Outdoor living is one of the many perks when living in California. Here are the few essential must-haves for your outdoor space:
The first step is to cover up the concrete or wood floor. Outdoor rugs are the perfect solution! You’ll be surprised on how an outdoor rug can easily bring life and color to your backyard or patio.
Whether you have a large backyard or a small balcony patio, designating a comfortable seating area is key when designing your outdoor space. You can lounge on an outdoor sectional by the pool, or if you’re limited on space, a charming garden bench or a cozy outdoor rocking chair will also do.
Al Fresco Dining
Having the option to dine outside is one of the many reasons why summer is oh, so lovely. You can wine and dine with your guests on a outdoor dining table or enjoy brunch on the patio with your cozy bistro set.
From outdoor lighting, to toss pillows, plants, and garden stools, don’t forget to personalize your outdoor living space! It’s what makes your space comfortable and cozy under the summer time sky.
Whether it’s a foyer with high ceilings or a small entryway leading into an apartment, there are few things your front entrance should always have. Some may even say that your entryway sets the tone of your home. Here are a few design tips on how to spruce up your entryway:
Storage is essential in every size entryway. If you don’t have a closet, you will need a coat rack or hooks to hang coats, scarves, hats, etc.
For shoes, make sure to have a shoe rack or basket that will define the space where shoes should go. If you don’t have a designated area for shoes, they tend to get knocked around and you end up having a disheveled pile of shoes in front of your door.
An entryway table with drawers is a perfect place to drop your keys and mail. An ideal size table would be long and narrow so it doesn’t take up too much space. You can even include baskets underneath the table to throw your shoes in.
Incorporating a small seating area is a charming touch and is great for when putting on shoes. It can be a bench, stool, or chair, whichever fits best in your space. You can also store baskets underneath the bench to store your shoes.
Even though the entrance is a high traffic area, placing a rug in the entryway is welcoming and helps define the space. Remember not to get a rug that’s too thick, so the door can open all the way and close over it.
A Chandelier or overhead is always nice, but also have an option for low lighting, like a table lamp. With low lighting, you also avoid being overwhelmed with too much of a bright light. A table lamp or sconce creates a warm welcoming for your guests.
Do you have a small kitchen? Well we’ve got some BIG ideas! Here are a few tips on how to make your small kitchen feel and look bigger without any major construction:
Since kitchen cabinets stick out further than the wall, your dark colored cabinets can make your kitchen appear smaller and feel claustrophobic. Lighten up your kitchen cabinets by painting them a lighter hue, like white or a soft grey. The goal is create a low-contrast difference between the cabinets, the backsplash, and countertop. The closer they are in color value, the more open the space will feel. Another option is to remove the cabinet doors or replace the solid front with glass. Using glass doors, pulls the depth of the kitchen even further, visually creating a bigger space.
Enhance the Lighting
Maximize the natural light you do have by keeping window treatments minimal. Using blinds dresses up your windows without blocking the light. If you don’t have enough natural light, try adding lights underneath your kitchen cabinets. This accent lighting will cast a pleasant ambient glow!
If you have space on top of your cabinets, use it to display decorations and personal touches, like ceramic pottery, indoor plants, framed prints, etc. Make sure not to clutter the space! The goal is to increase the apparent height of the ceiling by moving the gaze upwards.
No Bulky Furniture
Stick to visually lightweight furniture, like bar chairs and a small industrial style island. Stainless steel appliances and furniture with metal touches aren’t visually distracting, and allows you to see beyond the furniture, making the room appear larger.
Clutter makes every room feel small. Start with the appliances on your counter. Store them in a cabinet that’s easy to access for food prep. Maximize counter space by removing produce, spices, and oils off your counter. Store them on a thin rolling shelf that typically hides between your fridge and sink. You can also use magnetized spice holders that will stick to the sides of your fridge.
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Now that we finally have those long summer days, it’s a great time to tackle DIY home projects. We gathered a few easy outdoor home project ideas that will turn your backyard into a summer oasis.
Spruce Up Your Outdoor Furniture:
Re-vamp your outdoor furniture by adding new accessories. Even if it’s just replacing old throw pillows, you’ll be surprised what a difference it makes! Put new candles in your hurricane lanterns or add a few more to create a modern boho look. Layer outdoor rugs for a cozier outdoor environment.
Tip: Sprinkle a couple throw blankets throughout your outdoor dining area. Guests will love that they can cozy up underneath the stars.
Grow Vegetables in a Raised Garden Bed:
Growing vegetables is always a fun project, especially when it’s time to pick the vegetables and grill them during your next outdoor BBQ! Build a raised garden bed with rot-resistant lumber.
Tip: Customize the height of the bed, so it’s easy for you to reach without breaking your back or roughing up your knees.
Prep Your Grilling Station & Alfresco Bar Cart:
It’s difficult to have a smooth sailing BBQ party when you haven’t properly prepped your grilling station. Pre-prep your station and bar cart with the basic grilling tools, mini fire extinguisher, and makeshift garbage disposal.
Tip: A folding potting bench can be turned into a food-prep station and can also store all your handy BBQ tools.
Hang Outdoor Lights & Install Landscape Lighting:
Outdoor lighting creates a twinkling ambiance for all your outdoor summer parties. Also adding landscape lighting illuminates your backyard and provides safety.
Tip: Use LED lighting systems, they’re bright, long lasting, and energy efficient.
Build a Compost Bin:
For all you gardeners out there, if you haven’t done this already you need to get on this compost band wagon! Nothing feeds your plants better than compost. You can purchase a compost bin or customize your own to blend better with your back yard.
Tip: Assembling your own cedar bin will hide the yard clippings and kitchen leftovers.
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Walk-in closets, small closets, hallway closets, we all need them to store our things, from clothes to linen to shoes, but often they are a hassle to organize and keep clean and functional. Here are a few helpful tips on organizational systems and space savvy strategies.
Divide Items into Categories:
First, take a long look at your inventory and divide all your things into categories and/or seasons. For example, separate your t-shirts from sweatshirts, pants from shorts, boots from sandals, etc. This way you will know where to go when you’re just looking for a pair of jeans.
Organizing and Space Saving Tools:
Based on how many categories you have, like t-shirts, sweaters, socks, and jeans, they will all need their own separate space in your closet. Next, do some research on what you need to keep your closets organized. Like wire wall-mount shelves, bins, racks, rods, baskets, hangers etc. Socks can go in baskets, t-shirts can be folded and placed on shelves, jeans can be hung on hangers, and so on.
Don't Forget Your Accessories:
Jewelry, belts, ties, scarves, grooming essentials and purses, they all need a home too! Shelf dividers, stackable bins, and hooks will help you organize your accessories. Over-the-door hooks saves space and organizes small things, like bags and scarves.
Shoe Storage to the Rescue:
Open and adjustable shelves accommodates any shoe style and makes the most of narrow closet spaces. They also eliminate the piles of jumbled footwear, keeping all your shoes perfectly paired. You can also use a free standing bookcase. A handy tip: Use shelf liners to add a slip resistant surface and keep fabric softener sheets close by to mask the odor.
Adhesive Labels are a Must:
Labels are a daily reminder of what goes where, especially when you’re too busy and distracted to even remember where your spring sweaters are stored. Metal-frame label holders are great for when you need to revise signage when your storage needs a change.
Do you have a small living room? Does it looked cluttered and feel cramped? Here are some design tricks that will make your living room look bigger and feel cozier!
White Walls & Light Colors
White walls will brighten up the living room. Add color through wall art and picture frames. When decorating, try to stay within the light color spectrum. Light colors will brighten up a room, versus dark colors can make a small space feel more compact and crowded.
Light Airy Curtains
Light airy curtains add shade, but also maximize natural light. Hang the curtains higher than the window frame to add height to your small room.
Mirrors are a small room’s best friend. Large mirrors will add depth and reflect light in your living room.
Two Small Coffee Tables
Maybe that one big coffee table is too big and bulky for the space. Try two small coffee tables, it’s better for traffic flow and can easily be moved.
If you put a tray on top of an ottoman it can be used as a coffee table. You can also use an ottoman for extra seating. It’s the perfect multifunctional piece that doesn’t take up too much space.
Large Area Rug
A large area rug anchors down the pieces in your living room into one collective space making it appear bigger. Whereas a smaller rug visually breaks up the space, making it feel smaller and cramped.
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Are you redecorating your home, but have some obstacles in the way that won’t let you finish your project? Like sentimental knickknacks, big bare walls, or outdated light fixtures? Here are some simple solutions on how to get over these design humps:
Yes, we all have this and often it’s a struggle letting them go. Don’t look at your sentimental pieces as a burden to your new design style, but instead showcase them as conversation pieces. You’ll find that these items add uniqueness and charm to your new decor.
Is your old matchy-matchy living room set putting a hold on your creativity? You don’t necessarily need to say goodbye to the entire set so you can start over. Most likely each piece looks good individually. The easiest and fastest solution is to separate the pieces in various rooms. This way you’re creating a cohesive style throughout your entire home.
Big Plain Walls
Sometimes a big empty wall can be a bit overwhelming. If there are windows, first add window treatments to anchor the space. Then hang one large painting or several medium size wall art at eye level. If you want a big bold statement, try removable wallpaper. Wallpaper is coming back and it’s here to stay!
Let’s finally tackle those ugly ceiling lights. On a budget? Start in the spaces that you spend most of your time. Whether its an old ceiling fan or just a plain old light fixture, it’s time for an upgrade. Lighting enhances a room and upgrading your light fixtures will add to that “designers” touch.
The entryway is the barrier between the outside world and your home so of course it’s also the dumping ground for all the things outside that are trying to make their way inside and vice versa. Like junk mail, coats, keys etc. Create a simple foyer with storage to catch all the things floating in between. If you have the space, add a small entryway table with drawers or baskets underneath to throw keys and mail in. Add a vase full of flowers, a mirror to open up the space and you’re foyer will look good as new.
Do you love grilling and throwing BBQ parties? Well, summer is finally in the air and it’s time prep your backyard, deck, patio, or balcony for all your summertime dinner parties. We listed a few excellent ideas on how to spruce up your outdoor dining area for you and your guests to enjoy during those summer nights.
Hurricane Lanterns: Besides an outdoor dining set, these lanterns are a must have! They will keep your tabletop lit, creating a beautiful glow under the summertime sky. Having lanterns in various heights, color, and style adds a playful charm to your decor. You can also make it glamorous with all-white lanterns with matching all-white tabletop decor, like tableware, vase, and flowers.
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Comfy and Cozy: Soften things up on the outside by incorporating toss pillows, throw blankets, and an outdoor rug to your outdoor dining area. Turkish Towels are making a big scene at outdoor parties because they’re soft and light, the perfect cover up if you’re feeling a slight chill or if you just want to wrap yourself up without getting too warm. They also make a great table cloth.
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Bar Cart: Fun cocktails or delicious lemonade are essential to every successful BBQ. Roll out your bar cart next to your dining table for easy access. Style your cart with a fancy ice bucket and a mason jar filled with flowers.
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Flowers and Succulents: The only true tabletop decor you really need are flowers and/or succulents because they add style and color to your table. Make sure to keep them low so your guests can see one another from across the table. Small mason jars are great for flower arrangements because they’re the perfect height. You can also paint them white if you want a more classy look.
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Spring is a great time to refresh your home! We all know that upgrading your home takes some serious time and serious money so we broke it down for you, room by room and suggested little tweaks here and there that will give your home a new and upgraded look.
Living Room: Revive your living room by rearranging your furniture. If you have already maxed out on layout options then add a new houseplant, mirror, or rug to brighten up your living room. You’ll be surprised with how much cheer comes along with a new houseplant. Don’t forget to dust!
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Bedroom: Nothing feels better than new, clean linen! Celebrate and treat yourself with pure linen sheets. Add a few new toss pillows to incorporate more texture and color. Your bedroom will look and feel good as new.
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Kitchen: Revitalize your kitchen by sprucing up the hardware on your kitchen cabinets. Whether they’re knobs or handles, this small change can really make a difference. Update your metal knobs with glass ones or add a splash of metallic with bronze handles. For an easy swap, make sure your new hardware is compatible to your original screw holes.
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Dining Room: Sometimes all you need are new brightly colored placemats and/or tablecloth to ring in the new season. Freshen up your dining table decor with candles and a vase full of fresh tulips.
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Bathroom: First and foremost, you can’t rejuvenate your bathroom without a thorough cleaning, top to bottom. Next, add some new linen to your bathroom. New hand towels, guests towels, a bathmat, or shower curtain. If you want to change up your bathmat, consider a bamboo mat. It’s more sanitary than a traditional bathmat because the water doesn’t soak into the mat, resulting in mold and mildew. A bamboo mat is also low-maintenance since you don’t have to throw it in the wash.
There are many options when it comes to deciding what to hang on your walls. Wall art is the best way to showcase your personality. From framed fabrics to black and white photographs, your wall is your own little art gallery. We gathered several wall art ideas that are currently trending on Pinterest and here’s what we found:
Vintage and Antique Mirrors: The Hall of Mirrors doesn’t only have to exist in the Palace of Versailles. Create your own wall of mirrors with vintage and antique mirrors. If the frame around the mirror is too worn out, spray paint them another color, perhaps something bright and fun to balance out the vintage vibe.
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Kids’ Artwork: If you have kids or even grandchildren, you probably have admired over their unique drawings and paintings. Why not frame them? They’re bright, colorful, and one of a kind.
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Polaroids: Don’t tuck away your Polaroid pictures in an album, display them on your wall! Attach bulldog clips to the wall with sticky tack to create a gallery wall with Polaroids. The best part of it all, it’s quick and easy to change out the photos.
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Maps: If you love traveling or just love maps in general, you might want to consider framing and displaying your collection of maps. Maps of places that you’ve been to or places you love, from countries to cities or even the New York subway map or a national park map, the options are endless!
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Same Frame, Same Size, and Black and White: If you like the more uniformed, clean, and sophisticated look, then you will love this idea. Each photo, no matter what it is, family, friends, pets, vacations, etc. is black and white, the same size, and in the same style of frame.