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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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The Most Popular Interiors of 2015

Another fantastic year is coming to an end but not before we do a round-up of some of the most popular interiors of 2015 according to you — our followers. We scoured our Pinterest page and found 15 of the most pinned interiors of the year.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Neutral and Indigo Living Room
Neutral + Indigo Living Room | Amber Interiors

Moody Corner
Moody Corner Space | Design*Sponge

Cozy Bedroom
Cozy Loft Bedroom | Derek Swalwell

Natural Light
Natural Lit Hangout | Tumblr

Colorful Shelving
White with a Bit of Color | Not Just a Housewife

Neutral Living Room
Patterns and Texture | The Everygirl

Colorful Entry
Colorful Entryway | C Magazine

Nook
Libary Nook | Houzz

Pops of Orange
Bright Accents | Pelle Lundquist

Overdyed Rug
Overdyed Statement Piece | Studio McGee

Cozy Living Room
Contemporary Symmetry | Design Rulz

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Metal + Wood + Color | Emily Henderson

Outdoor Space
Cozy + Stylish Outdoor Space | Blackbird

Bathroom
Bathroom with Style | Dwell

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The Most Popular Interiors of 2014

With the new year on its way, we wanted to take a look back at some of the most popular interiors of 2014 according to you — our followers. We scoured our Pinterest page and found 15 of the most pinned interiors of the year. Enjoy!

Patterns

Via: Style at Home

Colorful Kitchen

Via: A Lovely Lark

black and white

Via: Modernisti Kodikas

Colorful Entry

Via: Design Mom

Minimal Kitchen

Via: Nordic Days

Yellow Bedroom

Via: Quintessence

Eclectic

Via: Design*Sponge

Blue Rug

Via: Emily Henderson

Southwest Entry

Via: Bowerhouse

Serene Living Room

Via: Lonny

Suzani Bedroom

Via: Carla Aston

Living Room

Via: designlovefest

Script Rug

Via: Decorated Life

Neutral Living Room

Via: Delight By Design

Kitchen

Via: Domino

Which room is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Budget Friendly Rug Tips

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Craving a fresh start in your space? Consider looking at the floor first. What’s underfoot can make a big impact on how your entire space looks and feels. Of course, shopping for rugs on a tight budget can seem like a daunting prospect; but that’s where this mini-guide comes in! All of the rugs featured in this post cost under $200 for at least a 5-by-7 foot size, and often much bigger.

The dining room, with the inevitable dinnertime spills, is a great place to choose a budget rug! And since this tends to be a less-frequently used room, why not try something a little bit different? The striking red tile print rug in the square shape shown here would look amazing in a square dining room, with a round table. For a rectangular dining room, go with a rectangular rug and rectangular or oval table.

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In the bedroom, seek out something lush and soft, like the ikat-inspired rug shown here. Soothing shades of gray, blue, lavender, and cream are restful, so save the more lively colors for social spaces like the living and dining rooms. Room-size rugs look great in the bedroom, and give you the maximum softness underfoot, so get the biggest possible size that fits your space. The one shown here is only $199.50 for a 7-foot 10-inch by 10-foot rug!

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Speaking of social spaces, either the black and beige zigzag rug or black and beige tile print rug would make a fun, graphic statement in a modern or glam living room. For a fun pop of color, try using this sky blue rug beneath white and light wood furniture for a fresh, simple look. Or, for a more classic vibe, pair this elegant charcoal and ivory rug with traditional dark wood furniture. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a classic natural fiber rug which can be used alone or layered beneath a more colorful rug.

Which rug is your favorite? Share your pick in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: Safavieh Courtyard rug in RedSafavieh Courtyard rug in black and beige zigzagSafavieh Courtyard rug in black and beigeAmer Rugs Zara in sky blueOriental Weavers Brentwood rugOriental Weavers Brentwood rug in charcoal and ivoryCouristan Nature’s Elements rug in bleached sand;

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