10 ways to hide the eyesores in your home

10 ways to hide the eyesores in your home

No matter how hard we try to make our homes stylish and beautiful, there are many little details, like cords or scratched wood, that diminish its visual appeal. Try hiding those eyesores in the home with these 10 creative strategies and it'll make your interior design shine. 1. Seek out stylish storage solutions, like a decorative box or vintage suitcases that can also be used as decor. After all, who says you have to use ugly plastic tubs to keep your home organized?   2. Cover up clutter or lackluster space with a beautiful screen. It will instantly lend your…

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Pet-friendly decorating tips for a home you and your furry friend will love

Pet-friendly decorating tips for a home you and your furry friend will love

Parents are always aware of their young one's safety and comfort, and they also consider their kid's messy habits before picking out new furniture and decor. The same strategy can be applied to pets, too, and I know many of you think of them as family, too. By remembering your furry friend when decorating, you can design a home that is comfortable for both of you and still be able to enjoy a stylish space. These pet-friendly decorating tips will help get you started. 1. Opt for rugs rather than wall-to-wall carpet Carpet traps bad odors and hair, making it…

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Sofas, couches, davenports – What’s the difference?

Sofas, couches, davenports – What’s the difference?

I'm sure many of you grew up like I did thinking that sofas, couches and davenports were all the same thing. I've always thought they were synonyms you could use interchangeably and that certain regions in the U.S. preferred one word over the other, much like soda vs. pop. You can imagine my surprise, though, when I discovered that the words sofa, couch and davenport in fact have three separate meanings. Couches Although invented prior to this time, couches became very popular in the Victorian era when they were referred to as a "fainting couch." Couches during the Victorian period…

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Decorating for an open floor plan

Decorating for an open floor plan

Homeowners have made open floor plans a popular layout style, and depending on your space, you may find it a suitable design choice for your home as well. Instead of separating each room with walls, open floor plans combine rooms such as the kitchen, dining room and living room into one large open area. I find open floor plans very appealing in smaller homes, and the layout works well for those with more square footage as well. It's a refreshing feeling to walk into a home with an open-floor layout. With fewer walls and longer sightlines, the style is soothing…

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Turn your bedroom into a luxurious hotel room

Turn your bedroom into a luxurious hotel room

I love staying in hotel rooms. After a busy afternoon of sightseeing or trip activities, a classy hotel room is the perfect way to end the day. It's simple, yet sophisticated decorating scheme creates a luxurious feeling that helps me to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. If relaxing in the hotel room is your favorite way to vacation, too, you might be happy to know that a bedroom can offer the same luxurious feel. Simply incorporate some of these tips into your room's design. 1. Decorate in all white to create that elegant and clean look. If all white isn't your style,…

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The art of hanging your artwork at home

The art of hanging your artwork at home

Hanging your artwork is, quite frankly, an art in and of itself. If your favorite painting is hung too high or too low, the room's proportions and balance will be thrown off. Grouping pictures can be a challenge, too, as this strategy usually involves trying to create a put-together look with different-sized frames. Although hanging artwork isn't easy, take heart in knowing there are strategies that will make it less of a nightmare. Here are some tips I've found most helpful. 1. Hang art at eye level (or 57 inches from the floor) Guests shouldn't have to strain their necks…

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Layer your rugs for an interesting look

Layer your rugs for an interesting look

I don’t know if you all have heard, but layering rugs is in style – and I love that it is. I think there are many benefits to laying one rug on top of another. For example, if you have a beautiful rug that you want to display in the living room, but it is too small, layering a larger rug underneath is often the perfect solution. Layering rugs can also lend a designer look to your home, as it is bold and sometimes tricky to pull off. If you like the layering rug trend as much as I do,…

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3 ways to love your new studio apartment

3 ways to love your new studio apartment

Moving into a studio apartment might be a breath of fresh air for those looking to escape the roommate lifestyle. But for many, it's a shocking change – especially those who like to live large. With the right attitude, some time and a few adjustments, I've found that it's easy to love a small space. Here's what to do so you can love yours. Simplify I know it's hard to part ways with clothes and miscellaneous items that you've collected over the years, but getting rid of the things you don't need is necessary (unless you didn't have much stuff to begin…

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Decorating with renewable resources: Why bamboo is good for the home

Decorating with renewable resources: Why bamboo is good for the home

I love the concept of decorating my home to mimic the outdoors. Bringing nature inside is a great way to create an environment that can be both soothing and energizing. Designing a nature-inspired home allows me the opportunity to consider using natural materials. I've taken an interest in learning more about what we as homeowners can do to design a stylish space while lessening our environmental impact. And one solution I've found is to seek out materials that are sustainable and defined as renewable resources. Bamboo, for example, is a renewable resource that can be used to create eco-friendly furniture,…

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Women who have made an impact on interior design

Women who have made an impact on interior design

As a woman within the interior design industry, I love being able to look up to strong and leading female designers. Last week I compiled a list of inspiring female interior designers who are currently influencing and making changes to the industry. Now I want to share with you all women who are no longer living. The work done by these women has made a substantial impact on the interior design industry. Without these women, the industry wouldn't be what it is today. 1. Dorothy Draper Those who like a bold style should look to Dorothy Draper's past work for…

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