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Fashion Translation: Neutrals with a Twist

Apologies if this post feels a bit retro again, but I just can’t help myself! This season, it feels like vintage hues are here to stay, not to mention pulled-from-the-’70s style inspiration. Right now, I find myself drawn to the colors: burnt orange, terracotta, olive drab, shades of khaki and taupe. When combined, I feel like these tones are harmonious in an unexpected version of neutrals.

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I simply find myself tiring of deep, dark, rich tones — instead, I’m craving neutrals that can be mixed and match. No longer do I want simply white and black. Rather, this season I’m all about shades of ivory as my new base color. From there, I pile on additional washed out hues. Even my pop colors feel neutral. Plus, how special is this bluish shade of grey? For me, that really tips the color palette into new territory.

 

Shopping Guide:

Surya Candice Olson Modern Classics rug

Nourison Marina Persimmon rug

Milliken Mix and Mingle Cloud Break rug

Couristan Moonwalk Roswell rug

Oriental Weavers Brentwood rug

Surya Rhapsody rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Tides rug

Milliken Mix and Mingle Urban Order rug

Loloi Rugs Orian Shag rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Liven Up Your Foyer

Your entryway may seem like an easy room to overlook when it comes to decor, but it’s the first impression for your guests upon entering your home. Think about what you see when opening your door. Are there mismatched shoes scattered about? Purse on the floor? A stack of old mail? Can’t find your keys? Don’t fret! We’re here to help. Getting the wow factor in your foyer can be easy if you follow these few helpful tips. You’ll be a pro in no time.

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Tip 1. Declutter

The easiest way to see the light at the end of the tunnel is to clear the area. Remove the shoes, and recycle those catalogs from last fall. And hey look! We found your keys! Now, do a little dance because this was the hardest part.

Tip 2. Add Storage

The entryway might be one of the smallest spaces in your home, but let’s think about how you can add seating and storage. Even if your entry is a simple wall, add a bench or slim console with baskets below to act as cubbies. Suddenly you have storage and can stash all those cute shoes.

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Tip 3. Lighting

I don’t know about you, but half the time I enter my home, it’s dark. A task lamp on the console or brass sconce near the bench will not only make the space look cozier, but no more fumbling around for a light switch. Practical meets pretty.

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Tip 4. Hooks and Trays

Above the bench, add a few hooks for keys, leashes, hats, and coats. Do you rent and can’t put holes in the walls? No worries, add a small tray to the console to catch those keys and a coat rack for the rest. Neat and tidy.

Tip 5. Make It Bigger!!!

The easiest way to make a small space look bigger is by adding a mirror. Hang or prop a medium to large mirror against the wall.

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Tip 6. Add Some Personality

This hardworking space is really coming along, but how do you add a bit of your personality? Easy. Let’s think rugs…a runner specifically. By adding a pretty rug, you not only create a solid foundation to introduce the space, but you add pattern and color as well. Be sure to look for a multi-purpose rug that is perfect for indoor and outdoor use for better wear and tear.

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SHOPPING GUIDE

ONE: Surya – Picnic

TWO: Momeni – Baja

THREE: Surya – Storm

FOUR: Safavieh – Amherst

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House of Hipsters!

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How to Style a Kitchen You’ll Love to Spend Time In

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We use our kitchens for so much – cooking quick weeknight dinners, sure, but also hanging out with our little ones, catching up with friends, surfing the internet, and perhaps even working from home. Why not add a few special details that will make hanging out in the kitchen more fun? In fact, with a few styling tricks, you can quickly transform your kitchen into a super comfy hangout zone you and your guests will love spending time in.

An easy styling formula for the kitchen includes 3 things: color, texture, and life. As in, colorful rugs and tea towels, texture from handmade pottery and smooth wooden boards, and life from fresh flowers and potted plants. These simple additions will bring lots of personality to your space!

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If you own your home, adding a splash of color in the form of patterned tile on the floors, or a vibrant trim color (as shown here) can bring a white kitchen to life. If you rent, you can get the look by focusing on the details: a colorful blue espresso pot and kitchen towels, textural woven baskets, and fresh greenery in the form of potted rosemary plants lining the window.

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Also think about how your kitchen basics are organized – I love the clean, natural look of simple glass jars for storage. They are easy to use, and look chic lined up on open shelving. Mix in a few little house plants or pots of herbs in with the objects on your open shelves, letting the foliage trail over the edge of the shelves for a relaxed, bohemian vibe.

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Photo Credits: Domino Magazine, Practising Simplicity, Amber Interiors

A happy jumble of layered textiles, comfy seating, well-used pots and pans, and fresh linens makes for a welcoming space you will be happy to come home to.

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Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange 2. Rugs Direct Gallery Kashkoli Kilim rug in camel 3. Jaipur Rugs Urban Bungalow rug in white & butter.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Fashion Translation: Just a Bit Retro

Fashion is cyclical, right? What’s old becomes new again and vice versa. Sometimes it feels like I’ve just put away my high-waisted flared jeans when they are about come back. One style that feels like it’s recently reemerged in multiple variations is the retro ’70s vibe. We know this look well: satin baseball jackets, ringer tees, high waisted denim, embroidered patches… I could go on and on and on.

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If there’s one color that stands out in my mind as being totally on trend for this evolution of retro style, it would be tangerine orange. Actually, all shades of orange feel on-trend to me when it comes to this style, but I’m loving how fresh and new tangerine feels. Maybe it’s thanks to the doldrums of winter? Either way, I’m loving it and definitely plan to incorporate more of this happy hue into both my home and wardrobe.

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I also love the secondary colors that this shade of orange is paired with: pale pink, lavender and navy blue being my absolute favorites. The feeling of these rugs is a bit boho and found-in-a-faraway-flea-market, don’t you think?

Shopping Guide:

Surya Banshee rug

Jaipur Rugs pendant rug

Jaipur Rugs Preston rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Tides rug

Surya Banshee rug – my personal favorite!

Surya Gemini rug

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Caesar rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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