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Nail the Look: Desert Modern

A little bit midcentury, a touch bohemian, and a whole lot of warm Southwest texture and textiles makes up this popular look. If your dream home is a cool adobe in Joshua Tree with a pottery studio out back, you’re in the right place. Read on for interior inspiration and practical get-the-look tips to bring desert modern style home, no matter where you live.


Emily Henderson

Furniture: This is where the modern in desert modern comes in. Think vintage mid-century modern pieces in warm wood tones, like the bookshelf shown here. Sofas and chairs with simple, straight shapes work well, as do campaign furniture (like the folding leather stool seen here) and woven pieces.

Accessories: A few small accent pieces can go a long way towards creating a great desert modern look. Poke around in thrift shops, mineral stores, and antique fairs for hunks of crystal, cool rocks, and vintage pottery. Use your finds to perk up bookshelves, hold down a stack of papers on your desk, or add interest to your coffee table.


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Textiles: Bring warmth to simple, clean-lined modern pieces (like the sofa and pendant light shown here) with rich, colorful, southwest-inspired textiles. A great big rug in the living room is a great way to ground the space and set the color palette.


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Lighten up: What sets desert modern style apart from straight-up southwest or desert style is a lighter touch. Instead of bringing in lots of heavy, rustic wood furniture and painting the walls in earth tones, lighten things up with airy wire furniture legs, crisp white walls, and delicate vases of flowers.


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Cultivate your desert garden: Thankfully, cacti and succulents make excellent houseplants no matter where you live! Bring in little terracotta or handmade pots and fill them with a variety of cacti to create your own mini-southwestern indoor garden. Don’t have a green thumb? Consider picking up an art print or photo featuring desert-inspired plant motifs instead.

Desert Modern Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Scion Tribal rug; Safavieh Aspen rug; Rizzy Home Tumble Weed Loft rug; Nourison Tribal Decor rug in red.

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

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5 Paint Colors That Can Transform Your Room

White walls and neutral spaces beginning to feel a bit meh? Brushing a new color on your walls (or even just one wall) can make your space instantly feel more put-together, and telegraph a whole new sense of style. Five wow-worthy paint color ideas straight ahead.


Sincerely, Sara D. via Design Mom | Paint color: Valspar Reserve Paint in Nighttime View


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1. Navy

If you want to branch out from neutrals, but still play it safe, navy is my top recommendation. It feels current, yet classic, and goes well with just about any other colors you want to use. Navy looks elegant in the living room, and dramatic in the bath. Play up your navy walls with warm metals like brass, crisp white trim, and black and white accents. For a finishing touch, be sure to include a few items that bring some warmth to your space: natural fibers, woven baskets, houseplants, and warm hues like red and pink all work well.


Studio McGee | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Forest Green

2. Deep Green

This hue is enjoying a renaissance in popularity, especially in the kitchen! Try a deep, dark green on your kitchen cabinets for a classic-with-a-twist look. Be sure to choose a glossy finish for cabinetry, as it will stand up better to everyday use. To keep the green from overpowering your space, consider painting only the lower cabinets — keep the upper cabinets white, or replace some with open shelving for a lighter look, as shown here.


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3. Warm Pink

Pink walls aren’t just for pretty princess bedrooms — in fact, warm pink is a surprisingly versatile hue. A warm, flattering shade of pink can be a great way to tiptoe away from white walls. Try a single accent wall in the dining room, living room, or hall, and bring it to life with soft gray, greens, and plenty of white.


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Apartment Therapy | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Burnt Red

4. Statement Red

If you just want to make one big color statement in your home, my vote goes for red. A single wall painted in this fiery hue will bring your space to life in a way that no other color can match. If you paint the wall and are feeling a bit intimidated by the redness of it, try using it as the backdrop for a massive gallery wall. Hung with artwork or 3D objects like baskets or plates, a red wall brings intense focus without overwhelming.


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5. Rich Turquoise

I love turquoise. It’s rich and vibrant, yet (so unlike red) actually soothing to the spirit. If you are on the hunt for that perfect hue — one that’s attention-grabbing but not overbearing, current but not trendy — let turquoise be your new color love. Use it in the bedroom, bath, living room, dining room, or anywhere you want a hit of tropical relaxation.

Looking to complement that new wall color? Consider swapping out your (boring) old rug for something with a bit more pizazz. Here are four of my current colorful favorites:

Rug Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Dynamic Rugs Metro in ivory and light blue; Safavieh Kilim in pink and ivory; Kate Spade New York Gramercy Leopard Ikat in green and ivory; Loloi Rugs Kalliope by Justina Blakeney in blue.

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

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5 Outdoor Bars to Hangout at All Summer

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As the seasons shift and we begin to spend more time outdoors than in, let’s talk about outdoor living spaces. In particular, outdoor bars. I really like the idea of having an outdoor bar because it manages to bring any of the entertaining hotspots of the home – the kitchen – into the light of day in a fresh way.

The extent you go to with design depends upon what type of climate you live in and just how much use you might get out of such a feature. If you’re in, say Southern California, you’d probably want to go all out like this design above because you can use your outdoor bar year round. This one even has a television to help achieve its full level of entertainment!

Sarah Sherman Samuel

An outdoor bar doesn’t even have to be a freestanding statement, you can opt to just add it on to an outside wall of your home the way Sarah Sherman Samuels did in this design. I really like how it blends in to the existing structure. She even took things a step further by adding a dining table and chairs rather than barstools. I’d be enjoying my meals al fresco here as often as possible, wouldn’t you?!

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via Domino

If you live in a climate that only has one or two favorable outdoor seasons, consider an outdoor bar that can be closed up when not in use. This design repurposes old windows as doors that can be closed during the offseason with the use of a simple pulley system. So smart and a great look aesthetically if you’re partial to farmhouse or industrial decor.

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If you’re looking to build your own outdoor bar realize that it doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. This one was created from some simple cinderblocks and lengths of wood! Plants make the perfect accessories, while the bar top gives you additional space for growing. Bring in a portable umbrella and stand for especially hot, sunny days and you’ve got a spot both you and your guests will gravitate towards.

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If outdoor space is scarce, think portable rather than permanent. A cart like the one above holds all the necessities and can be brought out for entertaining and stored in a corner when not in use. Thanks to its wheels you can turn any space you do have into an outdoor bar at the ready – patio, fire pit, or balcony.

Make your outdoor bar even more of a styled living space by adding a chic indoor/outdoor rug. Here are a few I’d love to add to my own deck area.

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Part VIII: Rug + Room

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Shannon McGrath + Couristan Easton Charles

An almost perfectly designed room that’s lacking a rug is akin to an awards show caliber ensemble without the perfect shoes. In other words – a big deal. If you’ve ever come across one in your Pinterest feed or a home decor magazine then you know just what I’m talking about.

This bathroom has got it goin’ on. The vertically stacked rows of subway tiles, a veined marble floor, even a little nook for your bath time necessities. It even has what’s one of the best modern clawfoot tubs I’ve seen yet – just check out those feet! It also makes me nervous to think about stepping out and slipping on that pristine flooring. I’d bring in a smallish rug that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic, something with an organic feel that adds to the spa-like experience you’re sure to have in this room.

Claudia Uribe

I’m really into the way this gallery wall was pulled together, with little to no space between the frames. And the color of the flooring and walls is almost an exact match to my own home, so you knowI’m on board with both of those decorating decisions. What I dislike is how interesting the walls are when juxtaposed with that bare floor. Let’s add in a runner with a muted color palette that makes the space feel more well-rounded, drawing your eye up towards the frames on the wall rather than towards the bare floor beneath your feet.

ANSON SMART

The vibe of this office space is spot on sophisticated. The wood tones partnered with moody blacks and grey let you know that this is where the work gets done, but that maybe this is also where 5 o’clock happy hour occurs. It’s that second part that makes me want to inject something with just a bit of color into the decor, like this area rug with the perfect mid-century colors and a not too serious design.

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Now this doing room is F-U-N. Such great natural lighting, and those slanted walls flat-out stunning. (Although that one mismatched chair makes me a little itchy.) I’d like to bring in just a bit more of that dusty pale pink hue in the form of a large floor rug with a minimal pattern for more textural detail.

Melissa Mills

This looks like a home I could sink right into! Few things are more welcoming than a well-worn leather couch and big dining table – and those high ceilings and beams are to die for. I even like that the walls are bare, but would love to see a little more color in the space. Check out this patterned rug that will most definitely bring some personality and jolt into the picture.

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

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