Refresh Your Decor Without Spending a Dime

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Summer time and the livin’ is easy…there’s something about Summer that energizes me. Maybe it’s constant supply of sunshine or longer days and shorter nights. Besides my yearly goal of getting “summer time fine” my creative juices really start flowing this time of year. I want try new things, travel to places I’ve never been before – and of course, refresh my decor. I don’t even have to buy new stuff! Simply rearranging and remixing what I have is all I need to do to bring new life to my space. Check out these  three, super easy, inexpensive ways to refresh your decor without spending a dime.

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Fresh Off the Runway: Decorating Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

For fashionistas, New York Fashion Week is like a national holiday. Celebrity sightings AND getting a sneak peak at the fashion must haves for the next season? What’s not to love? From color trends to unique design details, New York Fashion Week is the ultimate source of inspiration for creating the perfect spring wardrobe.  Those runway looks can also give you a little interior design inspiration. In today’s post, I’m sharing my favorite trends from New York Fashion Week –  Spring 2017 and showing you how to incorporate them into your home decor.

 

New York Fashion Week – Spring 2017 – Trend #1

 Earn Your Stripes

 

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Via: Stylecaster

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1. Distressed Pinstripe Rug – Restoration Hardware  2. Ticking Stripe Duvet Cover – Restoration Hardware
3. PB Comfort Roll Arm Furniture Slipcover – Pottery Barn  4. Classic Pinstripe Pillow – Etsy. com

 

New York Fashion Week – Spring 2017 – Trend #2

Flower Power

 

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Via: Stylecaster

 

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1. Soaring Starlings Curtains – Anthropologie  2. Flora Garden Duvet Cover – Pottery Barn
3. Candid Moment Audin Upholstered Chair – World Market  4. Via – Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc

 

New York Fashion Week – Spring 2017 – Trend #3

Ruffle-rama

 

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1. Mandalay Bay Ruffled  Duvet Set – Nordstrom Rack  2. Ruffle Shower Curtain – Bed Bath & Beyond  3. Grey Jersey Ruffle Throw Pillow – Target

 

New York Fashion Week – Spring 2017 – Trend #4

Mellow Yellow

 

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Via: InStyle

 

 

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1. Edina Yellow Single Panel  Curtains – HalfPriceDrapes.com   2. Alcott Hill Marine & Bungalow Rose Ainslie Brook Area Rugs –  Wayfair.com
3. Draper Stripe Ash Duvet Cover – AllModern.com  4. Room Essentials Decorative & Natalie Printed Throw Pillows – Target
6. Devon Premium Sofa – Wayfair.com

 

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How To Make Small Rooms Look Larger

Let’s face it, most of us aren’t lucky enough to live in airy, palatial mansions. We often find ourselves trying to cram our lives and belongings into tiny spaces. But just because a room is short on square footage doesn’t mean it has to be short on style. Follow these designer’s tricks to make small rooms look larger and much more inviting.


 

How To Make Small Rooms Look Larger

Tricks From the Design Pros That Work!

 


 

Lighten Up

Select a light or neutral color scheme and add a few bold accent pieces. Light colors reflect light which will make small rooms look larger.

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Hang ‘Em High

Hang drapes 4-5 inches above the actual window. This draws the eyes up and creates the illusion of higher ceilings and a more expansive room.

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Castro Design Studio, Photography by Rodolfo Castro

 

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

The reflection of a large framed mirror on the wall can make your room appear twice its size – and brighter.

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Fall in Love with Lucite

Clear lucite or acrylic tables and chairs help create an illusion of a brighter, airier space. And they add a touch of elegance to the room.

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Show a Little leg

Opt for sofas and armchairs with raised legs, which creates a sense of light and space.

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via Apartment Therapy

 

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New Year Resolutions For Your Home

Happy New Year!  I’m sure on January 1st  your Facebook and Instagram timelines were flooded with the “New Year, New Me” posts. Maybe you have made a few New Year resolutions of your own – Exercise more, eat healthier, save money. Don’t get me wrong, those are admirable goals But, why not channel some of that “New Year, New Me” energy into your home? These New Year resolutions for your home will help you create a living space that’s more organized and more enjoyable.


 

New Year Resolutions for Your Home

 

1. Make Your Personal Space….Personal

The rooms featured in Architectural Digest are beautiful and trendy decor can be fun. But, resist the urge to buy things for your home just because that’s what the cool kids are into. Your home should be a reflection of you.
My personal style is bohemian chic with a dash of Old Hollywood glam which explains my love of gold fixtures, mirrored furniture, and unexpected decorative touches – like my mom’s vintage Louis Vuitton handbag (pictured below).

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QUIZ: What’s Your Decorating Style?

 

2. Stay on Top of Your Bills

Last year, I came home to find a bright red disconnect notice from the water company on my door knob. It wasn’t because I didn’t have the funds to pay (Thank God), I simply forgot about it. Don’t let this happen to you. To avoid making that mistake again, I set almost all of my monthly bills up on auto-pay. For bills that don’t have an auto-pay option, I set reminders on my cell phone.

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3. Create a Cleaning Schedule

Stop putting off your household chores until they pile up and become too overwhelming. Create a cleaning schedule. Tackle smaller tasks on a more regular basis so that your chores never become unmanageable.

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4. Don’t Be So Anti-Social

One of my resolutions last year was to entertain more. So, I played Hostess “with the most-est” for Thanksgiving. My family came over for dinner, mugs of my delicious spiked cider, and a good time was had by all. It felt good to see my loved ones enjoying my home as much as I do.

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Need a little motivation to entertain? My personal fave, the bar cart maybe your answer.

I found my bar cart (pictured below) for a steal on Etsy.com.  Not only does the bar cart instantly increase the cool factor in your space,  it can also be used to stock your party essentials – spirits, festive glasses, snacks, you name it. All you have to do is invite a few people over and get your party on!

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I’d love to hear other New Years resolutions you’ve made for your home? Share them with me in the comments.

 

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Inside The Obamas’ New Home

Although President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will bid a fond farewell to the White House in January, they will still be in the neighborhood. While youngest daughter Sasha completes high school, the Obamas will live in a beautiful 8,000 sq ft home about two miles from the White House.  Although I’m sure nothing compares to the experience of living in the White House, the Obamas’ new home ain’t too shabby. Let’s take a peek inside shall we?



 Inside the Obamas’ Post Presidential Pad

The Obamas’ new home, located in the exclusive D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama, was built in 1928 and has nine bedrooms and eight and half bathrooms.

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The Tudor style home has a spacious living room and dining room, a finished downstairs family room/media room as well as au-pair suite.

 

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The Obamas’ new home also has an oversized terrace with formal gardens, and a courtyard with enough space for the First Lady to plant a small vegetable garden.

 

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An Empire Inspired Dining Room: Love the Look, Get the Look

Lucious Lyon, hip hop mogul from the hit show Empire,  may be a shady businessman. But, you can’t deny his home is fabulous! if you’re obsessed with the lavish decor of Lucious Lyon’s lair like I am, here is a little inspiration that will help you live like a Hollywood mogul.

An Empire Inspired Living Room: Love the Look, Get, the Look

 

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  1. Brass Accent Table with Bevel Glass Top – Etsy
  2. El Dorado Chrome Chandelier – Lighting Plus
  3. Moira Velvet Arm Dining Chair – Overstock.com
  4. Mallory Cabinet – Joss and Main
  5. Modern Black Crocodile Lacquer Dining Table – Z Furniture
  6. Louis XVI Style Dining Chairs (2) – Chairish.com

 

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  1. Abstract Oil Painting of Woman – AloH Boutique at Etsy.com
  2. Ming Boxes (set of 2) – Z Gallerie
  3. Abstract Women 015 by Coporate Art Task Force – FineArtAmerica.com
  4. Pineapple Decor – Joss and Main; Art Nouveau Sheherezade Bust – House of Drama Rose at Etsy.com ; Iron Artichoke Decorative Finial – Target
  5. Augmented Tetrahedron Sculpture – AllModern.com
  6. Venus de Milo Figurine – Candiland Art at Etsy.com

 

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Steal These Decorating Ideas from Lucious Lyon

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If you’re like most people I know, you may have been sucked into the life of hip hop mogul, Lucious Lyon and his spit fire ex-wife, Cookie from the Fox hit show, Empire. Every week, my friends tune in to the epic family and business drama of the Lyon family. Now, I must admit, the over-the-top, Dynasty-esque quality of the show isn’t exactly my thing. But, I AM obsessed with the luxurious, large-than-life set designs – especially Lucious Lyon’s lair. The decor is bold, unique, with glitz and glam to spare – All key elements of my personal favorite design style, Hollywood Regency. if you’re craving Lucious Lyon’s luxe Hollywood Regency style, here is how you too, can live like a Hollywood mogul.

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