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Mixing Patterns 101

Matchy-matchy patterns are out; mixing things up is in!

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If you look at any magazines, blogs, or Pinterest boards, you’ll see that people are mixing patterns left-and-right, and the results are marvelous.

Mixing patterns can be fun, but if you’re one who finds the trend confusing or stressful, then have no fear because we’re here to break it down for you!

Step 1: Pick a Pattern.

This step is easy; simply pick a pattern that you like! If you need to consider other elements in a room, opt for a pattern that is in the same color family or theme.

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For example, if you’re wanting to mix patterns in a light blue, coastal-inspired room with white furniture, pick a pattern that is in the blue family and/or has an ocean theme.

Step 2: Pick Another Pattern in a Similar Color But Different Scale.

Say, in the example above, you picked large white and blue chevron print pillows to put on your sofa and wanted to pick a second pillow print.

You might go with something like: a) a mid-sized white and blue sea shell print or b) a small-sized navy and white anchor print.

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The key is choosing colors colors that “go” together and patterns that won’t compete against each other, such as two large prints side-by-side.

If you want a third or even a fourth pattern, just repeat Step 2.

Mixing patterns is as simple as that!

Here are some things to keep in mind as you mix patterns:

  • Balance pattern usage in a room so your space doesn’t look lop-sided.
  • Break up patterns with solid colors so that the eye isn’t overwhelmed.
  • Avoid patterns on large-scale pieces of furniture; not only can this be overwhelming but more difficult to change out in the future.
  • Instead, use patterns in smaller accent pieces like pillows, throw blankets, rugs, and curtains; accent chairs can also hold patterns.

We hope this blog post has been helpful when it comes to mixing patterns. Do you like the look of mixed patterns? Why or why not? We’d love to know your thoughts!

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Ways to Effectively Child-Proof Your Home

When you have little ones visiting, some preparation is definitely in order. This can be a tricky task, so here are some ways you can child-proof your home for their safety and your peace of mind. 

Gate Unsafe Areas

If you have toddlers or small children visiting, use gates as barriers for dangerous places like stairways or fireplaces. You may also want to use gates to block off kitchens and laundry rooms. 

Including the Pool 

Pools can be especially dangerous, even if a child is being supervised, so, if you have a pool, make sure to close its gate or purchase a retractable pool fence to go around your pool. 

Close the Dog Door

Make sure that your dog door is also closed because small children can easily crawl through it and wander outside. In a lot of cases, it’s as easy as dropping the panel and locking it.

Close Other Doors

Close doors to bathrooms and other places you don’t want children to enter. This is especially helpful when toddlers come over as some cannot open doors on their own. 

Lock Down Toilets

You would think that this is unnecessary, but some small children like to play with toilets, so get a toilet seat lock to prevent them from making a mess in your bathroom.

Relocate Cleaning and Laundry Products

Although you could install cabinet locks, it’s best to just be safe and relocate all cleaning and laundry products to a high shelf where children won’t be able to reach them.

Put Away Sharp and Heavy Objects

This is a common-sense move, but be sure to put away objects that are sharp or heavy like pencils, scissors, dumb bells, or coffee table books (just to name a few).  

Get a Stove Top Cover

After you’re done cooking, the stove is still hot, and little hands may try to touch it no matter how many times you tell them “hot,” so invest in a stove top cover. They also double as servers!

Remove Unnecessary Wires and Cover Outlets 

Children also like to mess with wires, so unplug and remove any unnecessary wires you have in your home. Then cover the outlets with outlet cover plugs to keep children from sticking their fingers or toys in them.

Clean Corners

Don’t neglect to clean your corners because they can harbor dust bunnies and spider webs, which small children will find- because they find everything- and play with.  

We hope these tips are helpful as you child-proof your home for your little visitors. What safety measures do you find especially important? Tell us in the comments!

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How to Maximize Your Small Space

If you have smaller rooms, then you know the value of making ever square foot count. Check out our tips for maximizing your small spaces.

Declutter

The first step in maximizing a small space is decluttering. Get rid of unnecessary items and bulky pieces to open up your space. This will give you more room for activities or storage, depending on the room’s purpose. Decluttering will also open up your space and make it appear larger than what it is.

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Organize and Store Items

Now that your space is free of clutter, it’s time to organize everything that remains. This will also help free up space and make your room look larger. Reorganize drawers and closets for maximum storage. Also, put smaller items in boxes and bins to really consolidate your belongings.

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Paint it White

Darker colors tend to close a room in, so paint your walls white to make your space look larger and more open. This will also help your furniture and accessories better stand out. There are many different shades of white, so you have a number of options to consider such as cool, warm, and neutral tones.

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Rethink Your Floor Plan

Instead of using spaces for their intended purposes, create small places throughout your home that suit your needs. What’s the point of having a dining room set in the dining room if you rarely entertain? That space could possibly serve better as an office or craft room with some additional seating.

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Use Double-Duty Furniture

Choose furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, you can get a counter-height table behind your sofa that serves as a sofa table and desk, or a sofa table and dining space. Getting multi-purpose pieces like this cuts down on the amount of furniture you have, which saves and maximizes your space.

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Maximizing your small space may take some work and creativity, but the result will pay off when you feel like you live in a more open, functional space.

Do you have plans to better maximize your space? Tell us in the comments!

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Tips for Designing Your Own Backyard Oasis

Sometimes, it’s just nice to lounge outside, especially if the weather is nice. Don’t have a setup? Turn your backyard into the oasis of your dreams with these design tips.  

Outdoor Furniture Set

The first step in setting up your backyard space for lounging is getting an outdoor furniture set. There are a lot of options; you can get a sectional, sofa, or just a couple of chairs and a table like the Cotton Road set.  

Chair 

Speaking of chairs, make sure you have a comfy chair for yourself to sit in while you’re in your backyard. Opt for a chair and ottoman, a chaise lounger, or a papasan chair, which are particularly cozy. 

Pergola

If you don’t have a porch, you may want to consider constructing a pergola over your outdoor seating area for some shade. Overtime, you can gain more shade by allowing vines to grow throughout the pergola. 

Fire Pit 

Although we’re in the Sunshine State, it’s still nice to gather around a fire from time to time, especially on those chilly nights. You can build your own fire pit or buy one like the Paradise Trail round fire pit table

Plants

Add some interest and natural beauty to your backyard by getting some new plants. There are a number of ways you can introduce plants to your backyard from planting flower beds to putting foliage in planters. 

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Pond

Although creating a pond in your backyard may take some work, the sound of trickling water will certainly be worth it once you’re resting with your eyes closed and listening to sounds of the fountain in your backyard pond. 

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We hope this blog post has given you some inspiration when it comes to redesigning your backyard. What do you like having in your outdoor spaces? Tell us in the comments!

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Tips for Setting up an Indoor Bar

Having an indoor bar at home can be a nice feature, especially if you want to avoid traveling and crowds. With the right pieces, you can transform any space into the place to kick back at the end of the day.    

High-Top Seating

A counter-height dining set like the Bolanburg or Skempton sets the stage for cocktails and conversation. There are a variety of styles, and some tables even come with storage and space for wine bottles.

Wall Art

Another thing that helps style an indoor bar is wall art. Opt for a statement piece that goes along with the theme of the space and expresses your unique style. 

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Music System

Whether you like playing music through a Jukebox, record player, or smart speakers, music is a must for your home bar as it helps create an ambiance. If you and your friends are big music fans, consider getting a karaoke machine, too!

Bar Cart

When you don’t have a designated bar, a bar cart is handy to have, especially in small spaces. This portable piece of furniture holds all of your essentials and can be rolled away when all the fun is done.  

Cabinet 

Speaking of putting things away, it’s also good to have a cabinet in your home bar area as it keeps you from having to go all the way to the kitchen for your tools and ingredients. Plus, they can serve as a gorgeous accent piece like the Premridge.

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We hope these suggestions for creating your own indoor bar will help you make a space that’s relaxing and enjoyable. Do you already have a bar in your home? What are your must-haves? Tell us in the comments! 

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Tips to Better Organize Your Closet

We all know that closet space is important, but how many of us are making efficient use of that space? If you want to tidy and optimize your closet storage, try out these tips to better organize your closet. 

Install Extra Racks and Shelves

Need more storage? Install some extra racks and shelves! Just make sure they’re wall-mounted for a more compact setup that saves space. 

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Try Out Space Saver Clothes Hangers 

Many people’s closets are jam-packed with clothes, looking like they could burst. If you have the same dilemma, try out some space saver clothes hangers and save up to 80% more space in your closet. 

Invest in a Shoe Rack

Getting a shoe rack is a simple solution that will save you room, clutter, and time. There are number of shoe rack styles, but, if you have a small closet, opt for an over-the-door or hanging shoe organizer. 

Hang up a Closet Caddy 

Another thing you can hang up in your closet is a caddy. These are especially useful to have in pantries and linen closets for smaller items. 

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Roll in a Storage Chest

If you have a number of smaller accessories or keepsakes, getting a rolling storage chest can help you be more organized and not lose valuable items. 

Storage Bins

If you don’t have space for a storage chest, getting a few storage bins is the next best thing. Bins are also better for storing larger items or bags of smaller items. 

We hope this list of suggestions has been helpful to you as you figure out how to better organize your closet. What is key (or what would be key) to keeping your closets organized? Tell us in the comments!

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Fall Home Decor Ideas

Fall is just around the corner, and you know what that means- pumpkin patches, pumpkin spice lattes, and fun fall decor! Get ready for the changing seasons with these home decor ideals you’ll simply fall for (pun intended).

Pumpkins

First on our list of fall home decor ideas are none other than, you guessed it, pumpkins! Nothing says “fall” quite like these members of the gourd family, and they can be used to decorate your home in a plethora of ways.

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Orange

If there’s another thing that says “fall,” it’s the color orange, the color of pumpkins and fall leaves. Incorporating orange into your home is very easy this time of year with all of the fall-inspired decor on the market.

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Fall Leaves

Fall leaves are gorgeous and make a lovely addition to any fall-time vignette. They’re also great to use for wreaths at your front door or hanging elsewhere in your home.

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Cattails

Add some unexpected flair to your fall decor by popping in some cattails! This unique plant has found its way into the fall scene this year, so if you wanted to switch things up, consider adding cattails to your vases or other arrangements.

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Cotton

Another thing you might want to throw in are some cotton stalks. These provide a particularly rustic and Southern look to your fall home decor.

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Buffalo Check

This classic pattern seems to find its way into every season, and, in fall, it looks especially homey surrounded by oranges and seasonal vegetation.

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Plaid and Stripes

The season is changing from stars and stripes to plaids and stripes, so be sure to keep playing with patterns into the fall season.

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Fall Signage

There are so many fall signs from simple to detailed, sweet to down-right funny. We won’t limit you to just one, but try not to go overboard!

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Baskets

Baskets are quite popular this year; you’ll often see them hanging on walls, but you’ll also find them in corners, as part of vignettes, or as centerpieces.

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Crates

Crates can be used in a number of creative ways and make great decor for the fall as its the season of the harvest.

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We hope this list of fall home decor ideas has given you some inspiration. Which of these ideas do you see yourself incorporating into your decor? Tell us in the comments!

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Back-to-School Ideas for Kids’ Bedrooms

Not all kids will be “going back to school” this fall. A number of students will opt to stay at home and take their classes online, so having a homework space is more important than ever. If your child is doing virtual school, consider one of these options for their bedroom:

Loft Bed with a Desk 

Don’t have much room for a desk in your child’s bedroom? Consider getting a loft bed for them and placing a desk underneath! This is an efficient use of space and houses your kid’s workspace in a neat, little nook. 

Corner Desk

Speaking of designated workspaces, another option is utilizing a corner of their room with a corner desk. This setup is also ideal for students who need more surface space for their computer and supplies. 

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Wall-Mounted Desk

For those who are extremely limited on space, a wall-mounted desk might be a good option for students with laptops. It provides a workspace when needed, and then the desk neatly collapses back into the wall.  

Other Furniture

In addition to a desk, you might also want to get your child a bookcase or set of cubbies for storage. If your child’s room is large enough, you could get them a recliner, a chair and ottoman, or even a bean bag for a place to hang out besides their bed when they need to take a break from their work.  

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Our kids have experienced a lot of changes in the past several months and will continue to live life differently for a while, but giving them a designated place to do their school work can give them some routine and stability. 

We hope this blog post on back-to-school ideas for children’s bedrooms has been helpful. How do you plan on helping your child adjust to doing school work from home? We’d love to hear from you!

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Home Decor Mistakes to Avoid

One’s choice in home decor is personal, and while there’s no “wrong” way to decorate your home, there are certain ways of decorating that are more aesthetically pleasing and save problems down the road. Here are several home decor mistakes to avoid:

Buying Low-Quality Furniture

A low price may be tempting, but you usually get what you pay for when it comes to furniture. Instead of buying furniture that will break down and need replacing, invest in good quality furniture that will last you for years to come.

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Matching Everything

While there should be a cohesive color scheme and style in a room, avoid looking too matchy-matchy because it can feel a bit cold and dated; ultimately, it lacks visual appeal. Visit home interior magazines and blogs as well as Pinterest for ideas on how to mix and match your decor. 

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Too Much Decor

There are a plethora of attractive accessories on the market, but avoid going overboard on accessories in your home. As the adage goes, less is more; not only is that today’s style, but a more minimalist look emphasizes the decor that you do have instead of everything getting lost in a sea of signs and knick knacks. 

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Neglecting Your Walls

If your walls are in poor condition or look stale, give them that much-needed coat of paint that they deserve. Also, opt for a neutral color or an earth tone that will go with your existing furniture and decor. Keep your walls clean and simple- they make more of an impact than you realize. 

Poor Lighting

You want to be able to see your beautiful home, so make sure to invest in light fixtures and lamps as needed. Save money and energy by getting bright energy-efficient bulbs.  

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We hope this list of home decor mistakes to avoid was helpful. Which home decor mistake do you make sure to avoid? Tell us in the comments!

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The Best Essential Oils for Every Mood You Want to Create in Your Home

Oftentimes, we focus on how our homes look, but what about how they smell? Scent definitely contributes to our homes’ atmosphere, and there are a number of ways we can introduce different scents in our homes. 

One way to fill our homes with scents is through diffusing essential oils, and they come in as many different scents as there are herbs. Essential oils are also known to help boost mood, so here are the best essential oils for every mood you want to create in your home.

Lavender 

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils as it smells lovely and has a calming effect, which is ideal for home, especially in the bedroom. health. This essential oil is particularly helpful to diffuse in your home if you have tension in your head or neck.

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Lemon

Need a refresher? Lemon provides just that with its energizing, uplifting scent- that’s why it’s used in so many products from skincare to cleaning agents. Quick trick: make it seem like you just cleaned your house by diffusing lemon! 

Wild Orange

Like lemon, a Wild Orange also has an energizing scent with the added bonus that it purifies the air, too! Whereas lemon is refreshing, Wild Orange is more stimulating, so it’s best used in work spaces like a home office or craft room. 

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Rose

Studies have shown that rose essential oil decreases anxiety and stress levels with its soothing, stress-relieving aroma. This essential oil can be diffused anywhere, but you may want to try diffusing rose in your bathroom to create a spa-like atmosphere. 

Sage

Sage is another essential oil that helps alleviate stress by inducing a sense of well-being. Not only can it illicit feelings of relaxation, but sage can also help reduce blood pressure and depression. Try diffusing it in the family room to put everybody in a good mood!  

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There are five best essential oils to choose from as they all help boost mood. Which essential oil(s) do you like to diffuse in your house? Tell us in the comments!