Man Cave Style: 6 Essentials for a Guy’s Getaway at Home

Man Cave Style: 6 Essentials for a Guy’s Getaway at Home

Women are often in charge of home decor, but a man cave is a secluded space where the man of the house can express his creative side. The phrase "man cave" was first used in the early '90s in an article in the Toronto Star newspaper. A man cave can be a spare bedroom, basement, office, or an air-conditioned garage - any space where a man can relax, decompress, work on a hobby, or enjoy quiet solitude at the end of a long day. (Women need this too, so stay tuned for our post about ideas for creating the ultimate...

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Everything You Need to Know About Teak Wood Furniture

Everything You Need to Know About Teak Wood Furniture

Photo: Instagram @shelterresidentialProduct: Avanity Coventry 72-inch Vanity in Natural Teak What is Teak Wood? You’re shopping for outdoor furniture and a stunning set made from teak has caught your eye. The wood is a deep shade of amber — so gorgeous— but will it stay that way? Many people worry about the resilience of teak, but there are many reasons why it is the wood of choice among outdoor furniture manufacturers. You’ve probably noticed that the highest-quality benches, tables, chairs, stools, and hammock stands are usually made with teak, but why is this so? Grown throughout Asia and in Panama,...

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Go Boho: Editor’s Picks for a Beautiful Bohemian Bedroom

Go Boho: Editor’s Picks for a Beautiful Bohemian Bedroom

Photo: Ella Boho Decor Instagram What is Boho style? In the '60s, Bohemian or "hippie" style décor was all the rage. Today, Bohemian style is referred to as "Boho" or "Boho-chic", reflecting the avant-garde, artistic style, and personality of the homeowner. Actor Sienna Miller helped to popularize Boho-chic clothing in the early 2000s. What does Boho style look like? Boho is a free-spirited blend of textures, colors, and bold patterns. Mixed prints and geometric patterns are often highlighted in rugs, throw pillows, wall art, curtains, and other furnishings. Chairs and furniture pieces are often crafted of woven rattan, wicker, or...

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What is Modern Minimalist Design?

What is Modern Minimalist Design?

Clean and calming with an honest feel perfectly describes modern minimalist interiors. Comfortable, angular design elements excite the eye while also emitting a sense of simplicity and roominess. (Think Feng Shui!) Other characteristics include an emphasis on natural light, an appreciation for open floor plan design, minimal details, clean lines and edges, and a basic color palette. "Less is more" is the sentiment for modern minimalist design. Interior designers began embracing this simple, open style in the mid-20th century as a contrast to the traditional, ornate furnishings that were popular at the time. In addition to its fabulous eye appeal,...

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Earth Day-Inspired Home Décor Brands for Sustainable Living

Earth Day-Inspired Home Décor Brands for Sustainable Living

Does it ever seem like hardly a day goes by when you don’t hear a report about how a product or material is causing harm to the environment and/or your health? Being conscious of sustainable and healthy living standards and practices is more important now than ever, and home décor brands have a responsibility to ensure that they are creating products that are ethically made and environmentally sustainable. Fortunately, there are a number of such brands that are doing things like using energy-efficient LED lighting options, implementing materials harvested from sustainable resources and recycled goods, and focusing on fair trade...

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How to Use Natural Materials In Your Home

How to Use Natural Materials In Your Home

Bringing a natural aesthetic into your home can either be a full style choice, where the entire feel of a space is earthy-neutrals, or it can be a way to bring hints of nature into a specific design. Incorporating natural materials into any home is all about paying attention to the texture or pattern of a particular material. Woven Textures Many of the textures of natural elements come from the weaving of materials to draw the eye. As you design your space, you can either play up the woven texture of a single item by making it a larger piece...

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10 Designers Share the 10 Trends They’re Most Excited About This Year

10 Designers Share the 10 Trends They’re Most Excited About This Year

New year, new trends. It seems there are always exciting new shifts and changes in the design world and 2019 is no exception. Here 10 designers share the trends they’re most excited about this year. Going Green 1. In 2019 it’s all about green, says Kate Spiro, an interior designer based in New York City. “Where bright blue dominated living rooms for a while, dark and rich green tones will be the new go to, providing a nice pop of color to your space while still feeling refined,” says Spiro. “Dark green pairs nicely with many colors so it is...

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The Look We’re Loving Lately: Botanical Decor

The Look We’re Loving Lately: Botanical Decor

You’ve seen those beautiful home photos with indoor jungles or corners of greenery in every room. Or maybe you’ve read a few articles about how plants help to purify the air in your home. Either way, it's no secret, botanical decor is in right now. With the variety of plant types, sizes, and decor options, you can easily incorporate this hot trend into your home – with or without live plants! Planters and Plants: The Easiest Way to Go Botanical The most obvious way to bring a botanical look into your home is to place living plants throughout. Succulents and...

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2018 Outdoor Lighting Trends for the Early Bird

2018 Outdoor Lighting Trends for the Early Bird

Maybe there’s still a chill in the air, but a season of patio parties, barbecues, car washes, and gardening lies ahead. If you’re excited and want to start early, think about upgrading your home’s exterior lights. To make the most of warm weather, you’ll need a well-lit yard, driveway, porch and sidewalks. Proper outdoor light fixtures also keep suspicious activity away from your house and prevent trips and falls as you’re bringing in the groceries and party supplies. 2018 Outdoor Lighting Trends Many homeowners neglect to explore today’s lighting options, allowing their exterior fixtures from decades past to rust and...

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Top Lighting Trends from Lightovation 2018

Top Lighting Trends from Lightovation 2018

If you want to glimpse into the brightest minds and trends in lighting design and technology, there’s only one place you need to go: Lightovation, at the world-renowned Dallas Market Center. With a focus on innovation and design, the revelations at Lightovation are a key part of the lighting industry's core evaluations and measures of excellence. From decorative to architectural lighting and everything in between, this event is the ultimate, high-energy trade show where you get a sneak peek of the fixtures — many of them as-of-yet unreleased — to look forward to in the coming year. This year’s Lightovation...

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