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6 Tips for an Organized Entryway

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Bria Hammel Interiors

Entryways don’t hold much weight during summer, when we’re all wearing far less clothing and the school year is an afterthought. But once autumn rolls around things find a way of stacking up – fast. A good entryway can act as ground zero when it comes to keeping life organized and thought out. Check out these simple tips for making the most of the space you have.

Tip #1
Lighting
Perhaps the most used lamp in the entire place, a tabletop lamp in the entryway can be flipped on as you head out the door. No one wants to come home to a dark place after work. Not only that, but it manages to add both height and style to whatever nook you carve out.

Jenny Komenda

Tip #2
Someplace to Sit
Every entryway needs a place to sit while wrangling shoes on and off or waiting for someone else to get ready. A bench, a chair, a small stool – all do the job nicely without occupying a lot of real estate and also offer an extra seat to pull up to the table when necessary.

Homey Oh My

Tip #3
Greenery
Clip a few flowers from the yard and pop them into a vase or pick up a bunch of greenery at the farmer’s market for a fast and cheap bouquet. I don’t do this all the time, but make a point of it when having guests over. The extra touch makes the entryway feel like more than an afterthought and helps to give a great first impression of your home.

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Tip #4
A Basket
Add a medium size basket to act as a catchall for umbrellas, scarves, and whatever else can be tossed in. You’ll never have to wonder where that second glove disappeared to ever again and manage to keep rain and melting snow off of your floors. Bonus tip – add a boot tray nearby to keep things even cleaner this winter.

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Tip #5
A Console
If you can spare the space for a small library table or desk your entryway organization can be taken to the next level. Add a tray for mail, keys, and sunglasses while storing stamps and other little things in the drawers. It also makes for a great spot to have your kids leave permission slips and anything else that needs signing.

A Pair & A Spare

Tip #6
A Sturdy Rug
It’s no secret that any rug in an entryway is going to have to be able to handle more foot traffic than others. Choose a sturdy, durable weave in a color or pattern that’s not likely to show small marks from dirty shoes, etc. Here are a few of my favorites from Rugs Direct:

Entryway Rugs

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea: A Sanctuary for Mom

Lovingly made macaroni necklaces, breakfast in bed, bouquets of flowers, a locket filled with treasured photos: these gifts from the heart are all sure to be well received on Mother’s Day. But every once in a while — when she’s had an especially trying year, for example — it feels good to go above-and-beyond for mom… and you can’t go much more above-and-beyond than a home makeover! From a party-ready patio where she can sip wine with her friends, to a solo spa-like bath retreat, read on for giftable home makeover ideas to suit every budget (and every mom).

House and Home
House & Home

Quiet retreat. Moms who love nothing more than a quiet afternoon curled up with a good book would certainly appreciate a cozy place to do just that. Upgrade her space with a comfy place to sit, a soft throw blanket, a subscription to a new-to-her magazine or a stack of books tied up in ribbon, a lovely mug and selection of great coffee and tea.

Domino
Domino

Patio. For the mom who loves hanging out with her girlfriends, what could be better than a spruced-up, party-ready patio? Use her existing patio furniture, but give the space an upgrade with outdoor curtains, hanging lanterns, plenty of candles, and exotic textiles. Round things off with a bottle or two of her favorite wine, and a colorful outdoor rug.

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Domino

Glammed-up closet. Getting ready for the day doesn’t have to be a wild goose chase: make it a pleasurable experience for mom by injecting her closet and dressing area with glamorous details and smart storage. Add removable wallpaper to one wall for a budget-friendly (yet high-impact) focal point, swap out jumbled hangers for a full matching set, and add a pretty perch where she can sit to put on shoes.

Emily Griffin
Emily Griffin Design

Craft room. If mom loves to craft, give her a space that will fuel her inspiration and keep her organized, too. A table with built-in storage paired with comfy stools makes a great workspace for all sorts of projects. Bring some style to the space with a bold painted or wallpapered wall, fresh flowers, and new lighting.

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Domino

Spa-like bath. Even if you’re not going for a full-fledged bathroom remodel, there are still plenty of ways to give mom a spa-like experience at home. Think high-end bath products, lovely shower curtains, new artwork, a rug, a pretty little stool, and a vase of fresh roses by the sink. To top things off, why not treat mom to six months of a weekly cleaning service, if she doesn’t already have one?

Final tips: To be sure she loves the end result, consider printing out inspiration photos and wrapping them up with a note that you will treat her to transform the space of her choice. Working on the project together may end up being the most fun part of the gift!

Mom-worthy rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Irina in Red; Jaipur Rugs Ceres Eris in Gray, Silver, Blue and Pink; Kaleen Relic in Gray, Ivory and Pink; Kaleen Relic in Pink, Hot Pink and Rosewood.

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10 Bathroom Trends for 2017

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I admit it, one of my favorite parts of my job is identifying emerging trends. Whether it’s tracking interiors, graphic design, or even music, I love it all. In so far as interior trends for 2017, bathrooms are really standing out. Although these usually small – yet important – rooms can be overlooked, why not make your morning routine or bath time a little more luxurious?

1. Statement Furniture
In the bathroom, yes. While I realize not all of us have the space to add furniture (me included), I love the idea of having a place to sit while drying off or applying lotion. Having a chair or bench on which to lay towels or clothes while in the shower would definitely be a bonus as well.

Casework

2. Free-Standing Vanities
A free-standing vanity feels so much more light and airy than a standard to the floor cabinet piece. It’s more like a piece of furniture than the standard cabinetry we’ve become used to. The amount of styles available at the moment are dizzying, meaning you’re for sure able to find something that fits your aesthetic.

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3. Patterned Tiles
This trend is one of my favorites, though it has the possibility to feel risky. The key to adding decorative patterned tiling to your bathroom is to make it feel classic, like it’s never going to go out of style. Simple geometric styles as well as encaustics are a smart choices, but if a more rustic is your style that’s safe, too.

via Domino
via Domino

4. Large Light Fixtures
You might be thinking that a large fixture would feel off in a small room, but it can be oh so right. Interesting lighting can act as art in a space that may have little wall space for the real thing. So go glam, go modern, go whatever – just make it unexpected.

Heather Bullard

5. Vanities
While just the thought of a vanity may make your mind time travel back to the 1950s, they’re definitely having a moment. Whether it means having a dedicated space like above or simply adding a stool to the counter, you can make it happen. I, for one, know how much I’d love to sit down while putting on my makeup instead of hunching over the sink.

Alyssa Rosenheck

6. Dark Walls
Another trend that may seem counterintuitive in such a small space, dark paint has the ability to make anything feel instantly more luxe. Match the cabinets to the walls for an even sleeker feel, then accessorize away with naturals like wood and jute or bolder colors for a bigger pop!

Becki Owens

7. Free-Standing Tubs
Another of my favorites, I love a free-standing tub. It’s the ultimate in bathroom luxury, a dedicated space for relaxation. Whether you go with a straight-sided modern design or salvage a vintage clawfoot style, you just can’t lose.

A Beautiful Mess

8. Wall-Mounted Faucets
I’ve been seeing them everywhere – from homes to businesses. Wall-mounted faucets are a fantastic space-saver for small bathrooms, and visually interesting as a bonus. Brass looks especially fantastic, such an incredible industrial vibe!

Sarah Sherman Samuels

9. Round Mirrors
I’ve used this trend elsewhere in my house, and like the potential of making such a small room feel instantly larger. Round mirrors offer a more organic feel than their square and rectangular counterparts, and the style of frame you choose can help introduce a specific style in an easy way.

Amber Interiors

10. Throw Rugs
You probably have a standard bath mat, why not take up about ten notches and add a more stylized floor rug in its place? I change mine out about twice a year – darker for winter and lighter for summer – for some flexible style. Treat your bath like any other space you’d use a floor covering in and add some extra personality.

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10 Unique Wall Art Ideas

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via Transitoinicial

We all can appreciate the gallery wall trend that’s been hanging around, but before you drive that first nail into the wall, sit back and take stock of your options. And there are many, many, many. I’m here today to share my ten favorite unique ways to upgrade your wall art game.

Floating Shelves. They create clean lines and make for an interesting skyline of art frames. Floating shelves also have the ability to turn just about anything that fits on them into art – think cookbooks, mirrors, small plants, crystals, and more.

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Picture Rails. If you’d like to add a serious dose of sophistication to your art, go with this plan. Nineteenth century homes and museums rely on picture rails, so you know I’m not steering you wrong! Stagger various shapes and sizes of frames for the best effect.

Christopher Hunt

Binder Clips. Don’t have a frame? You don’t need one necessarily. Pinch a binder clip onto all four corner of a piece of art – two to hang the piece on the wall and two to keep it weighed down – easy peasy. If it’s your thing, consider spray painting them gold first.

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Round the Corner. If you’re really in love with that gallery wall trend, take it up a level. All it requires is an interesting corner in your space to take advantage of and perhaps some matching frames to tie it all together.

Amelia Metromode

Lean It. I rely on this trick a lot with larger pieces that I’m undecided on where to hang or don’t have the wall space for. If an artsy, bohemian look is what you’re looking for then leaning art on the floors, shelves, counters, etc will help you achieve it.

Chris Paity

Overlap It. Put those floating shelves or the dining room credenza to harder use by layering up different sizes and styles of art. Add empty frames or unframed pieces to the mix as well for a carefree vibe.

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Skirt Hangers. I was using this method before I knew it was a method, and it remains one of my favorites. Framing can cost nearly as much as the art itself, sometimes more, so noncommittal hanging options that don’t harm anything are a lifesaver. Skirt hangers fit those requirements and can add a great industrial touch.

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Unusual Surfaces. My favorite two unexpected locations for hanging art are off of bookcase shelves and window frames. And thanks to things like Command hooks you don’t have to damage any surfaces in the process (of course this applies to walls, too!). The options are limitless and the look oh so eclectic!

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via Deko

Office Clipboards. I love this option and have used it in a former living room for an easily convertible inspiration wall. You can attach everything from art to magazine clipping to fabric swatches. Once the grid of clipboards are easily hung up, swap to your heart’s content.

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A Clothesline. Like a gallery wall, but the updated version! Attach a length of wire, cord, or something similar to your wall of choice, then grab a handful of clothespins to do the dirty work. I really like the darkroom feeling this option brings.

Of course, art can also be on the floor! Here are some of my favorite options:

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