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5 Heartfelt Touches for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Growing up, my grandfather always made a point of surprising me and my mom with cards, flowers, and raspberry pastries from our favorite bakery on Valentine’s Day morning, so I still associate this holiday more with family and love in general than romantic dinners. So whether you are planning something special for your sweetie, or want to celebrate with friends (or your kids!) here are 5 great ideas to make the day special.

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1. Breakfast in bed. Who can resist a special tray of sweet treats and freshly brewed coffee enjoyed propped up in a comfy bed? Bring a bit of extra sweetness in by adorning your bedside with a vase of flowers, and swapping out your usual pillow cases for dusky pink versions.

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2. Light it up. If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day party, the quickest way to create a festive, romantic atmosphere is by boosting the mood lighting. Wrap a pillar in strands of twinkle lights or drape them across the ceiling, and load up on candles. For a really special smile booth worthy prop, consider tracking down a great big light-up heart, which can double as decor long after the holiday.

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3. Get creative with flowers. Tired of the same-old same-old red rose bouquets? Try something unexpected and crafty instead by hanging single stems of flowers from the ceiling using fishing line. Hung above a self-serve bar, it looks like a modern art installation!

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4. Set a special table. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner for two, or a sweet school day breakfast, taking the time to pull out the “fancy” dishes and fold the napkins into hearts is all it takes to set the meal apart.

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5. Get crafty. If you’re searching for a Valentine’s Day craft project that won’t get tossed after V-day, I suggest this embroidery hoop project from The Nester. Simply fill embroidery hoops of various sizes (available at any craft store) with linen fabric, and embellish with sequins, embroidery thread, pom poms, or any other fun supplies you happen to have on hand.

And of course, to set the mood, wouldn’t it be fun to roll out a super-soft pink rug underfoot? I would love to use any of these options in the dining room for a Valentine’s Day dinner party:

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Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Safavieh Vision in pink; Artistic Weavers Madeline Rosey in brown and pink; Safavieh Valencia in pink; Jaipur Rugs Ceres Eris in grey, silver, blue and pink.

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

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Color Trends for Spring 2017

Hey everyone! We are Megan and Dawn, from E. Interiors and we are thrilled to be here, blogging today. We are a mother/daughter interior design team from both California and Arizona. Today we wanted to highlight the color trends we are seeing for Spring 2017 and bring you some inspiration for your space!

When it comes to sourcing and selecting rugs for a clients room, we focus on choosing the color scheme first. Once this decision is made, we move right to the rug as it sets the tone for the entire room and then we move on from there. It’s a lot harder to decorate a room and then try and find a rug to fit everything else you have going on – it’s better to start with the rug and then let everything fall into place from there.

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This spring, according to Pantone, we are looking at bright blues and oranges and pinks with greens and lighter yellows. And then we have pale pink and tan mixed in there as well. We love a pop of color, so we aren’t complaining.

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As you get the itch to spring clean and start fresh, keep these colors in mind and switch out your rug for a whole new look. Add a punch of color to brighten and liven up your space, you won’t regret it!

We are loving all of these selections and hope this helps you with your next design project.
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New Year Clutter Clearing Tips

The new year feels like a natural time to make a fresh start: and what better way than by finally letting go of some of the clutter that has been building up in your home over the past year? Read on for 5 ways to begin a new year’s purge. Out with the old, and in with the new!

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Photo: Beth Kirby of Local Milk for Remodelista

1. Create a peaceful bedroom haven. The bedroom is where we go to rest and recharge, so I find that this is the best place to begin. Remove everything here that distracts from the primary purpose of deep, restful sleep, and especially anything work-related! Get back to the basics with a nice set of bedding, a cozy rug underfoot, a good lamp, and perhaps a scented candle and vase of flowers at your bedside. Donate tired old bedding, and store the rest neatly by tucking each set of sheets inside one of the pillow cases.

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Photo: Beth Kirby of Local Milk for Remodelista

2. Simplify the bath for a spa-like feel. A jumble of half-used products (most of which you don’t really like) makes the bathroom feel cramped, and makes it harder to keep things neat and clean. Toss (recycling if possible) any bath or beauty products you do not use or like, and give the space a thorough cleaning before placing only your favorite products back. In the long run, it’s actually less expensive (and far more pleasurable!) to treat yourself to a few high quality products you love, rather than a host of less expensive lotions and potions that don’t live up to their promise.

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Photo: Reading My Tea Leaves

3. Reduce paper. Of all the pieces of the clutter clearing puzzle, handling paper tends to be our least favorite task, so brew yourself a big cup of coffee or a strong mug of tea, and put on some encouraging music as you tackle that paper pile! Take yourself off of catalog mailing lists, shred and recycle old documents you no longer need, and set up a simple system to keep up with incoming paper. And when it comes to bills and other paperwork, opt for the digital option whenever possible to cut down on physical papers to file.

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4. Edit your book collection. As a major book lover, I have come to the realization that the act of choosing and reading a new book is one of my life’s greatest pleasures. I’ve also come to realize that I do not need to keep every book I buy forever! Instead, I aim to keep up a personally curated library of favorites by regularly editing my book collection. If you are a big reader, doing a big book clear-out is a great way to start the new year. Take your boxes of no-longer wanted books to your local used bookshop to sell, or donate them to a local charity.

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Photo: Beth Kirby of Local Milk for Remodelista

5. Clear out the kitchen. As one of the most often used spaces in the home, it is important to keep the kitchen well organized and running smoothly. Unfortunately, because it’s one of the most-used spaces, that also tends to mean it gets out of hand the quickest! Open up all of those cupboards, and pare back to the essentials (whatever that word means for you and your family), removing the obvious junk (freebie plastic cups, Tupperware without lids) and bizarre kitchen tools you never use. If you like to have lots of extras on hand for entertaining, consider storing them neatly in a single bin, somewhere other than the kitchen. We keep a box of extra wine glasses and silverware (the things we always seem to run short on at parties) in the upstairs hall closet.

Once you’ve finished clearing clutter, you may feel the urge to bring in something new to refresh your space – but instead of getting something that will only re-clutter your home, aim to choose something that is beautiful, but also practical. After clearing your bedroom, for example, if you notice that your old bedside rug has seen better days, you might want to replace it with a new version (which won’t add to your home’s clutter as long as you remove the old rug first).

I have my eye on these beauties, made from sari silk, any of which would feel luxurious in a bedroom:Sari silk rugs
Rug shopping guide (Clockwise from top left): 1. Loloi Rugs Giselle in Fiesta 2. Feizy Rugs Sattika in Crimson 3. Feizy Rugs Sattika in Meadow 4. Feizy Rugs Arushi in Purple.

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

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8 Ways to Update Your Kitchen on the Cheap

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If you’re anything like me, you spend more time in your kitchen during winter than any other season. So many cookies to bake, soups to simmer, and so on! And if your get togethers are anything like the ones at my place, the kitchen tends to be the epicenter, so why not give it a little spruce up? Check out these eight tips that are either completely free or inexpensive.

Update the hardware. Swap out that builder’s grade brushed nickel for something that pops! My favorites are blacks, brasses, and gold. This change out can give the entire room a fresh look.

Replace or refinish cabinet doors. Sand down and repaint your current ones or replace entirely for something new. Don’t forget about glass inserts, different finishes, or removing them all together for some open shelving.

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Keep it light. You’ll maybe notice that these four kitchens have one thing in common – white cabinets and walls or tile. That’s because white opens up a space immensely, making people wonder when did you renovate your kitchen?

Replace small decor. A new fruit bowl or basket, some new hooks on the wall to hang dish towels on, a few pots of herbs on the windowsill. Little things like this add up to make a world of difference, making your kitchen feel fresher than it has in years!

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Add art. I’m always surprised at how many people think art in the kitchen isn’t necessary. Hang one large piece on an empty wall at the very least, or opt for a grouping of smaller frames. In my last home I didn’t have a lot of wall space to dedicate, so I hung smaller pieces on my backsplash.

Hide small appliances. Clutter can make a space feel messy, which is the opposite of what most people are going for aesthetically. If you have the space tuck away small appliances like your toaster and coffee pot and only pull them out to use.

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Change up the window treatments. If your kitchen is dark go with white sheers to let in as much light as possible. Prying neighbors? Maybe consider a Roman blind that can be raised and lowered when need be.

Update the lighting. Change the look and mood of a space in an instant with lighting, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Visit thrift stores or Ikea to find something unexpected and unique.

One other way to update your kitchen is to add or swap any floor rugs. Add a new pattern or color to the mix!

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

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