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Stylish Houseplants for a Happier Home

Houseplants are having a serious design moment and with good reason! Living plants help purify the air, add personality to your abode, and can even make your space look bigger. Inspiration and tips for curating your own personal houseplant collection are ahead.

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Plants add oxygen to the air and increase our connection with nature, making them a great choice for the home office. To keep your actual desk clear, position potted plants on floating shelves above and around your work area as shown here. A setup like this is surprisingly budget-friendly to put together because you can use itty bitty plants — and those are much cheaper than the big guys. Intersperse a few shiny objects, like a glass terrarium and a metallic vase, to make the whole arrangement pop.

Plant Style FP via Decor8
Plant Style
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Have an unused fireplace? Fill it with plants! Play up texture by selecting pots in a range of materials, from woven baskets to hand-thrown ceramics. And don’t forget to position a few small potted plants on the mantle — trailing varieties work especially well here.

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One of the best parts of bringing in more houseplants is choosing cute planters to put them in. Scoop up anything that catches your eye, from handmade Etsy finds to vintage pots at yard sales. Pots and planters with faces on them make a fun addition — tuck one in among your plain pots to perk things up. And don’t be afraid to buy the pots before you have plants to put in them. You can always swing by a nursery (or even Trader Joe’s) to buy a plant, but if you bring a plant home and don’t have a pot, that’s a problem!

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To make your plants into a focal point, take a cue from this space and paint a dramatic backdrop to play up the greenery. Bold, rich colors really sing in a plant-filled space, so consider deep green, turquoise, or even black. Give your plants some height by using wall-mounted and hanging planters, and setting a few pots on tables and pedestals, or lined up on bookshelves.

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Plant Style
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If you have trouble remembering to water your plants, set an alarm on your phone to help you out. And to keep your plants really happy, take a few extra minutes each time you water to dust large leaves with a rag and trim back any overgrown bits with sharp scissors. Once you start adding plants to your home, I think you’ll find that they are the finishing touch you didn’t even realize you were missing.

Botanical Rugs

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Oriental Weavers Tommy Bahama Atrium in green and ivory; Kaleen Sea Isle in green; Liora Manne Capri Palm Leaf in blue; KAS Catalina Island Breeze in green and blue.

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

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6 Unexpected Places to Use Wallpaper

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Wallpaper – it’s not just for the walls these days. The returning trend of huge, beautiful patterns doesn’t need to be relegated to one surface, instead consider all of your options. Anywhere in your home that’s asking for a little (or a lot) of pattern is fair game, and when you add in all of the removable options that exist, your options unfold exponentially. One use that I’m considering for my own home can be seen above, on the kitchen island. Paired with that oversized butcher block countertop it’s an unexpected dream!

If you prefer a platform bed or are feeling noncommittal might I recommend creating a faux headboard with a favorite wallpaper pattern? Not only can it easily be changed out with whatever decor you’re currently feeling, but it also doesn’t have to break the bank. I particularly love this idea for renters and college students who may only have a bed frame because it offers so much personality to a bedroom.

Maybe you’re minimal enough to have open cabinets in your kitchen, but are still aching for a little something extra. Think about wallpapering the back wall of each cabinet. Not only will the right pattern create a stunning backdrop for whatever you place in the cabinets, it will also act as the only art you’ll need in the kitchen.

One of my favorite ways to put wallpaper to work in an unconventional fashion is one that makes you look up! A clean pattern design like the one used here makes this office space look indescribably classy, almost creating a modern version of tin tiles in the process. The sputnik chandelier and luxe blue velvet armchair further up the class level in this lovely space.

I’d never entertained the idea of wallpapering a fireplace until seeing this one because WOW. I love that this could act as a fast fix for one that needs to be redone or as an easy facelift when you want an affordable update. Go big and bold like this dining room that’s full of character and charm or back off a bit with a more muted and refined pattern – no matter what I think it’s a super smart decorating solution.

Wallpapering a staircase is so unexpected and eye-catching! This is another idea I’m considering for my own home because it has a curved staircase that would become such an amazing element with the right pattern. I really love the graphic appeal and detail the wallpaper brings to this space.

How would you use wallpaper besides your walls?

Wallpaper Inspired Rugs

1/ Surya Quartz  2/ Oriental Weavers Tommy Bahama Atrium
3/ Dalyn St Croix  4/ Safavieh Courtyard II
5/ Rizzy Home Zingaro  6/ Artistic Weavers Stella Dalmation

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

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Nail the Look: Desert Modern

A little bit midcentury, a touch bohemian, and a whole lot of warm Southwest texture and textiles makes up this popular look. If your dream home is a cool adobe in Joshua Tree with a pottery studio out back, you’re in the right place. Read on for interior inspiration and practical get-the-look tips to bring desert modern style home, no matter where you live.


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Furniture: This is where the modern in desert modern comes in. Think vintage mid-century modern pieces in warm wood tones, like the bookshelf shown here. Sofas and chairs with simple, straight shapes work well, as do campaign furniture (like the folding leather stool seen here) and woven pieces.

Accessories: A few small accent pieces can go a long way towards creating a great desert modern look. Poke around in thrift shops, mineral stores, and antique fairs for hunks of crystal, cool rocks, and vintage pottery. Use your finds to perk up bookshelves, hold down a stack of papers on your desk, or add interest to your coffee table.


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Textiles: Bring warmth to simple, clean-lined modern pieces (like the sofa and pendant light shown here) with rich, colorful, southwest-inspired textiles. A great big rug in the living room is a great way to ground the space and set the color palette.


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Lighten up: What sets desert modern style apart from straight-up southwest or desert style is a lighter touch. Instead of bringing in lots of heavy, rustic wood furniture and painting the walls in earth tones, lighten things up with airy wire furniture legs, crisp white walls, and delicate vases of flowers.


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Cultivate your desert garden: Thankfully, cacti and succulents make excellent houseplants no matter where you live! Bring in little terracotta or handmade pots and fill them with a variety of cacti to create your own mini-southwestern indoor garden. Don’t have a green thumb? Consider picking up an art print or photo featuring desert-inspired plant motifs instead.

Desert Modern Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Scion Tribal rug; Safavieh Aspen rug; Rizzy Home Tumble Weed Loft rug; Nourison Tribal Decor rug in red.

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

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5 Paint Colors That Can Transform Your Room

White walls and neutral spaces beginning to feel a bit meh? Brushing a new color on your walls (or even just one wall) can make your space instantly feel more put-together, and telegraph a whole new sense of style. Five wow-worthy paint color ideas straight ahead.


Sincerely, Sara D. via Design Mom | Paint color: Valspar Reserve Paint in Nighttime View


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1. Navy

If you want to branch out from neutrals, but still play it safe, navy is my top recommendation. It feels current, yet classic, and goes well with just about any other colors you want to use. Navy looks elegant in the living room, and dramatic in the bath. Play up your navy walls with warm metals like brass, crisp white trim, and black and white accents. For a finishing touch, be sure to include a few items that bring some warmth to your space: natural fibers, woven baskets, houseplants, and warm hues like red and pink all work well.


Studio McGee | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Forest Green

2. Deep Green

This hue is enjoying a renaissance in popularity, especially in the kitchen! Try a deep, dark green on your kitchen cabinets for a classic-with-a-twist look. Be sure to choose a glossy finish for cabinetry, as it will stand up better to everyday use. To keep the green from overpowering your space, consider painting only the lower cabinets — keep the upper cabinets white, or replace some with open shelving for a lighter look, as shown here.


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3. Warm Pink

Pink walls aren’t just for pretty princess bedrooms — in fact, warm pink is a surprisingly versatile hue. A warm, flattering shade of pink can be a great way to tiptoe away from white walls. Try a single accent wall in the dining room, living room, or hall, and bring it to life with soft gray, greens, and plenty of white.


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Apartment Therapy | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Burnt Red

4. Statement Red

If you just want to make one big color statement in your home, my vote goes for red. A single wall painted in this fiery hue will bring your space to life in a way that no other color can match. If you paint the wall and are feeling a bit intimidated by the redness of it, try using it as the backdrop for a massive gallery wall. Hung with artwork or 3D objects like baskets or plates, a red wall brings intense focus without overwhelming.


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5. Rich Turquoise

I love turquoise. It’s rich and vibrant, yet (so unlike red) actually soothing to the spirit. If you are on the hunt for that perfect hue — one that’s attention-grabbing but not overbearing, current but not trendy — let turquoise be your new color love. Use it in the bedroom, bath, living room, dining room, or anywhere you want a hit of tropical relaxation.

Looking to complement that new wall color? Consider swapping out your (boring) old rug for something with a bit more pizazz. Here are four of my current colorful favorites:

Rug Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Dynamic Rugs Metro in ivory and light blue; Safavieh Kilim in pink and ivory; Kate Spade New York Gramercy Leopard Ikat in green and ivory; Loloi Rugs Kalliope by Justina Blakeney in blue.

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

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