We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. As temperatures drop and days get shorter, you’ll probably be spending more time in bed (or at least wishing you could). Wayfair’s latest design collab with Eider & Ivory is the perfect way to cozy up your bed this fall. The bath and bedding collections feature soft and minimalist color palettes. There are plenty of cold-weather bedding necessities like throw blankets, coverlets and quilts. The high-quality pieces are designed for layering – and the affordable prices make creating a layered, cloud-like bed or fabulous bathroom easy on your wallet. Too bad you can’t order a couple of extra stay-in-bed hours per day, too.
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“Don’t ever do this.” “You should never do that.” We’ve all heard certain decorating rules regarding colors, furniture, finishes and accessories. But how many of these are actually true, and how many may have made sense in the past but are no longer applicable? We asked a few experts to weigh in and separate fact from fiction.
Should you avoid bright colors in the bedroom?This rule is true, according to Kimberly Schmunk, an interior designer at Nashville-based luxury custom home developer Focus Builders. “I tend to lean toward a more soothing color palette in the bedroom, since this is the room you will be winding down in.” If you want to incorporate bold colors, she recommends including it in artwork, throw pillows or other accessories. You can paint your bedroom bright red, but
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If there’s one architectural feature that everyone loves, it’s built-in furniture. Whether we’re talking about classic bookcases, a modern entertainment center or a cozy window seat, these features always turn out to be equally eye-catching and functional. What more could you ask for in your home design? The next time you’re itching to take on a home improvement project, look no further. We even have 14 gorgeous built-in ideas to give you some inspiration. Look these over and we promise that you’ll have an idea for a built-in of your own.
What to consider when adding built-in furnitureBuilt-ins are a coveted architectural feature for a reason. Though the finished product is nearly always worth the effort, the building and installation process can require a large investment of time and money. With
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We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Jewel-tone colors are so in right now – and it’s not hard to see why. These bold colors pack a punch that is sure to catch viewers’ attention and win them over. The only tricky part is that since these colors are so strong, they are not the easiest to incorporate into a design. Luckily, that’s where we come in. We compiled some of our best tips on how to use these powerful hues in your home without having the final product feel overwhelming. Plus, we included some design inspiration to help you get started. Keep scrolling to see how you can make this trend work in your interiors.
Designing your own custom home means getting ultimate control over your abode. Whether your wish list is a mile long or you’re looking to downsize, the design process should yield exactly what you want. Of course, if this is your first time designing a custom home, your enthusiasm can override experience and result in major mistakes. Since years of enjoyment and your investment is on the line, it’s important that you don’t get swept away in the excitement of designing your own place. Be on the lookout for these common design mistakes that almost everyone makes their first time around.
Skipping StorageHey, it’s understandable that you’d be more excited about your dream master bath than you are a linen closet. But don’t underestimate the power of closets in your home design. Not only will they increase your home’s
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Accent walls are a classic way to add modern style to a space. They’re usually defined by a bright color that is then mirrored in small accents around the room. But you can add another dimension to this popular decorating trend by using a geometric accent wall. This take on the style is what it sounds like: using some form of geometry to boost the style of the accent wall itself. It could come from the shape of the wall, the style the wall is painted in or even three-dimensional designs. Take a look below to learn how to take your accent wall to a new level.
Triangle accent wallOne of the easiest ways to achieve a geometric accent wall is to use the geometry of the space itself to your advantage. Many attic
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Water features are usually associated with outdoor gardens, adding a serene bubbling brook to lush natural areas. But you can also get that relaxing feeling inside the home with an indoor water feature. The uses for water features in the home are endless, from small accent pieces to room dividers. Read on to learn how and where to use water features indoors. You may be inspired to make use of these unusual features in your own home.
Get a Zen vibeOne of the most classic home styles for indoor water features is Zen style. With Zen, anything natural helps create the soothing, relaxing feeling that defines Zen style. Water features may be used to form indoor meditative ponds or to complement an indoor Zen garden. You can use water features to create peace in unusual spaces, such as the
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The formal living room has become an endangered species. Freshome reached out to experts around the country, and the responses were the same. “There was a time when everyone wanted three bedrooms, two baths, formal living and dining and a basement den – but those days are over,” says Angela Williams, a Birmingham, AL-based realtor at Extreme Agent Realty. “Today, I find that my clients are all about convenience and functionality. Gone are the days of the showroom/living room.” Aaron Bowman, realtor at Mazz Real Estate in Tolland, CT, agrees that he doesn’t have any buyers looking for formal living rooms. Lance Marrs, principal broker at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR, puts it this way: “Formal living rooms are, well, formal, and very few of my clients desire formalities in the design and functionality of the living room.” According to Seth Argo, president of Nashville-based luxury
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We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Fall is almost here. With it comes a number of gorgeous shades that you can incorporate into your interiors. Chief among them is burnt orange. This eye-catching shade is the perfect thing to make your home feel warm and inviting for the season or all year long. Don’t believe us? We have some design inspiration below that will turn you into this shade’s biggest fan. Scroll down to see why.
How to use burnt orange in your homeIt’s true that burnt orange is a strong shade, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a place of
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We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. There’s nothing quite like fresh herbs to turn up the flavor dial on a dish. Adding herbs is a great way to excite your tastebuds without adding those less-than-healthy flavorings for which we so often reach. (We’re looking at you, salt and fat.) But there are a few problems with fresh herbs. First, there’s their price tag at the grocery store. Then, you face the fact that they often spoil before you can use the whole package. Is there a better way to get these delicate leaves into your dinners without busting your budget? Absolutely! All you need to do is a set up a garden with a few of the best herbs to grow indoors. Getting your herb garden started is
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We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. This year’s Cost Plus World Market Halloween decor is awesome. The items are fun, affordable and perfect for your upcoming Halloween party. The store has put together a series of cohesive collections featuring skulls and skeletons, a Day of the Dead Los Muertos collection and plenty of creepy bugs and pumpkins to take your Halloween decor to the next level. Here are some of the best Halloween decor items. If you see something you like, don’t delay – items sell out fast.
Los Muertos CollectionThe vivid, modern colors of the Los Muertos Halloween decor pieces make this one of their best-sellers. Fill the candy bowl with a combination of flowers (like carnations) and candy. String together colorful paper or dried flowers and
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When you’re selling your home, taking good photos is crucial. After all, your photos will serve as potential buyers’ first impression of the property. It’s what will make their decision on whether to come see your home or to pass it over for another option. With that in mind, we’re leaving you some of our best real estate photo tips. Read on below to find out what you should – and shouldn’t – do during this process. With these real estate photo tips in hand, you should feel confident in your ability to take photos that will have all eyes on your home.
Declutter firstFirst things first, before you can take good photos, you need to set the stage to show the house in its best light. Put simply,
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You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Regardless of your home’s style, when people come to – and go through — your front door, you want to wow them. Fortunately, that’s not as hard as you might think. Following these entryway tips can help you create that “wow” effect every time someone visits your home.
It starts with the doorCreating a grand entrance starts with the door, according to Mark Clement, a carpenter, contractor and DIY podcaster at My FixItUp Life. He recommends getting a new door and says it’s an instant payoff project. “While it’s more carpentry than decoration, it’s both beautiful and practical.” Besides just getting a new look, Clement says the new door may also be quieter, which means you won’t hear all of that outside noise from passing cars.
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Buying an existing home is all about the art of the deal. A new home, on the other hand, is set in stone, right? Not exactly. While the materials might have a set cost when a builder is estimating your home, you can still negotiate a better price when buying a new build. Even if your drywall and lumber costs are fixed, you might be able to snag upgrades on the cheap. Before you sign a contract with your builder, make sure you’re getting the best price when buying a new build by using these steps first. That way, you can sign knowing that you got the best deal possible.
1. Walk the lotsYour builder has created your dream development, but each and every lot is different. Your builder knows that some lots –
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We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Black accent walls, ceilings, furniture – black is making a comeback. Similar to the little black dress, this color can be casual or elegant, depending on the accessories. It’s the boldest color, and yet it’s also neutral, making it the perfect choice when decorating. Here are some of the trendiest ways to use the color in your next decorating project.
Create a cozy, calming atmosphereAccording to Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for the PPG Paints brand, “Black is a classic color that is now finding its way onto the walls, creating silence, space and quiet in a very busy, distracting world.” If you treat it as a neutral paint
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We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Think polka dots are just for clown costumes? Think again! Polka dots can be a striking way to add color and geometry to a room’s design. There are as many ways to use them as there are room styles. Bold or subtle, large-scale or muted designs, walls or upholstery: The possibilities are endless. Take a look below for some inspiration to get you started. You may just find yourself planning a room with fun polka-dot designs in the future.
Colorful polka dotsPolka-dot designs are a great way to work with a certain grouping of colors. The polka dots on the
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If you ever want to confuse yourself, take a look at all of the varying definitions of what constitutes contemporary design. Interior Designer Leah Rourke at relish interiors gives one of the best definitions: “Contemporary design refers to what is popular or used right now … it is ever changing and borrows pieces and styles from all different eras.” As such, it can be eclectic, changing from year to year. At the moment, it contains neutral colors, minimalism, texture contrast and curved lines. You can learn more about contemporary design here. If you enjoy this style, read on to learn how to apply it to the outdoors in a contemporary landscape.
Geometric trellis wallsThis garden fully displays what it means to have a contemporary garden space. While the trellis walls don’t have the curved lines you’ll
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There’s a reason shiplap has been a fixture on the interior design scene for a while. There’s just something about this material that brings a clean and desirable look to any space. Plus, it fits nearly any design that you could dream up. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling. These shiplap ideas are so eye-catching they’ll have you channeling your inner Joanna Gaines in no time.
What to consider before putting shiplap on the wallsShiplap as a finished product looks great, but it’s not the simplest project in the world to undertake. With that in mind, we’ve listed a few considerations for you to mull over before you go about trying to recreate these looks yourself. They are as follows:
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If you love the trend of bringing the outdoors inside, then you’ll love how modern kitchens are incorporating greenery. Vertical indoor gardens have been popular in small spaces for a while now. They allow you to grow fresh herbs right in the kitchen, whether you have an expansive space outdoors or not. You can go for a full-scale greenery wall or you can keep it more on the subtle side and opt for creative placement of potted plants. If you’d like to get a natural vibe, below are a few ways to use greenery in the kitchen.
Vertical garden backsplashThis highly creative design gives an exotic look to a minimalist, modern kitchen. The effect is created with a window backsplash that looks into a vertical garden. This style works especially well
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Choose carefullyWhen selecting the location of your home office, consider noise and traffic factors. For example, if the office is close to the street, you may hear people walking and/or driving by. Also, consider the traffic in your
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