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Tips to Pretty Up Your Porch

Spring is here, and with the longer days and sweet birdsong comes the irresistible urge to start sprucing up those outdoor spaces. Get inspired to pretty up your porch, deck, or patio with these styling tips — and when you’re done sprucing, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea and put your feet up. You deserve it!


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Look No. 1: Modern Classic

This look is a little bit farmhouse (but not rustic) and a little bit modern (but not trendy). If you love traditional style, but want an update, this could be just the ticket. To get a modern classic look for your front porch or back patio, look for natural fibers and materials like stone, jute, and zinc, and keep the color palette calm with gray, black, white, and lots of greenery.


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Key elements of modern classic style:

- Neatly trimmed topiary

- Zinc, concrete, slate, and bluestone

- Hydrangeas

- Classic lantern-style lighting

- Fresh white paint


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Look No. 2: Beachy

Craving a fun, fresh look for your outdoor spaces? Beach style could be a match made in heaven. This laid-back look is easygoing, carefree, and works with a number of architectural styles. And nope, you don’t have to live by the beach to channel beach style! Think of adding lightweight elements like breezy outdoor curtains, seagrass rugs, and bamboo furniture. And if you feel inspired to add a bar cart or a hanging chair, that would fit right in here!


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Key elements of beach style:

- Outdoor curtains

- Bamboo, rattan, and other lightweight furnishings

- Potted palms and ferns

- Hanging chairs and hammocks

- String lights

- A pop of fun, bright color


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Look No. 3: Bohemian

Are you artistic, creative, and adventurous? Channeling a bohemian look in your outdoor spaces will help bring your wild imagination to life. Boho outdoor spaces are all about warm, spicy layers, eclectic and worldly furnishings, and loads of plants and cushions. A bohemian outdoor space is ideal for entertaining.

Key elements of bohemian style:

- Moroccan and kilim rugs

- Layered textiles

- Floor cushions and leather poufs

- Hanging planters

- Cacti and succulents

- Pottery and woven accessories

Porch and Patio Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Alfresco in sage, black and cream; Kaleen Sea Isle in gold; Safavieh Courtyard II in black and bone; Kaleen A Breath of Fresh Air in green and blue.

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

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10 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Bigger

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#1 Open Shelving
While most people’s first instinct is to hide everything away behind closed cabinets, open shelving in the upper half of your kitchen or bathroom creates the opposite effect – one of airiness! Yes, you’ll need to pare things down and be a bit more organized but you also still have those traditional bottom cabinets to tuck away anything you don’t want in sight. If you’re staunchly against open shelving, consider glass-fronted cabinetry.

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#2 Mirrors
It’s an age-old trick, but adding a large mirror to any room creates the instant illusion of space. The bigger, the better! The depth created and light reflected is magical, just be sure to direct towards an interior wall rather than a window or your neighbor’s place.

#3 Furniture with Legs
The same trick is true with legged furniture, it feels lighter because you can see everything on all sides. The room it’s in will feel more spacious as a result and give the illusion of some added real estate. Pro Tip: Pull your furniture slightly away from the walls to get even more out of this trick.

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#4 Built-Ins
Most homes tend to have nooks and crannies that aren’t being used to their full advantage, and that’s usually when a built-in makes the most sense. Add storage in the form of shelves, an entryway bench, or breakfast nook. It’s virtually impossible to find the perfect free-standing piece for these spaces, so consider the splurge of a permanent solution or create your own Ikea hack.

#5 Light Colors
The lighter the color, the more wide open the feel. Stick to paler, neutral choices throughout your space to take full advantage of the natural light coming in and you’ll thank yourself later. Bonus points for sticking with a predominantly monochromatic color palette throughout.

#6 Oversized Art
Make the decision to go with one large piece of art instead of a gallery wall. The impact will be huge, guide attention exactly where you want it within the room, and create the look of order and space by freeing up the other walls. Hang the piece a little lower than you normally would to give the impression of taller ceilings.

#7 Double-Duty Furniture
A smart call no matter the size of your home is furniture that pulls its weight. Whether it’s an ottoman or a coffee table that opens for extra storage, use it to place out of season blankets, games, or books out of sight and out of mind.

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#8 Build Up, Not Out
One of my favorite tips is to take advantage of the square footage you have vertically! I love the look of a shelf that sits only about a foot below the ceiling. It’s a sweet spot to house your plant babies, your ever-growing library, or whatever other little things you collect.

#9 Strategic Furniture Placement
Find a focal point and prioritize the placement of your largest pieces. Try not to block windows or doorways, and keep a clear walkway open. If you’re going for a more formal look, think about placing things symmetrically, an asymmetrical layout welcomes a more casual vibe.

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#10 Stripes
Elongate a room by pulling in some stripes! If they’re going on the walls opt for vertical, on the floors align them with the lengthier width of the room.

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

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2018 Home Trends

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Statement Ceilings

While we’re used to having a statement something in the room, focusing on the ceiling is having its moment. A black ceiling can do the opposite of what you’d expect and add a feeling of vast space, while a wallpapered one can basically turn your ceiling into art. I love this trend for its unexpectedness and ease – if you don’t like the result just grab a paintbrush and cover it up.

Generous Kitchen Sinks

This look has been creeping up on us for the last few years, and in 2018 trough and bucket kitchen sinks are coming on the strongest yet. Who wouldn’t want a big, luxurious one that gives you space to wash the dishes and adds some killer lines to the room? Before you raise your hand, keep in mind that you can find these huge basins in a variety of materials, finishes, and price points.

Concrete

Another trend that’s been gaining momentum is concrete. Concrete everything. The material that was once considered bottom of the barrel and industrial is now a decor darling in the form of bare floors, countertops, furniture, and so much more. What I like most is how concrete has the ability to make the indoors feel like the outdoors and vice versa. (Bonus: It’s incredibly easy to clean.)

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Sage

While green isn’t my go-to wall color, I’d happy paint away with these recently popular green/greys. A dusty sage can make a room feel instantly more breathable, relaxing, and charming. It would be a nice wall option for the popular jungle bathroom look as well as if you have a black thumb and are simply craving the feeling of life and earth in your home.

Herringbone

Some classic looks ebb and flow with the decades, and herringbone is one of them. Right now you can find the chic pattern gracing floors, shower enclosures, and kitchen backsplashes alike. It’s an easy fix to make this look modern, it all comes down to the materials and color choices made. Pair it with other trends – a herringbone ceiling or a concrete shower floor – to pack a design punch.

Florals

As much as I love the real thing, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with florals in home decor. This year they’re seeing a big resurgence and I’m having a change of heart, at least when it comes to big, bright, and bold patterns that are full of color. I also love the idea of replacing a backsplash with floral wallpaper as seen above – how great would that look paired with some open shelving?

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Vintage Rugs

What’s old is new again, at least when it comes to vintage rugs! No one can deny the appeal a well-worn rug with the perfect combination of color and pattern brings to a space. But if you’re not ready to commit to the real deal because of kids, pets, or your own clumsy ways, these lookalikes are the perfect choice.

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

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Decorate with the Senses for a Feel-Good Home

A home that delights the senses puts us instantly at ease — just think of the warmth of a crackling fire, the scent of baking bread, or the flicker of candlelight. Makes you feel all cozy inside, right? We tend to get hung up thinking about how our homes look, without giving nearly as much thought to how they make us feel. But if you want to walk in the door at the end of a long day and feel that great big, delightful sigh of relief (and who doesn’t?), it’s time to tap into the power of the senses.

Warmth
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Warmth. At its most basic, our homes are shelter from the elements. By playing up your home’s warming elements — think crackling fires, cozy blankets, and thick, cushy rugs — we can access this fundamental human need to feel snug and safe. If you don’t have a woodstove or working fireplace, you can still suggest warmth by stacking up a pile of rustic firewood or a basket of pinecones, and bringing in other cozy accessories like good books, mugs of tea, and soft blankets.

Views
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Views. Whether your home’s best view is to a stunning seascape like the one shown here, or a more modest sliver of green, aim to make the most of what you’ve got. A connection to the outdoors — even if you’re in the middle of a city — can extend sight lines, make your home feel more spacious, and bring in the changing blues and grays of the sky. If possible, try shifting furniture to position a desk or favorite armchair so it’s angled to better enjoy the view out a window.

Textures
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 via Design Sponge

Texture. Playing up texture in the home is all about contrast. Look at the fabric and other materials of your home up close and count how many different textures you can find. If it’s less than five, aim to add a few more! Mix it up with nubby linen, crisp cotton, rustic wood, woven rattan, silk, smooth leather, and shiny glass or metal.

Soundscape
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 via Design Sponge

Soundscape. What you hear in your home can have a big impact on your mood. Can you hear nature sounds out the windows, or traffic? If the sounds around your home are ones you’d rather not hear, consider investing in better sound-proofing, or a small tabletop fountain to create a burbling white noise. Next, take some time to think about what sort of music you most enjoy listening to. Consider curating playlists for yourself on Spotify, or within your personal music library, to suit different moods.

Scent
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Scent (and taste). Scented candles might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of scent at home, but there are many other ways to create layers of delicious scents at home. Pick out potted houseplants with scents you love (scented geranium is a favorite of mine), use cleaning products infused with essential oils, light natural beeswax candles, and don’t forget to open up the windows to let in the fresh breeze! And as far as taste goes, consider keeping your pantry stocked with wonderful-smelling teas and local honey, and growing a few pots of fresh culinary herbs in the window.

Focal Point
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Focal point. Having a visual focal point is an interior design principle that you can put to work in every room in the house. In the space shown here, a wild purple-painted piano tucked into a nook covered in leafy wallpaper is sure to grab the eye! Your focal point can be as dramatic — or as soothing — as you like. Consider hanging a single work of art, using a rug in a rich hue, or putting the spotlight on a single great chair.

Little Lights
Stephanie Ryan via Design Sponge

Mood lighting. Last but not least, think about how light flows through your home. Do certain rooms get a lot of natural light, while others are dim? Boost lighting where needed with lamps, strands of twinkle lights, and plenty of candles for a diffused glow that makes everyone look (and feel) better.

Rug Shopping Guide
Rug Shopping Guide: (fantastically textured rugs, clockwise from top left) Surya Anchorage in taupe; Surya Sheepskin in white; Artistic Weavers Kentucky Ethan in brown; Karastan Prima Shag Fassi in ivory, cream, and taupe.

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

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