Our Favorite Things: Bold Accent Mirrors!

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There are a million and one ways to decorate your walls. From artwork to murals to patterned wallpaper, the possibilities are endless! But one of our favorite ways is to use bold accent mirrors.

We love mirrors for a variety of reasons, one being that they instantly open up a room and make the space appear bigger. But the frames are what really give mirrors their style. There are so many different colors, patterns and textures to choose from. These great looks demonstrate how a mirror can become an instant focal point in the room:

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mirrorsFrom Left: Le Soleil Traditional Wall Mirror, Quoizel Duchess Wall Mirror, Gregory Mirror

 

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Thursday Travel To Design: Greece!

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When we think of Greek decor, we think of one thing: the ocean! Greek interior design often consists of shades of blue, white, and light earth tones. It’s one of our favorite cultures to channel in design because of the simplicity of it and the relaxing qualities of the colors and shapes associated with it.

Some of our favorite looks include long, wispy curtains draped over an open window (with the sea breeze coming through, of course!), lots of throw pillows, and low, circular tables. Check out these looks below:

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We also love these accessories that can get you started if you’re looking to go Greek!

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Shop Youngrens Pillow

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Shop Cabrera Bone Veneer Tripod Table

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Shop Gabriele Pillow

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Home Staging Secrets: Our Must-Have Tools

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Just like any professional, a Home Stager never takes on a project without some essential tools! So when you’re staging your home, it’s time to think like a professional and make sure you have what you need to do the job. These are some must-haves on our list:

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Paint Swatches

Since you’re likely going to need to paint, what better way to find the perfect color than to have an entire array of options at your fingertips? We love Mythic Paint’s Fan Deck with Sheen Guide.

Sliding Movers

Speaking of rearranging furniture, don’t risk scratching up your hardwood floors with the bottom of your furniture. Be sure to have an ample supply of sliding felt liners to stick underneath the legs of your furniture. They’ll also make it easier to slide furniture across a carpeted area.

Wood Touch-Up Kit

In the event that scratches do happen (or to cover up old ones), make sure to have a touch-up kit on hand. Most come with a variety of finishes to match any wood. Try this set from ReStor-It.

Wire Brush Set

Essential for cleaning hard-to-reach areas! A regular scrub brush just won’t do for getting rid of rust, varnish, dirt or even paint. These can be picked up at any hardware store.

Want to learn more about home staging? Check out one of Cathy’s Home Staging Classes. The next classes take place on February 7th in Atlanta, GA, February 28th in Boston, MA, and on March 14th at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina!

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Cathy’s Tuesday Tip: Get Creative With Stripes

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Stripes: simple, yet chic. We love decorating with them because they’re classic yet versatile, and can be used as subtly or as boldly as desired.

One of our favorite ways to use stripes is on the walls! Thick, bold lines make the most impact:

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While we always say “yes!” to big and bold, you can also stick with smaller striped patterns, for a more subtle effect. Try choosing accessories such as lamps, pillows, or even bedspreads.

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Shop Santa Cruz Transitional Table Lamp

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Tip: pair bold stripes with an equally bold wall color for maximum impact!

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What are your favorite ways to use stripes? Let us know!

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Our Favorite Things: Urns!

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We love urns because they’re so incredibly versatile — they come in all shapes, sizes and materials from wire to ceramic to glass. And they aren’t just for the garden! They’re also great accessories to add to your home’s interior. They can be used for multiple purposes, as well. Try using them for plantings, for storing small items and reducing clutter, or even just for decoration! Here are some of our favorites:

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From left: Multi-Block Terracotta Urn, Royal Covered Urn, Brocade Urns

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Try grouping urns together for a dramatic effect:

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They can even be used as candle holders!

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Dine & Design!

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Food doesn’t have to be the only recipe in the dining room! That’s why our Design Recipes were created — to give you step-by-step instructions, just like your favorite cookbook would.

recipeThis is one of our favorite recipes for many reasons, but we particularly love the color scheme. The soft grays and blues contrast beautifully with the warm tones of the wood floor. It’s also yet another reminder that great design is often found in simplicity! Nothing over-the-top here, just a sophisticated feel.

When decorating your dining room, remember:

– Don’t be afraid to use contrasting colors

– Keeping it simple is often the best way!

– Tailor the design to what suits you and your family best. Don’t worry about making it look like a magazine spread — it should reflect YOUR tastes!

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Thursday Travel to Design: Mexico!

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When we think of traditional Mexican decor, we see rich colors, rustic textiles, and amazing tile and stonework.

One of our favorite rooms for Mexican decor? The kitchen! Some of our favorite looks:

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We especially love the wrought iron chandelier!

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Don’t be afraid to use color! Burnt reds, teals and clay colors give an authentic feel. We also love using Mexican inspiration in other parts of the home:

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Home Staging Secrets: How To Fix Up A Bathroom On A Budget

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A complete renovation of a bathroom can get pretty expensive. Because most homebuyers know this, it’s extremely important that your bathroom is spic and span when you’re trying to sell your home — after all, no one wants to inherit a project they’ll likely have to pour thousands of dollars into!

Luckily, there are many ways to spruce up your bathroom without breaking the bank. And, they’re generally quick and easy DIY fixes! Here are some tricks to try:

1. Paint. It sounds like a no-brainer, but a fresh coat of paint really can work wonders on a room. Choose soft, relaxing colors like lavender, beige or powder blue.

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3. Clean, clean, clean. No, we’re not talking about wiping down the bathroom sink and swiping a mop over the floor. It takes some elbow grease, but a detailed bathroom cleaning involves scrubbing the tile and grout, washing curtains, bath mats and rugs, and paying attention to even the smallest spaces. Don’t forget your rubber gloves!

2. Replace fixtures: If your faucet looks outdated, it can be a major turn-off to potential buyers, because it tips them off to the fact that it hasn’t been renovated in quite some time. Updating your faucet is a quick, easy and inexpensive fix!

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Want to learn more about home staging? Check out Cathy’s Home Staging Class schedule. Upcoming classes are being held in Las Vegas on January 31st and in Atlanta on February 7th.

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Cathy’s Tuesday Tip: Jars Are For Fashion And Function!

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If you’ve noticed that jars seem to be having a moment, you’re right. They’re popping up everywhere, and for a good reason — they’re both a stylish accent to your decor, and they’re great for organizing!

Gone are the days where jars of toiletries, pantry goods, and everything else were stashed away behind cabinet doors. With many of the jar designs these days, you can keep your belongings out in the open, and keep your decor on trend at the same time.

We LOVE how these apothecary jars are used to store soap on the bathroom sink:

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There is an unlimited number of styles, colors and shapes to choose from! Here are some more of our favorites:

jars1Bright Colorant Transitional Decorative Jars

 

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Carrington Transitional Covered Vanity Jars

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What are your favorite ways to use jars? Let us know!

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Spare Room Solutions!

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It’s the age-old question for homeowners and apartment dwellers: What should you do with that spare room?

The options are endless: you could transform it into a gym, a library, an office…really anything you desire. And, it’s easy to incorporate great design! Our personal favorite way to use that extra space? Make it a spare bedroom/office combo. It’s the perfect balance between stylish and functional!

Here are some of our favorite looks:

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