How to make your home look magazine ready

If you’re like us you probably love to relax with a cup of coffee and new magazines. Have you ever flipped through a home magazine and dreamed that your living spaces were worthy to be on those pages? There are many factors that go into making a room picture perfect, however there are elements that all those beautiful pictures have in common that you can apply to your home!

 

Rule of Three 

The rule of three is a widely known and used guideline in all forms of design. When things are arranged in odd numbers such as 3,5,7,9 it is visually more appealing than when things are grouped evenly with numbers like 2,4,6,8. When arranging the top of things like coffee table, side and accent tables, look for three items that compliment each other. This means taking into account size, proportion, color, and functionality. (For example if you want to put a small box on your living room coffee table be sure to get one large enough to house all your remotes that way it is functional and not just decorative.) You can see below how we executed the rule of three in a few projects.

Go Big or Go Home

All too often we see spaces look incomplete or lacking and not because of the amount of items in a room but rather because of size. When you use smaller elements such as vases, mirror, lamps, and art it can make a room seem underwhelming. A space needs a balance of proportion to feel whole and look like its ready for its close up. (Tip: when shopping always have a tape measure handy so you don’t choose something too large and overpowering. You want a nice balance) So don’t be afraid of large mirrors, and grand pendents. They are your friend and possibly the key to making your room feel whole.

 

Florals, Florals, Florals

Like jewelry completes an outfit, accessories complete a room. One of the most important accessories you can add is a natural element like a floral arrangement. We’re practical people, we know keeping  fresh flowers in your home 24/7 is unrealistic. Thats why we love to incorporate beautiful faux floral arrangements into our designs. The faux flowers look just as lovely as fresh flowers without the up keep. (Keep in mind not all faux arrangements out there are winners. Be choosy and find one that would make someone do a double take if you told them it was fake)

Books, Blankets, and Pillows Oh My

If you look closely at those perfected magazine images you will see numerous fluffed pillows, large strain out throws, and stacked books galore. These are the finishing touches that really complete your room. Like they say “its all about the details”. Make sure all of your pillows look full and have been chopped down the middle (Amber is beautifully demonstrating the “pillow chop” move below) Lay out a nice throw blanket on a chase or the end of a bed. This is a practical accessory because who doesn’t love to wrap up in a blanket. Lastly, don’t be afraid to stack and layer books. You can put a candle on top that will add height and interest to any table surface. (If you don’t want to buy a ton of books look at what you already have. Maybe you can take the book jacket off to reveal a pretty blank book underneath!!

Light those Candles

Candles are one of the oldest design features that we still use today. Many people light candles for their fragrances. But candles offer a-lot of design perks as well. They can set the mood for a room and offer ambient lighting. You can even get candles in unique decorated cans/jars that will add to your design. (Tip: Look for candles that are soy based. Soy based candles are much better for your allergies and they have a much longer burning life.)

Declutter

One main thing all magazine spaces have in common is: no clutter. What a dream I know right. With busy lives, jobs, kids, and pets it can seem impossible to keep the clutter hidden far far away (where we want it). One big step to making things appear more organized is hiding all tv and electronic cords. This can be done things like baseboard strips or you can even see about running your wires behind the wall so its like they’re not there at all. Another way to keep organized to to have plenty of storage for your stuff to go in. Ottomans that have storage are a great place to store unwanted shoes and toys lying around.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019

The New Year is coming! One reason we’re celebrating is the recently announced 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral! You’ll see this color popping up more in home furnishings, product packaging, fashion trends, graphics, and more. This youthful, eye-catching color is setting the mood for the year. Bright futures ahead!

Wondering how you can use it? We have some innovative ways you can tie it into your daily life.

Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral

Design

There are many ways to integrate this color into your home. Pick from whatever tickles your fancy! Starting small is always is safe route to go; pick small home items that lift the mood. This pillow and blanket throw pair would go great together in any room of the house, small or large. Pantone hopes to bring “evocative [thoughts] of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color,” which is perfectly encompassed in this pillow print.

 

What a cute coral pillow.

 

Draw in the attractiveness of this hue by taking it a step bigger. Furniture dressed in Living Coral makes a statement. Here it’s shown with a toned-down blue; this complimentary color scheme will reflect a bubbly personality. Or be daring and match it with equally stand-out colors. These could be more pastels or bold colors to add vibrancy and excitement to the space. Make a statement with it on one wall, then follow through with a neutral color palette. Subtly tying it in with decor is very effective and would give any room a fresh breath. Choosing to work with this color can be daunting, yet do-able.

Rooms exhibiting Living Coral

 

Fashion & Beauty

If you’re not ready to commit to the color inside your home, incorporating it into your daily life can be very effective. The featured tassel earrings are the perfect little hint of Living Coral, and who doesn’t love matching their earrings with their shoes? Peachy shades have made a comeback this year in the makeup industry, so embracing this warm color will get you on trend too. Aside from the eyes, lips are a great start when exploring this coral hue, you can even go monochromatic and wear a lip shade that matches your eyes and blush; then pair it with a white outfit to stand out.

Adorable handmade earrings!

Whether you’ve fallen in love with this color or are on the fence about using it, we hope this post has inspired you to take advantage of this trendy color. Let us know how you use it on by tagging us on your social media post!

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