Hey Decor Friends,
I wanted to give you the heads up that this fall you will seeing and hearing all about eucalyptus, amber and reclaimed wood.
You may be thinking what, already!? Well, fall home decor trends are on the horizon and to keep you in the know I thought I would give you the 411 on all things fall 2019.
Let’s talk color. You will be seeing “amber” making an appearance. It is a warm golden tone that pairs beautifully with reclaimed wood, neutral backdrops and is especially friendly with green. Maybe amber has some of you flash backing to the 70’s but let me assure you, amber today shows up in hits of color through accessories.
Green is showing itself in lovely ways too. From fern green to eucalyptus green. Green is arriving this fall in cool and calm tones such as eucalyptus green, but also showing itself in fern tones which are richer and deeper. Green is your new decorating BFF for the fall.
Here’s the scoop on reclaimed wood:
Reclaimed wood is a high-quality “upcycled” wood that’s been taken from various sources like:
History, character, wider sized planks, access to exotic wood, and of course enviornmental concerns are all reasons why you may chose to purchase furniture made of reclaimed wood. Another added bonus to reclaimed wood is that no matter what your style is, reclaimed wood will add fantastic texture and character. You can’t go wrong. So there you have it friends- the skinny on fall 2019 trends.
Are you up for trying any of them?
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Hey Decor Friends,
Today I wanted to give you a few quick thoughts about styling your dinning room table. Have you ever walked into a dinning room and thought “wow I love what’s going on here” ? Well let me pass on to you 3 thoughts about your table and how you can achieve the wow factor.
Yes, finally, bigger is better friends. Pick one large item to be the focal point: an urn, lantern, bowl, or pot. Something that draws your eye towards the center of the table and without a doubt is the main attraction.
Less is more- don’t try to add “all the things” at once, especially if they are all small and similar in size. All the things will confuse your eye and you are wanting to create a cohesive look. Remember the odd rule- our eye likes order and order is found in odd numbers. So if you have a trio of candlesticks on your table, your eye will read it as a happy grouping. If you have 4 candlesticks, the even number will throw your eye and it will not read your grouping as friendly. Remember odds rule!
Last tip: Put your bunnies, pumpkins, watermelons away at the end of each season. I know at times our dinning rooms may not see a lot of use between holidays, but seriously people bunnies should not be hopping around your table in August. Just a friendly reminder to let the seasons guide your table decor and allow the turning of the calendar pages to remind you to switch out what is adorning your table.
*** Designer Tip ***
Break each season up into two parts. For example, early summer and late summer.
Early summer I use a lot of glass, blues, green, drift wood etc. In late summer, I replace those items with sunflowers, corks and grasses as an example. For those of you who like to change things up, your’re welcome to. Perhaps you have loads of accessories. Tabletops provide a great opportunity to use all your pretty things. Just not all together :)
There you have it friends- remember these simple 3 tips and your dinning room table will look fabulous, all year long.
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Do you mix wood tones? Which rooms? Do you like how it looks?
What would you change if you could?
Hey Decor Friend,
Have you noticed that most pictures on the internet and catalogues consist of rooms with more then one type of wood tone? Dark is always paired with light. Grey and white seem to have become wood BFF’s. Maybe you have inheritated or purchased pieces along the way that do “match”.
Well the good news is matchy-matchy furniture has gone by the wayside.
If the lack of visual cohesion drives you a little batty and you wonder why your room is just not coming together, consider these fews tips when mixing wood tones.
There you have it! Now you can mix your wood tones like a pro.
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Hey Decor Friends,
Today I wanted to send you a quick, do this over the weekend, kind of design tip. Let’s talk about collections, and how you can harness the power of grouping like items together.
Let’s start with a bookcase. Do you have one in your home ? Well, one of the fastest and most design savvy tricks are to group like items together such as books. Let’s say you have a book shelf and a pile of books sitting on the floor, you can make your shelves look styled. Make your books work for you as decor. Group the colors of the spines together. Keep all the red spines together, green ect. Line them up on your shelf, or break them up by placing some of the groupings together vertically and horizontally. If you have a mismatched pile of books, consider flipping the books around and have the page side out. This also creates a visual grouping as the color of the pages become the unifying factor.
You can apply this type of design principle to really any collection. In your kitchen, if you collect plates or baskets, consider hanging the baskets on the wall- all together, not separately. A large collection is much more visually appealing and adds fantastic decor points.
Are you a collector of plates? Consider grouping those together in a glass door cabinet. Again, group them according to color. What a fantastic display you will have that can add color, texture, and shape while telling the story of something that you love.
Get the idea?
Hello Decor Friend,
I hope you have had a fabulous week. Today as promised we are chatting about window covering options. Have you every looked at a bare window and thought, it needed a little dressing up, or maybe you look at a wall and can’t see the window, or the light is blocked because of the adorning window coverings. Yup those are the errors we are going to try to avoid, so let’s get started shall we.
Window coverings can be divvied up into two groups, hard and soft coverings. Both can provide functional and stylish options.
Hard window coverings, think blinds and shutters. They have a very distinct horizontal line to them. Wide, narrow, wood, plastic, metal these options can make for a great quick, inexpensive window covering. Something you will have to consider with these options is deciding if you want an Inside or outside mount. This is all about personal preference. Inside mounts ensures that the frame of the window is seen at all times. If a window frame has decorative touch’s you will want to insure you have an inside mount. If the frames need some TLC or you don’t like them for whatever reason, an outside mount may be the option you want.
Often with blinds and shutters there is a functional tie, string, pole, pulley that is needed to use the covering. That may be a consideration when thinking if a hard window style is right for you.
Soft window coverings- think draperies and roman shades. Any window covering that is made of fabric would fall into this category. Again soft window coverings can
be functional and decorative.
***Designer Tip ***
Adding black out liner to any fabric drapery can address light control and privacy concerns.
A couple thoughts on draperies.
Use the height of the room to your advantage when hanging drapery. You will make your space look and feel larger if you hang your drapery higher than the window frame. Hanging drapery too low can “squash” your room and make it feel shorter and tighter. One of the biggest errors I see in home decor are drapes that are not long enough. You want your drapes to kiss the floor, not fly above the floor. A puddled look is another option, but from one decor friend to another- make sure your drapes are long enough!
Second consideration, when you are planning for a drapery you need to answer the function vs decorative question. If they are purely decorative one regular sized drapery panel will do as they will remain stationary, but the second window dressing mistake I encounter is that if the drapes need to function for privacy or light control you will most likely need double the fullness of one panel.At least one fullness. Again, nothing says DIY gone wrong when you try to close your drapes and they have the “gap”. No gaps, friends, no gaps.
Consider me your cyber decorating BFF. Together we will navigate the in’s and outs of the drapery world. Would love to see the drapery you have in your homes.
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Hey Decor Friends,
Today we are talking about all things windows. Do you prefer your windows dressed or au naturel?
Do you prefer drapes, blinds, shades, tab top, grommets or rings? Does thinking about window dressing make you want to click off this page? HOLD ON…don’t click away.
When you think about your windows focus on one room. That room will dictate what type of window covering you need.
Ask yourself this question.
~Do my window coverings need to serve a functional purpose? Privacy and light control are the main functional considerations.
If the answer is yes, address your functional considerations first, then move on to the decorative considerations.
For example, a bedroom. Functionally you need privacy, so figure out what type of privacy window styles you like and your wallet likes. Having “made to measure” blinds, shades, or shutters make a window look and feel dressed. From one friend to another, there is nothing that says “DIY gone wrong” then the wrong sized blind is hung in a window. Drapery can also be functional too. Don’t get stuck into the thinking your privacy solutions need to be horizontal, as in blinds and shutters.
After you have decided the functional component, tackle the decorative challenge if you want to add this layer. Purchasing ready made drapes, and drapery hardware can be found at all price points and from many different retailers in your area. Custom is always an option too, but again, make sure your wallet and your decorative plan are in sync.
So now that you have decided if your windows need to be treated for functional and or decorative use, you can start thinking about what type of covering you want. Stay tuned as next week we will chat about the pro’s and con’s of popular window treatments.
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Don’t despair friends.. you can make decor trends work for you! Here are a couple suggestions.
Today, blush is a very trendy color. If you love it and want to bring it into your space try purchasing small inexpensive items that has the color blush. Think tea towels, a vase, fresh flowers.
In the summer season, bamboo shows itself big time. Consider adding this seasonal favorite by purchasing a lantern that can sit outside, on your porch, or kitchen table. A basket or a picture frame can add bamboo to any space.
Before you go and change out your hardware, since rose gold and brass are making a fierce comeback, consider adding this metal by spray painting your existing handles in your powder room or laundry room. This way you can enjoy the trend and change it up when these brilliant sheens fade away.
Do you enjoy the look of painted tile? Before investing time, effort and money, consider stenciling a pattern in a small tiled space in your home. You will achieve the look you want without wallet commitment.
Decor friends, I love to keep up with the trends. How many of us are now the proud owners of succulents, and gardeners to the fiddle leaf head plant? Invest in pieces wisely and your home can remain stylish and current without have trend phobia.
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Hello Decor Friends,
Wallpaper, does it scare you, does it thrill you? Wallpaper has come a long way and it is slowly coming back into decor graces. Wall coverings are one of the easiest ways to add instant interest to any space. Here are some quick wall covering facts and lingo to help you decide if investing your time and money in a wall covering is right for you.
So you decided to take the wall covering plunge. Here are some tips for hanging it yourself.
Self-adhesive wallpaper is the easiest option, because you simply peel the backing off and stick the paper in place without needing paste, water or activator. Pre-pasted treatments are also fairly easy, since they are pre-coated with adhesive and just require water to activate it.
After you pick out your adhesive type, you'll want to be sure you have enough wall material. Standard home wallpaper rolls measure approximately 11 yards in length and 20.5 inches in width. Wide width rolls are the same length but measure 27 inches in width. Be sure to measure your space carefully to calculate the number of rolls you’ll need to cover your desired space, then add one extra roll just in case.
As you start to apply it, be sure the first piece is straight —will make for an exciting experience if not!
A question I always get is is wallpaper easily removable?
Most pre-pasted and self-adhesive wallpapers are strippable or peel able with water. Non-pasted papers are not easy, so make sure you love it before you commit.
There you have it decor friends.
I would love to see any pictures of any wall coverings you have in your home.
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Hey Decor Friends,
When it comes to our homes, what we like, how our spaces feel can be attributed to the textures and the combinations of the textures we chose to use in our space.
For example, my favorite method of adding texture to my home is through my accessories. I like to have a very neutral backdrop, by way of my furniture and walls. How I add personality and visual interest is by adding pops of color and texture through pillows, wall accessories, fresh florals etc.
When you think texture, don’t get stuck on fabric. Fabric is a huge player in the role of bringing texture into you space, but it is not the only way.
Meet my 5 go-to texture power players.
Baskets- Not only can they be decorative and functional, but can add fabulous texture to your room.
Metal- Use any framed art, kitchen accessories, outdoor planters that can add some metal to your surroundings.
Burlap- is another very trendy fabric that is being used on everything from picture frames to table runners to pillows. Burlap can come in all different shades of neutrals, and also can come in a variety of coarseness.
Glass- a fabulous texture creating element. Think colored glass, etched glass, sea glass..Mirrors with framed or raw edges not only create additional surfaces for light, but also add interest simply by the reflection and contrast of smooth glass next to a different textural frame.
Wood - fabulous and a versatile decor material that has so many variations that add texture to any space. The raw edge wood look is right trendy today, painted wood, white washed wood, dark, light and everything in between. Wood is one of my decor powerhouses.
There you have it. My top 5 go-to texture creating decor powerplayers.
Tell me, which textural players do you have in your home?
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Hey Decor Friend,
While many of us are in full on summer living mode, and my Canadian peeps are counting down the days, I thought I would share with you my “must have’s” for hosting overnight guests here at Casa Croft.
Are there any tips you have about hosting overnight guests? I would love to know.
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