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11 Tips to Get Picture-Perfect Mantel Styling All Year

Styling your mantel throughout the holidays can be a piece of cake, given those distinctive decorations you choose out annually. But when those are packed away and you’re left with a vacant mantel, how can you get the focal point of your living room or room looking picture perfect? Here are some approaches for styling your mantel just like a pro year round. 8Foot6 Start with the art. One large part, about two-thirds the size of this mantel itself, will get you almost all the way there. Then layer on further elements in smaller sizes, ideally in complementary colors or themes. sarah & bendrix Follow the rule of three. A trio of objects gathered on the mantel in sizes large, medium and small will look brilliant. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design If you don’t have one impressive large piece to hang, a small gallery wall of 3 similar-size paintings is nice,…

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City View: Seattle Design Shows Natural Wonders

When I think of Seattle, I Believe of the Space Needle, sleeplessness on a houseboat, Starbucks, Singles, Soundgarden and spitting rain. Recognizing this was likely an extremely weak and stereotypical way to explain one of my favourite cities, I decided to dig deeper and talk with designers and architects at the Pacific Northwest to get an accurate picture of the Seattle layout scene. Seattle designers agree that the region’s unique climate and geography are the strongest influences upon layout. The striking beauty of the environment inspires blurring the lines between indoors and out, arranging rooms “upside down” (more on this later), using rain displays and living in homes that float across the water. Additional priorities in Seattle layout are a deep concern for the environment, comfy and outdoorsy lifestyles, and respect to local materials and craftsmanship. The combination of those influences results in residential designs which are unique to the…

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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…

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3 Extreme Chair Makeovers — Plus DIY Reupholstering Tips

Sitting on the side of the road, left in a dark street or shoved in the back of a garage — chairs of all shapes and sizes are located and return to life courtesy of Andrea Mihalik. Working out of her studio, Wild Chairy, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mihalik reinvents lost designs using a no-holds-barred strategy and most of ecofriendly materials. Employing old-world tactics and new patterns, she generates boldly designed chairs that not only look good but feel great too. Curious about what is needed to create these wonderful layouts? We sat down with this reupholstery whiz to select her brain on her favourite endeavors, ecofriendly reupholstering and tips for DIYers. Wild Chairy Q. How can you begin doing this? A. I got started in upholstery almost 3 decades back. In my career, I was a photojournalist, traveling the globe shooting everything from popes to presidents. Upholstery sort of found…

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8 Incredibly Clever Organizing Tricks

It would be wonderful to have a professionally designed closet or a spacious laundry room with a custom organizational system. But most people are dealing with small spaces, limited funds and big imaginations. Oh, and materials. A Great Deal of stuff. The very first trick to great organization would be to purge (you can call it curating if that feels better) frequently and ruthlessly. If you haven’t used it in a year, out it goes (unless, obviously, it’s authentic sentimental or monetary value). Once you receive your things down to a nice, manageable heap, you’re going to want a way to arrange it. Listed below are 8 smart, cute and affordable techniques. It’s so Straightforward and yet so revolutionary. Label, label, label. I especially love this method of coordinating beauty goods into bins tagged for skin, hair, face and other. This would do wonders for my only jumbled bin of…

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Fixing the Mantel

Decorating a mantel does not sound hard, until you really try it. Although the mantel is a little sliver of space, it starts to feel gigantic once you’ve got no idea how to accessorize it. The key with creating an eye-pleasing mantel screen will be to improve visual attention as far as possible. No, this does not mean cramming it. Instead, focus on creating a look which allows the eyes to travel and focus on more than 1 object. Melaragno Design Company, LLC Among the more well-known strategies to decorate a mantel is to apply the “three-plus-one” trick. This design technique is dependent upon different objects of different heights to create visual attention. Locate three similar items and set them on a single side of your mantel. Try not to line up them — coating and stagger them. Play around to find what seems and feels best for you. As…

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Built-ins Boost Storage in Small Baths

I have the world’s tiniest master bath. Though it’s plagued by a grab bag of design problems, such as brass sconces that somebody inexplicably dangled at chest height, my most pressing issue is storage. The skimpy cabinets and pint-size vanity shirt sometimes make me want to yank out my hair (particularly as I blow dry it in a room the size of a breadbox). My present “alternative” is really a basket that corrals toiletries, at least when I remember to stick back in there. But hope is on the horizon: We’re planning a remodel, sooner rather than later. And though we will not be gaining square footage, I have been on the search for storage approaches that can help us squeeze the most from the space we’ve got. These 10 clever built-ins are going into the idea file. Amoroso Design This slim structure packs at a lot of work, from…