Color

Take Rooms on a Coastal Trip With Orange and Blue

Orange and blue go together like a blazing sunset over an ocean horizon. If you’re searching for a beachy look but sharp coastal navy and white or nautical red, blue and white are not for you, consider sprinkling some paprika around the area. Opposite colors blue and orange can freshen up things in all kinds of ways, from rooms at a more traditional New England coastal style to cool, modern spaces motivated by a Miami home made. If you’re not already a fan of orange (it seems to be a”love it or hate it” hue), here are some do’s and don’ts for pairing it with colors of blue which may change your own mind. DO let go of preconceived notions about what nautical is. While ship’s wheels and cubes are excellent, gorgeous photography, a tasteful basket-weave light fixture and watery turquoise colors also recall the shore but in a more…

Fireplaces

Two Sofas the Design Possibilities

Larger living rooms need some creative furniture arrangement. Pairing sofas makes a cohesive look with a stylish touch and adds that extra seating you have been searching for. Flanking a fireplace, set in a corner or pushed back to back, two couches offer plenty of seating for a crowd and will help facilitate dialogue. This approach is also a easy way to add balance and symmetry to a living room. Here are a couple of of our favourite ways to integrate double couches into any space. Elad Gonen Few things make a room feel crisp and clean like perfect symmetry. This pair of couches makes the room feel balanced. Su Casa Designs Double couches add double relaxation in rooms made for family gatherings. Game nights and rainy movie days are much better when there’s space for everyone to flake out. In a room where a parallel pair doesn’t feel very…

Porches

10 Elements of a Porch Paradise

I’ve been talking porch once a week for awhile today, and I believe that it’s time to wrap(about) up it. After looking at thousands of porches, figuring out what I love about them, combining them and learning from your comments, I’ve rounded up a couple standout components of great porches. If you are designing a new porch, then freshening up your existing one or just dreaming of a porch, then consider which of the following are must-haves for you. Bountiful Wicker. This nostalgic cabin weave will immediately transform your porch into a comfortable and traditional oasis. SDG Architecture, Inc.. A ceiling fan. Love your porch on a breezeless day by creating your own wafts. Fans keep the bugs away. Whitten Architects Screens. Speaking of bugs, if mosquitos are your nation’s unofficial bird (I swiped this line from among you commentors), then you might have to transform your open porch or…

Coastal Style

Elegant Mediterranean With Room to Roam

Having grown up in Minnesota, both Tim and Carol Hager were used to homes with a great deal of outdoor space. Minnesota’s nickname is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” and it’s not unusual for a homeowner to have a ship and pier on the property. When they moved into Southern California, the Hagers needed their kids, ages 11 to 16, to delight in the exact same sense of exploration and freedom inside the safe confines of their particular land. They don’t miss the snowy long winters of Minneapolis-St. Paul, however, the Hagers’ desire for more space and penchant for athletic activities prompted them to look for a home in a hilly horse ranch area nearby south Orange County. Their 1-acre Mediterranean-style land on a quiet cul-de-sac “felt like ours the day we moved in,” says Carol. “The owners did a very good job picking details like flooring, lighting and different…

Eclectic Homes

Guest Picks: A Cozy Holiday Fete

I love hosting get-togethers in your home with close friends, particularly in the winter when it is about getting comfy and cozy! This month, I’ve rounded up 20 of my favourite finds to inspire your next party. From European customs like placing a warm blanket on the back of each chair, to a fresh take on all-American s’mores, I hope everyone will find something to appreciate. — Laura from Lolalina Anthropologie Heartsease Bowl – $10 I would function heating chestnut soup in those beautifully patterned earthenware bowls. Of course, they’d also be just right for sipping on cafe au lait or hot cocoa. Terrain Vintage Antler Blanket – $98 It’s normal to see throw blankets draped over the backs of chairs in outside cafes in Europe when the weather turns chilly. How lovely is to adopt this tradition for a comfy party in your home? I love these antler blankets;…

Decorating Guides

Artist's Studio: 7 Stellar Ways to Show Your Work

Your home should reflect your personality and personality, and the same is true for your creative or studio space. Artists express themselves through handmade bits, therefore an artist’s workspace is arguably one of the very personal and romantic areas, where attitudes and feelings coexist with physical creations. When it comes to decorating such a private space, there’s no superior decoration than the artist’s own work. Favourite creations can inspire present projects and provide something for visitors and customers to respect when seeing. As an artist, then you should display your work thoughtfully and uniquely. Here are a couple display ideas which are artistic in their own way but subtle enough to allow the artwork shine. Lauren Donaldson Display idea: Vintage pant hangersUseful for: The picture designer Old-fashioned pant hangers do not find much use in closets, but they now can find use on walls as clips for picture prints. This…

Color

Loving Shade: A Rainbow of Tile

You can find inspiration for bathrooms and kitchens decked out in plain tile that is black or white. Consider how many times you’ve seen black and white penny tiles in baths and the traditional white subway tile in kitchens. But what about the adventuresome homeowners that want to see their tile? Here is a starting point: follow tile ideas’ rainbow. Ward-Young Architecture & Planning – Truckee, CA If I had to give this tile a shade, it would be sunset red. It is really a vibrant color of red with hints of orange. I love the faucet is mounted at the wall in this toilet — your eye immediately goes to this mosaic wall that is red. Suggestion: If you are choosing a bold, bright color for your tile, consider using it as an accent wall. Four walls of a strong color, such as these mosaic red tiles, can overwhelm…

Color

Loving Shade: More Ways to Like Stripes

Like the stripes you are seeing in home d├ęcor almost anyplace? Stripes add something unexpected to your space, and may even visually expand a room. However, instead of thinking about the typical alternating stripes in just two colours, the stripes can be implemented in many different ways, widths and colours. If you believe this idea may be up your alley, check out the following images to see if those stripe designs might be for you. Dufner Heighes Inc Small rooms, like baths, may gain from horizontal stripes, as they help the space to appear bigger. A variety of green colors are punctuated by an unexpected pop of blue at those stripes, providing this toilet a fresh, joyful vibe. Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC Who said each stripe has to be the exact same width? Having a version in size, this striped wall takes on an entirely new attitude. Throw pillows and…