5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Choosing a decorating style is not something to rush or consider lightly. Every purchase you make while selecting furniture and décor has to reflect the style you choose, and you don’t want to start questioning your decision halfway through the decorating process. Before you start furnishing your home, use our guide to narrow down your unique decorating style and feel confident in your final decision.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Rustic if…

You’d rather live outdoors if you could and you tend to choose natural colors and materials over others. The simpler things in life make you the happiest, and you’ve never once been accused of being to be too “over the top.”

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Eclectic if…

Your goal in life is to have as many interesting experiences as possible. Breaking the rules has never been an issue, and you prefer buying clothes at yard sales or thrift shops where you can find unique items. Most importantly, you hate being too matchy-matchy.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Coastal if…

A simple and clean space makes you feel the most relaxed. You love the color white, and an ideal vacation is obviously somewhere near the ocean. The good news is: even if you don’t live anywhere near the water, you can still create a coastal-style home.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Transitional if…

You’re never one extreme or the other and you prefer to be somewhere always in the middle. The transitional style is a mixture of contemporary and traditional that allows you to enjoy a home that is never neither too fussy nor too bold. For you, the transitional look is just right.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Contemporary if…

Frills and clutter are the absolute worst. You like abstract works of art or bright, bold graphics. If you like open spaces and to always keep things simple, the contemporary style is perfect for you.

So what’s your decorating style? Let your personality help you decide.

By Wendy Weinert

 

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Is your patio or porch roof not doing enough to keep you cool during hot summer days? Are you tired of being pestered by numerous summer insects? If so, it may be time to start considering an outdoor ceiling fan for your space.

You already know that indoor ceiling fans are beneficial because they reduce energy bills and keep your various rooms nice and cool. But did you know that outdoor ceiling fans provide many of the same advantages as your indoor fans, and more? Along with creating a nice breeze for you and your family to enjoy, outdoor ceiling fans can also help control your annoying pest problem. The downward draft that outdoor fans create makes it very difficult for insects like mosquitoes to fly, helping you enjoy your patio bug-free! Don’t you think most people would enjoy an outdoor patio without pests?

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

If you look at outdoor and indoor ceiling fans right next to each other, you might consider them one and the same. If you install an indoor ceiling fan outdoors, however, you will regret that decision soon enough, as they are not designed to handle outdoor elements such as the sun, wind, humidity and cold. An indoor fan would rust very quickly and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy its benefits for very long.

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Now that outdoor ceiling fans are becoming a popular addition to many people’s outdoor spaces, you have the option to choose from numerous styles and materials. As we continue to enjoy warmer weather and sunshine, consider installing an outdoor ceiling fan in your patio or porch to keep your area cool and bug-free.

By Wendy Weinert

Marriage and the merging of your households

 

You said “I Do” and enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon with your new hubby, but now comes the hard part: cohabitation! The idea of living in a new home with your spouse might be exciting, but the process of merging two households and meshing two different personalities can cause even the best couples to bicker. I bet even the infamous Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (or should I say “Kimye”) fight from time to time – even though you wouldn’t know it from their Vogue cover shoot.  Moving in with your new spouse doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Consider these tips to keep bickering and stress at a minimum.  1. Look for ways to compromise  You like the color green, but your husband likes blue. You want a sofa while your spouse prefers sectionals. Even if you agree on very little, you can still move in together successfully by compromising. Let him have his sectional so you can paint the walls green, or meet in the middle and make decisions you can agree on together.  2. When buying new items, shop together  To prevent having to make returns, make all of your major purchase decisions together. Your husband will appreciate being included and you can feel good about buying new furniture that you both enjoy.  3. Get rid of duplicate items  There’s only so much room in one house and there’s no point in having two sets of tableware or two large sofas taking over your living room. Before you actually move, go through all of your household items and furnishings to decide what you’ll keep and what can be sold, donated or thrown out. Be practical when making these decisions. If your husband has the better blender, there’s no reason for you to keep yours.  4. Allow yourself time to adjust  Moving into a new place with different furniture and décor is a huge change and you’re going to need time to adjust. Even if you don’t like some of your husband’s stuff or decorative choices now, you might grow to like or even love them in the future.

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You said “I Do” and enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon with your new hubby, but now comes the hard part: cohabitation! The idea of living in a new home with your spouse might be exciting, but the process of merging two households and meshing two different personalities can cause even the best couples to bicker. I bet even the infamous Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (or should I say “Kimye”) fight from time to time – even though you wouldn’t know it from their Vogue cover shoot.

Moving in with your new spouse doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Consider these tips to keep bickering and stress at a minimum.

Marriage and the merging of your households

1. Look for ways to compromise

You like the color green, but your husband likes blue. You want a sofa while your spouse prefers sectionals. Even if you agree on very little, you can still move in together successfully by compromising. Let him have his sectional so you can paint the walls green, or meet in the middle and make decisions you can agree on together.

Marriage and the merging of your households

2. When buying new items, shop together

To prevent having to make returns, make all of your major purchase decisions together. Your husband will appreciate being included and you can feel good about buying new furniture that you both enjoy.

3. Get rid of duplicate items

There’s only so much room in one house and there’s no point in having two sets of tableware or two large sofas taking over your living room. Before you actually move, go through all of your household items and furnishings to decide what you’ll keep and what can be sold, donated or thrown out. Be practical when making these decisions. If your husband has the better blender, there’s no reason for you to keep yours.

Marriage and the merging of your households

4. Allow yourself time to adjust

Moving into a new place with different furniture and décor is a huge change and you’re going to need time to adjust. Even if you don’t like some of your husband’s stuff or decorative choices now, you might grow to like or even love them in the future.

By Wendy Weinert

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Every bride is different and what might be considered the perfect gift for one girl might be returned by another. How to find the perfect gift for the blushing bride-to-be in your life comes down to one thing: her personality. Here are ideas to get you inspired.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 820548

The “always think before you jump” friend or relative

You know the type. The one person who never does anything spontaneous and always has a plan. She’s practical, but that’s why you love her. The best gift for a practical bride is something she needs. If she doesn’t have a registry, don’t be afraid to ask the bride what gifts would be useful. Items like cookware are often popular with the practical types.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 1522287

The wild one

She might have calmed down over the years, but you knew the bride when she was in college and a little wilder. Look for a gift that indulges her wild side, but also fits in with her present life. Anything that incorporates zebra or leopard print, such as throw pillows, towels or a blanket would work.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 1524725

The bride with an artistic side

You’ve always been a little jealous of her creativity, but now’s your chance to show off your creative side as well. How about a fabulous piece of art? Or one of those DIY projects you’ve pinned to your board on Pinterest? A handmade gift is a great way to give something more personal.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 1223209

The laidback, one-of-the-guys girl

The word “drama” isn’t even in her vocabulary. This girl would much rather be at a sports bar than watching romantic chick flicks with her girlfriends. Get her tickets for a local sporting event that she and her new hubby can enjoy. Another great option is to buy a case of her favorite adult beverage and pair it with new drinking glasses.

The adventurous girl

While you might not be able to buy this girl a plane ticket to Europe, you can give her something to take along on her next adventure, such as a new camera or quality hiking gear.

With the bride’s personality in mind, you can buy a gift you know she’ll love.

By Wendy Weinert

 

You Don’t have to be a Professional Interior Designer..

Have you ever gotten into the mind of a designer and learned about their creative process? Although I am not a formally educated interior designer, I believe we are all designers in our own right. To quote myself, “Style is about reflecting your personality in a way in which your home – your environment rises up to greet you.” Recently, I was invited to provide my opinion as a guest for Terry’s blinds.  What a privilege to be offered to share my perspective with!

As I was preparing the content for the post, I reviewed some of the other guests posts that were listed on the site. It was fabulous to read others processes and ideas for what makes them the creatives, the designers they are today. One of my favorite questions to read, was “What inspires you”. With their individual responses, one can determine if the designer is very tactical, visual, or a combination of both. It got me to thinking. If you were to hire one of these designer, what type would work the best with you? Who  would you more closely relate? These questions would actually provide a great foundation for selecting a potential designer. As a comparison, it is like the Myer’s Brigg test for designers!

With that said, here are the questions that you could offer up a potential designer for hire to answer:

  1. In your own words, describe your unique style and creative aesthetic.
  2. When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
  3. Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
  4. When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
  5. What has brought you to this point in your career?

Click on the link above to get my response. I hope you enjoy reading my viewpoint! Make sure to check out my top choices for this spring!

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By Wendy Weinert

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

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Wallpaper isn’t just for the walls anymore. Check out these unique ways for using wallpaper and see which ideas work in your own home!

Ceilings

Who says your ceiling has to be painted white? Go for an unconventional look by sticking a bold sheet of wallpaper on the ceiling instead. To keep the look from overwhelming your space, use solid colors for the walls.

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

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Furniture

Use wallpaper to dress up your furniture! You can cover a bedside table or bookshelf with your favorite design or use wallpaper to create an interesting tabletop. If you have a plain-looking wooden chair or bar stool, add a little flair with vinyl-coated paper.

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

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Artwork

Instead of covering the entire wall with wallpaper, cut up your paper, frame the pieces and use them as hanging artwork. You can hang up an assortment of different patterns together or display a larger, rectangular piece of wallpaper to bring eye-catching style to your space.

Cabinetry

Line your kitchen cupboards or dining room buffet with a stylish print to create a backdrop for dishware. If your cupboard doors feature glass windows, a wallpaper backdrop will look especially nice and will positively impact on the overall look of your space.

5 unique ways to use wallpaper

Storage boxes

It’s great that you reuse boxes to store household items, but your home shouldn’t have to suffer from the look of drab cardboard. Store your stuff in style by covering boxes and plastic containers with your favorite wallpaper designs. No longer will you have to go to great lengths to hide storage boxes when guests stop by for a visit!

Wallpaper is the perfect solution for adding that touch of style to your space. Look for areas in your home that could benefit from a little wallpaper and don’t
be afraid to get creative!

By Wendy Weinert

 

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

The dreaded small closet – nobody likes having one, but many homeowners unfortunately do. Small closets can make organizing a bedroom more difficult and you may wind up suffering from a cluttered room as a result. If your small closet space is causing you stress, here are three tips for making it work.

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

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1. Maximize your closet space

Your closet might be small, but there are ways you can maximize your storage space and make it appear bigger. If you don’t have enough room to hang up all of your clothes, install a second rod either below or behind the first one depending on the closet setup. Or use hangers with more than one hook so you can hang up more clothes without taking up as much space.

3 tips for dealing with small closet space

2. Find other ways to store your essentials

The bedroom closet isn’t your only storage option available. Look for creative ways to use your bedroom space and organize the room instead. Buy a storage bed that allows you to sleep and keep the room clean. Add a wardrobe to your space or a decorative bench to hold extra clothes. If your wall could use some visual appeal, a jewelry wall mount makes an excellent storage solution and will also add a unique design element to the room.

3. De-clutter

Peter Walsh, an organization expert says, “When you de-clutter, it’s astounding what will flow into that space to enrich you and your family.” Think of your small closet as an opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter overtaking your room. Go through all of your clothes, jewelry, shoes and personal items to decide what should stay and what can go. Anything that you haven’t worn or used in the last year could probably be donated, sold or thrown out.

A small closet won’t hurt your room’s overall appeal and style if you don’t let it. Look for ways to maximize and de-clutter your space so you can enjoy a more organized, stress-free room.

By Wendy Weinert

 

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal with it.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

After spending weeks browsing different options, you’ve finally chosen the perfect chair for your living room. Or so you thought. Now that you’ve actually put it in your living room, the chair doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. Regretting a new furniture purchase is a common occurrence and many people immediately want to return the item. The best solution, however, for dealing with regret is a bit surprising: wait for the feeling to pass.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

How many times have you gotten a haircut and at first were unsure about the new style, but eventually you grew to love it? The same situation often occurs after buying new furniture. Change is hard to adapt to, so even if your new furniture works – possibly even better than what you had previously – it may take you some time to realize it and adjust.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

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Any new furniture, whether it’s a light fixture or a rug, can cause you to question your purchase decision. There are certain factors, though, that might make the adjustment even more difficult. If you incorporate a bold new color, pattern or print into a room, for example, you’ll need more time to get used to it than if you had just went with something basic and low-key. You’ll also find that size can influence how you feel about your new purchase. If you’re replacing one furniture item with something much larger, you’re likely at first to feel that the new piece looks out of place due to its larger size.

In general, the best way to handle your buyer’s regret is to give yourself enough time to adjust. You can also gather second opinions from friends and family who don’t live in your home and therefore can be more objective. More than likely, you’ll find that the new item not only works, but that you actually love having it in your home.

By Wendy Weinert

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

Kitchens are meant to be highly functional spaces, but a bad room design can make it difficult for you to use the space effectively. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, be sure to keep these important tips in mind during every stage of the process.

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

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Storage: Kitchens are typically used to store food, cookware and tableware, which means you’ll need adequate storage space to prevent the room from becoming cluttered. Consider how you will use each cupboard and drawer before you remodel to ensure that every item will have a home. You might also want to look for dual-purpose furniture, such as an island that provides both storage and counter space. You can use ceiling and wall space to hang items like pots and pans.

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

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Preparation: Cooking a meal without adequate surface space can be frustrating and stressful. If you’re remodeling a fairly large kitchen, counter space is probably not much of an issue. Smaller kitchens, however, can be more difficult to plan as you want to have enough counter space without crowding the room. If you can, plan at least 36 inches of uncluttered countertop space for preparation and another 21 to 36 inches for cooking. If your kitchen space allows, an island is a great option for preparing food.

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

Lighting: Forming a lighting plan for the kitchen can be tricky. You want to feel comfortable in your kitchen, but you’ll also need direct lighting for performing certain tasks like washing dishes or preparing food. Every kitchen, no matter how small, should have a combination of ambient lighting, accent lighting and task lighting to achieve the right balance. If you have a kitchen island, pendants are a great option for adding both task and decorative lighting. Undercabinet lighting is often used to illuminate darker counter spaces and make preparing food easier and safer.

A successful remodel starts with a well-thought-out plan. Keep these tips in mind throughout your remodeling process and design a kitchen that you’ll love.

By Wendy Weinert

 

Hosting the Perfect Summer Garden Party

Parties are a great way to make new friends, have some good laughs, and live in the moment. My favorite place to host a party is right in my back yard. Gardens add a special element to an event that you simply can’t get anywhere else. The mixture of being outside, breathing fresh air, and enjoying the scenery has a magical feeling that is indescribable. If you are itching to escape the walls of your home and share the green things you’ve grown, then it’s time to throw your very own garden party. Here are ten ways to host it and make it a success.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Rollinger (Flickr)

Photo courtesy of Andrew Rollinger (Flickr)

1. Get the Garden Ready

Now that things are looking green, you are going to want to show off your mad garden-growing skills. Lay down new bark for a clean look, mow the grass, trim the plants, and get rid of the weeds.

2. Choose a Color Scheme

Don’t worry about spending a fortune on decorations; the main displays are the ones growing all around you. Pick subtle colors that coordinate with your plants. Pastels and natural color palettes are the perfect touch to a garden party.

3. Prepare a Comfortable Space

You want your guests to be as comfortable as possible so they can fully enjoy the party. Provide enough seating for everyone who is coming, and set cushions on the chairs to make them softer.

4. Design a Table Centerpiece

The centerpiece is a great way to pull the entire garden party decor together. A bouquet of flowers in a vase will grab your guests’ attention and create a feeling of relaxation and beauty. Candles placed along tables for the evening will set the mood for a memorable night.

5. Block the Sun

I have been to a few garden parties where the lack of sun was exhausting. The only thing I wanted to do was leave the garden and make my way inside the air conditioned home. Providing shaded areas to escape the hot sun will keep your guests comfortable enough that they can enjoy being outside for the entire party duration.

6. Ward off Bugs

As the sun sets, you will be greeted with the nightly swarm of bugs. Candles and other natural repellents can keep bugs away from your food, out of your garden, and off your guests.

7. Grill up Some Food

A barbeque is a quick way to get tasty meat out to your friends and allow you to stay outside while you cook the food. Whether it is hot dogs, hamburgers, or kabobs, a grill makes it easy to get food out quickly.

8. Pour Drinks

Grab a cooler and fill it with ice. Throw in an assortment of drinks so your guests can all find something to suit their unique tastes.

9. Get out the Finger Foods

I love finger foods, and garden parties are the perfect place to serve them. Guests will love the chance to eat food right out of your garden, so take the opportunity to create a vegetable platter with all your freshly grown carrots, celery, peas, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, and even peppers.

10. Have Fun!

Most importantly – have fun! It can be hard to sit back and enjoy the outdoors when you are trying to entertain guests, so let the garden do the entertaining. Follow these steps to prepare properly for your party so you can grab a cold drink, some snacks, and then relax.

By Wendy Weinert