Day: May 21, 2020

52 Best Interior Decorating Secrets

decorating secrets

Annie Sloan

Some people have a natural eye for design, but if you’re more in the camp of those who can’t do anything without consulting Pinterest board upon Pinterest board before making any major changes, we feel you. And even those of us who leave and breathe interior design, some inspiration and guidance never hurts. We’d love to have an interior designer on speed dial before deciding exactly where and how hang to hang that sweet new wall art we bought on a whim so we don’t make any major mistakes. But until we win the lottery, we’ll have to settle for trusting our guts, and taking plenty of decorating tips where we can get them. We’ve compiled some secrets straight from the pros to help you with all your decorating needs.

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Transform Eyesores

“In this basement remodel, we would’ve had to spend

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20 Family Room Decorating Ideas

family room ideas

Helen Norman

Considering that you spend a significant amount of time in your family room, it has to be comfy and stylish. From a plush sofa to well-curated shelves, find out how to make your space one of the most inviting places in your home with these family room ideas. Below, you’ll find design inspiration whether your room is big or small, modern or traditional. Oh, and if you’re wondering what you can do with your old television or how to spruce up your fireplace, there are plenty of suggestions here.

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Pattern Play

Combining vibrant patterns is an easy way to bring a dose of playfulness into your family room.

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Well-Decorated Mantel

Make your mantel a major focal point with a brass wall clock, lush plants, and decorative objects.

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Textured Walls

Wall coverings, like grasscloth, can instantly

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53 Best Living Room Ideas

Blue Velvet Sofa in Living Room

Mike Garten

Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a quick refresh, spice up the family’s favorite room with these pro tips.

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Colorful Light Fixture

Update an unattractive, outdated light fixture with a few coats of paint, round bulbs and pom-pom fringe for a whimsical touch. Strong colors overhead pull together the room’s eclectic vibe.

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Streamlined Shelves

Refresh your storage by taking the jackets off old books (load up at yard sales) to expose the stitching or covering your collection with coordinating papers.

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Tilted Mirror

For a laid-back look on your mantel, rest a sturdy style against the wall – no hammering required.

SHOP MIRRORS

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Lush Leaves

Fill any underused nook or corner with a big, ol’ houseplant and it can instantly become the personality-packed focal point of the room. Tuck the pot in a

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30 Stylish Family Room Design Ideas

The family room plays an important role in any home. It’s where you go to relax and bond with friends and family in a casual, welcoming setting. But just because it’s casual doesn’t mean it can’t look as stylish and elevated as a living room. Keep ready for thirty family room ideas and designer examples that prove it.

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Set Up a Snack Nook

Consider making a spacious family room multi-purpose by adding a table with a banquet for snacking and casual dining. This will keep the crumbs from accumulating on the sofa, too. A build-in bench like this stylish one designed by Arent & Pyke will help save space.

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Layer Rugs And Throws

This family room feels extra inviting thanks to the layers on layers of rugs and throws. If you’re color-averse, take note from this space and

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28 House Exterior Design Ideas

analisse taft gertsen's connecticut home

William Abranowicz

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and the same goes for homes. The exterior of a house can hint at what’s on inside or offer a contrasting surprise–whether it’s a castle-inspired exterior with a fairy-tale interior or a historic outside with a contemporary inside. We’ve rounded up some of the most stunning home exteriors that’ll have you wanting to move in—and may even inspire you to up your own home’s curb appeal.

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Castle-Inspired Fortress

This fairy-tale escape by Lisa Tharp and TMS Architects features a gray exterior with white and red accents. The wood and stone add to its nature-inspired charm.

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Nautical Getaway

Previously destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, this New Jersey home got a helping hand from Joe Lucas. The shingled house, complete with a screened porch, looks out on the bay and the

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