Winter Inspiration: Great Style and Comfort Too

Looking for inspiration for a winter decor update? When it comes to winter interiors, we often hear the words “cozy” or “comfortable” leaving out “stylish” and “glamorous.” We think a room can include all of the above and maybe a little fun too. See what we mean below.

Stylish and Comfy

Color is the key to this comfortable traditional space. Red meets turquoise and forms a beautiful relationship to brighten the most dreary winter days.

Stylish and Comfy

Just the spot to curl up with a good book, this comfy chair beckons.

Stylish and Comfy

Colorful artwork and furnishings get a glam touch from fabulous faux fur and acrylic ottoman. This space is sure to bring a smile to every face.

Stylish and Comfy

Unexpected elements make this kitchen anything but traditional. The work island and cabinets look more like furniture pieces that kitchen cabinets. We love the look.

Stylish and Comfy

Color, texture and pattern create a cozy comfortable sleeping space.

Stylish and Comfy

Woodwork, wallpaper and fabulous fabrics work together beautifully in this closet and master bath.

Stylish and Comfy

Black and white are a fantastic combination in this marble bath with comfortable armchair.

Stylish and Comfy

One thing that can bring joy and excitement to a winter room with lots of natural light is greenery–potted trees and plants or awesome specimens like these, that show off their roots in water-filled clear glass containers.

 

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016: Two for One

Pantone Color of the Year

As leave the old year behind and welcome the new year with all its possibilities, the design world eagerly embraces the Color of the Year 2016 from the color experts at Pantone. This year they picked not one, but two colors–a duo of pastels called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone Color of the Year

A warm pink and a cool blue that can stand alone or be used together as very amicable contrasting companions.

Pantone Color of the Year

We love the idea of using black with these pastels for a more sophisticated chic look in fashion (above) and home decor (following.)

Pantone Color of the Year

Here Rose Quartz walls and woodwork are stunning with black accents.

Pantone Color of the Year

Black is perfect above a fireplace painted in glossy Rose Quartz

Pantone Color of the Year

Serenity blue and Rose Quartz are irresistible when combined with black in the dress above.

Pantone Color of the Year

This great dining illustrates the beauty of Serenity walls when used with black accents. Lighting in unexpected red bring this room to life.

Pantone Color of the Year

Serenity blue cabinets are gorgeous with dark countertops and backsplash.

Pantone Color of the Year

We think the contrast is stunning when the two are used together. What a fabulous party table this is!

 

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Holiday Season DIY Roundup

There’s something about the holiday season that brings out the DIYer in many of us. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, a myriad of opportunities for DIY projects present themselves. Decorations, food and gifts–they all beg for that appealing DIY touch.Today, we’re excited to present a roundup of DIY projects recently discovered. Have fun!

Holiday DIY

Do you love velvet? It’s our favorite fabric for DIY projects. These fabulous little pumpkins will add a bit of glam style to holiday tablescapes or room decorations.

Holiday DIY

Craving a stylish turkey for your Thanksgiving table? Get a headstart, by using a ready made wooden or twig turkey then changing its look to create your own personalized version. We love this bird dressed up in white.

Holiday DIY

We don’t always think of cooking as DIY, but actually food is the ultimate do it yourself for the holidays. This recipe shows you how to make hot apple cider.

Holiday DIY

Right now, you’ll find lots of holiday side dishes online. Consider this dressed up vegetable melange.

Holiday DIY

A simple and easy project with big impact is glitter pumpkins.

Holiday DIY

The smells of Christmas can evoke memories of happy holidays past like nothing else. Recreate your own memories with this stovetop recipe for holiday scents.

Holiday DIY

We’re in awe of this easy way to make a Christmas platter with hard candies. Who knew red and white peppermint candies could look so cool?

Holiday DIY

And what is New Year’s Eve without fireworks. You can have your very own mini fireworks (and cake too) when you tackle this easy but elegant cake topper to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

Thank you creative DIYers for sharing these clever ideas with us.

Remember, you get instructions and more information about each project by clicking on the corresponding image number below.

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Delightful Design: Great Green Rooms

 

Green Living Room

Dark green interior spaces can be a delightful change from pale neutrals. Not saying pale color palettes don’t have their place be cause we are big fans of whites, grays and pastels. But this time of year, our thoughts turn to dark walls and furnishings that turn rooms into cocoons for the winter. We hope you enjoy these beautiful rooms enveloped (like the fabulous living room above or accented with gorgeous green. 

Green Living Room

Deep comfy chairs and footstools make for lovely green accents. Irresistible, don’t you think?

Green Living Room

Green furnishings can also work beautifully with other dark colors on the walls. For instance charcoal gray or navy blue are great color companions for green

Green Living Room

A fantastic green wall can be the perfect backdrop for a treasured collection of mirrors or a stunning gallery wall.

Green Kitchen

Here, green seems a brilliant design choice lower cabinets in this kitchen that mixing stylish contemporary with vintage appeal.

Green Bedroom

A great mix of greens, including a charming medium hue on the walls and night stand (that tone on tone look is lovely) that creates a perfect background for velvet pillows in contrasting shades.

Green Living Room

The perfect green sofa is stunning in this sophisticated living room. What a gorgeous splash of green!

Green Living Room

Green hues come together beautifully little corner. We are captivated by the addition of that bright splash of spring green.

Green Dining Room

An elegant dining room is dressed in green–walls, draperies, chairs and even the tiny shades topping the crystal chandelier look gorgeous in these delightful hues.

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Brilliant Decorating Ideas: Empty Frames

Each and every painting deserves a beautiful and appropriate frame, whether it’s a masterpiece or a much loved print. The perfect frame can enhance the art within it. However, there are those among us who love a frame for the frame’s sake. These creative people love to experiment with hanging a single empty frame, a group of empty frames, or a frame with no painting but an eye-catching decorative item inside. They may be on to something interesting. Below you can see eight examples of fabulous empty frames:

Empty Frame

When is an empty frame not really an empty frame? Perhaps when it holds within its borders a stunning framed painting. We think this massive empty frame is gorgeous.

Empty Frames

A gallery wall of empty frames in various golden tones, designs, shapes and sizes is a great idea for the foyer or hallway.

Empty Frames

This collection of empty frames brings visual interest to a dark and handsome bedroom. We’re captivated!

Empty Frame

Empty frames “frame” delicate botanicals potted in tiny cut tree trunks on a white mantel. What a creative use of leaning and hung empty frames.

Empty Frames

Charcoal gray is just right as the background for a fantastic gallery wall of empty white frames. We are fascinated by the addition of typography and whimsical birds.

Empty Frame

Pretty in pink, this wall is hung with gilt-framed photographs set within a larger empty frame.

Empty Frame

A single empty frame shakes up a bathroom gallery wall. We can see lots of decorative potential for this creative idea in just about any room.

Empty Frame

And finally, here’s an empty frame idea that’s been in our design inspiration file for a long time–just in case we ever happen upon a fabulous floor to ceiling beauty. One can dream.

 

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Unexpected Elements in the Kitchen

Whether by design or serendipity, many homeowners and apartment dwellers have unexpected elements in the kitchen. What to do? We say embrace them fully to create your own one of a kind looks. Add a sofa or chairs for a conversation area, a library ladder to reach a row of extra high cabinets or an elegant crystal chandelier. We love the unexpected in any room. In the kitchen, a surprising element can be fabulous.

Kitchen Decor

Have a little extra space in your kitchen? Add chairs to create an inviting conversation area.

Kitchen Decor

A sofa or love seat backed up to the kitchen island can be a clever use of space and soften the hard edges of appliances, cabinets and countertops.

Kitchen Decor

If you’re fortunate enough to have a large kitchen with really tall cabinets along one wall, consider a sliding library ladder to make those “unreachable” cabinets more practical for everyday use.

Kitchen Decor

Love exposed brick in your decor? A back splash of that great textual material may be just right for you.

Kitchen Decor

This beautiful kitchen includes a work island that goes from rustic to elegant with a fine finish on a slice of reclaimed tree trunk with the bark still attached.

Kitchen Decor

Backstairs become a focal point in this kitchen with the addition of lovely wrought iron.

Kitchen Decor

This lofty living space includes a kitchen with its own built-in office above. Now that’s unexpected!

Kitchen Decor

Lastly, here’s a kitchen with chef-worthy appliances and a glam look. Who knew crystal and velvet could look so good in the kitchen? We love it, don’t you?

 

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Handsome Bedroom Designs: Dark & Not So Dark

Love dark bedroom looks? Perhaps you’ll enjoy experimenting with a combination of dark and not so dark. Combining dark and light elements is a perfect way to balance masculine and feminine in a shared bedroom. Below you will find great ideas for dark and handsome bedrooms and not so dark color palettes you’ll also appreciate.

Dark Bedroom

Actually, the handsome bedroom above recently featured in the post “Beyond Summer: Decorating with Awesome Indoor Plants” was the inspiration for today’s post about dark bedroom designs. We love everything about this space. Using dark walls and dark bedding meant taking a risk but it works beautifully, don’t you think?

Handsome Bedroom

This dark bedroom is anything but moody. The yellow accents are a lovely contrast to deep blue and gray.

Handsome Bedroom

White painted brick and almost black create a fabulous contrasting backdrop for this contemporary bedroom. Unexpected art makes a whimsical statement that hard to ignore.

Handsome Bedroom

White monogrammed lines are quiet stunning in this inviting bedroom. It shows off the beauty of light + dark.

Handsome Bedroom

Masculine and feminine do much more than co-exist in this “wood cabin” bedroom design.

Handsome Bedroom

Exposed brick and black paint play well together in this loft bedroom.

Handsome Bedroom

Mixing slightly glam and darkly handsome elements create a bedroom that’s just right for a shared bedroom.

Handsome Bedroom

It’s easy to fall for this painterly look. From curtain panels and pillows to a dipped black and natural wood stool and settee at the foot of the bed, there’s an irresistible paint-inspired look about this bedroom design. A dark and not so dark bedroom design at its best, wouldn’t you say?

 

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Beyond Summer: Decorating with Awesome Indoor Plants

 Decorating with Plants

As summer comes to a close, it’s often hard to give up outdoor living and relaxing or entertaining surrounded by greenery and blooms. How about bringing some of those live plants inside? Today, for your inspiration here are some of our favorite ideas for decorating your interior spaces with potted plants. Did you notice that the plants above fit beautifully into the room’s color scheme?

Decorating with Plants

Chic and sophisticated, the living room above features green plants on the industrial style coffee table. How about that eye-catching wall treatment?

Decorating with Plants

Don’t have a green thumb? Cut leaves and bird of paradise stems are the focal point of this comfortable and inviting dining space.

Decorating with Plants

Tall ceilings are just right for oversized plants and potted trees like fiddle leaf ferns or other large-leaf plants.

Decorating with Plants

Plants on a smaller scale bring these elegant wall-mounted brass and wood shelves to life.

Decorating with Plants

A collection of plants seems to thrive in the natural light that pours into this modern living room.

Decorating with Plants

This dark and handsome bedroom with large windows offers the perfect spot for a lovely potted plant.

Decorating with Plants

Plants with a tropical look bring the outdoors inside in the beautifully eclectic Bohemian living space.

 

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10 Cozy Reading Nooks

We think every home should have at least one comfortable spot for reading, but there’s no need to limit your options. From the foyer to the balcony or terrace, it’s easy to choose several spots that are just right for reading or relaxing. Below you will find ten favorites:

Reading Nook

This cozy built-in nook near the front door features a deep cushion and toss pillows plus shelves to stash current favorite titles or an electronic reading device.

Reading Nook

Like room to stretch out while you read? Here’s a comfy cozy spot created with wooden pallets.

Reading Nook

A stylish built-in window seat may become your favorite place in the house to settle in with a good book. We love the pattern on the pillows and the serene color palette.

Reading Nook

Here’s another beautiful built-in bench that is a clever use of space under a staircase.

Reading Nook

This beautiful window seat at the top of the stairs has its own tiny library underneath.

Reading Nook

A comfortable and well-loved leather chair and accent table look so inviting in the corner atop a fabulous handwoven rug.

Reading Nook

Another window seat is long enough to comfortably accommodate more than one reader. Blue and brown play well together. There’s is also plenty of room for books underneath.

Reading Nook

A tiny enclosed balcony includes it’s own comfortable reading nook that’s clever storage too. A table can be raised for studying or a snack.

Reading Nook

A chaise lounge or settee is the quintessential spot for reading and relaxing. This one is gorgeous isn’t it?

Reading Nook

With a warm and comfortable throw and an oversize lantern with candles at the ready, this fantastic balcony is all set for reading or relaxing in style.

 

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