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4 Ways to Use Books Into Your Home Decor

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:50:10 PM America/New_York

Reading a book has the magical ability to absolutely transport you somewhere new and exciting. You don’t have to even leave your house to enter a brand new world, filled with unknown places and faces. That’s one of the beauties of being an avid reader. Whether you find time to read on a regular basis, and start new books every single week, or if you wish you had more time in your busy schedule to satisfy your love for books and words, there are always more ways to incorporate your love of reading into your daily life.

 

Turn your favorite book into a wall

 

Do you have a favorite book, or even better, a favorite chapter in a book, that you read over and over again, because it’s that good? What better way to immortalize this chapter, than to paint it onto your wall? Although a time intensive project, it’s one that will be more than worth the time that’s put into it, and will be something all of your guests are impressed by. It’s easiest to start with a white wall, and use matte black paint to very carefully write the chapter out onto the wall. Use a small brush, and work slowly.

 

Modge Podge pages onto furniture

 

If you like upcycling furniture, this tip is for you! Find a sturdy coffee table or end table, the color of it doesn’t matter. Get a copy of your favorite book(second hand is best, as well), and rip out each individual page. Arrange them onto the surface of your table, and modge podge them down. For best results, cover the entire surface of the table, including the legs and edges, not just the top.

 

Book inspired switch plates

 

There are so many different things that you can do with your switch plates, to show your love for books. You can take the same route as the coffee table, and get a switch plate covered in book pages. Or get one decorated after your favorite books. Or choose a vintage inspired switch plate, and then paint your favorite book character onto the wall above the switch plate, to make it look like they’re sitting/standing on it.

 

Books ARE the decoration

 

The most underrated form of book decoration, is books themselves. Find a stack of vintage books and stack them on coffee tables, end tables, or entertainment centers. In especially old books, you can break the spines to make the books lay flat, and lay them out on different surfaces.

 

           
0 Comments | Posted in Tips for Interior Design By Chaydon Young

Small Decor Ideas to Satisfy Your Wanderlust

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:47:13 PM America/New_York

 

How many days after returning home from your vacation trip does it take for you to get that travel itch again? Probably not very long. Feeling a constant urge to travel is a common problem for a lot of people, and unfortunately, not as easy to remedy as you would think. As much as you’d like to hop on plane after plane and spend your life traveling to one exotic destination after another, that’s just not very practical. You have a life, a job, and roots in your hometown that keep you there for the majority of the year. So, how do you satisfy that wanderlust and love for the rest of the world, when you’re stuck at home?

 

Bring the travel home

 

Bringing souvenirs to remind you of your travels is a great way to fuel that wanderlust when you’re at home. The best ways to do this are to bring home things that you truly wouldn’t be able to have any other way. Bring small bags with you on your travels, and bring home sand from the beaches you visit. When you come home, layer them in a jar, with a label for each layer, stating which beach the sand is from and when you visited it.

 

Incorporate maps into your decor

 

When you travel, especially internationally, maps are an integral part of your daily life. You don’t always have access to the maps system on your phone, and without your GPS to guide you from one destination to another, a map is the only way for you to navigate an unknown city. Bring some of your favorite maps into your home decor. Hang a map of the world, and put a colorful pin in every location you’ve been to. Get switch plates that have maps on them. Frame maps of your favorite cities. Or even have one of your favorite travel quotes lettered over one of your favorite maps, and have that hung somewhere in your home.

 

Internationally inspired kitchens

 

One of the best parts of traveling, is all of the different foods that you get to eat. Experiencing new foods and cultures is an incredible part of traveling, and is often one of the first things you miss when you come home! Satisfy this by bringing cookbooks from your favorite countries and cuisines home with you.

 

           
Comments | Posted in Tips for Interior Design By Chaydon Young

Using color to bring a room to life.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 2:27:00 PM America/New_York

Sometimes all a space needs is a creative use of color to add that special flair you're looking for. Neutral hues, vibrant colors, natural palettes, vivid color combinations that draw attention - however you're trying to breathe life into a space, follow some of these tips to help turn your scene into an indoor marvel.

It's all about the details
Some homeowners think they need to boldly repaint walls and buy new furniture sets to restyle their rooms the way they like. Take a tip from HGTV: sometimes the smallest details can change a room dramatically. Buying colorful accessories like placemats and dishware can shift a kitchen from bland to bold. A new set of throw pillows can turn a dreary couch into a vivid display. Don't repaint those walls. Feed your inner artist by changing to designer switch plates. You don't always have to drown a room in paint to brighten it up. You'll be surprised how much can change with just a little splash of color.

Use combinations
Save the monochromatic decorating for the closet. Thinking in combinations is critical. Don't stop with the paint on the wall. Plan it out further. What window pane color will accent the walls? What furniture looks best under those window panes? Does that furniture blend with the plug covers? What about the end tables? Designing in color combinations is instrumental in giving your interior a remarkable look. For some expert examples, try a few recommendations  from House Beautiful magazine. Remember, even subtle changes in color can transform your space entirely.

Kick up the color in personal spaces and kids' rooms
It's hard to commit a color crime in a children's room. Use that space as an outlet for zany color combinations and a wide array of vibrant hues. Kids' rooms should be fun, friendly and exciting. Don't skimp on the use of colorful accessories, toys and decorations. There's a whole list of colorful switch plates that suit a child's space perfectly. Make the room bright and cozy, and don't be afraid to ask for your child's input. There are few wrong answers when decorating a youngster's living space.

In that same vein, there are few mistakes to be made with your personal space. Whether it's your study or your bedroom, eccentric colors and bold combinations are welcome in your personal setting. Use the opportunity to let loose and try a style that isn't seen in the rest of your home. Try using a dark or pale color primarily and use a favorite bright color as an accent. Try a few different options, and see what suits you best.

           
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7 Purr-fect Switchplates for Cat Lovers

Friday, December 1, 2017 4:50:00 PM America/New_York

To some out there, cats might seem like inconvenient, conceited furballs. But we cat lovers know the truth: they're inconvenient, conceited, and oh-so-lovable furballs who make the perfect companions for an evening reading by the fireplace. Our bewhiskered buddies always boost our mood when we see them. So why not add a few more feline-oriented accents throughout the house?

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This Flu Season, Clean Your Switch Plates

Thursday, November 23, 2017 6:33:00 PM America/New_York

Girl sneezing

As the leaves start to turn and the temperatures drop day by day, it’s time to remember that it’s not just holiday season approaching; it’s flu season too. More time spent indoors provides the perfect atmosphere for cold and flu viruses to spread from one person to the next.

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Harmonizing a Switchplate to Your Backsplash

Saturday, November 18, 2017 6:14:00 PM America/New_York

Kitchen with backsplash

Backsplashes are probably the hottest kitchen trend since granite countertops. No charming cooking space is complete without a stylish backdrop, right? Often, backsplashes are simple enough to install… until you run into the obstruction of an outlet or switch plate.

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Natural Accents for Your Mountain Lodge

Friday, October 27, 2017 6:26:00 PM America/New_York

Now that the weather is getting colder, snowbunnies and ski bums alike are starting towards the mountains, thinking about the perfect powder. If you’re lucky enough to have a vacation home in the mountains, you know that the small details are really what make the difference between a personalized, thoughtful retreat, and a generic hotel room.

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Bring the outdoors indoors by giving your home a rustic twist

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:24:47 PM America/New_York

Rustic Living Room

Appreciate the outdoors from within your own home with a few neat and earthy tricks. You can make your study, kitchen, living room, bedroom or even bathroom into a forest landscape with a few knickknacks, a decorative switch plate or an inexpensive do-it-yourself project.

Apartment Therapy noted that the essence of the rustic, outdoorsy theme lies in raw wood, simple rugs with natural materials, heavy leathers and a delicate balance of light and neutral colors. There are dozens of ways to make any room into a work of nature from your outlet covers down to the texture of your throw pillows.

Faux bois and regular bois
French for "false wood," the strategic use of faux bois can give any room an outdoorsy feel. Martha Stewart Living magazine has a flurry of faux bois decorating tips to use. For example, turn fake tree stumps into footstools and end tables using a light varnish, or make a piece of driftwood into a rack for hanging coats. Using natural and fake wood can bring a whole room to life. Try using fake wood for larger or more delicate projects where real wood may be too heavy or clunky to use functionally. Invest in wood-grain accessories like mouse pads for the study or coasters for the dining room to instill the natural charm of the woodlands.

Stones and slates
Use all of the elements in your rustic design. Smooth stones can be turned into decorative, functional doorstops with a piece of felt to keep from scratching floors, or fill a glass vase with light pebbles for an eye-pleasing centerpiece. Don't forget that slate and stone complements wood. Use a stone switch plate if your walls already have wood paneling to show your true rustic expertise, or pick a leather plug cover to match surrounding furniture.

Lighting
Remember that lighting is key in the rustic setting. Florescent lights should be avoided as much as possible. Using darker lampshades to make lighting softer and more comfortable shows a true mastery of the rustic decor. The rustic theme is also perfect for a study with a fireplace. Track lights and lamps are no match for the natural glow of a fire in your earthy environment.

           
Comments | Posted in Tips for Interior Design By Jimmy Hilburger

Melt your stress away in a redesigned bathroom

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:01:32 PM America/New_York

 Bathroom-design-tips

Expensive features, tiling and accessories make frugal bathroom decorating a tough task, but you can get quality results for fractions of the price by focusing on a few bathroom basics.

Making it match is always in the budget
Try your best to evaluate exactly how much you want to spend and make sure that amount is going to allow you to coordinate between all the features in the bathroom and the rest of your house. For instance, the mirror should match the rest of your bathroom layout. A squared sink and bathtub pair best with a square mirror, while a rounded mirror complements an oval sink and bathtub. 

This rule applies to bathroom fixtures, too. The antique brass faucet and faucet handles should be matched with antique brass light sconces and similar brass switch plates. Try not to buy fixtures that don't match well with other hardware in the bathroom, like the shower head and bathtub faucet. Mixing styles can look interesting and stylish in some places in the house, but you can never go wrong with bathroom features that blend.

Greater effort makes decorating affordable
There are plenty of cheap tips that make a little go a long way in the bathroom. Try re-tiling a small area, like the space just around the sink. It saves the hassle of applying tile to a whole wall, and it adds style to an otherwise lackluster design. Paint can be used in the same way. Try a decorative stenciling pattern on one of your bathroom walls to save the necessity of repainting the whole room. This has the added benefit of turning a monochromatic bathroom into a more exciting space, and it gives home decorators a chance to use a little creativity in their design. Stencil whatever you'd like - just make sure it looks clean and well-drawn. 

Accessories go a long way
Don't overlook the value of a few  inexpensive accessories. Things like decorative bath mats, colorful towels, new towel racks or a more stylish shower curtain can go a very long way. Switch out those dull outlet covers for something flashier or more elegant. Add a hanging painting on the wall to give the space a little character. Even try putting a potted plant on vacant sink counter space to liven up the area and make it seem more welcoming.

 

           
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Bring handmade folk art charm to your decor

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:21:47 AM America/New_York

Folk Art Ceramic Switch Plates

Not everyone is a master of do-it-yourself decor. No matter how much you'd like to be able to paint your own furniture, knit your own afghans or outfit your kitchen with handmade pottery, you might not have the time or talent enough to pull these projects off. But don't worry! You don't have to resign yourself to cookie-cutter interiors - there are plenty of ways to add DIY charm to your abode without picking up a paintbrush or knitting needle.

For example, if you want to add a little handmade charm to any room, choose decorative switch plates and outlet covers. They're the perfect additions to a themed room, as they come in a variety of patterns, colors and designs that will fit into almost any scheme, whether it has to do with the ocean, an animal or a vegetable! These accessories may not be huge, but they do make a gigantic impact on the decor of a space!

Pieces from the Folk Art Ceramics collection are ideal for adding a touch of DIY-style to your home. Made of hand-painted ceramic, these switch plates will add cheerful pops of color to any room, and no one will ever have to know that you didn't make them yourself!

           
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