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Color Combo Love: Mint Green x Black

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If you’d like your space or even a single room to look fresh and modern without feeling cold, might I suggest the color combination of mint green and black? I’m guilty of always leaning towards white when working with black, oftentimes forgetting how it can work as a neutral when paired with other colors. The result of this particular union is one that’s cooly sophisticated and refreshing.

My favorite way of trying out a new color scheme is to create an accent wall. It’s an affordable project that doesn’t eat up much time, and of course, if it doesn’t work out that can be remedied quickly with another coat of paint.

Elizabeth Roberts

This vintage-inspired bathroom puts mint front and center with black playing a supporting role, framing the main act with a sharp border both top and bottom. The overall effect is stunning, with the pretty tile work practically begging to be called art in its own right. Pairing the square and penny tile together was a great design decision.

Brooke Holm

For a daring floor refresh try painting them mint! (Particularly if they’ve seen far better days and could use an update.) I love the way this dining area pulls black into the design through the window framings and light fixture above the table. I might go a step further with lacquered black chairs as well as some large art in a black frame.

Janis Nicolay

This dining area is riding the edge of the color combo with a foursome of lovely minty chairs and a few black accessories. The two colors are still prominent, with the white walls and lightly colored wood floors falling into the background…just in a more subdued way. Which is usually how most of us choose to incorporate color trends into our lives anyway.

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I saved the best for last – this bathroom that boldly mixes both pattern and color into a perfectly art deco-like space. It’s bold without feeling overdone, colorful, without feeling like too much. The soft curves of the sinks and hairpin legs help to balance out the sharp lines of the mirror and vanity.

Another way to incorporate mint and black into your space is with a great floor rug!

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Easy, Natural Holiday Decorating Ideas

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of decorating your home for the holidays, I’d like to encourage you to take a deep breath and relax. A trip to the grocery store or a trek in the great outdoors is all that’s needed to create lots of holiday cheer, all around the house. So pour yourself a hot cup of tea or spiced cider, and get ready to deck those halls.

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Photo: The Everygirl

First up, my favorite quick trick for creating a festive holiday mood: evergreen garlands and wreaths. You can find garlands and wreaths premade at many grocery stores, nurseries, and Christmas tree lots at this time of year. And while a wreath on the front door and a garland over the mantel are popular places to deck with greenery, consider branching out and draping a garland over a window, too. Hang a wreath from ribbon in front of the window to complete the look.

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Photos: Top row, The Everygirl; bottom left, Trendenser via Apartment Apothecary; bottom right, The Merrythought via Apartment Apothecary.

Next, consider where you can tuck smaller bits of greenery throughout the house. Try placing a few swags of greens around a bar cart, tuck a mini tree onto a tabletop, prop a small wreath on a bookshelf, or fill the bottom of a large glass hurricane with greenery, and top with a tiny strand of twinkling lights.

When you come up against a holiday decorating dilemma, try brainstorming ways of using natural elements to solve your problem before hitting the shops to spend (more!) money. No mantel to hang the stockings? Attach a branch foraged from outdoors to the wall using Command hooks, and hang your stockings from the branch. Short on holiday-themed gift wrap? Cut a simple tree or star shape from a potato, and stamp it on plain paper to create your own design. Need a gift embellishment? Tie on a sprig of greenery with twine for a charming finishing touch.

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Photos: Lark & Linen

And remember, you can always tweak these ideas to fit your location. Those in the South can use magnolia garland and a wreath featuring natural cotton instead of evergreen! Get creative and use what you have.

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Photo: The Waves We Make via Apartment Apothecary

I love to keep a bunch of potted bulbs on hand for easy hostess and last-minute gifts. Amaryllis, paperwhite, or hyacinth work well, and you can pot up a dozen or more bulbs in a matter of minutes. They look so beautiful lined up on a windowsill, you’ll want to be sure you have a few extras for yourself!

Wintry Rug Picks

Looking for a new rug to make all of your holiday gatherings extra-special? A soft, textured rug in a warm neutral hue (like the four shown above) will make your natural holiday decorations and twinkle lights really sing.

Rug shopping guide: All rugs from the Jaipur Rugs Fables Collection (clockwise from top left) Alicante; Malo; Greek in frost gray; and Mythical in ivory and gray.

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

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It’s a Trend: Oversized Headboards

A Beautiful Mess
A Beautiful Mess

Just when you think you’ve seen everything bedroom decor has to offer, along comes something refreshingly different. I’m talking about oversized headboards. If you want your bed to make a big statement you’re definitely going to want to check out this trend and the possibilities that come along with it. The channel tufted version above is an absolute dream that makes the shorter walls from the slanted ceiling feel much taller as a result of its sheer size.

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But don’t feel like you need to stay to the tried and true route. This bedroom went the route of a massive folding screen behind a fairly standard headboard. It manages to mimic the wall’s angles and helps to create a cozy cocoon of the bed and tables. I really like the layered headboard look, but it’s safe to say that this design would look just as good without the shorter one.

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Different versions of this extra tall tufted headboard are probably the most popular, and I can’t help but think of the various lighting options these big guys lend themselves to. These library lights are stunning, but pendants hanging in the same spots or swing lights would be just as show-stopping.

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Here’s an example of those pendants with an extra wide velvet channel tufted beauty. I like that they didn’t double up and add a table lamp as well, it helps clear up space for plants, books, and whatever else takes up that bedside table real estate. In this space, the designer matched the bedskirt to the headboard to make it feel more connected, but what’s so great about this trend is that you can simply slide that oversized headboard right behind a platform bed for a brand new look.

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If you’re interested and want to experiment there’s also the DIY route. Control the size and intricacy of your piece by using wood and making your own with plywood, two by fours, or anything else you’re drawn to. Finish in a stain, get creative with some paint, or cover it over with batting and fabric for your own tufted masterpiece! You can also create the illusion of an oversized headboard by hanging a large rug on the wall, like these.

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Dreamy Home Libraries

On a cold and rainy (or snowy) weekend, not much can beat curling up in a comfy chair with a hot mug of tea, surrounded by beautiful books. If you’ve been dreaming of crafting your own home library, you’ve come to the right place: you’ll find plenty of bookish inspiration, straight ahead.


Photo: Jenny Komenda via Architectural Digest

I love the idea of having a dedicated home library — a screen-free retreat where you can indulge in the simple pleasure of relaxing with a good book. Floor-to-ceiling shelving makes a big impact on its own, but why not put the icing on the cake with a rolling library ladder to reach those upper shelves, and a row of lights to illuminate your tomes? In the library shown above, a buttery leather sofa piled with cozy knit cushions sits atop layered rugs. Wouldn’t you just love to curl up and read here?


Photo: Kathy Collins

If you don’t have an entire room to devote to books, consider letting your library share space with a home office, guest room, sun room, or master bedroom. The living room can be a wonderful place for a library, but keep in mind that if you also have the TV in the living room, blaring sports may not prove to be the most serene backdrop for reading. However, if your TV is in a separate den, the living room can be ideal. The most important part is comfort, so wherever you decide to put your library, it’s worth investing in a high-quality reading chair. You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic wingbacks, as shown here.


Photo: The Style Files via Apartment Therapy

Of course, your bookshelves don’t need to be built-in to be amazing, as the library shown above proves. Just get the tallest bookcases you can find, anchor them to the wall (to prevent toppling) and fill them to the brim with fabulous books. And instead of library lights, you can simply dangle a fun set of string lights vertically down the side of your shelves to add readerly ambiance.

Every library needs a cozy rug underfoot, and I love the look of layered rugs. Layering rugs might sound complicated, but it can be really simple — scroll back up to that first photo to see how great it can look! Above, I’ve shared two of my current favorite combos; get the largest size natural fiber rug that will fit in your space, and top it with a traditional rug in a slightly smaller size for color and softness.

Rug Shopping Guide: (Clockwise from top left) Surya Country Living jute rug; Surya Caesar rug; Loloi Rugs Izmir; Safavieh Natural Fiber sisal rug.

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

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