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I was reading an interesting article the other day that was filled with statistics.  The numbers were staggering but what really was on my mind was how those numbers related we decorate our homes.  It all comes back to time, the time we spend under our own roof.  With some much time spent in our homes, the saying that your home should rise up to meet you and that it should fuel your soul is so true.

DID YOU KNOW..

The average person will sleep for 229,961 hours sleeping (1/3 of your life)?

 That’s why having a bedroom that comforts you at the end of the day is important.  Invest in good quality sheets and pillows, make your bedroom is cozy and surround yourself with photos and things you love so you go to sleep and wake up feeling joyful.

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The average person spends a staggering 32,098 hours eating and drinking beverages in their lifetime.

Create a dining space that is comfortable and allows you to gather with friends and family is one of the best ways to make your home a sanctuary.  Mealtimes should be a time to reconnect with the ones you love and having a space you love makes the gatherings even more meaningful.

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The average American spends 32 hours per month online. That totals 28,300 hours in a lifetime, and this number may increase in the future with smart devices becoming more commonly used and allowing easier access to the Internet.

As someone who works from home I fully understand the concept of creating a working space that is both functional and pretty.  This also applies to those of you that work outside the home. Keep your home office organized and surround yourself with inspiration that will enhance your work and keep you energized.

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The average person will watch over 9 years’ worth of TV, or around 80,486 hours.

I am always getting on my husband about watching too much TV.  Since TV’s are apart of our lives, focus on making your TV viewing area as beautiful as possible.  Invest in comfortable seating and make the TV part of the décor.  And while you’re at it, create a beautiful outdoor living space that just might entice the family away from the TV.

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Women will spend 12,896 hours in their lifetime cleaning the home, which is almost one-and-a-half year of their lives.

I’m not your typical person because I actually like to clean.  There is some therapeutic about it. But I know that in order for me to enjoy it I must have my supplies organized and easily accessible.  Take the time to organize and make the area where you keep your cleaning supplies pretty.  Seeing a beautiful space will make you want to create a beautiful space.

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When it comes to paint colors, finding the right color for your space can often be  a test of trial and error.  I always recommend to my design clients to paint test spots around the room of the colors they are considering.  This will allow them to see the colors during the day and at night and really decide which they like best.  Spending a little money and taking this added step to really check your paint choices will ensure you make the best decision for your space.

Design Tip:  Sometimes you might not want to do test paint on the wall so the next best thing you can do is to buy an artist canvas and paint that.  This will allow you to move the canvas to various spots around the room to view the color.  Added bonus:  Once  you’re done with the canvas, use it to create an original piece of artwork for your space.

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, Design is in the Details.  And that’s one of the things I love about design.  The fact that you can take a basic ordinary architectural element, accessory, furniture piece or decorative element and use it to create something unique and beautiful for your home.  I’m working on a project that is requiring me to think about details and how they can be used to transform a space and save money at the same time.  With details on my mind I thought I’d share 11 of my favorite ideas, ideas you can use in your own home.

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So, how was your weekend?  I hope it was filled with all things good.

Today we are talking lamps.  Unique lamps to be specific.  Have you ever made your own DIY lamp or thought about having a lamp made using a favorite decorative piece?  If you are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind lamp this just might be an idea for you.

You could turn a ceramic ginger jar into a lamp like this…

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Every design client I work with is looking for ways to make their décor unique and different. Along with paint, fabric and personal touches, one of the ways I share with them to achieve a unique decorative statement is by using pieces in unexpected ways. 

Tables are a staple in most homes but when placed in unexpected places they can help create a space that stands out and meets the goal of unique and different. If you can’t think of where to use a table beyond the living room or dining room, here are SEVEN unexpected places where tables can fit into your decor.

 

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1) Tables next to the tub add a fun accent to a bathroom.  I like the idea of using the table surface to hold bathroom luxuries like fragrant soaps, bath decanters and flowers.

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2) Everyone can use a little extra surface space in their closet.  How about placing a small accent table at one end and using it to hold folded sweaters or accessories.

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3) I know it hard to think about giving up storage space in a kitchen but a table as the center accent can be so much prettier than an island. And a table becomes a great serving area for casual meals or buffet settings.

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4) Ok, most laundry rooms are not this grand but if yours is, why not place a table in the center.  Boy would this make sorting and folding easy and what a great spot for gift wrapping too.

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5) I love an accent at the foot of the bed and a small-scale table can be just as practical as an ottoman or bench.  Make sure the table height fits the height of the bed so that it doesn’t become a visual block within the room.

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6) Have you ever considered a table on the porch?  If you have a covered porch, the addition of a table is a great way to add personality and create a seasonal display area.

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7) If your kitchen island wasn’t made to fit stools, how about adding a table to create island-side seating?  I absolutely love this look and think it is a great way to create a unique statement in your home.

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Sometimes decorating your home is thinking about things in new ways and using pieces in new places.

Looking for more unique decorating ideas, check out my post of unique ways to decorate with mirrors.

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Don’t you just love a beautiful party table?  This image caught my eye and represents the perfect blend of sophistication and fun.

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  If you study this image you’ll notice three things that set the tone for this table.  These three elements are great to keep in mind when you build a tablescape and want it to be dynamic.

1)  CONTRAST–a stylish party table brings together contrasting elements in a way that makes the table come to life.  The graphic pattern of the table runner contrast perfectly with the bold impact of the flowers.  The two elements balance each other perfectly.

2) SHINE–Every party table needs elements that add a bit of shine and glimmer.  The silver cups are a simple touch that adds elegance while also offering another element of contrast.

3) COLOR REINFORCEMENT–when you multiply the color statement on a table the entire table setting will be more dynamic.  The mass of flowers down the center of the table is a visual pop and energizes the entire table arrangement.

 I loved the look of this table so much that I went on the hunt for items that would make this tablescape a reality.  Here’s how to get the look…

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 The best part about recreating this tablescape is that it won’t cost you a ton.  Creating the table runner from $7.99/yd Ikea fabric is an easy no-sew project and looking on-line for the best deals will lead you to $9.99 silver mint julep cups at Staples (Staples, not just for office supplies).

When shopping for dinnerware invest in plates that can be mixed and matched with other items you have and use decorative bowls (less expensive) to add the pattern.

And fancy glass goblets are always in style, mix great with other stemware and can be used in both a formal and casual table setting.

 Your Shopping List:

Floral Mums InvitationPaper Source /Black and White Stripe Fabric–Ikea / Nomad Flower Bowls–Cost Plus / Baroque Ogee Plates–Cost Plus
Silver Mint Julep Cups–Staples  / Baroque Scroll Goblet–Pier 1 / North Satin Silverware–Pier 1 / Raspberry Flower Crochet Napkins–Cost Plus World Market
 
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Design Details in Unexpected Places

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I feel that many times homeowners don’t put that extra effort into decorating their master bathrooms, so I love it when I come across a bathroom design that is expertly detailed with the same level of design attention that goes into main living spaces.

Design Tip:  Curtains are a simple way to add an elegant design statement to a bathroom. Simple rods in a metallic finish and  soft fabrics will add that feeling of relaxation and comfort bathrooms call for.

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I love the look of black and white wall décor but often times if your décor style is something other than modern or contemporary it can be challenging to decorate with.  Here are three design tips that might make the task of decorating with black and white wall décor a little easier!

1.  BLACK and WHITE WALL DECOR DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL ART

With a more transitional or eclectic décor style mix things up a bit by combing traditional artwork with other decorative objects or mirrors.  The wall grouping below is a great example of traditional botanical prints being paired with a black framed mirror and tortoise shells.  There is a traditional undertone but the overall feel is more eclectic and personalized.

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2.  USE BLACK and WHITE ARTWORK TO CREATE UNIFORMITY & RHYTHM

Black and white artwork hung as a collection and hung close together creates symmetry and balance within a room.  This option is also great when you have a large wall that needs impact but you don’t want to invest in a single piece of over-sized art.

*  Ikea is your best and most economical source when you need to buy multiple frames in the same style

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3.  MAKE THE BLACK and WHITE STATEMENT EVEN STRONGER WITH A COMBO OF BLACK & WHITE MATTS

A great way to make your black and white wall décor statement even stronger is by framing your art in wide black AND white matts.  Alternate the matt colors for visual balance and keep the picture frames all the same color so the look isn’t too busy.

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Need a little more black and white wall décor inspiration, check out these stunning wall statement and rooms.

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Do you like the look of black and white wall décor or are you into more color?

Shelly

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