Decorating with Watercolor Elements


Watercolor Decor

Are you loving all the watercolor infused interior spaces you’re seeing online right now? Watercolor paintings, prints, fabrics and floor coverings are fabulous ways to bring color and pattern into any home. From the foyer to the nursery and every room in between, watercolor elements can chase the decor doldrums away. Take a look at these favorite happy spaces with a splash of watercolor magic:

Watercolor Decor

Saturated with vivid color and floral goodness, this living room is irresistible. We love the look of a watercolor painting in the rug.

Watercolor Decor

There are so many fabrics with watercolor appeal available right now. From soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones, there’s a color palette for every room.

Watercolor Decor

Watercolor artwork is stunning above the fireplace in this sunny room. Pale yellow walls are a beautiful contrast the the blues, pinks and greens. Wish more of the pink stripes on the chair (or is it a footstool?) were visible.

Watercolor Decor

Wall murals or DIY paint designs are a great way to add a watercolor effect to the bedroom. This blue beauty is simply perfect.

Watercolor Decor

A stunning watercolor upholstered headboard is unexpected, but works beautiful in this boy’s bedroom. Nothing timid about this use of color.

Watercolor Decor

An enchanting watercolor framed print pulls this nursery together–an irresistible visual element for both baby and parents.

Watercolor Decor

Bringing a beautiful watery blue watercolor affect to a long hallway, this wallpaper is captivating.

Watercolor Decor

A chic and stylish spot for creative endeavors gets a jolt of watercolor effect on this fabulous world map. We leave you with this fabulous look.

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Blue Takeaways from HGTV Dream Home 2015

Blue is always trending in one way or another. This year that seems to be even more true than usual. From pale sky blue or classic blue to dark and stormy green blue, this year blues of all sorts seem to showing up every where. The HGTV Dream Home 2015 is no exception. Almost every room is this beautiful home is made more inviting with one or more gorgeous blues. Whether it’s a background color on the wall (and sometimes the floor and ceiling too) or a just a few pops of blue to wake up the kitchen, we can take away design inspiration and lots of decorating ideas from this year’s Dream Home. Here are a few to get you started:

Blue Great Room

Blue accents make the soaring great room sing. We love this look.

Great Room Blues

A contrast in light and dark is seen in the artwork and upholstered chairs in the great room. An entirely different sort of blue is visible in the hallway off the entry.

Blue Accents

Touches of diverse blues are just right in the great room. Classic blue is beautiful in glass–in this case a brilliant blue lamp set on a chic crystal base. Wall art with a single shell in dark blue draws the eye to the hallway beyond.

Blue in Dining Room

There are lots of ways to add blue highlights to a white dining room. Think upholstery for chairs and benches, along with touches of blue accessories on the table and in the artwork. This banquette is gorgeous in blue and white ticking.

Blue Kitchen Accents

Take a neutral kitchen to new heights with a few brilliant blue accents. Bowls, oven mitts and dish towels can add their vibrant colors to the kitchen counter.

Blue Master Bedroom

Create the ultimate master bedroom getaway with a lovely mix of blue and just a pop of contrasting color.

Bue Master Bath

Light, airy and spacious, the master bath is a beautiful example of how white and watery blues can create the perfect interior environment.

Blue Dressing Room

From floor to ceiling, the dressing room illustrates how charming and delightful a mix of blues can be. It can be difficult to choose just one favorite shade of blue.

Blue Guest Bedroom

A guest room shows us how to combine a bold accent color with blue in a nautical themed room. Orange and blue are great companions, playing very well together.

Turquoise in Kids Room

Color in the kids room is turquoise and so much more. Wide pink stripes make this space feel whimsical and happy. The patchwork quilts are a delightful addition.

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Design Outside the Box: The Unexpected 'Mudroom'

Our most recent blog post featured laundry rooms to love. While researching that topic, we discovered lots of beautiful and functional mudrooms. Some within the laundry room and some nearby. That got us thinking about today’s homes that don’t have a dedicated mudroom and how many folks are thinking outside the design box and carving out a “mudroom” where none previously existed. Generally, apartments have only one outside door–the front door. So, the question becomes, “If it functions as a mudroom, but it’s inside the front door can we still call it a mudroom? To help you ponder that question, here are two fabulous mudrooms and six clever alternatives. Enjoy!


Beautiful and functional, this spacious mudroom and the laundry room beyond exemplify the ideal design.


Much smaller, but oh so chic and stylish, this elegant little space includes lots of storage and a beautiful and convenient built-in seat.

Staircase As Mudroom

The two dedicated rooms are ideal, but what about those who must “make do” with less than perfect mudroom spaces? This clever “staircase as mudroom” is such a brilliant use of unused space, how could it be considered less than perfect? We love this idea.

Closet As Mudroom

This tiny closet under the stairs serves as a lovely little “mudroom” just right for a modern loft apartment.

Armoire As Mudroom

A more traditional, but still surprising “mudroom” is an elegant armoire. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture that works well in the foyer instead of the bedroom.

Coatrack as Mudroom

More expected by the backdoor, but perfectly at home in the front hall, we love the look of this ready-made white coat rack.

Under the Stairs Shoe Storage

How clever are these pull-out shoe drawers? Built into the often wasted space under the stairs in the entryway, this idea is surely outside of the box thinking.

Unused Wall as Mudroom

Have practically no room at all for a mudroom? No problem. Place a sturdy floor mat beside the front door and add a convenient coatrack above and you have an instant but stylish mudroom that will make life easier day in and day out.


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Fantastic Laundry Room Ideas & Tips

Are you ready to bring your dream laundry room to life? Today, we’re hoping to inspire you with some of our new 2015 laundry favorites and an old one from 2010 that we can’t forget. Whether you are creating a brand new laundry room or just giving your current one a little sprucing up, the rooms below should give you lots of ideas to help make your project a big success. Enjoy!

Laundry Room

What could be just a hallway leading to the back door has been turned into a beautiful and functional “galley” laundry room with a much admired view of the yard.

Laundry Room

The laundry room + powder room of HGTV’a 2015 Dream Home is at once chic with a touch of nostalgia. Isn’t the gray beadboard marvelous?

Laundry Room

Another HGTV Dream Home laundry room from 2010 remains one of our all-time favorites. We love the brilliant red washer and dryer.

Laundry Room

If you are captivated by vintage charm, this space may inspire your laundry room plans. It combines eye-catching rustic details with a slightly glam look. Beauty and function create a perfect workroom.

Laundry Room

Blue appliances, white subway tile and a mini art gallery combine to create a simple yet elegant laundry room space.

Laundry Room

Luxury at its best–a nook for doing laundry inside a master bedroom suite just went to the top of our wish list. Enhanced by papered walls, this is a fantastic look.

Laundry Room

We just had to share this great idea. A large drink dispenser is used as a convenient (and pretty) container for liquid detergent. No more lifted head bottles every time you do a load of laundry. Brilliant!

Laundry Room

From the farmhouse sink with its elegant faucet to the mini-clothes line for air drying small items, this fantastic laundry room has it all. We are impressed.

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