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Secrets to a Luxe Look on Any Budget

If you crave the easy elegance of a luxurious abode, but your budget reality is more Target than Restoration Hardware, you’ve come to the right place! From symmetry and understated color palettes to linen on everything, these designer go-tos and insider tricks will make your house look luxurious, no matter your budget.

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Chambers + Chambers Architects

Your first step is to streamline the color palette. Luxurious homes, while sometimes bursting with color, are more often than not odes to layered neutrals. Think rich browns, cool grays, sandy beige, and crisp white. One trick, if you’re having trouble winnowing down the color palette of a particular room, is to pull out your phone camera and snap a few pictures — viewing photos of your space can help give you some perspective. Notice which colors jump out at you first, and then take a moment to actually count the number of hues you can spot in the photo of your room. If it’s more than three (not counting neutrals like gray and beige) you probably have some editing to do!

With the color palette in hand, bring your focus to how your furniture and decor is arranged — generally the more symmetry you can introduce into your room, the more formal (and luxurious)  it will feel. Try facing your sofas or armchairs towards one another, place a pair of topiaries or potted plants on either side of the mantle, or identical lamps at each end of the sofa.

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Chambers + Chambers Architects

Often, simply rearranging what you already own is enough to bring a completely different feeling into your space. For example: pull some gorgeous coffee table books off the shelf (where you rarely notice them) and place them in stacks on a round table, or on the coffee table. Then place a vase in the center. Ta-da, you’ve just created a luxe looking vignette!

If you’re still working through the color palette and find you still have too many competing hues in one space, consider having some of your existing furniture re-upholstered in neutral fabric. The cost can be less than purchasing new furniture, and this one change can completely transform your space.

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My Domaine

Another element that can have a massive impact on how luxe your room feels is what’s underfoot. Go for something big — the bigger the better — and in a soft, neutral hue. Too often I see rooms with rugs that are too small for the space, but I understand why: big rugs are expensive … at least, a lot of the time they are! I took the liberty of tracking down four chic options that all come in large sizes (8 by 10 and up) for less than $500:

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Luxe rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Nourison Enhance in Ivory; Safavieh Cedar Brook in Navy and White; Jaipur Rugs Natural Lucia Marvy in Natural Beige; Safavieh Chatham in Gray and Ivory.

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

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea: A Sanctuary for Mom

Lovingly made macaroni necklaces, breakfast in bed, bouquets of flowers, a locket filled with treasured photos: these gifts from the heart are all sure to be well received on Mother’s Day. But every once in a while — when she’s had an especially trying year, for example — it feels good to go above-and-beyond for mom… and you can’t go much more above-and-beyond than a home makeover! From a party-ready patio where she can sip wine with her friends, to a solo spa-like bath retreat, read on for giftable home makeover ideas to suit every budget (and every mom).

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Quiet retreat. Moms who love nothing more than a quiet afternoon curled up with a good book would certainly appreciate a cozy place to do just that. Upgrade her space with a comfy place to sit, a soft throw blanket, a subscription to a new-to-her magazine or a stack of books tied up in ribbon, a lovely mug and selection of great coffee and tea.

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Patio. For the mom who loves hanging out with her girlfriends, what could be better than a spruced-up, party-ready patio? Use her existing patio furniture, but give the space an upgrade with outdoor curtains, hanging lanterns, plenty of candles, and exotic textiles. Round things off with a bottle or two of her favorite wine, and a colorful outdoor rug.

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Domino

Glammed-up closet. Getting ready for the day doesn’t have to be a wild goose chase: make it a pleasurable experience for mom by injecting her closet and dressing area with glamorous details and smart storage. Add removable wallpaper to one wall for a budget-friendly (yet high-impact) focal point, swap out jumbled hangers for a full matching set, and add a pretty perch where she can sit to put on shoes.

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Emily Griffin Design

Craft room. If mom loves to craft, give her a space that will fuel her inspiration and keep her organized, too. A table with built-in storage paired with comfy stools makes a great workspace for all sorts of projects. Bring some style to the space with a bold painted or wallpapered wall, fresh flowers, and new lighting.

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Spa-like bath. Even if you’re not going for a full-fledged bathroom remodel, there are still plenty of ways to give mom a spa-like experience at home. Think high-end bath products, lovely shower curtains, new artwork, a rug, a pretty little stool, and a vase of fresh roses by the sink. To top things off, why not treat mom to six months of a weekly cleaning service, if she doesn’t already have one?

Final tips: To be sure she loves the end result, consider printing out inspiration photos and wrapping them up with a note that you will treat her to transform the space of her choice. Working on the project together may end up being the most fun part of the gift!

Mom-worthy rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Irina in Red; Jaipur Rugs Ceres Eris in Gray, Silver, Blue and Pink; Kaleen Relic in Gray, Ivory and Pink; Kaleen Relic in Pink, Hot Pink and Rosewood.

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

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How to Get Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern farmhouse style marries the crisp color palette and clean lines of modern design with the warmth and character of rustic, vintage finds and materials. Read on for ways to bring this popular style into your home, no matter where you live.

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Simple color palette. Sticking with a super-simple base color palette of black, white, and natural wood is a great way to lay a strong foundation for your modern farmhouse look. In the kitchen, think of doing white subway tiles, white cabinets, and wood floors. If you are renting (or just not in the market for a major remodel) work with what you’ve got by adding reclaimed wood shelves, black industrial sconces, and black or rubbed bronze knobs and drawer pulls. Warm up the look with a cozy rug on the floor in spice tones or classic farmhouse stripes.

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White shiplap. Adding crisp white shiplap to your walls is a wonderful way to bring a fresh, modern farmhouse look to a newer build. Hang a few small original paintings or framed prints of landscapes, and consider a modern riff on antique milking stools with updated, paint-dipped versions.

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Barn doors. Who can resist a great barn door? Try replacing the door to your pantry with a set of charming barn doors (as shown here) for a completely new look. Barn doors are great in small spaces where clearance for a regular door swing is tight — but do measure carefully, as you’ll need enough room on either side of the door frame for the barn door hardware. If you’re handy, this is a doable DIY project, and the options are limitless.

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Utilitarian fixtures and reclaimed wood. Farmhouse style is about no-frills, functional designs that have stood the test of time — think of farmhouse sinks, barn-style light fixtures, and rustic reclaimed wood. In the bathroom shown here, reclaimed wood covers the ceiling for a rustic look, while crisp shiplap wainscoting and black barn lights keep things streamlined and simple.

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Modern farmhouse rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Momeni Veranda Rug in Lemon; Safavieh Natural Fiber Rug; Surya Farmhouse Stripes Rug in Tan, Salmon, Brick and White; Karastan Panel Kirman Rug in Red.

Photos: Kristina Crestin Design via Rue

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

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Refresh Your Home for Spring

After a long, gray winter, it feels good to finally look forward to the lengthening days, fresh flowers, and cheerier spirits of spring. As soon as the first hint of spring peeks its head up in the garden, I like to begin making little changes around my home to reflect the new season. This can be as simple as scooping up a big bunch of fresh cut flowers at the market to plunk into tiny bud vases or pretty water glasses…or as ambitious as painting and wallpapering!

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Spring color inspiration: In spring, we can draw inspiration from the new shoots, pale blue sky, and blossoming trees for a palette of mint, aqua, sky blue, sunny yellow, and petal pink. If you’re a bit of a color-phobe, dip your toes into this spring palette by placing a few fresh, cheerful accents against a backdrop of white walls and pale floors. For a spring party, try hanging blooms in all shades of pink from a ladder (or from the rafters), and layer the table with linens and glassware in watery blues and greens.

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VT Wonen

Spring project ideas:

  • Put wallpaper scraps or pretty gift wrap to use by framing pieces with lattice from the home improvement store. Alternatively, pop your favorite sample into a picture frame and hang it on the wall.
  • Give a basic bulletin board a fresh look by painting the cork minty green. For contrast, give the frame a coat or two of metallic or glossy white paint.

  • Keep an eye out for pretty packaging, and use it to plant spring bulbs. Imported tea and cookie tins are some of my favorites!

  • Change up the art around your house, swapping out artwork that feels too wintry for something bold, fresh, and fun, like a graphic poster.

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Decorate with Flowers

Enhance your workspace: Get motivated and inspired by giving your workspace a spring refresh, too. A small vase of cut flowers on your desk, a few bits of inspiration taped to the wall at eye level, and a cup full of freshly sharpened pencils will get your Monday morning started on the right note. If you’re looking to make more of a change, consider recovering a boring office chair with a fun, floral fabric; or roll out a vibrant area rug under your desk. And don’t forget to take plenty of breaks to get outside and smell the spring blooms!

Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Coastal Lagoon Palm Breezy in yellow and white; Nourison Waverly Sun and Shade in Seaglass; Dalyn Torino Ombre in teal; Surya Aberdine in teal, charcoal, light gray and lime.

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

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