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Marble Mania: Marble in the Home

Marble as a home decor trend has only continued to gain steam in recent years, and it’s now showing up on everything from floors and walls to smaller accessories. The perfect blend of classic and current, you really can’t beat including a bit of marble (or marble pattern!) in your home.

Some innovative designers are taking marbling to new levels – like the technicolor-marbled wood flooring shown above. Wow, right!?

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Images (clockwise from top left): The Blondilocks, Only Deco Love, Domino, Martha Stewart via Elements of Style.

Who doesn’t love the look of classic Carrara marble in the kitchen? Whether you use a small slab as a cheese board (or prop for your foodie photos) or go full-on marble with a waterfall counter, marble is a look that will never be out of fashion.

But what if wall-to-wall marble is a little…out of the budget? Enter the new marble contact papers and wall coverings! Use these realistic (and really affordable) finds to cover a small side table, backsplash, or an entire accent wall.

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And of course, an easy and high-impact way to add a splash of marble style to your home is with a marbled rug – go for colorful marbling for a playful look, or choose elegant charcoal if you’re going for cool, modern, and chic.

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

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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.

My Domaine

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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Fashion Translation: Bohemian Neutrals

Despite my love of color and pattern paired with my constant trend-awareness, my appreciation for neutrals runs deep. But so do my bohemian roots! As I settle into my first home, I find that I’m veering more toward the neutral boho look… and it’s starting to inspire my wardrobe choices, too! I often can be found in my uniform: a breezy, flowy, embellished white or ivory top with great jeans and my trusty vintage clogs. Despite the neutral color palette, there is still a touch of pattern, but also loads of texture!

Photo Credit: Zoey Grossman found via Bohemian Diesel.

Truly, this is the perfect look to incorporate into any home. There are just so many options! If you want to go glam, look for a neutral rug with a hint of metallic. Or keep things simple yet patternful by selecting a bohemian print for your rug. This boho-meets-neutral rugs pair easily with most furniture styles, making them a great option if you want to do a small overall of your space. I also find that this assortment can work in any room of the house. I’m personally partial to using neutral rugs in the bedroom for a restful, almost spa-like vibe.

Shopping Guide:

Safavieh Adirondack rug

Surya Limu cowhide rug (my personal favorite!)

Safavieh Tunisia rug

Dynamic Rugs Loft rug

Loloi Rugs Kingston rug

Surya Madela rug

Surya Laural rug

Kaleen Solitaire rug

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

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Make Mine Rustic | How To Create A Cozy Rustic Space

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I wore a hoodie this week, which means autumn is officially here in my book. Now I’ll be changing up my bedding to something a little heavier and also switching up some of my living room decor to embrace the cooler temperatures. October always makes me think of cabins, roaring fires and hot beverages – all things cozy and welcoming really – and no interior style says cozy and welcoming in a bigger way than rustic.

Lakber Magazin

If faux fur blankets aren’t your thing, that’s completely okay, there are lots of ways to embrace a rustic feel. Textured woods and natural tones give off a chic vibe that might be more your speed, whether it’s an accent wall or a piece of pallet art you DIYed one weekend. Don’t be afraid to add more modern touches, like this tub and those sinks, if you’re drawn to them – there is no right or wrong when it comes to mixing styles and making your space your own!

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Whitewashed wood and lighter, almost pastel tones, are a nice take on the traditional look. Add some industrial style lighting to take it to the next level — your own take on a rustic farmhouse can be both old school and modern if you choose. One of my favorite parts of the room above are the simple window treatments that don’t distract from those beautiful walls.

via My Scandinavian Home

Different shades of white give a style that’s normally thought of as heavy and dark, a refreshing upgrade. I love how the metal pieces in this kitchen make everything feel so light and airy without taking away from the overall look. Scandinavian rustic tends to be more minimal, so if that’s your style, look into clean lines in furniture and fixtures.

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Layering rugs and adding plush textures to otherwise modern furniture pieces give a space depth and warmth. If you have a fireplace, keep a stack of logs nearby for an impromptu art installation that’s also functional. And last but not least, a dog at your feet never hurts.

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

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