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Thinking Beyond the Kitchen: Eggplant

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Bo Concept

I think it’s time. Time to take that rich purple known as eggplant or aubergine out of the kitchen and bring it into the other rooms of our homes. Purple is known as the most royal of colors, and the deeper the hue the more elegant it can feel – in other words, this isn’t the same purple your junior high self likely would have chosen.

If you’re all in on eggplant and looking to add tons of impact and charisma, you might want to consider biting the bullet and painting the walls. As I continuously say, there is no better bang for your buck than a few gallons of paint. (Bonus: If you end up hating it, it’s not an expensive fix either!) I think this color would look incredible on the wall of a dining room or bathroom.

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Okay, okay. So maybe you’re not into painting an entire room eggplant, but what about making a statement with your front door? Choose a tone that’s so deep and dark that passersby are left wondering if they’re looking at dark purple or black. It looks great with just about any color of brick and any other neutrals as well!

Romero Armchair

The right eggplant can act like a neutral, believe it or not. Check out these stunning chairs with mid-century lines that manage to strike a balance with the wood tones and natural textiles in the room. They’re showstoppers without being scene-stealers.

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Last, but certainly not least, are accessories. Whether it be a great throw, a piece of art featuring the color, or floor rug, there are a hundred different ways to inject a dose of eggplant into your current decor. One of my favorites is a plant called Oxalis that has stems capped with shamrock-like leaves and is very easy to grow.

What’s your favorite way to incorporate a new, bold color in your space?

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Don’t Forget the Hallway | Hallway Decor + Tips

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Talking about types of hallways is like talking about different shapes of the human body – wildly variable. The one overarching statement would be that it would be a shame to neglect yours because there are so many ways to showoff each unique space.

The most popular way is likely a gallery wall of family photos or art, and while it’s not terrible, it is expected. Turn this traditional look on its head by adding a picture ledge or two and leaning your frames against the wall instead of hanging them from nails. Bonus: You won’t need to make a new hole in the wall every time you swap out or add to your collection.

Planete Deco

Make a graphic impact by adding your favorite wallpaper to the mix! This look is a great way to make the hallway a focal point, rather than just a corridor to walk through on your way to another room. For smaller areas consider large patterns and a more pared down color palette for a super chic look.

Maine Home Design

Finding the best spot for my ever-growing book collection is always a struggle, but if you’re blessed with a long hallway and wall space the answer is easy. Whether you go for built-ins that look like they’ve always been part of your home or freestanding shelves that can be moved around, you just can’t lose!

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Adding a mirror to any area will instantly make it feel better through illusion, but have you ever thought to add one (or two) to your hallway? My favorite tip is to place a floor length mirror at the end of any hallway to give a look of infinite space. The photo above couldn’t illustrate this more perfectly – you can hardly see the mirror!

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If you’re lucky enough to have something other than wall to wall carpeting in your home, treat the flooring in your hallways like any other space and add something underfoot. Carpet runners are ideal and can add so much personality and charm to an area that can be so easily neglected.

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Secrets to a Luxe Look on Any Budget

If you crave the easy elegance of a luxurious abode, but your budget reality is more Target than Restoration Hardware, you’ve come to the right place! From symmetry and understated color palettes to linen on everything, these designer go-tos and insider tricks will make your house look luxurious, no matter your budget.

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Chambers + Chambers Architects

Your first step is to streamline the color palette. Luxurious homes, while sometimes bursting with color, are more often than not odes to layered neutrals. Think rich browns, cool grays, sandy beige, and crisp white. One trick, if you’re having trouble winnowing down the color palette of a particular room, is to pull out your phone camera and snap a few pictures — viewing photos of your space can help give you some perspective. Notice which colors jump out at you first, and then take a moment to actually count the number of hues you can spot in the photo of your room. If it’s more than three (not counting neutrals like gray and beige) you probably have some editing to do!

With the color palette in hand, bring your focus to how your furniture and decor is arranged — generally the more symmetry you can introduce into your room, the more formal (and luxurious)  it will feel. Try facing your sofas or armchairs towards one another, place a pair of topiaries or potted plants on either side of the mantle, or identical lamps at each end of the sofa.

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Chambers + Chambers Architects

Often, simply rearranging what you already own is enough to bring a completely different feeling into your space. For example: pull some gorgeous coffee table books off the shelf (where you rarely notice them) and place them in stacks on a round table, or on the coffee table. Then place a vase in the center. Ta-da, you’ve just created a luxe looking vignette!

If you’re still working through the color palette and find you still have too many competing hues in one space, consider having some of your existing furniture re-upholstered in neutral fabric. The cost can be less than purchasing new furniture, and this one change can completely transform your space.

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Another element that can have a massive impact on how luxe your room feels is what’s underfoot. Go for something big — the bigger the better — and in a soft, neutral hue. Too often I see rooms with rugs that are too small for the space, but I understand why: big rugs are expensive … at least, a lot of the time they are! I took the liberty of tracking down four chic options that all come in large sizes (8 by 10 and up) for less than $500:

Affordable Luxe

Luxe rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Nourison Enhance in Ivory; Safavieh Cedar Brook in Navy and White; Jaipur Rugs Natural Lucia Marvy in Natural Beige; Safavieh Chatham in Gray and Ivory.

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

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The Magic of Ceiling Beams

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Molly Barnard Grant Design

I love older homes for a number of reasons, but high atop that list are the little details that new homes just don’t seem to have these days. Everything just feels a bit too polished for my taste, or else it’s hidden behind drywall. Where’s the interest?

One of my favorite ways to add some architectural interest in newer spaces involves looking up… and adding ceiling beams.

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Not only does this element add loads of personality, it can also take on any number of styles. Rustic and worn or sleek and smooth, there’s a beam that matches your home’s aesthetic. There are even faux styrofoam beams if you don’t want to invest more money than necessary. (How convincing are they? I bought my house thinking the ones in the kitchen were legit and didn’t know for months!)

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I love the different levels of contrast that can be introduced as well. If you want something big and bold, paint them stark black. Have a more country French vibe going on in your home? Keep them as is, the more worn the better. Or if you’d like them to simply exist in the background to make other elements pop, paint those beams the same exact color as your ceiling. Trust me when I say that this will create the illusion of an immense amount of space!

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Now let’s talk patterns. This two story design is a dream, but most of us don’t have the square footage to pull it off. When beams are kept to the ceiling there’s still any number of ways to lay them out – parallel (the most popular), as a grid, pitched for vaulted ceilings, crisscross, I could go on for quite a bit longer but you get the idea. The options are endless and your creativity will not be stifled in the slightest.

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Another tip I’ll pass along is to let the beams help dictate the rest of the space. Think about matching fixtures or lighting to their tones like in the kitchen above, it will really help call attention to such a beautiful architectural detail. At the same time, consider mimicking graphic elements created up high in textiles, like floor rugs.

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