6 EXPERT HACKS OUR INTERIOR DESIGNERS SWEAR BY

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via Amy Wicks at Laurel & Wolf – When it comes to home design, we love a good mood board, and we’re all for collecting inspirational images on Pinterest, but nothing can replace the ease of working with an interior designer when you want to see a room come together fast (and on a budget!)

Here’s why: our designers have access to the best pricing–thanks to Laurel & Wolf’s longstanding relationships with all the best retailers and wholesalers–and they have years of experience in creating spaces that are deeply personal to their clients.

With this in mind, we asked a few of our favorite designers if they would be willing to spill their best design secrets; the hacks they use time and again, when they want to do a quick room makeover.

FOCUS ON A FOCAL WALL

Interior designer Lori Evans suggests honing in on one or two areas in your space. Love color? Paint one wall your favorite color and let everything pop! Love texture? Create a statement wall with some appeal. “Wood strips from your local home improvement store, wallpaper with some texture and fake brick paneling can enhance your room and make everything look richer,” she said.

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GIVE YOUR BED FRESH STYLE.

mediumLooking for a way to give your bedroom a fresh outlook, a small change to the bedding can bring life back into a room. With 2018’s focus on trends such as geometrics, creative marks and big photo blooms. The choices are endless to re-energize your bedroom whatever your style House of Decor will have the perfect bedding for you.

First up is High Contrast Geometrics with bold tile designs in mustard yellow combined with grey, navy and duck egg blue add a nostalgic feel of 60’s & 70’s while the white negative space brings the designs up to date.

The 3D geometric pattern on the Hex Lines Geometric bedding from House of Decors Geometric Arte range is perfect to add a modern touch to the trend. To add interest use contrasting cushions don’t be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours. Check out the Geometric cushions from this Premium textiles range. Continue reading at Dwell.com 

EMBRACE YOUR INNER DESIGNER & CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN DREAM ROOM

wd_maidenhome_blog_-9_preview-683x1024There are a few things in life I’ve recently realized are nearly impossible to find. 1.) the perfect wedding dress. 2.) a kitchen table that feels like home and 3.) my dream sofa. My fiancé and I spent months, actually years, looking for our dream sofa. And we ironically found it on a lazy weekend afternoon at an Odds & Ends Furniture Warehouse closeout sale. It was just one of those serendipitous Sundays where we both looked at each other with heart eye emojis and said, “We NEED to buy this sofa!” It was the one.

But, I can honestly say, if it wasn’t for that one rogue unicorn sofa, I think we would still be on the hunt.

Of course, after my sofa search came to full fruition, a unique custom furniture company by the name of Maiden Home, reached out to W&D in regards to partnering on a custom interior design project. As I browsed through their website I couldn’t wait to learn more about their process.

Lately, with my own bohemian home decor company, Arden Trading Co., I’ve been thinking a lot about customizing my own pillows, duvet covers, and even furniture. The world of creating your own home goods is so interesting to me! So when I discovered that you can customize your own furniture with Maiden Home I looked at Kate and said, “We need to do this!” How fun!  Continue reading and Wit & Delight

This Popular Designer Couple Just Launched a Chic Shop on Amazon Prime

novogratz-products-amazonGetting HGTV-approved interior decor has never been so easy, thanks to the duo behind The Novogratz. Robert and Cortney Novogratz have recently paired up with Amazon to give decor-lovers and Amazon Prime fans alike a seamlessly chic shopping experience with their new storefront.

The Novogratz Amazon shop is filled with 150 pieces of furniture, art, lighting, and so much more. If it’s not the incredibly adorable designs that draw you to the shop, maybe the low price points and Amazon Prime efficiency will convince you.

In addition to their entertaining home life with seven children, the couple’s love for decorating has been featured on Bravo and HGTV, and now, we’ll be able to decorate our homes with their taste in mind. Read on to see some of our favorite pieces from the collection, and bookmark these items for your next redesign!

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The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom

2017-08-09_12-44-25So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match? Before I know it, I’m completely paralyzed by the whole situation and need my trusted design friends to rush over and help ease me into the right decisions. I rationalize my indecisiveness to the fact that space planning and room layouts are so crucial to the overall vibe a home puts forth.

To help, we turned to California designer Becki Owens to lay out some fundamentals when it comes to the art of placement. She consistently creates fresh, swoon-worthy interiors that always feel right on the mark. Below, Becki outlines four things to remember when setting up a bedroom to introduce good, healthy flow. Sleep tight!

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The 5 Things Interior Designers Always Notice in Your Home

what-interior-designers-notice-homesWouldn’t it be so nice to know what an interior designer actually notices in your home? Having this information would make it that much easier when you clean or decorate new spaces, or even when you decide what to renovate and what to leave as is. It can be somewhat difficult to take a critical eye to your own space that you see consistently day after day, but knowing where to place your focus and creative energy would certainly help to take out some of that guesswork, so we decided to reach out to design professional Shelly Gerritsma from Canter Lane Interiors instead. Read on to learn the five design elements she always notices first and wants you to focus on first as well.

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Add Impact Above The Sofa

11-decoration-ideas-above-the-sofa-homebncYour couch is the hub of family activity and a place that guests will gravitate to. That empty space is the perfect opportunity to make a bold, gorgeous visual statement. We’ve rounded up some captivating, inspiring ideas sure to add major impact. Decorating over the couch can be tricky. The space is usually big, blank, and highly visible. That prime decorating space is usually between six to eight feet wide. That is a huge area and should be treated as a huge area when thinking of accessories that will work. It other words, think big!

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More Homes Sold, Fewer Available

2017-03-02_11-47-28via The New York Times – According to data from the National Association of Realtors, the number of existing homes sold in 2016 was the highest in a decade: 5.45 million single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops were sold, up 3.8 percent from 5.25 million in 2015. The previous high, in 2006, was 6.48 million.

All but the least expensive homes (those priced up to $100,000) showed an increase in sales, with the greatest gains for homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000.

Not surprisingly, by the end of 2016 the number of existing homes for sale had dropped 6.3 percent compared with a year earlier, to 1.65 million — the lowest number since the National Association of Realtors began tracking that figure in 1999. Coupled with rising interest rates, that could make buying a home more challenging in 2017.

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More millennials buying homes without parents’ help

2017-01-11_10-49-39Younger homeowners are increasingly buying first homes, without the Bank of Mom and Dad.

Sometimes they go it alone out of a desire for independence; sometimes it’s a reflection of their parents’ financial realities. Whatever the reason, area real estate agents say the trend speaks well of millennial homebuyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials were the largest generation of homebuyers in 2015 at 35 percent, and 67 percent of them were first-timers. The association’s 2016 “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers” report notes that the second-most popular way for first-time buyers to finance their down payment was a gift from a relative or friend, at 24 percent – a drop from 27 percent in 2015. (Savings was the preferred choice among 76 percent of respondents.)

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