Why You Shouldn’t Follow Trends

Following trends makes it hard to design a truly livable home. Your average growing family can’t maintain white couches, white cabinets, white everything! A slim, leather couch isn’t as comfy as a big, plush sectional sofa. You may like the look of modern furniture, but it’s hard to fall in love with the feel. Plus, the upkeep of making it look picture perfect all the time is stressful!

As beautiful as this kitchen is, it may not be right for you.

TV Spoiler: They’re Staged Photos!!

The many rooms that you swoon over on Pinterest and HGTV are staged. That means a designer will place coordinating decor, fluff pillows, and stratigecally place furniture in the picture. This look does not last! It’s removed and then you start living in them. So don’t stress if you home doesn’t look picture perfect all the time!

The placed linens and glassware in this photo aren’t there 24/7!

Dont shy away from Sentimental Touches

I grew up with school photos and Christmas cards hanging on the fridge. But nowadays, that would completely ruin someone’s aesthetic. Actually, we cringe a little inside when we see magnets.  Add some sentiment back into your house! The old table, centerpiece, and pillows add so much personality to this room! Shelving adds space for personal knick-knacks and picture frames, too.

These blue walls bring in more personality than gray; and the shelving allows for family picture frames!

Pick a Color Scheme that YOU Like

We get that white and grey matches everything, but who cares? You should base your home’s colors off of what you won’t get tired of seeing everyday, something that shows your personality. It keeps it more interesting than if you were to match your neighbor’s color scheme.

Here we see a bubbly personality shown through light blue and coral.

Mix Textures, Colors, and All the Above

We love an eclectic design. You’ll look well-travelled and it makes a room cozy very quickly. This technique defines your space, the way you chose to mix stripes and floral, or glass and leather.

Cowhide, brick ,and cottons; what a mixture!

Walking into a house should be like reading a story; so tell yours as you design! You may live in a cookie-cutter built house, but the interior doesn’t have to be!

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5 Decorating Secrets from Top Designers

We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite decorating secrets from a couple designers that know exactly what to do and what not to do! There are basic mistakes that most people make with their home interiors that we’d like to help you avoid, so take a look at our little secrets. Personalize them, and apply them to your home!

Painting

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“When painting your walls, go bolder and stronger than you’re comfortable with. After it’s finished, if it’s too intense, gray the color with its complement (use a color wheel) and wash it on—you get an expensive decorator look in hours, and it’s so easy! Pour the paint in a tray; then, with a wet rag slosh, rub the new color over the old savagely. The color will then be a quieter version of itself, and you should immediately love the effect. This has worked for me 99 times out of 100.”

-Jim Howard

Lighting

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“Mood is everything, and who wants to dine in a bright room? 60 watts for the dining room. I want it bright when reading, so 75 to 100 watts for the living room. It’s nice to have options—if you don’t have dimmers, then have some variety from 40 to 100 watts, so you can change the mood for the occasion. The bathroom needs overhead as wells as side lighting. Keep the overhead to 75 watts, with 60 watts on each side. The best lighting is at eye level, not overhead, which creates shadows. And the best light is diffused light from a white or off-white lampshade.”

-Barbara Berry

Pillows

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“When making custom pillows, use a stuffer/pillow insert that is 2” larger all around, than your finished pillow size. For example, if you want a 22” square pillow, use a 24” square insert. Your pillow will be perfectly plump and never flat!”

-Lindsey Coral Harper

Wallpaper

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“Use wallpaper in unexpected places, on the ceiling in a paneled room, in closets, hallways, and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small places can be a prodigious twist.”

-Betsy Burnham

Valances

And the last but not least, one of the decorating secrets from Me!

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