- Country Living | Decorating Guide | Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:03 PM EDT | Comments
If you're longing for the beach but miles away from the shore, take tips from this historic Nantucket cottage to transition your home into a coastal paradise.1. Decorate with Nautical Elements
This dining room's late-1800's farm table and reproduction chairs are from Nantucket House Antiques. The verdigris chandelier is by Richard Mulligan. A model sailboat stands in the corner.2. Take Advantage of Every Nook and Cranny
A custom linen cabinet and a ship's ladder -- both crafted locally -- make the most of an upstairs hall corner. Also notice the ship-inspired outdoor fixture, which brings light to an indoor space.
Plus: Tour a beautiful beach house, decorated on a tight budget »3. Use Light, Beachy Paint Colors
Instead of the expected bright white interiors, opt for coastal blues and greens that enliven antique quilts and period chests, apothecary bottles, and stacked footstools. Choose paints with names that include the words mist and dew, like this kitchen painted in Benjamin M...Read More »
- Dailycandy | Decorating Guide | Wed, Aug 1, 2012 2:25 PM EDT | Comments
Wallpaper can work wonders in a kid's room - it's no wonder the trend is starting to stick.The latest wallpaper we're obsessing over comes from Loboloup, a New York-based aunt-and-niece team, Nancy and Elizabeth Wolff. Nancy's background as a children's book illustrator is evident in the line's playful designs, from nautically inspired Ships and Sails to rollicking animal-centric Circus. The look is at once vintage and modern, with a hand-drawn style that makes a homey haven of even the starkest space.
Available on loboloup.com, $175 per roll.If your little one is all about animals, try this Animal House wallpaper. Renowned since the 1950s for its bold fabrics, Finnish company Marimekko recently applied its graphic patterns to wallpaper. The comical Karkulaiset displays elephants, zebras, and flamingos - in cowboy boots.
Available at kiitosmarimekko.com, $199 for a 27-inch-by-33-foot roll.
- Martha Stewart | Decorating Guide | Fri, Jul 27, 2012 10:48 AM EDT | Comments
Brilliant primaries can wake up a room with a bold palette or by highlighting key architectural details. If you are hesitant about choosing a bold hue for an entire room, try strategic pops of color -- like these tomato-red stairs.
This traditional English-style foyer, painted in a vibrant orange, offers a warm welcome.
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Maritime objects fill every nook and cranny in the circular Shell Museum. The shells pop against the bright yellow paint.
A bright green makes this formal dining room a bit more approachable.
Walls and furniture aren't your only options to experiment with bright colors. This wide-plank wood floor takes its inspiration from the ocean outside -- creating a summery look all year round.
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- Casasugar | Decorating Guide | Thu, Jul 19, 2012 3:20 PM EDT | CommentsSource: 5 Gorgeous Decorating Solutions For Your Pint-Sized Place
A mansion in the hills may be on the horizon, but how do you deal with your current digs, aka that small space of yours? Your humble abode may seem like a hassle to decorate since it's just a temporary situation, but it doesn't have to feel like a college dorm room. With some simple tips and a little organizing, your pint-sized place can feel spacious, luxe, and cozy (in a good way).
- Reflect: Mirrors are the easiest way to create the illusion of a bigger space. Floor-length mirrors like the ones seen in Jane Aldridge's apartment add visual space and length to a room. They don't have to be simple either. From contemporary to traditional, mirrors go beyond function as statement pieces to show off your style.
- Stack high: If you can't go out, then go up! Using your walls for more than framed art and optimizing every inch will work to your advantage. Floating shelves, bookcases, and peg boards will keep you organiz
- Woman S Day | Decorating Guide | Wed, Jul 18, 2012 11:28 AM EDT | Comments
By Woman's Day StaffHue knew?
Pink Sofa, Red Kitchen Chair, Colorful Storage Boxes, Colorful Blankets
It's easy to move beyond beige, brown and gray with these seven inspiring ideas. Photo credit: CB2.com; SeeJaneWork.com; Target.com; IKEA.com
Paint outside the walls.
Though your first instinct may be to use that can of Duchess Rose or Tucson Teal to create a backsplash or an accent wall, remember: There are more than four surfaces in a room. Brush brights onto the floor, ceiling (try it in an entryway) or stair risers, or around your doors and windows (molding doesn't have to be white). Photo credit: Tria Giovan/GAP Interiors
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Treat everything as a canvas.
Peek over, under and inside furniture, fixtures and cabinets to find surprising spots to bring in color. Don't limit yourself to wood, either-you can paint on glass, cast iron and plastic too. Photo credit: Gridley GravesGo high-gloss.
Shiny pieces really stand out, so use them in place of matte materials such as wood or brushed metal. Try a lac...Read More »