Our 50 Shades of Gray

You’re not bound to one shade of grey. Whip any room into shape with one of these pieces. Soon you’ll have a spankin’ new room full of favorites.

You don’t have to be Christian Grey to afford everything you see below. Match your favorite shade number to the products below. Let’s play.

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Mom Cave

With the Super Bowl on our minds, you are probably seeing a lot of talk about how to build a better man cave. In fact, we did one in this very space last week. But in the interest of equal opportunity escapism, we knew it was time to think outside the cave to a more beautiful, more elegant place. We’re talking about a spot more notable for heart and its art than the size of the big screen on the wall. Enter the Mom Cave. That’s right, a little nook where pretty is appreciated. Tell your man to cave down the street with his buddies.

Here are a few simple pieces to help you put together your Mom Cave:

Furniture

Women and men are equal and all, but there are differences. Men love their big recliners with a drink holder built-in the arm rest and a remote control compartment within arm’s reach. For years women have fought the good fight against the traditional recliner, which they see as an eye-sore of the highest order. They see recliners as a place where elegance goes to die, along with an entire bag of chips.

While a recliner might be comfortable, women know there are seating options that look stylish and feel comfy all at the same time. Somebody has to keep an eye on style. It’s why your wedding wasn’t held at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. Still, we’re pretty sure with a little time on Pinterest, you could make that look good too. We digress. Think about a chaise lounge sofa. It’s the perfect spot to entertain multiple friends or to simply curl up into a ball in the corner when no one’s around.

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You’re probably also going to need a table and a chair. Perhaps a desk set, or maybe something more customized to your tastes. This is where you’ll do your scrapbooking, where you’ll spread out your idea boards, or plot the family vacation down to the minute. But you’ll also have to make sure there is room left over to place your wine glass. More on that later.

To add a dash, or more than a dash, of color, consider an ottoman or a pouf. An ottoman is great for stretching your legs and storing your supplies, but it can also serve as extra seating in a pinch. Poufs are fun to look at, and even more fun to say. Pouf. Pouf. Pouf. See what we mean?

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Accessories

Yes, this is a broad topic, but women do love to accessorize. This is where we’ll categorize your wall art, throws, accent pillows and rugs.

And by art, we don’t mean a giant poster of Aaron Rodgers. But hey, it’s your lounge. Whatever you’re in to. We really mean pretty pictures, in beautiful frames that tell the story of you or inspire you. Art can be emotional, inspiration, evocative. You want all that in your lounge. Because the term lounge is a bit of a misnomer. You’re not much for lounging anyway. You’re about getting stuff done, and even when you’re “resting” you’re mind is never truly at rest.

Throws and pillows are soft, fluffy and colorful. They’re both nice to look at nice and to cuddle up next to. Another difference between men and women: While men like to stretch out in their chair or on the couch, women can often be found all wound up in a pillows and throws, using only a fraction of the sofa or chair, no matter how much surface area it has.

The last thing a lady wants to do when they unfurl from their blanket and pillow fort is to step down on a cold, hard floor. That’s where the accent or throw rugs come in. They tie the room together and add texture and style to any space. They’re so soft, ladies might be tempted to add them to their pillow and throw fort. Alas, those rugs are made for walkin’, and that’s just what you’ll do.

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Closets and shelves

When a lady says she wants a lounge, what she’s really telling you is she wants her very own dressing room – with the red M&Ms picked out by hand and with a never-ending supply of Fiji Water on hand. But in the absence of those luxuries, you’ll settle for a closets and shelves everywhere. You can’t have enough places to hang things and enough shoe cubbies.

Of course, you’d love to have these conveniences built into your home, but some of us must settle for less. There are kids to think of, husbands to support. A wholesale remodel is probably not in the cards (playing card is another fine use for your table by the way). Instead, you may have to buy shelving units cubbies, garment racks and wardrobes. In fact, maybe you can forget about the wall art. Just line these babies up and down the walls of the room. Your clothes and shoes are art. Show ‘em off.

Wine Fridge

Last but not least. You must account for booze storage, or to sound more lady-like, your wine refrigerator. We’re not saying you need a drink, but the option is always nice. From cabernets to pinot noirs, some wines are better chilled. The other alcohol you can stow in the ottoman. Because let’s face it, a glass of wine in your hand is the very best accessory.

Your Mom Cave is going to draw raves. Now all it needs is you. So carve our a little time for yourself and enjoy your special space. This time away will make you a better mom, a more loving partner, and it might just save your sanity.

Feel Happy in Your Home This Year

We are officially well into the new year – a time to “start over” and make changes to one’s lifestyle. There are a lot of different resolutions we make to better ourselves each year, but ultimately, we just want to be happy. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of tips and suggestions to find happiness at home. Try a couple or try them all, and see if they make a difference for you!

Embrace your style

You can have a professional interior designer redecorate your entire home, but that doesn’t mean you’ll  be happy with the new setup. Decorate each room to match your own personal style, rather than what you think is “in” this year. By selecting patterns, colors and styles you like, you’ll be able to create a space you’ll love.

Photo Credit: Hubbardton Forge

Photo Credit: Hubbardton Forge

Decorate to boost your mood

Fresh plants, uplifting colors, a picture frame filled with people you love. These are the things that can boost your mood and help you feel good at home. Flowers and green plants can energize a space, while certain colors like yellow can create a cheerful environment.

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Take your time

If you’re unhappy with the way your home looks now, be patient. It takes time to design a home sweet home and it’s important not to rush when making big purchases. If you carefully consider each item before buying, you’re more likely to be satisfied with the results.

Spend 10-20 minutes picking up every day

No one likes chores (I certainly don’t), but what would you rather do: spend an entire Saturday cleaning or take a little time each day to pick up and prevent large messes? I would choose the latter, and I’m sure most of you would agree. Plus, a clean home can reduce stress rather than create more. Hint: Part of your plan may be to invest in shelves and other organizational items to make sure everything has a home.

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Start with a few small projects before tackling a big one

A big house project can feel overwhelming, so start with smaller ones to get the ball rolling. Maybe you need to paint several rooms? Take a few steps at a time and just go to the local hardware store and pick out paint swatches to get you started. Before you know it, you will be done. Once you see how quickly that project went and you can check it off your list, you’re much more likely to follow through with each project and end the year feeling accomplished. You never know. You may become a DIYer like the sisters on Shanty-to-Chic!

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How do you find happiness at home? Write a comment and let us know!

By Wendy Weinert

Create the Perfect Man Cave

Need a space to get away from it all or to watch the big game, hang out with friends or simply relax in solitude? That’s where a “man cave” can come in handy, a room of your own where you can find sanctuary whenever you need a break. With the Super Bowl just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get started – whether it is for you or a spouse.

Here are the steps…

First you’ll have to carve out an area in your home you that can be man-caved. It could be an corner in the basement, the garage, attic or an unused storage room. Make sure to discuss your plans with the family before getting started. You might have to make some compromises to get everyone on board, and your responsibility to them comes first.

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Source: jalonburton.blogspot

Once you have the room picked out and everyone is aware of your project, the next step is to decide what you want your man cave to be used for. Do you want it to be the room where you and your buddies play poker on Friday nights or a room where you watch the game on Saturdays? What about your morning work-out routine? Yeah, maybe all of those. Knowing how you want to use your man cave will help you choose the right furniture and equipment to make it happen.

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Source: Houzz

Now it’s time to get started. If necessary, insulate and soundproof the room first. You don’t want your man cave to be empty in the winter because the room is too cold or the neighbors complain about you and your friends being too loud. When that’s done, you can move on to the fun part: furnishing and decorating a room that you’ll love.

Bellacor Number: 1576074

Bellacor Number: 1576074

Comfy recliners a large flat-screen TV with a place to organize your entertainment collection, a minirefrigerator or home bar, and even some ceiling fans to keep the air fresh – these are all things you’ll want to consider for your man cave. Of course, what you choose is ultimately up to you. After all, it’s your man cave! If you plan to use the room for projects, place furniture and appliances around the perimeter of the room to create space.

After everything is set up and your man cave is complete, take some time to relax and enjoy it. With your own personal space, now you don’t need weekend camping trips or long outings to rejuvenate and de-stress. Your retreat is within a few feet. Who knows, you might even let the family visit from time to time.

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Source: Gorgeous Home Decor

 

How to Design a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

When friends and family walk into your home, what will they see? A welcoming, stylish space or a muddy entryway cluttered with coats and shoes? A messy foyer can take away from your home’s overall interior design, and coming home to find your place disheveled can make you feel stressed, too, which is exactly the opposite of how one should feel in their home. entryway

To design an entryway that’s beautiful and clutter-free, first you have to get organized. Storage benches are perfect for entryways and can keep the area tidy without diminishing your home’s style. Even better, consider a storage bench or hall tree that comes equipped with a coat rack. This 2-in-1 solution is a smart way to store more without taking up precious space.

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Once your entryway is organized and clear of the clutter, the next step is to determine how you will keep it clean. After all, entryways are often referred to as mudrooms for a reason. To start, place a rug next to the front door where family and guests can wipe off their shoes. Polypropylene rugs are great for high-traffic areas like the entryway, and they handle moisture and mud well. Another handy item is a boot tray, which you can use to hold boots or any other shoes you wear outdoors.

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Your entryway is clean and organized – now is the time to add some style. To design a beautiful space, great lighting is essential. Consider a statement pendant or chandelier to wow guests as soon as they enter your home. Then add decorative pieces here and there, such as wall art or a mirror. A small desk to display your favorite keepsakes can also be a great way to design a memorable entryway.

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With an organized system, a few items to keep your entryway clean and fabulous decor, you’ll fall in love with your home every time you walk through the front door.

By Wendy Weinert

How To Use Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year

After Pantone announced its 2015 Color of the Year, there has been grumblings. But I actually like Marsala and think, when used correctly, that it can really make an impact in a home. The color is versatile and can be used to complement various interior styles. If you like this year’s chosen color as well, here are some ideas for making Marsala work in your own space.

 

Create a vintage style

From modern to rustic, Marsala can be incorporated into many different decorating styles. One style people might not think to use Marsala with, however, is vintage. The Color of the Year goes well with cream, lace and weathered furniture. Consider adding a pop of Marsala in your antique-style living room with a chair, rug, poof, or even a chandelier.

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Bellacor Item #817977, #1550159, #1539699

Go glam

Marsala can be glamorous, too. Pair the color with other jewel-tone furniture and accessories, metallics and luxurious fabrics to get the look just right. Shades of gray provide a rich backdrop in which this color can really pop and come to life.

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via TheDecorista

Update the dining room

On its site, Pantone writes, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” So what better place to use Marsala than in the dining room? Red hues are also said to be stimulating, which means decorating with this year’s Pantone color can encourage lively conversations and increase appetites.

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Bellacor #668032

Accent with Marsala

If Marsala is too rich a color for your taste, use the hue in more subtle ways. Smaller decor items and accessories allow you to enjoy the robust color without overwhelming your space. Search for a Marsala vase or switch out your accent pillows or your draperies with a new hue.

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Courtesy of designshuffle.com/blog/

Paint the wall

No matter what interior style you like best, an easy way to update the look is to paint the walls Marsala. If you feel the color is too strong for all four walls, try painting just one instead.

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By Wendy Weinert

Redecorate Your Space Without Going Over Budget

If you’re ready to give your bedroom, living room or any other space in your home a new look but you can’t afford to splurge, there are ways to update a room without going over your budget. Here are five tips to help you redecorate any space in your home and still have money left.

1. Plan ahead

Buying decor, furniture and paint without planning out the expenses ahead of time is a sure way to spend more money than expected. Carefully calculate every purchase before actually buying anything. This way you’ll know whether you can actually afford that new sofa or if you need to find a less expensive alternative.

2. Invest in high-quality furniture, but don’t splurge on accessories

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Bellacor Number: 1409342

High-quality furniture might be pricier, but it is also built to last longer and be in your home for many years. Accessories, on the other hand, are often replaced with trendier items. There are plenty of stylish, cheap accessories available to decorate your home, and you won’t feel guilty replacing them when you’re ready to redecorate again.

3. Do more with less

An easy way to save money when redecorating is to limit the amount of new decor and furniture you buy. Instead of purchasing many different items, choose fewer pieces that have a bigger impact on your room’s interior design.

4. Keep pieces you love

Redecorating doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything. If there is a chair or lamp that you love, keep it. Your space will still look and feel completely different with your new additions. But don’t just have them sit somewhere and get dusty. Integrate them into your space.

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5. Take your time

If you can’t afford to buy everything at once, don’t worry. You can take your time redecorating the space, slowly replacing each item with something new. Slowing down the process will also prevent you from buying a bunch of new furniture and decor that you don’t love.

6. Use online tools to help save you time and money

Of course, always keep your eye out for a sale on your favorite item. Using tools such as “my account” or a “wish list” with online retailers, makes it easy to keep all your items in a convenient location. If are comfortable with social media, the use of Pinterest or Polyvore can help you keep your items for your dream room in one easy place and to share it with friends and family.

 

2014 – The Best of the Best

Oh what a journey it’s been. In the year 2014, Taylor Swift ruled the world, despite the haters, LeBron James took his talents back to Northeast Ohio, despite the draw of South Beach, and Guardians of Galaxy ruled the boxed office, despite (or maybe because of) an 80s soundtrack of songs that weren’t even that great in the 80s. And trust us, we love songs from the 80s.

This is the time of year everybody puts together their bests and worsts, their rankings and tankings. We take 365 days and pick out a few newsworthy moments and a few pop culture experiences that really stand out. Every little niche is scrutinized. At Bellacor, our niche is home. But that’s a big niche, to be honest. Let’s delve deeper. What do you get when you mix pop culture with home and DIY? That’s right my friends, you get a little HGTV, a little DIY Network, and a whole lot of binge-watching from 2014. Programming alert: Select episodes from HGTV and DIY’s signature show are now available on Netflix for your binging pleasure.

Yes, we know there are home and home improvement shows all over, but to keep our list from becoming unwieldy (and make it home in time for the holidays), we had to make some cuts. You can’t see everything anyway. Here’s our list of the best of the best from the sister networks HGTV and DIY from 2014, in ascending order.

  1. Fixer UpperChip and Joanna Gaines (HGTV)

OK, first all, are we the only ones that get a younger Dennis Quaid vibe from Chip? Every time we see him, we picture him taking the mound in The Rookie. Anyway, this show premiered this year and we enjoy the playful banter between the married hosts. They seem to get along, as opposed to resorting to canned relationship drama some of the reality shows thrive on. The premise is to fix up nice but rundown homes in the better neighborhoods in Waco, Texas, and turn them into showstoppers. Maybe because it’s in Texas and land is plentiful, but it’s impressive the things these people can do on a fairly low budget. We especially liked the garden/greenhouse they built in the middle of one lucky couple’s home.

Chip and Joanna Gaines via HGTV.com

Chip and Joanna Gaines via HGTV.com

  1. The Vanilla Ice Project (DIY)

Come on, you knew we had to include this. It could have been an absolutely horrible program and we’d still pick this because it’s Vanilla Ice rehabbing houses. Let’s not lose sight of the symbolism here. This is Vanilla Ice rehabbing homes in an attempt to rehab his career. Last year he was working with the Amish. We’ll be honest and say we didn’t catch that one. The Amish connection seemed a little bit of a stretch. But Ice fixing up South Florida mansions, yes not far from “A1A Beach Front Avenue” is just too rich. Rob Van Winkle, that’s Ice’s real name in case you didn’t know, is a fairly likable fella. He’s clearly comfortable in front of the camera. The show isn’t bad. He may never sell 15 million albums again, but he can make your den look as Cool as Ice.

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  1. Property Brothers - Jonathan and Drew Scott and Flip and Flop – Tarek and Christina El Moussa

Sometimes we feel like the network should just rename itself Scott Brothers and Friends. These guys are on about 20 hours of the day. They even got a second show, Property Brothers at Home, in which they bro’d out their home in Las Vegas. But let’s get back to their main event. We like this show because it’s the ultimate bait and switch – and it gets people every time. “Look at this beautiful home. It has everything you could possibly want. Oh sorry, you can’t come close to affording that. But let us fix up a room or two for you.” Only two people as charming and affable as Drew and Scott could get away with this kind of trickery. Sometimes their constant teasing of each other wears thing, but the brotherly bond is undeniable, they do some pretty great home improvements and they seem to care more about their clients than most hosts.

Property Brothers Images via HGTV.com

Property Brothers Images via HGTV.com

On Flip or Flop, we see two realtors trying to make their way in the cold cruel world of housing flipping. Now that the housing market has, uh, flipped and is on a major upswing, the premise doesn’t quite work as well, but this couple’s FliporFlopdynamic makes the show very watchable. Christina always wants to get the nicest and best materials for the renovation. If it was up to Tarek, the house would be taped together and the walls would be made of cardboard. Christina usually wins these battles. Tarek exacts his revenge when it comes time to put the house back on the market. He always shoots high, while she wants to come in low. He seems to come out ahead and they usually get their price.

  1. House Hunters (HGTV)

This show has been on forever and it’s such a juggernaut that it’s split off in other directions with House Hunters International and House Hunters Renovation. It’s influenced shows such as Beachfront Bargain Hunt and scores of other in-the-market marvels. Since we started watching this show several years ago, we’ve read there are several tell-tale signs as to what house the couple will end up picking. But we enjoy seeing the different home styles and enjoy the little slices of the community the show takes great pains to show. We can visit Chapel Hill, Fort Collins, Nashville and many other far-flung locales without leaving the couch. We could do a list like this is 20 years and House Hunters will still be on it. Now if they’d just bring back Trading Spaces.

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  1. Rehab Addict – Nicole Curtis (DIY and HGTV)

OK, her show has filmed in an around the Twin Cities area, where Bellacor is based, so we might be a little biased. We felt her pain when the pipes burst in her home during the last frigid winter. We recognize some of those old homes and streets she works on. Still, the draw of Curtis is she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and her show gives us an unvarnished view of a difficult process. Many of these shows make DIY look easy. If you’ve tried it yourself, you know it’s often anything but easy. Rehab Addict shows us that easy isn’t what she’s looking for. She wants it to be a difficult job, because that’s a challenge and the reward is that much greater – even if the reward isn’t always monetary.

Rehab Addict via HGTV.com

Rehab Addict via HGTV.com

Rehab Addict is gentrification done right. It’s preservation moving forward. The show is a crossover sensation, airing on both networks. Check your local listings. Rehab Addict is our pick for the top show of the year.

By Doug Kaid – A magician of words. Follow him @dougkaid.

How the Pantone Color of the Year Gets Chosen

Earlier this month, Pantone announced the Color of the Year to be Marala, which is described by Pantone as an earthy hue, similar to a bottle of wine. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” Not everyone is a big fan of this year’s choice. I, however, like the subdued color and find it very elegant. But what’s even more interesting to me than this year’s chosen color is how the company actually chooses it. Here’s a quick overview if you’re curious, too.

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Before the Color of the Year is chosen, Pantone’s color experts search and consider hues being used all over the world, often in the fashion and entertainment industries. Once the search is over, Pantone hosts a secret two-day meeting, where these experts can suggest their favorite finds to be the winner. Choosing the Color of the Year is not as simple as picking the most flattering or stylish color, however. According to the executive director at Pantone, Leatrice Eiseman, the color “has to resonate around the world, to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist.” In a press release, the company stated that the Color of the Year “has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times.”

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via houzz.com

After much debate, Pantone’s experts have to reach a final decision. In the press release, Leatrice Eiseman says, “While Pantone Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.” The color is meant to be well-suited for both men and women, and is said to translate easily into various industries, such as interior design, beauty and fashion.

As you contemplate this color, here are some subtle items to help get you started into integrating it into your home:

Bellacor Number: 692548

Bellacor Number: 692548

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Bellacor Number: 902084

Bellacor Number: 1510401

Bellacor Number: 1510401

 

By Wendy Weinert

 

How to Simplify your Stuff Using Minimalist Interior Design

I’m not a hoarder, but like many people, I have a difficult time letting go of certain personal belongings. It might be a sentimental trinket, or a pair of shoes that look cute despite being uncomfortable to wear. Getting rid of stuff that does nothing but take up space, however, can actually feel freeing or cathartic afterward, and it will certainly help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by a disorganized home.

 

If you feel you have too much stuff in your home, start thinking like a minimalist. Here are three ways you can bring minimalism into the home and design a tidy, clutter-free space.

Eliminate the “junk drawer”

Junk drdrunk drawerawers are just an excuse to hold onto stuff you don’t need. Rather than having a drawer where you place items you don’t know what to do with, give each drawer and closet a purpose. Use organizers and bins to keep storage areas tidy. And before you place anything in a drawer, consider whether you’ll ever actually use the object. If the answer is “not often” or “never,” toss it. This not only give you more storage, but truly, you will discover that the less things you have the less things you have to have to take of the things you have.

Donate clothes after a shopping spree

MJS 200265813-001Unless you’re in the process of building your wardrobe, a good rule of thumb in minimalism is to toss a clothing itemafter buying a new one. So, after a shopping spree, search for tops, pants or accessories that are old or barely worn and consider donating, selling or throwing them away. This will prevent your closet and dresser from becoming overcrowded with clothes you never wear. As an added benefit, it makes getting ready in the morning quicker!

Put meaningful items to good use

Oftentimes, the hardest stuff to get rid of are those items that have sentimental value. But you can still hold on to meaningful items without cluttering your space. For example, instead of keeping all of your kid’s drawings, sort through them and find your favorite for the fridge door. Instead of saving your grandmother’s china for special occasions, use the dishware for everyday meals. Another great idea is to turn your collection of travel souvenirs into decor.

By Wendy Weinert