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Did You Know? Informative and Useful Decorating Facts

March 9, 2019

Here are a few decorating ideas and inspiration I have found along the way and thought you would enjoy!

Did you know you can buy art online now at very affordable prices? I found a website Redbubble with beautiful art at great prices:

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If you are looking to change up the look of a room or just to update for the season, new art is a great way to begin your color palette. Using the artwork above as an example, you can bring in so much color with a blue and white area rug and bright happy pillows and throws in raspberry, plum and gold.

I also found on their site A-line dresses which I love for summer:

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So pretty and nothing is easier in the summer getting dressed. Only $46.00 for a complete outfit. Pretty good!

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Step by Step Guide on How To Style a Cozy Corner

February 23, 2019

Are you looking for ideas to fill an empty corner?  Maybe a little space in the corner of your living room or bedroom that you are having trouble decorating? One idea is to create a cozy little niche:

cozy bedroom corner

I wanted to ‘dress up’ a corner in my spare bedroom. It’s pretty simple- all you need is a comfortable or pretty, (not always one and the same), chair to get started:

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You can use pillows or throws, or both,  to dress up your chair:

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Finding The Right Accessory At Home

May 22, 2016

This past week I was in the mood for a little decorating project! I decided to change up a guest room:

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I know it is fine as it is, but I like moving stuff around and changing things up, don’t you? (I can see a few of you shaking your head yes!)Read More

Emphasis On Wood

January 10, 2016

A ‘trend’ I have been seeing everywhere is Wood. This is not a new trend of course, but at this year’s High Point Market that I attended here, Organix, (made from organic materials), was very much in evidence with many of the vendors:

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Since attending the market, I have seen products made from wood not only in lighting and carpeting, but emphasis on using wood and Nature in our interiors is also being seen in accessories, furniture and art:

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Isn’t that such a great piece above? So unique and original. It looks like part of a sliding door but I think on it’s own it would still be a beautiful focal point.

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I am really loving the Live edge or natural edge which is a style of furniture where the carpenter incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece:

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Gorgeous! After visiting a local sawmill this past Fall, I have so much admiration for these beautiful, natural pieces of wood.

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It really hit me how popular this trend is becoming when I saw these accessories in Target yesterday:

wood mirror

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wood stools

Have you brought any earthy textures or organic forms into your homes? Wood is interesting, natural, touchable and dramatic! Do not worry about mixing styles or materials either. Wood works with glass, metal, other woods, etc. It will distinctly bring character, shape, warmth and texture into your home. Don’t you agree it brings in personality?

High Point 2015: Spotting the Trends

October 19, 2015

What a wonderful experience! I made sure I did a little researching before I went so that I would not be overwhelmed by the size of the Market. I read up where previous style spotters suggested to visit to get the most out of my few days there. The three buildings that were on my must see list was the IHFC building:

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IHFC, International Home Furnishings Center, features the industry’s top manufacturers. Perhaps the most sought-after location within IHFC is InterHall. Located on the first floor, this venue showcases the freshest ideas in home fashion from select up-and-coming exhibitors.

The Transportation Terminal building was my next stop where my favorite stores were located including Surya:

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Beautiful bedding, soft goods and accessories galore! Lighting, rugs, ottomans and more! This is where I was fortunate to meet Candice Olson. She is just as funny and nice in real life as on TV.

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And the third building on my list was Market Square:

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Five floors of unique upscale showrooms in a beautiful former furniture factory that has been transformed into a beautiful exhibition space. Presenting all product categories in more than 100 showrooms.

I hope I was able to give you a visual picture of the buildings I visited. And here are the top trends I spotted:

Organic. Everywhere. I asked the question before I left for market here, “Are geometric textures and organic forms still popular going forward?” The answer is a very definite yes! It was just everywhere in tables, lighting and accessories. I would say it was the most popular ‘trend’ in all of the displays:

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organic lamps

And wood tones are coming back in our desire to bring nature indoors! I will tell you more on that subject later this week.

The colors that continue to stand strong are turquoise and dark blues:

turquiose desk

Can you see the turquoise lining inside the lamp? I loved it. I did spot quite a bit of rose colored accents and orange is still hot for accent pieces. Grays are still very popular especially mixed with warm taupes and creams:

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Poufs and ottomans were also shown in many displays. A wide variety of colors and styles including organic. Very popular at market.

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I really loved that ottoman in the photo above. What struck me was the bright white base with an off-white fabric. Another new trend?

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The recycling movement is huge, huge, huge! Reduce, recycle, reuse. It was everywhere at the market.

For example, I saw quite a few book displays in color to use for your home shelving. These books were going to be thrown out by the library and were instead made into works of art:

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Also very popular are items made from old bicycles:

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Very cool. Do not throw those old bikes away!

Here was an interesting idea on recycling:

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Using old paint cans as artwork:

paint mirror

Hmmmmmm…

What’s new in lighting? Well, outdoor lighting of course:

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Do you see the waterproof jar over the light bulb? Genius.

Are starburst mirrors still trending? Yes, they were in many of the showrooms. I fell in love with love this mirror from the John Richard Collection:

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If you would like to read more on the ‘behind-the-scenes’ at High Point Market, there is a wealth of information here. Next time I will share with you my time with Candice Olson and her thoughts on neutrals, blue-green paint colors and much more!

Any other questions you are wondering about what was trending at Market?

New LEED Home in the Neighborhood

October 21, 2014

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There is a LEED house being built in my area. What is the difference between a LEED home and a standard build?

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to guide the building industry and provide standards for sustainability for a variety of building projects. Think green.

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LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. Toward the movement of sustainability and protecting Mother Earth, LEED enables project teams, who may not have control over whole building operations, the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. The LEED green building certification program offers a rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. LEED provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

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An example of an environmental strategy under Water Efficiency would be to build a rainwater harvesting system in the home which is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to runoff. Uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, water for domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses. Others may install concrete cisterns under homes to collect rainwater. Homeowners used the water collected in their cisterns to wash cars and water the lawn.

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In LEED certification scoring, there are 136 possible base points distributed across five major credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, plus an additional 6 points for Innovation in Design and an additional 4 points for Regional Priority.

There are four levels of certification – the number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

Certified: 40–49 points
Silver: 50–59 points
Gold: 60–79 points
Platinum: 80 points and above

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An example of a checklist of LEED points can be found here.

If you are interested in building an LEED home, you must first register where you’ll have access to a variety of tools and resources online necessary to apply for LEED certification. Next, you are ready to identify specific LEED credits to pursue, collect information and prepare documentation to include with an application for certification. Once reviewed, Certification is the final step in the LEED review process.

Do you have any LEED homes in your area? Or were you ever fortunate to be part of the building process? It is the future of home building. I found the subject interesting and hope you did also.

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