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How to Style a Kitchen You’ll Love to Spend Time In

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We use our kitchens for so much – cooking quick weeknight dinners, sure, but also hanging out with our little ones, catching up with friends, surfing the internet, and perhaps even working from home. Why not add a few special details that will make hanging out in the kitchen more fun? In fact, with a few styling tricks, you can quickly transform your kitchen into a super comfy hangout zone you and your guests will love spending time in.

An easy styling formula for the kitchen includes 3 things: color, texture, and life. As in, colorful rugs and tea towels, texture from handmade pottery and smooth wooden boards, and life from fresh flowers and potted plants. These simple additions will bring lots of personality to your space!

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If you own your home, adding a splash of color in the form of patterned tile on the floors, or a vibrant trim color (as shown here) can bring a white kitchen to life. If you rent, you can get the look by focusing on the details: a colorful blue espresso pot and kitchen towels, textural woven baskets, and fresh greenery in the form of potted rosemary plants lining the window.

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Also think about how your kitchen basics are organized – I love the clean, natural look of simple glass jars for storage. They are easy to use, and look chic lined up on open shelving. Mix in a few little house plants or pots of herbs in with the objects on your open shelves, letting the foliage trail over the edge of the shelves for a relaxed, bohemian vibe.

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Photo Credits: Domino Magazine, Practising Simplicity, Amber Interiors

A happy jumble of layered textiles, comfy seating, well-used pots and pans, and fresh linens makes for a welcoming space you will be happy to come home to.

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Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange 2. Rugs Direct Gallery Kashkoli Kilim rug in camel 3. Jaipur Rugs Urban Bungalow rug in white & butter.

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

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Fashion Translation: Just a Bit Retro

Fashion is cyclical, right? What’s old becomes new again and vice versa. Sometimes it feels like I’ve just put away my high-waisted flared jeans when they are about come back. One style that feels like it’s recently reemerged in multiple variations is the retro ’70s vibe. We know this look well: satin baseball jackets, ringer tees, high waisted denim, embroidered patches… I could go on and on and on.

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Photo Credit: Marie Claire Australia via Fashion Gone Rogue.

If there’s one color that stands out in my mind as being totally on trend for this evolution of retro style, it would be tangerine orange. Actually, all shades of orange feel on-trend to me when it comes to this style, but I’m loving how fresh and new tangerine feels. Maybe it’s thanks to the doldrums of winter? Either way, I’m loving it and definitely plan to incorporate more of this happy hue into both my home and wardrobe.

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I also love the secondary colors that this shade of orange is paired with: pale pink, lavender and navy blue being my absolute favorites. The feeling of these rugs is a bit boho and found-in-a-faraway-flea-market, don’t you think?

Shopping Guide:

Surya Banshee rug

Jaipur Rugs pendant rug

Jaipur Rugs Preston rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Tides rug

Surya Banshee rug — my personal favorite!

Surya Gemini rug

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Caesar rug

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

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Texture! Texture! Texture!

While pinning my face off the other night, I noticed something interesting. Each drool-worthy space had little to no color, yet I was drawn to them like a moth to the flame. Every image was captivating. Now I have one room in my home decorated in all neutrals, but normally I’m a, “shazam, look at all that color”, kinda girl. So I started examining what exactly was drawing me into these simple yet intricate rooms.

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Way back in the day, I worked for a furniture store, and the VP of Merchandising told me interiors were, “a beige, beige world”. At the time, she was referring to the world of sofas, but suddenly I found that phrase running through my head…only this time, in a good way. A really good way. After analyzing the taupe, beige, and cream spaces, it hit me. Each room oozed texture! Jute on rattan on sheepskin on wool on linen on cotton, oh my! Add in some brass to bounce light around the room and lemme tell you, you’ve got some serious eye candy happening.

Warm. Inviting. Sophisticated. I wanted to sit on each bed or chair, curl up in a nook, and enjoy a cup of coffee. So how do you get that look for yourself? Well, first and foremost, channel Switzerland and stay neutral. Keep your pops of color to a minimum.

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When it comes to hanging art on the wall, opt for something a bit more interesting…unique. Simple baskets, musical instruments, juju hats, or get crazy with vintage tennis rackets. Let it be something that represents you, but is also dimensional.

Patina on leather just gets better with age, but to jazz it up even more, drape a sheepskin, cable knit throw, or vintage wedding blanket over the armrest for added depth. Get even cozier with soft linen pillows.

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Want more visual interest? Ground the space with a Moroccan style rug or layer a beautiful shag over simple sisal. This added texture is a fun surprise and will warm up the room.

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Shopping Guide:

Surya – Berkley

Nourison – Graphic Illusions

Loloi Rugs – Journey

Savavieh – Moroccan Shag

Nourison – Amour

Savavieh – Natural Fiber

So the next time you’re feeling stumped on what pattern might work in your space, turn everything on its head and try just adding in some texture for fun and see what happens.

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House of Hipsters!

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5 Ways to Shake Up Your Bedroom

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1. Paint the walls. Or maybe just one as an accent. Go with a really bold hue for impact, or go with something soothing to create a more relaxing space. Painting offers one of the biggest bangs for your buck, and when you’re ready for something new just cover it up and start over again.

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2. Hang some new art. Go oversized and replace your headboard. Consider a themed gallery wall. Or play with offsetting one smaller piece for some quirky flair. Whatever your preference, some fresh eye candy is sure to make your bedroom feel updated and ready for the new year.

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3. Bring in some plants. Add some hearty, oversized greenery behind the headboard or create a small tabled jungle in front of the window. Not only will a few plants add some great color during the dreary months, they’ll also help clean the air.

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4. Use a rug as your headboard. Textile art is having a huge moment right now, so if you want to ride the trend train consider this tip. Grab your favorite style of rug and attach it to the wall above your bed in place of a headboard, it will bring some texture into an unexpected area of your room. And when you’re ready to change things up yet again, you can simply place it back in its intended space – on the floor.

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5. Layer rugs. If you’re feeling especially eclectic or boho – or maybe your floors are just extra cold this winter – layer floor rugs on top of one another for a slightly overlapping look. Mix texture, color, and pattern to create the perfect look for your space.
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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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