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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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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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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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Boost Happiness With The Right Color In Your Home

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From fiery, hot-tempered red to cool, soothing blue, colors can elicit strong reactions, both positive and negative. By tapping into the power of color psychology (and by noticing how you respond to color) you can create a home that plays up the positive and leaves negativity at the door.

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Red, orange, and yellow are warming, social hues, making them a good choice for areas of the home where you like to gather with friends and family.

Red is the color of passion, action, and anger, so it’s no wonder many folks have a love-it or hate-it reaction to red! Reds with a bit of brown in them are usually perceived as more mellow, while a bright, clear red is fresh and modern.

Orange is the color of optimism, happiness, and social communication, making it a wonderful hue for a living room. Rich saffron feels warm and exotic, while a bright tangerine hue is youthful and fun.

Yellow is the color of joy, cheerfulness, and mental stimulation. This hue can make a delightful accent in any social space or study, but remember, a little goes a long way!

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Green and blue are cool, relaxing hues ideal for spaces where you want to encourage rest and relaxation.

Green is the color of growth, freshness, and harmony, and tends to make people feel safe and secure. A soft green can make a calming choice for a nursery, while a deeper forest green would be ideal in a cozy library.

Blue is the color of sea and sky, and just being around this hue can have a calming effect. Blue represents truth, trust, wisdom, and stability. It’s lovely in the bedroom and bath, but intensely saturated blues can also hold their own in a living or dining room.

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With a bit of blue and a bit of red, purple is something of a mysterious color. This hue has long been associated with royalty, and still conveys feelings of wealth and abundance. But it’s also a spiritual color, and can represent the imagination. Try using purple in the bedroom for a serene escape.

Overdyed rugs have deeply saturated hues that can completely transform a space – try one in a hue that makes you happy!

Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Louis de Poortere Fading World rug in Pink and Light Burgundy; Surya Hathaway rug  in Rust; Oriental Weavers Revival rug in Purple and Gray; Artistic Weavers Elegant Maya rug in Green and Teal.

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

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Richly Colored Rooms Done Right

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I’m really feeling jewel toned colors right now, especially on walls and especially when done just right. Once upon a time I lived in a house with a navy blue guest room that was one of my favorite spaces I’ve ever designed. The perfect navy offers darkness, but also warmth. It feels luxe and cozy and welcoming, and the bathroom above nails it.

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But no one says bold, rich color needs to be relegated to walls alone. This living space daringly pairs unexpected mauve toned walls with rusty, velvet furniture and it looks amazing! The things that hold it all together are those you might not even notice – the neutral rug, white frames, and baseboard.

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This bathroom is the stuff dreams are made of, at least my dreams. If these luxurious hand-glazed tiles blanketed my bath you’d never get me out! The various green tones cover not only the floor, but also the tub itself and the walls. There are only two words to describe it – ALL IN.

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A guest room with a relaxing turquoise wall color is the perfect retreat, not only for guests but for you! All off those neutral colored pieces of art, along with the natural wood floor, help balance things out. And let’s not forget rugs…they can be downright bold in their own right when it comes to adding a big ol’ pop of color to any space.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Fashion Translation: Incorporating Denim-Inspired Rugs into Your Home

It’s a well-established fact that anything blue is trending right now. From shades of pale blue to rich navy, these inky hues are everywhere, especially in the home decor world. The look can quickly cross over into preppy style territory, so my favorite way to incorporate this trend into my home is by pulling inspiration from a true fashion staple: my favorite pair of jeans!

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Image credit: J.Crew via Fashion Gone Rogue.

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These denim-inspired rugs are the perfect way to embrace the blue trend in your home, while also maintaining a laid back, casual vibe. There are many opportunities for patterns in this look, as well. A simple geometric stripe or skinny stripe takes the blue rug to a totally different place, one that’s perfect for a kitchen or sunroom. Similarly, an ornate overdyed rug provides the perfect foundation for a mature master bedroom. When shopping for this trend, look for striations in color, rather than solid fields of blue. This simple tip will keep your look looking more boho than preppy!

A few favorites (from top to bottom, left to right):

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Amadeo rug

Dalyn Torino ombre rug

Surya Trenza rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores stripe rug

Surya denim rug

Jaipur Rugs Britta rug

Safavieh Himalaya rug

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

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