Trend Alert: Cool Cobalt Blue Decor

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With autumn on our tail, you’d think we would be starting to think about warm, earthy colors, but in 2014 we’re moving away from the home decor status quo. This fall we’re going to see a spike in cool saturated colors making its way into homes, specifically the striking cobalt blue. This gorgeous shade works perfectly in almost any room. It’s relaxing in your bedroom, enticing in a living room and clean in your kitchen. It’s a beautiful color to use on your walls, or, if you’re just trying it out, as an accent color. Pair it with yellows for a high contrast look, or with different shades of blues and grays for a more muted approach.

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Color Story: Fuchsia

2014 was the year of Radiant Orchid, a cool toned medium-pink that captured the fashion, decor and beauty world by storm; but today we want to give a nod to one of Radiant Orchid’s close cousins: fuchsia. Fuchsia is a bright reddish-purple that takes its name from the equally beautiful fuchsia flower. This color would look beautiful in any season because it’s vibrant enough for summer, but rich enough for winter.

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A fuchsia dress is one way to liven up a room! It’s as dramatic as red, but a little more modern and playful.

 

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946a0a6b838a111e0c78b874c2adf852A popular choice for bride, this bold color is perfect for accenting more muted colors.

 

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And don’t forget about home decor! Adding fuchsia to your room is a fantastic way to make any room more lively!

 

Loft Space Inspiration

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New York, and many other bustling metropolitan cities are an ideal place to live. The access to culture, entertainment, and public transportation cannot easily be rivaled. But there is a setback to living in a beautiful, boisterous city: lack of space. More and more urbanites are living with less, and making the most of the small spaces they have. One great way to save space, while also adding dimension to a studio, is renting a lofted apartment. These tiny abodes, show just how much you can do with limited square footage!
airy-and-fresh-Scandinavian-bedroom-with-upstairs-closet.-by-Pikcells-Visualisation-StudioRooms can be simple, clean and modern; with white helping to widen the room.

0d7cc3acea9f8341ff5f9c74493d750aMake your footwear a focal point with a pair on each step!

3778c0ea1fafaec1af30c33dc53cdff7Lofts don’t have to be modern and minimalist. They can be feminine and shabby chic too!

159cb97a5fbc080629735500046be6f1The best tip to keep your studio looking spacious? Keep it tidy and clutter-free!

 

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29443c4ba66bf2e9e55ae9c90e895f3eWood floors and and exposed brick can add warmth to any small space, making it a cozy alcove.

 

DIY: Ribbon Garland

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A very special birthday is coming up, and the cake is definitely bound to have more candles than it can handle. But what do you do when you want to keep the celebratory impact of the cake without turning the cake into a crater? With a simple decoration that’s also easily translatable to walls: ribbon garland!
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What You’ll Need:

15mm French DF Satin Ribbon

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

Dowels

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1.Cut your ribbons into 4″ strips.DSC_0022

2. Add glue to one side of the ribbon, and place it under the string in the middle.DSC_0010

3. Fold over the ribbon and pat it down. Repeat this step with the other colors until you reached your desired length for your garland.

DSC_00414. Once the ribbon is dry, fold the tips of each ribbon meeting together. Cut on an angle doing downward.

 

5. Add dowels to each side of the cake and attach your cake garland to each side.

 

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What You’ll Need:

1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon #00299

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

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1. Repeat the steps above with 10″ lengths of ribbon.

 

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Storybook Stairway Inspiration

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Stairways are a popular image in stories because they can act as a passage to infinite possibility. They can lead to amazing wonders just beyond their steps, and be the door to dangerous secrets as well. These “bridges” can be as magical in real life as they are in fables. Creating beautiful stairs is an unexpected way to revamp your decor because they are often overlooked in homes. If you want to make your stairways more magical, here are a few of our favorite storybook staircases!97a30f8ad82f55091ee659f8f6dfea0f

This terrifying, enclosed staircase looks like it will take you into another realm as soon as you step inside!

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There is nothing more romantic than a beautiful winding staircase.

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This stairway looks like an extension of the tree that appears to be growing out of the ground!

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Sometimes all you need to really make a difference is a little bit of pattern!

Trend Alert: Pale Gray Decor

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Word on the street is that the hottest colors in home decor might actually be the coolest. We’ve been seeing pale gray everywhere from bedrooms to kitchens and studies. But why the sudden obsession with this seemingly cold shade? minimalist-interior-in-pale-palette-makes-the-views pop-9It’s clean and modern, without looking as stark and dramatic as black or white.

Astounding-white-living-room-decor-idea-with-grey-sofa-and-cushion-931x538It’s the perfect canvas for subtle pops of color.

 

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industrial-hanging-pendant-lights-and-grey-interior-wall-decor-1030x602It’s a great neutral to mix with warm browns.

 

14438973120_1feeb773fb_oIt’s a great color for the minimalist, and a perfect choice for couples who don’t want something too masculine or feminine.

Masculine Decor Inspiration

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We’re only days away from Father’s Day, a day when we celebrate some of the most important men in our lives. But what if our favorite guys weren’t dads? How do the dads of tomorrow live today? Take a look at these bachelor pads to appreciate not only the coolest dudes in your life, but the minimalist style of masculine decor. Gray Living Room Having a piece of statement artwork really helps to liven up a space that’s mainly composed of inky blues and grays.

Neutral Living RoomKeeping a neutral palette with dashes of muted color is the key to masculine decor.

Concrete Loft SpaceThe industrial elements in this loft space could instantly make this space look cold, but the Union Jack blanket instantly adds personality.

White Room with Wood SlatesUnique lighting can really elevate a room, but especially when the rest of the room is so minimal.

Gray Living Room with Leather SofaNothing says masculine style like a cognac leather chesterfield sofa, and an animal bust.

Pineapple Decor Inspiration

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a pineapple a day will guarantee your pad is the perfect paradise. Pineapples are taking the design world by storm with their geometric shapes, and fun-in-the-sun-loving vibe. Pineapple PillowsA pineapple pillow is an easy and soft way to incorporate this spiky fruit into your decor!
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This cool white statue shows off the geometric shapes which make it a designer’s dream.

Gold Door Knocker Against Green DoorLet passersby know where the party is happening with this door knocker.

Blue and White Striped Pineapple PrintAnother way to easily add this funky fruit into your decor is with a vibrant print.
Fruity Pineapple Textiles in Orange and RedPineapples also lend themselves well to textile prints like the ones above!

Quick and Easy DIY Roundup

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Let’s face it, everyone likes a little instant gratification once in a while. Whether it’s getting next-day shipping on those boots, ordering a cheeseburger through the drive-through, or eating your dessert way before dinner time, there’s a feeling of satisfaction when you get something right when you want it. Weekends are perfect for tackling long DIYs, but sometimes you just want to make something in five minutes and enjoy it!

Washi-0-Featured-645x429These easy DIYs made with washi tape from Brit + Co can be made while watching an episode of your favorite half hour sitcom with time to spare for a coffee break.

wool-felt-ball-coaster-1Speaking of coffee, make a rug for your mug with tiny felt balls! This colorful DIY from Inspired by Charm can be completed before your coffee even cools!

ispydiy_homefinds4While the jewelry that I Spy DIY made LOOKS like it took forever, we’re happy to report that it was quick and simple.

old_mantelwebWhile it may take more than a few minutes to figure out the secrets to alchemy, you can always fake it with this gilded bookend DIY from Design Sponge!

IMG_2120This set of key wristlets from Lizinspiration is the perfect DIY for us. With our selection of ribbons, we’re going to have to start making keys just so we can make all of our fabulous color combinations!

 

 

 

Chevron Decor Inspiration

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The chevron stripe has taken the design world by storm, and it’s really no wonder why. This wacky take on the classic stripe adds just enough excitement to any room. Its fun wave pattern imbues movement and modernity. If you’re trying to incorporate chevron into your own home, there’s no wrong way to go about it, but there are definitely some standout ways to showcase this pattern too. 
Paint an accent wall with thick chevron stripes to instantly liven up your space.
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Add it to your room in small doses with accent pillows. This pillow is easy to DIY with one of our flower pins!
Rugs are a popular way to include this trend in a big way without having to repaint your room.
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Adding art with the chevron stripe adds a modern touch to your home, and can easily be moved if you’re tired of the trend.
green_floor_600This beautiful tiled floor is for the truly daring. The floor is quite an undertaking, but the payoff is stunning.
Are you into the chevron trend as much as we are? Let us know which pattern is your favorite!