August 2014 Posts

The Perfect Porch

By: Kate Donnelly

Soon the days will be shorter, the weather cooler, and the air crisper. To us, this means optimum porch-sitting weather! With so many great summer clearance deals to be found, there is no better time to give your porch a fresh new look. Here are some fun ways to maximize your outdoor living space:

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1.  Durable and beautiful, this floor lamp is designed to be used outdoors.

2.  A porch is a great place to play with fun, bold colors. Try bringing it all together with a beautiful indoor/outdoor Surya rug .

3.  Prop your feet up! An outdoor ottoman can double as extra seating.

4.  These Elaine Smith pillows add a fun punch of color, and are covered in an outdoor-friendly fabric.

5.  This Morovian Star Pendant can add both light and drama to an outdoor dining area.

6.  Doesn’t a hanging bed sound dreamy? We think so!

7.  You’re going to need a place to set that glass of lemonade (or glass of wine, in our case!). Try a fun and funky carved wood table like the one we found at West Elm.

The Perfect Temp Job (for your walls)

By: Kate Donnelly

We are wild about wallpaper this week, and we aren’t talking about the kind that’s in your grandmother’s den. Today’s wallpaper is dynamic, bold, bright, and easier than ever! There are countless varieties of removable wallpaper on the market, which is a welcome relief to those who rent, or simply worry about committing to a wallpaper forever. Here are some we love:

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Birch Trees by AceentuWall

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Modern Triangles by Walls Need Love

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Yellow Star Print by Betapet

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White Navy by AccentuWall

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Brewster by Sherwin Williams

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Fantastical Floral by Walls Need Love

 

Design Takeout: Restaurant Style Comes Home

By: Danielle Cornely

We love when commercial spaces go beyond being a blank canvas and become environments. These local Atlanta restaurant interiors really caught our eye — we would love to bring home some of their decor! If we did, here’s what it might look like:

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Leon’s Full Service. Image: spoonfedatlanta.com

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Tracy Cox Photography for Balance Design

We love the bright, bold red seating at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur (top). This bathroom in a client’s home (bottom) features similar metallic accents, dark wood, and a neutral palette to highlight an intense red chair.

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Cakes & Ale. Image: zagat.com

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image: remodelista.com

Wood + metal = awesome. Cakes & Ale in Decatur (top) features industrial metal seating and lighting with farm tables. Mixing these two materials creates visual interest in the stark, neutral color palette of the bottom photo.

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Bhojanic. Image: bizbash.com

image: apartmenttherapy.com

image: apartmenttherapy.com

Bhojanic in Buckhead (top) has a fun, eclectic feel with rich colors and graphic elements. Play up that bohemian feel with a varied color palette and lots of great textures, like in this Toronto loft (bottom).

Beauty and Brains: Coffee Table Design Books

By: Danielle Cornely

Perhaps we’re a bit biased, but we think there should be a few great design books on everyone’s bookshelf. These are just a few we’ve got our eye on at the moment.

image: architecturaldigest.com

image: architecturaldigest.com

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image: amazon.com

Remodelista.
Step by step advice and instructions paired with beautiful images. The perfect combination from one of our favorite design blogs.

image: restorationhardware.com

image: restorationhardware.com

image: assouline.com

image: assouline.com

The Big Book of Chic.
The description of this book on assouline.com promises “an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design.” If the above image is any indication of the rest of the book, we have to agree.

image: blog.designpublic.com

image: blog.designpublic.com

image: booktopia.com.au

image: booktopia.com.au

Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your House.
Top names (and personal favorites!) in the design world come together to create a book that is beautiful and helpful. Gorgeous photos visually inspire, and “how to” style content empowers readers to use grandma’s chair in a completely modern way.

image: modcloth.net

image: modcloth.net

image: katyelliot.com/blog/

image: katyelliot.com/blog/

Domino: The Book of Decorating.
Big on photos, with unobtrusive blurbs and captions, Domino’s Book of Decorating is a feast for the eyes. Don’t let the eye candy fool you — this book will teach you everything you need to know. One of our favorites!

image: amazon.com

image: amazon.com

image: taschen.com

image: taschen.com

1,000 Chairs.
Of all of the different types of furniture in a home, the chair is the piece that most clearly distinguishes styles. This book is an informative visual survey of seating in the last 150 years. With its big, beautiful photos, it is an affordable must-have coffee table book for any furniture lover.

Whether used as reference material or great coffee table content, we think good design books are a staple in any home.

Shut the front door!

By: Kate Donnelly

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It’s the first impression that visitors will get of your home – don’t let it be the last paint color you choose! The front door is a focal point and is the perfect place to express the style of the home’s interior. We compiled some of our favorite looks to help you make an entrance:

1. Think about contrast

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A neutral siding like this light gray can be considered a blank canvas. This color makes a perfect a backdrop to a cheery pop of yellow. We really dig Benjamin Moore’s Copacabana.

2. Have fun with your house number

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A coat of paint isn’t the only way to spice up your front door. Large house numbers are not only easier to see from the street, but can add a touch of whimsy to any door. Check out some of the options we found on Etsy.

3. Test out a few shades

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Are you torn between 4 different shades of blue? Test them out! Try various shades on each panel of the door. Taking a step back to the street can bring some clarity to the process. Try  the approach of Sherry and John of Young House Love. Their vibrant shade of teal is truly inviting.

4. Try Salvaging!

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Some of the most unique doors won’t be found in any home improvement store. Refurbishing an antique salvaged door can be an affordable alternative to a custom made door. Check out your local salvage yard today, you might stumble upon a forgotten treasure!

It’s easy to see that freshening up your front door is the fastest (and sometimes, the cheapest) way of making an impact on your overall curb appeal. So be bold! Whether your color palette is courageous or classic, a friendly front door is the perfect way to make your house uniquely yours.