finding inspiration…
tackling the design dilemma

Sometimes you know when it’s time to give your décor a refresh. The living room looks limp, the dining room is dated, and the bedroom is just boring. What’s stopping you from tackling that project? Life gets in the way. Busy schedules, no time to plan, and limited budgets are just the tip of the design dilemma iceberg. Often what gets in the way is simply a lack of inspiration. Your rooms are flat, but you don’t really even notice it. How can you tell if you’re locked in a design dilemma?

Take a really good, hard, honest look around your home. Does your palette bounce around the color wheel? Have you lived in your space for over a year, but some rooms look like you just moved in? Is clutter overwhelming whatever décor attempts you make? Is everything so neutral there’s nothing of interest? Do you look around and give up because you don’t know where to start, or you’re afraid of being “wrong”?

It’s time for a change. It doesn’t have to be a big change. Sometimes, little changes are all it takes to make a difference. One of the fastest ways to solve the design dilemma is to rearrange your furniture. That’s right. Just move stuff around. Swap out artwork. Move that chair to a different spot. Turn the area rug 90-degrees. Throw out the “rules” and think outside the box. You may surprise yourself with something that works. You may discover a new way to use your space, or inspiration for a new look or style.

Even if you wind up returning everything to their original places, the activity is inspiring, fun, and challenges you to see the possibilities outside of your comfort zone. Whether you stick with the new arrangement, or go back to the old, you’ll still come away with a fresh look at your space.

Now is the time to start looking at how to revamp your décor. If your palette was too mixed, narrow down your choices and pick accessories that refine your look. Take time to tackle the clutter.

Tiny steps like adding a throw pillow, picking out a cool accessory for your entry table, and unifying your color scheme can take your home from ho-hum to designer wow with just a few changes.

Still stumped after all that moving and thinking? Turn your eyes elsewhere for a bit. Take a walk, get out in nature, go somewhere that inspires you. Then take some time to peruse your favorite shelter and décor sites to see what speaks to you. One look, one piece, can inspire you in an instant.

No matter what your design dilemma—the unfinished room, the living room that no longer fits how you live, whatever it is, take some time to start thinking outside the box and you’ll find your inspiration.

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décor don’ts… and a few green do’s

Spend any time perusing shelter magazines and site and you’ll see all sorts of décor do lists. But with so many different personal tastes and styles of décor, we thought it would be easier to create a décor don’t list. So here it is, our basic top ten list of décor don’ts that still allows you to create your very personal space. Continue reading

interior resolutions…
a new look for 2014

Do your resolutions for 2014 include a new look for you? Have you made a resolution to be more green in 2014? How about your home? Is 2014 the year you’re determined to redo your décor? We’ve got a few tips for those who want to create a more comfortable, inviting, and eco-friendly space this year. Continue reading

sweet dreams for small spaces…
big impact in little bedrooms

Even larger homes can sometimes have small bedrooms, and with the trend to building smaller, bedrooms have shrunk even more. Just getting a bed into some of the more diminutive spaces can seem like a challenge, but small bedrooms can be charming and very restful. All it takes is a few tricks.

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creative rearranging…
a new year, a “new” look

It’s a new year, is it time to get a new look? Your living room is often the center of your home (second to the kitchen, perhaps). It’s where you host parties and hang out with friends and family. Whether your living room is formal or casual, a closed off room of its own, or part of an open layout, giving your room a fresh new look can make it feel like you’ve done a major overhaul. The truth? A little creative rearranging and a few accessory changes is all it takes. Continue reading