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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Why Tile? Coverings ’19

This Saturday, February 23rd is NATIONAL TILE DAY!! We’re celebrating along side Coverings 2019 – The Global Tile and Stone Experience. This year, they asked us to be a Coverings Influencer, which we have coined “Coverings Enthusiast”! Meaning, we will be spending a whole week immersed in the latest and greatest in all things tile and stone. Stay tuned and follow along on our socials as we countdown to…..

 

 

What are the benefits of using tile? Eeeehhh….where do we begin?

Coverings ’19 is an event held annually for close to 30 years, with everything tile and stone you could possibly dream of. This event leads the tile industry with over 25,000 attendees, 90 countries represented, and 9 miles of tile and stone is displayed. Below read more about what tile can do for you and then register for the expo to further your knowledge!

It’s Eco-Friendly

Being made of organic, renewable resources like sand, clay, and glass, it’s easy to make tile and stone surfaces of recyclable materials. Unlike other surface materials, in case of a fire, tile does not release toxic substances when exposed. This is a great advantage when caring about the health of people in the environment. Instead, due to the use of natural minerals fired at temperatures over 2300 degrees F, ceramic tile will never fade and isn’t even affected by UV rays. Additionally, because of its exceptional thermal mass, tile reduces the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. All this ensures a low environmental impact.

It’s Durable

If you think about it, tile has been around for ages – archaeologists still find remains that date back to the 9th century B.C.. Not only is tile pretty to look at, it’s also smart to use with it’s scratch-resistant and easy-to-clean properties. If you’re looking to have a eco-friendly house, choosing tile ensures the surface will last for a long time, thus preventing consumption rates unlike choosing materials that need to be replaced every so many years: like carpet, laminate, wood. A simple Clorox spritz will rejuvenate your finish and a spill won’t stain unlike on textiles. This equals low maintenance and elongates its new condition with little investment.

It’s Versatile

Quite possibly the most beautiful characteristic of tile is its versatility in how it can be used. We’ve seen it a lot on known places such as backsplash, countertops, and bathrooms. A big trend in 2019 is incorporating it in unique, impactful places like on step faces and accent walls. In addition to its location, you can lay it horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. This allows for a variance of interest it offers the eye and adds more personal preference. Depending on the tile you’re looking at, you can even pick a certain finish that adds a reflective, matte, or cracked surface.

We’re so excited to be paying more attention to tile this year, especially on February 23, #NationalTileDay !! And to do this, we’re attending The Coverings Show in Orlando April 9-12. Keep up with trends and the latest products in tiles and coverings with us and register for the expo for a once in a lifetime experience!

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