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Creative At Home Bars

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A proper bar is something every home should have. They look lovely and it’s so nice to be able to offer guests – or yourself – a little tipple upon walking in the front door. Bar carts have been hot for a few years now, but what if you want something a little more outside the box? Something to show of your style, your creativity, and the collection of bottles you’ve been working on building for awhile perhaps. Well, here are five ideas to get your mind turning and churning.

Give your desk a more exciting life by moving it into the living room, dining room, or entry and turning it into a place to keep your spirits. If it’s equipped with drawers you can store smaller glassware and accessories like stirrers, jiggers, etc right there as well. If not that’s okay too, add a few shelves for extra space or only keep the pretty bottles out and stash everything else in the kitchen.

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Maybe you own or rent an older home, one with a built-in. It’s not always an obvious thought to use it as a bar, but why not? At the least there’s a sturdy surface to mix drinks and a few shelves to sit bottles or glasses upon which is really all you need. Set it off by wallpapering or painting the back wall a contrasting color and adding some fresh hardware to any drawers or cupboards.

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A cabinet with closed doors and no sign of what’s behind them has its own kind of appeal. A stand alone piece that can hold everything from bottles of wine properly along with everything else takes your bar to the next level. The piece above is made for just that purpose, but it would be just as easy to retrofit any standard piece with a little time and effort.

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Or maybe you’re the thrifty type, preferring to dig and hunt until just the right piece speaks to you. If industrial is your style of choice a metal piece might do the trick, especially with some doors that could be locked from little curious fingers. Though the wheels on this particular piece might be reminiscent of a bar cart, this is surely its big brother.

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Working with what you already have is usually my go-to. Not only for the sake of saving money, but also because it feels darn good to come up with a new purpose for something. Maybe it’s your television cabinet or an old bench. What about your mantle or a large side table? The options really are endless.

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

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Cozy Up With A Good Book and Reading Nook

When the weather turns crisp in the fall, I can’t help but be drawn in by the magic of books. I love to get cozy beneath a blanket, a mug of something delicious by my side, and a new book in my lap. So today, let’s get inspired by super-cozy book nooks, plus I will share a few of my top picks for home and garden books to read this fall.


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The first essential to a great book nook is a really comfortable chair. I love a classic wingback chair (like the one shown here) for its enveloping feel. Just add a thick, cozy blanket and a rustic stool to set your mug, and you’ll never want to leave!


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In the fall and winter months, being surrounded by rich, highly saturated colors feels just right. If you are lucky enough to have an entire room to devote to a home library or study, why not paint it a deep shade of blue? A leather armchair and live-edge wooden table add warmth to the serene deep-sea color of the walls, while a vintage portrait, nubby wool rug, and sconce lighting add character.


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And what to read while you are sitting in your cozy nook? If home design inspiration is what you are after, may I suggest textile designer Rebecca Atwood’s new book Living with Pattern? It is filled from cover to cover with visual inspiration and helpful tips for design lovers of all experience levels. For those who love to entertain friends at home, Holly Becker’s latest book, Decorate for a Party is packed with creative, heartfelt ideas for making any gathering feel special. And if the outdoors beckons? On my own wish list is Gardenista, the much-anticipated book by the editors at the sister-site of beloved design resource Remodelista.

Of course you can’t have a proper reading nook without a cozy rug underfoot! Try something in a warm, rich color palette like any of the picks shown above, and you really can’t go wrong. Happy reading, and happy fall!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Karastan Panal Kirman rug in red; Jaipur Rugs Bedouin Amman rug in red; Surya Alfresco rug in black and camel; Rugs Direct Gallery Istanbul Yama Kilim in brown.

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

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Breakfast Nooks for Happy Mornings

Having a good breakfast is such an important part of starting the day, and yet it’s so common to skip it altogether. Even if you simply sit down for a few moments to sip your coffee in peace and enjoy a quick bowl of oats or chia pudding, it can really set your day off on the right foot. Why not entice yourself to make the time with a welcoming breakfast nook?

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If you have the space in your kitchen, a round table is a good choice, since it’s easy to maneuver around. Comfy chairs are a must, so I recommend splurging on a set you love (I adore the wishbone chairs shown here) and save on the table (Ikea has great basics). Always seek out the light, and position your breakfast table near a window when possible. Getting some morning sun while sipping coffee is the best!

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Super tight on space? Seek out a drop-leaf table like the one shown above – it can be pulled out to seat more when friends drop by, and tucks neatly against the wall the rest of the time.

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If you have the room and budget set aside, my favorite breakfast nook solution is a custom banquette, like the swooping version shown here. A banquette is great because tons of people can slide in, and if you get it covered in a stain-resistant fabric, it’s kid-friendly as well.

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And of course, what good is a breakfast nook without a scrumptious breakfast? Even if you only have time for toast, you can make it extra-special by tracking down the best local bakery for bread or croissants, and treat yourself to a jar of seasonal jam.

For a quick breakfast nook refresh, get comfy with some new pillows. Here are my current favs:

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Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Surya Charming Key indoor-outdoor pillow in teal and ivory; Surya Arrow Southwest Pillow; Kate Spade New York Embroidered Dot pillow in navy and ivory; Surya Candice Olson Maze pillow in teal, taupe, and brown.

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

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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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