the mounted elk, the actress’s quarry from a Montana hunting trip; two Marion Kavanagh Wachtel paintings flank a set of French doors, and the lamps are circa-1900 Handel.

MARY E. NICHOLS

A Persian rug hangs above the family room fireplace in Samuel L. Jackson’s Los Angeles home, decorated by Cecil N. Hayes; the mantel holds stoneware pots and a pair of West African chiwaras.

MARY E. NICHOLS

The living room in the Los Angeles residence of actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her husband, actor and director Christopher Guest, features dark wood floors and beams offset by white walls; the home was decorated by Jan McFarland Cox.

WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ

The living area in Julianna Margulies’s Manhattan apartment, designed by Vicente Wolf, is anchored by a sofa covered in a Larsen fabric. The African carved post and Portuguese Colonial candlesticks standing at the window are from VW Home, as are the Burmese side table and the hand sculpture.

ROGER DAVIES

In the living room of Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres’s Beverly Hills house, a pair of slipcovered sofas and a cocktail table, all by Kathleen Clements Design, are grouped with Louis XVI bergères; the Avalon blanket is by Hermès, and the fringed throw is an antique textile. A mixed-media sculpture by Catherine Willis takes pride of place over the hearth; to its left are a Roman bust and works by Mark Grotjahn and Ed Ruscha. A Ruth Asawa sculpture hangs to the right of the fireplace.

WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ

Designers Brooke Gomez and Mariette Himes Gomez updated Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox’s New York living room with clean-lined modern furnishings, including blue-glass table lamps from Bernd Goeckler Antiques and a pair of Dessin Fournir sofas covered in a Claremont fabric; the artwork between the windows is by Louise Bourgeois, the piano is by Steinway & Sons, and the early-20th-century Turkish Oushak carpet is from Doris Leslie Blau.

ROGER DAVIES

Martyn Lawrence Bullard worked with actress Ellen Pompeo to revamp the 1930 home she shares with her husband, music producer Chris Ivery, and their two children in Los Angeles. To lend architectural distinction to the living room, Bullard framed arched passageways in limestone and installed a custom-made basalt mantel; the mirror is by Richard Shapiro/Studiolo, and the club chairs are a Bullard design, upholstered in a Kravet silk velvet.

WILLIAM WALDRON

Decorator David Flint Wood painted the living room of actress Brooke Shields’s New York townhouse in Benjamin Moore’s cozy Chelsea Gray. Portraits of Shields’s two daughters flank a heart-shaped Keith Haring work, which was a gift from the artist.

ROGER DAVIES

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith created a family haven near Calabasas, California, with the help of architect Stephen Samuelson and interior designer Judith Lance. A large retractable skylight floods the double-height living room with natural illumination. The pair of vintage resin tusks is from Downtown, and the lanterns at left are Moroccan.

SCOTT FRANCES

When actress and comedian Ali Wentworth and her husband, television journalist George Stephanopoulos, relocated from Washington, D.C., to New York City, they enlisted their friend Michael S. Smith to decorate their new apartment. The living room features a skirted sofa and armchairs, all by O. Henry House, upholstered in fabrics by Cowtan & Tout and Jasper, respectively; the Regency mirror and the mahogany bookcase were bought at auction, the settee is a Swedish antique, and the cocktail table and the curtain fabric are both by Jasper.

What Is Transitional Style? The Type of Decor Everyone Can Agree On

By Margaret Heidenry

With so many decor styles out there, it can be hard to stick with just one. Modern, rustic, shabby chic, traditional—deciding on the vibe you want for your home can be downright confusing. But here’s the great thing about interior design: Many of these styles overlap, and can actually work really well together. The design world uses the term “transitional style” to describe the type of design that melds two different aesthetics—modern and traditional—into the same room. So how can you bring transitional style into your home? Our experts break it down for you.

Defining transitional style

The key to achieving this style is balance. Transitional style welcomes disparate styles—the traditional and the modern, the feminine and the masculine—in the same space. It’s a classic, clean look that’s reinvigorated by mixing in contemporary furniture, rugs, and accessories, according to Ellie Thompson, CEO of Venyou, an online platform that lists private homes and estates for events. An angular, modern dining table surrounded by traditional upholstered chairs is a typical example of transitional design. A rule of thumb: You want the decor to be inviting and accessible, not veering too far into one trend or another.

Photo by Ashley Campbell Interior Design—A modern marble table is paired with more relaxed, upholstered dining chairs.

As with any design style, there are unofficial rules to get the look. You can best achieve the mix-and-match transitional style in your home by choosing pieces that follow these guidelines.

Element No. 1: Beige is your friend

Neutral tones are the hallmark of transitional style, according to Thompson. Go for an unsaturated palette of white, cream, beige, tan, gray, or light brown. A simple neutral backdrop for the walls, flooring, cabinets, and large furniture will make the room feel timeless.

Element No. 2: Mix textures

Transitional style embraces different materials that have the same color but that give texture to the space. “Whether it be stone, wood, or leather, transitional style isn’t married to one type of material,” says Thompson. “Using a couple different textures will help you achieve an elegant but modern look.” She suggests incorporating such textures as chrome, gold, wood, glass, fabric, and faux fur into every room of your home.

Element No. 3: Use antiques strategically

Balance out an otherwise contemporary room with an antique statement piece. This will give the room depth and show off your curating skills. “Nothing makes a room feel more modern,” says interior designer Mark Cutler of Los Angeles. “The more sleek the space, the more rustic and worn the antique should be,” he says.

Element No. 4: Use bold accents sparingly

“Don’t overdo it!” says Thompson. Keep it simple by picking a couple loud pieces that accent the room but don’t clutter it. Patterns are used sparingly and tend toward geometrics. “And window treatments will be simple, with sleek lines instead of fussy or complex designs,” says Griffin.

Photo by Martha O’Hara Interiors—Yellow accessories in a transitional living room add interest but don’t overpower.

Element No. 5: A contemporary rug is a must

Transitional furnishings will almost always be partnered with a contemporary rug—think solid, geometric or animal prints—rather than a traditional rug that’s floral, paisley, or oriental, says Griffin. “This is a simple way to touch on transitional style that doesn’t require a complete redesign of your home.”

Element No. 6: Choose modern art that makes a statement

“Keep it big and bold for a greater impact, instead of hanging lots of smaller pieces,” says Griffin. Art should have a contemporary look, in terms of style and colors—abstract works, graphic prints, and photography are best.

Element No. 7: Rely on classic lines

Stick to furniture, tables, and beds that have a sophisticated shape with simple, sophisticated lines, as opposed to pieces that are rounded and ornate. Transitional furniture will be comfortable but boast straighter lines.

“Square off everything,” says Tracy Kay Griffin, lead designer at Express Homebuyers. That means that in choosing a traditional element, you avoid curves and ornate detail, and make sure it has straighter lines, to minimize detail. “For example, doorknobs could be straight levers as opposed to round knobs, and sinks may have a rectangular shape.”

The transitional aesthetic requires the seamless marrying of several traditional pieces with true contemporary pieces. Essentially, this means that your home should be a sophisticated yet livable home, full of beloved items and sensible furniture that can last a lifetime.

Top 10 Christmas Light Ideas to Brighten Up Your New Home

By Drew Knight

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Looking to add a little extra spirit to your new home this holiday season? Brighten it up with an updated Christmas light experience. And since we’re heading into the year 2017, we all know it could use a little updating.

Whether you’re an experienced Christmas lights fanatic or just getting started as a new homeowner, these top 10 Christmas light ideas can definitely help you up your game this year:

10) Time It Right

The easiest way to update your lighting system this year is to put it on a timer.

At a low price, Walmart sells a three-outlet mechanical timer with multiple settings (light it up for two to eight hours), from dusk till dawn and a daily repeat. Just pick your setting and enjoy the feeling of complete automation.

This one’s almost a must-have, because who wants to go outside in the snow to unplug it all?

9) Rope ‘Em In

Tired of the typical string lights and icicles? Try rope lighting.

Perfect for wrapping around columns, banisters and tree trunks, rope lighting adds a modern appeal to your Christmas lights display.

8) Supersized Decor

From inflatables to Christmas light sculptures, you’ve seen them in all the best holiday displays … but they’re not for everyone.

Some communities have guidelines and restrictions toward how “supersized” and how bright you can actually go, so before your develop a plan, check in with your HOA — and next-door neighbors — to make sure you’re not going overboard.

From a lit llama to an air-blown Yoda Santa, you’re bound to find something that suits your holiday style.

7) Cast a Net

Have a good supply of foliage in your front yard? Instead of lighting it up branch by branch with string lighting, take the easy way out with net lights.

Save time and energy by casting a net over a bush or tree in moments.

6) Brighten Your Path

A Christmas décor staple for many holiday spirit enthusiasts, simple path lighting is an easy way to add character and cheer.

If you have a stretch of sidewalk or driveway in front of your home, light the way with some pathway markers. For example, Lowe’s has plenty of options from candy canes to oversized light bulbs.

5) Raise the Curtain

A rarer treat you don’t see too often is the Christmas light curtain.

Perfect for draping across your front window or from your porch rafters, this light curtain has a whimsical cascading effect.

4) Go Green with LED

With the help of LED lighting, the future is now.

When compared to the bulbs of the past, LED Christmas lights generally have a longer life, carry less risk of electrical fire and are more energy efficient — many even come with Energy Star certifications.

Available in regular style, fairy or dewdrop and even solar power, we highly recommend these mighty lights.

3) Holiday Projections

Rounding out our top three are projector lights, similar to what you’d see at a rock concert or theater.

From star-spangled Laser shows to light and bright snowflake projections, there are plenty of options for upping your production value.

2) Custom Colors

If you really want to get technical, check out Philips Illuminate C9 lights series. This selection of holiday lighting allows you to customize your light show every night with different colors and moods.

With the help of the Illuminate app on a smart phone or tablet, you can browse through colors or create your own, select one of the many preloaded functions (like warm or cool) and even change the speed of these functions.

It’s the perfect way to get your first go at the world of extreme Christmas lighting.

1) Put on a Show

But, if you’re ready to put together a Christmas light display worthy of viral video fame, our No. 1 tip can help you get there.

The Home Depot sells a system to help sync your lights along with your favorite holiday songs. Dubbed the Holiday Brilliant Spectacular Light and Sound Show, this series of products can detect the pulse of music you select and trigger the lights to match the beat.

These products allow you to select your music via Bluetooth from a computer, smartphone or tablet, control it up to 30 feet away and amplify the sound to suit your needs.

Learn how it all works right here. And if you learn it right, we’d love to see a link to your holiday display in the comments.

Happy holidays and may all your Christmases be bright!

10 Ideas for Stunning Holiday Lights

Go all out this year with these techniques to light up your house and garden for the holiday season

By Lauren Dunec Hoang

As anyone who has untangled a snarled string of lights or come up 5 feet short on the roofline can attest, the process of hanging holiday lights is more complicated than it looks. A satisfying result depends both on having the right products on hand as well as proper installation. Let us help take the guesswork out of your holiday light setup this year with tips from lighting professionals, including tricks for hiding cords, the best lights for tree-wrapping and how to evenly hang lights along the eaves of your home.

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1. Wrap shrubs: Adding just a few lights to the landscape can make a big difference in making the garden an inviting place to walk through or gaze at. In this walled garden in Manchester, England, a pair of clipped shrubs wrapped with white lights makes a lovely entrance to a garden room.

Get the look: To evenly cover outdoor shrubs, pick up “net lights,” which have bulbs distributed over a square or rectangular lattice of cords. Energy-efficient LED net lights often have a more true-white or bluish-white color than those with incandescent bulbs. Read the packaging to be sure the netting is large enough to wrap all the way around your shrubs.

 

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2. Deck out your front porch. This front porch in Atlanta — done up with festive garlands, strings of lights and a Santa figurine — looks lavishly festive without being overwhelming.

Get the look: Concentrating outdoor decorations in a single area, such as the entryway or a garden bed, can be a great way to go all out with holiday exuberance without turning your front yard into Disneyland.

 3. Showcase trees. Gardens this time of year are primarily quiet. Highlight the branch structure of deciduous trees by wrapping the trunk and individual branches with white lights. Choose a single tree as a specimen, or illuminate a cluster of trees for greater impact.

Pro tip: To get the professional look in this photo, Ryan Morici of Heritage Oaks Landscaping recommends swapping regular holiday lights for LED mini lights to save on power consumption. “The LED lights allow you to use many more lights per circuit versus the incandescent lights,” Morici says.

4. Line a pathway with luminarias. Welcome guests this year with an enchanting walkway lined with glowing luminarias.

Get the look: You can purchase luminarias or make your own with paper bags weighted with a handful of sand at the bottom. If you’re thinking of a large display, gather some helpers to place tea lights in each one — or use battery-powered candles — and light just before guests arrive.

5. Hang snowflakes. Trade traditional string lights for a set with glittering snowflakes. Hang them where they have room to stand out, such as just below the eaves or along large branches of a tree in the front yard.

6. Illuminate potted branches. You may not have small trees or shrubs to wrap with lights along driveways or paved entryways. But you can light up container plantings instead.

Get the look: Pick up branches from the backyard or a florist, and set them upright in containers filled with sand or gravel. Wrap the branches with lights of your choosing, and use conifer trimmings to hide the plugs and containers.

7. Add magic to snowy landscapes. Lights twinkling like tiny stars hovering over a snowy garden are just about as magical as it gets. To mimic stars overhead, wrap branches that overhang garden walkways or beds to create a softly lit canopy.

8. Light up a treehouse. As if a backyard treehouse weren’t magical enough, this one is fully decked out for Christmas. A Houzz favorite for the past few years — with good reason — the treehouse was built by a Dallas couple, with the help of an architect, to give their grandchildren a place for imaginative play.

A Magical Tree House Lights Up for Christmas

10. Outline the eaves of your home. Perhaps the most classic style, perimeter lighting along a home’s eaves and roofline creates an inviting arrival. Pelham McMurry from Light Up Nashville shares these tips for getting a professional look at home:

  • Upgrade your lights. “Even the most expensive sets of LED lights at box stores are cheap-quality,” McMurry says. “Commercial-grade LED lights purchased from specialty retailers is the way to go if you don’t want to repurchase your lights year after year. Quality lights cost more, but in the long run, you’ll save time, frustration and money by not having to repurchase every year.” To get those perfectly straight lines, where every bulb seems exactly aligned with the next one, attach lights to your trim with commercial-grade clips.
  • Consider a professional. “There are many reasons to hire a professional to install your holiday lightings, but maybe the most important is safety,” McMurry says. To avoid the risk of falling from a ladder or slipping on an icy roof, consider hiring a local lighting professional.

Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas

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Designed by Geoff Chick & Associates and built by Chris Clark Construction Incorporated, this Florida beach house is full of new coastal design ideas! The architectural details are truly inspiring. Walls are paneled with white shiplap and the ceilings, when not featuring shiplap, are beautifully crafted with coffered trim and pecky cypress wood.

Located in 30A, this beach house has a very soothing, relaxing color palette that easily transports you to a sunny summery day.

 

Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas

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This white beach house is full of great architectural details, inside and out!

Kitchen

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It’s easy to see why this home is being featured on Home Bunch today, right? Who would love to have a kitchen like that? The light gray cabinets are painted in a color similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 White Dove. Also, notice the gunmetal gray leather counterstools with swoop arms and silver nailhead trim.

Stacked Kitchen Cabinets with Rustic Wood Floors

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The kitchen features light gray stacked cabinets adorned with long satin nickel pulls paired with quartzite countertops and a light gray glazed tiled backsplash. The rustic wood floors are custom dark stained.

 Row of Windows Over Kitchen Sink

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The light gray kitchen cabinets are adorned with extra long satin nickel pulls. A stainless steel dual kitchen sink stands under a row of windows dressed in white roman shades illuminated byRuhlmann Single Sconces.

Dining Room Coffered Ceiling with Pecky Cypress Trim

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The dining room boasts a glossy white coffered ceiling accented with pecky cypress coffers accented with an iron chandelier. The round salvaged wood dining table surrounded by white slipcovered dining chairs.

Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Spring Island Basket – $2,800.00

Coffered Ceiling Details

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The coffers are hollow 2×4 boxes wrapped in sheetrock, with a big crown over the pickled pecky cypress.

Contrasts

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I love the contrast the dark hardwood flooring creates against the white shiplap walls.

Lighting

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Lighting is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6 Light 29 inch, Extra Large Lantern.

Closet Laundry Room

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A pecky cypress barn door opens to a hallway closet laundry room filled with light gray shaker cabinets suspended over a stainless steel mini brick tile backsplash.

Washer and dryer are Electrolux.

 Hallway with Blue Wet Bar

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This hallway boasts rustic wood beam ceiling, shiplap walls, shiplap ceiling as well a wall of French doors and transom windows dressed in white cotton curtains.

Office with Pecky Cypress Barn Door 

 

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One of the pecky cypress barn door opens to reveal a home office with light gray cabinets suspended over a gray built-in desk with wood top.

Barn doors are painted in a custom whitewash stain.

Blue Wet Bar Paint Color

 

 

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A blue wet bar is tucked into a nook. The blue wet bar paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore HC-145 Van Courtland Blue.

Shiplap Barn Door on Rails

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This white shiplap barn door opens to reveal a kids’ bedroom filled with white built-in beds with storage drawers.

Kid Bedroom with Row of Built-In Beds

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The kids bathroom features recycled glass countertop.

Master Bedroom

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What an amazing master bedroom! This space is perfect designed, Notice the shiplap walls and the vaulted shiplap ceiling.

Grey Shiplap

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The shiplap walls are painted in a soft grey color.

Watercolor

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The bedroom features a soft, calming color palette.

Bedroom Lighting

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Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Laurel Bay Shell and Crystal Chandelier – $4,000

Sitting Area

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Gorgeous bedroom sitting area with slipcovered chairs and blue and turquoise accents.

 Oblong Marble Tile Wall

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This master bathroom features an oblong marble tile accent wall, neutral floor tiles and light gray his and her washstands flanked by a drop down makeup vanity. Vanity paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 Gray Owl.

Bathroom with Shiplap Walls

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  The master bathroom also features a rectangular tray ceiling accented with shiplap trim.

Height

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Ceiling Height: 12′ ceiling.

Similar Off-White Paint Color

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Best off-white paint color by Benjamin Moore: “Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove”.

 Bedroom Hall Sitting Area

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The bedroom hallway is filled with a shiplap wall lined with white slipcovered chairs

Shiplap Wall Paneling Dimensions

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Shiplap walls are 8″ nickel gap paneling.

Gray and Blue Guest Bedroom

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This blue and gray guest bedroom features a gray velvet bed dressed in white and pale blue bedding placed next to a white mirrored 3-drawer nightstand. Nightstand is Worlds Away Ava White Lacquer Nightstand. Similar paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Bedroom Reading Corner

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Inviting reading corner nook with white chaise lounge. Windows are dressed in white cotton curtains.

Bedroom with Gray Quatrefoil Mirrored Cabinet

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This gray and blue beach style shared bedroom features two carved gray headboards on twin beds dressed in white and blue bedding. A pair of blue benches sit at the foot of two beds facing a gray quatrefoil mirrored cabinet tucked under a flat panel tv.

Home Exterior

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Similar white exterior paint color: “Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams”. This property also features a guest house.

Guest House

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A screened-in porch connects the main house to the guest quarters.

  Small U Shaped Kitchen 

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Located in the guest house, this small U-shaped kitchen features a white French hood, stacked white floating shelves, suspended over an induction cooktop with pot and brass wall sconces. A kitchen peninsula is topped with Perla Venata quartzite fitted with a sink and modern faucet which overlooks the family room.

Hardware is unlaquered brass.

Small Living Room

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The small living room features a taupe sectional lined with turquoise blue pillows facing a low wood tv cabinet. A gold striped drum pendant hangs from a tray shiplap ceiling while a pair of wicker pod chair provides additional seating.

Sliding Barn Doors

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Barn doors are Pecky Cypress painted in a whitewash stain.

Sliding Barn Doors

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The pecky cypress barn door opens to a beach style bedroom.

Similar Paint Color

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Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams.

Details

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This coastal bedroom is decorated with a white upholstered bed dressed in green and blue velvet pillows and a small mirrored nightstand. Wall of windows are dressed in white curtains.

  Beach Home Porch with Rope Swing

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The main house features a dreamy porch with a white and turquoise rope swing and a pair of white slipcovered chairs.

On the Beach

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Can you picture yourself spending summers in this home? How fun would that be! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Chic Ideas to Decorate Your Kids’ Room with Stripes

1. Dress The Beds in Blue and White Striped Bedspreads for a Nautical Look

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2. Create an Accent Wall With White and Colored Stripes of Paint

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3. Dress The Windows with Striped Curtains in Colors That Compliment The Decor of The Room

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4. Cover The Floor with a Striped Carpet or Roll Out a Striped Rug

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5. Work on The Fifth Wall, Yes We Mean The Ceiling

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6. Go for a Striped Bed Headboard and Use The Same Fabric for The Bed Skirt

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7. Introduce a Hint of Pattern with Striped Pillows

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8. Another Way to Add a Bit of Pattern is a Striped Window Valance

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9. Paint A Piece of Furniture in Stripes

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10. Hang Striped Fabric Canopies

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11. Craft a Canvas Wall Art That Has Stripes

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12. Set Up a Reading Nook Inside a Striped Tepee

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13. Hang a Striped Pendant Lamp

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14. Craft Striped Hot Air Balloons with Paper Lanterns, Paint and Baskets

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15. Create a Wood Striped Accent Wall

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DIY Crate Tutorial to Set Pumpkins in

 

 

Fall is finally here…  Well, I think it is.  I’m not sure where fall went, though.  It’s suppose to be in the eighties today, but break out the skinny jeans and boots anyway!!!  I have finally finished decorating my front porch on a low budget. There are many ways to decorate for fall for cheap or even free – DIY Crate Tutorial!

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This fall, I added some rustic character to my porch by building crates to set my pumpkins in.   I used some pallet boards I had on hand in order to build mine, so I didn’t end up spending any money on them.  Crates are simple to build.  When using pallet boards, the boards are not always straight, so if you are really picky about that I suggest you buy some nice straight boards.  This did aggravate me at first.  However, I didn’t want to spend any money so I got over it fast.

To build your crate these are the supplies you will need:

  • Pallet boards
  • 1×1 boards
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nails or screws
  • Nail gun or drill

First thing, cut all your boards. If you want the crate bigger or smaller, adjust your cuts accordingly. These are the cuts I did:

  • (9) pallet boards @ 21.5”
  • (4) pallet boards @ 12.5″
  • (4) 1×1 boards @ 11.5″

You will notice that my side pieces are thicker than the other boards.  The pallet I used had smaller and larger boards. I used only the wider boards for the sides.  If all of your boards are the same, you will need to cut 6 pallet boards at 12.5″.  After you have finished cutting the boards, stain or paint them.  I did put one together without staining it first and thought it was harder to get into all the nooks and crannies.

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After the paint dries, place the 12.5″ board on the 1×1, lining the edges (shown below) one board at a time.  After you have it lined the edges up, nail together using about 3 or 4 nails.  If you don’t have a nail gun, you can screw everything together.  Just make sure to pre-drill your holes.  When I cut my 1×1, I cut it shorter than the height I wanted the crate to be. I wanted my board to hang over a little.  After you place your first board, put the second one on, leaving a little space in between the boards.  Nail it to the 1×1.  Do the other side the same.

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Next, take the sides and line them up on the ends.  Take two of your 21.5” boards and place them on the top.  Line up your edges and nail them down.  Do the top and bottom boards first, then your middle.  This way, it will be square.  When placing your middle board, just make sure you have equal distance between the boards.  I just eyeballed mine.

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Turn it over to the other side and do the same thing.

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When you get to the bottom, line your outside boards up with your side boards.  Nail together both the sides. Next, add your middle board, spacing it evenly between your other two boards.

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Now you are FINISHED!!

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These could also be used for storage.  I was thinking about hanging some on the wall of my craft room to put fabric in them.  There are endless ideas for using crates.

Step Inside this Sophisticated Attic Home

By Molly Thompson

 

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This attic home is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Designed and built by Scandinavian Homes, the layout of this home is somehow simultaneously cozy and grand; the 163 square meter home has high reaching ceilings — coming in at almost 4 meters tall. There are windows on three sides of the home, allowing both natural light and views of the surrounding city.

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Exposed wooden beams contrast the whitewashed living areas. The open concept living areas transition seamlessly to kitchen space, with a grand fireplace as the center structure. This three bedroom condominium includes an additional flexible loft space for out of town guests.

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The master bathroom includes two Takdushcar shower heads enclosed with a corner fitting tub. An en suite sauna, including a window with a view, rounds out the rest of the bathroom.

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The designers fully profited from the shape of the space and the layout of the building. The height is utilized to create dramatic spaces for art and for living; the lowered sections of the roof create cozy niches and storage space. The result is a sophisticated but comfortable living and entertaining space.

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Mint and Copper Kitchen Inspiration

MINT AND COPPER KITCHEN INSPIRATION

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Hello again! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, back with another mood board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that copper is a big trend right now. I have to say, I’m totally on board. I love the warm, classic look it adds to any space. There’s one color combo that’s really been catching my eye though, and that is copper with mint. There’s just something about that warm metal and cool, refreshing minty green that works so well. I thought that this month, I’d put together a mood board using this beautiful color combo in a kitchen.

Mint and Copper Kitchen Inspiration

To start with, I browsed around and came up with some lovely inspiration:

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IMAGE SOURCE: BEACON LIGHTING

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Image Source: Crate and Barrel
Concept and styling: 100 Layer Cake
Photo Credit: Scott Clark Photo

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Image Source: My Domaine
Photo Credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel

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Image Source: House Beautiful
Photo Credit: Kohler

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Image Source: HGTV
Photo Credit: Erin Williamson

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Image Source: Remodelista
Design: Alexander Waterworth Interiors
Photo Credit: Helen Cathcart

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Image Source: Lonny
Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel, Smitten Studio
Photo Credit: Tessa Neustadt

Whether it’s just a hint of this great color in the accents, or a bigger commitment with the cabinets and hardware, mint and copper for the win! It’s such a refreshing and fun color combination. I really love it. Once these ideas were firmly planted in my brain, I set to work on my own design for the perfect mint and copper kitchen.
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