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Pretty in Plaid

Pretty in Plaid

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The undoubtedly recognizable criss-crossed pattern of plaid has been woven into fashion design for centuries thanks to Scottish kilts. Now, this traditionally wool fabric has crept its way into home design, generating warm and cozy spaces. The horizontal and vertical bands are showing up on drapes, ottomans, accessories, rugs, and even the walls. Although everyone will certainly have their own opinion on the topic, it is safe to say plaid solicits the perfect atmosphere of warmth as we approach winter.

Plaid

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Images: www.aliciabdesigns.blogspot.it, www.opaldesigngroup.com, www.interiordesignfiles.com, www.pillowsbydezign.com

Not Just a Bag of Beans: The Bean Bag Boss means Business

How many nooks and cranny’s, within your residence, scream “I’m empty!” that may not quite fit the usual selection of furniture? A bean bag chair may not come as your first thought but did you know that the bean bag has evolved beyond the simple offerings you’d find in some hippie living room?

The Bean Bag Boss is here …

Contemporary Style in a Classic Form

The classic round style of bean bags chairs had their time and place but the form has evolved into something truly contemporary that will fit nearly any décor, design, and desire.

Bean Bag Boss provides one of the best selections of bean bag styles on the web. The chairs found through the business come in two current forms: a ‘one size fits all’ 4.5’ x 5’ square and the newer ‘teardrop’ shape which gives the sitter any number of comfortable positions.

Since fabric matters when matching furniture, you’d be please to find the variety in selection which allows the bean bag chairs to fit within existing living spaces, including:

  • Nylon
  • Faux Leather
  • Metallic Polyester

From these base selections you can further add to your preferred style, when matching these comfortable, extra-large bean bag chairs into your rooms, through the different colors and patterns:

  • Dozens of solid colors
  • Patterns from dots to wild prints
  • Plaids that grab your visual attention
  • Faux leather in all the major colors
  • Lame which has a crisp, metallic look

In a traditional sense of style, the bean bag chairs offered by “The Boss” not only create a new sense of comfort but introduce a contemporary, casual style to an otherwise forgotten piece of furniture within your design collective.

Bean bags have found their way back into the lives of those that want to create a relaxed environment with a free flowing form that doesn’t come with restrictions; they’ve really become a fun way to fill up the space without creating a tacky feeling that comes from the cheap, basic design you may be used to.

The modern design and style of bean bags have opened up a new, exciting option for filling in the empty spaces of your housing areas. When purchasing these cool, fun pieces of furniture, consider your options on how it will best compliment your existing room.

The best part about a bean bag chair? You’re no longer locked down a single position; you’re able to grab and go whenever you want to add some flair and flipside to your room.

Artistic Bookcases

Most of us have experienced that dreaded corner of clutter with books stacked high and a collection of random accessories that seem to need a home. Well, a bookcase can be a simple yet eye-catching solution to this common problem. And, after a little searching, I stumbled across some rather inspiring examples.

This clever catch-all has become a wonderful piece of life-size art over the years. From the sky high to the unusually shaped, it is time we gave the bookcase some credit.

Images: www.buzzfeed.com, www.chictip.com, www.designismine.blogspot.com, www.storybookloveaffair.blogspot.com

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Bold Pattern: Chevron

The inverted V-shaped pattern of the Chevron has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks used the geometric pattern on pottery and the military uses it to indicate rank or level of service. But over the past few years, the Chevron has recreated itself in the design and fashion industry. It has taken on a new energy with varying widths, courageous colors and fearless placement.

Lucky for us, there are both subtle and explosive ways to include this incredible pattern in your home. As seen in the examples below, those who are daring in the world of design grab a bright color, such as teal, and splash the Chevron across the tile on a kitchen wall. While others use a reversed gray and white execution to create a soft yet powerful dramatic floor. And for those looking to grab attention with the trend but don’t want a permanent design feature, simple accessories offer the power of the design without the commitment.

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Images: www.thegoodsdesign.blogspot.com, www.babybedding.com, www.curiouser-n-curiouser.org, www.imbusyprocrastinating.com

Outstanding outdoor spaces

Spring is the perfect time to be outdoors.  The air is fragrant with blossoming plants, the sun smiles down as nature sprouts and the chirps of birds building their nest is in full swing. The beauty is abundant and conveniently just outside your door. The best way to take advantage of this incredible time of year, of course, is to create an outdoor living space.

Chances are your outdoor style is not fully established, but never fear. Instead, view the outdoors as an extension of your in-home living space. You can easily mimic any interior design style from a french country comfy space to a sleek modern mediation sanctuary.

Nothing is more relaxing than lounging in a natural environment in the privacy of your own home. See which of these outdoor living areas captures your eye.

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Images: www.studiobcreativejuice.com

Chalkboard fascinations

A chalkboard or a blackboard can conjure up the images of addition and subtraction or the weekly vocabulary words.  These boards were the very advanced reusable writing surfaces used in the classic classroom. Today these iconic boards have recently been making a black-and-white statement in the modern home.

Simply put, the chalkboard provides practical space for the weekly grocery or to-do list, but who knew these boards could also contribute to the overall design aesthetic? The examples below are brilliant.

This quaint kitchen has several “old-fashion” components such as the tin bread container, apron front farmhouse sink, antique gas stove and the industrial inspired lighting. But it’s the elegant chalkboard that brings the room together for the harmonious “old-fashion” feeling.

The chalk-scribbed box adds a lot of punch to this space. This creative technique of applying chalkboard paint to an accessory versus applying to the walls will certainly generate new inspired executions.

Applying chalkboard paint to an entire wall stirs up quite a buzz and even injects a little humor. Not only can a month long to do list accrue but the dog also has direction to its water bowl. Very clever!

A simple twist on a classic chalkboard.  Create an interchangeable piece of artwork by framing the chalkboard.

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Images: www.sallyleebythesea.com

Gorgeously white

The big it phrase these days is “pop of color,” which, admittedly, can provide incredible interest and drama to a space.  But not all rooms require a colorful splash. Instead, the most daring challenge themselves by creating a room full of white.

Chances are a white room was never on your design to-do list but these rooms will certainly change your mind.

This shaker style kitchen has a minimalistic appeal with clean lines, crisp whites and an open flow. Plain English in England uses 18th and 19th century cabinet-making techniques to ensure a classic, long-lasting product.  The cabinetry plus the mute colors come together to create a very elegant kitchen space.

White as far as the eye can see with a few dark wood elements make this room feel warm and welcoming. The room is grounded with a fantastic cross section wood floor design.  At the center of the space is a dark wood round dinning table flanked by chairs draped in flowing slipcovers.  And a bright ornate wood burning fireplace focal point rounds out the room.

With the right combination of white colors, textures and accents a white room can be even more dramatic than its colorful counterparts.

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Images: www.seenandsaid.com

Design by number

Accessories adorned with numerals are appearing left and right. This trend is paying homage to old-fashion general store paraphernalia, such as numbered canisters.  Whether purchasing an item pre-numbered or creating your own with a stencil this is a trend sure to add some charisma to your home.

Take a look at these examples for inspiration.

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Images: www.sallyleebythesea.com

Graceful Gray Walls

Gray is quickly becoming one of the most popular of the "neutrals" and no wonder--it provides a stunning background for any interior space. From the palest of pale tones to deep rich and mysterious shades, they each evoke a different mood.

Get a light and airy effect, a soft traditional look or a touch of glamorous Old Hollywood by choosing just one of the many grays. Often, several shades of this new neutral are used in the furnishings, accessories and floor coverings to add impact to the wall color. Silver metals are also seen in wall art frames and mirrors because they look so striking against a gray background. Below are more interior design ideas to help you incorporate gray in your own home.

A medium tone gray wall is adorned with a powerful collage of 15 black and white landscape photographs.

Deep gray looks amazing as a backdrop to the light gray on the upholstered sofa. The wall art from Arcadian Home Decor simply serves to draw more attention to the wall color.

The dark brooding grays in this wall art look stunning against the soft gray of the wall.

The palest of pale gray wall is simply a background for the massive contemporary mirror in this eclectic dining space with black wing chairs and twin drum pendants in stark contrast to the austere wood table and bench.

A sunburst mirror always looks amazing against gray, whether it’s a deep tone or pale hue like the wall in this picture. By adding the ornate mirrors on either side of the fireplace, the sunburst is given even more importance not less.

Butterflies adorn the medium gray wall in this glamorous bedroom. The ornate silver framed from Arcadian Home Decor look beautiful against the gray.

The gray painted wood siding and the framed map give a great rustic look to this living space. Notice how beautifully silver and mirror finishes contrast with the rough walls.

Marble, dark woods and soft gray paint merge to form a sophisticated design in this traditional bathroom.

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