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    Accessorizing an Arts and Crafts House

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Saturday, February 13, 2016

    LampInteriorThe Arts in Crafts style is defined by the small items that help to give it its name, even though its focus is on broad design principles and a philosophy of naturalism. The literal “arts" and “crafts" of the style is a reference to the handmade, unique items that are built by master craftsmen, and these are the objects that best help define Arts and Crafts homes. Here are some accessories that are quite common in an Arts and Crafts home.

    Lamps


    During the early 20th century, when the Arts and Crafts style achieved popularity, built-in lighting fixtures weren't very common. Even though modern lighting is also incorporated, lamps are an accepted addition to many Arts and Crafts houses. Several lamp designs are prevalent in those dwellings.

    Lanterns have a Japanese design influence, however, they have a simplicity and practicality that appealed to early Arts and Crafts designers. Lanterns made of wood or copper, with traditional paper or frosted glass incorporated as lenses, are common.

    This mica lamp is, hands down, the most recognizable kind of Arts and Crafts lamp. This lamp is usually made with a ceramic or metal base and is known for its tinted mica shade, often with dark silhouettes of animals, trees or other accents on the shade. The silhouettes are illuminated, and a warm orange glow is emitted when the light is turned on.

    Clocks


    One of the greatest crafts shown off in this style of design is clock making. Arts and Crafts design and clocks go so well together because clocks are a reflection of the design philosophies of pragmatism and simple beauty. Wood is the usual material used for clocks in this style, and they range in size from small mantle clocks to full-size grandfather clocks.

    Arts and Crafts clocks typically have wood that is highly polished and simply decorated. Many are cut so that the top is a bit more narrow than the bottom. Some have woodcarvings near the face of the clock, and some have an inset panel of stained glass.

    Art Tiles

    Tile making is another craft that is popular in the Arts and Crafts style. These can be incorporated into room design as backsplashes or as part of a mosaic, but may also be framed and displayed as artwork. Art tiles are typically square or rectangular and they tend to be made from ceramics. They come in different sizes and some sets can include multiple tiles that are supposed to display as a triptych.

    Decorations on art tiles can be painted, carved, or a combination of the two. They typically have nature scenes or natural motifs of plants, birds, and animals. Some may show a single scene that is also shown during different seasons and different days.

    Rugs


    Rugs are very popular for Arts and Crafts rooms. The rugs are usually made as large area rugs and they feature geometric designs and simplified but naturalistic depictions of flowers, vines, or sometimes animals. Instead of being crafted from synthetic materials, they are usually made using wool or silk, and they can feature Celtic and Asian knot border designs.


    Log Cabin Décor Motifs

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Saturday, February 13, 2016

    LogCabinLog cabin décor can be kitschy, romantic or elegant. It all depends on what you like. One great way to make a log cabin design come together is to choose a single unifying motif that appears throughout the home and shows up in various places like dish towels, knick knacks and wall sconces. You can define you space with these popular log cabin motifs.

    Woodland Animals

    One of the longest lasting motifs for log cabin design involves woodland creatures. This is a detail that is usually made to fit the individual cabin: moose in Maine, black bears in Yosemite, salmon in Alaska, and so forth. Visitors will feel more in harmony with their natural environment if you incorporate design touches that evoke local animals.

    Adding animal motifs throughout a log cabin can be done in a ton of ways. You could use paintings, sketches, or nature drawings of animals as a great form of artwork for your walls. Faux-fur details are a great way to subtly evoke an animal with harming his real-life counterparts. Printed fabrics are another great choice for you if you want to show off an animal motif.

    Water


    For reasons involving convenience and recreation, log cabins are often located near water. Whether you have a soft and still lake, a tumbling cascade or a wild river near your cabin, incorporating a water motif just makes total sense. You will create a balance by incorporating both in your cabin, as the harmony of wood and water is an ancient thing.

    You could add an indoor fountain to your home in order to add a water motif to your décor. You don't need anything large or showy; it can be quite amazing how peaceful you can feel with a small fountain's soft tinkling. Other possible additions include floating candle bowls. Choose a color palette that includes shades of blue and white, and include some water motifs in the artwork.

    Trees


    If it isn't enough for you to just have a cabin made of wood, why not add a tree motif? A guest in a log cabin can benefit greatly from remembering that cabins don't simply sprout of out of nothing; it was once a tree, and then became something of great use. Tree motifs are extremely popular in log cabin design, and they can be used in lots of amazing ways.

    When you add tree-themed décor, you need to remember that the tree isn't working alone in being the motif. You can include pine needles, changing leaves, acorns, nuts, and bark in their natural forms or as motifs. Get a rug with an acorn or leaf motif, or create a natural potpourri with jars of pine needles and cones.

    Of course, trees themselves can make a beautiful motif. On top of being depicted in realistic artwork, you can also have them carved into wood furniture or silhouetted over light sources like candles or sconces. You can also give your décor a whimsical and retro feel with cute novelty tree items, like paper towel holders or kitchen canisters.


    The Good and the Bad of the Tiny Home Trend

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Monday, February 8, 2016

    TinyHomeWe have all seen articles and news pieces about the new trend of “tiny homes". They are houses or buildings that are made to be as minimalistic as possible, with the goal of acquiring less stuff and taking up the least space humanly possible. Though it may seem a bit silly to some, this idea has really taken on a life of its own, and seems to speak to people who really just want to enjoy a simplistic life without all the hassle of maintaining a big home and a giant yard. With that in mind, let's talk about the possible pros and cons of having a minimalistic home and just what that would entail.

    Storage

    Storage space is the biggest concern and question for most people. These homes serve the purpose of helping to actually cut down on the amount of things that a person has so that they only keep exactly what is needed. It'd be a great way to cut down on the amount of junk some of us seem to acquire over the years; but is there enough room for the things you absolutely do need? Minimalists say “yes!" as long as you are invested in making it work, you can find a way. These tiny homes are very creative in allowing for storage in all the nooks and crannies, and with the smaller or convertible furniture, you may actually even have more floor space than you do in your current home setup.

    Close Quarters

    It doesn't matter how large a home is, sharing it with someone every second of every day can sometimes be grating. In a tiny home, there isn't anywhere in the home you can go when you have a disagreement or just want to be alone. On the plus side, this could force you to go outside and take a walk around the block or explore the nature you're surrounded by, but if the weather's bad, that would certainly be a con!

    Daily Living

    While a mini-kitchen and small shower may be fine when you're talking about a hotel room, is it really something that you want in a year-round home? On one hand, you aren't going to have to worry about having a zero-productivity day because of soaking up in the shower or bath, but on the other hand this is a luxury that some people just aren't able to do without. Small kitchens can be worked around and adapted to fit the needs of the people occupying the space, but the bathroom is a place where people spend a good amount of their lives and they want it to be a comforting environment.

    What is the verdict? Would you ever live in a “tiny house" or are you comfortable in your current setup? Both have their perks and flaws and everyone is different, the hope is that there is room for both types to live happily and peacefully as neighbors.


    2016 and Trends for Interior Design

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Friday, February 5, 2016

    InteriorDesignIn the world of home décor, a new year brings with it new, hot trends to follow. This year is the same, but it brought with it some surprises that people didn't see coming. Of course, no one will love every trend that's out there, but it's always fun to find a new style or taste that you just love and want to fill your house with. The following are some of the top trends taking over Pinterest this year:

    Grey Is In!


    Grey on everything, and a pop of color with pictures, throw pillows, and floral arrangements is one of the biggest trends of the season. Grey couches and walls are all extremely popular in some of the most beautiful modern homes, and using color around this dull tone is what really makes the color stun. Don't be afraid to go too crazy—with grey, nothing is off limits! You can choose from every single color in the rainbow when choosing accompanying pieces; in fact, one of the most attractive companions for a dark grey setting is bright sunshine yellow.

    Repurposing

    There's nothing better for a DIYer than taking something you're done with and making it into something you can use again. Upcycling is the best way to save money, and it's also a great benefit for the environment. There isn't anything that is off limits when it comes to repurposing; a cement block, and old tire, a broken pallet box are all things that could work. The internet is full of tutorials and tips on how to turn a basic item into a gorgeous masterpiece—use your imagination and go crazy!

    Take It to the Wall

    Finding a place for everything can be quite the hassle for those with small kitchens and limited storage space. The fortunate thing is that displaying your pots, pans, and cookware accessories on the wall is perfect this year. All that is needed is a pot rack or pegboard with hooks and a clear space on the wall where your new accent pieces can be placed.

    Pro Tip: Your display can't achieve the beautifying look that you want if your dishes aren't clean and free of rust.

    Wallpaper Everywhere

    Coming as a big surprise to everyone, wallpaper is making a comeback! This was a big trend from the 1970s to 1990s but it has died out a bit since then - however, 2016 seems to be the year of the comeback.

    It isn't necessary to go crazy with wild patterns or dizzying flower motifs, the best course of action is sometimes simple. Some wallpaper might be just what is needed to give a room that spark of color and pizzazz that has been missing.

    So, which trend for 2016 is your favorite? What do you think is going to be the most popular décor choice for the year?


    Make Your Home Yours

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    LivingRoomPicturesThere is no greater feeling than creating something and having the knowledge that it came from your talents. “Do it yourself" and “handmade" have become two of the most used phrases in the 21st century, and with good reason! Homemade is in, the less costly it is the better it is. We live in a world where it's possible to add flair to a room with a trip to the home goods store and a few online tutorials, meaning that it isn't required that we spend tons of cash on a living room remodel. One of the best things is that it's all up to you, here money is no object and the whole thing can be as cheap or as costly as you like. The following are a few ways that you can upgrade your living space yourself:

    Refinishing Furnishings


    Adding a dash of paint or a new layer of fabric to an old and fading furniture piece can really liven up a room, and make you feel like you just purchased a brand new set from the showroom. Many arts and crafts and home improvement stores have everything you need to start your makeover, and some even offer classes to help you do it! Don't underestimate just how much your day and routine can be brightened up by a little change.

    A Hand-Painted Portrait

    If you're artistic and you know it, why not show it? Painting classes are all the rage in 2016 and if you get into one of these fun courses, then you will instantly have a painting ready to be added over your fireplace or along an accent wall. Often you'll be able to choose what works best for your décor and personal style as you're typically able to see what the instructor is going to be teaching on any given week. And, on the plus side if you have any visitors come over and ask about your amazing painting, you can proudly respond that it's your creation!

    Custom Lighting

    Typically, when you read the words “custom lighting," visions of pricey and shiny fixtures come to mind. That does not always have to be the case. Something that the entire family can be a part of is creating a fun and unique lampshade or chandelier cover. You can piece together sea shells from your recent trip to the beach, or pictures from your last photo shoot, and make a beautiful lighting fixture that is guaranteed to be one of a kind. Tutorials and tips can be found all over the internet, don't be afraid to dive in and make it your own!

    These tips are a great way to get started in creating your crafty home decor. When you're on a budget and don't have the money to fully jump in, bargain shopping for deals and checking online for bulk discounts is great for saving money. Nothing should hold you back from experiencing the joy and pride of knowing that the item you love so much was built and fashioned lovingly by you.


    Creating Serene Bathroom Spaces

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    SereneBathroomThe relaxing environment of a spa is one of the things people love most about going to on. From the smells, to the colors to the aroma that hits you as soon as you walk in, there's something extremely peaceful about a spa. Just think about how great it would be if your bathroom could be turned into a private spa oasis. The following are 7 little tidbits to help you achieve peace and relaxation whenever you enter your bathroom.

    1. Tranquil Colors

    You would be surprised how much a light and soothing color palette can change your mood as soon as you enter a room. Choosing the right color for your bathroom can make all the difference, a light yellow or off white can give it that Spa feel you are looking for.

    2. Aromatherapy


    Find candles and sprays that you can use in order to make your space more pleasing to your senses, filling your bathroom with scents that you find enjoyable.

    3. An Amazing Bath Experience

    A great bathtub goes a long way in making a perfect bathroom, but if it isn't possible to fit a claw foot tub in your space, there are things that can be done to make your time in the tub a heavenly experience. Bath bombs and bath salts, neck pillows, soothing soaps, adjustable rainforest showerheads, a movable reading rack and the perfect loufa can all make you feel like you just stepped out of a 5 star spa.

    4. Plush Rugs, Towels and Robes

    You don't want to have a cold and dank bathroom, you want something that feels cozy and warm. Select some beautiful, high quality rugs and towels to fill the space. You can get some high quality, beautiful rugs and towels to fill the space. And there's nothing better than slipping into a warm and fluffy robe after finishing a luxurious hot shower or bath.

    5. Peaceful Sounds

    A little bit of ambiance in the bathroom can go a long way. A small tabletop waterfall for trickling water sounds or a Bluetooth speaker than plays slow, sleep inducing music can all contribute to achieving the perfect retreat-like atmosphere.

    6. Cleanliness is Key


    A messy bathroom is the one thing that can ruin any peaceful bath time experience. Before going in to enjoy your shower or bath make sure that your bathroom is clean, tidy and well stocked - you won't regret it. You should be spending your time in the water without any worries. There's nothing worse than trying to make it to your own home's spa and tripping over towels and shampoo bottles.

    7. State of Mind


    Your worries should be left at the door. A person's mood and temperament can ruin a great spa experience and this is something that you would love to enjoy, isn't it? Your bathroom time is your quiet time, take at least a few minutes (or more) out of each day to just relax and not fret about the daily grind. You'd be amazed what a good bath or shower can do for you if you turn your mind off and let the water take over.


    Furnishing Your Arts and Crafts Porch

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Saturday, January 30, 2016

    Homes in the Arts and Crafts style tend to have a front porch that is traditional and common in the style, and that's one of the many joys of it. Before air conditioning the porch, this deep, cool and shady area was the only shelter from the summer heat. Decorating an Arts and Crafts porch in a way that is appropriate for the style just makes sense. Here's how you can get that done!

    Start with Seating

    Simplistic, elegant and functional furnishings made from wood are a hallmark of the Arts and Crafts style. Whenever possible you should have chairs, rocking chairs, or porch swings made of wood. Cherry, maple, oak or pine are all ideal woods to use.

    You should have cushions made from simple, natural materials such as cotton or linen, and you don't need to worry about fade-proof materials since the porch is shaded to begin with. Keep your covers stain free for years by looking for machine washable, removable covers. Nice colors to choose from are earth tones like cocoa, sage or clay.

    The genial atmosphere of the porch is great for encouraging conversations and long evenings of relaxation, so you should think about adding extra seating for guests. Benches and long swings make it easy to seat several people without bulky chairs because of their narrow construction, making them perfect for the job.

    Lighting Ideas


    The popularity of Arts and Crafts lighting means that you're just in luck, as it exists today in many modern versions. Lanterns, wall sconces and chandeliers are all great choices for an Arts and Crafts porch. Popular versions feature a square lantern shape of polished wood or copper joints and opaque glass. It may even be possible to find cute novelty light strands featuring mini-lanterns with metal shades for overhead lighting.

    Plants

    The Arts and Crafts style is all about honoring man's harmony with nature, so it makes sense to feature some beautiful plants on your porch. Colorful baskets of geraniums or fuchsias or a simple container garden of useful herbs are both great ideas to choose from. Avoid any pots made from plastic, resin or glass and instead use plain terra-cotta or beautifully crafted ceramics.

    Extras


    Lots of special touches can be added to your Arts and Crafts porch to make it unique. You can turn your porch into an all-weather spot by adding a ceramic or metal free-standing fire pit or fire bowl. You can also give guests another cozy option with a storage chest filled with warm, natural-fiber blankets.

    Adding elements nearby critters will enjoy can help you keep your harmony with nature. You can help keep your porch fauna-friendly with a simple birdbath, bird feeder, or even a snack tray for squirrels or kitties in the neighborhood.

    Be sure to dress up your porch with homemade crafts during the holidays. Crafting and putting together a 4th of July, Thanksgiving or Christmas wreath can be done easily and quickly with one trip to the crafts store and some hot glue. You can use basic decorations like colorful bunting or flags in order to give your porch a celebratory atmosphere in keeping with the style's respect of homemade goods.


    Choosing Design Accents for a Log Cabin

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Friday, January 29, 2016

    Log cabins carry history in many different cultures. Log cabins surrounded by nature can help to provide an escape or rustic life, but they are also great for celebrating cultural history and the natural world through design. You can create an unforgettable location with a timeless feeling by engaging in a design style that's harmonic with nature and with history.

    Look for accents telling the story of cultures you admire or elements of nature you love when designing the interior of your log cabin. This will help you furnish the cabin in a cohesive, beautiful fashion while making your cabin feel more personal and connected to your taste. Here you'll find ideas for design accents that are in tune with log cabins.

    Patchwork Quilts

    Patchwork quilts can be found in many cultures, from Scandinavian to Eastern European to Early American. They all celebrate craftsmanship and the love that goes into working so hard to keep a loved one warm at night even though their colors and patterns are different. To no surprise, they have become one of the most popular design accents for log cabins.

    The patchwork quilt designs you choose for your log cabin will depend on your color palette and taste; you cabin's style may not mesh well with the type of quilt you choose if you don't choose carefully. A quilt that is the obvious product of great craftsmanship is the most important part.

    This pursuit of design accents can also lead to you learning how to quilt. Basic sewing skills can lead to you learning to make a patchwork quilt in just a few hours, many sewing store offer quilting classes. This can allow you the chance to turn your cabin into the guardian of your own heirlooms which will be passed down through your family for generations.

    Animal Details

    All cabins coexist with nature, whether they are lakeside, under the sky in the desert, or lost in a forest. Whether it's desert hares or woodland bears, it is no surprise that many cabins feature design motifs of favorite animals in the local landscape.

    You can work animal details into a cabin design in dozens of ways. Though hunters love creating wall displays or even chandeliers using antlers, if you want a cruelty-free design element the choices are near limitless; you can always use things like animal woodcarvings, kitschy décor like bear-paw shaped light switches, drawings and paintings done by local artists, or faux-fur blankets and throws.

    Log Furniture

    When keeping with the basic construction material, accenting your design with log furniture makes sense. This bulky furnishing material has its charm and gives a rustic feel to smaller elements like coffee tables and even larger pieces like beds and sofas. Log furniture is very durable, and it is typically available in dozens of shades in order to help match with your current wood cabin.


    The Right Color Palette for a Log Cabin

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Getting the look of a log cabin just right is dependent upon choosing the perfect color palettes. Even though log cabins are usually associated with a rustic, earthy palette, it doesn't at all mean that you don't have choices. Old world, mid-century nostalgia and even modern design aesthetics can all be worked into creating the perfect color palette for your cabin.

    It's usually best to start with the color of your wood and work outward from there since log cabin color palettes are often dictated by the use of wood in the interior. This article will give you color scheme ideas that are based on wood tones that you have present in your cabin.

    Grey-Toned Wood

    You can create and old-world, almost Scandinavian feel with ashy wood. This tone grants you the perfect opportunity to create a cozy, modern looking cabin with an airy, light-filled atmosphere. You can pair your ash toned wood with a palette of ivory and ice blue with pops of either red or navy for effect. You cabin will look like a cool and breezy escape that absorbs light.

    Light Tan Wood

    Pale wood tends to be associated with a prairie design aesthetic, where unfinished, bare wood was used as a basic building material. A color palette that focuses on natural, beautiful hues can be used to enhance this existing look. Sunset salmon, grass green and soft clay can all make for an amazing palette against your pale wood background.

    Yellow Toned Wood

    Yellow pine is a popular choice of wood for a log cabin, but it has a dominating presence that can make choosing a balancing palette a little tricky. This assertive hue should be tempered with a soothing, contemporary palette of black, river-rock grey accented with deep, balancing hues like rose red and midnight blue. What at first seems like traffic-light yellow will become a warm, firelight glow.

    Red-Toned Wood

    Another assertive color in a cabin is red wood, but it begs for enrichment instead of toning. This type of cabin works perfectly with a jewel-and-earth toned palette as it allows the glow of the red wood to really shine. You can keep the palette from feeling too warm by mixing it with deep emerald, tobacco and a soothing sage. This works perfectly for a warm and cozy winter cabin.

    Medium Brown Wood

    This versatile wood tone pretty much allows you to do as you see fit with the color scheme. For a traditional kitsch cabin go with a palette of hunter green, rose and tan, or opt for a more contemporary palette of coral, aqua and pewter. You can chase a spring look with lilac, pale green and snowdrop white, or an autumn look with a color scheme composed of gold, russet and auburn.

    Dark Wood

    Dark wood cabin interiors are well- dark, and can also be dramatic. Creating contrast is the best way to handle color in a dark cabin as it adds light without losing the inherent drama of the wood. Choose a central color like snow white that is bright and pale, and then add a vibrant accent tone like jade green or royal blue. This almost mid-century modern palette can give the home a look that is lively and eye-catching.


    Designing a Room like an Interior Decorator

    Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Monday, January 25, 2016

    Everyone knows that the homes on movies and television always look much better than anything we could try to do in our own living spaces. It would be amazing if you could come home to a place that was perfectly staged and had every piece of furniture and décor exactly where it should be and how you envisioned it. While we can't promise you that your home will look like it belongs on the set of a blockbuster, we can definitely give you tips on how to wow your friends, family, and neighbors when they come over.

    Accent Pieces

    If a film feels a little too drab or plain you can use something as simple as a set of bright pillows or a well chosen framed picture in order to accentuate the positive aspects of a space. Consider a theme for each of the rooms, ti can be a color scheme or a particular decorative motif that you enjoy and place items around the room within the category. You don't need anything kitschy and you don't have to go too overboard, just bring something that add pop or pizzazz to the area.

    Hard Wood Flooring

    Hardwood flooring is common in most well decorated homes and spaces on the big screen. Carpeting is quickly becoming a thing of the past, they get dirty and stained and they just aren't as visually pleasing as a nice shiny hard wood floor. It isn't required that you break the bank in order to make the change either, laminate and faux wood are just as beautiful and usually cost half as much as real hard wood flooring. Now, this doesn't mean that you should avoid carpeting all together because accent rugs can be a beautiful, eye popping way to freshen up a room.

    Empty Space

    As mentioned above, It can be tempting to want to fill every square inch of your home with something just to fill the space, but actually that has the opposite effect of what you're striving for - in Hollywood, sometimes less is more. Think about all your favorite homes you've seen on the screen, are they filled to the brim or are there a lot of open spaces? Allowing the space to just speak for itself can go a long way in making it an aesthetically pleasing setting.

    Make it Unique, just like you!


    The number one thing that can be done to make your home feel like the cozy havens that you see on tv is to put your personal touch on it. No one is ever going to love exactly what you love, so the most important thing about having a home that's designed by you is making sure that it's designed for you. It's pointless to have a beautiful house that's filled with things you dislike and furniture that you don't find comfortable. Don't be afraid to be an individual and throw your own style in there. Chances are that others are going to like that you've made the space your own slice of well decorated heaven.



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