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Beautiful Interior Design Trends for 2017

Chloe Taylor continues to share beautiful design trends for 2017.  Take a look...


Interior design has been progressively charming us into becoming addicted to all new styles, interior provocations, unexpected yet very tempting juxtapositions of fabric, color and material choices and there’s nothing we can do about it but surrender. 
With the year 2017 bringing a whole new twist in the interior design trends, we get to enjoy (and implement) an array of choices that is incredibly vast yet beautiful, and adapted to virtually everyone’s tastes. 

For all of you who are getting excited at a mere thought of redecorating your ambiance with the newly-emerged decorating trends, we’re giving you some of our favorite design directions to follow.

Terracotta tile bliss
Overwhelmed with all things simple and white all throughout 2016, year 2017 is flipping the page to the warmer side. 
While terra cotta tiles do remind us of the 80s when they were used as border tiles, this time around they will be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces and will have a gorgeous natural matte finish. The too-rustic element of terra cotta tiles will be toned down by the matte finish which will add character and warmth to interiors again.

Cork, cork, cork

Cork is making a comeback and it’s going to be amazing! Cork is one of those stylish material ideas that add warmth and texture to spaces, and it’s ideal for absorbing noise in large, open plan homes.
Combined with stone tops, cork looks amazing as base for coffee tables, as well as a side table or a solid cork stool. We won’t be surprised if cork becomes used to clad entire walls (similar to chalkboard walls) to pin notes to, especially in the offices, kids’ rooms or as exciting decorative walls in homes with a bit edgier interior design solutions. 
Dark green and Jewel beauty

In 2017, we’re saying goodbye to navy and midnight blues and embracing dark shades of green that are “threatening” to become the new must-have dark interior color. This dark green creates a wintery Scandi backdrop for reindeer furs, tan leathers, brass lamps and natural linen. For those who aren’t that much into Scandi vibes, the color can be used in accents such as feature armchair, cushions, covers or rugs. Deep green adds depth and can bring in the colors from the outdoors easily or imitate a rich tone through manipulation of accents large enough to set the character of the room. Jewel tones are having a moment, too and are inspired by metals, space, stars, clouds and the cosmos. They will add a dash of sparkle and interest to your space.

Rich upholstered bedheads
You’re probably aware that timber bed frames are currently dominating the market, aren’t you? Well, that’s going to change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bed heads set to replace the plain and set a rather rich, extravagant tone. Given these types of beds have been a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes for a while, it was time “the regular people” enjoyed them as well. 
It doesn’t really matter what style you’re picking; a plush model in velvet or a classic model in neutral color with buttons – these bedheads are an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom. It is interesting that designers aren’t forcing the harmony of all-things-rich; in fact, the juxtaposition of expensive and inexpensive elements manipulated through items like fabulous cheap rugs and expensive wooden corner tables, second-hand vanities and rich-in-texture curtains is preferred, if not encouraged. We love it!
Escape with me
Fed up with their glass offices and technology overflow, people will want a place to escape to, and why shouldn’t that place be (in) their homes?
The interior design focus shifts to creating spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction and seeking to create havens of calm and tranquility. It won’t matter if the focus is on turning your bedroom or your terrace into a nook you can escape to, as long as you’re having peace and quiet to enjoy some time on your own.
Relaxed furniture and materials will follow suit, from day beds, deep sofas with linen slip covers and Icelandic sheepskins to oversized love seats, chunky knit wool rugs and floor cushions.



Chic and Crispy Clean: Bathroom trends to watch out for in 2017

It's always fun to get a sneak peek at upcoming design trends.  Chloe Taylor fills us in on chic bathroom trends for 2017...



The world of bathroom design is characterized by constant change, and every new season brings at least a couple of fresh additions to the trending loo look wagon. That is true of the year ahead as well: along with the minimalist and natural designs we’ve seen take the bathroom look scene by a sweep over the past two years, in 2017 we’ll be seeing many more daring blends of colors and materials, along with a growing passion for organic details, geometric shapes, and creative reinterpretations of timeless bathroom elements. Let’s take a sneak peek at the biggest trends for 2017 restroom design, shall we?

1. Organic Gone Mix ‘n’ Match


A home décor trend that has sneaked into the bathroom back in 2015, use of natural materials and green details is going to hit its peak next year, instilling chic toilets a dose of organic comfort and sophistication. Timber and stone will take center stage in 2017 bathrooms, rendering added aesthetic dynamics to hygiene havens, as shown in Patricia Urquiola’s projects for Agape. Along with emphasized use of natural resources, synthetic materials will remain on-trend, and tasteful juxtaposition of organic and artificial elements will help achieve a sleek contemporary ambiance deeply connected with the environment.

2. Timeless Bathroom Touches



Apart from natural stone and wood, metallic touches will come into the limelight of bathroom design next year. Not only will the sensitive materials be ushered into the toilet as accents, but they will also appear as integral components of water features, as we’ve seen in recent projects by Azzurra Bagni. In their Lime2.0 collection, the Italian studio introduced timber and stone into sinks and shower flooring and thus managed to achieve a sense of refreshment and visual flow to go with superior sophistication and stylistic sensibility.

3. Be Bold, Try Brass and Steel


Steel and brass are another restroom trend we’ll be seeing more of in 2017, together with gold accents evocative of the ‘70s décor aesthetics. Metallic details have been slowly moving into the bathroom design for a couple of years now, but they’ll shine at their finest in the year to come. Projects such as the Large Format Slim Stone by Ceramstone C&S are already making it clear that natural stone will benefit from the metallic update. Tasteful blends of steel and marble or limestone and combinations of travertine or quartz and brass and gold hues will become a part of an up-to-date 2017 lavatory, rendering an atmosphere of luxury and grace to the bathroom and dialing interest from conventional to irresistible.

4. Shapes and Geometry at Play


As for trending bathroom patterns, the popularity of geometric shapes is expected to gain solid momentum next year. Ceramic tiles showcasing triangles, hexagons, and octagonal figures will snatch the bathroom design throne from classic rectangles and squares, introducing an Oriental vibe to modern lavatories. Renowned tile producers such as Claesson Koivisto Rune are already experimenting with innovative combinations of colors and patterns inspired by the Middle East. Among the Oriental bathroom design influences, Moroccan tiles are currently the hottest tiling trend, and experts say that the use of the groutless cladding in the restroom reduces the risk of mold development and condensation buildup.

5. Bathroom Color Palette Revisited



The all-white bathroom color palette is a thing of the past, and Ozzy plumbing experts have said that more and more homeowners are turning to pastel fixtures for a graceful restroom update. The popularity of the pastel color scheme is going to persist throughout 2017, with design focus shifting from high polish to matte finishes for a fun bathroom décor twist. Next year, fittings and subway-style tiles in dark grey, light blue, and muted green will be paired with bold colors for an artful take on the traditional lavatory look.

The 2017 bathroom will definitely be a work of art in its own right, and seamless combinations of natural materials, metallic accents, green touches, Oriental-style geometrics, and matte hues will help transform the loo look from simplistic to superior. Keep an eye out on restroom design trends in the year ahead, and make sure to introduce a few hot features to keep your bathing area as graceful and as modern-looking as it can be.


An Insight into Contemporary Water Purifying Devices

Water is essential to our lives and well-being.  If you looking for the best ways to bring premium water into your home, here are some options for water purifying devices from Lillian Connors.

Whether there’s a genuine need for installing a water purification system at your home depends on you – the homeowner. If you don’t trust official reports related to water quality or believe that the water coming out of the tap is not drinkable, the most logical solution is to install a personal water treatment system. Fortunately, there are many options to consider.

Point-of-entry

First of all, you need to decide if you want to install the so-called POE (point-of-entry) or the POU (point-of-use) system. The former refers to the system which filters all the water that enters the household or the place of residence. Typically, the installation is done after the water meter, or the water tank in case of well water. For example, if you wish to install a water softener to tackle the problems with hard water, that would be a POE system.

Point-of-use

On the other hand, you may opt for a system (in some cases the word is used rather loosely) that purifies water at the point of consumption. These solutions include a personal bottle with a built-in filter, pitchers and filters attached to the standard kitchen faucet. These are all quite convenient devices, but have a rather limited capacity. There are also fridge filters, which treat ice and water from the fridge, as well as plumbed-in systems, which can be designed in different ways, depending on what points of consumption are envisaged to feature purified water.

Standards

Naturally, every system relies on maintaining a standard and adhering to some rules and regulations. From filtration and water softening to UV disinfection and reverse osmosis (RO), there are some basic principles behind the technology, as well as guidelines for maintenance.
Water filters trap or dissolve or absorb contaminants, while softeners purify water by making it less hard, i.e. by reducing calcium and magnesium levels. A UV system uses light to disinfect water and reduce the presence of bacteria which do not cause disease, while a RO system is based on reversing the natural flow of water, which goes through a more concentrated to a more dilute solution. In doing so, it passes a semi-permeable membrane, which is usually accompanied by a reverse osmosis water filter with cartridges.

Maintenance

Probably the most important segment in operating a water purification system at home. Every device or system comes with a manual containing the manufacturer’s guidelines. To maximize the efficiency and be sure that you always have healthy water at your disposal, make sure you follow the instructions to the letter, whether they refer to replacing cartridges and membranes or any other aspect of the system’s operation.

Benefits

The fact that there’s less chorine and bacteria in purified water means it tastes and smells better. Also, it’s much cheaper in the long run to have a water purification system installed than to buy bottled water. Last by not least, purified water used for drinking and cooking greatly improves your family’s health and it plays a particularly important role when it comes to children and their immune systems.

Follow your heart… or your brain, it makes no difference


In conclusion, it’s enough to think that, according to this source, more than a half of your body is water and that the percentage of water in our heart and lungs is the same – 73. Now, all you have to do, is ask yourself whether you think it would be a good idea to ensure that you get the premium quality of the main component of your body, because it quite easy to do so.

Style up Your Home - DIY Fashion Inspired Décor

Decorating and fun go hand in hand.  Check out these very creative, fun fashion-inspired ideas from Chloe Taylor to help "style up your home"...using what you may already have.  Have fun!




Big or small decorative pieces you can find in stores can be expensive. Sometimes, it is even difficult to find what you imagined which can be frustrating. Instead of going through such agony, you should take matter into your own hands and start a fun project of decorating your home with your own things. Each of these ideas is simple and will take you a couple of hours tops.




Frame your Favorite Scarves


Every girl has plenty of silk scarves for which she cannot even find enough space. If you have the same problem, turn them into decoration. On the other hand, if you do not have any spare scarves, you can easily find some cheap ones in a vintage shop. Either way, all you need are colorful scarves with various patterns and frames of your desire, and your new decorations are done. Place these above your bed, TV, or create an artsy corner and your home will get a new glow.



Turn your Scarf into a Throw or Runner


Oversized scarves and pashminas are sometimes hard to combine with your outfits, but that does not mean these would not make a great decorative piece. All you have to do is use the scarf or a pashmina instead of a throw blanket or table runner and transform your tables and couches. This DIY project will not even take any time, since you only need a few seconds to drape it. This quick transformation is perfect for decorating for a party or some fancy dinners with your family.  For additional splash of style, you can make wall art using needles, colorful yarn bowls and reclaimed timber. 



Make your Jewelry a Piece of Art

Another easy but sparkly project of yours could include framing your jewelry and making them into art. For simpler projects, you can pin your jewelry onto a cork board, add some decorations on it or repaint it and mount it on the wall. For a more sophisticated look you can frame your jewelry into a standard shadow box. You can also group some of the pieces you do not wear that often, or use a standout piece such as an oversized necklace and make a statement with it. Have couple of these elegant pieces and mount them in your hallway for a big entrance in your house. 


Create your Own Accessories Wall


Why hide your pretty hats, purses and jewelry when you can expose them and decorate your home at the same time. With these you can turn your dull white wall into a gorgeous display with your favorite things. Think of a pattern you want and hang a series of hooks and simply place your accessories on them. Even better, some vintage hats and antique purses that you never get the chance to wear can be reborn into lovely decorative pieces.



However, if placing hooks is impossible but you have some spare shelves, dust them off and use them. Organize your purses, hats, and even shoes and put some jewelry on stands voila! For an even better effect you can mount a couple of high bay lights on the accessories wall. Also, you can choose different colors for the bulbs and introduce some fun atmosphere in your home.



Use Trays as Displays 


Jewelry boxes look beautiful, but these can be expensive. The creative alternative for a jewelry box is a nice display tray, or even ashtrays that you do not use. Any shapes, sizes, materials and colors of the trays are welcome, just find what suits your taste the best, and simply display your accessories and small treasures. This way you are creating your own personal vignettes that fit in perfectly in every room in your home.


Simply said, you do not need a fortune to decorate your home. Simply use your own accessories and clothes to add character and make a cozier atmosphere. 


Creative Backyard Improvements That Increase the Value of Your Home

When selling your home, getting the best price is usually the primary goal.  Marie Nieves shares some very valuable tips on how to increase the value of your home by creating backyard improvements.




The real estate market has had its ups and downs. Most people who were selling houses decided to take a break for a short time until the market stabilized again. In the meantime, they have focused on improving their existing houses and adding a lot of value to its future sale. This is mostly done by creating backyard improvements which significantly affect the price of the house. If you are one of those people who want to sell their house and get the most out of it, here are some of the things you can install in your backyard in order to increase your house’s value.

Create additional outdoor rooms

One of the best additions every house owner can get is a landscaped patio. According to SmartMoney.com, a landscape patio is so highly valued that buyers are willing to pay an additional 12.5% of the house’s original value just for the patio. So, if you have enough space and some money to invest, invest in a patio. You can easily convert it into a backyard terrace or a dining area. Place some fancy furniture and enjoy drinking morning coffee or the afternoon tea while relaxing in the sun and enjoying the fresh air. 

Invest in a pool

When you think about it, pools are the first association with “being rich”. It’s not something everyone can afford, and let’s be honest, they cost a fortune to make and maintain, but they also increase the value of a home. The best pool that gives the most out of what you paid for it is the Gunite Pool. It is so fancy and luxurious that it will boost your home’s value significantly. If you go online and search the “sell my house” phrase, you will find a lot of useful information about how to sell your house and the most common mistakes people make. Also, there are tips which will help you increase its value, and those tips will suggest that you invest in a Gunite Pool. In almost every scenario, pool is the first option for home improvements. 

A professional landscape design

Your landscape may be good enough, but when you want to additionally increase the value of your home, you will have to redesign it. Hiring a professional landscape designer to either create a design for you is very important. They know what’s trending and what adds value, so you should listen to their advice. Pros usually charge around $65-70 per hour. 

Plant trees

For some reason, most buyers love it when there are young trees planted around their new homes. By planting a few trees and letting them grow a bit, your home will gain in value. But not just any trees, we’re not talking about orchards and fruit trees. Plant those decorative trees that attract no flies and require no pruning. Plus, they are a great addition to your aesthetics and thanks to them everything looks nice. 

Add lighting

To spice things up a little bit, add some lighting around the perimeter. This will let you enjoy the evening with your friends and family and at the same time increase the value of your home. Also, you will be able to do some night-time swimming around your new pool, and enjoy the romantic dinner with your other half. Lights are a great addition to every backyard, they’re cheap to install and add a lot of value. If you have some extra cash, consider antique lanterns.
Improving your home and adding a bit of extra in the backyard is very important before putting it up for sale. You can get great revenue after selling it and still enjoy all the commodities while living in it. Consider these improvements in order to get the highest value for your home.

Roads towards a Rock-Solid Household Storage Plan

Guest blogger Lillian Connors has brought us some handy storage tips and ideas on how to get your home organized...


Storage handling is a challenging task in many households. Still, having a solid storage plan is sometimes more effective than moving to a larger house. This will enable you to track your Christmas decorations and summer clothes when you actually need them. With our three-part scheme, you’ll make an optimal arrangement of your home storing space.

Make a Thorough Estimate

The first step towards perfectly organized storage is to know what has to be put away and how much footage you have at your disposal for storing it. Use a piece of paper and make two columns you’d fill in as you go. Take the storage needs of your family into consideration and start combing the house, from attic to basement.
Make every area and nook count, from the topmost hard-to-reach to shelves, over modest underneath-the-bed strips, to garden shed and garage shelves. Don’t get disheartened by messy sights and focus on your current task.
Once you get all your potential storage spots in one place, you should proceed to making a list of items you need to store. These are some of the most common objects that justifiably make the cut: 
  • Seasonal clothing
  • The decorative paraphernalia for Christmas, Easter and other festive holidays
  • An archive of important documents (taxes and other records, personal files, etc.)
  • Luggage items
  • Memorabilia and sentimental pieces (children’s performance records, sketches, photo albums)
  • Sports equipment (skis, rollerblades, bicycles, golf clubs, badminton sets, etc.)
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Party supplies such as extra plates, tablecloths, chairs and inflatable beds
  • Garden hardware and tools
  • Original packaging of all techy stuff around the house
These items get the first claim on house storage, so distribute them smartly with the help of your list. For example, luggage can go under the bed, tools and equipment should stay in the garage and the garden shack, while clothes should be placed on the easy-to-reach shelves in the attic.

Remove, Box or Sell?

With all the major household items stored, you need to deal with the things that cause unnecessary clutter and have to be removed, sold, recycled or stored elsewhere. Some of the items can be sold at a garage sale, such as functional, but rarely used appliances, excess kitchen tools and furniture. Finally, there’s plain junk you simply have to evict, such as expired canned food, broken devices, mismatched objects and construction debris.
Begin the process by keeping your list and plans constantly in view and work on one tiny unit at a time until you get to the bottom of it. The handy way to separate the items into groups and categories is to pack them into boxes for storage or removal. Use tags or pens to mark the names of each temporary box-unit (“yard sale”, “donate”, etc.) and a garbage can for indisputable rubbish.
Proceed by moving the objects to their assigned storage site. If you’re working on a tight schedule, time yourself and handle smaller chunks at once so you never get caught with a messy room. Don’t forget to seek help from your family members, but also know when it’s best to do something on your own. Keep a pace that suits you and don’t forget to admire your work and stay motivated.
Finally, you may encounter things you’re not ready to give up just yet and you need time to deliberate. A friend gave me a brilliant idea on how to solve this - secure mobile storage. Let their guys pack and store your family heirlooms and similar troublesome pieces you can’t decide what to do with and have them back any time you want.

Corrections and Management

In most cases, the plan may need some tweaking here and there. Sometimes all the items on the pile cannot fit the designated shelves, so new storage units may need to be introduced. Also, to keep the storage situation under control in the future, make an inventory and save it on computer as a guide for the future. 

Don’t get discouraged by the amount of things you have to store and rearrange in your home. You can easily excel at the storage shuffling process by following our handy advice.


Introducing Industrial Elements to Your Interior

Guest blogger Lillian Connors shares some interesting ways to achieve an industrial look for your home.

Until recently industrial wasn’t a style at all, it was a way of life. But nowadays people who are interested in design are amazed how we are able to restore barns, warehouses and old industrial buildings. Its attraction lies in its basic architecture, salvaged and reused objects, and its practical surfaces. It suddenly became a big trend in the interior design world and it looks like it is here to stay. This style can be found everywhere from renovated lofts to multi millionaire mansions. Here are some suggestions on how to bring this style into your home.

Find inspiration

In order to decide how are you going to redecorate your interior with industrial style elements, first you will have to find out what details you prefer. Try looking around your city and find some buildings that have a long history and you might stumble upon something very interesting that catches your eye. Look in warehouses to see some exposed brick or steel columns that don’t have a drywall on them. Maybe you’ll fall in love with timber roof trusses. Since the industrial style became popular, many old buildings were given new life. Visit your downtown to look for some of those buildings, keep an eye on warehouses, barns and manufacturing facilities that were turned into office spaces and condos.

Art

You could use artwork to introduce industrial architecture into your interior. Try using murals, bold graphics or paint a bold symbol on an exposed brick wall to express your design style, this can be done in all parts of the apartment or house. Use ideas you collected around the city and create your own artwork. Numbers, letters or abstract images it can all go on a wall in your home and turn a boring interior into art.

Mix modern with industrial

If you try combining  older architectural details with modern styles you will bring new beauty into your home. This is very noticeable in the kitchen. Most modern day appliances have stainless steel or your kitchen cabinets will have wood panels that resemble the industrial age. You can also use lighting to bring out the industrial feel in your home, this little trick we learn from the guys behind Superlight. For instance, try using pendant lighting with Edison-style bulbs, this will give a real retro look if you hang it and choose fixtures that have rustic metal.

Repurpose and reuse

You could go with buying new furniture that will bring the industrial look to your home. But there is a way you could save money in that section. Go with repurposing, reusing and recycling materials from other sections of your home to achieve that industrial appearance. If you are currently renovating go around your neighborhood to demolition sites. You can find a lot of wood and metal that you can reuse in your home, keep an eye for warehouses and barns since these are rich with materials you are looking for. Some lumberyards can provide you with reclaimed wood and industrial elements like railroad ties.

Renovate the focal points

You could also achieve the industrial look in your home by locating and renovating some of the most noticeable details in your home. You can renovate your room to look modern and contemporary, but try  refacing the walls or a fireplace with exposed industrial materials. This will give then a finished look that is inspired by the industrial era. Concrete is a great material as well, it can be polished to achieve high gloss or left matte for a rustic appearance. If you want industrial look consider leaving nail heads and seams naked and exposed, this will only add to the overall style.

There are different ways of achieving the industrial look for your home. You can go with renovating, you can reuse and recycle, or you could simply buy furniture that adds to the industrial appearance. Follow these helpful tips on how to decorate your home in order to reach your desired goal.