Sunday, September 30, 2012

Honeycomb Kitchen Rug

We got one thing crossed off our list!  Yay!  We finally got rid of our old green shaggy kitchen rug that shed relentlessly and upgraded to this gorgeous new one.  I don't know about you guys, but I had a hard time trying to find a rug that makes sense to use in kitchen.  You want something durable that won't stain easily, soft on the foot, but not too plush.  So after searching I finally convinced Marc into buying this one.

I love how the colors tie into our finishes in a modern, updated way.  I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I hate our kitchen cabinets with a passion.  I hate the color, the door style, well thats its really, but there's nothing else left to dislike, right?  I just think they look old and dated and totally don't fit into the rest of our house.  I'm always looking for ways to distract people from there ugliness and this rug is a step in the right direction.

So this guy is a flat weave wool rug, which so far is working out perfectly.  Wool is a naturally repellent material so its perfect for kitchens.  I mean, you can't let stuff it on it for hours, but as long as you clean up things relatively quickly you shouldn't have a problem with staining.  It also vacuums up like a gem!

We actually purchased this rug from One Kings Lane, which if you aren't familiar is a sister site to Joss & Main, both of which offer daily secret sale events of some fantastic interior products.  But you have to act fast, the good stuff sells out quickly!  Luckily we scored this little number before it was gone.  I've been wanting to purchase something from one of there sites for a while now, and I'm happy to report it worked out great.    

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Guest Post! How to Create a Heavenly Home Office

When work has to be done, there’s no better place to accomplish it than in a cozy home office. If you are lucky enough to work from home, your ultimate goal is a clutter-free workspace that is as organized as it is elegant. Here are some tips on how you can turn your work space into an oasis all your own.

In many ways, carpet is old news. It wears out easily and can absorb dirt, paper scraps, and staples that make their way to the floor. Hardwood flooring is a beautiful touch to a home office and can be paired with a rug of your choice. When the floorboards themselves are beautifully finished and designed to match the d├ęcor of the room as a whole, your own productivity may be affected for the better. Floors are relatively easy to install and can be done by anyone with a bit of mechanical sense.

Colorful throw rugs can be placed in certain areas of the home office for some extra decorative spice. In fact, one technique for infusing a room with more warmth is through the addition of a colorful patterned rug that suits your personality. When placed in the center of the office over a hardwood floor, it should bring the room together in style. This is especially true if the walls are painted rather bland hues of grey or white.

For book lovers or lovers of knowledge in general, there is no better way to sanctify a home office than by filling it with shelves upon shelves of bound works. Bookshelves can often be made from scratch by those individuals who are somewhat skilled at amateur carpentry. Though they can be made from any sort of material, cherry and oak are often the best choices. Or, if you are more of an adventurer, consider a more modern bookshelf that brings a more playful look to the room.

Another addition to your heavenly home office may be a leather chair, which can be used for any number of tasks. Swivel chairs are much loved by professionals for their ease of movement and their promotion of proper posture. Make your chair your own by selecting a chair in your favorite color or an especially comfortable material. Since this is where you’ll be sitting as you accomplish all of your work, it’s important that you enjoy it. Just beware of the rollers that come on most office chairs, as they could damage your hardwood floors if you do not use a rug.

Lastly, home office users should never ignore the importance of trinkets and accessory items as they proceed in their work. Photographs of family members, certificates of achievement, and items that pertain to their most cherished hobbies might all be hung on the wall. For just the right atmosphere, scented candles might even be placed on the table where most of the work takes place. After all, pine and cinnamon scents are known to improve focus and alertness! Once you have made your home office look and feel like your very own oasis, work may never feel like work again.

Erin Devine is the owner and writer for DIY Home & Floor, an online resource for home renovation and interior design inspiration. 

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Accessorize your space

I've worked with alot of clients that have trouble accessorizing there spaces.  It can be quite a daunting tasks but I have a few simple tips that I've learned along the way.

1.  Keep it simple, edit often.  Don't overdo it with accessories.  No one wants to see every last chotchkie you've collected throughout your life.  Seriously people, I cannot stress this enough.  Its time to pack up your ceramic doll collection and say your goodbyes.  The key here is simplicity.  Display a limited amount of pieces that are make a statement.

2.  Pick an accent color and highlight it.  This is a big one.  I always tell my clients to pick neutral bases (paint colors, furniture, wood tones) that can be punched up with accessories.  A good rule of thumb is your space should have 3 main colors - 70% base color, 20% primary accent and 10% secondary accent.  This doesn't necessarily apply to every space, but I think its a good place to start and help guide you with the amounts of color.  The best part about this is that you can keep key expensive pieces longer and simply switch out your accents when you're looking for a change.

3.  Create balance, but stay away from symmetry.  Now don't get me wrong, I love symmetry, but not when it comes to accessories.  I find it more appropriate when you balance out accessories instead of buying things in pairs.  For example, one side of your mantel you could have 3 tall thin candlesticks while on the other you have 1 low bulky vase.

4.  DIY.  Do It Yourself.  If you see something you like but you can't afford it start thinking about ways you could achieve the same look with a little DIYing.  Etsy & Pinterest are great resources for inspiration.  Check out this tutorial on creating the artwork pictured below here.

5.  Vary your sources and make them meaningful.  Make sure every piece you display has impact or has personal meaning to you.  I hate seeing peoples houses that look like they're straight out a catalog.  Pick things that are interesting and might create conversation rather than the same old vase you see in every showroom at the mall.  That being said, I have no problem with the occasional piece from Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel, but try to mix and match them with your own unique style.

6.  Change them up & do it often.  As I said before, changing up your accessories is the fun part of decorating.  Update with the trends to keep your place feeling fresh and current.

And remember accessorizing should be fun.  Don't stress people, you can always move something to a different room and solve all your problems.

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