This dramatic renovation included: updating the cabinets, new counter tops, tile backsplash, new appliances, the addition of a new breakfast bar & wine storage, improving the lighting and accessorizing this kitchen, all within their fairly tight budget!
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Looking to spruce up your office now that the kids are back to school? Here are some great tips!
The first thing you will need is a good, functional desk. Check out places like Ikea, they have beautiful (and functional) desk units from $140! Check out the Galant series which has tons of flexible options:
Next, make sure you have adequate storage for all office necessities, such as fax machines, paper supplies, pens, pencils, etc. Purchase several different types of storage cabinets, to ensure you’ll be able to keep everything tidy. Filing cabinets are always essential to keep paperwork organized and in its proper place. We really like the multiple options of the Effectiv series from Ikea to keep all those necessities neat and out of sight:
Here are some great tips on “dressing up” your office space:
• Use a minimal amount of accessories to keep the space looking crisp and clean.
• Opt for great artwork on the walls instead of lots of accessory items to clutter up your work surfaces.
• Paint the walls a great color. If you’re afraid of all-over color, paint an accent wall to brighten up the space.
• And last, but not least, make sure you have comfy chairs for the whole family
Back to school time! Here are some fun finds that will add some spice to that bland dorm room.
Storage is always a huge issue in a tiny dorm room. These colorful fabric bins can hold everything – from books, to bathroom necessities, to clothes.
Looking for some purposeful art? How fun are these cork boards from Crate & Barrel!
Bedding is the simplest way to add pattern and color to your room. Loving this bold print from Target – and the pieces are under $25 each!
Tired of that old, worn out commercial carpet? Dress it up with a fun area rug!
Form meets function in a most unique way. Kudos to this architect for taking on this amazing challenge and succeeding!
This article poses an interesting question – to stage for “anyone and everyone”, or to appeal to a certain design taste. I think it can definitely depend on which part of the country you live in, if the home resides in an urban or rural locale, and the actual architecture of the structure. I truly believe people in the market don’t go into a home expecting to see no evidence of someone residing there, but I do feel that you should make it as “appealing” as possible.
Nothing more classic than a crisp, white pillow. This great ribbon texture pillow cover will look great in any decor.
DO Use double-duty furniture.
Wallcovering is still a top trend these days. With styles ranging from grass cloth (hello 1970’s) to metallics, to pearl, there’s something for everyone!
Here are a few of our favorites:
Grass cloth is back with a vengeance. The wonderful thing about this product is the style can fit in any design setting – from contemporary to traditional. Phillip Jeffries has some wonderful new products, shown below is their gorgeous Soho Hemp line.
One of our all-time faves, Bedazzled from Maya Romanoff. It’s a flexible wallcovering consisting of glittering glass beads. Perfect for bathrooms, dining rooms, or any room in need of a little sparkle.
If you’re a lover of all that is “mod”, Chain Link from Phillip Jeffries is for you! Loving the orange shown here.
Talk about fun! What a great product for your kids’ rooms, playrooms, or any fun room! You can paint directly into a “frame”, add your family photos, or leave it simply as is. $45 a roll from Graham & Brown.
DO Choose a serene, relaxing color for the walls.
Hues of green, blue, gray, and taupe are most calming.
DON’T Forget to use different elements of lighting.
Utilize different “layers” of light to achieve perfect illumination. You’ll need a general, overhead light source, and task/reading light.
DO Invest in a high quality mattress.
We spend 1/4 of our life sleeping!
DON’T Make the TV your focal point.
Try hiding it away in a cabinet, or frame it on the wall to make more of an “artful” statement.