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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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0 Comments | Posted in Light Switch Plates By Chaydon Young

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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Comments | Posted in Light Switch Plates By Chaydon Young

Matching 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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Comments | Posted in Interior Design Tips By Chaydon Young

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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Comments | Posted in Interior Design Tips By Chaydon Young

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.

           
0 Comments | Posted in Interior Design Tips 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.

 

           
Comments | Posted in Interior Design Tips By Jimmy Hilburger

Bring handmade charm to your decor with Folk Art Ceramics switch plates

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!

           
Comments | Posted in Interior Design Tips By Jimmy Hilburger

Are Electrical Cords Ruining Your Decor?

Friday, November 18, 2016 5:55:53 PM America/New_York

Ever since electric power became the household norm 100 years ago, we've acquired more and more cords connecting us to our outlets. In our kitchens, there's a plug for every appliance. In our bedrooms, living room, and laundry room, cords are everywhere...

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Comments | Posted in Interior Design Tips By Chaydon Young

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