THREE TIPS FOR STYLING AN ENTRYWAY

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via A Beautiful Mess – We’re still hard at work on our studio house—one mini space at a time. This week we completed two small spaces (double yay!), and today we’re teaming up with Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot to share a few tips for styling an entry space.

But first, I must confess. I’m the worst at mini spaces. You know the ones. Too small to be a room, but still in need of decor and organization. I put them off and eventually get used to their half-finished status. They’re my blind spot.

But not this time! This time things are different. And you know what? I’m loving it. Our new entry space is inviting and organized. Since it’s the first thing we see when we walk through those doors every morning, I think of this space as our friendliest spot in the house, always waving “hell-oo-ooo!”

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5 SPRING TRENDS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE

Designer-approved trends inspired by the season.

BY Since launching her eponymous interiors firm in 2007, New York-based designer Young Huh has specialized in turning houses into homes, one room at a time. When it comes to her own spaces, she’s all about a seasonal refresh with of-the-moment decorative accessories and unexpected finishes. These small changes can make a world of a difference for waking up a tired space. Ready for a renewal yourself? Use Huh’s creative ideas on upgrades for spring.

shot-03-hero-080r-15221769371. Refresh Your Room’s Energy

Pale blues and serene greens can really change the mood of a space. No need to break out the paintbrush or buy a new sofa to get those peaceful, chill Spring vibes. Instead, focus on layering colored accents into your existing decor—adding a blue frame or candle on a living room console, placing a porcelain glass vase full of fresh flowers artfully on a mantel, and showcasing crystal topped containers can all enhance your room’s positive energy.

From left: Jamie Young lamp, $313, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (small), $38, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (large), $62, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (medium), $50, bloomingdales.com; Christofle tray, $390, bloomingdales.com; Vietri vase, $239, bloomingdales.com; Voluspa candle, $30, bloomingdales.com; Kendra Scott picture frame, $195, bloomingdales.com; Jamie Young lamp, $338, bloomingdales.com

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Fun Ideas for Easter Decorations

1866709_originalHello everyone! How are you all doing today? Yesterday I decided to get out and start getting everything ready for Easter.

The best part of Easter at our home is the egg hunting. I might have more fun with that than the kids!  I really enjoy decorating our home for this time of the year but I like uncomplicated and easy Easter decorating ideas. I’m not sure about you, but I invest so much time and effort to decorate our home during Christmas that I don’t want to spend too much time and money with Easter decorations.

Like any kind of decor, I like to buy reusable things so I can collect them over the years. I also like to mix the reusable pieces with fresh flowers and plants to add more color and a more natural feel to the decor.

Take a look at these Easter Decorating Ideas. You’ll see that most of them are easy to do and they really won’t take much of your time.

I hope these Easter Decorating Ideas can inspire you to have an even more special Easter this year!

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The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom

2017-08-09_12-44-25So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match? Before I know it, I’m completely paralyzed by the whole situation and need my trusted design friends to rush over and help ease me into the right decisions. I rationalize my indecisiveness to the fact that space planning and room layouts are so crucial to the overall vibe a home puts forth.

To help, we turned to California designer Becki Owens to lay out some fundamentals when it comes to the art of placement. She consistently creates fresh, swoon-worthy interiors that always feel right on the mark. Below, Becki outlines four things to remember when setting up a bedroom to introduce good, healthy flow. Sleep tight!

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The 5 Things Interior Designers Always Notice in Your Home

what-interior-designers-notice-homesWouldn’t it be so nice to know what an interior designer actually notices in your home? Having this information would make it that much easier when you clean or decorate new spaces, or even when you decide what to renovate and what to leave as is. It can be somewhat difficult to take a critical eye to your own space that you see consistently day after day, but knowing where to place your focus and creative energy would certainly help to take out some of that guesswork, so we decided to reach out to design professional Shelly Gerritsma from Canter Lane Interiors instead. Read on to learn the five design elements she always notices first and wants you to focus on first as well.

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10 Ways to Give Your Home Boutique Hotel Vibes

how-get-boutique-hotel-styleThe great thing about staying in a hotel is that you don’t have to clean up after yourself. Is there anything better than coming back from a day of sightseeing to find your room spotless and welcoming? Yes, there is something better — and that is the white fluffy robe that you get to drape around yourself as you watch TV. And then there’s the room service; hello, cheeseburger on demand! So we’ve got the robe, the room service, and the fact that someone else makes your bed. Oh, and fancy ice buckets . . . On second thought, there are a million great things about staying in a chic hotel!

So when you’re not on vacation, staying in a trendy boutique hotel with luxury and relaxation at your fingertips, why not re-create the feeling at home? With a few simple decor choices, you can give your space a boutique hotel vibe. Just keep in mind, you can’t conjure up room service or cleaning maids through the power of decorating; sorry.

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