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It’s almost 4th of July!! One of our favorite times of the year and it’s so many reasons why. It means a festive, fun time with family, friends and fireworks (try saying that 5 times fast). Oh, let’s not forget the food!

Since we also eat with our eyes, you want to make sure your setting is as inviting as your dishes. Let’s look at some ways to make your interior look like shine as bright as the fireworks!

1. Tablescape

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Photo courtesy of www.ivy.co

Your table can be as elaborate or simple as you want, but with so much going on around the holiday, I would opt to keep it simple. The above photo is a perfect example. A festive banner used as a table runner, lanterns of varying sizes accented with punches of color, alternating napkins with spirited napkins rings all combine to create a low maintenance but beautiful tablescape. If you have a family of my size, you will use disposable plates, cups and silverware for less cleanup afterwards.

2. Entrance is Everything!

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Photos courtesy of sanfrancisohomedecor.net

Your front entrance sets the tone on what to expect. Add or replace your existing outdoor cushions with red, white and/or blue pillows. Also, add a representation of the American flag. Again, simple but beautiful!

3. Area Rug

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Photo courtesy of Deco NY

Area rugs can make a big impact in any room. Choose the space that will make the biggest impact and change the rug to create festive drama!

4. Impactful Accents

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Photos courtesy of Plum Pretty Decor & Design

The two examples above show what a difference accents can make. The first picture is arrangements of small flags while the second is a single flag over a mantle. Both are super simple but both beautifully impactful in their own way.

Incorporate these elements and make your interior shine. Happy 4th of July!

Bathroom storage. Oh, the struggle. Why can’t we ever seem to have enough? Once upon of time, my bathroom looked like it had been hit by a tornado made up of hair products, makeup and toiletries. And don’t even get me started on my kids bathroom…talk about a DISASTER!

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Why is our bathroom always a mess? Is it too small? Do I have too much stuff (I’m sure my husband would go with this one)? What is it?!!

Finally, I looked around and realized the problem: NOTHING HAD A HOME. Yes!! I needed to give everything a home. That way, when I finished using something, I could put it back in it’s home. Duh!

So, I took these simple steps to create de-clutter my bathroom. I hope they help you as much as they helped me!

1 Under Cabinet Storage

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This one should’ve been obvious for me. When we first moved in our home, there was only one shelf under the sink. Imagine that. So, my husband took a quick trip to Home Depot and created something similar to the photo above. My life was instantly changed!

2. On the Sink Storage

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I grabbed some baskets from TJ Maxx for our everyday items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant, etc. So, those things are there and ready when we need them, but they are not creating an eyesore.

3. Tissue Holder

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Sounds simple, right? Well, it was a problem for us. We literally had tissue stacked on the floor beside the toilet. Sad but true. This inexpensive fix just made sense!

4. Wall Storage

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We don’t realize how useful walls can be. Not only can we hang pretty artwork on them, but we can also use them for storage. The bathroom is the perfect place!

These super simple changes made a dramatic difference in my bathroom. Let me know if they work for you too!

Photos courtesy of collegerentals.com, housley.com, houzz.com, diwanfurniture.com

Super Colorful Interiors. They make a lot of people squirm. Just the thought of trying to figure out how to mix and match colors in one space without it looking like a circus threw up can seem impossible. Don’t fret! I’m here to help alleviate some of that anxiety. There are many tips and tricks you can use to make it all make sense.

Get Inspired By Other Cultures

This tip is not only fun, but it will give you the opportunity to dive into different cultures. African and Indian cultures are known for their impeccable ability to embrace colors. From their apparel to their interiors, they never miss the mark.

 

Let Nature Lead You

Nature is the first and best color guide. When I say nature, I want you to think beyond trees. Imagine all the beautiful colors beneath the sea. They’re always perfect.

Pull Out a Color Wheel

Designers use color wheels all the time. It serves as a quick guide to determine the direction of color parings. You can decide to use complementary, analogous, triad, split-complementary, rectangle, or square combinations. No matter which combo you like best, the color wheel is a great way to stay on track.

Now that you have some references for your color interior, decide which tip best fits your style and personality. Then, have fun with it! Honestly, as long as you love what you’ve created, that’s all that matters.

Accent chairs!! Not something people think about everyday, but accent chairs have the power to transform your space. They’re quite powerful! Accent chairs can help tie the design of the space together or they can start a conversation. Let’s take a look at some examples of accent chairs done right.

1.  Pop of Color

Accent chairs are a great way to add a pop color to your space. In this example, the blue color was given an exclamation with the addition of the chairs. They are a wonderful addition to the room’s design.

2. Complement

Accent chairs contribute to the cohesiveness of the overall design. They can quietly support it while providing a comfortable place for relaxation. After all, that’s why they were created.

3. Repetition

Let’s say you find a fabric that you absolutely love! You know if would be perfect in your bedroom, but how? Enter the accent chair! You can have your existing chairs upholstered with the fabric and add some throw pillows for repetition. Always remember: the eye loves repetition. 

4. Luxury

The iconic Eames Lounge is THE epitome of luxury. I have seen these chairs used in countless combination. Why? Because luxury goes with everything! There’s a reason why these chairs have stood the test of time. Just take a moment to admire the details and quality of workmanship. If you’re going for luxury, you’ll never go wrong with Eames.

5. Drama

Accent chairs have the ability to start a conversation. Take a look at they way the Womb chair takes advantage of the opportunity to strike up a conversation with its bold color in an otherwise tame room. It has such a dramatic impact!

6. Fun!

Sometimes, we just want to have fun! Why not incorporate a little of it into your space? The Magis Spun Chair has “fun” written all over it. Just take a look at her face!

Hopefully, this post will help you think of accent chairs in a different way. No matter how you choose to use them, just remember to stay true to you. It’s what matters most.

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