Turn your cabin into a home away from home

Turn your cabin into a home away from home

Ah, the cabin life – so peaceful and quiet. As a Minnesotan, I know many people who own and vacation in their cabins throughout the year. It's as if their cabins are a home away from home. In order to create a homelike environment, of course, certain decorative decisions need to be made. Consider adding these five essentials to your cabin and enjoy that home-sweet-home atmosphere even when you're on vacation. Pictures It's very rare to walk into a home and not see pictures of family and friends. If there are photographs you love but don't have room for in…

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How to decorate a narrow hallway

How to decorate a narrow hallway

Every room in your home has been carefully decorated and furnished to match your exact style. But what about the hallways? In my opinion, hallways are trickier to decorate, especially if they are narrow. Keep these tips in mind before you get started. Keep it tidy Cluttered hallways make it difficult to walk from one room to another. Keep everything tidy with a hallway bench or shelves. Since you're furnishing a narrow hallway, it's best to look for a design that isn't too wide. Decorate the walls Narrow hallways already have limited space, so why crowd it even more? While…

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6 essentials for craft room creativity

6 essentials for craft room creativity

Having an entire room or area dedicated to crafts might seem unnecessary to some, but those people probably aren't spending their afternoons or evenings working on Pinterest DIY projects. Crafting can get messy and often requires using many supplies that, when put away, occupy a lot of space. Consider setting up a craft space in your home and keep these essentials in mind when putting it together. Surface space Almost every project you take on will require a table for surface space. Make sure the table you choose is large enough to accommodate you and your project – a small…

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Prepare your home for back to school with these 5 ideas

Prepare your home for back to school with these 5 ideas

School's almost in session! Now's the time to start preparing your home for another busy year. Here are five ways you can organize and set up your home for back-to-school success. 1. Create a homework nook A dedicated study area can help your student stay focused at home, but you don't have to turn an entire room into a homework station. I've found that an unused hallway space or room corner can be the perfect spot. Be sure to provide essentials like task lighting, counter space and a comfortable chair. 2. Seek out smarter storage solutions Trying to streamline your…

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Tricks to Sizing Your Dining Room

Tricks to Sizing Your Dining Room

Working for Bellacor made me realize how much there is to consider when buying furnishings for your dining room. Not only do you have to worry about budget, color, and personal taste, you also have to consider size. Figuring out the best size table and the perfectly proportioned fixture for your needs can be confusing. Here are the tips I use to direct people to their best pieces. Sizing Your Dining Table The table is the heart of the dining room. Whether you use your dining room for every meal, or only special occasions, the following tips will help you…

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How to pick the perfect headboard for your bedroom

How to pick the perfect headboard for your bedroom

I'm sure many of you would agree with me when I say that a bed simply doesn't look complete without a headboard. To me, headboards are the finishing touch. They easily enhance a room's style. While headboards are essential to your bedroom's overall design, not just any headboard will do. Keep these factors in mind to find a headboard that complements your room. Ceiling height When buying any piece of furniture, you'll have to consider the room's size and make sure that the sofa, dresser or table is scaled accordingly. When buying a headboard, the room's ceiling height also needs…

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Mixing Patterns 101: How to Effectively Mix and Match Patterns in Your Home

Mixing Patterns 101: How to Effectively Mix and Match Patterns in Your Home

Mixing patterns in the same room can lend a designer look to your space, but doing so can also create a chaotic appearance depending on the patterns you choose. Read on to learn how you can pull off the look and add a designer touch to your home. The number of patterns you choose for your room can influence whether they work together or not. Odd numbers tend to look more appealing, so incorporate a minimum of three patterns in each space. While it's not a hard and fast rule, the 60-30-10 strategy can make decorating easier. With the 60-30-10…

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Decorate the natural way: A guide to natural-fiber rugs

Decorate the natural way: A guide to natural-fiber rugs

I've noticed more and more people choosing natural-fiber rugs lately. If you've read some of my earlier entries, you already know that I am a fan of natural rugs (although synthetic rugs have their place, too). Natural-fiber rugs are durable, stylish and depending on which fiber you choose, they can also be very affordable. If you're considering a natural-fiber rug for your home, use this guide to narrow down your options and choose the best material for your space. Wool: If you're searching for a soft, high-quality rug, wool is a great option. Wool rugs are soft, durable and stain-resistant, which…

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7 Design Hacks for Any Space

7 Design Hacks for Any Space

Creating a space of your own is a lot of work. If you’re dreading a big move, or a little redecorating, because of all the arranging and rearranging that goes with it, take a look at these design hacks that make big projects simple. 1. Determine your focal point. Whether it’s the TV, fireplace, window, or your favorite couch, decide where you want your attention focused. Once you know what to highlight, your arrangement will fall into place. 2. Use bed sheets to visualize how much space your furniture will need. Fold bed sheets to the size of your furniture…

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Helpful home tips for when you’re away on vacation

Helpful home tips for when you’re away on vacation

Summer isn't over yet, and I'm sure many of you are still preparing for your family vacation. Before you take off and enjoy a week of relaxation and sightseeing, follow these tips to keep your home safe and ready for your return. 1. Suspend your mail and newspaper Unless you've made a habit of not bringing in the mail everyday, a stuffed mailbox will tell others that you're out of town and might not be back for a while. Put your mail and newspaper services on hold until you get back. 2. Invest in timers Once again, you don't want…

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